Christian Apathy Contributes to Terrorism and Anti-Semitism


A close Internet friend sent me a link to an Earl Cox post in Breaking Israel News. Mr. Cox is described as a broadcaster and journalist that is a friend of the Jewish State of Israel. And from the tenor of the article I perceive he is a Christian Zionist – my kind of guy.

JRH 11/29/15

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Christian Apathy Contributes to Terrorism and Anti-Semitism

 

By Earl Cox

November 24, 2015 12:00 pm

Breaking Israel News

Where are all of the Christians who should be standing for right and against wrong? Where are all of the Christians who should be standing for Israel? G-d Himself in Genesis 12:3 said, “I will bless those who bless you (Israel) and the one who curses you (does not stand) I will curse.”

A basic premise of Christian faith and roots has everything to do with Israel. To ignore Israel is to shun G-d’s word of an eternal covenant with His Chosen People, the Jews, and an eternal covenant cannot be broken. Our silence in our own countries also affects Israel, its land and people. It is imperative that Christians all over the world stand and contend for Israel.

By remaining silent or neutral, Christians are enabling evil everywhere to flourish. Being apathetic is yielding to the preponderance and brutal degree of inhumane suffering caused by those who live outside the Judeo-Christian ethic.

The tenets of good and evil based on Judeo-Christian principles have been our standard, even mainstay, for two thousand years and they have served humanity well so why change them? It would be better to perfect the world based on G-d’s principles than to change them based on the world’s persistence on mixing up right and wrong. Evil and wickedness are the result and terror, it seems, is the means in this postmodern world.

It was during the Holocaust that a Christian minister in Germany observed the changing mindset of the people and the Nazi slaughter of the Jews. He is quoted as saying “silence in the face of evil is itself evil. G-d will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” These are sobering words that loudly ring of truth today.

In this time of resurgent violence against Israeli Jews that is by now recognizably cyclic in intensity but always simmering historically, we Christians absolutely must defend our brothers and sisters in Israel. While some have been active for quite a long time, others who should be active are sadly remaining silent and on the sidelines.

The call to stand up for Israel is true also for Jews in order that they do not have their religion and rights undermined by legal means, media opposition or other hostile opposition. As far as media opposition, the Jews of Israel have a lot to lose if a particular Israeli English speaking leftist paper were to have its way. We already see what hostile opposition looks like. There is currently an apparent legal opposition to Jewish history and sacred sites now by the UN with UNESCO’s declaration of Rachel’s Tomb and the Cave of the Patriarchs as being Muslim.

We have a biased international body with certain legal abilities to change history and likely alter visitation rights to holy sites sacred to both Christians and Jews. The modern rewriting of the history of the Temple Mount by Muslims is well known. Injustice to Jewish history must be opposed on all fronts.

It is essential for Christians and Jews to work together. We must take our Judeo-Christian principles to the courts in each of our countries, to the world courts and to university campuses. We must teach and uphold our G-d given Judeo-Christian principles and make certain the facts on the ground are accurately taught (and reported) to be sure students are receiving accurate information in their quest for a balanced education.

It will take every ounce of our strength here in America to keep our government aligned in allegiance to the G-d given land of Israel and to the Jewish nation of Israel. What G-d provides, no man has a right to discard or destroy. The commandments and covenants of G-d are forever and when He says they are eternal that is exactly what He means … forever. Standing for Israel is the same as standing for G-d and vice-versa.

It is only in democratic, freedom loving societies mostly in the U.S., Europe and Israel that Christians really are able to take a stand for the faith without punitive retribution. For the moment this is true but the future is uncertain if we remain silent and allow evil to gain ground and triumph.

Let us remember the haunting words of Martin Niemoller (1892-1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who said, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from The Jerusalem Post

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Know it, Grasp it, Understand it – The Jews are God’s Chosen People


John R. Houk

© July 16, 2015

Yurki1000 posted this on my NCCR about page:

Oneway2day. I appreciate your work. I wish you take an interest of this item and maybe make an article of it. Thank you. God bless you 🙂

> Empowered 21 (E21), a worldwide Christian organization based in Tulsa, OK and the sponsor of a Global Congress in Jerusalem in May 2015, may be endangering its credibility, and the credibility of the Christian faith it seeks to propagate, because of its relationship with Palestinian Christians who promote a fallacious anti-Israel narrative. <

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When I first read this request I suspected Yurki was asking me to examine another string of the Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theory relating to Progressive (I usually use the term “Leftist”) Christian theological ideology which usually cherry-picks God’s Word elevating select Scriptures that concur with Humanism as relevant and discarding all Scripture that runs counter to Humanist Social Justice and Left Wing utopianism.

As I read the article I soon realized the article by Tricia Miller had nothing to do with Agenda 21. Rather “Empowered 21” is an organization promoting global connectedness that Miller quotes as “Spirit-empowered movement”. Miller accuses this Holy Spirit global movement as a group of Evangelicals and Pentecostals getting together hooking up with Christians who align with the Arabs that call themselves Palestinians but are Christian rather than Muslim. The problem with such a hook-up is that Palestinian Christians (as are many Arab Christian sects throughout the Middle East) are Antisemitic Jew-Haters and Israel-Haters. Combine this hatred of Jews with the Palestinian Christian growing view of Replacement Theology and Palestinian Liberation Theology (and yet another pseudo-Marxist strain of Liberation Theology and Black Liberation Theology).

Replacement Theology believes that Christianity replaces Jews as the Chosen People and Palestinian Liberation Theology (PLT) is the Leftist ideology involving warped thoughts on Social Justice. Christian thoughts must be centered on God’s Justice which is largely met in Grace by Faith in the Blood of the Risen Savior Jesus Christ. If Social Justice deviates from the path of God’s Justice and the cleansing of the Blood by Grace then that Social Justice is null and void.

Replacement Theology is unscriptural. Social Justice that is contrary to God’s Word is plain and simple – UNGODLY.

If Ms. Miller’s analysis is correct then you as a Biblical Christian (may God have mercy if you are not) should be VERY ALARMED. Regardless on your Christian take that Jews need Jesus now to be Saved or Jews will awaken to understand that Jesus is their Messiah and not dead at His return, KNOW that Jews are still and always will be God’s Chosen People.

The Apostle Paul – the Apostle to the Gentiles (non-Jews) – was Jewish by birth of the tribe of Benjamin, says this in Romans chapter 11:

I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”?[a]4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b]5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.[c] But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 Just as it is written:

“God has given them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes that they should not see
And ears that they should not hear,
To this very day.”[d]

9 And David says:

“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
A stumbling block and a recompense to them.
10 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see,
And bow down their back always.”[e]

11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!

13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,[f] if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”[h]

28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. (Romans 11: 1-32 NKJV)

Now I realize that when this epistle was penned by Paul or a secretary for his day and that Romans was not divided by chapter and verse. So whoever did the dividing made sure that nearly the entire eleventh chapter is devoted by the Apostle to the Gentiles to the Promise the Jews are still the people of Promise made to Abraham. AND that Christians have not replaced the Jews but have been engrafted as a wild branch into the natural root. AND though the branches of the natural may be experiencing a pruning effect, at least a remnant of the natural branches will be re-engrafted into the natural root. AND if the graphed wild branches ever walk in disobedience they too will experience pruning. AND Christians abandoning or cherry-picking God’s Word are opening themselves to a pruning. AND worst of all – throwing Jews and especially the Jews residing in the Land of Israel – under the bus for Left Wing political expediency will lead to a curse and NOT a blessing.

