“Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
World War III is Taking Shape
We are heading into World War III. Today’s events in the Middle East are part of it.
As an article in the Jerusalem Post said, “Iran-Saudi sectarian proxy wars set to explode.” In due course, there will be direct confrontation between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
That means the proxy war in Yemen will take on a different appearance. So will the Syrian Civil War and the war in Iraq.
Russia and China will become more involved than they are now. Turkey will play a more active role as well.
Obama’s Iran deal added rocket fuel to the fire. Once Saudi Arabia lost confidence in Obama, things changed. Saudi rulers had been sending signals to Obama for years, but he ignored them. Signing the Iran nuclear deal was the last straw.
Will direct conflict between the warring oil titans affect us? You bet. Eventually, every country in the world will be involved.
What does that mean? Not much.
Does it negate my thesis? Not at all.
The march toward World War III started with Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. It has been building up steam for about 30 years. In the early-1990s, I was telling my students at the University of Virginia about it. Back then, I focused on the “radical Islam vs. the world” part of my thesis. That’s the fundamental driver today.
My students in the early-1990s thought that I was just guessing. Then came the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman, and his attempt to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. Then came Osama bin Laden and the Tanzania and Kenya U.S. embassy bombings in 1998. Then came September 11, 2001.
On Monday September 10, 2001, I explained my thesis to my strategy students. During class on September 11, the 9/11 attack occurred. On Wednesday, September 12, one of my students told me that she was scared and asked me how I knew it.
I told her, “I’m just connecting the dots. Yahweh told us about it in the Bible.”
He told us other things, too:
The burden of the word of Yahweh concerning Israel. Thus declares Yahweh who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him, “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. In that day,” declares Yahweh, “I will strike every horse with bewilderment and his rider with madness. But I will watch over the house of Judah, while I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘A strong support for us are the inhabitants of Jerusalem through Yahweh Sabaoth, their God.’” (Zechariah 12: 1-5)
O Yahweh, my strength and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of distress, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers have inherited nothing but falsehood, futility and things of no profit.” Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are not gods! “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 19-21)
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the Name of Yahweh!’” (Matthew 23: 37-39)
These three passages of Scripture are connected and are related to what is taking place right now.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey marched across another line last week. Asked about his push for greatly enhanced executive powers, he told reporters that there was a precedent in “Hitler’s Germany.”
Those were shocking words from a world leader, especially one who heads an ostensible democracy and a member of NATO. Once the international condemnations poured in, Mr. Erdogan’s office tried to backtrack, claiming that his remarks were “distorted by media outlets.”
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SnyderTalk Comment: The Democrat modus operandi: If you can’t win on the merits of the case, seek to silence your opposition.
Reuters—North Korea says successfully conducts first H-bomb test: North Korea said it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear device on Wednesday, claiming a significant advance in its strike capability and setting off alarm bells in Japan and South Korea.
SnyderTalk Comment: See “Why is North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test such a big deal?”
Algemeiner—Russia Tries to Rein in Hezbollah After IDF Convoy Attack: Russia encouraged Hezbollah to keep the peace with Israel on the Lebanese border, Israeli national radio reported on Tuesday. According to Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, Moscow wants to prevent a violent conflict from erupting between Hezbollah and the IDF beyond Monday’s attack, in which Hezbollah bombed an IDF convoy in the largely rural region straddling the hilly Israeli-Lebanese border, Israel Radio reported.
Washington Post—7 remarkable insults in the Iran-Saudi Arabia war of words: The relationship between Saudi Arabia and Iran has rarely been good, but even for these two regional rivals the past few days have been unusually rough. Following the announcement of the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric in the Persian Gulf kingdom on Saturday, the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was ransacked. On Sunday, Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with Iran. The next day, several of its allies followed suit. It’s a tense situation, only furthering a highly politicized sectarianism that has created many problems in the Middle East in recent years and may well end up creating more problems. But for now, most of the conflict between the two states is in text – criticism and insults playing out in the international media.
Carol Brown—Congress moves to endorse Islamic blasphemy laws: There is a bill before Congress (HR569) that singles out hate speech against Muslims. And then some. As of this writing, the resolution, which is nothing short of sharia law, has 82 co-sponsors. All of them are Democrats. And while the bill has little to no chance of passing, it is a window into our future if we don’t change the self-destructive course we are on with respect to how we understand and relate to the Quran and those who follow its teachings.
Washington Post—Sexual assaults blamed on ‘Arab’ men in Germany may inflame refugee debate: New Year’s Eve attacks attributed to Arab and North African men threaten to fan the flames of Germany’s refugee debate. The wave of violence overnight on Thursday resulted in dozens of reports of sexual assault and robberies around the city’s main train station, where a crowd of about 1,000 men had congregated, police said, according to Spiegel online. “We will not tolerate such cowardly and abhorrent attacks,” German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday. “This is apparently an entirely new dimension of organized crime.”
