Skirmishes Heating up on Israel’s Borders

This past week brought threats and actual military action on at least two of Israel’s borders.  Early in the week, Israel deployed the Iron Dome in the southern region, near the Gaza border, following threats from the Al-Quds Brigade (Hamas’s military wing) that they would “respond forcefully” if a Palestinian prisoner dies from his hunger strike.  The Islamic Jihad militant has been on a hunger strike for over 60-days.  He is imprisoned for terrorist activity.

The Al-Quds Brigade announced that “if Allan falls as a martyr, it will be a crime of the occupation toward our prisoners and our people that will force us to respond forcefully, ending our obligation to the cease-fire.”  Having been in a coma off-and-on, the Israeli High Court of Justice offered to release him if he agreed to leave Israel for four years.  He refused that offer.

Meanwhile, a few days later on the northern front, four rockets were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee regions of Israel.  There were no injuries in the attacks, but one rocket explosion set off a wildfire.  After confirming that Islamic Jihad in Syria, backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, was responsible for the rocket blasts, the Israeli Air Force responded with airstrikes.  An IDF source told Israeli media, “We targeted a vehicle this morning in which there were at least four people. We were monitoring this cell and it was attacked some 10-15 kilometers from the border, on territory firmly in the control of the Syrian military. This is an Islamic Jihad cell directed by Iran.”

It is clear to see that Iran has already been emboldened by the recently-struck Iran nuclear deal.  Though the deal requires US Congressional approval, Iran is beginning to flex its muscle, seemingly unconcerned about whether the US approves or not.

It appears the “agreement” pushes us beyond the point of no return regarding Iran’s nuclear ambitions.  To add to the concern, Russia and Iran have virtually completed an agreement in which Russia will supply Iran with S-300 missile defense systems, which are already scheduled for delivery.  Even Russia, a party to the agreement, has chosen to move forward without final approval.

Do you see Biblical significance in this news?  Ezekiel 38 clearly identifies Russia (Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, mentioned in verses 3-4) and Iran (Persia, in verse 5) as key players in the Northern Invasion of Israel during the last days.  (They will be joined by other nations and/or people groups such as North African nations, also current militants against Israel; and Turkey.)

But keep your eyes on Syria as well.  They do not seem to be included in the Northern Invasion of Ezekiel 38.  However, Isaiah 17:1 tells of the fate of Damascus (capital of Syria):

“Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city
And will become a fallen ruin.”

Some Bible scholars and prophecy experts believe that the utter destruction of Damascus could be the fuse that sets off the Northern Invasion described in Ezekiel 38!  Of course, it is too soon to state emphatically that that is what will happen.  However, never in the history of the world have we seen Bible prophecies of these two events take shape as they are today.

We are watching Bible prophecy come to fruition in our lifetime!  These are the last hours or minutes of the last days.  According to my understanding of Bible prophecy, these events likely take place either just before or (more likely) just after the rapture.  If we see post-rapture events lining up, how close are we to the rapture?

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Be comforted, my friends!

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