Friday, February 26, 2016

Global SITREP A7-16: Global Military Power in a Multipolar World Order


UPDATE: 26 February 2016: Twice within the past week (20 and 25 February) the United States Air Force test fired nuclear-capable (W87 475kT) Minuteman III ICBMs from Vandenberg AFB in California at a target over 4,000 miles distant in the Pacific Ocean region of the Marshall Islands. Crews from the 91st Missile Wing based at Minot AFB, North Dakota removed both missiles and associated equipment from their silos, transported them intact to California, stood them back up into full operational capability and conducted both test fires at approximately 2300 hours. Two test launches within a single week is an extremely rare and noteworthy event.

Zipping along through the Earth's uppermost atmosphere at a speed in excess of Mach 19 (15,000+ mph) the Mk-21 re-entry vehicle hit its target within 30 minutes of launch. For all of our enemies incessant sabre rattling (Russia, Red China, North Korea and Iran) notice was effectively served that America's ability to strike is very much alive and well. An image of the launch on 20 February is seen above. 

14 February 2016: A report published today at DefenseNews.com reinforces the points made in the second to last paragraph of the original report below. Plainly put, the United States Army is returning its land warfare power back into Europe in a very big way in 2017. 

With the strategic re-adjustment that Russia is the number one threat to the USA, the Army has halted and reversed the pivot to Asia to return its power back into Europe in a process known as the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI). The ERI consists of a financial bedrock of $3.4 billion in funding that will be used for three primary purposes; strengthening our NATO allies combat capabilities, and putting thousands of American combat boots back on EU, and launching large-scale exercises on European soil to deter further Russian adventurism in Europe.  

The independent American Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) and Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) currently based in Europe will shortly be powerfully reinforced with arrival of an Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) plus additional combat aviation. There will also be regular rotations of other Army combat teams occurring in Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The clear fact in all of this is that Russia's launching of a land war in Ukraine - which continues to this very hour - is the impetus for the return of large numbers of US main battle tank armor back into Europe.
 

12 February 2016: In its report on globalization (.pdf) titled "The End of Globalization or a More Multipolar World" released in September 2015, the well-respected Credit Suisse Research Institute of Zurich, Switzerland posed the question: "Is globalization coming to an end?"  The report addressed three possible scenarios, but in all actuality two of the three scenarios placed full emphasis on "new research" postulating that globalization, that is the unifying of various world 'spheres of influence, ('poles' in others words) into a single global entity, a 'one world order,' is in the process of being replaced by a new multipolar world order

According to Bible prophecy, which always comes to its fulfillment exactly as it has been foretold, there will be a time during the 70th Week (the final 42 months) when the Antichrist, empowered by Satan, will be the head of an irresistible globally projected economic, political and military power. (Revelation 13:4-8) A very great many expositors of Bible prophecy focus upon this satanically empowered "New World Order" as constituting the crux of Bible prophecy regarding the political, economic and military power wielded by the Antichrist during the 70th Week. 

However, according to Bible prophecy the truly salient fact of the matter is that the Antichrist's rise to global domination occurs within and against a multipolar world order!  Expositors of Bible prophecy like to speak in terms of of reference, such as "prophetic stage setting." The multipolar world order that I am speaking of here is the stage setting which exists right now, today. This multipolar world order is staring all of us in the face, and its represented by the images and words below.



The Antichrist, if one reads Scripture closely and interprets it correctly, is the king of the West, the fourth beast empire very much revived.  It is the reconstituted heir of what was Rome and Greece, Babylon and Medo-Persia in ancient times. Ten crowns represented also as the ten toes of two feet that came from two legs which themselves are representative in Scripture as the eastern and western aspects of the Macedonian-Greek and Roman Empires which encompassed Europe and Southwest Asia. This is one pole of a multipolar world order, and today we know it by various circumferential names, such as: the Western World, or simply, The West; the European Union; NATO.

And, as we read in the plain text of Scripture, Antichrist goes to war against the other great powers of what? An existing multipolar world order! Antichrist, as detailed by the angel Gabriel to the prophet Daniel, will engage in warfare against the king of the north, the king of the south and, shortly thereafter, the kings of the east. All directions of the compass are with respect to Israel's location on the Earth. This is what Scripture really tells us. (Daniel 11:40-45)

While economics and political power are key elements of globalization as we know it in these last days prior to the 70th Week, they are also the key elements of a multipolar world order and the ability of those poles to project their power globally - on land, in the air, on the sea and even on the ultimate high ground, in outer space and cyberspace.  And how do those four-fold poles manifest their power with and against each other on a global scale? Through their military forces.

