Daily Jot: Watching prophetic events - Bill Wilson -
It is often said that you cannot stop the march of prophecy, but you can determine your place in it. It seemed that during the past 20 years the prophecy clock moved significantly forward. Israel's enemies are increasingly empowered. We witnessed key Prophetic players jockeying for position on the world stage. Turkey has become increasingly radical and is attempting to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate for which it was home base of the Ottoman Empire, lasting some 623 years until 1923. We saw an American president assist in the destabilization of the Middle East through support of Arab Spring and empowering terrorist-sponsoring Iran. Russia stood in the gap for Turkey, Iran, Syria, N. Korea and others.
Then, in 2017, the prophetic clock slowed down a bit, although the events that were set in motion during the previous Administration continued to brew. Iran, for example, continued its expansion into Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Iran has been attacking oil freighters since June, and now it has attacked Saudi Arabia. It is difficult to completely discern Iran's strategy other than to disrupt oil supplies and perhaps draw the United States into another drawn out war. These things may not make sense to the Western mind. But judging from the events, we may be seeing an acceleration toward the end time prophecies found in Daniel and Ezekiel.
The attacks by Iran may not make sense in that it would appear to the world that Iran has nothing to gain and most everything to lose. But the world is not God. Governments and policies of governments are not God. It doesn't need to make sense for prophecy to advance. The march of prophecy will continue on God's time, not man's time, AND man/countries/religions will determine their place in it. A wonderful clue in this is Ezekiel 38:4, "And I will turn you back, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords." Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Sudan), Libya (Libya and NW Africa) with Magog, Meshach and Tubal (all in Turkey).
The Lord will "put hooks" in their jaws and bring them forth. Iran may have strong delusion that it will be the Islamic Caliphate and rule over the Middle East. It has been working in that direction through its armies and its terrorist sponsorship. Iranian leaders may believe they have a shot at ruling the world, eliminating Israel from the face of the earth, or even controlling the world's oil supply and bringing all to submission of Shiite Islam. But this may just be the prophetic process of bringing Iran into submission to Turkey for those end time events. As we watch and pray, let us discern the times and seek the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom. Do not fear, but be excited and expecting of the Lord!