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Glenn Beck gave the keynote address at Christians United for Israel's Washington Summit Tuesday night, concluding a day that featured speakers from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"Miracles do happen, Pastor Hagee got me to come back to Washington, D.C.," Beck began with a laugh. "I'm proud to be here. I'm humbled to be here. I usually take about five minutes to write a speech. This one has been weighing on me for quite some time, and I have prayed a great deal on what to say."
Beck spoke about the turmoil in the Middle East, how America's founding is tied to Israel, and backed up his vocal support for the organization with a generous donation.
"Last time I was here, Mercury One and my wife and I donated $10,000 to help with CUFI on Campus," he said. "And I spoke to my wife before I came and we were prepared to do $50,000, but I am asking you to be ten times what you think you can be, and I will put my money where my mouth is and write you a check tonight for $100,000."
The crowd erupted in applause as Beck continued: "The students and our youth are the answer and the key. We must not just have a hand, a palm on their back -- we must have our shoulders behind them and prop them up and do all that we can do. These are the days, and it's exciting to watch God work! It will be amazing to see what God does in Israel. It will be amazing to see the miracles when our back is up the wall and we don't think we can make it. This is it -- watch not for His finger, not for His hand, but for the whole arm of God."
Throughout his speech, Beck warned the audience about the "terrible, terrible days" that could lie ahead if the people of America don't "wake up and turn around."
"We are entering a time where most people can't see the difference between light and dark, good and evil, and our humanity is slipping from us," he said, later adding: "It is essential that we remember and everything we have is set up to remember who we are."
Beck showed the crowd a number of artifacts reflecting the worst and best of man's history, from a whip used at Auschwitz to the text of Winthrop's "city on a hill" speech. He also spoke about America's founding, and scriptures that he believes reference current times.
It is up to you whether these times will be marked by "profound darkness or unbelievable glorious light" in the end, Beck said. "I firmly believe that each one of us was born at this time for a reason."
"Now is the time to stand, and not just for Israel, but for all of God's truth. Stand for all of humanity," he reiterated.
At one point, Beck referenced a passage in the book of Ezekiel that he said has had a profound impact on him since he read it six years ago. It says God has put watchmen on the tower, and those who see trouble and don't ring the alarm will have the people's blood on their hands.
"It is on just a few that are awake to stop this from happening again," Beck said, picking up the whip from Auschwitz. "Make no mistake, Hitler taught it to the Middle East and they lapped it up. It will happen again..."
But despite the challenges, Beck said he has "faith and knowledge" because he knows God wins in the end. But for those who think that means they can sit back, he warned: "Make no mistake, [He wins] after we do all that we can do."
"God bless, and God bless the state of Israel."
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