In the previous article we tried to sound the alarm as to Israel’s precarious position in the Mideast and warn of the soon coming of our Lord. There are other fast-developing, situations which indicate that Israel is becoming a bull’s eye for whole world.
Joel describes such a situation as the setup for the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon does not take place until the close of the tribulation period. However, we can even now see the environment for it forming, as the nation’s arm themselves and lineup against Israel.
In Joel 3:2 we see the Lord’s response to that which is now forming in the world. “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead (judge) with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” There is not a nation on earth today that has not stated that the land of Israel should be divided or parted. There is not a nation on earth today that is not calling for half of the Promised Land to be given to Israel’s enemies. They are demanding the land to be given to the Palestinians who have sworn to destroy Israel.
The stage is being set for the Battle of Armageddon, even though that battle is at least seven years away and a number of events must take place first.
We believe the next major attack on Israel will be the war of Psalm 83 which will occur prior to the tribulation period. The scenario surrounding that war is the exact scenario that Israel is now facing. That attack will be thwarted by God himself. The next attack after that will take place early in the tribulation period. It will be the war of Ezekiel 38-39. Again the God of Israel will intervene to destroy those armies also.
Israel’s enemy Satan is relentless and he will persist as long as God permits him to. He will continue his endeavour to destroy Israel. At the mid-tribulation point Satan will be cast down out of heaven. At that point he will use Antichrist to mobilize the world to launch all-out war against Israel. These attacks on Israel will take place in the second half of the tribulation period and will reach a crescendo at the battle of Armageddon.
What we see today in this regard is the preparation for the coming all-out war against Israel by the nations of the world.
Although neither Obama nor Netanyahu have drawn attention to it, both Saudi Arabia and Egypt are on the road to a nuclear weapon. Saudi Arabia has made arrangements with China to supply them with the nuclear capable CSS-5 Dong-Feng 21 MRBM ballistic Missile.
The Chinese also agreed to send over Chinese nuclear engineers and technicians to help Saudi Arabia develop uranium enrichment and other nuclear production capacities. This work is already in progress at the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology near Riyadh.
It has been previously reported by Debkafile that the Saudi’s have made arrangements to purchase nuclear weapons from Pakistan.
After less than three months in office and in spite of the fact that Egypt is economically destitute, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is following in Saudi footsteps. He has kicked off his first foreign trips with a visit to Beijing, where he hoped to take a leaf out of the Saudi nuclear book and obtain the same nuclear capable missiles and perhaps financial assistance. He then touched down in Tehran, ostensibly to attend the Non-Aligned Organization’s summit opening there on Sept. 26, but meanwhile to cultivate ties with Tehran for common action in the Middle East.
It is now becoming clear that both Saudi Arabia and Egypt have set their faces toward détente with Iran.
Debkafile reports that Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and China are moving forward vigorously toward their strategic, military and nuclear goals in the Mideast.
The Egyptian Prime Minister has proposed the creation of a new “contact group” composed of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey to disentangle the Syrian conflict.
For the first time we see a looming unity among these powerful Mideast states, a unity never seen before. These states are headed for possession of nuclear weapons and we know too well that these states share a common mad passion to destroy Israel. The handwriting is on the wall; once the Syrian issue is resolved we will see a tremendous coming together of these major Mideast nations. This would include Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and whatever entity emerges in Syria. With the issues that divide them out of the way, Israel will become the bull’s eye.
Add to that the fact that India, a nuclear power, has declared that ties with Iran are important to India. The Indian Prime Minister has stated that economic ties to Iran are essential for India. Pakistan is also a nuclear state and in recent days Pakistan is falling out of the US orbit and moving toward Mideast ties. Pakistan is also a possible seller of nuclear weapons.
We also know that both nuclear China and nuclear Russia are waiting in wings to drink up Mideast oil and will support these Mideast countries in whatever venture they decide upon. In fact the scriptures teach that China, with her growing military might, will be a major player in the battle of Armageddon. Armageddon is even now casting its long shadows on our world.
If America were to be removed from the Mideast equation or if America were to hand over Israel to the Arabs, the Israeli situation would be humanly speaking, hopeless.
This whole scenario is but a foreshadowing of the situation that will occur at the close of this age. The nations will assemble in a global alliance to carry out the final solution, the termination of the nation of Israel. There are many events which will happen prior to that time, but the stage is being set, even now.
Jeremiah speaks of the closing days of the tribulation period and it reflects the above scenario. “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3).
Zechariah is describing the battle of Armageddon and the restoration of Israel to the Lord. “In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn” (Zechariah 12:8-10).
That is the thrilling climax to the present age. It seems today as if men and nations are in control and that they will have their way, not so, wait for the last chapter of God’s book.
We read about the final reconciliation of Israel to the Lord at that time. “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” (Zechariah 13:9).