Posts Tagged ‘Israel’
By Jim Fletcher
In the past few years, Lynne Hybels has become an activist for all sorts of causes, including the crisis in Congo, Christian persecution in the Middle East, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. . . .
Since the ‘70s, Lynne Hybels and her husband have been mentored by people sympathetic to the Palestinian Narrative, including Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian. In October 2008 she attended a conference in Amman, Jordan, led by Arab Christians from “Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and the West Bank.”
Since that time, Lynne Hybels has been very active in promoting the so-called “Palestinian Narrative,” which points to Israel as an occupier of Arabs. The narrative is classic PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) propaganda, but Hybels’ networks allow her the luxury of promoting this worldview—couched in the language of “non-violent resistance”—which is also shared by Millennial influencers such as Donald Miller and Cameron Strang.
(Both Miller and Strang have accused Israel, in print, of virtual war-crimes, including the harvesting of organs from Palestinians, and outright murder of Palestinian women and children by the IDF. To date, Miller in particular offers no documentation for his allegations.) Click here to continue reading.
By Bill Randles
Used with permission (source).
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (Psalm 2:1-6)
The US Supreme Court recently gave a ruling (Zivotovsky vs. Kerry), which would prevent any U.S. passport holder born in Jerusalem to declare they were also born in Israel.
This, in spite of a 2002 law passed by the Congress of the United States allowing Jerusalem born U.S. passport holders to declare Israel as their nation of origin.
The 2002 Passport law has never been implemented because U.S. politicians have been afraid to be seen taking sides against the “Palestinians” on the issue. Since 1948, official US Government policy has been to treat the “Jerusalem” question as unresolved.
As a rare reaction to the 6-3 vote, Justice Antonin Scalia read his dissent aloud in the court. Among other complaints, he warned that giving so much unchecked power, even over passport declarations, to the President was “more reminiscent of King George the third, than of the U.S. presidency.” Justice Scalia had already indicated his leanings earlier in oral arguments, as Haaretz reports:
In the oral arguments, Scalia’s political leanings on the issue were pretty clear, when he described the State Department’s resistance to changing the passport line from “Jerusalem” to “Israel” as less of affecting real policy than its “desire to make nice with the Palestinians.” (source)
This ruling is considered a slap in the face to many in Israel. From Haaretz again:
Dissatisfied American-Jerusalemites, or Jerusalemite-Americans (because we can’t call them American Israelis, right?), like my son had some powerful sympathizers. President Reuven Rivlin pointedly noted to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a Thursday meeting that “I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli.” Former ambassador-turned-MK Michael Oren posted on his Facebook page that “the decision is an affront to Israel’s sovereignty and to the honor of America’s crucial ally. During my service as Israel’s ambassador to Washington, I met the principled Zivotofsky family and others who brought the case before the court, I unconditionally supported them. But the frustration of their effort changes nothing for Israel and the Jewish people. Jerusalem will remain our undivided and eternal capital. Irrespective of what’s written or not written in her U.S. passport, our daughter, Lia, was born in Jerusalem, Israel.”
A major aspect of the 6-3 decision was the issue of separation of peers. Congress passed a law in 2002, but the court ruled that it is the Executive branch that has jurisdiction in foreign policy. In other words, Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, even if Congress says it is, unless the President says it is.
This Supreme Court is the same un-elected body which has struck down school prayer, mention of God or the Ten Commandments in the classroom, and other public affirmations of the professed majority faith of our nation. On the other hand, these black-robed tyrants have foisted on the American body politic such horrors as Abortion on Demand and “Gay Marriage” in spite of the many referendums in states across the country against them.
Little do they realize they are fulfilling prophecy concerning the last controversies between God and Man, which will lead to the final judgment and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Prophet Zechariah predicted 2,500 years ago that in the Last Days the issue of the status of Jerusalem would consume the attention of the entire world.
