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The Watchman: Destination Jerusalem

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we sit down with CBN News Middle East Bursau Chief Chris Mitchell to discuss his new book, "Destination Jerusalem." We also take a further look at the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. Read Transcript


Erick: AND WELCOME TO

"THE WATCHMAN."

WELL, IN RECENT WEEKS,

WE'VE TOLD YOU WHY THE

NUCLEAR DEAL THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION AND OTHER

WORLD POWERS HAVE STRUCK

WITH IRAN IS SO DANGEROUS.

NOT ONLY FOR ISRAEL, BUT

FOR AMERICA.

FOLKS, WHERE TO BEGIN?

THE IRANIANS HAVE WEEKS TO

PREPARE FOR EACH

INSPECTION OF THEIR

NUCLEAR SITES.

THEY ALSO GET TO KEEP

THEIR NUCLEAR RESEARCH AND

MOST OF THEIR NUKE

INFRASTRUCTURE.

OH, AND THEY'RE PERMITTED

TO CONTINUE DEVELOPING

INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC

MISSILES THAT COULD ONE

DAY REACH AMERICA, AND

THEY REFUSE TO RELEASE

U.S. CITIZENS LANGUISHING

UNJUSTLY IN IRANIAN JAILS.

AND THEY RECEIVE AT LEAST

$100 BILLION IN SANCTIONS

RELIEF, A NICE CHUNK OF

WHICH WILL GO TO FUNDING

HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH.

BANK ON IT.

THE LIST GOES ON AND ON.

BUT WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH

THIS DEAL OR DISAGREE WITH

IT, ONE THING WE CAN ALL

AGREE ON IS THAT THE

IRANIAN REGIME WANTS TO

DESTROY ISRAEL AND WOULD

GLADLY DO SO IF THEY HAD

THE CAPABILITIES, RIGHT?

WRONG.

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN

KERRY DISAGREES.

HE HELPED BROKER THE

NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN,

AND HE RECENTLY GAVE AN

INTERVIEW TO THE ATLANTIC

MAGAZINE IN WHICH HE CAST

DOUBT ON WHETHER IRAN

REALLY WANTS TO DESTROY

ISRAEL.

THE ATLANTIC'S JEFFREY

GOLDBERG WRITES THAT KERRY

DOES NOT ENDORSE A VIEW

WIDELY SHARED BY ISRAELIS

AND MANY AMERICANS, THAT

IRAN'S LEADERS WHO HAVE

OFTEN SAID THEY SEEK THE

DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL,

MEAN WHAT THEY SAY.

I THINK THEY HAVE A

FUNDAMENTAL, IDEOLOGICAL

CONFRONTATION WITH ISRAEL

AT THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT,

KERRY SAID.

WHETHER THAT TRANSLATES

INTO ACTIVE STEPS TO,

QUOTE,"WIPE IT OFF THE

MAP," I DON'T HAVE THE

ANSWER TO THAT.

I HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING,

KER KEKERRY SAID, LOOK, THEY'VE

GOT 80,000 ROCKETS IN

HEZBOLLAH POINTED AT

ISRAEL.

THEY DIDN'T MAKE THE BOMB

WHEN THEY HAD ENOUGH

MATERIAL FOR 10 TO 12.

THEY'VE SIGNED ON TO AN

AGREEMENT WHERE THEY SAY

THEY'LL NEVER TRY TO MAKE

UP, AND WE HAVE A

MECHANISM IN PLACE WHERE

WE CAN PROVE THAT.

SO I DON'T WANT TO GET

LOCKED INTO THAT DEBATE.

I THINK IT IS A WASTE OF

TIME HERE, SAID OUR

SECRETARY OF STATE.

A WASTE OF TIME TO DEBATE

IF IRAN WANTS TO WIPE OUR

CLOSEST ALLY, ISRAEL, OFF

THE MAP.

JUST A WASTE OF TIME.

FOLKS, KERRY'S IGNORANCE,

HIS COMPLETE INDIFFERENCE

TO IRAN'S IDEOLOGY AND

STRATEGY IS NOTHING LESS

THAN A SEVERE DERELICTION

OF DUTY IN HIS ROLE AS

SECRETARY OF STATE.

