Prophecy Update: Intertwined Destinies of Israel & Iran :: By Gary W. Ritter

Update: 10-26-22

The Middle East remains a cauldron of prophetic activity as we head into the last months of this year. Israel continues to face hatred and conflict from many sides, while Iran propagates much of the hostility directed at its Jewish neighbor.

It has been said – rightly so – that Israel is the nation to watch for the final days’ countdown since it is the Holy Land that God claims as His own.

Israel is the timepiece – literally God’s prophetic clock – that provides us with the milestones for determining when Christ will return. If we want to know how close we are to doomsday midnight for the end of the world, we keep our eyes on Israel. Likewise, if we want to understand how the final conflicts will impact Israel and propel the world into the Tribulation, we should watch Iran. The two nations are inextricably linked from now to at least the initial stages of the Tribulation, and astoundingly, they will also be connected in the very latter days.

This dynamic of these two very different countries, with their opposing religions of Judaism for Israel and Islam for Iran, is fuel to the fires of war that will soon erupt in their neighborhood of the Middle East. Some of us believe that in addition to the definitively foretold Ezekiel’s War that a Psalm 83 War is a necessity as a prelude to that larger encounter. Today I want to review why I believe Psalm 83 is a necessary war before Gog-Magog and how it sets the stage for the elimination of Islam, yet also for the rise of Iran as a nation favored by God.

As some of you may know from having watched my previous Awaken Bible Prophecy Updates, what I like to do is provide context and effectively a step-by-step approach to my reasoning and conclusions. Am I always right? Of course not. However, the fact of the matter is that not a single one of us who teaches Bible Prophecy will be correct in every detail. God – being God – inevitably has surprises up His sleeve. Also, just because a certain narrative has been the norm for many years doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the way things will actually turn out. It just may be that a contrarian approach to the thinking that “we’ve always done it this way” may provide a better explanation for how end times events will turn out.

I suggest that you keep an open mind on Bible Prophecy. If any of us is too dogmatic, we may end up in the doghouse.

The pre-Tribulation Rapture is the exception to this. The glorious appearing of Jesus Christ for His church is a sure thing. The only issue is how long we have to wait until that imminent and marvelous Day.

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