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Is it credible that the Megaleh Amukot was really a secret xtian?

(You can read Part 1 HERE)

In the last post, I brought some lengthy snippets of some correspondence penned around the 1770s, by one Simon Ashkenazi, a secret ‘Jew for Jesus’ within the Moravian Jewish community, who spoke of a secret society of similar ‘Jews for Jesus’ operating out of Amsterdam.

In that text, this ‘Simon’ states that the modern ‘Jews for Jesus’ movement basically started with Jonathan Eybshutz’s great-grandfather, Natan Nata Spira, aka the Megaleh Amukot.

That’s a very explosive claim to make.

But does it stand up, in the real world?

Let’s find out.

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At the end of that document, which you can read for yourselves HERE, orthodox Jewish historian Sid Leiman adds in a number of notes, on the factual accuracy of the information.

Here’s a quick run down of what he says:

  • In 1988, historian Yehuda Liebes noted that the Megaleh Amukot died long before 1680, and so couldn’t have been the founder of this Jewish-xtian sect in Amsterdam.
  • Liebes identified this sect as ‘Sabbatian’ instead – and Leiman apparently concurs with this opinion.

Snippet:

Essentially, he argued that when the sect became disillusioned with Sabbatianism, especially with the death of its hero—R. Jonathan Eibeschuetz—in 1764, it adopted Christianity.

  • Another historian, Pawel Maciejko claims, “(without citing evidence) that the “Herrnhut documents are a contemporary eighteenth-century forgery.”
  • These documents were found in 1890, around 120 years after they’d been written, in 1890, in the central archive of the Moravian Brethren in Hernhut. 
  • The ‘Jew for Jesus’ Simon identified a number of people in his text. Many of these people actually existed in the ‘real world’, in the time and place he located them. These include:
    • The ‘Rabbi Porios‘ who was meant to be at the deathbed of Jonathan Eybshutz, in the text, is identified by Leiman as follows:

“Almost certainly, Rabbi Porios is to be identified with a disciple of R. Jonathan Eibeschuetz, R. Moses Isaiah b. R. Judah Porios, who served as dayyan (rabbinic judge) of Nikolsburg and was a vigorous defender of his teacher during the Emden-Eibeschuetz controversy.”

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  • The missionaries mentioned by ‘Simon’, Burgmann and Latrobe were protestant ministers who were trying to convert Jews to xtianity”

Burgmann had served as a missionary to the Jews in Amsterdam prior to his assuming the post of pastor at St. Mary’s German Lutheran Church in London in 1768. Thus, it was no accident that Simon of Amsterdam came to Burgmann for aid…. Similarly, Latrobe was head of the Moravian Church in London from 1755 until his death in 1786.

(Ed. note: that makes Burgmann and Latrobe contemporaries of Dr Samuel Chaim Falk, the demon-conjuring Baal Shem of London, who was also Jacob Frank’s father-in-law.)

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  • ‘Simon’ mentions one “R. Chayim Ashkenaas” who apparently managed to convert a lot of Jews over to xtianity / Sabbateanism, and then later serves as the rabbi of Kreutz in Hungary. This ‘Chayim’ is also Simon’s grandfather. Leiman identifies him as follows:

R. Hayyim b. R. Jacob Ashkenazi of Prossnitz served as chief rabbi of Deutschkreutz from 1710 until 1748.

(Ed. note: This Chaim Ashkenazi could also be the ‘Haim Malach‘ who was known as a very successful ‘prophet’ for the Sabbatean movement.)

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I’m going to quote another lengthy snippet from Leiman again here, because I want you to really understand the import of what we’re being told here:

In the history of the society, we are informed that Simon left Hungary and came to Schwerin in Mecklenburg.

In Schwerin, he met with the chief rabbi on the eve of Yom Kippur and confessed to him that he had secret Christian leanings.

The chief rabbi was sympathetic and advised Simon to visit R. Jonathan Eibeschuetz.

Before taking leave of the chief rabbi of Schwerin, Simon learned that his name was Prossnitz and that he was a relative of Simon’s grandfather, R. Chayim Ashkenaas of Prossnitz.

