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Israel Christians

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  • Pro-Israeli Christian-Jewish Coalition
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Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace ...
www.christian-zionism.org, 1 Feb 1996 [cached]
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Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace Christians For Israel Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign Christian Friends of Israel Christians United For Israel Come Anwser the Call Eagles' Wings International Christian Embassy Jerusalem International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Israel Always Israel Christian Nexus Love of Israel Project FIBA The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
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Therefore, the establishment of Israel, as a new state, is a fulfillment of a Christian belief or theology.Of course, the anti-Zionist Christian impulse tends to deny this linkage between old Israel, Israel of the Bible and new Israel, and Prof. Merkley exposed this notion.
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Israel always looks for friends.A country under a permanent state of siege, a society which fights for its physical existence each day, Israel asked the Christian establishment to support her.It is so enriching to find leaders such as Prof. Douglas Young, the founder of the Institute of Holy land Studies, declare the following in 1976 in his new home in Jerusalem: "I have been accused of being a Zionist, a Christian Zionist, by some of my co-religionists in Israel and in the administrative areas.
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It is one of the reasons that the Vatican, until recently, failed to recognize Israel, and Jerusalem as its capitol.
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Prof. Merkley discusses the issue of the Christian attitude towards the state of Israel from 1948 to 1967.
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In 1967, only a few pro-Zionists supported Israel.But after its "Six Day War" Merkley argues one can see a change: "Not only in evangelical and fundamental ranks but among most Christians of conservative theology, the creation of Israel in 1948 had seemed proof of the reliability of prophetic scripture."
The power of the "Restorationists" who believed that Israel is the outcome " ... a remarkable fulfillment of the ancient prophecy of Joel 3:2," their power enjoyed the momentum of 1967: "To see the Western Wall taken from Jordanian hands and returned to the possession of the Jewish people."
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The National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (1967).
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Voices United for Israel (Pro-Israeli Christian-Jewish Coalition).
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There is a huge Christian pro-Zionist movement in the U.S. Moral Majority, the Christian Mass Communication, famous leaders such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, David Dolan, Don Feder, promote Christian Zionism and love for Israel.
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It is clear and Merkley dedicates a chapter to this issue that Middle Eastern Christianity is crusading against Israel.
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It is clear that Middle Eastern Christian scholars always blame Israel for the war.
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Entire generations of Palestinian Christians have grown up ignoring God"s alliance with Israel and the Jewishness of Jesus ... to them they were all Arabs."
In the Palestinian theology, the place of the church is not clear.The P.L.O. tries to show unity but many Christians tend to emigrate from Arab lands.But their leaders argue that the P.L.O. promotes Christianity when Israel is destroying it.There are many conflicts between Christians and Muslims in the West Bank.Arafat said that his P.L.O. is not religious but a secular organization and the rise of Muslim fundamentalism (Hamas, Hizbullah, Muslim Jihad) means problems for the Arab Christian minorities.
Christians United for Israel - We speak and act with one voice in support of Israel: Learn about Christian Zionism
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Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Biblereasons why Christians should support Israel.
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Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith.
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Excerpts of the article that appeared in Christian Action for Israel Christians have good biblical reasons, past present and future, for supporting modern Israel.
Christianity was birthed by biblical Judaism. Moses prophesied of the disobedience, dispersion, return and ultimate restoration of Israel, due to the faithfulness of Jehovah. Some eighty percent of our Bible (what we call the "Old Testament") was written in Hebrew, by Hebrews, for Hebrews; and although Gentiles could come to God, they had to come through Israels God-given religion. Jesus himself instructed the disciples to go only "unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel", and reminded the Samaritan woman, and us, that "salvation is of the Jews". (John 4: 22)
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Christian Zionism can be defined as Christian support for the Zionist cause - the return of the Jewish people to its biblical homeland in Israel. It is a belief among some Christians that the return of Jews to Israel is in line with a biblical prophecy, and is necessary for Jesus to return to Earth as its king. These Christians are partly motivated by the writings of the Bible and the words of the prophets. However, they are also driven to support Israel because they wish to "repay the debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for providing Christ and the other fundamentals of their faith," and to support a political ally, according to David Brog, author Standing With Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State.
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Israel and its people are central to their vision. They interpret passages from the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, and Isaiah as foreshadowing the coming Christian era. The New Testament Book of Revelation is read by many Christians as a prophetic text of how the world will be in the End Times.
Christian support for Israel is not a recent development.
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For over 1000 years most of the church believed that Christians had replaced the Jews as God's covenant people. There were isolated instances of Christians who read the scriptures differently but until the Reformation few Christians considered the possibility of a Jewish return to Israel.
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Israel was among the priorities of the Christian Right from the start.
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While Israel was always important to evangelicals, a recent event did make Israel even more of a priority. On September 11, 2001, evangelicals recognized along with many other Americans that radical Islam was the greatest threat facing our country and that we were in a war with its proponents. And in this war, Israel is seen as an ally and as the first line of defense of Judeo-Christian civilization.
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Why do certain evangelicals support Israel so strongly?
