Title: RUSSIA IS BOLDLY MOVING INTO THE MIDDLE EAST -- PREPARING TO LEAD THE PROPHESIED NATIONS AGAINST ISRAEL IN FULFILLMENT OF EZEKIEL 38 -39 PROPHECIES!!
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BIBLICAL BACKGROUND -- Ezekiel 38-39 INVASION
The prophesied invasion of Israel by armies from the north and the south led by Russia is one of the most startling, and faith-building, prophecies of the Bible! Today, all the antagonists are in place, Antichrist is getting close to arising, and the infighting among the prophesied 10 Super Nations is about to begin.
The result: Russia invades Israel, just as God foretold in Ezekiel 38-39.
In the book of Ezekiel, God issued one of His most startling prophecies in all of Scripture. He foretold, in chapters 38 and 39, that, in the latter days, after Israel had been returned to her land, the nation of Russia would lead an alliance of nations in an attack on Israel. Now, remember, God wrote through His prophet, Ezekiel, in approximately 592 B.C.1 which means that these prophecies were written almost 2,600 years ago! At the time Ezekiel penned this prophecy, no "reasonable" person could ever believe this prophecy could possibly ever occur. After all, the Middle East at that time was the center of the world in culture and power. On the other hand, the nation of Russia did not exist; the only people living in this region were almost primitive tribesmen. Never in history have circumstances existed that would have made a Russian led invasion remotely possible. Even as recent as the 18th and 19th Centuries, circumstances seemed so unlikely that Russia could ever be able to lead an invasion into Israel, that people who wished to "prove" that the Bible was without error, nor could it be taken literally, held this prophecy up to extreme ridicule.
From the time of Martin Luther, in the mid-1500's, the only people in the world who were predicting that Israel would return to her land again as a nation, and who were predicting that Russia would be powerful enough to invade Israel, were those 'foolish' Bible believing, Fundamentalist Protestants! "In 1857 Rev. F.E. Potts delivered two sermons on prophecy before a joint session of the houses of the U.S. Congress. His was one of the most respected prophetic voices of his day. Sixty years before the Communist conquest of Russia, he had the boldness to warn the United States government of the coming day when Russia would be a dominant world power. Obviously he had insight, unpopular in his day, derived from Ezekiel 38 and 39."2
But, Reverend Potts was not the only Christian author who accurately
described the coming power of Russia, based upon Ezekiel 38 and 39. "It
is fascinating to compare the note to this passage found in the Old Scofield
Bible, annotated in 1909 during the Czarist age of Russia. The brilliant commentator,
C.I. Scofield, could not have foreseen either the rise of Russia to world
importance or the regathering of the Jews to Israel in 1948, but he says,
'That the primary reference is to the northern (European) powers, headed up
by Russia, all agree ...' " (The Coming Russian Invasion Of Israel",
updated, by Thomas S. McCall & Zola Levitt, Moody Press, chicago, 1974,
1987, p. 28. It is incredible that the New World Order Plan created Nation
#5 as 'Eastern Europe and Russia', just as Scofield and other Bible scholars predicted, based upon prophecy]
Neither of these Christian authors could have known, either, that occultic plans to establish the New World Order paralleled this prophecy. This part of the Plan was enunciated by Albert Pike, who was the leader of North American Freemasonry during the years 1870-1895, approximately. We detail his plan in NEWS1057, "Next Arab-Israeli War -- Pike's Third World War Planned To Produce Antichrist - Part 2 of 2".
Pike's vision, given him by his demonic guiding spirit, stated that three (3) world wars would be needed to establish the New World Order. Here are the details this guiding spirit gave to Pike:
1) World War I would have as its objective the total destruction and overthrow of the Russian Czarist Government, to be supplanted by Karl Marx's Communism [which had been issued only in 1848].
2) World War II would begin between Germany and Great Britain, but is major objective would be to build the new Russian Communist Government into a super power able to play out a great "Dialectic Struggle" with the West. This incredible "Dialectic Struggle is now known as "The Cold War"!
3) World War III would be between Israel and her Arab neighbors, and out of the smoke, dust, and destruction of this war, Antichrist would stride!!
