THE ENTWINED DESTINIES OF
ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

VERY IMPORTANT ARTICLE IN PREPARATION FOR OUR UPCOMING SERIES OF ARTICLES ON THE "TWO WITNESSES"


"I will provoke you [Israel] to jealousy [SHAME] by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you." (Romans 10:19)

By: S.R. Shearer
May 12, 2013

The entwined destinies of Israel and the church


PREFACE

Prophecy is like a road sign saying: "Slow down, sharp right hand turn ahead!"

In almost every major article on this website, and throughout the pages of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, we have emphasized the entwined destines of Israel and the church – a fact that will become exceedingly important for you to understand as the PROPHETIC CLOCK winds down. If you fail to understand this matter, you will certainly fall victim to the GREAT DECEPTION of the Latter Days – a deception that is inextricably bound up with DOMINIONISM – a concept that millions and millions of today's evangelicals have "bought into." [We URGE you to take the time – and it will take a lot of time – to study Chapter VI of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Distinction between Israel and the Church," Chapter VII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "The Great Escape, Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture" and Chapter VIII of the NEW ANTIPAS PAPERS, "Tribulation and Judgment" – particularly Part 6 ("The Two Witnesses") and Part 7 ("Parables and Ciphers").]

We urge you to not skip over this material. You MUST get it "fixed" in your mind. Remember what prophecy is all about! Prophecy is like a road sign saying: "Slow down, sharp right hand turn ahead!"

But if we fail to heed the sign, if we fail to slow down before we get to the turn, it will be too late to brake once we finally get there, and we will surely slide off the road and crash.

Like a road sign, the Scriptures tell us things before they happen so that we can take evasive action before events catch up with us. If we wait until they finally overtake us, it will be too late to do anything - we will crash!

This article sheds light on exactly how God intends to bring Israel back into His PLAN AND PURPOSE IN THE AGES:

"I will provoke you [Israel] to jealousy [SHAME] by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you." (Romans 10:19)

ISRAEL AT THE FEET
OF ITS AMERICAN DOMINITRIX

It is extremely important that you acquaint yourselves with the history of Israel's shameful partnership with the American New World Order System and God's plan in delivering Israel from this wicked relationship. We URGE you therefore to take the time to read our article, "In That Day There Shall Stand up a Roof of Jesse That Shall Be an Ensign for the People."

Finally, we clarify the part that the church will play in this process of what can only be labeled "profound and unmitigated GRACE" – and we speak here of the REAL church (i.e., the church that is "left over" after the sifting of the Tribulation Period begins as described in Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43 – please see Chapter VIII of the New Antipas Papers, "Tribulation and Judgment"); specifically, how the church's testimony will provoke Israel to SHAME - SHAME at having been a participant in the wicked crimes of the American New World Order System; SHAME at having forsaken the God of Israel for an alliance with God's great enemy, the American super-state; etc. ---- SHAME that will in the end lead ALL Israel -

"... to look upon me [Christ] whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [SHAME] for him, as one that is in bitterness [SHAME] for his firstborn [whom he had mistreated].

"In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

"And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

"The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

"All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart." (Zechariah 12:10-14)

"... they shall look upon me [Christ] whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [SHAME] for him, as one that is in bitterness [SHAME] for his firstborn [whom he had mistreated].

"In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

"And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

"The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart."

-- Antipas

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Sophie Scholl

At the age of 21 Sophie was executed by guillotine after being convicted of high treason. Her crime was publishing some anti-war leaflets that were printed by the White Rose (a non-violent resistance group that encouraged people to passively resist the Nazis) in 1943 at Munich University. Eventually a copy of the leaflet made it out of Germany and millions of copies were made and then dropped by plane over parts of Germany. Its was re-entitled The Manifesto of Munich Students.

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I

THE SAD CONDITION OF BOTH
ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

Today's church: a street whore

INTRODUCTION

We have spoken often on the pages of this website of the apostasy (or "falling away" - 2 Thess. 2:3) of the church in these "Last Days" - a church which the Bible speaks of as a WHORE riding a Beast (i.e., the American New World Order System) [Rev. 17:3-6]. The Bible speaks of this as an "ABOMINATION" unto the Lord. (Rev. 17:4-5) [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate Terrorist State."] [Please see APPENDIX 1 for a biblical definition of "APOSTASY."]

But it's not just the church that the Scriptures picture as having sold herself out to the American New World Order System as a HARLOT in the "End of Days;" the Bible also speaks of Israel doing the same thing: of selling herself out to the American super-state; of aligning (or partnering) herself with the same evil entity with which the church has partnered herself. And isn't this so today? - after all, think about it! Who in these days are the two greatest devotees of the American New World Order System if not the church and Israel?

Today's Israel: a street whore

The Bible calls Israel's "condominium" or "arrangement" (i.e., Israel's "deal" to be America's "cat's paw") -

"... HER (i.e., Israel's) COVENANT WITH DEATH AND HER AGREEMENT WITH HELL!" (Isaiah 28:18) [We URGE you to see Part 6 of Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "Israel's Agreement with Hell."]

What a horrible picture all this is! - These are the two entities (i.e., Israel and the church) that God had "birthed" to His glory; to Israel God had said:

"... For I am a Father to Israel ..." (Jeremiah 31:9)

And to the church, the Bible says:

ISRAEL and the CHURCH: selling themselves out to the highest bidder

"... Christ ... loved the church and gave Himself up for her ..." (Ephesians 5:25)

To what other nations or entities has God ever said such a thing?

GOD HAS BEEN BETRAYED NOT ONLY BY
THE CHURCH, BUT ALSO BY ISRAEL

Nonetheless, God has been betrayed by both! - this is the sad picture of Israel and the church in the "End of Days." Both are pictured as having sold themselves out as WHORES to God's enemy, "Babylon the Great."

We have spoken much concerning the church's treachery, but now we turn to Israel's infidelity. [Again, please see our article, "APOSTASY: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]

Israel: counting money from her "John" - the American super-state

As is the case with the church, Israel's "condominium" with the United States is not something that has occurred overnight. The fact is, Israel has been slavishly working on this "deal" for some time now, involving herself as America's TOADY throughout the world - and in the process, entangling herself in the villainous and wicked CRIMES of the American New World Order System. [Please see our article, "Israel: In that Day There Shall Stand up a Root of Jesse that Shall Be an Ensign for the People."]

And the depth of her involvement in these CRIMES is truly astonishing; CRIMES THAT ARE NOT CONFINED TO THE MIDDLE EAST -- AND WHICH, THEREFORE, COULD BE WRITTEN OFF AS "EVILS NECESSARY FOR ISRAEL'S SURVIVAL" -- BUT CRIMES THAT ENCOMPASS THE WHOLE WORLD AND WHICH CANNOT BE SO EASILY WRITTEN OFF AS NECESSARY FOR HER CONTINUED EXISTENCE; CRIMES THAT CAN BE ONLY UNDERSTOOD FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE: THE "FAVORS" OF A "PAID-FOR" WHORE FOR HER "JOHN" (i.e., her client). [Please see APPENDIX 2 for what Israel has been up to as America's whore.]

Israel with her disgusting "Johns" - the elites of the American New World Order System.

All this is enough to make one cry out in despair; specifically, the fact of Israel's and the church's treachery; the fact that BOTH have betrayed God and partnered with His enemy, "Babylon the Great." AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, THAT IS PRECISELY WHAT HAS HAPPENED, and the entire world bears witness to that fact.

The condition of both Israel and the church is enough to make one cry out in despair

II

THERE IS A REMNANT IN BOTH
ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH

Nonetheless, there is a REMNANT in both Israel and the church - a SILVER LINE OF GOD'S REDEEMING GRACE that runs through them, and whose presence will preserve them both. And it is precisely here that we take note of just how closely these two REMNANTS are entwined with one another – a fact that will become ever more apparent as both entities make their way through the Tribulation Period.

  • CONCERNING ISRAEL

    Zechariah 12:8-14

    "In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

    "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

    "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [SHAME] for him, as one that is in bitterness [SHAME] for his firstborn [whom he had mistreated].

    "In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

    "And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

    "The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

    "All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart." (Zechariah 12:8-14)

    Concerning Israel, the prophet Zephaniah writes:

    "In that day [the day of the Lord – Zechariah 12:8-14] shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain.

    "I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.

    "The REMNANT of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid." (Zephaniah 3:11-13)

    And the Apostle Paul says:

    "God hath not cast away his people [i.e., the Jews] which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,

    "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.

    "But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

  • "Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace." (Romans 11:2-5) [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 4, "God's Love for Israel Is Based on Grace, Not on Works."]

  • CONCERNING THE CHURCH

    And concerning the church, the Apostle Paul writes:

    "For [even the whole] creation ... waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God's sons [the Church] to be made known - waits for the REVEALING, the DISCLOSURE of their sonship." (Romans 8:19, Zondervan, the Amplified Bible )

    The manifestation of the sons of God - please see our article, "What To Do as the End of the Age Approaches."

    The King James version translates it in this way:

    "For the earnest expectation of the ... [creation] waiteth for the MANIFESTATION of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19)

    And the NASB version translates it this way:

    "For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the REVEALING of the sons of God." (Romans 8:19)

    In this Paul is saying that the whole universe is waiting for something to happen insofar as the Church is concerned. It is waiting for the church to be "REVEALED," "DISCLOSED," "MANIFESTED."

    In a back-handed way, what Paul is saying here is that the WHOLE world is waiting for God's REMNANT in the church to be revealed – to be separated from the weeds and the tares that today have taken root in what we call the "church."

