Sunday, June 9, 2013

War Preparations In The Middle East

The latest from Joel Rosenberg once again reveals the extent of war preparations that are being made in the Middle East as the nation-states involved in the upcoming prophetic wars are lining up exactly as we would expect:

 “Russia has deployed a naval unit in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time since the Soviet era, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin says is aimed at defending Russian security, but which comes as Moscow faces off with the West over Syria,” reports Israel Hayom. “Russia’s military chief of staff said on Thursday that Russia had stationed 16 warships and three ship-based helicopters in the region.” 

On Wednesday, Russian warships believed to be carrying arms to resupply the Syrian regime were spotted in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, according to a CNN report. The report cited U.S. intelligence sources that stated they had identified the ships leaving Russian ports several days ago. Using U.S. satellite imagery, they had further identified containers thought to be carrying parts of the advanced S-300 anti-missile system, as well as other weapons to be used by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military…..”

 “Russia maintains its only port in the Mediterranean in the Syrian coastal city of Tartus. Putin’s announcement comes days after Moscow said it planned to resume patrols by nuclear-armed submarines in the southern seas as part of a Putin’s broader effort to revive Russia’s military might. Putin has stressed the importance of a strong military since returning to the presidency last May. In 13 years in power, he has often cited external threats when talking of the need for agile armed forces and Russian political unity.”

Why is this is significant? Because it shows Putin is steadily escalating Russian military involvement in the Middle East — the Kremlin is supplying arms to the Assad regime in Damascus, offering to put Russian troops on the Golan Heights as part of a UN “peacekeeping” mission, and bolstering its alliances with Iran and Lebanon.

  • “On Wednesday, Qusair fell to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Qusair is a strategic town that connects Damascus with Assad’s Alawite heartland on the Mediterranean, with its ports and Russian naval base. It’s a major strategic shift. Assad’s forces can now advance on rebel-dominated areas in central and northern Syria, including Aleppo.
  • “For the rebels, it’s a devastating loss of territory, morale and their supply corridor to Lebanon. No one knows if this reversal of fortune will be the last, but everyone knows that Assad now has the upper hand….
  • What altered the tide of battle was brazen outside intervention. A hardened, well-trained, well-armed Hezbollah force — from the terrorist Shiite group that dominates Lebanon and answers to Iran — crossed into Syria and drove the rebels out of Qusair, which Syrian artillery has left a smoking ruin.
  • “This is a huge victory not just for Tehran but also for Moscow, which sustains Assad in power and prizes its warm-water port at Tartus, Russia’s only military base outside of the former Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin has stationed a dozen or more Russian warships offshore, further protecting his strategic outpost and his Syrian client.

One aspect of biblical prophecy which relates to the Middle East is the fact that Russia and Iran are clearly pushing the buttons behind the scenes, via their proxies. It is also beginning to appear that Russia has much bigger goals in the region and more and more interest in Syria and by definition Israel. 

Not only do we seem to be approaching the Tribulation very rapidly (as discussed over the past week), but the epic wars of Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 38-39 (aka "Gog-MaGog") seem to be approaching rapidly as well. 


David H said...

With Bible prophecy rapidly coming to pass, I wonder sometimes does Putin,Obama etc. have any idea of certain prophecies that will soon take place or are they blind to it all..
Probably the latter,
David H...

David said...

I would probably think there knowledge of christian prophecy would be about as much as mine is of Muslim prophecy...if there is such.....which I know absolutely nothing about. Both are (I think) oblivious to what God has them fulfilling prophetically..

David P.

David H said...

Yeah i think i would have to agree David, i just think its crazy that we see it coming to pass so clear and they are oblivious to the whole thing..

David H...

Unknown said...

That is something that amazes me as well. Even amongst my friends and family, none of this is particularly interesting. Yet for me, it seems almost too obvious.

Scott said...

Kim - You have a nice site (I visited your link a few days ago) - nice to see you here, as a freedom fighter and someone unafraid to voice your opinion.

David - I believe the arrogance of the current administration far outweighs any view of biblical prophecy. I would venture a guess that they may have some vague notion of what we all believe, but probably just some broad generalizations, most of which are probably incorrect anyway. I don't believe with arrogance such as theirs, that they would devote enough time and energy to get it right.

David said...

And Scott, if you remember just after 911, tom daschel gets up and proclaims that we will rebuild bigger and better quoting I believe Isaiah 9/10.....calling down judgement.....its just ignorance of our leaders who obviously don't open their Bible.

David P