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Trend Update: Israel Smokes Iranian Drone, F-16 Shot Down, February 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 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.

Isaiah 17:9 In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

Military operations and tensions are escalating quickly in the Golan Heights and Damascus, Syria.

Damascus is taking serious Israeli fire. Syria has responded by firing missiles into Israel. Defense sirens were blaring in the Golan Heights region as a result.

See video link below for geography and additional analysis.

Israel is claiming to have launched an offensive into Syria which includes 12 targets (3 Syrian SA5 and SA17 air defense batteries, 4 Iranian targets). The IDF is tweeting about the response. See the link below for tweets related to the incident.

Jonathan Conricus is the Spokesman & Head of Social Media of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).


Israel has released video of shooting down an Iranian drone. The IDF claims the Iranian drone breeched Israeli airspace. Armored personnel operating the drone were destroyed as well. Israel reports the activity took place at 4:30 a.m. from an Apache attack helicopter. See the link below with video of the drone and personnel destruction.

Iran is denying the claim Israel shot down one of their drones. Iran states the notion is “ridiculous”.

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An Israeli F-16 has been shot down during the incident. The F-16 remains are located near a village in Harduf. The area has been secured for investigation.The pilots ejected from the fighter jet. One pilot is in serious but stable condition. The other pilot sustained mild injuries.

“Iran and Syria are playing with fire. The results of our strikes are not yet fully known to them (Iran), and they may be surprised when they discover what we targeted,” IDF Brigadier General Ronen Manelis.


Hezbollah has issued a statement indicating a “new strategic phase” in response to Israel. Hezbollah is believed to possess 130,000 to 150,000 short, medium, and long-range missiles. These include the M-600 missiles with a range of about 300 kilometers (180 miles) and a 450-500 kilogram warhead; plus the Syrian B302 missiles with a range of about 100 kilometers (60 miles) and a 175kg warhead.

“Today’s developments mean the old equations have categorically ended.”


Hamas has issued a declaration placing their military wing on high alert.

“The al-Qassam brigades announce high alert among members in order to defend against any Zionist aggression.”

Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel was closed for about 15-20 minutes. Services have been restored to normal operation.

Russia is requesting all parties involved to show restraint.


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Trend Update: Israel Strikes SCUD Targets East of Damascus, January 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 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.

January 9, 2018: Syria is claiming Israel has fired missiles from fighter jets at targets northeast of Damascus. Surface to surface missiles were fired from the Golan Heights area. Targets appeared to be related to scud missiles near the town of al-Qutayfah, Syria.

The incidents took place at approximately 2:00-3:00 in the morning.

Syria says that Israel is “fully responsible” for the military action.

Damascus is upset with Israel “as Israel does not announce their raids against Syrian targets.”

“The Israeli aggression affirms again the support of the occupying entity to terrorist organizations in Syria and its desperate attempts to raise their morale after the painful blows they received in Harasta in eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside and the sweeping victories the Syrian Arab Army is achieving in Idlib.” -Syrian Army Spokesman

Syria is claiming to have hit an Israeli jet and intercepted incoming missiles…allegedly.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent a letter to the United Nations (UN). Syria warned Israel had better stop the aggression. Excerpts from the letter indicated the following…

“Israel’s aggressive attitude will lead to a regional conflagration and further exacerbate the situation. This is in order to support terror and perpetuate the occupation of Arab lands. The repeated Israeli strikes on Syria will not succeed in protecting terror organizations of Israel’s that are used as its agents, with the heads being ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front.”

“The Syrian government will repeat its warning to Israel of the serious consequences of striking Syria and the continued support to armed terror movements, and it holds it responsible. The Security Council must condemn the Israeli strikes and take steps to stop its aggression.” President al-Assad letter to UN


The Israeli Defense Forces have not publicly commented. It should be noted that Israel has admitted to hitting over 100 Hezbollah convoys and military targets. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated the Jewish state will strike when “we have information and operational feasibility.”,7340,L-5068669,00.html



Trend Update: Days of Rage Across the Holy Land, December 2017

Posted in Gaza Strip/Philistia, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by paulthepoke

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Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.


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Trend Update: Syrian Missiles Fall in Israel’s Golan Heights, October 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by paulthepoke

Deuteronomy 4:43b …and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

This is the first mention of Golan in the Bible. Golan is a city of refuge under the Law. The purpose of the city is stated in the previous verse.

Deuteronomy 4:42 that the manslayer might flee there, anyone who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without being at enmity with him in time past; he may flee to one of these cities and save his life:

The current events in October 2017 are not examples of manslaughter.

Things appear to be escalating in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. Five rockets were fired from Syria into Israel on Saturday, October 21, 2017. It was initially believed these rockets were “spillover” from the Syrian civil war. Israel responded and three Syrian rocket launchers were hit.

A day later, Israeli perspective has changed. At the time of the Syrian missiles being launched into Israel, there was no local conflict occurring. Purpose and intent towards Israel appear to be the case.

“Even if this is just spillover, this is an exceptional incident and the continuance of such events will be met with a more fierce Israeli response. The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents, and considers the Syrian regime responsible for what is happening in its territory.” -Israel Defense Forces.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has publically commented on the incidents.

“The recent Israeli attack on the outskirts of Quneitra is a new chapter in the conspiracy between the Israeli occupation and armed terror groups, and another attempt to support these organizations.”

The Syrian spokesman went on to state, “dire consequences of these repeated aggressive actions, which cannot be seen as anything but support for terrorism and the criminal terror groups.”

Iranian influence in the region is growing. Russian troops have been stationed in Quneitra, Syria since July of 2017. UN soldiers are also patrolling on location in the Golan Heights.

