Posts tagged Ezekiel 38
Behold the days of the prophets cometh
The Associated Press quoted Hossein Sheikholeslam, a member of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly, as saying that “the Zionist regime” — a reference to Israel — “will be the first victim of a military attack on Syria.”
“And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” Ezekiel 38:16
With the White House closer to launching a surgical military strike on Syria, questions swirl over the extent to which such an attack could trigger a wave of terrorism directed at the U.S. and Israel.
Some analysts say that Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia fighting in support of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, likely would be inspired to ramp up operations in Iran’s “shadow war” with the U.S. and its allies.
Tensions between the West and Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program have fueled the protracted and secretive war — a tit-for-tat exchange marked most often by operations and attacks carried out from the Middle East to Eastern Europe and Asia by Hezbollah and Israel’s lead intelligence agency, the Mossad. source – Washington Post
A great shaking in the land of Israel
“For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel…Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 38
Matan Vilnai, who is stepping down as home front defence minister to become ambassador to China, said the country was “ready as never before”.
“The assessments are for a war that will last 30 days on a number of fronts,” he told the Maariv newspaper. “It could be that there will be less fatalities, but it could be there will be more, that is the scenario that we are preparing for according to the best experts.”
Western governments share the fears about Iran’s nuclear ambitions but oppose military action and want to give more time to diplomacy. And in Israel, critics have warned that the country is not ready for the promised Iranian retaliation, pointing to a shortage of gas masks, for example.
Mr Vilnai declined to say whether he thought Israel should take military action against Iran, but warned any such decision required serious consideration. “The only question is if a clash is necessary. War is something that is better to postpone and weigh carefully,” he said.
Mr Vilnai is to be replaced by Avi Dichter, a former internal security minister and ex-head of the country’s Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency. source – Telegraph UK
Israeli military: Blasts heard in southern city
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says explosions have been heard in the southern city ofEilat, and it’s suspected that rockets were fired from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
The military said soldiers searched the area for several hours after the blasts were heard late Wednesday, but no exploded rockets were found. No injuries or damage were reported. There was no immediate comment from Egypt.
Eilat is next to the Sinai, scene of militant attacks in recent weeks. This month militants killed 16 Egyptian soldiers where the borders of Egypt, Israel and Gaza converge. They stole vehicles and crashed into Israel, where Israeli forces stopped them.
Eilat has been the target of previous rocket attacks, apparently from Sinai. Israel has expressed concern about extremist Islamists and Palestinian militants from Gaza operating there. source – Yahoo News
Sitting on a gold mine
The bible says that in the end of time, a multi-nation force will gather against Israel. Ezekiel 38 says that these nations include Russia, Iran, Ethiopia, Libya and others. The reason why they come against Israel is to plunder their wealth, to “take a spoil” as you can see in the verses below. Now it has been discovered that Israel is sitting on top of 123,000,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas which translates to about 20,000,000,000 barrels of oil. That’s a lot of spoil in anyone’s book. The prophet Ezekiel is right on the money…
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” Ezekiel 38
From Fox News: There is another revolution in the Mideast, presently underway, that is not being televised. It centers on the all-important area of energy production, and it might be called, “the Battle for Leviathan.”
At issue is the recent discovery of huge untapped natural gas fields in the Levant Basin, the section of the eastern Mediterranean Sea that abuts Israel to the East, and Cyprus to the North.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that this underwater area holds 123 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. In simpler terms: That’s equal to 20 billion barrels of oil, more than twenty times what the United States maintains in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Through “exclusive economic zones” finalized under prevailing laws of the sea, Israel and Cyprus have laid internationally recognized claims to these fields, which analysts suggest could be worth $130 billion to the Israeli economy.
This is why in February, Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister ever to visit Cyprus, and why the two nations have inked a number of unprecedented pacts with each other.
Led by Texas-based Noble Energy, the Israelis have already identified two gas fields south of Cyprus, code-named “Leviathan” and “Tamar,” that offer a combined 24 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas. Talks are underway between Jerusalem and Nicosia to build underwater pipelines, refineries, air bases, and other critical infrastructure to facilitate — and protect — these ventures.
