The Bible indicates that in the "Latter Days" Israel will be seduced into making an alliance with God's enemy, Babylon the Great; and Christians - especially American Christians - will bear a heavy responsibility in enticing Israel into this alliance; specifically, it says:
The living Bible translates this passage thus:
J. Dwight Pentecost writes:
A DEFENSE PACT
The treaty will be in the form of a defense pact between Israel and Prophetic Babylon (i.e., the United States) and will be directed against Israel's enemies - again, no doubt a coalition of Islamic fundamentalist states in the Middle East. One of the most eminent scholars on "Last Things," Sir Robert Anderson, says that the signing of this treaty will signify the beginning of the Seventieth Week - i.e., the "Tribulation Period!" Anderson writes:
The Bible refers to Israel's defense pact with Babylon the Great as -
And it goes on to warn the Jewish people that they will live to rue the day that they ever entered into such an agreement:
Now stop for a moment and consider the appalling and even damning insinuations behind the titles God gives to this treaty:
This is, to put it in the vernacular, "HEAVY STUFF."
It's in the light of this that one should ask himself, What's that say about those whom God catches pushing this treaty on Israel? It's not without reason that Jesus said,
In other words, Woe unto Israel because of this treaty, BUT WOE UNTO THOSE WHO ARE FOUND SEDUCING ISRAEL INTO MAKING IT.
And so I ask again, What's that say about Richard Paradise and people like him who associate themselves with those who are pushing this alliance, as he is so plainly doing on his NEWS TRACT website. [Please see our article, "A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump."]
A significant aspect behind the effort to link the US and Israel in a defense pact is the fiction that Antichrist will emerge from out of the Islamic nations that are presently resisting America's encroachment into the Middle East and Central Asia. At the heart of this fabrication is the absurd notion that Barack Obama is a secret Muslim who will emerge soon as the Islamic Antichrist.
Moreover, one should take note of the fact that this idea is no fringe notion; the fact is, it permeates the thinking of many of those at Liberty University (the largest evangelical university in the world) and the thinking of such "biggies" as Adrian Rogers, the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention and C. Peter Wagner, heard of the New Apostolic Reformation. [Please see our recent banner article, "Obama Seeks to Become Global Dictator."]
The creation of the OBAMA-AS-ANTICHRIST myth originated in the Neo-Con / Christian political alliance that formed in late 2007 and 2008 to oppose the election of Obama as president of the United States; at the center of this nexus was (is) an organization known as CUFI (Christians United for Israel) formed in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee of the giant Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]
CUFI is an American pro-Israel Christian organization that defines itself as "a national grassroots [political] movement focused on the support of Israel." It is the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States.
IS THE CHRISTIAN COUNTER-PART TO AIPAC,
NOTE: The CUFI board of directors includes the former Republican presidential candidate and religious right activist Gary Bauer and George Morrison, pastor of the 8,000-member Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado, and chairman of the board of Promise Keepers. Rod Parsley, the Ohio televangelist who is rapidly becoming a major political figure in the Christian right, signed on as a regional director. Among CUFI's other supporters are nationally syndicated Christian right talk show host Janet Parshall, who serves on its board of advisers, and Ron Wexler, an Orthodox Jew and president of the theocratic Ten Commandments Commission, which has the backing of nearly every prominent conservative evangelical in the country. Many popular TBN televangelists, among them Benny Hinn and the best-selling author of self-improvement books, Joyce Meyer, have also offered their support. Meyer was named one of the country's 25 most influential evangelicals in an oft-cited 2005 Time Magazine article -- as was Stephen Strang, CEO of Strang Communications. David Brog, a former chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter, the Pennsylvania Republican, serves on CUFI's board of advisers. Standing With Israel, his book urging Jews to embrace the support of evangelical Christians, has just been published by Strang.
Hagee has written in Jerusalem Countdown that what's going on in the Middle East today -
" ... is all about the end of days and how nuclear war with Iran will ignite it."
IT IS THE BELIEF OF CUFI MEMBERS THAT THE WORLD IS ON THE VERGE OF ARMAGEDDON, a war in which Israel (possibly in alliance with the United States - that is, if Hagee and CUFI have anything to do with it) will defeat the forces of anti-Christ which will then be centered around the European Union - at least according to CUFI members.
