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Coming Attractions In World Affairs
Perspective by Jack Kelley
November 13/2006


Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?   The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.   "Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." (Psalm 2:1-3)

At the prophetic level, the results of the recent US election make perfect sense.   Think about it.   The Bush Administration's vision for the Middle East was a string of robust democracies from Lebanon to Iraq with leaders chosen in free elections enjoying the popular support of newly prosperous citizens who after generations of oppression feel like they're finally in control of their own destinies, and who desire nothing more than to live at peace with their neighbors.   You can almost taste the sense of freedom and dignity they'd all enjoy. Kind of like the US was sixty or so years ago.  

If President Bush had been able to maintain the loyalty of his allies abroad and the members of his government at home, we'd be well on our way to making such a beautiful dream come true.

But where would that have left us in the prophetic scenario?   No leader, no matter how charismatic, could gain the traction necessary to take over the world in those conditions. God's plan for the End of the Age, already in motion, would have been set back a generation or more.

No, the President's vision, no matter how attractive, failed to take one major factor into consideration.   It's not what the Lord had in mind.   So once again, a leader who professes a relationship with God has forgotten the chain of command.   God is not on our team.   If we're careful and humble enough, we sometimes get the chance to be on His, but as soon as we start calling the plays ourselves instead of taking His direction, He'll bench us just like that.  

It's been said that on several occasions the White House has hosted well known prophecy scholars to get a sense of what the Bible says about the End Times.   It's also said that the President and his closest advisors are so steeped in Replacement Theology that they treat Israel's situation as a mere political problem, not a Spiritual one, and therefore have totally missed the message of prophecy.   I don't know how true those statements are, but it sure looks like they could be.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD (Isaiah 55:8)

I can understand them charging ahead over the objections of Islamic leaders, who would pay any price to prevent another free democratic society in their midst.   That's a classic battle between good and evil.   But to fly in the face of clear prophecy that calls for increasingly frequent wars in the Middle East that will soon blossom into a nuclear exchange before finally involving the whole world is another story. How does one reconcile a string of thriving western style Moslem democracies with that reality?

So the Lord had to throw a monkey wrench into the works to get their attention.   It wasn't hard, not with the amount of pride and arrogance on display in the halls of government today.   I'll bet that Satan didn't even need a personal conversation with the Lord like He did with Job.   A quick text message is probably all it took to get permission to step in and mess things up.

The cut and run scenario already fashioned by our newly elected Congressional leaders is just what he needs.   According to the intelligence and news services I read, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and others have begun implementing their plans for life after America's now certain departure from the Middle East.   These services also report that the US and Iraq both know that Iraq's government will fall and the country will be split up into several autonomous regions, probably along Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish lines.   That King Abdullah of Jordan has spent the past several months in seclusion with his troops preparing them to guard their border with Iraq against the attempt he knows is coming to topple his government next.   That the Saudis know their days may be numbered, too.   That Israel is planning for another war with Hizbollah within six months and knows that Syria will line up against them too.   That the Lebanese government will likely fall and be replaced by one loyal to Hizbollah.   That Israel's Asst. Defense Minister has promised to prevent Iran going nuclear "at all costs."   That Russia's intention to become the dominant player in the region is made clear by recent actions in Syria and Lebanon that we've already covered. (See Isaiah 17 Countdown.)  

So, with the dismantling of the Bush Middle East Strategy things will soon be back on track.   I know that I sound like the worst kind of negative thinker according to world standards, but we have to realize that God is well into the process of bringing His own peace plan to fruition in the Middle East, and His plan is by far the best.   The Bush plan, like all the other plans before it, was actually a hindrance to God and would have the effect of delaying the very thing it was designed to produce.   A lasting World Peace.   The reality that all of man's plans have tried unsuccessfully to avoid is that it's going to take one more really horrific war to get it.   God harbors no such delusions.

"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." (1 Cor. 1:19)

Those who disagree with students of End Times Prophecy call us defeatists, but we're actually on the side of victory.   They want man to solve the world's problems because that way they don't have to depend on God.   Depending on Him makes them responsible to Him, and in their view that's something to be avoided at all costs.

They don't realize that man is not equal to the task.   History shows us that the 20th century can be characterized as a century of war interrupted by brief periods of peace.   Each new war has been made necessary by man's failure to address the problems created in the previous one. Now, in the 21st Century, only God can solve the world's problems and until we realize that, things will only get worse.  

Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)

With the recapture of Jerusalem, the Times of the Gentiles are over. God has promised to step back into the picture now to resolve His issues with both Israel and her enemies so that peace can follow, and although it sounds counter-intuitive, sidelining America removes a major obstacle to that goal.   America has been too powerful an ally of Israel's to leave any room for God to work.

America's decline must continue until Israel's enemies no longer fear any US opposition to their efforts to destroy the Jews.   As soon as that happens, they can attack and God can insert Himself into the equation on Israel's behalf.



As Christians we need to remember that the only Earthly nation promised a place in God's Kingdom is Israel.   Obviously there will be others around, but Israel will occupy center stage.   America has been blessed only because as a people we've been on God's side, not because He's been on ours.   But those days are over.   There is simply no Biblical reason to believe that God has favored America with a role in End Times prophecy.   For if God's own nation Israel could be cast adrift for disobedience, how much more so a nation that is not his.

In the absence of Israel, the church has been God's kingdom here, not the USA.   American believers get confused about that.   And even the Church has been characterized as aliens in a foreign land.   Our homeland is in the New Jerusalem, not Earth, and soon we'll go there while God completes the restoration of both His nation Israel and the planet we've nearly destroyed.  

The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Psalm 110:1)

Meanwhile, as believers, we're neither Republicans nor Democrats, but Monarchists awaiting the return of our King.   While we wait we need to fight for the values we uphold in a climate that's becoming more hostile to these values by the day.   That means supporting anyone we can find who espouses them, and just as importantly, not supporting those who don't.   And when those we've depended upon betray us, as they will, we have to hold them accountable.   It's a losing battle, fraught with disappointment, but it's only for a while.

And don't forget.   We're part of the problem too, because we've become way too comfortable with the ways of this world.   Remember, we're supposed to be in the world but not of the world.   For those with one foot in the world and one in the Kingdom, the next little while might be pretty frustrating since it will require increasing levels of compromise to get along.

