Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Editors of Arab Dailies Assess: A War between Iran and the West Is Imminent -

In recent articles, editors of Arab dailies assessed that a war between Iran and the West is imminent, and did not rule out the possibility that the Arabs would take part in it. The editor of the Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily, 'Abd Al-Bari 'Atwan, wrote that the war would change the face of the region, and the fate of Israel's occupation would be like that of the Nazi regime after World War II; the editor of the Egyptian daily Al-Gumhouriyya, Muhammad 'Ali Ibrahim, stated that Iran has already made the first move towards war; and Al-Sharq Al-Awsat editor Tariq Alhomayed stated that whatever happens – whether Iran acquires nuclear weapons or a war breaks out to prevent it from acquiring them – the Arabs will become victims of the Iranian regime.

Following are excerpts from the editorials:

Al-Quds Al-Arabi Editor: If Israel Attacks Iran, Syria Is Likely to Fire Tens of Thousands of Missiles at Israel, Some with Chemical and Biological Warheads

'Abd Al-Bari editor of the London daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, wrote in a February 13 editorial that if Israel attacks Iran, Syria is likely to respond with a brutal attack against it: "[Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad's declaration that his country is a 'nuclear nation'... and that it can enrich uranium to above 80%, exposes the real aim of Iran's nuclear program – that is, to produce nuclear warheads. In a phone conversation with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, he demanded that Syria wage war against Israel and eliminate this country if it launches an attack in the region (on Iran). In my view, this is the most important development, particularly in light of the fact that [Ahmadinejad's] demand comes at a time of stepped-up preparations for war [by Israel]...

"I don't know how President Assad responded to the requests of his Iranian colleague and ally, but according to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Al-Mu'allem, it appears that he felt that the explosion was imminent...

"There are two views regarding how Syria will respond if Israel attacks Iran, either by itself or together with the U.S. One [view is that] the Syrian government, in all its cleverness, will not lift a finger, preferring to take its time... The second is that Syria will join in the war and fire tens of thousands of missiles – including some with chemical and biological warheads – at Israeli cities and targets, under [its] current binding agreement [with Iran]...

"The second possibility is the more likely of the two. Perhaps the next war, if it breaks out... will change the face of the region from top to bottom, just as World War II did: Regimes will be wiped off the map, and others will take their place. Perhaps Israel will be impacted most of all, and it is not inconceivable that its fate [as an occupier] will be similar to that of the German Nazi regime...

"The current American administration is already preparing for the new war with a strangling blockade on Iran...

"[Most of] the pressure is now on China, so that it will not thwart a U.N. Security Council international resolution on a blockade [against Iran]. These pressures take the form of carrot and stick: The stick is the arming of Taiwan and economic threats; the carrot is demonstrated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, aimed at persuading them to sell gas and oil to China at low prices in order to compensate it for losses it is likely to incur as a result of sanctions on Iran...

"Some talk of a six-month timetable [for the war], which according to estimates, is the time that Iran needs to produce nuclear weapons."[1]

The U.S. Is Working to Line Up the Gulf States to Back Sanctions and a Military Move against Iran

In a February 15 editorial, Atwan wrote: "...Hillary Clinton visited the Arabian Gulf to focus efforts there prior to [asking] the U.N. Security Council for strangling economic sanctions on Iran... This means that American diplomacy is being implemented along with military preparations [against Iran]...

"Clinton's requests of her Gulf hosts can be boiled down to three points:"

"1) Making tempting offers to China of low[-cost] gas and oil ...

"2) Involving [the Gulf countries] in the blockade or economic sanctions on Iran...

"3) Opening bases, ports, and airports [of the Gulf states] to American, and perhaps [also] Israeli, planes, ships, and forces, in case of a military move against Iran...

