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We trust that you know we are living in the most critical time in the existence of mankind. There were crises and critical times before but our Lord Jesus warned us that a time will come that has never been before.
If we read the Bible and look at the world around us, we see that that time has arrived for this generation. We also trust that you will agree the existence of the Christian Faith and the whole Christian Civilisation is at stake. It is above all not the physical powers at work but mostly spiritual powers.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
We are struggling against them.
It is thus that we will not only expect atom bombs, cannons, rockets, tanks and warfare against us and also not only terrorists, communists, hostile and evil powers that the eye can see – no, there is also these invisible powers.
We can clearly understand that it is not only a direct frontal attack of ideas regarding the repudiation of the Christian Faith but it will also be an attack of deception and this is the greatest danger! Wherewith will the deception be the greatest? – From God’s Word; in other words, where the Lord’s Word will be preached in such a way that it will deceive.
We are all aware that, especially here in our country where we face enormous pressure on it, that one of the greatest disputing factors is the Racial Issue, the question of Integration: as the world wants to force us to level the ‘banks of our rivers’ to merge all into one mixed stream.
Our readers have been warned and it was pointed out that the day when this happens, Christian Faith will come to an end, as it is the White race that is the carrier of the Christian Faith throughout the ages till this day.
Let us read from:
Luke 10:25-37; (v 36, v 37)
The parable of the Good Samaritan
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him: and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
Love Thy Neighbour as Thyself.
One of the greatest assaults in this equalising process is the use of this scripture: “Love thy neighbour as thyself”. We would like to expand on this issue.
If we read the previous part of Luke 10, we see that our Lord Jesus sent his 70 disciples ahead in pairs of two to preach the Kingdom of God, to heal the sick and to tell people that God’s Kingdom is near.
His disciples were very glad and came back to the LORD and informed Him that even the devils submitted to them in the Name of Jesus. Jesus answered them that they should not be glad about this fact but rather because their names were written in the Book of Life – that their names were written in Heaven.
There was a certain lawyer that tested the Lord Jesus with questions and really wanted to provoke Him as He was talking about Eternal Life. The lawyer asked Jesus what he should do to have eternal life and what does Jesus do?
He refers him back to the Scripture – (vv 26-27);
Verse 26 - And He (Jesus) answered him: What is written in the Scriptures? How do your read it?
Verse 27 - And he (the lawyer) answered: You must love the Lord your God with your whole heart and soul and with all your strength and with your whole mind; and your neighbour as yourself.
Jesus confirmed that he was right and that if he did these things, he shall live (have eternal life). In other words, the parable that Jesus told of the Good Samaritan was about the heart and core of the Word of God which is the love of God and neighbour. The parable was told to illustrate this.
God’s Commandment Regarding our Neighbour
We would like to reiterate that together with the confusion and equality of the races ideologies, it is also preached that God’s Commandments are done away with, that it does not exist anymore – we are now living under Grace only, which is a misconception and misleading.
However, it is noteworthy that Jesus time and again, when a question was put to Him, referred back to the Commandments. Our Lord Jesus also said these important words in:
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus thus did not come to dissolve the commandments but to fulfil them. Thus, this man was asking ‘What should I do to have eternal life?’ or what he must do to have his name written in heaven, Jesus answered him: ‘What does the commandments say?’ The man answered Jesus that you have to love God with your whole heart and your neighbour as yourself. In other words, we have to investigate what the commandments say regarding our neighbour, because He referred back to the commandments as it is the commandments that say you have to love your neighbour as yourself.
The main principle is that Jesus wanted to illustrate the heart or core of the commandments.
The LORD says in Micah 6:8;
8 “- - - -and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
God requires us to do these three things and that is all that God requires of us.
Now, we find, the commandments of God in relation to our neighbour, says in:
17 Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
According to “Young’s Analytical Concordance” in original Hebrew, the word ‘neighbour’ means: ‘friend or companion’ – Thou should love thy friend/companion as thyself.
It is repeated in various places throughout the New Testament:
14 For all the law - - - - -
(You see that the commandments is not done away with)
- - - - - is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Here, in the New Testament, according to “Young’s Analytical Concordance”, the phrase that you should love your neighbour means “one near or close to you”. We thus see that in the Old Testament it means ‘friend/companion’ and in the New Testament ‘one near or close to you’.
