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NETANYAHU ARRIVES IN MOSCOW: Will Russia, China back Iran sanctions?

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 at 3:57 am

 

Israeli PM Netanyahu meets Russian President Medvedev at the Kremlin on Monday, February 15th.

ANALYSIS: The Iran issue is heating up this week. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow at 2:45am local time for two days of meetings with senior Russian leaders at the Kremlin. His main focus: trying to persuade President Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin to support “crippling economic sanctions” against Iran at the U.N., and to promise not to deliver and install the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system that Russia agreed several years ago to sell to Iran.

In recent days, there have been some indications from the Kremlin that the Russians might go along with sanctions. But no firm decision has yet been announced and the situation is very complicated given the increasingly close alliance Russia and Iran are building together.

Also questionable is whether China would support real sanctions. International pressure on Beijing to do so is building. Vice President Biden is indicating that he believes China will back — or not veto — sanctions in the Security Council. But this remains to be seen. Beijing imports 15% of its oil from Iran and could suffer economically from turning against Iran.

The White House and State Department, to their credit, having been working hard for the past month both to create an international consensus to back new sanctions, and to show renewed solidarity with Israel.

> Vice President Biden is planning to head to Israel within weeks to coordinate on the Iran issue.

> Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in Israel over the weekend to meet with Israeli defense officials and coordinate on the Iran issue. He also visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. Mullen warned that an Israeli first strike on Iran could have “unintended consequences.” Still, he pointedly noted that the military option was still very much on the table.

> Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been meeting in recent days with senior officials in Qatar and Saudi Arabia,  urging the Arabs to unify against Iran lest the Persians obtain nuclear weapons and promising the U.S. will defend its allies from Iranian threats. “The United States, Mrs. Clinton said, would protect its allies in the gulf from Iranian aggression — a pledge that echoed the idea of a ‘security umbrella” that she advanced last summer in Asia,” reported the International Herald Tribune. “She noted that the United States already supplied defensive weapons to several of these countries, and was prepared to bolster its military assistance if necessary. ‘We will always defend ourselves, and we will always defend our friends and allies, and we will certainly defend countries who are in the Gulf who face the greatest immediate nearby threat from Iran,’ she said. ‘We also are talking at length with a lot of our friends in the Gulf about what they need defensively in the event that Iran pursues its nuclear ambitions.’”

Netanyahu is backing the Obama administration’s efforts to get serious sanctions passed and implemented by the U.N. He is in Moscow pushing the Russians to back crippling sanctions and to at least delay the S-300 system. He is doing so to exhaust every peaceful means possible of stopping Iran from getting the Bomb. This is admirable. But time is running out. Iran is getting dangerously close to having nuclear weapons. Netanyahu knows this better than most world leaders. He recently ordered several Israeli missile boats through the Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf region. He is steadily getting Israel ready for potentially the biggest war in its history.

Now is the time to be praying and fasting like never before:

  • Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
  • Pray for the Prime Minister, that the Lord owuld touch his heart, draw the PM close to Himself, and reveal Himself and His wisdom to the PM in a dramatic and special way.
  • Pray that the Lord given wisdom to the PM’s advisors and military leaders.
  • Pray that the Lord changes the regime in Tehran, or at least dramatically change their hearts.
  • Pray that the Lord would strengthen His Church in Israel, Iran and throughout the epicenter
  • Pray that the Lord would awaken His Church around the world to “learn, pray, give and go” to His work in the epicenter.
  • Please also pray that the Lord would give our Joshua Fund team wisdom and His grace as we seek to educate and mobilize the Church to show Israel unconditional love and unwavering support; as we seek to provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to the poor and needy in the epicenter; and as we seek to stockpile supplies in Israel ahead of the next war.

 

 

NEWS: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Moscow early Monday on a two-day working visit with Russia on the verge of backing tough international sanctions against Iran, the Jewish state’s arch-foe,” reports Agence France Presse. ” Netanyahu’s plane touched down at 2:45 am (2345 GMT Sunday). The Israeli leader was to hold talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. This is Netanyahu’s first official trip to Moscow since taking office a year ago, but follows a clandestine visit in September, a secretive move that highlighted the key role Russia plays in Israel’s drive to thwart Tehran’s alleged nuclear weapons ambitions.”

