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Jerusalem Dateline: 8/18/17 Eclipse over the US: A Sign From God?

In the Bible, God spoke through signs in the sky. Is the eclipse over the US such a sign? Plus archaeologists say a Roman Bath could point to biblical Bethsaida; and the brave rescue that showed millions the face of human suffering in Iraq. Read Transcript


Chris: THIS WEEK ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE," IN

THE BIBLE, GOD SPOKE TO

SIGNS IN THE SKY, BUT DOES

HE STILL DO THAT TODAY?

HE USES NATURE ALL THE

TIME IN MANY DIFFERENT

WAYS TO COMMUNICATE.

Chris: PLUS THIS

ARCHEOLOGIST SAYS THIS

COULD BE A CLUE.

AND THE BRAVE RESCUE THAT

SHOWS MILLIONS OF FAITH

WITH HUMAN SUFFERING IN

IRAQ.

HELLO, AND WELCOME TO THIS

EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

I'M CHRIS MITCHELL COMING

TO YOU THIS WEEK FROM OUR

STUDIO IN THE UNITED

STATES.

A FULL SOLAR ECLIPSE

VISIBLE ACROSS THE ENTIRE

UNITED STATES HAS MANY

AMERICANS WONDERING IF IT

MIGHT CONTAIN SOME GREATER

MEANING.

THE BIBLE SPECIFICALLY

REFERENCES SEVERAL TIMES

WHEN THE SUN TOOK CENTER

STAGE.

TODAY WE TAKE YOU TO THE

PLACE WHERE THE SUN AND

MOON STOOD STILL.

ONE OF TEN PLAGUES, THREE

DAYS OF DARKNESS OVER

EGYPT BEFORE THE EXODUS.

THE JEWISH SOURCE

DESCRIBES IT NOT JUST AS

DARKNESS, BUT A DARKNESS

THAT WAS SO THICK PEOPLE

COULDN'T MOVE IN IT.

THAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF GOD

SUSPENDING THE LAWS OF

NATURE.

THE SUN GOD WAS ONE OF

THE MAJOR GODS, I THINK,

MY GOD COVERING THEIR GOD.

Chris: AND THREE

HOURS OF DARKNESS CAME

DURING THE CRUCIFIXION.

WHATEVER THE DARKNESS

WAS, IT WASN'T AN ECLIPSE.

WE HAVE NO EXPLANATION OF

WHAT IT WAS, OR EVEN WHAT

IT MEANT.

BUT IT CERTAINLY WOULD

HAVE INVOKED IN THE PEOPLE

THAT WERE THERE OF

SOMETHING MONUMENTAL

HAPPENING, WHICH INDEED IT

WAS.

Chris: GOD DEFINITELY

MADE POINTS WITH SIGNS IN

THE SKY THROUGHOUT THE

BIBLE.

BUT IS HE STILL DOING THE

SAME THING TODAY?

IN ROMANS CHAPTER 1, IT

TELLS US THAT THE HEARTS

OF MAN CAN KNOW THAT GOD

EXISTS JUST BY THE WAY

NATURE WORKS.

SO DOES HE USE NATURE TO

TALK TO HIS PEOPLE?

HE DOES.

IT IS A FUNDAMENTAL

BELIEF IN JUDAISM THAT

EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN

THE WORLD IS FOR A

MEANING, AND THERE IS A

MESSAGE HIDDEN IN THERE

SOMEWHERE, EVEN IN

ASTRONOMICAL PHENOMENON.

INTERPRETING THE MESSAGE

IS A LITTLE MOR MORE PROBLEM.

THE BIGGEST WAY GOD

SPEAKS IS THROUGH HIS SON.

SO HEBREWS DRAWS THAT OUT.

GOD SPOKE IN MANY AND

VARYING WAYS THROUGH THE

PROPHETS, BUT IN THESE

LAST DAYS, HE HAS SPOKEN

THROUGH HIS SON.

JESUS IS THE REVELATION.

JESUS IS THE WORD MADE

FLESH.

JESUS IS THE ULTIMATE

SIGN.

SO WE SHOULD BE LOOKING TO

HIM.

Chris: SPIRO SAYS

JUDAISM LOOKS AT HOW IT

CONNECTS WITH PROPHECY,

RATHER THAN SIGNS IN THE

SKY.

