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Understanding The Times Conferences

2016 Conference


October 15, 2016

Grace Church, Eden Prairie
9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
(a southwest suburb of Minneapolis)

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Anne Graham Lotz

Anne is a prolific author and international speaker. She will be addressing the issues of the day as well as Bible prophecy. She heads “Angel Ministries.”


Amir Tsarfati

Amir is a gifted Bible prophecy teacher from Israel who was a conference favorite in October, 2015. He heads the ministry “Behold Israel.” Learn more at www.beholdisrael.org.

Bill Koenig

Bill Koenig, White House Correspondent

Bill Koenig is one of our most frequent conference guests since 2002. He is an author, journalist, and the best commentator on our times from a Biblical perspective. He directs the news site www.watch.org.

 Mark Hitchcock

Dr. Mark Hitchcock

Mark is a well-known Bible prophecy teacher, author and pastor from Oklahoma. He has been our guest on many occasions.

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For a glimpse of what you can expect, here is a recap of our 2015 Conference:

2015 Conference


October 2-3, 2015

Conference co-hosts Eric Barger and Jan Markell

Conference co-hosts Eric Barger and Jan Markell

We had over 6,000 in attendance over two days from 20 states.

We had over 6,000 in attendance over two days from 20 states

Dr. Robert Jeffress

Dr. Robert Jeffress

Dr. Jeffress presented two messages, one on America’s future from a biblical perspective and one on Islam in prophecy. How will God deal with Islam in the end? Dr. Jeffress pastors First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX.


Pastor Jack Hibbs

Pastor Jack spoke twice and warned of raging deception in the church today, spoke of the Pope’s role in this, warned against Replacement Theology and much more. He closed emphasizing the comfort of Bible prophecy. Jack pastors Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills, CA.


Amir Tsarfati

Amir is an Israeli Bible prophecy teacher who travels and teaches full time. His message on Israel’s new role of standing alone with not one nation standing with her moved many. His ministry is “Behold Israel.”


Michele Bachmann

Michele served in Congress from 2006 to 2014 and ran for President of the United States in 2012. She served on the House Intelligence Committee. She had cutting-edge insights to share from those experiences and spoke once.


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To be with so many believers and feel God there with us is something so special.  We go to a bible based church, but they don't talk at all about these issues.  I can't say which speaker I liked more because they all had such a passion and presented their messages differently, but yet they all believe we are in the end of the end times.—Kathy Nelson

Thank you for all you did to provide such a profound, meaningful, insightful, powerful “Understanding the Times” Conference!  The live streaming capability allowed us to participate from Ohio, and I can’t tell you how grateful we are.—Lynn & Doug Jacobs

My husband and I brought another couple to your conference.  On the way back to Illinois, they kept saying how great it was – your planning and organization, your discernment on which Christian speakers to invite, their boldness in proclaiming biblical truth, and the relevancy of their messages.  It was clear that we were among like-minded Christians who desired to view these quickly-changing world events as being under God’s control.  There was an urgency to proclaim the gospel in boldness NOW.  Thank you, Jan, and your tireless staff for creating this challenging opportunity for all of us.—Pat & Mike Sullivan

This year I loaded up the Ford Escape with a group of friends and we set out Friday morning.  How utterly blessed we were!! On the way home, we talked about the many ways the Lord spoke to our hearts and how we might respond to Jack Hibbs’ challenge and commissioning! I am so grateful to you for your faithfulness and diligence to carry the message!!  I don't know if I ever told you - but largely because of you - I have been doing an ‘Understanding the Signs of the Times’ small group for the last 3 years.—Kay Copas

2014 Conferences


Saturday, October 4

Thank you to all those that attended this year's Fall Conference!

"What a fantastic conference that was spiritually uplifting and encouraging.  I loved each speaker and each topic presented.  Everyone brought something unique and different to the podium with teachable messages that challenged my witness and convicted me but also renewed my confidence and hope about the future in a world taken over with extreme lawlessness.  And, of course, spending 8 hours with like-minded believers who love the Lord and His word is a touch of heaven on earth."   -- Arlene

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Several thousand came from across America for our 18th conference since 2002.

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Dr. Ed Hindson delivered two messages that reminded us of the lateness of the hour.


Jan Markell was both a speaker and host of our conference, along with co-host Eric Barger.


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Pastor Jack Hibbs from Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills, CA, addressed both the rising tide of Islam and deception in the church in one message.

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Conference Co-Host Eric Barger introduces Pastor Steven Khoury from Jerusalem. He captivated our audience with his stories and film clips from the Gaza war of the summer of 2014 and his efforts at bringing the gospel to Muslim and Jew in Israel.

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Steven Khoury presents Jan with a wood carving as a gift from the believers in Israel.




Thank you to all those that attended this year's Spring Conference!


Over 3,000 attended "Understanding the Times Spring 2014"

Conference Co-Hosts: Jan Markell and Eric Barger

Conference Co-Hosts: Jan Markell and Eric Barger

 Keynote speaker, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church, Chicago, IL.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church, Chicago, IL.

