Syria Arms Hezbollah with Scud Ballistic Missiles
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In a sign that the tension on the borders with Israel has begun to reach a feverish pitch, it is being reported by the Israel National News that Syria is currently providing the Hezbollah proxy terrorist organization with advanced SCUD missiles similar to those used by Saddam Hussein in Gulf War 1. If this is true, this is a huge development as these missiles are quite a step up from the qassams and other smaller rockets that the terrorists regularly shoot into Israel. The SCUDs would be most definitely able to strike the populous Israeli city of Tel Aviv and thereby putting all of Israel within reach of the terrorist group. This is definitely an alarming development and shows that Syrian President Bashar Assad is not going to back off from his threats of "peace or war" as it concerns Israel. The INN article reports:
Syria is providing Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon with the Scud missiles that traumatized Israel in the 1991 Gulf War, and a "Scud Crisis" is threatening to ignite an all-out war between Israel and Hizbullah, the Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported. President Shimon Peres confirmed the reports prior to leaving for his three-day visit to France. Paraphrasing Psalms 120:7, the president said on Israeli radio, “Syria claims it wants peace while at the same time it delivers Scuds to Hizbullah whose only goal is to threaten the state of Israel. “I am for peace; When I speak, they are for war.”’
In response to the growing threat the Israelis pressured the U.S. administration to confront the Syrians about the SCUD development and gave them a warning that if the deliveries of SCUDs did not cease that the Israelis would "take steps" to neutralize the threat. Some have speculated that the IAF may go on "search and destroy" missions for any visible SCUD installations. Others have speculated that an imminent ground war to neutralize the threat could also be in the offering. As a result of the Israel threats, the U.S. administration the Syrian ambassador to Syria to Washington to "to inform his government about the level of danger if the missiles crossed the border.”
One of the important things to remember is that Syria has one of the world's largest biological weapons programs on the earth, which means that these SCUDs that were possibly delivered to Hezbollah could contain lethal biological weapons that could cause mass casualties in Israel should they be fired into Israeli territory.
Al-Rai reported this week that Israel warned the Obama administration “it will take steps” if the United States does not succeed in pressuring Syria to cease arming Hizbullah with the weapons. The U.S. State Department then summoned Syrian Ambassador Imad Mustafa "to inform his government about the level of danger if the missiles crossed the border.”
Israel reportedly sent warnings it would bomb Lebanese and Syrian targets if the long-range missiles cross the border into Lebanon. There are conflicting reports on whether several Scud missiles already have been delivered to Hizbullah terrorists. Despite the almost invisible line between Lebanese armed forces and Hizbullah, the Obama has administration shipped weapons to the Beirut-based government, which is heavily dominated by Syrian interests.
For students of Bible prophecy this is a very concerning event as it could open the door for the fulfillment of the Isaiah 17 prophecy that predicts the destruction of Damascus in a day. Allowing Hezbollah to obtain and fire SCUDs into Israel filled with biological weapons is definitely the kind of event that could cause the fulfillment of this prophecy. I'd recommend that Bible prophecy watchers keep a very careful eye out on this new development. Syrian President Bashar Assad has declared numerous times that if Israel would not turn over the Golan Heights, that he would take it by force. This could be a setup for such an event and conflict. However, only time will tell but regardless, the deliver of SCUD missiles to the Hezbollah terrorist organization marks an increase in hostilities between Israel and her enemies.
The INN article also further reported:
The increasingly open threats made by Syrian leaders and members of the Hizbullah terrorist group in Lebanon have led analyst David Schenker of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) think tank to warn that war may be on the horizon. In addition, he noted, a future war could include Syria and not only its proxy Hizbullah: in February, Syrian leaders said Syria would not “sit idly by” in case of another war with Israel. Syrian President Bashar Assad recently told visiting U.S. Senator John Kerry that Syria was not arming Hizbullah with the deadly weapons, but the American government was not convinced.
With the tension in the region escalating to a near feverish pitch, let us watch and remain sober as it is likely that when things heat up in the Middle East, that things could go downhill very fast. But in light of all the tension filled events taking place, we should remember that ultimately God is in control and that he will not allow the evil plots and plans of Israel's enemies succeed. The God of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers. The Bible tells us that when we see the signs of the end times, to look up for our redemption is drawing nigh!