MULTITUDES, MULTITUDES IN
THE VALLEY OF DECISION

The question of Israel and the Jewish people

Part 3 in our series, "Setting Matters Straight"

By: S.R. Shearer
September 13, 2012

"MULTITUDES, MULLTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION, FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR." (Joel 3:14)

Valley of Decision


PREFACE

NOTICE

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Over the past month and a half we have spent a good deal of time discussing the ministry's effort to provide a meaningful depiction of the events of the "end of the Age." [Please see our articles, "Setting Matters Straight" and "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]

On the basis of the Written Word alone (i.e., the Bible), we have accurately foretold and WARNED you of the following events:

  1. The mortgage meltdown.
  1. The derivatives crisis.
  1. The Gathering Storm

    "When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

    "And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16: 2-3)

    The division of the world's population into a tiny, very wealthy financial elite (i.e., the American elite and the elites of America's client-states throughout the world) and the rest of mankind, most of whom have been (are being) reduced to a state of abject poverty.
  1. The development of a CHRISTIAN (so-called) super-state.
  1. The emergence of an antiChrist figure who will be very UNLIKE what most Christians expect.
  1. An antiChrist figure who will seemingly champion the interests of the nation of Israel.
  1. The convergence of Christianity's many different factions into a vast POLITICAL movement based not on any legitimate form of Christianity, but on HATE; one that is being directed against all those who oppose the "re-making" of America into a "Christian state."
  1. The emergence of an extremely radical form of Islam that will challenge the interests of the United States in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, and that will threaten the existence of the Jewish state in the Middle East.

We then went on to foretell the following future events:

  1. The probable break-up of the European Union.
  1. An attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities that will precipitate the final Islamic radicalization of the Middle East.

    NOTE: On September 11th the American embassy in Cairo (Egypt) and the American consulate in Benghazi (Libya) were attacked by Islamic mobs incensed over the release on YouTube of a film entitled "The Innocence of Muslims" – an anti-Islamic video. Self-described Israeli Jew Sam Bacile is said to be responsible for the production and release of the film. THE RESPONSE BY ISLAMIC MOBS AGAINST THE US – WHO HELD THE US RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE THE FILM WAS PRODUCED IN HOLLYWOOD - INDICATES JUST HOW TENUOUS AMERICA'S POSITION NOW IS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. [Please see our article, "And Now It Begins."]

    A CAUTIONARY PROVISO
    CONCERNING ITEM # 10

    Once again, we caution you as we did in our previous article, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events," that it is impossible to say with ABSOLUTE certainty that an air attack by Israel on Iran' nuclear facilities will take place. There are NO Scriptures that would lend that kind of certainty to this prospect.

    Nonetheless, the belief that such an attack is a very distinct possibility is based on the REAL POLITIK that something rather mind-numbing will have to take place to catalyze the Islamic radicalization of the Middle East (which is prophesied in the Bible); that - and the seeming impossibility of Israel being able to live under the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran - lends a great deal of credence to this possibility.

    There does undoubtedly exist other possibilities that could radicalize the Middle East, but none so apparent and seemingly irresistible as the one we are discussing here.

    Jeffrey Goldberg, a national correspondent for The Atlantic Magazine, has attempted to find out more about Bacile. He writes:

    "As part of my search for more information about Sam Bacile, I called a man named Steve Klein -- a self-described militant Christian activist in Riverside, California who has been described in multiple media accounts as a consultant to the film. Klein told me that Bacile, the producer of the film, is NOT Israeli, and most likely NOT Jewish, as has been reported, and that the name is, in fact, a pseudonym. He said he did not know Bacile's real name. He said Bacile contacted him because he leads anti-Islam protests outside of mosques and schools, and because, he said, he is a Vietnam veteran and an expert on uncovering al Qaeda cells in California. 'After 9/11 I went out to look for terror cells in California and found them, piece of cake. The Middle East Christian and Jewish communities trust me'.

    "He said the man who identified himself as Bacile asked him to help make the anti-Muhammad film. When I asked him to describe Bacile, he said: 'I don't know that much about him. I met him, I spoke to him for an hour. He's not Israeli, no. I can tell you this for sure, the State of Israel is not involved ... I asked him who he thought Sam Bacile was. He said that there are about 15 people associated with the making of the film, '... the vast majority are Evangelical'."

    The murky world of Nacht und Nebel (night and mist) that CUFI inhabits.

    It is very difficult to work out who is really behind the video, and what their purposes are – such is the twisted, convoluted, Nacht und Nebel history behind these things; some maintain that Bacile is a "front" for anti-Semites and point to the statement that supposedly "100 Jews donated money for the video." On the other hand – when the smoke clears - ONE SHOULDN'T BE SURPRISED TO SEE THE "HIDDEN HAND" OF CUFI (CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL) IN A WARPED, BACK-HANDED EFFORT TO ELICIT AMERICAN RAGE AGAINST ISLAMIC RADICALS, WHICH HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST. [Please see our article on CUFI's baffling involvement (as well as the participation of other similar organizations) in the production of the anti-Muslim film, Iranium, "Unmasking the Merchants of Tarshish."]

  1. Some kind of mind-numbing event that will lead to a dictatorial takeover of the United States by the Religious-Right in conjunction with America's financial elites and supported by the American military – an event that will precipitate the OVERT imposition of police-state controls on the American population.
  1. The absorption of the great MASS of Christians into the APOSTATE church, which is precisely what happened to Christians in Hitler's Germany.
  1. The signing of a FORMAL defense pact between Israel and the United States; this event will commence the Tribulation Period.

[Please see our previous article, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events," for the scriptures that bear on these events.]

In addition, we spent a good deal of time discussing the one event –- an Israeli air attack on Iran's nuclear facilities (item #10) –- that could precipitate the cascade of these events (including the Gog / Magog War) in the very near future, a cascade of events that will precipitate the Gog / Magog War and usher mankind into the Tribulation Period a period that the Prophet Ezekiel warns will put to the test our Christianity (cf., Ezekiel 3:17-21). [Again, we urge you to see our article, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events.")

We urge you to pay close attention to the following article because it describes what probably will be the first test (what Ezekiel calls a "STUMBLINGBLOCK") that you will encounter during this period. IF YOU FAIL IN THIS TEST, YOU WILL PROVE YOURSELF TO BE AN APOSTATE.

The Bible

I.
BACKGROUND

As we stand on the edge of what the prophet Joel calls the "VALLEY OF DECISION" – what we know today as the Tribulation Period - and survey the fallen state of today's church (cf. Luke 18:8, Hebrews 6:6, 2 Peter 3:17) we begin to understand just how clouded its mindset is, and how little the Written Word of God plays in that mindset.

THE RHEMA WORD

The invention of the so-called Rhema Word by the apostles and prophets of today's church was made necessary to substantiate their warped view of the "end of the age" and such other unbiblical concepts as the Gospel of Prosperity, etc. - views that cannot otherwise be substantiated, certainly not by the Bible. There is, of course, such a thing as a Rhema Word, but it has NOTHING to do with the way today's so-called apostles and prophets are using it. People who use this device as a means of substantiating their views are in grave danger of colliding with one of the most frightening verses in the Bible: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book If any man shall ADD unto these things [which is exactly what today's so-called apostles and prophets are doing in their so-called Rhema prophecies], God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book " (Rev. 22:18)

It is a mindset that is beset by myths and what the Apostle Paul calls "old wives' fables" (cf. 1 Timothy 4:7), and has very little to do with the Bible; indeed, one will search in vain for any biblical coherence in it at all. The fact is, within the eschatological world created by the leaders of today's church, one will find very few people conversing over its details. THERE ARE NO DETAILS, only broad generalizations and a good deal of talk about a coming "Great Revival," "taking dominion," "Apostles and Prophets," "Joel's Army," the "Manchild Company," "prophetic utterances" from so-called prophets and apostles who claim to have DIRECT access to God (which they falsely label a Rhema word), and finally, an eschatology that is steeped in a DOMINIONIST state of mind; a warped eschatology that is forced on all those whose minds have been captured by the wealth and power of this world rather than the kingdom of the poor Carpenter of Nazareth. [Please see APPENDIX 1, "The World."]

DOMINIONISM

False prophets - everyone of them!

Dominionism is the eschatology adopted by most of the leaders of today's church – leaders such as John Hagee, Rod Parsley, Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Ken Metz, Charles Stanley, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, C. Peter Wagner, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Chuck Colson, David Yonggi Cho, Robert Stearns, Mike Bickle, Reuven Doron, Che Ahn, Frank Hammond, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Hamon, John Eckhardt, Bobbie Byerly, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, Claudio Freidzon, Roger Mitchell, Ted Haggart, Paul Cain, Chuck Pierce, Rick Joyner, Kingsley Fletcher, Jim Laffoon, Barbara Wentroble, ad infinitum. [We URGE you to inform yourself of the kind of twisted theology these men and women are purveying to the world: "The God-Men of America's New World Order System" and "Luciferic Christianity."]

The eschatology championed by Dominionists postulates the following unbiblical chain of events regarding the "end of the age:"

  1. "DOMINIONISM" is a militant post-millennial eschatology that pictures the seizure of earthly power by the church as the only means through which the world can be rescued; only after the world has been thus "rescued" can Christ return to "rule and reign." Some Dominionists see the seizure of the earth as the result of "signs, wonders, and miracles;" others picture it as the result of military and political conquest; most see it as a combination of both. Dominionists - whether subtly or otherwise - pretty much discount the possibility of a rapture. They have rejected pre-millennialism completely - and in doing so, they have not only rejected the possibility of a pre-tribulational rapture of the church (though they often hide that fact), but also the possibility of a mid-tribulational rapture and a post-tribulational rapture. This is post-millennialism - the historic teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, THE SAME TEACHING THAT ANI-MATED THE BLOODY CRUSADES ALMOST ONE THOUSAND YEARS AGO.

