I was reading last night, a post by Walid Shoebat, saying that Iran and Hezbollah’s support of the Assad regime, in Syria, is a good thing! I agree! So is the Russian and Chinese support of that regime!
As long as the Sunni Arabs are divided, it gives Israel a bit of breathing room. There is no “good side” in the Sunni/Shiite conflict. Don’t make the mistake of thinking “the enemy of my enemy is my friend“.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, in their rebellion against Assad, will somehow bring some peace or stability to the region. The exact opposite is what will happen.
I do disagree with Shoebat’s analysis that “Syria is not going to fall like Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt did.” As a believer in biblical prophecy, I have come to the conclusion that the next major war on the biblical schedule is the Psalm 83 war, in which all the Arab nations will attack Israel. This war includes Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq, who are all currently in the Shiite camp with Iran. “Asaph’s war” will not include Iran, or Russia, so we see that some wedge will be driven between these three nations and their sponsors, before the Psalm 83 war ensues.
Yes, Syria will fall. The question is “when”, not “if”. For the sake of the people of Israel, Syria, and the Arab world, I hope Assad will be able to hold on for a few more years.
Psalm 83 does not tell us the result of that war. It only describes the attack, and calls out to the Lord for help. I believe the answers can be found in other places in Scripture. Isaiah 17:1 for instance:
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
From that day until now Damascus is the oldest continuously-occupied city in the world. At one time it was the center of the early Christian Church, but now its demise is looming on the horizon.
Isaiah 19 is another passage of interest, for the people of Egypt. Could the city of Cairo be the one referred to as “the city of destruction”?;
17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt, every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the LORD of hosts, which he hath determined against it. 18 In that day shall five cities in the land of Egypt speak the language of Canaan, and swear to the LORD of hosts; one shall be called, The city of destruction.
And, what about Lebanon? Will Lebanon suffer the same fate in the same war? I think it is likely;
1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. 2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. (Zechariah 11:1-2)
The only hope for these nations is that they repudiate Islam and embrace Israel. Such a move could hold off this destruction for a generation, or so… perhaps. I don’t think such a scenario is likely, however. The Muslims of these nations are too radicalized. They appear to be heading towards the abyss at full speed.
I find it so amazing that the enemies of God appear so fully determined to fulfill His prophecies!
Another article by Walid Shoebat, which you should read, is Yusuf al-Qaradawi denouncing… Hezbollah? Yusuf al-Qaradawi is a Muslim Brotherhood Sheikh who had advocated an alliance with Hezbollah for years. Now he’s throwing his “friends” under a bus! Why? Because he sees his chance to unite all the Arabs. I think he’ll be successful, and it will result in the destruction of his own homeland! Some people are truly their own worst enemies!
The Sunnis don’t think the Shiites are true Muslims, therefore they are apostate, and can be killed whenever it is convenient. But it’s OK, the Shiites think the Sunnis are apostate, and therefore the same applies to them!
How different are the teachings of Islam, from those of Jesus Christ, who said “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;” Matthew 5:44
(For clarity’s sake, Jesus was talking about individuals, not nations. Paul affirmed that nations have a right, and responsibility, to bear the sword to protect the nation. See Romans 13:4)
As I have said before, this Sunni/Shiite divide will result in two separate attacks against Israel, and two major losses to Islam, at the hands of the Jews and their God! For a more in-depth analysis, I’d like to invite you to read The Spirit of Prophecy. In it you will see how these two wars fit into the bigger picture of the bible’s End-Times prophecies.