By Chris Mitchell

Historys ultimate bankruptcy could be written in Jerusalem.

When an Iranian president thunders a murderous probability or an imprecise Turkish drunkard has a dream in Mecca or a Jewish couple from Brooklyn lands at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport, those occasions may appear disconnected. yet they’re no longer. In Dateline Jerusalem, CBN information correspondent Chris Mitchell connects the dots and unveils Jerusalem because the epicenter and crossroads of the religious, political, and, definite, supernatural worlds.

For millions of years, Jerusalem’s robust draw has consistently transcended basic economics, army procedure, and non secular affiliation.

In our personal time, because the Arab Spring threatens to develop into an Islamic iciness, one commentator warns: “The Arab Spring doesn’t result in democracy, it ends up in Jerusalem.” certainly, the delicate peace of Israel is in new peril as violent Islamic factions vie for keep an eye on of surrounding international locations. but Muslims are changing to Christianity in list numbers. Dateline Jerusalem untangles and chronicles all this during the riveting narrative of a Christian reporter within the upheaval of the trendy Fertile Crescent.

We dwell in a global the place we can't manage to pay for to be sick educated. What occurs within the strategic center East, Israel, and Jerusalem is necessary. It concerns to you. Today’s information may well concentrate on Washington, manhattan, London, or Moscow, yet history’s ultimate bankruptcy might be written in Jerusalem.

Chris Mitchell’s firsthand studies and reporting uniquely qualify him to expound on and clarify the key developments and advancements sweeping the center East and affecting the area. Mitchell has served because the bureau chief for CBN information seeing that August 2000.

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