    The world is plunged into a time of political and spiritual crisis, one which threatens the world with chaos and the church with destruction. Dominionists believe we have been in this phase of the "end of days" for a long time now as evidenced by the decline of America's older, euro-centered, Christian civilization, the removal of prayer from the schools, and the concomitant emergence of secular-humanism, militant feminism, homosexuality, pornography, rampant liberalism, etc., etc.
  1. The Lord brings revival to the church. Dominionists believe that that's what is beginning to happen now with the "new charismatic movement," the growing ecumenism between and among the various branches of Christianity, the "Signs and Wonders" movement, and now even the Mormon Church. [Please see our article: "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians - The New Prophets and Apostles Movement;" please also see our article, "Evangelicals and the Mormon Church: Uniting Christ with Belial."]
  1. This revival results in the end of the church's divisions and the rule of the "apostles and prophets."
  1. America is "revived" as the REDEEMER NATION, which leads to America's (and Israel's) victory over the Islamized European Community, the Russian Federation and the Muslims of the Middle East. [Please see APPENDIX 2, "Differentiating between the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon."]

    NOTE: It is imperative to understand that Dominionists see only one great battle at the "end of the age:" The Battle of Armageddon. Insofar as the Tribulation Period is concerned, Dominionists believe we are already in it – please see # 1 above.

  1. This results finally in the CONVERSION OF ISRAEL. The fiendish ramifications that will inevitably flow out of this particular unbiblical assumption in the Dominionists flawed chain-of-events will constitute the first STUMBLINGBLOCK that apostates will encounter at the "end of the age" – STUMBLINGBLOCKS that the Prophet Ezekiel says will remove their names from the "people of God." It is a STUMBLINGBLOCK that will inevitably twist apostates into rabid anti-Semites (including even so-called "friends of Israel" who today trumpet their love for Israel and the Jewish people such as John Hagee and his CUFI followers) when the Jews fail to "convert to Christianity" in the Dominionists' unbiblical timetable. (cf. Ezekiel 3:20) [Please see Part II to this article, "The Question of Israel and the Jewish People."]
  1. The Lord returns. [Please see our article, "Today's Church: Making Zombies out of Christians – the Prophets and Apostles Movement;" please also see our article, "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy."]

Jewel van der Merwe of Discernment Magazine elaborates on this bizarre doctrine of "end times;" she writes that the kind of wacky eschatology that is actively being pushed by the leaders of today's church posits that -

  • " ... the greatest revival the church has ever known [is about to occur];
  • "... the greatest baptism of the Spirit the Church has ever experienced [will shortly happen];
  • "... the greatest army distinguished by invincibility, immortality and divinity [will be raised up];
  • "... the greatest purging ... in the history of the church [will shortly begin];
  • "... the greatest ministry - the Prize of all Ages [is about to break forth];

and

  • "...the greatest miracles, supernatural signs and wonders far exceeding that of the Apostles and Prophets of old [will shortly take place]."

The fallacious Rhema
word of today's prophets

Sarah Palin

Latter Rain

Sarah Palin: a devotee of the church's new eschatology - which gives
some idea as to how widespread this new eschatology has become.


America as God's "REDEEMER NATION"

THE DOMINIONIST MODEL IS AT
TOTAL VARIANCE WITH THE BIBLE

The dominionist model, however, is at total variance with the Bible. [Please see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]

The Bible pictures the following eschatological events:

  • The church is apostatized.

    The world is plunged into a time of spiritual and political crisis.
  • The church is apostatized.
  • The apostatized church unites with the anti-Christ and seizes control of the world.
  • A great tribulation breaks out against those Christians who refuse to become a part of the apostatized church, resulting in their persecution - after which the anti-Christ, who had at first appeared as the champion of both the church and Israel, turns on them both and seeks to destroy them.
  • The rapture occurs for those Christians who "remain," and Christ returns to bring judgment on those who had destroyed Israel and persecuted those Christians who had refused to be apostatized. [Please see Chapter VII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture."]

THE TRIBULATION PERIOD

According to the Bible, the Tribulation Period (which, again, Dominionists ERRONEOUSLY believe we have already entered as evidenced by the decline of America's older, euro-centered Christian civilization, the removal of prayer from the schools, and the concomitant emergence of secular-humanism, militant feminism, homosexuality, pornography, rampant liberalism, etc., etc.) will be an as yet FUTURE event of a seven year duration. It can be divided into two periods, each of a three and a half year duration [1,260 days, 42 months, "time" (1 year), "times" (2 years) and "half a time" (one half year)"], the first half being known commonly as the "Beginning of Sorrows" (Matt. 24:8), and the second half as the "Great Tribulation" (Rev. 7:14). [For a detailed explanation of these terms, please see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]

Please see below for a synopsis of
the key events of the Tribulation Period

Press here to see this chart properly

Thus, we have a course of events that will span a period of seven years and that is marked off into two distinct periods by three well defined events. These events are as follows:

  1. The beginning: THE GOG / MAGOG WAR which will occur almost immediately after the Anti-Christ, as "King of Babylon," will guarantee Israel's security in a defense pact against the growing menace to her security by the Islamic nations of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.
  2. The middle: the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION.
  3. The End: the BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON.
  4. [Again, we urge you to see Chapter IX of the New Antipas Papers, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]

TRIBULATION

Oswald Chambers once wrote,

"We are in danger of forgetting that we cannot do what God does, and that God will not do what we can do. We cannot save ourselves nor sanctify ourselves, God does that; but God will not give us good habits, He will not give us character, He will not make us walk aright. We have to do all that ourselves, we have to work out (i.e., develop) the salvation God has worked in (us) ..."

What Chambers was saying is that if we fail to take advantage of those opportunities now to "develop our salvation" [i.e., to bring it to maturity, to develop Christian character in ourselves, to have Christ's life actually worked out in us (cf., Phil. 2:12)] then we will fail when a real crisis (test) finally comes.

If we have not risen to the occasion before in the little things of life - we will surely fail when the real test comes. All that a crisis (test) does is reveal what we are al-ready made of. If we have yielded to temptation and weakness before in the little things, we will yield to temptation and weak-ness in the big things.

Many of us, nonetheless, continue to think that if God gives the call, we will somehow or other rise to the occasion. We imagine that we will be okay; sadly, however, the crisis (test) will only reveal what has already been developed in our lives as Christian character - it will not add anything new to us. If we have not risen to the occasion before in the little things of life - we will surely fail when the real test comes. All that a crisis (test) does is reveal what we are already made of. If we have yielded to temptation and weakness before in the little things, we will yield to temptation and weakness in the big things. If we are not in God's will in the things that are nearest to us, when the crisis (test) comes, instead of being revealed as ready, we will be revealed as unready. A crisis reveals character that has already been formed - it does not in itself create new character.

The Bible says that someday our Christian character is going to be put to the test - that the time will come in all of our lives that pretense will have to yield to reality; when what we are really made out of will be dragged out into the open for all to see, and we will be revealed for what we really are. IF we have not "practiced the presence of God" in our lives, IF we have not learned to yield ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit, IF we have not taken the time to study the Word of God and know for sure what it really is all about, IF we have not been living a sanctified life in the circumstances that we are presently in, IF we have not been instant in prayer in the little things, then the crisis (test) will reveal all that!

If you say now, "I have no time for prayer, I have no time 'to practice the presence of Christ', it's so impractical to yield to Christ in this or that business decision now - but when the time comes, I will do it," our answer to you, sadly, is "No you won't!"

A TIME OF TESTING

This brings us to the matter of the Tribulation. The word, "Tribulation," means test. It is derived from the Latin word, Tribulum, which means to press and subject to stress as in a test. But the word means more - it means to SEVERELY test, to press to the point of ANGUISH - much as a test pilot tests an experimental plane and presses it to its very limits of toleration. [We urge you to read all of Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment."]

The Roman word, Tribune, is also derived from the Latin word Tribulum. A Tribune in ancient Rome was a magistrate or judge appointed to hear civil and criminal proceedings. It is the word from which our modern English word, "Tribunal," is derived - which means a seat of judgment. In all these instances, the word Tribulum [from which, once again, the English word "Tribulation" is derived] had a legal sense attached to it. It meant [in the sense that is appropriate here] pressure and stress applied to an object in order to test it.

Are you a prisoner to temptation today? Do the temptations of this world control you like a dominatrix controls her sex slaves? It's not what you say that counts here, but what is revealed when you are put to the test.

This is the exact sense that the translators of the King James version of the Bible were trying to convey when they translated the Greek word, Thlipsis, as Tribulation in Revelation 7:14. As with the Latin word, Tribulum, the Greek word, Thlipsis, means pressure and stress applied to an object for the purpose of testing.

It is this sense, then, of the word, "Tribulation," which the translators of the King James version of the Bible wished to convey to the readers - A TIME OF TESTING!! This is substantiated by Revelation 3:10 when Jesus referred to the Tribulation as "the hour of testing." In this test, it's not what you claim to be that will count for anything, but what you really are: What you PROVE yourself to be. Again, the Bible says:

"NOT EVERY ONE THAT SAITH UNTO ME, LORD, LORD, SHALL ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 7:21)

THE TRIBULATION WILL
PUT YOU TO THE TEST

Ezekiel 3:17-21

The dictionary provides this explanation of a test:

"An often difficult series of situations or events that will provide information about somebody or something; a basis for evaluating or judging something or somebody."

We first confront this kind of testing in conjunction with Ezekiel 3:17-21, a passage of Scripture that bears directly on the "end of the age:"

"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel [in the context of the "end of the age, the church]: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

"When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

"Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

"Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH HE HATH DONE SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

"Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:17-21)

Are you able to discern that warning? I sincerely hope so because it will affect you in eternity. Pay close attention to verse 20:

"When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, I will lay a STUMBLINGBLOCK before him (i.e., the "righteous man") ... and he shall die in his sin, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH HE HATH DONE SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED ..." (cf. verse 20)

MATTHEW 7: 22-27

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

The clear implication here is that there will be many "righteous men" (cf. verse 21) who will not heed the warning of God's "WATCHMAN" and will, as a result, be cut off from the "household of God" at the "end of the age."

