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Loving Hate

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donation requestIn a preparatory warning, Jesus said, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 10:22). The world’s final reaction to Christ’s followers will be universal distain. Paul’s insight for that time “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).


Loving Hate

Revenge and Hatred – Satan’s Specialty
In an enthusiastic report, the specially chosen seventy disciples told Christ of their first outreach mission. They said: “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name” (Luke 10:17). Christ said they were given this power and authority to undermine and defeat Satan’s work – but warned:

  • “Ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up [honoring the deceiver’s hatred], take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak” (Matthew 10:18-19).
  • Those disciples’ ministry symbolized, in miniature, the final challenges God’s servants will experience. However, He promised long before that revenge and hate will finally cease when the serpent’s head would be crushed (Genesis 3:15).

“When through his rebellion he [Lucifer] was cast out of heaven, he determined to make man his victim, and the earth his kingdom. He cast the blame of his rebellion upon Christ, and in determined hatred of God, sought to wound Him through the fall of man. In the happiness and peace of Eden, he beheld a vision of the bliss that he had forever lost, and he determined to excite in the hearts of God's creatures the same bitterness that he himself felt, so that their songs of praise and thanksgiving might be turned to reproach against their Maker.”[1]
The pathos and cry of Isaiah: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12).
A dark thread of evil maneuvers its way through human hearts. Finally, divine wrath, seeing Satan’s perverse control of minds, destroyed all humanity in the deluge, save for eight. In a beginning again, Abraham received a promise that through his seed a chosen people would arise, leading to a Messiah. That became another “starting over” promise and prophecy.
The history of that chosen, the massive number who miraculously left Egypt, their theocracy, their sad moral failure, and their rebellion occupies much of the Old Testament.
Jerusalem fell in one of the Roman scourges in 63 B.C. That conquest led by Pompey the Great, led to the end of Jewish independence. Judea became a Roman Republic, and its people were forced to pay tribute.[2]
The Jewish people hated the Romans but were powerless and subservient to their authority.

  • Then, the very Son of God came to planet earth to represent the Father’s character. He was hated by his own people!
  • Satan seemed to succeed in ruining God’s plans through the power of hatred.

“The disciples saw the hatred of the Jews to Christ, but they did not yet see to what it would lead. They did not yet understand the true condition of Israel, nor comprehend the retribution that was to fall upon Jerusalem.”[3]
“Having committed themselves to a course of opposition to Christ, every act of resistance became to the priests an additional incentive to pursue the same course. Irrespective of the fear or favor of men, the apostles proclaimed the truths which had been committed to them. But though the Jews could not fail to see their guilt in refusing the evidence sent by God, they would not cease their wicked strife. Their obstinacy became more and more determined. It was not that they could not yield; they could, but would not. It was not alone because they were guilty and deserving of death, not alone because they had put to death the Son of God, that they were cut off from salvation; it was because they armed themselves with the attributes of Satan, and determined to be opposed to God. They persistently rejected light, and stifled the convictions of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit that works in the children of disobedience worked in them, leading them to abuse the men through whom God was working. The malignity of their rebellion was intensified by each successive act of resistance against God, and against the message he had given his servants to declare. Every day, in their refusal to repent, the Jewish leaders took up their rebellion afresh, preparing to reap that which they had sown.”[4]
Then came the persecution and martyrdom of the apostles and Christian workers: “The Jews cultivated a spirit of retaliation. In their hatred of the Romans they gave utterance to hard denunciations, and pleased the wicked one by manifesting his attributes. Thus they were training themselves to do the terrible deeds to which he led them on. In the religious life of the Pharisees there was nothing to recommend piety to the Gentiles. Jesus bade them not to deceive themselves with the thought that they could in heart rise up against their oppressors, and cherish the longing to avenge their wrongs.”[5]
In 30–31 A.D. Jesus had pronounced “woes” on the scribes and Pharisees. It was a contemporary denunciation of their hypocrisies and the blindness of their leaders. In summary judgment, He said: “Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 24:36-38).
Jesus left the temple with the disciples, who were uncomfortable with the encounter. They pointed out in a transference gesture the beauty of the temple. “And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” (Matthew 24:2).
Tension between Rome and the Jewish people continued to smolder until the appointment of Roman Gessius Florus over the Jerusalem area. He demanded the temple funds, which led to the first Jewish–Roman war. Nero appointed Vespasian to quell the Jewish uprising. By 69 A.D. the Galilee and Judean areas were quieted, save for Jerusalem.