Here, too, it is possible to check the record books.

The chief rabbi of Schwerin in the 1760s was R. Meir b. R. Jacob Prossnitz,a disciple of R. Jonathan Eibeschuetz. According to R. Jacob Emden, R. Meir Prossnitz was a notorious Sabbatian who belonged to the circle of Wolf Eibeschuetz [Jonathan Eybshutz’s son, and a known ‘Sabbatian prophet].

Indeed, Emden placed R. Meir Prossnitz under the ban in 1766.

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  • Leiman believes this document was written in 1773.
  • Leiman doesn’t believe there was an “international Jewish-Christian sect” operating in the 18th century, and so feels it is unlikely that it was being headed up by Jonathan Eybshutz.

I have to say, on that last point I’m really coming to the conclusion that he’s wrong.

But maybe it wasn’t so much an ‘international Jewish-Christian sect’, but more a secret society that combined demonic practices and black kabbalah with an outwardly ‘pious’, Jewish-xtian exterior.

Exactly as we’ve set out at length in THIS article, about Shmuel Chaim Falk’s involvement in Rosicrucianism’s ‘Order of the Golden Dawn’ and the Asiatic Brotherhood.

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Here’s some of the pertinent info from that post:

  • Falk’s main backers were the Sabbatean ‘Boas’ family in Amsterdam – the same city where this ‘secret sect’ is meant to be operating from.
  • Falk has close family in both Altona and Hamburg – the stamping grounds of Jonathan Eybshutz.
  • Falk spent the last 5 years of his life on developing a ‘Judeo-Christian Freemasonry’, where Jews wouldn’t be pressured to convert to Christianity – probably identical to the ‘Egyptian Rites Freemasonry’.
  • Falk has connections with Zinzendorf, aristocratic head of the ‘Moravian Brotherhood’ – the same organisation where these writings of ‘Simon’ are found, in 1890. Zinzendorf also creates an antinomian, immoral, totally deviant ‘inner circle’ for his movement called “the German Pilgrim Section or Der Pilger,” which acts very similarly to the Sabbatean-Frankists.
  • While in Hamburg, Eybshutz is connected to: “Elias Artista (Johannes Muller), the Rosicrucian patron of Swedenborg in Hamburg.“

Falk created a “new mystical religion, which would…transcend all sectarian divisions.”

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  • Falk and Eybshutz had a ‘mutual adoration’ club going, that was also attended by relatives of Meir Eisenstadt, the Meir Panim. Meir Eisenstadt is explicitly named by ‘Simon’ in his writings as a secret xtian, and known in the Jewish world to have been a not-so-secret Sabbatean.

Snippet:

This snippet is from the letter of one of Falk’s adherents that I quoted HERE, that sets out a few more people ‘connected’ to the Sabbatean-satanist Dr Falk, aka ‘Rebbe’ Chaim Shmuel Falk, the Baal Shem of London:

Afterwards, [Falk] commanded this Moshe and another member of this holy Chevra, Rabbi Yaakov, grandson of R. Meir Eisenstadt (author of Panim Meiros), and they each lit a large candle. Then he commanded that the group enter barefooted into his room, and behold, we saw the holy man sitting on a throne, dressed like an angel…

The godly Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe David, known as Rabbi Moshe Ba’al Shem, wrote a letter to our master Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz, the famous Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, and told him all these great things and wonders regarding this holy man (=Falk). So R. Yonasan applied to him the words from the Tikkunim, that Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai said, זכאה דרא דהאי רזי עיתגלי ביה, “This generation is fortunate to have such mysteries revealed.”

The letter continues:

“I am grateful that I have been received into this Brotherhood, who by their piety can hasten the advent of the Messiah…my son, be very circumspect, and show this only to wise and discreet men. For here in London, this matter has not been disclosed to anyone who does not belong to our Brotherhood.”

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In one of his footnotes, Leiman also brings some more information about Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian Brotherhood.

There, it says this: [T]he founding father of the reconstituted Moravian Brethren, Nikolaus Ludwig Graf von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), wrote as follows: “We believe in general, that the Time of the Heathen is not yet come. For it is believed in our Church that the Conversion of the Jews, and of all Israel must needs [sic] go before, ere the proper Conversion of the Heathen can go forward.”

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Long story short….. so many of the real names and the real facts in ‘Simon of Amsterdam’s’ account actually fit in ‘the real world’, that it’s not so simple to just discount that he was plain wrong about the Megaleh Amukot being a secret xtian just because he got the dates wrong.

It’s not impossible that he was ‘massaging’ the year 1680 – the date of Eybshutz’s birth – to fit his story better about Eybshutz being the prophesied ‘savior’ of the Jewish people. When you are dealing with false messiahs, this type of fake PR stuff is typical.

For sure, there is an admixture of truth and lies in ‘Simon’s’ account, the whole problem here is trying to figure out what is what.

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When we add in what we know about Falk, and Jacob Frank, and the Order of the Golden Dawn, the tale starts to become more credible.

So the main question, for me, is this:

Did the xtian world ‘seed’ the Sabbatean movement, by pushing the ‘Jews for Jesus’ idea and handpicking the false messiah Shabtai Tzvi and promoting him all over the place, to get the Jews back to Eretz Yisrael to fulfill their own xtian prophecies about when ‘the end times’ would come?

And then ‘Sabbateanism’, right from the start, was actually just another ‘xtian-zionist’ project?

Or, did the Sabbatean movement grow out of a pre-existing, secret, heretical ‘Jewish-gnostic-xtian’ sect that had carried on within the Jewish community for 2,000 years, and was always looking for ways to subvert Torah-true Judaism from within?

I.e., it was just the continuation of the Sadducee-Karaite-fake-Kohen-Khazars-Erev-Rav?

Or, are the people trying to sabotage the Jewish community from within actually descendants of the Erev Rav – the magicians who left Israel, relatives of Bilaam, the grandson of Lavan himself, who have always been trying to kill and corrupt us?

And then ‘Yoshki’ himself was just one on a long line of ‘false messiahs’ who were actually just pawns for this bunch of evil, demon-conjuring magicians?

I don’t know.

But in the next post, we’re going to do a deep dive on the ancestry of ‘Natan Nota Spira’, the Megaleh Amukot, to see if we can shed some more light on this.

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Here’s why this matters so much:

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THIS comes from the Daily Expose – a reputable investigative journalism site that’s done some sterling work fact-checking the stats on Covid 19 deaths, amongst other things, in the UK.

If we Jews don’t do this birur properly and fast…. I dread to think how all this is going to be ‘spun’ as the Jews’ fault, when the truth of what is going on here finally starts to go mainstream.

So, the race is on to get the truth ‘out there’, before all those xtians – and everyone else – just start spinning their own pack of lies to try and dodge the uncomfortable truth about who Yoshki himself really was….

It doesn’t get bigger than this.

TBC

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Did ‘HaKohen Al-Khazaris’ really take over the Jewish community?

That is the question (based on more of the information we uncovered in THIS post.)

There’s a lot that needs to be birured before we can really even try to answer that properly, so I decided to start trying to pin down more of the ‘fake Jews’ who have been leading our communities for the last at least 500 years (at least….).

The person I decided to start with was Natan Neta Spiro, the ancestor of known Sabbatean, Jonathan Eybshutz.

(If it’s news to you that Jonathan Eybshutz was indeed a Sabbatean – and one who practised incest and wrote books promoting it in the Jewish community – read THIS.)

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Natan Neta Spiro (1585-1633) was known as the ‘Megaleh Amukot’ after his work of that name.

He’s been on my radar for a while as an interesting person, and one who seemed to have some very funny ideas, to say the least, that predated the false messiah Shabtai Tzvi by at least 30 years.

This snippet comes from YIVO, HERE:

During the eighteenth century, Spira’s name was linked to a putative Sabbatian sect, involving Jews and Lutherans, that was connected to Yonatan Eybeschütz.

Although the sect was established in the 1720s, its writings claimed Spira to be its founder, and maintained that he had received a divine revelation calling upon him to adopt the Christian faith.

Eybeschütz was, in fact, descended from Spira, and indeed was proud of this lineage. But the historical anachronism that ties the lives of the two men has not been sufficiently clarified. Indeed, Spira died 32 years before the birth of the Sabbatian movement.

The problematic connection is not entirely baseless, however, as scholars have claimed that Spira drew a great deal from Christianity and even revived various elements of the Jewish–Christian tradition that are found in midrashic literature. 

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That YIVO entry continues:

A historical error may be the source of the mystery: it seems that Natan ben Shelomoh Spira of Kraków was confused with Natan ben Re’uven Shapira ha-Yerushalmi (d. 1667), who left Kraków for Jerusalem and was a kabbalist.

The latter raised money in Amsterdam for the Jews of Jerusalem and made contact there with Dutch and English Christians with millenarian views, who regarded him as the rabbi who would bring Jews to acknowledge the truth of Christianity.

Although Spira died before the rise of the Sabbatian movement and its subsequent Jewish and Christian incarnations, the fact that Jewish, Jewish-Sabbatian, and Jewish-Christian sources all link him to messianism and to Christianity arouses interest, and points to the complexity of the connection between the Jewish and Christian worlds in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

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So, I was trying to find out more about this ‘Sabbatean sect’ in the 1720s that was linked to both Lutherans and Jonathan Eybshutz, and of course, that’s proving quite challenging.

And it may also be some deliberate disinformation, because if Jonathan Eybshutz was linked to any xtian group, that would appear to have been the Jesuits.

As a young man in Prague, Eybshutz worked closely with the Jesuits, in particular, leader of the Prague ‘Inquisition’ Francis Haselbauer, to put out a heavily – and unusually – censored version of the Talmud in Prague, where all the passages deemed to be ‘heretical’ to xtianity and its founder was censored.

But where this censorship was particularly unusual, is that Eybshutz ‘rewrote’ the offending passages in such a smooth way, secretly substituting his own heretical ideas and opinions for those originally found in the Talmud, that it was almost impossible for a reader to understand which was ‘Jesuit-sponsored propaganda’ – and what was the original text.

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The following snippet comes from this article:

Jonathan Eybshutz: censorer of the Talmud printed in Prague, 1728

According to William Popper (Censorship of Hebrew Books pg. 112, citing other sources) the permanent inquisition commission in Prague consisted of three Jesuits, including Haselbauer, not Dominicans.

Popper further writes (pg. 116) that Haselbauer enforced searches of Jewish homes for uncensored Jewish books, which would be confiscated.

Because of the unusually harsh situation, Prague’s Chief Rabbi David Oppenheim did not bring his amazing and famous library to Prague with him when he assumed office in 1702. Instead it remained in the custody of his father-in-law Leffmann Behrends in Hanover….

Under these conditions Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz, then a young rabbi in Prague with the title Darshan, obtained permission from Haselbauer to print a heavily censored Talmud.

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Take a look at that post.

It brings the title page, and goes through three specific ‘changes’ that Eybshutz made to just one daf!

If you go HERE, you’ll find an essay by Frankist historian Pawel Maciejko called:

The Rabbi and the Jesuit: On Rabbi Jonathan Eibeschütz and Father Franciscus Haselbauer Editing the Talmud

Here’s a pertinent snippet:

[D]uring his early years, the most important controversy concerning Eibeschütz was not the dispute surrounding his suspected Sabbateanism and the heterodox writings attributed to him but rather the outrage engendered by his friendly relations with the local Catholic clergy and his alleged involvement in the publication of heavily censored editions of the Pentateuch, the Talmud, and the prayer book.

In the eyes of many contemporaries, the damage caused by the appearance of these latter publications vastly overshadowed any harm stemming from the heretical views expressed in Eibeschütz’s kabbalistic works and amulets.

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At least some of what people were so upset about is that Eybshutz was deliberately distorting the Talmud to ‘promote’ his own view of a universal ‘one world’ religion that had a lot of similarity with large parts of xtian theology.

Moshe Hagiz was so upset by what Eybshutz was doing to the text of the Talmud, he formulated a request to have the Prague Edition burnt… Not something any rabbi would suggest in that era of mass Jewish ‘book burnings’, without some very weighty deliberation.

