History’s final chapter will be written in Jerusalem.
When an Iranian president thunders a murderous threat or an obscure Turkish drunkard has a dream in Mecca or a Jewish couple from Brooklyn lands at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, these events might seem disconnected. But they’re not. In Dateline Jerusalem, CBN News correspondent Chris Mitchell connects the dots and unveils Jerusalem as the epicenter and crossroads of the spiritual, political, and, yes, supernatural worlds.
For thousands of years, Jerusalem’s powerful draw has always transcended simple economics, military strategy, and religious affiliation.
In our own time, as the Arab Spring threatens to become an Islamic Winter, one commentator warns: “The Arab Spring doesn’t lead to democracy, it leads to Jerusalem.” Indeed, the fragile peace of Israel is in new peril as violent Islamic factions vie for control of surrounding nations. Yet Muslims are converting to Christianity in record numbers. Dateline Jerusalem untangles and chronicles all this through the riveting narrative of a Christian reporter in the upheaval of the modern Fertile Crescent.
We live in a world where we cannot afford to be ill informed. What happens in the strategic Middle East, Israel, and Jerusalem is critical. It matters to you. Today’s news might focus on Washington, New York, London, or Moscow, but history’s final chapter will be written in Jerusalem.Chris Mitchell’s firsthand experiences and reporting uniquely qualify him to expound on and explain the major trends and developments sweeping the Middle East and affecting the world. Mitchell has served as the bureau chief for CBN News since August 2000.
|Release Date||Sep 17, 2013|
- Review by Johan
The book itself is written in journal/news article form, I liked how he included scripture at the start of every chapter, it gives you a bit of prophetic insight each chapter as you move along.
Mitchell gives us instances of close calls in regards to his life. In fact, I was surprised that he was brave enough to use real names that may yet still endanger himself. However, in doing so, it gives the message some urgency and authenticity. It is an important read as Mitchell exposes many deceptions that are given to the general public. I am thankful that he brings Christ into the picture, by giving us solutions to what is happening. The solution being that Christians simply need to pray and know the times and seasons.
The timing of this book is very interesting, as it was released shortly after the government being overthrown in Egypt. Mitchell gives some references to what has been happening, leading up to this point. He shares numerous stories of people (Jews and Muslims) coming to Jesus in the midst of this chaos, as well as interviews with other Christian leaders such as Brother Yun (The Heavenly Man) from China.
This is a great, well researched and written, eye opening read. I recommend it, it will change not only the way you view what is happening in Israel and the Middle East, it will change the way you pray for the Middle East.
You should keep in mind however, it feels like reading a long series of newspaper articles (which is not surprising as Chris Mitchell is a reporter). If you have trouble enjoying news articles, you may get bored.
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- Review by Heather
This is the only side we can be on, desperate for the Messiah to be revealed and for G-d to fulfill His purposes. With the many biases and slants towards the events and people of the Middle East, this proves to be an overwhelming challenge. Chris Mitchell strives in this book to show "The Lord's Side."
Chris Mitchell shares his account of his time in the middle East. As a reporter, he has had to research, investigate and walk some of the roads that lead to Jerusalem. Included in the book are some of Chris' works on Cairo, Turkey, Iran, Ukraine, Italy, and of course Israel. Like sharing one's personal testimony, it is harder to argue with eyewitness accounts.Chris shares what he saw and what he experienced. As we near the Jewish High Holy Days, he reminds us of the Yom Kippur war. He cites Ami Ortiz's story( Read more here) and what is going on globally with muslim communities. There are so many stories and experiences jammed into this book.
Chris shares the many miracles and ways he sees prophecy coming to life Ezekiel 36 and the desert blooming, he reminds us Israel is the Apple of God's eye Zechariah 2:8, cites Theodore Herzl and resolution after resolution that has been issued from the UN.
Chris sums it all up with the fact that there is more going on than just the stretching of national borders and governments rising and falling. There is a spiritual battle waging. and Israel is in the center.
Chris calls you to pray: "It's certain that biblical events prescribed by the Lord will take place, but in these last days, could the church and its power of prevailing prayer have a unique and profound part to play at the end of the age?...Once again, perhaps it will be said that "history belongs to the intercessors."
People get ready..... (Posted on 9/1/2013)