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Posted: February 28, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

It is so painful to watch the horror show underway in Libya

right now. Estimates tell us that at least 1,000 Libyans are dead. Many more are wounded. Some
100,000 people have apparently fled Libya in recent days as the situation goes from bad to worse.

The first sentence of a new Time magazine article asks, “Is it the End of Days for Libya?” The
article looks at the rising death toll as Gaddafi continues using his army to slaughter the Libyan
people desperate for change. It also asks the question of whether Libya will experience peace even if
(or when) Gaddafi is deposed. Dirk Vandewalle, a Libyan expert at Dartmouth University, told
Time: ”Both sides, both the population, and the security organizations, know exactly what’s at stake.
If government militias [are to] win, they will have to kill many more, and if the security organizations
lose, then the people, the regular people in Libya are going to take their revenge….Either way we’re
going to see a terrible blood bath.” David Mack, a former deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near
East Affairs, told Time that the worst possible outcome would be a widespread lawlessness in which
Libya degenerated into a kind of “Somalia on the Mediterranean.”

What does the Bible tell us? Libya is referred to numerous times in the Scriptures, both directly and

• In Matthew 27, for example, we learn that it was a Libyan man — Simon of Cyrene (a part of
ancient Libya) – who carried the cross for our Lord Jesus.
• In Acts chapter 2, we learn that God-fearing men from Libya were present in Jerusalem on the
Day of Pentecost and heard the Apostle Peter preach the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some 3,000 people that days repented of their sins and became fully devoted followers of Jesus
Christ. It is likely that Libyans were among them since they are mentioned in the text.
• In Acts 11, we learn that Libyan (Cyrene) followers of Jesus Christ helped bring the gospel to
Antioch, Syria, and made disciples for Jesus there.
• In Acts 13 we learn that a Libyan man — Lucius of Cyrene — becomes one of the leaders of
the church at Antioch, helping send out Barnabus and Paul to take the gospel to Asia and

Again and again in the Scriptures we see that the Lord loves the people of Libya. He wants them to
know Him and receive His free gift of salvation.

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That said, Bible prophecy also tells us the government and many of the people of Libya will be
engaged in great evil in the End of Days.

• In Ezekiel 38-39, we learn that Libya is one of the nations that joins the Russian-Iranian
alliance against Israel in “the last days.” In this prophecy, Ezekiel uses the name “Put.” The
first century historian Flavius Josephus wrote in his famous book, The Antiquities of the Jews,
that “Put” or “Phut” is “ancient Libyos.” Ancient Libyos, we know, certainly included the
territory of the modern nation state we refer to today as Libya, but also included Algeria and
possibly Tunisia. This tells us the no matter what the near term outcomes of the revolutions
underway in North Africa are, in the not-too-distant future Libya for certain and possibly her
neighbors will have virulently anti-Semitic and anti-Israel leadership who will eagerly join a
coalition bent on destroying the Jews and occupy the land of Israel. Gaddafi, of course, is
already such a leader. Perhaps he will ride out this storm and stay in power. Perhaps someone
worse will rise up after him. Hopefully Gaddafi will be deposed and a more moderate
leadership will rise up for a season before the prophecy of the “War of Gog and Magog” comes
to fulfillment. Either way, the Church should be using this window of time to do everything
possible to get the gospel into Libya and to strengthen the persecuted believers in Libya before
the country faces God’s judgment for attacking Israel.
• In Daniel 11, we learn that Libya is one of the countries that will be under the control and
direction of the Antichrist in “the last days.” The Hebrew Prophet Daniel tells us that “a
despicable person will arise” during “a time of tranquility” and will seize global power “by
intrigue” and by “overflowing forces” in the End Times. This person, known in Christian
theology as the Antichrist, ”will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above
every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until
the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done.” The Bible tells us the
Antichrist “will enter the Beautiful Land” — that is, Israel — and “will stretch out his hand
against other countries.” Eventually, the Antichrist will gain control of the entire world and
force all people who haven’t received Christ as Savior and Lord to bow and worship him or be
beheaded. But the Bible specificially notes that the Antichrist ”will gain control over the hidden
treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and
Ethiopians [the people of "Cush," which includes modern Sudan, Ethiopia and possible Eritrea]
will follow at his heels.” It is not entirely clear why the Bible points specifically to “Libyans”
and “Ethiopians” as among those who will follow and serve the Antichrist, but this is what the
Lord tells us in advance will happen.

This is all the more reason the Church must seek to reach all of North Africa with the gospel of Jesus
Christ before it is too late. Please be praying faithfully for Libya and all of North Africa at this critical


• More than 1,000 dead in Libya

• 100,000 refugees flee Libya as fighting increases

• World leaders unite against Gaddafi

• EU agrees fresh sanctions against Gaddafi

• UN imposes new sanctions on Libya, could cost Russian $4 billion in arms sales

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• Libya uprising: Anti-Gaddafi forces control Zawiya — Forces fighting to oust the Libyan
leader Col Muammar Gaddafi have seized the city of Zawiya, 50km (30 miles) west of the
capital, Tripoli


• Inside The Revolution: How The Followers of Jihad, Jefferson and Jesus are Battling To
Dominate The Middle East and Transform the World — Now available in paperback at all
your favorite retailers.
• The Twelfth Imam
• Sign up for Joel’s free email updates, “Flash Traffic”
• Join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook
• To learn more about The Joshua Fund — watch the latest video blog — or make a secure
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Posted: February 23, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized
A number of influential rabbis say unrest in the Arab world signals the coming of the War of
Gog and Magog and the soon coming of the Messiah, reported a leading Israeli news service on

The article is consistent with similar reports in recent years suggesting that a growing number of
rabbis believe the War of Gog and Magog and the Messiah are coming soon.

Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, for example, described in the Ynet News article as “a prominent
rabbi,” is reportedly “certain that God is causing the turmoil in order to put the people in their
place.” Said Lefkowitz: ”God goes and humiliates (those feeling) sinful pride. At first there was this
little fire here, and a state that thought that it is big and strong suddenly needed help from the entire
world. Not a war, nothing special, just a small fire.”

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, described in the Ynet article as an “unconventional Lithuanian leader who is
believed to have mystic powers,” recently spoke of the tumultuous events underway in Egypt, Libya,
Tunisia, Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East. “People have come to me and said that it’s ‘Gog and
Magog,’” he said. “We cannot know. But it’s probable that any unrest that God creates shows that the
Messiah is coming, and that we must begin to prepare for it and become stronger.”

On this, I agree with Rabbi Kanievsky – the War of Gog and Magog is approaching, the Messiah is
coming, and we must be prepared and become stronger spiritually as the Lord’s return draws near.
That said, I suspect the Rabbi and I disagree on the Messiah’s identity. That’s a good discussion to
engage, particularly now. The Hebrew prophets told us the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem
Ephratah, would minister to the people living darkness in the region of Galilee, would teach in
parables, would do miracles, would suffer and die as a guilt offering for our sins, and then would rise
again and His body would not see decay in the grave. What’s more, in Daniel chapter 9 we learn
that the Messiah will come, atone for our sins, and be “cut off” before the Second Temple is destroyed
and Jerusalem is crushed by the Romans. That means if the Messiah didn’t come before 70 A.D., He
is never going to come.

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I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that our Messiah has come, and that He is coming back,
possibly sooner that we realize. Today, we are seeing the type of “uprisings” and “lawlessness” that
the Lord Jesus warned in Matthew 24 and Luke 21 would precede His return. What’s more, I believe
we are steadily approaching what the Hebrew Prophets called the “Day of the Lord,” the tumultuous
events that will lead us right into what Jeremiah called “the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7),
what Jesus Christ called the “Great Tribulation” (Matthew 24:21), and what the Apostle John
described in horrific detail in the Book of Revelation.

At the 2011 Epicenter Conference, we will be teaching through the biblical Book of Joel to better
understand what the Hebrew prophets taught us about the End Times and the “Day of the Lord” and
how we can be prepared, and prepare others. Over the next few days, Lynn and I will host a retreat for
the keynote speakers and panel moderators for the conference in the D.C. area. We’re looking forward
to studying the Book of Joel and other Scriptures in-depth, praying together, and finalizing details for
the Prayer & Vision Trip and conference in Israel, less than 90 days away. We’d be grateful for your
prayers, as well. Thanks.

Latest headlines:

• Thursday — Libya: 2,000 reported killed in Benghazi, 1,000 in Tripoli

• Wednesday – Grad rockets fired at Be’er Sheva for first time since Gaza war — One
missile hit building in residential area, causing damage; no casualties reported;
Palestinians report Israeli air strike retaliation, wounding two Islamic Jihad militants
• Italy Says 1,000 People Were Killed in Protests in Libya
• NYT editorial: Libya’s Butcher
• Gaddafi: The mad dog of the Middle East
• Mass exodus: Foreigners evacuate Libya
• Time magazine: Gaddafi’s Next Move: Sabotage Oil and Sow Chaos?
• NYT: Fighting Nears Tripoli, Where Qaddafi Keeps Grip on Power

>> FLASHBACK: Gaddafi says, “I am the King of kings.”

>> FLASHBACK: Gaddafi “envisages a single African military force, a single currency and a
single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent.”


SECURITY ADVISOR: Who is Yaakov Amidror?
Posted: February 22, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

Major General
(res.) Yaakov
Amidror. (Photo:
Shalom Bar Tal)

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>> Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi has issued a fatwa that any Libyan
soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi should do so “to rid Libya of

>> FLASHBACK: Gaddafi says, “I am the King of kings.”

>> FLASHBACK: Gaddafi “envisages a single African military force, a single currency and a
single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent.”

Amidst historic and tumultous upheaval underway from Morocco to Libya to Egypt to Iran, Israel’s
national security advisor has just stepped down. Filling this position with the right person will be
critically important. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to appoint Major-General (res.)
Yaakov Amidror as the new National Security Advisor,” reports the Israeli newspaper Yediot
Aharonot on its website. “If selected, Amidror will replace Uzi Arad, who announced his retirement
on Sunday. Amidror, the former commander of the IDF’s National Defense College, retired from the
IDF in 2002 and has been known in recent years for his hawkish views, including his support for the
reoccupation of the Gaza Strip.”

