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Trend Update: ISIS Kicked Out of Mosul, July 2017

Posted in Mosul/Nineveh, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2017 by paulthepoke

The Prophet Nahum had this to say regarding the future of ancient Nineveh about 2,700 years ago…

Nahum 3:1 Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; her prey never departs.

Nahum 3:3 Horsemen charging, swords flashing, spears gleaming, many slain, a mass of corpses, and countless dead bodies. They stumble over the dead bodies!

July 6, 2017: Roughly nine months later from the beginning of hostilities, ISIS appears to be on their way out of town.

The Mosul Offensive to liberate ancient Nineveh began in October 2016. The goal was to rid the city of ISIS or Daesh. In January of 2017, eastern Mosul was controlled by the Iraqis. ISIS was left only on the west side of the Tigris River. One month later in February, the battle for western Mosul began.

The toll on the city has been great. The devastation has been tremendous with thousands of lives lost. Tens of thousands of citizens have been displaced. Water and food shortages are at critical levels. Health care supplies have dwindled as well as the number of caregivers. Property losses are reported to be in the billions.

News began to leak early in the day, Iraqi forces were having a successful day against ISIS. At the time, only two small pockets of resistance were noted. One was on the western shore of the Tigris River and a second was located in the heart of the Old City.

https://twitter.com/iraqi_day/status/882998523079380992

Remaining ISIS fighters are reported to be shaving their beards and trying to escape the city.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/05/isis-fighters-shaving-beards-to-escape-mosul-undetected/

ISIS has been reported to use their own children as human shields to the bitter end.

 

Multiple, independent journalists are beginning to indicate ISIS has been eradicated from Mosul.

@Mosuleye is reporting that Mosul has been fully captured.

https://twitter.com/CivilWarMap/status/883100108937723907

 

The Danish reporter Chris Tomson of the independent publication Al Masdar News has tweeted out the following.

Bunch of reports coming in indicating #Mosul has been 100% liberated moments ago. Expecting Haider Al-Abadi, Iraqi PM, speech tomorrow.

https://twitter.com/TheDaneChris/status/883106752836898817

haider-al-abadi-2It would appear Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi will be making the announcement tomorrow, Friday, July 7, 2017.

Stay tuned…

 

 

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Trend Update: Iraqi Forces Control East Mosul, January 2017

Posted in Mosul/Nineveh, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2017 by paulthepoke

January 18, 2017: The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Commander claims the Iraqi government is in control of Mosul east of the Tigris River. It has been three months since the beginning of the Mosul Offensive to free ancient Nineveh from ISIS. The Iraqi army has claimed liberation for the eastern side of the city.

The United Nations estimates 125,000 people have left the area due to the war. However, the number of casualties has not been stated.

There are five bridges that join the two sides of Mosul. Iraqi government forces claim to be in control of all of the bridges. ISIS remains in complete control of the west side of the city. The next step in the conflict will be to eradicate ISIS from all of ancient Nineveh/Mosul. The west side of Mosul has long been considered the more difficult challenge.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/key-dates-battle-mosul-143203614.html

Nahum 3:1 Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; her prey never departs.

Nahum 3:3 Horsemen charging, swords flashing, spears gleaming, many slain, a mass of corpses, and countless dead bodies. They stumble over the dead bodies!

Chapter 3 of Nahum describes a war torn Nineveh. The war is taking its toll on the city. Read the description from a citizen of the city. A health care worker was interviewed and the following excerpts are noted.

“The bodies of ISIS fighters are still lying in the streets and no-one has moved them. The rotting bodies could start an outbreak of disease.

“There is no power. No water. People are drinking from the wells here. This water is unsafe. The well water is contaminated with metals and acids.

“There are infectious diseases, skin diseases caused by dirty water. Children are not washing. A child should be clean so they can be healthy. We want them to be healthy. Families are doing what they can.

“But they’re getting skin diseases from polluted water, the environment and food. People have well water reaching their houses and children play near the water.

“They saw killings and beheadings on what ISIS call their ‘broadcasts’…It drained children emotionally.”

Caution, this link has very graphic pictures.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2646413/iraqi-army-finally-retakes-eastern-mosul-from-isis-but-the-rotting-corpses-of-terror-fanatics-littering-the-streets-threaten-local-kids-with-grisly-diseases-and-infections/

Nahum 2:9 Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! For there is no limit to the treasure, wealth from every kind of desirable object.

