Has it Already Started?
By Daymond Duck
A few weeks ago, Israeli Prime Min. Netanyahu was talking about Israel’s conflict with Iran and Hezbollah in Syria; and he said, “It is not over.” He recently saw fit to repeat that statement. I have often said everything Jesus said is important, but the things He said more than once are very, very important. When Mr. Netanyahu deliberately repeats something, it is very, very important.
On June 21, 2018, Israel Today Magazine carried an article by Yochanan Visser titled “ANALYSIS: Has Iran’s Multi-Front War Against Israel Already Begun?” Every good student of Bible prophecy knows that Prime Min. Netanyahu was right when he said, “It is not over,” but Mr. Visser’s article generates at least three questions.
One, has the Psa. 83 War started (if there is one because some writers include it as part of the Battle of Gog and Magog)?
Two, are the events that are taking place in Syria a prelude to the destruction of Damascus (Isa. 17)?
Three, is the Battle of Gog and Magog on the horizon (Ezek. 38-39)?
First, concerning the possibility that the Psa. 83 War has started; since March 30, 2018, under the influence of Iran, thousands of Hamas terrorists and Palestinians have been rioting in Gaza, firing rockets and mortars into Israel, sending helium-filled balloons with bombs into Israel, etc.
These crude weapons have destroyed thousands of acres of Israeli crops and forests. And the Hamas terrorists and Palestinians say they plan to keep doing it. Dozens of Hamas terrorists and Palestinians have been killed and thousands have been wounded. About 200,000 Israelis are sent scurrying to bomb shelters every night.
Israeli officials say they have plans to stop it, they are prepared for war, they will be forced to launch a major invasion of Gaza soon, etc. Three days before the Visser article, the situation was bad enough to cause the UN Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres to warn the UN Security Council that Israel and Gaza are “close to the brink of war.”
Second, concerning the destruction of Damascus, troops from Syria and Iran recently attacked targets in a de-confliction zone established by Russia in agreement with the U.S. on Syria’s border with Israel and Jordan.
The U.S. and Israel had both warned Syria and Iran not to attack these targets, but they did it anyway. Thousands of people have fled the area in anticipation of a widening war. Syria and Iran want to take control of this area to create a way to get behind Israeli troops on the Golan Heights and expand the war against Israel.
Many think it is unwise for Syria and Iran to ignore the clear warnings of Pres. Trump and Prime Min. Netanyahu. On June 26, 2018, a large Iranian cargo plane landed at the Damascus International airport in Damascus, Syria. The plane was struck by two Israeli missiles while it was being unloaded. There are contradictory reports on what happened, but one source said the plane exploded and many people were killed.
Third, concerning the Battle of Gog and Magog, the U.S. doesn’t believe Syria and Iran would attack targets in the de-confliction zone in Syria without the permission of Russia.
The U.S. was recently proven right when Russian jets provided air cover for another attack in the de-confliction zone. Since that attack, Iran has started massing troops in Syria near the Golan Heights on Israel’s border with Syria. This confirms that Iran is not satisfied with the territory they now hold. Iranian and Hezbollah troops keep moving closer and closer to Israel’s border with Syria (or should I say closer and closer to their destruction).
On June 26, 2018, loud explosions were heard near the Golan Heights. Sources said Syria was firing anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli jets. On that same day, Syrian and Iranian-backed Hezbollah troops violated a Syrian-Israeli agreement and took illegal possession of an abandoned UN post in a demilitarized zone on the Golan Heights.
This writer can’t predict whether Israel will respond or not, but Israel has made it clear that the Israeli military is aware of the illegal presence of those troops, and the Israeli military may have to remove them by force. It is anyone’s guess as to whether or not the prophesied wars have started, but the conflict is definitely not over, and it is growing more serious with each passing day.
Incidentally, before I close, on June 25, 2018, the value of Iran’s currency plummeted against the dollar and massive protests broke out in Tehran. Protesters chanted “death to Syria” and “our enemy is here, not the U.S.”
A report on June 25, 2018, by The Times of Israel staff said: “Videos posted to social media showed protesters chanting: ‘No to Gaza, no to Lebanon’ and ‘Leave Syria and think of us.’ Chants of ‘We don’t want the ayatollahs’ and ‘Death to the dictator’ were also heard at some rallies.”
The Mullahs of Iran badly need silver and gold, cattle and goods (Ez. 38:11-12).
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Daymond & Rachel Duck