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ON THE BRINK OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC?: “ALL OF HUMANITY UNDER THREAT”

In Uncategorized on April 30, 2009 at 3:58 pm

 >> Joel will discuss Inside The Revolution, Bible prophecy, and the threat of a global pandemic — followed by an extended Q&A session — at McLean Bible Church on Friday, May 1st, at 7:30pm. Click here for more details and to register. 

Can it be stopped?
Can it be stopped?

Jesus said in the last days “nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors.” (Luke 21:10-11)

UPDATE: As of Friday at 11:00am eastern, there have been 504 confirmed  cases of swine flu in 11 countries — including 133 cases in the U.S. — and 11 confirmed deaths so far. However, the Mexican government says 176 people have died from the flu in its country alone.

That said, the head of the World Health Organization says the world now stands on the brink of a global pandemic. She is urging governments and health professionals to act quickly to stop of a terrible plague that could cost many lives, given how horrific past pandemics have been.

“Governments around the globe have moved swiftly and aggressively against the fast-spreading A/H1N1 flu virus,” reports the Wall Street Journal. “But should it evolve into an especially deadly strain, the consequences will likely overwhelm even the most advanced health systems in the U.S. and other Western countries. By one important measure — stockpiles of antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu — the U.K. is among the countries best prepared to cope with the emerging pandemic. It has enough of the medicine on hand to treat 33 million people, or 54% of its population. France is also a leader, with drugs also to treat 54% of its people, as well as one billion surgical masks in its stockpile. Austria, with antivirals for 40%, and Japan, at 28%, are close behind.”

Skeptics say the U.S. and other governments are overreacting and that they threat of a pandemic is minimal, at best. Let’s hope they are right, but at this point, hundreds of businesses, schools and public events in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico are being shut down out of an abundance of caution.

Excerpts from remarks by Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO director-general: “Influenza pandemics must be taken seriously, precisely because of their capacity to spread rapidly to every country in the world. For the first time in history we can track the evolution of a pandemic in real time. Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation and unpredictable behaviour. All countries should immediately now activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia….Based on assessment of all available information and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 4 to phase 5. This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions now should be undertaken with increased urgency and at an accelerated pace.”

A few thoughts:

  • We need to pray that the Lord would heal and comfort all those affected with the flu, and that He would be merciful and stop this potential pandemic dead in its tracks. After all, “the Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.” (Psalm 145:8-9)
  • We need to pray that people would realize that God is shaking this world geopolitically (wars & rumors of wars), geologically (a steady stream of serious earthquakes), medically (plagues and diseases), and financially (the global economic crisis). Why? To get our attention. To get people to turn away from their own selfish paths and to receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, to be forgiven of their sins and adopted into His family, according to the Scriptures. God loves us too much to let us be lost. He wants to refocus our priorities. He wants us to realize we are lost — now, and forever — without Him. And He wants us to realize that Jesus Christ conquered death by dying on the cross and then rising again on the third day. People who have received Christ into their hearts by faith needn’t fear today or tomorrow, because we have a God who defeated death and He is offering eternal life as a free gift to all who will receive it. Jesus said in John 11:25-26, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” What words of hope in a time when people are fearing for their very lives. “And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that  you may know that you have eternal life.” (I John 5:11-13). In John 1:12 we read, “But as many as received Him [Jesus Christ], to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believed in His name.” Have  you received Jesus Christ as  your personal Savior and Lord? Here’s a wonderful summary of the gospel message I would encourage you to read and follow.
  • We need to pray for followers of Jesus Christ not to be fearful during these times of global crises, but to be strong and courageous. The Bible commands us more than 300 times not to be fearful but to trust the Lord. In Joshua 1:9 we read, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord  your God is with you wherever you go.” And, of course, Jesus said in John 14:1-3, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ISRAEL: Fascinating inside story of how Truman recognized the new Jewish state in ’48 despite intense opposition within his own Cabinet