Brog: "Christian Zionism" is a devotion to Israel as a Jewish state that is widespread and growing in the Christian world.
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And this devotion to Israel is the direct result of Christian theology. These theological roots come as a surprise to many, since Christian theology has typically not been very friendly to the Jews or their dreams of a state in their ancient homeland. But during the course of the 20th century there was a revolution in Christian theology towards the Jews which has dramatically changed the way that many Christians feel towards the Jewish people in general and Israel in particular.
To briefly summarize, for most of Christian history the dominant Christian theology towards the Jews was "replacement theology," which held that when the Jews rejected Jesus as their messiah, God rejected the Jews as his chosen people. The Church replaced the Jews as the "Israel" to whom so much is promised in the Bible. Once the Jews were thus removed from God's love, the door was opened to man's hate. And this was a door through which generation after generation of Christians walked.
But ever since the Reformation, there have been some small groups of Protestants who have rejected replacement theology and who believe as Jews do -- that the word "Israel" in the Bible means the Jews. Under this reading, the Jews are still the chosen people, they are still in covenant with and beloved by God, and they are still the rightful heirs of the land of Israel. Christians who read their Bible this way tend to reject anti-Semitism and embrace both the Jewish people and their national aspirations in Israel. In early twentieth century America, the nascent fundamentalist movement embraced this minority view and rejected replacement theology. As the fundamentalist movement grew and spread throughout America, the number of adherents of this positive theology towards the Jews grew as well, to the point that it is the ascendant strain of American Christianity today. Thus fundamentalist/evangelical support for Israel is not a trend, fad, or public relations ploy -- it is a bedrock religious belief. It is hard to find support for Israel that is more deeply rooted.
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One of the most effective ways that you can help us educate more Christians about the need to stand with Israel is to become a CUFI member.
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Copyright © 2010 Christians United for Israel. All Rights Reserved.
Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace ...
www.christian-zionism.org, 1 Oct 2006 [cached]
Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace Christians For Israel Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign Christian Friends of Israel Christians United For Israel Come Anwser the Call Eagles' Wings International Christian Embassy Jerusalem International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Israel Always Israel Christian Nexus Love of Israel Project FIBA The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
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Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace Christians For Israel Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign Christian Friends of Israel Christians United For Israel Come Anwser the Call Eagles' Wings International Christian Embassy Jerusalem International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Israel Always Israel Christian Nexus Love of Israel Project FIBA The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
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b) The right of domicile on the land and the right to enjoy the blessings of that land are based on Israel's spiritual condition.
We have to look at both sides in order to keep us from taking an unbalanced and extremist view.If we neglect the first principle and focus purely on the required righteousness (which is not yet achieved by large parts of Israel) we are in danger of slipping on the path of replacement theology, and possibly anti-Semitism.If on the other hand we neglect the second principle and focus solely on the land issue, we are tempted to embrace a right-wing nationalist agenda and our cause of Zionism is not biblical but political.
HISTORICAL VERIFICATIONThese two principles are verified within the whole course of Israel's history.Whenever Israel followed their God and had God-fearing kings, the borders of Israel enlarged quickly and with ease, as the writer of Chronicles puts it: " ...Yet as soon as Israel and its kings left their God, it was God himself who raised the neighboring countries against them stirring up resistance from within and even adjusting the borders of Israel's territory."In those days the LORD began to cut off parts of Israel; and Hazael conquered them in all the territory of Israel."Often the adversaries of Israel were rendered powerless as soon as Israel humbled herself under the hand of God.But as their tragic history tells us, the enemies of Israel were allowed to uproot the chosen people from the Holy Land twice.In short: Israel in her entire history never had a conflict over borders or land issues, but Israel found herself in a constant conflict with her God!Out of that, political and military troubles arose which threatened the security and very existence of the nation.But as soon as Israel sought the Lord, He himself became a fiery wall around his people.
STOCKTAKINGThe modern restoration of the state of Israel is without doubt the greatest miracle of modern history.Be it the return of the Jews from more than 100 nations, the replanting of the land or the reconstruction of the cities of Israel, they all carry the clear watermark of fulfilled biblical promises. However Israel returns today to their land largely as a secular people, which barely differs hardly from any other nation.It is only a small minority in Israel which sees the hand of God in its restoration.It is mostly the pioneering spirit of the founding fathers, the supremacy of the IDF or other human achievements which are named as the creating source of modern Israel.
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God did not restore Israel in order to exile her again, but rather to reconcile her to Himself.All biblical accounts on the end-time restoration of Israel end with a picture painted by Paul: "And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob."
CONCLUSIONConsequently the question of the boundaries of the land of Israel cannot be understood outside the context of Israel's spiritual condition.As the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem we therefore take the following position:
1. We wish to affirm that the land of Canaan is the everlasting possession of the Jewish people.No other people have a biblical right to this land.It belongs to the Jewish people by divine covenant.Nevertheless Israel's right of domicile is dependent on her reconciled relationship with her God.According to Ezekiel 36:24-28, only a nation anointed by the spirit of God affords her the right to dwell in the land.This day is coming, albeit through a process of affliction.
