DEAL: There’s a special sale right now on my political thriller, “The Third Target,” about the ISIS threat to Israel, Jordan & the Palestinians. The e-book is available for only $2.99. Order today.

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Today, you can purchase the e-book version of The Third Target for only $2.99. 

As I understand it, this remarkable deal — 81% off the list price — will last through Saturday, January 20th. So if you’re interested please order it quickly, and let your family and friends know, as well.

This is the first in my J.B. Collins series of novels about a New York Times foreign correspondent on the hunt for the leader of the Islamic State and reporting on ISIS’s plans to launch genocidal attacks against the U.S., Israel, Jordan, the Palestinians and Egypt.

It was followed by two more novels in the trilogy — The First Hostage and Without Warning, dealing with ISIS attacks inside the American homeland and the hunt to bring the head of ISIS to justice.

Meanwhile, you can also now pre-order my next political thriller — The Kremlin Conspiracy — before it releases on March 6th.

Hope you enjoy them all!

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

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BREAKING NEWS: Jordan captures ISIS cell plotting “massive” terror attack on the kingdom. News comes as White House announces VP Pence will soon visit Jordan as well as Egypt and Israel.

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Jordanian intelligence and security officials have just announced that they recently captured a cell of 17 Islamic State operatives allegedly plotting to launch catastrophic attacks to destabilize the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The dramatic series of arrests were actually made in November and are only now being made public.

The news of the disruption of the chilling and “massive” ISIS plot comes just as the White House announced that Vice President Mike Pence is coming to the epicenter this month and will visit not only Egypt and Israel but Jordan, as well. Counter-terrorism will be a key element of the V.P.’s policy agenda.

Let me just say as someone who has traveled to Jordan at least ten times over the past decade — including four times in the past eighteen months — I’m deeply encouraged (and relieved) that Jordanian officials identified the plot and were able to deal with it decisively. Indeed, I shudder to think what might have happened had ISIS been able to carry through with their plans. The King, whom I regard as America’s most faithful Sunni Arab ally and a highly effective leader in the on-going fight against Radical and Apocalyptic Islamism, deserves a great deal of credit for maintaining such an impressive level of stability that has clearly eluded Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and other countries in the region.

Readers of my most recent trilogy of novels — The Third Target, The First Hostage, and Without Warning — know that these political thrillers imagine a scenario in which ISIS conspirators plot to assassinate King Abdullah II, attack and destroy the official palace in Amman, and then overthrow the monarchy and enslave all of Jordan under the black flags of Radical — even Apocalyptic — Islamist rule. I pray regularly that such a worst case scenario never comes to pass. Yet this latest news shows that ISIS remains intent on seizing Jordan for the forces of darkness.

This is the novel series that the King began to read in January of 2016. Yet rather than banning me from his kingdom, His Majesty invited my wife and me to come visit with him and his generals and intelligence and security officials  in one of the most fascinating trips we have ever been a part of. This led, in turn, to the opportunity to bring a delegation of Christian leaders to visit Jordan last November to meet with senior Jordanian security and diplomatic officials, and to have a working lunch with King Abdullah last November. While there, we discussed a wide range of issues, including how to strengthen the U.S.-Jordanian alliance, how to help Jordan in its counter-terrorism efforts, how to help Jordan care for the two million-plus Syrian and Iraqi refugees that have flooded their country, and how best to move the Arab-Israeli peace process forward.

There have been significant strains in the U.S.-Jordanian relationship since President Trump’s December announcement about Jerusalem. The King and most Jordanians — including most Jordanian Christians — see the Jerusalem issue very differently than most Americans, and most American Evangelicals. The core of the strategic alliance is quite solid in my view, but there are challenges that need to be addressed.

Let us pray that the conversations between Mr. Pence and the King are not only candid but constructive and help advance both the alliance and the prospects for lasting regional peace. Let us also continue to pray for the Jordanian government and people that the kingdom remains solid, secure and at peace. Jordan is a vital ally, and we need her to be strong and prosperous.

