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Is it the End of the World?

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Rebels Without a Cause

posted by jfletcher

Those who dismiss the late James Dean as merely a brooding, self-absorbed young actor miss the point, I think. Dean, who evidently suffered both from the early loss of his mother and from abuse at the hands of a trusted […]

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The King of Zionism

posted by jfletcher

Each year, various groups and individuals seek to politicize the memory of Martin Luther King, on the national holiday in his honor. So I will, too. Perhaps a little-known fact about “MLK” is that he was a strong supporter of […]

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Kay Wilson—Choosing Life

posted by jfletcher

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the horrific Palestinian terror attack on my friend, Kay Wilson, and her friend, Kristine Luken. Kay survived, somehow; Kristine, a Christian, did not. Their attackers targeted them because they were looking to kill Jews. […]

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Jesus Unmasked

posted by jfletcher

Jesus Christ…the most famous figure in world history. According to the apostle John: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for […]

Rewarding the Innovators

posted by jfletcher

Untold News, an Israel advocacy group based in New York, is making headway explaining the marvelous innovations produced by the Jewish state. To add a fine point to the popularity of the Untold News platform (now with more than 350,000 […]

4 July, 1976

posted by jfletcher

Israel today is besieged by fanatical jihadists. Three boys are murdered by Palestinian terrorists and the world’s reaction is annoyance with the Jewish state. What kind of insanity are we living in? From its founding in 1987, the terrorist group […]

Demonizing Israel and the Jews

posted by jfletcher

My friend at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, is a wealth of information, especially for people of faith struggling to understand the dynamics in the Arab-Israeli conflict. His book, Demonizing Israel and the Jews, is […]

Evangelicals Silent on Hamas Kidnappings

posted by jfletcher

Bradley Scott’s shout-out to the White House, silent so far about the kidnapping of three Israeli youth this week, could also be directed at an audience formerly supportive of Israel: American Christian leaders. Response from American “Christian Palestinianists” to the […]

All in Good Fun?

posted by jfletcher

One of the primary sources of hope in our world today is the marvelous example of predictive prophecy in the Bible. Contrary to the view of some Christian leaders in America—who like to marginalize Bible prophecy teaching—the Bible is loaded […]

A Single Human Being

posted by jfletcher

Memorial Day. Remembering the dead is always poignant. Those of us of a certain generation are emotional at the site of American flags on display in military cemeteries. Decorating family graves is bittersweet. Remembering those who gave their lives protecting […]

The Coming Messianic Temple

posted by jfletcher

The privilege of standing on the Temple Mount — the spiritual center of the universe — cannot be adequately described. Singing birds, lush trees, and the quiet presence of pilgrims from around the world make the place a park-like setting […]

Scratch That Itch

posted by jfletcher

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (2 […]

The Fig Tree Parable

posted by jfletcher

A key prophecy of the last days is found in Matthew 24—the famous parable of the budding fig tree (the same reference is found in Luke 21 and Mark 13). The identity of the obviously symbolic passage has been hotly […]

Long Live Israel!

posted by jfletcher

As we sit now between Israel’s Independence Day celebrations (according to the Jewish calendar, the Israeli celebration was yesterday—in America, we look forward to May 14), I thought it would be interesting to visit with a man I greatly admire, […]

Untold News

posted by jfletcher

In Mitchell Bard’s op-ed in the Huffington Post, posted April 24 (“Defining ‘Pro Israel’ Is Not Rocket-Science”), the scholar set down his 13 “attributes” one must possess in order to be called pro-Israel. I was particularly intrigued with no. 3, […]

Into the Cauldron

posted by jfletcher

We live in an era in which much of Bible prophecy teaching is mocked and marginalized. And I’m just talking about from within the Christian community! To be more specific, it is becoming popular within some evangelical circles to bash […]

The Great(?) Debate

posted by jfletcher

I don’t know that it was the end of the creationist movement—I’ll be accused of hysterics on that one by my own kind—but if I’m being fair and objective, Bill Nye more than held his own in his debate with […]

He came, He saw, He conquered

posted by jfletcher

Mark 16 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the […]

Fighting BDS

posted by jfletcher

For some time, Israel’s enemies have been cultivating relationships in a seemingly benign environment: America’s religious community. In particular, BDS (Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions) efforts have continued apace within mainline communities (Presbyterian Church-USA; United Methodist Church; etc.). BDS proponents want to punish companies […]

The Great(?) Debate

posted by jfletcher

I don’t know that it was the end of the creationist movement—I’ll be accused of hysterics on that one by my own kind—but if I’m being fair and objective, Bill Nye more than held his own in his debate with […]

Warrior

posted by jfletcher

The Warrior is about to go to his fathers. If press reports are accurate, 85-year-old Israeli legend Ariel Sharon is near death. In a coma for almost eight years, “Arik” is slipping from life. Not wanting to falsely anticipate his […]

JFK in Palestine

posted by jfletcher

Four pages, typewritten. Analytical. Discerning of a situation so complex, not much has changed in 75 years. John F. Kennedy in Palestine. On the eve of World War II, the future president visited the tortured little region on the eastern […]

Donald Miller’s Blood Libel—One Year Later

posted by jfletcher

It’s his baby. And it’s a year old. Popular evangelical author (“Blue Like Jazz”) Donald Miller, one year ago today, wrote at his Storylineblog that the Israel Defense Forces murders innocent Palestinians. In a blog post titled, ironically, “The Painful […]

Honestly!

posted by jfletcher

I had the privilege recently to speak with Joe Hyams, who directs HonestReporting, a media watchdog group specializing in the Arab-Israel conflict. As one who obtained a journalism degree, and is fascinated by all things “Inky Wretch” (to quote the […]

