When the Republicans invited Netanyahu to speak before the United States Congress an egregious breach of our Constitution was made in regard to Separation of Church and State. Not in our history have our elected leaders made a concerted effort to back any religion, least a foreign one. Disguised as a secular event, the Republican Church of America (RCA) employed stealth to get Netanyahu reelected because he is supportive of evangelical prophecies that call for the Jews to retake the land that King David conquered, and rebuild the temple where stand the Dome of the Rock. How did this become the objective of the majority in our House and Senate. Are these elected officials – insane?
This is why Netanyahu announced he would not allow a two-state solution, will expand the TERRORtory of Israel, and spewed racist warning about Arab citizens flocking to the poles to vote. Many Israelis understand the RCA supports Israel and pray my countryman put a evangelical Warmonger in the White House.
For over twenty years I have been warning fellow Americans the Christian-right is trying to take over our Democracy and turn it into a theocracy. Alas, we see the evidence. What is confounding, is, that many liberal democrats believe the evangelical religion is a real religion, and thus Americans have the right to worship as they please. I have posted the conclusions of other theologians that have proven the religion founded by John Darby in 1840, is a heresy. What liberal agnostic Democrat, or, Jew, knows what I a talking about, or cares to know? They don’t want to believe the truth – they are losing ground. Now they will have to take a peek with Netanyahu’s victory, thanks to the RCA.
For several days I have been weighing some very difficult matters. The Vatican, and thus Pope Francis, have called for a military force to step forth and destroy ISIS who are slaughtering Christians. They are also attacking museums. I might be kin to Denis de Rougemont the ‘Prince of European Culture’ who is the father of the Neoconservatives. My kin Gottschalk Rosemondt was very close to Pope Adrian who gave sanctuary to the Knights of Saint John at Malta. I have discovered Templars with the Rougemont name who owned the Shroud of Turin. But what moves me to claim the Mount of Olives is the powerful vision I had in 1990 while authoring my novel ‘The Lion of God’. For a half hour I stared down on the Temple from an estate on the Mount of Olives. I saw everything in minute detail, as if I had been there long ago.
Because there is a convergence of matters and events, I will become the embodiment of a Moabite King who came to the Mount of Olives to worship in the Temples of Chemosh that Solomon built for his Moabite wives. By Easter Sunday, those who read this blog, will know the true identity of the man known as Jesus. In his name, and in the name of Ruth and Boaz, I claim the Mount of Olives. I am the Go’el Redeemer of this Moabite property. I will send thirty coins to Netanyahu who in my opinion is the Anti-Christ. elected by Children of Satan who founded the RCA treasonous heresy that I CAST OUT of the party founded by my kindred, John and Jessie Fremont.
John Jeshua – King of the Moabites
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lavished praise on the Evangelical Christian movement, and on a mission of approximately 800 members of Pastor John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel (CUFI) organization, in Jerusalem on Sunday night.
“Thank you for standing up for Israel,” Netanyahu said to rapturous applause. “We are witnessing a dramatic transformation in the relationship between Christians and Jews, who are focusing now on the common values and the common future we both share.”
The prime minister also drew attention to what he described as threats to the Christian community across the Middle East, saying he was “proud that Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians are free to practice their faith in complete freedom.”
The CUFI mission – on its third visit to Israel – gave Netanyahu a euphoric welcome.
The evening was accompanied by the mellifluous sounds of a Southern gospel quartet and a glowing tribute from Hagee himself, who announced that his organization had reached one million members, making it the largest pro-Israel organization in the US.
Participants on the current mission paid almost $4,400 each to come on the tour.
Founded in 2006, CUFI is designed to provide a national association in the US for pro- Israel churches to support the country. It uses its members to mobilize support and lobby public officials and representatives to advance favorable public policy and sentiment for Israel.
Referring to the Iranian nuclear program, CUFI executive- director David Brog said that supporting Israel was of special importance for Christians at this time.
“At a juncture of such peril for Israel and the West, we are proud that we now have one million members working diligently for a strong US-Israel relationship,” Brog said. “We were gratified to be able to demonstrate our rock-solid support to Prime Minister Netanyahu tonight.”