To read more, here are links to some of the major news stories:

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

Special sale on my political thriller, “The Third Target.” The e-book is available for only $1.99 for the next few days.

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Today begins a two day period when you can purchase the e-book version of The Third Target for only $1.99. 

This remarkable deal — 88% off the list price — will last through Wednesday the 10th.

This is the first in my J.B. Collins series of novels about a New York Times foreign correspondent on the hunt for the leader of the Islamic State and reporting on ISIS’s plans to launch genocidal attacks against the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt. It was followed by two more novels in the trilogy — The First Hostage and Without Warning.

Then, on Thursday through Saturday, the e-book price for The Third Target will still be low, but not quite that low — available for a mere $2.99. Please order today to take full benefit of this incredible deal.

Meanwhile, you can also now pre-order my next political thriller — The Kremlin Conspiracy — before it releases on March 6th.

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

The first review of “The Kremlin Conspiracy,” has just been published. “Rosenberg cranks up the suspense, delivering his most stunning, high-stakes thriller yet.” [Novel set for March 6th release.]

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The first review of my forthcoming political thriller was published this week on the website known as, “The Real Book Spy,” which covers all things related to spy novels and political thrillers. And I’m glad to say they liked it.

The Kremlin Conspiracy is the first of my new series of novels about former U.S. Secret Service Agent Marcus Ryker. It releases in North America on March 6th. I’ll be posting details on the launch and book tour soon.

(And I’m happy to note that this week I began writing the next novel in this series.) 

Here are excerpts from editor Ryan Steck’s featured review:

Rosenberg cranks up the suspense, delivering his most stunning, high-stakes thriller yet.

Aspiring authors should take note of Rosenberg’s deftly plotted story and first-rate character development — he puts on a clinic for how to introduce and bring along new characters. Some readers, especially early on, may find the plot moving a tad slower than his past books, but that’s clearly by design. Rosenberg meticulously builds the necessary foundation for later on, and, when you least expect it, he yanks the rug out from underneath you.

This is Joel C. Rosenberg at his absolute best, proving yet again that he’s one of the premier novelists working in the genre today.

With his knack for writing prophetic fiction, those who want an early glimpse at what the world might look like in the very near future should pick up Joel Rosenberg’s latest thriller….Strap in and hold on tight, The Kremlin Conspiracy is a high-octane thriller that will stun readers and stay with them long after they turn the final page. 

[To read the full review,  including a concise description of the main characters and plot, please click here]

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

 

How can Christians love both Israelis & Palestinians — and bless people in five Arab countries? Here’s how The Joshua Fund has been doing it in 2017 with your help! #LoveYourNeighbor

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Few things excite me as much as seeing Christians ready, willing and eager to love both Jews and Arabs in the Epicenter.

I love seeing believers who have a “both/and” vision — people who understand and embrace what the Bible teaches from Genesis through Revelation: that God truly and deeply loves Israel and her Arab neighbors, and that the Church must, too.

And that’s why I love The Joshua Fund, because it helps Christians in North America and around the world show their love in a real and practical way. Similar to a venture capital fund, TJF comes alongside small but growing congregations and ministries and invests in them – with encouragement, with prayer, and, when appropriate, with financial resources – allowing them to plant more seeds and bear more fruit.

>> Would you like to make a year-end, tax deductible investment in the work of The Joshua Fund today before midnight? Please click to give securely online. Thanks and God bless you for blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus!

Here are some of the projects we invested in during 2017…..

