Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 04/11/2012

BIBI APPRECIATES US!

Well, it has taken a long time, but our efforts are finally being recognized. That is, the Christian Zionist movement, or the wave of evangelical Christians who love and support Israel and the Jews, is now being recognized and greatly appreciated by none other than Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel! After centuries of so called ‘Christian’ persecution, extermination and hatred of Jews, God has inspired biblical Christians to denounce these atrocities and to stand up for God’s chosen people and their God-given homeland, Israel. According to the Jerusalem Post, Christian Edition, April 2012, Netanyahu lauds the efforts of all who do this, in particular, Pastor John Hagee’s organization, Christians United For Israel.

He is quoted as saying “Thank you for standing up for Israel.. . . we are witnessing a dramatic transformation in the relationship between Christians and Jews, who are focusing now on the common values and the common future we both share.” Concerning recent threats to Christianity across the Middle East, he said he was “proud that Israel is the only place in the Middle East where Christians are free to practice their faith in complete freedom.”

Regarding the Iranian nuclear program, CUFI executive director David Brog said that supporting Israel was of special importance for Christians at this time.  “At a juncture of such peril for Israel and the West, we are proud that we now have one million members working diligently for a strong US-Israel relation,” Borg said. He labeled the claim that Evangelicals support Israel in order to herald the return of Jesus and the conversion of Jews, as “complete and utter nonsense,” and said such claims are based on “ignorance.” Christians, he said, do not believe that anything on Earth can influence the messiah’s coming and that his arrival will be at a preordained time.

Rather, he said, Evangelicals support Israel because of a literalist interpretation of the Bible that views the promises made to the people of Israel as still intact – as opposed to ‘Replacement theology,” which is widely held by many other Christian denominations and claims that the Church inherited the biblical promises made to the Jews. For instance, sadly, the Presbyterian denomination is right now planning to divest from three multi-national companies doing business in Israel and the West Bank.

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  1. It’s true that this was a long time coming – this same thing was mentioned on last week’s broadcast (Apr 7, 2012) on Jack Van Impe Presents:
    http://www.thegospel.com/clients/jvim-jack-van-impe-ministries/media.asp

    Marie


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