The Short Version of Blessing and Cursing

12 Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

6 Abram passed through the land to the place of Shechem, as far as the terebinth tree of Moreh.[a] And the Canaanites were then in the land.

7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

17 19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” (Genesis 12: 1-3, 6-7; 17: 19-21 NKJV)

For an exact and graphic picture of blessing and cursing and their results I encourage you to read Zechariah chapters 12 – 14. From a Christian perspective those chapters establish the Jews as God’s chosen and Jesus the Messiah as the King of kings right on through His millennial reign. I know next to nothing Judaic theology so I can’t speak to the Jewish belief of those chapters of Zechariah. However, any Christian who has read their Bible only a little bit would recognize Jesus Christ as the Person written of in Zechariah.

Any kind of Replacement Theology proclaiming the Christian Church is simply erroneous.

Tricia Miller’s article I referred to in the beginning of these thoughts, “Empowered 21 and Christians Who Promote Anti-Israel Propaganda,” is something I found quite disturbing. Usually Evangelical Christians and Christians associated with either/or Pentecostalism-Charismatic beliefs have been among the staunchest supporters of Israel. Miller’s article singles out Christian organization that crosses all three slants of the Christian faith; viz. Evangelical, Pentecostal and Charismatic. The organization is called Empowered 21 and bills itself as a part of the Oral Roberts University (ORU) umbrella. I suspect largely to the death of ORU’s founder Oral Roberts and some financial mismanagement of Brother Oral’s son Richard Roberts (Richard Roberts’ self-defense on local news video), the Roberts family has largely been shut out of the family legacy of ORU. Perhaps the relatively new ORU Board of Directors have embraced Palestine Liberation Theology (PLT) over the Biblical stipulations of God’s Promise to the Jews or they are just plain ignorant that the legacy of Middle Eastern Christianity (which includes Arabs that call themselves Palestinian) has been and still largely is Antisemitic.

If the ORU support (either direct or backdoor) of PLT Christians exists I’d like to believe is due to a plausible excitement that Arab Christians have discovered that the Holy Spirit is as active now as it has been since the original Disciples in the Upper Room first experienced Holy Spirit Baptism as in tongues of fire lit up their God enthused connection between their human spirit and the Holy Spirit of God Almighty. Unfortunately the more I read I have come to the sense that the ORU Board and the powers that be at Empowered21 are on board with the Antisemitic Replacement Theology of the PLT Christians.

Another of America’s leading Christian schools, Oral Roberts University (ORU), has deep conservative Christian roots. Oral Roberts himself was a Pentecostal televangelist and a strong friend of Israel. Some of the leading preachers in America graduated from ORU, and its board of trustees has included pro-Israel Christians such as pastors John Hagee and Kenneth Copeland and Bishop Keith Butler.

But things may be changing at ORU. The current chair of ORU’s board of trustees is the aforementioned Mart Green. He is reported to have “saved” ORU with a $70 million cash infusion. In January 2013, ORU’s board of trustees elected Billy Wilson as the university’s new president; a few months later, Wilson was named as a speaker for 2014 at the leading anti-Israel Christian conference, “Christ at the Checkpoint.” (The End of Evangelical Support for Israel? The Jewish State’s International Standing; By David Brog; Middle East Quarterly; SPRING 2014 • VOLUME 21: NUMBER 2)

And more on ORU, ORU President – Billy Wilson, Empowered21 and Naim Ateek:

In what is being dubbed an “unprecedented advisory,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a warning to Christians to steer clear of the “Christ at the Checkpoint” [CATC] conference that took place from March 8th-15th in Bethlehem, and coincided with Israel Apartheid week there. Israel Today, a publication that investigated the conference, concluded that it could pose “a long term threat to Israel’s security.” According to the official statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“The attempt to use religious motifs in order to mobilize political propaganda and agitate the feelings of the faithful through the manipulation of religion and politics is an unacceptable and shameful act. Using religion for the purpose of incitement in the service of political interests stains the person who does it with a stain of indelible infamy.”

A ministry official stated that, “the conference is designed for the evangelical Christian leadership [sic – same word twice] leadership — an extremely important audience to us.” Christians around the world should pay close attention to the Israeli government’s concern about the dangerous propaganda being fanned and fueled at “Christ at the Checkpoint.” …

Looking further into the agenda of this event, the Jewish National News Service pointed out that “Christ at the Checkpoint” emphasizes replacement theology, which teaches that the Christian Church has replaced Israel and the Jewish people in God’s purpose and plan so that the Jews are no longer God’s “chosen people,” and that Christians have replaced them. This is a source of division in the Churches and a stance many Christians resolutely oppose.

Bethlehem Anglican Canon Rev. Naim Ateek, president of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, spoke at the inaugural CATC in 2010; he is one of the first church leaders to connect Liberation Theology with the Palestinian cause. … Ateek stated in an Easter message he once delivered: “In this season of Lent, it seems to [sic] many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. It only takes people of insight to see the hundreds of thousands of crosses throughout the land, Palestinian men, women, and children being crucified. Palestine has become one huge Golgotha. The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily. Palestine has become the place of the skull.”

Executive Director David Brog of Christians United for Israel described the speakers of CATC as the “who’s who of the new anti-Israel narrative…in a guise of love…. who claim to be “pro-Israel, pro-Palestinian, pro-peace.” Just before the conference convened, Brog warned that “almost every speaker will blame Palestinian suffering on Israel and Israel alone.” He calls CATC a “dangerously one-sided propaganda campaign against Israel.”

Bishraw Awad, former president of Bethlehem Bible College opened the CATC with a pledge of Allegiance to Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas: “As evangelicals we pledge our allegiance to Palestinian President Abbas and the Prime Minister.”

… (New Anti-Semitism Tailored for Evangelicals; By Christine Williams; Gatestone Institute; 3/25/15 4:00 am)

The Empowered21 Global Council is an esteemed group of International Christian leaders, co-chaired by George Wood and Billy Wilson. These leaders have met together in Los Angeles, CA in January 2011 and in Orlando, FL in January 2012 to discuss and give oversight to a series of 11 regional Empowered21 leadership teams. These teams are forming across the world to focus on crucial issues faced by the Spirit-empowered church. [Leaders include a list of prominent Ministers and Evangelists that I still have a great admiration for and yet I hold disappointment for being involved in partnering with anti-Israel Christians.] (LEADERSHIP; Empowered21)

There is nothing new about the efforts to drive a wedge between America’s evangelicals and Israel. Many in the anti-Israel camp have been working for years to do exactly that. Anti-Israel Palestinian Christians such as Sami Awad and Naim Ateek have traveled the country telling American Christians how their “brothers and sisters in Christ” are being oppressed by Israel’s Jews. …

The days when one had to travel to Bethlehem to hear such anti-Israel voices are now over. The anti-Israel narrative of “Christ at the Checkpoint” is now being shared at major Christian conferences in the United States including those organized by Empowered21 and Catalyst.

