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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Catholic Church Is ISRAEL

Watch this primer on Judaism by Michael Voris, then read The Catholic Knight's article below.

The Conversion of St. Paul
on the Road to Damascus
THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Today (January 25) is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. It's generally not one of the major feasts we look forward to in the Church, but it is nevertheless a very important commemoration, and it's one that is extremely applicable to our time. You see, one of the biggest problems in Christianity today is a fundamental lack of understanding of what the Church really is. By "Church" I mean the "Catholic Church" directly, and those who are tied to the Catholic Church through baptism indirectly.

First, let me clarify that last sentence. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explicitly teaches that those who are baptized according to the Trinitarian formula, that is in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, have effectively received an authentic Catholic baptism, even if the baptism was not performed by a Catholic priest or deacon. "Baptism constitutes the foundation of communion among all Christians, including those who are not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church: 'For men who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in some, though imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church. Justified by faith in Baptism, [they] are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers by the children of the Catholic Church.' 'Baptism therefore constitutes the sacramental bond of unity existing among all who through it are reborn.'" - (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1271)  So what does that mean? It means that virtually every Protestant has received an authentic baptism recognized by the Catholic Church! It means that virtually every Protestant is in a similar situation to a Catholic who was baptized in the Church, but walked away from the Church before receiving confirmation and holy Eucharist. It means that virtually all Protestants (Evangelicals, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, etc.) effectively have one foot in the door of the Catholic Church, by virtue of their Trinitarian baptism alone. Their communion with Rome does exist, by virtue of our common baptism, but that communion is imperfect and impaired. In addition to that, there are also the Eastern Orthodox Christians, who's sacraments Rome recognizes entirely, who are only separated from Rome simply by canonical issues that can be remedied when the time comes. So when I say the "Church" I am speaking primarily of the Catholic Church directly, and other Christians united to her in baptism indirectly.  The Catholic Church can be compared to a great ship with many small rafts tethered to it.  There is only one ship, which is the "bark of Peter," but many small rafts tethered to her.  The rafts contain groups of Christians, who for whatever reason, are not in full unity with Rome, and the tethered ropes are like the common bond of baptism that unites us.  Now that I've defined things a bit, let's move on to the topic at hand...

The Catholic Church is Israel.

I hope that last sentence stands out for you. Here is the scripture reference to back it up. "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And whosoever shall follow this rule, peace on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." - (Galatians 6:15-16)  Here St. Paul tells his readers that in Christ neither circumcision (Jewish law) nor uncircumcision (Gentile custom) matters. What matters are those who follow the gospel, and those who follow the gospel are the "Israel of God." It is absolutely essential that Christians (not just Catholics) fully understand this. We, the Church, are the "Israel of God." We are Israel. We are the spiritual remnant of ancient Israel, expanded and multiplied, to encompass the whole world. This was (and is) God's plan of salvation. It has not changed. For in the Church, it matters not whether you are Jew or Gentile. What matters is that you are in full-communion with that one Jew who unites us together. I'm speaking of the Jewish rabbi who is both Messiah and King - Jesus of Nazareth.  "In fact, from the beginning of his ministry, the Lord Jesus instituted the Twelve as 'the seeds of the new Israel and the beginning of the sacred hierarchy.'"  - (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 877)

Artist Sketch of an Olive Tree
The Church, particularly the Catholic Church, is Israel. There is no other Israel today, in a Biblical sense, than the Church. The Church is also Zion. There is no other Zion, in a spiritual sense, than the Church. The Church is also the New Jerusalem.  There is no other "Jerusalem," in a spiritual sense than the Church.  This is a fundamental teaching of the New Testament. Without this understanding, everything becomes convoluted. If you read Israel and the Church as being two separate entities than you've missed the boat, and one of the most fundamental teachings of the New Testament just went right over your head. In the eleventh chapter of St. Paul's epistle to the Romans he uses the illustration of an olive tree to make his point. He compares the Church to a tree that has its roots in the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), and its trunk representing the Law and Prophets in the Old Testament. No tree trunk grows upward into infinity. At some point it must sprout branches, and so St. Paul's "olive tree" does the same. These branches make up the modern Church in Jesus Christ. Some branches are Jewish Christians. Many branches are Gentile Christians. Both are precious in the eyes of God.  This is the "Israel of God."

What about those Jews who refused to believe in Jesus Christ? St. Paul himself tells us those are the branches that were cut off from the tree - at least for the time being. These branches can however be grafted back in at any time, and indeed he assures us that someday they all will be, in the fullness of time. As far as we're concerned anyway, Christianity (neither Judaism nor some piece of real estate in the Middle East) makes up the new "Israel of God," and it's been this way ever since Christ initiated the New Covenant some 2,000 years ago.  

This is how we Christians are to understand ourselves, and the Church, in the context of Israel and the Old Testament. I cannot stress how incredibly important this is, because if it is not understood, the errors that will arise from it will be nothing short of monumental!

