Author Joel Richardson will join several other Bible teachers at a prophecy conference he hopes will shed light on the future of Israel in an increasingly hostile world.
Richardson told WND he wanted to hold the conference, scheduled for Jan. 16 in California, to address the growing spirit of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism that is raging across Europe and the United States. He’ll untangle what this means for Israel and Bible prophecy.
“As anti-Semitism continues to explode across the nations, we would hope the Church would be exempt, a sanctuary from this spreading hatred. Unfortunately, that is far from the case,” he said.
“Not only is the unbiblical belief in ‘replacement theology’ making a resurgence in the Church, but so also is an open embrace of anti-Zionism and political propaganda intended to undermine the security of the Jewish State,” said Richardson, author of “When A Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God.”
Anti-Zionism can be seen in President Barack Obama’s recent deal with Iran, allowing the hardline Islamic nation to continue on a path toward nuclear weapons.
But this is a fight that is being fought on many fronts, he said. On U.S. college campuses, where Israel is routinely portrayed as an “Apartheid State,” and even in churches.
Many churches, and some entire denominations, preach replacement theology, which is the belief that the Church has replaced Israel as the main instrument through which God works on Earth. The Church then receives the blessings granted in the Old Testament to Israel, while escaping the curses promised to Israel if it stopped following God.
Richardson will join with Alan Kurschner and Barry Horner, both of whom he described as “very solid theologians,” for the “express purpose of rooting out this spreading error with the eternal truth of the Scriptures.”
The conference will take place at an unaffiliated church in Glendora and participants may register online in advance or at the door if the church is not full.
Richardson said the nature and severity of the world’s growing anti-Jewish sentiments were on full display one year ago during the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine. There was another building attacked that day that received very little attention in the media.
“While the world decried the Charlie Hebdo attacks, it tended to yawn at the attack of the Jewish Kosher deli, where four Jews were killed for no other reason that being Jewish,” Richardson said. “The world is increasingly becoming comfortable with the murder of Jews. Where there was once a global cry of ‘never again,’ we are once more seeing a dramatic rise in violence against Jewish people.”
He said some parts of Europe are no longer safe for Jews. And the U.S., which has imported hundreds of thousands of militantly anti-Jewish Muslims through its liberal immigration programs over the past 30 years, is starting to see similar attacks.
“Just this past week, an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva student was violently attacked in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn,” Richardson said. “The Anti-Defamation League recently expressed ‘deep concern’ over anti-Semitic incidents in New York City.”
In 2015 alone, there were roughly a dozen violent attacks in the various boroughs of New York City.
“The Scriptures say this will only get worse as we approach the return of Jesus,” Richardson said.
“My focus for the event will be to address not only the biblical covenants, the Lord’s everlasting promises to His people, but also to the Apostle Paul’s understanding of these promises,” he told WND. “For those who have read my book ‘When a Jew Rules the World,’ some of this material will be familiar, but I will also discuss why this information is so deeply relevant to all believers today. This is not an issue that believers can afford to ignore.”
Kurschner, founder of Eschatos Ministries, will speak on the relevance of Israel in Bible prophecy while also delving into the importance of the premillennialism.
The rise of anti-Semitism in America and especially Europe “has reached a palpable level that we have not seen since the days of Hitler,” Kurschner told WND. “This Bible prophecy conference will be important for those who desire to defend a future restored nation of Israel in God’s redemptive plan. There will be sessions explaining why the Bible teaches premillennialism, a biblical truth that is also under recent attack.”
Kurschner is the author of “Antichrist Before the Day of the Lord: What Every Christian Needs to Know about the Return of Christ,” and he is working on a new book about premillennialism. He said he believes premillennialism is pivotal to understanding the significance of end-time events as laid out in Revelation, Daniel and other prophetic books and he will attempt to defend it against competing views such as preterism, historicism or idealism.
“Premillennialism is under attack by interpreters who approach Bible prophecy with frameworks that preclude a future reality of key prophecies,” Kurschner said. “These interpreters either collapse biblical prophecies as already happened in the past (preterism), throughout church history (historicism), or see it as all merely ideas (idealism). Premillennialism takes the warnings of the Bible seriously as they relate to the future intervention of God’s Son with humankind at the end of the age.”
Also presenting at the conference will be Barry Horner, author of “Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must be Challenged.” He said he will examine the Bible’s “consistent pro-Judaic direction, namely a Judeo-centric eschatology that is unifying feature throughout Scripture.”