Standing With Israel: how bad theology duped us into supporting terrorism and oppression

Standing With Israel: how bad theology duped us into supporting terrorism and oppression August 16, 2013

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Not many days go by without seeing some sort of “Stand with Israel” image pop up into my Facebook news feed. And, each time it does, my heart grieves over the fact that so many of my fellow Christians have been taken in by this new and dangerous theology, and in so duped into supporting terrorism and oppression… all in the name of God.

I grew up believing that Israel was God’s favorite country (also commonly expressed as “the Jews are God’s chosen people”), and the center of all God’s activity in humanity. Not only were they considered God’s “chosen” people, but we were taught that failing to support the nation of Israel would result in being cursed by God, whether you were an individual or an entire nation. This has caused much of American Evangelicalism to develop a blind love affair with the modern nation of Israel, who they see as the center of God’s past and future activity in the world.

I believe that this theology of the “Church and Israel Distinction” is actually one of the most dangerous and destructive theologies in the world today. It is unlike many of the other “secondary” theologies that are privately held beliefs which do not impact others one way or another. Conversely, this theology is causing a great many Evangelical Christians to embrace violence, condone oppression, support torture, and is actually creating terrorism. Ironically, this theology leads one to support not Godly behavior, but instead embrace behavior that is anything but Jesus-like.

The purpose of this post is to explain why this “pro-Israel” theology is ridiculously unbiblical, and how “standing with Israel” ironically causes one to stand opposed to God. I will give a brief overview of the basic tenants of this theology, the history of how it became popular within American Evangelicalism, why this theology is blatantly opposed to scripture, and why it is a major cause of terrorism in the world today.

Overview & History of Pro-Israel Theology (the Church and Israel distinction)

This theology is premised upon the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12, when God said “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

2013-07-20 10.03.28From this verse, and other passages from the OT, this theology states that there are two covenants in the world today, one with the ethnic descendants of Abraham and one with everyone else. Essentially, it claims that God has two plans, one for Jews and one for Gentiles. As a result, this theology necessitates that all of the promises God made to Israel in the OT must only be fulfilled via the ethnic descendents of Abraham. This theology, at the core, differentiates God’s plan for humanity based upon race.

Beholders to this theology see the modern political state of Israel as the recipient of the promise God made to Abraham, and as a result, believe that we must unwaveringly support them lest we experience the wrath of God. Such attitudes have become deeply ingrained into Evangelical culture; I recall recently reading a Facebook post of a minister who said he was going to vote for the candidate that was the most “pro-Israel”, and “Stand with Israel” type rallies are quite common in Evangelical churches. Oftentimes in such culture, your level of support for Israel can be used as a litmus test as to how “Christian” you are.

History

For those who grow up in churches that preach the Church and Israel distinction, this theology seems as if it is a normal part of orthodox Christianity, and never gets questioned. However, the truth is that this theology is a new theology and is not part of orthodox Christianity.

This theology was popularized by denounced heretic John Nelson Darby in the 1800’s. Darby is considered the father of dispensationalism, which is a dwindling subset of American Fundamentalism. Dispensationalism is a collection of extra-biblical beliefs (such as the “rapture”) which is typically known by a preoccupation on the end of the world, and a pessimistic worldview. Among Darby’s heresies included this new idea that God had two, simultaneous covenants, one for Jews and one for Gentiles. Sadly, much of Darby’s teachings caught hold in the UK and eventually America, and turned much of American Evangelicalism from an optimistic, social justice focused movement into a pessimistic, end-times movement.

However, Darby’s theology on Israel didn’t really take radical root in American culture until after the political state of Israel was born in 1948. Even then, the theology wasn’t all that popular until end-times writers created an entire new genre of literature in the 60’s and beyond, such as Hal Lindsay and Tim Lahaye. Once their books became popular, this new theology spread with such fervor that many now simply assume it has always been a central part of orthodox Christianity.

But, it hasn’t.

It’s a new theology, and besides being an extremely racist theology, it is a very dangerous and destructive theology as well.

Why It’s Biblically and Theologically Flawed

Yes, it is true that in the Old Testament, Israel was the group of people God set apart and through whom he fulfilled his promise to bless the world. However:

1. The “seed of Abraham” or the descendants of Abraham, have always included those outside ethnic Jews (i.e., converted Gentiles)

The pro-Israel theology is based upon the premise that the group referred to as “Israel” or the “seed of Abraham” was a racially pure group, but this was never true. Beholders of this theology read the OT through an extremely racist lens, even if they are unable to realize such a lens exists. Just a few examples of how Israel was a racially diverse group:

Ex. 12:38 says it included a “mixed multitude” and that Israel included those who were not ethnically of Abraham but who had converted.

The faithful spies in Numbers 32. Only two were faithful, and Caleb was an Edomite.

Othniel, the first judge, was not an ethnic Jew.

Moses was in an interracial marriage with a Cushite.

Rahab was a Canaanite

Ruth was a Moabite

Esther 8:17 describes the inclusion of many other nationalities

Zechariah chapter 2 prophesies that Israel will include even more nationalities in the future.

Simply put, the Old Testament never makes “Israel” an issue of race, as most Evangelicals do, but instead describes a group of people who have decided to follow God. Any person, of any race who decided to follow God, was included in Israel. It was never a race, but a religious community.

2. The New Testament affirms and teaches that the people of Israel are not those Jewish by blood but those who have decided to follow Jesus.

Romans 9:6 “For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel… In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.”

Romans 2:29 tells us that the true Israelis are not so ethnically, but spiritually:  “A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.”

However, the “stand with Israel” movement rejects what is plain in scripture, instead insisting that God has a very specific, chosen race of people for which he has a special plan. Instead of the God who is not a “respecter of persons”, this theology creates a god who is severely racist- receiving people not on the basis of their hearts, but on the genetic origins of their DNA.

3. The New Testament teaches us that Jesus created a new humanity.

As Paul says in Gal 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

This passage is perhaps as clear as it gets, that there is no longer a distinction or separation between Jews and Gentiles; the previous barrier has been removed.

Furthermore, Paul ever so clearly states in Ephesians:

“Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.” (emphasis mine)

In this we see, that it was God’s intention to completely remove any separation which once existed between the categories of “Jew” and “Gentile” and that as far as God is concerned, there is a new humanity where all are included together.

However, the Stand with Israel movement rejects these passages, instead insisting that a barrier still exists, where God has one distinct plan for ethnic Jews and a separate plan (covenant) for Gentiles. I can think of no other more racist position that stands opposed to the truth of scripture.

4. Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament, including God’s promise to Abraham.

In fact, even Abraham himself knew this– in John, Jesus tells the religious leaders that Abraham “rejoiced to see my day”. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus was a blessing to the world more than any other event in all of human history– and this was the fulfillment of God’s promise to bless the whole world through Abraham.

 However, this theology argues that the promises to Abraham have not been fulfilled, and that they will only be fulfilled in the future, via his own bloodline. Such a position completely reduces the purpose and work of Christ, as if it wasn’t enough to fulfill the promises made to Abraham.

While there are many additional theological arguments against this position, it is important to understand that:

(a) This is a very new theology, and is not part of historic, orthodox Christianity.

(b) This is a theology based upon race, even though Israel in the OT was not a pure race.

(c) This is a theology which in many respects, argues that there are two paths to God- one path for the Jews, another for Gentiles.

(d) This is a theology which requires one to completely dismiss countless New Testament teachings which, very clearly state, there is no longer a separation between Jews and Gentiles.

If this were all there was to it, you wouldn’t hear a complaint from me because it would be a relatively harmless theology. However, this is actually a damaging theology that is making the world more dangerous, violent, and oppressive.

2013-07-20 10.08.20Why “Stand with Israel” theology is literally destructive

1.By saying that you “Stand with Israel” you are, by definition, saying that you “stand against” the Palestinian people. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors, not to stand against them.