"It is too early to estimate to what extent the Gulf States will comply with the American requests, [but I believe] they are likely to acquiesce, perhaps [even] without any argument at all..."[2]

Al-Gumhouriyya Editor: Iran Has Already Made the First Move towards War

Egyptian MP Muhammad 'Ali Ibrahim, editor of the Egyptian government daily Al-Gumhouriyya, wrote in his editorial that Iran has already made the first move towards war, but that only U.S. President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu know when it will actually break out and what it will entail. "One can envision the region as a chessboard with white and black pieces moving across it... The opening move was made by Iran when it announced that it was beginning to enrich uranium to 20%... As everyone knows, chess is a game played by two opponents, but in the Middle East, Iran is playing against a very formidable rival [consisting of] the U.S. and Israel, and with each passing day it acquires new opponents and loses more of its allies. Syria seems to be hesitating, [although] Ahmadinejad has urged it to join the war should Israel attack the resistance, [i.e.,] Hizbullah and Hamas...

"Iran is interested in this war, because it sees it as an opportunity to suppress its [domestic] opposition and accuse it of cooperating with the West. [It also hopes that] the shared sense of danger will prompt the Iranians to unite around their leadership. The U.S. is also interested in the war, because it will enable it to sell advanced weapons to the countries of the region, to impose its air defense umbrella on the Gulf states, and to determine oil prices independently of OPEC...

"Tehran is forgetting that there will be no ground war against it... Cruise missiles and one-ton bombs will drop [from the sky] and carve [craters] seven stories deep... But will this paralyze Iran? Will not [Iran] attack the Gulf states and kill every American soldier in the region? And when will this scenario materialize? Nobody knows for sure... except Obama and Netanyahu..."[3]


In ancient wall, scholar sees proof for Bible - Matti Friedman –

JERUSALEM – An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.

If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C.

That's a key point of dispute among scholars, because it would match the Bible's account that the Hebrew kings David and Solomon ruled from Jerusalem around that time.

While some Holy Land archaeologists support that version of history — including the archaeologist behind the dig, Eilat Mazar — others posit that David's monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government to speak of in that era.

Speaking to reporters at the site Monday, Mazar, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, called her find "the most significant construction we have from First Temple days in Israel."

"It means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime capable of carrying out such construction," she said.

Based on what she believes to be the age of the fortifications and their location, she suggested it was built by Solomon, David's son, and mentioned in the Book of Kings.

The fortifications, including a monumental gatehouse and a 77-yard (70-meter) long section of an ancient wall, are located just outside the present-day walls of Jerusalem's Old City, next to the holy compound known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. According to the Old Testament, it was Solomon who built the first Jewish Temple on the site.

That temple was destroyed by Babylonians, rebuilt, renovated by King Herod 2,000 years ago and then destroyed again by Roman legions in 70 A.D. The compound now houses two important Islamic buildings, the golden-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Archaeologists have excavated the fortifications in the past, first in the 1860s and most recently in the 1980s. But Mazar claimed her dig was the first complete excavation and the first to turn up strong evidence for the wall's age: a large number of pottery shards, which archaeologists often use to figure out the age of findings.

Aren Maeir, an archaeology professor at Bar Ilan University near Tel Aviv, said he has yet to see evidence that the fortifications are as old as Mazar claims. There are remains from the 10th century in Jerusalem, he said, but proof of a strong, centralized kingdom at that time remains "tenuous."

While some see the biblical account of the kingdom of David and Solomon as accurate and others reject it entirely, Maeir said the truth was likely somewhere in the middle.

"There's a kernel of historicity in the story of the kingdom of David," he said.