It's long past time for us to stop depending on our paychecks, our government, even our constitution for our security, and start looking to the author and perfecter of our faith again.   He's the only one you can neither leave nor lose.   He's the only one who is faithful and true.   And He's the only one who has promised to see to our needs.   Even so, come Lord Jesus.   11-11-06
Two trains on a collision course
by Michael G. Mickey

Oct 13-2006
In Bible prophecy we're told of a future invasion attempt that will take place against the nation of Israel in the last days. We commonly refer to this event as the Gog-Magog invasion or attack. It is described in Ezekiel 38 & 39 and will see the following nations gather and descend on Israel "as a cloud to cover the land" (Ezekiel 38:16):

Gog - Most agree this is a reference to Russia.
Meshech - Most associate this with modern day Turkey, ancient Anatolia, but some say it refers to the Moscow area.
Tubal - Most associate this with modern day Turkey, ancient Anatolia.
Persia - modern Iran
Ethiopia
Libya
Gomer - eastern Europe or Turkey
Togarmah - southeastern Europe or Turkey
In today's commentary, I want to highlight an opinion article featured in The Daily Star by former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer entitled "Turkey and Europe: two trains about to collide." Particularly, I want to discuss how what Fischer believes may take place is more than likely going to occur, leading us closer to the prophesied Gog-Magog invasion attempt to come.

In this commentary, I'm going to use a number of excerpts from Fischer's article, which will appear in italic type, and then comment on his insights as they may relate to Bible prophecy.

Fischer wrote:

By intervening in Lebanon, Europeans have made a far-reaching, risk-fraught, and, at the same time, correct decision. The reason is that the future of Europe's security will be determined in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Europe, whether it likes it or not, has taken on a new, strategic role in the region. Should it fail, the price will be high.

In Bible prophecy, we find that a revived Roman empire will exist in the last days. One does in the form of the European Union - a 25-member coalition of nations that will grow to 27 members in January of 2007. This revived Roman empire, which the prophet Daniel tells us in Daniel 7:23 will devour the whole earth, is growing so quickly (and quietly), that many in Europe fail to realize what a monstrosity it has become, as seen in an EUBusiness.com article that indicates only 23% of Europeans, on average, know the EU is comprised of 25 member nations.

As Fischer points out, many in the EU believe the future of Europe's security will be determined in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. As such, the EU has taken on a new strategic role in the region - one of peacekeeping, which places us closer to the advent of the Antichrist as described in Daniel 9. I want to set that matter aside, however, as this commentary, as noted earlier, is dedicated to demonstrating how present trends are leading us toward Gog-Magog.

Fischer wrote:

Safeguarding Europe's interests today means establishing a strong link - indeed an unbreakable bond - with Turkey as a cornerstone of regional security. So it is astonishing that Europe is doing exactly the opposite: firmly closing its eyes to the strategic challenge posed by Turkey.

Successful modernization and democratization of Turkey - with a strong civil society, the rule of law, and a modern economy - will not only be hugely beneficial for the country, but will also export stability and serve as a model for transformation in the Islamic world. Above all, the successful modernization of a large Muslim country will make a decisive contribution to Europe's security.

Fischer believes the EU needs to establish an unbreakable bond with Turkey as it could lead to a transformation in the Islamic world yet, in his own words, he is astonished by the fact that the EU isn't doing that. To be sure, as we see in his own words, he thinks it's a big mistake. The next two excerpts of Fischer's opinion article are separated by a number of paragraphs, all of which are interesting, but I want to place these two side-by-side as they paint a picture of where I believe we're swiftly headed in relation to the EU's relationship with Turkey.

Fischer wrote:

This autumn, the European Commission is scheduled to issue a progress report on accession negotiations with Turkey. A dangerous situation may well emerge, as this report threatens to derail the whole process.

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And what perspective would Turkey have outside the EU? Pan-Turkish illusions? A return to the Orient and to Islam? None of these will work. But Turkey will not sit idly on Europe's doorstep. Europe's attitude is pushing Turkey toward forging alliances with its traditional regional rivals: Russia and Iran. These three powers, each of great importance to Europe, have been rivals for many centuries. So an alliance between them would seem a near impossibility. Yet Europe seems bent on achieving the impossible, to the Continent's detriment.

Tensions, as I've reported on a number of occasions, are running very high between Turkey and the EU in relation to Turkey's EU bid. It has never once bothered me that was true because, as we look at the players to be involved in the Gog-Magog attack listed above, there seems no chance whatsoever that Turkey is going to gain entry into the EU. As we look at Bible prophecy, we see that these two lovebirds don't seem to have a future together, as I noted extensively in a commentary in April of 2005 that looked back as far as 2004. Two full years later, things are no better than then. In fact, as the title of Joschka Fischer's article suggests, Turkey and the EU appear to be two trains ready to collide. If they do, the whole EU-Turkey relationship is going to derail, "pushing Turkey toward forging alliances with its traditional regional rivals: Russia and Iran."

Turkey, Russia, and Iran allied? Who would've guessed THAT would ever happen? The prophet Ezekiel, for one.

Keep looking up, Christians!

The prophetic scenario is becoming more clear by the day and you know what that means!

Sept 26

Is Turkey Changing Sides?
Perspective on the news by Jack Kelley

In the Qandil (Kandil) Mountains, where Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria all meet lies the ancestral homeland of the Kurds, known in history as the Medes, who were partners with Persia in defeating Babylon.

The Kurds call this area Kurdistan, but the land they refer to technically belongs to the four neighbors mentioned above, none of whom want to give it up.   Turkey is perhaps the most determined, having suffered numerous terrorist attacks at the hand of the PUK, a group of militant Kurdish separatists.   One of the reasons that Turkey refused to help in the current war in Iraq is that the USA refused to deny the Kurds a voice in governing post-war Iraq.

Turkey has been legitimately afraid that in return for Kurdish assistance in deposing Saddam Hussein (it was the Kurds who located Saddam and tipped off US troops) the US would permit at least unofficial attempts to establish a Kurdish homeland on land that Turkey claims.   Turkey has maintained up to 20,000 troops on its border with Iraq to prevent such a move.

And in fact the US has been vacillating on the Kurdish issue, even publishing a map of the region showing the presence of a Kurdish entity.   US officials later claimed it didn't accurately reflect US policy.   Turkey is skeptical.

