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Israel FIRST!

Israel FIRST!

The Key to Understanding the Blood Moons, Shemitah, Promises to Israel, the Coming Jubilee, and How it all Fits Together

Gidon Ariel and Bob O’Dell

Never before have so many Christians felt so much apprehension about the direction the world is headed: moral decay in their own nations, the Iranian nuclear talks, the rise of Isis, war against Israel, terrorism at home, the threat of worldwide financial collapse, and more, all under God’s judgment. Into that scary mix, add a number of new theories and predictions about such topics as the Blood Moons, the Shemitah Year, Israel, and the Jubilee. Readers are as confused as they are fascinated, searching book after book, struggling to sort out whom to trust, what might happen, when it might happen, and whether the end of days is near.

Imagine a book that brings all these predictions together and explains them clearly and respectfully. Imagine, further, a book that empowers and trains Christians on how to think for themselves. A book that does something no other prophecy book has ever done: give Christians a key to understanding how to make sense of all the theories—how they all fit together—a key it calls Israel First! And finally, imagine a book that puts its own methods to a public test by making cutting-edge predictions in advance of 2016 and beyond, revealing new and surprising details that are firmly grounded in Scripture.

The book, based on a March 2015 lecture series, received rave reviews. Student comments were overwhelming:”Wow! Amazing! Refreshing approach! Stunning! Insightful! Brought tears of joy . . . my fear is gone! I knew there had to be more and now I’ve found it!”

Israel First! breaks new ground as the first Christian prophecy book jointly written by a Christian and an Orthodox Israeli Jew! Bob O’Dell and Gidon Ariel co-founded Root Source, which offers Jewish Roots training to Christians online. This perspective flavors and enriches all of the chapters of Israel First! But the greatest leap in prophetic insight comes from a stunning decision to see Israel not as a tiny new nation partnering with the United States to survive, but as the emerging leader, first of all nations, mandated by God to showcase His existence and demonstrate moral principles to the rest of the world.

About the Authors

Gidon Ariel is the founder and CEO of Root Source. Gidon made Aliyah to Israel in 1978 at age 14, and spent close to a decade in advanced Jewish studies institutes (Yeshivas) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Raised as an Orthodox Jew, Gidon has kept Jewish traditions his entire life. Quite unexpectedly, in 2005, he felt a personal call from Hashem (God) to begin to reach out to Christians in friendship, to bless and educate them about Jewish life, thought, and insights about Hebrew Scriptures.

Bob O’Dell is an evangelical Christian, former high-tech executive with Motorola and Wintegra, and astronomy enthusiast. Living in Texas, Bob has worked with Israeli Jews for over 25 years. Gidon and Bob founded Root Source to promote Gidon’s vision of Israeli Jews teaching Christians worldwide.

Book Details

Authors: Gidon Ariel and Bob O’Dell
Publisher: Root Source Press
Language: English
ISBN Print: 978-965-7738-00-9
ISBN eBook: 978-965-7738-01-6
ISBN ePDF: 978-965-7738-02-3
Format: Softback 256 Pages
Size: 5 ½ by 8 ½
Retail: $14.95
Distribution: BookMasters
Release Date: September, 8, 2015
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