2. By supporting Israel as she has continually taken land away from the Palestinian people, we have contributed to a massive crisis of refugees without a home. This has led us to stand with the oppressor, not the oppressed, as scripture commands us.

3. By supporting settlement expansions in Israel, we are supporting the Israelis breaking the law. We cannot say that undocumented immigrants in our country need to “respect the law” while supporting Israel’s daily refusal to obey international laws. That is ridiculously hypocritical.

4. This theology requires you to reject the role of “peacemaker” as Christ commanded. Almost every time the US has attempted to broker a peace deal in the middle east, I’ve seen the pro-Israel folks take to the internet to condemn western leaders for making any compromises or dividing any land. I’ve heard preachers say that to obey the Bible (citing Joel) means that we are forbidden from sharing the land with outsiders. In fact, many churches in America actually donate money to help fund these illegal and oppressive settlements. These attitudes do not reflect the love of Jesus, the role of peacemaker, and are not “Christian” attitudes.

5. This theology requires us to oppress other Christians. There are more Christians living in Palestine than in Israel, and when we support violence and oppression against the Palestinians, we are supporting the oppression of our own brothers and sisters.

6. This theology is making the job of missionaries throughout the middle east and Muslim world, more difficult. Because Christians consistently and blindly support Israel, regardless of how oppressive they are towards the Muslim community, we have damaged our witness within the Muslim community. As if missions to Muslims were not difficult enough already, our support of their oppression only adds to the level of mistrust and resentment– making the job of our missionary brothers and sisters all the more difficult.

7. By supporting Israel, we are supporting a nation that is consistently guilty of torturing children and other human rights abuses. According to a recent UN report, over a period of 10 years, thousands of Palestinian children have been kidnapped, tortured, used as human shields, and killed by the Israelis.  In addition, they have also been found to have forcibly sterilized Ethiopian immigrants which has reduced the Ethiopian community in Israel. If these sorts of human rights abuses were happening in any other country, the United States would be pursuing sanctions, or war. However, the fact that this theology has been forced into national discourse as a litmus test for many politicians, we continue to support this abusive nation.

 8. This theology is one of the root causes of the world’s terrorism problem. Why do “terrorists” hate us? Well, it’s not because of “freedom” as many politicians will tell you– it’s actually because of the US foreign policy towards Israel. Israel has become a bully in the middle east, killing and oppressing Muslims without even a hint of accountability from the west. The Muslim world has watched us support a bully, all in the name of our “God”, and it has grown to hate us as a result. This theology is actually creating and fueling terrorism- the same terrorism that caused 911. It has played such a significant role, that I hold preachers like John Hagee as responsible for terrorism as the terrorist themselves.

Really, you ask? Yes. The very powerful evangelical voter block, which largely has been infiltrated by this bad theology, insists that the candidates they support be unwavering supporters of Israel. As a result, US foreign policy towards Israel has been built on bad theology instead of sound reasoning.

Want to curb terrorism? We have to stop blindly supporting Israel and start caring about the rest of the middle east. We have to get people like John Hagee off the air before he incites World War III over bad theology, and little more.

9. Stand with Israel theology is causing church’s in America to funnel money to illegal terrorist activities (expanding Israeli settlements) instead of using that money to help the poor and oppressed. We have been duped into sinning by misusing our money and neglecting the needy among us. In the year 2010 alone, American Christians gave over $100 Million to charities in Israel- funding terrorism and oppression instead of tending to the poor and needy in our own communities.

 

In summary, maybe you or someone you know is caught up into this “pro-Israel” theology. If that’s the case, I would challenge you to consider that such a position is incredibly racist, and if true, makes God a racist too.

You must be willing to consider, that simply because you have been taught this theology your whole life, does not make it true.

God does not have two-plans, one for a specific race of people, and one for everyone else. He has one plan, and his name is Jesus.

While some “secondary” theologies are harmless, this one is not. This theology is a new, and dangerous theology which has created, and is directly responsible for, a great deal of terrorism in our world today.

Embracing this theology, means that one must embrace things that are not of God- violence, oppression, theft, torture…

and we must reject those things.

We must reject this theology.

Should we “stand with Israel”?

Yes…

But ONLY if that also means we stand with Palestinians, Iraqis, Syrians, and everyone else in the world.

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A great documentary on this subject is the movie “With God on Our Side”. You can watch it, here:

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  • nabil89

    Dear sir,

    My name is Nabil Habiby. I am a Palestinian Christian living in Lebanon. I want to reply to your statement “We defend our land against the true terrorist outfits and in return, we are the one made to be terrorists.”

    in 1948 my grandparents and all of my family were kicked out of their homes in Palestine by Zionist militias. Before 1948 Palestine was populated by Palestinians. That is, until Zionist militias (terrorism perhaps) massacred whole villages and made people flee their lands.

    The modern state of Israel has been built by the sword over the blood of the innocent. I recall the words of Jesus: those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
    Mr. Cohen, we want peace. However, your blatant denial of history will only bring more war.

    Thank you

  • nabil89

    Dear sir,

    My name is Nabil Habiby. I am a Palestinian Christian living in Lebanon. I want to reply to your statement “We defend our land against the true terrorist outfits and in return, we are the one made to be terrorists.”

    in 1948 my grandparents and all of my family were kicked out of their homes in Palestine by Zionist militias. Before 1948 Palestine was populated by Palestinians. That is, until Zionist militias (terrorism perhaps) massacred whole villages and made people flee their lands.

    The modern state of Israel has been built by the sword over the blood of the innocent. I recall the words of Jesus: those who live by the sword shall die by the sword.
    Mr. Cohen, we want peace. However, your blatant denial of history will only bring more war.

    Thank you

  • Lee

    This is a pretty challenging topic to take on! I have long suspected that the conflicts are not all one-sided, although I have not studied this in detail. I am pro-Jewish when it comes to the Jews in this country who seem to be peaceful people. What is going on in the middle east is more complicated. It is difficult to tackle this topic without being accused of being anti-semetic. I certainly am not a fan of the holocaust-deniers.

    Part of the problem is with the idea that the nation of Israel was formed as a fulfillment of end-times prophecy. So therefore anything they do must be right.
    I find it somewhat disengenous when people claim that all the Jews want is the little portion of land that they have now. But Jews believe that ALL of the Holy Land belongs to them. Jews, Christians, and Muslims have fought over this land for centuries.

    It is time to get rid of the idea that all the Judeo-Christian-Muslim religions have that somehow this land is special. And we Christians are not exempt from this attitude either. I am sure that there are many of them who would LOVE kicking the Muslims out of there. And hypocritically, the Jews as well. After all according to them, Jesus is going to kick ALL the infidels’ butts, including the Jews that have not converted. Our ability to get along with Jews is actually a pretty recent thing in history and is not universal by any means.

    I am not quite sure what the answer to the middle east problem is, but I am certain that there is wrong-doing on both sides.

  • Digger

    yes, but coming from a RACIST (author’s words–not mine) your opinion is in opposition to God! (Again, author’s words, not mine.)
    I happen to agree with you. There happen to be loads of verses that refute this man’s writings.

  • Digger

    yes, but coming from a RACIST (author’s words–not mine) your opinion is in opposition to God! (Again, author’s words, not mine.)
    I happen to agree with you. There happen to be loads of verses that refute this man’s writings.

  • eric kurfman

    Actually, reading the Gospel of John, and Romans and Galatians will show you that the author is correct. Most people do not consider that when Jesus himself told the Jewish leaders they were not children of God, had never known God and were in fact children of satan (John 8:31-59) it was a foretaste of Paul’s declaration in Romans 9:6-9 “that they are not all Israel, that are of Israel”.

    In Galatians 3-4 Paul has a much more detailed account of this idea and ends in Galatians 4 saying the PHYSICAL Jerusalem is Hagar. Which is a very interesting turn of events because people jump all over the Muslims for being “sons of Hagar.”

    I read an article by the premier proponent of Christian Zionism and he never quoted one verse from the New Testament. Not one.

