The Middle East is ready to go up in flames. And the major players in the region are feeding the fire. The current round really began on December 29th. It started when Shia militants linked to Iran launched a rocket attack against an American base in Taji, Iraq. A civilian contractor was killed and several soldiers injured. That’s when the US military went into action. F-15 fighters struck five Hezbollah bases located in Iraq. Targets included the headquarters of the Kataib Hezbollah militia closely linked to Iran through Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard as well as ammunition depots and command posts.[i] Reports of casualties from the American attacks varied widely with reports of anywhere from 19 to 40 being reported killed. Hal Turner Radio reports that the USS Truman carrier task force has moved into the area along with other assets. Secretary of Defense Esper and Secretary of State Pompeo headed to Mara Lago to brief the President. Turner: “Insider info says they plan to tell President Trump Iran has crossed our ‘Red Line’ and attacked US Forces after being warned.” According to Hal Turner, both secretaries are advising Trump that it is time to strike Iran directly.[ii]
Things only ratcheted up from there. After the funeral for the Hezbollah operatives killed in the American attacks, hundreds of militia and civilians attacked, broke into and firebombed the US Embassy in Baghdad. Reports are going forward that Iran was behind organizing the attacks.[iii]
These actions come just days after Iran, Russia and China that they will conduct joint war games in the coming weeks. The prophetic slant on that is that Iran most certainly and Russia likely – are part of the prophesied Magog Alliance written about in Ezekiel 38. They will be part of the military confederacy that will come against Israel in the Last Days and that God Himself will destroy. Ezekiel’s prophecy tells us that the allies will include many nations. “Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.” (Ezekiel 38:5-6) [Persia, of course, is the ancient name for Iran.] God promises that this evil alliance will not overcome His People. “‘And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,’ says the Lord God, ‘that My fury will show in My face.…. I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,’ says the Lord God. ‘Every man’s sword will be against his brother. And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.’” (Ezekiel 38:18, 21-23)
[An interpretive aside. Though things are heating up on this front, from my reading of Ezekiel 38, that war cannot happen right now. The scripture is clear that Israel must be living in a time of relative peace. Here are the words of Ezekiel 38:10-12.
“Thus says the Lord God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.’” Note the phrases “unwalled villages” and “people living in peace.” Israel is clearly NOT living in a peaceful time. So some event has to create this false peace – this faux peaceful interlude. It could be the rise of Antichrist coming with his false peace. Without the space to expand on it here, this time of unprotected villages could come after the Psalm 83 War, when a confederacy of the inner ring of Israel’s enemies comes against them, saying “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” (Psalm 83:4) That is the full and stated intent of groups like Hamas, Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority. One can hear that language used on a regular basis and it is even part of some of their founding documents. According to Psalm 83, this inner ring – of which none are a part of the Magog Alliance – will attempt to destroy Israel and be roundly defeated by the IDF. The Book of Obadiah prophecies the complete destruction of the Palestinian threat. Obadiah 1:18 declares a sobering judgement. (The ‘House of Esau’ here, refers to the Palestinians.) “‘The house of Jacob shall be a fire, And the house of Joseph a flame; But the house of Esau shall be stubble; They shall kindle them and devour them, And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,’ For the Lord has spoken.” In any case, such a major victory over the likes of its tormentors could create the peaceful conditions that would create the impression that Israel was indeed, secure. Referring to Israel, Obadiah 1:17 tells us “The House of Jacob will possess their possessions.” If we look at the promises God made regarding the Land, we realize that would mean an expanded Greater Israel, a situation that would not sit well with the Outer Ring of Islamic nations that are named in Ezekiel 38. Just saying.]
Back to the current situation. The US has increased its military presence in the region by 14,000 troops in just the last 6 months and “the Pentagon is considering deploying additional forces in the region.”[iv] Most disturbing in all of this is the alert issued by Steve Quayle that summarizes the rapid and massive military buildup occurring all across the globe, involving all the major powers. Recently, Quayle looked at all the evidence coming in from around the globe and summarized the unfolding situation. He sees it as a possible run-up to World War III.
THE AMERICAN FRONT
- Reconnaissance planes, ships and submarines are all active.
- Drones are deployed overseas or “doing close in mapping” of American territory.
- Drone manufacturing increased
- “ALL CRAFT OF ANY SORT TO BE USED FOR WAR ARE BEING HURRIED UP AND RUNNING 24/7” Drones in the night sky
Speaking of drones…..It is widely reported that as many as 30 drones are systematically flying over areas of the plains of Colorado and parts of Nebraska. The Denver Post reports them as flying a “night time search pattern.” Zero Hedge reported on Christmas Day, that according to the Yuma County Sherriff, “With estimated wingspans of six-feet, the aircraft have been covering 25-square-mile plots of Phillips and Yuma counties every night between 7 – 10 p.m. for around a week….They’ve been doing a grid search, a grid pattern. They fly one square and then they fly another square.” All government agencies, local as well as Federal have denied that the drones are theirs……Mmmmmm?]
- “Building and deploying” military hardware at a feverish pace
- Deploying hypersonic weapons
- New improved nuclear submarine
- Bombers being upgraded and dispatched
- “SUBMARINES PARKED OFF THE WEST COAST EAST COAST AND GULF COAST 1.5 MINUTES TO 2 MINUTES FROM LAUNCH TO TARGET LANDING (NOT EVEN ENOUGH TIME TO EVACUATE ANYTHING OR GET TO THE WHITEHOUSE SHELTER BELOW THE WHITE HOUSE.” [I have received confirming reports of these submarine deployments.”
- Building and improving weapons systems
- Planning to meet defense needs without the help of America, on which they now depend
- “WHILE THEY LAG THEY ARE PUTTING CHINESE MUSCLE INTO THE HURRY UP AND ACT MODE.”
- Working to improve both jet and hypersonic jet engines
- Rapidly working to expand their navy
- Manufacture of guns and ammo is going on at a break-neck pace
Steve Quayle is also reporting that reconnaissance and spy activity is ratcheted up in the South China Sea, Israel, as well as in other parts of the Middle East. Steve tells us that “Trillions of barrels of oil” have been located and mapped but drilling has not yet started. He believes that after the next World War, conditions will be ripe “to bring on the Man of Peace….AKA, the Anti Christ.”[v]
It is time, America, to pray! It is time to repent! It is time to seek His face…..So that the Lord of Hosts, the God of Heaven, may heal our land!
[i] US airstrikes target Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria, Jerusalem Post, December 30, 2019
[ii] Hal Turner, US Attacks Hezbollah in Iraq, Hal Turner Radio, December 29, 2019
[iii] Crowd storms US Embassy compound in Baghdad, gunshots heard, report says, FOX News, December 31, 2019
[iv] Michael Snyder, Will It Be War?, The Economic Collapse, December 30, 2019
[v] Steve Quayle, WORLD WIDE RUSH PREPARING FOR THE BUILD UP FOR WORLD WAR 3-AND THE APPEARNCE OF THE ANTI-CHRIST MAN OF PEACE, Q Alerts, December 30, 2019