Religion

Christian TV Networks Prepare for the Return of Jesus Christ

| by Michael Allen

While the bible says that no one knows the day or the hour of the return of Jesus Christ, two Christian networks are preparing for his return any moment with live TV cameras.

Daystar Television Network has 24-hour-a-day live webcam pointed at the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The Trinity Broadcasting Network recently bought the building next door to the Daystar Television Network and is setting up cameras, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The U.S. evangelical broadcasters are ready for the breaking news as well as using their broadcasts to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to Jews in Israel.

The Trinity Broadcasting Network is negotiating with Israel's Yes satellite television to get a full-time home for its evangelical Shalom TV channel.

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Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Paul Crouch told the Los Angeles Times: "The main thing we want to do is help sponsor what we call Messianic Jews, or Jews that have received Jesus Christ as their Messiah. We want to do some Hebrew language programs to reach out to Jews and entice them to read the word of God and become what we call a completed Jew."

Since 2006, Daystar TV has aired programming in Israel on both Yes and cable provider HOT Telecommunications Systems.

Christian proselytizing is legal in Israel, although the government has restricted and discouraged the practice.

Ellen Horowitz, research director at Jewish Israel, told the Los Angeles Times: "One of the things I find offensive is that they are bragging about their missionary work. They're actually very in-your-face about it."

"Our people have been through the wringer already with either persecution or assimilation. Now people finally get to a Jewish nation and someone pushes a copy of the New Testament in Hebrew at them. A sensitive line is being crossed."