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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
|The War Zone
FINAL UPDATE 27 January 2024: In the nine days since Pakistan launched retaliatory strikes deep into Iranian territory there's been only one OSINT analysis that carries any water.
To begin with, why did Iran initiate hostilities with a nuclear-armed Pakistan? Was it to signal the world powers that it was now nuclear-armed itself and had no fear of Pakistani nukes? It was Pakistan, in the person of the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program (A.Q. Khan, for those with recollection) who clandestinely put Iran and the IRGC on the fast track to nuclear weapons development. So why strike Pakistan which is neither an ally of Iran nor a full-fledged foe either.
Consider that Iran has been attacked on its soil a great many times by Israel, much less its bases and operatives in Lebanon and Syria, and Iran has never once retaliated against nuclear-armed Israel in a reciprocal manner. Ditto for the USA, and the assassination of IRGC-QF MG Qassem Soleimani by the Trump Administration. Hajj Soleimani was a very, very close ally of Ayatollah Khamenei, a fact discussed previously on Eschatology Today.
The fact remains Iran fears both Israel and the US (even with Biden at the helm, and albeit at different levels, so direct retaliation has not occurred, and likely will not occur at the present time. Therefore, Iran took the lesser risk and hit Baluchi separatist camps in Pakistan to vent its desire for vengeance. The mullahs assessed quasi-correctly that Pakistan would reciprocate in-kind; a diplomatic kerfuffle would ensue (it did) and that would be that. This is what took place, but lost in 99% of all discussion on this is the fact that Pakistan is the only nation on earth to attack the territory of Iran with ballistic missile strikes since the end of the Iran-Iraq War in 1988.
This does not sit well with the mullahs in Tehran, and additional fall-out will surface soon, perhaps in a month's time in the coming election in Iran of the next Assembly of Experts. The new assembly will be far more radical as the days of the so-called "reformists" are over. It is also quite likely according to many observers of the Islamic Republic that the new Experts Assembly will elevate the current president, Ebrahim Raisi, to the office of Supreme Leader in place of the increasingly frail Ayatollah Khamenei. None in Iran today have more innocent blood on their hands than Raisi, and upon elevation he'll be more lethal than ever before.
15 January 2024: At 03:00 this morning US and UK strike aircraft, supported by the Canadian, Dutch, Australian and Bahrani military forces, swarmed into Houthi-controlled Yemen to strike multiple Houthi military bases, launch pads, ordnance depots located in Sana'a, Hodeida port, Dhamar and their stronghold at Saada. A Houthi spokesman says the US and UK "will pay a heavy price for this blatant aggression." Once again, at Iranian Twelver instigation and outright arming with missiles and drones, Yemen has become a new front in the End Times "wars and rumors or war."
It would seem logical that a campaign by the aforementioned Western allies for regime change in Houthi-controlled Yemen is the viable path to put an end to the ballistic missile and drone threats to commercial shipping in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab Strait. This may seem wishful thinking given that a UK government official has stated that today's strikes in Houthi Yemen were "limited." What is obvious is that a war has been in progress at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula for some time now, and with these airstrikes that war has escalated once again with a necessary Western intervention.
10 January 2024: The lead off SITREP for 2024 is to highlight the war zone where kinetic warfare is occurring, and anticipated, sooner or later, according to Bible prophecy which has been covered here for 15 years and counting. The archives are readily accessible for refresher reading. Eschatology Today assesses that now is the time to lean forward once again in anticipation of coming events.
In this map Yemen, a currently active participant in the ongoing war against Israel, as well as Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia are included because in ancient times they were inclusive of the Biblical land of Sheba to one extent or another. The land of Sheba is prominently referenced in the subsequent prophecy of Ezekiel 38/39. At this time it is not possible for Sheba in conjunction with the land of Dedan, to complain or protest the invasion attempt of Gog of Magog. Clearly it can be inferred that some major event will transform the current paradigm for Ezekiel's prophecy to occur as literally as it is written, which undoubtedly will be the future reality. Sudan is included as it is Kuwsh of Ezekiel 38/39. Egypt is included for both the current Israel-Gaza war and other prophetic events which will see Israel in control of all the land from the Nile River through the Sinai to the southern Negev border of the State of Israel. Libya, not specifically color-coded here is the land of Phut, also a participant of the Magog invasion.
Currently there are unconfirmed reports of IDF special forces operating along the Philadelphia corridor between Egypt and Gaza. This operation is designed to detect the remaining HAMAS leadership attempting to escape into Egypt with Israeli hostages through the extensive and currently active tunnel system underground there. These forces are also reportedly operating in Libya and Sudan for the same interdiction purposes.
The map above also illustrates in a single frame of reference the three critical maritime choke points of the Suez Canal, Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Strait of Hormuz. Blocking of one or more of these cannot be tolerated, particularly by the West, due to dire economic damage that can be done to the global economy with their closure.
The Philadelpi Corridor (image below) that will be in the news in the next few days as the IDF intends to take full control over it.
Wednesday, December 27, 2023
UPDATE 31 December 2023: This final update for 2023 is straight up and succinct.
A new World War is coming. Russia wants ALL of Ukraine, Putin has zero interest in anything less. NATO, led by the U.S. will not allow that to happen. A NATO vs Russian Federation war in Europe from Finland to to Ukraine become more likely each month. China wants Taiwan, meaning the world war includes the Pacific "ring of fire." North Korea threatens South Korea, Japan and the US with nuclear war. Japan and the US will defend Taiwan. All ambiguity is out the window.
Bible prophecy (Book of Daniel) hints strongly at this. The "beast" empire is here, albeit without the "Beast" at its head.
