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God’s Foreign Policy: Christian Zionism

When John Hagee, Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee talk about the “ingathering,” they're using coded language that refers to the Christian Zionist yearning for a battle—which may come in the form of a nuclear holocaust.
 
 
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You are seeing the King of the South come together with lightning speed. . . Can you imagine what Israel faces with Iran, Egypt, Syria, Turkey and Russia coming after them? The prophet Ezekiel clearly predicted this battle thousands of years ago and you are watching the players get into position with lightning speed. 

Jesus said: “When you see these signs, lift up your head and rejoice.” ---  John Hagee, Founder, Christians United for Israel (CUFI)

Christian Zionism has been around since the 1600s, when England’s deeply religious King James I was studying a book of bible commentary that suggested that the End of Days would take place in what was then Palestine. A pre-condition of the final battle of Armageddon, he read, was that 12,000 members of each of the twelve Hebrew tribes must return from the diaspora to Zion.

Now, four hundred years later, when John Hagee, Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee talk about the “ingathering,” they are speaking a coded language that refers not just to the return of the Jews to Israel, but also to the Christian Zionist yearning for the battle they believe it prefigures. Within their eschatological vision lies the very potential for Israel’s undoing, for it is a vision fueled by a deliberate intent to incite sufficient hatred to set the Muslim, and ultimately the entire world on fire. And thanks to the efforts of John Hagee, the founder of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas and of his million-member Christian Zionist lobby  (CUFI), the final battle may well come in the form of a nuclear holocaust that Christian Zionists both desire and encourage.

Pastor Hagee is the best known of the many Christian Zionists on the scene today. He has spent decades raising millions of dollars to bring Russian and Ethiopian Jews to Israel’s disputed territories. In so doing, he has gone a step further than Christian Zionists before him: By providing the means to settle religious Jews on the precise lands that must one day be ceded to Palestine if there is ever to be peace, he creates nearly impossible conditions for a two-state solution.

From Hagee’s perspective, these are lands that God gave to the Hebrews, the Chosen People, and therefore they rightfully belong to them. Having built his career and legacy on Genesis 12:3; that God , promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People, Hagee put together a multimillion-dollar empire preaching Christian support for Israel. The size of his CUFI following alone makes him an important political player. It also makes him one of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s and The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC’s) best friend.

Whenever issues regarding  the division of Jerusalem or the return of land in the disputed territories come up, John Hagee and other leading Christian Zionists call on an army of ready foot soldiers to exert immediate pressure on their political representatives. Lest you think that End-Timers are a fringe group,  a 2004 Newsweek Poll found that 55% of Americans believe in the Rapture, the moment in which godly, born-again believers are whisked up to be with God in the blink of an eye. Add the fact that 42% of Americans believe that Israel was irrevocably deeded to the Jews by God, and there are more than enough demographic reasons for politicians to support Israel, even when that support might not be in the best interests of the United States.

What is also of grave concern is the passive acceptance by American Jews of Christian Zionism. Far too many Jews know little or nothing about the Christian Zionist agenda. All they know is that Jewish Federations, AIPAC, the Anti-Defamation League, and other institutional Jewish groups have chosen to embrace Christian Zionists, giving them legitimacy in Israel as well as in the United States. The tragedy of this ill-conceived interfaith marriage is not that the love isn’t real—it’s real enough in its own way—but that one day, when the greater world fully understands the alliance between the Hagees of the world and the Jewish community, it will no doubt turn traditional Christians against Jews, thus powering the very anti-Semitism they seek to avoid.