Opposition head: Messianic atmosphere at US Embassy ceremony 'disturbing'

Posted May 17, 2018

Pastor Robert Jeffress appeared on Fox News after facing criticism for his participation in the ceremony commemorating the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. And that came through in Jeffress' prayer to God.

Especially at the 5:00 min mark, she really waxes inaccurately about so much of Israel's history, and then claims, "Donald Trump recognized history, he, like king Cyrus before him, fulfilled the biblical prophecy of the gods worshipped by Jews, Christians, and yes Muslims, that Jerusalem is the eternal capital of the Jewish state, and the Jewish people finally deserve a righteous free and sovereign Israel".

In 2006, Hagee formed Christians United for Israel, an organization of evangelicals committed to defending dispensationalist views of Israel's place in biblical prophecy. On this day we need prayers of peace, hope, openness and respect.

GJELTEN: Jeffress is a fervent political supporter of Israel, though from a narrow Christian perspective. He's said the same about Islam.

Mitt Romney, the former presidential candidate, has earlier denounced Jeffress as a "religious bigot".

But on Monday Israel seemingly overlooked Mr Jeffress' anti-Semitism and belief that "you can't be saved by being a Jew", in return for America's full-fledged support.

I respect that many Christians believe that salvation is only through belief in Christ.

"And because of that courage of our President, we gather here today to consecrate the ground upon which the United States Embassy will stand reminding the dictators of the world that America and Israel are forever united", he added.

"For evangelical Christians the embassy move is part of eschatology", the expectation of what will transpire at the end of times", explained Rabbi David Rosen, director of the American Jewish Committee's Department of Interreligious Affairs.

"We believe that peace is possible".

Asked directly about Jeffress's past statements, Shah said "I haven't seen those remarks, but obviously those aren't remarks that the president agrees with". John Hagee, pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, gave the benediction. The violence brought widespread condemnation by worldwide humanitarian organizations, although the Trump administration supported Israel's right to defend itself and blamed Hamas for the deaths.

After Fox News host Shannon Bream confronted Jeffress with an accurate tweet from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Jeffress couldn't even deny that he made ugly remarks about people who observe the Mormon, Catholic, and Islamic religions, or about LGBTQ people.

"I don't see that it has any spiritual significance because Jerusalem was already the capital of Israel before this happened", said Kaufman. "It would have suited me to have had as broad a list of ecumenical speakers and participants as they could get".

The Jerusalem Open House on Monday also lambasted Jeffress's participation, saying he had in the past called those who promote gay rights "pedophilia activists" and said homosexuality was a "perversion".