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Christian Zionism through the lens of a black-stone…

blackstonehexagramcrossI have been exploring quite the fascinating little rabbit trail as of late. It began as I was looking through material for my recent post on Scofield and his Rothschild connections/funding, which enabled his “Scofield Bible” to take the Zionist interpretations of the Bible in the form of the doctrine of “Dispensationalism” and disseminate it throughout American Christianity over the course of the 20th century. In the course of this research, three other names kept coming up in connection with Scofield. These would be John Nelson Darby (considered to be the “father of Dispensationalism), Dwight L. Moody (founder of Moody Bible Institute), and a Mr. William E. Blackstone, who was hailed by Superior Court Justice Louis Brandeis as the “father of Christian Zionism). (remember that name Brandeis, we will get back to him in a bit). Together, these four individuals could very well be said to at the very nexus of the inception of Zionism into Christianity during the late 1800’s and into the century that followed.

Image148Much like Scofield, Blackstone himself has no Biblical background but is “self-taught”, and actually comes from a background which is typically described vaguely as “success in business”. Further investigation reveals that he was in the railroad business in Chicago, as his cousin was no one less than Timothy Beach Blackstone, president of the Chicago and Alton Railroad from 1864 through 1899.  William sets aside his endeavors in the railroad business to author a booklet titled “Jesus Is Coming“. Public interest in the prophetic themes of this work eventually led to the creation of prophecy conferences in the late 1800’s often called the “Niagara Conferences“, where the prophetic themes of Dispensationalism, millennialism, and pre-Tribulationalism were all being heavily emphasized and presented in cohesion with one another and notable figures such as Scofield and many others attended. (This I find particularly interesting, since for some time now I have been suspecting that all of these prophetic doctrines have been quite interwoven since their inception, and the Niagara Conferences definitely seem to support this).

Cave in Jerusalem where Blackstone wrote his name
Cave in Jerusalem where Blackstone wrote his name

In 1888, Blackstone embarks on his first “missionary trip” to Palestine and essentially becomes one of the first notable Christian figures to espouse this idea of the persecuted Ashkenazi Jews in places like Russia and Eastern Europe and call for the re-creation of a Jewish Homeland.

Now, this is where it starts to get VERY interesting from a “NWO point of view”…

From “The Gospel According to Rothschild“:

On March 5, 1891, the Chicago businessman and Methodist Episcopal lay worker William E. Blackstone was introduced by Secretary of State James G. Blaine to President Benjamin Harrison in order to present a petition Blackstone authored, ‘Palestine for the Jews.’ ‘What shall be done for the Russian Jews?’ the petition asked, and Blackstone boldly answered:

“Why not give Palestine back to them again? According to God’s distribution of nations, it is their home, an inalienable possession, from which they were expelled by force….Why shall not the powers which under the treaty of Berlin, in 1878, gave Bulgaria to the Bulgarians and Servia to the Servians now give Palestine back to the Jews?…Let us now restore them to the land of which they were so cruelly despoiled by our Roman ancestors.

Nonetheless, Benjamin Harrison did not accept Blackstone’s proposal… Blackstone would send the Memorial to presidents Cleveland and Roosevelt (McKinley had already signed), but official government sympathy for the Zionist project would have to wait for Woodrow Wilson.”

The Blackstone Memorial emerged from the same Reformation and Enlightenment preoccupations with Jews as the original nation whose restoration confirms other ‘natural,’ European nations and comprises both a necessary prerequisite and model for the reconstitution of an authentic, ‘primitive’ Christianity. Blackstone’s contribution to this tradition was to elaborate a fully realized political Zionism that took long-standing religious narratives into the realm of late-nineteenth-century nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism. Indeed, with Blackstone’s petition and related activities antedating by six years the convening of Theodor Herzl’s first Zionist conference in 1897, Nathan Straus and Louis Brandeis thought enough of his practical efforts to flatter the evangelist as ‘the father of Zionism.’

