Israel is besieged with problems but there are three problems which stand out:
- Iran’s nuclear program
- The peace negotiations
- The coming war
On August 21 Iran began loading the rods to activate the Bushehr nuclear generating plant. It will be producing fissile material (capable of sustaining a chain reaction of nuclear fission) by October. The concern is that Bushehr, once fuelled and operating, will produce plutonium 239, which can be used to make nuclear weapons. Speaking to the Jerusalem Post this week, John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the UN, warned that this is a “very, very big victory for Iran. This is a huge threshold.”
The facts are clear that this achievement brings Iran’s Ahmadinejad closer to his goal of nuclear Armageddon. The motivation for Ahmadinejad is his belief in the coming Mahdi or Islamic Messiah. He believes the Mahdi will establish a world- wide Caliphate through which Islam will triumph. He believes that the Mahdi is coming very soon and that it is his task to bring about a catastrophic war which will hasten his return. Ahmadinejad’s belief in the coming of the Mahdi is so fixed that in 2004, when he was mayor of Tehran, he instructed the city council to build a “grand avenue” in preparation for the Mahdi’s return. The Iranian leader is madly racing toward his goal of obtaining nuclear weapons to annihilate Israel. When will this goal be reached? A month, a year, we do not know, but the time is much shorter than it was prior to the activation of the Bushehr plant.
Israel has committed to destroy Iran’s nuclear program before it is too late. Some felt that that deadline was prior to August 21, before the nuclear plant was activated, but Israel has restated that they will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear bomb. Reports persist that President Obama has prevailed upon Israel to delay their strike. Israel has reiterated that if others will not help them they will ultimately go it alone. They have indicated that they will know when the crucial hour is at hand.
When the attack does come it will result in a war that will set the Mideast aflame! Iran will use whatever missiles and other means they have to attack Israel. Hamas will use their missiles against Israel. The greatest threat to Israel will come from Hezbollah and Syria; they have an estimated 60,000 missiles, some with heavy payloads and possibly chemical or biological payloads. Space does not permit detailing of the all of the preparations that have been made for this coming war. I believe this war is referred to in Psalm 83; Isaiah 17; and Ezekiel 35-36.
The scenario looks very dark for Israel! We are seeing the same desperate situation that prevailed at the start of each of Israel’s modern wars. In the 1973 Yom Kippur war, on the first day the Egyptians advanced to within 20 kilometres of Tel Aviv, on the eastern front Syrian tanks came rumbling down off the Golan Heights and all seemed to be lost.
Moshe Dayan warned Golda Meir that he feared the Third Commonwealth (Temple Era) is in danger. It has been reported from her memoirs that the situation was so desperate that Golda Meir had contemplated suicide. Dayan made a recommendation to the cabinet that Israel employ its’ tactical nuclear weapons. Thirteen of them were activated to be placed on Jericho missiles. Henry Kissinger warned Anwar Sadat in Egypt that Israel was preparing to use nuclear weapons. A massive American airlift rearmed Israel and prevented a nuclear response. The truth is that the God of Israel again miraculously intervened to save His people. The God of Israel is repeatedly allowing Israel to have her back placed to the wall. Each time God delivers Israel from a desperate situation. Why is God doing this? The answer is given in Ezekiel 39:7 “So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” He is preparing her for the coming day when Israel will finally turn back to God in repentance and faith.
Today Israel is facing even greater threats. The modern Jewish state is facing a much more dangerous situation than it ever has before. The very existence of Israel is once again threatened.
Israel has a policy called the Samson option. Just as Samson gave his life to destroy the enemies of Israel so long ago, the Samson option says that if Israel arrives at the point of anticipated destruction it will use its nuclear weapons as a last resort.
Isaiah 17:1 and 14 seems to indicate perhaps the nuclear destruction of Damascus in the war that is seemingly imminent. “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” verse 1. “And behold at evening tide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.” verse 14. It is not hard to imagine how such a war would bring the world to the place where it cried out for disarmament and set the scene for Antichrist to come along and bring a false peace to the Mideast and to the world. Whatever awaits us, it is obvious that we are on the threshold of cataclysmic events.
The quartet; the US, the EU, the UN and Russia, are demanding that Israel yield to all of the demands of the PA. Those demands include returning to the borders prior to the 1967 war. That would involve abandoning the West Bank, Biblical Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. It would also permit millions of Palestinian, so called refugees, to return to Israel proper, which would mean the end of the Jewish State. The end would come either at the ballot box or from a civil war within Israel and from the new strategic Arab positions in the West Bank. The world is now demanding that Israel surrender to these demands. The Palestinians no longer have any need to negotiate, it is evident they are simply waiting for the world deliver Israel’s head on a silver platter. Israel’s position grows more precarious each day.
The obvious fact is that Palestinians have absolutely no intention of ever signing a peace deal with Israel on any terms other than Israel’s surrender. They do not want a Palestinian State alongside Israel; they want nothing less than Israel removed from the Mideast. They have stated this times without number but Western Nations have ears that cannot hear or do not want to hear.
Israel is facing a number of situations in which God will arrest her and chasten her. She is yet to face the war of Ezekiel 38-39, the great tribulation period and the battle of Armageddon. When the Lord is finished, Israel will have her eyes opened and behold her Saviour. “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” Romans 11:25, 26. In Zechariah 13:8, 9 we see the final outcome of God’s patient and stern dealings with Israel, “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.”
What an awesome hour we live in! The trumpet is soon to sound! “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Art Sadlier