The book, Salvation is from the Jews, whose cover image appears above and which was first released to the public in December 2011, will soon become a collector's item. Now, two years later, an evolution of events and in the thinking of the author has led to the decision of making a vast new improvement to the book. The improvement will include a change in title and new cover design. Moreover, while the interior contents will remain largely unchanged, a few important editorial adjustments will be made in the contents. The new title envisioned, "NEW COVENANT JUDAISM: The Religion of Jesus the Messiah," and editorial changes to be made are to be more in harmony with the central message of this website—that is, New Covenant Judaism as the religion of Jesus the Messiah and Christianity as a Gentile religion, which did its best to proclaim Jesus in spite of its many shortcomings, but whose times of glory in the West have now come and gone in the will of God.
At this time of December 2013, the estimated time for the coming changes announced above to take effect is about three months. In the meantime, the present book continues to be available to purchase at any major U.S. bookstore, or online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or at the Publisher's website. It is also available at major international booksellers.
About the Author
J. Christopher is a Gentile, a biblical theologian, and honors seminary graduate. Currently, the author continues to pursue his work full-time as a theologian and writer in a literature ministry.
1. The Judaism of Jesus
2. Death and the Resurrection
3. The Origin of “Christianity” and Christian anti-Semitism
4. “Replacement Theology”: The Historic Root of Gentile Christian anti-Semitism
5. Jesus Gave Unqualified Credit to all the Jewish People for His Work
of World Salvation
6. The Jewish Foundation of the Christian Church
7. The Christian Debt to Jewishness
8. Jews Lead but, Independent and Separate from Jews, Gentiles
Matter and Have Their Own Special Value and Importance to God
9. The Messiah's International “New Covenant” Judaism
10. The Conditional Nature of the Sinai Covenant
11. The “Remnant Principle” of Moses
12. The Sinai Covenant and the New Covenant
13. Jews and the Messiah's Resurrection
1. ~ THE JUDAISM OF JESUS ~
Contrary to worldwide opinion and belief, in this website you will discover that the original Jews who followed Jesus never left Judaism. Nor did these Jews ever called their movement "Christianity." It is an easily verifiable fact that the name "Christianity" is not found in the "New Testament." On the other hand, Paul as a Jew referred explicitly to his religion of "Judaism" two times in the New Testament (see, Galatians 1:13-14). Paul did this in the context of a time when, as a strongly zealous, orthodox Jew with the Jewish name "Saul," he had previously been persecuting in ignorance and putting to death Jewish followers of Jesus the Messiah.
During his campaign of persecution, and as a Jewish Pharisee leader, Paul had been unaware of who the true Messiah of Israel was. As such a leader, Paul's persecution of the Jews who followed Jesus was driven by the belief that these Jews were the worst enemies Judaism could have in its midst. Under such a belief, Paul became obsessed with a relentless pursuit to seek out these Jews and eliminate them, even if this meant putting them to death. However, in a powerful transforming experience, Paul eventually met the true Messiah of Israel personally when he met Jesus. Never again was Paul the same murderous Jew he was before his encounter with Jesus.
A supremely sane, rational, and intelligent Jew, an expert in Jewish religious law (or "Torah"), thoroughly dedicated to the cause of Pharisaic Judaism—the most orthodox and respected form of Judaism of his time—and a man wholly obsessed with eliminating every Jesus-believing Jew he could find, that such a Jew like Paul should suddenly—in a single day—convert and join the cause of those Jews he previously sought to kill, understandably became a sensational event for both Jesus-believing Jews and Jews who did not follow Jesus. How could such an inconceivable thing happen with a Jew like Paul? In his own words, you can read Paul's amazing story of how and why this came upon him by following this link >>--> Acts 22:1-20.
Given Paul's highly sane and rational nature, his unimpeachable Jewish background prior to his Jesus-encounter (see, Philippians 3:5-6), and his determined, all out effort to destroy the work of Jesus the Messiah, it would be totally absurd to think that Paul's conversion story was just something he invented to explain a one day, sudden change of mind. This would be utterly bizarre. Why would Paul want to do such a thing, and why the sudden change of view—like a flash—in one brief passing moment of one day of his life? Hence, this was not the result of a long-drawn thoughtful deliberation by Paul, now in doubt of his previous negative views on Jesus. This could hardly be the case since the brief life-changing event happened while Paul was on his way relentlessly determined to arrest and eliminate more Jesus-believing Jews. It was in pursuit of this mission that the blinding supernatural flash of light hit around Paul and sent him stumbling to the ground.
