BY MATTHEW HAMILTON, INST. of RELIGION AND DEMOCRACY—
On July 12th, president of the Christian Research Institute Hank Hanegraaff interviewed Gary Burge, theology professor at Wheaton College, president of Evangelicals for the Middle East, and author of Jesus and the Land: The New Testament Challenge to “Holy Land” Theology. The subject of the interview was theological matters pertaining to Christian Zionism and the state of Israel’s relationship with Palestinian Arab Christians.
Hanegraaff came out guns blazing with a preamble condemning Christian Zionists for being racist and supporting ethnic cleansing. He then reminded his listeners that there “is neither Jew nor Gentile” (Galatians 3:28), and following the focus on racism, Hanegraaff argues:
“The problem today is that modern Christian controversialists divide people into categories, and that on the basis of race.”
This was a reference to dispensationalist eschatology which they described as holding that God has special favor for the Jewish race over Gentiles. This branch of eschatology purportedly also holds that as a consequence for crucifying Christ, two thirds of Jews will die in Armageddon after they have reclaimed all the ancient land of Israel. Only after this massive holocaust will the people of Israel be saved.
Gary Burge made the argument that evangelical dispensationalism is a modern rendition of the 1,700 year old Christian theology of anti-Semitism which holds the Jews responsible and punishable for Christ’s death. He argues that despite the dispensationalists’ claims of being pro-Jewish, their eschatology involving the deaths of two-thirds of the Jews is actually anti-Semitic.
Hanegraaff continued with his fixation on racism in Christian Zionism:
“We must thoroughly and finally put to rest any thought that the Bible supports the horrors of racial discrimination wherever and in whatever form… Far from facilitating race based discrimination, on the basis of our eschatological presuppositions, Christians must be equipped to communicate that Christianity knows nothing about dividing people on the basis of race.”
Of course by “the horrors of racial discrimination,” Hanegraaff is referring to Israel’s policy of self-preservation and the measures it takes to protect its citizens from terrorists originating from the Palestinian territories.
As far as racial discrimination is concerned, Israel is one of only two countries in the Middle East that offers Palestinian Arabs full citizenship, the other being Jordan. Even today, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, etc. do not accept Palestinian Arabs as citizens at all. In Israel today, there are 1.6 million Arabs with the vast majority of them being full citizens. In contrast, not even a single Jew lives in Gaza, and not a single Jew lives under the authority of the Palestinian Authority. In fact, under PA controlled territory, it is illegal under penalty of death to sell land to Jews. In Gaza, just being a Jew carries the penalty of death. Singling out Israel while completely ignoring human rights violations in territory under Palestinian control is intellectually dishonest.
At any rate, racism certainly has no place in Christian theology and Hanegraaff won’t receive opposition on that point. But, trying to make an unbreakable link between Christian support of Israel and the support of racial discrimination is false since Hanegraaff’s premise that Israel has unjust policies of racial discrimination is also false. And as demonstrated above, if any states are to be condemned for racial discrimination, Israel would be at the bottom of the list behind the governments of Hamas, the PA, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, etc.
Hanegraaff also asks the question: “How do I understand the Palestinian Muslims who are so deeply misunderstood by all parties in the conflict.”
Misunderstood by all parties in the conflict? Two of the parties in the conflict are Palestinian Muslims: Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. So unless they don’t understand themselves, it’s impossible for them to be misunderstood by everyone in the conflict.
The discussion eventually moved to theology concerning the nature of the state of Israel and whom the land of Israel belongs to. Burge claims that the covenant God made with Abraham for the Jews to possess the land has been broken and therefore the Jews have no theological claim to the land they now possess. The claim is also made that God never intended the Jews to have their own state again and therefore the state of Israel has no theological foundation for existence. Hanegraaff joined in with the assertion that the mistaken theology that God has promised the land to the Jews is what “undergirds Zionism.”
“Undergirds Zionism” is a gross overstatement. It’s understandable that this was a discussion on theological matters and not too historically or geopolitically focused. But the word “undergirds” insinuates that without a theology supporting a Jewish return to their ancestral homelands, there is nothing to support Zionism.
So ignore the historical and cultural connections between Jews and the land of Israel, and ignore the persecution of Jews in nearly every nation where they have ever resided. Hanegraaff apparently sees these as insufficient causes for the Jews to form a state to defend themselves in their land or origin because without a Biblical mandate for the state of Israel to exist, Israel has no right to exist.