Kristallnacht…”The Night of Broken Glass”

posted by jfletcher

This weekend marks the 75th anniversary of the infamous Nazi terror unleashed against German and Austrian Jews. As retribution for the assassination of a Nazi official in Paris, Germans murdered Jews and destroyed their property—including synagogues—on the night of November […]

“In Our Time”

posted by jfletcher

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered one of the most remarkable addresses of the modern era. Why? Long known as a gifted orator, even by his critics, Netanyahu spent a good deal […]

Jonathan Merritt: Wrong

posted by jfletcher

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Dagnabit, he almost had it. In Jonathan Merritt’s latest post […]

I Fly Away

posted by jfletcher

“Our days may come to seventy years,
 or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
 for they quickly pass, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10) When I put my feet on the floor […]

“Can I prove there is a God?”

posted by jfletcher

My friend at Lamb & Lion Ministries (www.lamblion.com), Dr. David Reagan, recently posted an absolutely fascinating interview with Carl Gallups, a pastor and author of the book, The Magic Man in the Sky. It’s one of the best defenses of […]

“Mother, Help Me!”

posted by jfletcher

From the World War II Museum in New Orleans, a most poignant sign—a recollection from the savage Battle of the Bulge. A reminder that the bond between mother and child cannot be torn.

With Apologies to Israel

posted by jfletcher

At a time when support for Israel is eroding among American evangelical leaders, it is also disconcerting to see apologetics ministries failing to present the uniqueness of the Jews and their role in history, to the audiences the apologists address. […]

We All Long for Peace

posted by jfletcher

Social commentator Dennis Miller tweeted an appropriate thought today: “Humans are not wired to believe the world has gone this insane.” It calls to mind an article I read in USA Today years ago. A psychologist said—I’m paraphrasing—that ancient man […]

Terror in America: Hamas Style!

posted by jfletcher

An hour ago, at least two bombs were detonated at the site of the Boston Marathon. Of course, information continues to come in, but some reports are that the bombs had ball bearings. That is classic jihadist terrorist. This reminds […]

Happy Birthday, Israel!

posted by jfletcher

In 1882, the first wave of modern Jewish immigration to Palestine began. Today, it is the land of Israel, eight million souls nestled in a tiny but vibrant country. I’ve been blessed to have visited several times and find it […]

Egyptian against Egyptian

posted by jfletcher

“And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Isaiah 19:2) Egypt is famous for many things, including […]

Mid-America Prophecy Conference

posted by jfletcher

One of the oldest prophecy conferences in the world just wrapped up the 2013 gathering, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was great to see old friends. I am proud of them for continuing to teach this incredible message, especially in the […]

Mismatch

posted by jfletcher

His red jersey, with the white no. 5, blended perfectly with the green carpet. It was the first real football game I’d ever been to, November 30, 1974. My father and I drove down to Norman, Oklahoma on the coldest […]

Prayer by Night

posted by jfletcher

And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. (Matthew 26:39)

Those Crazy Creationists

posted by jfletcher

Last week I had the opportunity to tour the Creation Museum, a $30 million spectacular near Cincinnati. The brainchild of well-known creationist Ken Ham, the museum bears no resemblance to the backwoods, knuckle-dragging reputation that Bible believers “enjoy” in today’s […]

The Valley of Decision

posted by jfletcher

It’s quaint today, to watch an old movie that speaks to values of yesteryear. It is true that man has always been evil, but today it seems that immorality is out of control. In the 1945 film, “The Valley of […]

Mission of Hope

posted by jfletcher

Ten years ago today, the crew of the space shuttle Columbia was lost; a punctured wing broke up during re-entry, and the nation mourned another space tragedy. The loss of life also opened a window into a story several decades […]

The Second Coming…?

posted by jfletcher

It perhaps isn’t a surprise that Newsweek has gone all-digital. That means the magazine’s footprint is getting smaller. A recent cover shows how far removed the editorial board is from reality (although it fits their leftist worldview). Barack Obama has […]

Make Way for Tomorrow

posted by jfletcher

If given our druthers, most of us would like to see a “someday” in which we retire peacefully to a lake home. It’s the American way, but probably also the Italian way, the Chilean way, and the…well, everybody way. We […]

God Calling

posted by jfletcher

At a time when young people feel the pain of despair and aimlessness—perhaps more than at any other time—it’s doubly tragic that the New Evangelicals ignore the relevance of Bible prophecy. At a recent conference, famed prophecy teacher Hal Lindsey […]

The Most Dangerous Man in America

posted by jfletcher

One night a few years ago, in a deluxe New York City steakhouse, I listened to two of America’s leading conservative voices discuss their views on the “Most Dangerous Man in America.” Each felt it was a politician. They disagreed […]

Prophecy Still Matters

posted by jfletcher

Much is being made of the “predictably” (pun intended) failed Mayan doomsday…thing. What bothers me is that credible Bible prophecy teaching is also suffering as a result. Weekly, people ask me to name the one, overwhelming piece of evidence that […]

Only One is Always Right

posted by jfletcher

My last post—just before a trip to Israel—was a classic example of the fallibility of man. I predicted Mitt Romney would win. I thought a great deal about this the morning I read that Obama has won re-election. I’d been […]

Broad Consensus for Romney!

posted by jfletcher

Forty eight hours from a game-changing American election—in bizarre and seemingly apocalyptic times—Mitt Romney is gaining broad support. It is support the likes of which I have never seen. The Blaze is reporting that playwright David Mamet has penned an […]

Boneshakers: The Book

posted by jfletcher

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie…” (2 Thessalonians 2:11) In Christian eschatology, not all details are firmly agreed upon, whether the discussion are among scholars or laity. There is little […]

