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The Bible and the Future Paperback – September 6, 1994
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"Anthony Hoekema brings to the study of biblical prophecy and eschatology a maturity that is rare among contemporary works on the subject. Free of sensationalism, he evinces a reverence for the Scriptures and a measured scholarship. . . One of the best studies on eschatology available."
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'Anthony Hoekema brings to the study of biblical prophecy and eschatology a maturity that is rare among contemporary works on the subject. Free of sensationalism, he evinces a reverence for the Scriptures and a measured scholarship...One of the best studies on eschatology available.' ---Christianity Today
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The problem is he misidentifies the true biblical Israelites, supposing them to be those who call themselves "Jews" today. The modern "Jew" is a Khazar-Edomite, not a biblical Israelite. It is an historical fact they result from a conversion to Judaism under Kagan Bulan in about 740 AD of the Khazar Nation (approximately modern Georgia). These had substantial Turk ethnicity. In fact, "Bulan" is Old Turkic for "elk". Indeed, I challenge you to explain why many Ashkenazi "Jews" today possess Khazar names such as Kagan (which means "king"), Halperin, Halpern, Alpert, Galpern, Kaplan, Caplon, Koppel, Kogan, and the Russianized derivatives Kaganovich and Kaplanski. This points to their origins lying in the Caucasus region, not the Middle East. A nice book which follows the historical formation of the Khazar-Jewish nation is "The Thirteenth Tribe" by Arthur Koestler. By the way, Koestler himself was a Khazar-Jew.
They also have Edomite blood. Indeed their own scholars attest "Edom is modern Jewry", Jewish Encyclopedia, 1925 Edition, Volume V, page 41. So this authoritative "Jewish" source confirms the modern "Jew" is not a biblical Israelite.
"H. G. Wells, in his great OUTLINE OF HISTORY verifies what we have just read, that millennia ago the Edomites became 'Jews.' But then he goes on and gives us another trail to follow in correctly identifying the people today 'who call themselves Jews.' He says that these 'Idumeans' joined with a 'Turkish' people of Southern Russia (the Khazars), who also 'became Jews,' and BOTH make up the present day 'Jews.' Mr. Wells concludes, 'The main part of Jewry NEVER WAS IN JUDEA AND HAD NEVER COME OUT OF JUDEA!' " (emphasis added)
- Sheldon Emry
An Open Letter To Any Minister Who Teaches 'the Jews Are Israel'
"One of the most radical propounders of the hypothesis concerning the Khazar origins of Jewry is the Professor of Mediaeval Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, A. N. Poliak. His book Khazaria (in Hebrew) was published in 1944 in Tel Aviv, and a second edition in 1951. In his introduction he writes that the facts demand –
'... a new approach, both to the problem of the relations between the Khazar Jewry and other Jewish communities, and to the question of how far we can go in regarding this [Khazar] Jewry as the nucleus of the large Jewish settlement in Eastern Europe…. The descendants of this settlement – those who stayed where they were, those who emigrated to the United States and to other countries, and those who went to Israel – constitute now the large majority of world Jewry. '
This was written before the full extent of the holocaust was known, but that does not alter the fact that THE LARGE MAJORITY OF SURVIVING JEWS IN THE WORLD IS OF EASTERN EUROPEAN - AND THUS PERHAPS MAINLY OF KHAZAR - ORIGIN. If so, this would mean that THEIR ANCESTORS CAME NOT FROM THE JORDAN BUT FROM THE VOLGA, NOT FROM CANAAN BUT FROM THE CAUCASUS, once believed to be the cradle of the Aryan race; and THAT GENETICALLY THEY ARE MORE CLOSELY RELATED TO THE HUN, UIGUR AND MAGYAR TRIBES THAN TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB. Should this turn out to be the case, then the term ‘anti-Semitism’ would become void of meaning, based on a misapprehension shared by both the killers and their victims. The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like THE MOST CRUEL HOAX THAT HISTORY HAS EVER PERPETRATED." (emphasis added)
- Koestler, Arthur (himself a Khazar-Jew)
(2013-05-07) The Thirteenth Tribe (Kindle Locations 105-117). PFD Books. Kindle Edition.
