Ayatollah Khamenei’s second in command, Hojatoleslam Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, secretly arrived in Beirut Lebanon last week to inspect Hezbollah, assess the positioning of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) on the Lebanese border, and give a pep talk to Hezbollah’s troops. It is also believed he met with secretary general of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah (a recognized terrorist), to “discuss the situation” in the region.
Despite UN resolutions and sanctions, Iran continues to build up, empower and incite its proxies in areas throughout the Middle East, all with Israel in the bull’s eye. Raisi’s pep talk, loosely translated, included this:
“Hizballah’s influence may now be found in every Muslim country. It imbues Palestinian fighters with hope for winning their struggle on those fronts. By “resistance” the Palestinians have managed to survive against Israel. They have learned that fighting and dogged opposition – not negotiating tables – will determine the fate of their country. It was Hizballah’s fighting capacity alone that generated resistance in the Islamic countries. Allah willing, we shall soon witness the liberation of Jerusalem!”
~DEBKAfile, February 3, 2018
The timing of Raisi’s visit is likely no coincidence, as it occurred as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russia to reiterate to Vladimir Putin that Israel cannot and will not tolerate the military presence and construction of precision missile factories by the Iranians in Syria and Lebanon. Iran seems to be thumbing their nose at Israel’s insistence by indicating their intent, not only to continue presence in the region, but to increase it.
In Luke 21, Jesus speaks prophetically to His followers. Early in the chapter, He prophesies regarding the destruction of the Temple. That prophecy came to pass about 40 years later when the Romans destroyed it in 70 AD. He goes on, then to prophesy about the last days…nation against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and natural disasters upon the earth. He speaks of the return of Christ and illustrates it with the parable of the fig tree.
The fig tree represents the nation of Israel, and He says that when the tree puts forth its leaves, you will know that the prophecies He made are about to come true. Israel “put forth its leaves” in 1948 when it became alive again.
Couple that with what we are told by the prophet Ezekiel in chapters 38-39, and we know that a northern invasion, known as the War of Gog and Magog, will take place in the last days. Early in chapter 38 we’re told (in their ancient names) who will lead the invasion: Russia and Iran. (Turkey, Sudan, Libya and perhaps others will also take part.)
So, there they sit…Russia, Iran and Turkey…right on Israel’s border. Syria has become almost non-existent as a sovereign nation, and the Bible even tells us that Damascus (its capital city) will one day be totally destroyed. (Isaiah 17:1) All these things are happening just as Jesus and the prophets described.
Now back to Jesus’ words in Luke 21:28:
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
These things have indeed BEGUN to take place, and our redemption is drawing near! True…no one knows the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:32). But we know the season (Luke 12:56) and it is high time to awaken from sleep. The night is almost gone and the day is upon us…our salvation is near! (Romans 13:11-12)