Waking Up to a New World

Posted on March 13, 2012


It’s 6am and my alarm goes off with news from NPR that Israeli and American warplanes have successfully taken out two Iranian nuclear facilities. I immediately jump out of bed to turn on the TV and my computer. Both the ABC morning news and Drudge Report are reporting on the global market reaction with oil already spiking to $150 per barrel overnight as Iran promises to immediately close the Straight of Hormuz. War has begun and I have awakened to a new world. What’s next?

Of course, this has not really happened. Not yet anyway. I am no prophet and I am making no absolute predictions, but as I follow the news headlines daily regarding the Middle East and current affairs, I seriously wonder how much longer before the pot boils over? I have difficulty believing it could be any longer than April or May, yet perhaps as soon as the end of March.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said just a few days ago that stopping Iran’s nuclear weapons capability was “not a matter of days or weeks. It is also not a matter of years” (source). Israel is now getting bombarded by rockets coming from terrorists in the Gaza Strip. As many as 222 rockets have flown into Israel, and Netanyahu has since said, “the fire from Gaza is an Iranian problem, not a Palestinian problem” (source). What’s more coming out of Egypt,

The Egyptian parliament viewed Israel’s strikes on Gaza as nothing short of war crimes and on Monday voted unanimously to expel Israel’s ambassador from Cairo.

“Egypt will never be the friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity which we consider as the first enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation,” read the text of the motion approved by Egyptian lawmakers (source).

As if these developments aren’t enough to warrant a high confidence level war will break out in the next couple of months if not sooner, the crisis in Syria is no small wildcard. Syrian President Bashar Assad has ordered his military to launch missiles against Israel if there is any foreign intervention in Syria. Meanwhile, Lebanese Hezbollah, who is reported to have 30,000 missiles in its stockpile, has promised to attack Israel as well should Western powers attempt to overthrow Assad. Just last week we heard of Senator John McCain calling for U.S. led airstrikes against Assad’s forces, and yesterday we hear of more atrocities coming out of Syria,

The news from Syria today is once again of brutal attacks by the government on its own civilians. Even as United Nations envoy Kofi Annan visited Syria, seeking a cease-fire, there are reports of terrible atrocities. Activists say Syrian forces massacred dozens of people, including women and children, in the city of Homs. The Syrian government denies responsibility, blaming terrorist-armed groups (source).

With continued calls for Assad to step down, cries from the Syrian people for the international community to intervene, and civil war seemingly imminent, a Syrian confrontation with Israel is looking just as likely as an Iranian confrontation with Israel. In short, it seems war is inevitable – the question is where will it begin? And what will happen when it begins?

Iran has claimed for years that if they are attacked by the United States or Israel or both, they will attack us on American soil. Iran claims to have sleeper terrorist cells planted in the U.S., and they are just waiting for the signal to be activated. According to the following interview, Iran has identified over 800 sensitive targets that would be hit if their nuclear facilities are attacked:

This brief overview only scratches the surface as to what is happening in our world and the threats we are facing. They do, however, highlight a few of the most critical developments that could lead to our world being forever changed.

One of these days, and I speculate that day to be within the next couple of months, we are all going to wake up to a new world.

Israel will go to war with its Islamic neighbors, we will be attacked on American soil, the price of oil will skyrocket, the global economy will crash, and the world will spin into chaos. Any average Joe with a degree of critical thinking skills can see the writing on the wall.

The question for you, then, are you watching or is your head in the sand?

Are you playing games with your eternity, friend? Are you walking as the living dead, blindly wondering through the wilderness of life having no direction, just aimlessly pursuing riches, success, and pleasure? You might even consider yourself to be a Christian, but are you living like one? Please take a moment to read this article and watch the video within.

Maybe you’ve never truly heard the beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you have a general belief in God but don’t really know where your belief comes from. Maybe your parents taught it to you? Perhaps you believe you will go to heaven because God is a good and forgiving God? Please take a moment to read this to find out whether your belief lines up with what God says about Himself and what He says about you.

Or, maybe you are a blood-bought believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and you just need some encouragement in these last days. If I may put things into perspective for you as given from Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11:

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

So, dear saints – what will you do with your time left on this earth? In what ways will you be sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the hope of salvation, and the only reconciliation between man and God? Is it not high time to shed the distractions, cut out the things that don’t matter, proclaim the Gospel from the rooftops, trim your wicks, and fill your lamps with oil?

Jesus is coming, my brothers and sisters. Are you longing for His appearing? Will He find you being faithful?

When the world changes, perhaps one morning soon, will you be ready?

Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. – Romans 13:11-14

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