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Dear Brethren and Sisters

The geopolitical dynamics of the world changed dramatically this week when Turkey shot down a Russian jet that was carrying out operations to get rid of ISIS in Syria, allegedly because it crossed into Turkish territory for 17 seconds, which Russia denies. Vladimir Putin has called Tayyip Erdogan, the President of Turkey, a backstabber and proceeded to accuse Turkey of flying the black flag of ISIS and funding the Islamic State cause by facilitating the sale of illegal crude. And so we now have a global stand off that could quickly escalate into a major war based on “he says that, and they say to the contrary”,
Rather than being taken in by the media spin on either side, it’s important to understand that geopolitics of the situation in Syria is, and has always been, about the control of resources (oil and gas).  Russia, Syria and Iran are aligned because they do not want Saudi Arabia and Qatar (backed by the US) building a pipeline through Syria and Turkey to export gas to Europe and thus compete with Russia’s supply of energy to Europe.   Hence, the US over the past 12 months have not done much to remove the problem of ISIS, because they, along with Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are content to let ISIS place pressure on the Assad government and hope that the civil war in Syria results in a regime change that is more favorable for their economic interests.
At the same time we have reports, as per Putin’s allegations, that powerful elements in Turkey are funding ISIS by buying oil from them at discounted prices and making a huge profit by on-selling it at market prices. Hence these elements in Turkey would not be happy with what Russia is doing in Syria at the moment. In this regard, I’m copying in below the full text of an interesting article from the Daily Bell, which brings together some of the important geopolitical and economic rationale behind what is going on.
But most importantly from a prophetic perspective, these events are telling us that there is no doubt that we are living the last days before the return of Christ to the earth.  Since September we have seen Russia move into Syria and start occupying the territory necessary for it to qualify as the latter day “King of the North” (Dan. 11:40), and is co-operating with not only Syria, but other major countries that are included in the territory occupied by the Selucid Empire in 323-60 BC, including Iraq and Iran.
We can be reasonably confident that Turkey also will be aligned with Russia.  Firstly the ancient territory of the Selucid Empire (King of the North) included the eastern part of Turkey.  Secondly, Ezekiel 38 tells us that Persia will be aligned with Gog, the Prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal who will descend from the “uttermost parts” of the north. Not long after Ezekiel recorded his inspired prophecy, in circa BC500 the Persian Empire extended from the western side of Turkey (i.e all of Turkey), and covered a massive amount of area all the way down to the Indus river in Pakistan (hence covering what we know today as Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and most of Pakistan).  Also historians tell us that “Gomer” in Ezekiel 38 is the ancient name for the area of Cappadocia in center of Turkey today.
So the Bible tells us that the current stand-off between Turkey and Russia will ultimately be  resolved with Turkey (willingly or by force) coming on the side of Russia.   This may be as simple as a change in government in Turkey (which obviously Russia would back), or alternatively occur more dramatically via a Russian invasion.

One of the biggest barriers to this happening right now is the US-backed NATO Influence and their military bases that are not only in Turkey, but also in many other European countries that border with Russia, with nuclear war-heads pointed at Russia.  As the article points out below, US-backed NATO continues to “provoke” Russia in many areas across Europe that are right on Russia’s doorstep.  The “Big Picture” of Ezekiel 38 tells us that most of Europe will in fact be aligned with Russia, so the NATO influence across Europe that is provoking Russia will have to cease one way or another.  Certainly a global economic collapse, and loss of confidence in the US dollar as the global reserve currency, would be a serious blow to the US’s ability to continue influencing Europe the way it does today, and pave the way for Russia to take over.   Of course there are other possible events that could contribute as well, for example a major earthquake in the US could force the US to retreat from its role as “global policeman” to focus on domestic issues, and thus allow Russia and Europe to align unhindered.
I think from an economic perspective, what the US would currently fear most is the potential alignment of Russian, Europe and China in trade and finance, trading outside of the US dollar system particularly for oil and other key commodities (i.e. between themselves directly in their own currencies).  In order to preserve the US dollar’s status as the global reserve currency (which means, as per the situation for the last 50 years, that they can print money and get away with it), those in control of the US will do everything they can to stop Europe aligning with Russia and China in this manner.  Understanding this provides an essential context to explain many of the geopolitical events that are occurring in the world today.  On November 30th the IMF is set to vote on adding the Chinese Yuan to their “SDR” basket of currencies (US dollar, Euro, British Pound, Japanese Yen) which is their unit of account, and this will potentially have significant ramifications for global banks and Investors as they will likely increase their holdings of Chinese Yuan and reduce their holdings of US dollars going forward.   It will be interesting to see if the US is able to block this or not.
As we witness these events that clearly confirm that God is bringing the nations to a state that is in line with what He has foretold to us in the Bible, we can be confident that our Lord and master will soon appear.   Economically speaking, the world is living on the threshold of a major collapse and is only being propped up by rigged financial markets with unprecedented low interest rates and money printing by global central banks.  How long this can continue is really in the hands of the Angels, but clearly Daniel’s prophesied “time of trouble such as never was since their was a nation”  is just around the corner. This means it is almost time for Michael the Prince (Jesus Christ) to stand up, for the resurrection to take place, and for those that are wise to be rewarded and commence shining like the starts for ever and ever.
Warm regards in Christ
Matt Jamieson
Turkey’s Jet Shoot-Down Part of Long War With Russia
By Daily Bell Staff – November 25, 2015

NATO urges calm after Turkey downs Russian jet … NATO and UN urge a de-escalation in tensions between Ankara and Moscow after Turkish planes shot down Russian jet. … NATO has called on Turkey and Russia to show restraint as tensions rise in the wake of the downing of a Russian jet near the Turkey-Syria border. The Russian warplane was shot down for violating Turkish airspace on Tuesday morning, Turkish officials said, angering Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who likened the incident to being “stabbed in the back”. According to Russia Today, Russia’s defence ministry has announced that it is suspending its military cooperation with Turkey following the incident. – Al Jazeera

Dominant Social Theme: Let cooler heads prevail.