I’ve met General Amidror several times over the years, and interviewed him for my first non-fiction
book, Epicenter. I believe he would be a strong choice — he’s smart, experienced, and able to look
over the horizon and see future threats clearly. Interestingly, he is a deeply religious Zionist who
believes that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is ultimately looking out for State of Israel, along
with the IDF. That’s not common among senior Israeli military leaders, but I believe it would be a
useful perspective.

Amidror’s views on the Iranian nuclear threat are particularly noteworthy, such what he said
at a Washington, D.C. forum on the crisis on Iran in December: “Technically, Israel will be ready
[to strike Iran] if and when the decision will be taken….[but] no one is eager for war with Iran….If
war with Iran comes, American planes will be used — the question is will it be American pilots or
Israeli pilots flying those planes?….It would be a dirty one, a long one, one no one wants to be
in….We want to postpone as long as possible….If you ask me for my assessment — and that’s what I
have done for 25 years, doing assessments — I believe it is almost impossible to stop Iran without
military force.” [Also: To listen to a conference call with Gen. Amdror from Feb 2, 2011 on the
revolution in Egypt and its potential impact on Israel]

>> Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi in Friday Sermon at Cairo’s Tahrir Square: Pray for the
Conquest of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem


• Inside The Revolution: How The Followers of Jihad, Jefferson and Jesus are Battling To
Dominate The Middle East and Transform the World — Now available in paperback at all
your favorite retailers.
• The Twelfth Imam
• Sign up for Joel’s free email updates, “Flash Traffic”
• Join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook
• To learn more about The Joshua Fund — watch the latest video blog — or make a secure
donation online, please click here

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EPICENTER: “Inside The Revolution” releases today
in paperback
Posted: February 21, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

Today, the paperback edition of Inside The Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson, and
Jesus Are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World, releases nationwide. The
book describes the last three decades of battles between:

• the Radicals, Muslims who believe Islam is the answer and violent jihad is the way;
• the Reformers, Muslims who believe that Islam is the answer but jihad is not the way, that the
Islamic world needs more freedom, more openness, more protection of human rights and civil
rights and even democracy;
• the Revivalists, Middle Easterners who have renounced Islam and come to believe that Islam is
not the answer, jihad is not the way, that following Jesus Christ is the way, and that the only
hope for the region is to skip back in history before Islam and revive what they once had: first
century, New Testament, Biblical Christianity;

I hope you’ll find the paperback edition (which is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Borders,
and any of your favorite Christian bookstores, like CBD, Parable, Family Christian Bookstores,
and other retail outlets) particularly helpful in sorting out the revolutionary dynamics driving the
current clashes underway in North Africa and the Middle East. What do the Radicals really believe?
How far are they willing to go to get what they want? Why do they want to overthrow all the regimes
in the Islamic world and create a caliphate? Why do so many believe the Twelfth Imam is coming any
moment? That said, who are the Reformers? Why do they believe the Radicals are crazy and that
democracy is the answer? Is there any hope of the Reformers gaining the upper hand and transforming
the region for good, and not for evil? Most importantly to me is the opportunity to take you inside the
world of the Revivalists. Who are they? What do they believe? Why are they so courageous in
preaching the gospel, making disciples and planting new churches? How are they using satellite TV,
radio, and the Internet to advance the Kingdom in dramatic and exciting ways? From Morocco to
Egypt to Iraq to Afghanistan, I interview men and women who are putting their lives on the line for

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their Savior and Lord, and are convinced more than ever that they are on the winning side of history
and that Jesus Christ is coming back very soon. I hope you find it useful.

Inside The Revolution releases amidst intensifying unrest that continues to spread to nations
throughout the epicenter. Reformer protest movements are building, especially in Libya, Iran, Bahrain
and Yemen, but Radical and Resister governments are cracking down more brutally, leading to
hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries. Here’s a summary of the latest news over the last few


• Gaddafi signals defiance in TV appearance, says he’s in Libya not Venezuela, despite
swirling rumors
• LIBYA: Colonels defected to Malta rather than bomb protesters
• NYT: Warplanes and Militia Fire on Protesters in Libyan Capital
• On the run: Gaddafi flees Tripoli as protesters set the Libyan parliament building alight
— possibly 400 now dead
• 233 dead in Libya in anti-Gaddafi riots; 41 year old son warns that “Libya is at a
crossroads. If we do not agree today on reforms… rivers of blood will run through
• Gaddafi’s son warns of civil war in Libya
• Libya protests analysis: ‘For Muammar Gaddafi it’s kill or be killed’; Libya’s leader
faces the worst unrest since he seized power, but no-one expects him to give up peacefully


• Iran cracks down to silence media, opposition

• Iran’s Forces Battle Protests Nationwide
• Iran protests: capital under lockdown; Police and basij militia locked down the centre of
Tehran on Sunday night after crowds of anti-regime demonstrators tried to converge on
central squares from across the city
• US must be removed from Islamic world: Khamenei


• Could the Kingdom of Bahrain Become an Iranian Pearl Harbor?

