The question of whether or not the current events taking place in Syria are connected to the End Times is a "legitimate question," says an author and expert on the Middle East and End Times prophecy.
Joel C. Rosenberg, New York Times bestselling author of books such as The Last Days and Epicenter, and founder of the pro-Israel The Joshua Fund, told The Christian Post that such speculations should be taken with caution, but are legitimate ponderings. "I think we have to be very careful not to overreach or to sensationalize a terrible situation that's happening to real people right now and to draw a conclusion too quickly," said Rosenberg. "That being said, the prophecies of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49 are very important. They speak to the utter destruction and judgment of the city of Damascus at some point in the End Times future."
Rosenberg, whose bestselling novels often feature end times themes, also told CP that "these prophecies have never been fulfilled in history so far." more >>
Where in the world is America, as Syria descends into utter carnage? This is the question nations are asking of us. Like it or not, America is the world's conscience, defender of humanity, democracy and warrior against evil. President Barack Obama foolishly thought he could abdicate America's leadership position in the world and other nations would step in our shoes.
No one did but while the "world's cop," America, decided to take some time off, tyrannical dictators like Syrian President Bashar Assad filled the vacuum of leadership. For nearly three years, Assad has butchered 100,000 Syrians with impunity and displaced over six million refugees because he knew no one would stop him. Until now, because Assad's madness is spilling over into the Middle East and threatening to blow up the region's stability, which exists on a tight rope.
By leading from behind, which isn't leading at all, Obama allowed Syria to morph from a civil war into what could become a regional war. Since Obama broadcast to the world over a week ago, he would take action against Syria, after Congress gives him permission, Assad smiles. As Obama broods over taking action like Hamlet, Assad plays hide and seek with his chemical weapons stockpile and military arsenal. Iran too has had time to mull things over and announced it will strike American embassies and other interests abroad if Obama whacks Syria. more >>
Russian President Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed published late Wednesday in The New York Times where he strongly challenged President Barack Obama and the American public against a military strike against Syria, a longtime ally of Russia, warning of the likelihood of exacerbating the Mideast conflict to beyond the Syrian border and undermining the authority of the United Nations Security Council.
In his remarks, Putin called upon Americans to exercise "caution" when dealing with Syria, advocating for talks instead of military action.
"The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders," wrote Putin. "A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance." more >>
There are times in history when God, in His providence, allows people to see in full view the pivoting of history. Patriots assembling in Philadelphia experienced it on July 4, 1776. Navy sailors looking to the westward skies saw it on December 7, 1941. Families listening to their radios heard it on November 22, 1963.
In an instant – the signing of a document, the dropping of a bomb or the firing of a gun – the world suddenly and irreversibly changes. Yet no event in American history quite compares to the morning of September 11, 2001.
Buildings that scraped the floors of heaven crumbled. Planes carrying businessmen, grandmothers, and children plummeted. For thousands, life and all its promises and possibilities ended – some in an instant, others while saving strangers, running up stairs or storming cockpits. more >>
As Obama and Congress publicly debate what engraving style to use on the "Save the Date" card they will send to Syria's President Assad (fully telegraphing our unnecessary military action), Vladimir Putin chuckles.
Bombing Syria was about Obama saving face after the public ultimatum he gave. It's also about Putin; those two preening narcissists do not get along. Ever since the dust-up over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden being given asylum, they have been in a diss-ing match. Their testosterone-fueled tempest culminated last week at the G-20 Summit when the two men engaged in a St. Petersburg measuring contest.
The tension is clear. Obama intentionally arrived thirty minutes late at a dinner Putin hosted at the G-20 Summit. In photo ops, Obama and Putin sit across from each other with uncomfortable smiles and brooding silence. It looks like a holiday gathering at a relative's house. more >>
Now that the attacks on Egypt's Christian churches have subsided, stage two of the jihad - profiting from the fear and terror caused by stage one - is setting in.
Reports are arriving that the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters are forcing the roughly 15,000 Christian Copts of Dalga village in south Minya province to pay jizya - the money, or tribute that conquered non-Muslims historically had to pay to their Islamic overlords "with willing submission and while feeling themselves subdued" to safeguard their existence, as indicated in Koran 9:29.
According to one priest from the area, all Copts in the village, "without exception," are being forced to pay tribute, just as their forefathers did nearly 1400 years ago when the sword of Islam originally invaded Christian Egypt. He said that the "value of the tribute and method of payment differ from one place to another in the village, so that, some are being expected to pay 200 Egyptian pounds per day, others 500 Egyptian pounds per day…" more >>