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Trend Update: Ancient Church Discovery Manbij, Syria, June 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2018 by paulthepoke

Matthew 16:17-18 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…”

ISIS continues to be removed from the land scape of the Middle East. This time in Manbij, Syria. ISIS previously used a site as a place to dump trash. Little did they know…

See video link for geography of site.

The location was a hiding place for ancient Christians. Archeologists think the site may have been an ancient church. The “hidden church” is believed to be from the 3rd or 4th century. The site is located 18 miles west of the Euphrates River. Christian symbols and writings were cut into the stone. Tunnels, places of worship, and escape routes were contained. Inscriptions were written in Greek.

“Greek was the common language of the Eastern Roman Empire, which explains why the New Testament is written in Greek during the Roman period,” John Wineland, Professor of History and Archaeology at Southeastern University.

A complete and thorough dig and study is not expected until later due to mines placed from the civil war in Syria. A possible second location may have been found as well.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/05/01/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-under-former-isis-held-territory.html

 

Cross Symbols Fox News
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These verses above hold much controversy. Ignore the divisiveness these arguments have brought. Read the text for yourself and understand. Jesus is talking to Peter. And He clarifies that He is talking to Peter. Jesus makes the point to use two different words.

Look at the two key nouns: Peter and rock. These are two distinctive terms in the Greek. They are not the same terms. They are distinctive in gender and definition.

Peter: Πέτρος/Petros, masculine in gender. It means: a detached stone or boulder; properly, a stone (pebble), such as a small rock found along a pathway.  Peter, a Greek name meaning rock. Petros is small in stature.

Rock: πέτρα/petra, feminine in gender. It means: a mass of connected rock; solid or native rock, rising up through the earth; a huge mass of rock (a boulder), such as a projecting cliff. Petra is large in stature.

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance and HELPS Word Studies.

 

Greek Rock Fox News

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The “rock” is connected together as the church is the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:26-27 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

“Petros” is isolated and individual. Peter is not a big deal in comparison to the corner stone of the church. “Petros” pales in size relative to the “rock” of the church.

 

Jesus predicted and promised His body and bride, the “church”.

This is the Greek word used for “church” in the New Testament writings. ἐκκλησία/ekklésia means: an assembly, congregation, church; the Church, the whole body of Christian believers.

Jesus says it Himself. “…I will build my church…” Jesus is the architect and builder of the church. Jesus takes possession. He declares the church belongs to Him, hence the possessive pronoun “my”.

Oh by the way …and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…

 

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Trend Update: Syria in Conflict, September 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Euphrates River, Ezekiel 38-39, Kurds/Medes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2017 by paulthepoke

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. “Hamath and Arpad are put to shame…

Roughly 2,600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah wrote about the eventual destruction of Damascus in Jeremiah 49. See also Isaiah 17. In the northern part of Syria is Aleppo. Ancient Arpad is located approximately 10 miles north of modern day Aleppo. Moving south in Syria, the next location is ancient Hamath or modern day Hama. Hamath was the capital of the northern kingdom of ancient Syria.

September 26, 2017: Russia is pounding the area to the west of the two ancient cities in the Idlib province. The Idlib province is home to Sunni rebel forces of Al Nusra or Al Qaeda of Syria. Russia continues its support of the Assad’s Shia government in Syria. Russia is bombing throughout the province continually.

Russia has introduced its most advanced fighter jet (the MiG 29SMT) into the conflict. The MiG 29SMT is stationed near Latakia, Syria. For detail and specifics of the jet’s capabilities, see the link below.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/russia-just-deployed-upgraded-mig-200749544.html

 

Euphrates River

Deir Ezzor

Euphrates Bridge Russia

Photo: Southfront

The Assad Syrian government claims Russia has constructed pontoon bridges across the Euphrates River. This is allowing for the transport of heavy equipment east of the Euphrates. Local reports indicate two bridges have been built. Russian backed Syrian forces have pushed east to the point of United States backed Kurdish (Syrian Democratic Forces or SDF). This is occurring about 3-5 miles east of the Euphrates River.