Wow!! This demonic vision parallels Biblical prophecy in several important respects:
1) Israel did not exist as a state then. Not only was she dispersed throughout the world, but the ancient land of Palestine was thoroughly under the control of the Turkish Ottoman Empire, and no serious student of history could see how or when this control would change.
2) Russia is the target of this demonic vision. Under this vision, the leaders of worldwide Freemasonry were committed to establishing a Communist government in Russia, and to building this government up to be powerful enough to challenge the Western Powers for control of the world! This is why President Roosevelt, a Freemason, was so committed to building up Russia during World War II! And, this is why President Truman, also a Freemason, was so committed to reestablishing Israel as a nation after World War II. Both leaders were just being true to the Freemasonry vision of Albert Pike.
And, when they moved the resources of the United States behind the accomplishment of these goals, above, they unwittingly created the possibility of Russia possessing enough military and political power that she might lead an invasion against Israel in the 'Latter Days', after Israel was back in her land. Do you see how Pike's demonic vision, above, touches upon the two chief protagonists in the scenario described in Ezekiel 38-39? Pike's vision builds Russia up to historically unprecedented heights, both militarily and politically, and it presupposes a return of Israel back to her land, an event which no one but the Bible believing Christian was foreseeing in 1870!
Now, let us take a brief look at the combatants in this great war, when, as prophesied, Russia leads an invasion of Israel in the 'Latter Days'. We will not attempt to deal with all aspects of this wonderful prophecy of these two chapters, because we could write a book on the subject; rather, our emphasis will be upon the combatants foretold in this prophecy.
Our objective is to show that the stage is finally set for the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy, in the daily news. Check it out!!
IDENTIFYING RUSSIA AS THE LEADER OF THIS INVASION FORCE
"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: " (Ezekiel 38:1-3)
While it is true that the Bible generically identifies the evil forces opposed to God as 'Magog', and its leaders as 'Gog', there are etymological reasons for understanding that 'Gog' and 'Magog' may refer to what is called modern Russia. We see the name, Magog, first in Genesis 10:2, as one of the sons of Japheth, one of the grandsons of Noah. In that era, it was customary for tribal, and later, national names to evolve from the name of the original founder. "Apparently, the tribal name, Magog, moved northward from the Middle East. Josephus ... notes that Magog is called the Scythians by the Greeks ... who lived in the northern regions above the Caucasus Mountains, as forerunners of modern Russia."4
The term, 'Gog', above is translated from the Hebrew phrase, 'nesi rosh'5. While 'rosh' can be an adjective meaning 'head' or leader, it can also mean a proper place name, 'Rosh'. "The Hebrew lexicon of Brown, Driver, and Briggs indicates that Rosh here is the proper name of a people ... today's Russia."6
"'Tubal' and 'Meshech' were the fifth and sixth sons of Japheth, and their descendants settled south of the Black Sea ... The name, 'Moscow' derives from the tribal name, 'Meshech', and 'Tobolsk', the name of the principal state, from 'Tubal'. ("The Coming Peace in the Middle East", by Tim LaHaye, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI, p. 29-30)
Therefore, it is proven conclusively that God was referring to modern Russia in this passage in Ezekiel 38-39. But, God lists one more identifying factor. In verse 38:6 and 15, and also in 39:2, God says that this attacking force shall come from the 'north'. But, the original Hebrew "gives the qualifier meaning 'extreme' or 'uttermost' to the term, 'north', all three times." (The Coming Russian Invasion Of Israel", updated, by Thomas S. McCall & Zola Levitt, Moody Press, chicago, 1974, 1987, p. 29)
When God gives direction in the Bible, it is always in reference to His Chosen Nation, Israel. In God's eyes, Israel is located precisely in the middle of the Earth. Therefore, what nation(s) lie to the 'uttermost north' from Israel generally, and Jerusalem specifically? Modern Russia lies directly north of Israel and Moscow lies directly north of Jerusalem. (Ibid., p. 30)
In verse 38:4, we see that God is going to allow Russia to arm herself with a very great army, probably for a purpose other than invading Israel; but, then, God Himself is going to "turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army ..." The term, 'hooks into thy jaws' is the same idea as placing a bridle in the mouth of a horse, to control his behavior and direction. In other words, God is going to place His bridle into the mouth of the Russian Bear and turn him toward Israel. And, make no mistake about the fact that this invasion is God's judgment. In 38:3, God made it quite plain that "I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal". Given God's long-suffering nature, His Mercy and His Grace, it is shocking to hear Him say these words of judgment. Then, to ensure that we understand that God is getting ready to judge Russia, we read, in 38:10a, "Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought"
God shall cause the evil thought to come into the mind of the Russian rulers to plan, and execute, the plan to invade and destroy Israel.