This is exactly what ISIS has done to the ancient city of Nineveh from the time they took possession in 2014.

ISIS completely obliterated the shrine of the prophet Jonah in 2014.  News agencies are now able to report on the destruction created by ISIS.

“They have stolen every artifact they could transport out of Iraq to make some (money) and have destroyed whatever they couldn’t take,” stated Zuhair al-Jbouri of the National Mobilization Forces.

http://www.voanews.com/a/iraqi-forces-say-is-destroyed-historic-tomb-of-jonah-in-mosul/3681118.html

For pictures and video, click on the link from Kurdistan 24 News.

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/9dd9acc1-7200-4c61-b7d5-c43bdbb2e25c/VIDEO–The-ruined-shrine-of-Prophet-Jonah-in-Mosul

And don’t forget, a failing Mosul Dam sits 30-40 miles north of ancient Nineveh.

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.

 

https://paulthepoke.com/category/mosulnineveh/

Trend Update: Turkey on the Move in the Middle East, October 2016

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Mosul/Nineveh, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2016 by paulthepoke

As of October 19, 2016, Turkey has military operations on three fronts and President Recep Erdogan has aspirations of being more assertive in the region.

Two Greek fighter aircrafts engaged two Turkish F-16’s aircraft in a dog fight over the Aegean Sea. Military jets were reported to be armed. The incident took place southeast of Rhodes and south of Kastellorizo.

October 11, 2016: Turkish fighter jets violate Greek air space. www.ekathimerini.com

October 5, 2016: A previous dog fight between Turkish and Greek jets was reported by

http://greece.greekreporter.com/2016/10/05/greek-turkish-dogfights-over-the-aegean-with-23-violations-of-greek-air-space/

http://www.ekathimerini.com/213000/article/ekathimerini/news/dogfights-in-aegean-amid-tensions-with-turkey

Greece and Turkey are both members of NATO. Since the failed coup attempt in the summer of 2016, Turkey’s President Erdogan has strengthened alliances with Russia.

October 19, 2016: Turkey ground troops and air force conducted operations near Azaz, Syria. Azaz is located north of Aleppo four miles from the Turkey border.

The town of Dabiq has been captured by Turkey. Dabiq is approximately 25 miles northeast of Aleppo and 6 miles from the Turkey border.  This is the heart of ISIS. Their monthly magazine is named “Dabiq”. This is the location of the ultimate battle of the Islamic Sunni prophecy. This is where the infidels are taken out. ISIS believes the infidels to be “Rome” or western civilization.

http://www.dailysabah.com/war-on-terror/2016/10/19/operation-euphrates-shield-update-56th-day-operation-against-daesh-terrorists-intensifies-in-azez-district

October 18, 2016: Turkey is providing air support in the Mosul Offensive against ISIS. “Our air forces took part in the coalition forces’ air operations in Mosul,” Turkey Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

Turkey is not happy with their role in Mosul. They want a significantly increased role. Turkey feels obligated to help their Sunni brothers in Mosul. Their concern is the liberation of Mosul is being carried out by Shiite Iraqis.

“Military advisors” from Turkey are reported to be on the ground near Mosul, Iraq.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ankara-joins-air-operation-take-mosul-iraqis-protest-against-turkish-role-1106417056

The book of Revelation was written from the island of Patmos. Historically Patmos was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. Today the island belongs to modern day Greece. Today, President Erdogan of Turkey is calling on populism and the glory days of the Ottoman Empire.

All seven churches in the Book of Revelation are in what is modern day Turkey. Four of the seven churches in Revelation have references to Satan. Jesus is the one talking directly to the churches. Jesus got His information from a reliable source, God the Father (Revelation 1). The four churches are: Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, and Philadelphia. Satan clearly has a foot hold in Turkey per the comments of Jesus to the churches in Revelation. Satan has a religious system and structures in place in this geographical area. If Satan’s home land and capital are modern day Turkey, would it make sense for him to establish his kingdom with his minions here?

For Scripture linking Meshech, Tubal, Beth Togarmah, and Gomer to modern day Turkey.

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

Look into this. Do your own homework. Form your own opinion.

Trend Update: All Roads Lead to Mosul, October 2016

Posted in Mosul/Nineveh, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on October 17, 2016 by paulthepoke

Genesis 10:11 From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah…

That “he” is Nimrod. He is the one who built the ancient city of Nineveh. The city was built approximately 4,000 years ago. Nineveh is the city furthest north of those built by Nimrod. Nineveh is the city and people in focus in the Book of Jonah. Nineveh was once the largest city in the known world.

