At 3:30 AM a single mother had about thirty seconds to rush her children into a safe room. Every Israeli home is supposed to have a Ma’amad–a secure room–to protect them in case of missile attack. And thank God she was not complacent, because a Hamas Rocket made a direct hit on her home. If not for her quick action, we would be writing about four dead Israelis, instead of their survival.
How long will Israel be lackadaisical when it comes to Hamas rocket fire?
Note: After this was written, Breaking Israel News decided to take down the article with the slanderous comments. We are very grateful for this. However, it would seem that the rabbi quoted still has the same opinion of me, so we have decided to release this blog.
It is not every day that you get called out by the Sanhedrin, but that is exactly what happened to me last week. Despite making aliyah (moving to Israel), having my daughters serve in the Israeli Defense Service (one, risked her life, near the Gaza border during the 2014 war), raising funds for the poor and needy in Israel, living in Israel through several wars, writing books that call out the evils of the Crusades and Inquisition, and teaching against anti-Semitism across many nations, I was accused of being an anti-Semite. And, in no small way.
“Despite [Ron Cantor’s] Jewish origins, he is reenacting every anti-Semitic act ever perpetrated throughout history. This is no different than Torquemada demanding that Jews convert or die during the Spanish Inquisition. It is the classic Jew hatred expressed in the Protocol’s of the Elders of Zion, a vile fiction that claimed the Jews seek global dominance. This is a perversion of the Bible which gives us a leadership role in the world, but the Torah states that it is a role of service and sanctity.
“This is the role of Israel that Cantor rejects. Though Cantor claims he is showing love, it is not. It is hatred and an act of evil, It is to be despised and rejected.”
Rabbi Hillel Weiss, Spokesman for the Sanhedrin
In case you don’t know, Torquemada oversaw the Spanish Inquisition. He was responsible for the murdering of thousands of Jews and Muslims, and the expulsion and humiliation of many thousands more.
A Call to Violence?
Let’s be clear, “reenacting every anti-Semitic act ever perpetrated throughout history,” is no small feat. That would put me in the ranks of Haman and Hitler; Pharaoh and Farrakhan. So it would appear that the new Sanhedrin is modeling itself after the old Sanhedrin, which stoned the Messianic Jewish man, Stephen.
When the members of the Sanhedrinheard [Stephen], they were furious … At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Yeshua, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” (Acts 7:54, 57-60)
Hopefully, this is just emotional rhetoric—and they won’t actually resort to violence. Nevertheless, such language can be taken as a cue for young zealots to commit violence against Messianic Jews. Comparing someone to Hitler or Torquemada could be seen as incitement in a court of law, not to mention defamation. Will this new Sanhedrin publicly denounce violence and acknowledge the crimes of their forefathers against Jewish believers—the first evangelicals?
Will their evangelical friends—my brothers—confront them on this issue?
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article that was picked up by Charismanews.com. In it, I made the case that there is no such thing in end-time prophecy as an God-ordained resurrected Sanhedrin—despite the fact that several rabbis that have joined themselves together to call themselves the Sanhedrin—and to prepare for the building of the third temple. They have even named a new high priest.
I have to admit; it is a bit strange and a little intimidating to be called out publicly by this group. After all, as I mentioned, these are the same people who stoned Stephen to death. To be honest, I am not looking for a fight. I have no ill will against them.They are clearly zealous for God. I have not questioned their motives in seeking a third temple—and, in fact, it is right that they see Israel’s role to be a light for the nations.
A Bloody History
But why would they think that Ron hates his fellow Jews? Let me explain. In their eyes, there is no compatibility between believing in Yeshua and being Jewish. I am a traitor to Judaism. I have joined the ranks of the persecutors of Jews, from Constantine to the Inquisitions, from the Crusaders to even the Nazis.
If you have read either of my books, Identity Theftor the Jerusalem Secret, then you know that I explain in detail the guilt of the Roman church regarding forced conversions and baptisms—not to mention outright murder in the name of religion.