The Good Samaritan
Let us examine Jesus’ intention with this parable. There are several powerful and amazing meanings locked up in here.
The lawyer asked Jesus the question regarding eternal life. Jesus answered him with a question: “What do the Commandments say?” The lawyer paraphrases the commandments to Jesus. Thereafter Jesus instructs him to go forth and do so while simultaneously telling him the parable of the Good Samaritan.
This man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho when he was overpowered by thieves, robbed, beaten, and left to die. First, a priest passes by the beaten man – the priest who should know God’s Word the best. Secondly, a Levite passes by who should know God’s Word probably second best as he was one of the ministers of Israel. Finally a Samaritan passes by the same route, picks up the man and shows him mercy by tending to his wounds and setting him up in an inn before leaving him again.
Jesus asked the lawyer who of these three men was the traveller’s neighbour? In what context did He ask the question? (Remember that He was busy with the commandments)
But which commandments?
The commandments that said you have to love your neighbour as you love yourself and where your neighbour means ‘friend/companion’
Remember: Jesus never used any illustration or parable outside of the Word of God or nature or the custom during those times.
We can thus justifiably surmise that this beaten man was an Israelite; a Hebrew – a member of the same race as the priest as well as the Levite. He was thus a ‘friend or companion’ i.e. he was from the SAME KIND – ‘one close to you’.
When we consider the Samaritan, we have to take Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman into account at the well in Samaria - (John 4) when she referred to ‘Our father Jacob’. When we research the history of the Bible, then we see that the Samaritans were mainly pure Israelites from the Ten Tribes of Israel (although there were also mixed races amongst them). The woman at the well was an Israelite because she referred to Jacob as their ‘father’. Thus: this Good Samaritan looked upon the beaten man as his ‘friend/companion’
We refer to James’ version of loving thy neighbour in:
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
When we read the full Epistle of James, he confirms that words of faith alone do not help but that it should be followed with deeds.
We thus return to Jesus and the lawyer. Jesus confirmed that the lawyer’s answer was correct and also said that he must “do so and then he shall live”. Thereafter, Jesus told him the parable of the Good Samaritan.
The priest knew the commandments but did not follow it.
The Levite also knew the commandments but did not follow it either.
Note – The Samaritan either knew the commandments or maybe he did not but he followed it regardless; he did what was required in real life, thus living the commandments as prescribed.
There are several much deeper meanings than just that. We are illustrating what this parable actually means (and it is not a reflection on anything or anybody). The full parable’s true meaning is compassion, mercy, and love shown towards this man.
If you see a dog lying next to the road that has been run over by a car or hurt in some other way, who would not stop and try to pick it up or tend to its wounds or perhaps take it to the SPCA? Is the dog your neighbour? No, the dog is not your neighbour.
If we look at the Word today and as we already explained – according to God’s Commandments, your neighbour is your “friend/companion” or someone near to you and this indicates your own fellow countryman or your own racial group – they are your true neighbours.
Compare: Exodus 2:11-13.
It does not mean that we will not show mercy to a dog at all. It does not mean that we will pass by and not show mercy to another race lying in the street either. If I have the Commandments of the LORD in my heart then I will also help him but, IT DOES NOT MAKE HIM MY NEIGHBOUR ACCORDING TO THE WORD because it does not comply with the description of neighbour in the Commandments of God.
We continue and here is the twist which people do not see and that is exploited in these times. The normal preaching’s state that your neighbour is a person to whom compassion is shown and this is simply not true according to the parable.
Let us examine Luke 10:36-37 again:
Verse 36: - “Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Verse 37: And he (the lawyer) said, He that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.”
We are often told: “The blacks in our country are our neighbours.” They are NOT our neighbours according to the Scriptures; they do not even belong to the same race as us. He does not belong to my people, he is not my ‘friend/companion’, and ‘he is not the one near/close to me’.
In either case it is only the one that has shown mercy that was a neighbour according to the parable. Can you see how this aspect is turned around and given the opposite meaning in today’s preaching’s and view of the world? It is done to place us in a state of self condemnation for the nations surrounding us.
My people, the one often lying in the street out of pure laziness and worthlessness is in that state because he does not want to improve himself. Now he is my neighbour and I must be ruined to accommodate his upliftment - it never was the LORD’S intention. The LORD described the heart/core of the meaning of the Scripture when He contrasted these three men’s behaviour.