Otherwise, the Euphrates River is operating as a point of division between the Shia forces of the Syrian government and the predominantly Sunni forces of the Kurds.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-russian-heavy-bombers-annihilate-terrorists-idlib-deir-ezzor/

Raqqa

Fighters from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walk together along a damaged street in Raqqa

Photo: Reuters, Raqqa

The battle for Raqqa continues. Devastation in the city is profound. Sources on the ground indicate the United States backed Kurds (SDF) now control 80-90% of the area. Roughly 700-1,000 ISIS fighters remain in the city. Military commanders estimate the liberation of Raqqa should take place within the next month. Kurds now control the grain silos for the city. Medicine, food, and water remain in short supply.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-raqqa/syrian-militias-aim-to-push-islamic-state-out-of-raqqa-within-a-month-idUSKCN1C01RZ?il=0

Kurdistan???

kurd flag

And this is a developing story. Kurds are voting for their independence. Early polling numbers show the Kurds are overwhelmingly in favor of their own country. Preliminary results indicate 93% in favor of the nation Kurdistan.

Neighbors around the Middle East are less then enthused. President Recep Erdogan of Turkey is threatening military action and to cut off food supplies to the future country. Erdogan has indicated he will cut oil and gas lines coming from the region. Turkey also looks to control the water of the Tigris River with the construction of the Ilisu Dam. And for good measure, military hardware and troops are headed to the Turkey/Iraqi border.

https://www.iraqinews.com/baghdad-politics/initial-results-show-93-voters-support-kurdistan-independence/

Iraq and Iran are not supportive of a national Kurdistan. The following is from Radio Free Europe.

September 25, 2017: “We are not ready to discuss or have a dialogue about the results of the referendum because it is unconstitutional,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi.

Hours after Kurdish polls closed, the Iraqi Defense Ministry announced “large-scale” joint military exercises with Turkey.

September 27, 2017: Tehran, Iran… The Iranian parliament announced it would hold a closed-door meeting on the referendum on the Kurdish issue.

https://www.rferl.org/a/iraq-turkey-iran-kurdistan-independence-referendum-reactions-treachery/28758048.html

 

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Trend Update: Clash on the Euphrates at Deir Ezzor, Syria, September 2017

Posted in Euphrates River, Kurds/Medes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2017 by paulthepoke

Joshua 1:3-4 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.

The Euphrates River is the future eastern border of Israel. This formation of Israel has not been fulfilled.

In June 2017, Russia issued a red line to the United States and supported Kurdistan forces. Do not go west of the Euphrates River. Russia effectively declared a no fly zone from the Euphrates River west to the Mediterranean Sea.

The United States has demonstrated clear air superiority since the early 1990’s. The US reminded Russia and friends by shooting down a Syrian SU 22 fighter jet.

There appeared to be a gentlemen’s agreement between the United States and Russia. The Euphrates River will be the divider. Russia and its surrogates will stay west of the Euphrates. The United States and its allies will be positioned to the east of the river.

September 13, 2017: Action is heating up on the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor, Syria. Countries are scrambling for possession of oil fields. ISIS currently occupies the city at least for now. ISIS is getting it from all angles. The Syrian army with the support of the Russians is attacking ISIS from the west. Kurdish forces (Syrian Democratic Forces/SDF) are approaching from the north of the city with the support of the United States.

Russia is reported to have crossed their own red line, the Euphrates River. There are conflicting reports rather or not Russia and the Syrian army has crossed the Euphrates. Russia is reported to have water bridges and boats on site.

The Kurds and Russian supported troops have promised not to fight each other.

“We have clear instructions that after Daesh (ISIS) is eliminated, we should not act against the forces of the (Bashar Assad) regime or against the Russian, Iranian forces or the Hezbollah movement, which are allied with it,” SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Sputnik Monday.

“It’s going to be a race. It is going to be a race because you’ve got the Syrian army with Russian assistance coming in from the West and you have the United States coming in from the north and the East,” former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT.

https://www.rt.com/news/402995-syria-us-deir-ez-zor-oil/

 

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Trend Update: Wars & Rumors of Wars, September 2017

Posted in Euphrates River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2017 by paulthepoke

Mark 13:7-8 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. -Jesus

September 5, 2017: These are the headlines for the day…We will start in Israel.

http://www.newsweek.com/israel-preparing-another-war-hezbollah-idf-practices-attack-lebanon-659510

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-reacts-to-IDF-drill-We-are-ready-for-any-act-of-Israeli-stupidity-504293

Israel is rehearsing an attack on the terrorist group Hezbollah out of Lebanon. The military exercise is taking place in northern Israel. The activity is a war simulation. Hezbollah’s response, “We are ready for an act of Israeli stupidity.”