• Bahrain protesters seek to overthrow royal family
• At least 4 dead in Bahrain as violence continues
• Hillary Clinton: End Violence in Bahrain


• Yemen president rejects demands he step down now

• 4 killed in ‘Friday of Rage’ in Yemen
• The Woman at the Head of Yemen’s Protest Movement
• Yemen’s unrest could embolden al-Qaeda – or sideline it amid democratic hopes


• Tens of thousands march peacefully for reforms in Morocco; The mass rallies in Rabat
and other cities are aimed at expanding democratic rights under the monarchy, which at
times has been oppressive

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• Five dead after Morocco protests

• Fears of Chaos Temper Calls for Change in Morocco


• Protests increasing in Algeria

• Algerian founding father urges reform


Revolution in Egypt managed by the Twelfth Imam
Posted: February 18, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

>> UPDATES on the latest Palestinian leadership

efforts to condemn Israel at the U.N. Security Council

>> Anne Graham Lotz, internationally renowned Bible teacher and daughter of Billy Graham
— and a speaker at our upcoming 2011 Epicenter Conference — has written an
excellent column on “Prayer for Egyptian Believers” that is now posted at www.joshuafund.net.
Please take a moment to read it and share it with others.

>> Here’s my recent interview on Fox News Channel discussing the implications of the fall of
the Mubarak regime for Israel, for followers of Jesus Christ in Egypt, and for the battle
between Radicals and Reformers in Iran.


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is telling the people of Iran that the Twelfth Imam is
managing the the revolution now underway in Egypt and in various parts of the Islamic world, and
that “the final move has begun” to destroy America, Israel and the influence of the Western powers
in the epicenter.

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“We will soon see a new Middle East materialising without America and the Zionist regime and there
will be no room for world arrogance (the West) in it,” Ahmadinejad told a crowd chanting “Death to
America, death to Israel and death to Mubarak” last Friday.

Agence France Presse reported that “in his fiery style, Ahmadinejad, showed his messianic beliefs on
Friday, saying the world was witnessing a revolution managed by Imam Mahdi, the 12 Shiite imam
who disappeared as a five-year-old in the 10th century and who Shiites believe would return on the
judgement day.”

“The final move has begun,” said Ahmadinejad. “We are in the middle of a world revolution managed
by this dear (12th Imam). A great awakening is unfolding. One can witness the hand of Imam in
managing it.”

The Christian Science Monitor provided additional quotes from Ahmadinejad’s message. Iran’s
revolution was “the starting point of the rule of God over the earth,” Ahmadinejad proclaimed. “It’s a
long path to fight against evil-doers; everyone must be aware of Satanic deceptions” of the United
States, Israel, and the West, he said, adding that the U.S. and Israel would soon be “destroyed” with
divine assistance, as Iran led humankind to “summits of perfection.” The Monitor also covered
Ahmadinejad’s references to the Twelfth Imam’s role in guiding the “global revolution” now

I am grateful to Agence France Presse and the Monitor for covering the story. Most of the rest of
the mainstream media worldwide, however, have ignored Ahmadinejad’s comments this week, even
amidst provocative new moves by Iran to send two warships through the Suez Canal and close to
the Israeli coastline and to aggressively fix the damage done by the Stuxnet computer virus and
accelerate the enrichment of uranium. For all the left-wing (and some conservative) criticism of
Glenn Beck in recent months, I also give him credit for seeking to educate Americans on this topic.
Yesterday, he devoted an entire one-hour program to the topic of the Twelfth Imam, which I was glad
to be able to assist with. Here’s one YouTube clip from the program. My comments are part of a
video segment that begins at 6:22 minutes into this clip. I was glad to see other people interviewed for
the program included Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former Delta Force commander Lt.-
Gen. (ret) Jerry Boykin.

The Twelfth Imam and Iranian eschatology are topics that deserve more attention than they
are getting from the media or our government officials. Let us pray that our leaders wake up to the
true gravity of the threat posed by Iran’s apocalyptic regime before it is too late.

UPDATE: In a disturbing sign for the future of Egypt, the military is securing access for the once-
banned Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader to preach in Tahrir Square during Friday prayers.
This leader, Yossef al-Qardawi, was profiled in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week.
The article notes: “Qaradawi advocates establishing a ‘United Muslim Nations’ as a contemporary
form of the caliphate and the only alternative to the hegemony of the West. He hates Israel and would
love to take up arms himself. In one of his sermons, he asked God ‘to kill the Jewish Zionists, every
last one of them.’”

• Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Theologian of Terror

• The Voice of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood
• The Qaradawi Fatwas
• Egypt OKs Iran warships through Suez Canal

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Posted: February 17, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

2/20 update: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at this weekly Cabinet
meeting: “Over the weekend, US President Barack Obama decided to veto a draft UN Security
Council decision condemning Israel. Israel deeply appreciates this decision and we remain committed
to advancing peace both with our neighbors in the region and with the Palestinians. I believe that the
US decision makes it clear that the only way to peace is direct negotiations and not through the
actions of international bodies, which are designed to bypass direct negotiations. The most important
thing in any negotiations that we conduct is the security component. The security component is
critical to any peace agreement and I think that today, we can see what an unstable region we live in, a
region in which Iran tries to exploit the situation that has been created in order to expand its influence
by passing warships through the Suez Canal. Israel views this Iranian move with utmost gravity and
this step, like other steps and developments, underscores what I have reiterated in recent years –
Israel’s security needs will grow and the defense budget must grow accordingly.”

