Is the End Near? (part 2)

The original intention of this second and last blog post about the end of the world was to discuss briefly how a follower of Jesus should react to all of this. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out HERE.

But who would have thought that Russia would be engaged in active military sorties. Who could have imagined that Iran would be sending hundreds of armed troops to Syria?

Why is Putin so interested in Syria? Part of the answer could be oil. A prolonged conflict so close to oil-rich Saudi Arabia is bound to drive oil prices up. Say goodbye to $2 a gallon gas for a while!

This is the first time since WW2 that Russia and the U.S. have been active militarily in the same country.

How close is Jerusalem to Syria’s capitol city Damascus? 19 minutes if you’re in an airplane, a commercial airline. A Russian Su-25 Frogfoot could, no doubt, get there a lot quicker.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu reminded the United Nations General Assembly today that his nation is being threatened, that Iran has promised that in 25 years Israel will no longer exist. A masterful communicator, Netanyahu remained silent for 45 seconds to illustrate the response of the international community to the clear threat to his country’s very existence.

Joel Rosenberg would remind us that chaos, violence and apocalypic scenarios are in fact desired by radical Islamists. They believe this will usher in the appearance of their Mahdi, their end-times messiah, uncanningly similar to the person Christians would recognize as the anti-messiah.

I read Ezequiel 38-39 today. I used to have a neat little prophetic time-line in my head, but I don’t now. What I do know is that we are living exciting, terrifying days, but also days full of hope, because we know what the end of the end of days will be like, and Who is going to show up to put an end to all the madness.

Dear East Coast, Joaquin is the least of your concerns.

(The photo above is of the USS Alabama, taken during a quick stop at the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, on our way back to Mexico City from PA)

 

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