Oct 5, 2015
Premier Benjamin Netanyahu is a polarizing figure,
through no fault of his own.
This week, Netanyahu
spoke before the UN’s General Assembly. At one point, he
paused for a dramatic 44 seconds, looking right and
left, indicting those sitting in the international body
that loathes Israel.
He referred of course to the
international acceptance/acquiescence to the Iranian
“deal.” Countries right and left are happy to throw
Israel under the bus — Iran’s leadership for more than a
decade has threatened to wipe Israel off the map — not
appearing to understand that the Iranians will also come
The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz
captured it all perfectly:
dramatically, he rebuked the membership of the very
institution where he was speaking — the United Nations —
for tolerating Iran’s relentless threats to destroy the
Jewish state and ‘rushing to embrace’ the regime.
‘Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews,
Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country, murder my
people. And the response from this body, the response
from nearly every one of the governments represented
here,’ he charged furiously, ‘has been absolutely
nothing. Utter silence. Deafening silence.’”
Horovitz then made an interesting point, saying that the
Prime Minister “Like a biblical prophet, Netanyahu had
come to warn, to chastise, and to indict.”
Although Horovitz probably does not see all this exactly
as prophetic, he also noted that Netanyahu (and by
extension, Israel) is “isolated.”
Now, let us examine for a minute some of Israel’s
Since an Israeli couple was
shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist this week,
there has been a rash of stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old
City, with more Jews being murdered by Palestinians.
Let me be clear: these Palestinian terrorists, up to
and including Mahmoud Abbas, are scum. Vermin. They are
permanently immoral, and yet the world (including some
evangelical Christian leaders) ignores these killings
and condemns Israel.
In fact, astonishingly, the
Palestinian Authority accused Israel of murdering
Palestinians…the terrorists who murdered Jews!
Meanwhile, Islamic Jihad and Hamas expressed delight by
I stand with Israel and the Jewish
people and shout that the murder of Jews is not only
unacceptable, but there will one day soon be a
reckoning. I loathe Jew hatred and oppression more than
anything else, and if the world sits on his hands, the
world condemns itself and I want no part of them.
Isolated? Israel is isolated in terms of this
planet’s human beings. But she is not isolated in the
most important ways. And while we await the justice that
is swiftly coming from God, we link arms and stand with
the Jewish state.
Let us be isolated together.
Sept 28, 2015
Bibi and the
Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to
Russia a few days ago, to meet with the Bear, Vladimir
Putin, whose forays into territorial expansion remind
one of Uncle Joe Stalin in his heyday.
Netanyahu, of course, is rightly
concerned about the Russians/Soviets meddling in the
Middle East, helping prop-up client states like Syria.
It seems some things never change, as the Russians have
long coveted a warm-weather seaport in the Middle East.
Publicly, it sounded like Netanyahu
and Putin would meet as pseudo-allies, in an attempt to
sort-out the mess and carnage that erupted in Syria in
2011. Since then, in order to remain in power, Bashar
Assad has shoved his own people into the meat-grinder,
as he grapples with “rebels” attempting to overthrow
What we are now all dealing with
(and the influx of a gigantic number of refugees will
ensure that ISIS has sleeper cells in the U.S.) is the
product of Barack Obama’s dreadful capitulation/helping
hand to the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo in June 2009.
That address gave a green light to jihadist groups to
send the Middle East up in flames, as dictators toppled
Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s
According to the AP:
“A senior Israel military official
says the country has set up a joint mechanism with the
Russian military to coordinate their operations in
“The official says Thursday that
teams headed by each of the militaries' deputy chiefs
will hold their first meeting in two weeks. The teams
will discuss coordination of aerial, naval and
electromagnetic operations around Syria.”
I imagine that while Netanyahu
would of course not be purposely belligerent with the
Russian Bear, I also cannot imagine him being
subservient like Obama. The U.S. President, who is
chummy with Marxists everywhere, let Putin know from the
beginning that he was no Reagan. This gave Putin
enormous latitude in gobbling up former Soviet
provinces. It also gave Putin new energy to assert
Russian interests in the Middle East. Remember, this has
been a decades-long game between the East and West.
When Jimmy Carter pried Egypt away
from the Soviets, it registered as a major turning point
away from Russian strength in the region. Similarly,
whenever Muslim dictators in the Middle East wanted to
jerk America’s chain, they would remind the West that
they could easily flip “loyalty” back to the Marxists
Netanyahu is a man’s man, as is KGB
operative Putin, and the two of them surely had a very
frank discussion. In other words, Netanyahu isn’t going
to roll over with the Russians asserting themselves in
There’s another element to this, a
“This is what the Sovereign Lord
says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and
you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, ‘I will
invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a
peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living
without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder
and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins
and the people gathered from the nations, rich in
livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.’”
Remember and take note: IF Gog is
in fact Putin, he hasn’t been sitting around for years
planning to attack Israel. It is the Lord Himself who
puts the thought into his head rather late in the game.
There is a trigger for the aggression; at present, we
can’t be precisely sure what that trigger is, but it is
specific and causes Gog to look at tiny Israel.
No doubt, in his own way, Netanyahu
told Putin to keep his mitts off Israeli interests. No
one believes Putin would pay much attention to the
gathering dangers against the Jewish state, but perhaps
for pragmatic reasons at the moment, he will not make a
We know though that at some point,
a Russian leader will do just that.
At that moment, there is no amount
of talking and visiting from an Israeli premier that
will deter Gog.
Sept 21, 2015
The Stones Cry Out
all over Israel.
When you drive through the
country, among the many things you notice is the huge
number of rocks.
It’s a rocky country.
might find the same thing in Italy, or Mexico, or
But what you won’t find in those
countries is an army of rock throwers. As in, those who
try to harm other humans.
In Israel, scores of
Palestinians throw rocks at Israeli troops and civilians
alike. They’ve been doing this for decades.
Palestinians’ bleeding-heart friends counter that they
have no other recourse, for they “are face-to-face with
tanks and artillery and a large standing army.”
It sounds somewhat plausible. Unless you know the facts.
For 100 years, the Arabs have rejected a Jewish
presence in what was Palestine. Arab rejectionism is far
and away the main factor for violence in the Holy Land.
Imagine driving one afternoon with your family
and a rock comes through the windshield. Can you imagine
this happening in Denver? Or Peoria? Or Huntsville?
No. But it happens routinely in Israel, and while
there are larger problems, you never hear the media make
anything out of this. The fact is, Israelis have been
killed for decades by Palestinian demons who throw
rocks, aiming to kill and maim.
Last weekend, an
Israeli, Alexander Levlovitz, was murdered by a rock
thrower as he drove through Jerusalem.
I once decided to drive up to the Mount of Olives.
About halfway up, through an Arab neighborhood, I
glanced right and left and didn’t like the way things
felt. I turned around and went back. One never knows
when Palestinians will become inflamed with this or that
rage, and decide to take it out on anyone who isn’t a
So long as the world looks on,
disinterested, Jews will continue to be murdered in this
According to the Jerusalem
“Israel's prime minister, Benjamin
Netanyahu, vowed late Tuesday ‘to use all necessary
means’ to ‘combat stonethrowers, those who hurl Molotov
cocktails, and those who detonate pipe bombs and shoot
fireworks with the aim of doing harm to police and
“’On the eve of the Jewish new year,
we once again saw how throwing stones can kill,’
Netanyahu said in a statement. ‘These kinds of
activities will be met with a very fierce punitive and
deterring response. We will institute a system-wide
change and set a new standard of deterrence and
Of course, many will scoff and
mock, saying, “Hey, come on. You’re carping about a few
Try driving in such an environment
and see how you like it. If you make it out alive.
Rightly, the Israeli cabinet has reviewed the rules
of engagement, working out what justifies using live
ammo in combatting the stone throwers. I for one hope
they shoot to kill. We live in a morally soft world, in
which Jewish life is cheap. Some will take me to task
for the shoot-to-kill view, but I stand by it.
Individuals do what they have to do to protect
themselves from intruders. What thinking human wouldn’t
move to defend himself against danger?
lies the vapid nature of the liberal/leftist view that
embraces pacifism. It’s easy to lament the IDF response
to stone throwers — when the lament comes from an ivory
tower in the Ivy League — but on the ground, where real
people are being murdered by goons who can’t control
their own emotions, and who won’t lay down hate, the
real world demands justice.
returning from a Rosh Hashana dinner, around 11 p.m. on
Sunday, when Palestinian youth threw rocks at his
vehicle. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat got it right:
“’The murder that took place on Rosh Hashana is
further proof that stone-throwing is a terrorist attack
like any other,’ he said. ‘It is not plausible that
there is no deterrence for stone-throwers who are
caught, released and continue to carry out terrorist
Good for him for calling it what it
Would that the
international community would value Jewish life. That
moment is still a ways off, awaiting the reign of the
One who values all life.
Sept 14, 2015
Name the Middle East country you
hear little about right now.
