On the Testimony of Eyewitnesses . . .
Vol: 49 Issue: 29 Saturday, October 29, 2005
Only days after Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave a speech in which he called for ‘wiping Israel off the map’ Iran launched a reconnaissance satellite that will provide it with satellite surveillance of the entire Middle East, including Israel.
A Kosmos-3M booster rocket successfully launched Iran’s Sina-1 satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northwestern Russia. The launch of Iran’s Sina-1 satellite was deemed a success.
Russian officials said Sina-1 was developed in cooperation with Moscow and manufactured in Iran. They said Sina-1, described as a miniature remote-sensing facility designed to evaluate satellite design concepts, can relay images of earth and communicate on VHF and UHF frequencies.
The Sina-1 weighs 375 pounds and is fitted with two space cameras. It is believed to have an operational life of about three years. Evidently, Tehran believes that will be enough time.
Iran’s official news agency reported; “The satellite will be mainly used in telecommunications and taking photographs of the earth. In addition, the satellite can be used to photograph natural disasters, resources and farmlands.”
It can also be used to photograph Israel’s Dimona Nuclear Research Center, where it is believed Israel stores its nuclear weapons arsenal.
Iran has developed an enhanced Shihab-3 missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers and was working on a Shihab-4, with a range of 2,500 kilometers. The Shihab-4 was meant to also serve as a space-launch vehicle.
“The satellite launcher is apparently not ready, but they preferred to send it already rather than wait,” Tal Inbar, a researcher at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Strategic Air and Space Studies, said. “It is clear that Iran plans to use space for military purposes. We are talking about the first capabilities for Iran.”
While Iran continues, with Russia’s help, to build up its military capabilities, Israel is also nervously watching developments across its northern border with Syria.
German Prosecutor Detlev Mehlis and his UN team reported serious evidence that the Syrian security operatives were directly involved in the killing of popular Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others in Beirut.
The France and Britain are pressing for a Security Council resolution which will force Syria to co operate or else face economic sanctions. Opposing the resolution are the usual suspects; Russia, the Arab League and Communist China.
Syria and Iran equally share strategic interests. Syria has been a conduit for foreign fighters and weapons into neighboring Iraq to fight the U.S. troops especially in Anbar province.
A separate UN report warns that Syria has permitted an increasing influx of weaponry and personnel to terrorists in southern Lebanon to attack Israel.
The latter report, prepared by U.N. special envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, said Syria was using its agents in the army, intelligence organizations and Lebanese administration.
It cited continuing Syrian shipments of arms to Hezbollah terrorists perched along Israel s northern border with Lebanon.
The report said Syria also sends weapons to armed Palestinian militias and most end up in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. And it noted that members of Iran s Revolutionary Guard have a base of operations in Lebanon from which they trained Hezbollah to fly drones on two occasions over northern Israel.
Running throughout the entire web of Middle Eastern diplomacy, terror and intrigue, there is a common connecting tissue. Russian fingerprints are all over the place, from Tehran to Damascus.
Both funnel Russian-made weapons and supplies into Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley to Hezbollah, from which they find their way into action against Israel.
As we discussed yesterday, what we may be witnessing is the development of the Gog Magog alliance foretold some 2500 years ago by the prophet Ezekiel, together with the beginnings of that alliance’s case for war with Israel.
There is some dispute among scholars as to whether or not the Gog Magog war is a pretribulation event; some argue that it takes place just before, others put it in the middle of the Tribulation, others put it at the end, just before the Millennial Kingdom age.
Each position has a scholarly argument to support it, but it would appear that the most logical time frame would be at some point just before the Tribulation Period begins.
The other views require too much theological gymnastics to get around Ezekiel’s prediction that, after Gog’s defeat, it will take Israel seven years just to clean up the battlefield. (Ezekiel 39:9)
It means that what we are witnessing may come to its full fruition before the Rapture. . . but not much before the Rapture, if at all.
We are eyewitnesses to the fulfillment of events prophesied in detail, thousands of years before the fact.
Our eyewitness testimony will carry great weight, should Ezekiel’s scenario continue to unfold until it comes to its conclusion on the mountains of Israel. Weight that could be enough to tip the scales for the skeptics out there, until all those “He hath chosen . . in Him before the foundation of the world,” (Ephesians 1:4) have come to know Christ.
“And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN shall the end come.” (Matthew 24:14)
We are almost there.