Guest: Joel Rosenberg, director, Epicenter Conference
Trying to understand the dynamics of the current situation in the Middle East, from Israel to the Palestinians to Iran to American involvement, is difficult at best. Ancient history, conflicting religions, land disputes, and ethnic resentment have all combined to create a toxic and often deadly environment. Throw in economic interests like oil, or even nuclear ambitions, and it is no wonder the world seems to pivot on what takes place in the Middle East.
The good news is that Joel Rosenberg will be joining us on The Christian Worldview this weekend to give a clear, biblical perspective on the region. It is easy for Christians in the West to misunderstand or despair about the Middle East, but as Joel Rosenberg will explain this weekend, Christians can have clarity and there is real reason for hope in the “Epicenter”. With an all-star lineup of speakers, you might even want to consider attending Joel’s Epicenter Conference in Philadelphia, June 25-26, 2010.
Israel seeks peace with the entire Arab and Muslim world, but continues to be threatened by the forces of Islamic extremists, Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu Tuesday evening,” reports the Jerusalem Post. “‘These are irregular times,’ Netanyahu told the Knesset plenum in opening marks to his speech….’Today Israel is faced with two tests — an economic crisis and a security crisis. The source of these crises are neither our past actions nor past mistakes… our [current] actions, however, will determine the results of these crises.’….Netanyahu pointed to the ’spread of extreme Islam in our area, and all over the world,’ warning against the nuclear armament of these extreme forces, hinting at the development of Iran’s nuclear activities. The Iranian leader’s plan to erase Israel falls on deaf ears around the world, and is almost accepted as ‘routine,’ Netanyahu said.”
EPICENTER CONF. SET FOR APRIL 4
It’s shaping up to be a dramatic week. On Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu will become Israel’s next Prime Minister. Also on Tuesday, the U.S. and Iran begin direct talks in the Netherlands for the first time since the Shah of Iran was ousted from power in 1979. Meanwhile, the G20 Summit of world leaders begins in London on Thursday to discuss radical reconstructive surgery to the international financial system, including the Russian and Chinese proposal of creating a new, single, common global currency.
We’ll consider the significance of these and other developments and trends at the 2009 Epicenter Conference on Saturday, April 4th at Cox Arena in San Diego. Last April, we held the premiere Epicenter Conference in Jerusalem for some 2,000 Christian leaders from all over the world. This year, we are expecting upwards of 8,000 or more attendees.
The theme will be: “Understanding Today’s Global Crises In Light of Bible Prophecy.” Key speakers include Lt-General (ret.) Jerry Boykin discussing the most serious threats facing the U.S., Israel and our allies in 2009; Pastor Chuck Smith discussing God’s everlasting love for Israel and Ezekiel’s prophecies concerning the “War of Gog and Magog”; and several special guests. I will be speaking on the global economic crisis, Inside The Revolution, as well as on “The State of the Epicenter.” We’ll also be talking about the work of The Joshua Fund and how you can be involved in blessing Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus.
The event is free. No ticket is required. We will be taking an offering to help cover expenses. Just come early to make sure you get a seat, as guests are coming from all over the country. More than 40 churches around the U.S. will also be showing a live, high-resolution, broadband Internet feed of the conference to their congregations. Details on locations of these satellite venues will be announced later this week. You can also watch the event live on-line at www.epicenter09.com.