    When we allow Israel to what ever they want and blast anyone that criticizes them, we do something God Himself does not do. God’s covenant for the land and blessing of Israel is based completely on the Old Covenant. And God allowed Israel to be punished over and over by other countries because they refused to obey Him.

    There is plenty of information about Jewish destruction of houses, olive groves, towns that have existed for 100s if not 1000+ years. All you have to do is be willing to see it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_demolition_in_the_Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian_conflict
    http://theunjustmedia.com/Jewish%20Zionists/The%20Seizure%20of%20the%20Land.htm
    http://rt.com/news/israel-palestinian-homes-demolish-323/

    The truth is many orthodox Jews originally opposed the formation of the modern state of Israel because they believed Messiah would take them back to the land when he came.( http://www.nkusa.org/AboutUs/Zionism/opposition.cfm )

    The point the author was making is not that there are no more Jews in the world. Simply that the Jews are NOT God’s chosen people who have the right to do whatever they want to their neighbors. And that followers of Christ are the true children of Abraham.

  • Lila Wagner

    Just stop and think–are the promises made to Abraham for just those who descended through Jacob/Israel? So many of the children of Ishmael and Esau are the very ones that contemporary Israel has considered enemies. To be really technical, anti-Semitism is a hatred of the Arab and of the Jew, and the conflict of the Middle East is, to some degree, brother-against-brother.

  • savannah26

    David, You’re claiming that “Israel legitimately gained the territories of Judea and Samaria in a legitimate war victory. So the many Jewish communities, or so-called settlements, constructed in Arab occupied Judea and Samaria, the so-called West Bank, are on legitimate Jewish property”?
    LOL!!! You must know that isn’t true, & you’re just trying to bs people who don’t know the facts. Which is not very nice of you. But, let’s pretend you were right, & that there was no such thing as international law, or the UN declaration that it’s unacceptable for ANY country to acquire territory through war. If as you say, the West Bank now belongs to Israel, why haven’t they made it official by annexing it? They’ve been ruling over it (in what is formally termed a “belligerent occupation”) for 47 years & counting. It would seem that Israel doesn’t agree with you.

  • savannah26

    James, You seem to be forgetting or ignoring the millions of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories who are under Israeli rule, but who are not Israelis, when you speak about freedom & human rights.

  • Sergio Malik

    Very sad Article. Author has no idea about the history and true about muslims. I believe Author is one of millions so called “christians” who passive watched/helped Hitler killing millions of Jews and did nothing with excuse Hitler forbite to help jews “obey the law”. Author is one of this “Christians” who did nothing to stop killing jews by Catholics, Lutherans, Nazis, Comunists and Muslims. I think Jews have the Right to have they own land and protect them self from Satanic cult of Islam who’s only Quran desire is to kill all jew. Cose you mister Author of an article will not move a finger to protect jews. Shame on you and God have mercy.

  • Martin

    How exactly does 1 Corinthians 10:32 “blow this article apart” ?

    The context is; causing no offence to people by what we do. He is saying don’t cause ANYONE to stumble. That is CLEARLY and OBVIOUSLY what the text means…. but no, you somehow have managed to turn it into a proof text for your aberrant theology.

    Dispensationalists never cease to amaze me with their sloppy use of scripture.

  • Martin

    Great article. I had some of these ideas floating around when I was a kid. Galatians 3 & 4, totally destroys them.

  • JFI

    I’m a Jew writing from Israel. As such, I can’t comment on the theological issues you raise as a Christian. But I can comment – and vehemently disagree – with your absolutely false and libel filled comments about Israel’s behavior. “thousands of Palestinian children kidnapped, tortured, etc.” By accepting – and circulating – such anti-semitic trash you’ve completely lost all credibility. I don’t mean to say there are not some real issues to deal with here, and Israel is certainly not perfect. But if you wanted to contribute to improving it, this certainly is not the way. I strongly suggest you review that UN Report you quote and speak with some objective scholars who need not be ‘pro-Israel’ to refute such lies. And then you owe your readers a correction and apology.

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  • Robert Mark Wade

    That’s not what I read from that comment at all. The point of the comment is there is a distinction between the people groups. We should not cause anyone to stumble is the point of the passage, however it makes a distinction between people groups. The distinction is not a racist issue, just different types of people.

  • theresa

    Thank you for these thought-provoking ideas on pro-Israel theology and how damaging it is for peace. A fascinating explanation of some of your ideas on point 1, concerning the ethnicity of Israel, is that ancient Israelites thought bloodlines were only passed through the male sperm. Therefore, in the interest of paternity, and because they were a patriarchy, the men had to be Israelites, but the men could have children (and were highly encouraged to have children) by foreign wives.

    These foreign wives, as you may know, were consistently treated poorly and below second class, forced to leave their homes and families as spoils of war and required to perform sexually and reproductively in order to grow a civilization of people who would continue to oppress and conquer their homelands.

    This is often ignored because the men are portrayed as eternally Israelite, whereas the women’s stories (and particularly foreign women’s stories) are downplayed. And clearly, their stories are downplayed in order to make less of the ethnic issue that arose when science figured out that women actually contribute to bloodlines as well.

    This theology was sexist long before it was ever racist. It’s truly heart-breaking to watch these events, and to realize the active role we as Americans continue to play, especially as we see women and children are often the first to suffer and die. Thanks again for your thoughts.

  • Robert Eloi

    Instead of actively participating as George Soros?

  • Agoonga

    Hamas is a terrorist organization. There will be no peace with Hamas. Israel believes in human rights and does not execute homosexuals like the rest of the Middle East does…including Hamas in Gaza. Atheists also. Stoning women..Israel does not do that. I have eyes to see and ears to hear, and a brain to reason. 160 thousand Palestinians have been slaughtered in Syria in the last three years. Also it is Hamas calling for genocide, not Israel. It is in the charter for Hamas. I was so happy to have found your writings, but this is so wrong, and anti Semitic as well…not grounded in fact. It is wrong not because it is not true.

  • temesgen abate

    An ISIS-esque discourse?…i do suggest such nefarious theology is a ruse,rubric,narrative where-in the age-old “segregationists“,“slave-owners“,the confederates in America cocooned.Abraham is a Syrian who took many wives,whose clan went into Egypt and adopted the language of an indigenous but subdued tribe called Eber.Moses transposed and planted the whole theocracy of the Cushites, taught by his father-in-law priest…..but the poetics of all is the blessing uttered by God is not to the“ seeds “of Abraham but to his “seed“. He is Christ…remember “apartheid“ was a construct seamlessly construed along this template…

  • SHALLOW, LITERAL-MINDED PEOPLE MAKE SHALLOW, LITERAL-MINDED CHRISTIANS, I.E. CHRISTIAN ZIONISTS.

    Who are easily led. Because they’re too lazy to read their Bibles everyday, they believe anything that sounds good. Like the restoration of israel in 1948. All the jew-owned media and the jew-owned “christian” ministries continually beat us over the head with this fallacy. In the Bible, the LORD’s not referring to a physical restoration of Israel, but a spiritual restoration. We Christians are the embodiment of that restoration.

    “One of the clearest and most monumental Old Testament prophecies regarding the restoration of the tabernacle may be found in Amos 9:11-12; and in Acts 15:14-17 James clearly teaches that THIS PASSAGE IS BEING FULFILLED IN THE SPREADING OF THE GOSPEL TO THE GENTILES so in sum yes, the bible prophesies of a restored Jewish nation & temple, but then goes on to teach that THIS PROPHECY WAS FULFILLED BY JESUS’ BECOMING THE TRUE AND FINAL TEMPLE OF GOD, and subsequently in his making his people a holy temple in the Lord, where God’s presence might dwell among them, even today.”

    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/qna/restoredtemple.html

    NOW WHY DON’T YOU WAKE YOUR ASSES UP? YOU’RE FOOLS.

    Netanyahu’s Opinion of Christian Zionists : “My opinion of Christian Zionists? They’re scum. But don’t tell them that. We need all the useful idiots we can get right now.” – Israeli Binyamin “Bibi” Netanyahu

    Truthmonger.info: When you get tired of kicking at the goads.