Iran sees this situation as an opportunity to further strengthen its regional position and has teamed up with Turkey to assist in removing a force of 5000 PPK soldiers from the area where Iran abuts Iraq in the Qandil Mountains.   According to several news and intelligence sources they already have positioned troops some 7-8 km inside Iraq and have begun shelling the mountain hideouts.   The situation for Turkey offers some big incentives.   Not only do they get help in spanking the PPK, but have made it known that they have their eye on Kirkuk, an Iraqi city in the area that produces 40% of Iraq's oil output, and that Turkey had made claim to before.  

For its part Iran also sees a chance grab a chunk of Northern Iraq for itself.   In addition Iran wants to destroy forward intelligence positions the Israelis may have secretly placed among the Kurds to help them receive the earliest possible warning of an Iranian attack on Israel. Knocking out these posts would give the Iranians two significant victories against the Israelis within the span of just a few months, the war in Lebanon being the other.   The loss of this intelligence would no doubt reduce the possibility for a successful US-Israeli attack against Iran, too.   Russian and Iranian intelligence experts are both predicting such an attack before the end of 2006.

Many observers believe it's already too late to stop the Turkey-Iran initiative.   The question is whether it will blossom into yet another Mid-East war pitting the US, Iraq, and Israel against Iran, Turkey, and possibly Syria.

Students of prophecy should follow these developments closely. Turkey is felt by most to be a modern component along with Armenia of the Beth Togarmah mentioned in Ezekiel 38:6. We've long said that as long as Turkey is aligned with the west Ezekiel 38 can't happen.   Bringing Turkey into the Moslem alliance against Israel would remove one more roadblock to its fulfillment.   There aren't many left.

EU's Solana to attempt a revival of Middle East peace efforts
by Michael G. Mickey

(9-1-06)

According to Easy bourse news, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Dr. Javier Solana, will be touring the Middle East "in an attempt to revive stalled peace efforts and rally support from Arab nations."

Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja is quoted in the article as saying, "Javier Solana has the mandate ... to move forward with the peace process and present us with new ideas necessary." Not only that, Tuomioja is quoted as saying Solana is "in contact with all parties that are relevant."

How about that, prophecy watchers? Recently, author Joel Rosenberg wrote a paragraph on his website that is really sticking in my brain in light of the latest developments. It's almost surreal as it's reminiscent of what I've told my readers to watch for for a very long time.

Joel wrote, on August 27: "Not since the fall of the Roman Empire has Rome stationed military forces in or near the Holy Land. But the current government in Rome has just formally offered to lead the U.N. peacekeeping force that will be stationed in southern Lebanon, on the border with Israel."

Could the Prophet Daniel have called it any more perfectly than he did when he said, as seen in Daniel 9:26-27:

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The people of the prince that shall come (the Antichrist) destroyed the city of Jerusalem in AD 70. It was the Romans, as in the Roman empire. Now, as Joel Rosenberg put it so eloquently, Rome, which hasn't stationed military forces in or near the Holy Land since the fall of the old Roman empire, is now going to do just that! These forces, unlike their ancient predecessors, will be from a revived Roman empire which was miraculously prophesied to come long, long ago and is now here! Isn't it amazing to see it unfolding before our very eyes - a reminder that our God is alive, on the throne, and in control?

That brings us to what the "prince that shall come" is somehow going to do upon his arrival on the world stage. He is going to confirm (or make strong) a covenant of peace in the Middle East seven precise years in length. When he does, he will somehow do so "with many" - a short phrase that has a lot of potential implications right now.

Could the "many" of Daniel's prophecy be UNIFIL - the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon? Could the "many" of Daniel's prophecy be the Quartet of Russia, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union, which the EU would like to reconvene as soon as possible? Could the "many" be a combination of the two, working as a whole under the leadership of a prince (or leader) of Roman descent?

The days ahead are going to be astonishing to witness! Of that I'm certain as all prophetic indicators seem to be pointing toward something BIG happening, potentially in the very near future. It's not if something big is on the way, it's when!

The EU's Javier Solana, as I've documented in the past, has been given the mandate to get the ball rolling on bringing a lasting peace to the Middle East. To his credit, as I've noted on a number of occasions, he has somehow managed to stay on friendly terms with most everyone in the Middle East, from the Palestinians to the Israelis, the Iranians and Syrians, the latter two being no small task by any means!

If the Antichrist is out there as I write this commentary (and I wholly believe he is), conditions for his advent are seeming more and more favorable all the time, especially at this moment when the revived Roman empire he will someday lead is in the driver's seat in terms of the pursuit of Middle East peace --- and Middle East peacekeeping.

Is it just me or does it seem the final pieces of the prophetic jigsaw puzzle are ready to be snapped into place?

Come quickly, Lord Jesus! Rapture us out of here!
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Those Middle East peacekeepers? They'd better be "robust!"
by Michael G. Mickey

(8-16-06)

The Age is reporting that EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana hopes to see international peacekeeping troops begin deploying in Lebanon this week or early next. Some, however, are suggesting he's being "hopelessly optimistic" as the process of getting a force of thousands on the ground in the region to provide the Lebanese army with support - the same Lebanese army that has done little to nothing to stop Hezbollah - is going to take some time, potentially weeks or even months.

UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric is quoted in the article as saying, "We have no formal, specific commitments from troop contributors, but obviously we're continuing those discussions. We have one leg up in that there is already a UN force in south Lebanon."

Already a UN force in south Lebanon? Where were these protectors of peace before the Hezbollah-Israeli conflict started? I don't know, but it's clear to me they weren't doing a whole lot of peacekeeping wherever they were! If they had been, what just happened in the Middle East wouldn't have, right? Even so, we're now supposed to believe they're going to do what they were originally placed there to do but didn't.

Can the European Union, the up-and-coming beast of Bible prophecy that it is, somehow transform the UN's glorified boy scouts into a legitimate fighting force to be reckoned with in the region in the event that Hezbollah refuses to disarm, which we know for sure is going to be the case? That's the question at this point, at least from my perspective.

EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana is quoted in an EU Observer article as saying "he expects a quick deployment of troops to southern Lebanon and that troops from Europe will make the force "robust"."

Based on what I'm seeing, the forces that are going to be needed to keep the delusional Arab-Muslim enemies of Israel at bay, in light of their present mindset, are going to have to be both robust indeed! Not only that, they're going to have to be ready and willing to pull the trigger on the many scofflaws in the region who have learned that peacekeeping forces in the Middle East have traditionally been little other than paper tigers. In other words, Kofi, Solana and the international community are going to have to knuckle up to be effective. The question is: Do they have the wherewithal to do so?