If successful, they could serve not only to make the Jewish state energy-independent but allow it to become an energy exporter.
This, in turn, would give Jerusalem increased clout over energy-hungry states like India and China. The latter, in particular, has repeatedly voted on the U.N. Security Council to protect Iran; but Beijing may be persuaded to abandon that stance if Israel becomes a significant supplier of Chinese gas imports.
Turkey, which has historically clashed with Cyprus and has feuded with Jerusalem in recent years, has deployed warships to protect what it sees as its interests in the underwater gas fields; and Lebanon, backed by the terrorist group Hezbollah, has warned that the U.S. and Israel will not be permitted to “plunder” natural resources that Beirut, too, claims as its own.
Finally, both Iran and Russia – which has surged over the last decade to become the world’s leading exporter of natural gas – have also taken note of the potential geopolitical shifts that these gas discoveries could bring about. It is, in short, a situation rife with both economic promise and the potential for military peril.
“Iran, of course, as Israel’s implacable foe, will do all it can do to thwart any activity that allows Israel to become more secure, more prosperous, or remain viable as a sovereign state,” John Sitilides, a State Department advisor and lobbyist based in Washington, said.
“And so we might see Iran, operating through proxies such as Hezbollah in Lebanon or Hamas in the Palestinian Authority’s Gaza Strip, [act] to deny Israel and Cyprus the ability to get that natural gas to market,” he added.
While the U.S. generally sees Israeli energy independence as a desirable development for American security interests, the Obama administration has urged that Cyprus and Turkey initiate a “de-escalation of rhetoric and tension” to arrive at a resolution of the differing claims to the gas fields.
At a briefing last September, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called for the two countries, perhaps with the assistance of the United Nations, to develop “some sort of mediation on a revenue-sharing agreement for natural gas developed off of Cyprus.” source – Fox News
Eye on the incoming sky
Both Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-40 tells us that we are living in the time where all the Muslim nations of the world, along with others like Russia and Germany, will form a confederacy to come against Israel. So in preparation for that, Israel is nearly complete with it’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. While NTEB is sure that the system will worked pretty good, the bible tells us that it will be the Lord, and not Iron Dome, which will do the defending. But it is certainly another clue and sign of how close to the action we sit. How sure are we of God’s promise to defend Israel against the coming Muslim attack? Listen -
“Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this [is] the day whereof I have spoken.” Ezekiel 39:5
“The Iron Dome rocket defense system is near completion, and may be operational within weeks, according to a report in Globes. The system recently passed a trial run by the Air Force, after previously passing tests created by its designers. Defense officials plan to order four or five Iron Dome systems. United States President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve $205 million in aid for the project.
The report of the system’s readiness follows rocket attacks on Be’er Sheva and Netivot. Gaza terrorists targeted both cities in recent weeks for the first time since the Cast Lead counterterror operation of early 2009, which crippled Hamas’ weapons stores, rocket factories and infrastructure. The Defense Ministry has touted Iron Dome as a solution to terrorist attacks from Gaza. However, the system can only successfully target rockets with a flight time of approximately 15 seconds or more, while Gaza terrorists can hit several Israeli communities with rockets that have a shorter flight time, including the city of Sderot.
In addition, each Iron Dome missile costs approximately $100,000, far more than the average short-range Kassam rocket preferred by Gaza terrorists. Military analyst Reuven Pedatzur, a critic of the system, said last year, “All the Palestinians would need to do is build and launch a ton of rockets and hit our pocketbook.” Iron Dome was previously rumored to be near deployment in early 2010.” source – Arutz Sheva
Russia’s new Armed Forces in the making
Just as the New Start treaty between the U.S. and Russia has gone into effect, Russian Armed Forces are moving ahead with an ambitious rearmament program, designed to modernize their equipment and make them much less reliant upon their nuclear arsenal. They are investing $650 billion to purchase modern conventional weapons, and the new purchases are prompting a major overall increase in spending to create a brand new, highly trained Russian military.
