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“Accident” at Iranian Nuclear Facility, July 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy with tags , , on July 2, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century. This is modern day Iran…

July 2, 2020: An “incident” has occurred at an Iranian nuclear facility in Natanz, Iran. Natanz is located about 155 miles south of the Tehran. Allegedly, there was a fire and explosion at the centrifuge facility which is under 25 feet of concrete.

Google: Natanz, Iran

The facility is home to Iran’s primary uranium enrichment. Natanz is known as the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant.

“No nuclear material and no potential of pollution,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization.

Iranian officials have offered no explanation to the cause of the fire.

However, the Iranian government has offered the following comment.

“If there are signs of hostile countries crossing Iran’s red lines in any way, especially the Zionist regime (Israel) and the United States, Iran’s strategy to confront the new situation must be fundamentally reconsidered.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “I don’t address these issues.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-issues-warning-to-israel-us-after-mystery-fire-at-nuclear-enrichment-site/

This has been a rough week for Iran. Buildings are exploding around the country.

DNA India

June 30, 2020: A gas explosion took place at a medical facility in northern Tehran. 19 people are reported to have died. Leaking gas tanks are the reported cause.

A week earlier, a massive explosion was reported southeast of Tehran in Parchin. This explosion was also blamed on leaking gas tanks by the Iranian government.

https://twitter.com/BeholdIsrael/status

https://paulthepoke.com/2020/06/25/massive-explosion-outside-of-tehran-june-2020/

Curious how all of these explosions are related to nuclear weapons and missile facilities…

Massive Explosion Outside of Tehran, June 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags on June 25, 2020 by paulthepoke

Developing story…

June 25, 2020: The United States increased sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Later in the day…

The explosion is reported to have taken place near a military base, a nuclear research facility, and an electrical plant. The event is reported east of the city of Tehran. Power outages are reported anecdotally on social media. Speculation is rampant to determine the cause of the event.

There is speculation that Israel is retaliating to an Iranian cyber attack on an Israeli desalinization plant that occurred a few months ago.

Iranian state run media is reporting the event is related to an explosion at a gas facility. The government claims there are no injuries and the situation is under control.

The prophets in Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 38-39 state Iran is a major player in the end times scenario…

Jeremiah 49:34-39 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam, the finest of their might. ‘I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four ends of heaven, and will scatter them to all these winds; and there will be no nation to which the outcasts of Elam will not go. ‘So I will shatter Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their lives; and I will bring calamity upon them, even My fierce anger,’ declares the LORD, ‘And I will send out the sword after them until I have consumed them. ‘Then I will set My throne in Elam and destroy out of it king and princes,’ declares the LORD. ‘But it will come about in the last days that I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’” declares the LORD.

The Persian Empire

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2020 by paulthepoke

Daniel 8:20 As for the ram that you saw with the two horns, these are the kings of Media and Persia.

Media or the Medes or Madai, is a son of Japheth. Madai is Noah’s grandson.

Genesis 10:2 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

Wikipedia

Historically, the Medes and Persians formed the Persian or the Achaemenid Empire.

Daniel was not written in chronological order. Historically, Daniel 8 was written before Daniel 5.

We know Daniel received understanding of the vision from Daniel 8:1 in the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar to be about 553 BC.

In receiving the vision, Daniel understood Babylon would no longer be a player on the world stage and the Babylonian Empire was on its last legs. Recall, Daniel was physically in Babylon. At the time of the vision, Babylon was the head of gold of world empires from Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in chapter 2.

In 553 BC, The Persians were led by Cyrus the Great (559 BC to 529 BC). At the time of Daniel’s vision, secular history records Cyrus was yet to invade and capture Babylon. Secular history records that would happen 14 years later in 539 BC. Legend has it, Babylon was taken by the Persians without any conflict.

This is where secular history and the Bible collide. Secular history says Cyrus captured Babylon. The Bible says Darius the Mede captured Babylon. Secular history has no mention of Darius the Mede. Critics of the Bible view the character of Darius the Mede as a work of fiction. Darius the Mede would continue to be a part of Daniel’s writings in chapters 6 and 9. Some critics even go to the extent Daniel never existed.

King Belshazzar’s reign would come to an end in Daniel 5 with the hand writing on the wall.

Daniel 5:30-31 That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed. And Darius the Mede received the kingdom at the age of sixty-two.

