Oct 24, 2016
A Shameful Time
None of us who identify as
biblical Christians ever thought we’d see the things
we’re seeing now. And the Church Visible, at least in
America, has never been more shameful.
From Max Lucado to Russell Moore,
we are seeing evangelical leaders absolutely roast
At this point I will complete
Without uttering a word about
the Clinton/Obama Crime Syndicate, which has plagued the
nation for a quarter-century.
Not a peep out of Lucado about
any of that.
Now comes word that the
Palestinian Authority has jailed three self-described
Palestinian peacemakers for befriending Israeli Jews.
From a report in the Jewish Press:
“Efrat Local Council head Oded
Revivi says he’s concerned about the fate of four
Palestinian Authority Arabs who were arrested and taken
into custody on Thursday for the ‘crime’ of visiting
their Jewish neighbor’s sukkah.
“The Arab visitors paid a visit
on Wednesday to the Sukkah of Peace, an annual
celebration of the Jewish Festival of Sukkot – the Feast
of Tabernacles – in Gush Etzion, Judea, hosted by
“’Three days have passed and our
visitors from Wadi Nies are still being held,’ Revivi
told JewishPress.com on Saturday night. ‘They have not
been released from the Palestinian Authority prison.
“’It’s not clear to us where they
are or what their condition is. It bothers me to see
that humanitarian organizations, human rights groups are
not making any outcry about this situation.’”
Just as American evangelical
leaders do not say a word about the destruction wrought
by the Left, so too are they largely silent about
persecution coming from Arab countries, particularly the
Palestinian areas. They loudly condemn Israel for
alleged abuses of the Palestinians, but clamp their
hands over their mouths when Muslim tyrants abuse
For discerning minds, we also
note that by visiting their Jewish friends’ sukkah, they
are giving tacit approval of recognizing Jewish history,
even biblical history, in the Land. This the Muslims
will not tolerate. Remember the insane UNESCO ruling
recently that doesn’t recognize the Temple Mount as part
of Jewish history?
Whether it’s Muslim persecution
of Christians in the Middle East (and elsewhere), or
Muslim persecution of Israel, worldwide Jewry, and
American Christians, America’s evangelical leaders are
doing great harm by projecting weakness and lack of
I urge you to use your voice to
call evangelical leaders to task. Personally, I would
not buy their books or support their ministries. I would
ask them questions via social media, such as Twitter and
Facebook. Press them and keep doing it, and ask them why
they lie down for the Left and save their venom for
those who deserve their support.
Oct 17, 2016
“Obama and Kerry’s
craven cave-in will haunt our future.”
This is the last
sentence in a New York Post piece by Kyle Smith, in
which the incredible stupidity of the Obama
administration is on full display with the Iran nuclear
I was thinking of this
recently while re-reading Bill Koenig’s famous book,
Eye to Eye, in which it is documented that whenever U.S. policy
harmed Israel, something bad happened to the U.S.
With Tim Kaine touting
the Iran deal during his debate with Mike Pence, the
worst outcome of Obama’s tenure is in the news again.
Supporters of the
deal, including the lifelong leftwing John Kerry, claim
that it basically freezes Iran’s efforts to build nukes
for a decade. Then, the terror state will ostensibly use
uranium for power plants.
According to a report
“The Iranian nuclear
deal was signed in July 2015. A year later, the
Associated Press published the provisions hidden in a
document not publicly available previously, which
elucidated what would happen to the Iranian nuclear
program after the first ten years of the agreement’s
implementation. According to that document, Iran will be
allowed to begin ‘replacing its mainstay centrifuges
with thousands of advanced machines.’ While it will
ultimately possess fewer centrifuges to enrich uranium
with, these machines will be so efficient, the AP notes,
that ‘they will allow Iran to enrich at more than twice
the rate it is doing now.’”
Further, the psychotic
nature of Iran’s regime is evidenced in its attitude
“Iran’s Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei has done little to calm those alarmed
by the possibility of Iran having access to advance
uranium enrichment technology. Shortly after the signing
of the deal, he published a book titled
Palestine, in which he argues that Iran has a role to play in the
destruction of Israel, and so must work to create and
possess the strongest weapons possible.”
purposeful weakness is adding to the body count. Earlier
in his tenure, when reformers in Iran were left to
themselves, in part due to Obama abandoning them,
widespread rape and torture was ordered by Tehran. The
mullahs have used American timidity to consolidate
When Tehran gets
concessions from the West, Iran pokes us in the eye in
Ahmad Vahidi, the
former Iranian defense minister, who is wanted by
Interpol for involvement in blowing up
recently appointed head of Iran's Supreme
National Defense University.
In short, the only way
to stop the Iranians is to use force. It’s all they
understand. And as we’ve stated many times before, it’s
the U.S. and the West that will suffer. Israel is under
Divine Protection. As Smith said, the mortal danger
Kerry and Obama have put us under will haunt us for a
very long time to come.
Oct 10, 2016
The Paper Trail
More and more, my interest is
turning to changes in the American Church. It is
astonishing to watch the speeding train of apostasy
running through American evangelicalism.
This is why the move away from
support for Israel in the American Church should not
surprise. There are reasons for it, political and
religious (theological). A tidal wave of change has
come, through primarily major evangelical leaders who
are in turn mentoring Millennials.
Let me give you an example of
the damage being done to America, through its new
policies concerning Israel.
Ed Stetzer, recently lately of
the Southern Baptist LifeWay Research, is now greatly
expanding his ecumenical influence from a new post at
Wheaton College. He has been allowing guest columnists
to post their views of the presidential candidates at
his Christianity Today blog (CT for seemingly forever
has been staffed by editors who are far more pro
Palestinian than they are pro Israel).
In a post this week, Stephen
Waldron (“theologian and Bible teacher”) writes that he
is supporting Jill Stein for president.
Wow. She is in the same class as
the clueless Gary Johnson, who doesn’t know what Aleppo
is. But in particular, I want you to notice a key reason
Waldron supports Stein:
“Jill Stein argues that the
United States should cut back on its foreign military
bases. She also opposes sending billions of dollars in
military aid and equipment to countries that have
repeatedly violated human rights, such as Saudi Arabia,
Egypt, and Israel.”
There you have it. Classic
leftist thought: lumping Israel in with serial abusers
like Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
The worst part of it is, Stetzer
allows this kind of claptrap to be published and
What Waldron is really saying is
that he believes Israel routinely abuses the
Palestinians. And notice Waldron’s weird concluding
“I don’t agree with everything
that Jill Stein has said or done. I do not even believe
that she is prepared to actually be president. Like most
voters, I haven’t found a perfect candidate. But Stein’s
policy positions do generally reflect Christian values
in areas where the state has overwhelming influence that
can either harm or help vulnerable people: immigration,
war, indigenous rights, and economic policy. While I
recognize that others have good reasons for supporting
other candidates, this Evangelical believes that a vote
for a non-practicing Jew is the right one this time
•Waldron doesn’t believe Stein
is prepared to be president, but he is voting for her
anyway. He is, then, not a serious thinker when it comes
to this issue.
•His reference to a
“non-practicing Jew” is blatantly anti-Semitic. I guess
that’s okay with CT and Stetzer. Waldron’s comment is
outrageous, but he’ll get away with it. Such is the
state of American Evangelicalism in 2016.
There’s plenty more research
where that came from to indicate that today’s American
evangelical leaders are no friends of Israel. The paper
trail is long, wide, and littered with profoundly flawed
views of Israel, Jews, and geopolitics across the globe.
We will continue in this space
to keep you informed of such things. Christians deserve
that, at least.
Oct 3, 2016
When Good People
I’ve been advocating for Israel in some way or
another for 21 years. Support for Israel has been a
privilege and a joy. When I was growing up in
conservative evangelical circles, Bible prophecy
teaching and support for Israel were dominant. Preachers
talked of the Blessed Hope, and strongly supported the
Jewish state and the Jews’ historical claim to the
As I’ve written many times, that began to change
about 15 years ago. As I’ve now discovered, the seeds of
that erosion of support for Israel and prophecy teaching
began much earlier.
Beginning in the 19th century (taking
their cue from seminaries in Europe, particularly
Germany, where Enlightenment thinking began to destroy
the Church), seminaries in America became populated with
faculty committed to stealth and the destruction of
belief in the Bible. Church leaders like Henry Ward
Beecher also began to openly advocate for anti-biblical
themes like Darwinian philosophy.
Things became so bad that in 1929, conservative Bible
scholars at Princeton left to open Westminster
Theological Seminary. The move was necessary, but it
also abandoned the traditional places of learning to
leftist groups. The Scopes Trial of 1925 also inflicted
great damage on the conservative churches.
Since about 2005, I have observed a very noticeable
erosion of support for Israel among pastors, large
ministries, and para-church organizations. Some of these
leaders do not overtly dis Israel or prophecy, but, like
the disgraced-but-still-arrogant Mark Driscoll, they
make their displeasure with Dispensationalism and Israel
apparent from time to time. Further, those Millennials
that they mentor certainly do oppose Israel and Bible
Now, I am noticing something perhaps even more
troubling: a tendency for even stalwart pro Israel folks
to attempt a sort of détente with the radicals. This
methodology runs parallel to the destructive model used
by RINO in Congress, when dealing with the Harry Reids
of the world. In other words, softening your tone in the
hopes your opponents will come your way.
