By Walid Shoebat
Saudi Arabia just sent a message to Iran saying “Yemen is a redline, do not cross it”.
Over the last week, the entire momentum of the war in Yemen has shifted. While previously pro-government forces were trapped within the port city of Aden, now they are pushing the Iranian backed Houthi militia in all directions.
And the situation is escalating. Conflict News reported that a significant development that is “actually occurring is far more remarkable, and strangely almost absent from the media headlines.”
They reported “ships adorned with UAE flags arrived in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden” which “began offloading armored vehicles. This started as small columns of vehicles, which could have conceivable been ‘delivered’ to the pro-government fighters, however has now ballooned into something completely different. Hundreds of vehicles including main battle tanks, APCs, AFVs and self propelled artillery have landed in the city, and joined the fight against the mainly Shia Houthi militias.“
The boots on the ground is estimated at 3,000 troops to aid in the fight against Iranian-backed Houthi forces.
Gulf-based geopolitical and military analyst Theodore Karasik said the throughput of Saudi-led coalition equipment from sea to land signals more ground offensives ahead to expand the coalition’s gains in and around Aden.
“The equipment is an impressive mix of land force vehicles and support that is meant to give the pro-Hadi forces [loyal to Yemen’s exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi] a sharp edge,” he said.
Stratfor also confirms “The deployment of 3,000 ground troops — 1,500 Saudi and Emirati personnel and 1,500 trained Yemenis — with main battle tanks and infantry fighting vehicles is a notable escalation in the Saudi-led coalition’s involvement in Yemen. It is also a sign that Riyadh is willing to take additional casualties.”
But this campaign will not be easy according to Stratfor: “The Saudi-led coalition undoubtedly has superior logistics, firepower and manpower, and has amassed an impressive modern fighting force. However, the farther the coalition moves from this beachhead into the hostile terrain of Yemen’s mountains, the more exposed they will be to ambushes and counterattacks. Saudi forces took heavy losses in the 2009 war with Yemen, when Riyadh’s offensive operations against the Houthis were staged in the mountains of northern Yemen.”
There was also the capture of the Al-Anad base — once the site of U.S. intelligence operations against al-Qaida’s powerful Yemeni affiliate — was a significant victory for the forces allied to Yemen’s exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in their battle to reverse the gains of the rebels known as Houthis.
Months ago, the Iranian expansion in Yemen in the wake of the control of the Houthis on the reins of power sounded alarm bells at the Gulf states. Yemen is the window to an Iranian incursion into Arabia. Houthi fighters and loyalists of Yemen’s President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi are locked in a power struggle that is now drawing in neighboring Saudi Arabia and its main regional rival Iran into conflict.
Saudi Arabia views Iran as its chief regional rival and considered the expansion of Houthi power in Yemen as a worrisome threat on its doorstep. This conflict between Iran (biblical Elam) and Arabia links to a prophetic message from Isaiah 21, especially with the latest development in Iran’s nuclear advance.
Now that deploying thousands from the gulf military force will further pull Saudi Arabia and other nations directly into Yemen’s conflict and ultimately, the showdown between Iran and Saudi Arabia will escalate dramatically. With the nuclear issue developing in Iran, the writing on the wall becomes simple: while Saudi Arabia makes way into Yemen, in the long run, a showdown between the two is imminent with Iran the victor, while Saudi Arabia becomes toast.
Category: Gog-Ezekiel 38 & 39
By Walid Shoebat
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God In The Bible Warns His Enemies With Extreme Heat, And God Just Cursed Iran With 164 Degree Weather On The Day That Iran Threatened Israel With Annihilation
By Walid Shoebat
In the Bible God warned His enemies with famine and extreme heat and Muslim Iran last Friday got the curse, a tripple-digit heat wave (164 degrees), which happened right when it threatened to annihilate Israel following the nuclear deal it struck with global powers. The anti-God heathen world is getting a feel of what is to come: extreme heat and hunger.
The temperature in Iran was so high that Iran’s heat index nearly broke that world record which was a suffocating 164 degrees. Meteorological experts said Iran is experiencing some of the hottest temperatures “ever endured by humankind.” “That was one of the most incredible temperature observations I have ever seen, and it is one of the most extreme readings ever in the world,” AccuWeather meteorologist Anthony Saglia told The Telegraph.
So right after Muslim Iran condoled the Christian persecuting Muslim nation of Pakistan for heatwave deaths during Ramadan, it was Iran’s turn to get it.
To understand the type of heat Iran got, the highest-known heat index known in history was 178 degrees which was recorded in the other cursed place in the Middle East, Muslim Saudi Arabia, in Dhahran, July 8, 2003.
165 and 178 degrees is a temperature at which you might consider setting your oven which is a safe minimum cooking temperature for any number of foods.
I happen to have lived in Dhahran Saudi Arabia.
And just to explain the extent of this heat, lets compare the worst heat-waves known in recent history.
In January 2009, Melbourne saw three days straight of 109-degree weather. In July and August of 2003, countries across Europe sizzled through what some scientists deemed their hottest summer since 1500 A.D. killing 14,000 in France and the temperatures soared to 104 degrees. This doesn’t even come close to 165 degrees.
In the United States, in 1936 North American heat wave had temperatures soar to all-time highs in 12 states, clearing the 120-degree mark in some regions.
Yet Muslim Kuwait reached a scorching 128.5 degrees in 2012 and last Thursday it hit 127 degrees and in the Muslim nation of Iraq on Sunday it was expected to hit over 120 degrees.
Besides living in Muslim Saudi Arabia, I also lived in Jericho, near the Dead Sea which lays 1,388 feet below sea level. It is the lowest place on the surface of the earth where the temperature often tops 120 degrees. I never forgot the heat rash that covered our entire bodies as we had no air conditioning. Mercy came when my father bought our first fan before my baby sister Aida died from the extreme heat. My father accused my American mother (of course) presuming her death was caused from the fan while forgetting we were living in a hell-hole.
I also lived nearby Death Valley, California, the lowest place in the U.S. Historically, the day Death Valley reached its world record maximum temperature of 134 degrees Fahrenheit was on July 10, 1913, way less than what we have seen in the Muslim nations of Iran and Saudi Arabia.
The highest recorded temperature in all of Asia was actually experienced in Israel’s Tirat Tzvi back on June 21, 1942, during the days of the Holocaust, when the temperature hit 129.2 degrees. Boy that land was cursed since it was empty of Jews.
But 164 degrees and 178 degrees? Thats enough to fry your bacon. What happened in Iran is unlike anything that was seen in the past.
The National Weather Service says that at a heat index above 125 degrees “heat stroke is very likely”. Earlier this summer, in Muslim Pakistan, a heat wave killed over 1,200 people. The temperatures in the Middle East are expected to remain high for the next several days prompting some countries to order mandatory days off in an effort to keep people out of the heat.
And just to show footage from the Middle East during this heatwave, here is Amman Jordan, check out this heatwave which caused a rarely seen massive sandstorm:
While many will cry “global warming”, it is actually the sun heating up by command from the Almighty. In the Bible God proclaimed drought as one of the consequences of disobedience (Deut 28.23,24)(Zech 14.17). Another form of judgement prophesied by Isaiah appears to be extreme heat – heat severe enough to kill people:
‘Therefore … the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left’ (Isa 24.6)
The book of Revelation appears to speak of the same end time events and predicts extreme weather as part of God’s judgement upon the nations. There will be fierce, scorching heat:
‘The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun, and it was given to it to scorch men with fire. Men were scorched with fierce heat …’ (Rev 16.8,9)
People are fooled by global-warming. The devil knows prophecy. He knows the earth will heat up. It is written in the Bible. Trust what it says. And so, the devil (and yes the devil exists) instructs his sycophants, the Al Gores of the world to believe a lie. A lie that is perpetuated to “weaken the nations”:
“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! (Isaiah 14:12)
Selling global warming weakens the nations. Besides the heat waves, there is a coming famine that is hitting primarily the Muslim world and if in doubt, read our latest report.
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Obama Is Involving The U.S. With Turkey And NATO For The Upcoming Major Battle: An Islamic Armageddon
By Walid Shoebat
Megiddo, critics say is nothing much but a farmland in northern Israel. They also say that Dabiq, in Syria, is nothing much but farmland as well. But it is these two farmlands that are the spark for Armageddon: Dabiq for the Muslims and Megiddo for the Christians.
