Tens of thousands of people crammed the streets of Washington, DC, over the weekend, calling for the annihilation of Israel. “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” shouted many of the protesters.
For decades, it has been the policy of the U.S. government and the assumed will of the people to support Israel in its ongoing conflict with its Arab neighbors and terror groups like Hamas. Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas says that assumption has been shattered in the last month. The anger, he argues, is coming from the pit of Hell.
“Satan is the originator of anti-Semitism,” he tells AFN. “And ever since the beginning of God's promise to Israel 4,000 years ago, Satan has inspired people to try to destroy the Jewish people. Satan has not succeeded – and he will not succeed.”
The Southern Baptist pastor admits being especially disappointed, but not surprised, that the ant-Semitism is coming from high-ranking U.S. officials – one in particular.
“It is an abomination that a former president of the United States, Barack Obama, would say he's not ‘picking sides’ in this battle. When you're talking about beheading babies, exactly what other side is there? He is a complete disgrace,” says Jeffress.
And with recent events in the Middle East, Jeffress says some of the mysteries of the scriptures are starting to clear up.
“Although we have not technically entered the End Times, we are definitely in the last days – and in what I believe are the last of the last days,” he shares. “Everything is lining up for Armageddon, the end of the world as we know it, and for the glorious return of Jesus Christ.”
As the anti-Semitic rhetoric continues unabated across the country, the head of a Messianic Jewish ministry says God will make good on his promise to curse those who have opposed Israel. David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus, says the Bible has certainly foretold of this.
"One of the things that Isaiah predicted – [and that the Apostle] Paul also spoke to Timothy about – is that in the last days, men's hearts will grow cold and people will call evil good and good evil,” Brickner tells AFN.
“And you see all across the globe that people protesting against Israel after this horrific slaughter [on October 7] are saying ‘gas the Jews.’ Are you kidding me? It's not an attack as much on Jews as it is on the God of the Jewish people."
God will fulfill the promises found in Genesis 12:3, says Brickner.
"I expect to see the judgment of God upon nations that are going to stand and allow this kind of anti-Semitism on all of the college campuses,” he shares. “I expect the judgment of God is going to be coming on those who stand against Israel – not because of Israel as a political entity, but because God promised I'll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.
“That's one of the first promises that's been made in His covenant to the people of Abraham – and He's going to do it."