August 4, 2002

THE RAPTURE OF ZION :

Odd bedfellows : Evangelicals support Israel, but some Jews are skeptical (Jeffery L. Sheler, 8/12/02, US News)
[M]any evangelicals view the 1948 founding of Israel as the first in a chain of biblically mandated events that will culminate in the return of Jesus and the end of history-a scenario popularized in the bestselling Left Behind fiction series. Part of that scenario, based on a hotly debated interpretation of passages in Revelation, Daniel, and Ezekiel, involves a devastating "battle of Armageddon"-a nuclear holocaust that is stopped at its climax by the arrival of Jesus, who defeats the forces of evil and establishes an era of peace. But millions of Jews are killed in the battle, and the survivors accept Jesus as their Messiah. Many Christians who subscribe to that view doubt the efficacy of Mideast peace negotiations. "There's only so much you can do diplomatically or militarily," says Hutchens of Christians for Israel. "There will be no peace until the Messiah comes."

Lest anyone think that all Christian Zionism is totally benign. Posted by Orrin Judd at August 4, 2002 6:52 AM
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