I first encountered Christian Zionism—political support for the modern State of Israel grounded in beliefs about its prophetic significance in End Times scenarios—in 1992, while working as a fight-the-Right researcher in Portland, Oregon. A big part of my job was explaining the implications of Christian Right ideas and drawing out the connections between the Oregon Citizens Alliance (OCA), a local group best known for its anti-LGBTQ politics, and the broader program of the national movement. One critical element of that work was opposing a particularly anti-democratic OCA-sponsored initiative, Ballot Measure 9, which sought to amend Oregon’s constitution to require “all levels of government” to “discourage homosexuality” and prohibit the inclusion of “sexual orientation” in any civil rights protections. It also sought to define homosexuality as “abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse.” This ballot measure, in all of its obvious bigotry, was eventually rejected by Oregon voters, who shot it down in a 56 to 44 percent result. But that outcome wasn’t a given in the year-long campaign preceding the vote—a period saturated with both anti-LGBTQ violence and vitriolic culture war rhetoric.
The “No on 9” campaign focused on issues of fairness and legal equality, both of which were under attack by the ballot measure. And it was an urgent message in the final year of the Reagan-Bush era, when bigoted policies resulted in AIDS becoming the leading cause of death in U.S. men aged 25–44, and the first same-sex marriage law was still almost a decade away. But it was also only a small part of the threat posed by the Christian Right, not just to LGBTQ or reproductive rights, but to the basic institutions of democracy. It was my job to help lead public education about the broader dangers of the Christian Right, and in that context, I often spoke at public meetings in partnership with rural LGBTQ and allied groups—to churches, civic organizations, anyone who would listen.
One such meeting was held at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Portland’s West Side. For the most part the audience responded enthusiastically to the fairness message. They could also see that the OCA was trying to impose a narrow version of a particular variety of Christian morality on the legal system. But understanding how the Christian Right could be the enemy of democracy was more complicated.
“I understand the fairness issue,” said one man in the audience, “but how much do we as Jews have to be worried about the Christian Right? I mean, they are strong supporters of Israel.”
The question hung in the air. Then as now, the Israel/Palestine issue is an important one for many American Jews. As the resident expert on the Christian Right, the panel’s moderator nodded at me to respond. Almost three decades later I remember the gist of my answer:
Yes, the Christian Right supports Israel. They see the establishment of the modern State of Israel as fulfillment of prophecies they believe to be necessary to the Second Coming of Jesus. They want to see the Temple rebuilt and for Israel to expand to control all of the territory described in Scripture. They believe a tiny minority of living Jews will, in the End Times, convert to Christianity and the rest will be damned to hell for their disbelief. They are, on those grounds, no friends of Jews.
I was making a point that is increasingly relevant in the Trump era: that untempered support for Israel’s most reactionary policies is no bulwark against antisemitism, just as criticism of Israeli policy is no indication of such. Many in the room nodded their agreement. Even the man who’d asked the question seemed, if not exactly satisfied, to have something to think about.
But even then, I recognized that it was a partial response, because Christian Zionism is much more than a set of beliefs about the role of Israel and the Jews in the Second Coming, beliefs that are all too easy to trivialize for those who don’t share them. Rather, Christian Zionism is part of a set of interlocking, theologically grounded beliefs about how Christians should engage with the political world.
Today, President Trump’s administration is staffed by Christian Zionists at the highest levels, including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. And adherents of the belief system form a key component of Trump’s electoral base. Up to 81 percent of White evangelicals voted for him in the 2016 elections. Of that number only a slim majority, about 53 percent, unequivocally supported his recognition, in 2019, of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but it would never be a make-or-break issue for doubters. For full-throttle Christian Zionists, however, the embassy move prompted comparisons of Trump to Cyrus the Great, the Persian king celebrated as a friend of the Jewish people for his decision to allow those in exile to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple.
All this may be good for mobilizing the President’s base, but it is deeply corrosive to any prospect for peace and regional stability in the Middle East. Nor, ultimately, are Christian Zionists separable from the broader Christian Right with its now decades-old plan to realign U.S. society with their particular version of Christian virtue, whatever the cost to democratic inclusion.
What is Christian Zionism?