Moreover, knowing Paul's impeccable background as a faithful Jew, his high degree of emotional stability and sanity, and known by all as a most stalwart Jewish leader who was thoroughly dedicated to the cause of Pharisaic Judaism, there is not even a hint in any of his previous life that would suggest Paul was the kind of Jew who would fabricate such a story. He had absolutely no reason or need to do so.
Hence, we are left with no sane or rational option but to conclude that what Paul said he experienced with Jesus was a true, real, and actual event. This being the case, Paul's testimony of how the resurrected Messiah burst dramatically into his life in one brief moment of time and changed him forever turns out to be one the most spectacular and reliable first-hand eyewitness accounts available to confirm both the historical reality of Jesus, and the supreme, indomitable power of a resurrected Jesus as the triumphant Messiah of Israel sent from God.
After his transformation and enlightenment through Jesus the Messiah, Paul went on to express his intense love for his fellow Jews to the point of being willing to be accursed if this would save his unbelieving Jewish people in the same way the Messiah had saved him (see, Romans 9:1-5). The New Testament teachings of Paul were not his own since he received them directly from Jesus the Messiah. These teachings were those of a new form of Judaism the Messiah had founded (see, Galatians 1:11-12). After being directed and empowered to do so by the Messiah, Paul virtually single-handed went on as a Jew to revolutionize forever the entire Gentile world with the teachings of the Messiah's new form of Judaism (see, Acts 9:15-16 and Acts 22:21).
The teachings of the Messiah's Judaism have always been centered on a God of love who would save eternally from death, all—Jews and Gentiles alike—who would trust and believe in Jesus as the Jewish Savior of the World and the Jewish Messiah sent from God (see, John 3:16-18).
4. ~ "REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY" ~
The Historic Root of Gentile Christian Anti-Semitism
A lecture entitled, “Does the Church Replace Israel?” offers a brief but interesting historical account of how Gentile believers departed from the Judaism of Jesus and became morbidly anti-Semitic. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Only “Part 1” of this lecture, “Does the Church Replace Israel?” is recommended here. “Part 2” of this lecture is not recommended since the contents of this part are more for those who enjoy reading highly technical details that are unnecessary and superfluous to the purpose of our discussion at this point). “Part 1” of the lecture, “Does the Church Replace Israel?” begins with an objective definition of what is precisely the nature of the chief and central error that early Gentile Christians made with respect to the Jews. This is the grand central error that led to hundreds of years of severe, deadly, and wrongfully vindictive worldwide persecution of Jews.
It seems so incredible that just a mere false belief should be so lethal as to be substantially responsible for the eventual genocidal murder of millions of human beings. But after a long nineteen centuries of its existence, mentally to condition during this vast stretch of time the minds and thoughts of a huge majority of European humanity, this is what "Replacement Theology" appears to have led to. We say this in the sense that this Christian doctrinal error has appeared to us to have been a central, if not the most central, "mass mental conditioning cause" underlying what the world refers to as the German Nazi "Holocaust" in Europe—a barbaric genocidal campaign that especially targeted for extermination and death millions of Jews and succeeded.
After defining the nature of the shameful and utterly reprehensible "Replacement Theology" error, “Part 1” of the lecture, “Does the Church Replace Israel?” goes on to give (in pages 2-4) a historical account that seeks to explain the events in history that led Gentile Christian thinkers to make the tragic and deadly doctrinal error inherent in "Replacement Theology." For a comprehensive discussion of the Greek (or "Hellenist") mindset that contributed substantially to the Gentile Christian phenomenon described above, and the identity of the particular Christian groups that are most heavily implicated in this anti-Semitic corruption, read Part II on "The Hellenist Destruction of Jewish Christianity" in the book, "Salvation is from the Jews."