 Prophecy scholar Pastor Skip Heitzig, Calvary Chapel, Albuquerque, NM

Prophecy scholar Pastor Skip Heitzig, Calvary Chapel, Albuquerque, NM

 Honored guest: Anita Dittman, Holocaust survivor, subject of Jan Markell's book and DVD, "Trapped in Hitler's Hell," just re-released by World Net Daily (WND).

Honored guest: Anita Dittman, Holocaust survivor, subject of Jan Markell's book and DVD, "Trapped in Hitler's Hell," just re-released by World Net Daily (WND).

 Anita and Jan share Anita's story and their history together. Their book originally came out by Tyndale House in 1980.

Anita and Jan share Anita's story and their history together. Their book originally came out by Tyndale House in 1980.

 Conference Co-host Eric Barger was also a speaker this spring, focusing on the convergence of end-time events.

Conference Co-host Eric Barger was also a speaker this spring, focusing on the convergence of end-time events.

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2013 Conference


Saturday, October 5

Almost 3,500 folks attended from 20 states and one foreign country. This was our 16th such event since 2002.  


LOCATION: Grace Church in Eden Prairie, MN, a southwest suburb of Minneapolis.  

We will have info up about our spring 2014 event in a month or two.  


Dr. Mark HitchcockBible prophecy scholar Dr. Mark Hitchcock
Mark’s topic is the coming economic crisis dead ahead.

Co-hosts Jan Markell & Eric BargerCo-hosts Jan Markell & Eric Barger

Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes, and Joseph FarahOur panel discussion with Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes, and Joseph Farah

Dr. Ron RhodesDr. Ron Rhodes
Ron addressed the deception in today’s church and Bible prophecy

Joseph FarahJoseph Farah
Farah addressed some current event issues from a biblical perspective. He offered a newsman’s view.

Rich, Shirley and Dick Bott of Bott Radio NetworkOur special guests: Rich, Shirley and Dick Bott of Bott Radio Network

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2012 Conference

October 5-6, 2012

On October 5-6 we held our 15th Understanding the Times conference in Minneapolis, MN. Our speakers informed and edified attendees and one even warranted a standing ovation. Also, according to a raise of hands, nearly 100 attendees came into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as a result of Jonathan Cahn's closing call to repentance and salvation.

Over the two days, the suburban mega-church we rent was filled with between five and six thousand unique attendees from 20 states and some foreign countries. A pastor journeyed all the way from India to enjoy like-minded fellowship.

Here are some pictoral memories of this year's conference:

Mark Hitchcock

Mark Hitchcock presented information regarding the increasing tension in the Middle East in light of prophetic Scripture. (Mark's second message, Saturday morning, was, "America in Prophecy.")

Erwin Lutzer

Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, presented two vital messages:
"One Minute After You Die: A Preview of Your Final Destination"
"When a Nation Forgets God"

Crowd shot from high balcony

So many were grateful for this year's conference:

"This conference was the best I have ever attended anywhere. You presented the facts, which can be disheartening, but you also lifted us by presenting Jesus Christ and our blessed hope."

"Just wanted to thank you for the 2012 UTT Conference -- every speaker was outstanding.  But thank you so much for doing 'due diligence' in checking out The Harbinger and having the courage to invite Jonathan Cahn. His stunning message is sorely needed today in this great nation. God bless you, Jan, and all the folks at OTM."

A Facebook reader wrote, "We were there and can't stop praising God."

"I wanted to let you know how blessed I was at your conference.  I could not stop crying all day on Saturday, I was so blessed.  I have not felt God move in my heart like that for too long of a time, I am sorry to admit.

"When Jonathan arrived and began to speak, the glory of the Lord fell upon that place.  By the time he finished, I looked at our group and tears were streaming down faces even as they streamed down many faces around us. All around us hearts were being broken and contrite before a Holy God!"

Jan on phone with God

There was an electric moment Friday night when a trumpet blast was heard in the auditorium.  Then Jan answered her cell.  She reported that it was God performing a trial run!

Jan's assistant, Heidi (center), with The Songmasters -- Jerry and Ginger Dallin,
who provided special music for the conference this year.

Bill speaking

Bill Koenig, Christian White House news correspondent, spoke of "America at the Crossroads," and subsequently gave comments on the upcoming election.

Michele Bachmann & Heidi

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann attended our conference this year.  On Saturday afternoon, Jan's assistant, Heidi, got a spur-of-the-moment photo op.

Jonathan and crowd

Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn gave a poignant message of America's need to repent, and of how that begins with individual Americans.  During Jonathan's closing call to individual repentance and salvation, nearly 100 people indicated that they were choosing to accept God's gift of salvation through Jesus Christ's death on the cross!

 The entire radio team from Olive Tree Ministries.  From L to R:  Eric Barger; Jill Martin Rische; Jan Markell and Larry Kutzler

Understanding The Times 2012 - CD and DVD cover

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Attendee Comments

Comment from an attendee: Thank you, Olive Tree crew. We traveled all the way from Texas to Minneapolis and were not disappointed. You mix the subject matter very well so it's pretty hard to get bored. And where else can we find such a wealth of truth?

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