One more snippet, but please go and read the whole thing, to get more of a feel for just how ‘anti-Jewish’ some of Eybshutz’s amendments and additions to the Talmud were:

Eibeschütz believed that there was no final, fixed, and canonized text of the Talmud;…

Eibeschütz put himself in the shoes of the ancient sages and saw himself not as expurgating but rather as creating the text of the Talmud.

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Remember, Sadducee-Karaites and xtians both shared a hatred of the Talmud, the Oral Law.

And that’s still going strong today, as the following screenshot shows:

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Am I saying Eybshutz was a Karaite?

No – but he was a Sabbatean, that’s much for sure.

And the Sabbatean-Frankists certainly carried on and amplified the ‘anti Torah Jews and Torah’ attitude of the Sadduccee-Karaites, and the other ancient Jewish-xtian-gnostic groups that are all hidden in the mist, still.

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So, I decided to try and pin-down Eybshutz’s links to the xtians a bit more, and to also start taking a closer look at his illustrious forbears, to see if I could figure out more of these links.

In the process of doing that, I came across this article on the xtian ‘Israel Today’ website:

Four Rabbis Find Yeshua (Jesus) – Israel Today

Snippet:

The first event that we know about happened in a small town in southern Poland, Pinczow (near Krakow), around the year 1680. Four well-known rabbis – Rabbi Krokeffer and Rabbi Sender, both from what is now the Czech Republic, and Rabbi Chaija Chajon from Turkey met with the Chief Rabbi of Pinczow, interestingly called by his people “Rabbi Megalleh Amukkoth” (the one who discovers deep mysteries).

This whole article is about how the xtians basically used a bunch of corrupt ‘rabbis’, starting in the 17th century, to launch what you can basically call the ‘Jews for Jesus’ idea.

You can read all about it HERE.

(Warning: puke bag mandatory.)

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I’ve covered a lot of what you’ll learn there previously, but before we get back to the Megaleh Amukot’s xtian leanings, I just wanted to point out a few more things about all the ‘Jews for Jesus’ missionary activity currently going on in Israel.

Go HERE to read about the CMJ – going since 1809, and one of the earliest ‘xtian zionist’ organisations of modern times.

Go HERE to read about the ‘Messianic Jewish’ community currently hanging out in Talpiot’s Industrial area, snippet:

The current premise of the congregation is in the Talpiot industrial area. They own the fifth floor of a large building on Yad Charutzim 4. 

Go HERE to read about their ‘brand new’ congregation in Mevasseret Zion.

And go HERE to read the blog of Tuvia Pollack, a ‘4th generation’ Jewish believer in Yoshki who lives in Jerusalem.

And of course, all this is just the tip of the iceberg of all the ‘Jews for Jesus’ stuff still going on in the State of Israel.

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They like to pretend there are no missionaries here, that it’s all ‘illegal’ for missionaries to live here, and to preach here and to convert Jews here – but of course, they are lying.

Two of my three neighbors in Jerusalem are families of xtian missionaries. One of them even moved here at the height of the Corona lockdowns, when the State of Israel wasn’t letting real Jews into the country….

Again, all these are clues as to who is really controlling the State of Israel.

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Back to that weird snippet from the ‘4 rabbis find Yoshki’ article, above.

The first event that we know about happened in a small town in southern Poland, Pinczow (near Krakow), around the year 1680. Four well-known rabbis – Rabbi Krokeffer and Rabbi Sender, both from what is now the Czech Republic, and Rabbi Chaija Chajon from Turkey met with the Chief Rabbi of Pinczow, interestingly called by his people “Rabbi Megalleh Amukkoth”.

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The first thing to notice is that the timing is totally wrong for the Megaleh Amukot, who died in 1633 – some 50 years before this meeting of ‘Jews for Yoshki’ is meant to have happened.

So I was about to discard this as a credible source…. until I remembered I’d seen something similar in THIS piece by reputable orthodox Jewish historian, Sid Leiman:

RABBI JONATHAN EIBESCHUETZ AND THE ALLEGED JEWISH-CHRISTIAN SECT IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY AMSTERDAM

This screenshot is from page 6, go check it out for yourself:

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This statement appears there word-for-word.

