John’s Historicistic Epistles

     

     That is, they would have continued to remain together with all the Hebrew Christians like John.   They would then not have been broken off — but rather have remained on, and in, the Older Testament's olive-tree which grew into the Newer Testament's Church.5553   "But they went out, so that they might be manifest5554 that all of them were not of us."5555    

     Indeed, this was true not only of the apostate Judaists who had now been broken off of the Older Testament's olivetree.   It was true also of apostate Hebrew Church Members like Judas, as well as apostate Gentile Church Members like Simon the Sorcerer — who had subsequently repudiated Christianity.