By Nathan Jones
DEBKAfile, a news website that uses information networks to keep an eye on the Middle East, has in their report for the week ending October 2, 2008, outlined a series of events that show Russia and Iran are stepping up their alliance with each other and other anti-Western nations like Syria and Venezuela. Their desired outcome being, for those who know what the Bible calls the Gog-Magog Invasion of Ezekiel 38/39, is to attack and destroy Israel.
DEBKAfile reports that Iran continues to go unchallenged in their desire to make a nuclear weapon, mainly because the world is focused on the United States' economic crisis. The United States, busy with the crisis and inert due to looming elections, has created "a deal between the US and Russia in New York [which] sealed a very brief non-sanctions draft reaffirming previous council decisions for the five permanent Security Council members and Germany to table and called for Iran's compliance." This deal has in the interim removed any military intervention the United States would have made on Israel's behalf against Iran. The United States instead is helping indirectly by arming Israel with 25 F-35 stealth fighter aircraft, radar and anti-missile systems.
The result of this lack of posture by the United States has left Israel solely alone in directly stopping the menace from the north. DEBKAfile reports that "the collapse of Israel's foreign policy on Iran comes at an unfortunate juncture... when Moscow, Iran and Syria are cementing their partnership, giving Tehran's nuclear aspirations a strong diplomatic umbrella."
Russia is rapidly creating their world network. "Moscow is pursuing cold war tactics in two new spheres: the Middle East, from its center of gravity in Tehran, and Latin America, resting on Venezuela's anti-American posture and friendly relations with Iran."
Russia also is making their presence known to Israel by docking a Russian nuclear missile cruiser at a Syrian port on Yom Kippur eve.
"A four-ship Russian squadron led by the Peter the Great nuclear missile cruiser will visit Syrian ports after calling in at Tripoli, Libya. It will then proceed to the Caribbean for joint maneuvers with Venezuela. Coinciding with the 35th anniversary of the Egyptian-Syrian Yom Kippur attack on Israel, the Russian warships' arrival in Syria has serious connotations:
1. It means that prime minister Ehud Olmert will be wasting his time if he intends using his talks in Moscow next week with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to ask them to drop their plan for a permanent base at a Syrian port. That plan is clearly going full steam ahead.
2. Moscow is signaling Jerusalem that it is reverting to its old military ties with Damascus.
3. Moscow attaches high importance to its new Damascus-Tehran-Caracas alignment opposite the US-Israel alliance."
DEBKAfile continues to report that Syria is again working on building nuclear weapons with North Korea, who smelling the blood of the United State's waning influence, has yet again begun their nuclear ambitions. This time Russia is also aiding Syria as they have been with Iran in developing their nuclear technologies. While a modern nuclear weapon may be months to a few years off, a more primitive atomic bomb is in the making at a number of sites found by "US satellites [that] have caught covert facilities hidden from the oversight of the nuclear watchdog where suspected weapons activity is underway."
Israel has no choice but to act, and act very soon, or face their own annihilation.
All this posturing by Russia and Iran has a known conclusion. God Himself through the prophet Ezekiel foretells of this massive invasion that God declares must take place, "It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of" (Ezekiel 39:8).
God also tells us how it will end. "'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man's sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD'" (Ezekiel 38:17-23).
In Ezekiel 39:9-10, God say that His crushing of the Russia-Iran/Gog-Magog invasion will result in a great benefit for Israel. "'Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up—the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. They will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted them, declares the Sovereign LORD."
As frightening as Russia is to us all in their insane dash to proliferate a nuclear holocaust, I do believe that their invasion of Israel will happen after the Rapture. Israel benefiting for 7 years, the same amount of years as the Tribulation, can not be coincidental. This Russia-Iranian alliance will be a terror to the Post-Rapture world, but one that God readily dispatches in all His infinite power.
In the end, no man messes with our Savior!