The Protocols of Zion Through the Lens of the New Apostolic Reformation.

Who would have thought that the 120-year-old forgery known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion would be revived after being repackaged into an acceptable ideology for Christians? The connection is far from what any of us would expect. First, let's look briefly at the history of the Protocols.

If we were to select one pamphlet that could be considered the most damaging to the Jewish people on a global scale, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion would take first place. It has been debunked a hundred years ago, but it is still published as truth in many parts of the world. Elie Wiesel once said, “If ever a piece of writing could produce mass hatred, it is this one. . . . This book is about lies and slander."

They were first published in 1905 in their current format by Russian mystic Sergei Nilus (1862-1929.) They are supposed to be either the minutes of secret meetings of a select group of Jewish leaders plotting to take over the world and destroy Christianity, the verbatim text of a speech delivered to the group by its leader, or even the minutes of the first Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland in 1897. The elders were meeting in an undisclosed location at an unspecified date to discuss how to control the press, the banks, the government, the arts, and religion.

In the early 1920s, and for about a year and a half, they were also published by Henry Ford in his antisemitic newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, distributed through his car dealerships under the title The International Jew. Ford was sued for libel and had to issue a statement of apology and pull all copies out of distribution. The damage was done, and the Protocols continued to be printed and distributed on a global scale, eventually becoming very popular in Muslim countries. Egyptian President Gamal Abel Nasser (1918-1970) and Saudi Arabia King Faisal (1906-1975) became big fans of the booklet, even after it became clear that it was a complete forgery. In 2024, they still strive in many parts of the world.

Their main weakness stems from the many contradictions attached to their origins. Binjamin Segel summarizes A Lie and a Libel, “To bring into harmony all the various, contradictory assertions, there is only one thing left for us to do. We must accept all of them as true. Just as Homer was said to have been born in seven Greek cities simultaneously, so Nilus translated the Protocols from the French and the Hebrew simultaneously. They originated at the Basel Zionist Congress of 1897 and, at the same time, in the lecture notes of Paris students. They were stolen by a noblewoman of Tchernigov from a high Masonic dignitary and, at the same time, by the dignitary’s wife or lover. This lady gave it to Nilus's friend, Sukhotin, who simultaneously appropriated it from an extensive book of protocols or lecture notes that he found hidden in an iron chest at Zionist headquarters in France, but also in Alsace and in Switzerland. They were also stolen from Hertzl's house in Vienna and the secret vault of the Mizraim lodge. They were delivered to Nilus in 1897 by a Russian spy in equally by Sukhotin in 1901. At the same time the French translation of a Hebrew original was sent from Paris by Rashkovsky to the Russian interior ministry in 1897 and then delivered to Nilus.

The Protocols are pure evil. They all come from Satan, the master of lies (Zechariah 3:1-2; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). He has the ability and desire to make the irrational look and sound rational. Ignoring that Satan is behind all aspects of antisemitism is blinding those who want to fight the oldest hatred. We cannot fight antisemitism if we do not understand that we are in a spiritual battle. This is why my definition of antisemitism includes the words “irrational” and “satanic.” This is all part of Satan’s grand scheme to destroy the Jewish people or turn them against Yeshua and Christianity so that they will not be able to call on Yeshua (Zechariah 12:10) and corporately come to a saving knowledge of their Messiah (Zechariah 13:8-9.)

As if this weren't bad enough, there is another dimension to this hoax that has now infiltrated the Christian Church. It is known as the New Apostolic Reformation or NAR. It is very similar to Dominionism or Kingdom Now Theology. It is a belief that Christians, by their actions, can bring on the Kingdom of God and usher in the Second Coming of Yeshua, in a sense, helping God to bring His own kingdom. In reality, only Israel can usher the Second Coming by crying out Baruch Haba Bashem Adonai, which means "blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:37-40; Zechariah 12:10.) At the Second Coming, Yeshua will inaugurate His kingdom, not before, not after, and certainly not with our help.

Now, most people might not make the connection right away or even at all. The NAR is a theological movement combining aspects of several denominations along with what is known as the "Seven Mountain Mandate." The mandate promotes the idea that there are seven aspects of modern society that Christians should do their best to influence, and they are as follows: family, religion, education, media, arts & entertainment, business, and government. The movement originated in the 1970s but saw more popularity in the 1990s when it was heavily promoted by false teacher C. Peter Wagner. It is based on the existence of modern-day apostles, assuming that apostles can still be appointed by God today. Acts 1:21–22 is very clear in that for a man to be an apostle, he had to have been a member of the original disciples of Yeshua from the baptism of John to Yeshua's ascension. That would clearly disqualify the gift of apostleship for Paul, but there was another group of apostles who had to have seen the resurrected Messiah. Paul qualified for the second kind (1 Corinthians 9:1.) Both groups comprised early believers during the critical time of the birth of the Church and are no longer needed today.

What I find fascinating, though, is the fact that the concept of global takeover by Jews could be the reason for so much antisemitism for the last 120 years, even though it is a hoax. Yet, the same principle, cloaked in Christian apostleship, became one of the fastest "Christian movements" of the 21st century. This is another case of a double standard applied to the Jewish people and Israel.