Unfortunately, the "Replacement Theology" error is one that persists even to our present day among some leading Christian thinkers (for an extended, specific, and scholarly review of this by Professor Michael Vlach, Ph.D., and his critique of Replacement Theology, see, "Replacement Theology: Has the Church Superseded Israel as the People of God?"). This doctrinal error that came to be known as "Replacement Theology," we reject and, in this website, we expose and denounce as a despicable corruption and perhaps even a damnable Christian heresy that in this website we seek to correct (see Chapter 8 of this webpage for our own extended discussion of the topic).
5. ~ JESUS GAVE UNQUALIFIED CREDIT TO ALL THE JEWISH PEOPLE ~
For His Work of World Salvation
For a correction of Replacement Theology, we have foremost in our mind the need to set one thing clear and straight in the minds of all Gentile Christians. We refer to the need of all Gentile Christians clearly to understand that neither Jesus nor his original Jewish disciples who first brought the good news of salvation to the Gentiles ever saw their "Jewishness" as something separate and discontinuous from the Jewishness of all the Jewish people—yes, even the Jewishness of those who out of sheer ignorance opposed Jesus and did not believe in him. Jesus prayed for these fellow-Jews and forgave their ignorance, even at the point of his death (see, Luke 23:34). It should therefore not be difficult to see that when Jesus said, "Salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22), Jesus was so identifying his work with the Jewish people as a whole that he was not referring or giving credit only to himself and to Jews who originally believed in him but to Jews perceived as a whole race or people past and present. We know this because the word "Jews" in Jesus' John 4:22 expression is unqualified.
But, in addition, Jesus knew that God had determined and decreed that it was only through Abraham, the first Jew, and through his Jewish offspring, that God's blessings—of which spiritual salvation is central—would come to all people (or "nations") of the world (see, Genesis 22:18). Hence, following God's decree, and as the Jewish offspring of Abraham that he was, it should be clear that Jesus was saying that any spiritual and biblical salvation that the entire world has received and is receiving—which includes his own salvation work—comes from the Jews; that is, the Jews perceived as a unified, unbroken and inseparable racial continuum throughout Judaism's evolution since Abraham, the first Jew.
Furthermore, Jesus was well-aware that Jewishness did not begin with him. For about two thousand years before Jesus arrived as a Jewish child in Judea, countless Jews had been dying in their struggle to survive as a race. Some of these struggling and dying Jews were the beloved anscestors of Jesus on his mother's side. From the tribe of Judah, the ancestors of Jesus were taken captive by the Babylonians after these invaders destroyed the First Jerusalem Temple in 586 B.C. Had the Jews been totally wiped out before Jesus had a chance to be born from them, obviously, there would never have been a Jesus. Hence, in this sense of his ancestry on his mother's side, Jesus knew he was the fruit of a long history of Jewish persecution, misery, and death. How then could Jesus not identify himself with his beloved people of Israel whom he explicitly said he was sent to serve first above all (see Matthew 15:21-24).
So in the unqualified credit for world salvation, including his own, that Jesus as Jew gives to his own beloved Jewish race as a whole, it is here that we see Jesus indirectly telling all who would follow him, especially the Gentiles (as represented by the Samaritan woman to whom Jesus spoke in John 4:22), that because salvation comes from the Jewish people as a whole, there is no way a Gentile believer can hate or curse Jews indiscriminately as a whole people and please Jesus at the same time. Such a believer would have to be abysmally ignorant or possesses no healthy or meaningful belief in Jesus at all. In other words, no one can curse indiscriminately the Jewish race as a whole and not include Jesus in the curse because he has always stood for and identified with his people as an inseparable part.
While Jesus spoke forcefully and with authority and scathingly denounced shameful hypocrisy in the religious practice of some Jewish leaders of his time (see, Matthew 23:1-36), there was never anti-Semitic hate in his heart. Jesus could only grieve at the hardened unbelief he encountered from the majority of his own Jewish people. See, for example, how Jesus grieved over this when he referred to Jerusalem in his time as representing the majority of his people and their rejection of his message (see, Luke 13:34).
