- [Announcer] This weekon Jerusalem Dateline.
New fighting inside Syria creates another
Middle East humanitarian crisis.
We'll have a frontline report and see how
the IDF and a Christianministry are helping.
Plus ancient seals bring tolife the people of the Bible
and a new novel transformstoday's headlines
on Israel into a thrillerfor a new generation.
All this and more thisweek on Jerusalem Dateline.
- Hello and welcome to this edition
of Jerusalem Dateline, I'm Chris Mitchell.
We're coming to you thisweek from the front lines
of the Syrian Israeli border and behind me
you can see some of thethousands of Syrians
who have fled the recent fighting.
It's just the latesthumanitarian crisis here
in the Middle East and thecrisis has presented for Israel
both problems and opportunities.
- [Narrator] The fighting settled
on the southern city of Daro
where Syrian troopspounded rebel positions.
The offensive combinedSyrian ground troops
with Russian air powerto regain control of
Southwestern Syria, along the Israeli
and Jordanian borders.
That's an area that recently had been part
of a US backed truce.
The fighting created a humanitarian crisis
in southern Syria.
The UN estimates more than 300,000 Syrians
have been displaced by the conflict.
This drone footage shows the camps set up
to house these people.
This activist called theconditions deplorable.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
address the crisis at hisweekly cabinet meeting.
With regards to southernSyria, we will continue
to defend our borders.
We will extend humanitarian assistance
as much as we can.
We will not allow entry to our territory.
- [Narrator] Following thefighting next to its border,
the IDF have deployed more troops
to the Golan heights and reinforced their
current positions withadditional armor and artillery.
In addition to increasingits military presence,
the IDF have launched ahumanitarian operation
to assist Syrians caught in the fighting.
In a nighttime operation, they provided
60 tons of aid to displaced Syrians.
The aid included tons offood, baby food, clothing
and shoes sent to an undisclosed location
in the Golan Heights.
The IDF also providedemergency medical care
to a number of Syrianswounded in the fighting
including some children whoseparents had been killed.
IDF medical personnel provided life saving
medical treatment andsome were transferred to
Israeli hospitals forfurther medical care.
The humanitarian aid is part of Israel's
good neighbor policywhere they have treated
thousands of Syrians for years during
the Syrian civil war.
- To learn more aboutthe situation up here
in the border, what the IDFand a Christian ministry
are doing, we talked with Dalton Thomas
of Frontiers Alliance International
and Marco Moreno, who developed Israel's
good neighbor policy.
- FAI, we are workingon launching a team now,
a medical team inside the refugee's camp
in order to help themon the medical field.
Because it will take acouple of days and diseases
will start, children, youknow will have issues,
so FAI is engagingimmediately first of all
sending a medical teamand also relief tents,
baby's food, whatever we can supply.
- Right now it's critical to engage the
issue of displacement andthe refugees on the ground.
Because it's the hottestmonths of the year right now.
So in terms of dehydrationand hunger and medical issues,
we're seeing a mountingescalating humanitarian crisis.
And now is the time forbelievers to engage.
The door is open.
We have the access.
We need to engage.
- [Chris] FAI has sentmedical teams inside Syria
for more than a year.
- You know, India andthese Jews and Christians
helping the Muslims.
I think it changed the heartsand minds of people here
because they finally realizethat Christians and Jews
are not so bad people.
They came in the toughesthour of their lives,
the Muslim side and helped them.
I think it's beautiful.
- We've experiencednothing but hospitality,
kindness and warmth and the reception is,
we've been working in conflict zones
for a while now.
I've never seen anything like this.
So, yes, Syria is the most dangerous place
on earth for sure, but it's also the
most hospitable place on earth.
- The Syrians when they came first time,
they were surprised because they saw
Arabic language on thesigns, you know, on the road.
They said how come it's in Arabic, here.
They say hey, we are one million Muslims
living in Israel, part of us, civilians.
And then they will go to the hospital.
They will see a Christian doctor,
a Muslim doctor, a Jew working together.
So they will say hey, thisis not what we have been told
that you guys, the bigZionist enemy and here
you are saving our life.
- [Chris] Would you say thisis a field wet under harvest?
- This is a field and iswhite and ripe under harvest.
You know the Lord saiddon't say four more months
till harvest and I thinkthat's the word of the Lord
for right now.
Don't say four more months.
Don't say in the future.
The door is open.
We need to engage now.
- They should that theidea is the moral army,
you can't find the word.
We help the enemy each night.
And now a Christianministry, FAI is partnership
with the idea of doing the same.
So anyway, the IDF had the torch
and they wanted to pass it on to someone
and only Christianministry came and engaged
with the Muslim community.
I think it's beautiful.
