As the world trembles, seemingly on the continuous edge of nuclear war, we have to ask ourselves this question: since Jesus prophesied that the "birth" of Antichrist would be by wars and rumors of wars [Matthew 24:6-8], is the immediate future one of "war" or merely "rumors of wars"?Support the show
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TITLE: MUSHROOM CLOUDS IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
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From India-Pakistan to Arab-Israel, war seems ready to blow up any moment, and just may produce the mushroom clouds foretold in Joel 2 in these Latter Days!
"I will show signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The Sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord." [Joel 2:30-32]
As the world trembles, seemingly on the continuous edge of nuclear war, we have to ask ourselves this question: since Jesus prophesied that the "birth" of Antichrist would be by wars and rumors of wars [Matthew 24:6-8], is the immediate future one of "war" or merely "rumors of wars"?
Are we going to see wars that will produce the "columns of smoke" - nuclear mushroom clouds -- spoken of in Joel 3 above before or after Antichrist arises?
Let us now examine the current conflict in Israel and her immediate Arab neighbors, so you can more accurately determine for yourself what the immediate future will hold. Let us examine some current and some past news articles to better figure out the pulse of the region and the lateness of the prophetic hour.
NEWS BRIEF: "RUSSIAN GENERAL CONFIRMS IRAN HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS!", Stratfor Intelligence, Week of June 4, 2002.
""A Russian general's statement about Iran's nukes fails to register with media. Sometime a slip of the tongue is so incredible that no amount of doctoring can explain it. And sometimes a slip of the tongue is as intentional as could be. Take an appearance by Russian Deputy Chief of Staff Gen. Yuri Baluyevsky. He gave a briefing on Friday in Moscow during the Bush-Putin summit and was asked about whether Iran actually fired the Shihab-3 intermediate-range missile in a successful test earlier this month. The second question was whether Iran can threaten Israel, Russia or the United States with its nuclear and missile programs.
Then the Russian general takes a surprise turn: 'Now, as to whether or not Iran has tested something like that. Iran does have nuclear weapons,' Baluyevsky said. 'Of course, these are non-strategic nuclear weapons. I mean these are not ICBMs with a range of more than 5,500 kilometers and more."
Now this is shocking news, indeed! This Russian general has just confirmed that Iran has nuclear warheads and theater missiles with which to deliver them! And, he seems not to be concerned because these warheads cannot yet hit Russian soil. If Iran has nuclear weapons and the missile capability with which to deliver them to Israeli targets, then the entire calculation of military balance in the Middle East may just have changed.
For the longest time, the Arabs have realized their conventional armed forces were no match for the Israeli Defense Forces. The IDF has large enough manpower resources that, when married to the world's most radical cutting edge military technology, produces a definitive military edge over all combines Arab forces.
Therefore, Arab war planners have sought to achieve a "asymmetrical" capability that would neutralize the Israeli advantage enough so that the small population of Israel could be annihilated even if the IDF was winning decisively on the battlefield. The 270 million population of the combined Arab states in the region has literally been put on the line by current Arab leaders in order to wage the kind of war that would finally exterminate the pesky 6 million Jews in Israel.
Weapons of Mass Destruction fitted on theater missiles, aircraft, and human bodies are the "asymmetrical" weapons chosen by the Arabs. These missiles are now aimed at Israel, and are fitted with nuclear, chemical and/or biological weapons. For this reason, Israel and the United States have rushed into production the most sophisticated anti-missile weaponry in existence. U.S. upgraded patriots are now in Israel, as are increasing numbers of the Israeli Arrow missile.
If Iran launches her nuclear missiles at Israel, the result would be the "columns of smoke", the mushroom clouds foretold in Joel 2:30-31.
Let now examine another country now feared to have nuclear weapons and the missiles with which to deliver them.
NEWS BRIEF: "Saudis build desert city around CSS-2 Chinese missiles", World Tribune.com, March 27, 2002.
"Saudi Arabia has constructed a desert city around a complex for the deployment of long-range missiles. The Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot reported on Wednesday that the complex was built in the Al Sulial desert about 500 kilometers south of the capital Riyadh. The complex contains huge missile silos, residential areas and factories in King Khaled City, Middle East Newsline reported.
