Terry Bennett is a seasoned prophet that I have been watching for a number of years.  Since August 2010, he has been given a series of prophetic headlines of future events that are coming to America.  You can find these headlines listed on his own website right here.  Many of these prophecies have already come to pass.  What Terry Bennett says about what is coming next is very sobering…

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The following headlines were revealed to Terry as actual news headlines that we could expect to see over the next 4 years. These are not necessarily in sequence – Terry was given dates, which he saw as beginning approximately from June 15, 2011 through June 15, 2015.

Headlines Received August 2010

1. Washington D.C. Shaken, Rioting and Looting Continue

2. Emergency Meetings being Held by U.S. Senate and Congress

3. Worldwide Economic Confidence Toward U.S.A. Remains Dim

4. Dow Flops and Drops to All-Time Lows; Other Markets Tumble as Well

5. Governors Call for Constitutional Convention

6. Emergency Meetings of Economic Advisors Called in Europe (editor’s note: occured July 10, 2011)

7. Asian Markets Seek Stability within Asian Region; Pull Away from USA Begins

8. Martial Law Declared in Nation’s Capital (Washington D.C.)

9. Resignation Fever Hits Washington D.C.

10. Finger-Pointing Continues to Fuel Resignations in Washington D.C.

11. Who Will Pick Up the Pieces? (Editor’s Note: this refers to political offices)

12. New People’s Party Gaining Ground with Hearts

13. Jobless Rate Passes 32 Percent; Expected to Rise

14. The Big Freeze – Government Spending Cut by 50 Percent; Education and Military at Front of Cuts

15. Martial Law Declared in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Chicago and Other U.S. Cities

16. Lights Out – Rolling Electric Outages Expected to Continue

17. Here Comes the Sun (editor’s note: reported on NPR 11/8/2010, will be reported again)

18. Oh That I Had Wings That I Might Fly Away

19. The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia; Atlanta Area Hit Hardest

20. The Dark Night of the Soul – Plume Cloud Covers Over Half of the U.S.

Headlines Received December 25, 2010

1. The Meteor Showers of 2012 and 2013

2. Northern Oceans Show Signs of Heating Up; 12 Degree Flux

3. Eurodollars in Trouble – Falls to New Low

4. Germany and France Forge Alliance

5. German and French Currency Unveiled; Others Consider Participation

6. Japan Shaken Awake – Early-Morning Quake Measures 7.7; More Tremors Expected

7. Taiwan’s Government Seeks Expanded Powers

8. 9.1+ Quake Rocks Japanese Island

9. Sleepless in Seattle – Mt. Rainier Awakens While Residents Lose Sleep

10. New Americas’ Currency Unveiled – Fosters Angry Debates

11. The Agony of Silence – U.S.N. Trident Submarine Lost

12. Deep in the Heart of Texas – Independence Fervor in Austin; More Rallies Planned

13. Fatal Attraction – The Concerns Over Increased Magnetism of Our Planet (Editor’s Note: this will be a NASA story)

14. Russia and China Face Off – Arguments Heat Up with New Threats

15. India’s Shaky Ground – Northern Quakes Challenge Infrastructure (editor’s note: occured 9/20/2011)

16. Philippines Brace for New Violence – Government and Christians Targeted; Islam’s Cells on the Attack

17. Mexico City Jolted by Bomb – Reprisals Expected

18. Mexico Shaken by Northern Quakes and Eruption

19. Iraq Erupts in Unprecedented Violence; Insecurity Exposed and Oil Threatened

20. Saudi Arabia Halts Oil Flow to U.S.A.

21. Israel Braces for Multi-Front War – Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iran and Israel Mobilize; Saudis on Full Alert

22. Greece, Italy, Spain Join German and French Alliance of Economies (Editor’s Note: This will be called the AOE)

23. Canadian Quake Shocks British Columbia – Vancouver Affected

24. Major Rioting in Baltimore Threatens Services and Deliveries

25. The Riots of Montreal Canada; French Disturbance

Headlines Received December 11-12, 2011

1. Pharmaceutical Nightmare; Uncovering the hidden intentions and cover ups, big money vs. the hidden long-term health effects of drugs.

2. Overhauling the FDA; unveiling the corruption of payoffs and buyouts.

3. The Trial for the Unborn – the conscience pulse of our nation. To vote or not to vote, and a nation hanging in the balance.

4. The Taming of the Shrewd! Restrictions and transparency measures increased toward Wall Street investors, insurers, and the business of profit.

5. “I Fell into the Burning Ring of Fire,” The Ring of Fire Ablaze!

6. “The Burning of Our Fields,” from historical practice to modern catastrophe.

7. The Season of Burning; a South Chicago Blaze, a New York Blaze, and a San Francisco fire.

8. The Embattled Bill of Rights, the Basis of Our Freedoms on Trial.

9. Washington D.C. embroiled! Protestors Unlimited

10. Constitution Questioned, Constitution Opposed, Constitutional Changes, Constitutional Convention. A Line Drawn in the Sand in Texas.

11. Breakup, Breakdown, or Breakthrough, which will it be? United We Stand or Divided We Stand.

12. Protesting the Republican and Democratic Parties. Their power challenged in court.

13. “The Day the Dams Broke,” Seismic Activity in the Midwest.

14. “Dust in the Wind,” The Kansas nightmare. Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Nebraska, Drought, Heat, and Windstorms. Dust Bowl-type conditions.

15. Prices vs. Wages: The Poor, The Wealthy, The Profit Margin, and Battle Lines.

16. “No Military Surplus.” A closed pocketbook to military wish lists.

17. The Last battle of the Marine Corps; the few and proud may become fewer. Necessary or Unnecessary? Corps or single Brigade? Will they survive?

18. Islam, American Politics, and Policy. Exploring the boundaries of religious freedom.

19. Oil prices, Oil crisis, and Big Oil in crisis. Manipulation, Money, and Monopolizing.

20. A Nuclear Reactor That’s Over-reacting! The threat of radiation poisoning in America.

Headlines Received October, 2012

1. A Band of Brothers – “Rule 101″ = State’s Rights Governors United to Take a Stand.

2. The Mission Impossible Mission: Helping the Woes of the Euro.

3. “Free Falling”: How Do We Stop the Stock Drops?

