Little do we realize that events unfolding in the West today are bound to have serious implications for the Muslim world and indeed the world at large. One of these is of course the emerging Islamophobic sentiment in the West, particularly in
And surprisingly this is a relatively recent trend. It could be said to have begun in the 1970s when some Christian preachers armed with the Bible (or rather some biblical passages taken off context) in one hand and the television on the other, commenced a new crusade on behalf of Israel, telling Americans that it is God’s Will that Israel should triumph over its enemies and that Jerusalem should be its Capital. They go still further in arguing that the third holiest mosque of Islam, Al Aqsa in
One would think that this rather absurd doctrine is a fringe movement much like the various cults that are allowed to propagate in the
Michael Baigent in his recent book Racing Toward Armageddon (2009) says that as many as 58% of Americans say that they believe in these teachings, which is truly unsettling. This however is not surprising when we consider the vast influence Jewish Zionists have on nearly all aspects of American life including their religious life, the insular attitude of many Americans coupled with their spiritual penury and quite significantly the impact of the mass media, particularly in the form of television. Like the epic series Mahabharat aired on Indian television which contributed to the emergence of a rather grotesque form of Hindu fundamentalism and the rise of the ultra-nationalist BJP, so we find that the many religious TV programmes presented by Christian fundamentalists such as Jerry Falwell and Hal Lindsey have contributed to the emergence in the American religious sphere of a rather perverse form of Christianity that has little to do with the teachings of Christ. Hence these evangelical preachers are commonly known as Televangelists.
What is equally unsettling is that this doctrine pervades many American Christian denominations including the so-called charismatic churches such as Pentacostal and Assembly of God as well as Southern and Independent Baptists besides countless other non-denominational ‘Bible’ Churches and Mega-Churches. Among these so-called Bible churches, the Dallas Theological Seminary is said to be the fountainhead of the doctrine that God demands that ‘Good Christians’ destroy planet earth and has graduated many of the pastors teaching Armageddon theology in nearly 1000 such Bible Churches. It is estimated that there are over 80,000 fundamentalist pastors in the
What is most intriguing about this doctrine is that it is strangely new to the Christian world. The first seeds seem to have been sown in the aftermath of the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Later Christian Fundamentalists, inspired no doubt by Jewish Zionists, would come to look upon it as a fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy which spoke of the return of the Jews to the Promised Land. This is strange because the Christian Church did not hold such views for the past 1800 years of its existence. The Church then had agreed that the prophecy regarding a Jewish restoration applied to the return of the Israelites from exile in
One cannot but suspect that this fundamentalist agenda has been nurtured and promoted by Jewish Zionists who seem to have surreptitiously influenced and misled these charismatic Christian preachers who were keen to push for a new brand of Christianity which in a century or so earlier would have been regarded as nothing but heretical. One has only to read the works of these misled Christian Zionists to realize how Christian they are, for example when they elaborate on the Samson Complex gloating on how
What is also intriguing is why these fundamentalists should hold to the tribal doctrine that the Jews are the chosen people at the expense even of their fellow Christians. For instance when they wax eloquent of the Jews being the ‘Chosen People of God’ or when they argue that the European Union, the ‘revived
Furthermore these Fundamentalists hold that before this great battle, there will be other battles, among these the war against Gog which they hold to be
What is so surprising about this doctrine is that it should hold that fellow Christian nations should be God’s enemies. Rather it seems the views of these Christian Zionists merely reflect parochial American views of two former enemies, the Germans during World War 1 and 2 and The Russians during the Cold War despite the fact that much has changed since the doctrine was propounded in the 1970s. To hold that these Christian nations are enemies because their forbears killed Jews or embraced Communism or fought against
Surprising but true. Such are the contentions of Christian Zealots such as Hal Lindsey, the author of The Late, Great Planet Earth published in 1970 which became a bestseller. Coming on the heels of the Six-Day War, the book is said to have fueled the popularity of Christian Zionism and its support of ethnic Jews as the "chosen people of God". It has since been published in over 50 languages, has had reported sales of over 35 million copies, and is still in print. Many of Lindsey's later writings are known to be sequels or revisions and extensions of his first book.