The Global Military Imbalance and Power Structure


On page 56 of the referenced Credit Suisse report there is the above weighted and variables chart which provides a ranking of the top 20 nations of the world with respect to their ability to project military force. In recent years I have referenced a similar chart that was compiled by the website GlobalFirepower.com. Since 2014 that chart has undergone significant changes in the ranking of countries below the top 3. Among the most significant changes are those of Japan which rose in ranking from the 9th most powerful military to the 4th most powerful military in the world; Germany which fell from 8th to 18th position; the UK which fell from 5th to 9th, Canada which fell from 14th to 20th, and most surprisingly of all are the armed forces of Italy which rose from 16th to a ranking of the 8th most powerful in the world.

Despite these changes, and despite the great reductions and realignments that have occurred during the Obama Administration, the United States remains the world's lone superpower and the world's number 1 ranked military power due to having maintained a defense budget of $601 billion dollars more than Russia, China, Japan, India, France, South Korea, Italy, the UK and Turkey combined (numbers 2 through 10 in the scale rankings). One of the primary factors is the ability of the American Navy to project power globally through its total of 19 Aircraft Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups. No other nation on earth has such raw global combat power projection capability as this.

Also of great importance is that of the top 10 most powerful military forces on the planet four of them (France, Italy, UK and Turkey) are America's NATO allies in Europe, and two (Japan and South Korea) are America's allies in Asia. Of the top 20 ranked military forces in the world 13 are American military allies. Therefore, on a global scale the military balance of power remains firmly in the hands of America and its allies in Europe and Asia for now and well into the foreseeable future, which includes, obviously, the rapidly approaching 70th Week.  

Revelation 6 details the opening by our Lord Jesus Christ of the Seven Seals. The first four of those opened seals are directly relevant to the pertinent facts presented here thus far because they all relate to a multipolar world war. The multipolar world prophesied to exist and wage war during the 70th Week, and even prior to the 70th Week, is plainly evident right now if one is willing to look at it directly and objectively. In closing, and just in case you were wondering, Israel's armed forces are ranked as #14, and the Islamic Republic of Iran's military is #23.

39 comments:

Nora said...

Sean,

What do you think is going to happen to Russia after its destruction of the Ezekiel 38/39 war? Is it possible that Russia gets reinvigorated and its (new) leader becomes the King of the North?

Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

Ezekiel's prophecy from the Lord speaks of His fearsome judgment against Gog and all of the troops that come against Israel in his military coalition (Ezekiel 38:21-22). This Divine judgment is primarily against the armies that come against Israel (Ezekiel 39:4-5). God will also send "a fire" on Magog and among them (possibly: who think they) dwell securely in coastlands.(Ezekiel 39:6)

However, at no point in Ezekiel 38/39 does the prophecy indicate a total destruction of these enemies of Israel. Apparently the survivors will understand that it was God who brought this judgment upon them.

==== Note:

As I noted in a previous SITREP, the Antichrist will be fighting battles against the king of the north, the king of the south and the kings of the east, particularly during the second half of the 70th Week. (Daniel 11:40-45)

These battles rage right up to the point of the Battle of Har Megiddo (Armageddon), which is the point at which all the gathered armies at that place in Israel will then futilely turn their weapons against the Lord Jesus Christ at His Second Coming.

Drew said...

Sean,

Just so I understand, when you use the term multipolar you are referring to the actions of independent nation states acting in their own perceived interest, rather than that of some confederation. Is that right? Or is it a reodering of powerfull staes from mainly two to several entities each acting on their own interests?

Sean Osborne said...

Drew,

The term multipolar has the exact same meaning in Scripture as it is being used in the reference Credit-Suisse report.

That meaning is of a world which is divided into multiple poles, each with its own attendant political influence, economic clout and the projection of raw military power.

According to Scripture those poles are alliances, groups of nations (such as we have today in NATO, the CSTO, Shanghai Pact, SEATO, the African Union, etc, etc.) that are referred to as: "the beast", "the fourth kingdom," "Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all the young lions thereof," the "king of the north," the "king of the south," and the "kings of the east."

In the 70th Week are four distinct poles existent in the multipolar world of which Bible prophecy speaks. Each pole has a leading nation, a 'king' upon which the axis of that pole revolves. Ezekiel 38/39 is a prime example with respect to two poles of the multipolar world of that time, (A) Gog of Magog and his confederation of nations (i.e. the CSTO), and (B) "Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all the young lions thereof" (i.e. NATO and the Sunni Arab military alliance led by Saudi Arabia).

hartdawg said...