Appeasement of evil never works

As I've stated on numerous occasions, appeasement of evil is never effective. Thus the reason I say the peacekeepers to be deployed in the Middle East are also going to have to be capable of being warmakers, if necessary, to be effective!

Evil takes whatever leeway its given then seeks to gain more ground. We all see this in our own walks of faith! If we resist the devil, as we're told to in James 4:7, he will flee. If we give an inch to him, however, he'll take a mile - and so it is with the present leadership of many nations in the Middle East, as we've seen exemplified time and time again throughout the history of the region, which is similar to what we're seeing and hearing now.

What the international community achieved by telling Israel to stop attacking those bent on its destruction - an effort on Israel's part to prevent greater bloodshed in the future - was bolster its enemies to, once again, threaten the destruction of the nation of Israel, reminiscent of Psalm 83:4: They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

Due to the anti-Semitic attitude of the international community, Israel's enemies are feeling safe and shooting off at the mouth at every opportunity, expressing what should be of great concern to everyone but, oddly, isn't viewed to be nearly as dangerous as Israel defending itself from attack! Am I surprised? No.

Syria's Bashar Assad

In the aftermath of the UN ceasefire, Syria's Bashar Assad, who'd been as quiet as a church mouse during the fighting, has suddenly developed a boldness very similar in tone to that of his cohort in Iran, "Quackmood" Ahmadinejad as I like to refer to him. As seen in a Haaretz article, the following is some of what Assad has had to say in recent days:

"Israel has been trying for decades to gain acceptance in the region. What Israel should know is that every generation has more hatred toward it than the generation before.

Hatred is not a good word. We do not hate and we do not encourage hatred. But Israel did not leave room in our region except for hatred.

We tell them [Israelis] that after tasting humiliation in the latest battles, your weapons are not going to protect you - not your planes, or missiles or even your nuclear bombs... The future generations in the Arab world will find a way to defeat Israel.

They [Israel] should know that they are before a historic crossroads. Either they move toward peace and the return of [Arab] rights or they move in the direction of continued instability until one generation decides the matter."

The one thing Assad got right amid all his rhetoric was that there's going to be a generation, perhaps even this one, that is going to see the matter of Middle East peace decided --- to the extent that there will be no question left as to Israel's legitimacy in the region. We'll get to that a bit later.

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Seattle Times is reporting that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is saying that "Hezbollah has "hoisted the banner of victory" over Israel and toppled U.S.-led plans for the Middle East." Not only that, he is saying "God's promises have come true."

"On one side," Ahmadinejad in quoted as saying, "it's corrupt powers of the criminal U.S. and Britain and the Zionists ... with modern bombs and planes. And on the other side is a group of pious youth relying on God."

What Ahmadinejad is doing, in typical fashion, is fueling the anti-Christian and anti-Semitic sentiments of Muslims around the world, exhorting them to continue their jihad against all who do not bow before Allah. But, hey, at least the fighting in Lebanon is over, right?

Resist the devil and he will flee

When Israel crossed the border into Lebanon it was well-justified in doing so, Hezbollah having drawn first blood. Having been attacked in its own lands, Israel responded in kind, demonstrating its ability and willingness to fight an organization that has long sought and succeeded to kill innocent civilians, targeting the innocent almost exclusively during this recent conflict.

Whose side was God on in this instance? Contrary to what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad believes, He was on Israel's side and clearly so for we know that God hates and considers an abomination hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17).

By stopping Israel from defending its women and children, the international community gave license to Satan, the god of this world, to stir even greater hostility in the region - and he is doing so, prompting the gun shy international community to press harder than ever for peace to come to the Middle East, which we know will, in the end, lead to the advent of the Antichrist, as foretold in Daniel 9:26-27.

The revived Roman empire (the European Union), which will give rise to the Antichrist through a seven-year covenant between Israel and its enemies, is in the catbird's seat in Middle East peacemaking at present, openly planning on playing a prominent role in halting what seems to be a never-ending cycle of conflict and ceasefire in the Middle East.

Will the European Union, as foreign policy chief Javier Solana suggests, be able to transform the UN peacekeeping forces in Lebanon from the glorified boy scouts that they are to a "robust" force capable of calming the region? Time will tell.

Will the recent crisis, combined with the European Union's prominent role in resolving it, provide a leader of Roman descent an opportunity to confirm peace in the Middle East? Time will tell concerning that as well, but one thing is clear: Resolving the "root-cause" of Middle East crises, the lingering Palestinian-Israeli conflict, is on everyone's mind, as demonstrated by a Jerusalem Post article, the title of which is "Jordan: Time ripe to renew peacemaking with Israel."

Isn't it ironic that refusing to deal with evil only makes evil stronger? By refusing to allow Israel to resist the devil that is terrorism, the international community has unintentionally heated things up even more in the Middle East, the end result being an even greater desire on the part of the international community to resolve the purported "root-cause" of all terrorism - the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

What the world fails to realize is that by refusing to meet evil head on, it has raised the likelihood that the most evil dictator the world will ever know will soon arrive on the world's diplomatic stage, ironically as a peacemaker, in a plot twist that only true believers in the Word of God (and those witnessed to by believing Christians) have the benefit of knowing about in advance.

If the European Union helps the impotent United Nations to bring even moderate success in Middle East peacekeeping to Lebanon, keep a close watch out for indications that a seemingly workable peace plan is being considered as a strong, strong sign that our redemption draweth nigh.

While no one knows the hour nor the day of Christ's return for His Church, what we do know is that a clarion call for peace and safety will come in the Middle East which will be followed by a peace covenant seven years in length. Upon the confirmation of this covenant taking place, sudden destruction will come upon the world in the form of the Tribulation Period. Conditions on the earth will deteriorate rapidly, reaching nightmarish proportions as the evil empire of Antichrist spreads like a cancer. Finally, as mankind's sinfulness brings it to the brink of extinction, the Lord will gather all nations to the valley of decision, the plains of Megiddo, as foretold in Joel 3:14, where the Lord, as seen in Zechariah 14:3, will resolve the root-cause of all the world's problems!

That day is drawing near. Keep looking up!

August 1 2006

UNCOVERED: RUSSIAN-SYRIAN-IRANIAN AXIS

For students of Bible prophecy, even the title of this communiqué should set off alarm sirens. I just received some electrifying intelligence data. First, from the Debka-Net-Weekly’s briefing. And second, from some personal intelligence sources (I carefully guard) that confirm Debka’s report.



