Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Global SITREP E2-18: IDF Operation Northern Shield

FINAL UPDATE 16 December 2018:  Comments that were made yesterday and early this morning are going to constitute the final update for this SITREP.

The shoot down of the Russian IL-22M (NATO Name: Coot-A) ELINT aircraft (See: Global SITREP D1-18: The End-Game in Syria?) in mid-September did indeed launch the "end-game" in Syria. In fact, that critical event has become the direct impetus for the literal fulfillment of Ezekiel 38:7 NKJV, which reads:
"Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them."
Here are the details of which Eschatology Today is now fully aware. One week ago a senior IDF military delegation, led by IDF Operations commander Major General Aharon Haliva, and his staff traveled to Moscow to meet with his direct Russian Federation military counterpart.  

Now understand this, most published media accounts, including and especially Israeli media, about this allegedly high-level face-to-face meeting are disinformative at best. These reports deliberately obscure the true net results of what took place. There is one exception that Eschatology Today located yesterday, and that report was published by YNet News yesterday morning.

The senior Russian officer did not meet with MG Haliva. In fact MG Haliva and his staff were snubbed completely by the Russians. The Russian officer who did meet with MG Haliva was his subordinate stand-in, Major General Vasily Trushin. This thing here is that MG Trushin, who is about to retire, has no direct connection to the Russian military operations in Syria. According to an un-named IDF official, MG Trushin is the only Russian military officer to have any regular contact whatsoever with Israel since the Coot-A shoot down by Syrian forces. As reported by Ynet News, 

"Furthermore, the Russians set the date for the meeting knowing full well that their chief of military operations, chief of staff, defense minister, and a large part of the Russian military brass would not even be in the country during Haliva’s visit."
 These details are critically instructive about what the IDF delegation actually returned from Russia with. And that is nothing more than a continuation of discussions on "security coordination" in Syria through which zero of substance is accomplished. Israel, as represented by the IDF, was snubbed in the most overt, in-your-face manner possible by Russia. Israel's best efforts at diffusing tensions with Russia, which are not Israel's fault but Syria's, have been repeatedly rejected. Moreover, the Russians have given the Iranian military forces in Syria, including Hezbollah, the freedom to disguise themselves by flying the Russian flag wherever they may be operating. 

This is essentially Russia fulfilling in real-time the prophecy of Ezekiel 38:7 in guarding them from Israeli military attacks and allowing Iranian and Syrian forces to soon fire upon Israel from their positions flying the Russian flag. What takes place next, preemptive or not, is eminently predictable as we know from several of the ancient Hebrew prophets God-breathed texts.

14 December 2018: The case for direct linkage of several major prophecies (i.e. prophetic dominoes) is becoming easier with each passing day. Take Isaiah 17 for example. There's some intel circulating in the past few days, especially since the alleged IAF strikes on Kisweh and Harfa of a week ago (AFP image above), that the IRGC-QF has deployed Hezbollah units in a continuous line along the Syria-Lebanon border, and then in a semi-circular ring around southern Damascus. 

In addition to these deployments IRGC-QF has deployed its Shi'a militias in front of the Hezbollah positions facing the Golan and Israel. The thinking that goes with this intel is that Iran is preparing to open a broad front against Israel from both Lebanon and Syria, with the initial intent of slicing off the Galilee region, or a good chunk of it, from Israel. Simultaneously the terror in Judea and Samaria and from Gaza is intended to encircle Israel with conflict on all sides. 

The current Eschatology Today assessment holds that Israel will continue to act preemptively as discussed in this SITREP, probably with its regional allies and without so much as a peep of warning, to continue thwarting the Iranian war plans. Think: modern maneuver warfare on steroids, in-depth and well behind enemy lines. It's just a matter of time; yet sooner rather than later.

12 December 2018: There are a handful of updates gleaned from OSINT in the past few days to keep us all ahead of the curve. The events may seen to some to be a world away and no great concern to us. However, as you will soon see, that is not the case.

