“…ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.”

Arno Froese

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).

What light is Solomon speaking of? Obviously, this is a prophecy of Israel’s Messiah, who later testifies: “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). What if we neglect to walk in His light? Here Solomon answers: “The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble” (Proverbs 4:19). Note the words “…they know not at what they stumble.”

This is interesting, because it shows all of humanity. The natural man, when something goes wrong, in most cases blames someone or something else: be it circumstances, objects, family, relatives, neighbors, etc. Why does he blame others? Because that person is in darkness and does not realize why he has stumbled.

This can be applied to the nations of the world. Think of all the wars they have fought. While the nations proudly present their soldiers as heroes, erect great monuments, and exhibit their pride in military parades or special holidays, the real reason behind it all is: darkness. It is the work of the god of this world, who translates himself into light, but it is fake light. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Wikipedia has a daily column titled “On this day…,” where it lists several events that took place during that particular day. We notice that in most cases it is war.

Why war? Because one nation is being indoctrinated to such an extent that they wholeheartedly believe the other nation is wrong, and to solve the problem there must be war.

Not surprisingly, Jesus in His prophetic speech made this statement: “…ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars.”

Take the founding of the 35 nations on the American continent (North and South). How were they established? By weapons of war. The original inhabitants of these countries were decimated to such an extent that, after a while, they no longer played any role in the newly established country.

Israel is different, but they too established their nation through weapons of war. The Arab enemies were continually and repeatedly defeated on the battlefield, yet something strange is happening: the world denies Israel’s right to conquered territories. Yes, the whole world is upset when the government in Jerusalem authorizes a new subdivision to be built on Israeli soil. All countries, without exception, declare these to be illegal, although they themselves are guilty of it more so than anyone else. Why more? Because they have not received a direct promise from God for their territory.

In the south (Egypt), military conflict is very unlikely—not because of Egypt having signed a peace treaty with Israel, but because they have learned not to tangle militarily with the Jews.

However, in the north, it looks quite different, particularly in recent days. Syrian President Assad declared that he is willing to be at peace with Israel if he can put his feet in the Sea of Galilee. Seven years have passed, and Syria is being destroyed by a civil war. It seemed like those who rebelled against the Assad government had the upper hand until 30 September 2015, when the Russians got involved militarily, particularly with their air force.

In the meantime, Iran has become more and more active in the Syrian civil war.

This causes great concern in Israel, for Iranian leadership has repeatedly declared publically that their desire is to wipe Israel off the map. A recent article in the Jerusalem Post, 11 February 2018, had this to say:

Israel has boosted its air defense in the North following a significant confrontation between the Jewish state, Syria and Iran that led to the loss of an F-16i fighter jet.

Israel’s air defenses currently include the Iron Dome, designed to shoot down short-range rockets; the Arrow system, which intercepts ballistic missiles outside of the Earth’s atmosphere; and the David’s Sling missile-defense system, which is designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles fired from ranges of between 40 km to 300 km.

The first use of the Arrow system was in April when it was launched to intercept three surface-to-air missiles fired toward IAF jets by Syrian-regime air defense.

[Recently], an Iranian drone, which took off from Syria’s T4 airbase in northern Homs province, flew through Jordanian territory before it infiltrated into Israel. It flew for about a minute and a half in the northern Jordan Valley before it was shot down by a helicopter flown by Lt.-Col. “L.,” commander of the 113 Squadron.

“Iran has been using the base in recent months for the purpose of transferring weaponry to be used against Israel,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. “These actions by Iran at the base are ostensibly carried out under the guise of supporting the fighting against the global Islamic jihad forces, but the actions carried out in the past 24 hours prove that its real concern is direct, violent action against Israel.”

“As far as we are concerned, the event is over but the Iranians are determined to continue to establish themselves in Syria; the next incident is only a matter of time,” he said, warning that Israel does not rule out that the Islamic Republic will continue trying to attack Israel.

“We do not know what the mission of the Iranian drone was. It is their most advanced drone and they did not expect our radar to detect its penetration into our territory,” the senior official stated. “Our aerial freedom will not be harmed. We will continue to destroy targets.”

Why does Iran desire Israel’s destruction? The same reason Syria does and Lebanon as well. “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:2).

We are not telling the whole truth when we highlight various countries we view unfavorably in our minds. We need to take careful notice of what it says: “…darkness shall cover the earth”—that means all people.

Apparently, the overwhelming majority of people, and in particular Christians, do not understand that the entire world lies in darkness, and there is only one light: Jesus Christ the Lord.

We rejoice that Russia on 6 April 2017 recognized West Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel; the US, under President Donald Trump, followed in step nine months later—6 December 2017—formally recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. But these and many other things are temporary; they happen due to political circumstances and opportunities. It cannot and will not change God’s eternal resolutions: “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it” (Zechariah 12:2-3).

The nations need light and so does Israel, but contrary to all other nations of the world, Israel does have a specific promise: “Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD” (Zechariah 2:10).

Midnight Call - 05/2018

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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