Israel is the key to all end-time prophecy.

Keep your eye on Jerusalem

Jim Fletcher is a writer, researcher, speaker and director of Prophecy Matters ( He is also a member of the executive committee of the National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel (NCLCI), and author of It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). He writes online for WorldNetDaily; Beliefnet; American Family Association; the Jerusalem Post; and Rapture Ready. He can be reached at

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  • 23 Nov, 2015

    The Lighthouse

    I spent the weekend at a board meeting for a pro Israel group and while there, we saw an early screening of a new film that spotlights the desperate situation Middle East Christians are in, due to ISIS.

    It wasn’t about Israel, but at one point, a Christian who fled torture in Egypt told a hair-raising tale of riding a jet ski into Eilat, the southern resort town in Israel. That wild ride saved his life. He said it was the only safe country in the Middle East for Christians.

    Israel is also celebrating anniversaries now related to the efforts to bring Jews home from Africa decades ago.

    As it has since its inception, the Jewish state is a haven for the oppressed, and this is a value we have shared with Israel.

    The film was very sobering and while I don’t advocate bringing refugees into this country (the only thing that matters is that ISIS will use those efforts as a Trojan Horse), I would encourage American Christians to send money that is desperately needed to provide refugees with basic needs.

    The world is close to desperation as the chickens have come home to roost due to lunatic policies by the West. Our own national leaders have imperiled all of us.

    This weekend, I also read a story in the Times of Israel about Iran’s Revolutionary Guards practicing storming and conquering the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. They’ve actually gone through dry runs for this purpose. Can you imagine?

    As I’ve long said, the trigger for the end times events to cascade over civilization will be the attack on Jerusalem, from a global confederation. We live in a time when the American president is openly allied with…Iran…while Israel fights a desperate battle against terrorists from all directions.

    The fact is, as Islamist demons rampage across the Middle East, both Christians and Jews are in the crosshairs. And as they seek to destroy Christianity in the Middle East (where it started), Israel is also in the crosshairs. At the board meeting, one member told of just coming back from 10 days in Israel.

    “On the northern border, with Lebanon, the houses just across the border don’t have windows; they are housing missiles that are aimed at Israel; 150,000 missiles!”

    As I’ve been saying for some time, Israel is not going anywhere, and in fact has been promised Divine Protection.

    Not so for the rest of mankind, in the short-term. Divine Retribution for centuries of mistreatment of Jews will make the next few years quite desperate. I encourage all of you to ready yourselves and your families spiritually, first, and then do what you can to provide physical protection.

    I’m not sure, because of our unique geography, that we will face situations as terrible as those faced by Christians in the Middle East, but I am certain terrorists are among us.

    As we prepare ourselves, let us continue to both pray for and look to the Lighthouse.

    Nov 16,  2015

    CUFI, 2.5 Million Strong!

    I admit to being passionate about Israel advocacy. It began for  me 20 years ago, when I met the peerless Avi Lipkin, in Dallas. He helped me learn to pronounce the name of a new Israeli politician arriving on the scene: Net-ahn-yahoo.

    Since then, I’ve been to innumerable conferences, traveled to Israel several times, and engaged in pro Israel work where I could. Todd and Terry were kind enough to allow me to write the “Israel Watch” column and, gosh, that launch was almost eight years ago!

    One of the biggest thrills has been meeting and befriending the leadership at Christians United for Israel. I met David Brog, the executive director since 2006, a dozen years ago in Washington. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Shari Dollinger, and speakers Victor Styrsky and Randy Neal.

    I know we shouldn’t get hung up on numbers alone, but look, CUFI’s membership rolls are mushrooming. They are adding hundreds of thousands of new members each year, and that is stunningly impressive. The database now stands at 2.5 million!

    Readers of “Israel Watch” routinely ask me where they should put their money, and I can give CUFI my highest recommendation. The work they’re doing on behalf of the Jewish state and Jews worldwide is that important.

    CUFI is expanding operations and programs, launching a new initiative against the diabolical BDS campaign, and adding new campus chapters. Their many events around the country give attendees valuable information and encouragement.

    There are unprecedented challenges facing Israel, but also the country’s Christian Zionist friends. Several pro Israel groups do terrific work, and I know most of them. CUFI is as good as it gets.