The Persian Empire was on the cusp of its greatest power. Darius I would rule from 522 BC to 486 BC. Under his leadership, this would be the largest empire known to man at that time. It was often referred to as “The Empire”. Historical dates provided by Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achaemenid_Empire

Wikipedia

The eastern border of The Empire was essentially the Indus River which runs through modern day Pakistan. The southern border in the eastern part of the empire was the 21st century Persian Gulf. The southern border extended west across what is northern Saudi Arabia into what is modern day Egypt and eastern Libya. The northern border ranged from what was the old Soviet republics in the east to the Balkans to modern day Turkey moving west. It is in the far northwest corner of the Achaemenid Empire where resistance was ultimately encountered in Macedonia or what we know as modern day Greece.

The Empire would come to an abrupt end as Gabriel is about to inform Daniel.

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.

Wuhan Virus Update, March 3, 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Michael Douville, Persia/Elam/Iran, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2020 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus

Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other gods before me. -The Lord God, Yahweh

March 3, 2020: The global count of infected persons has reached over 90,000 and continues to climb. Over 3,100 have died. Cases are exploding across South Korea, Iran, and Italy. 58 countries and counting have been impacted by the pestilence. The total in the United States has now reached 90 infected.

Iran: The government and its officials of the Islamic Republic are taking a serious hit with the coronavirus. A couple of members have died and countless others have become infected. Allegedly, over 1,500 people are infected in the country.

Those numbers are in question based on the behavior being exhibited in the religious city of Qom. Travel has not been restricted to the religious sites in the city. We have this bold example of commitment on display from the Shia branch of the Religion of Peace. And we wonder why the disease is spreading like gang busters throughout the country.

Matthew 24:5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.

South Korea: The latest numbers out of Seoul report over 4,800 infected. The center of attention is the leader of a religious cult. The man in the eye of the storm is Lee Man-hee, the leader of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus. Mr. Lee seems to think he is the second coming of Jesus Christ. He states he is “the promised pastor” and he is taking 144,000 people to heaven with him. Lee believes he is the fulfillment of Revelation. Unfortunately, Mr. Lee has recently been diagnosed with the Coronavirus.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) continues with the idea the Coronavirus is not a pandemic at this time. Today we were lectured by the leader of the WHO, Dr. Tedros, on terms, labels, and political correctness in regards to the virus. For those of you who would like to use the proper terminology as to not offend any one, please go to the Twitter stream below https://twitter.com/WHO.

The economic impact of the virus continues to grow. Michael Douville provides his latest thoughts on the Wuhan Virus. Supply chains are being impacted on a global scale. Michael discusses the business cycle and how the role of the virus is interacting with the business cycle. Dr. Charles Nenner has also provided his latest charts with impact on the housing industry as well. Nenner is calling for a double dip correction in the housing market. Both Douville and Dr. Nenner are calling for interest rates to continue to fall. Make your plans now. Get your house in order. Things are going to slow down.

 

Daniel 12:4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

We are definitely living in a time of people running to and fro. Humanity is able to quickly travel from continent to continent. We are watching firsthand how infection can rapidly spread around the globe.

Here is the latest statistical data from around the globe.

Track virus statistics at the Johns Hopkins CSSE link below.

https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#

Purim 5780/2020: Threats to Destroy Esther & Mordechai’s Tombs

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Purim, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2020 by paulthepoke

Esther 9:20-22 Then Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same month, annually, because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

This is the decree for the celebration of the holiday Purim. The celebration is to take place in the Hebrew month of Adar on the 14th and 15th day. In the Gregorian year of 2020, that starts on sundown Monday, March 9th and ends the next day on March 10th. Scripture tells us the holiday is to be celebrated every year.

Today, Hamadan is believed to have approximately 554,000 people per 2016 census numbers. Hamadan is home to the tombs of Esther and Mordechai.

esther mordechai tomb

A few weeks ago, the Iranian Basij attempted to do harm to the historical burial site of Esther and Mordechai. This is no accident. They know the history and the time of the year with the pending celebration of Purim.

The Basij is a volunteer militia of the Iranian government. The Basij was set up by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. The stated purpose of the Basij is as follows: “create the necessary capabilities in all individuals believing in the Constitution and the goals of the Islamic Republic to defend the country, the regime of the Islamic Republic, and aid people in cases of disasters and unexpected events.”

The role of the Basij is to handle “resistance areas” within Iran…

Here is a quote that likely best describes the role of the Basij in Iran. This is a group of enforcers.

“But because they receive less training than other Iranian security forces, their tactics are often the toughest against dissidents—and in turn generate more public anger that could weaken rather than strengthen the regime long-term.”

If interested (highly recommended) in more detail of the Iranian Basij, click on the link below.

https://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/basij-resistance-force

The Basij feels justified in their actions because of President Trump and his policies toward Israel in the Middle East. So, they took to Twitter.

“Members of the Iranian Basij attempted to raid the historic site yesterday in an act of revenge against the Israelis Palestinian peace plan by President Trump.”