IF SECRETARY KERRY HAD A

SHRED OF INTELLECTUAL

CURIOSITY, AND ANY DESIRE

TO ACTUALLY KNOW THE

ENEMY -- FIRST RULE OF

WAR -- HE WOULD KNOW THAT

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI

RECENTLY PLUSHED A BOOK

CALLED "PALESTINE," IN

WHICH HE REITERATED IRAN'S

INTENTION TO DESTROY

ISRAEL.

HE EVEN LAID OUT A

STRATEGY TO DO SO.

IT INVOLVED INCREMENTAL

STEPS, ATTACKING ISRAEL

BIT BY BIT.

AYATOLLAH KHAMENEI'S

STRATEGY, ACCORDING TO THE

NEW YORK POST, INVOLVES A

LONG PERIOD OF LOW

INTENSITY WARFARE DESIGNED

TO MAKE LIFE UNPLEASANT,

IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, FOR A

MAJORITY OF ISRAELI JEWS,

SO THAT THEY LEAVE THE

COUNTRY.

BUT ONCE IRAN GETS THE

BOMB, THAT TIMETABLE AND

THAT STRATEGY OBVIOUSLY

CHANGE.

AND NOT FOR THE BETTER, IF

YOU LIVE IN THE TEL AVIV

METROPOLITAN AREA.

FOLKS, IGNORANCE,

ESPECIALLY WILLFUL

IGNORANCE, HAS

CONSEQUENCES.

AND AMERICA'S CURRENT

LEADERSHIP IS MAKING

POLICIES THAT ENDANGER NOT

ONLY ISRAEL AND OUR ARAB

ALLIES, BUT THE UNITED

STATES.

ELECTIONS, BY THE WAY,

ALSO HAVE CONSEQUENCES.

WELL, SHIFTING GEARS A BIT

TO JERUSALEM, WHERE A

VISITING DELEGATION OF

U.S. CONGRESSMEN WAS

RECENTLY HARASSED BY A

GROUP OF MUSLIM MEN IN A

SHOCKING INCIDENT WHILE

VISITING THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

THE TRIP WAS ORGANIZED BY

OUR FRIENDS AT THE ISRAEL

ALLIES FOUNDATION, AND I

RECENTLY SAT DOWN WITH

THEIR WASHINGTON DIRECTOR,

E.J.N.KIMBELL, TO GET A

FIRST HAND LOOK AT WHAT

WENT DOWN ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

TAKE A LOOK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US, E.J..

IT IS GOD T GOOD TO BE HERE.

Erick: YOU WERE

SHOWING ME THE GREAT

ITEINERARY, AND A LOT OF

GREAT THINGS CAME OUT OF

IT.

THE CONGRESSMEN MET WITH

PRIME MINISTER NETANYAHU.

BUT ONE OF THE BIG STORIES

THAT CAME OUT OF IT WAS

THE HARASSMENT OF A

DELEGATION OF U.S.

CONGRESSMEN ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT IN JERUSALEM.

YOU WERE THERE, YOU WERE

LEADING THE DELEGATION.

SET THE SCENE FOR US AND

DESCRIBE WHAT HAPPENED.

SURE.

WE HAD A FANTASTIC TRIP,

AS YOU MENTIONED.

AND, REALLY, THE PART THAT

WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE

LEAST INTERESTING PART

FROM A MEDIA STANDPOINT

WAS GOING TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

WE GOT TO THE TE TEMPLE MOUNT

ENTRANCE FOR THE

NON-MUSLIMS TO GO UP

THROUGH THE ISRAELI

CHECK-POINT.

AND THERE WERE SOME

RELIGIOUS JEWS, LONG SIDE

LOCKS, WEARING SOME

IDENTIFYING FEATURES, YOU

KNOW, YAMALKAS.

AND THEY WERE SITTING

THERE ON THE BENCH.

Erick: THIS IS THE

HOLIEST PLACE IN JUDAISM?

YES.

AND THEY WERE SITTING ON

THE BENCH WHILE WE WERE

GOING THROUGH SECURITY.

AND THE CONGRESSMEN SAID,

WHY ARE THEY SITTING ON

THE BENCH.

I EXPLAINED TO THEM

BECAUSE OF HOW THEY

LOOKED, THE OUTWARD

APPEARANCE OF BEING

JEWISH, IF THEY GO TO THE

TEMPLE MOUNT, THEY'LL BE

HARASSED --

Erick: IN THE HOLIEST

PLACE OF JUDAISM?

YES.

