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Iranian Resources Targeted in Damascus, November 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

November 18, 2019: Four missiles were launched from Syria into Israel. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) indicated that none of the missiles reached Israel. One day later…

November 19, 2019: Israel has responded with a large scale attack on Iranian and Syrian targets in and around Damascus, Syria.

According to a report from The Times of Israel and satellite photos from ImageSat International, Iranian targets at the Damascus International Airport and the al-Mazzeh Airport were identified and struck. Both of these sites were believed to be occupied by the Iranian Quds Force. Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem. It means “Holy One”.

Photo: ImageSat International
Photo: ImageSat International

Other targets during the intervention included dozens of other Quds Force locations along with Syrian military hardware. Syrian air defenses were also destroyed in the counter attack.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (British monitored) stated Quds Force arms depots in the Damascus suburbs of Kisweh and Qudsaya were obliterated.

“Our message to the leaders of Iranian is simple: You are not immune anymore. Wherever you send your octopus arms, we will hack them off.” -Naftali Bennett, Israeli Defense Minister

“I have made clear that any who attack us, we will attack them. That is what we did tonight toward military targets of the Iranian Quds Force and Syrian military targets.” -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

For more details and satellite imagery, see the link below.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/photos-show-alleged-quds-force-headquarters-destroyed-in-idf-strikes/

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November 20, 2019: Meanwhile back in the home country of Iran… The internet has been cut off to the population for going on the fourth day. There is no international access to the world for the people of Iran.

Go to Twitter and search #IranProtests. Warning! The pictures and video under this hashtag are not for the faint of heart.

Economic sanctions are taking their toll in Iran. The government is desperate for money. Gasoline is being rationed and as a result prices have spiked from 50-300%. People are struggling to buy basic goods. The citizens have taken to the streets of over 100 cities across Iran to protest.

The government has responded with live ammunition fire on the citizens. Over 1,000 people have been arrested. At least 106 have been killed along with hundreds of other injuries. Some estimates are doubled with over 200 dead. Numbers are difficult to assess due to a lack of communication inside the country. Journalists are not allowed entry into Iran at this time. See details below from Amnesty International.

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/11/iran-more-than-100-protesters-believed-to-be-killed-as-top-officials-give-green-light-to-crush-protests/

The following is from DW News out of Germany. This is a three minute story summarizing current happenings of the last five days in Iran.

https://www.dw.com/en/tv/dw-news/s-3232

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the following observation. He indicated these protests were not from the citizens of Iran.

“Friends and enemies should know we have pushed the enemy back in the military, political and security war arena. This work of these days has been security work, not from the people.” -Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel stated Russia, Iran, and Turkey would invade Israel for economic reasons. They want to steal their natural resources.

Ezekiel 38:12-13 to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

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Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani Meet in Sochi, February 2019

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2019 by paulthepoke

As the West was holding their Middle East Peace and Security Conference in Warsaw, Poland… Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his allies of Turkey and Iran in Sochi, Russia. The topic was peace and security in Syria.

Photo: Al Monitor

All three countries praised the idea of the United States pulling out of Syria.

“It would be a positive step that would help stabilize the situation in this region, where ultimately the legitimate government should re-establish control.” -Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin believed political stability is possible in Syria.

Iran’s President Rouhani was not so sure about the American intent to leave Syria.

“We have no optimism about what the Americans say… but if they do withdraw, it will be very good news,” Iranian President Rouhani

The three countries also agreed to continue to coordinate the management of Syria.

Rouhani did not see much point in the Warsaw talks.

“We see what’s happening in Warsaw, it’s an empty result, nothing.” -President Rouhani of Iran

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6703239/Russia-Turkey-Iran-hold-Syria-summit.html

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Ezekiel 38:1-3 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet…

Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.

Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). Two of those countries will be modern day Iran and Turkey. 

For more evidence pointing to modern day Turkey, Iran, and Russia, see the links below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/08/ezekiel-38-who-are-meshech-tubal-gomer-beth-togarmah/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/17/ezekiel-38-who-is-persia/

Want to see how all of this ends??? Little hint, it does not work out well for these three allies. Ezekiel 38-39.

Israel and Iran Exchange Missiles Over Golan Heights, January 2019

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2019 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 39:2 And I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel.

The largest peaks and mountains of Israel are located in the Golan Heights.

Click on the video link above for additional analysis.

January 2019: Iran and Israel have exchanged missiles over the Golan Heights near the Israel/Syria border. Typically, Israel is silent regarding military intervention. This time, Israel claims their actions and takes responsibility.

The following press release is from Israel Defense Forces (IDF)…

“On Sunday, Iranian Quds Forces operating in Syria launched a surface-to-surface rocket from Syria aimed at Israel’s Golan Heights. The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted the rocket.”

