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Syria 2014
Syria's chemical weapons removal delayed
Guardian, January 2, 2014
The dangerous and difficult task of moving
Syria's chemical weapons stockpile from
government military bases to the Mediterranean
port of Latakia has not yet begun, suggesting a
serious delay in the multinational disarmament
plan that could threaten a UN-backed timetable.
According to sources involved in the disarmament
effort, the roughly 500 tonnes of highly toxic
chemicals which Bashar al-Assad's regime had
stockpiled for the manufacture of Sarin and VX
nerve agents are still in 12 bases around the
country, three days after they were due to arrive
in Latakia for loading on to Danish and Norwegian
ships. Those freighters the Ark Futura and the
Taiko have returned to the Cypriot port of
Limassol since it became clear how far the
schedule laid down by the Organisation for the
Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had

The situation in Syria is no way near to being
resolved. Despite the agreement between Russia
and the West to remove Syrias chemical weapons
the terror continues. The agreement itself has
just hit its first problem. Two large ships
turned up to take away 500 tonnes of chemical
weapons - but then had to turn around and head
back to Cyprus as nothing had been made ready. On
top of this from December 15th 517 people have
been killed in the northern province of Aleppo.
They were killed as barrels packed with
explosives were dropped from Syrian
aircraft. Isaiah 17 is one to the 10 tribulations
that affect the world. It concerns Syria just as
Isaiah 19 concerns Egypt. Events in Syria are
still to reach their climax Damascus is still
to be destroyed and cease to be a city. Israel is
yet to be drawn into a conflict with Syria which
will see her weakened. 2014 may well be the year
we see this happen.

  • Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will
    become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer are
    deserted they will be for flocks, which will lie
    down, and none will make them afraid. The
    fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the
    kingdom from Damascus

(Isaiah 171-3 ESV)
Syrian 'peace talks are all part of the war
Daily Telegraph comment, January 21, 2014
So thats it. There were, we now know, secret
talks with the Iranians to bring them to the
Syrian peace table but they failed. The war is
not over. Iranian troops, active across Syria as
advisers, will continue to fight their proxies
will continue to die. Without Tehran, the only
government that has power over the Assad regime,
there is no hope of peace, and the talks may as
well not take place. These arent peace talks
they wouldnt have led to peace with or without
the Iranians when the two Syrian sides hold
their first face-to-face meeting, supposedly on
Friday, they will not even come close to
discussing concessions that might end the
conflict. In fact, the peace talks have every
sign of being a reversal of the Roman formula, is
vis pacem, para bellum if you seek peace,
prepare for war. Both sides and their sponsors
are using the peace talks to declare new war
goals and seek fresh backing. They are a military
advertising campaign.
There are peace talks but no sign of peace. As
the comment above in the Daily Telegraph says -
there is no chance of peace in Syria. It is
leading to even greater conflict and war. UN
envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, who held talks with both
sides on Friday, said they all understood that
the conference was trying to "save Syria. So
will they bring peace? Will they save Syria? The
Bible says NO. There is cataclysmic and
unprecedented destruction coming on Syria. This
week there was clear evidence presented that
Syria has systematically tortured and executed
about 11,000 detainees since the start of the
uprising. It is horrific but there is worse
much worse to come. We do not know when it will
come. But it will. It is while people are talking
about peace and safety we have to be even more
watchful as it is when least expected that
destruction comes. Damascus - the oldest
inhabited city on earth will cease to exist


  • That famous city, a city of joy, will be
    forsaken! Her young men will fall in the streets
    and die. Her soldiers will all be killed, says
    the Lord of Heavens Armies. And I will set fire
    to the walls of Damascus that will burn up the
    palaces of Ben-hadad.

