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My Prayer with Iran’s President Raisi

My Prayer with Iran’s President Raisi

I knew Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi who died in a helicopter crash near his country’s border with Azerbaijan. We met several times in New York City when he came for meetings at the United Nations. More than once we met in his hotel. The last time we met, I asked him about his children and prayed for them. He was moved by the prayer, and the last thing he said to me was, “the mercy of God.” I also knew well of Iran’s Foreign Minister, Amir Abdollahian, though we never met. He was a key supporter of the Axis of Resistance that Iran backed in the Middle East. This array of political and military groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Hashd al-Shaabi, and the Houthis have been a major to threat to Israel (and America) for years.

 

This is a serious situation. In an attempt to deflect blame, it is very likely the mullahs in Tehran will blame Israel. Raisi, a hardline conservative known as the “Butcher of Tehran” for his violent crushing of dissent, was seen as a possible successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who is 85 years old and suffering from cancer. The political uncertainty in Iran makes this a time of maximum threat as the jockeying for political power may well involve demonstrations of how much the various candidates hate Israel. Please continue to pray for this volatile situation.

 

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What’s Behind the Pro-Hamas, Anti-Israel Protests?

What’s Behind the Pro-Hamas, Anti-Israel Protests?

As I’ve been praying for America and Israel in light of the riots that have been happening across America on university campuses, my question to you is who’s behind the college and university riots taking place in America?

One of the key backers of these protests is being ignored by the liberal media—it is the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic organization with a political approach to Islam, founded in Egypt in 1928. It is this key source that fuels Islamic terrorism. Its charter states that it is the nature of Islam to dominate, not to be dominated, to impose Islam on all nations, and to extend its power to the entire world. The Islamic motto is “Allah is our objective, the prophet is our leader, the Qur’an is our law, jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”

If you travel in Europe, you can see the impact that the Muslim Brotherhood has had. From Holland to France, it’s unspeakable the damage they’ve done to these nations. During the Iraq War, the Muslim Brotherhood issued a fatwa saying it was the religious obligation of Muslims to kill Americans. And they did indeed. They killed great numbers of our U.S. soldiers and wounded tens of thousands of others.

The Muslim Brotherhood condemned the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden and also facilitated the growth of al Qaeda. The mastermind of the 9/11 attack was an Islamic Brotherhood cleric and deputy of bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Muslim Brotherhood operates in 70 countries of the world and has deep roots in Washington, D.C., and on university campuses, with billions of dollars spent establishing and funding chairs—professorships—on university campuses.

What transpired in Syria in the Arab Spring was birthed by the Muslim Brotherhood through protests in the Arab world, similar to what’s happening on America’s university campuses. It receives massive financial support from the entire globe of Israel haters, and even America haters, especially from Qatar and Turkey.

And according to the U.S. Department of Education, those same sources have contributed billions of dollars to America’s colleges and universities. More than $3 billion from Qatar…more than $1 billion from Saudi Arabia…hundreds of millions more from Kuwait and Turkey and Iraq. This money has helped create the cesspool of Jew-hatred that we now see publicly displayed.

When you see professors and administrators and staff joining the chorus of pro-Hamas and anti-Israel protests, there is a good chance their paycheck comes from grants and funding provided by the Muslim Brotherhood or their Islamist friends. Everything we are seeing in the news is part of prophecy. And God is calling us to take a stand like Esther of old to deliver His Chosen People.

 

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Iran Launched First Ever Direct Attack On Israel!

Iran Launched First Ever Direct Attack On Israel!

On April 13th Iran unleashed more than 300 drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles in its first ever direct attack on Israel. Though the situation is rapidly changing, we wanted to give you this update on the current situation…and what to expect. As soon as the airport in Tel Aviv reopened for flights, I immediately flew to Israel to coordinate our emergency response and rally support for Israel—to be your voice of help and hope to the suffering Jewish people.

While the attack on Saturday, April 13th was Iran’s first direct attack on Israel, it did not come from Iran alone. In addition to launching attacks from their own country, Iran issued orders to their allies and terror proxies to join in. Attacks were launched from five different countries—Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. The attacks utilized three different types of weapons.

Drones
Iran’s Shaheed drones have been used extensively by Russian forces in Ukraine. Sometimes referred to as kamikaze or suicide drones, they are designed to carry a payload of explosives on a one-way mission to their target. Rather than needing a guidance system, they are sent to crash into the target.

