Ironically, only days after King Abdullah II of Jordan met with President Obama to discuss the dangers ISIS poses to Jordan, special forces in the Hashemite Kingdom engaged a heavily-armed ISIS sleeper cell in Irbed Jordan, near the Syrian border.
Intelligence reports revealed that the ISIS cell had planned imminent attacks on civilian and military targets, designed to terrorize and destabilize Jordan. Seven militants were killed, more than a dozen more were arrested, and ISIS weapons, munitions, and explosives were seized in the 11-hour preemptive strike.
To make matters worse, it is reported that about 4,000 Jordanian jihadists have joined the ranks of ISIS and other radical jihadist groups.
As indicated before, Jordan’s King Abdullah II is a rational voice in the Middle East, and Jordan is a key American ally in a very complex region. But why is it important for the US to support Jordan? Many reasons, but consider this: if ISIS is successful in overrunning Jordan, they will then occupy territory just across the border from Israel. Add that threat to the threat of ISIS controlling Syria (on Israel’s northeastern border) and you begin to understand the need for Jordan to sustain their nation.
I have the blessed privilege of leading a live group through Looking for the Blessed Hope (the Bible study) currently. Recently we studied Ezekiel 36-39, and paused to consider that we are living in the midst of that prophecy! Major portions of Ezekiel 36 and 37 have at least partially been fulfilled, and Ezekiel 38-39 are just around the corner! Consider these interesting thoughts:
- Jordan is not named as a party to the Northern coalition described in Ezekiel 38. What will happen to Jordan?
- Isaiah 17 predicts the utter destruction of Damascus Syria. What might happen if ISIS gets their hands on weapons of mass destruction, which are known to exist in Syria?
- Could the destruction of Damascus be the spark that light the Ezekiel 38-39 fuse?
- Could the overthrow of Jordan create a power vacuum to the east of Israel?
How close could we be, given what we are witnessing in the world today? These are all signs of the return of our Lord and Savior! Signs are all around us!
Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
Maranatha…Lord come quickly!