Monday, February 22, 2010


In his recently released book The Messiah Comes to Israel, author Gerald Rowlands takes a detour from the traditional “Rapture Next” path. From the prophecy in Zechariah 12 he investigates the high probability of an imminent war to be launched against Israel by all her near Muslim neighbors. According to verses nine and ten, Almighty God Jehovah will intervene directly to defend and deliver Israel from her fanatical enemies, after which He will pour out His Holy Spirit upon the nation, and reveal Himself as Israel’s Messiah. He will then be received by Israel with period of great mourning and national repentance that precedes a glorious national transformation.
Zechariah 12:9-11
9 For my plan is to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 "Then I will pour out the spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.
11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the grievous mourning of Hadad-Rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. NLT
The chapter opens with a strong message from Jehovah God concerning the prophetic future of Israel and Jerusalem. God predicts a fierce End Time attack upon Israel by all her surrounding neighbors. Amazingly, the attack will be repulsed by the direct intervention of Jehovah and all Israel’s enemies will be soundly defeated and destroyed. In the wake of this supernatural victory, Jehovah will pour forth His Spirit on the population of Israel and Jerusalem. This outpouring will come by the sovereign grace of God causing cries of repentance to fill every mouth. The immediate result will be an immense scene of national mourning the like of which has never been witnessed in Israel since the death of King Josiah.
Immediately after the cries of repentance, God will open a fountain of cleansing to purge Israel from all their sins and defilements. (Zechariah 13:1)
The amazing victory will gain for Israel a great deal of territory formerly occupied by her enemies. It will also win a period of peace and prosperity when Israel and Jerusalem will be exalted above all the nations and the God of Israel will also be highly exalted. Many of the glorious promise that God has made over Israel will be wonderfully fulfilled. Predictions such as Isaiah 61may then be fulfilled. This peaceful and prosperous period will last until the war that is predicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

The Sequence of Zechariah’s Prophecy
Zechariah 12:1
The burden (massa: H5375) of the word of the LORD (Jehovah) against (concerning) Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him: NKJV
The opening statement of the chapter says that this particular message is a burden (Hebrew, massa - a heavy load, a weighty matter) concerning the future of Israel. God is extremely serious about the predicted situation. He is warning Israel and the world about a serious event that will happen in the End Times future of Israel. God also presents His credentials as the creator and sustainer of the universe including mankind.
Zechariah 12:2-3 all the nearby nations send their armies to besiege Jerusalem. NLT
All the nearby nations on the borders of Israel will attack Jerusalem. They will launch a united savage attack upon Israel and its capital city. It will be launched with the optimistic belief that at last they have the ability and opportunity to destroy the Jewish presence in Israel. Jehovah then outlines His response to the attack. In definitively naming Israel’s enemies in this war as “all the nearby (geographically adjacent) nations” Zechariah clearly distinguishes this war from the one predicted in Ezekiel 38, 39. This is a different war preceding, possibly by several years, the one mentioned in Ezekiel.
Zechariah 12:2-3
2 I will make Jerusalem and Judah like an intoxicating drink to all the nearby nations that send their armies to besiege Jerusalem. NLT
He will give to the attacking nations the cup of His anger which will be like a powerfully intoxicating drink. The attacking forces will begin to act like drunken men in an irrationally and uncoordinated manner. Sensible strategies and actions will desert them and they will conduct themselves like men in a drunken stupor. In some yet technically unknown manner God is also going to “mess with their minds” causing forms of insanity that will cause them to perform ill advised actions that will defeat their own purposes.

Who Are The Enemies?
The immediate enemies are all the nearby enemies as outlined in
Psalms 83:4-8
4 "Come," they say, "let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence."
5 This was their unanimous decision. They signed a treaty as allies against you —
6 these Edomites and Ishmaelites, Moabites and Hagrites,
7 Gebalites, Ammonites, and Amalekites, and people from Philistia and Tyre.
8 Assyria has joined them, too, and is allied with the descendants of Lot. NLT
These ancient nations all have their descendant equivalents in the modern Islamic nations that currently surround Israel on every side. At present this war is being waged mainly by Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, motivated and armed by Iran. However, there are also numerous nations that are giving tacit approval to the aims of Israel’s enemies through plans to divide Israel and Jerusalem giving place to Islamic ambitions. Certainly the UN and its minions are already guilty in this regard. U.S and U.K government policies are also complicit with plans to create a Muslim State within the current boundaries of Israel and Jerusalem; they too will face the anger and judgment of God. Joel 3:2.
Once again, as on many previous occasions, the religious leaders of Iran have spoken openly of their determination to destroy and eliminate what they called the “Zionist regime.”