Israel's war will continue for several months into 2024, to include Lebanon and Syria, and also Jordan. No reason to celebrate a New Year, it will prove to be less than happy for the world-at-large.
We pray for many more souls to find Salvation in Christ Jesus and partake in the blessed Harpazo of the Bride of Christ.
27 December 2023: Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced yesterday that Israel is a nation fighting a war on seven fronts. We've known this fact for quite some time, but it is good that all parties hear it from him.
To recap, there was a pitched battle fought in the skies over the Red Sea yesterday with the US Navy shooting at least three Iranian ballistic missiles fired from Yemen at Israel. Of note, this was the first time a US Navy anti-ship ballistic missile engaged and destroyed an incoming Iranian ballistic missile. Both Israeli and American combat aviation scored shoot downs of multiple Iranian drones also launched from Yemen. This war needs to be taken directly to the Ayatollah's doorstep.
In the north, Hezbollah expanded its tactical targets list by attacking a Greek-Orthodox church in the northern Israel town of Iqrit, injuring two Israeli Christians. A second Hezbollah missile was first injuring nine IDF troops who were first responders to the attack. Time to take the gloves of with Hezbollah.
27 December 2023 (Original Posting date 6 January 2010): The above image is an artistic rendering of the three Magoi (Magi). In fact, there had to have been quite an entourage who accompanied the Magoi, primarily because of the basic fact that no one makes a 1,000+ mile round trip journey across the desert east of the Jordan River, that between the Parthian Empire and Roman-occupied Israel west of the Jordan River without the supplies of a life-sustaining caravan and significant numbers of mounted cavalry for protection. The actual number of gentile visitors from the east was probably closer to 300 than just 3. It's also a minor miracle that the illegitimate Roman puppet King Herod did not think the appearance of this caravan from the east wasn't the advance guard of a Parthian invasion.
The importance of the whole story about the Magoi (Matthew 2:1-12) is quite likely unknown by most Christians. That's because we've not spent much time learning about it, even though it is Scripture, Old Testament (Numbers 24:14-25; Micah 5:2-5; Isaiah 60:2-6) and very specific prophetic Scripture at that.
Oh, we all know and have visualized one way or another the "We Three Kings" Christmas carol, and have seen Nativity scene imagery like the above for the sum of our lives, but that's not the half of it. There's more... so much more to the story.
The more I think about it, the more I am astounded by the fact that the gentile Magoi who came out of the Parthian (Persian) Empire and made this tremendous journey did so after fervently holding to the prophet Daniel's detailed prophecy (given by the angel Gabriel in Daniel 9:24-26) concerning the coming of the Messiah for over 600 years, and waited generation after generation for a very specific sign in the skies, and all the while knowing the precise number of days until the Messiah's birth because of the details given in the prophecy. They knew how to count Hebrew years, and exactly how many days each year had. They knew precisely when to look for the star.
And then once that sign appeared and the number of days had elapsed they rounded up the multiple parts of a large caravan and the water and provisions for the entire group's survival, plus the gifts for the object of their 500+ year devotion for what had to be a round trip of something well in excess of 1,900 miles across barren desert, mountains, marshes, rivers and wadis.... I stand here approximately two millennia and two decades later in complete awe just thinking about it.
The caravan was quite probably a round trip from Seleucia to Jerusalem and back, on foot and by beast of burden, of GENTILE believers coming from the Magoi's descendants of Nebuchadnezzar's Babylonian Empire, the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Empire, the Seleucid Empire to the Parthian Empire of the Roman Era.
That these GENTILES, these Magoi, had clung to and fervently believed in the exquisitely detailed God-breathed prophecy of Daniel concerning the coming birth of the Messiah for hundreds and hundreds of years, through all of the events, wars, and tumults that had occurred in this crossroads region of the known world, is without question the greatest account of the prophetic Word of God causing belief in the God of Israel among gentiles in history prior to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Having been in those same Middle Eastern deserts, such a specifically purposeful journey undertaken 2,000 years ago is mind-boggling to this author. These gentiles from the regions and lands of Israel's captivity knew the details of, believed in, and all the while eagerly awaited the birth of the Messiah. And the Jews, for the most part, due to their disobedience and the spiritual blindness and deafness placed upon them by the Covenant of Moab, besides the Covenant of Horeb, (Deuteronomy 29) knew nothing of His coming; that He would literally be the God of their fathers born in the flesh of a man.
And here we are, knowing in detail that the days of time which are left until the advent of Daniel's 70th Week are all but palpable... just stand in awe and in praise of God. My brothers and sisters, just stand in awe and praise to be a living part of all this.
Believe as you wish, but this is the overlook above the valley of the shadow of death where I stand watch, and whether by Divine vision, instruction or visitation, it matters not for it has been given.
It is not obvious to all searching God's Word, as Berean's would do at this late hour, there will be no distinct, book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse fulfillments of the several prophetic narratives. There will not be 9 prophetic wars, or 6 wars or even 3.
There is but ONE prior to the 70th Week of Years (which has its own unique God-breathed time-lime of appointments which are painstakingly detailed in The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ) and its fulfillment is completely dynamic, sequential, concurrent and unitary of purpose, like a flood, in preparing all Israel for redemption.
Israel today is in tremendous upheaval! Israel is at war on seven fronts!
There are no "gaps" of time, no here, now or next cases of occurrence, that's all worthless publishers boiler plate for the next book offering.
This is the reason why so very few do not see what is standing before us all - they cannot see past the learned construct they have convinced themselves is real. The "Dispensation of Grace" will end, as in "poof" it's gone, and with the trump and shout of an Archangel the Bride is translated into the Heavenly realm.
Friday, December 22, 2023
|Bab al-Mandab Chokepoint
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