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Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture ... and Destruction of Planet Earth [Paperback]

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Pages   164
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 18, 2002
Publisher   Amana Publications
ISBN  1590080157  
EAN  9781590080153  

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This is an enlarged new edition of Grace Halsell last book, Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture... And Destruction of Planet Earth. This edition includes transcript of CBS 60 Minutes program "Zion's Christian Soldiers" aired October 6, 2002 and additional articles on the subject written by the author.

"Halsell exposes Falwell's Christian tours as having only one purpose: to raise money for Falwell and Israel, under the guise of preparing the pilgrims for the approaching Armageddon. An excellent book."

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In her startling new book, Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture and the Destruction of Planet Earth, Grace Halsell explores the danger of a new religious doctrine sweeping America. Adherents to this doctrine are said to constitute the fastest growing movement in Christianity today. Its leaders proclaim that God wants--even demands--that Planet Earth be destroyed in our generation.

Cult members do not look like the so-called "crazies"--those such as Jim Jones or leaders of the "Branch Davidians" or "Heaven's Gate," who led followers to death declaring the end is near. Yet, Halsell writes, "They accept the same theology: we can do nothing about the environment, it's useless to work for peace, rather we must build more weapons for Armageddon."

Those proclaiming that we must wage Armageddon do not, however, expect to suffer. As the book points out, Pat Robertson, Hal Lindsey, Tim LaHaye and almost 100,000 other U.S. Fundamentalists broadcasting on 2,000 Christian radio and TV stations assure adherents that while the world will be destroyed, they will be given a free Rapture ticket. They need not suffer a moment of agony. As Jerry Falwell puts it, "I'm not worried. You know why? I ain't gonna be here."

Cult leaders assure followers, now said to include one out of ten Americans, that they will be wafted up to heaven for a special grandstand seat where, in comfort, they will watch the final holocaust, the agony and death of billions of men, women and children.

Forcing God's Hand explains the popularity of this End Time doctrine. A Tennessean, Cyrus Scofield, popularized the idea of a Free Rapture, a theology originally imported from England less than 200 years ago. The theology holds that Christians must look to the biblical land of the Jews for their salvation; that the land itself is more important to Christians than the message of Christ. Scofield taught that Christ was held hostage until Jews carried out a preordained plan: they were to leave their native lands, including Russia, Europe, Africa and America, and settle in Palestine. They were to eradicate, with the help of Christians, the most sacred Islamic shrine in Jerusalem, a mosque holy to a billion Muslims around the world; and once Christ returned, the Jews must convert to Christianity. His doctrine, called dispensationalism, was encoded into the Scofield Reference Bible.

His dispensationalist Reference Bible is used by virtually all TV and radio preachers. Their certitude in Armageddon, along with their offer of an escape hatch, makes converts of a growing number of mainstream, middle to upper-middle class Americans. Dispensationalists attend a variety of Protestant churches, including those known as charismatic. They represent 15 to 20 percent of the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention. They also are members of so-called Bible churches and megachurches, such as those attended by Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr in McLean, Virginia, and U.S. Congressman Tom DeLay in Sugar Land, a suburb of Houston.

Dispensationalism is taught throughout the U.S., at large and influential seminaries including the Dallas Theological Seminary, where Hal Lindsey studied, the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia College of the Bible, the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, as well as 200 other colleges and institutes. Currently there are more than 100,000 students in Bible school.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Grace Halsell (1923-2000) served President Lyndon Johnson as his speech writer for three years. She covered both Korea and Vietnam as a journalist and wrote for newspapers in the U.S., South America, Europe, Russia, China, Japan and the Middle East. She wrote fourteen books among them the well-received Soul Sister, Prophecy and Politics: Militant Evangelists on the Road to Nuclear War, Journey to Jerusalem and The Illegals.

Grace Halsell was born in 1923 and died in 2000.

