Sheilot uTshuvot

(Questions and Answers)

Ask Torah Teacher Ariel

(Note: all quotations are taken from the Complete Jewish Bible, translation by David H. Stern, Jewish New Testament Publications, Inc., unless otherwise noted)

QUESTION 20:

I was raised Catholic, as you are probably aware, priests do not want to discuss 'Jacobs Trouble'. The only opinion I have heard is the protestant view. I would appreciate hearing my Jewish brothers and sisters view of this. Thanks.

ANSWER:

This Torah Teacher is not altogether familiar with what exactly the Catholic position is concerning Yaakovs Tsuris (Jacobs Troubles), nor their silence on the matter, but I can imagine it has something to do with the Replacement Theology that is rampant in some of their teachings. Simply put, Replacement Theology believes that the Church has replaced physical Israel as the New Israel, thereby becoming the new People of HaShem. All of this is supposedly in response to the corporate rejection of Yeshua, by the Jewish people, and accomplished through the institution of the New Covenant. Part and parcel to this rejection is that the Jews are now left to face the full brunt of the Wrath of HaShem in what is known in evangelical circles as the Great Tribulation. According to todays leading evangelical scholars, the Christian Church is raptured away just before the Tribulation starts, leaving behind the unbelieving Gentile nations and the (unfortunate) Jews, to suffer. This popular (although inaccurate) view of end-time events gains support from such texts as 1 Thessalonians 5:9 where the subject is the Wrath of HaShem and the proximity of believers to that wrath. In my opinion, unnecessary emphasis is placed on exactly who will be in the Great Tribulation (if such an event actually has Scriptural support). Dont get me wrong; I do believe in a coming time of persecution on the world. But great care needs to be taken when blatantly placing the Jews in the Tribulation while conveniently excusing the Christian Church. To be sure, the prophets of the TaNaKH had much to say about the coming trouble for the Jewish nation. Unfortunately at this time, an agreeing consensus, among Jews and Christians alike, has not been reached as to what that trouble exactly means. Perhaps this is why the Catholic Church is shy. A lack of adequate information on a subject that the Bible should be clear on, may suggest weakness or even worse, error, on the part of the largest organized-religious denomination the world has ever known. Do you really think they want to risk that kind of image?

Torah Teacher Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy