Understanding the Times

Jan Markell

The Church's Missing Agenda

May 12, 2012
Radio producer Larry Kutzler is guest host and on Israel's Independence Day--May 14-- talks to two Jewish believers about the church's missing agenda: Israel. The church today either ignores the topic or mishandles it by twisting Scripture. Could the church today be less dysfunctional if they did not abuse or ignore "the apple of God's eye?" All three men are pastors and offer great insight into the dilemma. For more info, www.fire-church.org or www.junevolk.com.

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We play a message given by Dr. Mark Hitchcock at "Understanding the Times 2011." The topic: "2012: If it's Not the End of the World, What's Next?" Mark gives some insights into the Mayan suggestion that there may be an apocalypse in December, 2012. Students of the Bible know the world won't end at that time, but what might happen on that date or shortly thereafter? This is a sobering wake-up call and a message to Christians that the hour is, in fact, very late. How can we make the Mayan prediction work to our advantage to win souls while there is time? You can order CDs or DVDs of this conference here. We have conference products going back several years if you would like to check that out.
May 5, 2012
Jan's guests are Jack Kinsella and Ken Ham. Kinsella and Jan discuss the chilling connections of the "Occupy Wall Street" (OWS) crowd. The violent "Arab spring" has finally come to America. Chaos is about to be unleashed by the OWS crowd of Communists, Socialists, anarchists and general Leftists. This is a part of the "lawlessness" predicted in the Bible. Jack and Jan focus on the good news that reflects: Christ's return is imminent. Ken Ham and Jan discuss Noah's Ark as Answers in Genesis is building a full-scale model of the Ark, to be finalized by 2014. The ramifications of the Ark are fascinating, from the care of the animals to the fact that the planet was one entity before the deluge, not many continents. The good news is that this is a symbol of salvation and Christ has the Ark door open today offering safety and eternal life to all who accept it and enter in. www.omegaletter.com   www.answersingenesis.org
April 28, 2012
Jan's guest is Jonathan Cahn. The two discuss his book and film, "Harbinger." Is this America's final warning or just a fictional narration? He relates what he feels are parallels between ancient Israel and America, explaining America is not a chosen nation such as Israel. As Israel was warned but ignored the warnings, he feels America is doing the same. There are nine parallel harbingers. They key verse is Isaiah 9:10 which was quoted by America's leaders following 9/11. These same words were spoken by Israel in defiance to God. The Harbinger phenomenon has its critics and supporters so you have to weigh it for yourselves. Because of the extensive information, you can hear the extended information in the Web audio bonus below. The book is now in film form: "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment." Olive Tree is not carrying either one at this time. Learn more at www.theharbinger-Jonathancahn.com.
April 21, 2012
AUDIO WEB BONUS Cahn explains the financial collapse in America and the world in this segment and other issues that we could not cover in our radio program. Hope for America is offered and the encouragement that we be salt and light while there is still time. We offer all of this interview as information to think and pray about. We are not suggesting that this is a definite word from God but we do ask, "What if Jonathan Cahn is right?" Could this be America's final warning?
April 20, 2012
Jan talks to Dr. Erwin Lutzer about the gathering darkness. Will we still exalt the cross as things get difficult? The church today is hopping on some bandwagons such as environmentalism, pop psychology, and even political activism when it needs to be shining a beacon of truth amidst the gathering storm. Jan is drawing heavily from Lutzer's book, "When a Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn from Nazi Germany" which you can order here. Then Jan gives commentary on the new blockbuster film, "The Hunger Games"; the Muslim Brotherhood being welcomed into the White House; Holocaust Remembrance Day which is coming up; and Jerusalem being wiped off the Israeli map by our State Department. An ominous sound byte is played of a reporter grilling a State Department rep who will not own up to this. What does this mean for America in light of Genesis 12:3? www.moodychurch.org Find Jan's uplifting book about the Holocaust here.
April 14, 2012
Jan talks to Pastor Skip Heitzig about his book, You Can Understand the Book of Revelation. If you want to understand the present and future, you can't ignore Revelation! The book and this program will give you a deeper appreciation for the majesty and power of Jesus; will help you know what God says about the last days; will assist you in discovering how God's plans for the future apply to you right now; and will help you be ready for Christ's return! The book of Revelation has a message for you! For everyone. And it is not all gloom and doom. Learn some of the good news found in that book as well as the last days' warnings. Visit our Web site here for Heitzig's book. Learn more at www.skipheitzig.com
April 7, 2012
Jan's guest is Pastor Joseph Schimmel, producer of the cutting-edge new film, "The Submerging Church: How the Emerging Church is Drawing Multitudes Away from Biblical Christianity." The two consider many of the tentacles of this movement: Their sick doctrine of Hell, their mystical side, their Islamic sympathies, their view of eschatology, their uniting with evil, and much more. Jan plays seven revealing sound bytes of their leaders who consistently espouse heretical statements. The Emergent Church could submerge yours so you need this info! They also expose the Emergent's poster boy: Bono. Schimmel reveals Bono's sympathies for Alester Crowley, a renowned though deceased Satanist. In the audio Web bonus (see below), Jan and Joe discuss how all things "Purpose-Driven" relate to the Emergent Church. The discussion focuses on Rick Warren's PEACE Plan and on his "Daniel Plan" of 2011. Why would Warren want to unite with a movement that consistently blasphemes God? You can order the 4-hour DVD here. Learn more at www.goodfight.org
March 31, 2012
Web Audio BonusJan and Joseph Schimmel continue their discussion in this bonus for our electronic audience. How do all things "Purpose-Driven" blend with the Emergent movement? Why would a man called "America's pastor" even want to associate with the heretical statements coming from this crowd? They also re-visit the Hell issue in light of a stunning statement by Doug Pagitt on Hell played in a sound byte. This segment is 30 minutes in length.
March 30, 2012
Jan's first guest is White House correspondent Bill Koenig. Koenig feels the spring, summer, and fall ahead will feature global disruption and confusion. Their topics include Israel's Iran burden, Obama and Israel, Campaign 2012, and much more. Jan's second guest is Pastor Gary Gilley. The topic is "Spiritual Formation." What is it and why is it unbiblical and dangerous? Who are the leaders of this unsound movement? It is mystical and presents ways to get closer to God that are ungodly! Yet many churches today have a Director of Spiritual Formation. Do they even know what they represent? Koenig was a speaker at Understanding the Times 2011 and again this October. www.watch.org and www.SVchapel.org
March 24, 2012
Jan hosts and talks to guest T.A. (Tom) McMahon about his book, "Temporal Delusion: Is the Church Destined to be Raptured or to Reign Supreme?" At this very moment, millions of professing Christians are joining with millions of other "believers" to promote peace and reconciliation across the country and around the globe. These pragmatic churches and organizations are uniting for the ecumenical "common good" to eliminate poverty, eradicate disease, and save the earth from political and environmental disaster -- all in the name of advancing "God's kingdom on earth." But are all of these good works derived from a biblical blueprint for humanity? Or are these well-meaning workers building a house on foundations of sand? Your church may very well be among them. Olive Tree carries the book and it is found here. For more info on McMahon, visit www.thebereancall.org.
March 17, 2012
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A compelling look at current events, Bible Prophecy and apologetics with interviews of well-known authors and prominent leaders from around the world.


About Jan Markell

Jan Markell is a popular author and speaker across North America. She has written 8 major books and has hosted the largest prophecy and apologetics’ conference in North America. She began on radio in 2001 and now is heard on almost 900 radio stations with a large electronic audience as well. She founded Olive Tree Ministries in the early 1980s.

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