Even though Russia will field an army that would logically be expected to easily defeat tiny Israel, God foretells that it will have allies that will march with them; allies that will be trained, organized and equipped by Russia (38:4). God lists the nations which will be marching with Russia.
These nations will be coming from both the north and the south of Israel, which parallels the prophecy of the same event in Daniel 11:40. Ezekiel lists the following nations which will be marching with Russia.
Persia (Iran)--from the North
Cush (Ethiopia)--from the South -- while the direct modern equivalent of ancient Cush is Ethiopia, other black nations from this region might also be included.
Put (Libya)--from the South
Gomer (Eastern Europe)--from the North -- probably the former Eastern European block subservient to the old U.S.S.R.
House of Togarmah (probably the southern Russian republics [mostly Arab] and possibly Turkey)--from the north.
NOTE: One of the major points of this article is to report to you that all these nations are today arrayed with Russia militarily and diplomatically. The last nation to fall into place was Turkey, whose government just recently changed from pro-Western to radical Islamic!! Since the planned collapse of the old U.S.S.R., Russia has moved diplomatically and militarily to re-establish all the old ties to these Islamic governments. The stage for the creation of this alliance is now set. Once the disappointment of the total defeat and annihilation of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and the Palestinian state has sunk in the minds of the Russian leaders and the leaders of the above Arab states, the alliance will come together quickly to invade Israel. And, of course, the greatest piece of this puzzle to fall into place is that the New World Order Plan to reorganize the nations of the world into 10 Super Nations [fulfilling Daniel 2 and 7:20-24] occurred from 1992 - 1996, and it lists Nation #5 as Eastern Europe and Russia!
Exactly fitting this Biblical scenario!
Obviously, the northern armies will be the most powerful by far. The southern armies will be important only for their symbolism. Indeed, all Arabs would surely insist upon marching with Russia to obliterate their old enemy and nemesis, Israel. Think of the seemingly wonderful situation from the Arab's point of view. Since the birth of Israel, May 14, 1948, Arab armies have been attacking Israel repeatedly trying to annihilate her. And, for most of this time, Russia has been arming the Arabs and advising them.
Still, Israel beats the Arabs, handily!! Now, Russia has had enough!! She is going to attack and destroy those pesky Jews once and for all. After all, Communist Russia has persecuted Jews mightily in their long history, originating the term 'pogrom'. Satanic hatred is fueling their drive this time. Now, they are going to show the Arabs how a military campaign should be conducted, and they invite all the Arabs along with the ride [above list]!
Significant Omissions of Countries Marching With Russia
Since this is the case, why aren't Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt marching WITH these Russian-led forces? Each of these countries have initiated conflict with Israel since 1948, so we know they would like to see Israel destroyed. Combined army, air force, and naval forces, modern enough to battle American and Western European armies, would now bearing down on Israel from the North and the South. Where are Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt? Why didn't God list them as marching with Russia?
We know the answer concerning Iraq. Coalition Forces are currently tearing that ancient country into pieces, exactly as we said would likely happen, as Isaiah 13 is being fulfilled, in the Daily News for the past 3 years. We now know why Iraq will not be marching with the Russian-led forces.
Egypt is most conspicuous by her absence, since the armies from Libya and Ethiopia must march through northern Egypt to get to Israel. Look at a map, and you will see that the only way armies from these countries can get to Israel is by marching directly through Egypt.
As I pondered this dilemma, I concluded that the only explanation which makes sense is that Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt aren't marching with the Russian-led forces against Israel because, at the time of this invasion, they are no longer in existence. God's judgment has totally destroyed them.