2 things
1)thanks for the prayers. Some things going on right now and my mind is really being tormented with fear. Want to say thank you to those who are praying.

2)forgive me if I'm missing the point, but are you saying that America will remain the main super power until well into the 70th week? When I read prophetic scripture, I tend to see a reduced, but still standing America, until the 2nd half when God makes a full end of the nations. (Jeremiah 30). A collapsed America doesn't seem to fit the descriptions I read of,unless I'm missing something. Which is possible because I'm not infallible.

Gazman said...

I find it difficult to believe that a new world order will ever truly exist until Christ establishes one. The antichrist will have much opposition from various powers, and the united nations is I believe incompetent of actually sponsoring a person to govern every single country/state/locality and council.

Where it says the antichrist will rule the WHOLE world, the word for WHOLE used I believe is the same one as if saying, "it was a great party, EVERYONE was there", when of course, EVERYONE was not literally there.

My two cents worth :)

Gazman

Nora said...

Sean,

"forgive me if I'm missing the point, but are you saying that America will remain the main super power until well into the 70th week?"

I have the same question. Frankly, I can't see how a strong USA&allies could exist until the 70th week in the light of future prophetic Middle-Eastern wars like Israel's final battle with her neighbours and Ezekiel 38/39. Especially Ezekiel 38/39! USA&allies could only make a weak protest against the Gog-Magog forces coming upon Israel. Would they do the same if they remained strong? I don't think so. (Same goes for Israel's victorious battle against her neighbours. From Scripture it seems that it will be the IDF's sole victory without western allies.)

Sean Osborne said...

Gazman,

I would suggest you re-read the second paragraph, and in particular the embedded link to the four verses of Revelation 13:4-8. Then write another comment explaining to EVERYONE who reads here why you do not believe the express Word of God.

In fact, I'll even make this very easy for you. Here below is the text of Revelation 13:4-8 (bold emphasis added).

"And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven.

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world.
"

The key word, you were referring to in your comment is all.

In the original Greek language that John the Revelator used the word is pas.

Pas literally carries the meaning of: each, every, any, all, the whole, everyone, all things, and everything.

Time to trade in your two cents for a crown of gold, eh?

Sean Osborne said...

hartdawg,

Where in the Word of God have you found "a reduced, but still standing America"?

I have searched the entire Word of God, from Genesis through The Revelation of Jesus Christ, and I have yet to find the word "America" within any text of Scripture.

So, I must ask you my brother, where is the source of the exegetic you cite in item 2) above??

Sean Osborne said...

Also, in one of the paragraph of this SITREP I made it a point to include these irrefutable facts:

"Despite these changes, and despite the great reductions and realignments that have occurred during the Obama Administration, the United States remains the world's lone superpower and the world's number 1 ranked military power due to having maintained a defense budget of $601 billion dollars more than Russia, China, Japan, India, France, South Korea, Italy, the UK and Turkey combined (numbers 2 through 10 in the scale rankings). One of the primary factors is the ability of the American Navy to project power globally through its total of 19 Aircraft Carrier and Expeditionary Strike Groups. No other nation on earth has such raw global combat power projection capability as this."

This is what we are all aware of regarding what is in all actuality the residual of American combat power projection capabilities.

You know as well as I do, at least I hope you do, that there are also capabilities and weapons and systems of weapons systems which no one has yet seen which do exist within the black cloak of black budget projects in very remote places within these United States.

For example, no one knew about the F-117 'Nighthawk' stealth fighter until Uncle Sam decided to reveal it. Same goes for the B2 'Spirit' stealth bomber.

The F-117 'Nighthawk' began as a mathematical concept in the 1960s, the computational power needed to control it in flight did not exist until the 1970s. It was an ultra-secret until it was revealed in 1988. With refueling the F-117 can fly nonstop from New Mexico to the Middle East in less than a full day. No other fighter aircraft on the planet can do that.

The B2 Spirit stealth bomber aircraft development began during the administration of Gerald Ford (1974); nobody really knew they were being built or existed, except for the Skunk Works people who actually built them, until fourteen years later; no enemy ever saw it overhead during combat operations, then or even to the present, unless the pilot wanted someone to see it. This one aircraft can destroy an entire country in a matter of hours from the other side of the planet.

No one knows what other surprises have yet to be revealed, above or below the surface of the earth, or even in space. No earthly enemy has yet seen a pitch black cat in a pitch black room, not even in infrared.

