End Times Pastor Who Believes the Anti-Christ Is Jewish Will Speak at AIPAC Conference
Bishop Edwin Harper is rapture ready.
By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet
Bishop Edwin Harper is a self-described “fanatic” who says he is eagerly awaiting the Rapture. He also believes that when the anti-Christ appears, he will be a Jew.
This year, the American Israeli Public Affairs Conference, America’s most influential pro-Israel organization, has invited Harper to speak at its annual conference in Washington DC.
In 2012, Harper appeared before his Apostolic Life Cathedral in Huntington, West Virginia. Before a lively Sunday crowd, Harper devoted a sermon to the coming nuclear war with Iran and the impending Rapture. As he worked himself into a lather about the coalition of evildoers that would converge against godly Christendom, Harper suddenly diverged into a tirade against Obamacare, warning his audience that they would have government-owned chips installed in their hands and skulls if they signed up.
According to Harper, government-subsidized healthcare was a Satanic enterprise—but the president who conceived it was a mere tool of Lucifer.
“Is Obama the anti-Christ?” Harper asked his audience. “No. He don’t qualify. He’s not a Jew! You’ve got have a Jew!”
Harper brought his congregation to its feet by declaring that global nuclear annihilation was of little concern to him as long as he reached Heaven. “What I fear, more than a nuclear explosion, is missing the Rapture,” the basso profondo preacher boomed from the pulpit. “I fear not being with the Lord more than I fear the guns and the bombs of this earth. Now we’ve got to understand, it’s about living for God. Now, Brother Harper, if we start living the way you’re preaching, people will call us fanatics. Oh, please do! Oh please do!”
AIPAC has invested substantial resources into cultivating Harper as an ally. In 2011, the AIPAC-affiliated America Israel Education Foundation sent Harper on an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel. Harper is a regular speaker at the Day of Israel celebrations in Huntington, WV and has participated in AIPAC-related lobbying sessions on Capitol HIll, where he claims to have met with Frank Gaffney, an anti-Muslim extremist and foreign policy advisor to Ted Cruz.
According to a press release from the West Virginia District of the Pentecostal Church International, Harper “was a key leader in rallying more than 700 attendees at the University of Charleston Town Hall hosted by Senator Joe Manchin III concerning the dangers of the ban Iran nuclear deal.”
AIPAC did not respond to a request for comment on Harper’s comments on Jews and the anti-Christ.
Watch Harper’s remarks on the anti-Christ, Jews and readying for nuclear armageddon:
Max Blumenthal is a senior editor of the Grayzone Project at AlterNet, and the award-winning author of Goliath and Republican Gomorrah. His most recent book is The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. Follow him on Twitter at @MaxBlumenthal.
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