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Russia, Turkey, and Iran Drawing Closer

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on March 23, 2021 by paulthepoke

March 2021: Leaders from Iran traveled to Turkey and met this past week. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu got together as “brothers”.

Iran’s Zarif commented, “As before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey’s experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan was recently critical of United States President Joe Biden for calling Russia’s President Vladimir Putin a “killer”. Erdogan stated this type of language was “unacceptable” and “not becoming of a president”.

https://www.dailysabah.com/politics/diplomacy/bidens-killer-remarks-for-putin-unacceptable-erdogan

Putin replied to Biden, “It takes one to know one.” Then Putin promptly challenged Biden to a live, public debate. Click on the video from Sky News below as Vladimir wishes Joe “good health”.

This has also drawn the three countries closer together.

Of great interest, Turkey is predominantly a Sunni Muslim country. Turkey is now looking to separate itself from the Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni). Iran is Shia Muslim country. Both of these countries are now working together despite their religious, doctrinal differences.

Their combined goal is to rid the region of United States influence. These three countries are working together in Syria to fight “terrorism”.

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/iran-russia-and-turkey-signal-growing-alliance-662601

Ezekiel 38:1-6 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. 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. Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes, many peoples are with you.

These ancient names comprise the modern day countries of Russia, Turkey, and Iran.

Magog: Russia

Meshech, Tubal, Beth-togarmah, Gomer: Turkey

Persia: Iran

About 2,500 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel stated Russia will be joined by several countries including Turkey and Iran with their future invasion of Israel from the north. The trio is together and their ties are getting stronger.

It is not going to work out well for them…

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Breaking: Turkish Lira Crashing

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on March 21, 2021 by paulthepoke

Breaking News: Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has fired the Central Bank Chief. The market is not responding well to this news.

As of the open of trade on Sunday night in America, Monday morning in Turkey, the Lira has dropped up to 15-17% against the dollar.

There is big time concern this could to lead to a recession in Turkey. Monday could be an interesting day in the markets. Sadly, this means more inflation for the people of Turkey.

chart: Bloomberg

There are many reasons to watch Turkey as a key player in Bible prophecy. Turkey will be part of a coalition lead by Russia along with Iran and others when they will invade Israel from the north.

Recent history tells us that Turkey’s President Erdogan responds to financial crisis with military aggression. Somebody is likely to get attacked…

The brothers of Magog (Meshech, Gomer, and Tubal) appear to point to modern day Turkey.

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.

Magog was a son of Japheth. Genesis 10:2 The sons of Japheth were Gomer and Magog and Madai and Javan and Tubal and Meshech and Tiras. Japheth was the son of Noah. The sons of Japheth were born after the flood (Genesis 10:1).

Iranian Oil Ships Targeted

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , on March 13, 2021 by paulthepoke

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

The prophet Ezekiel says 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…

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March 2021: News outlets (including the Middle East Eye, Haaretz, and The Times of Israel) around the Middle East are quoting a Wall St. Journal article. The Wall St. Journal has quoted “US and regional officials.”

Reuters

At least 12 Iranian oil tankers or ships containing Iranian freight have been targeted by Israel. The Iranian ships are typically bound for Syria. This has been occurring since 2019. To date, none of the Iranian vessels have been sunk.

“Officials” suggested Israel is looking to stop the flow of money to fund terrorism. Financial resources “are funding extremism in the Middle East”.

Israel has blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli cargo ship the MV Helios Ray.

Iran blames Israel for a series of mysterious explosions at nuclear facilities along with the execution of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Factions of Israeli representatives also blame Iran for a massive oil spill that washed a shore on the Mediterranean coast.

Israel has blasted Iranian supported Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and Syria.

The altercations have taken place in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea.

Both Iran and Israel refused to comment on the recent history.

United States President Biden is looking to rejoin the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran. And so the plot thickens.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/israel-strikes-target-iranian-oil-bound-for-syria-11615492789

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-officials-say-israel-attacked-ships-carrying-iranian-oil-to-syria-report/

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-iran-ships-targeted-carrying-oil-reports

Iranian Nuclear Physicist Assassinated, November 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on November 29, 2020 by paulthepoke

November 27, 2020: Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, Iran’s top nuclear physicist has been killed. There are multiple, inconclusive reports as to how Fakhrizadeh met his demise. The car was destroyed by explosives and was riddled with gun fire. The incident occurred east of Tehran.

