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  1. 1. Vol. 13/No. 4 www.endtime.com July/August 2003 $3.00 WORLD EVENTS FROM A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE Is It Peace?
  2. 2. Many have stated that it is impossible to know whether or not we are living in the last days before the second coming of Jesus Christ. However, below you will find dramatic proof that these are the endtimes. The proofs below defy coincidence. Euphrates River to Be Dried Up In Revelation 16:12, the Bible predicts that the Euphrates River will be dried up to prepare the way for the kings of the east to invade Israel. This will happen at the time of the battle of Armageddon according to verse 16 of the same chapter. The battle of Armageddon will be the final battle at which time Jesus will return and fight on the side of the nation of Israel. Immediately thereafter He will establish His kingdom and usher in His one thousand-year reign of peace. On January 13, 1990, the Indianapolis Star carried the headline “Turkey Will Cut Off Flow of Euphrates for One Month.” The article stated that a huge reservoir had been built by Turkey. While filling up the reservoir, the flow of the Euphrates would be stopped for one month and a concrete plug for a diversion channel built. These things have now been done. With this newly built dam, Turkey has the ability to stop the Euphrates River at will. The conditions for fulfilling this 1,900 year-old prophecy are now in place. China Goes to War In Revelation 9:15-16, the Bible prophesies that an army of 200 million soldiers will launch a war which would kill “the third part of men.” Never in the history of the world until our present generation has there been a power on earth that could field 200 million soldiers. However, the late ruler of China, Mao Tse Tung boasted in his diary that he could field an army of 200 million. The CIA World Factbook reports that in the year 2001, it is estimated that China has 200,886,946 men of military age, and this number is growing by 10 million per year. Worldwide Numbering System Predicted In Revelation 13, the Bible prophesies that a world dictator will soon rule over a world government. He will cause all people in the earth to receive a number without which they will be unable to buy or sell. We are seeing this prophecy fulfilled before our eyes in a most astonishing way. Nearly every human being in the world now has been assigned a number. In America it is our Social Security number. In the past few years, we have seen this number extended to newborns. A child without a Social Security number cannot be declared as a dependent on an income tax return. We have seen the emergence of electronic money, shopping with credit cards, and many people urging the abolishment of cash. All of these things could not possibly have been fulfilled until this present time. Only after the invention of the computer could such a worldwide numbering system be administered. The Emergence of a New World Order Revelation 13:7 and Daniel 7:23 prophesy the establishment of a world government. The term “New World Order” has become a prevalent phrase in the world’s political culture. Mikhail Gorbachev made the term famous, and Pope John Paul II has referred to it repeatedly. In the September 12, 1990 issue of the Chicago Tribune, our former president George Bush said, “Iraq is the first test for the New World Order.” He emphatically stated that the Iraq War is Saddam Hussein against the world. The United Nations’ troops are continually referred to as the multi-national forces. The decision has been made to establish an interdependent community of nations that will rule the world under United Nations authority. The Bible says that this will lead us into a great world government. The formation of this government is at hand. or Divine Providence? Is it coincidental that all of these major prophecies pertaining to the last times are being fulfilled simultaneously? Hardly. Source: Endtime Magazine, P.O. Box 2066, Richmond, IN 47375 1-800-Endtime, www.endtime.com, endtime@endtime.com This page may be copied and distributed freely
  3. 3. Prophecy Tour 2003 Israel • Jordan • Tiberias Now that the political situation in the Middle East has stabilized, I am very excited to announce our next tour to the Holy Land. As always, this is a trip of a lifetime. I anticipate that this one, however, will be extra special. There are two reasons. First, by the time we arrive, the Road Map for Peace will be in full swing. We will feel the political climate—for most, euphoria, for some, dread— as we tour the land where God Almighty chose to place His name. And second, by combining our Israel Tour with a 3-day swing through Jordan, this will be one of the LEAST EXPENSIVE tours we will ever be able to offer—only $2,095 for 11 days! I want to personally invite you to join us for Prophecy Tour 2003. You won’t want to miss it! In Israel We will stand on the Mount of Olives where Jesus will stand when He returns—Visit the Temple Mount itself where the Third Temple will soon be built—See the cornerstone intend- ed for the rebuilding of the Third Temple—At the Temple Institute we will see the vessels and the garments already prepared for resumption of temple worship— Visit the Garden Tomb and the Garden of Gethsemane—See the site of the coming Battle of Armageddon—We will visit Judean settlements where Jesus prophesied great tribulation will come in the near future (Matthew 24:15-21)—Sail across the Sea of Galilee where Jesus walked on the water—and much, much more! In Jordan Jordan is the only nation that the Bible specifically says will not be invaded by the Antichrist. Daniel 11:41 speaks of the Antichrist: “He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.” Edom is Petra in southern Jordan, the Moab Mountains are in Jordan, and Amman is the capital city of the nation of Jordan. While there we will visit Petra, the incredible ruins of the ancient Roman city, Jerash, and stand on the top of Mount Nebo—the place from which God showed Moses the Promised Land just before he died. Mount Nebo overlooks Jericho, and if it’s a clear day, we may catch a glimpse of Jerusalem in the distance. How You Can Join Us The cost for the entire Israel-Jordan trip will be $2,095 plus tips and taxes. We leave from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. You can ensure your place on the tour by sending a deposit of $250 Irvin Baxter Jr. — Tour Host as soon as possible. Total payment must be made 60 days before our departure date of November 3rd. If you have further questions, please call us at 1-800-Endtime. Ask for Debbie. November 3-13, 2003 Call 1-800-ENDTIME for more information.
  4. 4. Perspective Editorial By Irvin Baxter Jr. Editor-in-Chief Magazine Staff Don't Forget... Editor-in-Chief Irvin Baxter Jr. We Are At War! Assistant Editor Eddie Sax Editorial Assistants Ginger Boerkircher Liz Freeman E ven while executing a full court But the big question in everyone's mind has press promoting peace in the to be, "When is the big one coming?" Research Middle East, President Bush con- The prophecy describes a war that will kill Kathy McKinney tinues to aggressively push his one-third of mankind-two billion people (Rev. War on Terrorism. Apparently he 9:15-16). The question is not "if" this war will Ministry still thinks the Axis of Evil is evil. happen. The only question is when. It appears Fulfillment Services Uday and Qusay Hussein are dead. Dissidents much more likely to happen in the next five Sheri Woodring are attempting to overthrow the Iranian govern- years than in 50. If the Roadmap for Peace ment. Iran has announced it now possesses mis- turns out to actually be the Confirmation of Radio siles that can reach Tel Aviv, and there is com- the Covenant-the beginning of the final seven Outreach Director pelling evidence to suggest it has been secretly years-then the war that kills one-third of Kara McPeak attempting to make nuclear weapons. mankind must happen within the next three America is withdrawing its 37,000 troops years. We know this because the war must hap- Radio Operations from Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), pen before the Great Tribulation begins, and Jim Stigleman pulling them out of harm's way in case the the Great Tribulation begins three and one- Donor Relations nuclear dispute with North Korea degenerates half years after the Confirmation of the Tracey Kidwell into a hot war. It was just announced that the Covenant. United States will be holding joint military We are not able to speak with absolute cer- Webmaster, Layout exercises with South Korea in late August. It tainty about the timing right now. Did the Dan Barkley certainly looks like the U.S. is preparing for final seven years begin on April 30, 2003? We war, an observation that has probably not escaped the attention of North Korea. don't know for sure. But we do know that the endtime has arrived. ❏ Endtime Ministries Statement of Faith We believe that the Bible is the inspired What is Endtime Magazine? Word of God, that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and that He will come again to establish a kingdom that In 1968, Irvin Baxter Jr. discovered the United States Bible which he had been teaching since 1968. shall never be destroyed (Daniel 2:44). and other modern nations in the Bible. He also found the After the fall of the Berlin Wall, prophetic fulfillment Those who are born again (John 3:3-5) Berlin Wall in the Bible and that one day it was to be torn accelerated rapidly. The decision was made to launch will have eternal life and rule as kings down, reuniting Germany, and that event would be the Endtime. The purpose of the magazine is to explain the and priests with Christ forever. catalyst to spark an international movement called the prophecies of the Bible and to show that they are now “New World Order.” These things have now come to being fulfilled in intricate detail. pass. Articles focus on the soon return of Jesus Christ, the Irvin Baxter Jr., a Pentecostal minister, began Endtime truth of the Bible, and the need for salvation. Endtime does Ministries in 1986 when he wrote A Message For The not deal with doctrinal controversies, as valid as they may President, a book explaining the major prophecies of the be. This will be left to other publications.
