Thursday, 13 December 2012



By Rev. Ted Pike
4 Dec 2012

 Rev. Ted Pike and his wife Alynn.

National Prayer Network
Few people realize that, as recently as 120 years ago, virtually every religious Jew was essentially anti-Zionist.  They agreed that, because of their sins, God allowed their expulsion into the world.  They also agreed it was God's will that they remain in exile and not return to Palestine until collective repentance had occurred. They agreed, as Jeremiah warned, that they should not listen to the rebellious voice of those who advised them, contrary to God's decree, to return to Jerusalem and retake the land.  (Jer. 29:8-9)  Instead, they should wait until the Messiah comes. He would reinvigorate their piety and lead them once again to their promised land.  (See "Jewish Religious Opposition of Zionism" at

Today, ultra-Orthodox Jews of Neturei Karta and Jews Against Zionism are among the last survivors of at least eight million eastern European (Ashkenazi) and a million Sephardic/Oriental Jews who believed this way.  Reform Jewry was among them.  Jews living in the 1880s would be astonished at any suggestion that dispersed Jewry had privileges to return and set up a kingdom in Palestine. They would point to dozens of prohibitions in the Old Testament law upholding Jehovah’s dictum that if they rebelled they could never come back as a nation except in obedience. (See List of Conditional Occupation Verses)

However, such Jews, including Neturei Karta today, do not believe their people were exiled because of rejection or even crucifixion of Jesus. Such ultra-Orthodox devotees of the Talmud and Kabala make public statements of reverence for Jesus as a “great teacher” and declare that Talmudic Judaism shares Christ's values. (This pleases anti-Zionists.)  But they agree with the Talmud that Jesus was a false prophet. The Talmud says that He (under the pseudonym “Balaam”) now resides in hell, writhing in boiling semen (Gittin 56b-57a). As such, they believe it was the greatest virtue for the Pharisees and the Jewish people to have persuaded the Romans to crucify Him.
Such anti-Zionist Jews believe the Jewish people are under judgment for not fully obeying a vastly greater authority than Jesus or even Moses and the prophets: the Pharisees. Only when Jews repent and return to study and veneration of the sacred writings of the Pharisees, the Talmud and Zohar, as God desires, and end defilement of the holy land by allowing Talmud-rejecting secular Jews to live there, will God’s blessing return to Jews.  When God allows Messiah to come, He will soften the hearts of Jews everywhere to seek the God of their Pharisaic forefathers. In fulfillment of a multitude of Old Testament prophesies, the Jewish people will be gathered and led back to Palestine to occupy the land and rule over the nations. Christianity (idolatry) will be banned and Hebrew monotheism enforced under penalty of death.  (Zohar I 25b, 47a, 60a, etc.)

Titus destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD and Bar Kokhba failed to bring in the Messianic kingdom in his revolt of the Jews in 135 AD.  Recognizing God's clear judgment on them, Jewry everywhere accepted His conditional terms for reoccupation of Palestine.  Such remained unquestioned dogma for religious Jews until emergence of Zionism in the late 19th century. 
Secular Zionism discounted Old Testament conditional terms of occupation. Obedience no longer mattered.  According to Zionism, the overwhelming issue facing Jewry was how to find a safe place in an allegedly anti-Semitic world. Uganda and Madagascar were considered, but charismatic and determined leaders like Theodore Herzl convinced secular Jews (largely Marxist from Eastern Europe) they could find such safety in Palestine.

19th Century Christians Agreed with Jews: No Obedience, No Land

For 1900 years Christians shared the basic belief of Orthodox Jews that Jewish sin caused exile and Jews should not return to Palestine. Most Christians believed their return would be permitted at the second coming of Christ when a remnant would repent.

Zionism was massively funded by western Jewry and promoted particularly by the British and their Balfour Declaration. Zionism had one virtue which made it irresistible to both Jews and evangelicals: It was extremely successful.

