Your People Shall Be My People
He explores the profound contribution of the Jews in both the secular and spiritual fields, and explains convincingly why this nation has always been targeted for oppression and genocide.
Finto looks at the early Jewish Church in Jerusalem and how the later church became separated from its roots after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. The rejection of its Jewish roots severed Christianity from its spiritual source to a large extent, leading to countless schisms and divisions up to the present.
If you have ever wondered why there are so many churches and so much disagreement amongst them, this book will make it very clear. And for a heart-rending account of how so-called Christians persecuted the Jews down the ages, please consult Michael L Brown's book Our Hands Are Stained With Blood.
The author then discusses the birth of modern Israel in 1948, pointing out the hand of providence in its restoration and survival. Since then, and especially since 1967, the original Church has also been restored in the form of Messianic Jews. They are Jewish people who believe in Yeshua our Redeemer.
Chapter Eleven considers the words of the apostle Paul and sees in them a fulfilment of prophecy, as true Christians and Jewish followers of our Saviour start embracing one another. Finto warns about a deteriorating world situation in Chapter 13, explaining that the birth pangs of the reunited Body of Christ will not occur without trial and tribulation.
Chapter 14 provides valuable practical advice on how to love and support the Jewish people in these times. We must become aware of the new Anti-Semitism (often disguised as Anti-Zionism), and counteract the prejudice of the mass media against Israel where possible. In this regard, I refer the interested reader to the book The New Antisemitism by Phyllis Chesler. Finto observes that those who are not actively involved become passively wicked.
Furthermore, our devotion to Israel and those still in the Diaspora must never be tied to their acceptance of Yeshua as Messiah. Those attempts have only led to disaster in the past. In any case, Israel has friends amongst adherents of all religions, even atheists and agnostics like the wonderful Oriana Fallaci. Please read her books The Rage And The Pride and The Force of Reason.
At this time, the friends of the Jews must support the State of Israel materially and spiritually, in any way we can. Those of us of all nations and languages who love God's people are like Ruth in the Bible. By committing ourselves to His people, we are embracing again the family into which we have been adopted.
This moving book concludes with 4 appendices. Towards Jerusalem Council II is a call for repentance and co-operation. This is followed by a Bibliography. The list of Messianic Jewish Movements And Congregations provides contact details, and the last is a Statement Of Repentance.