Did the Disciples Convert from Judaism?
Of course, no one even thought of accusing the first Jewish followers of Yeshua of converting to a new religion. They had found the Jewish Messiah! What could be more Jewish than that? I have never asked a Jewish person to leave Judaism—only to embrace the man I believe to be the One the prophets predicted would suffer and die (Is. 53) as a ransom for sin.
When Paul, a rabbi by training, embraced Yeshua, he believed that Yeshua was the Messiah. He did not become a Christian. The word did not exist. He became a follower of Yeshua the Messiah. In Acts 23:6, he still says he is part of the Pharisee sect. He saw no contradiction in being Jewish and believing that Yeshua died for the sins of Israel and the world. It would be about ten years before the disciples even knew that gentiles could believe in Yeshua without first becoming Jewish.
The Real Issue
The issue is not whether or not sharing the gospel with Jewish people is anti-Semitic, but whether or not Jesus is the Messiah. If He is not the Messiah, then we are deceived. But, if He is the Messiah, then we must share His message. Sharing that message could be nothing close to anti-Semitism, if He is the Jewish Messiah. And if He is not, how can the Sanhedrin seek close relations with the adherents of a false religion (as they seek favor with evangelicals)?
However, I do understand why this is a sensitive issue. The way so-called Christians have treated Jewish people throughout the centuries is not only unacceptable, it is horrendous! Tens of thousands of Jews—maybe more—have been killed in the name of Jesus. And that does not include Hitler who claimed to only be finishing what the Church had started. But Jesus never taught this. There are no passages where Yeshua encourages his followers to use coercion or threats of violence to build His kingdom. In fact, when Simon Peter pulled out a sword to protect Him, he rebuked Peter. These people who persecuted Jews were not Christians, but thugs and mercenaries—no different than Al Qaeda or ISIS.
My Jewish brethren fail to see that there is a massive difference between fake Christians who persecuted Jewish people under the goading of popes, and genuine believers in Yeshua who simply follow His example of love and spread His message of forgiveness of sins through His sacrifice. Again, Jesus never, ever told His followers to force people to accept Him or persecute His own brothers (the Jewish people—in fact, the sheep and goats prophecy seems to say He will judge the nations based on how they treated the “least of” His “brethren”—the Jewish people.). He never, ever taught His adherents to kill Jews who don’t follow Him. How could He? Every single person, save a few, that He spoke to was Jewish!
Despite the Sanhedrin’s friendship with evangelicals, they are deceived if they do not think that these very same evangelicals are not praying that they embrace Yeshua. It is one of the most sacred tenets of Christianity—spoken from a Jew to Jews, by the way! Matthew 28 and Mark 16 tell us to spread the message of Yeshua in all nations. Acts 1:8 tells us that we are to testify of Yeshua in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the nations. To not share the gospel with Jewish people is the worst kind of anti-Semitism and a repudiation of New Testament faith! And yet, the church must face its bloody past.
Am I really an Anti-Semite?
This is why I travel the world telling Christians about their history and calling them to repentance. At the time of this writing, I am in Nepal. I just taught 55 village pastors about the importance of loving, praying for and standing with Israel. They went home to declare to their congregations (numbering more than 4,000 believers) that from now on, they would pray for Israel every week.
Yet, I have been called a perpetrator of the worst kind of Jew-hatred. God forbid! If you want to know where I stand when it comes to Israel and Yeshua, look to the words of Paul.
I speak the truth in Messiah—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Messiah for the sake of my people, those of my own race, the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen. (Romans 9:1-5)
Paul was willing to trade his own redemption for that of his brothers. You can call me a copher (heretic), fine. Say I am deceived, no problem. But calling me a Jew-hating, anti-Semite comparable to Torquemada is the exact opposite of what I am. Why would I even respond to this attack, knowing that it could invite violence upon me, if I did not love you? Who needs such threats hanging over their head? The easy thing for me to do—the self-preserving, unloving thing for me to do would be to shut my mouth. It is the love of Messiah that compels me to tell you about Yeshua.