HE TALKS ABOUT THE

WOMAN GIVING BIRTH, AND

JUST AS THEY GO THROUGH

CONTRACTIONS, AND THEY GET

CLOSER AND CLOSER TOGETHER

AND MORE AND MORE TENSE AS

YOU APPROACH THE BIRTH,

AND SO, TOO, WILL EVENTS

ON THE PLANET EARTH GET

MUCH MORE INTENSE AND

HAPPENING MUCH MORE

RAPIDLY.

WE SEE THAT THINGS ARE

SPEEDING UP VERY MUCH IN

THE WORLD.

Chris: ONE QUOTED

SCRIPTURE ABOVE THE SKY

COMES FROM THE SCRIPT OF

JOEL "THE SUN WILL BE

TURNED INTO BLOOD, BEFORE

THE AWESOME DAY OF THE

RETURN OF THE LORD."

HE WILL USE THOSE KINDS

OF SIGNS IN THE SKY TO

SPEAK TO HIS PEOPLE, TO

SPEAK TO THE EARTH.

SOMETIMES WE WANT TO

ATTACH GOD TO EVERY SINGLE

NATURAL EVENT THAT TAKES

PLACE.

AND I THINK MOST OF THE

TIME, GOD JUST WANTS TO

SHOW THAT HE IS IN NATURE,

AND NOT THAT HE IS

ACTUALLY COMMUNICATING,

WATCH OUT, SOMETHING IS

GETTING READY TO HAPPEN.

THAT COULD BE

INTERPRETED -- ECLIPSES,

BY THE WAY, MOON TURNING

TO BLOOD IS WHAT HAPPENS.

WHEN YOU HAVE A SOLAR

ECLIPSE, THE SUN

DISAPPEARS AND TURNS TO

BLACKNESS.

THERE IN THE PROPHETS IT

IS TALK B TALKING ABOUT SIGNS

THAT WE SEE AT THE END OF

THE DAYS.

Chris: ACCORDING TO

JEWISH TEACHING, MESSIAH

MUST COME BEFORE THE YEAR

6,000 ON THE JEWISH

CALENDAR.

WE'RE CURRENTLY AT 5777.

TIME IS DEFINITELY

RUNNING OUT.

AND BY LOOKING AT WHAT IS

GOING ON IN THE WORLD IN A

POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE WAY,

THE REBIRTH OF JERUSALEM,

THAT IS PROPHECY COMING

TRUE.

THE NATIONS OF THE WORLD

LINING UP, WHAT YOU SEE

GOING ON IN UNESCO AND

UNITED NATIONS IS CLEARLY

A SIGN.

Chris: SO OTHER THAN

LOOKING THROUGH PROTECTIVE

GLASSES, HOW DO THESE

LEADERS RECOMMEND WE VIEW

THE ECLIPSE?

WE'RE ONLY A FEW

HEADLINES AWAY FROM THE

END OF THE DAY SCENARIO,

WITH THE HEADLINES IN THE

NEWS TODAY.

THAT TO ME, AND I THINK TO

MOST JEWS, IS FAR MORE

IMPACTFUL IN TERMS OF

WAKING PEOPLE UP IN THEIR

EXPECTATION OF THEIR

REDEMPTION THAN CELESTIAL

SIGNS.

WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO

PREPARE OUR HEARTS AND

CONTINUE TO ASK GOD TO

SHOW US, IS THIS YOU?

ARE YOU SPEAKING TO THE

EARTH?

AND I BELIEVE HE'LL TELL

MORE THAN JUST ONE PERSON

THAT THIS IS HIM SPEAKING

TO THE WHOLE EARTH.

WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS,

FIX OUR EYES ON JESUS, AND

KEEP PROCLAIMING THE

MYSTERY AND THE PROFOUND

VICTORY OF THE LIFE,

DEATH, AND RESURRECTION OF

JESUS.

Chris: AN ANCIENT

ROMAN BATH COULD LEAD TO

THE DISCOVERY OF WHERE IT

IS BELIEVED JESUS FED THE

MULTITUDES.

JULIE STAAL HAS THAT

STORY.

Julie: ARCHEOLOGISTS

WORK IN ISRAEL TO PEEL

BACK LAYERS TO UNRAVEL

MYSTERIES OF THE PAST.

THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED AT

THIS SITE, NOW BELIEVED BE

TO BIBLICAL BETHITA.

