Rhetoric from Middle Eastern leaders is heated and, in some cases, diametrically opposed when it comes to Israel. Just yesterday I highlighted a Kuwaiti writer’s clear conviction that Israel is an independent sovereign state with every right to live in their land.
However, in a Tuesday phone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that “from now on, Israel sees Iran’s activities in Syria as a target. We will not hesitate to act, if our security needs require us to do so.”
On Thursday, Iranian Revolutionary Guard Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari upped the ante by vowing the “eradication of Israel” should another conflict erupt. In addition, the Major General staunchly supports Hezbollah’s presence and activities in Lebanon.
Hezbollah is an Iranian puppet, and as a terrorist organization, is a rogue military force in Lebanon. Regarding Hezbollah, Jafari stated, “Hezbollah must be armed to fight against the enemy of the Lebanese nation which is Israel. Naturally they should have the best weapons to protect Lebanon’s security. This issue is non-negotiable.”
The battle lines are being drawn while the Iranian Revolutionary Guard continues to establish itself on Israel’s border. How far will Iran provoke Israel by continuing to push toward Israel’s borders? At what point will Netanyahu and the Israeli government decide “enough is enough,” and make a move to stop Iran from setting up shop on their doorstep? Both sides have drawn lines in the sand, and the opposing viewpoints cannot coexist.
World events, when viewed through the lens of Scripture, tell us that the end is near. Russia and Iran are lurking on Israel’s borders, poised to fulfill the prophetic invasion of Ezekiel 38. Meanwhile, Damascus sits in a precarious position with warring factions all around and the potential that Israel may have to take action to defend itself. Could the prophetic (Isaiah 17:1) destruction of Damascus be the spark that lights the Ezekiel 38 fuse?
The stage is set for both end time events. Stay faithful to the Lord’s calling, my friends, and keep looking up. Our Blessed Hope may snatch us away at any moment!