(Jeremiah 4925-27)
Israeli jets suspected of attacking Syrian
missile store
Daily Telegraph, January 27, 2014
Israel is suspected of being behind an attack on
a Syrian military base that targeted a stock of
Russian-made missiles. Storerooms holding the
missiles near the port city of Latakia were hit
by Israeli war planes late on Sunday, according
to a Syrian opposition source talking to Israel
Radio. No confirmed details of the strike had
emerged last night. Official Israeli government
and military sources declined to comment on the
attack. But former Israeli Defence Forces
intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said any such
airstrike would be in keeping with Israeli policy
to intercept the transfer of advanced weapons to
Hezbollah or to Syria. "Israel has declared four
weapons system as a red line advanced air
defences, advanced and accurate ballistic
missiles, surface-to-sea advanced missiles like
Yakhont, and chemical weapons. Residents of
Latakia reported hearing loud explosions just
around midnight and there were also reports of
Israeli planes heard breaking the sound barrier.
If true this would be the fourth Israeli strike
on Syria over the past 12 months. Israel is
trying to stop the movement of missiles around
Syria. They are concerned they will fall into
Hezbollahs hands. On Friday, Jan. 24, an Israeli
intelligence officer disclosed that Israels
government was rethinking its neutrality policy
in the Syrian war owing to the massing of 30,000
al Qaeda fighters on its Syrian border. The Obama
administration announced Tuesday, Jan. 28, that
selected Syrian rebel militias would receive
American light weapons including anti-tank
rockets. As the Syrian peace conference drew to
a close on Friday it appears that America and
Israel are shifting towards more intervention in
Syria. The Bible says that there will be conflict
between Syria and Israel..

  • The fortified towns of Israela will also be
    destroyed and the royal power of Damascus will
  • All that remains of Syriab will share the fate
    of Israels departed glory, declares the Lord of
    Hosts. In that day Israelsc glory will grow
    dim its robust body will waste away. a
    Ephraim b Aram c the original
    Hebrew language

(Isaiah 173-4 NLT)
Syria talks end in recrimination
Daily Telegraph, January 31, 2014
The Syrian peace talks at Geneva ended in
recrimination last night as the government and
opposition blamed each other for the failure to
come to any agreement. The week-long conference,
which foreign diplomats spent more than a year
trying to convene, achieved no tangible results,
and the Syrian government has refused to commit
to continuing the talks. In the closing speeches,
Walid Muallem, Syrias foreign minister accused
the opposition of being childish, whilst the
opposition said Geneva II had felt like drinking
poison, blaming the governments time
wasting. Mr Brahimi proposed setting February 10
as a date for restarting the talks but the
disgruntled Syrian government delegation deferred
to decision of whether to return to President
Bashar al-Assad. At least 1,870 people died
across Syria during the first nine days Geneva
II, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said
on Friday.
Nothing was achieved at the week long peace
conference about Syria. It had been hoped as a
minimum that the two sides might come together on
the subject of civilian suffering. Surely they
would find a way of securing aid corridors to
areas, such as in the Old City of Homs where
thousands are starving to death. But by Friday
there was still no agreement, and the aid trucks
remained parked outside the besieged area. This
week Human Rights Watch issued a new report
showing how the Assad regime had razed thousands
of homes to the ground in Damascus as collective
punishment of communities that backed the
opposition. The group accused Syria's government
of "wiping entire neighbourhoods off the map" by
means of bulldozers and explosives. And so the
burden of Damascus continues. The word burden
in Isaiah 17v1 means a great tribulation. A
national nightmare which cannot be resolved. Its
happening now
  • The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken
    away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous
    heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken they
    shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and
    none shall make them afraid.

    The burden
    of Damascus is one of 10 burdens in Isaiah all
    playing out NOW.

(Isaiah 171)
US presses Russia on Syria weapons
BBConline, February 1, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Russia
to press its ally Syria into speeding up the
removal of chemical weapons. The US says only
about 4 of chemical weapons declared by the
Syrian government have so far been removed. Mr
Kerry raised the issue with Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the
Munich Security Conference, officials said.
Syria's chemical weapons are due to be removed
and destroyed by 30 June. Under the terms of the
UN-backed plan, Syrian authorities are
responsible for packing and safely transporting
the chemical weapons to the Mediterranean port of
Latakia. "Secretary Kerry pressed Foreign
Minister Lavrov to push the regime for more
progress on moving the remaining chemical weapons
within Syria to the port in Latakia," the US
State Department official said. Washington
considered progress so far to be "unacceptable",
the official added.

