If you are as puzzled as I am as to how a true Christian could possibly be taken in by Zionism, a short paper on the phenomenon is available from the Irish-Palestinian alliance, Sadaka.
Sadaka sums up the Christian Zionist position quite neatly. It says that, according to Christian Zionists,
One Christian Zionist group, the scary US-based Unity Coalition for Israel (UCI), brings together more than 200 partners claiming to represent more than 40 million Americans in the largest network of pro-Israel groups in the world. Their mission is, in their words, "to focus the efforts of secular and religious organizations and individuals for whom the existence of the state of Israel is central and essential to the future of the free world. We educate these organizations and individuals on security issues and radical ideologies, including global Islamic terrorism..." UCI reaches millions of people through more than 200 Christian and Jewish organizations, including churches, synagogues, prayer networks, think tanks and thousands of individuals.
"Christians owe debt of eternal gratitude to Jews"
Pastor John Hagee is founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUfI), which claims to be the largest pro-Israel organization in America, with over 850,000 members. It holds at least 40 pro-Israel events a month in towns and cities across the USA. "We're building support for Israel from coast to coast!" is the sort of proclamation that reveals the real agenda.
What does Hagee's CUfI believe in? It says:
- We believe in the absolute authority of the [sacred] scripture to govern the affairs of men.
- We believe in the promise of Genesis 12:3 regarding the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. We believe that this is an eternal covenant between God and the seed of Abraham to which God is faithful. Genesis 12:3 - "And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed." Point: God has promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of God; the nations that have cursed the Jewish people have experienced the curse of God.
- We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created by an act of God! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant.
- St Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 "For if the gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things."
- Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith ... the Jewish people have given to Christianity: a) The Sacred Scripture b) The Prophets c) The Patriarchs d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth e) The Twelve Disciples f) The Apostles
- It is not possible to say, "I am a Christian" and not love the Jewish people.
Hagee pretends the relationship between Christians and Jews in biblical times still applies today. He uses "mushroom management" methods - keep 'em in the dark and keep shovelling horse manure at 'em. If his Cornerstone church followers bothered to take an independent trip to the West Bank and Gaza - and I do mean independent, not an Israeli bus tour with guides trained by the Tel Aviv propaganda department (or by Hagee) - they'd quickly discover the unpalatable truth. The glitzy Hagee empire, and others like it, would then crumble.
An effective riposte to the biblical distortions used to support Israel's lust for supremacy is "The Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism", a statement by the Latin Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued in 2006. They are on the ground, in the front line, in the Holy Land. They know the score. They put the genuine Christian case. And it is summed up in the first sentence:
The declaration, explains Sadaka, asserts that
For the posh churchy word "hermeneutic", read "interpreting the scriptures".
Corrupting the biblical message
Not only does Zionism cloak itself in the Jewish faith, it hides its ugly face behind Christianity's skirts. And, believe it or not, there is even a movement calling itself the World Muslim Zionist Organization.
In Christianity's case the rot set in way back in1909 when the Scofield study bible was published and became the standard religious text in the United States.
It's a propaganda classic. And the indoctrination has lasted 100 years.
Cyrus Scofield, a convicted criminal and described by one American newspaper as "a shyster", was commissioned to re-write the King James bible by inserting Zionist-friendly notes. The idea was to change the Christian view of Zionism by creating and promoting a pro-Zionist sub-culture within Christianity. The Oxford University Press appointed Scofield as editor, and the Scofield Reference Bible was born.
It introduced a new worship icon, the modern state of Israel, which did not exist until 1948 but was already being "prepped" on the drawing board of the World Zionist movement.
American journalist Grace Halsell explained the rehashed biblical message:
This belief that Old Testament promises made to the ancient Jewish tribes are transferable to the largely unrelated people that make up the modern state of Israel is what underpins their hope for the final battle they call Armageddon, in which Israel's enemies (and God's, of course) will be defeated. After that Jesus will return as the Jewish Messiah and King to reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and the Jewish people will enjoy privileged status in the world.
That is the Zionist dream of world domination in a nutshell. What's in it for non-Jews? Blessed if I know. Yet armies of non-Jewish politicians have become eager stooges.
My reading of history is that the Jews were expelled from Palestine by the Roman occupation in 70 AD, when the second temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. They were expelled again in 135 AD.
Nowadays return is regarded as an inalienable right. But it must be exercised as soon as the reason for expulsion (e.g. foreign occupation) ceases. In the Jews' case an opportunity would have occurred in the 4th century AD as the Roman Empire collapsed. But they didn't take it. They can hardly expect to change their mind 16 centuries later. Their right expired a very long time ago.
By comparison the Palestinians' right of return after being ethnically cleansed in 1948 (and ever since) is valid because the enemy occupation has not yet ended and the UN has endorsed their right.
Nevertheless, Zionists claim Jerusalem is theirs by heavenly decree. But this holiest of cities was already 2,000 years old when King David captured it.