Burge told a revealing story about how he teaches the Israeli-Arab conflict:
“I led a group of 35 evangelical students… we all got into a bus and went to this wonderful Palestinian Christian village called Aboud… we spent an entire day in Aboud on a Sunday with Christians who were there, having meals in their homes… it was a great day. And then what happened was a family in Aboud took my students on a walk, and as they walked they began to tell the story of their village, and how it had been encircled, and how many of them had been forced to leave, and oh my gosh, the stories just go on and on. And then you know my students walked out of there and they said, “You just don’t believe it until you see it.”
Of course his students started to turn against Israel and support the Palestinians; who would expect otherwise? In the first place, Burge takes his students to a Christian village. He didn’t take them to one of the Muslim villages with anti-Israeli propaganda posters and posters honoring dead Jihadists plastered along the streets. He didn’t have them watch one of the these lovable characters on Palestinian television:
What should be an even more obvious tactic of deception is that Burge doesn’t take his students to spend a day with Jews who have been assaulted by Hamas rocket fire, or who had a family member killed in a Palestinian terrorist attack, or who live every day of their lives almost completely surrounded by unfriendly states and Jihadists that want all the Jews butchered.
Imagine if a justice system operated with the same principle used by Mr. Burge: the prosecutor walks the jurors through the crime scene and retells the victim’s version of the story; then the jurors make their verdict. The defense never has an opportunity to speak.
You could get anyone to believe almost anything with such a practice. It is intellectually dishonest and deceptive to conduct “education” in such a one-sided fashion.
Hanegraaff and Burge both claim they are not anti-Israel or pro-Palestinian, but neutral in supporting peace and justice. Between being anti-Zionist, demonizing Israel, white-washing human rights abuses by Palestinian rulers in Gaza and the West Bank, and indoctrinating students to support Palestinian Arabs against Israelis, their claims of neutrality appear to be little more than posturing.
I can think of hundreds of verses throughtout the WHOLE scripture (actually the whole of scripture) that one could use to debate the theology of these two self-proclaimed theologians. I will only say today “Let YHVH be true and all men be liars”. Let All Praise, Glory and Honor be to the HOLY ONE of Israel!
p.s. stop already with the race card. we all go back to the garden. and speaking of the garden, there were two trees there. it is easy to see from which tree they and their followers have been eating.
Matthew Hamilton offers an excellent article, and appraisal of Hanegraaf, and Burg’s (twisted) attitudes, making almost the exact rebuttal retorts I was mumbling as I read what ‘H’ and ‘B’ were espousing. Their, self proclaimed neutrality, is about as neutral as saying: ‘swallowing small, round, stones, give one a comfortably, nutritious, meal, that last a long long time. Small ‘twisting’ of truth, accumulate, like small stones, and eventually leave little room for ‘Truth.’
You, too, say well, Linda, but don’t try to debate a person with the mindset of a large boulder. You can do nothing to convince it to move, and do little to push it to the right place. We all, are responsible, and, will answer to the Judge. IMO, offered sadly, I see these two minds, far more ‘blind,’ than the ‘partial blindness,’ still held by the Jew/Israeli; who will be forgiven their blindness, in Great Tribulation, as they ‘see,’ and ‘commit,’ to Messiah, for who He is (Emanuel). AMEN
Do readers seriously THINK that what flawed men like Hanegraff & Burge tout as “theologically correct” makes any difference to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob? G-d has noted in His WORD that HIS “… thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways”(Isa.55:8). Burge & Hanegraff have forgotten where they stand in G-d’s hierarchy of things that were, are and are to be, and have arrogantly added “jots & tittles” of social justice to HIS WORD! G-d has had it noted, twice (2X) in His WORD, both in the Hebrew and the Christian Scriptures that “… if any man adds unto these things, G-d shall add unto him the plaques that are written in this book; and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, G-d shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Deut.4L2&12:32 and in Rev.22:18&19). That neither Hanefraff nor Burge pay attention as to what G-d has to say about their utterings, is an indicator of their having placed themselves at the center of their universe as little “g” gods — replacing the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as the Eternal Almighty Creator G-d of all mankind.
How two grown men who purportedly study the Word of God can be so blinded to the truth , is hard to understand. God’s Word says you need no man to teach you. The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. Perhaps they should be seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance more earnestly before spouting such fallacies. Soon and very soon our Jesus will return and set all mankind onto the real truth and nothing but the truth. Meanwhile, we can only pray that these two men will get the truth from wholeheartedly seeking real revelation knowledge about the situation from the Holy Spirit. Then and only then will they be a shining light in a darkened world. Maranatha–we pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
When I was a student at Wheaton College, we were told that while most schools teach their students WHAT to think, Wheaton teaches them HOW to think. In other words, we were to read source materials from both sides of the issues, analyze them in the light of Scripture, and come to a conclusion that made the most sense. I believe that Dr. Burge has failed to do this – and it is shameful that the president of – what was in my day a great school – would allow himself to be seen as not living up to the educational policies of the school. Perhaps the Board of Directors picked the wrong man for the position.
