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Syria Lebanon2007
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Hizbollah fans flames across Lebanon
  • Headline
  • Hizbollah fans flames of unrest over Lebanon
  • Headline Daily Telegraph January 26
  • Event
  • At least three people were killed and more than
    100 were injured in clashes across Lebanon
    yesterday as thousands of pro-Hizbollah
    protesters blocked roads in a campaign to oust
    the country's prime minister. It had been billed
    as a peaceful nationwide strike by the Syrian and
    Iranian-backed militant group and its Shia and
    Christian allies.
  • But it quickly escalated into street battles
    between Sunni and Shia gangs in several towns.
  • Comment
  • The battle between Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims
    has now come to Lebanon. In Iraq these two groups
    kill scores of each other every day.
  • Now in Lebanon, street battles between these two
    religious factions has begun.
  • Syria and Iran are run by Shias. Egypt and Saudi
    Arabia are run by Sunnis. Lebanon is a fault
    line between the two. The army of Hizbollah is
    Shia. It is run and financed by Iran and Syria.
    The current Prime Minister of Lebanon was born
    into a Sunni Muslim family. He is pro West and
    anti Syrian. This is why Syria and Iran are both
    fanning the flames of unrest in Lebanon to try to
    unseat the present government.
  • Will the Shias succeed in ousting the pro
    Western government? Possibly. But what we do know
    for certain is that Lebanon is the northern door
    through which the king of the north will come. We
    also know that there are now 1000s of European
    troops in southern Lebanon following the war
    between Israel and Hizbollah in August 2006.
  • It is just a matter of time before the tinderbox
    of Lebanon is reignited.
  • Bible Quote Zechariah 11 1 Open thy doors, O
    Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

3
Clash on Israel-Lebanese border
  • Headline
  • Clash on Israel-Lebanese border
  • Headline BBConline February 8
  • Event
  • Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has
    denounced Israel for what he called a border
    violation, which led to the first clashes since
    last year's war. He condemned the "new Israeli
    aggression on Lebanon's sovereignty".
  • Israel says its troops returned fire after being
    shot at while searching an area where explosives
    were found.
  • Unifil, which described the incident as serious,
    said it was assessing whether Israeli troops had
    indeed crossed the Blue Line, and not just a
    security fence. Crossing the Blue Line
    constitutes a border violation, whereas going
    over the fence does not.
  • It is the first such armed incident on the border
    since Israel's 34-day campaign against Hezbollah
    guerrillas ended in August last year.
  • Comment
  • In the WWW it has been said repeatedly that it is
    just a matter of time before conflict begins
    again. UNIFIL is the multinational force led by
    France. There are currently 9,700 soldiers from
    21 different countries patrolling the northern
    border of Israel!
  • Every single country present is hostile to
    Israel. Even Russia has soldiers in Lebanon.
  • There is certainly more trouble coming to this
    Lebanon. The Lord God himself has gathered the
    nations of the world to the border of Israel.
    Note the verse below.
  • The earth will mourn and languish. At that time
    Lebanon will be hewn down.
  • Then will the LORD rise and be exalted.
  • We long for the time when he does rise and IS
    exalted.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 33 9 The earth mourneth and
    languisheth Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down10
    Now will I rise, saith the LORD now will I be
    exalted

4
Syria ups army infrastructure on border
  • Headline
  • Syria ups army infrastructure on border
  • Headline Jerusalem Post March 3
  • Event
  • Syria has spent the past few months constructing
    and moving infrastructure to its southern border
    that could be used to launch a war against
    Israel, senior defence officials have told The
    Jerusalem Post.
  • According to the officials, the Syrian military -
    while restricted in the number of troops it is
    allowed to deploy along the border - has moved
    military infrastructure, including fuel depots,
    closer to the frontier. The Syrians have also
    built structures in the area that could serve as
    weapons stores and military bases.
  • "There is no doubt that something out of the
    ordinary is taking place on the Syrian side of
    the border," a high-ranking official said.
  • Comment
  • On the 19th Feb on a visit to Saudi Arabia,
    Condoleeza Rice, the US Secretary of State, was
    told that Damascus (Syria) was a weak and
    dispensable link in Irans front against the
    United States and Israel in the Middle East. They
    assured the US Secretary that overthrowing the
    regime in Syria would not put Syria in danger of
    disintegration like Iraq.
  • Syria is not mentioned as one of the nations that
    invades Israel in Ezekiel 38. Iran is.
  • There are verses that speak of great destruction
    coming on Damascus. There is a huge amount of
    political movement in the Middle East at the
    moment. Syria is getting anxious and isolated.
    Iran is not happy with Syria and how it conducted
    itself in the Lebanon conflict. Syria could bear
    the brunt of the USAs frustration with Iran.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 14 1 The burden of
    Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from
    being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

5
As Syria prepares for war
  • Headline
  • As Syria prepares for war
  • Headline Jerusalem Post March 15
  • Event
  • This has been a banner week for Syrian diplomacy.
    Tuesday, US Assistant Secretary of State for
    Refugees, Ellen Sauerbrey, became the first
    senior US official to visit Syria since February
    2005. Following closely on Sauerbrey's heels was
    the EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
    Unlike Sauerbrey, who came and left without
    making a sound, Solana used the occasion to drop
    a diplomatic bomb. Standing next to Syrian
    Foreign Minister, Solana announced, "We would
    like to work as much as possible to see your
    country Syria recuperate the territory taken in
    1967."
  • Israel should be very concerned by Solana's
    statement. Seventeen years ago, an American
    diplomat made a similar statement to another Arab
    dictator Saddam Hussein. It was swiftly
    followed by war. Solana's statement that Europe
    supports the reassertion of Syrian control over
    the Golan Heights came in the midst of a massive
    Syrian deployment of offensive weapons systems
    close to its border with Israel. Early this week,
    Israeli military commanders revealed that since
    last September, Syria has deployed between 1,000
    and 3,000 missiles and rockets close to that
    border.
  • Comment
  • This truly is a diplomatic bomb shell! Europe
    (the beast of Revelation) says publicly that they
    would like to work as much as possible to see
    Syria recuperate land taken in 1967. In other
    words the fear in Israel is that Syria now has a
    green light to launch an offensive to get the
    Golan Heights. In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. It
    did so thinking it had the American OK. War
    between Syria and Israel may be close.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 3 The fortress also shall
    cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from
    Damascus, Israel is in trouble when the kingdom
    of Syria ceases. See v 1-5

