Category: Gog-Ezekiel 38 & 39

IRAN RELEASES HORRIFYING PROPAGANDA VIDEO DISPLAYING THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL BLOWN UP BY MISSILE STRIKE SHOWING CONTEMPT FOR BIDEN RULE

The day the faux Capitol attack footage emerged, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed that the USA has lost the “economic war” against Iran. Rouhani described the sanctions against Tehran as being on the “brink of extermination” as tensions escalate, despite reports of a mutual pact. In the tape obtained by the Beacon, Zarif said Tehran won’t ever concede to Washington, nor will they ever come to an agreement. “I believe Iran and the U.S. will never be friends as long as the Islamic republic preserves its identity,” the Iranian official stated, per the tape. “Never will our issues with America be resolved.”

by Geoffrey Grider May 5, 2021

HORRIFYING fake footage of the US Capitol being blown up was released by Iran as Joe Biden comes under increasing pressure to take action from a GOP senator.

 

The entire 4 years that Donald Trump was president, the rogue terror state of Iran was kept under fairly tight control, at the very least the Iranians knew that Trump would act decisively when pushed. Evidentially there is no such respect for the pretend presidency of the Joe Biden administration as evidenced is a video Iran released showing an Iranian missile destroying the United States Capitol building.

It’s brutally difficult watching Joe Biden attempt to read from the teleprompter, he gets lost on the simplest of subjects, so much so that he stumbles trying to read pre-written answers to ‘candid’ interviews. It will be interesting to see how his handlers push him to respond to this latest crisis, as his silence on Iran nuclear uranium enrichment is deafening.

Iran releases horrifying fake propaganda video showing the US Capitol blow up as GOP senate pushes Biden to take action

FROM THE SUN US: The video leaked on state-controlled Iranian TV on Sunday before Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech depicted a missile being fired as the Washington DC building is engulfed in flames. Biden is now under mounting pressure not to surrender to Iran’s threats by Republicans as tensions between both countries continue simmer. The Washington Free Beacon reported that Khamenei praised the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), who have repeatedly launched operations against the United States, in his address. The head of the IRGC, Qassem Soleimani, was killed during a drone strike conducted on Donald Trump’s orders.

“THE AMERICANS HAVE BEEN FOR YEARS DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC’S INFLUENCE, AND THEY WERE ANGRY WITH GENERAL SOLEIMANI FOR THIS REASON AND MARTYRED HIM FOR THIS REASON,” KHAMENEI RAGED.

Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania blasted the fake attack on the US Capitol on Twitter and highlighted a video of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, giving a grim assessment of their relations with America.

Toomey wrote: “Last week, Iran’s chief diplomat allegedly admitted the IRGC calls the shots in Tehran.

“Now, Iran releases a fake video of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps blowing up our Capitol. The Biden admin’s priority should be ensuring Iran cannot carry out such an attack, not capitulating by removing sanctions.”

The day the faux Capitol attack footage emerged, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed that the USA has lost the “economic war” against Iran. Rouhani described the sanctions against Tehran as being on the “brink of extermination” as tensions escalate, despite reports of a mutual pact. In the tape obtained by the Beacon, Zarif said Tehran won’t ever concede to Washington, nor will they ever come to an agreement.

“I BELIEVE IRAN AND THE U.S. WILL NEVER BE FRIENDS AS LONG AS THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC PRESERVES ITS IDENTITY,” THE IRANIAN OFFICIAL STATED, PER THE TAPE. “NEVER WILL OUR ISSUES WITH AMERICA BE RESOLVED.”

Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, which was completed under Obama, and he introduced new sanctions on Tehran. The US’ European allies objected to this sanctions and Iran violated the deal when Trump withdrew, continuing its nuclear program far beyond the stipulations of the deal. However, Iranian and American officials are reportedly in talks about reviving the Iran nuclear deal, according to reports. But officials there are refusing to roll back their nuclear activities until Biden lifts the Trump administration sanctions.

Meanwhile, the White House won’t repeal these until Iran has complied with terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plant of Action (JCPOA). Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told ABC News’ This Week “there’s still a fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps.

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SYRIA: ISRAEL STRUCK MULTIPLE TARGETS NEAR PORT CITY OF LATAKIA

BY JNS | MAY 5, 2021 | IDF

When you take the field against your enemies, and see horses and chariots—forces larger than yours—have no fear of them, for Hashem your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, is with you. Deuteronomy 20:1 (The Israel BibleTM)

The Israeli Air Force struck multiple targets in northwest Syria early on Wednesday, Syrian state television reported.

The attack, launched shortly after 2 a.m., targeted several sites in the region of the port city of Latakia, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). One of the strikes hit a “plastics factory” and killed a civilian, as well as injuring six people, said the report.

