Taliban Raises Enforcement of Shariah by Dumping Alcohol

Taliban Raises Enforcement of Shariah by Dumping Alcohol

 

 

 

 

 

Taliban Preaching Shariah

Follows Islamic Mandates
Resumption of Executions!

The Taliban, which took over Afghanistan in just a matter of days after Joe Biden abruptly pulled American military forces out, leaving behind both Americans and billions of dollars in war machinery, now have raised the level of enforcement of Shariah and punitive Islamic religious law.

The Taliban stunned the rest of the world with its quick takeover of Afghanistan as soon as Biden’s pullout was implemented.

Since the 90’s, the Taliban has consistently called for an Islamic Caliphate and telling the world that they felt it was their duty to make the Caliphate a reality including the rule of Shariah law. The Quran calls “intoxicants” “defilement from the work of Satan.”

But remember, you’re not supposed to talk about stuff like this anymore in America!

In fact, it’s getting dangerous in America to criticize Islam on any level. If you even hint that some aspects of Shariah may be incompatible with Western society and law, you’re labeled a racist and a bigoted ‘Islamophobe’.

Protection of Islam from criticism comes about because Satan, the god of this world, favors Islam and needs to protect it like a mother protects her baby. Satan plans to use it by deceiving Muslims into becoming his primary weapon to destroy Israel and defeat Jesus at His Second Coming!

Since the Taliban has taken over Afghanistan, it has confirmed the resumption of executions for offenses to Islam, and it has banned foreign currencies and declared the region to be a caliphate, confiscated girls to use as sex slaves, assembled a “kill list” of LGBT Afghans, handed over land and money to jihadists who killed U.S. soldiers, withdrawn rights for women, and even banned barbers from trimming men’s beards. Welcome to Sharia-heaven!

Students of Bible prophecy need to understand that the Taliban isn’t any different than ISIS or Hamas or Boko Harem or Hezbollah or the former Ottoman Caliphate. They are all forerunners of the coming empire of Antichrist which will be driven by the final Caliphate using the same enforcement of Shariah on the unsuspecting world. I’m looking for Jesus to come soon… how about you?

Muslim Demographics and the Great Delusion: Will Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 Cause Islam to Disappear in the End Times!

Muslim Demographics and the Great Delusion: Will Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 Cause Islam to Disappear in the End Times!

 

 

 

As some conjecture…

Will Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 Cause Islam to Disappear in the End Times?

Tim Buck
FOTET.org

The purpose of this article is to address what has in recent years become a widely held prophecy theory regarding Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. The theory, popularized by Bill Salus in his book Isralestine, holds that the Bible predicts two specific invasions before the Tribulation Period begins that change the demographics of the end times.

The Christian church and the rest of the non-Muslim world is about to have a head-on clash with a very real demographic giant. Recognizing the epic proportions of this coming clash, some people (like myself) are shouting from the rooftops to prepare for the massive challenge ahead. Others, however, seem to be determined to lull the church back to sleep. “Don’t worry,” they say, “The giant will suffer a massive heart attack before he even arrives at the battle lines. Go back to sleep.”

Present demographic realities make it clear that as the church continues to slow down its growth globally, the religion of Islam is simply outpacing us. An acknowledgment of demographic trends today and understanding the Islamic connection to end-times prophecy make it clear that Islam represents the single greatest challenge the Christian church will face before the return of Jesus. But the church is largely asleep to the danger of this reality, assisted by a new theory.

One of the more successful false teachings to invade Bible prophecy over the last decade is rooted in a false interpretation of the Scriptures, and a poor understanding of global demographics. The giant in the room is Islam and to remove it, the teaching says that through two end-time wars, before the start of the Tribulation, the religion of Islam will be wiped off the face of the earth and pave the way for Antichrist to rise from Europe. Hmmm.

The two wars used to try to prove their “Islam is dead” theory is a supposed war in Psalms 83 and the battle of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38-39. Most scholars reject the view that Psalm 83 is even an actual prophecy but is simply a national prayer of lament. It is also abundantly clear that the Battle of Gog and Magog is simply telling the Old Testament story of the Battle of Armageddon that takes place at the end of the Tribulation and ends in Israel’s salvation.