Now, as I said in my previous article, it will do you no good to get mad at me regarding the very clear meaning of these verses. Your argument is with God, not with me: Very plainly, the Bible says that God is laying STUMBLINGBLOCKS before those who call upon His name at the "end of the age." It's a test to see if those who call themselves "Christians" at the "end of the age" are REAL Christians OR simply Christians out of convenience - people willing to compromise themselves in the "end of days" to make matters less difficult for themselves and their loved ones. [Please see Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment."]

The severity of these STUMBLINGBLOCKS, and their seeming heartlessness and insensitivity, is attested to by the admonition of Christ in Matthew 10:37 concerning one's loved ones during these troubled times:

"He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me." (Matthew 10:37)


II.
THE QUESTION OF ISRAEL
AND THE JEWISH PEOPLE
THE FIRST STUMBLINGBLOCK

And so now we confront one of the severest and most telling STUMBLINGBLOCKS that God will place in the path of all those who call upon His name at the "end of the age:" the attitude one takes with regard to the Jewish people and the nation of israel AFTER – I say again, AFTER - the Gog / Magog War. If you fail here YOU WILL PROVE YOURSELF TO BE AN APOSTATE and you will be "cut-off" from the people of God.


NOTE: Once again it is extremely important to describe what the word "APOSTASY" means; IT MEANS TO "FALL AWAY." Given this meaning, it is impossible to believe that the term "APOSTATE Christianity" refers to unbelievers, for how would it be possible for an unbeliever to "fall away" from something he had never before embraced? - that is to say, Christianity. Put another way, how would it be possible for a man to "fall away" from the second story of a building if he had never been up there before? - but only on the ground floor. Very obviously, then, we are talking here of a form of Christianity that at one time was Christian in the fullest meaning of that word.

The word "fall away" (GK. apostasia) has special reference to Christians falling away from a view of themselves as citizens of the "Kingdom of Heaven" (cf. Hebrews chapter 11) to a view of themselves as citizens of the "Kingdom of this World." [Please see APPENDIX 1 for a biblical description of "this world;" it's probably much more all-encompassing than what you have previously thought.]

According to the "dominionist" model, Israel has to CONVERT for the Lord to come back (see event #5 in the Dominionists' timetable for the "end of days"). That's what people such as John Hagee, Derrick Prince, Reuven Doron and countless other "Dominionists" like them posit.

The question is, What happens if Israel refuses to convert? And they won't convert! - at least not on the timetable that the dominionist model calls for! Keep in mind, the Scriptures teach that NATIONAL salvation for Israel will not come to the Jewish people until - "THEY SHALL LOOK UPON HIM WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED" [Zech 12:10], and that won't happen until Christ's Second Coming - approximately seven years AFTER the Gog/Magog War.

NOTE: WE URGE YOU TO EXAMINE APPENDIX 3 TO THIS ARTICLE, "GOD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL IS BASED ON GRACE, NOT ON WORKS."

Until then, the Jews AS A NATION will remain in unbelief. THIS DOESN'T MEAN, OF COURSE, THAT MANY JEWS AS INDIVIDUALS WON'T BE SAVED (as has been happening for centuries) DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD - i.e., that seven year period of time following the Gog/Magog War. Many, no doubt, will as a result of those faithful Jews in Israel who unselfishly and at great sacrifice to themselves bear witness to Jesus in the Holy Land.

But the conversion of Israel AS A NATION– which the Bible prophesizes - will have to wait for the end of the Tribulation period - when Christ returns! At which time, the Bible says:

The Book of Zechariah

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the SPIRIT OF GRACE [i.e., UNMERITED FAVOR] and of supplications: and THEY SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED [very obviously the Lord], and they shall mourn for him [i.e., Jesus], as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [i.e., great sorrow] for him [i.e., Christ, whom they rejected], as one that is in bitterness [i.e., great sorrow] for his firstborn.

"In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

"And one shall say unto him, WHAT ARE THESE WOUNDS IN THINE HANDS? Then he shall answer, THOSE WITH WHICH I WAS WOUNDED IN THE HOUSE OF MY FRIENDS." [Please see Zech. 12:8-14, 13:1, 6]

But, again, this will only happen at the moment of Christ's Second Coming - and if that's the case, it does violence to the Dominionists' time line.

DOING VIOLENCE TO THE
DOMINIONISTS' TIME-LINE

In this connection, it is important to bear in mind that most Dominionists don't really believe in a Rapture.

God - doing violence to the Dominionists' timeline

Again, they are PRECISELY what their name implies: "Dominionists" - people who believe that the church must take DOMINION on the earth BEFORE [I say again, BEFORE] Christ returns - which, of course implies that the church must not only unite and subdue the earth BEFORE the Lord returns, but also THAT ISRAEL MUST BE CONVERTED.

Reuven Doron explains:

"The very nation [Israel] that once gave birth [to the church] now is in need to be birthed by another. Who will provide it? [i.e., Israel's rebirth (meaning Israel's conversion)] ... This premise of spiritual revival still hinges upon the rising and completion of the ministry of the prophetic 'Son of Man' company [i.e., the united, glorified church under the leadership of the 'Prophets and Apostles' see step #3 above] ... Today the Lord is calling forth a Son of Man Company to corporately prophecy and speak to Israel's lifeless, hopeless white bones until the vision is completed ... THE CHURCH IS BIRTHING ISRAEL."

What Doron is saying here is that as the church is "perfected" by the ministry of the "Apostles and Prophets," it will take its place over Israel's lifeless body, and prophesy unto it, and it will be "rebirthed" [i.e., Israel will convert to Christianity and be "absorbed" into the church]. Presumably this will occur shortly after the Gog/Magog War – which, again, Dominionists believe will be Armageddon - when Christians [so-called] throughout the world will gather in the Holy Land to celebrate Israel's (and America's) victory over Islam. [Please see Part 4 of Chapter XIV in The New Antipas Papers, "Making Israel and the Church Servants in the Household of the Devil;" Please also see Chapter XV, "The Gog / Magog War."]

What Doron is saying here is that as the church is "perfected" by the ministry of the "Apostles and Prophets," it will take its place over Israel's lifeless body, and prophesy unto it, and it will be "rebirthed" [i.e., Israel will convert to Christianity and be absorbed into the church]. Presumably this will occur shortly after the Gog/Magog War when Christians [so-called] throughout the world will gather in the Holy Land to celebrate Israel's (and America's) victory over Islam.

EXPANDING ON WHAT DORON SAYS ...

Expanding on what Doron says, Rick Joyner of MorningStar Ministries says,

"The Jews have historically represented the greatest test for the gospel ... In a sense, Jews are the 'ACID TEST' of our message. UNTIL THE CHURCH COMES TO THE SPIRITUAL STATURE [MATURITY] WHERE SHE PROVOKES THE JEW TO JEALOUSY, WE HAVE NOT YET ATTAINED TO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CALLED."

This statement - "until the church comes to the spiritual stature [maturity] where she provokes the Jew to jealousy, we have not yet attained to what we have been called" - says a lot about the mindset of Dominionists such as C. Peter Wagner, John Eckhardt, Derrick Prince, Dutch Sheets, Jim Goll, John Paul Jackson, James Ryle, Frank Damazio, Ed Silvoso, Carlos Annacondia, etc.

Plainly, what it says is that the CONVERSION OF THE JEWS is the church's "PROOF POSITIVE" [presumably to Christ] that she has made herself ready, AND THE LORD CAN NOW RETURN - kind of like passing a driver's examination to prove to the state that one has at last obtained the skills and knowledge to drive a car.

Think about that: THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS IS THE "ACID TEST" THAT THE CHURCH HAS BEEN "PERFECTED." That's pretty heavy! - and it indicates the importance that the Dominionists attach to the Jews' conversion BEFORE Christ can return. Joyner continues:

"The Jews were 'hardened' TO MAKE THEM THE HARDEST TO REACH. In this way, they have become the barometer of humanity, reflecting the overall condition of the state of man. When the gospel is preached that grafts the 'natural branches' back into the tree, the church and Israel will then be able to reach the whole world. This is why Paul said that the gospel should be preached 'to the Jew first'. This was not just out of favoritism, but because the Jew represents the greatest challenge of the gospel, and one which we must have ... Even so, our relationship to the Jews is not meant to be a stumbling block, but a stepping stone ... The final joining together of both 'into one new man' ... resulting in the healing of all spiritual and cultural wounds. WHEN THE CHURCH AND ISRAEL HAVE BEEN GRAFTED TOGETHER ... THE TIME OF "THE RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS" [i.e., THE LORD'S SECOND COMING] MAY BEGIN."

THE WORST THING TO
BE IS A JILTED LOVER

In other words, "the time of the restoration of all things" can't begin until Israel is saved; but once again I must remind you that the prophet Zechariah says that won't occur until Christ returns, not before. [Zech. 12:10 - 13:1] Nevertheless, Christian Dominionists are expecting the Jews to convert in order to FACILITATE the Lord's Return.

What will Christian Dominionists think when Israel refuses not only to convert, but rebuilds the temple and excludes any Christian participation in its rebuilding and in the subsequent revived Temple service.

What will happen when these hopes are dashed, as they most certainly will be. [cf. Zech. 12:10 - 13:1] WOW! - THE WRATH THAT WILL FALL ON ISRAEL AS A RESULT WILL BE HORRIBLE! THERE IS, AFTER ALL, NOTHING SO HATEFUL AND MEAN-SPIRITED AS A JILTED LOVER – "HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A LOVER SCORNED!"

And more than that, What will Christian Dominionists think when Israel refuses not only to convert, but rebuilds the temple, excludes any Christian participation in its rebuilding as well as in the subsequent revived Temple service, and then - as if to add insult to injury - CLAIMS THAT SHE [i.e., ISRAEL] - AND NOT THE CHURCH - IS GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH? What will happen then? Think of the wrath that this will provoke among Christian Dominionists!

The gloves will come off, the smiles will disappear, and the knives will surely be unsheathed then. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO LUTHER WHEN HE WAS "JILTED" BY THE JEWS AFTER THE REFORMATION - and you can be sure that it will happen again!

