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Evangelicals and IsraelThe Story of American Christian Zionism$
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Stephen Spector

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368024.001.0001

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“We Are with the Jewish People”

“We Are with the Jewish People”

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(p.1) 1 “We Are with the Jewish People”
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Evangelicals and Israel
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Stephen Spector (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368024.003.0001

This chapter presents two religious events by the Christian Zionist group Eagles’ Wings and explores the theology behind the various speakers’ pro-Israel sentiments. It defines the term “Christian Zionism,” tracing its origins and considering its possible meanings. The chapter discusses premillennial dispensationalism. That 19th-century doctrine divides divine history into epochs and applies biblical prophecy to foresee the events that will happen in the end-times, including the coming of the Antichrist and the battle of Armageddon. This chapter then surveys the history of “restorationism” in Britain and America, the movement to restore the Jews to their ancient homeland. The chapter concludes with a discussion or Replacement Theology, the traditional Christian belief that God is done with the Jews and that His promises to them now apply to the Church. Evangelicals consider this to be theological error, responsible for centuries of anti-Semitism.

Keywords:   anti-Semitism, Armageddon, Antichrist, biblical prophecy, Eagles’ Wings, premillennial dispensationalism, replacement theology, restorationism

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