The “Islam is dead” theory is a recent invention to discredit the Islamic end-time paradigm which correctly believes the religion of Islam will give rise to Antichrist. Driving the movement is also the need to find support for the outdated and unsupportive, “revived Roman empire” theory.

The “Rome is coming back” theory is falsely rooted in a misinterpretation of Daniel’s fourth empire that is discussed in both Daniel chapters two and seven. A more careful analyses of these two chapters reveals that the fourth empire that Daniel talks about points to the Islamic Caliphate not the ancient Roman empire. For numerous reasons outlined in chapter two of my book, The Empire of Antichrist, the ancient Roman empire simply does not meet the requirements of the text describing Daniel’s fourth empire. However, the historic Islamic empire meets all the textual requirements perfectly.

According to the theory, Salus postulates that the two wars of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 are pre-tribulation battles that wipe out 100% of the world’s Muslim population. He theorizes that as a result of these two wars, the world’s Muslim’s will simply vanish before the Tribulation begins, perhaps even quite soon.

He refers to the Psalm 83 battle as the removal of the “inner circle” of Muslim nations around Israel today. The “Inner Circle” map overlays the ancient names of Psalm 83 (in red) with their supposed modern-day counterparts map. Then he refers to his map of Ezekiel 38 as the removal of the “Outer Ring” of Muslim nations around Israel. And WAHLAH, there you have it… the Muslim’s are gone! Now you see ‘em… now you don’t!

 

 

 

 

To rescue the revival of the Roman empire idea, unfortunately, multiple modern prophecy writers have grabbed onto this theory like a rescue line to a drowning swimmer. If you don’t believe the theory is widely taught, consider a sampling of comments made by popular prophecy teachers as they do their best to articulate the view:

“There is no need whatsoever to warn the Bride of Christ [the church] about some non-existent Islamic (sic) myth … Islam will not exist by the time the 70th Week begins.” – Sean Osborne

“The war of Psalm 83 followed by the war of Ezekiel 38 will result in the annihilation of nearly all the armies of the Muslim nations of the Middle East … The Middle East will be reduced to ashes! … There are two wars that are indicated most likely before or just at the beginning of the Tribulation… In my opinion, those wars are going to pretty well wipe out the Muslims in the Middle East.” – David Reagan

“Islam is just another system that will be wiped out before the Antichrist instills (sic) his system … The Gog-Magog Battle of Ezekiel 38-39 that will soon end the Islamic threat before the Antichrist even comes on the scene. Islam’s days are numbered well before the Antichrist’s empire.” – Nathan Jones

The problem with the comments of these good men is they fail to recognize the actual demographics of the Muslim world. Apparently they believe that most of the world’s Muslims live in the Middle East. The truth, however, is that the vast majority of Muslims live outside of the Middle East. In fact, almost half of all Muslims globally live in the four countries of Indonesia, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Indonesia has a Muslim population of 276 million, Pakistan has 225 million, India has 300 million and Bangladesh has 153 million. Yet neither Psalm 83 nor Ezekiel 38-39, the two passages that this view claims will soon “wipe out” Muslims and Islam globally, include these nations.

The large majority of the World’s Muslims live outside of the Middle East. For example, today there are more Muslims in either France (3.5 million) or Germany (5.5 million) than in Lebanon (2.5 million).

This is where Bible prophecy and fantasy collide with the harsh realities of demographics. If we listed every nation suggested as part of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39, this would still represent less than one-third of the world’s Muslim population.

So let’s test the demographics of this theory. If every soldier and every active-duty member of the nations suggested as being part of the supposed Psalm 83 invasion and Ezekiel 38-39 were gone, it would approximately represent 
31,213,730 soldiers, less than 2 percent of the total 1.8 billion Muslims of the world. So because a mere 2 percent of the Muslims of the world are defeated, somehow this means that the other 1.6 billion Muslims no longer exist?

