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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Apple of His Eye

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams is not very happy with the American Evangelicals. More specifically, the Archbishop is concerned about Christian “Zionists”.

These Christian Zionists are just a bit too supportive of Israel. They could ruin everything in the Middle East.

Christian “Zionists” as some refer to them, believe that God, speaking through the Bible instructs His people to support Israel. They believe that God blesses those that bless Israel.

This is how the Living Bible states it in Genesis 12:3

Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and the entire world will be blessed because of you.''

The “you” in that verse is in reference to Israel.

If the Bible is to be believed, God favors Israel. God also gives warning to those that would do harm to Israel..

This is how it’s stated in the Book of Zechariah, the New King James Version.

Zechariah 2:8 For thus says the Lord of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

Once again, Israel being the “you” in the verse.

If one is mildly aware of the events going on today concerning Israel, whom does this scripture verse bring to mind?

New American Standard

Psalms 83:2

For behold, Your enemies make an uproar, And those who hate You have exalted themselves. 3 Thy take crafty counsel against thy people, And consult together against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; That the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

Those verses could have been taken right out of today’s headlines.

There are many more scriptures that describe Israel’s enemies and the ultimate defeat of those enemies.

The Bible indicates clearly that God is on the side of Israel. It appears that it is profitable to be on the side of God.

Here is a little more instruction;

The American Standard Version

Psalms 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.

It seems that America has done rather well by supporting Israel over the years. America has prospered and Israel has prospered.

The Archbishop suggested that "theological work" needed to be done to "counter those interpretations of Scripture from outside the mainstream of the tradition which appear to have become increasingly influential in fostering an uncritical and one-sided approach to the future of the Holy Land."

The comment that would appear to claim that Christians “Zionists” blindly endorse every move that Israel makes is debatable. The claim of one-sidedness is not absolute either. But the belief that Israel has a God given right to exist is nonnegotiable. In the context of the Bible it would seem self-defeating to support the enemies of Israel.

Perhaps the Archbishop should get busy with that “theological work.” He may find that it’s his interpretation of “mainstream” and “tradition” that need adjusting….

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: They shall prosper that love thee.” Seems fairly straight forward.

To read the entire article as it was posted on Ekklesia.Co.UK Click HERE

It’s titled;

US Evangelical support for Israel 'has never been more widespread'

God bless America and God bless Israel


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