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
is smack-dab in the middle of a cauldron, yet while
troubles abound for the kingdom, King Abdullah’s little
corner of the world is not in the daily news as we find
Iraq, Syria, etc.
Why is that?
For one thing, Abdullah is one
cool, savvy cat. His father was as friendly with Israel
as an Arab leader could be, having been saved from
numerous assassination attempts by the Israelis. In
turn, he warned them several times of impending danger,
most notably in the summer of 1973.
Abdullah’s grandfather was
famously prepared to make peace with Israel when he was
gunned down in front of the Al-Aksa Mosque, surely one
of the most tragic events of the last century.
King Abdullah himself is
Western-educated, speaks with a British accent, and
while he and his wife (Palestinian) pay lip service to
Palestinian aspirations, he knows who saves his bacon.
Israel’s 1994 peace treaty with
Jordan was epic, and King Abdullah’s penchant for
bravado rivals that of Benjamin Netanyahu. Who can
forget the dramatic photo of Abdullah in fighter combat
gear, as he personally led airstrikes against ISIS. This
puts him in rare company, as most of the dictators in
the Middle East are personally cowards, ordering
killings, but rarely actually defending their nation.
In July, Jordanian security
forces foiled a terror attempt by a member of an
Iranian-backed group, Bayt al-Maqdis.
A FOX News report from the same
month noted that, incredibly, Jordan has taken in a
staggering 750,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq,
including Christians fleeing ISIS.
(It should be noted that Abdullah
himself has resorted to politically correct speech by
saying that ISIS does not represent Islam. We beg to
Still, a distinction needs to be
made between Abdullah, some of his subjects, and others
who do identify with terrorists. They represent perhaps
the greatest threat to Abdullah’s rule, and he uses a
strong arm in keeping them in check.
Some will remember the so-called
“Black September” purge of 1970, when King Hussein
brutally put-down a coup attempt by Yasser Arafat and
the PLO. In fact, many Palestinians live in Jordan.
An example of the internal
struggles plaguing Jordan include, from the FOX report:
“But while Jordan is indeed a
safe haven and a sanctuary, it is also has a dark
underbelly. Indeed about 2,500 Jordanians are estimated
to be fighting with ISIS, and on the streets of Jordan
support for the terrorists is clear. Although Jordanian
authorities have cracked down on overt support of the
group, it is still clearly felt around the country. As
one man in the town of Zarqa, birthplace of notorious
terrorist Ayman al-Zarqawi, told Fox News, ‘We know who
all the supporters of ISIS are here, and we protect each
other. There are many of us.’”
But no matter what Jordan is
dealing with internally, one can be sure that Abdullah
will react with ferocity to threats to his kingdom.
Don’t cross Jordan.
Sept 7, 2015
The Samson Option?
For decades, Israel has declined
to discuss its nuclear capabilities. It is generally
understood, though, that the Israelis have a nuclear
capability in terms of weapons, but the Israelis always
answer: “Israel will not be the first country to use
nuclear weapons in the Middle East.”
It is also understood that Israel
will not willingly endure another Holocaust. In fact,
one of the miracles of modern Israel is that the country
is now a safe haven for Jews, who can defend themselves.
Many analysts, therefore, consider that if faced with
the ultimate existential threat (such as that posed by a
bellicose Iran), the Israelis would resort to a
so-called “Samson Option,” a biblical reference to the
man of strength who pulled down a pagan temple after
being taken captive by his enemies; Samson died with his
Certainly Iran’s rapid advance
toward nuclear weapons continues, especially in light of
the controversial agreement crafted in the U.S. by the
President and his secretary of state. Now comes word
that Obama will have the votes among senators to
overcome a veto.
Interestingly, the agreement is
not a formal, ratified treaty, and this point was driven
home this week on Fox News by presidential candidate
Marco Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida.
Rubio pointed out that while
conservative critics of the Iran agreement are dismayed
by the success of the White House and State Department
in pushing through the agreement (despite two-thirds of
the American people opposing the deal), all is not lost.
Rubio told Fox News that a new
president could simply roll-back the agreement, and even
reinstitute sanctions on the Iranian regime.
This week, I participated
in a fascinating conference call hosted by the
America-Israel Friendship League (www.aifl.org),
featuring Robert Satloff, the executive director of The
Satloff knows his stuff, and his
analysis of the Iran deal proves that no one knows the
future, and a whole range of outcomes can still become
reality. Satloff’s reasoned analysis and calm insights
are instructive for the rest of us, as some are almost
paralyzed by fear over the mullah’s intentions.
(Satloff is also the host of
Dakhil Washington — “Inside Washington” — making him the
only non-Arab to host a program on an Arab satellite
On the call, Satloff noted the
extraordinary nature of this agreement:
“These seismic agreements can be
negotiated by a handshake. Nothing was signed with the
Iranians. It isn’t a treaty.”
Noting the important role the
AIFL has played over the years in building friendships
for Israel, helping to strengthen the bond between
Israel and the U.S., Satloff mentioned the fact that
over the years the two countries have had disagreements,
but that the latest souring personal relationship
between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu is unique:
“I know this [AIFL] is an
organization committed to friendship between America and
Israel. We’ve had moments of great tension, but this is
Satloff was asked how things got
to this point:
“How is it possible? It’s because
of the enormous power the system has given to this
president and any president. Almost anyone can reach an
Satloff also made the important
point that a dichotomy exists now in the U.S.-Israel
“This president has upgraded
security enhancements to Israel. It’s just objectively
true. At the same time it’s also true that relations
between Obama and Netanyahu, the strategic relationship,
is severely damaged. This is one of the baffling aspects
of this issue: security is strengthened, relationships
is damaged. Both are true at the same time.”
Satloff also indicated that
perhaps the most problematic element of the soured
relations is the fact that both countries’ enemies are
“I believe Israel’s adversaries
will take advantage of this in the months ahead.”
Still, Satloff takes the long
“The end of the world is not
about to happen. There are ways for Israel to sustain
and build its deterrence against Iran and to deepen its
relationship with the U.S. over time.
“They don’t have to consider the
Aug 31, 2015
Hello, October 1!
September 2015 is almost upon us.
Time marches on.
In the Bible prophecy community,
we are seeing a tidal wave of speculation about the
month of September. Many are pointing to the “blood
moons” or Jewish feasts, or some other topic, and saying
that the fulfillment of human history (or at least a
major, major turning point) will occur in September.
This is folly.
Time and again, irresponsible
people in the prophecy community have speculated that
Jesus will return on X date. We all remember this really
heated up during the “Y2K” scare.
Several prominent prophecy
teachers (some of them personal friends) have speculated
about the month of September for the past 15 years.
In the interim, more people began
to disengage from Bible prophecy teaching. The honest
truth is, many of us have been looking for the soon-end
since Hal Lindsey’s first book was published in 1970.
Personally, I think Lindsey was and is a solid prophecy
teacher. Some took his interpretations and greatly
expanded on them.
I grew up in the Southern Baptist
church and prophecy teaching was dominant for at least a
Then we cried wolf one too many
times. That’s the flat-out truth.
There are all sorts of reasons
for people to reject God, reject the Bible, to reject
the bulletproof evidence of prophecy.
Often, it’s the age-old problem
of human pride. The human heart is corrupt and
self-centered. Often, non-believers use all sorts of
excuses to reject the faith: mean church members, the
pastor asks for money too much, etc.
However, at least a part is
played by false prophecy teaching.
I won’t go into all the Blood
Moon speculations here; the reader has ready access to
all that all over the Web. But I will quote from my
friend, Phillip Goodman:
“I continue to be disappointed
and perplexed at the way many believers neglect their
only true authority and source of light on these kinds
of subjects, while getting all of their information from
the internet prophecy-fad sites or ‘here today gone
tomorrow’ best seller books. The answer to what is going
to happen tomorrow, and what signs will signal those
future events is in the Bible!”
Yes! Phil is a voice of reason
and a solid teacher, as he’s always been. No wild
speculation, just plain teaching from the Bible, which I
frankly find glorious.
Here’s what I think will happen
October 1 will dawn, and we will
all begin to get ready for the holidays. Maybe Israel
will strike Iran, maybe they won’t. Maybe Hillary
Clinton will be elected president next year, and maybe
Further, of what possible value
is it to our daily lives now to speculate on the timing
of the Gog-Magog War, or any other?
This morning, I read reports of
Syrian jets attacking positions where senior Jordanian
and Israeli officers were, killing a number of them.
Wars are raging all over the globe. Anti-semitism is on
the rise. Our own government has sold us out and
endangered all of us with the insane Iranian nuclear
deal. Natural disasters are unlike any we’ve seen
And the economy. Always the
economy. The Dow plunged 1,000 points last week and
people were predicting Armageddon.
Then the Dow came back up, one
day’s gains matching the third-best in its history!