SHOWING GOD’S LOVE TO POOR AND NEEDY JEWISH AND ARAB FAMILIES IN ISRAEL, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY & FIVE NEIGHBORING ARAB COUNTRIES

  • Non-perishable food packs are provided monthly to nearly 3,000 needy families through 17 Distribution Centers operated by local congregations and ministries
  • Support and counseling for single mothers with newborn babies and needy Israeli women
  • Jewish holiday celebrations and evangelistic bus tours of Israel for Holocaust survivors and others
  • Legal support for those believers who are discriminated against, denied citizenship or persecuted because of their faith
  • Provided English language children’s Bibles among unbelieving Arabic Speakers in the West Bank
  • Enabled local congregations to stand with believers who are in dire financial need
  • A Mother’s Day evangelistic event for Arab women in the Galilee region
  • Helping local churches in Arab countries neighboring Israel offer spiritual care via Bible studies, discipleship and physical care for over 400 Iraqi and Syrian refugee families, who fled their homes to escape terrorism
  • Humanitarian relief, trauma counseling and medical aid to Iraqi, Arab, Nubian and Yazidi communities in Arab countries neighboring Israel
  • Women’s conferences, discipleship programs, Bible teaching and fellowship for women in Arab countries marginalized by violence in the Epicenter

SHOWING GOD’S LOVE BY EQUIPPING AND ENCOURAGING THE BODY OF CHRIST IN ISRAEL, THE PALESTINAN AUTHORITY & FIVE NEIGHBORING ARAB COUNTRIES

  • Distribution of Hebrew, Arabic and Russian language audio Bibles
  • Retreats and conferences that provided Bible study and encouragement for Jewish/Arab pastors and ministry leaders, young people and underprivileged segments of the body of believers
  • Undergirded the production and staff support for key Hebrew and Arabic evangelistic videos
  • Media efforts using compelling personal testimonies from Arabic speakers in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
  • Gathering of Jewish and Arab believing youth to encourage the study of the Word of God and worship
  • Support and national training for evangelistic work among both Jews and Arabs
  • Educational support for training and equipping young Israeli believers to attend Bible school
  • Arabic language Bible teaching radio broadcasts into the West Bank

Please visit our website to read the full 2017 Donor Report, and to learn more about the work of The Joshua Fund and how you can get involved.

Thanks so much, God bless you, and Happy New Year!

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Would you make a generous year-end donation to The Joshua Fund? Come help us strengthen the Church & proclaim the Good News of God’s love in Israel & the Arab Middle East. Thank you!

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — My wife, Lynn, and I founded The Joshua Fund in the summer of 2006, and working with this team to strengthen the Church in the Middle East to be a blessing to those poor in resources and poor in spirit is one of the deepest joys of our lives.

We think of The Joshua Fund (TJF) like a venture capital fund. TJF comes alongside small but growing and promising congregations and ministries in Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and five neighboring Arab countries (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt) and invest in them – with encouragement, with prayer, and, when appropriate, with financial resources – allowing them to plant more seeds and bear more fruit.

God has blessed TJF with a wonderful board of directors and staff — but it’s your faithful prayers and generous financial support that truly allows us to invest in God’s Kingdom work to make an eternal impact. Thank you so much for all your help. 

Whether you’re a regular donor, or someone just learning about The Joshua Fund, here are just a few of the projects we have invested in during 2017. To learn more, please read the full 2017 Donor Report.

And please prayerfully consider making a generous, tax-deductible, year-end investment in this special ministry!

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SHOWING GOD’S LOVE TO POOR AND NEEDY JEWISH AND ARAB FAMILIES IN ISRAEL, THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY & FIVE NEIGHBORING ARAB COUNTRIES

  • Non-perishable food packs are provided monthly to nearly 3,000 needy families through 17 Distribution Centers operated by local congregations and ministries
  • Support and counseling for single mothers with newborn babies and needy Israeli women
  • Jewish holiday celebrations and evangelistic bus tours of Israel for Holocaust survivors and others
  • Legal support for those believers who are discriminated against, denied citizenship or persecuted because of their faith
  • Provided English language children’s Bibles among unbelieving Arabic Speakers in the West Bank
  • Enabled local congregations to stand with believers who are in dire financial need
  • A Mother’s Day evangelistic event for Arab women in the Galilee region
  • Helping local churches in Arab countries neighboring Israel offer spiritual care via Bible studies, discipleship and physical care for over 400 Iraqi and Syrian refugee families, who fled their homes to escape terrorism
  • Humanitarian relief, trauma counseling and medical aid to Iraqi, Arab, Nubian and Yazidi communities in Arab countries neighboring Israel
  • Women’s conferences, discipleship programs, Bible teaching and fellowship for women in Arab countries marginalized by violence in the Epicenter