IT IS A SITE CALLED, IN

HEBREW, BEKEBEK.

THE SITE WAS KNOWN AS AN

ENGINE SITE.

Julie: FOR YEARS,

ARCHEOLOGISTS HAVE

SEARCHED FOR BIBLICAL

BETHSITA, AND THERE WERE

SEVERAL CANDIDATES, BUT

IRONICALLY, THIS ROMAN

BATH COULD HOLD THE KEY.

THE BATH HOUSE IS

SOMETHING THAT WILL LEAD

US.

WE'RE IN SOME KIND OF A

CITY.

ALTHOUGH THE DIG HERE IS

VERY SMALL, IT IMMEDIATELY

CAME TO US THAT WE ARE IN

A VERY GOOD PLACE TO

SUGGEST WE DISCOVERED THE

CITY OF JULIUS.

Reporter:

DR. MORDECAI AVIA.

THE FIRST CENTURY TELLS

US THAT KING PHILIP, WHO

RULED FROM HERE TO THE

GOLAN -- RULED THIS

AREA -- DECIDED TO UPGRADE

THE VILLAGE AND TO MAKE IT

A POLAS BY THE NAME OF

JULIUS.

Reporter: SCHOLARS

BELIEVE IT WAS NEAR THE

FISHING BED OF BETHSITA

WHERE JESUS FED THE PEOPLE

WITH FIVE LOAVES AND TWO

FISH.

AND THERE WERE TWO

COINS.

ONE FROM THE FIRST

CENTURY.

Reporter: ACCORDING

TO HIM, REMAINS OF WHAT

APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN A

BIZANTINE CHURCH ARE ALSO

SIGNIFICANT.

THERE WAS A DOCUMENT

FROM A VISITOR FROM THE

END OF THE 7th CENTURY

A.D.

IT SAYS AFTER HE LEFT

KAPRANO, HE ARRIVED TO

BETHSITA, AND THERE IS THE

CHURCH.

SO FOR THE CHRISTIANS IN

THE 6th, 7th, 8th

CENTURY, IT WAS STILL

CALLED BETHSITA.

THIS IS THE PLACE OF

JULIUS, AND THEREFORE

BETHSITA, I THINK IT CAN

BE DEVELOPED INTO AN

INTERESTING SITE FOR

PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED

IN BEING NEAR, CLOSE IN

THE PLACE WHERE THE

APOSTLES LIVED.

Julie: JULIE STAAL,

CBN NEWS, THE GALILEE,

ISRAEL.

Chris: UP NEXT, WE'LL

SHOW YOU HOW ONE AMAZING

RESCUE CAPTURED THE HEARTS

OF MILLIONS.

Chris: WELCOME BACK.

THE NINTH BATTLE TO

LIBERATE MOSUL FROM ISIS

IS OVER.

THROUGHOUT THE BLOODY

CAMPAIGN, ONE MINISTRY PUT

ITSELF ON THE FRONT LINES

TO PROVIDE MEDICAL RELIEF,

HUMANITARIAN AID, AND THE

GOSPEL.

BUT IT WAS A BRAVE RESCUE

BY THE LEADER OF THIS

MINISTRY THAT CAPTURED THE

HEARTS OF MILLIONS.

IT IS A SPRINT BETWEEN

LIFE AND DEATH THAT HAS

GONE VIRAL.

12 SECONDS THAT SHOWED

TRUE SACRIFICE TO A WORLD

SEARCHING FOR HOPE, NOW

SEEN AND SHARED BY

MILLIONS.

DAVID EUBANK OF THE FREE

BURMA RANGERS TOLD CBN

NEWS WHY HE RISKED HIS OWN

LIFE TO SAVE THIS

6-YEAR-OLD IRAQI GIRL.

FOR LOVE.

I WOULD WANT SOMEONE TO

SAVE MY KID.

FIRST ASK, AM I SUPPOSED

TO DO THIS?

ASK GOD.

AND WHEN HE SAYS DO IT,

THEN ASK FOR LOVE.

WHEN YOU HAVE LOVE, YOU'LL

DO ANYTHING FOR ANYBODY.

SO LOVE IS WHAT MAKES YOU

REALLY BRAVE.

AND GOD GAVE ME ENOUGH OF

THAT TO RUN ACROSS, GRAB

THE GIRL --

Chris: AND THAT'S NOT

THE ONLY HEROICS SHOWN BY

EUBANKS AND HIS TEAM.

