So much has happened in the last few days. In the United States, people from all across the country have been signing petitions to secede from the Union; on the other hand, people have been petitioning for the secessionist petitioners to be stripped of their citizenship or be exiled from the country. On the other side of the world, terrorists have been firing missiles into Israel, and Israel is responding.
It looks like we very well may be seeing the beginning of the war predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. I was talking about this while I rode into church tonight with my husband. He wondered what was different between Israel making an attack this time and Israel making an attack the dozens of times that they have before. My answer to this is that war seems to be on the horizon for everybody, not just Israel.
The Bible tells us what lies in store for the world. You can never be 100% sure if you're interpreting prophetic scripture correctly until it has past; the Bible isn't clear enough to tell us exactly when the predictions will happen. We can tell, however, that there are clear signs that do match up with today. 150 years ago, people thought that Russia could not be Gog and Magog of prophecy because Russia was at the time a Christian nation. 15 years ago, people wondered why the United States was not in Bible prophecy; they speculated that New York was Babylon, or that the Rapture would incapacitate the US tremendously because of all the Christians that were in it (I was already interested in Bible Prophecy at the time, so I can say that because I took part in debates like that). I believed back then that Babylon was the literal Babylon located in Persia, but I did think that the US would be incapacitated when all the Christians disappeared in the Rapture. Now, it seems more clear that the US was not listed in prophecy because the US will not be powerful when it happens. Sure, there still are quite a few Christians in this country, and if the Rapture were to happen today, the US would feel it; but we already seem to be in the decline. If there was another Civil War, that could easily take us out of the war in Ezekiel 38 and 39; by the time the Tribulation occurs and the Christians are gone, the US is likely to be only a shell of its former self.
The US does not really play a prominent part in the war of Ezekiel 38-39. Obama doesn't really support Israel, but a lot of Americans still do. I'm not sure why we don't participate. Will the US be too absorbed in their own problems? Will Obama stay out or act like he supports Israel because the people do? I could only speculate. What I do know is that the world economic situation is terrible, there are tons of unhappy people on this planet, and there are a lot of nations just waiting for the opportunity to fight out their differences. Pray.
Israel and Palestine Exchange Rockets
The war between Israel and Palestine, or probably more precisely, Hamas, began earlier this week. On Wednesday, Israel sent a precise strike against Hamas terrorist Ahmed Jabari. In response, Palestine shot off several different rockets into Israel. Included among the Israeli victims are Mira, a pregnant mom of three, a man with young children who waited 20 years to have children, and a young man in his 20s. At this point, it doesn't look like the hostilities are at an end. The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) has called up its reserves.
China and North Korea are Also Involved in the Middle East
It's not just Israel and Palestine that are fighting in the Middle East; Syria is also another hotbed of violence over there. South Korea recently intercepted a Chinese freighter with ballistic missile parts in it that are believed to be manufactured in North Korea and was headed into Syria. Israel already has had a few stray missiles from Syria approach their territory; Amos 1:3-4 tells us that the Lord will destroy Damascus at some point in the future as punishment for something that Syria does to Israel. That prophecy has not been fulfilled yet. Amos 1:6 says that the people of Gaza will be punished as well.
The Chinese have recently replaced their president, Hu Jintao, with a new leader, Xi Jinping. We do not know yet how Xi will react differently to their dispute with Japan, claims on Taiwan, or any of the other myriad issues plaguing the world at this time.
Iran Holds Missile Drills
While US President Obama still holds on to the hope that there will be a diplomatic solution to Iran not getting a nuclear weapon, Iran has been having missile drills. These drills simulated an attack on Israeli or American forces. These missiles are more advanced than what they had before, and can better take out aircraft. An aggressive Iran is not a good thing, and they seem to have been getting more and more aggressive lately.
Vladimir Putin expands the Russian definition of treason. Treasonous actions now include representing an international body or working for another country, along with some other actions. Let's go back to the Stalin era, shall we? When he was first elected several years ago, I had a feeling that he would someday play a part in the end times. Feelings could be wrong, but he is definitely one spooky dude.
Twinkies may be going the way of the dodo. Is the end of Twinkies the end of the world? Probably not; I don't even think the snack is listed in the Bible. I don't think that I've had a Twinkie in years. However, I just might have one if a Federal Bankruptcy judge gives them the green light to shut its doors. They are unable to keep their doors open because the workers refuse to go back to work and continue to strike. I guess that having no job is better than having a job where your pay is cut? At any rate, if you love Twinkies and will miss them if they close their doors, then you can thank the unions for not being able to have them in the future.
Earthquakes in diverse places: on Wednesday, these included a magnitude 6.1 in Chile, a 5.7 in Papua New Guinea, and a 6.0 in Tlalchapa, Mexico.