Timothy Beach Blackstone (1829-1900), who was president of the Chicago & Alton Railroad from 1864 to 1899, had been a surveyor for the New York and New Haven Railroad under Col. Roswell B. Mason, who brought Blackstone after him to the Illinois Central Railroad in 1851. (Biography of Timothy B. Blackstone. By Ida Hinsman, 1917.) T.B. Blackstone was one of the financial supporters of his cousin, William Eugene Blackstone (1841-), of Blackstone Memorial fame. Marvin Hughitt, President of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, Milton Stewart and his brother, Lyman Stewart, of the Union Oil Company of California, were other financial supporters of W.E. Blackstone. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis administered his funding for evangelizing to Jews…

“The signatories of the Blackstone Memorial included such powerful Wall Street figures as Chauncey M. Depew, John D. Rockefeller and his brother William Rockefeller, William E. Dodge, Frank Loomis, Cyrus W. Field, Russell Sage, and John A. Stewart, as well as Rev. Edward W. Gilman, brother of the president of Johns Hopkins University [Daniel Coit Gilman / S&B 1852]. Their Harriman, Vanderbilt, Guaranty Trust, Skull & Bones, and Standard Oil money and connections have created two world wars to drive the Jews out of Europe and into Palestine; and today, the resulting strife is the pretext for America’s invasion of the Middle East. And E.H. Harriman’s sons elevated the Bush family into the U.S. power elite…

So now we see this self-educated Protestant evangelist being lauded and promoted by the Rothschild agent of Louis Brandeis. This is huge. One could spend days going over all the various ways that the Rothschilds had arguably the largest involvement in the creation of the nation/state of Israel than anything else through such events as the Balfour Declaration and others, but for the sake of this discussion I am focusing on the Blackstone connection.

From “The History of the House of Rothschild“:

“On June 4, Ashkenazi Jew, Louis Dembitz Brandeis is appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States by President Wilson as per his agreed blackmail payment to Samuel Untermyer some three years earlier. Justice Brandeis is also the elected leader of the Executive Committee for Zionist Affairs, a position he has held since 1914.”

(Remember, this is the same “Untermeyer” that was so connected to Scofield and the publishing of the “Scofield Reference Bible”…) Brandeis is the political insider who backs Blackstone in his submissions of the “Blackstone Memorial”, (a petition calling for the restoration of Israel that was funded by the likes of the RockefellersImage149 and J.P. Morgan) first to President Harrison, and then to the much more compliant Wilson.

But indeed, the more you start digging around into all the connections between all these “Blackstone Zionists“, the more you keep coming across these same sorts of eyebrow-raising affiliations. Why do Blackstone and Moody and friends have so many connections to all the “usual suspects”? We’re talking New York bankers, Oil and Railroad tycoons, Yale graduates and “Bonesmen”, Rothschild middle-men, etc., etc. Honestly, the deeper I have dug into it all, the more I it just feels like an exercise in reading the same names over and over again, all pointing back to the same conglomerate of a highly powerful and influential people…

If nothing else, I think what must be absolutely shattered in the mindsets of modern evangelicals, is this preposterous assumption that the state of Israel just ‘miraculously’ came into existence in 1948 as though by the hand of God Himself. I know this is a tender matter for many Christians, but a thorough examination of the matter reveals a very different story. These plans and maneuverings for re-establishing a Jewish state FAR proceeded ’48, or the atrocities of the Holocaust, and can quite transparently be traced back to the same “cabal of kabbalists” who succeeding in robbing the United States of it’s own monetary system, and thus it’s very sovereignty. The “Blackstone lens” reveals that Dispensationalism, “Christian Zionism”, and pre-Trib millennialism were all in fact concepts heavily supported for over one hundred years by Satanically-motivated men who have sold their souls for the cause of the anti-Christ kingdom. I don’t know how else to put it. Either the “conspiracy” is staggeringly real, and far bigger than most people are willing to conceive (including all of the Rothschild/Israel/Zionism elements thereof), or it’s all just a bunch of nonsense so let’s go back to playing Candy Crush… 😉

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(Further links:)
http://www.jewishmag.com/146mag/brandeis_blackstone/brandeis_blackstone.htm
http://jerusalemprayerteam.org/pdf/022505.pdf
http://watch.pair.com/revision.html
http://www.iamthewitness.com/DarylBradfordSmith_Rothschild.htm
http://www.rense.com/general88/hist.htm
http://www.iamthewitness.com/DarylBradfordSmith_Rothschild.htm
http://static1.squarespace.com/static/526009b5e4b0e94ba1d4c2fa/t/52b1be73e4b01c83b9228d5e/1387380339872/WEB+Forgotten+Founder108.pdf
http://www.academia.edu/7243709/Blackstone_William_E._First_Biolan_in_Israel

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Hard to Believe it was really that easy…

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The more I learn about Mr. Cyrus Scofield and his “reference Bible”, the more insane the whole thing becomes. Can “Evangelicalism” in America really accept the idea that so much of the current political/prophetic lens through which they view the world was really injected into the pulpit through one guy without any real theological training and a history of being an absolute charlatan…? Apparently it really is that easy, especially if that one guy was hand-picked by Rothschild-connected financiers such as the “Secret Six” to be the figure-head through which they planned to insert the maxims of Zionism into mainstream Christian teaching. Amazing how much can be accomplished through one un-credentialed puppet and practically unlimited monetary resources.

But this is really what seems to have transpired, and as the Scofield Bible was then quickly distributed amongst so many of the major seminaries throughout the United States, with many new updated versions to accommodate the political evolution of the State of Israel, (which didn’t exist at the time of the first edition), the 20th Century saw Christians in America adopt a Zionist-skewed agenda in complete contradiction to the very words of their own alleged Master, Jesus Himself.

The following short video goes into detail on Scofield, the specific heretical doctrines which were introduced through the “Scofield Reference Bible”, and how it gave birth to so-called “Christian Zionism” and perpetuated racial hatred against Arabs etc.

Examining the Eschatological Concept of “Sheep and Goat Nations”…

sheepgoatworldmapFirst I want to say that I think Dan Duval is cool guy. I first came across him over a year ago now as my podcast-addict tendencies brought me to his original online radio show called “Discovering the Truth with Dan Duval“. He talks about a lot of things, almost all of which I have found absolutely fascinating and very much in line with a lot of the topics/perspectives I have come to spend a lot of time investigating in the realm of “eschatology”, such as Genesis 6/Nephilim, mind control programming, the New World Order, spiritual realms/dimensions, water spirits and so on. His interview of former “Illumined One” Carol Hamlett is still one of my all-time favorite interviews/testimonies. Ever. It’s hard to listen to Dan Duval and not find yourself getting pumped up about Bible Prophecy. He has a gift for speaking and exhortation for sure.

One of the things I’ve heard him speak about which grabbed my attention from the beginning was the mention of this idea of “Sheep Nations”, although until quite recently I never was able to get a very clear grasp of just what it was all about. He’s written a book called “Kingdom Government and the Promise of Sheep Nations“, and after meeting guys like Basil and Gonz at a recent prophecy forum conference, has just been a guest on both Canary Cry Radio and Derek Gilbert’s “View from the Bunker” podcasts (both of which I listen to pretty regularly). This interview with Derek I found especially helpful in expounding upon what Dan is putting forth in his “Sheep Nations” teaching, (the Canary Cry interview is also great, but covered more of a variety of topics) and since it’s been something I’ve been meaning to look into myself for sometime now, it really helped push me to examine it closer. This is what I have basically found…

The eschatological teaching of “Sheep Nations” is for the most part based upon a specific interpretation of Jesus’s words in Matthew 25:31-46. Verses 32/33 say: “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.   He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left”, and so the claim is that because it says “all the nations will be gathered”, this means that it is actually the nations that will in fact be judged at this time, as some form of collective national or ethnic groupings, and not individuals being judged in the context of personal Salvation. Duval makes the statement that nowhere in this section does Jesus use the term “Salvation by grace through faith”, so this must mean that Jesus isn’t referring to Salvation at all, but in fact a totally different instance/type of future judgment. Hearing this particular interpretation of Matthew 25 was what first raised some serious red flags for me about this Sheep Nation thing…

The claim made by Duval, and other proponents of this teaching I found online, is that what Jesus is describing is not a judgment of faith, but of works, so then what they conclude is that the people being judged as the “Sheep” in verses 34-40 are actually nations who “fed/clothed/served Jesus” by physically showing compassion and giving aid to true Christians during the Tribulation, while not actually being Christians themselves. I find this whole idea so problematic it’s almost hard to know where to even begin!

First of all, the assertion that Jesus is describing a “works based judgment” and not judging based on faith, is first and foremost a false conclusion, and when you clear this away the rest of the argument really has nothing left to stand on anyway. Just because Jesus doesn’t use the term “grace through faith” doesn’t mean He isn’t still speaking to it, since we could probably look through the entirety of all four gospels and never see that actual phrase used by Christ ever. Does that mean that Jesus never taught such a thing, and that Paul only came up with it later? Of course not. You could use this type of reasoning and use it go back through everything Jesus said and twist it around to make everything a proclamation of a “works-based gospel”, but that would be totally inaccurate. What about the verses in James which talk about how faith without deeds is dead..?

In this interpretation, it is claimed that the “Sheep Nations” are not being judged in regard to Salvation, and thus are not actually being sentenced to heaven or hell, but their reward is to actually be able to go on as the living, reproducing mortal “citizens” of the Millennial reign of Christ which follows. Now, this is where the internal contradictions really start to become even more obvious, because to the alleged “Sheep nations” Jesus says, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world”, and to the “Goat Nations” he says, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels”. The claim is that these judgments are not “salvific” or eternal in nature, but how could you seriously try and defend such a thing? So, the “Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” is a “citizenship” in the Millennial reign of Christ for people who aren’t actually Saved…? And conversely, you would have to then logically assume that the people in the “goat nations” (who apparently are judged so because they didn’t feed/clothe/shelter Christians in the Tribulation) would be punished by not being “citizens” in the millennial kingdom, but have to be “outside” of it as mortals, except, they’re punished to eternal fires of hell…(!?)

This is really bizarre and self-contradictory, and ultimately is further proved to be incompatible with Jesus intended meaning when we read the last verse of the chapter, which simply and clearly says, “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Boom. There it is. If the righteous are going on to “eternal life”, then you can’t try and say that the “righteous” in this instance are merely going on to mortal life as “citizens” in the earthly, Millennial reign of Christ, who can still die, and even eventually go on to follow Satan in his one last rebellion against Jesus in the Gog/Magog war at the end of the thousand years, and then get to hell with him. That’s really quite the exact opposite of “eternal life”!

But the Gog/Magog thing is really very much to the whole point, and after hearing Duval speak about this, the underlying motivations for holding to such a bizarre interpretation of Matthew 25 finally started to come into better focus. For the longest time, I really couldn’t figure it out. When I started looking into the origins of this “Sheep Nations” teaching, it seems to have been originated from 18th century Calvinist theologian John Gill, though it could have merely been popularized by him. In any case, the concept of sheep nations historically does seem to be an idea which lends itself to dispensationalism, premillennialism, and a pre-trib perspective on prophecy.

The Scofield reference Bible, the veritable primogenitor of Dispensationalism overall, says about Matthew 25, “This judgment is to be distinguished from the great white throne. Here there is no resurrection; the persons judged are living nations; no books are opened; three classes are present, sheep, goats, and brethren; the time is at the return of Christ; and the scene is on the earth. All these particulars are in contrast with Revelation 20:11-15.”

Now, this is where it gets really interesting, because Duval, (like myself) is actually solidly pre-Wrath, believing that the Church in it’s entirety (not just some handful of “left behind saints”) will experience persecution by the anti-Christ during the Tribulation, so in many ways, he is applying the sheep nation idea in what appears to be a newly adapted way. But, as was now made quite clear to me by listening to the interview with Derek Gilbert, Duval, despite being pre-wrath, is still very much locked into a Dispensational framework, and almost alarmingly so. At one point he actually says, “In the Old Testament days, salvation was through the Law, and then from the cross onward, it was through grace.” (paraphrasing) WHOA THERE! Not so fast… I actually yelled out so loud that people in the other room could here me when I listened to that. That is a serious misunderstanding, and really goes to show what is at the heart of Dispensationalism, and how it can actually work as a type of theological building block on top which all kinds of other false ideas can be placed.

Allegations of parallels with Dominionism have not surprisingly arisen, and have been summarily dismissed by Duval in several interviews, since to be fair, what he is describing can truly be said to be distinct from Dominionist theology, in the sense that it is not calling for a total conquest of the entire world by the Church in order to usher in Christ’s return. However… I would have to challenge anyone to explain to me how it couldn’t still be regarded as being akin to some type of “limited” or “partial Dominionism”, because, okay, even if you aren’t trying to infiltrate the “7 pillars of influence” in every country on Earth, aren’t you still basically talking about seeing the same happen on an individual nationalistic or ethnic basis…? Duval speaks of a “Goshen principle”, referring to how when the Israelites were in Egypt as it suffered the plagues, God spared them from his judgments upon Pharaoh, as if this demonstrates a convincing analogy of how God would then of course have to use individual nations, or people groups, or something, in order to take care of all the running, persecuted Christians in the Tribulation. Unfortunately, that analogy doesn’t work at all, because Goshen wasn’t actually a people group or city whose inhabitants protected the Israelites, it was simply the name of the “neighborhood” as it were where the Israelites lived in Egypt! It WAS in fact God’s pure, miraculous intervention which kept them safe from the boils, the darkness, the frogs, the bloody water, etc., safe from the angel who took the first born of the households without the blood on the doorpost… So instead of bolstering the argument that Christians in the End Times couldn’t survive the anti-Christ by pure Heavenly intervention, but would need some kind of earthly assistance (and this is really one of the core elements of his whole premise) I’d say it actually quite plainly refutes it.

I hope that most Christians wouldn’t need to have it spelled out for them why the concept of “Sheep and Goat nations” itself should be instantly recognized as dangerous, simply because of how such a thing can so easily and almost inevitably slide into the promotion of very unhealthy and extreme Nationalistic thinking. Unfortunately, in a country like the United States, merging zealous nationalism and pseudo-Christianity is pretty much the dominant religious reality, and so it really comes as no surprise to see that the teaching of “Sheep Nations” is commonly associated not only with Dispensationalism, but also closely with Christian Zionism

Jesus said “My Kingdom is not of this world”, but when you start trying to insert a concept like “sheep nations”, in which entire countries/ethnicities are somehow judged en masse, NOT according to faith but somehow by their collective works towards those who DO have faith, then I would argue that whether you realize it or not, you’re actually opening quite a nasty little Pandora’s box, where realistically, Christians are given a dualistic lens through which they are able to regard the world, in a manner that the Bible simply does not. I could probably write another post just as long as this one simply speculating on all the various ways this kind of teaching could be exploited by the Enemy towards deceiving the Faithful into putting their trust worldly governments, systems and people instead of God Himself, being falsely secure in the thought that they have managed to be part of a “sheep nation”, whether that was an entire nation/state somewhere, or just some small hidden enclave somewhere, some little “independent community” of people trying to hide and/or resist the anti-Christ’s New World Order.

Overall, I think the main point is that when you look at all the prophecy in scripture regarding the Last Days, in reality there is actually only a very tiny portion of it devoted to millennium whatsoever, and where it does mention it, there is nothing said which should compel us to feel the need to speculate on it’s nature to the degree that we start developing contrived eschatological theories about them which even run the risk of being contrary to the heart of the Gospel itself, simply to make something like the Millennium “make sense” in our own minds right now, especially from a skewed Dispensationalist mindset. The Bible doesn’t seem too concerned with us figuring out how the Millennium is going to “work”, or being able to identify who the people are who will be deceived by Satan on final time when he’s released from his prison after the thousand years is ended. In the chapter before Matthew 25, Jesus warns very explicitly about not being deceived in the time before His coming. I believe God absolutely CAN take care of His people, His bride, in the midst of any and all persecution, troubling times, chaotic natural disasters, etc., without relying whatsoever on human institutions, resources, or ingenuity.

After all, we remember that He took care of roughly a million people, for forty years in a barren DESERT, feeding them with food that came straight out of the SKY, and water that flowed straight out of a rock….