Historians say that Jerusalem, in its "City of David" form, lasted only 73 years. In 928 BC the kingdom divided into Israel and Judah, and in 597 BC the Babylonians conquered the city and destroyed Solomon's temple. The Jews recaptured it in 164 BC but finally lost it to the Roman Empire in 63 BC. Before the present-day illegal occupation the Jews controlled Jerusalem for some 500 years, whereas it was subsequently ruled by Muslims for 1,277 years. Before the Jews it belonged to the Canaanites. And for nearly 90 years it was also a Christian kingdom. A lot of competing claims, then, which is probably why the UN declared in 1947 that it should be independently administered as an international city.
In 1187 Saladin restored Jerusalem to Islam while allowing Jews and Christians to remain. Today Jewish religious groups want control of the city for their spiritual centre and for a third temple to be built in accordance with ancient prophecies. The plan to make the Israeli occupation permanent threatens not only the Muslim but also the Christian holy places. Political and religious tensions are thus kept at boiling point. It is no wonder that the Iranian president quoted the late Ayatollah Khomeini as saying the unfriendly regime occupying Jerusalem "must vanish from the pages of time". It is no surprise either that he was immediately misquoted by Zionist propagandists as wanting to wipe Israel off the map.
The question is, are we seriously to believe that an all-powerful supernatural being has chosen and elevated one group of humans to a position of supremacy above all others, and has approved the use of any mean, including murder, brutal eviction and even war, to achieve their selfish goal, and now mobilizes millions of lesser mortals from around the globe, like those who regard themselves as upstanding Christians, to serve as tools and sing the praises of this "Grand Design"?
I'm with the Churches of Jerusalem on this. It's a gross corruption of the biblical message.http://www.sott.net/articles/show/243610-The-Zionist-Cuckoos-in-Christianity-s-Nest
Jewish Claims of Zionism Not Proved by Bible:
Zionism is the root cause of world instability and turmoil. It is supported by West lead by USA. Recently Christian Zionism has given it a new twist by adding more religious dimensions. Peaceful resolution of this conflict is the only solution. Israel with US support is committing worst atrocities against native Palestinians.
The Jews and now Zionist Christians quote Bible [Genesis 17:8] to claim that God has given Palestine, the Promised Land to Jews. This is far from truth once analysed in the light of Deuteronomy 18:21- 22, Genesis 25:9-10 , Hebrews11:13, Acts 7:3-5, It is further proved through Genesis 17:5, Genesis 17:23, Genesis 25:9, Genesis 25:12, Deuteronomy 21:16 that Arabs being descendants of Ishmael have equal claim on land.
With all the destruction of past, present and future for Israel there is a perpetual spectre of war. Without friendly co-operation with the Arabs there can be no solution to the Jewish problem in Palestine. Morally and ethically the Jews have no right to Palestine. Rodinson, an elite Jew says - "in his book -- "Israel and the Arabs
BUT FOR ONE THING, THEY (the Israelis) CANNOT BE SAID TO HAVE A HISTORIC RIGHT TO A" PIECE OF TERRITORY BECAUSE SOME OF THEIR ANCESTORS SUPPOSEDLY INHABITED IT TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO. FOR ANOTHER, THEY OUGHT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THEY HAVE DONE A CONSIDERABLE WRONG TO ANOTHER PEOPLE, IN DEPRIVING THEM OF RIGHTS AT LEAST AS .GREAT AS THEIR OWN THE BITTERNESS FELT BY THE PEOPLE TO WHOM THIS WRONG WAS DONE STILL PERSISTS, AND AS LONG AS IT DOES, THE RIGHTS OF THE ISRAELIS WILL REMAIN PURELY HYPOTHETICAL - THEY CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE ARABS WILL ONE DAY RECOGNIZE AND ACCEPT THEM. ONLY .THEN WILL THEIR RIGHTS BECOME REAL THE ARABS, TOO, HAVE RIGHTS. IN MANY RESPECTS, THEY MAY JUSTIFIABLY BE HELD TO BE GREATER THAN ISRAELIS'. THE ARABS OF PALESTINE HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS OVER PALESTINE TERRITORY AS THE FRENCH EXERCISE IN FRANCE AND THE ENGLISH IN ENGLAND. THESE .RIGHTS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED WITHOUT ANY PROVOCATION ON THEIR PART ".THE WRONG DONE TO THE ARABS BY THE ISRAELIS IS VERY REAL With all the admissions, confessions and mortifications, the Jew persists. -- WE POSSESS PALESTINE, WE KEEP PALESTINE! Possession is nine-tenth of the law. "How did the Jews possess it?" By force of arms? ".Then by force of arms the Arabs have every right to seek to repossess their homeland if not resolved through peaceful means. Read more:http://wp.me/p1dL2Q-gi
- The Zionist Cuckoos in Christianity's Nest
Christian Zionists of the Dispensationalist variety tend to make absolute claims for their interpretation of key biblical texts. What serious students of the Bible have long known, however, is that there are different ways of reading the same texts. This is particularly true of the more difficult passages of scripture related to the Second Coming of Christ. Click on the article title to go directly to the full article, or on the author's name to go to a summary/lead-in below.
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