Free-Market Analysis: It’s nice that NATO is concerned about world peace. Russia seems angrier. Following Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet near the Syrian-Turkey border, Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s actions a “stab in the back.”

What Putin meant by this was that Russia was removing ISIS from Syria, presumably a goal shared with NATO. Yet Turkey, a NATO country, shot down a Russian jet involved in fighting a common enemy.

According to Al Jazeera, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday night that NATO supports Turkey but urged calm for both sides.

“As we have repeatedly made clear, we stand in solidarity with Turkey and support the territorial integrity of our NATO ally, Turkey,” Stoltenberg reportedly said after an emergency meeting of NATO. “I look forward to further contacts between Ankara and Moscow and call for calm and de-escalation. Diplomacy and de-escalation are important to resolve this situation,” he said.

Putin was a good deal blunter. “Today’s loss is linked to a stab in the back delivered to us by accomplices of terrorists,” he is reported as saying. “I cannot qualify what happened today as anything else. Our plane was shot down over the territory of Syria by an air-to-air missile from a Turkish F-16 jet. It fell in Syrian territory four kilometres from the border with Turkey. Our pilots and our plane did not in any way threaten Turkey.”

Of course, really Putin cannot be blamed for feeling this way. NATO and the Anglospheregenerally have been pushing Putin relentlessly. First there was the standoff with Georgia, and then when that was resolved, the West went after Ukraine. Now the West is in Syria, trying to consolidate that country’s alliances as it pushes out the Assad regime.

Syria is the last domino. After that, there is only Russia itself. Of course, Russia is not Libya, Iraq or even Syria. Russia is a big country with a motivated population and advanced weapons. What the West wants, then, is at the very least a military standoff with Russia.

Presumably this is necessary because the West’s economic system is in shambles. Central banking can only create a faux expansion for so long before economies collapse. Bubble economies inevitably give way to recessions and depressions. And that’s where war comes in.

We can see this played out before World War II, when nothing the West tried to do worked.Keynesian remedies were no more utile than any other kind. The only thing that can be done is to let bankrupt firms collapse.

But in this case, such a collapse would mean the end of the current economic system. And that is not feasible from the point of view of those who run it. And thus, there is a need for war and when it comes to Russia, at least significant military tensions.

Paul Craig Roberts, whose work we follow, is more cognizant than most when it comes to this particular militaristic paradigm. His recent article, “Turkey Has Destroyed Russia’s Hope Of Western Cooperation,” deals with the reality of what’s actually taking place rather than the rhetoric.

Turkey’s unprovoked shoot-down of a Russian military aircraft over Syria raises interesting questions. It seems unlikely that the Turkish government would commit an act of war against a much more powerful neighbor unless Washington had cleared the attack.

Turkey’s government is not very competent, but even the incompetent know better than to put themselves into a position of facing Russia alone. If the attack was cleared with Washington, was Obama bypassed by the neocons who control his government, or is Obama himself complicit?

Roberts is speculating here on why Turkey shot down the Russian jet. He doesn’t believe for a moment that Turkey was merely defending its borders.

This is because Roberts sees the Middle East wars in totality. He implies that the disparate military gambits are really part of one effort, writing, “Throughout the entire Washington orchestrated conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Ukraine, the Russian government has spoken reasonably and responded in a diplomatic manner to the many provocations.”

Notice the word “provocations.” Just as we do, Roberts sees Russia as the ultimate prize. For one reason or another, the US wants to grapple directly with Russia. He is hopeful that the downing of the Russian jet shall finally disabuse Putin of the idea that he should cooperate with the West, and the Pentagon in particular.

He writes that the “silver lining” of the shoot-down may be to “save” the Russian government from making a mistake by joining a coalition with the West against ISIS.

“Diplomacy has now proven to be a dead-end,” he writes. “If Russia does not join the real game and begin to play its strong cards, Russia will be defeated.”

This is his bluntest statement, acknowledging that the West’s various provocations are really part of the long war against Russia itself, and perhaps even China if the West pushes Russia too hard.

More and more this is an Orwellian-looking strategy that divides the world into three warring entities in order keep the military-industrial complex in business and free markets– and freedom generally – at bay.

It is certainly not clear that the West wants a thermonuclear war but there are forces in the West that obviously would be pleased to exist in a perpetual state of military tension with other great powers.

Conclusion:As we’ve pointed out, existing within this paradigm is not a very pleasant prospect. We urge all those who can to seek the kind of lifestyle insurance that provides them with alternative approaches and a maximum degree of independence.

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  1. Intense read and interesting perspective, Thankyou for sharing. I’m aware of the times but wasn’t aware of the geo-pol status

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