  • Vespasian took Nero’s place as Roman emperor when Nero died.
  • Titus, his son, took Vespasian’s military place and laid siege on Jerusalem a few days before Passover. That city was packed with thousands of people because of that Jewish feast.

Within months the city fell, massive numbers of people were slaughtered, and the temple was set on fire. 97,000 people were taken captive, and 1.1 million people were killed. This culminated in the unrelenting, deepening hatred of the Romans by the Jews and the hatred of the Jews by the Romans.[6]
From the jealous retaliation of Cain to hatred of the Jews by the Romans, a network of evil infiltrated the hearts of most beings – another pervasive venture of the devil succeeded.
Christian Persecution
Jewish resistance toward the early Christians led to their imprisonment and martyrdom. Saul’s drive to eliminate that early church was mission specific. Stephen’s terrifying murder is illustrative. Saul’s conversion and name change to Paul represents the amazing early successes of Christianity.

In the first three centuries, both Jews and Christians were targets of secular hatred. From the pagan point of view, conversion to Christianity involved submission to many Jewish tenets. Hatred grew as Greeks and Romans perceived both groups as atheistic for resisting their gods.[7]
Gradually, the tenets of Christianity were seen to conflict with Roman law. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (6:5-9) regarding kind treatment of slaves aroused pagan suspicion. The Christian tendency to level socially all individuals, including slaves, was reprehensible to the Roman mind. Often slaves were punished for sympathizing with Christianity. A satanic spirit remained the greatest influence on earth.
Then came “Pope” Calixtus (217 – 222 A.D.). He announced that divine law could permit what Roman law forbade, such as a woman of the highest class could marry a slave. From Nero (before the fall of Jerusalem) through Diocletian (east, 284–305 A.D.) (who divided the empire into east and west), to Maximian (west, 286–305 A.D.), such claims fomented deeper hatred with frequent murders of Christians.
History reports on famous martyrs such as Tertullian and Polycarp. The edict of Septimus (193-211) was the first formal imperial initiative against Christians. It even prohibited proselytizing.[8]
Then came the alleged conversion of Constantine the Great to Christianity in 321 A.D., following the Edict of Milan in 311, when he decriminalized Christianity.

  • It was not until the later part of the 4th century, during the reigns of Augusti Gratian (r. 367–383), Valentinian II (r. 375–392), and Theodosius I (r. 379–395) that Christianity would become the official religion of the empire. The Edict of Thessalonica established the Nicene Christianity as the state religion in the Roman Empire (February 27, 380). After this, persecution of non-Nicene Christians, including Arian and Nontrinitarian devotees began. 
  • Then paganism was “outlawed,” leading to a focus on the differences in Christian beliefs. This became a point of contention and hatred! Then a sinister union of paganism (which was officially outlawed by Theodosian I) and Christianity emerged.

In the sixth century, religious wars between the Jews and Christians occurred, but more fearful was the rise of Islam, bringing hatred, persecution, and martyrdom to Christians. Gradually, a Catholic form of Christianity rose in the European arena. The Islamic resistance brought competing religious forces between the Christian north and the Islamic south, with hatred limiting mediation for centuries.
Late Middle Ages
By God’s grace, advocates arose for the return to Biblical ideals. John Wycliffe (1320–1384) called for the resumption of piety within Catholicism. He made the first translation of the Bible into English. His followers were called Lollards. Wycliffe apparently died of a stroke. His body was later exhumed, and his bones were burned to ashes in vengeful hatred toward his teachings.

  • He was later, however, called “The Morning Star of the Reformation.”
  • He advocated “A Christian life measured by Scripture; by every word thereof.”[9]

John Hus (1369–1415) followed by addressing moral abuse within the Catholic priesthood. He was hated and condemned as a heretic, then burned alive at the stake.
Wycliffe and Hus inaugurated the schism between papal “Christianity” and the movement soon to be called the Protestant Reformation. This divide resulted in many lethal conflicts associated with revenge and murderous hatred toward those breaking away from Catholicism! These included:

  • Eighty Years’ War
  • French Wars of Religion
  • Thirty Years’ War
  • Wars of the Three Kingdoms
  • Savoyard–Waldensians Wars
  • Toggenburg War

Over the centuries these conflicts kept the fires of hatred alive toward God’s loyalists, often with horrifying persecution, murders, and even genocide. Simple resistance of those believing differently from themselves led to the martyrdom of millions!
“When religious freedoms are denied through regulation of religious profession of practices, violent religious persecution and conflict increases.”[10]
Difficult to fathom, today there are 917 organized hate groups in the United States.[11],[12]

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34-35).
The antidote for hate is compassion for others. A lack of sensitivity for others, especially when they hurt and have needs, represents a level of growing hatred.

We live in a highly competitive culture that often denigrates another to “step higher.” Peace is seldom an option. However, the simple truth of Christ levels the cultural field: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).[13]
This is today one of those culturally ingrained tragedies against Jews in general and Judaism as a religion. It was recently demonstrated through hatred and unimaginable violence against the Israeli people by Hamas in the Middle East. Recently, it burgeoned into a vast number of organized antisemitic riots in numerous American cities and universities. Many of those involved could not explain why they hated and demonstrated.
Anti-Jewish violence was part of “Christian” Europe’s history! Since the early twentieth century, hostile incidents, originating in the Arab world, proliferated. That catalyst became an incendiary for hatred when the State of Israel was re-established in Palestine May 14, 1948.
Cultural antisemitism charges the Jews with corrupt thinking or behavior. They are often seen as having unattractive psychological, religious, or social characteristics – yet it is usually subjective.
Religious antisemitism historically involved hatred toward their beliefs. This led to violence and martyrdom at times because they rejected conversion to the “official religion or culture.” Sadly, some of the hatred came from “Christian” sources.
A Catholic priest, Ernest Jouin, published in 1920 the first English translation of the book Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It noted: “The Jew has become the enemy of humanity.”[15] The publication was a fraud with roots from nineteenth century myths.
Yet, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion … [became] the most notorious and widely distributed antisemitic publication of modern times…. The individuals and groups who used the Protocols are all linked by a common purpose: to spread hatred of Jews.
“Thousands of copies … [were] printed and distributed in sixteen languages globally. The frequent rumors that Jews have secret plans to control the world are manipulating the economy, controlling the media, and fostering religious conflict originated in this fraudulent document.
“Beginning in 1920, auto magnate Henry Ford’s newspaper, The Dearborn Independent, published a series of articles based in part on the Protocols.” Antisemitism rose.

Hitler referred to the Protocols in some of his political speeches. The Nazi Party published at least 23 editions of the Protocols between 1919 and 1939. Some schools used the Protocols to indoctrinate students, creating widespread hatred for the Jews!
A virulent antisemitic Catholic writer, Edouard Drumont, of France founded the “Antisemitic League of France,” which started the eugenic movement. In the late nineteenth century, the semitic race was popularized as inferior and beyond redemption.[16]
Between 1900 and 1924 approximately 1.75 million Jews migrated to America, making up 3.5% of the population. Intriguing – though many became very successful, they were discriminated against in employment, housing, resort areas, membership clubs, and teaching positions in colleges and universities. The Ku Klux Klan was reactivated (which had been quiescent since 1870). In Germany, 50,000 captured Russian Jewish soldiers were killed. The Holocaust followed with 6,000,000 Jews being slaughtered.[17]
Today, intense antisemitism is culturally endemic in the Arab world.
“Muslim clerics in the Middle East have frequently referred to Jews as descendants of apes and pigs, which are conventional epithets for Jews and even Christians.
“According to professor Robert Wistrich, director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism (SICSA), the calls for the destruction of Israel by Iran or by Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, or the Muslim Brotherhood, represent a contemporary mode of genocidal antisemitism.”[18]
Jewish Theodor W. Adorno wrote that “Antisemitism is the rumour about Jews.”[19] He spent his academic life studying cultural prejudice and hatred of his nationality. He and other social scientists never could create any theory of reason why so many felt this way.
The Curse
Though a void in antisemitic literature and rarely referenced in Christian publications is the curse that Christ Himself made on the Jewish nation:

  • “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43).
  • “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 23:37-38).

Might this explain the deeply rooted anti-Jewish spirit continuing even today?
“The Nazis used Martin Luther’s book, On the Jews and Their Lies (1543), to justify their claim that their ideology was morally righteous. Luther even went so far as to advocate the murder of Jews who refused to convert to Christianity by writing that ‘we are at fault in not slaying them.’

“According to American historian Lucy Dawidowicz, anti-Semitism has a long history within Christianity. The line of ‘anti-Semitic descent’ from Luther, the author of On the Jews and Their Lies, to Hitler is ‘easy to draw.’ In her The War Against the Jews, 1933-1945, she contends that Luther and Hitler were obsessed by the ‘demonologized universe’ inhabited by Jews. Dawidowicz writes that the similarities between Luther’s anti-Jewish writings and modern anti-Semitism are no coincidence, because they derived from a common history of Judenhass, which can be traced to Haman’s advice to Ahasuerus. Although modern German anti-Semitism also has its roots in German nationalism and the liberal revolution of 1848, Christian anti-Semitism she writes is a foundation that was laid by the Roman Catholic Church and ‘upon which Luther built.’”[20]
Hatred of Christians
“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.  Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).
This fourth beatitude, in context, anticipates religious hatred. It implies Christian opposition. James and Peter express similar thoughts.
“Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?” (James 2:7).
“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf” (I Peter 4:14-16).

  • With the hatred against those taking a public stand for Christ comes demonic power that will become global.
  • The remnant will be seen as evil and are to be harmed or eventually eliminated. “And it was given unto him [antichrist] to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations” (Revelation 13:7).

Luke urges avoiding retaliation in the midst of persecution. This aids Christian thinking by seeing God’s perspective on suffering. The reminder is invitational – remember the mistreatment of disciples, prophets, and God’s servants in the past. They remained faithful.[21]
Warning after warning is given in God’s Word that religious opposition will bring persecution to God’s people as the Second Coming nears. Christians are prewarned, “Don’t be surprised!”

  • Christ alerted that an abominable issue (in God’s eyes) would act as a major catalyst to that persecution (Matthew 24:15).
  • He got more specific: Go to Daniel where it addresses the details of that abomination that leads to desolation (Daniel 8; 11:29-45, and chapter 12). There, the anti-Sabbath issue is specifically prophesied.

Provocative preparatory thoughts:
Last-day Disasters will Lead to Worship Laws: “Satan puts his interpretation upon events, and they [leading men] think, as he would have them, that the calamities which fill the land are a result of Sunday-breaking. Thinking to appease the wrath of God, these influential men make laws enforcing Sunday observance. They think that by exalting this false rest-day higher, and still higher, compelling obedience to the Sunday law, the spurious sabbath, they are doing God service.”[22]

“Men in responsible positions will not only ignore and despise the Sabbath themselves, but from the sacred desk will urge upon the people the observance of the first day of the week, pleading tradition and custom in behalf of this man-made institution. They will point to calamities on land and sea – to the storms of wind, the floods, the earthquakes, the destruction by fire – as judgments indicating God's displeasure because Sunday is not sacredly observed.”[23]
Sabbath-keepers Denounced as Causing Anarchy:

“Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order, as breaking down the moral restraints of society, causing anarchy and corruption, and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth. Their conscientious scruples will be pronounced obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of authority. They will be accused of disaffection toward the government.”[24]
A solution to the devastating calamities will be both a political and religious matter. The hatred seen so easily vented against the Jews as a cultural phenomenon will become of greater importance against Christian Sabbath keepers.
Later, Sabbathkeepers will be persecuted throughout the world.
“The whole world is to be stirred with enmity against Seventh-day Adventists, because they will not yield homage to the papacy, by honoring Sunday, the institution of this antichristian power.”[25] Yet we have the assurance like that given to those disciples of old that no demonic power can succeed against finishing God’s work. In symbolic language, this assurance is given:

  • “If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and completely consumes their enemies.
  • If anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way.
  • These two [witnesses] have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time they are prophesying. They have power to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want” (Revelation 11:5-6 NET).

Then it is stated that the work is finished (vs7a).
Termination of Hate – Millennial Prison
“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:1-2 NIV).
Christ has the key to Hades or the bottomless pit (cf. Revelation 1:18). He is portrayed as coming down to lock the abyss, confining Satan. The abyss or pit is a symbolic place of confinement – a prison. He is shackled also by a symbolic chain.

  • As Michael was able to cast him out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-9), so this angel has total power over Satan and his realm (cf. Mark 3:27). Michael, this angel, is Christ.

“He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time” (Revelation 20:3 NIV).

  • This occurs post-Christ’s Second Coming. There is no one alive. In that sense, Satan is bound. He does not deceive until after the thousand years are completed. He is released to tempt, control, and gather the wicked into a military array. Then they attack the New Jerusalem, which had come down from heaven (Revelation 21:1-2). That is the final hate gesture of the universe!
  • All the wicked beings are shortly destroyed in a fiery conflagration.

Several messages of chapter 19 and 20 lead some to believe that there are two final battles, casting the wicked into a lake of fire: (1) Beast and false prophet (19:20) and (2) The devil and the wicked (20:9-10, 14-15). Gregory Beale argues that they are the same. The beast and false prophet are institutions with people who make them up. They, therefore, are the unsaved who make them up.[26] This view is here adopted.
Hatred and strife will then be destroyed – annihilated forever: “The great controversy is ended. Sin and sinners are no more. The entire universe is clean. One pulse of harmony and gladness beats through the vast creation. From Him who created all, flow life and light and gladness, throughout the realms of illimitable space. From the minutest atom to the greatest world, all things, animate and inanimate, in their unshadowed beauty and perfect joy, declare that God is love.”[27] 
Loving hate will be forever replaced with God’s loving goodness – an eternal characteristic of the saved!

Franklin S. Fowler, Jr., M.D.
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EndTime Issues…, Number 283, June 6, 2024

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[1] The Bible Echo, November 1, 1892.

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(63_BC)

[3] The Desire of Ages, p. 580.

[4] The Review and Herald, June 8, 1911.

[5] Ibid., p 310.

[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(70_CE)

[7] https://www.historytoday.com/archive/causes-early-persecutions#:~:text=Roman%20citizens%20found%20time%20and,bringing%20charges%20of%20specific%20crimes.

[8] Ibid.

[9] https://www.cslewisinstitute.org/resources/john-wycliffe-the-morning-star-of-the-reformation/

[10] https://www.amazon.com/Price-Freedom-Denied-Persecution-Twenty-First/dp/0521146836  – plus editorial reviews.

[11] https://www.splcenter.org/flyering-map

[12] https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch

[13] https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/nurturing-self-compassion/201703/the-psychology-hate#:~:text=Fear%20of%20%E2%80%9CThe%20Other%E2%80%9D&text=Wanis%20explains%2C%20%E2%80%9CHatred%20is%20driven,to%20the%20in%2Dgroup.%E2%80%9D

[14] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism

[15] https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=5655


[17] https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/holocaust-remembrance-day-a-somber-anniversary/

[18] Neil J. Kressel. “The Urgent Need to Study Islamic Antisemitism,” archived 10 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Chronicle Review, 12 March 2004.
“Holocaust Remembrance Day — a somber anniversary.” blogs.timesofisrael.com. Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
Abboud, Leila; Klasa, Adrienne; Chazan, Guy (15 October 2023). “Israel-Hamas war unleashes wave of antisemitism in Europe.” Financial Times. Archived from the original on 18 October 2023. Retrieved 19 October 2023.

[19] Quoted in: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism

[20] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_Christianity 

[21] Bock, Darrell L.; Luke 9:51–24:53, vol. B (Baker Academic, Grand Rapids, MI; 1996), pp. 577-582.

[22] Maranatha, p. 176.

[23] Christian Service, p. 155.

[24] The Great Controversy, p. 592.

[25] Testimony to Ministers and Gospel Workers, p. 36.

[26] Beale, Gregory K.; The New International Greek Testament Commentary; The Book of Revelation (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan – 1999), pp. 1029-1030.

[27] The Great Controversy, p. 678.


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