IRAN NOW “A NUCLEAR STATE”

In Uncategorized on February 11, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks on 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution

“Iran is now a ‘nuclear state’, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced this morning,” reports the London Daily Mail. ….He spoke as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. There are fears of violence as opposition and pro-government supporters are expected to meet at rallies in a show of popular strength unmatched since the revolution itself. Today Ahmadinejad told scores of cheering Iranians that the Islamic Republic is capable of producing weapons-grade uranium….He spoke as tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Tehran to mark the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. There are fears of violence as opposition and pro-government supporters are expected to meet at rallies in a show of popular strength unmatched since the revolution itself. Today Ahmadinejad told scores of cheering Iranians that the Islamic Republic is capable of producing weapons-grade uranium….’We have the capability to enrich uranium more than 20 percent or 80 percent (the level needed to create an atomic bomb),’ he said in a speech broadcast live on state television.’”

Two questions: 

  1. How will the leaders of the free world respond to this news? Will they take decisive action to stop Iran from building or acquiring nuclear weapons before it is too late? Or will they sleep through the crisis and be blindsided by an evil they don’t take seriously enough?
  2.  How will the leaders of the Church — and followers of Jesus Christ around the world — respond to this news? Will they take decisive action to reach every person in the epicenter, including everyone in Iran, with the gospel? Will they fast and pray for the peace of Jerusalem? Will they find real and practical ways to show Israelis unconditional love and unwavering support as they face this rising threat to their very existence? Or will we sleep through the crisis and be blindsided by an evil we don’t take seriously enough?
    • John  Bolton in the Wall Street Journal:The Case For Striking Iran Grows — Only decisive action can stop Tehran from acquiring nukes.” – “Mr. Obama’s fascination with negotiations and gestures like sanctions is something Tehran fully understands and is happily exploiting. Iran’s nuclear progress and the potential delivery of the S-300s all suggest a crisis point sooner rather than later. We ignore this reality at our peril.”
    • NYT: Obama Takes Several Gambles in Bid to Defuse Nuclear Standoff With Iran – Obama is relying on his ability to dissuade Israel from carrying out an attack, as it did in 2007 when it destroyed a nuclear reactor under construction in Syria. For now, the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while worried that Mr. Obama may go soft on Iran, seems to believe that the Iranian government is so fragile that truly harsh sanctions might crack it. But Iran’s announcement in recent days that it was raising its enrichment of uranium to a level much closer to weapons-grade may well change that calculation….The Israelis, officials report, now seemed convinced that the Iranian government is fragile, and that the sanctions might work. They have indicated, with no promises, that they will back off for a while. Mr. [Richard] Haass [a senior White House advisor on Iran], who has called in recent weeks for more active American support of the protesters in Iran, returned from Israel in recent days convinced that Mr. Obama had some time. ‘I think we can get through 2010 without a military strike,’ he said. ‘But 2011 could be more dicey.’”
    • Ynet News: Hamas leader Maashal says next war will span entire Mideast
    • NYT: Coalition forces begin biggest assault on Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001

    LEARN: To sign up for Joel’s (free) Flash Traffic email updates, please click here

    PRAY: To join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook and track regular prayer requests, please click here

    GIVE: Would you like to help The Joshua Fund stand up a new warehouse in Israel; provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other aid to the poor and needy in Israel and the epicenter; stockpile supplies for the next war and/or natural disaster; and educate and mobilize Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? If so, please click here

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A CALL TO PASTORS: THIS “PURIM,” PLEASE CONSIDER PREACHING ON THE MODERN-DAY LESSONS OF THE BOOK OF ESTHER

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm

This is not the first time in history when the Jewish people have been threatened with annihilation from Persian/Iranian leaders who hated them without cause. The Book of Esther tells the story of how two heroic believers — Mordechai and Esther — prayed and fasted and encouraged others to do the same.

