Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Global SITREP C8-15: Mid-2015 Situation Report


9 June 2015: Everything is under our LORD's complete control and subject to His appointments and times. In this SITREP, over the new day or so, I will touch upon the events which are occurring in various places around the planet that are relative to our expectations in interpretation of His prophetic Word.

The number one issue in this regard remains the Shi'a Twelver-run Islamic Republic of Iran, also known as Elam in Jeremiah 49:34-39 and Parac (Persia) in Ezekiel 38-39. The flash points at this time are its expansionist war in the Republic of Yemen, its nuclear weapons program, the civil wars in Syria and Iraq, and Lebanese Hezbollah. Iran is the primary focus of the military forces of the Sunni Arab nations at this time. It is a focus that has led Israel and Saudi Arabia to conduct secret discussions on what will be done to address the threat Iran poses to their common interests - namely, survival. Any one of these current issues has the potential to ignite preemptive strikes by Israel and/or the Sunni Arab military coalition against Iran. The upping of the ante in this regard occurred this weekend when Iran's proxy force in Yemen launched a SCUD missile attack on the King Khalid Air Base in southernmost Saudi Arabia. The Saudis shot the SCUD down with an American Patriot missile battery.

I would also tie the fate of Damascus to these developments, but we already have a current and up-datable SITREP C4-15 tracing the prophetic impending demise of the ancient Syrian-Aramean capital city. There is something else going on in Syria which caught my eye: Iranian IRGC/Qods Force officers have begun summarily executing Sunni Muslim officers in Bashar al-Assad's remaining army on the front-line battleground around the city of Idlib. These officers found themselves and their troops to be in defensible positions at the nearby checkpoints at Mahmbel and Bsanqoul and conducted a tactical retreat towards better positions closer to Idlib. The Iranian's declared this action to be a "betrayal of the homeland" and executed the Syrian officers. This kind of treachery guarantees defeat for Assad's forces, mass defections to the rebels, and retribution against the Iranian officers now running the war in Syria.

These issues, in fact the entire state of the world in general, have caused something unprecedented to occur within U.S. military and civilian intelligence circles. In the decade of years previous to 2015, a highly respected, widely but privately distributed and obviously widely read (US/EU and Israel) Open Source intelligence report (based in the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area) which previously would never have published so much as a single word regarding Bible prophecy about these 'last days' nor acknowledge any validity whatsoever regarding Bible prophecy of near-future events, has suddenly reversed its editorial and content position and begun including Bible prophecy articles and advertisements heralding prophecy conferences all over the world!

Along with the usual updates on events on the  Syrian civil war, Islamic State, Iran, Russia, China, EU the US and the plethora of other issues that keep current and former intelligence professionals well-primed via its daily ListServe emails, there is now a steady stream of reports and articles about the same kind of prophetic issues you are reading here and at other Bible prophecy websites and blogs. In fact, on Monday, the entire chapter of Matthew 24 was published with an active link to the Biblegateway.com NIV webpage. God is at work brethren!

Contrary to the beliefs of many, and directly related to the Ezekiel 38/39 prophecy, the Russian Federation is not as militarily powerful as is currently being claimed. Yes, they have nuclear weapons, and, yes, they have several divisions of modern, upgraded armor, aircraft and naval ships and newly uniformed soldiers, sailors and airmen, but to use a metaphor, that is just the shell of an egg of the Russian army. Inside that egg is a gelatinous mass that is anything but threatening and certainly not capable of sustained warfare far from the Russian homeland. 

Consider what Ezekiel 38/39 actually says and view this prophecy in the context of the prophesies which have come to fulfillment just ahead of it. Essentially the Lord is telling us that when Russia and its pathetic military allies come against and suddenly fall dead upon the mountains of Israel - this is a "one and done" type of military operation!! Look closer at the text. There is no second wave, there is no retaliatory strike, there is no long-range missile war of attrition. There is nothing but death and destruction for the invaders. 

Also, consider the words of "Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions" in this major 'last days' prophecy. Are these the words of a weak military alliance, or are they actually the long misinterpreted words of incredulity from a strong alliance regarding a Russian-led attempt to invade and conquer modern-day Israel and Jordan? "Have you came to take a spoil" could be interpreted in modern parlance as "What? Are you kidding me?!" These same Arab/Western allies are very likely to be the same military forces which had reduced Iranian military capabilities as prophesied in Jeremiah 49:34-39. 