4. The Leaning Tower of Italy: Will it All Fall?

5. London Bridge is Falling Down: From Stumble to Tumble and Still Falling

6. The Day the Earth Stood Still: The Sum of All Fears.

7. The Silencing of the Lambs: Crack Down on Church Voices and Money.

8. Another Bite Out of the Big Apple: A Shaken City Responds.

9. The Muzzling of the Oxen: Free Speech is Costly!

10. The Postman Isn’t Coming: Reduction and Closures of Personnel and Offices.

11. The Day the Dams Broke: Nature’s Fury Revealed!

12. The Shots Heard Round the World: “But There Were Some Who Resisted.” Face Off Turns Bloody!

13. Slow Down, Melt Down, Crack Down, Show Down: Banks Holding on to Your Money!

14. No Bridge Over Troubled Waters: An Impossible Deluge at the Mississippi River as 8.8 Earthquake Strikes.

15. The Final Countdown: The Insanity to Nuclear Conflict.

16. The Deadly Outbreak: New and Terrifying Children’s Diseases.

17. A Cyber War Commences.

18. Survival of the Fittest or Hostile Takeovers? Banking Clan Abolishes the Small Guys.

19. The Northern Bear returns from Hibernation: The Bear’s Appetite for Lands and Control!

20. “Hoodwinked”, the Innocent Face of the Big Bad Wofl! The Wolf Unmasks Itself, but Some are Not Afraid of the Globalists.

21. The Altered Landscape of Europe: New Nations Emerge from Chaos!

 

As many were predicting, the recent elections in Egypt moved that nation much closer to radical Islam and sharia law.  The fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is now in control of Egypt should be sobering for all of us.  This is an organization that is not just obsessed with imposing Islam and sharia law on all of Egypt – their eventual goal is to impose Islam and sharia law on the entire globe.  Mohamed Morsi, the newly elected president of Egypt, declared the following to a very enthusiastic crowd of supporters back in May: “The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal.”  Does that sound tolerant and peaceful to you?  Morsi has even declared that he is going to ignore the Egyptian constitution.  To Morsi, anything that stands in the way of the imposition of sharia law is an obstacle that must be removed.

If you have not seen this incredibly shocking video clip of Morsi yet, please take a few minutes to watch it.  This is where the nation of Egypt is headed….

Sadly, this is far from an isolated incident.

Just check out this video where another high ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood declares that the capital of Egypt “shall be Jerusalem, Allah willing”.

The Mubarak regime in Egypt was deeply corrupt, but at least it was at peace with its neighbors and was not trying to impose radical Islam on the rest of the globe.

But now Islamic radicals are in control of the country and nobody is quite sure what is going to happen next.

However, one thing that we have definitely seen since the “revolution” in Egypt has been a huge increase in the persecution of Christians.

Sadly, as history has shown us over and over, whenever radical Islam comes into contact with other religions violence almost always results.

The following are a few examples of Christian persecution by Islamic radicals in various parts of the globe from just the past couple of months….

-Syrian “rebels” have been ransacking Christian churches in Syria.

-A muslim mob torched a popular church in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

-There has been a wave of church bombings in Nigeria in recent weeks….

At least 80 people have been killed since Monday in clashes in northern Nigeria triggered by Islamists waging an insurgency against the government, figures from police and the Red Cross showed on Wednesday.

The violence – some of which was sparked by church bombings over the last three Sundays – has heightened sectarian tensions in Africa’s most populous country, which is evenly split between Christians and Muslims.

The truth is that children in radical Islamic communities all over the globe are being taught to be very violent from a very early age.

Just check out what kindergarten children at one Palestinian school are being taught….

Children attending a kindergarten in Gaza that is run by Islamic Jihad celebrated their graduation by dressing up in army attire, waving toy rifles and chanting anti-Israel slogans.

“It is our obligation to educate the children to love the resistance, Palestine and Jerusalem, so they will recognize the importance of Palestine and who its enemy is,” the kindergarten’s director said.

The children were dressed up in uniforms of Jihad’s armed-wing, the al-Quds Brigades, and each of them received a toy rifle. Some of them held up photos of Islamic Jihad founder Fathi Shaqaqi.

You can see incredibly shocking photographs of this kindergarten graduation event right here.

For many more examples of what Palestinian children are being taught, just check out one of my previous articles entitled “You Will Not Believe What Palestinian Textbooks And Saudi Arabian Textbooks Say About Jews“.

But of course we will never see anything like this in the United States, right?

Don’t be so sure.

In fact, a group of Christians in Dearborn, Michigan was recently stoned in public by a Muslim mob as the police watched.  The following is from a recent WorldNetDaily article….

It happened in an American city: Hundreds of angry Muslim children and adults rioted against Christians, throwing chunks of concrete and eggs at their heads, spraying them with urine and cursing at them – while police stood by and threatened the Christian victims with “disorderly conduct.”

The city of Dearborn, Mich., hosted its annual 2012 Arab International festival on Father’s Day weekend. As can be seen in a video of the attack, a group of Christians holding signs were viciously assaulted by an angry mob of Arabs – as the crowd chanted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is the greatest!”

Starting at the 9:00 mark and continuing to about the 10:30 mark, the crowd – reminiscent of a rock-throwing “intifada” scene from the Middle East – can be seen hurling a dizzying barrage of objects at the Christians standing passively with their signs, causing some injuries.

You can read the rest of this very shocking article right here.

Many people never thought that something like this could happen in America.

But it did.

And this is just the beginning.

Video of the incident in Dearborn, Michigan is posted below….

So what do you think about all of this?

Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion below….

