You guessed it….Israel! They just awarded $50 million in contracts to two Israeli security companies! Go figure!
For the first time in 4 years, the border crossings between Syria and Israel (Quneitra crossing), and Syria and Jordan (Nasir crossing), are open. Both are used primarily by UN peacekeeping forces.
Until earlier this year, that region of Syria was controlled by the Assad regime as he pushed rebels all the way to the border. Russia intervened and is now patrolling the area. The border openings, however, are being touted as “victories” by the Assad regime, and Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem claimed on Monday “We are now reaping the fruits of the beginnings of victory.”
Meanwhile, from a Biblical perspective, one has to wonder if opening the gates with Russian forces patrolling the border plays into the prophetic future Ezekiel 38-39 describes as the War of Gog and Magog…an invasion of Israel from the north, led by Russia. Practically speaking, though open, the border will still be guarded. However, the more permissive Israel and the UN are toward Russia’s presence on an open border, the easier it will be for the Russian leader to storm in from the north just as Scripture says he will!
Certainly, the Lord could change the circumstances and delay the onset of the northern invasion. However, short of that, one more prop has appeared on the stage of end time events.
Look up, my friends! Our redemption draws near!
But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
As you likely know, US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, resigned yesterday morning. Since then, numerous people have expressed concern about losing Israel’s most staunch supporter (other than the Israeli ambassador) at the UN. How will this impact Israel and the way they are seen and treated by the UN?
Well, I have no “inside track” to know what will happen, but I do have thoughts regarding this critical departure.
First, I believe there are other ambassadorial candidates (Dina Powell, for one) who are also extremely committed to standing with Israel in the face of anti-Israel sentiment in the UN. Will the new ambassador be as steadfast and eloquent as Nikki Haley? Perhaps not, but Haley has laid a very firm foundation.
Secondly, there is more behind this move than we know. President Trump and Nikki Haley are two of the best strategist in government today. I can’t help but believe there is a plan in the works. Could we see Nikki Haley in a cabinet position while being groomed for a presidential run in 2024? Or, could she show up as Attorney General if Jeff Sessions fails to survive disdain from President Trump? Who knows. But I would be shocked if there is not some sort of plan in place.
Finally, losing Haley at the UN is a blow to Israel, but President Trump’s administration remains the most pro-Israel administration ever. Most importantly, though, our great God is still in control!
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.
Let’s rest easy, my friends! Neither our hope, nor the hope of Israel, lies in the UN or in the Trump administration. Our hope is in the Lord. Thus, we keep looking for the Blessed Hope…the return of King Jesus! (Titus 2:11-13)
The United Nations has gathered at its headquarters in New York City for the annual General Assembly, calling together diplomats from all over the world. Many (including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian President Rouhani) are scheduled to deliver speeches (or already have). Yesterday President Trump addressed the assembly.
While touting the US as “stronger, safer and richer,” President Trump thumped Iran and the United Nations. While thanking North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un, he spoke of new sanctions and aggression against terrorism in cooperation with moderate Arab allies.
As usual, he pulled no punches. However, his demeanor was calm and his words calculated. (We can all breath a sigh of relief for that!) The US delegation present in the assembly included Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Here are some key quotes from his speech:
- Rest assured, the United States will respond if chemical weapons are employed by the Assad regime [in Syria].
- Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations. Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the resources to enrich themselves and spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond…..The Iran deal was a windfall for Iran’s leaders.
- We cannot allow the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism to possess the planet’s most dangerous weapons.
- Trade must be fair and reciprocal. The United States will not be taken advantage of any longer.
- As far as America is concerned, the ICC (International Criminal Court) has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy and no authority….We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global democracy. We reject the ideology of globalism and embrace the doctrine of patriotism.
- Together, let us choose a future of patriotism, prosperity and pride. Let us choose peace and freedom over domination and defeat. ….thankful for the grace and goodness and the glory of God.
If you wish to see the President’s speech in full, here it is:
PS: There is a lot going on in our world right now: rising tension between Russia and Israel, the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly, and the Feast of Tabernacles. All intertwine in unique ways. Lord willing, I will share more with you about the Feast of Tabernacles tomorrow, so stay tuned!