That is folly.
When leftists smell blood in the water, the weakness
of their opponents, they move in and open wide their
jaws. It is why we are in the shape we’re in as a
country. Focusing-in even more specifically, it is why I
am of the opinion that the Church Visible in this
country is already destroyed.
I will write more about this in the coming months,
and speak about it as well, but I know for a fact that
at the very highest levels of Christian leadership that
advocates for Israel, there is distaste for “naming
names” and really identifying the problems.
In 2015, I attended a large conference aimed at
evangelical Millennials, and this conference was
organized and sponsored by leftists, including “Black
Lives Matters” radicals and the like. Anti-semitic
leaders were invited to speak. It didn’t bother any
national evangelical leaders.
Since 2010, I have researched and written about the
inroads made into the American Church by Liberation
Theology types and those who promote the Palestinian
Narrative. In my view, the work in exposing these groups
(work done by a handful of people) produced real fruit.
For about a year, I noticed the “Christian
Palestinianists” went back under their rocks and were
not as visible in their loathing of Israel.
That began to change in 2015. At the aforementioned
conference, I noticed that one person very high up in
pro Israel circles was posing for pictures with the most
anti-Israel “evangelical” leaders in the country. I
found this dismaying, frankly. Much of the work that had
been done to walk-back the Palestinian Narrative in
churches was being unraveled by these “pro Israel”
I know for a fact they very much dislike my approach,
which is to name names and expose what I believe to be
intentional lying about Israel. From Bill and Lynne
Hybels, to left-wing activists like Shane Claiborne,
much harm is being done to Israel’s image. Those in pro
Israel circles who disagree with my approach feel that
reaching-out to such is the way to go.
I believe it is a recipe for disaster.
The hesitation to openly confront anti-Israel forces
in the Church—by top leadership that is ostensibly pro
Israel—is a serious problem.
The problem is so deep that I am not aware of a pro
Israel Christian group of significant size that will
truly confront the Christian Palestinianists. Some of
them do good advocacy work in the sense they present
facts and figures that place Israel in a positive light.
They hold rallies that raise the emotions of
But what I am specifically talking about is their
abandonment of the sometimes-necessary strategy of
fighting the enemy. The very concept is so distasteful
in evangelical circles today (as many are too concerned
about their tax-exempt status to take a stand), I wonder
if any top leadership is left that will do it.
Boy, I could tell you stories!
Let me give you an example.
If Rick Warren is doing harm to the Church, you won’t
find one famous evangelical who will call him on it.
From their perspective, too much is at stake. Let me
tell you what I think is at stake for them:
•Cross-promotion of books, ministries, and
conferences. Leader X cannot criticize Pastor Rick
because to do so would cause dis-invites from
conferences. Book endorsements would dry up. Phone calls
would have to be fielded from hirelings blasting Pastor
X for daring to take on Pastor Rick.
•Inter-denominational fights would erupt while folks
like Pastor Rick look on. For example, isn’t it telling
that few celebrity Southern Baptist pastors will tell
the people what Warren and Andy Stanley and Steven
Furtick are up to? Try attending the SBC convention if
you’ve decided to shine a spotlight on such. The air
would be so cold you’d need a parka in Orlando.
•Bookstores would pull books of whistle-blowers.
Mega-churches would no longer invite whistle-blowers to
speak for a fat fee. And, perhaps worst of all, those
who control Christian Media would work behind the scenes
to ensure whistle-blowers get bad press. In fact, those
who control Christian Media are of the same ilk as
William Randolph Hearst.
If Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas hosts an imam and
Palestinian apologists like Sami Awad at his own
conferences, do any national evangelical leaders take
issue with that? No, Lyons’ influence is widened, such
as the invitation for him to speak at the 2016 national
convention of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics &
Religious Liberty Commission.
If World Vision’s anti-Israel stances include a Gaza
manager funneling millions to Hamas, does that warrant
even a criticism from the legions of evangelical leaders
who work with World Vision? Hardly. World Vision remains
a popular group for national evangelical leaders to
partner with and endorse.
If Hobby Lobby heir Mart Green produces an
anti-Israel film, will any national evangelical leader
condemn it? Doubtful. The Green family donates so much
money to ministries and evangelical causes, no national
leader will utter a peep. Cash talks in evangelical
Too, the Trojan Horse model used by Christian
Palestinianists, and Palestinian leaders themselves, is
seeping heavily into mainstream evangelical circles. The
popular writer Ann Voskamp has taken trips to
“Palestine” and there she soaks up the perspectives of
Arabs who hate Israel and hate Jews. Russell Moore, head
of the ERLC, last year visited Bethlehem Bible College,
a hotbed of anti-Israel activities; he was taken on a
tour by a group identifying as pro Israel. Why in the
world would a pro Israel group get anywhere near BBC? A
few years ago, Empowered21, a Who’s Who from the
Pentecostal and Charismatic world, hosted Sami Awad at
an American meeting.
Pro Israel advocacy among Christians is in
transition. I predict that the larger pro Israel groups
will continue down the path of non-confrontation,
relying on more and more facts and figures to try and
influence the masses. They will not confront the
anti-Israel, anti-Jew evangelical leaders who in some
cases actively lie about Israel.
To do so would be too costly.
Sep 26, 2016
Much has been made of the new 10-year aid package the
Americans have pledged to provide Israel. As Caroline
Glick has pointed out, this deal is not exactly what it
seems with regard to Obama and Israel.
We all know Obama is anti-Israel; he always has been.
So if much has been made of the new aid package, what
gives? It all comes down to Obama’s wish to out-maneuver
Congress. Israel agreed to the new package, which binds
the Jewish state to a certain amount. Israel now cannot
accept any supplemental amount Congress might want to
send Israel’s way.
This is in keeping with a president whose mendacity
knows no limits when it comes to Israel. For example, he
has always sought to limit Israel’s missile defense
funding. Of course, his enmity for Benjamin Netanyahu is
legendary and chilling.
Additionally, Obama has befriended the left-wing J
Street, a lobbying group in Washington that purports to
defend Israel. The opposite is true. Hear Glick explain
some of the shenanigans Obama has pulled:
“Today J Street, the self-proclaimed ‘pro-Israel,
pro-peace’ outfit, is lobbying the IRS to revoke the
charitable status of American groups that work to
protect the civil and property rights of Jews in Judea
and Samaria. It is also working with Iran’s lobby in
Washington and Americans for Peace Now to undermine
Republican efforts to sanction Iran for its anti-US
The fact is, Obama is a menace when it comes to
Israel, so when he appears to (almost bizarrely) be
“helping” Israel with a long-range aid package, he is in
fact attempting to control it as much as possible before
he leaves office in January.
Notice what he aims for:
“For Obama, the MoU [Memorandum of Understanding]
isn’t about securing military financing for Israel. The
aid is a means for him to achieve a different aim.
“Administration and congressional sources warn that
Obama wished to conclude the MoU in the final months of
his presidency to burnish his pro-Israel credentials. He
wants his pro-Israel bona fides intact as he enables the
UN Security Council to adopt an anti-Israel resolution
just after the US presidential election in November.”
And there you have it. In all likelihood, Obama is
here for years to come. He has already promised to stay
in Washington (ostensibly so his daughter can finish
high school), and there is very real speculation that he
is lobbying to become the next UN Secretary General; the
job comes up almost at the same time Obama leaves
There, he would surely work tirelessly to render
Israel defenseless internationally.
Jimmy Carter never liked Israel; biblically he is a
Replacement Theology guy. Bill Clinton was a
self-absorbed pragmatist who caused great harm to
But neither approached the naked evil of Obama.
Israel will be dealing with him for years to come.
Sep 19, 2016
Shimon Peres suffered a stroke this week. The
93-year-old Israeli political icon is the last of the
state’s founders and influencers. As of now, Peres is
still alive, and doctors will determine soon if he can
recover. The old lion has seen it all.
As prime minister, defense minister, foreign
minister, transportation minister, finance minister, and
president was born in Poland, a few years after World
War I. Just before the Nazis came to power, he emigrated
He did not have the distinguished military career
that many Israeli PMs have had, but did join the Haganah
(the forerunner of the modern IDF) in 1947.
In 1976, as defense minister, Peres was largely
responsible for the government approving the rescue
operation to Entebbe. He was a member of the Labor Party
(roughly the equivalent of America’s Democrat Party) for
37 years, but joined Ariel Sharon’s new Kadima movement
in the wake of the pullout from Gaza.
The role that defines Peres—despite his glittering
resume—is as one of the architects of the Oslo Accords,
which officially began in 1991 and resulted in the last
quarter-century of Palestinian terrorism in Israel.
Peres, along with others, apparently believes in the
good of man, and assumed Yasser Arafat and the PLO could
be reasoned with. This was a catastrophic error, and
plagues Israel to the this day. I would argue that it
has also led indirectly to the emboldening of jihadists
the world over.
When international media broadcast images of Bill
Clinton with Yitzhak Rabin and Arafat on the White House
lawn in September, 1993 (the same year the World Trade
Center was first targeted by Muslim terrorists), the
Muslim world saw it as weakness on the part of the West.
