Friday, November 17, 2017

Global SITREP D9-17: Paradigm Shattering Changes Reshaping the Middle East

Standing by...

17 November 2017: For a couple of weeks now there have been significant I&W (Indications & Warnings) of one or more conflicts erupting around the planet. It's as if the earth was a pressure cooker and occasional whiffs of escaping steam gave notice that boiling was occurring within. I&W are duly noted, but finding corroborations of what they might mean as a potential imminent fact are extremely hard to nail down with any specificity. We dealt with this to some extent in SITREP D7-17 and in the integral comments section, but nothing concrete emerged, except for what is expected per Bible prophecy. And that's where the proverbial rubber meets the 'Prophetic Road to Revelation.'

As is always true, the Bible interprets the Bible. It was this fact coupled with what can only be described as a "how could this have been missed" moment of insight that occurred just one day ago. That moment has convinced yours truly that preconceived notions about exactly how the final act of Psalm 83's  'unfinished business' scenario will manifest required an immediate jettisoning in favor of a new and likely corrected interpretive view. 

For a specific example let's look at the sequencing of these prophecies. Does the ultimate prophetic fulfillment of Psalm 83 precede or follow that of Ezekiel 38/39? 

Stop! Before you answer that question consider the lightning bolt the Lord hit me with just yesterday. Ezekiel 38:13, which begins with "Sheba and Dedan," has long been considered a critical part of Ezekiel's post-Psalm 83 prophecy. And a critical part it is, but do you see the problem it creates in a sequential interpretation of these prophecies if the descendants of Ishmael are to be completely vanquished as a result of Psalm 83? 

How are "Sheba and Dedan" - the entire Arabian Peninsula - to remain such a prominent force politically and militarily along with the "merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions" as the Magog military confederation appears descending upon a peaceful and secure Israel in a post-Psalm 83 world?

The best clue we have to this riddle is what is occurring at the present within Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE and Oman (i.e. the GCC). And what is occurring at present is nothing short of paradigm shattering changes. Without these paradigm shattering changes even thinking of a war fought against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its terrorist proxies by a military coalition that includes the Saudi-led GCC and Israel would have been, well, way out on a limb.

And that is precisely where Eschatology Today went a little over seven years ago (September 2010) in the interpretive theory looking at Jeremiah 49:34-39. Eschatology Today presented the fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy as one of a grand coalition going to war against the Islamic Republic. 

Remember this paragraph?
"In the next verse we read that the judgment comes in the form of "the four winds" (i.e. all points on the compass and intimating many nations) as being the "sword" the Lord sends after them. Also looking at the map of Iran, it does appear that Arab nations, the principle of which is Saudi Arabia, would be among those coming against Elam from the southern "wind" along with many other nations constituting the other three directions. This includes Israel and many other nations such as the NATO alliance, and clearly invokes the modern day notion of a warfighting coalition of nations such as we saw in the early 1990s Operation Desert Storm against Iraq and the present day Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan."
So, here we are in the latter weeks of 2017, and Saudi Arabia and the GCC are changing before our very eyes in ways that had we been prescient enough to elucidate it seven years ago would have resulted in copious amounts of laughter if not outright ridicule. 

Nevertheless, there were in several mostly European and Middle Eastern newspapers, published yesterday morning reports of Saudi Arabia and the GCC being allied with Israel for direct military action against the Islamic Republic of Iran and it's Hezbollah proxy in Lebanon and Syria. This joint Arab-Israeli military action is identified as one of the nascent Saudi Arabian king Mohammed bin Salman's highest priority objectives upon his ascension to the throne next week. This follows the unprecedented publication in Saudi Arabia just yesterday of an interview with Israel's military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, the subject of which was Iran being the biggest common threat in the Middle East to Sunni Arab nations and Israel. 

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Israel from Space

Evening

and Morning
14 November 2017: Found these (clickable) International Space Station (ISS) photo's online, and they're worth a couple of thousand words each. Besides, all that, they're just plain cool to look at such as yours truly has done in-depth. Interesting footnote, the ISS will observe its 20th year in orbit a year from now.

Top Photo: Looking to the north at night over Israel. Not only can you see all of Israel, but also a very large portion of the Greater Middle East as well. Notice in this image you can see the curvature of the earth, even the outline of the earth's atmosphere is visible. That's due to the altitude of the ISS being approximately 251 miles (404 km).

What struck me is how bright all of Israel is, and Lebanon in the immediate north. Bright lights on the east is Amman, Jordan. Damascus, Syria is seen east of Lebanon and north of Amman. Look closely and you can see all the way into Iraq. Cyprus and Turkey are on the left-hand margin of the image.

Bottom Photo: This ISS view is from the north looking south. The entire Nile Delta region of Egypt is seen at the top. Notice the lush greenery of Israel as compared to the in land and Sinai deserts. 