The Bible Is Becoming Less Important To Most Americans

Once upon a time, the vast majority of all Americans believed that the Bible was the Word of God, but now things have fundamentally changed.  With each passing year, the Bible is becoming less important to most Americans.  The results of the most recent State of the Bible survey are absolutely shocking.  The survey was conducted by the Barna Group on behalf of the American Bible Society, and it clearly shows that the Bible is becoming less important in the daily lives of Americans.  Sadly, young people are rejecting the Bible and rejecting Christianity in higher percentages than anyone else.  The Bible tells us that there will be a great apostasy in the last days, but to see it start to happen is incredibly sad.  The following are some of the most noteworthy results of the survey….

  • In 2011, 54% of American adults said that the Bible has too little influence in society today.  In 2012, that number was only 47%.
  • The survey found that 55% of all American adults read the Bible to be closer to God.  That was a 9% decline from 2011.
  • In 2011, 53% of American adults believed that “the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life”.  In the 2012 survey, that percentage fell to 48%.
  • Last year, 67% of all American adults said that they want to read the Bible more.  This year, only 60% of all American adults said that they want to read the Bible more.
  • 54% of all respondents to the survey this year were not able to correctly identify the first five books of the Bible.
  • 46% of all American adults believe that the Bible, the Quran and the Book of Mormon “are different expressions of the same spiritual truths”.
  • 36% of all American adults read the Bible less than once a year.
  • According to the survey, younger Americans consider the Bible to be less important than older Americans do. Only 34% of Americans in the 18-27 age bracket believe that “the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life”.  In the 66 and older age bracket, 62% believe that “the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life”.

As the Bible becomes less important to most Americans, they are also increasingly coming to believe that all major religions are acceptable paths to God.

In fact, a movement known as “Chrislam” that is attempting to draw together Christianity and Islam is making inroads in churches all over America.  For example, last year dozens of churches publicly read from the Quran during their worship services one Sunday as part of an interfaith project promoted by the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First.

Most Americans simply do not believe that there is a single way to God anymore.  One survey that was conducted a while back discovered that 52 percent of all American Christians believe that “at least some non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life”.

For many other Americans, religion is simply not important at all.  A survey that was conducted by LifeWay Research found that 46 percent of all Americans never even think about whether they will go to heaven or hell at all.

Without a doubt, Christianity is losing its dominant role in American life.  Most Americans still consider themselves to be “Christian” in one sense or another, but the percentage of Christians in the United States is falling fast.  Back in 1990, 86 percent of all Americans considered themselves to be Christians.  In 2008, that number had plummeted to 76 percent.

So where are all of those people going?

Well, certainly a number of other religions have grown rapidly, but so has atheism.  In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau the number of Americans with “no religion” more than doubled between 1990 and 2008.

This is particularly true among young Americans.  According to one survey, 25 percent of all Americans in the 18 to 29 age bracket say that they have no religion.

Survey after survey has found that the younger a person is, the less likely they are going to be Christian.

Young adults in America today are far less likely to be engaged in religious activities than their parents or grandparents.  The following are some of the results of a survey of young adults that was conducted by LifeWay Christian Resources….

•65% rarely or never pray with others, and 38% almost never pray by themselves either.

•65% rarely or never attend worship services of any kind.

•67% don’t read the Bible or any other religious texts on a regular basis.

There appears to be a huge drop off in church attendance during the transition from the teen years to the young adult years.  The following comes from a CNN article….

David Kinnaman, the 38-year-old president of the Barna Group, an evangelical research firm, is the latest to sound the alarm. In his new book, “You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith,” he says that 18- to 29-year-olds have fallen down a “black hole” of church attendance. There is a 43% drop in Christian church attendance between the teen and early adult years, he says.

But that doesn’t mean that young adults in America are fully rejecting spirituality.

In fact, spirituality and the supernatural have been at the very heart of some of the biggest entertainment phenomenons that we have seen in recent years.  Harry Potter and Twilight both captured the imaginations of millions upon millions of young Americans.

Our young people seem to have a craving for the supernatural, but they do not seem to have much of a desire for Christianity.

In fact, many music superstars have found great success by using dark imagery that fully rejects Christianity.  Satanic imagery seems to have a great allure for many young Americans today.  The following comes from a recent Fox News article….

Lady Gaga, for example, frequently uses satanic imagery in her music videos. A simple Google search of Gaga’s name yields results that suggests everything from her being a servant of the dark lord, which she does little to dispel, to her involvement with the Illuminati, an alleged secret society of powerful musicians, CEOs and politicians rumored to worship the devil.

Similarly, Kanye West has garnered attention with controversial satanic images in his music videos and joking that he is involved with the Illuminati. West’s frequent collaborators Jay Z and Beyonce are rumored to be involved with the group as well.

Rapper Tyler Okonma, better known by the stage name Tyler the Creator, has even branded himself the son of Satan in his song “Bastard.”

And with Satan’s imagery arguably translating to remarkable success for these stars, who have Grammys and gold records under their belts, experts don’t see it going away any time soon.

We need to reach these young people with the truth while there is still time.

Large portions of the church are sleeping and this generation of young people is rapidly slipping away.

We desperately need a true spiritual awakening in this country.

So what do you think about the things that you have just read above?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

If you want to know if a war is coming, don’t listen to what the politicians are saying.  Instead, keep an eye on where ships, troops and equipment are headed.  Right now, there are quite a few signs that intense military preparations are being made for war in the Middle East.  By April, there will be multiple aircraft carrier groups in the Persian Gulf.  Large numbers of U.S. troops are being massed within striking distance of Iran, and it is being reported that U.S. aircraft are heading to the Middle East in numbers not seen for years.  So does all of this mean that war is coming?  Not necessarily.  Perhaps the Obama administration is just trying to scare Iran into giving up its nuclear program.  Perhaps the Obama administration is just trying to convince Syrian President Bashar Assad that it is time to step down.  But the fact that such intense military preparations are being made right now is certainly very, very interesting.  Usually wars are planned long in advance.  The truth is that military planning does not begin when the politicians stop talking.  In just about every major military conflict in modern times, forces have been moved into position long ahead of time.

So will we see a war in the Middle East in 2012?

Only time will tell.

But things certainly are starting to heat up.

