THE RUSSIAN ADVENTURE IN SYRIA
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, seems desperate to make a name for himself by intruding into world affairs as broadly as possible. His latest adventure has been intrusion into the affairs of Syria – moving men and materiel into the Russian bases provided by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. His claim is that Russian forces are combating ISIS intrusion into Syria, but intelligence sources claim Russian planes are actually acting against the Syrian rebels.
This issue of BVN has no significant speculations about this new Russian initiative, except to say that the prophets seem not to mention such a move by the Bear during this stage of prophetic fulfillment – at least none that is obvious to our scrutiny. This sudden move into Syria may be simply another test-run of Russian military prowess in light of the obvious weakness of the Western powers to stop Russia. Putin know that the US president will do nothing to retard his advances. He does not fear the weak forces of Britain that are present there. Previous attempts by Russia to overthrow governments such as Afghanistanand Georgia have utterly failed. Yes, his takeover of Crimea was successful, but his forces are now bogged down heavily in Ukraine. He entered the Syrian theater timidly once in the past, if we remember correctly, but made a swift exit in the face of resistance. Putin’s latest announcement has placed a one year limit on his country’s Syrian adventure – an insignificant run by any standard.
In summary, our considered view is that this intrusion into Syrian affairs will fail after some perhaps short time, and Russian forces will withdraw from the theater. Rissia today is facing financial deficits due to the fall in the world price of oil – its main cash export. Its reserves are dwindling seriously. Observers doubt that Putin can sustain the course of interference which he as set in Syria. The power of Russia has some time to “grow” yet – before it takes a key role in world affairs by invading the land of Israel, along with the Gogian cohort, as outlined: Ezekiel 38 and 39. <HEL>
CATHOLIC EUROPE UNDER SEIGE BY ISLAM
Geert Wilders is Chairman of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands. We recently received a copy of a speech that Mr. Wilders gave to the Alliance of Patriots at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. The title of his speech was “The Lights are Going Out All over Europe.” His opening statement is startling … but it gets much more serious.
He said, “We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This not only is a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself, it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West.” That statement riveted his audience, giving it clear reception to the many examples of this Islamization’s current status in Europe. Among these were, neighborhoods are being placed under Sharia law (Islamic law), overriding local laws and ordinances. In some cities such as Malmo, Sweden, Westerners, including Swedes, are unwelcome – and are often physically attacked. Swedish women are regarded as prostitutes and their husbands as infidels. Children are attacked on their way to kindergarten. Mothers are beaten and robbed, or worse, by Arab mobs. The massive influx of Muslims into all Europemay result in a Muslim majority in most countries by the year 2035, he said.
This movement is surely giving the Catholic Church a giant headache. Finally, the Church realizes what it’s like to be overrun by authoritarian bullies and ideologues as produced by Islam (as well as the same by Catholicism, in the past).
In our opinion, this Islamic surge into Europe is another certain sign of the extreme nearness of the return of the LORD Jesus Christ to the earth, forHis conflict in Europe is not to be with Islam, but with Catholicism and its head, the pope. Were this influx to go on for several years that might not be the case. <HEL>
TODAY’S ARAB HEADLINES: WRITTEN IN EZEKIEL 35
Meanwhile, the Islamic minions of Mohammed continue to assault the people of God – Israel – by every means at their disposal. The 35th chapter of Ezekiel addresses Mt. Seir (the descendants of Esau) – the subject of the small prophet Obadiah as well – who outlines the popular domain of Esau as being Judea, Samaria, Gaza, the Negev nnd Sinai, South Lebanon, and Jordan. These two prophets single out Esau for utter destruction at the hand of the LORD Jesus when He returns. There seems to be “no quarter” in store for Esau. These excoriating condemnations of Esau show the Almighty’s contempt for those who covet Israel’s land (Ezekiel 35: 10) and who blaspheme the Jews of Israel (vs. 12). In verse 13, it becomes clear that Esau’s words against Israel are considered to be against the LORD Himself; this is because it is His will that His people return and repopulate the Land, and return it to a respectable level of habitation, which His people have done willingly and thoroughly. Esau’s (and Islam’s) tactic is to neglect the land – indolently to squat upon it and allow it to erode and disintegrate into nothingness; the Jews’ intent is to love the land, to cultivate and water it, to terrace and preserve it with loving hands and hearts with the intent of increasing its productivity. This they have accomplished extremely well.
BRITAIN’S OIL FROM SHALE TO ALTEREUROPE’S ENERGY PATTERN
As the treasure trove of the North Sea Oil Patch slowly dwindles, Great Britain needed a shot in the arm of the energy sector. It recently received such an injection with the discovery that South Britain is underlain by a vast deposit of oil shales as well as layers of liquid petroleum and vast pockets of methane. It was a fact which has been known for some time; but until now, no means of exploiting it has been feasible. The technique of pressure-fracturing the oil-bearing shale rock is the workable solution. Britain is again on its way to greatness if this trend continues, as the deposit is huge.