The Woman of the Apocalypse

posted by jfletcher

On a lush mountain in Ecuador’s capitol city of Quito sits a magnificent statue of a women clothed in symbols. Commissioned in 1976, the “Virgen of Quito” glistens in the sun. For me, she is proof that Bible prophecy is […]

The Bible is the Word of God

posted by jfletcher

Almost since the first Bibles were mass printed in Germany, attacks on Scripture have shipwrecked the faith of many who might have believed. One of the most successful methods of deconstructing the Bible, ironically, is also one of the most […]

Entebbe

posted by jfletcher

It remains the greatest book I’ve ever read. Entebbe: The Jonathan Netanyahu Story, by his youngest brother, Iddo, details the daring hostage rescue by Israeli counter-terrorism units on July 4, 1976, at a remote airport at Entebbe, Uganda. I read […]

A Prophecy for Tomorrow, June 24

posted by jfletcher

A local mega-church pastor has announced on his website that tomorrow, his preaching text will be Isaiah 43. He encourages people to read it ahead of time. That’s good. What isn’t good is the basis of my “prophecy” for tomorrow. […]

Rockets’ Red Glare

posted by jfletcher

It is passing strange that so many in the West are ignoring the rocket attacks Hamas has launched on Israeli citizens this week. An alleged attack by Israelis against a West Bank mosque generated considerable interest around the globe. I […]

Benzion Netanyahu—An Ember of Sacred Fire

posted by jfletcher

In his riveting profile of Don Isaac Abravanel, acclaimed historian Benzion Netanyahu wrote about an encounter the Middle Ages statesman and philosopher had with Spain’s Queen Isabella, on the eve of the expulsion of the Jews from that country. Netanyahu […]

Captain Edward John Smith—”Absolutely Fearless”

posted by jfletcher

His body was never recovered, and no doubt some of the stories of heroism are embellished—if only because the chaos of Titanic’s final hours would prevent an investigative reporter-type analysis. Yet we know that Captain Edward John Smith—the Titanic’s only […]

Titanic’s “Forgotten”

posted by jfletcher

In a few more hours, many of the passengers of Titanic will have unknowingly seen their last hours of sunlight. For a hundred years, the fate of the “super-ship” has gripped the minds of countless followers of the disaster, and […]

Mid-America Prophecy Conference!

posted by jfletcher

Next weekend, March 29-31, the Mid-America Prophecy Conference will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Seven of the best Bible prophecy teachers in the world will be there, so this is a great opportunity for prophecy enthusiasts—or Bill Maher—to attend and […]

Preaching to Nobody

posted by jfletcher

Having watched the American Church “evolve” over the past few decades, one of the things that stands out to me is the decline in teaching about Bible prophecy. It is a huge story that no one is talking about. Recognizing […]

The Hairs on Your Head

posted by jfletcher

We recently visited Fort Gaines, at Dauphin Island, Alabama. The scene of furious battles in the 19th century, the whole place today has an eerie feel to it, as the waves crash against the rocks, and crumbling brick buildings (actually […]

Endings…and the Future

posted by jfletcher

We leased our home to a young couple with young children, just this past week. Recently “empty nesters,” it seemed like the right thing to do. As we pulled out of the driveway, I remembered 20 years ago, when I […]

Purim Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

Jerusalem is a city of mystery, to be sure. I learned just how mysterious one afternoon, having lunch with a friend who is a retired diplomat. He’d taken me to a place off the beaten path. As we ate, he […]

Purim

posted by jfletcher

The first time I visited Israel, February and March, 1998, I was astounded one afternoon to be walking down the street in Jerusalem…seeing children in what looked like Halloween costumes. They were walking along, looking exactly like kids back home […]

Joppa!

posted by jfletcher

While having lunch one afternoon on a busy street in Jaffa—just north of Tel Aviv—I noticed quite a commotion in the middle of the street. Thinking at first there had been a traffic accident, I asked and was told no, […]

From a Reader

posted by jfletcher

Dr. Strange-Hate

posted by jfletcher

One of the beautiful things about believing Bible prophecy is having faith in the promises of God. This is but one thing that makes the Bible unique among sacred texts. According to the Bible, the Jewish people are eternal. Scores […]

Serious About Syria

posted by jfletcher

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” (Isaiah 17:1) As the unrest/murder in Syria reaches catastrophic proportions, I am reminded of the famous prophecy of Isaiah 17, […]

The Growing Apostasy of the Church

posted by jfletcher

We have nowadays around us a class of men who preach Christ, and even preach the gospel; but then they preach a great deal else which is not true, and thus they destroy the good of all that they deliver, […]

The Psalm 83 Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

There is a most compelling prophecy given in Psalm 83—although it is controversial (some do not believe it is a prophecy meant for the end times). In essence, the Psalmist asks the Lord to preserve Israel against her enemies, and […]

Beautiful in Their Time

posted by jfletcher

One of the great proofs that the Bible is true—and that we are indeed living in the last days, despite the catcalls and mocking from the critics and skeptics—is the survival of the Jewish people. They are a sovereign nation […]

Growing Anti-Semitism in the American Church

posted by jfletcher

One of the weapons anti-Israel leaders in the American Church use is the idea that “the Jews of Israel are not religious.” This is used as a reason not to support their right to dwell in their ancestral land. It […]

American Christianity is No Longer Robust

posted by jfletcher

At Least Someone Understood It

posted by jfletcher

“Only those who are unfamiliar with the statements of the Bible itself will be impressed by the oft-repeated claim of the critics that their theory regarding prophecy is based on a careful, objective, and scientific study of the biblical data.” […]