NOTE: One has to wonder how Obama will emerge as the leader of the European Community. One can only imagine the twisted scenarios that are at work here; I suppose that it has something to do with Obama taking over the UN. But then, one has to ask, How does the US extricate herself from this whirling mish-mash of alliances so she can be found fighting for Israel at Armageddon? The scenarios here are so twisted that they cannot help but "bump up" against one another and create a confusion that is impossible to unwind.
And there is more: Hagee and his allies erroneously blend Armageddon with the Gog / Magog War; that there exists, however, a clear distinction between the Gog/Magog War (which will occur at the beginning of the Tribulation Period) and Armageddon (which will occur at the end of the Tribulation Period) there can be no doubt! As J. Dwight Pentecost has pointed out, there are a number of considerations which make it very plain that we are dealing with two great wars rather than one during the Tribulation. In the Gog/Magog War, definite allies of Gog are mentioned as opposing Israel - "Magog," "Mescheck," "Tubal," "Gomer" (TURKEY), Ethiopia, Libya, (see Ezekiel 38) and EGYPT (see Daniel 11:42], while at Armageddon all nations are engaged against Jerusalem (Joel 3:2; Zeph. 3:8; Zech. 12:3; and 14:2).
Thus, as Dwight Pentecost has suggested,
Christians selling themselves out as prostitutes to Wall Street
In this respect, it is not too much to say that CUFI is nothing more than a religious "Stalking Horse" for their secularist Neo-Con allies and their concomitant effort to gain public support for America's grab for the oil riches of the Middle East and Central Asia, thus insuring American economic and military preponderance in the world at large into the foreseeable future. It's in the light of this that one can speak of Christians prostituting themselves out to the business elites of Wall Street.
NOTE: Rupert Murdoch, the owner of FOX NEWS, and Roger Ailes, the Chairman and CEO of FOX NEWS, are both "card-carrying" members of the Neo-Con nexus.
A "Stalking Horse" is a person (In this case, an organization - i.e., CUFI) who tests a concept with someone or mounts a challenge against them on behalf of an anonymous third party (in this case, the Neo-Cons). If the idea proves viable and/or popular, the anonymous figure can then declare their interest and advance the concept with little risk of failure. If the concept fails, the anonymous party will not be tainted by association and can either drop the idea completely or bide their time and wait until a better moment for launching an attack.
CUFI, then, is the "PUBLIC-FACE" of a somewhat secretive coalition of American business and oil elites WHO HAVE GATHERED THEMSELVES AROUND THE AMERICAN NEO-CONS, and who are DEDICATED TO INSTIGATING A WAR OF EXTERMINATION AGAINST IRAN IN ORDER TO GRAB THE OIL RICHES OF THE MIDDLE EAST.
MOREOVER, CUFI IS DEVOTED TO "SLIMMING" ANYONE WHO STANDS IN ITS WAY WITH REGARD TO THIS MATTER: THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT CUFI IS DOING INSOFAR AS BARACK OBAMA - WHO THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT BELIEVES IS WILLING TO "ACCOMMODATE" IRAN - IS CONCERNED.
IT'S HERE THAT ED LASKY AND THE AMERICAN THINKER COME IN.
Lasky is a "card-carrying" member of CUFI and is the "GO-TO" boy for the neo-cons in their effort to ramp the Religious Right up into a holy crusade against Islam. He has been charged (as it were) in painting the Muslim community as an "ENEMY ABSOLUTE" THAT SHOULD BE EXTERMINATED IN THE SAME MANNER ONE WOULD EXTERMINATE A NEST OF SNAKES. [Please see our article, "Hardening Our Hearts Against God: Becoming a Prisoner of a Pathology of Hate" and "Radical Islam;" please also see chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog/Magog War."]
Ed Lasky and his publication, The American Thinker
He sits like a spider in the center of a web dedicated to ensnaring Obama as a "secret" Muslim and tying him to the so-called "Worldwide Islamic Conspiracy" to take over the world.
NOTE: According to Netlore Archive, there are a number of variants of the smear that Obama is a Muslim; interestingly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency traced the many variants of this smear (i.e., the OBAMA-AS-ANTICHRIST slur) back to Tel Aviv where it disappeared into the "ether-sphere" of the Neo-Con / Christian alliance and a third organization known as the IFCJ (The International Fellowship of Christian and Jews), a creation of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein's International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) is an integral part of the anti-Obama nexus. The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews was founded in 1983 by Eckstein to "promote understanding and cooperation between Jews and Christians and to build broad support for Israel and other shared concerns."