What is likely to occur is that upon Russia's total defeat in Ezekiel 38/39 fulfillment the forces of the West will expand to secure whatever advances Russia has recently made, or will yet make in the near future, in Ukraine and the Crimea. Geo-political power vacuums are always filled by the dominant military power at that time. As it was in the days of ancient Rome, Western power is likely to be returning to the regions around the Black Sea as the very basic map below illustrates. Is this illustration not what Bible prophecy predicts to be the geo-political reality for the 70th Week?



 


29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bob from Texas

Sean,

I had a difficult time understanding how Jeremiah 49:34-37 and Isaiah 17:1 could come together in the near future.

I admit being somewhat stunned by the current rapid evolvement of events.

So many are focused on Ezekiel 38/39 and missing the coming fulfillment of prophecies in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Psalms.

I deeply appreciate your efforts

Sean Osborne said...

Bob,

Like a flood. Like birth pangs. The signs Jesus gave in Matthew 24/25 are all inter-related, sequential in fulfillment, and all in-progress to one degree or another.

I'll add another metaphor. These prophetic events are all links on one single length of chain. At the end of this chain is the thousand-year Kingdom of God.

jmoll106 said...

Amen Sean,

With an expectant hope we long for the King of kings and Lord of lords, our Redeemer Jesus to reign.

 Rom 8:22

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

 Rom 8:23

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

mark3210 said...

Sean,

I know that 2021 and 2028 often seem far away, but I have a grandparent who will turn 90 next month. I've had other relatives also make it past their 90th birthday.

So naturally, I think of the question, will anyone from my parents generation or my generation live to see their 90th birthday?

NG said...

Hi Mark3210: yes, during Millenium!

Sean Osborne said...

We, saved individual human beings in Christ Jesus, are eternal beings. Some human beings are never born, some live very brief lives, and still others age well past 100. The exercise counting of birth dates (nothing more than an acknowledgement of completed orbits around the sun since an individual's birth) will eventually be a forgotten relic of the past. To this day no one alive on this Earth knows how many years Jesus lived. It's an irrelevancy. They have educated or reasoned guesses as to what Jesus' age was, but nobody really knows.

My fervent belief is that "the generation" of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:34; the one which is currently seeing with its own eyes ALL of the signs He gave occurring (and as we are witnesses thereof). This is the generation which has been alive on this Earth since Isaiah 66:8 was literally fulfilled. On April 23, 2015 this generation reached the 67th anniversary of its birth. It was born on the same day as Israel was in May 1947; the day Israel knows as Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day).

If one is a member of this generation and one of the Bride of Christ, then as I believe, none of this generation will live to see the 90th anniversary of its origin for it will have been Harpazoed at least a decade earlier than that day to be with Christ for eternity.

jmoll106 said...

Sean,
Very interesting addition concerning the Gog horde. I keep up on world events and always had the impression that Russia was more of a threat. Plus the west seems so often these days to acquiesce at the bargaining table.
Your incite into military powers has again given me a much better understanding of world events and the Word of God. Much appreciated.
Marana'tha!

Sean Osborne said...

jmoll106,

That's the impression Putin, his cadre and some in global/corporate media want folks to have. It is not accurate.

The Western military build-up in Eastern Europe from Romania to Estonia is being reported in some media, but it's not something seen by most folks on their evening news programs. There are even nuclear-capable B-52 bombers flying simulated missions against Russia... payback for what Putin and his air force have been doing to the US and EU/NATO nations for some time now. Anyone, but especially Putin, who thinks the NATO alliance is weak and makes a misjudgment based on this erroneous thinking is in for a very rude and devastating wake-up call.

Jonathan in Virginia said...

Hey Sean,

Great updates as always. I find your observation about the nature of "Have you come to take a spoil" interesting because I, myself, have often wondered it wasn't meant in a somewhat mocking or even taunting tone - at least in part, As in, "What, ya gunna take your army? Have yourself a little adventure? Maybe find some oil?" This isn't the exact sentiment that you put forth (The "Are you kidding?!?") but the way that particular verse comes across always seemed to contain more nuance then just a genuine curiosity about Russia's intentions. But, of course, this is just my impression, not a reasoned conclusion.

