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Watch Jerusalem

Hosted by Brent Nagtegaal

Watch Jerusalem brings you news and archaeology from a Biblical perspective. Host Brent Nagtegaal is on location at Jerusalem to give you the most important developments happening on the ground—and emerging from beneath it. Brent Nagtegaal is a contributor for WatchJerusalem.co.il contributor living in Jerusalem.

#137: The Netherlands: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Zebulun?

Aired Sunday, January 26, 2020   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   43 minutes

The identity of the “lost 10 tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. While the identity of the Jews—those of the southern kingdom of Judah—remains known, what about those 10 tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported long before by the Assyrian Empire?

In his seminal work The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong established that the United States and British Commonwealth represent the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, respectively. While his book focused primarily on those two birthright tribes, Mr. Armstrong identified the Dutch as descendants of these ancient Israelites.

On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying the modern-day Netherlands, and the Dutch people, as the tribe of Zebulun.

#136: Suleimani’s Death and America's Exit Strategy from the Middle East

Aired Sunday, January 19, 2020   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

JERUSALEM - Almost three weeks after the death of Iran’s arch-terrorist Qassem Suleimani and the face-saving Iranian reprisal attack on American bases in Iraq, the United States is facing the question of its future in the Middle East. No longer bound by a need for Middle East oil, President Trump has made clear he intends to get out of the region, fully expecting European nations to pick up the slack.

Will Europe be bold enough to fill the void created by the United States? And how will Iran respond?

On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal discusses what the Bible forecasts concerning a European intervention in the Middle East and the Iranian response.

#135: Great Britain: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Ephraim?

Aired Sunday, January 5, 2020   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   47 minutes

The identity of the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. While the identity of the Jews—those of the southern Kingdom of Judah—remains known, what about those 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported long before by the Assyrian Empire?

In his seminal work The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong established that the Lost 10 Tribes migrated up into Europe and formed individual nations. He specifically highlighted the identity of the United States as the Tribe of Manasseh, and Britain and her Commonwealth as the tribe of Ephraim.

On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying modern-day Great Britain, and the British Commonwealth, as the Tribe of Ephraim.

#134: Bones, Seals, Altars and Destruction – Update from Tel Shiloh

Aired Sunday, December 22, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   21 minutes

TEL SHILOH - Known famously for the location of the Tabernacle for 300 years, Tel Shiloh is rich in biblical history. For the past three summers, a massive team of archaeologists and volunteers have excavated the site under the direction of Dr. Scott Stripling. Currently, Stripling and a smaller crew have returned to the site for three weeks this winter to apply the modern technique of wet sifting to previously excavated dirt from earlier excavations.

On Friday, host Brent Nagtegaal traveled out to Shiloh to talk with Dr. Stripling about the importance of Shiloh, and the latest discoveries from the excavations.

#133: Join Five Million People and “Go Now to Jerusalem”

Aired Sunday, December 15, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   37 minutes

Jerusalem is the fastest-growing tourist city in the world, declared the Globes website on Sunday. Expected to garner almost 5 million foreign visitors in 2019, many tourists are coming to experience the city’s ancient sites, made increasingly popular by modern archaeological discoveries.

However, the flight of so many visitors to Jerusalem is not without controversy. From changes to transportation infrastructure to the narrative presented at the historic sites, disagreements between the Jews themselves, or the Arabs and Jews, are rife.

On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal discusses how such superficial arguments gloss over the dramatic archaeological discoveries themselves, as well as the important message they hold for us today.

#132: National Geographic Undermines Jerusalem Archaeology

Aired Sunday, December 8, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   40 minutes

“UNDER JERUSALEM – New excavations reveal the ancient city – and stoke modern tensions,” reads the front cover of the December 2019 edition of National Geographic magazine. The article surveys numerous excavations in Jerusalem’s ancient City of David. However, instead of using the opportunity to showcase the stunning history being unearthed, the author focuses on background political noise.

On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal critiques the article for its own political bias, and tells of why such reporting is damaging to current and future archaeological discovery in Jerusalem.

#131: Modern-Day Israel: The Tribe of Judah

Aired Sunday, December 1, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   34 minutes

The identity of the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. What happened to the 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported by the Assyrian Empire some 130 years before the end of the Kingdom of Judah? Are the tribes to be found—as many assume—only within the land of modern-day Israel today?

Actually, modern-day Israel is generally representative of only one tribe of the ancient 12—the tribe of Judah.

As part of his series on the identity of the 12 Tribes of Israel, host Christopher Eames goes back to the basics in examining the evidence for identifying modern-day Israel, and the Jewish people in general, with the Tribe of Judah.

#130: Do Israelis Still Trust the System?

Aired Sunday, November 24, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   40 minutes

JERUSALEM - Fifty-six percent of Israelis believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu should resign after being indicted for bribery by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, noted Channel 13 in a recent poll. However, the same poll found that 35 percent said that he shouldn’t resign and another 9% said they didn’t yet know.

The fact that a massive segment of Israeli society does not think Netanyahu should step down after being accused of such a crime shows that many Israelis no longer trust the system.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal discusses the announcement to indict Netanyahu, the entrenchment of Israel’s “deep state” and Israel’s broadening divisions.

#129: Iranian Power Under Threat in Lebanon and Iraq

Aired Sunday, November 17, 2019   ·   02:28 AM CST   ·   40 minutes

JERUSALEM - In 2011, the national protest movements spread across the North Africa and Middle East region. Low standards of living, suppressed freedoms and proposed tax hikes mobilized millions of ordinary citizens to take the streets and demand that decades-old regimes be ousted and new “democratic” systems of government installed.

Two nations that weren’t affected back then were Lebanon and Iraq, where the systems of government were already considered democratic.

But now in 2019, though there might not be a dictator in power, Iraqis and Lebanese both realize that there is a strong force interfering in their politics – and they don’t like it.

And that force is Iran.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the current protests in Lebanon and Iraq and shows what Bible Prophecy says the outcome will be.

#128: Is Genesis Compatible with Modern Science?

Aired Sunday, November 10, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CST   ·   39 minutes

The dinosaurs, the Ice Age, prehistoric man and other scientific discoveries have proved the timeline of Earth and the universe is completely at odds with the Bible.

Or have they? How confident can we be in interpreting the scientific data?

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal and writer Christopher Eames talk about the stunning scientific discoveries that support the biblical account of origins, as well as why there are some scientific discrepancies in the dating of events.