Glenn Beck: Dead Heat


Dead Heat

By Joel Rosenberg


GLENN:   How about Barack Obama saying that he wants to meet with the leaders of Iran?  What do you say?  Jimmy Carter says let's meet with Syria, that will be fantastic.  Meanwhile Israel is preparing for war.  Israel is doing these drills.  Do we have Joel Rosenberg on the phone?  He's in Jerusalem.  Hello, Joel.

ROSENBERG:  Hello, Glenn, how are you doing?  Three days away.  Hang in there.

GLENN:  Three days.  Then I'm free at last, free at last.  Joel, tell me about the drills that are happening right now in Israel and they say, you know, this is just ordinary run-of-the-mill stuff but you say it's not, right?

ROSENBERG:  No, this is very, very significant.  The entire country of Israel is engaged in a five-day exercise, the largest emergency drill ever performed in this country, a country of 7 million people.  1.7 million schoolchildren today had a race in the bomb shelters practicing as one part of the nationwide effort to prepare for a massive avalanche of missiles coming down from Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas.  We just met with the Israel welfare minister this morning, one of the senior advisors to primary Olmert to be briefed, a number of evangelical leaders we've got over here for an epicenter conference tomorrow.  And he basically made the case that the existential threat to Israel is Iran.  They have no doubt here in Israel that Iran is feverishly trying to build, buy or steal nuclear weapons.  What they don't understand is why Russia is helping them and why the United States and NATO seems to be asleep at the switch.

GLENN:  Let me just switch gears with you here because I mean, you know, we've got Iran installing more centrifuges.  You know, I've been talking about this for years that Iran is the head of the snake over there.  This is just an evil, evil group of people that are preparing for the Mahdi which if you -- I don't think I've ever asked you this, Joel.  If you look at the 12th Mahdi and the way these nut jobs over in Iraq interprets the Qur'an and everything else, this guy looks an awful lot like the antichrist, doesn't he?

ROSENBERG:  He does, but he's not.  The Bible describes antichrist with a capital A and a little A.

GLENN:  Right.

ROSENBERG:  Meaning there's no question that what Ahmadinejad is in the spirit of the antichrist and what I mean by that is he wants to annihilate Judaeo-Christian civilization.

GLENN:  I'm not talking about Ahmadinejad.  I'm talking about the 12th Imam.

ROSENBERG:  Oh, absolutely.  There's certainly that same feeling.  Now, the Bible describes in Daniel 9 that the antichrist will come from Roman origins, from the people who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D., but that being said this will certainly be a false Messiah of which Jesus described in Matthew 24, three times in one chapter describing what to watch for in the last days.  Jesus said watch for false Messiahs and this will be one of them.  Now, what I don't know honestly, Glenn, is that is it possible that in the next few weeks or months or years someone is actually going to emerge that CNN and Fox and MSNBC and all these other networks will start to cover, Time will have them on the cover and could end up being the Mahdi of the year.  I don't know.  You know, we don't know what they're talking about.  What we know is that Ahmadinejad and his allies believe so passionately that this Mahdi, this Islamic Messiah is coming and what's driving their foreign policy in Iran right now is their belief that they need to get ready for this Mahdi by annihilating two countries:  Israel whom they call the little Satan, and the United States whom they call the great Satan.  And anyone in Washington who doesn't understand the theological drive that's pushing Iranian foreign policy is at risk of being blindsided by an evil they may not see coming.

GLENN:  Well, here's the thing that most people don't understand and I didn't understand it for a long time, we're the great Satan and little Satan, blah, blah, blah.  What they mean by that is it is the same story line that Christians have.  For the most part it's basically the same story except Israel is the little A antichrist and we are the big A antichrist.  They don't -- we look at it as a person.  They look at it as a country or an overwhelming force, right?

ROSENBERG:  They do.  Now, there is in the Qur'an an actual character named the Gajal (ph) who becomes an actual sort of antichrist figure, an actual person.  But you are absolutely right.  Radical Islam is a mirror image and therefore a massive distortion of the Jewish and Christian scriptures but there's a lot of similarities.  It's just completely opposite.

GLENN:  Right.

ROSENBERG:  They have a war of Gog and Magog, a Russian Iranian alliance that attacks Israel but they feel it wins.

GLENN:  Wait, wait.  I just want you to slow down on that.

ROSENBERG:  Okay.

GLENN:  Gog and Magog, anybody who is a Christian grew up hearing Gog and Magog and you don't even know what it is.  It is Iran and Russia aligning themselves.  It's already been done.  It's an amazing thing when you look at -- well, let me ask you this because this is what you do for a living now, Joel.  Would you say that most of the big things are either, have already been done or they are on the verge of being done?  The players and the pieces are in place to be able to get you to the end time?

ROSENBERG:  Absolutely.  You know, there are a thousand prophecies in the Bible.  More than 500 of them have already been fulfilled.  The last almost 500 of them deal with specific events that happen in the last days.  Now, I'm literally looking out of my window in a hotel looking at the Mount of Olives and the temple mount here in Jerusalem as I speak to you and on the Mount of Olives Jesus was asked by the disciples, hey, when are you coming back and what should we watch for, what are the signs of your return.  Now, Jesus could have given a very Washington political answer, a Rumsfeld answer:  No comment, next question.  But he doesn't.  He answered the question.  And when you look at that list and you look at events that are happening in this world today, it's kind of eerie because you can check them off one by one and then when you expand that list to look at other references to, quote, the last days or the latter times in the Jewish and Christian scriptures, you start saying, my goodness.

