As Lebanon’s citizens deal with a collapsing economy and a paralyzed government, murmurings of dissatisfaction with Hezbollah, Iran’s terror proxy in Beirut, have begun to surface. But experts say it is unrealistic to believe Hezbollah’s iron grip on the country will loosen.
These simmering tensions were expressed even more publicly in a televised speech made by Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Dec. 27, when he called for a “national dialogue” to confront the country’s political and social issues. Aoun warned that Lebanon was “falling apart,” and urged swift action on financial reforms. He also made what could be considered a veiled demand of Hezbollah, seemingly urging the terror group to loosen its grip on Lebanese politics.
“The deliberate, systematic and unjustified disruption that leads to institutions dismantling and the dissolution of the state must stop,” Aoun said.
Lebanon’s Cabinet has not met for three months, and the investigation into the deadly ammonium nitrate explosion at Beirut’s port in August 2020 has stalled out of fear of offending Hezbollah. Together with the Shiite Amal party, Hezbollah has blocked the Cabinet meetings over demands for the dismissal of Judge Tarek Bitar, who is investigating the explosion, which killed more than 200 people. Read More …
Opinion: “Let us take for ourselves The pastures of God for a possession.” Ps. 83:12.
It is all about the land.
Tyre, ancient name for southern Lebanon, is prophesied to join an Arab alliance that will attack Israel in the last days. That the prophet referred to it as “the inhabitants of Tyre”, is astounding.
Only by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit could a temple priest, by the name of Asaph (Hebrew ‘seer’), prophesy an inhabiting force would take over the Shiite nation 3000 years into the future. The Iranian-backed terror group, Hezbollah, founded in 1982, is dominating Lebanon today.
But Asaph was not finished. He even prophesied the exact name of each nation:
The tents of Edom – (Edom is Esau Gen 36:1) originally Mt. Seir (southern Jordan) until the 6th century BC when Esau’s descendants were forced to change locations by a Nabatean tribe. Edom today is represented by the Palestinians of the West Bank.
Moab and Ammon – Palestinians of central and northern Jordan also called the children of Lot (Gen. 19:30-38).
The Ishmaelites – Ishmael settled in the Arabian Peninsula or modern-day Saudi Arabia.
The Hagrites – Hagar, mother of Ishmael, was from Egypt.
Amalek – Eternal enemy of the Israelites (Ex. 17:16) Arabs of the Sinai (ISIS)
Gebal – Northern Lebanon
Philistia – Palestinians of Gaza (Hamas)
The inhabitants of Tyre – Southern Lebanon
And the outcome:
“O my God, make them like the whirling dust, Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods, And as the flame sets the mountains on fire, 15 So pursue them with Your tempest, And frighten them with Your storm.” Psalm 83:13-15
The devastation of the Psalm 83 alliance will be so great that Israel will find itself in a false peace. The Jewish nation will take down its ‘bars and gates’ leaving it open to attack from a much stronger Russian-led alliance:
“After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.” Ezekiel 38:8 NIV
When the Gog Magog alliance (made up of Russia, Iran, Turkey, and at least 4 north African nations) attacks Israel, not one of the Psalm 83 nations will be capable of joining in the attack.
Israel will be divinely protected by the hand of God as the enemy army turns on each other in confusion (Ezekiel 38:21 NIV):
“I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother”
Many Rabbinic scholars, and some Christian teachers, see Gog Magog as the final war of this age. A careful study of Daniel 11:40-45 points to a very different final war:
“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”
This is the closing battle of the second 3½ years of the Tribulation leading to the return of Jesus Christ.
Antichrist moves his army to Jerusalem fulfilling Luke 21:20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near.”
“He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon.”
‘He’ is Antichrist: “Many countries” means the defeat of many nations that have gone after God’s chosen in Edom.
Edom, Moab, and Ammon (Jordan) are protected from Antichrist because the chosen people are in that country.
“He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels.”
“But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many.”
The kings of the East are coming (Revelation 16:12) to participate in the final world war.
“And he (Antichrist) shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas (Mediterranean) and the glorious holy mountain (Temple Mount); yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.”
The return of Jesus Christ is near.