    We all have our favorite things, and mine involves events where I can learn something. Note the benefits to hosting a CUFI “Standing With Israel” event:

    “Hosting a Standing with Israel event at a church in your area can have a tremendous impact on your community. Christians will learn how you can tangibly and effectively stand with Israel, and you will be sending an encouraging message of hope that the Jewish people have seldom heard ‘you are not alone.’

    “CUFI has made hosting a Standing with Israel events  very easy for you.  All you need is a church, minimal AV support, and to get the word out to your community.  CUFI will get the word out to other CUFI members in your area.

    “Christians United for Israel offers speakers for your Standing with Israel event.

    “All of our CUFI Regional Coordinators are professional speakers who have extensive experience on Christian Support for Israel.

    “Possible topics (we will tailor to your needs):

    “Biblical Support for the State of Israel

    Developing A Night To Honor Israel for you community

    A Middle East Briefing

    “Supporting Israel on College Campuses (or Anti-Semitism on today's campuses). This topic will be covered by the CUFI On Campus Director, Andrew Summey

    “All topics have the option for a multimedia presentation.”

    Is this a free ad for CUFI?

    Yes, it is. I’m that impressed with them, and again, I encourage you to check out their site, which is their heart. Get involved as you can.

    Nov 9,  2015

    When the Good Guys Ruled

    It’s probably no coincidence as we approach the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah that archaeologists have uncovered a remnant of a remarkable time in Israel’s history.

    About a hundred years before Christ, a Jewish rebellion against the Greek ruler Antiochus Epiphanes produced some of the most amazing leaders in Israel’s history. The Maccabees, a family originating from Modi’in (near present-day Tel Aviv), rallied an army that defeated Antiochus. Thus the Jews were sovereign in their land until the Romans emerged decades later.

    Just one — one of hundreds — remarkable thing about visiting Israel is seeing ancient history swirl around the present day and even the future. A couple examples come to mind: Israel’s governing body, the Knesset, is made up of 120 members. Why that number? Because the Jewish leadership council during the Babylonian exile 2,600 years ago numbered 120.

    Also, no matter where new construction starts, great care is given to making sure an archaeological treasure is not harmed. A few years ago I was strolling down a street in Jaffa and noticed the street was torn up. Thinking it was some paving problem, I asked someone. “Oh, no,” came the reply. “They’ve uncovered some ancient site.”

    I know other countries have archaeological sites, but certainly Israel is unique in this regard.

    Hearing of this week’s announcement of a fortress used by Antiochus reminded me of the sublime times I’ve walked around Jerusalem’s Old City. There are still places just outside the city’s walls where one can imagine some amazing treasure just waiting to be uncovered.

    No one knows where the tombs of David and Solomon are, but significant sites have been uncovered on the southern end. David’s palace sits atop an ancient community that slopes downhill, overlooking the modern Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. One can imagine David here, looking down on a beautiful young woman bathing on her roof.

    According to the Times of Israel:

    “A section of fortification was discovered under the Givati parking lot in the City of David south of the Old City walls and the Temple Mount. The fortification is believed to have been part of a system of defenses known as the Acra fortress, built by Antiochus as he sought to quell a Jewish priestly rebellion centered on the Temple.

    “Antiochus is remembered in the Jewish tradition as the villain of the Hanukkah holiday who sought to ban Jewish religious rites, sparking the Maccabean revolt.”

    It is absolutely incredible that in our day scores of people around the world seek to erase Jewish history from the Holy Land. Some in the religious community even refer to it almost exclusively as “the Holy Land” so that they don’t have to say “Israel.”

    And yet we continually see evidence of Jewish history uncovered in their ancient homeland.

    I love that this new site is being opened to the public on the evening of December 6, the beginning of Hanukkah this year.

    May the memory of the Maccabees be remembered in all their glory. And may their memory inspire today’s generation of Israelis, who are facing their own Antiochus.

    Nov 2,  2015

    The Death of Discernment

    The political ascension of Justin Trudeau in Canada is proof positive that international geopolitics can change on a dime, and our short-term views of Israel’s circle of friends go up in smoke.

    Remember, Canada’s Stephen Harper has been a staunch friend of Israel for the better part of a decade. But only days ago, he lost an election to the suave, young Trudeau, whose father, Pierre, also led the nation decades ago. The Trudeau’s spent so much time in the tabloids for various indiscretions, it’s little wonder that Justin is very much a product of a younger generation. He is a polar opposite of Harper, and as he assumes power, everyone knows he will view the Jewish state much differently.