And when it comes to Dabiq, things are cooking up real fast, so fast, that Turkey just had an extraordinary meeting this week at the NATO headquarters on Tuesday, which was the fifth in the organization’s 66-year history and it has to do with sparking a war at Dabiq while President Obama is involving the U.S. in a major way.
The deal is an agreement to cooperate to clear ISIS forces out of a 60-mile-long strip of northern Syria along the Turkish border. But what is interesting is that this 60-mile-long strip had to include Dabiq.
Well, the United States is being led like a mule into the milieu of Muslim planning and the U.S. is biting the hook, the line and the sinker, in agreement with Turkey, on the major step toward starting the fight in Dabiq. This becomes the key player for the apocalypse in the minds of Muslims, so they believe.
While we will discuss more on that later, but first, perhaps a brief explanation can help westerners understand what is at stake here. To the Muslim, it is foretold that the caliphate will sack Istanbul, Turkey, just before it is beaten back by an army led by who Muslims consider, the anti-Messiah, whose eventual death — when just a few thousand jihadists remain —will usher in the apocalypse where Islam is victorious. And by this, now, the giant mule, the United States, becomes this ‘anti-Messiah’ for the Muslims.
When it comes to Dabiq, ISIS’s magazine also called Dabiq, quotes it’s godfather, Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi as saying, “The spark has been lit here in Iraq, and its heat will continue to intensify … until it burns the crusader armies in Dabiq.” The United States now qualifies as this “crusader army”. The New York Times confirmed yesterday the grand strategy:
That is an ambitious military goal, because it appears to include areas of great strategic and symbolic importance to the Islamic State, and it could encompass areas that Syrian helicopters regularly bomb. If the zone goes 25 miles deep into Syria, as Turkish news outlets have reported, it could encompass the town of Dabiq, a significant place in the group’s apocalyptic theology, and Manbij, another stronghold. It could also include the Islamic State-held town of Al Bab, where barrel bombs dropped by Syrian aircraft have killed scores, including civilians, in recent weeks.
American officials emphasized that the depth of the buffer zone to be established was one of the important operational details that had yet to be decided. But one senior official said, “You can be assured many of the principal population centers will be covered.”
The plan does not envision Turkish ground troops entering Syria, although long-range artillery could be used across the border. Turkish ground forces would work on their side of the border to stem the Islamic State’s ability to infiltrate foreign fighters and supplies into Syria.
So in essence, the mule, the United States, will do all the work, gain the curses of Allah and become Anti-Messiah, while Turkey does minimal work and reap all the benefits through a later invasion of Syria as a NATO peace keeping force.
As Donald Trump says regarding the way the U.S. deals, the American in the end is the one always who gets screwed while the enemy gains. If in doubt, look at Iran, the U.S. did all the work and Iran gained Iraq through proxy government.
ISIS now awaits the arrival of an enemy army (the U.S.) at Dabiq whose apparent defeat will initiate the apocalypse. And some American military strategists might think this is a genius plan, since Dabiq will attract all the cockroaches to one spot for an apocalyptic showdown, fact is, the United States is alone in this battle (with a token tribute from so-called allies) and the ISIS strategy might shock the West since in Islam, war is Karr-wa-Farr (attack and retreat) which does not constitute defeat in Muslim eyes. In Muslim eyes, there are no defeats, only annihilation is defeat.
First of all, let us understand what Dabiq is, from a Muslim mindset. Musa Cerantonio, an Australian and one of ISIS’s most influential recruiters, believes that the Prophetic narration that foretells the Dabiq battle refers to the enemy as “Rome”. Who “Rome” is, remains a matter of debate, but Cerantonio makes the case, from his Muslim perspective, that “Rome” meant the Eastern Roman empire, which had its capital in what is now Istanbul.
So in this view, Muslims should think of Rome as the Republic of Turkey—the same republic that ended the last self-identified caliphate, 90 years ago.
Other Islamic State sources suggest that this “Rome” might mean any infidel army, and the Americans will do nicely. (Jeffers/Fairfax Media)
What is perhaps strange is that this “Rome” being the anti-Messiah is agreed to by both, Muslims and many western Evangelicals. Although the Bible never once mentioned the name “Rome” in the apocalypse, Muhammad did, literally, as he learned it from the Christian heretics of his day. This alone should be problematic for many Evangelicals since even according to Jesus, how could the holy and the evil agree?
From the Muslim wild interpretation, if this “Rome” is Turkey then ISIS must sack Istanbul. If it is the U.S., ISIS must defeat the U.S.
But of course, if ISIS looses, then ISIS were not the awaited caliphate that will spark this apocalypse in Dabiq and the Muslims must then wait for someone else. But even if ISIS looses, it matters little since according to these Muslims, Allah has preordained the near-destruction of his people in the battle anyway.
But choosing to clear Dabiq is a strategic move by military planners, no doubt. From a western strategical view, by assembling and defeating ISIS decisively at Dabiq, the U.S. would defeat them by destroying their moral and will erase their image as a viable caliphate to 1.3 billion Muslims, since if it has been preordained by Allah that they are to be victorious against the ‘armies of Rome’ in this location, but instead are defeated, it will be a blow from which they would never be able to recover.
The battle of Dabiq, from the western view, then becomes the magnet bringing in the ‘hornet’s nest’ to eventually become the ‘flight of the hornet’ with helicopters and planes picking ISIS fighters off with ease from the air as they eagerly made their pilgrimage to the Dabiq apocalypse. Spreading the word that the ‘armies of Rome’ were assembling there, nothing could keep them from the fight.
ISIS, how the strategists think, is then in check, they must march to Dabiq even if it were not in their strategic best interests since abstaining from fighting at Dabiq would be violating the very prophecies of Mohammed.
But such strategy is flawed when we look at this from an x-terrorist perspective. As I said, Jihad in Islam is Karr-wa-Farr (attack and retreat). ISIS could easily clear the area and attack with suicide missions till Mahdi’s kingdom comes and this will never be considered a loss.
What westerners are not considering is that the deception already began. Looking at absurd news today that says:
“Turkish jets bombed Kurdish rebels inside Turkey on Tuesday as NATO proclaimed its “strong solidarity” with the country’s fight against the Islamic State group …”
This has to be an absurdity. Turkey is bombing “Kurdish rebels”, not ISIS, while “NATO supports Turkey’s efforts” and give it “strong solidarity” to fight ISIS?
All what the United States has to do is a no show at Dabiq and not only the prophecy becomes false, the problem of ISIS is more of a problem for that region (Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and Turkey) than it is for the United States, and the United States can defeat ISIS without even firing a bullet.
But perhaps it is time for some shock therapy. The Turks know very well that Dabiq to them is key from a different perspective than ISIS’s. Arabic sources tell us:
“The use of Dabiq by ISIS is symbolic of the major historical event at Dabiq, it is the name of the battle the Ottomans won which paved the way for their occupation of Iraq and the Levant for more than four centuries, as well as being the springboard for the Islamic armies to fight the Rum (Romans) in their quest for world domination.”
Defeating ISIS at Dabiq, is victory for a much bigger player than ISIS: Turkey.
So the U.S. is entering an Armageddon while this apocalypse has two different conflicting goals, prophecies and plans. The Battle of Marj Dābiq was the most decisive military clash in Middle Eastern history (1516 AD) near the town of Dabiq, 44 km north of Aleppo, Syria between the Ottoman Empire and the Mamluk Sultanate. For Turkey to settle there, once the battle with ISIS is over, means that Turkey’s prophecy came through, which the Americans will accomplish, while other Muslims will dismiss ISIS’s version of the prophecy.
Yet there is even another scenario. The mention of Dabiq to both ISIS and Turkey reveals more than just history, but also eschatology of invading Egypt for a grand future victory for Erdogan’s ultimate dream to revive the sick man of Europe. ISIS can easily acquiesce once the milieu of jihadists oust Bashar Al-Assad.
What the United States is doing is very dumb. To Turks, Dabiq is reverting back the clock to when Sultan Selim I (Turkey is the King of the North) of the Ottomans had just pushed back and vanquished the Safavid Persians (Persia is the biblical Bear) at the Battle of Chaldiran in 1514—and turned their full might against the Mamluks, who ruled in Syria and Egypt (The biblical kingdom of the south) to complete the Ottoman conquest of the Middle East. So by this, the U.S. will set the stage for an even grand caliphate instead of that miniature ISIS.
