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As trumpets blared, a procession of conference personalities filed in to take their places on the platform of the Benyenei Ha’ooma (convention hall), opening the four-day Conference on Biblical Prophecy in the city of the prophets. Leading the procession, the Reverend Shlomo Hizak, a Hebrew Christian who heads the Mount of Olives Bible Center, carried a large Bible, open to Isaiah 61: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me.…” He placed it under the conference emblem depicting the citadel of David and the Old City walls. With the spotlight on the Bible, delegates were assured they would get what they had come for: a Bible-centered conference.

None of the 1,300 attending evangelicals, who came from thirty-two countries (the majority were from the United States), entered without a pass. Even local Christians who wished to attend had to pay $75 for the privilege. Still the sponsors are likely to be left holding a sizable bag. But no one complained.

The music alone was worth the price of admission. Featured musicians included Metropolitan Opera star Jerome Hines, recording and television artist Anita Bryant, the Azusa choir from California, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra conducted by director-composer Ronn Huff of Nashville.

Former Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion, 85, told the assembly the Jews have given three great ideas to the world: the concept of one God, love for one’s fellow man as for oneself, and the teaching against war.

The warmer issues were not slow in coming. Rather than dividing the delegates into opposing camps, they produced subdued confusion—an indication that not all had done their homework. Or perhaps it was too soon after the June, 1967, war, when the Israelis united the city of Jerusalem and claimed ...

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