In Syria, Mr Solana held talks with President
Bashar al-Assad
6
Syria / Russia missile deal
  • Headline
  • Major Syrian missile purchase one of several
    preparations for war -
    Geostrategy Direct March 14
  • Event
  • Syria has concluded a 1-billion weapons deal
    with Russia, Israeli military sources said.
  • The sources said Syrian President Bashar Assad
    agreed to purchase the S-300PMU anti-aircraft
    system and anti-tank guided missiles from Moscow.
    The first components of the strategic air defence
    system are to arrive in Syria this year.
  • Israeli sources said Syria's military has
    bolstered its presence along the southern border
    in what appears to be preparation for war with
    Israel in 2007 or 2008. The Syrian military has
    been constructing bunkers to store weapons and
    protect troops from Israeli air attack, the
    sources said.
  • "The Syrians have decided to buy the S-300," an
    Israeli source said. Russian President Vladimir
    "Putin has approved this, and the Syrians will
    embark on a process of rapid acquisition and
    deployment."
  • Comment
  • It is also reported that under this agreement
    that Damascus will allow Russia to expand naval
    base rights at two Syrian ports. Shimon Peres
    said that this deal provides an incentive for
    Syria to go to war" .
  • As Syria is not mentioned in Ezekiel 38 we might
    expect Syria to be taken out of the picture at
    some point. If war between Israel does occur we
    can see how Russia would quickly be involved as
    it has an increasing military presence in that
    country.
  • The King of the north was essentially Syrian
    originally it will be Russian in the future.
  • Bible Quote Daniel 11 40 And at the time of the
    end shall the king of the south push at him and
    the king of the north shall come against him like
    a whirlwind,
  • The king of the north in Daniel 11 is the same as
    the Gog of the land of Magog in Ezekiel 38.

7
Israel prepares for Syrian attack
  • Headline
  • Massive IDF drill prepares for Syrian attack on
    Golan
  • Headline Jerusalem Post April 27
  • Event
  • The IDF on Thursday held intensive training
    manoeuvres in preparation for
    a feared Syrian attack on the Golan
    Heights.
  • Hundreds of tanks and thousands of soldiers,
    backed by helicopters and Unmanned Aerial
    Vehicles, massed in the Judean Desert to drill
    simulations of war. The training exercise focused
    on Brigade 401 and its utilization of Israel's
    most advanced tank - the Merkava Mark 4 - against
    the Syrian advanced Russian-made T-72. Since the
    Second Lebanon War, Military Intelligence has
    claimed that war with Syria is now closer than
    ever, and the IDF is on heightened alert in the
    North in preparation for the possibility of a
    surprise attack.
  • Comment
  • Israel talks of compromise and potential peace
    and yet envisages war with Syria.
  • Debkafile reported this week that Syria sent 40
    of its top generals on a secret mission to Iran
    last week. The Syrian War Planning Chief met with
    the Iranian Defence Minister. Israel is very
    concerned about this visit. It was unusually
    large. It included the top generals. They were
    taken to Hizbollah training camps and the visit
    was unusually long. Over 7 days.
  • Meanwhile a huge US military exercise began this
    week in the gulf as America prepares for an
    Iranian attack on its 5th Fleet. Bahrain hosts
    the US 5th Fleet and the US Central Command said
    the exercise on Tuesday was the largest ever in
    the gulf.
  • We see therefore the constant preparation for war
    in the region. Joel 39 is underway.
  • Bible Quote Joel 3 9 Proclaim ye this among
    the Gentiles Prepare war, wake up the mighty
    men, let all the men of war draw near let them
    come up

8
Syria moves units to Lebanon border
  • Headline
  • Israel's U.S. envoy says concerned about Syrian
    arms
  • Headline Reuters May 2
  • Event
  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israel is growing more
    concerned about unprecedented military purchases
    and stepped-up training by Syria, at levels not
    seen since the 1973 Middle East war, its envoy to
    the United States said on Wednesday.
  • "Syria is developing into a very serious threat,"
    Israeli Ambassador Sallai Meridor told a luncheon
    sponsored by the Israel Project, a group that
    promotes the country's agenda. "We hope it's not
    offensive but we're not sure."
  • A significant build-up of missile capability by
    Syria could "create major damage to Israel" and
    Russia was supplying the arms to Damascus, he
    said, without providing specific details of the
    source for that information.
  • Comment
  • The title to this slide comes from a report in
    Debkafile this week. Debkafile being Israeli
    military analysts. They say that shortly after
    the Lebanon War panel in Israel slammed the
    Olmert government, President Assad of Syria moved
    an infantry brigade from the Iraq border to the
    sensitive area opposite the Golan Heights.
  • Israel is carefully watching this move to see if
    Syria is trying to capitalise on Israels current
    weakness. Note Russias involvement in arming
    Syria!
  • Syria is certainly a place to watch. It is the
    ancient king of the north. However is not
    mentioned in the nations that invade Israel in
    Ezekiel 38. There are passages that speak of
    Syria coming to a cataclysmic end utterly
    destroyed. It is possible this destruction takes
    place before Gog (Russia and host) come down.
  • Bible Quote Jeremiah 49 27 And I will kindle a
    fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall
    consume the palaces of Benhadad.