Every Bible author and commentator I have read on this subject of the Russian invasion of Israel has commented on this highly significant omission in the list of the countries marching with Russia; yet, no one I have read has any idea as to why.
No commentator has discovered Obadiah, at least that I have read. The fulfillment of this obscure prophecy will likely destroy the armies and bring down the nations of Syria, Jordan, and Egypt. For full prophetic detail as to how Israel is currently separating Jewish population from Palestinian so she can then annihilate the Palestinians in fulfillment of Obadiah 15-18, read the following articles: NEWS1422, NEWS1620, and NEWS2095.
Israel Feels Secure As She Becomes "Greater Israel"
Yet, when I postulate that there might be two major wars in the Middle East, and not just the Russian invasion, I answer the next question that seems to be perplexing the minds of these authors and commentators. How can Israel feel as secure and safe from any attack as the passage below foretells? In Ezekiel 38:11, God describes the condition in Israel just prior to this Russian invasion. In this context, God is describing the train of thought going through the minds of the Russian leaders, as they contemplate, then plan, and finally execute, their plan of invasion, "And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates ..."
In Old Testament times, cities and towns regularly built walls, with bars and gates inset inside them, to protect themselves against marauders and military attack. The only way in which a city of that time would not build walls is if they felt absolutely safe from any type of attack. This is precisely the meaning here. At the time of the Russian invasion, Israel will be feeling very, very safe. She does not feel that there is any type of danger from any quarter, from any enemy.
Does this describe Israel today? Absolutely not!! When she is not fearing military attack from outside her borders she is fearing terrorist attack from within. The intensity of hatred from the Arabs immediately surrounding her is such that Israel today feels under potential attack from any direction at any second of any day. There is absolutely no way Israel feels very, very safe.
The only way that Israel might ever feel safe is if she were to suddenly 'lose' her implacable, and close, Arab neighbors. I believe this is exactly the scenario God is going to make happen, and it seems to fit with the prophecy against the 'House of Esau', against Damascus, and against Egypt.
The New World Order Plan is for Antichrist to stage his appearance during this first war -- called World War III in their plan. He will appear with great occult power that will produce tremendous signs and wonders that will shock the peoples of the world literally out of their minds. I find it extremely interesting, though, that New World Order author, Peter Lemesurier states that much of the 'signs and wonders' which Antichrist will perform will be "technological phenomenon" that will be counted on as a "physical crutch" to the occult signs and wonders actually produced by Antichrist.11 Isn't that interesting? It seems as though Hollywood and the TV networks are going to use their technological expertise to convince the peoples of the world to follow, and later worship, Antichrist!! Think of that the next time you are watching your favorite news program!
But that is not all! The news media is going to be counted upon to wrap the entire appearance -- with the occult signs and wonders, plus the technologically created signs and wonders, plus the 'desperate world condition', -- into one package on their networks to convince the people to follow Antichrist. Finally, all the complaints and warnings from Christian leaders are going to be realized in an instant, when the news networks perform their role in the successful staging of Antichrist.
When Antichrist arises, he will stage his appearance East of Jerusalem. The plan is for him to be dressed in full Kingly attire, with scented purple robes, armor, sword, and sceptre attire truly fit for a King. But, he will be riding on a donkey, recreating the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9, which presents Messiah to the Jews as being lowly, meek, and riding on the back of a young donkey.14 Of course, Jesus Christ fulfilled this prophecy to the letter, when He rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey, an event we celebrate every year as Palm Sunday. However, the Jewish leadership rejected this event as fulfillment of anything, just as they rejected Jesus Christ as their long awaited Messiah. This is a good example of the Antichrist 'fulfilling' the prophecies which Jesus fulfilled, simply because the Jews are still looking for these prophecies to be fulfilled by the 'true' Messiah.
Antichrist will make his capital in Jerusalem, simply because he will have to convince the Jews that he is their Messiah, for whom they have long been waiting. But, he will have to work smart and hard to convince the Orthodox Jew that he is their Messiah! These Jews will be asking him many, many questions, they will be thoroughly checking his lineage to ensure that he is from the House (Line) of David, and they will be systematically checking off his miracles to ensure that he is fulfilling all the Old Testament prophecies that identify Messiah. And, Antichrist will oblige. He has systematically catalogued all these prophecies and has planned to stage the fulfillment of each and every one.