Perhaps these things are what lie beneath what Bible prophecy says human being will say in the near future: "“Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”"

As the adage says, "what the enemy doesn't know can kill him." This is just some food for thought.

jmoll106 said...

One glaring answer I see from the list of nations and peoples above is that God has given the children of Adam ample time to see they cannot rule themselves. God has restrained the nations until all that are His come to Him through Jesus. The world needs Jesus to rule in righteousness.
I can see how the harpazo/rapture is the triggering event for unrestrained evil to go forth.

Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

What have the US and its allies to do with Israel's final military conflict with the Psalm 83 enemies?

Nothing.

Ezekiel's prophecy says "Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish, and all the young lions thereof shall say..."

Why do people see this as blatant weakness? Who teaches such a view? The armies of Magog and its allies military confederation are completely and utterly destroyed at the instant they arrive in their aircraft over Israel. They fall to the earth as dead men, food for ravenous animals.

And America, the EU and others are weak because they don;t have to time react militarily while God is executing instantaneous judgment upon Gog of Magog and his allied forces?

Ezekiel 38/39, as I understand the text, might well result in a pre-70th Week world war that erupts after the initial invasion force is destroyed.

Also, I must make note of the fact that it has been the exegete of this blog over the past seven years that in the Post-Psalm 83 era Israel will be a territorially much larger country; a far more powerful nuclear-armed virtual superpower in its own right, and extremely wealthy from oil and gas that it will supply to Europe and beyond. This near future reality was just discussed in good detail in SITREP A6-16.

What I think I am seeing of late is a great deal of confusion regarding what Bible prophecy actually says and what quite a few people believe or hold on to as preconceptions due to what they have been taught previously.

(I put links to other websites who are reporting similar things for a purpose - please make use of those links.)

What I am writing about in these SITREPs is very cutting edge and it may well take some time before folks come to fully understand these things.

Conversely, those who may be able to read these words during the early part of the 70th Week will instantly recognize that I am here describing the world they will be living in.

Miriam said...

Sean, I had seen a discussion elsewhere about Daniel 7:4 that the beast referred to is Great Britain, whose national symbol is the lion, and that the eagle's wings that were plucked were those of the United States, whose national symbol is the eagle. And that it is not a coincidence that the description of this is located in Daniel 7:4 (7/4).

And in Revelation 12:4 when the woman is given the wings of a great eagle, that she may fly to her place during the second half of the 7th week, that is a description of America, or what's left/exists as America at that time, being used of God to help the believing Jews in Israel.

Of course even if this contains an element of truth we can't really understand the finer points of how this would come about. I have thought this over for some time and it seems to have some validity (maybe I'm just hoping it does, because I love America). I'm interested in your thoughts about this.

Nora said...

Sean,

"What have the US and its allies to do with Israel's final military conflict with the Psalm 83 enemies?

Nothing."

I've heard it many times from American Christians that the USA is still a strong ally of Israel (despite the current administration). Plus, whenever there's a conflict in the Middle-East the USA meddles in sooner or later that's why I have my doubts that they would simply sit out the whole Psalm 83 conclusion wars. (Who knows what will happen we'll see.)


"And America, the EU and others are weak because they don;t have to time react militarily while God is executing instantaneous judgment upon Gog of Magog and his allied forces?"

My guess is that the current Russian military build up is nothing compared to that future Gog-Magog one and even now NATO is on the edge of its seat. I'm not sure how they won't have enough time, in this case maybe the Lord will thwart them some way. To me the Lord seems to be the only actor in the Ezekiel 38/39 battle, I mean the only one who'll rain down judgement on the attacking armies and all the participating countries. But again, we'll see, hopefully from Heaven.

Nora said...

p.s.

"Ezekiel 38/39, as I understand the text, might well result in a pre-70th Week world war that erupts after the initial invasion force is destroyed."

The AC will be hailed as a peace maker and his peace-deal will include "many", maybe something like that happens.

Sean Osborne said...

Miriam,

I do not accept the exegete of Daniel 7:4 which holds that that Great Britain is the beast. Here's why.

Daniel 7:4 is fulfilled prophecy regarding Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar who imaged himself as a winged demi-god.

As the prophecy continues... Daniel 7:5 is Medo-Persia... Daniel 7:6 is Macedonia-Greece under Alexander the Great, and the four heads are the four Macedonian-Greek diadochi into which that empire was split.... Daniel 7:7 and thereafter is about Rome and how it is continuous until the last days when the coming Antichrist (the little horn who plucks three of the original horns) is destroyed by Jesus Christ.

