War in Israel….what does it mean for the followers of Christ?

If you haven’t been paying much attention to the news lately, you might want to start doing so. I know, most media is so flamingly biased towards liberalism it’s rather painful to watch, but you can find plenty of sources online which aren’t. I particularly recommened http://www.drudgereport.com

Because there’s a new front of war that has begun in the middle east. The militant islamic group Hezbollah, which controls Southern Lebanon, launched a raid into Israel which resulted in the deaths of three Israeli Defense Force (IDF) soldiers and the kidnapping of two more.

Israel has called this act a declartaion of war and has launched military assaults into Lebanon, knocking out Lebanon’s airport, destroying bridges and roads leading to Syria, and imposing a full naval blockade on Lebanon’s coastline. Hezbollah’s response was a barrage of rockets launched into northern Israeli towns. Most of the citizens have now fled to bomb shelters

All this comes after the report of Hamas militants kidnapping an Isreali soldier, and Israel responding by launching an incursion into the Gaza Strip, which the Palestinians currently control.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, another group of Palestinian terrorists operating out of the West Bank (also known as Judea and Samaria) who seek the destruction of Israel recently announced that they will be launching rockets into Isreali lands close to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. They have repeatedly come out and said their goal is to rain rocket fire on every part of Israel, and claim to have the ability to produce rockets in northen Samaria, a claim which the IDF denies.

Sources:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=51022
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060714/D8IROI9G0.html

So, take a look at the map below. As you can see, Israel is under threat from three different sides.
Click here to view the map

Not a good posistion to be in. Especially considering the fact that Iran and Syria, both of which have called for Israel’s demise as well (and believed to be financially backing and providing military hardware to Hezbollah and the Al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade), are not far away from getting drawn into this conflict as well.

Israel has stated that Syria could very well be the next target of military force, given Syria’s support of Hezbollah and hosting the political leader of Hamas. Iran has warned that if that happens, it will be seen as an attack on the entire Islamic world and that a “fierce response” would occur.

Iran, as you all know, is working very hard at developing a nuclear weapons program. Exactly how far along they are is anyone’s guess, but most reports state that they are already enriching weapons grade nuclear material. So it’s not too far off.

Israel, now more than ever, faces threats of their destruction on every side, and it is slowly becoming more apparent that her enemies are gaining the means to destroy the nation. We as Christians know this cannot and will not happen. It’s entirely possible that this conflict will eventually signal the beginning of the Tribulation, the time before Christ’s return.

Be in prayer about this. And be informed about it. But most of all be in prayer for the lost. Pray for opportunities to share. Pray for courage to speak your mind. Everyone you know is a potential follower of Christ, and the time when they can choose may very well be running out.

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