The truth is, nobody knows what’s
going to happen tomorrow. We are in the dark about most
future events, save for the Big Picture, which the Lord
has provided for us…IN SCRIPTURE.
It’s just as Phil said, the Bible
is our authority, not a Blood Moons author, or
televangelist screaming fear from your TV set.
Find joy in the Lord. Ask the
Holy Spirit to enlighten you about Scripture. Visit a
sick friend and offer comfort, not fear.
Football is coming this fall, and
November will bring the big conference championship
battles. Thanksgiving will be an opportunity for you to
visit with family and friends and offer thanks to the
Christmas will bring the
opportunity to meditate on and be grateful for the
infinite mercy offered by our Lord 2,000 years ago.
Get out of the fear game. Get out
of the speculation game.
I’m going to conclude this week
by asking for something from you, dear readers:
On October 1, email me and say
hi. Give me some praise report from your life. Tell me
about your joy in the Lord.
Just don’t tell me why the latest
bestselling book is keeping you up at night.
Have a lovely September.
Aug 24, 2015
The Destruction of Jerusalem
A new YouTube clip shows Iranian
troops conquering Jerusalem.
Talk about video games.
It’s an animated piece, with
combined forces from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Hamas,
Iraq’s Badr group, and Hezbollah combining to take the
city from the Israelis. It is a scenario that is
plausible to too many across the globe, including pro
Israel individuals and groups, and allies.
But it isn’t biblical.
The headline of the clip states:
“Preparation of the complete
destruction of Israel by the Iranian Revolutionary
Guards Islamic Revolution in Iran.”
One recalls a long history of
regimes in the region either conquering or wanting to
conquer Jerusalem, when it was under Jewish control. The
dreadful Assyrian invasion in the eighth century B.C.,
followed by the Babylonian invasion two centuries later,
left an emotional stamp on Jews that lingers to this
day. The recent date on their calendar, the 9th
of Av, is a remembrance of the destruction of the
Temples, under the Babylonians and Romans.
It is indicative of the Iranian
arrogance from the recent win-win for them in Obama’s
“deal” that they actually believe they can destroy
Israel and capture Jerusalem—a prime element in their
zeal to establish a new caliphate.
Recent reports spotlight the
Iranian activity on Israel’s northern border, as the new
Persian Empire strengthens jihadist groups from
Hezbollah to more obscure groups. It is also true that
the infighting between Shi’ite and Sunni forces will
keep the Iranians somewhat pinned-down until the smoke
clears from Obama’s “Arab Spring” chaos.
According to Al Jazeera:
“On August 10, 2015, Jaysh
al-Fatah reported that its forces had taken over the
entire area east of the Orontes River in the Ghab Plain.
This was followed by reports of the withdrawal of the
Syrian Army and Hezbollah forces from the area.”
That is quite interesting. The
Syrian Army and Hezbollah are Iranian proxies, and
indicate that while Iranian design teams dream up goofy
video games, the reality on the ground is that there
will not be an Iranian-led caliphate based in Jerusalem.
Zechariah the prophet of course
tells us that some type of international coalition will
come against Jerusalem (soon), and will be defeated
supernaturally in the great and terrible Day of the
It is not unthinkable, however,
that an Iranian coalition force (perhaps Ezekiel 38-39)
will combine elements from Russian and European forces
(NATO?) to invade Israel. The news this week that Russia
is lifting its ban on selling SAM missiles (S-300s) to
Iran. Those deadly projectiles would no doubt be used in
the event of an Israeli airstrike to take out Iran’s
Once again we see a tin-pot
dictatorship promising to wrest Jerusalem from the Jews.
Sometimes news articles and analyses make us anxious, as
various weapons systems are discussed, etc. Yet we know
that no matter how many evil regimes envision themselves
looking down on the Holy City from the surrounding
mountain tops, the Lord Himself will fight for the Jews.
And that makes all the SAM
missiles in the world worth nothing.
Aug 17, 2015
The Young Israeli Turks
In the West, we often lament the ideologies of young
people. The so-called “Millennials” often go down the
same road that, well, our generations did: gauzy,
leftist worldview that has no basis in reality, then a
full hard-right turn when adulthood and reality set in.
At least that’s the general state of things in
Not so in Israel.
There is a
youth movement underway in Israeli politics now that
bodes well for the future. Perhaps it has much to do
with the fact that they all serve in the military, and
as reservists until age 55. Reality has a way of causing
one to grow up in a hurry.
Word has come that
Danny Danon will now serve as Israel’s ambassador to the
UN. He had served as Minister of Science Technology and
Space. Danon is well-known even to Christian Zionists as
a patriotic Israeli who sees the world the way it really
is. Benjamin Netanyahu recognizes this and had good
things to say about Danon (who has in the past
criticized the prime minister on policy issues):
"Danon has agreed to take on an important challenge that
I proposed for him. The United Nations is an important
forum right now and I am sure that Danny will represent
the truth with full force in the international arena."
Ayelet Shaked is the new Israeli Justice Minister,
and has a reputation for being right-wing. Born in Tel
Aviv a month before the famous Entebbe raid in 1976,
Shaked got her start in the high-tech industry, and
interestingly, identifies as secular.
ancestors were part of the Jewish immigration from
Russia in the 1880s, the start of the modern ingathering
of the Jewish exiles. Shaked also served as an infantry
instructor in the famed Golani Brigade.
Bennett is Israel’s current Minister of Education (he
and Shaked are members of the Jewish Home party), and
served in the Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s elite
counter-terrorism unit; he was born in Haifa to
immigrants from America.
Bennett is thought by
some to be the most likely to ascend to the prime
minister’s chair (he once served as Netanyahu’s chief of
staff). At 43, he is also fabulously wealthy, having
sold his software company for $145 million in 2005. He
is tough, and looks younger than his years.
Danon, Shaked, and Bennett are but three of the rising
young stars in Israeli politics. They will be the ones,
I believe, who lead Israel during her fateful years, not
too many years from now.
Remember, it was Rabin,
who, in his late 40’s, led the lightning war of 1967.
David Ben Gurion began his political activities in
Palestine as a young man, and even the enigmatic Shimon
Peres has been central in Israel politics since he was a
The Jewish state is often led by
In Israel’s unique political and
cultural system (helped, no doubt, by the small
population) it seems that everyone knows everyone else,
and in that innovative Israeli way, even very young
leaders seem to have the ears of their elders. This is
how they win wars and political races, which often seem
like they are the same thing.
One of the things
that makes the foreseeable future much more interesting
is that, in particular, Danon’s rhetoric thrills some
and repels others. He has been a strong critic of the
two-state solution, and in a recent op-ed, The Times of
Israel’s David Horovitz lambasted the selection of Danon
for the top UN spot:
“It is hard to conceive of a
more short-sighted, shameful and damaging appointment
than that of the Likud hawk as UN envoy. Not just for
the PM, but for all of Israel.”
went on to point out a fascinating fact:
the man whom Netanyahu has now decided can best
represent Israel in the incredibly problematic ‘family
of nations,’ facing off against ever-intensifying
criticism where the measure of support for Israel might
best be gauged by the 2012 General Assembly vote to
upgrade the Palestinians to nonmember status. Those who
voted with Israel could be counted on two hands with
fingers left over: Canada, the Czech Republic, the
Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Panama and
the United States. How many countries voted in support
of the Palestine upgrade? 138.”
those who watch prophecy unfold, does this sound like an
end times scenario in which Israel winds up alone? It’s
terrific, of course, that strong nations like the U.S.
and Canada support Israel…but for how long? Barack Obama
has followed the same fiendish path started by Jimmy
Carter, and it will inevitably lead to America
abandoning the Jewish state.
And that is the
moment when the young Turks in Israeli politics will be
coming in to their own.
Their date with destiny.
Aug 10, 2015
Well, it looks like Obama is throwing a bone to
For three decades, former Navy analyst Jonathan
Pollard has been held in a U.S. prison. Convicted as a
spy for Israel, Pollard has virtually been a “prisoner
of Zion,” not so different from Natan Sharansky in the
Soviet Union a generation ago.
Many people have intervened on Pollard’s behalf over
the years. The story goes that during the negotiations
between Israel and the Palestinians at the Wye
Plantation in 1998, President Bill Clinton promised that
Benjamin Netanyahu would be able to take Pollard home
At the last-minute, as the Israelis were packing,
word came: “Uh, we’ve changed our minds.”
In other words, the legendary Clinton lying kicked
in. He’d done it to secure concessions from Netanyahu,
to placate the evil Yasser Arafat.
But not to dump on Clinton. Republican presidents
also had it in for Pollard. Ronald Reagan’s advisors,
along with George Herbert Walker Bush’s advisors loathed
Pollard and painted him an ongoing lethal threat to U.S.
Jonathan Pollard has now been imprisoned for 30
This week though I read a sickening postscript to the
news that the U.S. will now release Pollard on November
30 of this year:
He can’t go to Israel for five years!