Empowered21, the preeminent gathering of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christians, provides a troubling example of this trend.[8] Its leadership is a who’s who of Pentecostal and Charismatic luminaries from around the world, including many longstanding friends of Israel. However, the leading critic of Israel among these leaders, Mart Green, appears to be playing an outsized role in setting the conference’s agenda: Its 2012 conference in Virginia included a talk by Sami Awad and a screening of Green’s film, Little Town of Bethlehem. [Blog Editor: PLT leanings of Mart Green’s film]

Empowered21 has announced that it will hold its 2015 global congress in Jerusalem. Given the conference’s connections to Sami Awad and Mart Green, there is some skepticism whether the choice of location was intended as a sign of solidarity with the Jewish state. Only time will tell if the organization’s leadership will permit the conference to become a one-sided Israel bashing fest. (The End of Evangelical Support for Israel? The Jewish State’s International Standing; By David Brog; Middle East Quarterly; SPRING 2014 • VOLUME 21: NUMBER 2)

Yeah I know, that’s a lot of excerpts. I was just so astonished to read the who’s who involved in an Anti-Israel/Antisemitic endeavor that promotes an existence of a Palestinian State at the expense of Israel’s Biblically Promised Land! Thus instead of talking about them, I just went to the sources of information. After a few links (some of which are not friendly toward those I still consider very anointed Ministers of the Gospel) that are very uncomplimentary to admirable individuals and yet concurs with spiritually indicting Christians that have wittingly or unwittingly hooked up with PLT ideology; I will then post “Empowered 21 and Christians Who Promote Anti-Israel Propaganda” sent to enlist my thoughts from a frequent commenter on my NCCR blog – Yurki1000.

Assemblies of God exposed to New Apostolic Reformation through Empowered21 5/21/15

Cindy Jacobs whups “Jewish witchcraft” to help Empowered21 gathering go smoothly 6/2/15

Empowered 21 About Page

Spirit-Empowered Leaders Gather for What Could Be Largest Christian Pentecost Celebration in Israel’s Modern History 5/19/15

‘Empowered 21’ Movement Marks Pentecost in Israel 5/24/15

Israel Watch posts on Empowered21 (top to bottom) 12/29/14 – 11/3/14

PALESTINIAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY EXPOSED 1/19/15

Sabeel’s Theology of Contempt 6/2015 PDF

SABEEL AND NAIM ATEEK FACTSHEET 10/2/11

JRH 7/16/15

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Empowered 21 and Christians Who Promote Anti-Israel Propaganda

 

By Tricia Miller

July 9, 2015 12:00 pm

Breaking Israel News

Empowered 21 (E21), a worldwide Christian organization based in Tulsa, OK and the sponsor of a Global Congress in Jerusalem in May 2015, may be endangering its credibility, and the credibility of the Christian faith it seeks to propagate, because of its relationship with Palestinian Christians who promote a fallacious anti-Israel narrative.

This global entity, which intends to “shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement” and evangelize every person on earth by 2033, claims to represent 640,000,000 evangelical and pentecostal Christians. Therefore, the potential fallout from an alliance with those who spread dishonest propaganda against Israel is significant.

At the recent conference, E21 co-chair Billy Wilson and others repeatedly emphasized the necessity of Christian unity for the purpose of “world evangelization in our generation.” The problem with this call to unity stems from E21’s unreflective support for, and involvement with, Palestinian Christian leaders who promote a narrative rooted in demonization of Jews, delegitimization of Israel, and erroneous theology.

This relationship is demonstrated in part, through the inclusion of Jack Sara, president of Bethlehem Bible College, as one of the leaders in E21’s Global Congress. Sara was scheduled to participate in a breakout session that addressed the subject of networks of ministries and churches. He was also a member of the committee, “Exploring the Land of Pentecost,” which was responsible for educating attendees about places they would tour.

Jack Sara’s participation is particularly troubling because Bethlehem Bible College (BBC) and the Christ at the Checkpoint (CaTC) conferences it sponsors are some of the primary promoters of virulent anti-Jewish/anti-Israel propaganda. The logo for Christ at the Checkpoint depicts a church behind the security barrier built by Israel, and the theme of last year’s meeting was “Theology in the Service of Peace and Justice.”

Through their imagery and content, these conferences present a one-sided narrative that perpetuates the two millennia-old Christian doctrine that Jews are an obstacle to God’s purposes. As a result, Jews are demonized, the Jewish state is delegitimized, and Christians are encouraged to accept the message in the name of peace and justice.

This narrative is rooted in a customized replacement theology and a Palestinian version of liberation theology. Traditional replacement theology says that God no longer has any purpose for Israel or the Jews and that God’s work on earth is now being done through Christians and the Church. This teaching promotes contempt for Jews, and has provided justification for two millennia of anti-Semitic violence.

Palestinian replacement theology rewrites history by claiming that Jesus and the first Christians were all Palestinians, and that the Palestinians – not the Jews – are the indigenous people in the land. This assertion means that the Palestinian people are the rightful owners of the land, which serves their political agenda very nicely by delegitimizing the existence of the Jewish State.

Palestinian liberation theology depicts Palestinians as victims who need to be liberated from Israeli occupation. This narrative is particularly appealing to an evangelical audience susceptible to a message emphasizing the need for peace and justice, but has no understanding of the historical or political context of current events necessary to counter the lies and distortions supported by this theology.

The promotion of, or adherence to, any theology that is customized for the purpose of promoting a political agenda undermines the credibility of historic Christian faith.

Therefore, the perpetuation of 2,000-year-old anti-Jewish canards and erroneous theology by BBC and CaTC is a serious problem. Consequently, it is imperative that the leaders of E21 consider the repercussions of not distancing themselves from this demonizing narrative, even as they express the understandable desire to support their Palestinian brethren.

E21’s collaboration with local Christians was further evidenced through the scheduling of a service in Manger Square in Bethlehem, before it was cancelled with one days (sic) notice due to “significant political and religious pressure,” In response to this unexpected development, E21 co-chair Wilson “spent the afternoon in Manger Square trying to find a way to further support our Christian brothers in there, including considering the possibility of other alternative venues.”

Wilson’s intent to “support our Christian brothers in there” by scheduling a service in Bethlehem, and the involvement of the president of BBC in the leadership of E21 are consistent with the conference’s emphasis on the importance of Christian unity. This would be an ideal goal in an ideal world. However, in this case, E21’s cooperation with Palestinian Christian organizations that have a track record of anti-Israel activism may provide a venue through which their false narrative is promoted to a global audience.

In light of this threat, the leadership of Empowered 21 needs to reconsider how they define their stand in “unity” with those who promote anti-Israel propaganda based on erroneous theology, demonization of Jews, and delegitimization of Israel.

Otherwise, the credibility of this global movement and the Christian faith it seeks to propagate will be compromised, and its intent to “shape the future of the Spirit-empowered movement” will be an issue of great concern.