III

SEPARATING THE WHEAT
FROM THE CHAFF

THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD
SEED AND THE BAD SEED

THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father.

Jesus himself, speaking in a prophetic parable concerning the coming "manifestation" of the Church, said:

"The kingdom of heaven [the Church] may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

"But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

"And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?

"And he said to them, An enemy has done this! And the slaves said to him, Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?

"But he said, No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them.

Separating the wheat from the chaff (or tares).

"Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then [afterwards] gather the wheat into my barn.

"Then He left the multitudes, and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.

"And He answered and said, The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

"And the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

"Therefore just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.

"And will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

"Then THE RIGHTEOUS WILL SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear." (Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43)

Now in connection with the parable above, it is interesting to note how the harvest was carried out in the ancient world and how the wheat [the good seed] was separated from the tares and the chaff [the bad seed]. BOTH WERE HARVESTED TOGETHER! Then through a process of winnowing, the wheat was separated from the tares and the chaff. The process of winnowing was accomplished in this manner: first, the harvest was crushed and spread out on a large floor; then workers took shovels and threw the harvest into the air by the shovel-full. The tares and chaff, being lighter than the kernels of wheat, were blown away by the wind, usually into another bin, while the kernels of wheat, being heavier, fell again to the threshing floor. In this way the wheat was separated from the tares and the chaff. The chaff and tares, being good for nothing, were then gathered together and burned, while the wheat was gathered together, bundled and stored in the barn.

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

And when is it that the remnants in both Israel and the church will be MANIFESTED? – during the Tribulation Period.

A TIME OF TESTING

As we have said over and over and over again on the pages of this website, the word, "Tribulation," means "TEST." It is derived from the Latin word, Tribulum, which means to press and subject something or someone 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. [Again, 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.

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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.

[We URGE you to take the time to acquaint yourselves with Israel and the church as the "TWO WITNESSES OF GOD." If you fail to understand the Prophetic Scriptures on this point, you will fail to understand what the "end of days" is all about. Begin with Chapter VI of the New Antipas Papers, "The Distinction between Israel and the Church;" then Chapter VII, "The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture;" and finally, Chapter VIII, "Tribulation and Judgment." In doing so, remember the words of the Apostle Paul:

"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)

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This (i.e., "to TEST") 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. I repeat: 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 GREAT SEPARATION

The Tribulation Period is that time frame when APOSTATES will be separated out from the church in accordance with Matthew 13:24-30; 36-43; that time frame when they will PROVE themselves to be APOSTATE.

Falling away

NOTE: It is extremely important at this point 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 sixth 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.

ON THE BASIS OF THIS FACT ALONE, THE BELIEF BY MOST CHRISTIANS TODAY THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL EMERGE OUT FROM A SECULAR-HUMANIST MILIEU, OR AS A RESULT OF AN OBAMA-DICTATORSHIP IS ASININE; it's just not biblical. And the same could be said concerning the belief that antiChrist will emerge out of the milieu formed by the Democratic Party. Obama, secular-humanists and most Democrats think of themselves as multiculturalists; they reject the idea that the United States should ever be linked directly with the Christian religion – apostate or not. [Please see our article, "Apostasy: Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State."]

More likely, the antiChrist will emerge out from a milieu made possible by the union of the Religious-Right with the financial elites of the Republican Party. [Please see our article, "Preparing the Groundwork for the Emergence of the AntiChrist: CUFI: Promoting Israel's Agreement with Death and Hell."]

IV

THE APOSTATE CHURCH
TURNS ON ISRAEL

Valley of Decision

MULTITUDES IN THE VALLEY OF DECISION

In our article, "Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision: The Question of Israel and the Jewish People," we indicated very plainly what it is in the Dominionists' (OR Apostates') timetable that will - shortly after the Gog / Magog War - turn the dominionist community into "JEW HATERS;" specifically, the refusal of the Jews in both Israel and the Diaspora to convert to Christianity in accordance with the warped eschatology that Dominionists have embraced:

THE DOMINIONIST'S ESCHATOLOGICAL TIMELINE

  1. 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."]

America: God's Redeemer nation

  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.

    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 APPENDIX 3, "Differentiating between the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon."]

  1. This results finally in the CONVERSION OF ISRAEL.
  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."]

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CONVERSION OF
ISRAEL IN THE DOMINIONISTS' ESCHATOLOGY

As we have indicated in earlier articles, the result of Israel's failure to "convert" to Christianity immediately following the Gog / Magog War cannot help but inevitably turn Dominionists into rabid anti-Semites including, most likely, 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. And, as we have pointed out previously, it's not that hard to see why. DOMINIONISTS BELIEVE THAT THE CHURCH CANNOT TAKE DOMINION OVER THE WORLD UNTIL THE JEWS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED. [Again, we urge you to see our previous article in this series, "Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision: the Question of Israel and the Jewish People;" please also see, "PREPARING THE GROUND IN AMERICA FOR THE EMERGENCE OF ANTICHRIST, Part 2: CUFI (Christians United for Israel): Promoting Israel's agreement with death and hell."]

In one way or another, the belief that Israel will "convert" to Christianity after the Gog / Magog War (which Dominionists see as Armageddon) has been embraced by ALL the "leading lights" of today's evangelical church, to include: Peter Wagner, Paul Crouch, Jack Hayford, Charles Stanley, the late D. James Kennedy, Tim LaHaye, the late John Wimber, Juan Carlos Ortiz, Beverley LaHaye, Ern Baxter, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, the late Jerry Falwell, 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. [Again, please see APPENDIX 3, "Differentiating between the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon."]

Rick Joyner explains:

The Jews were 'hardened' TO MAKE THEM THE HARDEST TO REACH

- Rick Joyner

"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."

In other words, "the time of the restoration of all things" CANNOT 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.

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

John Hagee and his Dominionists friends: jilted lovers

"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."

But, again, the question is, What will happen when these hopes are dashed? - as they most certainly will be. [cf. Zech. 12:10 - 13:1]

MY HEAVENS! - 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!

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.

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! [Again, we urge you to see our previous article in this series, "Multitudes, Multitudes in the Valley of Decision: the Question of Israel and the Jewish People."]

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? – refuse to convert.

A new BLOOD-LUST against the Jews

By refusing to join in the tumult forced upon REAL Jews (who refuse to convert) – 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 – 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 APOSTATE CHURCH and the American New World Order System with which the apostate church has partnered.

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.

THE GREAT IRONY IN ALL OF THIS IS THAT THE REFUSAL OF THE JEWS - 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 APOSTATE CHURCH and the American New World Order System with which the apostate church has partnered.

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

IT IS EXACTLY ALONG THESE LINES THAT A GREAT PERSECUTION WILL BREAK OUT AGAINST REAL CHRISTIANS AT THE "END OF THE AGE" – THOSE WHO REFUSE TO THROW REAL 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:

"And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were BEHEADED for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev. 20:4)

"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 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)

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.

By taking a stand in support of REAL Jews in both Israel and in the Diaspora – and by that we mean Jews by BLOOD - one will of necessity have to take a stand against the claims of the Apostate Church and the American New World Order System with which she has partnered. The two issues cannot be disentangled.

They are in a bilateral relationship – all of which brings us to THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

V

PROVOKING ISRAEL TO JEALOUSY

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

Please see our article, "The Principles of the Kingdom"

As we have indicated time and again on the pages of this website, Israel – AS A NATION – shall not convert to Christ (i.e., recognize Christ as king and messiah) until the end of the Tribulation Period – i.e., when Christ shall appear in the clouds with ALL His holy angels. It is precisely THEN that the WHOLE House of Israel will be converted to Christ – and it shall be the culmination of a specific operation of GRACE on Israel's heart in the "Last Days" (Zech. 12:10); for -

"... by the deeds of the law there shall NO flesh be justified in his sight ..." (Romans 3:20) [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 4, "God's Love for Israel Is Based on Grace, Not on Works."]

It is this operation of GRACE –-- i.e., the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom –-- that will -

"... provoke them [i.e., the Jews) to JEALOUSY. (Romans 11:11)

Now this is a very interesting verse, and it is made more intelligible when we translate the word "jealousy" in verse 11 (above) to "SHAME" which is closer to its original meaning. When understood in this fashion, we can begin to comprehend the real meaning behind this passage of Scripture - because it reveals the working of the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" on the heart of Israel, or at least on the heart of those who constitute the "REMNANT" in Israel spoken of in Isaiah 11:16 –

THE ISRAELI CONNECTION: Israel's role as America's sycophant around the world

"... there shall be an highway for the REMNANT of his people, which shall be left ..."

And how is that? - the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" juxtaposes the character of the "Kingdom of God" over and against the character of "Babylon the Great" and puts in stark relief the fallen condition of present-day Israel as a TOADY and a SYCOPHANT to this wicked system (i.e., the American New World Order System). Furthermore, it reveals the INNOCENT BLOOD that Israel has been spilling in Central and South America, in Africa, and throughout the world on behalf of the American New World Order System as something that is dishonorable and outrageous.

The Bible says that this shall produce "SHAME" in Israel, and this "SHAME" will result in repentance, which will generate "LIFE FROM THE DEAD." (Romans 11:15) [cf. Zech. 12:8-14] [Please see our article, "The American New World Order System Must Give Way to the Kingdom of Heaven."]

[Please also see APPENDIX 6 for a description of the "new Covenant."]

SHAME

The dictionary defines SHAME as a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt and disgrace; a feeling of dishonor.