SHOWING GOD’S LOVE BY EQUIPPING AND ENCOURAGING THE BODY OF CHRIST IN ISRAEL, THE PALESTINAN AUTHORITY & FIVE NEIGHBORING ARAB COUNTRIES

  • Distribution of Hebrew, Arabic and Russian language audio Bibles
  • Retreats and conferences that provided Bible study and encouragement for Jewish/Arab pastors and ministry leaders, young people and underprivileged segments of the body of believers
  • Undergirded the production and staff support for key Hebrew and Arabic evangelistic videos
  • Media efforts using compelling personal testimonies from Arabic speakers in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
  • Gathering of Jewish and Arab believing youth to encourage the study of the Word of God and worship
  • Support and national training for evangelistic work among both Jews and Arabs
  • Educational support for training and equipping young Israeli believers to attend Bible school
  • Arabic language Bible teaching radio broadcasts into the West Bank

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Mr. Pence’s high-stakes trip to Egypt. (My new column for The Jerusalem Post.)

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UPDATEPence delays trip to Israel, Egypt until mid-January

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Rarely does a vice presidential trip carry high stakes for the future of US foreign policy. But all eyes will be on Mike Pence [in January] as he heads to Israel and Egypt.

The controversy over US President Donald Trump’s Jerusalem policy has significantly complicated the trip and threatens to undermine Washington’s heretofore rapidly warming relationship with its Sunni Arab allies.

It is critical that Pence not be perceived as taking a “victory lap” for the administration’s decision to recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Rather, he needs to carefully listen to Arab concerns, and cast a compelling vision of how achieving true peace – with America’s help – can dramatically improve the lives of Palestinian, Egyptian, Jordanian and Israeli moms, dads and children, while respecting the passions all Muslims, Christians and Jews have for the Holy City.

It is also vital that Pence tangibly strengthen our strategic alliance with Egypt. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi is exactly the kind of friend America needs in the region and we need to help him, not undermine him.

I first met Sisi in Washington in April. I told him…. [to read the full column, please click here]

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> To pre-order a copy of The Kremlin Conspiracy (which releases March 6th), please click here.

> To order copies of the new mass market paperbacks of the J.B. Collins novels — my trilogy about ISIS plotting attacks on the U.S., Israel, Jordan and Egypt — please click here.

Are any Christians loving both Israelis & Palestinians, and sharing the Prince of Peace with all the people of the Epicenter? Yes! Read The Joshua Fund’s 2017 Donor Report and be encouraged.

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Dear faithful friend —

We live in sobering times. Many nations, including America, are being shaken by violence, natural disasters and all kinds of evil. Nowhere is this more true than in the Middle East.

People have theories about why this is happening, but I believe the answer is simple: God is trying to get our attention. These events are not random. God is sovereignly allowing these events to shake us and to get our attention. God has given us a great responsibility in the last days to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in every nation before He returns. Surely this includes Israel and the Arab world the last frontiers of the Gospel.

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In this year’s Donor Report, you will read about the remarkable things that God is doing in the Epicenter to advance His Kingdom in extraordinary ways. With your prayers and support, God is using The Joshua Fund to invest in ministries that are boldly and creatively sharing God’s love. They are communicating the Gospel via radio broadcasts, the Internet, Bible distribution, and their own personal witness, and by God’s grace they are reaching more people in the region than ever before. Indeed, after centuries of spiritual drought, the Church in the Middle East is bearing fruit again. Jews and Arabs are coming to faith, and are being baptized and discipled.

That’s why the work of The Joshua Fund is so important at this extraordinary moment in history. Similar to a venture capital fund, we come alongside small but growing and promising congregations and ministries and invest in them – with encouragement, with prayer, and, when appropriate, with financial resources – allowing them to plant more seeds and bear more fruit.

