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Jonathan H. Barlow
Irvin Baxter Jr.
William B. Chalfant
Dr. Ronald Cooke
Mal Couch - President, Tyndale Seminary
Preterist Rapture Challenge - "If you believe that the Rapture took place in 70 A.D. at the alleged Second Advent of YAHSHUA IMMANUEL YAHWEH of Nazareth the Mashiyach (a.k.a. Jesus Christ) please take this challenge."
Robert Fleming, younger. (1701)
Robert L. Garringer
Tony GarlandPreterism "Full or consistent preterism is heterodox."
Great Joy in Great Trib
Gunter Creek Prophetic Ministry
In Depth Bible Studies
William R. Kimball
Essh Geebor Mawkor
J. Parnell McCarter
Narrow Way"Its venom is spreading rapidly with those who find it hard to persevere and endure sound doctrine."
Nearing Midnight Ministries
People's New Testament
Dr. Michael D. Stallard
David B. Updegraff
Engbert Vander Werff
Bill Lee Warner
Ralph H. Alexander: Some would understand Rosh as midern Russia. Propontents of this view usually appeal to etymology based on similar sounds (to the hearing) between two words. Such etymological procedures are not linguistically sound, nor is etymology alone a sound hermeneutical basis on which to interpret a worked. The word Russia is a late eleventh century A.D. term. Therefore, the data does not seem to support an interpretation of rosh as a proper name of a geographical region or country. (Ezekiel, The Expositers bible Commentary, 6:930
Walter C. Kaiser: "In the past the usual way that the distinction was demarcated was by designating the eternal kingdom as the kingdom of God and the earthly program as the kingdom of heaven. It is a joy to note that we are now well beyond this state in argument" (in Feinberg, ed., Continue and Discontinuip, p. 294)
Harold Camping: "The Church Age Has Come to an End" "And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, He said, as for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. These temple buildings represent the churches and congregations God would build throughout the New Testament time. Those who come into this spiritual temple are gold, silver and precious stones, and wood, hay, stubble, (I Cor 3:12). That is they are both true believers and those who appear to be true believers and actually are not. Thus each congregation is an integral part of that great temple. But Jesus declares that there will be a time when there will not be left one stone upon another. That is the temple will be totally destroyed. It will no longer exist." 1994: The Year of Christ's Return?
William T. James "We live in days such as delineated in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. The evidence is astoundingly abundant to anyone not wishing to be a foolish, deceived, brute beast but rather desiring to seek to be wise unto salvation." (Storming Towards Armageddon, p. 45)
Robert P. Lightener: "Despite a number of similarities, pretribulationsits find a definite distinction in Scripture between God's program with Israel and His program with the Church. They also see a difference between Christ's coming for His own and His coming with His own. The coming for His own they call the "rapture," Christ's coming with His own to earth is called the "Second Coming." At least one thousand years for the earthly reign of Christ and seven years of tribulation on the earth come between the Rapture and the Second Coming in this view." (The Last Days Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding the Different Views of Prophecy, Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1990, p. 59)
Charles Mackay, 1841: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds: An epidemic terror of the end of the world has several times spread over the nations. The most remarkable was that which seized Christendom about the middle of the tenth century The delusion appears to have been discouraged by the Church. But it nevertheless spread rapidly among the people. The scene of the last judgment was expected to be a t Jerusalem. IN the year 999, the number of pilgrims proceeding eastward, to await the coming of the Lord in that city, was so great that they were compared to a desolating army. Most of them sold their goods and possessions before they quitted Europe, and lived upon the proceeds in the Holy Land. Buildings of every sort were suffered to fall into ruins. It was thought useless to repair them, when the end of the world was so near. Many noble edifices were deliberately pulled down. Even churches, usually so well maintained, shared the general neglect. Knights, citizens, and serfs, traveled eastwards in company, taking with them their wives and children, singing psalms as they went, and looking with fearful eyes upon the sky, which they expected each minute to open, to let the Son of God descend in his glory. During the thousandth year the number of pilgrims increased. Most of them were smitten with terror as with a plague. Every phenomenon of nature filled them with alarm. A thunderstorm sent them all upon their knees in mid-March. It was the opinion that th7under was the voice of God, announcing the day of judgment. Numbers expected the earth to open, and give up its dead at the sound. Every meteor in the sky seen at Jerusalem brought the whole Christian population into the streets to weep and pray Fanatic preachers kept up the flame of terror. Every shooting star furnished occasion for a sermon, in which the sublimity of the approaching judgment was the principle topic. (257,258)
Charles Ryrie: it is granted by dispensationalists that as a system of theology dispensationalism is recent in origin. (Dispensationalism Today, p. 67.)