In Uncategorized on April 28, 2009 at 6:58 pm
President Truman meeting with first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion at the White House on May 8, 1951

President Truman meeting with first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion at the White House on May 8, 1951

>> Come with Joel and The Joshua Fund to visit the Holy Land on a “Prayer & Vision Tour” — what we’re calling the “Come bless Israel, come what may, tour” — this November 5-17, 2009

UPDATED: On the Western calendar, Israel was reborn as a nation on May 14, 1948.  But this year, April 28 marks the 61st birthday of the modern Jewish State on the Jewish calendar. Curiously, despite looming threats from Iran and Radical Islam, Israelis this year are overwhelmingly positive and optimistic about the future, feeling more peaceful and secure today than at any other time in the last 61 years. The “War and Peace Index,” for example, “finds that nation’s 61st Independence Day has Israelis seeing reality through rose-colored glasses, as 90% are happy with State’s accomplishments,” reports Ynetnews.com.

Earlier this week, I read the fascinating inside story of how President Truman — a strong Bible believer — chose to recognize the new State of Israel immediately upon David Ben Gurion’s pronouncement of the new Jewish State, despite President Roosevelt’s opposition, the intense opposition from within his own Cabinet, and the opposition of many in the Jewish community at the time. The story is a must-read in full, but here are a few excerpts from the memoirs of Clark Clifford, a senior advisor to Truman:

  • President Truman regarded his Secretary of State, General of the Army George C. Marshall, as “the greatest living American.” Yet the two men were on a collision course over Mideast policy. Marshall firmly opposed American recognition of the new Jewish state.
  • Officials in the State Department had done every­thing in their power to prevent, thwart, or delay the President’s Palestine policy in 1947 and 1948. Watching them find various ways to avoid carrying out White House instructions, I sometimes felt they preferred to follow the views of the British Foreign Office rather than those of their President.
  • At a meeting in the Oval Office on May 12, 1948, I argued: “In an area as unstable as the Middle East, where there is not now and never has been any tradition of democratic govern­ment, it is important for the long-range security of our country, and indeed the world, that a nation committed to the democratic system be established there, one on which we can rely. The new Jewish state can be such a place. We should strengthen it in its infancy by prompt recognition.”
  • Since at the time a significant number of Jewish Americans opposed Zionism, neither the President nor I believed that Palestine was the key to the Jewish vote. As I had written in 1947, the key to the Jewish vote in 1948 would not be the Palestine issue, but a continued commitment to liberal political and economic policies.

>> Click here to listen to part 2 of Dr. James Dobson’s interview with Joel C. Rosenberg about Inside The Revolution, and a discussion about the critical importance of building a global movement of Christians to pray for Israel, bless Israel, visit Israel, and stand with Israel, come what may.

>> Click here to listen to part 1 of Dr. Dobson’s interview with Joel

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UNDERSTANDING THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION: Dobson broadcasts

In Uncategorized on April 27, 2009 at 2:10 pm

>> Joel will discuss Inside The Revolution and have an evening of Q&A at McLean Bible Church on Friday, May 1st, at 7:30pm. Click here for more details and to register.

On the Monday and Tuesday broadcasts of the Focus on the Family radio show, Dr. James Dobson discussed Inside The Revolution, the Iranian nuclear threat and how followers of Jesus Christ can and should pray and respond to be a blessing to Israel and her neighbors during this growing crisis. During Monday’s program, Dr. Dobson said author Joel Rosenberg reminded him of the “sons of Issachar,” described in the Bible as “men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” He added: “I recommend the book and hope that people will get a copy of it [and] understand that revolution and what’s going on.” He recommended that people watch the Epicenter documentary film on DVD that he and his daughter recently viewed. He also encouraged people to learn more about how they could be a part of The Joshua Fund, an educational and charitable organization to bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.

In light of the rising threat of Radical Islam — and particularly the Iranian nuclear threat to Israel and the U.S. — Dr. Dobson specifically urged his millions of listeners to:

To listen on-line to Dr. Dobson’s two-part interview with Joel C. Rosenberg on the nationally syndicated Focus on the Family radio program, please click here.