It is EXACTLY the kind of feeling that TRUE Christians will undoubtedly produce in the hearts of Jews both in Israel and the Diaspora who refuse to join in the effort of Apostates to throw the Jewish community "under the bus" as a result of their failure to convert to Christianity. These are those Christians who are cognizant of Zechariah 12:8-14; those Christians who have refused to join themselves to the crimes of the American super-state – crimes that the Jews themselves had participated in; those Christians who have condemned the apostate church for making an alliance with the American New World Order System – an alliance that Israel eagerly joined apostate Christians in supporting.

Now, as the foolishness of what they have done --– i.e., in making an alliance with the American super-state, what the Bible describes as a "BEAST NATION" (Dan. 7:7) that is "... DREADFUL" and "TERRIBLE," and "STRONG EXCEEDINGLY" with "great iron teeth;" one that "DEVOURS" and "BRAKES IN PIECES" (Daniel 7:7); a nation that nation that is EXACTLY THEOVERFLOWING SCOURGE Isaiah prophesied would "pass through" and TRAMPLE them into the ground (Is. 28:18) --- becomes apparent, the SHAME of their depraved and wicked activities as a sycophant for the American New World Order System will become unbearable.

Zechariah 12:8-14

"In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [SHAME] for him, as one that is in bitterness [SHAME] for his firstborn [whom he had mistreated].

"In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

"And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart;

"The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart;

"All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart." (Zechariah 12:8-14)

Not only that, but as their erstwhile DOMINIONIST friends initiate a BLOOD-LUST against them because of their failure to convert, the folly of what they have been engaged in for the last 60 years will grate on them all the more.

BUT it is PRECISELY this SHAME that will initiate the process of GRACE that will culminate in the events of Zechariah 13:3-6 –

"... and they shall look upon me [Christ] whom they have pierced, and they [the Jews] shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [SHAME] for him, as one that is in bitterness [SHAME] for his firstborn [whom he had mistreated].

"In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon." (Zechariah 12:10-11)

IT WILL BE EXACTLY AT THIS MOMENT THAT SHAME WILL LEAD TO REPENTANCE AND THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" THAT WAS PREACHED TO THEM 2,000 YEARS AGO BY HIM WHOM THEY NOW RECOGNIZE AS MESSIAH AND KING.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL people.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:7-8, 10-11)

NOTE: It is imperative that one recognize the fact that the "Gospel of the Kingdom" – the same Gospel that FAITHFUL Christians have been preaching throughout the Tribulation Period – is EXACTLY the same Gospel that was proclaimed to be "AT HAND" 2,000 years ago when the angels proclaimed it to the shepherds "in the field" at the time of Christ's birth in Luke 2:10-11:

"And she (i.e., Mary) brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, WHICH SHALL BE TO ALL people.

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:7-8, 10-11)

Shortly after this - and in conjunction with what the angels declared to the shepherds - the Kingdom was announced to be "AT HAND" by John the Baptist:

"In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,

"And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matthew 3:1-2)

Then by Christ Himself:

"And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people." (Matthew 4:23)

And finally by the Twelve:

"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

"But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

"And as ye go, preach, saying, THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND." (Matthew 10:5-7)

VI

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
IS AGAIN PREACHED TO THE WORLD

HOWEVER, WHEN THIS KINGDOM WAS FIRST PREACHED TO THE JEWS SOME 2,000 YEARS AGO, IT WAS REJECTED BY THEM - in fulfillment of the Scripture that -

"... THEY [i.e., ISRAEL] WITHOUT US [i.e., THE CHURCH] SHOULD NOT BE MADE PERFECT." (Heb. 11:40) [Please see APPENDIX 5, "The Distinction Between Israel and the Church."]

Now, after an interval of some 2,000 years, the Kingdom is once again "AT HAND!" The so-called "church age" is all but past, and the Jews - once dispersed over the whole earth because of the rejection of their king - have now been re-gathered again to their land. Everything is ready! - and God is raising up a people to proclaim that the Kingdom is once again "AT HAND."

A KINGDOM OF EQUITY AND JUSTICE

The kingdom being proclaimed here is a kingdom grounded in social justice for ALL mankind, a world of equity where men are not divided up between the "owners of capital" on the one hand and "labor" on the other hand, and where men and women are not divided up on the basis of their race or even their gender (Gal. 3:28); where the rich do not oppress the poor; where every man has equal access to God; where privileges cannot be bought by the wealthy; where there are no death squads, no poverty, no torture, no hunger, no disease, and no room for oppressors of any kind. VERY OBVIOUSLY, SUCH A KINGDOM WOULD BE TOTALLY AT VARIANCE TO THE WORLD WE NOW LIVE IN AND WITH THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM THAT NOW PREVAILS ON THE EARTH.

Think about it: A world based on social justice where the rich do not oppress the poor! A world where there are no John Dimitri Negropontes, no Augusto Pinochets, and no Charles Taylors! This, of course, is something much more than the "good news" of salvation, because while the "good news" of salvation promises redemption to the INDIVIDUAL, it does not promise to "make over" the world per se, and this is evidenced by the fact that from Pentecost until now there has been NO social justice and NO equity between and among men; tyranny and oppression have continued to flourish; and sickness, poverty and hunger have continued to wreak their horrible work on mankind - and it is only getting worse! [Please see our article, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte."]

No death squads! No more John Negropontes

THE ETERNAL GOSPEL

Concomitant with the proclamation of the "Gospel of the Kingdom" - and in conjunction with it - the "ETERNAL GOSPEL" will also be proclaimed. The great Bible expositor, C.I. Scofield, writes:

"The 'Eternal Gospel' (Rev. 14:6) is described as the announcement of divine judgment upon the wicked (specifically, Babylon the Great) ... It is good news for the suffering believers as it heralds their coming deliverance and reward (cp., v. 12). In view of this those who 'live on the earth' are exhorted to fear God and worship Him (v. 7)."

The "ETERNAL GOSPEL" is the "other side of the same coin" upon which the "GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM" has been imprinted. It foretells the destruction of "Babylon the Great," the kingdom of Satan which antichrist will set up in the "end of days" in opposition to the coming kingdom of Christ, and it calls upon ALL of God's people - i.e., all those who "... keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Rev. 12:17) - to forsake any alliances they might have with this wicked kingdom (i.e., the American New World Order System), and to get away from it as fast as they can.

THE ETERNAL GOSPEL

The destruction of Babylon the Great (America) is at hand

Why? - because THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS "AT HAND," and where the Kingdom of God is, there cannot be "Babylon the Great" (i.e., the American New World Order System) anymore than darkness can exist in the presence of light. (John 12:46, I John 1:5).

VII

CHRIST AS KING OVER THE JEWS
AND THE HEAD OVER THE CHURCH

The Bible says:

"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

"And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

"And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

The wolf also shall dwell
with the lamb

"But with righteousness shall he judge the poor [i.e., restore unto them what has been robbed from them by the rich], and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

"And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

"And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

"And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' [scorpion] den.

And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.

"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

"AND IN THAT DAY THERE SHALL BE A ROOT OF JESSE, WHICH SHALL STAND FOR AN ENSIGN OF THE PEOPLE; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious." (Isaiah 11:1-15)

AGAIN, THE QUESTION IS, WHAT WILL YOU DO?

As I have said in each of the preceding articles in this series, 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:

Kafka

"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."]

Once again I warn you, do not think – even for a moment - that if God gives the call, you will somehow or other rise to the occasion. You imagine that you will be okay; sadly, however, the crisis of the "end of the age" will only reveal what has already been developed in your life as Christian character - it will not add anything new to you. If you have not risen to the occasion before in the little things of life - you will surely fail when the real test comes. All that a crisis (test) does is reveal what you are already made of. If you have yielded to temptation and weakness before in the little things, you will yield to temptation and weakness in the big things. If you are not in God's will in the things that are nearest to you, when the crisis (test) comes, instead of being revealed as ready, you 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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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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Sophie Scholl

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APPENDIX 1

APOSTASY: FRIENDSHIP
WITH 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

We have been discussing God's purpose in the Tribulation - and to a large extent we have discussed this matter in relation to the church; but it is not the church that constitutes the actual focal point of the Tribulation, but the world. It is not the church that is being "tried" [remember here, that's what the word "tribulation" (or Tribulum) means] and "judged," it is the world. And so we now turn our attention to this matter.

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 the 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 of 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, we are also 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 nor 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,

"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 when they discerned that she was pregnant - 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

ISRAEL AS AMERICA'S WHORE

"Today, one would be hard pressed to find five countries in the world which support the [dictatorial, blood-thirsty] Salvadoran regime [in Central America]. The United States under Ronald Reagan is at the head of the list of supporters. In this 'honorable' company, one can find Guatemala, a huge concentration camp masquerading as a state [under the headship of Rios Montt (a devil masquerading as a Christian)]; ONE CAN ALSO FIND THE STATE OF ISRAEL."

Y. Karny,
Yediot Aharonot,
Jerusalem
October 3, 1984

As in the case with the church, Israel's "condominium" with the United States is not something that has occurred overnight. The fact is, Israel has been slavishly working on this "deal" for some time now, involving herself as America's TOADY throughout the world - and in the process, entangling herself in the villainous and wicked CRIMES of the American New World Order System.

