For Israel, Moses is the ultimate authority

Arno Froese

“I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him” (Deuteronomy 18:18).

For Israel, Moses is the ultimate authority. In the book of Deuteronomy, he repeatedly presents to Israel the option to follow God or not. But that’s not all; as we have read in the above prophecy, there is another prophet to come in the future. How is Israel to recognize Him? By the word of a prophet. When John the Baptist saw Jesus, he proclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36b). We must note here that Jesus had not yet performed any miracles or fulfilled any signs to legitimize Him as the prophet to come. See also verse 40: “One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.” He simply believed; Andrew acted upon his belief, passing on the important message that the Messiah, the Christ, had come. “He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ” (verse 41). 

The next disciple is Philip; he too was a believer in the words Moses had spoken. Thus, we read: “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1:45). The religious authorities, the scribes, priests, Levites, Pharisees, Sadducees, etc., believed the Scripture too, but apparently only with the intellect, not with the heart. Thus, in their minds, Jesus could not have been the Messiah, the Son of God. But our Lord made a prophetic statement about the coming of Antichrist: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive” (John 5:43), and then added, “For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me” (verse 46).

A recent article from the Jerusalem Post exposes evangelical publishers for anti-Israel bias:

     The two publishing houses, InterVarsity Press in the US and the similarly named Inter-Varsity Press in the UK, were sent an open letter by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA).
     “IVP publishing houses have been retailing anti-Israel propaganda for some time,” CAMERA’s Shillman Research Fellow Dexter Van Zile said in a statement. 

     The two publishers have a history of promoting texts filed with factual, historical and cultural errors about Israel. This, the statement said, was evident by the 2016 campaign to pressure the publishers to drop Rv. Dr. Stephen Sizer from its catalogues following numerous controversies over his appearance at anti-Israel conferences.

     Sizer had propagated numerous conspiracy theories in the past, such as Israeli involvement in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

     “Writers such as Rev. Garth Hewitt, Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon and Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac all promote false and hostile narratives—such as, that there is something inherently wrong with Jewish sovereignty, that Christian support for Israel is a betrayal of the Christian faith, and that the conflict in the Holy Land is Israel’s fault,” said Van Zile.

     It is books like these, Van Zile explained, that lay the groundwork for anti-Israel activism growing in more mainline Protestant churches.

     “You can’t promote dishonest propaganda about Israel and then be taken seriously when professing the truths of the Christian faith.”, 1 October 2020

These are well-respected authorities within the evangelical camp; but quite obviously, they do not believe what they have learned. We simply ask, why would anyone, just impartially reading the Old and New Testaments, conclude that “there is something inherently wrong with Jewish sovereignty”? They know many facts, they have studied diligently, but somewhere they deviated from the path of truth to the path of lies. Have they not read what Romans 11 says? “Blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” (verses 25b-26). Verse 28 adds: “As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.” By rejecting Israel, these learned theologians are not only destroying the truth regarding their own faith, but also leading many others astray. Such “evangelicals” are the ambassadors of the one who is to come in his own name: “if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”

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Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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