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Euphrates & Tigris Rivers Going Dry, September 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Euphrates River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on September 6, 2020 by paulthepoke

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east.

First things first. The current events to be discussed below are not the fulfillment of the Revelation prophecy. Currently, the seven year tribulation has not begun. The seals have not been broken let alone the bowl judgments poured out. Bet yet another example, we are trending in this direction.

Basra, Iraq: Salt water from the Persian Gulf is pushing inland due to the lack of water flow from the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers north of town. Farmers are going north looking for fresh water.

“Salinity has gone up in recent years and it’s killing the farmlands. Before, we could sell our dates in the Gulf and as far as the United States. Now, you can see with your own eyes. This whole river died.” Abu Shaker, a 70-year-old date palm farmer.

With the filling of the Ilisu Dam, Turkey is slowly cutting off water to Iraq. Water levels behind Mosul Dam in northern Iraq have dropped by three billion cubic meters. Water flow from Turkey has been reduced by 50%.

The Ilisu Dam is one of 22 dams being constructed in southeast Turkey. The dams are impacting both the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers. Syria is feeling the brunt of the decreased water flow of the Euphrates.

https://www.france24.com/en/20200826-as-neighbours-build-dams-iraqis-watch-twin-rivers-dry-up

Iran is cutting off water from the Sirwan and Little Zab Rivers which dump into the Tigris River southeast of Baghdad.

To make matters worse, the water hyacinth is taking over the two rivers. The “Nile Flower” was introduced about 20 years as a decorative plant. The purple flowered plant is native to South America’s Amazon basin.

A plant is estimated to drink up to 1.3 gallons of water per day. The water hyacinth also blocks sun and oxygen from life on the rivers. As a result, fish are dying and water levels are dropping further. This has been devastating to carp fisherman. Carp supplies have been cut in half. Carp is a delicacy in Iraq.

A 1,000 square foot area weighs up to five tons. The thick vegetation blocks water from reaching fields for farming.

“During this harvest, our vegetable sales in the local market were down by a third,” Ahmed Yasser, farmer.

And with COVID-19, the wild flower is spreading unchecked.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/afp/2020/06/iraq-environment-water-hyacinth.html#ixzz6XKBQbBkB

Just another sign of the time…

Daniel, Meet Gabriel

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels with tags , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2020 by paulthepoke

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.”

This is Gabriel’s formal introduction in the Old Testament. Gabriel is God’s chosen messenger to the prophet Daniel, who will document interpretation of visions.

Daniel reveals the time and place of the vision. The timing of the vision is revealed initially in Daniel 8.

Daniel 8:1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first.

Scholars and researchers estimate the date of the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar to be about 553 BC.

Granted, Daniel is physically in Babylon at the time of the vision. But, Daniel sees himself in a specific place.

Google Maps: Hamadan, Burial site of Esther & Mordechai

Daniel 8:2 And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa the citadel, which is in the province of Elam. And I saw in the vision, and I was at the Ulai canal.

Per the ATS Bible Dictionary, the Ulai or Euleus River flows by the city of Susa. It was known as the Choaspes by the Greeks. Today, it is called the Kerkhah River. The river is about a mile and a half east of Susa.

Susa was the headquarters of the ancient Persia and Media Empire. Ancient Susa is also known as Shush or Shushan.

Little did Daniel know, Susa would be the setting for the story of the book of Esther. The events in Esther took place from 483-473 BC. Queen Esther and Mordechai are buried in Hamadan, north of Susa to this very day in the 21st century Iran.

From Daniel’s vision in 553 BC to the onset of Esther’s trials in 483 BC is 70 years.

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Daniel 8:15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man.

Gabriel is introduced by the voice of a man. It seems Gabriel has the appearance of a man.

This is not just any man. The Hebrew word for “man” is geber. This is the term for a mighty warrior. It would seem that Gabriel is physically imposing.

