ANOTHER GAME-CHANGER? Weekend catchup: Iran – game over covered the news of Iran’s advancement towards nuclear weapons and warning of a world war arising from missiles based on the Syrian-Turkish border that would affect Europe. Although I wrote about the withdrawal of two American fleets from Syrian waters I didn’t mention the Russian warships docking in Syria’s port of Tartus and the fleet heading for the Gulf. Interested readers have no doubt delved into DEBKAfile’s homepage for themselves.
Today we learn from DEBKA video report that those vessels delivered not only marines but also a ‘fearsome weapon…and a game changer in the Syrian conflict’ It is a deadly agenda for Assad of chemical weapons first, Iskander 9K720 next. To quote the video’s transcript.:
While NATO unpacked the Patriots in Turkey, a dozen mobile batteries, each carrying a pair of Iskander missiles, were fixed into position opposite Turkey, and another dozen, opposite Jordan and Israel. At all their stations, the Russian missiles pointed at US military targets.
So while the West was gripped with alarm over Assad’s poison sarin gas shells and bombs and gearing up for missile attacks on Turkey, the Russians were injecting into the Syrian war field the most sophisticated weapon of death thus far. The West and Israel have no answer for the Iskander’s hypersonic speed (and range and nuclear capable warhead) which destroys targets with pinpoint accuracy.
The Prophetic Perspective – the ‘Ezekiel 38 Alliance’
During Advent we recall the account of learned men, or magi, watching for ancient signs that would announce an exceptionally important birth, as recorded in chapter 2 of the Gospel according to Matthew – read here. Dr Chuck Missler’s Who were the Magi? is of interest in stating that these men were of the ancient school of the prophet Daniel based in Persia.
Nowadays, many believers are well-informed about not only Daniel’s prophecies but also those of the many other Old and New Testament prophets. Yet the public remains uninformed and does not appreciate why today’s events are of great significance. If you wish to find out why this is important please read Chuck’s brief explanation on this blog.
As reported previously, the prophet Ezekiel foresaw an alliance of nations consisting of Iran, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Turkey and led by Russia which would be hostile to the Jews when they have been regathered to their ancient homeland (modern Israel). Ezekiel knew them by contemporary ethnic names of Gog, Magog, Rosh, Meshech, Cush, Put, Tubal, Gomer and Togarmah. Persia was just coming to prominence in the prophet’s day. For the NKJV translation of the revelation from the Lord click Ezekiel 38.
In recent years this ‘Ezekiel’ alliance has been taking shape in one way or another. We may, however, object and say that although Iran supports Syria’s Assad, Russia has kept at arm’s length, and Turkey and Syria are almost at war. Yet the above news shows that Russia is getting more deeply involved. What a surprise!
So is Turkey outside any such foreseen alliance? No. The Daily Star Lebanon reported on Monday that Turkey’s prime minister has discussed with the Russian president a plan for an orderly transition to peace in Syria! Thus the prophesied ‘Gog and Magog’ alliance will be rapidly developing and gaining strength during 2013.
So keep watching – and looking up!