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SLAMMING THE DOOR

SLAMMING THE DOOR

On May 23, 1939, a shipload of 925 Jews, including families with small children, some of them toddlers, left the port of Hamburg for Cuba. They were grateful to be escaping Nazi discrimination. Though every one of them carried a visa for Cuba, none were admitted. The ship, the St. Louis, then turned its prow toward America, hoping to find a safe harbor there. Instead, they found that door closed as well. Michael Barak, one of the small children aboard the ship, described the U.S. “welcome” at a 2002 reunion of those passengers in Jerusalem:

When approaching Miami of the “free” country, President Roosevelt sent the U.S. navy to prevent any entry. On top of that, he warned any country in the region from letting any of the “damned” Jews to land safely on their soil. In Canada, the head of immigration said, after being asked how many Jews of that ship could be accepted, “None is too many.”

The ship sailed along the coast of Florida for five days, as its captain did what he could to find an open door somewhere in the world. In all, three weeks were spent trying to find refuge. Urgent cables were sent to every level of the U.S. government, including two personal appeals to President Roosevelt. No reply was forthcoming. Instead, Coast Guard boats patrolled to prevent anyone from swimming to shore. On June 7, the St. Louis was forced to set sail back across the Atlantic, where it was able to disembark its precious cargo between England, Holland, France, and finally Belgium. Of the passengers aboard the St. Louis, most of the families were separated when the Nazis took control of Holland, Belgium, and France the following year (1940). About 260 were deported immediately to killing centers, and nearly half of them died in the Holocaust.

The president’s inaction regarding the St. Louis caused a change of heart among some of his supporters, who felt that Roosevelt bore some responsibility for the devastating tragedy. It would be a visit from a Polish diplomat, Jan Karski, that would provide even more evidence of the chief executive’s lack of sympathy for the plight of European Jews. Karski was dispatched to London and to Washington to deliver a firsthand account of the atrocities being visited on the Jewish people. He met first with Justice Felix Frankfurter who, though not convinced, took Karski to the White House to meet with Roosevelt. Karski reported to the president:

There is no exaggeration in the accounts of the plight of the Jews. Our underground authorities are absolutely sure that the Germans are out to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe. Reliable reports from our own informers give us the figure of 1,800,000 Jews already murdered in Poland up to the day when I left the country.

Karski later gave a firsthand report of the president’s response to his plea: “You will tell your leaders that we shall win this war. You will tell them that the guilty ones will be punished for their crimes. You will tell them that Poland has a friend in this house.”  Roosevelt then changed the subject and moved on to the next topic for discussion. His wife, Eleanor, said this about the way her husband dealt with unpleasant things: “If something was unpleasant and he didn’t want to know about it, he just ignored it. He always thought that if you ignored a thing long enough, it would settle itself.”

In an article for Yahoo! Voices, Brandon Moran summarized Paper Walls, a book by author David Wyman. Brandon wrote:  “The ‘Paper Wall’ around Central Europe in the summer and fall of 1940 slowed the migration of Germans into the U.S. dramatically. This wall consisted of stringent legislation and policy passed during this period, tightening the strangle hold on immigration into the U.S. Avra Warren played a large role in doing so. Warren worked to raise legislation for stricter immigration controls. His goal was to protect the country from subversive aliens. The new legislation suspended temporary immigration because temporary immigrants could have subversive connections or intentions. Warren and Assistant Secretary of State, Breckinridge Long, devised a modus operandi that effectively walled out any applicants the State Department wished to exclude.”

Citing Long, Wyman provides an issued memorandum spelling out his intent:

We can delay and effectively stop for a temporary period of indefinite length the number of immigrants into the United States. We could do this by simply advising our consuls to put every obstacle in the way and to require additional evidence and to resort to various administrative advices which would postpone and postpone and postpone the granting of the visas. However, this could only be temporary.

