Thursday, March 4, 2010

Son of Hamas Leader Comes to Faith in Jesus Christ

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EXCLUSIVE: HOW THE SON OF THE HAMAS LEADER CAME TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST -- PART ONE

Also: Mosab to appear on CNN, Fox and Today Show. See weblog for details.

By Joel C. Rosenberg
(Nashville, Tennessee, March 1, 2010) -- This morning, a colleague and I will meet Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of the founder and leader of the Hamas terrorist movement, for coffee. Later, I will have the joy of introducing Mosab to participants of the National Religious Broadcasters convention here in Nashville when I address the group at the "International Luncheon."

My remarks are entitled, "Israel, The Iran Threat, and Modern Day Lessons From The Book of Esther." I believe the Lord is building a global movement of followers of Jesus Christ who will pray and fast for the Lord to save and bless Israel, the Palestinians, Iran and all the peoples of the epicenter. And just as the Lord had strategically positioned two believers - Mordechai and Esther - close to the leader of Persia to do His will at "such a time as this," so, too, the Lord placed Mosab right next to the leader of Hamas to serve Christ at a critical moment.

Beginning in 1996, Mosab became a spy for Israel's secret service, helping the Israelis to stop scores of terrorist attacks and arrest scores of terrorists from Hamas and other Palestinian jihadist groups. In 2005, after a long spiritual journey, Mosab renounced Islam, received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord, and was baptized in the Mediterranean sea.The extraordinary story of how this all happened is the basis of Mosab's must-read new book, Son of Hamas (co-written by journalist Ron Brackin), which releases nationwide on Tuesday, March 2.

Mosab and Tyndale House Publishers have put an embargo on the book until tomorrow, meaning no journalist is allowed to publish excerpts from the book until then. But they have graciously give me exclusive permission to publish excerpts first.

Here are a few of the extraordinary passages: [SEE WEBLOG FOR EXCLUSIVE EXCERPTS]

Is Mosab's story of conversion to Christ an isolated story, or part of a movement of God in the Middle East? Is there hope for top officials in Iran, Syria, Hezbollah to come to faith in Jesus Christ and renounce their hatred of Israel? What can you do to bless Israel and her neighbors and advance the kingdom of God in the epicenter?

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