If The US Strikes Iraq, Will It Lead To Armageddon?

Presently, the US is waging a propaganda war against Saddam Hussein. With the Vice President making stops all over the Mideast, attempting to line up support for the US "war against terror," and possible future US strikes, and with non-stop verbal attacks against Iraq from government and the media, few US citizens will be surprised if they learn of a sudden attack against Iraq.

Meanwhile, dozens of nations decry such a move, among them virtually all of Europe, especially Russia, Germany, Iraq, Iran, China, North Korea, and many more. Germany wants UN sanction for any further military action in the Mideast, and UN Secretary General Anan is saying the US should not act "unilaterally." Of course, many European nations are heavily involved in Iraq economically.

Now, in a striking and unintentional reference to Bible prophecy, Jordanís King Abdullah II warns that any attack by the US against Iraq could go "completely awry," and borrowed the prophetic term "Armageddon" to underscore his words! He had no idea just how right he was! The Arab nations throughout the Mideast are deeply concerned about any US military attack against Iraq. Surprisingly, they worry that, even if Hussein is taken out, Iraq would fall into chaos, with one coup followed by another as would-be dictators strive for power. They seem to prefer "the devil they know" to the potential civil wars and intervention by foreign powers in Iraq.

For decades, I have continually warned that the flashpoint which will ignite a nuclear bomb World War III is centered in the Mideast, specifically Jerusalem! With virtual all out WAR raging between Israel and the Palestinians; with US bombs dropping on Afghanistan; with terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Israel; with Israel talking about a preemptive strike against Iran; with another US Envoy in Jerusalem, striving to bring about a cease fire, the Middle East and Jerusalem are DOMINATING the news!

For decades, I have shown how Christís Olivet prophecy, coupled with the prophecies of Daniel 11 and the Book of Revelation, show that a massive onslaught from EUROPE will overwhelm many nations in the Mideast, including Israel and Egypt! (See my commentaries:  "'Allies,' or Enemies?""War Over? Or Merely The End of the Beginning?", "Global Guerilla War...Can America Win It?", "Will Mubarak Emerge As The 'King of the South?'" and my booklet "Europe and America in Prophecy".)

Now, as if prescient concerning those very prophecies, King Abdullah has said, "Once you go down the road of violence, it is very, very difficult to control it. If the region explodes, Europe and the West are going to have to get involved." Could anything be plainer?

Consider: Saddam Hussein is known to be working on chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. Intelligence reports indicate he has moved his laboratories and research centers deep underground in many hidden locations. President George Bush has spoken out repeatedly, preparing the American public and the world for a possible strike against Iraq, saying we cannot sit by and wait until such regimes actually possess weapons of mass destruction, and the means to deliver them.

In the latest issue of the "The Jerusalem Report" (a slick magazine, much like Time, published in Jerusalem) is a major article entitled "The Iranian Threat." In it, writer Leslie Susser says Israeli intelligence believes Iran will have atomic bombs within about three or four years.

Reminding readers of the preemptive strike by Israeli fighter-bombers against Saddam Husseinís nuclear reactor at Osirak back in 1981, the article pondered another preemptive strike. President Bush has indicated it makes no sense to sit and wait while bitter enemies who hate the United States continually work to produce weapons of mass destruction. Some have said we may be reaching a point where the United Stateís only hope against rogue nations possessing such weapons may be a return to the ĎMADí (Mutually Assured Destruction) threat of the Cold War!

The difference, however, between the Russian mentality and that of fanatical Muslims is vast! The Russians did not attack the US because they knew if they did the US would rain down thousands of nuclear bombs on all of its population centers and military bases. The Russians wanted to live. They were not possessed of a suicidal mentality.

But fanatical terrorists are not so inclined. To them, if they could utterly destroy what they call "The Great Satan" and Israel along with it, it would not matter one whit if every one of them died in the effort, for they believe waging "Jihad" is a sure guarantee of instant entry into their version of heaven! Weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists and rogue nations is a chilling reality in the future. The question is not "whether," but "when?"

George Tenet, in testimony before the Senate on Tuesday, March 19, said we are at a "critical threshold" facing the threat of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons which could be used against us. He said North Korea, Iran and Iraq could all possess ICBMís with nuclear warheads by "2015." Does that seem so far away? Think how fast the past 12 or 13 years have gone whizzing by when you ponder the questions. The Israelis believe Iran will have nuclear weapons within only three to four more years, and point out that Iran already has missiles capable of reaching Israel!

It is well past time for Godís people to WAKE UP TO REALITY! There is NO TIME LEFT for petty squabbles, church politics, and competition among and between various church groups! It is PAST TIME to get out a powerful WITNESS AND WARNING about the GREAT TRIBULATION which looms before us! Christ said, "Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing" (Matthew 24:46).

Jesus Christ built His church as a cadre of dedicated, fervent, zealous, hard-working people who are DOING THE WORK OF GOD, and did NOT intend that His church become a social club, or a group of spiteful politicians plotting against one another for personal power!

He gave His true group of "called-out ones" the GREAT COMMISSION of going to all the world and proclaiming the GREAT GOOD NEWS that the only solution to this worldís frightening march toward mass destruction is the intervention of God Himself!

The good news of Christís soon-coming world-ruling government is the best news we could ever hear! It is the ONLY hope for a dying world!

Christ detailed the very kinds of things we see happening in the world around us in His lengthy "Olivet Prophecy" of Matthew 24. He said, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [HUMANITY WOULD BE ERASED FROM THIS EARTH!]: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened" (Matthew 24:21,22).

The "elect" does not mean "tired old Christians" who are "waiting it out." Nor does it mean petty church politicians who become so deeply embroiled in little personal squabbles, antagonisms, jealousies and hatreds that they completely lose sight of the truly big picture!

No army can win a war if it is busily fighting among its own troops!

We are called "soldiers" in the word of God; those who are unitedly working together for the greatest GOAL ever set before mankind! As more than six months have passed since the shocking, awesome, horrific events of September 11, 2001, there has been a tendency among Americans to relax, and go about their lives as if nothing had happened! That is precisely what the terrorists are hoping for! Meanwhile, SATAN THE DEVIL, the greatest terrorist of them all, hopes he will find Godís CHURCH asleep at the switch, letting down, growing complacent!

If the events of this perilous time are not sufficient to WAKE PEOPLE UP then I guess NOTHING will ever wake them up!

Paul said, "But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6). Be AWAKE! Be ALERT! WATCH! And while you are at it, PRAY several times each day, that you and your loved ones can be accounted worthy to escape all these horrible things which are going to happen!

Garner Ted Armstrong
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