The doctrine has raised money and support for
Grace Halsell in her revealing book Forcing God’s Hand. Why millions pray for a Quick Rapture and Destruction of Planet Earth (2003) estimates that by the turn of this century Christian fundamentalists numbered around 50 million in the
All the members of our party continue walking to a vantage point. We stop to absorb a commanding view of the
But how, I ask did he know this was the site for Armageddon ?
“You take the name –
I do not see any mountain, but reason that since we look out upon a valley, the vantage point on which we stand can easily be considered the har. Even so, would not Har-
She continues: Yet this battle is to be waged in a field before us, a valley so small it would fit into a
“Oh no- it’s not too small ! you can get a lot of tanks in here”.
Tanks, I repeat, and all the armies of the earth ?
“All of this. You’ve got to remember this will be the greatest battle ever fought. Several million will die right here”.
And a nuclear war will start here at
“Yes” he replies “You read this in Ezekiel. It describes a nuclear war, saying there will ‘torrential rains and hailstone, fire and brimstone’ and ‘a great shaking in the land’ with mountains falling and cliffs collapsing and walls tumbling to the ground in the face of ‘every kind of terror’. Ezekiel could scarcely have been referring to any thing other than an exchange of tactical nuclear weapons”.
“Yes”, he responds “In fact, we can expect that Christ will make the first strike. He will release a new weapon. And this weapon will have the same effects as those caused by a neutron bomb. You read that their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongues shall consume away in their mouths. You see, that’s what happens to victims of a thermonuclear blast – so Zechariah had foreknowledge of that”.
Forsaking fellow Christians
Grace reveals another interesting character of Falwell during a second trip to the holy land she undertook in 1985 as part of a Falwell-sponsored tour with more than 800 other Christians:
In coloured brochures outlining each trip, Falwell did not mention we would be I the land of Christ, where Jesus was born, had his ministry and died. Rather, the focus was on
The Christians she refers to are of course the Palestinian Christians, one of whom Jonathan Kuttab tells her that “Falwell and his followers who base their Christianity on Old Testament stories of a
To this day, Christians form a significant part of the Palestinian population. They have lived happily under Muslim rule for centuries and in more recent times have contributed to the Palestinian struggle against
In contrast, the Christians of Palestine like their Muslim brethren have suffered immensely from Israeli oppression, not the least from expanding Jewish settlements in the West Bank and
Jonathan Cook in his article Israel's Purging of Palestinian Christians has this to say:
This vision of our future, set out by American and Israeli Jews, is steeped in fundamentalist Christian religious symbolism, from the promotion of a civilized West's crusade against the Muslim hordes to the implication that the final confrontation between these civilizations (a nuclear attack on Iran?) may be the End Times itself – and thereby lead to the return of the Messiah.
If this clash is to be realized, it must be convincing at its most necessary confrontation line: the Middle East and more specifically the
There is only one problem in selling this image to the West: the minority of Christian Palestinians who have happily lived under Muslim rule in the
Without Palestinian Christians confusing the picture, it will be much easier for Israel to persuade the West that the Jewish state is facing a monolithic enemy, fanatical Islam, and that the Palestinian national struggle is really both a cover for jihad and a distraction from the clash of civilizations against which Israel is the ultimate bulwark.
Christian Zionism is a threat to Christianity just as it is to Islam and the sooner this unholy alliance between the American pseudo-Christians and Jewish Zionists is exposed- the better.
Exposing the hidden agenda
The Muslim world has a duty to safeguard not only its interests, but also the rest of the world from the dangers posed to it by World Zionism which is perhaps the most rabid form of racism that ever existed. Resting on the premise that Jews are the chosen people and the rest their slaves, Jewish Fundamentalism is not too different from Nazism. The term by which Jews call non-Jews is often lost to us in translations which give it as gentile which appears not to be a derogatory term on the face of it. However, little is it known that the actual term is goyim which is often used in a very derogatory sense by Jews when referring to non-Jews.
