Walk into any Christian bookstore in America and you will see how virtually everyone who calls themselves a follower of Jesus Christ in this nation has been tricked into believing a false theology, which leads them to believe, erroneously, that the Bible commands them to support the Jewish nation of Israel.
The driving force behind this error was the 1909 Scofield Reference Bible, which was the first Bible printed by Oxford University Press that included theological reference notes that guide the reader as to how to “properly” understand, or interpret, the biblical text.
It’s no coincidence that the rise of Zionism, that is: the impulse of the Jews to seek a homeland for themselves, began not long before the Scofield Reference Bible was published. In the late 1800’s, England is where Zionism first found political support. England was already awash with the erroneous “Christian” doctrine of British-Israelism, wherein the British Christians were taught that they were of the lost tribes of Israel; therefore they should support the Zionist Jews venture to create a Jewish state: Israel.
With the advent of World War I, England began the push to create a Zionist homeland for the Jews in Palestine. This served two functions: it would ensure safe passage through the Suez Canal and trade with India; and it would placate the Zionist Jews and the British Christians who, due to British-Israelism, had been fooled into thinking they should support Zionist Jews in obedience to God and the Bible.
Fast forward 100 years and we find that American Evangelical Christians have, long ago, been fooled into believing they should support Jewish Zionism, because they mistakenly believe the Bible teaches this, and that God will curse them and America if they/we don’t. Thus we have never-ending support from the American Evangelical Christian Right for endless wars on behalf of Israel.
This duping of American Evangelical Christians is mostly due to the fact that the Scofield Reference Bible and its footnotes, which explains the biblical text in a way that convinces its unsuspecting readers to support Zionist Jews. Its complimentary theology: Dispensationalism, has been instrumental in influencing American Evangelical Christians to support Israel, because the theology of Dispensationalism has been pervasive throughout virtually every American Evangelical Bible school and theological seminary for the past 100 years.
This erroneous doctrine, Dispensationalism, has resulted in the Judaizing of American Evangelical Christianity and has been successful in converting Evangelical Christian Americans into Christian Zionists, who are not following the teachings of Jesus Christ, the New Testament, or traditional orthodox Christianity at all. In fact, these millions of well-meaning people have adopted a false theology, based upon a twisting of and a re-interpretation of the Scriptures and have become a part of America’s largest and most influential non-Christian, even anti-Christian, cult: Judeo-Christianity.
“Judeo-Christianity is less than 200 years old. The Jewish Zionism movement has played the key part in assuring its growth. We see the result in the creation of a new “Christianity” which in its extreme form is known as Christian Zionism. It was first fed by Oxford University Press’s Scofield Reference Bible published in New York in 1908, and updated several times. Bible editors, including Oxford, have failed to correct obvious changes in common usage of words, such as “Jew” and “Israel” that provide misleading, Zionist friendly inferences.”
“Oxford sold a new 20th Century theology to evangelical seminaries. The Scofield usage has become a standard in most study or reference Bibles used by a wide range of evangelicals, and even penetrating into mainline church bible studies and broadcast media. These books are the subject of many articles by this author and others.” (See: http://www.whtt.org/show/) Source: http://whtt.org/newwhtt/main.php?nid=3132
It should not come as a surprise to any Bible-believing Christian that false teachings and false teachers will use the Bible to convince well-meaning believers to believe a lie rather than the truth, because the Bible itself, through St. Paul, warns us of this danger:
“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (1 Cor. 11:13-15).
Judaized Christians, or Christian Zionists, are fond of turning the discipline of Bible study on its head by allowing the Old Testament to interpret and to clarify the New Testament when, in fact, the proper method of Christian Bible study is to do the opposite: allow the New Testament to shed light on and interpret the Old Testament. Thus these “Christians”, rather than following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, which is found in the New Testament, will force the words of Christ and the Christian New Testament to comply with the Old Testament, especially regarding Israel.
Whereas Jesus himself cursed Israel and proclaimed its soon abandonment by God, in Matthew 23, especially verse 38, as well as its destruction at the hands of the Roman armies (see Luke 21:20) within the lifetimes of those who heard his words (see Matt. 24:34), Judaized Christians, or Christian Zionists will appeal to the teachings of the Old Testament, especially Genesis 12:3, in direct contradiction to the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament, and they will insist that all Christians must support and bless Israel in order to be faithful to God and the Bible. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.