9
Germany reports incidents in Lebanon
  • Headline
  • Germany reports close calls between IDF UNIFIL

  • Headline Jerusalem Post May 12
  • Event
  • In the past two weeks, three incidents have taken
    place in southern Lebanon between UNIFIL's
    (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) navy
    and Israeli forces, a spokesperson for the German
    security forces in Lebanon said Friday evening.
  • According to the spokesperson, the latest
    incident occurred in the last few days, when IAF
    fighters approached a German naval ship
    patrolling the Lebanese coast. The report states
    that the planes were flying in an unusual manner.
  • In addition to the IAF flyby, the spokesperson
    said that on April 30 an IDF ship approached a
    German naval ship near the coast of Lebanon.
    Because the IDF ship did not announce itself, the
    German ship began battle procedures. One day
    earlier, a similar incident occurred, where an
    IDF ship approached a Swedish ship which was also
    part of the UNIFIL force.
  • Comment
  • Lebanon has disappeared from our news and quite
    possibly from our minds as well.
  • The fact that God gathered many nations to
    Israels northern border should not be forgotten.
    These nations are some of Israels most fearsome
    enemies. They are patrolling the ground in
    southern Lebanon and the seas in that area as
    well. There are more than 11,000 troops from 20
    different countries deployed there.
  • All of them hostile to Israel. We how incidents
    such as the ones mentioned above can happen and
    how quickly they could become something much more
    serious.
  • Lebanon is the door through which the northern
    host will enter Israel.
  • Bible Quote Zechariah 11 1 Open thy doors, O
    Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

10
Syrias military exercise
  • Headline
  • Syria Advances Military Exercise Schedule
  • Headline Mideastnewline May 13
  • Event
  • Syria has advanced its military schedule in what
    could signal plans for war with Israel in 2007.
    Officials said Syria has decided to conduct a
    series of major military exercises in May through
    July. They said the decision was meant to
    accelerate preparations for a war against Israel
    in the summer of 2007.
  • "Syria is now in the middle of an unprecedented
    process of a huge military buildup," Israeli
    Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh said. "They
    have acquired state-of-the-art Russian weapons,
    huge quantities of long-range rockets and
    missiles."
  • Officials said Syria was close to concluding
    negotiations to purchase advanced anti-aircraft
    systems from Russia. They said the systems could
    include the S-300PMU1 air and missile defence
    system as well as the TOR-M1 mobile short-range
    anti-aircraft battery.
  • Comment
  • The talk continues to be of a war between Israel
    and Syria this year. Military exercises can be a
    cover for moving equipment and men to required
    positions before war.
  • With this unprecedented build-up of military
    equipment along the border of Israel, Syria is
    preparing for conflict. Note how Russia is
    supplying Syria with very sophisticated missiles
    and defence systems. Who else is Syria going to
    use these weapons against if not Israel? Syrias
    intentions are clear and so are Russias. To
    bring the nation of Israel to an end. A conflict
    with Syria is mentioned in the scriptures.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 3 The fortress also shall
    cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from
    Damascus, and the remnant of Syria they shall be
    as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the
    LORD of hosts verse 4 explains the glory of
    Israel at this time!

11
Iran to Israel Dont attack Lebanon
  • Headline
  • Iran to Israel Don't Attack Lebanon
  • Headline Associated Press May 24
  • Event
  • Iran's hard-line president warned Israel on
    Thursday that nations in the
    region would take action against
    the Jewish state if it attacked Lebanon in the
    summer. Although there has been discussion among
    Israeli experts about the possibility of another
    war against the Lebanon's Hezbollah guerillas,
    Israeli Defense Minister Amir Peretz and other
    officials have denied plans for such a conflict.
    A war between the two sides last summer ended in
    a U.N.-brokered cease-fire.
  • Ahmadinejad comments Thursday also likely reflect
    his attempt to cast himself in the role of a
    champion of the Palestinian cause. Iran support
    the militant Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups that
    refuse to recognize Israel.
  • Comment
  • More warnings to Israel from Iran. It comes in a
    week when Lebanon erupted again. The latest
    fighting in Lebanon is centred on the
    Palestinian-led Sunni Muslim faction that sprang
    up 6 months ago called Fatah al-Islam. It has
    close links to Syria who has been accused of
    fermenting the current terror. Time magazine this
    week said that the present unrest in Lebanon is
    an ominous sign of future turmoil throughout the
    region. It is not difficult to see Israel being
    blamed for this violence. It is taking place in a
    Palestinian refugee camp setup following the
    creation of Israel in 1948.
  • If only Israel let the Palestinians have their
    own state (you can hear people say) then there
    would be no trouble in refugee camps in Lebanon.
    Hence one of the reasons for Syria causing this
    trouble. Fire once more is coming on Lebanon.
  • Bible Quote Zechariah 11 1 Open thy doors, O
    Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

Lebanon The Fire This Time Headline Front Page
12
Anti-Syrian MP assassinated
  • Headline
  • Lebanese MP dies in Beirut blast
  • Headline BBC online June 14
  • Event
  • An anti-Syrian MP was among at least 10 people
    killed in an explosion in Beirut's waterfront
    area. Walid Eido died in the blast, in the mainly
    Muslim Manara neighbourhood, officials said.
  • Mr Eido is the third member of Lebanon's
    anti-Syria parliamentary majority to be killed in
    a bombing in the past two years. President George
    W Bush condemned the bomb attack, in which at
    least 10 other people were wounded. A number of
    other high-profile anti-Syrian figures have been
    killed in Lebanon since 2005.
  • In a statement the White House said there had
    been a "clear pattern of assassinations" in
    recent years of those opposed to Syrian
    interference in Lebanon's affairs.
  • Comment
  • The capital of Syria is Damascus. The very fact
    that Damascus still exists proves that the verse
    below has not yet been fulfilled. One day
    Damascus will cease to be a city ESV
    translation. Damascus is a central hub of
    terrorism today. Several of the most prominent
    terrorist organizations have their headquarters
    there, and coordinate their operations from
    there. Verse 3 of Isaiah 17 says that the kingdom
    will disappear from Damascus as well. It is not
    just Isaiah 17 but also Jeremiah 49 and Zechariah
    9 as well that describe this. There is complete
    and utter destruction coming on this nation. It
    is not hard to see this coming. Israel is armed
    with nuclear weapons and if its existence is
    threatened by Syria (who do possess WMD) they may
    unleash them. Syria continues to provoke the USA
    and Israel as we see above.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 1 The burden of
    Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from
    being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