Most Jews and evangelical Christians quickly succumbed to the argument that God’s conditional terms were part of a previous Old Testament dispensation (as Scofield taught). (See "A Simple Explanation of Scofield Dispensationalism") Zionism’s success seemed to confirm that God was waiving His previous demands for obedience. Clearly, the safety and prosperity of His chosen people now took precedence. Both Jews and Christians began to teach that God's top priority was to provide refuge to persecuted world Jewry. Most completely dismissed God’s conditional terms of occupation, which were incompatible with the new theology.

Today, evangelicals have set aside God's Old Testament requirements and have no idea of their ancestors’ convictions.  They reason from a distorted interpretation of God's covenant with Abraham, saying its blessings are unconditional for all Jews.  They perfectly agree with secular Zionists that Jewish obedience no longer matters.  As a result, conditional Scriptures are not part of the premises from which modern Jews and evangelicals reason about the Mideast.

The Problem of the Palestinians

Yet there existed for the Zionists a major obstacle to repopulation of Palestine by Jews. In 1914, there were 634,133 Muslim and Christian Arabs occupying the lands which Jews and evangelicals now believed Jews had divine exclusive right to settle. The question was: “How should Jews and Christians regard the Palestinians in the context of God’s new pleasure in restoring Israel to occupation of Palestine?”

The fundamental attitude of Jews and evangelicals was simple, as it remains today. The Palestinians were a riff-raff people who had no long-term right to live on land hallowed for the Jews. They should somehow just go away, perhaps to surrounding Arab nations. If the land they lived on could not be purchased and they happened to be forced off through unpleasant means (including terrorist violence, mass expulsions, government seizure for “security reasons,” etc.), religious Jews and evangelicals did not want to think about that.

This brings up an unwelcome Biblical fact that Jews and most evangelicals also want to ignore.  When Nebuchadnezzar exiled the southern kingdom of Judah to Babylon in 597 BC, God forbade any Jews but the poorest to live in Palestine. He allowed settlers from Babylonian lands to occupy and cultivate the land. When Jesus came six centuries later, the Jews of Palestine accepted the divine right of such scorned “Samaritans” to occupy most of northern Israel and what is now the West Bank. When the Jews were again exiled by the Romans, the right of the Samaritans and Arabs to tend the land was upheld. As a result, with Jews primarily dispersed into Europe and Western lands for more than 1800 years, Palestinian Arabs continued to be regarded by Jews and Christians as enjoying a divine mandate of occupation. Originally allowed by God to cultivate and tend the land, such descendants of the Babylonian colonists of Samaria, racially mixed with Arabs, became unrivalled agriculturalists of the Mideast.
During the nearly two millennia of Jewish exile, Christians and Jews agreed that Palestinians had divine rights to temporarily dwell in Palestine without threat of eviction. Jews and Christians were thus pro-Palestinian, but not in granting permanent ownership of Palestine to the Palestinians (something the Bible allows only to Christian Jews).  Instead, they unquestionably upheld the original tenant rights God gave the ancestors of the Palestinians as long as the Jews remained in unbelief.

From this discussion, we can see that, although the Jews were given Palestine by Christian nations for ostensibly Biblical reasons, the premises on which almost everyone today reasons concerning the Israeli/Arab conflict are not at all Biblical. They were provided by secular Zionism, overturning Biblical precedent.

Is it any wonder, then, that the Jewish occupation of Palestine beginning in the 20th century has only produced strife and confusion? There is little anyone can do to return the state of Israel to God’s law, as contained in the Jews’ own Torah. But the least every Bible-believing Christian should do is reason not from premises supplied by Bible-destroying Zionists but from the Bible itself.

Did evangelicals and Jews, disregarding God's law, obtain a safe haven for world Jewry?  Prime Minister Netanyahu said last year that Israel is the most dangerous place on earth for a Jew to live.

"There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked." (Isaiah 48:22)

Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization.

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  1. Rev. Ted Pike is director of the National Prayer Network, a Christian/conservative watchdog organization. He is a 1971 graduate of Portland State University, with emphasis in art and philosophy. He is also an accomplished filmmaker, poet, sculptor, and painter. Some of his paintings are presently featured in the ninth annual edition of New Art International by Bookart Press.