Jesus our Neighbour
There is another wonderful and deep meaning to this parable. The real one overpowered by thieves is us. We have fallen from grace. The man was on his way from Jerusalem to Jericho – the route was downhill. In the same way, a man that has sinned is pulled downwards by the thief – the devil. The devil overpowered us, robbed us of everything and who picked us up and tended to us? Nobody else but our Lord Jesus. Our Saviour came and paid with His precious blood (just as the Samaritan paid everything for the man at the inn). Jesus paid the full price to restore us completely. Is that not precious and wonderful?
God’s Word said in:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
There is thus nobody righteous, not even one.
The LORD’S Word says in:
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
So that we can inherit Eternal Life.
Praise the LORD!
Now we also come to the next wonderful truth – the Bible is wonderful if we view it as a whole.
Jesus, Israel’s Redeemer (Saviour)
Both the Commandments and the New Testament has the meaning of ‘neighbour’ or similar race as “your friend or companion - the one close to you”.
When you look at the meaning in the Bible, you will see God’s intimate relationship with Israel. It is Israel as a people who took the downhill step and was overpowered by the devil and robbed of her inheritance. It is Israel that whored with idolatry and for whom God gave a bill of divorcement. Jesus died on the Cross for Israel.
In Isaiah 53, the lovely and wonderful chapter, the so-called “Epistle of the Old Testament” it is pointed out that Jesus’ wounds will bring restoration to us; how God brought everyone’s sins upon Him (Jesus).
Isaiah 53:8 says;
8 “- - - - - - for the transgression of my people (Israel) was he stricken.
The Old Testament shows us that if someone was enslaved and he lost his inheritance, his freedom could only be redeemed by a blood relative and a family member.
Oh, it is so wonderful and beautiful to understand the meaning of this.
We see it so beautifully illustrated in the story of Ruth. It was only Boas and the other redeemer which could have taken Ruth as wife after the death of her husband. Boas was the nearest blood relative (after the other redeemer who did not want to take Ruth as his wife) and therefore he could leave Ruth and thus Boas had to comply with the commandments and redeem Ruth (redeem her from her widowhood) and give her first husband a progeny out of which our Lord Jesus was born.
As only the Lord Jesus could, according to the law of the neighbour, die for Israel and save her – He became Israel’s Redeemer (Israel’s Saviour). Jesus freed Israel and gave her her inheritance back.
This is beautifully illustrated in Matthew 15:21-28. Here we find the story of the woman of Canaan. She came to the Lord Jesus and called after Him that He must heal her daughter who was possessed by the devil. Initially Jesus did not even answer her - (v.23). When his disciples requested that He chase the woman away, He answered, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” - (v.24) He thus did not want to help her (ostensibly) – (vv.25-28)
This woman was a heathen woman, in other words a non Israelite.
In verse 26 - Jesus says that it is not kind to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.
The word ‘dogs’ in the Old Testament were used for heathens; those that were on the outside of the Israel encampment. Jesus thus said that his ministry was only to the house of Israel; He must restore and redeem only them.
However, this heathen woman’s faith in the LORD was so great, but not only did she have a great faith, but she also had a powerful and wonderful vision of the God plan and she answered perfectly correct:
Verse 27 - “And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table.”
She thus confirmed that what Jesus said was true namely that the children’s bread was not meant for the dogs but also that the dogs are allowed the crumbs that fell from the table on the ground. The LORD was amazed at her faith and insight and healed her daughter at that moment.
What this Canaan woman meant and the truth that she expressed with this figure of speech, was: “Lord, it is true, You are the Saviour, (Redeemer) of Israel; Lord You are the Messiah; You are the King coming to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, but Lord in that establishment lies hope for us heathens as well. Lord, when Your Kingdom is established here on earth then we will also be blessed, in other words, I understand Lord, that You have only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel – that is your ministry for them, but Lord, that which falls from the tables of Israel, we can eat”.
Compare: Isaiah 2:2-5.
Then the Lord said: “Oh Woman, great is your faith; (great is your vision) let it be as you want it - - -”
We still live in the same dispensation that Jesus spoke about here – the instruction to search for Israel and bring them the Gospel. If we should go back to the Prophets, we see that between Jesus’ First Coming and his Second Coming is God’s great calling to bring the Message of God’s Word to his people Israel.