NOTE: William L. Shirer, in his book, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, wrote:

"No apologist can claim that Martin Luther bore his anti-Jewishness out of youthful naiveté', uneducation, or out of unfounded Christianity. On the contrary, LUTHER IN HIS YOUTH EXPRESSED A GREAT OPTIMISM ABOUT JEWISH CONVERSION TO CHRISTIANITY. BUT IN HIS LATER YEARS, LUTHER BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT THE JEWS WOULD NOT CONVERT TO HIS WISHES."

In his rage over the refusal of the Jews to convert, Luther wrote:

"They [Germany's rulers] must act like a good physician who, when gangrene has set in proceeds without mercy to cut, saw, and burn flesh, veins, bone, and marrow. Such a procedure must also be followed in this instance. Burn down their synagogues, forbid all that I enumerated earlier, force them to work, and deal harshly with them, as Moses did ...

"If this does not help we must drive them out [of Germany] like mad dogs."

Julius Streicher (one of Hitler's top henchmen and publisher of the anti-Semitic Der Sturmer) was asked during the Nuremberg trials if there were any other publications in Germany which treated the Jewish question in an anti-Semitic way. Streicher put it well:

"Dr. Martin Luther would very probably sit in my place in the defendants' dock today, if this book had been taken into consideration by the Prosecution. In the book The Jews and Their Lies, Dr. Martin Luther writes that the Jews are a serpent's brood and one should burn down their synagogues and destroy them ..."


Like a wolf pack, Dominionists will hunt down the Jews and slaughter them in a genocide more horrible than the one visited upon them by Hitler

THE JEWS: A FESTERING SORE TO THE WARPED
ESCHATOLOGY OF PEOPLE LIKE REUVEN DORON

The very real fact of the matter is, after the Gog / Magog War, the continued existence of the Jewish people as a separate, distinct and UNBELIEVING entity OUTSIDE the church will have to be explained somehow - this isn't the way things were supposed to happen according to the "Dominionist Model."

The presence of unconverted Jews in the Holy Land cannot help but be a festering sore to the dominionist eschatology of Reuven Doron, C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, D. James Kennedy and the like.

Maybe if the Jews could just remain quiet and crawl away into some obscure corner of the world and stay there, perhaps that would be enough. But their continued presence in the Holy Land - where the church of C. Peter Wagner, James Ryle, Barbara Wentroble, Jack Hayford, Texe Marrs, etc. will be busy "setting up shop" after the Gog / Magog War – will be too much for "Dominionists" to countenance, especially in light of their (i.e., the Jews') REFUSAL to recognize the church's primacy!!

It will directly challenge the "Dominionist" undergirding of the Apostate Church, and ipso facto, the authority of America's "New World Order System" which now - in the religious fervor and hype of the moment - has come to be undergirded by this theology. What to do?

WHAT TO DO?

The answer is simple enough! - Picture those Jews in the Holy Land who refuse to convert as agents of the Devil (after all, the church has been doing that for centuries and centuries). There certainly exists a large enough body of literature in the countless CONSPIRACY THEORIES about the Jews that abound in Christian circles to accommodate such thinking. [Please see our article, "A Fourth Illusion Broken: Dealing with the so-called Illuminati Myth and Its Underlying Anti-Semitism."]

The Jews will be
accused of being witches.

THE DEVIL IS ANIMATING THE JEWS
! - That must be the answer! The Jewish people's reluctance to surrender their Old Testament promises to the church is of the devil. That's it! And their refusal to accord the AntiChrist - who is by now ensconced in the Holy Land passing himself off as their "savior" - the deference and respect he thinks is due him for supposedly rescuing them from the "Islamic Horror," gives evidence to the fact of their hard-hearted and insensitive nature.

Very obviously, it would appear that conspiracy theories such as the famous Simonini fabrication, Biarritz, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, The International Jew, etc., and conspiracy-theorists such as Nesta Webster, the Abbe Barruel, Herman Goedsche, Gougenot des Mousseaux, Sergey Alexandrovich Nilus, Henry Ford, etc. were right about the Jews all along. The Jews MUST be a tribe of witches. Certainly "Prophets and Apostles" such as John Eckhardt and James Ryles would have very little trouble in believing such a thing - after all, by Eckhardt's own testimony, those who refuse to recognize the authority of the church [so-called] are motivated by a spirit of WITCHCRAFT. That's what he says:

"... false teachers [meaning those who oppose "The New Apostolic Reformation"] carry a spirit of WITCHCRAFT."

"WITCHCRAFT?" - there's that word again! So you see, it's not just Doron and Joyner who banter that word around; it's ubiquitous in the lexicon of the "Dominionists."

Eckhardt continues:

"Among the dark spirits we must contend with today is a spirit of WITCHCRAFT... they relate to the Church's opposition today ... WITCHCRAFT is a major spirit that will challenge and attempt to stop the progress of the Church ..."

There's that word again. It's everywhere!!

THE DANGER THE "JEWISH ROOTS" MOVEMENT AND
THE MESSIANIC COMMUNITY POSE TO REAL JEWS

It is precisely here that the "Jewish Roots" Movement and the so-called "Messianic" community pose a very genuine danger to REAL Jews – that is to say, Jews that are Jews by BLOOD, i.e., the racial kinsmen of Jesus Christ.

These are the people whom Dominionists will most likely push to the forefront as "AUTHENTIC" Jews.

Now it is important in this connection to take note of the fact that most who identify themselves with the "Jewish Roots" movement and the "Messianic" community are NOT Jews by BLOOD. They are those Christians who have bought into the lie that the Apostle Paul fought so hard against during his ministry: his effort to free gentile Christians from the burden of the Torah and circumcision. "Torah Christians" dogged Paul wherever he went – attempting to bring those gentiles whom Paul had converted under the burden of the Law. In answer to these "Torah Christians," Paul admonished his followers:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage [meaning the Torah and circumcision].

"Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.

"For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

"For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

"For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love." (Galatians 5:1-6)

Think about the implications of what Paul is saying here:

"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; YE ARE FALLEN FROM GRACE."

Indeed, so clear is Paul with regard to the false obligation of Christians to the Law and circumcision that many in the "Jewish Roots" movement and even the "Messianic" community believe that the "Pauline Scriptures" should be excised from the Bible.

And so it is that the Dominionists will no doubt push those involved in the "Jewish Roots" movement and the "Messianic" community to step forward and replace those Jews throughout the world and also in Israel – who are Jews by BLOOD but who refuse to convert – and to play the role of "Israel" and the "Jewish people" in Dominionists' warped eschatology.

This, of course, isn't to say that all those in these two movements will succumb to the dictates of the Dominionists, but, sadly, many will.

BLOODLUST AGAINST THE JEWS

And so now it begins all over again: a new BLOODLUST against the Jews aggressively pushed by the APOSTATE CHURCH -- and Christians everywhere will be forced to take sides. Who are they going to side with? - the Apostate Church, OR Israel and the Jewish people – that is to say, Jews who are Jews by BLOOD? [Please see our article on the "The Messianic Jews: What Will They Do?"

By refusing to join in the tumult forced upon REAL Jews – and by standing against the rage of "Dominionists" such as Reuven Doron and the James Ryle - Christians will be accused of abandoning their faith and embracing witchcraft and those who practice witchcraft.

THE REFUSAL OF THE JEWS TO CONVERT WILL BE
A TESTIMONY AGAINST THE APOSTATE CHURCH

The great irony in all of this is that the refusal of the Jews (and we speak here not of Jews as individuals, but of the Jewish nation – i.e., Israel and also those Jews in the Diaspora) to convert to Christianity at the end of the Gog / Magog War will turn out to be a damning testimony against the false claims of the apostate church and the American New World Order System with which the apostate church has partnered. And all the fury of the apostate church against Israel – and we speak here of the REAL Israel - will not avail much insofar as the failure of their eschatological system is concerned.

Moreover, IT WILL REVEAL THE MAN OF SIN WHO - "... sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God" (2 Thess. 2:3-4) FOR THE FRAUD HE REALLY IS.

Do you see this? -

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?

"Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?

"For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:33-36)

A GREAT PERSECUTION

I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

IT IS PRECISELY ALONG THESE LINES THAT A GREAT PERSECUTION WILL BREAK OUT AGAINST REAL CHRISTIANS AT THE "END OF THE AGE" – THOSE WHO REFUSE TO THROW THE JEWS AND ISRAEL "UNDER THE BUS;" THOSE WHO WILL HIDE THE JEWS, SUCCOR THEM, AND WHO WILL STAND AGAINST THE BLOOD-LUST OF THE DOMINIONISTS. These are those Christians to whom Jesus will say on THAT day:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

"And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

"And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

"Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

"For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

"Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

"Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

"When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

"Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. (Matthew 25:31-40)

NOTE: Almost all evangelical scholars believe that Christ has reference here to His Jewish kinsmen at the "end of the age."

Naturally enough, there will be a heavy price for those who succor the Jews during this time; Indeed, Jesus warned:

And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death

"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles [unbelievers].

"But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

"For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

"And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

"And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

"But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 10:18-22, 28, 33)

THE QUESTION IS, WHAT WILL YOU DO?

Kafka

As I have said so many times before, what you do with this information is up to you; to be very blunt, it's no skin off our noses IF you decide to ignore these things; IF you allow yourselves to take "the easy way out" and be subsumed by the blandishments of the APOSTATE church; IF you decide to ally yourselves directly or even indirectly - no matter – with the American New World Order System; IF you decide to rely on FATALISM to get you through the "end of the age;" IF you decide that it's simply "too much" to study these matters in detail in answer to Paul's injunction to Timothy:

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [interpreting] the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) [Please see our article, "Kafka: Der Prozess."]