And the depth of her involvement in these CRIMES is truly astonishing - CRIMES THAT ARE NOT CONFINED TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHICH, THEREFORE, COULD BE WRITTEN OFF AS "EVILS NECESSARY FOR ISRAEL'S SURVIVAL," BUT CRIMES THAT ENCOMPASS THE WHOLE WORLD AND WHICH CANNOT BE SO EASILY WRITTEN OFF AS NECESSARY FOR HER CONTINUED EXISTENCE; CRIMES THAT CAN BE ONLY UNDERSTOOD FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE: THE "FAVORS" OF A "PAID-FOR" WHORE FOR HER "JOHN" (i.e., her client).

ISRAEL IN EL SALVADOR

For example, take Israel's shameful involvement in America's bloody wars of conquest in Central and South America. What vital interest does Israel have in this area of the world? - she has NO vital interest there at all! Nonetheless, there Israel can be found - up to her neck in the blood of "innocents." As Y. Karny of Yediot Aharonot wrote with tears in his eyes in Jerusalem in October of 1984:

"Today, one would be hard pressed to find five countries in the world which support the [dictatorial, blood-thirsty] Salvadoran regime [in Central America]. The United States under Ronald Reagan is at the head of the list of supporters. In this 'honorable' company, one can find Guatemala, a huge concentration camp masquerading as a state [under the headship of Rios Montt (a devil masquerading as a Christian]; and - sadly - ONE CAN ALSO FIND THE STATE OF ISRAEL."

A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

And Karny isn't the only one in Israel who has taken note of Israel's "station in this world" as an American bootlicker. There's also Dr. Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, an Israeli professor of psychology at Haifa University, who has traced the origins of this Israeli/American, "condominium" back to a "MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING" signed between the United States and Israel "under cover of darkness" in November, 1981. It was an agreement that extended their sordid partnership "OUTSIDE THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN ZONE" and one that made Israel a "full" partner (really, a toady) in America's bloody wars to extend the American New World Order System into areas of the world where Israel has no real interest other than to ingratiate herself to her American masters.

Beit-Hallahmi writes in disgust:

"Israel's involvement in Central America has been a collaborative venture with the United States. IN NOVEMBER 1981, BOTH COUNTRIES SIGNED A MEMORANDUM CONCERNING STRATEGIC COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND ISRAEL.

"Part one of this memorandum dealt with military cooperation between the United States and Israel in areas 'OUTSIDE THE EAST MEDITERRANEAN ZONE', and the third part called for arms sales to 'third' parties." [Please see B. Bahbah, "Israelis and Central America," Chicago Tribune, June 21, 1983; see also . P. Taubman, "Israel Said To Aid Latin Aims of U.S.," The New York Times, July 21, 1983.]

ISRAEL: A NATION EAGER TO PROVE
HER WORTH TO THE UNITED STATES

Beit-Hallahmi continues:

"In Israel the United States has found a more than willing PROXY. Indeed, in some cases the initiative for Israeli involvement in third world 'troublespots' has come from Israel and not the United States. This was the case in April 1983, when the director-general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, David Kimche, arrived in Washington with a grand plan for an Israeli 'assistance program' in Africa, Asia and Latin America, financed by the United States. From Israel's point of view such a plan makes much sense: it gains Israel contacts in the third world, and MAKES HER A MORE INDISPENSABLE ALLY FOR THE UNITED STATES."

Now that's what one calls "being a good toady" - someone who not only is willing to do America's dirty work for her, but is EAGER to do it as well - kind of like a groveling puppy panting to "fetch" for her master. The United States couldn't have been more delighted, and it soon followed up on the Israeli suggestion. Beit-Hallahmi goes on:

"A meeting between the Israeli ambassador in Washington, Meir Rosenne, and then Ambassador-at-Large Vernon Walters is said to have taken place in early 1984. ["Israel and Latin America: The Second Lebanon War," Smol, June 1984.] Walters, former CIA deputy director and ... [then] U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, reportedly asked for greater Israeli involvement in 'defending the free world' on the Central American front, and Rosenne is said to have concurred. Israel's role in Central America ... [was] indeed crucial for the United States, which ... [could not] offer direct and open military aid to states like Guatemala, because of those countries' blatant human rights violations. BUT ISRAEL CAN AND DOES OFFER SUCH AID, AS IT DOES IN OTHER REGIONS OF THE WORLD WHERE THE UNITED STATES CANNOT OPERATE DIRECTLY, e.g., IN RHODESIA AND SOUTH AFRICA ..."

ISRAEL: DOING AMERICA'S KILLING SO AMERICA'S
HANDS CAN REMAIN CLEAN OF INNOCENT BLOOD

Now think about what is being said here! ISRAEL WAS OFFERING TO DO AMERICA'S DIRTY WORK FOR HER; AND NOT ONLY THAT, SHE WAS WILLING TO TAKE THE RAP FOR ITSO THAT THE UNITED STATES COULD BE SEEN AS "CLEAN" IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD.

That's pathetic; it's beneath contempt; it's vile and despicable in a most profound and fundamental way! Israel had become a servant in the house of God's enemy; willing to do the work of the devil in order to earn the praise of her masters in Washington. And not only that, she was willing to "partner" with some of America's most contemptible and ignominious "underlings" - the apartheid regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa - in order to do to black Africans what the Germans had done to them during the Hitler era.

And it didn't end there: she then volunteered to run death squads in the service of the United States in Central and South America - death squads that were very obviously directed against the "oppressed of the earth" there! It seemed as though the Israeli people had learned nothing from their experience in Germany from 1933 to 1945. It seems that when Israelis raise the cry, "NEVER AGAIN," they mean "NEVER AGAIN" for themselves, but not for other oppressed peoples. It seems that they are more than willing to act as America's SS and do to the people of Africa and Central and South America what the Germans had done to them. Beit-Hallahmi continues:

"This obviously was the reason, according to the Hebrew daily, Maariv, that Israel's Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir proposed the 'Strategic Cooperation agreement in Central America' to Secretary of State George Schultz in 1982. [R. Mann, 'Shamir Proposed to Schultz Cooperation in Aid to Central America', Maariv, October 22, 1982.] Shamir reportedly suggested cooperation in Costa Rica and other countries in Central America ... According to the article, a similar suggestion had been made a year earlier, but the Americans were cool to the idea for financial reasons.

A 1983 Washington Post article claimed that the Begin Government had for some time sought to play a security role in Central America in cooperation with the United States, and it quoted Israeli officials as saying that 'THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO ACT AS A U.S. PROXY IN AREAS [OF THE WORLD] WHERE ... HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS RAISE OBSTACLES TO DIRECT U.S. ACTION." [E. Cody, 'Salvador, Israel Set Closer Ties', Washington Post, August 17, 1983.]

ISRAEL AS AN "ARM OF THE UNITED STATES"

Beit-Hallahmi elaborates:

"This last point was made clear to Israelis in a 1983 Ha'aretz article presenting the Israeli establishment's point of view of the 1981 'Memorandum of Understanding': 'The revival of the agreement now will have its most practical implications not in the Middle East, but in Central America and in Africa'. In fact, this aspect of cooperation was the only one to be energetically pursued during the last two years ... The director-general of Israel's foreign office, David Kimche, concentrated on this subject in most of his talks during his visit to Washington during the summer. THE AMERICANS NEED ISRAEL IN AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING CONGRESS TO RATIFY ALL ITS FAR-REACHING ... MILITARY ACTIVITIES ... [ESPECIALLY] IN CENTRAL AMERICA, WHICH IS NOW THE MAIN FOCUS OF U.S. ACTIVITIES. THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION HAS LONG WANTED TO USE ISRAEL AS A CONDUIT FOR MILITARY AND OTHER AID." [G. Samet, 'Where the United States Needs Israel', Ha'aretz, November 6, 1983.]

Beit-Hallahmi describes Israel's symbiotic relationship with America, not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world, as -

"AN ARM OF THE UNITED STATES." [Please see C.T. Toriello, 'On the Role of the United States and Israel', in S. Jonas, E. McCaughan and E.S.Martinez, eds., Guatemala: Tyranny on Trial (San Francisco: Synthesis Publications, 1984).]

THE ARM OF THE DEVIL

The arm of the United States? - really, THE ARM OF THE DEVIL!

And what a terrible and ruthless partner to the U.S. Israel has proved herself to be. Take, for example, what she has wrought in Guatemala. Beit-Hallahmi writes:

"In the midst of endless misery and cruelty, Guatemala [which, again, Karny pictures as a huge concentration camp masquerading as a state] stands out as one Central American country where those in power have been fighting those without power, using an unusual degree of ruthlessness and bloodiness. Over the years, numerous reports of the true realities of Guatemala have been harsh in their judgment. [Please see J. LeMoyne, 'Guatemala Crushes Rebels Its Own Way: Ruthlessly', The New York Times, January 13, 1985; A. Lewis 'In America's Name', The New York Times, March 13, 1982; J. Preston, 'Guatemala: The Muffled Scream', Mother Jones, November 1981.]

"THOSE WHO CARRY OUT THE DELIBERATE POLICIES OF ENDLESS KILLINGS THERE PROCLAIM THEIR INDEBTEDNESS TO ISRAEL ... Israel has become the main support of the Guatemalan regime, as attested to by both Romeo Lucas Garcia and Efrain Rios Montt. It was Efrain Rios Montt, the born-again former dictator of Guatemala, who explained his easy takeover in March 1982 by saying that '...many of our soldiers were trained by Israelis'." [Please see S. Jonas, 'The Complicity of the U.S. Government and U.S. Capital in the Violation of Human Rights in El Salvador' in S. Jonas, E. McCaughan and E.S. Martinez, eds., Guatemala: Tyranny on Trial (San Francisco: Synthesis Publications, 1984); please also see F. Greve, 'Israel Could Fill The Gap If U.S. Latin Aid Funds Cut' in The Miami Herald, May 27, 1984.]