So peace talks have failed. The violence
continues and will almost certainly escalate.
Only 4 of Syrias chemical weapons have been
removed. Earlier this week, the US ambassador to
the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons (OPCW), Robert Mikulak, said "the effort
to remove chemical agent and key precursor
chemicals from Syria has seriously languished and
stalled". Everything has stalled. The peace
agreement, the chemical weapons agreement and the
cooperation between America and Russia. America
once more is starting to push Russia into
pushing the Syrian regime. Once more Russia will
refuse to budge. The burden of Damascus and Syria
will NOT end peacefully and with resolution. The
Bible could not be clearer. It will end with the
complete destruction of Damascus and the ending
of Syria as a nation. We dont know when but it
will happen
  • Damascus has become feeble, and all her people
    turn to flee. Fear, anguish, and pain have
    gripped her as they grip a woman in labor. That
    famous city, a city of joy, will be forsaken! Her
    young men will fall in the streets and die. Her
    soldiers will all be killed, says the Lord

(Jeremiah 4924-26 NLT)
Syria misses deadline handing over chemical
Daily Telegraph, February 5, 2014
Syria has given up "less than five per cent" of
its chemical weapons arsenal, missing Wednesday's
deadline for destroying stock and sparking
accusations from Britain and the US that it is
deliberately spinning out the process. David
Cameron, the Prime Minister, warned Damascus
against dragging its heels. He told parliament
"There do seem to be now indications that the
programme is slowing and that not all the
information necessary is forthcoming. Britain
will continue to put pressure on all parties to
make sure the chemicals weapons are produced and
destroyed. According to the agreement, Syria was
on Wednesday required to turn over its "category
two", lower grade chemicals to the Organisation
for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),
the international watchdog, for destruction.
However, it has failed to do so and is six to
eight weeks behind schedule for the removal of
its entire arsenal.
Almost 1,200 tons of chemicals were scheduled to
have been removed by ship by Wednesday, with the
entire stockpile of Syrias chemical weapons
(approximately 1,300 tons) removed by the end of
June. Only a fraction of that has actually been
removed. According to the US state department
only 4.1 of the total has been removed. A report
published in the Sunday Times stated that Syrian
President Bashar Al Assad transferred some of his
chemical weapons to an Alawite area in Northern
Syria in order to prevent their dismantlement.
The whole area is fortified and isolated from
the rest of Syria, an Israeli military source
claimed. And so despite the agreement Assad
holds on to power and his chemical weapons.
Britain is once again warning Damascus. We know
the final outcome. It is not Syria at peace. It
is Syria coming to an end as a nation and
Damascus totally destroyed....
  • The fortified towns of Israel will also be
    destroyed and the royal power of Damascus will
    end. All that remains of Syria will share the
    fate of Israels departed glory,declares the
    Lord of Hosts. In that day Israels glory will
    grow dim its robust body will waste away.
    Note how
    Israel is greatly weakened when Syria comes to an
    end. This has not happened yet.

(Isaiah 173-4 NLT)
Russia Opposes a Humanitarian Resolution on Syria
Associated Press, February 5, 2014
Russia said Wednesday it opposes a new U.N.
Security Council resolution on the humanitarian
plight in Syria, an announcement that is likely
to torpedo a Western and Arab-backed draft that
would pressure the government and opposition to
allow desperately needed aid into the country.
Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told a
press briefing that "hard, pragmatic and
purposeful work is necessary" to resolve specific
humanitarian issues not a council resolution
which will almost certainly aim "to politicize
the problem. Council diplomats said they expect
to circulate a draft humanitarian resolution this
week, following the failure of peace talks
between the Syrian government and opposition to
achieve any concrete results, especially on
possible humanitarian aid convoys to besieged
parts of the city of Homs. "We are against moving
to a resolution now in the Security Council,"
Churkin told reporters.

Russia and China support the Syrian government.
They have vetoed three previous Western-backed
resolutions that would have pressured President
Bashar Assad to end the violence. They cannot
even approve immediate access to all areas of the
country to deliver aid to millions of
civilians. Russias support of Syria is
interesting. As mentioned many times before Syria
is home to the ancient king of the north
mentioned in Daniel 11. We read at the time of
the end the king of the north will invade
Israel. If we didn't have Ezekiel 38 we would
have surely concluded that the latter day king of
the north was Syria. However we find out in
Ezekiel 38 that the new king of the north is Gog
the Russian leader. So what has happened to
Syria? The answer is simple. Syria is removed
from being a nation. Russia becomes the greater
and more powerful king of the north at the time
of the end
  • Then at the time of the end, the king of the
    south will attack the king of the north. The king
    of the north will storm out with chariots,
    charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade
    various lands and sweep through them like a
    flood. He will enter the glorious land of Israel