Iranian leader predicts destruction of Israel – January 28th 2010
TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is confident Islamic nations will one day watch the destruction of arch-foe Israel, his website Wednesday quoted him as saying. Khamenei made the remark during a meeting with Mauritanian President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz in Tehran, the website said.
The all-powerful Iranian leader also said that Israel's continued "pressure to erase Palestine from the world of Islamic nations" will fail.
"Surely, the day will come when the nations of the region will witness the destruction of the Zionist regime... when the destruction happens will depend on how the Islamic nations approach the issue," Khamenei told Aziz, who arrived in Tehran on Monday.
"The Zionist regime, by continuing to use pressure, blockades and committing genocide, wants to erase Palestine... but it will not succeed."
Zechariah 12:3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone, a burden for the world. None of the nations who try to lift it will escape unscathed. NLT
God will also then make Jerusalem like a very heavy, immovable stone. All who try to displace this stone will only succeed in rupturing themselves and tearing their nations apart. The stone will prove too heavy for even the whole world to dislodge. They will make no progress in their attempt to change the status of the city. Jerusalem will remain intact and wholly in Jewish hands.
Every nation that has any role in supporting the division of Israel and Jerusalem will experience severe judgment from the hand of God.
Joel 3:1-2
1 "At that time, when I restore the prosperity of Judah and Jerusalem," says the LORD,
2 "I will gather the armies of the world into the valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will judge them for harming my people, for scattering my inheritance among the nations, and for dividing up my land. NLT
As a faithful watchman over Jerusalem God neither slumbers nor sleeps.
Psalms 121:3-5
3 He will not let you stumble and fall; the one who watches over you will not sleep.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel never tires and never sleeps.
5 The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. NLT
However in Zechariah 12:4 He issues fresh and further assurance that at this particular time in her history He will keep an especially alert eye on the people of Israel.
Zechariah 12:4 "On that day, says the LORD, I will cause every horse to panic and every rider to lose his nerve. I will watch over the people of Judah, but I will blind the horses of her enemies. NLT
In another version of the Bible Jehovah says, “And I will open My eyes on the house of Judah.” (MKJV)
The phrase “open my eyes” implies to give special attention to indicating that God will be especially mindful to the plight of His people at a given time. He will be solicitously mindful of them.
In addition to keeping His eyes on Israel Jehovah also says that He will “blind the horses of Israel’s enemies” i.e. He will cause them to lose all sense of direction. They will be completely disoriented. I am sure this means that God will confuse all the radar, radio transmissions and directional finding instruments of the enemy.
In an induced state of total confusion all Israel’s enemies will lose their nerve. They will be severely demoralized and in a state of grave panic to the degree of mental breakdown. I believe that Israel will have some hitherto secret weapons that will be like ray guns, capable of zapping the brains of their enemies and incapacitating them. There will also be supernatural powers working to cause mental problems and intellectual disarray. Alternatively it may be God Himself who strikes the mental faculties of Israel’s enemies.
Zechariah 12:5 'The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the LORD Almighty, their God.' NLT
In the Israeli ranks there will be an absolute difference in mentality. They will discover and be imbued with supernatural strength from Jehovah Sabaoth, the commander in chief of Heaven’s armies. Instead of trusting wholly in their own military strategies and capabilities they will place their faith solely in the Living God.
Zechariah 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. (KJV)
The clear intimation of verse 5 is that the rulers (government leaders) of Israel will boldly declare that their strength and confidence will be in the LORD of Hosts. Although since the birth of modern Israel their confidence has been invested in their amazing Defense Force, in this new situation their hope will be placed in the God who is defending and delivering them from their fanatical attackers. Another version declares that the “governors” i.e. ruling administrators of Israel will transfer their hope to the LORD of Hosts.
Zechariah 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God. (KJV)
The plain inference of verse 5 in the King James Version is that the rulers (government leaders) of Israel will boldly declare that their strength and confidence will be in the LORD of Hosts. Although since the birth of modern Israel their confidence has been invested in their amazing Defense Force, in this new situation their hope will be placed in the God who is defending and delivering them from their fanatical attackers.


