Monday, August 30, 2010

War Preparations: The Powder Keg Grows

War preparations continue today and should be firmly categorized in the "rumors of war" section:

"Report: Israel planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots in Syria"

Israel is planning to attack Hezbollah arms depots and weapons manufacturing plants in Syria, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported on Saturday.

The report is based on Western sources who asserted that Israel has increased its military force level along the northern border in the Golan Heights and Mount Dov areas. According to the report, Israel plans to attack Hezbollah weapons depots, including ones deep inside Syria that store long-range rockets.

According to the report, Syria's military is on high alert and is strengthening its anti-aircraft defenses along the border with Israel and at strategic sites within Syria.

More on Hezbollah and Syria, who have been "together" for quite some time now. Why? Because of a "future armed conflict with Israel":

"Report: Hezbollah, Syria to join forces in future clash with Israel"

The Lebanon-based Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah and the Syrian army have initiated a significant military cooperation in joint preparation for the possibility of a future armed conflict with Israel, the Kuwaiti daily al-Rai reported on Monday.

The report came as Syrian president Bashar Assad urged Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri earlier Monday to support Hezbollah and maintain calm in the divided country.

The joint command, the report said, would ensure full cooperation in land, sea, and air warfare, as well as take care of the positioning of anti-aircraft missiles in both Lebanon and Syria in order to confront the possibility of an Israeli nuclear assault.

The report also stated that Damascus and Hezbollah also worked together on the possibility of joint artillery strike against Israel, as well as drawing up a collective plan for the defense of vital Lebanon, Syria sites in case of an Israeli attack.

Below, we see the "Kings of the East" also making war preparations:

"Pentagon Sounds Alarm at China's Military Buildup"

The Pentagon voiced alarm over China's military buildup, saying it was expanding its advantage over Taiwan and investing heavily in ballistic and cruise missile capabilities that could one day pose a challenge to U.S. dominance in the western Pacific.

...the Pentagon also cited China's advances in electronic warfare. The U.S. government has been the target of cyber intrusions the report says appear to have originated in China and aimed to steal military secrets. "These intrusions focused on exfiltrating information, some of which could be of strategic or military utility," the report said.

And of course, we can't watch the build-up to war without Russia being involved:

"Despite Israeli protests, Russia won't halt arms sale to Syria"

Despite Israel's objections, Russia will not cancel its sale of advanced missiles to Syria, the Kremlin announced on Sunday.

Following the Haaretz report, Sergei Prikhodko, a senior adviser to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, told the state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti that Moscow would fulfill all agreements it had made with foreign countries and would not halt the deal.

The agreement in question is for P-800 Yakhont missiles, a highly accurate Russian weapon with a 300-kilometer range capable of carrying a warhead of up to 200 kilograms.

Jerusalem also fears the more advanced missiles could fall into the hands of Hezbollah, the Syrian- and Iranian-supported Lebanese militia, which would create a significant threat to naval ships in Israeli ports and the Mediterranean Sea.

Well, you can bet on that - we now know from previous news from the Middle East that in terms of waging war against Israel, Syria=Lebanon=Hezbollah. That is a simple formula which is readily apparent by just a quick glance at Middle East news.

The build-up to war continues.


hartdawg said...

what i`m wondering, and perhaps the same thought occured to you as well, is perhaps isreal launches a strike against syria and damascus is destroyed, thus fulfilling isa 17 and that triggers psalm 83 which triggers Gog/magog....

hartdawg said...

keep in mind, if isreal attacks syria, then the "nuetral" psalm 83 nations (egypt(?), jordan...) will quickly retaliate and sometime between damascus and Gog/magog the rapture occurs. only speculation but does that senerio make sense?

hartdawg said...

keep in mind, if isreal attacks syria, then the "nuetral" psalm 83 nations (egypt(?), jordan...) will quickly retaliate and sometime between damascus and Gog/magog the rapture occurs. only speculation but does that senerio make sense?

Scott said...

Hart (don't know why that last comment was posted twice)

I have never considered that Isa 17 would precede Psa 83, as I have always considered them together. I can't think of any biblical reason that Psa 83 and Isa 17 can't be separate events, with one leading to the other. Its completely possible, but I think Israel would have to be provoked in one way or the other, to attack Damascus.

Having said that, I definitely believe that they will lead into Gog-MaGog (separate or together). I also believe that the Rapture will take place before Gog-MaGog....Then the question becomes, "will Gog-MaGog" occur before the Trib....(I believe it will, but thats complete speculation on my part).

hartdawg said...

there are several reasons for placing Gog/magog before the tribulation, several and i think isreal has ALREADY been provoked, with stockpile weapons and all. but again, its alot speculation. however...

hartdawg said...

as for Gog/magog before the trib, here`s a few reasons 1) no mention of a temple 2) the ac would have to either defend isreal or he`ll be xposed for a fake 3) 7yrs for burning fuel 4) the nations in silent protest play no part in the tribulation 5) that turns isreal back to belief in jehovah...there are others and tho none are irrefutable they`re still valid.

Scott said...

Thats a good point re: provocation. Israel DID say that they wouldn't allow Syria to arm hezbollah, and they (Syria) were caught red-handed on at least two occasions sending missiles to Hezbollah.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Gog/magog will happen before the Tribulation. I think that the day the peace treaty is signed will be the day of the rapture. The day Noah got everyone on the ark was the day God destroyed the earth. The day Lot and family left the gates of Sodom and Gomorrah it was destroyed by God. So maybe after the war of Gog/magog a peace treaty will be set up for 7 years and all us believers will be taken up! Israel will be able to build their temple and for 3 1/2 years be able to perform their sacrifices. But did you ever think at the point of the rapture there will be no believers here on earth? But many will come to believe right after but have to go through terrible times.

Scott said...

I have also interpreted those scriptures that you referenced (Noah, S&G) as showing the possibility that we'd be raptured before some catastrophic event (terrorism? Natural disaster? etc), but you make a god point; perhaps it will be just before the treaty. Thats food for thought.

Yep - right after the rapture there will be no believers--- But I also think within hours (if not sooner) some folks, especially those who have been exposed to prophecy, will come to Christ immediately. I sure hope so anyway.

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