Where does this put the Church in relation to the rest of the Jewish people? Simply put, we (the Church) are Zion! We are Israel!  That is what it explicitly says in the New Testament and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  To become complete as a Jew is no different than what it takes to become complete as a Gentile. We all must be "grafted in" to Israel - which is The Catholic Church! The path is no different for a Jew than it is for a Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu or Wiccan. We are all the same in God's eyes now, and the door is open to all of us equally.

It had to be this way you see. Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant, and established a New Covenant that puts us all on equal footing. He didn't destroy the Old Covenant - he FULFILLED it!  The Old Covenant still remains, but is fulfilled in Christ, and must be understood fully in the context of Christ.

Now the Gospel was given first to the Jews - that is to the apostles and disciples of Jesus - and then to the rest of the world. It was delivered to the synagogues first, where the apostles would gather a small remnant of faithful Jews who would in turn help them deliver the gospel to the Gentiles.  "The Church keeps ever in mind the words of the Apostle about his kinsmen: 'theirs is the sonship and the glory and the covenants and the law and the worship and the promises; theirs are the fathers and from them is the Christ according to the flesh' (Rom. 9:4-5), the Son of the Virgin Mary. She also recalls that the Apostles, the Church's main-stay and pillars, as well as most of the early disciples who proclaimed Christ's Gospel to the world, sprang from the Jewish people." - (Nostra Aetate, 4; Second Vatican Council, October 28, 1965)  The one and only boasting privilege of being a Jewish convert to the Church is knowing that God came in the flesh as one of your own kinsmen, and he gave the Gospel to your kinsmen first, and they in turn gave it to the world. That is what it means to be a Jewish Christian - a Hebrew Catholic.  Yet there is more, St. Paul tells us that the rejection of the gospel by the majority of Jews is actually a blessing to the world, because by doing so, the gospel has been given to the Gentiles, and it has allowed the Church (God's Israel) to expand to the farthest reaches of the earth.  That is not the end of the story though, St. Paul gives us a prophetic glimpse of the future of the Jewish people.  While the Church gains more Jewish converts in every era, Paul tells us that a day will come when the Jewish people will accept the gospel en mass, thus completing the Church and bringing the final epic of human history to a close.  He more than hints that the fullness of Israel (the Church), by the inclusion of all the Jewish people together with the Gentiles, will result in the Second Advent of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and the life everlasting!  But there is more, the apostle also tells us that there will never be a time in human history when the Church will be vacant of faithful Jewish Christians.  He assures us that throughout all of history, God always has a remnant of his original covenant people in the Church.  No other race or ethnic group has been given such a promise.  It is unique only to the Jews.  So we Gentile Christians must never be haughty or nasty toward the Jewish people, whether they are believers or not, for God has promised their tribe more than any of us.  One day they shall ALL be our Christian brethren, so we must treat them appropriately, and until that day comes, there will always be a faithful remnant of them in God's Israel - that is The Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church (Israel) has soundly condemned all forms of hatred or bigotry toward people of Jewish heritage and culture.  Specifically, some corrupt individuals throughout history have tried to collectively blame ALL Jews for the crucifixion of Christ.  This is unfair.  The only people responsible for this were the people who actually condemned Jesus Christ to death - meaning the Jewish Sanhedrin of 33 AD.  We're talking about a group of no more than 71 men here - and not all of them agreed.  Some of them actually rose to Jesus' defense.  However, the majority of these 71 men (at least 37 to 50 men) found Christ "guilty" of blasphemy and condemned him to death.  These are the only men we should ever hold fully responsible, and all of them have been dead for some 20 centuries now.  To hold the Jewish people of today collectively responsible for a crime that was committed by about 50 men some 2,000 years ago is irrational and prejudice.  The Catholic Church has categorically condemned such irrational prejudice and specifically teaches: "although the Church is the new people of God, the Jews should not be presented as rejected or accursed by God, as if this followed from the Holy Scriptures" and "furthermore, in her rejection of every persecution against any man, the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone." - (Nostra Aetate, 4)