This is the intent of Peter Lemesurier's book, "The Armageddon Script: Prophecy In Action". He has carefully catalogued all these prophecies, and has boldly published to the world the New World Order Plan to deceive the Orthodox Jews into believing the lie(s) of Antichrist. All Jews should read this book!! ("The Armageddon Script: Prophecy In Action", by Peter Lemesurier, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1981, p. 231-6.)
RUSSIA'S CURRENT DIPLOMATIC AND MILITARY MANUEVERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
We noted, above, that Russia began to reinstate all the diplomatic and military ties to key Arab nations in the Middle East which the old U.S.S.R. had maintained. But, very recently, Russia's Putin has energetically been establishing new ties that more firmly bring the key nations in this prophecy into the Russian orbit. Let us review these stories now.
NEWS BRIEF: "Putin Calls Russia Defender of Islamic World", MosNews, December 12, 2005
"Russia is the most reliable partner of the Islamic world and most faithful defender of its interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in Chechnya’s capital Grozny. Putin unexpectedly visited the war-ravaged republic to speak in the local parliament ... Russia has always been the most faithful, reliable and consistent defender of the interests of the Islamic world. Russia has always been the best and most reliable partner and ally ... Putin said that “member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference have unanimously passed a decision that Russia will begin working as an observer on a permanent basis”.
" 'And we shall continue our activity within the framework of this organization. Quite recently a delegation of Russia’s Muslims has been to Mecca to discuss the problems of Muslim world development with their brothers. I repeat: Russia will pursue this policy', the president added."
You cannot get any more authoritative than this statement by President Putin: Russia will continue to pursue the policy of the "defender of the interests of the Islamic world".
That is a very bold statement. President Putin has just said that Russia will actively defend the " interests of the Islamic world"! No matter where the threat to Islam might emanate, Putin is saying that Russia will come to her defense. And, because of Russia's Scalar Weaponry, we know that Russia has the military might to back America to the wall. Further, this pledge to come to the aid of Islamic nations is simply a public re-stating of a warning Putin gave President Bush on April 12, 2003, just days after American forces occupied Baghdad. In this statement (NEWS1802), Putin "warned the US-led coalition not to attack other countries under the pretext of promoting capitalist and democratic values after having defeated Iraq's dictatorial regime".
Putin ended his comments with the statement, "we're going to end up on a slippery slope to non-ending military conflicts. We can't let that happen'."
If Russia cannot back up this threat, she is finished as a world power. And, Putin knew this reality back on April 12, 2003. Therefore, he must believe he has the military power to back up his demand. And, sure enough, the United States has backed down time and time again in her threats to force a "Regime Change", in Iran, in Syria and in Venezuela.
Let us now examine the recent Russian diplomatic and military activities on behalf of each of the nations mentioned above -- the nations mentioned in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38-39.
Iran -- Russia has been very active in shoring up Iran's defenses, by taking actions both military and diplomatic.
NEWS BRIEF: "Tehran, Moscow agree in principle on a joint uranium enrichment venture on Russian soil: Russia rescues Tehran from UN Security Council penalties", DEBKAfile Intelligence Report, March 2, 2006
"The accord was announced Sunday, Feb. 26, by Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, after two days of talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Kiriyenko at the Bushehr nuclear reactor ... The Russians, by going along with Iran’s demands, have rescued the Islamic Republic from the threat of a US-European-Israel complaint to the UN Security Council."
This diplomatic boil might have just been lanced. Although the White House later expressed "skepticism" that this deal would really prevent Iran from gaining nuclear fuel enrichment capability, the fact is that President Bush earlier had expressed support for the Russian initiative to convince Iran to allow Russia to enrich the fuel rods needed to operate the newly-built nuclear reactors. The theory is that Iran would not be able to use the enrichment process to spin off the materials needed to produce nuclear bombs if Russia enriched the fuel on Russian soil and just shipped the finished rods to Iran.