1. Most of the civilized world is aware, ad nauseum, thanks to media hyping, of the brutal Saudi killing of journalist Adnan Khashoggi. Yet most are completely in the dark about two Iranian murder plots to be executed on foreign soil. One, thwarted in the nick of time last month by Danish intelligence, involved an Norwegian-Iranian who planned to murder an Iranian dissident in Denmark. The other was exposed last July after Austrian intelligence arrested an Iranian diplomat who was leading a plot to bomb an annual meeting of Iranian dissidents in Paris. President Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended that meeting. So, behind the scenes, those in power in the West are well aware of the malignant nature of the Iranian Shi'a Twelver regime in Tehran.

2.) Iran has within the past day officially acknowledged the test launch of their Khorramshahr MIRV ICBM. This test has set the EU, specifically the UK, Germany and France, firmly against the Islamic Republic, because they now realize Iran could today hit the heart of the EU with MIRVed warheads, possibly nuke warheads unless Iran's clandestine nuclear program is halted. This reality scares the EU's governing body, and not due to any regard for the prophetic text of Jeremiah 49:34-39. Their anxiety is instead due to Iran's flagrant violation of what they do hold as sacred - UNSCR 2231, a/k/a Annex B of the 2015 JCPoA. These two items have had a cumulative effect upon Western leaders lead us directly to the third and most important part of this update. 

3. There is a growing realization among the Western intelligence community, especially in Israel, that the largely down-played Iranian Shi'a Twelver apocalyptic worldview did not suddenly cease to exist with the fall from power of Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Rather it is very much alive and well within the Ayatollah, his clerics and the current Iranian president Rouhani. Western intelligence now believe in the reality that Iran is planning a "massive regional war" in furtherance of the Twelver objective of hastening the arrival their al-Mahdi figure. Put another way, our guys now believe their guys are serious of creating an apocalypse in the Middle East. The intel folks assess the sum total of all Iranian actions, covert and overt, from the Hezbollah tunnels to Gaza, to Lebanon, to the Gulf and even to Central and South America, all have the common objective of being preparations for war.

One last note, and this one really brings it home. It's been revealed that the "Hezbollah tunnel operative" seen recently on an Israel robot video camera has been identified an an Iranian known by the pseudonym "Azaladin." This Iranian is known to have trained with Mexican drug cartels on the U.S. southern border. Kinda puts a new light on what President Trump said on live TV yesterday with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer regarding who we've captured, who we've seen, and who's still there, as well as the urgent requirements of our own border security. We need to forcefully tell the politicians to stop playing politics with our national  well being - or else.

Israeli soldiers work on their tanks at a staging area near Israel's border. Israel launched a large operation Monday to destroy Hezbollah terror tunnels. (AP/Ariel Schalit)

8 December 2018: As ONS continues apace, the anticipated forward deployment of the IDF into Lebanon proper to complete destruction of discovered tunnels may be a step or two away rom becoming reality. Hezbollah appears to want this to occur. So, within this light the statement today by Minister Yoav Glanat on Israel Channel 10 News is worth noting. This is not a new statement as it has been stated previously when the threat of war with Hezbollah reared its head a couple of time in the past decade or so. 

 "We must trust the IDF and its strength, we know what to do. It does not mean that we want a war, but if we have one, we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age." - Housing Minister Yoav Galant on 8 December 2018. 

Note: Yoav Galant is a retired IDF Major General. A former commander of the Southern Command, MG Galant led the IDF against HAMAS during Operation Cast Lead of 2008-09. 

4 December 2018: Overnight the IDF launched a large-scale operation, code named Operation Northern Shield (ONS for short on this blog), to destroy invasion tunnels built by Iran's Lebanese military proxy force Hezbollah. No doubt these intended invasion tunnels were constructed with funds provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Israel has issued warnings to both Hezbollah and the Lebanese Army about the deadly danger they would find themselves in should their forces approach the border.

A quick review is in order to place a series of major recent events in the proper perspective, as they are all part of the larger ongoing war between Iran and Israel.

1. Just over three weeks ago, as ordered by Iran, HAMAS and the PIJ in Gaza launched a massive barrage of nearly 500 rockets into southern Israel. Israel countered this attack with an even more massive set of counter-strikes into Gaza. HAMAS plea for a ceasefire were accepted by Israel, which created a serious problem for Netanyahu's coalition govenment. Assurances were made that the ceasefire was necessary in that a larger issue was at-hand.

2. One week later Israel launched massive punitive attacks on Iranian and Hezbollah positions, command posts and military warehouses across the breadth of southern Syria, right up to the Golan area of Quneitra. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah go silent and lick their serious wounds. Israel watches and waits for retaliation which does not materialize.

