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FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER INDICTED: Plus, Sept 1 last day to register for Israel tour

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Please pray for the former Prime Minister.

Please pray for the former Prime Minister.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted on “multiple corruption charges including fraud, breach of trust, falsifying corporate records, receiving illicit benefits and tax evasion.” The indictment of a former premier is “a first of its kind,” reports Ynet.

According to the Washington Post: “Prosecutors alleged that Olmert, as mayor of Jerusalem in the 1990s and later as trade minister, profited from a double-billing scheme in which he charged charities and the government for trips and expenses already paid by other organizations. About $90,000 collected for trips — often to the United States and sponsored by major Jewish groups — was allegedly accumulated in his account at a travel agency and then used for personal vacations and other expenses, according to the indictment. His former office manager, Shula Zaken, 52, also was indicted in the case. The 61-page indictment includes charges related to Olmert’s acceptance of as much as $150,000 from New York businessman Morris Talansky — funds that Talansky testified last summer were meant for Olmert’s political campaigns but that he believed were used for personal purposes.”

* Tuesday, September 1st, is the last day to register for The Joshua Fund’s “Prayer & Vision Trip” to Israel November 5-17. To learn more details — including a toll-free number to ask questions — please click here.

* Friday, September 11th, is the “National Town Hall Meeting on Radical Islam and the Church’s Response.” To learn more — or to register your congregation to show a high-resolution webcast — please click  here.

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HOLOCAUST DEATH CAMP BLUEPRINTS GIVEN TO ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 at 10:35 pm
In German today, Israeli PM Netanyahu was given actual, original blueprints for the building of the Holocaust death camps.

In Germany today, Israeli PM Netanyahu was given actual, original blueprints for the building of the Holocaust death camps.

"These plans remind us of a crime that with the passing of time seems ever more incomprehensible.... [they are the] original blueprints for the most inhumane project in mankind ... the plans of hell".

"These plans remind us of a crime that with the passing of time seems ever more incomprehensible....plans of hell."

Excerpts from a Reuters story: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on a visit to Germany on Thursday that one lesson Israel drew from the Holocaust was that threats to its existence could not go unchallenged….German journalists handed the Israeli leader, in Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel, a portfolio of 29 plans from the Auschwitz death camp discovered last year. With his wife Sara at his side, Netanyahu said her father’s family had been nearly wiped out by Nazis in World War Two. ‘We cannot allow evil to prepare the mass death of innocents. The most important thing to do is to nip it in the bud,’ said Netanyahu, alluding to past threats by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to wipe Israel off the map….

“Before returning to Israel later on Thursday, Netanyahu is to visit the site of the 1942 Wannsee conference in Berlin, where Nazi leaders drew up plans for their so-called ‘Final Solution‘ to exterminate Jews. Kai Diekmann, editor of Bild, Germany’s top-selling newspaper, said as he handed Netanyahu the plans that there could never be a real normalization of German-Israeli relations after the Holocaust. ‘These plans remind us of a crime that with the passing of time seems ever more incomprehensible,’ Diekmann said, adding they were the ‘original blueprints for the most inhumane project in mankind … the plans of hell.’ Bild newspaper has said the documents, which include architects’ drawings of rooms including one marked ‘Gaskammer,’ or gas chamber, are believed to have been discovered when a Berlin flat was cleaned out. Accompanying Netanyahu on his trip to Germany is a government minister who lost his father and other family members at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the biggest concentration camp where at least 1.1 million Jews were killed.”

INSIDE THE REVOLUTION: THE POWERFUL STORY OF A PALESTINIAN REVIVALIST

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm
A fascinating story of a Palestinian's love for Jesus.

A fascinating story of a Palestinian's love for Jesus.

We all know how dangerous it is when a Palestinian boy becomes a Radical Muslim and a devout follower of jihad. But have you ever stopped to consider just how beautiful  — indeed, miraculous — it is when a Palestinian boy becomes a Revivalist and a devout follower of Jesus instead?

