Dawn Street (26 Apr 2011)
"Canary in the Coal Mine from Jerusalem Prayer Team"

Events in the Middle East are rapidly moving toward total chaos. Eyes worldwide are directed toward every country but the one that is most important—Israel. It has been called the "world's canary in the coal mine." You know the story of how miners carried canaries into coal mines to detect poisonous methane gas. It was one of the first early warning systems.

Each of the countries that surround Israel—Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt—is in upheaval to some degree. The only matter on which all can agree is their hatred for Israel and the Jewish people. It is unlikely that few in the region are aware that centuries ago ancient prophets took up quill and ink and wrote the names of these nations on the pages of time. Yet many of those who are alive and remain, fail to see the truth as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse saddle up to herald the approach of Armageddon. And on the sidelines, the canary waits, muscles alert, heart beating rapidly, feathers aquiver. Is anyone paying attention to these skirmishes that signal the beginning of the end?

Sadly, the Liberal Left in America has drawn a line in the sand and stepped over to the other side—away from our long-time ally, Israel. President Barack Obama's one-world view has placed him squarely alongside the United Nations. He has cast his lot with those who would see Israel stripped, bleeding, and impotent to defend herself. No longer the Good Samaritan, he has befriended those who pass by on the other side and ignores the threat Israel faces.

Israel stands as a shining beacon in a sea of darkness, an island in a sea of madness, abandoned by her friends, but determined to defend those in her care. In preparation, this tiny nation has installed "Iron Dome" what has been called its most advanced version of an antimissile defense system. Another new system for intercepting anti-tank missiles, the "Trophy-Windbreaker" system, was battle tested in early March. It successfully intercepted an anti-tank missile launched from Gaza.

It appears that Israel is making preparations for whatever is to come. With Iran courting Syria and Egypt and with its proxies, Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon fully entrenched, it is only a matter of time until the canary flies the cage and leaves the hapless "miners" to face the consequences of their hateful actions.

Israel's leaders are well-aware that without the aid of the world's premier fighting force behind them, Israel's odds are grim. The percentage is the same as that of one of its Old Testament heroes, Samson. After having met the seductive Delilah, he revealed that his long locks were the secret to his strength. Lulling him to sleep, Delilah called in her Philistine cohorts who shaved her lover's head.

The once mighty Samson was then bound and dragged away to Gaza where he was blinded. In time, he repented of his perfidy and as his hair grew, so did his strength. Asking to be led to the pillars that supported the temple of the Philistines, he braced himself between the uprights, and brought the structure down on its inhabitants—dying in the rubble.

With that historical figure in mind, Israel named its nuclear plan "The Samson Option." It is Israel's strategy of last resort. It will bring her enemies to their knees, but will also bring about Israel's near-total destruction. Knowledgeable individuals estimate that Israel has a stockpile of some 400 thermo-nuclear weapons capable of being launched by air, sea, or land. Israel would have second-strike capability even after being severely crippled from a retaliatory nuclear attack.

Israel is prepared to face her enemies with unconventional weapons rather than face the possibility of captivity or annihilation at the hands of her enemies. Only once in her history has Israel considered the Samson Option—during the days of Prime Minister Golda Meir. The nation was surrounded by enemies and facing the possibility of being overrun when Ms. Meir ordered that silos be opened in anticipation of a nuclear attack. President Richard Nixon stepped in and offered arms assistance to forestall a nuclear confrontation.

Sadly, our current president has shown little more than disdain for Israel. Our ally has been treated like a Cinderella—ordered about and demeaned. Rather than look to Israel, the canary in the coal mine, for insight, Mr. Obama has cozied up to Israel's foes. The U.S. is playing the harlot and crawling into bed with whomever offers the best deal. The payoff: black gold and the promise of continued greatness. Little does Mr. Obama realize that America is more akin to the Revelation church of Laodicea described as wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Mr. Obama is the emperor—the leader whose new clothes are about to leave him exposed for all to see.

The world stands on the brink of destruction; Armageddon is just around the corner. The President of the United States has the opportunity of a lifetime; the opportunity to stand as a champion of Israel. Yet, he has shown no propensity to do so. Instead, he has bowed to the kings of this world, invited terrorists to talk, and turned his back on the canary that would warn of impending peril. Will he choose to ignore the signs until it is too late?

It is time for Mr. Obama to take an unpopular stand; it is time for him to take his position firmly beside our brothers and sisters in Israel. Should Mr. Obama decline, he should be given his walking papers and allowed all the time he might want to improve his prowess at basketball, practice filling in his brackets, or just community organize to his heart's delight.

It is time for the American people to call for accountability from their elected officials, and to post a warning that the job of defender of the brave and free is up for grabs. Only those who are willing to stand with our staunchest ally in the Middle East need apply. Now more than ever before we need to do our part to stand firmly and publicly with the nation of Israel and the Jewish people

 God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
In God we trust.  May He continue to protect and bless America.