>> To join nearly 100,000 people around the world receiving Joel’s email updates and praying for the peace of Jerusalem according to Psalm 122:6, please click here

>> To help The Joshua Fund educate the world about the threat of radical Islam and God’s love, plan and purpose for Israel and the people of the epicenter; bless Israelis with food, clothing, and medical supplies and preposition supplies ahead of the coming war; as well as produce and distribute 300,000 copies of the evangelistic film, “Damascus,” in the Muslim world, please click here.

>> To learn more about joining Joel and The Joshua Fund on a “Prayer & Vision Tour” of Israel this November 5-17 — to bless Israel, pray for peace, and stand with the Jewish people come what may — please click here.

JOEL TO APPEAR ON DR. DOBSON’S RADIO SHOW MONDAY & TUESDAY: Plus, “Revolution” hits #3 on NYT list

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm

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Israeli leaders and citizens are feeling very much alone these days. They see the Radical Islamic world — led by Iran — preparing to annihilate the Jewish State. And they see very few, if any, around the world willing to stand with them against the forces of barbarism. Historically, an Israeli Prime Minister and his people could always count on the strong friendship and strategic support of the United States. But that is no longer the case. As I noted last week on the Glenn Beck show, a train wreck is coming between the U.S. and Israel over the Iran issue. The White House and State Department do not seem to understand the eschatology that is driving Tehran, and thus do not understand how high the stakes are. Worse, they are getting dangerously close to being appeasers of the Ahmadinejad regime.

An editorial this week in a major Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot, notes the applause with which many delegates at the Durban II conference in Geneva greeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech and asserts that, “The harsh conclusion is that more than one country in the world, more than ten, and not all of them Islamic, are ready to support wiping the State of Israel off the map.”  The author declares that, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was absolutely right when he said and says that we are alone,” and believes that, “The Americans will not lift a finger unless it becomes clear that the main target is America.” The paper says Israel should “prepare for war in an arena and at a time not to our liking.”

On Monday and Tuesday, I am scheduled to appear on the nationally syndicated Focus on the Family radio program, hosted by Dr. James Dobson. He recently interviewed me in his Colorado Springs studios on Inside The Revolution, the Iranian nuclear threat, the rise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the future of U.S.-Israel relations, and the importance of building a global alliance of Christians committed to blessing Israel and praying for the peace of Jerusalem. The program is heard on over 3,000 radio facilities in North America. Please check local listings for the time and station in your area.

>> To join nearly 100,000 people around the world receiving Joel’s email updates for free, please click here

>> To help The Joshua Fund produce and distribute 300,000 copies of the “Damascus” film, please click here.

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LEAVING A LEGACY: JOSHUA FUND TO HELP DISTRIBUTE “DAMASCUS” FILM IN HONOR OF BOARD MEMBER WHO HAS GONE HOME TO BE WITH THE LORD

In Uncategorized on April 22, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Amy Knapp, a founding Joshua Fund board member, in Israel, a country she loved dearly.

Amy Knapp, a founding Joshua Fund board member, in Israel, a country she loved dearly.

The Joshua Fund has just lost a dear friend, a founding board member, a true prayer warrior, and a woman who truly loved Israel and her neighbors and wanted to bless them in the name of Jesus. Amy Cheree Knapp, 41, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Friday night, April 17th, after a long battle with cancer. Her wisdom, her generous spirit, her cheerful heart and her passion for the Lord will be so missed. She was, as the Apostle Paul encouraged us to be in Romans chapter 12, always “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

Lynn and I have been friends with Amy for more than a decade. She traveled with us often to Israel and the Muslim world. When we founded The Joshua Fund in the summer of 2006, Amy was right at our side with wise counsel and a compassionate heart. She loved the people of Israel unconditionally and was absolutely committed to blessing the Jewish people in every possible way. At the same time, she loved Israel’s neighbors and was absolutely convinced that one of the greatest ways to bless Israel was by helping Muslims hear the gospel and come to know Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, as their personal Savior and Lord. She was, therefore, gently insistent from the beginning that TJF be committed to loving Israel’s neighbors in real and practical ways, because that’s what Jesus commanded us to do. We completely agreed and loved her for her deep convictions. She had, after all, personally taken the good news of God’s love and mercy to several Muslim countries, and trained many other women to do the same.

