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Revelation 3:9


9 Behold, [idou] I will make [didomi] them of [ek] the synagogue [sunagoge] of Satan, [Satanas] which [ho] say [lego] they [heautou] are [einai] Jews, [Ioudaios] and [kai] are [eisi] not, [ou] but [alla] do lie; [pseudomai] behold, [idou] I will make [poieo] them [autos] to [hina] come [heko] and [kai] worship [proskuneo] before [enopion] thy [sou] feet, [pous] and [kai] to know [ginosko] that [hoti] I [ego] have loved [agapao] thee. [se]    KJV-Interlinear

9 'Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, and are not, but lie —  behold, I will make them to come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you.    NASB

So who is the Jew and who is not? Maybe you are a Jew and just don’t know it?

Well, we have to go back to the days of Abraham, when he was called by God to cross the river and move to the land known today as Israel.

That is the first time that a new name was ascribed to Abraham, namely Hebrew, which means ‘he who has crossed over.’

Abraham crossed the river literally, but he also crossed over from the beliefs in idols and false gods of that day, to faith in God.The term Jew did not exist at that time.

The Bible further identified those who believed in God through the lines of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  This line separated them out again from those who claimed, and who would claim, to be the one true race.  Islam today claims Ishmael, Abraham’s illegitimate son by the slave girl, to be the one true line of descendants.

So you might say that they claim to be the descendants of bastards, or illegitimacy, or lies.

Once the line had run its course to Jacob, then his twelve sons formed the foundation for the nation of Israel.

Jacobs name, you recall was changed to Israel, so the sons of Jacob, became the sons of Israel, became the nation of Israel.  But remember that this line and nation is based on faith, not solely on genetics, because there were descendants ofJacob, who would not believe and they are not considered to be a part of the nation of Israel.

The nation of Israel is intended to be, and symbolize, the chosen nation of God, which is made up exclusively of believers.  That distinguishes it from all other nations, not chosen of God, and called gentiles.

So the concept is there are believers and there are unbelievers, separated by faith (or lack of it) in God (Jesus Christ).

By faith Abraham was removed from sin into promise.The new land is heaven, the old land will be destroyed some day.  The new birth from faith will make us all the legitimate children of God, verses illegitimate children of sin (slaves).

All of these illustrations are in parable format so that spiritual lessons can be taught through real world examples.  Remember that people cannot understand the things of the spirit, until and unless they are saved, and then maintain a fellowship status, therefore parables or real world illustrations are used in the Bible to teach spiritual concepts.

History moves on and we come to Solomon.  In his day, there was one nation, Israel. But after Solomon died, then the nation fell apart and was split into two nations.The northern part was called Israel and the southern part was called Judah.

The northern nation rejected the single nation concept and stole the name which they did not deserve.  They were destroyed by Assyria and never ever recovered.That northern region later became known as Samaria.

The southern nation, Judah, survived for a little while later, but also succumbed to disobedience to God, and was destroyed by Babylon.However, the region was still called Judah, and to some extent was repopulated by Israelites over time, but they became known as Jews, or people of Judah.  And that name has stuck with them (the entire race of Jews) for the rest of history up and until our present day.

And Christ clarifies here, that race, or genetics, or ancestry are not the true test of family or race when it comes the chosen family of God.For that we borrow a couple of passages from Romans.

Rom 2:28-29

28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.

29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.   NASB

Rom 9:6-7

6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;

7 neither are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "through Isaac your descendants will be named."    NASB

So, there were those who claimed to be Jews, and probably were in their flesh, but were not in faith.  They were unbelieving Jews.  Today we would note them as followers of Judaism, rather than Christian Jews who have believed in Christ.

Now, all of that said, there will come a time (future), when all unbelieving Jews (and gentiles), will come to realize that they were wrong, dead wrong, with regard to Christ and Christianity.  And, they will fall to their knees in tremendous humility before all Christians.Knowing that God loved those who loved Him, who loved truth, and it was Christians, and not them.

But note, unbelievers do not fall to their knees before Christ, but are made to fall before those who have believed in Christ, further justifying and recognizing the one true faith in history. But also, indicating that the unbelievers still do not get it.  The one you worship is Christ, not angels, not people, not objects.


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