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I’ll speak on latest events in Israel & Mideast in Denver & Ames, Iowa in August. Please register to attend.

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2014 at 3:48 am

MinArch-FamilySummit-logosWith events moving so rapidly in Israel and the Arab world — and the United States facing enormous economic, foreign policy, and spiritual challenges — it is vital that we truly understand the times from a Biblical perspective. What’s more, we need to understand what God is asking of each of us, and be faithful to the task.

To these ends, I’ve been asked to speak at two events next month and I hope you can attend at least one of them.

AUGUST 7th IN DENVER, COLORADO — MINISTRY ARCHITECTURE EVENT

On Thursday evening, August 7th, I’ll be speaking in the Denver, Colorado area.

The topic of my address will be, “The future of America, Israel and the Middle East in the light of the Scriptures.”

The occassion will be the annual fundraising event for Ministry Architecture, Inc. This is the ministry my parents (Len and Mary Rosenberg) started around 14 years ago to provide architectural services for evangelical Christian ministries operating in developing countries who need orphanages, training centers, medical missionary hospitals, and other facilities to show the love of Jesus. Before I speak, my folks will share a bit about the exciting work God is doing through this ministry in countries in Africa and Asia. Then I will discuss the latest developments in the epicenter. And I’m especially looking forward to your questions as that is my favorite part of the evening.

The event will take place at Calvary Chapel South Denver in Littleton, Colorado, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. A contribution of $25 per person is requested to help support Ministry Architecture. Contributions are tax deductible. Registration is required, and you can register at www.ministryarchitecture.com. Please join us — I hope to see you there!

AUGUST 9th IN AMES, IOWA — THE FAMILY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

On Saturday, August 9th, I’ll be speaking in Ames, Iowa.

The occasion will be the 3rd Annual Family Leadership Summit in Iowa in August.

I will also be addressing trends in the U.S., Israel and the Middle East from a Biblical perspective.

Two years ago, I spoke at the first Summit on the non-fiction book I had just released that summer, Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time? For more about what I said then, please click here.

Please register today and make plans to join us.

The Summit will be held Saturday, August 9th in the Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, from 10am to 5:30pm.

“The Family Leadership Summit is designed to educate and mobilize the conservative base regarding worldview application and issues that impact the family,” notes the website. “The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to hear top conservative national leaders, gathered together in one place, cast their leadership vision.”

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GAZA WAR UPDATE, Day #21: Obama calls Netanyahu to demand “immediate” cease-fire. UN Security Council now demands ceasefire. Kerry angers Israeli, Palestinian & Egyptian leaders. Turkey turns hostile.

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 at 11:21 pm

UPDATED AT 10:30PM EASTERN SUNDAY: (Washington, D.C.) — The most dramatic developments of the weekend in the Gaza war were these:

  1. President Obama’s call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to demand an “immediate” ceasefire, even though Israeli leaders don’t feel they are yet finished neutralizing the terrorist threat posed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza.
  2. The U.N. Security council demand on Sunday for an immediate ceasefire, even though this will most help the terrorists.
  3. Secretary John Kerry’s disastrous efforts at negotiating a ceasefire, in which he actually managed to anger Palestinian, Egyptian and Israeli leaders all at once — as one regional commentator put it: “We are witnessing a grave strategic error by the Americans, who are succeeding in infuriating serious and strong allies like Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in favor of a deception in the form of Qatar and Turkey, which has managed to quarrel with all of its neighbors.”
  4. Turkey’s aggressively anti-Semitic language towards Israel and the Jewish people, which has reached a dangerous new low.

First, President Obama. An immediate and unconditional ceasefire ending Israel’s assault on Hamas is a ‘clear strategic imperative’ to Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu in a phone call on Sunday,” reported the Jerusalem Post. ” While the conversation focused on the immediate concerns of the United States, the president also discussed the broader implications of Israel’s operation in Gaza, Protective Edge, now over two weeks old and burdened with a mounting death toll, both within the Israel Defense Forces and the civilian population of Gaza. Obama told Netanyahu he wants a ceasefire ‘that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal lives and addresses Gaza’s long-term development and economic needs, while strengthening the Palestinian Authority,’ the White House said, in a readout of the call to reporters.”

That said, the Post noted that “in a recent poll, over 85 percent of Israelis support the Israeli government continuing the military operation until Hamas’ tunnels into Israel are completely destroyed.”

To be clear, I want an end to the fighting and a restoration of calm as soon as possible. But an even higher priority to me is that the terrorist threat in Gaza be truly and fundamentally neutralized.

In the past nineteen days, more than 2,500 rockets have been fired by terrorists in Gaza at Jewish and Arab civilians living in Israel. Israel has also discovered dozens of terror tunnels dug from Gaza under Israeli sovereign territory. From these, terrorists have tried to launch attacks against Israeli towns and villages, and kidnap Israeli soldiers and civilians. Like any normal, democratic nation, the Israeli government is taking all actions necessary to protect its people and defeat the terrorists.

Shouldn’t the U.S. — Israel’s most important geopolitical ally — by trying to help Israel win this war against the terrorists, not force a premature ceasefire? You might think so, but instead the Obama administration is working so hard to get Israel to stop fighting the terrorists. Indeed, the Kerry cease-fire plan — rejected by unanimously by the Israeli security cabinet on Friday — would have allowed Hamas to keep its rockets and terror tunnels.

