Introducing Markell’s Decline of Interest in Israel


John R. Houk, Editor

Intro © February 21, 2019

I am huge with support for Israel and the Jewish people. You might wonder why (though my Grandmother once told me I had a Jewish ancestry – I was an uncaring teen at the time and discussion is a bit sketchy in my memory). The reason is God’s Word hasn’t changed and God Almighty has designated the descendants of Abraham, Isaac (not Ismael) and Jacob as the Chosen People for the Land of Promise. That Land is known today as Israel. In Jesus Redemption is to the Jew first then the Gentile. I’m a believer in the mystery of prophetic double fulfillment. In simple terms that means an event prophesied in the Bible may appear to have taken place but a fuller event is still to come (the more secularist a Christian the less likely to believe in double fulfillment prophecy or Dual Prophecy): Modern Israel coming into existence and a unified Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty are signs (many view Jesus speaking fig tree as symbolism of Israel – Matthew 24:32-33) of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

 

Yup, that makes me an authentic Christian Zionist. Bless Israel and you’ll be blessed. As a nation, this is one reason of the importance of America (and Americans for that matter) to be a blessing to Israel.

 

With my thoughts in mind, Jan Markell’s article below about Christian Pastors failing to talk and/or teach the importance of Israel is indeed a “Disturbing Trend”.

 

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A Disturbing Trend: Does Anybody Care?

 

By Jan Markell

Email sent 2/21/2019 8:09 AM

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Interest in Israel is waning. Does anybody care?

 

In recent weeks, several publications have put out alarming stories that evangelical support for Israel is sinking — and especially among young people. The periodicals state that a new survey reveals that there is confusion about, or indifference to, the world’s only Jewish state.

 

It is really a two-pronged phenomenon. There is a decline in the interest in end-times (eschatology) and a decline in interest and support for God’s Covenant land and people by those who identify as a part of the today’s church.

 

The Christian Post states, “Seventy-seven percent of evangelicals, ages 65 and older, say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel, according to a Life Way Research survey. But only 58 percent of evangelicals ages 18 to 34 say the same.”

 

The various articles indicate that young people are focused on social justice now. There is a perception that the Palestinians are “downtrodden, persecuted, and mistreated,” and therefore, sympathy is towards them. Israel is the “occupier.”

 

Adding to the survey were Joel Rosenberg and Chosen People Ministries. Rosenberg stated, “Unless the church gives younger believers a healthy, balanced, solidly biblical understanding of God’s love and plan for Israel, overall evangelical support for the Jewish state could very well plummet over the next decade as Millennials represent an ever-larger percentage of the overall church body.”

 

So who or what is to blame? May I suggest some of the following?

 

Pastors rarely teach or preach on the topic and thus it is not deemed as relevant. How can young people understand an issue if it is ignored?

 

  • Dispensationalism is in decline. This theology emphasizes the important and distinct roles of both Israel and the Church.

 

  • Replacing Dispensationalism are the troubling theologies known as Kingdom Now or Dominionism, Amillennialism, Replacement Theology, Christian Palestinianism, Preterism, and more. None of these will give Israel her proper biblical or end-time role. The emphasis will be on the church.

 

  • Many popular teachers and leaders mislead on issues relating to Israel and eschatology. Some of these include Dr. John Piper, Lynne Hybels, Hank Hanegraaff, Russell Moore, Rick Warren, Rick Wiles, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Brian MacLaren, and most postmodern and Emergent teachers. Men like Andy Stanley tell people to “unhitch from the Old Testament.” How’s that for de-emphasizing Israel’s role?? Most of the Word of Faith/prosperity teachers and almost all of the New Apostolic Reformation promote Kingdom Now/Dominionism which does not teach Israel’s rightful role in the future. Again, these theologies place more emphasis on the church.

 

  • The destructive “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) movement has infected all of the Mainline Protestants. They want to strangle Israel’s economy and thus “crush the occupation.” The entire World Council of Churches has signed onto BDS.

 

Lynne Hybels at Christ at the Checkpoint

 

Events like “Christ at the Checkpoint” have painted Israel as the Mideast villain and bully rather than the one free society in that region. Prominent evangelicals and social justice promoters such as Lynne Hybels speak at this event.  So do Tony Campolo, Gary Burge, Jim Wallis, Hank Hanegraaff, Shane Claiborne, and others who attract younger followers.

 

  • Periodicals for young people such as Relevant Magazine have turned into anti-Israel propaganda.

