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Freeman Center for Strategic Studies Sponsors Shoebat Talk

Speaker known for views on “Muslim Antichrist”

News of an event:

A special two-night event: Walid Shoebat (Terrorism from a biblical perspective) sponsored by Hineni Ministries and Freeman Center For Strategic Studies Sunday and Monday, August 17 and 18, 7:30-9 p.m. 2400 Wilcrest, Houston 77042 (Christ the Servant Lutheran Church)

The Freeman Center For Strategic Studies is a pro-Israel outfit somewhat to the right of AIPAC, which it denounces for failing to oppose Israeli leaders it considers to be too liberal. Possibly its best-known member is Yossef Bodansky, an academic and one-time director of the “Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare”. Hineni Ministries, meanwhile, calls itself a “Judeo-Christian” organization, and its director, Frank Lanza, is also part of the Freeman Center. As well as Shoebat, Hineni’s upcoming events include a talk by Gershon Salomon, an Israeli extremist who campaigns for a new Jewish temple on the site of the Dome of Rock and who has been popular among American Christian Zionists for a long time.

Shoebat’s views have featured on this blog several times in the past few weeks. Having milked his alleged “I was a Palestinian terrorist” past, Shoebat is now roaming American churches with the preposterous claim that Book of Revelation contains the Arabic phrase “In the Name of Allah”, but that this was misinterpreted as “666” (I deconstructed all that here). Joel Richardson, who is Shoebat’s collaborator, crows that

Walid and I have put together a comprehensive Scriptural presentation as to why there is presently a revolution taking place within the world of Biblical prophecy. The revolution is away from the Roman End-Time Paradigm and towards the Islamic End Time Paradigm.

Rather than heading the revived Roman Empire based on the EU, apparently the Anti-Christ is now going to take control of the Muslim world. This is presented as some sort of advance in the understanding of Biblical prophecy, when in fact it is evidence that the whole approach is a farrago of nonsense: just like Hal Lindsey and all their other predecessors, the  method employed is simply to approach the Bible without any real understanding of literary or historical context, and then to match prophecies to whichever nation or group is currently in conflict with USA.

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  1. “…the method employed is simply to approach the Bible without any real understanding of literary or historical context, and then to match prophecies to whichever nation or group is currently in conflict with USA.”

    You are right, Mr.Bartholomew.

    It is rather amusing that Mr.Richardson states:
    “Despite the overwhelming evidence throughout the Bible—from the Torah to the Book of Revelation—that the Antichrist will come from the Middle East and will be a Muslim, there are four primary passages that are still very often misinterpreted to support the false Roman End Time Paradigm.”

    Yet if it was so obvious and over-whelming, why didn’t anyone else see it except him and his small group of anti-Muslim, Christian-ZIonists?

    Even if previous Christian Fundementalists never thought of the “Islamic Empire”, they surely would have seen how weak the “pro-EU” argument was. SUrely the Bible didn’t change its passages in the past two years?

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