A great fallacy has been circulating the globe for the last century and a half. It has particularly taken root in Anglophone (English-speaking) countries. It is the fallacy called Dispensationalism. It is a heresy that not only permeates many Protestant denominations and affiliations, but it has even penetrated the Catholic Church.  Yes, there are Dispensationalist groups even among Catholics.  The fallacy teaches that God has formed two covenant peoples. There are the Jews of the Old Covenant, and the Church of the New Covenant. The fallacy continues to teach that the modern day Jews of today are still "Israel" and that Israel is a completely separate entity from the Church. So the fallacy goes, God has one plan of salvation for ethnic Israel (the Jews), and another for the Church (primarily Gentiles). As the fallacy of Dispensationalism has played out over the last century and a half, the national State of Israel is incorrectly assumed to be the "true Israel" while the Church is simply considered "the Church" having no real connection. Some Christians use this rationale to blindly support the State of Israel, regardless of it's politics that often harm both Palestinian Christians and Muslims. This ideology is called "Zionism" and it is contrary to the gospel.  Jesus, the rightful King of Israel, plainly stated that his Kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36), because if it were his servants would fight.   Jesus however, did not instruct his apostles to fight.  He instructed them to pray and to teach instead.  This teaching upset some of his followers, perhaps even Judas Iscariot (who eventually betrayed him), because they were waiting for years for a Messiah that would violently take back the old Kingdom of Israel from the Romans.  They dreamed of a glorious battle of liberation not seen since the time of the Maccabees.  Jesus had different plans.  The Kingdom of God (Israel) is not about a piece of real estate and who owns it.  That is not why God gave them the promised land in the first place.  The promised land wasn't about the promised land, it was about providing a nursery suitable for God to raise up his people for a much greater task ahead.  That being the task of taking the gospel to the world, and expanding Israel (the Church) to cover the whole planet.  It was not to be a kingdom of laws and men, but rather a Realm of Spirit and Truth, founded on Jesus Christ and built on Peter the rock.  To focus on real estate in the Middle East is to completely miss the point.  The ancient Land of Israel was merely a nursery to raise God's people for something bigger and better.  It was a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.  The problem with Zionism is that it focuses completely on the land - real estate - and ignores the role of the Church.

Some Christians use the Dispensationalist rationale to seek religious fulfillment in modern Jewish ceremonies and liturgies. This is a very ancient error called "Judaizing," an error strongly condemned by St. Paul. (Most Christians who do this today are Evangelical Protestants who often call themselves "Messianics" or "Messianic Jews.")

The above are the modern manifestations of the fallacy of Dispensationalism, but it is the fallacy itself that is most dangerous, because it denies the Biblical place of the Church in the divine plan of God.

Christians would do well to remember that St. Paul, and the apostles, thought the Greek version of the Jewish scriptures (Septuagint) was just as authoritative as the Hebrew and Aramaic versions. In fact it can be said they even thought it far more relevant to the New Covenant than any other version, as the majority of quoted Old Testament passages in the New Testament come from this Greek version. Christians would do well to remember that the word most commonly used for the Nation of Israel in this Greek Old Testament is "Ecclesia" which means literally "a called out people." It's the exact same word used in the original Greek New Testament for the Church. In the eyes of St. Paul and the apostles, Israel and the Church were one in the same. This was in perfect continuity with the Old Testament as demonstrated in St. Paul's "olive tree" illustration (Romans 11).

Let us remember today why St. Paul was on the road to Damascus some 2,000 years ago. Back then he was known simply as "Saul," a pious Jew who took it upon himself to persecute the Church. He was knocked off his horse and blinded by an apparition of the Lord Jesus Christ - who asked him "Saul, why are you persecuting me?" St. Paul was persecuting the Church, using Jewish laws, in a form of inquisition sanctioned by the scribes and pharisees in Jerusalem. These scribes and pharisees had no recognition of the Church being part of Israel, but the irony was that the reason why they did not recognize Israel in the Church was because the scribes and pharisees were no longer part of Israel - at least not in a spiritual sense. They had cut themselves out, through self-excommunication, by denying Jesus as the promised Messiah. In turn, Jesus revoked the authority of the Jewish leadership, by giving the "keys of the kingdom" to St. Peter (Matthew 16:18-19) effectively making the fisherman the King's prime minister - spokesman for all Israel. St. Peter later went to Rome and founded the Church there where he eventually met up with St. Paul, and together they led the Church there, and ultimately shed their blood for her.

Today a new kind of persecution of the Church is going on, and it's rooted in the fallacy of Dispensationalism. This fallacy leads to the worst form of anti-Catholicism, as is evidenced by the volumes of anti-Catholic writings produced by Dispensationalist authors. While in some cases, Dispensationalism actually causes Christians to support some very unChristian things - such as Zionism and Judaizing for example. Let's not beat around the bush here.  Dispensational theology is physically harming Christians! How?  This is how it works.  Dispensationalism leads Christians to support Zionism.  Zionism in turn leads to the blind support of the Nation of Israel and all its policies, regardless of their effect.  Many of those policies are directed against the Palestinian people, regardless of their religion, and many of those Palestinian people are Christians. Those Palestinian Christians suffer poverty and physical infirmity because of those policies. The strange irony of our time is that many Christians in the West, (mainly Evangelical Dispensationalists), including some who claim a Jewish-Christian identity, are blindly supporting a regime that is directly persecuting their Christian brethren (Palestinian Christians) in the very homeland of Jesus Christ, and they do this thinking Jesus somehow approves. The strange irony is that while St. Paul instructed Western Christians to take up collections to help Palestinian Christians during his time, Dispensationalist pastors actively take up collections to support a regime that persecutes them in our time.  Dispensationalism is a fallacy that must be resisted, but this can only be effectively done by knowing and understanding the place of the Church as the new "Israel of God." This is what the New Testament teaches. It is not "replacement theology" as some have incorrectly labeled it. This is authentic "olive tree ecclesiology" as understood by the man who invented it - St. Paul himself - and has been historically called by the name "Covenant Theology."