Charles R. Taylor "What you are starting to read probably is my final issue of Bible Prophecy News, for Bible prophecy fulfillments indicate that Jesus Christ our Lord will most likely return for us at the rapture of the Church before the Fall 1992 issue can be printed."
"The Golden Age": "Intravenous drug use would be common during the Millennium and that this would be used by The Christ (the 144,000 and Jesus) to help mankind become perfect, free of all diseases" (March 17, 1920, p. 808)
A letter to Christian Life: The item referring to a computer Beast, a confederacy of Common Market nations. And a laser tattooing for a world-wide numbering system is based on fictional portrayals of end time events, drawing from my novel, Behold a Pale Horse, and a screenplay I wrote for the David Wilkerson film, The Rapture. For more than three years I have heard my story ideas circulated as fact. Perhaps, in light of whats happening in the world today, items such as the one printed seem quite plausible. However, for the moment, they are fiction. (Quoted in G.R. Fischer, The Quarterly Journal, July-Sept 1989, 8.)
"Preterism has been making strides over the last two years. Preterists believe that biblical prophecies were fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and a spiritual coming of Christ at that time. As we approached the year 2000, preterism was taking a back seat to premillennialism. In the driver's seat were premillennial views that the end times could be near. However, after the hype of Y2K died down, preterism began to make gains. Enough so that Grant Jeffrey devoted a significant portion of his book, "Triumphant Return," to defending premillennialim; Dr. Larry Spargimino wrote "The Anti-Prophets: The Challenge of Preterism"; and popular author Thomas Ice produced a series of articles for "The Midnight Call" magazine on the preterist/premillennilist debate." more...
Gary Bauer (2002)
"Some very interesting alliances are forming," said Gary Bauer, a prominent Christian conservative. "Many evangelicals believe that the land of Israel is Covenant land that was promised by God to the Jewish people. I believe Israel and the United States have got a confluence of interest. We're both democracies, and I see Israel, as I see Great Britain, as a defender of Western civilisation." "Mr Bauer, described by the Jerusalem Post as "a better spokesman for Israel than some Israeli diplomats", addressed the gathering at the Israeli embassy along with Janet Parshall, a Christian radio host." (Israel wins support on Christian Right)
W.E. Blackstone (1916)
"As Israel lost the rule of their land at the beginning of these Gentile times, it would seem that the first terminal date would mark some kind of a beginning of the restoration of the land. Does not this give great significance to the Zionist movement on the part of the Jews and to all that is now being said and done by Gentiles, to secure Palestine for the Jews, in the outcome of the present war?. . .
"How inspiring is the thought that, if 1915 or 1916 shall prove to be the first terminal date, then the nineteen years more to 1934 or 1935 may cover the end time with its whirl of events, including the reign of the "ten kings," the antichrist, the 7-year covenant, the complete destruction of Gentile government, the repentance, forgiveness, and new birth of Israel,—a nation born at once, restored; and under God’s grace and favor to become the center of a world-wide theocracy." ("The Times of the Gentiles" The Weekly Evangel, May 13, 1916, pp. 6-9.)
George T.B. Davis (1957)
"Is the United States to be the next nation to fall from her present exalted position through her failure to help Israel in this crucial hour when she is surrounded by foes bent on her destruction?
We are standing at the crossroads at this very moment! Will our leaders believe God’s Word and take the road of blessing that will lead our nation to still greater glory and victory; or will we forsake God’s Word and take a stand against the Jews and so bring upon us terrible judgments of God as in the case of Egypt, Spain, Germany and Great Britain?" (The Sunday School Times, 1957)
" I certainly do not believe a vengeful God inspired the Roman army to surround Jerusalem and brutally slaughter hundreds of thousand of Jews. It seems to me that even then the vicious serpent of Anti-Semitism had raised its head. Satan would have liked to destroy the Jews in order to nullify God's promises to them." (Jerry Falwell and the Jews, p. 13-14)
“God will keep his original promises to the fathers and will one day convert and place Israel as the head of the nations.” (House and Ice, Dominion Theology, p. 175.
