American Politics: A Distraction From Bigger Problems?
The timing of the political turmoil in the United States may just be a distraction to keep our ‘focus’ off of larger worldwide events. While events in the United States are certainly of great importance to all of us, yet there are still a vast array of problems and situations that have the potential to alter events from a Biblically prophetic standpoint.
While we are embroiled in discussions about the ‘wall’ on the Southern border, child sacrifice in the form of abortion or even ‘infanticide’ in Virginia, socialism or even Marxism, and investigations of President Trump there is still a war in Syria. Persecution of millions of Christians continues at an alarming rate, while the church in America can’t agree that abortion is murder, and Acts 2-5 has nothing to do with socialism. We are so caught up in our situation, which is ‘alarming’, and we need to be, yet we have lost sight of world events that could open up a Biblical prophecy pandora’s box.
The war in Syria has been evolving since 2014. It has involved at one time or another with sometimes as many as 10 armies or coalitions of armies. All of the regional powers have been involved at one time or another, and two major world powers. The United States announced that president Trump intended to pull all troops out and move them to neighboring Iraq. Meanwhile Russia and Iran continue to dig in for what seems to be ‘the long haul.’ Is Syria important to the END TIMES? Is the fact that Iran is near Israel’s borders important to the End Times?
The answer to the first question lies in Isaiah 17:1,
“ the oracle concerning Damascus. Behold Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2- The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3 The fortress will disappear from Ephraim and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.”
Verse 4 talks about Jacob being brought low. These verses have never been fulfilled, for Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The fortress in Ephraim speaks of Israel. Many speak of Damascus being leveled in a war with Israel, but fail to point out there is war and destruction in Israel. So, this war is not something that will probably just end and we will all go back to the way we were. It has eternal consequences. The fact that Russia and Iran and Turkey are involved and even allied should alarm any student of Bible prophecy.
Ezekiel chapter 38 is commonly referred to as the Gog/Magog war. In this war a confederation of nations from the Middle East, North Africa and Russia attack and wage war on Israel.
Verse 2 says, “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophecy against him, and say 3- Thus says the Lord God, “Behold I am against you O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, 4- and I will turn you about and put hooks in your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all of your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company, with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords.’”
5- Persia, Ethiopia, Put (Libya), with them, all of them with shield and helmet, 6- Gomer with all of its troops, Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all of its troops– many peoples with you.
The chapter continues to outlay events that have occurred in the past 100 or so years and continue to develop as hundreds of Jews return to their homeland after being scattered for nearly 2000 years. It goes on to say that Israel will live safely in the land called a land of ‘unwalled villages’, or open country. That is a reference to days of old where villages all were surrounded by a wall. The wall in Israel separates the West Bank Territory from Israel for safety and security.
The nations listed are nearly the same ones currently involved in the current situation in Syria. How Libya and Ethiopia or North Africa come in is yet to be seen. Currently as I write Iran and Syria are encroaching on the Northern border of Israel near the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel won as a result of Syria’s defeat in the ‘Six Day War.’ Russia has an army there and in case you are wondering, Turkey is involved as they are generally thought to be Gomer. The house of Togarmah is generally believed to be a people group from southwest Turkey. I doubt they are the Kurds since the Turks hate them.
There is so much that can be said. With the United States not mentioned in the prophecy we are not sure of her role. But, the nations that attack Israel will face intervention by God on behalf Of Israel. No one knows whether or not the current crisis in Syria will lead to the Ezekiel 38 prophecy, but one thing is clear, everything is set for that event to unfold. Yet, before Jesus comes back He told us in Matthew 24:14 that the gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all of the nations. That has not occurred but is rapidly being fulfilled.
The end result is that we need to be ever mindful of events in places other than our back door. It is easy to get caught up in the politics, and issues, and praying for our President and the nation, while forgetting that we are just one of hundreds of nations and tribes in the earth. Pray for the Crisis in Syria, pray for Israel, and for Iran to stop nuclear proliferation, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for the issues in society but pray for a wide sweeping revival in all of the nations. There will be a harvest before Jesus comes back, and there will be more evil. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and remember that we are first citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Revelation 22:20 “Even So come Lord Jesus!”