Consular officers were instructed to decline visas to applicants who had “parents, children, husband, wife, brothers, or sisters in residence in territory under the control of Germany, Italy, or Russia. Many bills and laws were introduced at this time, adding cement to the Paper Wall. The flow of immigrants into the U.S. had slowed to a trickle. By July 10, the U.S. government ordered all German consulates closed.… By late 1941, the doors into the U.S. had been all but closed.  

 

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Undercover or Unchanged?

Undercover or Unchanged?


In the mid-1980s, I was rushing through an airport in Rome with a friend of mine who was a television producer. Suddenly, I spotted at the opposite end of the tunnel a short, stooped woman wearing a familiar robe.

“Paul,” I called to my friend, “Watch our stuff.” I threw my bags at his feet and ran to her. “My name is Mike Evans,” I said as I approached, offering my hand to shake hers. Mother Teresa’s dark eyes twinkled as she grasped my outstretched hand and said, “Mr. Evans, it is very nice to meet you.”

All the love of the universe seemed to drain from the atmosphere at that moment. It was as if that love was concentrated within her tiny frame and radiated through her. My flight and my friend no longer existed. Like a schoolboy, I stammered a few words about my current mission to Israel, then collected myself and asked about her recent trip to the United States. I thought I would sympathize with her for returning to the suffering in India after enjoying the comforts of the States for a short time.

“No, no,” she said with a sad smile. “It is in the United States that I am sad. I believe it is the poorest country on earth.” “But why?” I asked, stumbling in my attempt at small talk with this giant of faith. “Ah,” she said, “the United States is poor in spirit, and that is the worst kind of poverty.”

I have meditated on Mother Theresa’s profound statement in the years since that encounter and have come to understand it more each day. In a land of wealth and opulence, with every opportunity afforded us—from time saving gadgets to life-enhancing luxuries—our nation as a whole seems devoid of true fulfillment and lasting contentment. Even with all our computer-age technology, state-of-the-art communications satellites, multi-million-dollar universities, and Internet-ready cell phones, we still don’t seem able to rise to a level of greatness equal to our level of wealth. Like a good dream that doesn’t last until morning, personal peace is fleeting and achieving a fulfilling purpose for living eludes us. We seem a nation of people who, while struggling to know our divine destiny, settle instead for complacency, missing God’s power and purpose in our lives.

The great failure of God’s people in our days is that we do not come into His presence through prayer as we should. When we live our lives spending time with God to get to know Him and His purposes, opening ourselves to consider and be part of manifesting His kingdom on the earth, then we should have constant joy within, welling up and spilling out. It should be an infectious joy that makes others want to partake. It should be in us as it was in Jesus and should attract people to us as it did to Him. Just as people should know we are Christians by our love, so should they know we are different because of our joy. If we are truly walking with Jesus, allowing Him to guide our steps, then we should be constantly experiencing the benefits of His Holy Spirit. Just as those who were healed when Peter’s shadow fell across them, we should be more fully experiencing the benefits of the Holy Spirit as we follow closely behind Jesus.

God’s presence changes things, so if He is truly in us and we are abiding in Him, then His life-changing power should shine through us. Yet, instead, we are often indistinguishable from the rest of the world. Some might call themselves undercover Christians, but the truth is we’re not under the cover of His presence; we’re unchanged!

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America In Prophecy

America In Prophecy

The prophetic thread began in the Old Testament with Abraham and his offspring, Isaac and Ishmael. The U.S. has tried to join hands both with Israel, a descendant of Isaac, and Arab countries, descendants of Ishmael: The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Genesis 12:1-3).

 

The United States has endeavored to use Israel, the tiny democratic state in the midst of a sea of instability in the Middle East, as a firewall in deterring communism, fascism, and terrorism. Its liaison with Arab countries is one of convenience and economics. The mortal enemy of Israel brought a dowry of black gold (oil) to the marriage and uses it still today to intimidate the United States.

 

The Middle East is home to two-thirds of the world’s global oil reserves. OPEC presently accounts for 40 percent of the world’s oil imports. According to the International Energy Agency, by 2030 that figure is on course to rise to 60 percent. By that time, it is projected the Middle East will supply 50 percent of U.S. oil imports, 50 percent of European imports, 80 percent of China’s imports, and 90 percent of Japan’s imports.

