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Trend Update: Trouble Brewing on the Arabian Peninsula, November 2017

Posted in Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2017 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 21:13-15 The oracle concerning Arabia. In the thickets in Arabia you will lodge, O caravans of Dedanites. To the thirsty bring water; meet the fugitive with bread, O inhabitants of the land of Tema. For they have fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, from the bent bow, and from the press of battle.

Jeremiah 49:28a Concerning Kedar

The prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah define “Arabia” or modern day Saudi Arabia. This is the Hebrew word Arab. It means a desert plateau, a country east of Israel (Strong’s Concordance).

The following peoples and their descendants make up Arabia per the prophets: Dedan, Tema, and Kedar.

November 11, 2017: Tension is building on the Arabian Peninsula. At the core of the issue is conflict between Iran (Shia Muslims) and Saudi Arabia (Sunni Muslims). The Saudis and their allies have concerns about a nuclear Iran.

The Houthi Shia rebels in Yemen are supported by Iran. Earlier in the week, a missile was fired from Yemen that targeted Riyadh’s (Saudi Arabia) commercial International Airport. The missile was intercepted by the Saudi’s. There were no injuries or damage reported. The Saudi’s have stated Iran has committed an act of war.

Riyadh Airport

French President Emmanuel Macron is on the record blaming the Iranians. “The missile which was intercepted by Saudi Arabia launched from Yemen, which obviously is an Iranian missile, shows precisely the strength of their program.” -Emmanuel Macron

https://www.rferl.org/a/french-president-macron-blames-iran-yemeni-huthi-rebel-missile-launch-riyadh-calls-for-negotiations-ballistic-missile-development/28845939.html

United States Air Force sources are also confirming Iranian involvement in the missile launch from Yemen to Riyadh.

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Cedar of Lebanon

With the announcement of the resignation, Hezbollah’s (Shia Muslim) leader Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of declaring war on Lebanon. “In short, it is clear that Saudi Arabia and Saudi officials have declared war on Lebanon and on Hezbollah in Lebanon, but I have to say this is a war on Lebanon.”

The concern is Lebanon erupting into a civil war like Yemen with Saudi and Iranian proxies. The Saudis have ordered all citizens to leave Lebanon. Saudi money is leaving Lebanon banks by the billions.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41946310

 

This week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) has been arresting over 200 officials in the name of “corruption”. The 32 year old MBS is the future king of Saudi Arabia. At least 11 family members were corralled. Around 38 government ministers were detained. Military, religious, and business leaders have been arrested as well.

http://time.com/5018012/saudi-purge-mohammed-bin-salman/

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Money is moving out of Saudi Arabia by the hundreds of billions. Money is moving around the Middle East by the hundreds of billions. The rich and wealthy are freaking out in fear of having their assets seized. The Saudi government is having budget problems. Follow the money.

http://www.gulf-times.com/story/570740/Saudi-billionaires-said-to-move-funds-from-region-

https://www.globalresearch.ca/real-motive-behind-saudi-purge-emerges-800-billion-in-confiscated-assets/5617466

 

Scripture is very clear. In the final analysis, the Saudis are going to get pummeled. Isaiah bears witness and confirms their fate.

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.”

 

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Trend Update: Turkey to Acquire S400 Missile Battery From Russia, July 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him…

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.

For Scripture linking Meshech, Tubal, Beth Togarmah, and Gomer to modern day Turkey, see the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/12/09/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-december-9-2015/

The Bible and ancient historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. See linked post.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

July 13, 2017: Reports are emerging that Turkey and Russia have reached an arms deal regarding the S400 Missile Defense System. The deal is estimated to be at $2.5 to 3 billion. Four missile systems and missiles are part of the deal. Two batteries would be delivered to Turkey. The other two would be manufactured in Turkey. This would give Turkey the ability to initiate their own production of the S400 Missile System. The agreement is being called a “technology transfer”. Moscow is waiting on the check from Turkey.

