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Netanyahu and The Hook in the Jaw 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed our Congress this past week in a last ditch effort to stammer the negotiations our president and his administration are in with Iran. He spoke directly and boldly on the clear and present danger both Israel and the US faces if Iran obtains nuclear capabilities. The point was made that there should be no negotiations being made with an apocalyptic regime like Iran. They have repeatedly said that they will “wipe Israel off of the map.” They also address Israel as the “Little Satan” and the US as the “Great Satan.”
 
Remember, Israel is the same country that was reborn after the murderous crimes of World War II. Because of being pushed to the cusp of extinction, their motto now is “Never again.” In other words, Israel will never again sit by while satanically induced world leaders bark out murderous threats. In Israel’s mind, they must do all they can to prevent another Holocaust. When a regime that consistently and openly announces to the world that they will annihilate the Jews if given a chance, they certainly should not be allowed to obtain nuclear arms. With today’s advanced weaponry and nuclear capabilities, the devastation of the Holocaust could easily be obtained by pressing one button. That’s why Mr. Netanyahu is not content with “negotiations.” You cannot negotiate with terrorists and trust their intent. Iran has lied to the UN regarding their uranium enrichment program for years. They simply must be stopped in their tracks.
 
So why is this important to this present blog series; “The End of the World as We Know It?” Actually, all the chaos happening in the Middle East is one of the most significant prophetic signs unfolding today. Certainly Jesus said there would be “wars and rumors of wars(Matthew 24:6). Luke’s version also used the phrasing “wars and insurrections.” That word “insurrections” can be translated as uprising, revolutions, and even terrorism. Certainly as we look at all that’s happing with ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and other terror organizations, and Jesus was spot on in His description. Perhaps an ancient scripture in Isaiah 17:1 describes the destruction and war going on in Syria today.
 
The most detailed war of the Latter Days is outlined in a scripture of the prophet Ezekiel, and it was written about 2500 years ago. I believe this goes along with Jesus’ prediction of wars that would occur in the latter days, prior to His return. For the first time in human history, the international alignment of nations is rapidly coming into place, exactly as the prophecy of Ezekiel foretold. Here’s how the passage begins:
 
Ezekiel 38: 1-6
1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.
 
With a little investigative work, it’s not too hard to pinpoint the nations involved in this prophecy. A close look reveals that the leader of Russia will lead a coalition of Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, and possibly others, in an invasion of Israel. Given all of the geopolitical occurrences today, it’s quite easy to see these alignments forming.  
 
Something will serve as a “hook in the jaw” in order to entice Russia and others to make it seem as if it’s justified to invade. Later in this passage in verse 12, it says that they will come in to “take plunder” because of Israel’s great resources. Israel has discovered immeasurable reserves of natural gas and oil in the past several years. Certainly they have valuable commodities there that all of these Muslim based enemies would love to have.
 
Unfortunately, the West will sit idly by during this invasion and do nothing (verse 13). Israel has been the strongest US ally up until recent years. Under the current US administration, that relationship has been greatly strained. This circles us back to the top of this article, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plea to our Congress. President Obama has taken a hard stand that we will continue to wait and negotiate, giving Iran more and more time to create usable atomic weapons. Why? No one can know for sure, but the fact remains that our ally, Israel, will be on its own during this coming war.
 
Mr. Netanyahu has threatened preemptive strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities numerous times. Recent articles I’ve read have pointed out that our president threatened to shoot down Israeli planes if that plan of attack was carried out, thus halting that plan last year. What if Mr. Netanyahu feels that his country can no longer wait on the US to intervene and assist? What if He preemptively strikes Iran, as he’s said he would do if necessary? Might this be the “hook in the jaw” that Ezekiel spoke of? Russia has said recently that if anyone attacks Iran, it’s as if they are attacking Russia as well, and they would respond with force. Or, what if Israel has to strike Syria, fulfilling Isaiah 17:1? Might Russia then respond to that? There are many scenarios that unfold daily whereby Israel is in a position to defend itself from terror. Time may soon tell what this “hook” is.
 
On our next blog we’ll look at the results of this impending war. Until next time be encouraged in the blessed hope of Jesus, and His Glorious Appearing (Titus 2:13).
 
 
 
 
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