October 22, 2009

The United States and Israel are holding a joint military exercise to prepare to defend the Jewish state from a missile attack

Denying that their joint military exercise has anything to do with any new development in the Middle East region, the United States and Israel are holding joint military exercises meant to stimulate various threats on Israel and to test different defense systems. The three week exercise, Juniper Cobra, though not related to regional conflict, does send a signal to potential threat-makers that the United States and Israel will be ready for any such attack and the two nations will have an opportunity for a technological and professional exchange with the US military meant to enhance Israel's aerial defense capabilities.

Jimmy's Prophetic Prospective on the News

Israel's largest ever joint military exercise with the United States is a reminder of an end time scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

After Israel was dropped from participating in a joint military exercise with the Turkish military, the Turks then held that military drill with Syria. Now comes the three week long military exercise with, Juniper Cobra, between Israel and the United States, keeping the Middle East region very busy militarily. Both Israel and US political and military leaders say that this joint operation had been planned for a number of weeks. Even as the two nations denied that this the largest military exercise that Israel has ever participated in is surely a signal to any potential threat on Israel that they should reconsider.

As I give this report, I cannot but think about the end time scenario on this issue that can be found in Bible prophecy. Jesus Christ in His Olivet Discourse warned of wars and rumors of wars in the world in the last days (Matthew 24:6-7). Ancient Jewish prophets wrote of the times in the history of Israel when the Jewish state would come under attack by those who would have a mission to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth - prophets like Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel, and Jeremiah. Much of the focus in Bible prophecy is on the wars in the Middle East and always with the Jewish state involved - even the mother of all battles, the battle of Armageddon which actually begins as a campaign with the armies of the world gathering in Jerusalem to begin this end time war (Zechariah 14:2).

These joint military exercises between Israel and the United States are indeed setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.