WE'RE HERE TO RESCUE

AND THIS LITTLE GIRL.

LORD JESUS HELP US, HELP

US GET HER OUT.

Chris: SHE MADE IT,

TOO.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE

OKAY.

SHE'S ALIVE.

JESUS, YOU SAVED ME.

I WANT TO BE WITH YOU,

HELPING OTHERS.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE FREE

BURMA RANGERS IS ABOUT.

Reporter: EUBANKS

STARTED HIS FRONTLINE

MINISTRY 20 YEARS AGO.

THREE YEARS AGO, THEY

ANSWERED THE CALL TO COME

TO IRAQ AND KURDS.

KURDISTAN.

WE WANT TO GIVE HELP

AND HOPE, AND REMINDING

PEOPLE WE LOVE YOU.

AND GOD LOVES YOU.

AND YOU CAN CALL ON HIS

NAME.

GOD SENT JESUS TO SAVE US.

YOU CAN CALL ON HIM ANY

TIME.

Chris: HIS TEAM

SHOWED PEOPLE LOVE DURING

THE IRAQI ARMY, DURING THE

FIGHT TO FREE THE CITY

FROM ISIS.

AS ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS

FIRED AT PEOPLE TRYING TO

ESCAPE, THE FREE BURMA

RANGERS RUSHED INTO THE

KILLING ZONE.

EUBANK TRIED TO SAVE THIS

WOUNDED MUSLIM WOMAN, BUT

SHE DIED.

YET IN THE MIDST OF THIS

CARNAGE, EUBANK'S WIFE,

KAREN, AND THEIR THREE

CHILDREN BRING FUN, GAMES,

AND THE GOSPEL.

KAREN EXPLAINS IT BEGAN

BACK IN BURMA TO HELP

NEIGHBORS IN TROUBLE.

IT WAS VERY NATURAL TO

GO TO PEOPLE THAT YOU

KNEW, CHURCHES THAT YOU

KNEW, AND VILLAGES THAT

YOU KNEW, AND WHILE THE

VILLAGES WERE IN CONFLICT,

IT WAS STILL NATURAL

BECAUSE YOU WANT TO HELP

THE FAMILIES YOU LOVE.

AS THINGS WERE INTENSE AND

FIGHTING INCREASED ON THE

FRONT LINES, WE WOULD

STILL STAY WITH THE

FAMILIES.

Chris: NOW THEIR

CHILDREN SAY IT IS NATURAL

TO HELP THE PEOPLE OF

IRAQ.

WE WOULDN'T BE THERE IF

IT WASN'T FORED GOD.

WFOR GOD.WE FEEL VERY BLESSED.

NOT MANY PEOPLE GET TO GO

TO MOSUL AND HELP IN THAT

AREA.

OF COURSE THERE IS ALWAYS

THE DANGER OF BEING SHOT,

SO WE ALSO FEEL BLESSED HE

HAS PROTECTED US THROUGH

ALL OF THIS AND WE'RE ALL

STILL ALIVE.

I CALL THEM THE EPITOME

OF HIGH-RISK MISSION WORK.

THEY PROVIDE MEDICAL

TREATMENT, HOPE, LOVE,

PRAYING WITH THE PEOPLE,

BEARING THEIR BURDEN.

AND IT'S ALL A LOVING

SACRIFICE.

IT IS A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR

US BEING LIGHT IN A VERY

DARK PLACE.

Chris: CBN NEWS

JOINED EUBANK ON THE FRONT

LINES AND FOUND A MAN OF

CONSTANT PRAYER.

WE CAN'T TAKE CARE OF

EVERYBODY, BUT YOU CAN

TAKE CARE OF THE PERSON IN

FRONT OF YOU.

AND SOME OF THE KIDS HAVE

BEEN OUT HERE THREE DAYS.

WE HAVE FOOD, BUT IT IS

THE SAME THING EVERY DAY.

THAT'S ALL WE'VE GOT, AND

SOME WATER.

I'M GOING TO PRAY REAL

QUICK, LORD, JESUS, HELP

THESE PEOPLE GO TO A SAFE

PLACE AND A GOOD PLACE

TONIGHT.

IN JESUS' NAME.

Chris: THE TEAM FOUND

A "SUPERBOOK" VIDEO FOR

THE LITTLE GIRL TO WATCH.