Reuters described the strike as a “rare attack on the ancestral home region of the Syrian leader,” in reference to the predominantly Alawite population in the area. The area also hosts a Russian air force base.

A second strike reportedly hit a target in the town of Masyaf, which is also in the northwest of the country.

SANA quoted a Syrian military source as saying “some of” the enemy’s missiles had been downed by Syrian air defenses.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor group based in the United Kingdom, the strikes constituted the tenth Israeli wave of strikes this year. Israel’s targets had included regime military positions and pro-Iranian militias, as well as weapons and ammunition depots, it said.

The watchdog said 14 people had been wounded in Wednesday’s strikes, in the region of Hifa, east of Latakia. The IRGC was known to have warehouses in the area, it added.

On April 22, a Syrian surface-to-air missile fired at an IAF fighter jet that had been involved in airstrikes on targets in Syria exploded in Israel’s southern Negev region, triggering warning sirens.

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MISSILE FIRED FROM IRAN IN SYRIA AT ISRAELI NUCLEAR REACTOR IN DIMONA EVADES IRON DOME AS IRANIANS INCH CLOSER AND CLOSER TO MAJOR STRIKE

The IDF activated its air defense systems in an attempt to intercept the missile, but the attempt failed. The military is investigating why its air defenses failed to intercept the SA-5 and did not intercept the large warhead.  Early reports indicated that the explosion was the result of a Patriot missile defense system battery responding to the firing of the missile into Israel. The IDF later confirmed the reports and on Thursday morning, missile parts were located in the swimming pool of the Negev community of Ashalim. “Due to a surface to air missile entering Israeli territory, air defense systems were activated,” a statement by the IDF read, noting that the military was still investigating the incident. 

by Geoffrey Grider April 22, 2021

Israel and Syria exchanged missile attacks early Thursday morning after Damascus launched an advanced surface-to-air missile that landed all the way in the Negev Desert.

Iranian forces in Syria fired yet another rocket at Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona, and this time, Iron Dome did not stop it in time. This is the longest-range attack yet by Syrian and Iranian forces, showing that Iran’s capability is growing each time they take a shot. Add to that the fact that Iran is now refining uranium up to 60%, and you have a recipe for disaster. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Iran is going to hit a couple of their targets in Israel.

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.” Luke 21:20,21 (KJB)

Two things are certain, the first being that the Abraham Accords will create the nation of Palestine as Israel gets divided according to Joel 3:2 (KJB), and the second being that Israel will be lured into a covenant with Death and Hell according to Isaiah 28 and Revelation 6. The Pretribulation Rapture removes the Church before the bulk of these things heat up, but if I were to use a rocket launch metaphor, the rocket engines are ignited and we are awaiting liftoff. That’s really how close we actually are, I hope you are ready to fly.

Syrian missile lands near Dimona nuclear reactor, Iron Dome interception fails

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: Alarms sounded in Abu Qrenat near Dimona in the South. Syria fired the missile in response to what it claims was an Israeli Air Force bombing near Damascus. Israel frequently strikes Syria to prevent Iranian entrenchment in the country as well as weapons shipments to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Reports from across the country, including central Israel and Jerusalem, spoke of “loud explosions” that “shook the houses.”

The IDF activated its air defense systems in an attempt to intercept the missile, but the attempt failed. The military is investigating why its air defenses failed to intercept the SA-5 and did not intercept the large warhead.  Early reports indicated that the explosion was the result of a Patriot missile defense system battery responding to the firing of the missile into Israel. The IDF later confirmed the reports and on Thursday morning, missile parts were located in the swimming pool of the Negev community of Ashalim.

“DUE TO A SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE ENTERING ISRAELI TERRITORY, AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS WERE ACTIVATED,” A STATEMENT BY THE IDF READ, NOTING THAT THE MILITARY WAS STILL INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT.

The Patriot was reportedly launched from somewhere near the city of Dimona, not far from the location of Israel’s secretive nuclear reactor. The IDF said that in response to the launch, it attacked several missile batteries in Syria, including the one that fired the projectile that struck its territory. Syria’s state news agency said Syrian air defenses intercepted the Israeli attack that had targeted areas in the Damascus suburbs.

“AIR DEFENSES INTERCEPTED THE ROCKETS AND DOWNED MOST OF THEM,” THE AGENCY SAID. HOWEVER, FOUR SOLDIERS WERE INJURED IN THE ATTACK AND SOME MATERIAL DAMAGE TOOK PLACE, IT SAID.

A Syrian military defector said the Israeli strikes targeted locations near the town of Dumair, some 40 km. northeast of Damascus, where Iranian-backed militias have a presence. It is an area that Israel has hit repeatedly in past attacks.
 
