Israel clashed with Syrian and Iranian military forces on February 10th in a series of cross-border strikes that could mark a dangerous new phase of the Israeli/Iranian conflict.
Isabel Kershner, Anne Barnard and Eric Schmitt of the New York Times report that the confrontation, which has threatened to draw Israel more directly into war with Iran, began when Israel intercepted an Iranian drone that had penetrated its airspace from Syria. The Israeli military then attacked what it called the command-and-control center from which Iran had launched the drone – the Syrian air base near Palmyra.
Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, concurs with Kershner et al:
"This is indeed a dangerous escalation that raises the specter of direct conflict between Israel and Iran in Syria — a far more serious situation than the drawing of red lines and tit-for-tat exchanges that have occurred before."
Sami Nader, head of the Beirut-based Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, has said that the current violence is the first DIRECT engagement between Iran and Israel. Before it was done through proxies, for example by militias connected to the Syrian regime or the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. Nader went on to say that the current confrontation between Israel and Iran could soon encompass all of Syria and all of Lebanon.
This is an extremely serious matter when one considers that it confirms how near time-wise the world is to the Gog/Magog War: for the first time since the Syrian civil war began, Iranian-backed forces appear to have secured a road link from the Iranian border all the way to Israel's border through Syria. The new land route will allow the Iranian regime to easily resupply its military forces on Israel's northern frontier. The road network, which starts on Iran's border with Iraq and runs across that country and Syria, was secured last week when pro-Iranian Shiite militias captured a final string of Iraqi villages near the border with Syria. The road link zigs and zags across the two countries and ends at Israel's northern frontier.
The development is potentially momentous because, for the first time, it would bind together by a single land route, a string of Iranian allies, including Hezbollah, in Lebanon, the Assad regime in Syria, and the Iranian-dominated government in Iraq. These allies form what is often referred to as the Shiite Crescent.
Additionally, Iranian military forces have secured direct access to the Israeli – Lebanon border, and now control this frontier with the Jewish state.
A Twitter account associated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps tweeted the following statement regarding the arrival of their troops on the Israeli - Lebanon border:
"We are arriving... near the Mother of Corruption, the accursed Israel; soon we will pass over their bodies, Allah willing."
The soldiers in the pictures could be seen wearing military fatigues that included patches of the flags of Iran and Hezbollah.
Tehran styles the alliance between itself, Lebanon and Hezbollah as an "Axis of Resistance." The name supposedly evokes Iran's "strength of will" to confront and overthrow foreign occupiers and oppressors—that is Israel and the United States.
For Christians, the unpleasant truth in all of this is that the presence of Iranian military forces on Israel's northern borders with Syria and Lebanon makes evident the fact that the Gog/Magog War is closer than many think.
Dear brothers and sisters, please pay close attention here: the Gog/Magog War is one of the two events that will mark the beginning of the Tribulation, NOT THE END, the other great event being the culmination of an official military alliance between Israel and the United States.
However, increasing numbers of American Christians – ie., those who have embraced "DOMINIONIST" thinking - believe that the coming war in the Middle East (see Ezekiel 38:2 – 38:12), is Armageddon. They conflate the Gog/Magog War with Armageddon and, as a result, see only one great war in the Middle East rather than two as the end draws near. [Please see our article on Dominionism by Frederick Clarkson, "The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation." ]
This mistaken and very dangerous thinking pictures the United States as God's "REDEEMER NATION" rather than God's great enemy, BABYLON THE GREAT. This kind of thinking will inevitably lead Christians to embrace the leader of Babylon - ie., the antiChrist (Trump) - and will inevitably pit them against God.
Dominionism NECESSITATES the belief that there will only be ONE war in the Tribulation Period rather than two. [Again, please see our article on Dominionism by Frederick Clarkson, "The Rise of Dominionism: Remaking America as a Christian Nation." ]
But the Bible unmistakably pictures TWO wars during this period: one war - the Gog/Magog War - that will open the Tribulation, and a second war – Armageddon - that will close the Tribulation.
In his eschatological masterpiece, Things To Come, J. Dwight Pentecost of Dallas Theological Seminary has made it plain concerning this fact - that we are dealing with TWO great wars rather than one during the Tribulation. This fact demolishes the belief system of Dominionism. The facts are as follows:
Thus, as Dwight Pentecost has suggested, "Two diverse movements (wars) must be acknowledged."
Now it's not our purpose here to describe all the events of the Gog/Magog War. The events of this war are described in Ezekiel 38 and 39; Daniel 11:40-45; Matthew 24:4-21; and Revelation 12. [Again, please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War." ]
Rather our purpose here is to describe the ominous and menacing activity of one of the principle participants in the coming Gog/Magog War: IRAN, and in doing so to expose the threatening storm clouds that are now gathering over Israel and over Christians everywhere, and especially Christians in America as they foolishly continue to flock to President Trump's banner making them enemies to God.
Dear brothers and sisters, as you take note of these facts, arrange your lives in accordance with them.
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Shearer is a graduate of the University of California where he earned a Bachelor's degree (1964) and a Master's degree (1967) in history (Davis and Berkeley). He also attended the United States Defense Language Institute in Monterey where he studied German. He served as an intelligence officer in Europe; in Asia he served with the 525th Intelligence Group, Special Operations Branch, and at the Phoenix School at Vung Tau (SEA). In addition, he served as executive officer for the Sacramento field office of the 515th Counter Intelligence (CI) Group in Sacramento and later as executive officer for 515th CI Group's Regional Office in San Francisco. Shearer held Top Secret, Special Intelligence, Codeword security, Eyes Only clearances; also Cosmic, NATO and Atomic clearances.