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Christians Raise $8.5 Million For Israel

Posted by Thunder Pig on October 21, 2007

SAN ANTONIO – The curtain rose to a hundred performers singing “Hinei Ma Tov” as the audience swayed back and forth and clapping their hands. They remained standing through “Hatikva,” declarations of support for Israel, and a duet of “Jerusalem of Gold.”

And when the evening closed – on a prayer for the State of Israel – 6,000 people, all but a few of them evangelical Christians, streamed out of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas.

On Sunday night, Pastor John Hagee, head of the Cornerstone Church and a founding member of Christians United for Israel, hosted his 26th annual “Night to Honor Israel.” It was a massive multimedia extravaganza of music, skits, speeches and dance, broadcast live throughout the world and attended by Israeli representatives and community leaders from the Jewish Federation of Houston.

The event aimed to show solidarity between the evangelical community and the State of Israel, which Hagee calls the “apple of God’s eye.” It also reminded anyone listening that God’s politics are very, very specific.

“I am concerned about this upcoming so-called peace summit,” Hagee thundered from the pulpit, referring to the Middle East conference planned for next month in Annapolis, Maryland.

He’s a big, rotund man, and his voice echoed throughout the mega-church’s enormous sanctuary. “America must never pressure Israel to give up land. It must never pressure her to divide Jerusalem. Turning Jerusalem over to the Palestinians is tantamount to giving it to the Taliban,” he said.

Hagee has been throwing “Nights to Honor Israel” for a long time, ever since the upswing of anti-Zionism following Israel’s 1981 attack on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor convinced him he had to speak out in defense of the Jewish state.

In the intervening years, he has become the most outspoken and influential of America’s evangelical Christian Zionists. His television and radio ministry reaches 99 million homes each week. He says he aims to “bring Jews and Christians together,” and refers sweepingly to the “Judeo-Christian faith.”

That quarter-century’s practice has given the night a quality of polished extravagance.

Everything was big and loud, from the red-carpeted church to the 100-member choir to the amount of money donated. John Hagee Ministries gave more than $8.5 million, most which came from private donations, to Israeli causes from the Israel National Autism Foundation to the city of Ariel’s Development Fund. Over $6m. went to aliya organizations such as Nefesh B’Nefesh and Exodus II.

“We love you because you are a man of God,” said Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s ambassador to the United States, as he accepted a check for a million dollars on behalf of Nefesh B’Nefesh.

“Within the last 50 years,” Ayalon said, “we have gathered in the Jews from the North, from the East, from the South. Now, with the help of our Christian allies, we are going to finish this job and bring the Jews from the West as well.”

Source Article: IsraPundit (be sure to read the whole thing over there.)

Commentary

As a born-again Christian, I know that God has a very special place in His heart for the Jewish people, and very special plans to match, and as the adopted children of God (Christians), it would behoove us to remember the original (and soon to return) chosen children of God, the Jews.

It completely baffles my mind that non-Christians cannot see it, the gathering of dark forces against Israel, inspired and energized by satanic forces…even swaying our own President to agree to the Abomination of a two-state solution that will be enforced by the Antichrist.

Dark Times are ahead.

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