Sunday, August 25, 2013

Global SITREP A22-13: The Syrian Situation

UPDATE 27 August 2013: Recent reports are suggesting that a 'last minute' diplomatic accord with assurances to avert strikes on Syria in response to the al-Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians last Wednesday have failed. While the reports are almost certainly accurate in stating that this last ditch effort failed, that is not what is critically important about the reports. What is critically important about them is that the attempted accords to forestall the strikes were not made directly with the al-Assad regime in Damascus, Syria, they were in fact face-to-face efforts with the the regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran!  Bashar al-Assad is no longer the power to be reckoned with in Syria, but the Islamic Republic of Iran is the power to be reckoned with; it is the de facto government controlling what's left the Syrian regime and its military forces.

This confirms what many inside the Washington DC Beltway have known for some time now. It confirms what was related to them recently by Ahmed Jarba, the President of the opposition Syrian National Council. As Jarba informed Washington, "the real rulers of Syria are the Iranian Revolutionary Guard with the participation of Hezbollah fighters." Jarba went on to point out the true nature of the tactical situation is Syria is that the Al-Assad regime has in fact already collapsed and that what remains of it and at least half of its territory is under the full control of Iranian armed forces and Hezbollah. 

The implication of these new facts on the ground in Syria are nothing short of monumental when it comes to our understanding of Bible prophecy as long discussed on this blog and elsewhere regarding Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49 and the other related prophecies. This also points out the folly in the US and NATO allies planning to strike Syria for things which have been determined and executed by the apocalypse-minded Iranian regime 900 miles to the east. Consider this: the apocalyptic Persian Shi'a in Iran are the driving force behind what may well lead to the decimation of Arab Sunni Islam in the Levant of the eastern Mediterranean Sea caused by a WMD strike upon Israel.

26 August 2013: What if... What if the widely reported and anticipated Western-Sunni Arab military intervention in the Syrian civil war occurs within the next few days, is there Bible prophecy which predicts such an occurrence?  I believe there is.  Let's look at Jeremiah 49:23-27 (NKJV):

"Against Damascus.
“Hamath and Arpad are shamed,
For they have heard bad news.
They are fainthearted;
There is trouble on the sea;
It cannot be quiet.
Damascus has grown feeble;
She turns to flee,
And fear has seized her.
Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor.
Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?
Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets,
And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the Lord of hosts. 
 “I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,
And it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad.""

Verse 23 opens with two cities in northern Syria, which I believe equate to Hama and Homs, hear bad news about Damascus which causes great fear and sorrow. Some great trouble comes into Syria from the West, from the Mediterranean Sea. It causes Damascus great fear, pain and anguish as a woman in the midst of childbirth. This seems to foretell exactly what real-world events are now pointing towards.

And what if this intervention is met with the promise of the Al-Assad regime to retaliate as noted specifically in the main part of the SITREP below. What if Israel and northwestern Jordan are the targets of Al-Assad's retaliation? (Links to a Times of Israel report) They may well be as the prophecy of Isaiah 17 indicates. If so, then we clearly have an Isaiah 17 fulfillment imminently before us, with the potential for the rest of the directly related prophecies to follow "like a flood." Jeremiah 49 is definitively among these prophecies.

Consider this update to be my most urgent "watchman on the wall" warning to date. It is an "Alert Condition Red." If the NATO-Sunni Arab alliance strikes on Syria do materialize, as now appears to be the case, then they will occur without UNSC sanctioning as was the case in Libya two years ago. Russia and China most certainly would veto any UN Security Council resolution authorizing military intervention in Syria, and therefore UNSC approval is likely not to be sought by the interventionist powers. This appears to be the same template of military action as found in the attempt to invade Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 38/39.


25 August 2013: Last Wednesday one of the belligerents in the Syrian civil war unleashed a genuine chemical weapon, a neurotoxin, within the confines of the Damascus governorate, in a suburb known as Jobar. The neurotoxin may have been a Sarin-based weapon, or possibly Tabun or Soman. Based upon evidence I have seen in uploaded videos, I'm ninety-five percent sure the chemical weapon was one of these three. What I am one-hundred percent certain of is that no one knows which side in the war was responsible for the attack.

The fact of the matter here is that while all of the secular world powers and belligerents are pointing fingers at one another for this chemwar attack, the one group that is not doing so is led by Mego Terzian, the President of the Geneva, Switzerland-based Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). Mr. Terzian was recently quoted in global media saying:
"We are almost sure, even 100 per cent sure, that neurotoxic agents have been used, what type of agent we cannot confirm, who did that — rebels or government troops — we cannot confirm."
The problem here is that the powers that be external to Syria appear to be using this event pursuant to their agenda. For the U.S. and the Obama Administration this provides a perfect 'wag the dog' scenario to distract from the fully-primed Benghazi investigation and several other great scandals that are also approaching critical mass. For Syria it provides a credible deterrent against foreign intervention (air strikes or a no-fly zone) since the Al-Assad government in Damascus threatened in July 2012 to use its full and considerable chemical weapons arsenal (New York Times article, 23 July 2012) against those involved in any military intervention.