For example, you just described this prophecy of the war of Gog and Magog which as you and I have talked about before is Russia and Iran.  Now, what's amazing about that is that Russia and Iran have never had an alliance with each other in the 2500 years since Ezekiel wrote the prophecy.  Now, is that proof that the prophecy is going to be fulfilled in our lifetime, much less soon?  No, you've got to be careful not to overreach.  However --

GLENN:  People have been saying this for thousands of years.

ROSENBERG:  Yes.  However, for 2,500 years this alliance, this political and military alliance in those two countries has never happened.  It's why heads are starting to turn.  And when you add all the other things, the preparations that ultra orthodox Jews are making, for example, to building their Temple, this is kind of interesting.

GLENN:  How much of that is done and in storage?  I've heard that the Temple, everything that is needed is done and is in storage just waiting for the space.

ROSENBERG:  Well, the architectural plans are finished, the outfits, the clothing that the priests will wear are finished.  The implements that will be used for Temple sacrifice are largely finished.  And two years ago -- actually three years ago now, the summer of 2005 the Sanhedrin, the group of 71 rabbis that will govern the Temple was reconvened for the first time in 1600 years.  So I call these strobe lights that you are coming in on a runway.  We're not entirely sure how far from touchdown that we are but when you look at the preparations being done in Iraq to rebuild the literal ancient city of Babylon, they're underway.

I interviewed the Iraqi finance minister for my book "Epicenter."  He's a senior Iraqi advisor to the prime minister and he described for me -- it's on the record in "Epicenter," he described for me the plans they have to rebuild that city and the tremendous cultural center with Holiday Inn and an amusement park.  It's quite fascinating.  Look, a lot of people say, you know, how do we even know that -- I mean, people have been saying for thousands of years the end of the year, blah, blah, blah.  I understand that.  But I'm standing right now in the nation of Israel which did not exist for 2,000 years and the only document on the planet that says it will exist in the last days is the Bible, and 60 years ago this country was reborn.  Jews started coming back to the Holy Land.  The ancient ruins have been rebuilt.  The deserts are blooming.  We've taken hundreds of evangelical leaders over the last few days through this country to see that Israel is the super sign, the one that you say, okay.  When the Bible says look for wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famine, persecution of the believers in the last days, yes, that's all happening but it's always happened.  What makes it different now is that Israel has been reborn as a country and that Russia and Iran are forming and alliance to annihilate her.  It's got -- you know, these are what I've been writing these novels about, nonfiction book "Epicenter."  This new book, "Dead Heat" is the aftermath.  But the point us even for a skeptic, even for a cynic you have to say, goodness gracious, there are some trend lines that don't make sense outside of the prophecies of the Bible.

GLENN:  I tell you, Joel, we want to continue our conversation in a couple of weeks if you don't mind.

ROSENBERG:  Sure, absolutely.

GLENN:  You are coming back and I'd like to do a series with you on radio and television about the different things that you're seeing and kind of spell it all out.  I just finished your book last week, week before last.

ROSENBERG: "Dead Heat."

GLENN:  I mean, it's just tremendous.

ROSENBERG:  Thank you.

GLENN:  I told you this last night on television it's the first time I've ever heard anyone explain.  The United States is not mentioned in the book of Revelation.  Nowhere does it say the United States or refer to us or anything like that.

ROSENBERG:  Right.

GLENN:  And people have said, well, that's just because we're all going to be in -- we're such a perfect, kind, Jesus-loving nation that we're all going to go up in the rapture.  And I'm like, have you read the news lately?  But your book, you take a different bet on it that we're going to be vaporized, that several cities will be vaporized.  I think -- and you mention this in the book.  You know, it could have been an economic vaporization or anything.  I mean, there's a million things that could take us down right now that would make us not able to participate in the, you know, in the destruction or the defense of Israel.

ROSENBERG:  Well, that's right.  Now, I want to be clear with you on radio as I was on television last night which was the first line of this new novel, "Dead Heat" is I pray to God this one never comes true.  The eerie way of the fictional elements seeming to come true and I don't want people to think that the Bible predicts the United States is going to get hit with nuclear terrorism.  I don't.  What I'm laying out is a fictional scenario that I think is potential consistent with the scriptures and which give people a chance to think through what might that look like and how might we be blindsided in the midst of a dead heat, in the midst of a campaign in which the country's so focused on an election which the race is so tight and the country is so bitterly divided that we are just not looking when we get hit by something that we should have seen coming but we didn't.

GLENN:  It's a frightening thing.  Joel Rosenberg, the author of "Dead Heat."  Listen, if you read the "Left Behind" series, like the "Left Behind" series, this is left behind, I think, this is "Left Behind" for talk radio listeners.  This is all of the real life things that are going on right now and you can look at them and go, oh, my gosh, and you can see it.  It doesn't start on an airplane with everybody disappearing.  It takes you all the way through on the real life things that are going on.  It's a "Dead Heat," Joel Rosenberg.  Great book, sir, and stay safe in Israel, will you?

ROSENBERG:  Enjoy your vacation and I look forward to seeing you when we get back.

GLENN:  You got it.  We'll see you in a few days.  Bye-bye.

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.