Why would such a prophecy as this begin with Great Britain and then jump roughly two thousand three hundred years backwards in time to 539 BC when Medo-Persia under Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon? This is precisely the period of earth's history in which the prophecy of Daniel 7:5 was literally fulfilled.

I also do not accept in any manner that the presented interpretation of Revelation 12:4 is a direct reference to America. Here is why:

One has to be extremely careful when adding meaning to the literal words of God, which is the entire text of The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:1-2 and Revelation 22:18-19 make this absolutely crystal clear.

I suggest those who make such exegesis as what you are referring to in Revelation 12:4 read these two Revelation quotes I have just cited and heed them to the letter.

Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

Being a Berean, is there even a single word or a coherent phrase of words in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 28:24-26, Isaiah 11:12-14 or Joshua 13:1-7 which speaks to the involvement of the United States of America?

In Ezekiel 38/39 God does act supernaturally to drop the Magog confederation invaders in their airborne tracks (they come like a cloud to cover the land) so that they fall dead on the mountains of Israel.

Quite literally, where ARE the mountains of Israel when Ezekiel 38/39 occurs? Anyone whose read my series 'The Prophetic Road to Revelation' Part IV: The War of Gog of Magog' knows because it proves that those mountains are in what we know to be present-day Jordan, but at that time will be Israel proper. Why? because the prophecy that God gave to Ezekiel says so.

And after the initial wave of the Magog horde of invaders are struck down dead, what happens next? Well, Ezekiel 38:20 tells us there's a great earthquake, and then, beginning with Ezekiel 38:21 God says the following:

"And I will call for a sword against him throughout all My mountains," saith the Lord God. "Every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him and upon his troops and upon the many people that are with him an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am the Lord."

This is a World War which immediately follows on the heels of the Magog military confederation's attempt to invade Israel.

And a great many expositors continue to say that the Arabs (Sheba and Dedan) and the Western Powers (the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions thereof" do nothing?

To this I say - nonsense. They are not feeble wimps. They go to war, a world war that involves all manner of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

In the timeline of the exegesis I hold to, Ezekiel 38/39 immediately precedes the 70th Week by perhaps a few months to a year or so, but not much more than that. This is why the initial appearance of the Antichrist and his confirming of a 'covenant among many' is seen as a peacemaker making peace by an international treaty.

I am sure that you, Nora, understand this, as it is stated in your p.s. comment.

However, I also I hope that this helps with the understanding of these prophecies for many, many people. It amounts the sum total exegesis of what has been written on this blog now in its 8th year.

hartdawg said...

Sean, I also heard the theory that the lion in Daniel 7 is Britain. The bear is Russia, and the final beast is catholicism. This silly nonsense is becoming more popular. Irvine Baxter, who in my opinion has some very nutty views, pushes this view. All I'm going to say about this view is that it just shows how easily people will accept anything and how vitally important it is to be a berean.
As for the "reduced America" that I asked about, it's probable that I unknowingly carried my own presuppositions into the text, something that because I was taught that most of my life it must be true. In the future I'll be more careful. I hope that I didn't get an "F" :)

Sean Osborne said...

You get an A+ for being a Berean!

hartdawg said...

You remind me of a professor I had at northwest college many years ago. I said "you didn't mention the exam was today" his response "it's in the syllabus" I said "you didn't say that was in the exam" his answer "it's in the text". He would ALWAYS say that. Sometimes you appear to be a little rough, but honestly, I really appreciate that. I understand that it's because you want us all to understand the prophetic word and expect us to do our own study. Pity that more teachers don't do that. I'm always open to correction and rebuke if it's done in a biblical way. By the way, 8th year? Where has the time gone?

Nora said...

Sean,

Yes, that's what occured to me, I remembered that the AC will be a globally celebrated peacemaker so there should be a major war first, a bigger one than what I've thought of initially. (Not that what God does with the invading forces isn't big enough in itself.)

"Being a Berean, is there even a single word or a coherent phrase of words in Psalm 83, Ezekiel 28:24-26, Isaiah 11:12-14 or Joshua 13:1-7 which speaks to the involvement of the United States of America?"