I think the American, if I'm an American
I can be proud of theChristian ministry doing that.
If I am an American that likes Israel that
bless Israel so we canbe proud in the idea
of with the Christianministry helping the Muslims.
- We need human bodies.
We need salt and lightpeople on the ground.
So if you're a medical professional,
education, psychological,trauma counseling,
you name it, we need it.
So pray for open doors fornew areas of operation,
pray for resourcing, resourcing is our
biggest burden right now.
It's the thing that, it'sthe most daunting thing
that's funding it andthen finding the kind
of people that are suitedfor this kind of work
because you can't just bea good medical professional
or a good leader or a good whatever.
It's a challenge.
You need the right kindof person to engage this
kind of environment.
So if that's you, apply,if you're burdened by this,
please pray with us and pray that the Lord
would thrust forth laborers into this.
- Please be sure to pray for
Frontiers Alliance International
and what they're doingto help Syrians caught
in the crossfire of this Syrian civil war.
Well, as Americanscelebrated their independence
on July 4, Iranians have their own dreams
of freedom as well.
Public anger is risingand many people have taken
to the streets to protestand it's fueling dreams
of a regime change.
But some of those protests have been met
by violence by Iranian police.
- [Narrator] Iranian police fired
on protesters demonstrating in the streets
about salty muddy drinking water
during a severe drought int he country.
While Iran's foreign ministerdownplayed this incident,
it follows last week's protestat Tehran's grand bazaar
outside of Iran's parliament and in dozens
more locations across Iran.
- We are now I believe very realistic
in being able to see andend of the regime in Iran.
We can see it.
- [Narrator] Mayor Rudy Guilianicited those demonstrations
at the annual meeting ofIran's main opposition group.
- They continue to growand grow with numbers
that now threaten to topple the regime.
When that happens, then freedom is right
around the corner.
- [Narrator] Guilianicredited President Trump's
decision to pull out ofthe Iranian nuclear deal
and reimpose sanctionsfor putting enormous
pressure on Iran's economy.
He noted today's protest were coordinated
and that even more economic pressure
could soon hit an Iranianeconomy already in freefall.
Israeli Prime MinisterBenjamin Netanyahu addressed
the impact of the sanctions.
- In complete contrastto what the international
experts said not only hasthe reimposition of sanctions
not united the Iranianpublic around the regime,
the complete opposite is happening.
- [Narrator] Netanyahualso used social media
to speak directly to the Iranian people
during the arrest.
Michael Oren's Israel'sDeputy Minister of Diplomacy
told CBN News Israelis trying to resurrect
a historic friendship.
- You know the Iranian and Jewish people
have an historic alliance.
It goes back 2500 years.
We were never at war with these people.
Their government, their regime has been
at war with us.
Up to 1979, up to the Iranian Revolution,
we had excellent relationswith Iranian people.
We want to go back to wherethose relations were in 1979
and to restore what wesee as an aberration
in our historic friendship.
- [Narrator] Despitethe growing opposition
to the Iranian regime, Oren is cautious
about expecting change.
For many years, I've been hearing about
eminent changes of governments in Iran.
For the last 40 years it hasn't happened.
So let's be cautious about it
and frankly let's hope.
- [Narrator] Coming upa look at ancient seals
from Jerusalem thatbring the Bible to life.
- Welcome back to Jerusalem dateline.
Again we're on the Israeli/Syrian border
and behind me are justsome of the thousands
of Syrians displacedby the recent fighting
in the more than seven-year-oldSyrian Civil War.
Well, about a three-hourdrive from here in Jerusalem,
thousands of years ago KingHezekiah and the Prophet Isaiah
used to work together.
Now thanks to archeology,they're together again
in of all places, Oklahoma.
Personal seals thatlikely belonged to them
are on display togetherfor the first time.
- [Narrator] What connectedthe two men is an exhibit of
their personal impressions that would have
been used to seal documents.
A simulcast linkingJerusalem with Oklahoma's
Armstrong Auditorium marked the debut.
- This is a celebrationday for all our friends
and especially for the loversof Israel and the Bible.
- [Narrator] Archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar
helped uncover the artifacts in 2009.
- This is one of the related we found.
It's am impression, very tiny,
as large as you can see it now, but it's
only 1 centimeter indiameter, even not the
nail on my finger.
- Workers uncovered bothitems just a few feet apart
here at the foot of the temple mount.
Historically it's been called the Ofel,
meaning a high place to climb to.
- [Narrator] King Hezekiah's,considered one of Judea's
greatest leaders and the Prophet Isaiah
lived some 2700 years ago.
- When people wanted atthat time, Biblical times
to seal a document, they used, you know,
they tied the documents with the strings
and then they took a little tiny mud
and pushed their privateseal to the soft mud
and made an impression whichcontained and you could
read their names.