As we indicated earlier in this article, most Christians think that if God gives the call, they will somehow or other rise to the occasion. They imagine that they will be okay; sadly, however, the crisis of the "end of the age" will only reveal what has already been developed in their lives as Christian character - it will not add anything new to them. If they have not risen to the occasion before in the little things of life - they will surely fail when the real test comes. All that a crisis (test) does is reveal what Christians are already made of. If they have yielded to temptation and weakness before in the little things, they will yield to temptation and weakness in the big things. If they are not in God's will in the things that are nearest to them, when the crisis (test) comes, instead of being revealed as ready, they will be revealed as unready. A crisis reveals character that has already been formed - it does not in itself create new character.

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Laziness with regard to the scriptures and the temptation to let things drift stand over the lives of most Christians the way a dominatrix stands over the lives of her sex slaves.

The pictures and information (terminology) used both above and below may seem inappropriate to some; but we are dealing in REALITY here, and these pictures and the terminology we have used convey the power of that REALITY.


IT SEEMS THE SISTERS HAVE BIGGER "GONADS" THAN THE BROTHERS

It has recently come to my attention that there are a number of women (dear sisters in the Lord) who have taken it upon themselves to make copies of our flyer and carry them around with them in their cars. Then, whenever they get the opportunity, they have been posting them on bulletin boards and whatever - proving once again that they have bigger "gonads" (to put it bluntly and to the point) and more testosterone flowing in their veins than the men (the brothers) have. This is not the first time in the history of God's people that this has occurred; I am reminded of Deborah - see the Book of Judges, Chapters 4 and 5.

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries



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FINALLY, WE URGE YOU TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT THE FLYER WE SENT TO YOU RECENTLY.

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Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.


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APPENDIX 1

THE WORLD

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world [Gk. Kosmos] is the enemy of God."

James 4:4

INTRODUCTION

The word "world" (Gk., kosmos) is used in three ways in the New Testament:

  • First, it means the MATERIAL WORLD (Acts 17:14; Matt. 13:35; John 1:10; Mark 16:15).
  • Second, it means THE INHABITANTS OF THE WORLD as a whole (John 1:10; 3:16; 12:19; 17:21) - THE WHOLE RACE OF MAN ALIENATED FROM GOD AND HOSTILE TO THE CAUSE OF CHRIST (Heb. 11:38; John 14:17; 14:27; 15:18).
  • Third, it means the whole circle of WORLDLY goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, which though hollow and fleeting, stir our desires and seduce us from God, so that they are obstacles to the cause of Christ (I John 3:17; Matt. 16:26; I Cor 2:12; 3:19, 7:31; Titus 2:12; II Peter 1:4; 2:20; I John 2:15-17; James 1:27).

The Bible calls the world (as described above) - and this is very, very serious - the,

  • "ENEMY of God."

And -

  • It equates the world with "DARKNESS."

THE WORLD: THE ENEMY OF GOD

The Bible tells us that world is the enemy of God; specifically, it says:

"Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? WHOSOEVER THEREFORE WILL BE A FRIEND OF THE WORLD IS THE ENEMY OF GOD." (James 4:4)

As we just suggested, that's serious, that's very serious - and very frightening! Are you a friend of this world? Is the world a friend of yours? If so, GOD IS YOUR ENEMY! - and that's not a good thing. Jesus said:

"I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.

"But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." (Luke 12:4-5)

NOTE: Only God has this power.

THE WORLD IS EQUATED WITH DARKNESS

The Bible also equates the world with DARKNESS. Specifically, the Bible says:

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and MEN LOVED DARKNESS (i.e., the world) rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)

And that's not all! The Bible goes on to say -

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Eph. 6:12)

And -

"I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not ABIDE IN DARKNESS (i.e., should not abide in the world)." (John 12:46)

And again -

"Then spake Jesus unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS (i.e., should not have his "living" and "being" in darkness), but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)

And, finally, John writes,

"In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and THE DARKNESS (i.e., the world) COMPREHENDED IT NOT." (John 1:4-5)

THE GREAT KOSMOKRATER

Moreover, the word kosmos implies that behind the world there is a mind - the "PRINCE OF THIS WORLD" - which gives order and arrangement to it. He is the KOSMOKRATER or world-ruler - a word which, however, appears only once, and is used in the plural of his lieutenants: "the WORLD RULERS OF THIS DARKNESS" (Eph. 6:12). The Bible says:

"The WHOLE world [kosmos] lieth in the evil one" [i.e., the WHOLE world is under the control of Satan]. (John 5:19)

The world [kosmos] is Satan's grand creation and he has directed all of his strength and ingenuity into causing it to flourish. To what end? To capture man's allegiance and draw him to himself. Satan has one object - to establish his own dominion in human hearts worldwide!

THE WORLD ENCOMPASSES BOTH THE "GOOD"
AND THE "BAD;" THE MATERIAL AND THE SPIRITUAL

Now we cannot stress this fact enough: Satan controls the WHOLE world (kosmos). Not just part of the world, but the WHOLE world.

That's why the Scriptures say that to be "a friend of the world is to be the enemy of Christ." This includes both the "good" and the "bad" of this world; both the "ugly" and the "beautiful" - and it is for this reason that I rather suspect that most Christians have a difficult time differentiating between what is "of the world" and what is "of God." They are unable to grasp the fact that BOTH the "good" and the "bad" of this world are of Satan. Christians confuse "worldliness" with "carnality" (i.e., the "bad" of this world - e.g., lust, lewdness, eroticism, sensuality, etc. - and even such mundane things as watching TV, going to the movies, listening to "rock and roll" music, etc.) - and, as a result, they naively think that if they avoid carnality everything will be okay.

They fail to recognize that the "world" (Gk. kosmos) which the Bible has in mind is much more than that; that it encompasses ALL that is of this life and of this present world; everything: both the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the sweet and the bitter - i.e., all those goods, endowments, riches, advantages, pleasures, etc. which, though hollow and fleeting, stir our desires and make us feel "at home" and "comfortable" in (with) this life.

Moreover, the Bible's use of the word kosmos indicates that it has more than just the material world in view; that it's view of the "world" encompasses abstract things as well which have spiritual and moral value (e.g., I Cor 2:12, "the spirit of the world;" 3:19, "the wisdom of this world;" 7:31, "the fashion of this world;" Titus 2:12, "worldly lusts;" 2 Peter 1:14, "the corruption that is in the world;" 2:20, "the defilements of the world;" I John 2:16, 17, "all that is in the world, the lust ... the vainglory ... passeth away;" etc.).

There are no exceptions - both the "good" and the bad," the "spiritual" and the "material" are included, and it is, therefore, futile for those who think that asceticism is a way out; a special means or path to holiness and purity, and that if they somehow or other avoid the material things of this life, they will escape the lusts thereof. Nothing could be further from the truth. Asceticism is just another road to corruption - and a very uncomfortable one at that.

Why? Because when Adam sinned, he brought ALL the world - again, the "good" and the "bad," the "material" as well as the "abstract" - under the curse of sin. As a result, and regardless of the differing guises in which the world may from time to time present itself (and no matter how it tries to hide its real character), it is IMPLACABLY hostile to God. The Bible is very clear on this matter: I Corinthians 1:21 says that the world "knows not God" - and more than that, John 14:17 says that it is not even capable of receiving (i.e., competent or able to comprehend) "the Spirit of Christ." Indeed, John 15:18 says that the world "HATES" Christ. John puts it this way:

"If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (John 2:15)

MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD

And so at last we begin to understand the unbreachable chasm that separates the "Kingdom of God" from the "Kingdom of this World." There can be no truce between these two kingdoms; no possibility for a "negotiated settlement" (i.e., peace) between them, or - put another way - the "world" (on the one hand) and Christ (on the other hand). One is either "of Christ," or "of the world." There is no middle ground, no "moderate" position. (John 8:23)

Hence, Jesus says,

"My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).

In other words, no one who has his "living" or "being" in the world can be made a "living" stone in Christ's building (i.e., His church). I repeat: the "Kingdom of God" has nothing to do with the "Kingdom of this World."

PILGRIMS AND STRANGERS

The Bible - in describing the people of God - says:

"For they look for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (Heb 11:10)

In this great passage on Scripture (Hebrews, chapter 11), Paul describes in unmistakable terms the attitude towards the world which all those who wish to serve God must have if they are to please Him; there's no ambiguity here; no equivocation; no avoidance; no attempt at evasion.

Paul declares that all those who wish to serve God must consider the world as alien territory, and they themselves as only "sojourners" in it - people who are merely transiting through it on their way to another land - a heavenly country whose "builder and maker is God" (Heb. 11:10); and that while here on earth, there is a necessity laid upon them to continually remind themselves of their "alien status" by -

"... confessing (both in word and in the way they live) that they are strangers (foreigners) and pilgrims (travelers, wanderers, wayfarers) on the earth ..." (Heb. 11:13).

The Bible says that they must not only accept this fact, they must "embrace" it; they must be "persuaded" (convinced) by it, and by doing so to demonstrate that they are actively -

"... seeking another country ... a better country, that is, an heavenly (one)." (Heb. 11:14) ... wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them (a heavenly) city." (Heb. 11:16)

WE ARE NOT ONLY ALIENS TO THE
WORLD, WE ARE DEAD TO THE WORLD

And there is more: not only are we to consider ourselves as aliens to this world, but we are to consider ourselves as DEAD to the world. There is no way that the world can have any effect on a dead man. If you are dead to the world, you are safe from the world. No Christian can serve God and still be "alive" to this world. The "THINGS" of this world will always keep him back. We must be able to say with the Apostle Paul:

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)

That's what BAPTISM is all about. When you chose to be baptized, you made a pledge that you would conduct your life as if you were DEAD to the world, but alive unto Christ. If Christ says, "Go," you will go; if Christ says, "Come," you will come. You will be as James and John when Christ called them:

"And when he [i.e., Christ] had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.

"And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him." (Mark 1:19-20)

Neither John or James hesitated. They didn't ask Christ, What about our father? What about our fishing business? They just went! Or like Matthew sitting at the receipt of customs:

"And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him." (Matthew 9:9)

Matthew IMMEDIATELY left his "receipt of customs" and followed Jesus.

"BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THY WORD"

We must have that attitude that Mary, the mother of Jesus had when she said to the angel,

"And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her." (Luke 1:38)

She didn't protest to the angel that by obeying him people would question her virginity; that they would, no doubt, call her a prostitute - seeing that she was not married; that she was running the very grave risk of being stoned to death. She simply obeyed.

Are you able to do this? Are you able to say with Mary, "Be it unto me according to thy word." If you are still "alive to the world," you will NEVER be able to do it - no matter how hard you try.

WE ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST'S DEATH

The Bible says:

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his DEATH?

"Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

"For if we have been planted [buried] together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection." (Romans 6:3-5)

Clearly, James and John and Matthew and Mary had set their minds on the "things above," not on the "things of this world." That's what ALL of Christ's servants MUST do if they are to get anywhere with Christ. The Bible says:

"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

"FOR YE ARE DEAD [to the world], and your life is hid with Christ in God.

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory." (Col. 3:2-4)

Jesus said:

"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5)

The two [that is to say, baptism (being born of water) and being "born again" of the Spirit] are equated in the Scriptures. You can't have one without the other. If you are truly "born again" you will consider yourself DEAD to the world. If you are not DEAD to the world, then your salvation stands in jeopardy.

OUR HEAVENLY CITIZENSHIP

The Bible says that as Christians we have been -

"... delivered ... from the power of darkness, and ... TRANSLATED ... into the kingdom of God's dear Son ..." (Col. 1:13)

What a wonderful and precious thing - and so, with countless others of like mind, we can sing:

"This world is not our home,
we're just a passing through,
Our treasures are laid up
somewhere beyond the blue,
The angels beckon us
from heaven's open door,
And we can't feel at home
in this world anymore.

"Oh Lord you know,
we have no friend like you,
If heaven's not our home,
then, Lord, what will we do,
The angels beckon us
from heaven's open door,
And we can't feel at home
in this world anymore.
"

Now that is very important! - to be able to sing with the saints of God, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through ..." And to be able to say that "we have been delivered ... from the power of darkness, and ... TRANSLATED ... into the kingdom of God's dear Son ..." (Col. 1:13)

THE WORLD IS GOING TO BE "TRIED" AND "JUDGED"

Dear brothers and sisters: the world is gong to be "tried" and "judged," and you don't want to be around when that happens. The Bible says,

"He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness ..." (Acts 17:31)

God help you if on that day you are still "ALIVE" unto the world.

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APPENDIX 2

THE PROPHECIES OF THE GOG /
MAGOG WAR AND ARMAGEDDON

CUFI members and their supporters have totally mixed up the prophecies of the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon; that there exists a clear distinction between the Gog/Magog War and Armageddon there can, however, 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 Period.

  • 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).
  • Gog comes from the North (Ezek. 38:6, 15), while at Armageddon, the armies come from out of the whole earth.
  • Gog is the head of the armies at his invasion (Ezek. 38:15), but at Armageddon, the Beast is at the head of the invasion (Rev. 19:19).
  • There is a protest against Gog's invasion (Ezek. 38:13), but at Armageddon there is no such protest because all the nations of the earth have joined themselves with the Beast in his attack against Jerusalem.
  • Gog is overthrown by divine intervention through the convolutions of nature (Ezek. 38:22), but the armies at Armageddon are destroyed by the sword which goes out of Christ's mouth (Rev. 19:15).
  • Gog's armies array themselves in the open fields (Ezek. 39:5), while at Armageddon they are seen in the city of Jerusalem.
  • Gog's armies are destroyed outside of Jerusalem on the mountains and in the valleys (Ezek. 39:2-4), while the Beast and his armies are destroyed in the city of Jerusalem itself (Zech. 12:2; 14:2).
  • The Lord calls for assistance in executing judgment on Gog (Ezek. 38:21), while at Armageddon He is viewed as treading the winepress alone (Rev. 19:15; Isaiah 63:3-6).
  • The invasion by Gog will be sudden and will come with relatively little warning (Ezek. 38:11), while Armageddon will be no sudden and unexpected event.

Thus, as Dwight Pentecost has suggested,

"Two diverse movements (wars) must be acknowledged."

Moreover, to suggest, as some NINCOMPOOPS do, that the Scriptures that reference the Gog/Magog War refer to some sort of event that occurred in antiquity is pure nonsense. The truth is, NO prior invasion of the land of Israel is sufficient to be the fulfillment of this prophecy. There have been invasions in the past which have wrought hardship on the land and the people of Israel, but NONE answer to the details given here. The destruction of the Temple in AD 70, for example, was accomplished by the Romans who came from the west. But the invasion described here comes from the direction of TURKEY and Persia to the north, and EGYPT, Ethiopia and Libya from the south.

This fact is attested to by almost all Orthodox Jewish scholars (who themselves consider these prophesies to be as yet unfulfilled). These passages, then, can only refer to some as yet future event in Israel's history - and this is clearly indicated by the phrase, "... in the latter years" (Ezek. 38:8). Dwight Pentecost, Robert Duncan Culver, and David L. Cooper agree with the Orthodox Jews. For example, Cooper writes,

"... it is utterly impossible to locate the fulfillment of this prediction (i.e., the Gog/Magog War) after the Millennial Age. It cannot be placed at the beginning of the Millennium, nor at the end of the Tribulation. It must, therefore, be located (at the beginning) of the Tribulation, because there is no other logical place for it to occur since the three other dates are impossible ... There will (thus) be a time between now and the beginning of the Tribulation when [this war will occur which will initiate the seven years of the Tribulation Period]."

This thesis is substantiated in a somewhat backhanded way by Ezekiel 39 when the prophet reveals that a full SEVEN years will be needed to clear away the wreckage of the Gog/Magog War:

"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons ... and they shall burn them with fire SEVEN years ..." (Ezek. 39:9)

The seven years referred to here by Ezekiel could be none other than the seven years of the Tribulation Period - since no such seven years will follow Armageddon; after Armageddon, the beasts of the field and the fouls of the air will clear away the wreckage - and that by divine direction and in a short period of time. Then the Millennium will begin - there is no seven year interval here. Thus, the Gog/Magog War will immediately precede the events of the Tribulation period. There is, as Cooper suggests, simply no other place to put it which will conform to the pertinent Scriptures; and it (i.e., the Gog/Magog War) will initiate the great happenings of that era (i.e., the Tribulation Period).

It should be noted in reference to the Gog/Magog War described above that this great conflict has nothing to do with the conflict described in Revelation 20:8; the war that is described there takes place AFTER the Millennium (Rev. 20:7), while the conflict which is described in the passages above and later in Daniel clearly takes place BEFORE the Millennium. "Gog" is obviously a reference to an evil, angelic prince who possesses Satanic dominion over those nations which have arrayed themselves against Israel - much in the same way that the "Prince of Persia" and the "Prince of Grecia" (Greece) [described in Daniel (i.e., Daniel 10:13-20) with whom Michael, the archangel of God, fought] possess. Evidently, Gog will be loosed with the devil one final time after the Millennium (please see Revelation 20:7-8).

The Gog/Magog War, then, will precede the Tribulation and will act as a catalyst for the great events of that period, while Armageddon will bring to a conclusion the events of the Tribulation Period. A FAIR READING OF THE PASSAGES IN SCRIPTURE THAT DEAL WITH THESE GREAT WARS WILL YIELD NO OTHER RESULT.

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APPENDIX 3

GOD'S LOVE FOR ISRAEL IS
BASED ON GRACE, NOT ON WORKS


THE GOTTERDAMERUNG

At first glance, it would seem that Hitler's Holocaust is a nightmare that could never be repeated. The Götterdämmerung in which Hitler's Valhalla went up in flames in a Wagnerian Twilight of the Gods should have consumed this horrible disease - AND PUT TO AN OPEN SHAME ALL THOSE WHO HATE THE JEWS. But like a nightmare which won't go away, like a cancer which goes into remission - feigning a cure - only to reappear again in some other part of the body and in a more virulent form, anti-Semitism is once more rearing its ugly head - and Jews have very REAL reasons to fear for their lives again.

To a very large extent, today's anti-Semitism revolves around the existence of a new and UNEXPECTED phenomenon: the reappearance in world history of the state of Israel, a phenomenon which the Jews felt they had no other choice but to FORCE on the world in order to forestall their own eventual extermination. The Jews have learned through grievous experience that unless they act to save themselves, unless they hold their own fate in their own hands, they are powerless to fend off the world's hatred against them - and no assurances to the contrary (even when proffered by the liberal democracies of the West) can ever suffice to make the Jews believe otherwise. The Jews have learned how truly WORTHLESS such assurances are.

For example, in May 1938, as Germany's "orgy of hatred" against the Jews was reaching new heights of sadism, the governments of Great Britain, France and the United States protested. While the world might not remember what happened next, the Jews certainly do: although Hitler was annoyed at this protest, he convened the Evian Conference and offered "his Jews" to the "international community," and to Great Britain, France and the United States in particular. He knew the offer would be refused. And that's precisely what happened: the nations of the earth - and in particular the "Western Democracies" - refused to take them.

German opinion smirked at the hypocritical posturing of the "Anglo-Americans." Goebbles laughed! - had he not known all along that no "civilized" nation would ever accept that "accursed" race? A German newspaper of that era commented,

"One likes to pity the Jews as long as one can use this pity for a wicked agitation against Germany, but no state is prepared to accept even a few thousand Jews. The conference (i.e., Evian) serves to justify Germany's policy against Jewry."

FORCING ISRAEL ON THE WORLD

It is precisely the remnants of these people - the people the world turned their back on at Evian and later during the Holocaust - who, as frightened hordes of desperate refugees fleeing from Hitler's death camps, arrived in Israel to build a sanctuary against the unrelenting HATRED of the world. They knew at the time they were dispossessing people who had been there for centuries, BUT THEY HAD NO WHERE ELSE TO GO. No other nation - not even the United States - wanted them. If they were going to live, they would have to force the issue.

