War seems to be in the air.
One also has to wonder if the terrorist groups and nations realize that their time may be short - with upcoming U.S. elections possibly ending the current anti-Israeli administration of the U.S. - especially considering Obama's continual sinking in the polls. At the risk of stating the obvious, it would be far more preferable to attack Israel now - while the current administration is in office, as compared to waiting until a conservative, pro-Israel administration is in office.
Ahmadinejad: Iran is determined to eradicate Israel
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran was determined to eradicate Israel, ISNA news agency reported Thursday.
Wow. Even for Ahmadinejad, who usually has at least a tiny amount of political correctness, this is a shocking statement and he has now completely taken off the gloves towards Israel. I cannot recall such a dramatic, bold, unequivocal statement directed towards Israel.
"Iran believes that whoever is for humanity should also be for eradicating the Zionist regime (Israel) as symbol of suppression and discrimination," Ahmadinejad said in an interview with a Lebanese television network, carried by ISNA.
"Iran follows this issue (the eradication of Israel) with determination and decisiveness and will never ever withdraw from this standpoint and policy," the Iranian president added in the interview with the Al-Manar network.
Why is he coming out now and making such bold statements?
Take a look at these other recent updates (below) revealing just how much things are escalating in Israel - and connect the dots with Ahmadinejad's statements.
At Least 17 Rockets, Mortars Fired From Gaza
Rocket fire from Gaza resumed as expected Thursday evening in an onslaught that started with last week’s deadly bus-attack that left 8 Israelis dead.
At lest seventeen Qassam rockets and mortar shells were fired from Gaza on Thursday evening exploding in open fields in Eshkol, the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council, and south of Ashkelon. The "Color Red" warning siren was sounded in the areas under attack.
Shortly after 7pm another rocket was fired that struck near the Erez crossing. The IAF reported that warplanes struck a separate terror cell preparing a launch just before the Erez attack and scored a "precise hit."
The attacks come as Israelis braced for more attacks after at least 20 rockets fired into Israel Wednesday night. These were in addition to a shooting attack that wounded two and the par for the course rock-throwings.
And see this - we're only at the beginning of what is to come:
Islamic Jihad vows to send rockets deeper into Israel
Terror group says it will extend rocket range; More than 15 rockets fired into Israel; Erez-border crossing damaged; 2 Islamic Jihad members killed in IAF strike, Palestinian report says.
Hours after Palestinian sources reported that the IAF killed to Islamic Jihad operatives in the Gaza Strip, the terrorist group vowed to extend the range of their rocket capabilities, sending projectiles deeper into Israeli territory, Israel Radio reported Thursday.
According to Islamic Jihad, a small terrorist group with roots in the Muslim Brotherhood, it would triple the number of Israelis affected by rocket attacks.
The Code Red siren was heard throughout the Eshkol and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Councils and in Ashkelon as 15 rockets and mortar shells fell throughout those areas, the IDF Spokesman's Office said in a statement.
Take a look at Egypt becoming more and more involved:
Egypt: Forbade an Israeli Gaza Operation
Yasser Othman, the Egyptian ambassador to the Palestinian Authority, said Wednesday that there Egyptian-Israeli relations are still tense after the killing of five Egyptian soldiers last week, in the aftermath of a murderous terror attack on Israel.
Egypt had "forbidden" Israel from launching a large-scale operation in Gaza, he added.
“We want a clear, strong apology and a pledge to not to repeat such acts in the future,” he told Bethlehem-based Maan News.
We are very very close to all-out war in the region. Period.
Not only that, but the overall situation in the region is more volatile and more unpredictable than it has ever been - the rapid changes in Egypt and their deteriorating relations with Israel - the uprisings and instability in Syria - the Hezbollah takeover of Lebanon - the rapid infusion of arms into Gaza (via Egypt) - and even Jordan, who is having more and more demonstrations - and more importantly, the increasing number of rockets coming into Israel, which is almost at wartime levels right now.
And on top of that - one of the leading nations in the Gog-MaGog conflict, Iran - is making unprecedented threats to Israel - clearly stating that they are "determined to eradicate Israel" with "determination and decisiveness".
We're close. So close.
Once the warfare begins, I believe the dominoes will topple rapidly - including the Isaiah 17 scenario rapidly followed by the Gog-MaGog conflict detailed in Ezekiel 38-39.
This all means that the gathering up of the Bride of Christ is coming soon as well.
The time to prepare - at peak levels - is now.
UPDATE: A href="http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=235472">South pounded by rockets, prepares for more violence
Thanks Scott. This is just unbelievable!
I have tried to warn family members, to no avail. They accuse me of being too apocalyptic. I have been telling them about the Lord for over 40 years. Perhaps, someone other than me will get the message across.
Honestly, if I knew that I would be gone very soon, I would eat cheese cake every day. I love the stuff but only eat it on my birthday. LOL!
We're so so close now Tas.
A lot of people will be awakened though - after we are gone. I am hoping that the non-believers who have heard about prophecy will be among the first saved during the trib --- so its valuable even if they don't hear the message right now. It will ring true when it happens.
Great post Scott...what is everyone using to witness about the en times? Israel the economy or EQ? It seems hard to have the time to go into great detail and develop the biblical significance of some of the signs and tie them all together. I can only give them snippets and if they are shallow on Biblical context in doubles the problem
I try to use Israel and the Zechariah passage about the whole world turning on them and also Revelation 6 & 13 and the the coming One world economy and government.
EQ never seem to work as people always say stuff like we have always had them.
The best thing would be to get them to come here every day and get the full context of all these events/signs coming together at the same time. Here it is fully developed over time.
Nice work Scott!
Thanks WV...There is just no reaching some people - they are refractory. I don't know why...I even know some Christians who refuse to get excited about the possibility of Jesus coming. Its a mystery to me.
Scott pointed this out to me after one of his live sessions.
I asked about the eq's and the point that some would say we've always had them and it's only our technology that makes them look more numerous. He said that the point was that the technology is probably part of the sign (indirectly) because Jesus asid they would be like birthpangs and that they would be in diverse places. In any other time it would have taken weeks , sometimes months to have even heard of an earthquake in Peru or China or Japan of the Usa. With the technology there is also lots of proof of the great increase in the number of EQ's since they have been measuring them in modern ways.
I use the Gog Magog alliance countries too ( also thanks to Scott) because it is an unlikely alliance at another time in history. One might have wondered why Iraq was not a part of it and yet now we see that they are in a different situation. Or that Turkey would be still an ally of Israel. The biggest question I have right now is how long it will take for Libya to be ready to be part of something like that.
Good point Waterer - I had forgotten that and its important. Its funny because the most recent post is concerning this very issue (just posted an article)
Plus, really, Jesus didn;t specify that the # would go up (even though they ARE going up - and that alone is making quakes newsworthy) - like all of the signs, they have to be newsworthy or people wouldn't know, and we wouldn't be able to track the signs, as demanded by Jesus
As far as the increased number of monitoring stations as Waterer says, that gives us the necessary information on quakes in diverse places. Otherwise we'd have no knowledge - so the fact that we CAN monitor quakes is VERY prophetic. In fact, if we had no way to monitor quakes in diverse places, you'd have to wonder if we were really in the same (last) generation
When I think of Gog-Magog, I always think of Russia also. They seem quiet lately, is there something going on? Also let's keep the US East Coast in our prayers with Hurricane Irene coming. I was thinking of prayers that God would be glorified and many would trust Him more. Marantha!
Ultimately, Russia is behind the scenes on everything. Unlike Ahmadinejad, Russia is VERY VERY disciplined.
But they are one curtain behind Iran, working quietly behind the scenes. They have been courting Turkey for years and years and have established a bunch of economic and military ties with Turkey, bringing into the Gog-MaGog fold.
And - don't forget - they are solely responsible for Iran's nuclear progress and ultimately their ability to manufacture nuclear weapons....
Ultimately, Russia is behind all of this.
An excellent read regarding Russian plans and activities in the region are found in J Rosenbergs "Epicenter" - I HIGHLY recommend this read if you are interested in Russia's covert operations in the region.
Just a few weeks from today, the U.N. will vote on the Palestinian request for a state of their own, with Jerusalem as its capital. This would mean that the world will force Israel to give up 40% of their land, which Netanyahu said "would never happen." We are truly in interesting times.
I'm a Baptist preacher in Manila, Philippines, and I would like to thank you for your blog. I do have a blog of my own, mainly for my Biblical reflections. You may want to visit it:
HI Efren. Wow! A Baptist preacher in the Philippines...
Welcome and am praying for your safety and the Lord anoint you and give your words power to lead a multitude from the darkness to The Light.
Its so nice to hear from you, thanks for 'stopping by'.
I know I will, and I hope everyone here will be praying for you and your work over in the Philippines - God Bless you brother - with your ministry.
Thanks for linking the site.
As a Baptist pastor, you are probably concerned about the way charismatic Word of Faith prosperity preachers seem to have taken over Christianity in the Fil, spreading so much poison.
Can you enlighten us at all from first hand experience of your thoughts on this.
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