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Putin Presents Constitutional Changes, Russian Gov't Resigns, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on January 15, 2020 by paulthepoke

January 15, 2020: President Vladimir Putin has announced sweeping, proposed changes to the Russian Constitution. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the entire government resigned today.

The resignation of the government is not a protest of Putin. The resignation of the Russian government is a move that will allow Putin to make the necessary changes.

Note the comments made by resigning Prime Minister Medvedev. Changes to the constitution would include the following areas.

“…entire balance of power, the power of the executive, the power of the legislature, the power of the judiciary. In this context, it is obvious that, as the government, we must provide the president with a capability to make all decisions.” -Resigning Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Putin made the following comments during his yearly talk to parliament, The State of the Nation Address.

“I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution. It will increase the role of parliament and parliamentary parties, powers and independence of the prime minister and all cabinet members. We will be able to build a strong prosperous Russia only on the basis of respect for public opinion. Together we will certainly change life for the better. Russia must remain a strong presidential republic.” -Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Russian president’s current term ends in 2024. Many think Putin is making a move to extend his power to the role of Prime Minister where he is likely to land after his current presidential term expires. Currently, Putin is 67 years old.

For a variety of responses from different corners of the world, check out the links below.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/russian-govt-quits-putin-calls-constitutional-shake-200115110750948.html

https://www.rt.com/russia/478340-government-resigns-russia-putin-medvedev/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/15/europe/russian-government-resigns-vladimir-putin-reforms-intl/index.html

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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 prophecies in Ezekiel 38-39 were written approximately 2,500 years ago from today in the early 21st century.

Clearly, Vladimir Putin thinks he is in absolute charge and in absolute control in Russia. Who knows if Putin is the character Ezekiel names as Gog of Magog. One thing is for sure. Today’s actions were a very Gog-esque move.

Despite the authority and power exerted today in Moscow, God is ultimately in control.

Ezekiel 39:1-5 And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog 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 drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel. 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.

Russia & Turkey Broker Cease Fire in Libya, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2020 by paulthepoke

While the world has been watching the drama between the United States and Iran…

January 8, 2020: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan have announced a cease fire in Libya effective 00:00 (midnight) on January 12, 2020.

Putin and Erdogan got together in Istanbul, Turkey to reach the deal. On the surface, it would appear Russia and Turkey are on opposite sides of the conflict.

Russian special forces have been in Libya since March of 2017. Russia supports General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA). There are an estimated 2,500 Russian troops in Libya per the Turks.

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has requested Turkey’s military support. The GNA has the support of the United Nations. As of the posting of this blog, Turkey has sent an estimated 35 troops and this per Turkish state run news outlets.

See the New York Times article below for more details.

Check out al-Monitor for a Middle East perspective.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/turkey-russia-syria-putin-met-erdogan-discussed-libya.html

Liveuamap: Libya

Oil and money are at the heart of the issue. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa. Production is approximately 700,000 barrels per day. With political stability and safety, production could increase to 2,500,000 barrels per day.

The backdrop of the announcement was Russia and Turkey announcing the Turkstream Pipeline. The pipleline carries natural gas from Russia to the west under the Black Sea to Turkey. From there, natural gas is distributed to southern Europe.

https://apkpure.com/turkstream-pipeline-project/info.turkstream.app

“We hosted the President of Serbia (Aleksandar Vucic) and Bulgarian Prime Minister (Boyko Borissov) here, also there are some guests from other countries in Southern Europe. This gas will directly go to these countries: Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, (Serbia), Bulgaria, maybe Romania, and then go to Hungary and Austria.” -Sakir Arikan, Managing Director of TurkAkim Gas

“The supply of Russian gas through TurkStream will undoubtedly be of great importance not only for the economy of Turkey and the Black Sea region, but will also have a positive impact on the development of many South European countries, and will contribute to improving the energy security of Europe in general,” stated Vladimir Putin.

Russia is also supporting Turkey with the Akkuyu nuclear power plant which is scheduled to come on line later in 2020.

https://www.rt.com/business/477097-russia-turkey-turkstream-launch/

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Ancient Magog (Russia) and his brothers Meshech, Gomer, and Tubal (Turkey) have come together in the name of peace in Libya. Turkey and Russia are drawing closer for economic benefit. The prophet Ezekiel said they would form an alliance at some point in the future. Who knew it would take about 2,600 years from when it was written?

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.

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.

Libya Invites Turkish Troops, December 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2019 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.

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

The ultimate issue is oil and natural gas. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa. Production is approximately 700,000 barrels per day. With political stability and safety, production could increase to 2,500,000 barrels per day.

Libya is also the main gateway to Europe for African immigrants. Six billion pounds a year are made in trading humans across the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is less than 300 miles away. Vladimir Putin looks to control the flow of immigration as a political tool against Europe.

Russian special forces have been in Libya since March of 2017. Russia supports General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA). General Haftar met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow in November 2016.

December 2019: Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has requested Turkey’s military support. The GNA has the support of the United Nations.

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey intends to present legislation in early January 2020 to parliament.