The proper place for a Jewish believer in Jesus Christ is the same place as a non-Jewish believer in Jesus Christ, and that is the Catholic Church.  Throughout her history, the Catholic Church has never been without Jewish members.  Some are converts, and some are born into the Church from converts.  In recent decades, there has been an increasing number of Jewish converts to the Catholic Church.  As a result of this, some of these Jewish converts have organised into the Association of Hebrew Catholics, which is a simple lay apostolate approved by Cardinal Raymond Burke (Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Signatura) designed to assist and support Jewish people entering the Catholic Church, as well as stand as a witness to the ongoing Jewish (Hebrew) presence within the Catholic Church.  If you are Jewish, or have Jewish ancestry, please consider coming home to Zion -- the new Israel of God -- which is the Catholic Church.  Please click here to contact the Association of Hebrew Catholics today!


scotju said...

This is one of your best posts. The American Catholics need to understand this traditional teaching because of the false doctrine of dispensationalism is universal here in America. Posting the Voris video was a good idea, for it presents Catholic doctrine in a winsome manner.
The dual covenent doctrine is being pushed by some prominent Jewish converts like Roy Schoeman and some Protestant converts like Mark Shea. These folks should be reigned in and forbidden to teach on doctrine concerning the Jews and Israel until they conform to the traditional understanding.

Anonymous said...

Dear Catholic Knight and fellow readers,

American Catholics and Christians of all denominations need to remember that they are hurting their fellows by subscribing to dispensationalism!! yes!! they hurt marounite, Syriac and Melchite palestinian and other Middle Eastern Christians such as iraqi, Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian and iranian Christians!! they send Zionist missions into the Holy land who stand by while the Marounite etc Christian congregation 50 metres down the street is defaced, vandalized, its members harassed violently or worse! It hurts!! It truly hurts!! We are called to worship in spirit and in truth, we are called to be One in the Spirit and One in the Lord! How can you in the US stand back and let your brothers and sisters in Christ be hurt and driven from their ancient indigenous homelands - yes, Christianity is an indigenous Middle Eastern Religion!! It is 'second hand' to Western Europe, and third hand to the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand!! I am an anglo convert to Marounite christianity and this pillage and turning of a blind eye by the West breaks my heart! It fills me with Righteous anger! Answer me! HOW CAN YOU STAND BY AND ALLOW THIS ATTROCITY?!

I must cease now, lest I say something i would regret.

Thank you, Catholic Knight, Defend your poor brethren in the Middle East!

An Anglo Australian Marounite.

Conscientious Catholic said...

Very good. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Thank you. So many people don't even stop to think about the fulfillment of the old with the new, the Catholic Church. Good job!

Anonymous said...

I's interesting that in the Canon of the Traditional Latin Mass a reference to: "Abraham, our patriarch" is made, to also show the continuance of the Covenant.

Karen said...

"Zionism" need not necessarily mean anything more that the support for the country called Israel to live in peace from terrorist attacks by its Muslim neighbours.

The Catholic Knight said...

Actually Karen, with all due respect, I disagree. What you are referring to is "civility" not "zionism." Terrorist attacks and invasions by Israel's neighboring countries are acts of incivility. In other words, they are uncivilized actions. Civilized nations do not attack their neighbors simply because they dislike them, and civilized people do not strap bombs to themselves and detonate them in public market places with women and children nearby.

In reference to the State of Israel we all pray for civility. We pray for civility on the part of Israel's enemies, and upon the Israeli government itself.

Zionism has a very specific definition. Websters defines Zionism as follows: "an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel."

This sounds innocent enough, and who wouldn't want Jews to have a homeland? Well I personally don't care if Jews live in Palestine, as they have just as much a right to live there an anyone else. Now that so many have returned there, it's reasonable to assume there will always be a Jewish presence there until the end of time. Again, I'm fine with that. The issue here is politics and nothing more. That's what Zionism is - a political movement. It has to do with the a political government, primarily controlled by Jewish parties, with the objective of creating an exclusively "Jewish state" and restoring Jewish culture. What is Jewish culture? The word culture comes from the Latin "cultus" which means "religion." To restore a culture fully, one must restore the original religion, and make no mistake about it, that is what they're after. They want a Jewish state, a rebuilt Temple, and the restoration of the ancient Jewish laws and sacrifices. Again, I could care less, but there is a problem with that. They want to do this in an area that has been dominated by Arab Muslims for over 1,000 years. To accomplish it, they need to squeeze the Palestinian (Christians and Muslims) out, and they've been doing it for the last 40 years by gradually building settlements in areas supposedly reserved for Palestinians. This is the political problem with Zionism, which is a political movement.

