This is a different article as it is from a special friend of ours who is a Messianic Jewish Ministry leader in Israel who has close Christian relationships throughout the Middle East.
With the recent happenings in Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of 9 /11 I thought it would be interesting to share his personal comments and interpretations of events in his recent letter and to help open our spiritual awareness.
"We are at war with evil! Across the region there is a dashing increase of darkness from every direction. The enemy isn’t shying off from showing its real colors and moreover is joining forces with the different powers at play in the region, motivated by the common enemy, “Israel and the West.” With Iran about to have atomic capabilities, Afghanistan back to be a world terrorism launching ground for the Taliban, for Al-Qaeda, and for ISS, Hamas and Hezbollah cozying up in Syria, in Lebanon and in Gaza, the situation is going to get worse before it gets better. The darkness will increase, and so will the anointing of God. This is the time for us to be obedient and push through, right here in this land, where He has promised His blessing. More than ever before we need the church to stand with all the believers in the region with faith and prayer.
"Following up the latest event in Afghanistan and in Iran, any fear that the Islamic world had to be defeated is gone. The concept of "moderate force" has absolutely no meaning to them, there is only complete annihilation of Israel and total conquering of the west through terror. As they say, “they are all infidels, first we eliminate those of the Saturday (the Jews) and then we will conquer those of the Sunday (The Christians)” there is no other agenda on the table.
"Many leaders from the Islamic world now are starting to preach quite a disturbing message such as Sheikh Imran Hossein, whom quoting a prophecy from Muhammed, said, “it is the rise of ISIS-K, which will lead to the final liberation of Jerusalem.”
"Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said that the world has accepted the Taliban's expulsion of the United States occupation as legitimate, and that the same will be true for Israel. He also said that a "liberation" enterprise is different from a "terrorist" one.
"He further said that the leaders of the Gulf countries, who normalized ties with Israel, will soon flee their countries like Prime Minister Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia and President Ashraf Ghani recently fled Afghanistan. "Afghanistan Expelled the U.S. From Its Territory, thus Legitimizing the Expulsion Of The Occupation; This Means That What Hamas Is Doing Here to Expel The Israeli Occupation Is Legitimate".
"Under a fragile and apparent calm, Israel is actually at war with Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, and with Iranian proxy already all around us in the northern and southern border, and we are gearing up for a direct military confrontation with Iran which looks like almost inevitable.
"Since I can remember, Israel has always had a clear understanding that eventually, we will be standing alone. Probably that day is fast approaching. We know it well, from the scriptures, we have been teaching it and preaching it, but now we start to smell it, and it feels different.
"Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness, more than ever we need to stand together as the body of Messiah.
"We are praying for all the believers and for the missionary workers in Afghanistan, for all the children and women that are at risk of their lives and for the terrible feeling of being abandoned.
"We believe that the Middle east belongs to Jesus, Afghanistan belongs to Him, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon belong to Jesus, Israel belong to Him, each individual life in this region belongs to Him, he purchased us on the cross.
"The harvest is ready, and we need to get into the fields. Stand with us!
"Much Love from Jerusalem."
John Grady lives and writes in Fort St. John