Contempt for Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

Visiting a church today, I was dismayed to hear the pastor minimize the importance of Bible prophecy. His sermon was rolling along wonderfully, when he detoured and spent several minutes discussing the spiritual “immaturity” of those who study (or teach) […]

Still There, Huh?

posted by jfletcher

One of my favorite moments from the great documentary, The Last Waltz, is when the Band’s magnificent guitarist and songwriter, Robbie Robertson, leans into a microphone and smiles at the excited crowd: “Still there, huh?” The audience endured that night, […]

Another Sign of the Times

posted by jfletcher

For those who believe Bible prophecy is valid—and for those who wonder—a huge sign of the end is apostasy in the Church. That is, the majority of the visible Church will move away from the faith. That has been going […]

Reasons for Hope

posted by jfletcher

While looking at the website of my good friend, Carl Kerby (www.rforh.com), I came across an amazing and sad statistic: every day on this planet, almost 155,000 people die. Think about that for a second. Each of the 155,000 is […]

The Worship of Tim Tebow

posted by jfletcher

Tim Tebow, it could be argued, was the greatest college quarterback of all time. With a Heisman Trophy and two national championships, he has more hardware and jewelry than any other quarterback. The truly mind-boggling thing is, he could have […]

“Heroes to Heroes”

posted by jfletcher

Because I know a lot of American Jews and a lot of Israels—along with my own pro Israel Christian community—I know that Israel is quite a different country than that presented by the media. I wrote recently about the extraordinary […]

Miracle of miracles

posted by jfletcher

The Ultimate Peacemaker in Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

“There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up.” (Isaiah 51:18) The prophet Isaiah recorded […]

Religious Freedom in Israel

posted by jfletcher

Critics of the Jewish state often bear false witness by claiming that Israel is an apartheid state. Among the charges is that religious freedom is not available to people other than Jews. This is glaringly false and in fact, before […]

The Miracle of Zechariah 2:4

posted by jfletcher

“And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein…” Zechariah 2:4 is a most interesting prophecy, often overlooked, especially by skeptics. The […]

Join Us Tonight on Radio!

posted by jfletcher

www.rapturereadyradio.com/rrrtuesday.html

Are We Alone?

posted by jfletcher

The brilliant Charles Krauthammer always writes something compelling. For political analysis, no one is better. I also enjoy his other topics, such as the one a few days ago in which he speculated about the possibility of life on other […]

Are You Plagued by Fear?

posted by jfletcher

As if there isn’t enough scary stuff out there for us each to navigate through, we now have word that The World Health Organization (WHO) is “deeply concerned” about a flu virus (H5N1) that could be more transmissible between humans; […]

Doomsday 2012?

posted by jfletcher

Although I don’t believe a majority of people believe in the biblical view of the “end times,” virtually everyone at some time or another wonders about the “end” of all things. This goes far beyond our individual mortality. As I’ve […]

Is Touring Israel Safe?

posted by jfletcher

I hear this all the time from people who have always dreamed of “visiting the Holy Land.” Everyone wants to do it, but too many express fears about the issue of safety. You don’t have to be a member of […]

Ron Paul on Israel

posted by jfletcher

Paul interviewed by Iranian TV

Dry Bones

posted by jfletcher

The Birthplace of Jesus Christ

posted by jfletcher

It shouldn’t surprise that in the modern era, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, in Bethlehem, has become a tourist trap. Palestinian merchants smile at pilgrims and offer all sorts of trinkets. The first time I visited the Church of the […]

Hanukkah and the Ghost of Adam Sandler

posted by jfletcher

It is a reflection of the times in which we live, I think, that younger generations know what little history they do from listening to pop culture figures. Comedian Adam Sandler’s “Hanukkah song” is one such example. Actually, the holiday […]

The Palestinian Jesus

posted by jfletcher

The Blaze has reported that the mayor of Bethlehem, Victor Batarseh, hopes for a most unusual Christmas gift: “Christmas inspires peace on earth and goodwill toward men (as written in Luke 2:14), so one might wonder why the mayor of […]

Christopher Hitchens—The Seer

posted by jfletcher

The death of Christopher Hitchens causes me to reflect on his extreme dislike of religion. He was really such a gifted writer, and a great observer of human nature. Yet his own bias was never more evident than in his […]

Giggling and Sniggering

posted by jfletcher

Christians, especially conservative ones, often go out of their way to speak well of people who loathe them. I do think that sometimes this is done out of a conscious desire to appear likable and avoid being tagged as a […]

The Gingrich Who Stole the Palestinian Christmas

posted by jfletcher

The current surging Republican candidate for president, Newt Gingrich, generated a firestorm of criticism today when he asserted in an interview that the Palestinians are “invented.” In answering a question about Zionism, he said: “Remember, there was no Palestine as […]

Little Town of Bethlehem

posted by jfletcher

Whenever I visit Israel, I see things not as a tourist, but as an…observer. It helps one discover the story behind the story. One afternoon, while visiting the Mount of Olives, I spent some time looking at the Seven Arches […]

Untold News

posted by jfletcher

My fascination with the Middle East leads me to extraordinary friendships. One such friendship—a new one—is with the folks at “Untold News” (www.untoldnews.org). Too often (okay, to be more precise: constantly), we hear only gloomy, depressing news from this troubled […]

The Martyrs

posted by jfletcher

While walking through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this year, I noticed posters in the window of a sweets shop. I wondered how many tourists would understand what the posters are. As is popular in Palestinian culture, […]

Murder, Inc.

posted by jfletcher

Palestinians decry the Israelis’ security barrier, erected in the face of withering terror attacks. I am greatly disturbed by the condemnation of the barrier by Western Christians, who increasingly affirm the Palestinian narrative. Bottom line: the security barrier (called an […]

