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Christian Zionists march for Israel

2012-10-04 19:52

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday alongside Israeli soldiers and workers, in an annual show of solidarity with the Jewish state.

A spokesperson for the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ) said about 5 000 pilgrims from around 90 countries took part, out of a total participation that Israeli officials estimated at about 25 000.

ICEJ spokesperson David Parsons said the turnout of pilgrims was about the same as last year, although there had been some cancellations from those fearing an imminent outbreak of war between Israel and Iran.

"I understand that there's been quite a few cancellations, at least from North America and some other areas, because of jitters about something breaking out here," he told AFP.

Christian delegates have been holding a conference in Jerusalem during the week-long Sukkot festival - the Feast of Tabernacles - which the Jewish faithful have been celebrating since Sunday.

Organisers said that participants included representatives of the Israel Allies Foundation's Chairmen's Conference, which brings together pro-Israel parliamentarians from governments around the world.

The World Jewish Congress said it hosted a meeting of lawmakers from 17 countries who "endorsed Israel's right to defend itself against existential threats such as those posed by the Iranian regime and its nuclear programme."

Israel and much of the international community believe Iran's nuclear project masks a weapons drive, despite repeated denials from Tehran, and the Jewish state has warned it could launch a pre-emptive military strike.

Thursday's march included uniformed workers of the state-owned electricity corporation and other utilities, labour union representatives, staff of the national airline EL Al and bank employees, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

Among the Christian participants there were the familiar delegations from Europe and North America as well as a large contingent from China and what Parsons said was a 1 300-strong group from Brazil.

"This year more than 50% of our pilgrims are from developing nations: Latin America, Africa and Asia," he said.

Among the Israeli spectators lining the closed streets of central Jerusalem, several held signs reading, "Thank you for supporting Israel."

Comments
  • ivan.schoultz - 2012-10-04 21:17

    I wonder how many Christians are aware that being Jewish does not automatically equate to being Zionist too. Here's two sites by Jews who are opposed to Zionism: http://www.jewsagainstzionism.com and http://www.truetorahjews.org (now run as an independent site and with new content.)

      SaintBruce - 2012-10-04 22:35

      Ivan, Have a look in the writings of the Prophets and the Psalms and you will find that the term Zion refers to God's people - those that are the chosen and those that choose Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Zion refers to the Land given to God's people [ much greater area than the British divvied up with their Arab friends and left Israel a sliver] and that the Mountains of Zion - God's Kingdom on the earth - will rise above all the other mountains in preeminence. I agree that there are connotations to the word 'ZION' that some don't like or it has been distorted, however to be a Zionist should mean to join as one with the people who collectively worship and gather in the name of the Creator of the Universe. Oh Crracker - have you read the Bible? It's the only book that is the authority on the end times but unless the Spirit of God resides in you, reading it won't help you much. Don't worry about the end coming but rather be prepared for it tomorrow or in a millenia. You probably won't like the truth in that statement.

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-10-04 21:36

    I have read about 10 to twelve books about the end times, and according each we should not be here today.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-10-04 23:17

      That,s true Cracker. I know people who thought that Jesus would come back twenty five years after the "budding of the fig tree" 1948 when Israel was proclaimed a nation. This was because Jesus said he would come in the generation of those listening to his voice. When all the Bible generation people died and Jesus had not yet come, they had to revisit the time of the second coming. Every generation has expected the end of days and ours is the same. Some said 1977, because that is the number of God. Now the latest is 2012. I wonder what will be next.

      zaatheist - 2012-10-05 03:44

      Here is Wikipedia's a short list of recent Judgement day predictions for very stupid people: * 1914, 1918, 1925, 1942 and 1975 - Dates set for the end by the Jehovah’s Witnesses * 1981 Chuck Smith predicted that Jesus would probably return by 1981 * 1988 Publication of 88 Reasons why the Rapture is in 1988, by Edgar C. Whisenant. * 1989 Publication of The final shout: Rapture report 1989, by Edgar Whisenant. More predictions by this author appeared for 1992, 1995, and other years. * 1992 Korean group "ission for the Coming Days" predicted October 28, 1992 as the date for the rapture. * 1993 Seven years before the year 2000. The rapture would have to start to allow for seven years of the Tribulation before the Return in 2000. Multiple predictions. * 1994 Pastor John Hinkle of Christ Church in Los Angeles predicted June 9, 1994. '2011 Pastor idiot Harold Campling twice wrongly predicted the Rapture would happen leaving millions of Americans to look even more stupid than usual.

  • scott.barkley.376 - 2012-10-04 22:00

    Israel: Definition: One tiny little country that seems to annoy the hell out of and beat the crap out of the middle east.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-10-05 12:47

      An island of solace in a sea of storms. or A light in the dark abyss

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-07 07:50

      A shining oasis in the Islamic cesspool of hate.

  • eddy.deepfield - 2012-10-04 23:11

    Some Christians think that if they support Israel they will score brownie points with the God of Israel. But little do they know that most Jews are secular and even some are atheists. One can understand why Christians want to be close to Israel because they will be closer to God. But today this is childish behaviour. Time to wake up to reality. Religion and politics are joined at the hip. Don,t believe either of them.

      zaatheist - 2012-10-05 03:48

      Yep, its the Rapture Ready™ crowd of brain addled crazy people. What they don't realise is that Jesus has returned on a number of occasions - Jesus walked in to the Redneck Restaurant & Billiards Hall on 20th Street in Birmingham, Alabama on the evening of Friday July 19, 1995. He jumped up on a pool table, knocking balls, cues and drinks all over the floor, and commanded everyone to immediately stop what that were doing. Announcing that he was Jesus, he only got as far as admonishing the assembled bar flies for drinking and gambling when he was struck down by a full bottle of Budweiser. Bleeding profusely from a head wound he was tossed out on to the street. He wandered around aimlessly before being picked up by the local sheriff with a fish badge on his SUV. On identifying himself as Jesus he was given a cell beating for "Yaw think yaw funny, yaw". He has not been heard of since but rumour has it that his body was dumped in a nearby swamp and devoured by alligators.

      zaatheist - 2012-10-05 03:48

      Then again Jesus returned at midnight on 12 May, 1992 at the entrance to Khoid Tsenkheriin Agui (Northern Cave of Blue) in Khovd Province, Mongolia. Stumbling around in the dark he fell over the tent of goatherd Khorloogiin Choibalsan and was attacked and badly bitten by Khorloogiin's dogs. Khorloogiin took Jesus in and dressed his wounds with an ancient Mongolian goatherd balm. Unfortunately the wounds became infected and Jesus contacted tetanus and suffered lock jaw. He died within days unable to explain who he was and what he was doing in Mongolia. Not wanting trouble from the authorities, Khorloogiin hid the body in the cave from which it mysteriously disappeared 3 days later.

      zaatheist - 2012-10-05 03:49

      And this is well documented as well - You are behind the end times. It has already happened. The trumpet sounded on Monday 14th July, 2003 at Daddy's bar, 440 Castro Street, San Francisco and Jesus suddenly appeared on the dance floor in the middle of the weekly underwear party. Billed as “a must stop for those into the leather/levi/bear scene”, Daddy's was very busy and Jesus was immediately surrounded by well wishers eager to get to know him better. After sharing a number of wicked drinks, and having bought a round for everyone, Jesus disappeared,. It is believed he left in the company of Roger and Julian and rumour has it that he is now working at the Glama Rama Hair Saloon and Art Gallery. Apparently he has settled nicely. He loves the San Francisco scene and has no intention of going back to boring old heaven and being constantly pestered by Jerry Falwell.

      zaatheist - 2012-10-05 03:49

      There are of course others but I will keep them until next time.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-05 07:21

    Essentially, they also want armageddon and rapture aligning their interests with Zionists who want to bring about the coming of the messiah. Any religion that comes with a land grant is a fraud. There is no way for humans to know the Creator's intentions.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-10-05 11:36

      Consult the ancestors. They get everything right. Look at South Africa.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-05 13:01

      Trolling is ultimately a waste of your time, and News24 server'space!

  • martin.young.125760 - 2012-10-05 09:06

    I could not be there but as my faith is in Israel as a decendant of that country,I support in spirit and my heart the Country Israel and its people,for most of or some in the world are the decendants of Arbraham,the Father of many nations. Martin Australia.

      eddy.deepfield - 2012-10-05 09:36

      And you know this because. Go here http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Can-the-Bible-be-trusted-20121004 and you will see that the Bible is a made up book. Abraham did not exist.

  • daniel.kagan.9 - 2012-10-05 12:38

    There has been a constant jewish presence in what is now the modern land of Israel for at least 3000 years. While many claim religious reasons for the founding of the State of Israel that is but one part of a manifold and complex argument. Modern Zionism was born out of a reaction to the severe oppression and pogroms that Jews had face for hundreds of years in (mostly) Eastern Europe. Jews began yearning for a homeleand where they would not be oppressed. Since the Jewish religion has always identified with the state of Israel as its homeland it was completeley natural that the homeland would be located where it is today. Major jewish philanthropists such as the Rothschild family bought land so that Jews could settle. After the unimaginable agony that was the Holocaust it was clear that in order to be safe the Jews needed a strong homeland. The United Nations (including the then Soviet Union) ratified the legal establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. I do not condone the excesses of the "occupation" but I do as a secular and proud jew support the State of Israel. The historical record speaks for itself. The Stateb of Israel has every right to exist in peace and within secure borders. This right has been accorded to every modern nation State (while not always respected).

  • lynn.baslergrassmeyer - 2012-10-05 18:26

    I hope they don't stumble into a checkpoint, separation wall or curfew!! That would be bad!

  • alexander.gillan - 2012-10-07 17:06

    Clearly deceived people.. who, if they have read the New Testament, have not understood any of it.

  • Joe L. Suttie - 2013-06-29 04:46

    Amen~!

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