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Millions of Evangelical Christians Want to Start WWIII to Speed the “Second Coming” … and Atheist Neocons are Using Religion

Courtesy of ZeroHedge. View original post here.

Submitted by George Washington.

Millions of Evangelical Christians Want to Start World War III … to Speed Up the Second Coming

Conservative Christians were the biggest backers of the Iraq war.

Millions of Americans believe that Christ will not come again until Israel wipes out its competitors and there is widespread war in the Middle East. Some of these folks want to start a huge fire of war and death and destruction, so that Jesus comes quickly.

According to French President Chirac, Bush told him that the Iraq war was needed to bring on the apocalypse:

In Genesis and Ezekiel  Gog and Magog  are forces of the Apocalypse who are prophesied to come  out of the  north and destroy Israel unless stopped. The Book of  Revelation took up  the Old Testament prophesy:

“And  when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be  loosed out of his  prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations  which are in the four  quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather  them together to battle  and fire came down from God out of heaven, and  devoured them.”

Bush believed the time had now come for that battle, telling Chirac:

“This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins”…

There  can be little doubt now that President Bush’s  reason for launching the  war in Iraq was, for him, fundamentally  religious. He was driven by his  belief that the attack on Saddam’s Iraq  was the fulfilment of a Biblical  prophesy in which he had been chosen  to serve as the instrument of the  Lord.

And British Prime Minister Tony Blair long-time mentor, advisor and confidante said:

“Tony’s  Christian faith is part of him, down to his  cotton socks. He believed  strongly at the time, that intervention in  Kosovo, Sierra Leone – Iraq  too – was all part of the Christian battle;  good should triumph over  evil, making lives better.”

Mr Burton, who was often described as  Mr Blair’s mentor, says that  his religion gave him a “total belief in  what’s right and what’s  wrong”, leading him to see the so-called War on  Terror as “a moral  cause”…

Anti-war campaigners criticised  remarks Mr Blair made in 2006,  suggesting that the decision to go to war  in Iraq would ultimately be  judged by God.

Bill Moyers reports that  the organization   Christians United for Israel – led by highly-influential Pastor John C. Hagee – is a universal call to all  Christians to help factions in Israel fund the Jewish settlements, throw  out all the Palestinians and lobby for a  pre-emptive invasion of Iran.  All to bring Russia into a war against us causing World War III  followed by Armageddon, the Second Coming and The Rapture.  See this and this.

This all revolves around what is called Dispensationalism.  So popular is Dispensationalism that  Tim LaHaye’s Left Behind series has sold 65 million copies.

Dispensationalists include the following mega-pastors and their churches:

They are supported by politicians such as:

  • Texas Senator John Cronyn
  • And others

Dr. Timothy Webber –  an evangelical Christian who has served as a teacher of church history and the history of American religion at Denver Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Vice-President at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL, and President of Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee –  notes:

 

In a recent Time/CNN poll, more than one-third of Americans said that  since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, they have been thinking more about  how current events might be leading to the end of the world.

 

 While only 36 percent of all Americans believe that the Bible is God’s  Word and should be taken literally, 59 percent say they believe that  events predicted in the Book of Revelation will come to pass. Almost one  out of four Americans believes that 9/11 was predicted in the Bible,  and nearly one in five believes that he or she will live long enough to  see the end of the world. Even more significant for this study, over  one-third of those Americans who support Israel report that they do so  because they believe the Bible teaches that the Jews must possess their  own country in the Holy Land before Jesus can return.  

 Millions of Americans believe that the Bible predicts the future and  that we are living in the last days. Their beliefs are rooted in  dispensationalism, a particular way of understanding the Bible’s  prophetic passages, especially those in Daniel and Ezekiel in the Old  Testament and the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. They make up  about one-third of America’s 40 or 50 million evangelical Christians and  believe that the nation of Israel will play a central role in the  unfolding of end-times events. In the last part of the 20th century,  dispensationalist evangelicals become Israel’s best friends-an alliance  that has made a serious geopolitical difference.

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Starting in the 1970s, dispensationalists broke into the popular  culture with runaway best-sellers, and a well-networked political  campaign to promote and protect the interests of Israel. Since the  mid-1990s, tens of millions of people who have never seen a prophetic  chart or listened to a sermon on the second coming have read one or more  novels in the Left Behind series, which has become the most effective  disseminator of dispensationalist ideas ever.