It was unclear at first where the missile was launched from. Several indications pointed to it having been launched from Iraq, while according to other reports, it came from the city of Daraa in southern Syria following an Israeli airstrike. IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Hidai Zilberman told reporters that the explosion was due to the firing of an SA-5 surface-to-air missile toward Israel from Syria and that it exploded in the southern Negev.

The firing of the missile came during Israeli airstrikes in southern Syria. The missile was not directed towards the Dimona nuclear reactor and was an errant missile, Zilberman said. According to the spokesman, Israel responded to the firing of the SA-5 towards IAF jets by striking several anti-aircraft batteries in Syria, including the one which fired the missile that exploded in southern Israel.

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AS BORDER CRISIS WITH RUSSIA ESCALATES, UKRAINE PRESIDENT ZELENSKY BYPASSES BIDEN AND CALLS ON EMMANUEL MACRON TO BRING PEACE TO SITUATION

The massive build-up of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine has sparked new tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists since 2014. “Ukraine’s sovereignty is under threat,” Macron’s office said heading into the talks Friday, adding: “All our work is aimed at avoiding an escalation and defusing tensions.” Zelensky’s meeting with the leaders of France and Germany, who have been mediators in the conflict since 2015, comes as Ukraine accuses Russia of threatening to destroy it.

by Geoffrey Grider April 17, 2021

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ease tensions with Moscow following talks in Paris on Friday.

 

Right now, over 100,000 Russian troops are on the Ukraine border, Putin is expelling American diplomats in searing rebuke to the pusillanimous Biden administration, and war is just a match strike away. So who is Ukraine president Zelensky reaching out to bring some ‘peace and safety’ to this situation? Like you had to ask. Seriously.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4 (KJB)

Emmanuel Macron finds himself, yet again, in the middle of the action as Russia is ramping up for all-out war with Ukraine. Now this all may seem like ‘news’ to you, but to me, it looks like a dress rehearsal for Ezekiel 39. But that’s just me.

Ukraine’s Zelensky says open to four-way talks with Putin to ease tensions with Russia

FROM FRANCE 24: “I want to get the four of us” together to discuss “the issue of the security situation in eastern Ukraine and the de-occupation of our territories”, Zelensky said after a meeting with Macron in Paris in which Merkel participated by video link.

The three leaders ended their Friday meeting urging Russia to withdraw extra troops amassed on the Ukranian border and in occupied Crimea. Zelensky told reporters that he also hoped to restore the ceasefire in war-torn eastern Ukraine at an upcoming meeting of four advisors to the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on April 19. The ceasefire “was productive at first, but then, unfortunately” ended, Zelensky said.

“ON THE SITUATION IN DONBAS, WITH UKRAINE AND GERMANY, WE REMAIN MOBILIZED AND DETERMINED TO BRING ABOUT A POLITICAL SOLUTION – THE ONLY ONE POSSIBLE.” EMMANUEL MACRON

The massive build-up of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine has sparked new tensions in eastern Ukraine, where government forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists since 2014.

“UKRAINE’S SOVEREIGNTY IS UNDER THREAT,” MACRON’S OFFICE SAID HEADING INTO THE TALKS FRIDAY, ADDING: “ALL OUR WORK IS AIMED AT AVOIDING AN ESCALATION AND DEFUSING TENSIONS.”

Zelensky’s meeting with the leaders of France and Germany, who have been mediators in the conflict since 2015, comes as Ukraine accuses Russia of threatening to destroy it. The talks aimed to lay the groundwork for a meeting in the so-called “Normandy” format, which involves the leaders of France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia, and have not taken place since December 2019. Ukraine and Russia have traded blame over a spike in violence in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian troops have battled Russian-backed forces in a conflict that Kiev says has killed 14,000 people since 2014. Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russia of a “provocative” build-up of troops near the country’s eastern border and annexed Crimea.

Friday’s talks were held amid rising US-Russia tensions, with the Biden administration on Thursday announcing the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of people and companies, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal agencies

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BIDEN ADMINISTRATION REMAINS SILENT AS IRAN PREPARES TO TAKE URANIUM ENRICHMENT TO 60% AFTER ISRAEL ATTACKED THEIR NATANZ NUCLEAR FACILITY

The Jerusalem Post has learned that the attack was carried out through an explosive device that was smuggled into the facility and detonated remotely. An intelligence official told The New York Times on Tuesday that the attack took out both the primary and backup electrical systems. Iran is almost ready to start enriching uranium to 60% purity at an above-ground plant at Natanz and plans to add 1,024 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to an underground plant Tehran says was hit by sabotage, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday. Iran has said it will enrich uranium to 60% – a big step closer to the 90% that is weapons-grade from the 20% maximum it has reached so far – in response to what it says was an act of sabotage by Israel against the underground plant.

by Geoffrey Grider April 14, 2021

The alleged Israeli attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility targeted an electrical substation located 40 to 50 meters underground and damaged “thousands of centrifuges,” Iranian officials revealed in recent days.