13
Hamas, Teheran Damascus
  • Headline
  • Hamas, Teheran, Damascus will begin West Bank
    takeover - Headline
    Debkafile June 15
  • Event
  • DEBKAfiles military sources report that Hamas
    planning and combat tactics clearly betray the
    professional hands of Syrian and Hizballah
    officers who have set up a command centre in the
    Gaza Strip. It was the second triumph in a week
    for a Palestinian force backed by Iran and Syria,
    after the Lebanese army failed in four weeks
    combat to crush the pro-Syrian factions
    barricaded in the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp
    near Tripoli. The Iran-Syrian alliance has
    acquired by brute force two Mediterranean coastal
    enclaves in northern Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.
  • Its momentum, launched a month ago in both
    sectors was unchecked. The Fouad Siniora
    governments troops failed to break through to
    the Palestinian camp and crush the pro-Syrian
    uprising. The Olmert government stood by unmoved
    as the most radical elements in the Middle East
    snatched the Gaza Strip on Israels southwestern
    border. The Bush administration is finding
    itself forced out of key Middle East positions,
    its main assets Siniora and Mahmoud Abbas
    trounced on the battlefield.
  • Comment
  • The revolution in Gaza by Hamas, according to
    Debkafile (Israeli based military analysts), is
    part of a coordinated campaign by Syria and Iran.
    These 2 nations are wrong footing America and
    increasing their power base in nations
    surrounding Israel. Significant geopolitical
    movements are underway around Gods land.
  • The nations who want the destruction of Israel
    are making their moves. It surely cannot be long
    before all the pieces are in place and war will
    begin.
  • Bible Quote Joel 3 2 I will also gather all
    nations, and will bring them down into the valley
    of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there
    for my people Israel.

14
Israel sent secret peace offer to Syria
  • Headline
  • Israel sent secret peace offer to Syria
  • Headline Newsweek June 8
  • Event
  • Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sent a secret
    message to Syria suggesting a complete withdrawal
    from the occupied Golan Heights in exchange for a
    full peace treaty, the Israeli Yediot Ahronot
    daily reported Friday, capping a week of
    speculation on whether Israel and Syria were
    headed for peace or war.
  • The Syrian leader has yet to respond to the
    offer, which also requested Syria sever ties with
    Palestinian militant groups, a 'senior diplomatic
    source' told Yediot.
  • Comment
  • We mentioned on the first slide the build up to
    war between Israel and Syria. What leaked out
    this week was a secret peace offer made by the
    Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert to Syria.
    Syria and Israel have technically been at war
    since 1967. Syria wants the Golan Heights back
    that Israel captured in the 6 Day War. The secret
    peace offer made by Israel, was to hand back the
    Golan Heights if Syria cut all ties with
    Palestinian militant groups. They would then sign
    a peace treaty.
  • It is extremely unlikely that Syria would do this
    even for the Golan Heights. The Palestinian
    militants like Hezbollah are the armed pawns of
    Syria. It may well be that Syria considers war a
    better option than peace. Hence why Israel PM
    Ehud Olmert said this week his country did not
    want war with Syria.
  • What we have hear though is talk of peace and yet
    preparation for war. Syria has not yet responded
    to the offer. Now Israel has made the offer
    public it will have to. The answer it gives may
    not be the one Israel is hoping for.
  • Bible Quote 1 Thessalonians 5 3 For when they
    shall say, Peace and safety then sudden
    destruction cometh upon them, They are talking
    about peace!

15
Syria preparing for war with Israel
  • Headline
  • Syria Making Preparations for War with Israel
  • Headline Israeli National News June 15
  • Event
  • A Qatari newspaper,Al Watan,reported Friday that
    Syria is making concrete preparations for war
    with Israel, saying that the Syrian government
    has removed the Government and State Archives
    from the Damascus area. According to the paper,
    this move indicates preparations for war. Syrian
    parliament member Muhammad Habash confirmed on
    Al-Jazeera Arabic world news satellite TV last
    week that Syria is indeed engaged in active
    preparations for a war with Israel. The conflict,
    said the Syrian MP, is expected to break out
    during the summer months.
  • Comment
  • Also reported this week is the news that Russia
    has started delivery of top-of-the-line fighter
    jets to Syria under a new deal estimated to be
    worth US1 billion. The business daily Kommersant
    said on Tuesday that Russia had begun delivering
    five MiG-31E jets under a deal apparently
    negotiated during Syrian President Bashar Assad's
    trip to Moscow last autumn.
  • Syria is in the territory of the king of the
    north mentioned in Daniel 11. However we believe
    the modern king of the north that invades Israel
    will in fact be Russia. Syria is not mentioned in
    Ezekiel 38 at all. So here we have the ancient
    king of the north preparing for war, being armed
    by the future king of the north, Russia.
  • It does seem likely that war is around the corner
    between Israel and Syria. Both sides appear to be
    preparing for conflict. For Russia to assume the
    mantle of king of the north, perhaps Syria is
    destroyed first? The verse below has yet to be
    fulfilled
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 1 The burden of
    Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from
    being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

