A new agressor has risen in the Middle East. ISIL is fighting on two fronts. It is making major gains in northern and western Iraq, and trying to take over a far larger portion of the rebel-held areas in Syria at the same time. The world watches nervously, this is an uprising that could upset any chance of stability.
August 2015. US jets will defend favoured rebels in Syria against attack by Assad regime jets, in an extension of their mission which entrenches America and its allies further in the civil war. The first “authorised rebel” fighters trained by the US army in Turkey crossed over into Syria last month - though a number of men from the brigade they joined were subsequently kidnapped by al-Qaeda’s local affiliate, Jabhat al-Nusra.
What might Israel do next? If Iran has nuclear weapons, will it use them? What will the US or Russia do?' If you're willing to listen the Bible has all the answers.
Israel and the Middle East seem to constantly dominate our news agenda. Recent events between Israel and the Palestinians are among others in numerous skirmishes between the 2 sides. Many consider the situation to be impossible to resolve. Others try, but have so far failed to produce any lasting peace.
But how has the situation become so bad? Why did the fighting start in the first place and will it ever be resolved? The Bible tells us that God’s plan is centred on the nation of Israel, and we have the chance to be part of it, if we want to be. If we go back to the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we meet a man called Abraham. God made a promise to him:
Now the Lord had said to Abram:
Abraham had 2 sons; Ishmael (from whom some of the Arabs descended) and Isaac (from whom the Jews descended). Isaac’s son was Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel. Jesus was also a descendent of Israel. So 3 faiths; Islam, Judaism and Christianity all look at this prophecy and say “this seed is referring to us”. But who is correct?
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