Mark Pickles
Mark Pickles

Political millennialism: Why the world today needs a Churchill

‘Unlike most others, he [Churchill] had some sense of just what the Nazis set out to exterminate in their total extermination of the Jews, from Tromsø to Tunis, namely, the millennial teaching and testimony that the Jewish people represent by their very presence in the world… While Churchill may not have been able to put a stop to the murder of the Six Million, he never ceased to affirm the unfathomable significance of the emergence of the Jewish State from the ashes.’ — A Crime Without a Name’ (winstonchurchill.org), Dr David Patterson

‘I intend to set up a thousand-year Reich and anyone who supports me in this battle is a fellow-fighter for a unique spiritual – I would say divine – creation’. — Secret Conversations with Hitler, Richard Breiting

“Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour”.’ — Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 18 June 1941

We live in spiritually-dark times in which it has becoming fashionable to lionise Hitler and ‘cancel’ Churchill, not only in Islamic nations and the madrasas, but in Christian and post-Christian nations too.

Although Western clergy, politicians, NGOs, media, intellectuals and universities today do not overtly champion Hitler, the West’s demonisation of the Jewish nation (not least on campus) resembles the West’s demonisation of the Jewish people a century ago.

Much of the West’s anti-Israelism is imported from contemporary Islam. Our universities are funded by the wealthy Gulf States, led by Qatar, today the political and intellectual base of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose core ideology is genocidal antisemitism, resembling the Nazism from which it sprung in Cairo in the 1930s.

Since the turn of the millennium (and the Second Intifada), Hitler and the Muslim Brotherhood have regained worldwide popularity. Mein Kampf has variously been a bestseller in Islamic nations such as Turkey, Bangladesh, PA Territories, Jordan, Pakistan, etc..

President Barack Hussein Obama, who symbolically removed Churchill’s bust on entering the Oval Office, almost immediately went to Egypt to lend his support to the Muslim Brotherhood’s revolutionary-Jihadist ‘Arab Spring’, apparently believing the MB to be a ‘moderate’ alternative to other Islamists groups, but who unleashed the ongoing ‘Arab Winter’, with millions of causalities.

In the meantime, the Muslim Brotherhood has become emboldened and active in Europe, necessitating urgent solutions in France, where it is consuming liberal democracy from the inside out behind the shields of ‘victimisation’ and ‘Islamophobia’. President Macron admits that antisemitism in France is now at its worst level since WWII, as it is in the USA. Here in Britain, since Jeremy Corbyn led the Labour Party, mainstream politics has allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, as Toby Young explains here for The Spectator: The Islamist Nazis and Corbyn’s wilful blindness.

Mein Kampf is once again a bestseller in Germany. And Berlin is once again the antisemitic capital of Europe. The German Government condemns this resurgence of antisemitism, while at the same time the German Government, German NGOs and German churches insidiously outsource the ‘Final Solution’ as Europe’s primary funder of Islamist groups in the Holy Land avowedly committed to genocide of Jews.

Enthusiasm for Hitler is present in the West’s mainstream media. BBC journalist Tala Halawa, reporter on ‘Israel-Palestine’, has tweeted extremely antisemitic beliefs, including that ‘Hitler was right’.

Sreenshot of The Spectator, 23 May 2021

On 16 May 2021, journalist Adeel Raja, a Middle East reporter who freelances for CNN, tweeted: ‘The world today needs a Hitler’.  Raja was fired from CNN, and deleted the tweet. However, capitalising on his notoriety, he tweeted the equally notorious New York Times front page of 28 May under the caption, ‘Why the world needs a..’, doubtless expecting his followers to read the name ‘Hitler’ into the ellipsis.

The New York Times front page is the ludicrous use of pictures of children to incite emotional responses against Israel. Just over the border from Israel, 22,000 Arab children have been killed in the decade-long conflict in Syria. Where is the NYT compassion for Arab children killed by Arabs, and photographs of 22,000 dead Syrian children? Worse, the NYT piece is libellous, and the pictures were sourced by Palestinian NGOs with known sympathies and links to terrorist organisations. Although the montage has start to unravel and the NYT has quietly released a slow leak of corrections, the front page is now permanently embedded in the world’s ‘silicon’, and will continue to incite yet more antisemitism and anti-Israelism, including from mainstream Anglophone journalists who think ‘the world today needs a Hitler’.

I wrote a piece (a few days before the NYT piece) on Genocidal Anti-Israelism and the Lethal Journalism of the West.

Why Hitler good Churchill bad?

‘We owe to the Jews a system of ethics which, even if it were entirely separated from the supernatural, would be incomparably the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact the fruits of all wisdom and learning put together’. — Winston Churchill, 1920

Churchill said, ‘Some people like the Jews, and some do not. But no thoughtful man can deny the fact that they are, beyond any question, the most formidable and the most remarkable race which has appeared in the world’.

Jews comprise a mere 0.2% of the world population, but have won over 20% of Nobel Prizes since they were first awarded 120 years ago. I suspect there are divinely-ordained reasons: without such miraculous intellectual gift within the Jewish Tribe, it is difficult to see how Israel could have survived the many attempts to eradicate her since 1948. Furthermore, had Jewish physicists not fled Germany for the USA in the early 1930s, it is difficult to see how the USA could have beaten Germany in the race for a nuclear bomb, which Hitler, out of desperation, would surely have used on Britain at a late stage of the War.

