I woke up each morning last weekend to very troubling headlines…..
- Saturday from the Saudi Gazette: “BARBARIC ATTACK”
- Sunday from Joel Rosenberg’s Blog: “Vital American-Saudi ARAMCO oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were severely damaged on Saturday by upwards of ten sophisticated attacks“
- Monday morning on Drudge: “Drone attack on Saudi oil seen as ‘Pearl Harbor’ moment”
The one from Joel Rosenberg, my favorite geo-political/prophetic novelist was particularly poignant because just a couple days before the attack he had led a group of evangelical leaders to meet with the Saudi Crown Prince. His conclusion from that meeting was: “Having just been in Saudi Arabia discussing the gravity of the Iran threat with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and other senior Saudi officials and military commanders, I would say MBS is fiercely determined to work closely with the US and his allies in the region to counter the Mullahs in Tehran.”
I was discussing these headlines with my 26 year old son over lunch and he asked me a very pointed question: “Dad, could I be drafted into a war”? His question really took me a bit by surprise but I had to admit, it is not without merit. After all, our boys were asking the same question of their dads on December 8th, 1941 after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor after a similar surprise attack.
I’m sure many of the readers of this column remember the draft notices they received, as I did, during the Vietnam war in the 60’s and early 70’s.
And who could have foreseen an 18 year-long war with Afghanistan on September the 10th, 2001. My other son is already a combat vet from that war. And now he’s in Germany working with NATO troops to insure their preparedness for whatever Russia and Turkey have in mind in that theater.
In our safe and peaceful middle Georgia world, it is easy to lull ourselves into thinking all is okay in the world. But the reality is that we could be one missile strike away from WW III. Will Saudi Arabia retaliate against Iran without the USA’s support? I don’t think so. And would Iran come back against us without calling in her ally, Russia? I doubt it. That scenario, as I sit here and type this paragraph is a real one.
Should any of this surprise us? Not really if we have a basic understanding of biblical prophecy. In fact, here’s what Jesus said in Matthew 24:6: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.”
My favorite commentator on these types of issues is an Ohio attorney, John Haler, who gives a weekly update for about 90 minutes on You Tube every Sunday. He gives a summary of the global news as seen through the lens of bible prophecy; just type in “YouTube, John Haler”, and it will pop up with the current date.
I truly hope that nothing will come off it. But if it does, it surely helps to be able to see it all in light of what the bible says. In the meantime meditate on Philippians 4:6“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”.
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Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org