During all the years of the Trump presidency, Israel lived in relative security with their enemies well aware that the Trump-led United States would step in and defend them should the need arise. But with Joe Biden in the White House, the enemies of Israel know that she is left to fend for herself, and barely three months into Biden’s term Iran has already begun enrichment of the uranium needed for a nuclear bomb to use against the Jewish state.

“Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.” Psalm 129:5 (KJB)

Without the full support of the United States, Israel is forced to do things like last week’s attack on the Natanz nuclear facility to stall Iran as long as possible from getting the bomb. That attack was successful, but now Iran is fully striving towards creating uranium enriched enough for a nuclear bomb. Iran knows that Joe Biden will do nothing to stop them from getting the bomb, especially after watching Biden authorized $235 million to fund Palestinian terrorists.

As you read this, Russia is on the Ukraine border threatening war, China is on multiple fronts threatening war, and Iran is now enriching uranium, with the tacit blessing of Biden administration, for war against Israel. If you read and believe Ezekiel 39, then you know what’s right around the corner.

Iran has ‘almost completed preparations’ to enrich uranium to 60% -IAEA

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: The Iranian official stressed that such an operation takes years, saying “the design of the enemy was very beautiful.” Davani added that the substation was built underground in order to protect it from air and missile strikes, and that the attack was carried out either via cyber, sabotaged equipment or sabotage committed by agents.

The Jerusalem Post has learned that the attack was carried out through an explosive device that was smuggled into the facility and detonated remotely. An intelligence official told The New York Times on Tuesday that the attack took out both the primary and backup electrical systems. Iran is almost ready to start enriching uranium to 60% purity at an above-ground plant at Natanz and plans to add 1,024 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to an underground plant Tehran says was hit by sabotage, the UN atomic watchdog said on Wednesday.

Iran has said it will enrich uranium to 60% – a big step closer to the 90% that is weapons-grade from the 20% maximum it has reached so far – in response to what it says was an act of sabotage by Israel against the underground plant.

“THE AGENCY TODAY VERIFIED THAT IRAN HAD ALMOST COMPLETED PREPARATIONS TO START PRODUCING UF6 ENRICHED UP TO 60% U-235 AT THE NATANZ PILOT FUEL ENRICHMENT PLANT (PFEP),” THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY SAID IN A STATEMENT, REFERRING TO URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE, THE FORM IN WHICH URANIUM IS FED INTO CENTRIFUGES FOR ENRICHMENT.

Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers only lets Tehran enrich uranium to up to 3.67% purity, one of many limits that it breached more than a year ago in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal under President Donald Trump and the reimposition of US sanctions against Tehran.

The deal also says Iran can only produce enriched uranium with up to 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges at its underground Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz. While it has broken that rule by adding more advanced centrifuges to the FEP, until now it has stuck to the limit on the number of IR-1 machines there.

“IN A REPORT ISSUED TO MEMBER STATES TODAY … DIRECTOR GENERAL RAFAEL MARIANO GROSSI SAID IRAN HAD INFORMED THE AGENCY … THAT THE COUNTRY INTENDS TO INSTALL SIX ADDITIONAL CASCADES OF IR-1 CENTRIFUGES AT THE NATANZ FUEL ENRICHMENT PLANT (FEP) COMPRISING A TOTAL OF 1,024 CENTRIFUGES,” THE IAEA SAID.

That report, one of two issued on Wednesday evening and obtained by Reuters, added: “Iran intends to use 6,084 IR-1 centrifuges installed in 36 cascades (in total at the FEP).”


Fereydoon Abbasi-Davani, former head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told Iranian media on Monday that the attack hit an electrical substation located deep underground and managed to damage both the power distribution system and the cable leading to the centrifuges in order to cut power to them.

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RUSSIA REBUILDING THE TRIUMPHAL ARCH OF PALMYRA IN SYRIA, KNOWN AS THE GATEWAY TO THE TEMPLE OF BAAL, TO PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF ANTICHRIST

The Arch of Palmyra stood at the entrance to the temple used to worship Bel, also known as Ba’al. Mentioned more than 90 times in the Bible, most notably when Elijah defeated the priests of Ba’al, also known as Moloch, in a contest to bring down fire from heaven to burn a sacrifice, Ba’al became the archetypical form of idol worship. Pantheistic, his adherents worshipped Mother Nature while denying the existence of a creator.

by Geoffrey Grider April 13, 2021

After six years of laying in ruin, the Russians have begun reconstructing the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra in Syria that served as a gateway to a major pagan temple to Baal. Rebuilding the arch is predicted in the Talmud as preceding the Messiah.

