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Russia Sends Air Support to Libya, May 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

These are Noah’s grandchildren. The sons of Ham by and large settled in Africa. Historical Put is a country that will join Russia, Turkey, Iran and others in their future invasion of Israel per the prophet Ezekiel.

Military ties continue to strengthen in the 21st century as promised by the prophet Ezekiel roughly 2,600 years ago.

Put or Phut means “a bow”; a nation and people of northern Africa; probably Libyans. Consensus among researchers and scholars is noted that Put is modern day Libya. –Strong’s Concordance.

https://libya.liveuamap.com/

May 2020: Russia is moving fighter jets into Libya. It is believed Russia is looking to support General Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA). Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has the support of the United Nations. Turkey has moved troops into the arena to support the GNA. The situation is showing signs of mirroring Syria.

Libya is Africa’s largest source of oil and natural gas. Libya is also the launch point of immigration into Europe from Africa. Human trafficking is estimated to be a 6 to 7 billion dollar per year business.

The following is a press release from U.S. Africa Command.

US AFRICOM: Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya –

“Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in its favor in Libya. Just like I saw them doing in Syria, they are expanding their military footprint in Africa using government-supported mercenary groups like Wagner. For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict. Well, there is no denying it now. We watched as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya, every step of the way. Neither the LNA nor private military companies can arm, operate and sustain these fighters without state support, support they are getting from Russia.” – General Stephen Townsend, U.S. Army

“If Russia seizes basing on Libya’s coast, the next logical step is they deploy permanent long-range anti-access area denial (A2AD) capabilities. If that day comes, it will create very real security concerns on Europe’s southern flank.” -U.S. Air Force General. Jeff Harrigian, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa.

https://www.africom.mil/media-room/pressrelease/32789/russia-deploys-military-fighter-aircraft-to-libya

Putin Presents Constitutional Changes, Russian Gov’t Resigns, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on January 15, 2020 by paulthepoke

January 15, 2020: President Vladimir Putin has announced sweeping, proposed changes to the Russian Constitution. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and the entire government resigned today.

The resignation of the government is not a protest of Putin. The resignation of the Russian government is a move that will allow Putin to make the necessary changes.

Note the comments made by resigning Prime Minister Medvedev. Changes to the constitution would include the following areas.

“…entire balance of power, the power of the executive, the power of the legislature, the power of the judiciary. In this context, it is obvious that, as the government, we must provide the president with a capability to make all decisions.” -Resigning Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Putin made the following comments during his yearly talk to parliament, The State of the Nation Address.

“I consider it necessary to conduct a vote by the country’s citizens on an entire package of proposed amendments to the country’s constitution. It will increase the role of parliament and parliamentary parties, powers and independence of the prime minister and all cabinet members. We will be able to build a strong prosperous Russia only on the basis of respect for public opinion. Together we will certainly change life for the better. Russia must remain a strong presidential republic.” -Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Russian president’s current term ends in 2024. Many think Putin is making a move to extend his power to the role of Prime Minister where he is likely to land after his current presidential term expires. Currently, Putin is 67 years old.

For a variety of responses from different corners of the world, check out the links below.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/01/russian-govt-quits-putin-calls-constitutional-shake-200115110750948.html

https://www.rt.com/russia/478340-government-resigns-russia-putin-medvedev/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/15/europe/russian-government-resigns-vladimir-putin-reforms-intl/index.html

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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…”

The prophecies in Ezekiel 38-39 were written approximately 2,500 years ago from today in the early 21st century.

Clearly, Vladimir Putin thinks he is in absolute charge and in absolute control in Russia. Who knows if Putin is the character Ezekiel names as Gog of Magog. One thing is for sure. Today’s actions were a very Gog-esque move.

Despite the authority and power exerted today in Moscow, God is ultimately in control.

Ezekiel 39:1-5 And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 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. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coast lands, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Russia & Turkey Broker Cease Fire in Libya, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2020 by paulthepoke

While the world has been watching the drama between the United States and Iran…

January 8, 2020: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan have announced a cease fire in Libya effective 00:00 (midnight) on January 12, 2020.

Putin and Erdogan got together in Istanbul, Turkey to reach the deal. On the surface, it would appear Russia and Turkey are on opposite sides of the conflict.

Russian special forces have been in Libya since March of 2017. Russia supports General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA). There are an estimated 2,500 Russian troops in Libya per the Turks.

Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has requested Turkey’s military support. The GNA has the support of the United Nations. As of the posting of this blog, Turkey has sent an estimated 35 troops and this per Turkish state run news outlets.

See the New York Times article below for more details.

Check out al-Monitor for a Middle East perspective.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/01/turkey-russia-syria-putin-met-erdogan-discussed-libya.html

Liveuamap: Libya

Oil and money are at the heart of the issue. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa. Production is approximately 700,000 barrels per day. With political stability and safety, production could increase to 2,500,000 barrels per day.