"The newspaper published photographs from the Ikonos satellite of what was identified as two missile bases and a complex of 33 buildings, eight of them capable of storing Chinese long-range missiles. Yediot identified the missiles as the CSS-2, reported to have a range of between 2,500 and 3,500 kilometers. The missile, 24 meters long, is capable of carrying a nonconventional warhead."
No one in the entire world ever suggested publicly that Saudi Arabia was a nation with whom Israel might have to contend one day. Everyone thinks of the Saudis as rich, spoiled people, whose military prowess was laughable. Yet, here we see that they have constructed an entire city for the purpose of operating and maintaining proven Chinese missiles capable of delivering a "nonconventional" warhead. This means these missiles can deliver a warhead with nuclear, chemical, or biological capability.
Our Mass Media has been working overtime to tell us that Saudi Arabia is a weak nation without any weapons of mass destruction; yet, we see by this WorldTribune.com article of March 27 that Saudi Arabia has installed Chinese missiles capable of carrying the very warheads Saudi Arabia is not supposed to have! Let us look now at another article that sheds some more light on this subject.
NEWS BRIEF: "Pakistan trading nuke secrets with Saudis?", WorldNetDaily, May 29, 2002, written by Geostrategy Intelligence Service.
"U.S. intelligence sources are convinced that Pakistan is trading nuclear secrets with Saudi Arabia in exchange for cash to maintain and expand its missile programs. While Pakistan has acquired the expertise and the material to make nuclear bombs, it doesn't have the money for the infrastructure or the development of intermediate-range missiles to deliver the weapons.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia does not want to get caught as the only major power in the Persian Gulf without nuclear weapons and missiles."
We know that Saudi Arabia began acquiring these Chinese missiles in 1996; thus, if the Saudis had committed to missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in 1996, common sense logic tells you that her rulers had also committed themselves to acquiring the nuclear warheads to go on top of these missiles!
If Saudi Arabia began working with Pakistan in 1996 to produce nuclear warheads for the Saudi missiles, Israel is now facing a nuclear enemy to her south and east, not just from Iraq and Iran. Literally, Israel is now almost surrounded by Arab states armed with Weapons of Mass Destruction and the means by which to deliver them.
Finally, notice the last sentence of this portion of the Geostrategy article quoted above.
"Saudi Arabia does not want to get caught as the only major power in the Persian Gulf without nuclear weapons and missiles."
This sentence literally means what it says: every major power in the Persian Gulf has nuclear weapons. Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Egypt come to mind immediately. If this statement is true, then the latest developments regarding Egypt suddenly take on new meaning. Listen:
NEWS BRIEF: "Egypt has North Korean missiles? Expert warns Congress of probable threat to Israel", by WorldNetDaily, Geostrategy Intelligence Service, May 30, 2002.
"A leading foreign policy expert testified to a House subcommittee that Egypt recently purchased 24 No-Dong medium-range missiles from North Korea. The assertion was made to the House Armed Services subcommittee on May 23. The witness said the purchase was made recently and the missiles could be tipped with nonconventional warheads."
Once more, you have that reference to "nonconventional warheads" that is so troubling. If we assume that Egypt has nuclear weapons, as the May 29 Geostrategy article implies, then this development makes a whole lot of sense. Egypt is seeking theater missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and deliver them on target. If just these 24 missiles penetrated Israeli missile defenses loaded with nuclear weapons, Israel's population is annihilated.
And, this is exactly the plan of an attack upon Israel: open the attack with the simultaneous launch of hundreds of missiles at once. Such an attack would have an excellent chance of overwhelming Israel's defense system, allowing the handful of missiles to get in that would annihilate Israel's tiny population.
Now, let us consider an article that tells us that Egypt is also planning a war with Israel.
NEWS BRIEF: "EGYPT PREPARES COMMANDERS FOR REGIONAL WAR", http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2002/April/04_15_4.html
"CAIRO [MENL] -- Egypt is preparing senior military commanders for the prospect of a regional war. The preparations have included high-level government briefings of army commanders and a review of weapons and supplies of the major military commands. Over the weekend, Egyptian Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi gathered commanders and senior officers of the Second and Third armies. Both armies, which have completed a series of exercises over the past year, are deployed in northeastern Egypt as well as in the Sinai Peninsula near the Israeli border."
Egypt has prepared her army and air force units for war against Israel. Egypt wants Israel dead just as badly as any other Arab country.