The Daily Mail claims to have intelligence indicating as many as 62 people involved in the plot including 12 assassins.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8997575/Assassination-Irans-nuclear-scientist-involved-62-people-including-12-gunmen.html

“He wanted to get martyred and his wish came true,” Fakhrizadeh’s widow.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei referred to Fakhrizadeh as… “the country’s prominent and distinguished nuclear and defensive scientist.”

Khamenei stated Iran’s first priority is the “definitive punishment of the perpetrators and those who ordered it.”

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is blaming Israel for the assassination.

“We will respond to the assassination of Martyr Fakhrizadeh in a proper time. The Iranian nation is smarter than falling into the trap of the Zionists. They are thinking to create chaos.” -Iranian President Rouhani

Iran maintains their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

The following groups have declined comment at this time: Israel’s government, Israeli intelligence Mossad, President Trump, CIA, and EU Officials.

Of note, the United States has moved the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and strike support back into the region after the assassination.

The United Nations is calling for restraint as tension increases across the Middle East.

https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-israel-iran-iran-nuclear-477289d268ea95c0928e5a2e4acc2418

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8997575/Assassination-Irans-nuclear-scientist-involved-62-people-including-12-gunmen.html

Stay tuned…

Armenia and Azerbaijan in Conflict, Yom Kippur 5781

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2020 by paulthepoke

Developing and Breaking Story…

Nagorno-Karabakh Region, September 27, 2020: Military conflict has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the weekend. The situation appears to be escalating quickly. Both countries have declared martial law. Both sides are leaking information about war declarations.

Armenia has called for troop mobilization. Armenia is claiming they are responding to the Azerbaijan initiation.

photo: Wikipedia

Civilian and military casualties are being reported on both sides. Military equipment, munitions, and air force equipment are being destroyed on both sides.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/armenia-declares-martial-law-and-mass-mobilization-after-clashes-with-azerbaijan/

https://www.rt.com/russia/501859-azerbaijan-armenia-martial-law/

The following is from the Facebook page of Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia. https://www.facebook.com/nikol.pashinyan/

“Dear compatriots: Now by the decision of the government, a military situation and a general military gathering is announced in the Republic of Armenia. The decision will take effect from the moment of publication. I urge the staff attached to the troops to present their territorial military commissions. For the sake of the homeland, for the sake of victory.”

Reports indicate Azerbaijan is shutting down social media. Tweets are showing truck loads of Syrian and Muslim mercenaries headed to the region. On Twitter, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan is making phone calls with Turkey, Russia, and the European Union. There are lots of pictures with people in meeting. Content is not being released.

There are religious implications. Azerbaijan is viewed as a secular country by the Muslim world. Nearly a quarter of the population identifies itself as Muslim. Of that group, Azerbaijan is mostly a Shia Muslim country.

Armenia is a predominantly Christian nation. As of 2011, 97% of the country identified as Christian and members of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Wikipedia).

The conflict has nations quickly aligning with one of the two nations.

Countries supporting Azerbaijan include: Turkey, Pakistan

Countries supporting Armenia include: Russia, India

Global economic considerations include pipelines of oil and natural gas that flow through the region. Turkey’s Lira and the Russian Ruble are in free fall and being devalued to historical levels relative to the US dollar. Cost of basic goods are exploding across the region due to inflation. Both countries are feeling the pain of United States economic sanctions.

World leaders are calling for peace and an end to hostilities…

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.

This marks the third regional conflict where Turkey and Russia are at odds; Syria, Libya, and now Nagorno-Karabakh.

It would appear Russia and Turkey will need to get on the same page politically. And maybe not…

The verses above from Ezekiel 38 read as follows. Gog, a political leader of Magog (modern day Russia) is the leader of Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth Togarmah (essentially modern day Turkey and the area above in dispute).

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

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

It would appear somebody is going to coalesce power before the invasion of Israel takes place. This group of people will be under the leadership of Gog.

IF (and I caution with a BIG IF) this is a pivotal event that brings this about, it seems reasonable Russia is about to assert its authority whether it be military or political might.