"The redeemed living nation of Israel, regenerated and regathered to the land will be head over all the nations of the earth. . . . So he exalts them above the Gentile nations. . . . On the lowest level there are the saved, living, Gentile nations ." 15. Herman Hoyt, “Dispensational Premillennialism,” in Robert G. Clouse, The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views (Downer’s Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 1977), p. 81.)
Martin R. DeHaan "Radio Bible Class" (1950)
"Palestine, the Holy Land, is also still God’s chosen land, and there can be no peace in this world until the nation and the land, according to God’s purpose, are again fully united. Let us pray, therefore, that the leaders of the nation and our own nation may see that God is on the side of those who recognize this program." (The Jew and Palestine in Prophecy, pp. 64-65.)
Agnes Scott Kent (1948)
"We believe there has been, very clearly, divine intervention in the U.N. vote to part the land between the Jews and Arabs—the land of Abrahamic covenant, which God’s Word declares repeatedly and unequivocally is for the Jews. The son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." (Evangel, May 29, 1948, p. 10.)
Christian report from pro-Israel rally in D.C "I was emotionally moved"
T. A. Lambie
"Of course the inhabitants of the land do not want them. Neither did the Canaanites of old want them, nor the Jebusites, nor any of the inhabitants of the ancient land, and yet they came and they are coming again. God has decreed it. It must be so. Of course their right to the land can not be maintained apart from God. And the nations as a whole reject God. The Arab people in the land do have rights from almost every human viewpoint. These rights can never be ruthlessly trampled under foot, and it is difficult to imagine their having a change of heart and becoming willing to admit the Jews. An irresistible force seems to be meeting an immovable body and how God’s purpose for Israel will work out in its inflexible course we can only wonder. It will be worked OUL and all that most of us can do about it is to watch, to pray, and to believe." ("Palestine Focus of World Attention" The Sunday School Times, May 4, 1946.)
"The Gentiles will be Israel’s servants during that age. . . . The Gentiles that are inthe millennium will have experienced conversion prior to admission. " (D. Pentecost, Things to Come, p. 508.)
"Israel will be a glorious nation, protected from her enemies, exalted above the Gentiles. . . . " (The Millennial Kingdom (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1959), p. 136.)
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"There has been among Christian leaders a steadily growing conviction that the many reverses suffered by the United Nations in the war have had direct connection with our failure to get in step with God in His clear purpose that Palestine is for the Jews. Thus it is of highest moment that the abrogation of the infelicitous White Paper is now under official consideration." (January 2, 1943, p, 10.)
"Many friends of Israel, including earnest Christians, have petitioned our government to intervene in the affairs of the British government regarding the "White Paper," on the basis of which the British have restricted Jewish immigra-tion to Palestine. The Voice, however, mentions two points that should be kept in mind: (1) When it is God’s time to restore His people to the land, none will be able to prevent them. (2) The restoration in which we might help would demonstrate little kindness in view of the awful affliction awaiting them there." (July 1, 1944, p. 16.)
"As Americans we rejoice at this season over the birth of our nation; but a few weeks ago another new nation was born-the nation of Israel. And the prophet of the Lord exhorts us to rejoice over that event, for it is one of great importance. . Isa. 66:10, 12." (July 3, 1948, p. 8.)
"There are eleven million Jews in the world. I don’t say that all of them will come here, but I expect several million, and with natural increase I can quite imagine a Jewish state of ten million." The reporter asked, "Can that many be accommodated within the U.N. partition boundaries of Israel?" The Premier replied: "I doubt it." The Jews will not be satisfied until they have all the land God promised Abram-from the Nile to the Euphrates (Genesis 15: 18)." (September 4, 1948, p. 10.)
"That young nation has already fought for and won desired lands and will continually wage successful gains until God’s original promise is fulfllled completely ( "Things to Come: May 21, 1949, p. 2.)
"There has been among Christian leaders a steadily growing conviction that the many reverses suffered by the United Nations in the war have had direct connection with our failure to get in step with God in His clear purpose that Palestine is for the Jews." (January 2, 1943, p. 10.)
