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Israel and Iran Exchange Missiles Over Golan Heights, January 2019

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on January 21, 2019 by paulthepoke

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.

The largest peaks and mountains of Israel are located in the Golan Heights.

Click on the video link above for additional analysis.

January 2019: Iran and Israel have exchanged missiles over the Golan Heights near the Israel/Syria border. Typically, Israel is silent regarding military intervention. This time, Israel claims their actions and takes responsibility.

The following press release is from Israel Defense Forces (IDF)…

“On Sunday, Iranian Quds Forces operating in Syria launched a surface-to-surface rocket from Syria aimed at Israel’s Golan Heights. The Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepted the rocket.”

Local skiers on Mount Hermon saw the exchange first hand.

Israel has responded by striking Iranian military sites inside of Syria. See the IDF tweet below for details.

The following comments are from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The statement was made at the dedication of the Ramon International Airport located in the Timna Valley in southern Israel.

“Last night the air force strongly attacked Iranian targets in Syria after Iran launched a missile from there at our territory. We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and given explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel, as the commander of the Iranian air force has just said. We are acting against Iran and against the Syrian forces that abet the Iranian aggression. Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them. Whoever threatens to destroy us will bear the full responsibility.” -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

See Prime Minister Netanyahu’s comments courtesy of Twitter feed.

Iranian Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh is focused on taking out Israel. The following quote was made after the missile exchange.

“We’re ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel’s disappearance from the earth. Our young airmen are prepared for the day when Israel will be destroyed.” -Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh

https://www.timesofisrael.com/iranian-air-chief-were-ready-for-war-that-will-destroy-israel/

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…

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Israel Strikes Targets Near Damascus Airport, December 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on December 27, 2018 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.

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

December 27, 2018: Israel recently destroyed Iranian targets west of Damascus. Satellite images from ImageSat International have been posted.

The attack appears to have occurred from near or over Lebanese air space.

See video link below for additional local geography and analysis.

It would appear an Iranian warehouse at the Syrian Army’s 4th Division is no more. The base was west of Damascus. Allegedly, rockets were stored at the former base.

Satellite images indicated the Damascus International Airport was not hit and did not sustain damage.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov stated the Syrian air defense forces shot down 14 of the 16 Israel guided bombs.

Russia stated they were “very concerned” and called the actions “provocative”.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/photos-said-to-show-iranian-warehouse-flattened-by-israeli-strike-in-syria/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46682666

Trump Announces Troop Removal From Syria, December 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2018 by paulthepoke

December 2018: President Trump has announced that US troops will be withdrawing from Syria immediately.

“We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency. ” President Trump, Twitter

Click on the link below to listen President Trump’s victory speech over ISIS.

Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan approved of the move. Keep in mind, Erdogan is currently massing troops and equipment on the Turkey/Syria border east of the Euphrates River and warning of a pending invasion. His goal is to rid the region of terrorism. Specifically, the threat is land possessed by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units or also known as the YPG.

Before Trump made his statement release, an arms deal with Turkey was announced. Per the State Department, $3.5 billion worth of Patriot missile systems were sold to Turkey.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin joined in the praise of Trump’s decision. He responded by promising to increase a permanent Russian military presence in Syria.  

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6514167/THEY-want-Trump-claims-troops-killed-battling-ISIS-Syria-support-sudden-pullout-plan.html

Click on this video for regional geography and analysis

Recent history shows when one force leaves the Middle East another will take its place. Somebody will fill the vacuum created by the United States leaving Syria. More Russian and Turkish forces will be entering into Syria. The troop build up continues. Israel’s northern border is at risk.

The prophetic fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39 draws closer.

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.

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

History and destiny await…

Ezekiel 38:21-22 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 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.

Russia Gives S-300 Missile System to Syria

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2018 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords.

The context of the verse God is talking to Gog of Magog. Gog is the leader of what many scholars and historians believe to be modern day Russia. See the link below for detailed analysis.

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

September 25, 2018: In a response to the downed Russian plane, Russia has announced it will increase military hardware in Syria.

Currently in Syria, Russian military personnel have their own S-300 and S-400 air defense systems. Now, the Syrians are about to have the S-300 system at their disposal.

 

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the following statement. “(The incedent) has pushed us to adopt adequate response measures directed at boosting the security of Russian troops in Syria. (Russia will) transfer the modern S-300 air defense system to the Syrian armed forces within two weeks.”

“In regions near Syria over the Mediterranean Sea, there will be radio-electronic suppression of satellite navigation, on-board radar systems and communication systems of military aviation attacking objects on Syrian territory.” -Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Syrian President Assad called Russian President Putin. After the phone call, the Kremlin issued the following, “additional measures to ensure the safety of Russian troops in Syria and to reinforce the country’s air defense system, which includes the delivery of the modern S-300 systems.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-warns-russia-deploying-s-300-in-syria-would-be-major-mistake/

 

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The S-300 Missile system has been a lightning rod of controversy with Israel. In April 2018 the following statement was made by a Russian Defense Spokesman.

“Experts believe that the reaction of the Israeli military to such a move will be predictably negative and do not exclude attacks on their locations. If Israel decides to carry out rocket strikes on the deployment locations of the S-300, the consequences will be catastrophic for all sides.”

 

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Israel issued their statement on the potential deployment of the S-300 System to Syria in April 2018.

“One thing needs to be clear: If someone shoots at our planes, we will destroy them. It doesn’t matter if it’s an S-300 or an S-700,” -Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the Israeli Security Council on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

All of the rhetoric is about to be tested.

 

Russian Aircraft Downed In Syria, Yom Kippur 5779/2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2018 by paulthepoke

Latakia, Syria, September 17, 2018: Initial reports indicated Israel shot down a Russian IL-20 airplane. Latakia is home to a Russian Military Base. Four F16 Israeli jets were reported in the altercation. Fifteen (15) Russian service men are reported dead.