The organization is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, which had revenue of $50 MILLION in 2005. It has offices in Chicago and Jerusalem. One of its main aims is to promote Israeli settlement on the so-called West Bank, including - eventually - what Eckstein calls "Greater Israel."
Getting back to the OBAMA-AS-ANTICHRIST myth which all three elements of this Evangelical / Neo-Con / Jewish alliance are "pushing," the various fabrications of this myth revolve around the following themes:
A part of this myth involves the fabrication that Obama took the oath of office not on the Bible, but on the Koran.
All of these charges, however, are lies. The fact is, Obama used the family Bible when he was sworn into office (see photo to the right), and the school he attended in Jakarta was a public school, not an Islamic one; furthermore, neither his father nor his step-father were practicing Muslims.
NOW ONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND JUST HOW SERIOUS THIS CHARGE IS (i.e., that Obama is a furtive Muslim): IF ONE ACCEPTS THE LIE THAT OBAMA IS A SECRET MUSLIM, AND IF ONE AGREES THAT THERE IS ACTUALLY A WORLDWIDE MUSLIM CONSPIRACY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD, THEN FROM A "CHRISTIAN STANDPOINT," BOTH OBAMA AND MUSLIMS IN GENERAL SHOULD BE VIEWED AS "ENEMIES ABSOLUTE" MUCH IN THE SAME FASHION THAT JEWS WERE VIEWED AS AN "ENEMY ABSOLUTE" BY THE NAZIS.
FROM THERE IT IS NOT THAT MUCH OF A JUMP TO THE CONCLUSON THAT THE NAZIS MADE WITH REGARD TO THE JEWS: THAT MUSLIMS SHOULD BE EXTERMINATED! - A "SOLUTION" THAT THE SECULARIST NEO-CONS ARE PUSHING WITH ALL THEIR MIGHT IN ORDER TO SECURE THE OIL RICHES OF THE MIDDLE EAST FOR THE UNITED STATES USING RELIGION AS THEIR EXCUSE.
It is precisely here that one is reminded of Leo Strauss's understanding of religion as a "PIOUS FRAUD:" That while religion is absolutely essential in order to impose moral law on the masses, who otherwise would be out of control, it is a FARCE in and of itself. As a result, neo-conservatives are, as Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason Magazine points out,
A war of extermination! This is insane stuff! - and so much so that most would be tempted to dismiss such thinking as nonsense. But those who do so have little or no idea of the kind of "absolutist thinking" that animates the members of CUFI.]
The Obama smear was eventually picked up by Insight Magazine, a publication of the Washington Times, which said of Obama,
"Once a Muslim, always a Muslim."
Shortly thereafter, Human Events, another conservative magazine, published the smear on its website in a series of articles called "Barack Obama Exposed." One of the articles was titled "The First Muslim President?" From there the smears spread to conservative talk-radio where Michael Savage "noted" Obama's "background" in a "Muslim madrassa in Indonesia," and Rush Limbaugh said that he occasionally got "confused" between Obama and Osama bin Laden. Others - such as Bill Cunningham - began emphasizing Obama's middle name "Hussein" - knowing full well that most people would connect that name to Saddam Hussein, the former dictator of Iraq.
LEFT TP RIGHT: Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Cunningham - all of whom are mouthpieces for the neo-cons, the secular arm of the neo-con / "Christian" alliance.
And so we have the smear originating in the "ether-sphere" of the Neo-Con / Christian alliance / Jewish Alliance in Tel Aviv where it was probably manufactured out of "whole cloth;" from there the smear was picked up by the "biggies" in American talk radio (all of whom are "toadies" for the neo-cons) and by various neo-con publications such as Insight Magazine and Human Events.
From talk-radio the smear spread rapidly into mainline evangelical churches where people like Bryan Keelin of Charleston, South Carolina, who works with an organization of churches there, began spreading the smear in churches where he worked: "I assume his father - who was a Muslim - instructed him on the ways of being a Muslim," said Keelin; he continued: "The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the U.S. from the inside out." The Rev. Rob Schenck, a reform Jew who converted to Christianity and who now calls himself a "missionary to Capitol Hill," also "bought into" the smears; he mused, "Is Obama a Muslim?"
