Just a Matter of Time :: By Daymond Duck

Iran’s growing domination of Syria and Lebanon (with Russia’s consent) has brought Israel and Lebanon to the threshold of war, but this looming conflict doesn’t appear to be an ordinary war. It is shaping up like a prophesied war with implications for the Rapture, Tribulation Period and more.

War broke out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006. It ended 34 days later with a UN-sponsored ceasefire that required the UN to disarm unidentified militant forces (Hezbollah) in Lebanon and to prevent those forces from re-arming.

But Hezbollah (means the party of God) refused to disarm, and the UN never did anything about it. Hezbollah even increased its weapons and troops and undermined the Lebanese government, and the UN remained dormant.

On Nov. 4, 2017, Lebanon’s Prime Minister fled the country and resigned for fear of being assassinated. His resignation left the nation of Lebanon in chaos.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait have withdrawn their money from Lebanese banks. Some say this will collapse the Lebanese economy.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait also ordered their citizens to leave Lebanon as soon as possible. They even told their citizens that live outside of Lebanon not to go there. They desperately want world leaders (especially the U.S. and Israel) to stop Iran’s interference in the affairs of other nations.

Israel has accused Russia and Iran of trying to take over the Middle East. Israel has started moving troops and weapons to its border with Lebanon.

Hezbollah has 150,000–200,000 rockets and missiles aimed at Israel. Israel said she won’t go after those rockets and missiles one at a time. Israel will seek a quick victory because Israel knows that her troops may have to fight on several fronts. She knows that she could be Russia’s and Iran’s next target.

Hezbollah’s leaders admit that they unintentionally started the war with Israel in 2006. They say they don’t want war right now, but one could easily be started unintentionally.

On Nov. 11, 2017, Pres. Trump met Russian Pres. Putin in Vietnam. At Israel’s insistence, Pres. Trump tried to get Pres. Putin to agree to a 30–40 km (roughly 18 to 25 miles) buffer zone to keep Russian, Iranian, Syrian and Hezbollah troops farther away from Israel’s border with Syria. Pres. Putin did not agree to that.

Syria sent a drone over the buffer zone (presumably with Russian approval). Israel shot it down.

Iran and Hezbollah want to build bases in the proposed buffer zone, but Israel said she will not allow it. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel will protect her borders and act in Syria as Israel sees fit.

To add fuel to the fire, Iran supports Houthi rebels in Yemen. On Nov. 4, 2017, the Houthis fired an Iranian missile at Saudi Arabia’s International Airport. The Saudis shot it down.

Saudi Arabia accused Iran of committing an act of war against Saudi Arabia by supplying the Houthis with the missile. Iran responded by threatening to send more missiles to the Houthis.

The Saudis want Iran taken out, but they are not strong enough to do it by themselves. They are pleading with the U.S. and Israel to help them.

It could happen. The U.S. wants Saudi Arabia to help them get a peace treaty in the Middle East, and Israel wants Saudi Arabia to recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish nation.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, has instructed PA Pres. Mahmoud Abbas to accept Pres. Trump’s Middle East peace proposals. He has also told Mr. Abbas to cut the PA’s ties with Hezbollah.

All of this comes down to the fact that the Middle East could explode at any time. If something isn’t done to calm the situation soon (and hopefully it will), Israel and Lebanon (Hezbollah); or Israel and Syria; or Israel and Russia, Iran and others could find themselves in a very deadly war.

Any one of these wars could draw in the Palestinians, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and others and could quickly turn into a full-blown regional conflict that fulfills several end-of-the-age prophecies.

Related to all of this is the fact that prophecy teachers are divided on which comes first: The Rapture or these wars. It is not clear, but it is just a matter of time until we have the answer.

Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck
duck_daymond@yahoo.com

 

Eye-Openers :: By Daymond Duck

Here are several items that caught my attention this week:

First, in his November 2017 Newsletter, prophecy teacher August Rosado (www.todayinbibleprophecy.org) wrote, “According to the Israel HaYom Newspaper,  70 percent of Israelis not only want unhindered access to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but the rebuilding of the third Temple.”

If the newspaper is right, the pressure to grant unhindered access to the Temple Mount and to rebuild the Temple is growing. If this keeps up, the pressure will ultimately become too great for the Israeli government to resist.

Second, in early November 2017, Israel announced two things: 1) The creation of a new 200-member police force to protect visitors to the Temple Mount, and 2) The use of the most advanced technology on Earth in Jerusalem within two years to protect the Holy City, its citizens and its visitors.

The most advanced technology on Earth in Jerusalem will allow the whole world to see the bodies of the Two Witnesses lying in the street for three and one-half days, their resurrection from the dead and their Rapture into heaven (Rev. 11:7-12). That will open a lot of eyes (over and above those of the Two Witnesses).

Third, it is believed that Muslim terrorists are detaining three living Israelis and the bodies of two deceased Israelis in Gaza; and the terrorists won’t give Israel, the Red Cross, the families or anyone else any information on them.

The terrorists have spent years and millions of dollars digging tunnels in Gaza. They have even extended some of those tunnels into Egypt and Israel.

Israel has developed the technology to locate those tunnels, and the IDF blew one up on October 30, 2017, that extended inside Israel. The blast killed several terrorists. Israel has recovered the bodies of five.

The terrorists want Israel to release the bodies, but so far Israel has refused to do so until the terrorists agree to a prisoner swap.

There are two eye-openers here: 1) What the terrorists were trying to do to Israel has come back on them (Obad. 1:15, 1:2) No weapon (including tunnels) formed against Israel will prosper (Isa. 54:17).

Fourth, students of Bible prophecy are familiar with the fact that the False Prophet will tell people on Earth to make an image (perhaps a statue) of the Antichrist that will speak and cause those that won’t worship it to be killed (Rev. 13:14-15).

Some technical writers are now predicting that people will build robots in the next 25 years that will know more than any human being.

Some others are predicting that in the next 50-100 years, someone may build a robot that not only knows more than everyone on planet Earth, but predict that this robot could speak and people could be influenced to worship it.

The idea that people will worship a man-made statue is mind-boggling, but King Nebuchadnezzar made one more than 2,500 years ago that people worshiped (Dan. 3:1-30).

Fifth, Apple has come out with its iPhone X that unlocks with a face scan. Many prophecy teachers believe face scans will play an important role in identifying everyone and tracking all buying and selling (Rev. 13:16-18).

Sixth, on November 3, 2017, it was reported that a high-ranking official in the Roman Catholic Church said God told him to warn Christians that Pope Francis is a false prophet. This former doctrine chief of the U.S. Conference of Bishops has published a letter accusing Pope Francis of leading his people astray and trying to usher in the New World Order (world government).

It is probably not possible to identify the False Prophet (Rev. 16:13; 19:20; 20:10) at this time; but many of the Pope’s teachings and speeches are now on record, and he has clearly distorted Scripture and supported world government.

Seventh, the Bible teaches that a 200 million-man army will invade the Middle East during the Tribulation Period (Rev. 9:15-19; 16:12). Many prophecy teachers believe the 200 million-man army refers to China and others.

But for almost 2,000 years China couldn’t move a 200 million-man army to the Middle East. China has now built a highway and a railroad to the Middle East. And on October 18, 2017, China’s Pres. Xi Jinping promised to make China the dominant superpower in the world in the next 30 years.

For those who haven’t already done so, it is time to open your eyes and start looking up.

Prophecy Plus Ministries, Inc.
Daymond & Rachel Duck
duck_daymond@yahoo.com