2. Given that the Jewish people have returned to Israel a secular people, correction and judgment are to be expected.Remember, domicile is conditional upon Israel's reconciled relationship with her God.It is naïve for Christians to stand on God's Word concerning all the land bequeathed to her when she remains largely unfaithful to God.Land shrinkage is God's doing since He is determined to correct and save her.
3. However, since God in His Word has only promised two exiles and two returns and since these have already taken place, He is now determined to save her through affliction.She will not be exiled again!
4. If Israel is therefore going to lose land, do not be amazed at this.Rather embrace your responsibility to pray for her righteousness and salvation, knowing these alone will secure her domicile upon all of the land bequeathed to her.God has promised to save her.
5. God's process of dealing with Israel does not legitimize those like the PLO, Hamas, etc. who are actively working for Israel's destruction.
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7. If God should allow that further parts of the land of Israel be relinquished, we fully understand the sorrow it will bring for many settlers who will be uprooted.We pray for them and do our utmost to comfort, support them and give them hope.
8. We must recognize that a great visitation of God is also coming to the Arab world.The Word of God promises a great revival among the neighboring countries of Israel.
Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace ...
www.christian-zionism.org, 29 Jan 2007 [cached]
Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace Christians For Israel Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign Christian Friends of Israel Christians United For Israel Come Anwser the Call Eagles' Wings International Christian Embassy Jerusalem International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Israel Always Israel Christian Nexus Love of Israel Project FIBA The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
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Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace Christians For Israel Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign Christian Friends of Israel Christians United For Israel Come Anwser the Call Eagles' Wings International Christian Embassy Jerusalem International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Israel Always Israel Christian Nexus Love of Israel Project FIBA The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc.
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Author and lecturer Yossi Olmert, whose brother, Ehud Olmert, heads the Israeli government, spoke briefly at Without Walls Central Church on a day designated by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews for support of Israel.
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Olmert offered thanks for American support of Israel and reaffirmed the positive relations that have emerged between Jews and evangelicals in recent years, describing it as a "sea of love."
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Olmert also denounced enemies of Israel, especially Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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"He says that Israel has no right to exist and that he will wipe Israel off the map.I want to send him a message this morning, with your blessing Im sure.The state of Israel will exist forevermore, and the president of Iran will be thrown out into the dustbin of history," he said, to applause from the approximately 1,500 worshipers in the multiracial congregation.
Alluding to anxieties in Israel, Olmert referred more than once to Irans nuclear ambitions.
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Without Walls Central Pastor Scott Thomas prayed, "Today we stop, and we focus our heart, our prayer, our thoughts, our faith toward your protection, towards your supply and your strength for Israel and her people.
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We try to talk to every group of people that is interested in knowing the truth about the Middle East and Israel.If you can do it in a church, great," he said.
Without Walls Central is part of a contingent of evangelical and Pentecostal churches that have given unqualified financial and political support for Israel, a movement sometimes called "Christian Zionism."
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"The use of the word apartheid is particularly troubling, because this is an indication Israel may be an illegitimate state, using apartheid against the Arab citizens.Its a very negative contribution from the former president to the situation in the Middle East," he said.
Christian-Zionism.org: Telling the True Story about Christian Zionism - Christians United for Israel
www.christian-zionism.org, 18 Mar 2007 [cached]
Battalion of Deborah Bridges For Peace Christians For Israel Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign Christian Friends of Israel Christians United For Israel Eagles Wings Exodus, Ltd.
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International Christian Embassy Jerusalem International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Israel Always Israel Christian Nexus Israel Unity Coalition Project FIBA The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. The Jerusalem Connection International
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Millions of Christians across America have a deep love for Israel and the Jewish people and want to stand with them during these difficult days. Until recently, this broad-based affection had little influence in Washington. Christians have never before come together to focus on the specific issue of Israel and the threats to Judeo-Christian civilization from radical Islam until now.
In February, 2006, Pastor John Hagee decided the time had come to create a national grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel.
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Christians United for Israel was born.
Within a few short months, CUFI has emerged as one of the most important Christian grassroots organizations in America.
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Every year, CUFI will hold an annual Washington summit to enable CUFI members to personally speak with their elected representatives on behalf of Israel. At critical junctures throughout the year, CUFI members will be mobilized through Rapid Response Alerts to generate millions of phone calls and e-mails requesting action for Israel from the Administration and Congress.
To educate & build Christian support for Israel throughout America. While millions of evangelical Christians support Israel, there are millions more who do not. It is crucial to educate Christians on the biblical and moral imperatives of supporting Israel. CUFI will pursue this goal through the distribution of literature, DVD's, Middle East Briefing speakers and, most importantly, holding annual Nights to Honor Israel in communities throughout the country.
Statement of Purpose The purpose of Christians United For Israel (C.U.F.I.) is to provide a national association through which every pro-Israel church, Para-church organization, ministry or individual in America can speak and act with one voice in support of Israel in matters related to Biblical issues.
"The Lord answered me and said: 'Write the vision, And make it plain on tablets. That he may run who reads it.'" Habakkuk 2:2
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