What a bumpy second month of the year. What got off as a relatively quiet start got pretty rocky in the second month. Earthquakes, political, religious and meteoric events happening all at once, or at least over the next month and a half.
Today we’re supposed to have a close flyby of an asteroid. It’ll be close, but no cigar. No Apocalyptic dash into the ocean as depicted in Revelation 8:10-11, we’re safe. But wait! This morning a meteorite crashed over Russia in an affect like the movie “Deep Impact” roaring across with sonic booms blowing out windows and collapsing buildings. And some fragments fell in the reservoir like the campy Asylum Films movie, ” Apocalypse” where the water got poisoned. Hmm, better check the water. Could the asteroid take a left turn?
Seriously, When the pope announced he was resigning, not retiring, while still breathing, all the talk of Malachy’s prophecy came up again, and rightfully so. Instead of sticking to tradition of popping off and “letting God choose” his successor, he resigns. But here’s the catch, his chosen one will rule the roost while the Conclave gets together, and Benedict is still around to direct traffic. Is this really the time of Malachy’s prophecy? Could be.
But, also, the POTUS is going to Israel for the first time since he’s been president. Why hasn’t he been there before as president? So he’s going over there this time. Will it be fruitful or will he actually humiliate the PM on his home turf? I looked at the POTUS, possible, itinerary for the trip. He goes there the Wednesday before Palm Sunday. From Politico,
“A White House official tells POLITICO that Obama’s schedule has not been finalized.
But if the Israelis get their way, Obama would land in Jerusalem on March 20. After laying wreaths at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Mount Herzl, and Yitzhak Rabin’s tomb, he would meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss issues including Iran, Syria, the peace process and the two would have a joint press conference afterward, Ynetnews and Haaretz reported.
The following day, Obama would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah and then return to Jerusalem, where he would join Netanyahu to visit a model of Second Temple Period Jerusalem, the Shrine of the Book with the Dead Sea Scrolls, and a museum exhibiting Israel’s latest science developments, the reports said.
Obama would then deliver a public address to Israelis at an undetermined forum. According to Ynetnews, Obama administration official “have requested the presence of at least 1,000 Israelis” at the speech. He would have dinner with President Shimon Peres.
On March 22, Obama and Netanyahu would visit Israeli troops at an Iron Dome battery before departing Israel for Jordan, where he would meet with King Abdullah.”
He will be discussing and pushing with the PM, still, the Covenant to divide Israel and “bring peace” to the region. After which he goes to Jordan. Could he return, unannounced on Palm Sunday, with “an acceptable treaty” in hand? Or worse, demand the itinerary have him arrive on Palm Sunday with the demanded number of Israeli’s cheering his arrival? Hmmm.
Then I see, yesterday, in a post from Joel Rosenberg, that Russia and Iran have been signing political, military and economic agreements forming a strategic alliance.
- “A strategic partnership”: So Iran and Russia describe the series of security, economic and cultural agreements they’ve signed together in the past few weeks.
- Iran’s Foreign Minister Ai-Akbar Salehi arrived in Moscow this week to co-chair the first annual session of the “partnership” with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. Days earlier, a group of officers from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard arrived in the Russian capital for a crash course in crowd control and civil unrest. They’re expected to return to Iran by May and be “operational” in time for the June presidential election. Iranian authorities are nervous about expected unrest during the elections, and so have called on Russia to help prevent an Iranian version of the “Arab Spring.” But Russia made its support conditional on signing a security treaty with Iran; Tehran complied last month.
- The agreement represents a break with an old principle in Iran’s defense and security doctrines. Russia has been a source of fear and fascination for its Iranian neighbors since the 18th century. Several wars of varying magnitude proved Russia to be a threat, as successive czars dreamed of winning control of a port on the Indian Ocean — which meant annexing or dominating Iran.
- In Iranian political folklore, Russia has long been depicted as a bear whose embrace, even if friendly, could smother you….Even after the fall of the shah and of the USSR, the Iranian tradition of keeping the Russian bear at arm’s length continued under the Khomeinist regime. It’s clear that a different fear has moved Tehran to abandon that tradition.
- The new security pact provides for cooperation in intelligence gathering and the fight “against terrorism, people-trafficking, and drug-smuggling.” But it more significant is that it commits Russia to training and equipping Iranian security forces to deal with civil unrest….
- There are other signs of change in Moscow-Tehran relations. Last week, Iran played host to Russian warships visiting Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz in what looks like the opening gambit for a Russian naval presence in the strategic waterway….
- Days after the Irano-Russian pact was signed, Putin announced that he had terminated security cooperation with the United States on the fight against drug trafficking, people-smuggling and piracy.
- Observers in Tehran say the change in relations is caused by several factors. Both regimes are involved in the Syrian civil war on the side of Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Both believe that the “Arab Spring” is the result of “plots” hatched by Washington under the Bush administration. Both fear that the “velvet revolution” recipe for regime change could be used against them. And both Moscow and Tehran regard what they see as an US strategic retreat under President Obama as an opportunity. They think that, with the United States out, no other power has the capacity to check their regional ambitions.
I had talked earlier last year about an alliance to be set up as a precursor to the Gog/MaGog war of Ezekiel 38, 39 and here we see it beginning to unfold before our very eyes. Add fuel to that with the report that a senior commander in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was assassinated yesterday with the blame possibly going to Israel.
These are all interesting things and taken by themselves they are all interesting things, not necessarily significant. Taken together, in timing and precedence, the significance level soars. We’ve talked before about the cause and effect for the US in the treatment of Israel and the POTUS has expressed his determination to push this “peace” campaign through. While Americans still stay focused on what’s going on here, much is going on in the world around them. The results of which will come crashing down on them, unannounced. Yes this country is in for some pretty dire consequences. Now is NOT a time to be caught unprepared. The scenes are being set up, the actors put in place, the production appears to be in full swing. Jesus said these times would come. He warned, in person, what would be the precursors, what would follow. In Matthew 24 and Matthew 25 the signs are given, and now is not the time to ignore them. Time is short until His coming. Have you sent in your RSVP? These world-changing, and world ending events preclude your biggest need at the moment. All of us were born into sin and only Jesus can repair that. He died, unmercifully on a cross for each and every one of us, to pay the price required for our sin and offers it as a gift to us. And all we need to do to accept that gift is to recognize our sin, repent of it and follow Him. Take this time now, accept His gift now.