For the purposes of this article, Christian Zionism refers to a movement among Christians, mostly Charismatic and evangelical, whose interpretation of the Bible mandates their political support not just for the modern state of Israel, but an expansionist version thereof. The movement believes that the entirety of Jerusalem—particularly the Temple Mount, where they expect to see the Temple rebuilt—the Gaza Strip, the West Bank of the Jordan River, and the Golan Heights, all rightfully belong to Israel: a biblical land-grant that doesn’t merely fulfill a scriptural promise to the Jewish people, but stands as the cornerstone of Christian prophecies and as a sign that the End Times are close upon us. In other words, they claim the authority of religion in formulating a no-compromise position with respect to sharing land with the Palestinian people. Pastor Robert Jeffress, the Trump-aligned Baptist minister who blessed the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, put it like this: “Jerusalem has been the object of affection of both Jews and Christians down through history and the touchstone of prophecy. But most importantly, God gave Jerusalem—and the rest of the Holy Land—to the Jewish people.”
Jeffress’s “touchstone of prophecy” comment is shorthand for the Christian Zionist belief that the establishment of Israel is a sign that prophecies are being fulfilled. It’s a common belief among U.S. evangelicals, some 63 to 80 percent of whom profess that the establishment of Israel in 1948 was the fulfillment of prophecy and an indication that the Second Coming is drawing near. How near? According to one 2010 poll by the Pew Research Center, 58 percent of White evangelicals, and 41 percent of all Americans, believe that Jesus will “probably” or “definitely” return by 2050.
Recent scholarly work on Christian Zionism has sought to complicate contemporary understandings of the movement, offering a more sympathetic and revisionist interpretation than the suggestion that Christian Zionism is exclusively driven by apocalypticism. Especially as presented in the popular press, this new scholarship denies the movement’s underlying antisemitism and minimizes the influence of End Times prophecies and quid-pro-quo support for divine blessings, casting the movement as primarily about “mutual and covenantal solidarity.” While this scholarship may be a necessary corrective to some easy generalizations, it focuses little on the most politically active Christian Zionist organizations today, especially Christians United for Israel, or its rapidly growing support among Charismatics.
Strands of Christian Zionism
Politicized Christian Zionists fall into two broad theological camps: (1) premillennial dispensationalists and (2) Dominionist-influenced Charismatics, particularly those involved with the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement. While the contemporary movement that finds so much prophetic significance in the founding of the modern state of Israel has its origins in the former, it is increasingly dominated by the latter. Megachurch pastor and televangelist John Hagee acts as a bridge between these two factions. Hagee, as head of the largest and most visible Christian Zionist group in the United States, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), does not claim NAR theology, but it’s clear that many CUFI insiders have been NAR allies or part of that movement.
Dispensationalism refers to belief in a progression of ages of the world in which the calendar of salvation is moved forward by pre-ordained events. In most dispensationalist accounts, we are currently living in the “Church Age,” during which gentiles find salvation through accepting Jesus as their savior. Premillennial dispensationalists believe that Jesus must return before the establishment of his thousand-year reign on earth. Many premillennialists also believe that before the millennium, there will be a Rapture of the Christian faithful, whom God will transport, body and all, to heaven before a period of seven years called the Great Tribulation. The Tribulation, as described in Revelations, will include violent death that sweeps “over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.” As Journalist Michelle Goldberg writes, premillennial dispensationalists also tend to “believe that God has a special plan for the nation of Israel, which will play a key role in the end of days and the return of Christ.”
In the first half of the 20th Century, premillennial dispensationalism and its associated beliefs often led to a kind of political quiescence—standing aside from worldly events and letting prophecy unfold. But beginning in the 1970s, a new leadership—largely drawn from the Charismatic movement or influenced by a radical theology known as Christian Reconstructionism—led to the formation of the panoply of new public education and lobbying organizations, including the Moral Majority, Christian Coalition, Traditional Values Coalition and others. Premillennialists, like many attracted to the Christian Right, were drawn by the proactive character of Reconstructionist, or more broadly “Dominionist” ideas about the responsibilities of Christians in society. As Frederick Clarkson has argued, while Reconstructionism was itself a tiny movement, its influence in the broader evangelical world is hard to overestimate.