Let’s take this scenario one step further. Let’s imagine that not just the active-duty soldiers but every single person in every one of these nations was removed from the picture, leaving not a single survivor, man, woman, or child, from Russian to Sudan, something no one is suggesting will occur, how would this change things? Would Islam be “wiped out” as they claim? Far from it. In fact, there would still remain well over a billion Muslims worldwide. Islam would continue to have more adherents than Protestant Christianity globally. Muslims would continue to be a vast and vibrant force worldwide.

As we can see, even if all the nations suggested within the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 wars were wiped out, there would still remain more than two-thirds of all Muslims in the world and the four largest Muslim nations would be untouched. Any suggestion that Islam will disappear from earth before the rise of Antichrist and the 7-year Tribulation is a fantasy.

No amount of denial, prophetic manipulation, or wishful thinking will make Islam go away. It’s not going to happen. It’s time for the church to wake up to the reality that Europe is dead not Islam. It takes the European Union five years to decide on the most mundane matters. The overwhelming biblical evidence is that Muslim’s are deceived by Satan today and are already positioned to participate in the great clash of the Tribulation aimed at destroying the non-Muslim world and Israel.

Far too many Christians have chosen to ignore the looming danger and rising threat and are sitting back and daydreaming about the time when Islam will go away. Instead we need a more aggressive approach, like David took toward the giant, of reaching Muslim’s with the Gospel of Christ and warning our fellow believers of the danger closing in.

Then it happened when Goliath the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.

You know the rest of the story.

Taliban Behead Popular Female Volleyball Player Who Was Part of the Afghan Women’s National Team. Then Posted Photos Online.

Taliban Behead Popular Female Volleyball Player Who Was Part of the Afghan Women’s National Team. Then Posted Photos Online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahjabin Hakimi was slaughtered in Kabul as Taliban troops searched for female sports players
Taliban Beheaded Female Volleyball Player, Posted Photos Online, Coach Says

An Afghan volleyball player on the girls’ national team was beheaded by the Taliban — with gruesome photos of her severed head posted on social media, according to her coach.

Mahjabin Hakimi, one of the best players in the Kabul Municipality Volleyball Club, was slaughtered in the capital city of Kabul as Taliban thugs searched for female sports players, her coach told the Persian Independent.

She was killed earlier this month, but her death remained mostly hidden because her family had been threatened not to talk, claimed the coach, using a pseudonym, Suraya Afzali, due to safety fears.

Images of Hakimi’s severed neck were published on Afghan social media, according to the paper, which did not say how old she was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beheading In Bible Prophecy

Revelation twenty tells us Christian martyrs in the last days will be beheaded.

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

 

Revelation 20:4

The Bible shows us that in the last-days, beheading will be the primary method used by the beast (Caliphate) for capital punishment. Believers who refuse to submit to the teachings of Islam and who reject bowing to the Image of the Beast or taking the Mark of the Beast will be martyred.  They will be killed specifically for their “testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God.”

Is the Bible implying a resurrection of guillotines during the Tribulation period?  What exactly is the Bible inferring will occur that will result in the 8th empire’s standard of using beheading as a means of executing Christians?

God chose to drop the clue about beheading to help us identify the beast. Who are the beheaders? They certainly aren’t Baptist’s, Catholics or Protestants. Only Muslim countries practice capital punishment by beheading. Only the religion of Islam promotes killing Christians, Jews and everyone else who doesn’t submit to them. They are the only religion in the world that practices killing those who refuse to follow them. That’s one of the reasons God describes Islam as the “mother of harlots” and the “mother of abominations of the earth” (Rev. 17:5). There’s no other religion that is worse!

In Saudi Arabia, this practice is sanctioned to the point that some beheadings are public affairs. This is quite understandable as a demonstration of state power. After, all, the “Sword of Islam,” is the image emblazoned on the Saudi Arabian flag.

Beheading infidels is sanctioned in the Quran and put into law in Muslim majority nations under Sharia Law.

The Quran makes for harrowing reading. Here’s a sampling.