If you read Bible prophecy you might be thinking the same thoughts that I had thought while looking at these images. My thought was that most of the visible land in both images will be part of Israel proper in the not too distant future.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Global SITREP D8-17: Military Force To Pluck Euro Nations Out By Their Roots

Bundeswehr
7 November 2017: Eschatology Today has been referencing a specific event in Bible prophecy for some time now. It is an unambiguous series of signs given by God in the form of a dream to the prophet Daniel. All of these signs are detailed in what we know as chapter seven of the book which bears his name. The most critical of these signs occurs in verse eight which informs that upon the Antichrist's rising (as a little horn) among 10 already established horns (kingdoms) he will pluck up by the roots three of the 10. In other words, the newly emergent leader who will be the Antichrist, the leader of the fourth and final beast empire, will seize by some force (pluck up by their roots) three of the 10 kingdoms.

In the news yesterday, as reported by the U.K.s' Telegraph newspaper, we see the German Army (Bundeswehr) war-gaming scenarios related to the potential break-up of the European Union. These are scenarios envisioning the use of military force to prevent a BREXIT-type departure or the outright seizure of one of more sovereign nations seeking independence from a European Superstate such as the EU. The timeline for this is envision by EU military leaders as being at some point between the present and the year 2040. The underlying doctrine, known as "Strategic Perspective 2040" for the recent scenario-driven exercises of the Bundeswehr, is classified as confidential information. The direct connection between Daniel 7:8 and these type of military exercises in Europe is no coincidence.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Global SITREP D7-17: The Psalm 83 Scenario - Unfinished Business

Israel Defense Forces
1 November 2017: While the end-game plays out in both Syria and in Iraq, and probably as a direct result of those events, the past month has seen ever increasing Indications and Warnings (I&W) that the IDF will find itself involved in full-scale war in the Southern, Central and Northern Front sooner rather than later, and almost certainly during the year 2018. This assessment derives from the following link-heavy collection of recent open source news items.

The so-called "Palestinian unity" or reconciliation deal between HAMAS and Fatah of three weeks ago made clear one thing over all other considerations, and that is that all of the factions within both camps, whether in Gaza or Judea and Samaria, are in lock-step with the openly and oft-repeated goal of destroying the State of Israel. 

As we all know, this Palestinian goal is Psalm 83:4 verbatim, and that makes it a Lebanese, Syrian, Iranian, Palestinian, Israeli-Arab and Gazan goal.

Even overseas Palestinian diplomats are calling for Israel's destruction as was made clear in a 20 October Times of Israel report on a tweet by the Palestinian mission chief (Fatah) in Colombia who quoted Yasser Arafat: "Our goal is the end of Israel, and there can be no compromises or mediations…. We don’t want peace. We want WAR and victory — Yasser Arafat,"  This call for Israel's destruction was merely an echo of a call made the day before by HAMAS, as was demanded of HAMAS by their Iranian overlords. Make no mistake, Iran is seeking to engage Israel in a war involving its proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Judea, Samaria and Gaza. 

If I were the Iranian Ayatollah, I'd be worried about the potential for a pretty significant Israeli preemptive action.

These very recent newsworthy tidbits were reported on prominently in Israel and in the Brooklyn, New York-based The Algemeiner.  These important reports were completely ignored by ALL major, corporate American news organizations - including the network formerly known as "we report, you decide" FoxNews.

Today, Israeli attack aircraft (possibly F-35I Adir's) struck, apparently with impunity, an arms manufacturing plant in the area south of Homs, Syria.

Yes, there's probably more to come, so please stand by, there's a lot of unfinished business to take care of with respect to Psalm 83.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Revelation 13:14 - The Constructed Image of the Beast - Where AI Meets Non-Human Intelligence

UPDATED 25 October 2017: It's been almost five years since the original post below about "the image of the beast" was published. A lot has changed since then, and an update is mandatory, not primarily for most born-again Christians, but for those who will suddenly find themselves in a post-Harpazo world.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) and human intelligence interact on pretty much a routine basis. We human beings now regularly talk to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant or even the artificial intelligence embedded in your car, your refrigerator, or even your entire house. The AI talks back and responds directly to us about whatever ever it was that you wanted to know from it or to do for you. So, human daily interaction with AI has become common place in 2017 and is growing by leaps and bounds, technologically speaking. In three to five years time there will likely be another quantum leap in the technology driving AI. Futuristic thinkers are even telling us without any reservation that AI/Human Intelligent interactions will become even greater very soon. This isn't SciFi anymore, it's become Sci-Fact. 

However, what no one is thinking about, and what virtual none of the most well-known prophecy teachers have touched yet with a ten-foot pole is to discuss what will happen when AI and non-human intelligence are linked together in the very near future of the 70th Week. The Revelation of Jesus Christ tells us this will be the fact-of-the-matter during the 70th Week, and that man-made artificially intelligent construct empowered by a non-human demonic entity (i.e. Satan himself) will have the power of life or death over every individual living on the planet.

"[the second beast] was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[f] the name of the beast, or the number of his name." (Revelation 13:15-17)

[Perhaps if you've not read the original post form December 2012 before, now would be a good time to do so, or to refresh, and then come back up to see where we are today in 2017.]

Think about the prophetic terminology God first used 2,600 years ago to describe what this AI coupled with satanic (non-human) power of the Antichrist and False Prophet will be, and that is "shiqquwts shamem," whose full-meaning would best be expressed as "a thing of detestable, abominable filth that will cause desolation and waste" upon the earth. This thing will be stood up in the Holy Place of the coming Jewish 3rd Temple approximate;y 42 months after the Antichrist confirms a covenant among many. 

