This was just brought to our attention by LC readerjp, G.L.O.R.
WASHINGTON — A controversial Christian evangelical leader whose endorsement is being proudly trumpeted by Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz works energetically to convert Jews to Christianity and has predicted that there will be a new period of concentration camps for Jews before the return of Jesus.
Mike Bickle is also notorious for having said that God sent Hitler to hunt Jews for not accepting Jesus as the messiah.
Bickle, the founder and director of the International House of Prayer, a Kansas City-based Pentecostal Christian missions organization, runs the Israel Mandate project, an effort to “mobilize an international prayer movement that would pray 24/7 for the nation of Israel to receive their Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus),” according to its website. The ministry hosts a regular livestream of such prayer for anyone to participate.
In public sermons over the years, Bickle has focused intensely on end-times prophesies, and has predicted that Jesus will not return until Jews embrace him as their Lord and savior. His website claims that “Jesus ‘bound’ Himself by His own prophecy, saying He would only come back and rule in Jerusalem when Israel’s leaders ask Him to reign as King over them.”
For Bickle, this is what explains Nazi Germany’s murder of more than six million Jews. In a 2011 sermon, Bickle cited a passage from Jeremiah 16:16 to elucidate the attempted extermination of European Jewry.
“The Lord says, ‘I’m going to give all 20 million of them the chance to respond to the fishermen. And I give them grace.; And he says, ‘And if they don’t respond to grace, I’m going to raise up the hunters.’ And the most famous hunter in recent history is a man named Adolf Hitler,” he told an audience.
Two things. We don’t know this source, but we’ve verified that Ted definitely did embrace the endorsement of this fruit cake when it came out and the nut job’s words definitely aren’t made up either.
Second, and more importantly, nobody controls who endorses him and nobody can know everything about an endorser at the time of the endorsement, although some vetting would be helpful.
That being said, that’s just about the most singularly insane thing we’ve ever heard, and we’ve heard quite a bit. Now, we don’t presume to know the mind of Our L-rd, but still… To state that Adolf fucking Hitler was an instrument of G-d sent to chastise the Jews for not being sufficiently willing to accept Jesus as the Messiah??? Seriously??? We guess this whole Genesis 12:3 was just G-d fucking around with us, huh? “I’ll bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you unless, of course, you don’t immediately embrace Jesus as the promised Messiah or I’ll send a crazy Austrian to march your children off to the gas chambers…”
We must have missed the last bit. Perhaps we should re-read the Old Testament (Torah, natch).
Sure, Jeremiah 16:16 (the Torah, natch), does mention sending fishers to fish the true believers and hunters to hunt down those who aren’t, but we don’t see any mention of Yeshua in there, nor even the mention of the Messiah, and it’s not like there’s a shortage of prophesies in that document. It’s the sort of thing that we think that H’shem would not have forgotten to leave at least a passing reference to, but perhaps we’re just too devoted to His infallibility. It’s not like He created the whole universe or anything, amirite?
Bottom line: A crazy, frothing fuckwad stating that Adolf FUCKING HITLER is the instrument of G-d sent to punish the unbelieving Jews, his Chosen People, remember?, is not the sort of thing, and we do mean it literally when we say “thing”, that we would want an endorsement from. And if we got one, we’d wrap it in broken glass, dip it in sulfuric acid and shove it up his arse so hard his uvula would be burning.
Oh… additional note: We’ve actually read Mein Kampf, and somebody who also thought that Adolf Hitler was a true instrument of Christianity was… Adolf Hitler.
We’re not sure anybody who agrees with that is somebody you ought to pay attention to.
Begging Yer Majestyness’s pardon, but the Book of Jerry belongs not to the Torah but to the Nevi’im (“the Prophets”).
The Nevi’im is part of the Tanach, which stands for Torah, Nivi’im and Ktu’vot. AKA Torah. There are many definitions of the word “Torah”. I believe you thinking of the Chumash, which in English is the Pentateuch, meaning the Five Books of Moses. Some people also consider the Talmud the Torah. What did you expect from a bunch of Jews?… Read more »
Another thing that our great faiths share! Put three Christian pastors in a room and ask them a question about theology. You’ll have 7 answers. 😉