Netanyahu in Poland - Jewish Telegraphic Agency - ‎Jan 27, 2010‎
In a speech at Auschwitz to mark International Holocaust Memorial Day Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reasserted the right of the Jewish people to self-defence. Noting that many of the slain must have uttered the phrase, "Remember what Amalek did to you" before their death, the Prime Minister again cautioned, "Remember what Amalek did to you." We will always remember what the Nazi Amalek did to us and we will not forget to be alert and ready when a new Amalek appears on the stage of history and threatens to destroy the Jews once again.

And we will not again make the mistake of taking the matter lightly and thinking that the threats are empty. We will not forget and we will always remember to stand guard." Netanyahu added: "The lesson of the Holocaust is that evil must be stopped as early as possible whilst still in its early phases not yet able to realize its intentions," in a clear allusion to Iran's nuclear threats. "This lesson must be internalized by all the world's enlightened nations. We, the Jewish people, internalized it well, after losing one third of our nation on the blood-soaked earth of Europe.

We learned that we must be prepared to defend ourselves. We have learned that the only guarantee for the survival of our nation is a strong Israel and its army—the Israel Defence Force. We learned that we must alert the nations of the world and be prepared to defend ourselves. From this place I vow, as the head of the State of the Jews: never again will we let the machine of evil cut off the life of our nation. Never again."

"Am Yisrael Chai, we have returned to our homeland," he concluded, "to the land of our forefathers, to Jerusalem, our capital. We have converged from all corners of the world, Holocaust survivors, Arab Jews, Jews from former Soviet Union states, Ethiopian Jews," Netanyahu said. "We bow our heads in memory of the Holocaust victims and raise our heads as our flag waves with its two blue stripes and the Star of David at its centre. We still haven't lost our hope."

OSWIECIM, Poland (JTA) -- Israel is prepared to fight a new Amalek 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...
PM in Auschwitz: New Amalek has appeared on stage of history Ynetnews
We will never forget, says Netanyahu at Auschwitz Sydney Morning Herald
Netanyahu in Auschwitz: Remember Amalek and Trust in IDF Arutz Sheva
Jerusalem Post - Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Netanyahu’s Visit to Poland – Joel Rosenberg - January 2010

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently traveled to Poland to commemorate the 65th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz. Speaking on the actual site of the Nazi death camp, the Prime Minister warned the world of new genocidal threats against the Jewish people and the importance of acting early enough to prevent such threats from coming to pass. In a stunning and remarkable moment, Netanyahu also declared to the people of Europe and the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have been fulfilled. The Holocaust, he said, represented the "dry bones" and "graves" of the Jewish people, and out of that horror the State of Israel was resurrected, just as the Lord said would happen through the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel. Rarely has any world leader given a major address on an international stage declaring End Times prophecies from the Bible have come true. But that is exactly what Netanyahu did.
Zechariah 12:6-7
6 "On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a brazier that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighboring nations right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. NLT
The Israeli Defense Force will become like a roaring fire in a timber yard and like a blazing torch in fields of dry grain. The fire will sweep swiftly through the ranks of their enemies.
Asaph the psalmist also mentions this feature of God’s judgment and wrath upon Israel’s enemies.
Psalms 83:13-15
13 O my God, blow them away like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind!
14 As a fire roars through a forest and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,
15 chase them with your fierce storms; terrify them with your tempests. NLT
Zechariah 12:7-8
7 The LORD will give victory to the rest of Judah first, before Jerusalem, so that the people of Jerusalem and the royal line of David will not have greater honor than the rest of Judah. NLT
Zechariah 12:6 while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. NLT
Zechariah 12:8-9
8 On that day the LORD (Jehovah) will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the LORD who goes before them!
9 For my plan is to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. NLT
Zechariah predicts that
* God will personally defend and deliver the people of Jerusalem.
* The weakest Israeli citizen will be strong like King David. (The Hebrew word kashal, - weakest, signifies weakness in the legs especially the ankles, causing one to falter, stumble or fall).
* The descendants of David will be like the Angel of the LORD.
* The Angel of the Lord (Messiah) will lead Israel into battle.
* God will destroy all the armies that attack Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:10-14
10 "Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.
11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the grievous mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo.

