Latest Bible Brophecy Article
Hezbollah To Become Ruler of Lebanon, Why Islam Will Cease To Exist In The Near Future & Norway's Future Recognition Of Palestinian State
A United Nations tribunal is set to indict Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with ordering the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, U.S. news website Newsmax reported on Saturday, adding that the hit itself was planned executed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in collaboration with Hezbollah.
The report of Iran's alleged involvement in the planning and execution of the Hariri assassination comes in an already volatile period in Lebanese politics, as many fear that indictments against Hezbollah officials could spark a new round of factional violence, if not full-on civil war.
Hezbollah, which is supported by Syria and Iran and maintains an arsenal that far outweighs that of the national army, denounces the Netherlands-based tribunal as a conspiracy by the U.S. and Israel. It had been pressuring Hariri to reject any of its findings even before they came out, but Hariri has refused to break cooperation with the tribunal.
Now, the chasm between the two sides is deepening with Hezbollah accusing Hariri's bloc of bowing to the West. Hezbollah's ministers timed their resignations to coincide with Hariri's meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington, forcing him to meet the American president as a caretaker prime minister (Haaretz.com).
Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah believes he can beat the rap by a bloodless coup through parliament. The anti-West side of the legislature commands 57 seats versus the 54 of Hariri's March 14 bloc; 17 seats are up for grabs including 11 Druze mandates. The Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, after being cajoled and threatened by the Hizballah leader to throw his faction behind Hizballah, arrived in Damascus Saturday, Jan. 15, and was received by Syrian President Bashar Assad.
If Nasrallah succeeds in establishing an anti-Western government in Beirut, its first task would be to pronounce the international Hariri tribunal illegitimate, so saving his henchmen from being brought to justice for the assassination. At the same time, he would hand Tehran control of its first Arab government and achieve a fait accompli for beating back the Obama administration's plan to confront Iran in Lebanon (Debkafile).
Don't expect Iran or Hezbollah to cooperate in this toothless tribunal. It is highly likely that Hezbollah will buy the votes necessary to legally take control of the weak Lebanese government. I fully expect them to take control and dismiss any and all international legal actions. The international community has yet to stop Iran's nuclear program through legal action, why on earth would they take thought for one minute in regard to this irrelevant assassination? Frankly, I look for Iran to continue on the same path of their pursuit to destroy Israel, with Lebanon officially becoming an anti-West state.
However, in my estimation, this poses a major problem for both Iran and especially Syria. If Lebanon becomes an official terrorist state, and refuses to cooperate with the international tribunal, this could harden international support against Lebanon's government. Meaning, if war breaks out between Hezbollah and Israel, the entire state of Lebanon will become an Israeli target. It is also well documented, just across the Lebanese border, Syria has multiple missile launchers ready for Hezbollah use. If these missiles are fired at Israeli cities you can expect Israel to bomb Syria. Israeli officials have already warned that the next war with Hezbollah would see missiles raining down on Tel Aviv. If this is the case, I expect Israel to bomb Damascus.
Isaiah 17:1 states that one day "Damascus will be taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." History tells us Damascus is the oldest known continuously inhabited city in the world. This bit of information tells me that this prophecy is still yet future. Some prophecy experts believe that a future war described in Psalm 83 will see this ancient city finally destroyed... and if not then, in the war of Gog and Magog ( Ezekiel 38 & 39).
Frankly, I'm not completely sold on the Psalm 83 war but I wouldn't rule it out either. It is entirely possible that much of the Islamic world will be destroyed during the apocalypse described in Revelation 6:3-8 where one quarter of the world's population will be destroyed.
One aspect I believe many overlook in Bible prophecy is the fate of Islam. Just like Christianity, Satan will have no tolerance for Allah the god of Islam, who presently has a following of nearly 2 billion converts worldwide. His (Satan) mission from the beginning will be to have exclusive worship worldwide, and he will nearly accomplish his goal. The Bible is clear "all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (Antichrist), whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)." This Scripture states that no other religions will survive but the worship of Christ and Antichrist. Once he has established control through his Antichrist, he will succeed in destroying the world religious system...including Islam.
Actually, it is my belief that Islam will fall early in the tribulation period after its miraculous defeat by the true God of Israel. Following this great defeat, I speculate that this will spark a mass exodus from the religion of Islam (and other religions) to Christianity, but not without a cost. When the fifth seal is opened in Revelation 6:9-11, the scene switches to heaven where there is an innumerable number who have been killed "for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held". It is well known in the Islamic faith, if one converts to another religion, they must be killed. I believe this will be the fate of many during the tribulation period that convert to Christianity from Islam. Many will be killed by their own family members in what is known as honor killing. Today, over 3,500 Christians are killed worldwide each day due to their undying faith in Christ. Look for that number to explode exponentially during the tribulation period.
Norway announced on Wednesday that it will be the first EU country to recognise a Palestinian state once the Palestinian institutions are set in place.
Jonas Gahr Stoere, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway said at a joined press conference with the Palestinian Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad in Ramallah that his country will be a leading country in recognising the Palestinian state once the Palestinian institutions are set up as per the schedules and plans announced by the Palestinian National Authority.
“I have already informed the Palestinian officials that Norway will a leading country in recognising the Palestinian state once the new state’s institutions and infrastructure are created and set up as per the programmes announced by the Palestinian Authority,” he said (Zawya).
The South American countries that have recognized Palestine as a state within 1967 borders has been regrettable but they do not possess the clout to make much of a dent on the world stage. This recent declaration by Norway would go the way of the South American misfits if it weren't for the fact that it is a member of the European Union. I have to believe that this is only the beginning of what will likely be an avalanche of EU member nations recognizing a Palestinian state within 1967 borders before September 1st of this year. If this does happen, it will serve to place significant pressure on the US to follow suit. As many of you know, this is the declared target date for establishing a Palestinian state by US President Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see if President Obama gives in to pressure in honor of his own declared timetable.
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