Just last month, Pope Francis was in Ur of the Chaldees, taking a Chrislam victory lap in the birthplace of Abraham, and today we are hearing news that Russia is helping Syria to restore the Arch of Palmyra that served the ancient world as a gateway to the Temple of Baal. This is how close we are to the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church.

“And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served them.” 2 Kings 21:2,3 (KJB)

Since the signing of the Abraham Accords, the Middle East has become a very different place, so different in fact that we are watching the entire region preparing itself to receive Antichrist. What could be more fitting than having 2 of the key players mentioned in Ezekiel 39 working on rebuilding the Arch of Palmyra, the gateway to the Temple of Baal? Very soon the man of sin will reveal himself, and you and I who are saved will fly on Flight #777.

Is This Preparation For The Arrival Of Antichrist?

ISRAEL 365 NEWS: The ruins of the ancient city of Palmyra located about 135 miles north of Damascus were a huge tourist attraction, drawing 105,000 visitors a year until the devastating civil war broke out in Syria in 2011. The temple and much of the site were destroyed by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2015. The Monumental Arch, a centerpiece of the site that was mostly destroyed, was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in about 200 CE. It is estimated that only 30-40% of the stones in the arch remain.

Nazir Awad, director-general of the Syrian Antiquities and Museums Directorate, explained to Al-Ahed News that “meetings have taken place with Russian experts to discuss the work that will begin to restore and resurrect the Arch of Triumph. They are in the process of documenting and studying in order to outline the restoration work.”

“THE NECESSARY PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO ESTABLISH WORKING GROUPS CONCERNED WITH DOCUMENTATION AND PREPARATION OF DOCUMENTS AS PART OF THE RESTORATION WORK AND OTHER TEAMS TO HANDLE THE RUBBLE,” HE ADDED.

Awad points out that “the work did not actually start, but a working paper was drawn up from the Syrian side, with specific tasks prepared for teams, as this type of work follows global standards. The coronavirus is affecting the progress of the restoration work with the Association Stone Industry of Russia, and the Directorate is in contact with UNESCO and other institutions.”

“THE SYRIAN EXPERTS HAVE PUT IN PLACE SOME PLANS, AND THERE IS NO PRECISE TIMETABLE FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE WORK, BUT STUDIES ON RESTORATION, RUBBLE, AND SO ON MAY BE READY WITHIN SIX OR EIGHT MONTHS.”

The executive director of the Palmyra Restoration Fund, Sergei Tiglinov, said that specialists will make a 3D scan of all the elements, translate them into a virtual model, and then put them together in the restored monument.

Restoration work began this week after a memorandum of understanding was reached between the Syrian Ministry of Culture and the Association Stone Industry of Russia. In 2019, the  State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg announced plans to restore the site in conjunction with the Institute of the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Syria’s Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM). The project will also be under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The site, once a vital point on the Silk Road caravan route, has artifacts dating back to the Neolithic period. The Temple of Palmyra was dedicated in 32 CE to the worship of Ba’al. The earliest known inhabitants were the Amorites in the early second millennium BCE. As such, it hosted many monumental projects including the Temple of Bel (or Ba’al). The temple was built on the site of a prior pagan temple dating back to the third millennium BCE. The most recent of the temples were dedicated in 32 CE. Converted into a Christian church during the Byzantine Era, parts of the structure were modified into a mosque by Muslims in 1132. It remained in use as a mosque until the 1920s.

The arch stood at the entrance to the temple used to worship Bel, also known as Ba’al. Mentioned more than 90 times in the Bible, most notably when Elijah defeated the priests of Ba’al, also known as Moloch, in a contest to bring down fire from heaven to burn a sacrifice, Ba’al became the archetypical form of idol worship. Pantheistic, his adherents worshipped Mother Nature while denying the existence of a creator. Followers of Ba’al engaged in bisexual orgies and sacrificed human infants, burning them alive. Anthropologists conjecture that the child sacrifice was to cull the population after the inevitable outcome of wanton sexuality.

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AS TENSIONS RISE: THE US AND RUSSIA DEPLOY BATTLESHIPS TO THE BLACK SEA

BY DAVID SIDMAN | APR 12, 2021 | US-ISRAEL RELATIONS

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

Washington will deploy two battleships to the Black Sea next week Turkey said on Friday as reported by the AP. Russia has amassed its military forces near the Ukrainian border while accusing non-coastal NATO forces of beefing up naval activity in the region.

