Mideast War Could Break Out Tomorrow!
Prophecy News-Stand (Link) - Bill Salus (April 26, 2010)
Rumors of war have reached an unprecedented level in the Middle East. Sabers are rattling higher and faster than ever before. Even Israel�s peace partners, Jordan and Egypt, are uttering wartime statements from high ranking officials.
Recently, Jordan�s King Abdullah told the Chicago Tribune, that a �summertime war is possible,� and at a press conference in Beirut on Saturday April 24, 2010, in a supposed slip of the tongue, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit referred to Israel as an �enemy.�
Alarmingly, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said on the same day, �The (Hezbollah) resistance is operating under the assumption that a war could break out tomorrow � so that we will not be caught by surprise in any way.� On the same Saturday Ynet news published an article called �Syria threatens to send Israel back to �prehistoric times.��
It�s important to remember that, unlike Jordan and Egypt, Syria is still in a state of war with Israel. They don�t recognize Israel�s right to exist as the Jewish State or accept normalized national relations with Israel. The Syrian official was responding to a recent threat made by a high ranking Israeli minister who told the Sunday Times, Syria would be �sent back to the Stone Age� if Hezbollah launches ballistic missiles.
The rumors of war include the talk that Syria has recently shipped scud ballistic missiles across the border of Lebanon into Hezbollah�s hands. This is undoubtedly what the Israeli minister was alluding to. Reportedly, Iran�s president Ahmadinejad personally beseeched Syrian president Assad to deploy these missiles opposite Israel�s borders without delay.
In an important related matter, U.S. assistant Secretary of State, Jerry Feldman, told members of congress that the Obama Administration condemns in the �strongest terms,� Syria�s �provocative behavior� in transferring arms to Hezbollah. This is in direct violation of U.N. Resolution 1701 which demands the disarming of Hezbollah.
The Ynet news article quotes the Syrian official as saying, �Despite the fact that Syria has been outside the cycle of war since 1973, it did not sit idly by for even one day and is still working to develop its capabilities via missiles.�
White house correspondent, Bill Koenig of watch.org, informed me in December 2009 that Syria supposedly has the most advanced scud missiles in the world. Furthermore, end time�s expert, Dr. David Hocking, told me at a February 2010 prophecy conference we spoke at that he has archived aerial photos of Iraq�s weapons of mass destruction, crossing the border into Syria just prior to America�s 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent ousting of Saddam Hussein.
Additionally, the Syrian official said �Syria has drawn lessons from Hezbollah�s �success� during the Second Lebanon War and has since then developed �advanced methods of warfare.�
In the summer of 2006, Hezbollah embarrassed Israel by stalemating the Israeli Defense Forces. This is something the Arabs were unable to do in any of their prior conventional wars with Israel. Syria along with many of Israel�s other enemies have gleaned invaluable military strategies from that relatively recent 34 day conflict.
Hezbollah continually boasts about its ability to successfully wage war against Israel. It lavishes the opportunity to prove its proxy war power to Iran, Syria, and the Arab enemies of Israel. Syria and most of Israel�s enemies have seized the opportunity to fight their battles with Israel through Hezbollah. This has enabled them all to conduct dirty business without Jewish blood staining their own national hands.
Hezbollah epitomizes the ultimate goal of terrorism, which is to antagonize the restored nation of Israel and ultimately wipe it off of the map. This is the present attitude vocalized by Iranian president Ahmadinejad, and the stated goal of the Psalm 83 Arab confederacy in the near future.
A few of the prophecies on my radar regarding, Israel, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the Hezbollah are:
Israel � Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38
Iran (Persia & Elam) � Ezekiel 38 & 39 and Jeremiah 49:34-39
Syria (Aram & Assyria) Isaiah 17:1, Jeremiah 49:23-27, and Psalm 83
Jordan (Ammon, Moab, & Edom) � Psalm 83 and Jeremiah 49:1-22, Ezekiel 25:14, Obadiah 1:18
Egypt (Hagrites and / or Hagarenes) � Psalm 83 and Isaiah 19:16-19
Biblical prophecies are clear: war is coming between Israel and its Arab enemies soon, perhaps within days. The hope of humanity for the past 62 years since the birth of Israel has been that a politically brokered peace treaty could be made between Israel and her Arab foes. However, that window of opportunity appears to be abruptly shutting. The Middle East is preparing for war, and so am I.
If war does break out, are you prepared? If war breaks out in the Middle East, it will have world-wide ramifications. Oil shipments may come to a halt and gas prices at the pump could skyrocket if available at all. Like dominoes food prices might skyrocket because of transportation costs and that could be followed by food shortages.
While attending a Hal Lindsey study about one year ago, he suggested people have about $20,000 cash on hand available, if they are financially able. Remember the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and don�t depend on the Government to come to your rescue. Food, water, and cash are essentials for survival in most all cases and I, for one, plan to have six months supply immediately available.
At the same time, I am not worried as God has made it clear not to do so, that these things must happen as He has prophesied. As a Christian I am prepared to use these unfolding events as a tool to evangelize others. I am also prepared to hear the sound of the trumpet and God�s voice signaling that I am about to be raptured to heaven. I am preparing for all contingencies�are you?
If you have read the Bible studies on the Watchman Bible Study website regarding the harpazo (rapture), then you know my pre-wrath position doesn�t quite match up with the more common pre-trib position held by many, including the author. And while I do believe that understanding the details of scripture as to why one holds a particular position, it isn�t a requirement to understanding the signs of the times, which I think Bill lays out very nicely.
In particular, his point regarding the resulting hardships that could very well come about due to the shockwaves from the Middle East fits with what I�ve been thinking as I dwell on what God said was coming. In particular the second and third seals being broken in Revelation. I�m working on updating the website, keep checking back for more.