As the signature event of Jesus Second Coming, as He outlined in the Olivet Discourse, has already occurred – Israel reborn as a nation in 1948 (Parable of the Fig Tree Matthew 24:32-35) then I believe we need to be Bereans and we will see other prophesied “end times” events unfold.
What better proof do we have that the Bible is God’s inerrant Word than fulfilled prophecies. It should be convincing to even the staunch sceptic.
As both OT and NT prophets reveal that Israel and its surrounding nations are at the centre of God’s plans for His return, then keep watch on events in the Middle East.
Daniel 8 provides us with end times events that happen before the Rapture event given by Jesus in the Olivet Discourse. It is certainly clear from the following three verses that what was given to Daniel refers to the end times.
“Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.” Daniel 8:17
“Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.” Daniel 8:19
“Therefore seal up the vision for it refers to many days in the future.” Daniel 8:26
Mark Davidson author of Daniel Revisited says, in his latest book Iran’s Great Invasion – And Why It’s Next in Biblical Prophecy, that the next event on the Biblical “end times” calendar is the invasion by Iran (Shia) of the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, perhaps Eastern Turkey where there are some Shia and the Kurds). I met up with Mark at a recent conference in Tyler, Texas – Understanding the Times: Israel, Islam and The Gospel. Two important Scriptures in support of his thesis are Daniel 8:4 and 20, but I suggest you get his book for the full story.
“The two horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia (Iran encompasses both of these prior kingdoms). Daniel 8:20.
“I watched the ram as he charged towards the west (Iraq and Syria), and the north (Eastern Turkey and Kurds) and the south (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE).” Daniel 8:4
The event after this one is when Turkey leading three other Sunni nations (the Goat in Daniel 8) responds and defeats Iran thereby establishing a renewed but divided Ottoman Empire.
The dream Nebuchadnezzar had in Daniel 2 revealed that there would be four Kingdoms that replace his. This prophecy has proved correct for the next two Medo-Persia and Greece. The third is not named, but we can now see that it is the Ottoman Empire. It is the only Empire that fits the description that it would crush all the Kingdoms that preceded it, (Roman Empire does not fit). The Final Empire is a revived but divided fourth Empire – an Islamic Caliphate which the Antichrist will rule, partially overcoming the Sunni/Shia divide. The Daniel 7 dream of four great beasts coming up out of the sea confirms the Empires identified in the Daniel 2 dream. Moreover, it all fits with the events we see unfolding in the Middle East at this time
Could this latest report by World Israel News Staff , be a prelude to this Iran invasion:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Russia on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin regarding the threatening situation in Syria, fuelled by Iran.
“Tomorrow I will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I will be joined by the head the Mossad and the head of the National Security Council. I will discuss with him Iran’s accelerated attempt to establish a military presence in Syria,” Netanyahu announced Tuesday evening through his media adviser.
“This attests, of course, to Iran’s aggression which has not lessened in the wake of the nuclear agreement. This also presents a problem not only to Israel, but rather to all the nations of the Middle East and the entire world,” he declared.
Netanyahu held a security consultation earlier in the day regarding the trip.
“Israel has no objection to a (peace) agreement in Syria, but we are firmly opposed to such an agreement in which Iran and its proxies will be left with a military presence in Syria,” Netanyahu told Putin in a previous meeting.
We live in exciting times. We know the final outcome: Jesus will rule and reign in the Millennium from His throne in a rebuilt Jerusalem and we get to reign with Him.