Nakba XVII

posted by jfletcher

The title of this post is tongue-in-cheek. Many readers no doubt would think it overly sarcastic. Yet the Arab obsession with seeing everything Jewish in the Middle East as a disaster makes the title not too far off the mark. […]

British “seconds”

posted by jfletcher

After the UN’s Partition Plan was approved on November 29, 1947, everyone knew hostilities had only just begun. Both the British and the French realized that trying to manage a blood feud between two peoples was a losing proposition, so […]

The Nakba

posted by jfletcher

November 29 marks the 64th anniversary of the “Partition Plan,” approved by the UN. The plan, which passed by a majority vote, called for the establishment of a Jewish state and a Palestinian Arab state, on what was left of […]

A Blessing on the Temple Mount

posted by jfletcher

When my son and I visited Israel over the summer, we visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Since the Muslim wakf is in charge of the area, they frown on non-Muslims praying or reading their Bibles. I was actually ushered […]

Who’s the Primitive?

posted by jfletcher

I once read a long-time Bible scholar who claimed that Job was really sort of an imaginary figure created by a Hebrew writer. The scholar also went on to say that no one in Job’s time (perhaps the second millenium […]

Jewish conspiracy?

posted by jfletcher

I’m constantly amazed not only at the number of Jewish conspiracy theories, but also by the sheer audacity of them. A new book by Dr. Alex Grobman, License to Murder: The Enduring Threat of the Protocols of the Elders of […]

Israel Can’t Lose, Part 2

posted by jfletcher

It is historically obvious that Israel’s many enemies have all gone the way of the dodo bird. Assyria, Babylon…the Nazis. A fresh wave of Palestinian terrorism has been launched against the state of Israel in the last century, virtually unabated. […]

Israel Can’t Lose

posted by jfletcher

In the 37th chapter of Isaiah—you should read it—we find the amazing story of Sennacherib, the powerful king of the brutal Assyrians, who came against Judah in the eighth century B.C. Sennacherib himself was arrogant and boastful. Hezekiah, king of […]

Winepress of Wrath

posted by jfletcher

In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ is poised to “tread the winepress” of His wrath, in defeating His enemies. As He stepped out of the tomb on Resurrection morning, I wonder what He was thinking. Oddly enough, a few […]

A New Heart

posted by jfletcher

Another clear sign we are in the last days is the issue of Jewish religious life. Unfortunately, too many of my Christian friends say things like, “How can you support Israel? Those people aren’t even religious.” How sad. How pathetic. […]

No Weapon Formed

posted by jfletcher

Another sure sign that we are living in the biblical last days is seen in Israel’s coastal plain, where most of the country’s population resides. Tel Aviv, the second-largest city, with over 400,000 residents, is home to much of Israel’s […]

Made in the shade

posted by jfletcher

For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the […]

Many “signs”

posted by jfletcher

I’m never afraid to say that even though probably a majority of people around the world today would equate the study of Bible prophecy with flat-earth advocacy, I know prophecy is legitimate and relevant for our times. Just this past […]

Healing Wounds and Hearts

posted by jfletcher

I’ve been interested in Israel and the Middle East for the past 15 years. Growing up in a conservative Christian home, I heard all the arguments from Scripture that we should support Israel. My story is not uncommon, though. I […]

What is Truth?

posted by jfletcher

One can imagine Pontius Pilate, elegant and earthy at the same time, asking Jesus to tell him how to find truth. This is the great unknown in our world. Jesus, the Christ, said in John 14:6 that He is the […]

Another Fine Mess

posted by jfletcher

I’m always amazed by the sheer numbers and variety of opponents of Bible prophecy. Oddly enough, it is from the Christian community that the most odious criticism falls on our heads. One gets the feeling that our critics think we […]

Does Anyone Care?

posted by jfletcher

Whenever I have a conversation with a liberal Christian, which is often, and the subject is the Arab-Israeli conflict, my conversation partner never seems terribly interested in the existential threats to Jews in Israel. I ask if the security fence […]

Sticking Point

posted by jfletcher

One of the little-known sites for tourists in Jerusalem is a small street on the east side of the Old City. It leads to Lion’s Gate, where Israeli forces broke through on June 7, 1967, and re-took the city. It […]

Rage

posted by jfletcher

The Bible says Jesus will return to the earth in the last days. A lot of people have a problem with that.

Sacrifice on Yom Kippur

posted by jfletcher

The holiest day on the Jewish calendar is called Yom Kippur (“The Day of Atonement”). It is marked by a 25-hour fast and prayer time. Yom Kippur is a time of deep personal reflection, and it is especially poignant to […]

“Free Palestine”

posted by jfletcher

Although I am usually shouted-down, if I say so among liberals who support the Palestinians, I have a different view of their drive for statehood. It is a view seen up-close. For some time, those who support Israel have pointed […]

Independence in Palestine

posted by jfletcher

Just some historical detail for you, in light of the drive for statehood by the Palestinians. On the afternoon of May 14, 1948, Jewish Zionist leader David Ben Gurion rose to speak at a theatre in Tel Aviv, steps from […]

Can we laugh?

posted by jfletcher

At an outdoor mall in Jerusalem this summer, I felt as if I were in a place of limbo. The mall begins just steps from the Old City’s Jaffa Gate, and extends northwestward, into the western part of the city. […]

Palestine: Poster-Child of the Left

posted by jfletcher

Since Oslo, when Israel and the Palestinians ostensibly began negotiating for a peaceful solution to their conflict, I have noticed a trend in the West to talk about a place called “Palestine.” Like Shangri-La, it has seemed to be a […]

