While rumors of war with North Korea dominate the news, another front may be brewing. Receiving hardly any coverage, It was reported yesterday a Russian military helicopter was shot down near Damascus, by a ‘Free Syrian Army Group’ called Jaish Al-Izza. The group used a US made TOW missile launcher. This comes on the heels of another incident which received virtually no coverage either. Two days ago Lt General Valery Asapov, one of Russias senior ranking military officers, was killed in action as a result of a mortar attack by Isis. Russia wasted no time in pinning General Asapov’s death as a result of US policy in the region and accused the US of helping Isis terrorists. They publically released satellite photos of US troops and equipment in Isis territory.
There is no doubt, tensions are high in the region. In Isaiah 17 we read “Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins.” Will this happen soon? Will we be drawn into a hot war against Russia, and if so is Iran also on the table? Most importantly how will a war in the region affect all the peace negotiations currently taking place? It’s entirely possible this war could be a springboard into a rapid peace agreement, an agreement that would facilitate the rebuilding of the Temple. There is no question prophecy is being fulfilled at a rapid pace.
We all know end times prophecies all center on Israel, and in particular Jerusalem. No doubt the one of the biggest events will be the rebuilding of the Temple. It has been reported that The Temple Institute, in Israel, has everything ready to rebuild the Temple as soon as they get permission to do so. The Israeli government is currently investing in trains as well as other infrastructure to accommodate literally millions of expected visitors when this happens.
According to Jewish law everyone of Jewish faith must visit the temple at various times throughout the year. This creates a problem as also according to Jewish law everyone is unclean. In order to purify the new Temple and the people a ritual must be performed using the ashes of a purely red, red heifer. This cow cannot have any spot or blemish and must not have ever had a ‘yoke placed upon her’ currently an intensive search for this Red Heifer is underway. A few have been discovered already but for one reason or another they were rejected. Since it is believed that only nine have ever existed in Jewish history, and with the increasing frequency of red heifers, it is expected one will be discovered soon. One that will meet all the requirements.
With peace negotiations taking place, it may be only a matter of time. It has been suggested that an arraignment could be established for the placement of the new Temple on the Temple Mount while letting both the Al-Aqsa Mosque, as well as The Dome of the Rock remain. This same agreement could allow Jews to settle in The West Bank (Judea).
While it didn’t receive much, if any, coverage, it was announced recently the US and Israel will be will be opening the first US airbase on Israeli soil. The base will be called Bislach Air Base, and will be home to soldiers operating a missile defense system. With tensions increasing between Israel and its neighboring nations no doubt the US military will increase its presence there.
I study a lot of End Times Teacher’s but what I find most interesting is all this lends credibility to End Times Ministries and Irvin Baxter’s Teaching on Daniel Chapter 7 as well as Revelation Chapter 12.
Irvin Baxter teaches that the nations which exist at the times of the Lord’s return are listed in Daniel Chapter 7 and are symbolized by the Beasts Daniel saw.
To summarize his views on this prophecy, he asserts the lion is the UK, and the eagle’s wings which break off is the US. These two biblical symbols just happen to also be the same animals both nations use to symbolize them today.
The Bear he states are Russia which is often described as a bear today.
The leopard with 4 heads is Germany, and each head symbolizes a German Reich, the 4th Reich is currently rising. The fowl is France, which is symbolized by a rooster today.
The ten horned beast is the European Union
Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Revelation 12:6 NASB
But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. Revelation 12:14 NASB
In Revelation Twelve we see these same nations. They all are under control of the antichrist and waging war against Israel except for one, the eagle. The eagle (United States) is helping Israel militarily.
Interesting interpretation of this prophecy, and of all the end times teachers out there Irvin Baxter is one to watch, his views seem to be the way end times events are taking place.