- [Narrator] Hezekiah'sreads belonging to Hezekiah,
son of Ahaz, King of Judah.
- To find such a private item that relates
to one of the Judean kings.
We came so close to get configure.
- [Narrator] Isaiah's isn't as clear.
It reads belong to Isaiah,but the second word
is missing a letter that could complete
the Hebrew word for prophet.
- Whenever you find discoverieslike this, you know,
actual physical itemsthat people can touch
and they have inscribed on them the names
of Biblical figures, it's always powerful.
This is science proving the Bible.
- [Narrator] Mazar'sgrandfather Benjamin Mazar
led the first excavationafter the 1967 Six-Day War
that reunited Jerusalem.
- My grandfather excavated10 continuous years
This was a fantastic project,
almost no parallel dimensions,
hundreds of people worked.
They revealed fantasticremains of ancient Jerusalem
from all periods.
- We've had a partnershipwith Dr. Eilat Mazar
since 2006, but our relationshipwith the Mazar family
actually goes back to1968 when her grandfather
worked with the namesake of our college,
Herbert W. Armstrong, so since that time,
we've sent students tovolunteer on the excavations
and we've also providedfunding for some of her work.
- [Narrator] Dr. Michael Oren,Israels Minister of Diplomacy
calls Eilat Mazar a hero.
- She has fought for Israel's future
by fighting for its past.
And faced a lot of naysayers and typically
people in the word who denya historical connection
between Israel and the city of Jerusalem,
people who deny thereever was a King David
or a King Hezekiah or a Prophet Isaiah.
Eilat digs down and she finds and the
proves them all wrong.
- [Narrator] 10 years ago while digging
in the city of David,
Mazar believes she discoveredKing David's palace.
- It's monumentality is obvious.
Everybody can see.
Also its date.
Been constructed some time around 1000 BC,
the time of King David in general,
Based on the pottery that wefound underneath and within.
These effects brought us to understand
that we have got fantasticmonumental construction.
- [Narrator] While manyarcheologists dismiss the Bible,
Mazar maintains it to be animportant historical source.
- The Biblical stories andthe New Testament story
by the way, it goestogether because it just
proves quite accuratelythat the development
of Jerusalem and the wayJerusalem is described
is quite accurate.
- [Narrator] The Oklahomaexhibit contains other artifacts,
including a life sizedreplica of Hezekiah's
underground water tunnel.
It's open to the publicthrough mid August.
Oren believes thesignificance of these pieces
goes way beyond science.
- Archeology is not justabout revealing the past.
Archeology is about securing our present,
archeology is about ensuring our future.
Archeology is about richness,
it's about ruddiness andit's about a lot Mazar
will tell you it's about truth.
- [Narrator] Up next, meet the co-author
of a new book bringingtoday's headlines to life.
- Welcome back to Jerusalem Dateline
here on the Israeli/Syrian border.
Brock and Bodie Thoenehave thrilled millions
of readers with their novelslike the Zion Chronicles.
How they've teamed upwith Pastor Ray Bentley
from Maranatha Chapelin San Diego, California
for a new book called Onthe Mountain of the Lord.
Recently I talked with Pastor Bentley
overlooking the city ofJerusalem and the temple mount.
Pastor Ray Bentley, great to be with you
here in Jerusalem.
- It is great to be with you Chris.
- With an amazing view behind us
in the City of Jerusalemand the Mount of Olives.
You've written a book calledthe Mountain of the Lord.
What's the book about?
- Just recently in thelast couple of years
had a divine appointment where I met Body
and her husband BrockThoene and they have written
these series like theZion Chronicle series
and, you know, all about historical novels
all the way from the first century through
the rebirth of Israel and I met her
and it's like wow, I've read your books,
this is awesome, how amazing.
And after I met her I wasstudying and getting ready
for a sermon and I felt God speak to me
and say why don't you askBodie if she would write
a story with you where I could kind of do
the prophetic background,she would write the story,
so I called her up very nervous and said
I don't know if youwould ever think of this,
but would you prayerfully consider maybe
doing a book with me and she stopped.
She said, well, I'venever done this before,
but Brock and I will pray about it.
They prayed about itand came back and said
you know, the Lord told us to do it.
It's a modern story about modern Israel
and how prophecy is coming together
and there's a maincharacter that, you know,
I don't want to giveaway and give a spoiler,
but he was a believerand some tragedy happens
in his life where heloses his faith in God
and the Bible and hegets tied into this whole
thing of counselingpeace for the Middle East
and for Jerusalem inparticular and this guy,
he doesn't believe in God anymore
and he goes I don't believe in old men
with beards walking through the desert
and that they've gotsolutions to modern problems,
you know, but he comes to Jerusalem,
has a series of miraculousdivine interventions,
gets caught up into it and has this
epiphany, this you knowmoment where he's like
oh, my gosh it's all happening.