ISRAELI SOLDIERS AS MODELS
FOR THE DEATH SQUADS

And not only were the butchers and murderers of Rios Montt's blood-thirsty army trained by the Israelis, but the chief of staff of the Guatemalan army declared:

"THE ISRAELI SOLDIER IS THE MODEL FOR OUR SOLDIERS." [Y. Karny, 'The Secret Alliance of the Fifth World'. Yediot Aharonot, November 22, 1981; Y. Karny, 'Remove the Shame', Yediot Aharonot, November 26, 1981.]

WHAT A PITIABLE AND TRAGIC REFLECTION ON THE CHARACTER OF THE SOLDIERS OF ISRAEL'S ARMY - to be called a "model" for Rios Montt's death squads.

And make no mistake about it, the Israelis have been involved up to their necks in training death squads in Latin America. Indeed, the Washington Post reported in December of 1982, the -

"... presence of Israeli advisers, who are not just instructors, but are directly involved in counter-insurgency activities (i.e., the creation of death squads)." [Please see E. Cody, 'Sharon To Discuss Arms Sales in Honduras', Washington Post, December 7, 1982, A19.]

ISRAEL IN GUATEMALA

The Washington Post further reported that Israeli advisers "... helped Guatemalan internal security agents hunt underground rebel groups" and take "direct action" against the poverty-stricken Indian communities of Guatemala; and that's not all; J. Lemieux, writing for the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique, says that -

"... Israeli advisers in Guatemala have also been working with the secret police, the NOTORIOUS G-2. Advisers from Chile and Argentina have joined the Israelis in training the secret police in interrogation techniques." [Please see E. Cody, 'Salvador, Israel Set Closer Ties', Washington Post, August 17, 1983; please also see C.T. Toriello, 'On the Role of the United States and Israel', in S. Jonas, E. McCaughan and E.S.Martinez, eds., Guatemala: Tyranny on Trial (San Francisco: Synthesis Publications, 1984); finally, please see J. Lemieux, 'Le role d'Israel en Amerique central' in Le Monde Diplomatique, October 1984.]

And again, in all of this it's not as though the Israeli public has not been informed as to what is occurring IN THEIR NAME in Africa, as well as Central and South America. The close contacts between Israel and Guatemala's military juntas have been discussed widely in the Israeli media. For example, on January 25, 1982, Israel State Television carried a British report on conditions in Guatemala. The announcer in Jerusalem referred to the regime in Guatemala as a "right-wing dictatorship" guilty of atrocities, and added that both Israel and Argentina were arming this regime. Take another example: On July 8, 1983, Israeli State Television carried a report on Guatemala which showed Israeli light weapons to be the standard equipment of the army.

Finally, there is the true story - presented as a work of fiction in order to skirt Israeli censorship - of an Israeli operative in an unnamed Central American country. Stationed at the Israeli Embassy and working with a Colonel Garcia, the hero, who is involved in fighting "Indian terrorists," expresses his guilt and rebels against his superiors. He finds himself identifying with the terrorists, and this means the end of his career in the Israeli foreign service. [Although the story was presented as a "work of fiction, it was widely known throughout Israel as a true story (Please see A. Dankner, "Our Man over There," Ha'aretz, February 26, 1982).].

ISRAELIS PREFER NOT TO KNOW WHAT'S BEING
DONE IN THEIR NAME THROUGHOUT THE WORLD

On February 16, 1982, an "Open Letter to the People and Government of Israel" from the "downtrodden people of Guatemala" was sent by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, and by Servicio Paz y Justicia en America Latina begging Israelis to stop their support for the bloody regime in Guatemala. It was signed by the famous Guatemalan peasant leader, Adolfo Perez Esquivel. But the Israeli mainline media chose to ignore the plea. Like Christians in America, most Israelis prefer not to know what's happening IN THEIR NAME in Central and South America - and this willingness "not to know" has allowed their leaders to continue to ingratiate themselves with the American elites, and make themselves "indispensable" in the smooth functioning of the American New World Order System.

Most Israelis believe that this proclivity "not to know" what is being done IN THEIR NAME overseas buys them security at home. But all it does is earn them the INDIGNATION of God and makes them complicit in the crimes of the American Empire.

ISRAEL AS GOD'S WITNESS? – THAT'S A
JOKE TO THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD

What, then, does Israel say to Him who gathered them out of the nations to which they had been dispersed? What then does Israel say to Him who called her out to be -

"... MY WITNESS ... And My servant whom I have chosen ..." (Isaiah 43:1,9-10)

Israel as God's witness? - maybe so, BUT ONLY IN GRACE; certainly not in her comportment to the world at large; insofar as her comportment before the world is concerned, she is a DISGRACE to God. Why? - because a witness is called to bear TRUTH to the world - and if one is called God's witness, then such a one is required to be a REFLECTION of God - to reflect His love and compassion; but is that what Israel is doing today? IS THAT WHAT SHE IS DOING BY PARTNERING WITH GOD'S GREAT ENEMY, BABYLON THE GREAT - i.e., the American New World Order System?

ISRAEL IN EL SALVADOR AND HONDURAS

And it's not just in Guatemala that Israel has been carrying America's water. Take El Salvador where allegations about the Salvadoran military being trained in Israel, and Israeli military advisers being sent to El Salvador, were made as early as 1979 by Shafik Handal, Secretary General of the Salvadoran Communist Party. ["Leftist Says Salvadoran Troops Are Being Trained by the Israelis," The New York Times, October 10, 1979.]

In May 1982, Joaquin Antonion Aguilar, a representative of the Democratic Revolutionary Front of El Salvador, visited Israel and met with a variety of groups and individuals. Like Adolfo Perez Esquivel before him insofar as the poor of Guatemala were concerned, Aguilar begged the Israelis he met to have compassion on the poor of El Salvador and to influence their government to stop its support for the regime - but all to no avail! [I. Klich, "Caribbean Boomerang Returns to Sender," The (London) Guardian, August 27, 1982.]

And it's not just to the poor of Guatemala and El Salvador that the Israeli government has turned a cold shoulder. Take what it did to the indigent and destitute of Honduras: In December of 1982 Ariel Sharon, then Israel's Defense Minister, paid a visit to Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital. The Sharon entourage included Gen. David Ivri, commander of the air force, and Gen. Aaron Beit-Hallahmi, director-general of the Defense Ministry. Sharon reportedly signed a military accord, including weapons deliveries and training by Israeli advisers, visited military bases, and also visited Contra units on that occasion.

The Honduran strongman at the time, Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, told Sharon that he (Sharon) was one of his most admired modern generals - ALONG WITH THE NAZI GENERAL, IRWIN ROMMEL. [Y. Karny, "The Rise and Fall of the General Who Admired Ariel Sharon," Yediot Aharonot, April 3, 1984.] Eee gads, an Israeli general being compared favorably to a Nazi general! The irony of it all! - and Sharon seemed unable to grasp it.

ISRAEL AND THE CONTRA WARS

Then there's the matter of the Contra Wars: When the CIA began setting up the contra organization in 1981, the Mossad was also there, carrying out training and providing logistical support for the first units. Indeed, the first advisers and trainers to the Contras based in Costa Rica under Comandante Eden Pastora were members of one of Israel's leading commando units.

Not only that, but a leader of the Contra group, "Nicaragua Democratic Force" (FCN), based in Honduras and led by Adolfo Calero, a death squad leader and the former president of Coca-Cola in Nicaragua, also admitted receiving "invaluable" aid from Israel, as did Enrique Bermudez, another Contra death squad leader in Honduras, who said on the NBC Television News on April 23, 1984 that his group was receiving weapons and training from the Israeli Government.

It should be noted in connection with both Calero and Bermudez, that both these death squad leaders were "favorites" of the evangelical community in the United States.

Finally, there's Edgar Chamorro, another leader of the FDN, who told Time Magazine on May 7, 1984, that his group had received weapons and training from Israel. Time also reported on that occasion that -

"Israeli intelligence experts helped train the Contras and retired reserve Israeli Army commandos had been hired by shadowy private firms to assist the rebels."

"The Israelis," says a U.S. intelligence expert, "know how to run a secret operation."

The issue of Israel support for the Contras was raised in the Knesset by MK Miari on November 14, 1984. Miari wrote to Knesset Speaker Hillel, proposing to put this topic on the agenda for urgent discussion. Hillel turned down the request - revealing the fact that not only members of the Israeli government per se were involved up to their necks in "carrying America's water," but also most of the members of Israel's Knesset.

ISRAEL AS A PARTNER OF THE APARTHEID
REGIMES OF RHODESIA AND SOUTH AFRICA

Perhaps the most egregious example of Israel's treachery to everything that God had called her to was her involvement with the apartheid governments of Rhodesia and South Africa - governments that confined their black populations to ghettos not unlike the ghettos to which the Jews of Europe had been consigned for most of the their 2,000 year-long dispersion throughout the world. One would think that a people who had suffered so much at the hands of racists and oppressors over the years would have some compassion here for the oppressed of Africa. But not so! - it seemed that the Israelis had learned NOTHING!

