By Don Davis
There is something in the wind. It’s not the Middle East sand or the Mediterranean rain. It is the resonating tempest of brooding war.
The ancient armies used to prepare for wars in late spring and summer, targeting victory or superiority before winter. Weather dictated everything. And today, countries without comprehensive, all-weather combat equipment and technology still prefer the historical season. This is particularly accurate in the Middle East.
This tactic is presently happening in and around Israel. A major flex by enemies sporadically attacking and prodding Israel, countered by Israeli retaliation, preempt strikes, along with internal widespread testing and preparation.
Now, there are those that claim it is simple posturing. But, patterns and unguarded behavior reflects the precise objective. Whenever there has been this kind of hostility by the enemy and Israel alike, it has been followed by severe battles.
Then when war is undeniable, there is a clamor to match parallel events to prophecy, or ‘prophecy fever’, coercing equivalence to corresponding beliefs, predictions or agenda.
Plus, as a Christian, Middle East behavior analyst, permanently living in Israel, I too am frequently asked how regional scenarios might apply to prophecy.
With that said, I don’t have the luxury of a devoted column or website to expand prophetic material. Once I write on such subjects, it’s hard to choose what I want from the massive data, along with editorial preferences, and then try to fit everything into an 800 word article.
Therefore based on the calculated probability of fierce, geographical and population altering war, and expanding on a previous article, the following are bullet points on where this may lead in prophecy.
If war erupts, it’s feasible to entangle USA, Israel and coalition verses Russia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Islamic State, local Arab terror groups in Gaza and inside Israel, and some Iraqi, Egyptian, and Jordanian elements. In the meantime, the fracas would humiliate the al-Assad regime axis and cement the Russia, Turkey and Iran alliance, along with others, for a later juncture.
If bio/chemical and dirty nukes are used against Israel, it is credible Israel will reply nuclear, conceivably fulfilling scripture by destroying Damascus and other cities and regimes associated with weapons of mass destruction.
But it’s unlikely Israel will escape unscathed even though Israel has a vast military edge. Perhaps suffering land contamination and population losses from the substantial enemy rocket and missile weaponry. Maybe fatalities equal to the Isaiah 3:25-26 & 4:1 prophecy levels.
Regional and peripheral devastation would be considerable thus leading me to surmise if these terrible events do play out Israel might soon after enter the time frame of the Ezekiel 34, 35, 36 phases and eventually, chapter 37.
Ezekiel 34 could as well apply to the alleged, chronic corruption and mismanagement confusion in Israeli leadership. Although after the war-horror, Israel emerges with a second Modern-day rebirth, becoming safe, populated, grand and acquiring wealth as referred to in Ezekiel 36, 37 & 38.
In support of these deductions, the armies in the region and their state of affairs do not line up with prophecy in Ezekiel 38. Besides at this point, reportedly Vladimir Putin is not ready to directly confront neither Donald Trump nor the strength of the American military. Nevertheless, it would be viable that the two sides could exchange violent struggle in a limited format.
And, it’s basically the United States that keeps Israel from being crushed by Russia, unless they, USA, are taken out of the way. This may give some credence to USA being the Biblical, Babylon the Great. And if USA is, who or what will the USA leadership be? The first (White) Horseman of the Apocalypse in Revelation 6, or one of the seven kings who sets up USA into ten districts for the Ten Kings of Revelation 17, someone darker, or nobody of consequence? Howbeit, that is an entirely different subject.
Returning to Ezekiel, it’s strongly debated whether the ‘dry bones’ the ‘exceedingly great army’ of Ezekiel 37 has occurred and I believe it has not. There is yet much room to expand in Israel in contradiction to Isaiah 49 and Zechariah 10.
In addition, the purported, anticipated return of the Ten Lost Tribes, the extensive research by Israeli, Yair Davidiy of Brit-Am, and the scrutiny of the Tribes return by many unconnected peers (this does not suggest Mr. Davidiy agrees with this article, only to point out the inclusive investigation of the future return of the Ten Lost Tribes).
Nonetheless prophecy is obscure. Some of the disciples with Jesus thought His return would be forthwith. Also, for hundreds of years prominent Christians have unsuccessfully forecasted the end times.
Events can change rapidly and unseen interventions can abruptly transform or calm the anxieties in the Middle East causing even me to amend my prophecy-timetable hypothesis.
But for the time being, the wind of Israeli and regional war is gathering strength.
Don Davis has over 20 years experience in analytic research particularly regarding Israeli, Middle Eastern culture, behavior and historical patterns. Don is based in Israel, from where he monitors and evaluates worldwide information on finance, technologies, industries, and the military/political environment for a US consulting company.