Brog also sought to dispel concerns about negative theological motivations attributed by some to the Evangelical movement. He labeled the claim that Evangelicals support Israel in order to herald the return of Jesus and the conversion of Jews as “complete and utter nonsense,” and said such claims were based on “ignorance.”
Christians, he said, do not believe that anything on Earth can influence the messiah’s coming and that his arrival will be at a preordained time.
Instead, he said, Evangelicals support Israel because of a literalist interpretation of the Bible that views the promises made to the people of Israel as still intact – as opposed to ”Replacement Theology,” which is widely held by many other Christian denominations and posits that the Christian Church inherited the biblical promises to the Jewish people.
Brog added that this sentiment was combined with the belief that Israel’s cause was just, as well as a sense of indebtedness to the Jewish people in the wake of historic Christian anti-Semitism and persecution.
Yes, Boehner’s invitation to Netanyahu, rendered independently of the White House, was a way to get under President Obama’s skin and in President Obama’s way. And, yes, that provocation was manna to the most conservative House Republicans, who sometimes chafe under Boehner’s leadership.
But they loved what Boehner did for an additional reason: It catered to the evangelical Christians who are an integral part of the party’s base, especially for lawmakers from the reddest states or districts. In fact, as Ashley Parker reported in The Times, Boehner’s caucus gave him a standing ovation last week even though he was bucking them by linking arms with Nancy Pelosi to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
Some evangelical Christians’ interest in Israel reflects an interpretation of the Bible’s prophetic passages that’s known as premillennial dispensationalism. It maintains that the End of Days can play out as God intends only if Jews govern Israel and have reconstructed a temple on the Temple Mount, where there’s now a mosque.
But just a subset of evangelicals subscribe to that. Others are motivated by their belief, rooted in scripture, that God always intended Israel for Jews and that honoring that and keeping Israel safe is a way of honoring God. God’s blessing of America, they feel, cannot be divorced from America’s backing of Israel.
The conservative Christian television preacher Pat Robertson once publicly suggested that Ariel Sharon had suffered a stroke and that Yitzhak Rabin had been assassinated because both of these former Israeli prime ministers had pursued policies of “dividing God’s land.”
There are evangelical connections to the land,” said Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
It’s common for large evangelical congregations in the United States to organize tours of Israel for their members. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor and probable candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has been running something of a side business as a guide for American evangelicals with Galilee and the Garden of Gethsemane in their sights. “The man is just nuts about Israel,” William Booth wrote in a Washington Post story two weeks ago about Huckabee’s tours. Huckabee told Booth that he visits Israel as often as four times a year.
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The attacks of 9/11 and the spreading threat of Islamic extremists have further strengthened American evangelicals’ sense of kinship with Jews in Israel, whom they see as crucial partners in fighting butchers who have recently singled out Christians for slaughter.
The Mount of Olives or Mount Olivet (Hebrew: הַר הַזֵּיתִים, Har HaZeitim; Arabic: جبل الزيتون, الطور, Jabal az-Zaytūn, Aț-Țūr) is a mountain ridge east of and adjacent to the Jerusalem’s Old City. It is named for the olive groves that once covered its slopes. The southern part of the Mount was the necropolis of the ancient Judean kingdom. The Mount has been used as a Jewish cemetery for over 3,000 years, and holds approximately 150,000 graves, making it central in the tradition of Jewish cemeteries. Several key events in the life of Jesus as related in the Gospels took place on the Mount of Olives, and in the Book of Acts it is described as the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven. Because of its association with both Jesus and Mary, the Mount has been a site of Christian worship since ancient times and is today a major site of pilgrimage for the Eastern Orthodox, Catholics and Protestants.
From Biblical times until the present, Jews have been buried on the Mount of Olives. The necropolis on the southern ridge, the location of the modern village of Silwan, was the burial place of Jerusalem’s most important citizens in the period of the Biblical kings. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including tombs traditionally associated with Zechariah and Absalom. On the upper slope, the traditional Tomb of the Prophets Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi is situated. Notable rabbis buried on the mount include Chaim ibn Attar and others from the 15th-century to present.