One must also not lose sight of the fact that Judaism is not a proselytizing faith. It does not seek converts. One is born a Jew, not made. This attitude results in a rather tribal mentality where the message of salvation through belief in the One True God is only meant for those born as ethnic Jews and not for non-Jews, implying that only Jews would be saved and the rest of humanity consigned to the hellfire. This is of course not something that a Merciful God would want of them. Rather it was an outcome of their arrogance in disobeying God and his Messengers. This was seen in their rejection of the message of their last national Prophet Jesus (Peace Be Upon Him) who was sent to reform their evil habits such as usury and give glad tidings of a future prophet who would come after him. Jesus they rejected because he could not deliver what their tribal yearnings longed for, deliverance from the Roman yoke, and thus they conspired to get him painfully crucified on the cross, telling their Roman rulers that he had transgressed their laws and hence deserved death, which the Romans despite their reluctance, were bound to carry out. And finally when the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) whose message was meant for all mankind was sent, they would not accept him either, for the simple reason that he was not a Jew, but an Arab descended from Ishmael whom they held had been cast out by Abraham in favour of their ancestor Isaac. So vindictive were they that they plotted on numerous occasions to hinder the spread of Islam and even resorted to the devious device of feeding him some poisoned meat from whose ill effects he would later suffer, but not before completing the Mission he had been sent to accomplish by the Divine Will.
And so we find that this exclusive racist attitude has characterized the Jews since ancient times which also explains why non-Jews, and particularly Christians whose kindness they took undue advantage of, have persecuted them throughout much of their history. The term anti-Semitism is unique in that it describes a phenomenon so widespread throughout history and transcending both time and space that it is difficult to account for it’s existence except to conclude that it is more of a natural rather than an unnatural development; the very outcome of Jewish attitudes towards the rest of humanity. The attitude of Jews towards non-Jews has throughout history been one of exploitation. This is seen for instance in their widespread practice of indulging in usury which they exacted without compunction from non-Jews while prohibiting it among themselves. This has evidenced itself on a number of occasions such as during the early days of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) when Jews often lent money to the Arabs amongst whom they lived on high interest, taking as security their wives and children, a practice which was only done away when Islam had been established in the land. Likewise we would find that even in
But it is not only his fellow man that the Jew has exploited in his greed, but also nature. It was the Jews who first commenced the practice of breeding geese in extremely crammed up conditions and force feeding them so that they reached immense proportions by which means they could fetch a higher price. The geese so bred by being forced to stay in one position amidst great suffering would have all the food they were force fed with converted into fat. The practice also resulted in fattened goose liver which was soon promoted as a delicacy amongst Europeans who could freely purchase it in the local Jewish ghettos of their cities. In 1570, Bartolomeo Scappi, chef de cuisine to Pope Pius V, published his cookbook Opera, wherein he describes that "the liver of [a] domestic goose raised by the Jews is of extreme size and weighs [between] two and three pounds". This particular food item gradually evolved into a well known French ‘delicacy’ Foie gras which is still produced in the West in spite of the immense suffering caused to the animals concerned. And this indeed has been the case much throughout the history of the Jew – thriving on the misery of both man and the rest of nature. This of course cannot be the attitude of a true Christian
As the Qur’an says:
“You will find that the closest people in friendship to the believers are those who say, "We are Christian." This is because they have priests and monks among them, and they are not arrogant” [5:82].
The Qur’an clearly tells us that the Christians are not as arrogant as the Jews and that they are the closest to us Muslims in friendship. This is seen even today in the sympathy and compassion shown to the Palestinian cause by many good Christians such as British MP George Galloway who recently led an aid convoy named Viva Palestina to the distraught Palestinians, not to mention the American Peace Activist Rachel Corrie aged just 23 who laid down her life protecting a Palestinian home that was being overrun by an Israeli bulldozer.
What we can conclude from all this is that the Zionist Evangelical Christians we find today are not true Christians. They are an aberration, a freak cult that should be exposed for what it is, a danger to the Islamic World, to the Christian World and to the World at large. Not only have they forsaken their fellow Christians for their erstwhile enemies, but also preach a Christianity that has nothing to do with the true teachings of Christ. Theirs is nothing but a façade for promoting the Zionist project for world domination and a suicide cult that calls for the end of the world by a nuclear holocaust and great suffering to mankind. The sooner their designs are defeated, the better for the world.