Russia Muscles in…Syria In Prophecy…Armeggedon pt 1

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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13 Responses to Russia Muscles in…Syria In Prophecy…Armeggedon pt 1

  1. Zaza says:

    In sorrow I find my exhortations even to my own son whom I homeschooled seems to have been taken by the worldly associations which press in upon those who have had the Word but have little by little been drawn into the world

    Words fall upon deaf and resisting ears

    May the Lord draw all to Him before that great and terrible day

    We must be vigilant to daily put on the armor/word of God

    The devil prowls around seeking whom he may devour

    What did Cod say to the serpent ? That he would go about on Hus belly and eat DUST all the days of his life

    What did God form Adams BODY of?

    The DUST of the ground aka “red dirt”

    Our lifespan in this early lived in bodies of flesh /dust

    When our bodies span is expired we cease to have one to walk among the dead to speak the truth
    So if a body of dust…a lifespan….is “consumed” with many things which take up our time wherein we were ordained as believers to do the will of God and to preach the Word in truth …then the serpent will endeavor to “eat” our “dust”

    Therefore we are to equip ourselves to be wise….not ignorant of satans devices and to serve God by way of obeying His word …to study it and speak it in season
    When it is popular
    And out of season
    When it is not popular

    Those who hear and heed it will receive the word with meekness and a heart prepared with hunger and thirst as it is the a graphed word which is a me to save our souls

    It is the incorruptible SEED….spirit….by which those who receive and continue in it will have life and have it more than abundantly

    Test all things by His Word

  2. Jim Porter says:

    It’s amazing to me that Obama believes that the way to international peace is through financing. His immense errors in international tactics and strategy clued me way back when, and even now, as people say he is the Antichrist. The Antichrist apparently will have the personal charisma, apparent personal integrity, and worldwide political capital to be able to conclude a seven year peace treaty between Israel and its enemies. As it seems right now, the man doesn’t have any political capital anywhere except among his idealogues in the Democrat Party. And because he has essentially given away his leadership of the world status to Vlad Putin, I don’t think there is any leader anywhere who would dare trust him with their nation’s status or freedom. However, it seems to me that Obama’s incompetence has set a zeitgeist in the world where anybody-but-Obama could step into a leadership role that takes advantage of the absence of the Restrainer of II Thessalonians 2:6-7, when the Restrainer and the Church are gone. That makes me think we are SO close to the Church being called Home. It is a sad state of affairs when a man who supports and believes in evil is so bumbling that he can’t even qualify to become the Antichrist.

    • Zaza says:

      I must confess that last statement caused a sad chuckle

      How sad it is that someone who aspires to be the best at being bad fails in that too!

      How true

      I pray for those who are pawns ….how amazing would someone so bent upon a world class ego trip be if he came to a saving faith in the true Jesus Christ!

      Saul did .but it seems that role was filled by Paul when Jesua had to interrupt him on his quest to obliterate Christianity in the name of god

      Come quickly Lord Jesus and may those teetering on the brink of decision get off their duff ….like “yesterday”!😮

  3. says:

    Pastor Bill, I wouldn’t call this Armageddon quite yet. This is more like the early beginnings of Ezekiel 38-39, Russia (Magog). Armageddon will be the finale at the end of the Tribulation Period, when Christ Jesus returns to establish His kingdom. Fortunately, the Church will already be with Jesus by then and we just might be riding right behind Him on white horses.

    Armageddon, in my understanding, includes the Army of the East (China) and the rest of the Nations of the world in the Anti-Christ’s final quest to seize Israel and prevent Israel as a Nation from redemption.

    One important issue must happen before Jesus’ return, is that Israel must confess their National sin and say these words: “Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord,” Matthew 23:39; they haven’t done that, and will not until the end of the Tribulation Period. Plus, Jews are still immigrating to Israel from all over the world.

    Today at this point Putin seems to be stacking his military in place and preparing for the bigger invasion of Israel. What he’s doing now seems to be building a stronger relationship with the Assad regime by attacking Assad’s enemies. Meanwhile, from previous news reports, both Russia and Iran are building strong holds along the Syrian side of the Golan Heights; Israel’s Northern border.

    Of course what this means now for the Church is we could conceivably be called up at any moment; which is extremely exciting. So, absolutely, those who haven’t got their life straight with God by accepting His free gift of salvation, Christ Jesus, they’d better step it up a notch or two.

    Shalom and keep up the great work Pastor Bill.!

  4. Gordon Wood says:

    Hi Pastor Bill:

    I am respectfully doubtful we are seeing Armageddon-the Battle of HAR-Megiddo; the Battle of the Valley of Megiddo—YET. I DO concur about a likely near fulfillment of Isaiah 17.

