Monday, June 18, 2012

UPDATED 2X--Rumors: Russia to escort Assad out of Syria?

UPDATE #2
IDF: Iran Realizing Assad is Finished
DF Spokesperson Brigadier General Yoav (Poly) Mordechai said Friday that Syria's allies Iran and Hizbullah are coming to realize that Bashar Assad's regime has “reached its end."“Another week is almost over, during which the desperate effort by Iran and Hizbullah to help the Assad regime survive was evident,

UPDATE #1
A story below mentioned that the US had enlisted UK's aid in stopping the alleged shipment by Russia of helicopters to war-torn Syria. Today the UK Telegraph reports "A Russian ship believed to be carrying helicopters and missiles for Syria has been effectively stopped in its tracks off the coast of Scotland after its insurance was cancelled at the behest of the British government.' More here
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During the fog of war there is by definition a clash of truth and rumor. It becomes very hard to know what is true and what's a feint. What is propaganda and what is accurate. With that in mind I bring you some news of the events in the fast-unfolding arena of imminent prophecy fulfillment: Syria, Israel, Egypt.

Syria, which Isaiah 17 prophesies its capital city of Damascus and environs will be totally destroyed, has been in the news since winter of 2011. The citizens rose up against its dictator, much like the citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Libya etc did. Except the Syrian uprising is still going on. The feeling of imminent fulfillment deepened last week when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reported that Russia was planning to deliver attack helicopters to Syria's leader, Bashar al-Assad. The two nations have been allies for 40 years, and Syria is Russia's biggest customer for war weapons.

Egypt has also been in the news, with the uprising, capture of dictator Mubarek, and Muslim Brotherhood ascension to power, and now their elections. Isaiah 19 is an unfulfilled prophecy regarding Egypt in the last days.

It is also no coincidence that Russia began expanding Syria's port of Tartus last year so that it can host Russian warships. Tartus is the only port on the Mediterranean that Russia has access to. For Russia, having an ally and thus a presence in Syria is critical. Russia is in prophecy in Ezekiel 38-39 as a participant in the Gog-Magog war.

That was the background. Several news stories caught my eye this morning.

EGYPT-ISRAEL

Amid presidential elections, al-Qaida leader urges Egypt to cancel treaty with Israel
"Al-Qaida's leader has urged Egypt to cancel its peace treaty with Israel and to establish Islamic rule, according to an audio message released Sunday. He said the goal was to stop Israel from turning Jerusalem into a Jewish city."

IDF moves tanks closer to Egypt
"The IDF has deployed Armored forces near the Israel-Egypt border, moving tanks closer to the fence, Ynet has learned. The unusual move followed Monday's terror attack on defense contractor crews building the new security fence"

RUSSIA-SYRIA

US enlists Britain's help to stop ship 'carrying Russian attack helicopters' to Syria
"The US government has enlisted Britain's help in a bid to stop a ship suspected of carrying Russian attack helicopters and missiles to conflict-riven Syria, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal."

Stop the presses! Forget the helicopters, that was so yesterday. Today Russia just upped the ante from helicopters, to warships and troops.

Russia to send ships and marines to Syria
"Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to protect Russian citizens and the nation’s base there, a news report said Monday. The deployment appears to reflect Moscow’s growing concern about Syrian President Bashar Assad’s future."

Ahhh, now here comes the rumor:

Russian Commandos 'to Escort Assad Out of Syria'
"Ships carrying Russian commandos may soon sail to Syria to escort strongman Bashar Assad to safety from the country where a rebellion against him is growing fiercer.Reports to this effect were cited by Voice of Israel radio's veteran "listener" Miki Gurdus, who specializes in listening to radio broadcasts on various frequencies worldwide."

Of course Israel is in prophecy, everywhere. Most applicable today is the prophecy in Zechariah 12:1-2.

"The burden of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him: 2“Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples."

While Isaiah 19 foretells a time of strife and wrath from the Lord upon Egypt, it is hopeful to know that God has a glorious future in store for Egypt (and Assyria and Israel as well!!) Egypt turns to the Lord! Assyria is blessed! (What IS Assyria? Here is a map)

Isaiah 19 ends with the following promise that will be fulfilled in the Millennium:

"In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border. It will be a sign and a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt. When they cry to the LORD because of oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and deliver them. And the LORD will make himself known to the Egyptians, and the Egyptians will know the LORD in that day and worship with sacrifice and offering, and they will make vows to the LORD and perform them.

"And the LORD will strike Egypt, striking and healing, and they will return to the LORD, and he will listen to their pleas for mercy and heal them. In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt, and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”' (Is 19:19-25)

The LORD is good!

It is my opinion that with events moving into place so quickly and the probable fulfillment of these prophecies coming into view, nay, landing on our laps, that the rapture is even closer. The rapture is an event that has no sign, and could happen at any moment. It is dependent upon Jesus taking the full number of believers that he has set aside, (Romans 11:25) and we don't know what that number is or how close we are to it. That is why the rapture has always been imminent, meaning, could occur at any time. It is not dependent upon one certain thing occurring before it could take place.

In listening to Pastor JD Farag's weekly prophecy update last night, he said he is changing his message from "get ready" to "BE ready." He said it is too late to get ready. Make preparations now for being snatched up to the Lord. No more waiting, no more dithering, no more researching, no more wondering. This is it. The rapture seems so close, he said, in his opinion, it is closer than any of us can imagine.