Mapping-It-Out

posted by jfletcher

The issue of statehood for the Palestinians is front-and-center on the global stage right now. This at a time when other major issues are swirling: the global economy, natural disasters, etc. The theme of this blog is that the biblical […]

What Started it All

posted by jfletcher

I’m doing this from memory, but I believe that I read in Sir Martin Gilbert’s epic work, Israel, that the first all-Jewish town (Petah Tikvah) was settled in 1882. This was a watershed event, and one that has huge implications […]

A Day of Rage

posted by jfletcher

Like everyone else, I have a story. I was coming out of a college class on the morning of September 11, 2001. A student was watching a small television set in the lobby, and as we began to understand that […]

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

posted by jfletcher

Psalm 122:6 fairy commands us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. This often-battered city, now in the hands of the Israelis, is a focal point for international intrigue. One must ask himself why this is so, but at Prophecy […]

Palestine

posted by jfletcher

Saeb Erekat, a long-time Palestinian negotiator with the Israelis, said the other day that when the Palestinians go to the UN to seek statehood, the international community will be obliged to get rid of the “occupation.” The latter word is […]

Out of Egypt

posted by jfletcher

The news that Israel’s embassy has been attacked by Egyptians in Cairo is most distressing, especially considering the peace treaty between the two countries for the past 30 years. In Bible prophecy, Egypt is one of the most prominently mentioned […]

Goodbye, “Big Cat”

posted by jfletcher

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…” (Hebrews 9:27) I’m on this kick lately, this nostalgia kick. And another former University of Oklahoma football legend has died: Lee Roy Selmon. Considered one […]

“Buddy, can you spare $11 billion?”

posted by jfletcher

I was in my little local, quaint post office earlier today. It’s made of brick and has gorgeous maple trees out front. During Christmas, they set-out a red metal mailbox marked “North Pole.” Been that way forever. A lot of […]

The Trigger

posted by jfletcher

There are several amazing prophecies in the Bible’s book of Zechariah. At the very end of the book, we see a scenario in which the nations of the world come against “Jerusalem.” Why? I submit that this occurs for one […]

Anomalies

posted by jfletcher

On our recent trip to Israel, Jonathan took note of a hilarious oddity we saw as we emerged from the shopping bazaars of Jerusalem’s Old City. Fastened overhead was a sign that one might hardly take notice of in, say, […]

Does God Love the Jews?

posted by jfletcher

For a long time, there has been a controversy in the Christian world about Jews, and their place in God’s economy. While I think His obvious love for them is plainly eternal and has never been revoked, there are many […]

So Many to Choose From!

posted by jfletcher

The Bible is filled with lots and lots of marvelous prophecies. It is almost a shame that we focus mostly on a few of them (the rise of the antichrist in the last days, etc.). One of my favorites is […]

Who Will Destroy the World?

posted by jfletcher

David Mamet, the playwright, has written a wonderful book, The Secret Knowledge, in which he traces his personal journey from liberalism to, well, something to the right of that. At one point, he writes the following: “The elections of 2008 […]

Damascus in the Cross-hairs

posted by jfletcher

Just one of the fascinating characteristics of Bible prophecy is its proximity to reality. Many don’t think of it that way, but I do. Bible prophecy is not some esoteric nonsense. I was reminded of this today after reading that […]

Shaky

posted by jfletcher

People everywhere are unnerved by daily events: Wall St., hurricanes, brain-eating amoeba. Earthquakes. With recent news of earthquakes in such odd places as Colorado and Washington D.C., I was reminded of the famous pronouncement by Jesus that earthquakes in “diverse” […]

Irrefutable?

posted by jfletcher

Fairly often, I hear people debate whether the Bible can be proven to be true (or not true). By that, I mean arguments on both sides suggest, strongly, that the Bible’s history and science is either right or wrong. I’m […]

The Murder of Jews

posted by jfletcher

A constant theme in both biblical and secular history is the devilish propensity for many to hate and do harm to Jews. This morning is the latest sorry reminder. At least six Jews were killed near the Sinai, in an […]

Unease

posted by jfletcher

Headlines that we saw this morning are becoming the norm: •Morgan Stanley warns of recession •Dow drops 3.6 percent •Brain-eating amoeba claims three victims •Six killed near Sinai This is what passes for a routine day in our world now. […]

When Legends Leave

posted by jfletcher

I won’t do it often, but tonight I ask you to indulge me. I enjoy writing about the focus of this blog, but tonight I go at it a different way. Although, perhaps it does fit after all as I […]

Hard to Believe

posted by jfletcher

“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” (Revelation 16:12) As I often like to say—I […]

Tears and Tisha B’Av

posted by jfletcher

A few weeks ago, visiting the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I just wanted to cry. The place I consider the spiritual center of the universe is a 35-acre compound that today is holy to three faiths. It is also a […]

Wars and rumors of wars…

posted by jfletcher

In the book of Matthew, chapter 24, Jesus told the apostles (who had inquired) that among the signs of the end of the age would be “wars and rumors of wars.” Well, it’s here. Yahoo!News is reporting that the burger […]

Clash of the Worldviews

posted by jfletcher

I am having a splendid email conversation with a Christian leader who does not share my view of Bible prophecy. I have taken issue with his harsh rhetoric about Bible prophecy students and teachers, and pro Israel Christians—or, to be […]

Is the World Getting Better?

posted by jfletcher

One of the hallmarks of liberal thought a century ago was that man was improving himself so much that society would get better and better. Then the butchery known as the Great War commenced. It was followed barely a generation […]

A Red Sea?

posted by jfletcher

Among the prophecies that really scare people are those contained in that famous book, Revelation. When the Apostle John recorded a series of strange visions at the end of the first century, even the prophet could not have known how […]