BTW, not to side-rail, but you mentioned that Open Sourced information site... if you don't have one already, I think a nice addition to you site would be a short link-list of what you consider to be the most valuable civilian-available global intelligence sites. I realize a lot of your information streams are probably insider and/or personal contacts, but I'd love to know the publicly available information sites you read on a daily basis and consider indespensible.

Thannks!

Sean Osborne said...

Pay close and rapt attention to the increasing chorus of current and former military and intelligence officers in the Western alliance who are clearly signalling that the Iran nuclear deal is a non-starter, and that regime change is the best option for the West to pursue in order to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Regime change is specifically and literally referenced in Jeremiah 49:37-38

"For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies
And before those who seek their life.
I will bring disaster upon them,
My fierce anger,’ says the Lord;
‘And I will send the sword after them
Until I have consumed them.
I will set My throne in Elam,
And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the Lord.
"

So it shall come to pass, exactly as it is written.

Sean Osborne said...

Jonathan in VA,

Short list:

Ed Schroeder's : MILITARY INTELLIGENCE REPORT

Geostrategy-Direct.Com

and anything by Bill Gertz, such as is now found exclusively in: the Washington Free Beacon

Sean Osborne said...

VP ORD,

Mark's comment that included 2021 and 2028 was just slightly off the mark, but I left it be.

2028 represents the 80th anniversary of the fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8 prophecy about Israel being re-born in a single day.

The 2021 should have been 2018, which is the 70th anniversary of Isaiah 66:8.

These years are with respect to Psalm 90:10 about the duration of a normal generation (70 years) and a generation of strength (80 years), and applied to what Jesus said in Matthew 24:34.

We are living within the generation of which Jesus spoke.

Sean Osborne said...

Another item... Islamic State is now assessed to have acquired enough radioactive material to construct one of more dirty bombs (a/k/a RDD - Radiological Dispersal Device).

We know they also have captured SCUD missiles. The math on this one is easy.

NG said...

Scud v Patriot and Iron Dome? Islamic state is no match to IDF for sure but is a match (and even more) to an exhausted Syrian army. Tel Aviv is relatively safe but not Damascus.

An interesting thing is that U.S. Special forces are now moving to defend Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, in order to prevent their capture by Islamic state, but are not moving at all to defend al-Assad's Damascus and Syria.

It is no coincidence that Isaiah 17 is about Damascus alone and not Damascus AND Baghdad.

Baghdad will not fall (and won't become a ruinous hip) but Damascus will. It will be destroyed in the process (I am not sure it will be destroyed by IS alone but IS will play a role for sure.)

The 2003 invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam was necessary for Islamic state to rise out of anarchy after a few years.

Now, because Saddam is no longer around, the rise of IS will not lead to Baghdad's destruction (without the 2003 invasion, no U.S. Special forces would be moving today to defend Baghdad).

The fate of Baghdad with Saddam still in power in 2015 would likely have been same fate as Damascus. But it is not what Bible prophecy says and it is not what is actually happening.

No coincidence...

Sean Osborne said...

NG,

The "intel" I've seen of late is strongly suggesting that "Islamic State" has a highly mobile land army in Syria and Iraq of over a quarter-million soldiers. Obama's military PR mouthpiece claiming to have killed about 3% of this force through airstrikes is laughable. That's not degrading anything.

And the media which claim that US SoF are moving to defend Baghdad is not true. If anything their current mission is training Kurdish fighters in guerrilla warfare, war by attrition.

There are roughly 1300 soldiers from 3BCT of the 82nd Abn on training mission near Habbaniya, Iraq (between Ramadi and Falluja, al-Anbar Province), and to this about 450 from HQ 82nd Abn are also augmenting that training mission. But it is unknown who they are training. The Marines at nearby Ayn al-Assad Air Base have not had any Iraqi troops to train in several weeks. So they're sitting and sweating in the incredible heat of the middle of the al-Anbar province desert doing pretty much nothing except waiting for IS to come calling.

