I admit…I’m a Middle East news junky! I just find it so intriguing that the news so closely aligns with Scripture! But, I seem to find the ridiculous and absurd more often than not. (That’s easy when Israel’s enemies habitually open their mouths with the strangest and most untruthful things!)
But yesterday was an especially intriguing news day. To begin with, it was Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a day filled with ceremony honoring the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. The grandest ceremony takes place at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum where the Israeli Prime Minister and President almost always speak to the Jewish people, exhorting them to never forget the atrocities carried out against their people.
But perhaps most fascinating is what happens mid-morning on Yom HaShoah. Sirens go off around the country for two minutes and the entire nation literally stands still to honor the Holocaust victims. Here is what it looks like on busy freeways (click the picture to see the video):
Of course, while that was going on, we continued receiving news regarding Syria. The US has pledged to send missiles in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on innocent Syrian civilians. There are US threats against Russian, Iranian and Assad regime positions. (Other allies are making commitments to the effort as well.)
The response: Military aircraft and sea vessels are scrambling every which direction! After commandeering a Syrian port months ago, Russian vessels are scooting out into the Mediterranean Sea. Iran is evacuating air bases it claims not to have, and Assad is moving his military assets to what he considers to be safer, Russian protected bases!
Before the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:
After the US threat of airstrikes in Syria:
Finally, a stark irony (among many). According to Israel National News (Arutz Sheva), just days before Yom HaShoah, the Palestinian Authority used pictures of dead Holocaust victims to misrepresent an alleged massacre of Palestinians by Jews in 1948. The picture is clearly misappropriated. (You will find the story and pictures here.)
These are crazy news days, but it doesn’t mean we have to be afraid. As Christians, we are living in one of the most exciting times in history. Not because of the crazy things taking place, but because we know that Jesus is returning soon! We can lift up our heads because we know our redemption draws near! (Luke 21:28)