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Know it, Grasp it, Understand it – The Jews are God’s Chosen People

John R. Houk

© July 16, 2015

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Empowered 21 and Christians Who Promote Anti-Israel Propaganda

 

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Rabbi Tuly Weisz – Director

 

Rabbi Naphtali “Tuly” Weisz attended Yeshiva University (BA), Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Rabbinic Ordination) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD) and served as the Rabbi of the Beth Jacob Congregation in Columbus, Ohio. Upon making Aliyah, Rabbi Weisz founded Israel365 and serves as the publisher of Breaking Israel News providing READ THE REST

ABOUT Tricia Miller 

 

Tricia Miller, Ph.D. is a senior research analyst for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). She has a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and wrote her dissertation on anti-Semitism in relation to the book of Esther. The dissertation was published in July 2014 under the title “Three Versions of Esther”. A second book, titled “Jews and Anti-Judaism in Esther and the Church” was published in May 2015, and addresses the relationship of Esther to current Christian anti-Judaism and anti-Zionism.

Are Jews the Bane of the World’s Future?


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John R. Houk

© July 18, 2013

 

I received a comment from a Christian that was upset with me that I believe the Land of Israel is for the Jews because God gave it to the Jews by Promise. The comment was from a post entitled “YOU KNOW the USA and EU Work AGAINST Israel, Right? (Cross posted at SlantRight 2.0) In essence the commenter seems to believe that when Paul calls Christians Spiritual Israel then the Promise to the Jews was replaced by Christians; ergo Christians replace Jews as the Chosen People.

 

In case I have read it wrong here is the comment:

 

After seeing one post awhile back i followed you, thinking i’d see some more reasoned thinking… Now I’ve UN-followed — because it’s a waste to hear the typical yammering by another neo-Conned religious dude who doesn’t get Romans 9 — where Paul clearly spells it out for us– who is an Israelite? Or you can read in Revelation 2 again about the false Jews. (Pray and meditate as your read, and look at the actions –unprovoked war against the US in 1967 — destroying the USS LIberty (ever studied that?)

 

Why do you think we were warned TWICE, in critical places of the Scriptures?

 

From the Rothschilds to British Zionists to the current Yahoo in charge, the Beast of Daniel 9 has effective control of your beloved brutal state… — SO Who really runs the machinery of gov’t there? Are they using our military brothers as stooges while the powers in media and even the 501 c 3 churches have fallen into the trap?

 

What good can Jesus do with a Neo-Conned church? (Bold Emphasis Mine)

 

The only reference to Jews in Revelations is a weak assertion that the Christians have replaced the Jews. For one thing Chapter 2 of Revelation is about Christian Churches that have strayed away from the principles that make a strong Church thus endangering their position in Christ. Revelation 2: 8-11

 

The Persecuted Church

 

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write,

 

‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 

11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”’ (Bold Emphasis Mine NKJV)

 

The “Jews” the Apostle John is writing about by prophetic revelation are Christians that believe the Law must be abided by Christians with the emphasis of circumcision and ritual rites. The Apostle Paul did not have a problem with Jews that believe the Salvation work of Jesus Christ but he did have a problem with Jewish Christians forcing Gentile Christians to directly follow the Law. The Law culminates in Christ hence Faith trumps works of the Law to remain in Right Standing with God in Christ. (See Matt. 5: 17-20 and Romans 10: 3-13)

 

So when the commenter associates the term “Synagogue of Satan” with all Jews as a condemned people in the sight of God he/she is greatly mistaken.

 

For greater clarity on Jews as still the Chosen People or the people of the Promise through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob read what Paul says that the Promise to the Jews is by no means annulled:

 

Present Condition of Israel

 

30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness.[a] 32 Why? Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law.[b] For they stumbled at that stumbling stone. 33 As it is written:

 

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense,
And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
[c] (Romans 9: 30-33 NKJV)

 

Israel Needs the Gospel

 

10 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel[a] is that they may be saved. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

 

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”[a]

 

19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says:

 

“I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation,
I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.”
[a]

 

20 But Isaiah is very bold and says:

 

“I was found by those who did not seek Me;
I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”
[b]

 

21 But to Israel he says:

 

“All day long I have stretched out My hands
To a disobedient and contrary people.”
[c]

 

Israel’s Rejection Not Total

 

11 1 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”?[a] 4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”[b] 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.[c] But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.

 

Israel’s Rejection Not Final

 

11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!

 

13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

 

16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.

 

19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,[a] if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

 

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. 26 And so all Israel will be saved,[b] as it is written:

“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
[c] (Romans 11: 1-6, 11-27 NKJV)

 

This is some clarity that the Promised Land is still the land of the Jews which is the Land of Israel – Eretz Israel.

 

Now let’s examine a few assertions by the commenter that has little to do with the Promise to the Jews and more to do with a bias against Israel which I perceive may even smack a bit of Antisemitism.

 

The 1967 War in which Jordan, Syria and Egypt AGAIN prepared to invade Israel with the intention to destroy, because of its Jewish nature the commenter insinuates an Israel attack on the USS Liberty was an overt act of war against the United States. The reality is AGAIN Israel was involved in a war of its survival and after Israel perceived an attack from the sea hit some IDF forces Israel retaliated based on the perception. Here is a good summary:

 

The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty was a grievous error, largely attributable to the fact that it occurred in the midst of the confusion of a full-scale war in 1967. Ten official United States investigations and three official Israeli inquiries have all conclusively established the attack was a tragic mistake.

 

On June 8, 1967, the fourth day of the Six-Day War, the Israeli high command received reports that Israeli troops in El Arish were being fired upon from the sea, presumably by an Egyptian vessel, as they had a day before. The United States had announced that it had no naval forces within hundreds of miles of the battle front on the floor of the United Nations a few days earlier; however, the USS Liberty, an American intelligence ship under the dual control of the Defense Intelligence Agency/Central Intelligence Agency and the Sixth Fleet, was assigned to monitor the fighting. As a result of a series of United States communication failures, whereby messages directing the ship not to approach within 100 miles were not received by the Liberty, the ship sailed to within 14 miles off the Sinai coast. The Israelis mistakenly thought this was the ship shelling its soldiers and war planes and torpedo boats attacked, killing 34 members of the Liberty ‘screw and wounding 171. Ships from the Sixth Fleet were directed to launch four attack aircraft with fighter cover to defend the Liberty, but the planes were recalled after a message was received at the White House that the Israelis had admitted they had attacked the ship.

 

Numerous mistakes were made by both the United States and Israel. For example, the Liberty was first reported — incorrectly, as it turned out — to be cruising at 30 knots (it was later recalculated to be 28 knots). Under Israeli (and U.S.) naval doctrine at the time, a ship proceeding at that speed was presumed to be a warship. The sea was calm and the U.S. Navy Court of Inquiry found that the Liberty’s flag was very likely drooped and not discernible; moreover, members of the crew, including the Captain, Commander William McGonagle, testified that the flag was knocked down after the first or second assault.

 

According to Israeli Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin’s memoirs, there were standing orders to attack any unidentified vessel near the shore.1The day fighting began, Israel had asked that American ships be removed from its coast or that it be notified of the precise location of U.S. vessels.2 The Sixth Fleet was moved because President Johnson feared being drawn into a confrontation with the Soviet Union. He also ordered that no aircraft be sent near Sinai.

