SID: 2008, you’re in my favorite city in the world, Jerusalem, at the Western Wall, and God speaks to you. What did He tell you?
ERICK: Well Sid, my favorite city in the world as well, and my first time ever in Israel. I set foot in Jerusalem, a lifelong dream. I’m looking at the Western Wall. God has never spoken to me audibly yet, but He’s spoken to my heart, and that day He spoke to my heart in a powerful way. And He said three words, Sid, clearly: “Help my people.” And there was not a doubt in my mind he meant the Jewish people, not only in Israel, but around the world. And all of a sudden, Sid, my whole life began to make sense. Why am I in this field of counter-terrorism, anti-jihad? Why am I doing this, why in my whole life do I have Jewish friends, coaches, mentors in my life? Why this lifelong passion for Israel, when my father was a Christian Zionist who taught me to love Israel and the land of Israel, why? Finally, it all made sense to me as I was in Jerusalem and God spoke to my heart in a powerful way.
SID: Okay. What will trigger the next war in the Middle East?
ERICK: Three potential triggers, Sid, and here they are. Number one, the ongoing chaos in Egypt, which our good friends the Muslim Brotherhood are in the middle of. That chaos in Egypt could spill over Egypt’s borders, pull in Israel. Then we have Syria, Israel’s other neighbor, a hundred thousand people at this point, Sid, killed in that civil war in Syria, that could spill over, pull Israel and Syria’s neighbors in. The third and most likely trigger, Sid, beyond Egypt, beyond Syria and probably the most likely, Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Iran is very, very close to acquiring a nuclear bomb.
SID: Okay. Israel doesn’t want this for obvious reasons.
SID: Why is the U.S. dragging their feet?
ERICK: They believe, Sid, that we can negotiate with the Iranians. We can talk to these guys. They’re diplomatic. We can talk them down from the nuclear ledge, Sid, and talk some reason with the Iranians.
SID: Why is that impossible, in your opinion?
ERICK: Their ideology, Sid. You can’t discuss Iran without discussing their ideology. What is that ideology? It’s an ideology of martyrdom, of ushering in the End Times, the return of the Islamic Messiah. Sid, I’ll give you a great example. This might shock everyone at home. During the 1980s, the Iran-Iraq war, a million people killed. The Iranian mullahs, the same guys in charge of that country now, sent thousands of young Iranian boys, as young as 10 years old, to clear mind fields. They put plastic keys around their necks, Sid, and told them, “These are the keys to paradise. If you just clear that mind field, kill yourself, tonight you’ll be in paradise with Allah.” I’m sorry, Sid, I don’t think you can negotiate with people who put such a low value on a human life as this Iranian regime does.
SID: So what is their plan with these nuclear bombs, that they’re just literally months away from having developed?
ERICK: Sid, their plan, number one, is to wipe Israel off the map. But American viewers especially need to understand, in the Iranian ideology, Israel is only the little Satan. It’s America that is the great Satan and the ultimate prize. America has a bulls eye on its back, Sid. Once Iran is done with Israel, and I’ve read the Bible, so I know that’s not going to happen. But if Iran were to succeed in its plans to wipe Israel off the map, they wouldn’t just pack up their bags and go, Sid. They’d come for America, they’d come for us, people need to understand that Israel is the first line of defense for Western civilization. Really they’re the canary in the coal mind in this fight against radical Islam.
SID: Okay. Does Iran have this new EMP technology?
ERICK: This is a scary thing that they have tested, Sid. EMP stands for electromagnetic pulse. And what that is, it sounds almost like a science fiction movie. But what they would do is fire a nuclear missile into the atmosphere above the United States. The missile detonates above a city, say, New York City, Washington, D.C., and it fries everything below, Sid. The electrical grid is fried. Your car won’t run. Your cell phone won’t work. We’re back in the 1800s. Iran has tested this technology. Russia, China, North Korea, all working with it. And our government on Capitol Hill, Sid, there has not been the will to harden our electrical grid to guard against this kind of attack.
SID: How does oil play into all this?
ERICK: Well at the end of the day, as we know, the Muslim world controls a good amount of the world’s oil supply. And the scary thing is, I’ll give you two examples, Sid. Number one, the Suez Canal in Egypt, now a good amount of the world’s oil passes through the Middle East every day on its way to America and Europe. So if that Suez Canal were shut down by terrorists, that affects the whole global economy. Everyone watching this show right now would feel it in their pocketbook, feel it every time they go to the oil and gas pump. Oil and gas prices would skyrocket. The global economy would take a major hit if that Suez Canal is shut down. And the other thing to keep in mind with OPEC, mainly Muslim nations, if this Islamic, I call it, I don’t just call it, history calls it a caliphate, Islamic caliphate, a United Muslim States, every Muslim nation united militarily, politically, economically controlling a good supply of the world’s oil. That is the goal, this caliphate, for the Brotherhood, for Iran, whether they’re Shia, Sunni, Al-Qaeda, this is what they want. And if they join forces, Sid, they will control a good chunk of the world’s oil supply. That’s very bad for us here in the West.
SID: You know, we’re hearing all of these things. As far as I’m concerned, Israel and America are in the same boat, and it’s not an accident. Jews and Christians are in the same boat, and it’s not an accident. I see this as God’s greatest moment. And I’m going to give you a supernatural solution for yourself, for your family, for your city. It’s Psalm 122, Verse 6, which says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” The word “peace” in Hebrew, shalom, can mean “completeness”. What is the completeness of Jerusalem? Jew and Gentile. One in Jesus, one in Yeshua, one in Messiah. But it goes on. It says, “Pray for the completeness of Jerusalem. They shall prosper that love them.” In the Hebrew, the word “prosper” means more than money can buy. It means “heart peace”. God promises to you that if you will pray for the completeness and safety of Jerusalem, God will give you heart peace. I’m not worried about Israel. I’m very concerned about the United States and the rest of the world, because God says, “I will bless those who bless the Jewish people” and if you’re blessing the Jewish people, a thousand can fall at your left hand, 10,000 at your right hand. But the Word of God says, it will not come near you. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Thou shall prosper. Thou shall have heart peace that love thee.”