Meanwhile, Washington reports that Russia has amassed greater military forces on the eastern Ukrainian border than they have at any other time since 2014 when Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine and supported pro-Kremlin separatists in Ukraine’s Donbass region.

Violence has been ignited between Ukrainian forces and the separatists, arousing concerns of a major escalation. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin accused Kievv on Friday of “dangerous provocative actions” in the Donbass region while speaking with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey, who is a member of NATO, said on Friday that Washington will deploy two battleships to the Black Sea from April 14-15.

“A notice was sent to us 15 days ago via diplomatic channels that two US warships would pass to the Black Sea, in line with the Montreux Convention. The ships will remain in the Black Sea until May 4,” Turkey’s foreign ministry stated.

The Montreux Convention is a 1936 accord that provides Ankara with control over the Dardanelles and Bosporus straits, each of which connects to the Black Sea. The agreement also regulates the movement of naval warships.

The Black Sea is considered to be a flashpoint for brinkmanship between Russia and NATO member states. NATO forces have beefed up their presence in the region amid increased tensions. There have also oftentimes been encounters between naval vessels and aircraft from each side.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko expressed his concerns on Friday over intensified naval activity in the Black Sea by forces that didn’t possess a coastline in the region, seemingly referring to the US.

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REVELATION: IRAN AND CHINA SIGN MIND-NUMBING 25-YEAR, $400 BILLION DOLLAR COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO DICTATOR NATIONS

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions. The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing.

by Geoffrey Grider March 28, 2021

Iran and China on Saturday signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement addressing economic issues amid crippling US sanctions on Tehran, according to Iranian state media.

 

Under Donald Trump, America was in full control of the Middle East, doing things like declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, creating the Abraham Accords and checking the dictatorial ambitions of nations like Iran in check. Under the trojan horse presidency of Joe Biden, who has abandoned the Middle East and especially Israel, a power vacuum now exists that China is only too eager to step in and fill. Yesterday, China signed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Iran, and the balance of power in the Middle East shifts once again.

“And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.” Revelation 16:16 (KJB)

The United States must decrease, that is a foregone conclusion, and the powers of darkness like Iran, China, North Korea, Russia and all the others we read about in Ezekiel 39 must increase. Naturally, one of the very first things to happen after they signed was to discuss Iran hosting direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Excuse me while I roll my eyes with pretend shock and surprise. Ezekiel 39 right on track, Flight #777 preparing for liftoff.

Iran, China sign huge 25-year strategic deal; could reduce US regional influence

FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The agreement, dubbed the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, covers a variety of economic activity from oil and mining to promoting industrial activity in Iran, as well as transportation and agricultural collaborations, according to the report. No additional details of the agreement were revealed as Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi took part in a ceremony marking the event.

The New York Times reported that China will invest some $400 billion in Iran in exchange for oil as part of the deal. The two countries will also step up military cooperation with joint training, research and intelligence sharing, the report said. China is Iran’s leading trade partner and was one of the biggest buyers of Iranian oil before then US president Donald Trump reimposed sweeping unilateral sanctions in 2018 after abandoning a multilateral nuclear agreement with Tehran.

The deal signed Saturday could undermine US leverage over Iran ahead of expected negotiations and lessen American influence in the Middle East. Ongoing US sanctions against Iran could hamper its trade with China despite Saturday’s agreement, however.

The Times report said Iran was prepared to host direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians, further suggesting that US influence in the region could be waning.

“WE BELIEVE THIS DOCUMENT CAN BE VERY EFFECTIVE IN DEEPENING” IRAN-CHINA RELATIONS, IRAN’S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAEED KHATIBZADEH SAID, RECALLING THAT THE PACT HAD FIRST BEEN PROPOSED DURING A VISIT TO TEHRAN BY CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING IN JANUARY 2016.

Xi and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed then to establish a roadmap for “reciprocal investments in the fields of transport, ports, energy, industry and services.”

“IRAN’S GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE ARE STRIVING, AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, TO BROADEN RELATIONS WITH TRUSTWORTHY, INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA,” SUPREME LEADER AYATOLLAH ALI KHAMENEI SAID AT THE TIME, DESCRIBING THE PROPOSED COOPERATION AGREEMENT AS “CORRECT AND REASONABLE.”

Xi has championed the Belt and Road Initiative, a plan to fund infrastructure projects and increase China’s sway overseas.

The deal with China marked the first time Iran has signed such a lengthy agreement with a major world power. In 2001, Iran and Russia signed a 10-year cooperation agreement, mainly in the nuclear field, that was lengthened to 20 years through two five-year extensions

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Iran, Russia and Turkey signal growing alliance

For years, Turkey would say one thing to Moscow and Tehran while telling Washington’s Iran hawks that Turkey was “against Russia and Iran.”