Regarding Hank Hanegraff, he has never been doctrinally sound on theological issues, so his attitude comes as no surprise.
Blind indeed. What part of Genesis 1:17-18 do these gentlemen not understand? “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” How about Ezekiel’s Chapter 37 prophecy of the valley of the dry bones which is the “whole house of Israel” being brought together as a mighty army after being DEAD. There’s the promise that the Gentiles would help in Israel’s national restoration (Isaiah 49:22) “Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in [their] arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon [their] shoulders.” And what city will be their destination? Jerusalem. (Zechariah 8:7-8) “Thus saith the LORD And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;” One final note. As long as the sun shines by day, and the moon and stars give their light by night, Israel will continue as a nation in the sight of the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:35) “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts [is] his name:” So, with this preponderance of scriptural evidence as to the continuing faithfulness and good intent of God toward His ancient covenant people, how can ANYONE doubt His modern-day works to fulfill all of His promises to them. Blind leaders of the blind. But that is the problem with replacement theology. It is spiritual theft of the highest order, wrongly according to one group of people God’s promises to another. By the way, not ALL Zionists believe 2/3 of Israel will die in the days leading to the return of Messiah. If you look at the numbers of Jews killed in the Holocaust, almost exactly 2/3 of European Jewry perished BEFORE the founding of Israel. The final seven years may be the “time of Jacob’s trouble,” but It is my hope that served as sufficient fulfillment of the prophecies, and that God will continue to comfort and protect His people even through the coming challenges..
Oy veh! Don’t these people read their. Bibles and think for themselves at all?! Cannot they then use it as a guide, & as THE Truth….instead of just following religious teachers? Both Judaism & Christianity need to be consistent and balanced in the Scriptures….NOT living on men’s religious statements!
God help us!!!!
People just would rather be lazy, fat, religious, wise in their own imaginations, scared to offend family-friend-or foe, and flat out WORDLY.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Jacob (“James”????? Oy veh) 1:22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect Torah, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful heater but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
1 Corinth. 3: 18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is THE ONE WHO-CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS”; 20 and again, “THE LORD KNOWS THE REASONINGS of the wise, THAT THEY ARE USELESS.”
Okay “Christianity” members who disobey Torah by choice, who are wise in their own eyes, who don’t pay attention HaShem’s faithfulness and eternal covenants…THUS SAITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL:
Hebrews 8:8 For finding fault with them (Israel), He says, “BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSEOF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH; 9 NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD. 10 “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 11 “AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, ‘KNOW THE LORD,’ FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM. 12 “FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO[+]MORE.”
Jeremy.31: 35 † Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: 36 “If this fixed order departs From before[+] Me,” declares the LORD, “Then the offspring of Israel also will cease From being a nation before Me forever[+].”
37 Thus says the LORD, “If the heavens above[+] can be measured And the foundations of the earth searched out below, Then I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel For all that they have done,” declares the LORD.
THUS SAITH THE GOD OF ISRAEL! Hear this word of THE LORD!
Anybody else worked up over that article link? And over “Christians” who just shrug at Israel, or the House, or the faithful Covenant? Aaaaarrrggghhhh!!!!
Keep WATCHING & defending Yisrael!
For the sake of Adonai my God, I WILL NOT keep silent!!
Neutrality is rarely truly neutral. It means taking sides. When one side is plainly right, being neutral is siding with evil. I have Swiss ancestry. There is nothing more humiliating than thinking that your nation was “neutral” in the presence of Hitler and his final solution. Neutrality for Hanegraaff and Burge in this clear-cut Biblical situation puts them on the side of opposing God. It does nothing for the victims (Palestinian Christians) and opposes the only hope of solution–a strong nation of Israel. How can Christians be so blind as to not oppose a state that will exist with the stated goal of eliminating Jews and the nation of Israel and not support a state that allows any ethnic group to be a citizen and at least tries to be a democracy. Not to mention a slight problem for Hanegraaff and Burge–God himself promises the land to Abraham and his descendants a mere 100 times in the Torah.
Are we really surprised?
There will be a falling away if there is no repentance for not sharing the real truth!