  5. 5. www.endtime.com endtime@endtime.com World Events from a Biblical Perspective CONTENTS Cover Story 9 Rocky Road Does Roadmap for Peace=Confirmation of the Covenant? Will the Roadmap result in lasting peace? In this edition, the question is explored from three different perspectives. An Israeli point of view is optimistically pre- sented in an exclusive Endtime interview with Uri Dan, a close friend of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon; leading Arab spokesperson Dr. Hanan Ashrawi’s MIF- TAH.org gives an unambiguous Palestinian take on the Roadmap’s devel- opments; and finally, Jerusalem-based Christian journalist David Dolan offers his no-holds-barred assessment. It does look like a rocky road ahead. AP WideWorld Photo/Oded Balilty Departments Feature Articles 4 Editorial 19 What the World Thinks of America Don’t Foreg...We Are At War! “We can’t run the world without America.” Endtime recently interviewed Clare Short, a former cabinet 6 Letters & Feedback minister from Great Britain who recently took part in a BBC global television debate about the United States’ place in the world, “What the World Thinks of 11 Whetstone America.” Preview: it’s not pretty. AP WideWorld Photo/David Karp 23 Whetstone Answers 26 Auto ID: Tracking Everything, Everywhere Privacy advocate Katherine Albrecht has uncovered what Americans are only now becoming aware of; an 24 World Review enormous infrastructure of data collected by the pri- ● U.S. Goes It Alone, By Force If vate sector, including I.D. cards for supermarket dis- Necessary counts. ● Wal-Mart Ushers in RFID French Admit English is World Language ● U.S. Pressure on North Korea and Iran Intense ● Profit Over Privacy Image courtesy of CASPIAN Endtime is published bi-monthly by Endtime, Inc., 1301 South 8th Street, Richmond, IN 47374. Subscription price is $29 for 12 issues. Periodical postage paid #009267, ISSN# 1066- 6885, Richmond, IN, and additional mailing offices. © 2003 Endtime, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. POSTMAS- TER: Send address changes to Endtime, PO Box 2066, Richmond, IN 47375-2066. For subscriptions call 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week 1-800-ENDTIME. Other inquiries call 1-765-962-6344 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Central). Cover: AP WideWorld Photo/Hussein Malla, Pool
  6. 6. Letters to the Editor Letters & Feedback What’s On Your Mind? Endtime Wants to Know. President Evokes Uneasy Feelings delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36) Do you think the Antichrist could be President Bush? I won- der because of the Roadmap for Peace he is trying to push and how he wants to democratize the world. I know people say that Pros and cons of Roadmap being ‘Confirmation’ he is supposed to be a Christian. I am not saying that he isn’t, but every time I see these things I get an uneasy feeling. Thanks, Two questions: 1) Why have you been pointing to April 30th and many blessings on your lives. as possibly the time of the confirmation of the covenant? 2) How might the Great Tribulation for the people in Judea be worse Teddy than the Holocaust was? Reply: Some of the things the president has done give us the GB same uneasy feeling. However, the Bible is clear that the Antichrist will rise among a ten-king union most likely based in Reply: The Roadmap for Peace was presented to Israel and to Europe. It would be hard to envision a scenario under which any the Palestinians by the world community on April 30th. The U.S. president could fulfill this aspect of the prophecy. Roadmap covers most of the factors that are prophesied to occur when the confirmation of the covenant takes place. The confir- mation of the covenant will deal with the status of the Holy Justified Killing Land, and the status of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. During the seven years that the Antichrist confirms the The response in your March/April issue to the man wonder- covenant, the area of Judea will be the scene of terrible conflict. ing about military service did him a great injustice. The com- The Roadmap for Peace deals with all of these issues. For this mandment "Thou shalt not kill" is more properly translated, reason, we think it is a possibility that the confirmation of the "Thou shalt not murder." There are reasons to go to war that are covenant happened on April 30th. However, we don’t know for justifiable, and the unfortunate killing that is done is not mur- sure at this time. (For a more complete explanation, see the cover der, but it is killing done to uphold the righteousness of a story in the May/June 2003 issue of Endtime magazine.) greater cause. The Civil War and World War II are two such Concerning the Great Tribulation, Jesus said, “For then shall examples. be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the As far as killing someone and "sending someone to hell," as world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21) We you put it, their sins send them to hell. I am sure God, in His may not be able to foresee how it could be worse, but Jesus said great mercy, gave them time to repent. that it would be. I enjoy your ministry a great deal, but you are mistaken in this matter. God bless and keep up the good work. 4th Trumpet Bob, Toledo, Ohio The controversy surrounding the sounding of the 4th Reply: Some Christians would agree with you. However, Jesus Trumpet may end only when the abomination of desolation is said, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of manifested. There is no real way to prove by mortal devices this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be when this event occurs. We know that God can shorten time and 6 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  7. 7. Understanding the Endtime Level 1 The Original 10-Lesson Prophecy Home Bible Study Irvin Baxter Jr. helps you to understand Bible prophecy as never before with these 10 easy-to-follow lessons. The straightforward approach used in this teaching series will make you an instant expert on Bible prophecy – and – it’s a proven effective witnessing tool. VHS $130 ● DVD $130 ● Cassettes $60 ● Study Manual $19 Understanding the Endtime Level 2 10 Lessons Proving the Endtime is Now Ten high-impact 1-hour “sledgehammers.” Each lesson is designed to serve a wake-up call to the times in which we are living. See page 20, top row, for lesson titles and special discounts. VHS $155 ● Cassettes $60 ● Study Manual coming soon! Understanding the Endtime Level 3 The Sequence of Endtime Events—What Happens When Six-lesson series—uses charts and timelines to walk you through the key scriptures in Revelation which offer indisputable proof for the order in which endtime events will unfold. VHS $100 ● Cassettes $40 ● Study Manual $19 The Ultimate Prophecy Teaching Series its effects upon all of us as only the flesh is affected by time. I Christian should love the Jews viewing them as brothers who thank you for your ministry and you are in our prayers. have not yet seen the light but will someday join us in our knowledge of the revelation of Jesus Christ. We should be there T. Gosser, Alaska for them as much as we can [Romans 15:27], support them, love them, pray for them, and defend them. I love Israel. Reply: A war killing one-third of mankind, which is to hap- pen under the 6th Trumpet, would also indicate that the 4th Pastor Dale, Alabama Trumpet has sounded. So desperate for peace A Christian perspective on Jews What stood out in my mind about the Uri Dan interview [see You recently discussed the Jewish people and the Christian transcript in this magazine] was when Rev. Baxter was talking position. I have always loved the Jews. I could never under- about the land that God gave Israel and asked Uri if Israel would stand why people have persecuted them. I feel that the true give it up for peace. He said, “Yes.” That showed me that these ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 7
