Signs of the End Times


Signs of the End Times

As I write this cruise missiles, rockets and Drones from Iran are falling on Israel. There have been three attitudes among Christians in responding to the war between Israel and Hamas: Pro-Israel or Pro-Palestinian and Moderates. NO Christian is Pro-Hamas - not one, if you are Pro-Hamas you are NOT a Christian, not after what they did on Oct 7. Anyone knowing what was done on Oct 7 who does not condemn the actions of Hamas is a monster!

Those Pro-Israel view the Jews as God's chosen people, they remember (Genesis 12:3) They stand with Israel and believe in Israel's right to defend itself from Hamas, which wants to wipe Israel off the world map. Hamas have declared genocide on not just Israel but all Jews in every country.

The second view is pro-Palestinian. For some, Israel's status as God's chosen nation ended when they rejected Jesus as the Messiah. Negating, God's covenant with Abraham and his descendants for the Promised Land. They see modern Israel as Zionest occupiers of the land of the Palestinian people, who have lived there for hundreds of years. Some mistakenly believe that Palestinians are descendents of the Philistines, who owned the land of Canaan before the coming of Joshua and the people of Israel. The Philistines were wiped out completely by the Babylonians in 600 BC. Palestinians are Arabs. Archeology proves the Jews are the indigionous natives of Israel. Modern Israel however is almost as ethnically diverse as the USA.

Moderates condemned Oct 7 and stood with Israel at the beginning but now think that Israel's response has been over the top, they are appalled by the numbers of civilians, especially children being killed and injured in Gaza.

Right from the beginning however it was known that the money and power behind the terrorist organisations of Hamas, Hezbollah and Yemen's Houthis was Iran. Now Iran is attacking Israel directly. Political observers are worried that Russia, and Arab countries will support Iran. The USA has already pledged its full support to Israel, as the only truly democratic country in the Middle East. Could this be the beginning of World War III?

The Lord Jesus prophesied there would be many wars before His second coming, but we are in the end times, could this be the beginning of the last great war? If so, what should we, as God's children, do? Do we need to pray for world peace if, according to the Bible, a world that has fallen into sin will never experience true peace? I agree with Billy Graham's opinion. He said:

"God hasn't promised that our world will ever be the peaceful and trouble-free place we all seek—not until Christ comes again to bring the present age to an end and establish His perfect rule of justice and peace. Then, the Bible says, "Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore" (Isaiah 2:4). Does this mean it's useless to pray for our leaders or for peace? No, certainly not! For one thing, God has commanded us to pray for them, and failing to do so would be an act of disobedience on our part. Think how different our world would be if we prayed regularly for those to whom God has entrusted leadership! I often think of Paul's words to his young pastor friend Timothy: "I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives" (1 Timothy 2:1-2). In addition, what if everyone stopped praying for peace, and for those who are trying to bring it about? I have no doubt that the world would be in even worse shape! We don't always know what effect our prayers have—but that mustn't keep us from praying. Don't let cynicism, or doubt, or anything else keep you from praying for our world and its leaders. God's promise is sure: "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" (James 5:16)."