Genetic studies also confirm the Khazar origins of the Ashkenazi-Jew:
"In 'The Missing Link of Jewish European Ancestry: Contrasting the Rhineland and the Khazarian Hypotheses,' published in December in the online journal Genome Biology and Evolution, Dr. Elhaik says he has proved that Ashkenazi Jews’ roots lie in the Caucasus — a region at the border of Europe and Asia that lies between the Black and Caspian seas — not in the Middle East. They are descendants, he argues, of the Khazars, a Turkic people who lived in one of the largest medieval states in Eurasia and then migrated to Eastern Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries."
- Rita Rubin
Scripture itself exposes the fact that the Khazar-Jews are not the true biblical Israelites. I encourage you to Google Sheldon Emry's report "An Open Letter To Any Minister Who Teaches 'the Jews Are Israel' ", an excerpt of which we have given above. This is a fine essay that considers the many biblical descriptions that characterize the true chosen people of God, and one finds that the present-day "Jew" simply does not meet those criteria at all.
Biblical prophecy concurs with our assertion that the modern Jew is not a biblical Israelite. Consider the famous passage of the New Covenant in Jeremiah:
"Jer 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Jer 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
It is clear from the words "Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake" in verse 32 that the physical descendants of literal Israel are referred to here. God will make His covenant with the true physical houses of Judah and Israel and this covenant entails a change of heart - He will put His law in their inwards parts and write it on their hearts. This passage is quoted in Heb 8:8-12 where it is shown to refer to the covenant of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. Thus God's physical people Israel are to be transformed at the coming of the Messiah. Was this prophecy fulfilled in the "Jews" in large part at Christ's coming and has it been fulfilled in the so-called "Jews" of today? Note that the New Covenant was NOT MERELY AN OFFER to the Israelites, it is in fact a prophecy - indeed, a promise - that they would be transformed by God at the coming of the Messiah. Its a rather weak deity who can't make his promises come true after almost 2000 years - the forced conclusion if one accepts the false notion that todays "Jews" are real Israel. Of course, many professed believers will interpret that passage in Jeremiah as referring to the "church" - but that interpretation is unwarranted esoterism that flatly denies to whom the words speak - to the literal houses of Judah and Israel as we already pointed out in verse 32. This practice of spiritualizing texts amounts to no less a crime than rewriting the Scriptures. Mind you, many professed Christians have been so thoroughly indoctrinated that they simply can't escape the erroneous notion that this passage refers to "spiritual Israel" and not the physical nation. At this point only God can open their eyes to see the truth.
Anthropological studies provide yet further evidence:
"In this last chapter I have tried to show that the evidence from anthropology concurs with history in refuting the popular belief in a Jewish race descended from the biblical tribe. From the anthropologist’s point of view, two groups of facts militate against this belief: the wide diversity of Jews with regard to physical characteristics, and their similarity to the Gentile population amidst whom they live. Both are reflected in the statistics about bodily height, cranial index, blood-groups, hair and eye colour, etc. Whichever of these anthropological criteria is taken as an indicator, it shows a greater similarity between Jews and their Gentile host-nation than between Jews living in different countries."
- Koestler, Arthur
(2013-05-07). The Thirteenth Tribe (Kindle Locations 2861-2866). PFD Books. Kindle Edition.
But certainly the final authority on this matter of identification of the Edomite-Jew is the teaching of Christ Himself.
1. John 10:26 reads "But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you".
What could be more clear and evident than this statement that the Edomite-Jews towards whom Jesus was speaking were not counted as belonging to Him?
2. John 8:44 reads "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
Here Jesus identifies the Edomite-Jew as belong to the other camp.
