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Understanding The Times Conferences
UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES FALL 2014
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
Several thousand came from across America for our 18th conference since 2002.
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.
Pastor Jack Hibbs from Calvary Chapel, Chino Hills, CA, addressed both the rising tide of Islam and deception in the church in one message.
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.
Steven Khoury presents Jan with a wood carving as a gift from the believers in Israel.
UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES SPRING 2014
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
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
Keynote speaker, Dr. Erwin Lutzer, Moody Church, Chicago, IL.
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).
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.
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UNDERSTANDING THE TIMES 2013
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.
Bible prophecy scholar Dr. Mark Hitchcock Mark’s topic is the coming economic crisis dead ahead.
Co-hosts Jan Markell & Eric Barger
Our panel discussion with Mark Hitchcock, Ron Rhodes, and Joseph Farah
Dr. Ron Rhodes Ron addressed the deception in today’s church and Bible prophecy
Joseph Farah Farah addressed some current event issues from a biblical perspective. He offered a newsman’s view.
Our special guests: Rich, Shirley and Dick Bott of Bott Radio Network
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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 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.")
Dr. Erwin Lutzer, pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, presented two vital messages: "One Minute After You Die: A Preview of Your Final Destination" and "When a Nation Forgets God"
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!"
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 Koenig, Christian White House news correspondent, spoke of "America at the Crossroads," and subsequently gave comments on the upcoming election.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann attended our conference this year. On Saturday afternoon, Jan's assistant, Heidi, got a spur-of-the-moment photo op.
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
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We just finished a phenomenal conference! Thank you to every speaker and every individual who attended and made this year's event memorable. We do have the CD and DVDs already for sale in our online store here.
We had over 4,500 - maxed out available seating - on Friday night alone!
Bill Koenig gave us U.S. administration information we couldn't get anywhere else!
It was good to have Joel Rosenberg back with us for another year
Joel Rosenberg autographed books for attendees this year
We held an extended Q&A with extremely informed questions and excellent answers!
Joel Rosenberg & Jan exchanged quips on Friday night just before Joel spoke to attendees.
Attendees were tickled to see Jan back this year and in great form!
Eric Barger informed us about a new and dangerous twist: The so-called blending of Christianity with Islam called “Chrislam”
Mark Hitchcock provided insight into the whole 2012 craze and what is true about the future from a biblical perspective.
Joel with a number of Olive Tree staff members. From left to right: Jan, Joel Rosenberg, Gail Rubenstein & Heidi Swander.
We held an extended Q&A with extremely informed questions and excellent answers
The CD album features 7 CDs which include two messages each from David Reagan and Mark Hitchcock, and one message each from Mike Gendron and Gary Kah. There is also a Q & A session included which closed out the conference. Issues addressed include Bible prophecy, current events from a biblical perspective, and the rising end-time apostasy. Cost: $30 and $5 for shipping and handling (shipping for out-of-country orders will be a bit higher).
The DVD album features 4 DVDs with all of the above speakers, but includes valuable PowerPoint presentations. Cost: $55 and $5 for shipping and handling (shipping for out-of-country orders will be a bit higher).
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Eric Barger leads Q&A on Saturday interviewing Mike Gendron, David Reagan and Gary Kah. Mark Hitchcock was also one of our speakers, but he was unable to participate in this forum.
Dr. Mark Hitchcock talks about our blessed hope
Mike Gendron questioned whether we aren't trying to undo the Reformation by bringing "Evangelicals and Catholics Together"
Eric Barger explains the critical nature of Caryl Matrisciana's latest DVD project, Wide is the Gate: The New Emerging Christianity, that has a scheduled release date of spring 2011
Gary Kah described his journey to 20+ year discovery of the push toward a one-world government.
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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Olive Tree Ministries PO Box 1452 Maple Grove, MN 55311
Or, you may order with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card by calling 763-559-4444 or 763-210-8291. Whether by mail or phone, the cost will be $25 for CDs and $35 for DVDs and an additional $5 for shipping and handling (shipping for out of country orders will be a bit more and will vary depending on the size of the order).