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Trend Update: Russia Expands Naval Base in Tartus, Syria, December 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on December 13, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog…

For specific details linking Magog to modern day Russia, click the link below.

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

December 13, 2017: Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a bill to the Duma. This is the lower house of the Russian Parliament. Putin has reached an agreement with Syria on the Naval Base in Tartus.

Click on video link below for additional analysis and geography.

Below are excerpts from Putin’s document.

“The duration of the agreement is 49 years, it can be automatically prolonged for a period of 25 years in case none of the parties send a written notification to the other at least one year before a period expires concerning its intention to terminate the agreement…”

“The naval base has full immunity from Syria’s civil and administrative jurisdiction. Its movable and immovable property is immune from search, seizure and other proceedings…”

“Russia has the right to send the necessary number of troops to maintain the naval facility…”

Russia will not be charged rent for the naval base. Reports indicate the base could house 11 ships and nuclear vessels. Residential and office buildings will be part of the development.

The base is for defensive purposes only as indicated in a joint statement by Russia and Syria. Specific nations are not being targeted.

Prior to this bill, President Putin ordered the withdrawal of “significant” Russian troops from Syria. He proclaimed victory over “the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists”.

https://www.rt.com/politics/412950-putin-drafts-bill-seeking-expansion/

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/putin-drafts-bill-expanding-russian-tartus-navy-base-syria/

If history is any indicator, Russia withdraws only to come back again in greater number. The prophet Ezekiel tells us how this ends. Russia will come in tremendous numbers with other countries. It will look overwhelming for the nation Israel. And then God decides to flex His muscle. The Lord will protect His chosen people.

Time will tell…

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Trend Update: Israel on High Alert, December 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Gaza Strip/Philistia, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 4, 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.

December 4, 2017: Israeli military action is heating up around Damascus, Syria. Multiple military sites have been reported to be hit by Syrian and Russian news sources.

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The Syrian government claims to have shot down Israeli missiles. Explosions were indicated approximately 3 miles northwest of Damascus in Jamraya. This is considered to be the location of a top secret, scientific military installation. Chemical and biological weapon development is reported to take place at the site. Russian missile defense systems are reported as destroyed.

“Air defenses confronted an Israeli missile attack on one of our sites in the Damascus suburbs and three of the targets were downed. Syria’s air defense destroyed three of the six missiles that Israel launched at the Research Center in the suburbs of Damascus.” -Syrian Government sources.

Iranian Base Damascus

ImageSat International provided to Almasdar News

December 1, 2017: An arms depot between Kiswah and Sahnaya were nailed by Israeli forces on Friday night. Up to 10 buildings were hit in the attack. This is suspected to be an Iranian military base.

Dumeir Air Base appears to have been targeted and struck by Israeli forces. Dumeir AB is located east of Damascus.

https://www.rt.com/news/411937-syria-intercepts-israeli-missiles/

For multiple satellite images of strike, see the link provided by Almasdar News.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/satellite-imagery-shows-impact-israeli-strikes-damascus/

https://israelpalestine.liveuamap.com/en

 

Ezekiel 25:15-17 Thus says the Lord God, “Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance on them.”

Philistia or the Philistines are the people who make up what is the modern day Gaza Strip. This group is associated with Hamas and Sunni Muslims.

December 4, 2017: As of the writing of this post, rocket sirens are blaring for at least the fifth time this evening in southern Israel. Information provided Israel News Feed. https://twitter.com/IsraelHatzolah

 

The back drop of all the noise is a potential announcement from President Donald Trump. Will he declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in accordance with United States Congressional legislation? Will President Trump move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem?

If President Trump makes either or both declarations, the religion of peace is not making peaceful promises…

 

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Trend Update: Putin Hosts Turkey & Iran for Peace in Syria, November 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 24, 2017 by paulthepoke

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.

These are the modern day countries of Russia, Iran, and Turkey. For a detailed study of each ancient name and correlation to the 21st century country, see the links below. These articles were posted on Trey Smith’s God in a Nutshell project.

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/

November 22, 2017, Sochi, Russia: President Vladimir Putin welcomed Turkey’s Recep Erdogan and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani for a summit. The goal was peace in the Syrian civil war. All three leaders are in favor of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad maintaining power.

“The militants in Syria (ISIS) have sustained a decisive blow and now there is a realistic chance to end the multi-year civil war,” per Vladimir Putin.

A follow up meeting is scheduled for December in Russia. The goal is to pave the way for a Syrian constitution which would include presidential term limits. Assad’s previous time as president would not be included in future term limit discussions.

It appears Russia, Iran, and Turkey will be the primary actors in rebuilding Syria.

The United Nations is complaining that Putin is interrupting the “peace process” in Syria. The United States and the European Union were not part of the discussions. Vladimir Putin is establishing himself as the dominant power broker on the world stage.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/22/iranian-and-turkish-leaders-arrive-in-russia-for-syria-talks-with-putin

 

Later the same day, the following statement was made by Vladimir Putin. The Russian president placed all Russian companies (public and private) on alert. Prepare for a “rapid transition to war time operations”.

“I would like to note that the ability of any economy to rapidly increase the output of defense products and services when it is needed is one of the most important conditions of the nation’s military security. All strategic and… large enterprises must be ready for this.” -Russian President Vladimir Putin

https://www.rt.com/politics/410646-putin-orders-all-russian-companies/

Ezekiel’s gang is together as promised. If the prophesied time and events are approaching, more troops from the three countries will pour into Syria near the Golan Heights. Are we watching Gog of Magog take the lead?

 

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Trend Update: “Legitimate” Iranian Presence in Syria, November 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:1-2 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…

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

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.

November 15, 2017: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has publically stated Iranian troops are staying in southern Syria. Per the Interfax news agency, Iran is “legitimately” involved in Syria.

