Early this morning (Israel time) an Iranian drone was discovered crossing into Israel from Syria. An Israeli Apache helicopter shot down the low-flying drone and the IDF immediately retaliated by striking Iranian targets in Syria.
In the midst of the action, an Israeli F-16 was hit by anti-aircraft fire in Syria and turned back toward Israel, where the plane crashed in the northern Jordan valley. Thankfully, the two pilots ejected safely and are alive.
My friends, the action is heating up. Just days ago, Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to take whatever action necessary to protect Israel. Iran flying drones into Israel is a severe violation of Israel’s sovereignty, and such actions will simply not be tolerated. Unfortunately, it seems Israel will once again be drawn into a war in which they never wished.
We’ve talked much about the coming War of Gog and Magog, described in Ezekiel 38-39, but I want to draw your attention to Ezekiel 38:10-13:
Thus says the Lord God, “It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan, and you will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or gates, to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.’ Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?’”
Russia and Iran are undoubtedly the key players in the northern coalition that Ezekiel 38 describes as coming against Israel. Indeed, they “devise an evil plan.” (v10) Israel is the most secure they have ever been in their 70 year history since rebirth. They are strong militarily, they are prosperous economically, they live in unwalled cities. (v11) While Iran’s intent is to wipe Israel off the map, Russia (the leader of the coalition) is after “spoils” (oil and gas). (v12)
But get this: look who is questioning motive, as if to say, “Hey, why are you attacking Israel!” Verse 13 refers to Sheba and Dedan (and others). Do you know who Sheba and Dedan is? Saudi Arabia! Only recently has Saudi Arabia warmed up to Israel. Until recently, Saudi Arabia could not care less if someone attacked Israel! This prophecy could not have been fulfilled until only a few short weeks or months ago! Yet it is in place now!
Friends, we don’t know when Jesus will come to take us (believers in Jesus Christ) out of here. (That is known as the rapture. See 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18) Nor do we know if it will be before or after the War of Gog and Magog. Regardless, it COULD be any time, and we need to live our lives in anticipation of our soon coming King! (See Welcome the King Home) Damascus could soon fall (Isaiah 17:1), and Russia and Iran (along with Turkey, Sudan and Libya) could soon filter right through Syria to Israel’s border (Ezekiel 38-39). Once that happens, God’s fury will mount and He will take matters into His own hands! (Ezekiel 38:18-23)
But fear not, Christian brothers and sisters! We know how it ends, and we know our final destination! This world is not our home, and we will be called to our eternal home some day. Maranatha…Lord come quickly!