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Map: Russian Defense Ministry

“Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Timeline of events provided at link below by Sputnik News.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201809181068121621-france-russia-plane-syria

Click on the link below for additional analysis and geography.

 

The following is a sequence of tweets from the Israeli Defense Force spokesperson.

Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.

Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident.

Overnight, IDF fighter jets targeted a facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The IDF and the Russian army have a deconfliction system, which was agreed upon by the states’ leaders, and has proven itself many times over recent years. This system was in use tonight as well.

An initial inquiry of the incident suggests:

1. Extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire caused the Russian plane to be hit and downed.

2. When the Syrian Army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, IAF jets were already within Israeli airspace.

3. During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.

4. The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.

Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.

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“By using the Russian plane as a cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin statement, “Israel didn’t shoot down the Russian plane deliberately. It was a result of a chain of tragic circumstances.”

For detail of recent events, click on the link below from the Times of Israel.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-blames-israel-after-syria-downs-plane-while-trying-to-repel-attack/

Russia has requested the Israeli envoy to Moscow. The diplomat has arrived and discussions have started. This is a developing story. The plot thickens…

Ezekiel 38:4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords.

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.

 

 

 

Trend Update: Israel Shoots Down Syrian Fighter Jet in Golan Heights, July 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2018 by paulthepoke

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.

The largest peaks and mountains of Israel are located in the Golan Heights.

Click on the video link below for additional geography and analysis.

July 24, 2018: The following is from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) press release.

Today, a Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 fighter jet infiltrated about 1 mile into Israeli airspace before it was shot down after the IDF launched two Patriot missiles. The Syrian fighter jet fell in Syria, however there are no reports of what happened to the Syrian pilot.

The IDF monitored the path of the fighter jet before it was shot down. The Syrian Air Force Sukhoi Su-22/24 departed from the T-4 Airbase in Syria and then flew towards Israel at a high speed. This happened after hours of increased internal fighting in Syria and increased Syrian Air Force activity.

“We issued warnings and messages through different channels, in various languages, numerous times over the day to avoid any misunderstandings or any violations of Israeli airspace. We have continued to deliver messages through various channels, including through the UN, UNDOF, and we will not tolerate any violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement. We hold the Syrian Regime accountable for any such violations coming from the Syrian side,” said Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, Head of the International and Social Media Branch.

This is not the first time this year that aircraft from Syria have infiltrated Israeli airspace. On July 13th, a Syrian UAV was shot down by a Patriot missile after flying in the demilitarized zone.

https://www.idf.il/en/minisites/press-releases/idf-shoots-down-a-syrian-fighter-jet/

Reports from other sources indicate the pilot is dead.

 

July 11, 2018: Israel has responded to an unmanned drone entering their air space.

The following is from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson. Click on the video link for strike video.

Earlier tonight, Wednesday July 11th, the IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today.

 

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Syrian-air-defenses-thwart-Israeli-missile-strike-near-Golan-Heights-562282

The IDF closed with the following statement…

The IDF is on high alert and will continue to fulfill its mission of defending Israeli civilians and sovereignty, and will operate against the violation of the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement.

 

 

Trend Update: Ancient Church Discovery Manbij, Syria, June 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2018 by paulthepoke

Matthew 16:17-18 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…”

ISIS continues to be removed from the land scape of the Middle East. This time in Manbij, Syria. ISIS previously used a site as a place to dump trash. Little did they know…

See video link for geography of site.

The location was a hiding place for ancient Christians. Archeologists think the site may have been an ancient church. The “hidden church” is believed to be from the 3rd or 4th century. The site is located 18 miles west of the Euphrates River. Christian symbols and writings were cut into the stone. Tunnels, places of worship, and escape routes were contained. Inscriptions were written in Greek.

“Greek was the common language of the Eastern Roman Empire, which explains why the New Testament is written in Greek during the Roman period,” John Wineland, Professor of History and Archaeology at Southeastern University.

A complete and thorough dig and study is not expected until later due to mines placed from the civil war in Syria. A possible second location may have been found as well.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2018/05/01/ancient-christian-ruins-discovered-under-former-isis-held-territory.html

 

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These verses above hold much controversy. Ignore the divisiveness these arguments have brought. Read the text for yourself and understand. Jesus is talking to Peter. And He clarifies that He is talking to Peter. Jesus makes the point to use two different words.

Look at the two key nouns: Peter and rock. These are two distinctive terms in the Greek. They are not the same terms. They are distinctive in gender and definition.

Peter: Πέτρος/Petros, masculine in gender. It means: a detached stone or boulder; properly, a stone (pebble), such as a small rock found along a pathway.  Peter, a Greek name meaning rock. Petros is small in stature.

Rock: πέτρα/petra, feminine in gender. It means: a mass of connected rock; solid or native rock, rising up through the earth; a huge mass of rock (a boulder), such as a projecting cliff. Petra is large in stature.

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance and HELPS Word Studies.

 

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The “rock” is connected together as the church is the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:26-27 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

“Petros” is isolated and individual. Peter is not a big deal in comparison to the corner stone of the church. “Petros” pales in size relative to the “rock” of the church.

 

Jesus predicted and promised His body and bride, the “church”.

This is the Greek word used for “church” in the New Testament writings. ἐκκλησία/ekklésia means: an assembly, congregation, church; the Church, the whole body of Christian believers.

Jesus says it Himself. “…I will build my church…” Jesus is the architect and builder of the church. Jesus takes possession. He declares the church belongs to Him, hence the possessive pronoun “my”.

Oh by the way …and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…

 

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