What’s the Latest in the Middle East? (Part 2)

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I hear the question often: What’s the latest in the Middle East?  Thus, I attempt to remain abreast of current events in light of Scripture, and enjoy sharing with you!

Yesterday, we focused on current events in and around Syria.  Today, we’ll scan the region for additional headlines that correlate to Biblical end time events.

So often, we focus on Russia, Iran and Turkey when we discuss the Gog and Magog prophecy from Ezekiel 38-39.  Indeed, they are key players, but Cush (modern-day Sudan and perhaps Ethiopia) and Put (modern-day Libya and perhaps Algeria) are notably listed in verse 5.  So, we can’t overlook them if we are to be accurate in our understanding of that prophecy.  In fact, I recently posted some info regarding Russia’s sights being set on those countries.  But, let’s look just a bit further.

Currently, Libya and Sudan are puppets on a string for Russia and Turkey, and play host to terrorist training camps for Iran.  Keep in mind that power-hungry Russian President Putin is in constant search of oil and gas to prop up an otherwise plummeting economy, while Turkish President Erdogan longs to extend his influence as he pursues development of a revived Ottoman Empire.  Don’t believe for one moment that Libya, Algeria, Sudan and Ethiopia will all sit on the sidelines when the northern coalition makes its move on Israel!  They, too, will make a move from the southwest.

Meanwhile, Europe is a total mess, and the European Union (as we know it) is falling apart.  Eastern European nations such as Hungary and Poland are nationalistic in their thinking, and tend to be supportive of Israel (at least to a significant degree).  On the other hand, Western Europe (particularly France and Germany) are suffering from years of liberal globalism, and they tend to lean toward Russian influence.

Friends, what we have is the perfect breeding ground for the Antichrist!  Western Europe is dark.  There is no desire for God, and the Muslim population is exploding.  They need a man who can pull it all together and somehow make it work.  The Antichrist will appear to be such a man!

Leaders such as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel press forward on plans to develop one unified military…and one unified society!  One World Order!  It is evil, it is fertile ground for the Antichrist, and the people are ready to receive such a leader.

These are days in which we must be in God’s Word, we must be discerning (false teaching abounds!) and we absolutely must be about our Father’s business!

Now, lest we get so caught up in Europe’s problems that we miss our own, let’s consider what is happening politically in Israel and the US.  Liberals are working overtime in both nations to spread evil (moral decay such as abortion, gay rights, etc; socialist entitlement programs, etc; and big government), and sectors of each society strongly desire to take down the leaders of both countries.  Those sectors are globalist in nature, aiming to create One World Order.  President Trump and PM Netanyahu stand clearly in their way.

Problems in the Trump administration are well known.  Accusations of collusion, immorality, and plain ‘ol lack of tact are reasons the president’s approval rating is at a very unusual low.  However, he was not supposed to win in 2016, but he did.  What do 2020 elections hold in store? Who knows!

Netanyahu, meanwhile, is facing exaggerated charges of fraud and other improprieties.  His government fell apart at the end of 2018 and early elections will take place soon.  Though he is currently expected to retain his position as Prime Minister, that may change if official charges are made and/or if rumors of Russian meddling in Israeli elections catch fire. 

Once opposing parties retake positions of leadership in each country, we will see a very different relationship between America and Israel, and a very different perspective of the world.  God help us!

Again, though, we must be reminded that things are not falling apart in our world…they are simply falling into place.  It is happening quickly, though, and this is no time to sleep!  Over and over in the New Testament we are exhorted to be awake, be alert, and to understand the times and seasons in which we live.  For those of us who enjoy a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we know how the story ends…our eternity is in heaven with Him!

But consider this…”being good” doesn’t secure our place in the Heavenly Kingdom.  Only a true relationship with Jesus does that.  For years I “played church,” doing all the things a “good church kid” does.  I was taught well and knew a lot ABOUT Jesus, but didn’t really KNOW Jesus until adulthood.

Perhaps you are in that place.  You’ve said the right things and you’ve played church really well, but you don’t really KNOW Jesus.  My friend, today is the day!  None of us knows the number of our days, and none of us can make it on the coattails of anyone else. 

Jesus spoke a parable about 10 virgins awaiting the bridegroom.  (Matthew 25:1-13) Five readied themselves and stayed ready, while the other five, though they knew much about the bridegroom, didn’t prepare for His coming.  There is still time for you…but the clock is ticking.

If you are not prepared for His coming, perhaps you do not truly know Him.  But you can know Him today.  Find out how:

Peace with God (from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

If you prayed to accept Jesus into your life, welcome to the family!  You are loved.

PS: Tomorrow we set our sights on Iran, with a little twist!  Be sure to check back then!  See you tomorrow!