In Amy’s honor, therefore, The Joshua Fund is raising $300,000 to produce 300,000 copies of the new DAMASCUS film for distribution in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and the Holy Land. The film is a powerful docudrama about Saul of Tarsus, a religious extremist and persecutor of the Church, who came to faith in Christ in the first century A.D. through a vision on the road to Damascus, and then went on to become known as the Apostle Paul, writer of nearly half the New Testament and one of the greatest leaders in Church history. The film, made by Arab Christians, was recently seen and endorsed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and premiered in Assad’s personal theater in the Syrian capital. The film will premiere at the Vatican on May 16th. It will then be shown in theaters and distributed on DVD throughout the Islamic world. Because of the film’s message of peace, redemption and hope, The Joshua Fund is proud to stand with the producers of the film and assist with its distribution, and we do so in honor of Amy Knapp who gave her life to lift up the name of Jesus in the epicenter.

>> To learn more about Amy, more about the “Damascus” film, and/or to read excerpts from Joel’s remarks at her memorial service, please click here

>> To make a tax-deductible contribution to The Joshua Fund for projects such as this one to distribute the Damascus film, please click here

HEADLINES TO TRACK:

  • Obama Invites Mubarak, Netanyahu, Abbas To White House
  • Israel criticizes U.N. chief for meeting with Ahmadinejad on Holocaust memorial day
  • Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu insists Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state: “We are currently formulating security-diplomatic policy.  This process will conclude ahead of my trip to Washington in four weeks.  In the framework of these deliberations, we will hold Cabinet and Government discussions.  I would like to set one thing straight in advance simply because it was reported incorrectly in the media today.  We insist that the Palestinians – in any diplomatic settlement with us – recognize the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish people.  The entire international community demands that we recognize the principle of two states for two peoples, and we are discovering that this is two states not for two peoples but two states for one people, or two states for a people-and-a-half.  That is to say, there is no doubt that we are being asked to recognize the Palestinian state as the national state for the Palestinian  people, but there is doubt – and not just doubt; it is clear that the Palestinians have no intention of recognizing the national state of the Jewish People.  Of course, this is completely unacceptable. I will not now respond to the question of what the nature and components of the settlement will be and what authority the Palestinians will have.  We reiterate that we have no intention of ruling over the Palestinians.  We want them to have self-rule , excluding areas of authority that could threaten our security and our existence.  But we insist that they recognize the State of Israel as the national state of the Jewish People.”

AHMADINEJAD ATTACKS U.S., ISRAEL AT U.N. CONFERENCE

In Uncategorized on April 21, 2009 at 1:10 pm

 

Why is the world giving a leader who calls for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S. a platform for his hatred?

Why is the world giving a leader who calls for the annihilation of Israel and the U.S. a platform for his hatred?

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unleashed a blistering attack Monday against Israel and the United States, calling the Jewish state ‘racist’ and lashing out at Americans for their support,” reported Fox News. “Ahmadinejad called Israel the ‘most cruel and racist regime.’ He followed by blaming the United States, Europe and Israel for the world’s financial crisis, but shrugged off a question later about whether the U.S. not attending the conference would further hurt relations between the two countries.” 