Russia, Iran and Syria have entered a defense pact that is in the process of altering the balance of power in the entire Middle East. Russia’s part in the pact has been kept relatively secret for a long time. But the facts reveal a long steady Russian commitment to the Iranian nuclear program and arms supply to Syria.

A Mossad General shared with me in confidence that he had personally traced the hiring and importation to Iran 283 of the defunct Soviet Union’s top nuclear and missile scientists. This meeting took place in February of 1991.

I shared this information with no one until nine months later when it was first made public (although strangely not followed up by the mainstream media). All Russian leaders continued and expanded this agreement to this day, especially our supposed friend, Vladimir Putin.

Russia has helped the Iranian nuclear program from its inception. Hundreds of Russian scientists with their families live around the some twenty scattered nuclear related facilities. Russian ‘Spetznaz soldiers’ (special forces) guard all the key nuclear facilities.

Iran has had some help on missile development from the North Koreans. But even their missiles are based upon Russian designs. The unmistakable culprit in China, North Korea and Iran’s nuclear development has been the Soviet Union and continued by Russia.

The Soviet Union’s motivation for helping China and North Korea was primarily ideological. Russia’s primary reason is hard cash, although now, it is taking on a strategic importance as well.
So here are the disturbing hard facts about what is taking place in what can only be viewed as a dangerous anti-western strategy in the form of a Russian-Syrian-Iranian Axis.

The first part of this strategy was, as I said above, Russia enabling Iran to produce deliverable nuclear warheads.
The second part was the forming of the recent mutual defense pact between Iran and Syria. The foreign ministers of Iran and Syria, Mostafa Najjar and Hassan Turkmani, signed the pact in Tehran on June 15th, 2006.

Debka’s intelligence sources unveiled a disturbing clause in the agreement that was reported to President Bush by US Intelligence. This report disclosed:
“The clause speaks of more than one battery of upgraded SHEHAB-3 surface-to-surface missiles to be deployed on the 13,000-foot Jabal Ash Shanin ridges towering over central Syria.

“The latest Syrian-Iranian exchanges are reported by DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s intelligence sources as auguring the early dispatch from Tehran of a deputation of officers to take up position at al Qadnus, east of the Syrian port of Tartus, and along the road linking the port to Jabal Ash Shanin.
“This team will act as the vanguard of the Iranian missile force to operate the missiles station, will check out the ground and fix its precise location.

“Senior intelligence officials warned the US President that this deployment would not just throw the entire Middle East balance of strength out of kilter, but directly menace American bases as far as West and East Europe and the Central Asian republics, including those located on the shores of the oil-rich Caspian Sea.”

This puts virtually all of Europe within range of the soon-coming nuclear tipped Iranian missiles — and at the whim of Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Remember him? He is the one who believes Allah has chosen him to fulfill an “end time” Muslim prophecy by starting a world apocalypse in which the long-awaited ‘Mahdi’ (Muslim Messiah) will appear and subject all survivors to Allah.

As if this isn’t bad enough news, there is something even more alarming developing within this new axis of evil.
Russia is now making moves to protect Syria and its Shehab-3 missile base. This is what DEBKA-News-Weekly reported:

“Our sources have observed the Russians dredging the port of TARTUS, Syria’s second most important Mediterranean port, with a view to expanding their logistical supply point there to a fully-equipped naval base, possibly to serve the Black Sea Fleet warships when they are redeployed from the Ukrainian port of Sevastopol. It is designed to be built up into the permanent base for the fleet led by the RFS Moskva (TG Flag) missile cruiser and the RFS Azov landing ship within the next three years.

“February 27, 2006, DEBKA file’s exclusive sources found the MOSKVA and AZOV heading into the Mediterranean on Feb. 5, escorted by a Russian military tug, to take part in the a NATO marine exercise Operation Active Endeavor, which was to practice counter-measures against nuclear and other WMD smugglers. NATO chiefs and American generals in particular, attached great importance to Russia’s participation in the exercise. NATO secretary Jaap de Hoop Scheffer had intended to make the gesture of being the North Atlantic Organization chief to visit a Russian flagship.

“The visit was cancelled when it was discovered that the three Russian fleet vessels would be paying an official call at the Syrian port of Latakia.
“The arrival of the Russian task force in TARTUS in March marked the opening of the Russian base. Our military experts note that the Missile Cruiser MOSKVA is armed with the weapons, radar and electronic gear of an [aircraft] carrier hunter.

“The American intelligence briefing for the US President further disclosed that sophisticated Russian air defense systems are to be installed for the dual purpose of protecting the TARTUS NAVAL BASE and the SHEHAB-3 missile emplacements. DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s military sources identify the system as the S-300PMU-2. It will be operated by Russian military crews and not put in Syrian hands.

“This air defense system is comparable to the American Patriot, but is more effective.
“The version to be deployed in Syria is geared to intercept ballistic missiles. It has the great advantage of being ready to fire five minutes after receiving orders …”

This explains why Iran has blatantly defied the world and continued developing nuclear warheads, which are closer to becoming operational than we dare believe.
Second, it explains the reason why the Iranian and Syrian defense ministers signed a mutual defense pact last June 15th.

Third, it gives the reason for Hezbollah launching a war with Israel when they did. It was to divert the G-8 leaders from seriously debating action about the Iranian nuclear threat. And Vladimir Putin played a masterful game of concealing what his forces are doing.

Fourth, it explains why Syria and Iran are unafraid to openly support Hezbollah in their war with Israel and support terrorist that target US troops in Iraq. Russia is in the background guaranteeing their protection.
Debka reports that they found data indicating that Russia helped persuade Syrian President Bashir Assad to accept the placement of Iranian missiles on their soil by hinting that “it is part of their own deepening strategic plans for Syria.

What is most important is that all this is setting up Ezekiel’s 2600-year-old prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 38. Persia, or modern Iran, is listed a chief among the Muslim nations Russia will lead into an all-out assault against Israel. This is predicted to be the first battle of the war of Armageddon.
The one nation that does not seem to be listed is Syria. I believe this is because as a result of actions it is now taking against Israel, Isaiah’s prophecy about Damascus in the last days is going to be soon fulfilled.