I am not familiar with the man from Wheaton…
as wrong as he is, but Hank H….who even gives him space to have a say anything?
Shame On You
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21
Hanegraaf And Burg
For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Jeremiah 8:11
My LORD And My God Is A Jew (On His Mom’s Side~!)
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20-21
And A Zionist To Boot
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. Joel 3:14-17
And Even This Child Can Get It
“I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” Isaiah 62:6-7
God Bless Israel
For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3
And Annoinate The IDF With Your Mighty Holy Spirit
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalms122:4
Eretz Yisrael Forever
(God Said It And Said It And Said It And Said It And I Believe It)
Shalom maybe hanegraaf and burge should read this
1 At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
2 Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.
3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.
6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God.
7 For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.
9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.
13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.
15 Thus saith the Lord; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.
16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border.
18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the Lord my God.
19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord.
21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.
22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.
23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The Lord bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.
24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.
25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.
26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.
27 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.
28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord.
29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.
30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
37 Thus saith the Lord; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.
38 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.
39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.
40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the Lord; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.
Hanegraaf and Burge, better watch out, going against Israel; with whom Almighty God, SWORE His Unconditional Abrahamic Covenant, re the promised Home Land, and the literal fulfillment, miraculously all came together in May, 1948, plus, again, the miraculous victories in WARS against Israel, to WIPE them off the map, 1948-49, from the combined Arab nations, 1967, again the miracle of God’s hand, in giving Israel victory, and so much more, up until TODAY, that cannot be explained apart from God’s sovereign HAND in protecting them, only intellectually and unscriptually dishonest men, could illogically, and in-coherently come to the conculsions Hanegraff and Burge have come to, this IS* tantamount to CURSING Israel.
Be warned Hanegraaf and Burge, re whoever CURSE Israel will be CURSED!
“Even So, Come, Lord Jesus”
May God Bless His people and give us His favor….Waiting, “Even So, Come, Lord Jesus”
The separating of the Sheep from the Goats ~ either you are WITH ISRAEL or AGAINST!!!
Yeshua (Jesus) said: If you but give a cup of water to one of My own…..HIS kinsman, HIS brothers and sisters….HELLO!!!
Which is it folks!
Yeshua (Jesus) is Jewish!
He worshipped as a Jew.
He worshipped in a Synagogue.
HE celebrated Jewish holidays.
God NEVER changed/nor added or deleted the holidays that we are to honour and celebrate.
Why not trying to read the Word and not merely base your opinion on what other people have taught you. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you through God’s Word.
There will be NO EXCUSES as we each stand before the True and Living God, the Holy One of Israel!
Cannot blame your mama or your daddy, your spouse, your Sunday School Teacher or your Pastor, nor anyone else….we STAND singly before The Father.
DECIDE CAREFULLY, it is an eternally based outcome on your personal decision to STAND with ISRAEL or NOT!!!
To stand with God’s Word or not….to STAND with Yeshua (Jesus) or NOT.
I pray you consider to be on God’s side for your eternal good. Amen.
It is Straight forward.
Perhaps the Apostle Paul and Christ Himself were the greatest racists for distinguishing Jews and Gentiles. Have Hannegraaff and Burge read the Bible? Romans 9-11 should be enough to refute this nonsense. And as for Israel being refined during the Day of the Lord, the Bible speaks of how many Israelites will die, is the Author of Scripture also anti-Semitic? Pro-Israel Christians want nothing more than the salvation of all Jews, and they pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but they also believe what Scripture teaches concerning the last days. Christ Himself spoke of the destruction of Jerusalem in rather stark terms, does that make Him an anti-Semite?
Foolish “theologians” like these two only go to reinforce what Scripture says about the last days with respect to Israel.
Moreover, their ignorance of modern history with respect to Israel is stunning. Keep up the great work, Jerusalem Connection.
It would do us all good to remember that these two men, especially Hanegraaf, tout themselves as experts in Christian Aplogetics. Therefore, it seems to me that they are simply spouting the retoric of the nominal “Christian World.” In speaking with and questioning Arab Christians, during my many visits to Israel, I find that the majority of them support the P.A., Hamas, and Hisballah, desiring to see the State and People of Israel wiped from the face of the Earth. Perhaps it would do us good to consider the Scriptural call, “Come out from among her my people and be not partaker of her sins.” Don’t ja think?
Come away from especially Hank Hanegraaf, his theology is based on ‘the flesh’ not inspired by the Holy Spirit. I am amazed that he is still in operation………But there shall be a shaking……