And that’s why we are so grateful for you, our dear partners in this work. We pray you are deeply blessed and encouraged as you share in the joy of what the Lord is doing through The Joshua Fund. Thank you so much for investing in us prayerfully and financially so that together we can help fulfill the Great Commission in the Epicenter.

May He alone be glorified!

— Joel C. Rosenberg, founder and chairman of The Joshua Fund

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O Jerusalem, Jerusalem – With such high stakes, Christians need to engage in thoughtful, respectful conversations with Israelis, Arabs and each other about how to find true and lasting peace. [My new op-ed for Fox News.]

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(Washington, D.C.) — Today, FoxNews.com published a new column of mine. While I wouldn’t have written the headline quite the way they did, I am grateful they allowed me to lay out my thoughts in an op-ed significantly longer than they usually run. 

Here is the column in full:

AFTER TRUMP RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL, EVANGELICALS WORK FOR PEACE BETWEEN JEWS & ARABS

By Joel C. Rosenberg, December 9, 2017

Many evangelical Christians are rejoicing over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to begin planning to move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

However, other evangelicals who love Israel and believe Jerusalem is the biblical and historic capital of the Jewish State see the timing of the president’s decision as a mistake. They are concerned the move will cause more tension and violence, not create conditions more conducive to peace.

Most Palestinian and other Arab Christians in Jordan, Egypt and elsewhere are also opposed to the decision for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that they worry renewed violence could be directed at them and their children.

As a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen, an evangelical and a resident of Jerusalem with my wife and kids, these issues are not just theological or theoretical for me. They’re personal.

I love Jerusalem. And because I love Jesus, I love both Israelis and Palestinians dearly and equally because I believe God does. The last thing I want to see is more division, violence, terror or injustice of any kind.

I long to see peace between the two sides. I pray and work for the day when both peoples can truly live side by side, and among each other, in safety, security, freedom and prosperity.

I long to see peace between the two sides. I pray and work for the day when both peoples can truly live side by side, and among each other, in safety, security, freedom and prosperity. 

Toward that end, on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, I helped launch a new organization called the “Alliance For The Peace of Jerusalem.”

We are a group of evangelicals scholars, pastors, authors and ministry leaders who believe that now more than ever, the Church needs to be faithful to the Psalmist’s command to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6) as well as to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).

We also believe evangelicals need to be faithful ambassadors of God’s love and compassion to both Jews and Arabs, who find themselves trapped in a cycle of seemingly never-ending conflict. And we believe evangelicals need to be ambassadors of grace toward Christian brothers and sisters who have different (and deeply held) views of how best to achieve peace.

As we approach the 70th anniversary of the rebirth of the State of Israel on May 14, tensions between Israelis and Palestinians will no doubt increase.

For some, this will be a year of thanksgiving to the God of Israel who made ancient promises to the Jewish people and is keeping those promises in modern times. For others, however, the anniversary of the creation of modern-day Israel will be a year of pain, even anger. They call it al Nakba – the Arabic term for “The Catastrophe.”

Presidents and prime ministers, kings and their counselors, have been confounded for decades on how to achieve peace between Israel and its neighbors. It should not be a surprise that pastors, priests and lay leaders are often confounded by how to apply biblical principles to most effectively resolve a conflict with roots going back thousands of years.

The last thing the Church needs is to engage in a snarky political firefight over some of the most contentious issues on the planet. Rather, we need to engage in thoughtful, respectful conversations on what the Bible teaches about Israel and its neighbors, and how we can play a more constructive role as peacemakers. 

As the Alliance begins our work, we conducted a comprehensive survey of the attitudes of American evangelicals toward Israel, the Palestinians and the peace process as we enter this historic year. The results were fascinating. Let me draw out three key points.

First, American evangelicals have a remarkably deep love for Israel and the Jewish people.

Our survey confirms that the people of Israel have no better friends in the U.S. than evangelical Christians.

