More End Time Signs from the Holy Land

We are certainly seeing more signs of possible hostilities between Israel and her neighbors.

Lebanon Making Room for Syrian Tanks by Michael G. Mickey (2-19-10)

According to Israel National News, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa is reporting a parking lot is being prepared along the Lebanese-Syrian border for Syrian tanks to be deployed soon. Reportedly, a lot of explosives are being used to clear large rocks from the area to accomodate them which, if true, is another marked indicator that tensions in the Middle East are close to coming to a boil.

Through bible prophecy, we know the Middle East is going to be a hotbed of military conflict in the last days with one event believed by many to be on the prophetic horizon standing out more and more as a possiblity, namely the destruction of Damascus.

Isaiah 17:1: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from [being] a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Israel has been quite clear of late in signaling Damascus that any conflict between the two nations is going to be dramatic in scope as evidenced by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s comments made on 2-14-10, during which he indicated that any future war between the two longtime enemies will not only result in defeat for Syria but the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad and his family from power as well.

Lieberman’s warnings have apparently fallen on deaf ears, given Syria is still escalating an already tense atmosphere in the region which doesn’t bode well. If something as decisive as Israel plotting regime change for Syria in the event of war doesn’t make it as clear as crystal that a knockout punch is being planned for Syria, as well as its capital city of Damascus, I don’t know what would and yet the beating of war drums continues.

Given that Syria seems to be taking its cues from Iran in relation to brashenly provoking Israel, Tehran having openly called for Israel to be wiped from the face of the earth on a routine basis in recent years, there’s no telling what lies ahead in the near future in the troubled Middle East. Between Syria’s stalking behavior and the recent admission on the part of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) that it believes Iran is presently working to build a nuclear warhead, nothing should surprise us.

Psalm 122:6: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Syria: Next war with Israel will be ruinous by Michael G. Mickey (2-20-10)

In yesterday’s commentary, I wrote of reports that Lebanon was blasting large areas of rock near the Lebanese-Syrian border to build a staging area for the deployment of Syrian tanks, presumably in preparation of Syria getting involved in what we can be sure is on the horizon, another military conflict between Israel and her enemies.

Today’s headline in The Jerusalem Post, perhaps by the design of its staff, seems to make reference to Isaiah 17. It reads “Syria warns: Next war will be ruinous”.

Ruinous? If that doesn’t take one’s mind to Isaiah 17:1, nothing will!

Isaiah 17:1: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

In the Jerusalem Post article, we find that Syrian Prime Minister Naji al-Otari, after what has been a quietened level of rhetoric between the two nations following a period of ominous declarations made by each side several weeks ago, today stirred the coals of conflict once again, warning “Israel that any new Mideast war would be catastrophic for the region and beyond.”

The following is an excerpt from the JP article highlighting some of the recent saber rattling that has taken place between the two:

Syria’s foreign minister warned Israel earlier this month that any new war would reach Israeli cities, to which Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded that the Syrian army would be defeated and its regime would collapse in any future conflict.

Based on everything being said, both by Israel and Syria, the probability of a military conflict exploding in the Middle East at any moment, potentially elevating rapidly to prophetic, downright wrath of God levels is very high.

Today Damascus is here, but tomorrow? Who knows? Things are that tense.

Keep looking up! Our redemption draweth nigh!

Iran Launches Destroyer, Russia Lies to Israel by Chris Schang

In another sign today that Iran continues to put their military machine on the front burner it was announced by the Jerusalem Post that Iran had launched the first locally built naval destroyer. The Jerusalem Post article went on to report:

Iranian state TV on Friday reported that the country launched its first domestically built destroyer, calling it a major technological leap for its naval industries. Friday’s broadcast said the guided-missile destroyer called Jamaran is equipped with anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles as well as torpedoes and naval cannons. The report said the 94-meter destroyer weighs 1,500 tons and has a helipad and modern radar. The ship has a top speed of 30 knots and can carry 120 to 140 personnel.

As we know from recent headlines over the past six months to a year Iran has made outstanding claims on developing new military equipment. Iran has boasted of making stealth airplanes, long range missiles, stealth boats, and other advanced military equipment. What exactly Iran has actually done remains to be determined in the future when a possible conflict calls for these kinds of equipment to be deployed. Whether Iran can do so remains to be seen. In my opinion the Iranians come out with a new “military achievement” every couple of weeks in an effort to play a “psychological” warfare game with the West. Which is nothing but a game of chess on the psychological warfare front. In my honest opinion it appears that Iran is trying to intimidate the West and hopes that by making numerous claims of technological progress that they can hopefully ward off an attack on their vulnerable military and nuclear sites.

In the last Rapture Report I made the prediction that Russia would go ahead with the sale of the advanced S-300 anti-aircraft defense system to Iran as the Iranians had already paid for the system and that Russia stood to make a nice profit on the sale of the system. Well, it is being announced today in the Haaretz news agency that Russia will go ahead with the deal despite the opposition of the U.S. and Israel to scrap the contract. Russia has apparently decided that making money is more important than being a good global citizen and helping to reign in Iran on the nuclear issue. Instead, Russia has decided to fortify the illegal Iranian nuclear facilities with their advanced S-300 air defense system. This system will make any attack by the U.S and/or Israel much more complicated due to the precision of the advanced military air defense system. As I mentioned before, the Russians just can’t be trusted to be a good global citizen. This turn about in their decision comes right on the heels of their promise to Israel not to sell the system to Iran. The Haaretz news article reports:

Russia intends to fulfill a contract to supply S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday. Israel and the United States have repeatedly asked Russia to scrap a contract to sell Iran the truck-mounted S-300, which can shoot down hostile missiles or aircraft up to 150 km (90 miles) away. “There is a contract to supply these systems to Iran, and we will fulfill it,” Ryabkov told Interfax in an interview. “Delays (with deliveries) are linked to technical problems with adjusting these systems,” he added. He also cautioned against politicizing Russia’s arms exports to Iran.

Further:

The possible sale of the S-300s, which could protect Iran’s nuclear facilities against air strikes, is an extremely sensitive issue in Russia’s relations with Israel.

As we mentioned in the previous Rapture Report, Russia has a large part to play in the end times as they are the principal leader of the Ezekiel 38-39 Gog/Magog coalition of nations that try to invade Israel here in the last days. Russia has a long history of anti-semitism and hostility towards the Jews. It is my belief that one of the reasons God supernaturally intervenes in the Ezekiel 38-39 conflict is to judge and punish Russia for their longstanding anti-semitism and hostility towards his chosen people. The Bible even mentions that the Russian homeland will receive fire from Heaven as a result of this foolish plot to try to destroy the Jewish people.

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