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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.

#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.

#127: Will Hezbollah’s Hold on Power Survive the Mass Protests in Lebanon?

Aired Sunday, October 27, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   34 minutes

The largest Lebanese protests in 15 years have brought the nation to a stand-still. Government corruption, massive national debt and the collapse of simple services such as trash pick-up are drawing all Lebanese sects onto the streets. Surprisingly, much of the public anger is being directed at Hezbollah, including by fellow Shiites.

On Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah decried the demonstrations, saying that it could bring the nation toward civil war. Some Hezbollah supporters have already clashed with Lebanese protestors.

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal draws attention to Nasrallah’s comments, as well as how the current Shiite schism inside Lebanon could hasten the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.

#126: Ireland: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Dan?

Aired Sunday, October 6, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   28 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 did refer to the Irish as the modern descendants of the tribe of Dan.

On today’s program, host Chris Eames examines the evidence for identifying the modern-day Republic of Ireland, and the Irish people, as the Tribe of Dan.

#125: Ancient Tablets Prove Biblical Account of Assyrian Resettlement Policy

Aired Sunday, September 29, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   41 minutes

Archaeological excavations near Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport have unearthed two ancient tablets from 2,700 years ago. Hadid is located in the center of ancient Israel, and yet the writing and the names mentioned on the tablets were not Israelite. This proves that the inhabitants of the massive city were foreigners, specifically from Mesopotamia.

What were ancient Babylonians doing occupying the area north of Jerusalem, just as Kings Hezekiah and Manasseh reigned over southern Judah? On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal’s details the new discovery in light of the biblical history of the Samaritan people.

#124: Ancient Copper-Smelting Slag Confirms Biblical Dating for Edomite State

Aired Sunday, September 22, 2019   ·   12:00 AM CDT   ·   28 minutes

A recently released study analyzing the accumulation of copper slag from south of the Dead Sea indicates that biblical Edom arose to statehood centuries earlier than previously thought. This overturns a classic anti-bible notion that Edomite’s only became a polity long after the Bible indicates.

#123: France: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Reuben?

Aired Sunday, September 8, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   35 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 did make passing references to the French as the modern descendants of the tribe of Reuben.

On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying modern-day France, and the French-speaking people, as the Tribe of Reuben.

#122: The Right Approach to Biblical Archaeology

Aired Sunday, September 1, 2019   ·   10:00 AM CDT   ·   41 minutes

JERUSALEM -Reports are everywhere of archaeological discoveries that prove or disprove the Bible. But how can you know which reports are accurate?

On today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal outlines the right approach to attaining whether a discovery supports the Bible or not. He then applies that approach to recent archaeological claims regarding the dating of King David’s Palace, the location of biblical Ziklag, and the ethnic identity of Khirbet Qeiyafa.