It doesn't have to be this way. Prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, there were many Jews who lived there. They lived in peace with their Arab neighbors (Muslims and Christians). There were no invasions from Arab neighboring countries and there were no terrorist attacks. It is possible for it to be that way again. Israel can stop it's anti-Palestinian policies and either recognize full Palestinian sovereignty, or else drop the two state solution and give all Palestinians full-citizenship within Israel.

Zionism is a political movement with political consequences. Those consequences have led to incivility on both sides. The only solution then is to undo the political movement that caused the political consequences and this will do much to restore civility to the region. I doubt that will happen though, and I think we all know what the final result will be.

Matariel said...

It is wrong to say, "the Church, particularly the Catholic Church"... the Church IS the Catholic Church. Period. The Protestants may have a valid baptism and have some kind of "tie" to the Church, but they are not part of it, nor have they been incorperated into it by baptism: as St. Augustine said, "Just as baptism is of no profit to the man who renounces the world in words and not in deeds, so it is of no profit to him who is baptized in heresy or schism; but each of them, when he amends his ways, begins to receive profit from that which before was not profitable, but was yet already in him."
Likewise, St. Fulgentius says: ""Anyone who receives the sacrament of baptism, whether in the Catholic Church or in a heretical or schismatic one, receives the whole sacrament; but salvation, which is the strength of the sacrament, he will not have, if he has had the sacrament outside the Catholic Church [and remains in deliberate schism]. He must therefore return to the Church, not so that he might receive again the sacrament of baptism, which no one dare repeat in any baptized person, but so that he may receive eternal life in Catholic society, for the obtaining of which no one is suited who, even with the sacrament of baptism, remains estranged from the Catholic Church."

To posit that "the Church" is a separate entity that contains "the Catholic Church" as a separate entity is heresy. There is one Church, the Catholic Church. "One is my dove, my beloved is but one."

The Catholic Knight said...

Matariel, my wording in that case was poor. You are correct in your assessment. There is only one Church - the Catholic Church - all others are merely communities and groups of Christians sadly estranged from the one Catholic Church by heresy, yet mysteriously united to her through baptism. This is what I meant by "one foot in the door" but not fully inside. Yes, my wording was poor and can be easily misunderstood as heresy. That was not my intent. Thank you for pointing it out.

Liturgical Cow said...

@scotju. I don't know about Mark Shea thought regarding dual covenant theology. But to be fair, Roy Schoeman does not agree to this approach and said that dual covenant theory is a mistake, he even said it as heresy.

At least this can be seen from his answer in interview, such as this:

scotju said...

Cow, you are correct that Schoeman doesn't believe in the dual covenant error. However, he espouses several other errors that are just as bad as DC. This article posted at shows that he has an incrediably Judeocentric view of the fullfillment of Old Testament prophecies that the Church has taught were fullfilled in Christ and the Church.
As for the DC error RS believes the Old Covenant was only partially replaced by the New Covenant, not entirely replaced. With a statement like this I can see why some might think he's a DC believer. However, he's wrong about the "partial replacement". Hebrews makes it quite clear that the OC is totally gone.

The Catholic Knight said...

I understand the Vatican has to be very careful in it's relation to the State of Israel, and this is understandable considering both it's secular and diplomatic nature. However, I have become very uncomfortable with any religious connection made by Catholic theologians (be they laymen, priests, bishops or popes) between Middle Eastern real estate and the Jewish people. This is for two reasons.

One, the connection between the Holy Land and Jewish control of the Holy Land was decisively settled in 70 AD with the destruction of the Second Temple. The consensus of the Church Fathers was that the events of 70 AD translated as God's visitation upon the rebel leaders of the ancient Jewish state and their destruction (followed by their diaspora) was evidence that the Old Covenant was fulfilled in Christ, and because they refused to recognize that, they in turn received many of the temporal punishments associated with the Old Covenant. There are more than a small number of Jews today who recognize that Jews are not supposed to retake control of the Holy Land until after Messiah comes (even though they don't recognize him as Jesus Christ) and therefore consider the current state of Israel an abomination according to Jewish Law (Torah). Up until recently (the last 100 years) this has consistently been the official rabbinical understanding of the Jewish relation to the Holy Land. I don't agree with these Jewish groups that the current State of Israel is an "abomination" but I do believe it is misguided and potentially dangerous. Nevertheless, Jewish presence and Jewish control are not necessarily the same thing. There can be a large Jewish presence in the Holy Land, and even a large Jewish representation in the government of the Holy Land. The problem comes with the identification of the Holy Land as a "Jewish State" and laws associated that try to enforce this.