Immediately After Victory Is Attained
* Jehovah will pour out His Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha Kodesh) upon Israel.
* The Spirit will be poured out by the grace (unmerited favour) of God.
* Israeli mouths will be filled with inspired supplications.
* Israelis will look upon the Face of the God who was pierced.
* They will grieve bitterly as though for an only son who died.
* The national mourning will fill the land.
* It will be as the mourning reserved for royalty.

V 12 All Israel will weep in profound sorrow, each family by itself, with the husbands and wives in separate groups. The family of David will mourn, along with the family of Nathan,
13 the family of Levi, and the family of Shimei.
14 Each of the surviving families from Judah will mourn separately, husbands and wives apart. NLT
* The whole nation will weep in sorrow for Messiah.
* Each family will mourn, husbands and wives apart.
* The rulers (Government officials) will mourn.
* The religious leaders will mourn.
* The family of Levi (priests) will mourn.

Zechariah 13:1"On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and defilement. NLT
In the original scriptures the chapters were not divided as in our Bibles.
I believe there was no separation between Zechariah 12:14 and Zechariah 13:1. The fountain of cleansing was opened for all those who will mourn in Zion, i.e. the population of Israel mentioned in Zechariah 12:9, 10. Joel 2:30 - 32)

I personally believe there is a time gap between the end of chapter 13 and the commencement of chapter 14 which then speaks about the “Second Coming” of the Messiah when His feet will touch down on the Mount of Olives. This chapter also relates to the inauguration of the Millennium when all the remaining nations will to Jerusalem every year to worship the King of kings.
Zechariah 14:16-17
And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. NKJV
U.S. Intelligence Report: Source: The Jerusalem Post 30thJanuary 2010
US intelligence finds 5,000 Hizballah trained to seize Galilee towns Jones was not talking out of the top of his head, but on the strength of solid US intelligence gathered over months on detailed war plans Iran, Syria, Hizballah and Hamas have drawn up to send five Hizballah brigades sweeping across the border to seize five sectors of Galilee, while also organizing a massive Israeli-Arab uprising against the Jewish state.
Hamas would open a second front in the south and in the east. Syria is expected to step in at some stage. This plan with attached special map was first published exclusively by DEBKA-Net-Weekly 430 on Jan. 22, 2010. Key excerpts appear here.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards instructors at especially established training facilities near Tehran are already well advanced in training a cadre of 5,000 Hizballah fighters in special operations and urban combat tactics to standards equivalent to those current in similar US and Israeli military forces.
At the outset of the course, the group was split up into five battalions, each given a specific northern Israeli sector for capture with details of its topography and population for close study.
1st Battalion: This unit will break through the Naqura-Rosh Haniqra border pass and sweep south along seven kilometers to seize Nahariya, the Israeli Mediterranean city of 55,000 - or parts thereof.
UN peacekeepers have their headquarters at Naqura, the other side of Rosh Haniqra, and Israel defenses there are lax, so no military or geographic obstacles to this Hizballah drive are anticipated. This battalion will capture a large number of Israeli hostages for use as live shields against an Israeli counter-attack. A small group of 150 fighters, trained by Revolutionary Guards marines, will also try and reach the coast by swift boats. They are already standing by in Lebanon.
2nd Battalion: This unit is assigned to capture the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, 300 meters southeast of the Naqura border pass and home to 6,500 inhabitants. Holding this town and its environs will give Hizballah control of a key road hub and stand in the path of Israeli reinforcements heading for Nahariya through routes 89 and 899 from key Israeli bases in the Galilee and Upper Galilee regions to the east.