    Instead, I see the signs rapidly converging to the Ezekiel 3-39 war. Russia… Iran… Syria… Iraq… ISIS… the Israeli Leviathan field like ripe fruit for Russia to have an “evil thought” over. Obama and the US rapidly abdicating world power…

    I see Pope Francis as potentially taking the role of the False Prophet in the future. Unsurprisingly, he has shown himself to be a false teacher at this time.

    Might a “Palestinian state” become the Dan 9:27 covenant??? Maybe. Halfway to the UN “2030 plan” the start of the Tribulation? Sooner than that???

    Watch carefully. Redemption draweth nigh.
    God bless you and your faithful teaching–a refreshing spring of water in the desert.

    Yours in Christ,

    -Gordon Wood

  5. Gordon Wood says:

    Errata-Please read “Ezekiel 3-39 war” as “Ezekiel 38-39 war”



    -Gordon Wood

    • billrandles says:

      I realize this Gordon, I refer to Armeggedon as a series of related events leading to the final cataclysm. I do agree with your points.

      On Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM, Pastor Bill Randles Blog wrote:


  6. That’s quite the leap in prophesy with Israel getting the blame for Damascus’ ruin when currently they are not involved in the battle in Syria. And as Christians we should commend the fact we are NOT sending more American soldiers to die, when the countries surrounding the ISIS territories should be taking responsibility to control and end them. Also, this continued bashing of a Christian President just seem scripturally right, God’s benevolence is certainly not on display here in this conversation…

    • Zaza says:

      The Christian is commanded in scripture to “judge not by appearance but to judge righteous judgment”

      We are provided “instruction I righteousness” which according to 2 Tim 3:16 is found in the “God breathed” “all scripture” that we may know how God judges “all things pertaining to this life and godliness ”

      What in your observation of the character and ongoing actions of anyone claiming to be a Christian demonstrates an effort to flow Christ in obedience and love for the Word and for law which is ,for the Christian a continuing growth of the fruit of the I dwelling presence of the new life in Christ to be observable to an increasing degree?

      In addition to that aspect of your post , what would you have is refer to in scripture to support your comments about the current role of the U.S. In these conflicts?

      I am interested in your response since I would like to consider how scripture has brought you to this perspective you have started in your response to this post.

      Thank you for clarifying yourself in these distinct remarks

  7. Stephanie Hinojosa says:

    Pastor, in ezekiel 38 it talks about russia and turkey and all that confederacy going against israel for gold, silver, cattle and booty. I found an article about gold and other precious metals found in israel in nature reserves (so they won’t mine it). I also just saw several articles about a huge oil reserve found in the southern golan heights. Also the leviathan natural gas fields off the coast of israel. These could be describing the booty that gog is looking for in Ezekiel’s prophecy. All that’s left is cattle. That confuses me cause there is hardly any cattle in israel and cattle isn’t that precious today. What do you think?

  8. Zaza, I believe that Jesus said that as one confesses Him before others, CHRIST will confess that person before God, the Father as one of His… – one small example of Barack Obamas public confessions… Other open confessions were made to millions on air during his presidential run. He is not president of a Theocracy, but resides as president respecting the religious rights of many faiths under our nations constitution. The Affordable Healthcare Act is one of the biggest pronouncements of “good will toward man” – and For the Church to believe otherwise they are blind because they are lead by today’s Blind Spiritual leaders… Millions can now seek medicine, and physical relief from their suffering. I am one of them who is fortunate to find this kind of help, and I know many others who were suffering but benefit from this new opportunity. Healing was and is one of Christs profound works. Maybe you do not realize how deeply corrupted the healthcare system is, as IT and the politicians, and their constituents continue to serve the god of mammon… What fruits do you see of his family, healthy intact in fedility and I believe his daughters attend a Christian school. Diplomacy over “boots on the ground” is the best position to take unlike the saber rattling heard from many across the isle. I was raised during the Vietnam war and watched a war of politics and egos in high places “dance around” while 1000’s of Americans died in vain in the jungle… Getting my draft card at 18 was no gift of patriotism, but a death sentence it seemed, but it was the law at that time – The wars in Afganistan and Iraq mimic the politics and death of the innocent from the past. Any leader who chooses to do battle at the table first is wise – “counting the cost before…” scripture has something to say about that I know. — Christian teaching in eschatology is a mess, preachers on tv and the Internet selling books and dvd’s using their best guess as to when, who and why. Dominionism is well imbedded in the Church and actually with many who serve in and around Our nations Capitol. So the winds of delusion continue to blow over the earth. Their is a key scripture amongst others that will open the Holy Spirit guided mind. It is found in Second Peter chapter 3. This part of scripture is overlooked by the majority of eschatology teachings. Along with this add Gods promise to David that through his seed a Redeemer would sit on his throne in Jerusalem for all eternity, you will understand there will be only ONE throne. The end of Scripture describes, not heaven, but New Jerusalem on the New Earth. CHRIST is the Temple and God is the new sun. Jesus said this earth will pass away. You can read that in Second Peter.

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