Peres had a large part in perpetuating the myth that
the Palestinians would choose to join civilization. His
dogged insistence on continuing “negotiations” is an
Peres, then, has been an odd mixture of “doing good”
and doing bad. He no doubt has always believed in the
rightness of his views. He and Leah Rabin convinced
Yitzhak Rabin to follow the siren song of Oslo. That has
led to thousands of deaths at the hands of Palestinian
I have always remembered the quote from a political
commentator, who said that Peres believed that a
“Maginot Line of five-star hotels” would convince the
Palestinians that free markets and open society were the
way to go. The Maginot Line, of course, was the fixed
fortifications of the French, which the Nazis bypassed
on their way to occupying France. It is an apt
description of the idealism of Peres.
We do wish Shimon Peres the very best in his
Sep 12, 2016
Where are We?
I noticed this week that as
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was visiting
foreign dignitaries in Europe, one in the receiving line
put his hands behind his back as Netanyahu made his way
down the line, shaking hands. Bibi simply gave a slight
shrug and moved on.
This same week, Australia’s
foreign minister warmly invited Netanyahu to be the
first Israeli premier to visit her country. The visit is
scheduled for early next year.
Only a couple years ago, Israel
seemed dangerously close to being totally isolated
internationally. Many, including myself, felt that the
famous prophecies describing this very reality were very
That is a lesson that we
shouldn’t look too far out, but “let the prophecies come
Still, there are other
interesting developments taking place.
It is now being reported that
Moscow has invited both the Israelis and Palestinians to
sit down for talks. No date is set, but it would present
a fascinating turn of history if this plays out.
Remember, one of the clever aspects of Jimmy Carter’s
Camp David talks with Egypt and Israel involved prying
the Arab world away from its client-state status with
the Soviet Union. The Russians had worked for decades to
oppose the West in the Middle East, and two disastrous
wars paved the way for the Arabs to look elsewhere.
We were the elsewhere.
Now, however, with the deliberate
strategy of Barack Obama to bolster his Muslim friends,
particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, the Russians have
seen an opportunity once again. They are back to their
old role as an opponent of the U.S. in the Middle East.
We have Obama to thank for that.
It is here I should say that it
is my view he is himself a totalitarian in the Marxist
tradition. Whether he is actually a Muslim is debatable,
but the stone cold fact is, he helps jihadists and
hinders freedom. He is doing it on purpose.
This has created a very dangerous
vacuum in the Middle East, and look for the Russians to
exploit it far more than their current involvement in
Just today, there is an amazing
interview in the Times of Israel with neocon Norman
Podhoretz, who has raised the possibility that Iran and
Israel will engage each other in a nuclear war in the
This of course is not based on
his view of eschatology, but geopolitics and the
catastrophe Obama has brought on all of us.
However, I think it’s interesting
to note that the Zechariah prophecies are tinged with
reality in light of such stories in the media.
Keep in mind, too, the Russians
are working closely with Iran, particularly in their
missile defense systems and anti-aircraft systems. This
is designed specifically to blunt any Israeli attack.
John Kerry has just met with his
Russian counterpart in Geneva, to discuss each country’s
operations in Syria, but no breakthroughs in cooperation
Too, there are reports of closer
cooperation between Turkey and Russia, leading some to
speculate that Gog-Magog is about to break out. We must
remember, though, that Turkey’s Erdogan in notoriously
difficult to deal with, and follows his own drumbeat. It
is a mistake to assume that what exists today will exist
tomorrow. Tomorrow might see a deep freeze in
All in all, current geopolitics
is volatile and astonishing to watch. Let us resolve to
“let the prophecies come to us,” without too much
speculation on our part.
Sep 5, 2016
Andy Stanley is
Almost 20 years ago, Andy
Stanley—the son of Southern Baptist legend Charles
Stanley—emerged as a new generation pastor, a man of
rare gifts when it comes to communicating. He eschewed
jackets and ties and the more formal trappings of
In about 2000, he was instrumental
in helping develop a leadership entity known as
In the midst of all this, Stanley
the Younger was in a feud of sorts with Stanley the
Elder over the latter’s separation from his wife (Andy’s
Over time, the son’s church
eclipsed the father’s church in terms of attendees, and
today Andy Stanley is one-third of what I call the
Evangelical Trifecta: Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and
Stanley. Quite interestingly, Warren is based on the
west coast; Hybels holds down the Midwest from Chicago,
and Stanley is entrenched on the east coast. In more
ways than one, they blanket the country and absolutely
control the evangelical narrative. Their books and
methologies totally dominate evangelicalism and their
church growth techniques are now American dogma.
In recent years, Andy Stanley has
made waves with his brand of what I’d call Progressive
Evangelicalism. His prayers at Obama’s inaugurations,
and his willingness to allow Michelle Obama to speak at
his North Point Church are part of a troubling trend. He
also has absolutely helped mainstream homosexuality
within the evangelical church.
Stanley, who comes across as a
winsome, easy-going fellow, is really a major change
agent. His podcasts, messages, and books are absorbed by
many tens of thousands of U.S. pastors.
I will tell you clearly that I
believe he is described in the book of Jude. Men like
Stanley have crept in unawares.
In our time.
What does this have to do with
Stanley’s rise, and that of his
fellow change agents, coincides with a sharp downturn of
support for Israel in the churches. It’s one element in
an overall larger story, but the bottom line is this:
Stanley’s watering-down of Christianity runs parallel to
the rise of the so-called Christian Palestinianists.
While Stanley himself rarely speaks of Israel, many of
his friends and associations are anti-Israel.
Often, people answer me by saying:
“But Charles Stanley supports Israel!”
He does so far as I know, but you
do see that’s irrelevant in the context of what Andy
Stanley is doing…don’t you?
Overall, Andy Stanley wants to
fundamentally change what the Evangelical Church is. He,
like Warren and Hybels, wants conformity and groupthink.
He wants you to think as he thinks.
And he thinks in dangerous ways.
Late last month, the Southern
Baptist Convention’s “Ethics and Religious Liberty
Commission” hosted another self-serving conference in
Nashville, titled “Onward” (shockingly, the same title
as that of the ERLC chief’s new book; it’s about the
marketing, stupid). Stanley was invited to speak.
Boy, did he.
While ERLC President Russell Moore
looked on grinning, Andy Stanley said the following:
“I would ask preachers and pastors
and student pastors in their communications to get the
spotlight off the Bible and back on the resurrection.”
Get the spotlight
off the Bible.
Welcome to the Age of Apostasy.
Did you hear what he said? Andy
Stanley speaks blasphemy and nonsense…and no national
leader says a word.
Just for a moment, think about the
illogical nature of Stanley’s statement: how do we know
about the resurrection? Through Scripture.
Does anybody call him on this
nonsense? No. He grows stronger.
Several years ago, Stanley gave an
interview in which he openly said that as a college
freshman, he embraced his professor’s contention that
Genesis 1-11 is a fairy tale.
You need to understand this one bit
of information undergirds everything he does. It is
foundational to his thinking and “ministry.”
He is arrogant and powerful.
When you have famous national
evangelicals with this kind of worldview, you will see a
downturn in support for Israel. Stanley has made several
outrageous statements about the Bible in the past three
years; in short, he wants people to get their focus off
the Bible. Can you imagine such?
Andy Stanley’s so-called ministry
is an outrage. Would that he was held accountable. But
he won’t be.
This is a key reason (though
largely unknown by the rank-and-file) why Israel has
fallen out of favor. If you relegate the Bible to myth,
why pay attention? Why would Israel’s historical claims
to the land be more valid than anyone else’s?
Stanley is helping destroy the
American Church. In my opinion, he will be a major
reason the American Church morphs into the State Church
before too many more years pass.
He knows exactly what he’s doing.
And remember: my views of Stanley
aren’t the story here. The story is the unconscionable
violence he is willingly doing to Scripture and to the
Aug 29, 2016
Hope for the
As the world descends into
madness—Obama said this week he had to send a planeload
of cash to Iran because he couldn’t send a check—we see
once again that Israel is a light unto the nations.
In myriad ways.
Palestinian society is raised on
murder. The Islamist countries in the Middle East
oppress and murder their own people. ISIS makes snuff
By contrast, Israel is making
breakthroughs in cancer research, giving hope and life
to untold numbers around the world.
According to a report in the Times
“A breakthrough cancer study in
which patients suffering from a form of leukemia saw
their diseases go into remission after they were treated
with genetically modified T-cells has deep roots in
“One of the first in the world to
work on the innovative adaptive immunotherapy technique
to treat cancer, which was hailed Tuesday worldwide as a
potentially ‘extraordinary’ development, was Weizmann
University Professor Zelig Eshhar.”
Lab results on mice and rats at the
University of Pennsylvania confirmed that cancer was
cured in a number of them. This buttresses arguments
made by Israeli researchers that the same results can be
obtained for humans. Further in the report:
“In an article in the journal
Science Translational Medicine, a team at the University
of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center and the
Perelman School of Medicine reported that 27 out of 29
patients with an advanced blood cancer saw their cancers
go into remission or disappear altogether when they
received genetically modified T-cells that were equipped
with synthetic molecules called chimeric antigen
receptors, or CARs. Those T-cells were able to target
and destroy the tumor cells – specifically the ones that
were responsible for the acute lymphoblastic leukemia
the patients were suffering from.
