We often say here that it takes a spark to get something going. It seems we have a spark in the Middle East. Iran and Hezbollah are operating a spy center, cyber attack center in Lebanon and possibly also in Damascus, and you know Russia is heavily involved. The headquarters of the axis of evil seems to be in Beirut, but don't be deceived on what is happening in Damascus. We do know that Damascus will be destroyed, and it can be destroyed many different ways. We, as Christians, do not support destruction, but we know God prophesied that man will destroy Damascus. Prophecies are not always God's own choices, but a reflection of man's sin. Yes, God allows events to happen, and He is in control, but some events are of man's doing that God tells us in advance so that we can be prepared.
I believe there is a lot of positioning going on. We see Russia, Iran, and now Turkey positioning themselves around and in Syria. The West is disorganized due to a lack of American leadership. This disorganization will give impetus to the Russian/Iranian alliance to attack. I really don't know how much American foreign policy will change with a Romney Presidency. I suspect that we are in a period of American withdrawal from a super power no matter who wins. The West will need someone to fill the void. As long as an American President is very strong, it is hard for the EU to exert its power. However, it looks like the void is being set for the Antichrist to come to pass.
The EU has decided on a banking union with a banking head. I do not know exactly how the Antichrist will come to power in the EU, but this office is very interesting. Will the banking union be a False Prophet or play a role in the Mark of the Beast? I don't see the Antichrist coming to power in this position. It is the False Prophet who enacts the Mark of the Beast and causes the world to worship the Antichrist. Interestingly, the new office can play a very important role in prophecy with time.
Lebanese troops launched a major security operation on Monday to open all roads and force gunmen off the streets, trying to contain an outburst of violence set off by the assassination of a top intelligence official who was a powerful opponent of Syria. Sectarian clashes killed at least five people.
Opponents of Syria have blamed the regime in Damascus for the killing of Lebanese Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan in a Beirut car bomb on Friday. With Lebanon already tense and deeply divided over the civil war next door, the assassination has threatened to drag the country back into the kind of sectarian strife that plagued it for decades ? much of it linked to Syria.
"The nation is passing through a crucial and critical period and tension has risen in some areas to unprecedented levels," the army said in a statement. It urged politicians to be careful not to incite violence "because the fate of the nation is on the edge."
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