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-- -- Hello welcome this very debate on Lauren Green while the -- -- -- uprisings in Syria Lebanon and Egypt does but -- have anything to say about these events.
2000 years ago all roads lead to Rome today all of seem to lead to Jerusalem.
It is the most disputed and fought over a piece of land in the history of mankind and today the Middle East is.
A region as a hotbed of political and religious conflicts that belie its relatively small geographical size.
-- -- -- question will histories final chapter be written in Jerusalem.
Author of a new book -- biblical -- believe -- dateline Jerusalem attempt to connect the dots between what's unfolding today in the news.
And the biblical narrative Chris Mitchell is the Jerusalem bureau chief for Christian broadcasting and he joins me now from Jerusalem they Chris.
It's great to be with you -- it's great you know as great -- of the biblical prophecies that lot's been written the last few days last couple weeks about biblical prophecy especially.
-- in -- but talks about Damascus.
You explain how your book is really kind of different.
Well it's different in this way Lauren it's sort of connects many of the trends that are happening in the Middle East right now.
To give an example one of the trends that are happening is that in Islam many Islamic factions are looking to Jerusalem as the capital of a future -- that.
Also Jews I mean for the last hundred years or so they've been coming back to Israel and back to their capital Jerusalem.
And is well many Christians recently have really become have a passionate love for Jerusalem.
In an unprecedented numbers Christians are praying for the peace of Jerusalem.
Like never before so if you take -- Syrian rebels in Syria want to make Jerusalem McAllister.
If you take Jews living in Judea and Samaria Christians coming to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
These -- -- threads that are weaving a tapestry that makes history you know point back to here to the city of Jerusalem.
What is the tablet for the tapestry will -- what is what are we seeing in terms of the biblical prophecy.
Well I think I think it's sort of -- becoming the convergence of the -- sort of a history and prophecy and where where.
Increasingly as you said in the introduction you know 2000 years ago all roads lead to -- now they are seemingly leading to Jerusalem.
And so if you look at the biblical transfer example Ali which is a Jewish word that means.
Coming back to Israel about a 150 years ago this place Jerusalem was a backwater.
Mark Twain in the eighteen hundreds of -- -- late eighteen hundreds -- lifeless and dreary but now it's a vibrant city and it's sort of history sort of woke.
A slumbering Jerusalem and now.
It becomes many times this source of contention as you said.
It's one of the most controversial places in the world and I just a couple years I remember when vice president Joseph Biden was here.
And during his visit there was an announcement that we're gonna be apartments built in Jerusalem.
It became an international crisis that just one example of what Jerusalem sort of is the focus of world attention it's been said that if Jerusalem sneezes the world gets a cold.
And increasingly the focus seems to be on the city.
What does does the what does the Bible say about Jerusalem in terms of that its narrative.
You know narrative of redemption and which is the what the -- all about but what does it have to do with Jerusalem and how to live.
Events of the day fall in line with.
Well -- -- -- a prophet says in both chapter twelve chapter fourteen that that.
He would become a burdensome stone and and we see that happening.
In all nations would eventually come to this city.
You know we just we've elicited a Fox -- just a few minutes ago and about this this -- not with a hung up a -- run grow Ronnie.
The new president of Iran but if you look at Iran I mean in many places they wanna see Jerusalem as the capital of a future -- that.
Sometimes what people are hearing in the news they know what's happening.
But sometimes they don't know exactly what.
And in Jerusalem as the Bible says one day that the word of the lord.
Will be coming out of Jerusalem and it says is -- -- right again that one day that the streets of Jerusalem.
They'll -- children laughing and playing and if you come to Jerusalem today.
You'll see that being fulfilled and in many see you know eventually.
That what's happening here is the is sort of the emergence of a new kingdom and -- new king.
You know the Bible eventually talks about the return of the lord.
Jesus Christ coming back here and so that's what many people see this convergence of coming back setting the stage.
But there is -- there are conflicts going on there and and one of the things that a lot of people ask me about is.
-- why is it Jerusalem seems to be the focus of Muslims and not back -- why isn't.
-- the capital of a -- -- instead of Jerusalem.
It's a good question.
Just before when Mohamed -- -- the Egyptian president was running for office.
One of the speakers that one of Israelis said that the the capital of the -- -- would not be Mecca Medina or Cairo.
But it would be Jerusalem I think part of that is that they want us -- plant what with the Jews are doing its many.
Times here this is a religious conflict it's a spiritual conflict.
And they want us -- plant with Israel is doing and they basically want to eradicate Israel so I think the focus in many ways four whether it's Syrian rebels.