“Since there is an invitation (from Libya) right now, we will accept it. We will present the motion to send troops as soon as Parliament resumes. God willing, we will pass it in Parliament on January 8-9 and thus respond to an invitation,” President Erdogan, Turkey.

Erdogan went on to further state the following.

“They are helping a warlord. We are responding to an invitation from the legitimate government of Libya. That is our difference.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/erdogan-announces-plan-send-troops-libya-191226090214331.html

Map: Liveuamap Libya

Turkey’s potential military move into Libya only complicates the situation further. Turkey will be supporting Libya’s GNA. Russia will be supporting General Haftar’s LNA.

Is Libya on the cusp of being like the situation in Syria?

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.

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

Russia and Turkey are aligning with political factions in Libya, just like Ezekiel said…

The Birth of Christ and Taxes, God's Will

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Christmas, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , on December 24, 2019 by paulthepoke

December 25 is the day we culturally celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church declared December 25 as the day of the birth of Christ. This declaration occurred in 336 AD. It was an attempt to replace the Roman holiday Saturnalia, a week long holiday of every imaginable debauchery. December 25 was the birthday of the sun. In the interest of getting along with the culture, the Catholic Church replaced the birthday of the sun with the birthday of the Son.

Today in the 21st century, we have returned to the roots of Saturnalia. The “Christmas” celebration through New Year’s has become a week long party. There is nothing new under the sun…

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Articles/Christmas/christmas.html

There is no Biblical evidence for a specific December 25 date for the birth of Jesus. If you find it, let me know. Christmas, December 25 is not a God Appointed Feast or holiday, plain and simple.

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Luke 2:1-3 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.

This is the context of the birth of Jesus. Joseph and Mary were on their way to pay taxes.

Now, say you are a money grubbing emperor or a king or a politician. Let’s say you want to collect tax revenue from your subjects. When would you do this? For maximum collection of funds, travel conditions and weather would need to be at their best. People are going to have to travel to register.  Would you pick late December? I don’t think so. Greed dictates a different season of the year to allow for the best possible participation and revenue.

Yes, God can use the payment of taxes to fulfill His Word and His will. Jesus needed to be born in Bethlehem.

Micah 5:2 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.

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There are many factors that point toward Jesus being born in the early fall. Some of these include: the timing and relationship to the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1), shepherding habits and timing (Luke 2), Biblical patterning of God’s appointed Fall Feasts, and Zechariah’s appointed priestly Temple service.

Excellent arguments are made for Jesus being born during the Spring Feasts. Rabbi Jonathan Cahn makes an articulate case.

The bottom line is this. The Bible does not say specifically when Jesus was born. When He was born is not the issue.

But, what is of the utmost importance is stated by the Apostle Paul. This is the priority. As believers in Jesus Christ we should draw a line in the sand and stick a flag in the ground over this issue.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.  For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…

He was born. It is not about when He was born.

Christ died for our sins. He was buried. And Jesus was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.

Angels: Gabriel to Nazareth

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels, Prophecy with tags , , , , , on December 22, 2019 by paulthepoke

Luke 1:26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth…

In the Hebrew, Gabriel means “man of El” or “man of God”. Some also interpret the name to mean “God is my strength”.

A time point is given in the verse above, the sixth month. So what is the sixth month on a Hebrew calendar? After all, the Jewish people keep two calendars, a civil and spiritual calendar. In today’s 21st century world, Israel follows a civil calendar and the Jewish New Year takes place in the fall on Rosh Hashanah in the month of Tishri.

God has other instructions. He made the directions very clear to Moses. God states the first month of the year is Nisan in the spring. Moses was to proclaim this calendar to the people of Israel. God’s New Year begins in and around spring.

Exodus 12:2 This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you.

The Lord makes further notations regarding time when it comes to the Fall Feasts. His Fall Appointments begin in the seventh month, Tishri.

Numbers 29:1a ‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation… .

See also Leviticus 23:23-25.

As God defines and keeps time, the month before the seventh month of Tishri is the sixth month of Elul. The Hebrew month of Elul typically lines up with the Gregorian month of August on a western calendar.

Isaiah 11:1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.

The focus in the prophetic verse above is on the word “branch”. The Hebrew word is netzer. It is the netzer or branch or offspring who will bear fruit.

The Hebrew term netzer is transliterated to the Greek term Nazara, Nazaret, or Nazareth.

The town of Nazareth is specifically mentioned only in the New Testament and this occurs 6 times.

John 1:46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”

Back in the day, Nazareth was not exactly held in high esteem by the people of Israel. Morality was not a strength of the locals. God the Father had His chosen Son come from the worthless, country, hick town of Nazareth.

Let there be no doubt. The people identified Nazareth with Jesus. Nazareth was Jesus’ home town.

Matthew 21:11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Even the spirits and demons knew Jesus came from Nazareth.

Mark 1:24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

Luke 4:34 “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”

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Gabriel is an angel, a messenger of God. He is going to the countryside town of Nazareth, which means “branch”. He was sent late in the summer when the region is hot and dry and plants struggle to survive. The Hebrew month of Elul is a call to attention. Repent and return to God. Seek His Word. Gabriel is delivering a message of hope to Israel and this little town…

The Branch is coming.

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