Address to Israel Bonds

Address to Israel Bonds

This is an address given by Dr. Lanza to Israel Bonds when he was honored by Israel Bonds last year.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Honored Guests, and Patrons.

My wife and I thank you very much for being here this evening.

When Bob Abrams first called to inform me that Israel Bonds had chosen me to be one of the first two recipients of the Texas Shomrei Yisreal Unity award, I told him that he had the wrong number.  There are so many others, some in this room tonight, are far more deserving of this award than I, but he persisted and here I am.  I insisted, however, that he include my wife, Alice, since she is the driving force and inspiration behind our ministry.

We believe that the greatest evil in the world today is anti-semitism and all other forms of racial and religious hatred.  As a physician, I have always known that, as with disease the best way to combat and overcome evil is with education. Therefore, our ministry is primarily an educational one. We endeavor to educate our Christian friends on the origins of Christianity in Judaism.  We also want our Jewish friends to know that despite centuries of anti-semitism there are some Christians today who love and support the state of Israel and the Jewish people.

To attain these goals, we regularly, at least once a month, bring in speakers to our meetings, many of whom are orthodox Jewish men and women from Israel. We also host distinguished Christian pastors, academics, and knowledgeable writers who bring us new insights, which cannot be found in today’s media.  We also financially support humanitarian organizations in Israel itself.  We have purchased equipment for the Bikur Holim hospital in Jerusalem and we are currently leading a fund raising drive in Houston to help build a new trauma wing for the Assaf Harofeh hospital near Tel-Aviv.  We support Bridges for Peace, the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Now that you know what we do, I will tell you why we do it. I am often asked, “What is a Christian Zionist?”  The term recently has strangely come under attack by other Christians. The Christian Zionist is a Christian who believes the Bible literally, both ends of it, and because of the belief knows the importance of Israel and the Jewish people in history.  We believe that the Abrahamic covenant is everlasting and that when the Bible says Israel, it means Israel and not a church or groups of churches.  Therefore, we believe that God’s promises to Israel and the Jewish people are to them and not to any replacement church or group.  These are the principal biblically based reasons why we and other Christian Zionists support Israel.

A few years ago, a good friend asked me why I supported Israel and after giving him the reasons which I have just related, I said, “even if I were an atheist, I would still support Israel because it is the right thing to do.  Israel is the only democracy in the Middle east and America’s only dependable ally in that part of the world, possibly in the whole world”. It stands between us and the savages, that behead innocent people, blow up buses full of little children, and educate their children with a Mickey Mouse character called Martyr Mouse who preaches death to the Jews.  If Israel falls, the barbarians truly will be at our and your gates.

Thank you very much for this wonderful award and your time and attention.

Why They Cannot Win

Why They Cannot Win

The ultimate goal of Islam is world domination. They have tried twice before and failed. This is “the third time around” and they will fail again. The Arabs were defeated at Tours in 832 and the Turks at Vienna in 1683. These events were high water marks, both of which led to a long Islamic decline.

In this third great war, Islam’s major weapon has been terrorism. Sooner or later, there will be a decisive event in which Judeo-Christian Western Civilization will deal a deathblow to the Islamic hope of world-wide conquest. Why is this so? Christians and Jews will tell you that God is with them, but God usually does his work through men and there is no greater evidence of this than a series of factors which make Islamic victory impossible. These are as follows:

  1. Technological inferiority.

Technologically, the West, including Israel, is at least 20 to 30 years ahead of the Moslem world. Yes, they have advanced weapons, but where do they get them? They buy them from Russia and the West. Do they get the latest cutting edge equipment? No, of course not. The West is far ahead in both offensive and defensive weapon systems. Add to this the fact that Islamic countries have no industry to replace losses and you have a recipe for defeat.

  1. Lack of infrastructure.

All Moslem Middle Eastern countries are either military, religious, or fascist dictatorships and as such need to centralize their power in their nation’s capital. For centuries, Middle Eastern wars have been won by capturing or destroying the enemy capital, from which all money, power, and administration flows. Perhaps, this is the reason the Islamic terrorists are fixated on Washington and New York. They think that destroying these cities will destroy America. They have no concept of the depth of the infrastructure of Western culture, especially in the U.S. Governmental as well as command and control function in the U.S. is backed up three deep and every state has the ability to govern itself. Transportation, communication, industry, social services, banking, finance, state government, and all the other essentials of government would be staggered by the loss of Washington and New York, but would shortly begin to function again in an orderly manner. Contrast this to the destruction of Tehran, Cairo, or Damascus, after which these nations would revert to tribal rule, transportation by camel, and a sheep herding economy.