A fascinating new book — My Enemy, My Brother – has just been published that was written by a Palestinian man who was born and raised in Jerusalem. You’re not likely to hear about it on the Today show or Good Morning America. But I  commend to your attention. I have known the author, Hanna Shahin, for nearly two decades, and I can tell you first hand that his is an extraordinary and must-read story. During the 1967 war, as the fighting between Jordanians and Israelis was at its most intense in the battle for the Holy City, Hanna begged God to save all the members of his family from death, and if God did that, he promised to serve the Lord in full-time ministry for the rest of his life. In a series of gripping events that Hanna shares in the book, the Lord heard that prayer and answered it in an amazing way. In time, Hanna went on not only to become a minister of the gospel, but one of the most influential Revivalists in the region, using the power of radio broadcasting to beam the good news of Jesus’ love and mercy to untold Muslims and nominal Christians throughout the epicenter.

It was my honor to write the foreword to this book at Hanna’s request, and I have included it here to give you a sense of the man and his message. I hope you will pick up a copy from Amazon or your favorite Christian bookstore, as well as share one with a friend.

FOREWORD TO MY ENEMY, MY BROTHER

The book you hold in your hands is, at its core, a love story – one of the most beautiful and powerful I have ever read.

It is the story of God’s extraordinary love for a Palestinian boy in Jerusalem, a boy who grew up lonely and sad and afraid until one day Jesus Christ personally reached out and took this little boy into His arms and told him, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”

It is the story of a young man who becomes transformed by Christ’s love, a young man both called and compelled to share the good news of that powerful love and amazing grace with his fellow Palestinians, and eventually with the entire Arabic speaking world.

It is a story I suspect will touch your heart as it has touched mine, and my hope is that it will move you not only to pray faithfully for Hanna and his family and his team, but also for the Palestinian people and the entire Muslim world that all might know Jesus Christ in a real and personal way.

I first met Hanna Shahin nearly two decades ago at a church conference in the Washington, D.C. area. He and his Egyptian-born wife, Evelyn, had come to talk about how powerfully Christ was moving among Muslims, drawing them into a personal relationship with Him in numbers never before seen in human history. The Shahins explained how God was using radio broadcasting to beam the gospel message over the heads of the Arab governments who opposed the message and into the hearts of Arab men, women and children so hungry and thirsty to know that Christ really loved them and had a wonderful plan and purpose for their lives.

My wife, Lynn, and I were transfixed. We were newly married and new to Washington. We had long been fascinated with the history and future of the Middle East. But mostly what we knew was Jewish and Israeli history, given my Jewish roots. Honestly, we had never thought much about God’s specific love for Arabs. Neither of us had grown up to hate Arabs in general or Muslims in particular. But we hadn’t personally known any Palestinian or Egyptian followers of Christ. We hadn’t really studied the Scriptures carefully enough to see God’s love for Israel’s neighbors, and her enemies. But I believe the Lord brought the Shahins into our lives, in part, to help open our eyes.

We bonded quickly at that conference, and our friendship has grown and sweetened over the years. We have prayed for Hanna and Evelyn. We have invested in their ministry. We have wept with them when hardships have come. And we have rejoiced when the Lord done great and mighty things in and through their lives, which is often!

For years, I encouraged Hanna to carve out time from his schedule to write his story. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am now that he has. Indeed, I thought after all these years that I knew his story. But the truth is I have learned more about Hanna, more about Evelyn, and more about God’s love and mercy through this book than I could have imagined. I have been blessed. I know you will be, too.

When I think of Hanna, I often think of the words of Jesus in Matthew 23:37. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” From time immemorial, God has loved the people of Jerusalem. Tragically, the people of Jerusalem have not always loved Him.

This is the story of one son of Jerusalem who was willing to accept Christ’s love and be gathered to His heart. May his tribe increase.

Joel C. Rosenberg

Washington, D.C.

June 1, 2009

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UPDATE ON THE SEPT. 11th “NATIONAL TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE THREAT OF RADICAL ISLAM AND THE CHURCH’S RESPONSE”:

  • 400 churches are now signed up to show a high-resolution webcast of the event
  • More than 700 Christian radio stations have signed up to either air the 9/11 event live or tape delayed later in the week
  • A number of Christian cable and satellite TV stations and networks are considering airing the 9/11 event as well.
  • Individuals can watch on September 11 from 7pm to 9pm eastern at www.insidetherevolution.org
  • Churches can still sign up for the event by clicking here

>> To join more than 100,000 people who receive Joel’s Flash Traffic email updates free of charge, please click here.