A GOSPEL TOOL KAREN FINDS

INVALUABLE.

ONE OTHER THING I'VE

REALLY LOVED IS BEING ABLE

TO GIVE KIDS EXCITING

STORIES.

AND "SUPERBOOK" HAS BEEN A

BIG BLESSING IN MY

MINISTRY, AS WITH THE KIDS

THERE.

IT SAYS IN THAT INDIGENOUS

LANGUAGE THINGS THAT I

CAN'T SAY IN FULL, AND THE

BEAUTIFUL ANIMATION GOES A

LONG WAY IN PLACES WHERE

THERE IS NO MEDIA.

SO THANK YOU, "SUPERBOOK"

TEAM, FOR LETTING US SHARE

THAT IN VERY RESTRICTED

FOREIGN AREAS.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW

"SUPERBOOK" IN BURMESE, IN

ARABIC, TO FRONT-LINE

COMMUNITIES, AND THAT IS A

BIT OF ENCOURAGEMENT AS

WELL AS NORMAL LIFE.

WE GET TO WATCH A VIDEO

AND WE GET TO WATCH FUN

STORIES OF GOD'S

FAITHFULNESS.

SO "SUPERBOOK" IS A BIG

BLESSING.

Chris: NOW ON A

SPEAKING TOUR IN THE STATES,

EUBANK BRINGS A MESSAGE

BACK TO AMERICA.

WITHOUT E-MAIL THAT

SAYS TO BE BOLD, AND

PEOPLE WHO WALKED UP TO IN

THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

WHO GAVE SCRIPTURE.

NO GREATER LOVE HAS MAN

THAN TO LAY DOWN HIS LIFE

FOR A FRIEND.

BE KINGDOM FOCUSED.

WHERE DOES GOD WANT ME?

HOW DOES GOD WANT ME TO

PRAY?

Chris: COMING UP, I'M

JOINED BY CBN COLLEAGUES

GARY LANE AND GEORGE

THOMAS TO TAKE ABOUT THE

BIG EVENT HAPPENING IN THE

Chris: WELCOME BACK

TO "JERUSALEM DATELINE."

I'M JOINED BY CBN

INTERNATIONAL

CORRESPONDENTS GARY LANE

AND GEORGE THOMAS, HERE TO

TALK ABOUT EVENTS

HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

GEORGE AND GARY, GREAT TO

BE WITH YOU AGAIN.

GREAT TO BE WITH YOU ON

THIS SIDE OF THE OCEAN.

GEORGE, RIGHT NOW ISIS HAS

BEEN TAKEN MAINLY OUT OF

MOSUL, AND THEY'RE

FIGHTING RIGHT NOW OVER

RAQQA.

IT LOOKS LIKE ISIS, AS A

CALIPHATE, IS BEING EAR

ERADICATED.

RIGHT NOW IRAN SEEMS TO BE

THE BIGGEST THREAT IN THE

MIDDLE EAST.

WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHT.

George: IF YOU LOOK

AT IT FROM A LONG VIEW --

I'M TALKING THE NEXT 50

SOMETHING YEARS -- THEY

DEFINITELY WANT TO PLAY A

VERY BIG ROLE IN THE

MIDDLE EAST AND ACROSS THE

SWATH OF THE REGION.

RIGHT NOW THEY'RE FOCUSED

ON IRAQ, LEBANON, AND

SYRIA.

Chris: LEBANON HAS

BASICALLY BECOME LIKE A

HEZBOLLAH TERRITORY?

IT IS, AND HEZBOLLAH IS

GROWING IN STRENGTH

BECAUSE OF THEIR SUCCESSES

IN SYRIA.

THEY'VE BEEN VERY

SUCCESSFUL BATTLING BACK

ISIS AND OTHER SUNNI

GROUPS IN SYRIA, AND

THEY'RE WELCOMED HOME INTO

LEBANON AS THESE SEASONED

FIGHTERS THAT ARE STANDING

UP FOR LEBANON.

Chris: SO WHAT DO YOU

THINK THIS MEANS FOR

ISRAEL?

WHAT THREAT DOES IT POSE

FOR ISRAEL ON ISRAEL'S

NORTHERN BORDER OR THE

GROWING INFLUENCE INSIDE

SYRIA.

Reporter: WHO ARE

THEY GOING TO SET THEIR

SITES ON NOU THAT SYRIA IS

DONE.