 

A CIA report on the incident issued June 13, 1967, also found that an overzealous pilot could mistake the Liberty for an Egyptian ship, the El Quseir. After the air raid, Israeli torpedo boats identified the Liberty as an Egyptian naval vessel. When the Liberty began shooting at the Israelis, they responded with the torpedo attack, which killed 28 of the sailors. In 1981, the National Security Agency noted that accounts by members of the Liberty crew and others did not have access to the relevant signal intelligence reports or the confidential explanation provided by Israel to the United States, which were used in the CIA investigation. The NSA concluded: “While these [signal intelligence of Israeli communications] reports revealed some confusion on the part of the pilots concerning the nationality of the ship, they tended to rule out any thesis that the Israeli Navy and Air Force deliberately attacked a ship they knew to be American.”2a

 

The Joint Chiefs of Staff investigated the communications failure and noted that the Chief of Naval Operations expressed concern about the prudence of sending the Liberty so close to the area of hostilities and four messages were subsequently sent instructing the ship to move farther away from the area of hostilities. The JCS report said the messages were never received because of “a combination of (1) human error, (2) high volume of communications traffic, and (3) lack of appreciation of sense of urgency regarding the movement of the Liberty.” The report also included a copy of a flash cable sent immediately after the attack, which reported that Israel had “erroneously” attacked the Liberty, that IDF helicopters were in rescue operations, and that Israel had sent “abject apologies” and requested information on any other U.S. ships near the war zone.

 

Initially, the Israelis were terrified that they had attacked a Soviet ship and might have provoked the Soviets to join the fighting.3 Once the Israelis were sure what had happened, they reported the incident to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and offered to provide a helicopter for the Americans to fly out to the ship and any help they required to evacuate the injured and salvage the ship. The offer was accepted and a U.S. naval attaché was flown to the Liberty.

 

The Israelis were “obviously shocked” by the error they made in attacking the ship, according to the U.S. Ambassador in Tel Aviv. In fact, according to a secret report on the 1967 war, the immediate concern was that the Arabs might see the proximity of the Liberty to the conflict as evidence of U.S.-Israel collusion.3a A second secret report concluded, “While the attack showed a degree of impetuosity and recklessness, it was also clear that the presence of a U.S. naval vessel, unannounced, that close to belligerent shores at a time when we had made much of the fact that no U.S. military forces were moving near the area of hostilities was inviting disaster.”3b

 

… (READ THE REST The USS Liberty; By Mitchell Bard; Jewish Virtual Library)

 

Sorry commenter there was no intention of pre-1967 borders Israel taking on invading Arab armies and the super power the United States. That’s not smart thinking.

 

In Conspiracy Theory when it involves Jews, the international aspect of the Rothschild family has always figured large in the accusation of Jewish World Domination. Here is an example:

 

SECRECY IS THE HALLMARK of the Jewish Rothschild Dynasty. But I, Brother Nathanael Kapner, a former Jew, am intent on bursting the “Rothschild-bubble.” I am doing this because I perceive that the Rothschilds, (they are Jews), are the leaders, (they are secretive), in destroying Christian civilization throughout the world. (How The Rothschild Dynasty Operates; By Nathanael Kapner; Real Jew News; 4/29/08)

 

If the Rothschilds are involved in a NWO conspiracy I doubt that the little sliver of land known as Israel is a cog in that agenda. Here is some info that is probably closer to the truth about the Rothschild family in monolithic terms:

 

 

There is no longer any such thing as a monolithic House of Rothschild with connections to any significant number of all the scores of today’s independent Rothschild business ventures. The closest thing is Rothschilds Continuation Holdings AG, a Swiss company that manages interests in many Rothschild-founded institutions. There are no longer any Rothschild family members on its board (the last having retired in 2011), though about eight Rothschilds are believed to own stakes in it (like many holding companies, it’s privately held, so its records are not public). Its other owners include Rabobank and Hong Kong based Jardine Matheson Holdings. The Rothschild funds it manages now focus on mergers and acquisitions. Make no mistake, it’s a large and successful company; but with billions in assets, it’s a relatively small fish in the sea of world financial institutions with trillions in assets, including Deutsche Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, HSBC Holdings, BNP Paribas, Japan Post Bank, Crédit Agricole Group, Barclays PLC, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and many others. Anyone trying to point the finger at the scattered Rothschilds as “controlling” world banks has an awfully tall order. That little factoid is about 100 years out of date.

 

By my analysis, the Rothschilds are best thought of not as an evil shadow conspiracy, but as a great success story of rags to riches, Jewish slum to financing the defeat of Napoleon. The price of gold is fixed twice a day by five members of the London Bullion Association: Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank, Scotiabank, HSBC, and Societe Generale, and they conduct their twice-daily meeting over the telephone. Today this is mere financial necessity, but until 2004, it was also a century-old tradition as great as the ringing of the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The five distinguished representatives included a Rothschild, and they met in person in a paneled room at the London office of N M Rothschild & Sons. That ritual is now a thing of the past, as is the power of the world’s greatest financial dynasty. (These are the last two paragraphs of “The Rothschild Conspiracy”; By Brian Dunning; Skeptoid; 5/22/12)

 

Scroll back up toward the top to read the commenter’s accusation of British Zionism and compare to these far out Anti-Semitic words:

 

The Davidic monarchy of Britain, and the rulers of all her allied/related nations; including America and parts of the Commonwealth like Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and others; have purposefully hidden their people’s true Israelite identity/history from them.

http://www.jahtruth.net/heraldry.htm 

To do this successfully, they have helped to promote the idea that the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9 / 3:9) – those who say they are Jews and are not, are the real “Israel”, in order to draw attention away from themselves. When for the most part, these so-called Jews are actually Idumeans (from Esau/Edom), Ashkenazi (Genesis 10:2, 3) & Khazars.

Why have they done this? Why don’t they tell their people the truth? Are they ashamed of belonging to the House of Israel?

 
http://jahtruth.net/britca.htm 

The answer is simple when you look at it from their perspective. And is why the Davidic British monarchy gave over control of Palestine to the counterfeit-Jews, who say they are Jews, and are not. The “Elite” have done a deal with the Devil’s synagogue, for their own convenience and Elizabeth Battenberg/Mounbatten even inter-married with them, and then had their male children circumcised by a rabbi, as only counterfeit-Jews can be, under counterfeit-Jewish Talmudism. (The Counterfeit-Jew Zionist and Judahite British Elite Conspiracy; By cybe; 100777.com; 8/15/08)

 

Yeah, that’s some nutty stuff.

 

Then the commenter mentions “the current Yahoo in charge”. I had to think about that a minute. Then I realized Marissa Mayer has a Jewish last name, so I looked up her ethno-religiosity:

 

Is Marissa Mayer Jewish?

 

Yes, the new CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer is a Jew.

Hat tip to our friend David who points out, “I find it interesting that Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and as of Monday, Yahoo!, are all run by Jews.” (Is Marissa Mayer Jewish? By Tzvee Zahavy; The Talmudic Blog; 7/16/12)

 

Jews in the 21st century are from religious to secular and even to atheistic in their belief system. I have no idea where MS Mayer stands on her heritage and this is not the place to do further research to satisfy my curiosity. Nevertheless I can see that the commenter is concerned about her Jewishness. And so we can conclude that the commenter is an Anti-Semite because of the obvious everything Jewish is evil mentality.

