Lebanese Peace- Recipe For Armageddon
I do not think that anyone that is at least partially sane actually believes that the U.N cease fire imposed upon Israel and Hezbollah will stop the fighting. But what I fear many do not realize is that the way the cease fire has been set up by the United Nations actually presents the greatest potential scenario for the biblically prophesied "final battle" of Armageddon that has ever existed.
First, for those who may never have read the biblical account, or heard of this, let me give just a brief background. Biblical scholars, particularly eschatologists (students of last things or end times) have for centuries believed that a final war would take place in the Valley of Megiddo AKA Armageddon. This battle is to precede the return of Christ. The bible has several references to a place where all of the armies of the world shall gather for a “final battle.” This place is called in modern language Armageddon, but in earlier times it refers to Megiddo or the valley of Megiddo. The modern city of Megiddo lies at the edge of the Valley of Jezreel, the modern name for the valley. And where is this Valley of Jezreel (Megiddo)? It is about 20 miles south of the Lebanese border and about 15 miles from Haifa.
So much for the location; how about the participants? While the bible states that “all the kings” or armies of the world will be gathered there for this battle, it specifically (Ezek.38) mentions several by name at the initiation of the conflict. These are the surrounding Arab nations and some African nations. After an escalation, Russia has a prominent place in this battle.
And timing? In Matthew 24 when asked by His disciples how they could know the end of the world was at hand, Jesus gave a long dissertation on how to recognize the signs of the end. He gave a number of signs but at the end He said, " Now learn this lesson from the Fig Tree: as soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, know that it is near right at the door. I tell you that this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened" The fig tree represents Israel and it is believed that the generation spoken of began in 1946 at the reforming of the nation of Israel in it's homeland. The generation that saw this happen (60 years ago), shall not pass before the fulfillment of the end of the world prophecies.
So, how does all of this tie into the current situation? From the time I first heard Kofi Annan suggest an international peacekeeping force with the authority to shoot back, I said, “oh and why do we not just situate them in Megiddo while you are at it?" Well, I was not far off.
Here is the scenario: The United Nations will provide several thousand troops to be placed in southern Lebanon to "keep the peace." Since we all know Hezbollah is committed to the destruction of Israel, and will not stop trying, skirmishes will take place. However, as the world, apart from America appears to be bent on looking for ways to help Hezbollah, the troops will overlook Hezbollah infractions but will amplify Israeli reprisals. Some reprisals will undoubtedly kill the U.N. "peacekeepers," which will call for outrage and demands for action against Israel. This will escalate and the U.S. will, most likely, support Israel, while Russia, also prominently named in the prophecies, will side with the Arab world.
We will see an ever escalating conflict which, if the prophecies are correct, will in the end destroy 1/3 of the world's population. That is about 3 billion people.
Interestingly enough, the current leader of Iran is also a believer in eschatology, but, from an Islamic, particularly a Shiite, point of view. He believes in the return of the Twelfth Imam, the Islamic Messiah. The Shiites believe that this Twelfth Imam or Messiah, who will be recognized by Jews and Christians as well, will return when the world is thrown into Chaos. By his speeches and actions over the past year, it appears that Mr. Ahmadinejad is bent on helping to fulfill this prophecy. http://www.wsu.edu:8001/~dee/SHIA/HIDDEN.HTM http://www.ashbrook.org/publicat/guest/05/vonheyking/twelfthimam.html
I am not predicting this, but I am saying that if ever there was ever a recipe for Armageddon, this is it. I think we need to be informed that there is more than meets the eye here.
There is a growing group of people praying every night at 9:00 pm EST, for the peace of Jerusalem. I suggest we all join them