They came as the outcasts of Europe; the downtrodden of the shoddy Jewish ghettos of the Near East and North Africa; people with childhood memories of the sound of hammers boarding up doors and windows against the unrelenting pogroms directed against them in Russia, Hungary, Poland, etc.; they came as the remnants of Hitler's death camps and as people fleeing the indifference of the French, the Belgians, the Dutch, the Swedes, and all the other "do-gooder" nations of the earth to their plight.

They are people who had at last been driven to frantic desperation to hold their OWN fate in their OWN hands for a change, which meant having their OWN nation and their OWN army with which to defend themselves - again, even if that meant forcing themselves onto the people of the Middle East and dispossessing Arabs from land they had inhabited for generations.

The Jews were seeking a place of refuge where, when all else fails, Jews could flee to without having to depend on the capricious consent of other nations and peoples who experience had shown were at best indifferent to their fate!

THE NEW ANTI-SEMITISM

A place of refuge; of shelter; of asylum, of sanctuary! - that's what Israel means to the worldwide Jewish community. AND IT'S A PLACE WHOSE IMPORTANCE IS ONLY GROWING IN THE FACE OF A RESURGENT WORLDWIDE ANTI-SEMITISM. Indeed, Donald G. McNeil, Jr. of the New York Times reports that in France there is a rising tide of anti-Semitic incidents. In Marseilles the Orthodox Jewish Or Aviv synagogue was burned to the ground. An additional three other French synagogues were set on fire over the Passover-Easter weekend, and a synagogue in Strasbourg had its doors set ablaze the day after an anti-Israel demonstration there. In addition, in Lyon, 15 masked men crashed two cars through the gates of a synagogue and set them afire. Finally, shots were fired at a kosher butcher shop in Toulouse, and a young Jewish couple were badly beaten in Villeurbanne in the Rhone region.

The Central Jewish Consistory in Paris, in a statement sent to Agence Frence-Presse, called the weekend's attacks "the beginning of a new Kristallnacht, with the government totally passive about what was happening." Kristallnacht, or "Night of Broken Glass," on November 9, 1938, was named for the sweeping attacks that the Nazis incited on Jews and Jewish shops and places of worship.

In the face of all this, French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin announced that 1,110 additional police officers would be deployed to guard France's synagogues and Jewish schools - and, as a result, police officers, some carrying submachine guns, now are posted outside dozens of synagogues and Jewish schools throughout the country.

THE JEWS ARE FRIGHTENED

This is a shocking development for Jews in France. Until recently, leaders of France's 600,000 Jews have believed that they were living in a country where they were safe from the scourge of anti-Semitism. But with the growing number of anti-Semitic incidents, they no longer believe that's the case - especially in light of the fact that when they have publicly complained about the attacks, there has not been any genuine public outcry to stop them.

They just keep on occurring, ranging from anti-Semitic graffiti that is appearing on walls all over the country, to threatening phone calls received by rabbis, to shootings, to burnings, etc. Similar incidents have occurred in Belgium where five firebombs were thrown at a synagogue last weekend. And it's not just in France and in Belgium that this new anti-Semitism has taken hold. The fact is, it's happening all over Europe: in Germany, in Austria, in Denmark, in Italy - everywhere!

THE REBIRTH OF THE "BLOOD-LIBELS"

In addition to all this, Newsweek Magazine reports that there has been a marked revival of all the old "BLOOD LIBELS" against the Jews - including stories that the pastries used in the Jewish Purim festivities contain human blood; and that at Passover the blood of Christian children under the age of ten is used in the rituals. And while these stories are still confined to the fascist fringe in Europe, they are REGULAR FARE in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world.

Indeed, devotees of these stories and myths can be found not just among the uneducated there, but among the university-trained elite as well. Take Dr. Umayma Ahmad al-Jalahma of King Faisal University Hospital in Saudi Arabia: Newsweek reports that she believes that at Passover,

"A needle-studded barrel (in which the Christian or Muslim child-victim is locked into) is used (to obtain the blood). The victims suffer dreadful torment - torment that affords the Jewish vampires great delight ..." [We URGE you to read our detailed account of these "blood-libels" in our article, "Pat Robertson, ILLUMINISM, and the New World Order."]

CONSPIRACY THEORIES

Finally, as if to add insult to injury, a venomous anti-Jewish press has re-surfaced "big time," and is peppering the world with anti-Semitic CONSPIRACY THEORIES. In Egypt, according to Newsweek, the press regularly features stories denying the Holocaust and accepting as fact the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. [Please see our article, "The Origins of the Illuminist Myth: The Fabrication of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" for a detailed account of the Protocols and the many other conspiracy theories that surround the Jewish people; please also see our article, "The Business Right and The Christian Right An Alliance Made In Hell" for an interesting historical discussion on the intersection of interests in anti-Semitism between the American business community and the Religious Right; finally, please see our short article on "Holocaust deniers" entitled, "The Institute for Historical Review."]

Even the oft repeated story attributed falsely to Benjamin Franklin that the Jews would take over America if allowed to immigrate to the United States - a theory concerning the so-called "squalid" and "immoral" effect of Jewish power that most in the Religious Right in this country already subscribe to (see below) - is standard reading throughout the Middle East. This particular theory is a popular one because it seems to give an answer to many Muslims (and not a few Christians as well) concerning what many perceive to be America's slavish and unreasonable devotion to the Jewish state; a theory predicated upon a belief by many in the existence of a NEW YORK-JERUSALEM AXIS controlled by a mysterious cabal of Satan-worshipping Jewish financiers associated with the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations.

JEWS AS THE HIDDEN-HAND
BEHIND THE ATTACK ON THE WTC

And these stories just keep on coming. For instance, the events of September 11th have given rise to the theory that Israel was the "hidden hand" behind the attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) and the Pentagon - a theory that was given a certain amount of "legitimacy" in Pakistan a few days after the attacks when General Rashid Qureshi, the public-relations chief for President Pervez Musharraf, told Newsweek that the attacks were carried out by the Israeli Mossad, and that all the Jewish employees of the WTC had mysteriously failed to show up for work on the day of the attack. [In fact, Jews suffered far more deaths from the attack on the WTC than any other group in relation to their percent of the population - editor]

These stories - and many others beside - give evidence to the fact that anti-Semitism is making a big "comeback" not only in the world at large, but in this country as well. The truth is, a great many Americans today would not find it particularly difficult to agree with Daniel Bernard, France's ambassador to Great Britain, when - according to Newsweek - he was overheard to say at a private dinner party in London:

"... that shitty little country (i.e., Israel)! Why should the world be in danger of World War III because of these people (i.e., the Jewish people)?"

BILLY GRAHAM AND THE JEWS

Indeed, one of the great "open secrets" of today's America is that there remains a HUGE reservoir of anti-Jewish hostility in this country, especially in the Religious Right - THE CORE ELEMENT OF GEORGE BUSH'S POLITICAL CONSTITUENCY; and this hostility is clearly reflected in their hate-filled rhetoric against the ACLU. [Please see "The Republican Party And The Jews."]

Why? - because, in the artful phraseology which has over the years come to surround anti-Semitism in the United States, THE ACLU HAS BECOME NOTHING MORE THAN A CODEWORD FOR THE JEWS. The truth is, there are a lot of Christians who would have little trouble echoing Billy Graham when he told Richard Nixon that the Jews had established a stranglehold on the country, and that -

"This stranglehold has got to be broken or the country's GOING DOWN THE DRAIN."

Pretty harsh stuff! Going down the drain! - i.e., that the Jews are responsible for ruining the United States! Wow! Nonetheless, if words are to be taken at their face value - that's what Graham was saying here! - i.e., that Jewish influence in the United States was ruining the country. That sounds like something Hitler, or Goering, or Goebbles, or Himmler would have said about Germany sixty years ago. And, indeed, it is! [Please see "The Jews, The Minorities And The Multicultural Imperative."]

Graham continues,

"... there is a powerful bloc of Jews in this country that are putting out the pornographic stuff."

Plainly, Graham believes that Jews are responsible for America's lapsed morality. This, of course, is what Hitler et. al. believed too. Graham persists with even more caustic remarks about the Jews,

"A lot of Jews are great friends of mine. They swarm around me and are friendly to me ... THEY DON'T KNOW HOW I REALLY FEEL."

Since these remarks surfaced a few months ago as a result of recently de-classified and released Nixon tape recordings from the National Archives, a great number of "Graham-experts" and apologists have been hauled out to cite Graham's "unstinting support" for Israel over the years and to "write off" Graham's anti-Semitic remarks as something that "should not be taken out of context" - in other words, what people should do is ignore the implications of Graham's "unguarded" White House "table talk."

WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT GRAHAM

But come on now! What is more likely to be representative of the REAL Graham? - his "unguarded" remarks about the Jews to close confidants and friends? Or his carefully contrived public statements? Come on! - be honest here! Alexander Cockburn of Counterpunch Magazine believes that such thinking is very representative of the white, country club kind of Christian that - SADLY - Graham has come to mirror over the years. Cockburn writes knowingly and very sarcastically,

"Don't people know that this sort of stuff is consonant with the standard conversational fare at 75 percent of the country clubs in America, not to mention many a Baptist soiree. Nixon thought American Jews were lefty peaceniks who dominated the Democratic Party and were behind the attacks on him. Graham reckoned it was Hollywood Jews who had sunk the nation in porn."

SCHIZOPHRENIA, THE JEWS,
AND THE EVANGELICALS

Moreover, one should not be thrown off track with regard to Graham and the many others like him in the evangelical Christian community because of their "unstinting support" for the state of Israel.

While it's true that there is a lot of support from evangelicals like Graham, Robertson, Falwell, etc. for Israel, that does not seem to detract a great many of them from their disgust of the Jewish people in general. Evangelicals are SCHIZOPHRENIC on this point - and that SCHIZOPHRENIA has a lot to do with their view of the Jewish people as "Supermen" or Obermenschen (or sometimes as Untermenschen) [Please see "Pat Robertson, Illuminism, And The New World Order."].

