I took a break from posting for a while. I’m hoping soon to be able to post more often, and to have more that I think needs to be shared/discussed bu lately here my other commitments to wife/children/local church/finding a new job have left me with a to do (which in many instances I’d be doing poorly, and little time to do it).
Anyway, I wanted to provide quick update round-up from a political perspective of what I’ve been watching in the news. I hope to have a few more posts about what I think are markers of the world we are living in and should be signposts we are pointing to for those we know both within and outside the church.
So much of watching seems to be seeing things line up for the fulfillment of scripture, but then not seeing the ultimate occurence of what God has told us will happen, yet. Many of us have been watching things unfold in the Middle East with Syria, Iran, Russia, Turkey and Israel.
We know that someday Damascus will be a ruined heap from Isaiah 17. We see the civil war on Syria continue to grow and the incredible suffering of the people there and the barbarity and evil both are inflicting on each other. I don’t need to go into to detail – but things I’ve read in reports is on a scale of inhumanity and vile wickedness that it boggles the mind. It is clear that so many in that nation have been given over to Satan to their destruction. We should be continually praying for our brothers and sisters in the Syrian church, that the Lord will strengthen them and protect them for the hard days ahead. We can see the destruction coming – as the Russians and Iranians continue to prop up the regime. We also see the Europe and Turkey give encouragement to and debate the provision of material support to the opposition who have been largely overtaken by hardline Islamists and Al-Qaeda – hence the reluctance of the rest of the West outside of Turkey. We wait and watch as the world wonders if the regime or the opposition of have crossed any “red lines” by using chemical weapons on each other. We speculate about what will happen if one side or the other gains the upper hand in Damascus – will the loser decide it is better that Damascus be destroyed if they cannot hold it? I don’t think that’s a very far fetched scenario, yet it hasn’t happend yet.
We know that one day Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Russia will form and evil plan in their minds to attack Israel. We watch as the pieces of this alliance slowly align. It’s obvious that Iran is already in place with weapons and troops in Syria – itching for a reason to go to war with Israel. We see the Russians there to defend their interests – mainly a long time client state and a port in the Mediterranean. It’s less obvious to see what Turkey is doing here other than they are aligned with their Sunni compatriots in the opposition, and growing increasingly strident in their Islamist rhetoric (and showing steadily increasing hostility toward Israel). Libya’s actions are hard to see here as well – other than we know that their government was replaced by hardline Islamists in the “Arab Spring” and there were reports at one point of a unit of Libyan special forces from the coupe coming to the aid of the Syrian opposition. We also see Sudan, but less clearly in that they are firmly aligned with Iran in providing storage and transit for weapons into the conflict- even having a large weapons warehouse explode at one point killing a number of Sudanese. Still, while the pieces all move into place we don’t see that attack just yet – we don’t see them turning on one another on the mountains of Northern Israel, nor have we seen the earthquake yet.
I would add one more thing – we also see Egypt in disarray since the Islamists have taken control of their government as well. We see an explosive growth in the persecution of Christians there, and an continuing chaos the lack of the rule of law but a harsch authoritarian, Islamist government that makes its will known when it chooses. The fishermen on the nile are not mourning yet, but at the same time the controversy between Etheopia and Egypt over water rights to the Nile and Etheopian dam and irrigation projects – while Egypt can’t project the same credible threat to her neighbors at the headwaters of the river that is her lifeblood.
So as I said above, so much seems to be happening – I could write about a number of other events but yet they haven’t fulfilled a prophecy that we can clearly point to. So much seems to be heading a direction we are told to expect from scripture, so many things that are almost, but not yet.
I’ll leave you with one thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately. The Turkish PM seems to be very set on reviving memory of, and probably setting himself up in a new Caliphate as evidenced by his response to protests here (and what I expect to be a continuing brutal purging of his government and Turkish society of any secular or not fully Islamic voices).
The Turkish PM earlier defended the decision concerning the redevelopment of the Gezi Park, saying “Whatever you do, we’ve made our decision and we will implement it, we will revive history there.”
So much going on – I wanted to highlight a few of the stories that suggest the soon fulfillment of many of the prophecies we have been discussing.
First – The Russians seem dead set on provoking Israel and creating the conditions where they can falsely claim to be justified in launching an Ezekiel 38 fulfilling attack (though they are surely ignorant of much it will cost them).
Russia Sending Air Defense Missile Systems To Syria Should Be Called ‘Operation Human Shield’
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/russias-operation-human-shield-2013-5
Israel will not be dissuaded from attacking surface to air missiles that could be used to down its civilian traffic or block its ability to strike Syrian or Hezbollah offensive weapons – though it will result in the US being far more reticent to be directly involved. The Israelis have already warned Russia that they will not tolerate S-300s deployed off their northern border, I don’t think for a second it is an idle threat by Netanyahu.
Russia Is Upping The Ante By Sending Its Only Aircraft Carrier To The Mediterranean
The Russians have been stepping up their presence in the Mediterranean for the past year now. Deploying their lone aircraft carrier, the most important asset in their navy – to the region is a huge symbolic and strategic move. It makes me think that if there is a repeat of the Gaza flotilla or further disputes over the oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean there will be a very intimidating new player on the other side.
To something completely different. I think I’m the one of the only people in the world watching Egypt with respect to Isaiah 19. That fact either means I have a unique vantage point, or I’m a much bigger idiot than I realize. Anyway – ever since Morsi came to power and the government there has remained unstable and become increasingly an Islamic dictatorship – I have felt strongly moved to watch for other signs that elements of Isaiah 19 were being fulfilled. Yesterday’s news made me gasp a bit and perhaps smirk inside (to be honest) anyway, its not secret that there is tension over the fate of the Nile and as Ethiopia and Congo continue to grow and develop they will have greater needs to irrigate their land to support their population. Previously, they were discouraged from taking a larger share of the Nile’s waters by the impressive Egyptian military. That military is now far more concerned with maintaining internal security, and frankly much less of a threat to its neighbors. We see the Ethiopians being far more bold- a trend I suspect will continue and could result in dramatic consequences for the flow of the Nile in Egypt in the coming months.
Egypt’s anxiety about the situation illustrated here:
HOT MIC: Egyptian Cabinet Caught On Camera Telling Their President To Sabotage Ethiopia
Sorry they’re all from the same source, but this particular site has been doing a good job lately of spotting some of the hot issues globally. I think it’s because of their financial audience that depends on this type of analysis to make investment decisions.