The second strand of support for contemporary Christian Zionism comes from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). The NAR is difficult to summarize in a few sentences. It is a diffuse movement within Charismatic and Pentecostal churches that typically includes vehement anti-denominationalism coupled with extreme hierarchical discipline of individuals and whole churches to authoritarian “apostles.” Many NAR beliefs and practices—including exorcism, “spiritual mapping” (coordinating prayer and ritual to expel demonic influences from a geographic region), and faith healing—invite mockery rather than analysis.
But far from being laughable, the NAR’s “spiritual warfare” is deeply influenced by Dominionist thinking and actualized around a network of authoritarian leaders styled as “apostles” and “prophets” who, in many instances, insist on micromanaging the lives of their followers in ways reminiscent of and genealogically related to the defunct “shepherding” movement. The potential for interpersonal abuse inherent in relationships that combine extreme hierarchy with unaccountable leadership was on display in that earlier movement. These “apostolic” authorities, and the Dominionist imperative to Christianize otherwise secular institutions, combine to form a potent threat to democratic pluralism, as represented in the NAR-linked Seven Mountains campaign—a holistic model for the faithful to follow in taking control of not just state institutions, but media, education, business, and entertainment—all in service of forming an unabashed “Christian nation.”
CUFI claims eight million members. It’s unlikely that the majority of that number are well-versed in the nuances of End Times theology, either in the dispensationalist or the NAR version. Theological consistency is largely the domain of thought leaders and religious professionals. But the opinions of thought leaders in this milieu, endlessly broadcast via Christian media networks and in the pulpits of megachurches, are in and of themselves significant.
Why It Matters: Antisemitism
Christian Zionism is both like and unlike more familiar Christian Right culture war targets. As with LGBTQ rights or reproductive choice, the interpretive contortions of movement leaders regarding Scripture are not the only reasons many Christian Zionists support Israel.
Christian Rightists who use Bible verses to justify anti-LGBTQ policies may also be motivated by homophobic bigotry; similarly, Christian Zionists who support Israeli state policies because of End Times prophecies might also be driven by anti-Muslim views. But Christian Zionism bridges foreign and domestic politics in some unique ways that exacerbate both antisemitism and anti-Muslim bigotry.
Often, the sort of antisemitism in Christian Zionism circles is obscured by the surface philosemitism of many in the movement and by the fallacy that what is nominally good for Israel is good for Jews. Since not all Jews are Israeli, and Jews have a wide range of political opinions about Israeli policies, the presumption that all U.S. Jews do, or should, support the current Israeli government is at base antisemitic. It follows the same political logic that led to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, flowing from fear of their prior or higher ethnic loyalty to Japan than the U.S. It is also, of course, the contemporary form of a long-standing antisemitic trope, that by a more-or-less immutable nature, Jews are incapable of loyalty to a non-Jewish state.
For most of the years between the defeat of the Third Reich in 1945 and the election of Donald Trump in 2016, the “dual loyalty” slander about Jews has been confined to an explicitly antisemitic periphery of White nationalists. With Trump’s election, however, this is no longer the case. President Trump has repeatedly called into question the loyalty of U.S. Jews who fail to support his policies toward Israel, claiming they “don’t love Israel enough.” Going further, in speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in April 2019, Trump referred to Netanyahu as “your Prime Minister.”
In an otherwise benign context, such statements might be taken as the partisan hyperbole of a President not known for his rhetorical constraint. Even when an average of 71 percent of U.S. Jews have voted for Democratic presidential candidates since 1968, if the only consequences were rhetorical, Trump’s statements could possibly be seen as mere excess. But both U.S. policy in Israel/Palestine and on-the-ground violence against U.S. Jews suggest that Trump’s statements are both more than rhetoric and that his rhetoric is not only callous, but reckless.