It’s a bit like saying that Pollard will be released
after he’s dead, and his body will then be returned to
Israel a decade or two later.
These grotesque conditions placed on the man’s life
by his captors smell like one more mocking slap at the
Jewish state by Barack Obama. Securing Pollard’s release
has always had a supremely high price tag for Israelis.
Now that his release is at the door, we discover one
final cruel condition.
According to the Jerusalem Post:
“Former Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard could come
home to Israel sooner than the five years that has been
reported, even without the intervention of US President
Barack Obama, Pollard’s lawyer Eliot Lauer indicated to
The Jerusalem Post.
“Lauer and his fellow pro-bono attorney on the case,
Jacques Semmelman, initially released a statement on
Tuesday saying the US Parole Commission’s notice of
action required Pollard to remain in the United States
for five years. They noted in the statement that Obama,
who has the constitutional power of executive clemency,
had the authority to release Pollard before his November
20 release date and to allow him to move to Israel
“Obama’s advisers made clear on Wednesday, however,
that the president has no intention of invoking his
power and allowing Pollard to leave the United States.”
There you have it. The pettiness of Obama is now the
stuff of legend.
Let us continue to pray earnestly that Jonathan
Pollard will step onto holy soil as soon as possible.
Aug 3, 2015
In the Beginning
Terry Mortenson, a Ph.D research
scientist for Answers in Genesis, has written a very
insightful article that I’d like to share with the RR
audience. It has relevance for the Israel issue.
Mortenson makes the following
“Few evangelicals doubt the
historicity of Genesis 12–50, but there is no break in
the literary style between chapters Genesis 11 and
This is important, because while
few evangelicals doubt the historicity of those
chapters, many do doubt the historicity of Genesis 1-11.
When one does this, it sends a message to the wider
culture that Genesis 12-50 is open to other
interpretations as well.
In other words, if you don’t
believe the first eleven chapters are real history, why
would you believe 12-50 is real history?
This single line of thought has
virtually destroyed the faith of Millennials.
Witness the short video of
uber-CEO pastor Andy Stanley discussing how he
jettisoned total faith in Genesis 1-11 as history, when
he was a college freshman. Stanley made it clear that as
the professor attacked the historicity of Genesis, he
(Stanley) was also swept up in that philosophical view.
Not surprisingly, Stanley is now
going far to the left regarding various social issues.
Although he doesn’t venture into the firestorm of the
Arab-Israeli conflict, virtually all his friends in
ministry do side with the Palestinians.
Stanley does not hold Scripture
in high regard. Therefore, his seeker-driven approach to
church produces paper-thin biblical worldview for his
Until very recently, those
identifying as Christian leaders — like the apostate
John Shelby Spong — cast doubt on the historicity of
Genesis, while at the same time claiming to battle
There’s nothing more
anti-Semitic than claiming Genesis is myth, which Spong
did and does.
My point in all this is, one of
many points of attack aimed at Israel is to deny her
history. Everywhere, we hear self-described Christian
leaders claim there is no linkage between modern
Israelis and the ancient Israelits.
Let me be clear: that is lunacy!
Can you imagine the claim that
modern Chinese are not related to their ancient
ancestors? Where did they come from, Pluto?
Mortenson’s point is well taken.
When you begin doubting the beginnings of the Bible, it
opens up all sorts of dark doors. There is no end to
endless self-interpretation of Scripture.
Note 2 Peter 1:20—
“Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of the scripture is of any private
We have no right to take the
plain-sense meaning of Scripture and claim it means
When that happens, a certain
kind of pestilence sweeps across the Church: the locusts
of liberal theology reimagine every book of the Bible,
so that millions of students and laity consider that
perhaps they are right. The Bible then becomes just
another book of philosophy.
We who advocate for Israel are
faced with a multitude of challenges. We would do well
to face this one square-on: all of Genesis is
historical, which cements the legitimacy of the Israelis
In order to effectively advocate
for Israel, we must start at the beginning.
July 27, 2015
The Nations Rage
I was having dinner
with a friend this week, a fellow from Israel. He is one
of the smartest and most discerning pro Israel activists
I know. We had the luxury of a leisurely dinner and
caught up on a lot of things.
You know how it is.
We’re drawn to people who think like us, right? Because
we’re so smart, right? Well, let’s admit it. My friend
though is more discerning than I am about certain
things. For one thing, he lives in Israel, so I get it
“straight from the horse’s mouth.”
three-hour conversation, he said a lot of smart stuff.
But there was one 12-minute stretch when I wish I had
recorded him. He put his finger on the issue of not only
why is there so much Jew-hatred in the world, but also
just plain old indifference.
The last point came
up when we were discussing why more evangelicals in this
country don’t really support Israel. We know the usual
reasons: lack of real Bible teaching in our churches, a
growing propaganda campaign by the left, etc.
my friend took off on a passionate, articulate verbal
essay in which he referenced Psalm 2: why do the nations
There’s the key point.
He said that the only way to really understand
anti-Semitism — and, I say only tongue-in-cheek,
semi-anti-Semitism; the malady that afflicts those who
do not understand or care to understand the specialness
of the Jewish people — is to understand the biblical
reality that Satan hates with a supernatural hatred. All
the way from hating the Jews because from them comes
Messiah (Genesis 3:15), to the loathing that Christian
Zionists experience from alleged brothers and sisters in
the faith (Stephen Sizer, David Gushee, Brian McLaren,
“The existence of the Jewish people speaks
directly to the absolute power and sovereignty of God,”
my friend said. Usually quick with a smile, he now
looked to and fro, slowly, glancing at the table, his
hands folded in front of his face.
‘losing,’” he continued. “It must be so, for this is
what the Lord said would happen. We have our jobs to do
for a time, then it will be over.”
He then told
me about an encounter with a Palestinian, in a
PA-controlled city. My friend struck up a conversation
with this fellow, trying to understand why he hated
Jews. The man cited the “Occupation,” of course. My
friend replied that according to international law, the
territories are disputed, not occupied.
care about international law,” the man replied.
“You say the security fence is apartheid,” my friend
said. “Isn’t it good that Jews are no longer being
“I don’t care about that,” the man
“Well, then, what do you believe
about the biblical passages that promise the land to the
The man really turned angry, then.
Wow. There you have it. The
nations, and individuals, rage at the Creator of the
Universe, and His people. But mostly, His Son!
The world loathes the reality that the Jewish people
were set apart, by the Lord Himself, for His own
purposes. What they especially will not abide is the
coming judgment, administered by the returning Messiah.
It all reminds me of the Dylan Thomas poem: rage,
rage against the dying of the light.
The light is
being switched off in our world today, and as it goes,
rather than grope their way to God, most people are
feeling a growing rage against Him.
He is doing
what He said He’d do, right down the line.
friend spoke of the coming effort by Israel to destroy
Iran’s nuclear program. There is growing speculation
that it will be something like an EMP attack.
“The Israelis would much rather of course sit at
computers and do it than launch a military strike. But
they’ll do what they have to do.”
outcome, while it would succeed in averting a nuclear
holocaust for the Jewish state, would also virtually
invite pariah status in the international community.
Rather than direct their rage at Iran for funding global
terror everywhere, the nations WILL direct their wrath
But we were told it would be so.
My friend also astutely predicted that the
evangelical leadership, by and large, would aid in the
coming One World Religion.
All in all, a most
My writing will more
and more flow in this direction. We are seeing the end
in sight. Don’t be afraid! Don’t even be nervous. The
Master has all this in His hands, and the culmination of
everything Christians have looked for is at hand.
The nations rage at Israel. This scenario has never
existed in history.
July 20, 2015
Why He Does
What He Does
We have now reached the stage of the Obama presidency
where people of all stripes are scratching their heads
at his behavior.
Two days ago, a Muslim jihadist slaughtered four
Marines in Tennessee. Obama and his wife then sent a
lengthy, warm Ramadan greeting to Muslims in this U.S.
Only days before, Obama sold out not only Israel, but
also the West by paving the way for Iran to obtain and
use nuclear weapons.
What gives with this guy?
To really understand him, one must understand his
background and associations.
Long-time Obama aide Valerie Jarrett — who spent the
first five years of her life in Iran — used to swap
stories of childhood and youth with Obama. She made it
clear in interviews that the two never saw American
Exceptionalism, but rather viewed the U.S. as one
country among many.
Also, Obama’s close friend, Rashid Khalidi (the
Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia
University) is a Lebanese-Palestinian who takes a dim
view of Israel. Khalidi’s mentor was Edward Said, a
fierce critic of Israel and member of the PLO.
Khalidi also taught at the University of Chicago,
where he became chummy with Obama.
Stanley Kurtz, writing in National Review in 2011,
noted this link:
“Khalidi’s testimony is important, since he speaks on
the basis of years of friendship with Obama. Those who
know Obama best, then, affirm that his foreign-policy
views are atypical for an American politician, and are
grounded in his unique international heritage and
upbringing. That is important, because our core task is
to decide whether Obama’s pro-Palestinian past was a
stance rooted in sincere sympathy, or nothing but a
convenient sop to his leftist Hyde Park supporters.