3. John 8:21 reads "Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come."
This is a extraordinary admission where Jesus predicts they will perish spiritually - they have no hope, they will die in their sins. They will not accept salvation. They are of another nature and another kingdom. They do not belong to the kingdom of God - they are of the world of Darkness, where they shall remain forever. THEY ARE NOT THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
On the other hand, which people are the true sheep who have had the gospel for the last 2000 years and have recognized him as the Messiah and worshipped him since the time of his crucifixion?
Furthermore, the holy book of the "Jews", the Talmud contains some of the most vile blasphemies: it implies that Jesus is in hell boiling in hot excrement (Gittin 57a) and that Mary is a prostitute who conceived Jesus by an evil spirit during menstruation (Kallah 1b). For more on the pernicious Khazar-Jew I recommend:
1. "The Synagogue of Satan" by Andrew Carrington Hitchcock. This book deals with the Khazar's nefarious influence in finance and banking.
2. "The Talmud Unmasked" by Rev. I. B. Pranaitis. This can be found online for free. The following are some excerpts of the Talmud:
(a) "Only the Jews are humans, the Non-Jews are not humans, but cattle" ( Kerithuth 6b, Jebhammoth 61a)
(b) "For murder, whether of a Gentile by a Gentile, or of an Israelite by a Gentile, punishment is incurred; but of a Gentile by
an Israelite, there is no death penalty." (Sanhedrin 57a)
(c) "Even the best of the Gentiles should be killed." (Abodah Zara 26b)
(d) "What a Jew obtains by theft from a Gentile he may keep." (Sanhedrin 57a)
(e) "All Gentile children are animals." (Yebamoth 98a)
(f) "Jews may use lies to circumvent a Gentile." (Baba Kamma 113a)
(g) "A Gentile girl who is three years old can be violated." (Aboda Sarah 37a)
(h) "Sexual intercourse with a little girl is permitted if she is three years of age." (Yebhamoth 11b)
(i) "It is permitted to have sexual intercourse with a girl three years old and one day" (Sanhedrin 55b).
(j) "Sexual intercourse is permitted with a dead relative, regardless of whether he or she was single or married.” (Yebhamoth 55b)
Many of you, because of your theological beliefs, honor the Khazar-Jew, but from what we have just read above you now know what they think of you.
3. Pick any book that deals with the Khazar-Jews' involvement in the Bolshevik-communist movement which resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of Orthodox Christians in the Gulags of the Soviet Union. Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Nobel laureate in literature, wrote the Gulag Archipelago, in which he identifies the leaders of the seven most notorious Gulags in the Soviet Union - each one was a Khazar-Jew. He also gives the following description of the Khazar-Jews' attitude towards Christians in the Gulag:
"I love strong opponents! It's such fun to break their backs! said the Leningrad interrogator Shitov (Jew). And if your opponent (e.g. your prisoner) is so strong that he refuses to give in, all your methods have failed and you are in a rage? Then, don't control your fury! It's tremendously satisfying, that outburst! Let your anger have its way; don't set any bounds to it. Don't hold yourself back! That's when interrogators spit in the open mouth of the accused! And shove his face into a full toilet! That's the state of mind in which they drag Christian believers around by their hair. Or urinate in a kneeling prisoner's face! After such a storm of fury you feel yourself a real honest-to-God man!"
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
The Gulag Archipelago
Rev 3:9 reads "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. "
To which people does this refer? According to the verse, this group is recognizable by two characteristics:
1. They falsely claim to be "Jews".
2. They are not of God's kingdom but of Satan's domain.
Given our discussion above there should be little doubt that the Khazar-Edomite fits the description perfectly.
I ask you supporters of Israel, why do you esteem these false "Jews", who have tortured and murdered millions of your brothers in Christ and curse the name of your Savior? I assure you, the wrath of God is upon those who support these impostors, blasphemers and anti-Christs. It is the end times indeed when the synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:9) is honored by the professed church.
