[This article is a personal response to recent discussions with a friend. It is my Christian view and conviction, it expresses my concern for the faithfulness of the Church to the Truth. It is my personal view. And “yes”, it may indeed be controversial and openly opposed to President Donald Trump, – but I believe for good reason that is worth consideration.]
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all (Ephesians 4:1-6).
As I mentioned in a previous blog article, I was engaged in communication with believers from another ministry which focus, (in my opinion), far too much attention on getting Christians throughout the world to support Zionism and the modern Jewish state, which, (in my opinion) illegitimately calls itself by the name “Israel” – but which is still of the flesh which counts for nothing. I received a reply from this ministry saying, “Dear Peter, we will have to agree to disagree agreeably”, which, in the proverbial saying, could be like saying that we are just “not on the same page”.
My contention with that particular ministry, which is also one of the founding principles of my ministry which I have called, “The New Humanity Project”, is that the modern “Jewish” state is being established upon an illegitimate and racist classification as to who is a “Jew”. I have contended that God’s purpose in establishing his holy nation is not upon any classification of that which is born of the flesh, regardless of its pedigree and genealogy – and neither is it upon any conversion process to Judaism. On the contrary, God’s purpose was clearly stated by the apostle Paul and it is to establish peace by completely destroying the former barrier and dividing wall of hostility which once existed between Jews and Gentiles and through the work of the Holy Spirit, he is creating one new humanity in Jesus the Messiah (see Ephesians 2:11-22).
I will say it a million-times-over, contrary to many popular “end times teaching ministries”, God does not have a counter “prophetic” agenda to build an exclusively Jewish nation which would be completely contrary to his stated purpose in Jesus the Messiah. The ideology of a “Jewish” state purposefully and undeniably continues to build racial barriers resulting in division and hostility.
“I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, ‘How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?’ The man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, lifted his right hand and his left hand toward heaven, and I heard him swear by him who lives forever, saying, ‘It will be for a time, times-and-half-a-time. When the power of the holy people has been finally broken, all these things will be completed” (Daniel 12:5-7).
This prophetic word spoken to Daniel was fulfilled, when, between 66 and 70 AD, during the three-and-a-half year siege on Jerusalem, (a time, times-and-half-a-time), the unique power of Israel was finally broken, the city of Jerusalem was made desolate, the Temple was destroyed and many Jewish people were killed and the survivors were scattered among the nations and the good news of the kingdom of God was proclaimed to the ends of the earth – that God was creating one new humanity in Jesus the Messiah – thereby bringing the opportunity for peace among humankind throughout the world if people and all nations will lay down their weapons, put aside national pride, and submit their lives in humble and faithful obedience to God’s Anointed King.
As an ambassador of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God, I have no desire to engage in political arguments or criticisms of imperfect governments and rulers of the nations while they rebel against God’s Anointed King. In the time of the oppressive Roman Empire, Paul taught: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God (Romans 13:1).
I have no agenda to criticise any rulers of the nations, no matter how evil and wicked they may be. But, as Paul tried to persuade King Agrippa to become a Christian and acknowledge Jesus as the King of kings, so too would I endeavour to do likewise if I ever had any such opportunity. We should appeal to all people, including rulers and governors, to repent and submit to the King of kings.
So, then, what about my criticism of President Donald Trump, who, to gain Christian approval and votes, professes to be a Christian contending for religious freedom and Christian values?
A fellow-Christian with whom I have been associated for more than twenty years and who has been very supportive of my missionary work with Messianic Good News, had the following to say to me:
I quote: “I do not share your views on Trump and [to argue or debate about it and about whether Christians should be supporting and approving of Trump] is an exercise in futility.”
I suggested that as Christians, we are called to be peacemakers. (Jesus said we should love even our enemies, not kill them nor return their evil with evil which only escalates hostility.) As peacemakers, I believe our highest priority should be contending for the gospel and becoming more discerning. I was making my appeal to my friend concerning Christian support of Trump, by carefully assessing whether such allegiance to Trump is compatible with being witnesses of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. Is support of the Trump administration inn the interest of the gospel of peace and of being discerning as Christians. I suggested that Trump was causing division and hostility which actually hinders the gospel and brings it into disrepute by his brash and boastful arrogance.