Local skiers on Mount Hermon saw the exchange first hand.

Israel has responded by striking Iranian military sites inside of Syria. See the IDF tweet below for details.

The following comments are from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The statement was made at the dedication of the Ramon International Airport located in the Timna Valley in southern Israel.

“Last night the air force strongly attacked Iranian targets in Syria after Iran launched a missile from there at our territory. We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and given explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel, as the commander of the Iranian air force has just said. We are acting against Iran and against the Syrian forces that abet the Iranian aggression. Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them. Whoever threatens to destroy us will bear the full responsibility.” -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

See Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments courtesy of Twitter feed.

Iranian Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh is focused on taking out Israel. The following quote was made after the missile exchange.

“We’re ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel’s disappearance from the earth. Our young airmen are prepared for the day when Israel will be destroyed.” -Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-air-chief-were-ready-for-war-that-will-destroy-israel/

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet…

Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). One of those countries will be Persia. The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century. This is modern day Iran…

Follow Up… Damascus International Airport Targeted, January 2019

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on January 13, 2019 by paulthepoke

Israel takes responsibility for bombing warehouse at Damascus International Airport.

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The IDF has “succeeded impressively in stopping Iran’s military buildup in Syria, and in this context the IDF has attacked hundreds of times Iranian and Hezbollah targets.”

“The accumulated number of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to act against Iran in Syria.” -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Netanyahu-confirms-Israel-responsible-for-strikes-in-Syria-577176

Paul the Poke

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

Jeremiah 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.

January 11, 2019: Damascus International Airport has been the target of incoming missiles. Syria is claiming Israel has fired multiple missiles on the airport. Syria claims to have shot down the majority of incoming missiles. However, Syria reports “material damage” has been done to a warehouse.

Israel is quiet…

This is a developing story…

See the link below for geography and analysis.

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Damascus International Airport Targeted, January 2019

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on January 11, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

Jeremiah 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.

January 11, 2019: Damascus International Airport has been the target of incoming missiles. Syria is claiming Israel has fired multiple missiles on the airport. Syria claims to have shot down the majority of incoming missiles. However, Syria reports “material damage” has been done to a warehouse.

Israel is quiet…

This is a developing story…

See the link below for geography and analysis.

click on video link for additional geography and analysis.

Israel Strikes Targets Near Damascus Airport, December 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on December 27, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

Jeremiah 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.

December 27, 2018: Israel recently destroyed Iranian targets west of Damascus. Satellite images from ImageSat International have been posted.

The attack appears to have occurred from near or over Lebanese air space.

See video link below for additional local geography and analysis.

It would appear an Iranian warehouse at the Syrian Army’s 4th Division is no more. The base was west of Damascus. Allegedly, rockets were stored at the former base.

Satellite images indicated the Damascus International Airport was not hit and did not sustain damage.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov stated the Syrian air defense forces shot down 14 of the 16 Israel guided bombs.

Russia stated they were “very concerned” and called the actions “provocative”.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/photos-said-to-show-iranian-warehouse-flattened-by-israeli-strike-in-syria/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46682666

Trump Announces Troop Removal From Syria, December 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2018 by paulthepoke

December 2018: President Trump has announced that US troops will be withdrawing from Syria immediately.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency. ” President Trump, Twitter

Click on the link below to listen President Trump’s victory speech over ISIS.

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan approved of the move. Keep in mind, Erdogan is currently massing troops and equipment on the Turkey/Syria border east of the Euphrates River and warning of a pending invasion. His goal is to rid the region of terrorism. Specifically, the threat is land possessed by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units or also known as the YPG.

Before Trump made his statement release, an arms deal with Turkey was announced. Per the State Department, $3.5 billion worth of Patriot missile systems were sold to Turkey.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin joined in the praise of Trump’s decision. He responded by promising to increase a permanent Russian military presence in Syria.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6514167/THEY-want-Trump-claims-troops-killed-battling-ISIS-Syria-support-sudden-pullout-plan.html

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Recent history shows when one force leaves the Middle East another will take its place. Somebody will fill the vacuum created by the United States leaving Syria. More Russian and Turkish forces will be entering into Syria. The troop build up continues. Israel’s northern border is at risk.

The prophetic fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39 draws closer.

Ezekiel 38:1-3 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.

Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.

For more evidence pointing to modern day Turkey and Russia, see the links below.

History and destiny await…

Ezekiel 38:21-22 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur.

Russia Gives S-300 Missile System to Syria

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords.

The context of the verse God is talking to Gog of Magog. Gog is the leader of what many scholars and historians believe to be modern day Russia. See the link below for detailed analysis.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

September 25, 2018: In a response to the downed Russian plane, Russia has announced it will increase military hardware in Syria.

Currently in Syria, Russian military personnel have their own S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. Now, the Syrians are about to have the S-300 system at their disposal.

