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Is it the End of the World?

Is it the End of the World?

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

Not All Enemies Are Enemies

posted by jfletcher

In the War on Terror, and for those of us who “side” with the good guys, it’s important to remember that there are good people in the Arab world. An AP story that appeared in USA Today brought this truth […]

Beulah Land, Sweet Beulah Land

posted by jfletcher

“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.” (Isaiah 62:4) […]

The Whirlwind

posted by jfletcher

News of the terrible tornadoes that ripped through the South last night brought to my mind the terror that people feel today. Most that I talk to have the feeling that “something is going on” beyond our capacity to fully […]

“Did you hear the one about…?”

posted by jfletcher

Bible prophecy teachers get a bad rap as being dour, gloomy, “anxious for Armageddon.” Actually, there is some comic relief swirling about the big issues related to biblical prophecy. In my work as a book editor, which I liken to […]

Not Forgotten

posted by jfletcher

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? (Luke 15:4) And the sea […]

He is Risen!

posted by jfletcher

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10) “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he […]

Not One Stone

posted by jfletcher

“And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” (Matthew 24:2) The first time I visited Jerualem’s […]

O, Jerusalem

posted by jfletcher

What a fascinating time. From my perspective, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy is heating up to unprecedented heights. Adding spice to the mix is the growing number of skeptics…from within Christendom. Witness the Emergent leadership; they have a different eschatological […]

Safely in Danger

posted by jfletcher

Israel today is a paradox, and this according to Bible prophecy. The nation dwells alone among the international community—Isi Leibler’s recent column in the Jerusalem Post reveals the depth of the Jewish state’s isolation (really only supported by Canada, Australia, […]

Fear and the Future

posted by jfletcher

As the bus pulled into the complex at the base of Masada, my conversation with a British journalist was just wrapping-up. This was during the Second Intifada in Israel, and the country was almost emptied of tourists. My new acquaintance […]

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posted 10:18:07am Apr. 26, 2016 | read full post »

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posted 1:47:41pm Apr. 19, 2016 | read full post »

Reject Apathy
I just returned from the Mid-America Prophecy Conference, seeing many dear friends. The conversations alone were salve for a tired soul. The very language I just used hearkens back to the “old time religion” that is largely gone from our ...

posted 1:47:57pm Apr. 17, 2016 | read full post »

Pro Israel Support Surging
At a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise globally—from the Middle East to Europe to college campuses—there is also a lot of good news for pro Israel supporters. Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is nearing three million members, a ...

posted 1:23:51pm Apr. 10, 2016 | read full post »

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