Allah promises to “cast terror into the hearts of those who are bent on denying the truth; strike, then, their necks!” (8.12). He instructs his Muslim followers to kill unbelievers, to capture them, and to ambush them (9.5). Everything contributes to advancing Allah’s goal: “Strike terror into Allah’s enemies, and your enemies” (8.60).
“When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” – Quran 47:4

Antichrist and the False Prophet won’t need guillotines to accomplish their murderous deeds. In fact, Muslim cultural sees honor in the sword. For centuries, Muslims have boasted about their bravery in the imagery of the sword.

Today, with the rise of Islamic groups like ISIS, the Taliban, Boko Harem, Al Qaeda and Shariah compliant countries, we are seeing more and more beheadings as another sign of the last days.

This is telling us we are getting closer to the Tribulation. It’s likely that Afghanistan is one of the 10-nations that make up the Beast Empire and here we see them beheading just as Revelation prophesied.

Trapped Afghans Are Running Out of Time

Trapped Afghans Are Running Out of Time

 

 

 

 

Trapped Afghans Are

Running Out of Time!

September 20, 2021
Tim Buck

The Taliban are hunting down Christians and any Afghan organization or people tied to the United States. In doing so, they are doing exactly what the Quran commands them to do in waging Jihad against infidels.

Like ISIS, the Taliban are a good example of what the coming BEAST EMPIRE will look like. Pure evil!
Americans who are trying to get Afghan allies out of the country continue to hear horrific stories from those they’re trying to rescue.

A Wednesday press conference by Qari Fasihuddin, the acting army chief of the Taliban, barely caused a ripple in the U.S. news media.

Fasihuddin is one of three top deputies of the Taliban military and nicknamed “Qari the Conqueror.”

Fasihuddin’s comments set off reactions ranging from deep concern to panic among the Afghans in hiding, as the new acting army chief pledged that “those who defend democracy in Afghanistan” and oppose the Taliban would be suppressed, and that a new, regular, strong Taliban army would be taking control and defending the borders.

Obama’s “GITMO 5” Now Ruling the Taliban and Afghanistan and Biden Wants To Negotiate.

Obama’s “GITMO 5” Now Ruling the Taliban and Afghanistan and Biden Wants To Negotiate.

 

 

 

 

From Prison To Power

Rulers of Taliban were released from Guantanamo Bay by Obama/Biden in Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

The Taliban members released from Guantanamo Bay by the Obama/Biden administration in 2014 in exchange for admitted US Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl helped plan the Taliban’s return to power and now have high level positions in the Taliban Islamist government in Afghanistan. The ‘Gitmo Five’ were labelled “hardest of the hardcore” by US intelligence officials who urged Obama and Biden to reconsider their decision.

 

 

 

 

Taliban leaders go from jail, to negotiating table, to Kabul to ruling Afghanistan

Thousands remain left behind in Afghanistan as U.S. forces withdraw from Kabul following President Biden’s political strategy of simply getting out of the country, irrespective of the consequences.

When Taliban fighters seized Afghanistan’s presidential palace, news agencies carried photos of the scene, and one of the people in those photos was a prisoner named Khairullah Khairkhwa who was held at Guantanamo Bay from 2002 to 2014.

Obama released him from Guantanamo in the Bergdahl Prisoner Swap. Now he’s part of the Taliban government! Obama freed Bergdahl the traitor for radical Islamists claiming that the radicals being released in 2014 had been fully “vetted” and were reformed! Sure thing! They reformed all right… they reformed Afghanistan!

Worse yet, they are now positioned with enough U.S. military equipment to reform the balance of the Middle East. In prophetic terms, that will have the effect of reforming the region into the image of Satan just as prophesied in Revelation 12 and as Paul warned in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-9.

In light of the disastrous, radical turn for Afghanistan, what is our State Department concerned with? The only request from the State Department is for the new Taliban government to be inclusive! You’re kidding right? It doesn’t have gays and women in key leadership positions like good old Uncle Sam?

CNN seems surprised to discover “No women or members from Afghanistan’s ousted leadership were selected for acting cabinet positions or named to advisory roles, in spite of the Taliban’s promises of an inclusive government and more moderate form of Islamic rule.

