What is Iran up to…and What is Israel Doing about It?

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Iranian civilian aircraft suspected of transporting arms to Hezbollah

Iran continues its nefarious activity in and around Syria and Iraq.  On at least two occasions, it is believed an Iranian civilian aircraft has transported arms to Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iranian weapons factories.  Routes taken by the aircraft followed unexpected routes not used by commercial airlines.

The civilian airline ceased operations in 2013, but re-started “under new management” in 2017.  That “management” appears to be members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, according to Fox News.

But news doesn’t stop there, and Israel is not sitting back spectating.

On Tuesday evening, it was reported the Israeli Air Force levied air strikes on military installations near Hama.  Israel has admitted to delivering over 800 missile shells and mortars in over 200 airstrikes on Iranian and terrorists positions in Syria over the past year, primarily in attempts to thwart Iran’s aggressive persistence in establishing military presence on the Israeli border with Syria.

In response, Israel’s Defense Minister said:

“…[we are]monitoring everything that is happening in Syria… regarding Iranian threats, we are not limiting ourselves just to Syrian territory. This also needs to be clear.”

Friends, keep your eyes on Israel, God’s time piece, for sure!  However, take regular glances at Damascus and Iran’s ambitions in Syria.  We continue to see the stage being set for exactly what the Bible predicts will occur in end times.

Though we do not know the day or the hour, we must understand the times and seasons in which we live.  (Matthew 16:1-3, Luke 12:54-56)  Look around, my friends…and be ready for the return of our King!

BREAKING: Israel Takes Military Action against Iranian Installations in Syria

Hi friends!  A few minutes ago I watched Amir Tsarfati’s report of the military action taken by the IDF overnight in Syria.  Catch his 12-minute report here:

 

Stay tuned, as action will almost certainly escalate.

But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
~Matthew 24:8

 

Russian War Games, Iran Cuts a Deal with Syria, EU Cooperation with Turkey and Russia

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You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
~Matthew 24:6-8

Signs of the time.  The birth pangs are intensifying once again.

Reuters has reported that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia is set to commence the largest war games since 1981.  Vostok-2018 (East-2018), involving 300,000 troops and thousands of aircraft and naval vessels, will take place in central and eastern Russia next month.

For what purpose?  Are they suddenly ramping up unprecedented levels of training just to stay sharp, or is there an ultimate objective they are working toward?  I suspect the latter.  With a tumbling economy and oil riches at stake, could it be the shark-like czar smells blood in the water?

Meanwhile in Syria, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami has signed an agreement stipulating Iran’s assistance in rebuilding the Syrian military.  He also issued a warning against “foreign aggression,” seemingly in defiance against America’s stance on Iran’s support of the Assad regime.

Saber-rattling, or are Syria and Iran up to something?  Signs of the times…

Beyond that, French President Emmanuel Macron is pressing for an EU defense project in cooperation with Russia and Turkey.  Seemingly, his plan is to abandon NATO policy, in preference to a stronger EU.  (Think: revived Roman empire!)  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host a summit in Istanbul in September, where France, Germany and Russia will send representatives.

Friends, we know for certain that Damascus will one day be utterly destroyed (Isaiah 17:1), and that Russia, Iran and Turkey will lead a coalition of others in an attack on Israel (Ezekiel 38-39).  Jesus Himself told His disciples that war and rumors of wars, and nations rising against one another, will happen in the last days.  (Matthew 24:6-8)

Verse 8 says these things are the beginning of birth pangs.  Matthew 24:14 tells us that, ultimately, the end will come.  We are watching the birth pangs happen right before our very eyes!  Thus, the question: How long before we are called to meet Jesus in the air?

It’s coming!

Signs of the Times: Weather Events

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As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. 
~Matthew 24:3, 7

It’s a common question: What are the signs of the last days?

Unfortunately, some so-called “prophecy experts” sensationalize various natural events (such as blood moons) as signs of the times by taking isolated Scripture out of context.  Jesus Himself simplified things for His disciples, however, when they uttered the same common question regarding the last days.

Jesus warned of false messiahs, wars and rumors of wars, nations and kingdoms rising against one another, and famines and earthquakes.

Here, we spend considerable time discussing world events such as wars and rumors of wars, as well as the rise of the false prophet and the Antichrist.  Today, let’s focus on the weather events that Jesus referred to: earthquakes.

Over the past years, the frequency and severity of earthquakes around the world have shot off the charts.  Here are some statistics:

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    Earthquakes by Decade

    In a recent 48-hour period, 69 earthquakes hit the Pacific “ring of fire.”

  • 16 of those measured at least 4.5 of the Richter scale.
  • Five of the 69 hit the island-nation of Fiji.
  • An 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit in the Pacific Ocean, fortunately deep enough (over 300 miles) not to cause a tsunami.
  • Experts believe an earthquake of at least 8 on the Richter scale is imminent in California.
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    Volcanoes by Decade

    The Pacific “ring of fire” contains 452 volcanoes, which are also highly impacted by tectonic shifts brought about by earthquakes.

Indeed, the earth is shaking like never before in history.  Interestingly, God warned (through the prophet Haggai) He would one day shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.  He went on to say He will shake the nations and will fill His house with glory (Haggai 2:6-7).  It is a warning that we are living in the last days.

But, be encouraged.  Prophecy is not to scare, but to prepare.  The earth might shake, but we (believers) shall not be shaken!

I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
~Psalm 16:8

Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you;
He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
~Psalm 55:22

My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken…
He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
~Psalm 62:1-2, 6

Lift up your heads, dear friends!  Our redemption is drawing near.