Light for the Last Days

SHORT TALK

14 Then the Lord said to me:

“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.

17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

Jeremiah 1.14-19

We move on now and just say a little bit about Israel.

The situation in the North of Israel is extremely serious. There are missiles being fired right across now; they even fired at Tiberius today. Hezbollah has been hitting the North of Israel for some time now and about 100,000 Israelis have had to leave their homes because of the missiles coming in from Lebanon and from Gaza, but mainly from Lebanon.

In fact, the attack comes almost exclusively from Lebanon now because that’s where Hezbollah is operating.

Hezbollah’s leader, a man called Hassan Nazrala has threatened an invasion of Israel’s Galilee region and to unleash his missiles in the coming days. He warned that Israel should be fearful and that nowhere in Israel will be safe in case of a wider war which he said Hezbollah is not seeking with a terror army fighting with no rules and no ‘ceilings’.

The terror group has been pounding Northern Israeli communities since joining the war in support of Hamas just one day after the October the 7th terrorist attacks.

Tens of thousands Israelis have been evacuated from border communities and Hezbollah rockets and drones have resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries in addition to widespread physical destruction and fires on Israel’s side. That’s what’s been happening.

Israel has responded with some strikes on Lebanon terror targets and operatives throughout Lebanon but so far the conflict hasn’t blown out into a full-scale war. If it does develop into a full-scale war then, you’ve got a huge potential crisis in the region.

The Israeli defence minister a man called Yoav Gallant, has said,

‘We are completing land and air preparedness, strengthening the intelligence systems, and preparing for any possibility.’

Yoav Gallant

In other words right now they’re preparing for some kind of conflict with Lebanon. He also said,

‘We have to remember the situation, that Hezbollah started the war against Israel.’

Yoav Gallant

So, there we are, that’s the Israeli government.

The Lebanese Prime Minister has declared a ‘state of war’ amid tension with Israel. As far as Lebanon is concerned, they’re also at war.

The Israel Aerospace Workers Council has threatened using a Doomsday weapon called the ‘Jericho’ missile strategic alert. That is what some Israelis have said before considering the introduction of forces the Doomsday weapon this is my opinion ‘may God preserve all preserve all your strength‘.

What that means is, ‘make a pre-emptive strike, hit them before you send in the army. There are some in Israel saying that’s what they got to do. They know where the missiles are in Lebanon, they know how to knock out strategic places in Lebanon. In fact, Benny Gantz, the opposition leader, said

‘We could finish off Hezbollah in Lebanon in three days.’

Benny Gantz resigns

I don’t know whether he’s bluffing but Israel has some pretty fearsome technology and, if they were to do that, imagine the response from the rest of the world against Israel. Some observers fear that the Israel’s doomsday weapon could be a nuclear weapon attached to the Jericho missile. The Jericho missile is capable of hitting Iran as well as I think places some 5,000 km away so, it can hit right up to Iran.

People say that the Doomsday weapon could be a nuclear warhead. I don’t think Israel will be the first to use nuclear weapons, but the threat is always there. And Israel, we know, has nuclear weapons. They say that ‘we won’t be the first to introduce them‘ but everyone knows they’ve got them. Iran has threatened Israel with an obliterating war if it launches an attack on Lebanon. And, in response, the foreign minister, Israel Katz, said that

‘If Hezbollah does not cease its attacks and withdraws from Southern Lebanon, we will act against it with full force until security is restored and residents can return to their homes. A regime [Iran] that threatens destruction deserves to be destroyed.’

Israel Katz

Now, those are quotes from people which tell you that the present situation is very dangerous. It could involve not just Lebanon but Iran. Iran has troops in Syria as does Russia. It also has put its weapons all around the area in Iraq, in Syria, in Yemen and in Lebanon.

At the present time, the Biden administration is desperately trying to find a diplomatic solution that will satisfy both sides, but the endeavour is not succeeding and may not succeed. As I said, Israeli officials have been making preparations for a ground invasion of Southern Lebanon. If the IDF does enter Lebanon, it’ll mean all out war. Syria and Iran could be involved, perhaps even Russian forces now based in Syria and and Israel would respond pretty strongly to that if they got involved.

Hezbollah says ‘there’s not a single city in all of Israel that would be out of range‘ of its missiles. So, at the moment, they have been just hitting the north of Israel, but they could hit the whole of Israel.

Israel could hit them and knock their missiles out. This is horrible stuff I’m telling you about but it is real. This is what the present situation is like and we need to really pray for Israel because, at this time, it’s really on a knife edge and it could happen.

They’re getting ready right now for some kind of action. So, this is a very dangerous situation and it could even become nuclear as Iran is currently working on developing nuclear weapons.

We pray that the Lord may restrain the powers of darkness that are seeking to drown the region in blood and fire, and save souls as we approach the Coming of Messiah.

One slightly positive thing is that Iran has just had an election and has elected a more moderate Prime Minister to replace Raisi who was killed in a recent helicopter crash.

This man (Pezeshkian) whose name I can’t pronounce, is more moderate. Whether that will make much difference – since the Ayatollah and the Revolutionary guards have real power – remains to be seen, but it could be a slightly positive move. We have to say however, that this is a hugely dangerous situation nevertheless.

Coming back to where we were at the beginning, Jeremiah and ‘the boiling pot’, this is indeed the boiling pot, boiling away there in the north of Israel, and threatening Israel with destruction. Therefore, we need to pray about this and as we come now to the Word of God.

13 And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “What do you see?”

And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”

14 Then the Lord said to me:

“Out of the north calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am calling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and each one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
16 I will utter My judgments
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because they have forsaken Me,
Burned incense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own hands.

17 “Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
Do not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
18 For behold, I have made you this day
A fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”

Jeremiah 1.13-19

Let’s just pray and I’ll move into the Word of God.

Lord, I do just want to pray for this situation in Israel. We pray Lord that, as Israel faces this terrible choice, to know what to do about the attacks from Lebanon, they have to do something if they move into Lebanon, it could unleash a huge war which could involve massive destruction in both Israel and in Lebanon and the whole region.

Lord, we know these things are coming. We read about the wars of Gog and Magog and all the things of the end times, but Lord we just pray you have mercy upon all the people who are in the firing line at this time, and that you would save souls and hold back the forces of destruction. We pray this in the Name of the Lord Jesus, amen.

Tony Pearce

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