February 2002 Newsletter

VOLUME XXIX• NUMBER II

LET US REASON TOGETHER

For years we have journeyed to the Holy Land, brought tour groups, and met several of the leaders of Israel, including Prime Minister Menachem Begin, but our proposal to build a TV station in Israel, “a voice for peace,” was never accepted. But we didn't give up!
“COME NOW, AND LET US REASON TOGETHER, SAITH THE LORD:
THOUGH YOUR SINS BE AS SCARLET, THEY SHALL BE AS WHITE AS SNOW….”
Isaiah 1:18

Our work is not finished! Two great strongholds wait to be fully invaded! China, and the Moslem nations of the Middle East have yet to receive a clear cut revelation of Jesus the Christ, Son of the Most High God, but we are on our way!

In May of the year 2000 I met with eight of the top political leaders of China at the invitation of the ambassador in Washington, D.C. I showed them from scripture how the true Christian faith was the answer to false cults and civil unrest. More meetings are planned this year, but I was greatly encouraged by a strong prophetic word from a dear prophetess of the Lord. It was that within three years the clear message of the Gospel would penetrate to the heart of mainland China. Praise the Lord, but, like the prophet Daniel, let’s keep praying!
The same year, I signed a new satellite agreement in London to send TBN over Europe. I did not even realize at the time that Eurosat, “Hot Bird #5,” also penetrated about 90% of the Moslem nations of the Middle East. But, to our great joy, we began receiving many e-mails, letters, and calls asking all the right questions about our Christian faith. Little did we realize that God was positioning us to respond to the
greatest terror tragedy of all time on September 11, 2001.

When the news reached me in the early morning, like most Christians, I immediately went to God in prayer. I had packed the night before and was scheduled to leave in one hour to meet about 200 TBN partners in Israel. Naturally, our tour was cancelled. As I prayed God spoke two awesome words to my spirit. The first was a scripture:

In 1994 we met Mr. YASSER ARAFAT, leader of the Palestinian Authority, and in 1995 permission was granted to air programs on the Palestinian stations that TBN had helped to build. A few programs aired, but no overt evangelistic messages were allowed, and, eventually, those stations were forced off the air. But we didn’t give up!
“SURELY THE WRATH OF MAN SHALL PRAISE THEE: THE REMAINDER OF WRATH
SHALT THOU RESTRAIN.”
Psalm 76:10

But how would such a tragedy ever bring praise to God? The answer came in prayer a few days later. As I sought the Lord, along with all of you, a startling word came very clearly to my spirit! God said,

“I WILL USE THIS TRAGEDY TO BREAK OPEN THE STONE WALLS TO THE MOSLEM STRONGHOLDS OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND.”

I was in Mobile, Alabama, at a great Benny Hinn crusade. I
whispered this word to Benny sitting next to me. He appeared
startled and said, “My Palestinian friend, Dr. Anis Shorrosh, just spoke that same word to me today!” Praise God!

"In the mouth of two or three witnesses, shall every word be established" II Corinthians 13:1

In 1998, our hopes soared again, as Bethlehem Star TV signed on the air. Sadly, terrorists destroyed the TV tower, and political conditions soon took a turn for the worse. But we didn’t give up!
I met brother Shorrosh that night and I know that meeting was of God. Born in Nazareth, he has debated with the top Moslem clerics and knows the Moslem
theology and mindset as well as any man on earth. Pray for him and TBN as we
prepare Arabic language programs aimed at the Middle East through the “DIRECT TO HOME” satellite that God had prepared long before 9-11! As the great Apostle Paul cries out, so do we:

“O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES BOTH OF THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! HOW UNSEARCHABLE ARE HIS
JUDGMENTS, AND HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT!”
Romans 11:33

Glory, glory, glory, to our God Most High! He is trusting you and me to take His Gospel into forbidden places! You and I have the great JOY of seeing multitudes pour into the Kingdom in these last days of HIS great harvest!
A few weeks ago, a dear partner sent me a copy of a prophecy given by Lance Lambert back in 1986. He had gathered with over 150 prophets of God in Jerusalem to pray and seek the word of the Lord. As these prophets from over 140 nations prayed, God spoke this amazing word:

“It will not be long before there will come upon the world a time of unparalleled upheaval and turmoil. Do not fear for it is I the Lord who am shaking all things. I began this shaking with the first world war and I have greatly increased it through the second world war. Since 1973 I have given it an even greater impetus. In the last stage, I plan to complete it with the shaking of the universe itself, with signs in the sun and moon and stars. But before that point is reached, I will judge the nations and the time is near. It will not only be by war and civil war, by anarchy and terrorism, and by monetary collapses that I will judge the nations, but also by natural disasters:

God had a BETTER PLAN! Almost every household in the Middle East is equipped with a little DTH, Direct-To-Home, dish! Like Hamid, our Palestinian taxi driver in Jerusalem, virtually every home can watch YOUR TBN TV VIA SATELLITE!
by earthquakes, by shortages, and famines and by old and new plague diseases…And hear this! Do not fear the power of the Kremlin, nor the power of the Islamic Revolution, for I plan to break both of them through Israel. I will bring down their pride and their arrogance, and shatter them because they have blasphemed my name. In that day I will avenge the blood of all the martyrs and of the innocent ones whom they have slaughtered. I will surely do this thing for they have thought that there was no one to judge them. But I have seen their ways and I have heard the cries of the oppressed and of the
persecuted and I will break their power and make an end of them. Be ye therefore prepared for when all this comes to pass, to you will be given the great opportunity to preach the Gospel freely to all nations.
Do not fear these days, for I have purposed that you shall stand with Me and serve Me in them. Fear not, for I love you and I will
protect you and equip you. I, the Lord, will anoint you with a new anointing and you will work My works and fulfill My counsel. You shall stand before Me, the Lord of the whole earth, and serve Me with understanding and with power, and you shall reign with Me during these days. Above all, I call you to be Intercessors.”


The first part of this prophecy came to pass as the world witnessed in shock and disbelief the collapse of the Soviet Union and international Communism! The second part is just beginning! The “Islamic Revolution” is in BIG TROUBLE! We grieve with all of the good people of the nations and world for the horror of September 11, but hear the word of the Lord:

“BUT AS FOR YOU [TERRORISTS], YE THOUGHT EVIL AGAINST ME; BUT GOD MEANT IT UNTO GOOD, TO BRING TO PASS, AS IT IS THIS DAY, TO SAVE MUCH PEOPLE ALIVE.” Genesis 50:20

Praise God! The deaths of over 3,000 souls will NOT BE IN VAIN! God is, even now, causing the “Wrath of man to praise him”! Satan has shot himself in the foot, once again. The dastardly deed of 9-11 has opened a massive breech in the wall of radical Islam, and we are pouring through at the speed of LIGHT! A few days after the tragedy I was watching a news report from Afghanistan. We knew that the Taliban had outlawed all television reception in the nation. For years it had been a crime to even possess a television set. But with the Taliban on the run, people were bringing their TV sets out of hiding! Some had actually buried them in their backyards. But, the part that brought me up out of my chair was the picture of a satellite shop that had reopened and the little dishes that were once again available to receive HOT BIRD #5! Praise the Lord! By the time you read this letter, many will be watching Christian television in Afghanistan! Many of you know that on “Behind the Scenes” I have been calling all Moslems of goodwill to a dialog of faith. Many have responded from all over the Middle East and beyond. They have accepted my challenge to read our Bible as I study the Koran.

Pray for these precious souls. Many are open and hungry for spiritual truth. One thing we know for sure –

“SO SHALL MY WORD BE THAT GOETH FORTH OUT OF MY MOUTH:
IT SHALL NOT RETURN UNTO ME VOID….”
Isaiah 55:11

My own precious father gave his life as a missionary to Egypt. He died at 52 after breaking his health in that heathen land. It seems that his burden has in some measure fallen on me. How could I have dreamed that those Arab street children I played with would one day hear my voice, calling them to faith in Jesus Christ?
Beloved Partners, can you feel the excitement in the air? Let’s sing a song together:

“GET ALL EXCITED, GO TELL EVERYBODY THAT JESUS CHRIST IS KING,
YES, JESUS CHRIST IS STILL THE KING OF KINGS.”


Please write us, e-mail us, call us, come see us here at your TBN! We need you, NOW, more than ever in our 29 years of harvest. This is your call to arms! Not bullets and bombs—instead let’s put our arms around the whole wide world and tell them that “old, old story,” of Jesus and His love.

Jan and I love you—we need you—“Come let us reason together.”