(Daniel 1140 41 NLT)
Iran boosts support to Syria
Daily Telegraph, February 21, 2014
Iran is boosting its support for President Bashar
al-Assad, sending top military advisers to
Damascus to gather intelligence and train Syrian
troops, sources with knowledge of the movements
have said. The increase in assistance from
Syria's long standing ally reportedly coincided
with the peace talks at Geneva II, allowing the
government to attend the negotiations with
sufficient confidence in its military capability
that it did not feel the need to make
concessions. Several "hundred" military
specialists, including senior commanders from the
Quds Force, the elite foreign-operations wing of
the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have
been to deployed to Syria in recent months,
Iranian sources and security experts have said. A
recently retired senior IRGC commander told
Reuters there are now at least 60 to 70 Quds
force commanders on the ground in Syria at any
given time.

Iran sees the survival of the Syrian government
as being crucial to it longevity of its own
regime. Iranian leaders have said that Syria is
Iran's "35th province", with President Bashar
al-Assad's Alawite minority led regime being a
crucial buffer against the influence of Saudi
Arabia and the United States. Iran is part of the
outer ring of nations that invade Israel in
Ezekiel 38. Syria is part of an inner ring of
nations that fight Israel mentioned in Psalm 83.
The outer ring war comes after an initial inner
ring war. In fact the two wars will probably just
continue after each other. Syria is destroyed in
the first inner ring war. Iran survives and joins
in the second wave of the outer ring of nations.
Irans support of Syria will lead to the initial
war and Syrias demise. Then Russian (and Iran)
will invade Israel Armageddon
  • Come, they say, let us wipe out Israel as a
    nation. We will destroy the very memory of its
    existence. Yes, this was their unanimous
    decision. They signed a treaty as allies against
    you - these Edomites and Ishmaelites Moabites
    and Hagrites, Gebalites, Ammonites, and
    Amalekites and people from Philistia and Tyre.
    Assyria has joined them, too,
    This describes the
    inner ring conflict also detailed in Isaiah 17

(Psalm 834-8 NLT)
Syria conflict anniversary who controls what
Daily Telegraph, March 14, 2014
As many as 140,000 people have died and millions
from their homes. Syria is now divided
with large swathes of the country under the
control of an array of competing rebel
groups. The conflict first began three years ago,
with opposition supporters taking up arms, first
to defend themselves and later to expel security
forces from their local areas. The country soon
descended into civil war as armed rebel brigades
battled government forces for power. The
strategic cities of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs
have been most intensely fought over, with a
third of the total casualties in these three
cities alone. There are estimates that between
December and the beginning of March more than
1,000 barrel bombs (each with half a ton of TNT)
were dropped on Aleppo alone.
Its incredible that the Syrian revolution that
began 3 years ago is still raging today. The
devastation that has come upon the country is
almost behind comprehension. Whole cities are
derelict and bombed out. The three cities that
have taken the brunt of the pain are Damascus,
Homs and Aleppo. It is amazing that these three
cities are mentioned in one verse that is in a
passage describing the final calamity of
Syria. Damascus is still called Damascus. But
Homs and Aleppo were called by slightly different
names in ancient times. Homs was Hamath and
Aleppo was Arpad. The Bible says that Homs and
Aleppo would become fainthearted. The original
word means to melt away. A three-month
bombardment of Aleppo that began in January,
unparalleled even in this war, has levelled large
parts of Aleppo. It had a population of 3
million. It is now a ghost town. Aleppo was
Syrias largest city and its commercial centre.
No more. But its not over yet. Damascus will be
removed from the map possibly by Israel

  • Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and
    Arpad for they have heard evil tidings they are
    fainthearted there is sorrow on the sea it
    cannot be quiet. 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. How is the city of praise not
    left, the city of my joy!