The backdrop of the announcement was Russia and Turkey announcing the Turkstream Pipeline. The pipleline carries natural gas from Russia to the west under the Black Sea to Turkey. From there, natural gas is distributed to southern Europe.

https://apkpure.com/turkstream-pipeline-project/info.turkstream.app

“We hosted the President of Serbia (Aleksandar Vucic) and Bulgarian Prime Minister (Boyko Borissov) here, also there are some guests from other countries in Southern Europe. This gas will directly go to these countries: Greece, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, (Serbia), Bulgaria, maybe Romania, and then go to Hungary and Austria.” -Sakir Arikan, Managing Director of TurkAkim Gas

“The supply of Russian gas through TurkStream will undoubtedly be of great importance not only for the economy of Turkey and the Black Sea region, but will also have a positive impact on the development of many South European countries, and will contribute to improving the energy security of Europe in general,” stated Vladimir Putin.

Russia is also supporting Turkey with the Akkuyu nuclear power plant which is scheduled to come on line later in 2020.

https://www.rt.com/business/477097-russia-turkey-turkstream-launch/

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Ancient Magog (Russia) and his brothers Meshech, Gomer, and Tubal (Turkey) have come together in the name of peace in Libya. Turkey and Russia are drawing closer for economic benefit. The prophet Ezekiel said they would form an alliance at some point in the future. Who knew it would take about 2,600 years from when it was written?

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.

Libya Invites Turkish Troops, December 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on December 29, 2019 by paulthepoke

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

These are Noah’s grandchildren. The sons of Ham by and large settled in Africa. Historical Put is a country that will join Russia, Turkey, Iran and others in their future invasion of Israel per the prophet Ezekiel.

Put or Phut means “a bow”; a nation and people of northern Africa; probably Libyans. –Strong’s Concordance. Consensus among researchers and scholars is noted that Put is modern day Libya.

The ultimate issue is oil and natural gas. Libya has the largest oil reserves in Africa. Production is approximately 700,000 barrels per day. With political stability and safety, production could increase to 2,500,000 barrels per day.

Libya is also the main gateway to Europe for African immigrants. Six billion pounds a year are made in trading humans across the Mediterranean Sea. Italy is less than 300 miles away. Vladimir Putin looks to control the flow of immigration as a political tool against Europe.

Russian special forces have been in Libya since March of 2017. Russia supports General Khalifa Haftar of the Libyan National Army (LNA). General Haftar met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow in November 2016.

December 2019: Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has requested Turkey’s military support. The GNA has the support of the United Nations.

President Recep Erdogan of Turkey intends to present legislation in early January 2020 to parliament.

“Since there is an invitation (from Libya) right now, we will accept it. We will present the motion to send troops as soon as Parliament resumes. God willing, we will pass it in Parliament on January 8-9 and thus respond to an invitation,” President Erdogan, Turkey.

Erdogan went on to further state the following.

“They are helping a warlord. We are responding to an invitation from the legitimate government of Libya. That is our difference.”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/erdogan-announces-plan-send-troops-libya-191226090214331.html

Map: Liveuamap Libya

Turkey’s potential military move into Libya only complicates the situation further. Turkey will be supporting Libya’s GNA. Russia will be supporting General Haftar’s LNA.

Is Libya on the cusp of being like the situation in Syria?

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.

The brothers of Magog (Meshech, Gomer, and Tubal) appear to point to modern day Turkey.

Russia and Turkey are aligning with political factions in Libya, just like Ezekiel said…

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!”

Activity Heating Up in the Persian Gulf, May 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on May 14, 2019 by paulthepoke

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 will be Persia. The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century. This is modern day Iran…

Rouhani & Putin

Iran is getting more cozy with Russia when it comes to military ties. With activity increasing in the Persian Gulf, Russia and Iran are planning military exercises. Russia is the primary source of military hardware for Iran. A United Nations (UN) arms embargo is set to expire in 2020. This expiration is likely to result in more military equipment transferring from Russia to Iran. The Iranians have requested SU-30 and SU-35 fighter jets, Yakovlev Yak-130 light fighters, MI-8 and MI-17 helicopters, T-90 tanks, and the Bastion mobile coastal defense missile system.

In mid April 2019, the United States, France, and Britain held Artemis Trident 19 exercise in the Persian Gulf. President Trump recently declared Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.