Jarrett and Khalidi give us reason to believe that
Obama’s decidedly pro-Palestinian inclinations are
rooted in his core conception of who he is. Obama came
to political consciousness at college, and prior to his
discovery of community organizing late in his senior
year, his focus was on international issues.”
Kurtz goes further in delving into Obama’s radical
“Obama himself tells us, in a famous passage in
that he was taken with criticism of ‘neocolonialism’ and
‘Eurocentrism’ during these early college years. What
Obama doesn’t tell us, but what I reveal in
Radical-in-Chief, my political biography of the
president, is that he was a convinced Marxist during his
college years. More important, once Obama graduated and
entered the world of community organizing, he absorbed
the sophisticated and intentionally stealthy socialism
of his mentors. Obama’s socialist mentors strongly
supported what they saw as the “liberation struggles”
carried on by rebels against American “oppression”
throughout the world. So Obama’s continuous radical
political history strongly suggests that his early
support for Palestine’s ‘liberation struggle’ grew out
of authentic political conviction, not pandering.”
So it is really no surprise that Obama openly loathes
Israel, while doing all he can to not only aid the
Palestinians (literally), but advance the goals of
jihadists around the globe.
Thus, his callous disregard for the security of
Israeli citizens and American citizens is, though
grotesque, not puzzling.
You have to understand that Obama was schooled by
Marxists, and various other totalitarians. You also have
to understand the networks. Just barely a generation
before Obama, Yasser Arafat and the PLO were being
coached by the North Vietnamese and the Soviets.
Birds of a feather.
Interestingly, when Obama visited Ramallah and
Mahmoud Abbas in 2013, the Palestinian Authority band
struck up their rendition of a song titled “Polyushko
Pole aka Meadowlands,” about the Leninist Young
Communist League. Among the lines in the song: The
lyrics include such lines as "The heroes ride over the
field/Hey, the heroes of the Red Army" and "Hey, while
on the collective farms/The work is efficiently
Richard Grenell on FOX, July 17, said that under
Obama, ISIS created
His (Obama’s) weakness is making things more difficult
for our front-line soldiers, who are dealing with more
and more lethal incoming threats.
All these things add up to an American president who
supports totalitarians and opposes freedom. His views of
Israel and the Palestinians is an integral part of his
Fortunately for those of us who love God and His
Word, the current evil that opposes Israel will one day
go the way of the pharaohs, Haman, Rome, and all the
Until then, we have a front-row seat to all the
unfolding end-time drama.
July 13, 2015Abandoning
In a terrific little book by
Michael A. Ledeen, Obama’s Betrayal of Israel
we learn firsthand how the ideology of the American
president has placed our top ally in peril. Ledeen
“Subtly shifting American policy toward
Israel is not a matter of political calculation by
President Obama, but rather an expression of his own
It is instructive for prophecy
students to understand that the president’s rigid
ideology is rooted in an abandonment of Scripture as,
Robert Dick Wilson said, “the rule of faith and life.”
Obama’s 20 years sitting under the deeply
anti-semitic Jeremiah Wright, at Chicago’s Trinity
United Church of Christ, gives him a worldview every bit
as entrenched as those he openly loathes, that is,
Christians like me and you.
It is important to
note, too, that all this is organic. That is to say,
leftist ideology is embedded in the DNA of one who
embraces it. I had a private message Twitter exchange
this week with Andy Stanley, in which he called me
right-wing, while not acknowledging that he is
left-wing. It is no accident that Stanley (yes, I know
he is Charles Stanley’s son) has been invited twice to
deliver prayers at Obama’s inaugurals, and that Michelle
Obama spoke at Stanley’s North Point Church.
Leftists shift truth, massage communications, spin.
Obama is as smooth at this as is Andy Stanley. Where
Israel is concerned, Obama is openly menacing.
Perhaps his most outrageous (public) breach in relations
with our true ally in the Middle East came last year,
when the president held up needed munitions Israel was
using to conduct a defensive war against Hamas.
What kind of person ties the hands of an ally, as that
ally’s citizens are being targeted by jihadists?
American Jewish leaders are beginning to wake up to just
what is occupying the Oval Office. Not long after Obama
began to fundamentally transform America, Alan Solow,
president of the Conference of Presidents of Major
American Jewish Organizations, criticized Obama for
demanding that natural Jewish growth in east Jerusalem
come to a halt.
(It is interesting to note that a
relatively new Jewish neighborhood, Yemen Moshe — it is
indescribably beautiful, with its priceless real estate,
stone dwellings, and colorful gardens — is right on the
edge of east Jerusalem, just opposite Jaffa Gate in the
Old City. If he had his druthers, I have no doubt Obama
would give it to the Palestinians.)
always been alarming clues as to Obama’s true views of
Israel. In 2001, he personally attended the ceremony
awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Mary
Robinson, who had herself presided over the notoriously
anti-Semitic conference in Durban, South Africa.
The guy does this all the time.
show of narcissism from the American president comes in
his blatant disregard for prophetic scriptures that
point to a disastrous decision on the part of “the
nations” when they come against Israel. Obama does not
in any way believe in predictive prophecy from the
Bible. In fairness, I don’t think George W. Bush saw it
our way, either. Otherwise he wouldn’t have advocated
dividing the land.
Obama, though, has immersed
himself in the radical policies of too many Jew-haters,
including Wright and the Palestinian Authority. Although
it’s easy to see, Obama’s anti-Israel stance is still
too hard to believe for some major media figures. One
gets the feeling though that people like Charles
Krauthammer and Britt Hume understand exactly what Obama
is all about.
One of Obama’s Chicago buddies,
Rashid Khalidi, was summed-up by Martin Kramer, with
regard to America’s role in the Middle East:
“There is no cause that could ever justify an American
use of force in the Middle East…it is America’s use of
strong-armed force — and the parallel violence of Israel
— which have provoked the counter-violence of the
extremists. If America were to give up its bullying
ways, and address the ‘grievances’ of Arabs and Muslims,
the latter would regain their respect for America. There
are no pathologies in the Middle East that haven’t been
caused by imperialism, and no pathologies that can’t be
cured by displays of American humility and penitence.”
You see, of course, that Sherman is outlining what
Khalidi, and by extension, Obama, believe about America
It isn’t good.
I sound like a
broken record, but sometimes a record needs to be
broken: as bad as Obama is, God is infinitely stronger
and in total control. We simply have to ride-out this
bizarre moment in history.
Some of us won’t
abandon Israel. Ever.
July 6, 2015
ISIS and the IDF
broken that Israel is sending troops to its southern
border, to meet the threat of the demonic terror group,
Flush with one blood-drenched takeover
after another in Iraq, ISIS is boasting that it will
take the fight right to the gates of Jerusalem.
They’ve never encountered the IDF.
It’s one thing
to murder women and children. It will be quite another
for the jihadists to confront Jews who fight back. It is
almost comical that ISIS is now threatening both Fatah
and Hamas, whom they do not consider extreme enough in
their Muslim faith.
A small preview of what might
come occurred a couple days ago near a Palestinian
village northeast of Jerusalem.
pelted the vehicle of an Israeli. What they didn’t count
on was that they attacked Col. Israel Shomer.
You get hurt when you attack Israel.
opened fire and killed one of the terrorists, a
17-year-old named Muhammad al-Casba. The incident came
amid a heightened security alert in Judea/Samaria.
The attack on Shomer was a planned ambush.
When will the Palestinians and their apologists in the
West acknowledge that their murderous tactics are
I’m confident that Benjamin
Netanyahu and his advisors will be well able to meet the
“threat” from ISIS. Interestingly, their confrontation
with the fiendish jihadist group is being coordinated
with the Egyptians, who, like the Saudis and others in
the region, recognize the lethal intentions of ISIS.
All this comes on the 39th anniversary of the famous
Entebbe hostage rescue in Uganda, led by Netanyahu’s
older brother, Jonathan. Then, on the morning of July 4,
members of Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s elite counter-terror
unit, stormed a terminal building at the Entebbe airport
and freed more than 100 hostages, held by terrorists
from Germany and the Popular Front for the Liberation of
The IDF (supported by 200 more
commandos) descended from the black of night at Entebbe,
and surprised the terrorists totally. They killed all
the terrorists and began loading hostages onto waiting
planes only five minutes after the rescue force had
That’s what awaits ISIS, and they can
join all the other clowns down through history that
wanted to exterminate Jews.
under Israeli sovereignty, as it will until Messiah
May He come quickly.
