Welcome to May, my friends! Could this month be one of the most historic ever? Perhaps it’s a far reach to say it will be, but the potential is certainly there for dramatic history to be made this month. Here is just a taste of what’s on the world stage as May marchs in:
- New US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has made the rounds in North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel and other places, rallying support behind President Trump’s foreign policy.
- Historic peace plans are happening between North and South Korea…with significant impact on the Middle East.
- It is believed that Iran is now operating on 19 Russian military bases in Syria.
- Israel celebrates its 70th anniversary (on the Gregorian calendar), much to the chagrin of the Palestinian Authority who has pledged to breach Israel’s borders on or around that day (May 14).
- The US Embassy is scheduled to open in Jerusalem on May 14, followed by embassies of at least 4 other countries.
- May 12 is the deadline for President Trump to decide whether or not to pull the US out of the Iranian nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions.
- Iranian transport aircraft have been discovered flying into bases all around Syria, thought to be carrying troops, missiles, drone parts, and other equipment intended for Israel’s destruction. A few days ago two of those bases were attacked.
- Iran continues to clearly threaten Israel and the US with destruction. (Just yesterday I shared news of Iran’s threat to sink American naval vessels.)
- Iranian-backed Houthi rebels continue attacking Saudi Arabia from Yemen.
- Recently, Russia brought in heavily-loaded military aircraft and sea vessels to bases in Syria, unloading them under cover of smoke screen. Those loads are thought to contain S-400 missile defense systems to protect Russian and Iranian bases in Syria.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ripped the cover off Iran’s nuclear lies, providing very strong evidence that Iran’s nuclear program is alive and well despite the 2015 nuclear deal.
So, what does it all mean, and should we as followers of Jesus Christ be concerned? Amir Tsarfati gave a recent update that covers all these bases much better than I can. If you’re wondering what the Korean peace deal as to do with the Middle East, you’ll find the answer. If you’re wondering about Israel’s preparedness for all that is swirling around her, you’ll find the answer. More importantly, if you’re wondering how to view these events through the lens of Scripture, you’ll find the answer!
Take some time to understand the times and seasons in which we live. It is critical if we are to be prepared for our Lord’s return. Enjoy!
PS: Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of the month, which means the designated day of prayer for those of you involved in the Isaiah 62 Prayer Initiative. Check back tomorrow for specific prayer points. Also, I’ve invited others to join me in prayer for President Trump and other world leaders leading up to the May 12 decision regarding the Iranian nuclear deal. There are plenty of opportunities to pray and I urge you to be faithful in that. The battle is not won in the physical realm, but in the spiritual realm. Let’s fight the battle!