2/18 update: Hillary Clinton: Israeli Settlements ‘Illegitimate’; Secretary of State Calls
Working Toward Mideast Peace Her ‘Highest Priority’

2/17 update: Mahmoud Abbas is trying to force a U.N. vote to condemn Israel for building
“settlements” on territory the Palestinians claim is theirs but refuse to sign a peace treaty to get.
The good news: the Obama administration is threatening to veto the resolution if it comes before the
Security Council. The bad news: the U.S. is proposing to condemn Israel in a different manner to
appease Abbas and the Islamic world.

>> Abbas rejects U.S. request to withdraw UN settlement resolution — Washington has made it
clear that it will veto the resolution should it come to a vote, and has implored the Palestinian
Authority and other Arab nations to withdraw the proposal, but to no avail.

“The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement
reaffirming that the 15-nation body ‘does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement
activity,’ a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution
calling the settlements illegal,” reports Foreign Policy magazine in a story posted on its website.

“But the Palestinians rejected the American offer following a meeting late Wednesday of Arab
representatives and said it is planning to press for a vote on its resolution Friday, according officials
familar with the issue. The decision to reject the American offer raised the prospects that the Obama
adminstration may cast its first ever veto in the U.N. Security Council. Still, the U.S. offer signaled a
renewed willingness to seek a way out of the current impasse, even if it requires breaking with its key
ally and joining others in the council in sending a strong message to Israel to stop its construction of
new settlements. The Palestinian delegation, along with the council’s Arab member Lebanon, have
asked the council’s president this evening to schedule a meeting on Friday. But it remained unclear
whether the Palestinian move today is simply a negotiating tactic aimed at extracting a better deal
from the United States….”

Unbelievable. What a way to treat Israel, our only true democratic and stable ally in the Mideast.

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• FYI: I taped an interview this morning on “The Twelfth Imam” that is scheduled to be air on
the Glenn Beck show on the Fox News Channel tonight…may be used as “soundbites,” not a
full interview…we’ll see….FYI: last Wednesday, Glenn invited me to NYC to tape a full one-
hour interview to be aired last Friday…however, with the fall of Mubarak, events overtook the
show and it was never aired….such is media during fast-moving events.
• Iran Says It’s Sending Two Warships to Canal, TV Says (despite previous report of
• Heritage Foundation report: Refocus on Iran: More Sanctions Needed –”Iran’s hostile
regime has been one of the chief beneficiaries of the political turmoil that has convulsed Egypt
and Tunisia, which distracted the United States and other countries from the ongoing standoff
over Iran’s nuclear program. The dramatic events diverted international attention from Tehran’s
stubborn refusal to negotiate an acceptable resolution of the nuclear issue at the failed Istanbul
talks last month.”
• Israel’s economy grows 7.8% in fourth qtr of 2010


• Inside The Revolution: How The Followers of Jihad, Jefferson and Jesus are Battling To
Dominate The Middle East and Transform the World
• Sign up for Joel’s free email updates, “Flash Traffic”
• Join the “Epicenter Team” on Facebook
• To learn more about The Joshua Fund — watch the latest video blog — or make a secure
donation online, please click here


EPICENTER: Largest demonstrations in Iran since crackdown
Posted: February 16, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

>> Answer to prayer: Israeli mayor is cancer-free after evangelical Christians and others
around the world pray for him — details on The Joshua Fund website.

>> Israel says Iran warships to transit Suez for Syria

>> German magazine reports that Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader and TV preacher Youssef al-
Qaradawi advocates establishing a “United Muslim Nations” as a contemporary form of the
caliphate and the only alternative to the hegemony of the West. He hates Israel and would love
to take up arms himself. In one of his sermons, he asked God “to kill the Jewish Zionists, every
last one of them.”

The drama in the epicenter is building. Iran on Tuesday witnessed the largest protests against the
government since the crackdown in 2009 after the rigged elections swept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
into power for another four years. Major protests in Bahrain and Yemen, too. Developing….


• Washington Post reports on the protests in Iran: “The demonstration was the largest in
Iran since a crackdown on the opposition 14 months ago”; President Obama tells Mideast

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leaders, “The world is changing….You have a young, vibrant generation within the
Middle East that is looking for greater opportunity. . . . You can’t be behind the curve.”
• Iran protests: clashes ‘filmed in Tehran’
• Iranian opposition returns to streets, energized by Egypt
• Iranian Lawmakers: Execute Opposition Leaders
• Bahrain takes the stage with raucous protest
• Clashes Erupt in Bahrain as Tumult Ripples Across Mideast
• Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day
• Violence punctuates Yemen protests
• Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to Be Political Party
• Egypt opposition needs time, or Islamists will win
• Former Egyptian leader at his residence in Sharm el-Sheikh — Mubarak falls into coma
after final speech: report


CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT? Update: Egyptian military vows to
honor treaty with Israel
Posted: February 12, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

JUST POSTED: Here’s my interview on Fox News Channel on Sunday (Feb 13) with Shannon
Bream, discussing the implications of the fall of the Mubarak regime for Israel, for followers of Jesus
Christ in Egypt, and for the battle between Radicals and Reformers in Iran.