Cruise Missiles
These guided missiles are relatively slow and low-flying. Launched on a direct trajectory toward the target, they carry a payload of up to 2,000 pounds of explosives. Because of the limits on their speed, they are vulnerable to counterattacks from missile defenses and even advanced planes like the F-35.

Ballistic Missiles
Ballistic missiles carry a larger payload, and fly on a much higher trajectory and much greater speed. They are targeted prior to launch and do not need to be guided to the target. Only the most advanced missile defense systems (which Israel’s Iron Dome and David’s Sling are) can respond to this kind of attack. It is believed that all of Iran’s drones and cruise missiles were shot down, and that the only missiles that managed to actually strike in Israel were ballistic missiles.

Because of the long flight time of the drones and missiles, there was advance notice of the attack and time to plan a response. In addition to Israel’s own defense, support and countermeasures were provided by both America and the United Kingdom including the use of advanced aircraft. Beyond that, help also came from unlikely sources. Israel’s neighbor Jordan shot down a number of drones that crossed into their air space. This is a major step, as while the two countries have been at peace since 1994, there is widespread support for Hamas and the Palestinians in the country. But King Abdullah still took the unprecedented step of defending Israel from attack. In another surprising move, while the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has not publicly acknowledged their role, it is widely believed that they intercepted attacks launched from Yemen.

WHAT COMES NEXT
Though America’s military provided vital assistance to protect Israel from Iran’s attack, the Biden Administration has made it clear both publicly and privately that they strongly oppose Israel responding to the attack. Iran claimed that they would carry out no further attacks (although it is obvious they have no intention of standing down their terrorist proxies even if they refrain from direct attacks) against Israel.

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Mr. President, You’re Wrong About Israel

Mr. President, You’re Wrong About Israel

In your State of the Union address, you said, “Most people in Gaza are not Hamas.” You’re wrong. Most people in Gaza are Hamas. The Palestinians in Gaza voted Hamas into power 17 years ago, and during the last 17 years, Hamas has instituted the most antisemitic educational system on the planet, teaching the children that Jews are born with tails and horns and are the seed of Satan and that the greatest honor in life is to kill a Jew.

 

One example is a book that IDF soldiers found in a home in the Alfarkan region of Gaza called “The End of the Jews” written by Hamas co-founder and former PA foreign minister Mahmoud al-Zahar. The book’s cover shows swords and daggers piercing through Stars of David, and Jews drowning in blood. The book mainly hails that first of all, we should not recognize the fact that there are Jews and Jewish people, but most predominantly it hails the Holocaust, embraces what the Nazis have done, and calls for nations to follow what the Nazis have done.

 

You also said, “The last five months have been gut-wrenching for the Israeli people and the Palestinian people.” President Biden, how is it possible that you could form a moral equivalency between Jew-hating, October 7-celebrating Gazans and innocent Jewish people in Israel? Your words are not helping Israel win the war; they’re helping Hamas.

 

Hamas is already winning the media war. Every lie they release to the media is reported as truth. To criticize Israel during their 9/11 war is outrageous. How many times did Israel criticize America when it was fighting its 9/11 war in the Middle East? The answer is never. They did just the opposite. They showed unconditional support for the United States. Now, sending a signal that there is daylight between the U.S. and Israel will not help in the release of the Israeli hostages. It will do the opposite.

 

Radical Islamic terrorists only step back when they fear us. Sending a signal of sympathy towards them does not achieve that objective at all. If America surrenders to radical Islam, then a fanatical, dictatorial fascist Islamic State with 80 million people will have an atomic bomb and most likely a nuclear umbrella of Russian planes flying over Iranian airspace. Iran has already made it very clear what they intend to do with that atomic bomb: to wipe Israel off the map.

 

You scolded Israel, saying they must allow more aid into Gaza and ensure humanitarian workers aren’t caught in the crossfire. Tell that to the humanitarian workers in the hospitals that were embedded with Hamas terrorists, or the U.N. “humanitarian workers” who were involved in the October 7th attacks. Tell that to the Israeli hostages who are starving to death. Only God knows what Hamas is doing to them in those tunnels as the U.S. military is airlifting aid into Gaza knowing full well that a lot of that aid will end up in the hands of Hamas terrorists as does the aid you’re also sending the U.S. military to provide.