Of course, as we have stated so many times before, Iran has possessed nuclear bombs since 2002 (NEWS1660)! Moreover, Western satellites have long held the capability of pinpointing the exact location of every single nuclear device in the world (NEWS1938). When a nation like the United States can pinpoint the exact location of a target, her precision-guided "Smart Bombs" can easily take them out in a first strike. Russian satellites also are reported to have this capability.
Therefore, it makes no sense for Iran to pursue a 60-year technology which is now made obsolete as a war weapon because the United States can pinpoint their exact location! Iran evidently bought enough weapons "off the shelf" from Pakistani Intelligence in the early 1990's for use as a deterrent. But, to now think that Iran would be determined to pursue obsolete weapons technology when such pursuit could mean an attack from America is to think the Iranian leadership is stupid.
Therefore, this entire crisis is staged, placing it into the realm of pure propaganda.
As we have noted before, Russia has rushed the same sophisticated air defense system into Iran which are now protecting Russian cities from American attack. It is doubtful that an American attack can penetrate this most accurate air defense system. If Russia has augmented this defense system with her Scalar air defense, Iran is probably immune to American airplanes and missiles. Only Israel has a chance to penetrate this defense system, because she also possesses Scalar and Quantum Potential weapons. Since Iran is pictured as marching with the Russian-led invasion of Israel, it is doubtful that Israel would choose to attack Iran over a purely propaganda "tempest in a teapot".
Further, Russia has provided Iran with her incredible Sunburn anti-ship missile with accompanying missile guidance systems which would guide the missile to target -- and this type of facility is protected by the same sophisticated air defense system noted above, as well as being augmented by Scalar weapons shield which would keep any missile and/or aircraft from penetrating to the target (NEWS1776). This is the weapons system which will shut down the Strait of Hormuz if Iran is attacked.
Russia has been helping Iran in other ways.
NEWS BRIEF: "Russia voices strong opposition to sanctions against Iran", IRNA, Feb 15, 2006
"Russian Foreign Minister voiced here Wednesday his country's strong opposition to any possible sanctions against Iran. Sergei Lavrov who is in Austrian Capital for talks with the European Troika -France, Britain and Germany- said in a press conference that sanctions have never resolved any row. 'On the contrary sanctions have always been an impetus for intensifying disagreements', He added.
" 'If we want Tehran to honor its commitments to the international community and continue with its transparent nuclear program, then the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should resume its activities in Iran', the Russian Foreign Minister underlined. 'We should also urge Iran to return to the negotiating table', he said."
Russia and China have spent considerable time and diplomatic
effort designed to force this issue into the United Nations Security Council,
where both nations exercise veto power.
When the Russian Foreign Minister, quoted above, urges that sanctions not be set in place, he is speaking of sanctions levied by the Security Council. This maneuver was most definitely smart, for it guarantees that the American lie about Iran's nuclear weapons development program will be killed in the Security Council. Then, if America does attack, she will do so without international support, just as she did with the Iraq invasion. Given that the Iraqi invasion has turned out so disastrously for President Bush, it seems unlikely he will risk attacking Iran without Security Council mandate.
Syria -- Russia has rushed anti-aircraft defenses to Syria in this past year as well. Additionally, we have seen a very interesting the Russian Navy putting a warship into port without prior public notice!
NEWS BRIEF: "Russian missile cruiser Moskva - on a NATO exercise - docked at Syrian Latakia port on Feb. 21", DEBKAfile Intelligence, February 28, 2006
"A task force led by the Moskva and the Azov landing ship became the first Russian naval force in a decade to call at a Syrian port ... The force sailed out of its home port of Sevastopol on the Black Sea, on Feb. 5, to join a NATO-led anti-terrorist operation in the Mediterranean for a combined three-month drill focusing on combating the smuggling of weapons of mass destruction, illegal weapons trade and migration. The drill is named The Active Endeavors Operation. NATO leaders and US army chiefs were keen enough on Russian participation for NATO secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer to promise the gesture of the first visit by an alliance chief aboard the Moskva."
Therefore, a NATO alliance chief was on board the Moskva warship while it was on an anti-terrorist operation in the Mediterranean Sea. This NATO officer was about to be surprised by the action this Russian warship was suddenly about to take. Carefully read the next segment.