At the center of the discussion is oil. Iran has threatened to close off the Straits of Hormuz. The United States has imposed sanctions on Iranian oil exports. On Sunday, 5/12/19, two oil shipments destined for the United States were noted with “significant damage” near the United Arab Emirates.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2019/05/iran-russia-military-cooperation-arms-deals-embargo-jcpoa.html

USS Abraham Lincoln Strike Group, Wikimedia

On 5/5/19, the White House announced the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force were being sent to the Middle East due to “troubling and escalatory indications and warnings.”

Twitter

President Trump is reportedly considering 120,000 troops to the Middle East. At least 6+ unnamed Defense Department Officials indicated this plan was presented to President Trump late Monday, 5/13/19.

“I’m hearing little stories about Iran. If they do anything, it would be a very bad mistake. If they do anything, they will suffer greatly.” -President Trump

https://www.timesofisrael.com/white-house-said-to-review-plan-to-send-up-to-120000-troops-to-middle-east/

Iran is threatening to launch an attack at Israel if provoked by the United States…

Global Financial Update, April 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Michael Douville, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on April 22, 2019 by paulthepoke

1 Chronicles 12:32a And of the sons of Issachar, having understanding of the times, to know what Israel should do.

Economic trouble is forcing Turkey to look for help from Russian and China. Michael takes a look at the Global Economy and what it means for the U.S.

http://www.michaeldouville.com

Ezekiel 38:12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.

These are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians along with Turkey, Iran, and others are going to invade to steal natural resources from Israel.

The pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place…

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus Participate in Gas Summit, March 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2019 by paulthepoke

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

Located in the shadows of Mount Olympus, Thessaloniki was a major hub of trade during the Roman Empire. The wealthy city minted its own coins. It was the chief port and capital of Roman Macedonia. Thessaloniki was located on the Via Egnatia, the major road that connected the Roman Empire to the east.

Another large natural gas deposit has been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus.

United States Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt discussed the significance of the natural gas discovery. Here is a paragraph from the story noted in a Greek newspaper in the link below .

He welcomed Greece’s strengthened role in the Balkans, noting that the Prespes Accord is “the most obvious expression” of this development, which will restore Thessaloniki’s historic role as a cosmopolitan crossroad in the Balkans.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238217/article/ekathimerini/news/mike-pompeo-likely-to-join-greece-cyprus-israel-summit-says-us-envoy

ekathimerin.com

The following leaders are expected to attend the meeting on March 20, 2019: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are expected to sign and reach a deal to build a natural gas pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean into Europe.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “(This) will bring vast revenue to the state coffers.”

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-Israel-views-rockets-fired-toward-Tel-Aviv-with-utmost-gravity-583757

Tekmor Monitor

Russia and Turkey are watching the action closely. The EastMed Pipeline is estimated to cost $8 billion and will deliver up to 12 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Europe. The EastMed will be the deepest under sea pipeline. The line is estimated to be 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) long. Egypt is rumored to want in on the action to export their natural gas to Europe.

Greece and Israel are increasing military and economic ties. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has called Greece and Cyprus actions “reckless”.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201903191073359011-israel-greece-radar-rapprochement/

This is direct competition with Russia’s Turk Stream pipeline. This will cut into Russia’s and Turkey’s bottom line. Turkey’s economy has recently fallen into recession.

https://paulthepoke.com/2019/03/18/turkey-enters-recession/

Ezekiel 38:12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.

These are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians along with Turkey, Iran, and others are going to invade to steal natural resources from Israel.

The pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place…

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For more information linking Ezekiel’s ancient names to modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran, click on the articles 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/

Putin, Erdogan, Rouhani Meet in Sochi, February 2019

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 16, 2019 by paulthepoke

As the West was holding their Middle East Peace and Security Conference in Warsaw, Poland… Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted his allies of Turkey and Iran in Sochi, Russia. The topic was peace and security in Syria.

Photo: Al Monitor

All three countries praised the idea of the United States pulling out of Syria.

“It would be a positive step that would help stabilize the situation in this region, where ultimately the legitimate government should re-establish control.” -Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin believed political stability is possible in Syria.

Iran’s President Rouhani was not so sure about the American intent to leave Syria.

“We have no optimism about what the Americans say… but if they do withdraw, it will be very good news,” Iranian President Rouhani

The three countries also agreed to continue to coordinate the management of Syria.

Rouhani did not see much point in the Warsaw talks.

“We see what’s happening in Warsaw, it’s an empty result, nothing.” -President Rouhani of Iran

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6703239/Russia-Turkey-Iran-hold-Syria-summit.html

Click on video link for geography maps & analysis

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

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.

Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). Two of those countries will be modern day Iran and Turkey. 

For more evidence pointing to modern day Turkey, Iran, and Russia, see the links below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/08/ezekiel-38-who-are-meshech-tubal-gomer-beth-togarmah/

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

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

Want to see how all of this ends??? Little hint, it does not work out well for these three allies. Ezekiel 38-39.

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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