The following Commentary is primarily set in the time just prior to and during the Tribulation Period, viz. Jacob's Troubles [Jer.
30:7] and Daniel's Seventieth Week [Dan. 9:24-27].   Further, the text has nothing to do with the corrupt eschatological position
known as, "Restoration Theology " ... belief  that Israel has lost its standing with God, and its blessings and curses have
reverted to the Church for the endtime.  We know from scripture that Israel, religious and secular alike, will embrace the coming
anti-Christ as Messiah, yet only to be greatly deceived by
the man of sin who will enter-in and desecrate the 3rd Temple.
The tenets of belief among Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform sects in postmodern Judaism are varied, and at times openly
conflictural.  As of recent, doctrinal disparity among several denominations in Christendom reflect competitive/antagonistic
factions within, as well.   Recently formed religious sects such as "Jewish Renewal" and "Reconstructionism" are not
addressed here, since their postulates are even more radical than Reform and some of the Conservative viewpoints.  In 1977,
the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, of the US and Canada, declared that Conservative and Reform branches of Judaism are "not
(3)   It is estimated that between 80 percent to 90 percent of affiliated Jews in America are members of either Reform or
Conservative congregations.(ibid.) The State of Israel is still struggling with the definition(s) of "legitimate Jewry" in terms of
marriage, conversion, divorce, citizenship, Diaspora etc.
Let us consider here a few of the doctrinal and belief differences among the three primary sects in modern-day Judaism. These
differences are preeminent in understanding why Tribulation Period Israel will receive and embrace the antichrist.
(See full Jewish
Doctrine Table Models) --  http://www.aamen.org/Home08aREV.html (4)
According to the New Testament and the Christian church, Jesus is Divine, the Son of God, and the Messiah.  In sharp contrast,
Jewish belief considers Jesus was a man with some wisdom teachings.  Further, in Judaism, Jesus was a Jewish man who
was executed and later given divine status by the Christian church.  For Jews to look to Jesus as the returning Savior/Messiah,
is blasphemy.  Where then should 21st C. Israel, and Jewry, look to for the coming of their long awaited Ha'Mashiach?
One of the most important Jewish principals of faith is the belief in one God and one God only with no partnership of any kind,
and belief in Jesus as Deity, part of a Deity, Son of God, or Christ, is incompatible with Judaism.  The belief that Jesus is God,
part of the Trinity, the Messiah, or a prophet of God are incompatible with traditional Jewish tenets.  Maimonides in his Epistle to
Yemen writes that Jesus was a heretic who sought to annul the Torah.
Thus, unless a Jew is a Messianic-Jew, Jesus is not a consideration for salvation nor deliverance.  What remains is a hope for
the coming of a "super ordinate" person who promises to bring  peace, security, and prosperity.  Christ was not accepted in His
first Advent due in large part to the fact He came as a
suffering servant, and not as a conquering warlord king.  Israel will be
profoundly disheartened by the performance of the embraced antichrist.  He will be the quintessential endtime Pied Piper.
Modern-day Israel is a secularized religious culture, permeated with stalwart quasi-religious groups, and an orthodox-Jewish
minority.  The longed for "Jewish" Messiah is not envisioned as a divine being, will be a human with extraordinary gifts, will
displays-miracles-signs-wonders, and have an undeniable anointing.   This individual will be expected to purpose his workings
through government to being about peace, justice and reconciliation for all of mankind's shortcomings.  Thus, we have an
operative characterization of the coming antichrist's self declarations. (See Daniel and Revelation).  As Israel is pressed further
and further into the "corner of itself", it will reach out, to the international community, for deliverance from the oppressive and
longstanding isolationism perpetrated by neighboring Arab states.  
Along comes a spider, so to speak, and the "man which will
destroy many by the promise of peace"
(Dan. 8:25) will offer them that feigned security and escape.
Israel's long-term over reliance on the United States for financial support, military materiel, and protection from UN sanctions
will progressively diminish as a consequence of horrific events now staging in the Persian Gulf Theater.  As Israel finds itself
without America's unquestioned unilateral defense-pack, it will aggressively seek to formally join the global community of
nations. Economic [monetary/political] governance and military security coalitions will form in the next few years and Israel will
believe it cannot afford to sustain itself in the isolated state in which it exists today.   Israel's embrace of the antichrist, save a
remnant, will initially be out of a sense of necessity and angst, vs. a religious consideration.  Even so, a
universal religious
will also form and Israel will opt-in to that set of religious alliances, again out of a fear of further isolationism.
