"An Israel Air Force fighter jet shot down a suspicious object flying near the southern Red Sea on Thursday (Dec. 16), after it was determined that the object posed a threat to buildings in the area including the nearby Dimona (southern Israel) plant. Army Radio stated in a later report that only after the IAF’s southern air-control unit determined the flying object was in a closed airspace, was unmanned and had no reason to be hovering where it was the IAF shot it down."
Dimona is reputed to be the nuclear plant for Israel, though Israel has in place a firm plan of nuclear ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying the plant's function. It was only the second time since the Second Lebanon War that the Air Force used interception and comes at a time of heightened tensions between Israel and her neighbors.
We are all on tenterhooks as to when the last battles before the rapture will take place. We know that there will be in the form of Damascus destroyed (Isaiah 17:1) Neighbors of Israel warring (Psalm 83), and Ezekiel 38-39 (Iran, Turkey and Russia et al attack Israel). We just don't know for sure when, or in what order. But it will happen.
Since Israel is in the forefront of God's work in the last days before the rapture and all throughout the tribulation, we always look out for that blessed nation and see what is happening. A drone, unmanned balloon, or any flying object over Israel's nuke plant is something to take note of. So what is the state of things militarily and otherwise in Israel with her neighbors? We turn to Joel C. Rosenberg, a Christian insider who knows quite a bit of what is going on. He recently attended a conference on “Confronting The Iran Threat,” organized by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank and there, Rosenberg gave his year end threat analysis:
"As we end 2010, my sense is that the Stuxnet computer virus which has infected more than 30,000 Iranian computers and brought Iranian enrichment of uranium almost to a standstill for the time being, the recent assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, the near assassination of another top Iranian nuclear scientist, and the effect of new economic sanctions are all having a significant impact. Anything is possible, of course, but some experts I’m talking to believe that there is a little more breathing room, and an Israeli strike would be generally unlikely before the fall of 2011, at the earliest. That is speculation, to be sure. The threat is very real."
Iran is chomping at the bit to attack Israel, especially after losing face with the damage done by the Stuxnet computer virus. Hezbollah and Hamas are being armed continually by Iran and Syria continues her chemical warfare experiments. The Syrian Presidential adviser blames the Iranian nuke scientists' deaths on Mossad assassinations, we learn that without preconditions, "France to send Lebanon 100 anti-tank missiles" while Israel's Haaretz newspaper editors simply wonder "Is the Middle East on the threshold of collapse?"
Why yes, yes it is on the verge of collapse. As a matter of fact the Middle East will collapse- EXCEPT for Israel. It is a near thing, but in the very end of the Tribulation, the LORD saves His nation. The countries and federations listed in Psalm 83 which attack Israel in the last days are her persistent enemies from all time. Richard Ritenbaugh of Bible Tools wrote: "all of these different peoples [listed as attacking Israel in Psalm 83]—Edom, Ishmael, Amalek, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, Tyre, and Assyria—are among the major players in the Middle East today. These are peoples from whom the Jihadists and the Islamic fundamentalists hail, making up what is known as the "Arab" or "Muslim world." Today, these people inhabit the nations of Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia, etc., and the pseudo-nation of Palestine."
It was into this tense atmosphere that an unmanned drone, balloon, or unidentified flying object flew. The Israel Air Force has not found remnants yet, but they sure are looking. They want to know what it was and from that, why it was flying over restricted airspace. The tensions, hatreds, and uncertainties in the Middle East will only worsen, until there will be no doubt to the answer to Haaretz's question, "Is the Middle East on the threshold of collapse?"