Bible prophecy is very clear, in the last days, Israel will stand alone. Just a few years ago, it was unfathomable that the United States would abandon Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East, yet the rhetoric coming from the current administration seems to suggest just such a scenario. Weeks ago, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that if Israel did not accept the peace deal offered by the U. S., Israel could find itself standing alone in the international community. Friday, peace talks broke down between Israel and the Palestinians. Secretary of State John Kerry announced, on Friday, that the peace talks have failed. What does this mean for the relationship between Israel and the United States? Will the president make good on his threat to abandon Israel in it's struggle for it's very existence?
Other questions must be asked, questions that at the moment have no solid answers. Syria is a known threat to Israel, and the rebels fighting in Syria are not friendly toward Israel either, what will that scenario hold in store for Israel if the U. S. turns its back? Can a flare up between these two neighboring countries lead to the total annihilation of Damascus, the capitol of Syria? I believe it can. In the past, when Israel has come under attack, the U. S. has called for restraint on the part of Israel, concerning retaliation. If the U. S. steps back from Israel, will Israel feel the need for a strong response if attacked? We know that Israel destroys Damascus at some future point, as the prophets Amos and Jeremiah both foretold it.
Iran continually maintains a threatening posture towards Israel, could a retaliatory strike on Damascus entice Iran and it's allies(namely Russia) to make a move against Israel leading to the Gog and Magog war prophesied in the Bible? Could this failed attack on Israel lead to the fated treaty that will be signed between Israel and it's enemies, a peace treaty brokered by the man the Bible refers to as the Anti-Christ? If so, the signing of this treaty will signal the final 7 years of life as we know it, on earth.
Many questions remain unanswered, many pieces need to fall into place, but the are some things that we do know for sure. We know that at some point in the future, Israel will stand alone in the world. We know that at some point in the future, Israel will retaliate against an attack from Syria and destroy Damascus utterly and completely. We know that at some point in the future Israel will be attacked by a coalition of nations led by Iran and Russia, an attack that Israel will survive due to supernatural intervention from God. We know that at some point in the future, the Anti-Christ will broker a peace deal between Israel and it's enemies in the Middle East, marking the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel known as the Seven Year Tribulation. We know that at some point in the future, Jesus Christ will return, rescue Israel, set up a kingdom in Jerusalem and reign for a thousand years. We know all these things because the Bible tells us they will happen.
I believe, for a number of reasons, we are living in the days leading up to these events and we will see many of these events take place soon. If you have not read my blog post A NEW POPE, A METEOR AND A REALLY GOOD BOOK... I encourage you to take a look. If you are a regular reader of my blogs you will see that I am fairly convinced that Pope Francis is set to fulfill the role of the False Prophet foretold of in the book of Revelation. In the aforementioned blog, you will find a link to a Youtube video featuring Rabbi Gary Cahn as he discusses his book the HARBINGER.(I strongly urge you to get this book and read it). Also of interest is the upcoming Blood Moons, this year and next year. A number of Bible Prophecy experts believe these Blood Moon occurrences, two this year and two next year, all four coinciding with major Jewish Feasts, are a signal of the immanent return of Christ for the Church.(here is a link to an interesting site regarding the Blood Moons and prophecy:
Much of the turmoil in the Middle East seems to be positioning prophetic events towards fulfillment.
What does all this mean for the believer in Christ? The Bible tells us that no man knows the hour of Christ's return, but we are told to watch for signs of the times and that we should be able to discern the season of Christ's return. It may well be that Christ could tarry another 100 years or more, though I highly doubt it. As always, we should sense the urgency of the Great Commission. We ought to be living out our faith, pursuing holiness, learning our Bibles and preparing for our call Home. We must remember that neither our entertainment, nor our leisure, nor the acceptance of our peers is worth one lost soul. It is time for the Church to wake up, clean it's own house and start loving people into the kingdom.