Trouble brewing in the Middle East

Anything that happens to, or about, Israel in any time of her life as a nation or a people is worth watching. Israel and the Israelites is the apple of God’s eye. The prophecies tell us that at the end Jerusalem will be a cup of trembling, a burdensome stone, that will cause reeling. “In that day I shall make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zech 12:3) Israel is increasingly in the news, as well as her neighbors. We see the Israel-hate rising even now.

In the news today and in the last few days, we read of troubling developments in the Middle East. The tension increases, to now, almost unbearable levels.

Mullen says US has Iran strike plan, just in case
WASHINGTON – The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff says the U.S. military has a plan to attack Iran, although he thinks a strike is probably a bad idea. Adm. Mike Mullen, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, has often warned that a military strike on Iran would have serious and unpredictable ripple effects around the Middle East. At the same time, he says the risk of Iran developing a nuclear weapon is unacceptable. Mullen would not say which risk he thinks is worse. But he tells NBC’s “Meet The Press” that a military strike remains an option if need be. And he says that, should it come to that, the military has a plan at hand. He didn’t elaborate.

Syria’s president says chances of regional war ‘increasing’
Syrian President Bashar Assad said the chances of a regional war were “increasing,” in comments published by several official media outlets Sunday. “The real peace spectrum in the region is moving away and the prospects of war and confrontation are increasing,” Assad said.

Iran: We will torch Tel Aviv
Syria was not the only country to warn of conflict over the weekend, with Iran’s delEgate to the United Nations warning that his country would burn Tel Aviv if attacked by Israel. “If the Zionist regime commits the slightest aggression against the Iranian soil, we will set the entire war front and Tel Aviv on fire,” Mohammad Khazai told the Farhang-e Ashti daily, according to a report by the AFP news agency. Israel has not ruled out an attack on Iran’s nuclear installations, which it says are aimed at building a bomb – a charge Iran denies.

Turkey Building 10 Meter High Wall inside Jerusalem
For no apparent reason, the Turkish government is building a 10 meter high wall along a section of the Old City wall. Aryeh King, Chairman of the Public Complaints Bureau in eastern Jerusalem, recently noticed signs in Turkish and English around a section of the Old City wall near the Lions’ Gate. The signs proclaimed that a construction project was being carried out by Turkish governmental fund TIKA. Next to the signs, Arab workers were working on completing a huge 10 meter high wall around the Muslin cemetery there. King told Arutz Sheva‘s Hebrew news magazine that there is no apparent reason for building the wall, since a wall already surrounds the Muslim cemetery. The new wall is twice as high as the old one and does nothing to strengthen it, he said. “There is no logic behind this structure, either engineering or landscape-related,” he explained, and the new wall blocks the view of the Old City to drivers passing by it on the Jericho Road.

Video Footage of Rocket Damage on Sderot Child Rehab Center
The upgraded Kassam rocket on Sderot Saturday night scored a direct hit on the ceiling of a children’s hydrotherapy rehabilitation center in the heart of Sderot’s Sapir College, bringing to nearly 400 the number aerial attacks launched from Gaza since the ceasefire which halted Israel’s Cast Lead counter-terror campaign in Gaza in January 2009. The child hydrotherapy rehabilitation center at Sderot’s Sapir College provides therapy and workshops for special-needs children who live in the Western Negev and is used by children from the entire country. The facility was totally decimated. On any other day, a catastrophe would have taken place, killing all the children at the center. During weekdays, the Center is packed with hundreds of children and therapists before it closes at 10 p.m. Israeli intelligence confirms that that the Hamas regime has now assembled an arsenal of over 5,000 missiles with a range of 40 kilometers [25 miles].

 ‘We will resume suicide attacks’
Islamic Jihad plans attacks from West Bank after IAF Gaza raids. Talkbacks The Islamic Jihad organization said on Sunday that it has decided to resume suicide attacks against Israel from the West Bank. The threat came in response to attacks launched by IAF planes on the Gaza Strip following the firing of rockets on Israel in the past few days.

Kiddie Jihad: Child Bombers Terror’s Newest Weapon
WASHINGTON — Islamic terrorists are always looking for new ways to escape detection and carry out their attacks. One of their latest ideas is using children as suicide bombers. The growing phenomenon may soon spread beyond the Middle East to the rest of the world.

Terror groups, however, are taking extremism to new levels by indoctrinating Muslim children in the deadly art of suicide bombing. “The state-sponsored illegal recruitment and education of innocent Muslim children to become suicide bombers and child soldiers is occurring throughout the Muslim and non-Muslim world,” said Brooke Goldstein, founder and director of The Children’s Rights Institute, an organization focusing on human rights violations against children. A 6-year-old Afghan boy recruited in 2007 was told that his suicide belt would “explode into flowers.”

Though ever since the day Israel was made a nation in 1948 there has been tension in the Middle East, and threats, the directness of the threats is a new thing. Threatening specific cities is new. Threatening to use this specific piece of military equipment or other is also new. The frequency of threats, even amid hopes of peace, is new. And certainly the frequency of rocket attacks from Gaza to Israel is heightening.

The prophecy of Isaiah 17:1 will come to pass, and soon I believe. It says “An oracle concerning Damascus: “See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.” This has never come to pass yet because Damascus has never not been inhabited. It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Damascus is mentioned in Genesis 14:15. What I’m expecting is that Israel attacks Syria at Damascus, and then this is the catalyst for several nations to retaliate as per the Psalm 83 battle. Those are Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza. Only Egypt as an abutting neighbor isn’t involved.

After that, the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog/Magog battle begins, and it seems that it will be subsequent to the first two of Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 because none of the nations involved in those two battles are involved in the Gog-Magog battle, and they would be if they could.

In any case, no matter what the chronology, battles will soon erupt in the Middle East it seems. On July 22, 2010, The House of Representatives of the United States introduced HR 1553, a Resolution giving Israel the green light for a strike on Iran:

“Expressing support for the State of Israel’s right to defend Israeli sovereignty, to protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, and to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within reasonable time to protect against such an immediate and existential threat to the State of Israel.” The Resolution ends with:

“Whereas the United States does not want or seek war with Iran, but it will continue to keep all options open to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives— condemns the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for its threats of ‘‘annihilating’’ the United States and the State of Israel, for its continued support of international terrorism, and for its incitement of genocide of the Israeli people; supports using all means of persuading the Government of Iran to stop building and acquiring nuclear weapons; reaffirms the United States bond with Israel and pledges to continue to work with the Government of Israel and the people of Israel to ensure that their sovereign nation continues to receive critical economic and military assistance, including missile defense capabilities, needed to address the threat of Iran; and

“expresses support for Israel’s right to use all means necessary to confront and eliminate nuclear threats posed by Iran, defend Israeli sovereignty, and protect the lives and safety of the Israeli people, including the use of military force if no other peaceful solution can be found within a reasonable time.”

Resolution 1553 provides explicit support for military strikes against Iran, stating that Congress backs Israel’s use of ‘all means necessary’ against Iran, “including the use of military force,” BBC Persian reported. We see back up to the first headline, that the US has a military plan for Middle East/Iran attacks.

Lord come soon!