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A View from the Altar / Random remarks about Israel, eschatology, and current politics
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Random remarks about Israel, eschatology, and current politics

Not everyone who doesn’t care about Israel is antisemitic.  But everyone who is antisemitic hates Israel.  In the former category are political isolationists who believe America should look out for none but its own interests.  I don’t agree with that position, but at least it’s rational and coherent.  In the latter category are men like the former French ambassador to Britain, Daniel Bernard, who famously referred to Israel as “that sh***y little country” and said that much of the trouble in the world was their fault.

It’s obvious to conservative Christians that the political left is determined to uproot the old Judeo-Christian order that once formed the social fabric of the West.  They’re looking for co-belligerents in this effort.  For a while, Marxism was the philosophy of choice for that purpose.  Now it’s Islam.  No big surprise, leftists everywhere now take sides with whoever is against Israel.  Mostly that’s Hamas.  Since the word “Hamas” is associated with terror and killings of its own people for PR purposes, they select the term “Palestinian” instead, and tell us all about the “two state solution.”

Fortunately for both America and Israel, there is still a lot of pro-Israel sentiment out there.  Politicians have to respect Israel because of it.  But there is also a growing movement that is ugly in its anti-Israel bent, enough so that the term” antisemitic” is beginning to apply.

If you need some convincing, consider this.  Hamas has been launching rockets into Israel on a daily basis for years.  These rocket launches are not considered newsworthy in the leftist land of the mainstream media.  If Israel fights back, that is newsworthy along with the president’s utterly inane and predictable calls for “calm” or “restraint” — as if the preceding years of rocket launches were calm and restrained.

The Bible says that Jerusalem will be a “cup of trembling” in the end time.  To borrow one of the strangest bits of western idolatry, there is a “wrong side of history” on the issues of Israel and Jerusalem, and those who align themselves with the enemies of the Jews are on the losing side.  Here’s the actual text:

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces , though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  Zechariah 12:2-3

It’s interesting that the text doesn’t merely specify Israel but also Jerusalem. And imagine this: All the people of the earth gathered against her?  Since when did it look like everyone on earth would oppose Israel or come against Jerusalem?  What is this, the United Nations?

And the text is an intellectual pretzel twist for my friends who believe the church has replaced Israel (called “supercessionism”), and that Israel as a nation has no further place in the program of God.  A determined eisegete can, with a bit of finagling, rid himself of Israel.  But getting rid of Jerusalem is a tougher challenge, not that they can’t find a way to do it.

Sorry to overuse the word “interesting,” but don’t you find it interesting that we’re here at this point in the history of the world and Israel is there, and Jerusalem is there?  And the prophecies about a global ruler capable of controlling all commerce at the individual level are no longer the ridiculous interpretations of batty end time novelists but are something we expect in the most matter-of-fact way.  It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that a majority of Americans would vote for Beast-style government controls right now.

So, here we are with Israel once again threatened by its Jew-hating neighbors baying for its destruction.  And who is there that doesn’t know that people like Hamas and the Moslem Brotherhood mean business?  Who can doubt that if they had a nuclear weapon, they would use it to murder Jews by the million in Israel?

The biggest question on the table right now is whether America will back Israel or stab Israel in the back.  There are rumors, dark and nasty, that the Benghazi affair might be connected to a gun-running operation wherein America was supplying arms to the rebels in Syria.  Some of the rebels in Syria are, you guessed it, manned by Al Queda and the Moslem Brotherhood.  Imagine the stink if we found out that Mr. Obama, who has been accused of being a closet Moslem, was found arming Al Queda and promoting the Moslem Brotherhood.  Not that it would really matter.  I do not believe senate Democrats would vote to convict this president of treason even if he were on filmed HD video committing it.

Getting back on track: Our country has had several serious decisions to make in the past few years.  Many states have had to choose between normal marriage and perverted marriage.  Four states have recently chosen wrong (Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington).  Mr. Bush’s Patriot Act forced us to choose between the constitutional safeguards of our liberty and the subversion of those liberties via domestic spying, drone attacks, de facto suspension of habeas corpus, and even extra-judicial killings of American citizens.  America chose to subvert liberty.  Most recently we’ve been forced to choose between economic freedom with personal responsibility versus the socialist/grifter state with perpetual irresponsibility.  America chose socialism and irresponsibility.  Politicians holding out a credible promise of giving you a job are now viewed as a threat.

At some point, I expect America will have to choose between acting on Israel’s behalf or letting Israel’s enemies have at them.  Our recent track record of decision making isn’t encouraging in this regard.

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