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Who are the Ashkenazi Jews?

Hi R____,

Yes, I am indeed familiar with every point you make in this letter. This was all part of the doctrines of the Word Wide Church of God, of which church I was a very dedicated member for over 10 years. For all of those years we were taught and I believed that the U.S and Britain were two of the lost ten tribes of Israel. The WWCG went to great lengths to prove this to be true.

You say:

"Now I know that more than likely you have seen this, and if you have why have you never talked about it?

The reason I do not dwell on physical descent any longer is that God has given me eyes to see and ears to hear words like these:
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
It is rather easy to demonstrate that Herod himself was an Edomite, sitting as king of Israel in the days of Christ's time in the flesh. Yet Christ never mentioned it, and here in 2Co 6 we have the apostle Paul speaking to Gentile Corinthians about the promises that God made to Israel as if they were made to these Gentile Corinthians. Look at the very next verse:

2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
To whom were "these promises" made?

Lev 26:11  And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.
Lev 26:12  And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
1Ki 8:53  For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.
Paul applies all the promises made to Israel to the church which was composed mainly of converted Gentiles.

Act 13:46  Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Christ, and Paul, and Peter, and John, were all what are called today "replacement theologians." All of Christ's apostles came to see the truth of these verses of scripture:

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these [are] not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
"In Isaac..." and "the children of promise" are both spiritual statements which "compare spiritual things with spiritual." That is how the holy spirit teaches. It certainly does not concern itself with carnal genealogies.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
"The holy spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual." The holy spirit is totally unconcerned with my physical genealogy. Physical Jews are not Jews, even if they really are physically descended from Abraham or from Jacob's son Judah. Physical descent is of no spiritual value at all. Here is those who are "in Isaac" now that Christ has died for our sins:

Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
You cannot be both a Gentile and a Jew. You are one or the other, but both are now spiritual conditions and not physical pedigrees.

Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31  So then, brethren [Gentile Galatians], we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
Much of Paul's ministry was spent making this change known to all men. The temple of God, God's nation, His people, His priests and His sacrifices, are all now spiritual and are no longer physical. Being God's children is no longer a matter of physical descent. It is now a matter of spiritual condition. Just look at who Paul tells us "Jerusalem which now is" really is:

Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
It was not Hagar's children who were at Mount Sinai in Arabia, it was Sarah's children. But Christ has shown Paul that being the children of the freewoman is now a spiritual condition instead of a physical condition. Paul now shows us that Jerusalem that now is is spiritually the children of the bondwoman if they are physically descended from Sarah. And what does that make us, spiritually?

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Paul drives this home at the end of this book:
Gal 6:14  For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate.
Gal 6:15  Can't you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do--submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life!
Gal 6:16  All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God--his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them! (MSG)
And He reiterates this spiritual fact in his next book, Ephesians:

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition [between us];
Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
"In time past Gentiles... now made near by the blood of Christ... hath made both one... to make in Himself of twain one new man... therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners but fellowcitizens... and of the household of God."

I have written very much on this. It is all through the two papers, Rightly Dividing and The Law of Moses Versus The Law of The Spirit.

I hope this helps you to see that the genealogy of the inhabitants of modern day Israel is totally irrelevant to the fact that God's kingdom is now within His elect, simply because the kingdom is where the King is.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
It is true that "The Lord and His Christ" will one day rule the kingdoms of this world, but the Lord's Christ will not be those who invest long hours searching genealogies:

1Ti 1:4  Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
The origins of the nations are all Adam. Overcoming that beast named Adam is all the genealogy of which we need to be aware.That is the mark that all men have "received in their right hand and in their forheads.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
I also hope you can now see that "the holy spirit teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual" means that all the physical things of the Old Testament are to seen as mere shadows of spiritual realities, Egypt = the world, Israel = the church, Isaac = the children of promise, Hagar = those who reject Christ, be they orthodox Christians or Askenazi Jews. I hope this helps you to see that physical descent is spiritually irrelevant.  We cannot compare physical things with spiritual things and claim we are comparing spiritual things with spiritual, because the holy spirit simply does not teach in that manner.

Your brother in Christ,

Mike