"Even though there may be a temporary truce between the Moslems and Israel because of the pressure of the United Nations, this truce will in no wise change the attitude of "perpetual hatred" (Ezek. 35:5) that the Moslem nations have toward the people of Israel . . . . We are bidden, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." Psalm 122:6. But the Holy Spirit prays: "Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion." Psalm 129:5 (Stanley H. Frodsham, "Man’s Vain Attempts to Destroy Israel;’ Evangel, July 17, 1948, p. 4.)
"Today the Arabs are charging that the Jews are trespassing on land that has been Arab for centuries, Is it not more correct to say that the Arabs for centuries have been trespassing on land that God gave to the Jews millenniums ago!" (Evangel, November 5,1950, p.5.)
Christian Life (8/78 - On how to make one's witness believable)
"Join or form a group that supports Israel and informs Christians about Jewish life and customs.
Become informed about the issues and problems in the Middle East . . . from the Israel Ministry of Information. (Non-Israeli sources not suggested.)
Consider the purchase of Israeli bonds.
Write letters . . . to the editors.
Buy Israeli products.
Encourage tourism in Israel and visit the land yourself as often as possible.
Learn some Hebrew.
Get acquainted with Your local synagogue, . . . .
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."
We have been told that 5,000 Arabs have left Beersheba, an Israeli city, and that perhaps eventually more from all over Israel will leave. Room must be made for the ten or fifteen thousand Jewish immigrants arriving every month. We not only hope, but judging from the attitude of the Jews in the land, feel certain that the exit of more Arabs will not cause too great a hardship and loss to them." (Coulson Shepherd, "The Unholy Holy Land: Moody Monthly, LI (July, 1951), 718.
The Sunday School Times
"War seems inevitable and the extension of Israel’s borders as a result is probably unavoidable." (Frederick A. Tatford, "Bible Light on Recent Events in the Middle East; The Sunday School Times, XCIX (September 28, 1957), 743-44; "The Promised Land in History and Prophecy: The Sunday School Times, XCIX (October 12, 1957), 787.)
Christian Scholars gather to study dangers of Zionism | Sabeel Conference "Sabeel Jerusalem director, Rev. Canon Naim Ateek, said Christian Zionism "is a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism, and militarism."
CHRISTIAN ZIONISM PRESS
Christian Zionism Defined
"American Christian nationalists have become an effective shadow government, unelected and representative only of their adherents. As a lobby group, they have proved infinitely more successful than any industry group." (Michelle Goldberg, The Rise of Christian Nationalism)
Doomsday Dementia | Dispensationalism | Zionism | Christian Zionism | Futurist Theology
7/2008: IsraelENews: Why aren`t evangelicals denouncing Pastor John Hagee? "Hagee's also a fervent supporter of the State of Israel against its Muslim neighbours. But he doesn't bother to tell Jews that Christians of his ilk expect all Jews to convert to Christianity. If they don't, such end-times Christians believe Jews will suffer eternal damnation when Jesus returns in the Last Judgment. "
4/2008: Christian Zionist Leader Hagee in Unprecedented Appearance at Reform Temple "When Rabbi Woznica asked the Reverend if he was a literalist, he said that he was and that he did believe that the world was really created in six days and that Noah’s ark was real. On the other hand, in response to a follow-up question from Rabbi Woznica, Reverend Hagee said that he does not believe a Sabbath-breaker ought to be stoned to death, referring to Biblical laws as ‘word pictures’ that indicate ‘principles.’'
3/2008: John McCain accepts endorsement of Hagee "John McCain is so anxious to get the support of the Theopublicans that he is jumping into bed with some pretty loony individuals. This short report on his endorsement from televangelist John Hagee is one example. Hagee is a proponent of the dulusional theory of "dispensationalism" which was invented in England by John Darby in the 1800s. Darby brought his theology to America where a large percentage of fundamentalists embraced it with enthusiasm. One result of dispensationalism is that American fundamentalists are more Zionist than the Zionists themselves -- as you will see here."
1/2008: Bill Berkowitz - Christian Zionists Feel Betrayed by Bush's Road Map "Their anger revolves around both the future status of Jerusalem and whether a peace agreement lessens the chances for a preemptive strike against Iran. While Bush appeared to reassure Christian Zionists that Iran was "the world's leading state-sponsor of terror", the issue of Jerusalem remained disconcerting. Rosenberg appears confident that even if a peace deal is struck, it will not necessarily be contradictory to Biblical prophesy: "While...Matthew 24 and Luke 21 indicate that there will be wars, rumors of wars and revolutions in the Middle East in the last days, Ezekiel 38 also indicates that for a season at least the Jews will be living 'securely' in the land prior to the apocalyptic War of Gog & Magog (the Russian-Iranian alliance to destroy Israel)."