  • Steve

    to the writer of this page. You sir are an idiot, and a disgrace. No wonder the “fundies” kicked you out. They do not care for apostates.

  • Kathy Ruth

    Amazing! So, obeying the command of Jesus the Christ to live your neighbor as yourself-NO EXCEPTIONS, btw!-is a ‘watered down gospel’? What a pathetic person you must be!

  • Kathy Ruth

    Netanyahu is the terrorist leader of a terrorist state! Israel started this mess by forcing the Palestinians out of their homes and off of their farms!
    Not everyone in the U.S. is deceived by the Great Liar!

  • Thumb Billie Mama

    Thank you for this article and the explanation what it is and how recent the theology of dispensationalism is and how it has evolved to be the foundation of our foreign policy. In the future, when discussing the theology of John Nelson Darby’s dispensationalism, could you refer to it as Darby’s theology or Darbyism and to the followers as Darbyites?

  • VictoriaLT

    I am astounded by the tsunami of lies purported in this rubbish!

  • cornwallsteve

    Good to see this being discussed and explained with evidence, and integrity – thanks. We opened a Facebook group to discuss these issues, if anyone is interested. Please do take this post down though if it is trolling (and sorry if so)…

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/315046798609265/?fref=ts

  • Origen17

    Wow – you are stating very boldly what I have known for a long time. Thank you for sharing!

    What is so frustrating is to see the responses below who have bought the lies hook, line, and sinker. They cannot fathom any truths beyond what they “know” to be fact. There facts are that the State of Israel = Israelites of the Bible, therefore anything the State does is absolutely justified, and anyone stating anything to the contrary is obviously anti-semitic. Count them below – almost every third response comes from that point of view (sigh)

  • JBS

    I didn’t see any numbers on the bottom of page 13 of that PDF. It’s important to note that the report you’re referencing is about children caught committing criminal offenses. Along with that, there is no reference that I could see to children used as human shields, kidnapped, etc. I’m not defending Israel for the wrong they do (and there is much) but let’s not destroy all credibility by accusing them of things they don’t do.

  • Dave Garry

    Decent article, and maybe there wasn’t enough room, but nothing about the Talmud, Kabbalah, The TRUE origin of the six-pointed star/hexagram (it’s NOT the Star of David, but associated with Witchcraft and Freemasonry), the Khazar/Ashkenazi origins of most modern “Jews” (they’re not Hebrews/Israelites or even Semitic AT ALL). Rothschild banking family that started Zionism (and adopted the hexagram), or Revelation 2:9, and 3:9 as a second witness regarding the Synagogue of Satan, i.e. counterfeit Jews? Start looking up some of these terms if you’re not familiar, people, the deceptions run deep, really deep.

  • Trevor Spot

    israel is Americas biggest welfare recipient or even gold digging ex wife but DEFINITELY not a trustworthy friend.

  • elkipper

    The UN report included the cases of Israel using kids as human shields, and the numbers are page 9 of that referenced report. And yes, this was talking about kids committing crimes, but for the most part, the crime was a kid throwing a stone, which carried a penalty of 20 years. And you know what, if there were people constantly invading my house, tearing down my farms and houses and building other houses on my families land for them to use, I would be doing a lot more than throwing stones at them.

  • bondservant1

    Unfortunately we as people have an “either-or” mentality. One must pick one side or the other, rather than recognize truth and falsehood exist on both sides. Governments are very good at pushing this because it’s one of the main things that keeps them in power.

    I say this because some of the comments to the article talk about the wrong activities of “the other side,” like Hamas. Those comments are typically correct.
    But that is then used as justification for siding with Israel, even though they are also doing wrong things.

    If truth is what matters, then why are we siding with either one when both are wrong? To what degree each is wrong is irrelevant. But too many believe siding with the lesser of two evils is “right.” I don’t believe this, and don’t believe God teaches us this either. Otherwise why would He have punished biblical Israel for what they did wrong?

    My belief, at least as of now, is that God has allowed the re-creation of current-day “Israel” so that national Israel can repent for rejecting their Messiah. If the prophecy told by Jesus about the fig tree never bearing fruit again (only leaves) is about this situation, then Israel will not repent.

    In the meantime, it might be wise for those of us who call ourselves Christians to stop choosing sides and rather love others the way Jesus did.

  • Terri Knoll

    bordering on blasphemy here

  • bondservant1

    All that said, I would still approach someone with caution who has written for Sojourners. I don’t believe in automatic guilt by association (or we’re all guilty. Oh wait… we ARE all guilty LOL), but rather we should follow the biblical direction to test people to see if they’re speaking truth. Sojourners/ Jim Wallis loves to preach taxing people as a biblical way to help others… I don’t see that being truth at all.

  • Terri Knoll

    actually Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived side by side for centuries before the creation of this “Jewish State”. That’s easily researched. They one day will do so again once the world steps in and stops the apartheid happening now.

  • Mrs. A

    Where did he say “”thousands of Palestinian children kidnapped, tortured, etc.”??

  • Hvraleigh

    There are many verses in the Bible that both imply and pointedly state God restoring the Nation of Israel. For instance: “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Heb 8:10 ESV). Others; Read Romans chps 9 -11. Whether my understanding of the context is the same as yours in those verses, I do agree the Church is here to glorify Jesus.
    peace,
    HV

  • Brian Parsons

    Thank you Ben. Exceptionally well documented. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation with fellow Christians. It is Biblical. AIPAC and this ‘stand with Israel’ mentality is a cancer to Christianity, and we cannot continue mistaking God’s Israel with man’s.

    I have often made the distinction that if we use a broad stroke with Genesis12:3 to mean somehow that we’re speaking only of a genetic line, than through Abraham’s Son Ishmael, we are also tasked with blessing the Arabs. Somehow we conveniently forget that when warring with them.

  • CD

    Thank you Mr Corey for preaching Biblical truth. I believe Israel to mean Christ’s people. I don’t believe scripture meant a nation thousands of years later named Israel. True Torah Jews agree with this as well, hence their persistent picketing to return Israel to the Palestinians. According to the Torah are a people in exile until Christ’s appearance. Having a nation named Israel flies in the face of their theology.

  • CD

    True Torah Jews would vehemently disagree with you. Why are there so many Jews asking for Israel to return the land to Palestinians? I strongly suggest your read UN meeting notes from 1947 to remind yourself and your country of your rightful boundaries.