To which he replied – and I quote word-for-word:
“That’s where I totally disagree with you regarding Trump. Since when has the Gospel NOT been divisive? You mention Trump causing division and hostility. The gospel of Jesus is totally divisive and hostile – that’s one of the reasons the Jews killed him (Jesus). Trump stands for: Anti homosexuality, Anti transgenderism, Anti same sex marriage, Anti ‘pedophilia’, Anti abortions, Anti ILLEGAL entrance of aliens, Anti global warming nonsense and Anti media. [And Trump is], FOR bible in schools, FOR prayer, FOR family values, FOR his own country, FOR ‘straight-forwardness’, FOR for prayer in his cabinet. We live in a wicked world, where Satan is having a great time. Now there is someone who is causing major stirs in the political field. And I love it, because Trump is not sticking to all the conventional political thinking. At this point I see Trump as an instrument of God to usher in The End Time. So perhaps we should ‘not punch air’ but rather make our blows count for the kingdom of God.”
The kingdom of God is no longer governed by external rules and regulations. Those who are reconciled to God and his Anointed King are moved by the Holy Spirit and the love of God in their hearts. The love by which we may also love our enemies and not to be drawn into hostility and to returning evil with evil.
[Allegiance to Jesus the King is not quite the same as an allegiance to – and approval of – seemingly moral rules or even to apparent “Christian principles” and I will deal with this in a subsequent blog to follow. By citing Trump’s policies, does not prove his humble, meek and faithful submission to Jesus the King.]
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you, LORD — a throne that brings on misery by its decrees? (Psalm 94:20).
Fear the Lord and the King [Jesus], my son, and do not join with rebellious officials, for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring? (Proverbs 24:21-22). (Netanyahu does not submit to the King, he is a rebellious official.)
So, at the risk of being “an exercise in futility”, like a “dog with a bone”, I will again raise the question as to whether Christians ought to be supporting Trump and his Zionist allegiance, or should Christians be calling for his appropriate impeachment? When my Christian friend said that “Trump is causing major stirs in the political field” and that he, (my friend), doesn’t just approve of it, but he “loves it” – I was horrified and said that even as Christians, it is clear that he and I are certainly “not on the same page”. To which he replied that I have made assumptions about him “that I do not know” and he agreed that we are definitely not on the same page. What page is that?
My whole contention is that faithfulness to Jesus the King of kings, is to proclaim the gospel, which should defuse hostility, demonstrate the love of God in a non-violent manner even towards our perceived enemies. General Qassem Soleimani was killed 100 km from his country by an invasive US army, 7000 km from their own country. He was travelling in Iraq with official legal diplomatic documents. The country in which there is presently the fastest growing church is Iran. In the Bible pages I read, it says we should love our enemies. It says there should be no former national distinctions which may cause division and hostility. For example, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither Greek nor Jew, neither slave nor free, nor Scythian etc.” The Bible says that the weapons which Christians fight with are not the conventional weapons of the world. The Bible says we should show hospitality to all people, including the aliens and foreigners living among us. The Bible says that the former capital city, earthly Jerusalem, is now figuratively comparable to Sodom and Egypt and with those who are born into slavery (see Revelation 11:8 and Galatians 4:24-31). Jesus told his disciples to flee from the conflict in Jerusalem two thousand years ago before it fell under the Roman siege. Jesus has never urged his disciples to return, but to rather wait for the heavenly Jerusalem to be revealed. The Bible does not suggest that Jewish exiles should return to the Middle East. The Bible, (the writer to the Hebrews), said,
All these people (i.e. the faithful people of God) were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return [This verse alone refutes the Zionist ideology and agenda]. Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them (Hebrews 11:13-16).
The eternal, heavenly City of Jerusalem, the City of the King, is the capital city of the righteous. (The earthly city is not the capital city exclusively of the Jews as contended by Donald Trump).
The Bible describes true Zionism, not as defined by those who have a strictly “Jewish” national ideology of separation from other nations [literally a form of apartheid], but as an assembly of faithful worshippers who are redeemed through faith in Jesus the Messiah and who are waiting for the heavenly City of Jerusalem to be revealed, i.e. as follows:
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:18-24).
So, why do I contend that Christians are being deluded when giving their support to President Donald Trump? President Donald Trump, bu his Zionist allegiance with Israel, is not only formulating politics as a ruler of USA, he is making false claims concerning the city of Jerusalem which are causing division and hostility. He has overstepped his authority and is tampering with a a cup that has already, in 70 AD, caused all the nations, including Israel, to reel. Without any spiritual understanding about what it means to be an ambassador of Jesus the King of kings who is now seated on his throne in heaven – in the heavenly City of Jerusalem, Donald Trump has dared to move the US Embassy to the earthly city which remains blinded to the way of peace.
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations (Zechariah 12:1-3).
As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, Jesus wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you” (Luke 19:41-44).
Donald Trump is being favourably compared with King Cyrus, who, at the appointed prophetic time in history, issued a decree for the Jews to return from their seventy year period of exile in Babylon, to rebuild the City walls and the Temple in expectation for the coming of Jesus the Messiah, four-hundred and eighty-three years later. That prophetic word has been fulfilled and the Messiah has come. Trump on the other hand is presumptuously playing into the hand of those who persist in rebelling against Jesus Christ and who are trying to lay claim to the inheritance illegitimately through their own human, political struggle. They have rejected Jesus the Messiah and are waiting for a false messiah who will, they hope in vain, vindicate them as a separate nation and people.
Yes, indeed, Trump is perhaps an instrument in ushering in the last days of the end times, because, by calling for the earthly city of Jerusalem to be the exclusive capital of the Jews, rather than representative of the unity of all nations in Christ, with no distinction between Jew and gentile, he is acting against God’s purpose and perhaps paving the way for the Jews to receive a false messiah. By opposing Trump’s madness, I do not see myself as dabbling in futile political debate. On the contrary, as I mentioned to my friend, I express my concern that the people of the USA, many of them professing Christians, saw their government engage in a war with Iraq on the false claims that they were an extremely hostile nation developing weapons of mass destruction of which no evidence has ever been found. I was expressing my concern that a duplicitous nation were co-opting the blind support of professing Christians for their own – and the Zionists – political agenda. Trump has revealed his new political campaign which he calls, “Evangelicals for Trump”. He does not see the issue of campaigning for Christian support as an exercise in futility. So, neither is it an exercise in futility, to warn Christians of such a deceptive and unholy alliance. I am appealing to Christians in US and elsewhere in the world the kingdom of God is not of this world. I firmly contend that a counter campaign is needed, i.e. “Christians Opposed to Donald Trump” as his madness. I appeal to Christians to be more discerning. Jerusalem is not the exclusive capital of the Jewish people – and to suggest that it is, is to oppose the one new humanity in Jesus the Messiah through which he has made peace. He has made peace by demolishing the barrier and hostility that once existed between Jew and Gentile, Trump has joined the Zionist ideology to build up such dividing walls, in Jerusalem and in the US.
Christians have been led to believe that “the Jews” must return to the Promised Land for Jesus the Messiah to return. That is utter nonsense! The apostle Paul taught that towards the end of the present age, there will be a great delusion, which God, by his providence, will allow to take place. Through this powerful delusion, everyone who has not believed the truth of the gospel, will eventually be so completely blinded that they will rebel against God and the true Messiah, and be deceived by the man of lawlessness who will be filled, not with the power of God, but with the full display of the power of Satan!
I contend that having given his sworn allegiance to the Zionist ideology, President Trump’s ego is stroked by the praise and attention of him being compared to King Cyrus, when in fact, he is assisting in bringing the Jews closer to a place of conceit, arrogance and national pride through which they will eventually welcome a false messiah whom they think will vindicate them in their political rebellion against Jesus Christ the King and against the kingdom of God. I don’t care for politics. I am contending for the gospel of peace and for the kingdom of God that is not confined by national or geographical borders.
My message to Zionists: Don’t be deceived into thinking that you are taking refuge in the Promised Land with the weapons supplied by your ally, the USA. Rather repent and take refuge while still in the exile – but in Jesus the King of kings. My message to Christians: Support whatever political leaders you wish according to your conscience, but know this, if you wrongly suppose that the leader you support is acting with God’s favour and approval – when they are not, you thereby are deceived and share in their madness and wickedness. Now, I also ask, with all due respect to my friend, is this message one for contending for the gospel of peace – or is it simply “punching the air”? You, the reader decide.
However, it is a sad state of affairs that the Church does not speak with one voice in Jesus’ Name. It is a sad day that we are not all on the same prophetic “page” of the Word of God. We are not all united in the gentle Spirit of Christ who assures us that it is not the gungho, aggressive, arrogant, boastful, hostile, “straight-talkers” who will inherit the earth, but the meek who put their trust in the King of kings. The Sword we wage war with is the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit and not the weapons of the world.
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him (Psalm 2:1-12).