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Great Information  May 13, 2007
I recommend this book to those who want the truth..If you do not want the not read it.It explains why millions pray for a quick rapture and the destruction of the earth.Its all about Christian_________ and America is behind it all.The author exposes the doctrine of a "pre trib"rapture and why it makes no sense at all to believe or teach such a doctrine that cannot be supported by the Bible.
When Religion and Politics mix.  Mar 4, 2007
This book exposes the hypocrisy of the Christian right. Their support of Israel is motivated by the belief that mortal men can accelerate Armageddon and the false expectation of a rapture. It seems disingenuous to me that a Christian leader could support the building of a third temple and a return to animal sacrifice.After all,was sacrificial law not fulfilled by the crucifixion of Yahushua(Christ)? These religious leaders don't really like Jews. They are just using them to get something that they want.A few quotes in the book show that very clearly- "Who will the Antichrist be?...Of course he'll be Jewish."-Jerry Falwell. "Only 144,000 Jews will remain alive after Armageddon."-Hal Lindsey. That's not exactly a flattering endorsement! Errant also in that the passage used doesn't anywhere identify the 144,000 as Jews. A member of a tribe of Israel is not necessarily identical to a Jew or someone practicing Judaism. Some food for thought regarding Armageddon; Nobody can force God's(YaHUaH) hand! What will people do when the rapture doesn't happen? It's very easy to sell Christians on the idea of a "free pass" while the Jews are supposedly being "purged".After all,who wants to suffer? This book goes a long way in showing the real motivation of some Christian leaders' support of Israel. They really seem to believe that they can speed up the process of what God clearly controls! This is a well written,easy reading book.I recommend it.
Grace Halsell does not know real truth on Rapture. Rapture has its significance  Mar 11, 2006
Grace Halsell does not know the real truth behind this event.Which one? The Rapture!
No one wants to see the Earth destroyed, and the Earth will not be destroyed. It will just be renewed when Jesus Christ arrives back to this planet; He will rule it for a 1000 years but then He will be recommissioned, so He will rule it forever and forever. The rapture has to occur because this will signal the beginning of the tribulation period. The faithful servants of Jesus Christ (His followers who have prayed to Him, and whoo have followed His Commandments) will be picked up the Creator Himself because "we" have believed in Him (In Christ Jesus), in He being the Messiah. The tribulation time, for those who stay behind will face Satan-in the flesh here on earth. The antichrist will want all humans who stay on this planet to pay allegiance to him (the devil)and will want the masses to have this mark on their right hand or forehead. Get the mark, and on judgement day those who get it will go to hell. Refuse the mark (the mark of the beast)and have Eternal life with Christ. This is not a quick rapture at all, Halsell is all wrong.
How Heretical Christianity Supports Israeli Interests.  Dec 25, 2004
_Forcing God's Hand: Why Millions Pray for a Quick Rapture-And Destruction of Planet Earth_ by Grace Halsell is a very interesting book giving some surprising information about popular theological trends in American Protestantism and how they relate to the US-Israel relationship and possibly the peace and stability of the Middle East. The book is not very academic in structure and like another reviewer notes, it "smacks of propaganda." Not only is this book propagandistic but it has a very left-wing slant to it as well (Halsell worked for President Johnson's administration back in the 1960s). However, what the book does cover is substantial and reveals certain problematic issues within American Christianity and how this carries over into foreign politics. Halsell's focus is on "dispensationalist" theology centered in "Bible churches" that began to develop during the mid 19th century by a British preacher John Darby, and popularized en masse by an American minister of questionable background, C. I. Scofield, around the turn of the century. Scofield published the _Scofield Reference Bible_ in 1908 and since then dispensationalism has proven extremely influential amongst evangelical and fundamentalist Protestants opposed to "higher criticism" in Biblical studies and theological liberalism that developed during the latter 19th century. Halsell notes well how dispensationalism deviates significantly from traditional Biblical interpretation agreed upon by Roman Catholic, Orthodox and mainstream Protestant churches. Until the advent of dispensational theology, most churches held more or less to the view of St. Augustine: God's "chosen people" consisted of believers in Christ, and the Old Testament references to a literal race of people as God's chosen were superceded by the universal message of the Gospel. Dispensationalism, on the other hand, adheres to a belief that God's covenants with Old Testament Israel (and therefore modern Jewry) are still in force. Non-Jews are rescued from God's wrath by faith in Christ, and Christ is the Jewish messiah who will come at the end of the tribulation to establish a literal 1000 year reign on earth before the final battle between good and evil. A main issue of contention between dispensationalists and orthodox interpretations is the issue of whether or not God's covenants with Israel were conditional or not. Dispensationalists hold that God's covenant with Israel is unconditional while traditional interpreters maintain God's covenants effectual with the participation of the human party involved, whether with a specific individual or group of people. God (in Genesis) promised Abraham that his descendants (the Jews) would inhabit a kingdom encompassing not only all of present-day Palestine, but Lebanon, parts of Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula as well. Not only this, but dispensationalists believe the foundation of Israel in 1948 as an officially Jewish state was a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy which is a sign of the end of time. Jesus will return to save the Jews from coming destruction at the hands of the Antichrist after they suffered three and a half years of persecution and warfare. Another curiosity of dispensationalist theology says that Christians will be "raptured" before the tribulation under the Antichrist begins. Other signs of the end times include a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem complete with the Levitical animal sacrifices-where the Muslim shine Aqsa Mosque stands today, Islam's third holiest site after the Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. Although Jews in general have proven themselves time and time again hostile to Christian activity of any sort, Israeli politicians and military officers have developed a close relationship with American Christian fundamentalists to promote dispensational theology in return for political support for Israel. Many prominent members of the US Republican Party are adherents of dispensational theology and attend "Bible" Churches such as Jesse Helms, Trent Lott, Ronald Regan, Tom DeLay and Oliver North. Halsell, a left winger, is especially disturbed by some Jews in the US supporting right-wing Christians because of the security it entails for Israeli interests. The whole fundamentalist Christian/Israeli relationship is entirely hypocritical in the first place because not all Palestinians are Muslims. A sizable Arab Christian community has found a home in Palestine since the time of Christ alongside Jews and later Muslims for well over a thousand years. Christians in the US are supporting a state that persecutes Christians and drives them out of their ancestral homes--at the expense of billions of dollars of US taxpayers' money of course. Something desperately needs to be done to break this awful and inherently heretical alliance if the US wants to regain some prestige in the international community because of the widespread animosity it brings because of its unilateral support of Israel. This book is not perfect (for example it compares supporters of Israel like Jerry Falwell to much more radical right wingers like neo-Nazis, the KKK and Christian Identity sects) but it does offer an important perspective into this critical but ignored political/religious issue.
Forcing one�s Credulity  May 15, 2004
This book is certainly a mixed bag; unfortunately it is more hyperbole and propaganda than a thoroughly researched tome. The book also suffers from a being rather unorganized and incredibly short. It seems to me that the author has attempted to immolate the world of 3 second sound bites rather than dive deeply into any of the subjects that have been presented.

