Do Evangelicals Play a Key Role in Middle East Peace?

I am amazed at the doors open for evangelical Christians in the Middle East, and I am especially grateful for men like Joel Rosenberg who God has placed for such a time as this.  As noted before, Rosenberg has led Christian delegations into the chambers of the most high ranking leaders in the Middle East, where their discussions have centered on many things including encouraging positive relationships with Israel.

Indeed, the Lord has placed faithful Christian leaders in positions of influence.  Check out Joel Rosenberg’s latest report on their visit with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS).  It is fascinating, and a news video reporting the trip is also found in the link below.  Enjoy!

Israel’s Channel 10 News Broadcasts Story of Evangelical Meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince

We truly do live in incredible times, and God is using His people who commit to Him.  Let’s be available vessels for His use!

Iran Sanctions…and Christians Visit UAE and Saudi Arabia

On a day filled with news about the latest phase of sanctions reimposed on Iran, the more encouraging news is out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia.

Indeed, on August 7, President Trump signed an Executive Order, vowing to reimpose sanctions on Iran.  (State Department report, including the actual Executive Order can be found here.)  The first phase occurred at that point, with the second round hitting Iran with economic force today.

Around the same time Trump was signing that document, a group of Evangelical Christians were making plans to visit the UAE, to discuss issues critical to peace in the region, freedom of worship for Christians, and understanding the needs of Sunni Arab citizens in the region.

The group of about a dozen evangelicals, led by Joel Rosenberg, made history last week when the Crown Princes of both the UAE and Saudi Arabia welcomed the entourage to their respective palaces.  From all accounts the visits accomplished everything hoped for…and more!

Perhaps most amazing was both nations were willing to “go public” with the events, even amidst the extreme displeasure of the Iranian regime, who severely criticized and rebuked the leadership of both nations.  (Read Joel Rosenberg’s report, along with links to international reports, here.)

Friends, there is a new thing happening in the Middle East.  A new day has dawned, and though I would not say Arab countries are yet our greatest ally, the stage continues to be set for a major confrontation known as the War of Gog and Magog.  Bible students, study carefully and you will find that Israel will not be attacked by the likes of Egypt, Saudi Arabia or any other Gulf Coast state, but rather by a coalition led by Russia and joined by Iran, Turkey, Sudan and Libya.

Indeed, the pieces on the chessboard are taking their rightful place and the Chess Master…our Lord Jesus Christ…is about to checkmate Israel’s enemies!  Though God certainly doesn’t need media outlets to prove His Word is true, He is using even Arab media to confirm what He said through the prophets long ago!

Pray for our Christian leaders to lead us in righteousness, and pray for the eyes of Arab leaders to be open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  After all, it is not about who’s side you take in earthly matters, but in who’s side you take in heavenly matters.  Our Captain of Heavens Armies calls us to His side!

PS: If you are a US citizen, please vote tomorrow!  We are in a battle to protect religious freedom and other Biblical values.  Let’s all follow our Captain in that regard as well!

“Hatikva” Played for First Time in UAE Following Israel’s Gold Medal Win

Image result for Israeli judo gold medal

Earlier today, Israeli judo champion, Sagi Muki won a gold medal at a major international event in Abu Dhabi UAE.  This is not the first gold medal win for Muki or the Israeli team, so what is so special about today’s win at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam?

History was made as “Hatikva” (the Israeli national anthem) was played and the Israeli flag raised for the first time in a sporting event hosted by an Arab country.  It has only been in recent years that athletes from Israel were allowed to compete in international sporting events in Arab countries.  Initially, not competitive enough to vie for podium positions, it was a non-issue.  However, as Israeli athletes improved and took well-earned positions on the medal stand, they were forced to do so without their flag being raised or their anthem played.  As recently as the same event last year, Israeli gold medal winners were deprived of the same recognition as other gold medalists.

That all changed today when Muki’s victory was celebrated in full, including flag and anthem!  In attendance at the event was Israel’s Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev, who presented the medals and showed visible emotion as she proudly mouthed the words of “Hatikva” as it played.

Amidst chaos and evil hogging headlines these days, we are wise to recognize how the Lord continues moving pieces into place to fulfill Bible prophecy.  Not only is there rising cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, but even Arab media is reporting that officials in Oman are recognizing Israel as a nation state.

“Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this. The world is also aware of this fact. Maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same [as other states] and also bare the same obligations.”
~Omani official Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Aljazeera, 10/27/2018

Just as God spoke through the prophets of old, we are seeing moderate Arab nations separate themselves from other more radical Muslim countries and forging relationships with the Jewish state.  In the end, Egypt and Assyria, along with Israel, will reap blessings from the Lord.  (Isaiah 19:24-25)  Likewise, the Arabian peninsula (including Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE), known as Sheba and Dedan in Ezekiel 38:13, are among Muslim nations who will not join other Muslim nations (and Russia) in attacking Israel.

So, is a gold medal ceremony following a sporting event really that big a deal?  It is when it reveals another small piece of fulfilled prophecy!

For more information on the gold medal win and its impact on the Israeli delegation, click here.

Praise God for Secret Churches in Saudi Arabia!

Happy Lord’s Day, friends!  Ready for some praiseworthy news?  Me too!

I know many of you pray, as I do, for the Prince of Peace to make Himself known to those in the Middle East.  The Lord of Heaven hears our prayers…and He is becoming known in Muslim-dominated lands.

Check this out…then praise God for these dear brothers and sisters in Christ!