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In recent months, Glenn Beck has spent a lot of time talking about Israel and has been busy promoting a pro-Israel rally scheduled to occur later this month in Jerusalem. But Beck -- who has insisted that "there is no one more pro-Israel or more pro-Jew than I am" -- has close ties to the activities and legacy of the late Jerry Falwell, the controversial televangelist who infamously claimed that the Antichrist was likely a living male Jew.
In 1999 Falwell told attendees at an evangelical conference in Tennesee that the Antichrist was "probably" alive and "of course he'll be Jewish." Soon after, Falwell issued a non-apology apology and said, "I apologize not for what I believe, but for my lack of tact and judgment in making a statement that served no purpose whatsoever."
Later that year Falwell told author Jeffrey Goldberg that "the Antichrist will be a counterfeit of the true Christ, which means that he will be male and Jewish, since Jesus was male and Jewish."
Falwell's assertion was of course amazingly offensive and borderline anti-Semitic. It is also out of the mainstream of Christian thought and is rejected by even many conservative, end-times Christian leaders. For example, Tim LaHaye, the author behind the end-times "Left Behind" series, told Goldberg he didn't believe that the Antichrist would be Jewish.