Hurriyet Daily News—Turkey’s MHP signals readiness to lift immunity of HDP lawmakers: Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is reluctant to change to a presidential system but is being forced to do so by the “insistence” of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – the only person that desires such a system, according to Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli. “The only person that is actually insisting on the presidency, increasing his pressure on the issue and thinking about it day and night is Erdoğan. Davutoğlu is reluctantly serving Erdoğan’s love for his seat and position,” Bahçeli said during a parliamentary group meeting of his party on Jan. 5.
The Daily Beast—Just What the Middle East Needs: Turkeys Getting an Aircraft Carrier: Turkey is getting ready to widen the reach of its military considerably by building a multipurpose aircraft carrier with “trans-continental” capabilities. The 225-meter ship dubbed the Anadolu (or Anatolia), set to enter service in 2021, is designed to take fighter aircraft, attack helicopters, tanks, troops, and landing vessels to areas around the Mediterranean and as far as the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans, officials say. While some analysts say Turkey needs a carrier like this, some regard the project as an expensive expression of prestige and grandeur that far exceeds the country’s limits.
Washington Times—Vatican paper slams Charlie Hebdo’s anti-God cover marking anniversary of attack: The Vatican’s semi-official daily newspaper condemned French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo for its portrayal of God as an assassin in a special edition marking the one-year anniversary of a terror attack on the publication. A million copies of the issue are set to hit France’s newsstands on Wednesday with a cover featuring a bearded man representing God with a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder, the Agence France-Presse reported.
CNN—Parliament to debate banning Trump from UK: London’s calling, Donald Trump, but you may not like what Westminster has to say. The quixotic but popular push to ban the Republican presidential candidate from the United Kingdom is set to be debated in Parliament, a spokeswoman for the House of Commons told CNN. The debate has been scheduled for January 18 in Westminster Hall, where any member of Parliament is allowed to participate.
Newsweek—What Is Known About Siddhartha Dhar, Suspected Militant in Latest Islamic State Video: United Kingdom authorities are working to identify a masked man who speaks with a British accent seen in a propaganda video released by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Sunday in which five British spies are executed. Two sources involved in the investigation told The Wall Street Journal that the suspect is believed to be Siddhartha Dhar, a London native who goes by the name Abu Ramaysah. An official source gave the same name to the BBC, though authorities have not publicly confirmed Dhar’s involvement with the extremist group. His exact age is unknown, though the Journal describes Dhar as being in his early 30s.
Jerusalem Post—When it comes to incitement, is Facebook biased against Israel?: With the proliferation of anti-Israel Facebook pages and trending twitter hashtags, cyber jihad has grown to be all too familiar and difficult to control.
The Hill—Middle East dispute not hurting ISIS fight — yet: A fiery sectarian dispute that has engulfed the Middle East in recent days has yet to hamper the international fight against Islamic extremists, according to a top U.S. envoy. But it could soon.
Jerusalem Post—Anti BDS law introduced into California legislature: Allen said in a statement that the US and Israel “have historically stood together as allies due to our unique bond founded on shared values, a bilateral trade relationship, and our unwavering commitment to freedom and democracy.
Judith Bergman—US Criminalizing Free Speech?: Eighty-two leading Democrats have cosponsored a House Resolution (H.Res. 569) “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States”. The Resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Democrat Donald S. Beyer (Virginia) on December 17, 2015 — a mere 15 days after Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook gunned down 14 innocent Americans and wounded 23 in an ISIS-inspired terror attack at a Christmas party in San Bernardino, California.
Times of Israel— Year after attack, France’s Jews learn to live under armed guard: ver since a jihadist attack on a kosher store left four people dead a year ago, France’s Jews have grown used to soldiers patrolling their neighborhoods and schools. While a comfort to some, the fact that the large Jewish community is forced to live under armed guard only heightens the sense of being a target.
Emily B. Landau and Shimon Stein—Iran’s Ballistic Missiles Are Actually a Huge Problem: Iran continues to harbor military nuclear ambitions, and there is nothing in Iran’s behavior, rhetoric or the nuclear deal (JCPOA) itself to indicate that it has backed away from the military nuclear intentions that we know it worked on at least up to 2009, according to the IAEA. According to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s worldwide threat assessment, “Iran’s ballistic missiles are inherently capable of delivering WMD (weapons of mass destruction), and Tehran already has the largest inventory of ballistic missiles in the Middle East.”
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
- Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)
Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now. There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
See “His Name is Yahweh”.