Twenty Seven hundred years ago, Isaiah warned, “An oracle concerning Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins … In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away.” (Isaiah 17:1, 4 NIV)
To establish the time of this event, look at these factors. First, Damascus is one of the oldest continuously populated cities on earth. It has never been totally destroyed – yet.

Second, it is in a context of events that lead up to the catastrophes that precede the Lord Jesus’ Second Coming. Third, it is far enough away from that event that Jacob (Israel) is enduring terrible circumstances. Fourth, Syria and the tribal name of its forefathers are not mentioned in the Russian led Muslim Confederacy that launches Armageddon in the middle of the Tribulation.

All of this leads me to believe that Damascus will be destroyed before the Tribulation begins. I believe that Damascus is about to so threaten Israel’s existence by either launching or furnishing bio-chemical weapons or radioactive dirty bombs, that Israel will nuke them. Israel has sworn that it will implement the Samson-Option against any nation that attacks them with any form of weapons of mass destruction. That means a thermonuclear strike. This may soon happen to Syria.

This in turn will so terrify the world, that it will be ripe to embrace the antichrist when he is unveiled. And that could be very, very soon.

Thank God that you have received the gift of pardon that Jesus purchased by dying in your place under the judgment for your sins. You will be miraculously snatched up to heaven to meet Him before the antichrist is revealed.

But if you haven’t received this free gift of pardon and accepted Jesus into your life, now is the time. Don’t put it off. It is like playing Russian roulette with eternity. Pray right now and receive your forgiveness. Ask Jesus Christ to come into your life and make it what He wants it to be. He will give you new desires, new joy and purpose for living. Do it now.
Hal Lindsey
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Will uncontrollable consequences come in the Middle East?
by Michael G. Mickey

(7-14-06)

Early this morning, I was stirred from a dream-filled sleep that involved a wide variety of imagery and emotions. My time in bed last night had a little bit of everything it seemed. Images of war and the Rapture of the Church, along with emotions of sorrow, fear, and even uncontainable joy. Being unable to sleep, I came downstairs and typed out the day's first commentary, "Playing With Fire." I wrote, in part:

Hour-by-hour, I wonder what is going to take place next. The one thing I'm becoming certain of is Damascus, at the very least, is majorly playing with fire. The question in my mind is just how much fire Damascus may be playing with, if you follow my thinking. Are they playing with enough to get themselves singed or incinerated? Time will tell.

Having completed a long day at work, I returned home to find the usual awaiting me - a mountain of e-mail. Within that daily mountain of assorted items, it seems I always find a few things that just leap out at me. Tonight one of those items was the following headline: EU worries Mideast conflict could spread to Syria. Isn't it interesting, even surreal, that this issue, which is on the mind of so many of us holding a biblical worldview, is also on the collective mind of the European Union's highly secular leadership? Amazing, in my opinion!

In the Reuters story bearing the headline above, Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja of Finland is quoted as saying, "We consider the situation to be very bad and there is still the possibility that it could get worse and that the conflict could spread, especially to Syria. This is in no way desirable. The consequences could be really uncontrollable."

Will uncontrollable consequences come in the latest Middle East skirmish? Time will tell, but one thing is certain. Even the secular world knows the situation could spiral out of control at the drop of a hat - all the more reason why the Church needs to hide itself behind the cross, lifting Israel up in prayer before our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Truly, we may be on the verge of a momentous event of earth-shaking proportions!

The Reuters story additionally speaks of the EU's Javier Solana heading to the troubled region, as well as representatives of the United States, Russia, and the United Nations. Added to the mix, in the midst of potential calamity, the world's most storied peacemaking team in recent history - the Quartet - may meet in an attempt to prevent a catastrophe in the region, bringing to mind Daniel 9:26-27 which foretells the advent of the Antichrist.

If, upon reading all of this, the hair on the neck of every Bible prophecy-believing Christian isn't standing on end, it certainly ought to be as this moment holds a great deal of potential to shape future events. In fact, some are suggesting it already is, Bill Wilson of Koenig's International News for one.

In a commentary dated 7-13-06, Wilson wrote, in part:

The United States has publicly pointed the finger of blame for the terrorist attacks against Israel squarely at Iran and Syria, but ultimately there is a powerful source of unrest that is responsible for the financial, technological and military sustenance of Syria, Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah that has yet been unnamed—Russia.
Russia has successfully avoided public blame for the situation in the Middle East, but its ability to control and hide finances and intellectual property transfer has resulted in a steady supply of weapons, finances and technology to Syria and Iran, which in turn, empower Hezbollah and Hamas. These are the foreshadows of the invasion of Israel led by Russia and Iran as prophesied in Ezekiel 38. The United States should give no ground to Russia, but rather should expose and condemn its clandestine support of terrorism and international chaos. 2 John 1:7 says, “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-Christ.”
An item in today's news is especially supportive of Wilson's thought process on Russia's involvement in all this. A Russian News and Information Agency article states "Russia is not intending to propose initiatives on resolving the conflict between Israel and Lebanon, but will use its authority in the Arab world to stop the violence."

Here we have Russia, the ringleader of the future Gog-Magog invasion, admitting for all to see that it has the authority to resolve the conflict between Israel and Lebanon, which raises the following question in my mind: If Russia has the authority to resolve the conflict between Israel and Lebanon, why didn't Russia, particularly as a member of the Quartet, prevent the conflict from coming to this point in the first place? Could it be that Russia has a clandestine plan which, like its future Gog-Magog allies, envisions a map of the Middle East without Israel on it? Could be! If so, its role as a member of the Quartet is to impede peace, rather than lead the region closer to it.

Russia is up to its eyeballs in involvement with Iran, as well as Syria, as I've documented on numerous occasions using information readily available in the news headlines of our world today. So have many others. Because this is true, none of this should be overly surprising to hear and yet it is. Why? Because I find myself in absolute awe of the accuracy of the Word of God as we see Russia asserting that its voice in the region is so powerful and effective that its authority over these rogue entities can still the inferno we see the region heading toward!

If Russia indeed has the authority to resolve the present conflict in the Middle East, which many world leaders fear is eventually going to see Syria enter into the fray, Putin and company better get on the telephone and call Assad, Mashaal, Ahmadinejad and all the other kooks engaged in the dangerous game they're playing with Israel. If Russia doesn't use its mighty authority quickly, it may soon find itself minus a good friend in the region - Damascus.

