Monday, March 30, 2015

Preparing For The Wars To Come

This trend in the news may be somewhat redundant, but it is impossible to ignore:

Advanced weaponry, much of it supplied by Iran, is flowing into Syria and Lebanon, a senior Israel Navy source warned on Sunday.

The Navy is spending a large chunk of its operational time dealing with advanced weapon smuggling, according to the source, who added, “Such weapons pose a challenge to all Western navies in the area.”

He said the northern front has become unified, and that Lebanon and Syria can not be viewed as separate entities anymore.

“What happens in Syria, happens in Lebanon [in terms of weapons availability], and vice versa. I’ll go a step further and say that everything that happens in Iran can end up in Syria, which can then end up in Lebanon,” the source stated. “In the event of war with Hezbollah in Lebanon, I’m not sure Syria will remain on the sidelines. Hezbollah assists the Assad regime, and the help is mutual.”

Describing the quantity and quality of surface-to-sea missiles in Hezbollah’s possession as “unprecedented,” the source said there are dozens of such weapons in its keeping, covering around 10 different kinds of such missiles.

“The types of warheads and their ranges are many,” said the source. “We are in a completely different situation. The sector has changed.”

The source said he assumed Hezbollah is in possession of the Yakhont guided antiship missile, adding that the navy is capable of defending itself from it.

“They can fire it at military headquarters in Tel Aviv,” he said.

The Yakhont has a 300 kilometer range, according to the source.

“It is very fast. It has unusual capabilities. It can fly at a very high altitude, or a low one, depending on the variation,” he said.

Iran continues to develop its own weapons, copying the arms of other states, and it smuggles them to its allies and proxies in Syria and Lebanon, said the source.

Meanwhile, semi-state organizations are growing in Syria, and jihadist groups are likelier than previously to try to mount a sea-based terrorist attack, such as a bomb-laden vessel.

In Hezbollah’s view, the naval arena is becoming central, the source continued, and the organization’s chief, Hassan Nasrallah is planning offensive moves against Israel in the next clash, rather than just waging a lengthy war of attrition.

Meanwhile, the Israel Navy is preparing to receive four new missile ships, to secure four gas drilling platforms in Israel’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Mediterranean, an area twoand- a-half times larger than Israel.

The gas rigs, which will form most of Israel’s electricity supply, are attractive targets for Hezbollah, the source said.

The navy is setting up layers of defense around them, including antimissile defenses on ships and underwater defenses.

“Additional ships for this task are a must,” the source said.

The Russian Defense Minister's press service reported on Monday that large-scale air defense exercises have got under way in Russia's Eastern Military District.
"The drills are taking place at special firing ranges in the Primorye Territory and Buryatia, where the servicemen will be tasked with destroying about 50 various targets," the press service said.
"To implement the task, the troops will use a spate of the short-range surface-to-air missile systems, such as the Osa, the Tor and the Strela-10. Additionally, the drills will see the Tunguska self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system, the man-portable air defense systems Igla and Verba, as well as the new generation long-range air defense missile systems Triumf and Favorit," the press service said.
It added that during the war games, the troops will, in particular, drill the units in repelling a massive missile and air strike by a simulated enemy.
The press service declined to elaborate on the exact number of servicemen involved in the exercises, but said that they will see the participation of air defense, aviation, radio-radar,  electronic warfare, reconnaissance and motor rifle units stationed in Buryatia and the Primorye Territory, as well as the Trans-Baikal, Khabarovsk, Kamchatka, Amur and Sakhalin regions.

Operation Rising Panther, the first of six proposed air defence operations due to take place every year, will “show Vladimir Putin in no uncertain terms” that Britain is ready, willing and able counter increasing Russian aggression should the need arise, say military sources.
More than 30 aircraft, including 20 Typhoons and Tornado fighter jets as well as a range of ED-3, AWACS, Sentinal and Shadow surveillance aircraft took part in the mock attack-and-defence wargames over the North east of England, as well as ground-based command teams. 
In February the Sunday Express revealed how one of the two Russian T-95 “Bear” long-range bombers intercepted by RAF Typhoons over the English Channel was carrying a nuclear missile designed to destroy a Trident submarine.
President Putin, who has recently increased Russian defence spending by a record 33 per cent, authorises around eight Russian incursions into  UK air space or Britain's "sphere of influence" every year. More than 100 were known to have encroached European airspace in 2013 alone.