3rd Battalion: Driving further south than any other Hizballah unit, this battalion must reach the three Israeli-Arab villages of B'ina, Deir al-Asad and Majd el-Krum, which are located north of the town of Carmiel and alongside Israel's Route 85 which connects Acre on the Mediterranean with Safad in the central Galilee mountains.
Iranian war planners want Hizballah to control the three Israeli-Arab locations for two advantages:
One: As a commanding position for stirring up the disaffected Israeli-Arab villages and towns of Lower Galilee and Wadi Ara to the south into a full-blown uprising. The incoming combat force will be backed up by clandestine Hizballah cells which for some years have established, armed and funded the underground "Galilee Liberation Battalions” in Sakhnin, Araba and Deir Hana, by means of drug smugglers.
Hizballah's West Bank cells have been active for some time in the Wadi Ara region, through which National Route 65 connects central Israel to the North.
Two: To gain fire control of Acre-Safed Route 85 from positions in occupied Arab villages and so have a shield ready for the Hizballah units holding Nahariya and Shlomi, and seriously impede the passage of Israeli forces from bases in the center of the country to relieve these northern towns. The Israeli Air Force will be constrained from attacking the areas held by Hizballah by the presence of large civilian populations.
4th Battalion: This battalion will push southeast into the Kadesh Valley, on the rim of which the Makia and Yiftah kibbutzim and Makia moshav are clustered. Capture of these locations would afford Hizballah fire coverage of Israel's northernmost Galilee Panhandle.
5th Battalion: Hizballah's Strategic Reserve. Rocket attacks from Lebanon will focus on disabling Israel's strategic military sites, such as air force bases, missile bases, its nuclear facilities and naval bases. Targeting Israeli population centers is a lower Iranian priority.
Syria's initial involvement will be limited to cover by artillery or air for Hizballah operations. But if the fighting escalates or drags on, Hizballah will invite Syrian back-up forces to go into Lebanon; Damascus will open Front No. 4 against Israel from the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
The Tehran-Hizballah war strategy is all but ready for any contingency. The obvious trigger would be an Israeli military operation against Iran's nuclear facilities, but once all the elements are in place, they could be activated by any other pretext conjured up in Tehran or Damascus.
In recent weeks, both Hizballah and its Syrian allies have mobilized their forces while telling the Arab world that the Jewish state is about to attack Lebanon.
Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah is straining at the leash to attack Israel however the crisis over Iran's nuclear program turns out. Sunday, January 17, he said: "I promise you, in view of all the threats you hear today… that should a new war with the Zionists erupt, we [the Lebanese resistance movement] will crush the enemy, come out victorious, and change the face of the region.
"God willing, Israel, the occupation, hegemony, and arrogance are in the process of disappearing!"
Nasrallah was not alone in anticipating a troubled year for the Middle East.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


The world is currently faced with several highly possible international disasters which appear to threaten the immediate future of our planet. These potential disasters include severe global warming, a massive economic collapse and deadly new viruses and diseases. All of these possibilities have an air of inevitability and imminence. However the most severe and most impending threat is one in which the world appears to show only little interest. While thousands of delegates gather in massive international conferences relating to the climate and economy, relatively few people appear to have much real concern about what is the most inevitable, dangerous and imminent disaster. It is the situation in the Middle East pertaining to a war that is about to be unleashed upon Israel which will have the potential to seriously devastate and degrade the whole world. This war will undermine the social, political, economic and religious aspects of world society. There will be a dramatic and devastating negative affect upon the entire world and its immediate future.

