Thursday, March 21, 2019

Global SITREP B2-19: Has The Prophetic Flood of Wars Arrived?

Widely distributed map of the Golan Front
UPDATE 21 March 2019: This is breaking news. Ten minutes ago the President of the United States of America tweeted this message: 

"After 52 years it's time for the United States to fully recognize Israel's Sovereignty over the Golan Heights, which is of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability."


14 March 2019: About four hours ago rockets were fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza. It is currently assessed that these rockets were the Fajr-5 type made by Iran and smuggled into Gaza for Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) to use against Israel. With the rejection of their demands noted below, it was expected that something like this would take place. Israel contacted the Egyptian delegation in Gaza and told them to depart from Gaza with all due haste. 

A significant Israeli response has commenced against the Gaza terrorists as of 19:30 EDT. 

13 March 2019: This topic has been discussed on Eschatology Today for quite some time, and based upon all of the real-world events, war-time actions, wars and rumors of wars that have been placed before us within the past 30 days, dare this blog put forth the assessment that, yes, it does appear the time has arrived for the flood of literal prophetic fulfillment to commence in very short order.

The precise sequence is no longer of concern as elements of all of the prophetic pre-70th Week military engagements are now present in one form or another, both around Israel and along the periphery as we've recently discussed. How does the weight of all this get walked back to the relative stability of just a few months ago? It probably can't be walked back, so down the slippery slope the Middle East will almost certainly go. Brothers and sisters, we're talking inevitability at this point, and that's the thing about Bible prophecy - it inevitably comes to pass as written by the ancient prophets.

Look at Jerusalem. The Temple Mount issue is legitimately a white-hot coal. Then look at Gaza. The terrorists of HAMAS and PIJ presented a list of cease fire demands through Egyptian mediators that was so outrageous no Israeli government however liberal could accept them, much less a conservative Likud government facing election in about a month, on top of a purely political witch hunt to carve several pounds of flesh from the current embattled Prime Minister. Then look at the Lebanese and Syrian front. We've been on this through a four-part set of SITREPs, each one becoming more inflamed that the last. And some have said the Syrian civil war is over; that Bashar al-Assad won. Eschatology Today says, nonsense. Damascus and Syria's future fate are foretold quite explicitly in Scripture.

Look at the whole, like a big picture, and there's Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49:23-37; Psalm 83 with the attendant parallel prophecies of Isaiah 11:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:24-26. How does Israel fully deal with Hezbollah without a literal fulfillment of Joshua 13:1-7. Plus Iran and it's ballistic and nuclear program once again are approaching, pun intended, critical mass. Further afield, several of the 'kings of the East" are rumbling, all three with nuclear weapons at the ready and the means to deliver them. So, with this as the current situation the next report could be about any or all of the above prophecies in any combination thereof. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Global SITREP B1-19: Israel's Northern Front Offensive - Part IV

NZIV.Net map of enemy forces in Golan region.
Update 13 March 2019:  At 23:00 EDT last night the IDF issued an alert regarding declassified intelligence on an enemy that would be made public in one hour.  As promised exactly at midnight my phone rang with  the declassified intel which was presented in video form by the IDF spox (LTC Jonathan). 

I'm sure that alert and video are the lead story in Israel this morning regarding Hezbollah's (Iran's) drive to establish fighting positions on the Golan from which to attack Israel. We also now have open confirmation from Israel about the recent IAF strikes on Quneitra, Hader (Khader) and Erneh on the Syrian Golan. No doubt there will be a lot more strikes coming in the days ahead, and that quickly takes us to the next SITREP. 

11 March 2019: Syria has now twice declared its intention to attack Israel and recover the Golan. The first declaration was to the U.N. three days ago and the second to the world at-large. Behind Bashar al-Assad's government pushing for this is the apocalyptic regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is but one side of the proverbial coin. 