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others...For Messiah’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. (1 Cor. 5:11, 14)
P.S. To my readers: Do not let any attack against me cause you to harbor bad feelings against those who attack. What an opportunity to show the true love of Messiah through prayer and good works! Let me encourage you to love and pray for these people. They are not my enemy.
When President Trump said you’ve made the UN Ambassadorship, “a more glamorous position than it was two years ago,” that was an understatement.You have been the most vocal, influential, effective, bold, passionate UN Ambassador for the United States in history.
You confronted the hypocrisy in the UN, how they have sheltered terrorists and attacked those who fight terrorism, how they have singled out Israel, and how they have given so many abusive nations a pass—like Russia and China.
You led the effort to get the US out of the oxymoronic UN Human Rights Council, because they have “shown bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.” You looked them squarely in the eye and called them out on their hypocrisy.
Under your leadership, the US is no longer leading from behind,as President Obama used to say. We are leading by example and are more concerned about being right, than about whom we might be offending. The world is a safer place because of you. ISIS has lost all of their territory. Iran is reeling economically because the US pulled out of the lopsided Iran Nuke Deal. We might even work out a deal with North Korea. You represented our position to the U.N. with eloquence and clarity. You are a rock star!
I have to admit: my heart skipped a beat last night as I checked the news while flying home to Israel from Katmandu, to find out that you were stepping down. You were my 2024 hopeful. You have been the most popular politician in the US during a time when very few politicians are respected or trusted. Even CNN said,
“American voters of different partisan stripes don’t agree on much nowadays, but they can agree on this: most of them approve of US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.”
With a 63% approval rating, you top them all. Even among Democrats, you are just as popular as Chuck and Nancy, with a 55% approving tour job. Again, these democrats that you have won over!
Under your leadership, in regards to the nation of Israel:
Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel.
The US embassy was moved to Jerusalem.
Palestinian aid was slashed because of the uncovering of continued payments from the Palestinian leadership to families of terrorists—making terrorism a heroic way to die and ensure ongoing provision for your family.
UNRWA, the agency that oversees Palestinian refugees, was confronted with the US pulling their $360 million per year donation until the UN changes the number of refugees from the fictitious five million to 500,000.
As mentioned, you removed the US from the UN (lack of) Human Rights Council because of the oppressive nations like Cuba, Iran, China, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela that serve on it.
You boldly told CBN that the Western Wall of the Temple Mount belonged to Israel. As a Christian, you said it is your faith in Jesus that guides your support of Israel. You even went to the Western Wall to pray, as an exclamation point.
You rightly called the UN the “global epicenter of anti-Semitism.”
You have credit in your heavenly account. Genesis 12:3 say that God would bless the one who blesses Abraham (and His descendants). Blessing is surely coming your way, as God will always keep His word!
You spoke truth to power!
“When I heard country after country in the United Nations Security Council critically standing in judgment of Israel, I spoke out. What I said shocked the people at the UN, but I’ll say it again because it’s the truth. Israel has acted with more restraint than just about any country would under those same conditions.”
John Hagee’s powerful organization, Citizens United for Israel, recently gave you the Defender of Israel Award for “the one person in America that we feel has done the most to defend and protect Israel.”
Never has a UN Ambassador shocked the world by his/her departure. If Samantha Power or Susan Rice before her resigned, the world would have hardly noticed. But everyone knows your name. Accolades and good wishes pour in from around the world. “Thank you for your support, which led to a change in Israel’s status in the UN,” said Danny Danon, your Israel counterpart. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu tweeted:
Thank you Amb. Haley for standing for the truth and exposing hypocrisy at the UN. Just as the people of Israel are grateful for the rock solid support @POTUS Trump has provided Israel in the Oval Office, we are grateful for the rock solid support you’ve provided Israel at the UN.