Who then are the Biblical Israelites today? First of all, if the Bible is to be believed, they exist and have not been absorbed into the various nations in the world. Consider the seven witnesses: Sun, Moon, Stars, Heaven, Earth, Day and Night, mentioned in Jeremiah 31: 35-36 and 33:25-26, which states unequivocally that Israel would only cease as a nation if these witnesses were to vanish. Well, these witnesses are still here and so is the biblical house of Israel. Who are they? They can be none other than those of European descent. Indeed Europeans have had the Gospel for 2000 years right since the time of Christ; all the New Testament letters were sent to Europeans or Judahites - none to Africa or Asia; Europeans established seminaries and Christian universities and translated the Bible into hundreds of languages; they founded entire nations and constitutions on the principles of the Bible; they sent missionaries worldwide to spread the gospel - which is how all the other races have come to hear the gospel - through white Europeans. Europeans and their descendants fulfill the prophecy of the New Covenant in Jeremiah 31:31-34 whereas the "Jews" do not. We European-descended peoples are the true biblical nation of Israel, not the "Jews".
The Israelites are referred in Assyrian tablets as "Khumri". This is a reference to the Israelite king "Omri" mentioned in the Bible. It is recorded in Assyrian records that the Israelites were taken captive and exiled in Assyria (as the Old Testament also affirms). The name for them then altered to "Gimiri". The Behistun Inscription, in the Kermanshah Province of Iran, identifies the "Gimiri" with the "Scythians". The Scythians then moved north along the Black Sea and into Europe where they became known as Goths and finally settled in Northern Europe under the various names they adopt today. This is elaborated in the late archaeologist Raymond Capt's book "Missing Links Discovered in Assyrian Tablets" as well as various other sources, but I find Capt's the best.
Also notable is that the so-called lost tribes of Israel were identified by Josephus, the Jewish historian (70 AD about) as being on the other side of the Euphrates river (cf. Antiquities of the Jews, 11:5:2). These are the Parthians who are considered a branch of the Scythians. They also moved up into Europe after their wars with Rome (cf. Steven Collins' books).
For further study into this most important and interesting question I recommend the following books:
1. "The Story of Celto-Saxon Israel" by W. H. Bennett. A good introduction.
2. "Missing Links Discovered in Assyrian Tablets" by Raymond Capt. Capt was an archeologist and points to interesting archeological findings here.
3. "Tracing our Ancestors" by Frederick Haberman. Interesting survey of the Adamic race and its history.
4. "God's Covenant People - Yesterday, Today and Forever" by Ted Weiland. Approaches the subject through scripture as well as history.
5. "Uncovering the mysteries of your hidden inheritance" by Robert Allen Balaicius. The author gives numerous examples of well-known, respected individuals throughout history who have supported the European-Israel identity.
6. "The Origins and Empire of Ancient Israel" by Steven M. Collins. A very readable account that also delves into ancient American archaeology.
7. "Israel's Lost Empires" by Steven M. Collins. The second in his series of four books on the subject.
Without a proper understanding of true Israel one cannot formulate a correct eschatology. Nevertheless, Hoekema's book is worth reading and I do recommend it.
I leave you with some words of warning to those who are blinded by dispensationalism and political correctness:
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
ADDITION: No one yet has been able to refute any of the assertions that I have made about the origins of the modern fake impostor "Jew" and the Israelite identity of the European descendant. Yet many seem opposed to my claims. This is evidence indeed of the latter day apostasy and blindness that shall engulf the professed church. Those who resist the truth, resist God Himself, and will have something to answer for on Judgment Day.
- I wish you all the best and with all my blessings.