 

Daniel chapter 9 is about Daniel’s awareness that Jeremiah’s prophecy that 70 years of exile had elapsed which meant the time for the Jews to return home had come. In chapter 9 Daniel intercedes to God for mercy on the Jews’ past path that was so bad that God’s punishment was to exile them from the Promised Land. I am guessing the commenter presumes this is an example of God abandoning Jews because of sin. The reality is if you read the rest of Daniel 9 God Almighty gives Daniel a vision which for Christians has a double meaning. The first meaning was Jews indeed would return home and stay there until the Messiah comes. For the majority of Jews this has not happened, but for Christians that Messiah was and is Jesus Christ of the lineage of David in the flesh and the Son of God by incarnation. Again Jewish leadership became more worldly minded than spiritual minded losing their rebellion against the Romans which in turned emptied huge chunks of Jews into exile called the Diaspora. Guess what: When the Messiah returns again the Jews will know Him as Jesus the Messiah and Savior.

 

In my opinion it is a bit of an expectation that the majority of Jews in the present are wary of Jesus Christ as Messiah because of how the Christian Church forsook the love of Christ to persecute Jews as Christ-killers not realizing the Chosen People’s time of full restoration will not occur until Christ Returns. Modern Israel is the miracle that should signify to Christians the fullness of the times of the Gentiles has not happened yet but is getting closer.

 

Chuckle … The commenter quite cleverly lists Christians that agree with the Bible that the Jews are the Chosen People have been “Neo-Conned”. That is a reference to the name of the blog that the comment was actually left upon – the NeoConservative Christian Right (NCCR). My favorite blog to post on is actually SlantRight 2.0; however the NCCR is my secondary blog that usually benefits from cross posting.

 

It is true, even though Neoconservatism has bad a rap with the Left and many on the Right I have an affinity for this Conservative ideology. For myself I am a fiscal Conservative with domestic issues and a supporter of a big military to keep America strong, protected and free. Most Libertarian-Conservatives and perhaps a majority of Paleoconservatives lean to going back to pre-WWII days when America purposely kept the military small under an Isolationist Foreign Policy. Isolationism was good for its day when the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans served as a buffer against militarily powerful nations.

 

Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 which signaled the end of ocean buffers as a protection for the USA. This means Isolationist policies will always be ineffective in protecting our homeland. Only a pro-active military will keep America the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.

 

Another aspect of NeoConservatism was the concept of spreading American-style democracy to otherwise hostile despotic nations. The theory being a nation of laws might disagree with American National Interests but would be more interested in achieving a diplomatic solution to disagreements with a like-minded governing system.

 

I have since modified my agreement with nation-building after encountering actual hatred from Muslim citizens for delivering them from despotism. That anger is based primarily on the Islamic theopolitical dynamic that is totally the opposite of the Constitutional Freedom Americans have. Muslims have been totally brainwashed by their religion that politics and religion are equal partners in governance. Islam’s holy writings demand absolute submission to their deity Allah and absolute respect for their false prophet Mohammed in a socio-political sense as well as religiously. If the governing authorities fail to uphold this mind-set through a Muslim rule of law known as Sharia massive riots occur. There is no amount of nation-building that will change this Muslim-mindset without forcing a situation where the people are taught a system more accustomed to Liberty and Freedom.

 

In the 21st century an all-out war to conquer an evil religious ideology is Politically Incorrect. However, the all-out war concept to transform the minds of a conquered people is part and parcel of Islamic ideology from the days of conquering Mohammed through to the present time. That is the West’s current weakness.

 

Now back to the commenter. I suspect the commenter’s problem with NeoConservatism is less with its broad ideology but more with the movement’s historical figures which were often Jewish and/or Marxist in their thought process. Liberal Jews joined bewildered Marxists abandoning Communism due to the example of the abject failure Leninist-Stalinist and Maoist Communism to bring forth a civil free society. One famous Neocon brought forth this transformative thought: A Neocon is a Liberal mugged by reality (Loose memory of the original quote). I believe I have already established the commenter has a problem with Jews. You can see the antipathy and dislike then of NeoConservatism.

 

JRH 7/18/13

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Christians Must Honor Jews


Jew First and the Greek 2

John R. Houk

© November 27, 2012

 

Christians of history past, particularly Roman Catholics, Lutheran Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians (More modern Eastern Orthodox antisemitism), emerged as Jew-haters by calling the Jews Christ-killers. Were the Jews of pre-Resurrection Jesus the murderers of Jesus the Christ (the Anointed One and His Anointing). The accusation is a particularly heinous indictment since Jesus came FIRST as the Savior of the Jews and then as the Savior of the World, i.e. the Gentiles (non-Jews).

 

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”[b] (Romans 1: 16-17 NKJV)

 

Take note that Salvation is to the Jew FIRST and also the Greek (i.e. Gentiles). Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul included this in the Epistle to the Romans AFTER Jesus was nailed to the Cross, died and arose bodily from the grave.

 

Did the Jews kill their own Messiah? NO! Rather the Greek oriented Sadducees and tradition minded Pharisees in the Temple authority known as the Sanhedrin feared that Jesus’ popularity would remove their political influence bequeathed by Roman hegemony over the Jewish faithful. Roman Procurator Pontius Pilate called for Jesus’ Crucifixion only in the fear the Sanhedrin would notify Roman Caesar Tiberius that a rebellious Jew called Jesus bar Joseph was set free.

 

In my mind the responsibility for Jesus’ death on the Cross lay at the feet of the Jewish Sanhedrin and the Roman government as administered by Pontius Pilate. If Christians blame Jews as Christ-killers because of the actions of the Sanhedrin, then Christ-killer blame must be shared with the Roman government. At the time the Roman government was Italian-Romans. Do we call all Italians Christ-killers? And think of this: the Roman Catholic Church is a vestige of the Latin speaking Roman Empirical government so do we call all current Catholics Christ-killers? Or think of this: the official liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church until the 1960s was spoken in ancient Latin. Do we call all the people that speak a derivative of Romantic languages (e.g. Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese and so on) Christ-killers? I believe you get the idea.  

 

The Jews have problems with Christians, especially the proselytizing Christians even though most of those proselytizers are lovers of the Jews. The problem Jews have with Christians is their/our past Jew-hating persecution including the blood libel of Christ-killer. Yes friends I am talking of the kind of persecution that led to pogroms, genocide and/or death march expulsions.

 

Orthodox Judaism has a problem with the theology that their Messiah according to Christians is the Son of God making a human co-equal with God Almighty. Indeed, once religious Jews picked up on the preaching of Jesus that His Father is God and Jesus did co-equalize Himself with God by the Father and the Son is One. The pre-Resurrection Lord Jesus mystically walked away from many stoning opportunities from the Jewish faithful.

 

Christians must abandon the notion of Jewish Christ-killers and Jew-hatred. Christians must embrace the notion the Jews are the Chosen People with the Promise of specific Land to Abraham and the Abrahamic descendants.

 

Part of the Abrahamic Covenant is the Child of Promise. Sarah was privy to the promise of a great nation. With Abraham and Sarah being a bit aged to have children, Sarah thought she’d God a bit of help and told Abraham to make a baby with her slave Hagar. What a surprise: Abraham thought for about a half a second and said, “Okayyyy”. The progeny of that escapade with slave girl Hagar was Ishmael which everyone presumed was Abraham’s heir apparent to the Promise.