  8. 8. people are so desperate for peace that they are willing to give up Philistine is the same word. The main concentration of what God gave them. But we know the one who is going to Philistines in Bible times was Gaza. Samson went down to Gaza bring the true peace. I love you guys and pray for your ministry. to visit the Philistine Delilah. The main concentration of Palestinians today is Gaza. Things haven’t changed much. Chenoa Joe It is true that the country of Jordan was created by the UN to be a Palestinian homeland. And Christians should certainly sup- port God’s covenant that the area of the Promised Land should belong to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The John’s thrones, God’s throne Middle East territory under Arab control is 571 times as large as the tiny State of Israel under Jewish control. In Revelation, Chapter 20, verse 4 reads, "And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them..." What thrones is John referring to? Does this have anything to do with God's throne, or is it refer- Feedback ring to another? Any insight that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. ● A Teacher. I am a small contributor to your ministry ($10/mo.). However, I pray for you all regularly and am great- C. Smiddy, Baltimore, MD ly blessed by your radio program (I listen on the internet) and magazine. The info I get from you helps our church greatly Reply: This passages and many others teach that the born to understand what is going on (I teach your Understanding again believers will reign with Christ when He establishes His the Endtime Level One and do a regular weekly Bible study kingdom on earth. These thrones referred to in Revelation 20 on Tuesday nights.) —Randall S., Las Vegas are the thrones of the saints. ● The Front Row. What a fantastic prophecy conference! I was one of the "lucky" ones that came in just before you got start- To Die is Gain ed, and got to sit in the front row in the added seats. It was absolutely as much as I had hoped and more. Anyone who is I was wondering if I am missing something in the interpreta- teetering on the edge as to whether to go to one of your con- tion of Satan prevailing against the church, as opposed to Satan ferences or not, will miss the boat if they don't. It was great, prevailing against the saints. In Daniel 7:21, the Antichrist pre- but Irvin, next time you get the urge to preach, go for it, vailed against the saints. Brother! I could have sat there for another two hours listen- Robert ing! I love you guys!!! —J. & D. Roose Reply: When the Bible says that Satan prevails against the ● Life Changed. Thank you all for what you have done for me. I children of God, it does not mean that he is to get them to deny had no idea how close the end was until the day the Lord made the Lord. It simply means that he prevails against them physi- your ministry known to me. I don’t remember how or why, cally. In Revelation 12, speaking of the great tribulation, we but I was going through the a.m. stations and ended up on read that the people who are saved “loved not their lives unto the your program (KCTA Corpus Christi). My life has been death and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the changed ever since. I am praying for your ministry and ask word of their testimony.” So while the Antichrist was overcom- that you do the same for me. Please send me Understanding ing them physically, they were overcoming him spiritually. the Endtime Level One video series. Enclosed is a check for these and my subscription. If there is anything left, please accept it as a small gift and I will contribute more in the Palestinian people future. —David C. Have you ever addressed the issues concerning that there are ● Scripture-Backed. Thanks to prayer and the information that no Palestinian people and there has never been a Palestinian I have received from your ministry, I can now back many of State? The Palestinian people are Jordanian people that were my thoughts and views with scripture, and can even pique the caught in the middle of the 1967 War. There never was any interest of others. May God bless you in your work so you may movement to create a Palestinian state while Jordan was in con- continue to bless the world with your knowledge. —Dianne trol of Jerusalem and the territories. Most of the Christian peo- ple are totally ignorant concerning the history of this area of the world. I believe that the Christian people must stand against any What Does it Cost to Teach All Nations? movement to give away any land that Israel possesses in order to Endtime Ministries Needs Your Support pacify the Muslim world. Endtime relies on the financial support Bob, Waco, TX of our listeners and readers. Be a Ministry Partner. Call us at 1-800-Endtime. Reply: You are correct in saying there has never been a Endtime thanks you for your letters. The letters we use in Endtime do not nec- Palestinian state. However, it is not really accurate to say that essarily reflect the views of Endtime and/or its staff. Endtime reserves the right to there are no Palestinian people. The name Palestinian and edit letters according to space and editorial style. 8 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  9. 9. Cover Story AP WideWorld Photo/Oded Balilty A Palestinian shepherd walks his flock, backdropped by the Jewish settlement of Nigdal Oz, one of the settlements of the Gush Etzion block of settlements, in the southern West Bank Sunday May 11, 2003. Just as Secretary of State Colin Powell was wrapping up his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the Jewish settlements in Palestinian areas remain a major issue in the so called " roadmap to peace" that envisions a Palestinian state within three years. Rocky Road Does Roadmap for Peace=Confirmation of the Covenant? An Israeli Perspective A P.L.O. Perspective A Christian Perspective Editor’s note: The Roadmap for Peace that was presented to covenant in endtime prophecy, we are taking a considerable portion of Israelis and Palestinians on April 30, 2003, might be the confirma- this edition of Endtime to present the perspectives of the important play- tion of the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27. If this would prove to be ers in the unfolding events of the Middle East. Included in this section true, the final seven years to Armageddon would have begun on April will be the Israeli perspective, the Palestinian perspective, the viewpoint 30th. We don’t yet know whether this is true. On the other hand, we of a Christian journalist from Jerusalem and the biblical perspective of don’t know that it isn’t. the Roadmap. Because of the paramount importance of the confirmation of the ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 9
  10. 10. Cover Story Roadmap—An Israeli Perspective In the days following the Road Map for Courtsey of New York Post Peace Summit in Aqaba in early June, Endtime interviewed Mr. Uri Dan, a journalist for the New York Post who has published more than 20 books on the Middle East and Israel. He also is a long- time friend of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, and served as his personal journalist for many years. In this interview, Mr. Dan responded to questions regarding, among other topics, Israel’s sovereignty, the status of Jerusalem, and the future of the Temple Mount. In this transcription, we cleaned up much of the dialogue while preserving elements of his thick Israeli accent. Uri Dan stressed that he takes full responsibility for his comments, attribut- ing his statements and observations only to himself and not to the Prime Minister. Uri Dan: Shalom from Israel. The Temple Mount is in Israel’s hands. The sovereignty is kept by Israel. The Muslim fanatics are trying to undermine it, but thank G-d, Jerusalem is united, and we continue to be united as the capital of the Jewish State. We see that this sovereignty will be respected. Baxter: Were you with Ariel Sharon at Uri Dan, longtime friend of and personal journalist for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, the summit in Aqaba? What did you shared his views with Endtime on the state of the Roadmap and Israel's future. make of it? Uri Dan: I know for sure that take this hard and very painful, and no Uri Dan: Yes, I was there. I think that President Bush got absolutely committed doubt complicated road. Mr. Abu Mazen President George W. Bush made to bringing real peace and real security [a.k.a. Mahmoud Abbas] has to decide if absolutely a special effort to contribute to and to quiet the situation after more than he is sitting in a racing car for peace. If he renewed dialogue between the Israelis 2 1/2 years of terrorist attacks by the can be a genuine peaceful driver, then a and the Palestinians to try to bring both Palestinians on Israel. I am sure that he is lot of positive things might happen. I people on the road to peace. Israeli Prime thinking in the most positive way to have a lot of question marks about it. Minister Ariel Sharon and Abu Mazen, bring this message. He made that long Eddie:: I can sense that you are trying the Palestinian Prime Minister, were trip to bring that message of peace across to be very positive and optimistic. Can there against the background of the beau- the world, across the Middle East. you say something negative here? tiful Gulf of Aqaba. Although it was 100 I am sure that Ariel Sharon would like degrees, their minds were very cool when to see the end of the violence, and accom- Uri Dan: You try in vain. It is they launched the talks. Everyone hopes plishing, step-by-step, a platform for co- absolutely harmful not to give it a chance that it will be successful this time. existence between the Israelis and the even if the risks are very high for the Palestinians. If I compare it to a race for Israelis. Ariel Sharon went an extra mile. Baxter: What is your gut feeling? Will peace, I would say that Ariel Sharon is No other democracy in the world would this work? already there in his Formula-One car to have dared to give another chance to the 10 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  11. 