New realities are emerging in the Middle East
Since the Syrian war broke out in 2011, Israel has been the only military force able to oppose Iran.
Overnight, Israel finds itself in a new season in which the Iranians are free to attack the Saudi oil infrastructure and the Turks are free to invade Syria.
How is all of this effecting Israel!
Israeli soldiers stand guard near the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights on the border between Israel and Syria
Trump’s Syria Pullout is Great for Israel
While some in the pro-Israel community have been decrying President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops in northern Syria to make way for a Turkish invasion, Israel stands to benefit significantly from the move.
Most pundits don’t seem to understand what’s really going on regarding the whole Trump/Kurd saga and most are too biased to applaud his strategy because they hate President Trump.
If Erdogan would have invaded Syria and killed US troops, they would have said that he dragged the US into an unnecessary war. The president is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
The balance of power in the Middle East right now favors Iran and Sunni states like Turkey have been offset by the Shiite expansion of Iran. To hobble Iran, Trump launched the most successful sanctions war in history. The sanctions have weakened Iran, thus weakening the Shiites.
However, there is still no one to fight on the ground to prevent the Shiites who continue invading Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, while at the same time, they also keep surrounding Israel with their proxies of Hamas and Hezbollah.
In light of this reality, President Erdogan of Turkey decided it was time to tell Trump that he has decided to is enter Syria as a Sunni power and that he was planning to send thousands of Sunni soldiers inside. Most of those troops he noted, would be Turkish backed Syrian Rebels.
This presented a great opportunity for President Trump. That’s because the decision to withdraw troops in Syria kills two birds with one stone.
On the one hand, Trump is evacuating the US troops, which was his campaign promise and on the other hand he’s injecting a Sunni force into Syria that will challenge (Syria’s Shiite affiliated leader) Assad along with the mullah’s of Iran.
Iran Holding Surprise Military Drills Near Turkish Border
Pressure Mounting on Iran
And since Syria is Iran’s client state, Iran is so concerned, they’ve been positioning themselves and holding military drills
along the Iranian -Turkish border. Now Iran finds itself, like the rest of the world, worrying itself over the next moves of Erdogan’s Sunni forces.They need to be worried.This Turkish (Sunni) invasion, with thousands, could become tens of thousands of well trained and well armed Sunni militias.
This means that Iranian proxies like Hezbollah are going to have to refocus their efforts away from Israel’s border to fight Turkey’s Sunni forces in the North which is good for Israel.
Most of the Iranian satellite Shiite militias have received orders to abandon the southern front with Israel and move up north and build defenses against Turkey’s invasion.
In other words, Trump’s move, which led to Erdogan’s move, has revived the Syrian civil war which, in effect, is bringing a more balanced Sunni-Shiite struggle, for control of Syria and Iraq back into the region.
And as far as Israel is concerned, that’s a good thing!
Middle East Mayhem is nothing new!
The fast-deteriorating situation was set in motion last week, when President Trump ordered U.S. troops in northern Syria to step aside, clearing the way for an attack by Turkey, which regards the Kurds as terrorists.
Should we blame President Trump or is there a bigger perspective here?
Chaos in Syria: Paving the Way For a Turkish-Led Caliphate
The rumblings stirred by Turkey’s Operation Spring of Peace into Syria this week are triggering alarm bells with students of prophecy. Turkey is on the move… pay attention!
I’ve been warning for years to keep an eye on Turkey saying they will RISE AGAIN in the latter days as the head of the Ottoman Empire and that, out of that evil empire, will come Antichrist.
How significant is Turkey’s march into Syria? In terms of immediate geo-political significance, PROBABLY not all that much.
But in terms of prophetic significance, Turkey’s assault into Syria is one of the most important developments now happening on the end time stage!
For the first time in almost 100 years, the Turkish military is marching and conquering again. This is a watershed moment indicating that the wound to the seventh head of the beast has been healed (Rev. 13:3, 12, 14; 17:11).
In my view, Turkey’s coming-out assault into Syria is best viewed as the opening bell toward their eventual emergence as the head of the Islamic Caliphate.
There are many more rounds to come including a clash with Iran before these two Sunni-Shiite giants merge into the final Beast empire.
Since he became president, I’ve tried to point out the significant role President Trump has had in accelerating last day events!
It’s like he’s batting 1,000, which means the list is getting long.