2007: Joshua Mitnick - Evangelicals’ New Reach In Jewish Agency Criticized "Rabbi Eckstein.. said that until now Jewish groups have been happy to accept IFGC funding and now the group is receiving the recognition it deserves. "It feels like we’re losing control," said Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, a co-founder of the Web site Jews on First, which criticizes the growing influence of the Christian right and Christian Zionist groups in America. "Those who will be in charge of the Zionist enterprise will not be Jews, but the senior partners with the most money,"
2006: Paul Findley - Control of US Policies by the Israeli Lobby "The two groups make strange bedfellows. Judaic doctrine makes no mention of Jesus Christ. Christian Zionists, in a radical interpretation of the Bible’s Book of Revelations, believe that on the Second Coming of Christ, all people of the Judaic faith will instantly be destroyed or converted to Christianity. They are bound tightly together by an immediate interest– survival of a strong, expanding Israel as an essential precondition for the arrival on earth of their separate messiahs."
2006: Among Evangelicals, Kinship with Jews "Since that day five years ago, according to Eckstein, the Tabernacle has sent more than $175,000 to the fellowship, which has a donor base of 400,000 Christians and has contributed more than $100 million to Israeli causes. "
2005: Evangelicals Get a Piece of the Promised Land - "On hand was Dr. Paul Crouch, president of Trinity Broadcasting Network, a worldwide giant in Christian broadcasting, and Jay Sekulow, the head of the American Centre for Law & Justice, a Christian-based law firm founded by the Rev. Pat Robertson."
2005: The People of God, the Land of Israel, and the Impartiality of the Gospel - Among Signatories: R. C. Sproul , Ph.D., President, Ligonier Ministries, Orlando, FL | Gary DeMar , M.Div., American Vision, Powder Springs, GA "At the heart of the political commitments in question are two fatally flawed propositions. First, some are teaching that God's alleged favor toward Israel today is based upon ethnic descent rather than upon the grace of Christ alone, as proclaimed in the Gospel. Second, others are teaching that the Bible's promises concerning the land are fulfilled in a special political region or "Holy Land," perpetually set apart by God for one ethnic group alone. "
2005: Letters to the Editor on "The Gods Must Be Crazy" "After reading this excellent article, now I understand. And I'm scared to death. These radical evangelical Christians actually believe that the faster we destroy the earth and our environment, the faster the "second coming of Christ" will happen. I no longer believe in a "second coming" (although I do believe in God and an afterlife, just not in the black-and-white way that fundamentalists view it). But with 50 million Americans, according to this article, and 231 U.S. senators and representatives believing in this crazy "End Times" theology, all working to hasten the end of the earth, they just might pull the rest of us along with them down the path of environmental destruction and the end of the ability of the earth to sustain life."
2003: Christian Zionists discover Israel
Christian Zionism : Israel's Best Weapon ? " it favored "the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,"was perhaps the single most important act premised in Christian Zionism."
2003: Evangelicals support Bush's war
2003: Newspapers miss end-times story
2003: Criticism is not Antisemitism
2003: Christians Rally for Israel in Washington
2002: Fundamentalism and American Hegemony
2002: NY Times: Rapture and Rupture
2002: US Christians aid Israel
2002: Why the US Christian Right Supports Israel
2002: Christians Hit Theological Rift With Mideast Policy - "This situation transcends the capacity of any local church to respond," says Christianity Today's Mr. Morgan. .. In the 1967 [Six Days War], many Christians saw it as huge confirmation that the Bible is true, prophecy is fulfilled. Here, they're saying, ''maybe peace in the Middle East will never be achieved."