“According to officials at the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, where the research
was carried out, patients in the trial – some of whom
were told in 2013 they had barely a few months to live –
not only survived, but now, after the therapy, ‘have no
sign of the disease.’
“The therapy involves extracting
T-cells – the white blood cells that fight foreign or
abnormal cells, including cancerous ones.”
This is but one stream of treatment
being developed by Israeli scientists and doctors.
My prediction? A major announcement
will be made soon that Israelis have found the cure for
a deadly disease that has plagued mankind for years.
Astonishingly, this will do little
to stem the tide of anti-Semitism washing over the
However, just like the families of
Hamas terrorists who are treated for life-threatening
illnesses in deluxe Israeli hospitals, enemies of the
Jewish state will gladly take life-saving treatment
originating in the Jewish state.
Even as the cancer of Jew-hatred
July 18, 2016
The GOP Finally Gets It
For years, many observers have
seen the folly in the infamous Oslo Accords, which
developed a framework for Israel and the Palestinians in
negotiations. In those old naïve days of the early ‘90s,
the international community felt that it made good sense
to open the door to a Palestinian state.
Following talks in Madrid in 1991
(President George H.W. Bush had plenty of political
capital to spend after winning the Gulf War, and he
spent it on forcing Israel to the table), the deal was
signed at the White House in September 1993. Most of us
have seen the image of Bill Clinton with his arms around
Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.
The deal paved the way for the
establishment of the “Palestinian Authority” as it
morphed from the Palestine Liberation Organization—the
Cadillac of terror movements. Arafat had been chairman
of the PLO since 1968, and destroyed countless lives in
Oslo brought Arafat to Gaza and
parts of the West Bank; Areas A, B, and C were
designated in stages for the eventual establishment of
“Palestine.” The PA police force was also armed, and the
PA set up a quasi-government in Ramallah, just north of
Arafat famously talked peace in
English and war in Arabic. I am convinced that diplomats
the world over knew what he was doing, but went along
with it anyway. I am a hardliner on this, but I believe
every U.S. president that signed on to this fiendish
plot is complicit in the deaths of Israelis due to
Palestinian terror. One of the most recent is the knife
slaughter of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel (who was
also a U.S. citizen!) as she slept in her bed.
The Oslo framework was flawed
from the beginning, because it never took seriously the
double-game Arafat and his henchmen were playing. They
merely wanted a final staging ground to eliminate
Israel. But the world played along. The awful truth is,
for most people, Jewish life doesn’t mean much.
For years, sensible observers
like Caroline Glick have pointed out the futility of
Then, lo and behold, this week
came news that the GOP has deleted two-state solution
language from the party platform!
Wow, this is really big news. The
Republican leadership recognizes clearly that the
Palestinians are generations, if not centuries, from
being able to govern themselves as civilized nations do.
An article in The Forward outlines this stunning
“Rejecting decades-old policy,
the Republican Party approved on July 12 a platform that
does not include a call for a two-state solution to the
Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Instead, it defers to
Israel to determine whether it is interested in
negotiating a deal with the Palestinians, and omits any
reference to a solution that would establish an
independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.
“The platform subcommittee passed
it by an overwhelming majority, and the full committee
gave it a standing ovation as they approved it. Now the
language goes to the convention, where it is unlikely to
“’The U.S. seeks to assist in the
establishment of comprehensive and lasting peace in the
Middle East, to be negotiated among those living in the
region,’ the Republican platform states. ‘We oppose any
measures intended to impose an agreement or to dictate
borders or other terms, and call for the immediate
termination of all U.S. funding of any entity that
attempts to do so. Our party is proud to stand with
Israel now and always.’”
Folks, we are going to find out
in November if “the people” still govern themselves. If
Donald Trump wins, it will signal vast changes in
American foreign policy. If Hillary Clinton wins, she
will finish-off the country.
Since LBJ, official American
policy has called for a negotiated settlement between
Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.
The new reality places
responsibility squarely on the shoulders of the
Palestinians, a radicalized society. For literally
decades, we have heard ad nauseam that Israel must
practice restraint; Israel must negotiate; Israel must
make more concessions.
Those days should be over. I
reject the two-state solution for every logical reason,
capped by the reality that the Palestinians don’t
deserve a state, at least not for the foreseeable
Apart from the most important
reason—the cold-blooded murder of thousands of
Israelis—the Palestinians have also squandered billions
in cash from the international community.
When Israel pulled out of the
Gaza Strip in 2005, they left business infrastructure
for the Arabs! What did the beneficiaries do with their
acquired wealth? They took crowbars and other tools to
it all, destroying hothouses and other revenue sources.
The world and world media just looked on.
So now somebody has the nerve to
stare them down and send them to the back of the line.
Good. I am sick to death of
appeasement. I don’t condone the murder of Israeli Jews.
Now it looks like we might have a
government that agrees.
Jul 11, 2016
(In almost 10 years, I’ve
never used a guest column for “Israel Watch,” yet
Kenneth Bialkin’s tribute to the late Elie Wiesel is so
moving, I felt it appropriate. —Jim)
The Loss of One Man — a tribute to Elie
By: Kenneth J. Bialkin
New York, NY, July
2, 2016 - Elie Wiesel died the morning of Saturday, July
I learned of it first from a
call from my friend, David Harman, and then telephoned
Elie's home and received confirmation from his son,
loss of a friend is always tragic and initiates a gap in
memory. The loss of any of one person is normally easily
absorbed in the larger community, and very little
Not so with Elie Wiesel.
On a personal level, the loss is
personally telling. Elie and Marion have been personal
friends of Ann and mine without a beginning date.
Of course, I was aware of his works and
reputation when we first became friends and I was active
in the ADL. Over the years, we became family in so many
rewarding ways. His loss is more than just personal to
Ann and me.
It needs to be said that his
loss is one which will be suffered by a very large
audience not the least of which are the Jewish people.
It is as if a star which has shined for many years one
day simply disappears.
Those of us who came to assume the assurance of
seeing his star shine in the heavens will suddenly feel
his absence and come to realize that a voice and a
vision which supported our understanding and
appreciation of his presence has been snatched away by
Elie Wiesel always spoke softly
and never stridently. The delivery of his wisdom came
always in gentle terms in measured cadence. The force
and power of his influence existed in the simple words
he chose to express his sometimes profound message. The
star which shined in the orbit of his presence is gone.
His message was one of memory
and was very personal. The memory he kept alive was
shared with whoever would read or listen. He never
claimed or searched or sought power or position, he
simply said what he thought. His writing and commentary
make out a guide for thinking, and acting, and believing
for anyone who took the opportunity to read or listen or
hear. It is
as if a star that we were used to seeing when we looked
toward Heaven is no longer there.
The gap we now notice will be
further missed in the days ahead.
We have only to be thankful for the time provided
to all of us to listen, hear, understand and cherish his
Jul 4, 2016
I have a title for a new Bill
Killing Jews. It would be his most controversial
This week, more Palestinian
murderers/demons murdered Israeli Jews. Can anything at
all be more unconscionable than stabbing a 13-year-old
girl to death in her bed?
That’s what happened to Hallel
Yaffa at her home in Kiryat Arba.
Then on the heels of that
atrocity, Michael Mark was shot to death by Palestinian
murderers on Route 60, south of Kiryat Arba. His wife
was gravely injured as was is daughter.
Oh, by the way, Hallel Yaffa was
also an American citizen.
Has the American president said
anything? Nope. The American secretary of state blathers
on incoherently about terrorism, while the attorney
general says we must meet the challenge with love.
I believe the challenge should
be met with some good old-fashioned Old Testament
It is common knowledge that part
of the PLO/PA plan all along has been to goad Israel
into “overkill” (no pun intended) in response to
terrorism. The thinking goes, international condemnation
of Israel would be so severe that the Jewish state
But at what point do you
continue issuing strong statements without really doing
I like Benjamin Netanyahu very
much. But it might be time for some historical stand on
principles. It might be time to say, truly, Enough, and
take care of the problem.
I have friends on all sides of
these issues. Frankly, I am astonished how many people
support the two-state solution. Often, people assume I
reject that purely on biblical terms. Actually, I reject
a two-state solution for practical and security reasons.
Simply put, the Palestinians
don’t deserve a state. A state to do what? As with any
other society, they have good apples and bad apples. But
in the case of Palestinian society, it seems there is a
tree with perhaps a dozen good apples among 100 acres of
thoroughly diseased trees.
Too harsh, you say?
How about slaughtering a girl in
Is that too harsh?
I have come to this conclusion
not quickly. It comes after 20 years of studying the
issues and visiting the region numerous times. Talking
with people on all sides.
This is what I humbly suggest to
Israel’s government: send in the IDF to clean out
Judea-Samaria. Impose an administered territories
concept that worked pretty well for more than two
I’m tired of hearing how the
“Occupation” oppresses the Palestinians. In the context
of the unabated murder of Jews, I don’t care about
Palestinian rights. They have no rights until the
killing stops permanently.
