I visited the “Armageddon McDonald’s” in northern Israel yesterday. But the kids who work there don’t know the prophecy.

The current war here between Hamas and Israel is terrible, and traumatic, and is drawing the attention of the whole world. Many people are Tweeting me to ask if this is a prophetic war and whether it will lead to the battle of Armageddon.

Operation Pillar of Defense is not the beginning of the battle of Armageddon. It is not the end of the world as we know it. There is no evidence — at the moment, at least — that it is one of the specific wars against Israel that are mentioned in Bible prophecy. Still, this war could begin to establish the conditions that will lead to some of the most dramatic End Times prophecies in the Bible coming to pass in the not-too-distant future. Please keep praying for the Lord to comfort and protect the millions of Israelis and Palestinians on both sides who are being so deeply affected by the current conflict.

That said, let me share with you a little story I think you might find interesting in this context. About five years ago or so, McDonald’s built a new restaurant in the town of Megiddo in northern Israel. I’m not making this up. It is literally around the corner from the Jezreel Valley. It’s next to the site of the ancient mountain of Megiddo that has been conquered at least two dozen times in history. It is right next to the site that Bible prophecy says will be the location of one of the most dramatic and horrific battles in all of human history. I call it the “Armageddon McDonald’s.” Lynn and I have taken many tour groups to see it, and our kids have had plenty of french fries and hot fudge sundaes there.

A few years ago, I was speaking on Bible prophecy at a conference and I told the people about the Armageddon McDonald’s. “I can’t say for certain why McDonald’s built a restaurant there of all places,” I told the audience. “But maybe they heard about the prophecy and said, ‘Are you telling me that all the armies of the world are coming here one day? Is that what the Bible really says? Wow. Well, they’re going to need to eat, right? Let’s build a restaurant there. We’ll make a fortune!’” The audience laughed. “Of course, I don’t think people will be ‘loving it’ when that terrible war comes,” I added. “And I’m guessing the fries will probably be burned on that day.” After the event, I was doing a book signing. One woman came up to me and said, “I really liked your talk. Thanks for giving a plug for the McDonald’s corporation.” I laughed and said I wasn’t really endorsing a company. She told me that she was a McDonald’s franchise owner, and then she said, “According to Bible prophecy, where else should we build restaurants?” True story. I think she was kidding, but it was a priceless question. I said, “You could always try the city of Babylon in Iraq. The book of Revelation says in the last days Babylon will be the wealthiest, most powerful city in the world. Sure, the most evil, too. But people are going to need to eat!”

Yesterday, I was telling this story to a group of pastors from the U.S. and Europe that I’m in Israel with. They wanted to see the Armageddon McDonald’s for themselves. So after finishing our time at another Bible conference, and spending some time praying along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, we stopped by for some sundaes. As we ordered, I asked the kids working there if they knew that the end of the world as we know it was going to take place there. They didn’t. I asked if they knew that the Bible says that all the armies of the world will come there to try to destroy Israel? They didn’t. Did they know that Jesus Christ will come and destroy those armies? No. Did they know that the Lord Jesus will also save the nation of Israel, physically and spiritually — everyone who calls on the name of Jesus and receives Him as their Savior and Lord? They did not. But to their credit, they were certainly intrigued. Good for them.

I chatted with one Palestinian Arab Muslim girl who worked at the cash register. I told her I was sorry that I didn’t have any books about the battle of Armageddon or Bible prophecy with me, but that I would post this blog this morning to tell her a little more about it.

  • Here is a link to Revelation chapter 16 that tells about that the battle of “Har Megiddo” — the mountain of Megiddo — what we know in English today as “Armageddon.”
  • Here is a link to the whole book of Revelation so you can read about these prophecies in context.
  • The battle of Armageddon, it should be noted, is only one of several major, horrific wars that will face the nation of Israel in the last days. Another prophetic war is called the “War of Gog and Magog,” and that involves an alliance between Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya, Sudan and several other nations. Here is more information of the War of Gog and Magog.
  • One important difference between these two prophecies: The battle of Armageddon involves all the nations of the earth attacking Israel. The War of Gog and Magog involves a limited coalition of nations attacking Israel.
  • One important similarties of these two prophecies: The God of Israel supernaturally intervenes to save the people of Israel.
  • What is Bible prophecy? Why is it important? Here are notes from a sermon I gave earlier this year on “Rediscovering The Purpose and Power of Prophecy.”

Last point: the most important thing for everyone in Israel and around the world to know is where they are going when they die. Will you go to heaven, or to hell? Jesus Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one can come to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) Jesus claimed to be the Messiah. He said the only way to get to heaven is through Him. Is He right? Have you ever examined the evidence for yourself? Have you ever taken the time to read the New Testament to see for yourself whether the claims of Jesus are true or not? I encourage you to do so.