Fight the war or bring our men home; what's really going on now is ridiculous.


NG said...

What about Dallas?
Islamic state or not Islamic state?

mark3210 said...

Maybe counting birthdates will soon be a relic of the past. I just remember that as a child I had a Great Grandmom and Great Aunt who I visited while they were both in their 90s and soon (barring any unexpected events) my Grandmom will be as well. My parents were both born after Israel's birth.

Most of us have probably at one time or another looked at "life expectancy" tables online as well.

It's strange to think that one needs to throw all life expectancy out the window now.

Sean Osborne said...

NG,

Not IS. James Boulware was a common criminal, repeat violent offender, a terrorist of a different sort almost certainly brought on by a progressively worsening mental illness.

NG from Switzerland said...

What do you think of the so-called Isaac Newton calculations, the 49 years (based on lunar calendar where years are only 360 days long) between Temple Mount capture by IDF on June 7th, 1967, and this year's Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) on Sep 23rd, 2015?

Am a bit skeptical but JD Farag is addressing this in his latest prophecy update (he is clearly saying this has to be taken with precaution).

There are apparently many signs/events converging towards this September but again, we have to be cautious as "no one knows the day or the hour"...

Sean Osborne said...

NG,

Without question the The Bible teaches a 360-day lunar year. The lunar year is just a fraction under 29.5 days. This is the basis for the Jewish calendar which rounds the fraction off into months of 29 or 30 days each with an extra month added every so often between the last month of the Jewish years and the first month of the Jewish year in order to keep pace with the solar year. I believe the cycle for this is every 19 years.

It is clear to me that this method of calculating time on Earth is based upon Genesis 1:14-19. And it was created by God on the fourth day of Creation. Of the seven days of Creation days 1 through 4 were on God's timeless eternal scale, and days 5 through 7 were on the solar/lunar cycle created for us. Notice that marine creatures and avian life on the Earth were Created on Day 5. Land creatures and mankind was Created on the 6th day.

Since Day 5 Biblical time has to be calculated based upon God's creation of our sun and moon together (lunar and solar cycles).

I don't know what JD Farag is currently teaching, but I do know that Isaac Newton, a very devout Christian, knew from his 73-year long very detailed study of the Book of Daniel and the rest of the Bible that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land would begin the final countdown to the 2nd Coming of Christ.

Newton did not know, but we do certainly do now know, that the UN General Assembly (Resolution 181) partitioned the land of British Mandatory Palestine on 29 November 1947 into a Jewish state and an Arab state with Jerusalem internationalized.

But the plan was flawed because the Jews received no part of Mandatory Palestine east of the Jordan River. Nevertheless, the Jews accepted this partition plan and 6 months later the state of Eretz Yisrael was born on a single day in fulfillment of Isaiah 66:8. The very next day the War of Psalm 83 began and continues to this day.

On June 7, 1967, or approximately 20 years after Israel's rebirth, the Jews liberated all of Jerusalem during the Psalm 83 war with the Arabs to include the Temple Mount. The present generation saw this occur, and now waits for the condition to occur in which Israel can begin rebuilding the Temple.

IF my hunch is correct, the current generation will see this occur within the next 3 years (2015-2018) as Israel's 70th Anniversary rolls around.




VP ORD said...

@Sean

"IF my hunch is correct, the current generation will see this occur within the next 3 years (2015-2018) as Israel's 70th Anniversary rolls around."

Dear Brother.....what is "this"?

Sean Osborne said...

NG,

"This" is a direct reference to what was stated in the previous sentence... "rebuilding the Temple."

Ken B said...

One of my favorite quotes!

"About the time of the end, a body of men will be raised up who will turn their attention to the Prophecies, and insist upon their literal interpretation, in the midst of much clamor and opposition."

Sir Issac Newton 1642-1727

Ken B

Anonymous said...

Bob in Texas

Sean,

Thanks to NG and your clarifying comment on JD Farag's "update." The cacophony of opinions/voices/books on blood moons has been confusing.