 

As Middle Eastern oil flows to the West, arms are shipped in their direction. In fact, the Middle East region is currently the United States’ number one client for weapons of war. Even after 9/11, petrodollars earned by countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Libya have been utilized to sponsor terrorism, produce weapons of mass destruction, and finance a gospel of hatred that is employed to brainwash millions of Islamic youth. America has been unwilling to admit that it is being blackmailed, let alone drawing a firm line in the sand against it. It’s time for the U.S. to stand up to these bullies and stop capitulating to blackmail; our future depends on it.

 

 

Knowing Islamic fundamentalists are hell-bent on annihilating the tiny country, Israel has developed the fourth largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Israeli leaders are determined that what happened in the Holocaust will never happen again. Israel has reportedly opened her nuclear silos during three Middle East wars and has targeted cities such as Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, and even some in the former Soviet Union.

 

It has long been known that Israel has had nuclear strike capabilities since at least the late 1960s. Today, Islamic nations are very close to having a finger poised over the red button as well. It appears at least one of these nations may have obtained suitcase nuclear bombs paid for by money from oil sales to America. In addition to this, the Washington Post reported the following on December 21, 2003: “Documents provided by Iran to UN nuclear inspectors since early November have exposed the outlines of a vast, secret procurement network that successfully acquired thousands of sensitive parts and tools from numerous countries over a 17-year period. . . . While American presidents since Ronald Reagan worried that Iran might seek nuclear weapons, US and allied intelligence agencies were unable to halt Iran’s most significant nuclear acquisitions, or even to spot a major nuclear facility under construction until it was essentially completed…Iran’s pilot facility, which is now functional, and a much larger uranium-enrichment plant under construction next door are designed to produce enough fissile material to make at least two dozen nuclear bombs each year.”

 

 

Through these two political—and spiritual—liaisons, the U.S. has stepped into the center of a prophetic storm. She now finds herself trying to accommodate Jew-haters who have refused even to acknowledge the very existence of the State of Israel. The U.S. now has to appease with both bombs and baksheesh (bribes): more than $400 billion in military equipment and over $100 billion in aid have been dispatched to various Arab countries.

 

Liberal politicians and special interest groups continue to propagate the myth that Islam is a peaceful religion, but think about this for a moment: Islam has approximately one billion adherents worldwide. The actual number is probably higher, but one billion is a nice, round number for the sake of argument. Even if 99.9 percent of the Islamic world is completely nonviolent, grave danger still exists. If only one-tenth of one percent of all Muslims were radical Islamists, that is still a staggering number: it means that one million people are intent on murder and destruction. It took only 19 hijackers to wreak massive destruction on the United States on September 11th. Each one of those men believed he was on a divine assignment from Allah.

 

The terrorists’ war against the U.S. and Israel is rooted in a radical religious doctrine called Islamic fundamentalism, a distorted belief very few people in the West have taken time to comprehend. One reason is that our modern secular world is still conflicted by the relationship between science and religion, which most assume was won by secular science. But we cannot overlook the fact that a religious adversary is attacking secular America. It’s no longer just the streets of Jerusalem that are threatened, but those of New York, Washington, Boston, and who knows how many other cities.

 

In April 2003, while the U.S. was in the midst of the Persian Gulf War, I wrote a book that ultimately became a New York Times bestseller, Beyond Iraq: The Next Move. In the book, I stated my belief that weapons of mass destruction were in Syria. It took the U.S. almost a year to be willing to admit that. I also stated that compliments of the Syrian government and the Iraqi Embassy in Damascus, money and key Iraqi leaders were being moved through Syria.

 

Israel must be allowed to fight the war against terrorism—not just Hamas, but Hezbollah and Iran as well. Sadly, it is more and more being forced to fight alone. Under the Biden Administration, the United States is doing all it can to hold Israel back so that Hamas can survive. Instead of trying to defang the terrorists, official Washington is pushing to overthrow the Netanyahu government. On the Senate floor the highest ranking Jewish politician in history, Charles Schumer of New York called for early elections in hopes of getting Netanyahu out of office. This is madness.