Many fail to connect the dots; the rich and wealthy layers and multiple fulfillments to the wisest of all prophets whom even Christ complimented: Daniel. Christ even addresses Antichrist on the day of his doom when the most powerful nations on earth defeats him: “You think that you are wiser than Daniel and that no secret can be hidden from you.” (Ezekiel 28:3)
Daniel, in one of his layers of fulfillments, foretold it; the battle ended ultimately in the victory of the King of the North, the Ottoman Selim I over Egypt’s King of the South and the conquest of most of the Middle East by the Ottoman Empire was fulfilled which was the end of the Mamluk Sultanate and the grandeur victory and expansion of the Ottomans. The Ottoman Empire’s victory in this battle gave it control of the entire region of Syria and later into Egypt.
Similarly, Turkey defeating the Shiite Alawite government in Syria, an Iranian ally, will be a duplicate of when Selim I, defeated the Shiites of Iran: the Safavid Persians. And if the Americans gave Iraq to Persia, Americans, like the mule, will do all the work, and ultimately acquiesce to giving Syria to Turkey through aid by Obama, whom Turkey’s Davutoğlu calls their “black man in the white house”.
Dabiq is key to unlocking Daniel when on May 18, 1516 when Al-Ashraf Qansuh al-Ghawri, started from Cairo, Egypt with 20,000 knights to later be killed. Egypt’s future will mimic this historic and eschatological event and will parallel the Turks’s invasion of Egypt. After the death of the Mamluk Sultan, the new Sultan, Tuman Bay (King of the South) who finally, at the doorstep of Cairo, faced Selim I who defeated Tuman Bay and hung him at the gate of Cairo.
Dabiq, therefore, is an Ottoman victory. Even ISIS’s insignia on their flag is an Ottoman insignia (the insignia of Muhammad’s ring) which comes from the Turkish Topkapi museum; everything goes back to Turkey’s victory at Dabiq.
Dabiq is why Turkey hates Egypt and is why Erdogan hates Assisi of Egypt and would not mind it if he ends up like Tumanbay hung on the gallows.
Dabiq is why Turkey intended to invade Syria last year just as it did in its glory days during Selim I. Turkey’s interest in Syria is no secret, although it was, the top secret operation was uncovered when a secret recording leaked of the highest officials discussing the plan to launch a military aggression on Syria by using ISIS to blow up the tomb of Suleiman Shah who was the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire who was supposedly buried in Aleppo near Dabiq. The launched invasion resulted on aggression against the Armenian city of Kessab in which 80 Armenians were massacred as a result. All this while it is known that Suleiman’s tomb had no body in it. (1)
TRANSLATION: “While Suleiman Shah was passing with his clan the Euphrates River near Ja’bar castle in Syria, he drowned in the river with some of his entourage in 1231 and his body was not found. His tomb was set up as a memorial for him and one of his ministers, near the western slopes Ja’bar Castle. When Sultan Selim I conquered Syria, following the battle of Dabiq near Aleppo on August 8th, 1516, he set up graves fitting Ottoman dignity which became a hub for travelers and visitors”.
Dabiq is why Erdogan sees himself as Selim I and is why he publicly read an Islamic poem that includes the lines, “the mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets, and the faithful our soldiers” and is why Erdoğan has used public funds to build more than 17,000 mosques while announcing plans to create a super-mosque overlooking Istanbul to celebrate the 560th anniversary of Istanbul’s conquest by the Ottomans. Erdoğan broke ground on a third Bosphorus Bridge linking the Asian and European sides of the city, naming it after the controversial conquering Sultan Selim I the conqueror of Dabiq.
The western mind doesn’t get it, that in the Muslim mind, the needle is stuck on the record in which the Christian crusader (General Allenby) took Jerusalem and the Christians finally brought an end to the Muslim Ottoman Caliphate in 1924. The song continues from there and the record will continue to play as soon as the electric surge is back. The mediocre minds in the west are no match for centuries of Islamic deception. Islamic prophecies are finagled in such a way that even if the U.S. defeats ISIS, it is a moral booster for the Turks since Islam teaches that the West will be victorious anyway:
You should know that prior to this great battle between the Christian and the Muslim, the Christian will gain booty when they take all the lands of the Muslims.
In the interim, the Muslims will gain since the story of Dabiq ends in Syria as Isaiah 17 predicted. This means that it will not be western genius, but the Lord’s providence that wins in the end.
(1) Al-Jazeera reported the news on Turkey’s incursion into Syria stated the fact of history that there is no body in the Suleiman Shah tomb:
“Suleiman Shah son Qutalmish grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan bin Ertugrul Osman the first. Was head of a small clan of about five thousand people called (Kaya). The tribe headed west toward Syria to escape the Mongol invasions, more than eight hundred years ago. While Suleiman Shah was passing with his clan the Euphrates River near Ja’bar castle in Syria, he drowned in the river with some of his entourage in 1231 and his body was not found. His tomb was set up as a memorial for him and one of his ministers, near the western slopes Ja’bar Castle. When Sultan Selim I conquered Syria, following the battle of Dabiq near Aleppo on August 8th, 1516, he set up graves fitting Ottoman dignity which became a hub for travelers and visitors calling it “the Turkish shrine”. During the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the late nineteenth century it emerged as the largest tomb for public attention, and was renovated and expanded fitting the surrounding area.”
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Thanks to Barack Obama, it is only a matter of time before Israel feels forced to conduct a massive military strike against Iran’s nuclear program
by MICHAEL SNYDER | END OF THE AMERICAN DREAM | JULY 20, 2015
Thanks to Barack Obama, it is only a matter of time before Israel feels forced to conduct a massive military strike against Iran’s nuclear program.
When that happens, Iran will strike back, and hundreds if not thousands of missiles will rain down on Israel. This exchange will likely spark a major regional war in the Middle East, and that could end up plunging the entire planet into chaos. If Barack Obama was attempting to prevent such a scenario from playing out, he failed miserably. Personally, I think that the deal that was just made with Iran is absolutely horrible. Perhaps you disagree. Perhaps you believe that it is the greatest piece of diplomacy of all time. But it doesn’t really matter what any of us think. If this deal was going to work, it had to be strong enough to convince Israel that Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons has been completely stopped. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sworn that he will never, ever let Iran get a nuclear weapon, and he has pledged to use military force if necessary. So what Barack Obama needed was a deal that would calm Israeli nerves while satisfying the Iranians at the same time. Such a deal may have theoretically been impossible, but that is what it was going to take to prevent war. Instead, Obama has made a deal which has utterly horrified the Israeli government. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even called it “a license to kill“. So now the odds that war will happen have gone way up, but Barack Obama is too busy congratulating himself to notice.
And it isn’t just the Israeli government that has responded very negatively to this deal.
One recent survey found that a staggering 74 percent of Israelis do not believe that this deal will prevent the Iranians from developing a nuclear weapon.
A different survey discovered that 47 percent of Israelis would now support a military strike against Iran and only 35 percent of Israelis are currently against one.
Of course the Israeli government would very much prefer not to have to bomb Iran. Before resorting to military action, the Israeli government will certainly try to encourage the U.S. Congress to derail this deal. And we should probably expect to see more covert action against Iran’s nuclear program.
But in the end, those methods will almost certainly not be enough. At that point, the Israeli government will have a decision to make, and I think that the following exchange between Netanyahu and Steve Forbes gives us some insight into what Israeli officials are thinking right now…
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: I think if the deal goes through we’re in danger of war, and it might be the worst kind of war we can imagine. Because this deal will open the way for Iran not to get a bomb but many bombs. Within a decade it will be free to enrich uranium on an unlimited basis. And it will be able to make the fissile core for dozens of bombs–indeed, hundreds of bombs–which it can then put on the hundreds of ICBMs it already has.
Under this deal Iran is going to get $100 billion to $300 billion, which it will be able to use to fund its terrorism and its aggression in the region–its aim being to destroy Israel. Given Iran’s history of aggression, I’d say that this double bonanza of a guaranteed pathway to a nuclear arsenal and a jackpot of money to continue its aggression actually makes the danger of war, even nuclear war, a lot greater.
SF: You make a very important point. Even if Iran sticks to the deal, which is highly problematical, in a decade it will be a major global nuclear power, and it will have ballistic missiles.