  1. Educational Deficiencies.

The major focus of education in Moslem lands is religious. Almost everyone receives a basic education, but an enormous of time is devoted to religious indoctrination. Only the very brightest children and those of the rich and powerful go on to university, either in their own country or in a few exceptional cases in Western countries. This leads to a severe lack of knowledge of the rest of the world. They imagine all of the countries are as backward as they are. As a result, they cannot appreciate the enormous economic and military power that exists in the Western world. Their education is Islamo-Centric and they are, for the most part, obsessed by their religion. They overestimate themselves and underestimate us. This is another major recipe for disaster.

  1. Why They Cannot Win.

At the present time, Islam’s major weapon against the West and Israel has been terror, which has been escalating in recent years. It must be a great source of frustration for them for us not to capitulate, especially after 911. It must also be a great blow to their pride for the Taliban to be run out of Afghanistan and for America not to have cut and run from Iraq in the face of a fanatical insurgency fueled by Al-Qaeda, which incidentally is now being defeated by a combination of allied and Iraqi troops. These setbacks and their inability to mount a major terrorist act in the U.S. can only lead to increased desperation and frustration on their part. Sooner or later, this frustration and desperation, plus the factors noted previously will conspire to produce a major miscalculation by Islam. It would have to be a major terrorist event to sufficiently anger the American people to demand response and retaliation. This could be an atomic explosion or a massive biologic or chemical weapon attack against one of our cities, which would subsequently embroil Islam in a war with the Judeo-Christian West, which they must lose.

As Christians, we know that Islam cannot win this war. Bible prophecy tells us this, but God very often uses man to work his will. Should he do so in this case, everything is in place for him and the way is prepared.

The Third Time Around

The Third Time Around

The goal of Islam is world domination. Anyone believing otherwise is living a dangerous dream.  The Koran directs Muslims to conquer the world for Islam and subject its people to Islamic law or a second class status known as Dhimmitude, which is virtual slavery.  The alternative is death.  No negotiation, bargaining, or arguing, Islam slavery or death.

This is not the first time that Islam has attempted world conquest and the destruction of Western Civilization and Christianity.  In fact, it is the third.

ROUND ONE 

Time:  The year 732.

Place:  Tours, a small city of Southern France.

Protagonists:  A Muslim army lead by Abd ar-Rahman versus a Frankish (French) army lead by Charles “the hammer Martel”.

Scenario:  In the century following the death of Mohammad in 632, Arab Muslim armies had swept through the Middle East, Northern Africa, all of Spain, and Southern France.  The next goal was the wealthy and powerful monastery of St. Martin of Tours, barely 100 miles south of Paris.

Outcome:  The two armies met in the area between Tours and Poitiers and for the first time the Muslims were defeated.  Although not involving large forces, the battle was extremely significant, in that it marked the high water mark for Islam in Europe.  From that point onward, the Muslims remained on the defensive until they were finally driven from what is now France in 759.  Their final expulsion from Western Europe did not occur until the end of the 15th century, but it all began at Tours.

ROUND TWO 

Time:  September 1683.

Place:  Vienna.

Protagonist:  Sultan Mehmed IV and his grand vizier Kara Mustafa versus the emperor Leopold I, his commander of the Vienna garrison Ernest Starhemberg, John Sobieski III, King of Poland, and commanders of the other relieving armies.

Scenario:  The Ottoman Empire was immense, reaching from the Atlantic shores of Africa to the Balkans.  The Sultan’s army had marched to the gates of Vienna.  All summer long that city lay besieged.  By early September, its fall was imminent.  Starhemberg, the city commander, had defended the city valiantly, but his forces were reduced by casualties, sickness, and starvation. They were surrounded by a huge Muslim army.  The fall of Vienna again threatened not only Western civilization, but Christianity itself.  Alarmed about the prospect of a Muslim victory, European Christian countries, usually hostile and antagonistic to one another, joined together and formed an army to relieve the beleagured city.

Outcome:  The battle was joined on September 12, 1683 when an army composed of Saxons, Bavarians, Franks, and Poles attacked the Turks at the gates of Vienna.  After a fierce battle, the Muslims were routed and after their retreat lost most of their previous Balkan conquests.  This was the beginning of the long decline of the Ottoman Empire, terminating in its dismemberant in 1918, but it all began at Vienna.

ROUND THREE

Time:  The year 2006.

Place:  Iraq in the Middle East.

Protagonist:  The United States of America versus radical Islam.