Turkey is currently a member of NATO. The United States is utilizing the Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey as a launching point for missions against ISIS. Turkey is also said to be in negotiations for F35A fighter jets and helicopter contracts. In addition, President Erdogan has personally expressed his dissatisfaction with President Trump and United States support of the Kurds in the region.

Recep Erdogan needs Russian support to rid himself of the Kurds. The S400 System has the ability to shoot down planes, missiles, and drones. Range of the system is up to 250 miles.

Putin ile ErdoðanIt would appear Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan is attempting to leverage both the United States and Russia.

This is being reported by Bloomberg and the Financial Times. The Financial Times requests no sharing of links per their copyright.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-13/turkey-is-said-to-agree-to-pay-2-5b-for-4-russian-s-400-sams

According to the prophet Ezekiel, Russia will be joined by several countries in their future invasion of Israel. Russian, Turkish economic and political ties continue to strengthen. Russia’s presence in Syria is reported to be for “peaceful purposes” and “stability” for the region.

President Erdogan of Turkey is a wild card in the geopolitical scenario. Erdogan does not care for Syrian President Assad. Erdogan wants Assad out. Problem, Assad is supported by Russia. Erdogan does not care for the Shia presence near ancient Nineveh or Mosul, Iraq. Problem, Iranian Shia are supported by Russia.

All that said…predominantly Iraqi Shia are supported by the United States near Mosul. The United States also supports predominantly Kurdish Sunni near Mosul.

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July 14, 2017: It has been one year since the attempted coup in Turkey against the leadership of Recep Erdogan. To celebrate the occasion, 7,348 government workers were fired. These folks were suspected of supporting the ideals of Fethullah Gulen who lives in Pennsylvania.

From a year ago, 50,000 have been arrested. 150,000 have been fired.

https://sputniknews.com/world/201707141055559333-turkey-dismisses-public-servants-anniversary/

What a mess…

 

 

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Trend Update: Pestilence, Cholera Spirals in Yemen/Quake off N Korea, July 2017

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 12, 2017 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11a There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. 

This one verse has it all in today’s news…

July 12, 2017: The country of Yemen is undergoing the worst cholera outbreak in world history. That is the assessment of the United Nations. Yemen is a war torn country of 27 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Civil war between Sunni and Shia Muslims continues to rage.

5,000 to 7,000 new cases per day are estimated per the International Committee of the Red Cross. Number of daily cases is up from 2,000 plus just two months ago in May 2017.

In May 2017, experts estimated at least 150,000 cases were expected over the next six months. As of July 2017, there are over 320,000 cases reported. Numbers were actually underestimated. 1,700 plus deaths have occurred in the last couple of months.

Cholera is the result of poor sanitation, untreated water and food, and dysentery. Cholera is a vicious cycle of disease that spreads easily and quickly among the masses.

As a result of war, infrastructure is breaking down to the point of collapse. Clean water is not available. Trash men are on strike.

The United Nations is cutting back on food and focusing on the epidemic. Food supplies have been cut off from the populous. Hunger and malnutrition are spreading throughout the country.

Over half of the hospitals have been damaged and destroyed. Medical supplies are limited and new supplies have been affected by war and supply chains. Up to six children are sharing a hospital bed. Trained medical staff is in short supply. Local medical professionals have gone without pay for 10 months. Vaccines for cholera have been suspended due to the condition of war.

The United Nations estimates 14.5 to 19 million people have been impacted.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2017/06/yemen-world-worst-cholera-outbreak-mapped-170627110239483.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40558828

 

There will be great earthquakes…

kim-jong-un-binocularsA deep 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of North Korea today. The quake was estimated to be 600 km into the earth. That energy is going to release somewhere closer to the surface. Don’t be surprised if 7.0 or greater is just around the corner…

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-quake-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN19X2V7

 

 

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Trend Update: ISIS & Al-Qaeda To Join Forces??? April 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2017 by paulthepoke

April 26, 2017: While the rest of the world is watching heightened political and military tension on the Korean Peninsula, this story is flying under the radar. ISIS and Al-Qaeda are considering joining forces, a terrorism dream team.

