Today is the second day of Hanukkah, Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication.
In the last week, President Trump announced that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and that the American Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem. Despite this decision having been made by Congress in 1995, it has been stalled for 22 years by the signing of a waiver on its implementation by each President ever since; Clinton, Bush, Obama, and even Trump. Predictably, the Arab/Muslim world, what I think is called the Ummah, went crazy and threatened Israel’s destruction and possibly World War III beginning with a call for Three Days of Rage. Several rockets have been launched into Israel from Gaza and the IDF has responded with precise aerial attacks on locations suspected of being storage facilities for ammunition and arms by Hamas.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the Pentagon decided to allow Transgenders to enlist in the military.
Russia has announced that it is pulling most of their military forces out of Syria with the exception of one airbase and one naval base. This has me thinking about Ezekiel 38:4 where God says, “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out…” Focusing on the first few words, to “turn around” suggests causing to change direction. So if Gog is being turned towards Israel, then Gog must be facing away from or headed away from Israel if God is going to turn Gog around. This just has me wondering if Russia’s announced withdrawal from Syria could be leading to Ezekiel 38:4
Regarding ‘signs in the skies’, the most interesting thought from another ‘watcher’ that I’ve recently read is that The Revelation 12 Sign of Sept. 23rd was a wedding invitation, and the 7th Day of Hanukkah is the wedding, being the same day that Esther was married to the King. This would be December 19th-20th, which is 88 days from the Revelation 12 Sign, where 8 represents endings and ‘new beginnings’. For the next two days, the Earth is passing through the Gemenid meteor shower and it’s said to be very active.
On the surface, President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia appears to be a very good thing. He boldly spoke to a group of leaders from 50 Muslim-majority countries and told them in no uncertain terms that the only right course of action to take would be to “Drive out the terrorists!…Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land, and drive them out of this Earth!”
In Riyadh, Trump said, “This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects, or different civilizations. This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it.”
Trump said he hoped the gathering of the region’s leaders in Riyadh would mark the beginning of the end of terrorism and the start of peace in the Middle East.
So what valid criticism has President Trump opened himself up to?
- He referred to Mecca, Saudi Arabia as ‘holy land’ when the only holy land is Jerusalem, the only city that God has claimed as His.
- It appears that for the sake of peace, the prospect of how to divide Jerusalem (the city of Peace) will be on the negotiating table.
In Joel 3:2, the Lord says: “I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.” (3:2)
Certain events must happen, because God has already told us that they will happen. Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, and that Peace can only come by the Prince of Peace, Sar Shalom, Yeshua ha’Mashiach or Jesus Christ Himself.