Many of the most consequential Trump policies relating to Palestine/Israel are a continuation of long-standing, bipartisan U.S. support for Israel, which amounts to around $3 billion in military and economic aid per year. There are, however, several Trump initiatives that have marked a significant departure from previous administrations. Key among these is the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the relocation of the U.S. embassy there, as well as recognition of Israel’s claim to the Golan Heights. Then there is the administration’s decision to end U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency tasked with supporting Palestinian refugees. On the domestic front, Trump issued an executive order charging Title VI civil rights enforcement agencies in the federal bureaucracy to consider “the non-legally binding working definition of anti Semitism adopted on May 26, 2016, by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)” including “the ‘Contemporary Examples of Anti-Semitism’ identified by the IHRA.” The “Contemporary Examples” include the controversial item “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor.” Ken Stern, one of the authors of the IHRA definition, has suggested that the Trump executive order turns their words to a purpose they never intended—the regulation of campus speech. Stern writes, “This order is an attack on academic freedom and free speech, and will harm not only pro-Palestinian advocates, but also Jewish students and faculty, and the academy itself.” Civil liberties advocates fear this definition will suppress any speech critical of Israel on campuses, forcing university administrations to act as censors of students and faculty.
These breaks with previous policy have been interpreted by prominent Christian Zionists as part of a divine plan to hasten the End Times, as when Robert Jeffress declared of the embassy move, “We’re seeing prophecy unfold. I don’t know when the Lord is coming back, but I know today it got a little bit closer.” Or when John Hagee, in October 2017, predicted that Trump’s campaign promise to relocate the embassy would likely happen that year “because God’s clock is ticking.”
In addition to discussing prophecies, Christian Zionists also understand U.S.-Israel through a transactional lens. Many point to Genesis 12:3, wherein God promises Abram, “I will bless those who bless you/And I will curse him who curses you.” For example, Hagee claims he told Trump that, “the moment that he really began to bless Israel, God would bless him in a very, very special way.” The importance of such a blessing looms much larger in New Apostolic Reformation circles, which believe these blessings can manifest as increased supernatural spiritual potency—leading to highly performative displays of support for Israel. In the words of Christian anti-NAR activist Holly Pivec, “NAR people often wear the Star of David on necklaces. They participate in Jewish religious feasts. They take pilgrimages to Israel, where they hold large prayer gatherings and blow shofars (a Jewish trumpet made of a ram’s horn). Some even move to Israel.”
Even among the NAR, however, some of the most popular preachers remain committed to prophetic apocalypticism. For example, Mike Bickle, one of the most prominent Christian Zionists linked directly to the movement, is known for his assertion that, as a prelude to the End Times, a great many Jews will be rounded up and placed in “prison camps” and “death camps”—not in reference to the Holocaust, but to future actions that will be taken by followers of the Anti-Christ. As horrific as Bickle’s prediction sounds, he takes an activist stance concerning the End Times, asserting, “The Tribulation is not something that happens to us. The Tribulation is something that happens through us.”
Similarly, in an infamous 2005 sermon, Hagee declared that Hitler and the Holocaust were predicted in Scripture and part of the divine plan to coerce Jews to move to Israel. While video of the sermon has since been scrubbed from the internet, in a transcript made by researcher-activist Bruce Wilson, Hagee preaches the distinction between “fishers,” who lure their prey, and “hunters,” who kill them outright. In this parable, Hagee suggested that diasporic Jews insufficiently enthusiastic about moving to Israel led directly to the Holocaust. That is, their failure to respond to the fisher, Hagee said, meant that, “Then God sent a hunter. A hunter is someone who comes with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter.”
This quote, which Hagee has protested was “intentionally mischaracterized,” is often seen as the smoking gun for Christian Zionist antisemitism. Like the Bickle discussion of hastening the Tribulation and Jews in death camps, these quotations help highlight just how bigoted Christian Zionist beliefs can be. But they also draw us so much into the trees that we miss the forest of antisemitic power, often presented in the guise of supposedly philosemitic policy—such as the embassy move or recognition of Golan Heights as part of Israel. Here we see explicitly Christian Zionist organizations such as CUFI, and megachurch pastors like Bickle and Jeffress, working with high administration officials such as Mike Pompeo, to justify expanding support for a right-wing, authoritarian Israeli government as the fulfillment of prophecy. The closeness of this relationship should give us pause, leading as it has to condemning the majority of U.S. Jews as disloyal, allying our country with the most authoritarian and reactionary elements in Israeli politics, and justifying further escalation of tensions in the wider Middle East.