Thank you Amb. Haley for standing for the truth and exposing hypocrisy at the UN. Just as the people of Israel are grateful for the rock solid support @POTUS Trump has provided Israel in the Oval Office, we are grateful for the rock solid support you’ve provided Israel at the UN. pic.twitter.com/RFQ7u3lOvI
Nikki, you will be missed at the UN, but I pray your voice will still be heard and, hopefully, you will come back to serve the US and continue to be a friend of Israel. God bless you, Ambassador Nikki Haley!
Do you believe that? Do you believe that God has favored you?
When I first came to Israel and started studying Hebrew, I learned a phrase that I absolutely love. It is all throughout the Bible—53 times to be exact: “If I have found favor in your eyes.” It was an expression used when you asked someone for something.
Abraham used it when he asked his three visitors to stay: “If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by.” (Gen. 18:3) When Samuel’s mother, Hannah, was seeking the Lord, she said to Eli: “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” (1 Sam. 1:18) When David ran from Absalom, he said to Zadok the priest, “If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.” (2 Sam. 15:25)
Favor comes from the face
Favor, in ancient Israel, was always expressed through the face. The most famous blessing in the Bible is the Aaronic Benediction:
The Lord bless you and keep you;the Lord make his faceshine on you and be gracious to you;the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Num. 6:24-26)
Twice, in these verses, we see the word face: That His face would shine on you and that He would turn His face towards you. If God turns towards you, that is favor—that is blessing. The word turnand the word face actually have the same Hebrew root, PaNaH, because to turn to someone is to face someone.
Psalm 67, one of my favorite passages, highlights this. It speaks of God’s salvation reaching the whole world through Israel. How? Through God’s face!
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his faceshine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. (Ps. 67:1-2)
The word for gracious actually means to grant favor.
The psalmist borrows from the Aaronic Benediction and asks that God’s facewould shine on Israel.
When God’s face shines on you, He grants you favor. Those that don’t believe can see it. This is how God draws people to Himself.
Testimony “I’ve never seen people who love God like this”
Earlier this week, my dear friend, Paul Wilbur, did a worship concert. The place was full. I had brought a friend who is not a believer. He is an Israeli—he is what we call “traditional.” That means he respects Judaism, goes to synagogue, but is not a super religious person. As he watched people from all over the world worship God through Yeshua, he was stunned. He saw the joy and light in their faces. He saw God’s favor upon them.
He turned to Elana and said, “I have never seen anything like this. I’ve never see people who love God like this.” All he knew was the synagogue and rote repetition. I was once with him, in his synagogue, on a holiday. The rabbi, bless his heart, was selling blessings to the highest bidder to raise funds for the congregation. I have nothing but respect for religious Jews, but I almost started laughing. And then, I was crying. What they so earnestly seek, they could have instantly by truly seeking God.
But this is what my friend knew as ‘religion’—until last Tuesday. Now he is reading material about Yeshua. Please pray for “A.”
You have found favor in God’s eyes
Here is the good news! As a believer, the instant that you put your faith in Yeshua, God turned His face towards you. You found favor in His eyes. You need to believe that! You need to shout it and declare it: “I am the favored of the Lord!”
The word favor in Hebrew is hen. The h is a hard, guttural h, where you might spit a little. It comes from the word to pardon: l’hon. When you honen someone, you grant favor to a prisoner and cancel his punishment. We have received favor from Yeshua and he has canceled our punishment. He paid the price and suffered in our place.
Now, when you are pardoned, there is no place for pride. You don’t say, “Wow, look at me. I am really special. I was pardoned.” No! You are a criminal—a sinner deserving of judgment. It was the mercy of the king that secured your pardon—not your specialness.