 

You refused to support a bill that would provide $17.6 billion of aid to Israel, and yet you lobbied for a bill that gives over three times that amount, $60 billion, to Ukraine. You said that the solution is a state for the Palestinians so they can live in peace and dignity. So, when have the Jews in Israel lived in peace and dignity since the Palestinians began demanding a state? Would you tell it to the families that had been blown up by suicide bombers? Are you forgetting the Palestinian state myth was created by the terrorist Arafat and his terrorist organization the PLO?

 

You said there’s no other path that guarantees peace between Israel and its neighbors. President Biden, you’re wrong. The Abraham Accords came about despite the Palestinians. Once Saudi Arabia makes peace with Israel, the Palestinians are going to be hard-pressed to fund their terror business anymore. The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman said in a private meeting I was at, “The Palestinians should not be fighting Israel; they should be copying Israel.”

 

You said, “Israel has a fundamental responsibility to protect innocent civilians in Gaza,” but how about protecting innocent civilians in Israel? Does Israel have the right to protect innocent civilians? And how in heaven’s name can they do that if a terror organization is allowed to survive and thrive? You were even caught off the record with a hot mic in the House of Representatives saying that Netanyahu needs a “come to Jesus” meeting on the issue of humanitarian aid for Gaza. You attack Israel over human rights. Mr. President, fighting terrorists is a human right. Hamas is a proxy of Iran. They were funded by Iran, and many of them were trained there.

 

Israel is facing an existential threat from Iran and its proxies. Your rhetoric to the State of Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu is just like what came out of the mouth of Neville Chamberlain on the 13th of September 1938, when he ceded the German-speaking Sunderland region of Czechoslovakia to Hitler’s Nazi Germany.

 

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Where Will America Stand?

Where Will America Stand?

 

During his State of the Union Address, President Joe Biden announced plans for the U.S. to build a floating harbor in Gaza, which would be used to distribute food and other humanitarian aid. He condemned Israel for the situation on the ground and uncritically used vastly inflated casualty figures distributed by Hamas in the process. While it is true that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is severe, it is not true that Israel is to blame for it. The fault for that lies directly on the Hamas terrorists who are carrying out their orders from Iran. One reporter called the State of the Union speech “the most anti-Israel presidential speech in history.”

 

In addition, a British newspaper reported that the Biden Administration is working behind the scenes to try to force the collapse of the government led by Prime Minister Netanyahu. They hope to see him replaced with someone who will not prosecute the war against Hamas with such intensity. The Biden Administration continues to hold Rafah, the city in southern Gaza where Hamas terrorists have regrouped as off limits for a ground invasion, even referring to it as a “red line” that Israel must not cross. Israel has so far rejected any outside nation placing restrictions on how they fight to eradicate Hamas and defend themselves, but they are under increasing pressure to hold back.

 

The United States has been a friend and help to the Jewish people, even long before the nation of Israel was miraculously reborn in 1948. President Harry Truman was the first foreign leader to recognize the new Jewish state when they declared independence. For more than 75 years now, America has been a staunch friend and ally of Israel. And Israel has been America’s most reliable ally in the Middle East in return. Now U.S. support for Israel is hanging in the balance. Where will America stand? It is up to us to pray and speak out to ensure that we do not turn our backs on God’s Chosen People in this crisis moment.

 

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How to Develop Mountain-Moving Faith

How to Develop Mountain-Moving Faith

The evangelist Dwight L. Moody once said, “Faith that fizzles in the finish has a flaw in the beginning.” For many Christians, faith is a concept, not a reality. It is easier for them to talk about faith than to walk by it, but the Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith. What kind of faith pleases the Lord? Faith that can be tested and can be stretched…mountain-moving faith!

“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith” (Mark 11:22-23).

To survive in today’s world, you need faith—but the right kind of faith. Not flawed faith that “fizzles in the end.” That isn’t really faith at all, is it? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality—faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses” (Amplified).

Romans 12:3 says, “…God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” You have received a measure of faith! If you want to develop your faith, you have to exercise it. What does that mean? “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Can you develop your faith simply by going to church and listening to good preaching? Yes, you can increase your faith that way. But relying solely on your sense of hearing will not turn your faith into mountain-moving faith. You must hear the Word of God with your heart!

Hearing the Word of God is not the same as listening to it. Hearing goes beyond the physical act. It engages the heart—and it begins, not with the ear, but with the eye. If you want to develop mountain-moving faith, you must be in the Word every day. You must read it and let God speak to you through it. From there, you begin to latch onto truths that impact you, and you step out in faith.

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