As I noted last week, there are more predictions one could make, based on the biblical End Times prophecies. Preterists and Amillennialists really don’t make a whole lot of predictions, although some Amillennialists do believe that there will be a seven year Tribulation period before Jesus returns, but they say that the Church will have to go through it!
If you have read that article or any of my numerous articles on the Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 wars, you will know that those who follow the Amillennialist, and Preterist, interpretations are being set-up to fall into Satan’s delusional trap as the End Times approach.
Let me start off by saying that no, I have not seen a vision. I believe that we can predict certain events by interpolating between biblical prophecies, and comparing them to what is going on in the world. Knowing where we are going makes it easier to see how we will get there. And so, I will stick my neck out!
One caveat; Don’t attempt to make the bible fit current events, rather, we have to see how current events fit in the bible’s timeline. For instance, many are trying to interpret the current hostility between Iran and Israel to indicate that the Gog and Magog war is imminent. On the contrary, the Psalm 83 war is closer than Ezekieo 38-39, and something must happen first to prevent Iran from attacking Israel in the immediate future.
What could that event be? I am not certain, but it could be a devastating Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, aided by the Saudis. The Saudis are Ishmaelites, and under this name are listed in the attacking nations in Psalm 83, so we can see that any alliance between Israel and the Saudis will only be temporary.
What would be the response of the Iranians to an Israeli attack, aided by the Saudis? There is no love lost between these two nations, but they have the common goal of destroying Israel. Would the Iranians immediately retaliate against Israel? I doubt it; their aircraft are old, obsolete American airplanes, which wouldn’t stand a chance against Israel’s modern air force. Would the Iranians join with the Arabs in attacking Israel, shortly after their pride and joy, their nuclear program, was destroyed by a Saudi/Israeli attack?
Would Shiite Iran even be invited to participate in an attack on Israel, by the Sunni nations? The possibility is remote.
Whether or not the Iranians intend to use their nuclear technology for beligerent purposes, the program itself gives them a tremendous amount of pride. Should the Saudis assist Israel in destroying that program, I am sure Iran will not respond in too friendly a manner towards Arabia.
This is not the only wound to Iran’s pride on the horizon.
Iran is the proud sponsor of the Alawite government of Bashar Al Assad, in Syria, and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Both of these Shiite groups are under pressure from Saudi supported Sunni rebels, and I am sure you are aware of the two year long civil war in Syria.
The Shiite aligned groups, in both Syria and Lebanon, will fall to the Sunnis in the not-too-distant future.
I can also see the Saudi government falling to the Muslim Brotherhood, shortly after they assist Israel in attacking Iran. There is already pressure from the Brotherhood in Saudi Arabia, and such a cooperation between Israel and the Saudis would surely be used as a pretext for revolution. Any cooperation with Israel would rouse a great deal of Muslim indignation. Furthermore,such a revolution would, no doubt, be supported by the Obama administration, as it was in Egypt. Israel is already talking to the Saudis even as we speak!
Which brings me to Egypt. The military leadership of Mubarak, and the current administration, has cooperated with Israel in securing the border and curbing terrorism. This is a serious sin in Islam. So serious, in fact, that the US has cancelled its military aid to Egypt, forcing the leadership to seek aid from Russia. The Military government of Egypt is on borrowed time. The day will come when Egypt will once again come under the thumb of the Muslim Brotherhood. This would also explain why Russia will not be a part of the Psalm 83 war. Russia has been supporting Assad, and the Military government in Syria.
Before the Psalm 83 war, the Russian interests in the Arab world will suffer many major setbacks, to the point that Russia will not support the Arabs in their attack on Israel. We can already see this situation developing with the Russian support of Assad, and Egypt’s military.
The Muslim Brotherhood may be down, but they’re not out… not by a long shot!
Those who have been following this blog for some time will know that I believe the Antichrist will come from the royal family of the nation to the east of Israel. With the Muslim Brotherhood also aiming at this nation, one might ask “If the Muslim Brotherhood takes over this nation, and deposes the king, how could the Antichrist come from their royal family?”
I’m glad you asked.
The descendants of Edom, Moab and Ammon are a big part of the Psalm 83 confederacy, being represented by all three founding tribes; Edom, Moab and Ammon, leaving no doubt that the nation to the east of Israel will participate in that attack on Israel. If their royal family is on the throne at that time, there is no way any of them would be chosen to run that nation under Israeli, or even UN, oversight. If, however, the Antichrist and his family are removed from the throne before that war, and perhaps even voicing public opposition to that war, from afar, then they will be looked on favorably by the Israeli leadership, and indeed, by the world, once the war is over.
