By Mark Ellis
Noted Christian author and speaker Hal Lindsey says the ‘Last Days’ are here, as Bible prophecies made thousands of years ago seem close to fulfillment.
“The prophets Zechariah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah all prophesy that, in the last days, a reborn nation of Israel will find itself alone and friendless with its back to the sea, surrounded by enemies with no one and nowhere to turn,” Lindsey says in a recent Hal Lindsey Report. “Does this sound familiar?” he asks. “Friends, those days are here.”
As the perils to Israel seem to grow day-by-day, Lindsey sounds the alarm. “Seldom have we seen a nation face — at one moment — so many lethal threats to its very existence,” he notes.
The recent attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo was one ominous sign. After being incited at a demonstration in Tahrir Square, thousands of Egyptians marched to the Israeli embassy. “Hundreds of them attacked the building, tore down the concrete walls, and breached the consulate. They looted files, trashed the offices, burned the Israeli flag, and came within moments of lynching the six Israeli security guards who remained behind after the entire diplomatic staff and their families were evacuated to Israel,” Lindsey notes.
Lindsey believes the turn in Egypt’s relations with Israel is unmistakable. ” Need we a clearer indication that Egypt’s military leaders will not have the will or courage to defy the Muslim Brotherhood and maintain the 1979 Camp David Accords with Israel?” he asks.
In addition to a hostile enemy on its southern flank, a worldwide political storm gathers against Israel in the United Nations. The Palestinian Authority is asking the U.N. to recognize the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem as the sovereign nation of Palestine — based on the pre-1967 borders. “It’s a slam dunk in the General Assembly since Arab and Muslim nations and their sympathizers hold a voting majority, but a vote in the GA has no legal weight until ratified by the Security Council,” Lindsey notes.
While the Obama administration has indicated it will veto the resolution, Obama also hopes it won’t reach that point. “A US veto will put him in an awkward position since he has promised a state to the Palestinians and assured the Muslim world that if anyone could get it done, it would be him. They believed him and are now publicly and loudly using his own words against him,” according to Lindsey.
He believes Israel will be at great risk if Palestine is recognized in the U.N. “Israel would only be nine miles wide at one critical point. It would mean that from the hills of the West Bank (Palestine) the terrorists can physically see Tel Aviv. That would be child’s play for the rockets and missiles of the terrorists or the national military of the new state,”Lindsey notes.
“Further, Israel would no longer have the recognized right to enter Judea or Samaria (the West Bank) or East Jerusalem to protect Jewish settlers, tourists, or any of the Jewish or Christian holy sites. They could no longer enter those areas or Gaza to destroy missile and rocket launch sites operated by the Palestinians. To do so would be seen as an invasion of sovereign territory and give cause to Palestine’s “allies” to rush to its aid.”
Such a turn of events will only embolden Israel’s sworn enemies. “Revered Israeli statesman, Abba Eban, once referred to those indefensible borders as the “Auschwitz borders” because of the danger they posed to Israel,” Lindsey notes.
Turkey, once considered a friend in the region, has also turned against Israel under the leadership of Prime Minister Erdogan. “Turkey was the second Muslim nation to recognize Israel in 1949 (Iran was the first) and was the only Muslim nation with a formal military alliance with Israel,” Lindsey notes.
But now, Turkey has renounced the alliance, expelled Israel’s ambassador, and recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv. Further, Erdogan has threatened to send Turkish warships to challenge any Israeli naval presence outside Israel’s 12-mile territorial waters.
” Turkey is furious with Israel for interdicting the “Freedom Flotilla” that it sent to bust the Egyptian-Israeli maritime blockade of Gaza in May of 2010. After the passengers of the Mavi Marmara attempted to lynch the Israeli boarding party, a battle ensued and nine Turkish nationals died,” Lindsey notes.
Lindsey sees another side to Erdogan’s posturing. “Erdogan’s ulterior motive is to restore Turkey to its pre-World War I status as leader of the Islamic world and the dominant power in the Mediterranean and Middle East. He sees himself as the emerging regional strongman. That’s why he’s slowly dismantling Turkey’s secular government and rebuilding Turkey as an Islamic state. He’s touring the Arab and Muslim nations and loudly touting his record of challenging Israel and defying the West. He’s aligning Turkey with Iran and Hamas and insinuating himself into the politics of other nations. Though Turkey is prominent member of NATO, which it joined when Russian Communism was the common enemy, Turkey is increasingly withdrawing from the West now that radical Islam is the common enemy.”
As Israel finds itself increasingly isolated on the world stage, with its back against the wall, surrounded by hostile nations, the prophecies of Zechariah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah all seem closer to fulfillment in these ‘Last Days.’