BN: Iran is producing them, and guess what? Within a few years they will be able to reach the Eastern seaboard of the United States. And then every point in the United States. But this deal will also enable Iran to tip those missiles with nuclear weapons, with atomic bombs. And I think it’s a huge mistake to allow the foremost sponsor of terrorism in the world, Iran, to have nuclear weapons, as well as the capacity to give such weapons to its terrorist surrogates. This is a big, big mistake. Not only endangering Israel and the entire Middle East but the entire world, specifically the United States. The mullahs, the dictators in Tehran, they call us the little Satan; they call America the big Satan. You are their ultimate target, and you should not give such a terrorist regime the weapons of mass destruction. Because I think the greatest danger facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons. Here you have a militant Islamic state, Iran, arming itself with nuclear weapons and receiving a huge cash bonanza in the bargain. That’s a mistake.
Let there be no misunderstanding – as long as Benjamin Netanyahu is in power the Israeli government will never, ever allow Iran to build nuclear weapons.
This deal that Barack Obama just made with Iran guarantees the Iranians a path to a nuclear weapon, but the Obama administration is apparently hoping that regime change will happen before that time if they are able to kick the can down the road far enough.
But the big mistake that almost everyone in the western world is making when analyzing this deal is that they are assuming that the Iranians will actually keep their promises.
Just like the U.S. government, the Iranians have a very long track record of blatantly lying. And they were caught lying even in the midst of these recent negotiations. The National Council of Resistance of Iran produced evidence that the Iranians were enriching uranium intended for nuclear weapons at a site known as “Lavizan-3” just outside of Tehran. But even after this information came out, the Iranians and the Obama administration just continued with their negotiations as if this facility did not exist.
This is how utterly incompetent the Obama administration is. The Iranians were hiding things and blatantly lying to us before the negotiations were even completed. And the truth is that it is possible that Iran might already have developed nuclear weapons.
Let us hope that this is not the case, but if reports about Lavizan-3 are accurate, the Iranian nuclear program may be far more advanced than any of us have been led to believe.
Sadly, most people in the western world end up believing what they want to believeabout Iran instead of what the facts on the ground actually tell us.
Not too long from now, I believe that we will see some sort of “trigger event” which will motivate the Israeli government to finally conduct a massive military strike against the Iranian nuclear program. Israel has a history of conducting these kinds of assaults, and the Israeli military has been preparing for just such an attack for a very long time. The following comes from a recent article by Joel C. Rosenberg…
Israel has used surprise military force twice to neutralize foreign nuclear programs. In 1981, the Israeli Air Force attacked and destroyed Iraq’s nuclear facilities. Then in 2007, the Israelis attacked and destroyed a Syrian nuclear facility being built with the help of the North Koreans. An attack on Iran’s facilities would be far more complex, and the possible retaliatory blowback could be horrendous. But yet, the Israelis certainly have the capability to do what they need to do, and they’ve been preparing for years for that moment. Given Israel’s historic track record, it is possible Israeli leaders will come to the point of feeling they have no choice but to launch attacks on Iran.
And just because Iran has made a “deal” with us, the American people should not assume that we have now become “friends” with the Iranian government.
In fact, the president of Iran recently led a march through the streets of Tehran during which the crowds were chanting “death to America”…
“Even over the weekend, as Iran continued to receive more and more concessions at the negotiating table, Iranian President Rouhani led a march of hatred in the streets of Tehran in which the masses cried, ‘Death to America! Death to Israel!‘” Netanyahu said, describing Iran’s recent “Al Quds (Jerusalem) Day” in an address to the Knesset Monday.
What a horrible thing to want. Even though I am very pro-Israel, I would never wish death to Iran. The Iranian people work hard, they take care of their families, and most of them want peace.
Unfortunately, Iran is run by a cadre of radical Islamic nutjobs that are obsessed with wiping the nation of Israel off the face of the planet.
For a long time, Israel and Iran have been on a collision course, and now time is running out.
War is coming to the Middle East, and it is going to be absolutely horrifying.
So who will ultimately be victorious in this coming war? Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…
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The Bible Prophesied About Obama’s ‘Nuclear Deal With Iran’ And Predicted It Will Be A Complete Catastrophe
By Walid Shoebat
There is much in the Bible about Iran and it even described the nuclear catastrophe that will result from Obama’s nuclear deal with it. You think this is far-fetched? Just read. For years, Bible prophecy analysts had missed the verses and for years, we have been on record stating that Iran will gain its nukes and so far we were the few who were correct, while the rest still contemplate Israel removing the threat before it happens. We were no geniuses to figure all this, we just read the Bible as Muslims and saw in it that we needed salvation, so we converted and believed.
But before we share the obvious references that are rarely read, lets explain how this deal is a total catastrophe.
Iran holds the world’s fourth-largest proved crude reserves and the second-largest natural gas reserves, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The Iran nuclear deal is likely to provide little benefit for the U.S., and big benefits to one of its brokers—China—giving Beijing greater room to ramp up Iranian oil imports as part of a global buying binge.
The terms of Obama’s deal with Iran failed to achieve the goal of denying Iran the capacity to build a nuclear bomb. By lifting sanctions, this enabled Iran’s theocratic rulers to increase their ability to advance further into Iraq, since the international community is removing the sanctions, and Iran is keeping its nuclear program, this making Shia Iran the major competitor for leadership in the Muslim world after Turkey, while beating Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies who fear Iran’s influence among their own Shia populations.
Tehran, shortly will lead to Iran supplanting Saudi Arabia as America’s main ally in the Persian Gulf ensuring Iran to remain in conflict with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the richest Sunni power and birthplace of Islam is now in check.
Instead of peace, we will soon see Iran’s advance, increasing further in the series of interventions in conflicts that have ratcheted up sectarian tensions, from Syria to Iraq to Yemen. Iran’s sphere of influence now spans from Tehran to Beirut and from Baghdad and Damascus, while Saudi Arabia is isolated and will only share its sentiment about Iran with its old rival Israel. This will continue to paint Saudi Arabia’s regime as a Zionist sympathizer and will further isolate it from its neighbors.
The West, while it thinks that balancing the Middle East is done by elevating Shiite Iran, it should be a surprise to them that Sunni Turkey welcomed the nuclear deal. In fact, all what Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked for is to stop the “sectarian-driven policies” in the region. This is no balance, but will catapult the two greatest powers in the region, Turkey and Iran to work things out, unite and become the leaders of the Muslim World. Neither Turkey or Iran want a confrontation with each other and both have gas deals including an interest to undo Sykes Picot to re-divide the region.
It is here, the alliance between Iran and Turkey, where the Bible comes in. Turkey (Meshech and Tubal) and Iran (Persia) will unite as predicted in Ezekiel 38. The “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal” will become the leader to Iran and Libya in the invasion against Israel “be a guard for them” (v.7).
And as the threat culminates in Jerusalem, “Sheba and Dedan”, who are the Arabs, at this point will not go against their cousin Israel, instead they rebuke Turkey and Iran “Have you come to take plunder?” (v.13)
Who in the world would have predicted all of this so accurately? A decade ago, had any analyst said that Saudi Arabia will cease its aggression against Israel, the world would make mockery of him, especially since that it is Islam’s Wahhabism that created the anti-Semitism in the first place. For this, Saudi Arabia will not remain unpunished.
Isaiah brilliantly predicted that Iran (biblical Elam) must and will destroy Arabia. “Elam, attack!” says Isaiah (v2) leveling this prophetic oracle specifically against Arabia (v13) even referring to Arabia as “Babylon is fallen is fallen” (v9) using the same announcement in Revelation 18:1-2 and Revelation 14:8 against the harlot city: “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”:
“‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen!” (Isaiah 21:9)
“The burden against Dumah” (Isaiah 21:11)
“The burden against Arabia” (Isaiah 21:13)
“All the glory of Kedar will fail” (Isaiah 21:16)
These “Dumah” and “Kedar” are all in Arabia which are literally mentioned as “Arabia” in verse 13. It can’t get any clearer than this, which is destroyed by none other than Iran “Elam” in a complete wipeout.
Which brings me to my second challenge to the world of doubting Thomases. When it comes to the destruction of end-days Babylon “Babylon is fallen is fallen”, how come Scripture makes no mention of any of the ancient Babylonian cities: Nineveh, Ur, Babel, Erech, Accad, Sumer, Assur, Calneh, Mari, Karana, Ellpi, Eridu, Kish, or Tikrit? Why are all of the literal references in Scripture that when it comes to “Babylon” the vicinities and towns are all in Arabia, not Iraq or even Rome as many assume?