Here are three resources that I hope you’ll find helpful:

I’m praying for all who read this blog to use these resources and make a decision one way or the other — for Jesus, or against Him. And I pray you say “Yes!” to Jesus, so that you will be adopted by God into His family, receive His peace and love and mercy, and so that you can spend eternity with the Lord in heaven and never have to fear these terrible wars, nor fear hell. God bless you.


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

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Nation

Don’t Blame Romney, And Don’t Blame The Campaign…: HayRide
Wilderness: NRO
The Morning After: Tabitha Hale

Solzhenitsyn and the result of yesterday’s plebiscite: Constitution Alley
The Reckoning: Crowley
The American People Get the Government They Deserve: DTG

20 things that went right on Election Day: Malkin
Why We Lost the Republic: AT
Why I was wrong: Morris

Economy

Mourning in America-Here’s Those Layoffs We Voted For Last Night: FW
Uncle Sam Weeps: JPA
In a Nation of Children, Santa Claus Wins: Rush

The Era of Big Government is Over: JOM
GS: “Congrats Mr. President, We Are Cutting Q4 GDP To 1.5%”: ZH
NLRB gets more aggressive: Crain’s Cleveland

California’s Economic Suicide and other News: Mitchell
Paul Ryan’s Next Move: Hot Air
If The Archangel Michael Were On The Ballot, Beelzebub Would Still Have Won: RS

Scandal Central

The Holes in the CIA’s Benghazi Timeline: Foundry
House Committee to Hold Hearing on Benghazi Attack, Top Obama Intelligence Officials Will Testify: Blaze
CBS’ Benghazi Timeline Gives the Word “Deceitful” New Meaning: Sentinel

Climate & Energy

GOP Senate Group Warns Against EPA’s New Restriction Outburst After Elections: MyDesert

Media

The Long Game: Klavan
GOP Reaps Its Surrender of Pop Culture: Breitbart
This Is Why Mitt Romney Lost: Glob

Mark Levin Gives “Unvarnished Truth” On Romney Loss: RCP
Disraeli’s Ghost: Claremont
“It is profoundly disturbing to watch a once-great power commit suicide in real time.”: HyScience

Reagan in ’64: A call for reinforcements and fighting the false image of conservatives: Marathon
WashPost’s Henneberger Sees Food Stamp Surge As a ‘Real Success Story’: NB
Conservatives lambast Romney, vow to take over Republican Party: Hill

World

Fill your sandbags: Hayom
Obama supporters celebrate: No more Israel; kill those motherf***ers: RebelPundit
After Obama victory, political knives come out in Israel: Hayom

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

President Obama’s Unfinished Business: BankInfoSecurity
Looking Old May Be A Sign Of Heart Trouble.: Instapundit
The Rise of Social Salespeople: Forbes

Cornucopia

The Day After: MOTUS
October Revolution: This Time We Can Make It Work!: Cube
The Day After: Obama Unbound: Camp of the Saints

Image: MOTUS

QOTD: “At a low point in the fortunes of the Tory Party, Disraeli said, “The pendulum swings.” It does indeed, but it is not going to swing back to limited-government republicanism any time soon; in fact such republicanism has for some time been effectively dead in California, New York, and the other arrantly blue states. Nor, to judge from yesterday’s election, is such republicanism especially vibrant in middle-of-the-road states like Florida, Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. Put it another way: only once since the 1980s has a Republican candidate won a greater number of votes in a presidential election than the Democratic candidate (Bush in 2004).

Defeat offers clarity. If we had any doubts as to our position, yesterday’s election put an end to them. Those of us who continue to oppose the fiscal and constitutional overreach of the modern social state now find ourselves in the wilderness.

Insofar as politics are concerned, the best the center-right in America can do, in the foreseeable future, is to act as a check on folly in the political arena, and in doing so hope to prove Macaulay wrong when he said that the American Republic would fail because the poor would plunder the rich and increase the country’s distress by devouring the “seed-corn” of future growth.

At the same time, conservatives ought to recognize that our deeper problems … are cultural, not political, and are therefore not susceptible of a political solution. The social state was intended to be such a solution: but even were its ever-expanding programs fiscally sustainable, its ideal of social welfare would still be paltry substitute for the older, better approach to the good life it was meant to replace.” —Michael Knox Beran


Doug Ross @ Journal

Old Car Trends I Just Don’t Get

This has always confused me.

Could someone explain to me the concept behind wood-paneling on cars? Here’s one.

1972 Ford LTD Country Squire Station Wagon

And another, earlier example:

1964 Ford Falcon Squire Wagon

And for that matter, a trend that still persists — albeit barely — to this day: the fake convertible tops?

Here’s a more modern vinyl top:

2010 Buick LaCrosse CX

I really don’t get it.


Doug Ross @ Journal

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Recommendation: don’t do shots every time the President says one of these words because you will definitely suffer from alcohol poisoning and wake up, with a three-day beard, in the hold of a freighter headed for Singapore.

Passing the buck (and redistributing the buck) are the only things at which this man is competent.


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