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Conservative leaders need to call out Ann Coulter on her anti-Semitic remarks. And, it’s not pandering to publicly defend Israel, America’s most trusted ally in the Mideast.

In Uncategorized on September 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

Coulter-TweetUPDATED: After the Republican Debates at the Reagan Library on Wednesday evening, best-selling author Ann Coulter made some vile, anti-Jewish comments on Twitter.

First, she accused several GOP candidates of talking too much about Israel, despite the fact that Israel is one of America’s most faithful and trustworthy allies in the world, as well as our most faithful ally in the Middle East. Then Ann accused these candidates of speaking about Israel merely for the purpose of trying to win the votes of Jews and Evangelical Christians. Then she asked, “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States.” Then, when I and others called her out, Anne argued that she loves Jews and Israel and simply was trying to make a point about GOP “pandering.”

My first two Tweets on the matter:

Ann’s responses:

  1. Joel! I am a huge Israel fan! See my current book. I was attacking GOP for pandering on Israel (AND Reagan AND abortion).
  2. It’s not about Jewish people; it’s about Republican panderers

  3. Anti-PANDERING. Today’s column attacks GOPs for same pandering on Reagan & abortion.

My responses:

  • Fine, , be against pandering. But attacking “f—ing Jews” crosses line. Apologize. Admit you’re wrong.
  • If you’re a “big fan” of Israel , why say “f–ing Jews”? Why attack candidates who stand w/best US ally?
  • You need to make this right, & I want you to. You made it about Jews. But you can fix it.

In the hours following Ann’s comments, the anti-Semites really came out of the woodwork. All kinds of other anti-Semitic comments have been erupting on Twitter. These are not thoughtful, substantive Tweets concerning disagreements with Israeli policies or the merits of strong U.S.-Israeli relations. Rather, all kinds of people are using the occasion of Ann’s “f—ing Jews” comment to launch personal attacks against Jews and Israelis for being “vile” and “greedy” and committing “genocide” and “controlling the media” and all kinds of other evils.

A number of Jewish Americans have rightly criticized Coulter over the last few hours. Conservative and Christian leaders need to do so, as well. Ann is widely regarded as a leading conservative voice and she needs to be challenged by her fellow conservatives. To avoid the topic and say, “Well, that’s just Ann…” is wrong.

Imagine if President Obama or Hillary Clinton took a shot at loyal Jewish Americans by calling them “f—ing Jews”? I presume every conservative leader would be speaking out against such ugly, crude, hateful comments, and rightly so.

Last point for now: Is it really “pandering” and wrong and ridiculous for an American presidential candidate to speak positively about a faithful and trusted and loyal ally, be it Israel or any other country? Since when did it become wrong to publicly stand with American allies who share American values and are on the front lines in the fight with enemies of America? President Obama and his administration keep cutting loose one U.S. friend and ally after another, from Poland to the Czech Republic to Ukraine, to Israel, to Egypt, and beyond. I’m glad to hear men and women who want to be the next Commander-in-Chief publicly and firmly defend American security, American interests, and American allies on principle — Israel included.

Ann, as a Jew and an Evangelical, I’m praying for you to have a change of heart, apologize, and make this right.

Now is the time for Christians and Jews to stand together against common enemies — followers of Radical Islam and followers of Apocalyptic Islam — not to turn against one another. The stakes are too high.



Czar Putin makes his move into Mideast. Amidst vacuum created by Obama, Russian leader making aggressive military moves in Iran, Syria & throughout the epicenter. Just how worried should we be?

In Uncategorized on September 16, 2015 at 6:51 pm
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

(Central Israel) — Vladimir Putin, the Czar of Moscow, is making his move.

The Kremlin has long wanted to dominate the Middle East. Since the dawn of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy was to prevent this from happening. A close look at Putin’s own words show just how dangerous he really is.

As I have been warning for some time, however, President Obama can’t or won’t see the rising danger. His policy of full-scale American retreat, appeasement and surrender in the Middle East has created a political and military vacuum. And Czar Putin is taking full advantage.