Here’s a snippet of the deeper story behind all this:

In 1772, a Jew from Amsterdam named Simon approached Pastor Burgmann of the Lutheran Church in London, seeking, as it were, spiritual asylum. He was knowledgeable in matters Christian and claimed that he had been baptized in Amsterdam by a secret society of Jewish Christians who were outwardly Jewish but secretly Christian.

Simon arranged for Burgmann to enter into correspondence with that secret society. The possibility that an entire group of Jews had converted to Christianity in one fell swoop intrigued Burgmann.

Ultimately, Burgmann referred the matter to the Moravian Brethren, an evangelical and pietistic Protestant community with an office in London.

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Readers with sharp memories will remember that we already make the link between the ‘Bad Baal Shem’ of London, (and Jacob Frank’s first father-in-law, Dr Falk, and the Moravian Brethren, or Brotherhood, in THIS post.

Here’s a pertinent snippet:

Falk – and others – fused together the already warped Sabbatean theosophy with high-level Freemasonry rites.

One of the people Falk was in close contact with at this time was Count Nicolai Zinzendorf, who was another of these ‘two-faced’ people.

In one world, he was an upstanding xtian missionary, church leader, and xtian ‘zionist’, who had a big eye on getting Jews to convert….

Then in the other world, he was the leader of an occult group called the Moravian Brotherhood, who wanted to totally uproot society and get rid of all class structures. Zinzendorf’s Brotherhood had branches in Holland and in London, as well as in Moravia.

Moravia was the stamping ground of the Sabbatean Jonathan Eybshutz, and later became a stronghold of the Frankists who retained their Sabbatean-Frankist beliefs, whilst remaining the Jewish community. As we will discover, that was no coincidence.

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In the 1750s, Zinzendorf developed a new, secret doctrine for ‘initiates’ to the top secret ‘German Pilgrim Section’ of his Brotherhood, which basically copied the worst antinomian Sabbatian practises of breaking every sexual taboo mandated by the Torah.

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You see, how every new piece of information we dig up only serves to confirm the theory?

That’s usually a pretty good sign you are travelling in the right direction, if all the new pieces ‘fit’ the puzzle – and provide solutions for more of the mysteries.

Anyway, back to the first-hand account of how these more recent ‘Jews for Jesus’ apparently got started in the basement of the Megaleh Amukot’s basement, on the day of Tisha B’av.

Snippet:

Then R. Megalle Amukkoth stood up, took the 3 men by the hand and said unto them: “Strengthen yourselves ye men of
Israel, let us not this day mourn, but rejoice for the Lord hath spoken unto us and will redeem us.”

All these 4 men felt a certain joy and called directly upon the name of the Saviour and went in that moment into the cellar where R. Megalle Amukkoth had his מקוה .

There were always 3 witnesses as one of them plunged himself into the water, till after this manner they were baptized….

Here the Church of Christ took its beginning in Israel, without one of these men having ever seen the New Testament.

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I’m just going to quote more snippets of this firsthand account of what appears to have been going on in this Jewish-Xtian community centred around the Megaleh Amukot, because the information is astounding:

The baptized were diligent in baptizing and converting their relations and friends, and to receive them into the community of Christ, so that 100 were baptized... They kept to the ceremonial law. Every day more were baptized on their belief of the chief articles of the Christian faith, and hereby it remained a long time.

Particularly in Prague, where so many ראשי ישיבות and many בחורים were, the Holy Ghost wrought powerfully and an uncommon blessing was spread abroad.

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Yea, even in Prague and Moravia this pestilence [of these ‘true believers’ being persecuted by the Jewish community] got an ascendency.

They were persecuted, but the Brethren also suffered by it, because they were remarked as having a particular walk and fellowship together, therefore the Jews believed that they were also Sabsazebitem [Sabbateans].

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This next snippet is mind-blowing:

It is still to be observed that Rabbi Chayim Ashkenaas, grandfather of our Baruch and Simon, and who was then a youth and afterwards Chief Rabbi of Kreutz in Hungary, and Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt, a friend of the former who was afterwards Chief Rabbi of Eisenstadt, where both of them were afterwards great blessing.

