We knew sooner of later this moment would come. In a headline with the title "Israel Warns Iran That 'Bad Options' are Nearing", we see some interesting quotes. It looks like Israel is finally nearing the inevitable determination that they are alone in this ongoing crisis:
"The two "bad options" for Iran — letting the country develop nuclear weapons or using force to destroy its nuclear capabilities — are closer than they were a year ago, Israel's U.N. ambassador warned Tuesday."
"our intelligence tells us ... that Iran is racing towards this kind of nuclear capability, and it's not a matter of years."
"Israel... believes that diplomatic overtures have been exhausted because "the Iranians are mocking them and defying ... the formal resolutions of the Security Council," she said.
In other news we see the following:
"Clashes sweep through east Jerusalem; US envoy cancels visit as diplomatic feud deepens"
"Hundreds of Palestinians in east Jerusalem set tires and garbage bins ablaze on Tuesday and hurled rocks at Israeli riot police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. The heaviest clashes in months broke out as an American envoy abruptly canceled a visit, deepening a U.S.-Israeli diplomatic feud."
"The feud is feeding already high tension in east Jerusalem, where Jews and Palestinians live together uneasily."
Palestinian officials had called on the public to defend Muslim religious interests in Jerusalem after the rededication Monday of a historic synagogue in the Jewish quarter of the Old City. The rededication has stoked rumors that Jewish extremists are planning to take over the hilltop shrine at the crux of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
In a related article "Arabs riot in Jerusalem, threaten new uprising"
It seems that with every passing day, tensions in the region escalate a little more than the previous day. Riots are growing in size. Rhetoric grows more inflammatory. Calls for war increase. Missiles are being launched from Gaza again. Missiles continue to flow to Hezbollah, in the north from Iran via Syria. Turkey's alliances with Russia and Iran grow stronger while their anti-Israeli statements become bolder by the day. The U.S. makes their intentions clear, and these intentions are most definitely not aligned with Israel. The fight over Jerusalem grows more intense by the day.
We know how this story ends.
The main question is: How much more will the Bride of Christ (aka "The Church") witness before the "catching up" occurs?
I believe this is a legitimate question because once the match is lit - the match that ignites this powder keg known as the Middle East - remaining prophetic events should occur quickly and in rapid sequence.
Events of prophetic significance are occurring now with greater frequency and in greater magnitude - just like the birth pains that Jesus described. And we know this about birth pains: once they reach a certain stage in progression, they will not slow down nor reverse course. The frequency and magnitude of events - just like birth pains - will simply continue to increase - just as we are seeing.