In response to those faithful prayers, the Lord intervened in a dramatic and powerful way. The evil Prime Minister of Iran (Haman) was removed from power and hanged. The heart of the Supreme Leader of Iran (King Ahausuerus) was miraculously changed. The Jews did have to fight. But they were saved from destruction and scores of Iranians converted and became true followers of the God of Israel.

This year, the holiday of “Purim” commemorating these events falls on Sunday, February 28th.

If you are a pastor or Bible teacher, may I ask you to prayerfully consider preaching and teaching on the Book of Esther that Sunday? May I ask you to help followers of Jesus Christ remember how the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob saved the Jewish people from Iran once in history, and how He will do so again if His people will pray and fast as never before?

I am not speaking at a church that Sunday. But the Lord has opened a door for me on March 1st to speak at the National Religious Broadcasters conference in Nashville. I have entitled that address, “Israel, The Iran Threat and Lessons From The Book of Esther.”

[UPDATE: Another massive snow storm is currently inbound for the D.C. area. This has led to Cornerstone Chapel in Northern Virginia needing to cancel my evening of Q&A on prophecy and trends in the Middle East on Wed, Feb 10. Instead, I will now be preaching on "Israel, The Iran Threat and Lessons from the Book of Esther" at Cornerstone on Sunday, Feb 28 at their three morning services. it will actually be a three-part message, with each the message in second and third services building on the ones before. If you are in the area, please join us. If not, please watch the archived webcast of each message after they are posted on Cornerstone's website. Thanks.]

Wouldn’t it be powerful if thousands of pastors all over North America and all over the world would call the Church to prayer and fasting for God to save both Israel and Iran (and our own countries, too)?

The situation is urgent. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this morning called on the U.N. Security Council immediately to impose on Iran “crippling sanctions” of the kind U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has previously suggested. His remarks come as the Iranian regime is significantly ratcheting up its threats against Israel.

“In the last two days the brutal regime in Teheran has made more outrageous statements, including the implicit call for the extermination of my country,” Netanyahu told the envoys at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, reported the Jerusalem Post. “Israel expects all responsible governments, including all those represented here, to forcefully condemn these outrageous statements….But I think what is required is a lot more than words,. Iran is racing forward to produce nuclear weapons in brazen defiance of the international community. And the international community must decide if it is serious about neutralizing this threat to Israel, the region and the entire word. I believe that what is required right now is tough action from the international community. This means not moderate sanctions or watered down sanctions, this means crippling sanctions, and these sanctions must be applied right now.”

Meanwhile, a new AP story suggests Iran’s capacity to build nuclear warheads is accelerating. 

Excerpts from the article:

  • Iran pressed ahead Monday with plans that will increase its ability to make nuclear weapons as it formally informed the U.N. nuclear agency of its intention to enrich uranium to higher levels….
  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad…announced Sunday that his country would significantly enrich at least some of the country’s stockpile of uranium to 20 percent….
  • Although material for the fissile core of a nuclear warhead must be enriched to a level of 90 percent or more, just getting its stockpile to the 20 percent mark would be a major step for Iran’s nuclear program. While enriching to 20 percent would take about one year, using up to 2,000 centrifuges at Tehran’s underground Natanz facility, any next step – moving from 20 to 90 percent – would take only half a year and between 500-1,000 centrifuges.
  • Achieving the 20-percent level “would be going most of the rest of the way to weapon-grade uranium,” said David Albright, whose Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security tracks suspected proliferators.

Now is the time for the Church to get on our faces and seek the Lord’s grace and mercy for Israel, Iran and the people of the epicenter.

This summer, we will be gathering in Philadelphia for the 2010 Epicenter Conference. I hope you will join us for the latest geopolitical updates from the Middle East, in-depth Bible teaching and very practical training on how to help mobilize a global movement to “learn, pray, give and go” to the Lord’s work in the epicenter. Among my guests will be Kay Arthur, the internationally renowned Bible teacher; Lt.-General (ret.) Jerry Boykin, fmr. commander of Delta Force and fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence; Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California who has preached the good news of Jesus Christ to more than 3.8 million people around the world; Janet Parshall, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host; and other wonderful guests we will announce as we get closer to the event.