3. Operation Northern Shield is launched launched one week later, and as of last evening Israel time the operation was well under way to locate and destroy the tunnels that Iran had planned for Hezbollah and its other proxies forces to invade and seize Israel's Galilee region. These tunnels are a casus belli for Israel to re-engage Hezbollah in combat as they are an obvious and blatant violation of the ceasefire that ended the 2006 war under a U.N. resolution.

Related: IRGC Test Launch of Khorramshahr MIRV MRBM

It should go without saying, but only destroying one-half, the half that are inside the Israeli border, of each of the several Hezbollah invasion tunnels will never result in a "mission complete" status for Operation Northern Shield. The IDF will of necessity have to also destroy the half of the tunnels inside Lebanon. That will bring war against both Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). And that war will require Israel to subdue ALL of Lebanon, and in that we should find the fulfillment of the ancient Joshua 13 directive prophecy found in verses 1 through 7. Verses 8 through 33 deal with the inheritance of the lands in present-day Jordan east of the Jordan River. Israel's possession of these lands in also in accordance with the prophecy of Isaiah 11:14 as well as Ezekiel 39:11-16. 

Eschatology Today cares not what any man or group of men have to say, only what the prophetic Word of God has long ago said about these matters before us today. Marana'tha!


Sean Osborne said...

Items 1-3 are preemptive actions necessary to prepare the battlefield, all directly related to the war against Iran and its proxies.

Iran is likely to direct HAMAS and PIJ to open fire on southern Israel again in support of Iran, Syria and Hezbollah in the north.

The "sacrifices" Bibi Netanyahu spoke of a couple weeks ago are the civilian losses that are certain to occur when full-scale warfare in the north erupts.

War on this anticipated scale has never occurred in the Levant before.

Through and Through said...

Totally agree Sean. T.o.I. noted today that the PM quoted the tunnel operation as being ‘only a small piece of the big picture’ of Israel's response. You don't need to be a super analyst to read between those lines.

Buckle up folks!

Ryan D

Sean Osborne said...

The re-imposed economic sanctions on Iranian oil exports and such kicked in yesterday. Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, immediately declared Irans intention to militarily prevent any oil exports from exiting the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz.

The U.S. 5th Fleet might find itself on a war footing before the sun sets this day.

Sean Osborne said...

Anybody really think that UNFIL and the Lebanese Army will destroy the Hezbollah tunnels inside Lebanon?

There's a less than zero chance of that occurring.

jmoll106 said...

Purely a rhetorical question. :)

Zero chance is right.

jmoll106 said...

I hope Heather Nauert will be as good as Nikki Haley at the U.N.
I can't remember anyone as strong as her in her conviction to represent the United States. (And speak for Israel).

Sean Osborne said...

Buckle up is the right option for some, no doubt.

I've always preferred to join the fray sans any harness; trusting His arms to carry me through.

Sean Osborne said...

The Leftist and Globalist cabal despise Heather Nauert. POTUS Donald Trump nominating her to be our United Nothings Ambassador should now free her diplomatic lips to deal with their vitriol quite effectively.

Anonymous said...

Sean & friends,

Shalom and Hannukkah greetings.

Not asleep, but watching and listening in the background to the blog, and trustable other men, brothers in Messiah Jesus.....

Well, we seem to be a hairs trigger away from a real fight with Hezbollah & co, not the opening little bouts over the last years or so....

Pray that Messiah Jesus gets Israel, under Bibbi's command, a delay for its best timing of the fight ahead against the enemy, otherwise it wont be a "Yom Kappur" scrap this time, but a Christmas season surprise! - in the worst season there - wet and muddy.....

Maranantha. & Christmas season greetings to you all from -


Near the ends of the earth.

Sean Osborne said...

There are 'rumors' in Lebanese Arab media about thier army tanks moving south to the border due to reports of IDF troops having crossed into Lebanon. No way to verify this at the moment; it's a wait and see situation.

Also awoke today with an urgent question to seek something out. And it was found. What was found is that Eschatology Today is the only prophecy blog or website to have dealt with Joshua 13:1-7 as a yet unfilfilled prophecy. From 2011 to the present, for 7 full years and no other prophecy site has so much as touched this subject with a ten foot pole. Astounding.

jmoll106 said...