Yes, there's no mention of USA involvement. That's why I thought that the NATO forces should be weakened at some point before the Tribulation and all these prophetic wars but... meanwhile I was thinking about this topic and there's the thing you mentioned about NATO being part of the beast-system in the future. Years ago I've thought that the EU is going to build its very own army eventually, a powerful one but I don't think so anymore. The EU is in shambles right now and there's not enough time for that to happen (at least that's what I think). It seems more plausible that the AC is going to have power over and use the NATO forces one day as his own army which means that the NATO forces won't be weakened. I still don't know how the USA is going to stay out of the Psalm 83 conclusion war though. (Maybe you've got me wrong because I've always believed so that the USA is going to stay out of that war, I just don't know how that will happen if the NATO forces aren't weakened. If you wrote about that previously I apologize! I didn't go through your blog yet.)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sean, long time reader, first time writing something.

Question with respect to timing of Ezekiel 38 to the Great Trib, you said few months to a year max.

I've always held to the view that it has to take place at least 3.5 years before, due to Israelites burning weapons for 7 years. It's kind of hard if you have to flee to mountains (Petra) after the A of D.

If you've already covered it elsewhere, I'd like to read it.

Love your blog,

Many blessings to you and yours!

Maranatha!

Ben

hartdawg said...

I just heard that chief justice of the supreme Court Anthony scalia, a leading conservative voice for America just died at age 79, now obama gets to pick another one to replace him. Will you be doing a post on this?

Miriam said...

I will preface this by saying that I too have seen a few of brother Baxter's programs while flipping channels and while he hopefully means well, I came away with the strong sense that he had unfortunately "wandered off the reservation" in many respects. I am not as knowledgeable about history as many of you, and don't have any issue with Sean's analysis about the kingdoms in Daniel. In fact I think Gabriel spelled out some of their meanings to Daniel in the scripture. But at the same time, there are patterns of revelation in the scripture where things have a literal fulfillment and are at the same time a foreshadowing of other things yet to come. The bronze serpent in the book of Numbers comes to mind, which Jesus said was a foreshadowing of Himself. I can't help but wonder if those beasts have had/will have their literal fulfillment exactly as discussed here, but there might also be embedded the foreshadowing of other things yet to come in them at the same time.

Of course this may just be wishful thinking on my part and there is really no scriptural way that I can think of to substantiate this hope. But the United States has been a unique country in human history in that it was founded on the principles in God's word (although we have sadly wandered off that reservation ourselves). I went to a meeting at my local public library this past Thursday night and there is a poster displayed from our first Centennial in 1876. My jaw almost dropped as I examined it - my, how far we have strayed from our roots! But in my spirit I still have a sense that God has a special destiny for this nation, which shares certain parallels with Israel (I don't mean to imply that we are the same as Israel, which God Himself created and covenanted, just that our history contains certain patterns and similarities). Regardless, we can have peace knowing that God is in control and His perfect and just plan is moving forward.

NG said...

Hi, what is the credibility of Superstation95 who are running scary reports of potential WWIII starting right now in Syria? Sources like the Jerusalem Post or zerohedge reported Turkish officials warned today of major escalation to take place within 24 hours. Where are we headed? Will Turkey really confront Russia? They have reportedly been shelling Syrian army positions already.

Sean Osborne said...

Thanks hartdawg, much appreciated. It's a trait I have that's a left-over from training soldiers how to stay alive. Same difference now I suppose, traing for life eternal.

Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

One of the foci of this SITREP was to point out just how powerful the US armed forces remain, even after all that Obama has done, as well as how powerful the armies of EU member nations are, particularly those on the Mediterranean Sea.

Together these nations are NATO, and NATO, I have no doubt, will be the core of the beast empire's massive and nuclear-armed military power in the post-Harpazo world. The post Ezekiel 38/39 "peace treaty", that is the "covenant among many" is very likely one to be enforced through this overwhelming power. The opening of the First Seal, it would appear, sets loose these dogs of war led by the Antichrist as seen in Daniel 11:40-45.

Sean Osborne said...

Ben,

Very nice to meet you, thank you, and don't let this be your only posted comment!! Come back and speak with us often!

I put that amount of time because of the dynamic that comes into play following a war such as Ezekiel 38/39 is foretold to be. It will create a geo-political, economic and military vacuum that will have to be filled. i don't believe the man who will be Antichrist will waste much time in doing so with his confirmation of the resultant covenant.

It happens quickly. After WWII the US and Russia filled the vacuum created in Europe left by Germany's defeat and the devastation of Europe. In Asia the Communists in China and North Korea weren't idle either, as the Korean War was an after effect of the defeat of the Japanese Empire. 45 years old the not so Cold War (World War IV in my opinion) resulted. The not so 'Cold War' ended, temporarily with the collapse of the USSR. That vacuum was filled by the almost immediate expansion of NATO into central and eastern Europe. Now Russia is resurgent again and pushing back... stand by for the next world war!

