A Brief Survey of the World
TGP Prophecy Letter – July 17, 2023
There are a vast number of signs developing at once. At this time, I wish to highlight some of the most pressing topics, though there are many others besides these. For the sake of time, some of these comments will be more of a “report” than our typical discussion.
Israel’s President to Address US Congress
This week, Israel’s President Isaac Herzog is in America to address a joint session of Congress. This is incredibly important for multiple reasons. Firstly, Biden invited President Herzog instead of Prime Minister Netanyahu. It has been over seven months since Bibi was reelected, and Biden is still giving him the cold shoulder. Herzog’s time in the US also comes at a critical point in Israel’s security as America aims to sign another nuclear deal with Iran. An article from All Israel News explains that there are three goals for Herzog:
1. To try and secure an invitation from the US for Netanyahu to come to the States,
2. To effectively illustrate the magnitude and urgency of the Iranian threat to Israel, and
3. To stress the importance of US-Israel relations and the special bond that exists between the two.
This is an important week for Israel, particularly in light of the growing anti-Semitic stance the Democratic party is assuming. Many Democrats are actually boycotting Herzog’s speech:
Following Ilhan Omar, More US Lawmakers to Boycott Israeli President’s Speech at Congress – United with Israel
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to boycott Herzog's address to Congress – World Israel News
US Congresswoman: 'We've been fighting to make it clear Israel is a racist state' – World Israel News
Try to follow this topic throughout the week, for I believe it will speak volumes about the US-Israel relationship moving forward.
Netanyahu’s Health Scare
Late last week, Netanyahu was admitted to the hospital after collapsing in his home (World Israel News). He initially claimed it was due to dehydration from long hours outside in the recent heat wave, but health experts are critical, claiming that dehydration has more immediate effects. It is also reported that Netanyahu came out of the hospital with a heart monitor. So, was this dehydration or a heart problem? Whatever it is, it might well be due to stress. History might offer some insight of what might have happened:
In the days leading up to the Six Day War, then Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin suffered a similar collapse. The US had told Israel that they would not assist them if war broke out due to the fear of war with the Soviets. Another justification for America’s refusal to help was that they had run three war simulations, all of which showed Israel coming out as the victor. Fearing a large-scale war with Russia and believing Israel would win the Arab conflict on their own, the US denied Israel assistance. As Chief of Staff of Israel’s armed forces, Rabin was so deeply troubled by Israel’s prospects in standing alone against the Arab threat that he collapsed in a nervous breakdown as a result (The Jerusalem Post).
Could this same thing have happened to Netanyahu? It would make sense given that the situation before the Six Day War and that of today are eerily similar, though the prospects today are far more dangerous.
While the US has participated in joint exercises with Israel, the extent of their cooperation may be limited when it comes down to it. As in the 1967 war, the US might conclude that Israel can handle the Iranian and Proximal Arab threat on their own. And once again, they might also fear that US assistance of Israel against Iran – one of Russia’s allies – might spark all-our war between the West and Russia. As we will consider further in our comments, the situation in Ukraine is escalating tensions between these opposing superpowers, and the US wants to avoid war.
Another factor in all of this is the ever-widening rift between Israel and the US:
Wall Street Journal editorial accuses Biden of treating Netanyahu worse than Iran – All Israel News
US lawmakers: Iran disagreement at root of Biden snub of Netanyahu – World Israel News
Biden said to order “reassessment” of relations with Israel – DEBKAfile
While both the US and Israel deny that there’s any talk of a “reassessment”, this is also the last thing that either party would want the world to know about. If true, it weakens America’s stronghold in the Middle East while simultaneously showing Israel more isolated and vulnerable. The report of “reassessment” could be true or false, but my thinking is that it’s valid. Time will tell.
Threats of War from the Arabs
As to the trouble that might be wearing on Netanyahu, here are some recent headlines about “the heathen round about” (Joel 3:12):
Lebanon Might Be Preparing to Declare War On Israel – Israel365 News
Hezbollah Gearing Up For Showdown With Israel – Prophecy News Watch
Rockets on Judea and Samaria signal 'the end of Israel' – World Israel News
How The Israeli Air Force Is Preparing For Multi-Arena War – Prophecy News Watch
Russia-Ukraine War Escalation
Lastly, we’ll share some recent items on the Ukraine war and its affect upon Russia and the Western powers:
Furious Putin threatens cluster bomb armageddon as Ukraine also receives banned bombs – Express
New Russian warship with hypersonic missiles joins Black Sea fleet – The Jerusalem Post
President Biden considering 'military options' as Russian jets 'harass' American drones – Express
Should the US and Russia officially clash, we can almost certainly conclude that a third World War will have begun. I believe that both sides will try to avoid this at all costs, but as Russia is refusing to back down in Ukraine, it might inevitably lead to that.
What all of this means for us is that we ought to ensure that our lamps are filled with oil, burning brightly in this dark world. No other group of people on this planet has such reason for rejoicing as we do! These troubles are clear harbingers of the Master’s return, and once the earth is subdued beneath his feet, we shall never again hear of war and fighting:
Isaiah 2:4 – he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
In the One Hope of Israel,