 

Relevant Mag cover

 

  • Youth events such as the Catalyst Conference and the Justice Conference regularly feature anti-Israel speakers, Palestinians, and speakers with off-base eschatology. Marxist Cornell West is a regular at the Justice Conference. These are targeting evangelical youth. Lynne Hybels has made the youth conference circuit, even bashing Israel’s wall of protection that has reduced Palestinian terrorism over 90%.

 

  • Social justice is no longer just an issue for the religious Left. If you visit the website of the National Association of Evangelicals, you will find 65 articles about social justice! Type that into their search engine.

 

  • Anti-Israel films like “Little Town of Bethlehem” was shown at 360 venues in 2010 including dozens of college campuses. Again, it beat the mantra of the Israeli “occupation” and focused on the Israeli soldiers who enforce it.

 

Christianity Today says that at best, young evangelicals are “indifferent about Israel.” With such a non-stop barrage of anti-Israel propaganda, how can young minds sort through fiction to find the facts?

 

The Israeli newspaper Ha-aretz is running an article that states that young evangelicals don’t have the automatic support for Israel that their parents had. This is a generation that is suspicious of anything that is presented without explanation. They don’t want to be political pawns. They don’t adopt automatic views and positions. In order to connect them to Israel, we need to make a case for why they should support it. Future U.S. policy towards Israel is at stake! 

 

All of this is happening as new and young members of the U.S. Congress, including one radical Muslim from Minnesota — Rep. Ilhan Omar — are taking a strong anti-Israel stand. Their anti-Semitism is not even subtle. How many younger people will Rep. Omar, Rep. Tlaib, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez influence in the wrong direction?

 

While people, both young and old, can be disloyal and change sides, “He that keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalm 121) God’s love and protection will never waiver for His covenant land and people.

 

How odd of God,

To choose the Jews;

But not as odd, as those who choose,

The Jewish God, but spurn the Jews.

 

Awaiting His return,

Jan Markell
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Introducing Markell’s Decline of Interest in Israel

John R. Houk, Editor

Intro © February 21, 2019

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A Disturbing Trend: Does Anybody Care?

 

You may pass on these items or have people sign up on  our website. You can access our radio programming from the last year at Complete Archives.  Programming goes back to 2010 at One Place. Also see the website for other options to catch the program, “Understanding the Times.”

 

About Jan Markell [Via this link: https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/understanding-the-times/]

 

Jan Markell founded Olive Tree Ministries in the 1980s to teach believers how to be watchmen on the wall and understand the times from a biblical perspective. She is the author of 8 books with the major Christian publishing houses. She has also produced a dozen DVDs, some of them aired on Sky Angel.  Her popular radio program is hearing on over 800 radio stations across North America. She hosts the largest Bible prophecy conference in America.

 

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The Appearance of the Antichrist


Antichrist. 2 Th 2-4 NIV

Editor Intro to ‘The Appearance of the Antichrist

John R. Houk, Editor

November 28, 2014

 

Who is the Antichrist? Where does the Antichrist come from? When the Antichrist be revealed?

 

These are questions that Christians have been asking for two millennia. The reason they ask is because Jesus and the Apostles of the Early Church often implied the Return of Christ was imminent. AND the Bible tells the Antichrist will go into action before Christ’s return.

 

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Matthew 24: 30-31 NKJV)

 

10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1: 10-11 NKJV)

 

Second Thessalonians is the standard used by theologians that the Antichrist comes and is revealed before the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Son of God.

 

I am on the Renner.org email list of the delivery of his insights from the Sparkling Gems from the Greed. Reverend Rick Renner (website bio – CBN bio) is one of the foremost scholars on understanding the Bible’s Koine Greek. He is kind of a walking amplified Bible providing insights from the Greek’s original understanding in the context it was revealed to the Apostolic writers of the New Testament.

 

In this Sparkling Gem, Rick Renner amplifies the Antichrist in such a way that you can be alert at the signs of his revealing. What Renner does not do is the mistake made for thousands of years in naming who or who the candidates are for the Antichrist. If old slew-foots minion for attempting an antichrist New World Order will become evident by knowing the actions taken that will seem miraculous but meant to denigrate the Son of God and God’s Divine authority over His creation.

