At this time we are witnessing the skittering of man over a sin-darkened world with amazing design and predictability. You see we are following the plan of God for His End Times, brought about by our abject iniquity (especially those of us claiming some affiliation with Him, in whatever form).
Most of that skittering is taking place on the very same soil all Old Testament skittering took place. From my observations I conclude the Middle East (and the world) will continue to spiral into irretrievable peril ... Annapolis notwithstanding.
Clearly, man can do nothing to prevent the providential will of God from its appointed terminus ad quem (the end toward which it is ultimately directed) ... apart from general national repentance (on a scale similar to Jonah's Nineveh) and a global return to God by mankind.
The latter truths come from a fair understanding of the sovereignty of God and His permissive will concerning man's nature and sin (what some call free will).
But that ain't gonna happen, is it? Preoccupation with nationalistic self-interests and temporal affairs blinds my brethren to the prophetic outworking of God's plan ... this privation of discernment virtually guarantees anything but repentance taking place in our lifetimes, let alone the return of man to God.
Again, given this blindness, I conclude any and all human effort toward peace is an intellectual chimera. God's prophetic timepiece is racing, geometrically, towards that day so clearly predicted by our Lord.
Those interested in being a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem should give ear to the Word and pray ..."But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."Matthew 6:33"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, "'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."Matthew 22:36-40Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:1-2Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.Colossians 3:1-3Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.BLOGGING ON TOPIC:1 John 2:15-17