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European-American Evangelistic Crusades, Inc.

May 2002 Newsletter

John S. Torell

There are very few Christians who are not intrigued by prophecies. And most Christians want to know for sure when Jesus is coming back. Any teaching on the coming of the "Antichrist" and the "mark of the beast" will draw great crowds, and people are buying books, audio cassettes and videos which deal with the end times.

The reality is that all of the people who have studied the end times prior to 1900 have come to the end of their lives on this planet, and they are now either in heaven or hell, including many who lived during the 20th century. Studies on end time prophecies should result in that person drawing closer to Christ and living a productive Christian life, not just chasing around from one end time seminar to another.


The apostles were people just like us. They wanted to know for sure when Jesus would return and set up his kingdom. You will find this written in Matthew 24. Let us look at the question and then the first response that Jesus gave to this question:

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. Matthew 24:1-4.

DECEPTION
Deception is the only real weapon that the Devil has, since God has stripped him of his power and authority (Colossians 2:14-15; Revelation 12:7-17). Every politician living in the world today relies on "spin doctors" to change the truth and deceive the people who are electing politicians to public offices. All businesses are constantly consulting "Public Relations Companies" (PR firms) in order to sell more of their products. The PR firms rely on taking polls to determine public opinion. Television producers rely solely on "Ratings" when it comes to selecting programs. Governments have their own PR departments, which have to work overtime to hide the truth from the people in the world. LYING IS AN "HONORABLE" PROFESSION IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, and people are being paid well to produce false reports to deceive people. No wonder Jesus started out with this warning when he was asked about the end times. "Do not be deceived!"

The World Government (WG) is no exception. In the current war against the Palestinian people in the Middle East, there is one thing the WG does not want, pictures of tanks firing into houses, crushing automobiles and dead civilians laying in the streets.

Something has to be sacrificed, and the number one spin program is diversion. Since the WG to a great degree controls the media in Europe and North America, it can easily create diversions.

The current crisis surrounding the Roman Catholic Church is not new, it has been around for a long time. But the WG protected the Catholic Church and the media did not investigate it. With recent events in Israel, the American people had to be distracted. The word was sent out, dig up all the dirt there is and blow up the pedophile crisis on television and in the printed media. Turn people’s attention away from the killing of Palestinians and instead let them discuss and be angry over the Roman Catholic Church cover up of the sodomy, rape and sexual immorality of her priests.

This in turn is forcing the Catholic Church to move into "DAMAGE CONTROL" and that is the reason that the Pope had to order all American cardinals to come to Rome for consultations. Rest assured that all the "spin doctors" employed by the Roman Catholic church are now hard at work, and I am sure that the Pope and his lackeys are cursing the WG for doing this to them.

THE JEWISH SPIN DOCTORS
The State of Israel has an official propaganda department. Officially it is called "THE FOREIGN MINISTRY." Gideon Meir is in charge of what is called "Public Relations," in plain English it is the department of "Public Lying." To insure that the Israeli message is clear and unified, only six people are authorized to give foreign media news interviews, Ra’anan Gissing, Dore Gold and Avi Pazner representing the Prime Minister’s Office and Gideon Meir, Arieh Mekel and Dani Schek from the Foreign Ministry. In order to make sure that their media performances are being improved, they are being coached by Linda Lovitch, an expert on public speaking. Gideon Meir is gloating and call this group for "a dream team," a phrase coined after O.J. Simpson’s attorneys, who saved him from being convicted of murdering his wife a few years ago.

A recent article in a Jewish publication stated the following:

"Israel’s sense of unfair treatment by the international media is not new. But the military operation, and the TV coverage it got, highlighted at a very sensitive time some of Israel’s operational and PR dilemmas. For example, when Israel goes into Palestinian territories with large forces or uses pinpoint accurate state-of-the-art weaponry, whose effect is precisely to minimize civilian casualties, the image is of a Goliath against the Palestinian David, and the natural tendency is to side with the underdog. Worse, says Meir, when Israel attacks, its PR faces the near impossible task of countering images with words. ‘When a tank goes into Ramallah, it does not look good on TV,’ he says. ‘Sure we can explain why we are there, and it’s what we do. But it’s words. We have to fight pictures with words."

