Lots of news over the weekend, so let’s sort it out!
First, Israel took aim at an Iranian military base near Damascus on Friday night, and hit its target. At the time, little was known about what the IAF (Israeli Air Force) was targeting or what the mission was. Israel, as always, was tight-lipped about the airstrike, neither confirming nor denying their involvement in military action.
According to DEBKA, we know now that the target was the Iranian military base just south of Damascus, where Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias taking briefings from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Iranian and Hezbollah officials were killed in the attack.
Meanwhile, following recent buildup of American troops in Iraq, there are reports indicating pressure applied to Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi to cut cooperation with the Iranians. It is unclear what other diplomatic efforts are being done there.
On Saturday, Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh committed to a “new page,” in favor of the Saudi-led defense against the Houthis (another Iranian proxy). Once a backer of the Houthi insurgency, the “new page” seems to coincide with US-Saudi efforts to topple the Iranian puppet (Houthis) in Yemen.
Finally, President Trump is faced with a Monday deadline in which to sign a waiver that would delay still further the move of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Furthermore, reports are coming out that Trump will make a major announcement on Wednesday, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The Palestinian Authority has warned that the US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will destroy the peace process. (What peace process? The efforts with the Palestinians has gone on since the 1960’s with no progress to speak of!) Some believe Arab leaders such as Egypt’s President Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince bin-Salman are finally fed up with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and are ready for a change.
What does this all mean? Do we see the Sunni Arab world becoming more-and-more aligned with western efforts, including those of Israel and the US? It seems so. Is Israel sensing the urgency of taking action, with or without the support of others, to prevent Iran from setting up shop right on their border? It most definitely looks that way. Will the US ever move the embassy to Jerusalem? Who knows…but if it happens, we can count on chaos and further attacks on Israel.
Is the world ready for what is shaping up in the Middle East? Hard to know. Are YOU ready for the coming of our Lord Jesus to “catch us up” to meet Him in the air? That could happen at any time. Be ready (Matthew 24:44)…run the race (1 Corinthians 9:24, Hebrews 12:1)…be found faithful when He returns (Luke 12:35-43)…stand, and look up, because our redemption is drawing near (Luke 21:28)!