Jun 29, 2015
The Mainstreaming of Falsehoods
Well, Michael Oren certainly knows how to pick up a
slow news day. The June 23 release of his book, Ally (a
look at his up-close observations of the Obama White
House and its nasty attitude toward Israel and Benjamin
Netanyahu), has created that proverbial firestorm of
Mostly from the Obama White House, of
In Ally, Oren provides a front-row seat
to the behind-the-scenes stuff going on since 2009, when
Obama entered the Oval Office. To say that his treatment
of Netanyahu has been abysmal is being too nice. Obama
has simply drawn on his background as a Palestinian
sympathizer and Saul Alinsky disciple.
words, it’s easy to see that Obama has a visceral hatred
for Zionism, the Jewish state, and those who defend it.
Predictably, Obama’s apologists have rushed to trash
Oren and his perspective. Philip Gordon, a former Obama
aid, has called Ally a “caricature” that is filled with
“exaggerations and distortions.”
It’s a standard
denial, issued by your garden-variety leftist who wants
to prop up the Regime. Notice carefully how Gordon
reacts to Oren’s assertions that Obama’s dealings with
Israel have been unusually harsh, even unprecedented:
“’Really?’ Gordon writes. ‘To take just a few
examples, Dwight Eisenhower slammed Israel for the 1956
Suez operation and forced it into a humiliating retreat;
Gerald Ford froze arms deliveries and announced a
reassessment of the relationship as a way of pressing
Israel to withdraw from the Sinai; Jimmy Carter clashed
repeatedly with Prime Minister Menachem Begin before,
during and after the 1978 Camp David summit. Ronald
Reagan denounced Israel’s strike on the Osirak nuclear
reactor in Iraq and enraged Jerusalem by selling
surveillance planes to Saudi Arabia; George H.W. Bush
blocked loan guarantees to Israel over settlements; Bill
Clinton clashed publicly with Israel over the size of
proposed West Bank withdrawals; George W. Bush called
for a settlement freeze in the 2002 road map for peace
and afterward repeatedly criticized Israel for
construction in the West Bank.’”
That is all
true, but within Gordon’s foray into truth-telling
No American president—ever—has
consistently treated Israel so shabbily. Jimmy Carter
came close, but Obama is far and away the first American
president to openly loathe the Jewish state. It’s all
documented, from his public shunning of Netanyahu, to
his withholding of munitions during last summer’s deadly
conflict with Hamas, to public signals that he is
willing to abandon Israel at the U.N.
is an Israel-hater of the first rank.
(I got a Kindle copy this week) is riveting. His
analysis of new-Secretary of State John Kerry’s “shuttle
diplomacy” in 2013 is fascinating, if only because it
recalls how Kerry kept subtly threatening the Israelis:
“In time, Kerry would caution Israelis about the
outbreak of a Third Intifada if they failed to make
peace, of facing economic boycotts and of becoming an
apartheid state. Perceived as threats, these messages
reinforced, rather than weakened, those most opposed to
his initiative. Then, as his special Middle East envoy ,
the secretary named the veteran peace negotiator Martin
Indyk. This, too, was counterproductive. British-born,
raised in Australia, and naturalized as a citizen of the
United States, where he initially worked for AIPAC,
Martin later served twice as America’s ambassador to
Israel . There , and later, as the Brookings
Institution’s policy director, he had a frosty
relationship with Netanyahu. I respected Martin’s
diplomatic experience and tried to advise him on ways of
earning Netanyahu’s trust. Still, the question hounded
me: if Kerry was serious about the process, why did he
seem intent on shaking Israelis’ faith in it?”
All through Ally, Oren presents an insider’s view. It is
common knowledge among the American people that Obama
and his team do not like Netanyahu. So why would Gordon
resort to false statements condemning the book?
Because leftists lie. They attempt to manipulate
reality, and in far too many cases, succeed. In other
words, what is at once obvious to the outside
world—Obama detests Netanyahu and says things in public
that weaken Israel—is distorted by the President’s
The truth is, Obama, a leftist
ideologue all his adult life, is out to damage the
relationship between America and Israel.
saving grace is that, on this point, he is also defying
his own people.
Jun 22, 2015
I began advocating for Israel 20
years ago, when I met Avi Lipkin. Many readers know and
love Avi for his dogged pursuit of justice for Israel
and her Christian Zionists friends. I remember our first
conversation, at a deli in Dallas. He helped me learn to
pronounce the name of an Israeli politician who was
Net. Ahn. Ya. Hoo.
In the years since, I’ve done
what I could, when I could. I’ve visited Israel a
half-dozen times and regularly write for The Jerusalem
Post, and others. I speak at conferences and in
Now, I am pleased to be part of a
new endeavor with friends from the America-Israel
Friendship League, a seminar program we have titled,
The format is a one or two-day
seminar, in which expert speakers provide real
information about Israel, her relationships
internationally (including with Christian friends); and
historical context. This coming Thursday, we will also
discuss the plight of persecuted Christians.
For the event at Calvary Chapel
Cypress (thanks to our good buddy, Pastor Chris
Quintana!), I will speak, along with Dr. Alex Grobman, a
Holocaust researcher, and Dr. Uri Bar-Ner (live from
Israel), who will speak about Israel’s standing in the
international community. Uri is the former Israeli
ambassador to Turkey, and his decades of diplomatic
experience are fascinating. Added to the mix is the fact
that he lives at Modi’in, near the burial place of the
Alex has a new book out,
BDS: The Movement
to Destroy Israel, and his expert analyses of the
United Nations, anti-Semitism, and the Jews’ experience
with Christians are all riveting. He is also one of my
best friends, and loves and respects evangelical
The AIFL is led by people I have
real affection for; the organization exists to build
friendships for Israel. Their many and varied programs,
like the Youth Ambassador Student Exchange (YASE) is
Please join us this coming
Thursday for a one-day seminar that is sure to arm you
with better information to help Israel, in what
Netanyahu has called “the battle for the truth.”
We welcome our friends in
southern California to join us at Calvary Chapel
Cypress, and for those who can’t attend in person, join
us online. See you Thursday!
June 15, 2015
(For those of you in southern
California, or who want to watch our “Why Israel?”
seminar live-streamed, put Thursday, June 25 on your
calendar. Join me, Dr. Alex Grobman, and Dr. Uri Bar-Ner
— live from Israel — for a full-day program that will
arm you with truth for defending Israel. For more
information, go to www.calvarychapelcypress.net)
The Power of Propaganda
Having had time to reflect on my
time at the Justice Conference in Chicago, I am more
convinced than ever that leftist ideology is being
pushed on young people.
Of course, this has been the
reality for a long time; a couple years ago I heard Hal
Lindsey speak at a conference and he mentioned that
Marxism was being taught at Berkeley in 1960.
I think many of us falsely believed some of that
went away after the Reagan years and, in the context of
evangelicalism, after the Southern Baptists appeared to
win over moderates.
I don’t believe that was the
Leftists never sleep, they never
take a day off. The rest of us are hunkered down,
raising families and earning a living, paying taxes. As
a result, things get past us.
One of those things is the
diabolical worldviews taught to our children. It is one
reason there is a shift in support for Israel, to the
Palestinians. As I’ve written and said many times, to
the eternal shame of evangelical leadership in America,
none of them speak up about this. I am referring to
denominational leaders, but it is also true that, for
example, among what I call The Big Three — Rick Warren,
Bill Hybels, and Andy Stanley — there is either
indifference to Israel, or hostility (in the form of
Willow Creek’s propagandist efforts to mainstream the
From a blog post by Ryan Beiler
“Nonviolent resistance against
the occupation is gaining more and more participation by
Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists—even
officials of the Palestinian Authority. Thankfully,
these campaigns are also getting widespread coverage by
global media, further enhancing their chances at
success. While there is still much work needed to
promote nonviolence as the only moral and practical
means of ending the conflict, declarations such as the
Kairos Palestine Document will serve as prophetic
milestones toward peace with justice in the Middle
Other activists work with friends
within evangelicalism’s power centers to further
demonize Israel and her supporters:
“Young people tell me that they
grow up in churches being told that Jews are God’s
chosen people. Then they go to universities where Jewish
students laugh at their Christian Zionism and want no
part of it.” – Dale Hanson Bourke, author of The
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Tough Questions, Direct
“We are challenging evangelicals
that rather than looking at the Middle East through the
lens of prophecy that they look at it through the
teaching of Jesus to be peacemakers. … In the past we
used to say there will never be peace in the Middle East
until Jesus comes. This is a very typical evangelical
response. Now we’re saying rather than waiting for
divine intervention—get busy! Listen and respond to
God’s call to action!” – Dr. Munther Isaac, Bethlehem
Bible College and Christ at the Checkpoint.
Notice Beiler’s nod to
“activists” within the Palestinian Authority. It’s like
saying, in 1934, that the Kremlin was helping expose
Hard to believe some of these
people are that gullible.
In our upcoming “Why Israel?”
seminar, my colleagues and I will discuss some of these
propaganda efforts, including the evil BDS campaign,
which, ironically, gains legions of young people as
followers — they think they are exposing an evil regime,
when in fact they are propping one up.