Why it Matters: Anti-Muslim Bigotry
The Christian Zionist logic that calls on the U.S. to unconditionally support Israeli policies simultaneously reinforces the adversarial stance toward the Muslim world that has been on display since 9/11. Some Christian Zionist leaders have long supported war with Iran and general belligerence toward the Islamic world. Here the language is often much less guarded, with Hagee referring to Iran as the “head of the snake” with “a theology based on suicide and mass murder,” and NAR “prophet” Chuck Pierce declaring that Islam “is controlled by satanic principalities and powers.” Within the NAR, such claims aren’t rhetorical devices, but accusations of actual demonic possession. And Christian Right leader Pat Robertson, also a Christian Zionist, has made similar accusations, holding that “Militant Islam is motivated by the devil.” In fact, journalism professor Eric Gormly found in an analysis of Robertson’s flagship 700 Club program that references to satanic and demonic influence in Islam were commonplace in the post-9/11 era.
As with antisemitism, anti-Islamic bigotry is a fluid construct, adaptable as a technique of power. During the Obama administration—alongside aspersions about the president’s citizenship and Christian faith—anti-Muslim groups like ACT for America focused on the threat of terrorism and on the supposed spread of Sharia law in the United States. According to Steven Fink, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire professor of philosophy and religious studies, “American Christian Zionist leaders connect Islam categorically with violence.” For example, John Hagee has written that “Islam not only condones violence; it commands it.”
It is usually White Nationalists and their ideologically adjacent friends in the Trump administration who are associated with conspiracy-tainted claims about invading foreigners and the hidden forces that egg them on. These claims are usually grounded in antisemitism. Sometimes this is explicit, as for the Pittsburgh and Poway synagogue shooters. More often, flowing from the administration staff or Fox News, the antisemitism is ever-so-slightly veiled, taking the form of accusations against Jewish philanthropist George Soros or unnamed “globalists.” In the case of Christian Zionism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim bigotry go hand-in-hand. American Jews who criticize Israeli policy or see themselves primarily as U.S. citizens are accused of disloyalty. According to Christian Zionist thought, they promote the cosmopolitan, anti-nationalist ideas of Soros, supporting the mass entry of culture-destroying immigrants, including Muslim immigrants intent on undermining White Christian civilization.
For Christian Zionists, U.S. Jews who refuse to participate in their prophetic fantasies and economy of curses and blessing are an obstacle to God’s plan. Christian Zionists like Lt. Col. (Ret.) Robert Maginnis, a former senior fellow of the Family Research Council, and Stephen Strang, the leading publisher of Charismatic and Pentacostal media, echo the language of White nationalists, giving it their own twist. Like their more secular colleagues, they paint Soros as the wellspring of all manner of “globalist” and “cultural Marxis[t]” attacks on the nation. At the same time, their unwavering support for right-wing Israeli policies serves to shield them from accusations of antisemitism. As S. Jonathan O’Donnell, a postdoc in American Studies at University College Dublin has argued, “Christian Zionist anti-globalism cannot be classified as straightforwardly antisemitic, nor fully divorced from it.” That shield, however, is something they wield against the political preferences of a majority of U.S. Jews.
The Christian Zionist stance toward Muslims is not nearly so nuanced. Muslims are constructed largely as an undifferentiated enemy, not just through the blurring of right-wing Israeli interests with those of all Jews and all Americans, but as cultural invaders bent on undermining U.S. culture and society. This is largely in-line with positions taken by the U.S. Right more generally, including the anti-Muslim group ACT for America. Christian Zionists add their signature apocalyptic voice. In an article titled “The Coming Fourth Reich,” Hagee writes:
America has been invaded by an invisible army of millions who intend to destroy this nation. They aren’t coming to America; they’re already here. This army of radical Islamic extremists have poured across our open borders and are waiting patiently for the hour of their unified attack, designed to bring chaos and governmental collapse.
Corrosive to Democracy
Christian Zionism is politically opportunistic, mobilizing both antisemitism and anti-Muslim bigotry in ways calculated to capitalize on the fears of the moment. This opportunism is wedded to shifting interpretations of prophecy. In his book Beginning of the End: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Coming Antichrist (1996), Hagee interprets the prophetic significance of the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin’s role in the Oslo Accords, in Hagee’s interpretation, led to the possibility of his assassination being used as an excuse to double-down on peace. He wrote, “based on the words of the prophets of Israel, I believe this peace process will lead to the most devastating war Israel has ever known. After that war, the longed-for Messiah will come.”
