The Iranian Nuclear Threat
The current Israeli incursion into Gaza has been a long time in coming.
Ever since Israel pulled out of Gaza, it's been nothing but a breeding ground for Hamas and those seeking Israel's annihilation.
But the real story in Gaza is not Hamas versus Israel, but Iran versus Israel (which is only a microcosm of Islam versus the rest of the world).
In the end, the Gaza conflict is really a proxy war between Iran and Israel.
Why do I say this?
Because Iran has been arming Hamas, Hezbollah, and various other terrorist organizations for years for the express purpose of waging a proxy war against Israel. Just as the United States and the Soviet Union fought proxy wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, we're now seeing the same type of conflict erput between Iran and Israel. Iran has too much to lose by directly confronting Israel.
War with Israel would be devastating to Iran and the power base of its radical Islamist regime. So rather than attack Israel on its own, Iran is aiding and abetting others in their attacks - all the while, biding time for the day when Iran is strong enough to attack Israel in a more direct fashion.
As recent news reports suggest, Iran isn't even trying to cover its tracks...
Iranian-Made Rockets Threaten 500,000 Israelis
The Grad rocket, designed for attacking troops on the battlefield, has become the most effective means for Hamas to attack Israeli towns and cities far from the Gaza Strip. With a top range of about 40 kilometers (25 miles) the unguided, Iranian'supplied Grad enables Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups to strike at more than a half-million Israelis, far more than the mortar shells and locally made Qassam rockets also fired from Gaza. [More...]
By arming Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, Iran is hoping to create a multi-front threat for the state of Israel. While Iran is feverishly working to develop its nuclear program to full capacity, they're also working overtime to strengthen the hand of these terrorist organizations surrounding Israel. The Iranian hope is that in the event of an Israeli airstrike on its nuclear facilities, Iran can take a publicly pacifist approach, pressing its case before the UN in the face of "unprovoked Israeli aggression," while attacking Israel from every side via its proxy armies of Hamas and Hezbollah.
As a result, look for a multi-front war to one day develop on Israel's borders...
Rockets From Lebanon Threaten a 2nd Front for Israel
The Associated Press reports:
Guerrillas in Lebanon rocketed northern Israel on Wednesday for the second time in a week, drawing Israeli artillery fire and threatening to drag the Jewish state into a second front as it battled Hamas in the Gaza Strip. [More...]
Already, we're seeing signs of a possible attack on northern Israel by Hezbollah. Following the Israeli-Hezbollah war in the Summer of 2006, Hezbollah has been preparing itself for a resumption of hostilities with Israel. Iran has been feeding advanced weapons to the terrorist group, increasing Hezbollah's war-making capability significantly in the past three years.
Is it possible that Iran will use Hezbollah to create a second front for Israel in the Gaza war, the hope being that Israel will be too distracted to contemplate an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities? This is certainly a possibility. But other possibilities exist too.
One in particular may be overlooked by most of the world. Perhaps Israel launched the Gaza war in order to downplay the likelihood of its willingness to carry out a major operation against Iran's nuclear facilities. What better cover for a surprise attack? Perhaps the Gaza war is an Israeli created diversion launched to lull Iran into a false sense of security?
Maybe. Maybe not...
Israel Ready to Strike Iran
Informed sources in Washington tell Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities soon - possibly in just days as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office. The reason: The time clock has begun to run out. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear device under the control of its radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in June that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in as little as six months. That six-month period has passed. [More...]
Israel has been clear from day one that they will not allow a second holocaust to take place. Iran has been equally clear in its intent to develop nuclear weapons and use them against Israel. Sooner or later, someone has to blink.
If Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities, and Iran responds by launching a proxy war, it could result in the fulfillment of bible prophecy. Psalm 83 describes the very enemies which now surround Israel:
"They devise crafty schemes against your people, laying plans against your precious ones. 'Come,' they say, 'let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence.' This was their unanimous decision." Psalm 83:3-5 (NLT)
It also details who those enemies are:
"Yes, this was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you - these Edomites and Ishmaelites; Moabites and Hagrites; Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites; and people from Philistia and Tyre. Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot." Psalm 83:5-8 (NLT)
Below is a list of those nations and their modern geographical equivalents:
Edomites = Jordan / Parts of the West Bank
Notice a pattern?
Lebanon, Gaza, and parts of the West Bank - Israel's immediate enemies, all of whom are calling for her annihilation at this very moment in time.
Like it or not, their fate has been sealed:
"O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed, like chaff before the wind! As a fire burns a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze, chase them with your fierce storm; terrify them with your tempest. Utterly disgrace them until they submit to your name, O Lord. Let them be ashamed and terrified forever. Let them die in disgrace. Then they will learn that you alone are called the Lord, that you alone are the Most High, supreme over all the earth." Psalm 83:13-18 (NLT)
Could we be on the verge of witnessing the fulfillment of Psalm 83? It's possible. It's also possible we're merely witnessing the stage being set for the later fulfillment of God's Word.
Regardless of what we're now witnessing, the writing is on the wall for those who choose to see it. The end times are upon us.
Originally posted on January 16th 2009
Britt Gillette is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy and the author of Coming To Jesus and Signs Of The Second Coming. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for FREE when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.
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