2002: Miller - Israel and End-Times Fiction
2002: Ron Dreher - Jews and Evangelicals Together
2001: Jerry Falwell - Christians Must Continue Their Undying Support for Israel
2000: Tom Valentine - "Dispensationalism" Impacting U.S. Policy
2000: Gary North - Unannounced Reason Behind Fundamentalism's Support of Israel
1998: Timothy Weber - How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend - "The State of Israel has no better friends than American evangelicals. So it seemed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he addressed the Voices United for Israel Conference in Washington, D.C., in April 1998. Most of the 3,000 in attendance were evangelicals, including Ralph Reed of the Christian Coalition, Kay Arthur of Precept Ministries, Jane Hanson of Women's Aglow, and Brandt Gustavson of the National Religious Broadcasters. (Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson supported the conference but did not attend.) Netanyahu told the conference: "We have no greater friends and allies than the people sitting in this room."
1987: Allen Brownfeld - Religious Right and the Middle East
A Historical Critique of Dispensationalism, Zionism, and Daniel's Prophecy of 70 Weeks - Mark Dankof, Politician
Christian Scholars gather to study dangers of Zionism | Sabeel Conference "Sabeel Jerusalem director, Rev. Canon Naim Ateek, said Christian Zionism "is a worldview where the Gospel is identified with the ideology of empire, colonialism, and militarism."
Zionism vs. The Bible
Online Journal - The Iron Fist of Jesus - "
Christian Zionism and the Palestinian State "America is slowly realizing that it is the American Zionists – Christians and Jewish – that actually prefer Israel to America. They conspired to conscript the U.S. government on behalf of a foreign power. They lied, deceived and planned to take America into a spiral war - the Iraqi invasion being the first of that long list of yet-to-take dirty wars - to apparently secure and strengthen the rogue state of Israel."
Christian Zionism: Terror in Jesus' Name - "Christian Zionism is a call for global war. The belief that Christianity is the sole truth, that all other faiths are 'Satanic' or 'false', that the Jews must all gather in Palestine to fulfil so-called Biblical prophecies, and that a grand global war will soon erupt leading to the massacre of hundreds of millions and heralding the 'second coming' of Jesus, who will establish his Christian kingdom extending till the four corners of the world, clearly indicate the hate-driven, global expansionist project of Christian Zionism. "
Mixing Prophecy and Politics in the Holy Land - Jane Lampman for CSM "Ray Sanders and his wife, Sharon, grew up on farms in the American Midwest, but Israel has long been their home. Their journey began in the 1970s, when they read Hal Lindsey's apocalyptic bestseller, "The Late Great Planet Earth," which laid out a scenario for the end of the world according to a literal interpretation of Bible prophecies. "That awakened our understanding to Israel and its prophetic role in the Last Days," Mr. Sanders explains in his spacious Jerusalem office. "That was a real paradigm shift in our lives." -- (Premillennial Dispensationalism) divides history into eras (dispensations) based on a complex interpretation of biblical texts in books such as Daniel, Ezekiel, and Revelation. Most other Christian groups view these prophecies as predictions fulfilled long ago or as visions with a purely symbolic or spiritual meaning. But premillennialists insist they will occur on earth in the future."
Muslim American Society: Apocalypse Bush! "The End Times provide the ultimate meaning, the final straw, the only thing worth caring about, because it defines the BushCo worldview like nothing else except maybe embarrassing grammar and crushing deficits and a secret craving for gin."
Israel's unholy alliance with US right - "the section in Revelations 20 that predicts the doom of the present world and the second coming of Christ ... These are the preconditions for the "rapture.".
In tough times, Israel finds a friend in Evangelicals "During an exuberant opening ceremony for the weeklong Feast of Tabernacles conference organized by the International Christian Embassy, more than 3,000 pilgrims from dozens of countries displayed their love of the Jewish state, its people and its policies."
More Jews welcome Evangelical Support "Fundamentalist Christian support of Israel, taken to its logical conclusion, is a statement that the Jewish people must cease to exist and accept Christ as their savior," he said. "In one way, Israel and those who love Israel are grateful to have Christian support. On the other hand, to understand it fully means to understand that essentially it's rooting for our demise."
The Bible is their 'Road Map' - Christian Zionists meet to plan strategy to spoil Bush's peace plan
Pat Robertson gets ovation over Israel comments at temple - "Rev. Pat Robertson, a television evangelist who founded the Christian Coalition, told a synagogue audience last night that his support for the state of Israel is not based on theology.."
An unholy alliance with the Christian Right "Evangelist Christians from South Carolina paid for the huge billboard on the Ayalon Highway declaring "There's no land for peace." TV evangelist Pat Robertson last week reprimanded Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, saying "Who do you think you are, handing Jerusalem over to Arafat?"