In today’s world it is not enough to win a war on a battle field, it must also be won in the public relation arena. When civilians are massacred, the "spin doctors" must be able to convince the people in the world, that the massacre was just and that the outcome is good, not evil. The German Jew, Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, stated this:

"Repeat a lie long enough and people will believe it."

In the same article in the Jewish publication from April 22, 2002, we can read the following:

"Clearly, Israeli PR faces an uphill struggle, especially in Europe. Much of the deck is stacked against it: the basic asymmetry in the Israeli-Palestinian equation. What is perceived as diplomatic and media bias, not to speak of signs of anti-Zionism and resurgent anti-Semitism. Still, even the officials directly involved believe Israel should and could do better. And, in recent weeks and months, they have been reshaping the Israeli operation, producing a stream of videos, CDs and pamphlets and hiring PR firms to put the message across more professionally. . . ."

"The NEW PACKAGE is not the only recent refinement of the PR effort. Coordination between the Prime Minister’s office, the Foreign Ministry and the army is now much tighter. Immediately after the Israeli move into Ramallah, the government set up an information center at the Jerusalem Convention Center with spoke people from the IDF, Military Intelligence, the Shin Bet security services, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the West Bank and Gaza, the police, the Government Press Office, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry. The new media kits are on prominent display. . .

"Not everyone would agree. Indeed, there is widespread criticism of their collective competence. Gissing is described privately by one network correspondent as ‘an attack dog’ who alienates viewers with what is perceived as a loud, overly aggressive tone. Meir himself, a frequent interviewee, is privately criticized even by some of his own colleagues for insisting on taking a leading spokesman’s role when he appears stiff and ill at ease on TV.

"The thinking now, therefore is to bring in more PR professionals. A few months ago, Meir was approached by an American Jewish activists who suggested that Israel hire the services of PR experts James Carville and Stanley Greenburg, renowned for their election campaign successes all over the world, including Israel. ‘The problem,’ claims Meir,’ was the money. We just couldn’t afford them. They wanted $1.2 million just for opinion polls.’ Budget, Meir claims, is one of the main factors holding Israeli PR back. Meir notes that the entire annual Foreign Ministry PR budget,9 million dollars, is less than half what the Bezeq telephone company spends on PR and advertising.

"Still, he has ben able to hire a PR firm in New York, is considering doing the same in some European countries, and has already hired local guru Motti Morel, whose portfolio includes successful campaigns for Binyamin Netanyahu and Nathan Sharansky. ‘We are weak on visuals, so we want him to create media events and produce special videos,’ says Meir. ‘ We want him to take our PR message and package them for us. Then the PR firms abroad will hone them further for their target audiences.’

"The key to Israel’s long term PR success, Meir believes, is on the campuses of North America and Europe. Wealthy Jews like Howard Schulz, the owner of the Starbucks chain, are helping with student projects, including seminars held in both Israel and North America, in which students hear Israeli presentations on the crisis."

THE NAKED TRUTH
To some people what I have just written might be boring, but if you read it in a prayerful mode, asking God to reveal truth to you, you will find something very frightening. The discussion in government circles in Israel is not over how to stop the killings, but how to cover it up with slick advertising, using the very best in the industry of spin in the world today. Adolf Hitler knew that the opinion of people would either break or make a regime. So have all the Communist rulers understood in the old Soviet Union, Castro in Cuba and the rulers in China. Do you remember the Tiananmen Square massacre June 3-4, 1989, when masses of people were crushed by tanks in front of television cameras? All of us thought that this massive brutal event would not be forgotten and must spell the end of Communist rule in China. But it did not happen. The Chinese Propaganda Ministry swung into action and 13 years later it is forgotten and out of people’s minds. If you ask a person living in China today, he will tell you it never happened, it was all a political event created by decadent western democracies.

No wonder that Jesus spoke "be not deceived." Deception today is a big business, in the billions of dollars and getting more sophisticated as time goes on.

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARE USED TO SPREAD PROPAGANDA
There are a number of Christian organizations linked to the Foreign Ministry of Israel. The  American evangelist, Mike Evans (a converted Jew) is probably one of the most outspoken supporters of the State of Israel and his material is used to influence millions of Christians in the United States. Add to this list Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, Hal Lindsey, John Hagee etc.