SO THEY HAVE TO WAIT ABOUT

10, 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE

END OF THE VISITING TIME

SO THE POLICE CAN TAKE

THEM UP THERE QUICKLY.

I SAID, WE HAVE NOTHING TO

WORRY ABOUT, BECAUSE LOOK

AT US.

SO WE GET UP TO THE TEMPLE

MOUNT, AND THE MOMENT WE

WALK ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT,

THERE ARE MEMBERS OF THE

WAC, THE MUSLIM

AUTHORITIES WHO ADMINISTER

THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

AND THEY IMMEDIATELY START

HARASSING US BECAUSE ONE

OF THE CONGRESSMAN'S

WIVES, MRS. JENKINS, IS

WEARING A LONGSLEEVED,

LONG DRESS, DOWN TO HER

ANKLES, AND A SHIRT.

AND THEY SAID IT WASN'T

MODEST ENOUGH.

AND THEY START HARASSING

US.

ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL --

A DELEGATION OF U.S.

CONGRESSMEN?

YES.

AND WE WERE A TOTAL OF

NINE PEOPLE, EVERYONE

INCLUDED, AND THEY DID NOT

KNOW THEY WERE U.S.

CONGRESSMAN.

TRENT FRANKS --

Erick: DISTINGUISHED

MEMBERS OF THE CAUCUS.

YES.

AND WE GOT UP THERE, AND

WE WERE BEING HARASSED

THAT THIS IS A HOLY PLACE,

AND YOU NEED TO BE DRESSED

MORE MODESTLY.

AND THEY WERE HARASSING

US, AND THE POLICE WERE

INVOLVED.

OUR TOUR GUIDE SAID, LOOK,

WE HAVE DONE NOTHING

WRONG.

YOU'RE FINE.

DON'T WORRY.

AND WE EVENTUALLY WERE

ABLE TO SORT OF START OUR

VISIT ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

THEN AFTER ANOTHER MAYBE

10 MINUTES OR SO, WE

WORKED OUR WAY OVER TO

ANOTHER AREA, WHERE A TOUR

GUIDE WAS EXPLAINING THE

HISTORY OF THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

AND HE IS SHOWING US A MAP

OF ISRAEL.

AND A CLEANER, A PERSON

CLEANING UP, DRIVES HIS

VEHICLE TOWARDS US, STOPS

IT, LEAVES IT RUNNING, AND

THEN GOES AND TELLS

ANOTHER PERSON, HEY,

THEY'RE SHOWING A MAP.

THIS OTHER PERSON COMES

OVER AND STARTS

QUESTIONING WHAT OUR GUIDE

IS SHOWING.

AND THAT LASTS FOR A FEW

MINUTES.

AND THEN FINALLY HE STOPS,

AND NOW THERE ARE TWO

PEOPLE WATCHING US, ONE

PERSON RECORDING, AND AS

HE IS SHOWING US SOME MORE

MAPS, THEN THE WAC --

Erick: THE ISLAMIC

AUTHORITY?

YES.

AND THEY KEEP TALKING TO

EACH OTHER THROUGH

WALKIE-TALKIES.

AND THEY WERE QUESTIONING

THE GUIDE OVER WHAT YOU

ARE SHOWING.

AND WHAT THEY WERE SAYING,

ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE

TEMPLE?

THERE WAS NO TEMPLE HERE.

YOU CANNOT MENTION THERE

WAS A TEMPLE.

Erick: THERE WAS

NEVER A JEWISH TEMPLE

WHERE THE WESTERN WALL IS.

AND DON'T LET FACTS

INTERRUPT A GOOD

NARRATIVE.

BUT WE SAW SOME OF THE

DOCUMENTS IN THE '30s

AND '40s, WHERE THE WALL

WOULD SAY THIS IS THE SITE

OF WHERE THE TWO TEMPLES

WERE.

Erick: THEY USED TO

KNOWLEDGE IT.

THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON

WITH THE DISTORTION OF

FACTS GOING ON IN ISRAEL.

AND IT IS DRIVEN BY HAMAS

AND HEZBOLLAH, BUT THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AS

WELL.

E.J., REAL QUICK, WHAT WAS

THE CONGRESSMEN'S REACTION

TO ALL OF THIS?

IT SEEMED LIKE YOU HANDLED

IT VERY WELL, BUT IT IT

WAS AN EYE-OPENER.

YES, IT CERTAINLY WAS

AN EYE-OPENER.