Two, Christian theology unmistakably asserts that Jesus Christ is the new and final King of Israel. I dare say no credible Christian theologian (Catholic or Protestant) can deny this. If that is the case, and it is, than lets look at the actions of the current Israeli State and see if Jesus (the rightful King of Israel) would approve. First, the Jewish State denies Jesus is the King - strike one. Second, the Jewish State does not recognize Christians under the "right of return" - strike two. Third, the Jewish State has created a two-class society of Israelis and Palestinians that effectively relegates many Christians to second-class status - strike three. Fourth, Israel frequently authorizes settlements on Palestinian land (i.e. "theft"), while simultaneously bulldozing (vandalizing) houses made by Palestinians on Palestinian land because they allegedly didn't have the proper permit - strike four. Fifth and finally, many Zionist groups are seeking to rebuild the ancient temple and restart the animal sacrifices in complete denial of the finished sacrifice of Jesus Christ - strike five. Based on all of these things, I don't think the King of Israel approves of the actions done by the State of Israel. In fact, since the State of Israel doesn't acknowledge the King of Israel at all, I am again inclined to reason that the State of Israel is not "Israel" at all, but rather a man-made Zionist pipedream.

Michelle Therese said...

This has been very informative! Without knowing it I had become a dispensationalist. Oops!

Anonymous said...

Don,t forget that a Prostestant who receives a valid baptism must deny his heretical errors and believe all that Catholic Church teaches or they become formal heretics. Pope Eugene said at the Counsel of Florence that if they continue in their errors that they will not inherit the Kingdon of God.Protestantism is simply what we call today "identity theft"; they stole the Catholic Church's identity and are using it tear apart Christ Mystical Body.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I strongly disagree with your dismissive, facile take on this issue! How dare you presume to know the mind of G-d in His relation to the seed of Abraham? How arrogant it is to ignore the reestablishment of the physical nation of Isreal - a miracle in our day - as a part of G-d's plan! Saint Paul himself declared that the Jews remain a Covenant people (Romans 11: 25-29) who will be gathered again to Him in salvation after "the full number of Gentiles" has been received. Oh, the (over-)confidence of youth, as displayed here ...

The Catholic Knight said...

Anonymous, so am I to presume by your comments that you know the mind of God better than I? What's your authority?

scotju said...

Anonymous, btw you criticized TCK, I assume you're a Hebrew Roots dispensationalist. The use of G-d is a dead giveaway. In case you haven't noticed, Paul's epistles (Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, and Heberws)makes it quite clear that the old, Mosaic covenant is annulled. That means no land, no Levitical priesthood, no nothing that was given under that covenant. The only Old Testamrnt covenant that is still in effect is the one given to Abraham concerning his seed, Christ. The land was promised to his descendants, but God said he would take it away from them if they revolted against him. This was fullfiled in 70AD. Christ said their house would be left desolate because of their disobediance, and they would be scattered among the nations. In spite of a political enity called Israel, they are still scattered, just like Christ said they would be. And because the current nation called Israel has no covenant to guarantee it's continued existance as a political enity, the chances of it falling to the Muslims are pretty good.
By any chance, are you a member of the Association Of Hebrew Catholics or some Protestant Hebrew Roots group?

weaver said...

Great work on this i havre it linked on my channel, 88kmitchell youtube, i have a link here of the start of this Messianic deception in America

Christian Messianic Zionism roots

Anonymous said...

Even the Talmud tells us the Mosaic Covenant is done.

Roy Meraz said...

Wow, great work! Thanks and God Bless!

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir Knight:

God Bless all who currently dwell in the Middle East.-- But a word of caution: many well-meaning Jewish people have noticed that the leaders of Israel are into the occult and refuse to answer questions about their possible masonic/secret society associations. This is a dangerous problem! Will masons, gentile and Jewish alike, put their own man, a "messiah", on the throne in a rebuilt "Solomon's" (Masonic) temple to rule the world at some time in the future?.

Sounds crazy, but check the links below. Why does a Jewish man running for office in Israel refuse to denounce the pentagram in Zion's Square in Jerusalem?
Why do men in the Great Synagogue
of Jerusalem refuse to denounce
this same pentagram or answer if they are in secret socities? What
are they up to? What are they afraid of? The links are below.

Anonymous said...

Sir Knight:

Below is the direct link to a
youtube video of a politician in
Israel who refuses to affirm or deny he is in a secret society.
He also refuses to discuss the pentagram in Zion Square in Jerusalem. The one link in my previous post doesn't go straight to it. This does. Also, everyone
should look at the Masonic-style Supreme Court building in Israel. It is totally not kosher. Just do an internet picture or youtube search of the Israeli Supreme Court. It's unbelieveable!--God Bless!

The Catholic Knight said...