Ms. Halsell is obviously ideologically attached to her position, therefore there is no in depth analysis of the other side. For anybody who is remotely aware of the history of Israel and the Palestinians it can become downright painful to read the propaganda that she spews forth. For example, for her to get a `true' history of the Palestinians she did NOT spend time in the library researching, nor did the author even speak to the acclaimed historians on both sides, instead she simply found a devout Arab Muslim and garnered all of her historical perspective from him (Chapter 8). WOW that's unbiased isn't it!

Another example of this reporting is how she exposes Jerry Falwell's theology. Does she interview him? NO! Does she study his writings and teachings? NO! Does she do anything that a respective unbiased reporter would do? NO! Instead she proudly gets all the information from 3 individuals who are rank and file followers of Mr. Falwell.

But is this book all bad, No, as with most cases of propaganda there is some truth mixed in with the lies. For example the author is correct in stating that dispensationalism is a recent invention. But she is in major error when labels it a cult. Dispensationalism, which I disagree with, does not in any way reach the sociological or psychological definition of a cult. In order for her to link them to a cult status she mentions the likes of Jim Jones or leaders of the "Branch Davidians" or "Heaven's Gate," who led followers to death declaring the end is near. The only problem with this analogy is none of these cultic leaders were dispensationalists. She is also either, intentionally or in ignorance, mentions Christian teachers who are not dispensationalists and tries to lump them in with dispensationalists.

For Christians who take their bible seriously there is no doubt that Jesus will come again for the saints on the earth. There is also no question that there will be a tribulation or that there will be one final battle. Ms Halsell's seems to question all of these ideas which are really not in question to serious biblical scholars. What is in question is will the rapture occur BEFORE, DURING or at the END of the tribulation. That is the question.

The only reason this book seems to have been written is to enforce the author's thoroughly anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, anti-Christian bias. It would seem to me that the author is so open-minded to the ideas of the terrorists of Palestine that her brains have fallen out. Give this book a pass.


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