THE CONGRESSMEN WERE

DISAPPOINTED.

THEY WERE RESOLUTE.

THEY TALKED ABOUT IT AFTER

THE INITIAL INCIDENT, THAT

WE'RE DOING NOTHING WRONG

AND THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO

MAKE NON-MUSLIMS FEEL

UNWELCOME ON THE TEMPLE

MOUNT.

YOU CAN GET MORE

INFORMATION ON

Israelallies.org.

Erick: E.J., KEEP IT

UP, WHAT YOU'RE DOING.

IT'S MY PLEASURE.

Erick: COMING UP,

WE'RE SPEAKING WITH CHRIS

MITCHELL, HE IS HERE IN

D.C.

WE BROUGHT HIM OVER FROM

JERUSALEM.

HE IS TALKING ABOUT HIS

NEW BOOK "DESTINATION,

JERUSALEM."

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT.

Erick: AND WELCOME

BACK.

MY NEXT GUEST NEEDS NO

INTRODUCTION TO CBN NEWS

OR "THE WATCHMAN" VIEWERS.

MY GOOD FRIEND, CHRIS

MITCHELL IS HERE FROM THE

MIDDLE EAST.

HE IS THE AUTHOR OF A

MUST-READ BOOK, FOLKS,

CALLED "DESTINATION

JERUSALEM."

HE IS HERE TO TALK ABOUT

IT WITH US TODAY.

Chris: ERICK, THANK

YOU.

Erick: I WOULD RATHER

BE THERE IN D.C. WITH YOU.

THIS IS SECOND FIDDLE.

"DESTINATION JERUSALEM,"

THE LONG-AWAITED FOLLOW-UP

TO YOUR FIRST BOOK.

IT IS DOING VERY, VERY

WELL.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Chris: I WROTE IT,

ERICK, WHEN I CAME BACK

FROM KURDISTAN, IN JUNE

AND AUGUST, AFTER ISIS

TOOK OVER MOSUL, AND MANY

CHRISTIANS HAD TO FLEE FOR

THEIR LIVES, THE YAZIDIS

AS WELL.

I FELT I NEEDED TO WRITE

THE BOOK FOR THREE

REASONS: FIRST OF ALL TO

TELL PEOPLE ABOUT ISIS AND

WHAT THEIR AGENDA IS.

WE WERE IN A REFUGEE CAMP,

AND WE SAT DOWN WITH A

FORMER IRAQI SOLDIER, AND

HE SAID, THEY WANT TO TAKE

OVER IRAQ, SYRIA, EUROPE,

AND EVENTUALLY THE U.S.

THEY HAVE A GLOBAL AGENDA.

SO I WANTED PEOPLE TO KNOW

THAT.

ALSO TO TELL PEOPLE ABOUT

THE CHRISTIANS WHO WERE

PERSECUTED AND THEY WERE

GIVEN FOUR CHOICES: THEY

COULD LEAVE THEIR HOMES,

THEY COULD PAY THE TAX FOR

INFIDELS, OR THEY COULD

CONVERT, OR THEY COULD

FINALLY DIE.

AND FINALLY TO TELL PEOPLE

ABOUT PREPARING FOR THE

DAYS AHEAD.

THE DAYS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST ARE ESPECIALLY

DANGEROUS, BUT THAT IS

COMING OVER HERE TO THE

UNITED STATES.

AS SORT OF THE NEW NORMAL

WITH THE "LONE-WOLF

ATTACKS," AND PEOPLE NEED

TO BE PREPARED.

THOSE WERE THE THREE

REASONS WHY I WANTED TO

WRITE THE BOOK.

Erick: THAT'S PART OF

THE SUBTITLE.

Chris: YES, PREPARING

FOR THE DAYS AHEAD.

Erick: AND WE'VE SEEN

THE THREAT IN CHATTANOOGA,

GARLAND, TEXAS, ETC.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR

EXPERIENCES ON THE GROUND

IN IRAQ.

YOU HAVE FILED SOME

FASCINATING REPORTS FOR

CBN NEWS.

WHEN YOU WERE WITH THE

KURDS, THE PESHMERGA, YOU

WERE CLOSE TO THE FRONT

LINE?

Chris: CLOSER THAN I

EXPECTED.

