"Christian" Zionism sells war to spiritually non-discerning Evangelicals, but it is not Biblical.
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Why does the United states hold unwavering support for Israel and not Palestine?
The US supports Israel unwaveringly for two reasons:
AIPAC, the Israel lobby, which wields enormous power and influence over Congress and the White House and can ruin any candidate’s chances of winning an election by either withholding funding and funding the opposing candidate or by smearing the dissident candidate in the media (AIPAC: The Israeli Lobby) (a historic change is happening now as Democrat candidates fight back for the first time ever. Trump’s shameless bowing and scraping before Netanyahu has caused a powerful backlash).
The Evangelical church, the biggest block of Trump voters (the following is not intended as a primarily religious commentary although it applies to Christians as well as others. My aim is to persuade people to stop supporting war and regime change in the Middle East based on a misreading — not a misinterpretation — of the scriptures). About 80% of Evangelical pastors teach that Christians must support Israel. They are in effect “Christian” Zionists (but don’t often use the term), which is a contradiction in terms. Using the word “Christian” in that expression would in fact be blasphemous to a non-Zionist Biblical Christian (though such are in the minority) because Jesus never once taught his followers to support a secular state calling itself Israel. In fact, while these Israel worshippers claim that restoration of Israel, and especially the temple in Jerusalem, is key to the Second Coming, Jesus not only never even hinted at this but in fact had only words of sharp criticism for the high priests of His time and even prophesied the destruction of the temple, which actually happened in 70 AD. Now, one of the far-fetched arguments of most Evangelical pastors is that the anti-Christ is prophesied to sit in this temple and if the temple is not built, then the anti-Christ cannot come, and since that is to happen before Christ can return, well, then, you see, it is up to Christians to make sure the anti-Christ has a throne to sit on as he blasphemes Christ and persecutes Christians. Isn’t that nice? In other words, good Evangelicals are supposed to help usher in the anti-Christ! I am not making this up, folks. Linked below is just one of many sites propounding this utter absurdity and – if you are a Christian and independent close reader of the Bible – blasphemy: Time to Build the Third Temple - Endtime Ministries | End of the Age | Irvin Baxter
The fact is, as Jesus stood at the temple in Jerusalem on one of the last days of His earthly life, he said, addressing Jerusalem and by extension all of Israel:
“For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'" Matthew 23:39
And Jesus intentionally said this in the presence of His disciples so that they could recall these words and jot this down for posterity. In other words, He clearly hoped his followers would evangelize among the Jews (in a loving way of course). Instead, today most US Evangelicals support the gifting of lethal arms to a secular country calling itself Israel so that it can defy the commandment in its own Torah to love their neighbour as themselves (Leviticus 19:9–18). Somehow, this got transformed into murder of Arabs, and Evangelicals mostly do not notice and do not care.
Note that Jesus did not say “you will not see me again until Israel becomes a nation as prophesied and until the third temple is built.” And yet, roughly 70% of Evangelicals apparently think Jesus wants them to help build the anti-Christ’s temple.
Again, this is not intended as a primarily theological or religious commentary. I write this to show how a peculiar fanaticism based on a clear distortion of the Bible threatens to plunge the world into war again. To my knowledge, none of these Zionist mega-pastors have ever protested that their government is leading its people into war after war in the Middle East and that it sends $4.5 billion a year free and clear to a government that has a policy of shooting to maim and kill unarmed protesters in Gaza and kill Iranians in Syria who are there to fight the terror that the US has not sincerely fought in its fake War on Terror. (The Israel connection with US-waged wars is illustrated in the video linked at the top of the page. The latest example of IDF brutality is described at the Israeli site Haaretz.) The scary thing about Christian Zionism is the sense of invulnerability it confers to its adherents. It is akin to the Chiliastic Christians during the Peasants War in Europe, who believed that they could enter the thick of a battle and emerge unscathed thanks to divine protection. Almost all of their leaders wound up burned at the stake. But modern Zionist Chiliasts will not hesitate to plunge the world into the same scenario, one that could end life on earth.
Many Evangelicals accept the policies and statements of the Israeli government as divinely inspired. An Evangelical friend of mine was surprised when I told her Netanyahu was not a Christian. She said “are you sure?” This is brain washing done right and proper.
As for their belief that modern Israel is the Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 37, there is a major hitch in that chapter. Verse 24 says this Israel resurrected from the dry bones will be “obedient to God’s decrees.” So what’s the hitch?
A Gallup poll shows that 65% of Israelis have no religion at all! (Israel among the least religious countries in the world). Thus it is clearly not Ezekiel’s Israel! Some will say “well then how do you explain Ezekiel’s prophecy?” Excuse me. I don’t owe anyone an explanation for it – although I do have a theory, which is beyond the scope of this analysis. My thrust is just to give it a proper reading, that's all.
I write these words in hopes that eventually this message will filter down to the Evangelicals who are supporting the instability in the Middle East in the steadfast but misguided belief that they are doing the will of the Almighty.
So far the main argument against this dangerous theology has been that Evangelicals are too literal in their interpretation of the Bible, but the truth is just the opposite as you can see. They are sadly lacking in their reading skills.
Trump’s moving the US embassy to Jerusalem and his recognition of the Syrian Golan Heights as Israeli territory suggest very strongly that Trump is a true believer in this dangerous theological hokus-pocus.