16
Syria planning terror in Golan
  • Headline
  • Syria is Planning for Campaign of Terror on
    Golan
  • Headline Debkafile June 29
  • Event
  • On June 26, Syria opened the Damascus-Golan road
    to Quneitra to civilian
    traffic for the first time since the Six-Day War
    of 1967. No announcement was made. Until this
    week, civilian traffic heading towards Syrias
    Golan border with Israel was discouraged by the
    government in Damascus a traveller needed eight
    different pieces of paper and endless waits to
    get past the military roadblocks. All of a
    sudden, the powers-that-be in the Syrian capital
    decided to allow civilians free passage to Golan
    meaning preparations are complete for the launch
    of a cross-border campaign of terror in the
    Israel sector of the territory. Such a campaign
    could quickly escalate into a full-scale war.
  • Comment
  • The Bible does speak of the area of the Golan
    Heights. It is the area of Bashan. If you have a
    map in the back of your Bible look at the one at
    the time of the kings. Bashan is normally
    identified and it covers the area of the modern
    Golan Heights. In fact Golan itself was a city in
    Bashan and though there is not city of Golan now
    it is obviously where the name originates today.
    Golan in Bashan was given to the half tribe of
    Manasseh by Moses. See Numbers 3233.
  • The Bible speaks of Bashan as a fruitful place
    that becomes barren. It is mentioned a number of
    times with destruction coming on Lebanon. We
    could surely envisage that if there is war
    between Israel and Syria that Hezbollah in
    Lebanon would also join in. As we see above, the
    potential for full-scale war in the near future
    is likely.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 33 9 The earth mourneth and
    languisheth Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down
    Sharon is like a wilderness and Bashan and
    Carmel shake off their fruits.

17
Lebanon to erupt in 1 week
  • Headline
  • Lebanon 'to erupt in 1 week
  • Headline Ynet news July 8
  • Event
  • Syria has called on its citizens to leave Lebanon
    ahead of an expected "eruption" in that country,
    Arab and Iranian press reports have said. The
    media reports were translated and made available
    by MEMRI in a special dispatch on Sunday. "In the
    past few days, Arab and Iranian media reports
    have pointed to the possibility that Lebanon's
    current political crisis may become a violent
    conflict after July 15, 2007," the MEMRI dispatch
    said.
  • July 15 comes one day before a special UN
    Security Council meeting which is expected to
    discuss the possibility of stationing
    international experts on the Syria-Lebanon
    border, in order monitor the ongoing illegal
    cross border arms traffic to Hizbullah, thought
    to be originating from Iran and Syria.
  • Comment
  • The UN Security Council is also expected to meet
    next week to discuss a key report on the
    assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister
    Rafik Hariri, a development which may bode badly
    for Syria. Syrian authorities have also
    instructed all Syrian citizens residing in
    Lebanon to return to their country by July 15,
    2007. We see pressure mounting on Syria and
    trouble in Lebanon may divert attention away.
    Trouble in Lebanon could easily involve Israel as
    Hezbollah are rearmed with 1000s of missiles.
    Reuters reported this week that Israels armed
    forces are poised for a major conventional war.
    Tens of thousands of reservists and conscripts
    and been training with an intensity not seen in
    Israel for decades. A conflagration is coming.
  • Bible Quote 2 Chron 24 23 And it came to pass at
    the end of the year, that the host of Syria came
    up against him Israel. Israel has fought many
    wars with Syria over time

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Al Qaeda threat to UK and Lebanon
  • Headline
  • Al Qaedas No. 2 issues dire threats against

    two government heads Headline
    DEBKAfile July 10
  • Event
  • Ayman Zawahiris tirade catches Britain in a
    highly edgy state after three attempted terrorist
    attacks, and Lebanon in the grip of a
    Damascus-backed al Qaeda linked offensive ahead
    of the UN Security Council debate on Lebanon.
  • Turning to British PM Gordon Brown, he says The
    policy of your predecessor has brought tragedy
    and defeat upon you, not only in Afghanistan and
    Iraq but also in the centre of London. He then
    calls on all Muslims in the Lebanon to rebel
    against the forces which oppose Islam and have
    encircled them.
  • Comment
  • It is interesting that Britain and Lebanon are
    linked in this latest tape from Al Qaeda. The
    Bible also links the two. In Isaiah chapter 2,
    God speaks about judging the proud and lofty.
    (v12). And then in v13 he speaks of this
    judgement coming on Lebanon and then in v16 it
    coming on Tarshish (Britain).
  • Lebanon is home to the city of Tyre. The ancient
    maritime trading city of Phoenicia. It was
    destroyed eventually by Alexander the Great in
    332BC. However the Bible says that Tyre would
    pass over to Tarshish. So in some way Tyre
    would continue to exist. It would pass over
    Britain. In fact Britain did become a great
    maritime trading nation. Tyre though was not a
    nation but a city. Britain has a great trading
    city that was established by a man of Tyre!
    London and Tyre are linked prophetically. There
    is destruction coming on both areas in these last
    days.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 23 5 so shall they be sorely
    pained at the report of Tyre. 6 Pass ye over to
    Tarshish howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.
    London is a latter day Tyre

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Hezbollah Rockets can hit Israel
  • Headline
  • Hezbollah leader Rockets can hit Israel
  • Headline USAtoday July 24
  • Event
  • Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said
    Monday his group possesses an arsenal of rockets
    that can reach all of Israel, including Tel Aviv.
    We could absolutely reach any corner and any
    point in occupied Palestine, Nasrallah said in
    an interview aired by Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera
    and Hezbollahs Al-Manar television.
  • Celebratory gunshots and fireworks erupted in
    Beiruts southern suburbs for several minutes as
    the interview began and after it ended.
  • Nasrallah said last years war between Israel and
    Hezbollah did not succeed in diminishing his
    groups military capabilities. Repeating earlier
    claims, the Hezbollah leader said his group could
    already have fired at Tel Aviv last summer during
    the conflict, but had avoided doing so.
  • Comment
  • We reported last week of a military pact between
    Syria and Iran. Further news has come out about
    this deal. Knesset Member Arieh Eldad said this
    week that the reported military agreement between
    Iran and Syria is reminiscent of the pacts that
    were signed on the eve of the Six Day and Yom
    Kippur wars. He went on to say that the pact
    would lead to Israel being attacked from Gaza,
    the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Iran.
    Interesting then that following the agreement
    last week that Monday this week sees the
    Hezbollah leader (in article above) saying they
    can now hit ALL Israel with missiles. (33,000!)
    Peace is being spoken of but war is being
    prepared.
  • Bible Quote Joel 3 10 Beat your plowshares into
    swords, and your pruninghooks into spears let
    the weak say, I am strong. The weak are saying
    they are strong!!

