Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy and cold (23 degrees) Wisconsin where, on my morning walk in the dark, I saw: 4 deer and Screech Jr. who was ascreeching!
This morning, I read this significant headline from the Jerusalem Post: “Israeli military readying for ‘Plan B’ if Iran nuclear talks fail.”
In the article, Anna Ahronheim of the Jerusalem post, wrote: “Military drills with troops from other countries could help the IDF be ready to fight as part of a military coalition in the future, Col. Aviran Lerer said.”
The article continued: “Israel’s military is continuing to develop its ability to conduct a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program should circumstances demand it. After a five-month hiatus, indirect talks between the United States and Iran are set to resume on Monday (today), with the other parties to the nuclear deal mediating in hope of reestablishing an agreement to curb the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.”
Then, there was the headline from yesterday’s Jerusalem Post: “Iranian Brig.-Gen urges destruction of Israel prior to nuke talks.” In the article, Benjamin Weinthal reported: “The spokesman for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces, Bri.-Gen, Abolfazl Shekarchi, on Saturday urged the total elimination of the Jewish state during an interview with an Iranian regime-controlled media outlet.” Abolfazl said: “We will not back off from the annihilation of Israel even one millimeter. We want to destroy Zionism in the world.”
And so, dear friends, there is a lot riding on these nuclear talks. And yet, as Christians, we believe God is still on the throne and in control. And, by the way, I believe (and I could be wrong) He has given us a blueprint for the future. He tells us, in Psalm 83, of a future war between Israel and her Muslim neighbors who, in verse 4, say, “Come, let us wipe them (Israel) out as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” Hmmm! Sounds a lot like what General Abofazl said.
Now, I believe (and I could be wrong), after Israel defeats her neighbors, she is then living in peace and safety (Ezekiel 38:11) when Russia, Iran and a host of other nations invade Israel “to capture spoil and to seize plunder” (verses 12 and 13), only to be destroyed by the Lord God Himself which you can read about in Ezekiel 38:18-39. Then, I believe (and I could be wrong), the antichrist will appear and sign a “peace treaty” with Israel for seven years which may very well allow the Jews to rebuild their temple and reinstutute their temple sacrifices. Then, he will break his treaty with Israel, go into the temple in Jerusalem, stop the temple sacrifices, declare that he alone is God and alone to be worshiped with the death penalty for all those who resist him. You can read about this in Daniel 9:24-27; Matthew 24:15-21; Mark 13:14-23; Luke 21:20-24; II Thessalonians 2:1-4 and Revelation 13. So, stay tuned, as I believe we could see one or two of these wars in our lifetime.
And, I almost forgot, there was a “strong” (6.6) earthquake in the IZU Islands Region of Japan this morning in addition to the “major” (7.5) quake yesterday in Peru. P.S. I believe (and I could be wrong) the U.S. is due for a “big one,” sometime soon. Yes, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Jesus is coming! Are you ready for tougher times, an increase of persecution and “on call” for the work the Lord would have us do?
So, as we watch, wait, work, witness for Jesus and walk with Him until He comes, let us put on the “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17), report for duty and be ready for whatever He would have us do today to His glory. And, if you are still not a believer in Jesus, please, agree with God you are a sinner who needs a Savior (Romans 3:23, 24) and belive Jesus died on a cross for your sins, was buried and raised from the dead to forgive all your sins and give you eternal life (I Corinthians 15:1-4; John 3:16). And, if you do, I’ll see you in heaven! Blessings, Doug (11/29/21)