By 2016, of course, it wasn’t an imminent war that was signaling the close arrival of the Messiah, but rather Trump’s relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such convenient interpretive moves must not be reduced to a penchant for charlatanism. Between Rabin’s assassination and the embassy move, Hagee built CUFI into a juggernaut with millions of members and staunch allies in the Trump administration, including Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Pompeo. So, when CUFI takes credit for the embassy relocation, it’s more than boasting. Through one-on-one meetings with both Trump and Pence, Hagee stressed the move was important to his constituency—a claim backed up by 137,000 supportive emails from CUFI members to the White House.
Christian Zionist organizations are thus in a feedback loop relationship with the Trump administration, watching their allies get appointed as insiders who are then validated by constituent activism. Pence has not only spoken at CUFI events, his public statements put him firmly in the camp of Christian Zionism. Pompeo is similarly committed to Christian Zionist principles and has aligned himself with CUFI. While there is no religious test for holding high office in the United States, such public support for a cause so openly biased, by the very people responsible for guiding U.S. foreign policy, is cause for the gravest concern. At the very least, such positioning undermines the capacity for the U.S. to engage in peace-making not just in Israel/Palestine, but more broadly.
At a deeper level, the influence of the Christian Zionist movement on both foreign and domestic policy poses a challenge to the democratic process itself. Democracy, in the best sense, is not merely the will of the majority, or competition between constituencies, but the temperance of such competition by fundamental rights. These include religious freedom, but not the freedom to impose religious belief or practice on others. The apocalyptic rhetoric of Christian Zionists and their exaggerated claims of prophetic certainty—recall Hagee’s claim about “millions” of Muslim invaders bent on destroying the United States—demonstrate how they hide behind democratic claims (like freedom of speech or religion) even as they shamelessly attack the rights of others. They wield the democratic process of constituent mobilization in causes shot through with bigotry.
Moreover, democracy only functions inclusively when decision-making criteria are transparent. Practices of prophetic interpretation, orientation to the End Times, and the transactional chasing after supernatural blessings are anything but clear to the vast majority of people in the United States. With Trump in the White House and Christian Zionists as core members of his policy team, this is an ignorance the rest of us can no longer afford to sustain.
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 Important recent works include the volume edited by Gerald McDermott, The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel & the Land, (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016) and, Daniel Hummel, Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).
 Hummel, Covenant Brothers, 3, quoted in Raphael Magarik, “Why Everything You Think You Know about Christian Zionism Is Wrong,” The Forward, August 26, 2019, https://forward.com/culture/430251/why-everything-you-think-you-know-about-christian-zionism-is-wrong/.
 There are only two dismissive references to John Hagee, and none to Christians United for Israel in the edited collection of The New Christian Zionism (InterVarsity Press, 2016); Hummel, in his Covenant Brothers (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019) talks extensively about Hagee and CUFI, but underestimates the radicalism of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), referring only to “Spirit-centered” wing of the Christian Right.
 Rachel Tabachnick, “Spiritual Warriors with an Antigay Mission: The New Apostolic Reformation,” The Public Eye, Spring 2013, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2013/03/22/spiritual-warriors-with-an-antigay-mission.
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 Gerald McDermott, “What Is the New Christian Zionism?” In The New Christian Zionism: Fresh Perspectives on Israel & the Land, ed. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016), Gerald McDermott, 11 – 29, at 11. On the question of the significance of the New Apostolic Reformation in Christian Zionism see John Weaver, New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016), 214.
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 See Rachel Tabachnick, including “Spiritual Warriors with an Antigay Mission: The New Apostolic Reformation,” The Public Eye, Spring 2013, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2013/03/22/spiritual-warriors-with-an-antigay-mission.
 John Weaver, New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016), 43.
 John Weaver, New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2016), 95.
 Frederick Clarkson, “Dominionism Rising: A Theocratic Movement Hiding in Plain Sight,” The Public Eye, Summer 2016, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2016/08/18/dominionism-rising-a-theocratic-movement-hiding-in-plain-sight/.
 Christians United for Israel, “2019 CUFI Policy Highlights & Accomplishments,” CUFI.org, https://www.cufi.org/.