WE WERE IN A SMALL VILLAGE

OUTSIDE OF KIRKUK, AND WE

JUST FOUND OUT THERE WERE

TWO BOMBS THAT HAD GONE

OFF, TWO POLICEMEN HAD

BEEN KILLED.

THEY WERE ROUNDING UP

SUSPECTS, AND WE WATCHED

THEM ACROSS THE STREET

BEING ROUNDED UP.

THE POLICE CHIEF SAID

WE'RE ABOUT A KILOMETRE

AWAY FROM ISIS.

THAT WAS MY "WE'RE NOT IN

KANSAS ANYMORE" MOMENT.

THEY ALMOST ATTACKED THEM,

BUT DECIDED NOT TO.

INSTEAD, WE FOLLOWED THEM

TO ONE OF THEIR CHECK

CHECK-POINTS, RIGHT ACROSS

FROM ISIS.

YOU COULD SEE A BRIDGE AND

THAT'S WHERE THE FIRST

CHECK-POINT FOR ISIS WAS.

AND WE WENT ON A HOUSE TO

HOUSE SEARCH, OUTSIDE

THEIR CHECK-POINT, LOOKING

FOR SUSPECTS.

WHO WERE COLLABORATING

WITH ISIS.

THEY DISCOVERED ONE FROM

SAUDI ARABIA AND ONE FROM

SUDAN.

Erick: CLEARLY

FOREIGN FIGHTERS COMING

IN.

Chris: EXACTLY.

IT WAS MY SORT OF FIRST

FACE-TO-FACE MOMENT WITH

JIHAD.

IT IS AN EYE-OPENING

MOMENT WHEN YOU SEE THIS

IS REAL.

THIS IS PEOPLE FROM ALL

OVER THE MIDDLE EAST THAT

ARE COMING TO FIGHT WITH

ISIS.

IT IS REALLY SOMETHING

THAT WE NEED TO -- THE

WEST NEEDS TO TAKE NOTE OF

AND COMBAT IT.

Erick: AND A SIGN OF

THE TIMES.

AND, FOLKS, THIS IS

THROUGHOUT CHRIS' BOOK,

DESTINATION JERUSALEM,

THESE RIVETING FIRSTHAND

ACCOUNTS.

CHRIS HAS BEEN ON THE

GROUND FROM EGYPT TO IRAN.

YOU REALLY WANT TO PICK IT

UP.

CHRIS, WE HAVE 30 SECONDS

BEFORE THE BREAK.

I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE

IRAN DEAL WITH YOU AFTER

THE BREAK.

I KNOW YOU GET INTO IRAN A

LITTLE BIT IN THE BOOK.

REAL QUICK, THE FIRST

REACTION TO THIS DEAL?

CATASTROPHIC.

IT IS REALLY GOING TO

CHANGE THE MIDDLE EAST.

YOU HAVE ISRAEL AND SAUDI

ARABIA AS ALLIES RIGHT NOW

AGAINST IRAN.

THAT TELLS YOU SOMEWHAT

ABOUT THIS DEAL.

Erick: MUCH MORE

COMING UP ABOUT THE DEAL

AND ABOUT "DESTINATION

JERUSALEM," WITH CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN'S' MIDDL MIDDLE

EAST BUREAU CHIEF.

STICK AROUND.

Erick: AND WELCOME

BACK.

WE'RE TALKING WITH CHRIS

MITCHELL, OUR GOOD FRIEND.

HE IS CBN'S MIDDLE EAST

BUREAU CHIEF, AND THE

AUTHOR OF A GREAT NEW

BOOK.

I CAN'T RECOMMEND IT

STRONGLY ENOUGH,

"DESTINATION JERUSALEM."

CHRIS, THE IRAN NUCLEAR

DEAL, WE TALKED ABOUT IT A

BIT BEFORE THE BREAK.

LIKE YOU SAID, STRANGE

BEDFELLOWS WITH ISRAEL AND

THE SAUDIS, KIND OF SEEING

THE THREAT IN THE REGION

THE SAME RIGHT NOW.

YOU'RE IN ISRAEL, AND YOU

LIVE IN ISRAEL, AND YOU'VE

BEEN THERE FOR 15 YEARS,

AND YOU'RE ON THE GROUND.

WHAT IS THE REACTION FROM

THE ISRAELI PUBLIC TO THIS

IRAN DEAL?

