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  •  The conversion of jews ... (3+ / 0-)
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    is part of the evangelical armageddon program aka Dispensationalism icky Ricky is obviously trying to promote.
    From Dangerous Friends by Dr. Sarah Schmidt

    Before the establishment of Israel and its expansion in 1967, dispensationalists were content to teach their doctrine, look for signs of the Second Coming, and predict future events often in great detail. After Israel reclaimed its place in Palestine, however, dispensationalists moved from being observers to participants, helping to turn their theories into self-fulfilling prophecies. They united with American and Israeli Jews and founded dozens of groups to lobby on Israel's behalf.

    Few Jews, however, understood-or cared-that this support came with a price. Dispensationalists believe that, in the end, before Jesus comes, the Antichrist will try to destroy Israel and all Jews will undergo dire suffering. In other words, before the age of peace, most Jews will have to be destroyed-and as a result, surviving Jews will welcome Jesus as their messiah.
    All this, though, would be in the future. Dispensationalists' relationship to living Jews has been complicated and in many ways paradoxical. No group, even in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, was more supportive of Zionist aspirations. At the same time, no other Christian group is more dedicated to targeting Jews for conversion, since dispensationalists believe that evangelizing the Jews is of prophetic importance.

    Given their understanding of the Jews' place in God's end-time program, dispensationalists feel obliged to convert as many Jews as possible and have founded dozens of missionary organizations. Results, though minimal, seem less important than the symbolic value of spreading the gospel among the Jews.

    Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again. Karl Popper

    by hanswall on Wed Feb 08, 2012 at 06:35:49 PM PST

    •  I'm sure the Israelis understand (1+ / 0-)
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      that the dispensationalists are nuts.

      But they think they're useful nuts.

      The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

      by raboof on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 07:38:02 AM PST

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      •  The Christian Right is not a bunch of useful nuts (0+ / 0-)

        but their armageddon agenda to promote turmoil in the middle east is dangerous as they belief the Anti-Christ will have to destroy Israel to speed up the second coming of Christ. The Christian Right promotes WW III scenarios as a way of speeding up the second coming of Christ. IOT gain access to the nuclear football they are supporting candidates like Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, and Santorum. Romney can't help but pandering to them but they do not trust him to promote their agenda. To stop these lunatics the reelection of president Obama is in the vital interest not only of Israel but of the whole world.

        Good tests kill flawed theories; we remain alive to guess again. Karl Popper

        by hanswall on Thu Feb 09, 2012 at 09:31:47 PM PST

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