    According to CIJ News:

    “During the election campaign, Trudeau pledged to change Canada’s foreign policy by espousing a more ‘balanced’ approach in the Middle East.

    “The Canadian Palestinian leadership which publicly sided with the ‘Palestinian Intifada’ (also called ‘al-Quds Intifada’ and the ‘Knife Intifada’), expressed its hope that the 10 newly-elected Liberal Muslim members of parliament succeed in their efforts to reform Canada’s foreign policy.

    “Rashad Saleh, the Secretary of Fatah movement in Canada, who called his supporters to vote for Omar Alghabra, the Liberal Party’s candidate, gloated over the ‘ousting of the right-wing Conservative Party and the racist government that was more Zionist than Netanyahu’s government.’ He emphasized that ‘we have to rebuild the relations [with the government] and the Canadian – Palestinian committees in Parliament.’”

    Easy prediction: Justin Trudeau will be no friend of Israel.

    The new Canadian leader is much more out of the mold of his mentor to the south, and at 43, he has a lot of time to govern.

    Remember, too, he has a European mindset: diplomacy and appeasement is the order of the day. And with Europe being overrun with Middle East refugees, many of them jihadist Trojan Horses, there’s little doubt Trudeau will adopt similar suicidal policies.

    But he is far from alone in the Lack of Discernment Department. Young American leaders and their mentors in the religious community suffer from the same profound, astonishing lack of discernment that bedevils their political friends.

    Jon Huckins, co-founder of the Global Immersion Project, tweeted this week a message that is a hallmark of too many of his peers:

    “Israel's excess force on Palestinian children decried //My heart aches. Breeding generational cycles of violence.”

    Mind-numbing. As Israel struggles to stop savage murderers, Western dupes like Huckins blame…Israelis!

    Excess force? Think of this: scores of Palestinians are roaming Israel, brandishing knives dipped in poison, guns, bombs. Some are using cars to ram Israelis on sidewalks.

    No such attacks are perpetrated by Israelis against Palestinians.

    And Huckins claims Israelis are brutalizing Palestinian children?

    Is he serious?

    It’s just a personal opinion, but no, I don’t think he is. I don’t think he seriously believes this inversion of truth. But it does serve the agenda he and his friends follow in demonizing the Jewish state.

    His friend and mentor, Lynne Hybels, also tweeted a message this week:

    “@lynnehybels moral equivalence is not wisdom. given conflicting narratives, we need to seek the truth and reject what is false.”

    Sounds good, doesn’t it?

    The problem is, while Hybels claims to abhor moral equivalence (for example, seeing the Palestinian “reasons” for committing acts of violence, because, after all, they suffer from Israeli violence), she always sides with the Palestinian Narrative. Hybels decries the “Occupation,” and a whole litany of alleged abuses by Israel. This includes claims of stealing water from Palestinians, home demolitions, and land confiscations.

    She never—never—presents the Israeli side with any sense of fairness. Her rigid talking points, which fit like a glove with the talking points used by the PLO, teach young people a false history.

    That’s why guys like Huckins go after Israel. They know they’ll suffer not an iota of danger. Much easier in the short-term to do that rather than challenge the jihadists rampaging across civilization.

    A showdown is coming between Islam and The Rest of Us.

    The appeasement and moral weakness of Justin Trudeau, and his friends in the political, media, and religious communities are helping that reality take shape.

    Oct 26, 2015

    The Old Lion and the Jews

    I recently read a fascinating book, Churchill’s Promised Land: Zionism and Statecraft. The British icon (I think of him as the second greatest man in history) had a complex view of Zionism, but author Michael Makovsky notes that by the end of his life, Winston Churchill was a committed Zionist (He died in 1965 at 91).

    Churchill, as early as 1906, advocated for a Jewish state. He understood the concept and supported the Jews regarding Big Picture items, yet in 1921, he committed 75 percent of Palestine to an Arabian prince, and he was silent at the time the Balfour Declaration appeared in 1917. He pushed for closer relations with the new state of Israel after 1948, but did little to help the fledgling state fight off vicious invading Arab armies. Perhaps he was exhausted from winning World War 2!

