On October 6, 1973 a 19 day long war began with a concerted attack on Israel by her primary enemies Egypt and Syria. Egypt and Syria were supported by the armies of Jordan and Iraq who were in turn supported by the arms and money of the former Soviet Union, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Kuwait, Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Pakistan, North Korea, and Cuba.
Israel was supported, in a marginal sense, by finances and arms provided by the United States. So strong was the American support at the start if this war that Golda Meir, Israel’s Prime Minister was heard to say something to the effect that by the time the arms and other promised support arrived there would be no Israel left to fight for.
She was nearly right.
If you have been watching the news closely the past few weeks you’ll see an alignment of similar forces beginning to emerge. Here’s one from ABC News 2 days ago:
A Russian military unit has arrived in Syria, according to Russian news reports, a development that a United Nations Security Council source told ABC News was “a bomb” certain to have serious repercussions.Now the Russian Black Sea fleet’s Iman tanker has arrived in the Syrian port of Tartus on the Mediterranean Sea with an anti-terror squad from the Russian Marines aboard according to the Interfax news agency. The Assad government has insisted it is fighting a terrorist insurgency. The Russian news reports did not elaborate on the Russian troops’ mission in Syria or if they are expected to leave the port.
And this emerged as a top news story today:
Two Israeli C130 military transport planes arrived in Cairo on Wednesday afternoon to ship the contents of Israel’s Cairo embassy back to Israel. Each plane has carried one 20-foot-long container.
Two trucks arrived at Cairo International Airport early Wednesday morning carrying furniture and other materials from the embassy in preparation for the flight to Tel Aviv, according to a source at Cairo International Airport.
Israeli embassy officials did not provide an explanation for the move.
“This doesn’t mean that Egypt-Israel relations have been severed,” Tarek Fahmi, an Egyptian expert on Israel affairs, told Ahram Online.
Some observers believe the move is meant to pre-empt possible violence against the embassy in the coming period.
“As the Egyptian street becomes tense with upcoming presidential elections and the pressures of parliament, Israel fears an attack on its embassy,” Said Okasha, editor-in-chief of “Israeli Selections,” published by the Cairo-based Al-Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies, told Ahram Online.
If you’re not a Christian these things may not mean much. But these news briefs are important if you’re not saved. Why? Jesus said it best some 2,000 years ago:
The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and went away. Matthew 16:1-4
The signs of the times of which Jesus spoke began with the fall of man in Eden 6,000 years ago. You may disagree but there is ample evidence to support this. I invite your queries and comments to the contrary and we can certainly discuss it.
The signs are coming faster and faster now, and you have a chance to decide your fate in the relative comfort of the present world which we now occupy or in the vastly more turbulent times which lie ahead. Tribulation is something we all face day to day but this is nothing compared to what is coming. The story is far more complex than this, of course, and if you’re interested we can go into more detail.
Don’t take too much time, though.
Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44