The conference will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Performing Arts in Philly. All tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999, on line at http://www.kimmelcenter.org, or in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Please keep your ticket as it must be presented at both events on 6.25 & 6.26 to gain entry into Verizon Hall. (One single ticket will be issued for admission to both days.)

Tickets can also be purchased through our new website, http://www.epicenterconference.com. This site has all the conference details. It will also have regular updates over the next few months (including specifics coming soon on how your congregation can sign up for a live webcast). Please note that the facility only holds 2,000 people, so please sign up today to reserve a seat for you and your family.

Thanks so much — we look forward to having you join us at this critical hour in the history of the epicenter.

>> To learn more about the 2010 Epicenter Conference in Philadelphia June 25-26 — or to purchase tickets — please go to www.epicenterconference.com

HEADLINES TO TRACK:

LEARN: To sign up for Joel’s (free) Flash Traffic email updates, please click here

PRAY: To join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook and track regular prayer requests, please click here

GIVE: Would you like to help The Joshua Fund stand up a new warehouse in Israel; provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other aid to the poor and needy in Israel and the epicenter; stockpile supplies for the next war and/or natural disaster; and educate and mobilize Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? If so, please click here

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IRANIAN LEADER SAYS “PUNCH” WILL STUN THE WEST: Netanyahu headed to Moscow over Iran crisis

In Uncategorized on February 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm

IRAN ISSUES NEW THREATEN TO ISRAEL, WESTERN POWERS — “Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran is set to deliver a ‘punch’ that will stun world powers during this week’s 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution. ‘The Iranian nation, with its unity and God’s grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned,’ Khamenei, who is also Iran’s commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel….” (AFP)

NETANYAHU HEADING TO MOSCOW AS RUSSIA-IRAN ALLIANCE GROWS CLOSER – “Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will travel to Moscow next Sunday for three days, his office announced on Sunday, for talks expected to focus on getting Russia to back stepped-up sanctions against Iran. The visit, planned weeks ago, comes as the West is showing signs of growing impatience with what is starting to be seen throughout the US and Europe as little more than Iranian stalling tactics. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates called on Sunday for the international community to pressure Teheran into abandoning its nuclear program. Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday ordered his atomic agency to significantly enrich the country’s stockpile of uranium, maintaining, however, that….” (Jerusalem Post)

JOEL TO SPEAK ON PROPHECY AND EPICENTER TRENDS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA ON FEBRUARY 10: I will be speaking on Bible prophecy, geopolitical trends in the epicenter, and doing an evening of Q&A at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA on Wednesday, February 10, beginning at 7pm. Please join us in person or via webcast if you can. Thanks. (We are, of course, in the midst of an historic blizzard at the moment in the D.C. area. We have more than 15 inches of snow in less than 24  hours and are expecting another 5-15 inches throughout the weekend. Hopefully this will all clear by Wednesday, but please check the Cornerstone website for event updates and/or delays or cancellations.).

>> To learn more about the 2010 Epicenter Conference in Philadelphia June 25-26 — or to purchase tickets — please go to www.epicenterconference.com

>> To join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook, please click here 

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YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 2010 EPICENTER CONFERENCE IN PHILADELPHIA

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2010 at 3:48 pm

>> To learn more or purchase tickets, please go to www.epicenterconference.com

Iran this morning tested a new rocket capable of being used as an intercontinental ballistic missile. German intelligence says Iran will have a truck-sized nuclear weapon by the end of 2010. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu says Ezekiel 37 has been fulfilled in our lifetime, raising questions about how soon the “War of Gog and Magog” could come true. Libya just signed a $1.8 billion arms deal with Russia. A new reserve of 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas has just been discovered off the coast of Israel. But never as Israel been more isolated internationally.