All of the “leaders” announced by the Taliban on Tuesday are established Taliban terror-squad captains that have been rewarded with senior positions in the Taliban government. This includes the new interior minister Sirrajuddin Haqqani who is a wanted terrorist and heads the Haqqani network, which has been behind some of the deadliest attacks including a 2017 truck bombing that killed more than 150.
 
A Coming Caliphate
 
The appointed new Prime Minister of the Taliban government is Hassan Akhund, who was in power the last time the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, in 1996 to 2001. Under his leadership, the Taliban first declared themselves an Islamic Caliphate.

It will be interesting to see what Caliphate strategy the Taliban employs this time around. Will they try to go it alone again or have they learned from the ill-fated attempt of ISIS to wait for an announcement from Turkey.
 
Generation Jihad
 
Followers of the dominant Sunni version of Islam, the Taliban has a long history of practicing the “Holy War” of Jihad similar to ISIS. What’s in a name! It turns out a lot. They’ve declared their name as… The Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan.
  
Committed to Islam
 
The Taliban’s campaign to portray themselves as normal citizens of a new government is a farce and demonstrates, once again, that negotiating or even attempting to influence Islam is a western delusion.

Committed Islamists like the Taliban play the west for all they can while rigidly following Shariah Law. Shariah means denying religious freedom and freedom of the press, sidelining woman as second-class citizens, beheading infidels and approving the Islamic practice of sex-trafficking. And on and on…
  
Taliban Slated to Celebrate Inauguration of New Government on 911

Obama and Biden may be pleased by the Taliban’s radical appointments—days before the 20th anniversary of the 911 terror attack—but the whole mess is a slap in the face to the U.S. and its Western allies and all the men and women who were killed on 911 and in Afghanistan fighting for freedom the last 20 years!

So now you have Afghanistan, that Biden agreed to desert, stocked with billions of dollars in American weapons, left there on purpose by Biden, and Taliban soldiers who were released by Obama and Biden running  Afghanistan.

Could it come more full-circle than that?

Actually, yes, care to take a guess when this new Taliban terror government funded and created by Obama and Biden is going to be inaugurated?

September 11th!

The Ripple Effect of Afghanistan

The Ripple Effect of Afghanistan

 

 

 

 

The Ripple Effect of Afghanistan

Written By Amir Tsarfati
Edited by Tim Buck

Every now and then, there are shifts in the world. These are moments that can be called game-changers. What we have been watching this last week in Afghanistan is most certainly one of these game-changing moments. Not since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union have we witnessed this big an alteration in the geopolitical landscape. These past seven days have seen the end of America as the world’s number one superpower and have left us in what now can be considered a Post-American Era.

I am not saying these words for shock power, nor am I in any way gloating. I am an Israeli with a deep love for the United States. There is no greater friend that my country has had in our 73 years of existence than the US, and there are many in America that I consider to be as close to me as family. That is why it is with great pain and sorrow that I write these words. But it needs to be said, and maybe it takes someone from the outside who can look at the situation objectively and who has access to news and media that isn’t driven by a party agenda.

What has taken place this last week in Afghanistan has shown the world that America under this present administration is, as one Chinese TV host put it, a “paper tiger”. It may look big and scary on the outside, but when an Islamist terrorist army came marching to Kabul, rather than standing up against it, the US military continued its pull out, abandoning its friends and allies and breaking its promises. Please understand that this is not a knock on the United States military. If US forces were allowed to give full vent to their power and skill, the Taliban would be reduced to smoldering ash heaps in hours. It is the finest, strongest military in the world. But even a small child can throw rocks at a great bear if the great bear is penned up in a cage.

What led to this situation? Not surprisingly, many fingers in Washington and in the press are pointing at the previous US president. But that is based on either ignorance or a willful distortion of the facts. It is true that the previous president did plan to pull troops out of Afghanistan, but it was going to be a measured withdrawal based on a deal that he had established between President Ashraf Ghani and the Taliban. Under the deal, Ghani would release 5000 prisoners to the Taliban.