With regard to the Gentile followers of Jesus, Paul reminds the Ephesian Gentiles of their former pagan condition—hopelessly lost without God, alienated from the godly "Commonwealth of Israel," and having no rights to the covenants of promise that God gave only to the Jews (see, Ephesians 2:11-12). At another place, addressing Roman Gentile followers of Jesus, Paul informs these Gentiles that it is only against nature that Gentile believers in Jesus are "grafted in" to godly, believing Israel (see, Romans 11:24 and Romans 11:17). Hence, since the footing (or foundation) that provides for Gentile salvation and makes the Christian Church possible is all of and from the Jews, according to Paul, this should have eliminated all Gentile arrogant boasting against any Jew—"Jesus-believing" or not—or against "national" Israel, even in its unbelief (see, Romans 11:17-24).
It is clear from what Paul taught about the foundation of the Christian Church that Paul does not characterize this foundation as one that includes Gentiles. Instead, Paul teaches that Gentiles are excluded from this foundation and only godly Jews are included. As we shall see below, according to Paul, the Jewish apostles of Jesus are included in the foundation. But also included are the Jewish prophets of God who lived under the Sinai Covenant regime that God established through Moses at Mt. Sinai. As seen below, Paul refers collectively to all these godly Jews who are included in the foundation of the Church as the "Commonwealth of Israel."
In Ephesians 2, Paul begins his discourse on the Church and its foundation by first distinguishing between godly Jews and Gentile followers of Jesus. Paul makes this distinction by explaining the separate roles that the Messiah gave to each of these two groups. With regard to the Jews, Paul is careful to point out that only godly Jews who go back from Paul's time at least to the time of Moses, are the "saints" (or "Remnant of Israel," as defined below) that Paul refers to in Ephesians 2:19; they are the true "Israel of God" that is referred to in Galatians 6:16; and they are the "Commonwealth of Israel" that is referred to in Ephesians 2:12. It is this exclusively Jewish "commonwealth" composed of New Covenant Jewish apostles of Jesus and Sinai Covenant Jewish prophets that forms that which represents the most vital constituent and function of all that makes up the Christian Church. We are here referring to the foundation of the Church (see, Ephesians 2:20).
The first important reason had to do with a fulfillment of a Jewish prophecy of Isaiah. Isaiah predicted that the Jews as a majority would not believe and actually would reject the true Messiah sent from God (see Isaiah 53:1-4; in accord, see also Paul quoting from this Isaiah passage at Romans 10:16). As a result of this predicted majority Jewish rejection of the Messiah, the Gentiles became the secondary intended recipients of the benefits of the Messiah's salvation (see Romans 11:11-12). The second important reason for going to the Gentiles was that the Messiah and his original Jewish followers knew that their form of Judaism—being the final and most advanced stage in the evolution of historic Judaism—was the only Judaism that would effectively fulfill God's mission given to Abraham for Judaism to be an international source of blessing to people worldwide (see, Genesis 22:18; Romans 15:8-12; and Galatians 3:14). The third important reason why Jesus' original Jewish followers took their Judaism to the Gentiles was a prophetic warning made by Moses. Moses warned that, in his displeasure with a stiff-neck Jewish majority's disobedience, and to make this majority jealous, angry, and filled with envy after their prophetically foreseen rejection of the Messiah (see again, Isaiah 53:1-4), the God of the Jews would turn his attention to the Gentiles and their salvation (see Deuteronomy 32:21, “[God said] I will make them [i.e., the disobedient Jewish majority] envious by those who are not a people; I will make them angry by a nation [i.e., the Gentiles] that has no understanding.”
In fulfillment of Moses' prophecy, see here an enraged Jewish majority in violent anger over what Moses said God would do deliberately to provoke such majority Jewish anger >>—> Acts 22:21-24. Notwithstanding this explosive anger in the Jewish majority, see what else the God of the Jews said about the Gentiles further to provoke, stir up, and inflame majority Jewish envy and rage: Malachi 1:11-12, “From the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered to my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen,” said the Lord of hosts. “But you [i.e., the disobedient Jewish majority] have profaned it”; Zechariah 2:11, “Many [Gentile] nations will join themselves to the Lord in that [future] day and will become my people”; Hosea 1:10, “In the place where it was said to them, ‘Your are not my people,’ they will be called ‘sons of the living God’”; Hosea 2:23, “I will show my love to the one I called ‘not my loved one.’ I will say to those called ‘Not my people,’ ‘You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.’”