So, as it pertains to the Jewish people, the Protocols are a lie that has led to much blood being shed and that continues to be propagated to this day. As it pertains to the evangelical Church, The Seven Mountains Mandate is a deception that is leading people away from the simplicity of the Gospel of Grace. Both the Protocols and the Seven Mountains of Influence of the NAR are from the enemy of God, but only Satan can use the same lies to hurt the Jews on the one hand and promote a new flavor of fake Christianity on the other hand. The enemy is very creative indeed!

Antisemitism in classical literature: Where do we draw the line?

While antisemitism always has the same goal which is the demonization, ostracization and complete destruction of the Jewish people, it can be found in various fields. It can be historical, theological, ethnic or academic to name a few variants. It has also been found in literature over the centuries.  Different types of writings can be considered antisemitic, from sermons to pamphlets to complete volumes.

Works like "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" published in 1905 by Russian writer and mystic Sergei Nilus, possibly from earlier works found in a French play, are openly antisemitic. The Protocols depict a global Jewish conspiracy as recorded in the minutes of a group of influential Jewish leaders. They have been debunked as a hoax as early as 1920, and yet, it didn't stop many from propagating them, including Henri Ford reprinting portions of them in his newspaper "The Dearborn Independent." Even though they have been rejected as a hoax, they continue to be published today and can even be found on Amazon. Depending on your search, they can either appear as a hoax or more vaguely appear as "non-supported" piece of work by Amazon, which is a very strange description. The book is hugely antisemitic and it is not worth spending the money to purchase it or the time to read it. There is nothing classical about The Protocols, and it shouldn't be in print.

Let us consider another piece of antisemitic literature like Hitler's "Mein Kampf." The book was first published in two volumes as Hitler's autobiography written in prison between 1925 and 1926. As virulently antisemitic as it is, Mein Kampf (My Fight,) has become part of history and can be used as such to study the person of Hitler and that period of Nazi Germany with more details. I wouldn't say that it is a recommended read, but it cannot be ignored. It contains large portions that are antisemitic and became the guide for "the final solution to the Jewish question," but it also contains a historical narrative that shouldn't be thrown away because of its evil author. While the Protocols's only goal was to demonize the Jewish people, Mein Kampf is a bit broader in its theme. There is nothing classical about Mein Kampf, but I believe it should be in print to study that part of history. Because of Hitler's reputation that precedes him, his autobiographical work doesn't need much of a warning introduction by the publisher.

Then you have literary works from famous authors like Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), a novelist who introduced a new style of writing in French literature. His approach used a more spoken style akin to the working class way of communicating, often even a bit raw. He modernized French literature and influenced many, even beyond France. Unfortunately, he also published three very antisemitic essays. Bagatelles pour un massacre (Trifles for a Massacre) (1937), L'École des cadavres (The School of Corpses) (1938) and Les Beaux draps (The Fine Mess) (1941.) 

The French publishing giant Gallimard has been considering re-publishing these works that have been out of print for quite a few years. They are receiving a lot of criticism, especially from members of the Jewish community such as  Holocaust activist Serge Klarsfeld. The consensus is that these virulent essays should not be reprinted. WARNING: Celine's language in Trifles for a Massacre might offend the reader as it is often very raw and extremely insulting, "That fine literary standardization, most degrading and most astounding, will, once accomplished, be the finishing touch of that labor of desensitization and artistic leveling, which the Jews have already accomplished in painting, music and cinema. Thus the cycle of the international robotization of thought will be complete. The Jewish serpent, as the oracles have said, will eventually wind himself around the entire world, smashing, gumming-up, perverting, and mercilessly exploiting everything in his wake, in that well-known demagogic, pacifistic, progressive-educational, liberationist, Freemasonic, Soviet, and Salvationist sauce. The only thing that the Jew dreads in this world is authentic emotion, spontaneous, rhythmic, and in its natural element. ... The snake fully realizes that the mongoose doesn't joke, and that it will strangle the snake, with one solid blow... Authenticity is the only set of scales, by which to weigh the Jew against the masses of his garbage and fraud. To pillage, to steal, to pervert, to pollute, to bleed everything that he encounters, be it modesty, music, rhythm, or value, that is the gift of the Jew, that is his ancient reason for being."

Gallimard has not decided yet if they will publish a new edition of Céline's antisemitic essays. It might have something to do with the pressure they have received from various groups within France, all the way up to some members of the government. Most people would rather see the essays never reprinted because of their abrasive, raw hatred against the Jews. In most cases, I would tend to agree, like in the case of The Protocols. In this case though, I believe that Céline's essays MUST BE REPRINTED. They are part of his entire work and as much as some people are trying to separate the man from his work, you cannot! If they are not reprinted, they will still be available on the internet and even in print from some more obscure publishers (as I have been able to acquire Trifles for a Massacre very recently, even though it is "out of print").

