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Joel Rosenberg: The Handwriting is On the Wall, It’s Time to Prepare Churches for the Inevitable


By JONI B. HANNIGAN – “JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—The handwriting is on the wall and war between Iran and Israel is imminent, Joel Rosenberg, an evangelical Christian and New York Times best-selling author, told the last session of the First Baptist Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference Jan. 29.

‘War is coming,’ Rosenberg said. ‘You and I are living in an extraordinary moment in one of the most dangerous moments in the history of our country; one of the most dangerous moments in the history of Israel and the Middle East; and one of the most dangerous moments in the history of the church.’

And the question is, ‘Are we ready for what could be coming?’

The popular writer, who grew up with a Jewish father and a gentile mother, shared lessons from Daniel 5 on the future of America and the coming war in the Middle East.

Rosenberg, whose newest book Implosion: Can American Recover from our Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time is set for release in June, said many pastors are unwilling to speak about the future in terms of Bible prophesy.

For some it’s because prophecy has been ‘sensationalized’ in the past and they resist the ‘cheapening of God’s Word,’ he said. Others might feel unprepared. Some have simply forgotten its power.

‘Prophecy is an intercept from the mind of an all-knowing and all-seeing and all powerful God,’ he said. It is meant to inspire, motivate and encourage. It will lead to repentance, holiness, and prayer and fasting, Rosenberg said, adding that prophecy is about the ‘preaching of the Gospel, making of disciples, planting churches, reaching young people with the Gospel, [and] reaching all people with the Gospel.’

Speaking on ‘The pastor and his future,’ Rosenberg asked pastors, ‘What is it that God is calling you and your congregation to do?’

Sharing examples of escalating tensions in the Middle East and rejecting ‘replacement theology,’ Rosenberg said the physical state of Israel is the Israel about which the Bible refers. ‘God is not done with us, He loves us, He has a plan for us,’ Rosenberg said. ‘God so loves the world, the whole world, that He gave His only begotten Son.’

After a recent trip to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, Rosenberg said he was reminded ‘bombs can do in six minutes what it took Adolph Hitler about six years to do; to kill six million Jews.'” Read more.

  1. 02/19/2012 at 12:49 AM

    I like Joel Rosenberg.

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  2. Ronald T
    02/29/2012 at 12:59 PM

    The word of God tells us to prepare and be prepared. Spiritually first and then physically. We need God’s wisom and direction as we find it in His Word. Joel Rosenberg is only pointing to the scriptures and how our Saviour himself has warned us of what the end times will be like. No predictions here are neccessary. This will happen in God’s perfect timing according to His word. Thanks Joel for reminding us to be vigilent in our watching and prepared in our hearts. Who can be against us if God is for us!

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