  • Mickey Wegner

    The Arabs invented a special national entity in the 1960s called the Palestinians, specifically for political gain. They brand Israelis as invaders and claim the geographic area called Palestine belongs exclusively to the Arabs.
    The word Palestine is not even Arabic. It is a word coined by the Romans around 135 CE from the name of a seagoing Aegean people who settled on the coast of Canaan in antiquity – the Philistines. The name was chosen to replace Judea, as a sign that Jewish sovereignty had been eradicated following the Jewish revolts against Rome.
    In the course of time, the Latin name Philistia was further bastardized into Palistina or Palestine. During the next 2,000 years, Palestine was never an independent state belonging to any people, nor did a Palestinian people, distinct from other Arabs, appear during 1,300 years of Muslim hegemony in Palestine under Arab and Ottoman rule.
    Palestine was and is solely a geographic name. Therefore, it is not surprising that in modern times the name ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian’ was applied as an adjective to all inhabitants of the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River – Palestine Jews and Palestine Arabs alike. In fact, until the 1960s, most Arabs in Palestine preferred to identify themselves merely as part of the great Arab nation or citizens of “southern Syria.”
    The term ‘Palestinian’ as a noun was usurped and co-opted by the Arabs in the 1960s as a tactic initiated by Yasser Arafat to brand Jews as intruders on someone else’s turf. He presented Arab residents of Israel and the Territories as indigenous inhabitants since time immemorial. This fabrication of peoplehood allowed Palestinian Arabs to gain parity with the Jewish people as a nation deserving of an independent state.
    Historically, Before the Arabs Fabricated the Palestinian People as an Exclusively Arab Phenomenon, No Such Group Existed
    Countless official British Mandate-vintage documents speak of ‘the Jews’ and ‘the Arabs’ of Palestine – not ‘Jews and Palestinians.’
    Ironically, before local Jews began calling themselves Israelis in 1948 (the name ‘Israel’ was chosen for the newly-established Jewish state), the term ‘Palestine’ applied almost exclusively to Jews and the institutions founded by new Jewish immigrants in the first half of the 20th century, before independence.
    Some examples include:
    • The Jerusalem Post, founded in 1932, was called the Palestine Post until 1948.
    • Bank Leumi L’Israel was called the “Anglo-Palestine Bank, a Jewish Company.”
    • The Jewish Agency – an arm of the Zionist movement engaged in Jewish settlement since 1929 – was called the Jewish Agency for Palestine.
    • The house organ of American Zionism in the 1930s was called New Palestine.
    • Today’s Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, founded in 1936 by German Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany, was called the “Palestine Symphony Orchestra, composed of some 70 Palestinian Jews.”
    • The United Jewish Appeal (UJA) was established in 1939 as a merger of the United Palestine Appeal and the fundraising arm of the Joint Distribution Committee.
    Encouraged by their success at historical revisionism and brainwashing the world with the ‘Big Lie’ of a Palestinian people, Palestinian Arabs have more recently begun to claim they are the descendants of the Philistines and even the Stone Age Canaanites. Based on that myth, they can claim to have been ‘victimized’ twice by the Jews: In the conquest of Canaan by the Israelites and by the Israelis in modern times – a total fabrication.
    Archeologists explain that the Philistines were a Mediterranean people who settled along the coast of Canaan in 1100 BCE. They have no connection to the Arab nation, a desert people who emerged from the Arabian Peninsula.
    Contradictions abound, Palestinian leaders claim to be descended from the Canaanites, the Philistines, the Jebusites and the first Christians. They also co-opt Jesus and ignore his Jewishness, at the same time claiming the Jews never were a people and never built the Holy Temples in Jerusalem.
    There Has Never Been a Sovereign Arab State in Palestine
    The artificiality of a Palestinian identity is reflected in the attitudes and actions of neighboring Arab nations who never established a Palestinian state. It also is expressed in the utterances and loyalties of so-called Palestinians.
    Only twice in Jerusalem’s history has it served as a national capital. The first time was as the capital of the two Jewish Commonwealths during the First and Second Temple periods, as described in the Bible, reinforced by archaeological evidence and numerous ancient documents.
    The second time is in modern times as the capital of the State of Israel. It has never served as an Arab capital for the simple reason that there has never been a Palestinian Arab state.
    The rhetoric by Arab leaders on behalf of the Palestinians rings hollow, for the Arabs in neighboring lands, who control 99.9 percent of the Middle East land, have never recognized as a Palestinian entity. They have always considered Palestine and its inhabitants part of the great ‘Arab nation,’ historically and politically as an integral part of Greater Syria.
    The Arabs never established a Palestinian state when the UN offered a partition plan in 1947 to establish “an Arab and a Jewish state” (not a Palestinian state, it should be noted). Nor did the Arabs recognize or establish a Palestinian state during the two decades prior to the Six-Day War when the West Bank was under Jordanian control and the Gaza Strip was under Egyptian control; nor did the Palestinians clamor for autonomy or independence during those years under Jordanian and Egyptian rule.
    Well before the 1967 decision to create a new Arab people called ‘Palestinians,’ when the word ‘Palestinian’ was associated with Jewish endeavors, Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader, testified in 1937 before a British investigative body – the Peel Commission – saying: “There is no such country [as Palestine]! Palestine is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. Our country was for centuries, part of Syria.”

  • Robert Zeurunkl

    First of all, there is no, and never has been any country of “Palestine”.

    The Jews have not taken any land from the Palestinians. Your beef is not with Israel, but with the United Nations. THEY are the ones who “took” the land that became Israel. There is no country of Palestine, and, ergo, no Palestinians. The land used to be “owned” by Syria and Egypt prior.

  • Melissa Sharon

    Reading this was like breathing fresh air. May the Truth triumph! Thank you so much for this article.

  • Melissa Sharon

    There were people in the land that was taken. They call themselves Palestinians. Many are now refugees. Those in the West Bank and Gaza are under occupation.

  • Alex McCann

    well done, you have argued the toss about whether or not there should be a country known as Palestine – the trouble is that was not the point of the article and you have completely ignored the gist of the article – that theology behind “Stand with israel” is unbiblical – don’t argue the toss about whether or not Palestine exists, you should be discussing whether this theology is Biblical or not

  • “…they [Israelis] have also been found to have forcibly sterilized Ethiopian immigrants…”

    Really? Don’t let the facts get in the way of your suppositions.

    http://elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il/2013/01/did-israelis-force-contraception-on.html#.VQ0mP0boOlo

    Benjamin L. Corey apparently thinks that just because anti-Semitic people say a thing then it must be true. He even adds hyperlinks, oh my. And there can’t possibly be anti-Semitic people at the UN and elsewhere. I read it on “the Internets” so it must be factual. There were even pictures! Sigh.

    Regarding one of the sites he links to, they have at times retracted their statements when they were proved to be wrong due to sloppy reporting, seemingly resulting from a great desire to make Israel look bad at any cost.

  • rojoea

    Abraham was not a Jew, neither were Isaac or Jacob. Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had 12 (twelve) sons, who were called “Israel” and the Tribes of Israel. Of the 12 brothers, 1 (one) was named Judah, who later became known as Judahites, Judeans, and Jews. How can the descendants of one son of Jacob, make up, or comprise the whole house of Israel?

  • Tim Brown

    Oh, great. The old “Darby did it” nonsense…but even if we allow that to be the case, covenantalism only has 150 years on dispensationalism.

    Your point?

    Meanwhile, I believe that when God elects, he doesn’t change His mind. I’m not an Arminian, thank you.

    Covenantalism and replacement theology comes from a hermeneutic concocted by Origen, who was influence by Platonic Philosophy. The view was that Scripture was (to put it simply) to “high and holy” to take in its plain sense. So, here began allegorism and symbolism. It was passed on to Augustine, etc. and so we have what J.I. Packer wrote…that “Covenantal Theology is its own hermeneutic”. He said to go through the Scriptures looking for covenantalism and you interpret in light of your assumptions. Holy CIRCULAR THINKING!

    Meanwhile, I think I’ll stick with a *consistent* grammatical historical hermeneutic and let it take me where it will, thank you.

    And I’ll just *believe God* when He promised a wayward Israel in Jeremiah 31:31 and following that He would one day restore them. Oh, and Zechariah 12:10 which states that Israel will one day “look upon Hiim whom they pierced”. Can you tell me when this happened…? Or should I just cut it out of my Bible?

    One more thing… The claim that we believe in two ways of salvation…one for Jews, one for Gentiles…? Sure would like to know who he’s talking about. I don’t know of anyone who believes this.

  • Jeanne Price

    Regarding Israel….

    Joel 3:16 ~ “The Lord shall also roar out of Zion and utter His voice out of Jerusalem.
    The heavens and the earth will shake. But the Lord will be the Hope of His people and the strength of the Children of Israel.”

    Psalm 121:4 ~ “Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

    Genesis 12:3 ~ KJV ~ “And I will bless them that bless thee (Israel);
    and curse him that curses thee: and in thee shall all families of the
    earth be blessed.”

    Proverbs 12:3 ~ “As the mountains surround
    Israel, So does the Lord surround His people! It is a terrible thing to
    fall into the hand of the Loving God!”
    The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead!

    Joel 3:2 ~ “Therefore I will enter into judgment against them
    concerning MY inheritance ~ MY people Israel, for they scattered MY
    people among the nations and divided up MY lands.”