I also believe there is an
historical moment for Israel to crush the terrorists:
•Egypt’s Al-Sisi not only has
in front of a Muslim audience. He is working with
the Israelis in a spirit of unprecedented security
•Israel is building new
coalition partners on the periphery. This involves
relationship building and believe me, even surrounding
nations are tired of the Palestinian nonsense.
•”Popular uprisings” in Britain
and the U.S. might signal that regular people are
getting fed up with the status quo. And this is key:
when terrorism is a threat to you, your perspective
changes. What was once an Israel Problem is now
•Israeli technology, in terms of
cyber tech, along with military innovations, makes the
Jewish state more than a formidable opponent for any
enemy. You see, we too often place too much credit with
the enemies. This is like a heavyweight prize fight,
when a cocky challenger blusters, then gets his jaw
crushed only seconds after the opening bell.
I believe society is moving in a
direction in which regular people will have to defend
themselves. Our government not only doesn’t protect us,
but endangers us. On purpose. Think about that.
Here’s what I predict would
happen if Israel were to seriously dismantle the
Nothing. At least, in terms of
People must ask themselves: why
is there a situation in which a strong Israeli response
to the murder of their children is met with vicious
condemnation? Honestly? I’d like to see the IDF strike a
blow heavy enough that the Palestinians will still be
talking about it three generations from now.
It’s time to bring back Joshua.
Jun 27, 2016
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Convulsions and Convergence
Everywhere in the world, we see
shockwaves of change. The decision by UK voters to leave
the European Union—followed by the resignation of Prime
Minister David Cameron—should remind those of us who
study Bible prophecy that geopolitics can change in an
If we are dogmatic about our pet
topic, we might find ourselves embarrassed when the
winds of change shift.
As it relates to Israel, the
British pullout from the borderless failure can only be
good, as we read in the Jerusalem Post:
“Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev said
on Friday that the UK's exit from the EU is good for
Israel since it further detaches Britain from Europe.
“’The drama that took place last
night in the UK, the national desire to detach from
Europe is good for Israel,’ he said.
“’The EU applauded Mahmoud Abbas
for accusing us of blood libel...the partition of
British power from the European Union is a good thing
Global connections can be both
good and bad (the recent two-minute video of Benjamin
Netanyahu speaking about the Orlando jihad attack was
seen by 22 million on social media), and it remains to
be seen just how the British decision will affect its
relationship with Israel.
Remember! alliances with various
countries and Israel are shifting quickly now. The
Jewish state (incredibly) is getting closer to China,
Russia, and India. This was unthinkable only a few years
Meanwhile, the jury is still
very much out on Israel’s relationship with the United
States’ political leadership. Hillary Clinton is no true
friend of Israel, but a coldly calculating politician. A
win by her would continue many of the destructive
policies of Obama.
And the prospects aren’t much
brighter with regard to religious leadership in America.
Presbyterian Church (USA) is holding its 222nd
General Assembly; you might recall that two years ago
the PC(USA) narrowly voted for divestment. At the
opening session this week, a prayer was offered
for…Allah! That’s right, a Muslim prayer was offered by
the morally bankrupt PC(USA) leadership.
Interestingly, the Rev. Mateen
Elass, a former Muslim from Saudi Arabia, had some
pointed thoughts about this:
“The Presbyterian Church USA has
hammered one more nail into its own coffin — one wonders
whether there is space for any further nails. Last
Saturday, at the opening business session of its 222nd
General Assembly in Portland, OR, the denominational
leadership orchestrated an event which denied the gospel
and lordship of Jesus Christ. Here’s what happened.
“The Stated Clerk had asked the
staff of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Ministries of the
PCUSA to create a liturgy of repentance/remembrance for
the recent victims of gun violence in Orlando (and last
year in Charleston, SC) as the first order of business
for the GA. It was predictably leftist in its political
emphases, with no wrestling over the impact of radical
Islam, which was to be expected. ga222Indeed, as a token
sign of its expansive tolerance, a Muslim was invited to
participate in leading this liturgy. His name is Wajdi
Said, president of the Muslim Educational Trust in the
“When it was his turn to lead,
Mr. Said began by chanting in Arabic, most but not all
of which was translated into English on the screen for
the participants. Hardly anyone there, I’m guessing, had
any idea where the words Mr. Said chanted came from. The
first sentence was not translated — apparently, Wajdi
threw that in on his own. This is what he said: “I seek
refuge with Allah from Satan the accursed.” Within the
Muslim world this is a common interjection when one
fears the presence and power of evil spirits. Since
Islam teaches that Christians and Jews who reject the
claims of Muhammad are the vilest of creatures, under
the sway of Satan, it is not surprising he would begin
with this intercessory prayer for himself.”
I include this scene to
illustrate the utter moral bankruptcy of many in the
American religious world. With the Muslim prayer given
at the PC(USA) gathering, is it any wonder there are
troubling signs in the way Christian leaders view
I’ve written much about the
erosion of support for Israel among certain key
evangelical leaders. But it’s more than that. We now are
seeing evangelical leaders embrace growing dialogue with
Muslim imams. This is tragic and dangerous.
Our world is swirling with
cataclysmic change right now. In the center, strong and
supernaturally safe, is Israel.
It’s the rest of us I’m
Jun 20, 2016
Although Benjamin Netanyahu has
been a model of consistency since assuming power in
Israel for a second time (since 2009), he is still a
target by political rivals.
A few weeks ago, in an effort to
bolster his ruling coalition, Netanyahu replaced Moshe
Ya’alon, the Foreign Minister, with Avidgor Lieberman.
Now, long-time rival (and former PM) Ehud Barak says
it’s time to remove Netanyahu “before it’s too late.”
Ya’alon announced this week that
he’ll make a bid to replace Netanyahu. As is usually the
case, the Jewish state faces so many daunting
challenges, politics is anything but usual.
(A very interesting historical
irony is now taking place, too. Netanyahu has met
several times with Russia’s Putin, the latest coming
last week. This is supremely ironic, given the fact that
a couple generations ago, the Soviets had all sorts of
client states in the Middle East, bedeviling Israel at
every turn. Their hardware and observers decades ago led
to the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War. Now they are
behaving as an ally for Israel.)
Barak is claiming three things:
•Netanyahu’s “right wing”
government will alienate the world
•tear Israeli society apart
•sour American Jewish youth on
I think this is ridiculous. The
international community already loathes Israel.
Secondly, Israeli society is unusually strong and
together on many issues, such as security. Third, while
some youth who are part of the Millennial generation are
flirting with leftist ideas, many more remain strongly
I think this is about political
posturing and competition. Remember, many centrist
Israeli politicians like Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni
have chosen to make their own political careers priority
Notice the odd nature of Barak’s
“’I call on the government to get
a hold of itself and to get back on track immediately,’
Barak said at the Interdisciplinary Center's Annual
“’If you do not, it will be the
duty of all of us, yes, all of us, to get up out of our
seats, no matter how comfortable they are - and to bring
it down, through popular protest and through the ballot
box, before it's too late.’
“Barak stated that Israel was
strong in every sense of the word, ‘able to face reality
no matter how cruel it is and to defeat any enemy.’”
So, Israel is endangered because
of the Netanyahu government, but at the same time,
Which is it?
Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu (in
the Hebrew: “Israel Is Our Home”) party has brought
Netanyahu more seats and, frankly, some statements made
recently by Ya’alon (Israel needs to make sure the
country’s moral standards are maintained in the face of
vicious terrorists) have alienated some on the right.
Barak has said that Netanyahu is
leading Israel to “fascism” and to “the abyss.”
This is typical Israeli politics.
The fact is, while one can quibble over some policy
issues (I personally decry the government’s rather timid
attitude toward allowing Jews on the Temple Mount—though
it’s easy for me to say that from my perch), the
Netanyahu government has kept the nation safe; no wars
and while terrorism has claimed lives, Israel always has
to deal with terrorists.
Barak was a failed premier and
needs to stick to helping his rival, not undermining
him. According to the Jerusalem Post:
“Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel
(Bayit Yehudi) accused Barak of refusing to accept the
will of Israel's voters. ‘Ehud Barak refuses to
recognize Israeli democracy and Israel's citizens'
choice of a nationalist government,’ he stated.
“’Israel has still not recovered
from Barak's short, but failed premiership, and here he
is threatening to topple the government,’ Ariel said.
‘He's like a pyromaniac who started a big fire and then
gives advice about how to put it out.’”
Let’s all pray for Netanyahu in
the coming days, months, and years. His sole task is to
protect the nation.
One day soon, he’ll have to make
a decision about Iran. And he will.
Jun 13, 2016
The Burden of Arrogance
Hard to believe it’s coming up on
a decade that I’ve been writing for RaptureReady. I was
looking for something to do when Todd and Terry so
kindly asked me to write for them; the column would be
titled “Israel Watch.”
I hope you’ll indulge me this
week, as I get personal.
