For many American Christians, the presence of Israel on the geopolitical stage is the fulfillment of prophecy leading up to end-times events. They truly believe that God started an apocalyptic countdown on the 14th of May 1948, the year Israel was declared a nation state. Tick, tick, tick, every minute from then on has been supposedly pushing us deeper into end-times events since that notorious date.
Confirmation of this belief is found in a recent article on CBN News entitled These Are The Four Biblical Prophecies Playing Out In Israel Right Now. The article reads,
“When President Donald Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem many people of faith quickly recognized the biblical significance of such a move. Trump, like King Cyrus before him, fulfilled biblical prophecy, by recognizing that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state and that the Jewish people deserve a righteous, free and sovereign Israel.
However, this was not the first time in the modern State of Israel’s short 70 years that it has played a role in the fulfillment of biblical prophecy. Many of the miracles we are witnessing in Israel today were promised in the Bible long ago” (CBN News)
The article then goes on to cite a number of verses it claims predict the reestablishment of modern Israel. The only problem is all of the verses listed in the rest of the above mentioned article, prophesied about the destruction of Jerusalem before the Babylonian occupation. Isaiah, Zephaniah Ezra, Nehemiah are all quoted in the article and all have nothing to do with the modern state of Israel. They spoke of the Babylonian exile and temple destruction in 607 BC and then the restoration under Nehemiah in 455 BC. These prophecies have always been understood to be associated with the Babylonian occupation and have nothing whatsoever to do with the modern State of Israel. This has been the long held view of these prophetic verses for over 1800 years of church history.
So why are obscure passages in the Old Testament talking about the return of the scattered Jews being taken out of context and being attributed to the modern State of Israel? The simple answer is Zionist supporters of Israel are exploiting the ignorance of Christian’s and their false understanding of prophecy as a means to garner their continued support and money. They do it because they can.
In the case of the CBN article quoted above, the author, a Jewish Rabbi is looking to sell his new Bible called “The Israel Bible” to Christians knowing they will eat it up. His biography says it all,
“Rabbi Tuly Weisz is the editor of “The Israel Bible,” the first study Bible edited by Jews for Christians and dedicated to highlighting the land and the people of Israel, a #1 New Release in both Jewish and Christian Bible categories on Amazon.
Through his popular Israel365 websites and emails, which reach hundreds of thousands of readers each day, Rabbi Weisz is dedicated to spreading love for Israel, primarily to non-Jews all over the world.”
Why would CBN allow a Jewish Rabbi to mislead their Christian readership on something as important as prophetic interpretation? The answer is, CBN is being exploited the same way almost all American Christians have been exploited for over a 100 years. If they can be convinced that modern Israel has its place in prophecy, then they can be convinced to support Israel financially and militarily indefinitely. In their minds, to support Israel is to support the work of God. But is that really the case concerning modern Israel?
Deceiving Christians is Big Money for Israel
This new “The Israel Bible” is nothing more than the Scofield Bible on steroids; the Scofield Bible being the original Bible written by C.I. Scofield published in 1909 that suckered Christians into supporting and blessing Israel to an unbiblical degree. What most Christians don’t realize is Scofield was most certainly directed and funded by early Zionist interests that saw Scofield’s view on Israel as being useful towards the Zionizing of American Christians. An article by Maidhc Ó Cathail points this fact out,
“Being a “born again” preacher did not preclude Scofield from becoming a member of an exclusive New York men’s club in 1901, either. In his devastating biography, “The Incredible Scofield and His Book”, Joseph M. Canfield suggests, “The admission of Scofield to the Lotus Club, which could not have been sought by Scofield, strengthens the suspicion that has cropped up before, that someone was directing the career of C.I. Scofield.”
That someone, Canfield suspects, was associated with one of the club’s committee members, the Wall Street lawyer Samuel Untermeyer. As Canfield intimates, Scofield’s theology was “most helpful in getting Fundamentalist Christians to back the international interest in one of Untermeyer’s pet projects—the Zionist Movement.”
Others have been even more explicit about the nature of Scofield’s service to the Zionist agenda. In “Unjust War Theory: Christian Zionism and the Road to Jerusalem,” Prof. David W. Lutz writes, “Untermeyer used Scofield, a Kansas City lawyer with no formal training in theology, to inject Zionist ideas into American Protestantism. Untermeyer and other wealthy and influential Zionists whom he introduced to Scofield promoted and funded the latter’s career, including travel in Europe.” (WRMEA.org)
Christians support for Israel is based on fear generated by the Zionist funded Scofield Bible and continues to this day. This is a fact, fear of God’s wrath, and prophetic verses completely taken out of context are the basis for this unchecked support of Israel to this day over 100 years later. It really is sickening how this has all come about. The new Scofield Study Bible has a quote in it that implies this very thing, in the study bible discussing the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12:3 it states.
