Vladimir Putin has received authorization to use Russian military power in defense of besieged Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has wasted no time, having launched a series of airstrikes against the terror group ISIS, but there are ominous reports that Putin has also attacked US backed rebel army elements as well.
The situation is very confusing, but I think it would profit to try to make some sense of it, since it has extremely serious Geopolitical implications and most importantly it is of immense prophetic significance as well.
How did the world arrive at this mess?
The Syrian Civil War is a direct consequence of the centerpiece of Obama foreign policy, “The Arab Spring”. Essentially the Obama doctrine has been one of postcolonial re-arrangement of the Middle Eastern order. Secular, pragmatic leadership was installed over the Middle East after World War 1 by the victorious allies,Britain and France.
Leaders such as Mubarek of Egypt, The Hussein’s of Jordan, Qaddafi of Libya, the Sauds, and even people such as Saddam Hussein in Iraq were extremely ruthless in their rule, but they knew what savage forces they had to restrain to maintain order in their respective lands.In short, they harshly subdued any form of Salafist Islam that emerged, knowing that to allow such any freedom would result in mayhem and destruction in their own lands.
Obama’s doctrine, which began in 2009 in his speech to the entire Muslim World, from Al Azhar University in Egypt, (the Harvard, Yale and Cambridge of Sunni Terrorism and rebellion), was to empower the banned Islamist groups, bringing them to the tables of power, and allowing them to run in elections for power and control over the Middle East.
One of the Obama administration prerequisites for coming to Al Azhar, was that Egypt would have to legitimize the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Shortly after, there was an election in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate was elected, and the reign of terror, murder and mayhem was so intense, the Egyptian army had to take control again of the nation.
The “Arab Spring” has gone from Arab country to country, unseating secular, pragmatic leaders,and installing radical Islamists wherever possible, and wherever this has been resisted in the Middle East, there has been hell to pay for everyone involved. Perhaps hardest hit have been the Christians of the Arab world, who are currently being slaughtered genocidally as a result of American policy.
Syria is the nation currently holding off baying bands of Islamists. The nation of 22 million, has lost half of its population, mostly as refugees, but more than 250 thousand Syrians have been killed in this three-year civil war.$ Million Syrians have been housed in tent cities in Turkey, 2 million in Lebanon, millions more have been displaced and wander about Syria and Iraq. Millions more are trying to find asylum in Europe.
The ruling Assad family were from a minority sect in Islam, the Alawites, an offshoot of Shia Islam. Hafez Assad and his successor Son Bashir have ruled Syria through a very brutal police state system. The rebels which have been attacking Syria are western backed, Sunni armies, equipped with western weapons and tactics.
After Obama’s sudden and feckless withdrawal of US power from Iraq, One of those US backed rebel factions turned from seeking to oust Assad, to seizing an area the size of Indiana between Iraq and Syria, and declaring the resurrected “Caliphate” of the Islamic State.That faction is called ISIS or ISIL.
ISIS seized the Iraqi city of Mosul(Ninevah), an oil rich banking center which housed a considerable amount of Iraqi gold reserves. This allowed the terror group to become , not only the rickets terror group in the world, but one of the rickets organizations of any kind, in the world!
When ISIS was attacking Assad, we (The US) loved them, fed them and equipped them.We looked the other way when they committed hellish atrocities, we allowed them to persecute Christians, and we wouldn’t even arm one of our most pro-American factions in the region, the Kurds, in their life and death struggle with ISIS.
Syrian president Bashir Assad has friends also. The Iranians are on his side. They are Shiite, as is Hezbullah, the Syrian Lebanese military force. Russia also has long supplied weapons and now Russian ground troops and Air Force have come into the conflict.
The Obama Administration has long been giving lip service to the “Degradation” of ISIS, but has taken only tepid actions. US airmen complained that on sorties against them, they have spotted valuable targets only to be restrained by command from taking them out.
Enter Putins Russia, portraying itself as the defender of Syrian Christians. The last strongholds Assad holds in Syria is the section traditionally rich with Christians. The Christians of Syria have stood with Assad though this conflict.
The US is still supporting forces trying to oust Assad, while Russia is currently launching airstrikes against those same forces. This is becoming a proxy war between the US and Russia.
The Prophets Jeremiah,Isaiah and Zechariah all agree that something terrible which has never happened before is going to occur in Damascus and wider Syria.
I quote from an earlier article of mine, Syria in Prophecy-
The prophet Isaiah predicted that at the time of the end, a dreadful thing which has not ever happened in history is to occur. Damascus will cease from being a city, no longer will it be a seat of Government, a heap of rubble is it’s future.
Jeremiah implies that shortly before her destruction, Damascus will be surprised that Jerusalem is not “deserted” as she expected, this causes Damascus to lose heart herself.
Damascus has grown feeble; She turns to flee, And fear has seized her. Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor. Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy? Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,” says the LORD of hosts. “ I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, And it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad.”( Jeremiah 49:24-27)
Whatever the provocation, the destruction of Damascus will reflect badly upon Israel in the court of world opinion. The world will turn on Israel, blaming her for what happens to Damascus. What little favor Israel had enjoyed up till then will shrivel up, it will resemble the last few olives left after the shaking of the olive tree by the reapers.
“ In that day it shall come to pass That the glory of Jacob will wane, And the fatness of his flesh grow lean. It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain, And reaps the heads with his arm; It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain In the Valley of Rephaim. Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it, Like the shaking of an olive tree, Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough, Four or five in its most fruitful branches,” Says the LORD God of Israel.(Isaiah 17:4-6)
Damascus shall be obliterated in the context of a wider war, which will be destructive of other Arab cities as well, such as the area we call Gaza, which is a terrorist state designated as part of the U.N.imposed “two state solution”, but which God calls, “the nation not desired”…
Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O undesirable nation, Before the decree is issued, Or the day passes like chaff, Before the LORD’s fierce anger comes upon you, Before the day of the LORD’s anger comes upon you! (Zechariah 2:1-2)
For Gaza shall be forsaken, And Ashkelon desolate; They shall drive out Ashdod at noonday, And Ekron shall be uprooted. Woe to the inhabitants of the seacoast, The nation of the Cherethites! The word of the LORD is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines: (Zephaniah 2:4-5)
The one positive aspect of these terrible times, is that even the hardest of men will begin to seek the living God,
In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 17:7)
Zechariah echoes Isaiah,
The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.(Zechariah 9:1)
The international outcry that will be raised against Israel will be unprecedented. The nations line up to register complaint in the U.N., newspaper headlines will scream, pundits will wax eloquent with moral indignation, religious leaders will pontificate against Israel, her former lovers will leave her, and it will be extremely unfashionable to stand with God’s chosen people in that day.
Woe to the multitude of many people Who make a noise like the roar of the seas, And to the rushing of nations That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! 13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters; …(Isaiah 17:11-12)
But the outcry will merely be the prelude to the outpouring of Divine wrath upon all nations . Tribulation such as never occurred upon the earth, the wind and the sea raging, and men’s hearts failing them for fear…
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away, And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind, Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.(Isaiah 17: 13-14)
But it is as in the evening, which seems always darkest before dawn, such is the tribulation and time of Jacob’s trouble, as Isaiah says,
Then behold, at eventide, trouble! And before the morning, he is no more. This is the portion of those who plunder us, And the lot of those who rob us.(Isaiah 17:14)
Everybody better get right with God!
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