Recent history teaches not to be dogmatic in certainty about prophecy being fulfilled. There have been and will be many twists and turns. Be watchful. Be alert. Scripture tells us how it ends but does not always tell us how we get there…

Israel Joins the East Mediterranean Gas Forum, September 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Saudi Arabia/Sheba/Dedan, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2020 by paulthepoke

September 22, 2020: Today, Israel has become a member of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF). The virtual conference was hosted in Cairo, Egypt. Current members include Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the Palestinian Authority. The goal of the group is to supply Europe with 10% of its natural gas needs.

Of note, France wants to be a member of the forum. The European Union and the United States are “observers”.

“…contribute to advancing regional stability and prosperity, creating an environment of trust, prosperity, stability and neighborly relations through regional energy cooperation…” -EMGF

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-joins-new-regional-forum-in-hope-of-selling-gas-to-europe

The EastMed Pipeline is estimated to cost $8 billion and will deliver up to 12 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Europe. The EastMed will be the deepest under sea pipeline. The line is estimated to be 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) long.

https://paulthepoke.com/2019/03/19/israel-greece-and-cyprus-participate-in-gas-summit-march-2019/

Israel discovered natural gas off their coast in the Mediterranean in October 2015. There is enough gas for Israel to be energy independent and a significant exporter to western Europe. These gas fields are set to be ready for production in 2021.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/10/14/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-october-14-2015/

Ezekiel 38:12 …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.

Currently, Russia is the largest exporter of natural gas to Europe.

These are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians, along with the Turks and Iranians are planning to invade. Their motivation is economic. They want to steal natural resources from Israel.

Turkey has not been included the East Mediterranean Gas Forum. Of course the Turks will join forces with the Russians. These are the countries who stand to lose out economically because of the EMGF.

Ezekiel 38:13 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?’

Historically, per Strong’s Concordance and NET Bible, Raamah settled in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. Sheba settled in the southern Arabian Peninsula. Dedan settled in the northern Arabian Peninsula. Dedan was an ancient capital of Saudi Arabia. It is modern day Al Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia. These areas make up what is modern day Saudi Arabia.

In light of recent Middle East peace developments and Biblical prophecy, don’t be surprised if Saudi Arabia has an agreement for normalized relations with Israel.

Today, Israel wishes Saudi Arabia congratulations on their 90th national year as a country. Israel expresses a future “with goodness and blessing in light of security, safety and prosperity, with our wishes for an atmosphere of peace, cooperation and good neighborliness.”

According to Ezekiel’s prophecy, it would appear modern day Saudi Arabia along with at least Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan will protest the potential Russian invasion. Prophecy seems to indicate there will be more countries in this coalition with Israel.

Russian Naval Build in the Eastern Mediterranean, September 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on September 12, 2020 by paulthepoke

Beirut, Lebanon; September 12, 2020: This is a breaking story out of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. As emotions are running high between Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, Russia is transferring significant naval forces to the region.

The following is from the Russian website Avia.pro. The feed was picked up by Al-Masdar News.

“experts are seriously concerned about the presence of at least 15 Russian warships and submarines off the coast of Syria. This is the first time such a large military formation has been seen here, which raises suspicions about whether Russia plans to engage in a military special operation against jihadists using the navy.”

one of the last to appear off the coast of Syria was the tanker of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy ‘Akademik Pashin’; boats, and, obviously, this is far from the final number of ships of the Russian Navy located in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.” -Telegram channel, Hunter Notes

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/large-number-of-russian-warships-deployed-between-syria-and-cyprus-photo/

Ezekiel 38:2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him…”

What does secular history say about the Magogians? Who are they? In the 7th century BC, Hesiod the Greek poet identified the Scythians as people of modern day southern Russia. Hesiod’s writings pre dated the Ezekiel the prophet.

The Father of History, Herodotus, labeled the descendants of Magog by their Greek name, Scythians. This occurred in the 5th century AD.

About 2,500 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel says Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel.

On August 15, 2016, Russia acquired its first permanent air base in Syria, the Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia, Syria. The Russians have been building and expanding their military presence in the region since.

Russia Lectures Israel, August 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on August 10, 2020 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him…”

The following is a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry directed to the nation of Israel.