 

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the following statement. “(The incedent) has pushed us to adopt adequate response measures directed at boosting the security of Russian troops in Syria. (Russia will) transfer the modern S-300 air defense system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks.”

“In regions near Syria over the Mediterranean Sea, there will be radio-electronic suppression of satellite navigation, on-board radar systems and communication systems of military aviation attacking objects on Syrian territory.” -Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Syrian President Assad called Russian President Putin. After the phone call, the Kremlin issued the following, “additional measures to ensure the safety of Russian troops in Syria and to reinforce the country’s air defense system, which includes the delivery of the modern S-300 systems.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-warns-russia-deploying-s-300-in-syria-would-be-major-mistake/

 

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The S-300 Missile system has been a lightning rod of controversy with Israel. In April 2018 the following statement was made by a Russian Defense Spokesman.

“Experts believe that the reaction of the Israeli military to such a move will be predictably negative and do not exclude attacks on their locations. If Israel decides to carry out rocket strikes on the deployment locations of the S-300, the consequences will be catastrophic for all sides.”

 

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Israel issued their statement on the potential deployment of the S-300 System to Syria in April 2018.

“One thing needs to be clear: If someone shoots at our planes, we will destroy them. It doesn’t matter if it’s an S-300 or an S-700,” -Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the Israeli Security Council on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

All of the rhetoric is about to be tested.

 

Trend Update: Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet in Golan Heights, July 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 39:2 And I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel.

The largest peaks and mountains of Israel are located in the Golan Heights.

Click on the video link below for additional geography and analysis.

July 24, 2018: The following is from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) press release.

Today, a Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 fighter jet infiltrated about 1 mile into Israeli airspace before it was shot down after the IDF launched two Patriot missiles. The Syrian fighter jet fell in Syria, however there are no reports of what happened to the Syrian pilot.

The IDF monitored the path of the fighter jet before it was shot down. The Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 departed from the T-4 Airbase in Syria and then flew towards Israel at a high speed. This happened after hours of increased internal fighting in Syria and increased Syrian Air Force activity.

“We issued warnings and messages through different channels, in various languages, numerous times over the day to avoid any misunderstandings or any violations of Israeli airspace. We have continued to deliver messages through various channels, including through the UN, UNDOF, and we will not tolerate any violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. We hold the Syrian Regime accountable for any such violations coming from the Syrian side,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch.

This is not the first time this year that aircraft from Syria have infiltrated Israeli airspace. On July 13th, a Syrian UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile after flying in the demilitarized zone.

https://www.idf.il/en/minisites/press-releases/idf-shoots-down-a-syrian-fighter-jet/

Reports from other sources indicate the pilot is dead.

 

July 11, 2018: Israel has responded to an unmanned drone entering their air space.

The following is from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson. Click on the video link for strike video.

Earlier tonight, Wednesday July 11th, the IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today.

 

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syrian-air-defenses-thwart-Israeli-missile-strike-near-Golan-Heights-562282

The IDF closed with the following statement…

The IDF is on high alert and will continue to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli civilians and sovereignty, and will operate against the violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.

 

 

Putin & Netanyahu Meet in Moscow, Conflict in Golan & Damascus Escalates, May 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them.

Ezekiel 39:2 And I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel.

See video link below for additional analysis and geography.

May 9, 2018: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a day trip to Moscow, Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders participated in Russia’s VE Day military parade in Moscow’s Red Square. The event celebrated Russia’s WWII victory of the Nazis.

“I presented Israel’s obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory. The Iranians declare their intention to attack us. They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the State of Israel as part of their strategy to destroy the State of Israel. I told President Putin that it is our right and indeed our duty to take any steps required for to safeguard our security interests,” PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/after-putin-meet-pm-indicates-moscow-wont-curtail-israeli-strikes-in-syria/

 

Later after sunset… missiles are flying over the Golan Heights into Israel and Syria. The Israeli military is on high alert. Israeli citizens have been asked to seek shelter in some Golan communities. Rocket sirens have been activated across northern Israel.

Waves of missiles have been fired into Syria seeking Iranian and Hezbollah targets. Areas hit include the suburbs of Damascus and the Quneitra Province in Syria. Quneitra borders the Golan Heights of Israel to the east.

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

Damascus is currently a free for all. The Mezzeh Military Air Base in south Damascus has been reportedly bombed two times. ISIS is firing rockets and mortars into downtown Damascus. Electricity outages are noted throughout the city.

The Assad lead Syrian Government is threatening to join the conflict. Some reports are indicating Syria has joined the assault towards the Jewish state. Israel is warning Syria to stay out of the military exchange.

See the link below for detail of strikes in the Golan Heights and Damascus.

https://syria.liveuamap.com

 

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