Chris: WE WERE ON THE

STREETS OF JERUSALEM,

WHERE WE TALKED TO A

NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT

RIGHT AFTER THE DEAL WAS

MADE, AND THEY FEEL LIKE

THEY'RE ON THE FRONT

LINES.

THEY HAVE KNOWN FROM

EXPERIENCE TWO THINGS:

FIRST OF ALL, THEY DON'T

TRUST IRAN, AND, SECOND OF

ALL, THEY TAKE THEM AT

THEIR WORD WHEN THEY SAY

DEATH TO ISRAEL AND DEATH

TO AMERICA.

THEY SEE ISRAEL AS THE

LITTLE SATAN AND THE U.S.

AS THE GREAT SATAN.

ISRAELIS TAKE THIS VERY

SERIOUSLY.

IN TERMS OF MILITARY,

DEFENSE MINISTER ALON GOES

ON THE PREMISES THEY CAN'T

TRUST IRAN.

THE CHIEF-OF-STAFF HAS

ALREADY SET UP A TEAM AS A

POSSIBLE MILITARY OPTION.

AND BENJAMIN NETANYAHU HAS

BEEN WARNING THE WORLD

ABOUT A NUCLEAR IRAN FOR

YEARS.

Erick: IF ISRAEL DOES

FEEL COMPELLED TO ACT

PREEMPTIVELY TO PROTECT

ITSELF, THE WORLD WILL HOW

HOWL, I'M SURE.

Chris: THEY WILL.

ONE OF THE ASPECTS OF THE

TREAT SEE SAYS THAT THE P5

PLUS 1 WILL SERVE AS

GUARANTEERS WILL PROTECT

THOSE AGAINST SABOTAGERS.

AND IT PUTS THE U.S. AND

THE WORD POWERS SORT OF

PROTECTING IRAN AGAINST

ISRAEL.

IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE.

Erick: WE ARE

ESSENTIALLY THE BODYGUARDS

FOR THE NUMBER ONE STATE

SPONSOR OF TERROR AGAINST

OUR CLOSEST ALLIES IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

IT IS REALLY A WORLD

TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.

IT REALLY IS.

THE JEWISH PEOPLE ALSO

HAVE A BULL'S EYE ON THEIR

BACK, BUT THE CHRISTIANS

IN THE MIDDLE EAST HAVE A

BULL'S EYE ON THEIR BACKS.

CHRIS, YOU'VE BEEN ON THE

FRONT LINES, THE JIHADIST

PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS,

AND TELL US SOME OF THE

LATEST RUMBLINGS.

IS THERE ANY POSITIVE NEWS

FOR THE BELIEVERS IN THE

MIDDLE EAST?

Chris: THERE IS NOT

MUCH POSITIVE NEWS, BUT

THERE IS A LITTLE.

BECAUSE OF ISIS, WELL OVER

100,000 CHRISTIANS HAVE

FLED MOSUL AND KIRAKUSH.

WITH NO PROSPECT OF

GETTING A JOB, MAKING ANY

MONEY, STARTING A NEW

LIVELIHOOD.

THERE ARE RUMBLINGS ABOUT

RELOCATING SOME OF THESE

CHRISTIANS TO OTHER

COUNTRIES.

IT IS A VERY SMALL EFFORT,

BUT HOPEFULLY THAT IS

SOMETHING POSITIVE.

IT IS A GENOCIDE AGAINST

CHRISTIANS, AS WELL AS

YAZIDIS AND OTHER ETHNIC

GROUPS.

Erick: YOU SPENT TIME

WITH THE KURDS ON THE

GROUND.

AND WHAT IS YOUR

IMPRESSION OF THE KURDS.

I'VE SAID, WHY DON'T WE

GET BEHIND THE KURDS.

THESE GUYS OF FIERCE

FIGHTERS AND THEY'RE

PRO-AMERICAN.

WHAT ARE YOUR IMPRESSIONS

ON THE GROUND WITH THE

PESHMERGA?

Chris: IT WAS

AMAZING.

WE TALK ABOUT BEING ON THE

FRONT LINES WITH THE

KURDS.

THE KURDS ARE OUR NATURAL

ALLIES.

THEY ARE SAYING TO GIVE US

THE HEAVY WEAPONS WE NEED

TO FIGHT ISIS.

IRONICALLY, ISIS IS BETTER

ARMED BECAUSE THEY'VE

TAKEN OVER MANY OF THE

WEAPONS THE IRAQI ARMY HAD

AFTER THEY FLED, SUPPLIED

BY THE UNITED STATES.