What is very concerning to Israel is the alleged construction of an Iranian military base. The reported base is less than 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Israel’s Golan Heights border. The location is believed to be 14 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus near el-Kiswah.

The context of the discussion was a cease fire agreement in southern Syria which was brokered by Russia, Jordan, and the United States. The U.S. was under the impression Iranian backed troops would be removed from Syria. Russia’s comments are counter to the Americans.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russian-fm-says-iran-can-legitimately-stay-in-syria/

Russia sees itself clearly in charge of the happenings in Syria. Lavrov went on to the further comment.

“We’ve just stated the fact that there is Russian and Iranian legitimate presence on the invitation of the legitimate government [on the Syrian territory] and we have also stated the fact of the illegitimate presence of the coalition created by the United States, which is carrying out military actions, including unilateral ones.”

“To seek withdrawal from the line of contact of non-Syrian groups, which are currently present in this very complicated Syrian region, yes, this was agreed upon. But this is a two way street and if one looks at who is the most dangerous, they are those who are under the care of the United States.” -Sergey Lavrov, Russia Foreign Minister.

 

Israel has vowed to defend its safety. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement.

“Iran is scheming to entrench itself in Syria. They want to create a permanent air, land and sea military presence. We are not going to agree to that. I have said very clearly that Israel will work to stop this, and we must all work together to stop Iran’s aggression and its pursuit of nuclear weapons. If we stand together we will achieve it. But, if we have to, we will stand alone. Iran will not get nuclear weapons, it will not turn Syria into a military base against Israel.” -B. Netanyahu, Israel PM

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Russian-Foreign-Minister-Moscow-never-promised-to-withdraw-Iranian-troops-in-Syria-514215

And the military build towards Israel’s future invasion continues…

 

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Trend Update: Syrian Missiles Fall in Israel’s Golan Heights, October 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on October 23, 2017 by paulthepoke

Deuteronomy 4:43b …and Golan in Bashan for the Manassites.

This is the first mention of Golan in the Bible. Golan is a city of refuge under the Law. The purpose of the city is stated in the previous verse.

Deuteronomy 4:42 that the manslayer might flee there, anyone who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without being at enmity with him in time past; he may flee to one of these cities and save his life:

The current events in October 2017 are not examples of manslaughter.

Things appear to be escalating in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. Five rockets were fired from Syria into Israel on Saturday, October 21, 2017. It was initially believed these rockets were “spillover” from the Syrian civil war. Israel responded and three Syrian rocket launchers were hit.

A day later, Israeli perspective has changed. At the time of the Syrian missiles being launched into Israel, there was no local conflict occurring. Purpose and intent towards Israel appear to be the case.

“Even if this is just spillover, this is an exceptional incident and the continuance of such events will be met with a more fierce Israeli response. The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents, and considers the Syrian regime responsible for what is happening in its territory.” -Israel Defense Forces.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has publically commented on the incidents.

“The recent Israeli attack on the outskirts of Quneitra is a new chapter in the conspiracy between the Israeli occupation and armed terror groups, and another attempt to support these organizations.”

The Syrian spokesman went on to state, “dire consequences of these repeated aggressive actions, which cannot be seen as anything but support for terrorism and the criminal terror groups.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-believes-rocket-fire-from-syria-may-have-been-deliberate/

Iranian influence in the region is growing. Russian troops have been stationed in Quneitra, Syria since July of 2017. UN soldiers are also patrolling on location in the Golan Heights.

Today’s current events appear to be consistent with prophecy in Scripture. Geo political events are trending into position. Are the prophecies of Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49 (Burden of Damascus), and Ezekiel 38-39 (Magog/Russian invasion of Israel) approaching?

If so, you know Who else is approaching? He is not coming back as a lamb. This time, He will be like a lion.

 

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Trend Update: Israel Strikes Missile Battery Near Damascus, October 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 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.

October 16, 2017: Syria fired a missile at Israel reconnaissance planes on patrol. The result was Israel fired back on the missile battery. The Syrian military equipment is no longer operable.

Syrian has stated to the international community that Israel faces “dangerous consequences” for their actions.

Typically, Israel’s government does not officially confirm, respond, or deny. This time was different. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel made a public statement.

“Today they attempted to hit our planes. If anyone attempts to harm us, we will harm them back.” Netanyahu proclaimed the incident was “unacceptable”.

“The Syrian regime is responsible for any firing from its territory. We see this incident as a clear provocation and we will not allow it. If anti-aircraft fire is being carried out for any military activity, we will respond as we did now,” said Ronen Manlis, IDF Spokesman.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) indicated they contacted the Russians prior to responding to Syria.

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.817472

Shoigu Netanyahu

Jerusalem Post

October 17, 2017: Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has travelled to Israel to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu. The focus of discussions continues to be the development of Iranian troops into Syria.“Iran needs to understand that Israel will not allow that,” Netanyahu told Shoigu.

“As terrorist activities in the world have been increasing, the international community needs to stay united in the struggle against this evil,” Russia’s Sergey Shoigu.

Yesterday’s incident in Syria was not publically discussed…allegedly.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Netanyahu-to-Russian-defense-minister-Israel-wont-allow-Iranian-presence-in-Syria-507651

The following is the opening statement of an article from the Jerusalem Post.

A senior Israeli official warned the Russian government that if Iran continues to extend its reach in Syria, Israel will bomb Syrian President Bashar Assad’s palace in Damascus, according to reports in Arab media.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Israeli-Official-If-Iran-extends-in-Syrian-well-bomb-Assads-palace-503597

At some point, more than Assad’s palace is going to get it.

Isaiah 17:9 In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

Jeremiah 49:27 And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.

 

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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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