Thursday, August 5, 2010

Rumors of War...

It's no wonder that Jesus included "rumors of war" in His end-times discussions. Its a perfect description of the world we are living in, in these last days. Particularly in the Middle East:

"Ex-CIAers to Obama: Israel Might Attack Iran This Month"

“We write to alert you to the likelihood that Israel will attack Iran as early as this month,” the open letter to Obama begins. “This would likely lead to a wider war.”

The letter, issued on Tuesday by the anti-Iraqi-war VIPS (Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity), continues:
“Israel’s leaders would calculate that once the battle is joined, it will be politically untenable for you to give anything less than unstinting support to Israel, no matter how the war started, and that U.S. troops and weaponry would flow freely. Wider war could eventually result in the destruction of the state of Israel.

The letter is distinctly anti-Israel. Its writers - W. Patrick Lang, Larry Johnson, and Ray McGovern, among others – mock Obama for having expressed confidence that Netanyahu would not try to surprise the United States.

The letter notes that Congress has implied support of Israel in case of an Israeli attack, but that “a strong public statement by you [Obama], personally warning Israel not to attack Iran would most probably head off such an Israeli move.”

And we see more rumors of war below. Here, the rumors involve Israel's declaration to retaliate against the last round of attacks from Hamas:

"Israel blames Hamas for rocket attacks, says retaliation is imminent"

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said that Hamas was responsible for the rocket attacks last Monday and that the Jewish nation will retaliate.

"Don't test our determination to protect our citizens. Israel will retaliate for every assault. Whoever shoots at Israeli citizens, and it doesn't matter from where, we will find them and hit them hard," Netanyahu said during his televised speech.

Earlier, Egyptian officials revealed that the attack that the Red Sea ports of Eilat, Israel and Aqaba, Jordan were fired by Hamas militants from Egyptian territory. The rocket attack killed one Jordanian taxi driver and caused structural damages.

According to the Egyptian report, Hamas operatives snuck from Gaza into the Sinai Peninsula to fire the rockets in an effort to conceal their responsibility and appear as if the attacks were perpetrated by an Egyptian terror group.

"Over recent days we've witnessed three attacks against Israel. I want to make very clear to Hamas and to the Lebanese government that we view them as responsible for the violent provocation against us," the Israel Prime Minister added.

And predictably, in response to Israeli rhetoric, we see Hezbollah weighing in on the situation - with more rumors of war:

"Hezbollah says it will strike heart of Israel if Lebanon hit"

Hezbollah is ready to strike the heart of Israel in the event of new aggression on Lebanon, the party's deputy chief said on Wednesday, a day after deadly clashes between Lebanese and Israeli troops.

"Israel must understand that any aggression on Lebanon, no matter how small, gives us the complete right to retaliate when and how we find appropriate and in line with Lebanon's political interests," Sheikh Naim Qassem told AFP in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
"Hezbollah chooses when to be patient and when to retaliate," he added.

Qassem's comments came a day after the worst clashes along the border since the 2006 war. The fighting, in which four people were killed, also marked the first serious confrontation between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers in decades.

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has previously said that his group, which is backed by Syria and Iran, has the military prowess to reach Tel Aviv airport and other strategic targets inside Israel.

Hezbollah is the only group that refused to disarm after Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war, arguing that its weapons are necessary to fight Israel, which occupied mainly Shiite southern Lebanon for 22 years until 2000.

The militant group fired close to 4,000 rockets in the 2006 war, and Israel estimates that Hezbollah has since stockpiled more than 40,000 rockets, some of which could reach major population centres.

More rumors of war. We are beginning to see these threats almost daily now. In fact, it almost seems like the lid which is being tenuously kept on the Middle East is somehow "supernatural" - almost as if God Himself is keeping a huge outbreak of violence from breaking out - as the region has been just on the edge now for some time. Perhaps that is the case. We know that these last remaining prophetic "steps" will only occur under God's hand - and He is waiting for His perfect timing to allow the last remaining events to take place.

Meanwhile we'll continue to see these ongoing threats and we'll also see the continual build-up to war, both from Iran and the usual terrorist groups (Hamas and Hezbollah). But war will erupt at some point - we know that from biblical prophecy - the only question is "when?".

We'll have to wait and see - as we watch God's plans unfold. He doesn't have too long however - because we know His plan will be completed before this generation ends, and we are rapidly approaching the end of this generation.

Maranatha! We know what awaits the Bride of Christ - and that too will happen before the end of this generation.


Expected Imminently said...

Hello Scott

Reading through this post makes me think I may have already posted one here? Did I, was it ridiculous? I have a terrible feeling about it.

The doc has given me some 'sleepers' and if I take them too soon before bed, I am really not as I should be, stupidity comes to mind. If so I cannot apologise enough and hope you will forgive me.

I have thoroughly enjoyed what I have heard and hope you are correct about 'generation' meaning ours, now, not Israel during the trib as AF teaches. I really appreciate his ministry but even the best of us only ‘see through a glass darkly’. What you say makes such a lot of sense and brings such hope that it simply cannot be too much longer.

I discovered about two years ago that good Bible teaching helps me get some sleep. It HAS to be something I am really interested in, and a male voice, or it is no help. (Music doesn’t work). Each time I wake, I put it back on again and once more I hear so much then I drop off again, all through the night. The following day I listened properly to your message with my mum and we both felt very blessed, very encouraged and spurred on by your enthusiasm.

Thank you Scott. God bless.

Scott said...


I'm not sure what you are referring to - but we all love your posts and always look forward to seeing what your take is on the various stories! Keep them coming!
I was joking around about causing treating insomnia - just being self-effacing - plus we joke (my family) that there are always a few sleepers during my sunday services! So I joke about that. Hope you enjoy the audios. God Bless

Expected Imminently said...

Whew! I thought I may have written a bloomer! I am so relieved I didn't let myself down, to say nowt of England, the flag of St.George, The British Isles, HM the Queen and the Union Jack!

Self-effacing jokes are right up my alley. When my dad was alive I used to read Scripture to mum and dad and make a few comments to encourage them. It always ended in giggles as the dog was snoring and the budgie had it head under it wing fast asleep making little 'peeping' noises.

I have indeed enjoyed the audios over the weekend in Wales. SUCH an encouragement, and cant wait to share them with my few friends.

I did have one unpleasant thought, Noah preached the warnings for 120 years before the flood came, so unless the Rapture is pretty sharpish, could it mean that there is another twenty years at least before the 2nd coming?

We have something in common. My dad's car was running in the drive with no one in sight; it was a cold, fearful feeling that made me think they were gone - Raptured and I was left.

I have had a few of those. Plus living by a senior boys school, I was having a late afternoon nap and was awakened to the sound of a trumpet. I sat bolt upright and waited for liftoff - sadly it was one of the cornet players having a toot as he walked home after classes!

God bless you for your excellent work and kindness.

Scott said...

Thanks Sue -

I have occasionally thought of the 120 year thing - as found in Genesis. But remember several things:

- Whatever the approximate number is, you have to subtract at least 7 years (looking at the Rapture here), and probably 8-10 years, IMO.

- That takes it back to around 110 years right there.

- Also Jesus just said that it would all occur within the generation - which doesn't necessitate the very very end of the generation (although we are approaching that IMO), so that would put it (IMO) somewhere < 110 years - how much would be anybody's guess.

- IF it started around 1914 - then we're rapidly approaching 100 years - and to me, that takes us very very close.

- I also cannot imagine the "lid" being kept on the M-E situation for much longer.

We'll see. Tomorrow won't be too soon for me :)

God Bless

Expected Imminently said...


That makes total sense and makes me feel better that the 2nd Coming is closer. (Rapture Imminent)

The words 'within the generation' is similar to a Jewish day. Apparently even part of a day is counted as a full day (24 hours?)

As for seeing you tomorrow as we rise, right now would be better :)