Our attitude should be like Queen Esther before the king. He could have killed her, but chose to have mercy. He turned his face to her and granted her favor. But look at how she approached him. She fasted and prayed for three days. She humbled herself, recognizing what the consequences could be. Fasting is not a work or a formula—it simply says to God, I am humbling myself before you. I need you. I can’t do this without you. And this humility releases the favor of God on your life!
The king here is a type or a picture of God. Our fate is in His hands and, yet, He is prone to mercy and favor. There is no fear in His presence. Thanks to Yeshua, “we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Eph. 3:12)
Rejoice today, for you have found favor in His eyes.
Next week, we will look at several Bible characters and how they received favor. You can unlock the favor of God on your life.
Last week I wrote about the danger of supporting Orthodox Jews in the establishment of a third temple. It generated quite a bit of interest and some requested that I continue to share on this subject. One gentleman wrote:
“I agree with most of this article except the part about the third temple. Yeshua will remain in heaven until all things are restored. Without the restored temple, how does Yeshua defeat the antichrist and rule and reign from Mt Zion?”
First, the Bible does not say, “Yeshua will remain in heaven until all things are restored.”It says, “until the times comes for God to restore everything.”(Acts 3:21) Some things God has already begun to restore. In the church, we can see that tongues, revival preaching, purity, immersion in the Holy Spirit and the power of God have been and are being restored. Restoration to Israel includes the rebirth of the actual nation, Jerusalem, a place of leadership among the nations as a light of technology, military leader, and the believing remnant of Jews. Yes, God is restoring!
But not everything will be restored before He returns. He remains in heaven not until allthings are restored, but until the time comes for the restoration.
The Third Temple is the Temple of the Antichrist!
But is the third temple a part of that restoration? Simply put, no. The third temple is absolutely a part of end-time prophecy, but that doesn’t make it a blessing. The antichrist is part of end-time prophecy, but I am not praying for his appearance! And I am certainly not excited about it, or giving money to his campaign, as many believers are to the Third Temple Institute. The third temple will be a temple of deception, leading Jewish people back to a pre-Yeshua sacrificial religion.
How the Third Temple is Built
You see, I am excited about the fourth temple. I’ll address that in a minute. First, how will the third temple come about? Well, looking through a glass darkly, this is how I see things.
1. A world leader will arise, possibly out of the massive Israeli military victory prophesied in Ezekiel 38 and 39, and bring peace to the Middle East—beginning the seven-year tribulation. This leader will make provision for the rebuilding of the temple. My guess is that the Muslim mosques on the Temple Mount are destroyed in this war.
[The antichrist] will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven’ (seven years). In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the templehe will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.
Refer also to Daniel 11:31 and 12:11, which seems to speak of the antichrist putting an end to sacrifices in the third temple.
In order for him to “put an end to sacrifice,” there must be a third temple. This rebuilding will lead to a Jewish revival and, probably, the persecution of Messianic Jews in Israel.
2. The second part of the verse says that he will defile the rebuilt temple, “he will set up an abomination that causes desolation.” We see this confirmed by Paul.
[The antichrist] will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
(2 Thess. 2:4)
3. The antichrist will suffer (or fake) a fatal wound, but will rise (or appear to) from the dead at this time (Rev. 13:3). This will give him the cred to simply declare himself to be God. He will defile the temple and take it over, causing the Jews at the temple to flee.
So, you can see why I am not encouraging people to get behind the restoration of a Yeshua-less revival in Judaism. I am looking for the end-time prophecies that speak of the Jewish people turning to Yeshua (Rom. 11:26; Matt. 23:39), not to the blood of bulls and goats!
Some have argued that we should get behind the third temple because it will lead us closer to the coming of Yeshua. Personally, I find that disingenuous. That is like loving the Jewish people, just because you know that Jewish acceptance will lead to the Second Coming (Rom. 11:15). Yes, we should long for the Second Coming, but our love for the Jewish people should stand alone, being grateful that the gospel came through them.
