Hal Lindsey Comics, Part 3: Prophecy
Today we finish our examination of the cartoons published on the website of Hal Lindsey. Lindsey was all the rage in the 1970s with his books and movies about Bible prophecy. He’s still around today (at age 78), peddling his special brand of rage.
Lindsey thinks that we’re in the End Times, and all major current events were predicted in the Bible. He expects Jesus to return any moment now, so you probably don’t need to bother feeding the dog tonight. I’m sure he’ll be raptured up with you in two or three hours.
In part 1, we looked at how these cartoons portrayed politics and church/state separation. In part 2, we looked at what they think of secularists. Today, we will look at how the cartoons depict Bible prophecy.
It’s All About Israel
Jesus isn’t coming back until the “restoration of the Jews”. Christian Zionists such as Lindsey believe that the establishment of Israel in 1948 fulfills that prophecy. Now that that’s taken care of, all we have to do is dot a few “i”s and cross a few “t”s. You know, simple things such as rebuilding the Jerusalem temple and starting World War III.
The state of Israel is central to all of this happening, so we (the United States) cannot allow anything to happen to Israel before these events occur. It isn’t clear to me why this is the job of the United States, especially since Hal Lindsey himself has said that the U.S. is not mentioned in the Bible (I wonder why that is?), so we will not be a major player in the events of the End Times.
This cartoon tells us that we need to expand the so-called War on Terror beyond protecting GW Bush’s daddy from a Saddam Hussein assassination attempt. We must set the security needs of the United States aside and spend our money and soldiers’ lives on the security needs of Israel. Jesus would want it that way.
G.O.P. = God’s Own Party
Here you see that every Muslim alive today is part of Satan’s plan to conquer God’s creation. The only people standing in their way are our brave troops in Iraq. The Democrats are trying to save themselves by surrendering America, freedom, and Jesus to the Islamic hordes. Ahh, but that is a fool’s bargain! As you can see, the Democrats’ path leads to destruction.
One of many things I find distressing about this attitude is that it leaves absolutely no room for compromise or attempts at finding a peaceful solution. To the Christian Zionists, it’s as if world history is on rails. We’re zipping through events toward everyone’s eventual destruction, and that’s the way it is supposed to be! This headlong rush to Apocalypse is good and desirable.
We’re God’s Right Hand
The Biblical quotation on this shows that Lindsey’s Christian Zionists believe that God is using us to carry out his wrath against those who would destroy Israel. That means everything we do in the Middle East is righteous. Well, certainly the destruction and mayhem that the U.S. has wrought upon Iraq and its populace is consistent with the behavior of the Old Testament God, where he would destroy entire towns because of a perceived slight.
I Can’t Wait!
Finally, this is what they want. It’s what they pray for and have wet dreams about. They want everything to get so far out of hand in the Middle East that it triggers WWIII. Look at how this cartoon glorifies that event.
Many people argue that radical Christian fundamentalists are not as dangerous as radical Muslim fundamentalists. The worst that Christian fundamentalists have done in the last 20 years is kill the occasional abortion doctor or torture a gay guy and then tie him to a fence post to die. That’s nothing compared to killing 3000 people in one day.
Or is it?
The radical Muslims usually kill a few dozen people at a time. Even the 3000 dead of September 11 is a relatively small number. What do these Muslims think they will gain? Six dozen virgins for themselves, plus a little bit of fame as a martyr. That’s all.
The Christian Zionists are actively trying to induce World War III. If they ever manage to pull it off, it will mean billions of people dead. Their reward will be the return of Jesus Christ, the destruction of Satan, the banishment to hell of everybody they don’t like, the resurrection of everybody they do like, and total heavenly bliss for themselves.
The Christian Zionists are playing for much bigger stakes than the radical Muslims. The destruction will be far greater, and they have the political influence in Washington to nudge us closer and closer to their dream.
Radical Christians are (potentially at least) much more dangerous than radical Muslims.