The State of Israel and the entire Zionist movement is totally Masonic. Many people have known this for a long time, and indeed the Zionists within Israel have publicly acknowledged their connections to the Masonic Lodge in many ways, including monuments and architecture. This is perhaps the main reason why the State of Israel is such kindred spirits with the United States, which is likewise built on a Masonic foundation. The goal of the Masonic Lodge has always been to undermine the Catholic Church. The creation of a Secular State of Israel works to that specific end by undermining the Catholic Church's role as the new Israel of God. It works to deceive Christians and Jews together, but most especially Jews, steering them away from the only Messianic Israel that could ever fulfill them -- the Catholic Church. Therefore Christian eschatology demands that there can only be two possible outcomes for the Secular State of Israel. (1) it will be destroyed (or else dismantled) just like every other Zionist movement over the last 2,000 years or, (2) it will continue to succeed and culminate in the reign of Antichrist himself. It will either be one or the other. There can be nothing in between.

Mark Thomey said...

Dear CK:
It may have been only the majority of the Sanhedrin who instigated the case against Christ and manipulated the Romans into crucifying Him, BUT, I think Sacred Scripture, and Catholic teaching through the ages, makes it clear that the Sanhedrin, with the active cooperation of the Jewish people, called down the wrath and curse of God upon themselves and their progeny. The Gospel of St Matthew declares, 'And the whole people answering, said: His blood be upon us and our children.'. Note well that it was THE WHOLE PEOPLE who put this curse on themselves and their descendants, not just the Sanhedrin. This is, I think, the reason why Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by the Romans in AD 70, and why the Jews have been a scattered and despised people ever since. Those Jews who do NOT profess Faith in Jesus Christ and become members of the Catholic Church are doomed to endure the curse their ancestors wrought upon them. Thus why Holy Mother Church prays for the 'perfidious Jews', that they may escape the retribution of God that they brought upon themselves for rejecting our Lord.

The Catholic Knight said...

Indeed Mark, you are correct. This is why political Zionism is doomed, which doesn't bode well for the Secular State of Israel. Zionism gives false hope to modern Jews, in that it delivers the empty promise that the blessings of the Old Covenant (namely the land) can be obtained without trusting in Jesus as the Messiah. Every time the Jews have tried this in the past (three that I am aware of since the apostolic age) it has resulted in catastrophe. I perceive that this time will be no different, regardless of the false sense of strength Israel has in their military and nuclear capabilities (trusting in men, chariots and horses so to speak), as well as their perceived alliance with the United States (like trusting in their alliance with Egypt in the ancient times). All of these things will fail them in the end.

Meanwhile we have the Evangelicals to deal with in the United States, who are overwhelmingly Zionist, along with a growing number of Modernist Catholics who are becoming Zionist. I don't think anything will get through to them outside of catastrophe itself. I'm afraid nothing short of watching another Holocaust unfold before their very eyes will convince them of the folly of Zionism.

As a Traditional Catholic, who believes what the Church has always taught in relation to Israel, I am an advocate of a compassionate rescue plan. I believe it is very possible that Israel may soon need a Dunkirk event to evacuate the survivors. For this we need to be planning now, how we will show the corporal works of mercy toward Israelis when the stuff finally hits the fan. I advocate a multi-national approach in which survivors can be evacuate and repatriated to their ancestral diaspora nations in Europe, along with a generous immigration policy in North and South America, as well as Australia and Oceania. In other words, get them out safely and scatter them around the world, assuming of course the end of Zionism comes as I suspect it will.

There is always the remote possibility that the State of Israel will fall, but the majority of Jews will remain in the Holy Land. This too would fulfill Traditional Church teaching on the matter. This would be preferable to a Dukirk event, but would leave Jews in a precarious position in the Middle East as the Muslim Arabs would not treat them kindly. In this scenario, the best these Jews can hope for is a retaking of the region by Christians, and the Holy Land return to Christian rule. This would be merciful indeed.

Anonymous said...

Hello Catholic Knight,
Blessings brother. I had a gentle question to ask you. I must admit that I did not read all the posts in their entirety, but one of your post did grab my attention. To my understanding, you wrote that the Catholic Church is the only "One" church and that anyone who is not Catholic can not be saved? That the rest of Christian churches are heretics? Forgive me if I have misunderstood the comment. Also, where can I find the information in scripture that informs methat Peter started the true religion which is Catholic? In His name and with much love, Mrs. Radford.

The Catholic Knight said...

Dear Mrs. Radford,

Thank you for your comment and questions.

Actually there is a slight misunderstanding here. While the Catholic Church does teach that it is the one and only "true" Church established by Jesus Christ and his apostles, it does not teach that other Christians are automatically damned because of that. You see, other Christians may possess the core seed of the Catholic Christian faith. That core seed is belief in the Trinity, the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and Salvation through God's Grace alone in what Jesus did on the cross. Any Christian who possesses this core seed of Catholic faith most certainly can be saved, regardless of where his official membership resides.