20
Hezbollah snaps up frontier land
  • Headline
  • 1) Hizbollah snaps up frontier land to attack
    Israel
  • 2) Syrian missile build-up continues
  • Headline Sunday Telegraph World Tribune August
    14 15
  • Event
  • 1) Hizbollah is buying up large tracts of land
    owned by Christians and other non-Shias in
    southern Lebanon as the militant group rebuilds
    its defences in preparation for a new war with
    Israel, The Sunday Telegraph has been told. The
    land grab is thought to be driven by the
    Iranian-backed guerrillas' efforts to rearm
    themselves and fortify the strategically
    important ravines north of the Litani River, just
    north of the front line in last year's 34-day
    conflict with its Jewish neighbour.
  • 2) Syria continues to deploy missiles supplied by
    Russia and has established an anti-aircraft
    umbrella around Damascus and the Golan Heights.
    Israel's military has reported that the regime of
    Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed a range of
    surface-to-air missile assets in southern Syria.
    The military said the assets were purchased over
    the last year from Russia and financed by Iran.
    "The situation is tense," a senior Israeli
    officer said.
  • Comment
  • Israel continues to be surrounded by her enemies.
    The UN which is now based in southern Lebanon is
    doing nothing to stop Hizbollah rearming and now
    even buying land in preparation for a new war
    with Israel.
  • Syria continues to deploy missiles and note where
    they come from. RUSSIA!
  • As vultures they circle Gods land and one day
    soon they will invade.
  • Bible Quote 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.

21
Syria 'fires on Israel warplanes'
  • Headline
  • Syria 'fires on Israel warplanes'
  • Headline BBConline September 6
  • Event
  • Syria has said its air defences opened fire on
    Israeli warplanes after they violated its
    airspace in the north of the country.
  • Syrian officials said the defences forced the
    jets to drop ammunition over deserted areas and
    turn back, according to the official news agency,
    Sana.
  • Israel's military said it would not comment on
    the reports.
  • Israel and Syria remain technically at war and
    tensions between them have been rising in recent
    months.
  • Comment
  • Israel has not denied this incident and so we
    assume it is true. So what is going on?
  • There are two thoughts which are both connected.
    The route that the planes flew brought Israeli
    warplanes to the closest point to Iran, separated
    only by Iraqi Kurdistan.
  • America and Israel have not ruled out striking
    Iran because of its nuclear program. Israel was
    possibly collecting intelligence on Syrias long
    range missiles in the north of the country. The
    second reason is that Israel was probing Syrias
    new air defence systems provided by Russia.
    Interestingly the Russian Foreign Ministry
    condemned the alleged "Israeli aerial action"
    over Syria's airspace.
  • Either way tensions have now increased. All leave
    has been cancelled at IDF bases as Israel braces
    for a possible Syrian reaction to the incident in
    the coming hours.
  • With Bible in hand we do expect conflict between
    Israel and Syria. There are verses that have
    never totally been fulfilled in respect to
    Damascus (Syrias capital).
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 1 The burden of
    Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from
    being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
    Chapter 17 could be latter day.

22
US confirms Israeli air strike on Syria
  • Headline
  • US confirms Israeli air strike on Syria
  • Headline Daily Telegraph September 12
  • Event
  • A US official has confirmed that Israeli
    warplanes carried out an air strike "deep inside"
    Syria, escalating tensions between the two
    countries.
  • The target of the strike last Thursday remained
    unclear but Israeli media reported that a
    shipment of Iranian arms crossing Syria for use
    by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in
    Lebanon was attacked.
  • Comment
  • We reported last week that Israel had flown
    across Syria on some sort of mission.
  • Since then it has come to light that in fact
    Israel carried out an air strike in Syria. This
    has increased tensions dramatically.
  • The Kuwait-based Al-Jareeda reported Wednesday
    that the advisors to Syrian President Bashar
    Assad are pressuring him to respond to the attack
    by "landing a blow to an Israeli target,". The
    Kuwaiti paper also reported that the Syrian army
    has begun drafting reservists from the armed
    corps, missile corps and anti-aircraft units, and
    quoted "sources in the know" who said the draft
    was a response to Israel raising its level of
    readiness in the north.
  • There is also concern voiced this week by America
    that Syria is working with North Korea on a
    nuclear facility. On Thursday, a U.S. official
    was quoted as saying Damascus may be building a
    nuclear facility with North Korean assistance.
  • How long before hostilities break out? Syria has
    a roll to play in the coming conflict.
  • It is not mentioned in Ezekiel 38 but perhaps
    only because it is destroyed before..
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 1 The burden of
    Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from
    being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
    Chapter 17 could be latter day.

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Chances of war with Syria still high
  • Headline
  • 'Chances of war with Syria still high
  • Headline Jerusalem Post September 24
  • Event
  • The IDF continued to maintain a high level of
    alert along the northern border on Sunday as
    senior defence officials told The Jerusalem Post
    that while close to three weeks have passed since
    Israel's alleged air strike in Syria, there is
    still a chance war could break out. Reflecting
    the escalation in tension, IDF troops were
    alerted to the northern border fence Sunday
    morning after the electronic alarm was activated,
    sparking fears of a possible infiltration from
    Syria. The army said the alarm went off after the
    fence was touched, and that tracks were spotted
    on the Syrian side of the border. Soldiers who
    arrived on the scene ruled out an infiltration,
    and the IDF said it was possible that a roving
    animal had triggered the alarm.
  • Sunday's incident followed the scrambling of two
    fighter jets on Saturday to the northern border
    after a Syrian military jet that was being
    tracked by Israel disappeared from military radar
    systems. A short time later, the IAF discovered
    that the Syrian jet had crashed in Syrian
    territory.
  • Comment
  • Last Saturday was Yom Kippur. Defence Minister
    Ehud Barak warned in a speech on that day that
    the relative calm and quiet could not be
    understood at face value.
  • "If there is one lesson that can be learned from
    the Yom Kippur War, it's that we should not be
    mislead by deceptive periods of calm," he said in
    reference to the tension with Syria as well as
    diplomatic developments with the Palestinians.
    "The spirit of Israel must be prepared at every
    moment as if the next war is around the corner."
  • We must not be misled either. Christ will return
    when least expected. It might just be a normal
    day. When the floods came in the time of Noah it
    was just another normal day. We do know that
    destruction will come when people are saying
    peace and safety. In periods of calm and quiet
    we should be most alert!
  • Bible Quote Matthew 24 38 For as in the days
    that were before the flood they were eating and
    drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until
    the day that Noah entered into the ark
  • 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took
    them all away so shall also the coming of the
    Son of man be. Jesus will return on a day
    least expected ...... Therefore we should WATCH!