On the evening of August 3, the Israeli Air Force launched strikes on the positions of the Syrian military in response to an alleged attempt by unknown persons earlier that day to plant an explosive device near the dividing line in the occupied Golan Heights. At the same time, the Israelis, as expected, placed all responsibility for the incident on the Syrian side. According to incoming reports, observation posts, anti-aircraft guns, objective control systems, as well as command posts of the SAR Armed Forces were subjected to an air attack. We strongly condemn these actions and express our serious concern about the next aggravation of relations between Israel and Syria. We warn the Israeli leadership against repeating such steps, fraught with dangerous consequences for the entire Middle East region. We express our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the SAR. We call on both sides to show restraint and prevent further escalation of tensions.” 

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/russia-warns-israel-against-launching-more-strikes-in-syria/

The 1st century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus indicated the Magogians were called Scythians by the Greeks. They lived north of the Black Sea. During the same time period, Philo equated Magog with southern Russia.

For over 1,200 years, the Bible and historians of their day equated the people of Magog with the Scythians. They lived in modern day Russia. The Bible and historians are consistent. Magog is modern day Russia. Magog will invade Israel in the future. Magog will get theirs handed to them by the Lord Himself (Ezekiel 38-39).

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August 10, 2020: The entire Lebanese government has resigned. No one is at the wheel in Lebanon. There are many suitors who want to fill the vacuum of power… for example, the Lebanese people, Russia, Turkey, Hezbollah, and Iran. Big time consequences are at stake on the northern border of Israel.

It stands to reason in light of prophecy, betting odds are Russia fills the void in Lebanon.

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.

Russia Sends Air Support to Libya, May 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

These are Noah’s grandchildren. The sons of Ham by and large settled in Africa. Historical Put is a country that will join Russia, Turkey, Iran and others in their future invasion of Israel per the prophet Ezekiel.

Military ties continue to strengthen in the 21st century as promised by the prophet Ezekiel roughly 2,600 years ago.

Put or Phut means “a bow”; a nation and people of northern Africa; probably Libyans. Consensus among researchers and scholars is noted that Put is modern day Libya. –Strong’s Concordance.

https://libya.liveuamap.com/

May 2020: Russia is moving fighter jets into Libya. It is believed Russia is looking to support General Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA). Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has the support of the United Nations. Turkey has moved troops into the arena to support the GNA. The situation is showing signs of mirroring Syria.

Libya is Africa’s largest source of oil and natural gas. Libya is also the launch point of immigration into Europe from Africa. Human trafficking is estimated to be a 6 to 7 billion dollar per year business.

The following is a press release from U.S. Africa Command.

US AFRICOM: Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya –

“Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in its favor in Libya. Just like I saw them doing in Syria, they are expanding their military footprint in Africa using government-supported mercenary groups like Wagner. For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict. Well, there is no denying it now. We watched as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya, every step of the way. Neither the LNA nor private military companies can arm, operate and sustain these fighters without state support, support they are getting from Russia.” – General Stephen Townsend, U.S. Army

“If Russia seizes basing on Libya’s coast, the next logical step is they deploy permanent long-range anti-access area denial (A2AD) capabilities. If that day comes, it will create very real security concerns on Europe’s southern flank.” -U.S. Air Force General. Jeff Harrigian, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa.

https://www.africom.mil/media-room/pressrelease/32789/russia-deploys-military-fighter-aircraft-to-libya

Russia Invites Iran to Syrian Air Base, May 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , on May 6, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

The prophet Ezekiel says 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…

May 6, 2020: Russia has invited the Iranians to use their air base in Latakia, Syria. The Russian air base is located on the Mediterranean Sea.

On August 15, 2016, Russia acquired its first permanent air base in Syria, the Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia, Syria. The Russians have been building and expanding their military presence in the region since.

For the recent history of Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia, see the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/?s=latakia

photo: Moscow Times

Here is a quote from the Russian source Avia.pro

“Israel, with varying success, nevertheless destroyed several military facilities of the Iranian military forces on the territory of Syria and damaged the infrastructure of a number of military bases in order to prevent Iranian aircraft with weapons from landing here; however, Russia provided the Iranian military with the opportunity to use its military airfield in the province of Latakia, thereby challenging Netanyahu, who promised to strike at the Iranian military at any time.”

Israel has recently stepped up its defense with attacks on Iranian and Hezbollah targets inside of Syria. Israel appears to be targeting Iranian missile capability.

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/syria/russia-grants-iran-access-to-syrian-hmeimim-air-base/2020/05/05/

Russia and friends continue to pour military hardware into the region on the northern border of Israel. It ultimately does not matter.

Ezekiel 39:3-6 Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coast lands, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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