In return, the Taliban would not attack the Afghani forces or the US military. The American president threatened the Taliban mullah he was dealing with saying that if they broke the deal, he would hit them like they’d never been hit before. He even mentioned by name the village that the Mullah came from. Ghani, for his part, never liked the agreement that the 45th president brokered. He worked hard with this friends in the Democratic Party to sabotage the deal. But, the pact was signed in Qatar in 2020, and for the next one-and-a-half years, no American soldier was lost due to the Taliban.

Then the new administration came in and immediately canceled the deal between the Afghanis and the Taliban. In its place, they presented… nothing! They just began to pull out and figured the Afghanis could take care of themselves. The Taliban, seeing the deal gone, decided they had no choice but to take over. They began overwhelming little pockets of Afghanistan here and there. The Afghani army that America had trained, funded, equipped, and trusted dropped their weapons and ran away. Soon, the pockets of Taliban control spread and began to merge, and before the world knew it, the Taliban army was closing in on Kabul. What was predicted to take 2-4 months took 2-4 days. Even the Taliban was shocked at how easy it was, with many areas around the country falling without even a fight.

Then President Ghani, as corrupt a politician as one can find, fled the country with $169 million. The nation was leaderless, and the Taliban happily stepped in to fill the vacuum. When the United States saw that the Afghani army had completely collapsed, they signed a pact with the Taliban asking for a period of time to let them safely pull their personnel out. So far, as the Americans have fled, they have left behind billions of dollars’ worth of military equipment. Just like that, the Taliban has gone from hiding out in the wilderness of Afghanistan to becoming one of the best armed terrorist militias in the world.

The present situation in Afghanistan comes right out of a dystopian nightmare. While the Taliban puts on a front of a kinder, gentler terrorist force, the Afghanis know what is really going on. Murder, execution, rape, child trafficking – that is what is taking place away from the cameras of the western news sources. Unfortunately for the perpetrators, their evil deeds can’t escape phones and social media. The postings have been horrific.

The scenes at the Kabul airport with tens of thousands flooding the runways and surrounding the grounds are enough to tell us what is really going on in the country. Many of us have seen the pictures and videos of planes filled to capacity with those who are fleeing. We’ve witnessed the bodies of the desperate ones, mistakenly thinking they could hold onto the outside of a plane the way they would to a railroad car, lose their grip and plunge to the ground. Despite the huge number of Afghanis who have made it to the airport, there are still an estimated ten thousand Americans and American allies who are trapped in various places around the country.

Afghanistan has the 2nd largest, per capita, underground church in the world, estimated at 100,000. Only the underground church in Iran is larger and faster growing. Under the Taliban Caliphate, Christians in Afghanistan will now face an uncertain future of persecution and forced conversions to Islam. Recently, the Pentagon put out a statement saying it could no longer secure safe passage to the airport.

World Wide Ripple Affects

The purpose of this newsletter is less about Afghanistan itself, than about the ripple effects of what has just taken place. Just as the swells expand outward when a stone is thrown into a pond, the waves emanating from the boulder of American weakness being dropped into “Lake Afghanistan” are shaking the world. When the bad guys are only being kept at bay because of the presence of the policeman, what happens when it is discovered that the policeman has no bullets in his gun? Not only should all the innocent citizens run for cover, but the policeman himself better watch his back.

As mentioned earlier, China is feeling the ripples. What is it that has kept that powerful nation from taking Taiwan, an island nation they have coveted for decades? American power. Now China is flexing its muscles and increasing its threats. Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of the Global Times (a state affiliated media outlet), tweeted, “After the fall of the Kabul regime, the Taiwan authorities must be trembling. Don’t look forward to the US to protect them. Taipei officials need to quietly mail-order a Five-Star Red Flag from the Chinese mainland. It will be useful one day when they surrender to the PLA [People’s Liberation Army].”

Beijing also is positioning China as the world’s new moderate voice of reason and helpfulness. They present themselves as the ones who are prepared to enter Afghanistan to help fix the mess that the unhinged, war-thirsty, bumbling Americans have left behind. They’ve also worked out a deal with the Taliban to mine and exploit the estimated $1-3 trillion of rare minerals in the country, promising the Islamic government a healthy cut. If there is any nation in the world that should have US citizens feeling nervous, it is China.

