Friday, April 23, 2010

"Washington Think Tank Predicts War in Middle East"

An interesting article has come out from Israel National News which details pending hostilities in the region. Additionally, this article reveals some facts (bolded below) that haven't been written about and they reveal the growing alliances in the region - alliances intended to oppose and most likely attack Israel.

War in the Middle-East

A U.S.-based think tank has issued a report saying that a new Middle East war may be looming on the horizon.

If hostilities do in fact break out, writes David Schenker of The Washington Institute, “fighting could take on a regional dimension not seen since 1973.” The prediction comes in response to reports that Syria has supplied the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization with advanced Russian-made 9K38 Igla-S anti-aircraft missiles. Transfer of the shoulder-fired ordnance to the terrorist group has previously been marked by Israeli officials as a “red line” issue.

Schenker also cited pronouncements posted in late February on the internet by the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization hinting the group might renew its aggression against the Jewish State. The statement followed an unprecedented trilateral summit / dinner meeting on February 26 in Damascus between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

A new development

Meetings between the Syrian and Iranian presidents have become very common in the past several years; however, Nasrallah's presence at the table marked a new chapter in the development of the Evil Axis. Little was publicized about the discussion, other than what was later posted on the Hizbullah website, said Schenker, noting the account recounted “the escalating strategic response of the axis of the confrontationist, rejectionist, and resistance states” to the so-called U.S.-Israeli threat.

Recent reports that Syria has provided the terrorist group with Scud missiles capable of reaching deep into Israel's central and southern regions have supported and underscored Nasrallah's threats. The U.S. State Department summoned the Syrian Ambassador, Imad Mustafa, to “inform his government about the level of danger if the missiles crossed the border” but did little more.

In addition, the report noted IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi's testimony in mid-March before the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that Hizbullah was “building up its forces north of the Litani [River].”

The fact that Hizbullah continues to stockpile weapons in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, the ceasefire agreement that ended the 2006 Second Lebanon War, and that Iran and Syria continue to provide the group with illegal arms, observed the Institute, has contributed to the deterioration of the security situation in the north.

“Hizbullah retaliation against Israel for the 2008 assassination of its military leader Imad Mughniyeh could spark a war,” writes Schenker. “So could Hizbullah firing missiles in retribution for an Israeli strike against Iranian nuclear facilities. The transfer of sensitive Syrian technology to [Hizbullah] could also prompt an Israeli strike. Regrettably, even if Israel continues to try and defuse tensions in the north, given the central role Tehran has in determining Hizbullah policy, a third Lebanon war may be inevitable.”

War is looming - there can be no doubt about that. The only question becomes "when" ?

We know from our prophecy that war will only be a matter of time - it's coming and when it does come, these conflicts/wars will continue to escalate in waves and they will not end until the Second Coming. Like birth pains, the prophecies pertaining to the Middle East, including the various wars, will be fulfilled.

We're just waiting for that powder keg (aka "the Middle East") to be ignited - and then - once ignited - the remaining pieces of this larger "prophetic puzzle" will come together during these final conflicts - conflicts which are as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning.

In the meanwhile, we need to be prepared spiritually and we need to be "alert" as Jesus warned:

"Be on guard! Be Alert! You do not know when that time will come."

"What I say to you, I say to everyone: "Watch!"

(Mark 13:32-37)

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