Posted by: Elena's Israel Blog | 04/05/2011

Labor Pains Faster & Harder

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE MIDDLE EAST??

Please read this excerpt from Bridges For Peace’s Rebecca Brimmer’s Israel Teaching Letter. I am in complete agreement with her answers to this question.


“I have heard this question nearly every day recently. It is the subject of countless newspaper articles, and everyone in Israel is talking about the changing face of the Middle East. I have also heard the phrase “Gog and Magog” repeatedly used in connection with the shaking Middle East. It isn’t unusual to hear Christians talking about future events and Bible prophecy, but it is much more unlikely in the Jewish world. So, I have been surprised recently to hear many Jewish people referring to the present time as times leading to Gog and Magog.

I asked Danny, a former officer in the Israel Defense Forces, not normally given to talking about religious subjects, what he thought about the chaos in Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations. His answer surprised me! He said, “God is pushing us to Gog and Magog, and then the Messianic age will come.” Rabbis are referring to the prophecies in Ezekiel about the battle of Gog and Magog, which will precede the coming of Messiah. The Orthodox Rebbitzin (wife of a rabbi) Jungreis has said that this time is the birth pangs of the coming of Messiah. She compared this time to the birth process, saying that every mother knows that as the time of the baby’s birth nears, the pains come faster and harder until the mother isn’t sure she can stand it, and then the baby comes, and everyone rejoices.

Uncertainty surrounds us, with rioting around the region toppling leaders, Iran sending warships into the Mediterranean Sea via the Suez Canal, financial woes rocking the world, basic commodities’ prices soaring, Russia re-arming herself in an unprecedented manner, and natural disasters striking in locales around the world. Yes, it seems the pains are coming quicker and harder.

Recently, we were riveted to our TVs as the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand devastated the city and took many lives including some backpackers from Israel. Not much later, we were stunned by a 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsumani in Japan. Experts tell us that Israel is overdue for a large earthquake. The Gog and Magog passage (Ezekiel 38-39) talks about God coming against Israel’s enemies and describes Him using the natural elements to combat the enemy armies, including a massive earthquake.

No one knows what will be the outcome of the uprisings in the Middle East or when the Gog and Magog war will occur. Theories abound, but we do know that we should be ready. My husband and I have an emergency backpack, a 30-day supply of food and water and a generator. Bridges for Peace has emergency plans in place for our staff and our facilities. It is also vital for us to prepare ourselves spiritually, physically, and emotionally to be able to stand in times of crisis. We are not to be fearful or defeated for “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4, KJV).

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