• —————————————
• Feb 11 interview on CBN News, includes analysis from Jerusalem bureau chief Chris
Mitchell, and international correspondent George Thomas
• Feb 11 interview on the Chris Fabry show on the Moody Radio Network, includes the
President’s statement to the nation about the fall of Mubarak and interviews with Ken
Boa, an evangelical ministry leader who was in Egypt when the revolution began, and Dr.
Charlie Dyer, a Mideast expert and professor of Biblical studies at the Moody Bible
Institute ; my interview comes about 30 min into the one hour program
• Background on the Chris Fabry show
• Video blog on Isaiah 19 the future of Egypt from the perspective of Bible prophecy


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What does the downfall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak mean for Christians in Egypt? That’s
the question I’m being asked about again and again in TV and radio interviews over the past few
days, so I thought I’d jot down a few thoughts this morning.

First, senior pastors and ministry leaders in Egypt estimate there are some 2.5 million followers of
Jesus Christ in their country. Most of these are born again converts who were raised as nominal
Christians inside the historic Coptic (Orthodox) church. There are about eight to ten million Coptics
in the country, all told, and there is a significant revival going on among them. By God’s grace, a
growing number of Egyptian Muslims are leaving Islam and turning to Jesus every year. Amen. May
this accelerate in the weeks and months ahead.

Second, believers in Egypt face significant harassment, ostracization, and outright persecution. Both
the Mubarak government and the Islamists have worked hard to intimidate the Church over the years.
While there are wonderfully bold and courageous pastors and lay leaders, many have come to live in
fear and anxiety as a result.

Third, this is the most dramatic moment in the history of the modern Middle East since the downfall
of the Saddam regime and the capture of Saddam Hussein in 2003. The Reformers are boldly
proclaiming their solutions for Egypt’s problems. Likewise, the Radicals are boldly proclaiming their
solutions for Egypt’s ills. Now it is time for the Revivalists — followers of our Lord Jesus who want
to revive what Egypt once had before Islam: First Century, New Testament, Biblical Christianity —
to boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. True freedom and liberation — spiritually and socially
— will only come when individuals choose to begin a personal relationship with God the Father
through Jesus Christ His Son. Only then does the Lord offer us the free gift of life eternal and life
abundant, as we read in John 3:16 and John 10:10.

Fourth, our job as believers around the world at this moment of turmoil, change and uncertainty is to
stand with our brothers and sisters in Egypt, encourage them, pray for them, provide whatever training
or resources they need, and provide some funding if possible to help them proclaim the gospel, make
disciples, train new pastors, plant new churches, care for the poor and needy, and minister to the
people in many other ways. We can’t do the work of the Church in Egypt for them, nor should we.
But we can — and must — let them know that they are not alone. The Apostle Paul wrote in I
Corinthians 12 that “you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” He told us that “if one
member [of the Body] suffers, all the members suffer with it.” In Philippians 2, he urged believers to
be “of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.” He
encouraged us to “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one
another as more important than yourselves.” In other words, we need to do a better job understanding
the needs of the Egyptian Church and seek ways to stand with them and encourage them, not be
selfish or prideful or focused merely on ourselves.

My wife, Lynn, our four sons, Lynn’s mom, and I had the joy of living in Egypt — in a suburb of
Cairo, actually – for nearly three months in late 2005 and early 2006 when I was researching and
writing a book. During that time, we had the opportunity to see the enormous surge of Christianity
underway in the Middle East and North Africa firsthand. We met with Egyptian Muslim Background
Believers (MBBs) and Nominal Christian Background Believers (NCBBs). We met believers engaged
in satellite television ministry, in radio ministry, in Internet ministry, in gospel literature distribution,
and in all manner of evangelism outreaches and discipleship programs. It was also a remarkable time
to study the history and culture of Egypt. We visited the great museum in Cairo, climbed inside the
pyramids, and traveled around the country to places like Alexandria and Sharm el-Sheikh. We learned
so much, saw so much poverty, so much sadness, such stagnation, such political and spiritual

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We also made some dear friends and visited a variety of churches to better understand the challenges
facing believers in that historic country. One of these was the famous “garbage church” in the caves
above Cairo, located right next to the biggest “city” of trash and waste products I have ever seen in
my life.

To get to the “garbage church,” you must first drive through this “city” of badly built brick and
cement apartment buildings teeming with an estimated fifteen to thirty thousand “garbage people”—
no one knows for sure, and the numbers are always changing—living amid literally thousands of tons
of trash. Everywhere you look you see people picking through it, sorting it, rebagging it, looking for
objects of value and hoping to sell plastic bottles and the like to recyclers. The stench is unbelievable.