Historically, Nineveh is the capital of the Assyrian Empire.

Nineveh is located in modern day Mosul, Iraq. The modern day region maintains it ties to the past. Mosul is located in the province of Nineveh.

For links to multiple articles regarding ancient Nineveh/modern day Mosul, Iraq…

https://paulthepoke.com/category/mosulnineveh/

October 17, 2016: The Iraqi government has announced the beginning of the Mosul Offensive to liberate the city of ISIS.

In today’s world, there are many different news sources. With advancements in technology, Twitter and Periscope are providing a view from the front lines of the conflict. Participants in the battle are issuing their own version of what is happening in the area. If interested, key word search #MosulOffensive on Twitter or Periscope. Be ready, it is raw.

Most of the activity is taking place on the highways and villages leading towards Mosul. Heavy fighting appears to be outside of the city at this time.

The following information is from an ISIS twitter stream. “Martyrdom Operations” have been completed south of Mosul in Qayyara. The location is about 35 miles south of Mosul. Translation for “Martyrdom Operation” is suicide mission. Video of a Martyrdom Operations can be found on Twitter and YouTube.

Military operations have been reported east of Mosul.

Kurdish forces are reported to be on the outskirts of southeast Mosul in Al Kuwayr. Villages between Erbil, Iraq and Mosul have been cleared of ISIS.

http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/peshmerga-forces-now-7kms-from-mosul-military-sources/666688

 

Trend Update: Mosul Offensive Begins? October 2016

Posted in Mosul/Nineveh, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2016 by paulthepoke

Nahum 2:4 The chariots race madly in the streets, they rush wildly in the squares, their appearance is like torches, they dash to and fro like lightning flashes.

Nahum lays out the prophecy concerning the destruction of Nineveh. The book was written around 660 BC. What does this have to do with anything? Mosul, Iraq is the modern day town of ancient Nineveh. As of early October 2016, Mosul is controlled by ISIS.

Nineveh is the city and people in focus in the Book of Jonah. Nineveh was once the largest city in the known world. Today in the early 21st century it is home to 1.3 million people (Wikipedia).

As of October 15, 2016, the Mosul Offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS apparently has begun. Pictures and tweets are emerging on the internet (search Mosul Offensive on Twitter). Reports of United States air strikes are noted.

The following groups have military personnel in the immediate area of Mosul, Iraq. The list includes at least the following: Kurdish Peshmerga, Turkey, Russia, Iraq, United States, ISIS, Iran, and Hezbollah. How in the world is anyone going to determine the battle lines? Political alliances and religious affiliations are clearly blurred. Obviously, there are concerns of the fighting escalating and spreading.

God is not messing around in His description. Nahum 3:5-6 “Behold, I am against you,” declares the LORD of hosts, “And I will lift up your skirts over your face, and show to the nations your nakedness and to the kingdoms your disgrace. I will throw filth on you and make you vile, and set you up as a spectacle.” The translation is politically correct. In other words…I will strip you completely naked. I will throw crap on you and put you on a pedestal for all the world to see.

Keep in mind, Mosul is on the Tigris River.

Nahum 1:8 But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers are opened and the palace is dissolved.

Thirty-five (35) miles north of Mosul is the Mosul Dam. The Mosul Dam was built by Saddam Hussein in 1986 on soluble gypsum. The foundation of the dam is in a constant state of repair and maintenance. This dam has been in serious trouble since March 2016.

An estimated 45-70 foot wall of water could flood the river valley if the dam breaks. This could potentially kill up to 150 million people and displace millions more per estimates.

The city of Mosul could be underwater within four hours of a dam break. Within 77 hours, Baghdad could be targeted by flood waters.

https://paulthepoke.com/2016/03/10/trend-update-ninevehmosul-dam-march-2016/

Encouragement is offered to read the Book of Nahum. The prophet is a short read of three chapters and will only take 5-10 minutes. We all have the time.

The short version of the story is this. There will be war, fighting, significant destruction, and massive death. Nahum 3:3 Horsemen charging, swords flashing, spears gleaming, many slain, a mass of corpses, and countless dead bodies. They stumble over the dead bodies!

In the end, Mosul/Nineveh will be washed away with a massive flood.

It is October 15, 2016…

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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