The Bible Teaching Ministry of David Hocking
“The Word of our God shall stand forever” Isaiah 40:8


It seems these days that there is no end to the threats against the USA and especially against the Land of ISRAEL. The USA must still concern itself with Afghanistan, Iraq, and North Korea, but trouble is again looming large in the Middle East. The foment and pressure of this trouble seems to have its source in the country of Iran. The Iranian leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, continues to threaten the USA and ISRAEL. Recently, in trying to clear up any possible ambiguity about his previous calls to “wipe Israel off the map,” he used an Arabic word for the removal of body hair to describe his plans for ISRAEL!

A few days ago he spoke at the Arab Conference of Iraqi neighbors and said: “All the conditions for the removal of the Zionist regime are at hand.”
He continued: “Nations in the region will be more furious every day. It won’t take long before the wrath of the people turns into a terrible explosion that will wipe the Zionist entity off the map.” He was speaking to the foreign ministers of Jordan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey, Bahrain, and Egypt. Interestingly, the heads of the Arab League and the Islamic Conference were in attendance, along with a special United Nations representative. None of the people present offered any objections to the call for ISRAEL’s annihilation.
They issued this statement at the conference: “The Arab foreign ministers particpating in today’s Tehran meeting express their strong condemnation of this continuing and increasing aggression against the Palestinian people.”

The Iranian President blamed all of the region’s troubles on the Jewish State. He said: “The basic problem in the Islamic world is the existence of the Zionist regime, and the Islamic world and the region must mobilize to remove the problem. It is an usurper that our enemies made and imposed on the Muslim world, a regime that prevented the progress of the region’s nations, a regime that all Muslims must join hands in isolating worldwide.”

The Iranian leader’s threats are taken seriously and are particularly significant in the light of Iran’s continued pursuit of nuclear teachnology.

Bible students are watching carefully these developments because we are all aware of the role ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) plays in the events of the end times – Exekiel 38 lists them as the first nation among the allies of God and Magog who will attack Israel. Some Bible teachers believe that this war of Exekiel 38-39 will take place before the tribulation begins. Others believe that the Hebrew prophets are consistent with themselves and are speaking of the details of Armageddon that come at the end of the tribulation. In either case, end-time events are moving quickly at the present time, and our desire for the return of our Messiah grows each day – as the Apostle John said, “EVEN SO, COME LORD JESUS!”

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