"However, neither he nor the Americans taking part in the exercise had any idea that the Russian naval force intended to break away from the exercise long enough to put in at a Syrian port – a call which Syrian president Bashar Assad took as a gesture of support from Moscow. The visit underlined the Kremlin’s plan to play a larger part in the military affairs of the Middle East, largely by making friendly overtures to America’s adversaries."
This sudden port call was a huge gesture! This one port call put American and NATO leaders on notice that Russia was willing, and considered herself able, to protect her Islamic allies. Now, notice this next segment which reveals the professionalism of Russian warships like the Moskva.
"The Moskva missile cruiser was built in 1982 to hunt down and destroy aircraft carriers. It underwent major repairs which were completed in 2000. It carries a 510-man crew and its main armament is the Bazalt cruise missile, which weighs 6 tons, has a speed of Mach 2.5 and range of 550 km. The 186.5-meter vessel can carry either a nuclear warhead or a 500-kilo conventional one. Its S300f anti air system stretches over the Moskva an aerial umbrella with a 75 kilometer radius. It is also equipped to fight submarines. On Feb. 15, in the course of the NATO drill, the Moskva captured the British destroyer the Nottingham when it played the part of the enemy. The Russian cruiser also seized the Spanish frigate Navarro.'
We have reported before that American military prowess is not what it is reported to be. Please take the time to read NEWS2026, "16 US Ships At The Bottom of the Persian Gulf! Includes One Aircraft Carrier Destroyed -- Recent War Games Disaster"
Aside from Russian Scalar Weapons and Quantum Potential Weapons superiority (Read Ltc. Bearden's book, "Oblivion: AMERICA At The Brink -- Scalar Weaponry Explained, Illustrated")
Syria in the past few months has suddenly stopped acting afraid of the American giant and has been steering her own independent course. Now can you see why?
Turkey -- Russia and Turkey have recently completed joint Black Sea exercises!
NEWS BRIEF: "Russia, Turkey stage military maneuvers in Black Sea", China View, 2/28/2006
"MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian naval ships, including a missile cruiser, started a joint military exercise with Turkish ships on Monday in the Black Sea, the Itar-Tass news agency reported. The missile cruiser Moskva, a landing ship and a support ship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet left the Turkish port of Istanbul for the maneuvers after concluding their visit on Monday. Two frigates and two missile motor boats from Turkey will take part in the exercise. During the two-day maneuvers, Russian and Turkish naval ships will drill communication tasks, joint maneuvering and a training episode of encounter battle ... Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Masorin, who concluded his visit to Turkey on Monday, will stay on board the cruiser Moskva to watch the maneuvers. During Masorin's visit to Turkey, he discussed further cooperation between the two navies with his Turkish counterpart."
This joint naval maneuver was most definitely a political statement. Russia and Turkey were telling all who care to know that the relationship between Russia and Turkey are close enough to conduct joint military maneuvers. This joint maneuver also signals that Turkey is tilting away from her formerly rabid pro-West, pro-Israel stance. You see, the Turkish top military command has traditionally been so extremely supportive of the West that they have engineered coups to overthrow regimes which strayed too close to any stance remotely resembling pro-Islamic. But, in November, 2002, , the Turkish people shocked the world when they elected a pro-Islamic Prime Minister by a very large majority. The vote total was large enough in favor of the Islamic PM that the generals actually feared that the people might revolt so strongly they could lose control. (Read about this tremendous change in NEWS1733)
Therefore, since that election, Turkey's Islamic Prime Minister has been very careful of the foreign policy which he follows, lest the Turkish generals move against him. By and large, the PM has ever so gradually moved Turkey into the pro-Islamic orbit without triggering the wrath of the generals. The most important event which showed that the Prime Minister was winning his battle occurred in the run-up to the Coalition Forces invasion of Iraq. President Bush and the Pentagon wanted desperately to move forces through Turkey in order to outflank Saddam's forces. The Turkish government responded affirmatively to the American request, although the authorization seemed very tepid. However, once American naval and air forces were parked on Turkish territories awaiting orders to attack, the Prime Minister began to change his mind, and at the end, refused to allow Turkish bases to be used; he also nixed the idea of sending 100,000 Turkish troops into Northern Iraq to aid in the attack against Saddam
After much consternation, American naval forces packed up the supplies they had just disgorged and moved southward to Kuwait to unload them. US air forces also flew out of Turkey and to more friendly bases in the region. Discerning observers realized that the Islamic Prime Minister had just won a very important victory against the generals. Since then, Turkey has been attempting to distance herself from the pro-Israeli agreements which had been signed before the November, 2002, elections. Turkey is most definitely moving steadily into the more traditional Islamic anti-West and anti-Israel policies.