This is where we must pay very close attention to the Syrian threat. Would Syria retaliate against three U.S. Navy destroyers or the Western naval armada off its coast with non-precision chemical weapons? I think not. The most likely targets for Syria's chemical weapons would be in northwestern Jordan (i.e. "the cities of Aroer") where the Western-Sunni Arab land and air headquarters combat components are based, and Israel. Sound familiar? This should because it appears to be verbatim from the prophecy of Isaiah 17:1-2.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.

The cities of Aroer are forsaken;
They will be for flocks
Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid."
Would Israel sit idly by as Western forces and perhaps central Israel itself came under chemical assault by Bashar al-Assad's missile forces? I think not.Thus I believe we will witness the fulfillment of these prophetic verses.

Just beyond the Golan and southern Hezbollah-controlled Lebanese frontier IDF armored forces have been massed as seen in the image above.  In Jordan the coalition forces are limited to headquarters staff, some F-16s and light-footed special operations troops whose primary function is to serve as a tripwire against Syrian expansion of the ground war into Jordan. Therefore, Israel holds all the military cards should the prophetic Isaiah 17 scenario become the reality I believe it will become in the near term. And on that occasion we will need to keep Isaiah 17:12-13 in mind as one of the inevitable results:

"Woe to the multitude of many people
Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind."
These verses could just as easily foretell the subsequent final battle of Psalm 83 as they could foretell what becomes, at least initially, of the foreign military interventionists. We'll have to keep close watch as this Syrian situation intensifies into the full-scale WMD warfare being foretold.


Sparrow said...

Sean, do you think this will fizzle out as so many other things have? How much longer can this keep going on?

Sean Osborne said...


We have to watch and see.

The Lord's sovereign will is most certainly at work, and we know that the prophetic fulfillments we've been expecting will come to pass.

I have personally been expecting the imminent fulfillment of Isaiah 17 since 2006-07. Ditto for Joshua 13:1-7, Psalm 83 and a host of other prophecies.

For us, it is a matter of great patience, knowing by faith that His will is being done.

These events will continue until the appointed time, which I still believe is imminent, just as the Harpazo is imminent.

Scipio said...

Sean, THX for your in-depth research as always. I agree w/Sparrow on the 'delay' but I think God is really very patient, waiting to see if anyone who has positive volition will come to Him. I cautiously think that perhaps the above verses predicting the defeat of the Inner Ring, will happen as a 'last motivator' for us to witness the prophetic fulfillment to our worldly neighbors.

Sean Osborne said...


Your posted comment and my "Alert Condition Red" update to A22-13 went up near simultaneously.

Once a watchman sends up a red flare it cannot be called back, it is there for all to see.

Given the current situation we are definitely in a condition red for the fulfillment of Isaiah 17 and the rest.

Sean Osborne said...

FWIW and just in case anyone asks or is curious... as of today, 26 August 2013, there are two (2) U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Groups (CSGs) in the Middle East region.

They are the CVN-68 Nimitz and CVN-75 Harry S. Truman.

Both should be in the Arabian Sea at this point based upon data that is now a week old.

Both CSGs are in a position to react to any Iranian military moves, and either or both both could be in a position for Syrian operations if a transit to the northern Red Sea were to occur.

The most likely of the two for this possibility would be the Nimitz CSG. Its air wing could strike Syria and land for refueling in Turkey and then rejoin the Nimitz after she has transited the Suez Canel into the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Livnforchrist said...

Thanks for your updates on the Syrian
situation Sean. I will keep checking
back here.

Sean Osborne said...

Hi LivingforChrist,

Very good to hear from you dear Sister. Check back often and comment as you wish.

I can be reached directly via Email at:

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean, I did something with your current update of Aug. 27th and I did it before I even considered it through. I am on facebook as Wilma McCalman and on my timeline page I copied the update, noting your name and then gave the blog address so others could read it too. My FB page is considered by invitation only and so the people who can read it are the ones that I know and only them. Of course, as you might suspect, I do know a whole lot of people on the internet. They, for the most part, have been friends of mine for many years. If you would prefer me not to have posted it, please let me know and I will remove it immediately. You can send me an reply here or on my FB page.

I so appreciate your labor of love for our Heavenly Father and His Kingdom but also our blessed nation. The same fervor that runs through your body for this nation is the same as that which runs through mine.

Shalom, GG5

Sean Osborne said...


No problem posting the update to your page... a lots of websites do that.

This is a good thing because this is how how a watchman's warning gets to the ears that need to hear it. The more that hear the better.

Great Grany 5 said...