In the Bible, the Lord God said of Israel and the Jewish people, “I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse.” (Genesis 12:3) Now is the time to rally followers of Jesus Christ around the world to show Israel unconditional love and unwavering support, even as the nations turn against her. So this summer — June 25-26 — we will hold our first Epicenter Conference on the East Coast of the United States, and we would love for your to join us.

This year’s theme: “Building A Global Movement of Christians To Bless Israel, Come What May.”

I’ll provide an update on the “State of the Epicenter,” teach from the Scriptures, share the latest ways The Joshua Fund is blessing Israel (and her neighbors), and offer practical ways you and your church congregation can get involved.

Other speakers include:

  • Kay Arthur, the internationally renowned Bible teacher
  • Lt.-General (ret.) Jerry Boykin, fmr. commander of Delta Force and fmr. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
  • Greg Laurie, the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in California who has preached to more than 3.8 million people in “Harvest Crusades” around the world.
  • Janet Parshall, the nationally syndicated radio talk show host
  • More speakers will be announced as we get closer to the event.

The conference will be held in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Performing Arts in Philly. All tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1999, on line at www.kimmelcenter.org, or in person at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Please keep your ticket as it must be presented at both events on 6.25 & 6.26 to gain entry into Verizon Hall. (One single ticket will be issued for admission to both days.)

Tickets can also be purchased through our new website, www.epicenterconference.com. This site has all the conference details. It will also have regular updates over the next few months (including specifics coming soon on how your congregation can sign up for a live webcast).

Please note that the facility only holds 2,000 people, so please sign up today to reserve a seat for you and your family.

Thanks so much — we look forward to having you join us at this critical hour in the history of the epicenter.

[The 2010 Epicenter Conference in Philadelphia is not financed by The Joshua Fund. But it will help educate Christians in North America and around the world about the work of TJF. It will also help raise awareness and funds to provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other relief aid to the poor and needy in Israel and the neighboring countries.]

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ROME LEADER MAKES “HISTORIC VISIT” TO ISRAEL: SAYS HIS “GREATEST DREAM” IS FOR ISRAEL TO JOIN THE EUROPEAN UNION

In Uncategorized on February 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Italian PM Berlusconi toast during a gala dinner at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem

>> Libya signs $1.8 billion arms deal with Russia

>> Canadian company makes new discovery of up to 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off coast of Israel

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu welcomed Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Italian cabinet for a series of joint meetings with the Israeli cabinet. He also hosted a gala dinner for the Italian delegation at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Netanyahu described the leader from Rome as “one of Israel’s greatest friends, a courageous leader who is a great champion of freedom and a great supporter of peace.” Netanyahu said this despite the fact that the Associated Press reports Italy is the leading trading partner with Iran in the E.U.

Berlusconi was one of only three leaders in Western Europe who voted against the anti-Israel U.N. resolution last fall regarding the Goldstone Commission Report (the other two were German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Netherlands Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende). Rome was Netanyahu’s first stop on his first trip to Europe upon becoming Prime Minister in 2009, specifically to see Berlusconi. Likewise, Avigdor Lieberman headed straight to Rome to see Berlusconi as his first trip as Israeli Foreign Minister.

“I can think of very few nations who have made such a contribution to Western culture as our two nations. In Rome and Jerusalem, the foundations for Western culture were laid,” Netanyahu said Monday night.

Berlusconi, who brought eight senior members of his government, returned the compliment saying that Rome considers Jerusalem one of its closest allies and considers Israel a part of Europe. “As long as I am one of the shapers of politics,” the Roman leader stated, “my greatest dream is to include Israel among the European Union countries.” He invited Netanyahu to come to Italy for another round of meetings.

The meetings were described by some in the media as “historic.” They also had echoes of Bible prophecy. The Hebrew Prophet Daniel indicates that in the “last days” Israel will sign a peace treaty with her many neighbors that appears to be brokered or negotiated or confirmed in some way by a leader from Rome (see Daniel chapter nine). It’s too soon to say definitively that yesterday’s events were in any way part of those prophecies, but they were certainly intriguing to those tracking geopolitical events in light of End Times prophecies. Developing….