>> To see a trailer of the forthcoming “INSIDE THE REVOLUTION” documentary film, to be released on DVD on September 11th from Tyndale House Publishers, please click here

>> The Joshua Fund is committed to blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus by praying for peace while preparing for when the next war strikes. A $50, $100, or $250 tax-deductible gift — or a $25 or $35 monthly contribution — will help us educate and mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel in real and practical ways, and also help us provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to those in need. The Lord says in Genesis 12:1-3 that those who bless the children of Abraham He will bless. Would you prayerfully consider joining us today?

NEW BACKPACKS BLESS NEEDY ISRAELI CHILDREN

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm
Needy children in Haifa received some of the new backpacks and supplies The Joshua Fund has helped provide this year.

Needy children in Haifa received some of the new backpacks and supplies The Joshua Fund has helped provide this year.

Israeli children will be going back to school in less than a week. So The Joshua Fund is working with our allies in Israel to provide new backpacks and school supplies to needy children who otherwise might go without. To learn more and see more pictures, please click here.

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    3 MILLION VISITS TO WEBLOG: Thanks so much for your interest

    In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Just before noon eastern today, we received the three millionth visit to this weblog since we launched the new WordPress version exactly one year ago in August 2008. At noon, we were at 3,000,268 visits. Thanks so much to all of you for your interest in what’s happening in Israel, Russia and throughout the epicenter.

    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob once said through the Hebrew Prophet Habakkuk: “Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days — you would not believe if you were told.” (Habbakuk 1:5.)

    Truly extraordinary events are underway in the Middle East. Perhaps, therefore, it should not be  surprising that there are so many around the world who are looking, observing and being astonished. May the Lord bless you and your family beyond what you can hope for, dream of, or imagine — according to Ephesians 3:20 — as you continue to track events in Israel and the Muslim world and track how powerfully the Lord is moving in that region and beyond.

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    IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER URGES MUSLIMS TO MOBILIZE AGAINST U.S. AND ISRAEL TO PREPARE FOR MESSIAH’S ARRIVAL

    In Uncategorized on August 21, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    The Ayatollah is signalling that he personally is the Mahdi's agent on earth. This is a significant development.

    The Ayatollah is signalling that he personally is the Mahdi's agent on earth. This is a significant development.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Muslims in neighboring countries this week to intensify preparations for the coming of the Islamic Messiah known as the Mahdi or the “Twelfth Imam.” He specifically urged Muslims to mobilize forces to defeat the United States and Israel.

    “We have to train honest forces that can stop the obstacles that may hinder the coming of the Mahdi like the United States and Israel,” the Ayatollah said through a spokesman, in a story reported by al-Arabiya, the Arabic-language news channel based in the Gulf.

    “Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s spokesman, Ali Saeedi, said countries like Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan should gather together all their forces in order to make drastic changes to prepare for the coming of al-Mahdi al-Montazar, Arabic for ,the awaited guided one,'” reported al-Arabiya.

    The story did not specify what “drastic changes” the Ayatollah had in mind.

    “Saeedi also said that the supreme leader of Iran is the direct representative of the Mahdi and that obeying him is like obeying the ‘guided one,’ who is the prophesized savior of Islam,” explained the report. “‘Since the armed forces are commanded by the Supreme Leader, they are thus obeying the orders of the awaited Mahdi,’ Saeedi said, adding ‘the Revolutionary Guards and the armed forces in Iran hold religious authority to prepare for the appearance of the Mahdi.'”

    The story, which first came to my attention this week through an article on the WorldNetDaily site, is striking for three reasons.

    First, it is noteworthy because it is the Supreme Leader — not Ahmadinejad — who has suddenly taken the lead in talking to the Muslim world directly about the coming of the Mahdi. Until now, Khamenei has been very low-key about his eschatological views, though as I describe in Inside The Revolution, there has been sufficient evidence before now to believe that he and Ahmadinejad shared the same End Times theology. [UPDATE On August 4, 2009, the Bright Future Institute -- the leading Iranian think tank on Shia eschatology -- concluded its 5th annual "International Conference on Mahdism Doctrine." Ahmadinejad spoke at the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 conferences. This year, however, he did not show, though he was expected to give the opening address.]

    Second, Khamenei is claiming to be the direct representative of the Twelfth Imam, and that his commands — particularly when it comes to military matters — must be obeyed as if they were coming directly from the Islamic “savior” himself.