11. Palestinians, but Mr. Sharon is ready to give them that last historic chance in this generation. I don’t think the Palestinians will have any other partner in this gener- Whetstone ation if they release the car. by John L. Bryant Eddie:: Comparing Abu Mazen to Yasser Arafat—do you have someone here you can totally trust? 1. Who said, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”? Uri Dan: You go through trial and A. Felix B. Ananias C. John the Baptist D. Jesus error, especially after such terrible war was 2. At the well, Jesus led the darkened soul of this woman out into the light. imposed on Israel: the killing of citizens A. Of Samaria B. Of Bethlehem C. Of Sirah D. None of these by car bombs, by suicide bombers. Mr. 3. One of the 12 spies, vigorous and faithful in old age. Ehud Barak in Camp David under Clinton A. Igal B. Caleb C. Gaddi D. Nahbi was ready to give nearly everything, and 4. This devout man took up the child Jesus in his arms. instead got the war managed, directed, A. John B. Thomas C. Philip D. Simeon engineered by Yasser Arafat who is there 5. The Lord shall descend from heaven with a _____. to sabotage this race. No doubt about it, A. Bang B. Whisper C. Shout D. Trumpet the American, British and Israeli intelli- gence is very aware of it, that the man is 6. Who said, “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven”? there to trying to torpedo all this progress. A. Melchizedek B. Paul C. Jesus D. David 7. Who gave his nephew first choice of land? Baxter: What are the real pressure A. Adam B. Abraham C. Joseph D. Jacob points—the pivotal make-or-break issues 8. How long was David king? in this negotiation? A. 40 years B. 30 years C. 20 years D. 10 years 9. This man was disappointed when the Ninevites repented. Uri Dan: First of all, stopping com- A. Obadiah B. Zephaniah C. Jonah D. Jeremiah pletely all the terrorist attacks. Not a 10. What are the two elements of the Lord’s Supper? cease-fire. Just as Mr. Colin Powell said, A. Water – pitcher B. Figs – basket C. Bread – cup D. Fish – loaves they have to dismantle and disarm the 11. What did John the Baptist eat in the wilderness? infrastructure of the terrorist organiza- A. Bread & butter B. Meat & vegetables C. Ants & bananas tions of the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and D. Locusts & wild honey the rest. This is what Mr. George W. 12. For how long was Saul without sight? Bush is repeating. Mr. Ariel Sharon is say- A. 9 days B. 3 days C. 6 days D. 1 day ing, “I will not be compromised on the 13. What is the fourth commandment? security of the Israelis, on the security of A. Thou shalt not steal B. Remember the Sabbath the Jews in their country. There will be C. Thou shalt not commit adultery D. Thou shalt not bear false witness no compromise.” The real road map regretfully, for the 14. In Revelation 19:11-14, who follows Christ out of heaven? moment, is the road map of terrorism, A. Birds B. Angels C. Armies D. Donkeys from Casablanca via Ankara to Riyadh to 15. This woman asked Samson wherein (doth) thy great strength lieth, Pakistan to Indonesia. That is the A. Delilah B. Jezebel C. Witch of Endor D. Anna roadmap that the world is facing, and 16. Through whose poverty does the Christian become rich? which became clear after the terrible mas- A. Government’s B. Parent’s C. Christ’s D. Child’s sacre attacks in America in New York and 17. Nebuchadnezzar had a dream, who gave the interpretation? Washington on Sept 11—the attack of A. Nathan B. Abednego C. Meshach D. Daniel the Muslim fanatics against the democra- 18. What is the middle book of the Old Testament? cies. Israel happens to be geographically A. Proverbs B. Exodus C. Zechariah D. Psalms face-to-face with that kind of blood- 19. What was Naaman’s physical problem? stained roadmap of terror. Looking at that A. He was lame B. He was mute C. He was a leper D. He was deaf on the global scale, one should remember 20. In deep affliction, this king sent to Isaiah for payer (advise). why Israel is so aware about its security. A. Og B. Hezekiah C. Omri D. Haggai Baxter: You mentioned that terrorism must stop. Can Abu Mazen really do that? Uri Dan: He says he is going to do it. Answers on page 23 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 11
  12. 12. Cover Story One hopes that he will carry out this AP WideWorld Photo/Eyal Warshavsky commitment. I can tell you that the for- eign intelligence agencies don’t believe that he is capable. When they are asked why a country like Britain is putting pressure on Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians, the answer is this is a situation where policy dictates the reality and intelligence data is put aside. I think that George W. Bush under- stands it. He said at Sharm el Sheik, “If terrorism will continue, the Palestinians will get nothing.” Baxter: The Roadmap deals with returning to pre-1967 borders, specifical- ly mentioning the Saudi Arabian initia- tive. Sharon didn’t like it being men- tioned because it implies that eventually Israel will have to pull back to pre-1967 borders. Is there any chance of that hap- pening? Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount compound on September 28, 2000 is what many believe triggered the Palestinian intifada. Uri Dan, not shown in the photo, was with Sharon Uri Dan: I don’t believe so. You have on the visit. On June 30, 2003, the Temple Mount was, for the first time since, opened again to notice that Bush, neither in Sharm el to non-Muslim visitors. Sheik nor in Aqaba, came to that point. I don’t believe that some take seriously that Israel. Therefore, Ariel Sharon asked Jerusalem.” If this will be the provision of Israel will go back to ‘67 borders. The the President to stipulate the fact that the Palestinians, they will never have any Israeli Prime Minister said absolutely he Israel is a Jewish State as a direct answer peace with Israel. There might be accom- is ready to make painful concessions, and to that demand which all the Israelis modations, a replacement, and all kinds he said it until such a point that today reject—the insistence of the Palestinians of ideas where the capital might be. there are, from the extreme right, threats to let the Palestinian refugees come back But when it comes to Jerusalem, one because of security to Israel. There might and to install themselves in Israel. thing should be remembered. Ariel be threats to his life. I say that Ariel Sharon has repeatedly stated that Sharon is a very responsible leader who Baxter: The refugee issue is one of the Jerusalem, united as it is, will remain the feels the responsibility for the future of pivotal issues that could torpedo this capital of Israel, and there are no negotia- the Jews in this state and for the Jewish process because the Palestinians up until tions about it. When it comes to holy people and absolutely is aware of the dan- now have insisted upon their “right of places, there might be different ideas to ger. return.” If you put 3.7 million refugees see how Israel enables the freedom of reli- into Israel, suddenly you no longer have a gion to everyone. You know that it is an Jewish state. open city for any worshipers of any reli- Palestinian refugees gion. This was not the situation when it Uri Dan: Ariel Sharon, in his speech in Uri Dan: Absolutely. After that con- was under Muslim rule. Aqaba at that summit, spoke about Israel versation between him and Prime being the Jewish State. He explained this Minister Sharon, President Bush under- also to Pres. George W. Bush when he stood the importance of it and inserted it The Temple Mount met with him for more than an hour in into his speech. Baxter: For the last 2,000 years, Aqaba. Mr. Bush was surrounded by staff Jewish people around the world have aides Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State faced the Temple Mount and prayed Colin Powell, Eliott Abrams and other Status of Jerusalem toward it. Will Ariel Sharon accept the assistants of the White House. Baxter: Let’s talk about the status of present situation where Jews are not Mr. Sharon explained to Mr. Bush, Jerusalem. Every time I hear anything allowed access to the Temple Mount, or is according to what I understand, that it is from any of the Palestinian officials or any he going to insist that Jews do eventually necessary and vital that the American Arab leader, they always say there must have the right to pray there? The President in his speech will define Israel be a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as Roadmap says that what is sacred to each as the Jewish State. The President accept- its capital. Is that possible? party should be taken into account. But ed it because, as Sharon told him, if the the question is—what will Ariel Sharon Palestinians’ demands will be accepted to Uri Dan: Arafat has been promising do? let millions of Palestinians come back to his shahids (martyrs) time and again “You Israel, then it will be a catastrophe for will see the Palestinian flag flying over Uri Dan: Ariel Sharon is a very careful 12 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  13. 