Saturday, November 24, 2007
A Coming War - Pt 2
The oracle concerning Damascus. Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin (Isaiah 17:1).
A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that we had just had Middle East free-lance journalist and author David Dolan on our radio program. Dolan, a former CBS News correspondent, has been living in Israel for the past two decades and has reported extensively on the many conflicts there. As promised, here are some more thoughts on what he had to say.
David's prognosis was decidedly grim. He made several observations, beginning with the upcoming Annapolis "peace" conference in Maryland. David thinks this conference is a sham and window dressing. Nothing much will genuinely come from it. Some of it might well even be designed to provide cover/distract attention from what is really going on - preparations to deal with Iran's nuclear program. And on that note, David says the messages ought to be clear to anyone reading what's going on. There had better be a resolution to this crisis soon, with "soon" being spelled out for emphasis. If the United States doesn't deal with Iran, the Israelis will. They have no choice.
Why? A comparison was made to what took place during World War II. Adolf Hitler breathed plenty of threats toward Jews, and no one took him seriously. Iranian president Mahmood Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs who pull his marionette strings are threatening to wipe Israel off the map, and soon. While the world appears to roll its eyes, the Israelis are taking Mad Mahmood seriously. In David's view, there is a window of opportunity to get the Iranians to straighten up, but it's a narrow window and it's closing rapidly.
Now, what about the "peace" negotiations? Anyone with half a brain realizes that peace is ultimately impossible between Israel and the Palestinians while a large majority of the Palestinian leadership (not to mention the people) want Israel driven into the sea. Yet Israel continues to receive pressure from the international community to make "painful sacrifices." To the Israelis -- and to the evangelical Christian community that supports them -- this kind of unfair nonsense is getting very, very old. From the leadership on down to the ones on the street who, in interviews, say that this peace is only "temporary" until they're ready to strike again, there is no real desire for peace in terms of two people living side by side in harmony. The only "peace" these evil murderers will accept is the silence that comes with every last Jew lying in their graves. Why the world placates these monsters is beyond any stretch of the imagination. One can only guess, and I don't like the reasons that come to my mind. There are many Arab/Palestinians who indeed DO want peace with Israel. A genuine peace. But should they voice that desire, the radical zealots have no compunction about butchering them as well. It's truly tragic. Arab Christians are caught in the middle. They deserve our prayers and support as well.
When a people is threatened with annihilation, they can only do one thing. That is to defend themselves to the death by whatever means necessary. In the case of Israel, that could well be a nuclear strike of their own if they feel their backs against the wall. Syria is being pressured (according to David) by Iran to share in an assault on Israel. Should Syria indeed attack Israel with troops and thousands of rockets (containing chemical weapons?), Israel might feel no alternative but to launch a severe response. The oracle of Damascus as predicted by the Prophet Isaiah has yet to be fulfilled. Could that be around the corner?
Only the Lord knows. It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority (Acts 1:7). Those are the words of Jesus Himself. So we watch, wait and pray. His purposes will be accomplished. For those of us who name the name of Jesus as Lord and Savior, are we ready to face the difficult times that will come in the wake of such a war? Are we ready to show ourselves as lights in a growing darkness? Will we bring the Lord glory by our faith and resolve, and by the "peace that passes understanding? Will we still boldly share the Gospel as the only true answer for all the world's calamities? Most important of all, are we ready to face Him at last?