Following detection of “irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria,” the Israeli Air Force wasted little time taking care of business. About one hour after President Trump’s announcement that America will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, the IAF attacked a Syrian military facility occupied by Iran.
The military compound is believed to have housed a stockpile of Iranian missiles. Additionally, at least nine military personnel, including perhaps a high-ranking Iranian general, were killed in the attack.
So, what are we to think of these developments? Here are some thoughts:
- First and foremost, God is in control! Things are not falling apart, they are falling into place. As Christians, we have read the book…we know how it ends! The prophets of old told us what to expect in the last days and we are seeing the pieces fall exactly into place. No need to fear…our God is on the throne, and we can trust Him.
- Secondly, Iran has been dealt severe blow after severe blow and is not likely capable of launching a full-on offensive against Israel on its own. Though we don’t hear much of it in the news, the Iranian economy is crumbling and the people of Iran have been protesting in the streets of most Iranian cities for weeks. Furthermore, since the Iranian drone incident (an armed Iranian drone shot down in Israeli territory), Iran has suffered major attacks in Syria, including destruction of the significant T4 base, as well as others. To add insult to injury, the Mossad sent a “we know your every move” message when they waltzed out of Tehran with Iran’s “secret” (though not really secret!) nuclear plans. Iran is currently beat down and in need of assistance to mount any kind of game-changing challenge to Israel.
- Yes, the action in Syria may heat up once again, but Israel is serious about its “red lines,” and has vowed not to allow Iran to establish military presence in Syria in an effort to destroy Israel.
Believers, we must continue to put current events into the context of Scripture. We must not live in fear, but in expectation of our redemption drawing near. (Luke 21:28) As we look for the Blessed Hope (Titus 2:13), we can be certain of the crown of righteousness that awaits those of us who love His appearing! (2 Timothy 4:8)
Meanwhile, we have work to do! It is time to:
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122).
- Ready ourselves for the coming of our Bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13).
- Be faithful watchmen (and women!) on the wall (Isaiah 62:6-7, Ezekiel 33:1-6).
Rather than get caught up in the hype, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith! (Hebrews 12:2)