The online CIA Fact Book contains all sorts of information about Israel: History, geography, people and society, government (the capital is Jerusalem), economy, energy resources, communications and military.
Did you know that there are nearly 1.8 men available for military service, and another 1.7 women also available?
But it, and most of the reporting on Israel today, doesn’t explain just exactly how the nation fits into current world news events.
For that, there is a special event on Monday at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, at 10 a.m. until noon in Delta Ballroom “B” of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Hosted by the group called Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, it will be emceed by PJTN President Laurie Cardoza-Moore and feature four key experts on the issue of Israel today.
On the press panel will be top conservative talk radio host Dennis Prager, whose writings are a feature attraction at WND.com. Joining him will be WND Founder and CEO Joseph Farah, a lifelong newsman who made a name for himself running daily newspapers in major markets, including the Sacramento Union, then the oldest daily West of the Mississippi.
He has been an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, award-winning editor and publisher. He has also written or collaborated on more than a dozen books that have sold millions of copies. They include “Taking America Back,” which has been reissued by three different publishers with more than 14 printings, and a collaboration with Rush Limbaugh on “See, I Told You So,” the bestselling non-fiction book of 1993 and 1994. His latest book is “The Tea Party Manifesto,” published in 2010.
Also on the panel will be Chris Mitchell of CBN’s news bureau in Jerusalem and Dr. Schmuel Katz, the senior vice president of the Greater Miami Hebrew Academy.
The panel will offer the truth behind the “news” that mainstream media aren’t reporting – and explain why, organizers say.
WND previously reported on PJTN plans to screen the video “Israel Divided: The World’s Plan to Divide God’s Land” during the NRB convention.
The group's unique ministry is to educate media professionals, Christian leaders and Christians around the world about the biblical responsibilities to act against the "new anti-Semitism."
Further, the No. 1 faith movie in the country for an unprecedented 40-plus weeks, "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment," also will be screened.
The two-hour documentary released last March illustrates the striking parallels between ancient Israel's fall and the decline of America since 9/11.
Farah, who produced the project, said he is immensely pleased with its performance. The documentary is a treatment of the best-selling book "The Harbinger" by Jonathan Cahn, which has been on the top 10 of the New York Times list every week since it was released in January 2012.
Cahn also will speak at the PJTN event.
"A number of years ago, as I was standing at the edge of Ground Zero in New York City, I came across the first puzzle piece of an ancient biblical mystery and a prophetic message known as 'The Harbinger' that concerns the future of America," explained Cahn, who helped write the two-hour documentary "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" and narrates it.
Cahn said he has found nine harbingers that tie the problems America has experienced since Sept. 11, 2001, with parallels that led to the destruction of ancient Israel.
"Before God judges a nation, He sends warning," explains Cahn. "He sent warnings to ancient Israel. He even allowed its enemies to breach its borders in a devastating strike that would traumatize the nation. It was a wake-up call, the call to return to God. But the nation responded with defiance. God then gave nine harbingers of judgment, nine prophetic signs, alarms and foreshadows of what was to come. Now America is the nation in rapid departure from God's will. And God likewise allowed an enemy to breach its borders in a devastating strike – the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. It was, likewise, a wake-up call. But America, like Israel, has not responded with repentance, but with defiance. And now the nine harbingers of judgment have reappeared and have done so on American soil."
In Isaiah 9:10, Israel's national leaders utter a vow of defiance following an attack by Assyria. The leaders declared that the nation would not repent before God but would defy Him instead. Cahn reveals in "The Harbinger" – and in even more dramatic fashion in the movie – that beginning the day after Sept. 11, 2001, American leaders began repeating that 2,500-year-old vow, word for word.
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, immediately after 9/11, cited the Bible verse.
"Daschle has no idea what he is doing here," explained Cahn. "He thinks he's offering comforting words to a grief-stricken people, but he is actually embracing the spiritually defiant and arrogant words of the children of Israel, proclaiming the ancient and ominous vow of the leaders of that nation. He doesn't realize it, but he is actually inviting more judgment on the nation."
Cahn said that like the U.S., Israel suffered an invasion and attack. The people, however, responded with their vow to rebuild by themselves and not return to God. Cahn fears the name circumstances developed in the U.S., and continue even today.
"According to the ancient mystery revealed in the Book of Isaiah, if after that first calamity and warning, the nation doesn't return to God but responds in defiance, it will end up triggering a second calamity," he said. "It was because of this ancient key, that, seven years after 9/11, the American economy collapsed. In the days after 9/11, the Federal Reserve slashed the base interest rate in an attempt to defy the consequences of the attacks. That action put us on the path leading to the collapse of the American economy seven years later. In 2008, the government made a second fatal mistake, another ill-fated financial decision that would trigger the collapse of the American economy. Amazingly, it took place on the seventh anniversary of the uttering of the ancient vow on Capitol Hill."
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