Israel to Strike Iran in December?



Some believe Israel is about to strike Iran as soon as December 2011:

Israel may launch strike on Iran as soon as next month to prevent development of nuclear weapons

Daily Mail, UK – Nov 10, 2011 excerpt…

Israel will launch military action to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon as soon as Christmas, intelligence chiefs have warned…with logistical support from the U.S.

A senior Foreign Office figure has revealed that ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action, adding: ‘We’re expecting something as early as Christmas, or very early in the new year.’

Officials believe President Barack Obama would have to support the Israelis or risk losing vital Jewish-American support in the next presidential election.

I have reporting this possibility for a while, though it could be into 2012 instead of December 2011 depending upon what the Israeli government decides (presuming it will do this).  The government of Iran itself seems to act like it does not care-yet while many Iranians do not want war, some of the top leadership in Iran believes that it needs to attack Jerusalem before an Islamic leader–who the Iranian Shi’ites call the Imam Mahdi and the Sunnis tend to call the Caliph (though many of them also believe in the Imam Mahdi), but who the Bible seems to refer to as the final King of the South (Daniel 11:40)–can rise up.  Iran has made public statements indicating that it will not just sit back and put up with an Israeli strike without massive retaliation:

Iran vows to counter US or Israeli strike with ‘iron fist’

Christian Science Monitor – 10 November 2011
“Anybody who takes up the idea of an attack on Iran, should get ready to receive a strong slap and an ironfist” by the Iranian armed forces, said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei…

Israel sees Iran as an existential threat, citing Ahmadinejad’s calls for Israel’s destruction and Iran’s support for Arab militant groups.

As the situation with both Iran and Syria continue to draw more international attention, it would not surprise me if they have some type of a mutual deal to start an attack Israel and/or to both agree to attack Israel if either of them are attacked by Israel.

If so, this might be how Isaiah 17:1 is fulfilled:

1 An oracle concerning Damascus:
“See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down,with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim,and royal power from Damascus;the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites,” declares the LORD Almighty. (Isaiah 17:1-3).

Israels has recently indicated that it is willing to also strike Syria (Israel Ready to Strike Syria).  If Isaiah 17:1 is to be fulfilled prior to the start of the Great Tribulation, the destruction of Damascus should be a clear sign to those who discount biblical prophecy that other Bible prophecy will also come to pass.  Damascus has claimed to the longest continuously inhabited city on the earth and its destruction would be unprecedented.

FWIW, perhaps I should mention that technically, Syria is still at war with Israel as it never did sign a peace deal with Israel. So an actual war involving Syria and Israel is quite feasible, especially if Iran is involved.

It may be that it will take a regional war, perhaps one more destructive than the Israelis, Iranians, and/or Syrians believe could happen, in order for a biblically-indicated peace deal of Daniel 9:27 to take place.  As Jesus said,

35 Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming–in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning– 36 lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch! (Mark 13:35-37)

And the goings on in Israel and the Middle East are certainly areas that He was referring to (cf. Mark 13:14).

Prophetic events seem to to lining up.

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:

Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? What does the Bible say?
The Arab World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama be involved in 2012?
2012 and the Rise of the Secret Sect This is a link related to a book by Bob Thiel (COGwriter). This link also has YouTube videos. This book documents and explains hundreds of prophecies. And since it was published, world events have aligned with at least 17 predictions in the book and many more will to come to pass.
Can the Great Tribulation Begin in 2011, 2012, or 2013? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Why do some believe that a seven-year peace deal must come first?

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