HEADLINES TO TRACK:

LEARN: To sign up for Joel’s (free) Flash Traffic email updates, please click here

PRAY: To join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook and track regular prayer requests, please click here 

GIVE:  Would you like to help The Joshua Fund stand up a new warehouse in Israel; provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other aid to the poor and needy in Israel and the epicenter; stockpile supplies for the next war and/or natural disaster; and educate and mobilize Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? If so, please click here

GO: To attend the April 10th prophecy conference in Orange County, CA where Joel will be speaking along with Tim LaHaye, Lt.-Gen (ret.) Jerry Boykin, Skip Heitzig and Greg Laurie, please click here

“IRAN WILL DELIVER TELLING BLOW TO GLOBAL POWERS FEB. 11″: Joel wraps up world teaching tour

In Uncategorized on February 1, 2010 at 4:51 am

>> World dignitaries, thousands of guests to arrive in Vancouver, Canada on Feb. 11 for Olympic Games….opening ceremonies to begin Feb. 12….security complexity enormous….please be praying.

“Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the ‘global arrogance’ on this year’s anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,” says a new report out of Tehran. It’s not yet clear what Ahmadinejad means. But President Obama has ordered the Pentagon to beef up missile defenses and other defenses in the Gulf region to protect Saudi Arabia, the emirates, and U.S. forces in the region. Developing.

JOSHUA FUND UPDATE: Thanks for everyone’s prayers for my health and safety. I finally returned home last night after a 25,797 mile journey around the world preaching the gospel, teaching Bible prophecy, sharing the ministry of The Joshua Fund, encouraging Christian leaders, and trying to mobilize believers to bless Israel in real and practical ways at this critical hour.

The weekend teaching more than 7,000 Canadian evangelical Christians at the Break Forth conference in Edmonton, Alberta, was particularly wonderful. Yes, there were some speakers I disagree with. But Lynn and I were deeply blessed by the teach of Anne Graham- Lotz and Frank Peretti, and the amazing music of Robin Mark, the Gettys and the Newsboys. The best part (aside from the fact that my wife, Lynn, joined me for the entire weekend) was having a private lunch with Anne Graham-Lotz, her daughter Morrow, and our dear friends Tom and JoAnn Doyle of e3 Partners. Anne is a first-rate Bible teacher, is passionate about awakening the Church to true repentance and revival in these last days before the return of Jesus Christ, and of course has a remarkable heritage being a daughter of Billy and Ruth Graham. She told us that she was born in May 1948 — the same month the modern State of Israel was miraculously and prophetically reborn — and thus seeks to live her life in the light of her belief that she is part of the last generation before the Rapture (see Matthew 24). Lynn and I have been impressed with the ministry the Lord has given her, including her “Just Give Me Jesus” events all over the world. Last year, she held such a conference in Manila with the same church leaders who invited me last month. We had a great time comparing notes of what we see God doing, and the alarm bells that are going off in our world that indicate time is short.

We asked her how her father is doing and she said pretty well. He turned 91 last fall. While his mind is still sharp, Anne said, his sight is failing him. Still, his nurses read him the Bible several times a day, he still memorizes Scripture, and he’d still love to preach one more sermon before the Lord takes him home. Please join me in praying for Billy Graham’s health, strength and faith to be strong and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. And please pray for Anne, her family, and the ministry the Lord has given them as well, as well, that many millions more would be impacted for Christ.

LEARN: To sign up for Joel’s (free) Flash Traffic email updates, please click here

PRAY: To join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook and track regular prayer requests, please click here

GIVE: Would you like to help The Joshua Fund stand up a new warehouse in Israel; provide food, clothing, medical supplies and other aid to the poor and needy in Israel and the epicenter; stockpile supplies for the next war and/or natural disaster; and educate and mobilize Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem? If so, please click here

GO: To attend the April 10th prophecy conference in Orange County, CA where Joel will be speaking along with Tim LaHaye, Lt.-Gen (ret.) Jerry Boykin, Skip Heitzig and Greg Laurie, please click here

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