It is astounding to me that many
people assume that media images actually always reflect
reality. For example, photo editors from New York to
Amman know how to crop a photo so that it looks like an
Israeli soldier is threatening the life of a hapless
Palestinian. In point of fact, the soldier is often
pulling the youth away from a mob bent on beating him to
death…or, the “Palestinian” is actually an Israeli Jew
being rescued by the IDF.
Media types know what they are
Added to the propaganda mix (and
I observed this at the Justice Conference) is the effort
by Palestinians to come alongside African-Americans and
profess their love and loyalty, i.e., we are brown
brothers being oppressed by the white colonialists — Big
Business and European Jews, respectively.
Day and night, the Palestinian
Authority foments violence against Israel and the world
The new thing right now is the
compromising of American youth, who believe they are
helping lift up the oppressed Palestinian.
In fact, they are tools of
And that’s bad for all of us.
June 8, 2015
I am just returning from the
Justice Conference, a two-day affair in Chicago. From
“Our vision is to serve the
discovery of ideas, celebrate the beauty of justice, and
foster a community of people who live justice together.
Now, more than ever, people of faith need to come
together to wrestle with the injustice in our world.
This is the time. This is the place.”
I have many thoughts about the
conference, and will be writing and speaking about it
more in the coming weeks, but for now I want to focus on
two things: Israel and Bible prophecy.
I sat in on workshops led by Jon
Huckins and Jer Swigart of The Global Immersion Project,
then heard Lynne Hybels speak. Although Hybels didn’t
address this subject (rather, she spoke about efforts at
reconciliation between Jews and Arabs), Bible prophecy
was on the stand.
Specifically, I heard from
presenters and from attendees having roundtable
discussions that Dispensationalism is a problem. I
listened as speakers lamented the wild speculations from
some prophecy teachers.
One speaker, Malcolm London,
mentioned babies being “blown to bits in Palestine.”
One of the books for sale in the
conference expo area was Garth Hewitt’s “Occupied
Territories.” In the book, Hewitt alleges that the
Israeli security fence completely encircles Bethlehem.
As I’ve pointed out many times, it does not.
These kinds of remarks about
Israel were indicative of what conference organizers and
attendees believe about the Jewish state and her
Justice was on everyone’s lips
during the weekend, but one could be justified in
wondering whether anyone believes Israel deserves
justice. Justice in terms of Arabs accepting the
presence of the Jewish state. Justice in terms of all
terror attacks ceasing. Justice for the victims of
Palestinian terror since Oslo, two decades ago.
You need to understand that
while there were many sincere, well-intentioned people
at the Justice Conference, the gathering was left wing
to the core. Whatever you want to call us — conservative
Christians, fundamentalists, Bible-believing Christians
— our worldview is very different from the presenters in
Chicago. We do not see many things the same.
For them, Israel is an Occupier.
Her Christian Zionist supporters are rigid, angry
obstacles to peace.
There was a lot of talk about
tolerance and reconciliation, but I got the distinct
impression that the sweet words aren’t meant for Israel
and those who support her.
The capper was the keynote
address by Cornel West, the radical Princeton professor
who is no friend of Israel.
There was also a lot of talk
about white supremacy, white guilt, white privilege.
Racial injustice toward minorities. American
This is not the same Church we
grew up with. It is not the same nation. Such a
conference as this would have been unthinkable a
generation ago. Now, I fear it is the norm.
Whatever lay ahead, though, we
must remain in the Word and remain in the Lord. The
future is going to be remarkable.
And He is a just God.
Jun 1, 2015
(Join Jim and his friends Alex Grobman and Uri Bar-Ner
at Calvary Chapel Cypress, CA, on June 25 for a seminar
entitled “Why Israel?”)
The Israelites and Modern Israel
At this year’s General Assembly of the Presbyterian
Church (USA), delegates voted to divest from three
companies that do business with Israel: Caterpillar,
Hewlett Packard, and Motorola Solutions. The diabolical
“BDS” movement (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions) is
intended to hurt Israel economically. In fact, it is one
element of the larger war against the Jewish state.
A lesser-known resolution was no less sinister. From a
piece in Jews News, we read that some will no longer
accept acknowledgement of Israel’s biblical history:
“According to a report in The Algemeiner, the Church’s
proposed resolution, which was rejected, stems from a
complaint filed by a ‘Palestinian American Presbyterian’
who is an Elder in the church.
“The new Presbyterian Hymnal, Glory to God, published in
2013, contains a section of hymns under the heading,
‘God’s Covenant with Israel.’ The Elder who filed the
complaint stated, ‘Because I am a Palestinian Christian,
I am uneasy with the word ‘Israel’ in ‘God’s Covenant
“In an effort to deal with the situation, the resolution
proposed a re-education process regarding the difference
between ‘biblical Israel’ and the modern State of
Israel. This included printing up stickers to be placed
in all the hymnals.”
That last paragraph is chilling.
You need to know that key American Christian leaders
have for some time helped spread the diabolical lie that
modern Israelis have no connection to the ancient
Israelites. The Palestinians came up with this
totalitarian-style propaganda to drive a wedge between
Christians and Israel. If the modern residents of Israel
are not really Jews, then how can they lay claim to the
The whole premise is wholly absurd, and yet it has
gained traction in some shocking quarters.
Two decades ago, I received a letter/reply from Dr.
Maxie Dunnam, then president of Asbury Theological
Seminary (probably the only “conservative” seminary
within the United Methodist Church).
When he addressed the issue of modern Israel and the
ancient Israelites, Dunnam told me that he didn’t
believe there is a connection. This from a leading
member of the Confessing Movement, the effort to turn
the UMC back to its biblical roots!
Dunnam, though, is far from alone in his thinking. The
late D. James Kennedy made similar statements, and such
faulty worldview has made its way into evangelicalism,
All across the board, evangelical leaders are allowing
such trash to be part of the curriculum within
When studying this phenomenon, which is anti-Semitic to
the core (can you imagine denying that modern Chinese
have no connection to ancient Asian cultures, or that
Coptic Christians have no relation to the ancient
Egyptians?), it is also important to understand this:
the anti-Israel networks are so vast and layered within
evangelicalism, it would take a miracle of biblical
proportions to reverse the problems. One must follow the
For example, back when Southern Baptist Convention
President Ronnie Floyd’s Cross Church had a LifeWay
bookstore in the church building, just two of the books
offered were authored by Gary DeMar, the well-known
preterist, and Carl Medearis, perhaps the leading
channel between evangelicals and Muslims. Both authors
have many friends and associations that deny Israel’s
It should be obvious that I don’t mean Floyd would
subscribe to the disconnection theory between Israel and
the Israelites. He does however associate with plenty of
people who do. And, I also recognize that a pastor’s
first role, especially the head of a denomination, is to
lead evangelism efforts — not promote Zionism.
However, the anti-Israel feeling among evangelical
elites/leadership is now systemic.
(And before you fault me for using
“guilt-by-association” tactics, consider that such a
method of “discovering the networks” is legitimate. Only
those who don’t want the rank-and-file in the pews to
figure out what’s going on whine long and loud about
being criticized through guilt-by-association.)
Here is another example of how this network operates.
Recently, Gabe Lyons, the founder of “Q Ideas,” a
center-left leadership entity within evangelicalism,
“Summer parenting book I can’t put down? #NeverSayNo by
our mentors Jan and @markhforeman. So, so good.”
Foreman is the pastor of North Coast Calvary Chapel in
California. Two years ago, he hosted a “Hope for the
Holy Land” event, featuring Mae Cannon of World Vision,
Lynne Hybels, and Sami Awad — three anti-Israel
speakers. Among those Foreman follows on Twitter: Shane
Claiborne, Rachel Held Evans, and Joel Hunter. Each has
expressed sympathy for the Palestinian cause.
Foreman is something of anomaly within the Calvary
For his part, Lyons has used his forum to host
anti-Israel speakers like Sami Awad.
Everywhere, rising stars in the evangelical leadership
universe are abandoning long-held positions, including
solid Israel support. That these young leaders and their
mentors (think Bill Hybels and Rick Warren) allow the
“Israel bears no connection with the biblical
Israelites” tripe to continue reveals much about their
ultimate agenda, which I maintain focuses-on
transforming the Evangelical Church into a leftist
It is a fact that among American Christian leadership
today, evangelical leaders are much, much closer to the
radical views of people like Jim Wallis, Shane
Claiborne, Tony Campolo, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby
Spong — among many, many others — than they are to the
views of Adrian Rogers and Chuck Smith.
It is an outrage that Christian leaders do not clearly
stand with the Jews on this issue. The denial of the
Jews’ biblical heritage is a spiritual nuclear weapon
aimed at destroying Israel.
At the same time, American political and religious
leaders stand (with a straight face) with PLO leaders
who claim they are descended from the Canaanites.
