by Epiphany Bible Students

No. 440B


            Warning! Anti-Semitism Could Be Hazardous To Your Health: ‘It’s a free world; you don’t have to like Jews, but if you don’t, I suggest that you boycott certain Jewish products, like the Wassermann test for syphilis; digitalis, discovered by a Dr. Nuslin; chlorohydrate for convulsions, discovered by Dr. Lifreich; the Schick test for diphtheria; vitamins, discovered by Dr. Funk; streptomycin, discovered by Dr. Z. Woronan; the polio pill by Dr. A. Sabin and the polio vaccine by Dr. Jonas Salk.

            “‘Good! Boycott! Humanitarian consistency requires that my people offer all these gifts to all people of the world. Fanatic consistency requires that all bigots accept syphilis, convulsions, malnutrition, infantile paralysis and tuberculosis as a matter of principle.

            “‘You want to be mad? Be mad! But I’m telling you, you ain’t going to feel so good.’ Shortly after that item ran, I received this one, which I also published:

            “Your recent column, in which you quoted the late, beloved Sam Levenson, contained an error.

            “In listing some outstanding contributions to medical science made by Jews, Levenson credited a Dr. Z. Woronan with the discovery of streptomycin.

            “Abby, I hope the Nobel Committee in Sweden doesn’t hear about this, because in 1952, they awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine to Dr. Selman Abraham Waksman of Rutgers University for discovering streptomycin!

            “However, Dr. Waksman belongs on that list because he, too, was Jewish.” Arthur Isbit, Ph.D., Chula Vista, CA (Dear Abby column, Orlando Sentinel, September 23, 1992)

            The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble: Israel’s rebirth as a nation and continued survival are proof positive of the literal fulfillment of God’s Word. And almost every day we are reminded in either the print or electronic media of Israel’s role in the world as a nation.

            “But Jeremiah had more to say, ‘Now these are the words which the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah. For thus says the LORD: We have heard a voice trembling, of fear and not of peace. Ask now, and see, whether a man is ever in labour with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins like a woman in labour, and all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it; it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.’ (30:4-7)

            “Bible scholars link the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’ with the end-time ‘Great Tribulation’ which concludes this present age with the battle of Armageddon.” (The Vineyard, July 1992)

            The Judgment Of The Nations: The world is moving towards a day of judgment. Scripture calls this ‘The Day of the Lord’ — Joel reveals that this day will befall the world because the nations have constantly sought to disinherit Israel by dividing up her land. Of course they will do this, as they are at present, with all the crafty political rhetoric couched in cliches like ‘justice for all,’ ‘in the interest of peace’ and ‘a just solution.’

            “In reality the United States of America and the International Community have sealed themselves under the wrath of God. Time will prove this to be true. Israel is not just another nation upon the face of the globe. No, she is God’s light nation. That is — the means by which He brings His revelation and truth to the world. To tamper with Israel is thus to challenge God, and this the nations are now doing in their arrogance.” (Christian Action for Israel, Newsletter, Third Quarter 1992)

            The world is already judged. The ejection is now going on. The people are God’s Great Army. The people are rising up against their governments, asking for justice. Our Lord hath a controversy with the nations (Jer. 25:31). The nations of the earth “shall be removed like a cottage, and shall not rise again” (Isa. 24:20). But Israel will rise, and never fall again. “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” (Isa. 60:1,3)


            Warren G. Harding: It is impossible for one who has studied at all services of the Hebrew people to avoid the faith that they will one day be restored to their historic national home and there enter on a new and yet greater phase of their contribution to the advance of humanity.

            Calvin Coolidge: I am glad... to express again my sympathy with the deep and intense longing which finds such fine expression in the Jewish National Homeland in Palestine. (p. 12)

            Herbert Hoover: Palestine which, desolate for centuries, is now renewing its youth and vitality through enthusiasm, hard work, and self-sacrifice of the Jewish pioneers who toil there in a spirit of peace and social justice.

            Harry S. Truman: I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have faith in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it – not just another sovereign nation, but an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization. [Winston Churchill once said to Harry Truman: You, more than any other man, have saved Western Civilization.]