(Jeremiah 4923-25)
Syria civil war 'kills over 150,000 people' in
three years
Daily Telegraph, April 1, 2014
Over 150,000 people have lost their lives since
the March 2011
outbreak of the devastating civil war in
Syria, according to new figures. The London based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which
closely monitors the conflict using a network of
activists and medical staff in Syria, has
documented the deaths of 150,344 people. More
than a third of those killed in Syria by
shellfire, air strikes and bullets are
civilians, the rights group said. Now in its
third year, the war, which continues, unabated,
has ravaged entire cities, leaving whole civilian
neighbourhoods flattened by shell fire and air
strikes. These include home-made 'barrel bombs',
which when dropped from the air carve out craters
several metres deep. The figures also show that
at least 7,985 of the civilians killed are
Syrians are now identified by the United Nations
as the world's largest refugee population. 4.4
million are displaced in Syria itself while a
further 1.2 million have made it to increasingly
cramped refugee camps in neighbouring Jordan and
Lebanon. The March 2011 peaceful anti-government
demonstrations that marked the beginning of
unrest in Syria soon spiralled into bloody civil
war after fierce government suppression. As one
report put it this week Three years on, the end
does not appear in sight for a country that is
continuing to implode. The Bible talks of Syria
imploding at the time of the end. It speaks of
Damascus becoming a ruinous heap. It speaks of
the actual kingdom of Syria coming to an end.
I.e. no one ruling it. The implosion of Syria is
not over. Greater destruction is to come. Syria
home of the ancient king of the north will be
removed and be replaced by Russia.
  • And the king of the South (Egypt) shall be moved
    with anger and shall come forth and fight with
    the king of the North (Syria) and he the Syrian
    king shall set forth a great multitude, but the
    multitude shall be given into his the Egyptian
    kings hand.
    Amplified Version adds additional detail. Notice
    it adds Syria next to the king of the north.

(Daniel 1111 Amplified)
Assad using chemical weapons attacks with
Daily Telegraph, April 20, 2014
Bashar al-Assad's regime has reverted to the use
of a chemical gas first used at Ypres in the
First World War in a series of recent attacks,
Western officials believe. François Hollande, the
French president, on Sunday declared the Syrian
leader had continued to use chemical weapons on
the front line, though he added definite proof
had not yet been established. Officials are
examining attacks on at least three towns in the
last week where credible reports point to the use
of chlorine gas, leaving dozens of people seeking
treatment for the symptoms of poisoning. While
the Syrian regime has handed over 80 per cent of
its declared chemical weapons stockpile for
destruction under UN supervision, the attacks
appear to show Assad's regime is continuing to
use poison against its own civilians. Since the
initial attack on April 11, there have been at
least two more chlorine related incidents in the
rebel region.
Meanwhile in Syria events continue to
deteriorate. Assad has resumed use of chemical
weapons. He is now using chlorine gas. While
chlorine is not listed as a banned chemical agent
in recognition of its wide range of industrial
uses, its use as a weapon of war is prohibited
under the 1925 Chemical Weapons Convention. It
was first used 100 years ago in the first world
war where it killed 30,000 people. We know that
Isaiah 17 needs to be completely fulfilled at
some point. Damascus removed from being a city.
Israel greatly weakened at that point. We are
entering a time of great conflict. Not only in
Europe but beyond into Syria and Israel. We are
even seeing tensions rise in the east between
China and Japan. There are fears of an imminent
nuclear test by North Korea as well..The world
is on the brink

  • Say to the nations far and wide Get ready for
    war! Call out your best warriors. Let all your
    fighting men advance for the attack. Hammer your
    plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks
    into spears. Train even your weaklings to be
    warriors. Come quickly, all you nations
    everywhere. Gather together in the valley.