The other side of that coin is the now persistent RUMINT (Rumor Intelligence) that the United States will recognize the Golan  as sovereign Israeli territory and do so prior to upcoming election in Israel on 9 April. It will be interesting to see if we get to the Israeli election without a major conflict erupting beforehand.

6 March 2019: As if on cue, what began as a continuous HAMAS nighttime assault against the security fence around Gaza and an ever increasing level of balloon-borne IEDs into southern Israel has transformed over the past 48 hours into a large scale engagement. The timing of this to take the focus off of the Golan has not been lost on anyone, so it is included here as part of the Psalm 83 war.

As of this evening a barrage of katyusha rockets was cut loose by HAMAS. Iron Dome intercepted them. Israel has responded with punishing airstrikes throughout Gaza from drones and fighter aircraft. Tremendous explosions make these strikes far different than the pin-pricks that have been so routine in the past several months. The new port area at Khan Younis is recieving at lot of IAF attention. IDF armor, Merkava tanks to be precise, are staring into Gaza from several locations (avenues of ingress should that order be given).


Bibi with US Army troops deployed in Israel
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Israel... The above image is of PM/DM Bibi Netanyahu posing this morning for a selfie with US Army troops deployed in Israel. The US soldiers are part of the deployment of the THAAD (Theater High Altitude Air Defense) and AN/TPY-2 system. 

This system is specifically going to counter any and all Iranian ballistic missiles fired towards Israel. None will make it as the TPY-2 can "see" an object the size of a baseball hundreds of miles away. In fact, this radar can see many baseball size objects at the same time. An Iranian ballistic missile warhead would obviously be much larger than a baseball, so you get the point, TPY-2 sees anything and everything. TPY-2 then tracks, targets and fires the THAAD interceptor(s) which intercepts the target(s) by impacting at a speed of Mach 8 and a distance of about 93 miles from Israel. THAAD is a "hit to kill" high altitude air defense system. Now you know why Bibi and the US soldiers are smiling. Ayatollah checkmated. 

3 March 2019: We begin Part IV of this series with a current Operational Intelligence (OPSINT) map from NZIV.net. This map serves as a companion to an also current ILTV report (video below) on the massing by IRGC-QF General Qassam Soleimani of Hezbollah and Iranian proxy forces on the Israeli Golan border. Solemani's intent is for these forces to invade and capture the Israeli Golan.





As you may recall, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Tehran just last week for a pair of face-to-face meetings with Ayatollah Khamenei. General Soleimani accompanied al-Assad in both the public and private meetings al-Assad had with the Ayatollah. Below is the image of the private meeting attended by the three and the Arabic-Farsi interpreter. It would appear that operational orders have been issued to both Soleimani and al-Assad for the war to shortly commence upon Israel. This is the war Eschatology Today has long identified with the literal fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49:23-27.


Friday, March 8, 2019

Global SITREP B2-19: Magog's Not So Excellent Adventurism

Screenshots from Liwa al Quds’ video (LWJ)
Updated 8 March 2019: Not sure how many jaws dropped or how many remember the Breaking News Alert 02-16 (December 2016) or the update of March 2017, but that info is now worthy of its own SITREP. Use the link as a memory refresher or as a backgrounder if this is new news to you. The Ezekiel 38/39 overtones, and much more, are louder than ever.

There is a new report by Caleb Weiss on the Threat Matrix blog of the FDD Long War Journal. The report is headlined: Russian Special Forces Train Palestinian Militia in Syria. The Palestinian militia the Russian Spetsnaz troops are training is the Liwa al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade), a Sunni muslim militia loyal to Alawite Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Liwa al-Quds is apparently the Russians favorite jihadist militia in Syria, and they are also allies of Hezbollah, the IRGC-QF, the PFLP-GC and the Palestine Liberation Army.

