Bill, I see it the exact same way. I almost posted some of the same thoughts back in my last posting.<quoted text>
There are some really frightening things about the Christian fundamentalists' religiously based "support" for Israel. It is based on an End Times "Bible prophecy" scenario that is very recent, but you can't convince the people who believe it that it is false or recent. Fact is, plugging current world events, what used to be called "current history" into scenarios concocted out of an interpretation of a bunch of unrelated Bible verses started only 100 Their reaction is, "If you don't believe in the prophecy, then you are denying the Bible." End of conversation.
years ago. There were some predecessors, like John Nelson Darby who was the first to propose what is now the popular "Rapture" doctrine in 1820 and a book called "Jesus is Coming" around 1900, but the first one to lay out a specific chain of events that was to bring the Second Coming was a nutty preacher named Arthur G. Daniels who published a snazzily illustrated book titled "The World War, Its Relation to the Eastern Question and Armageddon" in 1917. Daniels was sort of half way between the old thinking and the Rapture in that he thought that the Second Coming would happen during or at the climax of the Tribulation and Armageddon, not before as the Rapture doctrine now holds. The World War (WW1) was Armageddon. H-hour for the Second Coming was to be at the end of the war. Well, Nov. 11, 1918, came and went.
Then, in the 1970s, Hal Lindsey wrote a book titled "The Late Great Planet Earth" that recast the national actors in the End Times "Bible prophecy." Gog was the USSR and Magog was China. Armageddon, the Tribulation, etc. was to happen before the end of the 20th century. Well, it is not 2014. The USSR is no more.
Now John Hagee has reset it again: Iran (with Russia somehow in the picture) is Gog. Magog is the eastern Muslim world.
Scary thing about the new scenario is that it is active. All the others were simply predictive. The new one contends that people can actually do things that influence events to make the "prophetic" events happen. Thus the political activism.
And if you take the scenario out to its end, Israel is destroyed. Almost all the Jews are killed. Only 144,000 are saved at the Second Coming. There's also a huge death toll among Israel's enemies -- all of them.
If the idiots do manage to start a big war like they want, when it is over, if a future World Court on the order of the Nuremberg Tribunal ought to charge the bastards like Hagee, Hal Lindsey, Richard Land, et al, convict them, and hang them so they choke.
The Muslims may have their Taliban but Christians have their crazy Christian Taliban also than can cause a lot of problems. Simply put, had they been born under another faith or Church they would likely just as blindly follow it while never doubting the believers of another faith or Church are destined for hell.
I don't blame Christians that try to live as Jesus commanded. I blame the stupid Christians who don’t act like Christians but justify their actions by pious religious claims. Which sadly results in a popular religion call the right wing Christian Taliban.
"Their reaction is, "If you don't believe in the prophecy, then you are denying the Bible." End of conversation."
That is the truth.
It amazes me how some Christians are so willing to accept the idea that their favorite politician is talking to God, or every TV send me the money televangelist has direct dial to God but at the same time totally deny that Jews, Muslims or Mormons have any connection to God or heaven.