Instead, according to Jane Hunter, an acknowledged expert on this subject, the Israeli government took upon itself the "arduous challenge" of perfecting the Rhodesian and South African governments' practice of domestic counterinsurgency - practices that the Israelis had developed in Central and South America under the tutelage of the CIA. These practices combined outright BRUTALITY, the use of death squads, and the extensive use of informers and collaborators. In addition, the Israelis instituted the concept of "collective punishment" against the blacks of both countries - another concept that it had perfected in conjunction with the CIA in the jungles of Central and South America. The collective punishment employed by the Israelis against the poor and dispossessed of Central and South America, such as the destruction of a whole family's home when one of its members is arrested as a suspect in an act of resistance, was adopted wholesale by the Rhodesian and South African apartheid governments, and resulted in the South African and Rhodesian practice of sealing off whole townships, and assaulting them.

ISRAEL IN ANGOLA AND MOZAMBIQUE

In addition, the Israelis joined the U.S. government's BRUTAL and BLOODY war against the peoples of Angola and Mozambique and their effort to avoid being "sucked into" the American New World Order System, and consequently being added as slave-states in the American Empire. To that end, Israel aided the FNLA (Angolan National Liberation Front) proxy forces organized and trained by the CIA to forestall the formation of a socialist government led by the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola).

John Stockwell, who ran the CIA operation against Angola, reported in 1983 - as did the Angolan News Agency - that Israeli military experts were training UNITA forces in Namibia, forces that had a perverted reputation for brutality and cruelty, and which - like the Contra forces in Central America - were linked closely to the American evangelical community. In addition, it was reported that Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon was personally involved in the organization, training and equipping of "commando" units (i.e., death squads) which were being organized to operate in conjunction with UNITA. In 1984, the Financial Times (London) wrote of "joint Israeli-South African support for UNITA forces." Other sources also reported the transfer of Israeli arms and financial support to UNITA.

Israel also became deeply involved with the South African-backed MNR (Mozambique National Resistance or "Renamo"), which had brought great economic and social distress to Mozambique. Renamo had a particular reputation for BRUTALITY - being regarded by most other right-wing insurgencies as a gang of cutthroats - cutthroats trained and funded by both Israel and the CIA. In 1983, Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos - speaking on behalf of the poor and downtrodden in both Angola and Mozambique - told Berkeley, California Mayor Eugene (Gus) Newport that an Israeli pilot had been shot down during a South African attack in Angola. The Angolan President showed Newport pictures of captured Israeli weapons. The following year, Luanda reported the capture of three mercenaries who said they had been trained by Israeli instructors in Zaire. Similar reports surfaced in Mozambique.

THE CHILDREN OF THIS WORLD ARE
WISER THAN THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT

The whole thing is pathetic and would make Israel's founders - people like David Ben Gurion and the other idealists who had founded the state of Israel (with little help from the religiously oriented Jewish community of the time) - roll over in their graves in distress. As with the church, it seems that the non-religious in Israel are more in tune with concepts of universal justice than is Israel's Orthodox community; after all, it was the religiously conservative Likud government of Menachem Begin that first countenanced the "MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING" between Israel and the United States that led to Israel's pathetic transformation into America's LACKEY and BOOTLICKER throughout the world, not the socialists and secularists of Israel's leftist Mapai Party. Whatever the failings of the Mapai, they are surely not responsible for this hateful alliance, proving once again that -

"... the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8)

Clearly, Israel has made a pact with the devil (i.e., the United States - the "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE" of Isaiah 28:18) - an "overflowing scourge" that God warned Israel in the pages of the Jewish Scriptures (no less) and by the mouth of Israel's own prophets would eventually BETRAY them. Specifically, the prophet Isaiah had warned Israel more than 2600 years ago:

"... your COVENANT WITH DEATH shall be disannulled, and your AGREEMENT WITH HELL shall not stand; when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE (i.e., the armies of the United States) shall pass through, THEN YE SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN BY IT." (Is. 28:18) ["Overflowing scourge?" - this is certainly a pretty good description of the United States: just ask the peoples and nations of the world that the U.S. has reduced to "client-state" status - for example, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Zaire - the list is endless.]

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APPENDIX 3

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 4

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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APPENDIX 5

THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN
ISRAEL & THE CHURCH

INTRODUCTION

The first thing one must do in coming to any meaningful understanding of the Prophetic Scriptures is to distinguish between Israel and the church. This distinction is forced on all those who take the Bible literally. Charles Caldwell Ryrie of Dallas Theological Seminary writes:

"A ... [a biblical literalist] keeps Israel and the church distinct. This is stated in different ways by both friends and foes of ... [biblical literalism]. Charles Fuller [who was NOT a biblical literalist] says the 'basic premise of biblical literalism is TWO purposes of God expressed in the formation of TWO peoples WHO MAINTAIN THEIR DISTINCTION THROUGHOUT ETERNITY. Arno Gaebelein, a friend of biblical literalism, stated it in [the same terms] ..." THIS [THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH] IS PROBABLY THE MOST BASIC THEOLOGICAL TEST OF WHETHER OR NOT A MAN IS A ... [BIBLICAL LITERALIST] AND IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE MOST PRACTICAL AND CONCLUSIVE ..."

The Olive Tree
Romans 11: 15-26

The Candlestick (Lampstand)
Revelation 1:20

Lewis Sperry Chafer, first President of Dallas Theological Seminary, agrees with Ryrie; he emphatically believed that if one read the Bible literally (reading "Israel" as Israel in the prophetic Scriptures, and the "church" as the church) one would be led systematically and logically to the conclusion that -

"... throughout the ages God is pursuing two distinct purposes: one related to the earth with earthly people [i.e., the Jews] and earthly objectives ... while the other is related to heaven with heavenly people [i.e., the Christians] and heavenly objectives, which is Christianity ..."

All these men believed that the denial of the distinction between Israel and the church rested on a very superficial understanding of the Scriptures and the rejection of a literal interpretation of the Word of God. The theology which denies that such a distinction exists is known as Covenant Theology [i.e., Post-Millennialism (Amillennialism is merely a sophisticated adaptation of post-millennialism)] - and is the historic theology of the liberal churches and the Roman Catholic Church. Covenant Theology sees the ages of history as the development of a single covenant made between God and sinners by which God would save, through the value of Christ's death on the cross, all who come to Him by faith.

While there certainly is much in Covenant Theology which is in agreement with the Scriptures, it is woefully inadequate to explain the "doctrine of end times" (eschatology) and ultimately it leads the church down into the box canyon of the social, cultural and economic reformation of man-devised institutions - which institutions are not meant for reformation, but judgment and destruction.

Chafer writes:

"The theological terms [so dear to the Covenant theologian], 'Covenant of Works' and 'Covenant of Grace', do not occur in the Sacred Text. If they are to be sustained it must be wholly apart from biblical authority ... Upon this human invention of two covenants ... [Covenant Theology (and Post-millennialism)] ... [have] largely been constructed. It sees the empirical truth that God can forgive sinners only by the freedom which is secured by the sacrifice of His Son - anticipated in the old order and realized in the new - but that theology utterly fails to discern the purposes of the ages; the [differing] ... relationships of God to the Jews ... and [of God to] the church, with the distinctive, consistent ... obligations which arise directly and unavoidably from the nature of each specific relationship to God. A theology which penetrates no further into Scripture than to discover that in all ages God is immutable in His grace towards penitent sinners [which He no doubt is] and constructs the idea of a universal church [in which Israel is swallowed up by the church] - a church continuing through the ages - on the one truth of immutable grace, is not only disregarding vast spheres of ... [Scripture] but is reaping the unavoidable confusion and misdirection which part-truth engenders."

THE RESULT OF COVENANT
THEOLOGY: A WORLDLY CHURCH

The "unavoidable confusion and misdirection" of the church alluded to by Chafer (above) results ultimately with the church involved up to its neck in the social, economic and even military affairs of this world - which activities are forbidden to the church - after all, how is it possible for the church to justify, for example, its involvement in the military affairs of this world in the light of Luke 6:27-35. Jesus said:

"But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

"Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

"Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

"For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

"And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

"And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

"But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil." (Luke 6:27-35)

To deny that Covenant Theology eventually leads its adherents into the useless activity of social reformation (and even into military activity) - and then finally into the denial of a literal interpretation of Scripture (which Covenant theologians must ultimately accept in order to involve themselves and their churches in this kind of activity - at least in light of the New Testament) is to deny history itself. This has been the historic fate of the Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Methodists, American Baptists and countless other denominations that started off as conservative, Bible-believing bodies but which are today merely shadows of their former selves - bodies which at the drop of a hat are prepared to compromise the Scriptures to accommodate whatever current social fashion is in vogue and whose single aim seems to be nothing more than the fruitless task of world reformation.

NOTE:

We make a very crucial distinction between what we call "old-line evangelicals" and today's evangelicals. The reason for this is that while the great majority of evangelicals today still call themselves Pre-Millennialists, they are no longer so in practice - and this has become so as they have been drawn ever more deeply into the attempt to "save America for Christ and the church" through the use of political activity. One simply cannot take part in such activity under the "cover" of a Pre-Millennial mandate which sees such activity as useless. One might understand this distinction better by using the analogy of a sinking ship: new-evangelicals are trying to save the ship; old-line evangelicals are trying to get as many people as possible off the ship; they are in absolute juxtaposition to one another.