As I am writing this newsletter, there is a PR battle being fought over the issue of what happened in Jenin, when Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked this town and its refugee center. The United Nations has been trying for about a week to have access to the city and the destroyed refugee center, to investigate if there has been a massacre of Palestinians. The Israeli government has refused them entry, and has been stalling them from having a UN delegation investigate on the ground what really happened. IF THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO MASSACRE, the Israeli government would have welcomed and insisting on an immediate inspection to let the world know the truth! But what happens at any crime scene? The perpetrators always want to clean up the crime scene before the police arrive.

During the battle for Jenin, someone in Israel filed suit with the Israeli Supreme Court, asking that the IDF would not be allowed to remove the bodies of dead Palestinians, but turn them over for burial to their families. The Israeli Supreme Court took the issue under consideration, and ruled THAT THE IDF NOT BE ALLOWED TO REMOVE BODIES AND BURY THEM IN MASS GRAVES IN OTHER LOCATIONS! The ruling was broadcast for a few hours on CBS radio network in the United States, and then it was pulled with no more mention of it. Who pulled this news off the air waves? Your guess is as good as mine.

On April 25, 2002 a massive email campaign was launched by the Swedish organization "Intercessors Network." Heading up this Christian organization is Lars Widerberg,  who lives in the small town of Linkoping, in southern Sweden. The subject of this mailing is "I COULDN’T STAND THE LIES." His message begins by a report of how the U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell had reported to the Senate Appropriations Foreign Operation subcommittee, that there was no massacre in Jenin by the IDF. This is followed by a written report by Asaf Haim, an Israeli "spin doctor." In a written statement released April 22, 2002, the following was stated: 1

"Dr. David Zangen a senior pediatrician at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, who received his mobilization order for army service in Jenin, did not think that he would also be recruited for Israel’s information campaign. Normally, he is a calm person, but the accusations made by the UN Special Envoy to the Middle East, Terje Larsen, regarding a ‘massacre’ supposedly carried out by Israel in Jenin have infuriated him. Dr. Zangen could not restrain himself, and called the Israel Army Radio service to protest Larsen’s charges. Dr. Zangen’s comments are particularly significant, because he treated both wounded Israelis and Palestinians with great dedication. In this way, Dr. Zangen became a spokesman for the IDF, for one day. His account sheds a little light on what really happened in the refugee camp."

This is followed by a 2.5 page report how noble the Israeli Army is and how they went to great length to not kill civilians and how they treated even wounded Palestinian fighters and civilians.

Any person trained in counter-intelligence will smell "a rat" in this PR campaign. Since the IDF has total control over Jenin, if there had not been mass killings, IDF would have, a long time ago, invited the UN and any other agencies to investigate for themselves and then report their findings. If there has been a massacre, it will come out during an investigation. Thus the Foreign Ministry must step in, and tell people that "the awful anti-Semites and anti-Zionists" are trying to smear Israel and score a propaganda win for the Palestinians. And since "God is on the side if Israel" it could not have happened. Since most Christians are not well informed, they will believe this release from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and pass it on to other members in the Christian churches, telling how awful the Palestinians are and how nice and sweet the Israelis are.

By April 27, the Israeli government had agreed to let the UN commission arrive Sunday night, April 28th. But one of the stipulations demanded by the Israeli government and reported on CBS radio network in the United States, was that the UN, in advance, would promise not to prosecute any member of the IDF for any possible war crimes. If there had been no massacre, why this stipulation?

THE REAL WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
Hirsh Goodman, a well known Jewish editor living in Israel, wrote a flaming appeal to the Jewish people on April 22, 2002, which is more or less, the thinking of the political leadership in Israel. Here are some excerpts from his article:

"SEDER NIGHT (Passover) 2002 WILL BE REMEMBERED AS ISRAEL’S KRISTALLNACHT - the night the Palestinians went too far, sending a suicide bomber in a Seder at the Park Hotel in Netanhah, killing 22 and injuring dozens more. It was a blatant act of anti-Semitism, not anti-Zionism, it was directed against our Jewish soul, not the Jewish state. . . .

"The 1948 War of Independence was fought against the Arab world trying to nip embryonic Israel in the bud. . . .