            John F. Kennedy: This nation, from the time of President Woodrow Wilson, has established and continued a tradition of friendship with Israel because we are committed to all free societies that seek a path to peace and honor individual right. In the prophetic spirit of Zionism all free men today look to a better world and in the experience of Zionism we know that it takes courage and perseverance and dedication to achieve it. (p. 13)

            Lyndon B. Johnson: The United States and Israel share many common objectives ...chief of which is the building of a better world, a world in which every nation can develop its resources and develop them in freedom and peace.

            Gerald Ford: My commitment to the security and future of Israel is based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest. Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage.

            Richard M. Nixon: The United States stands by its friends. Israel is one of its friends. (p. 14)

            Jimmy Carter: All of you here know the importance of this country (Israel) to us. Strategically, they mean a great deal to the security of our nation and to the stability in the Middle East. They are our friends in the best sense of the word.

            Ronald Reagon: Since the rebirth of the State of Israel, there has been an ironclad bond between that democracy and this one.

            George Bush: For more than 40 years, the United States and Israel have enjoyed a friendship built on mutual respect and commitment to democratic principles. Our continuing search for peace in the Middle East begins with a recognition that the ties uniting our two countries can never be broken. (p. 15)

            James G. McDonald, the first American Ambassador to Israel, saw the absorption of immigrants as a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy: “I will bring thy seed from the East and gather thee from the West. I will say to the North, give up and to the South, keep not back; bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the end of the earth.” (Isa. 43:5,6) (p. 18) (Quotations from the book, THE BIRTH OF TWO NATIONS)

            Many Jews and Christians are looking forward to see the Messiah and His “little flock” come in the flesh in the Kingdom. But our Lord is immortal now and will be manifested by His great power and Glory, just as God manifests Himself in His great power and Glory. “Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” (John 14:19,20) “Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4). The Diaglott gives it, “the likeness of God.”


            Having followed the tumultuous U.S. elections with keenest interest, delegates here at the UN – many of whom were interviewed by this writer — seemed not too surprised at the outcome, not because of the many polls which showed President Bush far behind, but mainly due to his low-style demeanor during the campaign. This, they felt had made him unfit to be the head of a superpower. Many of them thought that Mr. Bush had over-reached himself in personal attacks against Bill Clinton.

            However, putting politics aside, in the view of your correspondent, the main reason for the President’s defeat may be found in a Biblical analogy – the rejection of the cocky Saul, the reigning King of Israel, in favor of a little-known simple shepherd, namely, David, the unpopular son among the seven sons of the Bethlehem­ite Jesse, hated and despised by his brethren.

            This is something to ponder. It raises the question: does Providence play a role in the rise and fall of kings and rulers of nations and empires? Who would dare deny this? The writer firmly believes He does – and so should church-going George Bush – especially if we take into consideration ancient history as recorded in the world’s greatest and most accurate history book, the Bible, in its original.

            Let’s take the case of King Cyrus of ancient Persia, who played such a vital role in facilitating the second return of the Israelites to their ancient homeland, of which we have a modern analogy in President Truman’s prophetic recognition of modern Israel’s third and final return in 1948 – an act which stunned the world.

            The Bible records scores of other happenings which, in their significance, defy mortal comprehension. (The case of Cyrus – let his modern descendants, the Iranians, be put to shame – is recorded by the great prophet Isaiah in chapter 45, where he is designated as an anointed – a Messiah.)

            Also, let us not forget Israel’s miraculous victory in 1948. How did they do it in the face of the overwhelming odds against them? And 1967 – the Six-Day war; 1973 – the Yom Kippur War? Was all this due to the power of mortal man? Many Israelis themselves don’t believe it. A Higher Hand was at work, as there was a Higher Hand here at the UN in November 1947 when the decision to vote Israel into statehood – against all odds – was adopted by a slim margin of 33 for, 13 against with 10 abstentions. This writer was there and witnessed this miracle. The number “33” contains much symbolism for the Jewish people. It contains in Hebrew, the two numbers embracing YHVH (26) and the Biblical “seven.”

            Let us further recall the story of Esther and Mordecai – how the Jewish people were saved from annihilation by the Hitler of that day, Haman. To this day, Jews worldwide celebrate Purim to commemorate the event. Then we have the miraculous event of the Maccabean victory over the Romans, also commemorated in the joyous holiday of Channuka, this year, falling in the third week of December.

