Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Global SITREP B8-18: Iran

UPDATE 26 June 2018: Early this morning Israel struck Iranian muntions just delivered by Iran to Damascus International Airport. There is some confusion of whether the Israeli missiles came via aircraft or were surface-to-surface missiles. In either case Israel's anti-Iran doctrine remains in full effect.

Also, the general revolt by the people against the Ayatollah's regime is once again at a nationwide fever pitch. The Jeremiah 49:34-39 prophecy continues in its process of fulfillment.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has, since President Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA fiasco, begun to face extreme economic crisis that become more acute each passing day. Recent reports had put the exchange rate between the Rial and the U.S. Dollar at 42,000 to 1. New projections from within Iran say the exchange rate will increase to 60,000-65,000 Rials to 1 U.S. Dollar. Contrast this to the exchange rate at the time of the Iranian Shi'a Revolution in 1979 when the exhange rate was 7 Rials to  Dollar. This is the engine driving the revolt against the mullahs regime. 

In Tehran tens of thousands are marching in protest, and across the country the same is seen in major cities and smaller towns, villages. Instead of the regime's favorite protest mantra of "Death to America; Death to Israel," these protestors are chanting "Death to Palestine," "Help us, not Gaza," and "Our enemy is right here, they lie and say it is America." Therein is the rub, because the $billions Iran recieved as a bribe for agreeing to the JCPOA went straight to the IRGC-QF to fund its foreign wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza as well as its global terrorist activities. 

What happens when the cash dies up? What happens when the regime can no longer fund the IRGC-QF which funds HAMAS and Hezbollah? The regime will fail its purpose, Iran itself will become another islamic failed state, and the Tehran street protestors chant of "Death to Palestine" will become a reality. Consider that projection in light of Bible prophecy. What becomes of HAMAS in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon when the Islamic Republic of Iran goes into total economic meltdown. What happens to Bashar al-Assad in Syria when Iran can no longer pay his army and his very expensive bills? Pretty obvious, no?

And despite all of this the regime's military leadership, truly grasping at fear-mongering straws, has recently gone public with a claim that Saudi Arabia was planning to invade Iran; that this Saudi invasion would be met in its first minute by 1,000 missiles being launched destroy the Saudi royal palaces in Riyadh. Any authortarian regime which issues such a "wag the dog" claim as this is actually staggering about on very weak legs. And yet, there's Jeremiah 49:34 telling us straight away that those Iranian missiles will never fly in a conflict.

19 June 2018: About 48 hours ago Israel sent the strongest possible message to Iran and Russia when IAF strike aircraft struck and devastated an Iraqi Shi'a militia convoy that had just crossed into Syria from Iraq at Al-Qaim. The specific location is seen in the map below on the western bank of the Euphrates River, near the town "Albu Kamal" (directly below the word "IRAQ.")

Military situation in Syria, June 2018

The Israeli airstrike on the Kata'ib Hezbollah militia, under the direct command of IRGC-QF General Qassem Soleimani, was originally attributed to the U.S.-led CJTF-OIR. Casualties are reportedly well beyond the numbers currently reported in corporate media.

The seriousness of this strike lies in the fact that the IAF flew a minimum 1,200 miles round trip to take out the Iranian-led militia convoy. Kata'ib Hezbollah has previously vowed to attack both U.S. and Israeli forces. Israel has now repeatedly struck Iranian military in Syria multiple times over several months without a serious response.

5 June 2018: Virtually all talk and attention in recent days is about U.S. President Donald Trump's scheduled summit meeting with North Korean (DPRK) dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore six days from today. The meeting will focus on the de-nuclearization of North Korea or it will be over before it begins. So far so good according to everything coming from the White House.

However, the really important issue above and beyond North Korean de-nuclearization is the de-nuclearization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Remember, both the USA and Israel have declared nuclear policies that Iran will not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. Remember also what occurred as President Trump first meet with the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping - American cruise missiles were striking targets in Bashar al-Assad's Syria due to his regime's use of WMD against his civilian population. This is important for us to remember. It certainly made an impression upon Xi Jinping.

The threat of American military action against North Korean nuclear sites is still an option should the US-DPRK summit go south. Now imagine the effect on Kim Jong Un should the US and our allies launch preemptive strikes on Iranian nuclear infrastructure either just prior to or during the summit. The precident has been set, so it's not out of the question. The message remains the same, and that is de-nuclearization, or else. 

This is not to say this is what will happen, but there is a very strong possibility it could happen now that Iran has announced its intent to the IAEA of the United Nations to begin anew enrichment of uranium hexaflouride to levels suitable for weapons grade fuel. Remember President Trump's warning to Iran of one month ago of there being "very severe consequence" should their nuclear program processes be restarted. The American president was explicit in his warning to the mullahs: "You can mark it down. If they restart their nuclear program they will have bigger problems than they've ever had before." These are not idle words. If they were hard currency you could take them to the bank.