NOTE: Schenck is closely associated with the annual National Prayer Breakfasts held in Washington, D.C as part of the National Day of Prayer; this event is hosted by the "Fellowship Foundation," a somewhat secretive, rabidly anti-union, pro-business, "CHRISTIAN" organization founded by Abraham Vereide. Some of the most powerful men in the country are members, among whom are Senators Don Nickles (R., Okla.), Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), Pete Domenici (R., N.Mex.), John Ensign (R., Nev.), James Inhofe (R., Okla.), etc. all of whom are very prominent Republican Party politicos. The Fellowship Foundation" boasts close ties with the OIL, AEROSPACE AND ARMAMENTS INDUSTRIES." [For more information on the Fellowship Foundation," please see our article, "The Cedars: The House on 24th Street."]
Schenck's musings were picked up by the Christian Newswire; it charged Obama with wearing a "What-Would-Satan-Do Bracelet."
Debbie Schlussel, a Jewish journalist, went on to parrot the charge,
"Barack Hussein Obama: Once a Muslim, always a Muslim."
NOTE: Schlussel writes:
"I wonder how a tendentiously argued anti-Obama piece is mass-emailed by so many Jews who should know better."
AND THEY SHOULD KNOW BETTER! - involving themselves as they are doing in a nexus of hate that - insofar as the neo-cons and the Republican Party elites are concerned - has no real love for the Jewish community and the state of Israel. [Please see our articles, "The Religious Right and Israel; A Relationship that Cannot Hold," "The Real Enemy of Israel; It's Not Who You Think" and "The Republican Party and the Jews."]
The Jewish community would have been well advised to have taken the advice of Christ concerning such "false" alliances:
"Cast [not] your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." (Matthew 7:6)
Klein made a name for himself by getting terrorists to say nice things about Democrats so that he could later charge these same Democrats with being "enemies of Israel" and "soft on Islamic terrorists." Klein has turned his fire on Obama, attempting to expose his so-called "terrorist connections."
Klein penned two stories in late February wildly distorting Obama's links from his days in Chicago to pro-Palestinian activists like Rashid Khalidi, a respected professor of Middle East studies at Columbia University who previously taught at the University of Chicago (hardly a bastion of left-wing activism). Klein's story goes something like this: Obama sat on the board of a foundation in Chicago that gave a grant to the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), run by Khalidi's wife, which supposedly rejects Israel's existence; and Khalidi directed the PLO's Beirut press office and is a supporter "of Palestinian terror."
NOTE: In fact, the AAAN focuses solely on social service work in Chicago and takes no position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Khalidi says he was never employed by the PLO; he has been a harsh critic of Palestinian suicide bombings and is a longtime supporter of a two-state solution; and, finally, he has never been an adviser to Obama.) [For more information on Khalidi, please see our article, "McCain and Palin: the Business Right Marries the Religious Right."]
What this Evangelical / Neo-Con / Jewish Alliance (i.e., the "Neo-Con / CUFI / IFCJ / Hagee / Parsley" nexus) is attempting to do is remove Obama as president in the 2012 elections and place someone in the presidency who would be amenable to signing a defense pact with Israel; and then provoking the Islamic world into making war against it, which the neo-cons and the oil elites would like to turn into a war of extermination insofar as the Islamic population of the Middle East and Central Asia is concerned. BUT GOD WARNS ISRAEL AGAINST MAKING SUCH AN ALLIANCE; He terms this alliance:
"... your [meaning Israel's) COVENANT WITH DEATH ["Death" meaning the US] ... and your AGREEMENT WITH HELL ["Hell" meaning the US] ..." (Isaiah 28:18) Please see part 6 of Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "Israel's Agreement with Hell."]
NOTE: In all of this, one should bear in mind the responsibility that the neo-cons and the American intelligence community bear in creating the phenomenon of radical Islam, the very phenomenon that these same entities are now urging American Christians to make war against. [We URGE you to see our article, "Radical Islam."]
And more than that: IT MAKES ALL THOSE WHO ARE "PUSHING" THIS ALLIANCE ON ISRAEL (AND EVEN THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THEM) ENEMIES OF GOD - and people such as Richard Paradise and even my own twin brother would be well advised to disassociate themselves from all those who are knowingly or even unknowingly "pushing such an alliance, even if it means breaking with their friends in the evangelical church - people such as Glen Cole, the "biggies" up at Multnomah and Western Theological Seminary, and others of their ilk.
Believe me when I say, God does not need the help of his enemy, Babylon the Great, in defending the Jewish state; and THOSE WHO THINK THEY ARE "DOING GOD SERVICE" IN PROMOTING SUCH A TREATY WILL SUFFER THE SAME FATE THAT UZZAH SUFFERED.
Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. "And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God."
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