THE BAR-KOKHBA REVOLT is the final blow that split the Jerusalem Church. A major religious war between former brethren started and continued for centuries, up to the present. And all these happened because God's people tend to believe Men, instead of believing Christ and His God the Father (John 5:43)!
By: LOPE COLUMNA, MESSIANIC-KABBALIST PASTOR GENERAL, THE BRIDE OF CHRIST MINISTRY OF LIFE
THE BAR-KOKHBA REVOLT: The Straw That Broke The Camel's Back
This is the final blow that split the Jerusalem Church. The Bar Kokhba Revolt (132-135 A.D.) established a Jewish state over parts of Judea for over 2 years, but a Roman army finally crushed it.
Simon bar Kokhba, the commander of the revolt, was acclaimed as a Messiah, a heroic figure who could restore Israel. Rabbi Akiva, the president of the rabbinical academy at Yavne and the official religious leader of the Jews at this time, declared that the successful Jewish commander was the Messiah. And at least two rabbis -- Rabbi Gershom and Rabbi Aha agreed. But not everybody agreed to Akiva's view that Simon was the Messiah. The Jewish Christians, believing that Christ is the true Messiah, rejected Bar Kokhba and refused to join the revolt.
This revolution turned against the Jewish Christians and some were killed. The Christian author Justin Martyr tells that Simon commanded Christians 'to be lead away to terrible punishment,' unless they deniedof Nazareth was the Messiah and cursed the man from Nazareth (First Apology 31.6).
After the tragic failure of the revolt, both the mainstream Jews and Messianic Christians were prevented by the Roman Government to enter Jerusalem. This made the Jerusalem Church without a Jewish identity. This short-lived revolt was the most significant event in the split between Judaism and Messianic Gentile Christianity. The war and its aftermath helped differentiate Christianity as a religion distinct from Judaism.
According to Eusebius' History of the Church, the first 15 Bishops of Jerusalem were "of the circumcision." Then the Jewish Church leadership was replaced by Gentile leadership. Christianity then established herself as a predominantly Gentile religion that covered the Roman Empire and beyond, eventually leading to an attempt to create a unified universal Christendom during the period of the Seven Ecumenical Councils.
THE TRAGIC RESULT OF THE LOSS OF GOD'S MESSIANIC KABBALAH WISDOM: THE SEPARATION AND WARS BETWEEN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY!