Sunday, December 14, 2014

Israel And The ISIS Threat, U.S. Threatens Russia (again)

Israel And The ISIS Threat

Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups make it clear that their ultimate goal is the complete destruction of Israel. ISIS has employed the same rhetoric, but the ability to carry out such a threat presents a reality no one can simply dismiss as the railings of yet another radical Islamic group. Along the way, ISIS has captured vast amounts of wealth. When Mosul Iraq fell……$500 million was the take from that city alone. Other cities like Fallujah, Tikrit, and Kirkuk fell and the spoils of battle went to ISIS as well. Needless to say, this group is well funded and there are no shortage of men willing to join their ranks. Some are Iraqi and Syrian men who see the options are to fight alongside ISIS or die and there are also many foreign fighters joining the ranks.

It takes wealth and personnel to wage war and ISIS has both. By far, the biggest payoff during their movement across Syria and Iraq is the stockpiles of weapons they have amassed. I spent two years in Iraq in Tikrit and Baghdad and I know that we left the Iraqi army well equipped. Tikrit is now in ISIS hands and along with it… the massive military base we left behind. Every time the Iraqi Army surrenders control of a city or former base, weapons fall into the hands of ISIS. The matter of weaponry is a very important one because as the militant group gains territory….they gain new hardware to wage war elsewhere.

There is undeniable evidence they have in fact acquired WMDs. Jane’s Intelligence Review along with other credible sources report that over 80 lbs. of uranium is missing from the Mosul University science lab after ISIS took control of the city. This squares with a claim made in just the past week by ISIS that they have smuggled a ‘radioactive device’ into a european city.

In another clear indication that ISIS has obtained chemical weapons……there is cause to believe they used chemical weapons in the Syrian border town of Kobani. In late October of this year, after explosions and a foul smell in the air…..patients began showing symptoms  that commonly follow a chemical attack such as large red blisters on skin, breathing difficulties, and vomiting. There is also several reports by the Iraqi army that they have sustained injuries from a chlorine based chemical attack.

Some of you may be asking:  What does this have to do with Israel or Bible prophecy for that matter? The answer is rather simple because (if) ISIS continues to swallow up land and mile by mile….move closer to Israel’s borders, there is no doubt that they would use WMDs on the Jewish State. Moreover, Israel has multiple threats on all sides from Hamas in Gaza to Hezbollah on the Lebanese border. There is a lot of instability along almost all of Israel’s borders except with Jordan. Even the relatively stable border with Jordan might not remain that way for long.

I’m one of a growing number of Bible prophecy teachers who believe a major war in the Middle East is just around the corner. I also believe there is evidence that this coming war precedes the Gog-Magog invasion of Ezekiel 38.

Top brass in the Israeli Defense Forces is taking notice of growing threats to it’s security. Israel’s Chief of Staff General Benny Gantz commented on the ISIS threat and it’s problematic northern border during a recent interview with the Jerusalem Post.

The bottom line is this:   Although the situation in the Middle East is always changing, there is no doubt the pieces are falling into place and the end time scenario is taking shape. Knowing that Israel’s enemies like the Islamic State, Hezbollah, Hamas, and of course Iran will eventually or may already possess WMDs… should be a prophetic heads up for a believer who is watching and waiting. When we are beginning to see geopolitical conditions line up with the end time scenario written about over and over again in the Bible, doesn’t it become clear that our redemption is drawing near?

I believe it is just a matter of time before Israel’s enemies launch an attack or plan one using WMDs against population centers. The question that remains is will the IDF launch a preemptive strike first? One thing is becoming clear…..when we look at the news coming out of the Middle East, we see the stage is being set for the soon return of Jesus. Those of us who are longing for and love His appearing can look at the events happening in the world through the lens of scripture.
We understand time is short and the rapture is imminent! We must use the time we have left to warn people about God’s judgement and wrath that’s coming. Today is the day of salvation. People need to know that there is no hope without Jesus. As the days come to a close and the news from around the globe confirms that……let’s share Jesus and His gospel with renewed love and a sense of urgency with those we meet.

The Pentagon has threatened Russia with redeploying nuclear cruise missiles to Europe, accusing Moscow of violating two arms control treaties.

“We don’t have ground-launched cruise missiles in Europe now obviously because they’re prohibited by the treaty,” said Brian McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary for policy at the Department of Defense.

“But that would obviously be one option to explore,” he added.

Washington says Moscow violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe.

However, Russia denied the allegation and said the testing of a ground-launched cruise missile in July 2014 was in compliance with the INF treaty.
Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller announced that US President Barack Obama has written his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the violation.

Gottemoeller said that the United States were considering a list of “military countermeasures” against Russia.

McKeon also warned Russia not to engage in an “escalatory cycle of action and reaction.”
He said Russian and US counter-actions "will make Russia less secure.”

"This violation will not go unanswered, because there is too much at stake,” he said.
Russia says the US missile plans across the globe are a real threat not only to Russia but also to the whole world, adding the missile systems harm the strategic balance of forces across the globe.

In October, the US military commissioned its new missile base in southern Romania amid strong opposition by Russia.
The military base will be the first to feature the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile system and it will be operational by the end of 2015.

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bumble bee said...

I am a little surprised that you would have a link to the EU Times. After looking into them because of the article you linked, all I could find was how erroneous, lack of professionalism, and neo-nazi linked it was. I would hope that you would vet sources before putting up a link. If as you state your mission in this blog is to link biblical prophesy to world events it must always be based on truth or one must fear loosing credibility. I have been reading your blog for many years and have found it rather insightful, but when you dabble in disseminating false stories based on outrageous assumptions based on groups with a hate agenda, I cannot help but look at everything now with great suspicion. Please keep to the truth!

Scott said...

Yea. I was going to put the usual disclaimer up but ive done that so many times i deemed it unnecessary but i suppose i was wrong. So i will fo it here and go back do it qgain.

As states before, i believe in casting a wide net for news. I cant think of a single news source that i can categorically trust. Can you?

I believing in posting what is in circulation and using the discernment if the holy spirit.

I also ask is the story consistent with what has been in the news from other sources (in this case yes).

Some people say i should never quote the NY Times. Some say never quote " USA today ". Some say never quote the LA times. Where does it end? Some say never quite Debka. Everyones list

Scott said...

Everyones list would be different. So whos list of news sites should we use? Yours?
Additionally. If you think the " main stream " news is the best source of pertinent news in this day and age, i would strongly disagree. Also. I never endorse any of the sites that we post news from. None of them. I have explained this countless times. If there is a site you are uncomfortable with then ignore it. But to condemn me and thus entire body if work for a site you dont like seems extreme to me.

Scott said...

One more comment on the above and ive said this countless times as well. I respect this group of people who cone to this site tremendously and i refuse to treat them as children. So they can read what is in circulation and determine how much weight to give a particular article based on whatever factors they use personally. Maybe its the libertarian in me:)

Scott said...

As far as this article- it is highly consistent with an array of articles from a variety of souces

Caver said...

In the FWIW category, agree completely with this approach. I think you're right Scott, the Holy
Spirit grants discernment and He is the only one I trust these days.

I know of no human source these days I take at face value. The vast majorities of the stories end up having somewhere between a trace to vast majority of truth. It is seldom that I find one article to have the known universe of facts together and correctly presented.

There's a huge amount of headline grabbing bad information out there. There's a huge amount of intentional misinformation out there. There's also some valiant attempts to get the truth together and out there. Over the years its been my experience this blog does the best job of getting the best of the information and enough views posted that a educated overview of the truth emerges. Add some independent reading and discernment and I think most regular readers are pretty well attuned to the truth, as best it can be known to us.