    Third, the message from Iran’s leader directly threatening the U.S. and Israel comes immediately after Khamenei and Ahmadinejad consolidated and held on to the reins of power in Iran after a tumultuous political summer in Iran, and on the eve of the September deadline that the Obama administration and the leaders of the G8 have given for Iran to accept full negotiations over halting its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

    It strikes me as less likely than ever that the leaders of Iran intend to give up their feverish bid to build, buy or steal nuclear weapons. To the contrary, they are beginning to publicly mobilize their neighbors to join them in defeating the U.S. and Israel and ushering in the “second coming” of the Islamic messiah. This makes the prospect of a cataclysmic war in the epicenter even more likely.

    Now comes the news that Saudi Arabia is moving forward with plans to build a series of nuclear power plants. This is clearly a move to respond to the Iran nuclear threat, and suggests the Sunni Muslim royal family are actively preparing for a nuclear arms race with their Shia Muslim enemies in Iran. Notes the Jerusalem Post: “Over the last two years, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, the UAE, Yemen, Morocco, Libya, Jordan and Egypt have all indicated an interest in developing nuclear programs, with Israeli officials saying, off the record, that if these countries did not want the programs now for their military capabilities, they wanted the technology in place to keep ‘other options open’ if Iran were to develop a bomb.”

    We’ll discuss these latest developments and how followers of Jesus Christ can and should respond during the National Town Hall meeting we are preparing for Friday night, September 11th. More than 308 churches have signed on to show the webcast. More details about the event — and the release of the Inside The Revolution documentary film on 9/11 — can be found at www.insidetherevolution.org. Hope you can join us.

    >> To join more than 100,000 people who receive Joel’s Flash Traffic email updates free of charge, please click here.

    >> To see a trailer of the forthcoming “INSIDE THE REVOLUTION” documentary film, to be released on DVD on September 11th from Tyndale House Publishers, please click here

    >> The Joshua Fund is committed to blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus by praying for peace while preparing for when the next war strikes. A $50, $100, or $250 tax-deductible gift — or a $25 or $35 monthly contribution — will help us educate and mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel in real and practical ways, and also help us provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to those in need. The Lord says in Genesis 12:1-3 that those who bless the children of Abraham He will bless. Would you prayerfully consider joining us today?

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      ISRAELI NATURAL GAS DISCOVERY PROVES LARGER THAN PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT

      In Uncategorized on August 19, 2009 at 1:00 pm

      naturalgass-offshoreFascinating news out of Israel.

      It’s just been announced that the massive natural gas discovery made earlier this year off the coast of Haifa is actually 16% larger than thought just a month ago. And last month’s assessment is 30% higher than the original estimate made in January. According to Nobel Energy, Inc. — a major partner in the exploration and drilling effort — it turns out there are an estimated 207 billion cubic meters of natural gas out there, not 178 billion.

      Haaretz reports that geologist Joseph Langotsky, who initiated the project, agreed with other geologists’ estimates at the time which predicted dramatically higher quantities than those initially reported.

      “The unbiased expert report confirms the unusual size and quality of the Tamar field,” said the chief executive of Delek Energy and Avner Oil Exploration, Gideon Tadmor, another key player in the project. “The recent discoveries of natural gas at the Tamar and Dalit sites are a strategic asset for the state of Israel and its energy market, and relieve Israel of its dependence on foreign entities.”

      Blog posting from January 18, 2009: BIBLE PROPHECY UPDATE: Israel discovers “inconceivably huge quantities” of natural gas reserves off Haifa

      Mentions of natural gas discoveries in Israel in my first novel, The Last Jihad

      HEADLINES TO TRACK:

        >> To see a trailer of the forthcoming “INSIDE THE REVOLUTION” documentary film, to be released on DVD on September 11th from Tyndale House Publishers, please click here

        >> The Joshua Fund is committed to blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus by praying for peace while preparing for when the next war strikes. A $50, $100, or $250 tax-deductible gift — or a $25 or $35 monthly contribution — will help us educate and mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel in real and practical ways, and also help us provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to those in need. The Lord says in Genesis 12:1-3 that those who bless the children of Abraham He will bless. Would you prayerfully consider joining us today?

