Those pushing the prophetic significance of moving our nation’s embassy from Tel Aviv (the pro-homosexual capital of the world) to Jerusalem believe in a near-prophetic future for Israel that will result in another Jewish Holocaust. People like John Hagee and Robert Jeffress are dispensationalists. They believe that at this moment in time God is dealing with the Church. One day (it’s always “soon”), God will take the church off the earth in an event called the “rapture.”
When the “rapture” takes place, God will turn His interest back to Israel. During a seven-year period following the “rapture,” the Antichrist will arise and make a covenant with Israel. He will be heralded as the savior of the world. For 3.5 years, there will be peace. At the end of the 3.5 years (the middle of the seven-year period of time), the Antichrist will break the covenant with Israel and all hell will break lose resulting in the slaughter of millions of Jews and billions of non-Jews worldwide in what is described as the Battle of Armageddon.
Even those there is no direct biblical support for this view of the end times, millions of Christians believe it. An entire book publishing industry has made millions of dollars off this renegade doctrine. What I’ve described is the standard end-time prophecy scenario that forms the backdrop for the multi-volume Left Behind series at has sold nearly 100 million copies.
All of this means, whether there’s peace or war in the Middle East, it’s a sign of the end. Evangelicals who are excited about the United States moving its Embassy to Jerusalem have no idea what their prophetic system actually teaches.
Consider the following from Richard D. Land, the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte:
As you watch Israel’s 70th birthday celebrations this Monday [May 14, 2018], understand that evangelicals will be exuberantly joining the festivities as they rejoice with their Jewish friends our God’s faithfulness and watch care over His people and that human history is not merely cyclical, but linear, and God is bringing His eternal purposes to fruition.
But as most evangelicals have been taught regarding Bible prophecy, this exuberance is shortlived. When the “rapture” takes place, and all the Christians are removed from the earth, God’s “eternal purposes” for the Jews is their slaughter, a point that Dr. Land does not mention!
You may not believe that this doctrine is taught by mainline premillennial teachers, writers, and preachers.
Here’s the evidence…
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