Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Leadership Change in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced that he will resign from office, and a successor will be named by September.

The Jerusalem Post reports that this change will trigger political change in Israel. One never knows how things will develop politically in Israel, but any significant change such as this, with new leadership at the top position, can lead to many scenarios:

1. Will the neighboring terrorists states see this an an opportunity to attack Israel?
2. How will the next leader handle the peace talks between Israel and the "Quartet" (US, Russia, EU and UN), which have been
ongoing for years? Will the next leader complete the "peace process" and create a Palestinean State? If so, what will the
borders look like?
3. Will the next leader decide to attack the nuclear facilities in Iran?
4. What will the next leader do with regard to Jerusalem? The Temple mount? The Golan Heights?

All of these big questions will have to be addressed by the next Prime Minister. All of these questions contain implications for prophecy fulfillment.

The situation in the Middle East seems to be progressing at a very rapid pace. It is hard to envision a scenario in which the next Israeli leader will not play a prominent role in prophecy. The next three months will be very interesting as political alliances in Israel will change, and power will shift.

We need to keep a very close eye on the Middle East right now. Any significant development seems to move us one step closer to the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39, which describe the invasion of Israel from an alliance consisting of Russia and Iran, along with a consolidation of other surrounding Islamic countries. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, we may also see the political changes in Israeli leadership which would permit fulfillment of Daniel 9:27. This is felt to be the covenant which creates "peace" in the Middle-East. The same covenant that will serve as a signal that the Tribulation, as described in Matthew 24 and Revelation 6-18, has offically started - That same period of time that the Church will have entered the gates of Heaven.

Keep watching. The vast majority of remaining biblical prophecy will center in and around Israel. Any significant change politically, in the Nation of Israel, has the potential for prophetic significance. The next few months could be very interesting indeed.

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