These youths were rescued from the Sabsazebitem and converted to the word of life, and afterwards brought many souls in Hungary to the true faith.

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Meir Eisenstadt – the Meir Panim – was a known Sabbatean, whose brother was Sabbatean false prophet Mordechai Mokiach.

The Meir Panim was also one of the main teachers of Jonathan Eybshutz.

Back to the text.

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R. Megalle Amukkoth in Pintschoff had much blessing in his labor, but did not live long.

At his death (as is known to all the Jews), he said that a child should be born in his family whose name would be יהונתן .
He would bring much salvation to Israel…

But there was a grandson of R. Megalle Amukkoth whose name was Rabbi Nathan. He was in Prague at the ישיבה .His wife was with child in Pintschoff…. But it came to pass that this Rabbi Nathan was converted in Prague, and as soon as he heard of the death of his grandfather and his prophecy, he returned home.

But it came to pass that when he came to Dresden in an inn where was at the same time a real servant of our Saviour, a preacher whose name was Mr. Meysinger.

Rabbi Nathan opened to him the whole secret, persuaded him to go with him to Pintschoff, and in case his wife should be delivered of a son, that he would after the circumcision baptize him. This was resolved.

They went to Pintschoff. A son was born, was circumcised, and baptized by the above preacher and called יהונתן .

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This baptised son of R’Natan, the grandson of the Megaleh Amukot, is none other than Jonathan Eybshutz.

Back to the text:

By the endeavours of his Brethren and other circumstances, he [R’ Natan] was called to be Chief Rabbi in Eybeschuetz in Moravia. He accepted the call, sent his family before him, but he died on the road in Poland.

The mother and the boy were very poor in Eybeschuetz. But as the boy was very forward in his understanding, the mother resolved to bring him to Prague to study the Talmud. And to the astonishment of the Jews, he was so very forward that he was able to deliver a very acute דרשה to the Jews in the public synagogue when he was in his 10th year.

All the Jews with one voice said: This is the boy of whom R. Megalle Amukkoth prophesied.

The Jesuits sought to entrap him, but a divine providence watched over him.

At length the Brethren began to converse with him, to lay before him the word of God. The Holy Ghost was active. The Brethren prayed earnestly to our Saviour for him, and they at last found him in his 14th year in such a disposition that they could make it known to him that he was baptized.

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[B]efore we treat the present state of the Church of Israel, we must tell how Rabbi Jonathan was appointed and inducted as a teacher and preacher in Israel.

You will easily conceive why Rabbi Jonathan was called to be Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, viz. because his labour was much blessed there to many souls, who were converted and who believed that he would have much more blessing in his old age, but in vain.

Satan, who guided the pen of Rabbi Emden, did much mischief therewith.

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After reams and reams of more stuff about how Eybshutz learnt the Lutheran creed, and started baptizing people all over the place – God forbid!!! – we get to this strange segment:

Our Brethren look upon the Society [to convert Jews] established in London as a work of Grace… 

(They then mention the edict of the King of Prussia by which all the Jews who are not worth 1000 Dollars each should
leave his new acquired territory in Poland.

In this part of Poland are 39 Jewish Congregations out of which near 2000 poor Jews will be expelled….Therefore, it is the best time to pay attention to them.)

Our thought was that this godly Society should turn particularly to the Jews in new Prussia, make an address to them.
We believe that it would be with little trouble that we could send 100 or 200 families to the new colonies in America. Propose it to the Society…. 

These Jews have still some months respite. They believe that they shall by means of the Jews here and at London by
means of the Prince of Orange and the King of England to effect something.

The Jew congregation in Berlin have wrote about it to a certain Jew called Frank in London.

The Jews have collected 100,000 gulden to this end. 

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This sounds like a clear reference to Jacob Frank, son-in-law of the Bad Baal Shem of London, who is known to have had links with the Moravian Brotherhood.

Wow, so much new information to try and assimilate here.

There’s a lot more to dig into, but I will stop here for now, and try to pick this up again in the next post, with God’s help.

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