by Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., August 6, 2012) — I’m finishing writing my new novel, The Damascus Countdown, this week, but set aside fiction for a moment — the painful truth is that Syria is imploding. The bloodthirsty regime of Bashar al-Assad is slaughtering its own people, and steadily losing control of the country.
The latest reports indicate that more than 20,000 Syrians have been murdered. Top Syrian officials are defecting. The rebels are steadily winning control of more and more of the country. Iran is sending forces to fight on behalf of the Assad regime against the rebels. Now Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending naval warships and Russian marines to Syria as a show of support for Assad, though it’s not clear how far the Kremlin is willing to go to defend the dictator of Damascus. But the rebels are no friends of freedom. Should they topple the Assad regime and seize control, we could see a repeat of the Egyptian revolution last year where Radical Islamic jihadists end up gaining control of the country.
Looming over the entire catastrophe are Bible prophecies that Damascus will be judged and utterly destroyed in the last days. Please be praying for the Syrian people to renounce Islam and give their lives to Jesus Christ before it’s too late. Please pray for the persecuted Christians in Syrian that the Lord will give them courage and boldness to preach the Gospel, teach the Word of God, and care for those who are wounded, scared and desperate.
Here are the key developments in recent days….
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FAMILY LEADERSHIP SUMMIT IN DES MOINES, IOWA — I’ve been invited to address The Family Leadership Summit to be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, August 11th and I’m honored to accept. Indeed, I look forward to participating in this important event to talk about the research and analysis I did for my new book, Implosion: Can America Recover From Its Economic & Spiritual Challenges In Time? This event will be a critical forum to talk about the urgent need to rescue our imploding families and seek the Lord for a sweeping spiritual revival to save America before it’s too late. Also speaking at the Summit will be former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, and Iowa Rep. Steve King. It will be held at Point of Grace Church. Please register now and join us.
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