Extract from The Watchman Newsletter
- Chuck and Karen Cohen
Hatred of God is also out of the closet
In July, a "prominent Christian historian" saw the "destructive chaos" in America's streets as "rooted in a hatred of divine authority." Eric Metaxas,
speaking with Fox News' T. Carlson in reference to recent attacks on churches and religious icons, said, "You saw this in the French Revolution. There was hatred at the bottom of it of God, of any kind of authority." Today people are "drunk on the idea that they can somehow be an authority themselves, that they can seize power." Their ultimate goal is not the tearing down of historical statues, but a rejection of God's right to rule over them. "That's really where the source of hatred is coming from. It's a hatred of God and a sense of deep injustice…"
He "blamed widespread biblical illiteracy among Christian leaders as the reason behind their unwillingness to take a stand against evil." Recalling David killing Goliath and Elijah mocking the prophets of Baal, Metaxas said, "There are many instances of Scripture where people fight," but today many "have a watered-down kind of Christianity," so that Trump offends them, because they "think that being nice is what it means to be a Christian'."
In 2009 Metaxas wrote a biography of German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He brought up Bonhoeffer's stance against Nazi mobs wreaking havoc in Germany. "When Kristallnacht happened," the destruction of 267 synagogues, over 7,000 Jewish businesses, and more than 30,000 Jews sent to concentration camps, Bonhoeffer knew this anti-Semitic attack was animated by an Antichrist spirit, that "these were not just political mobs," but that "this attack on synagogues was an attack on God himself." "Hatred of God lies at root of nationwide vandalism, Christian Historian says," Jon Brown, The Daily Wire, 14 July 2020)
BLM - anti-Israel?: In July, at a pro-Palestinian, pro-Black Lives Matters demonstration in Brooklyn, chants were heard mimicking Iran: "Death to Israel," "Death to America" and "From Gaza to Minnesota, globalize the Intifada!" Hundreds took part in this "Day of Rage" event against Israeli plans to "annex" parts of Judea and Samaria. One leader, seemingly a Palestinian, said, "We don't want a fake Palestinian state… We don't want to go just back to our homes in Gaza and the West Bank. We want all of it."
At a "Day of Rage" event in Washington, DC, demonstrators also linked BLM and the Palestinian cause, chanting "Israel, we know you, you murder children, too." "At Brooklyn pro-Palestine rally, calls to eliminate both Israel and US," TOI, 4 July 2020)
Iran's Zionist Christians: Israel Today reported that Iranians "who convert to Christianity…face discrimination, persecution and even torture." They are also being accused of "Zionism"! So Iran's Islamic authorities have linked "…faith in Jesus as Messiah with the Jewish hope of national restoration."
Recently, arrested Muslim converts were charged with being a member of "the church of Zionist Christianity," as well as other charges. "Christian Zionists in Iran?" Israel Today, 14 Sept. 2020)
Turkey's President Erdogan: He is an egotistical maniac that no one wants to confront, other than France's President Macron! At Turkey's parliament legislative session in October, Erdogan said, "Jerusalem is our city," linking his claim to the Ottoman Empire's rule over it from 1517-1917. He added that Jerusalem's walls and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount "were reconstructed and restored by Suleiman the Magnificent," who ruled over the Ottoman Empire [1520-1566]. Suleiman actually protected his Jewish subjects, and it is rumored that his mother was Jewish. "Erdogan: 'Jerusalem is our city, a city from us'," JP, 3 Oct. 2020)
In Revelation 2:13, Satan's throne is said to be in Pergamum, today in modern Turkey. Based on this, some think it is possible that the Anti-Christ comes out of Turkey. Only time will tell, but there is no doubt that Erdogan is ruled by an antichrist spirit today (1 John 2:18).
George Orwell, British novelist and critic, died in 1950, a year before "his classic dystopian novel 1984 was published." It accurately describes what we see in the West today. "It dealt with the consequences of a totalitarian government, mass surveillance, unending propaganda to distort the truth, and the suppression of freedom, including the freedom of thought. The totalitarian state, which is the heart of the story, perpetuates its rule by continuously spying on its citizens, systematically manipulating the truth, and rewriting history." Here are some of his more insightful quotes:
"The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it."
"Free speech is my right to say what you don't want to hear."
"The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history."
"People will believe what the media tells them they believe."
"There is no swifter route to the corruption of thought than through the corruption of language."
"Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them."
"It's frightful that people who are so ignorant should have so much influence."
"A society becomes totalitarian…when its ruling class has lost its function but succeeds in clinging to power by force or fraud."
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." "Time to heed George Orwell's warning," Ken Abramowitz, Arutz 7 Op-ed, 16 Oct. 2020)
"Sanctify them through Your truth; Your Word is truth." (John 17:17)
Chuck & Karen Cohen