ahhh... good stuff, good stuff...
Then my amusement turned to dismay when, on a Jewish blog, I saw someone actually defending Beck's sincerity, pointing out that Beck has always stood with Israel, and asking, "Why do Christians love Israel more than American Jews?"
I thought this was a no-brainer, but then, maybe my Christian upbringing has afforded me some insight that many Jews lack. Maybe some Jews really don't know why Christians are so emphatically pro-Israel.
So, let me explain:
Christianity was born in Israel as an apocalyptic messianic sect of Judaism. A good parallel is the people who thought that the world was going to end on May 21st: giving up worldly possessions, devoting what's left of their time on earth to proselytizing, and mostly adhering to their faith even after the world doesn't end.
Although many Christian groups over the centuries have set dates for the Apocalypse which have come and gone, there's actually nothing in scripture that alludes to any sort of date for the second coming, though the earliest Christians believed that Jesus would return within their generation.
The fact remains, however, that there are prophesies which must be fulfilled before Jesus can come back and oversee the end of days, and since Christianity was born in Israel, it follows that those prophesies would involve Israel.
Many evangelical Christians and Mormons (Beck's religion), believe that we are now living in the end times because the Jews have established a state in Israel (this is one of the prophesies that must be fulfilled before Jesus can return).
The next thing that has to happen, is that the Jewish Temple must be rebuilt on the Temple Mount.
The modern state of Israel was born in 1948, which means that you and I are part of the last-days generation (see Matthew 24:30-32). However, the Temple must once again occupy its place on the Temple Mount before the final major prophecied events of the last days can take place.Then something about all the Jews of the world praying in unison, and then the Antichrist will be revealed, yada, yada, yada... it gets weirder the more you read... four beasts, or a beast with four heads... the Whore of Babylon, the Hounds of Hell... it's a scriptural acid trip.
The point being that Christians in general, and Beck in particular, are not standing with Israel because they love Jews; they are standing with Israel because they want the prophesies fulfilled so Jesus can come back and destroy all the people who don't worship Jesus (which includes all the Jews who don't convert to Christianity).
It's like the divine final solution.
And let's not forget that rebuilding the Temple would involve tearing down the mosque that's there now, so if Israel were to do that, it would certainly cause a lot of violence and strife, even by Middle-Eastern standards, which would only encourage the folks who are trying to bring about the Apocalypse.