 

True hope for peace lies in discerning truth and acting on it—not in believing myths propagated by liberal power brokers that incite Jew-hatred. Too many people in the U.S. view the real enemy as “narrow-minded, right-wing, Bible-thumping Christians” who believe in black and white, right and wrong. The same people who see conservative Christians as the enemy often legitimize the acts of cold-blooded murderers as a means to obtain freedom and peace. These apostles of appeasement have raised the hopes of the Islamic fanatics so high that the national security of the United States is now at stake, and equally important, our very freedoms are at risk.

 

The question is often asked: Why do Islamic fanatics hate us? The answer: They just do! The more important question is this: What is fueling that hatred, and how can the engine of hate be derailed? Bigotry is at the root of it all. It is no coincidence that the World Conference on Racism in Durban, South Africa, turned into a “World Conference on Jew-hatred,” and ended three days before September 11, 2001. Was there a correlation between the U.S. and Israel walking out of the conference and the events on 9/11?

 

Many believe the current Palestinian crisis has much to do with the issue of Jew-hatred, and it does. The entire Palestinian crisis can be attributed to two things—refugees and terrorism. Is there another refugee crisis anywhere on earth that has drawn the world into such a mess? The answer clearly is, “No.” Civilized countries solve refugee crises on their own; conversely, the Arab world has fueled and fed the Palestinian refugee crisis to exploit Jew-hatred. The attitude is: “Blame the Jews for all problems, just as Hitler did, and we will not be held accountable for our brutality.” Since these “thug-ocracies” are run by the bullet, and not the ballot, someone needs to bear the blame … why not the Jews and so-called crusaders? The Liberal Left media contributes mightily to the problem.

 

The U.S. has done little, if anything, to address this danger that must be stopped. Every possible means available must be used to shut down the Islamic fundamentalists who kill in the name of Allah. Some have even recruited children and used them as suicide bombers, mine sweepers, and decoys.

 

How did Israel solve its refugee crisis in Europe at the end of the Holocaust? How did it resolve the crisis in Arab countries where Jewish citizens were being killed? It simply took care of its own.

 

Why did the Arab League turn its back on the very refugees it created? Why did it initiate the myth that Israeli Arabs must have a separate state inside Israel, even though a Palestinian state has never existed? These refugees were told that Egyptian-born billionaire terrorist Yasser Arafat was their “George Washington.” Why? There is, I believe, a direct correlation between current events in the Middle East and prophecy.

 

I am firmly convinced that President Jimmy Carter unlocked Pandora’s Box in the Middle East; then President Bill Clinton stepped into the ensuing maelstrom. President Obama’s obsession with a treaty with Iran led him to make foolish concessions. Now President Biden is continuing the shift away from Israel. The U.S. far too often has chosen to tolerate subtle anti-Semitism perpetrated in the name of Islam. It is a bigotry presently polluting and poisoning the peace of the world. The war on terrorism cannot be won without a war against such prejudice. Had the U.S. maintained moral clarity, Iran might have continued to be pro-Western.

 

Rev. W. O. Vaught, President Bill Clinton’s pastor while he was governor of Arkansas, and who made more than 40 trips to Israel during his lifetime, cautioned him about the most dangerous mistakes he might make while in office: “Bill, I think you’re going to be President someday. I think you’ll do a good job, but there’s one thing above all you must remember: God will never forgive you if you don’t stand by Israel.” That quote turned out to be as prophetic for the Clinton presidency. Barely a month into his first term, President Clinton received a wake-up call from bin Laden’s organization. On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb exploded in the underground parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City.

 

While this first WTC attack went relatively unnoticed, in it were seeds of the eventual September 11 attacks, and not only at the same location. The actual aim of the bombing was to topple the towers and kill as many as 250,000 people—seven individuals died. If the attack had been successful, we would be commemorating February 26, 1993, rather than September 11, 2001. But, because our president at the time was more occupied with implementing his economic program than keeping Americans safe, U.S. security forces paid little attention to the bombing.