“For a nation to commit the sin of anti-Semitism brings inevitable judgement.” —The Scofield Study Bible III (Source)
This statement is made in the commentary notes, and has been the source of irrational fear in the mind of Christians ever sense it was penned in 1909, and it directly contradicts what the Apostle Paul said in Galatians about the Abrahamic Covenant,
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Galatians 3:16
Meaning if you want to bless Israel in fulfillment of the promise, give them Christ, not perpetual money and support. Evangelize Israel towards Christ, but that isn’t what Christians do is it, they give Israel and the Jews a pass in their missionary efforts and instead throw money at the State of Israel in a desperate hope it equates to God’s blessing in their own lives.
Think about how this idea of blessing Israel has produced such anxiety in the average Christian that they dare not speak out against anything Israel does on the world stage. Whether it is aggressive war against their neighbors, meddling in US politics, unchecked espionage and spying by Mossad, unlimited support of the perverse LGBTQ agenda and abortion in Israel, oppression of the Palestinian people, etc. All of it goes unchecked and unopposed by Christians because they truly live in fear of Gods wrath in this regards. Christians give Israel a golden ticket towards all manner of evil because they can’t see beyond the fear and lies cultivated around the support of Israel in the American churches.
The amount of money that has been donated by Christians to the State of Israel is simply astronomical. An article in Haaretz back in May made mention of a conference in Tel Aviv that lauded the American Christians donations coming to Israel through Rabbi Yechiel Echkstein’s organization called International Fellowship of Christians of Jews (IFCJ), this article without a doubt encapsulates this spirit of rabid support by Evangelical donors in America,
“The donations from the Christians bring to mind the donating patterns of the UJA and the Jewish Agency (and even the haluka charity funds that were distributed to the Jewish yishuv before the establishment of the state), which are a dying phenomenon now. The Christian foundation is based on a central fund-raising mechanism that receives a steady flow of millions of small donations from ordinary citizens, particularly Evangelical Christians, who are stirred by sermons full of religious fervor about “the chosen people” and the coming of the Messiah.” (Haaretz)
The millions of dollars Israel takes in from Christian/Israel charities has become a funding cash cow, and it is all based on the exploitation of poor Christians fear and lack of understanding of the Bible. They literally are calling together conferences celebrating the efforts of these charlatans that produce millions for the State of Israel. Obscene doesn’t even begin to describe this fiasco with American Christians.
This fear and lack of understanding extends from the small church all the way up to the Pentagon, and the Trump administration. Not only does this misunderstanding cause politicians to rabidly support Israel with their own money, it also causes them to manipulate our Pentagon and foreign policy towards the cause of supporting Israel. They truly think by making war on behalf of Israel God will bless them for their efforts.
Just yesterday the Whitehouse had an historic dinner with over 100 Evangelical leaders. What all these Evangelical leaders had in common was they viewed Trump as being a fierce defender of Israel and thus worthy of their support as mentioned in news reports today,
“One participant, Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, described the event to Fox News as a “beautiful state dinner,” and claimed it “almost turned into a campaign rally,” with evangelicals in attendance spontaneously standing and speaking about why they support the president.
Faith & Freedom Coalition founder and Chairman Ralph Reed said evangelicals have a “tremendous amount of appreciation and gratitude” for Trump and his administration.
“There’s a deep appreciation in the evangelical community for President Trump and his administration for making religious freedom, the sanctity of life, support for the state of Israel and many other public policy concerns such high priorities,” he said.” (ReligionNews.com)
They all want to get in on some of that supposed blessing from God for their support of Israel, in trade for election support of course by the Trump administration. If we considered how much financial aid, Christian Zionist run charities, tourism, and military aid that Israel gets we would absolutely be shocked at the amount of money it all tallies up too. All based on the fear and misunderstanding of God’s promises and scripture.
In an op-ed recently penned by Mike Huckabee saying we need to support Israel now more than ever, you can see how he literally embodies this error in totality as a Christian and a politician,
“Every time I experience Israel, I feel a sense of serenity, holiness and kinship that I find nowhere else. This must be what makes me keep coming back. I have been visiting the Holy Land – the land of miracles in the Bible – for 45 years, with several trips each year.
On each trip to Israel, my relationship with the Lord grows deeper and I am privileged to share that journey with others, drawing on my roots from years ago as an evangelical pastor to ensure they too feel that joy and wonder.” (Fox News)
A Christian should never base anything they do on fear or misinterpretation of scripture, yet they routinely base their support of Israel on the “fear” that God will curse them if they were to speak out against Israel on any one of the above-mentioned issues. Issues that deal with unchecked wickedness and evil that has pulled us closer to World War III than anything in modern times.
The desire by Christians to see end times unfold is simply morbid, and will not bring the blessing of heaven on any one of these American Christians. End Times means rampant evil, and God can not and will not Bless a generation that allows evil to fester and exist no matter who does it, Israel or America.
Christians in American are foolish, supporting things with their money and time that have nothing to do with the blessing found in the name of Jesus. There is no blessing found in the name of modern Israel, that is a false assessment that needs to be cast aside in today’s churches. If you want God’s blessing, then witness to the Jews in Israel and leave your checkbook at home. You can’t buy God’s favor in that way and it is heresy to support Israel in their efforts to military suppress the entire Mideast.
Article posted with permission from Jason Charles