The following are 7 signs that intense military preparations are being made for war in the Middle East….

#1 France is sending a nuclear aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, and it is expected that the U.S. will have three aircraft carrier groups operating in the Persian Gulf by April.

#2 It is being reported that large numbers of U.S. troops are being positioned on two strategic islands within easy reach of Iran.  The following comes from a recent Debka article….

Debkafile’s military sources report a steady flow of many thousands of US troops for some weeks to two strategic islands within reach of Iran, Oman’s Masirah just south of the Strait of Hormuz and Socotra, between Yemen and the Horn of Africa.

#3 A major amphibious landing exercise known as “Bold Alligator” is currently being conducted along the Virginia and North Carolina coasts.  Eight other nations are also participating in this drill, and many analysts believe that this drill is in preparation for an Iranian operation.  The following comes from a recent Arutz Sheva article….

The Bold Alligator drill includes 20,000 U.S. forces, plus hundreds of British, Dutch and French troops – as well as liaison officers from Italy, Spain, New Zealand and Australia.

The drill includes a beach landing and air assault supported by 25 warships, and is intended to  “to revitalize, refine, and strengthen fundamental amphibious capabilities and reinforce the Navy and Marine Corps role as ‘fighters from the sea.’”

U.S. Marines have spent a decade out of their native element in the deserts of Iraq and mountains of Afghanistan, but with the Pentagon’s restructuring and forward-focus on Asia, the Marines are returning to their roots.

Admiral John Harvey, head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, described Bold Alligator as “the largest amphibious exercise conducted by the fleet in the last 10 years.”

#4 There have been reports of huge numbers of U.S. aircraft moving into position in the Persian Gulf region.  The following comes from a recent Debka report….

Debkafile’s military sources report that flight after flight of US warplanes and transports were to be seen this week cutting eastward through the skies of Sinai on their way to Gulf destinations, presumably Saudi Arabia, at a frequency not seen in the Middle East for many years.

#5 A helicopter carrier (the USS Ponce) that was supposed to have been decommissioned after duty in Libya is now being upgraded and is scheduled to be able to be available for service in the Persian Gulf by June.

#6 The Saudis appear to be really preparing for something.  Just check out what Debka says has been going on in Saudi Arabia….

Our military sources report that the Saudis this week wound up their own intensive preparations for war. Large forces are now deployed around Saudi oil fields, pipelines and export facilities in the eastern provinces opposite the Persian Gulf, backed by anti-missile Patriot PAC-3 batteries. American, British and French fighter-bombers have been landing at Saudi air bases to safeguard the capital, Riyadh.

#7 Someone has been moving huge numbers of tanks around by train in California.  Just check out this video.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that these military preparations are a sign that we will see a war in the Middle East in 2012?

Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

Tebow 3:16

God really does work in mysterious ways.  This season Tim Tebow has led the Denver Broncos to last minute victory after last minute victory, but none was more dramatic than the 29-23 overtime win in a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.  On the first play of overtime, Tebow dropped back and threw an 80 yard touchdown pass to win the game.  It is estimated that an astounding 45 million people watched Tebow throw that pass.  It is being called “Tebow 3:16″ (for reasons that will be explained below) and it is already one of the most famous plays in NFL history.  For many hours afterwards, the victory by Tebow and the Broncos was the number one news story in America.  But what makes all of this even more amazing are some of the incredible numbers from the game.

Back during his college career at the University of Florida, Tim Tebow would often write “John 3:16″ on the eye black under his eyes.  But in the NFL they do not allow players to write messages on the eye black under their eyes.

So God found another way to get the message out….

-During the victory over the Steelers, Tim Tebow passed for exactly 316 yards.

-Tebow also set an all-time NFL playoff record with 31.6 yards per completion.

-According to John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal, the final quarter-hour television rating for the Broncos-Steelers game was 31.6.

In addition, the first name of his head coach is John (John Fox) and the first name of his general manager is John (John Elway).

In the past, Tebow has said that John 3:16 is his favorite verse.  For those not familiar with it, John 3:16 says the following….

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

After the Broncos won, John 3:16 quickly became the most searched term on Google.  The following comes from an article in the Washington Post….

When he wore the Scripture verse on his eye black during the National Championship Game in 2009, the term “John 3:16” was reportedly Googled more than 90 million times.

The Bible verse quickly became the most searched Google term Monday.

God certainly does have a flair for the dramatic.

If you have not seen “Tebow 3:16″ yet, video of it is posted below.  As mentioned above, this is already one of the most famous plays in NFL history….

So what is Tebow saying about all of this?

The following comes from a CNN article….

“As I was running around the field I just wanted to thank my lord and savior,” he said in a post-game interview. “And then I jumped in the stands which is something I’ve never done, but I was pretty excited, then got back on one knee to thank the Lord again, and tried to celebrate with my teammates,” he said.

After the win, Tebow posted the following on his Facebook page….

Praise the Lord! Thanks to all my teammates, coaches and fans…This win was for Bronco Nation! We couldn’t have done it without all of us working together as one. And yeah, Demaryius Thomas is a beast!

Needless to say, the social media universe absolutely exploded after the game was over.  According to Twitter, an almost unbelievable 9,420 sports tweets per second were sent in the moments immediately following Tebow’s touchdown pass.

That set a brand new all-time record.

By the way, if you would like to follow Tim Tebow on Twitter, you can follow him here.

As we get even deeper into the last days, a lot more things like this are going to happen.

As the darkness gets darker, the light is going to shine even brighter.

The world is going to become incredibly unstable and times are going to get really tough.

A lot of people are going to take the cowardly route and will totally give in to fear.

But others will stand up for the Lord Jesus Christ no matter what the cost and will boldly testify for Him.

Thank God that we have heroes out there like Tim Tebow that are willing to share the simple truth that we find in John 3:16….