Iran already has very significant problems with Israel in Syria. Iran also has very significant problems in Iraq with that nation pulling itself out from under regional Iranian hegemony. Ditto for Saudi Arabia and the GCC countries, as well as Yemen where the Houthi's that Iran has supported are decidedly on the losing end of that war. And then there are the very significant problems that face the Iranian clerical regime within Iran itself. If real news were to come out of Iran it would show how the revolution against the regime is very much alive and rapidly gaining in strength and even expanding. Three weeks ago the southern city of Kazeroun looked very much like  a counterpart in Syria - a war zone in other words. The revolution in Iran is also nationwide.

If one were to take stock of all these things one would realize that they very much resemble what Jeremiah 49:34-39 has foretold. The clerical regime in Iran is being confronted by external military enemies; by extremely harsh economic sanctions, and internally by its own people all at the same time. This is a trifecta recipe of disaster for the Iranian regime. One would have to be Spiritually blind not to see what is coming; what has been foretold is now plain as day. 

Update 10 June 2018: The two fearsome-looking weapons seen above have been in the news since March of this year when they were declared combat ready in OSINT reporting. This is an Indication and Warning (I&W). It could also be an After Action Report (AAR). 

The weapon is known as the Rafael SPICE 1000. SPICE is shorthand for Smart, Precise Impact, Cost Effective. The SPICE 1000 is a satellite and/or electro-optically guided stand-off weapon that will be, or has already been, carried on Israel's newly acquired F-35I Adir strike aircaft. SPICE 1000 is also carried externally on the F-15I Ra'am and F-16I Barak/Sufa (image above) strike aircraft of the IAF. 

Carried and deployed from within the internal weapons bay of the F-35I Adir the enemy targets belonging to Iran or Syria would never know what had hit and destroyed them. Such has been the case in Syria recently when unknown aircraft and weapons created havoc in northern and central Syria primarily against Iranian targets. 

Hence, the strong potential for this SITREP update being an AAR instead of an I&W report. And yes, the enemy never saw this package of 1,000 lbs of boom coming.  Not only is the F-35I a stealth aircraft, but it could easily have flown its strike mission against Iranian targets in Syria from a position in the Eastern Mediterranean off the Lebanese or Cypriot coastlines. Surprise! 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Global SITREP B7-18: Eschatology Today Ahead of the Curve

U.S. F-22 Raptors over Syria

UPDATE 22 June 2018:  The specific American and Israeli warnings notwithstanding regarding established de-confliction zones, Syrian and Iranian forces have begun their offensive drive to the Jordanian and Israeli borders (Deraa and Golan). At the moment the U.S. is attempting to halt the offensive through diplomatic means. When the diplomatic effort summarily face-plants itself, the only other option will take precedence in an entirely predictable and prejudicial manner. The U.S., Israel and Jordan are on the same page and will act accordingly.

26 May 2018: This entry is to note how far ahead of global corporate media are the readers of this blog. As of this morning, and with respect to certain events that have taken place in the ongoing war in Syria (Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49:23-27), the lead-time has been measured at 3 months and 9 days.

In Global SITREP A8-18, in the section dated 16 Frebruary 2018, the "Battle of al-Tabiyeh" near Dier-Ez-Zor which took place on 7 February is noted with some detail.

Just yesterday, Friday, 25 May 2018, the globalist media kigpin, a/k/a The New York Times, finally got around to reporting on this same battle.  There is considerable detail in the Times' version of the battle. 

However, the reason for this delay is simple, to alert the world to the probability of an impending clash of the same forces (i.e. Russians and Americans) that engaged at Dier-Ez-Zor. The difference is this time the battle will occur in the region we know from Isaiah 17 as the "cities of Aroer," that is, southern Syria and northwestern Jordan, from Israa, Deraa and As-Suwayda in Syria to Irbid, al-Mafraaq and Jerash in Jordan. All of this region is adjacent to Israel's Golan.

The importance here is obvious:

1. The entire region is a US, Israel and Jordanian controlled deconfliction zone agreed to between the U.S. amd Russia back in 2017.
2. The agreement includes a ceasefire among the locally warring parties, with Syrian government and Iranian military proxies to the north, and US-Jordanian trained and equipped rebel forces within the region.
3. This area has been a focus for Iranian forces as it is an obvious path to flanking Israel's forces deployed on the Golan. It is also the air corridor used by Iran for reconnaissance/attack drones like the one shot down by the IDF which sparked a fierce battle won by Israel.