I find that most who claim to say they “follow ONLY Scripture” in reality follow ‘traditional interpretations’ which they invoke over Scripture. This is exactly what happened in Jesus’ First Coming and they missed the Messiah. People need to be watchful and if still in doubt, and for ample biblical evidence on biblical Babylon being Saudi Arabia, read: Muslims Rebuild The Tower Of Babel (Shocking Research!)
The Bible is also precise and pinpoints a geographic location for this “Babylon” as was predicted in Jeremiah 49:21, it is situated literally by “the Red Sea” which confirms Arabia’s destruction since Mecca lies by the Red Sea. For the folks who are weak in geography, here is a map:
This is also confirmed in Revelation 18 regarding the harlot city:
“And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning” (Revelation 18:9). “And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What [city is] like unto this great city!” (Revelation 18:18).
Iran will nuke Saudi Arabia and there is no time in history that we have seen this coming close like these days we live in.
And once one studies Isaiah 34, there should be no doubt. In nearly identical language concerning Mystery Babylon in Revelation 17, 18:
“Its streams shall be turned into pitch (tar, oil) and its dust into brimstone; its land shall become burning pitch. It shall not be quenched night or day; its smoke shall ascend forever” (Isaiah 34:8-10).
Incredibly, almost three millennia before the discovery of fuel oil, Isaiah predicted the burning of the very thing that was used in Babel to build a name for the rebellious ones – the pitch. Pitch is bitumen and tar, which technically is simply crude oil.
This judgment is not against Rome but “Edom” which extends “from Teman to Dedan,” which only are in Arabia:
“Thus Says the Lord GOD; ‘Because that Edom hath dealt against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and hath greatly offended, and revenged himself upon them. ‘Therefore thus Says the Lord GOD; ‘I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cutt off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword’” (Ezekiel 25:12-13).
In Islam, Mecca is said to have been a “land without plants” an arid desert, exactly as John predicted in the Book of Revelation as the harlot city being in an arid “wilderness desert” (Rev 17:3). A few chapters before the prophecy on Arabia in Isaiah 21, the destruction of Babylon (Arabia) is described as being absolute and even describes what can only be a nuclear holocaust:
“For I will rise up against them, says the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylonits name and remnant, and offspring and prosperity, says the Lord … I will sweep it with the broom of destruction” (Isaiah 12:15).
The broom of destruction! Anyone who has seen footage of a nuclear explosion has seen the fury and the power of the ominous cloud that sweeps up everything in its path and is why we have been correct the last two decades; Iran will gain the nuke and sweep Mecca. In Shiite belief, Karbala supersedes Mecca and they believe that when Mecca lifts up it’s pride, that Karbala, the holiest city of the Shiites will destroy Mecca by order from Allah: “When Mecca felt haughty and arrogant that Allah warns her, he will toss the Ka’ba in hellfire and will utterly destroy her” (1)
Even in the oldest prophecy regarding Christ’s Second Coming, “the Star” will come and defeat “Idumea” and Messiah shall “possess Idumea” as foretold in Numbers 24 and also in Habakuk 3 is regarding the destruction of Saudi Arabia: “God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran …Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps … I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish.”
Midian is Arabia.
And what can we say of the only place on earth that is literally today called “Mount Babel” (2) holding 7 massive buildings on top of it called “The Towers Of The House” that overlooks the Ka’ba, Islam’s holiest place? Babel was made of seven vertical towers and on Mecca was built the largest structure in the world made of 7 buildings:
There is no place on earth today where stands the largest structure in the world, used for a religious purpose, all worshipping in one tongue regardless of pilgrims mother tongues, they all babel in Arabic in Mecca which is holy to more than 1.5 billion people on earth. The seven structure towers are built upon what is literally called Mount Babel
Isaiah takes up this theme, the total destruction of Saudi Arabia, in a remarkable passage in chapter 63 “Who is this that cometh from Edom … I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments … For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:1-4)
And I am not the only Arab analyst who says that the Iran deal is a catastrophe. Even secular analysts writing in Arab news media are saying that the West has made the same mistake that it made when it appeased Adolf Hitler in 1938, according to Channel 2 television’s veteran Arab affairs expert, Ehud Yaari.
Yaari noted that Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, whom he considers “one of the wisest men in the Middle East,” said Tuesday that “the Arab world will never be the same, following the deal struck by the P5+1 nations and Iran.”
Iran in fact is in a much better position than Hitler who had no nukes or oil. Had Hitler had oil and nukes, as Yaari pointed out, he would have wiped out London and Eisenhower’s entire invading army of over 2,000,000 allied troops waiting to cross the English Channel in June-August of 1944 without so much as blinking. Iran will use a nuclear bomb against anyone as surely and unhesitatingly as Hitler would have used a nuke against Stalin’s Moscow before the Red Army ever crossed in Germany.
Yaari conclusions about Iran dominating Arabia matches exactly what Scripture said. Yaari stated that “with a nuclear bomb, Iran will seek to wipe out the Saudi Sunnis and acquire the entire Black Gold Triangle that straddles the Mesopotamian Delta running from the head-waters in Turkey into the Persian Gulf. Unlike Hitler who had no real world conventional economic leverage, Iran will possess an infinite conventional leverage. ”
For years we have been stating all this. Is there any doubt now? Or must we all wait until Iran actually builds the nuke? Well, we will remind, as usual.
(1) This, in accordance to one very popular Shiite belief which utterly terrifies and angers Saudi Arabia:
Once the land of Ka’bah declared proudly, ‘Which land is like me? Allah has made His House on me. People from all parts of the earth come to pay homage to me. I have been made sacrosanct (haram) and sacred by Allah.’ On hearing this Allah, revealed, ‘Be silent! Wait a little (before you say anything further). By My Might and My Honour, the excellence and distinction I have granted to the land of Karbala is more than what I have given you. Compared to Karbala, your position is like a needle head sized drop in front of the sea. If the dust of Karbala had not been there, I would never have bestowed this honour upon you. If the one resting in Karbala (Imam Husain (a.s.)) had not been there, I would neither have created you nor the House over which you are so haughty. Wait, adopt humility and modesty and don’t be arrogant and boastful. Don’t try to prevail over Karbala in importance (as that is not possible). Else I will be displeased with you and throw you in Hell.’ (Kaamil al-Ziarat, p.267, tradition 13, narrating from Imam Ja’far al-Al-Sadiq also see here)
(2) See Al-Sharq Al-Awasat, the prominent Middle East Newspaper, even names it as such “Mount Babel,”: this to say about the massive project that was completed in Mecca:
“The project Towers Of The House is the first project in Mecca … which carryseven towers … “Towers Of The House” is on the area of Mount Babel in Ajyad. The site overlooks directly on the Haram al-Sharif (Holy House [Ka’ba]).”
“is also the largest tower in the world in terms of area. Contractor Bin Laden Group, Saudi Arabia … Classified as the largest building urban in terms of the total area on the face of the globe, where excess space land for the project 1.4 million square meters and consists of 7 towers
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In broad lines, the final nuclear deal, reached Tuesday, July 14, between six world powers and Iran – after a decade of on-and-off negotiations and repeated hold-ups – grants Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. How quickly the sanctions are lifted and the exact nature of the curbs is detailed in the final version of the nuclear accord when it is released.
In the view of debkafile’s analysts, the accord is a major milestone in President Barack Obama’s drive to orient US foreign policy on a rapprochement with Iran (followed by Cuba), while turning a cold shoulder to America’s two traditional Middle East allies, Israel and Saudi Arabia. It anoints Tehran as the region’s leading power standing on the threshold of a nuclear weapon.
The foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia met for an hour after midnight for a last push to get the final text agreed. The last sticking points were Iran’s last-minute conditions for a deal: the immediate lifting of the UN Security Council embargo on Iran’s buying and receiving arms and the ban on its ballistic missile program.
Lifting the embargo would permit Iran to freely arm US-designated terrorist groups like Hizballah and Hamas, as well as Yemeni rebels. Russia and China, as arms suppliers to Tehran, backed Iran on this issue.
The agreement reportedly imposed a 10-year limit on Iran’s nuclear work and was calculated to delay nuclear breakout by one year.