The heathen will only see God’s glory in the Millennium (1 000 years of Peace) when it will be manifested in a Restored Israel and then the heathen will come and say: “Teach us also the ways of your God”
- (Isaiah 2:3)
The Bible shows clearly that during this dispensation in which we currently live, instead of repenting, the heathen will rebel against God and his people Israel. The Prophets mention this regularly. They show us that the heathens will band together and say: “Come let us destroy them from being a nation and the Name of the Lord may no more be in remembrance” -
(Ps. 2:1-2 and Ps. 83).
Now the Church uses texts such as: “You must love your neighbour as yourself” and “All races and nations are equal”. No, the LORD said: “Rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” - (Matthew 10:6). The LORD’S message is thus that we should seek these lost sheep (our own neighbours) and bring the LORD’S message to them and tell them who they are.
If the heathen wants to listen and he understands it correctly, then he can also acquire, but God’s children must first be fed and after God’s children have been fed, then the heathen will see the demonstration of God’s righteousness in them.
Today, the message is however just reversed en therefore instead of the Lord’s Word, Truth and Power increasing, it is witchcraft, devil worshipping, idolatry, faithlessness, Satan priests and priestesses that are increasing and they are on the forefront.
Instead of the White demonstrating the true Gospel to the Black and other heathens, they go and sit at the heathen’s feet to learn their idolatry and practices. (Eastern cults are steeply rising in the West)
We have to realise who we really are – it is important!
Just as the Lord Jesus became my Neighbour in the first place by being my Benefactor and Redeemer and I have to love Him with my whole heart and soul, praise the LORD!, so we have to become the neighbours of those that belong to us. We have to become their benefactors, we have to bring God’s Word to them, and we have to become filled with the Holy Ghost and the power of God. We have to go to the lost sheep of Israel first - (Matthew 10:5-8).
If we observe and listen to people’s conversations today, all their discussions are about the heathen but they do not realise that our own people have become heathens themselves. Look around you, our own people belong to some or other church but are they Christians? Are they reborn children of God? Most of them are not. Our own people have become heathens.
Instead of looking into heathen mission outreaches we should rather reach out to our own people. “First go forth to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” - (White Western Nations). Bring them the Word of God (the children’s bread) in the power of the Holy Ghost.
Jesus’ Instruction to His Apostles and Disciples.
When we look into the Epistles and Acts of the Apostles, it is wonderful to see that this was exactly what they did - they searched for the lost sheep of Israel. Each of the Epistles is written to the Israelites. James 1:1 refers to the “twelve tribes which are scattered”. Is that a letter written to heathens? No! It is written to Israelites, (all 12 tribes)!
James heard Jesus’ voice personally; he sat at Jesus’ feet; he saw the expression in Jesus’ eyes and understood the heart and spirit of Jesus’ Greatest Commandment/Mission - (Matthew 10:5-8). This is exactly what he did – he searched for Israel (the 12 scattered Tribes) and preached the Gospel to them.
1 Peter 1 refers to “the strangers scattered”.
Who were they?
They were Israelites “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father”. God chose Israel before the creation of the world. Both the Epistles of Peter were written to the “strangers that were scattered” and he could thus say to them in: 1 Peter 2:9-10:9 But ye are a chosen generation, - - - - - (Today, this Scripture is being applied to the heathen and everyone in general and this is not what Peter did.) - - - - a royal priesthood, a holy nation (Israel), a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
This Scripture does not refer to heathens, Peter wrote to the scattered strangers and they knew what he meant because the Prophet Hosea wrote that due to Israel’s sin, God will give them a bill of divorcement; He said: “call him Lo-ammi (not My people) and He will not be their God” - (Hosea 1:9). Yet, in the place where it is said that they are not his people, there they will be called sons of the living God - (Hosea 1:10).How do you become a child of the living God? Only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in other words these scattered strangers became Christians; they were reborn Israelites. Furthermore Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:24-25, of our Lord Jesus who died on the Cross for our sins and illnesses. Jesus could only be Israel’s Redeemer because He was their blood relation and thus He was their Neighbour and Benefactor. Jesus died for the deliverance and restoration of Israel; remember Jesus’ words to the Canaan woman, namely that restoration was the children’s bread.
1 Peter 2:25;
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
These scattered strangers are our neighbours. We should not walk past them; we should dress their wounds. You should search for your brother, the members of your own race and your own people in these times.
There is work to be done for both of us; may God grant us the mercy and support to do so.