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”

There will never be peace in the Middle East until Jesus comes back.  All of the politicians that are relentlessly pursuing peace plans in the Middle East are fighting a hopeless battle.  From the time that they are able to speak, children all over the Islamic world are taught to obsessively hate Jews and the nation of Israel.  They are taught that “Zionists” are their greatest enemies and that they are behind a lot of the major problems that we see in the world today.  Even when Hitler was at the height of his power, there was never the kind of relentless anti-Semitic indoctrination that we now see throughout the Islamic world.  Over the past decade, immense pressure has been put on the Palestinians and the Saudis to clean up their textbooks, and yet they still contain calls to kill the Jews.  In fact, you will probably find it hard to believe some of the quotes from Palestinian textbooks and Saudi Arabian textbooks that are posted below.  We live in very crazy times, and unfortunately the anti-Semitism in the Islamic world is likely to grow even worse as we get even deeper into the last days.

A couple of days ago, the Daily Mail published an article that contained some absolutely shocking details about what is currently in Saudi Arabian textbooks for 9th and 10th-graders.

According to the Daily Mail, one textbook for 9th graders actually contains the following statement….

“The hour (of judgment) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. There is a Jew behind me come and kill him.”

Unfortunately, it is not just in school where children are being taught these things.

Islam is not just a religion in nations such as Saudi Arabia.  It is a way of life.

Today, millions upon millions of children are immersed in the ways of jihad from the moment that they are taken from the cradle.  It would be hard to overstate how much of a danger this is for the rest of the world.

Palestinian textbooks also contain a lot of really horrible things.  Several contenders for the Republican presidential nomination have even mentioned these Palestinian textbooks in recent debates.

Over the past decade, there has been a relentless campaign to clean Palestinian textbooks up.  Yet they still contain a lot of anti-Semitic language.

For example, one Palestinian textbook for 8th graders used in religious schools includes the following statement….

“Muslim fighters must get rid of the usurping Jews from the usurped lands in Palestine and in the Levant.”

Jihad seems to be a constant and never ending theme in Palestinian textbooks.  Back in 2007, Palestinian Media Watch released a report entitled “From Nationalist Battle to Religious Conflict: New 12th Grade Palestinian Textbooks Present a World Without Israel” which discussed the radical anti-Semitism found in Palestinian textbooks for 12th grade students.  The following is an excerpt from that report….

The teachings repeatedly reject Israel’s right to exist, present the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, teach Israel’s founding as imperialism, and actively portray a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all. The following description of Israel’s founding represents the dominant dogma about Israel in Palestinian schoolbooks: Defining Israel’s founding as a “catastrophe unprecedented in history,” “a theft perpetrated by “Zionist gangs,” together with numerous other hateful descriptions of Israel as “colonial imperialist” and “racist”, compounded by the presentation of the conflict as a religious war, leaves no latitude for students to have positive or even neutral attitudes towards Israel. This negative imagery and religious packaging are compounded by hateful presentations of Israeli policy. The young students are imbued with a Palestinian identity as “victims” just by virtue of Israel’s existence. The well-meaning student is left with no logical justification or religious option to accept Israel as a neighbor or to seek coexistence. Given the total rejection of Israel’s right to exist, on nationalistic and religious grounds, Palestinian terror against Israel since Israel’s founding in 1948 is defined as: “resistance … acts of most glorious heroism.” PA educators teach that fighting Israel is not merely a territorial conflict, but also a religious battle for Islam. The schoolbooks define the conflict with Israel as “Ribat for Allah” – “one of the actions related to Jihad for Allah, and it means: Being found in areas where there is a struggle between Muslims and their enemies”.

The following are two quotes from Palestinian textbooks that were heavily featured in the report….

*”Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their houses, and established the State of Israel.”

*”The Ribat for Allah is one of the actions related to Jihad for Allah, it means: Being found in areas where there is a struggle between Muslims and their enemies… the endurance of Palestine’s people on their land … is one of the greatest of the Ribat and they are worthy of a great reward from Allah.”

When you relentlessly ram anti-Semitic propaganda down the throats of children for years and years, it is really hard to get them to accept the idea of peace with Israel later on when they become adults.

This was clearly demonstrated by the results of a recent poll by The Israel Project.  The poll asked Palestinians living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza a variety of questions about Israel and about the peace process.  The following are some of the results…..

*60 percent were in favor of direct negotiations with Israel that would result in a “two state” solution.

*Approximately two-thirds of the respondents agreed that “over time, Palestinians must work to get back all the land for a Palestinian state.”

*Only 23 percent of the respondents believed that  “Israel has a permanent right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people.”

*58 percent of those surveyed preferred “armed struggle” over “engagement with Israel.”

*Just 12 percent of the respondents said that official maps, documents and school textbooks should show the name “Israel”.

So if only 23 percent of Palestinians believe that Israel has a permanent right to exist, and if two-thirds believe that Palestinians must eventually capture all of the land, then how is lasting peace going to be possible?

No “Palestinian state” is going to bring lasting peace to the region.

But it is not just the Palestinians and the Saudis that are the problem.

A new U.S. government commission report says the following about school textbooks in Pakistan….

“Religious minorities are often portrayed as inferior or second-class citizens who have been granted limited rights and privileges by generous Pakistani Muslims, for which they should be grateful”

Those of us that live in the west simply have a hard time grasping how deep all of this indoctrination really goes.

Most Americans are used to thinking of “religion” as a very small part of life.

In Islamic countries, Islam is life.

Of course the most important book of all in Islamic countries is the Quran.  Children in Islamic countries may read a textbook one or two times, but the Quran will be part of their daily lives for as long as they live.

The following are quotes from the Quran about Jews….

“And thou wilt find them [the Jews] the greediest of mankind” [Surah 11, v. 96]

“They [the Jews] are the heirs of Hell…. They will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say … When evil befalls you they rejoice.” [Surah 111, v. 117-120]

“Allah hath cursed them [the Jews] for their disbelief.” [Surah IV, v. 46]

“They [the Jews] will spare no pains to corrupt you. They desire nothing but your ruin. Their hatred is clear from what they say, but more violent is the hatred which their breasts conceal.” [Surah III, v. 117-120]

“O ye who believe! Take not the Jews and Christians for friends.” [Surah V, v. 51]

“Allah fighteth against them [the Jews]. How perverse they are!” [Surah IX, v. 30]

The following is found in the Hadith (a record of the deeds and sayings of Muhammad)….