THE SCRIPTURAL BASIS FOR
EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY

Of course, if we demand of Covenant theologians the Scriptural basis of their theology, it's only fair to demand the same thing from old-line evangelicals. What then is the Scriptural evidence upon which old-line evangelicals base their concept of the distinction between Israel and the church? What Scriptural proof exists to support the evangelical contention that Israel is not to be swallowed up by the church and is to maintain its distinction, as John F. Walvoord puts it, "throughout eternity ...?" Simply put, evangelicals base their belief on the eternal distinction between Israel and the church on a LITERAL interpretation of God's Word and what logically must follow such an interpretation - specifically, the IMMUTABILITY of God's "COVENANT TO ABRAHAM" which was reinforced and expanded upon by the "PALESTINIAN COVENANT," the "DAVIDIC COVENANT," and the "NEW COVENANT."

DEFINITION OF THE WORD "COVENANT"

Charles F. Lincoln defines the word "covenant" as follows:

"A divine covenant is –

  • a sovereign disposition of God, whereby He establishes an UNCONDITIONAL or declarative compact with man, obligating Himself in grace, by the untrammeled formula, 'I WILL', to bring to pass of Himself definite blessings for the covenanted ones,
  • or (2) a proposal of God, wherein He promises, in a CONDITIONAL or mutual compact with man, by the contingent formula 'IF YE WILL', to grant special blessings to man provided he (man) fulfills perfectly certain conditions, and to execute definite punishments in case of his [man's] failure."

Two additional points should be noted -

GOD'S COVENANTS ARE LITERAL

First, God's covenants are literal. G.N.H. Peters writes:

"In all earthly transactions, when a promise, agreement, or a contract is entered into by which one party gives a promise of value to another, it is universally the custom to explain such a relationship and its promises by the well-known laws of language contained in our grammar or in common usage. It would be regarded absurd ... to view them in any other way ... The very nature of a covenant demands that it should be so worded, so plainly expressed, that it conveys a decisive meaning, and not a hidden or mystical one that requires many centuries to resolve in order to develop."

GOD'S COVENANTS WERE MADE STRICTLY WITH
ONLY ONE COVENANT PEOPLE: THE JEWS

Second, no Gentile nation (including so-called "Christian" nations like America, Britain, France, etc.) has ever received a divine covenant from God; there is only one nation that God has ever covenanted with - Israel. J. Dwight Pentecost writes:

"Finally, these covenants were made with a covenant people, Israel. In Romans 9:4 Paul states that the nation of Israel had received covenants from the Lord. In Ephesians 2:11-12 he states, conversely, that the Gentiles have not received any such covenants and consequently do not enjoy covenant relationships with God. These passages show us, negatively, that the Gentile [nations] were [and are] without covenant relationships [with God] and, positively, that God had entered into covenant relationships with Israel."

THE FIVE COVENANTS OF GOD WITH ISRAEL

The Scriptures refer to five major covenants with Israel, all of them made by God with the Jewish people. Four of these covenants answer to the first formula defined above and are UNCONDITIONAL; one of them answers to the second formula and is CONDITIONAL. Lincoln writes:

"The four UNCONDITIONAL covenants, with the formula 'I WILL', are found in (1) Genesis 12:1-3, where the formula is found either expressed or understood seven times; (2) Deuteronomy 30:1-10, where it is found either expressed or understood, twelve times; (3) II Samuel 7:10-16, where it is found seven times; and (4) Jeremiah 31:31, where it is found seven times. The CONDITIONAL covenant, (5) with the formula 'IF YE WILL', is found besides in Exodus 19:5 ff., also in Deuteronomy 28:1-68; verses 1-14, 'If thou shall hearken diligently ... blessings;' verses 15-68, 'If thou will not hearken ... cursings'."

Thus, it is to be observed that there are two kinds of covenants which God entered into with Israel: CONDITIONAL and UNCONDITIONAL.

THE CONDITIONAL COVENANT
(The Mosaic Covenant)

In a CONDITIONAL covenant that which was covenanted depends for its fulfillment upon the RECIPIENT of the covenant (Israel), not upon the one making the covenant (God). Certain obligations or considerations must be fulfilled by the receiver of the covenant (Israel) before the Giver of the covenant (God) is obligated to fulfill that which was promised. It is a covenant with an "IF" attached to it. The MOSAIC COVENANT is such a covenant.

An UNCONDITIONAL covenant depends ALONE on the Giver of the covenant for its fulfillment. That which was promised is sovereignly given to the recipient of the covenant on the authority and integrity of the One making the covenant apart from the merit or response of the receiver. It is a covenant with no "IF" attached to it whatsoever. In addition, it should be noted that the unconditional covenants made by God with the Jewish people are ETERNAL. Lincoln writes:

"All of Israel's covenants are called eternal except the Mosaic Covenant which is declared to be temporal, i.e., it was to continue only until the ... (advent of a better covenant - the New Covenant). For this detail see as follows: (1) the Abrahamic Covenant is called 'eternal' in Genesis 17:7, 13, 19; I Chronicles 16:17; Psalm 105:10; (2) the Palestinian Covenant is called 'eternal' in Ezekiel 16:60; the Davidic Covenant is called 'eternal' in II Samuel 23:5; Isaiah 55:3; and Ezekiel 37:25; and (4) the New Covenant is called 'eternal' in Isaiah 24:5; 61:8; Jeremiah 32:40; 50:5; and Hebrews 13:20."

THE FOUR UNCONDITIONAL
COVENANTS OF GOD WITH ISRAEL

Let us now turn our attention to an examination of the four specific UNCONDITIONAL and ETERNAL covenants of God with Israel.

A. THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT

The Abrahamic Covenant is the first of the four great ETERNAL and UNCONDITIONAL covenants made by God with the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3; 26:1-5; 28:10-15). It forms the basis for the remaining three. It contains seven promises:

  • "I WILL MAKE OF THEE A GREAT NATION." This promise was to be fulfilled in two ways.
    1. NATURAL POSTERITY, i.e., "as the dust of the earth" through Isaac and the Jewish people.
    2. SPIRITUALLY, i.e., "as the stars of heaven" – i.e., that out from the Jewish people would come Christ (Messiah) and that out from Christ would come the church. [It should be noted that the first hint is made here concerning the two entities through which God planned to bring into subjection the earth and the heavens: Israel was to subject the earth ("a" above), and the church was to subject the heavens ("b" above).]
  • "I WILL BLESS THEE."
  • "AND MAKE THY NAME GREAT."
  • "AND THOU SHALT BE A BLESSING."
  • "I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE."
  • "AND CURSE THEM THAT CURSE THEE."
  • "AND IN THEE SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED."

B. THE PALESTINIAN COVENANT

In the closing chapters of the Book of Deuteronomy, the children of Israel faced a crisis in their national existence (Deuteronomy 28-30). They were about to pass from the proven leadership of Moses to the unproved leadership of Joshua. They were standing at the entrance to the land that was promised to them by God. BUT THIS LAND WAS POSSESSED BY ISRAEL'S SWORN ENEMIES who had shown that they would resist any attempt by Israel to enter the land promised them. It was impossible for them to return to their former status as a slave nation, and the land to which they were journeying seemed shut before them. As a result, many of them doubted the efficacy of the original ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. Had the inauguration of the MOSAIC COVENANT, which all agreed was CONDITIONAL, set aside the UNCONDITIONAL ABRAHAMIC COVENANT, the promises of which were now in doubt? To answer these important questions, God stated again His covenant promise concerning Israel's possession of and inheritance in the Land of Palestine.

The PALESTINIAN COVENANT promised the following:

  1. It reaffirmed title to Israel of the land of promise.
  2. It substantiated to Israel the fact that the introduction of the TEMPORAL and "CONDITIONAL" MOSAIC COVENANT had not set aside the UNCONDITIONAL and ETERNAL promises of the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT.
  3. It enlarged the boundaries of the promised land given in the ABRAHAMIC COVENANT. IN ADDITION, THE PALESTINIAN COVENANT contained certain statements:
    1. That the nation would be punished because of its unfaithfulness vis-á-vis the MOSAIC COVENANT. (Deut. 28:63-68)
    2. That Israel would be eventually restored to the land of promise after an as yet future dispersion among the Gentile nations. (Deut. 30:5)
    3. That Messiah would come. (Deut. 30:3-6)
    4. That there would be a future repentance of Israel. (Deut. 30:1-3)
    5. That Israel would embrace Messiah as a nation. (Deut. 30:4-8; cf. Rom. 11:26-27)
    6. That Israel's enemies would be judged. (Deut. 30:7)
    7. That the nation would receive her full and eternal blessing. (Deut. 30:9)

It is interesting to note that the exact conditions which prevailed at the time wherein the PALESTINIAN COVENANT was given, prevail again today. We do well to stand with Israel despite temptations to the contrary; it is a fearful thing to be found fighting against the God of Israel for ANY reason.

C. THE DAVIDIC COVENANT

These promises made by God to Israel are contained in II Samuel 7:12-16. The historic background of the DAVIDIC COVENANT is well known. Inasmuch as David had come to power and authority in the kingdom and now dwelt in a house of cedar, it seemed incongruous that the One from whom he derived his authority and government should dwell in a house of skins - a tent. It was David's intention to build a suitable dwelling place for God. But because he had been a man of war, David was not permitted to build this house. However, God made certain promises to David concerning the perpetuity of his house. These promises pertained to the eternal nature of:

  1. David's House.
  2. David's Kingdom.
  3. David's Throne.

John Walvoord, past president of Dallas Theological Seminary, writes:

"What do the major terms of the [DAVIDIC] covenant mean? By 'David's House' it can hardly be doubted that reference is made to David's posterity, his physical descendants. It is assured that they will never be slain in toto, nor displaced by another family entirely. The line of David will always be the royal line. By the term 'throne' it is clear that no reference is made to a material throne, but rather to the dignity and power which was sovereign and supreme in David as king. The right to rule always belonged to David's seed. By the term 'kingdom' there is reference to David's political kingdom over Israel. By the expression 'forever' it is signified that the Davidic authority and the Davidic kingdom or rule over Israel shall never be transferred to another family, and its arrangement is designed for eternal perpetuity. Whatever its changing form, temporary interruptions, or chastisements, the line of David will always have the right to rule over Israel and will, in fact, exercise this privilege."