It is likely that the Antichrist himself will be one of the voices protesting the Gog and Magog war, found in Ezekiel 38:13, represented as one of Sheba, Dedan, or Tarshish, most likely from Dedan. (Tarshish is likely a reference to Tartus, the Syrian port on the Mediterranean, which will become the capital of Syria after Damascus is destroyed during the Psalm 83 war.)
I can therefore predict that the Muslim Brotherhood will also be successful in this nation, before the Psalm 83 war.
There are a number of princes in the royal family of the nation of Esau’s descendants, so it is impossible to say which one might become the Beast, but it is likely that he would not be the first choice, which would indicate that he will not be the first son of the king. Daniel 11:21 seems to indicate that the Beast will sneak in, under the radar, as it were;
“And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries”
Some of their princes are quite young, as of this writing, so if it is one of them in view, it still might take several years before all of these events play-out. I am not happy about this!
Hosea, however, indicates that the time of the End Times might just be a few years away yet;
5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
This is the Lord speaking in verse 15. Notice when he says the timing for His return begins; the countdown begins when he goes back to His place. When did Jesus go back to His place? It was not at His birth, and not even the cross, but 40 days after His resurrection, at the ascension. When did the ascension take place? No one really knows, but we can narrow it down to some time between 28AD to 33AD.
What about the “two days”? Do you think He meant two literal days? Peter told us what He meant by “days”, in the exact context of the return of Christ;
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. … 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:4 & 8
Hosea’s days are not 24 hour days, but thousand-year-long days, and thus we can be assured that the End Times are associated with a two-thousand year timeline, which began at the Lord’s ascension and will end in the next decade or two. But what if He returns in 2036? Does that mean my interpretation is wrong? No, only out by a couple years or so. I have not given you a day nor an hour, only a window of opportunity. Don’t forget that Hosea indicates that He will not return until after the two (thousand year) days are over, not at some time close to the end of the two days.
That being said, however, this does not mean that the End Times events could not start before the two days are over. It is likely that the End Times events will start several years before the Rapture of the Church. There is nothing in the bible that says that either the Psalm 83 war, or the Gog/Magog war must occur during the Tribulation period itself. Both fit better during the closing years of the Church Age.
Now, what about Obama? What will his reaction be if Israel goes after Iran’s nuclear program?
Obama, and his administration, consistently act in the best interests of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama supported Egyptian president Morsi, in spite of the MB abuses; never said a word while Egyptian churches burned, yet cut-off aid when Morsi was arrested. The Muslim Brotherhood has gone underground in Egypt, but will Obama support them when they show up again? You can bet that he will.
So what will be the American response when the IAF goes after the Iranian nuclear program? Remember that the P5 +1, led by the Americans, in early December 2013, have come up with an interim deal with Iran. This deal is officially intended to curb Iran’s nuclear program, though in reality it does nothing of the sort.
An Israeli attack would be looked on as an insult by the west, especially Obama. So can we expect these same western nations to come to Israel’s aid when the Arabs attack? I don’t think so. Israel’s attack on Iran will be used as a pretext to isolate and abandon her.
I really think that the US has led this agreement with Iran expressly for the purpose of goading Israel into action. All the words about “Israel, we have your back” are meaningless fluff, meant to lull Israel into complacency, except that the fact that they don’t have Israel’s back, is too obvious for the statement to be taken at face value. I think they are manipulating Israel into doing something they don’t have the stomach to do themselves.
The truth is, the American administration’s Middle East policy is completely devoid of logic and reason, unless their purpose is to destroy Israel. They say “Israel, we have your back”, but then turn around and push Israel to divide their ancestral land, and retreat to indefensible borders. Don’t forget, once you retreat to indefensible borders, it is rather difficult to get them back if things don’t work out.
Ultimately their deal with Iran is a stab-in-the-back to Israel. While the sanctions were working in bringing Iran to the table, now Iran is emboldened to continue their push toward a nuclear weapon, leaving Israel no choice but to act.
No, as I have said before, Iran will not attack Israel with a nuclear bomb. It is God’s purpose to bring the family of Israel back to the land, and they certainly won’t come back if there is the spectre of a nuclear holocaust hanging over that land. No, God will move in someone’s heart to remove the Iranian nuclear threat. Of this we can be certain. Who, and how, are the only real questions left to be answered.