Watching world events with an eye on Bible prophecy confirms our faith in God’s Word. While Bible prophecy can be frightening to some, for those who put their hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is exciting.
Just this weekend two reports broke that have significance if we know and understand Scripture. First, the Washington Post reported: ISIS militants accused of using ‘blistering chemical agent’ in attacks on Mosul. As a result of those attacks, at least 12 people (some as young as 2 years old) were treated in hospitals for blisters, burns, respiratory issues and other effects. The use of such chemical agents is a war crime, but has been carried out, not only by ISIS, but also by the Assad regime in Syria.
We should not be surprised. ISIS declared a caliphate a few years ago, and since then have bullied their way through Iraqi and Syrian territory, killing thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands. What are they after? More territory they can include as part of their caliphate. What will they do to get it? Any and everything, regardless the cost of human lives.
Couple their radical ideas with the fact that Damascus, Syria sits atop the largest known stockpile of chemical weapons in the world and you have a recipe for disaster. While they try to get their hands on more and more chemical weapons, so does the Assad regime, rebel forces, and other rogue militants. Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force routinely targets convoys of such weapons headed for Lebanon and Hezbollah control.
One day, should the most dangerous weapons come out, Israel may well be forced to take even more dramatic action in order to protect her people and defend her homeland. Or, perhaps one of those rogue regimes manages to get their hands on the weapons. What happens then will likely lead to the destruction of Damascus…just as Isaiah 17:1 predicts.
Given what we see today, that prophecy seems to be the next “big one” on the agenda. However, I can see where that may well trigger the next “even bigger” event on the prophetic calendar: the Northern Invasion, described in Ezekiel 38-39. That prophecy tells us of a coalition led by Russia and Iran (and including Turkey, Sudan, Libya and others) that will swoop down out of the “remote parts of the north” (Russia) to “capture spoil and seize plunder.”
Thus, we can expect that Russia and Iran will cozy up and take up arms during the last days…and that is exactly what we see! Years ago, Russia and Iran signed an agreement whereby Russia would supply Iran with a sophisticated missile defense system. Sanctions against Iran prohibited that transfer of military equipment until the Iran nuclear deal of 2015. In 2016, Russia delivered the S-300 system to Iran.
On multiple occasions, Iran has illegally test-fired various missiles, in violation of UN sanctions and the nuclear deal, but has gone totally unpunished. However, the New York Daily News reported on Saturday: Iran successfully test fires advanced air defense system made by Russia.
Are we surprised? Not if we know and understand the times and seasons in which we live! Are we frightened by what we see and hear? Not if we take God at His Word! You see, He told us in John 14:1-3 that He was going away to prepare a place for us, but that He will come again to take us to be with Him forever.
If that is so (and it is!), then we must be ready! Remember the parable of the ten virgins (found in Mathew 25:1-13)? Five were prudent, five were foolish. The prudent ones took every opportunity to remain ready for the coming of the Bridegroom, while the other five did not. When He arrived, only the five who were ready were taken to be with Him at the wedding feast.
The Bridegroom is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ, who (according to John 14:1-3) went back to heaven to prepare a place for us. He is coming again soon, and only those who are prepared will be taken to the wedding feast in heaven.
Christian friends, we have work to do! First, we ourselves must be prepared. We must watch and wait for His return. We must live as though He is coming today. We encourage others to be ready.
Time is short…what are we doing with the time we have?