Indeed, in recent months — and recent days — the Russian leader has been making very aggressive moves.

Putin is solidifying and intensifying the Russian alliance with Iran. He has fully backed the insane Iran nuclear deal, despite the fact that the country is run by leaders who embrace an apocalyptic form of Islam. What’s more, he’s meeting with Iran’s top terrorist leader (Gen. Soleimani), and selling Iran the Kremlin’s state of the art anti-aircraft missile system (the S-300).

At the same time, Putin is arming the Assad regime and helping the ruthless dictator of Damascus kill Syrians by the tens of thousands and reduce the nation to rubble. He is also sending Russian combat troops, tanks, aircraft and other military materiel to Syria to help Iran prop up Assad and further establish the Russian-Iranian alliance on the north-eastern border of Israel.

If this weren’t enough, Putin’s Russia has just signed a $10 billion deal to help Jordan become a nuclear power. It is also set to help build nuclear facilities in Egypt, as well.

Consider the latest headlines:

An exclusive poll I commissioned in 2014 found that 72% of Americans see Putin as a “clear and present danger” to the U.S. and Israel. He will become even more dangerous if he builds an anti-American, anti-Israeli axis in the Middle East, sells billions of dollars in weapons to our worst enemies, and helps spread nuclear technology in the world’s most volatile region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sees the threat, and he is concerned. News reports here indicate Netanyahu is heading to Moscow next week for private meetings with Putin concerning Russia’s military entry into Syria and deepening alliance with the apocalyptic mullahs in Iran.

More than ever, we need a President with the wisdom and experience to reassert American leadership in the Middle East and around the world, and prevent Russia and Iran from dominating the region and threatening our allies.



What’s the difference between Apocalyptic Islam & the “last days” according to Bible prophecy?

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Bible-HebrewmanuscriptUPDATED: Shana Tova! Sunday evening at sundown in Israel begins a new Jewish year. And as we begin, the region is full of anxiety over what the future holds.

The good news is that the God of the Bible is the God who knows the future, is all sovereign over the past, present and future, and even gives us a glimpse into the future through prophecy. This year, more than ever, I encourage you to read through — and study careful — the entire Bible, both Old and New Testaments, and especially the prophecies that tell us what the future holds.

Since publishing an article and two fact sheets (here and here) about the nature and threat of “Apocalyptic Islam,” people have been asking me numerous questions.

Among them:

  1. Don’t Christians and Jews also believe in the End of Days?
  2. Are you criticizing all people who study, believe in, teach, or live according to eschatology (the study of things pertaining to the End of Days)?
  3. Is the study of eschatology inherently dangerous?
  4. What are some of the similarities between Shia and Sunni eschatology and Biblical eschatology?
  5. What are some of the main differences between Shia and Sunni eschatology and Biblical eschatology?

These are good and important questions. I’m glad people are asking, especially as we begin a new year. So let me provide some concise answers. I also provide links to more resources below that I think you’ll find helpful.

  1. Yes, many devout Christians and Jews also believe in various prophecies about the End of Days.
    1. JEWISH ESCHATOLOGY: Religious Jews believe the Messiah will come in the End of Days, will establish His global Kingdom upon the Earth (based in Jerusalem), and will rule the entire world with justice and righteousness. Such prophecies are described in the Hebrew Bible books of Daniel (7:9-14, for example), Isaiah, Jeremiah, as well as in the writings of other Hebrew prophets in the Bible.
    2. CHRISTIAN ESCHATOLOGY: Those who believe that Jesus is the Messiah (born again Christians, as well as Messianic Jews) believe we are currently living in the End of Days, that the Lord Jesus will come back to Earth very soon, He will establish His global Kingdom upon the Earth (based in Jerusalem), and He will rule the entire world with justice and righteousness. We also base our beliefs on the Old Testament prophecies, as well as the Gospels, the New Testament epistles, and the Book of Revelation. Many followers of Jesus also believe that prior to the “Second Coming” when He establishes His official Kingdom on Earth, the Messiah will come in the air and “snatch away” or “Rapture” His true followers in “the twinkling of an eye” to be with Him in heaven while He pours out judgment on the nations. We base these beliefs on passages such as I Thessalonians 4:13-5:28, I Corinthians 15:50-58, and John 14:1-6. [NOTE: I Thessalonians chapter 5 explains that the Rapture will take place at a time when most people don’t expect it to happen and they will be caught unawares. “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then destruction will come upon them suddenly.” This is a curious passage in light of how many world leaders are currently describing the Iran nuclear deal as putting the world on the path to “peace and safety.”]
  2. No, I am not criticizing everyone who studies, believes in, teaches or lives according to prophecy and eschatology. As a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ — as an Evangelical who studies and believes and tries to obey the Bible — I believe very deeply in what the Bible teaches about the End Times and how we are to live as we await the Rapture, the Tribulation and the Second Coming. Indeed, I have written and taught extensively on the importance of rediscovering the purpose and power of Bible prophecy. (see various resources below)
  3. Not all versions of eschatology are dangerous — but some are. The versions of eschatology believed, taught and practiced by the leaders of Iran and the Islamic State are very dangerous, as I have sought to explain.
  4. Some of the core similarities between Biblical eschatology and Sunni & Shia eschatology are these:
    1. Devout Christians and Muslims believe that there will be a period known as the “End Times” or “End of Days” or “Last Days” where God will consummate history as we have known it thus far, and then God will begin a new period of history.
    2. Devout Christians and Muslims that the Messiah is coming in the End Times to establish his kingdom over the entire world.
    3. Devout Christians and Muslims believe that Jesus is coming.
    4. Devout Christians and Muslims believe that time is short and that we need to living differently in light of the coming of the messiah and his kingdom.
  5. Some of the core differences between Biblical and Islamic eschatology are:
    1. While devout Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the crucified and resurrected Son of God, and thus the Messiah, the Savior, and the King who will reign over the world, devout Muslims believe Jesus was merely a prophet, that he did not die on the cross and was not raised from the dead, and that he is coming not to be the King but rather as the deputy to their messiah, known as the Mahdi.
    2. Biblical eschatology teaches devout Christians to love their enemy and seek to persuade unbelievers to repent of their sins and receive Jesus as the Messiah or Christ by faith for the forgiveness of their sins and to be adopted into God’s family and granted eternal life with God. If unbelievers refuse to receive Christ, Christians are still to love them, but they will be judged by God when they die and go to Hell forever. Islamic eschatology teaches Apocalyptic Muslims to give unbelievers an opportunity to repent. But if they don’t repent, Muslims are instructed to execute such “infidels.”
    3. Biblical eschatology teaches that in the last days — particularly during a period of time known as the “Tribulation” — God will pour out His judgment on all the nations of the Earth. During this period, individuals can repent and receive Christ as Savior by faith. However, the Bible teaches that they will go through the worst period of war, famine, natural disasters and many other traumas in all of human history. Followers of Christ are not to cause or lead such wars and traumas. Rather they are to love their neighbors and enemies and preach the Gospel to everyone. But the Bible explains that such wars are coming as a result of leaders and forces obedient to Satan and that many Christians will be martyred during this period. Apocalyptic Muslims, on the other hand, believe that in the last days it is their God-given duty to foment and lead genocidal wars against all unbelieving nations, and to violently establish their kingdom or caliphate on earth. They are specifically instructed to slaughter Jews and Christians in the last days.
    4. A careful study of Biblical eschatology reveals that it does not create a dangerous movement, but rather one motivated by love, mercy, forgiveness, compassion and a desire to create peace. It is given to us to motivate us to live more holy lives and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people in all nations, and care for the poor and needy, and follow more faithfully the teachings and example of Jesus as His return for us draws near. A careful study of Islamic eschatology practiced by Iranian and ISIS leaders, on the other hand, reveals that it creates a dangerous, violent, genocidal movement.

I hope you find this helpful in understanding and explaining important distinctions between Biblical eschatology and that of Apocalyptic Muslims. What follows are various resources to help you, and any of your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who might be interested in understanding various issues concerning Biblical prophecy — such as the “Rapture” — and how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.






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