Saturday, August 16, 2008
Christian Zionism - Prophetic Fulfilment or Racism?
After a great deal of research, study, prayer I have looked with great depth into this belief system pervading the evangelical Christian movement and the deeper I look the more I find the concept to be filled with error and racism.
When I began my ministry I had a visionary-like moment in which I distinctly felt God inform me that the current view on this issue was not just in error, but was actually the "Great Deception" referred to in prophecy as "deceiving even the Elect (if possible)" and I tell you it was not only possible but has occurred.
Zionism is a huge issue in today's world as we view the middle East most Christians have been and are being taught (even brain-washed in a way) by way of their bible colleges, churches and televangelism that we must support the NATION of Israel because somehow they are favored by God... yet, the intent is not to defend or uphold the Hebrew Faith but rather to support the political objectives of a Nation they assume is the "Israel" referred to in Scripture.
The Jewish people living in this Nation are more than happy to have this support because with it comes the power offered by the military forces of the United States who even now are sending massive amounts of military backup and support for a forthcoming confrontation between Iran and Israel.
Seen as the fulfilment of prophecy DISPENSATIONALISTS (AKA "Christian Zionists") are actually overjoyed at the prospect of such a battle which they see as the forthcoming "Armageddon" which they believe will Harald the return of Christ.
But, what if Jerusalem is destroyed?
Impossible say Dispensationalists because it was foretold that at the time Jerusalem is surrounded by armies Jesus shall return and save them.. BUT.. What will happen to the faith of the Dispensationalist IF Jerusalem ends up with "not one stone atop another"?.. What shall these people say to those who followed this belief are confronted by the fact that what they expected to happen (by being mistaught) did not occur as they felt it would?
Hebrews, Christians and YES, Even Islam teaches a doctrine that Jerusalem cannot be utterly destroyed and so Iran would have no problem trying to destroy it because even they teach that their Mahdi (the Islamic Messiah) will return in that moment with Jesus in tow as a witness to bring about a new world of perfect Islamic Rule.
Thus if Jerusalem becomes the victim of utter ruin without the return of these figures what do you suppose will happen to ALL THREE FAITHS IN CRISIS???
When I began feeling my calling to approach this issue I myself had been brought up with this belief that the 6-day War was somehow the fulfillment of the prophetic "return to Zion". I assumed I had been taught correctly regarding Zion, Jerusalem and Israel and somehow because I contain some Semitic heritage felt that I must be favored by God because I had some of Abraham's bloodline... and as a Christian I must be twice favored for I also knew the TRUE MESSIAH.
Pride comes before a fall and in 1999 God began to reveal to me in amazing ways that I needed to revamp my thinking. He led me to study deeply about prophecy, religion, philosophy, history and focus on the idea of what "Zion" was. I felt i knew that of course it was the Nation of Israel but God kept saying within me "No, this is the Great Deception I am allowing.. But you must be my vessel to confront this error".
Huh?..What?.. What Error??? I questioned God and realized that I had become locked into a Dispensational mindset... So I studied Dispensationalism and found that it had begun as a belief system ONLY LESS THAN 200 YEARS AGO and was originally based only on the theories of a man named Darby which was then perpetuated by a man of dubious character named Cyrus Scofield.
As I began to dig deeper I found shocking facts that only confirmed that God had indeed allowed men to redefine prophecy. Oh, it all sounded authoritative but actually it encouraged people to accept literalistic translation related not to the intent of the original Biblical writers but rather gave focus to the sidebar notes written by Scofield.
The original Scofield text stated with great authority that the Earths age was far less than now known by Science and this note has somehow apparently become omitted from later editions having been proven incorrect.. what else did Scofield get wrong?
It seems very hard for me to fathom that for over 1,800 years God kept people in the dark only to let a man like Scofield (See this Link for some info and Proofs: http://poweredbychrist.homestead.com/files/cyrus/scofield.htm ) be his spokesperson for redefining terms and interpreting prophecy correctly.. Yet, to this day his "Scofield Reference Bible" is upheld in most evangelical seminaries as though Cyrus himself was some kind of prophet.
In talking with many evangelical Christians I have great difficulty discussing the errors of Dispensationalism and Christian Zionism because frankly I see that most Christians these days are either hopelessly undereducated, disturbingly argumentative or too lazy to actually research why they believe what they believe.
It is all too easy to be brain-washed if you fail to explore alternatives and if your only resources are those which teach, practice and promote Dispensational ideas then it is likely you have so limited your knowledge that you can be easily manipulated into thinking whatever you are told is right.. rather than actually fact checking.
Some people have said "but the Holy Spirit confirms in me that whjat i believe is correct" and I say if this were true then the Holy Spirit is confused (which cannot be so) since I hear those same words from so many people who use it as an excuse to not question their leadership and whose testimonies about things often vary from each other.
God gave us a mind to learn and question and if we just let others define everything for us then we have no hope but to be manipulated and deceived. If all you read is what you are told is acceptable how then shall you know for sure that you have been taught truth.
I believe Christian Zionism is indeed a "Great Deception" and I shall occasionally in this Blog show various proofs that i have discovered. You might wish to access my first Blogs on this site where I share more about what i believe ZION really is all about and I will soon be posting a blog that proposes what i feel are the REAL MEANINGS of ISRAEL, JERUSALEM and ZION as intended by the writers rather than the Dispensationalists.
Indeed, whatever i post i want you to research, fact check, question and pray about because I do not wish people to blindly accept my views any more than i wish anyone to accept any ones view without question.
I will say that I have spent the last 3 years researching the subject of "Zion" and other than BEING LOVE and teaching about LOVE I feel the true knowledge of Zion is essential to those seeking a refuge from a coming global storm. I feel that what I am doing is not teaching anything NEW.. Darby and Scofield did that... I am trying to bring people back to examine the intent of the authors of the Bible and other sacred texts that have been redefined only recently (yet before any of us were yet born).
You may feel free to comment on your views of Dispensationalism or Christian Zionism because I feel in the time we now live the TRUTH of ZION must be regained or surely all shall go through the tribulation from lack of knowledge.
BE LOVE & BE LOVED!