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:2-3)
Jerusalem is the most important city on earth. It is the only place on earth where God says He has “Placed His name.” It is the place where our Lord was crucified, thus the place where Satan was dealt a fatal blow. Jerusalem is where our Lord’s feet will touch down again (sees Zechariah 14) and where all nations will one day be gathered together for judgment.
Consider the 48th Psalm: “Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God and in the mountain of his holiness, beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mt Zion on the sides of the North, the city of the great King!”
Jesus himself quoted this Psalm in the sermon on the Mount, when He said:
“Swear not at all, neither by Haven, for it is God’s throne, nor by earth, for it is God’s footstool, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King!” (Matthew 5:34)
Of course, the Bible is realistic about the Jerusalem of today, for the book of Revelation calls it “Sodom and Egypt, the city where our Lord was crucified” (Revelation 11:8).
But if Jerusalem is important to God, it is also important to the forces of evil.
Islam claims Jerusalem, though it is never named in all of the Koran. There is a verse, which they now say refers to Jerusalem. The verse is called the IZra, and it is the story of Mohammed’s flight on a winged horse to the “Farthest places,” Al Aqsa, where he ascended to heaven to have a prayer meeting with Jesus and Moses. On that alone, Islam claims Jerusalem as her third holiest spot.
Interestingly, when Obama gave a speech to the entire Muslim world in 2009 from Cairo Egypt at Al Azhar university (the Harvard, Yale and Cambridge of world-wide terrorism), he cited only one passage from the Koran . . . the IZra.
Think about it, the leader of the free world cited to one seventh of the world, the only scripture in their book, which they believe gives them a legitimate claim to Jerusalem!
The U.N. has split Jerusalem in two and adamantly insists that part of it, East Jerusalem, be the capitol of the new Palestinian state. The other half is designated to be a “universal city.”
It should be obvious by now, a terrible conflict is coming, something God calls, “the controversy of Zion” (Isaiah 34) . The Supreme Court of the United States, in their own small way, has taken sides with Obama, against the God of Scripture. Pray for America!
Used with permission from Bill Randles blog.
LTRP Note: The following article by LT author John Lanagan is about a recent anti-Semitic anti-biblical film called Marching to Zion. Our thanks to John for writing this needed warning. If you have not yet watched Caryl Matrisciana’s film Exposing Christian Palestinianism, we encourage you to do so. Also read Jan Markell’s article, “Believing a Lie: World Vision’s Steve Haas on Israel” and Tony Pearce’s article “Who Really Killed Jesus? – A Word to Those Who Hate the Jews.” With only 14 million Jews in the world today, and with the growing anti-semitism, even within the evangelical church, it is frightening to see that history could easily repeat itself. In Germany, Hitler convinced many Germans to hate the Jews.
By John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire Ministries
“It was the spirit of anti-Christ that brought [the Jews] back to the Promised Land.” (Pastor Steven Anderson at 41:02 in Marching To Zion)
Steven Anderson, quoting 2 Chronicles 19:2, says, “The Bible teaches that if we help an ungodly and wicked nation like Israel, we’ll have God’s wrath on us.” (1:04:38)
Also disturbing is where I learned there was such a movie. There have been so many good things from the Apostasy Watch website over the years, detailed coverage of anti-biblical doctrines and movements. Now, unfortunately, Apostasy Watch has a link and recommendation to Steven Anderson’s hellish movie, Marching To Zion. Anderson and a few other Baptist pastors work very, very hard to further Replacement Theology. Click here to continue reading.
By Aaron Klein
Ruth Haley Barton, founder of The Transforming Centre, was trained at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation which teaches: “This mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality … It is no accident that the most active frontier between Christian and Eastern religions today is between contemplative Christian monks and their Eastern equivalents.” —Tilden Edwards, Shalem Founder
Barton, who could not find peace or direction in her Baptist roots or through reading the Bible and praying, found fulfillment through spiritual direction. Now she incorporates a blend of Eastern and Roman Catholic contemplative spirituality and monastic practices in her retreats and books on practicing the presence of God in the silence and sacred rhythms of prayer. Lately she has been very instrumental in leading entire Protestant and Anabaptist church congregations and their leaders into these same practices through spiritual direction and discernment seminars.