Other Millennial Positions
"Gives an interesting critique of postmillennialism, though he does avoid a few of their stronger arguments. Secondly, I am not so sure his critique of Shepherd's exegesis of Revelation 20, with which so far I agree with Hoekema, doesn't actually backfire and challenge Hoekema's own position"
Hoekema’s exegesis of Revelation 20:
He argues that Revelation 20:1 takes us back to the beginning of the NT era (227). He makes the specific argument that the defeat of Satan began with the coming of Christ. He claims that Jesus’s parable of the strong man is the binding of Satan today (229). Concerning verse 4 he says that the referent to the “souls of those who have been beheaded” necessarily shifts the location to heaven (231).
Hoekema is adamant that there is no earthly reign, claiming that the scene in vv. 4-6 is in heaven (233). He sees further parallels in 6:9-11, with the beheaded souls in heaven at the altar. He claims that the two scenes are identical (235).
He specifically glosses esezan to read “the soul’s coming to life after death” (234). Admittedly, this is superior to the Augustinian gloss of “regeneration.”
Analysis and Critique
His section on the resurrection is pretty good and one is warmly encouraged by his use of passages showing that the Spirit is a downpayment, giving believers hope that they will be saved (something often missing from anchoretic treatments). I did find it interesting that he conceded that Paul never speaks of the resurrection of unbelievers. Contra to Hoekema's earlier argument, this fits in nicely with the premil. I hadn’t even thought of that.
He understands the challenge that Isaiah 65:20 poses to the amillennial scheme, even noting it’s a hard text. At the end, though, he simply says it is figurative language. This is anti-climactic, to say the least.
He asks the perceptive question (p. 283 n.17) as to what will the glorified saints be reigning over (ala Rev. 5). He says they will be reigning over the new creation. This response is unsatisfactory. Unless we are reigning over dogs and cats, the word reign is being used differently than in its normal sense. Some of the silliness of premil aside, their answers are more satisfactory. He is correct, though, that our “reigning” must always be tied in with our “resurrection.” If this is so, then it makes little sense, per his earlier arguments, to see the reigning in Revelation 20 as disembodied souls in heaven.
Does his exegesis of Revelation 20 work? It is certainly better than previous Augustinian and some postmillennial accounts. If the words “coming to life/resurrection” refer to regeneration, then we have the absurd results that the martyrs are regenerated after they are beheaded for their faith! Hoekema rightly avoids this oddity.
He struggles, though, to make the point that the reigning in ch.20 is merely spiritual and heavenly. As he notes elsewhere (p. 287) reigning is tied to resurrection, which is bodily. Further, his claim that the text nowhere says we are reigning on earth is simply false on at least two counts. Rev. 5:10 specifically says we will reign on earth. Further, the syntax of Rev. 20:1-3 presupposes that Rev. 19 is a sequential account of Christ’s return. Chap 19 specifically says Christ returned “to earth.” The words in chap 20, “then,” “no longer,” and “after that,” particularly the latter, necessarily demand the previous context be taken into account.
Hoekema’s recapitulatory reading, while occasionally interesting, simply breaks down at the end. Given that the chapter headings are a late addition to the text, and the overwhelming sequential terms in chs. 19-20, it simply is not true that chapter 20 begins a recapitulation. Certainly, we may hear echoes as in Rev. 6 and Rev. 20, but the two situations are entirely different. The martyred souls in Revelation 20 cannot be said to be reigning in heaven. If anything, they are pleading for vengeance, something rather odd for “ruling and reigning!”
Decent appendix dealing with modern eschatologies. The section on Moltmann needs to take Moltmann's later "Coming of God" into account. Further, one can't accuse Moltmann of not specifying the content of future eschatology when the bible itself really doesn't do that. Even more, when premillennialists like MOltmann do that with regard to OT prophecies, we are told we shouldn't take them literally, so Hoekema’s charge is quite unfair.
While I disagree with his amillennialism, Hoekema’s text is to be welcomed. It’s exegesis is far superior to previous amillennial accounts. Further, it lacks the gnostic despair that characterized much of institutional amillennialism in the 20th century.
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