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/iran-news/report-iranian-authorities-allegedly-threaten-to-destroy-tomb-of-esther-and-mordechai/2020/02/16/

Esther and Mordechai were real people. They died and they were buried in what is modern day Hamadan, Iran. The book of Esther is not a fable or a fairy tale. Roughly 2,450 years later from their era, Esther and Mordechai are back in the news. Modern day Iran wants to destroy their existence and their place in history in God’s word.

Operation Martyr Soleimani, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on January 7, 2020 by paulthepoke

Breaking Story…

January 7, 2020: In response to the death of General Soleimani, Iran has launched a series of missiles from Iran towards American military bases in Iraq. American soldiers and resources have been targeted. Multiple waves of missiles are reported to be fired.

The locations of attack were al-Assad in central Iraq on the Euphrates River and the oil rich ares of northeast Iraq near Erbil. It should be noted that Turkish troops are in the area of northern Iraq as well.

Liveuamap: Iraq

The Pentagon has confirmed the reports. President Trump is acutely aware of the developing situation. Trump has not tweeted regarding the attack at the time of this post.

Damage reports and casualty information are not present at this time.

Iran has released a statement. If the United States retaliates, Iran will target Haifa, Israel and Dubai among other targets. See the tweet below from Richard Engel of NBC News.

Below is alleged video from the Iranian attack via Lebanon…

Oil has spiked to $65 a barrel on the news.

Update with recent President Trump tweet on damage assessment.

Top Iranian General Soleimani Killed at Baghdad Airport, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2020 by paulthepoke

Breaking Story…

General Qassim Soleimani

January 2, 2020: General Qassim Soleimani has been killed in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad Airport. He was one of the most powerful military persons in Iran. General Soleimani was the leader of the Qud’s Force. Iran has confirmed the Soleimani has been “martyred”.

In addition, other deaths were reported in the strike. These include the Deputy Chief of Hezbollah and two of Iran’s militia leaders.

Liveuamap of Baghdad

The statement below is a release from the Pentagon.

This is the latest in a series of escalations between Iran and the United States.

January 1, 2020: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei told U.S. President Trump, “You can’t do a damn thing.”

Khamenei’s quote was in response to President Trump’s tweets noted below.

December 31, 2019: Iranian backed Shia stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Marines were dispatched to the Embassy and other military support is on the way. Numbers are estimated to upwards of 4,000 additional military personnel.

US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

December 29, 2019: The United States responds by bombing Iranian targets which results in the death of 25 Iranian militia.

December 27, 2019: An American contractor was killed by an Iranian rocket attack.

The prophets in Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 38-39 state Iran is a major player in the end times scenario…

Jeremiah 49:34-39 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam, the finest of their might. ‘I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four ends of heaven, and will scatter them to all these winds; and there will be no nation to which the outcasts of Elam will not go. ‘So I will shatter Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their lives; and I will bring calamity upon them, even My fierce anger,’ declares the LORD, ‘And I will send out the sword after them until I have consumed them. ‘Then I will set My throne in Elam and destroy out of it king and princes,’ declares the LORD. ‘But it will come about in the last days that I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’” declares the LORD.

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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Breaking: Saudi Oil Refineries Under Attack, September 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Saudi Arabia/Sheba/Dedan, Trend Update with tags , , , on September 14, 2019 by paulthepoke

Buqayq, Saudia Arabia, September 14, 2019: The Saudis have reduced their oil supply output by half. 5.7 million barrels of oil per day have been stopped. 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas distribution has been affected as well. 10% of the world’s oil supply is estimated to go through this network in northeast Saudi Arabia.

This is a developing story and is highly likely to affect everyone’s pocketbook at the pump.

“For the oil market, if not the global economy, Abqaiq is the single most valuable piece of real estate on planet earth,” Bob McNally, Rapid Energy Group in Washington.

10 drone strikes on oil processing plants have caused large scale explosions and fires.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/saudi-aramco-contain-fires-facilities-053230653.html

Isaiah 21:16-17 For thus the Lord said to me, “Within a year, according to the years of a hired worker, all the glory of Kedar will come to an end. And the remainder of the archers of the mighty men of the sons of Kedar will be few, for the LORD, the God of Israel, has spoken.”

The following peoples and their descendants make up Arabia per the prophets: Dedan, Tema, and Kedar.

Scripture is very clear. At some point in the future, the Saudis are going to get pummeled. Isaiah bears witness and confirms their fate.

https://paulthepoke.com/2018/04/05/trend-update-saudi-arabia-israel-strengthen-ties-april-2018/

Paul the Poke

Habakkuk 1:5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. -LORD God

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