Despite this, we are led to believe by some Israeli and other media outlets that the Russian Federation (i.e. Vladimir Putin) is interested in bringing Israel (i.e. Bibi Netanyahu) into the working group that will determine the future of Syria. With so-called allies like these, who needs enemies? Wake up Israel; stop trusting men, their nations and alliances and put your faith back in the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel).

Meanwhile, to the west in Libya, word is out once again, as of last Sunday, 3 March 2019, that the Wagner Group (Russia's globe-trotting mercenary army) is vigorously expanding its support of Libyan warlord General Khalifa Haftar and also expanding Moscow's influence deep into Africa. The UK paper The Telegraph published an article on this, but the full read requires a subscription to access it.

Yes, Libya is part of the Ezekiel 38/39 Magog military confederation. But do not forget the prophecy of Daniel 11:40-43 and its account that during the 70th Week the "king of the South" (Africa) is joined with the "king of the North" (Russia) in an attack upon the forces of the Western Antichrist. We know at that time there is the "covenant among many" which is an alliance of the West, Israel and Sunni Arab nations. It does appear from the text of Daniel 11:40-43 that this attack occurs at just about (prior to) the middle of the 70th Week, and we all know what significance there is to that point in time! (See: Revelation 13:3-17)

So, the point of all this is that we can see fairly clearly the 'players' in direct connection to the military events of both the pre-70th Week wars and battles, as well as those which occur during the 70th Week. These are again indications and warnings (I&W) of events to occur in the near future and how temporally close the people of the earth are to them. In pre-WWII times no one had such information available to them. In these last days we can see future events taking shape right now.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Global SITREP A10:19: In These 'Last Days'

Seen recently on Russian television...
3 March 2019: Been meaning to post this for about a week now, but there've been a couple of real-world disturbances that required some attention. The image above is a screen capture from a program which recently aired on the Russian Government (i.e. state-owned) channel Russia-1. The screen capture clearly depicts a Russian submarine launching a new Russian weapon from the Pacific Ocean against multiple targets in the western United States.

If you're not familiar with this news item, it is the Russian Federations response to the Trump Administration's cancelling our participation in the three decades old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) due to many years of the Russian Federation being in blatant material breach of the terms of the treaty. In comman language, Russia has been cheating so no good purpose is served by the United States remaining the only nation fully adhering to the terms of the INF.

President Trump knows a 'bad deal' when he sees one, so as with serveral other 'bad deals' he identified in the past two years (i.e. NAFTA, Paris Climate Accord, etc.) he pulled the United States of America out of this one too. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a bad deal in order to get a better deal later on. If you followed the news recently, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un also just experienced a POTUS Donald Trump walk out during nuclear negotiations. It's the same principle here with the INF.

However, instead of the Russian Government recognizing the American withdrawal from the INF for what it is, (i.e. a tactic to get a new or better deal regarding intermediate-range nuclear weapons), the Russian's immediately went to threatening the USA with a nuclear Armageddon scenario. The screen capture above depicts this scenario in action - a preemptive nuclear strike on a west coast command and control center and a facility whose purpose is specifically to aid in national recovery from a natural, or as in this case, a man-made disaster. They also announced a list ofsimilar targets on our eastern coast. 

The Russian's, especially those in their government, have learned nothing about American in the past century, especially the fact that we don't take kindly to threats, especially terroristic nuclear threats. The USA takes such threats seriously from the folks who have used WMD like polonium and novichok to poison their expats on forign soil, or invade other sovereign nations (Georgia and Ukraine) on the flimsiest of excuses. 

What kind of Godless villians are in charge of the Russian Federation today? Is it not obvious that such a government as this is the one identified 2600 years ago in the God-breathed prophecy of Ezekiel? And our Israeli friends are intent on playing with fire by trusting Russia and believing in a mutual partnership with them to create security for Israel in Syria. None of this is going to pan out as we know from several volumes of God-breathed Scripture regarding the last days prior to the start of the 70th Week. 