24
Israel admits airstrike on Syria
  • Headline
  • Israel admits air strike on Syria
  • Headline BBConline October 2
  • Event
  • Israel has confirmed that it carried out a strike
    on a Syrian military
    installation last month.
    Syria accused Israel at the time but Israeli
    officials refused to comment, and the Israeli
    military censor imposed a strict blackout on
    information.
  • The censor's office has now allowed some details
    to be released.
  • On Monday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told
    the BBC that a Syrian military construction site
    was hit in the Israeli air strike on 6 September.
  • President Assad said the raid demonstrated
    Israel's "visceral antipathy towards peace" - and
    Syria reserved the right to retaliate.
  • Comment
  • According to numerous reports there is utter
    disbelief in Syria that Israel was able to enter
    its airspace undetected. In Iran the disbelief is
    more like panic.
  • Both Syria and Iran are protected by new Russian
    anti-aircraft systems but Israel was able to jam
    them (somehow) and were therefore completely
    invisible to their radars!
  • It was not just a tip toe by Israel into Syrian
    arispace but a deep penetration. Syria now
    possesses the most crowded anti-aircraft systems
    in the world - more then 200 batteries of
    different types. Russian, Syrian and Iranian
    experts are desperately trying to find out what
    went wrong. A very senior British ministerial
    source said in relation to Sept 6th when Israel
    attacked Syria, If people had known how close we
    came to world war three that day thered have
    been mass panic.
  • When the military experts in Syria / Russia and
    Iran work out what went wrong and correct the
    problem the retaliation may be swift in coming.
  • We know that at some point world war 3 is coming
    it will be the final conflict.
  • As the world prepares for war let us prepare to
    meet our Lord Jesus at his return.
  • Bible Quote Joel 1 15 Alas for the day! for the
    day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction
    from the Almighty shall it come.

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Swathes of Lebanons forests burnt
  • Headline
  • Swathes of Lebanon forest burnt
  • Headline BBConline October 3
  • Event
  • Forest fires have destroyed large areas of
    woodland across Lebanon, killing one woman and
    injuring dozens. More than 2,000 hectares (5,000
    acres) of forest have been lost. Officials have
    described the fires as the worst in a decade.
  • Many of the blazes appear to be under control,
    but fires continue to blaze in the north near
    Qobeyyat and Andaqt.
  • Italy, Cyprus and Jordan have dispatched
    helicopters to help battle the fires.
  • A woman died on Tuesday of smoke inhalation near
    Deir al-Qamar in the Shouf Mountains region.
  • Comment
  • This week has seen earthquakes and a volcano
    erupt south of Israel. To the north Lebanon is
    aflame.
  • Lebanon is the door through which the northern
    host will enter Israel. The door of Lebanon must
    be opened to let the armies through into Israel.
    In the verse below God says that the doors of
    Lebanon are opened so that fire can devour the
    trees.
  • As we see fires raging in the literal trees of
    Lebanon we know the time is coming when fire will
    rage in the symbolic trees of Lebanon. Trees are
    symbolic of the nation itself. We read in Isaiah
    212-13 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall
    be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and
    upon every one that is lifted up and he shall be
    brought low And upon all the cedars of Lebanon.
    So the day of the LORD will directly involve
    Lebanon. The fires above perhaps point to the
    nearness of this day.
  • Bible Quote Zechariah 11 1 Open thy doors, O
    Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

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Syrian civil defence placed on the ready
  • Headline
  • Syrian civil defence placed on the ready
  • Headline Debkafile October 12
  • Event
  • Our military sources report exclusively that
    Thursday night, October 11, Syria placed its
    civil defence services on a state of preparedness
    and mobilized their reservists.
  • Government and military hospitals across Syria
    have also been alerted.
  • These measures were ordered Tuesday, October 9,
    and were in place within three days. In contrast,
    there is no change in the deployment of Syrian
    forces along the border with Israel on Golan and
    Mt. Hermon.
  • Thursday, Syrian defense minister General Hassan
    Turkmani published a message to the armed forces
    calling for readiness to withstand all
    aggression.
  • A day earlier, the Syrian chief of staff, General
    Ali Habib, said at an officers passing-out
    parade Syria is capable of beating off any
    conspiracies against the country.
  • All these measures and this rhetoric strongly
    indicate the Syrian regime is convinced that
    either an American or Israeli assault, or attacks
    by both against Syria and Iran are due shortly.
  • Comment
  • Conflict between Israel and Syria could be just
    round the corner.
  • The tension has not been defused since the
    Israeli bombing of Syria on September 6th.
  • Its another piece of the jigsaw that all points
    to the closeness of remarkable events long looked
    for. Israel talking of peace and dividing
    Jerusalem. Russia increasingly authoritarian and
    angry with America. At the same time hostilities
    with Iran and Syria look more and more likely.
  • War with Syria might well come before Russia
    invades. Syria is NOT mentioned in Ezekiel 38 as
    one of the nations that invades Israel. So what
    happens to Syria? Does it makes peace so and this
    is why it does not invade? NO. It is surely
    destroyed beforehand. Israel has shown a few
    weeks ago it is not afraid to attack Syria.
  • Bible Quote Isaiah 17 3 The fortress also shall
    cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from
    Damascus, and the remnant of Syria