But then you come through it to the other side, to a paved parking lot and a lovely little Christian
chapel, nestled against huge cliffs. Carved into the cliffs are the most amazing scenes of Jesus
walking on water, Jesus on the cross, Jesus ascending to heaven, and so forth, each with a Bible verse
inscribed below it in Arabic and English, all done by a Polish artist. Inside the six caves are six
chapels, the largest of which holds twenty thousand people.

Our guide that day was an MBB named Addel. He shared with us (by translation) how he was lost in
drugs and alcohol and the depression of living in the garbage village. He also shared with us how he
came to hear an audiocassette of one of the priests at the church and how God used that sermon to
convict him of his sin and point him to what Jesus did on the cross to pay the penalty for his sins and
offer him forgiveness. Now Addel greets visitors who come to see this extraordinary ministry and
tells them the story of what God is doing there.

The church was planted, he said, in 1978 by a Coptic priest with a burden for reaching the people Paul
called “the scum of the world, the dregs of all things” with the Good News that they could be adopted
by the King of kings. So many people became Christians in the years that followed that in 1992 they
had to covert the largest cave into a worship amphitheater. On an average weekend, some ten
thousand new and growing believers from the garbage community come to sing and hear the message
of the gospel and learn how to be true disciples of Jesus Christ. Services are held on Thursday nights
(the most popular service), Friday mornings, and Sunday evenings. In May of 2005, more than twenty
thousand Arab believers gathered at the garbage church for a day of prayer for their unsaved Muslim
friends to become followers of Christ. The event was broadcast throughout the Middle East on a
Christian satellite television network, allowing millions more to see God powerfully at work.

With our kids, Lynn and I have been watching events unfold in Egypt through the lenses of our own
experiences there, but more importantly through the lenses of Scripture. We know through Isaiah 19
that the future of Egypt is going to get far worse in the last days before the return of Christ. We also
know that eventually Egypt will experience a great national awakening. Millions of Egyptians will
come to faith in Jesus Christ and worship Him during the Millennial Kingdom, when He reigns from
His throne in Jerusalem. We are praying for the Lord to show us and The Joshua Fund team board
and staff how we can be a blessing not only to Israel, but also to her neighbors, like the dear people of
Egypt who have suffered so long and need to find hope and freedom in Jesus. We’d love for you to
join us in these vital prayers, as well. Thanks so much, and may the Lord bless you as you bless Israel
and Egypt at this critical hour.


• Reuters: Gaddafi tells Palestinians: revolt against Israel

• Haaretz: Palestinian cabinet to resign in wake of Mideast turmoil
• CNN: Egypt’s military dissolves parliament, suspends constitution
• AP: Egypt’s military rulers dissolve parliament

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• NYT: As Egypt Calms Down, So Do Israeli Nerves

• AP: Egypt will maintain its peace treaty with Israel, military says
• Washington Post: Israeli prime minister welcomes Egyptian military’s pledge to honor
peace accord
• Reuters: Chairman of Joint Chiefs visits Israel, Jordan amidst upheaval in the Mideast


• Inside The Revolution: How The Followers of Jihad, Jefferson and Jesus are Battling To
Dominate The Middle East and Transform the World
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Posted: February 11, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized
>> One of Egypt’s highest profile pro-democracy leaders says: “This is the greatest day in the
history of Egypt, that will not be repeated. This nation has been born again. These people have
been born again, and this is a new Egypt.”
>> Ahmadinejad calls for “no Israel” in the new Middle East
>> Saudis dismiss rumors about King’s death, say he is recuperating after surgery in Morocc0,
where he has been since Jan 22
Dramatic, breaking news from Cairo on Day 18 of the revolution in Egypt….the military has
moved to oust the leader….Mubarak is out….peaceful coup in motion….chaotic situation….news
delivered on Egyptian TV by VP Omar Suleiman….millions of Egyptians celebrating in Cairo and
throughout the country….not precisely clear exactly who’s in charge at the moment….but the
Egyptian military is well disciplined, well respected, and generally secular….not clear what’s
next….what will be the “new Egypt’s” relationship with the U.S., and the West generally?….what
happens to the peace treaty with Israel (Israel being the only truly solid and secure and free country in
entire Middle East)?….what what role, if any, will the Muslim Brotherhood play?….lots of questions,
not many answers at the moment….uncertainty spreading throughout the epicenter….please keep
praying for a peaceful transition of Egypt to free markets, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly,
freedom of worship, free elections…pray, too, for the Church in Egypt and around the region to
be bold in their witness that the only true solution for peace and freedom is faith in the Lord
Jesus Christ….developing….