In the beginning, ISIS spun off from Al-Qaeda over philosophical differences. Al-Qaeda wanted to focus on the west and the United States. ISIS wanted to focus on the Middle East region. ISIS also believed Al-Qaeda was not violent enough for their taste. The two groups separated in 2014. Three years later, the two groups are discussing a reunion. Both groups are of the Sunni brand of Islam.

http://www.inquisitr.com/4155988/isis-and-al-qaeda-to-join-forces/

The country that appears to lose the most would be Syria. President Assad and his supporters (Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah) are Shia Muslims. Look at a current map of Syria.

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

In the northern part of Syria is Aleppo. Ancient Arpad of Jerermiah 49 is located approximately 10 miles north of modern day Aleppo. Syrian government forces (Shia) are encountering Al-Qaeda in Syria or Al-Nusra (Sunni) in the north. Sunni Kurds are also battling Sunni Turks in the area as well.

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has recently gained more power via election. Erdogan is on the move with military intervention against the Kurds across southern Turkey.

Moving south in Syria, the next hot spot of conflict is modern day Hama. This is ancient Hamath from Jeremiah 49. Again, Syrian government forces (Shia) are encountering Al-Qaeda in Syria or Al-Nusra (Sunni). But, ISIS forces and territory are located east of Hama about 25-30 miles.

Furthest south in Syria is the capital of Damascus. Syrian government forces (Shia) are primarily encountering Al-Qaeda in Syria or Al-Nusra (Sunni). Israel and the Golan Heights are located approximately 30 miles to the south of Damascus.

Also consider an alliance of Sunni Arabs from the south consisting of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. President Trump has recently met with leaders from these three countries. Their concern is the growing threat of Iran and nuclear weapons.

The end result…

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.”

 

Trend Update: Russia (Magog)/Israel, Ezekiel 38-39, February 2016

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2016 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.

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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.

Tarshish is a term and people that is difficult to define. Some believe Tarshish to be nations of the northern Mediterranean. Some believe Tarshish to be Spain. Either way, this region appears to be modern day Western Europe.

https://paulthepoke.com/2012/02/12/isaiah-215-18-ships-of-tarshish/

The Bible and ancient historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. Gog is their leader. See attached post.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/07/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-january-2015/

The brothers of Magog appear to be linked to modern day Turkey. They include Gomer, Meshech, and Tubal. Historically, Turkey is also known as the House of Togarmah. See the link below for specifics.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/12/09/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-december-9-2015/

In the last weeks (prior to February 14, 2016), there has been a military build on the borders of Turkey. Alliances are being formed.

On one side we have NATO (United States and European Union) with Turkey as an organization member. Turkey is now being supported with military hardware from Saudi Arabia. Both Turkey and Saudi Arabia are Sunni Muslim nations.

http://www.breitbart.com/jerusalem/2016/02/13/turkey-saudi-arabia-may-send-ground-troops-to-fight-isis/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/turkey-saudi-arabia-threaten-ground-troops-syria/

On the other side we have Russia, Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. These Muslim nations in alliance with Russia are Shia.

http://www.pravdareport.com/world/asia/12-02-2016/133320-turkey_saudi_arabia_russia_syria-0/

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-Arabia-moves-troops-to-Turkey-as-base-for-Syria-invasion/articleshow/50975093.cms

For the first time in history, Israel will be exporting natural gas. Israel has recently contracted with Turkey to sell natural gas. The deal is worth $1.3 billion. The Leviathan reserve is online and open for business. Delivery to Turkey is expect to begin in 2019.

Israel already has an agreement with Cyprus. Delivery is expected to begin in 2019. A further connection to Greece is also under consideration.

