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US Embassy in Iraq Hit by Missiles, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on January 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

Breaking…

January 26, 2020: Five rockets are reported to be fired at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Three of those rockets allegedly were direct hits. As of this post, there are no reported injuries or deaths.

US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

https://www.foxnews.com/world/baghdad-embassy-rocket-dining-room

No party has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.

Wuhan Coronavirus Update, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence, Trend Update with tags , , , on January 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

January 26, 2020: Here is the latest update regarding the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Numbers and data are rapidly changing.

  • 17 Chinese cities quarantined
  • 54,000,000 quarantined
  • 80+ deaths
  • Countries affected: Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Macao, Nepal, and United States
  • 2,700+ cases confirmed by Chinese Government
  • 30,000+ in China currently being monitored
  • 5 confirmed cases in the United States (Arizona, Illinois, Washington, California)
  • Unconfirmed private reports from Chinese healthcare providers and medical experts estimate 90,000-100,000 infected
  • World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared global health emergency
  • WHO Director to travel and meet with officials in Beijing, China

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/china-announces-400-new-coronavirus-cases-bringing-worldwide-total-to-1370-suspends-all-overseas-tour-groups-2020-01-25

For live, real time updates on news related to the coronavirus, see the link below from the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jan/27/coronavirus-china-death-toll-climbs-to-80-with-more-than-2700-cases-live-updates

The best way to slow, stop, and manage disease is with hand washing. Wash your hands!!! Keep you hands clean!!!

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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.

Our current generation is definitely living in a time of people running to and fro. Humanity is able to quickly travel from continent to continent with airplanes. We can get from region to region by train, bus, and car.

Another translation for “increase” is multiply per Strong’s Concordance. Knowledge has and continues to multiply, but that does not mean mankind uses new found information wisely or skillfully.

We are watching firsthand how infection can rapidly spread around the globe.

So the big question remains… Is now the time of the end???

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.

Australian Wild Fires, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Trend Update with tags , , , , on January 7, 2020 by paulthepoke

2 Peter 1:2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

January 2020: The pictures and the stories coming out of Australia are staggering and mind blowing. Here are some of the latest headlines coming from the land down under.

Fox News is reporting over 200 individuals have been charged with fire related crimes. At least 24 have been charged with arson.

  • Over 12 million acres have been burned.
  • Over 1 billion animals are estimated to be dead.
  • Temperatures are near 120 degrees in areas of Australia.
  • Winds are gusting from 50-80 miles per hour.
  • Flames are up to 200 feet in height.
  • Fires are creating weather with lightning and fire tornadoes.
  • Over 130 fires continue to burn.
Australian Meteorology

Australia is in need of support. Pray for rain.

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.

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