What is really surprising about this joint naval maneuver with the Russians is that it comes at the time when the crescendo against Iran is reaching fever pitch. Rather than "laying low" until events take their course, the Turkish government is actively siding with the Iranians and their struggle, as this next story verifies.
NEWS BRIEF: "Iran, Turkey ink security agreement", IRNA News, Feb. 22, 2006
"Representatives of Iran and Turkey signed a security agreement
at the end of the 11th Tehran-Ankara High Security Council session ... Based
on the agreement, the two capitals would cooperate to fortify joint borders
and prevent smuggling of goods, drugs, weapons and hallucinogenic substances
through their joint border ... He added that the agreement was 'one step forward'
towards strengthening bilateral relations ... given the fact that Iran and
Turkey enjoyed an almost 200-year-old history of cordial ties which should
be carefully preserved.
Ankara hoped its borders with Iran would become safer and smuggling and other border crimes would be considerably diminished as a result of this security cooperation with Tehran.'
This joint security agreement seems to have the goal of preventing cross-border illegal trade and preventing terrorists from easily crossing from one country to another. However, on a geopolitical basis, Turkey could have signed this security agreement at another time, not now, during the climax of tensions between Iran and the United States. The timing alone will put Washington on notice that Turkey is a friend of the Iranian government and people. As the statement, above, says, these two countries have enjoyed 200 years of historical ties.
Turkey and Iran are now officially friends. Another Islamic country has just tilted toward Iran and, more importantly, another Islamic country prophetically aligned with Russia has just dropped into place! Russia, Iran, and Turkey are now aligned -- against the West and against Israel -- just as Ezekiel 38 - 39 foretell!
Russia's anti-Israel platform became very apparent recently when Putin agreed to host the new Palestinian Government, headed by the terrorist group, Hamas.
NEWS BRIEF: "Russia and Hamas to Discuss Arms, Israel Considers Sanctions", Israel National News, February 17, 2006
"Russia’s President Vladimir Putin formally invited Hamas leaders this week to visit Moscow for talks in early March. Stunned Israeli officials are considering sanctions against the Hamas led PA. The meeting may end with a new deal to supply the terrorist organization with arms, including two M-17 helicopters and 50 armored personnel carriers ... Russian army chief of general staff General Yuri Baluvevsky said the two helicopters would be unarmed, however. He justified the sale of armored equipment as necessary for 'stabilizing the situation' ... In a meeting on Thursday with high-ranking European Union official Javier Solana, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni expressed Israel’s annoyance with the Russian move."
Can you imagine Russia granting legitimacy to the terrorist group, Hamas, by agreeing to meet with their leaders in March in Moscow and by even stating that Russia considered Hamas enough of a legitimate government to sell them real military weapons? Even though Russia stipulated that Israel must approve the military sale, Russian leaders had sent the diplomatic message they meant to send -- they were siding with Israel's bloodiest enemy.
Thus, Russia is now exhibiting exactly the type of anti-Israel bias required by the Ezekiel 38 - 39 prophecy.
Events and nations are thus lining up which will exactly fulfill Ezekiel 38 - 39! Russia is diplomatically moving into the Middle East, coalescing Israel's implacable enemies. Once the regional war erupts in which Israel will annihilate the "House of Esau", the Syrians, the Jordanians, and the Egyptians, Antichrist will arise just as the Bible foretells. Some time later, Russia will decide that only forces led by her armed forces can defeat Israel, and will draw together these nations she is now courting.
The Russian-led invasion will be underway. Isn't it exciting to be able to see it unfold in your Daily News?
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