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Comment: It is in the plan and purpose of God.

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It is in the plan and purpose of God.

The simplest answer to the question of "why certain Christians are so obsessed about bowing down to Israel and Jews" is that God has sent them a strong delusion because they refused to believe the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 "Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 2:12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

This is why Christian Zionists (of whom I was one until my eyes were opened) are so convinced about the role of Israel in the "end times" prophecy scenario that is promoted by the religious hucksters who are also no doubt deceived themselves.

Up until 1948 there was a growing community of Christians who had embraced the "futurist" eschatological doctrine the first version of which was published in 1810/11 by Manuel Lacunza, a Chilean Jesuit priest, in his book ""La venida del Mesías en gloria y majestad" under the Jewish pseudonym of Rabbi Juan Josaphat ben-Ezra.

This book was then translated into English and published by the Scottish clergyman Edward Irving in 1827 as "The Coming of the Messiah". These ideas were then expanded into the Dispensationalist doctrine of John Nelson Derby, a leader in the Plymouth Brethren movement, who influenced, amongst others, the American clergyman Cyrus I. Scofield. Scofield then wrote and first published his "Scofield Reference Bible" in 1909 through the Oxford University Press, a prestigious publishing house, with the assistance of Samuel Untermeyer, a New York lawyer and keen Jewish Zionist.

The Scofield Reference Bible and the ideas promoted in it were very influential in popularising the futurist eschatological doctrine taught by most evangelical and fundamentalist churches all over the world today. The critical issue I believe is that Dispensationalism emphasizes the distinctions between the New Testament Church and ancient Israel of the Old Testament. Those who believe that they are dealt with separately by God are very vehemently opposed to so called replacement theology that teaches that the Church "replaces" ancient Israel in the plan and purpose of God.

Most evangelical Christians today believe that the Jewish State in Palestine is the biblical Israel now regathered to their "Promised Land" and that the Abrahamic covenant applies to them as God's "Chosen People" and that everyone MUST bless this "Israel" if they wish to receive God's blessings. This is why the American Christian Zionists insist that their government MUST support Israel.

In 1948, when the Jewish Zionists in Palestine set up their State and forced an estimated one million Palestinians to leave their homes, the Christian Zionists celebrated the event and believed that this was the beginning of a seven year period that would end with the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. They were of course disappointed in this expectation but nevertheless, adjusting their doctrine to fit the new reality, they continued to believe that the Jewish State was indeed the regathering of the biblical Israel and that they must support everything the Zionists did, no matter how cruel, unlawful or bizarre.

At the same time as the Jewish Zionists were forcing Palestinians to leave their homes and flee in the Spring of 1948, at a small Bible College in Saskatchewan Canada, something else was happening. Here is a testimony from a Canadian man, George Warnock, who was present at this event:

"Shortly after this we heard about a move of God starting up in Saskatchewan, in my old hometown. It was a time of great spiritual dearth, and many of God’s people in many places had been earnestly seeking the Lord for revival. In North Battleford a small Bible College had been formed, and the faculty and students alike were constrained in earnest prayer and fasting to seek the Lord for a fresh move of God.

This went on for months and in the Spring of 1948 the Lord began to move very sovereignly in "prophecy and the laying on of hands" - with the impartation of gifts and ministries of the Spirit. Then we heard that a Camp Meeting was scheduled for July and some of us in Lethbridge felt to be there. We were not to be disappointed. There was a great emphasis not only in prophecy and other gifts of the Spirit but we were greatly impacted by the evident presence of the Spirit, the anointed Word in teaching, and the spontaneous prophetic utterances that came forth. It was a corporate anointing - with the Spirit Himself very much in control. The people as well as the leadership were participants in this fresh anointing.

To myself and many others it was a new day dawning. A day in which the Lord would unfold Truth in a new dimension, for the edifying of the body of Christ. The revival had started in February of 1948, in what was known as Sharon Bible College, and now it was early July. In those 4 or 5 months the word had gone far and wide, and there were probably six or seven hundred people there from different parts of Canada and the USA. The "order" of the Spirit prevailed, and there was much love among the brethren. It was a new visitation and in the days and years to come, many thousands would be refreshed and changed as they discovered new vision and new hope in what God was doing and would yet do in the earth. The Word became "alive." The worship was spontaneous, as those who had long panted for the living waters found new hope and new reality in God.

A few months later, at the request of one of the leaders…I was invited to come and work with them…particularly in the office answering the mail that started to pour in from different parts of Canada and the USA and other countries. I enjoyed those times, and have no regrets for having worked there those four years or so, in what I would call a "deacon" capacity…helping out where I could…ministering at times in the local church…or in the Bible College. It was during that time that I wrote the book "Feast of Tabernacles," which was inspired in part by what one of the young prophets had said in one of his classes; "This feast is still in the future." It was this key that started my own research into this great Feast, and I was aware of much anointing as I wrote about it.

But after a few years I was becoming more and more aware that the Spirit of God no longer hovered over us as He once did. Several others felt the same way. God forbid that I should attach any blame to anyone…He alone is the Judge. Perhaps all of us who were involved, were responsible in one way or another, for causing the Holy Dove of God’s Spirit to be grieved. I knew I must leave…but I never lost confidence in what God had done, and would yet do…when a new generation would earnestly seek the Lord to come again, and set up His habitation in the midst of His people."

Here is a link to the book that George wrote that has been very influential in some parts of the Body of Christ:

As so often happens, the most important revelations given by the Holy Spirit at this time were rejected by the established churches and others ended in the flesh. The primary reason for this rejection by the churches was that the revelations contradicted some of the more cherished dogma in the churches and in the case of the futurist doctrine there was a conflict in the revelations with that teaching which was by then quite entrenched in the minds of Christian leaders.

So it was that God sent them a strong delusion that they might believe what was false because they had rejected the truth. This is why these beliefs have such a powerful hold on the modern Christian churches; they are from God.

Here is another view of why the present Jewish State has been allowed to arise in Palestine:

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)