The technology that will be brought together by men at the direction of the False Prophet (the second beast from the earth) to create this abomination of desolation, the artificial creation of the created to honor and cause worship of Satan in God's Temple, is all around us. Imagine, if you will, Artificial Intelligence that includes holographic capabilities, ultra-life-like cybernetic appearance, virtual reality; a near omniscient situational awareness capable of global control over inanimate things from finance and routine commerce,  to global fleets of drones and superhuman soldiers and robotic war machines, to animate things like human beings and the ability to kill them forthwith. (This super-soldier capability is Vladimir Putin's worst nightmare!)  The ultimate in oppression and totalitarian control of every aspect of life on planet earth. And millions of our future brethren will die professing Jesus Christ, refusing to take the mark of the beast or worship his abominable image of the beast stood up in the the Jerusalem Temple. (Matthew 24:15-22)

No, this is not a plot merger of the Terminator Sci-Fi movie series and George Orwell's 1984, this is what the Bible says will take place in the very near future, and it may well be far worse than described here. The blessed hope for all mankind is the Harpazo, the sudden catching away of the bride of Jesus Christ, to escape all these things, the likes of which have never before occurred on the earth, and never will thereafter for all eternity. The only time anyone has to make a decision for Christ is right now, while there is time to do so before the Harpazo. What will you do?
 

18 December 2012: One of the things in Revelation 13:14-15 that has always fascinated me is the God-breathed prophecy that the second beast, the False Prophet, will issue a command to all mankind inhabiting the earth that they must construct an image of the first beast, the Antichrist.

"And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed."
The key sequential Greek words in verse fourteen are poieō eikōn thērion, meaning that the fully deceived men of the earth of that time will be called upon by the False Prophet to construct a likeness of the Antichrist. Understand this completely: mankind will be called upon to create an image of Satan incarnate as was man created in the image of God. This will occur shortly after the Antichrist will appear to have sustained a mortal head wound yet he will pseudo-miraculously not die as a result of it. This image of the Antichrist will be constructed by mankind to honor him.
How will mankind construct such a thing? Through the all types of emergent technological know-how that mankind will have at its disposal. It will be a 21st century technology that many are seeing greater and greater glimpses of in these pre-70th Week days: the fusing and absolute convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, artificial intelligence, robotics and instantaneous global communications that provide instantaneous global situational awareness. Mind-boggling to be sure even by 2012-2103 state-of-the-art technological advancements. 
This will be the high-tech 21st century equivalent of the statue of Zeus-Olympus that the forerunner antichrist, the Hellenic Seleucid Empire's absolute ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes stood up in the 2nd Temple on the 25th of Kislev, 168 BC. The difference between this coming outrage and the latter will be that the False Prophet will be able to supernaturally embed a demonic spirit (Greek: pneuma) within this human construct so that it will be a virtual, physical being, a totally aware and communicating entity in the service of Satan which will be capable of killing both Tribulation Saints and all of mankind who will dare to refuse it the requisite worship. Perhaps it will be the demonic spirit known as Abaddon/Apollyon who will inhabit this constructed thing; the penultimate of demonic and gentile desecration of God's Temple?
As Jesus declared in the Olivet Discourse, referring the the prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel, this action will define the mid-point of the 70th Week. He has made it unambiguously clear that this utterly detestable thing will be literally stood up in the Holy Place within the 70th Week (Tribulation) Temple; that this will be the "Abomination of Desolation." This event, Jesus tells us, will be the final sign for the Jews to flee Jerusalem with extraordinary haste; to flee in the direction of the mountains of Judea meaning 'take nothing with you, just get out of the city of Jerusalem!'

the Holy Place within the 70th Week Temple
I believe there can be little confusion or wonderment as to why the wrath of God is thereafter poured out upon the earth in such a way as there has never been anything of this scope previous or ever will there be anything like it again. And there is no further mention of the image after this. We can only assume that God utterly annihilates the "Abomination of Desolation" and it passes into oblivion without further notice.


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Global SITREP D6-17: A Few Things That Need Addressing...



21 October 2017: Its been a month since the sign of Revelation 12:1-2 was literally and gloriously fulfilled in the heavens above, yet the depression among the bride of Christ that's due to the Harpazo not occurring is quite obvious if not palpable. I think the remedy to this is to realize that listening to the musings of men regarding the things wholly within the domain of Almighty God the Father is something that Scripture has endeavored to teach us since we each were babes-in-Christ. 

It's very much the same reason Paul was obliged to write II Thessalonians 2, (Read it!) and that was because his earlier Spirit-filled teachings to the Corinthians were largely cast aside by a significant number of believers who had listened to and believed the non-Spirit-filled teachings of non-Spirit-filled men and the attendant rumors which followed in their wake. Wolves in sheep's clothing. Snake oil salesmen. And you know what, some of them, even a month later are still at it; still date-setting the utterly un-date settable, and some brethren are still listening to them and their calculated musings. 

