RAPTURE DOCTRINE DRIVING PRESIDENT BUSH'S FOREIGN POLICY? - Radioactivity05/04/04
Our guest George Monbiot writes in the Guardian newspaper: "In the United States, several million people have succumbed to an extraordinary delusion. In the 19th century, two immigrant preachers cobbled together a series of unrelated passages from the Bible to create what appears to be a consistent narrative: Jesus will return to Earth when certain preconditions have been met. The first of these was the establishment of a state of Israel. The next involves Israel's occupation of the rest of its "biblical lands" (most of the Middle East), and the rebuilding of the Third Temple on the site now occupied by the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa mosques. The legions of the antichrist will then be deployed against Israel, and their war will lead to a final showdown in the valley of Armageddon. The Jews will either burn or convert to Christianity, and the Messiah will return to Earth. The true believers are now seeking to bring all this about. This means staging confrontations at the old temple site (in 2000, three US Christians were deported for trying to blow up the mosques there), sponsoring Jewish settlements in the occupied territories, demanding ever more US support for Israel, and seeking to provoke a final battle with the Muslim world/Axis of Evil/United Nations/ European Union/France or whoever the legions of the antichrist turn out to be." Monbiot told WMNF that this belief system is driving President Bush's foreign policy and you can dtermine how close true believers think we are to the final days by checking the website http://www.raptureready.com . Monbiot's article about the Bush-Rapture connection can be found at http://www.monbiot.com .