 Tamara Keith, “Trump’s ‘Disloyalty’ Claim about Jewish Democrats Shows He Doesn’t Get How They Vote,” Moring Edition (NPR), August 22, 2019, https://www.npr.org/2019/08/22/753131249/trumps-disloyalty-claim-about-jewish-democrats-shows-he-doesn-t-get-how-they-vot; Eric Cortellessa, “Trump Tells Pro-Israel Conference that Some US Jews don’t Love Israel Enough,” Times of Israel, December 8, 2019, https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-tells-jewish-group-theyll-vote-for-him-to-protect-their-wealth/.
 JTA and Ron Kampeas, “Watch: ‘Your Prime Minister Netanyahu’: Watch Trump’s Very Awkward Speech to American Jews,” Haaretz, April 7, 2019, https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/netanyahu-is-your-pm-trump-tells-u-s-jews-in-speech-marred-by-awkward-moments-1.7089805.
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 Alia Chughtai, “Understanding US Military Aid to Israel,” Aljazeera.com, March 8, 2018, https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2018/03/understanding-military-aid-israel-180305092533077.html.
 Matthew Haag, “Robert Jeffress, Pastor Who Said Jews Are Going to Hell, Led Prayer at Jerusalem Embassy,” The New York Times, May 14, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/14/world/middleeast/robert-jeffress-embassy-jerusalem-us.html.
 John Hagee, “Pastor John Hagee: US, Israel Need to Team Up Against Iran,” Clear Cut With Michelle Makori (i24NEWS), July 16, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tuE3FIz4Aw (3:17 – 3:23).
 Edward Wong, “U.S. to End Funding to U.N. Agency that Helps Palestinian Refugees,” The New York Times, August 31, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/31/us/politics/trump-unrwa-palestinians.html. On CUFI’s opposition to UNRWA see CUFI, “UNRWA Perpetuating Conflict at US Taxpayer Expense,” Christians United for Israel, http://support.cufi.org/site/PageServer?pagename=CUFI_Blog13.
 Donald Trump, “Executive Order On Combating Anti-Semitism,” Executive Orders, December 11, 2019, https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-combati….
 International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Working Definition of Antisemitism, https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/working-definition-antisemitism.
 Keneth Stern, “I Drafted the Definition of Antisemitism. Rightwing Jews Are Weaponizing It,” The Guardian, December 13, 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/antisemitism-exec….
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 Chris Mitchell, “‘We’re Seeing Prophecy Unfold’: Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Sends a Message to Israel’s Enemies,” CBN News, May 15, 2018, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2018/may/were-seeing-prophecy-unfold-trumps-jerusalem-embassy-sends-a-message-to-israels-enemies.
 John Hagee, “A Special Message from Pastor Hagee,” John Hagee Ministries, Oct 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cipxvxol-Mk&t=2s, at 1:45.
 New King James Version, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+12&version=NKJV.
 John Hagee, “A Special Message from Pastor Hagee,” John Hagee Ministries, Oct 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cipxvxol-Mk&t=2s, at 1:10. For a thorough review of Christian Zionist references to Genesis 12:3 see Daniel Hummel, Covenant Brothers: Evangelicals, Jews, and U.S.-Israeli Relations (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).
 Holly Pivec, “The NAR Obsession With Israel,” Spirit of Error blog, Apr 12, 2013, http://www.spiritoferror.org/2013/04/the-nars-obsession-with-israel/2915.
 John Weaver, The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2016), p. 2.
 Bruce Wilson, “Mike Bickle Predicts ‘Prison Camps’ and ‘Death Camps’ for Jews” (long version), YouTube, October 18, 2011, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpRV0spflIE, at 1:34.
 Mike Bickle, “Coming Eschatological Revolution Part 1,” Onething Conference (video), 2008, as quoted in John Weaver, New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement (Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company), p. 137.
 Rachel Tabachnick, “The New Christian Zionist and the Jews: A Love/Hate Relationship,” Political Research Associates, January 18, 2010, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2010/01/18/the-new-christian-zionism-and-the-jews-a-lovehate-relationship/.
 Bruce Wilson, “Audio Record of McCain’s Political Endorser John Hagee Preaching Jews Are Cursed and Subhuman,” Talk to Action, May 15, 2008, http://www.talk2action.org/story/2008/5/15/141520/281.