Cleave ONLY to what the Word of God teaches - it really is that simple. "Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle." (II Thessalonians 2:15)

There's something else that just as disturbing if not more so. I'm talking now about all of this plant 9, Nibiru, planet X, Babylonian enuma elish garbage that has been invading mainstream Christian discussion of late. It's all abject nonsense and outright deception based upon unproven theory that originated in the non-Christian secular world. Simply put this topic has no place in Christian discourse except to dismiss it outright as garbage to be ignored. FoxNews publishes a report and that makes Nibiru real? Really??

Brethren, especially those of you lending an ear to this nonsense, listen up, and I'll explain it as simply and as truthfully as possible. The ancient Akkadian word NI-BI-RU simply refers to a crossing, something which intersects an established baseline. That baseline is the ecliptic plane our solar system which God created and set in motion the specific parameters thereof for all the heavenly bodies orbiting around the Sun. 

Every year at the time of the spring (March) and fall (September) equinox when our Sun rises above or falls below the ecliptic plane as seen from Earth, that particular day was known to the ancient Mesopotamian peoples - the Akkadians, Sumerians, Babylonians - as the nibiru, the crossing. Nibiru is not a planet, it is the day on which our Sun crosses the ecliptic plane year in and year out every March and September.  That's all this is, everything else is non-scholarly mis-translation of cuneiform texts and made-up nonsense from unqualified and unlearned charlatans like Zechariah Sitchin, et al. 

Again, none of this planet Nibiru, planet X nonsense has any place within Christian talk or any discussion about specifics within The Revelation of Jesus Christ about these last days prior to the establishment of our Lord's millennial kingdom, except to abruptly and soundly dismiss it as something added to that text. Adding something to the God-breathed prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is addressed in Revelation 22:18-19.

We are all alert and looking at and for the signs of His coming for us the bride of Christ. It's a "day and hour" which only God the Father knows. Yet, according to the Jewish betrothal tradition upon which the Harpazo/Rapture of the bride is derived, once the Father instructs the Son to begin the wedding by collecting His bride, one of the Grooms procession would lead the way loudly proclaiming, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!" The sounding of the shofar (trumpet) accompanies. This is what we are waiting for, this will be how our departure will occur, with an angelic shout and trump to announce His coming. 

There is no need to look at any calendar for this, that would be a completely futile endeavor to engage in because neither the day or the hour are recorded in any book, not even the Holy Bible. Therefore, there is no way to count or to calculate the number of days before its occurrence. We encourage one another with the knowledge that we are today living in the very season of its occurrence; that it will happen at any moment, in the twinkling of an eye.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Global SITREP D5-17: The War Continues... Part II

Kurdish Peshmerga front line facing Iranian-led PMU southwest of Kirkuk
UPDATE 18 October 2017: This is very likely the final update for this SITREP. In support of all that has been written here on this particular subject, I submit a Threat Matrix blog report by Bill Roggio of the very highly respected Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) Long War Journal. I urge you to read the linked report for yourselves.

This report confirms what has been independently posted here in contradiction to the obvious politically-motivated statements made by CJTF-OIR spokespersons over the course of the past few days. Those statements clearly expressed the propaganda of the Shi'a-dominated Government of Iraq (GoI) in Baghdad and their terrorist Iranian overlords. These CJTF-OIR statements are diametrically opposed to what President Trump announced concerning Iran and the IRGC last week. 

The glaringly obvious disconnect between the Commander-In-Chief in the White House and the U.S.-led CJTF-OIR HQ in Baghdad is extremely distressing. Since when does the United States provide political cover for the terrorist Ayatollah Khamenei of the Islamic Republic of Iran and his various Iranian and Iraqi sock puppets? These are the same Iranian terrorists responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of American troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and as recently reported here, continue to kill American troops serving in Iraq.

17 October 2017: Why is this SITREP important? Because Jesus said it would be important. Matthew 24:7 records our Lord saying "For ethnos shall rise against ethnos, and basileia against basileia ..."  This prophecy precisely defines what is occurring across the world, but especially in the MidEast, and particularly in Iraq. In this battle of Iraq there are Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Persians ethnic groups. Within them there are Christian, Sunni, Yazidi and Shi'a religious groups; some fighting to conquer the other, some fighting for their very survival. The importance of this should be as self-evident as it is prophetic.

What led to the Kurdish defeat and retreat at Maktab Khalid junction, Tuz Khurmatu and Kirkuk? Within the militias that make up the Kurdish Peshmerga there are eastern Iraqi Kurds loyal to the family clan in Suleimaniya, and then there are those loyal to western Kurds of Erbil and Dohuk. The Kurds are, and have been in the past, a house divided.

The eastern Kurds were visited prior to shots being fired by IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani who issued his own ultimatum to the Kurdish PUK militia to stand down as his Shi'a Turkomen Hashd al-Shaabi militiamen advanced in state-of-the-art American M1 Abrams tanks and combat vehicles acquired from stocks given by the U.S. to the Iraqi government in Baghdad. So, the PUK abandoned their posts on the southern Kirkuk front leaving the YPG and other Kurdish militia exposed in indefensible positions in the center and western fronts around Kirkuk.

