False Messiahs since Christ, such as the Sabbateans.

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  1. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Did any of the Puritans write about the false Jewish Messiah Sabbatai Zevi in 1666? It was the largest Messianic movement for thousands of years, with a large proportion of European Jews following him. He reversed sin and righteousness and encouraged scandalous living. After Zevi was Jacob Frank, who lived very evil and encouraged his followers to do the same.

    Did the Puritans or Reformers mention these Messianic Jews or false Messiahs?
  2. Ryan&Amber2013

    Ryan&Amber2013 Puritan Board Junior

    I'm not sure, but I do know there are a lot of people today who claim to be Jesus. One in Russia and one in the Philippines I believe are the most popular.
  3. Dachaser

    Dachaser Puritan Board Doctor

    Joseph Smith of the Mormons claimed to be higher then Jesus, as he would be the one deciding who would enetr into heaven.
  4. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    Let's stay on topic. A lot of the European Jews in the 17th Century followed Sabbatai Zevi and his successor Jakob Frank.
  5. yeutter

    yeutter Puritan Board Senior

    Pergamum; I have never read any reference to them from any on the Reformers. Wasn't he located in the Ottoman Empire? His influence was probably minimal in Western Europe, so he could have easily escaped their attention.
  6. lynnie

    lynnie Puritan Board Graduate

    There is a section in Chaim Potok's book "The Chosen" about the Hasidic messiahs, if you are real interested in this topic. Great book (for other reasons).
  7. arapahoepark

    arapahoepark Puritan Board Graduate

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