BIN: The historic opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was a religious as well as a political event with several prominent Christian leaders present. This support was not lost on US Ambassador David Friedman. In an interview with the New York Times on Saturday, Friedman said that Evangelical Christians “support Israel with much greater fervor and devotion than many in the Jewish community.”
“You’re running a country, you need friends, you need alliances, you need to protect your people,” Friedman said. Friedman, an Orthodox Jew and ardent supporter of Israel, acknowledged that Christian support was essential to the embassy move and as such, invited Pastor Robert Jeffress and Rev. John C. Hagee to speak at the opening because “they’re two of the most followed leaders of the Evangelical community, and I wanted to honor the community for having been so constructive in helping to move this along.”
This opinion was echoed by diplomats from the Israeli side. Ron Dermer, the Israeli Ambassador to the US was quoted in the article as saying that “devout Christians” were now the “backbone” of the United States support for Israel. more …
Opinion: Three reasons why David Friedman is correct:
The word Evangelical comes from the Greek “evangelion,” which means “good news” or “gospel.” All who claim to follow Jesus Christ were commanded by Jesus Himself to share His gospel:
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
The good news is that Jesus Christ, the only sinless man, paid the penalty for sinful men, freeing all who believe in Him from eternal punishment, John 3:16.
The Evangelical movement began in the early 1700’s and led to the Dispensational movement of the 1800’s, which teaches a literal interpretation of Scripture and in particular Biblical prophecy.
Definition: Dispensationalism is a Premillennial system of theology that recognizes three basic tenets (1 Cor 9:17; Eph. 1:10, 3:2; Col. 1:25)
- There is a theological difference between Israel and the Church.
- Scripture is to be interpreted by the literal method unless the text itself mentions a figurative or symbolic interpretation.
- The underlying purpose of God in this world is His glory.
- The Evangelical/Dispensational movement lines up perfectly with the Church of Philadelphia as recorded in Revelation 3:7-13, which not coincidentally, is the only church that Jesus promised to keep from (Greek, out of) the future hour of trial (tribulation).
2. Literal interpretation of prophecy lines up perfectly with Daniel 12:4 which teaches that apocalyptic Scripture will become clear at the time of the end.
3. That there are more Christians reading God’s word literally means it is impossible for them to miss God’s eternal and everlasting love for Israel and the Jewish people.
“The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt”. Deuteronomy 7:7-8