For it's part the U.S. did nothing except to plead for the Iraqi government and the Kurdish government in Erbil, both of whom are supposed to be U.S. allies with the CJTF-OIR, to dialog with each other and not fight.  The offset here is that from the get-go back in 2014 when IS rampaged through Iraq the U.S. provided mechanized brigade equipment to the Kurdish Peshmerga while providing heavy armored division equipment to the Iraqi ISF. Hands-down the Kurds would be no match on a future battlefield against the forces of Iranian-dominated Iraqi government forces. The Shi'a government in Baghdad had no qualms about letting the IRGC Qods force terrorist share in the American military largesse of war-winning equipment.

The Kurds are natural allies to the West and America in particular. So too the Israeli's. However, the American government has yet to understand and foresee or to do anything constructive to halt Iranian penetration into what remains of Iraq. This issue is dealt with in detail (for those who pay attention to details) in a Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs January 2016 article entitled The Iranian Penetration of Iraqi Kurdistan. America has been more concerned about its failings in the Obama retreat of 2010 and ignored the Iranian threat to the whole of Iraq entirely. As a result the Kurds and (remnant) Assyrian Christians in Erbil and Dohuk are paying the price.

16 October 2017: Early this morning the Iranian-led PMUs initiated an all-out assault on the Kurdish defenders of Kirkuk. 

The Eschatology Today assessment of the designed purpose of IRGC general Qassem Soleimani's gambit in Kirkuk appears to have at least two primary objectives:

1) To destroy the cohesion within the United States-led CJTF-OIR Coalition headquartered in Baghdad by forcing the Iraqi Army into battle against Iraqi Kurds. An Iraqi civil war in layman's terms which pits the two primary military forces within Iraq against each other. 

2) To create a self-fulfilling prophetic condition which is a pillar of Shi'a Hojjatieh eschatology - a chaotic warfighting situation in Iraq which hastens the arrival of their mythical al-Mahdi figure. Of course Qassem Soleimani is well-positioned to inherit that coveted Shi'a mantle.

This gambit has the potential to backfire in a very big way, and that depends largely on how the United States and its allies as well as the State of Israel react to this fighting. How the Iraqi army itself reacts to fighting against the Kurds, many of whom are within its ranks, is also a critical potential to backfire. Sunni Arabs and Kurds being led into a war by scheming Shi'a is an extremely risky gambit for Iran to undertake.

Also overnight, the IAF attacked and almost certainly destroyed a Syrian SA-5 SAM site near Damascus. The potential for a full-scale three-ring circus of war in the Middle East may be in the offing, which is something most of us have been expecting for some time. More to come, obviously.

15 October 2017: Fighting has erupted between the Shi'a Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) Hashd al-Shaabi militia and the Kurdish Peshmerga at a strategic junction south of Kirkuk known as Maktab Khalid. There are also confrontations which amount to Iranian ethnic cleansing of Kurdish families in Tuz Khurmatu, about 40 miles south of Kirkuk. The initial combat engagement at Tuz Khurmatu went on for at least five hours. Thus far Iraqi regular army units have not attacked the Kurds, but have their weapons pointed at them.

The Peshmerga have stood their ground in rejecting the PMU ultimatum to withdraw by midnight Baghdad time (9 PM in London, UK). The Peshmerga have been ordered to defend their hard won territory "at all costs." The Maktab Khalid junction controls access to a nearby airbase and oil production facilities south of Kirkuk.

The PMU is a collection of Iraqi Shi'a militias which are under the direct control of IRGC Qods Force General Qassem Soleimani. The Peshmerga cites hard intelligence that IRGC officers and troops are embedded within the PMUs. These foreign-led troops are the only forces thus far to exhibit aggression against the Kurdish people. 

The Peshmerga are the primary military force of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), and have been an integral component of the U.S.-led CJTF-OIR in the fight against the Islamic State. U.S. special forces are known to been embedded with Peshmerga and other Kurdish units. In the Kurdish language Peshmerga means "those who face death." They are obviously very highly-regarded Kurdish soldiers.

Given President Trump's very recent casting of the IRGC as terrorists as part of his Iran Doctrine, it therefore follows that all IRGC-led militias would also fall under the terrorist categorization as well. The PMF attack on the Peshmerga could well be seen in the White House as an Iranian terrorist attack upon a component of CJTF-OIR. This is something that was predicted in SITREP D4-17 less than 48 hours ago.


General Geographic Area of Conflict
More as developments occur...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Global SITREP D4-17: The War Continues...


Update 13 October 2017: As expected, and strongly hinted at in the previous update, in an important policy speech this afternoon President Trump de-certified the JCPOA. More importantly this speech should be regarded as (coining a phrase here folks) the "Trump Iran Doctrine" or (TID). The TID went well beyond the provisions of the JCPOA to include naming the Iranian Shi'a Hojjatieh regime itself and its primary support mechanism, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. 

The Trump Iran Doctrine outlined key items, specifically acts of war by Iran against the United States of America, that have occurred over the course of the past 39 years. These acts of war, thus specifically enumerated, constitute the casus belli for a formal declaration of war in the future. The United States Congress has 60 days to determine a course of action, failing which President  Trump can act under his Constitutional Authority in the manner he deems proper as the U.S. Armed Forces Commander-In-Chief.

Most media are decidedly playing down the gravity of what President Trump announced today. That is not done on Eschatology Today. This is extremely serious business, and in all likelihood will probably result in direct acts of military aggression by Iranian forces against American military forces and interests anywhere in the world.   