 

Sarah’s plan was not God’s plan. God promised aged Sarah a child and it happened. The Child of Promise then was Isaac and the child of the slave was Ishmael. Thus Ishmael was not the heir to the Promise but rather Isaac.

 

The Bible that both Jews and Christians call Holy shows the Promise of Abraham in having descendants as numerous as the stars and the Promise of specific geographical Land. The Jews call this portion of the Bible the Torah and the Tanakh. The Christians call the portion of the Bible with Abrahamic Covenant the Old Testament and the first five books of the OT the Pentateuch. The essence of the differences in interpretation of the Old Testament is the view to who the Messiah will be (Jews) or is (Christians). Of course the theology chasm has widened over years as the Gentiles began to dominate Christianity over the Jews. Regardless of that growing Jewish-Christian theology chasm it is incumbent upon Christians to honor in the plan of Salvation knowing that part of that plan is the Jews FIRST and then the Gentiles.

 

I found a John Piper article posted at Desiring God that highlights the reasons of why to embrace “the Jews First” and the theology that is equal between Jews and Gentiles.  I am just listing the points in the article I do encourage you to read the whole thing. The title is “To the Jew First, and Also to the Greek”.

 

First, then, how are the Jews “first”?

 

1. The Jews have a priority over Gentiles as the chosen people of God

 

2. The Jews have a priority over Gentiles as the guardians of God’s special revelation, the Old Testament Scriptures

 

3. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in that the Messiah himself, Jesus Christ, came first as a Jew to the Jews

 

4. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in that salvation is from the Jews

 

5. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in that Paul evangelized Jews first when he brought the gospel to a new place

 

6. The Jews have a priority over the Gentiles in final judgment and final blessing.

 

In What Ways Do the Jews Not Have Priority?

 

1. The Jews do not have priority in righteousness or merit

 

2. The Jews do not have priority in how they are saved

 

3. The Jews do not have priority in participation in God’s covenant blessings

 

This is what got me started on Christians must be supportive of Jews even if Jews mistrust Christians. A better writer than I (Danny Jeffrey) found a news article on Israel Nation News in which a moronic Catholic Cardinal calls Israel a bunch of baby-killers in the recent bout with Islamic terrorists Hamas. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi condemns Israel yet does not mention that Hamas shot missiles into Israeli civilian centers targeting among other location schools. Cardinal Ravasi is supporting Jew-hating Muslims that deny the Divinity of Christ and has the goal of killing every Jew in Israel because Islam calls the Bible corrupt and the Promises given to Abraham that was to flow through the child of Promise – i.e. Isaac – a lie. The Quran rewrites the Old Testament and the New Testament to proclaim the Abrahamic Covenant flows from the child of the slave – Ishmael. AND that Jesus is NOT the Son of God but rather a mere man that was a great Prophet BUT second to the butchering self-proclaimed prophet Mohammed.

 

This Cardinal Ravasi is outrageous and should be removed from his high Papal position by Pope Benedict XVI.

 

JRH 7/27/12

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Let Us Support Israel


Christian Zionism

John R. Houk

© August 15, 2011

 

I am what many would define as a Christian Zionist. I am a Christian that stands with Israel and the Jews because the Land was given by God and it was given to the Jews as a promise made to Abraham through the line of the child of Promise – Isaac – and Isaac’s son Jacob (aka Israel). As a Christian I believe lineage Promise flows ultimately to Jesus and those that are joint-heirs with Christ as grafted to Israel by the Blood of Christ. For the sake of clarity: Christians do not replace Jews as the Chosen people. That promise was made to Abrahamic bloodline that descends through Isaac and Jacob. The return of Christ will be the return of the Jewish Messiah which most Jews deny to this day. Nonetheless Paul qualified the Good News of Christ to the nations as to the Jews first then to the Gentile (nations). The Blood of Christ removes the barrier between Jews and the nations that believe on Christ.

 

Is there hostility among Jews toward Christians that declare Jesus is the Messiah of the Jews that will come and bring peace to the nations of the world? Yes there is.

 

Should Jewish hostility regarding Christ the Lord, cause hostility by Christians to be directed toward Jews? NO! The restoration of Jews to the Land of Israel is part of the Promise of the soon returning King Jesus who traces His blood through humanity back to Abraham and the Redemption of the humanity back to God Almighty who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

Now my thoughts on Israel as the Jewish Homeland is because I read a recent prophecy delivered through Kim Clement that the Elijah List provides the title, “God Wants to Display His Glory in Israel Again”. Before I proceed to the cross post with the Elijah List I am led to share these Scriptures of the Promise.

 

1 Now the LORD had said to Abram:

      “Get out of your country,
      From your family
      And from your father’s house,
      To a land that I will show you.

 

2 I will make you a great nation;
      I will bless you
      And make your name great;
      And you shall be a blessing.

 

3 I will bless those who bless you,
      And I will curse him who curses you;
      And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12: 1-3
NKJV)

 

18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”
19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him. 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall beget twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” 22 Then He finished talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. (Gen. 17: 18-22
NKJV)

 

9 So I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them according to their ways and their deeds. 20 When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ 21 But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. 28 Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. 29 I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. 30 And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”
33 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. 34 The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. 35 So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36 Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.”
37 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”’” (Ezekiel 36: 19-38
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JRH 8/15/11

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Kim Clement: God Wants to Display His Glory in Israel Again

 

By Kim Clement

Intro by Steve Shultz

August 15, 2011

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From the desk of Steve Shultz:

 

My good friend Kim Clement was in Israel recently and has much prophetic insight below. I always appreciate and glean from Kim’s prophetic words. Let’s remember to pray for Israel – they are the Apple of God’s Eye.

 

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God Wants to Display His Glory in Israel Again

 

Kim Clement

 

Israel is About to Experience a Damascus Road Experience

Prophesied on July 27, 2011 from Israel:

 

While I was praying today, I had a very interesting word from the Lord about a Damascus Road experience that this nation [Israel] is about to experience. I’ll teach a little bit more about that, but I want Sunil to come and we’re going to share a bit of Code Breakers together. I may do this for you on Saturday for The Den, the actual message about what was happening prior to and after Paul’s (Saul’s) conversion – absolutely fascinating. There were great things happening and yet he was persecuting the Church. I’ll share that with you in a while, but I believe that this nation is about to experience that. I’m not saying that they’ll all fall on their knees and all call out to Messiah, but I feel like some very powerful people are going to meet Christ and it’s going to make a difference.

 

I can feel the presence of destiny. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t believe that. God put me here and said, “You must be a prophetic voice in Jerusalem, in Israel.” And I can feel the presence of hope. A lot of people don’t feel that. What is the hope? There’s going to be a move of the Spirit, a tremendous move of the Spirit, and it’s going to shake this nation and their enemies are going to look and say, “Why is this happening? They shouldn’t be rejoicing.” Did David not say in Psalms that He “will prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies?” That’s what I’m excited about.

 

The Prime Minister of this nation, Netanyahu, has been on my heart since Nashville, when I got the first prophecy about him being like Jeremiah. Netanyahu is also a prophet, a prophetic voice, and we’ve got to pray for his protection, because I’ve had some insight into how they want to get to him. This man is a spiritual man and God has given me a word for him. I’ve not only prophesied it, but I’m now delivering it to him as well.