For example. PM Netanyahu recently returned from his face-to-face meeting with RF President Putin. In his weekly briefing to Israel's security cabinet Netanyahu related how Putin agreed on the removal of all foreign forces in Syria, especially those that arrived after the 2011 start of the indigenous Syrian civil war. This statement by PM Netanyahu includes a very special detail that is worthy our attention. 

The foreign forces that must depart from Syria is inclusive of American, British, French, Iranian, Lebanese, Iranian Shi'a proxy forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, but also as importantly, Russian forces at Tartus and Latakia which are beyond the number which were stationed there in bilateral agreement prior to the start of the civil war. What is missing from the Russian-Israeli foreign forces in Syria agreement is a fail-safe mechanism for its full implementation. Other than that, the agreement is also more akin to swiss cheese than a binding agreement on the status of foreign forces in Syria today. This is problematic and we'll soon see how much.

In these 'last days' we know not how, or what spark or unforeseen event or events will take place, but the whole of Syria won't survive that event or events as it exists today as Isaiah 17:3 and Jeremiah 49:24-26 inform. This current situation, even globally speaking, is what Christian eschatologists have been warning about, particularly since the 1970s to present. Keep your eyes on Christ! The LORD God is in complete control. Marana'tha!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Global SITREP A9-19: India and Pakistan

Indian Nuclear Missile

1 March 2019: The standoff between India and Pakistan continues. Ceasefire violations across the LoC from Pakistan into Indian Kashmir occur with some regularity. Most recent occurred an hour ago. The Pakistani gesture of releasing the captured Indian pilot appears to be taking place at this time (06:50 EST).

Indian Army Pinaka 214mm Multiple Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL)
18:40 PM EST and the escalation of "high intensity" military action continues unabated. Guided anti-tank missiles, Indian Pinaka 214mm MBRL, 155mm heavy artillery and snipers are apparently "weapons free" - that is, no targets are off limits. This includes hospitals, schools, civilian homes, businesses. Casualties rising exponentially. If this isn't full-scale conventional war, I don't know what is.

27 February 2019: There are millions of people in Pakistani and Indian cities who are trying to stifle tangible fears with the hope that military deconfliction and de-escalation back from the brink of a full-scale war which with little warning could become the world's first nuclear exchange between neighboring nations. 

India and Pakistan are both rushing troops, heavy armor and artillery to the flash point Line-of-Control (LoC) in the formly princely state of Jammu and Kashmir (JK). Fighter aircraft from both nations are flying combat air patrols (CAP) non-stop along their common border and the JK LoC. Most reports have it that India has lost two aircraft and Pakistan one aircraft in hostile actions.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan made an overture to India to "sit down and talk about our problems," but at the same time made clear that a failure to do so risks an escalation the the nuclear threshold. Indian PM Narendra Modi earlier today gave his military commanders clearance to proceed with the course of action they believe is necessary because Pakistan has refused to take "credible action against terrorist entities and individuals operating from its soil," and instead has "acted with aggression against India.

Indeed, the fighting between the military forces of India and Pakistan is the direct result of a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist VBIED bombing on 14 February which killed 45 and wounded more than 35 Indian paramilitary officers in Pulwama, Indian Kashmir. India subsequently retaliated on 26 February with a dozen Mirage 2000 strike aircraft destroying the JeM training camp in Balakot, Pakistani Kashmir and two other camps nearby. India struck a non-military terrorist target that was well removed from the Pakistani population. This was clearly lost on the Pakistani leadership.

The JeM is believed by the intelligence agencies of many nations around the world to be the creation of Pakistan's intelligence service, known as the ISI, and therefore Pakistan is directly responsible for all JeM attacks against India. There have been over 3,800 terrorist attacks in India since 2015. Clearly, India and its 1.35 billion people has had enough of the terrorism coming from Pakistan and its 203 million people. Pakistan's leadership had better do the math.