13. leader, and he knows how to dismantle is ready to help divide the Holy Land, and prime minister is really ruling them, that the mines step by step. If there will be a he knows a lot about the Holy Land. One he will get the support of his people, and real partner for the historic voyage, ter- should pray that you will have a real part- that he will overcome all of the maneu- rorism must come to a complete halt. ner for the other part of the Holy Land vers of Yasser Arafat to topple him. Then a lot of things, which look to be meaning what now is discussed in the To Sharon, the security of the Jews is problematic, can be solved. future at the end of the Road Map, a above all, and he will not let anyone play Don’t forget that Ehud Barak, the pre- Palestinian state or a provisional with him when it comes to organizations vious prime minister, went to Camp Palestinian State. that have been hitting Israel. When I David under Bill Clinton. He was ready When you say two countries for two heard Bush talking about the division of to give official and political foothold to people, happily, there is one country with the Holy Land, I knew that a man like Yasser Arafat on Temple Mount, which one people. It’s Israel. Then there is a him, who has so much respect for the meant giving up Israeli sovereignty over semi-country already for the Palestinians Holy Land and who declared rightly and the most sacred place to the Jews. Yasser since the Israelis in previous governments justifiably a global war against terrorism, Arafat answered to Barak and Clinton, made the mistake and brought the war will not allow the other part of the Holy “There was no temple there at all.” criminal Yasser Arafat and his gang Land to be given to terrorists. He will not Then Clinton said, “Even in the New through the gates of Jerusalem. Israel has take the risk that will bring destruction Testament the temple is mentioned.” Mr. been paying the price of the agreement or annihilation. Barak, trying in vain to persuade Yasser signed on the lawn of the White House Arafat, said to him that, when young on Sept 13, 1993. But that state in cre- Baxter: Will one suicide bomber derail Jesus was walking in the streets of ation, the Palestinian state, got no people this whole peace movement? Jerusalem, he looked up and saw the tem- which deserves to have a state now ple. because all of them are happy when Jews Uri Dan: No. It’s not a matter of one. “No,” Arafat denied it completely. are killed in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and U.S. and Israeli intelligence knows exact- This was the reason why Mr. Ariel Haifa, and on the roads and in the busses. ly if the other side is really serious in dis- Sharon, who then was head of the Likud Now let’s hope that in Aqaba, when the mantling those death machines—those opposition party, challenged that capitu- President launched this way for peace, industries of suicide bombers. That’s the lation of Barak before Yasser Arafat and they will understand that they have to try only industry the Palestinians have creat- decided, on Sept 28, 2000, to go to the to behave like real people who deserve a ed. Now they’ve got an historic chance. If Temple Mount. Mr. Barak later said, state. That’s the big test for them. The they miss the chance, they will miss the “What do you want from Ariel Sharon? Palestinians have to prove that their state. ❏ He did, as head of the opposition, the right thing to challenge my policy.” Baxter: Back in 2000, President Road Map for Peace Clinton suggested a sharing arrangement where both Muslims and Jews could wor- & The Final 7 Years ship on the Temple Mount. If we should come to this juncture again, from what VHS or DVD you know, is there a chance that such an arrangement could work? Will the Road Map for Peace lead to the event that the Bible says will trigger the final 7 years to Armageddon? Daniel 9:27 says that Uri Dan: I am sure that once you have an international peace plan is what will spark the beginning of the a real partner, and not Arafat sitting there end. The World Community has just presented such a plan to Israel. and denying completely any existence of the Temple on the mount—any Jewish You are presently witnessing what could be one of the most impor- connection to it—that dialogue will be tant fulfilled prophecies of all time. A new one-hour video by Irvin possible to help all the worshippers of any Baxter Jr. religion to visit Temple Mount, to pray on Temple Mount and not to be subject- $20 for VHS. $20 for DVD. To order quickly 24/7, use your credit ed to what Arafat suggested. Arafat sug- card, 1-800-Endtime or www.endtime.com. Or use Order Form gested that Muslims should have sover- between pgs. 16-17 of this magazine. eignty over all the Temple Mount. “You The Confirmation of the Covenant begins the final 7 years. have nothing to do with it,” he said. “Once you give it to me, I will allow the This looks very much like the Confirmation of the Covenant. Jews to pray under my security and my protection at the Western Wall.” Have It’s in your newspaper. you heard anything about that crazy idea? It’s in your Bible. That’s the tragedy of the situation This new video by Irvin Baxter Jr. is your connection. there. The President of the United States ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 13
  14. 14. Cover Story Roadmap—A P.L.O. Perspective AP WideWorld Photo/Pressens Bild, Jack Mikrut Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a leading Palestinian spokesperson, is the Secretary General for MIFTAH.org. The following three articles, which appeared on MIFTAH’s website during June, provide interesting commentary on the Roadmap for Peace from the Palestinian perspec- tive. “Israel Must Commit to Ending the Occupation” 6/9/03—Only four days after the Aqaba summit, in which Palestinian, Israeli, and U.S. leaders assertively declared their commitment to the ‘roadmap,’ the situation on the ground seems intoxicated with more uncertainty and, to a certain extent, fear of what may lie ahead. Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas appears to be determined to resur- rect dialogue with Hamas, who vowed MIFTAH Secretary General Dr. Hanan Ashrawi during her speech after receiving the Olof Palme Friday not to discuss a ceasefire after prize at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on January 30, 2003. Ashrawi was awarded the Abbas “…equated Palestinian resistance prize for "her consistent and fearless fight for her people's independence and dignity". with terrorism.” Having publicly praised Mr. Abbas for the past four days, the U.S. “outposts” in the occupied Palestinian two days unraveled, an overwhelming administration has raised all expectations territories is by no means sufficient to feeling that hope and history are doomed of what he may deliver, without taking paving the way for peace. Most of the to never cross paths in the Middle East into consideration the real difficulties on locations that Sharon has vowed to dis- engulfed the minds of those who most the ground. Ultimately, this resulted in a mantle do not even comprise a fraction of often find themselves caught in the cross- new wave of inter-Palestinian frustration, illegal Jewish settlements built on pri- fire—the Palestinian and Israeli civilians. which, if not dealt with swiftly and con- vately owned Palestinian land. The killing of the innocent will linger in clusively, could have tragic results on the Israel’s efforts should now be focused the thoughts of future generations and Palestinians. on actually doing something to end the with each death the anger will be further Yet in order to ease tensions and create occupation and dismantle all illegal fuelled until our respective leaders either a new opportunity for peace, the U.S. Jewish settlements, according to interna- tragically wipe out each other’s people or must understand that failure to address tional law, and not on trying to find the assume their obligations and responsibil- the real causes of the Palestinian-Israeli most deceptive way to gain maximum ities by salvaging the remains of the ‘road conflict will only fuel more escalation. credit for minimum effort. map.’ Thus, attempting to bypass and down- No one expects the road ahead to be Israel’s botched assassination of Abdel play Palestinian anger at Sharon’s appar- easy, but there are basic expectations that Aziz Rantisi, and the innocent lives lost ent lack of commitment at Aqaba to end- must be met in order to end the current and injured during the attempt shows ing the occupation will not achieve any atmosphere of fear and anger, revenge and that Israeli Prime Minister Sharon does results; without directly addressing this distrust, and most essentially to finally not miss an opportunity to drag the con- lack of Israeli commitment to a real end the Palestinian people’s deprivation flict back towards violent confrontation. peace, there will only be room for further of basic human rights. His inability to break away from the mil- conflict. itary general of yesteryears and assume At the same time, Sharon’s declared “The Remains of the Road Map” the role demanded by the conflict of a commitment to dismantle only illegal 6/13/03—As the events over the past peace partner was on full display as Israeli 14 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  15. 15. Apache helicopters wreaked havoc on nature of such domestic dialogue within reestablishment of relative calm in the Gaza. Palestinian society. region. Obviously threatened by the emerging As Hamas was coming around to Intense diplomatic activity (and pres- need to address illegal outposts and set- resuming talks on a possible cessation or sure) from Washington, epitomized by tlements and to provide Palestinians with suspension of attacks on Tuesday, the tim- U.S. National Security Advisor a contiguous and independent state, ing of the assassination clearly shows that Condoleezza Rice’s visit to the region, has expressed by President Bush during the Sharon did not wish to see the Palestinian facilitated the first crucial step in what is Aqaba Summit, Sharon found a way to prime minister succeed. In fact, if any- expected to be a tough road ahead. kill two birds with one stone when he thing, the assassination was likely to Despite the Israeli government’s arrogant ordered Tuesday’s military operation. He increase Israel’s security concerns, as the refusal to acknowledge the legitimacy of has managed to deflect international pres- scores of innocent bystanders killed by the Palestinian factions’ status [Hamas], sure by reigniting the cycle of violence the operation, would fuel Palestinian publicly claiming that it will ignore their and then conveniently placing the blame anger and further popularize militant declared hudna (ceasefire), the U.S.- squarely on the Palestinians and more groups’ call for continuing the armed backed roadmap for peace is set on track. importantly he torpedoed the ‘road map.’ struggle against the occupation. Palestinian factions have committed While no doubt this reasserted Sharon’s Despite Sharon’s provocations, the var- themselves to the cessation of military power among both his right wing gov- ious Palestinian factions must consider operations against Israel, and Israeli ernment and extreme Israeli settlers, the grave consequences of their actions troops have begun their long-awaited whose violence and lawlessness and whether they are synchronous with withdrawal from parts of the Palestinian unashamedly drowns out the more rea- Palestinian aspirations of an independent territories re-occupied by Israel since soned voices in Israel and continues to and democratic Palestinian state. September 2000. hijack any attempt to reach lasting peace, However, while these initial steps are his actions seem poised to lead Israelis down a dangerous path that threatens fur- It is time for imperative in reversing current hostilities and creating an immediate framework for ther destabilization, fear and violence with no end in sight. Israelis to ask military security, the overall process of putting a complete end to violence, nego- Reports that have surfaced during this week of the Israeli High Court ordering where Sharon and tiating a viable solution to the conflict, and ultimately achieving a lasting peace an injunction against the removal of out- will have to be based on a real assessment posts to consider the legality of such his fanatical rul- of the root causes of the conflict. actions, seemingly making a mockery of Israeli and U.S. decision-makers must international law, and renewed calls by ing coalition are transcend military considerations and Israeli Defense Minister Mofaz to deport move beyond their shallow interpretation Palestinian President Arafat seem to leading them. of the Palestinian reality as a mere securi- throw further doubt on Israel’s commit- ty issue; they must finally make a com- ment to peace. At this critical juncture, it is necessary mitment to guarantee human security for Israelis must ask themselves if they for President Bush to be directly involved both Palestinians and Israelis, by ending really want to place their trust in a leader in returning both sides towards imple- the injustices committed by Israel against who seems busy name calling, dismissing menting the ‘road map.’ Having staked so the Palestinian people. the Palestinian leadership as “cry babies” much of his personal prestige at the Long term strategies are needed to cre- and describing Palestinian Prime Aqaba Summit, Bush must now step up ate a sustainable process towards peace, Minister Abbas as a “chick that hasn't to the promises he made and take charge essentially taking into consideration the grown its feathers yet," while his only in ensuring the survival of a peace plan major issues that continue to fuel the solution continues to be reckless violence already in turmoil. The temptation to Palestinian-Israeli conflict, namely with a total disregard for human lives withdraw before a potential political fias- Israel’s construction and expansion of and the imperatives of peace. It is time co must be resisted. The fate of Israelis, Jewish settlements within the 1967 for Israelis to ask where Sharon and his Palestinians and the wider stability of the boundaries; Israel’s horrendous violations fanatical ruling coalition are leading Middle East depends on this. of basic Palestinian human rights, them. through excessive use of force against But what about the responsibility on “Beyond the Gun” civilians, home demolition, political Palestinians and in particular Mahmoud 6/30/03—June 29th’s ceasefire declara- imprisonment, movement restrictions, Abbas to deliver on the promise of secur- tion by Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and home demolitions, and economic stran- ing a ceasefire from militant groups such Fatah, along with Israel’s partial troop gulation; Israel’s continued refusal to deal as Hamas and Islamic Jihad? It seems that withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, has with the Palestinian refugees issue; and Sharon has managed to sabotage any echoed throughout the media with a clear most urgently Israel’s continued occupa- chance Mahmoud Abbas had of arriving sense of optimism and relief. After 33 tion of the West Bank (including east at an agreement to end the violence and months of Palestinian-Israeli violence, Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip. armed resistance by these groups, know- there now appears to be some hope for a Reconciliation can only be achieved ing well the sensitivity and explosive gradual resumption of dialogue and the through justice for the Palestinian people. ❏ ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 15