11 October 2017: This is not new news, but within a finite number of hours President of the United States Donald J. Trump will decertify the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal). As expressed on this blog from the get-go, the JCPOA was an absolute disaster; it was the still-born baby of the godless Global Elite. It is an international agreement which is diametrically opposed to the considerable national security interests of the United States. 

As many may already be aware, the mere threat of this action taking place has the Global Elite, (the Global Oligarchy to long-time Eschatology Today readers), and their global corporate media lapdogs, simply besides themselves in hand-wringing angst. If you want to understand global who's who in the run up to the 70th Week simply look to see if a given individual or organization is for the JCPOA. Those individuals and organizations will be the Antichrist's slavish followers. Nobody in their right mind gives apocalyptic Iranian Shi'a mullahs or North Korean dictators the ability to construct nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. That kind of thing is inherently suicidal for the people who allow it to happen.

The Global Elite plainly see that an American President is about to pull that still-born baby off of life support, and they will fight his action tooth and nail, at least for a while or until the point of the JCPOA has been made moot by the fulfillment of Jeremiah 49:34-39 and Ezekiel 38/39 or global thermonuclear warfare engulfs the earth..

What will president Trump's decertification of the JCPOA mean in real terms? It will be a defining moment. It will make clear the the U.N. IAEA has been unable to verify, as required by the JCPOA, from day one that Iran has been in compliance with the provisions of the agreement. How so? Because an America decertification of the JCPOA will make clear that Iran never halted its nuclear weapons program as required; that the nuclear weapons program has been going full-steam ahead within Iranian military infrastructure as well as within North Korea. This has been stated here many times over: a North Korean nuclear test is an Iranian nuclear test.

It is the opinion of Eschatology Today that the impending U.S. decertification of the JCPOA opens the door to the military option of enforcing compliance in that Iran will 

a) not acquire the ability to indigenously produce a nuclear weapon,
b) honor commitments in countering proliferation of nuclear technology and delivery systems, and
c) end its destructive and destablizing role in the MidEast as the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism.

All of these are the end result of the aforementioned prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

10 October 2017: Just realized that this SITREP is the 500th post on Eschatology Today. Kind of a milestone I suppose, but there is much yet to be done, so now is not the time to pause in reflection.

Israel24 has published, as have other Israeli media, a report on comments made by Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman made clear that the next war will include all of Lebanon and Syria, as the correctly named "Northern Front." Lieberman also made clear that the old paradigm of northern sector fighting in either Lebanon or Syria is now dead and buried, never to exist again. From Lebanon's Mediterranean Coast clockwise to the Jordanian border is one, contiguous frontline that Israel will engage in warfighting operations with enemy forces.

Long-term Eschatology Today readers will recognize that these media reports mirror what has been posted here for a very long time now - that the next war will see the fulfillment of a flood of prophecies - one of which is key but unfortunately has long been ignored by other Bible prophecy teachers, websites and blogs

I am referring to Joshua 13, a chapter which belongs in a grouping of chapters 1-12, but for various reasons has been excluded from being grouped with those chapters. And this is just as well, because the chapter is actually a 2,700-year old prophecy for our time. 


5 October 2017: Most have probably heard by now the headline that burst forth at 4 AM this morning on the National Review that President Trump will de-certify that Iran is in compliance of the JCPOA nuclear agreement this coming Monday, 9 October.  The de-certification will effectively end the farce that has plagued the Trump Administration from the moment the president first certified that Iran has transparently, verifiably and fully implemented the agreement, and that the agreement is "vital to the national security interests of the United States."  

It has been beyond my ability to fathom why President Donald J. Trump would willingly continue with the deception and charade begun by the Barack Hussein Obama administration. The only recourse for a Christian is to state that God is in complete control and what is being done is being done because He wills it to be done. I accept this in faith; it is after all late in the 9th inning.

As the the title of this SITREP, take a moment to go over this report from Deutsche Welle issued a little over three hours ago. The so-called "de-confliction zones" have become killing zones for the Russian, Syrian and Iranian proxy forces in Syria. Indiscriminate slaughter and bombings of hospitals, schools and other critical civilian infrastructure has become rampant, intentional. Where's the antiwar crowd now? In Idlib there are now a half million civilians without and kind of medical institutions to turn to for care in a war zone.

If this kind of slaughter were done by American-led CJTF-OIR forces the antiwar crowd would be screaming for Trump's head on a silver platter. This is the kind of slaughter which could, and probably should, backfire on Russia, Syria and Iran. In all likelihood, it probably will.


Kurdistan and Israel are Allies

1 October 2017:
Contrary to reporting in global corporate media of late, the war in Syria is not over. Nor is the war in Iraq. These obviously directly related wars are in fact the same war, but there is much more to come before either is resolved and not in favor of the most belligerent party driving both of them, the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

The war in Syria and Iraq, both of whom have governments completely dominated by the Islamic Republic of Iran, are integral to the international chaos being deliberately created by the Hojjatieh clerics of Iran. The Hojjatieh are Shia supremacists who instigated the revolution in Iran of the late 1970's, and who believe that the creation of international chaos will hasten the arrival of their long-awaited and entirely mythical al-Mahdi (the 12th Imam). 