    Churchill agreed with 19th century Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, who said: “The Lord deals with the nations as the nations dealt with the Jews.” This calls to mind Joel 3:2—“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”

    For his part, Churchill was not afraid to confront anti-Semites in British government, just as he had not been afraid to confront appeasers who cowered before Hitler. Makovsky relates this in Churchill’s Promised Land:

    “Churchill liked to judge which events were historically significant and which were not, and both early in his career and near the end of it he declared the restoration of a Jewish state in the Promised Land to be of exceptional historical significance. Eventually, Zionism became very dear to him and integral to his worldview, and he supported it at great political cost, contributing to his unpopularity among his colleagues and other members of the political and government establishment.”

    I think in the story of Churchill and Zionism we can see how the Lord works through history.

    It is enormously difficult for many of us today to watch national and international leaders get it so wrong with regard to Israel. It is dismaying to watch the White House and European capitols capitulate to Muslims, and denigrate Israel in the process. We long for a Churchill.

    But that is not how history is unfolding. In fact, we see the Lord’s hand. One hundred years ago, in the pre-Jewish state days, there were enough leaders in the British government to be friendly enough to the Jewish cause that the road was paved for the state a generation later. Churchill played an integral part.

    Now, however, as we see history wind down, we long for another Churchill. If he were on the horizon, or already with us, though, the Lord’s redemptive plan would not be near.

    It is a bitter thing to live in an era in which government leaders capitulate to murderers and those who want to use nuclear weapons to kill us all (it defies logic, doesn’t it?), but the fact is, we no longer live in Churchill’s time, when men and nations had the fortitude to oppose evil.

    Now, we see the stage set for the things the Lord has promised us: His people in their ancestral land, surrounded by demonic enemies, will soon be totally alone. At least in terms of allies and friends of influence.

    It is then though that He will roar from Zion and fight for His people.

    It would have been fun and magnificent to live in the time of Churchill. The old lion was inspiring.

    Yet we as people of faith look forward to the end of history, and to the appearing of the Lion of Judah.

    Men, even great ones, are still men. That is why we need our Redeemer.

    And He is coming soon.

    Oct 19, 2015

    Israel’s Options

    No country in history has dealt with a Terror War as long as Israel. Since the first large wave of Jewish immigration to Palestine in 1882, Jews have been considered the enemy by the Arabs.

    The so-called Pan Arab Nation, stretching of course across the Middle East, has had a fanatical hatred of the Jews and Israel, from the beginning. Jordan’s first King Abdullah was an exception; he was prepared to make peace with Israel when he was assassinated outside Al-Aksa Mosque in 1952. His grandson, the current king, could take some cues from Grandpa. Today’s King Abdullah has recently joined in the incitement game, shifting blame for his governing failures to Israel.

    My friend, Kay Wilson, an Israeli who was hacked with a machete by Palestinians and left for dead, recently picked up an elderly Arab hitchhiker, who was thirsty in the desert. He cursed his fellow Arabs for murdering Jews and Kay posted a pic of the two of them, smiling, on Facebook.

    Not all Palestinians hate the Jews.

    But too many of them do.

    From the Iranian nuclear ambitions, to the knifing and shooting attacks that have erupted in the last several weeks, Israel finds herself besieged. When one considers the sheer scope of the Terror War against Israel, it is truly astonishing.

    Consider the fact that Hamas last year had a sophisticated tunnel system in place, ready to spring terrorists on unsuspecting Israelis…in their homes and businesses! Israel was able to literally uncover this plot in the nick of time.

    Next, imagine you are headed to the shuk to shop for fruits and vegetables, ahead of Shabbat. You are turning a corner in a neighborhood you are long familiar with, when all of a sudden a young Arab man in nice jogging clothes produces a knife and tries to kill you.

    Now, wrap your mind around the fact that you watch the evening news and hear of Sheik Nasrallah’s latest threats to use Hezbollah’s rocket stockpiles to rain death down on the Jewish state.

    It’s enough to make one question the international community’s sanity.

    Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu has great experience thwarting terror. It is a way of life for Israelis.

    For the most part, they have opted for surgical strikes against Hamas, and the rest of the killers. Frankly, concern over international condemnation has caused Israel to show too much restraint. Summer wars against Hamas, cross-border commando raids, diplomacy, preparation for conventional warfare…all these things are routine planning for Israel.

    There have been myriad proposals over the years, and even the Arabs know Oslo long ago was a failure.

    I propose a plan.