This theological and hermeneutical error has led millions of so-called Christians to support war rather than peace, and the merciless killings of millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. Rather than being peacemakers, as Christ commanded his followers to be (see Matt. 5: 9) these Christian Zionists have, instead, adopted the Old Testament principle of waging war upon the enemies of Israel, at America’s expense (e.g., lives, broken bodies, and tax monies).
What a horrendous perversion of the Gospel of Love! How can people who claim to follow Christ be so misled?! Because they have been fooled into believing the Bible teaches something it does not teach: Christian support of Israel. Israel is, in fact: antichrist, because Israel denies both the Father and the Son: “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22).
Those who claim to be Christians but who do not follow Christ in love lie and do not have the truth: “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2: 3-6).
Key Dates in Dispensationalism’s History (from: Rapture Fever, by Gary North)
1830 – The initial development of the pre-tribulation doctrine, either by the trance-induced 20-year-old Margaret Macdonald or by John Nelson Darby.
1855 – John Cumming announces that Russia will invade Israel: The End: The Proximate Signs of the Close of This Dispensation, Lecture 7.
1878 – Publication of the immensely popular book by William E. Blackstone (W. E.B.), Jesus Is Coming.
1909 – C. I. Scofield’s Scofield Reference Bible is published by Oxford University Press.
1917 – Balfour Declaration promises British support for the creation of a State of Israel in Palestine.
1925 – The Scopes’ “Monkey Trial” results in a public disgrace for William Jennings Bryan and the voluntary withdrawal of American fundamentalism from public discourse.
1926 – Founding of Dallas Theological Seminary.
1948 – The creation of the modern State of Israel, May 14: the “generation of the fig tree” supposedly begins.
1970 – Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth creates a huge new market in “ticking clock” prophecy books: an unstated but obvious rejection of traditional dispensationalism’s doctrine of the any-moment Rapture, which insists that the 70th week of Daniel begins only after the Rapture.
1980 – The presidential race and victory of Ronald Reagan: the New Christian Right becomes visible in the U.S.
1981 – Rapture postponed: 1988 (40 years after the creation of the State of Israel), minus 7 years for the era of the Great Tribulation = 1981.
1988 – Rapture postponed: May 14, the 40th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel.
1988 – Rapture postponed: Edgar C. Whisenant’s prediction of a September Rapture during the Jewish Rosh-hosanna. His book sells millions of copies, July through early September.
1989 – Rapture postponed: Whisenant’s follow-up prediction for Christ’s Rosh-hosanna appearance in September, due to his neglect to factor in the millennium dating change in Jesus’ era
1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall in October.
1990 – Iraq invades Kuwait on July 2. Dallas Seminary’s Charles Dyer announces the revival of prophesied Babylon.
2000 – The final year of the second millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?
2001 – The beginning of the third millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?
2001 – The final year of the second millennium after the birth of Jesus. What if the Rapture is again postponed?
VIDEO: John Hagee says: “Jesus Christ did not come as the Messiah”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhJjl4bHQco
VIDEO: Christian Zionism: The History: http://vimeo.com/29738567
VIDEO – Christian Zionism: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXCoGZjEI8w
Christian Zionist leader John Hagee calls for US preemptive nuclear attack of Iran: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Auf-Su-xZVU
Christian Zionists support Israel’s killing of Palestinians: http://tinyurl.com/3d9t3we
Christian Zionists support Israel’s killing of Palestinians: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVctxSus9Ts
Calling Christian Zionists back to following Jesus Christ: http://whtt.org/newwhtt/
The fundamental error of Dispensationalism: http://www.disciples-of-jesus.net/dispensationalism.html
Over 90 free ebooks concerning the errors of Dispensationalism: http://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/
The British Attack the Palestinian Arabs in The First Battle of Gaza, Palestine – 1917: http://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/gaza1.htm
The Roman armies destroy Jerusalem – 70 AD: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/jewishtemple.htm
Antichrist Israel and the error of Christian Zionism: https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/antichrist-israel-and-the-error-of-christian-zionism/
The Rapture: Fiction or Fact?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEr6kGtY5F4
Rapture Fever, (2001) by Gary North (free ebook): http://www.scribd.com/doc/59181107/Rapture-Fever