Daniel has the same response to Gabriel as all the other people who meet him. There are two other people who would later meet Gabriel. They are Zechariah the priest and the Virgin Mary in the book of Luke. In all three cases, Gabriel scares the hell out of them.

Daniel 8:17a So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face…

Daniel was “frightened” or baath in the Hebrew. The word can also be translated as startled or terrified or overwhelmed (Strong’s Concordance). Other dictionaries use the word troubled.

Daniel also “fell on my face”. This is a sign of submission or reverence by Daniel. He realized he is in over his head.

Historic Tombs of Bible Figures Desecrated

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

May 16, 2020: The tombs of Esther and Mordechai have been set on fire. Allegedly, there was not significant damage.

“Since February, members of the Iranian Basij militia have once again threatened to raze the tomb of historic Jewish heroes Mordechai and Queen Esther. It appears that these domestic terrorists attempted to carry out this outrageous act of desecration with this premeditated attack,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tomb-of-mordechai-and-esther-in-iran-reportedly-set-ablaze

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

Kifl, Iraq: An ancient synagogue at the tomb of Ezekiel has been replaced by a Shiite Mosque. Ezekiel is a prophet listed in the Quran as well as the Bible. He is called Thel Kifl in the Quran. Hence, the town in Iraq is named after Ezekiel. Iraqis call him Hidkel.

Kifl is located about an hour and 45 minutes south of Baghdad on the Euphrates River.

It is thought Ezekiel died in 569 BC.

Now it is Muslims making the trip to Ezekiel’s tomb instead of Jews and Christians.

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-jewish-shrine-of-prophet-ezekiel-s-tomb-open-to-visitors-in-shi-ite-iraq-1.8508401

Esther, Mordechai, and Ezekiel were real people. They lived and died and they were buried. Esther and Mordechai were buried in what is modern day Hamadan, Iran. Ezekiel was buried in the middle of Iraq and has a town named after him. The book of Esther and Ezekiel are not fables or a fairy tales. Shiite Islam is trying to erase their memory from history.

Wuhan Virus Update, February 24, 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Michael Douville, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on February 24, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

February 24, 2020: The Wuhan Virus has left main land China and is spreading internationally. The number of infected has seen a significant jump in South Korea, Italy, and Iran. Here is an overview from global headlines around the world from the internet.

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South Korea: The number of cases is now approaching 900 with 8 deaths. The government has placed the city of Daegu and its 2.5 million people on lock down. Samsung has closed operations in Gumi at a phone manufacturing facility where an employee has been infected.

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Italy: The concern is the virus will spread into Europe. Austria has blocked traffic coming from Italy at the border. 11 towns east of Milan in northern Italy have quarantined. The towns have roughly 50,000 residents. Across the country, Italians are emptying grocery stores for supplies. Food shortages are being reported in northern Italy. Schools and museums have been closed. Airport screenings are now taking place. Milan Fashion Week has been severely impacted. As of the post, Italy reports 231 infected with 7 deaths.

https://www.rt.com/news/481542-milan-zombie-apocalypse-coronavirus/

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Iran: There appears to be some conflicting information coming out of Shia leadership in Tehran. For the record, Iran is reporting 61 cases with 12 deaths. However, an Iranian legislator is stating there are 50 deaths in Qom. Of note, Qom is the home of Shia religious sites and Qom is also home to a nuclear facility.

Other foreign countries are not taking any chances. Turkey, Armenia, Afghanistan, and Iraq have closed their borders with Iran.

Complicating the situation, the Corona Virus is making its way into the Middle East.

The World Health Organization (WHO) remains stead fast in not calling the current situation a pandemic.

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The stock markets around the globe are starting to react to the financial impact of the Wuhan Virus. The Dow Jones Industrial was down over 1,000 points at times today. Interest rates reached all time lows in the United States. 10 year Treasury notes closed at 1.396%. 30 year Treasury notes closed at 1.857%. Oil has fallen to $50 per barrel. Global supply chains are being impacted due to a lack of economic activity. Economic activity is zero in parts of the far east.