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN   

MARCH 21, 2021 18:10

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was very content during a trip to Turkey on Friday. He said it was productive and smiled alongside his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu. He said it was a “wonderful” trip where he spoke with his “brother Cavusoglu.”

The trip signals the growing alliance that Turkey and Iran have in the region.

Zarif said: “As before, constructive engagement on bilateral and regional issues. Ultimate aim: Apply Iran and Turkey’s experience of 400 years of peace to our region. Together, anything is possible.”

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took Russia’s side in a growing spat with the US, slamming US President Joe Biden who is widely hated by Turkey’s ruling party.

He claimed that Biden’s recent comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin were unacceptable and “not fitting of a president.”

This isn’t just because of the tone of Biden’s comments, in which Biden called Putin a “killer.” Turkey’s president and regime often lashes out at other countries and leaders, belittling and threatening them with insults.

The messaging from Ankara is that Russia and Turkey are growing together as allies and partners. They work together in Syria, Libya and the Caucasus; their goal is to supplant US influence and divide up many areas of the Middle East between themselves.

They seek to control violence in these areas. For instance, Turkey got the Syrian rebels, who were fighting the Russian-backed Syrian regime, to change their course and fight Kurds so the Syrian regime could prosper. Then Turkey shipped the rebels to fight elsewhere to weaken the rebellion. Ten years after the start of the Syrian conflict, it is mostly Turkey that is responsible for sidelining the rebellion.

Now, enter Iran.

Iran, Turkey and Russia have worked together in the Astana process since 2017 to manage Syria – and they exclude the US. Zarif’s trip to Istanbul is just one of many in which Turkish and Iranian counterparts work together and demonstrate their warm connections.

Turkey wants more trade with Iran via rail links and also wants to work with Tehran in other ways. From Russia, Ankara wants more S-400s and military hardware.

Turkish media illustrated how the relations are growing. Turkish daily Hurriyet reported that “Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, also attended the meeting, sources from the Foreign Ministry said on condition of anonymity.”

A recent deal between Baghdad and Erbil for the security of the Sinjar province and intensified dialogue between Turkey and Iraq is aimed at curbing the PKK’s (Kurdistan Workers Party) influence in a wider region in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

Meanwhile, Turkey, Russia and Qatar issued a joint statement last week following talks between their foreign ministers in Doha, vowing to “defend Syria’s territorial integrity in accordance with the UN Charter,” the report notes.

Iran welcomes “any initiative that eases the pain of Syrian people and achieves stability and peace in this country,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, stressing that the Astana talks among Ankara, Moscow and Tehran were one of the most successful initiatives to put an end to the Syrian conflict.

A month ago, there were rumors that Turkey and Iran might clash in Iraq, but now it appears that the countries have put aside any differences there as well. Turkey wants Iran to help it fight Kurds, which it alleges are part of the PKK.

Ankara is trying to ban opposition parties by labeling them “terrorists” linked to the PKK. The US has expressed concern, but Turkey hopes it can model its authoritarian regime on Russia and Iran. It is learning from Russia how to deal with dissidents – like how Russia dealt with Putin critic Alexei Navalny who was sent to a Russian penal colony.

For many years, Ankara would say one thing to Moscow and Tehran about partnership while telling Washington’s Iran hawks that it was “against Russia and Iran.”

Turkey would mobilize its strong DC lobbyists to push narratives from how Ankara was “fighting terrorism” to how it was challenging Russia and Iran “geopolitically.”

However, the reality was that Turkey was always working closely with Russia and Iran. It invented an imaginary “terrorist” threat from the Kurdish region of Afrin in 2018 to justify an invasion. It even pretended to be fighting ISIS when it was allowing ISIS families to transit from Raqqa to Idlib.

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was found a few hundred meters from the Turkish border in Idlib. Turkey’s use of its lobbyists to claim it was confronting Iran was only a talking point for the Trump administration.

Even after the administration left, some of those who were close to Turkey continued to push this narrative. But even Turkey is now claiming to distance itself from some Muslim Brotherhood extremist activists in a bid to try to patch things up with Arab states in the region.

This is the long-term goal of Turkey in finding an accommodation with states in the region and bringing together its alliance with Iran and Russia to legitimize its continued occupation of parts of Syria and bases in Iraq.