 

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The Appearance of the Antichrist

 

By Rick Renner

Rick and Denise Renner

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Sparkling Gems from the Greek

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Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come,
except there come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
— 2 Thessalonians 2:3, 4

 

From my early childhood, I heard about the antichrist. In the many years that I’ve been a Christian, I’ve heard people speculate that this person or that person could potentially be the antichrist. However, although these individuals may have been forerunners to the antichrist, none of them turned out to be the long-anticipated Man of Lawlessness described in the Scriptures.
 
The Bible teaches us that at some point in the future, an evil ruler called the antichrist is going to step onto the platform of the world stage and take the leading role for a short time in the affairs of mankind. Many predecessors of the antichrist have already come and gone, but according to this scripture in Second Thessalonians 2, the real antichrist is still yet to be revealed in the last times.
 
Paul tells us about the supernatural appearance of the antichrist when he writes about the last days in Second Thessalonians 2:3, 4. Paul writes, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”
 
Paul says that before the antichrist can be revealed, first there must be a “falling away” that takes place in the world. The phrase “falling away” is taken from the Greek word apostasia, which describes a falling away or a revolt. The writer Plutarch used this word to describe a political revolt. In First Maccabees 2:15, the word apostasia is used to picture people who are turning away from the Lord. This word also occurs in the Septuagint version of Joshua 2:22, where it conveys the idea of rebellion against God. Thus, the word apostasia is a word that denotes rebellion, mutiny, and defiance.
 
Before the antichrist can be welcomed with wide-open arms by the world, a change in society’s mentality must first take place. Paul uses this word to predict a rebellion or mutiny against God that will occur in the last days. The text does not imply that this mutiny will occur within the Church; rather, it seems to point to a change in society’s attitude toward God.
 
Paul is describing a time when society’s attitude toward God and holy things will become mutinous. Once this anti-God and anti-godliness mentality pervades society, the world will be primed and prepared to receive this man whom Paul calls “that man of sin.”
 
The Greek word used here for “sin” is the word anomia. Translating the word anomia as “sin” is unfortunate, for the word anomia actually means without law and carries the idea of a lawless attitude. It has a definite article in Greek, which tells us emphatically that this individual is not just any person with a lawless attitude; rather, this is a reference to the man of lawlessness or the antichrist.
 
Paul points to a time when this evil leader will be “revealed.” The word “revealed” is the Greek word apokalupto. It is a compound word, using the words apo and kalupto. The word apo means away, and the word kalupto is something that is veiled, covered, concealed, or hidden. When these two words are compounded, they form the word apokalupto, depicting a veil that has been removed, exposing what is behind the veil that was formerly concealed or hidden from view. Paul uses this word to inform us that a day is coming when the antichrist — who has been concealed and hidden from public view — will suddenly appear. In that moment when he suddenly emerges on the world scene, it will be as if a stage curtain has been pulled out of the way so that he can make his grand appearance.
 
Paul calls this wicked leader “the son of perdition.” The word “perdition” is from the Greek word apoleia, which speaks of something that is doomed, rotten, ruinous, or decaying. Although this world leader may boast that he will lead the world to a higher and better day, what he will actually bring to the world is doom, destruction, ruin, rot, and decay. No redeeming value can be found in anything produced by the antichrist’s rule. In the Greek text, Paul uses a definite article, loudly signaling that this evil world ruler is in a category like none other before him. He is not simply another evil person. He is THE Son of Doom and Destruction.
 
Next, Paul tells us that this wicked world leader will be one “who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” The Greek word for “opposeth” is antikeimai, which means opposed to or against everything that is established. There is no doubt that this is a clear reference to the antichrist.
 
The word “antichrist” means against Christ. Thus, the Greek word used in this verse tells us that this evil leader will be against everything having to do with God. It is important to note that the Greek grammar used in this verse paints the picture of a continual, unending, and perpetual resistance against the things of God. This is not just a one-time resistance against the things of God; rather, this poisonous quality will be deeply ingrained in the character of the antichrist. Everything in this evil ruler will be opposed to God and all that He represents.
 
Paul also warns that the antichrist “…exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped….” The word “exalteth” is the Greek word huperairo, which means to exceedingly exalt oneself or to be exalted highly. In this case, it is the idea of someone being exalted too highly. According to Paul, the antichrist will go to all lengths to exceedingly exalt himself in the eyes of the world. As we continue to study this verse, we discover that this wicked ruler will even attempt to sit in God’s rightful place in the temple and elevate himself higher than God Himself!
 