A diplomatic source told Reuters that a UN Security Council resolution would be sought this month to confirm Iranian curbs on its nuclear program and relief from sanctions to be implemented in the first half of 2016.
The source said Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency had agreed on a plan for addressing unanswered questions about the suspected military dimensions of past Iranian nuclear activity by the end of 2015. He said that some sanctions relief was conditional on Tehran resolving this issue.
According to one of the last drafts of the accord, Iran has agreed to one visit to the Parchin military complex, where Iran is suspected of nuclear detonation testing, and possible interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has strongly banned both those steps. It is not clear how that issue was finessed in the final text.
The agreement now goes before the legislatures of the signatories. US Congress has 60 days to review the deal, with President Barack Obama faced with a hard sell in the Senate of am accord which he and Secretary of State John Kerry have fought for without quarter, and which many US lawmakers like Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu have denounced as “a bad deal.”
The Iranians will keep the US on the hot plate even after the signing celebration.
The Majlis in Tehran will be asked to enact a law requiring the accord to be reviewed every few months and the power to annul it if the US does not pass the Iranian lawmakers’ test of compliance.
Khamenei this week denounced America as the “embodiment of global arrogance” – disregarding months of the close collaboration of Iran’s wars in Iraq, Syria and Yemen with the Obama administration.
Indeed, American officers are running the war on the Islamic State in Iraq in close sync with Iranian Revolutionary Guards commanders. Washington moreover withholds large-scale arms from Syrian rebels out of consideration for Tehran’s ally Bashar Assad. When Saudi civilians are put to flight by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebel missiles, the Obama administration looks the other way.
The situation in these war arenas poses an even greater threat than the deal signed in Vienna Tuesday.
Even if Iran does give way on inspections at Parchin and even if every last sanction is lifted by 2016, the deal pales in comparison to the turmoil in the region largely instigated byTehran and Iran’s promoption on the world stage . Anyway, many of the sanctions have been quietly lifted to win Iran’s acquiescence to the talks. Iran has never interrupted its development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
For Obama, this is a big win, just as it is a major fiasco for Binyamin Netanyahu. The US president’s maneuvers for six years managed to hold off Israeli military action to cripple Iran’s nuclear weapons capacity. Now, after the conclusion of an international accord that leaves Iran’s nuclear program intact, the military option is a non-starter – at least for the near future
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DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2015, 9:09 PM (IDT)
Uproar in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has relieved Gen. Qassem Soleimani,the Al Qods Brigades chief and supreme commander of Iranian Middle East forces, of his Syria command after a series of war debacles. He was left in charge of Iran’s military and intelligence operations in Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. This is revealed by debkafile’s exclusive Iranian and intelligence sources.
Since Soleimani last visited Damascus on June 2, in the aftershock of the historic town of Palmyra’s fall to the Islamic State, the situation of President Bashar Assad and his army has gone from bad to worse.
The Iranian general’s bravado in stating then that “In the next few days the world will be pleasantly surprised from what we (the IRGC) working with Syrian military commanders are preparing,” turned out to be empty rhetoric. The thousands of Iranian troops needed to rescue the Assad regime from more routs never materialized. Since then, the Syrian forces have been driven out of more places. Hizballah is not only stymied in its attempts to dislodge Syrian rebel advances in the strategic Qalamoun Mountains, it has failed to prevent the war spilling over into Lebanon. There is strong evidence that the high Iranian command in charge of the Syrian and Lebanese arenas are stuck.
These reverses have occurred, our military sources report, owing to Tehran’s failure to foresee five developments:
1. The launching of a combined effort by the US, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE – among the wealthiest nations in the world – in support of rebel groups fighting Bashar Assad. Their massive injections of military assistance, weapons and financial resources have thrown Iran’s limitation into bold relief.
2. The ineptitude of the Shiite militias mustered by Soleimani in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan to fight Iran’s wars in Syria and Iraq. None of those imported troops met the combat standards required in those arenas and become liabilities rather than assets.
3. Those shortcomings forced Tehran to admit that it had come up short of military manpower to deploy in four ongoing warfronts: Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq. Soleimani took flak for the over-ambitious plans he authored which pulled Iran into military commitments that overtaxed its resources and did not take into account the messy political and military consequences which followed. Above all, he miscalculated the numbers of fighting strength needed on the ground for winning battles in those wars.
4. In the final reckoning, Iran funds has been drained of the strategic reserves that should have been set aside for the contingency of a potential ISIS encroachment of its territory.
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US Yemen ceasefire bid founders as Saudis resume air strikes, Iranian warships on course for Gulf of Aden –
Just hours after halting military operations in Yemen, Saudi Arabia Wednesday, April 22 resumed its air strikes, bombing pro-Iranian Houthi rebel positions southwest of Taiz, after they seized a brigade base from forces loyal to fugitive President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. debkafile’s military sources report that the Saudi-led coalition went back on a promise published Tuesday to shift its focus from military action to peace talks after Houthi rebels opted out of the ceasefire the Obama administration was trying to broker between Riyadh and Tehran. Tehran further refrained from ordering its warships to turn around and told them to stay on course for the Gulf of Aden opposite Yemen.
debkafile reported earlier Wednesday:
Wide overnight predictions of a Yemen ceasefire coming out of US mediation between Iran and Saudi Arabia were unfulfilled by Wednesday, April 22. All that happened was Saudi Arabia’s termination of its air strikes against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels – but not its sea and air blockade of the country. The rebels made it clear that for them, the war goes on. From Washington, US President Barack Obama warned Tehran against delivering weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region. Speaking in a televised interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” the president said: “What we’ve said to them is that ‘if there are weapons delivered to factions within Yemen that could threaten navigation, that’s a problem.'”
He was referring to the Iranian buildup of nine vessels, some carrying weapons, and warning that US warships were deploying to defend international navigation in the Gulf of Aden and the strategic Strait of Bab el-Mandeb off the shores of Yemen.
debkafile reported earlier::
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdolllahian said Tuesday night, April 21, that Tehran is optimistic that ‘in the coming hours we shall see a halt to military attacks in Yemen.”
He did not say whether the Saudi Arabia had accepted a ceasefire after three weeks of air strikes, or its targets, the Houthi rebels and their Yemeni army allies – or both. Their acceptance would terminate the Yemen civil war.
Earlier Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest tried to play down the danger of a collision between a US naval strike force led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier and an Iranian naval convoy believed to be carrying arms for the Houthis. Both were due to arrive in the Gulf of Aden opposite the Yemeni shore. Earnest said the US fleet’s mission was “to ensure the free flow of commerce” i.e. the freedom of navigation through the Gulf of Aden and Strait of Bab El-Mandeb.
He did not repeat an earlier statement by US defense officials that The Roosevelt carrier, the guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy and other accompanying warships had been sent to pre-empt any attempt by the Iranian vessels to unload weapons for the Houthis – in violation of a UN Security Council resolution.
Pentagon officials said an Iranian convoy of nine cargo ships had reached international waters in the Gulf of Aden, but that to their knowledge, the US and Iranian ships had not yet seen each other or made any contact.
The tone coming from the White House towards the end of the day was that the US naval buildup opposite Yemen was intended to give diplomacy a military boost, rather than confront the Iranian fleet.
Reports from Riyadh likewise pointed to active diplomacy afoot for ending the violence in Yemen.
A statement read out on Saudi-owned Arabiya TV announced the end of the kingdom’s military operation against the Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen. “The alliance had achieved its goals in Yemen through the “Storm of Resolve” campaign and would now begin a new operation called “Restoring Hope.”
This operation, the statement said, would focus on security at home and counter-terrorism, aid and a political solution in Yemen.
At the same time, debkafile’s Gulf sources report the same TV channel carried the opposite message from Riyadh:
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Abdulaziz has ordered the Kingdom’s National Guard to join the military campaign in Yemen, said another communique. Minister of the Saudi National Guard Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah said his forces are on high alert and are ready to take part in Operation Storm of Resolve, a Saudi-led coalition of 10 states battling the advance of the Iran-backed rebels.
The Saudi National Guard is a strong armed force, superior to and better equipped than the Saudi national army. It would provide a solid increment for the Saudi air strikes in Yemen.