I have been actively engaged in
advocating for Israel for 20 years. In that time, I’ve
attended conferences, published books, written articles,
networked, and researched like crazy. I’ve been blessed
to visit Israel several times. My friends in the pro
Israel community—both Christians and Jews—are precious
to me. The
whole endeavor is multi-layered and at once simple and
The foundation for all this was
laid many years ago. My father was a strong Bible
believer and taught me early on the importance of Israel
and the Jewish people. I grew up in the era of the
Six-Day War and Entebbe.
In 1995 I met Avi Lipkin, the
indefatigable researcher, writer, and speaker. It was at
a conference in Dallas that Avi helped me learn to
pronounce the name of a rising Israeli politician:
It has been my joy to support
Israel in my own small way. This global community is
amazing and multi-faceted, from grizzled veterans like
John Bolton to young social media mavens (see Simone
One of my favorite memories is
being invited to a Hanukkah celebration at the home of a
friend near Washington D.C. There I met many
Another is meeting Ariel Sharon,
with David Lewis, in 1998 in Tel Aviv.
So many memories.
I recently reflected on all this
after a conversation with a friend—a long-time veteran
of the pro Israel community.
I was telling my friend that
something felt “off” to me of late, regarding some
relationships and activities I’d been involved in with
the pro Israel community. In short, I’ve lost work,
friends, and other opportunities. I have been told
several times that I need to back-off some strong
reporting about, for example, how the Palestinian
Narrative has made deep inroads into American churches,
thus harming traditionally strong pro Israel support.
“Also, you are perceived in some
circles as a Rapture guy,” my friend said.
I like information. I like
knowing where I stand with people. That way I can make
My friend graciously told me a
lot in one or two sentences.
You see, within the varied pro
Israel community globally is a segment that is what I’d
call highbrow. They identify as intellectuals who are
embarrassed by, for example, the Bible prophecy
I think we’re all aware of the
excesses of the prophecy community. These range from the
very unfortunate emphases on fringe topics (just this
week I saw a post on Facebook that speculates we are all
part of a video game produced by aliens. It’s frankly
depressing to see this kind of stuff.), to the very
public scarecrows our opponents love to tie us to, such
as Harold Camping.
Overall, though, some of the most
sophisticated thinkers I’ve ever known are folks in the
prophecy community. I recently had a remarkable
after-breakfast conversation with Todd Strandberg at a
prophecy conference. Scholars like Andy Wood enrich us
all. I could go on and on.
A couple years ago I listened to
a conference address by Hal Lindsey, who has been
vilified by many in the Christian community over the
years. Some minor criticisms of him are valid, I
suppose; anyone could say at least the same things about
any of us.
Yet, if push came to shove, I’d
rather stand with Hal Lindsey than with all the
highbrows who sniff and turn their backs on us at dinner
And if push really came to shove,
I’m happy to stand completely alone. Because at the end
of the day, any Israel advocacy is ultimately limited if
it doesn’t include some mention of the biblical promises
to the Jews.
I so appreciated hearing this a
few years ago from the peerless (literally) Bill Koenig,
my friend who is a White House correspondent. Bill stood
at a press conference and asked the organizers to
include such teaching. He was politely dismissed, of
And of course, he was totally
correct in his assessment.
A few years ago, Porter Speakman
Jr. (producer of the Christian Zionist-bashing film
“With God on Our Side”) referred to me publicly as a
Again, I’ve been told that my
alliance with RaptureReady removes me from consideration
for speaking at certain conferences, publishing
When the smoke clears, I will
still be standing with my friends. I am so proud to be
able to write for RR, and I hope that when Jesus
returns, I will be in mid-sentence for a new “Israel
My real friends are much smarter
than my sometimes-friends. When my sometimes-friends
chatter about Rapture folks and then marginalize me as
well, I think of the phrase: They are too clever by
So I will double down—check that,
quadruple down—on remaining loyal to the community that
has been loyal to me.
I could tell you stories that
would curl your hair regarding the cowardice at top
levels of pro Israel Christian support. Cowardice when
it comes to naming names and identifying the real
problems with the erosion of Israel support in the
So often, such leadership and
activists call me, email, text…each time wanting
information, which I provide. Then publicly they stand
quite a few miles away from me because, after all, I’m a
Boy, could I tell you stories.
Maybe someday I will.
Meanwhile, the ones consistently
standing for the Word (which is where Zionism
originated, after all) will remain the ones I admire.
My sometimes-friends are no
friends at all. One day, I will feel sorry for them. I
don’t disparage their work; how sad they don’t return
Arrogance must be a terrible
burden to bear.
Jun 6, 2016
What Up, Bibi?
Things have gotten weird(er) in Israeli politics of
late. The Knesset is notorious for its volatile
exchanges from time to time. Add to the mix Arab
representatives that hate the state, and you have the
recipe for some real trouble.
The Likud Party, the one that Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu leads, is sort of the equivalent of the
Republican Party in the States (at least, the former
perception of the GOP as the “conservative” party). In
fact, Likud and Republican officials have been chummy
for years. The Likud’s national platform has always been
Zionist in its foundations, and remember, it was the
party that Menachem Begin rode to power in Israel in
1977. Until then, Israel had been ruled by the
socialist-leaning Labor Party.
When Netanyahu won the chairmanship of the Likud in
the 1990s, and then the prime minister’s seat in 1996,
he was in his mid-40s. His staunchly Zionist father,
Benzion, had instilled in his sons a love for Zion.
But when one moves full-time into politics, one is
forced to compromise. I’m speaking of conservative
politicians. The Left never moves one centimeter to the
right, always demanding concessions from the Right.
When Netanyahu assumed power in 1996 (after a
razor-thin win over Shimon Peres), he was forced to go
along with the recently enshrined “Oslo Accords,”
whereby Israel agreed to a staged plan that would
eventually see a Palestinian state.
(I once asked a former aid to Yitzhak Rabin why the
wily old general-turned-politician had ever agreed to
Oslo; Rabin had been the architect of the Six Day War
victory and was one tough old hombre. The aid replied
that the PM’s wife, Leah, pressured him to accept it.
Leah Rabin was a hardcore Leftist. Interesting
Netanyahu always knew the Palestinian leadership was
corrupt and duplicitous. He knew what Yasser Arafat was:
a cold-blooded killer never interested in
nation-building. That George H.W. Bush forced the
Israelis to the negotiating table is a travesty that
will go down as a dark moment in American diplomacy.
By the end of the ‘90s, as Palestinian terror brought
new horrors, Netanyahu dug his heels in. This infuriated
the Clinton team, and in 1999, Ehud Barak defeated
Netanyahu in elections.
Interestingly, Barak’s willingness to give the PLO
almost everything it officially claimed made him look
weak and in 2001, he was defeated by Ariel Sharon.
The old “Bulldozer” then followed the pattern all
major Israeli leaders eventually find themselves in:
appeasement. His 2005 pullout from Gaza paved the way
for Hamas rule in the Strip.
It became clear many years ago that the Palestinian
society, raised for generations on Jew-hatred, is
nowhere near ready to live in peace with Israel.
And when I visit with Israeli friends, those on the
Right and the Left, they are more unified against
Palestinian demands than their leaders usually are.
So…in the past week, Netanyahu announced a bombshell:
he would support the 2002 Saudi Peace Plan, which calls
for normalization of relations between Israel and the
Arab world, in exchange for Israel withdrawing to the
This has always been thought of as suicidal for
Israel. The truth is we cannot know at all what is in
Netanyahu’s mind. We can guess.
My guess is he never supported Oslo and he doesn’t
really support the Saudi plan. My guess is, he’s hoping
that one day, the international community will wake up
and realize a new paradigm is called for regarding a
Maybe the Saudis can come up with a plan to relocate
the Palestinians in their territory.
On the heels of Netanyahu’s announcement came an
equally surprising announcement by brand-new Defense
Minister Avigdor Liberman that he would support the
Saudi plan, too!
Liberman has been a hawk for a long time, and
supposedly recently said that within 48 hours of being
appointed Defense Minister, he would order the
assassination of Hamas terrorist leader Ismail Haniyeh.
As of this writing, Haniyeh is still breathing.
On the one hand, Israel has navigated an impossible
environment remarkably well over the years. On the other
hand, their concessions are seen as weakness by their
enemies, and so the whole pattern repeats itself
I do not believe that America’s top political and
diplomatic leadership cares for Israel at all. They know
their constituents do, so they lie to us and the
Israelis when proclaiming their support for Israeli
Where this will all end up is anyone’s guess.
However, I do not believe that when it gets right down
to it, any Israeli leader will put a gun to his nation’s
head. I believe the Saudi nonsense is just that, and
I’ve always believed Israel will never allow Iran to get
Few realize that Iran’s real nuclear ambitions began
more than 40 years ago, under the Shah. The plan then
was to build 20 nuclear reactors. Of course, when the
mullahs took over in 1979, all that became super scary.
And in the bizarro world we now live in, Iran is
fighting against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Fallujah…even
as the Americans have joined the Iraqi army in this
effort, along with both Sunni and Shia militias!
According to a report from the Meir Amit Intelligence
and Terrorism Information Center:
the Iranian media have emphasized the participation
of Iran and the Iraqi Shi'ite militias operating under
Iranian direction in the fighting.
“According to the reports, Qasem Soleimani,
Fallujah area and plays a central role in conducting the
Welcome to geopolitics in the Age of Obama.
