|"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank
Joined: Feb. 2005
|Quote (Ichthyic @ Mar. 07 2007,18:24)|
|There are several fundie groups (one is located in the building next to where I work) who actively raise money for the specific purpose of paying the way for Jews who want to move to Israel.|
could you do me a favor and get some contact info. for them, when you get a chance?
just the website, if they have one, would probably be sufficient.
The local nutters are Joe Van Koevering and his God's News Behind the News outfit. Their address is: 4399 35th Street North, St Petersburg FL 33714.
A piece in the local newspaper about them:
| By LAUREN BAYNE ANDERSON|
Published May 15, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG - At the end of his half-hour television segment, Joe Van Koevering urges viewers to mail in their $250 checks. He sweetens his pitch with the promise of a free "beautifully crafted" gold-plated gift.
Van Koevering isn't the host of some late-night infomercial, hawking weight loss products or get-rich-quick schemes. He is the pastor of an evangelical church in St. Petersburg.
For their $250, he tells viewers of God's News Behind the News they can help speed the apocalypse and the end of the world.
And the gift? A shofar - a traditional Jewish ram's horn blown during ceremonies, for donors to sound "the soon coming of the Lord."
Van Koevering pastors Gateway Christian Center on Central Avenue, and believes by helping Jews immigrate to Israel he's speeding Bible prophecy. So, with donations from his congregants and TV viewers nationwide, he wants to send Jews "home."
"They must be there, when Jesus returns to that land," said Van Koevering, who also directs God's News. "And the Bible seems to indicate that we can hasten the coming of the Lord."
So far, he's raised over $40,000 for the cause.
Van Koevering cites the Bible's Book of Revelations, telling viewers Jesus will come again after the Jews return to the Holy Land. He doesn't know how many must be there, but whatever the number, he wants to get the ball rolling.
Van Koevering uses the Old Testament to bolster his New Testament beliefs as Jeremiah 32:37 scrolls down the screen in yellow letters, "I will surely gather them from all the lands . . . I will bring them back to this place."
God's News has been around since 1948, created by a St. Petersburg minister, the Rev. Ray Brubaker, Van Koevering's father-in-law. The half-hour show airs on the local Christian Television Network and on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian cable station in the world.
According to TBN spokesman John Casoria, Van Koevering's show has the potential to reach 95 percent of American households.
The funds raised through God's News go to a Christian organization based in England, the Ebenezer Emergency Fund, which helps Jews from the former Soviet Union immigrate to Israel, a practice known as making aliyah.
The Ebenezer Fund was founded in 1991 by Gustav Scheller, a Swiss businessman who said God told him to help gather the Jews in Israel. The organization said it has helped more than 100,000 make aliyah from the former Soviet Union.
Israel pays the cost of flights for immigrants, but Ebenezer assists them with travel expenses to consulates and with documents and food.
Van Koevering said about 80 percent of the funds raised through God's News go to Ebenezer, with the rest for overhead and the shofar gifts.
Tears fall from Van Koevering's eyes as he speaks of the "precious Jewish people" during church services and on God's News.
At Gateway, the Israeli flag stands next to the American flag. Shofars decorate his church pulpit. In his office, Van Koevering displays a framed picture of himself and President Bush in Jerusalem at the Western Wall - the holiest site for Jews.
"I love them, because God loves them," he said of Jews, noting Christianity stemmed from Judaism.
But his fundamentalist vision of what lies ahead for them in Israel has given some pause. Everyone has a role to play in Van Koevering's version of the end times. And for the Jews, it's bloody.
In Van Koevering's view, the end of days is first signaled by the return of the Jews to Israel, a process he says began with the country's founding in 1948.
Seven years before the world comes to an end, all true believers of Christ will be taken from earth in the "rapture," he says.
It is a reading of Scripture familiar in fundamentalist circles, featuring the anti-Christ disguised as a peacemaker, who declares himself God. A holy war ensues, and most Jews, says Van Koevering, will be left to fight. The rest either perish as "martyrs" or convert to Christianity.
He concedes some Jews may be put off by his forecast.
No . . . ya think . . . . .?
What a tard.
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