In the near future, after the several of the pre-70th Week wars have run their course, a greater Israel will fill that vacuum, and this same post-war dynamic will occur yet again and rapidly following Ezekiel 38/39.

By the way... in Jesus' Olivet Discourse, following the Abomination of Desolation, as you noted, Jesus advice is for the Jews living in Judea to flee into the mountains. Look at a map and see where Petra is, what it was called in ancient times. Then look at Daniel 11:41. Petra. But after the Psalm 83 war, all of what is today western Jodran will be eastern Israel. (Ezekiel 39:9-11. How perfect a prophetic picture of the future is all of this!

Sean Osborne said...

Judge Scalia's death will likely result in the next POTUS sending the name of the nominee to fill this vacancy to the Congress. An all-out political battle will result if Obama tries (and fails) to do it. This will wait until February 2017.

Sean Osborne said...

Amen Miriam!!!

Sean Osborne said...

NG,

Turkey has reportedly shelled the jihadists who over-ran the Menagh Air Base which is just south of the Turkish border. That entire region is now a 'weapons free' fire zone; a no-mans-land for at least the past month, and possibly as far back as late November 2015.

This is the exact same region mentioned in Bible prophecy (Jeremiah 49:23-27) that I was referring to back on 15 September 2015 in Global SITREP D6-15.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such clarification Sean,

These 7 years post Ezekiel 38 always baffled me.

One thing to add to your point

Bibi and company know the Bible pretty well, Ezekiel for sure. Once these pre trib wars play out.... let's just say Petra will be pretty soffisticated place.

Maranatha!

Ben

Nora said...

"With the strategic re-adjustment that Russia is the number one threat to the USA, the Army has halted and reversed the pivot to Asia to return its power back into Europe in a process known as the European Reassurance Initiative (ERI)."

1.From my Central-European point of view nothing's reassuring about that.

2.The only reassuring thing American or more importantly NATO forces could do is keeping out of Europe the wast multitudes of invading muslim soldiers! (Australian style from the sea for example.) This should have happened long ago and the reason it haven't happened yet, I don't think it's the lack of resources or incompetence, I think it's because of a sinister agenda. Muslim soldiers/terrorists are the source of grave danger currently NOT the Russians (who should be and could be an important partner against terrorism).

Sean Osborne said...

The update about US landwarfare power returning to Europe supports my long-held contention that the post-Harpazo world of the Fourth Beast (Daniel 7:7 and Revelation 13:1-10), its overwhelming military power is that of the NATO military alliance. It has been American military power which has been the glue which has held the NATO alliance together for the past 67 years.

On the NATO website you can read these words about its history:

"It is often said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was founded in response to the threat posed by the Soviet Union. This is only partially true. In fact, the Alliance’s creation was part of a broader effort to serve three purposes: deterring Soviet expansionism, forbidding the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encouraging European political integration."

The above historical statement missed one very important point. The rise of the Fourth Beast in the last days is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy!

I wonder how many of us are aware that the creation of NATO occurred simultaneously with the return of Israel to existence among the nations of the earth? These historical facts are not coincidental.

Now, concerning the rise of NATO as seen in Daniel 7:7, which speaks of 10 horns, NATO began as a military pact among 10 European and North American nations.

Now let us read Daniel 7 verse 7 and verse 8 together as they were written (with some emphasis added):

"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
"

From among the original 10 another little horn will arise, before whom three of the originals will be plucked up by the roots. This is the basis for Antichrist having direct sovereignty over 3 of the original 10 nations. This has not yet occurred, it will be a sign for those who are watching.

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In other news, Al-Arabiya (owned by Saudi Arabia) reported on Saturday, 13 FEB 2016 that Saudi Arabian F-16 fighters have arrived at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. This reported cited Saudi Brigadier General Ahmed Al-Assiri as confirming the deployment. He also confirmed Saudi Arabia's intention to deploy its special forces into Syria. Combat aircraft from the UAE may also have joined in this deployment.

Sean Osborne said...

Nora,

Nor should the US Army's land warfare power returning to Europe be reassuring to citizens of European countries in the face of the ongoing invasion of muslims.

This is an issue the sovereign nations of Europe have to deal with individually, and if they do not address it head-on then there would be nothing US combat soldiers could do in that regard. Simply put, it's not an American combat soldier's problem to deal with.