AND OVER TIME THE KURDS

HAVE KEPT SAYING PLEASE

GIVE US THOSE WEAPONS.

RIGHT NOW WASHINGTON

CONTINUES TO INSIST THAT

ANY WEAPONS THAT GO TO THE

KURDS HAVE TO GO THROUGH

BAGHDAD.

AND IF THEY GO THROUGH

BAGHDAD, THEY'RE NOT

MAKING IT TO THE KURDS.

Erick: AND YOU GOT A

GREAT RECEPTION FROM THE

PESHMERGA?

Chris: OH, YEAH, THEY

WERE GREAT.

THEY ARE BRAVE AND LOYAL.

THEY'RE ON THE TIP OF THE

SPEAR AGAINST ISIS.

Erick: ALL OF THESE

RIVETING ACCOUNTS, FOLKS

ARE IN CHRIS' BOOK,

"DESTINATION JERUSALEM."

CHRIS, IF YOU DON'T MIND,

WE'RE GOING TO BRING YOU

BACK AFTER THE BREAK FOR

SOME QUICK WORDS OF

ENCOURAGEMENT, AND WHAT

THIS ALL MEANS FOR

BELIEVERS AND

PROPHETICALLY.

SO SOME FINAL WORDS WITH

CHRIS MITCHELL AFTER THE

BREAK.

STAY TUNED.

Erick: AND WELCOME

BACK.

WE'RE WRAPPING UP WITH

CHRIS MITCHELL, AUTHOR OF

"DESTINATION JERUSALEM."

FIRST OF ALL, IT IS A

GREAT BOOK.

SECOND OF ALL, IT CAN BE A

HEAVY SUBJECT MATTER.

I THINK ONE OF THE GREAT

THINGS ABOUT THE BOOK IS

YOU GIVE WORDS OF

ENCOURAGEMENT, AND YOU

GIVE US A SENSE OF WHAT

THIS ALL MEANS

PROPHETICALLY.

IF YOU COULD SHARE THAT

WITH OUR VIEWERS RIGHT

NOW.

Chris: ONE THING THE

BOOK TRIES TO DO IS

DESCRIBE WHERE WE ARE

RIGHT NOW.

TWO AUTHORS DESCRIBED THE

DAYS WE'RE LIVING IN.

CHARLES DICKENS SAID "IT

WAS THE BEST OF TIMES AND

THE WORST OF TIMES."

AND "THE GLORY OF THE LORD

HAS RISEN UPON YOU, BUT

DEEP DARKNESS OF THE

PEOPLES."

PART OF THE BOOK IS TO

ENCOURAGE PEOPLE IF THESE

ARE THE DAYS WE'RE LIVING

IN, HOW SHOULD WE THEN

LIVE?

WE NEED TO WATCH AND PRAY,

WE NEED TO DRAW CLOSE TO

THE LORD, CLOSE TO OUR

FAMILIES, CLOSE TO OUR

CHURCHES.

AND I THINK THAT IS PART

OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

THE GOOD NEWS, TOO, COMING

OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST --

THERE IS GOOD NEWS:

MUSLIMS ARE COMING TO

JESUS CHRIST, FAITH IN HIM

LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN THE

1400 YEAR HISTORY OF

ISLAM.

MANY THROUGH THE INTERNET,

SATELLITE, AND THROUGH

DREAMS AND VISIONS.

WE TALK ABOUT THAT IN THE

BOOK.

I THINK THAT IS ONE OF THE

ENCOURAGING SIGNS: IN THE

MIDST OF DARKNESS, THE

HOLY SPIRIT IS STILL

MOVING.

IT IS TIME TO BE PRAYING

FOR THE PEACE OF

JERUSALEM, PRAYING FOR

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE

MIDDLE EAST, AND PRAYING

FOR THE FUTURE, THAT WE

CAN BE PREPARED FOR THE

DAYS TO COME.

Erick: CHRIS, THANK

YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU FOR THAT

ENCOURAGEMENT.

FOLKS, YOU HAVE TO PICK UP

THE BOOK, "DESTINATION

JERUSALEM," AND CHECK OUT

"JERUSALEM DATELINE".

YOUR FIRST BOOK, "DATELINE

JERUSALEM,JERUSALEM," YOU CAN PICK

THAT UP ON amazon.com.

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