For the first time, an Israeli Prime Minister has visited Brazil for an inauguration. Even though Brazil had several conservative Catholic presidents, not one of them was willing to get close to Israel. With Jair Bolsonaro, a nominal Catholic, was different, because his main voting base was evangelical.
Brazilian evangelicals support Israel enthusiastically — which is a phenomenon in Brazil, the largest Catholic nation in the world, traditionally not known for supporting Israel and with a dark history of Inquisition against the Jews.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in Brazil on December 28, 2018. He intends to remain in Brazil until the inauguration of the new Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, on January 1, 2019. Meanwhile, both are discussing agreements and partnership. It is a wonderful opportunity.
To support Israel in these wicked times is a big challenge. Recently, Facebook blocked my account for 30 days because I said that Jerusalem belongs only to Israel. Facebook, which belongs to a left-wing Jewish-American billionaire, does not like to support Israel. But I like! You can read how Facebook blocked my account over my pro-Israel stance here: Does Facebook Reject My Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital?
For years and decades, I have prayed, with many other Brazilian evangelicals, for such partnership, especially for the Brazilian government to recognize the whole Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and for Jerusalem’s peace. This is virtually a command for all those who love Jesus Christ and His living Word.
So I praise God for such new partnership as an answer to prayers.
I see also some challenges and opportunities. While Brazil has resisted the gay and abortion lobby, Israel has given up long ago. Israel has some of the most liberal abortion and homosexual laws in the world. So Brazil should support Israel and Jerusalem as its capital without following Israel’s liberal laws. Also, Brazilian evangelicals, who prayed for many years for a Brazilian-Israeli partnership, should pray for the salvation in Jesus Christ to both nations.
I wonder if God will open the doors to Brazil in an extraordinary way. In 2008 I met American prophet Chuck Pierce, who told that if Brazil got closer to Israel, God was going to give to Brazil the anointing that the U.S. has lost. You can read about his vision in this article: Brazil, the Next (Regional or Global) Threat to the U.S. Economic Supremacy?
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is that while the father of Netanyahu is the author of a massive book against the Inquisition and its revisionism, one of Bolsonaro’s advisers, whom I call Bolsonaro’s Rasputin, is the most prominent Brazilian advocate of the Inquisition and its revisionism.
“Even in the popular image of the Inquisition fires, lies are predominant. Everybody believe that condemned individuals ‘died burned,’ amid horrible suffering. The flames were high, more than 16 feet high, to hinder suffering. The condemned individuals (less than ten a year in two dozen nations) died suffocated in a few minutes, before the flames could touch them.”
My article “Olavo de Carvalho and the Inquisition” says,
In 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Pope Francis at the Vatican, and gave the leader of the Catholic Church “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain,” a book that largely revolves about Spanish Catholics questioning, torturing, and punishing the Jews, exposing how thousands of them were expelled from Spain or burned at the stake.
The Jewish Journal said that “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain,” a scholarly magnum opus and in-depth tome on the Spanish Inquisition, describes how the Catholic Church persecuted, and often executed, masses of Jews.
Business Insider noted that “it is important to think of the context of the book, which is written by Netanyahu’s father Ben-Zion Netanyahu, a well-regarded historian who worked at both Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Cornell University.”
CBS News said, “Netanyahu’s father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian… best known in academic circles for his research into the Catholic Church’s medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain.”
Certainly, Netanyahu does not know that Bolsonaro’s Rasputin advocates the Inquisition and its revisionism. When he learns about it, he will bring, in the next trip to Brazil, some copies of “The Origins of the Inquisition in Fifteenth Century Spain.”
Evangelicals who have prayed for a partnership between Israel and Brazil know that God answers prayers and now they should pray that God may remove Inquisition advocates from the Brazilian government and put leaders according to God’s purposes.
Portuguese version of this article: Netanyahu de Israel encontra-se com Bolsonaro do Brasil
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