When God says there remains very much land yet to be possessed, I think He means it. We generally mess up the timing. Our confidence is in His word.

These finer details your pointing out are just as important. We would appear to be running out of time for these to fit in to the next few years but God.

Sean Osborne said...

A military airport near Damascus is under air/missile attack. Targets are likely just landed Iranian aircraft and their cargo.

Sean Osborne said...

The three 'perspective items' when combined with these newer events are looking more and more like bread crumbs leading to a feast hosted by sheol.

Great Grany 5 said...


Reading again the passage in Joshua 13 and as i am want to say on occasions, "My, my they have a whole lot of moving to do" and mean it sincerely. What is ahead is far more important than what is behind all of us and the times ahead seem to hold nothing but blood shed and more wars.

Not what any of us desire but it is coming and we all were aware a long time ago that this would be the case when the fulfillment began.

Be safe, be steadfast in HIS Power and always,


Sean Osborne said...


Jesus said it during His Olivet Discourse: "...these things must take place..." We're not to fear, but recognise these signs for what they are - signs of the end of the age and His coming again.

Sean Osborne said...

Once again Syria denies an attack occurred. However, the SOHC says there were explosions and Syrian anti-air fire was heard.

jmoll106 said...

So much for the air defense systems Russia provided.

jmoll106 said...

It looks like the stories were pulled from what I could find. One article had an Iranian 747, another a 707 aircraft. Bad reporting, fake news, propaganda. Not surprised, thanks for keeping us alert.

Anonymous said...


With Netanyahu’s position now including Defense Minister, and the newest tunnel discovery yesterday, do you believe Israel will soon take action in the north in response to the tunnels? Several weeks ago Netanyahu mentioned intel of a larger imminent threat in response to Israel’s perceived lack of force against the largest missile strike to date originating from Gaza. It’s hard to imagine how they can hold back from action much longer. If only those in power moving the chess pieces understood Bible prophecy.

Maranatha and Merry Christmas!


Sean Osborne said...


Israel has been taking proactive action against its enemies for many months. They will increase in severity and destrctiveness as we move forward.

Sean Osborne said...

I can only hope that everybody realizes the ongoing terror attacks in Judea and Samaria are HAMAS acting on Iranian IRGC-QF orders.

Sean Osborne said...

I wrote the above comment a little over an hour before the IDF officially announced it. Impeccable source.

Sean Osborne said...

So... there's a pattern here.

And its rotating at the moment in a clockwise direction.

Visualize this with Israel in the center of an imaginary clock.

Gaza is at 8,
Lebanon at 12,
Judea and Samaria at 4.

The evil purpose is obvious; at least to myself it is obvious.

It is the evil of an alien interloper, as satanic, demonic interloper that came to Lebanon first, In the 1980's right after the evil established itself in what had previously been Israel's ally - Iran, on the Peacock Throne of the late Shah of Iran.

Iran then established Hezbollah in Lebanon as its most western and forward deployed military force. They wreaked havoc on the US Marines and French peacekeepers; they blew up embassies. They killed hundreds. And they have been a thorn in Israel's side ever since.

Then they planted a thorn in Gaza, and then in Judea and Samaria.

But we know the end of this. It is written in Ezekiel 28. And Isaiah 11. And Psalm 83.

Great Grany 5 said...


Nothing that the Devil inspired nations can devise will alter the Powerful Word of God Almighty. Eccleiates stated it precisely when he said "what was will be again" but not only in that one place. I have been taught over the years that there is a future fulfillment to this particular passage and it was singled out during some dearly loved discussions by ministers long gone.

Keeping an eye on Iran's hidden agenda and the current orchestrated 5 prong distraction taking place right now in the who ME. So many details and I hugely appreciate all of your very special trustworthy updates to all of us. Wish I could help in some manner but may the Will of God Almighty be fulfilled as only HE can assemble us all.


Sean Osborne said...

Russia views the Iranian military presence in Syria as merely a pretext for Israel to strike Syria.

So what does Russia do?

Russia gives the Iranian forces anywhere in Syria permission to fly the Russian flag as a defense mechanism against Israeli strikes.

Per Ezekiel, Russia (Magog) is being a guard for its military allies and their equipment.