In an interview today with Frank Gaffney, national security correspondent, Bill Gertz, discussed a recent interview with the Libyan ambassador to the U.A.E., in which the diplomat stated, "The situation is so dire in Libya that I expect an ISIS attack on Italy within weeks." ISIS has captured aircraft, has access to Libyan air force advisors, and could very well pack the planes with explosives.
Contrary to Obama's claims that the U.S. bombing campaign is destroying ISIS, Gertz claims the operations are a farce - blowing up pick-up trucks - and that ISIS is spreading.
As part of his two segments on Gaffney's radio show, Gertz discusses the non-binding, non-verifiable deal with Iran that the Obama administration is due to sign this weekend minus Pentagon input. He believes that Iran will be allowed to continue to enrich uranium, accelerating the already frantic nuclear arms race in the region. The unprecedented release of Israeli nuclear capabilities will further fuel the fire.
Gertz explores the issue of space warfare, which the Russians and Chinese have been busy perfecting. This could mean that every satellite in every orbit is vulnerable to attack. U.S. satellites perform military command and control, intelligence gathering, navigation and precision weapons targeting among other functions. 
Listen and learn about the new Russian cruise missiles, North Korea's ballistic missiles that overmatch our own, the lack of preparedness and weakening of our military and much more.
Start the MP3 at about 27:45.

Islamic State has recently found a following among Bedouin tribes in southern Jordan, tens of kilometers away from the border with Israel, sources from the IDF's Southern Command claim, according to Walla! News.
Sympathy for the terror organization, IDF sources fear, may spur terror cells to be established along the border, from where terrorists will infiltrate into Israel's Aravah region and carry out attacks. 
Concern is only amplified by the fact that there is no border fence between Jordan and Israel in that region, and the Aravah Division of the IDF, responsible for border security, suffers from low manpower. 
Just last month, Walla!  reported that seven people entered Israel illegally from Jordan, made their way to the Yotvata Kibbutz on the border, and stole vehicles before disappearing. None of the infiltrators have been caught. 
Jordan, meanwhile, is presently dealing with waves of refugees pouring in from Syria. In addition to food and shelter concerns, Jordanian security forces are also working to prevent terror cells belonging to both ISIS and Al Qaeda's Al-Nusra Front from springing up. 
Nonetheless, many ISIS supporters in Jordan are terrorists who returned from Syria, and there is a real concern that they will begin trying to accumulate followers thereby creating splinter groups. 
While IDF officials have confirmed there is a growing concentration of pro-ISIS supporters in Jordan's Ma'an province, kilometers away from the border with Israel, they argued it was too early to tell if active terror cells posed a genuine threat at this point. 

Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and struck a renegade troop base in the capital, as Arab leaders vowed Sunday to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender.
The raids on the country's main air gateway came just hours after UN workers were evacuated following deadly fighting that has sent tensions between Tehran and other Middle East powers soaring.

India and Pakistan also moved to airlift their citizens from the chaos-wracked country.

Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing until the Houthi Shiite rebels are defeated, branding them Iran's "puppet".
His Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin said there could be "no negotiations and dialogue" with the rebels "until the legitimate government has control over all Yemeni lands".

Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said at a regional summit in Egypt on Sunday the offensive would go on until the rebels "surrender" their weapons and withdraw from areas they seized.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning Sunday about a possible nuclear accord with Iran as talks in Switzerland towards the outline of a deal intensified days before a deadline.

"The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne confirms our concerns and even worse," Netanyahu said in remarks broadcast on public radio.

He said the "Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis" was "dangerous for all of humanity" and that combined with Tehran's regional influence, a nuclear deal could allow Iran to "conquer" the Middle East.

Also see:


Peter said...

Scott, just curious if the Middle Eastern centrality of these events (and scripture) make you consider Islam as the beast empire, such as what Joel Richardson teaches. I'm quite convinced that interpretation lines up much more with what the Bible says, and what is happening in the world.

Scott said...

Absolutely not. I believe this group, who believe such, are guilty of taking current events and wrapping them around prophecy. It should be the opposite. The antichrist will come from the ten kings which is clearly an outgrowth of the revived roman empire (Daniel 2, 7, 9). There is no mention of islam there. Additionally, islam in the region will be destroyed at the time of gog-magog as shown in ezekiel 38-39. A fact that is often forgotten. The power base of the AC is roman empire's revival. Plus in daniel 2,7 we know there will be only FOUR empires which rule over Israel (an islamic reign would = 5.). Thats how we know that the roman empire will morph from iron ( rome at time of Christ) to iron/clay mixture ( revived rome). There is no description of a fifth empire over israel

Peter said...

Have you read The Islamic Antichrist and Mideast Beast? They present a convincing case of why the scripture you reference actually does not support a Roman antichrist. In fact, it's doubtful that Rome is even part of Daniel 2, 7, 9. It is not very realistic to imagine that the most fearsome threat to the world will be simply eliminated, only to make way for another threat. The threat is already here and the beast is nearly revived.