2003: Why Christians Support Israel "Undeterred by the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the widespread hostility toward Christians in the Middle East, throngs of Christians immigrate each year to the Holy Land. Indeed, Israel is the only state in the Middle East where the Christian population is actually growing."
The double-edged Evangelical embrace "the importance of the return of Jewish people to Israel is a major sign pointing to the “end times”
Temple Mount Faithful Update "In the name of all the Faithful Movement and the people of Israel Gershon stated that the Temple Mount and Jerusalem, the heart of the Israeli nation will never fall again. Then, for the first time since the destruction of the temple in 70CE, a priest blew on a silver trumpet that the Movement has reconstructed for the Third Temple according to the Biblical law."
Christians Rally for Israel in Washington "And I want you to know," Olmert told his audience, "how much we need your friendship and support and how much we respect these expressions of support that come from this evangelical community of great believers and lovers of Zion. We are partners. We are friends. ... G-d bless all of you. G-d bless America."
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Mideast conflict begins anew old debate on end times Washington Times "The bloody conflict in the Middle East is again turning some evangelicals to the Bible for texts that speak of a final cosmic battle in those ancient lands. Some scholars and religious leaders warn against being too literal."
Mal Couch -
Introductory Thoughts on Allegorical
Interpretation and the Book of Revelation (1997) "There
are many comings of Christ. Christ came in the flesh as a mediatorial
Presence. Christ came at the destruction of
Ed Hindson message: Can we still believe in the Rapture? "After giving examples from Scripture that explain the rapture and Christ’s triumphal return, Hindson gave students 10 reasons for why Liberty is committed to a pre-tribulation rapture. They included knowing that the Church — the Bride of Christ — is not the object of divine wrath (so Christians aren’t meant to experience the tribulation period), and knowing that the rapture is imminent, instantaneous and unique."
Wilkinson predicts imminent catastrophe; 'Earth-shattering calamity about to happen'... (2009) David Wilkerson, author of "The Cross and the Switchblade," a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells readers of his blog this weekend that he is "compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message" about his prediction. "An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen," he writes. "It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble – even the godliest among us." Wilkerson's vision is of fires raging through New York City. "It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires – such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago," he explains. "There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting – including Times Square, New York City. What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God’s wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
Rev. Josiah Litch (Millerite) Christ Yet to Come: A Review of I.P. Warren's Parousia (1880) "There is " the end of the age " which came at the destruction of Jerusalem — the termination of the Jewish economy ; and there is "the end of the age " which is the harvest, when " the Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend," etc. — the termination of the Christian economy. It seems to us that these are so clearly distinguished and so distinctly separated, that it is utterly impossible to confound them. All our ordinances, all our commissions, all our endowments as the Church of Christ, are timed and terminated by the end of the age and the return of our Lord. If the end of the age has come, and if Christ's advent has really taken place, then these commissions have run out, and these endowments are outlawed."
James Ventilato - Christ's Soon Coming and the Words That Describe It (2004) "To all of this might be added another set of texts which, when viewed through Preterist lenses, actually provides a spread of upwards of 40 years prior to 70AD; i.e., those texts connected with the gospel of the kingdom which our Lord preached during His earthly ministry (as did His disciples, and as did His forerunner, John the Baptist), heralding, “Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand” (cf. Matt. 3:2; 4:17; 10:7; Mark 1:14-15; Luke 10:9,11). When this is viewed through Preterist lenses (for they reject the truth of a “kingdom offer” to Israel conveyed in this gospel of the kingdom), we have the preaching of the kingdom as “at hand” (or “near”) over 40 years prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD, in which Preterists claim that the Son of Man came on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory and established that very kingdom (in a mysticalized manner, of course)."
Donald E. Green - A Critique of (Modern) Preterism (2001 PDF) "All would agree that the Olivet Discourse presents some interpretive many challenges no matter the eschatological position of the interpreter"
Jack Kelley - Seven Major Prophetic Signs Of The Second Coming - Seventh Annual Year End Update (2007) "There are seven major prophetic signs of the Second Coming, and ever since we started tracking them all seven have been in some stage of fulfillment. As in years past, I'll list the seven with their primary biblical references and offer commentary from current events."
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