Monthly Prayer Focus

August 2018

The Samson Option – A Look at Biblical Prophecy

Written by: Thomas Sledge 

     In this month’s prayer focus we’ll turn our attention to a topic that maybe we don’t give any thought to during our day-in and day-out activities of the week; that topic is Biblical Prophecy.  Perhaps it’s not one of our routine bible studies, it may not be included in a daily devotional, and doesn’t come up as a topic of any conversations amongst our circle of family, friends, or associates. So, the question arises, “Why turn our attention and focus to it as perceptually it may seem distant, remote, and insignificant in our everyday lives.”  To the contrary and biblically speaking, there are many reasons these prophecies merit our attention.  2 Peter 1:19 uses a comparative analogy that we would do well to focus close attention to them like a light shining in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star rises.  We’re told that these prophecies come from men inspired by God through his Holy Spirit.  Jesus himself in Luke 21:28 gave notice to his followers to pay attention to these prophecies as signs of the nearing of a period of great sufferings and distress marked by many posing as imposters of him.  More evidence that we should give our attention and focus to biblical prophecies can be found in Luke 21:34. There, Jesus warns us to remain on guard and not to be consumed by everyday worries of life to the extent that these foretold of events unexpectedly overtake us by surprise.  He warns us to pay attention and protect against this happening to us.  What more evidence do we need that these events are important and deserving of our attention which brings us to this month’s prayer focus,The Samson Option – A Look at Biblical Prophecy

An article appearing in the April 30, 2018 issue of the Lebanon Pulse entitledIran, Russia, Turkey close ranks on Syria coordination amid US pressurereported the countries of Russia, Iran, and Turkey meeting together at the table with other powers to include the United States regarding the future of Syria, the capital city of Damascus [1].  Each country reportedly accordingly to their own reasons purposed to come together over concerns for each of their own national interests.  Why is this important in the realm of biblical prophecy prompting our attention to this event?   In the Book of Isaiah 17:1, Isaiah prophesized, “Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins (ESV).”  It describes Damascus’ impending doom stemming from a war with Israel.   Author Britt Gillette in an article entitledBattle of Gog/Mago On the Horizon?noted listening to a nationally syndicated radio program and the host commenting that during her recent trip to Israel, looking over the border of Syria you’re no longer looking at Syria anymore.  The author’s attention was grabbed by the hosts’ comments during the radio broadcast that now you see over the border Russia, Iran, and Turkey [2].  The significance here is 26 centuries ago Ezekiel described an alliance inclusive of the countries of Russia, Iran, Turkey, and others that would invade Israel in an event known as the “The Gog of Magog War”. In the “The Gog of Magog War” the bible says a man name Gog will lead a massive alliance in an attack against Israel.  The three nations, Russia, Iran, and Turkey now reside in Syria and have military forces camped on Israel’s northern border.   Ezekiel 38:15 – 39:2 tells us the Gog of Magog invasion force will come from the north where we now find strategically located these three countries’ military forces.  Never in the history of the world have the three countries formed an alliance.   Note also, in the past two decades Russia and Iran have become close allies, Russia being one of the few powers in the world that has consistently defended Iran’s nuclear program.  History reflects Israel has long had an arsenal of nuclear bombs and over the years has been a frequent target of attacks from Syria.  Israel has engaged in several major conflicts with them and the terrorist organization Hezbollah in Lebanon.  Because Israel is a tiny nation with numerous enemies with the apparent ability to overrun its country, it adopted what’s known as the “Samson Option.”  The name comes from the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges, Samson, who took his own life by knocking out the support pillars of the temple, avenging himself of his enemies around him [4].  In this same vain according to policy, Israel would nuke the cities of her enemies if overrun or if faced with an imminent danger of being defeated.  Isaiah 17:12-14 speaks of the roar and raging of many nations met by sudden terror in the evening and gone before the morning comes.  Could the roar of the many nations be those that revolt against Israel, and could the sudden terror in the evening that is gone before the morning comes be Israel’s exercise of its “Samson Option”? Could this be the prophetic biblical description we read in Isaiah of the Damascus that ceases to exist and becomes a heap of ruins?

So why turn our attention and focus to prophecy that perceptually may seem distant, remote, and insignificant in our everyday lives? With respect to our focus’ content, maybe not so distant after all; only God knows.  Well, Peter provided us information that prophecies come from godly men inspired by the Holy Spirit.  He tells us we should focus on them as a we would on a shining light in a dark place filled with darkness.  Jesus himself cautioned us to pay attention and remain on guard.  He warns us not to get so involved in the everyday rudiments of life and self-worry that we’re overtaken in a state of surprise by events already foretold of. In review of the contents of our conversation, what more evidence do we need to support a constant guarded state of watchfulness and prayer for us all.  Jesus adjures us to watch and pray always that we may be accounted worthy to escape these things thatshall come to passand be able to stand in his presence.  Ezekiel 38:23 declares the Lord’s greatness and holiness will be on display in the sight of the nations, and that they will know that He is the Lord.  Please join us this month as we divert from our everyday routines to pause and give our attention to this month’s prayer focus,The Samson Option – A Look at Biblical Prophecy


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