Now, the Catholic Church teaches that it is the true and full Christian faith without omission of any important details. Protestant churches are not "churches" in the proper sense, but could be described as Christian "communities" or "organisations." While these Protestant communities or organisations may (or may not) have any ecumenical ties to the Catholic Church, each individual Christian does, by virtue of his/her Trinitarian baptism (notice that core seed again?). So every time a Christian is baptised "In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" he/she automatically has his/her "foot" in the door of the Catholic Church, even if the rest of his/her "body" is not. That is what is meant by "outside of the Catholic Church there is no salvation." Protestants, already have at least one foot inside the Church by virtue of their Trinitarian baptism. The only question that remains is, will they take individual responsibility for their faith and come all the way in? Or because of various circumstances in life, be forced to remain only partially inside the Catholic Church by baptism? That is something that can only be answered on an individual by individual basis.

Now as for Peter in Rome. The only Scripture passage we have is in 1st Peter 5:13, where he mentions that "she" (meaning the Church) who is in Babylon greets you, implying that Peter is with that church and sending his greeting. Babylon was ancient Christian code for Rome. Now every Christian source from the early Church period acknowledges that Peter lived the final years of his life in Rome with the Apostle Paul, and that both of them were martyred there. Not a single ancient Christian source denies this, from the writings of the Church fathers, to the historians of the time period, to the records of the Roman authorities. Peter was crucified in Rome up-side-down. This is how he died, but not before he passed on his apostolic succession to another to take his place as the chief apostle of the Church. These successors are what we call the "popes."

Nicholas said...

Great post! Thank you so much for posting this! I was very shocked to discover that there were many Christian groups that actively support a state of Israel as some sort of religious duty. I couldn't understand why. Over the past couple of months I have become aware of the Israeli-Palestinian problem and the deeper problem of Zionism. It boggles my mind. In my "first fervor" you could call it, I have tried arguing with members of zionist Christian groups, and it has been very difficult and somewhat discouraging. I've decided that I need to research more before I try that again and put more faith in prayer than in words alone. But this sums everything up nicely. I was especially encouraged by your pointing out that Zionism is doomed according to the promises of Christ, just as He promised that the earthly (physical) Jewish Temple will never be rebuilt. That is reassuring--God will take care of things in His own way and His own time, and while we definitely have to play our part in fulfilling His plans as He requires, we don't have to feel like it's all on us to try to solve this problem on our own, because we simply can't. Thanks again! I'm going to point one or two friends to this post, if that's alright with you. God bless!

JEANNON said...

Thank you for this excellent article. I just found out about your site today because just posted an article of yours with a title something like "A Catholic Cannot be a Zionist." This article of yours was cited in that article.

Relevant Radio, EWTN, Mark Shea, FAther Richard Simon, and so so many other Catholic media "teachers" will never spell this out so clearly, and it has desperately needed to be spelled out for the last 40 plus years. That is why so many Catholics have fallen away -- because the Church did not give us the clear teaching we needed when we needed it. I reall do not think the Catechism spells this out very clearly and Nostra Aetate is so misinterpreted by so many people and no one gives us the real meaning. Father Rcihard Simon said that he can find no Church Father who ever used the term "new Israel" that you cite as paragraph 877 of the Catechism. He has a real problem with the word "new".

I have had to do my learning from Michael Voris, E. Michael Jones, and Robert Sungenis, and all of these people are just about personas non grata within the establishment Church.

Christus vincit! Christus regnat! Christus imperat!

Teófilo de Jesús said...

A great post from which I learned a lot. Thank you for your time in putting it together and sharing it.


Sam said...

I enjoyed your article greatly but feel the need to point out your errors in interpretation of scripture, namely, the entire chapter of Romans 11. I noticed you quoted a verse or two of Romans 11 but either intentionally or unintentionally left the chapter and verse you quoted. When you read the full chapter of Romans 11 one can not honestly say that the catholic church has become Israel as both Israel and the gentiles are mentioned separately throughout the chapter as is the concept of a remnant. Paul also points to God's faithfullness to Israel and to the day that all Israel will be saved long after the gentiles were brought to Christ as a result of Israel's rejection. But God's covenant with Israel is not nullified by the rejection as his covenant is based upon His faithfullness to what He promised long ago. As you read the entire chapter, you see Paul's heart is breaking over his own people rejecting Christ but also taking hope in the day that God fulfills his promise to them. You also er in your understanding of dispensationalism (I do not hold to this btw but I feel you need to be honest about the subject from all angles) is that they do not believe that there is another mechanism of salvation for the Jews. Salvation is still the same as "there is no other name under heaven." This is the same reason why Paul's heart is breaking in Romans 11 as he understands that their rejection will bring perdition. Am I a dispensationalist? No. Am I a zionist? Yes. If God's covenant still remains with Israel in terms of His faithfullness, then Jewish right to the land is not nullified. Furthermore, Gen 12:2-3 says, "I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” If God's covenant with Israel is still in effect, there are serious consequences for the nation that does not "bless" Israel.