Posts Tagged ‘War’

Prepare for War

March 23, 2009


As the world is stumbling, the nations are grumbling. Have you noticed that today everyone is feeling a little weak in the knees? History seems to be speeding up!

We are living in the time of the great battle of Gog and Magog. It is the battle described in the book of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, in which the nations of the world join together and come against Jerusalem (Israel). Newspapers and television reports remind us of these matters daily. The world’s economy is in shambles.

Russia, today, is again flexing its muscles. It is rattling its sabers beside the Black Sea. Russia dreams of restoring its vast Empire. – Meanwhile Jihad warriors are ambushing coalition troops in the Hindu Kush Mountains. In the Middle East and Asia, Islamists strive on the path of Allah to help speed the victory of a worldwide Islamic Caliphate. These visions motivate and activate Easterners, while Westerners glaze over in disinterest and disbelief. – Nuclear instability rises like a mushroom cloud in the Middle East, along with Islamic Jihad.

Israel, from the beginning, was part of G-D’s prophetic plan. Scripture details how the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) are linked to the land of Canaan (Israel). Moses in Deuteronomy writes regarding the land and the descendents of Jacob who were given the land by G-D in the days of Moses and Joshua.

“It is not because of your righteousness or the uprightness of your heart that you go in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations that the L-rd your G-D drives them out from before you, and that He may fulfill the word which the L-rd swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 9:5)

One hundred years ago, there was no threat of Islam against Israel, because there was no Israel. Today that has all changed, the Muslim nations have raged against it, threatening to send the Jews into the sea from the first day of the reborn Jewish state. Muslim nations surround Israel, and oppose its existence, even after losing five major conflicts. Currently the great Islamic threat comes from Iran, which has openly called for the destruction of the Jewish state, while at the same time trying to develop nuclear capability.

Islam will remain a threat to Israel, until either Islam or Israel attains a decisive victory over the other. Since Israel’s very existence remains in doubt from the world perspective, the conclusion to this Islam/Israel conflict needs to be understood from a biblical viewpoint.

A confederacy of nations comes against Israel, G-D, who through Ezekiel foretells the event, defeats them. This conflict establishes Israel and restores them to the land in preparation of their redemption. The conflict will also remind the world, why Israel went into captivity for the last two-thousand years. (Ezekiel 39:28). – Today, the children of Israel have been brought back to the Land of Israel from the 4 corners of the earth. The stage is set, and the nations of the world are ready to converge on Jerusalem. Everyone wants Jerusalem; – it is the spiritual capital of the world.

G-D’s choosing of Israel resulted in Satan targeting Israel for mass destruction. The history of Israel (biblical history) details Satan’s repeated attempts to wipe the seed of Abraham and Jacob off the face of the earth. From Pharaoh to Babylon, from Haman to Hadrian, from Hitler and Stalin to Ahmedinejad – God’s Jewish flock has always been fending off the baying wolves of Satan’s hordes (Ezek.34:5-6).

The Scriptures even describe specific last day’s military battles revolving around the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem (Zech.12-14; Joel 3; Ezekiel 37-39 etc). These passages help prepare us, help get us in the frame of mind and understanding – to be ready for a season of war and not to be surprised by it.


Russia Prepares for War at the North Pole

June 30, 2008

Russian Flag

This headline appeared last week in several German newspapers.

In 2007, the Russian expedition “Arktika”, made the first descent to the ocean bottom below the North Pole, and planted a titanium flag of Russia in the seabed.

In the past submarines traveled below the Arctic ice cap, but in 2007 man reached the seabed below the North Pole for the first time. The Mir-1 and a second Mir-2 submarine faced the challenge of diving 13,980 feet (4,261 meters) deep, and then having to resurface at the exact location where they’ve submerged, because they were not strong enough to penetrate the ice themselves. The nuclear ice-breaker vessel “Rossiya” kept the ice open for the research ship and the submarines.

The expedition ship “Akademik Fyodorov” carried over 100 scientists to the North Pole. “Apart from the purely scientific goal of a comprehensive study of the climate and seabed at the North Pole, this expedition may help Russia to enlarge its territory by more than one million square kilometers,” said Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute. The mini-submarine Mir-1 successfully reached the Arctic seabed. “Our mission is to remind the whole world that Russia is a great polar and research power,” said expedition leader and deputy speaker of the Russian parliament Artur Chilingarov, Russia’s presidential envoy to the Arctic under President Vladimir Putin.

Russia claims that the sea-bottom at the North pole is connected to the Russian mainland, saying that a continental shelf called the “Lomonosov Ridge runs from Siberia on the Arctic seabed to the North Pole. As such, it would be an extension of Russian territory. This can be true, knowing that before the ice age all land was connected as super-continent (Pangea).

The United States and Canada scoffed at the Russian submarine expedition that planted a Russian flag on the seabed under the North Pole. Coming home to a hero’s welcome, the famous polar scientist led the risky voyage did not mince words in responding:

“I don’t give a damn what all these foreign politicians there are saying about this,” Artur Chilingarov told a throng of well-wishers. “If someone doesn’t like this, let them go down themselves … and then try to put something there. Russia must win. Russia has what it takes to win. The Arctic has always been Russian.”

“This isn’t the 15th century. You can’t go around and just plant flags and say; ‘We’re claiming this territory’”, said Peter MacKay, Foreign Minister of Canada.

The claimed territory could contain undiscovered natural resources such as oil and gas. Russia’s military has begun to arm themselves for possible war plans in the Arctic. This has been aided by the fact that arctic warming has become so dramatic, scientists report that the last ice on the North Pole may melt this summer.

Russia’s bold and sometimes confrontational positions have brought it increasingly at odds with the West. – Is Russia preparing for an ice-cold war at the North Pole?