Whether it's Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood or or those al-Qaeda elements they wanna see Jerusalem as the as the capital of -- future -- fit -- imposed.
Goes in both Sunni and Shiite Islam this desire to make Jerusalem.
It's good question I mean Mecca is is the sort of their spiritual capital.
But eventually I think -- -- -- Jerusalem as the capital of what's the capital this -- -- -- or Islamic empire.
Well let's thank the -- though because they've got a lot talk about Syria today but this is actually very much connected you're you're saying to what.
The air spray can happen in Egypt and eleven on that only uprisings that we're seeing in the Middle East.
Islamic countries that.
On the -- want democracy.
But you're saying there's there's -- there's that connection here.
Yeah I think you mean a connection between democracy is what is not going to be there -- idea that the -- spraying and what they're fighting for and all of these uprisings happen to you.
Would -- -- some of the same things right they want the same things.
Yeah well when we were in Egypt a couple of years ago during the Egyptian revolution into -- -- Just before Mubarak was overthrown there was a sentiment in many of the -- egyptians that we talked to that they want a democracy they wanted freedom they wanted.
More better economy better education but I think that was a planted by the Muslim Brotherhood when they came in and they took over for at least a year.
I think that's the dream of many people in the Middle East but I think it's being supplanted.
At one example of that is in Turkey and herta won and I think it's -- L largely untold story in the west.
Is that there -- -- is that it power for over ten years right now and he made the statement.
That democracy is a like a street car and then when you get off that you get -- when you wanna take that that particular stop I think so sometimes.
Democracy is being used as a tool by some islamists to implement democracy but but then take over and I think that's what's happening.
In in Turkey is also the statement that says you know one man one vote one time.
So they could use democracy is a tool just to start to his implement what they see is an Islamist -- -- What you know what events of the Middle East they'll have to do with us here in the United States how should we be looking at this making this change our -- Yeah it can change -- life dramatically I mean we just just a couple of weeks ago we almost went to war with Syria.
And that would effective.
As dramatically economically for one who knows what's gonna happen to the price of -- -- it they'll reflect the price of gas.
Who knows what's gonna happen to the Suez Canal if that becomes.
Sort of a roadblock to the flow of oil.
Two Europe and the west than that that could -- -- also what afflicts American servicemen and women if they're gonna be put into action or in harm's way.
And so what happens here is sort of ripples around the world and especially to the shores of the United States and so we need to be.
Concerned about what's happening.
One other thing Lauren is it I think it's in it's a biblical principle.
Is in Genesis 121 -- -- that says are two entry that says he -- blesses Israel will be blessed.
You their purses is who will be -- I think it's a very important biblical principle.
For the United States to keep blessing that the nation of Israel not to say that it it's always perfect but it it there's a spiritual blessing to those analysts this country.
But Chris -- many people around the world and certainly come.
You know millions of people who don't believe in biblical prophecy you don't see what's happening in the Middle East is any sort of understanding -- are actually are fearing how Christians view.
The kind of policies in the Bible saying you know those who you know support Israel will be less than those who.
Don't will not be blessed this is a very political statement Ayers thing and that -- later this.
And that the final really doesn't give prophecy it simply isn't narrative of redemption instead of make these kind of statements about what the Bible actually means in terms of the political.
Elements that are going on that's a very dangerous thing to do.
Right no I understand that and there is.
The fear that some people at that believe in Bible preface -- will actually try to precipitate those events that the Bible talks about and that can be a dangerous thing.
But but I think one of the things I'd like to do what I wanted to do in that -- Jerusalem.
Lauren was sort of lay out some of these trends that are happening.
That that I I think actually people should be rejoicing about eventually.
One of those trends is that the gospel that started here 2000 years ago is -- circumnavigate the world and it's eventually gonna come back here.
Two the model follows the sort of eternal finish finish line.
People -- praying like never before for the peace of Jerusalem and people are praying for these unfolding of events.
I I don't know how to allay the fears -- certain people that look at biblical prophecy unit in a different way.
If they people want to understand the times I think they -- they have to have a biblical lands in a biblical foundation of what's happening in.
There's a there's a scripture and the first chronicles a citizen of the sons of his car understood the times.
I I'm hoping and dateline Jerusalem that people could reach out and help interpret the times that we live in.
I'll thank you very much the book -- -- date line Jerusalem an eyewitness account of prophecy is unfolding in the Middle East.
Chris Mitchell Jerusalem bureau chief for CBN news thank -- so much for being here Chris.
Thanks -- great to be with you and that's it for this segment of a spirited debate on Lauren Green have a great day.
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