Isaiah 17 Countdown
Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom (Matt. 24:7)
"But you, O Israel,
my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I
took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and
have not rejected you. So do not fear,
for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you
and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah
Here are a few developments I've selected from various news
and intelligence sources to
show how much worse conditions in the Middle East have
gotten since Israel's war
two months ago.
and Italy have agreed to
sell Lebanon their jointly
developed Aster 15 anti-aircraft missile system to prevent Israeli unmanned
surveillance aircraft from spying on military activities in Lebanon. (The
UN has promised not to shoot down Israeli surveillance
aircraft. But the French, who lead
the UN forces, have threatened just the opposite.)
Russian intelligence personnel, protected by Russian
infantry, have all but taken over the southern Lebanese town of Sidon near Israel's
Northern border. The intelligence they gather will be shared with Syria and Iran. Sidon was at the northern extreme
of the land given to the Tribe of Asher, and was yielded to the Phonecians in violation of God's commandment. (Leviticus
25:23) Sidon's destruction in promised in Ezekiel 28:20-26.
also constructing deepwater ports in Tartus and Latakia on Syria's
coast to serve a major Russian Naval presence in the Mediterranean. The plan is to potentially relocate portions
of Russia's Black Sea and
North Sea fleets to the Middle East.
Iran have restored all of Hezbollah's pre-war offensive capabilities, and with the
permission of the Lebanese Army and UN peacekeepers Hezbollah
has regained control of its pre-war strongholds along Israel's
northern border as well.
By now it should be clear to everyone that the UN ceasefire
has become a cruel joke. The parties
involved (except for Israel)
aren't just ignoring it, they actually seem to be
trying to discover how blatant a violation is required to arouse the world's
criticism. So far no one has said a
word, and that includes Israel.
It's a repeat of the Gaza
withdrawal on a grander scale.
working with Hezbollah to topple the government of Lebanon in
favor of one more friendly toward them, perhaps led by Hezbollah.
Syria has also maintained
combat ready forces along its border with Lebanon
and is openly discussing the merits of a pre-emptive attack on Israel.
has begun to upgrade the 7500 man Hamas militia into
a Hezbollah like attack force with $90 million worth
of training and weaponry. Since the
beginning of 2006, Hamas has smuggled over 20 tons of
air and surface missiles, ordinance, and weaponry into Gaza
through 15 recently discovered tunnels built since Egypt took control of the Southern
border. Much of this armament has come from
Iran. Syrian instructors arrived in Gaza for the first time
last week to begin the training. The Iranian/Syrian goal is to have trained
attack forces ready and waiting on both the northern and southern borders with Israel.
Prelude to Ezekiel 38?
It appears that a coalition based on mutual interest has
been formed between Iran, Russia, and Syria. They intend to exploit the weaknesses
discovered in Israel's war with Lebanon by preparing a pre-emptive attack
designed to prevent Israel from destroying Iran's Russian built nuclear
capability should the need arise.
In the UN, an
agreement has been reached that will exempt Russia's
reactor building program in any sanctions against Iran. This was done to get Russia's
cooperation. Apparently Russia's 10 reactor deal with Iran will
From Moscow this week,
Israeli PM Olmert warned again that, "We don't have the privilege to allow a
situation in which Iran
has the capability for unconventional weapons." (In reply Iranian Pres. Ahmadinejad
declared, "There is no reason for Israel, the greatest insult to
human dignity, to exist. It will soon disappear.")
Despite these words
of warning, experts say that Israel
is so preoccupied with assessing the blame for its failure to neutralize Hezbollah that it's paying scant attention to gearing up
for the next attack.
Meanwhile 3 US Navy
Carrier Strike Groups have arrived for exercises off Iran's
Persian Gulf Coast.
The Iranian government believes their real purpose is to help Israel mount an attack against Iran. Ahmadinejad claims
that Allah has told him that Iran
will be successful in any military confrontation with Israel and the US.
What Are You
Trying To Say?
It doesn't take an
inspired prophet of God to tell that things don't look good for Israel right
now. In fact, aside from the times
they've been in the middle of an all out war, I can't recall a worse time. Events seem to be gathering the type of
momentum that leads to taking on a life on their own. Like an atomic explosion that achieves
critical mass and becomes unstoppable, they could soon spiral out of control.
This time around it
seems like Syria is getting
set to assume the lead role on the battlefield with Iran calling the plays but
remaining in the background. Remember,
the idea is to prevent Israel
from attacking Iran. If Iran took the lead it would defeat
the purpose of the strategy.
Syria is a far different foe than Hezbollah, with 220,000 soldiers, 3,500 battle tanks, 600
combat aircraft and thousands of short and intermediate range missiles. 150-200 of these missiles are believed to
have chemical or biological warheads. Israel's discovery that Syria was
getting ready to launch of one of these CBW's would
likely trigger a pre-emptive strike of the kind mentioned in Isaiah 17. Israel
would not only have to prevent Syria's
actions but also demonstrate the consequences to any other country thinking of
doing so. With such a build up of
hostile intent all around, Israel
has been deprived of any "measured response" option and will have to
employ overwhelming force to any threat.
In August, Israel was
criticized for making a disproportionate response to Hezbollah's
cross border provocations. I wonder what
the world will say when Damascus
disappears under a mushroom shaped cloud.
"All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will
not find them. Those who wage war
against you will be as nothing at all.
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says
to you, "Do not fear; I will help you.
Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I
myself will help you," declares the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of
Israel. (Isaiah 41:11-14)
You can almost hear the Footsteps of the Messiah. 10-21-06