Why was Jesus crucified? Because His gospel was very politicized. I had everything to do with the GOVERNMENT! God’s people would do well to notice that fact. His enemies accused him of sedition. They distorted His Message to make it look like He was willing to overthrow the government! (John 19:12). They led the rulers to believe that Jesus was a dangerous individual, a real threat to public order and national security (John 11:48). Jesus had to be stopped! Both political and religious authorities turned against Christ.
Why was Stephen murdered? Should he have kept his opinions to himself? Hears criticized the religious establishment for their hypocrisy. Although she was telling the truth, they confused the issue by taking her words out of context. He undoubtedly told them that Jerusalem was going to fall and that the Temple was going to be destroyed, just as Jesus prophesied, if they did not change course quickly (Acts 6: 8-15). He was arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin (his religious court). They condemned him angrily to die for being so direct (Acts 7).
I read the Book of Acts, making it much more meaningful and relevant, during my detention in the Russian Compound jail in Jerusalem. If you examine the evidence surrounding Paul’s frequent arrests and incarcerations, you will see a pattern of fabricated accusations, misunderstandings, and misguided zeal. It’s a miracle Paul didn’t say “enough is enough” and quit. But God used him to give us a very human example, as we expect Jesus to act in a divine way (I Tim. 1:16).
Many in jail proclaim their innocence, but God knows that I was an innocent political-religious prisoner. The left government in Israel was ready to crush its opposition. As a Christian member of the Temple Mount Faithful, I stand for everything that seculars hate. I have participated in many televised demonstrations to remind the government of its biblical responsibilities. Whether they listen or not is between them and God.
Living by faith
The Israeli settlers whom Gerald Flurry (general pastor of the Philadelphia Church of God) once condemned are risking their lives. By living in Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel), they are exercising their faith in the Word of God that promises the Holy Land to Israel, not Ishmael. How cowardly for Gerald Flurry to throw stones at his faith when he feels safe in his comfortable office in democratic America. God help you (and all other Church leaders) wake up to this aspect of the Bible that many continue to ignore. Fortunately, based on subsequent articles in The Philadelphia Trumpet magazine, it appears that Mr. Flurry’s understanding has improved.
God’s people will not suffer what is prophesied persecution (not that we’re looking for it) until we take a PUBLIC POSITION on religious matters that have political ramifications, just like Jesus and the apostles and prophets. It is an artificial separation between politics and religion. The only government of God has two branches: Church and State (Malachi 4: 4-5).
Spiritual problems are fought in the political arena of men’s minds (2 Cor. 10: 4). Whether we recognize it or not, our Israelite nations are embroiled in a culture war. Unless we join the fight, promoting the biblical platform that cuts through the brain fog, how can we hope to be in any position to help influence the direction of our nation away from the precipice (Rom. 10:14)? The Church of God has a shallow understanding when they fail to put God’s truth into practice and take political action (James 2: 14-17)!
I was detained for a just reason. I am closely associated with those who call for a return to biblical values. We defend the Law of God as our true Constitution. We beg Judah (and Joseph) to obey God and not men; put your trust in Him and do not fear the UN; to restore the Temple Mount as the Temple Mount. If the Jews do not listen to this opportunity for restoration, they will self-destruct and crumble. Israel faces the growing threat of civil war and European intervention!
Warning to Jews
My enemies (if you don’t have them, God is your enemy), knowing that I have written that the mosques must disappear – the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aksa mosques – have falsely accused me of being in a plot to destroy those beautiful abominations! He’s the snake living up to his old tricks, telling half-truths and mixing them with outrageous lies. I told the GSS (Israel Secret Police as the former East German Stasi) that I was grateful for the opportunity to clear things up and answer any questions. I didn’t want to incriminate myself in any way, and they tried to get me, but I also didn’t want to deny Christ the opportunity to testify before them (Mark 12:13).
Meanwhile, during my six and a half hours of questioning, I prayed only to say what God wanted me to say; no more and no less (Luke 20: 12-19). I clearly warned you that the “peace” process is a trap; that it is about to explode in their faces, and that a Europe led by the Germans is going to undertake a new crusade to impose the Vatican’s version of peace. Catholic Europe will stab in the back and betray both the Arabs and the Jews. They will push for Jerusalem to become “an international city” (Zech. 14: 2), all under the cover of UN Resolution 181.
I maintained that the only explosives I am involved with are bomb I have written, Beyond Babylon: Rise and Fall of Europe. I continually referred them to him, indicating that this is where my beliefs are on the public record (John 18:20). (I later gave them a computer disk with my book to aid in their supposed investigation.) I told them that I know that Israel will not take God’s warning seriously, and neither will those Jews who rejected Jabotinsky’s efforts to save them from Hitler. (Ze’ev Jabotinksy warned the Jews of Hitler’s fury, but they thought he was just crying wolf.) However, God will step in and save us after our worst moment of suffering, and every survivor in Jerusalem will be holy.
This entire ordeal called Israel’s attention to my name and the fact that I have written a book and that I am a Christian member of the Sabbath-keeping Temple Mount (Philippians 1: 12-14). It also increases my position in the Jewish community that knows that I am willing to suffer to help save Israel from itself, and that I am not bitter, but still hope for Israeli citizenship. I have proven that I am not a friend of good weather. I plan to stand by Judah’s side, even when they go down because they have refused to take the necessary steps to ensure “Never Again.” (Isaiah 49: 5; I Samuel 12:23).