 

Excepts from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tirade at the U.N. Racism Conference:

  • “Following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless under the pretext of Jewish suffering. They sent migrants from Europe, the United States and other parts of the world in order to establish a totally racist government in the occupied Palestine. In fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine.”
  • “It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide, while the awakened, conscious and free-minded people of the world condemn aggression, brutalities and bombardments of civilians of Gaza.”
  • Ladies and gentlemen: Who is responsible for the current global economic crisis? Where did the crisis start from? From Africa? From Asia? Or was it first from the United States?”
  • “Dear friends, today, the human community is facing a kind of racism that has tarnished the image of humanity. In the beginning of the third millennium, the world Zionism personifies racism that falsely resorts to religion, and abuses religious sentiment to hide their hatred and ugly faces. However, it is of great importance to bring into focus the political goals of some of the world’s powers and those who control huge economic resources and interests in the world, and mobilize all their resources, economic and political influence, and world media to render support in vain to the Zionist regime, and maliciously to diminish to indignity and disgrace this regime.”

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C-SPAN 2 AIRS EPICENTER CONFERENCE ADDRESS: Are we seeing Bible prophecy unfold in the Mideast?

In Uncategorized on April 19, 2009 at 4:59 am

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SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 10am EASTERN ON C-SPAN 2: “From the 2009 Epicenter Conference held in San Diego, Joel Rosenberg presents his latest book, Inside the Revolution.  In the book, Mr. Rosenberg takes a look at the people and groups that are competing for power in the Middle East.” (This program ran Saturday night on Book TV as well. Sorry not to be able to let you know sooner. I didn’t know when it was going to run and I’m speaking in Edmonton, Canada this weekend and didn’t get to see it myself.)

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LONDON TIMES: ISRAEL PREPARING “SWIFT STRIKE” AGAINST IRAN — Jordanian King to visit D.C., Netanyahu still not invited

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell (left) met this week with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell (left) met this week with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

“The Israeli military is preparing itself to launch a massive aerial assault on Iran’s nuclear facilities within days of being given the go-ahead by its new government,” reports the London Times.

“Among the steps taken to ready Israeli forces for what would be a risky raid requiring pinpoint aerial strikes are the acquisition of three Airborne Warning and Control (AWAC) aircraft and regional missions to simulate the attack. Two nationwide civil defence drills will help to prepare the public for the retaliation that Israel could face. ‘Israel wants to know that if its forces were given the green light they could strike at Iran in a matter of days, even hours. They are making preparations on every level for this eventuality. The message to Iran is that the threat is not just words,’ one senior defence official told The Times.”

“Officials believe that Israel could be required to hit more than a dozen targets, including moving convoys. The sites include Natanz, where thousands of centrifuges produce enriched uranium; Esfahan, where 250 tonnes of gas is stored in tunnels; and Arak, where a heavy water reactor produces plutonium….Colonel Hilik Sofer told Haaretz, a daily Israeli newspaper, that the drill would ‘train for a reality in which during war missiles can fall on any part of the country without warning … We want the citizens to understand that war can happen tomorrow morning.‘”

Officials in Jerusalem believe time is rapidly running out to deal with Iran’s nuclear weapons program decisively. They would certainly prefer that diplomatic initiatives and economic sanctions work, but there is no evidence whatsoever that such initiatives are working. This is why the Netanyahu administration is steadily preparing for war, bringing in his political rival Ehud Barak to be Defense Minister, making former IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon his Deputy Prime Minister, accelerating the Israel missile defense testing program, and warning about the apocalyptic death cult running Iran today.

It is critical that President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu sit down and discuss the Iran crisis immediately. The best case scenario would be for the U.S. and Israel to be united in a realistic plan to stop Tehran’s nuclear program. Thus far, however, the White House does not even appear to have invited the new Israeli Prime Minister to come to Washington. U.S. Special Envoy George Mitchell met with Netanyahu in Tel Aviv this week and tried to pressure him to divide Jerusalem and giveaway the West Bank, but Mitchell did not apparently  extend a specific invitation to Netanyahu to meet the President.

Why not? Israel has historically been America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. But the White House appears to be shifting allegiances to the Muslim world and is engaging in an aggressive effort to court the Muslim world. A few examples:

As I wrote here several days ago, I see a train wreck coming in U.S.-Israel relations. We are fast approaching the worst season in the relationship between our two countries diplomatically in 61 years. All the more reason we need to pray for peace, but prepare for war.

