Lebanese army chief tells forces: Be ready for ‘threats of the Israeli enemy’

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JOL: Amid the rising tensions along the Israeli-Syrian border, Lebanese army chief Joseph Aoun released Tuesday a statement that stressed the importance of maintaining the stability along his country’s border with the Jewish state. “We need to be completely ready along the border for the threats of the Israeli enemy,” he explained.

In the statement, which was released in honor of Lebanon’s 74thIndependence Day, Aoun called on his soldiers to strongly resist any attempt to use the current circumstances as an excuse for a civil war in the country and continue to carry out operations that thwart the activities of terrorist cells. In addition, he called on them to maintain full preparedness along Lebanon’s southern border with Israel.

“We should restrain Israel from starting a war exactly because Lebanon is sure to win it.” more ...

Opinion: The only unfulfilled prophecy of a conflict between Israel and Lebanon indicates the exact opposite will happen. The Psalmist Asaph listed Tyre (Ps. 83:7), ancient name for Lebanon, as part of an Arab alliance to attack Israel in a war that Dispensational Bible scholars teach fits perfectly with Ezekiel 38:8:

“After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword”. Sword in Hebrew is synonymous with war. 

Another clue is that neither Lebanon or any of the other nations in the Psalm 83 alliance are listed in Gog and Magog, indicating they are unable to launch an attack.

The 3000-year-old Psalm implores God to deal with a future massive invasion of Israel as He dealt with Israel’s past enemies.

Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
Who became as refuse on the earth

Asaph can’t resist asking God to Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind. At the end of this war, Asaph (Hebrew for seer), prophesies the outcome and motive for the war:

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”

Asaph implores God to make the alliance like Oreb, Zeb, Zebah and Zalmnuna who were Midianite kings (Judges 7:25) slain by Gideon’s vastly outnumbered army.

The last verse, the pastures of God for a possession is a clear reference as to the rightful owner of the promised land, indicating Esau’s squandered birthright (Genesis 25:29-34) and Jacob’s rightful possession (Genesis 27:28-29).