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Lately Iran 's president has been making some very inflammatory remarks in regards to Israel and the West. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently renewed the Islamic call for Israel 's destruction and also declared that now is the time for the West to submit to Allah: "On the anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the Iranian nation … calls upon those governments to worship Allah." These types of remarks, coupled with Iran 's obvious pursuit of nuclear armaments has many people considering that war with Iran is inevitable. While this may be true in some respect (a pre-emptive strike perhaps), I can't help but thinking that the next major end-time development is brewing elsewhere.

As most of you are aware, recent Palestinian elections paved the way for the terror group Hamas to assume legitimate power and to begin speaking officially for the Palestinian people. Jeff Jacoby, a columnist for the Boston Globe, noted that the Hamas win "is an unambiguous reality check into the nature of Palestinian society. And if there is one thing that the West badly needs, it is more realism and less delusion about the Palestinians." I wholeheartedly agree.

Case in point: even as Condoleezza Rice traveled the Middle East seeking support from our Arab "allies" in isolating the Hamas government ( Egypt and Saudi Arabia rejected such an idea), President Bush tried to put a positive spin on the development. He implied that the Hamas victory over Fatah was because Palestinians desperately desired "honest government." Mr. Jacoby counters by saying, "Palestinians are not stupid, and it insults their intelligence to pretend that when they vote to empower a genocidal organization with a platform straight out of Mein Kampf, what they're really after is better health care ... It's a safe bet that hatred and mass murder had something to do with the turnout." Amen!

Everyone needs to understand that there is little difference between Hamas and Fatah other than the fact that Fatah (the political entity affiliated with the late Yassir Arafat) sometimes pretended to accept Israel 's right to exist. In reality, that was simply a ruse executed with the same purpose in mind as that of those who were continuously launching rockets into Gaza and the Golan - kill the Jews and destroy Israel by any means possible. Ironically, the Hamas victory peels away the façade, making it easier for anyone with half a brain to grasp the reality of the situation. That reality is this: more Palestinians than not support Hamas and their uncompromising and murderous way of dealing with Israel - that is, her total destruction!

It doesn't stop with the nation of Israel , however. At about the same time Iran 's President was railing against Israel and the West, Iran 's Hamas allies were predicting the demise of governments beyond Jerusalem. On February 3, 2006, overall Hamas political leader Khaled Mashal declared: "We say to this West. . . . By Allah, you will be defeated. Tomorrow, our nation will sit on the throne of the world. This is not a figment of the imagination, but a fact." This, coming from the representative of an organization that most have assumed was interested only in obtaining lands in the Middle East, i.e. Israel .

Consider also that Hamas has now secured financial support from Iran and is actively seeking the same from Russia . Iran is also negotiating with Russia in order to realize their goal of becoming a nuclear power. In other words, Hamas and Iran are making it clear what they think of the U.S. and other Western powers. In effect, we are returning to a scenario that hasn't existed for close to two decades now - hostile Islamic governments courting Russian assistance and, perhaps, intervention in Middle Eastern affairs. As it stands now, Syria is the lone regional power still beholden to Moscow. With the addition of Iran and an emerging Palestinian state to their stable of beneficiaries, Russia would regain some lost influence in the region. It is very possible that the Russian government, also pining for a return to past glories, sees the Hamas electoral victory as a means of countering growing American influence in the Middle East. In other words, we potentially have the ingredients for what Ezekiel described in chapters 38 & 39 - an assumed Russian-led confederation of mostly Islamic nations invading tiny Israel .

That brings me to my next point. Why do they invade? Is it retaliation perhaps? When you study who the invading nations are, you will notice the conspicuous absence of a long-time Russian ally and sworn enemy to Israel - Syria . Why? Interestingly enough, most of Hamas' "external" leadership - those living outside of Palestinian controlled areas - reside in Syria . I do not believe this is happenstance for it is Syria , Damascus specifically, that is to factor prominently in Bible prophecy, more sooner than later in my opinion. It was from a Damascus mosque that Hamas' Khaled Mashal predicted the downfall of the West and the advent of a global Islamic power. It is in Syria that many feel Saddam's WMDs can be found. Therefore, is it possible that the reason Syria is not mentioned in Ezekiel's roster of invading nations is because Syria is no more (see Isaiah 17:1)? And should that prove to be accurate, what provokes Syria 's destruction? Might it be associated with the significant Hamas presence?

As we have reported before, the Bible suggests that in the end, Hamas' role in world events may not be limited to Israel proper but could extend around the globe. In Genesis 6:11, the earth is "filled with violence." The Hebrew word translated as "violence" is hamas. In Obadiah's prophecy against Edom , the house of Esau (which I believe to be the present-day Palestinians), Esau's descendants are "cut off forever" because of the violence (hamas) they have committed against their brother Jacob (Obadiah 1:10). What fascinates me even more about this is who Obadiah specifies as the one being used to destroy Esau's house once and for all.

"The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau," For the LORD has spoken." (Obadiah 1:18)

It is the "house of Joseph" who is instrumental in Esau's complete destruction and as I have suggested to you in this publication, the true believers in this country are primarily those the Bible refers to as the House of Joseph. Therefore, it seems possible that this country may be used to bring about Esau's demise. What is even more compelling, if not a little puzzling, is that the Bible seems to hint this might happen very, very soon. Here is why.

"For violence (hamas) against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever." (Obadiah 1:10)

Shame overwhelms them because of the violence - hamas. The Hebrew word translated as "shame" carries with it the idea of being made bare or naked. The word is vauc bushah and appears here in the feminine form. However, the word written in its root form (which is also its masculine form) is auc bush! Is it possible that, even though President Bush is pushing for a independent Palestinian state, he may be forced to deal violently with the unintended consequences of his handiwork, that is, to destroy another terrorist government dedicated to our destruction! We'll comment more about this in our next issue.


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