I say that because Damascus is nowhere to be found when the presently-plotting Russians and its horde of Arab brothers make one of the boldest military moves in human history in the prophetic future - the future Gog-Magog invasion attempt described in Ezekiel 38 & 39.

If Damascus is to be around in the prophetic future when Ezekiel's prophecy is fulfilled, why, oh why, do we not see Damascus jumping on the Islamic bandwagon, seeking to destroy the nation of Israel from the face of the earth?

Perhaps, just perhaps, it's because uncontrollable consequences are part of God's plan to judge the #2 resort spot of terrorist dirtbags from around the globe - Damascus, Syria.

If tomorrow Damascus should make a fatal mistake and be left a ruinous heap, I wonder how quickly the Muslim world would find itself ready to discuss a long-term covenant of peace with Israel which the international community, under the leadership of a certain prophesied prince (or leader) of Roman descent, would be more than willing to confirm?

Piece by piece, the prophetic jigsaw puzzle is coming together. While it's difficult to impossible to know what's going to take place next, what we're seeing take place on many fronts is extreme prophetic posturing, precisely why I tell my readers to keep looking up!

Who, after all, knows what tomorrow will bring? Only God.
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Now it's actually been said
by Michael G. Mickey

(7-3-06)

Isaiah 17:1: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

As the situation in the Middle East grows increasingly tense, Israel, as seen in a Zaman Online article, has threatened to strike Damascus in its efforts to take out Hamas leadership being given safe haven there. According to the article, Israeli Public Security Minister Avi Dichter has made claims the Israelis know the locations of HAMAS and Islamic Jihad leaders in Syria and will not hesitate to kill them.

Syria's response to Israel's statement is found in a Middle East Online article, which opens as follows:

Syria vowed Thursday to defend itself after Israel threatened to kill Hamas militants based in Damascus and flew warplanes over a Syrian presidential palace.

Since the two articles referred to above have been published, the rhetoric has continued to the extent anything could happen at any moment!

For a long, long time I've hypothesized that Isaiah's prophecy of Damascus' utter destruction may ultimately be fulfilled by the nation of Israel striking Damascus due to its support and ongoing comforting of known terrorist organizations. Now it's actually been said by Israel. They may strike Damascus. If so, what will happen when they do? I don't know, but it could be that God's patience with Syria's Assad-led government is waning. The Father doesn't care much for hands that shed innocent blood, as seen in Proverbs 6:17. Government powers that protect hands that shed innocent blood can taint a city and all the inhabitants thereof, as seen in Jeremiah 26:15. Syria's antics are placing Damascus and all its inhabitants in great danger.

Judgment may be waiting in the wings.

And then there's the mark of the beast to consider...

In an unrelated end times matter, Citibank has now, in a preview of things to come, released an RFID credit card, according to a Gozmodo.com article, which describes them as follows:

The MasterCard PayPass looks like a ordinary keychain, but the embedded RFID chip replaces the traditional magnetic strip found on regular credit cards. Once waved in front of a PayPass reader, the user’s credit card is automatically charged.

You can place these "credit cards" on your key ring, as seen in a photo in the article, and swipe and pay, just like people are going to be doing in the Tribulation Period to come when these chips (or a very similar technology) are placed inside human bodies, tagging them like cattle. Far-fetched? Not at all.

Demonstrating how those of us who believe in a literal interpretation of the Word of God are mocked in a world that has forgotten its God, the following is found in the article:

Many have gone to great lengths to protect themselves from the tentacle-like reach of RFID technology because they’re crazy concerned about the risks that the technology brings.

Note that the word crazy is striked through and replaced with concerned in the excerpt above , a not-so-subtle jab at those of us who know where this technology is carrying us. If you think I'm being presumptive at all in stating that was the author's intended meaning, look no firther than his opening paragraph, which I've saved for last (emphasis added mine):

People who claim RFID marks the end of the world should probably step aside for a moment now that Citibank is starting to release credit cards that use the radio technology.

For some time now, I, along with many others, have been preaching that RFID technology, particularly the kind we see being used in this instance, is prepping us for the coming mark of the beast which the future government of Antichrist will require everyone to obtain in order to buy or sell.

Yes, I've been called crazy a time or two, but I'm okay with it. The joke, ironically, is on those who laugh at me. Why? Because I've been stating all along that we're being prepped for the mark of the beast - a technology that will someday prevent those who do not have it from buying or selling. Not surprisingly in the least, the RFID chip just became a financial instrument! We just moved one step closer to the mark of the beast described in Revelation 13:16-17!

Not only have I oft said that the RFID chip may well play a role in the prophesied mark of the beast to come, I've indicated, in accordance with Scripture, that those who oppose the mark of the beast's implementation will be persecuted horribly. Now that's beginning to unfold as well, even on this side of the Rapture!

The undeniable intentions of darkness have been revealed along with the birth of the RFID credit card. I pray no one who reads this commentary misses it because it's right there in the article.

"People who claim RFID marks the end of the world should probably step aside for a moment..."

Now it's actually been said.

If the Father will allow, I, for one, am perfectly willing to "step aside for a moment." All I'm waiting on is for Christ's spoken invitation to come. Until that takes place, however, those who deny the Word of God are going to keep hearing from me and squirming in frustration at how right I am time and time again, not because I'm a really smart guy but rather because I believe every word in the Word of God, which continues to prove itself perfectly accurate in charting the future of mankind, much to the chagrin of the wicked.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
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Is the EU Beast preparing to pounce?
by Michael G. Mickey

(6-21-06)

Anyone who has ever owned a cat or watched a cat approach its prey knows when it is about to pounce. Unlike most animals preparing to act in aggression while hunting, the cat lowers itself to the ground, making its stature seem smaller than it is. The cat does this because it knows that the eye of its prey doesn't realize the purpose of its movements. While the cat appears outwardly to be near prone, its muscles are being postured for an attack. At the precise moment when the cat sees its prey relax, it pounces. This is what I believe is presently taking place where the revived Roman empire, today's European Union which is referred to as a beast in Bible prophecy, is concerned.

As I highlighted in a recent commentary, Israel's Shimon Peres, as documented in a Haaretz article, is stating Israel and the Palestinians are closer to peace than they've been in the past 50 years. On the heels of that comment being made, European External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner has told The Jerusalem Post the Israelis and Palestinians need to "sit down and talk and go for a long-lasting peace."