“Obscure Prophecy”

posted by jfletcher


”Therefore as I live, saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation: the residue of […]

The Fortress

posted by jfletcher

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. (Isaiah 49:16) A lot of people don’t like Jews, and a whole lot of nations loathe Israel, but I admit to a sense […]

Good Fences Make Adequate Neighbors

posted by jfletcher

Israel’s security barrier, termed an “apartheid wall” by Jimmy Carter groupies, has saved Jewish lives. Period. The Bible speaks of a time when Israel will be a land of unwalled villages. There is some debate about what this means, exactly. […]

Blessing and Curses

posted by jfletcher

And I bless those blessing thee, and him who is disesteeming thee I curse, and blessed in thee have been all families of the ground. (Genesis 12:3) When one looks at Scripture, then looks at world history, the Bible makes […]

The Ultimate Debt-Ceiling

posted by jfletcher

In the Bible’s Book of Revelation, the 13th chapter, we read—if one supposes this figure is yet future—a description of a world leader who will be so fearsome, he will make mass murderers Hitler and Stalin look like amateurs. Interestingly, […]

At Least One Congress is Forward-Thinking

posted by jfletcher

I just returned from a terrific Christian conference, Future Congress (www.futurecongress.com). This was a gathering of conservative Christian thinkers, including several who teach Bible prophecy. Although some in the Church refer to us as espousing “escapist eschatology,” I find that […]

You Can Lead a Horse to Water…

posted by jfletcher

Speaking on the subject of Bible prophecy in a church last night, I was reminded again that Bible-believing Christians are not the bumpkins their critics make them out to be. There was a lively and sophisticated set of questions for […]

The Best Reunion

posted by jfletcher

I attended my 30th class reunion this past weekend. It was just down the street from an old army surplus store that I used to frequent with my father; it was one of our hobbies—cruising junk stores. Dad has been […]

Glenn Beck’s Traveling Temple Mount Roadshow

posted by jfletcher

The announcement today that Glenn Beck’s previously announced, weird event at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, has been moved due to security concerns…is weird. But welcome. Why the popular populist announced in the first place that he’d hold a pro Israel rally […]

Oh, Palestine!

posted by jfletcher

With news that the Palestinians might appeal to the United Nations this fall for an upgrade to full member status, we can see a Bible prophecy theme emerging. For many years, Bible prophecy teachers and students did not see the […]

The Wolfman

posted by jfletcher

(The following post came from a conversation with my wife, Dianna—she reluctantly agreed to pen some thoughts because I don’t believe in plagiarism! She understands people and their afflictions. I thought her observations blend well with the theme of this […]

Zechariah 14:12

posted by jfletcher

I am speaking at the Future Congress conference in Branson, Missouri next weekend, and one of my topics is “Did Zechariah Predict Nuclear War?” Now, you’ll either have to attend or get the obligatory dvd to fully understand my answer […]

Where is the New Jerusalem?

posted by jfletcher

I had a glorious weekend speaking at a church in the upper Midwest. The historic church where I spoke has a history steeped-in the Abolitionists and folks who escaped Europe, looking for religious freedom. They were pious and tough. I […]

Going Global

posted by jfletcher

With news late last night that President Obama had abruptly walked out on “debt ceiling” talks with the Republicans, I was reminded once again just how relevant Bible prophecy is. For many years, scoffers who made Bible prophecy teachers the […]

Future Congress!

posted by jfletcher

One of the fun things I get to do in my study of Bible prophecy is connect with friends who are on the cutting-edge of research. As a matter of fact, far from being the wild-eyed fanatics that critics allege, […]

Entebbe

posted by jfletcher

Thirty-five years ago today, America celebrated its bicentennial; I remember the day vividly. I remember it so well for a different reason than you might imagine. I woke up that morning to hear my parents talking about something that had […]

Is the Future Bleak?

posted by jfletcher

“For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17) I found out yesterday that an acquaintance is riddled with cancer. He found out only a few […]

A League of Friends

posted by jfletcher

Upon returning from a trip to Israel recently, I reflected on what I’d seen, and what is going on in the world. Clearly, the Arab-Israeli conflict is a focal point for the international community. And, usually, the news is bad. […]

Why Are People Missing It?

posted by jfletcher

One of my favorite things to do is study Bible prophecy. A fascinating outcome of that is observing that so many people in our world today miss the fact that prophecies are being fulfilled at an astonishing rate. While I […]

Is It the End of Your World?

posted by jfletcher

We live in turbulent times, for sure. I think we can all agree on that. For many, Bible prophecy is a fringe worldview. That’s okay; we are all entitled to our own views. Yet, with so many odd and frightening […]

The Valley of Hinnom

posted by jfletcher

Rob Bell, the wildly popular pastor from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has made news lately. His new book, Love Wins, presents a “progressive” view of hell. I don’t want to comment on Bell or his book per se, but rather point […]

The Clash of Worldviews

posted by jfletcher

There is an interesting “debate” going on within the evangelical Church today, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I wind up on the losing side. In years past, the concept known as “Kingdom Now” was somewhat confined to the Pentecostal […]

A Flood of Unbelief

posted by jfletcher

My enthusiastic (and unsolicited!) endorsement of Barry Werth’s book, Banquet at Delmonico’s is prompted because it is so relevant to eschatology, the study of “last things.” Christ and the apostles warned regularly that the latter days of history would be […]

“I Pledge Allegiance to Darwin”

posted by jfletcher

Having just returned from Israel, I found NBC’s “Pledge of Allegiance” debacle extra-fascinating. I also just finished reading an absolutely extraordinary book, Banquet at Delmonico’s, by Barry Werth. The visit, NBC, and Werth’s book all dovetailed for me, as I […]