This is going to cut into Russian energy market share.

http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Leviathan-signs-first-gas-deal-at-13-b-443426

http://news.yahoo.com/israel-mulling-twin-gas-pipelines-turkey-greece-energy-172924136.html

The Russian economy is in the tank. Inflation is spreading in Russia due to a weak ruble. $1 is equal to 80 rubles. Hyperinflation is starting to occur throughout the nation. Translation…that is an expensive loaf of bread.

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. Currently (February 2016), the protest is against Russian activity in Syria. Ultimately, the protest will be against the invasion of Israel.

Trend Update: Temple Mount Violence, September 2015

Posted in Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2015 by paulthepoke

Mark 13:14a But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand)… -Jesus

Jesus is quoting Daniel 9:27, the abomination of desolation passage. This is where the antichrist takes his place in the Temple and declares himself to be God.

Daniel 9:27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.

Today, September 2015, there is no Temple. The antichrist has not shown himself. There is no 7 year peace treaty. There is not a 10 nation federation or a group of 10 leaders who are working together for world peace. We are not in the Tribulation.

The world is not going to end in September 2015.

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That said, this area is one hot piece of real estate. Violence has been occurring for over a week on the Temple Mount area. The violence started before the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah/Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets. Muslims have called for days of rage. Recent violence escalated when rocks and explosives were found in the Al Aqsa Mosque. Death and injuries have resulted from the violence.

The world sees the Temple Mount as a place of Muslim worship. Jews are allowed to visit but cannot pray on the site. This was the agreement after the 1967 war. It is argued this is the site of the first and second Jewish Temple.

Israel is taking heat from the international community. Under agreement, Jordan is responsible for security on the Temple Mount. Jordan’s King Abdullah is critical of Israel’s management of the violence. Israel has reminded Jordan they are responsible for security.

http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/netanyahu_blasts_jordans_king_abdullah_for_temple_mount_criticism

President Erdogan of Turkey has stated Israel defending the Temple Mount is a “Red Line”.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200940#.VgHHkd9VhBc

Egyptian President el-Sissi is calling on Israel to calm tensions on the Temple Mount.

The United Nations, United States, and European Union are encourage restraint on all sides.

http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypts-sissi-condemns-violations-on-temple-mount/

Zechariah 12:3 On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.

Trend Update: Temple Mount, November 2014

Posted in Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by paulthepoke

Matthew 24:15 “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)…   -Jesus

The holy place Jesus is referring to is the Temple. This is a future event where the antichrist will claim to be God in the Jewish Temple. Currently, there is no Temple. There is no antichrist on the scene. The Temple is a key piece to the end times scenario of the Bible.

Currently (November 2014), activity and passion are increasing on the real estate known as the Temple Mount. The politics of the Temple Mount are interesting. The nation of Jordan and the Muslim Waqf allow Jews to pray at the Western Wall, but not on top of the mount. Tensions are running high. Access to the mount was briefly closed for a day or two. Politicians are pleading for restraint and calm after Fatah called for “A day of rage”.

On October 29, 2014, Yehuda Glick was shot three times by an Islamic radical. Yehuda Glick is the chairman of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation. Glick is a man who supports the idea of Jews being able to pray on top of the Temple Mount. Muslims are obviously opposed. They call this an act of war.

Glick also has another idea. He has a vision of three faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) sharing the Temple Mount. This idea has been slowly gaining traction among Jews in Israel. Some believe it could be the key to a future solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

At this point, Glick has survived the shooting.

Momentum is gaining for the rebuilding of the third Jewish Temple. “Everyone now understands, in a brand new way, what we have been teaching for years – that the Temple Mount is the key to everything. That the destiny of the Jewish people is totally bound up with the Temple Mount and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.” –Rabbi Chaim Richman, Temple Mount Institute

One can see how a peace deal can be brokered, Palestinian nation in exchange for Jewish Temple.

http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/muslim-internet-list-targets-temple-mount-activists/#P11omQjDZDSvp4di.99

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