Today’s current events appear to be consistent with prophecy in Scripture. Geo political events are trending into position. Are the prophecies of Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49 (Burden of Damascus), and Ezekiel 38-39 (Magog/Russian invasion of Israel) approaching?

If so, you know Who else is approaching? He is not coming back as a lamb. This time, He will be like a lion.


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Trend Update: Israel Strikes Damascus Airport, September 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2017 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.

Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city on the planet. Residents have occupied Damascus for over 5,000 years. The original Hebrew grammar states it is going to be taken away and removed. One could state it will be a ruined ruin or a ruined heap!

Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets, September 21, 2017: Breaking story out of Damascus, Syria

According to multiple Syrian news sources, Israel has targeted the Damascus Airport located less than 10 miles southwest of downtown Damascus. Local news sources and tweets are indicating Israel launched their munitions outside of Syrian air space. Multiple explosions are reported at the airport. Two to four strikes are possible. The events took place around midnight local time.

Damascus Now is reporting Syrian forces have launched two ground to air missiles. One missile was reported to be in the direction of the border. An Israeli drone was reportedly shot down by a Syrian missile. The link below is video released on Twitter of the drone being allegedly shot down.


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Trend Update: Israel Bombs Syrian Research Center, September 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2017 by paulthepoke

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. “Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, for they have heard bad news; they are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed.

Hamath: The name means “fortress”. In the times of Jeremiah, Hamath was a city in valley of the Orontes River. Hamath was the capital of the northern kingdom of ancient Syria. Today, this is the city known as Hama, Syria.

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September 7, 2017: Hama, Syria is prophetically significant. Roughly 2,600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah wrote about Hamath, Syria. In the early morning hours, Israeli Defense Force jets bombed a chemical plant on the outskirts of the ancient city. The operation took place at approximately 2:30 in the morning. The location has been dubbed as a “scientific research center for chemical weapons”. Missile development is also believed to be conducted at this site. Multiple weapons convoys were also hit during operation. Two Syrian soldiers are reported as dead.

Amos Yadlin is the former head of Israeli military intelligence and Executive Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). In response to the attack in Syria, Yadlin tweeted the following.

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“The reported attack overnight is not routine. It is a military-scientific Syrian site in which they produce, among other things, precision missiles, some of which will be significant in the next military campaign.”

“…chemical weapons and explosives that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians. If it was an Israeli attack, it is finally an Israeli moral statement about the massacre in Syria.”

“Israel won’t allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms. Israel intends to enforce its red lines despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them. The presence of Russian air defense does not prevent airstrikes attributed to Israel. Now it’s important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response and even opposition from Russia.”

See this link for Amos Yadlin’s Twitter page.


Which brings up an interesting question. What happened to the Russian S400 Missile System response?

In response, Syria has announced the following warning of “dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region”.

The United States sanctions on this “research” facility and its employees have now been rendered useless.


The southern Sunni Muslims (Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia) are curiously quiet. Makes one wonder what is going on behind the scenes.

Keep in mind, Syria is supported by Iran who is supported by Russia. See Ezekiel 38.

The geo-political situation in the Middle East just got more interesting…


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Trend Update: God/Israel & ISIS Exchange Fire in Golan Heights, December 2016

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 2016 by paulthepoke

Joshua 21:27 To the sons of Gershon, one of the families of the Levites, from the half-tribe of Manasseh, they gave Golan in Bashan, the city of refuge for the manslayer, with its pasture lands, and Be-eshterah with its pasture lands; two cities.

Israel has been managing conflict with this region for close to 3,500 years.

November 27, 2016: At this time, ISIS has entered the picture. For the first time, ISIS and the Israeli Defense Forces have exchanged fire. The events took place in the southern Golan Heights.

The Israeli Air Force identified an armored vehicle with a large machine gun. The Air Force was able to identify four occupants in the vehicle. The target was destroyed. The ISIS vehicle was reportedly several hundred meters from the border. Israeli forces suffered no injuries or deaths. Multiple ISIS fighters were killed in the exchange.

November 30, 2016: An Israeli Air Force jet hits a target near Damascus. The operation took place during the night time. Explosions could be heard in downtown Damascus. Speculation is a munition convoy was struck near Damascus. See the news link below out of Damascus, Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear. ISIS will not be allowed to open a front of terror in the Golan Heights. The Israeli government or the Israeli press have made no official comment on the strike near Damascus.

December 1, 2016: The United Nations (UN) has passed six resolutions regarding Israel, the city of Jerusalem, Palestine, and the Golan Heights. The UN referred to the region as “Syrian Golan”. The UN believes the Golan Heights region should be handed over to Syria and the Assad regime. Language of the resolution stated, “Israel withdraw from all the occupied territory to the line of June 4, 1967 and called on all parties concerned to exert the necessary efforts to ensure the resumption of the peace process.”

After these events… A video from the Golan Heights is emerging from Israeli Defense Forces. Multiple soldiers captured the phenomenon.

Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.

December 4, 2016: Multiple Israeli soldiers captured a “pillar of cloud” on the Israel/Syria border. The cloud is reported to move from east to west and stop on the border. The cloud proceeded to hover and do damage on the Syrian side of the border. Fire and brimstone were not indicated at this time. This weather event took place in the same location as the ISIS attack.

“This strange storm of what appears to be dust, cloud and rain did NOT cross the border fence into Israel. It sat like a barrier between ISIS and Israel,” Israeli Defense.

The cloud is consistent with a menacing wall cloud of a super cell thunderstorm as observed in the Midwest or Tornado Alley in the United States. This is not a weather event consistent with the Golan Heights region.

See the video in the link below.

The pillar of cloud and fire were reminders to the nation of Israel. God is with you and God will protect you. He does not break His promises. His character does not change.


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