While there is nothing in Scripture about this ongoing conflict, or the several other India-Pakistan clashes that have occurred in the past 70 years, we do know that during the 70th Week a truly immense army to 200 million troops will march towards the Middle East, killing 2.5 billion of the world's population, in making war on the Antichrist and his beast empire (Daniel 11:44 and Revelation 9:13-19 and 16:12.) 

Note this, there are more nations with nuclear weapons in the east (Russia, China, North Korea, India, Pakistan) expressing a desire to use them as there are in the west (US, UK, France and Israel). It may well be, in fact I believe it is a fact, that we are witnessing the rise of the kings of the east. If nothing else, the timing of this India-Pakistan war and its very real potential for nuclear escalation is no mere coincidence.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Global SITREP A8-19: Temple Mount

Sheikh Abdelazim Salhab
24 February 2019: Last night Israeli police arrested the man pictured above, the head of the Jerusalem Waqf, because on Friday, 22 February, he ordered the breaking of the locked chain in place since 2003 at the Gate of Mercy. This gate, known in Hebrew as the Sha'ar HaRachamim, is known in Christianity as the Golden Gate and provides direct access to the Temple Mount. 

The door known as bab al-Rahma opened (i24 image)

The Friday order to break in allowed Muslims to swarm inside the long-closed interior compound through double doors known as Bab al-Rahma (southern door) and bab al-Taubah (northern door). Also arrested was Sheikh Salhab's deputy, HAMAS' Sheikh Najih Bakirat, who is also leads the Academy of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Islamic media are referring to these arrests as "abductions." In this action the Jordanian Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Abdul Nasser Abu Al-Basal, declared Israeli forces  to be "playing with fire." Later this morning the two Waqf officials were released from police custody with an order banning them from Temple Mount for one week.

In this action the Islamic Waqf is seeking to usurp Israeli sovereignty by igniting a full-fledged religious war over control of the Temple Mount. It is not Israel that plays with fire, but Islam itself. Eschatology Today made this clear nearly ten years ago when we quoted Zechariah 12:2-3 in the post titled: America, Listen to the Lord thy God and Leave Jerusalem Alone!!! 

"Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of [a]drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
The Jerusalem Post yesterday also published an article under the headline:
WAQF: TEMPLE MOUNT SITE WILL REMAIN OPEN DESPITE ISRAELI CRACKDOWN. The article has a nice photo of the interior view. Also worth checking out is the GotQuestions website's article on this subject. It contains important details worthy of our contemplation: What is the significance of the Eastern Gate of Jerusalem?  This article may answer questions some of us may have on this subject.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Global SITREP A7-19; Tekiah Gedolah




17 February 2019: The embedded video above is an example of the sound of the last trump (I Corinthians 15:52) which signals our harpazo to be with Christ. There are four types of shofar soundings blown by the Baal Tekiah (shofar musician). The first is the tekiah, the second is the shevarim, the third is the teruah, and the fourth is the tekiah gedolah. The tekiah gedolah is seen and heard in the video above. It is the longest duration ceremonail sound blown on a shofar.

The words "last trump" in the Greek that Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:52 are ἔσχατος σάλπιγξ - "eschatos salpigx" (pronounced: sal-peeks). I believe the last trump is the sounding of the shorfar known as tekiah gedolah. Tekiah gedolah is the shorfar sounding which occurs at the conclusion of a Jewish Yom Kippur. (Day of Atonement) observance, and which later this year will occur on 9 October. Am I saying that the Harpazo will occur on 9 October, 2019? 

In order to fully preempt any misunderstanding, NO, that is not what is being stated here. Eschatology Today is simply pointing out that a human sounding of the shofar tekiah gedolah will next be heard on that date. The eschatos salpigx/last trump that we are eagerly anticipating is the trump of God (I Thessalonians 4:16-17). That final trump of God announces our departure and the arrival of the time of Israel's salvation in the blood of the Lamb of God during the Lord's judgments of the 70th Week.

