Middle East & World Conflict

Date: January 22, 2024
Host: Jim Schneider
​Guest: Dr. Richard Schmidt
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Last week we passed the 100 day mark since Hamas launched its attack on Israel followed by Israel’s war in response.  So much has been learned since that time as Israel continues to root-out Hamas as they know that it’s impossible to have peace with this terrorist group.  

Why?  It’s because the preamble to the Hamas covenant states: Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.

So how is it possible to co-exist with a group that has as its core mission the goal to wipe Israel off the face of the earth?

Returning to Crosstalk to look at this issue and more dealing with the Middle East was Dr. Richard Schmidt.  Dr. Schmidt is pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church and founder of Prophecy Focus Ministries.  He’s the speaker on the weekly TV program, Prophecy Focus and the radio broadcast, Prophecy Unfolding.  He spent 32 years in law enforcement including that of Acting Sheriff of Milwaukee County until his retirement.  He’s authored several books including: Are You Going to a Better Place?, Daniel’s Gap Paul’s Mystery, Tribulation to Triumph: The Olivet Discourse, Globalism: The Great World Consumption and Artificial Intelligence: Transhumanism and the De-evolution of Democracy.

This edition of Crosstalk had much to cover in its look at the Middle East and its relation to world conflict.  Discussion took off quickly with Dr. Schmidt discussing the following:

  • Israel continues to be viewed by some media sources, and in other areas, as an occupier or colonizer.  For some, this is all about liberating “Palestine,” giving them title to the land.  In Genesis 12 we see how God called Abraham and told him about a very specific area of land that He was going to give to the Jewish people. Genesis 15 gives the actual borders and that land includes 90% more land than the Jewish people have today.  Then you can see the land covenant that God gave to Israel in Deuteronomy 30:1-5.  So the premise that this land belongs to the Palestinians is false.  According to the Bible it never was and never will be their land.
  • The atrocity-denying, 16 page publication that gives the Hamas narrative and claims that Palestinians are the ones that have been exploited in all of this.
  • The plan by Hamas to stop production of red heifers for the cleansing of the 3rd Temple.  
  • Israel is being accused of genocide because approximately 25,000 Palestinians have died in the war.  If the genocide accusation is true, wouldn’t the number of deaths need to be greater?  After all, the population of Gaza is over 2 million.  How many of those 25,000 innocent citizens were actually terrorists?

These points take up much of the first quarter hour.  As the program moved along, Jim and Dr. Schmidt looked at more including: Iran’s responsibility–Houthi attacks–the threat of Hezbollah–the China factor–a possible new virus—the multi-polar global order—Al Gore compares climate change to the book of Revelation—and more including comments from listeners!

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