>> INSIDE THE REVOLUTION now available as an audio book

TRAIN WRECK COMING IN U.S.-ISRAEL RELATIONS OVER IRAN: Transcript of Glenn Beck’s interview with Joel

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Last night, Glenn Beck had me on his TV show to discuss Iran’s nuclear program and the future of U.S.-Israel relations. Here is the transcript:

GLENN BECK: Something else happened today which was our stance now on Iran has dramatically changed yet again. Just a few months ago under Bush, no talks ever. It has always been that way since 1979. Then President Obama said, “Well, let’s start with some conditions.” And now, the Obama administration is about to drop even that condition. “Well, let’s just talk, even if you have a nuclear thing, whatever. Let’s sit down and talk.” Joel Rosenberg is here. Joel Rosenberg is the author of “Inside the Revolution.” Joel, I don’t even know where to start with this one other than I guess maybe with an interview that I did with Benjamin Netanyahu about two years ago and I said, “You guys are being set up.” And he said, “What do you mean?” I said, “I think the world is going to start pushing towards, `Oh, let’s just be friends with Iran.'” This was way before Barack Obama. And I said they’re going to lose the window. Everybody is going to push for peace, and then you’re going to have to go in because you can’t let these nut jobs have these weapons. And you guys are going to be deemed the bad guys and the rest of the world will pound you. And he said, “Well, be it as it may but we have a right to survive.” Do you think that scenario is coming true?

JOEL ROSENBERG, AUTHOR, “INSIDE THE REVOLUTION”: It is coming to fruition. I think this is a very bad scenario right now, Glenn. Yet the prime minister of Israel Netanyahu understands that there is an apocalyptic, genocidal death cult running Iran right now….They are determined to get the nuclear weapons and destroy Israel. As we talked about before, Israel is only the little Satan. The United States is the great Satan. And as I quote extensively in the book, the president of Iran and top leaders of Iran want to annihilate the United States. And the idea that we will drop this pre-condition and not force Iran to stop enriching uranium before we sit down and talk is a huge mistake. I would describe it as appeasement.

BECK: How did you describe — an apocalyptic what?

ROSENBERG: An apocalyptic, genocidal death cult is running Iran today.

BECK: No, that’s weird, because I think that’s the way that NBC News the media describes my audience. I’m not really sure. You know, people don’t  –

ROSENBERG: But you’re not building nuclear weapons. There’s a difference, see.

BECK: Not that you know. Joel, here is the thing that I don’t think people understand. It was about three years ago that I read someplace about the 12th imam. And I went — wait a minute. Wait a minute. Who’s the 12th imam? And I started looking into it because Ahmadinejad always ends his speeches at the United Nations with “Oh, Allah, give me the strength to hasten the return of the promised one.” When you say apocalyptic, genocidal death cult, you’re not kidding. I want you to explain that and then explain why people in our country – the state department seem to have a problem with religion except over in the Middle East with crazy people. More on that next.

BECK: Author of “Inside the Revolution,” Joel Rosenberg, is back with us. OK. We were talking about why we can’t let Iran get nuclear weapons. And most people will say, “Oh, come on. France has nuclear weapons.”

These people aren’t French. At least, the people currently running it. You say, they’re apocalyptic genocidal maniacs. Is that what it was?

ROSENBERG: Yes….death cult leaders.

BECK: Yes, that’s right. Death cult….

ROSENBERG: Death cult leaders.

BECK: Right. Explain what that means.

ROSENBERG: Yes. Well, as I describe it in “Inside the Revolution” in quite a bit of detail, the leaders of Iran believe that the end of the world is here. They believe that the Islamic messiah, the 12th Imam, is coming imminently – that’s the word they’re using, “imminent.” And they believe their mission in life is to hasten or speed up the coming of the Islamic messiah by destroying Judeo-Christian civilizations as we know it.