As with the PALESTINIAN COVENANT, certain prophetic implications resulted which naturally followed from the provisions of the DAVIDIC COVENANT:

  1. Israel must be preserved as a nation.
  2. Israel must be brought back into the land of her inheritance (including not just her 1948 boundaries, but also the so-called West Bank, the whole city of Jerusalem, and much of present day Jordan, southern Lebanon, Syria, etc.
  3. David's "Seed," the Lord Jesus Christ, must return to the earth bodily to reign over David's promised kingdom.
  4. A literal earthly kingdom must be constituted over which Messiah will reign. Peters writes: "The fulfillment of the covenant promises implies, in view of this restored Davidic throne and kingdom, that the Messianic Kingdom is to be a visible, external kingdom, not merely a spiritual one ..."
  5. This kingdom must become an eternal kingdom.

D. THE NEW COVENANT

The NEW COVENANT as stated in Jeremiah 31:31-34 guarantees to Israel what the temporal and conditional MOSAIC COVENANT could never accomplish - a converted heart as the foundation of all her blessings:

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I WILL make a NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them out of the land of Egypt [the MOSAIC COVENANT]; which covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I WILL make with THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL; after those days [i.e., the "last days"] saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I WILL forgive their iniquity, and I WILL remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Ryrie writes:

"The NEW COVENANT promises:

  1. "An UNCONDITIONAL, grace covenant resting on the 'I WILL' of God. The frequency of the phrase in Jeremiah 31:31-34 is striking (cf. Ezekiel 16:60-62).
  2. "An EVERLASTING covenant. This is closely related to the fact that it is UNCONDITIONAL and made in grace ... (Isa. 61:2; cf. Ezek. 37:26; Jer. 3135-37).
  3. "The impartation of a renewed mind and heart which we may call regeneration ... (Jer. 31:33; cf. Isa 59:21).
  4. "Restoration to the favor and blessing of God ... (Hos. 2:19-20; cf. Isa. 61:9).
  5. "Forgiveness of sin: '... for I WILL remove their iniquity, and I WILL remember their sins no more' (Jer. 31:34).
  6. "The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is seen by comparing Jeremiah 31:33 with Ezekiel 36:27.
  7. "The teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit will be manifested and the will of God will be known by obedient hearts ... (Jer. 31:34).
  8. "As is always the case when Israel is in the land, she will be blessed materially in accordance with the provisions of the NEW COVENANT ... (Jer. 32:41; Isa. 61:8; Ezekiel 34:25-27).
  9. "The sanctuary will be rebuilt in Jerusalem, for it is written, ' ... I will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them'. (Ezek. 37:26-27a)
  10. "War shall cease and peace shall reign according to Hosea 2:18. The fact that this is also a definite characteristic of the Millennium (Isa. 2:4) further supports the fact that the NEW COVENANT is Millennial in its fulfillment.
  11. "The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of all the blessings of the NEW COVENANT, for 'by the blood of THY COVENANT I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water'. (Zech. 9:11)"

Ryrie continues:

"By way of summary, it may be said that as far as the "Old Testament" teaching on the NEW COVENANT is concerned, the covenant was made with the JEWISH PEOPLE. Its period of fulfillment is yet future, beginning when the Deliverer shall come and continuing throughout all eternity. Its provisions for the nation of Israel are glorious, and they all rest ... (solely) on the WORD OF GOD."

COVENANT THEOLOGY AND EVANGELICALISM

Covenant theologians (once again, those theologians who deny that modern day Israel has any biblical significance) have attempted to appropriate the provisions of the NEW COVENANT wholly and exclusively to the church. But to do so is to (1) deny the LITERAL nature of the Word of God which should be taken at face value (because the wording of all four UNCONDITIONAL COVENANTS make clear that these covenants were made specifically with the Jewish people), and / or (2) make God out as a liar. There is simply no way to get around it: Israel is CLEARLY the recipient of these covenants.

Covenant theologians base their contention that the church is now the exclusive recipient of the UNCONDITIONAL COVENANTS on certain passages in the New Testament which link the church to these covenants, specifically, Luke 22:20; I Corinthians 11:25; II Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 8:8; and 9:15.

Evangelicals, however, do not deny that the church, as a "MYSTERY" is "hinted" at in these covenants:

"Now to him that has the power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the MYSTERY, which was kept secret since the world began. "(Rom. 16:25)

Moreover, these "hints" are substantiated and made real in the New Testament in innumerable passages as when Paul declares that Christians are children of Abraham by faith (Gal. 3:7 and 3:29). But these passages do not make void the original promises of God to Israel; they point out, rather, that in some "peculiar" way, Christians are to be made "joint heirs" with Israel. How? Not by displacing Israel or even making the church a partaker in the EARTHLY promises, but by GRANTING THE CHURCH THE HEAVENLY COUNTERPARTS OF ISRAEL'S EARTHLY PROMISES - so that now the following situation pertains and is made real:

THE PROMISES

The Earth:
Israel
The Heavens :
The Church
The Abrahamic Covenant The children of God Rom. 8:16
The household of God Eph. 2:19
The children of Abraham Gal 3:7
Abraham's seed Gal 3:29
The children of Promise Rom. 9:8
A people of His own Ti 2:14 RSV
Heirs of God Gal 3:29
The Palestinian Covenant Heirs according to promise Rom. 8:17
The Temple of God I Cor. 3:16
The circumcision Phil 3:3
The Israel of God Gal 6:16
A chosen generation I Pet. 2:9
A royal priesthood I Pet. 2:9
A holy nation I Pet. 2:9
The Davidic Covenant A peculiar people I Pet. 2:9
Heirs of the kingdom Jas. 2:5
The sons of God Jn. 1:12
Kings and priests of God Rev. 1:6
The New Jerusalem Rev. 3:12
The holy city Rev. 21:2
The people of God Heb. 4:9
Mount Zion Heb. 12:22
The New Covenant The city of the living God Heb. 12:22

SO WHAT DO WE HAVE ?

So now, what do we have? A church that has replaced Israel? - by no means! Rather, two entities, one heavenly - the church; and one earthly - Israel, which compliment and mirror the other; both of which reflect the glory of God, each in its own respective sphere.

Lastly, one additional point: this is not simply an academic exercise in "peripheral matters." How one answers the question concerning Covenant Theology as opposed to pre-millennial dispensationalism has very grave consequences - and these consequences go far beyond whether it's permissible for the church to participate in the political and military activities of this world. Ultimately, it also colors one's attitude towards Israel and the Jewish people.

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APPENDIX 6

THE NEW COVENANT BETWEEN
GOD AND ISRAEL

The NEW COVENANT as stated in Jeremiah 31:31-34 guarantees to Israel what the temporal and conditional MOSAIC COVENANT could never accomplish - a converted heart as the foundation of all her blessings:

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I WILL make a NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them out of the land of Egypt [the MOSAIC COVENANT]; which covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: But this shall be the covenant that I WILL make with THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL; after those days [i.e., the "last days"] saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I WILL forgive their iniquity, and I WILL remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Charles Ryrie writes:

"The NEW COVENANT promises:

  1. "An UNCONDITIONAL, grace covenant resting on the 'I WILL' of God. The frequency of the phrase in Jeremiah 31:31-34 is striking (cf. Ezekiel 16:60-62).
  2. "An EVERLASTING covenant. This is closely related to the fact that it is UNCONDITIONAL and made in grace ... (Isa. 61:2; cf. Ezek. 37:26; Jer. 3135-37).
  3. "The impartation of a renewed mind and heart which we may call regeneration ... (Jer. 31:33; cf. Isa 59:21).
  4. "Restoration to the favor and blessing of God ... (Hos. 2:19-20; cf. Isa. 61:9).
  5. "Forgiveness of sin: '... for I WILL remove their iniquity, and I WILL remember their sins no more' (Jer. 31:34).
  6. "The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is seen by comparing Jeremiah 31:33 with Ezekiel 36:27.
  7. 7. "The teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit will be manifested and the will of God will be known by obedient hearts ... (Jer. 31:34).
  8. "As is always the case when Israel is in the land, she will be blessed materially in accordance with the provisions of the NEW COVENANT ... (Jer. 32:41; Isa. 61:8; Ezekiel 34:25-27).
  9. "The sanctuary will be rebuilt in Jerusalem, for it is written, ' ... I will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them'. (Ezek. 37:26-27a)
  10. "War shall cease and peace shall reign according to Hosea 2:18. The fact that this is also a definite characteristic of the Millennium (Isa. 2:4) further supports the fact that the NEW COVENANT is Millennial in its fulfillment.
  11. "The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation of all the blessings of the NEW COVENANT, for 'by the blood of THY COVENANT I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water'. (Zech. 9:11)"

Ryrie continues:

"By way of summary, it may be said that as far as the "Old Testament" teaching on the NEW COVENANT is concerned, the covenant was made with the JEWISH PEOPLE. Its period of fulfillment is yet future, beginning when the Deliverer shall come and continuing throughout all eternity. Its provisions for the nation of Israel are glorious, and they all rest ... (solely) on the WORD OF GOD."

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