 Sam Stein, “Unapologetic Hagee Says Hitler Statement Was ‘Mischaracterized,’” Huffington Post, May 25, 2011, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/unapologetic-hagee-says-h_n_103081.
 Sarah Posner, “The Evangelicals Who Pray for War With Iran,” The New Republic, January 9, 2020, https://newrepublic.com/article/156166/pence-pompeo-evanglicals-war-iran-christian-zionism.
 John Hagee, “Pastor John Hagee: US, Israel Need to Team Up Against Iran,” Clear Cut With Michelle Makori (i24NEWS), July 16, 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tuE3FIz4Aw, (“snake,” at 0:05 – 0:10; “suicide and mass murder” at 1:14 – 1:18).
 Chuck Pierce, A Time to Triumph: How to Win the War Ahead (Bloomington, MN: Chosen, 2016), p. 41.
 John Weaver, The New Apostolic Reformation: History of a Modern Charismatic Movement (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2016), p. 145.
 Eric Gormly, “Peering Beneath the Veil: An Ethnographic Content Analysis of Islam as Portrayed on The 700 Club Following the September 11th Attacks,” Journal of Media and Religion 3(4), 219-238, at 228.
 Eric Gormly, “Peering Beneath the Veil: An Ethnographic Content Analysis of Islam as Portrayed on The 700 Club Following the September 11th Attacks,” Journal of Media and Religion 3(4), 219-238, at 235.
 Mark Olalde and Dustin Gardiner, “The Network Behind State Bills ‘Countering’ Sharia Law and Terrorism,” Center for Public Integrity, July 18, 2019, https://publicintegrity.org/politics/state-politics/copy-paste-legislate/many-state-bills-one-source-behind-the-push-to-ban-sharia-law/.
 Steven Fink, “Fear Under Construction: Islamophobia Within American Christian Zionism,” Islamophobia Studies Journal 2(1): Spring 2014, 26 – 43, at 32, https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.13169/islastudj.2.1.0026.
 John Hagee, In Defense of Israel: The Bible’s Mandate for Supporting the Jewish State, Revised & Updated (Lake Mary, Florida: FrontLine, 2007), p. 66.
 Political Research Associates, “Where the White House Gets Its Racist Immigration Policies,” PRA, Mar 1, 2018, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2018/03/01/where-the-white-house-gets-its-racist-immigration-policies.
 Ben Lorber, “Taking Aim at Multiracial Democracy: Antisemitism, White Nationalism, and Anti-Immigrant Racism in the Era of Trump,” Political Research Associates, Oct 22, 2019, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2019/10/22/taking-aim-multiracial-democracy.
 S. Jonathon O’Donnell, “Antisemitism under Erasure: Christian Zionist Anti-Globalism and the Refusal of Cohabitation,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 10, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2019.1704042.
 Gabe Meadow, “Profile on the Right: ACT for America,” Political Research Associates, Mar 1, 2018, https://www.politicalresearch.org/2018/03/01/profile-on-the-right-act-for-america.
 John Hagee, “The Coming Fourth Reich,” John Hagee Ministries, no date (circa 2016). This is a website promotion for a recorded Hagee sermon that is no longer available. A screenshot of the page is located here.
 John Hagee, Beginning of the End: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Coming Antichrist, (Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson, 1996), 13.
 John Hagee, “Pastor John Hagee on Why U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Is So Important,” The Watchman with Eric Stakelbeck, Dec. 16, 2017, https://youtu.be/XEOOUFsmhQw, at 4:36.
 CUFI, “CUFI Welcomes Pres. Trump’s Jerusalem Policy,” CUFI Press Release, no date, (circa early 2018), accessed Feb. 10, 2020, https://www.cufi.org/cufi-welcomes-pres-trumps-jerusalem-policy/.
 Dan Hummel, “What You Need to Know about Mike Pence’s Speech to Christains United for Israel,” Washington Post, Jul 17, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2017/07/17/what-you-need-to-know-about-mike-pences-speech-to-christians-united-for-israel/?noredirect=on.
 Ron Kampeas, “Pompeo Assures Christian Zionists that Israel Allows Conversions to Christianity,” Times of Israel, Jul 11, 2019, https://www.timesofisrael.com/pompeo-assures-christian-zionists-that-israel-allows-conversions-to-christianity/.