Israel has to navigate all this insanity, while still
growing their economy and maintaining security.
What exactly Bibi is up to is anyone’s guess.
But something tells me he hasn’t forgotten his roots.
Not at all.
May 30, 2016
George W. Bush was a wily
politician before he ever got to Washington. He knew
that running for president in the aftermath of the
leftist Clinton Regime would require some deft
campaigning. That’s when someone came up with the phrase
It was a bid to peel-off some
Democrat and Independent votes in the general election,
in the hopes that more people would like George.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, it
also led to conservatives being seen as somewhat soft.
Remember, the left is always brutal, relentless, and
contemptuous of conservatives.
When Bush declared just after
9/11 that Islam is “a religion of peace,” it signaled
our enemies that we weren’t totally serious about waging
total war. We are dealing with the fall-out from that to
In the pro-Israel world, I have
noticed that key voices seem to follow the same path.
They believe we can even dialogue with some of our
I noticed this week that Joel
Rosenberg tweeted the following:
“I’m praying for Palestinian
President Abbas’ health and strength, especially as he’s
81 & signaling to colleagues he may soon step down.”
I strongly disagree with this
approach. But there are a lot of moving parts in the
community Rosenberg lives in, namely, the evangelical
The bestselling novelist runs in
lofty circles. I admit to being fascinated with how he
got access to so many top officials on both sides of the
Atlantic. I interviewed him once, and he seemed affable,
if a bit reserved. Rosenberg is perhaps the top
eschatological writer today.
Yet I’ve noticed a tendency on
his part to dialogue with people who have troubling
theology or contrary political views. I suspect that
when one rises to the status Rosenberg has, the Big Tent
makes it harder and harder to stand fast on bedrock
principles. This is identical to a mega-church pastor
who consciously makes a decision to avoid “controversial
topics” in the pulpit. He knows he might alienate a
significant number of congregants.
And then the cash starts to dry
Honestly? It infuriates me that
Abbas has made it to 81. Many of his victims did not.
Does anybody remember he was one of the architects of
the ’72 Munich murders?
Does anybody still care about
that in Christian circles?
Why the fawning over such an
According to a 2013 story in
“Palestinian Media Watch has
reported that the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud
Abbas, has honored Palestinian terrorist Ahmad Abu
Sukkar, who murdered 15 Israelis and Americans, and
wounded 77 others in the Zion Square Refrigerator
Bombing on July 4, 1975. Among the dead were American
citizen Rivka Ben-Yitzhak and husband Michael, who left
behind two small children. Daoud Khoury, an Arab
accountant at the King David Hotel, was also murdered.
“The PA also gave Abu Sukkar an
official military funeral after he died of a heart
attack at age 78. His coffin was draped in a Palestinian
flag and brought from the hospital to the center of
Ramallah in a military vehicle.
“In a eulogy, Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas stated, ‘His pure soul passed on
to the kingdom of Heaven during these blessed days in
this honored month [Ramadan] after a journey of struggle
full of exceptional giving and devoted activity for
What kind of a sick mind
I can’t understand Rosenberg’s
bouquet of roses to Abbas.
He isn’t the only one who does
Openly now, whether in
“pro-Israel work” or in interfaith dialogue between
jihadists and evangelical leaders (a key plank in the
Muslim Brotherhood’s attempt to infiltrate American
Evangelicalism), more and more evangelical leaders are
reaching a hand to those who wish us dead.
As for pro Israel activists, I
can’t understand anyone advocating for a “two-state
solution” at this time. The Palestinians should be told
that only by tangible efforts to eradicate anti-Semitism
from their national life can they hope to achieve
statehood. It is repulsive to think of rewarding them
Ten years ago, the usual
suspects within “evangelicalism” (the ones I call the
Christianity Today crowd—“evangelicals” who identify
more with the center-left mainline) were advocating for
a two-state solution, firing off letters and signatories
Today, more traditional
evangelicals are doing the same.
The left knows where our
weaknesses are, and they exploit them. Seeking dialogue
with people like Abbas, or Sami Awad, or the Muslim
Brotherhood or CAIR operatives weakens us.
A long time ago, the jihadists
hatched their plan to overthrow the West. The fight was
always going to be hard enough.
It’s galling that we are tying
at least one hand behind our back.
May 23, 2016
Some Good News
As I travel through our 2016
seminar schedule with the America-Israel Friendship
League, my latest stop in Edmond, Oklahoma gives me
much hope for the future.
(This comes on the heels of the news from my friends
at Christians United for Israel that they have now
passed the three million-member mark! Truly astonishing
and a testmament to the marvelous work done by David
Brog’s team over the past decade.)
At Fairview Baptist Church this past Sunday, I spoke
along with Mark Liotta, the Workman’s Compensation
Commissioner for the State of Oklahoma. Mark gave a
tremendous talk about his two trips to Israel with the
“Israel is the economic engine of the Middle East,”
Once again, I was struck by the enthusiasm of the
audience, and their passion for Israel and knowledge. I
urged them to use that to further advocate for Israel.
The pastor of Fairview Baptist, Paul Blair, is not
only a champion for Israel; he is a passionate and
fearless defender of Christian liberty and American
principles. He is also running for a seat in the state
legislature. Even though Paul played college football at
Oklahoma State (and not for my beloved OU Sooners), I
forgive him that. He later played 10 seasons for the
Chicago Bears, finishing as one of the game’s greatest
We need more men like that taking stands, frankly.
So far this year, I’ve traveled to California,
Florida, and now Oklahoma for our church outreach
program. The crowds have been tremendous. My colleagues,
Ambassador Uri Bar-Ner and Dr. Alex Grobman, have been
able to educate people on a variety of topics:
Holocaust, Israel’s diplomatic standing in the world,
and Bible history. We hope to be at a location near you
All this buoys me, and comes at a time when Israel’s
enemies are having a bit of a rough go. As Hamas tunnels
collapse, and ISIS is pinned down, the Palestinian
Authority also faced a huge embarrassment this week with
the announcement that a new museum dedicated to
Palestinian history and culture will open in the West
They have no
Wow, that story so symbolizes the Arab-Israeli
conflict. As Israel surges on so many fronts: economic,
military, technology, the Arab world languishes in Third
World realities. In 2014, Israel’s gross domestic
product amounted to $305 billion U.S. dollars. This
doesn’t factor-in the new oil and natural gas deposits
The stunning announcement about the Palestinian
“museum” reminds me something I stumbled across in the
‘90s. Helping David Lewis gather material for a book
that would become The Last War, I looked online at the
then-website for the Palestinian Authority.
Stumbling across their section for Palestinian
history and culture, I laughed out loud. I really did.
Right there at my desk.
The items displayed included some sewn dresses
(pretty, to be sure), and some images of old currency
from “Palestine.” If one looked closely at the currency
images, one could see three languages: English, Arabic,
That’s correct: to further add to the mountain of
evidence that there was never a sovereign Palestinian
state with Arab citizens, the currency proves the exact
opposite. The currency was issued (pre-Jewish state) by
the British Mandate government. It was simply currency
to be used by residents of what was then Palestine: Arab
and Jew. In fact, until Israel was birthed, Jews in
Palestine were also known as “Palestinians.”
Amazing, isn’t it?
There is no end to Arab delusion, lies, and failure
to live in reality.
That’s why, as Israel surges into the future, her
neighbors continue to look in the window and covet.
Here’s to the day when all of them will live
side-by-side in peace. We pray for it, We expect it.
May 16, 2016
Truth on its Head
Maybe it’s the weariness of eight
decades of fighting Arab terror constantly. As in, 24
hours a day.
Maybe it’s the last quarter-century
of the West blaming Israel and giving the Palestinians a
Whatever the reason, some Israeli
leaders feel the need to publicly call on the Jewish
state to maintain its moral standing.
I think what we’re seeing is a form
of Stockholm Syndrome.
Recently, Israeli Defense Minister
Moshe Ya’alon has been compelled to make sure Israelis
don’t lose their humanity when dealing with the
Palestinians. Much of this stems from a recent incident
in Hebron in which an IDF soldier killed a terrorist who
had been subdued.
For what it’s worth, my own
interaction with Israelis lets me know clearly that the
IDF is the most moral army in the world. Israeli society
is built in part on an almost total respect for others.
Some of this comes from centuries of their own abuse at
the hands of gentiles in countries where Jews found
themselves. In other words, Jews are almost
hyper-sensitive to being mindful of others.
While so many others are killing
A recent piece highlighted a
growing divide among Israelis over these issues:
“’Over the past several months,
Israel has been confronted with a wave of Palestinian
terrorism, which indeed has been on a down-slide of
late, but is liable to erupt anew,’ Ya’alon said to a
massive crowd of mourners at the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery
in Tel Aviv. ‘Even during the difficult moments, in
which our blood boils and our rage is high, woe to us if
we lose our way and our values, the compromising of
which would likely bring Israel to the abyss.’
