On this week's edition of "The Hal Lindsey Report," I'm going to take a close look at two stories. First, the election in Iran. Unfortunately, the scheduling requirements of our production cycle do not allow me to report the absolute, latest-breaking facts and figures. That's why I've chosen to share with you some background information and perspective about the situation in Iran and the candidates involved in the controversy.
As a side note, it strikes me as particularly dramatic that the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who have taken to the streets to protest this fraudulent election are risking their lives in a desperate attempt to change their prospects for the future. The fact that the candidate they're supporting is cut from the same cloth as the current president only highlights the hopelessness of their lives. The Muslim Mullahs are the real power in Iran. Everyone knows that. Yet these Iranians are so desperate for freedom and self-determination they will risk everything for even the slightest possibility of effecting real change.
Some observers have noted that many of the protest signs are written in English and the crowds are chanting slogans in English. They believe that they're trying to attract the attention of America and the West. It only proves to me that no matter how apologetic President Obama is about our nation's history, America is still viewed by the oppressed of the world as their last, best hope.
Also, I'll review Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's recent policy speech on the "two-state solution." His Sunday evening address was a masterpiece of diplomatic statecraft. He did as President Obama is pressuring him to do. For the first time, he publicly declared his support for an eventual Palestinian state. However, he was boldly realistic about the requirements that must be fulfilled for that state to become a reality. In the eyes of the Israeli citizens, he hit a home run. In the eyes of the Arab world, Netanyahu is now ranked somewhere just below pond scum! I could name some other world leaders who could learn a lesson or two from Mr. Netanyahu!
Finally, this week I am going to take just a few minutes to answer a viewer's e-mail. She wrote that after last week's program, she fell to her knees and was literally sick to her stomach. Not because she didn't believe what she heard, but because she did. She asked me point-blank how a Christian should respond to the overwhelming events we're witnessing everyday -- events that are predicted by the Bible prophets to occur before Christ's return (which we eagerly and joyfully anticipate), but which are, nonetheless, painful and frightening to observe. I'm going to share a few thoughts and, hopefully, some helpful advice on that subject.
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