• Reuters: Mubarak and family leave Cairo for Sharm: party official
• AP: Celebrations throughout the Middle East as Mubarak steps down


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the Church in Egypt to be bold for the gospel
Posted: February 10, 2011 by joelcrosenberg in Uncategorized

UPDATED AT 6:15pm eastern Thurs – LATEST HEADLINES ADDED 10am Friday

A few initial thoughts on Mubarak’s speech:

1. As I was listening to the speech, my immediate thought was of the Pharoah in the Book of
Exodus refusing to let the Jews go. Today, Mubarak refuses to go. Today, Mubarak refuses to
let the Egyptian people go.
2. The Egyptian people deserve spiritual, economic and political freedom. They deserve so much
better than what they have.
3. That was not a speech of a man ready much less eager to step down from 31 years in power.
Mubarark is resisting international pressure to leave on anyone else’s time table but his own.
4. I want to see Mubarak go, but I don’t want to see a coup, or a takeover by a new authoritarian
dictator, or by Radical Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
5. The speech creates more uncertainty in Egypt, in Israel and throughout the epicenter. For most
people, uncertainty creates anxiety.
6. Followers of Jesus Christ need to stay focused on that Christ is the King of kings and Lord of
laws. He alone is sovereign. He “removes kings and establishes kings,” as the Hebrew Prophet
Daniel wrote in Daniel 2:21.
7. I was just on a radio show and was asked, how can Christians in the U.S. pray for Egypt
right now. My immediate answer: Please pray for the Church in Egypt to be bold,
courageous, fearless witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, the Reformers are in the
streets by the hundreds of thousands saying what they think is the answer to Egypt’s problems
(depose Mubarak, end the emergency law, and bring about free and fair elections). The
Radicals such as the Muslim Brotherhood is clear about their answer (“Allah is our objective.
The Prophet is our leader. The Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is
our highest hope.”) Now it’s time for true followers of our Lord Jesus to preach the gospel
throughout Egypt will urgency and courage. Christ is the Prince of Peace. He is the only true
and lasting hope for the dear people of Egypt.
8. Another question I was asked: “As you’ve watched this situation in Egypt unfold in recent
weeks, do you see a possibility that if there is an orderly transition that the situation for
Christians could actually improve?” My answer: ”It’s a very interesting question. Yes, it
could. I think of the time when the Soviet Empire collapsed on Christmas Day in 1991. That
opened up Russia and the entire Eastern bloc to the gospel. Many people came to faith in
Christ. Many new congregations were planted. Many new pastors were called and trained. So
that’s one scenario, more freedom opening a door for the gospel. But then there’s the Iraninan
model. The fact that Radicals have been in power there for 32 years has been what God has
used to begin to change that country. A Radical regime in Iran has counterintuitively been the
healthiest for the church. Not easy. Don’t get me wrong. There’s been terrible persecution. But
God has used all this to shake Iranians from their belief that is Islam is the answer and jihad is
the way. Millions of Iranians have turned away from Islam. At least one million Iranians, it is
estimated, have come to faith in Christ. So God can use two entirely different environments, the
opening up of freedom and democracy, or a crackdown and more repression, to bring souls to

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Himself. God is sovereign. And we need to pray that the people of Egypt hear the gospel and
make a decision to receive Jesus Christaas their personal Lord and Savior no matter which way
this plays out.”
9. A few verses the Lord is bringing to my mind: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because
the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” (Isaiah 61:1)
10. “If the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” (John 8:36)
11. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians
12. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
13. The Joshua Fund seeks to mobilize Christians around the world to pray faithfully for the
people of Egypt. We have funded projects to get the gospel out in Egypt in the recent past. We
are funding a conference for Egyptian pastors that was scheduled for the week the revolution
began. Lord willing, it will be rescheduled soon. We stand with our brothers and sisters there
and with like-minded believers around the world in bringing the good news message of
salvation and freedom through Jesus Christ to the Egyptian people who need it more than ever.
Please join with us in prayer. God is doing great things in Egypt amidst all the evil that others
are perpetrating. What’s more, God demonstrates His love towards the people of Egypt in the
prophecies of Isaiah 19, which indicate that after so many trials and tribulations in that historic
country, there will be a great national spiritual awakening, and many, many millions of
Egyptians will turn away from the religious, political, and pseudo-spiritual ideas that have taken
them down the wrong road and will come to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Let us
pray and work for that day.


• U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper: Muslim Brotherhood “Largely

Secular,” “Has Eschewed Violence”
• NBC News reporter calls Clapper’s comment “terrifying” and completely wrong
• ABC News on Fri: Office Of The Director Of National Intelligence “Clarifies” Remarks
On Muslim Brotherhood
• FBI Chief: Muslim Brotherhood Supports Terrorism
• Text of Mubarak’s speech
• ‘Nearly one million protesters descend on Cairo square’
• VIDEO: Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Daniel Kurtzer warns against dealing with the
Muslim Brotherhood: “The Moslem Brotherhood since its founding in 1928 has one single
goal, 25 and that is to transform Egypt into an Islamic state, and once that’s achieved it’s goal
is to transform the Middle East into a pan-Arabist Islamic state…. It is flexible in tactics. …
for large periods in its history it has eschewed violence. The Brotherhood has tactical
flexibility, but that doesnt change their goals one iota. That doesn’t mean necesaarily that they
need to be kept out of the halls of power. It doesn’t mean they need to be hunted down. But that
does mean there needs to be great caution in simplistic analysis in how the Muslim Brotherhood
will act with respect to power. And the question of whether or not this movement will try to
hijack a political movement for its own purposes will be kept squarely in mind. This is on the
minds of the Egyptian military.One can be sure that the role of the Muslim Brotherhood will be
circumscribed [by the military].”
• Tarek Heggy, moderate Arab writer and thinker: The Reality of the Muslim Brotherhood

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