Their immediate problem to deal with is a potential Russian blitzkrieg invasion that would overwhelm Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in 60 hours or less. This is precisely the problem the US Army realignment is intended to address. The Pentagon is pouring nearly $1 Billion dollars right now into central and eastern Europe for this purpose as an advance on the ERI program.

When it comes to Muslim refugees coming out of Syria, only direct military intervention in the Syrian civil war two years ago (2014) to create safe havens for them in Syria would have had any effect, but on the whole the European countries or the EU wanted no part of that. So instead of addressing the problem in Syria, Europe, and the US, now have to address the migrant problem on their own territories.

Even Sunni Muslim Turkey did little to address the plight of Syrian Muslim refugees; instead they opened the floodgates into Greece and Bulgaria. And who is to say that with his carpet bombing campaign in Syria Vladimir Putin is not actively creating the refugee problem for Europe. Is this not an 'act of war' against NATO?

The war is going on as we speak, and it will get far, far worse before it gets better, if it ever does truly get better. We put our faith in God; that His will be done. Marana'tha.

89rscam said...

Sean,

Does Oblabla have any say / control in these types of muscle flex or exercise?

All his decisions to this point seem to counter a "don't try it" maneuvers.

Lastly, do you assume they are acting on Intel we know nothing about? Kinda like the flyby's near China?

Ken B

Sean Osborne said...

Ken,

Folks have to understand (and I'm not sure a great many do understand)... these twin test launches were 'Don't Tread On Me" warnings of the highest order to our enemies. Very, very serious business.

Consider the complexities involved (if you can) in moving two operational Minuteman III ICBMs from Minot to Vandenberg and launching both successfully within 120 hours of each other. This simply boggles my mind.

This is how you demonstrate supreme nuclear weapons capability in a way that leaves no doubt in the minds of any enemy of what he would be up against - and what he would be up against is total annihilation within 30 minutes of attacking the US or one of our allies with WMD. The enemies are now thinking twice and very hard about acting in a suicidal manner. Even the apocalyptic Twelvers must have done a double-take when given the news about this.

The US could not have sent a stronger message short of putting a live W87 warhead in the re-entry vehicle and vaporizing a pacific atoll. As for Zero, the lame duck had no real choice in the matter; it was that serious and urgent of a message for the US to send.

This was a direct reaction to recent Russian, Chicom and North Korean actions of like-kind in recent days and weeks.

Rhonda said...

My military knowledge and understanding is zero. This question may sound like I'm
making fun, but I'm not. In light of these serious test launches, is America at
DEFCON 1,2,3,4,or 5?

Sean Osborne said...

Nora wrote (in italics): (followed by my responses to what she wrote)

"Sean,
All the security experts who have a voice in the media are saying (warning us) constantly that what’s happening is war and this is an invasion.
"

Precisely and the same point I have written here. Socialist Europe must handle Socialist European problems. America is about to elect an ardent Nationalist as its next chief executive and Commander-In-Chief. America will be busy rebuilding before we engage with Europe again.

NATO, of course, is another matter entirely. Europe is sovereign. NATO has no sovereignty. I hope you can see the real-world difference.

"I agree with you in (this) matter."

Good.

"As for Russia, I’d like to sum up my opinion shortly. I respectfully disagree with you. I can’t see Russia as the “big bad wolf” no matter where I look, be it Ukraine, the Baltic countries or Syria."

Really??? The Russian Federation, under the leadership of Vladimir 'Gog' Putin, by force of arms invaded and conquered the sovereign Ukrainian oblast of Crimea, even after the Russian Federation pledged not to in a binding internationally-brokered "covenant among many", an international treaty in other words. Russia is currently an imminent threat to do the same to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia - so say the same security experts you cited above, as well as the chief of staff of the NATO alliance. Therefore your point was dead on arrival and irrelevant due to being factually incorrect.

"Especially in the case of Syria, I can’t blame the Russians; they weren’t the ones who started this mess."

You're correct here. The catastrophe that is Syria is the creation of Islam. Period.
It is prophetic as other eschatologists and myself have been illustrating via Scripture for several years now. It will only get worse, Russia and Iran will go home, and Damascus will cease to be a city and Syria will cease to exist as a country. So has said the LORD God through His prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah.

In another matter entirely, but with respect to the leader of the Russian Federation, "Gog, the land of Magog, Ro'sh prince of Meshech and Tubal," and his confederation of other allied countries, also have an appointment with the God who is AGAINST THEM, and against whom God will sanctify Himself in the eyes of all the worlds nations in the fire of His wrath when they come against Israel in the near future.