  • Eight in ten evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant was an unconditional promise God made to the Jewish people for all time – a mere 5 percent disagree.
  • Eight in ten believe the rebirth of the State of Israel was the fulfillment of Bible prophecy – only 20 percent think it was merely an interesting geopolitical event.
  • And nearly eight in ten (76 percent) believe that Christians should support the Jewish people’s right to live in the sovereign State of Israel.

The survey makes clear that evangelical Christians of all ages, ethnicities, incomes and regions of the country overwhelmingly believe that God has made binding promises to Abraham and his descendants: to make them a nation; to give them a land; and to make them a blessing to the rest of the world.

The survey also finds that evangelicals believe that God is in the process of keeping his promises – that he is graciously bringing the Jewish people back to the Land of Israel after 2,000 years of exile, and rebuilding the State of Israel in the heart of the Middle East against all odds.

Second, American evangelicals want to obey Jesus’ command to love Israel’s neighbors.

  • 59 percent believe Christians should do more to love and care for the Palestinian people, and 66 percent of younger evangelicals believe this.
  • 73 percent are concerned for the safety of Christians in areas controlled by the Palestinian Authority.
  • 41 percent agree with the statement: “Jewish people have a biblical right to the land of Israel, but also have a responsibility to share the land with Palestinian Arabs.” Another 28 percent disagree, while 31 percent say they’re not sure.

Too often, we hear an “either/or” tone when Christian leaders speak about their love for Israel or the Palestinians. But the God of the Bible is not “either/or.” He is “both/and.” He loves Jews and He loves Arabs. So must the Church.

Third, evangelicals aren’t convinced they understand enough about God’s plans for Israel. 

In fact, 72 percent of evangelicals say they want to know more about what the Bible teaches about Israel’s future.

So that’s the good news. But there is some challenging news in the data as well, specifically when it comes to younger evangelicals.

Millennials are sending the Church a sobering message. They’re not against Israel. But the survey makes it clear that many of them really don’t understand Israel’s place in the biblical narrative. Thus, their support for Israel is nearly 20 points less than the support voiced by their parents and grandparents.

Extrapolate that going forward. Unless the Church gives younger believers an understanding of God’s love and plan for Israel, evangelical support for the Jewish State could plummet over the next decade as millennials represent an ever-larger percentage of the Church body.

The raging controversy over President Trump’s decision on Jerusalem – and evangelicals’ conflicted views over how best to advocate peace – underscore the need for the new group Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem.

As we head into the new year, we need educate the Church – particularly millennials – about God’s love and plan for both Israel and its Arab neighbors, and to mobilize them to both pray for and seek peace in a dark and troubled region. 

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With President’s historic yet controversial decision on Jerusalem, Evangelical leaders call Christians around the world to pray for the peace of Jerusalem as never before. [Here’s the statement we just released from the Alliance For The Peace of Jerusalem.]

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Time and again, Jerusalem lies at the Epicenter of the momentous events that are shaking our world and shaping our future. This week is no exception.

As a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen — and a Jewish Evangelical — and most recently as a new resident of Jerusalem where my wife and kids and I now live, these issues are not just theological or theoretical for me. They’re personal.

Lynn and I love Jerusalem — we love both Israelis and Palestinians. We love them dearly and equally, as we believe God does. We don’t want to see any more divisions or violence or terror or injustice of any kind. There has been too much suffering, too much bloodshed. We long to see peace between the two sides. We pray and work for the day when both peoples can truly live side by side, and amongst each other, in safety and security and freedom and prosperity — free and willing and eager even to seek the Prince of Peace and make Him known to the rest of the world. 

On Monday at the National Press Club, I helped launch a new organization called the “Alliance For The Peace of Jerusalem.” The timing, I believe, was from the Lord. Now more than ever, the Church needs to be faithful to the Psalmist’s command to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6) . Now more than ever, the Church needs to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14). Now more than ever, we need to be faithful ambassadors of God’s love and compassion to both Jews and Arabs trapped in a cycle of seemingly never-ending tension — and ambassadors of grace towards Christian brothers and sisters who have different (and deeply held) views of how best to achieve peace.