Behind this cloud of apparent contradictions hovering over the Yemen conflict Tuesday, is an Obama administration bid to broker the contest between Saudi Arabia and Yemen and bring about a ceasefire. The various parties are meanwhile jockeying for advantageous positions without surrendering their options. If the bid is successful, a truce may be announced in the Yemen war in the coming hours, but it is still hanging fire.
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By Lea Speyer –
“Shake thyself from the dust; put on thy beautiful garments my people.” (Isaiah 52:2)
Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invoked messages of the Holocaust and biblical prophecy as a warning directed towards the expansionist and violent actions of the Iranian regime.
“Seventy years ago, the bells of freedom rang in the free world. The horrific nightmare that had engulfed all humanity in the depths of blood had come to an end in Europe,” the prime minister said in an address at Yad Vashem on Thursday.
“Leaders of modern countries realized that it was a propitious time to establish a new world order based on defending liberty, eradicating evil and opposing oppression. They articulated the most important lesson of World War II: democracies must not turn a blind eye to the aspirations of tyrannous regimes to expand,” Netanyahu stated. “A conciliatory attitude toward these regimes only increases their tendency for aggression. And if this aggression is not stopped in time, humanity might find itself in a much bloodier battle.”
The prime minister pointed out that “ahead of World War II, the world attempted to appease the Nazis. They wanted quiet at any price, and the terrible price did come.”
With the murder of 6 million Jews and millions of others during the Holocaust, the prime minister said “the conclusion was clear: there is no room for weakness when facing tyrannous regimes who send their murderous tentacles in every direction. Only by standing firm and adhering to the values of liberty and tolerance can we ensure the future of mankind.”
As world leaders shout “Never Again!” and promise to “oppose evil things as soon as they begin,” Netanyahu called these announcement “meaningless” as the same pattern that emerged before the Holocaust are happening before our very eyes once again with Iran.
“Did the world really learn a lesson from the inconceivable universal and Jewish tragedy of last century?” Netanyahu asked. “I wish I could stand here and tell you that the answer to this was yes.”
Just as the Nazis sought to overtake Europe, Iran seeks to overtake and destroy the Middle East, including the annihilation of Israel, the prime minister said. Human civilizations is facing growing threats that, if not challenged with a strong response, will overtake humanity.
“Radical Islamic forces are flooding the Middle East, destroying remnants of the past, torturing the helpless, murdering innocents. They hope to establish caliphates, more than one, like in the Middle Ages. At the same time, the extremist regime in Iran is oppressing its people; it is rushing forward and submerging the Middle East in blood and suffering – in Yemen, in Syria, in Lebanon, in Iraq, in Gaza and across the border of the Golan,” Netanyahu explained.
“Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ to replace it in controlling the world while annihilating the Jewish people, so too does Iran strive to gain control over the region, from which it would spread further, with the explicit intent of obliterating the Jewish state.”
The prime minister laid out the two main ways Iran is seeking to expand its power in the Middle East and carry out its murderous intent towards the Jewish state.
“Iran is advancing in two directions: the first is developing the ability to arm itself with nuclear weapons and accumulate a stockpile of ballistic missiles; and the second – exporting the Khomeinist revolution to many countries by heavily using terrorism and taking over large parts of the Middle East.”
Netanyahu slammed world leaders for turning a blind eye to the true intentions of Iran as they desperately seek to make peace with the evil regime. “Everything it out in the open – it is all taking place in broad daylight, in front of cameras,” he noted. “And yet, the blindness is immense.”
Quoting the Prophet Isaiah, the prime minister evoked a message of warning from God “as the civilized world is lulled into a slumber on a bed of illusions.”
“‘For, behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples,’ said the Prophet Isaiah. The determination and lessons that were acquired in blood seventy years ago are now dissipating, and the darkness and fog of denying reality are taking their place,” Netanyahu warned.
Netanyahu vowed that, despite push-back from many Western countries, Israel “will not flinch” in identifying threats and protecting the future of the Jewish state and nation. “We will continue to insist on the truth, and we will do everything we can to open the eyes that have closed.”
“I do not want to mislead anyone. We have tests ahead of us. We are in the midst of a great battle against the languor, the weakness, the denial of reality – we will stand in full force,” he said.
“Seventy years ago we were a people of war refugees, powerless and voiceless. Today we express what we have to say, and we are determined to guarantee our existence and our future. It is our duty to fight those who wish to destroy us, not to bow down to them nor to downplay reality. We will not allow the State of Israel to be a passing episode in the history of our nation.”
With a message of hope, Netanyahu ended his speech by invoking the message of Isaiah 52:2, “Shake thyself from the dust; put on thy beautiful garments my people.”
“The nation of eternity has shaken itself from the dust, returned home, stood tall, established an outstanding country and an outstanding army, the Israel Defense Force, in which our brave and courageous sons and daughters serve,” he stated. “We will remember those who were murdered, we will guarantee life.”
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By Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
When Turkey’s Grand Mufti, Mehmet Gormez, enters Hagia Sophia, looks at the sign of Bismillah (literally In The Name of Allah) then announces that Allah is God in what historically is known to Christendom as “The Temple of God,” I pay close attention:
This says many things: that Turkey has announced that the bruising of the Ottomans is over, that Kamal Ataturk’s cancellation of Hagia Sophia as a temple for Muslims is over, that a time to make a false Hudna ‘peace treaty’ with Christendom is on the way, that Hagia Sophia now becomes another center for the world of Islam and that Jerusalem is also next.
On Feb. 20, for instance, Gormez received a delegation led by Sheikh Hamid bin Abdullah, head of the International Al-Quds Institute, and said during the meeting, “If the holy al-Quds [Jerusalem] is calling for help, then every Muslim has to heed this appeal.”
Grand Mufti Gormez with Pope Francis
Grand Mufti Gormez with Sultan Erdogan
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs headed by the Grand Mufti Mehmet Gormez, with its massive budget controls all religious affairs and enjoys generous privileges from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the institution — which is affiliated with the Prime Ministry has become a major instrument in shaping the Muslim world as imagined by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and has “close interest in current affairs and his choice of taking pronounced attitudes on political issues.”
And if one thinks that Hagia Sophia is not Temple of God or that such scenario which happened last week is biblically insignificant, think again.
Firstly, Hagia Sophia cathedral as a temple dedicated to the Son of God is also characteristic of several writers contemporary to the founder of the reconstruction of the Constantinopolitan basilica – Justinian I the Great. Procopius of Caesarea (ca. 500 – ca. 560) repeatedly mentions in his writings that the main metropolitan church was known as the church of the Holy Wisdom, because it was a name recognized at that time by the Byzantines as the most suitable for God as a name of his sanctuary. (1)
Mosaic above the inner entrance to the Church of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul where Christ is depicted on His throne receiving worship from the Byzantine emperor Theodosius I.
During the reign of emperor Basil I (867–886), in eastern Christian sophiology and just like in the case of Byzantine writers of the 5th–6th century the Constantinopolitan basilica was (in the eyes of the inhabitants of the empire) a church dedicated to the Only Begotten Son and Word of God and so it was dedicated to the Son of God, and the name Hagia Sophia points to one of the attributes of the Creator, the Wisdom of God (Latin Sancta Sapientia), and not – as it was claimed in the West – a saint named Sophia.(1)
A clear statement that Hagia Sophia is a temple dedicated to Jesus, the Son of God can also be found in a medieval Byzantine normative source. A Chrysobull by Emperor Manuel Comnenus, dated 1153, states that the Constantinopolitan cathedral was built in honour of the Saviour and another source the Pilgrim’s Books (Книги Паломник), written by Dobryna Jadrejkovič from Novgorod the Great who traveled to Constantinople between 1200 and 1204 described many Byzantine objects of the capital, including the Hagia Sophia basilica, whose name according to him should be understood as the Temple of Wisdom and Word of God. In the work dedicated to Theodosius of Tărnovo the author calls the Constantinopolitan Hagia Sophia – a temple of the “Wisdom of God’s Word.” (2)
The Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is different from any other in that the preserved source material justifies the thesis that in Byzantium, regardless of the era, the cathedral basilica called Hagia Sophia was conceived primarily as a temple dedicated to Christ – the Incarnate Word of God.