MOSCOW, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) — The Russian Armed Forces on Thursday announced a 10-year rearmament program involving the large-scale purchase of modern weapons, according to local reports.
The Russian Army planned to buy more than 600 warplanes, 1,000 combat helicopters and 100 warships, including 20 submarines, First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin was quoted by local media as saying. source: Xinhua
“Russia needs a professional noncommissioned officers core to train specialists who can really put these arms to effective use,” said Pavel Felgenhauer, an independent military analyst. “This spending necessitates a whole new kind of military.”
Though the program foresees spending on strategic forces, analysts hailed the massive order of conventional arms, saying it would lower Russia’s dependence on its nuclear arsenal. But they warned it could only be a success if there was a professional and efficient military to use the new equipment.
Last week, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin promised that from next year 1.5 percent of gross domestic product would be spent on army modernization, military pay and other defense spending. He said the country currently allocates 0.5 percent of GDP.
Click here to read about Russia’s future war with Israel as foretold in the Bible.
Means to an end
NTEB has maintained the same stance regarding the riot/uprisings in the Middle East, and that is this: this is all calculated behavior by the Muslim Brotherhood with the single, unified goal of organizing a Muslim-nation confederacy, which will fulfill Psalm 83.
“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. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.” Psalm 83:4-8
Is the West Bank next?
The following is from the Muslim news agency, Aljazeera: “If Binyamin Netanyahu’s govenment, and its lobby in Washington, were rational they would be rushing to plan Israel’s evacuation from the occupied territories, and encouraging the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. That is because they would understand that the Arab revolution will not stop at the gates of the West Bank, especially when it is the occupation that unites virtually all Arabs and Muslims in common fury. As for the Palestinians themselves, they are watching the revolutions with a combination of joy and humiliation. Other Arabs are freeing themselves from local tyrants while they remain under a foreign occupation that grows more onerous every day -particularly in East Jerusalem. While other Arabs revel in what they have accomplished, the Palestinians remain, and are regarded as, victims. It is not going to last. The Palestinians will revolt, just as the other Arabs have, and the occupation will end.
But it is up to the Israelis to help decide how it will end (just as it was up to the Mubarak government and Egyptian army to decide whether the regime would go down in blood and flames or accept the inevitable).” source – Aljazeera
Mene, mene, tekel, upharshin
As you can see, the Muslim world thinks that this is their “hour”, and that they are in the ascendancy. But the bible tells quite the different story. It tells us plainly that all the nations that come against Israel will be destroyed. The battle has not even begun, and yet the Muslim kingdoms have been “weighed in the balance and found wanting”. Listen to the word of the Lord:
“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, [that] at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, and upon the people [that are] gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, [that] my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy [and] in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that [are] with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.” Ezekiel 38
Israel, always the target, assesses the situation
The bible says that in the end times – the times we are now living in – that a massive military force made up of a coalition of nations, will surround and arrack Israel. PM Netanyahu is well aware of the prophecies in Psalm 83 and in Ezekiel 38-40., so the Jews certainly have good reason for concern.
AFP – The Israeli military is “ready for all eventualities” as the Arab and Muslim world undergoes “an earthquake,” Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday just days after Egypt’s regime collapsed.
“An earthquake is shaking the whole Arab world and a large part of the Muslim world and we don’t yet know how these things will turn out,” the premier said at a swearing-in ceremony for new army chief Major General Benny Gantz.
“We are ready for all eventualities because we know that the foundation of our existence, and our capacity to convince our neighbours to live in peace with us, is based on the Israeli army,” he said during a ceremony at his Jerusalem office. Gantz takes over the post as Israel’s strategic stance in the Middle East undergoes a shakeup in the wake of a popular revolt in Egypt which ousted president Hosni Mubarak after three decades in power. Israel has reacted cautiously to the overthrow of Mubarak, an ally who was involved in years of Middle East peace negotiations. But it welcomed a statement by Egypt’s new military ruling council that Cairo remains committed to all its treaties, including its landmark 1979 peace deal with Israel. source – France 24