    Population transfer on a large scale is not going to happen in today’s world. However, I believe the Israelis should implement a limited population transfer:

    Send the Palestinian Authority to Gaza. Dismantle all governmental structures in Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah, etc. Bulldoze Saeb Erekat’s home in Jericho. The same with Abu Mazen in Ramallah. Load all the ministers and corrupt hangers-on onto trucks and ship them to the Gaza Strip, then seal it off.

    In this way, the two main terror entities, Hamas and the PA, will be pinned between mighty Israel and Egypt, which almost equally loathes the thugs.

    I believe that while international condemnation would certainly be forthcoming, Israel would however be left alone to clean its streets of terrorist scum.

    Under Ariel Sharon’s premiership, the IDF came relatively close to targeting top PA leadership. When Israel fails to do so, it loses its deterrent effect. Netanyahu has been even more restrained.

    Restraint means one thing to the Arabs: Open Season on Jews.

    This is unacceptable.

    Remove the terror masters, and then see if over the course of the next generation Palestinians decide to behave and join the civilized world.

    It’s their only chance.


    Oct 12, 2015

    The Third Intifada

    How long, Lord?

    In a better world — in a moral world — there would be international outcry over Arab violence toward Jews in Israel. A rash of stabbings has now spilled over from Jerusalem and Palestinians are committing acts of violence all over Israel.

    Look at what’s happened only in the past few hours:

    •Two young men were arrested after throwing rocks at a bus in Jaffa.

    •The IDF stopped a vehicular terror attack near Ma’aleh Adumim, the lovely Israeli community on the east side of Jersualem

    •A terrorist stabbed an Israeli in Petah Tikvah.

    This on the heels of murders of an Israeli couple while they were driving with their four children; and stabbings and murders in Jerusalem’s Old City. Some of the attacks were perpetrated by Palestinian women.

    And through it all, what is the Palestinian “leadership” doing? Just this: saluting terrorists for “defending” the Al-Aksa Mosque.

    The mosque they refer to sits on the Temple Mount, where the Palestinians deny there was ever a Jewish presence!

    It is an unconscionable lie that Israeli Jews (or anyone else) is attacking or intends to attack Al-Aksa. Why would they?

    For the longest, going back to the days of the evil Yasser Arafat, the Palestinians have fabricated Jewish attacks and used the lies for political gain. In the process, thousands of innocent people have been murdered or maimed.

    I have friends in Ma’aleh Adumim, Peta Tikva, and elsewhere. Also Jerusalem. Many times I’ve walked through the Arab bazaar in the Old City, where now stabbing attacks are taking place.

    There are concerns that a Third Intifada (What the Palestinians call an “uprising,” but which decent people call orchestrated violence) is here. I have maintained my belief that barring an all-out war, I always feel safe in Israel. Honestly? If I were there now, I wouldn’t hesitate to go out, even to the Old City, but I’d watch my back. The narrow alleys of the City lead to other, darker and narrower alleys.

    According to the Jerusalem Post:

    “Fatah leaders who met in Ramallah on Wednesday ‘saluted’ the Palestinians for ‘rising to defend their al-Aksa Mosque and confronting terrorist settlers.’

    “The members of the Fatah Central Council, including Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called on Palestinians to ‘preserve the popular nature’ of the current protests ‘as part of a comprehensive national strategy to avoid sliding into the Israeli square.’”

    Abbas, that fiendish scum, gives speeches at the UN, and the international body, including the U.S. leadership, is fully aware of his incitement against Jews, and the violent rhetoric he uses when addressing the Palestinian people. He and his henchmen keep the people whipped up in a frenzy of Jew hatred and even anti-Western attitudes.

    In my opinion, the Palestinians not only don’t deserve a state, they don’t deserve even to be at the negotiating table, nor do they deserve any such consideration so long as they perpetuate war and hatred.

    In the West, Obama is a menace toward his own people, and especially to the Jews of Israel. His leftist secretary of state, John Kerry, cares no more for the Jews than did his predecessor, Hillary Clinton, whose friendliness with the PLO goes back decades.

    A woman in Kiryat Gat was confronted by a rifle-wielding terrorist when she tried to close her front door on Tuesday. Liat Ohana said she thought her life was over when the man barged in and began shouting at her in Arabic.

    The terrorist realized he didn’t have a magazine in his gun, so he grabbed a knife from the woman’s kitchen. He tried to stab her as she and her mother ran to safety.