And I think people aroundthe world right now
are having that same kind of uh-oh,
what's going on?
When Israel became anation, that got us going,
1967, Jerusalem wasconquered, that got us going,
but then decades happened,it's been 50 years
even since then and now all of a sudden
it's back again and it'smoving the pieces forwarded
to pointing to the return of Jesus Christ.
- Without giving too much away,
what do you want peopleto take away from the book
when they read it?
- Well, you know, so the book title is
On the Mountain of theLord and one of the things
that I didn't know fora long time and many
Christians I don't thinkare aware, is that the
Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve started
and paradise, beauty and everything,
and walked with God inthe quill of the evening,
the Garden of Eden wason top of a mountain
and when sin came and when Adam and Eve
got kicked out of the garden,
essentially they hadto go down the mountain
to the howling wilderness and the curse
and thorns and thistles, and so the story
of redemption in theBible is how God came down
from the top of the mountain and through
the incarnation, he walkedout into the wilderness
and out into the thornsand thistles of the curse
of this world and grabbedAdam with one hand
and Eve with another hand and he walked
us back up to the top of the mountain,
back into the garden, backinto fellowship with God.
And I think that's whyso many of the stories
of the Bible happen on mountains.
Mount Sinai, the givingof the Ten Commandments
and Mount Carmel and Elijah with fire
and Jesus' most famous sermon was called
the sermon on the mountain.
And of course that's where the temple was,
that's where the Lord is coming back
through the eastern gate.
It's all about that mountain that's right
there behind us and I think when people
read this story they're gonna understand
all the Psalms and theprophecies that talk
about the mountain of the Lord.
- And you want to reach a newgeneration, is that right,
- Yes, I kind of grew up with this,
you know hearing about prophecy in Israel
and the next generationI think they've kind
of not really heard itthey've lost it a little bit.
I want to take the millennial that says,
what is this about the Bible and prophecy
and end times, what doesthat have to do with me?
I want to take them on a journey.
I'm gonna take them ona story and by the end
of that story, I thinktheir eyebrows are gonna
be raised and they'regonna be going oh, my gosh,
could I be actuallyliving in the generation
when Jesus Christ is actually coming soon
and that's what he prophesied, Chris,
in Matthew 24 he said theparable of the fig tree,
when you see the fig tree blossom,
which is Israel, everythinghappening with Israel,
Jews from around the world coming back
into the city and thefocus being on Jerusalem,
you know what Jesus said?
The generation that sees that, he said I'm
at the door.
We don't have very much time.
It's time to get right
and get right with Godand wake up and you know
smell the coffee and be prepared for
what God is about to do.
- I look forward to thebook, when does it come out?
- It is coming out July 31.
You can pre-order it on Amazon.
And it's called On theMountain of the Lord,
Ray Bentley and Bodie Thoene.
- Great to be with you Ray.
- Thank you Chris.
- [Narrator] Up next, anopportunity for you to come
to Israel and see theland through the eyes
of a reporter.
- Welcome back to Jerusalem Dateline.
Perhaps you've wanted to come to Israel,
but waiting for justthe right opportunity.
Or maybe you've been here to Israel
but want to see it througha different perspective.
Well, later this year I'll be hosting
a tour and maybe it'swhat you're looking for.
Take a look.
Hello, I'm Chris Mitchelland I want to invite
you to the Israel Throughthe Eyes of a Reporter Tour
this November 30 to December 9, 2018.
I've been reporting fromIsrael for nearly 20 years
and I want to share some of those insights
and experiences I've had during that time.
We'll have daily briefingson the current situation
and discuss the geopolitical developments
in the area and we'll alsowalk in the footsteps of Jesus
and visit places likethe Mount of Beatitudes,
Capernaum and take a boatride on the Sea of Galilee
and we'll come here to Jerusalem and see
the Western Wall, the temple mount
and the Garden of Gethsemane.
The saying goes when you come to Israel
you'll never be the same.
And my wife says thatbefore you come to Israel,
reading the Bible islike reading it in black
and white, but after you come here it's
like reading it in color.
So join me here November 30 to December 9
for the trip of a lifetime.
For more information goto noseworthytravel.com
or call the number on your screen.
I look forward to seeyou here in Jerusalem.
Well, I hope you can consider being
part of the tour and we'll certainly
be talking soon about the crisis here
in the Israeli/Syrian border.
Well, that's it for this edition.
Thanks for joining us.
Remember you can followus on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram or YouTube.
I'm Chris Mitchell.
We'll see you next timeon Jerusalem Dateline.