Paul says that the antichrist will oppose and exalt himself above all “that is worshipped.” The word for “worship” is the Greek word sebasma, which refers to anything that can be worshiped, including God. Here we see that the antichrist will attempt to stop the practice of worshiping God and demand that he become the primary focus of human attention and worship.
 
Then Paul prophesies that the antichrist will sit in the very place of God in the temple. The word “temple” is the Greek word naos. It is sometimes used to refer to the innermost part of the temple and may be interpreted as the Holy of Holies. On the basis of this verse, many scholars assert that the antichrist will enter a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, where he will go into the Holy of Holies and decree himself to be God incarnate.
 
Wasn’t this exactly what Lucifer attempted to do when he declared that he would exalt himself above the very throne of God? Isaiah tells us of Lucifer in Isaiah 14:13, 14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
 
Following the long-held desire of Satan, the antichrist will again attempt to take the very place of God in the temple. Paul tells us that the antichrist will commit the ultimate offense of “…shewing himself that he is God.” The Greek word for “shew” is the word apodeiknumi, which actually means to vividly portray; to point out; to illustrate; to show off; or to make a vivid presentation. This is the picture of the antichrist using all possible means to demonstrate that he holds a rank that is even higher than God Himself.
 
In Second Thessalonians 2:9, Paul warns that the antichrist will even employ supernatural signs and wonders to try to prove that he is God. He says, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”
 
The words “with all” are from the Greek words en pase, which emphatically declares that the antichrist will come with all power — implying that he will make his grand appearance with all kinds of power and supernatural displays. The Greek word for “power” is dunamis, which describes something that is explosive or dynamic. It is where we get the word dynamite. This means that when the antichrist appears, he will come with all kinds of powers that are truly extraordinary in the opinion of the lost world.
 
The Greek word for “sign” is semeion. This word denotes an act that points the viewer in a certain direction or an action performed to prove a point. It also means a beacon, a signal, or a sign. Just as a sign on the road gives directions to a driver, these supernatural feats are intended to point the attention and focus of the world to the antichrist.
 
The word “wonder” is the Greek word teras, and it is often translated miracles. This refers to something that causes people to marvel or to be amazed. The same word is used in Matthew 24:24, where Jesus warns that false prophets will perform wonders in the last days to deceive and to draw people away after themselves. Here it is used to say that when Satan finally has the opportunity to introduce his antichrist to the world, the evil ruler will energetically attempt to take the very place of God — even using lying signs and wonders to show that he is God.
 
When you put all these Greek words together, you discover that Paul’s words in Second Thessalonians 2:3, 4, 9 could be interpreted:
 
“In light of these things, I urge you to refuse to allow anyone to take advantage of you. For example, you won’t need a letter to tell you when the day of the Lord has come. You ought to know by now that this day can’t come until first a worldwide insurgency, rebellion, riot, and mutiny against God has come about in society.
 
“Once that occurs, the world will then be primed, prepared, and ready to embrace the Man of Lawlessness, the one who hates law and has rebellion running in his blood. This is the long-awaited and predicted Son of Doom and Destruction, the one who brings rot and ruin to everything he touches. When the time is just right, he will finally come out of hiding and go public!
 
“Do you understand whom I am talking about? I’m describing that person who will be so against God and everything connected with the worship of God that, if you can imagine it, he will even try to put himself on a pedestal above God Himself — sitting in God’s rightful place in the temple and publicly proclaiming himself to be God!
 
“This evil one will be energized by Satan himself as he makes his arrival known to the world with all kinds of dynamic supernatural powers — powers that are truly extraordinary. These lying signs and wonders and supernatural feats have only one purpose: They are designed to draw attention to the Lawless One and to make the world stand in awe of him.”
 
Any Christian who is sensitive to the Spirit of God is keenly aware that we are living in a time when society’s attitude toward God is radically changing. The world is being primed and prepared to throw open its arms and receive this world ruler who will oppose God and bring rot, ruin, and destruction to mankind. Unfortunately, the lost world doesn’t realize that it is being slowly seduced and trained for this moment the devil has long awaited.
 
As believers, we have no need to be afraid, for none of this will affect those who know Jesus Christ. However, it will affect those who are lost and without God. They will fall under the supernatural hypnotism of this devil-anointed leader. And if they don’t come to know Jesus Christ before all of this occurs, they will be ensnared in the trap that the entire world is about to fall into in the days to come.
 