    He has appeared on more than 550 radio and TV talk shows since August 2004, educating the public concerning the danger to free speech posed by "anti-hate" laws. Such programs include numerous appearances with Alex Jones, Jeff Rense, Joyce Riley -- Dave Von Kleist, Derry Brownfield, Dr. Stanley Monteith, Jack Blood, Rick Adams, Daryl Bradford Smith and John Stadtmiller.

    Rev. Ted Pike's outreach is largely responsible for international publicity concerning the arrest and imprisonment of 11 Christians in Philadelphia on October 10, 2004. They were threatened with 47 years in prison for the "hate crime" of publicly witnessing to homosexuals.

    Rev. Pike is also the primary national opponent to federal hate crimes legislation, proposed by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. He and his National Prayer Network have played a pivotal role in defeating such legislation the last four times it has been introduced in Congress.

    In the tradition of Christ and the Hebrew prophets, Rev. Pike is an outspoken critic of ADL's evil Jewish leadership. Yet his Biblical balance, upholding God's long-term destiny for redemption of a Jewish remnant at the Second Coming of Christ, commends Rev. Pike's message to listeners. Although he has spoken to many millions, he continues to receive relatively little criticism from either Christians or Jews. On the contrary, countless listeners are deeply appreciative of his timely warnings against hate laws and his exposure of those who have created them.

    Today, ADL/B'nai B'rith hate law bureaucracies are proliferating throughout the world, ending free speech and free talk radio. This has happened in Canada, England, France, Germany, Australia, etc. With establishment of B'nai B'rith's "Department of Global Anti-Semitism" in the U.S. State Department and a 55-nation hate crimes bureaucracy centered in Europe, the "Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe," the threat to free speech posed by hate laws is an increasingly urgent subject for discussion for talk radio, especially for shows with Internet access.

    Decades of research and activism have resulted in the production of a book and multiple video documentaries. Rev. Ted Pike, as no other, has the expertise and experience to explain the very complicated subject of hate laws in a manner that is lively, inoffensive, and easy to understand.

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  2. I Heard a Thrush Sing

    I heard a thrush sing
    and I trembled for the world.
    I watched the morning break;
    I saw a law unfurled.

    A stone once cried to me
    for all the unborn dead.
    I thought I spied a swallow;
    it was a muse instead.

    Rivulets give wisdom
    out of ancient throats.
    Butterflies pontificate
    more than Moses spoke.

    Whose voice is this I hear
    too full for verb or noun?
    His blood's beneath the
    lilies upon Golgotha's crown.

    Copyright © 2006


    Snow Flowers

    Hurricane Ridge is where flowers grow
    without a meadow- snow lingers
    'till late summer, and if the springing lily
    or blue lupine will have their say
    in God's praising- snow or not-
    they flower through.

    I always thought that warmth of flowers was nothing more
    than gaiety and color and a smell that will never
    tell of anything beyond a woman- but when a lily comes
    through snow it warms a crater 'round it
    and in that fecund hollow other tendrils grow-
    thus making cause against the cold.

    Flowers push through concrete also. I have seen
    them splitting stones or living off the bare rock.
    I have even seen them growing out of things long dead
    within a fence of ribs.
    I have seen great triumph of the flowers.

    Flowers are not unduly grieved with fortune.
    Any time or place suffices
    because they have a mandate;
    snow or rock or asphalt cannot detain their making.
    God said Grow-
    has any lily ever disobeyed?

    So when it's time to bloom
    there will be strength; there will be breathing space.
    And if not, if destiny is blunted
    by avalanche or rock slide
    above the power of the plant,
    then there are other flowers.

    There will be room.

    What this means to me I cannot yet apply.
    I have all the instincts of a flower;
    I have the high purpose, the fire,
    the iron will of any flower.
    But of late the strength is missing,
    or perhaps occasion's yet to bloom.
    Whatever is my loss, I have a cause.
    I want to make a fecund place.
    I want to hollow out the cold.
    I want a countenance of praise
    like all heroic lilies,
    And when the day shall smile at last
    on all my dormant expectations,
    then tyranny of sky or demon
    will never keep me under.

    Yet should I find myself to lie
    beneath a heavier heaven or weight
    of darkness than I had dreamed,
    then there are others of my kind.
    The principle remains.

    Copyright © 2006