WEEK IN REVIEW: Last week the Egypt military leadership decided to forcibly remove Muslim Brotherhood protestors that had been camped out. The operation turned into a battle that continues to rage. Both sides are seemingly digging in. Then, in the midst of all this, dozens of churches were attacked.
A lot of people were excited on July 3, saying Egypt had thrown off this bondage when Mohamed Morsi was removed from power. I’m very happy that the Egyptian young people went to the streets to demand Morsi’s removal. It’s shows that there are many in Egypt who are waking up to the demonic bondage brought by Islam. Unfortunately, I don’t believe the shaking is over yet. I believe Isaiah 19 describes the season Egypt is in right now.
WEEK IN REVIEW: We’re at the same place we were last week. Middle East peace talks could any moment. Reports as I write this in the pre-dawn hours of Monday are that talks will begin in Washington on Monday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet decided to release 104 Palestinians prisoners as goodwill gesture before talks.
In Ezekiel 37, we see the dry bones of the nation of Israel coming together, with muscle and skin covering skeletal frames to form an army. The LORD Himself says in verse 12 that it speaks of the return of the Jews to the Land of Israel. Just as the world has been witnessing the physical rebirth of Israel for 65 years, we who live in Israel are witnessing the spiritual resurrection of Israel. This birthing is in progress, and we are called to help it along in prayer.
As the United Nations announced that 93,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, the United States announced that it is ready to arm the Syrian rebels. 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).
It is interesting that this week’s Torah Portion (Numbers 19:1-22:1) ends on the Golan Heights with God instructing Moses, regarding the ruling power there, “Do not fear him, for I have delivered him into your hand, with all his people and his land.” The land eventually became part of the inheritance of the tribe of Manasseh. Golan is mentioned several times in Scripture as the location of a “city of refuge” in Bashan, and that is the name by which the region is known today, the Golan Heights.
Russia offered to send troops to the Golan Heights after other UN peacekeepers pulled out. The same week, Russia announced it would have a permanent naval presence in the Mediterranean Sea. Add that to Russia’s tenacious support for Syrian president Bashar Assad, which includes providing weapons. Why is Putin asserting himself in the Middle East? Is this Magog moving?
The LORD showed us many years ago that the Middle East conflict cannot be understood just in traditional terms of wars, history, refugees and borders. We need to understand that it is a huge spiritual battle. It is probably the biggest spiritual battle in the world. It’s a battle for Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, it is a battle for the Temple Mount. Ultimately, it is a battle for who will be worshiped on God’s holy hill.