"This is different. This is the first war since the War of Independence that Israel is fighting for its survival; this is the first time Israel is facing its real enemy. Not the Arabs fighting on the Palestinian’s ‘behalf,’ but our core enemy, the Palestinians themselves, under the leadership of Arafat. It is not a war in the distant sands of Sinai, but a war on our block, on our doorstep, over our homes. It is Israel’s true war of independence. If we lose this one, we lose our country. . ."

"ISRAEL ENTERS THIS WAR WELL PREPARED, it can take care of the threats from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians and whoever else decides to enter the fray simultaneously. Yes, we have our problems. The settlements are a nightmare, a huge historical mistake, a waste of billions of dollars and a bone in the throat of peace. And there are officers who are refusing to serve in the territories. Sharon is yesterday’s man, devoid of vision, and his cabinet is impotent. The economy is hurting and so are we, the people, those who never know where death will next show its face. . . .

"This will probably be Israel’s last war. It will end within a year or two or three or four – after Arafat and Sharon have left the state and new leadership brings the conflict to its logical end, with Israel out of the territories and the Palestinians genuinely happy with a two-state solution.

"But until then, this is war. And thank God we have the helicopters and the missiles and the technology and the strength. Their hate knows no limits. Our answer is our military prowess. This needs to be used with prudence.  But the Palestinians have to know we have faced annihilation. Never again."

What you have just read by Goodman is the official policy of Israel. The war will continue until the Palestinians are crushed and the temple mount in Jerusalem is cleared of all Islamic buildings. The Israeli Foreign Ministry is accusing Arafat of saying one thing in English to the world and another thing in Arabic to his own people. Israel does the same thing, its propaganda department tells one story, while their own people are told the truth, THE PALESTINIANS WILL BE CRUSHED, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

As a Christian, you must now make a judgment on this matter. Israel is justifying itself by stating, that 2000 years ago they lived in the land and they had a right to return and take it back. The Palestinians state that they have lived in the land for the last 2000 years, they have been born in the land so they feel the land belongs to them. The Jews state that God gave the land to Abraham and thus it belongs to them forever.

Most Christians accept this justification. But if we read the promise given to Israel, it also states that if they sin, God will take them out of the land and scatter them all over the world. In the end times, God will bring some of them back. The Jews are helping themselves and leaving God out of the equation, except for propaganda purposes. Deuteronomy 4:20-28; 30:10-20; Isaiah 10:20-23; Romans 11:25-29

The tragic thing is that, at this time, it is not God who is bringing the Jews back to the land of Palestine, it is the Devil himself who is determined that he is going to take the land with force , set up his temple and give the world the Antichrist. And worst of all, many Christians are helping him by supporting the current state of Israel with finances and propaganda. Talk about deception! II Thessalonians 2:1-13. And anyone resisting the Antichrist and his system is labeled anti-Semitic and treated like the plague.

THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS
The current American ambassador to Israel, is Daniel Kurtzer, an American Jew. Mr. Kurzer was appointed to hold the office as ambassador to Israel in July, 2001, when Martin Indyk, another American Jew left the post. Just like Senator Joseph Lieberman (running mate with Al Gore in the last presidential race in the US) he is an Orthodox Jew. 2

Daniel Kurtzer, 52 years old, grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey and studied in the local Orthodox day school, the Jewish Educational Center. Its principal was Rabbi Pinchas Teitz, who was well known for his strong opposition and protest against Soviet treatment of Russian Jews. As an undergraduate at Yeshiva University in New York City, he studied Jewish philosophy and Hasidism with Rabbi Norman Lamm. Upon his graduation he served some time at this university as a dean. His junior year was spent at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Daniel Kurtzer and his wife, Sheila, have three sons who are currently studying at American universities, and all three of them graduated from the religious Zionist youth movement "Bnei Akiva." Kurtzer joined the American State Department in the mid 1970s seeking to devote himself to Middle East affairs.

Early in the 1990s the Middle East peace team, headed by Dennis Ross, was composed mostly of American Jews.

However, Kurtzer is not that popular with other Orthodox Jews. They feel that he is too soft on the Palestinians and pushing dovish politics. He is being criticized for placing himself in a position where he must choose American over Israeli interests.