However, Churchill was concerned that gifted Jews sometimes inspire anti-Judaic movements, most worryingly Communism. Churchill, then, was a Zionist, and a friend of Chaim Wiezmann. Although not overtly religious, he had a profound sense of ‘Providence’ (a word he used often). For Churchill the destiny of the nations is determined by the hand of God, and not in any plans, schemes, or revolutionary politics of man.

Hitler and Churchill were both millennial thinkers. Germany was over 90% Christian, and Hitler found it easy to convince Germans and other Christians that the goal of history (Reich) is a necessarily-Jew-free Christian millennium. Hitler – and Mussolini – won endorsement from the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope signed the Reichskonkordat in 1933, eight years after the publication of Mein Kampf. Most of the German Protestant churches gathered under the ecumenical umbrella of the Protestant Reich Church. Hitler was also supported by various Muslim Arab leaders, from Bosnia to Jerusalem to Iraq.

Adolf Hitler shakes hands with Protestant Reich bishop Ludwig Muller and Roman Catholic abbot Albanus Schachtleitner, both staunch supporters of Nazism, and personal friends of Hitler. (Photo by: Photo 12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Although not overtly religious, Churchill was steeped in the Bible from childhood, and intuited that the goal of history is Israel-centred – Jerusalem-centred – upheld by ‘Christian civilisation’.  In January 1949, he declared to the House of Commons that the establishment of the State of Israel ‘is an event in world history to be viewed in the perspective, not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of a thousand, two thousand or even three thousand years’.

In other words, Churchill believed in the original and divinely-revealed vision of progress through history, and no other. Churchill’s millennialism was the original stubborn vision that will not go away despite thousands of years of attempting to void it.

On the face of it today, it seems incongruous that arch-atheist Socialist Progressives such as Jeremy Corbyn can ‘cancel’ Churchill and side with the mullahs of Iran on Iranian state TV. On the face of it today, it seems bizarre that British Conservative politicians, including Churchill’s grandson Sir Nicolas Soames MP, can call for the immediate recognition of a Palestinian state whose regimes’ (Hamas, Fatah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad) explicitly publish in their charters genocidal antisemitism. But it is no surprise that the world’s politics gravitates to multifaceted anti-Israelism. Israel is the Lord of History’s big ultimate NO to all political ideologies, religious and irreligious. Israel – the ensign of God of Israel – is the nagging eternal impediment to every religious and political movement (including within Israel) that claims to have the measure of how the unfolding evolution of history is to be fulfilled, and thinks it is entitled to appropriate power and ‘justice’ in the final state.

Jeremy Corbyn, Nicolas Soames, the Ayatollah, the World Council of Churches, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Communist Party of China, the United Nations, the German Government, the Muslim Brotherhood, Sinn Féin, and perhaps every committed Socialist in the world (including Jewish ones)… do not agree on much. But they all agree that Jews are not the Chosen People through whom God is piloting history to its millennial goal. The atheists insist there is no God to choose anything, whereas Christian and Muslim anti-Israelists – tormented by pride – insist that Judaism is null and void, and they are the new Chosen.

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The vision of the world’s progress to a millennium is profoundly Jewish, and was uniquely Jewish until the advent of Christianity. In fact the belief that history progresses to something good for the whole world, was, for centuries, uniquely Jewish.

Faith in progress is faith, even though ‘progressives’ of today are avowedly atheist or agnostic. Secular notions of progress are, as much as Christian and Islamic ones, rooted in the Jewish vision, as surely as the 7-day week. (The 7-day week dates back to the 6th century BCE, and was unique to the Jews; the Romans for instance had the nundinal, or 8-day week.) Indeed, the 7-day week is the millennialist pattern: Sabbath, Sabbath of Sabbaths, Sabbath Year, Jubilee… all reminders of the holiness of Time, and that there is to be a Sabbath, or Millennium, of History. Shalom.

This ancient vision of mankind’s progress has survived all evidence to the contrary, not least in the past century the world wars and other ‘total wars’. Belief in progress has survived all the massive revolutions that were supposed to bring about the goal of history, according to various irreligious, religious and quasi-religious political movements.

Even the brilliant philosopher Bertrand Russell – left-wing atheist and ideological pacifist –acknowledged in his History of Western Philosophy that Socialism/Communism is a derivative of Christian millennialism:

We might say that all politics, apart from perhaps Anarchism, is essentially millennialist, regardless of whether or not is uses the word ‘millennium’ to describe its desired end goal. Conservatism, if it is true to itself in Christian nations such as here in England – with our Establish Church and Christian monarch – is the conservation of the Judeo-Christian millennium, accepting that God is Lord of History. English Conservatism is the trusting in God’s timing and plans, rather than trusting the devices and desires of man. Conservatism is the opposition of republicanism and revolutionary politics that aims to define and bring about the end state, be it Socialist, Islamist, or, indeed, the Christian and Jewish apocalypticism of 17th-century England, such as of the regicidal Puritans (and their ‘New Model Army’), the Quakers, the Fifth Monarchists, and the Sabbateans. Some English and European apocalyptic cults emigrated to various America, and the US has continued to spawn apocalyptic cults to this day. But as my Jerusalemite friend the historian Professor Richard Landes recently pointed out to me – to my utter surprise – by far the most deadly of all Christian apocalypticists were the Chinese, in the Taiping Revolution.