THAT IS A REAL THREAT TO

ISRAEL, AND NOT TO MENTION

ALL OF THE ROCKETS THEY

HAVE IN SOUTH LEBANON NOW.

George: I DO THINK

THIS COALITION -- YOU HAVE

THESE STRANGE BEDFELLOWS.

WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT

THAT SAUDI ARABIA AND

ISRAEL WOULD HAVE A JOINT

ENEMY?

THAT'S THE REALITY.

SO YOU HAVE THIS ARK OF

COUNTRIES THAT HAVE SAID,

LISTEN, WHOA TO THE

PERSIANS.

HOLD UP.

YOU CAN'T BE EXPANDING

YOUR TERRITORY INTO OUR

REGION.

AND EVEN THOUGH YOU HAVE

THIS DESIRE FOR A PERSIAN

NUCLEAR BOMB, WE ARE GOING

TO CHECK MATE YOU.

IF IRAN DOES GET THESE

MILITARY BASES INSIDE

SYRIA, THAT MIGHT SET UP

AN EVEN MORE DANGEROUS

SEASON IN THE MIDDLE EAST

THAN WE HAVE HAD IN THE

LAST FEW YEARS IN ISIS.

Chris: WE'VE GOT TO

MAKE SURE THAT DOESN'T

HAPPEN.

IN THE FINAL NEGOTIATIONS

OF WHATEVER TYPE OF SYRIA

WE END UP WITH -- PROBABLY

A SUNNI AREA AND AN

ALAWITE AREA AND A

CHRISTIAN AREA -- WE HAVE

TO ENSURE THAT DOESN'T

HAPPEN.

George: FOUR OUR

VIEWERS TO UNDERSTAND

THIS, THIS IS A VERY, VERY

COMPLEX PART OF THE WORLD.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT

CENTURIES OF HISTORY, AND

THE ANIMOSITY THAT HAS

EXISTED IN THIS PART OF

THE WORLD BETWEEN THE

ARABS, THE TURKS.

THE SHI'A AND ALL THE

ASPECTS, AND YOU HAVE WHAT

IS CALLED AN A APOCALYPTIC

SITUATION.

YOU CAN MAKE THESE PEACE

MEALS AND THEN IT ALL

FALLS APART.

THE GOOD NEWS IS WE

HAVE A SECRETARY OF STATE

IN THE UNITED STATES, REX

TILLERSON, WHO WAS THE

FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE

WHO ACTUALLY SAYS THIS IS

OFFICIAL U.S. POLICY NOW.

GENOCIDE HAS BEEN

COMMITTED AGAINST SHI'A,

AGAINST YAZIDIS AND

CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE

EAST.

JOHN KERRY SAID THAT WHEN

HE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE,

BUT IT WAS MORE HIS

PERSONAL OPINION.

DECLARING THIS AS

GENOCIDE -- IT HAS BEEN A

HORRIFIC TIME FOR THEM

WITH ISIS.

WHAT IS THEIR POSITION

NOW?

George: IT IS

DIFFICULT.

YOU HAVE PLACES LIKE

MOSUL, WHO ARE JUST

BEGINNING TO RECOVER AFTER

THE HORRIFIC PAST TWO

YEARS OF CONTROL UNDER

ISIS.

KEEP IN MIND, YOU HAVE A

WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF

YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN

THEIR MOM AND DADS BEING

BRUTALLY KILLED.

Chris: WHEN YOU MEET

WITH THEM, WHAT DO THEY

ASK CHRISTIANS IN THE WEST

TO DO?

A LOT OF CHRISTIANS SAY

TO ME, GARY, TELL EVERYONE

TO PRAY FOR US.

PLEASE PRAY FOR US.

AND THEY'VE ALSO ASKED FOR

BIBLES.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, THEY

SAY, WE NEED HELP.

George: UNLESS YOU'RE

ABLE TO SET UP SOME KIND

OF A SYSTEM WHERE THE

CHURCH IS INVOLVED TO

BRING THE TYPE OF

RECONCILIATION THAT IS SO

DESPERATELY NEEDED, WE'RE

GOING TO SEE THIS SPIRAL

AGAIN AND AGAIN.