What Gallimard must do though, is to reprint the works with a thorough introduction/preface to the new edition or commentary about the work and why it is reprinted. Without any added commentary, the reprinting could be seen as an endorsement by many, and rightfully so. The preface or commentary will allow the work to be presented within its proper context and should not give Mr. Céline any posthumous grace for his virulent writings, as none is due!

Should Amazon Redefine our Freedom of the Press?

If a book has ever been published and is still in print, chances are you can find it on Amazon. There are millions of volumes available from the online giant in a myriad of languages. In perusing Amazon's vast catalog, one is bound to run into books that they would disagree with, some that would rub them the wrong way and even some that are simply pushing the envelope too far. But this is what Freedom of the Press in America is all about. If you believe it, you can write about it, and if you write about it, you can publish and promote it. I value this freedom very much since I have written several books in the last two decades.

But exactly how far can we exercise our freedom to publish? The First Amendment of the US Constitution tells us: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." This is of great value in America, considering that many countries are much more restrictive if not completely totalitarian in their approach to people's freedom. This freedom is expressed through many writing styles.

One of them, satirical writing, can be traced back to ancient Egypt and has been used and perfected over the centuries. It includes humor, irony and sarcasm to tell a story and this is exactly what Assaf A. Voll used in the publishing of his recent book titled " A History of the Palestinian People from Ancient Times to the Modern Era." The book is over 120 pages and all of them are blank. His tongue-in-cheek approach to the hot topic of Palestinian history quickly garnered him a top seller position on Amazon (#2 in the "Israel and Palestine" category.) Enough people thought that it was funny and left reviews on Amazon to catapult the book to #2. But apparently, many also were offended by the book's approach to Palestinian history. His message was clear, when it comes to factual history, Palestinians have none prior the mid 1960s. One might agree or disagree with that message, yet freedom of the press guarantees that Mr. Voll's book will be published and distributed, even on Amazon...at least for a few days!

Within a few days and under pressure, Amazon deleted the book from their catalogue claiming that the book "has been retired and is no longer for sale.The book cannot be found either on Apple Ibooks or Barnes and Nobles site. Going back to Amazon's decision to pull the book, one would tend to believe that the company has certain publishing standards that led to the cancellation, and that, in and of itself should be respected, if it is ethical and if the same standards apply for all books. But here is the rub...they don't!

If you go to Amazon and look for a book like "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" you can purchase a copy from several suppliers. The book is supposed to comprise the minutes of several meetings held by important Jewish people regarding how they planned to take over the world. It was proven to be a hoax first published by Russian man Sergei Nilus in 1905, and since reprinted and distributed by many including Henry Ford. It has become a pillar in the edifice built on antisemitic literature and is still globally disseminated today. One Amazon page for the Protocols has a main review of the book saying" The entire world witnessed horrors that were unquestionably a direct result of the heinous prescriptions laid out earlier in the Protocols. To this day, almost a century later, the sweep of history has proven the Protocols to be genuine, authentic, and a real-life rendering of the most tragic events that have bedeviled mankind. One nation after another has suffered, and now the Zionist psychopaths have targeted the United States and Western Europe. The Protocols continue to ring true and sound the alarm. "

Is this an abuse of our freedom of the press? Is this worse than a book with blank pages? I will let you be the judge.

On a very different topic, and regarding a real piece of literature, you can also purchase a copy of Martin Luther's 1543 work "On the Jews and their Lies" on Amazon. This small booklet was written by Martin Luther at the end of his life and was very abrasive against the Jews towards whom he had been rather friendly early on. In the book, Luther advises to burn synagogues, raze homes, confiscate holy books and forbid free passage among other things. He ends his treatise with powerful words against the Jews "My essay, I hope, will furnish a Christian (who in any case has no desire to become a Jew) with enough material not only to defend himself against the blind, venomous Jews, but also to become the foe of the Jews' malice, lying, and cursing, and to understand not only that their belief is false but that they are surely possessed by all devils. May Christ, our dear Lord, convert them mercifully and preserve us steadfastly and immovably in the knowledge of him, which is eternal life. Amen.

This real book is still in print as part of Luther's complete work. It brings chills down my spine when I read Amazon's reviews of such work saying "On the Jews and Their Lies Luther’s magnificent defense of Jesus the Messiah and his exposé of the unfounded lies and accusations of the rabbis." But freedom of the press is such that, as vitriolic as it might be, "On the Jews and their Lies" must be allowed in the Amazon catalogue. I don't like it, but it is an undeniable part of history.

The point here is that Amazon seems to be using double standards when it comes to anything promoting Israel and the Jewish people or denigrating the Palestinian narrative, and it is a shame. Freedom of the Press has to either be all in or all out. We cannot allow it to be adjusted according to different agendas or flexing under pressure from different groups. Again, Israel is being singled out and targeted socially, culturally, politically and academically. I really hoped that Amazon wouldn't be swayed by our postmodern view of Israel and the Jewish people. But it certainly looks like they are re-defining Freedom of the Press, at least for their catalogue. Maybe if more people who cared about the truth and an unbiased approach to information said something, then Amazon would listen. How will they know we care if we don't speak up?

They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant:
Psalm 83:4-5