            Why did Hashem, the G-d of Israel, Who is today as He always was the same – reject the modern “Saul” for the little-known “David” and decided to cast his vote against Saul? History has shown all through the ages, that kings and rulers who aimed at the destruction of the People of the Book suffered the consequences of their actions. It never failed.

            Now, let’s take a look at the plain facts in the case of the American Saul:

            1. At the Republican Convention, all the speakers, including Buchanan and Pat Robertson, as well as the President himself, boasted over the fact that “G-d is with us” implying that He was not with the Democrats. Chutzpah!

            2. As for the loan guarantee, the President used it as a political football game with the Israelis, promising and then reneging. After having helped Labor to regain the government, his promise on the loan guarantee held certain conditions. Hashem did not like his “yes-and no” game in reference to the freezing of the settlements. Poor Yitzchak Rabin. Bush placed him in a dilemma.

            3. Mr. Bush approved weapons to Israel’s enemies.

            4. He views Jerusalem as “occupied territory...” To sum up, he has violated the Biblical injunctions and fought the will of the G-d he worships and, herein, your correspondent holds, we have reason for his rejection.

            Change? Yes! The UN now awaits a new Clinton-Gore-appointed Ambassador. (By David Horowitz — The Jewish Press, November 20, 1992)

            “Editor’s Comment: The time will surely have to come when Israel will trust God more fully for her needs. Whatever we may say about the loan guarantees one thing is sure — the United States government used them as a means to manipulate Israel. This is the price Israel will keep on having to pay if she cannot trust God to give her what she needs! It is a bad place to be in. God is waiting for Israel to trust Him.

            “‘Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for Him.’ (Isa. 30:18)” (Christian Action for Israel, Newsletter, Third Quarter 1992)

            Jews Must Remain Jews To Be Saved: Unfortunately, the theology of many Christian churches refuses to recognize the eternal destiny of the Jewish people, in which the covenant dealings of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with the people of Israel are separate and distinct from His dealing with Christians. Consequently, most Christians believe that eternal damnation will be the lot of every Jew who does not become a Christian.

            Since 1948 most evangelical and fundamental Christians believe that the rebirth of the nation of Israel portends the imminent return of Jesus.

            Missionary activities specifically targeting the Jewish people have reached a frenzied pitch throughout the world.

            “Time is of the essence!” the missionaries say. “Every Jew must hear about Jesus.” They believe that those who don’t accept Jesus (the vast majority) will be damned eternally according to the popular “Second-Advent/Battle of Armageddon” scenario.

            These unfortunate large-scale missionary efforts have not yet invaded Israel; but Israel’s Anti-Missionary Law is too weak to be credited with preventing them. The rapid growth of messianic synagogues — whose congregants believe that Jesus is the messiah is proof of the law’s weakness.

            The evangelicals are playing a waiting game. According to them, Jesus cannot return until certain events occur in Israel. Jews returning to Israel within its historic boundaries is one cardinal sign.

            Evangelicals are therefore donating heavily to Zionist projects in order to hasten the time (according to their concept) of the “return of Jesus.” They are also hoping to ingratiate themselves with the Jewish people — while not openly proselytizing. Once Israel reaches a certain prophetic point of development, it will be inundated with Christian missionaries.

            In order to counter the covert missionary work of the present and the anticipated invasion of the future, Israel’s Anti-Missionary Law must be supplemented by the positive approach. Our message to the people of Israel is the same as that given nearly a century ago by Pastor Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Bible Students, a world-wide Christian group.

            That message is reflected in a quote from his pen: “A voice is sounding from the wilderness, and Jews everywhere are hearkening to it. It does not call them to become Christians, but to remain Jews and to realize as Jews the ideal set before them by the Lord in the Law and by the Prophets” (from Comfort to the Jews).

            We have worked with synagogues and other Jewish organizations throughout the U.S. From experience, we have seen that the Jewish people will listen more readily to this message from a Christian than from their fellow Jews. We are honored and very glad to serve the children of Abraham in this vision of their faith.

(Pastor Rawson, a veteran minister from Edison, NJ, actively combats anti-Semitism.)

(Jerusalem Post, November 21, 1992)


            Many thanks and much appreciation for the beautiful Christmas cards received, with special thanks for the love and prayers expressed — which we heartily reciprocate. We wish all our readers a prosperous and Blessed New Year.

ANNOUNCEMENT: The date of our Memorial is April 4, 1993, after six p.m.