“The Day of Resurrection will not arrive until the Moslems make war against the Jews and kill them, and until a Jew hiding behind a rock and tree, and the rock and tree will say: ‘Oh Moslem, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!”

Are you starting to understand?

Muslims commit violent acts against Christians and Jews because that is what they have been taught to do all of their lives.

All over the world we see radical Muslims doing some of the most horrible things imaginable to Christians and Jews.  The following two examples come from an article by frontpagemag.com.

This first example is from Ethiopia….

More than 500 Muslim students assisted by Muslim police burned down a church, while screaming “Allahu Akbar” (and thus clearly positing their attack in an Islamic framework); the church was built on land used by Christians for more than 60 years, but now a court has ruled that it was built “without a permit.”

This next example comes from Kenya….

A gang of Muslims stabbed and beat with iron rods a 25-year-old Somali refugee, breaking his teeth; he was then stripped naked, covered with dirt, and left unconscious near a church. Although he was raised Christian since age 7, he was attacked on the “assumption that as a Somali he was born into Islam and was therefore an apostate deserving of death.”

Wherever you find radical Islam, you will find violence.

For example, back in 2010 a Christian man in Pakistan’s Punjab province was burned alive by radical Islamic leaders for refusing to convert to Islam while his wife was raped by police officers.

Another very shocking incident took place down in Egypt.  In broad daylight and in full view of witnesses, a group of 4 Islamic radicals in the southern Egyptian city of Attaleen fired 31 bullets into the head of a Coptic Christian before beheading him.  The dead body was then dragged through the streets accompanied by shouts of victory.  Later, an Egyptian court acquitted the four Muslim men accused of committing the crime.

Sadly, hundreds more very shocking examples could be included in this article.

There is a reason why so many people are so deeply concerned about the hateful things that Palestinian textbooks and Saudi Arabian textbooks say.

When children have it pounded into their heads over and over that a certain group of people is the enemy and should be killed, then that is what a lot of them will end up believing as adults.

Anti-Semitism continues to grow and has reached a fever pitch in the Middle East.

In such an environment, lasting peace is impossible.

It is just a matter of time before the next major war in the Middle East comes.

So what do all of you think?  Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….

Is Someone Secretly Bombing Missile Sites And Nuclear Facilities In Iran?

What in the world is happening over in Iran?  All of a sudden we are hearing of a lot of “mysterious explosions” at nuclear facilities and at important missile sites.  Also, in recent months quite a few Iranian nuclear scientists have been mysteriously killed.  Is someone conducting a covert campaign to take out Iran’s nuclear program?  Without a doubt, open warfare with Iran would have very serious consequences and could even end up sparking World War III.  If war can be avoided, that would seem to be preferable.  So is someone secretly bombing key installations in Iran in attempt to delay or even derail their nuclear program?  Unfortunately we will not get answers to those questions any time soon, but it does appear that something really strange is going on.

One of the most recent incidents happened near the Iranian city of Malard.  A photo has been released that clearly shows that a key Iranian missile base near Malard has been essentially destroyed.

This was detailed in a recent article in the Washington Post….

Two weeks after a mysterious explosion at an Iranian missile base, a Washington-based research group has released a satellite image showing extensive damage to the site.

The image of the compound, near the city of Malard, doesn’t provide any clues as to what caused the Nov. 12 explosion, which Iranian authorities described as an “accident” involving the transport of ammunition. But it does make clear that the facility has been effectively destroyed.

Could an “ammunition accident” really cause the kind of extensive damage shown in the photo?

That seems very, very far-fetched.

Just recently, another strange explosion happened somewhere around the Iranian city of Isfahan.  It turns out that a key Iranian nuclear facility is located in Isfahan.  The following description of this incident comes from an article in Haaretz….

An explosion rocked the western Iranian city of Isfahan on Monday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that the blast was heard in several parts of the city.

According to reports, frightened residents called the fire department after the blast, forcing the city authorities to admit there had been an explosion. Residents reported that their windows shook from the explosion’s force.

Authorities in Iran are blaming that blast on a “military drill”.

You never know, the authorities in Iran might be telling the truth.

But lately there has been a pattern developing in Iran that has become very hard to deny.

Over the past few years, quite a few Iranian nuclear scientists have been mysteriously killed.

The following comes from an ABC News article entitled “Who Is Killing Iran’s Nuclear Scientists?“….

Regardless of who is killing Iran’s nuclear scientists — the Israelis, the Americans or the Iranians themselves — there’s no question that researchers and officials linked to Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program keep turning up dead.

Since 2007, four different scientists allegedly associated with the nation’s nuclear weapons program have died via bomb, gunshot or poisoning, while a fifth barely survived a car bombing.

The most recent victim, 35-year-old Darioush Rezaeinejad, was shot in the neck outside his daughter’s Tehran kindergarten on Saturday by two gunmen on a motorcycle. According to an unconfirmed report in an Israeli intelligence publication, Rezaeinejad was working on a nuclear detonator, and was seen daily at a nuclear lab in northern Tehran.

If you believe that all of the events detailed above are just “bizarre coincidences”, then you are being quite naive.

Someone is taking aggressive action inside Iran, but it might not be enough to avert a war.

The truth is that tensions between Iran and western powers are rapidly escalating.  On Tuesday, Iranian students stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran.  The following description of this event comes from a Reuters article….

Iranian protesters stormed two British Embassy compounds in Tehran Tuesday, smashing windows, hurling petrol bombs and burning the British flag during a rally to protest against sanctions imposed by Britain, live Iranian television showed.

The attacks followed the rapid approval by Iran’s Guardian Council of a parliamentary bill compelling the government to expel the British ambassador in retaliation for the sanctions, and warnings from a lawmaker that angry Iranians could storm the British embassy as they did to the U.S. mission in 1979.

Does this remind you of anything?

The truth is that this is chillingly similar to what happened to the U.S. Embassy back in 1979.