That these things were in the mind of the Messiah's original Jewish followers is made clear by Paul in Romans 10:16-21. Again, see Chapter 4 of this webpage for an extended discussion of what led Messiah Jesus' original Jewish followers to take their advanced form of Judaism to the Gentiles.
9. ~ THE MESSIAH'S INTERNATIONAL "NEW COVENANT" JUDAISM ~Hence, with Jesus as Messiah knowing that Judaism—as represented in his era by the form he established for all time—is the exclusive channel of God's salvation to the world, and as the exalted Messiah (or King of the Jews) that he is, speaking from this royal center of Judaism, Jesus declared that "salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22). It is this "international" form of Judaism—the Judaism of Jesus—that in this website we refer to as "New Covenant Judaism." Again, check out Chapters 1 and 2 of this webpage to get the whole story concerning the Judaism of Jesus, including all the supporting evidence. Particularly in Chapter 1 of the above-mentioned webpage you will also find a discussion of a deeply-held Jewish belief with respect to the covenant God made with the Jews at Mt. Sinai. The majority of Jews believe that the Jewish Bible says this Sinai Covenant is eternal and therefore cannot be nullified and replaced by a "new covenant."
10. ~ THE CONDITIONAL NATURE OF THE SINAI COVENANT ~
Jews usually rely on Jeremiah 31:35-36 and 33:25 to feel confident that the Jewish Bible supports their belief in the eternal nature of the Sinai Covenant. This Jewish belief has been expressed as follows: "Judaism knows of no other than the old Sinaitic covenant. Eternal as the covenant with heaven and earth is God's covenant [made at Mt. Sinai] with the seed of Jacob” (for the source and documentation on this Jewish expression, see Chapter 1 of this webpage). In this same Chapter 1, a carefully detailed examination of Jeremiah 31:35-36 and 33:25 reveals that the language cited above that is used by Jews to assert their belief in the eternal nature of the Sinai Covenant is not found in either of these two Jeremiah passages (neither the "Sinai Covenant" nor a "covenant with heaven and earth" are mentioned by Jeremiah in these verses; the only covenant Jeremiah mentions here is a "covenant with day and night").
In fact, there is no language anywhere in the Jewish Bible explicitly stating that the Sinai Covenant is eternal in nature. Nor could this be possible since God made the endurance of the Sinai Covenant conditional; that is, it was dependent on flawless Jewish obedience to the terms of the covenant (see, Deuteronomy 28:1-2, 15). With this condition of obedience repeatedly violated by a huge majority in the Jewish nation (see, 2 Kings 17:13-20) and with only a small Jewish remnant remaining faithful, through the words of the Jewish prophet Jeremiah, God was finally driven to declare the Sinai Covenant broken and dysfunctional, needing a "new" and more perfect covenant to fix it (see, Jeremiah 31:31-32).
The new and more perfect covenant to replace the dysfunctional Sinai Covenant is what Jesus, as the Messiah of Israel, established through his blood sacrifice (see, Luke 22:20; Hebrews 9:18-22; Exodus 24:8). The Messiah's sacrifice was for the atonement, forgiveness, and salvation of all his Jewish people and all Gentiles who place their trust in him (see, Isaiah 53:4-6, 10; John 1:29; Psalm 2:12; and John 3:16-18). Again, check out Chapter 1 of this webpage to get the whole story behind the unsubstantiated Jewish belief that the Sinai Covenant is eternal and cannot be nullified. This will include a survey and discussion of the Jewish Bible evidence that actually contradicts this Jewish belief.
Hence, while the God of the Jews has always had an exclusive love and concern for the Jewish race as a whole (see Deuteronomy 7:6-8). it is obvious from the words of Moses that it is not a Jewish majority prone to disobedience but only an obedient remnant—which God "harvests" from the Jewish race—that God especially favors. It is therefore significant at this point to note that, concerning Jesus the Messiah, his coming was predicted by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15-19 with a somber warning to the Jewish majority against disobeying the words of this Messiah (see in John 1:45 and in Acts 3:22-23 how godly remnant Jews at the time of Jesus interpreted the words of Moses).