    Zechariah 2:8 ~
    “For thus says the Lord of hosts: He sent Me after glory, to the
    nations which plunder you; For he who touches you touches the apple of
    His eye.”

    “If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence.
    If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”
    ~ Benjamin Netanyahu ~

    “Peace will come when Arabs love their children more than they hate us.”
    ~ Golda Meir ~

    “It is a commandment in Islam to deceive, for one to “lie” to the
    infidel, to say that he is a Christian…..when he is NOT a Christian.”
    ~ Foreign Minister of Egypt ~

    “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.”
    ~ Barack Hussein Obama II ~

    Do you get it now?

  • Bobby Lee

    Amen on the scripture quotes. But nowhere in the Bible does it say that the ancient Hebrew Israelites of 1000 BC will become the zionist jews of the 21st century. It didn’t happen. The modern jews are descendants of among others, the Turkish Khazars of the 9th century AD when they converted to jewry. If you screw up on identifying who the real ones are then everything else goes to the dogs from there.

  • Andrew

    WE are Israel!!..Amen, Glory to God!!

  • Andrew

    The evil one has caused the followers of Christ to not realize who they are, God’s Chosen People. The remnant has always been the Chosen One’s. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Daniel, the prophets, etc., all trusted by faith that the promised Messiah would atone for their sins. The vast majority of the Israelites chose to worship other gods and were not saved.

    John the Baptist, the disciples who were of the House of Israel and the House of Judah, Paul the Apostle, the 3,000 Jews who were saved on Pentecost, etc., all trusted by faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross. The vast majority of the Jews rejected Him as their Messiah and were lost.

    Today the remnant believes in Christ’s atoning work alone, but the majority of people reject Him and are lost. Jews forbid one another to read the New Testament, so they blind themselves to the truth about their Messiah.

    There has always been a remnant who believed. The only thing that has changed is that Jesus offered His New Covenant, where He put His law in our minds and wrote it on our hearts.

    Everything that was promised to Abraham and his descendents is offered to them in the New Covenant. A remnant has always believed by faith and were saved. The rest tried to be saved by the law and they were lost. That’s true of the Israelites, the Jews, and Gentiles today.

    The promises that were made to Abraham are ultimately to those who believe by faith, not his physical descendents.

    Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Daniel, etc. all believed that the Messiah would come and atone for their sins. We look back on that event.

    Why do Christians focus on Jews in Israel, when the Word of God says that Jesus made both – Jews and gentiles, one church?

    Ephesians 2:14-22 “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both (Jew and Gentile) one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

    Romans 2:28-29 tells us that a Jew is one inwardly, whose heart is circumcised. “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.”

    Romans 9:6-8 says Abraham’s fleshly descendents ARE NOT the children of God. “For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are NOT the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.”

    Galatians 3:7 tells us that ONLY those who are of faith are the children of God. “Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham.”

    Galatians 3:16 tells us that the seed of Abraham is Jesus Christ. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “and to your Seed,” who is Christ.”

    Galatians 3:28-29 tells us that followers of Christ (Jew and Gentile) are Abraham’s seed who receive the promises made to Abraham. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

    Paul is clearly telling us that true Israel, true Jews, believe by faith, and so inherit the promises made to father Abraham.

    “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9

    Everyone who believes in Christ by faith, are the Chosen People of God. They will inherit Holy Jerusalem when Christ returns. The promise is yet to be fulfilled. It has not been fulfilled by Zionist Israel, which was created by the enemy to deceive the world.

  • Andrew

    There never was a country of America prior to 1776 either…so maybe the Natives should just take it back and pen you all up in North Carolina and control everything and everyone going in and out!!

  • Although I appreciate Benjamin Corey’s insights and intention concerning such an important issue, the literal interpretation of the Bible seems to be the root of the problem, especially among fundamentalist/evangelical Christians. Bill Donahue provides a much more enlightened interpretation of the Bible. In the following video he discusses the story of Abraham and Sarah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH2bWKPoS_U

  • Origen17

    Please continue to shout this from the rooftops… it is an absolute necessity!

  • Andrew

    Besides..the bible does mention the land of Palestine, so it did exist, just like the land of Israel DID exist..whether they both truly do today or not??…well..if a group of people congregate on a piece of land and want to call it that, who are we to say no?

  • Andrew

    The problem is, “Current day Israel” doesn’t represent jews today that are around the world, despite their claims to the contrary. Jews around the world reject the current state and the leaders representation so who is really sitting in the land called Israel?

    I think MOST Christians are mistaking this Israel, with the one that God HIMSELF will gather when HE returns for HIS PEOPLE (ALL OF US) and will gather ALL OF US into the land He has prepared for us.

    The current Israel is full of Atheists, secularists, muslims, jews, christians…It’s a MISHMASH of races and cultures, only ONE of which can truly be called SAVED.

    To say we must support this nation, means we have to support every evil that comes out of it as well..and I don’t think that sits well with God at all.

    I personally think it’s a complete misunderstanding of what God has spoken, and christendom’s ignorance in this area is being capitalized by people making a joke out them and turning them into the world’s laughing stock.

    Sorry to say, but the Joke will be on Hagee and his cohorts when the end comes. And it won’t be funny.

  • Andrew

    That goes a little bit deeper and may not sit well with many people who are not ready to venture that far down the rabbit hole. I think touching simply the basics of what the scripture says and what we see today is plenty to make people see there is a divide here between reality and today’s “theology”. Those who want to look deeper into the roots may be interested, but it may take time for initial shock to wear off for some

  • Andrew

    Zionism is RACISM…plain and simple.

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  • Vic

    You are wrong. Old world maps show the land and area of Palestine. Easy to look up on your computer. If you read some history, you will find that it was the Jews in America who made a deal with Britain to give then Palestine if they could get the USA to join the war and win. Thus the ” Balfour Declaration. Palestine was not Britain’s to give.

    You said—- The land used to be “owned” by Syria and Egypt prior.
    So, what you are saying is that land was stolen from Syria and Egypt by the modern state of Israel ????
    I never knew that the United Nations are Israel.

  • Daniel

    I get it! you didn’t read what Benjamin wrote. And you didn’t fact check the Barack Obama quote either (here’s a hint: he didn’t say that… someone wrote a lie in an email and circulated it around the web).

    The primary falacy of the “Pro-Israel no matter what stance” seems to be the idea that the “Israel” of the old testament is the same as the “Israel” on the map. One is an ancient ethnic and religious group and the other is a modern day state. They’re not the same same, just as modern day Romans (the inhabitants of Rome) are not the same as the Romans who ran the Roman Empire two thousand years ago.

  • Monica

    The Muslims have always hated the Kafirs, no matter who we supported. Who is a Kafir? Anyone who isn’t Muslim. Jesus said, “Love your neighbors”; Muhammed said, “Cut off your neighbor’s head.”

  • Frog

    Ben,
    Thank you for this article. Well done.

  • I don’t think much of your degrees in theology, because your theology is skewed. It doesn’t matter what you think about Israel’s right to exist as a nation. There never was a nation called Palestine. Palestine is a region, NOT a country and Israel sits right smack dab in the middle of it, both historically and currently. When I look at Israel, wanting nothing more than peace, then I look at how much they have given-up in the name of peace. As I look at your opposition to it in spite of those facts, I see an anti-Semite. In my opinion, Israel should never have returned all the land they conquered in the 1967 6 day war. They were not the aggressor, but they kicked Muslim tail and won. You cannot tell me that they won it all without the help of God almighty. Israel is a tiny nation, yet they kicked how many countries butts? Give me a break if you think otherwise. They never could have done what they did without divine intervention. It is YOU who stand opposed to God himself. You are a fool!

  • Larua

    BS

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  • James C. Higgs

    What hogwash. The theology of Christians supporting Jews is one of compassion. This is a people who have gone through a history of multiple genocides, and suffer the worst sort of racism against them worldwide. To have a Christian say, we do not stand with protecting Jewish people from the inherent racism and genocide they have gone through is disgusting. Jews deserve a home to call their own, and all the better if it is the place where their nation started. Palestine has never been a nation, and is instead a region, and Israel is in that region. Where would you put the Jews, or are you a follower of Hitler’s religion and think we should just allow their extermination? You are an ugly racist pig of a Christian.