Check out PaulthePoke’s financial planning and economic expert Michael Douville and his comments on the impact of the Wuhan Virus. Click on the link below.

 

Here is the latest statistical data from around the globe.

  • 80,000+ infected world wide
  • 2,699 deaths reported
  • 37 countries impacted
  • Fatality rate of 1-2% infected

Track virus statistics at the Johns Hopkins CSSE link below.

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

 

Investing During International Turmoil… Michael Douville

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Michael Douville with tags , , , , on September 24, 2019 by paulthepoke

Proverbs 27:12 The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.

Proverbs 27:23 Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds…

In this post, Michael discusses investing in markets with increased geo political risk as related to oil and gas prices. How will markets respond with the recent bombing of Saudi Arabian oil refineries? Listen to what Michael has to say.

http://www.michaeldouville.com

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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/

Netanyahu and Putin Meet in Sochi, Russia, September 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on September 12, 2019 by paulthepoke

September 12, 2019, Sochi, Russia: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Below are comments made by Israel’s Netanyahu prior to leaving for Russia.

The Sochi meeting took place as Russia has condemned Netanyahu’s annexation plans if elections go his way next week. Russia has expressed concern this would lead to increased tension in the region.

Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following comments in a joint press conference with Vladimir Putin.

“Our tightening relations are the result of our mutual policy as well as the personal bond we share. This bond has prevented unnecessary and dangerous friction between our armies. This is a fundamental component of the regional stability. Security coordination is always important, but it is especially important now, in light of the past month’s sharp spike in the number and the scope of Iran’s attempts to harm Israel from Syrian territory and transfer precision missiles to Syria. We won’t tolerate this threat and therefore must avoid any friction between us.” -Benjamin Netanyahu

Photo: Haaretz

President Putin had the following comments during the press conference.

“We know that a million and a half Soviet Union repatriates are currently residing in Israel. We always treated them as our people. It is extremely important to us who is elected to the next Knesset and we hope they will maintain the friendship between our nations and further strengthen our relationship.” -Vladimir Putin

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-after-nearly-three-hour-delay-netanyahu-meets-putin-in-sochi-1.7837273

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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…”

For over 2,500 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). The pieces are falling into place. How close are we to the events documented by Ezekiel?

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

International Economics and Bible Prophecy

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Michael Douville, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on August 26, 2019 by paulthepoke

Michael Douville and Paul Lehr discuss international economics and how it lines up with Biblical Prophecy. Biblical Prophecy is being fulfilled as we speak!

The economic situation in Turkey continues to deteriorate. The Turkish government is desperate for resources. How does the situation in modern day Turkey relate to Bible prophecy?

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?’

For recent history regarding Russia, Turkey, Iran, and Ezekiel’s prophecy, see the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/category/ezekiel-38-39/

Click on the link below with Michael and Paul for discussion.

https://paulthepoke.com/
https://michaeldouville.com/

Will a strong US Dollar lead to the scenario of hyperinflation described in Revelation 6?

Revelation 6:5-6 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!”

Trend Update: Saudi Arabia & Israel Strengthen Ties, April 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Saudi Arabia/Sheba/Dedan, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 5, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, ‘Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?

Who are Sheba and Dedan? They are first mentioned in Genesis 10:7 The sons of Cush were Seba and Havilah and Sabtah and Raamah and Sabteca; and the sons of Raamah were Sheba and Dedan.

The family tree starts with Noah, then his son Ham, then his son Cush, then his son Raamah and his sons Sheba and Dedan.

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. These areas make up what is modern day Saudi Arabia.

Dedan was an ancient capital of Saudi Arabia. It is modern day Al Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia.

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April 2, 2018: The Saudi crown prince and king to be, Mohammed bin Salman, has declared Israel has a right to exist.