Secondly, Erdogan of Turkey has done what no other Muslim has done in our times; he is reviving Islam in the “far reaches of the north” and is leading the Muslim world in shaping and spreading an objective: to speedily revive Islam in the regions of the north, the Turkic republics in the Balkans, Central Asia and African nations. The Turkish religious authority under Mufti Gormez, had had 200,267 meetings, conferences, panels and symposiums, all organized solely in the northern parts of the globe as an objective to influence non-Arab Muslim countries, especially in the Balkans. To Turkey Central Asia’s C.I.S nations (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan) is the goal of this anti-Christ agenda and Turkey today takes the lead in what the Bible predicts regarding Antichrist’s region of “Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Beth Togarmah” as mentioned in Ezekiel 38, and in Isaiah 14, Antichrist takes prides to have accomplished this very issue:
You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north (Isaiah 14:13)
In all this we see an Antichrist state (Turkey) forming and allying with Iran and seeking to expand to the North Quarters of Beth Togarmah.
Thirdly, that Erdogan desires to sit in that temple should make us pay close attention. One travel publication, a year ago, revealed:
Confirmation of the plan came on Thursday from the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Safak, after press leaks last week in Radikal reported the prime minister’s intention to pray in the Byzantine basilica prior to the August presidential elections, possibly as early as May 29.
The date is a highly symbolic one, as it marks the 561st anniversary of the fall of Constantinople into the hands of the Ottomans. A few days later the basilica became a mosque on the orders of Mehmet II the Conqueror and remained so until 1934, when on the decision of the father of the modern Turkish ‘secular Republic Mustafa Kemal Ataturk it was made into a museum.
Erdogan himself wants to sit in Hagia Sophia, the Temple of The Word of God is significant.
And his desire to declare Hagia Sophia as mosque, enter it and further desecrate it, Erdogan is coming closer perhaps in fulfilling 2 Thessalonians 2:
“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 oppose and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:4)
Erdogan has alluded to be Allah while at the same time worships Allah. Similarly, Antichrist, while he claims titles that belong to deity, he also worships a deity: “He will honor a God of fortresses” (Daniel 11).
This is not some allegory for he “acts against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory” (Daniel 11:39). This is a “foreign god,” which he shall “acknowledge” and via warfare he “advances its glory”, the glory of this single-war-god while does not honor the “desire of women” (woman’s needs, rights) which is exactly what Erdogan has done.
Only in Islam can we find Muslim multitudes, while they deny the worship of a man, yet Muhammad in Islam holds a uniquely exalted status unparalleled by anything or anyone else. He is given the titles Al-Maqam-Al-Mahmud (The Glorious One), Awal-Khalq-illah (The first of Creation), Muhammad (The Praised One), Al-Insan Al-Kamel (The Perfect Man), Rahmatan-lil-A’alameen (Mercy to All Mankind), Al-rasul Al-A’tham (The Greatest of All sent by God), Shafi (Healer), Munji (Savior), Mahdi (The Guided One/Deliverer), Al-Mustafa Al-Mukhtar (The Chosen One), Amir (The Prince), Khatimun-Nabiyeen (The Seal of Prophets), Al-Hadi (The Guide), Awal (First), Akher (Last), Sayyid Walad Adam (The Leader of The Sons of Adam) and Al-Siraj Al-Muneer (The Luminous One, The Glowing Lamp).
Erdogan by re-invoking prayers at Hagia Sophia wants to be Sultan and Mahdi in order to be exalted above all of creation and literally wants to sit in the Temple of God in Hagia Sophia.
Others propose the possibly of a temple in Jerusalem. That is also a possible scenario while the text in Second Thessalonians does not insist on this. Many Christians object to such rebuilding referring to John 4:21: “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.” (John 4:21) Historically it has been the pagans who wanted to rebuild a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem during the mid fourth century and God struck them dead. Others argue that this was not the right timing. (3)
But we cannot eliminate such possibilities and we must be open to see how it all unfolds. Antichrist says:
“I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north.”
This is not in Jerusalem, but the land of the North, Turkey. And just as Mehemet II, the seventh king did, so will the eighth, the Antichrist.
The reference in Isaiah 14 is not regarding Lucifer in his angelic state, but in his carnal state as Antichrist “is this the man that made the earth tremble” (v.17) and is said to rule from Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-13) which Christ proclaimed would be the future seat of Satan (Antichrist). This “mount of the congregation” is on the sides of the northern lands in Asia Minor—Turkey. It is in Turkey that the Seven Churches and the Seven Lamp stands were. These are no small issues to ignore.
Erdogan is already eying not just Hagia Sophia, but also Jerusalem. If one wants to hear how the Antichrist would sound like when he speaks in the Temple of God, all one needs to do is to watch some of the videos that are released by the Turks where Erdogan’s speech, Hagia Sophia and Jerusalem are central focus:
And while these appear “civil” meeting with the Pope and such, remember, in private, they are demonoids:
The man in the center, becomes the direction of prayer instead of Mecca as the Sufi Jalal al-Din al-Rumi taught, where this one is called The Prince who gains complete loyalty as al-Rumi said: “The Shaikh had become the Light of God. And whoever turns his back on the Light of God to face the wall of the prayer niche has assuredly turned his back on Mecca …” This is why they form the shape of a chandelier with the niche, the light of Allah, the luciferian (Luminous one) stands in the middle.
While I write this, many would think they are dreaming, is it that close, “honey, wake me up, I dreamt that I read an article by Walid Shoebat and it all sounded so scary”. The only problem is, your not dreaming. This is reality, wake up and smell the stench of demons.
(1) Procopius Caesariensis, De bellis, III, 6, 26, ed. H.B. Dewing, London 1916 (cetera: Procopius, De bellis): Σοφίαν καλοῦσιν οἱ Βυζάντιοι τὸν νεὼν, ταύτην δὴ μάλιστα τῷ Θεῷ πρέπειν τὴν ἐπωνυμίαν ἡγούμενοι; Pro- copius Caesariensis, De aedificiis, I, 1, 21, ed. H.B. Dewing, London 1940 (cetera: Procopius, De ae- dificiis): Σοφίαν καλοῦσιν οἱ Βυζάντιοι τὸν νεὼν ἐπικαιριώτατα τῷ Θεῷ τὴν ἐπωνυμίαν ἀπεργασάμενοι. A.M. Am- mann, Darstellung und Deutung der Sophia im Vorpetrinischen Russland, OCP 4, 1938, p. 123. In that way it took its name: the Church of Divine Wisdom (Hagia Sophia), expressed [in the matter] the Word of God – Narratio de structura, 10, p. 418; Г. Флоровский, op . cit .; С. Золотарев, София Пре- мудрость Божия…, p. 244. * K.N. Ciggaar, Une Description de Constantinople dans le Tarragonensis 55, REB 53, 1995, p. 129‒130; Таррагонский аноним, О граде Константинополе . Латинское описание реликвий Константи- нополя XI в., ed. Л.К.М. Санчес, [in:] Реликвии в искусстве и культуре восточно-христианского мира, Москва 2000, p. 165; С. Золотарев, София Премудрость Божия…, p. 244.
(2) G. Dagron, op . cit ., p. 231, 299–300; M.L. Fobelli, op . cit ., p. 168.
A.M. Ammann, op. cit., p. 131; G. Dagron, op . cit ., p. 300; О. Этингоф, Иконография Иисуса Хри- ста как образа воплощенной Софии Премудрости Божией, [in:] София Премудрость Божия…, p. 59; С. Золотарев, София Премудрость Божия…, p. 244
(3) “Julian, who in his third consulship had taken as his colleague Sallustius, the prefect of Gaul, now entered on his fourth year, and by a novel arrangement took as his colleague a private individual; an act of which no one recollected an instance since that of Diocletian and Aristobulus. And although, foreseeing in his anxious mind the various accidents that might happen, he urged on with great diligence all the endless preparations necessary for his expedition, yet distributing his diligence everywhere; and being eager to extend the recollection of his reign by the greatness of his exploits, he proposed to rebuild at a vast expense the once magnificent temple of Jerusalem, which after many deadly contests was with difficulty taken by Vespasian and Titus, who succeeded his father in the conduct of the siege. And he assigned the task to Alypius of Antioch, who had formerly been proprefect of Britain. But though Alypius applied himself vigorously to the work, and though the governor of the province co-operated with him, fearful balls of fire burst forth with continual eruptions close to the foundations, burning several of the workmen and making the spot altogether inaccessible. And thus the very elements, as if by some fate, repelling the attempt, it was laid aside.” (Ammianus Marcellinus, Roman History, 23.1-3, trans. C.D.YONGE)
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