Please realize what a critical time you are living in right now. Jesus is coming quickly. Those who know Him will escape many of these trials and temptations, but those who don’t know Him will be caught in the delusion and devastation. It’s good to rejoice that you will escape, but what about those you love? What are you going to do to ensure that they escape the evil days that are coming upon the earth?
 
In light of this clear teaching of Scripture, don’t you think it’s time for you to reach out to your unsaved friends and family members and speak to them about the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you an opportunity to speak to them; then let Him fill your mouth with the right words as you earnestly plead with them to make Jesus Christ the Lord of their lives.
 

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MY PRAYER FOR TODAY

 

Lord, I ask You to give me the boldness I need to present the Gospel to my friends and family members who are unsaved. I know that if they don’t receive Jesus, they will be lost in sin and caught in the delusion that is coming upon the world in the days to come. I don’t want to stand before You knowing that they are lost because I was too afraid to open my mouth and tell them of Your saving blood. Holy Spirit, please give me the boldness I need and the right words to speak to those who are near and dear to my heart. When I stand before You, I want to be assured in my heart that I did everything I could to rescue those who are lost and perishing. Please help me to do this and to start today!

 

I pray this in Jesus’ name!

 

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MY CONFESSION FOR TODAY

 

I confess that I am not afraid to testify of Jesus Christ to others. In fact, the love of God compels me to reach out to those who are lost. I know I will give account for those I could have reached but didn’t, so I will do everything I can to speak to them, to reach them, and to make sure they have an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. If they refuse to listen or to receive, I will be freed from my responsibility. My part is just to make sure they had a chance to hear and to believe. The Holy Spirit is empowering me to testify, so starting today, I will follow His leading and speak to unbelievers about Jesus as God provides opportunities for me to do so.

 

I declare this by faith in Jesus’ name!

 

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO ANSWER

 

1. Do you have unsaved friends or relatives who need to know the Lord before all these terrible events begin to unfold on the world stage? Who are these loved ones? Do you regularly pray for their salvation?

2. How long has it been since you have personally presented the Gospel to those loved ones who are still unsaved? Is the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart, trying to prompt you to share Christ with them at this time?

3. Have you asked the Holy Spirit to give you an opportunity to present the Gospel to your friends and loved ones? When the Holy Spirit gave you an opportunity in the past, did you take advantage of it, or did you let it pass you by? If you let it pass you by, why don’t you ask the Holy Spirit to give you another opportunity to present Jesus to those whom you love?

 

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RENNER Ministries and Moscow Good News Church

 

What is the primary purpose or calling of RENNER Ministries?

 

From their beginnings as itinerant teachers and ministers more than 30 years ago, Rick and Denise have been called to “Teach All Nations” according to Matthew 28:19. Ever since that time — for more than three decades — the Renners have been fulfilling that call through the many teaching, strengthening, and rescuing departments and outreaches of RENNER Ministries and the Moscow Good News Church, including: TV ministry, social media, the printed page, public meetings, and the many mercy outreaches conducted by the Renners, their ministry staff, and teams of volunteers. RENNER Ministries was established for the purpose of advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and extending the influence of the power of God’s Word into every sphere of life. The mission of this ministry is organized around three concepts:

 

1)     Teaching God’s Word through television, books and other printed materials, the Internet, teaching letters, audio and video materials, church meetings and seminars, and personal ministry.

 

2)    Strengthening believers through the Good News churches, IMPART Pastors Fellowship, the Good News Training Center, and the Renner’s public ministry.

 

3)    Rescuing the hurting and lost through outreaches in the former USSR to the poor, the elderly, the homeless and destitute, orphans, widows, and ministers in financial need.

 

 

What is the primary purpose of the RENNER Ministries Tulsa office?

 

The primary purpose of the Tulsa office is to fulfill the vision God put on the hearts of Rick and Denise Renner to minister to and interact with their partners in the United States, to communicate the Renners’ messages via the printed page, and to support worldwide operations of all RENNER Ministries activities. The Tulsa office is also the home base for Rick and Denise’s ministerial travels in the U.S.

 

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What is a “partner” of RENNER Ministries?

 

A Renner Ministries partner is someone who has committed to helping this ministry fulfill its God-given vision through prayer and financial support. Although regular donations are appreciated, financial commitment doesn’t in any way require a monthly offering or a minimum offering amount. But partnership with RENNER Ministries does entail giving to the ministry and praying for us as the individual partner feels led to do so.

 

How does someone become a partner with this ministry?

 

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