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9 Signs That Chess Pieces Are Being Moved Into Place For A Major War In The Middle East

March 7, 2021 by Michael Snyder

The American people are really going to regret putting the warmongers back in control.  Joe Biden has been in the White House for less than two months, and the warmongers that Biden has surrounded himself with have been feverishly setting the stage for the next war in the Middle East.  I do not believe that it will start within the next week, but I do believe that it is inevitable.  While President Trump was in the White House for four years, the U.S. didn’t start any new conflicts, but now the Biden administration is quite determined to start projecting “American influence” all over the globe once again.  Most Americans don’t understand the bigger picture, but the truth is that this is going to have very serious implications over the next few years.

In this article, I would like to examine some of the chess moves that have been made since Joe Biden entered the White House.  As you will see, a very troubling picture emerges once you start putting all of the pieces together.

#1 Literally one day after Biden was inaugurated, a massive U.S. military convoy rolled into Syria

A large US military convoy entered northeastern Syria on Thursday, Syrian state news agency SANA reports, citing sources on the ground.

According to the report, the convoy included some 40 trucks and armored vehicles and was backed from the air by helicopters.

President Trump had tried very hard to disengage from the war in Syria, but Biden has made it crystal clear that the U.S. will be heavily involved in that conflict moving forward.

#2 Just a few weeks later, Joe Biden conducted his first airstrike against Iranian-backed forces inside Syria…

The US has carried out an air strike targeting Iran-backed militias in Syria, in the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration.

The Pentagon said the strike destroyed “multiple facilities” and was ordered in response to attacks against US and coalition personnel in Iraq.

Militia officials said one person had been killed but a war monitor reported at least 22 fatalities.

#3 Of course it was inevitable that Iranian-backed forces would respond, and they retaliated by launching rockets at a military base in Iraq where U.S. forces are stationed.  Just a couple days ago, new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that there will be a U.S. military response “at a time and place of our own choosing”

Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin tells @MarthaRaddatz the U.S. is still assessing who carried out recent rocket attack on base in Iraq housing U.S. troops—and that if the U.S. decides to respond, it will be “at a time and place of our own choosing.”

#4 More U.S. airstrikes may come sooner rather than later.  In fact, it is being reported that the U.S. has just sent six B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia…

The U.S. Air Force is sending six B-52 Stratofortress bombers to Diego Garcia, a military hub that acts as a strategic location for operations in both the Middle East and the Pacific.

Citing a U.S. official, CNN on Monday reported that the Cold War-era bomber will be “available for operations against Iran if ordered.”

#5 The Biden administration is also sending approximately 10,000 more U.S. troops to the Middle East…

Once the amphibious assault ship Bataan, which is moving toward the Middle East, arrives, the U.S. will have added roughly 10,000 personnel to the area within the last week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

#6 Russia has been busy making moves in the region as well.  On Friday, Russia conducted an air strike on an oil-loading facility in Syria that is used by opposition forces that are backed by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Biden administration…

A suspected missile strike on an oil-loading facility used by Turkey-backed opposition forces in northern Syria sparked a massive blaze across a large area where oil tankers are normally parked, aerial and satellite images show.

Syrian opposition groups and at least one war monitor blamed Russia for the strike Friday night near the towns of Jarablus and al-Bab, near the border with Turkey. In a report, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, said Russian warships in the Mediterranean had fired three missiles that struck primitive oil refineries and tanker trucks in the region.

#7 Meanwhile, Israel continues to hit strategically important targets inside Syria on a regular basis.  The following comes from a news report that was published in late February

Syrian air defenses were activated in the capital Damascus and its southern suburbs Sunday night to repel an Israeli missile attack, state media reported. There was no word on casualties.

State TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying that most of the Israeli missiles were shot down before reaching their targets near Damascus.

#8 Israel is particularly interested in keeping Iran from developing nuclear weapons.  In an interview with Fox News, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz just stated that Israel is ready to attack Iran without any U.S. help

The Israeli military is updating plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites and is prepared to act independently, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Fox News.

Israel has identified numerous targets inside Iran that would hurt its ability to develop a nuclear bomb.

“If the world stops them before, it’s very much good. But if not, we must stand independently and we must defend ourselves by ourselves,” Gantz said in his first sit-down interview with an American outlet.

#9 During a phone call last Thursday between Kamala Harris and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister made it exceedingly clear that his nation is ready to do whatever it takes to prevent the Iranians from developing their own nukes…

“The prime minister said we would continue to strengthen our intelligence and security cooperation and said during their conversation that as prime minister of Israel, he is totally committed to preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons that are meant for our destruction.”

Of course the Iranians have no plans to back down, and that makes a military conflict between Israel and Iran inevitable.

There will be war in the Middle East, and the horror of that conflict will shock the entire planet.

And once that war begins, it will greatly accelerate our economic problems and the ongoing political turmoil in this country.

So enjoy this brief period of relative stability while you can, because our world is about to start changing in dramatic ways.

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