The truth formula here is simple: the war in Iraq and Syria cannot end because neither war has yet managed to create the requisite level of international chaos (rampant war) to hasten their mythical al-Mahdi's arrival. They have managed to come tantalizingly close to bringing Russia and the USA into direct conflict, and that might occur at some point, but not due to the Hojjatieh's designs. As discussed in the previous SITREP, there's a truly Divine appointment book in progress to fulfillment.


Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur), Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), Turkish Kurdistan (Bakur) and Iranian Kurdistan (Rojilat)
So, the in-progress wars and rumors thereof will continue. And the next one looming large will pit newly emergent Kurdistan (the one in Iraq - see map above) against the combined military forces of the Iranian Shia dominated government of Iraq, Iran and its proxies and Turkey. But the Kurds have a stalwart ally in Israel, which is very interesting considering the majority of Kurds are decidedly secular Sunni Muslims. (In forethought of how this will likely play out one can almost sense the Kurds turning as a nation to the God of Israel and ditching the mythical Allah. This outcome would be in keeping with a future literal fulfillment of Isaiah 19:23-25 in the Millennium Kingdom.) Israel immediately recognized the validity of the Kurdish independence vote to achieve their own state.

In the recent 25 September referendum voting on national independence for that part of autonomous Kurdistan (i.e. the Kurdistan Regional Government or KRG) within Iraq's recognized borders a full 92% of Kurds voted for independence from Iraq. For all intents and purposes Iraqi Kurdistan has been autonomous (semi-independent) since the mid-1990's, and probably since Saddam Hussein attacked Halabja with his entire arsenal of chemical weapons (Mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun and VX) in March 1988 killing 5,000 people, 75% of whom were women and children. Iraqi Kurdistan was protected by American and Coalition combat pilots enforcing the No-Fly Zone from 1991 to 1996 (Operation Provide Comfort and Provide Comfort II) and by US and UK air forces from 1997 to 2003 (Operation Northern Watch). 

NOTE: Eschatology Today is ignoring global corporate media reports of the U.S. State Department rejecting the Kurdish referendum vote results. They do not pass the 'smell test' as they reek of "Deep State" and "DC Establishment" disinformation. The fact is that the Kurds are our allies. U.S. Special Forces are embedded with Kurdish military forces in Iraq and Syria; another 5,000 provide direct support; they coordinate CJTF-OIR airstrikes when and where needed. The U.S. has heavily armed and armored the Kurds military formations to the tune of $415 billion in the past year alone. Finally, the U.S. told the Turks to take a flying leap when we went to war at the side of the Kurds and their Syrian Arab allies (the SDF). That leap remains in-progress.

Self-explanatory image.
The battle lines are drawn. They look like this: Kurdistan, Israel the US and Sunni Arab Coalition standing against Iran and its proxies, the Shi'a dominated government of Iraq, Hezbollah of Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. So, if you're among those noted above as militarily opposed to Bashur Kurdish (Iraqi Kurdish) independence, which of Kurdistan's acknowledged allies would or could you strike? Israel, of course. Hezbollah, as Iran's preeminent proxy in the region, and the its leader Hassan Nasrallah, has already made threats this morning to strike all of Israel in the near future; that no place in Israel would be secure from Hezbollah's missiles. Nasrallah's calculus is as bad as his Iranian Ayatollah's, if not worse.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Global SITREP D3-17: Ezekiel 38/39 In Living Color

Professionally equipped Russian soldiers parade for 'Zapad (West) 17'
27 September 2017: The Union State (Russia and Byelorus) just completed the large-scale Zapad (West) 17 exercise in the region of Byelorus (i.e. Belarus) which possesses strong nationalist tendencies. This region constitutes the entire northern half of Byelorus; it stretches from Grodno in the west to the capital Minsk in the center to Vitebsk (Viciebsk) in the east. 

The western sector of Grodno is also known as the Suwalki Gap. It is this gap through which Russian force would penetrate into northern Poland and all of Lithuania as well as southern Latvia so as to create a contiguous land corridor between mother Russia and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad (see clickable map below).

The size and scale of the Russian forces involved was not lost on the Byelorussian nationalist aspirants for whom the aggressive dismemberment of Ukraine remains an active memory. Nor was it lost on the NATO alliance, particularly NATO allies Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia who see this region and their lands as a potential near-term battleground. Zapad 17's importance was also paramount to Russian President Vladimir Putin who attended this exercise instead of going to the U.N. General Assembly last week. That's the gravitas of this situation among all concerned parties.

The Russian forces involved in Zapad 17 were formidable. The were commanded by and were filled with many of the same combat troops who've been battle tested in Ukraine and Syria between 2014 and the present. In fact, in my view, this force constitutes the type and size of an expeditionary invasion army that would be extremely likely to be participatory in the prophecy of Ezekiel 38. 

Looking at the soldiers (image at top) and the vehicles (images below), is to be looking at the force that will be drawn south onto the mountains of Israel when Gog of Magog finds the hooks placed in his jaws by the Lord to be an even more irresistible force than his army and his coalition allies armies combined.  

