Monthly Archives: July 2014

Do Evangelicals support Israel because they want Jews dead?

 

Why do Evangelicals support Israel? I was happy to see an article in the Washington Examiner asserting that Christians support Israel because of God’s promises to Abraham and his descendants, and not because of some twisted desire to see Jews slain or something similar.

Straight to the point is David Brog, a director of Christians United For Israel, and himself a Jew who does not believe in Jesus:

“Any one who says that evangelical support for Israel is all about somehow speeding the end times, bringing Jesus back, [and killing or converting Jews] … any one who does that is showing their own ignorance.”

Whatever your position, I encourage you to read the article and Brog’s comments carefully. As the tweet above shows, we commonly hear the complaint that Christians support Israel or Jews in general because we want them to die. Which, of course, makes no sense whatsoever.

This is a slander which does indeed show a frightful ignorance of what the New Testament teaches: that the coming Antichrist will persecute Jews and all who “have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” a phrase which refers to people who profess faith in Jesus as the Son of God. This takes place during the three-and-a-half years before Christ’s return to Earth.

And the dragon was enraged with the woman [Israel], and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 12:17)

In other words, we are in this thing together.

As Brog correctly says, Christians do not believe that we can force God’s hand or by human agency set end times events in motion. (Again, Brog is Jewish!) Jesus said that the timing of the Kingdom is a matter which belongs to the mind and purpose of God alone.

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. (Acts 1:6-7)

The malicious statements about Christian Zionists and all Evangelicals that we see on TV and social media are nothing more than politically-motivated fabrications. They are poisonous nuggets of propaganda meant to advance the goals of the secular Left and fundamentalist Islam, two hateful forces which are very strange bedfellows indeed, and who can only unite around their anti-Semitism and antichrist spirit. (Woe to the world when they finally fall out!)

In order to demonstrate true love for Israel, and for Muslims, too, let us be prepared to counter this flood of lies with the truth spoken in Christian love and longsuffering.

Debbie Downer or Joy Unspeakable?

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Which are you? Which should you be?

Some Christians take verbal swipes at other believers whom they consider too frivolous, urging them to be more sober. Others poke their fellow saints for being too serious and tell them to lighten up.

Consider that both kinds of “tweaks” can be soulish in their source. While we’re always called to have have the joy of the Lord in our hearts, there is a time to be measured, reflective, and serious. There is also a time to celebrate, rejoice and be “exceedingly glad.” The key is to know how the Holy Spirit is moving – how is He expressing His own powerful emotions at the moment?

There is an off-putting kind of spirituality which interrupts a meditative moment with a call to be light-hearted — and the opposite is of course true, when overly-serious saints stifle the praises of Zion. By following the Spirit we will reflect His own heart, as He mingles joy and sobriety without confusion or unseemly behavior.

It’s worth recalling that Peter begins his first Letter by telling us to be sober, while only a few verses before he had reminded the believers that their walk was characterized by “joy unspeakable and full of glory!”

Australia judge says incest may no longer be taboo

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Christians in Western nations must begin to set aside serious time for prayer and fasting. It is no longer something that can be left to the people who are “into” praying. The Apostle Paul said that in the last days perilous times (more literally, exceedingly fierce times) would come. (2 Tim. 3:1) And it appears we are right there.

Fences and gates continue to be thrown down by those falsely promising freedom and joy. All morality and common sense is rejected and renounced as interfering with a person’s right to express and actualize himself apart from God or any other restraints at all on his behavior.

The faster a wall is broken down, the faster and easier the next ones fall. In the past few days there are stories about people advancing the normalization of pedophilia, and now there is this:

Australian judge says incest may no longer be a taboo – Telegraph.

While we can be glad that many were outraged, the insidious worm of pro-incest thinking has likely been planted in a few minds who will now seek to carry this further.

The Red Heifer and the End of the Age

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I’ve recently finished a stretch where I’ve been teaching on the end times for about nine months. I always think that the one who teaches learns more than those who hear him, and this was no exception. It was a wonderful experience to talk about the basics of eschatology (the doctrine of “last things”) and then go through the Book of Revelation verse by verse.

Because of all this, I’ve been interested to see stories popping up about the discovery and raising of a pure red heifer, and Christians and Jews speculating about its prophetic significance.

What is the red heifer and does it mean anything for us? This is one of the most complicated and mysterious subjects in all of Jewish religious law – actually, it is possibly the most mysterious. In a nutshell, the Old Testament required (Numbers 19) that the ashes of a red heifer be used in the purification of the Temple. The Israeli organization known as The Temple Institute, like many others, considers the sacrifice of a red heifer to be necessary in order to erect a Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

Watch the brief YouTube video above and understand that The Temple Institute now believes that a pure red heifer has been found which could possibly be used for that purpose, allowing the Temple to finally be rebuilt after more than 19 centuries. These Orthodox Jews believe that after the Temple will be rebuilt the Messianic Era will soon follow.

Many Bible-believing Christians also think there will be a Third Temple, but believe that its rebuilding is a more ominous sign. Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24 that the coming Antichrist will defile this Third Temple and that this event (the “abomination of desolation”) will begin the time of persecution and terror called the Great Tribulation. The Apostle Paul also taught (2 Thessalonians 2) that the Man of Lawlessness will stand in the Temple area and assert that he is above all gods. From the perspective of the Christian Scriptures, the rebuilding of the Temple is a sign of impending tribulation – even while it is a necessary prophetic precondition to the return of Jesus Christ to the Earth.

None of this means that “the end is near” in the sense that it is going to happen this year, or this decade. What it does mean is that there are people who are seriously preparing in practical (not just spiritual) ways to build a Third Temple. They are committed to making this a reality. And they will do so when conditions are right. Once this occurs, the world will truly be on borrowed time.

Our forebears in the faith would be amazed to see in our day the rebirth of Israel and the conquest of Jerusalem by the Jews – as well as the prophesied alignment of anti-Semitic nations ringing that tiny country. The Third Temple is coming, likely sooner rather than later. Are we asleep to these prophetic realities or are we considering the lateness of the hour?