Here he’s done it again. After standing in the way, the President calmly moved aside allowing Turkey to launch its maiden attack.
Just in case you forgot, or should I say, just in case the left leaning, fake news, has you convinced Trump is wrong, let me remind you four things the President preached he would do while running for office.
The president promised that he would:
1. Pull our troops home
2. Put America first
3. Defeat ISIS
4. And not remain afterward
These goals have now been achieved and the president is fulfilling his promises.
A Smart Decision
President Trump, faced with a horrible situation, is making a smart decision to not intervene in a war with Turkey. He’s committed to increasing sanctions on Turkey if they attempt genocide on the Syrian’s or Kurds.
And let’s not forget that he’s committed to Israel’s security, more than any modern president in history! Let me mention one final point that remains to develop. The President may wisely be green lighting Turkey’s entrance into Syria as his best option to push back on Iran. Turkey is the leader of the Sunni world and after the defeat of the Sunni-ISIS Caliphate, Shiite Iran flooded into Syria and Iraq. No one has been able to prevent Iran’s takeover of these countries.
If Turkey believes this is their hour, they have the strength and military to severely cripple Iran’s incursion into these countries.
They also have the backing of the majority of Sunni nations in the region including nuclear powered Pakistan.
That, my friends, just might be the primary reason for allowing the Turks to invade Syria in the first place!
For 50 years, US presidents have been laying the groundwork for peace in the Middle East. This is serious business because scripture teaches that the 7-Year Tribulation begins when Antichrist signs a “peace treaty” or covenant with Israel,
27 Then he (Antichrist) will confirm a covenant (Treaty) with many for one-week (7 years). In the middle of the week (Halfway point = 3.5 years) he (Antichrist) will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings.
The notion of Israel entering into a deceptive covenant with Antichrist is a key end-time prophecy mentioned in Daniel 9:27 and Isaiah 10:20; 28:14-18.
In Isaiah 28, Isaiah is warning Judah that though they boast that they have achieved peace and security, their security covenant will be broken and the invasion which they sought to avoid will overwhelm them,
Therefore, hear the word of the LORD, O scoffers, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge (assault) will not reach us when it passes by, for we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception.
Your covenant with death will be canceled, and your pact with Sheol will not stand; When the overwhelming scourge (assault/war) passes through, then you become its trampling place.(Isaiah 28:15, 18)
It is important to highlight several realities established by this passage concerning this last-days covenant. The “covenant of death,” or the “pact with Sheol” is (1) made by the rulers of Judah, (2) made with “death”, (3) instead of trusting in Messiah, they rely on the covenant, (4) they enter into the covenant specifically for the purpose of avoiding “the overwhelming (flooding) scourge”, yet (5) the covenant “will be cancelled” or broken. And so, (6) instead of providing Judah with deliverance from the flooding scourge, they will be “trampled” by it.
This passage contains every element of the view that Israel will enter into a “covenant” or security alliance with Antichrist (death). The result will be a broken covenant and the overwhelming military “flood” of Antichrist will sweep into the land.
The length of the covenant being seven years is not found in this passage but is seen in Daniel 9:27 and in Jesus’ exposition of the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24).
Finally, it seems as if Israel learns their lesson. Isaiah prophesies that in the Messianic Kingdom, after being trampled by Antichrist for 3 ½ years, Israel will repent of their misplaced trust.
No longer will they trust or rely on Antichrist (which this passage in Isaiah refers to as “the Assyrian”) for their security. Instead, “in that day” they will rely solely on the Lord:
Now in that day the remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 10:20)
President Trump And The United States Stand Alone With Israel On The Golan Heights
The fallout from the ongoing war in Syria, the continuing hostility of the Syrian government toward Israel, and the military advances Iran is making in Syria toward Israel’s northern border have made the Golan Heights indispensable to Israel’s future security and prosperity.
In light of this reality, President Donald Trump recently stunned the world by issuing an Executive Order that stipulates the United States officially recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Until President Trump’s brave declaration, no nation on earth stood with Israel on her Golan Heights annexation.
Golan Heights: “Spoil” for Armageddon
In Ezekiel’s prophecy outlining the battle of Gog and Magog (The Old Testament version of the Battle of Armageddon) it appears that the mountainous region of the Golan Heights is part of the “spoil” (Ezekiel 38:12-14) that the invading Muslim armies want to take back from Israel in the Battle of Armageddon!