"Jews like Kurtzer chose to ignore the Zionist revolution and the opportunity it offers to serve your people first," says Efraim Zuroff, and Israeli historian of American Orthodoxy. "And one of the tenets of Orthodoxy is that the interest of your people always takes priority."

In an interview with a Jewish publication in April, 2002, Ambassador Kurtzer was asked this question:

"Are you a Zionist?"

Here is his answer:

"Of course. As a person with very strong Jewish feeling and upbringing, it is the absolute right of our people, especially after 2,000 years of exile from our land, to want to have an independent state, and to fight for it, and to do it in a homeland that was always ours. There are probably people at least as happy as I but no one happier that this is now a reality."

The next question should bring a chill to any committed American citizen. Here is the question:

"What would you do if you felt American policy endangered Israel’s security? Do you have red lines?"

Here is his answer:

"The answer is yes. I’m not going to talk about them. Thankfully we’re not even in a universe where this issue has ever come up."

According to the American Constitution and the original policies of the United States, any American ambassador to a foreign country should be strictly loyal to the United States, not to any other foreign government. It is obvious that the last American ambassador to Israel and the current one have dual loyalties, and if they have to choose sides, they will choose Israel over the United States. The Palestinian people have as much chance to win this war, as a snowball to exist in hell.

WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS TO DO?
As I have laid out in the last few newsletters, God has told us what is going to happen in the Middle East. Since God has allowed the Devil to build up the antichrist system, there is no force of humans who can stop this. It is going to happen and it is going to be more than nasty and it will affect all people living on the earth. Our lifestyle in the United States will definitely change as matters get worse in the Middle East. Here are some points that I believe we as Christians should look at and try to follow:

  1. All Jews and Palestinians who die without Christ will end up in hell. Therefore, the believers in Christ should intensify their efforts to share Christ with these two groups and soak this in prayer and fasting, that God will open the hearts of these "hardened" people, so they can receive Christ. John 6:44; 65

  2. There are small churches both in Israel and among the Palestinians, whose members have been born again and have received Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

  3. We should support both Jews and Palestinians who are born again, first with our prayers and secondly with financial and material support. If the deceived Evangelical community would stop supporting the ungodly Jewish Zionists, and instead pour out their resources on saved Jews and Palestinians, much would change in the region. We do not know God’s time table, but if a revival were to break out in the Middle East, it would bring the power of God into the conflict and hold it back for a season.

Since there are large numbers of Jews and Palestinians and other Arabs living in both Europe and North America, we should target them with the Gospel of love from God. If large numbers of Jews and Arabs are saved in other nations, it will have a bearing on the Middle East. We need to make it clear to both groups, that the Love of God is the only solution to all of the conflicts on the earth, and that trying to accomplish things with weapons and violence only leads to death and destruction, and worst of all, spending eternity in the Lake of Fire.

The question is this, WILL THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST WAKE UP BEFORE THE COMING OF THE ANTICHRIST OR WHEN HE TAKES HIS SEAT IN THE TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM?


1. A personal note: Lars Widerberg is a "Christian Zionist" and when I, in 1982, released my book in Swedish, The Message of the Bible in the Last Days, Widerberg was one of the people who began to smear my name by calling me "Anti-Semitic." He contacted certain people, and warned them to stay away from me. I did not know Widerberg at this time, and it was not until this year that I ran across his name from a website in Sweden and then I wrote a friendly letter to him. He responded with sarcasm and told me that I was such a low level person, that he did not have time to waste on me. He then bragged about the damage he had done to my work in Sweden and that he was tracking my activities. It makes me wonder, to whom he is reporting?

2. Orthodox Judaism is the most strict of the different Jewish "denominations." They adhere most strictly to traditional beliefs and practices. The Torah [the five books of Moses] and the Oral Law, codified in the Mishna and interpreted in the Talmud are to them immutably fixed and remain the sole norm of religious observance. Jews of this belief system observe daily worship, dietary laws, traditional prayers and ceremonies, regular and intensive study of the Torah, separation of men and women in the synagogue, strict observance of the Sabbath and religious festivals and do not permit instrumental music during communal services. A splinter group broke away in the 19th century in the United States under rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsh, who sanctioned modern dress, the use of the vernacular [local language, in this case English] in sermons and a more positive view of modern culture. Orthodox synagogues in the United States have formed an organization called "The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America."


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