Scenario:  The state of Israel was established in 1948.  It was immediately attacked by six Muslim countries, but was victorious.  This was followed by five more Israeli Arab wars, all resulting in Israeli victories.  The Islamics then turned to terrorism culminating in the attack on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.  This resulted in a declaration of war on terror by President George W. Bush of the United States.  Afghanistan, a stronghold of radical Islamic midlatency was invaded.  The Islamic terrorists were beaten and a democracy installed.  In the belief that Iraq supported terrorism, in that it had weapons of mass destruction, it too was invaded.  Iraq’s conventional armies were quickly defeated, but a terrorist led insurgency has persisted and has led to over 2,000 U.S. military and innumerable Iraqi civilian deaths.

Outcome:  This is still in doubt.  The Americans remain on the ground in force.  However, a civilian government has been installed.  Iraqi police and army units have been established and are helping fight the insurgence.  On balance, it appears that the Americans and loyal Iraqi forces are prevailing.  No matter how long it takes, this battle must also be won.  Hopefully, Islam will again begin to retreat and ultimately they themselves will purge the militant radicals that threaten the rest of the world.  Islamic attempts at world conquest seem to occur every few hundred years.  This should be the last time.  If so, it all began with 911.

A Jewish Church

A Jewish Church

God never intended a separation between the church and the Jewish people. The church, therefore, has not replaced Israel.

The early church concentrated on the New Testament, thereby ignoring and not fully understanding God’s plan for the redemption of the world through Israel. While prophecy plays out before our very eyes, today’s church, for the most part, still ignores the importance of Israel in the End Times. Today’s church has forgotten that the first church was all Jewish, and that we Gentiles are grafted in (Romans 11:17).

The Jewish people believe that God, Yahweh, is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – and so do believing Christians. The original testaments were written by Jews. Without the Jewish people, God’s chosen nation, we would not have The Bible or, ultimately, Jesus the Messiah. We owe them a great deal.
How did all of this come about from a historical perspective?

Jesus was crucified, buried, and rose from the dead in approximately 30 A.D. The Romans considered Christianity just another of the many sects of Judaism extant at the time. In fact, most early Christians continued to worship in synagogues with their non-believing Jewish brethren until they were expelled by the Rabbis in the latter part of the first century. Christian worship then continued in small groups meeting secretly, usually in private homes. Secrecy was necessary, not only because of Roman persecution, but also because of the antagonism by the Jews who did not accept Jesus as the Messiah, and felt threatened by “these Christians.”

The inevitable result of all this was the development of a hierarchy in the Christian church. Christian communities began to designate their most learned and distinguished members as presbyters or priests, and by the early second century there were bishops. A clergy had developed.
Although many early Christians were Hellenized Jews, the movement began to spread to non-Jews. By the mid-second and third centuries, the church had essentially become all Gentile. The church continued to be mercilessly persecuted by the Roman emperors, especially Diocletian (284-305 AD) for their failure to worship the pagan gods. By this time, the Jews were gone from the church, and had themselves been dispersed worldwide after the rebellions of 70 and 130 AD. Christianity finally became accepted in 312 AD when Emperor Constantine took it under his personal protection.

The Christian clergy, which at that time advised Constantine, were virulently anti-Semitic and propagated the theory that God had abandoned the Jews and that the Christian church had become the designated heir to the blessings of God, and thus, had replaced the Jews. This erroneous thinking has continued to the present time.

In order to counteract this anti-Semitism, we Christians should form personal bonds and relationships with both Messianic (believers in Yeshua) and non-Messianic Jews to encourage dialogue and understanding.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.” In Ephesians 2:14-15, Paul says, “For he himself is our peace who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.” This refers to the wall in the temple, which separated the court of the Gentiles, from the court of the Jews. Ephesians goes on to say, “By abolishing in his flesh the enmity, which is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in himself he might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.”

The word “law” means “teaching,” and without the Old Testament we would have no foundation for Christianity at all. Many people take the word enmity and presume it means that Jesus did away with the law, but as noted above, Jesus came to fulfill the law!

How then can we recapture the great roots of Judaism that we have lost?

A good beginning to recapturing our Jewish roots would be to learn about and observe the seven feast days: 1. Passover (Pesach), 2. Unleavened Bread (Chag Hamotzi), 3. First Fruits (Yom Habikkurim), 4. Pentacost (Shavu’ot), 5. Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah) 6. Atonement (Yom Kippur), and 7. Tabernacles (Sukkot). God said in Leviticus 23 that the feasts are His feast days and they foretell about Jesus. Jesus has fulfilled the first four feasts and we can look forward to his fulfillment of the last three feasts in the very near future.

Mainly, we can recapture our Jewish roots by embracing our Jewish brethren in Christian love and respect.