In our times, the transhumanist so-called ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ is anti-Christian millennialism, as I wrote in this piece, even though our incumbent Conservative Government and the Archbishop of Canterbury, have fallen in line with it.

This Jewish prophetic vision asserts there is a peaceful destiny of all nations, centred on Israel, and specifically Jerusalem, and specifically the ‘House of prayer for all nations’. Today this vision of ‘swords into plowshares’ is inscribed into the ‘Isaiah Wall’ at, ironically, the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Isaiah Wall, opposite the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Photo by: Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The United Nations have turned the vision upside-down: whereas Isaiah’s prophecy is God’s word from Mount Zion and Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3-4), the United Nations, year in year out, gang up to condemn Israel more times that all the other nations of the world combined. This has been the situation since 1975, when the Ugandan Muslim leader President Idi Amin addressed the UN and was given a standing ovation in calling for the ‘extinction of Israel’. Amin also praised Hitler for killing six million Jews.

The Jewish faith, then, was (and arguably still is) uniquely monotheistic, with the unique view that Time itself is holy and progressive, and owned by the One True God. In other words, the Jews were chosen to be (in the words of David Patterson) “the millennial teaching and testimony by their very presence in the world”. Elsewhere, David has written that the Jews were chosen to teach the world that all human beings are chosen by God. The great allegory of Adam and Eve, of man’s hiding from God, is an allegory of antisemitism. It is not surprising, then, that the restitution of Israel, itself an end-time prophecy, has resulted in so much passionate hatred. As noted, raising the ensign of God of Israel is a big NO, and a big humiliation, to ALL alternative ideas about progress, and the destiny of the nations.

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The most urgent global crisis of our time is genocidal anti-Israelism, just as the most urgent crisis of 1930s Europe was genocidal antisemitism.

Last year I wrote a 10,000-word  essay  – Genocidal Anti-Israelism – The Ticking Time Bomb – with Richard Landes, a medievalist, who specialised in the millennial period 1000 CE in the first part of his academic career, and then more generally in apocalyptic and millennialist movements across the great sweep of history. Even the French Revolution, Richard explains in his book Heaven on Earth – The Varieties of the Millennial Experience  (OUP, 2011) was a millennialist movement, and widely seen as the fulfilment of prophecy and the Christian millennium (enthusiastically for instance by the influential Nonconformist English theologian and scientist Joseph Priestley). The French Revolution began as atheistic, but became explicitly Deistic, to afford some vague divine approval of the millennium – the final state of history – in the supposedly ‘enlightened’ mind of man.

I would argue that the American Revolution is no less millennialist than the French Revolution. Both involved Thomas Paine (Quaker), whose overwhelmingly-influential pamphlet Common Sense was the manifesto for the Thirteen Colonies to revolt against the British monarch, proffering ‘Old Testament’ examples of the pride and vanity of the kings versus the reason and righteousness of the people. Paine wrote in Common Sense:

‘let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law, the word of God; let a crown be placed thereon, by which the world may know, that so far as we approve of monarchy, that in America the law is king’.

I think Paine, here, sums up everything that is wrong with politics (including the factional politics within Israel). Half the nations insist that God of Israel does not exist, and the other half vainly think they are entitled to appropriate the royal diadem from Israel and ‘the City of the Great King’ (Psalm 48:3, Matthew 5:35).

It surely has not surprised God that the restitution of Israel has resulted in genocidal anti-Israelism. But we must defuse the ticking time bomb. Providence will prevent the annihilation of Israel, but as Churchill knew, Providence demands our: Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat.

Ultimately, we will see a political about-face. This nations’ passionate attachment to Israel will switch from hate to love. The nations, united, will turn to Israel not because they are addicted to millennia of Jew baiting, but to encourage and support those who are trying to make the Holy Land the House of Prayer for all nations. It will happen, as the prophets promised it surely will, when the world comes to know God in God’s fullness: when our partial knowledge because whole (holy).

Today we need political leadership that understands that the ideologies of genocidal antisemitism and genocidal anti-Israelism are not primarily a form of racism. They are something much worse: the soul’s rejection of God. Nothing is as spiritually dark and destructive. Although not even Churchill could articulate the metaphysics of this ‘crime without a name’, he understood it that it must be defeated at all cost, and – thank the heavens – he convinced Great Britain that this great evil must not be politically appeased.

About the Author
Mark Pickles is a Scientific Technical Writer with a deep interest in understanding theology in the light of modern knowledge. He was an atheist from ages 10 to 30, and since then has been an active and practicing adherent in the Church of England. In recent years he has been actively engaged in the battle against antisemitism and anti-Israelism within and without the Church.
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