Roman soldiers from the 10th Legion camped on the Mount during the Siege of Jerusalem in the year 70 AD. The religious ceremony marking the start of a new month was held on the Mount of Olives in the days of the Second Temple. After the destruction of the Second Temple, Jews celebrated the festival of Sukkot on the Mount of Olives. They made pilgrimages to the Mount of Olives because it was 80 meters higher than the Temple Mount and offered a panoramic view of the Temple site. It became a traditional place for lamenting the Temple’s destruction, especially on Tisha B’Av.[5
As of 2010, the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives has been targeted regularly by vandals. Mourners have been assaulted. Notable graves that have been defaced by vandals include those of the Gerrer Rebbe and Menahem Begin.
On 6 November 2010, an international watch-committee was set up by Diaspora Jews with the aim of reversing the desecration of the Jewish cemetery. According to one of the founders, the initiative was triggered by witnessing tombstones that were wrecked with “the kind of maliciousness that defies the imagination.”[22
In John 12:9-11, after raising Lazarus from the dead, crowds gather around Jesus and believe in him, and the next day the multitudes that had gathered for the feast in Jerusalem welcome Jesus as he enters Jerusalem.
In Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44 and John 12:12-19, as Jesus descends from the Mount of Olives towards Jerusalem the crowds lay their clothes on the ground to welcome Jesus as he triumphantly enters Jerusalem.
Netanyahu Coalition and Evangelical Christians Are on Collision Course
By Nathan Jones
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Israel’s principal Washington, DC lobby, makes no bones about it. While its clout in the media flows directly from Jewish network executives, publishers, journalists, and advertisers, its hold on Congress is further strengthened by “60 million Evangelical Christians” who, as lobby advertisements put it, “believe the creation of Israel is the fulfillment of God’s prophecy.”
There’s a complication in that, which neither Israel’s Jewish supporters nor the two remaining most prominent televangelist leaders of this supposed pro-Israel horde, Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, mention. (The other three nationally prominent pro-Israel televangelists, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart and Jim Bakker Tammy Faye’s ex-husband all suffered an apparent cooling of ardor for Israel while serving jail time for unrelated sins.) The way these Charismatic Christians look at it, the “ingathering of the Jews” in Jerusalem is a necessary prelude, like the battle of Armageddon, for which they pray, to the second coming of Christ. They believe that they and others “who accept Christ as their personal Saviour” will be “raptured” into heaven, and the Jews, and probably the Christians who haven’t set their watches to Christian Coalition time, will be left on earth to face “tribulations.” It’s not clear to this writer what these “tribulations” associated with Armaggedon are. Presumably they also await all of the four-fifths of the human race who are Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Theosophists and such, and to whom the British Rev. John Nelson Darby probably never gave a thought when in the 19th century he twisted fragments of Biblical prophesy into this gloomy scenario.
So U.S. support for Israel is based on America’s 5 million Jews, who think Israel is a nice place to visit but wouldn’t want to live there, and an earthly host of born agains who follow Pat Robertson and recently were enjoined by him to convert those Jews. (When Jewish leaders taxed him with “anti-Semitism” for trying to mess with their children’s minds, he indignantly responded that it was impossible to call him anti-Semitic because he is so pro-Israel. It’s not logical but nevertheless a neat defense.)
None of this seems to bother U.S. Jewish leaders who support Israel, few of whom spend a lot of time listening to televangelists. It does, however, upset the religious Jews in Israel. They are only about 20 percent of the population, but since they vote for their own parties, they have a lot of votes in Israel’s parliament. Neither Likud nor Labor can form a coalition without some of the religious Knesset members.
In March, 21 of those members passed (to 7 opposed), the first draft of a law banning Christian missionary work in Israel. That doesn’t sound like much in the 120-member Knesset and the legislation will have to pass two more votes before it becomes law. But a poll of Knesset members showed that 78 of the 120 would vote for the bill, which makes it a criminal offense punishable with up to 15 years’ imprisonment and subsequent deportation for foreigners “to teach or propagate Christian doctrine” in the Holy land.
Catholic or Protestant clergy, teachers or aid workers will be allowed into Israel only while traveling “in a wholly private capacity, as tourists or transients, with no public religious functions or observances included in their itinerary.”
