|Jesus' Olivet Discourse|
As noted in this SITREP, if we read Zechariah 12, the answer many of us have been seeking is right there in plain text. And you don't have to read much to see it as it's right there in verse number two where the prophet quotes the prophetic word that the Lord gave to him:
"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem."
This may well get to the next level and beyond when one of the primary haters spoken of in Psalm 83 comes across the border today from Jordan into Israel - King Abdullah II of Jordan (Ammon, Moab and Edom). Today the demand of the Arab Islamists will escalate to the unthinkable; it will be for Israel to relinquish sovereignty over Judea, Jerusalem and Temple Mount. This is what I mean by saying going to the next level and beyond. King Abdullah already claims to be the protector of the Temple Mount and its structures and will demand they be returned. When Israel's response is a point blank "nuts" to that insane notion, then the prophetic war will happen.
28 July 2017: As it should painfully apparent by recent events, the fulfillment of ancient Biblical prophecy is not something that can ever be assumed based upon the heralding of newspaper headlines or articles irregardless of what language they are printed in. This erroneous and invalid practice has long been known as "newspaper exegesis." We avoid and speak against it whenever and wherever it occurs.
As a prime example and antidote to newspaper exegesis, if we study the Psalm 83 prophecy, written by the prophet Asaph just over 3,000 years ago, and read its verses literally it should be crystal clear that Israel's actions ARE NOT the casus belli which causes all of the named enemies to embark upon a war of annihilation against Israel.
These enemies attack and lay siege to Israel because they consult together and determine the course of action to wipe Israel from the face of the earth and the mere mention of its name from existence. This has been the fact of the matter since 14 May 1948 and remains so to this day, just 10 short months from its 70th anniversary.
What we should see from recent events is that all of these enemies which hate the God of Israel - from Lebanon to Jordan to the Sinai - are embarked upon the course they have chosen; they are confederate in the tumult they create for the destruction of the State of Israel. The catastrophe they create for themselves draws nearer every hour.
A prime example of how to understand commercial news reports (media is a for-profit business) on current events in light of Bible prophecy would be to look at this very recent Israel National News report on the deliberations of the Arab League in its Cairo, Egypt summit and what the Word of God, through the Holy Spirit, has to say about Jerusalem and Judea in Psalm 83, Zechariah 12; also compare the details found in Zechariah 12:6-14 with Ezekiel 39:29.
22 July 2017: Does the above image look familiar? It should, as it is a repeat from Global SITREP B1-15. And so is the message that SITREP contained. If need be, re-familiarize yourself with it.
"Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery? Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?"
Addendum: The above statement is neither new or unique, as it was stated in greater detail on Eschatology Today three and one-half years ago in an article entitled "All These Things Fulfilled - Part III - The End." If it gets quiet here from time to time, that's because pretty much everything that needs to be said has been said and remains as active URL content on Eschatology Today.