I’m not (normally) a conspiracy person. And I’m not a Bible prophecy expert. I tend to think in terms of ‘how should we then live’ rather than ‘what’s going to happen next’. But there’s a strange combination of events that has caught my interest.
The Palestinian Authority and Hamas have formed a unity government. Hamas is on the United States’ list of terrorist organizations. Their avowed purpose is to wipe out the nation of Israel. The Palestinian Authority gets 400-500 million in aid from the US. I only catch bits and pieces of this but what I got was that the Obama administration said they would not provide aid to the new government. Yet before the ink was dry they reversed themselves. Then shortly after that (I’m thinking maybe 24 hours) this prisoner exchange happened. When questioned President Obama wrapped himself in the flag and would not address the legitimate concerns people had, inviting a storm of controversy. Aid to Hamas fell off the radar. (Maybe I’m watching too much news).
Now there’s this thing about the Presbyterian Church voting to divest themselves of stock in companies that do business with Israel (that’s a simplification but you get the idea). The word thrown around the internet is sanctions and it was sanctions that brought apartheid to an end in South Africa. It was the right thing to do in South Africa but Israel? Israel is a free and open society. Their enemies imprison, torture, and execute people for their beliefs. World opinion seems to be turning against Israel and it’s happened quickly. I don’t understand why.
Now there’s this thing about ISIS. They are overrunning Iraq. The news talks about Baghdad but it seems to me that there is a greater interest in the western border. Syria. What will this lead to? The fall of Iraq? Of Syria? of Labanon and Jordan? I can picture Israel with enemies at all their borders: Hamas and north African militants with US aid to the south and west, IRIS with US and Russian arms to the north and east. I can see Israel pushed into the sea and a massacre of unbelievable proportions.
Or Jesus could come back.