The antichrist will offer Israel a shield of protection which will falsely allay their fearful concerns of being overwhelmed by "having
to go it alone".  Israel will operate on the
principle of parsimony or Occam's razor.  Today Israel negotiates on a false premise of
land for peace, an over reliance on a propped-up economic invincibility, nuclear defense deterrents, and a misguided set of
propositions (hope) that a lasting peace is obtainable and sustainable with Arab / Islamic states in the region.  This is not a
doomsday scenario as such, rather endtime scriptural eschatology beginning to play itself out right before our very eyes.
The coming attack by a Persian Gulf Arab Caliphate, with Russian weaponry, will result in a God orchestrated victory for Israel.
The consequence of this victory will place Israel in a most tenuous position, regionally as well as internationally, and change the
calculus of the Middle East so as to allow the antichrist to exercise great sway throughout the Tribulation Period.  Why then will
Israel, save a remnant,  embrace the antichrist, because it actually will not have a
reasoned option (doctrinal) not to affiliate and
submit.  If Netanyahu continues as the Israeli Prime Minister, during these near coming times, we may see Israel gain some
lost confidence, yet it will be short-lived as God's Providence for Israel is ushered and its fulfillment made manifest.
Much of the current cymbal clanging and bell ringing to save Israel from itself go against divinely inspired prophecy and
scriptural eschatology.  God Almighty will restore and reconcile Israel to Himself, in His good time.  However, we read that God
blesses those which bless Israel and brings loss upon those that deny her.  We read in Zech. 12:2-3 - "Behold, I will make
Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against
Jerusalem.  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be
cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." Coming events will cause America to deny and
come against Israel, irrespective of current political rhetoric, (all people of the earth) and in doing so, loose divine favor America
has garnered as Israel's only "stand-up" international friend and co-protectorate.
If God finished the end before He began the beginning -- that what was, and what is, will be what is to come.(referencing Christ).  
The table below is a straightforward chart of prophesied events to come.  The Antichrist will be a "counterfeit" of Christ ((pseudo
Christos), and Israel will  paradoxically receive him, "for they know not the True One". (See 1& 2).  The 'spirit of the antichrist' has
been operative in the world since Eden.  The manifest
personification of the antichrist should enter stage-center at the
"Beginning of Sorrows".  This commentary has purposefully not framed this discussion in
dispensational  terminology for the
emphasis has been on the plight of Israel and not the church, per se, as the near-time of the exemplified antichrist approaches.
Believer's Study Bible Notes - Matt. 24:15 chart.
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come." (Rev. 4:8).  This is not a season to be caught-up in
"Jesus Seminar" type apostasy or the "Rethink Christianity" idle confab (Schuller, et al.), but rather a time to understand God's
outworking of His endtime Plan (Eph. 1:10) for Israel, the Church and the unbelieving world.   If you are not involved in a purposed
ministry to serve The Lord's endtime Plan, then ask the Holy Spirit to include you in one He is already blessing.  Spare no cost
and have no excuse in fulfilling His calling.  Just look at what Israel is suffering
today, and imagine what will be required of it
tomorrow (fig.).  
Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1)  Cor. 3:14 - "But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant
is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away."
(2)  Rom. 11:25-26 - "For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you
should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  
And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;"
(3)  NEWS  FROM  ISRAEL, (Midnight Call Ministries, SC) - December 1977, pages 14-17, entitled Jewish
Viewpoints [Original source: Jews for Jesus].
(4)   Full text review - http://www.aamen.org/Home08a.html
(5)   Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_principles_of_faith
(6)   Pied Piper - http://www.aamen.org/PiedPiper.html
Today in America, we are blessed without measure, albeit: current economic tremors, political arena grandstanding, along with
several denominations seriously wavering on seminal doctrinal
absolutes.  God still has a masterful purpose to be fulfilled in,
and through, America before Daniel's Seventieth Week formally commences.  America will receive God's verdict in the near
not-to-distant days to come, as will Israel receive its during the Tribulation Period.  Much of the unbelieving world is already under
God's hand of judgment.  Resolve today, to be a dynamic part of God's fulfillment for America, and not a
casualty of the process
nor a
spoil to the enemy.  Amen
Should the recent Isreali oil & gas reservoirs, geologically determined, prove to be as substantial as estimated, then Russia
would come to "take a spoil", and thus commence Ezek. 38 & 39.  Many eschatologists believe the war of Psalms 83 will precede
the Ezek. conflagrant war.