        WEST GIVES IRAN A SEPTEMBER DEADLINE: Russian President warns Israel not to attack Iran, but might Russia attack Georgia?

        In Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 at 4:56 pm
        The presidents of Russia and Israel meet at the Black Sea.

        The presidents of Russia and Israel meet at the Black Sea.

        Is the Kremlin considering another attack on Georgia?

        Is the Kremlin considering another attack on Georgia?

        Last month, the Obama administration and the leaders of the G8 industrialized nations gave Iran a deadline of September to accept serious, high-level negotiations over its nuclear program or risk stiffer economic sanctions. Thus far, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his senior aides have rejected any negotiations with the “infidels.” And the clock is running.

        In that context, Israeli President Shimon Peres met with his Russian counterpart, President Dmitry Medvedev, in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi Monday. During the meeting, Peres expressed Israel’s serious and growing concern about the state of the Russian-Iranian alliance, Russia’s continued assistance to Iran’s nuclear program, the extreme views of the Iranian regime, and the gravity of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.

        “The problem in Iran is not just the desire to develop nuclear weapons but the character of the regime,” said Peres, in a report by the Israeli paper Haaretz. “Mr. President, I am a Jew, and a large part of my family [from Belarus] was murdered by the Nazis and I cannot sit with my hands folded while I hear the declarations of the president of Iran calling for the destruction of the state of Israel.”

        “From my standpoint, a nuclear bomb in Iran’s hands means one thing — an airborne death camp,” Peres said.

        Medvedev gave no indication that Russia intends to change it’s policy towards Iran, though he reiterated Moscow’s official policy that it does not want Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

        On Friday, however — before Peres’ arrival — Medvedev publicly declared the Kremlin’s opposition to more economic sanctions against Iran and then went further to warn Israel of the grave dangers of launching a preemptive strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. “We know that certain players are planning an attack against Iran,” noted the Russian President. “But we oppose any unilateral step and military solution to the nuclear crisis.”

        It’s too soon, of course, to know whether Iran will eventually agree to negotiations (perhaps to buy more time to complete its nuclear weapons development), or will stiff the West entirely. The Obama administration has pinned a lot of hope on the President’s ability to persuade Tehran to “engage.” We will see if he is successful.

        By Friday night, September 11th, we will a clearer sense of what is happening and whether the prospect for another war in the epicenter is rising or diminishing. I hope you are planning to join us for the “National Town Hall Meeting on the Threat of Radical Islam and the Church’s Response” we are planning for that night. Nearly 300 churches have signed up to show the two-hour webcast to their congregations that night, 7pm to 9pm eastern. We hope you can join us. More information is available at www.insidetherevolution.org, including a partial list of churches that are participating and details on how your congregation can sign up to show a high-resolution webcast in your sanctuary.

        In separate but related developments, I’m hearing concerns coming from evangelical Christian leaders in Georgia — now voiced by a Washington military analyst in a newspaper column — that Russia may be preparing for another attack against the small, democratic republic. Last week, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin visited Abkhazia, a breakaway section of Georgia, and announced that Moscow would build a $500 million military base there. Today, Georgia officially quit the Commonwealth of Independent States, an organization of former Soviet republics. Recent reports from the region indicate Russia and Ukraine are negotiating a ban on arms to Georgia.

        It was just a year ago in August that tensions between Russia and Georgia erupted into armed conflict. As noted last year, one of the interesting elements about this particular conflict from the perspective of Bible prophecy — notably Ezekiel 38-39 and the “War of Gog and Magog” — is that for Russia to send ground forces south to surround Israel, Russian commanders would need to move through Georgia and the Caucasus and eventually through Turkey, Syria and Lebanon to reach the northern borders of the Jewish State.

        This is a situation worth keeping an eye on. Let’s be praying for peace for the people of Georgia, and the people of Israel and the epicenter over the course of the next month.

        >> To join more than 100,000 people who receive Joel’s Flash Traffic email updates free of charge, please click here.

        HEADLINES TO TRACK:

        >> To see a trailer of the forthcoming “INSIDE THE REVOLUTION” documentary film, to be released on DVD on September 11th from Tyndale House Publishers, please click here

        >> The Joshua Fund is committed to blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus by praying for peace while preparing for when the next war strikes. A $50, $100, or $250 tax-deductible gift — or a $25 or $35 monthly contribution — will help us educate and mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel in real and practical ways, and also help us provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to those in need. The Lord says in Genesis 12:1-3 that those who bless the children of Abraham He will bless. Would you prayerfully consider joining us today?

