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The Zionist Cuckoos in Christianity's Nest
By Stuart Littlewood
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 9, 2012
Stuart Littlewood views the ideology of Christian Zionism,
which is rampant in the United States and has made some inroads in other
“Christian” societies, and argues that, in essence, Christian Zionism is “a
gross corruption of the biblical message”.
”The question is, are we
seriously to believe that an all-powerful supernatural being has chosen
and elevated one group of humans to a position of supremacy above all
others, and has approved the use of any mean, including murder, brutal
eviction and even war, to achieve their selfish goal, and now mobilizes
millions of lesser mortals from around the globe, like those who regard
themselves as upstanding Christians, to serve as tools and sing the
praises of this “Grand Design”?” (Stuart Littlewood)
If you are as puzzled as I am as to how a true Christian could possibly
be taken in by Zionism, a
short paper on the phenomenon is available from the Irish-Palestinian
Sadaka sums up the Christian Zionist position quite
neatly. It says that, according to Christian Zionists,
The destiny of the Jewish
people is to return to the land of Israel and reclaim their inheritance
promised to Abraham and his descendants forever. This inheritance
extends from the River of Egypt to the Euphrates. Within their land,
Jerusalem is recognized to be their exclusive, undivided and eternal
capital, and therefore it cannot be shared or divided.
heart of Jerusalem will be the rebuilt Jewish temple, to which all the
nations will come to worship God. Just prior to the return of Jesus,
there will be seven years of calamities and war known as the
tribulation, which will culminate in a great battle called Armageddon,
during which the godless forces opposed to both God and Israel will be
Jesus will then return as the Jewish Messiah and king
to reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and the Jewish people will
enjoy a privileged status and role in the world.
One Christian Zionist group, the scary US-based Unity Coalition for
Israel (UCI), brings together more than 200 partners claiming to represent
more than 40 million Americans in the largest network of pro-Israel groups
in the world. Their mission is, in their words, “to focus the efforts of
secular and religious organizations and individuals for whom the existence
of the state of Israel is central and essential to the future of the free
world. We educate these organizations and individuals on security issues and
radical ideologies, including global Islamic terrorism...” UCI reaches
millions of people through more than 200 Christian and Jewish organizations,
including churches, synagogues, prayer networks, think tanks and thousands
“Christians owe debt of eternal gratitude to Jews”
John Hagee is founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUfI),
which claims to be the largest pro-Israel organization in America, with over
850,000 members. It holds at least 40 pro-Israel events a month in towns and
cities across the USA. “We’re building support for Israel from coast to
coast!” is the sort of proclamation that reveals the real agenda.
What does Hagee’s CUfI believe in? It says:
- We believe in the absolute
authority of the [sacred] scripture to govern the affairs of men.
- We believe in the promise
of Genesis 12:3 regarding the Jewish people and the nation of Israel. We
believe that this is an eternal covenant between God and the seed of
Abraham to which God is faithful. Genesis 12:3 – "And I will bless them
that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all
nations of the earth be blessed." Point: God has promised to bless the
man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond
reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people
have had the blessing of God; the nations that have cursed the Jewish
people have experienced the curse of God.
- We support Israel because
all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created
by an act of God! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his
seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional
- St Paul recorded in Romans
15:27 "For if the gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual
things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things."
- Christians owe a debt of
eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave
birth to the Christian faith ... the Jewish people have given to
a) The Sacred Scripture
c) The Patriarchs
d) Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of
e) The Twelve Disciples
f) The Apostles
It is not possible to say,
"I am a Christian" and not love the Jewish people.
Hagee pretends the relationship between Christians and Jews in biblical
times still applies today. He uses “mushroom management” methods – keep ‘em
in the dark and keep shovelling horse manure at ‘em. If his Cornerstone
church followers bothered to take an independent trip to the West Bank and
Gaza – and I do mean independent, not an Israeli bus tour with guides
trained by the Tel Aviv propaganda department (or by Hagee) – they’d quickly
discover the unpalatable truth. The glitzy Hagee empire, and others like it,
would then crumble.
An effective riposte to the biblical distortions
used to support Israel’s lust for supremacy is “The
Jerusalem Declaration on Christian Zionism”, a statement by the Latin
Patriarch and Local Heads of Churches in Jerusalem issued in 2006. They are
on the ground, in the front line, in the Holy Land. They know the score.
They put the genuine Christian case. And it is summed up in the first
We categorically reject
Christian Zionist doctrines as a false teaching that corrupts the
biblical message of love, justice and reconciliation.
reject the contemporary alliance of Christian Zionist leaders and
organizations with elements in the governments of Israel and the United
States that are presently imposing their unilateral pre-emptive borders
and domination over Palestine. This inevitably leads to unending cycles
of violence that undermine the security of all peoples of the Middle
East and the rest of world.
We reject the teachings of Christian
Zionism that facilitate and support these policies as they advance
racial exclusivity and perpetual war rather than the gospel of universal
love, redemption and reconciliation taught by Jesus Christ. Rather than
condemn the world to the doom of Armageddon we call upon everyone to
liberate themselves from ideologies of militarism and occupation.
Instead, let them pursue the healing of the nations!
