I don't know about you, but I'm watching closely the events in this world and the signs that came out of last week's UN meeting, especially as they pertain to the Bible. It astounds me how accurate the Word of God is. Thousands of years ago, God told us through the prophet Ezekiel that not only would He scatter the people of Israel away from their land as punishment for their idolatry, but He also foretold of a time when He would bring them back. (Ezekiel 28,36). I love Ezekiel because it was while I was reading it some 15 years ago that God revealed Himself to me and I turned away from the miserable life I was leading and ran into His arms.
Ezekiel 38 describes a coming war upon Israel. Although there is some debate as to who the nations listed are today, here is a pretty accurate list, give or take a few countries:
What used to be Southern Russia (Turkmenistan, Uzbeckistan, Afghanistan, etc)
Byt the way, note that these countries are all muslim.
Here's what we saw in the news last week:
President Ahmadinejad dodged a question about whether his country had enough uranium to manufacture a nuclear weapon and ignored allegations that he wasn't complying with International law by not disclosing that a nuclear facility at Qom had been under construction for years. Basically his speech was fairly innocuous, not at all like his past speeches at the UN where he cited from the Koran and gave praise to Allah and said he saw a blue glow around himself while he spoke. But I would rather he had done that than remain as civilized as he did (Although he did threaten President Obama that he would "Regret his statement" to comply with International law.) I believe he's stalling for time, playing politics, smiling and being polite, lying about his willingness to negotiate. Why? Because he still needs more time to develop his nukes. And I for one, have no doubt that once he does, he will attack Israel.
Ahmadinejad believes that by attacking Israel and creating chaos in the world, he will be ushering in the Islamic messiah, Imam Al-Mahdi. So, he could care less what anyone in the world thinks or anyone in his own country. This is why he scares me so much. Want to hear something creepy. This Al-Mahdi is supposed to sign a 7-year peace treaty with Israel. Sound familiar? Humm
Could this be the beginning of the war described in Ezekiel 38? Only time will tell.
But what concerns me the most is whether or not our country will take a stand with Israel. I believe Prime Minister Netanyahu will do the right thing for his country, but will we stand behind him? We must, not only because Israel is the only democracy in the middle east, but because they are God's chosen people and God will judge all the nations according to how they treated Israel.
I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; And they have divided up My land.
Pray for the Peace of Israel and for God's Kingdom to come upon the earth!