Darwin’s evidence

posted by jfletcher

I am reading an extraordinary book, Banquet at Delmonico’s, by Barry Werth, which traces the rise of evolutionary thought in America, in the 19th century. I can’t recommend it enough. As with most things these days, the book reminds me […]

The president fulfills prophecy

posted by jfletcher

Here’s a fun exercise that you can do in the privacy of your own mind. Get a Bible and read, say, Zechariah 10-14. Perhaps Psalm 83. You might include Ezekiel 36-39. There you should get the strong impression that—if there […]

Staying in Israel

posted by jfletcher

I often hear the myth that Israel is unsafe, especially for tourists. I know for sure that that is false. A week there sightseeing was a wonderful experience, even with the unrest that is the hallmark of the Arab-Israeli conflict. […]

Masada

posted by jfletcher

This is my fifth trip to Israel, and they get better and better. We are perfectly safe, the weather is gorgeous, the food incredible, and the historical sites are other-worldly. Two days ago, Jonathan and I went to Masada, the […]

It might be the end, but the food sure is good

posted by jfletcher

Being in the holy city of Jerusalem is of course an amazing experience. It is now about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, the start of the work week here. I am listening to the Muslim call to prayer, thinking about my […]

Christ Church

posted by jfletcher

I’ve stayed in plenty of hotels in Jerusalem over the years, including the fabled King David. For a trip with my son, I decided to spend a couple nights at Christ Church Guesthouse, just inside the Old City of Jerusalem’s […]

Something fishy in Jaffa

posted by jfletcher

Today, my son and I went to the old port city of Jaffa, just south of Israel’s modern city of Tel Aviv. The place, of course, is famous for a lot of things, including visits by Alexander the Great and […]

Say hello to Moshe

posted by jfletcher

When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, and when you and your children return to the LORD […]

Jerusalem Day

posted by jfletcher

Jerusalem is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. The first indirect reference is found in Genesis, when Abraham encounters Melchizedek, identified as the king of Salem. In Joshua 10, there is the first overt mention, as the fearless Israelite […]

Metric Schmetric

posted by jfletcher

Around the time Mr. Nixon was having some trouble in the White House, I was sitting happily in elementary school. One day, the teacher announced that we would be learning something new: the Metric System. Having grown up calculating, say, […]

What is reality?

posted by jfletcher

There is an extraordinary paradox in our world today. As Bible prophecy is fulfilled in remarkable detail, before our eyes, more people are unaware of it. Or, perhaps worse, seek to discredit predictive prophecy. Take the situation in Israel. The […]

Going up to Jerusalem

posted by jfletcher

The modern air traveler, seated (hopefully) comfortably, isn’t really aware that the plane itself is “whooshing!” through the air. In a plane, you are going really, really fast. Next week, as I travel to Israel again, the plane can’t get […]

Groaning

posted by jfletcher

We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:22) On a trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon, my guide talked quite a bit […]

The Darkness

posted by jfletcher

There are all sorts of amazing prophecies in the Bible. Not all of them deal with antichrists and things that go bump in the night. But they do signal a season of darkness before the light dawns. Among other places […]

Is Prophecy Relevant?

posted by jfletcher

Recent world events, along with Harold Camping’s spectacular fail, have placed the subject of Bible prophecy squarely in the public square. I don’t remember a time when so many people are talking about “the end of the world.” Except in […]

Still there, huh?

posted by jfletcher

Coming out for the encore of the Band’s legendary 1976 Thanksgiving Day final concert, at San Francisco’s Winterland theatre, the peerless Robbie Robertson strode to the microphone and said, “Still there, huh?” It was a funny line, and I was […]

Oh, my Gog!

posted by jfletcher

“And now, son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel. Say, ‘Mountains of Israel, listen to God’s Message. God, the Master, says, Because the enemy crowed over you, “Good! Those old hills are now ours!” now here is a […]

The Blessed Hope

posted by jfletcher

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 […]

Camping Out Saturday

posted by jfletcher

“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36) One can’t help but wonder if Harold Camping made his prediction for May 21 out of […]

Roses on Your Grave

posted by jfletcher

And you can send me dead flowers every morning Send me dead flowers by the mail Send me dead flowers to my wedding And I won’t forget to put roses on your grave. Even at a Sunday afternoon dance recital, […]

Happy Birthday, Israel!

posted by jfletcher

“Before she went into labor, she had the baby. Before the birth pangs hit, she delivered a son. Has anyone ever heard of such a thing? Has anyone seen anything like this? A country born in a day? A nation […]

Weary?

posted by jfletcher

One of the common criticisms of the Bible is that it is irrelevant, a human product full of mistakes. Of course, the reality is, it’s neither of those things. As is discussed in this space—and will be a theme we […]

Earth-shattering Prophecy

posted by jfletcher

When the predicted earthquake didn’t hit Rome on May 11, what did you make of that? Reuters circulated a story about the prediction of the late seismologist Raffaele Bendandi; it is said that he predicted a devastating earthquake would hit […]

It’s a Date

posted by jfletcher

“But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36) Extremes are often the worst of who we are. In Christendom today, particularly among evangelicals, there […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by jfletcher

Mother’s Day is one of our country’s best holidays; my own mother was a single mother for many years. My wife also did a terrific job alone for some years until we “joined forces.” She is an extraordinary mother. Although […]

Worldview?

posted by jfletcher

A lot of Christian ministries that propose to teach “biblical worldview” disregard what we know as the Old Testament, at least in the context of the story of the Jewish people and Bible prophecy. In many circles today within Christendom, […]

Judgment

posted by jfletcher

“But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. […]

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