On the evening of June 17, as seen in a Telegraph article, European Union leaders, at the Brussels European summit from all 25 EU member states agreed to pool their assets - police, civil protection and military - and place them at the disposal of Javier Solana, the EU's foreign minister-in-waiting. This makes Javier Solana, in my opinion, the most powerful man in the revived Roman empire bar none!

In the aftermath of Solana being given control of the EU's anti-terror squad, we find the following in an excerpt from the Jerusalem Post article (emphasis added mine):

The EU presidency, currently held by Austria, has drawn up a "manual" of forces and assets which can be called on following an attack in any country.

Last night, Eurosceptics reacted with outrage. Chris Heaton-Harris, the Tory Euro-MP, said: "This is another example of the Soviet-style regime which rides roughshod over democratic votes in France and the Netherlands."

In both countries voters said No to the constitution and, specifically, No to a continent-wide anti-terror force.

This is meant to be a time for reflection - but instead the EU is cherry picking from the constitution.

Does the EU presidency's manual indicate the anti-terror forces under Solana's direction may only be called upon during an attack on an EU country or does the text which indicates the EU's anti-terror squad can respond to an attack in any country literally mean any country? If so, the end times plot laid out in Bible prophecy is potentially thickening with the formation of the European Union's so-called "anti-terror squad."

In 2004, a BBC report told us the EU was on its way to developing a rapid deployment force, which we have since learned will be under the leadership of Javier Solana, much as the present EU anti-terror squad is going to be. In review, I want to highlight what the EU's rapid deployment force, according to the 2004 report, was designed to do, as seen in the following excerpts from same (emphasis added mine):

European Union defence ministers have agreed to set up a military rapid reaction force, to be deployed at short notice to conflicts around the world.
Ministers expect the first of the battle groups to be operational by next year, with eight more by 2007.
"Battle groups will be capable of dealing with a range of peace support and humanitarian tasks," Mr Hoon said.
"They are particularly intended for situations where an early intervention with a highly capable battle group-size force could deal with an emerging crisis."

Rapid reaction forces could be deployed to fill a gap before UN peacekeepers can be deployed, as a French-led operation did in the Bunia region of eastern Congo earlier this year.

Is it just my suspicious nature at work or could there be more to this EU anti-terror squad than meets the eye, especially during this time when the West is simultaneously engaged in a war on terror, a struggle to keep Iran nuke-free, and committed to the implementation of the Quartet's Road Map peace plan?

Could the preservation of a Middle East peace covenant between the Israelis and Palestinians, which many think may presently be attainable if the impact of terrorist factions associated with the Palestinian side of the conflict can be minimized, be on the agenda of Javier Solana's new EU anti-terror squad? Time will tell, but if a prince (or leader) of Roman descent within the European Union's hierarchy has ever had the means to actually confirm (or strengthen) a covenant of peace in the Middle East in fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, I think this is it --- at least to this point.

While I would never be so bold as to suggest the iron is presently so hot the advent of the Antichrist is a certainty at this point, day by day we see the call for Middle East peace gathering momentum as a revived Roman empire, like a beast preparing to pounce on its prey, continues to quietly sharpen its claws.

Who knows what tomorrow may bring? Only our Heavenly Father, which is why I keep a close watch on the militarization of the EU (outside its NATO commitments and functions), the growing influence of the European Union's diplomatic services, the troubled Middle East, and the sky!

If the Beast is preparing to pounce in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, the Rapture of the Church is right around the prophetic corner!

al Qaeda terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed in an early morning (U.S. time) air strike.   The bombing was carried out by two F-16 warplanes which dropped two 500-pound bombs on a hideout north of Baghdad where he was holding a meeting with seven other top level militants.   There were no survivors from the blast.

"Bush hailed Zarqawi's death as a "severe blow to Al-Qaeda" and a victory in the war on terror, adding that it presented "an opportunity for Iraq's new government to turn the tide on this struggle."  To go to the article at Yahoo News Click Here.

I applaud the death of any terrorist whether it be by American or other forces in the fight against terrorism.   I do however feel it's time to start scaling back troops from the region if it is possible, but certainly, I do not have access to the information that is necessary to make such a call.   I can only shake my head at the civilian armchair military analysts around the world who pretend to think they know what's best in this crucial fight.   The truth is, this is a very wicked world where difficult decisions are made every day.   Not only can't we handle the truth, if we knew it, it would simply scare us to death.   Whether you like President Bush or not you have to respect the fact that he is fighting a war that no other president has had to fight.

As far as this being a major blow to terrorism...terrorist come and go and somebody else will step into Mr. Zarqawi's shoes.   Don't look for a prolonged halt to insurgent attacks.

A reader of mine sent me a recent article that claims Iran is about to join a military and political bloc that will ultimately challenge the U.S.   This is long overdue and prophetic, and will likely be the bloc that will attack Israel in the last days (Ezekiel 38 & 39).   Here is an excerpt from the article:

"U.S. analysts think Russia and China already are using the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) -- which links the two with four Central Asian neighbors -- to try to squeeze the United States out of the region.

SCO foreign ministers said at an earlier meeting that consideration is being given to extending membership to four countries with observer status -- Iran, Pakistan, India and Mongolia. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is expected to attend the summit on June 15 in Shanghai.

Expansion of the organization into Iran and other countries could make it "an enormous power," said David Wall, a professor at the University of Cambridge's East Asia Institute."   http://www.washtimes.com/world/20060604-103052-2402r.htm

This is certainly no partnership the U.S. or any other nation should take lightly.   Look for this bloc of nations to develop very quickly into a major political and military force.   This alliance could even change the plans of U.S. and/or Israel from attacking Iranian nuclear facilities.

Pastor Malone
http://www.calvaryprophecy.com/

May 22, 2006
Calm From the Chaos . . .

Jesus Christ: The Shelter in the Time of Storm

It all sounds pretty scary. And it is. But think about this in context. In THIS generation, amid the earthquakes, famines, wars and pestilences, solar storms, weather anomalies, ethnic unrest and a global war between Islam and Judeo-Christianity, that the front pages are filled with predictions of the end of the world.




If it isn't global destruction by global warming, it is by runaway asteroids, provided we don't bring about our own global demise via nuclear, chemical or biological warfare.

We have mad Islamic clerics with the potential ability to unleash global destruction publicly announcing their devotion to their soon-expected Messiah, the 12th Imam, as the world gears up for a coming global clash of civilizations between Judeo-Christianity and the Islamic world.

And that?s if the clash doesn?t erupt first from so


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