Thank you Sean. I so want the people who are swallowing the media junk to wake up and smell the stench that has to be rising all the way up to Heaven.

I have quoted you before but I really didn't know for sure how you feel about being posted/quoted on FB.

About the middle of August I woke up in the way early hours in a cold sweat about something going on in our nation and then could not recall what was so bad that it yanked me out of my sleep. It didn't hit me until I read your article above for the Aug. 27th update. Man, you are a clicking right along with the Holy Spirit and it just keeps happening.

By the way, all I could do after the dream was pray in the Spirit and I will continue to do so.

According to the news source that my hubby listens to or reads, Russia has already stated that it was not the Government of Assad that used the chemicals on the Syrian people. How close to the truth is that and why would Russia be forewarning us?

Lots and lots of questions but I cannot let those questions cloud the reality of God's word coming to fruition

Shalom by friend, GG5

Sean Osborne said...


There is substantial evidence indicating that the Sunni rebels/terrorists were responsible for the missile-borne neurotoxic chemical weapon attack in Jobar, Syria last Wednesday, 21 August.

The part of this blog item which begins with the 25 August 2013 dateline has most of the critical details and the most of the foretold repercussions.

Things are not being by driven hard facts, but by big power agenda. All of this is really quite despicable.

Let us pray earnestly that cooler heads prevail for the sake of those human being who will unnecessarily pay for the still imminent, big power, agenda-driven military action with their lives; that the Lord's will be done.

Great Grany 5 said...

As I re-read the remaining posts, the question that popped into my mind was "will gas masks actually do much good if the agent used in the chemical attacks is nerve gas?". Nerve gas has the ability to seep into the pores of the skin also and I do realize that a mask would help to defend against the largest in-breathed agents but would the mask make a false impression that the residents would be totally protected from the residue?

Sean Osborne said...


You're the first to correctly see why Israel will pay dearly according to Isaiah 17.

Gas masks alone will not protect the population against chemical warfare agents. Even though 65% of the population of Tel Aviv and 75% of the population or Kiryat Shmona have the protective devices, they are not 100% effective in keeping the wearer from harm.

The survival of the individual in a chemwar environment depends entirely on the rating of the gas mask. A gas mask with a rating of 95 gives the wearer just a 5% chance of being a victim.

However, once the charcoal filtering becomes saturated with chemical agent it cannot continue to keep the wearer safe from inhaling the cause of his or her death.

The first thing that will happen when a gas mask exceeds its designed specifications and the wearer gets a dose of chemical agent... they'll immediately rip that mask off their face while gasping for air. End of story and their life.

If you notice what HAZMAT team members wear... a mask connected to an air supply in a tank coupled with a full HAZMAT suit... that's what ordinary folks will need in the event of an all out chemical attack in order to survive it.

And this doesn't even begin to address the issues that will arise if biological agents are used in an attack.

I believe they will be, and I believe this because I have long accepted that the NIV English translation of Isaiah 17 verse 11 is the most accurate wherein it states: "

"... in the day of disease and incurable pain."

Disease and incurable pain are more associated with biological warfare than with chemical warfare.

mark3210 said...

The US strategy of a few days of limited missile strikes makes no sense to me whatsoever.

If the US is going to hit Syria at all, shouldn't they try to destroy as many WMD sites as possible so they can't use them again?

What the heck are they trying to accomplish?

Sean Osborne said...


There are zero strategic objectives or priorities served the limited tactical strikes being planned by the Obama Administration.

Zip, nada, none.

The planned strikes are pointless and will be extremely counterproductive if they occur.

The planned strikes are utterly insane 'wag the dog' distractions that have the potential to cause the unnecessary deaths of thousands of people.

If they do occur Congress should immediately initiate impeachment proceedings against the Commander-In-Chief IMHO.

mark3210 said...

Congress should've already impeached him long ago - frankly I am at a loss what the House Republicans are waiting for!

Great Grany 5 said...

And add to the this impeachment route, the fact that this president does not feel he has to have the Congress' approval by vote to attack Syria or any other nation. He is substituting the UN approval for his actions and he is not the King of the world and for that matter, never will be. He got by with it in Libya but why our Congressional Body of Sworn In Representatives have not removed him over that mess is still a big question to so many of us. That is, if anyone is still thinking clearly on anything relevant at all to our nation.
Shalom, GG5

Great Grany 5 said...

My heart beats a whole lot faster after your reply to my question about the gas masks and how effective they would be. Is there no way that the people of Israel can be warned of these facts before it is too late? I am already staying on praying in the Holy Spirit for Israel and her leaders. Surely Bibi knows the value of it all. He surely knows not to trust Obama's intents towards the Jews and drawing them into this war for HIS desired gains is sickening. Reminds me of the Balam story in the Old Testament. Someone should warn Obama about trying to curse Israel.