The motives behind Glenn Beck's recent trip to Israel now make more sense with his announcement Monday morning that he will be holding a major rally in Israel this summer.
"I believe I've been asked to stand -- in Jerusalem," Beck told his audience recounting a list of times in history when people and nations failed to stand with the Jewish people. Beck explained, as he has often in the last year, how the life and thinking of the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer has influenced him: "He asked people to stand for the Jewish people." He told of Bonhoeffer's call for pastors to stand with him. Only six did.
Beck detailed current challenges facing the nation -- "Things in Israel are going to get bad...it's only a matter of time."
"They are going to attack the center of our faith, our common faith, and that is Jerusalem. And it won't be with bullets or bombs. It will be with a two-state solution that cuts off Jerusalem, the old city, to the rest of the world."
"It is time to return inside the walls that surround Jerusalem and stand with people of all faiths all around the world."
The event will unfold under the designation "Restoring Courage," with a clear intention that it serve as a step forward from last summer's "Restoring Honor" rally held on 8/28 in Washington, D.C.
Beck explained that final dates and details are still coming together. He expects that there will be a full week of activities in Israel. There will also be ways for people to participate from here in the United States.
As full details become available they will be posted on Beck's e-mail newsletter.
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Beck explained that a trip like this will be "really expensive" for anyone wanting to participate. He said his team has been working on putting together packages that will make the trip as affordable as possible for as many as possible.
"I don't know how many people will come," he said, "But if we can gather seven then we'll have one more than Dietrich Bonhoeffer did."