Developments over the weekend in Iranian and Russian activity behind the Hezbollah’s preparations to launch an attack against Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria, together with Israel’s strikes against sophisticated weapons factories and arsenals there, are building up to such an extent that Israel is now on military alert.
Yesterday’s sequential headlines on Koenig’s World Watch Daily read as follows:
- Israel-Syria clash: with missile fire Assad is changing rules of the game
- How Russia is turning Syria into a major naval base for nuclear warships
- Syrian UN envoy: Putin sent messages to Israel its freedom to act in Syria is over
- Syrian president Assad: we’re counting on Russia to prevent a conflict with Israel
- ‘Hezbollah is preparing for war’.
Finer details may be read in Debkafile ‘exclusive reports’, which include intelligence on Iran’s involvement at top military level:
- Israeli-Russian clash over Hizbollah’s Golan grab
- Israeli drone crashes. Russia fails to de-escalate.
Ezekiel: Gog & Magog
The Gog and Magog war against Israel is described in chapters 38 and 39 of the Book of Ezekiel. The prophet received a word from the Lord to ‘set his face’ against Gog, leader of a coalition of evil nations north of Israel and which include Persia/Iran. Most Bible scholars regard those named peoples as coming from the land between and north of the Black and Caspian Seas. ie modern Russia. The Lord has a purpose for this battle, viz:
“So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel. I will not let them profane My name anymore – Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.” (Ezek 38:7 NKJV)
This battle also features in Revelation 20:7-10 as precursor to the battle of Armageddon and satan’s doom in the fiery lake.
Further to last week’s breaking news, in another exclusive report Russia Freezes Syrian, Iranian Military Movements from Debkafile published yesterday, we gain an insight into the direct connection of the US travel ban on seven Muslim countries and Presidents Trump and Putin’s negotiations. VERY interesting ramifications.:
‘..debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that the order banned the opening of new battlefronts anywhere in Syria and the movement of Syrian air force units between bases. This order has been obeyed to date.
‘The ban came from Moscow to prevent military reprisals against the Putin-Trump deal for Syria…
‘Moscow has never resorted to extreme action of this kind in previous Russian military interventions in Middle East lands.
‘The decision was taken shortly after the Kremlin was notified that US President Donald Trump had agreed to join forces with President Vladimir Putin in Syria.
‘Since then, the Trump administration has kept all dealings with Moscow over Syria under a cloak of secrecy, including the outcome of President Trump’s first phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. All other concerned parties, such as Israel, have been left groping in the dark about what happens next.
‘The Russian standstill order in Syria came shortly before the US presidential decree that barred Iranians from entering the United States (along with the nationals of six other terror-prone Muslim countries)
‘Iran can no longer doubt that the two powers, America and Russia, have ganged up to push the Islamic Republic out of their way. Trepidation in Tehran was articulated on Monday, Jan. 30, at a convention staged in the Iranian capital to celebrate 515 years of Iranian-Russian relations, an anniversary that would not normally be marked by a special event….’
Exclusive DebkaFile report ‘Trump-Putin Safe Zones Deal Ousts Iran From Syria’ opens as follows:
‘Syria stands on the threshold of dramatic changes that will directly impact on the strategic and military situation along the Syrian borders with Israel and Jordan, debkafile reports exclusively. They derive from a deal struck this week by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to establish US, Russian and Turkish security zones in Syria. This scheme will transfer military control of the country to those three powers. Each of them will be responsible for a zone whose borders will be defined and agreed upon by Washington, Moscow and Ankara.
‘As part of this arrangement, all forces from the Iranian military, the pro-Iranian Shiite militias and Hizballah will be required to leave Syria…’ continue reading.
As reported by William Koenig in last night’s Eye View from the White House :
‘Everything John Kerry did in the Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts only worsened things. He said if Israel didn’t make peace with the Palestinians they could face even greater terrorism, the possibility of major boycotts, being considered an apartheid state and risk being further isolated in the international community. All this was designed to pressure Israel while at the same time more proof of his ineptness.
‘Today’s decision was the final straw in Obama and Kerry’s “knife in the back” not a “we have your back” decision. It was also designed to make things more difficult for Trump’s plans in Israel.
‘Obama’s Ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers used previous positions on the settlements going as far back as Reagan, and every U.S. President since him to speak against the settlements. It was a very crafty message to the UN Security Council. She spoke out of “both sides of her mouth”.’
Today’s Word Watch Daily headlines read as follows, since updated with news from and effects upon New Zealand:
Now let’s see what happens relating to the prophetic word Veronika West brought in 2017 – ‘Supernatural Suddenlies, Shakings & Shiftings’…!
A very brief note on news and background report on the geopolitical situation behind the horrendously severe conflict in Syria.:
Interviewed by ITV News PM Theresa May reminded everyone the blame lies with the Assad regime and president personally, and she’s deeply pessimistic of any solution in the near future.
The dreadful attack against an aid convoy on 19th Sept could have been in some way connected to breakdown in communications not only between Russia and USA but also with US command over sharing of intelligence, as exclusively reported by Debka in US, Russia on brink of military showdown. Three weeks earlier they’d reported upon the ‘disconnect’ in Obama hands Syria over to Russia.
Over the weekend Bill Koenig’s World Watch Daily covered headlines on the deteriorating diplomatic situation:
For a sound in-depth analysis read Why Putin Wants Syria published by Middle-East Forum in Spring 2016.
A different picture to Joel Rosenberg’s report on Jordan arising from geo-political differences was to follow in my email in-tray from Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle-East. Founded by Canon Andrew White – ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’ – FRRME helps the victims of and refugees from persecution in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.
The persecuted Christians of Iraq – Yasser’s story
“We met with them (the Christians) in the presence of a representative of the Caliph al-Baghdadi. He offered the chance for them to convert to Islam. If you don’t accept this, you can pay non-Muslim tax (Jizya), according to the Quran. If you don’t accept this, there is nothing left between us but killing and fighting.” Abu Abdula (Islamic State Judge), Raqqa.
‘Below is the testimony of an Iraqi Christian from Baghdad. His story is typical of the many people we are helping – followers of Yesua who have been terrorised and displaced by sectarian violence.
‘Yasser was born and lived in Baghdad. He worked as a welder, a job he did to provide for his two small children. In July 2014 an anonymous note arrived at Yasser’s place of work, followed by a phone call. Both made clear that Yasser and his family were not safe….Continue reading about Yasser’s move to Jordan by clicking here or on his photo