 

As the author of Losing bin Laden, Richard Miniter, said about Clinton’s inability to deal with bin Laden throughout his presidency: “In 1993, bin Laden was a small-time funder of militant Muslim terrorists in Sudan, Yemen, and Afghanistan. By the end of 2000, Clinton’s last year in office, bin Laden’s network was operating in more than 55 countries and already responsible for the deaths of thousands (including 55 Americans)….Clinton was tested by historic, global conflict, the first phase of America’s war on terror. He was president when bin Laden declared war on America. He had many chances to defeat bin Laden; he simply did not take them.

 

“If, in the wake of the 1998 embassy bombings, Clinton had rallied the public and the Congress to fight bin Laden and smash terrorism, he might have been the Winston Churchill of his generation. But, instead, he chose the role of Neville Chamberlain (whose appeasements of Hitler in Munich in 1938 are credited with paving the way to the Nazi invasion of Poland that began World War II the next year).”

 

The 1993 WTC bombing had been planned and organized by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman who said: “The obligation of Allah is upon us to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah. It is one of the obligations which we must undoubtedly fulfill … and we conquer the lands of the infidels and we spread Islam by calling the infidels to Allah and if they stand in our way, then we wage Jihad for the sake of Allah.”

 

 

The FBI eventually found 47 boxes of Rahman’s terrorist literature. In an unbelievable fit of moral blindness, the agents marked the tops of the boxes, “Irrelevant religious stuff.” It seems the very reason for the attacks and failing to connect them to the worldwide Islamic fundamentalist movement that had fueled it was totally dismissed. In October 1993, the same year as the first World Trade Center attack, U.S. troops were sent on a humanitarian mission to Mogadishu, Somalia. Two Blackhawk helicopters were shot down and a roughly 24 hour firefight ensued in which 19 U.S. soldiers and over a thousand Somalis were killed. Shortly after the massacre, President Clinton made the decision to pull out of Somalia. Evidence was later found that the Somalis who shot down the helicopters had received training from bin Laden’s forces. Those same mercenaries had become adept at bringing down advance Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan with rocket-propelled grenades. Bin Laden eventually admitted his significant involvement in Somalia, although in a supporting role, and considered it a glorious victory for Islamists.

 

The United States is still the mightiest nation on earth and has long been a partaker of God’s blessings. During the past few decades, America has seen her culture polluted, attempted to dethrone God, and defiled her heroes. Bible-believing Americans have been demonized as bigots and extremists. God has been taken out of schools, courts, and town squares, and some have even tried to remove Him from the Pledge of Allegiance—“one nation, under God.” The same moral compromise infecting our domestic policy has also tainted our foreign policy: the U.S. sends foreign aid annually to such terrorist-harboring countries as Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, West Bank/Gaza, Indonesia, and Somalia.

 

If Americans do not wake up to the truth, the U.S. political machine will continue on a collision course with prophecy. Many believe there is nothing we can do about it; that if it is foretold, it must come to pass. However, we could be missing the true point of prophecy. The Bible doesn’t tell us what the future holds so that we can sit back and let disaster strike; but rather so that we can take any necessary actions to make sure we are on the prophetic side of blessing. In the Old Testament, God often warned His people of impending disaster—not just so they would know it was coming, but to give an opportunity for repentance and restoration. It is up to God-fearing Americans willing to step out and make a difference to keep our country headed in the right direction in both domestic and foreign policy.

 

This is why in 1981, I accepted an invitation from President Reagan’s staff to attend a high-level briefing with U.S. generals and admirals over the sale of AWAC planes to Saudi Arabia. I challenged them regarding that decision, warning that those planes could eventually end up in the hands of Islamic fundamentalists thereby posing a major threat to U.S. and Israeli security. When I inserted a Scripture into my short speech, I was asked, “What does God know about foreign policy?” I replied, “He is foreign policy!”

