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WINDS OF WAR SETTING STAGE FOR EZEKIEL 38 PROPHECY
by MONTANA NEWS ASSOCIATION
By Bill Wilson, MNA Senior Analyst
WASH-MNA PRESS-Dec 12-The winds of war are once again blowing across the embattled Middle East and, perhaps more than in any time in recent history, they may be setting the stage for the Russian showdown with Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 38.
Iran, sponsored by Russia's thirst for oil and power in the Middle East, has been escalating the rhetoric against Israel in recent weeks. Iran's
president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has claimed his country has a right to process nuclear energy. At the same time, he has said that Israel
should be wiped off the face of the earth and that Israel should move to Europe.
Meantime, the head of the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency, Muhammad ElBaradei, announced a week ago that if Iran begins enriching uranium, it could have a nuclear bomb within a few months. This was the first admission by the Nobel Peace Prize winning ElBaradei that Iran was closer to a nuclear bomb than previously thought. Nevertheless, ElBaradei insists that the only way to solve the problem is via
diplomacy, which to date, has only served to buy Russia, China and Iran time to develop both nuclear and nuclear-capable missile technology.
Israeli intelligence reports indicate that Iran has been enriching uranium all along. According to Israeli government sources as reported
by Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, Israeli intelligence officials warned their government that Iran has already activated uranium
enrichment facilities hidden at civilian locations. This information, combined with months of failed negotiations between Iran and Britain,
France and Germany attempting to end the nuclear standoff, has prompted Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to order the preparation of a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
Rumblings of such orders were surfacing last week as the Chief of Staff for the Israeli Defense Minister signaled that Israel had little
confidence that diplomacy would work with Iran. All the while, Israel reportedly was engaged in a "massive" intelligence gathering effort.
Israel has been conducting cross-border operations and has gathered intelligence through an Israeli base established in northern Iraq. These
operations reportedly netted information that allowed Israel to identify Iranian uranium enrichment facilities unknown to the International
Atomic Energy Agency. Russian missile sales to Iran that would protect its nuclear facilities were announced last week, spurring Israel into
It is difficult to imagine that the makings of the Ezekiel 38 prophecy that says Russia, Iran and others will come against Israel could be
staring into the eyes of world events. It would seem that an Israeli attack on Iran is not a fulfillment of that prophecy, but it could be a
forerunner that would set the military wheels of Russia in motion, considering Russia's vast investments in Iran's nuclear program. A
successful attack on Iran by Israel could cost Russia untold billions and sources are saying that attack could come as early as March 2006.
Jesus said that when you see these things, know that the time is near. But there was a requirement for this end to come as Jesus said in
Matthew 24:14, "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
As Israel prepares for war, we should be preparing the way for Christ.