A video news report about the storming of the British Embassy is posted below….

Needless to say, the British government is quite alarmed about all of this.  UK Foreign Secretary William Hague is promising that there will be “serious consequences” stemming from this incident.  The following is a short excerpt from a recent article in the Guardian….

Hundreds of protesters surged onto two compounds this afternoon, putting the safety of staff at risk and causing “extensive damage” to property, the foreign secretary said.

“Clearly there will be other, further, and serious consequences. I will make a statement updating parliament on this tomorrow [Wednesday].”

Hopefully cooler heads will prevail, but what seems very clear is that the region is closer to war than it has been in a long time.

On Sunday, Iranian Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi promised that Iran would launch 150,000 missiles at Israel if a military attack on Iran happens.

As tensions have risen over the past few years, Iran has armed itself to the teeth.

Any military conflict with Iran would not be pretty.

But peace will not last forever.  Israel simply will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear program and Iran is absolutely determined to proceed with developing one.

And as I have written about previously, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad actually believes that a war with Israel is necessary before the Mahdi will return.

We live in very unusual times.

As we get even deeper into the times that the Bible refers to as “the last days”, it is inevitable that there will be more war in the Middle East.

In the years ahead, there will be some incredibly bloody conflicts and the loss of life will be staggering.

Let us pray for peace, and let us pray that as many people as possible can be exposed to the gospel while there is still time.

10 Reasons Why A Palestinian State Is A Really, Really Bad Idea

Giving the Palestinians a state is a really, really bad idea.  But the world seems obsessed with giving them one anyway.  The sad truth is that a Palestinian state is not going to bring peace to the region.  It is not going to bring an end to the conflict between the Jewish people and the Palestinians.  Rather, it is just going to embolden those that desire to see Israel wiped off the map.  As you will see below, poll after poll has demonstrated that the Palestinians overwhelmingly believe that a “two state solution” is only an intermediate step toward the eventual goal of taking all of the land away from Israel, and the vast majority of Palestinians still support committing terrorist acts against the Jewish people.  You cannot pacify radical jihadists that are obsessed with genocide by giving them land.  In addition, if global leaders do try to carve up the land of Israel, that is going to very much upset the Lord God Almighty.  But we live in the last days, and we know that these kinds of things are going to happen.

The Palestinians have now submitted their formal request for statehood to the United Nations.  The U.S. and the EU are blocking that bid at the moment and they are trying to encourage the Palestinians to renew negotiations with Israel, but that does not mean that they don’t want to give the Palestinians a state.

In fact, the U.S. and the EU have both publicly stated that the Palestinians should be given a state based on pre-1967 borders.

It is just that the U.S. and the EU want a Palestinian state to come about through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

But what kind of negotiating position does that put Israel in?  The U.S. and the EU have already basically promised the Palestinians a state based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as the capital.

Unless Israel plans to give up East Jerusalem, negotiations are never going to work.  The Palestinians will just keep insisting on East Jerusalem until the rest of the world finally gives it to them.

Not that the Palestinians should ever be given one inch of land.  God gave all of that land to the people of Israel forever.

But unfortunately, most of the politicians around the world think that they know better than God does.

The following are 10 reasons why a Palestinian state is a really, really bad idea….

#1 The “Palestinian territories” are currently ruled by two separate governments.  One of them is a terrorist organization.  Right now, Hamas rules Gaza and Fatah rules the West Bank.  So how can Mahmoud Abbas speak for all of them?  And how will they suddenly become “one people” once they have been given a state?

#2 A large number of Palestinians do not agree with the statehood request that Abbas has submitted.  You would think that this fact would be reported by the mainstream media, but they have been largely silent about this.

The reality, however, is that a number of key Palestinian organizations are very much against what Abbas is doing.  For example, WorldNetDaily recently reported that Hamas has loudly denounced this statehood request….

Major Palestinian factions, including terrorist organizations, reject Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ United Nations statehood request, arguing Abbas does not represent the Palestinian people.

Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri said Abbas’ U.N. petition “lacks any legitimacy.”

#3 The vast majority of Palestinians do not believe that creating a Palestinian state will resolve the conflict with Israel.

So if that is the case, then what in the world is creating a Palestinian state actually going to accomplish?

According to one recent survey, only 34 percent of Palestinians consider the
“two state solution” to be the answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But you don’t hear numbers like that in the mainstream media, do you?

#4 Giving the Palestinians a state would create a brand new state sponsor of terror in the heart of the Middle East.

Right now, the Palestinians continually commit acts of terrorism against the Jewish people.  The Palestinian Authority is either unwilling or unable to stop this violence.

So why would giving the Palestinians a state change anything?

The truth is that the poll numbers reveal what is really going on….

*According to one recent poll, 58 percent of all Palestinians prefer “armed struggle” over “engagement with Israel”.

*According to another recent poll, 73 percent of all Palestinians agree with the hadith quoted in the Hamas Charter that talks about killing Jews.

*The same poll found that 62 percent of all Palestinians support kidnapping Israeli soldiers and holding them hostage.

Why in the world would the U.S. and the EU support the creation of another terrorist state?

#5 The Palestinians still refuse to recognize that Israel has the right to exist.

The Palestinians want the rest of the world to give them huge chunks of the land of Israel without the Palestinians having to give up anything in return.  In fact, they don’t even plan to recognize that the nation of Israel has a right to exist.

So what kind of neighbor do you think they will be for Israel?

This refusal to recognize Israel is deeply rooted in the Palestinian psyche.  For example, one recent poll found that only 12 percent of all Palestinians agree that official maps, documents and school textbooks should show the name “Israel”.

#6 The Palestinian people are still very much dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

According to one recent poll, two-thirds of all Palestinians believe that the eventual goal of the Palestinians must be “to get back all the land for a Palestinian state.”

The primary goal of the Palestinians has never changed.  For example, Abu Mujaheed, a spokesperson for the Popular Resistance Committees, recently told WorldNetDaily the following….

“For Palestinians, the borders are based on 1948 (all of Israel) and this is not negotiable.”