The declaration, explains Sadaka, asserts that
Christian Zionists have
aggressively imposed an aberrant expression of the Christian faith and
an erroneous interpretation of the Bible, which is subservient to the
political agenda of the modern state of Israel... Christian Zionism
thrives on a literal and futurist hermeneutic in which Old Testament
promises made to the ancient Jewish people are transferred to the
contemporary state of Israel in anticipation of a final future
For the posh churchy word “hermeneutic”, read “interpreting the
Corrupting the biblical message
“Cyrus Scofield, a convicted criminal and described by
one American newspaper as ‘a shyster’, was commissioned to
re-write the King James bible by inserting Zionist-friendly
notes. The idea was to change the Christian view of Zionism
by creating and promoting a pro-Zionist sub-culture within
Not only does Zionism cloak itself in the Jewish faith, it hides its ugly
face behind Christianity’s skirts. And, believe it or not, there is even a
movement calling itself the World Muslim Zionist Organization.
Christianity’s case the rot set in way back in1909 when the Scofield study
bible was published and became the standard religious text in the United
It’s a propaganda classic. And the indoctrination has lasted
Cyrus Scofield, a convicted criminal and described by one
American newspaper as “a shyster”, was commissioned to re-write the King
James bible by inserting Zionist-friendly notes. The idea was to change the
Christian view of Zionism by creating and promoting a pro-Zionist
sub-culture within Christianity. The Oxford University Press appointed
Scofield as editor, and the Scofield Reference Bible was born
It introduced a new worship icon, the modern state of Israel, which did
not exist until 1948 but was already being “prepped” on the drawing board of
the World Zionist movement.
American journalist Grace Halsell
explained the rehashed biblical message:
Simply stated it is this:
Every act taken by Israel is orchestrated by God, and should be
condoned, supported and even praised by the rest of us. Never mind
what Israel does, say the Christian Zionists. God wants this to happen…
Scofield said that Christ cannot return to earth until certain
events occur: the Jews must return to Palestine, gain control of
Jerusalem and rebuild a temple, and then we all must engage in the
final, great battle called Armageddon. Estimates vary, but most students
of Armageddon theology agree that as a result of these relatively recent
interpretations of biblical scripture, 10 to 40 million Americans
believe Palestine is God's chosen land for the Jews.
This belief that Old Testament promises made to the ancient Jewish tribes
are transferable to the largely unrelated people that make up the modern
state of Israel is what underpins their hope for the final battle they call
Armageddon, in which Israel’s enemies (and God’s, of course) will be
defeated. After that Jesus will return as the Jewish Messiah and King to
reign in Jerusalem for a thousand years, and the Jewish people will enjoy
privileged status in the world.
That is the Zionist dream of world
domination in a nutshell. What’s in it for non-Jews? Blessed if I know. Yet
armies of non-Jewish politicians have become eager stooges.
reading of history is that the Jews were expelled from Palestine by the
Roman occupation in 70 AD, when the second temple in Jerusalem was
destroyed. They were expelled again in 135 AD.
Nowadays return is
regarded as an inalienable right. But it must be exercised as soon as the
reason for expulsion (e.g. foreign occupation) ceases. In the Jews' case an
opportunity would have occurred in the 4th century AD as the Roman Empire
collapsed. But they didn't take it. They can hardly expect to change their
mind 16 centuries later. Their right expired a very long time ago.
comparison the Palestinians' right of return after being ethnically cleansed
in 1948 (and ever since) is valid because the enemy occupation has not yet
ended and the UN has endorsed their right.
claim Jerusalem is theirs by heavenly decree. But this holiest of cities was
already 2,000 years old when King David captured it.
that Jerusalem, in its “City of David” form, lasted only 73 years. In 928 BC
the kingdom divided into Israel and Judah, and in 597 BC the Babylonians
conquered the city and destroyed Solomon’s temple. The Jews recaptured it in
164 BC but finally lost it to the Roman Empire in 63 BC. Before the
present-day illegal occupation the Jews controlled Jerusalem for some 500
years, whereas it was subsequently ruled by Muslims for 1,277 years. Before
the Jews it belonged to the Canaanites. And for nearly 90 years it was also
a Christian kingdom. A lot of competing claims, then, which is probably why
the UN declared in 1947 that it should be independently administered as an
In 1187 Saladin restored Jerusalem to Islam while
allowing Jews and Christians to remain. Today Jewish religious groups want
control of the city for their spiritual centre and for a third temple to be
built in accordance with ancient prophecies. The plan to make the Israeli
occupation permanent threatens not only the Muslim but also the Christian
holy places. Political and religious tensions are thus kept at boiling
point. It is no wonder that the Iranian president quoted the late Ayatollah
Khomeini as saying the unfriendly regime occupying Jerusalem “must vanish
from the pages of time”. It is no surprise either that he was immediately
misquoted by Zionist propagandists as wanting to wipe Israel off the map.
The question is, are we seriously to believe that an all-powerful
supernatural being has chosen and elevated one group of humans to a position
of supremacy above all others, and has approved the use of any mean,
including murder, brutal eviction and even war, to achieve their selfish
goal, and now mobilizes millions of lesser mortals from around the globe,
like those who regard themselves as upstanding Christians, to serve as tools
and sing the praises of this “Grand Design”?
I’m with the Churches of
Jerusalem on this. It’s a gross corruption of the biblical message.