  16. 16. Cover Story Roadmap—A Christian Perspective Road Map to Bloodshed AP WideWorld Photo/Abid Katib/Pool BY DAVID DOLAN David Dolan is a Jerusalem-based author and journalist. This most insightful article is reprinted from ddolan.com. The “Performance-Based Road Map to a Permanent Solution to the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict” proved to be leading in the direction of more violence during June, not toward the touted “enduring peace” that its advocates projected. World leaders, including American President George Bush, seemed taken aback by the fresh river of blood that flowed in the Roadmap's wake. Given that every previ- ous “land for peace” plan had led to sharp escalations in both Israeli and Palestinian death tolls, international leaders should have anticipated the renewed bloodbath that followed the plan's formal introduc- tion at the end of April. Ahmad Rantisi, the son of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi, lies wounded in a Gaza City hos- The world's diplomats and leaders pital on June 10, after Israeli helicopters fired missiles at a car carrying Rantisi wounding seem to have learned precious little from him, his father, and killing two others. the failed Oslo peace process, which col- lapsed in an explosion of fire in and decisive American-led victory over Muslims. This is especially so for the September of 2000. They have apparently Saddam would somehow produce an many thousands who support the radical failed to absorb the obvious truth that a instantly reformed, or at least adequately Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Al Aqsa substantial portion of the Palestinian peo- frightened, Arab Middle East that would Martyr’s Brigade Palestinian groups, ple and their regional allies utterly reject bow in humble submission to the fresh along with the Shiite Hizbullah militia in a “two-state solution” to the burning con- peace attempt. Such a proposition totally southern Lebanon. Saddam's swift and flict. Such a rejection, based mainly on ignores, or at best vastly underrates, the dramatic fall from power will hardly per- Islamic teachings and principles, will not enduring strength and fervor of Islamic suade such dedicated militants to beat simply disappear because a new batch of antipathy over the existence of a Jewish their cherished Islamic swords into plow- world leaders—George Bush, Tony Blair, state anywhere in the mainly Muslim shares, particularly since the brutal Iraqi Kofi Anan and Vladimir Putin—have Middle East. dictator was seen by most of them as a replaced the original supporting cast of Whether Israel is a small country that backslidden Muslim at best. Bill Clinton, John Major, Perez de encompasses the Gaza Strip, Golan Cuellar and Boris Yeltsin. Heights and Judea and Samaria, or a tiny Summit in Jordan The most dubious contention that has land without these areas, as envisioned in Ignoring the shaky platform for been bandied about in support of the new the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, launching a new Middle East peace initia- Roadmap peace attempt is that the quick is of little importance to many regional tive, American President George Bush 16 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  17. 17. traveled to the region in early June to human chorus of “Peace! Peace!” is often The White House responded by announc- place his official White House seal of a signal for sudden destruction to descend ing that President Bush was “deeply trou- approval on the Roadmap plan. He met upon the Lord's special land. Indeed, the bled” by the Israeli attempt to eliminate on June 4 with Israeli Prime Minister highly celebrated Oslo peace accord sign- the vile Hamas official. Ariel Sharon and the new Palestinian ing in September 1993 did not at all The Israeli government and public was Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, in the mark the beginning of an era of docile stunned by the American reaction, given southern Jordanian resort city of Aqaba. tranquility in Israel, but set off a sharp that it was clearly Hamas and its radical As his Secretary of State had done just a escalation of terrorist violence that pro- allies that were openly declaring holy war few weeks before him, the U.S. leader duced a three-fold increase in Israeli civil- on the Roadmap peace plan. Many com- pledged full American support for a com- ian casualties. mentators bitterly recalled Bush's widely prehensive peace settlement by the end of In a similar fashion, the Aqaba Summit reported statement after the September 2005. He made clear to the Israeli and was followed by the worst explosion of 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and Palestinian leaders that he was “personal- violence since the March 2002 splurge of Washington that “a terrorist is a terrorist, ly committed” to such an outcome, and terrorist atrocities that sparked a major no matter what their cause,” and his would pursue it with forceful determina- Israeli military campaign. It began just pledge to seek out and destroy such evil- tion, despite “expected obstacles” along four days later, when a group of Israeli doers with all of America's armed mili- the road. reserve soldiers was ambushed while on tary might. The Israeli leader repeated that a full foot patrol in the Gaza Strip. Four men Many Israeli leaders and analysts have cessation of Palestinian violence was an were killed in the early morning assault, been cogently arguing since the mid- absolute requirement for the new peace and several others were wounded. Most 1990s that there is no chance for a per- process to succeed. But he also pledged ominously, responsibility for the attack manent solution to the deeply entrenched again his willingness to make “painful was later claimed by the Hamas, Islamic Palestinian-Israeli conflict until all ter- concessions” for the sake of real peace, if Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades ter- rorist groups are militarily neutralized. the other side is truly willing to take the rorist groups, signaling their joint deter- While it is certainly true that a “military necessary steps to halt the violence and mination to wreck the Roadmap process solution” alone cannot resolve the overall live in peace with Israel. This is widely in its early stages. conflict, it must certainly be an impor- interpreted to mean a near total abandon- Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Rantisi tant component of such a solution— ment of over 200 Jewish communities went on Palestinian television to take unless a miracle takes place and such that have sprung up in the contested ter- “credit” for the unprovoked attack, vow- groups voluntarily end their religious- ritories since the areas were captured by ing that the joint operation was just the based jihad war, or are forced to do so by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War. first of many designed to crush the new Arafat's Palestinian Authority. Given that Mahmoud Abbas said the magic words peace process. He repeated earlier Hamas such things are about as likely as hell required of him under the Roadmap for- statements that the militants—who are freezing over, only strong Israeli military mula. He pledged to stop all terrorist supported by a substantial portion of the action, or an unexpected American and/or assaults on Jewish targets, and to “work Palestinian people, and by such regional European operation, stands any real for a peaceful solution to all outstanding states as Syria and Iran—would never lay chance of weakening the militants to the issues” that divide Israelis and down their weapons and accept a Jewish point where they are no longer able to Palestinians. However, he repeated the state living side by side in peace with a wreck all attempts to peacefully end the long-held PLO demand that Palestinian Palestinian one. He warned that Hamas conflict. refugees require a “just resolution” of militants and their Islamic comrades their problems, which was interpreted to would violently oppose any attempt to Death in Jerusalem mean the so-called “right to return” to disarm them by the Palestinian It was just over 24 hours later when family homes inside of Israel's pre-1967 Authority, or to restrict in any way their Hamas kept its wicked pledge to slaugh- borders. Abbas also stressed that the “just jihad struggle” against the Zionist ter more innocent Israeli civilians. A pub- “unity” of the Palestinian people was of enemy. lic bus was instantly transformed into utmost importance to him, which was burning fire and twisted metal after a seen as an early admission that he was not ...And hypocrisy Hamas terrorist, deceptively dressed as an prepared to use force to disarm the radical Israel quickly responded to Rantisi's Orthodox Jew, boarded the vehicle on rejectionist groups. Abbas later said in latest rantings by firing a rocket on his Jaffa Road and set off his deadly explosive plain language that he would only engage car as it was traveling in Gaza City. charge. A total of 17 people were mur- in “dialogue” with the extremists, which However, the June 10 attack only wound- dered, including a local Arab passenger, was viewed by Israeli officials as an early ed the Hamas spokesman, along with his and over 100 others were injured. Many sign that the new peace program would son, while killing his driver and a woman others who were innocently standing not move forward unless IDF forces were walking nearby. Rantisi, who had earlier close-by, like American Ron Cantrell who allowed by the international community condemned the American-led war on Iraq volunteers with the Jerusalem-based to militarily dismantle the radical groups. as “naked aggression” and called for the international Christian group Bridges for assassination of George Bush and Tony Peace, were not physically wounded, but Peace... Blair, later denounced the attack from his sustained powerful emotional scars that In the Bible, we are informed that the hospital bed and vowed “swift revenge.” will remain with them for some time at ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 17