Moreover, as a major example of the "remnant principle" established by Moses, please consider that it was because of the legendary proneness to disobedience in the Jewish majority—which Moses spoke about—that due to intolerable, stiff-neck disobedience in this majority, the God of the Jews abandoned and blotted out of existence ten Jewish tribes out of twelve. These abandoned tribes were all of the offspring of Jacob. Hence, these tribes were all no less Jewish than the two tribes who were spared. Ten Jewish tribes out of twelve is a huge majority of Jews that the God of the Jews did not spare severe treatment regardless of their majority or they being all the offspring of Jacob (see again, 2 Kings 17:13-20). Conversely, two Jewish tribes out of twelve were by comparison only a puny remnant whom God spared notwithstanding their smallness in number. Obviously, obedience above all and not just merely an issue of Jewish racial stock or, even less, one of numbers, made the difference here.
In addition, following Moses' principle of God's favored, enduring, and surviving obedient remnant, the great Jewish prophet Isaiah confirmed the reality of Moses' "favored remnant" principle when he said in Isaiah 1:9, "If the Lord of hosts had not left us a few survivors [i.e., a remnant], we would have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah." Finally, Moses' "remnant principle" that separates the specially favored Jewish remnant people of God from the disobedient Jewish majority rejected is such a Jewish Bible reality that even the Jewish Encyclopedia was compelled to acknowledge this in its article entitled "Remnant of Israel" (see also how Paul explained in Romans 11:1-5 the Jewish Bible "remnant principle" first established by Moses and the final redemption and restoration of unbelieving Israel in Romans 11:11-27).
For a more detailed and documented exposition of this theme of Moses' principle of the surviving and enduring Jewish remnant as the specially favored Jewish people of God, see Chapter 1 of this webpage and Chapter 6 of the book "Salvation is from the Jews."
The era of the Sinai Covenant began with God giving the Jews through Moses the Torah (or Sinai Covenant Law). The Sinai Covenant era rose to its glory under a sovereign Jewish theocracy that eventually came to include a magnificent Temple in Jerusalem, a class of priests who performed animal sacrifices in accordance with Torah Law, and a steady supply of divinely-inspired prophets. The Sinai Covenant era reached the height of its glory during the reign of the Jewish King Solomon. After Solomon—and under God’s providence preparing for the approaching future Era of the New Covenant to be established by the Messiah—a long, steady process of decline and diminishment began as the twelve Jewish tribes lost their unity and God caused to prevail a succession of foreign conquerors invading the Jewish lands. This resulted in the subjugation of the Jews under foreign powers and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
The process of decline and diminishment continued and reached a major stage when the God of the Jews stopped sending divinely inspired prophets to the Jews. This resulted in the Jewish Bible coming to completion and its classic era coming to an end. After this and against enormous adversity, the Jews succeeded for over three centuries in retaining important vestiges of the classic era of the Sinai Covenant. However, absolute and final, irreversible ruin came to this era when the Romans destroyed the last of the major institutions that made the Sinai Covenant order functional—i.e., the restored (or “Second Temple”) was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.; the sovereign Jewish theocracy of classic times and its prophets had already ceased to exist by this time; in the end, the class of priests and the Temple animal sacrificial system—which made possible the individual observance of so many of the most vital commandments of Torah Law—became extinct.
The total outcome of these vital institutional losses was that observance of Torah Law in all the fullness that this law strictly and fastidiously required became impossible for any Jew to comply with and achieve; that is, precisely as the language of the Law specifically and explicitly commanded, with no authority given to any human individual or group to change the rules or to amend, revise, alter, ignore, or repeal the language of the law or its precise and specific legal demands. However, about three decades before the Sinai Covenant era came to its devastating end, Jesus the Messiah had already established in his blood God’s New Covenant with a godly and obedient “Remnant of Israel.”
Isaiah 53:4-6 – “We considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:10 – “It was the LORD's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days.”
The Messiah died according to the will of God. But, happily, it was also the will of God that the Messiah’s death should be followed by his resurrection. For it is written in the Jewish Bible that God would not allow the decay (or corruption), which death brings, to triumph over the Messiah in any way (see, Psalm 16:10 – “You [God] will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay”).
Hence, the small band of Jews who recognized that Jesus was the Messiah of Israel became overjoyed when they witnessed the coming back to life of the Messiah, just as he said he would—on the third day (see, Matthew 16:21). See also the following recorded testimony from these Jews who personally saw the Messiah risen and alive after his death:
Luke 24:1-12 – “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the [Jewish] women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.