Since this is the case, why is Israel seemingly cooperating with her implacable Arab enemies, encouraging them to even greater boldness?
NEWS BRIEF: "DIPLOMATIC SURGE MAY PRODUCE DEAL IN ISRAEL", by DEBKAfile, 29 May 2002.
"While the summer Middle East conference and Palestinian Authority reforms grab world headlines, DEBKAfile’s exclusive military and intelligence sources report senior diplomatic and intelligence officials in Washington, Cairo, Riyadh, Jerusalem and at least one European capital, namely Berlin, working against the clock to reshuffle the components of the Middle East crisis into a new pattern ... Under another provision, the Egyptian army will be moved up to the frontier with Israel to block off a primary Palestinian arms and personnel smuggling route that runs through tunnels from Sinai into the Gaza Strip."
Let us quickly review this last sentence just to make sure you got it: "the Egyptian army will be moved up to the frontier with Israel to block off a primary Palestinian arms and personnel smuggling route that runs through tunnels from Sinai into the Gaza Strip."
Isn't this a little like asking the hungry fox to guard the door to the chicken coop? Even though Israel knows fully well that the Egyptians want her dead almost as much as does Arafat and Saddam Hussein, they are allowing the Egyptian Army to move right up to her border on the Gaza Strip?!
What kind of nonsense is this? Egypt would not have to move her big guns "into position", because they would already be in position. Israel would lose the buffer zone upon which she has always depended in her strategies of meeting and defeating any Egyptian attack.
Thus, it seems that the Arabs are slowly and consistently putting into place all the component parts of their comprehensive plan to finally attack and overwhelm Israel. Now the question of the hour becomes: "Why is Israel and her ally, the United States, allowing this to happen? Even as Israel is being threatened with her very survival, both she and the U.S. are allowing the Arab buildup and encirclement to continue, a fact which has to be encouraging the Arabs mightily.
The only logical answer is that Israel and the United States have in place such a cutting edge technological military machine that no amount of Arab military muscle can overcome it. In this regard, we can only think of God's promise to Israel in the Latter Days.
"And in that day I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples: all who lift it or burden themselves with it shall be sorely wounded. And all the nations of the world shall come and gather against it. In that day, says the Lord, I will smite every horse of the armies that contend against Jerusalem with terror and panic and its rider with madness ... and will smite every horse of the opposing armies with blindness ... In that day, will the Lord guard and defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem ..." [Zechariah 12:3-8; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
"And it shall be in that day that I will make it my aim to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." [Zech 12:9]
"Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle." [Zechariah 14:3]
"And I will bring back the exiles of My people Israel ... and they shall no more be torn up out of their land which I gave them, says the Lord your God." [Amos 9:14-15]
Since God brought Israel back to her land as a nation in 1948, in unbelief just as He prophesied He would [Read details in NEWS1010], He has protected her like He did in her early national history. Since this is the case, let us examine some of God's original promises to Israel regarding her protection.
"The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways." [Deuteronomy 28:7; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
"And the Lord caused the enemies to panic before Israel who slew them with a great slaughter ..." [Joshua 10:10]
"When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." [Deuteronomy 20:1; Parallel Bible, KJV/Amplified Bible Commentary]
God has always kept the Israelites to a number much smaller than her enemies so that He would get the glory when Israel inflicted terrible slaughter against numerically superior forces.
"And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands." [1 Samuel 17:47]
Today, it is still true: "the battle is the Lord's".
"And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's ... Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you." [2 Chronicles 20:15, 17]
"Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle." [Psalm 24:8]
"The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD." [Proverbs 21:31]
"No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." [Isaiah 54:17]
Upon this note, we conclude this Podcast. Even though all the heathen nations rage around Israel, even though they equip themselves with the highest technology money can buy, and even though they outnumber the Jews in the land 45-1, God will mightily destroy them, so that all the nations of the world may know, understand, and comprehend that He alone is God.
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." [Joel 3:14]
The very fact you are seeing such a buildup of nations in the Middle East now that Israel has been back in her land 54 years is proof positive we are at the very End of the Age. Are you spiritually ready? Is your family? Are you adequately protecting your loved ones.
Your eternal soul is at stake; please read our articles with the greatest of care, and with your 'spiritual eyes' opened.