 

Do we truly think we can move our government forward without His guidance? Our forefathers certainly didn’t! Several months later, as part of a small U.S. delegation, I was invited to have lunch with President Reagan and his Cabinet. Sitting next to me was the late Chuck Colson who was making his first visit back to the White House since his Nixon days. I said to Mr. Colson, “I imagine you’re thinking all about the White House strategy that’s going on in this room.” He smiled and said, “Not at all. I’m thinking about one thing … eternity!” His statement really struck me. Sooner or later everyone on this planet—rich and poor; skeptic and religious; president and pauper—will be forced to think about eternity. Can we really plan for the future—of our nation, our world—without considering it? While democracy may have been conceived in Greece, it was not until Bible-believing, God-fearing people joined together to form the United States of America that it has risen to the ideal it has become today. Our governmental structure may not be perfect, but it is the best our world has seen, and all because it was founded as a system defined by moral clarity, and based upon biblical principles.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” The U.S. entered the 21st century with a terminal case of both. Our nation is in this position primarily because of its alliance with both Israel and the Arab nations. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Ishmael, are still in a struggle for dominion; the U.S. has stepped right into the middle of it.

 

Ancient Scriptures have a great deal to say about the two spirits behind this battle. Ishmael was not the son of promise, but the son of a man trying to work the will of God in his own way. God had promised Abraham a son, but his wife Sarah was barren. At her insistence, Abraham took Hagar, her maidservant, and impregnated her. Ishmael was the result of that liaison. A man of faith, Abraham acted in his own wisdom and lust rather than following God’s direction. He justified a foolish action through moral relativism, tradition, and human reasoning. He was trying to secure God’s blessing on his own terms. It was not until some years later when the son of promise, Isaac, was born that Abraham fully realized the gravity of his mistake.

 

Rejecting the “son of human reasoning,” God made a covenant with Isaac, the “son of faith.” Ishmael became the father of the Arab race, and Isaac a patriarch of the Hebrews. The battle continues even today. The Quran teaches conversely that Ishmael, not Isaac, was the son of promise, and that he inherited the land and the title deed to Jerusalem. The United States today is caught in the same moral dilemma: wanting to “do good” without God, but only making our halls of government secular, amoral, and blind. Instead of looking to God for blessings and prosperity, we look to our own reasoning and logic. For this reason, we are willing to trade almost anything to get the black gold—oil—that keeps our economy lubricated.

The majority of Arab countries have believed the same lies spoken by Hitler to twist the minds of the Germans: that the Jews are the reason for the ills of the world at large. If they were simply annihilated, everyone worldwide would sleep easier. Yet, the U.S. has done little to counteract this vile doctrine. Instead, we label as diplomats those who preach hatred and anti-Semitism—terrorist organizations such as the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and others. Through negotiations, Israel is forced to make concessions to an implacably angry Arab world that will never be appeased with a Palestinian state. Only possession of all of Israel will suffice.

 

While terrorists may wave the Palestinian Authority flag with the cry of “Death to Americans,” we cannot believe that it will suddenly begin to love the U.S. and Israel if statehood is granted. We can never win the war on terrorism by appeasing terrorists on the one hand while trying to dislodge them with the other. This is a sure guarantee for another 9/11—or worse. This tide will never be turned without getting to the root of Palestinian hatred for Israel and for the U.S. and exposing it at the source.  

 

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God Has Big Plans for Your Family

God Has Big Plans for Your Family

The Word of God has so much to say about the future of our family members, the blessing of our children and grandchildren, and the legacy of faith we can build and leave behind. Let me share just a few of these passages with you:

Isaiah wrote, “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring. They will spring up among the grass like willows by the watercourses” (Isaiah 44:3-4).

Luke records Paul’s message, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved [this includes salvation, deliverance and healing], you and your household [this includes your children and grandchildren]” (Acts 16:31).

Moses declared, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; [be whole, be nourished up] that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).

God cares about your children and your grandchildren. God hears and answers the prayer of faith. I want to encourage you to pray, believing God will do great things. Through faith, I believe we can see a great and supernatural blessing. The lost will come to the Lord through our prayers and our witness. The sick will be healed. The broken will be mended. The hurting will be comforted. I am urging you not to miss the wonderful harvest of blessing God has for the generations to come through prayer.