Signs of the Times: Russia Sets Sights on Libya and Sudan

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These days, lots of talk swirls about the stage being set for the Ezekiel 38 prophecy of a northern invasion of Israel by a coalition led by Russia. A careful study of Ezekiel 38:1-6 identifies the ancient names of people groups who will fall under the command of Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal (modern-day Russian territories). Among those submitting to Gog’s command are:

  • Persia (modern-day Iran)
  • Gomer and Beth-Togarmah (modern-day Turkey and perhaps neighboring areas)
  • Ethiopia, also called Cush (modern-day Sudan and perhaps Ethiopia)
  • Put (modern-day Libya and perhaps Algeria)

Much has been made of the growing alliance between Russia, Iran and Turkey. In fact, leaders of those three countries have met at least 3 times in the past several months, and are planning another meeting together in Russia within the next few weeks. In the context of Ezekiel 38, most Bible believers agree the stage is being set for the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy.

But what about Ethiopia (Cush) and Put, the other two regions Ezekiel envisioned in the northern invasion? Some have argued the stage is NOT set for the Ezekiel 38 prophecy because those players are not yet in the game. But aren’t they? Check out these headlines (and read an article or two) and you will find that Libya and Sudan are very much in the game!

Indeed, the Gog-like Russian president, Vladimir Putin, is positioning Russia as a key player in Libya. With a weak Russian economy, it is believed Putin is angling for billions in reconstruction contracts, a share of North Africa’s abundant oil reserves and a naval base on the Mediterranean Sea.

There is most certainly Russian activity in Libya, Algeria and Sudan. Thus, arguments that the entire coalition is yet to take shape are becoming less and less accurate as Russia works for their own best interests in both Libya and Sudan.

More evidence that we are living in the last days. With Russia, Turkey and Iran literally on Israel’s border, and with increasing cooperation with Libya and Sudan, the coalition is intact. Given that, how long before the northern invaders come to capture spoil and take plunder in the land of Israel? (Ezekiel 38:12)

Days are short. Are you ready for the Lord’s return?

The Bible: More Relevant than Yesterday’s News!

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Iranian President Rouhani, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin during an April, 2018 press conference (Photo credit: AP/Burhan Ozbilici)

An actual headline just yesterday: Russia, Turkey Agree to Coordinate on Syria after US Pullout.

This development needs no commentary. Just read the article linked above, then read Ezekiel 38 and decide for yourself! Surely, the Bible is more relevant than yesterday’s news!

FYI…Ancient names listed in verses 1-6 of Ezekiel 38 specifically include modern-day Russia, Turkey and Iran (as well as Libya and Sudan who have their own prophetic developments). Never in the history of the world has end time Bible prophecy been so apparent!

Are you rapture ready?

BREAKING: President Trump to Withdraw All Troops from Syria. What Does it Mean Biblically?

Hi Friends. Reports are being confirmed, but sources indicate President Trump is about to announce the withdraw of all American troops from Syria.

If reports are correct, what does that mean for Israel and the rest of the Middle East? In short:

  • Syria becomes a “free for all.”
  • Russia will be in virtually full control of the area.
  • Turkey will undoubtedly invade eastern Syria (where US troops are currently stationed) to wage war on the Kurds and to raid oil and gas supplies.
  • Iran will have little deterrence in entering Syria from the east.
  • Israel will be left to fend for herself on the northern border.

This would be a very significant “shoe drop” in opening the pathway for an invasion of Israel from the north…just as the prophet Ezekiel prophesied. (Ezekiel 38-39) For Russia and Turkey, it is all about the spoils indicated in Ezekiel 38:10-12. The Russian, Turkish and Iranian economies are all tanking, and eastern Syria has oil and gas. Once they are done pillaging Syria, Israel…who has the recently-discovered, gigantic gas fields…will be the target. God to Ezekiel 38 and you will find those nations listed (by their ancient names) as the invaders in the War of Gog and Magog.

Why is Trump withdrawing troops? We don’t know for certain, but the anticipated reason is that America was there to defeat ISIS and that is done. In reality, it likely has more to do with what’s going on domestically, as President Trump fights for his presidency, America’s economy, and his own livelihood. The US is likely in a bigger mess than any of us realize, and it could provide the reason why America will not stand with Israel in the end.

These are exciting times for us as believers, but scary times for those who do not know Jesus Christ. Exciting, because we know the God of Israel (our God, too!) neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4), but will watch over and stand up on Israel’s behalf once the northern invaders come (Ezekiel 38:18-23). Exciting, also, because God has promised that believers will not go through the wrath that is to come (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Specifically, that is the Tribulation. We do not know how close the Tribulation is because the Rapture must take place first! We, as believers, will be taken out of here to meet Jesus in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Thus, we can celebrate and be excited as we see the signs of the times.

If you do not know Jesus personally as your Savior and your Lord, it is time to consider the importance of that. The Bible tells us we will all live for eternity in one place or the other: heaven, at home with the Lord OR hell, eternally separated from Him in a place meant for Satan and his demons. Heaven is real…and so is hell. You must choose.

So choose life with Him forever. Here’s how.