Acts 1:1-11 – “In my former book, Theophilus [a reference to Luke’s Gospel (see, Luke 1:1-4)], I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.
"On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. ‘Men of Galilee,’ they said, ‘why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.’”
IMPORTANT NOTE: Following is important information that visitors in this website need to be aware of concerning two passages cited above from the Jewish Bible - Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6-7:
In his latest book, Suicide of a Superpower (2012), the American political commentator, Pat Buchanan, referred to the massive collapse of Christian values in U.S. culture since mid-twentieth century as “the death of Christian America.” However, in his new book, Salvation is from the Jews: Moses, Judaism, and the Jewishness of Christianity, Christian theologian, J. Christopher, gives a different explanation for the same event. For Christopher, this was a fulfillment of biblical prophecy that no one could stop, predestined as it was to end as it did.
According to Christopher, what appeared as a death of "Christianity" (so-called) was only a fulfillment of prophecies given by Jesus and his chief Jewish apostle, Paul. Christopher explains how Jesus predicted that when Gentiles lost control of old Jerusalem, which occurred on June 7, 1967, the Gentile phase of his brand of Judaism would officially be over and the final phase, which is Jewish-centered, would officially begin. As for Paul, he predicted that, in the Jewish-centered phase of Jesus' Judaism, Jews in huge numbers would rethink their position on Jesus and recognize him as the Jewish Messiah. See this webpage for the historical evidence showing how all this is starting to unfold in our time right now!
For Christopher, U.S. and Jewish history since the 1940s has been giving clear signals in support of his view. The 1947 U.S. Supreme Court establishment of the legal doctrine of “the separation of Church and state” was the first major clue that Gentile-Christian influence in U.S. society was already following Europe in its own sharp decline. By the end of the 1960s, after a series of additional set-backs for Gentile-centered Christianity, it had reached rock bottom. But at the same time, Christopher notes that Jews in large numbers returned to their ancestral lands in the 1940s, established the State of Israel in 1948, and Gentiles lost control of Jerusalem in 1967. For Christopher, this meant the end of the Gentile-Christian era, fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus, and the start of the Jewish Messianic era in the Judaism of Jesus we are in now, fulfilling the prophecy of Paul.
Following his belief that world and biblical history is now in its final (or Jewish stage) just prior to the second appearance of Jesus the Messiah, Christopher says that every Gentile follower of Jesus needs to begin mentally and spiritually to relate to and get used to the new and rising Jewish Messianic Era in biblical history. He sees his book, Salvation is from the Jews, as providing what every Gentile follower of Jesus needs to know to achieve this.
The main title of the book, "SALVATION IS FROM THE JEWS: Moses, Judaism, and the Jewishness of Christianity" (619 pgs., ISBN:979-1-4497-2546-4 s.c.), whose image is seen at the top of this page, was taken from the words of Jesus that he spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4:1-26).
When Jesus as a Jew said to the Samaritan woman, "Salvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22), he was expressing what Jews as a race have known today for four thousand years. Though he was rejected by a Jewish majority, Jesus nevertheless sided with all his Jewish kinsmen when he made his declaration. Included in Jesus' words is the idea that God chose the Jews alone to lead in the world's salvation. This means that even the salvation which Christianity proclaims has always been led by Jews. This is said in the sense that Jesus as Savior comes from the Jews, and Christianity's New Testament foundation is also the product of Jews. Hence, since Gentile Christianity is nothing without its Jewish New Testament foundation and Jesus as Jew, Gentile Christianity has always been dependent on and led by Jews.
So much for the story behind the main title of the book. As for the book itself, this book was inspired and published to tell the whole story with respect to the June 7, 1967 historic shift in Christian biblical history and to explain the history of Christianity (so-called) within the evolution of Judaism; that is, as Judaism has evolved from the Judaism of Abraham, to that of Moses, and, finally, to that advanced final stage found in the New Covenant Judaism of Jesus the Messiah. This website has come to being for the purpose of providing basic information on what the book's message is essentially about and to promote the movement that the book represents; that is, Jesus' New Covenant Judaism.