You get that, don’t you? If the Palestinian Arabs could
prove they are the direct descendants of the ancient
pagan culture, then they can make some claim to the land
of Israel. By the way, show me any scholar anywhere on
the planet who would subscribe to such a theory, and
I’ll show you a scholar who got his academic training
from a box of Cracker Jacks.
The whole re-education model smacks of Soviet-style
methods for forcing people to change long-held views. It
is fiendish, sinister, and anti-biblical.
Any seminary president, pastor, or ministry leader who
doesn’t unequivocally affirm the obvious truth that
today’s Jews are direct descendants of the ancient
Israelites forfeits his credentials and should get into
fast-food management or banking, or general contracting.
Anything but sitting as a phony teacher/leader.
Until the destruction of the Temple by the Romans in AD
70, the Jews’ genealogical records were kept in
Jerusalem. In other words, everyone knew where he came
from. That’s how Paul new he was from the tribe of
Benjamin, for example.
Since that time, wherever the Jews were dispersed around
the globe, they maintained their Jewish identity. The
famous phrase “Next Year in Jerusalem” has been a
plaintive cry from Jews around the world, longing to
return to Zion.
Their return — surely the greatest single miracle in
2,000 years — has happened in our time.
Eternal shame on evangelical leaders in America who not
only fail to affirm this reality, but work to undermine
May 25, 2015
Behold, the day of
the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the
midst of thee.
For I will gather
all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city
shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women
ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into
captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be
cut off from the city.
Then shall the
Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when
he fought in the day of battle. (Zechariah 14:1-3)
(Note: please avail yourself
of the excellent reporting by Israel correspondent Brian
Zechariah On Deck
For 67 years, the state of
Israel has been a burr under many saddles. The Jewish
state, the modern dream of the ancients (and men like
Theodor Herzl and David Ben Gurion), is an astonishing
miracle, in myriad ways.
I have been gripped by this fact
since my first trip in 1998.
Before that, since birth really,
I was privileged to grow up in a home where Bible
prophecy was taught and believed. Not only do I look
back on that fondly, contrary to much opinion among
evangelical leadership elites today, I consider that
heritage to be vital to my worldview. Especially as we
face the future.
The soon future.
I am often struck by how quickly
Israel is being marginalized and encircled by her
enemies. Those enemies are not only the obvious ones:
jihadists, Middle East despots, and political foes.
They also very much include
diplomatic elites, media figures, entertainment figures,
and religious “leaders.” It is the latter category that
I find the most odious. Many Christians in the pews, and
even many pro Israel folks, simply do not grasp the
enormity of this problem.
Writing in the newsletter for
the UMC’s General Board of Church and Society, Janet
Lahr Lewis (“Advocacy Coordinator for the Middle East”)
presented this profoundly immoral statement:
“Don’t participate in Holocaust
Remembrance Day without participating in Al Nakba
Remembrance Day. Don’t visit a Holocaust museum until
there is one built to remember the other holocausts in
the world: the on-going Palestinian holocaust, the
Rwandan, the Native American, the Cambodian, the
Armenian… You could be waiting a long time!”
One hardly knows where to start,
and that is another telltale sign that we are living in
the last days, which call to mind 2 Timothy 3.
Presumably, Lewis is not stupid, and knows that there is
no such Palestinian genocide going on, nor was there
ever one. The Holocaust, perpetrated by the Nazis, but
acquiesced to by many others, is unique in history.
It was the campaign to murder
every single Jew.
The fiendish statement by Lewis
is symptomatic of what ails the American Church: a
misunderstanding (in many cases, willful
misunderstanding) of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Decades
of leftist thought have now reached full-flower in the
American Church. The United Methodist Church is
officially one of the most anti-Israel denominations in
history, but far from alone. The President’s own United
Church of Christ is also front-and-center.
As I’ve documented, too, even
the Southern Baptist Convention and the Assemblies of
God are now slowly emerging as supportive of the
Palestinian narrative, or at least softening their
stance on Israel.
When Benjamin Netanyahu’s new
government was seated earlier this week, President
Reuven Rivlin had some interesting remarks (as reported
by Brian Schrauger at www.bridgesforpeace.com):
“Before they were positioned for
Israel's de facto yearbook photo, President Reuven
Rivlin admonished the new administration. And to
vicarious observers on the other side of press corps
lenses and computers, he also exhorted the country, its
enemies and a watching world.
“Most new governments have the
benefit of a honeymoon or grace period for one hundred
days. This one, he implied, probably does not.
“’There are great challenges
that this government must deal with from the outset,
without a 100-day grace period,’ he said. ‘Previous
[Israeli] governments did not face such challenges in
the same way or with the same intensity.’ This
government, he noted, has unusually intense matters at
hand in both foreign affairs and domestic. ‘With regard
to foreign affairs,’ he said, ‘you are required to deal
with international pressure in a manner that demands
endurance and the ability to make considered decisions
which will not lead the State of Israel to isolation,
but will preserve the red lines of Israeli diplomacy. On
the domestic front, you face the urgent and crucial
mission to present a budget which will provide an answer
to the social and economic needs of the citizens of
Israel - from housing and employment to welfare.’
Quite interestingly, Netanyahu
departed from a purely political line by invoking the
founding document of Zionists for all time:
“...Alluding to the Bible, as,
it seems, he does with increasing regularity, Netanyahu
made a direct link to his vision for Jerusalem and the
ethos by which Israel sets its governmental compass.
“’The People of Israel returned
to its land, and established here the State of Israel, a
Jewish and democratic state,’ he said. It is ‘a state
which preserves the rule of law and respects every human
being. Here in our eternal capital of Jerusalem, the
Prophets of Israel embedded the eternal values of
humanity, but also embedded the eternal values of our
people—to which we are committed in each generation. I
am proud to be the Prime Minister of Israel, and I will
do all in my power, together with my ministers, to honor
the mandate we have been given by the citizens of
Israel. There is nothing more valuable than that.’”
When Rivlin says that Israel
must preserve the red lines of its diplomacy, he is
certainly calling to mind the challenges Israel faces.
The international political climate for Israel at
present is nasty and vicious. However, as I constantly
repeat, the epic fail on the part of American
Evangelical leadership, with regard to Israel and the
Palestinians, is bordering on catastrophic.
I think that language is not
Not only are celebrities like
Rick Warren and Bill Hybels negligent in supporting
Israel, in important ways they are complicit in the
drive to marginalize and defame the Jewish state. In a
blog post published by Lynne Hybels’, the Willow Creek
Association co-founder had this to say:
“So . . . it was October 2008. I
had been invited by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian—Bill’s mentor
and mine—to attend a conference in Amman, Jordan, taught
entirely by Arab Christians from Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt,
Iraq and the West Bank. To a person, these ministry
leaders said they felt abandoned by Western Christians.
And, of course, they are; to most Western Christians the
phrase ‘Arab Christian’ is an oxymoron. We experience a
severe case of cognitive dissonance when hear about
indigenous Iraqi Christians or the ancient Egyptian
Coptic Church or—even more surprising—Palestinian
Christians whose ancestors have been ‘on the land’ from
the time of Christ. What? Why didn’t we realize this?
What should we do about it?”
Bilezikian, of Armenian descent,
and a teacher in Beirut, Lebanon for many years, the
concept of pro Israel support is unacceptable. He has
mentored Bill and Lynne Hybels since at least 1975. Here
is a statement from his book, “Christianity 101,”
published by the left-leaning publisher Zondervan:
“Since the link between current
events and ‘prophetic truth’ is sometimes made in
connection with the biblical concept of Israel, it is
appropriate to sketch a brief outline for the discussion
of such teachings. The view that Israel, defined as an
ethnic people, has an eschatological role to play is
especially prominent in an approach called
Dispensationalism. The foundations of this system of
biblical interpretation was laid in the writings of a
nineteenth century Plymouth Brethren leader from Britain
named J.N. Darby. Those views have been ardently
received and propagated by certain groups in North
America, primarily the fundamentalist groups.”
Here, of course, Bilezikian, trots out the propaganda
that biblical support for Israel started with a 19th
century Irish preacher.
If it seems like I’m digressing
and meandering, I hope you’ll see the vast network of
anti-Israel conspirators (who really operate in the
open), all of whom have helped push Israel into the
place she now finds herself: having “unusually intense
matters at hand in both foreign affairs and domestic.”
All this causes Zechariah’s
later prophecies to loom large, for as I also often say,
the single greatest sign we are living in the last days
is the increasing international pressure on Israel,
which, I would argue, borders on psychotic.
What else can you call a
comparison between the Palestinians’ lack of statehood
Truly, we are on the edge of
something epic. Far from fearful or even worried, I am
in fact thrilled that Someone is in charge, loves all of
us (including the Palestinians), and wants the best for
us. Since we cannot accomplish that ourselves, He is
preparing to usher in glory. Thank you, Father, for your
mercies, which are everlasting.
That remnant of us that prays
intensely for our Jewish friends, let us resolve more
than ever to stand with Israel right through to the end,
when the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will
intervene, to fight for her in the day of battle.