The rebels that, Russia reminded us, have cut organs out of government soldiers and eaten them on camera. The rebels that allied with al-Qaeda (whose upper leadership tried to thwart the alliance only to be defied be Iraqi leadership). The rebels who the United Kingdom says are trying to acquire chemical weapons. The rebels who are being bolstered by government and Islamic leaders in Egypt and Saudi Arabia who are encouraging their followers to help defeat Bashar Assad by “all means.”
Russia is vocally upset the US is leaving jets and missiles in Jordan, which some say could be used for a no-fly zone in Syria (much like was done to aid Libya’s ultimately victorious revolutionaries). The US said Friday a no-fly zone would expensive and difficult.
The battle for Syria is important for three immediate reasons.
The conflict is destabilizing an already touchy region. The fight for Syria is increasingly sectarian as majority Sunni nations (Egypt, Saudi Arabia) encourage citizens to go fight against Syria President Assad, who is backed by Shiite Iran and Hezbollah in southern Lebanon. Add to this that both sides have said when they win, Israel’s next for liberation. For a break down of the sectarian, multi-national mess, read this analysis at The Independent and another at the Jerusalem Post.
Russia. Russia is highly invested in this fight, continually defending Assad at the United Nations, providing weapons, taking to task any nation that would intervene. We may be seeing “Magog” working to get a foothold just north of Israel, which Magog attacks in Ezekiel 38, 39. More immediately, the western nations (US, Britain, France) that would intervene in Syria are possibly playing a game of chicken with Russia. Russia’s leader Vladamir Putin is not someone with whom to trifle.
Isaiah 17:1-2 and Jeremiah 49:23-27. These passages tell of a Damascus destroyed and deserted. Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It has never be destroyed as described in these passages. Are we about to witness a fulfillment of Bible prophesy? If we are, it is very important that we watch, taken note and tell the world when it happens, because it will be a witness to the validity of the Gospel message, its promises to Israel and the certainty of Messiah’s coming. See Joel Rosenberg’s blog for more on this topic: Damascus countdown, What does Bible say about Syria, Is judgment coming?
Also last week, Iran had presidential elections. While western media reports that a moderate won, Rosenberg details how President-elect Hassan Rouhani is not a moderate and “was endorsed by the only prominent Iranian politician who has ever publicly called for Israel to be destroyed with nuclear weapons,” Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. Rosenberg posted an update Sunday with prayer points for those who intercede for Iran.
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