A Christian refugee sobs, "Jesus, forgive them!" after fleeing the deadly rampage of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. A Yazidi mother tells of the horrific fate her late son suffered at the hands of these marauding Muslim terrorists. Beheadings make global news, shake the leaders of Western powers, and shape public policy and military strategy. Against this precarious backdrop, Irans mullahs quietly prepare their nuclear weapons. Sounds like a plot from a spy novel, but itís all too real.
ISIS stunned the world with its Islamic blitzkrieg that swept through Syria and northern Iraq and declared an Islamic caliphate for the first time in nearly one hundred years. Once again, Christians bore the brunt of this menace. These militants forced tens of thousands of Christians to flee their ancient homes and gave them four grisly choices: pay the Islamic tax for infidels, leave, convert, or die by the sword. Hamas also sparked a fifty-day war demonstrating that their agenda remains the same: End of the Jewish State.
Chris Mitchell, a Christian Mideast news correspondent, landed on the front lines of these conflicts. In†Destination Jerusalem, he brings you firsthand accounts of the men, women, and children caught in these fiery trials. Their storylines resound with the grand themes of our age: the rise of radical Islam, the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Middle East, and the centrality of Jerusalem in world history.
Even though these events take place in the Middle East, their impact reverberates around the globe. From the price of gas, the value of retirement accounts, or loved ones who might be sent into harm's way, they all hit us in our pocketbook, heart or home. Given these challenging and defining days, how should we prepare?†Destination Jerusalem†(200 pages) provides a blueprint of how to get ready for these challenging days.