UN tribunal to link Iran's Supreme Leader with Hariri assassination
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
According to a Haaretz newspaper article, the UN tribunal investigating the death of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri will point the finger at the operation being ordered by Iran's supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This indictment will surely raise the tensions and inflame the region as there are already concerns about a civil war in Lebanon. Lebanon has fought civil wars before as the result of foreign influence, most recently with the meddling of the Assad regime in Damascus. The Haaretz newspaper reports:
A United Nations tribunal is to indict Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with ordering the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, U.S. news website Newsmax reported on Saturday, adding that the hit itself was planned executed by Iran's Revolutionary Guards in collaboration with Hezbollah.
The report comes just days into Lebanon's latest political crisis, as minister affiliated with Hezbollah and its allies withdrew from the unity cabinet led by Saad Hariri earlier this week, citing Hariri's cooperation with the UN-led probe of his father's killing.
This report is will also point to Iran's cooperation with the Hezbollah terrorist organization that helped complete the evil deed of assassinating Rafik Hariri. This foreign meddling in the internal affairs of Lebanon has been a very sensitive issue in the country. As reported in our last Rapture Report, the Hezbollah lawmakers and their allies who comprised about 30% of the Lebanese government suddenly withdrew from the government coalition essentially causing the government of Saad Hariri to collapse. Saad Hariri is the son of the assassinated Rafik Hariri.
According to leaked information from the coming UN tribunal report, it is alleged that Iran's supreme leader gave the direct order for the assassination and that it was carried out by Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. This point was focused on in the Haaretz news article:
Saturday's Newsmax report, also cited by Lebanese news website Naharnet, quotes source close to the UN investigation of the Hariri killing who claimed that the order to assassinate the former Lebanon premier was given by Khamenei.
The order was then reportedly passed on to Hezbollah military leader Imad Mughniyeh by the head of the IRG's Quds foece, Qassem Suleymani. Upon receiving the order, Mughniyeh and brother in law Mustapha Badr al-Dine allegedly put together an assassination squad. Mughniyeh himself was killed in a car bombing in Damascus on February 12, 2008. Hezbollah has blamed Israel for the assassination, but Israel has denied any involvement.
As noted the leader of the group that carried out the assassination of Rafik Hariri has himself already been eliminated, likely by the Israeli Mossad. However, no one has ever claimed official responsibility for the killing. This killing of Rafik Hariri was designed to facilitate a takeover of Lebanon by Hezbollah, which is simply a proxy terrorist group of Iran. Hamas and Hezbollah are both proxy organizations financed and directed by Tehran. According to experts, the rationale for carrying out the 2005 assassination was that Iran felt that Rafik Hariri was a puppet of the Saudi Arabians and as a result Iran felt that eliminating him would eventually pave the way for Hezbollah's takeover of Lebanon. And this is currently the situation we are in at this time. Apparently the Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt and his political party will decide whether to allow Saad Hariri to continue to be the PM or if they will vote for a pro-Syrian and pro-Iranian candidate, which will complete the takeover of Lebanon as planned.
With the Gaza Strip already firmly in the hand of Hamas in the south border area of Israel, the Iranians are making a move to have Hezbollah claim the northern border are of Israel. This will make Israel completely surrounded by terrorist organizations who are planning and waiting for the next major conflict with Israel. In the next conflict it is estimated that the terrorist organizations will be able to hit all areas of Israel as a result. A recent statement by an Israel government and/or military official noted that Tel Aviv would be hit in the next round of fighting and that there would hundreds of casualties as a result. This does not paint a pretty picture, however, when watchers of Bible prophecy take note of the current situation, we see a very familiar scenario spelled out in Psalm 83 where Israel will defeat the terrorists that completely surround them. This scenario has Israel actually gaining territory and growing as opposed to getting smaller or destroyed. As we know, the Bible specifically says that once God brings the Jews back into the land a second time he will never let them be dispersed nor destroyed. the Psalm 83 scenario could literally be around the corner as we look at the situation on the ground. Yet only the Lord knows for sure when these things will come to pass.
In addition to setting the stage for Psalm 83, we can also see how a fulfillment of Psalm 83 would infuriate the Islamic moslems of the Ezekiel 38-39 scenario and pave the way for this prophecy to be fulfilled sometime after Psalm 83. The situation on the ground in Lebanon is extremely tense and could literally explode at anytime. The indictments are suppose to come on Monday but I am guessing that they will be released in an appropriate time that is least likely to upset the region, yet we may have already passed that point as we speak. There is a good chance that any conflict in Lebanon could easily spiral out of control and roll over into Israel. This would be an ideal situation for the Iranians and their Hezbollah proxies as they would want to deflect attention away from the indictments and on a manufactured conflict.
As a result, let us continue to pray for Israel and especially for the peace of Jerusalem. The conditions are ripe for the fulfillment of Psalm 83, yet only time will tell if this is the actual time for the prophecy to be fufilled. Let us carry on as watchman on the wall and warn the world that time is short and that Jesus is coming soon!!