In 1967, during the remarkable Six Day War, Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. In 1981 Israel’s Knesset voted to annex it making it part of the land of Israel.
God is all powerful. Yet He allows Satan to carry out his deceitful and destructive activities—within certain limits—for a purpose.
At the end of the Millennial Kingdom, Satan is set free!
After 1000 years in solitary confinement the Lord will let Satan, the “snake” of Genesis 3, back in the garden (so to speak) to offer the human race independence from God in order to reveal their hearts.
We learn from the book of Job that Satan plays an important role in God’s plans for mankind. Nothing makes that clearer then the devil’s release from prison at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. The purpose of his release is to “deceive the nations” (Rev. 20:8) one final time.
We will discuss suggestions as to how he accomplishes this in our upcoming class.
During the Kingdom Age, earth is filled with righteousness and there is great prosperity. There have been several generations over the 1000 years. The curse is lifted and man’s lifespan is quite long. There is love, righteousness, joy, and peace. There are no demons harassing anybody.
There is no pornography, there is no abortion, there is no perversion. There is nothing like that in the earth. Then Satan is let back into the garden so to speak. What happens is revealing! Millions of unsaved people born during the Millennial Kingdom choose to follow Satan just like Adam and Eve followed the snake.
There are some important reasons why this happens.
One reason is Satan has not been rehabilitated. You would think after 1000 years in prison he would get humble. He is not. He is more angry than ever.
Another reason is that the demons also become more angry, not more humble. They are not rehabilitated. When given the opportunity, they attack again.
God allows this scenario to be played out to reveal the wickedness of man’s heart and to leave man without excuse (Rom. 1:20). There are people who are saying, “If I only had better circumstances, I would not have sinned like Adam did.” The Lord says, Watch this. I am going to show you. I am going to make the glorious environment of Eden across the whole earth one final time to give man a fresh opportunity.
Then I will let the snake back in the garden like I did with Adam. What happens? Multitudes will choose the snake like great-grandpa Adam did because man loves sin.
Even though Christ dwells on earth in all His millennial glory and man sees the glories of redemption, the majority of mankind, at the end of the Millennium, still choose sin instead of the Savior.
This is the final lesson God wants to leave with mankind for all eternity. Given the best opportunity and perfect environment to surrender to Jesus Christ, man chose the wages of sin.
Why is prophecy important in your life as a Christian and in the life of your church?
Bible prophecy is one of the most ignored topics in churches today! Many churches shy away from even mentioning “Bible Prophecy” often calling it “unnecessarily divisive.”
It is concerning that churches don’t take prophecy seriously. The very fact that God has revealed so many details about events to come in both testaments tells us that it is important. At the center of biblical prophecy is the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). Not only should we be interested in prophetic events, we should be looking for our Savior, with whom we will spend eternity.
How did we get here? How is it that we’ve arrived in the end times, when clarity is needed the most and we find the genre of prophecy “off limits” or “too controversial” to be preached and taught in our churches?
I suspect Satan is somewhat proud of this accomplishment. At a critical time when the church is most vulnerable the study of “things to come” is nowhere to be found in the pulpits of our churches.
This shows how far away we find ourselves from the days of Jehoshaphat’s revival in 2 Chron. 20:20, “Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”
Why do churches neglect the serious study of Bible prophecy? It’s fair to say that one issue is complexity. There are many prophetic details in the Bible to work through and harmonize. Scholars estimate the bible contains 27% predictive prophecy. So there is hard work to do formulating a biblical understanding in this area.
That said, we are warned not to neglect prophecy for two reasons. First, prophecy acts like a light in the darkness (2 Peter 1:19) and second, since it’s part of scripture it’s profitable to study (1 Tim. 4:16; 2 Tim. 3:16). A second issue lies at the door of today’s bible colleges and seminaries who, for the most part, offer little to no theological training in the area of biblical eschatology.
Over the last 25 years, the majority of bible training institutions have opted to simply overlook the subject. What little training is offered usually focuses on explaining the different views of prophecy leaving students to make up their own minds on a complex topic they’ve never been taught!