Like the nursery rhyme about the "little girl with the cute little curl in her forehead," evangelicals somehow or other believe that when the Jews are "... good, they are very, very good, but when they're bad, they're horrid" - i.e., that when Jews accept Christ, they become almost superhuman in their Christianity, but when they reject Him, they become anti-Christs in their hatred of God. But the Bible doesn't admit to this kind of distinction between the Jews and the Gentiles; on the contrary, the Bible says:

"For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God ..." (Rom. 3:23)

And it goes on to say:

"... there is NO difference between the Jew and the Greek (i.e., the gentiles) ..." (Rom. 10:12)

A PERPETUAL HATRED

All this to say nothing about the very obvious PERPETUAL hatred that the Islamic world has for Israel - a hatred that is poised to finish what Hitler tried to do: Drive the Jews of Israel into the ocean and TOTALLY annihilate them.

There is no bridging this hatred; no way to resolve it. There is no longer any room for common ground between the Islamic world and the Jews.

Even if Israel were to withdraw to its so-called 1967 borders, give up its defensive positions along the Jordan River, withdraw from all its settlements on the West Bank and Gaza, that would probably still not be the end of it. This is what Hussein Ibish and Ali Abunimah, both Palestinians, believe. They write:

"... the occupation is only one of two major issues standing in the way of an end to the century-old conflict. The denial of the right of millions of Palestinian refugees, those displaced in the 1948 and 1967 wars and their descendants, to return to their homes and land is also a fundamental obstacle. Unlike the occupation, it is an issue which has never been seriously addressed or properly understood in the U.S. All recent American and Israeli proposals for Israeli-Palestinian peace have been predicated on an unworkable and disastrous concept: that the world's largest group of refugees would renounce or be denied this basic human right."

But if the Israelis grant the Palestinians the "Right of Return," it will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Contra wise, if the Jews refuse to grant the Palestinians this concession, the suicide bombings will no doubt continue endlessly into the future. As Newsweek suggested last week,

"Israelis know - as should the rest of the world - that the real division among Palestinians is not between those who want peace in the Western sense - i.e., as a point after which the world lives free of tensions with a consciousness of reconciliation. In reality, the number of Palestinian leaders holding this view is minuscule. THE FUNDAMENTAL SCHISM IS BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL BY CONTINUING THE PRESENT STRUGGLE, AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT AN AGREEMENT NOW WOULD BE A BETTER STRATEGY TO RALLY FORCES FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN LATER ON."

Either way, Israel will eventually have to go if the Islamic world is to be satisfied!

I WILL SAVE THEE

All these things - the anti-Semitism, the anti-Zionism, the irreconcilable differences between the Muslims and the Israelis over Israel's presence in the Holy Land - have conspired together to produce a feeling of dreadful PARANOIA in the Jews regarding how the rest of the world feels about them, and a parallel sense THAT WAR WITH THE PALESTINIANS (AND INDEED THE ENTIRE ISLAMIC COMMUNITY) IS INEVITABLE. The very real fact of the matter is, Israel's back is up against the wall, and so much so that Jewish historian Amos Elon writes:

"I'M IN SUCH DESPAIR BECAUSE I FEAR IT IS TOO LATE. AND I HAVE ONLY TOLD YOU HALF OF WHAT I FEAR."

But the Bible says:

"And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; SO WILL I SAVE YOU, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:

"So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: FEAR YE NOT." (Zech. 8:13-15)

SET THY FACE AGAINST MOUNT SEIR

And so God warns Israel's enemies, and most especially those Muslim nations in the Middle East who have arrayed themselves against Israel's presence in the Holy Land:

"Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir (i.e., those nations that immediately surround Israel), and prophesy against it,

"And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I AM AGAINST THEE, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.

"I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:1-4)

Listen brothers and sisters: it is a fearful thing for someone to hear those words from God, "I AM AGAINST THEE." There can be no more frightening thing in all the world, because we are dealing with God here. The Bible says:

"... fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (i.e., God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)

And why is it EXACTLY that God is against Mt. Seir? The Lord explains:

"BECAUSE THOU HAS HAD A PERPETUAL HATRED (against Israel), and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword ..." (Ezek. 35:5)

Now I ask you, Who is it today that has A PERPETUAL HATRED against Israel? Is it not CLEARLY those who are carrying out the suicide bombings in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in Natanya, etc? SUICIDE BOMBING! - now that's hatred!

The Bible says that God is AGAINST THEM (i.e., all those who hate Israel in this way) and He will PURSUE THEM UNTO BLOOD!

Specifically, the Bible says:

"Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith (since) thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.

"Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.

"And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword.

"I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:6-9)

SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN

Listen to me: you do not want to be found on the "RECEIVING" end of these verses for any reason! God is warning you! Get away, and get away fast! He is warning all those that are "round about" Israel - all those who will hear Him out on this matter - get away as quickly as possible. SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, and you do not want to be around when it occurs.

All you believing Arabs who dwell in the vicinity of Mt. Seir, all you who believe and are "called according to His purpose," get away - and get your friends and families away too. A great calamity is coming. Something horrible is about to happen: all those who today say that Israel has no right to be where she is; all those who think that the Jewish people are trespassing on Palestinian land, you SHALL BE DESTROYED:

"I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee." (Ezek. 35:6)

What's that say, then, about those who believe that Israel has no right to the so-called "West Bank?" Who say that they are going to drive Israel into the sea? Who say that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians? Who say that Israel should give up East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount? Who hate Israel with a PERPETUAL HATRED? - it says that God -

"... will even do according to thine anger (i.e., HATRED), and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy HATRED against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee." (Ezek. 35:11)

In other words, what the Bible is saying here is that God will hate these people to the degree that they have hated the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S FAIR?

God is going to HATE them to the degree that they hated Israel? Wow! - you say that that's not fair? - well, I tell you something, WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S NOT FAIR? The Bible says:

"Nay but, O man, WHO ART THOU THAT REPLIEST AGAINST GOD? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Rom. 9:20-21)

We must understand something here! HE IS THE POTTER AND WE ARE THE CLAY. There is nothing more to be said - and God help those who would dare to say otherwise and challenge God's UTTER and TOTAL supremacy and sovereignty in this matter! The Bible says:

"Who is this (i.e., man) that darkeneth counsel by words WITHOUT knowledge?

"Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me (if you can).

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

"Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

"When the morning stars sang together ...?

"Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

"When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

"And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

"And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

"Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

"That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

"It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

"And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

"Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

"Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

"Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

"That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

"Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

"Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

"Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

"Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

"Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

"Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

"Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty (if you can)." (Job 38-22, 31-33, 40:2, 6-9)

"DECK THYSELF NOW WITH MAJESTY AND EXCELLENCY; AND ARRAY THYSELF WITH GLORY AND BEAUTY ..." if you can?

Of course we can't!

GOD CHOSE ISRAEL ON THE BASIS OF GRACE

Again, I say: He is the Potter, and we are the clay. But one should be perfectly clear here, God certainly did not choose the Jews because the they were somehow or other congenitally better than any other people on earth; or because they were a people morally superior to the people who surround them; or that they possess some kind of innate spiritual DNA that predisposes them toward God.

He chose them in order to make an open show of His MERCY - i.e., that His dealings with man are based on UNMERITED FAVOR (i.e., GRACE) and nothing else. That's what the Bible says:

"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." (Ps. 103:10-14)

GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS

And His mercy toward Israel is an OPEN and PUBLIC demonstration to that effect - a historical display of His KINDNESS and COMPASSION for ALL to see who seek after God - for the Bible says that with regard to this matter (i.e., His mercy), He is - as Peter says:

"... NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS:

"But in EVERY nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)

And the Bible goes on to explain what it means here by the word "work:"

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29).

What's that mean? - it means that our relationship with God - whoever we are - is based on His mercy toward us and not on any innate righteousness on our part; that if we try to approach God on the basis of anything we can do, we will surely fail. The Bible says:

"... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Is. 64:6)

And again, the Bible says:

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10, 12)

WHOSOEVER WILL

And so it is that we must trust in God's mercy to clothe us with His righteousness. But what assurance do we have that He will do so? For those of us who believe, we have, of course, the assurance of the Written Word:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER (that surely includes everyone, no matter who they are or what they've done) believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

And the Bible goes on to say:

"For by GRACE (i.e., unmerited favor) ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

"NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)

And Israel is God's OPEN and very PUBLIC demonstration in the HISTORICAL RECORD and IN THE EVENTS OF TODAY, that God saves man on the basis of His mercy alone, and not on the basis of any righteousness we think we possess. After all, if God can remain faithful to Israel despite all that Israel has done, and all that she has failed to do, He can remain faithful to ALL those who call upon His name - and that He will fulfill ALL the promises He has made to us and bring us safely through to the end.

GOD'S MERCY TO ISRAEL AND
THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL NOT FAIL

Contra wise, if God's promises to Israel fail on the basis of Israel's unfaithfulness, than we also stand in jeopardy of our future - for surely the church has been as unfaithful to God as Israel has been - OR HAVE YOU BEEN READING OUR MATERIAL FOR NAUGHT? The very real truth of the matter is, the church's historical record is every bit as tawdry and cheap as is Israel's, and to think otherwise is to reveal yourself as an IDIOT.

It's for this reason that those who condemn Israel because she supposedly is no different from any other nation are so wrong. While THEY ARE RIGHT that she possesses no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians, no greater virtue, no higher sense of decency and purity, they are still very wrong because THAT'S NOT THE POINT!

The point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE. That's the point - and that if God can save Israel on that basis, He can also save you on that basis as well - whether you are Jew or Arab, Iranian or Turk, Russian or Chinese (China, of course, is today the home of more REAL Christians than anywhere else on earth, despite the fact of their unrelenting persecution by the Chinese government) - whoever you are! All this to say that God will surely save NATIONAL Israel, for the Scriptures say that on THAT day,

"... THEY (i.e., Israel) SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED (very obviously the Lord), and they shall mourn for him (i.e., Jesus), as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for him (i.e., Christ, whom they rejected), as one that is in bitterness (i.e., great sorrow) for his firstborn." (Zech. 12:8)


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