God’s plan is not just for you and me in our generation. God tells us in Galatians 3:16 that the promises were made to Abraham and to his seed. God has plans for your whole family far into the future for generations to come!

 

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The 2024 Presidential Election

The 2024 Presidential Election

It is not Middle East policy that is driving the U.S. response to the war for survival that Israel is fighting. It is not geopolitical strategy or a grand plan to shape the future of the world. It is all about November 5—election day.

 

For the first time since 1956, the presidential election will be a rematch between the two candidates in the previous election. For the first time since 1892, a defeated incumbent is running again for the Oval Office. And one of the most important issues in the election between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is America’s relationship with and support of Israel during the current crisis.

 

The Biden Administration, responding to the loud and growing voices of anti-Semitism among key demographic groups in the Democratic Party, is backing away from its initial support of Israel. It has now been seven months since the deadly Hamas attack on October 7th, and while the U.S. at first was strongly supportive of Israel, that has changed dramatically.

 

 

It is no exaggeration to say that the United States is betraying Israel, threatening to withhold military aid if Israel goes into Rafah, Gaza, to take out the last 4 divisions of Hamas terrorists and rescue the 130 hostages still being held in Rafah. This betrayal happened because Israel-hating progressives and Muslim voters in crucial states like Michigan are telling Biden, “If you support Israel, we will not support you.”             

 

I can’t believe it, but it’s true. On the Senate floor, Charles Schumer called for new elections in Israel to overthrow the Netanyahu government. The United States is threatening Israel with a cutoff of vital military supplies and equipment if they enter the Palestinian city of Rafah.

 

Make no mistake. If Israel does not go into Rafah, they have lost the war. The Hamas battalions still there and able to fight will rebuild, and the threat will remain. The hostages who are still alive will surely be killed. All of the sacrifices that have been made by the Jewish people—the deaths, the lost homes, the wounded—will have been for nothing.

 

Imagine the pain of Israelis who watched their loved one being raped, burned alive, and beheaded, as they saw protesters screaming in the streets of America and on university campuses, “From the river to the sea.” The United States is foolishly turning its back on Israel.

 

While I was in Israel recently on my sixth trip to the country since the war started, I met with the family members of some of the hostages still being held in Gaza, and they wept in my arms. They were saying, “We love America. Why is America turning her back on us and siding with our enemies?”

 

 

What America is doing right now is sending a message —not just to Hamas but to terrorists around the world— that we will not stand firm against them. Our weakness is encouraging them to strike—not just at Israel but here in our own country. Nineteen radical Islamist terrorists shook our country on 9/11, and we must not let this happen again.

 

The United States is siding with the Jew-hating United Nations to stand against Israel. First, the U.S. introduced a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire, which blames Israel for the fighting instead of Hamas. When that didn’t pass, Russia and China introduced an even more one-sided attack on Israel. Rather than vetoing it to keep it from passing, the US abstained.

 

This approach of publicly declaring support for Israel while at the same time undermining them in crucial ways is calculated for its electoral impact. It is tragic to think that leaders of the United States of America would put political gain above the survival of Israel, but that is what is happening.

 

But this is far from the first time that events in the Middle East have played a key role in an American presidential election.  On September 27, 1980, I had dinner in the home of the head of the Mossad, Isser Harel. He was the individual who masterminded the capture of Adolf Eichmann. With us at the table was Reuven Hecht, senior adviser to prime minister Menachem Begin and also my mentor.

 

During that evening, I asked Harel if terrorism would ever reach the shores of the U.S. To my astonishment, he explained to us why the first attack would be in New York City on its then-tallest structure, the Empire State Building (he didn’t remember that the Twin Towers had surpassed it as the tallest a few years before). I was so convinced Harel was correct that I wrote a book and produced a TV special titled Israel, America’s Key to Survival. On the cover, I displayed an American flag being sliced in half by a Saudi sword. Of course, on 9/11 we saw that prediction fulfilled.