Some brethren may ask, "But why not the shofar soundings during the Feast of Trumpets?" The Eschatology Today studied response is because those are teruah soundings of the shofar (Leviticus 23:24 and Numbers 29:1) and are soundings in preparation for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). But there's more to it than that.

The Day of Atonement is followed five days later by the Feast of Tabernacles (Festival of Booths, Feast of Ingathering, Sukkot), the seventh and final feast commanded by God to be observed by Israel. In ancient times Israel celebrated this feast by living in temporary shelters near the Temple in Jerusalem. Those temporary shelters are past as prologue types, much as the place (many mansions) that Jesus has prepared for His bride to abide in before returning with Him in the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom on the earth.

Eschatlogy Today stands in the expectation that the harpazo of the bride of Christ to occur at any instant, and thinks it interesting that the tekiah gedolah is the human-version of the trump of God sound to announce our departure from this earth. We believe that final trump of God will be heard throughout all Creation.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Global SITREP A6-19: Israel's Northern Front Offensive - Part III

IDF Merkava MBT and Armor on the Goaln
Update 1 March 2019: Iran continues its build-up in Syria unimpeded for many weeks now. A large number of watchers in Israel expect a major IAF strike on Iranian targets to occur within the next 72 hours.

12 February 2019: As best as can be gleaned from OSINT, yesterday IDF Merkava MBTs opened fire on Iranian forces in Quneitra on the Syrian side of the Golan demarcation line. The tank and self-propelled howitzer fire was directed at the Iranian forces wearing Syrian uniforms who were observed setting up a forward HQ in an abandoned hosptial and establishing a pair of garrison obervation posts nearby. The Syrian's say the hospital was destroyed; iranian forces were killed in the attack.

As stated before, the Israel-Iran war has been fully in the open; there is no ambiguity on Israel's part as it has openly attacked and will continue attacking Iranian targets in Syria. The Syrians reportedly have sent considerable reinforcements to the Golan region, both regular army and reserve units. 

Watching...


Putin, al-Assad and Nasrallah

9 February 2019: Israeli media is today rife with reports on comments made by the Russian Ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, praising the Iranian-led narco-terrorists of Hezbollah. But that's not the half of it. For some time now the neo-communist Zasypkin has been all over Hezbollah's semi-official and official media channels spouting Soviet-era rhetoric about "imperialist America" and an ongoing "American rampage" in the Middle East. His claims that Russian military adventures against the Ukraine (2014-2019), Georgia (2008) and now in Syria (2015-2019) are the Russian repsonse to the ongoing American rampage, and that it may ultimately result in nuclear war.

That nonsensical Soviet-era rhetorical lie is actually a bodyguard for the truth hiding behind it. That truth is that Russia expects to win a large stake in the Lebanese offshore natural gas field contracts that will result as expected stability in Syria takes hold amid its reconstruction. Russia expects that Syrian stability will equate to Lebanese stability. With the Iranian-led Hezbollah now clearly in charge of and running the show in Lebanon, it is little wonder Ambassador Zasypkin is praising the holder of the keys to Lebanon's government, and therefore its potentially very lucrative offshore gas field contracts. To this end Ambassador Zasypkin announced in mid-January that a Russia-Lebanon military agreement would soon be signed with a stabilized Lebanese government led by Hezbollah. This will take place in the very near term.

Students of Bible prophecy should be able to clearly see the glaring problem with all of this, and the certain failure of its becoming a reality. No matter who spins this or in what direction it is spun, what the prophetic Word of God says will be the fact of the matter. Here also is yet another example of the coming epic financial loss that Russia will suffer and blame Israel for, and eventually leading to the 'hooks in jaw' spoils issue found within Ezekiel 38/39. Eschatology Today merely wishes for its readers to fully understand the bedrock truth that is behind the current and future reports appearing in the Israeli media.