It is a war that will be conducted by fanatical Islamic forces as the first stage of their determined ultimate purpose to assume total world domination. Although Islam presents itself publicly as a religion of peace it is actually a religious, political ideology with serious ambitions to transform the world into an international enclave of Islam. The real power behind this plan is neither religious or political. It is actually a spiritual one and the only power that can withstand and defeat it is also a spiritual power. No political humanistic power can defeat the determined objective of Islam. Only the authority of Jehovah the true God, can achieve victory over the principality of Allah.

Zechariah predicted this war some 2,500 years ago. He also predicted that in its aftermath, the long awaited Jewish Messiah would appear again to Israel. This miraculous appearance will totally transform Israel and subsequently introduce a new era of peace and prosperity for Israel. God’s glorious light will arise over Jerusalem and all the nations will recognize that God’s presence is there. This horrendous clash of ideologies is inevitable yet many people are too fearful to acknowledge this. Political correctness dictates that we should not even speak of such things lest we offend someone. However, it would be absolute foolishness to capitulate to such ideas and leave ourselves totally unprepared for events that will surely happen and will forever change the world in which we live.

There are several reasons why this war together with its aftermath seems imminently inevitable.

Messianic Mania

Ahmadinejad, the political leader of Iran is acting under the strong delusion that Allah has brought him to power to prepare the way for the appearance of Al Mahdi, the Islamic Messiah. Such preparation involves the creation of total global chaos and confusion, plus the annihilation of Israel and the Western world. Ahmadinejad is so dedicated to this mission that he is obviously ready and willing to do anything and everything necessary to achieve it.

Military Preparations

For too many years the wealth of Iran has been used primarily to pursue the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction. The pursuit has been and is driven by a fanatical determination to ultimately bring the whole world under the dominant rule of Islam. So fanatically determined is the religious ambition that Ahadinejad will allow nothing whatsoever to stand in his way or thwart his purpose. The Western world is so na├»ve in its appraisal and understanding of the serious nature of this threat that it has virtually stood by and watched it develop to the degree that it will soon attain its objective and be ready to launch the first stage of the global strategy through an all out attack upon Israel. All of Israel’s nearest neighbours have been primed and prepared to augment the attack from Syria, Lebanon, Gaza etc. They all await the psychological moment when they sense the opportunity of a certain victory over Israel that will prepare the way for a violent unleashing of terrorist attacks on the West. The main factor that gives hope to their confidence is not only the acquirement of nuclear warheads and long range missiles, but the ultra fanatical belief that Allah has declared his prophetic intention to assume global domination of the whole world in the Last Days. The fanatical belief of radical Islamic leadership has reached such a degree of intensity that it confidently assumes complete success and it will soon be unleashed on a largely unsuspecting and under prepared world.

Biblical Predictions

The main reason why I believe that the war we have described will certainly happen in the very imminent future is that the Bible prophets predicted it thousands of years ago and the signs they described as portents of it have almost reached final proportions. The prophetic details of this war are foretold in Psalm 83, Joel 3 and Zechariah 12. In addition Zechariah also predicted the amazing result and aftermath of the war.
Zechariah 12:7-11
8 On that day the LORD (Yaweh) will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the LORD who goes before them!
9 For my plan is to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 "Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.
11 The sorrow and mourning in Jerusalem on that day will be like the grievous mourning of Hadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddo. NLT
In March 2010, Destiny Image will publish a book entitled “The Messiah Comes To Israel” the author of which is Gerald Rowlands of Australia. It describes fully the details of this imminent war and the glorious effect it will have on Israel as the nation merges into its amazing prophetic future. This is a “must read” for everyone who is endeavouring to understand what might be the next stage of God’s End Times strategy.

Further details can be obtained from:
Rev Gerald Rowlands
PO Box 5262 SCMC
Queensland 4560