“I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations,” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Bin Salman also made the following incredible statements.

mbs times israel

Photo: Times of Israel

“Our country doesn’t have a problem with Jews. Our Prophet Muhammad married a Jewish woman. Not just a friend — he married her. Our prophet, his neighbors were Jewish. You will find a lot of Jews in Saudi Arabia coming from America, coming from Europe. There are no problems between Christian and Muslims and Jews. We have problems like you would find anywhere in the world, among some people. But the normal sort of problems.” 

Many believe the cooperation with Israel is about the management of Iran. Israel and Saudi Arabia see Iran as a mortal threat. Iran is supplying rebels in Yemen with missiles which are being launched into Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince did not have kind comments for Iranian leadership. He specifically addressed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic.

According to bin Salman, the Ayatollah “makes Hitler look good.”

“Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad. But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. He believes he owns the world. They are both evil guys. He is the Hitler of the Middle East. In the 1920s and 1930s, no one saw Hitler as a danger. Only a few people. Until it happened. We don’t want to see what happened in Europe happen in the Middle East. We want to stop this through political moves, economic moves, intelligence moves. We want to avoid war.” -Mohammed bin Salman

https://www.timesofisrael.com/saudi-crown-prince-recognizes-israels-right-to-exist-talks-up-future-ties/

 

Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil? Yes, Russia (as they see it) has economic reason to invade Israel.

Ezekiel 38:13 says Sheba and Dedan (modern day Saudi Arabia) along with Tarshish (loosely Europe) will object and protest against Russia and its surrogates.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/24/ezekiel-38-who-is-tarshish/

Lines are being drawn in the sands of the Middle East. Countries are in alignment according to Ezekiel’s prophecy.

Destiny waits, but for how long…

 

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Trend Update: Putin, Erdogan, & Rouhani Meet in Turkey, April 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2018 by paulthepoke

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).

The Bible and historians are consistent. Magog is modern day Russia. The brothers of Magog (Meshech, Gomer, and Tubal) appear to point to modern day Turkey.

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

Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). One of those countries is Persia. This is modern day Iran. The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century.

For more detail regarding these ancient peoples and their modern-day counterparts, click on the links below.

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/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/17/ezekiel-38-who-is-persia/

Click on video link for geography and additional analysis.

 

April 2, 2018: Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is making headlines again. He has publicly called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a terrorist.

Erdogan: “Hey Netanyahu! You are an occupier… At the same time, you are a terrorist.”

For complete comments, see the video link from Middle East Eye at Twitter.

These comments took place prior to a meeting between President Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

 

April 3, 2018: President Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkey to meet with Erdogan. The two met to celebrate the ground breaking of the construction of a Russian nuclear plant in Turkey. The nuclear plant is being built in Akkuyu on the Mediterranean coast.

In addition to nuclear cooperation, Russia and Turkey are laying the Turkstream gas line. This is for the transport of Russian natural gas to Turkey.

Turkey has also purchased Russia’s S400 missile defense system in late 2017.

April 4, 2018: Putin and Erdogan are scheduled to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara, Turkey. The talks are to focus on the situation in Syria. The future of Syria President al Assad is the topic.

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https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-iran-leaders-head-to-turkey-for-summit-on-syria/

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As these talks are taking place in the Turkish capital, the Syrian army is advancing south towards the Golan Heights and the Israeli border. The Syrian Arab Army is deploying troops near al-Quneitra and Dara’a.

The Syrian government is following suit as they did in Ghouta east of Damascus.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/tensions-rise-in-daraa-as-syrian-army-troops-keep-pouring-into-province/

 

These ancient brothers have fought against each other for hundreds and thousands of years as mortal enemies. Each of them have looked to control the region. Now in the 21st century they are together and united…just as Ezekiel 38 said roughly 2,500 years ago.

How close are we to the invasion of Israel from the north in the Golan Heights???

 

 

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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