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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: Yemen Cholera Epidemic Reaches 750000, September 2017

Posted in Pestilence, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2017 by paulthepoke

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

Jeremiah 24:10 ‘I will send the sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.’”

This is the cycle of war. The prophet Jeremiah described the cycle approximately 2,600 years ago. It was true then and it is true today in 2017. Pestilence and disease go hand in hand as consequences of war. Yemen is a country of 27 million people on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The civil war in Yemen continues to provide a real world example. Sunni and Shia Muslims continues to fight for control of the country.

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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. Signs and symptoms of cholera include: severe vomiting, nausea, diarrhea which leads to dehydration, cramps, seizures, coma, and potentially death.

September 29, 2017: The latest numbers out of Yemen indicate 750,000 people have been afflicted with Cholera. 276,000 were infected as of July 2017. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) estimates the number could reach 1,000,000 by the end of the year. Per the World Health Organization, on average there are 143,000 deaths per year around the world. What is happening in Yemen is staggering.

YEMEN CHOLERA OUTBREAK

Cholera-infected Yemeni women receive treatment at a hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, 12 May 2017. According to World Health Organization, an acute cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed the lives of at least 51 people across the conflict-plagued Arab country over the past two weeks, estimating that 7.6 million Yemenis live in areas with a high risk of cholera transmission. EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

Supply lines for food and medicine continue to be affected by the fighting. As a result, medical care and food remain in short supply. Health care workers are now receiving food portions for pay. Previously, health care workers were receiving nothing in the form of compensation.

Alexandre Faite, the head of the Red Cross in Yemen has made the following statements.

“I don’t think political settlement is coming soon and I’m very worried that the extension of the conflict would lead to more problems.”

“(The) health sector is really on its knees in Yemen…the health staff is on its knees as well because they are not paid.”

“In terms of access to even water, electricity, there isn’t a power grid in the main cities in Yemen. Without the ICRC and other organizations fixing (pumping stations) there wouldn’t be any running water in Sanaa.”

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/yemen-cholera-outbreak-hit-million-2018-170929140409261.html

 

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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: US F18 Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet, June 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Euphrates River, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2017 by paulthepoke

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

Isaiah 17:9 In that day their strong cities will be like forsaken places in the forest, or like branches which they abandoned before the sons of Israel; and the land will be a desolation. 

We are watching this happen. There is fighting in every nook and cranny of Syria.

June 18, 2017: A United States F 18 Super Hornet has shot down a pro Assad Syrian SU 22. This marks the first time an American jet has shot down a Syrian government jet in the recent conflict. Tensions in the area have escalated.

The event took place near Tabqa, Syria near the Euphrates/Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates River. The Pentagon reports the Syrian SU 22 bombed US supported forces near Tabqa. The US has stated it acted in “collective self-defense of coalition partnered forces”.

Before the Syrian plane was shot down, the coalition “contacted its Russian counterparts by telephone via an established ‘de-confliction line’ to de-escalate the situation and stop the firing.” Pentagon statement.

“The coalition’s mission is to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The coalition does not seek to fight Syrian regime, Russian or pro-regime forces partnered with them, but will not hesitate to defend coalition or partner forces from any threat.” -Pentagon Spokesman

This area near Tabqa was recently held by ISIS. US backed Kurdish forces have removed ISIS from the area. Kurdish forces are primarily Sunni Muslims and backed by the United States.

To the west a few miles, Syrian government forces of the Assad regime have removed ISIS from their area. Syrian government forces are Shia Muslims and they are supported by the Russians.

As ISIS has been removed from the area in Syria, Kurdish Sunni forces and Assad’s Shia forces are clashing.  The two Muslim forces are proxies for both the United States and Russia.

Clashes are emerging in areas across Syria due to the removal of ISIS. Struggle for power of the lands is occurring. Different groups of people want to rule the land where ISIS previously held control. Most of these fights are occurring across Shia and Sunni lines.

http://hosted2.ap.org/APDefault/*/Article_2017-06-18-US–United%20States-Syria/id-8a92d6bae00846daa1d1bbf8ab54c719

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/18/us-plane-shoots-down-syrian-aircraft

https://twitter.com/rapturewatchers is providing multiple links and articles to this story.

By the way, Iran is launching missiles into Syria near Deir Ez-Zor further south and east on the Euphrates River.

The situation in Syria is escalating…

Trend Update: Russian Forces Within 100 Miles of Israeli Border, June 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:2-3 “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…”

The Bible and ancient, secular historians point to the fact the land of Magog is modern day Russia. See attached post for background information.

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

 

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 instructs the invasion comes from the north against the mountains of Israel. The largest peaks and mountains in Israel are located in the Golan Heights.

June 9, 2017: The Russian Ministry of Defense, Russian TV and media sources, along with embedded journalists have confirmed Russia and Shia Muslim allies have reached the Jordanian Border in the southern tip of Syria. Multiple sources have also confirmed Russia and its allies have reached the Iraqi border in south, central Syria.

Russia is allied with forces from the Assad regime of Syria, the terrorist group Hezbollah from Lebanon, and Iranian forces. Russia’s allies in Syria are Shia Muslims.

Russia and its Shia Muslim allies are filling the void left by defeated Sunni ISIS and defeated Sunni Al Qaeda/Al Nusra in Syria.

The staging for the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39 appears to be drawing closer. Initially, Vladimir Putin had indicated there would be no boots on the ground in Syria. Russian armed forces initially came into northern Syria in late 2015. A year and a half later in June 2017, Russia continues its march south through the country of Syria. By reaching the southern tip of Syria, Russia is now about 75-100 miles east of the Golan Heights in Israel.

Sources for the story: Chris Tomson, https://twitter.com/TheDaneChris

Central Military Institute, https://twitter.com/C_Military1/status/873221550224396288

Liveuamap, https://syria.liveuamap.com

 

We are getting closer to crunch time. A point of consideration to Russia and their allies, just know the prophet Ezekiel had a few words for all to read. God spoke through Ezekiel and stated the following among many other items.

Ezekiel 38:19 For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, on that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.

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

So…earthquake, war, civil war within troops, disease, more bloodshed, rain, flooding rains, severe thunderstorms with lightning and hail, fire, and sulfur, and more fire on the land of Magog…

Something to think about. It says what it says.

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.”

 

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