Folks, things are moving fast. It is hard to keep up. Joel C. Rosenberg used the word suddenly when he wrote about the current intensification of speculation about a possible preemptive strike by Israel against Iran. His very good and educational article outlining the current situation is called "Is Netanyahu Signaling a Preemptive Strike Against Iran?"
A week ago:
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: I Will Never Recognize a Jewish State
4 days ago:
Rocket fire rocks south
"South under fire again in wake of IAF attack in Gaza: Alarm sounds in various southern communities. Man hit by shrapnel in Gan Yavne; rocket hits school courtyard in Ashdod. Second barrage targets residential building, one injured. Islamic Jihad claims responsibility."
3 days ago:
Ashdod mayor: "This Can't Go On Much Longer"
"Ashdod Mayor Dr. Yehiel Lasri, whose city has been under a constant threat of rocket attacks, said on Sunday that the situation cannot continue and urged the government to take immediate action."
Israel gets ready to unveil David's Sling
"The Israeli air force is preparing to deploy a new air-defense system with the biblical name of David's Sling, designed to intercept medium-range missiles, while the Iron Dome system deployed earlier battles Palestinian rockets."
2 days ago:
UN: Syria complex bolsters suspicion of nuke ambitions
"U.N. investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could be used to make nuclear arms."
1 day ago:
Will Israel Really Strike Iran?
"Benjamin Netanyahu is edging closer to launching a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. A firestorm of violence across the Mediterranean would follow. And Tehran is already threatening to retaliate against the United States, writes Bruce Riedel."
Benjamin Netanyahu seeks cabinet support for Israeli strike on Iran
"Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, is seeking cabinet support for a military strike on Iran, Haaretz newspaper has reported after days of speculation on plans for such an attack."
Salehi: Iran Ready to Push Back Enemy Attacks
"Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Thursday responded to reports claiming Israel is planning a military attack against his country, stating Tehran is "ready for war" with Israel."
Israeli PM orders investigation into Iran attack leak
"Kuwaiti paper says Binyamin Netanyahu believes the heads of the Mossad and Shin Bet, respectively Israel's foreign and domestic intelligence agencies, may have leaked plans for attack."
Tomorrow: (or sometime in probably the near future):
The bible prophecies that wars will occur in the Tribulation. It prophesies these wars in Revelation 6:3-4 as one of the Four Horsemen. Wars and rumors of wars are prophesied in Matthew 24:6. However, war as a general state is not the only prophecy. There are specific wars prophesied to come. The question is not what those wars are. The questions is when. These wars are :
1. Damascus will be destroyed according to Isaiah 17:1.
2. Israel's abutting neighbors will attack Israel as prophesied in Psalm 83.
3. Israel's far neighbors will attack Israel. known as the Gog-Magog War of Ezekiel 38-39.
The only thing we know about timing of when these wars may occur is that by the very end of the Gog Magog war, the church will be gone. This is because the LORD God literally pokes His face through the veil and reveals Himself supernaturally, so that all nations know He is the LORD-
"In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes." (Ez 38:16)
"And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.' (Ez 38:23)
But more importantly, not only the nations will know it is the Lord that rescues Israel in this attack (that they are about to lose) but Israel knows.
"‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel." (Ezekiel 39:7a).
From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God." (Ezekiel 39:22.)
It is this battle, prophecy students say, that calls Israel back to covenant with God, and the call for a Temple goes up and sacrifices resume after a 2000 year cessation. We know sacrifices begin because the antichrist stops them according to Daniel 9:26-27. So the wars will happen. We don't know when- before the rapture, or after?
The wars are not long-drawn out affairs. In Isaiah 17, it explicitly says that in the evening Damascus will be there and by morning it will be gone. (Is 17:14).
The Psalm 83 war with near neighbors is thought to be one that occurs quickly and decisively. It seems that Israel regains the lands promised to her by God to Abraham. It is thought that Israel's victory of all the near neighbors is so decisive that it causes the literal and mental relief and relaxation and thus will be living in a land of unwalled villages as Ezekiel 38:11- when the Iranians and the Russians come calling.
The entire scenario could be played out within months. The three battles, or wars, won't take as long as the Afghanistan and Iranian wars the Americans have been engaged in. It would be more like Israel's Six Day War.
Therefore we may indeed be around to see them. Or not. As the Lord wills.
The heat is incredibly turned up. Middle East is definitely at a boiling point when Israel is openly talking of an attack, and the US and UK are too. Iran will not take this lightly nor will Hezbollah or the Palestinian Authority. As birth pangs will do, the cataclysms and paroxysms are coming one upon another now, the news s unfolding that fast. Pray you will be found ready to stand before the Lord. He is merciful and loving, but above all He is HOLY.
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