    This reminds me of the epic film, “Judgment at Nuremberg,” when Spencer Tracy’s character, one of the judges, gave a moving speech near the end. He referred to the value of a “single human life.”

    That was another time.

    I wonder what Obama thinks of the single human life almost snuffed out in Kiryat Gat this morning? Does he care?

    I do not believe he does.

    Otherwise he would not prop-up a terror regime in Ramallah, and he would not pressure the man he considers to be his nemesis, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu said today that Israel is in the midst of a “wave of terror.” According the Post, Netanyahu remains stalwart:

    “’The goal of terrorism is to sow fear and the first order in defeating terrorism is to be level-headed and resilient, both nationally and personally.

    “’We have known worse times than this and we will also overcome this wave of terrorism with determination, responsibility and unity,’ Netanyahu said.

    “’Civilians are at the forefront of the war against terrorism and must also be on maximum alert,’ Netanyahu said.”

    Frankly, terrorists have been waging psychological warfare for generations, going back to the early days of Jewish pioneers in Palestine, in the 19th century. Growing ever more sophisticated they now employ a vast network to help them, including Western political and media leaders.

    Another component in this war are the useful idiots like Shane Claiborne, the hippy leftist who claims to be an evangelical, from his perch at the “Simple Way” ministry in Philadelphia.

    A few days ago, when the U.S. military accidentally hit an Afghan hospital (run by the group “Doctors Without Borders”) and civilians were killed, Claiborne tweeted about how we are killing people in these countries.

    This anti-American invective, couched in humanitarian lingo, is the same psychological warfare being waged against Israel, which has the most moral army in the world.

    Terrorists know they can count on the morally weak and immoral useful idiots, who give them cover to do their evil.

    For Claiborne and his “Black Lives Matter” friends, one wonders if they truly value any life, anywhere.

    The terror masters in Ramallah are of the same ilk as those in the U.S., who rage against Israel 24/7. And their own country, where they are safer and more prosperous and freer than any citizen in world history.

    It is sickening beyond belief that Palestinians murder Jews in Israel, and world leaders are silent.

    We live in a different world than any of us grew up in, and we haven’t seen the worst of it, yet.

    A person who would be silent in the face of anti-Semitism and the murder of Jews would be and will be silent when the terrorists come for you.

    Remember that.

    Oct 5, 2015

    Netanyahu’s Silence

    Israeli 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 for them.

    The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz captured it all perfectly:

    “But most 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 internal enemies.

    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 the attacks.

    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 Russians

    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 him.

    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 like dominoes.

    Syria is a byproduct of Obama’s disastrous policies.

    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 Syria.

    “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 overnight.

    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 Syria.

    There’s another element to this, a prophetic one.

    “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.’” (Ezekiel 38:10-12)

    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 move.

    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

    I’ve driven 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.

    You might find the same thing in Italy, or Mexico, or Morocco.

    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.

    The 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 Palestinian.

    So long as the world looks on, disinterested, Jews will continue to be murdered in this “bland” fashion.

    According to the Jerusalem Post:

    “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 civilians.’”

    “’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 prevention.’”

    Of course, many will scoff and mock, saying, “Hey, come on. You’re carping about a few tossed rocks.”

    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?

    Therein 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.

    Levlovitz was 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 attacks.’”

    Good for him for calling it what it is.


    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

    Crossing Jordan

    Name the Middle East country you hear little about right now.

    Correct: Jordan.

    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 differ.)

    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 captors.

    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 (, featuring Robert Satloff, the executive director of The Washington Institute.

    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 channel.)

    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 really unparalleled.”

    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 agreement unilaterally.”

    Satloff also made the important point that a dichotomy exists now in the U.S.-Israel relationship:

    “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 watching.

    “I believe Israel’s adversaries will take advantage of this in the months ahead.”

    Still, Satloff takes the long view:

    “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 Samson Option.”

    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.

    Nothing happened.

    Several prominent prophecy teachers (some of them personal friends) have speculated about the month of September for the past 15 years.

    Nothing happened.

    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 generation.

    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 in September:


    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 she won’t.

    Who knows?

    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 before.

    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 Lord.

    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 Lord.

    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 nuclear program.

    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 America.

    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.

    Her 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.

    Naftali 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 young man.

    The Jewish state is often led by Joshuas.

    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.”

    Horovitz then went on to point out a fascinating fact:

    “This is 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.”


    For 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. And ours.