T-72B3M Main Battle Tank
BTR MDM Rakushka-M APC
BTR M3 Rakushka-M Tank
These armored vehicles were specifically designed in the last few years to accompany airborne troops into combat on a distant battlefield. The would literally "cover the land like a cloud." The Russian airborne insignia is clearly visible on the new BTR family of combat vehicles. The T-72B3M MBT at top is also decidedly lighter (aluminum vs. steel), cheaper to produce, yet just as lethal as the mainstay Russian T-90 MBT. 

This new type of Russian expeditionary force blends traditional airborne assault units (VDV) with conventional infantry for specialized operations which will also includes the airlift of artillery, tanks and entire motorized rifle brigades. This is an Indication and Warning (I&W) that both the type and the manner in which this force is turned around as prophesied by Ezekiel is no longer the stuff of imagination or conjecture. You are looking at it in living color on your computer screen.

This is the equipment that Israel will one day end up using as fuel; to despoil those who intended to take the land of Israel and its accumulated wealth as a spoil. Ezekiel 39:9 tells us that after this brief one-sided battle the people of Israel will leave their cities and set fire to all of this military equipment. These fires will burn for seven years. Ezekiel 39:10 says Israel "will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons."

This last prophetic statement appears to date this event a time to prior to the 70th Week. It's also a curious statement at that. You see the trees that are in Israel today were all planted by human hands; the hands of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) to be precise. When this land was ruled by the Ottoman Empire it had been completely deforested; the timbers were used to build railroads all over the Ottoman Empire. To date the JNF has planted over 240 million trees in Israel.

So these are the tree Israel will not have to cut down. But then I realized there's a time crunch... right after Ezekiel 38/39 is fulfilled we have the start of 70th Week to consider. There's just 42 months in the first half, and Israel will have fled from the Antichrist in the final 42 months, so when would Israel have the time to burn the weapons for a total of seven years?

Could Israel possibly burn them for the first 42 months and the remainder during the Millennium Kingdom of Christ? Perhaps. But the world, and Israel in particular at the start of the Millennium, will not have the forests that are present today. 

The first trumpet of Revelation 8:7 causes one-third of all trees upon the earth and all of the green grass to be burned up. Then there's war on an unimaginable scale, as well as more trumpet judgments and then the bowl judgments follow. What could possibly remain of the military weapons spoils taken from the Magog Confederation much less the the natural tree forests of Israel? If those days were not shortened by the Lord we know that no life on earth would have survived.

By this process of deduction we can learn, and it seems reasonably clear, that Ezekiel 39:10-11 has to find fulfillment prior to the 70th Week, because this is a time when Israel's forests are abundant and when the people are free of 70th Week persecution by the Beast to engage in a continuous 7 years of burning the weapons. This must take place to completely fulfill this prophecy as it is written. 

This brings to mind something I wrote down some time ago: God does not do His works in coincidences. The works of God, such as Ezekiel 38/39, are deliberate and at an appointed time as part of His all-encompassing plan.

Global SITREP D4-17: Mosab Hassan Yousef Ambushed the U.N. Security Council



28 September 2017: The above video was published yesterday (Hat Tip to Jen). The location is the UN Security Council chamber. The final speaker in this video is Mosab Hassan Yousef, a/k/a "Son of HAMAS" which is the name of the 2010 book that serves as Mosab's autobiography. Mosab's father is Sheikh Hassan Yousef, the 1986 founder of HAMAS. Mosab spent time in Israeli jails. He became a covert operative for Shin Bet. During one stint in an Israeli prison a Messianic Jew witnessed to him and Mosab accepted Christ as his savior.

In this video Mosab is the invited guest speaker for the Geneva, Switzerland-based UNWatch.Org. This is a video you will enjoy as much as the man wearing glasses seated directly in front of Mosab enjoyed it. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Global SITREP D2-17: The Endgame Part II


23 September 2017: This evening as the sun sets the Revelation 12:1-2 sign is in the western sky. The sign has been fulfilled exactly as it was written. 

It remains my hope is that folks reading Eschatology Today took note of what was written in the first part of The Endgame and going all the way back to when this subject first appeared here three years ago. 

The note which should have been taken was that at no time did Eschatology Today identify 23 September as the date of the Harpazo. That is something other over zealous brethren had done elsewhere on the web. Therefore, no comments from any quarter to this or any previous Revelation 12:1-2 posts regarding September 23 as a Harpazo non-event will be approved to appear on this blog.

The emphasis here has always been on the sign detailed in the text of Revelation 12:1-2. The focus here has also has been, to repeat what was written here four days ago: 

"In all of this we can comfort and care for each other in the knowledge that during this endgame our blessed hope will occur in the twinkling of an eye.

So, this is where we are at the present time. There are other things that could be cited which are concurrent, moreover, in the next few days we could expect even more things to occur, and from September 24th going forward even more will occur.  The sign for Revelation 12:1-2 has been given, I believe, to wake up even the most deeply slumbering among us."

Eschatology Today will move forward with its decade-long focus on current events as seen through the clarifying lens of the LORD's inerrant prophetic word.

To those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, who have not yet established a personal Father-son, Father-daughter relationship with our Creator God through the blood of Jesus sacrifice on the cross... now would be a great time to make it right before the Harpazo occurs in the next twinkling of an eye.

LOOKING UP, ARMS RAISED IN EXPECTATION!!!
Even so, come Lord Jesus!