The ripple of Afghanistan has reached the shores of the hermit kingdom of North Korea. Through sources that I trust, I have been told to keep an eye on Kim Jong-un. North Korea has been waiting for a weak or distracted America. It now has both.

Iran is riding the ripple by going full bore on its uranium enrichment. This ramping up had already begun with the advent of the new US administration and the return to negotiations. They have already reached the 60% enrichment threshold and are rapidly progressing toward the 90% needed for weapons-grade uranium. Meanwhile, their terrorist proxies in Iraq and Syria continue to grow bolder as they attack oil fields, weapons caches, Iraqi forces, and US military facilities. America will strike back occasionally, but the only country that is consistently hitting Middle Eastern terrorists is Israel.

The ripples are rolling north to a country that also knows a little about leaving Afghanistan in defeat – Russia. They’ve been there, done that, and just under three years after their departure the USSR dissolved. When it comes to the aftermath of Afghanistan, Putin is hoping for contracts for the military and commercial rebuilding of the country. But there is an even bigger play that he is working toward. The concern in many former Soviet republics of an expanding Russia, which was already heightened since the US transition in January, is now increased even more. Ukraine in particular is wondering how long it will be before Vladimir Putin stops knocking at the door and just kicks it down.

There is also no one left to confront the growing presence of Russia, Iran, and Turkey in Syria. Turkish President Erdogan also covets his part of the new Afghanistan hoping to be the Sunni Islam presence in the nation’s rebuilding, alongside secular Russia and China. But in Syria, Russia, Iran, and Turkey together have become an axis of power situated just north of Israel.

Which brings us to the last of the pertinent states feeling the ripple. It is also the most important – Israel. I don’t say that simply because I am a Jew and I root for my home team. That statement is fully backed by the Scriptures.

“When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord’s portion is His people; Jacob is the place of His inheritance.”

Deuteronomy 32:8-9

Israel is the center of God’s plan for the nations. In fact, Bible prophecy has nothing to say about the nations as such in their relations to one another, but only in their relation to Israel – the people and the land.

Does that mean that God doesn’t care about all the other nations? Does He only love Israel and the rest of the countries can just go pound sand? Of course not! It just means that as we look for God’s hand in the progression of His timeline for this world, one of the factors in consideration must always be how the nation of Israel is affected. And in the case of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, the answer is “greatly”. Israel is in real trouble right now. Washington, our greatest ally, is weak. The new Israeli “government of change” is pitifully weak. Russia doesn’t respect us. Iran is tweeting out threats. Israel is in a precarious position today. We are isolated, and the enemy is at our gates.

For true Christians, those who have received Jesus as their Savior and Lord, these ripples should be a cause for concern but not for fear. When the 45th president was in office, peace was spreading through the Middle East. Any bad actors had to have one eye to their gunsights and one eye to the sky looking for that missile that just might be racing towards them. Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, Ayatollah Khamenei, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan knew that they could push boundaries, but that there was a point of “too far”. Now with the 46th president, we’ve seen that “too far” no longer exists.

I have said many times that I am not a prophet. I can only look at Scripture and look at the world around me and see how the two fit together. I am also not a sensationalist, nor a date setter. When it comes to biblical interpretation as it relates to geopolitical events, I will always err on the side of caution. That being said, I must tell you that with the era coming to an end of America standing as the world’s greatest superpower, one of the last major hurdles leading up to the rapture of the church has been overcome. Am I telling you that Jesus is returning for His bride tomorrow? Lord, let it be so, but, no, I am not.

If you are a Christian, be about your Father’s business.
My dear brothers and sisters, by all appearances the time is short. Let us not rest. Let us not be distracted. Let us be about the Great Commission, sharing the truth of Jesus Christ and making disciples. Thus, if the Lord does continue to tarry, His kingdom will continue to expand. But if He should return soon to take us to be with Him, that friend or relative or co-worker whom the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart just might be joining you to meet the Lord in the air.

Awaiting His Return