 

Nuclear North Korea

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/north-korea-warns-of-more-gift-packages-for-united-states-20170905-01076

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/putin-warns-global-catastrophe-over-north-korea-nuclear-crisis.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/north-korea-mountain-used-as-nuclear-test-site-at-risk-collapsing-chinese-scientist-says.html

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Pyongyang-provocation/North-Korea-threat-prompts-Japan-evacuation-preparations

 

Russia & Ukraine

Russia wants a UN Security Council resolution for peacekeepers to the Ukraine.

https://www.rt.com/news/402094-russia-resolution-peacekeepers-ukraine/

 

ISIS

ISIS is out at Deir Ezzor, Syria on the Euphrates River. The fighting continue in Raqqa, Syria. This is the only remaining stronghold of ISIS. Raqqa is on the Euphrates River. ISIS is getting seriously squeezed in the Middle East.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-syrian-army-lifts-siege-deir-ezzor/

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1298928/syrian-democratic-forces-clear-great-mosque-of-raqqa/

 

Yemen

cholera yemen

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/saudi-arabia-yemen-war-rebel-alliance-imploding-washington.html

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/yemens-cholera-epidemic-hits-600-000-confounding-expectations/

 

And the earthquakes and famine portions of the verse were not addressed in this post. Let alone regional flooding throughout the planet and Harvey and Irma…

NOAA Hurricane Irma

These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

 

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Trend Update: Iranian Activity Near the Golan Heights, September 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 39:2 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.

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

August 31, 2017: The United States is allowing Iranian supported militia less than ten kilometers from the Israeli Golan Heights in Syria. Israel obviously does not support the move. Syria is supported by Iran and Hezbollah out of Lebanon. All of these groups are Shia Muslims and they support Syria’s President Assad.

The support behind all of the Shia activity in Syria is Russia. These comments are quoted per Pravda out of Russia. These were the observations of the Russians regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia last week.

Netanyahu was observed to be “too emotional and at times even close to panic”. Israeli officials denied the observations.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-let-iranian-backed-militias-within-10-km-of-golan-heights-report/

 

The Head of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah has surfaced, literally. Nasrallah made the road trip from his bunker to Damascus to see President Assad of Syria. The leader of Hezbollah has been living in a hole since 2006 and the war against Israel. Nasrallah is on Israel’s most wanted list.

“We call on the state to devise a plan and take a sovereign decision to liberate the Shebaa Farms and the Kfarshouba Hills,” Hassan Nasrallah, Leader of Hezbollah.

Shebaa Farms is also known as Mount Dov in Hebrew. Nasrallah apparently wants to go another round with Israel.

August 28, 2017: ISIS and Hezbollah agreed to a truce. Hundreds of ISIS fighters and pro ISIS civilians were sent packing in a bus from the Lebanon and Syria border. It is believed pro ISIS people were sent to eastern Syria near Iraq. With this deal, ISIS is done in Lebanon. (As an aside, ISIS has been defeated west of Mosul in Tal Afar, Iraq. ISIS is essentially done in Iraq. And ISIS is on the ropes in Raqqah, Syria.)

Nasrallah was in support of the deal and told Assad the following.

“We have a humanitarian cause. We wish you to help us. We can only know what happened to the soldiers through this compromise.”

Assad told Nasrallah, “This will make things difficult for me.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-chief-urges-recapture-of-mt-dov-from-israel

 

August 31, 2017: Behold Israel is reporting Russia has stationed the S-400 missile system near Tartus. This is the factory that manufactures long-range missiles for Hezbollah. The factory is supported and paid for by Iran.

http://beholdisrael.org/news-israel/news/russia-reportedly-deploys-s-400-missile-system-iranian-arms-factory-syria

We know one thing for sure. Iran, Assad (Syria), and Nasrallah (Hezbollah in Lebanon) are united against Israel.

 

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Trend Update: Putin & Netanyahu Meet in Sochi, Russia, August 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 39:2 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.

The prophet Ezekiel is talking to Gog of Magog. Magog is widely considered to be modern day Russia.

