News from Hal Lindsey Media Ministries
February 16th, 2018
It appears the cold war between Iran and Israel is heating up.
Last week, Iranian forces in southern Lebanon flew a drone into northern Israel. The Israelis shot it down.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) then launched air attacks on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets, including the air base from which the drone flew.
The Iranians and Syrians were able to shoot down an Israeli F-16. Though the pilots ejected, one was seriously injured.
It was the first combat loss of an Israeli warplane since 1982.
Last September, Israel destroyed a precision-missile factory the Iranians were building in Syria. They’re building another one in Lebanon under the auspices of Hezbollah — Iran’s wholly-owned subsidiary terror organization.
The Weekly Standard described Hezbollah’s arsenal of 130,000 missiles as “an offensive arsenal bigger than that of all Western Europe.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin a few months ago. He told him that the presence of Iran’s missile factory in Lebanon could cause war to break out in the region.
Israel is also determined that Iran will not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons or solidify its military presence in Syria. Netanyahu recently said, “We will not allow that regime (Iran) to entrench itself militarily in Syria, as it seeks to do, for the express purpose of eradicating our state.”
After the drone incident and Israel’s retaliation, Russia, Iran, and Syria released a joint statement saying that from now on there will be a “severe and serious” response to Israel’s “terrorism.” By calling Israel’s defensive actions “terrorism,” they can justify almost any response.
I doubt we will see any sort of major reversal of the present face-off. You see, Iran arrogantly views Syria as “belonging” to them. In 2013, one of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Kahmenei’s closest advisors explained. Mehdi Taeb said, “Syria is our 35th province, and is a strategic province for us. If the enemy attacks us and seeks to take Syria or Khuzestan (which is an actual Iranian province) our priority would be to keep Syria. Because if we keep Syria, we can take back Khuzestan at a later date. But if we lose Syria, we would lose the capital Tehran.”
Now, why does Taeb think Syria is so important to Iran? Because it shares a border with Israel.
Iranian leaders exhibit an irrational fixation on and hatred for Israel. Their speeches show a rage toward the Jews which has no basis in reason. It’s a mania and it infects all of their thoughts and plans.
That’s why the Iranian army keeps moving its operations in Syria closer and closer to the border with Israel.
Last week, the Israeli army released a statement which warned that “Iran and Syria are playing with fire.”
The Bible describes a future war in which Russia, Iran, and several other nations invade Israel. It will not go well for the invaders. God Himself will intervene to destroy them.
As it says at the beginning of each Report, “Yesterday’s prophecies. Today’s headlines.” Folks, we are witnessing firsthand the “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6) that Jesus Himself predicted for these days.
If you are a regular viewer of this program, you know that I have reported about the accelerating destruction of Europe. That destruction is coming at the hands of an overwhelming flood of economic migrants. Mostly Islamic.
In the years 2015 and 2016, Germany accepted more than 1.2 million migrants, most of whom came from the Muslim nations of Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. The German government’s Institute for Employment Research did an extensive study and found that only 34,000 of the 1.2 million had found jobs by the end of 2016. That’s a 97% unemployment rate!
But the greater problem is that when Muslims immigrate in large numbers, they create their own communities. Isolated in these communities, they are less likely to assimilate into the country at large.
A recent study by the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies found that 65% of Muslims living throughout Europe believe that Sharia is more important than the laws of their host country. This presents quite a problem for the host countries.
Remember, Sharia is not just a code of personal conduct. It is a set of national laws. Islam is not just a religion. It is also a political system with Sharia as its constitution. And Sharia is a draconian system that is brutal on women, children, gays, apostates, non-believers, and infidels. It turns Jews and Christians into second-class citizens.
And with Muslim families reproducing almost three times faster than the indigent Europeans, it won’t be long until Europe will be predominantly Muslim.
Italian journalist Giulio Meotti writes, “For years, European elites have been preaching multiculturalism and religious and cultural relativism. Now we find ourselves living through not only further assaults on the habitually besieged Jews and their faith, but a massive de-Christianization, as well.”
He notes a striking and significant new element in the European real estate market: former Christian churches now sitting empty.
Meotti continues: “Religious symbols are an integral part of a civilization. When old symbols vanish, new ones — with their own identities — take their place. Europe’s public imagination today is being flooded with Islamic symbols, from veils in schools, swimming pools and workplaces, to the volume and height of minarets.”
Folks, culture matters. Culture provides the framework for civilization. It involves everything from the food we eat to how we raise our children. And both our and Europe’s cultures are founded on and infused with Judeo-Christian principles and values. Europe is watching that heritage ebb away.
Remember that, despite its flaws, the American culture — permeated with the Christian faith — has provided more freedom, more fairness, and more opportunities for more people than any other nation or culture in the history of the world. But if we cut ourselves off from that Judeo-Christian heritage — or allow it to be overwhelmed by other belief systems — we will lose all of the blessings God has bestowed on us.
Finally, Jesus said that in the end times, the world would be darkened by war, plague, and famine. We are eyewitnesses to the fact that the world is experiencing all of these calamities.
There are basically two wrong ways to approach such news.
The first is to see it all and faint from fear. The second wrong response is to allow yourself to become numb to these dramatic developments.
When Jesus laid out the signs that would mark the approach of the end of this age, He pulled no punches. He said bad things will happen.
But He also told us not to be discouraged. He said, “When these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:28 NASB)
You can’t get any plainer than that! Any reasonable person must admit that all of these things have begun to take place. So it’s time to look up!
This week, I will share with you the “Blessed Hope” that awaits all true believers. I predict that, for many of us, that Blessed Hope will be the one thing that gets us through the dark days ahead.