Nick Kurian said...

Thanks for the update Sean.. Watching closely.

Sean Osborne said...


This update is a confirmation of the ongoing fulfillment of Ezekiel 38:7

"Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them."

Praising God in acknowledgment of this 2600-year old fulfilling prophecy through Ezekiel before our eyes!

jmoll106 said...

Very informative update. Certainly Russia is a guard for them. We can thank God we get to see prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes.
Israel's next move in Syria will add to Russia's embarassement as their equipment is obsolete to Israel's and Russia's flags flying will not deter them.

Sean Osborne said...


Yup, and there's more information to be discerned from Ezekiel 38:7.

Preparing, being ready, and being a guard for military allies are all advance elements for an impending operation.

This verse was included in the prophetic text by our all knowing God for a reason - to inform us of the nearness by revealing a fulfillment that we'd recognize as faithful watchmen.

Sean Osborne said...

The one missing member of the identified Magog military alliance just popped into Syria.

Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan (Kuwsh), arrived in Syria today to be the first Arab leader to do so since the revolt against Bashar al-Assad began.

Joe said...

Wow, what interesting times we live in. To witness what we are about to see after all those generations before us, I’m having a hard time catching my breath.
God is good...Maranatha, let your will be done!

Moin said...

How long do we have to wait before the full-blown Gog-Magog war erupts now that Ezekiel 38:7 has been fulfilled?

Sean Osborne said...


The answer to your question has always been within the text of Ezekiel 38.

The battle will not occur until the time when all of the identified preconditions have been met.

Those preconditions are the time when Israel possessing great wealth, and is living in safety and security in the land, fearing no one, and having no bars or gates.

This time is clearly after Psalm 83, Isaiah 11:14, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 28:24-26 and Joshua 13 plus all of the other associated pre-70th week prophecies have been fulfilled.

Moin said...

But why hasn't the Psalm 83 been fulfilled yet? In last November there was a short war between Israel and Gaza, many Christians thought that Psalm 83 was beginning, but the war stopped by a ceasefire. Did the Restrainer stop that war between Israel and Gaza?

Sean Osborne said...

Only God knows why Psalm 83 has not yet been completely fulfilled. It's been in a process of fulfillment for over 70 years. It began in November 1947. And it is a part of His overall plan for the redemption of all Israel. It will occur in finality on His appointed time.

There have been multiple short-term wars with the terrorists of Gaza; eventually Isaiah 11:14 will take place. All the enemies on Israel's borders will be overcome at roughly the same time. What I call the flood of prophetic fulfillment.

hartdawg said...

While it's true that only God knows, I personally don't think that it's going to be long than 3 years...I'm not trying to sound like a sensationalist, but I have a very hard time thinking that it'll be longer than 3 years, but then again God may hold back the prophetic clock. It's all in his hands

Sean Osborne said...


I agree, been holding to the 2021-2028 period as the 70th Week of Daniel 9 for a very long time.

That would mean all the prophetic pre-70th Week wars to be fulfilled and Ezekiel's Magog battle would need occur between now and 2021.

Ditto for the emergence of the 10/7 toes, and the building of the 3rd Temple.

Unknown said...


I posted some time back about us having about three years left or something like that and you didn't allow my post to be submitted and yet "hartdawg" mentions the exact same thing and there it is.

Seems as though only posts from certain people are allowed.

Oh well.

hartdawg said...

Are all the pieces in place for the first of the "dominos" (psalm 83, Jeremiah 49...)? The only piece that I don't see in place yet for psalm 83 is Jordan, they're still friendly with Israel, at least outwardly. That's the piece that I'm watching. Is that the only piece not in place yet, or are there others?

Sean Osborne said...

Mr. Cap Sr.,

Actually, that comment and another comment of yours were both posted on October 9th.

And just so you know, any comment concerning date setting the Harpazo, are asking me to date set will never be posted here. So... it's never the person, but always the subject matter that gets moderated.

Sean Osborne said...


I believe and have stated it before, that all of the prophetic "dominos" have either begun their process towards a literal fulfillment or evidence elements that will lead to a sudden fulfillment.

As for Jordan, the prophecies concerning "Edom, Moab and Ammon" are also very much present. King Abdullah is struggling to contain, but what must take place will take place.