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 During the early 1980s the Israeli Ministry of Tourism recruited  evangelical religious leaders for free “familiarization” tours. In time,  hundreds of evangelical pastors got free trips to the Holy Land. The  purpose of such promotional tours was to enable people of even limited  influence to experience Israel for themselves and be shown how they  might bring their own tour group to Israel. The Ministry of Tourism was  interested in more than tourist dollars: here was a way of building a  solid corps of non-Jewish supporters for Israel in the United States by  bringing large numbers of evangelicals to hear and see Israel’s story  for themselves. The strategy caught on.

 ***

Shortly after the Six-Day War, elements within the Israeli  government saw the potential power of the evangelical subculture and  began to mobilize it as a base of support that could influence American  foreign policy. The Israeli government sent Yona Malachy of its  Department of Religious Affairs to the United States to study American fundamentalism and its potential as an ally of Israel. Malachy was warmly received by fundamentalists  and was able to influence some of them to issue strong pro-Israeli  manifestos. By the mid-1980s, there was a discernible shift in the  Israeli political strategy. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee  (AIPAC), the Jewish state’s major lobbying group in Washington, D.C.,  started re-aligning itself with the American political right-wing,  including Christian conservatives. Israel’s timing was perfect. It began  working seriously with American dispensationalists at the precise  moment that American fundamentalists and evangelicals were discovering  their political voice.

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 Probably the largest pro-Israel organization of its kind is the National  Unity Coalition for Israel, which was founded by a Jewish woman who  learned how to get dispensationalist support. NUCI opposes “the  establishment of a Palestinian state within the borders of Israel.”

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In their commitment to keep Israel strong and moving in directions  prophesied by the Bible, dispensationalists are supporting some of the  most dangerous elements in Israeli society.  They do so because such  political and religious elements seem to conform to dispensationalist  beliefs about what is coming next for Israel. By lending their  support-both financial and spiritual-to such groups, dispensationalists  are helping the future they envision come to pass.

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Dispensationalists believe that the Temple is coming too; and their  convictions have led them to support the aims and actions of what most  Israelis believe are the most dangerous right-wing elements in their  society, people whose views make any compromise necessary for lasting  peace impossible. Such sentiments do not matter to the believers in  Bible prophecy, for whom the outcome of the quarrelsome issue of the  Temple Mount has already been determined by God.  

   Since the end of the Six-Day War, then, dispensationalists have  increasingly moved from observers to participant-observers. They have  acted consistently with their convictions about the coming Last Days in  ways that make their prophecies appear to be self-fulfilling.

***

As  Paul Boyer has pointed out, dispensationalism has effectively  conditioned millions of Americans to be somewhat passive about the  future and provided them with lenses through which to understand world  events. Thanks to the sometimes changing perspectives of their Bible  teachers, dispensationalists are certain that trouble in the Middle East  is inevitable, that nations will war against nations, and that the time  is coming when millions of people will die as a result of nuclear war,  the persecution of Antichrist, or as a result of divine judgment. Striving for peace in the Middle East is a hopeless pursuit with no  chance of success.

***

 For the dispensational community, the future is determined. The Bible’s  prophecies are being fulfilled with amazing accuracy and rapidity.  They  do not believe that the Road Map will-or should-succeed.  According to  the prophetic texts, partitioning is not in Israel’s future, even if the  creation of a Palestinian state is the best chance for peace in the  region. Peace is nowhere prophesied for the Middle East, until Jesus  comes and brings it himself. The worse thing that the United States, the  European Union, Russia, and the United Nations can do is force Israel  to give up land for a peace that will never materialize this side of the  second coming. Anyone who pushes for peace in such a manner is ignoring  or defying God’s plan for the end of the age.

***

It seems clear that dispensationalism is on a roll, that its followers  feel they are riding the wave of history into the shore of God’s final  plan. Why should they climb back into the stands when being on the field  of play is so much more fun and apparently so beneficial to the game’s  outcome? As [one dispensationalist group's] advertisement read,  ”Don’t just read  about prophecy when you can be part of it.”

Not a Jewish Issue

Most Americans confuse Zionism and Judaism.

But many devout Jews are against Zionism, and Zionists can be Christian.