BECK: OK. So if I may put this in Christian terms, if you’re somebody who believes in end-times prophecy, you know, that Jesus is coming and the 7-year tribulation and everything else. And you’d be like, “You know, know what? I think we can get this done in two-and-a-half years if we just — we can make this happen. We’ll just hurry up and make things chaotic.” That’s what they believe, that there needs to be great chaos here, and -

ROSENBERG: That’s right.

BECK: And Muslim blood flowing through the streets, et cetera, et cetera.

ROSENBERG: That’s right.

BECK: And so they really, truly believe that it would be best for Islam and best for Allah if they would just hurry that up. Why wait?

ROSENBERG: That’s the problem. We’ve never had a nation’s leadership in any part of the world at any time in history have the death cult features that the Iran leadership has now.

BECK: True or false – go ahead.

ROSENBERG: Well, I was just going to say, Prime Minister Netanyahu understands this.

BECK: Yes.

ROSENBERG: I’ve talked to him about it.

BECK: I have, too.

ROSENBERG: I quote him in the book. But our administration does not. And I believe a train wreck is coming between the United States and Israel over how to handle Iran.

BECK: Thank you.

ROSENBERG: This is the worst moment in U.S.-Israel relations in 61 years.

BECK: I agree with you. America, we cannot abandon — I mean, just — you cannot abandon Israel on this one. You have to understand the religious zealots that are over there.

I don’t understand why in our country we have the left that are so afraid of anybody in a church even saying anything about – you can’t say “God” in schools because that is going to – but they will completely dismiss people.

And this isn’t all of the people in Iran. Understand this…

ROSENBERG: Exactly right.

BECK: These are people that are in charge right now, specifically Ahmadinejad, and even the Ayatollah Khomeini thought this cult which now controls the government, was so dangerous — true or false — he executed them. He wanted them wiped out because the ayatollah said they were too crazy.

ROSENBERG: He certainly wanted them banned. And look, I am an evangelical Christian. And I believe in end-times prophecy. But Jesus’ end-times prophecy is that we’re supposed to go out and share the gospel and try to save tens of millions of people.

Whereas apocalyptic Shia Muslim eschatology or end-times theology says to kill all the Jews and Christians or convert them to Islam. And that’s the danger is that the current administration doesn’t understand it.

BECK: So what do you do?

ROSENBERG: One of the reasons I wrote the book is to try to help Washington understand it.

BECK: So what do you do? What is the solution here?

ROSENBERG: Well, it depends if you’re talking about the American government.

BECK: The American government?

(CROSS TALK)

ROSENBERG: The American government has to understand who is across the table. And they have to make a choice. The top experts believe Iran will have nuclear weapons within a year – year and a half, tops.

BECK: Faster.

ROSENBERG: So if you ever talk to them, you better understand who you’re dealing with. But personally, I believe we’re out of time. And I believe North Korea is the evidence. We have been talking to North Korea in six-party talks for 10 years, and where are we?

They have their first nuclear weapon tested. They have an intercontinental ballistic missile that they have tested. Fifteen Iranian military advisors were at that launch last weekend. And now, they are restarting their nuclear arms program.

When you’re talking with two genocidal maniacs, talking won’t work. And unfortunately, we are headed into war with Iran. Either the United States will launch it to protect western civilization or Israel will …

BECK: Israel will.

ROSENBERG: … unless there is an act of God, there is a crisis coming of biblical proportions.

BECK: OK. Joel, you don’t have to end it that way, geez, for the love of — smile, lollipops — things are going to be great. Joel, thanks a lot. We’ll talk again.

JOEL ON GLENN BECK TONIGHT

In Uncategorized on April 14, 2009 at 3:38 pm
Keep an eye on the Iran connection to North Korea

Keep an eye on the Iran connection to North Korea

FYI: I’m scheduled to be on the Glenn Beck TV show on Fox tonight at 5:40pm eastern. Subject to change, of course. But hope you can join us.

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