        HUCKABEE VISITS EPICENTER: Supports Israelis right to build in east Jerusalem

        In Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 at 10:00 pm
        Fmr. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee visited Jerusalem Monday.

        Fmr. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee visited Jerusalem Monday.

        Huckabee also toured the security fence separating the West Bank from the rest of Israel.

        Huckabee also toured the security fence separating the West Bank from the rest of Israel.

        Mike Huckabee, the evangelical former Arkansas governor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate, is visiting the epicenter this week to show his support for Israel and the Jewish people.

        During a three-day tour of Israel which began today, Huckabee criticized the Obama administration for opposing the growth of Israeli neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, even though the city is Israel’s declared capital. “It concerns me when there are some in the United States who would want to tell Israel that it cannot allow people to live in their own country, wherever they want,” the former governor said during a visit in east Jerusalem.

        Huckabee added: “My question is how would the government of the United States feel if Prime Minister Netanyahu began to dictate which people could live in the Bronx, which ones could live in Manhattan, and which could live in Queens….The position that our government has taken recently is far more harsh [than the previous administration’s], even halting peace talks until there is compliance with these demands….I’m not sure where we would get the authority to demand of the Israelis what they should do in their own country.”

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        3 TERROR PLOTS BY JIHADISTS AGAINST U.S., ISRAEL THWARTED: But Hezbollah threatens Tel Aviv

        In Uncategorized on August 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

        Mug shots of alleged terrorists arrested in North Carolina.

        Mug shots of alleged terrorists arrested in North Carolina.

        Sorry I haven’t posted more regularly in the last few weeks, as I was on vacation with my family. But I’m home now and working on a new novel, due to be released in the fall of 2010.

        While I’ve been gone, I’ve been struck by at least three major intelligence and law enforcement operations to thwart terrorist plots inside the U.S. and against American and Israeli targets in the epicenter.

        1.) An alleged terrorist sleeper cell in North Carolina — run by radical Islamic jihadists, some whom trained in Afghanistan — was recently busted by the FBI. Seven radical Muslims were arrested in the sting operation. An alleged eighth member of the cell appears to have fled to Pakistan. “The defendants prepared themselves to engage in violent jihad and were willing to die as martyrs,” said the Justice Department.

        2.) Officials in Kuwait say they have just thwarted a terror plot by at least a half dozen al-Qaeda operatives to attack U.S. bases in the Gulf kingdom. Some 15,000 U.S. forces operate from bases in the oil-rich state.

        3.) Egyptian intelligence reportedly thwarted a plot by Radicals in Cairo to assassinate the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, as well as bomb Muslim and Christian holy sites, and bomb the gas pipeline that links Egypt and Israel through the Sinai peninsula.

        I thank God that nearly eight years after 9/11, Americans have once again been kept safe from terror attacks by the vigilant efforts of the FBI, local law enforcement and U.S. and allied forces around the world. I’m also grateful our Arab allies in Egypt and Kuwait are helping us thwart further attacks by Radicals. But such incidents serve to remind us all yet again of just how real the threat of Radical Islam is, even as the White House has just announced that the U.S. is no longer engaged in a “war on terrorism” or a war with “jihadists.” (see below)

        In light of all this, I sense the “National Town Hall Meeting on the Threat of Radical Islam and the Church’s Response” we are planning for Friday night, September 11th, will be more timely than ever. More than 220 churches have signed up to show the two-hour webcast to their congregations that night. We hope you can join us. More information is available at www.insidetherevolution.org.

        HEADLINES TO TRACK:

        >> To see a trailer of the forthcoming “INSIDE THE REVOLUTION” documentary film, to be released on DVD on September 11th from Tyndale House Publishers, please click here

        >> Please help The Joshua Fund bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus by praying for peace while helping us prepare for when the next war strikes. A $50, $100, or $250 tax-deductible gift — or a $25 or $35 monthly contribution — will help us educate and mobilize Christians around the world to bless Israel in real and practical ways, and also help us provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to those in need. The Lord says in Genesis 12:1-3 that those who bless the children of Abraham He will bless. Would you come join us today?

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