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UPDATED: “Lebanon’s pro-Western bloc will retain its control of the country’s government despite a strong challenge from a Hezbollah-dominated alliance, according to official election results released Monday,” reports CNN.
“The interior minister announced the final results for the 128 parliamentary seats from all 26 districts at a news conference,” reported the Jerusalem Post. “The tally showed the winning [pro-Western] coalition with 68 seats versus 57 for the [pro-Iranian] Hizbullah-led alliance. Three seats went to independents.”
Analysis: While it is somewhat encouraging that the Iranian-backed Shia Radicals didn’t gain full political and economic control of Lebanon, let’s not kid ourselves. Hezbollah hasn’t needed control of the parliament to effectively control Lebanon or to launch wars against Israel from Lebanese territory. The truth is: Iran is gaining ground in trying to surround Israel and prepare for the coming of the Mahdi. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, is a devout disciple of the Ayatollah Khamenei, a close friend of Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and fully committed to wiping Israel off the map and creating the conditions of chaos, carnage and genocide believed to be needed to usher in the Islamic messiah. Keep in mind, Nasrallah controls more than 30,000 rockets and missiles all aimed at Israel. He’s just waiting for the word from Tehran to launch them. Clearly, tensions between Israel and Lebanon are only going to grow after these elections. We need to keep praying for the embattled people of Lebanon — for safety, for security, for peace and for courage as Hezbollah gains strength. We need to pray especially for the true followers of Jesus Christ in Lebanon and do everything we can to support them, strengthen them, and help them get the gospel to every man, woman and child in Lebanon, make disciples and plant new churches. Jesus Christ is the only hope for Lebanon. Especially now. [Click here to read the story of Jesus traveling through southern Lebanon in Matthew 15:20-28, showing mercy to a woman desperate for His lovingkindness.]
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