When the Jewish Messiah arrived, the vast majority did not recognize Him.
When He returns, will Christians make the same mistake?
That’s the fear WND founder Joseph Farah expressed in an interview with Paul McGuire on “Apocalypse and the End Times” on GodTV. It was part of a wide-ranging conversation about how the last days will be far different than what many believers expect.
“Who is Jesus and how is he going to come back?” Farah asked. “You know, a lot of people missed Jesus the first time He came. Most of the Jews did not recognize Him as their Messiah. They had a misunderstanding of how the Messiah was going to come. And they were going a lot by man’s teaching rather than going back to the Scriptures. And I wonder, when Jesus does come back, if many people in the church are going to miss Him, too.”
The interview took place two years ago and anticipates many of the themes in Farah’s new book, “The Restitution of All Things.” The book describes one of the great mysteries of the Scriptures, the Millennial Kingdom, the “Great Hope” spoken of by the prophets.
Farah believes the form of Jesus’ return is going to surprise many Christians. And he warned in the interview that believers need to be educated about what to expect so they are not misled into following a disastrous deception.
“This Jewish guy is going to come back, on the Mount of Olives as prophesied, and He’s going to become King of Israel,” Farah said. “And the whole world is going to center around Israel at this point. Are they going to recognize him? Or are they going to be fooled by an imposter that we call the Antichrist who is going to do all kinds of signs and miracles, et cetera?”
Truly becoming knowledgeable about the Bible and the roots of the Christian faith is a passionate concern of Farah’s, who urges all believers to examine what they believe.
“More than a billion people in the world call themselves Christians. How many of them are authentic Christians?” he asked rhetorically.
“What is the basis of our faith in Jesus, Yeshua? It’s the Hebrew prophecies that predicted how He would come, when He would come, where He would come and all that. I think too many Christians don’t even understand why Jesus is their Lord and Savior and how he is going to be the King of Israel.”
As Farah explained in the interview, eschatology and prophecy are particularly important to him because it was how he was won over to Christ after spending a dissolute youth as a communist activist.
“I was an unregenerate, crazy young person,” Farah recalled. “My background is with the far, far left, even in high school, arrested in all sorts of demonstrations. I used to help start riots and building takeovers at Colombia University as a teenager. [It continued] until I got into my latter years in college, where I befriended a guy who today is still my best friend today. He was the son of a Spanish-speaking minister, and he was witnessing to me, and he gave me Hal Lindsey’s ‘Late, Great Planet Earth.’ This is shortly after it came out. I read it and it made total sense to me.
“It was the prophecy angle that spoke to me. It made sense that if there are prophecies that have been fulfilled in the past and there are prophecies to be fulfilled in the future, I got a pretty good feeling they are going to be fulfilled in the future. The track record is 100 percent. That’s what got to me and I believe it reaches a lot of people.”
But prophecy isn’t just about the future. It’s also about studying the Scriptures to understand the real roots of Christian belief. As Farah sees it, those roots are Hebrew. And he called for the church to reject the disastrous implications of “replacement theology,” the idea God no longer has any special destiny in mind for the collective Jewish people.
New York Times bestselling author Joel Richardson wrote “When A Jew Rules The World,” a devastating critique of “replacement theology.” It was a book Farah himself said he wished he had written.
“I felt like the Spirit was leading me to connect Christians with their Hebrew roots because we’re grafted into the promises granted to the House of Israel through our faith in Yeshua, Jesus,” he said. “It’s something so simple and important for Christians to understand, because if you can’t explain your faith to others, you really have to question what your faith is based on.
“Did Jesus come to start a new religion? No – he preached only to the House of Israel during his earthly ministry. The Apostles did initially also and only later, decades later perhaps, did they recognize that perhaps Gentiles could be part of this, and it’s such a blessing that we are. The notion of replacement theology is why Israel still is the most controversial country in the world today.”
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Farah says there is a real movement among Christians to emphasize the Hebrew roots of the religion, and the prophecy community is leading the way. In the Millennial Kingdom, he explained, believers may find themselves shocked at how “Jewish” it is, as he believes the feasts will be observed and the Sabbath will be observed. These ideas are explained in more detail in “The Restitution of All Things.”
“We’re rediscovering those Hebrew roots which are the roots of our faith, and if you don’t acknowledge that, you’re in for a rude awakening when Jesus comes back,” he said.
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