(Joel 39-11 NLT)
Obama to let American troops train Syrian rebels
Washington Times, May 27, 2014
President Barak Obama is ready to sign a bill
that approves training of Syrian armed
oppositionists by American forces, US newspaper
The Wall Street Journal says. The statement was
made during Obama's speech at the United States
Military Academy at West Point (USMA) on
Wednesday. However, he didn't give precise
information about the training program. "The
president intends to extend the support of Syrian
opposition and its neighboring countries that
face the terrorist threats," The Wall Street
Journal said, citing a representative of the
White House. However, the plan is still being
discussed by the government, which should also
settle a wide range of issues in order to
implement it. In particular, the government
doesn't know what countries of the region will
station American troops on their territories and
how it will be able to distinguish the Syrian
conservative opposition from the radical
As the war in Afghanistan winds down it appears
that Obama is getting ready to increase Americas
involvement in Syria. According to reports the
Arab world sees Obama as moving to counteract
Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah intervention in
the Syrian conflict. It is also seen in some
quarters as payback for Russias annexation of
Crimea. Obama has not made totally clear in his
announcement this week exactly what he is
planning in Syria. But will be a program to
expand US involvement in the war against the
Assad regime and al Qaeda elements by providing
moderate rebels with military training and a
regular supply of sophisticated weapons, instead
of the dribs and drabs they have supplied so far.
It may even include anti-air systems which
Washington has withheld so far. We may still see
the king of the south enter the fray in Syria
(the ancient territory of the king of the north).
A military provocation of Russia is coming
  • Then at the time of the end, the king of the
    south will attack the king of the north. The king
    of the north will storm out with chariots,
    charioteers, and a vast navy. He will invade
    various lands and sweep through them like a
    flood. He will enter the glorious land of Israel,
    and many nations will fall

(Daniel 1140-41)
Assad allies hail his election 'victory
Daily Telegraph, June 5, 2014
President Bashar al-Assads victory in Syrias
election was attacked in the capitals of the West
yesterday but welcomed in Moscow, Tehran and
other centres of the growing anti-Western
alliance. Mr Assad was said to have won 88.7 per
cent of the vote on a turn-out of 73.4 per cent,
according to the election commission,
surprisingly high since half the country is out
of the regimes control. In addition to the
millions of people living behind rebel lines and
with no access to the polling stations, an
estimated three million people are refugees
outside the country, many in places that did not
allow an expatriate vote. Britain said that
following the vote it would increase its support
to the moderate opposition. William Hague, the
Foreign Secretary, said Assad lacked legitimacy
before this election, and he lacks it afterwards.
This election bore no relation to genuine
democracy. John Kerry, the US secretary of
state, said the election was a "great big zero.
It seems incredible that after over 3 years of
civil war in Syria, Bashar al-Assad is still in
power. Over 160,000 have been killed and
millions displaced. It is interesting to note the
nations that have welcomed Assads election
victory. Russia, Iran and China have all
expressed support for Assad following the voting
that took place this week. Russia and Iran are
mentioned as being allied in Ezekiel 38. Russia
is Magog, Meshech and Tubal. Iran is Persia. In
Ezekiel 38 there is no mention at all of Syria.
There is no territory in the list of nations that
includes Syria. Persia is modern day Iran. It may
include some of Iraq - but it doesn't include
Syria. So why is Syria not mentioned in Ezekiel
38? Surely Israels arch enemy would be included
in the conflict? The answer is that Syria is
removed from being a nation BEFORE Gog invades
  • Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It
    will become a heap of ruins. The towns of Aroer
    will be deserted. Flocks will graze in the
    streets and lie down undisturbed, with no one to
    chase them away. The fortified towns of Israel
    will also be destroyed, and the royal power of
    Damascus will end. All that remains of Syria will
    share the fate of Israels departed glory,

(Isaiah 171-3 NLT)
Obama asks Congress for 500m for Syrian rebels
BBConline, June 26, 2014
President Barack Obama has asked the US Congress
to approve 500m (294m) to train and equip what
he described as "moderate" Syrian opposition
forces. The funds would help Syrians defend
against forces aligned with President Bashar
al-Assad, the White House said. The aid would
also counter Islamist militants such as the
Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis), it
added. Isis's advance in neighbouring Iraq has
led some in Congress to press Mr Obama to take
action. Tens of thousands of people have died and
millions more have been displaced in three years
of civil war in Syria, as rebels fight troops
loyal to Mr Assad. "This funding request would
build on the administration's longstanding
efforts to empower the moderate Syrian
opposition, both civilian and armed," the White
House said. It will also "enable the Department
of Defense to increase our support to vetted
elements of the armed opposition".
Obama is blaming the Syrian regime for the
meltdown in Iraq. Its actually a highly complex
situation. The argument goes like this The
Syrian regime led by Assad (who is Shia) have
been mercilessly killing their own people to stay
in power. The main group of people being killed
are Sunnis. This in turn has caused a new
virulent stream of Sunnis to rise up (ISIS) who
now threaten the stability of the government in
Iraq (which is Shia). But the Sunnis who have
risen up are almost certainly funded by Saudi
Arabia (who are Sunni). But the trouble there is
that Saudi and America are allies. Iran (who is
Shia) has ended up being on the same side as
America over ISIS! Complex?! So America wants
revenge on Assad. He (they believe) is the cause
of the problems. They also want to stop ISIS
taking over any part of Syria. Isaiah 17 speaks
of the destruction of Damascus. But at the end of
the chapter it says the following.
  • Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a
    noise like the noise of the seas and to the
    rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the
    rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush
    like the rushing of many waters We are seeing
    the multitudes of people rising up and crashing
    together like the stormy seas

