Re: "Divine Sovereignty" of Jerusalem
- On the issue of Rdr. Constantine's fwd'd news article,
I have a couple of thoughts:
1. Yes, I agree, that it's scary.
2. It would appear that the *intent* of this
"declaration", at least on the face of it, is meant to
redirect the emotional energies of the sides involved
upward, to an ostensibly more universal, less partisan
direction. In other words, if we can all agree that
Jerusalem belongs to God, then maybe we won't see it
as "our own" possession, but as one which we all enjoy
as stewards of "God's" city. [This is the completely
positive/benefit of the doubt viewpoint.]
3. I am somewhat troubled by the conspicuous absence
of any mention of Christian organizations or interest
in the Holy Sites. Only Jewish and Muslim interests
are discussed. This, to me, is another example of the
ongoing marginalization of Christian thoughts, ideas,
interests and peoples in the greater "globalized"
context. It's curious that with 900 million Roman
Catholics, 225-300 million Orthodox, and many other
Christian denominations in the world, combined with
the long history of Christian presence in the Holy
Land, that we are not even mentioned.
We will continually be marginalized to a greater exent
in various Western societies until it becomes socially
acceptable to persecute us outright.
4. I agree with the proposition that the Antichrist
(who will be a Jew and universally acclaimed by the
Jewish race as their messiah) will exploit this
potential "declaration," just as he will exploit all
those aspects of society (U.N., democratic gov't,
Communism, Capitalism, ecumenism, sexual liberalism,
etc) which have, and are, preparing the hearts, minds,
and governments of those in the West. This
declaration considered in context of the above, should
not be overestimated as to its potential for injury.
Rather it is simply one more seemingly logical (and
possibly inevitable) step towards the global
governance sought by the internationalists in our
True enough, it is later than we think .... pray for
Layman, Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church,
Santa Barbara, CA
Michael A. Coleman
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