 

In that same meeting, I also asked him who would win the upcoming election in the United States. At the time, President Carter was ahead in the polls—by as much as 8 points according to Gallup. With no hesitation, his countenance changed, and he whispered, “The Iranians will have something to say about that. When Ronald Reagan places his hand on the Bible on Inauguration Day, the American hostages will be released.”

 

Of course, Mr. Reagan did defeat Mr. Carter, and one of the biggest reasons was the hostage crisis. Iran illegally stormed the U.S. Embassy in November of 1979, and when American voters went to the polls a year later, 52 American citizens were still being held in captivity.

 

As one of his last acts in office, President Carter paid a ransom of billions of dollars to Iran for the hostages. My phone rang at the exact moment that Ronald Reagan laid his hand on the Bible on January 20, 1981. It was my friend, Reuven Hecht. He shouted, “Harel is a prophet! Can you believe that the hostages have been released?” Harel knew what a huge impact Iran would have on the American election before it happened.

 

In that same conversation, Isser Harel also told me that the tallest building in New York City would be struck because it was a symbol of America’s power. When I publicly shared that warning, I was mocked and ridiculed. People called me an alarmist and said that nothing like that could ever happen.

 

Even after the failed attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993, people said I was crazy to be concerned. In 1999, I wrote another book warning that Osama bin Laden would be behind the next attack. No one took it seriously. I’ve never been more sorry to be proven right in my entire life. 

 

I know you remember that day—where you were, what you were doing, even what you were wearing—when the nation sat in shock and disbelief as planes crashed into the World Trade Center buildings and the Twin Towers collapsed in heaps of rubble.

 

I was on the air that day on ABC, and I immediately said, “It was Al Qaeda.” They pulled me off the air and said, “You can’t say that. We don’t know that.” So I went back on the air and said, “It was Eskimos, Polynesians, or Al Qaeda. You choose for yourself.”

 

Make no mistake, the fate of America is resting in the balance—not so much which party or candidate wins an election, but what we do about Israel. Will the U.S. choose God’s side of the prophetic battle, or will she fight against God? If America chooses the latter, she will end up on the ash heap of history. The war against such apocalyptic hatred, I believe, can never be won without first dealing with four key issues:

 

  1. America must not ignore the virus spreading the plague of Jew-hatred throughout the Middle East. The flood of billions of dollars of war materiel flowing into Jew-hating Arab regimes must be stopped, and the recruitment of a new generation of suicide bombers must be deterred.
  2. The events on September 11, 2001, would never have happened had the U.S. fought bigotry in the 1990s rather than appeasing those who spread it. Millions of Jews would be living today if anti-Semitism had not been ignored in the 1920s and 30s.
  3. The war on terrorism has been fueled by U.S. support for Islamic terrorists surrounding Israel. The Arab world also feeds that war to save its own “thug-ocracies.” These leaders have refused to take care of their own so-called refugees as the rest of the world has done. This mind-set has infected world leaders (as evidenced by the Durban Anti-Racism Conference of 2001.) Should that support continue, the war will never be won.
  4. America is under a biblical curse—one that can be reversed. Jerusalem is to be the final compromise. If the U.S. supports dividing Jerusalem, there will be no forgiveness. This nation has been “weighed in the balance and found wanting” (see Daniel 5:27, NKJV.)

 

The graveyard of history testifies that God rejects nations that reject Him and His Word. Is God preparing to reject America, or will God-fearing Americans stand in the gap and speak the truth? These words are etched into the wall in the lobby of the original CIA headquarters building in Washington, D.C., to characterize the intelligence mission of a free society: “And ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).

 

I believe we are closer than ever to the coming of Christ. America’s fate will be determined in a final test. It is time to repent and return to the God of our fathers and to our Judeo-Christian beliefs!

 

Many who speak on the subject of prophecy give a sense that circumstances are accelerating toward some unknown event. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee on September 12, 2002, said: “September 11 was a wake-up call from hell that has opened our eyes to the horrors that await us tomorrow if we fail to act today.”  

 

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