“’Exercise force when necessary,
but also understand its limits and its ability to lead
to a dulling of the senses,; he continued. ‘Ensure the
purity of arms and retain humanity, and let us not lose
The article went on to point to the
case of the IDF soldier, and also pointed to two
separate instances when Ya’alon has invoked Israeli
“The first was when he promptly
denounced Elor Azariya – the IDF soldier under
indictment for killing a subdued Palestinian terrorist
in Hebron – and members of the public who protested on
his behalf. ‘We’re not ISIS,’ Ya’alon said, ‘When
there’s a need to kill, we kill. But when it’s someone
neutralized or with his hands up, that is the place for
preserving our moral compass.’
“The second was on Holocaust
Remembrance Day, when Ya’alon immediately and
unequivocally backed IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair
Golan, who suggested that Israel is coming dangerously
close to resembling 1930s Germany and called for an
annual day of soul-searching, like some kind of secular
version of Yom Kippur.”
What gives? The Arabs have been
murdering Jews in the region for a century. Why is there
a constant pressure on Israel? It’s like saying that the
victims of the Manson Family fought back too hard.
Israeli writer Ruthie Blum takes
issue with Ya’alon and others:
“The last time I checked, it was
the job of the minister of defense to protect Israel’s
citizenry from its mortal enemies, by developing and
carrying out military strategies to defeat them. It is a
mighty challenge on today’s battlefield in the Middle
East, to be sure, because the warfare involves multiple
fronts and various filthy methods of engagement. These
include, but are not restricted to the use of children,
both as human shields and as machete-wielding
perpetrators of bloody murder.”
Thank you, Ruthie, for taking us
back to the point. A profound lack of morals has
infected the West, and I think this influences Israeli
Look, no one really knows (but
them) just how much pressure the West, including and
especially now the U.S., puts on Israel. Remember that
Ariel Sharon was very deferential to the Americans while
he was prime minister, and all Israeli PMs including
Benjamin Netanyahu are pressured behind closed doors.
Over 24,000 Israelis have been
killed by the Arabs since statehood in 1948.
That is the story.
The story isn’t that a lone nutcase
once tried to set fire to the Dome of the Rock, or that
in 1994 Baruch Goldstein killed Arabs in Hebron, or that
the Israeli soldier killed a Palestinian who had been
subdued after a terror attack.
The story is that Israel is held to
a grotesque and immoral standard by the West and by the
Arabs. The story is that a campaign of genocide was
launched against the Jews long before Hitler came to
power. The world is still condoning it by making demands
People like John Kerry will one day
answer for their shabby treatment of the Jews. The truth
is, today’s Western diplomats are little different from
the European ones who threw the Jews under the Nazi bus
in the ’30s and ‘40s.
Even now, the chickens have come
home to roost, though, for when civilization tries to
appease Islam by offering up Israel, trouble comes for
London has just elected a Muslim
mayor. Europe will fall to the Islamists.
And then they won’t have the Jews
to kick around anymore.
May 9, 2016
I am a dispensationalist, but not one who believes
there is a second Holocaust coming for the Jewish
people. I’ll write more about that in detail at a later
time, but for now, I’d like to focus on this past week’s
Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The famous mantra “Never again” means just that, in
my view. That the Jews survived through one campaign of
extermination is remarkable in the extreme, and clear
evidence of ultimate Divine protection.
From Haman to Hitler (and, sadly, beyond to our day),
strongmen have sought to murder every Jew. This satanic
obsession is of course grotesque, and yet it doesn’t
deter new madmen from trying where others have failed
One of the most insane statements in history comes
from the mouth of Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects
of the Nazi-led Holocaust:
“I will leap into my grave laughing because the
feeling that I have five million human beings on my
conscience is for me a source of extraordinary
The SS operative has certainly gone on to his
well-deserved reward. When Mossad agents plucked him off
a street in Argentina in 1961, no doubt Eichmann was as
stunned as everyone else. He had enjoyed 15 years of
luxury, after helping butcher millions of human beings.
He was hanged in Israel in 1962.
I find that Christians in America don’t know much
about the Holocaust. It was perpetrated by church-going
Nazi leaders. Although there were a few brave souls in
Europe who saved Jewish lives, by and large the culture
stood by and watched it happen.
More than 1.5 million children were murdered.
Children. The stain has soaked through the fabric of
Germany; it will never be erased.
Today, the global rise of anti-Semitism is as
alarming as it is infuriating.
As my friend Kay Wilson posted on Facebook:
“If there would be a minute's silence for every one
of the 6,000,000 Jews murdered in the Holocaust, the
world would be silent for over 11 years.”
Kay herself was the victim of Palestinian terror a
few years ago, when she was almost hacked to death (and
her friend was). The satanic hatred of Jews is
unfortunately alive in our world today. It is why, as
Daniel Seaman said, “Never again” must not be just a
mantra; it must be a call to action.
I know many, many wonderful Christians and even
churches that genuinely love the Jewish people. As a
matter of fact, I love hearing from you. If you are a
member of a congregation or a pastor of a church that
loves Israel, drop me a line; I’d love to hear from you.
Today, more than ever, it’s important to network.
This year I am again taking part in the church
outreach program of the
America-Israel Friendship League, and next weekend
we are holding another seminar at Fairview Baptist
Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, after being in California
and Florida the previous two months. If you’d like to
hear our presentation (we don’t charge a church for
travel expenses, so it’s free!), drop me a line. We are
already booking into 2017, but we can be flexible to
One of our presenters, my dear friend Alex Grobman,
is a leading Holocaust scholar. He’s written a series of
terrific books defending Israel and I encourage you to
check them out on Amazon.
At Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum in
Jerusalem, there is one display that affected me the
most. You can stand on a railroad track and see large
mural photos of Jews. It gives you some idea of having
I believe things in our world are going to get worse
before they get better (forever), and we must resolve
not to allow culture to decline to the point of another
Wherever you are, especially if you are a Christian,
act to defy and oppose anti-Semitism. It is really
May 2, 2016
Our Enemies’ Frustration
For more than a hundred years, attacks on the Bible have
undermined churches in America. Beginning in the late 19th
century, the anti-Bible positions of scholars in
Germany—and the Darwinian philosophy coming from
London—leveled steady attacks on the credibility of the
Bible, starting with Genesis.
These attacks, though they were refuted by a few like
Robert Dick Wilson at Princeton, devastated American
seminaries, which were producing next-generation
pastors. Biblical accounts like the Exodus were called
into question. It was claimed that multiple anonymous
authors/editors contributed to the great prophetic
books, like Isaiah.
Only one reason: those unbelieving scholars did not want
to believe that God can predict the future, and instruct
His prophets to alert us to future events. The scholars,
like all leftists, do not want to follow the One who
sets the rules.
A couple generations ago, the biblical scholar Edward J.
Young wrote, about the critics of the Bible’s prophetic
“They are destructive, for they are seeking, whether
consciously or not, to destroy the words God has
This was from Young’s book,
Who Wrote Isaiah?
The title of the book is strange, because, we think, we
know who wrote Isaiah: Isaiah.
That’s if you believe the Bible is true. If you don’t,
then Isaiah must have been written/collected/edited by
an unknown number of people, who recorded history, not
prophecy. The critics simply do not believe anyone can
accurately predict the future, so the yet-future
declarations from the prophet’s book could not have been
written before the events came to pass.
This is part of what Henry Morris called “the long war
against God,” in which unbelievers would seek to
continually undermine true faith. An added outcome was
the damage done to Israel’s reputation: if the biblical
promises to the Jews are not valid, then today’s Israel
is not legitimate.
Gary Frazier and I discuss these things in our new book,
The Miracle of Israel.
Incredibly, in modern America, few sitting in the pews
have any real knowledge of what the Bible says about
anything. The specialness of Israel and the Jewish
people is near the top of that list.
Let me give you a practical outcome of generations of
these attacks on the Bible.
magazine, produced for Millennials and those in that
group who are evangelicals, never misses an opportunity
to mock Bible prophecy, at least the brand studied and
taught by, say, Dispensationalists.
I believe that the publisher, Cameron Strang, at some
point rejected the prophecy community his father
(Charisma publisher Steve Strang) had long operated in,
and the problem is, he reacted too strongly the other
way. Certainly, there have been excesses in the prophecy
community, but not to the degree its critics allege.
There is a massive, coordinated effort right now to
undermine prophecy teaching in America. And, as I’ve
always contended, if you do not understand modern Israel
through the lens of prophetic Scripture, you won’t get
advocates for the Palestinians and supports authors who
accuse Israel of war crimes (Donald Miller).
But the ripple in the water extends far beyond that.
In the latest issue of
Issac Edwards writes a piece titled, “Through Hell and
Back,” in which he produces a puff piece about the
heretical Rob Bell.
My point is this: the farther one moves from believing
all the Bible is true, including its marvelous
predictive prophecies, the more one embraces humanistic
And yet, when it comes down to it, nothing can stop the
fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Israel and the return of
the Jews to their ancestral land is central to that
Relevant and others decry Israel’s “Occupation” of
the Palestinians is…irrelevant. Their advocacy for the
enemies of the Jewish people is shameful and doomed to
In the meantime, they will continue to apply the
pressure to Israel that they can (Relevant’s
digital and social media reach is staggering, far
outgaining anything that can be produced by prophecy
teachers in today’s climate).
In the end, though, it won’t alleviate their
frustrations that Israel marches on toward her destiny.