So how are you supposed to “negotiate” with someone like that?

If the world wants to give big chunks of land to the Palestinians for free, they will gladly take it.

But it will do nothing to dissuade them from their ultimate goal.

In fact, the Hamas charter still calls for the destruction of Israel.  That has not changed.

So why should the rest of the world reward such behavior?

#7 You cannot pacify people that are committed to genocide by giving them land.

It did not work with Hitler and it will not work with the Palestinians.

Hatred for the Jews is growing to a fever pitch all over the Middle East.  Just check out the following example from a recent article in The Blaze….

While perhaps not shocking, it is profoundly disturbing that in the purportedly more “moderate” Egypt of 2011, demonstrators took to the streets outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo with signs bearing swastikas and a message that read: “the gas chambers are ready.”

How in the world are you going to make “peace” with people who think like that?

#8 The pre-1967 borders would make Israel indefensible.

At the narrowest point, Israel would only be 8 miles wide if they were forced to go back to those borders.

The nation would basically become impossible to defend.

In fact, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Abba Eban referred to them as “Auschwitz borders”.

#9 In the Bible, the Lord God Almighty warns against dividing the land of Israel.

The book of Joel is all about the return of Jesus Christ to this earth at the end of the Great Tribulation.  In Joel 3:2 it tells us that one of the things that Jesus will judge the nations for is dividing up the land of Israel….

“…There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.”

In case you haven’t noticed, whenever the United States gets involved in trying to divide up the land of Israel we seem to get hit by a major disaster of some sort.

In a previous article, I detailed some of the disasters that have happened when the U.S. government has tried to mess around with the land of Israel….

#1) On April 30, 2003, America was positioned to be the catalyst for the so-called “solution” to the Middle East crisis. As Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was sworn in, the “Road Map” peace plan was set in motion.

The very next day began the worst month of tornadoes in United States history – more than 500 in a single month. Under normal conditions, 1,000 tornadoes hit the United States each year, but in just eight days that May, 375 twisters ripped across the heartland of America.

#2) May 9, 2003, President Bush addressed students at the University of South Carolina. Bush called on the Palestinians to embrace the roadmap to peace, and Bush expressed his desire to see the flag of Palestine raised over a free nation.

Hours later, tornadoes returned and Oklahoma City again became the target for deadly twisters, reducing many businesses and homes to splinters and bricks. The tornadoes of May devastated the Midwest with the third worst property damage in American history.

#3) On October 30, 1991, in a meeting scheduled by George H.W. Bush, Israelis and Palestinians discussed ways to achieve peace in the Middle East. Opening talks focused on trading parts of Israel for a peace agreement.

That same day, thousands of miles away, a powerful storm was brewing off of the coast of Nova Scotia. On October 31st, what would be known as “The Perfect Storm” smashed into New England, pummeling the President’s Kennebunkport, Maine home with waves 30 feet high. It was a storm so rare that the weather patterns required to create it only happen about once every 100 years.

#4) On August 23rd, 1992, Middle East peace talks resumed in Washington, D.C. with hope that there would be a great breakthrough. These talks focused on surrendering the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria in exchange for peace. Hundreds of miles south of there at the same time, Florida was the target for one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Hurricane Andrew ripped through the state with an eye more than 30 miles wide and winds up to 178 miles per hour leaving behind a 32 billion dollar disaster.

#5) Between August 16th and 30th, 2005, Ariel Sharon expelled 9,480 Jewish settlers from 21 settlements in Gaza and four settlements in the northern West Bank.

On January 4th, 2006, Sharon had a stroke, and he fell into a coma and is now in a persistent vegetative state.

#6) The U.S. had strongly pressured Sharon to evacuate those settlers from Gaza.

On August 29th, 2005 the storm that would become Hurricane Katrina formed, and it devastated New Orleans and the surrounding areas to such an extent that they still have not recovered. That devastating storm caused at least 200 billion dollars in damage.

#7) In June of 2001, George W. Bush sent CIA director George Tenet to Israel in an attempt to implement the Mitchell Plan. The Mitchell plan called for, among other things, the cessation of new building in the Jewish settlements.

On the same day that Tenet met with Israeli and Palestinian officials, tropical storm Allison formed in the Gulf of Mexico and moved over Texas, the President’s home state, and dropped over 28 inches of rain over the Houston area alone, causing over $4 billion dollars in damage. The storm then moved to Florida and up the east coast causing damage as far as Pennsylvania. The meteorologists called Allison the “worst tropical storm in history”.

There are many more examples of this phenomenon right here.

Could many of the bizarre natural disasters that we have seen this year also be linked to what Obama has been trying to do to the land of Israel?

In the Scriptures, it tells us that God gave the land to the people of Israel.  We should not be trying to mess around with that.  Psalm 105:8-11 says the following….

He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations. Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance

#10 The Palestinians are going to insist on East Jerusalem as their capital, but that city belongs to the Lord.

In Zechariah 12:3, we are warned that the city of Jerusalem will one day become a huge stumbling stone for the nations….

“On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”

Is that not what has happened?

Jerusalem seems to be the “problem” that has no answer.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to never, ever let Jerusalem become divided.

But the Palestinians have said that they will never accept a state that does not include East Jerusalem.

The Palestinian people are incredibly united on this issue.  One recent survey found that 92 percent of Palestinians believe that Jerusalem should be the capital of the future Palestinian state.

So will they get East Jerusalem?

Well, it certainly does not help when United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is running around saying stuff like this….

“…a way must be found for Jerusalem to emerge as a capital of two States, Israel and Palestine, with arrangements for holy sites acceptable for all.”

Not only that, but Barack Obama and many top EU leaders have already essentially promised East Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

So what we have is a huge mess.

Eventually we are probably going to see a Palestinian state.

And then after that we are probably going to see a major war.

A Palestinian state is not going to bring peace.

Instead, it is just going to make war much more likely.

These are the last days, and Bible prophecy is going to be fulfilled.

Let us pray for the peace of Israel and let us pray for the peace of Jerusalem.