 

I’ve had some deep revelation – theophanies. Remember the School of the Prophet where I taught about a theophany? I’ve had those, where God has come to me. Just before I left to come to Israel, I had a very unique experience that I want to tell you about. It’s difficult to speak about, because it happened in my garden where I went to pray the day before I left. As I was praying, my prayer time was extended; I usually spend 45 minutes to an hour. The Spirit of the Lord came into the garden, was ushered into my garden, and I felt Him so strongly; and He spoke about Netanyahu, and as He did, it was so strong that I fell on my knees and I began to weep.

 

Now I don’t weep a lot, but I was so moved, and all I did was weep. I must have wept for about ten minutes, which is a long time to weep like that. And I had this moment – and I was on my knees for about 20 minutes – where I felt like God was about to move into his heart in such a big way, and I was carrying that and I was to pray for him, that God would protect him, because there were definitely going to be some attacks against him. But I wept because I heard Proverbs; I heard Proverbs chapter eight.

 

God Wants to Display His Glory in Israel Again

 

Prophesied on July 29, 2011 from Israel:

 

It’s amazing how we’ve heard from God Himself that there’s going to be this huge experience, a Damascus Road experience here in Israel. So, it means that the Messiah, before He comes, there’s going to be an outpouring of His Spirit in Israel. That’s the reason I’m here, because you see, a prophet is sent before the time to prepare the way. Even if nobody’s listening to me, I can shout it from this mountain and it goes into the atmosphere and God’s word is being spoken.

 

As I’m standing on the rooftop in Jerusalem, as I’m standing here on Mount Precipice overlooking all these mountains, this great history, I can feel that God is going to once again do what He did when He was with Elijah and poured out His Spirit right there in the presence of all these enemies that have surrounded Israel, that have these different religions. Remember, he was standing against the prophets of Baal because they were trying to invade and take away from the true God.

 

God wants to display His power; God wants to display His glory in Israel again and through the Church. Do you know what they say to me? Most of the people that I meet say if it were not for the Christians, for the evangelists and teachers and the Christ-people, that Israel would be destroyed. You and I have that responsibility.

 

I am the prophetic voice that God sent at this time to pronounce from this mountain all the great miracles that took place, all the great things that were done through Elijah and Elisha and all the great prophets, will once again take place. Now, how can that happen? Well, you hear the different religions that are all here trying to destroy Israel, trying to bring down the name of the God, the true God of Israel. Well, what is God going to do? He sent a prophet, Elijah, and that prophet brought rain from Heaven and destroyed the power of those voices. I’m not saying they’re not going to be here, but they’re not going to rule over Israel; they’re not going to rule over the Christ that wants to rule and reign here.

 

“I Will Shine Upon Israel, and I Will Show the World that They Cannot Curse It”

 

And the Spirit of the Lord says, “I will not provide for Israel only; I will provide from Israel out, and they shall come and they shall say, ‘Provide for us.'” All over! In other words, Israel shall become a resource not to themselves only but to the rest of the world. They will have people that will purchase it, and this shall prosper Israel even more. Think about what I’ve just said by the Spirit. In other words, the resource is not just for Israel. It’s going to go out as well so that Israel will become more prosperous and more prosperous; and as Isaac, they will prosper so much so that their enemies will be so jealous, provoked to jealousy, and say, “Why Israel again? Why does Israel again be blessed? Why is it that from its soil, which we have cursed, has blessing come forth again?” They will be provoked to jealousy as the Philistines were provoked to jealousy with Isaac. Isaac, in that year, prospered a hundredfold. Think about it. They were provoked and said, “Leave us; leave us.”

 

And so it shall be again that this resource and many others, many other resources that come from the soil – what will happen is, they will say, “OK, we will purchase from you. We will purchase from you,” and Israel will then be blessed to a greater degree, and again, there will be provocation upon provocation, but God says, “I will shine upon Israel, and I will show the world that they cannot curse it, for what God has blessed, they must bless, and they will bless it.”

 

And God says, “If they curse it, I shall curse them. Did I not say that to Abraham? Did I not say whoever blesses you, I will bless, and whoever curses you, I will curse? And therefore, that is why they’ve been cursed. They’ve been cursed from the top down, for they have cursed Israel.” And God said, “That shall change. There shall be those that shall begin to bless it, and then they shall be blessed as well. That blessing shall be contained and shall be seen by the world.”

 

God is Going to Bless America Again

 

It was like the Lord was saying, “This is not all for Israel. Israel doesn’t need all this; it’s for the world, and the world will have to, in the end, come to them, and America will bless Israel.” I’m telling you, America is going to bless Israel in the next presidency. They will bless Israel, and you know what’s going to happen? Because of that, God’s going to bless America again.

 

Kim Clement
Prophetic Image Expressions
Email:
hope@kimclement.com

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A Movie Short that needs to be Watched: ‘Heart Cry’


Tony Newbill has sent this awesome video that should strengthen the heart of God’s Chosen People – the Jews – and Christian Zionists. Stand for Israel for Islamic propagandists preach for its destruction. God Bless America and God Bless the Land of Promise in Israel.

 

JRH 10/18/10

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From Tony Newbill

Sent: Oct 18, 2010 at 11:08 AM

 

 If you want to see a way to stabilize world economic fundamentals, watch this film and understand its meaning. Without peace there can be no means of support of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This gives us tomorrow to do the economic accounting of the days meaning to create for our lives. Don’t let the Social Engineers of this world dupe us down without debate to this fundamental understanding, they are after all reacting to a selfishness that exists within themselves for their own way of life, and if you don’t believe that take a look at who we all are seeing in the top positions of authority within our society …. Right down to the very extremist that just got appointed to the head of OPEC. These are positions that can do one of 2 things: increase supply for higher quality of life or restrict that which provides abundance to the masses for a better quality of life. All I hear is the latter by wealth redistribution and greater regulations, so prepare…. 

 

Introduction to the movie “Heart Cry”:

 

This Film is about Israel’s and God’s “Heart Cry” to the nations. The perspective of your future will change forever. This film made by Emanuel Nahum is a wake-up call and a challenge to become aware of the threat that Iran poses not only to Israel but to the whole world. While Ahmadinejad denies the holocaust he prepares another one. In this film you will see Ahmadinejad’s secret plan, one you could never have even imagined. This film is about a man named Jan-Villem van-der-Hoeven, who fights to establish a Christian Agency for Israel, an agency that will change Israel’s unknown future. “Remember if you light even one candle it dispels the darkness”. PLEASE WATCH TO THE VERY END – You will hear God’s Heart Cry and you will hear Israel’s cry out “Aba Father”. Discover how you can become involved through the Christian Agency to be a light for Israel in her time of need.

 

http://vimeo.com/15210104

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An article entitled, “Iran – In charge of OPEC – Masoud Mirkazemi, to chair the 12-nation organization during 2011” provides excellent insight how Iranian Jew-hating freak President Ahmadinejad of Iran will lead to the 21st century Hitler acquiring nukes and the global acceptance in Iran possessing nuke WMD. After you read the post Tony Newbill had a comment he wanted me and therefore you to notice.