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On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend Hardcover – August, 2004

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Timothy P. Weber (Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School) is the author of Living in the Shadow of the Second Coming: American Premillennialism, 1875-1982. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (August 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080102577X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801025778
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Weber has written a fascinating theological/political history in his book, _On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend_. It covers a strange and often neglected alliance between a subset of Christian Protestant evangelicals (specifically, "dispensationalists") and the political aspirations of Zionism and Israeli expansionism in the Middle East. It also covers in detail related topics such as evangelical missions to convert Jews in the US, Messianic Judaism, Jews for Jesus, popular works of dispensationalist literature, Israeli tours in the Holy Land, and charities formed to Russian Jews in Palestine.

Dispensationalist theology developed in the 19th century at the hand of a British minister, John Darby, who carried his message to the United States. The dispensationalist method of Bible interpretation owes greatly to the Scofield Reference Bible (1908). Central to dispensationalist theology is the idea that God has dealt with humanity in a series of "dispensations" where man has been judged based on whether or not he has responded to God's demands correctly. After Christ, believers are saved by faith in the Lord Jesus and may attain to resurrection from the dead and heavenly glories. Central to God's plans for humanity in this age, as Weber focuses on in this book, is the return of Jews to Palestine. In order for Christ to return, the Antichrist needs to set up a one world government and command himself to be worshipped as God in the reconstructed Temple in Jerusalem. The Antichrist will persecute Jews who will in turn come to recognize Christ as their savior and repent of their unbelief. In the interim, an estimated two-thirds of Israel will be destroyed by the ravages of the Antichrist.
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Perhaps one of the single most devastating errors pervading evangelical Christianity is its love affair with Israel. It is so deeply engrained into the evangelical psyche that rational discourse on the issue is often impossible (note the reviewer who concluded the author must be questioning his own faith).

This love affair springs from an aberrant eschatological system known as dispensationalism. This interpretation of the Bible's end times scenario is vogue in 21st century America but was unknown to Christendom for over 1800 years. It is a significant departure from historical, orthodox Christianity (I write this as an evangelical Christian myself, for those who may question my insider credentials). Never mind that its proponents have engaged in the kind of time tabling and newspaper theology that Jesus Himself forbids (e.g., despite Hal Lindsey's repeated discredited predictions, he still commands a respected following within evangelicalism...). Saddam is dead now so he must not be the anti-Christ. Maybe its Ahmadinejad???!!!

Wake up, Christendom. Return to a historically and biblically sound eschatology. Begin by reading this book to help uncover the predicament in which dispensationalism has landed us.
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This is a well-written and nicely researched overview of how Evangelicalism became so tied to the cause of Israel beginning in the 1950s after the founding of the modern Jewish state. The roots of this tie go back to the 1800s and the beginnings of dispensationalist theology and came to full flower beginning in the 1950s during the Cold War. The somewhat odd marriage of American fundamentalist evangelicals and the hawkish elements in Israeli society is mapped out with care to note the paradoxical nature of this marriage of convenience that sometimes requires one side to ignore the end goal of the other side that will require the destruction of the modern Jewish state as a fulfillment of prophecy. It's a fascinating read and a good one for anyone trying to get a handle on the relationship between American evangelicals and Israel.
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I found this book to be informative and well researched.
The author examines the diversity of premillenialist's beliefs as well as dispensational beliefs. The key issue in "On the road to Armageddon" is their support for the state of Israel,particularly in light of their Biblical interpretation of Armageddon.

Some of the highlights for me were:
The Plymouth Brethren. Who they were and the manipulation of the crucifixion date in relation to Artaxerxe's decree.

The source of the rapture theory. Most likely from Margaret MacDonald, a "prophetess" from Scotland. John Darby's oppurtunism as an early proponent of the rapture theory.
"According to recent theory,Darby returned home totally against the so-called outpouring of the Holy Spirit but convinced that Maragaret MacDonald's view of the rapture was true."-page 24.

Premillenialism as well as postmillenialism and other branches of eschatological belief are based on interpretation of Scripture. This paves the way for "proof texting",cherry-picking and avoidance of interpreting Scripture while considering context.

The effect that "higher criticism" had on strenghening the dispensational movement.

The origin of identifying Scriptural "Gog" as Russia and why it is very likely wrong.

The Presbyterian church's missionary work among Jews between the World Wars draws a striking paralell to messianic judaism of today. Retaining Biblical holy days and Old Testament law(Torah) while accepting Yehusha as Savior or Messiah. The author provided a historical overview of messianic judaism as well.

This is the first I have read of a potential,future "bloodless" temple.
I find it hypocritical that any Christian would advocate a future temple that would reinstate animal sacrifice.

An excellent book on the subject. "Forcing God's Hand" by Grace Halsell is another very good book on the subject,but I would recommend this book more.
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