A certain love affair has been playing out on the international stage. Because love affairs do not get covered unless celebrities are involved, this one has gone mostly unnoticed. It involves two nations: Israel and the diehard community of born-again Christians, the two redheaded stepchildren of bodies politic. Generally, they get covered in the mainstream press when they’re in trouble (an attack on Israel) or causing it (the right-to-life movement). Unbeknownst to many outside the evangelical population and the Israeli tourist industry, Israelis and born-again Christians–not all, but those who believe in the literal Second Coming of Christ–have been tangoing across the flaming desert sands since shortly after the inception of the Jewish state in 1948. That moment in history is regarded by fundamentalist Christians as the fulfillment of two major biblical prophecies: “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number” (Jeremiah 23:3), and “I will make rivers flow on barren heights and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs”… Read full this story
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