Israelis have long resented Christian clergy, both the liberal kind who support Palestinian human rights, and the evangelical kind who encourage Jews to convert to their religion. It was one of the latter, however, the Rev. Morris Cerullo of Worldwide Evangelism Inc. of San Diego, CA, who inspired the crackdown. He was reputed to have mailed one million copies, at a cost of $3 million to $4 million, of a missionary tract entitled The Peace to Israelis in late 1996. Since there are only about 5 million Israelis, counting Jews, Muslims, Druze and Christians, that’s about one copy per Jewish household.
Cerullo is a Charismatic or Pentecostal minister, and in the backlash his own staff departed the country. But that left many other Christian congregations in limbo, particularly some 6,000 Messianic Jews, the so-called “Jews for Jesus,” who fear that under the new law they may be arrested, jailed and deported for owning a New Testament. “It was his [Reverend Cerullo’s] prerogative, and from what I understand there were mixed feelings in the Messianic community in Israel,” Scott Moore, leader of the Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation in Newington, VA, told The Washington Times. “The mass mailing is not an obstacle, but the law may be.”
A delegation of the United Christian Council in Israel met to protest the pending legislation on March 17 with secretary Nissim Zvili of the Israeli Labor party, some of whose Knesset members voted for the bill.
With two more votes to go, many of the ambiguities may be cleared up before the bill becomes law sometime in 1998. For example, what happens to the hundreds of Protestant ministers and teachers and Catholic priests, nuns and monks of many nationalities in the Christian shrines, landmarks and schools that dot the Holy land? And what about the communities of indigenous Palestinian Christians, direct descendants of the earliest Christian communicants who were actual contemporaries of Jesus Christ?
Neither Pat Robertson nor Jerry Falwell, both of whom have been involved in Christian proselytizing by radio from Israel’s “security zone” in southern Lebanon, and both of whom could be arrested, expelled, or even imprisoned on their next visits to Israel, could not be reached or would not comment after passage of the draft law. Others did, however.
“We see the noose of religious repression tightening all over the world,” said David Kammerdiener, executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board. “We certainly now even see it flowering in Israel.” Citing American Jewish protests when the Southern Baptists adopted a resolution to support “proclamation of the Gospel to the Jews,” Kammerdiener said of the Jewish responses in both Israel and the U.S., “either one is an attack on liberty.”
Even those Evangelical Christian ministers generally assumed to be receiving Israeli financial support, channeled through front organizations, found the law impossible to defend. “This bill means great hardship for Zionist evangelicals like myself,” the Rev. David Allen Lewis, president of Christians United for Israel, told Spotlight, a Washington, DC national weekly frequently critical of Israel. “It will revive the argument of Christian anti-Semites who say: ‘How can you support the Jewish nation when they are against Christianity?'”
Indeed the Israeli Knesset backlash against the Christian clergy could create an American backlash against Israel, as AIPAC undoubtedly understands. Presumably that lobbying organization, which claims all of its funding originates in the United States, but which generally changes both officers and policies whenever Israel changes governments, will have to get busy.
Will it go all out to keep news of the Israeli law out of the American media? We’ve seen it mentioned only in The Washington Times and Spotlight to date, but such a sensational story is pretty hard to suppress, as this article demonstrates.
Or will AIPAC work as hard on Israel’s Knesset as it would on the U.S. Congress to keep from being enacted a law that so obviously jeopardizes the U.S.-Israel relationship? Or would interfering in Israel’s Knesset the way AIPAC interferes in America’s Congress endanger some of AIPAC’s own funding?
Let’s make it clear. We don’t know where all of AIPAC’s $13 million in annual funding comes from. All we know is it “don’t plant taters and it don’t chop cotton,” but each year it finds $13 million to spend intimidating Congress and hiring lawyers to tell the Federal Election Committee why it shouldn’t have to disclose the sources of its funding. (All the big and little political action committees that do the same thing have to disclose their finances.)
Nor, we suspect, do most of AIPAC’s own American Jewish members know where all that money comes from. But maybe if we all look closely at how AIPAC deals with this potentially devastating story, we’ll begin to find out.