As temples go, there is one coming that will be amazing! But it is not the third temple. The Bible speaks of one that will be built in the millennial kingdom. Scholars refer to it as the fourth temple or the millennial temple. It will be constructed only after the Messiah returns, while the third temple is clearly built before the return of Yeshua. (Dan. 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:4)
The most detailed description of the Messiah’s Temple (as I call it) is in the last eight chapters of Ezekiel. Ezekiel who witnessed the destruction of the first Temple is taken captive to Babylon. There he has prophetic visions. He is given a tour and instructions by none other than the builder himself, Messiah Yeshua. In chapter 44, He is referred to as Yahweh.
Nations Will Come
It appears that this fourth temple will be a learning center for the nations to be discipled. Isaiah speaks of this:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The Torah will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.”
The gospel will be preached during the Millennium. The “survivors” from the nations will need to learn the Word of God. From Jerusalem, the Word will go back to their communities. People will be born during this time and need the message of salvation!
The Dead Sea Lives
Last week, I was at the Dead Sea. It is drying up. It is stunning to see the former shoreline and how far you must now walk to get to water. However, when Yeshua comes back and builds the fourth temple, the Bible speaks of a river coming out from under that temple that will flow all the way to the Dead Sea, making it live! There will even be fisherman!
“This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah (desert next to the Dead Sea), where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers of fish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live. Fishermen will stand along the shore; from En Gedi to En Eglaim there will be places for spreading nets. The fish will be of many kinds—like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea. But the swamps and marshes will not become fresh; they will be left for salt. Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”
I have a theory: The more the water evaporates at the Dead Sea, the closer we are to the coming of Yeshua.
What happens to the third temple? How do we know we will not simply convert it or renovate the structure? I don’t think Yeshua will use the antichrist’s leftovers.The temple will have been utterly desecrated. It is what the Bible calls, “the abomination that causes desolation.”
Furthermore, we see many references to a massive earthquake in Jerusalem at the time of His coming. One passage (Zech. 14:4) says His touchdown will cause the Mount of Olives to be split in two. The Mount of Olives faces the Temple Mount. Revelation 16 speaks of Jerusalem dividing into three parts.
It is reasonable to assume that the antichrist’s temple will be destroyed along with him, making way for Messiah’s temple.
It is this author’s belief that the third temple is the antichrist’s temple–even though it will be built at the place of the previous temples. It will begin with a Jesus-less Jewish revival and is then taken over by the antichrist. At no time do I see where this temple is used to honor the Lord. Therefore, I cannot see why any believer would send money or pray for its construction. It would be far better to sow those funds into feeding the poor or evangelism. Supporting it is misguided religious zeal. It is the fourth temple, the Messiah’s temple, for which we should be longing.
Footnote: End-times prophecy is never crystal clear. After writing this there was one thing that troubled me. In both 2 Thessalonians 2:4 and Revelation 11:1, the Temple is called “the Temple of God.” How can it be of God when it erected by anti-Yeshua unbelieving Orthodox Jews and then taken over by the antichrist?
I could not find much written on this. One theory is that even though the Temple will not have much to do with real worship, it is built in the place where both previous Temples stood, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem—thus making it the temple of God. Or, just as the Bible says in Romans, Orthodox Jews are enemies of the Gospel and yet beloved on account of Abraham. So too the third temple can have this dual sense of divine destiny, and yet, corruption. Remember, Paul speaks of the Jewish people having a true zeal, but missing the key component (Rom. 10:1-2)
Either way, it will be the fourth millennial temple to which the nations will stream in the age to come. I am longing for that!
Shalom from Israel! I am Ron Cantor and this my blog. I am the GODTV Israel Regional Director host of the daily TV program, "Out of Zion". I also serve on the leadership team of a Hebrew-speaking, Spirit-filled congregation in Tel Aviv. We love Yeshua and we love Israel. Hope to see you here soon!