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Lebanese army fires on IAF jets
  • Headline
  • Lebanese army fires on IAF jets
  • Headline Associated Press October 25
  • Event
  • Israeli warplanes flying over southern Lebanon on
    Thursday were fired on by Lebanese soldiers but
    no hit was reported in the attack, Lebanese
    officials said. According to report, this was the
    first time since August 14, 2006, that Lebanese
    troops fired on Israeli warplanes. Lebanese
    security official said they fired a total of 150
    rounds using machine guns and light aircraft
    weapons on armoured vehicles when the two Israeli
    warplanes flew at Marjayoun town near the border
    before noon local time. The security officer said
    they were trying to communicate with the warplane
    but Israeli jets did not respond. Lebanese
    soldiers used machine guns and light
    anti-aircraft weapons toward two planes that flew
    low over east of Marjayoun near the border, a
    Lebanese security official was quoted as saying.
  • Comment
  • Tensions increase on Israels northern border.
    For the first time since the cease fire in August
    2006, Lebanese troops have fired on the
    Israelis.
  • It is worth remembering that the 2006 Lebanon war
    saw many countries gathered to Lebanon under the
    United Nations Interim Force. (UNIFIL).
  • These countries with military personnel in
    Lebanon include Belgium, China, Croatia, Cyprus,
    Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece,
    Guatemala, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland,
    Italy, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands,
    Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea,
    Spain, Tanzania and Turkey.
  • Note how many European countries are present and
    also Muslim countries as well. Russia though not
    listed has also sent many military personnel as
    well, outside the UNIFIL force. Note as well that
    none of the young lions are present in this
    force!
  • God has begun to gather the nations to Israel
    it will lead to war and Christs return.
  • Bible Quote Joel 3 2 I will also gather all
    nations, and will bring them down into the valley
    of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there
    for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom
    they have scattered among the nations, and parted
    my land.

28
Israel Says Hezbollah Can Hit Tel Aviv
  • Headline
  • Israel Says Hezbollah Can Hit Tel Aviv
  • Headline Newsvine October 31
  • Event
  • Israel alleges that Hezbollah militants in
    Lebanon have rearmed with new long-range rockets
    capable of hitting Tel Aviv and tripled their
    arsenal of land-to-sea missiles since last
    summer's war, the United Nations
    secretary-general said in a report Wednesday.
  • Ban Ki-Moon said the reports of Hezbollah's
    rearming are a cause of great concern for the
    stability of Lebanon.
  • "Israel has stated that the nature and number of
    weapons in Hezbollah's control constitutes a
    strategic threat to its security and the safety
    of its citizens," he said.
  • While Israel has not provided the United Nations
    with specific intelligence due to the sensitivity
    of the sources, Ban said several speeches by
    Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah in the past
    few months "seem to confirm these Israeli
    claims."
  • Comment
  • Hezbollah are based in Lebanon and are funded and
    armed by Syria and Iran.
  • They hate Israel and want to bring Israels
    existence to an end. Since the Lebanon war last
    year it appears (unsurprisingly) that Hezbollah
    has been busy rearming for the next war.
  • The Bush administration announced tentative plans
    on Wednesday to sell Israel up to 1.32 billion
    worth of advanced guided TOW and Hellfire
    missiles, munitions and other weapons!
  • And so the rapid build-up of military might takes
    place. Where is all this leading? With Bible in
    hand the question is easily answered. It is
    leading to the final great conflict or Armageddon
    when all nations will be gathered against Israel
    to battle. This is no depressing conclusion
    because it will NOT end in the destruction of
    mankind but will culminate in the physical return
    of Gods son to this earth. SOON
  • Bible Quote Revelation 16 6 And he gathered them
    together into a place called in
  • the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Armageddon is the
    final judgment of all nations.

29
Bush loses patience with Syria
  • Headline
  • Bush 'loses patience' with Syria
  • Headline BBConline December 20 2007
  • Event
  • US President George W Bush says he has long since
    lost patience with Syria's President Bashar
    al-Assad, and has ruled out opening a dialogue
    with him.
  • "He doesn't need a phone call, he knows exactly
    what my position is," Mr Bush said at a
    year-ending news conference.
  • The US and Syria have each accused the other of
    meddling in Lebanon, where repeated attempts to
    find a new president have failed. Mr Bush also
    accused Mr Assad of supporting militant groups.
  • "My patience ran out on President Assad a long
    time ago," Mr Bush told reporters at the White
    House.
  • "The reason why is because he houses Hamas, he
    facilitates Hezbollah, suiciders go from his
    country into Iraq, and he destabilises Lebanon."
  • Comment
  • President Bush has lost patience with Syria. This
    maybe a very significant statement. He has
    effectively closed all communication channels
    with Syria.
  • Syrias support for terrorist groups like Hamas
    and Hezbollah and also continued Syrian
    interference in Lebanon has infuriated President
    Bush.
  • Lebanon has had no president for nearly a month
    since Emile Lahoud left office, and many
    parliamentary sessions called to elect one have
    been cancelled.
  • Syria in the Bible is known as Syria and Damascus
    (the capital of Syria). Israel and Syria were
    known for their constant conflicts in the past.
    They are a Semitic people, from the same stock as
    Israel. David as well as Solomon were in constant
    war against Syria (I Kings 1125). At some point
    Damascus (Syria) will wax feeble because fear
    has seized her and anguish and sorrows will
    come upon her.
  • This may happen at any time. The comments from
    Bush above show this is a step nearer.
  • Bible Quote Jeremiah 49 24 Damascus is waxed
    feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear
    hath seized on her anguish and sorrows have
    taken her, as a woman in travail.
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