So today’s pastors graduate absent an understanding of prophecy and avoid it like the plague. Without being grounded with a pre-millennial foundation, pastors simply don’t know what to believe and once in the ministry, it’s too late and too time consuming to figure it out. I know pastors who have never preached about bible prophecy from the pulpit because they fail to see the relevance of the book of Revelation in everyday life.
A third reason might be the knee-jerk reaction that some have to not be linked with those who have abused bible prophecy. Our generation has seen its share of false teachers making outrageous predictions.
There are those who have become obsessed with offering a date for Jesus’ return, or treating every current event as fulfillments of Bible prophecy. So some people have swung away from the abuse of prophecy to no interest at all. That’s like throwing the baby out with the bath water. None of these are good reasons to avoid the study of prophecy.
Maybe you’ve avoided the study of prophecy because it seems too difficult.
God has promised spiritual blessings for studying and heeding prophecy. Here are 7 reasons why you and your church should take prophecy seriously:
1. Prophecy is a Major Part of the Christian Storyline
As the single largest topic in scripture, we can safely conclude the Bible is a book of prophecy playing a major part of the Bible’s story. By “story,” I’m talking about the narrative of the Christian worldview. Since Christianity is rooted in history and real historical events, God’s story includes past, present, and future events. All should be taught.
The church should not ignore prophetic events just because they’re not popular in our culture. Future events complete the story—events such as the rapture, the Day of the Lord, the Second Coming, the Millennium, and the Eternal State play out the victorious future for all believers. To avoid discussion of prophecy is to avoid an important part of the Christian worldview.
2. Prophecy was Important to Jesus
Jesus was a prophet! As such, our Lord prophesied throughout His ministry and extensively quoted Old Testament prophets in His teaching and preaching ministry. Christ’s longest sermon appears in three gospels in Mathew 24-25; Mark 13 and Luke 21 which is also His longest prophecy about the end times. Right in the middle of this prophecy, Jesus stops and says, “Behold, I have told you everything ahead of time.” Mark 13:23. That gives us pause to think.
Jesus abruptly stops to frame his lengthy prophetic message with something we often forget. Jesus was God and only God knows the future! By stopping to remind us this was prophecy, Jesus reveals how important prophecy was to his teaching ministry. Earlier in this same sermon, in the midst of delivering his prophecy about Antichrist, Jesus again paused to offer a remark. This time he offered a prayer and says, “let the reader understand” (Mt. 24:15). This one also gives us pause to think. Jesus stopped and prayed for us to understand Bible prophecy! Why would he do that? Because Jesus knows the value of prophecy and wants us to understand it.
3. We are called to teach the whole Bible
There are large sections of Scripture devoted to prophecy, many of which still need to be fulfilled from our current standpoint.
For example the events of Ezekiel 36–48 still need to occur. In the New Testament passages like Matthew 24-25; Mark 13; much of Luke 21; 1 Thess. 4-5; 2 Thess. 1-2; 2 Peter 3; Revelation 6-22 describe events that still need to happen. We cannot ignore these passages. Paul says in Acts 20:27, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.”
If your church does not teach what the Bible says about the future, the whole counsel of God is not being taught.
4. People are interested in the future
Christians are interested in what the future holds. But if we do not teach what the bible says about prophecy, we are denying important biblical information for those who want to know what the Bible has to say about the future. As believers who understand bible prophecy, we are holding a major source of hope that the Lord wants every Christian to have.
5. Prophecy motivates believers to serve the Lord
Prophecy changes our lives because what we do now impacts our future. Paul viewed everything he did in light of his standing before Jesus someday. In 2 Timothy 4:7-8 he said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
6. Prophecy has a purifying effect on the life of the believer
Prophecy is meant to transform our lives in the present. Why should we live sensibly, righteously and godly? Because Jesus is coming again.
1 John 3:2-3 states, “Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
James 5:8-9 also says, “You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.” The study of biblical eschatology is a motivation for godly living.
7. Prophecy gives us perspective on the troubles and trials of this age
We live in a fallen and tragedy-soaked world. Evil seems to triumph. Without Jesus there is no hope but the Christian has the hope of resurrection and the restoration of all things (1 Cor. 15:20-28; Acts 3:21). Romans 8:18 states, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
The coming of Jesus and the restoration of all things are future realities that give Christians hope and the joyful realization that the turmoil’s and trials of this age will not last forever. Righteousness and goodness win in the end.
Christians need to hear a prophetic message of hope and encouragement from the pulpit more often!