Where do you see the renewed Russian aggression on Ukraine leading.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from Hungary,

I’m visiting your blog regularly. I’d like to ask something about the timing of the Rapture. Why do you think that it’s more likely that it will happen (as you previously mentioned in one of your posts) within the next 3 years compared to the whole 6 years-long time-window till 2021? (I mean, the time interval for the Rapture to happen is from any day now to 2021 if we count 2028 as the last possible year for the Second Coming.) I’m just really curious why do you think that there’s more chance that the Rapture will happen within the next 3 years than between 2018 and 2021? Please don’t get me wrong, I wish for a soon Rapture, the sooner the better! Thanks for your help and explanation!

Nora

Ken B said...

Sean,

Check this out! Confirming your comments in previous posts that Israel will take tribal (promised) land back most likely in a Psalm 83 grand finale and provide the "peace and safety needed for Gog Magog.... Technically and Elohim is technical! =) Rueben, Gad and Manasseh are not available to the tribes they were given! For now Anyway!

Quote from Avi Lipkin

""We are realizing with our own very eyes fulfillment of more Bible prophecy than in any other generation in 2,000 years," Lipkin asserted. "I believe the Messiah is in our time and I believe Israel will realize its borders."

As Lipkin believes that Israel will soon expand its borders to occupy part of Syria, he argued that soon after, jihadi orders will be called to rid the world of Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims."

Ken B

Sean Osborne said...

Bob in Texas,

Renewed Russian aggression in Europe, from the Arctic Circle to the black Sea, will lead to one thing at the Lord's appointed time: hooks in Gog's jaws.

Ken B,
The time is at hand to blow a shofar heralding literal prophetic fulfillment; Israel is so very close to arriving at the appointed 70th Week that some, like Avi Lipkin, are sensing it even though the Lord's spiritual blindness placed upon her :for the most part) has not yet been lifted. However, that day Paul wrote about in Romans 11 is rapidly approaching!

Hi Nora in Hungary!

I'd like to address your comment with the full treatment it deserves, if I may.

Truly, the Harpazo will occur on an unknowable day at an unknowable hour. The only thing which is certain about it is that it will occur prior to the commencement of Israel's 70th Week. The primary clues in my view are Revelation 4:1-2 in which John was caught up into Heaven in the Spirit in an instantaneous manner. This occurs first and John is told by the trumpeting voice what occurs "hereafter" his Harpazo into Heaven, and the specifics of that "hereafter" is what most of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is about: a series of visions of what occurs on the Earth during the 70th Week. Jesus begins opening the Seals which initiate the 70th Week.

Six Seals are opened in Revelation 6, and then there is a brief hiatus as the 144,000 of Israel's tribes are sealed upon their foreheads to protect them from any wrath and harm. Notice there is some jumping forward and backward in time going on at this point in the text. I believe this is because in Heaven time is irrelevant and this is reflected the sequence in which John is receiving/seeing them.

Now. with the days being shortened to preserve some life upon the earth from the wrath of God, but with specific numbers of days for the whole of the 70th Week truthfully given in the Lord's prophetic Word to Gabriel through Daniel, and to John, I just derive the sense that the Harpazo of the Bride of Christ just might occur sooner rather than later as the 70th Week approaches because the LORD God knows that Satan would do everything and anything in his power to thwart God's plan for the Harpazo. It literally could happen at any fraction of a second.

Great Grany 5 said...

Sean, loved reading and visualizing all of the report and comments. I know in my knower of the Holy Spirit that is just about supper time and my expectancy for all things of ABBA has never failed me so far.

The super charged atmosphere that is today is giving me more purpose and excitement than I have had for decades. I have seen so many theories of past experts crumble in minor ways but now we are all seeing for all its glory TheWord being fulfilled as our Heavenly Father has already said. And I LOVE IT!

Every time the discussion turns to Damascus my hair starts to kink and this current discussion is giving me a permanent perm of a radical kind. I do not believe this drama will play much longer and what if that battle of Ezekiel's is all armaments from heaven above!? Oh Lord, if you wait much longer, I don't believe I can contain myself with any degree of my lady ship! Hallelujah

GG5/shalom

Anonymous said...

Bob in Texas

Sean,

Along with the Preterists, the NAR (Kim Clement and friends) have locked arms with the Pope and are preaching about a coming awakening. Trying to explain the unfolding events in prophetic terms is "being divisive."

I have to come to your blog to stay out of the Land of the Lost.