Thanks for your work!

Scott said...

God himself destroys this invading force so it may not seem realistic from a human perspective but its definitely biblical. Go back and review ezek 38-39. God makes it clear that He does this himself. 5/6 of these regions is a heafty price to pay for this invasion. And again, how can the empires ruling over israel only be Four in that model? Islam would equal 5. How is that reconciled? The ten kings clearly emerge from the iron and clay roman empire (empire 4). How do you add islam to this list and where do ypu ser this addition in dan 2,7? These questions have to have definitive answers and those espousing this view never answer this

Peter said...

Not enough space to explain it here. I think Joel's books are worth a read. If you read them and disagree, nothing is lost.

Sandra said...

HI Scott,

I had read an article recently that indicated that the pagan worship of Zeus was gaining ground in the EU countries..In 168 b.c. Antiochus Epiphanes slaughtered 40,000 Jews and plundered the temple. He sacrificed a pig on the altar of burnt offering, sprinkled broth from the unclean flesh all over the holy grounds as an act of deliberate defilement. He then erected an image of Zeus above the altar with his face on it, thus proclaiming himself as a god. Which lines up to what will happen when the antichrist is finally revealed.

Just thought this is interesting which backs your ideas that Islam will not be a factor.


Scott said...

Peter i have read that and still have these questions which were never adequately addressed. He focused a lot on the meaning of 666 and the identity of the ac etc but left out so many other factors. I think we'll know soon enough. But those questions gave never been dealt with toy satisfaction

Mrs.C said...

Agree Brother Scott, they always ignore so many other events/factors. Isaiah 17, God Himself will destroy the nations surrounding Israel, and then that will quickly be followed by the Ezekiel 38/39 invasion. In doing so, that pretty much wipes out Islam, as their fake "allah" wont come to their rescue, and those nations will be toast.
This is why the Temple will be rebuilt, unmolested by any of these evil people, no ones left to complain. Besides, no wacky Islamist ac would allow the Jewish People to rebuild their Temple.

Mrs.C said...

To quote Zola (God Bless his Soul)

The Bible is clear, however, that the Antichrist will be a Gentile of Roman origin. Bible typology shows that the Antichrist will be Gentile. For instance, the book of Daniel portrays the Syrian Gentile Antiochus Epiphanes as a type of the Antichrist (see Daniel 8:9–14; 11:1–35). As a matter of consistency, persecutors of the Jews throughout their history have been Gentiles — Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Titus, the Moslems, the Crusaders, the Inquisitors, and the modern Arabs. Since the Antichrist comes with a covenant for Israel to sign, it would appear that he is an outsider, since Israel wouldn’t have to sign a covenant with one of its own. "

Mrs.C said...

" Another argument for the Antichrist being Gentile comes from Biblical imagery. Whenever the word “sea” is symbolically used is Scripture, especially in the book of Revelation, it is a symbol of the Gentile nations. Since the “Beast” of Revelation 13:1–10 arises out of the sea, this points to the Antichrist being a Gentile.
Daniel 9:26–27 makes it certain that the Antichrist will be of Roman origin. The “he” in verse 27 of Daniel 9 refers to the same person who is “the prince that shall come” in verse 26. The Antichrist is of the same nationality as the people who destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple, which the Romans did in 70 A.D. The Antichrist will therefore be of Roman Gentile origin."

Peter said...

There are good reasons to doubt that Rome is the legs of iron. It didn't overtake all of those previous empires. Also, was Rome the the 'one is' in Rev 17:10? If so, it can't be the 7th, which is revived. However, the Caliphate was wounded, and is approaching reconstruction. If the identification as the revived Roman Empire is incorrect, do you understand the implications of the current events?

Scott said...

There was no criteria that thinnest kingdom had to "overtake" the previous one - they were listed in succession. And the roman empire followed the Greecian empire.

Daniel 2: "After you, another kingdom will rise" (v39)
"Next, a third kingdom...will rule over..." (v39)
"Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom.." (v40)...There is no criteria there for any conquest, so there was no need to "overtake" the previous kingdom

As far as Rev 17:

The seven heads include the two kingdoms that ruled over Israel BEFORE Babylon (Egypt and Assyria). The five that fallen were Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greek..."One is" was the roman empire at the time of John's writing and the one to come is clearly the revived Roman Empire, which is completely consistent with Daniel 2.

The seventh head has ten horns which are the ten kings of that empire, the ten kings of Daniel 7 and who will produce the antichrist, which is mentioned later as the "8th"...

All of this is in perfect harmony - Daniel 2, Daniel 7 and Revelation 17