I agree.

He referenced the rapidly moving events that coincide with what the Lord said to look for and what the Lord promised would happen. Things are moving at a day-by-day clip now, with each dawn unfolding new developments that seem to be ripped out of the pages of the bible. Now is the time to know the Lord through repentance of your sins and acceptance of Him as Savior and Lord.

WHAT MUST I DO TO BE SAVED??

"Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved." (Romans 10:9-10)

Believe upon the Gospel. WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

The basic ingredients of the gospel message are the death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of the resurrected Christ. "Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve… (1Corinthians 15:1-5)

He was buried, so His death became an established fact. He was resurrected which witnesses verified, therefore His claims of being God were verified. He is who He says He is: God in the flesh, come to seek and save the lost in their sins by becoming the sacrifice upon which God poured out all His wrath for sin, so we would not have to bear it. He took the penalty for it. However, His though His death and resurrection provided the way, it is the ONLY way to heaven and thus of escaping God's wrath. Any other way is not the pardon, it is the death sentence.

Do we have to work our way into heaven? Even if we accept Jesus?

No. His grace is sufficient. "For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." (Romans 6:14)

"Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:29)

Repent and believe! The end is nigh.


8 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth. As I was scrolling down I noticed a small error toward the end when you quote John 6 as John 2. I wanted to alert you before I read the whole thing which I will do right now. Blessings to you.Jean-Louis.

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    1. Thank you so much Jean-Louis! I fixed it. Typos when typing verse addresses make a difference don't they!!

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    2. You are welcome. The hardest part of the translation business is proofreading and editing until you get it perfectly. Even with my wife´s help, 2, 3 even 4 revisions is what it takes.

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    3. It must have taken a while, then, ...a double thank you for taking the time to share. Stories like yours remind me not to complain about my circumstances. Also to praise Jesus for His offer of salvation and His subsequent work in lives like yours. :)

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  2. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for posting this. This time period in which we are living reminds me about the war in Algeria. In 1954,August 20th my mother and my brothers were taking it easy on a coastal beach. My father was working in Constantine 90 kms inland. Around lunch time, we see him and ask him: “what are you doing here?”

    Without answering our curiosity, he tells us go quickly make up your bags and let´s go. Growing up in the 40s and 50s, our family wasn´t a democracy and my father´s decision and orders weren´t up for debate, voting or consensus. I am thankful for that. Once in the car, going back home, he told us why the hurry. The mujahideens, we called them fellagahs then, had simultaneously attacked several cities and villages and started massacres. My father just in time got out of the city under a rain of bullets to come and get us. Paternal instincts and reflexes saved our family. Next day, we heard on the radio that the bus from the beach resort to my city was stopped, all passengers ordered and murdered. Just thinking that we could have been on that bus made us shudder.

    We survived the horrors of that war but lost what had been our native place of birth for 3 generations. My parents who were retired in 1960 had the foresight to leave that year for France and start a new life. I stayed behind to help my grandma who wanted to die there no matter what. In August 61, I decided to leave, thinking that my departure would prompt her to rejoin us which she did later on.

    The point of this comment is to alert people to look at the signs that are right in front of their noses, happening at a rapid pace and still refuse to acknowledge the imminence of events culminating in the fulfillment of prophecies.

    In April 1962, in the middle of the night, the army awoke the French people who for one reason or another hung on to their false hopes or the attachment to our land and material possessions, had waited until the last minute. Then, it was too late and they had time only to put a robe on their pajamas and night gowns and gather some important documents and a little jewelry. They were transported by helicopters to the airport where airplanes flew them to France. Some who didn´t have relatives ended up in prisoners camps vacated by the AlgĂ©rians terrorists released as a part of the Evian accord. I will spare you the account of what happened later on. There is enough written about it.

    This has been the common experience throughout history of people who refuse to acknowledge very real threats and heed warnings. We can certainly understand if the information comes from overzealous and paranoid human sources, but we would be remiss if we fail to heed the very words of our Lord Jesus and his prophets. Maranatha.
    Keep up the good work. You are a blessing. Grace and peace to you and let´s keep looking up for our redemtpion.Jean-Louis

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  3. Hi Elizabeth, have you noticed the GOD'S special number 7 on your map of the ancient near east? It's a wavy 7 of Israel, Assyria and Eygpt, looking at it from your left... His 7 is everywhere in The Bible.
    God Bless.
    Rebecca Bonnell

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  4. Why don't the Russians just send the helicopters via the Black Sea, around Turkey? I can't help but wonder if that ship is just a ruse. After all, the article says "A Russian ship believed to be carrying helicopters and missiles for Syria". Reads as if they either are not sure the stuff is on the ship or that it's actually headed for Syria. Yes, it is a long, long way from Kaliningrad to Crimea, where there is a Russian port on Ukrainian soil, but the train system works very well in the former USSR - you can get from St. Petersburg to Yalta in less than 3 days. They could also send them through 'the Stans', although that is a longer route.

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    1. Hi Anonymous,
      One of the reasons the Russians said they were sending ships is to protect Russian citizens...and the implication left unsaid is,'if Assad falls.' So your notion that it is a ruse is likely correct!

      It is an indicator that they believe his days are numbered and the area is going to get more unstable. They want to protect their port so they can continue to have sea access to their critical pipelines etc. Also, the rumor is that their marines will escort Assad out if he should fall.

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