Victory is Assured

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In an article entitle History in Maps, Philip Jenkins takes a look at the phenomenal spread of Christianity in Africa over the last 100 years. I don’t know if there’s been anything like it in history. Surely it has come at a great cost in tears and blood. But the victory of God is assured. Jesus said that the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness, and then the end will come.

The religion which opposes the Gospel in Africa teaches that the end of days will not come until the last Jew is slain – a message of death! But the Christ of the Gospel says the end of days won’t come until every nation has had the opportunity to hear how God became a man (became a Jew, in fact!) to die on our behalf – a message of life!

The victory of the Gospel is assured, as we used to sing:

Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the church of Jesus constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never ‘gainst that church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise, and that cannot fail.

Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus going on before!

[Image Credit: Martin 23230 under CC BY-SA 3.0]

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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.

Presaging The 5th Seal

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held… (Rev. 6:9)

A bombing at a Pakistan church kills at least 78. An attack on a shopping mall in Kenya kills 68 or more. Massacres in Nigeria a few days earlier in the week claimed at least 142.

It’s been a bad week to be a Christian who is minding one’s own business.

We pray for those wounded and bereaved. And while we do, we watch the curious spectacle of the Western world completely paralyzed by a mass Stockholm Syndrome. Simultaneously, money helps those who support anti-Christian and anti-Semitic violence to get increasing acceptance and influence in Western countries. And so these countries say almost nothing. The political Left and the Islamists obviously are making common cause to the peril of us all.

For most Americans, events like those of the past week are still only faint and distant whispers from faraway lands: the random acts of a few crazies. After all, there can’t possibly be people, mush less entire movements of people, who would do such things as a matter of religious principle. So it must be that we have offended them, or that they have legitimate grievances against the Jews or the Bible-thumping Evangelicals. Yes, that has to be it.

Right?

Should we care that Saudi women can vote?

I’m certainly glad that women will soon be able to vote in Saudi Arabia. Sadly, however, this may be the outer limits of what women will ever achieve in that nation.

The elephant in the room when one discusses Middle Eastern nations – with precious few exceptions – is Shari’a, the Islamic system of law which orders discrimination against women and all non-Muslims.

In Western nations, civil rights thinking has Judeo-Christian values at its base. Philosophically, the equality of human beings at law in the West was based on their equality before God and thus their equal value. You remember – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?

This is not the case in nations under Shari’a, where a woman’s testimony is worth less than a man’s – solely on the grounds of her womanhood. Non-Muslims also face severe repression under Islamic law, solely on the grounds of being considered infidels by Muslims.

These facts are available to anyone caring to look.

My question is whether anyone does care.