For these reasons this past Friday the US warned both Russia and Syria plus its allies that any attack by their forces into this region will by met with "firm and appropriate measures" by US and allied military forces (i.e. Israel and Jordan). This would put US, Israeli and Jordanian forces in direct conflict with Russian, Syrian and Iranian forces. 

Looking Further Ahead

For his part, Israeli PM Netanyahu also just reiterated that the Israeli-Iran/Hezbollah conflict is not over, nor will it be as long as Iranian forces and the Shi'a proxies, like Hezbollah, remain in Syria. Israel is also targeting Iranian weapons manufacturing in Lebanon. This Israeli operation is more than sporadic attacks on Iranian targets in Syria and Lebanon; it is now a full-fledged campaign to drive Iran and its proxies out of Syria and to engage in a process of neutralizing Hezbollah's significant military capabilities in Lebanon. This campaign in part also dovetails with the strategic US campaign against Iranian nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Update 31 May 2018: With Bashar al-Assad officially declaring there are no Iranian military forces in Syria, only advisors, the door has swung open for Israel to engage Hezbollah and IRGC-led Shi'a militias that have massed in southern Syria. We all know this powder keg could blow at any moment.

Update 4 June 2018: Of course neither Syria, Iran nor Hezbollah is fooling anyone by putting Syrian uniforms on Hezbollah or other Iranian proxy forces in Syria near Israel's northern border. And it is hoped that Israel is not being naive regarding the double and triple game Russia is playing against them in Syria. The Russians cannot be trusted, period. 

Additionally, the amount of Russian-generated disinformation being propagated over the past few weeks is simply staggering. When it comes to Information Warfare (IW), Russia has taken it to a whole new level, one which required the Israeli government to issue strongly worded denials as a counter-action to the Russian (and Iranian) disinformation that global media lapped up like starving dogs. Nevertheless, folks in Israel and in the West consummed the disinformation their media presented as fact and are now fully disinformed about what is occurring in this war zone. Events will have to overtake them for the truth to be revealed.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Global SITREP B9-18: The Kings

"the kings"
15 June 2018: Our brother Nick posed a question to me via email the other day about the kings mentioned in the Book of Daniel. his question was in an Email because - for whatever reason - Nick simply couldn't get online to pose his question as a comment in the last SITREP. And I thought my plan of action of sending an Email back to Nick with my answer would be a simple thing to do; I thought my understanding of Daniel that has developed over many years is fairly solid, so writing an Email response would be not issue at all. 

Well, I'm here to tell you no sir and no ma'am, that plan of action was simply not going to happen. Firstly, every time I tried the words never got to be more than four or five and the train of thought would fizzle. Dead stop. Try again. Same thing. Forty-five minutes later I fully understood because the LORD let me know very clearly that my response had to be done here, in this manner. There was something important I had to learn anew and pass along to others who read here. 

Have you ever had the thought or wondered why God sent the angel Gabriel to provide the prophet Daniel the specific information that we read in Daniel chapters 10 and 11? I've never read an expose that speks to this question by any biblical eschatologist. Why was it important for Daniel, and, by extension, all of us, to learn about the kings of the north and south in chapter 10? What more important lesson could there be within all of the dialog foretelling a couple hundred years in advance specific details regarding two of the four empires that came out of Alexander the Great's Empire (i.e. the third beast empire)? This is directly related to Daniel 8:21-22, but we'll get to that shortly. So, for us this is ancient history; fulfilled prophecy, right? Or is it? Could it be a two-fold prophecy?

The two empires I'm talking about are the Greek Seleucid in southwest Asia, and the Ptolemaic Empire centered in Egypt and the Levant. The king of the north and the king of the south. Long story short, over hundreds of years and several successor kings of these two empires and umpteen battles between them, it finally came to pass that the king of the south emerged victorious over the king of the north. But not by his power did the king of the south be victorious over the king of the north. 

God sent another empire, another "king" to subdue the king of the north. The new king was Rome, the fourth (and final) beast empire which put an end to the king of the north's plan to conquer the Ptolemite throne in Egypt. I've written of this part before on Eschatology Today, but not in this manner. The king of the north was Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and his encounter in northern Egypt with a Roman consul who drew a line on that sandy beach and informed the precursor of the coming Antichrist, if you cross this line you will be at war with the Roman Republic. Antiochus thought wisely and turned his army north, marching them to Jerusalem where the precursor of the coming "Abomination of Desolation" took place in the Second Temple in 167 BC. A hudred years later, circa 64 BC, Rome would complete the conquest of the Seleucid Empire, and thereby all of what had been the third beast empire because part of the fourth beast empire just as God had revealed to Daniel back in Daniel 2:36-45. 