August 21, 2017: Sputnik news out of Russia issued the following statement about Scythian artifacts and history. A collection from Russia’s Hermitage Museum was released to London for exhibition. The collection tells the story of the “Scythians, powerful nomadic tribes from Siberia”. A majority of the artifacts have never left Russia until now. The discovered items have been preserved in Siberia’s ice, snow, and permafrost.

Here are a couple of quotes from the story.

               Scythians – groups of formidable warriors that roamed the vast open plains of modern-day Siberia 2,500 years ago and stretched as far as the Black Sea and even the edge of China.

               Scythians’ encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history. Feared and admired, the masters of mounted warfare were forgotten over time until now.

A Russian news story is identifying Scythians as Siberian Russians. Ancient historians consistently equate Scythians with Magog. Modern day Russia = Scythians = Magog per Russians.

https://sputniknews.com/photo/201708211056640585-scythians-nomadic-tribes-exposition/

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

Iran was Persia throughout history until the name change in the 20th century.

August 23, 2017: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel met with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. The primary concern of the meeting was the Iranian military build up in Syria. Iran is taking the place of ISIS as they are removed from the region.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu made the following release on Twitter. The bottom line is Iran is not welcome in the region. Israel finds Iranian presence unacceptable. For the first time, the word “war” was inserted into the conversation regarding Iran. Israel states it will defend itself in any form.

Click on the link below to listen. The tweet is from Netanyahu himself. Comments are less than one minute.

https://twitter.com/IsraeliPM/status/900397524191772672

 

F35Following the comments, Israel announced they were strengthening their Air Force. Israel’s concern is a nuclear Iran. The Jewish state announced it will be receiving two additional stealth F35 fighter jets. Israel indicates they “will provide complete air superiority in the region for the next 40 years”.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Amid-Iran-nuclear-fears-Israel-to-bolster-its-fighter-jet-arsenal-503235

 

Approximately 2,600 years ago, the LORD (military term) God revealed His weaponry to the public. He informed Gog, the leader of Magog, of His intentions.

Ezekiel 38:21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.

Ezekiel 38:22 “With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur.”

Ezekiel 39:6 I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the LORD. -Lord God

 

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Trend Update: Iran Instead of ISIS, August 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2017 by paulthepoke

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

August 13, 2017: Recent history is repeating itself again. When one set of terrorists is eliminated, another set of issues will take its place. ISIS is gradually being removed from the current Middle East scenario.

The head of Israel’s Intelligence Agency, Mossad, indicated Iran is taking the territories vacated by ISIS. Mossad is lead by Yossi Cohen. Iran is expanding by proxy in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen. Shia Muslims are replacing Sunni Muslims.

Israel along with President Trump has expressed concern regarding Iranian compliance of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA is the nuclear deal President Obama signed with the Iranians. Iran maintains their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Iran also states they are not developing ballistic missiles that carry nuclear weapons.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has made it clear. Israel does not follow other international agreements when it comes to the security of the nation.

“Israel will continue to work with determination and in a variety of ways to protect itself from these threats,” stated Netanyahu.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is looking to go to war without approval of the full cabinet. The law comes up for vote before the Knesset in October. The Prime Minister is not confirming or denying the possibility.

Annual Army Day Military ParadeFor its part, Iranian legislators recently passed a spending bill to increase funding to the nation’s missile program. Some lawmakers chanted “Death to America” with the passing of the program. $260 million was committed to the missile program and the Quds Force. The Quds Force is a military unit deployed in Syria and Iraq.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran-News/Mossad-chief-warns-Iran-taking-over-territory-relinquished-by-ISIS-502293

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/PM-seeks-power-to-go-to-war-without-broad-government-approval-502339

 

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

Significant oil finds are occurring in the Golan Heights of Israel “with the potential of billions of barrels”. The world sees this territory as occupied Syria. If that is not intriguing enough, another significant find is reported to be in valley of Meggido-Jezreel. This is also known as…

Revelation 16:16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

There are massive natural gas reserves off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. They are the Leviathan and Tamar fields.

china unChinese peacekeeping troops are more acceptable to Israel because they are not Arab. Israel has been agreeable to Chinese troops to Lebanon in the past. Israel sees Asians as more impartial.

China is looking to join the United Nations peace keeping forces in the Golan Heights. The peacekeeping branch of the UN is called the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF).

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/oil-bonanza-in-golan-may-help-grease-wheels-for-bri/

 

The United States is withdrawing from the Middle East. End time’s players are filling the vacuum.

 

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