Why?

Second, the U.N. — “The U.N. Security Council agreed on a statement Sunday calling for ‘an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire’ in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas and scheduled a meeting at midnight to adopt it,” reports the Associated Press. “The council was meeting as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The push for a cease-fire follows new attacks by Israel and Hamas on Sunday despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting.”

Third, Secretary Kerry. What exactly is he trying to accomplish, and why is he angering not only Israeli leaders but Palestinian and Egyptian leaders as unhelpful and pro-Hamas?

Kerry is actually refusing to work closely with the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah such as Mahmoud Abbas. He is also refusing to build on the cease fire plan developed and advanced by Egyptian President Sisi and his team. Instead, Kerry is working closely with Turkey and Qatar, both close allies of Hamas, to come up with a deal that benefits Hamas. Incredibly, Kerry actually convened a mini summit in Paris to broker a deal — but didn’t invite the Israelis or the Palestinians or Egypt.

Why?

I would encourage you to read through some of the regional coverage of Kerry’s efforts that show the enormous frustration Kerry is engendering among America’s closest allies in the region:

Fourth, Turkey. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (pronounced “Air-do-wan”) has become increasingly belligerent towards Israel and the Jewish people in recent years. But his anti-Semitism has hit staggering new lows in recent days. Consider the following headlines.

Developing….

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please keep praying for an end to the fighting soon — but let’s also pray that both Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza are liberated from the reign of terror imposed by Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
  • Please pray for the wisdom of regional leaders, and U.S and other leaders, to know how best to resolve this crisis.
  • Please pray for the Lord to comfort and heal those on both sides who have been injured and/or traumatized by this conflict.
  • Please pray that Israel’s leaders will call the nation to prayer and fasting and reading of the Bible, as all wise kings of Israel and Judah did in ancient times.

THE GAZA WAR BY THE NUMBERS: AN UPDATE

 Saturday, July 26, according to the IDF blog:

      • More than 22 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
      • At least 16 rockets hit Israel.
      • 6 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
      • The IDF struck over 40 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
      • 31 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17.

Thursday, July 24:

      • More than 63 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
      • At least 43 rockets hit Israel.
      • 15 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
      • The IDF struck over 90 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
      • 31 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17.

Wednesday, July 23:

      • More than 98 rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel.
      • At least 70 rockets hit Israel.
      • 25 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
      • The IDF struck 160 terror targets in the Gaza Strip.
      • 31 terror tunnels were uncovered by IDF forces since July 17.

GAZA WAR UPDATE, Day #17: Is ceasefire at hand, or close? Rocket fire dropping, but terrorist tunnels remain serious threat. Here’s the latest….

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 at 2:27 pm

UPDATED: As I write this, the Israeli security cabinet is meeting to consider a seven-day ceasefire proposal by Secretary Kerry, even as Palestinians are rioting in the West Bank and Hamas is calling for a “third intifada.”

The big question Israeli leaders are wrestling with is this: Has the IDF destroyed enough of the terrorists’ rockets, missiles, launchers, tunnels, weapons stockpiles and command and control centers to justify stopping now, or do they need more time to accomplish the nation’s objectives of establishing several years or true calm and stability?

  • The good news: Israeli defensive measures have kept civilian deaths in Israel low (2 so far), and rocket fire has dropped from 190+ a day near the beginning of the conflict to 63 yesterday.
  • The bad news: the terrorist tunnel network is more extensive and dangerous than Israeli intelligence realized.
  • The challenge: Iron Dome is working extremely well at neutralizing the rocket threat, but there is no Iron Dome to protect Israel from terrorist tunnels.

Israel is coming under increasing pressure by the world community — and particularly by the Obama administration — to end the fighting quickly. Actually, it’s been Hamas that has turned down multiple ceasefire proposals. But their terrorist forces are getting hammered by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) so they may be ready to quit soon, lest they are completely dismantled by Israel. That said, Israeli leaders don’t want a ceasefire that will simply give Hamas and Islamic Jihad more time to prepare for the next war.

I will do my best to keep you posted via Twitter throughout the day and weekend on the latest diplomatic developments.

UPDATES AT 9:30pm Saturday:

Please keep praying for calm, for the IDF to decisively neutralize the rocket and tunnel threats, and for the Lord to protect and comfort civilians on both sides.
Also, I still believe Israeli leaders should call the nation to prayer, fasting and the reading of the Bible, as all the wise kings of Israel and Judah did in ancient times. I wrote about this earlier in the week, and discussed the rationale on Fox News. Click here to learn more, including several Biblical examples, such as Kings Solomon and Jehoshaphat calling the nation to prayer and fasting in times of crisis and war.

Here’s the latest on the war, by the numbers:

LATEST ON THE ROCKETS

  • Day #3 of GazaWar — 192 rockets fired at Israel.
  • Day #13 — 139 fired.
  • Day #14 — 90 fired.
  • Day #15 — 98 fired.
  • Day #16 — 63 fired.
  • Day #17 — 80 fired (updated)

Is the tide turning?

LATEST ON THE CEASE FIRE DISCUSSIONS

UNDERSTANDING THE TUNNEL THREAT

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