The Daniel 2 prophecy is expounded upon in Daniel 7, but with an over 2,000 years twist. The fourth beast which consumes the third beast, which had consumed the first and second beast, is now send as a ten-horned beast. But Rome isn't to be a ten-horned beast until the time of Israel's 70th Week. In Daniel 7:7 we have it in plain text, absolutely unambiguously i would add, that ancient Rome, which was never a ten-headed beast, is the same as the fourth beast of the 70th Week. This beast will control territory in Europe and well as in southwestern Asia, exactly as ancient Rome did. Two feet representing two land masses, with five toes on each foot. those five toes are the ten horns. And (Daniel 7:8 and 7:24) the eleventh, the little horn, which rises up among the ten is Antichrist.

Hopefully, I haven't lost anyone yet and you're following this eschatological trail of bread crumbs. Like the Revelation of Jesus Christ the Book of Daniel bouces forward and backward in time as we understand it. So we come to Daniel 8 and Daniel 8 has a great deal to do with what follows in Daniel 10 and 11. Now we're launched back to Daniel 8:21-22. Greece, which we know all four horns, which stood up in place of Alexander's Empire, are conquered by Rome. And read verse 23: "And in the later time of their kingdom..." Here again is a 2,000+ year leap forward in time to the present era, to the era of Israel's 70th Week as detailed by the angel Gabriel in the subsequent chapter, Daniel 9.

Now moving along, Daniel 10 gets really, really interesting. It should be fresh in your mind, yet recall that Gabriel has just given Daniel the 70 Weeks prophecy that we read in Daniel 9:24-27. Yet in Daniel 10:10-21 we see the same over-arching prophecy tied-in directly with various angelic beings which are manifested as prices or kings over a couple of specific nations of interest: Greece and Persia. These angelic beings are engaged in fighting each other as well as manifesting in the events that directly affect these nations and their futures. There is also an incredible, little mentioned note here regarding what had been previously written in what gabriel refers to as "the Scripture of Truth" and which this angel intends to reveal to Daniel for the specific purpose of fulfilling what was stated in verse 14: "I have come to make you understand what will happen your your people (the Jews) in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come." 

The Bible, especially the Old Testament in which the Book of Daniel is a key part, has not yet been written as the time this meeting between Gabriel and Daniel takes place, i.e. the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia. So the "Scripture of Truth" Gabriel is referring to must be some Heavenly tome of the things that will be; an angelic book of God-breathed prophecy.

Daniel 11 begins with the warring kings of the north and south. This time is the first year of Darius the Mede which turns the clock back to Daniel 5:30 and the aftermath of the "writing on the wall." So Daniel 11 begins by recapping a foretelling of future events which we've also seen in Daniel 8:21-22, and the wars between the Seleucid Greeks (kings of the north) of Babylonia and the Ptolemaic Greeks of Egypt (kings of the south). At verse 20 the text begins speaking specifically about Antiochus IV Epiphanes, the forerunner of the coming Antichrist. At Daniel 11:30 we see Antiochus IV Epiphanes being turned back by Rome (western ships of Kittim that sailed from Cyprus). Again, this was fulfilled in 168-67 BC. And the blasphemous actions at verses 30-31 are an exact foreshadowing of the mid-70th Week 'Abomination of Desolation."

Suddenly as verse 36 the narrative Gabriel is giving to Daniel jumps forward in time, from discussing the forerunner of the future Antichrist, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and his battles against Greeks in Egypt, to the actual man who will be the coming Antichrist. An intantaneous forward leap of approximately, 2,100 years into the future, our present era, this generation. Instantly, we see in this prophetic Scripture that the king of the north and the king of the south are no longer fighting each other as they did for all of the 3rd and 2nd centuries before Christ- they are suddenly allies standing against the Western Antichrist of the 70th Week.

And it is here that some error has been made. In earilier eschatological works various writers had erroneously assigned the 'king of the north' nomenclature upon the coming Antichrist. Nowhere is the made more clear than in Daniel 11:40 where both a future king of the north and a future king of the south will together attack the Western Antichrist, and whom we know for certain is directly associated with both Greece and Rome, and a kingdom which begins wth ten horns, or kings of nations, among whom he was the eleventh to rise up among them and pluck a certain three of those ten out by the roots for himself. Those ten horns (kings) are represented in the image at the top.

In Daniel 11:40-43, as a direct result of the Western Antichrist being attacked by a king of the north (probably Russia) and a king of the south (North African nations), a great war erupts in the Middle East. This could very well be a world war as well, as we can see in Daniel 11:44 the king of the north and those from the east cause Antichrist to go on an even greater warfighting campaign. This I believe is the lead in to the final battle of Har Megiddo and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.