  • James C. Higgs

    Yes we should “stand with Israel,” but only if we also stand with “Hitler.”

  • Jed Hell

    I don’t care how many degrees this guy has. He is either a total moron or a straight out liar. Or both. He obviously has no idea who Israel is or where they are at. He has the bible so twisted his mind is obviously been distorted by satan. It’s people like him that are the biggest part of the problems in this world today.

  • Blake

    If a 67 year old genocide of a native people isnt a world problem then I dont know what is and you dont need any degree to know right from wrong. Projection is a defense mechanism that involves taking your own unacceptable qualities or feelings and ascribing them to other people. As for him not knowing who israel is or was…it was a kingdom not of this earth…the worship of God (the church). When Abraham was
    spoken to by God the man known as Israel had not been born yet he was two generations in the future and he was not a state he was a person that
    eventually had a tribe. Then 3000 years later along comes a bunch of Europeans who named a state after him.

  • Blake

    Not at the expense of whose land it is they don’t. Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust. Jews should have been safe homeland in Germany with your “logic”. Palestine was hardly yours to give away or any Christian with compassion as you term it. What about the Christian compassion for whose land it is?! Jewish Christian or Muslim Palestinians.

  • Blake

    Its you who clearly knows nothing about Christian theology and nothing about Christian values morals or ethics. Such an antisocial comment typical of the runts who support this mad dog fake entity occupying Palestine.

  • James C. Higgs

    You do realize that Palestine was not a country, and in 1947 the United Nations mediated an international treaty. The Arab countries would not sign on and so there was a war. The UN plan was internationally ratified in 1948, and Israel became a state. The settlement of Jews began in 1492 when Spain kicked all Jews out of their country. It continued for centuries and by the time the War for independence happened in 1948, after the UN recognized Israel as a state, over 6 million Jews lived within the proposed boundaries. They won the war and a cease fire was signed with all of the neighboring nations. On May 11, 1949 Israel was fully admitted as a member of the United Nations. You act like it was a sudden thing that in 1948 several million Jews dropped in on the Palestinians and took their land. That is completely false. The area was over 80% Jewish before the UN began to set boundaries up and create the Israeli State.

  • James C. Higgs

    The land already belonged to the Jews before the Israeli State was set up. Over 6 million lived in what was Palestine. 80% of the population.

  • Jed Hell

    Well Blake you are right on one point. He has taken all the undesirable and murderous qualities of the moslems and projected them on Israel. You sir are as blind and ignorant as the idiot that write this lying trash. The decendnts of Israel are spread all over this world. The state of Israel is the tribe of Judah. The other tribes are spread around. You can plainly see in the bible if you have a brain at all that it speaks of Israel and the tribe of Judah. It clearly separates them also. So you follow this poor excuse for a human in his lies and see where you end up. For the bible clearly states those who cast away Israel shall be cut to pieces.

  • Blake

    Already belonged to the Jews? Takes a very disturbed mind to believe you have a sense of entitlement to someone elses land. Twilight zone mental illness stuff. As Avigail Abarbanel, an ex-Israeli psychotherapist in Scotland, says Zionism as a mental illness that can be treated. Zionism is just a symptom of a deeper problem, the delusional belief that you have “rights” which do not exist. The inner conflict that arises from these“situational ethics” certainly does create a clinically diagnosable mental inability to process certain types of information that trigger the neurotic or
    sometimes even psychotic defensive reaction.”

  • Blake

    Muslims arent illegal immigrant European racist supremacist oppressors stealing Palestine from Jewish/Christian/Muslim native people. PS I dont read irrational illogical spam. Its like being in the twilight zone.

  • jaj1112

    Mr. Corey has written an exceptional article. Christians are God’s chosen people now. See I Peter 2:9.

  • Lyndon Mathura

    Love your article. Let’s hope we can change Christian view point back to the original scriptures.

  • CD

    Arabs and Jews are Semetic. Please understand what you are referring to when you use the term anti-semetic.

  • rojoea

    Close, but no cigar, Mr. Corey.

  • Mark Ervin Dabney

    Khazarians are NOT semetic – those that make no false claims to own the Holy land are not the problem

  • Expiali

    Where did you get the “6 millions Jews” figure? Check out this link. In 1942, in Palestine, the percentage of Muslims were 61%, Jews 30%, and Christians 8%. The Jews were no more than 500,000, not 6 million as you’ve claimed! http://www.cjpmo.org/DisplayDocument.aspx?DocumentID=18

  • disqus_ji9pSjd6Xd

    I have always believed that Israel is just a country which has historical significance to Christians. Christ did teach that God is spirit and everywhere, and not solely in the “holiest of holies” as the Jews believe. Christ did come to show the fundamental errors in the beliefs of the Jews of his day, which are no different than today obviously.

  • disqus_ji9pSjd6Xd

    More Christians have been massacred historically than Jews, but we seem to gloss over that!

  • disqus_ji9pSjd6Xd

    Actually, Israel was “created” in the Balfour Agreement after World War I. The U.N. simply ratified that agreement which was made between a Rothchild and a British Lord. Britain “created” modern day Israel in that unholy alliance, which then eventually also indirectly lead to World War II when Hitler wanted them all resettled there, but wanted to collect his “blood money” before he would allow them to immigrate.

  • disqus_ji9pSjd6Xd

    Israel wants peace? Where did you ever get that idea? And there is a big difference between being and anti-Zionist and an anti-Semite, but then the liberals do like to misuse labels and call everyone anti-Semite to deflect from the real issues. And the U.S. has provided them abundantly with nuclear weapons….so what makes Iran’s wish to also defend its country against a nuclear Israel so unbelieveable? Israel has been the aggressor also, and the ’67 expanded Jewish territory beyond what was promised even under the Balfour Agreement – which also stated that no Palestinians were to be displaced if Jews were resettled there.

  • Susan Salisbury

    This is a bunch of list from an anti Semitic non beliver

  • Kate Snyder

    Not even close.

  • vladimirval

    The main reason to support Israel and not the Islamic groups or nations is their core beliefs. The more one reads the bible the more one is reminded of the 10 commandments and to do good, Reading the Koran, one is instructed to hate and attack those not of the Islamic faith. More detailed facts are: In Israel all is open to women.. They can vote, drive, car, get an education, and have the same rights as men. Non of these freedoms are enjoyed by women under Islamic rule. In Syria the government is murdering its citizens indiscriminately without reason and North Koreans are being starved by their government. Iran’s goal is to evaporate Israel and commit genocide on all Jews. Israeli’s neighbors send rockets into day care centers and other civilian areas and their combatants hide behind all of their civilians women, men, young, old, and even the infirm. I rest my case.

  • Blake

    Is that how you debunk the truth? You are either easily brainwashed or are one the European free loading jews who love to get everything gratis

  • Blake

    Oh yeah the white racist privileged ones over the natives & islam is evil and hates us all lark. Get a brain. You look ridiculously stupid.

  • vladimirval

    I am not sure what your true goals is but it appears to me that you are trying to get followers to new movement with you as the leader. Your narcissism is obvious. You think that all others are wrong and you re the only one that is right. That is very reminiscent of one other profit wan-a-be, Mohamed. You are using very standard methods to convince people, such as trying to turn good people against other good people. I do not stand with those that perpetuate hate (enemies of Israel) I do stand with Israel.

  • Dave Garry

    While you’re at it, read the Talmud. In there you will find such “core beliefs” as Jesus was a sorceror and is boiling in excrement in hell, Mary was a whore, it’s ok to cheat goyim (that would be you and me).

  • Dave Garry

    I laugh every time i hear the phrase “anti-Semitic” because the Palestinians and Arabs are truly Semitic while most modern Jews are of Khazar/Ashkenazi extraction and are NOT Semitic in any way shape or form.