  18. 18. Cover Story least. After walking in shock to his home gunmen overran the nearby sacred site of despite the renewed Palestinian terrorist some distance away, Cantrell's family Joseph's Tomb in October 2000. Scores of violence. were sickened to find parts of human flesh Jews protested the evacuation, and sever- Despite the Palestinian holy war clinging to the back of his shirt. al arrests were made. Analysts warned against reborn Israel, may the Lord con- Israeli leaders responded to the outra- that much more violent resistance can be tinue to return His chosen covenant geous and deliberate slaughter of inno- expected if Sharon goes ahead with his Jewish people to the Promised Land in cents, a majority of them women, by car- pledge to dismantle many other larger accordance with his many biblical prom- rying out several attacks upon Hamas tar- communities in the biblical heartland of ises, such as this one in Isaiah 11:12: gets. This time, the White House did not Judea and Samaria, in preparation for a “And He will lift up a standard for the condemn the justified Israeli response. Palestinian state to emerge in the area. nations, and will assemble the banished Reacting to earlier widespread American Meanwhile, the political reigns of the ones of Israel, and will gather the dis- congressional and public criticism of the rival Labor party once again fell into the persed of Judah from the four corners of President's stand, Bush changed his tune hands of peace process advocate Shimon the earth.” ❏ considerably by calling upon all those Peres, who signaled that he might push who want lasting peace in the Middle for his party to join with Sharon in form- Endtime carries two of David Dolan's East to “deal harshly” with Hamas mili- ing another National Unity coalition books, "Israel in Crisis: What Lies Ahead" tants. The usually neutral European government. Such a move might insure and his prophecy fiction work, "End of Days." Union echoed this sentiment, with EU that the Road Map process moves forward Sign up for his e-newsletter at ddolan.com. Mideast envoy Miguel Moratinos and other diplomats strongly condemning the Hamas bus attack. One week later, visit- ing American Secretary of State Colin F R E E P R O P H E C Y N E W S U P D AT E ! Powell said at a joint news conference with Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem that all Sent directl y to your e-mail address must “punch through the obstacles” To add your name to our distribution list, go to posed by Hamas in order to “overwhelm” the group. This was interpreted by many https://secure.endtime.com/newsletter_add_subscribers.asp. Israeli analysts as a green light for Sharon to carry on with military strikes against the rejectionist group and its allies. Such “targeted assaults” on Hamas leaders and activists were carried out later Endtime Now Accepting in June, especially after another terror Outside Advertisers attack left an Israeli grocer dead in the Jordan Valley. He was blown to bits after No subscription rate increase! detecting a homicide terrorist hiding in Same amount of high quality editorial copy! his store, which officials said probably First opportunity for outside advertisers in Endtime in 11 years! prevented a much greater tragedy if the attacker had been able to carry out his apparent plan to board a crowded civilian In order to maintain the highest quality magazine possible, and... bus near the store. A few days later, an avoid an increase to the subscription price, Endtime will soon be American-born Israeli man was shot dead adding 8 pages of outside advertising to its current 32 pages to on a road north of Jerusalem while on his make a total of 40 pages! way to a wedding party for his son, who was only married the night before. The The good news is that the amount of editorial copy will not be man's visiting American parents were reduced. You will still enjoy the same amount of high quality analysis seriously wounded in the armed ambush. of “world events seen through the eyes of Bible prophecy” as you Despite the attacks, Sharon continued have before. to carry out his pledge to begin disman- tling illegal Jewish outposts in Judea and Samaria. The move was strongly opposed If the organization you are with is interested in advertising in by many of his Likud party colleagues, a Endtime, please contact Kara McPeak at 1-800-Endtime few of whom vowed to topple the sitting (1-800-363-8463). PM. Over 1,000 soldiers were deployed on June 18 to forcibly dismantle the paid circulation 40,000 inhabited small settlement of Mitzpe average 4.9 readers per magazine Yitzhar, just south of the biblical town of approx. 200,000 readers per issue Shechem—today's Nablus. The settle- ment was established after Palestinian 18 ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003
  19. 19. Exclusive Interview What the World Thinks of America AP WideWorld Photo/David Karp Endtime recently interviewed Clare Short, a former cabinet minister from Great Britain, who recently took part in a BBC global television debate about the United States’ place in the world. The program was called, “What the World Thinks of America.” 9/11, the bully, and global governance Baxter: What role should the United States play in our present world? Some say the U.S. should operate within the United Nations and not act unilaterally. Others contend that the U.S. has not only an opportunity, but also an obligation, to use its position to liberate the world and to install freedom and democracy around the globe. Short: I think people already know that in many European countries and, of course, many in the Middle East feel more and more criticism and antagonism towards the United States. The feeling is that America is a bully, that it tries to force everyone to do what it wants, never British Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short, left, met with UN listens to anyone else, and won’t cooperate Secretary General Kofi Annan at the United Nations in New York on March 19. with international institutions where all countries come together and have their through the UN that all countries had to ship of Saddam Hussein and 12 years of say and find a fair way of doing things. tighten up on dealing with terrorist UN sanctions. Consequently, it was our Its behavior since September 11, far organizations and money laundering. duty to see if we could find a way of dis- from making the world safer for the U.S. There was a pause to try to calmly deal arming the regime, indict Saddam and everyone else, has probably led to with the situation in Afghanistan, and to Hussein and bring him to trial without more angry young men joining terrorist give the Taliban government the chance inflicting a war on the people of Iraq. organizations thinking that they want to to hand over Osama bin Laden, which Across the world, people thought we hurt the U.S. So lots of us think terrible they refused to do. Then, a big coalition should work together through the UN to mistakes are being made that are bad for was built, and together the world tried to see if we couldn’t solve that problem. your country and bad for the world. deal with Afghanistan and bring down Then there is the abuse of the UN— the Taliban and to help the people of the U.S. administration saying the UN is Sax: What should the U.S. have done Afghanistan build a better government. useless and is only good if it does what differently in response to 9/11? I think most people thought that was the U.S. wants it to do. Most people of wise and good. But Iraq didn’t have any- the world think we have a problem of Short: I think the first reaction was thing to do with 9/11. There were no global warming. The U.S. won’t join the one of enormous sympathy and outrage links whatsoever between Al Qaeda and Kyoto Treaty. We want to move the across the world for the people of Iraq. Most of us thought the poor people world forward to have an international America. Then there was an agreement of Iraq were under the terrible dictator- court before which torturers, dictators ENDTIME MAGAZINE JULY/AUGUST 2003 19

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