Those who say that criticizing Zionism is anti-semitic  are misleading people for their own ulterior motives which have nothing  to do with ensuring the safety of the Jewish people.

Israeli Zionists are no more true to the cultural heritage of the Jewish people than Christian Zionists are.

Atheist War Hawks Manipulate Believers to Beat the Drums of War

Leo Strauss is the father of the Neo-Conservative movement, including  many leaders of the current administration.

Indeed, many of the main  neocon players – including Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Stephen Cambone, Elliot Abrams, and Adam Shulsky  - were students of Strauss at the University of Chicago,  where he taught for many years.

The people pushing for war against Iran are the same neocons who pushed for war against Iraq. See this and this. (They planned both wars at least 20 years ago.)    For example, Shulsky was the director of the Office of Special Plans –  the Pentagon unit responsible for selling false intelligence regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass.  He is now a member of the equivalent organization targeting Iran: the Iranian Directorate.

Strauss, born in Germany, was an admirer of Nazi philosophers and of Machiavelli.   Strauss believed that a  stable political order required an external threat and that if an external threat did not exist, one should be manufactured. Specifically, Strauss thought that:

A  political order can be stable only if it is united by an external  threat . . . . Following Machiavelli, he maintained that if no external  threat exists then one has to be manufactured

(the quote is by one of Strauss’ main biographers).

Indeed, Stauss used the analogy of Gulliver’s Travels to show what a Neocon-run society would look like:

“When  Lilliput [the town] was on fire, Gulliver urinated over the city,  including the palace. In so doing, he saved all of Lilliput from  catastrophe, but the Lilliputians were outraged and appalled by such a  show of disrespect.” (this quote also from the same biographer)

Moreover, Strauss said:


Only a great fool would call the new political science diabolic . . . Nevertheless one may say of it that it fiddles while Rome burns. It is excused by two facts: it does not know that it fiddles, and it does not know that Rome burns.

So Strauss seems to have advocated governments letting  terrorizing catastrophes happen on one’s own soil to one’s own people  -- of “pissing” on one’s own people, to use his Gulliver’s travel  analogy. And he advocates that government’s should pretend that  they did not know about such acts of mayhem: to intentionally “not know”  that Rome is burning. He advocates messing with one’s own people in  order to save them from some “catastophe” (perhaps to justify military  efforts to monopolize middle eastern oil to keep it away from our real  threat — an increasingly-powerful China?).

What does this have to do with religion?

Strauss taught  that religion should be used as a way to manipulate people to achieve  the aims of the leaders.  But that the leaders themselves need not  believe in religion.

As Wikipedia notes:

In the late 1990s Irving Kristol and other writers in neoconservative magazines began touting anti-Darwinist views, in support of intelligent design. Since these neoconservatives were largely of secular backgrounds, a few commentators have speculated that this – along with support for religion generally – may have been a case of a “noble lie”, intended to protect public morality, or even tactical politics, to attract religious supporters.

So is it any surprise that the folks who planned war against Iraq and Iran at least 20 years ago are pushing religious disinformation to stir up the evangelical community?

I’ve recently seen a swarm of spam claiming that all Muslims are evil, that they want to take over the world and establish a Muslim caliphate, and that they want to nuke Iran.  They misquote Muslims and use false statements to try to stir up religious hatred.

They are simply promoting the Straussian playbook: stir up religious sentiment – even if you are personally an atheist – to create and demonize an “enemy”, so as to promote war …

Postscript 1: While there are certainly some Arab terrorists, Islam cannot be blamed for their barbaric murderous actions, just as Christianity cannot be blamed for the Norwegian Christian terrorist – Anders Behring Breivik’s – actions.

University of Chicago professor Robert A. Pape – who specializes in international security affairs –  points out:

Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam  isn’t to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military  occupations.

And the 9/11 hijackers used cocaine and drank alcohol, slept with  prostitutes and attended strip clubs … but they did not worship at any  mosque.  See this,  this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.

Postscript 2: Neoliberals and Neoconservatives are very similar in many ways.  And because Neocons are not conservative, nothing in this post is meant to criticize conservatism.

Postscript 3:  Most evangelicals are not dispensionalists, and so do not want to bring on armageddon.


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  1. roscoe

    What a load of crap.

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