The discovery means ultimately that Britain soon will be able not only to bypass the Russians as their secondary energy source, but to replace Russia as energy supplier to perhaps many countries of Europe. This is not good news for Russia and Vlad Putin. The recent slump in oil prices has been headache enough for Russia; and now another giant source of petroleum has been discovered well outside the influence of Russian companies.
We see this new discovery of a giant petroleum reserve in Britain as putting even more future pressure on Russia’s Gog to procure the spoils of Israel as its vast deposits of liquid petroleum and oil shales are developed – and are seemingly ripe plums to be “picked” at will by the Northern host. <HEL>
BIBLE PROMISES REGARDING THE ‘NATIONS ROUND ABOUT’ ISRAEL
We once surveyed the phrase “nations round about”Israel and variations of this phrase in the scriptures; we found over fifty instances of the use of closely similar phraseology – all of which refer to the nations physically located on the borders of that Palestine Mandate of Britain which became The State of Israel in 1948. Even Iraq, which does not NOW touch the borders of Israel, formerly DID so (until Trans-Jordan was formed in about 78% of the British Mandatory by Winston Churchill in 1922; the land was literally given to Abdullah of Mecca – “King” Abdullah – and completely removed from the possibility of Jewish occupation). It is therefore highly significant that ALL the larger countries forced into existence by the British and French following WW I, literally were originally at arm’s length to the State of Israel. Only the smaller Islamic States of UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and a few others did not literally touch the Mandatory.
Any competent Bible scholar will discover that there are over fifty detailed prophecies concerning the obliteration of the governments of ALL these falsely-constructed countries between the Nile and the Euphrates: including those stretching from Eastern Egypt’s Sinai peninsula as far west as the River Nile (the southwestern boundary of Christ’s Kingdom on earth), Gaza (Hamas), Northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan (Moab, Ammon and Edom), Syria and Iraq (both of which are now being absorbed by ISIS to form the latter day Assyrian?), Lebanon (Tyrus and Sidon), and the West Bank (the PLO of Judea and Samaria). Some of these more important prophecies are found in Isaiah 11, Obadiah, Psalm 83, Ezekiel 35, Amos 9, Zechariah 10-14, Psalm 102, as well as many other smaller references.
One highly poetic reference to these is that of Jeremiah 12:9: Mine heritage (Israel) is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour. Of course this verse is not about birds at all, but the nations that are round about Israel. One of the most extensive condemnations of these is found in Ezekiel 35, already referenced above, which condemns Mt.Seir (Esau) for its conduct toward God’s people of the latter days – which is today. The prophet’s words are not only meaningful in the context of today’s news bulletins, they are applicable to Islamic peoples even well before Mohammed appeared and brought them into his “religion.” <HEL>
ISLAM INVITES DESTRUCTION IN ISRAEL
The people of Islam – all the followers of Mohammed – are crying for blood to fill the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The relatively new tactic of attacking innocent civilians with knives and meat cleavers began around October first, and has accelerated as the month of October has progressed. At the time of this writing (October 26, 2015) over a dozen Israelis and scores of “Palestinians” have been killed. Authorities are not yet calling it a Third Intifada, but it has already colloquially gained the title of “The Intifada of the Knives” due to the sinister nature of the attacks: a lone individual steps out of a crowd of pedestrians on a public street and attempts to slit the throat or the belly of an Israeli woman or child.
Observers say the attacks with knives are inspired by the ISIS practice of beheading its prisoners by means of knives, and that these killers are copying that technique. Internet incitement as well as such on Arabic TV stations acts to spread the word and describe the technique of attack so that any amateur may be inspired to attempt it, motivated by the “martyrdom” which is conferred on one dying in such an attempt by the Palestinian Authority.
Another incentive to such violence has come from PLO Secretary Mahmoud Abbas’ renunciation of the Oslo Accords just a few days prior to the beginning of the “Knives.” This marks the PLO as a less-than-honest participant in any “peace talks” that may be carried on byIsrael and the “Palestinians.” Every reader must surely be aware that the “Palestinians” have never been honest brokers for peace, and that such recent violence has been written in God’s word for thousands of years; and that though the animosity has been somewhat subliminal for most of that time, that this present time is the era of its overt fulfillment.
The Psalmist Asaph prophesied during the first years ofIsrael’s Commonwealth, these words: Psalm 83:4 – They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.
Thusly, Islam’s “religion” invites destruction of the Israel population so that Islam can populate and control the entire Land of Israel today. But its utter failure is likewise forecasted in words such as these from the pen of Obadiah:Obadiah 1:15 – For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. 16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. <HEL MD/USA code 100>