Here is the full statement the Alliance’s executive leadership released today — I hope you’ll take a moment to read it in full, share your comments with me on my “Epicenter Facebook Page,” and share this with your family and friends at this critical hour. God bless you.

Evangelicals Conflicted Over President Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem and How Best to Make Peace. New survey shows nuances in Evangelical thinking toward Israel; Leaders say praying for the peace of Jerusalem more urgent than ever. 

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2017 – Even Evangelical Christians who love and support Israel have diverse views on how best to proceed with peace, including a range of reactions to President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

According to a new survey, “Evangelical Attitudes Toward Israel and the Peace Process,” the overwhelming majority of Evangelicals do support Israel. Eighty percent of evangelicals agree that God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants was for all time; 76 percent say Christians should support the Jewish people’s right to live in the sovereign state of Israel; and 69 percent say Israel has a historic right to the land. Additionally, 66 percent say Israel’s existence, security and prosperity are things they support.

Yet the data also show evangelicals are conflicted on the best way to move forward with establishing peace. Forty-one percent of survey respondents argue the Jewish people have a biblical right to the land but also have a responsibility to share, although another 31 percent are not sure. In regard to the one-state versus two-state solution, there is a high level of uncertainty, as 23 percent stated the Palestinians should be allowed to create their own sovereign state while 31 percent disagree and 46 percent of respondents are unsure. This level of uncertainty is even higher among the millennial generation, of which 4 in 10 (41 percent) have no strong views about Israel.

The LifeWay Research study, released this week, is co-sponsored by Chosen People Ministries and New York Times bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg.

“While the survey didn’t ask questions specifically related to the capital or embassy location, the responses clearly show that while there may be support, there are also many questions about the details of how and when this could or should work,” said Dr. Darrell Bock, New Testament professor at Dallas Theological Seminary.

In response to changing views of Israel among younger Evangelicals, a group of faith leaders, scholars, authors and pastors formed the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem, an organization dedicated to better public understanding of the complexities of the Middle East including its historical and biblical roots as well as calling Christians to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

“The president’s decision and the domestic and international controversy it has aroused underscores the importance of calling the church to pray faithfully and consistently for the peace of Jerusalem—now more than ever,” said Rosenberg, a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen. “It is clear from the survey that Evangelicals want peace. The question of how to get there has confounded presidents, kings and prime ministers, so it’s not surprising that the church isn’t clear how best to apply biblical principles concerning Jerusalem to a conflict that’s thousands of years old. There are very different views in the Christian world on how best to make peace, which is why we must show grace to one another in these very important and timely discussions. This is exactly why the Alliance exists.”

The Alliance will strive to educate the church about Israel’s role in the biblical narrative—past, present and future—while also affirming God’s concern for Palestinians and all peoples of the Middle East.

“I applaud the support of the Evangelical community for Israel, and we are ready to make the case to the next generation of Evangelicals about God’s continued purposes for the nation of Israel—which includes Jerusalem,” said Dr. Mitch Glaser, president of Chosen People Ministries. “Yet, the survey also indicates that Christians, especially the younger generation, deeply care about the Palestinians and how they will achieve freedom and opportunity. Our Alliance will encourage everyone — Evangelicals especially, to fervently pray for God’s peace to rest upon all people in the region.”

The “Evangelical Attitudes Toward Israel and the Peace Process” study was conducted Sept. 20-28, 2017. The survey asked 2,002 Americans with evangelical beliefs about a wide range of issues involving Israel and the Palestinians. Results were unveiled Dec. 4 during a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington.

For the full survey results, visit http://lifewayresearch.com/2017/12/04/support-of-israel-among-younger-evangelicals/. For video of the press conference, visit https://chosenpeople.com/site/evangelical-attitudes-toward-israel-press-conference/.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For video, audio or images from the Dec. 4 announcement press conference as well as interviews, contact Kristin Cole at kristin@alarryross.com or 972-267-1111.