  • Lyn

    I think the main problem with the word ‘Israel’ is that we don’t read it in the way God originally used it. Who or what is Israel? Did God call the land Israel or Canaan? Did God call Jacob ‘Israel’ or the land? Was the land ever called Israel in the bible or did it become known as the Land of Israel because the House of Israel (people) lived on it before they were de-possessed of it when they were taken into captivity because of disobedience? Was the land a ‘conditional’ promise according to obedience? Was the land named Palestine by the Romans named Israel in l948 by the Zionists? Was Israel a ‘spiritual’ name given to Jacob because he overcame, repented and believed? Who is Israel today…unbelieving Jews, the land called The State of Israel or believers in Jesus the Messiah/ We have to read the word in context.

  • smg45acp

    Israel is the only democracy in the Middle-East. The people there have more freedom than any other country. Christians and Muslims have more rights than any country in the region.
    Borders change all the time. Countries are invaded and taken over all the time. I could easily list dozens of countries, or part of a country, that have changed hands in the last 200 years.
    The Palestinians should have long moved on and given up on retaking land that they only had recently moved to. Why isn’t there the same intensity to liberate Cyprus or a dozen other countries?
    Yes, the true Israel is the church. My support for Israel has no theological reason, just basic common sense politics.
    The number of lies in this article was breath taking. Lots of pure propaganda mixed with solid theology.

  • Lyn

    smg45acp The Palestinians in Gaza would probably love to move out. I definitely would if I was them but they can’t get out unless they have Israeli citizenship which most are denied. The borders are closed to the majority and only some are allowed through at the whim of the border guards. Many still have the keys to their homes that they cannot return to pre l948. Its all very sad and horrific.

    Just wondering if anyone has read Jer 3: 6-10 ….God wrote the House of Israel a writ of divorce. They were told in Jer 31:31-34 that God had a new plan and a new covenant for them, not the one he made with their fathers. That was the ‘unconditional ‘promise…..Salvation in their Messiah Jesus for those who believed him. After the captivity in Babylon some returned to the land in time to rebuild the city and walls etc and for their Messiah Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection and finally his second coming in judgment of Jerusalem/Mystery Babylon the Great/Mother of Harlots in 70AD and for the salvation/rescue of the believers and the resurrection of the Old Covenant Israelites who had gone to their rest/Hades/Sheol who were waiting for Jesus Resurrection and their Blessed Hope. That was the End of the Old Covenant spoken of in the New Testament. All prophecy concerning the land, jewish nation has been fulfilled. We are now living in the New Covenant/Jew and Gentile as one in Christ.

  • vladimirval

    Mr. Cory, let’s have reality check. You like the Islamists and other enemies of Israel seem to be stuck in a time long past. You might want to get your nose out of the past and get a life. Who ever was the adversary of my ancestor 2000 years ago is not my enemy today. My enemy today is the some enemy determined to eradicate Israel and commit the genocide of millions of people (non Islamists), me included. The people of Israel started out in a desert with nothing except a thin stretch of sand. They built a prosperous nation making huge contributions to man kind in many fields including medicine, technology, industrial & agricultural advances, and many more. All they want form their neighbors is to acknowledge their right to survive in peace. The Arabs around them inherited around ten times the land, some with natural resources (oil). Their leaders have kept them in poverty feeding them hate. Their economy has never raised above a low third world status. The millions of dollars they received lined their pockets and much went to purchase arms and other material for war. They hide behind their people using them as shields as they attack Israeli civilians with rockets, suicide bombers, and snipers. Their only contribution to the world has been how to propagandize and lie to everybody including those helping them. You probably won’t agree but to me picking Israel to support is very simple and clear decision.

  • vladimirval

    I do nit wish to be part of this discussion any further. .

  • Salonpas

    Ironically, the comments below just prove how true this article is.

  • christy

    I totally agree with your observation of this mans article. Does GOD call men into the ministry to debate the Bible with other believers or does God call men to reach the lost? Seems a pointless waist of time when time is so short! Read and obey……that all we have to do. We don’t have to understand completly…….just trust and obery! Men want to dig into the Bible and try to twist and turn it in every which way but wont obey the obvious and very clear stuff. I like digging but I first must be willing to just obey the simple very clear comands of God. God means what he says and says what he means. Its not all mistry and puzzles. Its acturally very simple! I dont need someone to tell me that what God said isn’t what he really means. Then I’m putting my faith in that mans word not Gods word. God will give understanding of the more complicated when we grow in faith.

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  • Terri Knoll

    Great article. Thanks for sharing the information. May people have ears to hear. I first learned from Palestinian Christians and that started my journey to the truth. blessings!

  • Bizzy Bee

    I do not agree with this article and the lies therein. Also, if he believes and stands with the UN (Which was started and funded by Lucius Trust ~YES, as in LUCIFER), then he is being led completely astray! Do your research on where you get your information and who is pushing what agenda.

  • Drackin

    What lies? You make an accusation but don’t provide any details, much less proof.

  • Patriot1776

    National Israel was created by Rothschild on Aug 29th 1897 per historical document. He’s an Ashkenazi Jew (fake Jew). Samuel Maitland found the book on Futurism in the CoE library and gave a copy to Edward Irving (CoS) – father of dispensationalism. JN Darby was a comtemporary and formed the Plymouth Brethren and came to USA in 1830. The flag is Rothschild’s family flag and per Amos 5:26 the star of the false god. Real blood-line Jews have always opposed Nat’l Israel and the hexagram flag or star of Satan.

  • Mare’lue Turner

    To read the complete commentry below, follow this link:

    https://aryanisrael.wordpress.com/2013/12/29/who-are-the-jews/

    There is a common misconception that today’s ‘Jews’ are in some way the descendants of the biblical children of Israel. This could not be more wrong and can be demonstrated in a variety of ways from credible sources. Jesus was also not a Jew, although he is commonly misidentified as such.

    Jesus was a Galillean living in the Roman Protectorate of Judea, where up to five different peoples lived at different times, all commonly known as Judeans, after the land of their nativity and not due to their actual genetic heritage. Jesus’ lineage through his mother was of the tribe of Judah, making him a ‘Galillean Judahite’.

    Today’s Jews very biology itself proves that they are not God’s chosen people from the Bible and cannot possibly be the children of Israel, in either a physical or a spiritual sense. The Edomite connection is also confirmed in the Jewish encyclopaedia where it says that ‘Edom is in modern Jewry’.

    If I can find out about this I am sure that the Rabbis are also aware, that they are hated by God for violating the laws of his creation. Their hatred and resentment of those who have kept the laws of nature and are loved by God, is as old as they are, from way back when Esau, the father of Edom, married Canaanites to spite God and consigned his offspring to the same fate.

    This is reflected in their aggressively promoted race mixing agenda for everyone else, that forms a part of all government policies, education and mass-media, in the countries where Jews are vastly over-represented for their small population percentage, in government, education and the mass media.

    The ten tribes are not ‘lost’, they are the European nations of today.

    Aryan Israel

    The true descendants of Israel are now called by a new name, just as it said in the Bible they would be. That name is Anglo-Saxon, Anglo from Angel, denoting descent from Seth and Saxon from Isaac’s son. Their migration to Europe can be traced through the Israel pass in the Caucasus mountains and is written about in various Apocryphal books and contemporary Greek and Roman sources, as well as being referenced in the Bible. This explains the Hebrew roots of the English language and the Hebrew place names that predate Christianity, as well as the Mesopotamian names of some of the European pagan deities and festivals.

    Today the Roman Catholic church calls the Jews the ‘elder brother in faith’ when in reality they are the elder brother who rejected the faith, the law and the birth-right, and has been covertly at war with us ever since.

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave
    his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
    perish, but have everlasting life.
    17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
    18 He that
    believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is
    condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only
    begotten Son of God.

    PLEASE TAKE NOT THAT THE SPIRITUAL ISREAL IS THE BRIDE OF OUR SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST.