March 7, 2016


Note from Pastor Kevin Lea:  It really is amazing to watch this lie (the Jews are not the rightful owners of the land of Israel) spread like cancer among those who should know better (since they profess to be Christians).  This trend is another sign that we are in the last days.  Those who believe in the God of the Bible (the One who keeps His promises to the Jewish people) will not be swayed by those who twist the scriptures.  Those who want to believe the lie will be swayed. 


The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  2 Thessalonians 2:9-12  NKJV


[On March 7, 2016] the Bethlehem Bible College, an Evangelical Christian college in Jesus’ hometown, opened its fourth biennial Christ at the Checkpoint conference. The conference, which is directed specifically toward US Evangelicals, [ran] through the week.

Today, Evangelical communities in the US number anywhere between 60 and 150 million people, depending on who is counting. They form the backbone of American support for the Jewish state. It is the support of the Evangelical community, rather than the Jewish community in the US that ensures that come hell or high water, no matter how Israel is demonized in the media and in academia, the majority of Americans continue to support Israel.

But will this support last?…At least as far as Israel is concerned, the readiness of Evangelicals to support the most anti-Israel candidate running for the Republican presidential nomination is no surprise. To understand why this is the case, the Christ at the Checkpoint conference in Bethlehem is a good place to look. According to its website, the mission of the biennial conference “is to challenge Evangelicals to take responsibility to help resolve the conflicts in Israel/ Palestine by engaging with the teaching of Jesus on the Kingdom of God.”

In recent years, replacement theology has extended its biblical revisionism from Jews as people reviled for their rejection of Jesus and their supersession by Christians to Israel. The Jewish state is reviled as a religiously prohibited entity whose very existence is a sin against God. According to current replacement theology, Jesus was not a Jew. He was a Palestinian. The Jews are not a people. They have no rights to the land of Israel. Israel, it is asserted, has no historical or theological right to exist. Rather, according to the rewritten scriptures, the Palestinians are the chosen people.

The replacement theology at the heart of the conference was made explicit by Rev. Jack Sara, president of the Bethlehem Bible Conference, at the 2012 conference. In his speech Sara edited Chapter 37 of the book of Ezekiel to transform the dry bones prophecy. That prophecy, of course, is one of the most Zionist passages in the Bible. God speaks to Ezekiel and tells him that the people of Israel will be reborn. They will be gathered from the four corners of the earth, return to Israel and restore the Davidic kingdom.


Note from Pastor Kevin: The Jews will not be restoring the Davidic Kingdom, but the Jewish Messiah, Son of David, Jesus, will when He returns to put an end to the Kingdom of the Antichrist, restores the earth (Isaiah 11 and 66) and rules from His throne in Jerusalem for one thousand years (Rev 19-20)


Yet in Sara’s revised version, the people of Israel, the descendants of Jacob, are replaced by the Palestinians. Sara preached, “The hand of the Lord was on

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