AND I TAKE HOPE IN THAT,

THE POWER OF THE MESSAGE

OF CHRIST TO BRING HEALING

BETWEEN FOLKS WHO HAD

ANGER TOWARDS EACH OTHER

AND TO BRING A MESSAGE OF

FORGIVENESS, IS GOING TO

BE THE ANSWER.

Chris: THANKS, GARY,

GEORGE.

> WHEN WE COME BACK, THE

IN-GATHERING OF THE

Chris: FINALLY THIS

WEEK, IT'S CALLED THE

IN-GATHERING OF THE

EXILES.

ISRAEL CALLS IT MAKING

ALIYAH.

JEWISH PEOPLE FROM AROUND

THE WORLD RETURNING HOME

TO ISRAEL.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WHEN

MORE THAN 200 AMERICANS

AND CANADIANS LANDED IN

ISRAEL, INCLUDING THE

DAUGHTER OF THE NEW U.S.

AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL.

CBN MIDDLE EAST

CORRESPONDENT JULIE STAAL

HAS THAT STORY.

Julie: JOY AND

EXCITEMENT PILD THE AIR AT

ISRAEL'S BE BEN-GURION

AIRPORT WHEN 253 ISRAELIS

LANDED IN ISRAEL.

FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS,

JEWS HAVE BEEN WANTING TO

COME HERE, AND THEY

WEREN'T ABLE TO.

AND NOW WE HAVE THIS

OPPORTUNITY AND IT IS

AMAZING.

I WANTED TO SAY THANKS,

GOD.

I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER.

I'M VERY, VERY EXCITED

AND A LITTLE NERVOUS.

AND A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE.

WE HAVE LEFT FIVE CHILDREN

AND FIVE GRANDCHILDREN

BEHIND.

Julie: ONE OF THE

NEWCOMERS IS THE

24-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER OF

DAVID FRIEDMAN, THE NEW

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL.

I'M HERE TO CELEBRATE

MY DAUGHTER, TALIA,

REALIZING HER DREAMS TO BE

PART OF THE STATE OF

ISRAEL.

I'M SO EXCITED HERE.

MY AMAZING PARENTS, ALL OF

MY FRIENDS -- IT IS

AMAZING.

Julie: 60 OF THE NEW

ARRIVALS WILL JOIN THE

ISRAEL DEFENSE SERVICES.

MY OLDER SISTER MADE

ALIYAH FOUR YEARS AGO, AND

I ALWAYS WANTED TO COME

BACK HERE, AND I FELT LIKE

IT WAS TIME.

BECAUSE I REALLY WANT

TO BE PART OF MY NATION

AND MY COUNTRY, AND HELP

BUILD A FUTURE HERE AND

HAVE A SAY IN WHAT IT

LOOKS LIKE.

Julie: AND THEN THERE

IS THE LEVINE FAMILY.

WE ARE VERY LUCKY WE

HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDS AND

FAMILY IN ISRAEL.

I THINK IT IS GOOD.

I'M GOING TO MISS SOME

PEOPLE IN AMERICA, BUT IT

IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY.

Julie: THE

ORGANIZATION NEFESH BEN

BENEF-CHARTERE.

CHARTERED THE FLIGHT.

Julie: THIS MAN SAYS

HIS ORGANIZATION HELPS THE

NEW IMMIGRANTS DEAL WITH

THE BUREAUCRACY AND ANY

OTHER POTENTIAL ISSUE.

MANY, MANY JEWS IN

NORTH AMERICA WANT TO

IMMIGRATE TO ISRAEL AND TO

MAKE ALIYAH.

BUT THERE ARE DIFFERENT

HURTLES ALONG THE WAY.

AND WHAT WE DO IS TRY TO

REMOVE THOSE HURTLES AND

THOSE BARRIERS, AND JUST

HELP TO STREAMLINE

EVERYTHING SO THEY CAN

FULFILL THEIR DREAMS.

Julie: IT WILL BE A

BIG ADJUSTMENT FOR MOST OF

THE NEWCOMERS, BUT THEY'RE

FULFILLING PROPHECY, THEIR

DREAMS, AND THE HOPE OF

GENERATIONS.

JULIE STAAL, CBN NEWS, BEN

GUBEN-GURION AIRPORT, TEL

AVIV.

*

Chris: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION OF "JERUSALEM

DATELINE."

THANKS FOR JOINING US.

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I'M CHRIS MITCHELL.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME ON

"JERUSALEM DATELINE."

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