This year, the Mennonites have once again brought in Ruth Haley Barton to help them make decisions in the silence regarding some very important upcoming issues that include LGBTQ and anti-Israel BDS resolutions. How tragic to see an entire church delegation over looking all that is necessary in their discernment process (the Bible), thereby shunning to declare the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) in seeking guidance from an apprentice of Thomas Merton and Tilden Edwards. To read the rest of this article and for endnote material, click here.
By Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries and Radio Broadcast
Used with permission.
What nation could be “apartheid on steroids”? Surely some Islamic stronghold, right?
Try Israel. That’s according to World Vision’s Steve Haas writing for the Lausanne Movement.
Haas goes on to suggest that all the problems of the Palestinian people perpetrated upon them by Islamic thug dictators are, in reality, the fault of Israel. He even blames the demise of the Palestinian Christian population upon Israel when, in fact, Palestinian Islamic leaders have driven out the Christians.
Haas states, “As peacemakers, we have been tasked by a justice agenda of love and sacrifice. I truly believe we can be pro-Palestinian, pro-Israeli, and pro-justice because we are adamantly pro-Jesus.”1
Don’t believe it.
I’ve been present at a tragic event called “Hope for the Holy Land.” The one-night event visited my alma mater a few years ago, Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. It featured a World Vision rep, Mae Cannon, Willow Creek’s Lynne Hybels, and The Holy Land Trust rep Sami Awad.
Their approach offered zero hope for the Holy Land because they only wanted to talk about “the occupation.” Jesus didn’t live in “occupied territory.” It was and is God’s land and the borders are outlined in the Bible.
Efforts to interject truth into that forum were blocked.
Haas says, “For over 60 years, many evangelicals have clung to a very narrow theological narrative that weds Christian theology with a political ideology known as Zionism.” This is in the latest issue of Lausanne Global Analysis.
He compares Christian Zionists—evangelicals with a Bible-based zeal and love for Israel and the Jews—to Spanish inquisitors, Crusaders, supporters of apartheid South Africa, and other historical atrocities.
I don’t put the root of such thinking at the feet of antisemitism as much as I lay it at the feet of “Replacement Theology.” This is the belief that all the promises made to Israel have been transferred to the church. It is raging through many denominations today.
“Replacement Theology” leads to “replacement reality.” That’s what is going on. There is a twisting and a distorting of facts so severe that it has created a “replacement reality.” Folks are believing a lie.
To add insult to injury, pro-Palestinian U.K. Vicar Stephen Sizer last week stated that Israel was likely behind 9/11. The comments were especially egregious coming during the week when most of the free world recognized the 70th anniversary of the liberation of many of the concentration camps.
Sizer’s “replacement reality” leads him smack-dab into the heart of antisemitism, so much so that he hangs out with the daughters of Iran’s Ayatollah Khoumeini.
Here Sizer presents many of his anti-Israel books to the Khoumeni daughters with fond autographed comments.
Sizer has also been a regular organizer, lecturer, and panelist at the Christ at the Checkpoint conference hosted by the Bethlehem Bible College. The bi-annual event has been characterized by sentiment that Israel and her Christian supporters are to blame for most of the woes in that region.
Sizer did apologize for his “replacement reality.”
Folks who think this way believe that the old religious Right crassly imposed a pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy based on its end-time theology, creating untold suffering among largely innocent Palestinians. They now hope that more thoughtful, more compassionate evangelicals, will reject that heritage and instead stand with the Palestinians as the victim group most needing compassion.
The fact is that evangelicals are strong supporters of Islamic evangelism around the world. Many evangelical agencies have been raised up, particularly since 9/11, to reach out to lost Muslims, including Palestinians.
Olive Tree Ministries and Radio Broadcast
Used with permission.