(Isaiah 1712-13)
Islamic State seizes key Syrian oil fields
Daily Telegraph, July 26, 2014
The extremist Sunni jihadist group that declared
a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq has seized
control of one of Syrias most important oil
fields after rebel fighters from other factions
switched their allegiance to support it. In a
crucial strategic advance for Islamic State, the
organisation that is tearing Iraq apart,
anti-government rebels in Syria who had been
loyal to the rival Jabhat al-Nusra switched sides
- handing over the Al-Omar oilfield, which has
the potential to produce up to 75,000 barrels of
oil per day. The development represents a huge
step up for the Islamic State in its struggle
against al-Nusra, which is backed by al-Qaeda but
regards the new grouping as dangerously
extremist. It means that the caliphate proclaimed
by the Islamic State now controls a stretch of
Syria from the town of Deir al-Zour in the middle
of the country to Abukamel on the Iraqi border.
Within neighbouring Iraq, to the east, it holds
the cities of Mosul and Tikrit and is threatening
to attack Baghdad.
This extremist Sunni group called ISIS are ultra
violent. They behead people, they crucify people,
they kill children. It is this group that have
declared a new Islamic State stretching from
Syria right across Iraq. The interesting thing
about this group and its territory is that it
corresponds to that of the ancient Assyrians. The
Assyrians were based in Nineveh. ISIS is based in
the province of Nineveh. The ancient Assyrians
were noted for their brutality, and their kings
were often depicted as gloating over the gruesome
punishments inflicted on conquered peoples. They
conducted their wars with shocking ferocity,
uprooting whole populations. Northern Israel was
brought to an end by the Assyrians. ISIS also
hate Israel. There is a possibility they get
involved in inner ring war against Israel the
war involving Syria, Palestinians, Hezbollah etc
  • The LORD of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as
    I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as
    I have purposed, so it shall stand That I will
    break the Assyrian in My land, And on My
    mountains tread him underfoot. Then his yoke
    shall be removed from them, And his burden
    removed from their shoulders.

(Isaiah 1424-25)
Islamic State kills 270 in Syrian gas field
Daily Telegraph, July 19, 2014
Jihadists have killed 270 Syrian regime fighters,
civilian security guards and employees since
seizing a gas field in Homs province, a
monitoring group said Friday. The Syrian
Observatory for Human Rights described Thursday's
takeover of the Shaar field as "the biggest"
anti-regime operation by the Islamic State (IS)
since it emerged in the Syrian conflict last
year. The watchdog, updating an earlier toll of
115, said it had documented "the death of 270
people killed in the fighting or executed" since
Thursday. "A large majority of the men killed
were executed at gunpoint after being taken
prisoner following the takeover of the camp,"
said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.
Gruesome footage apparently recorded by the
jihadists at the gas field and distributed via
YouTube showed dozens of bodies, some of them
mutilated, strewn across a desert landscape. One
video shows a jihadist posing with the bodies.
The new Islamic State continues to wreak havoc
and cause terror and slaughter. The territory
they now cover corresponds accurately with the
ancient Assyrians who were based in Nineveh. The
Islamic State is based in the region of Nineveh
in Iraq. The ancient Assyrians brought to an end
the northern kingdom of Israel. It is possible
that this new Islamic State will also help bring
destruction to northern Israel. We read in Psalm
83 how Assyria helps the people that surround
Israel in their aim of destroying Israel. We know
that Israel will not be destroyed. But we also
know that before the Russian invasion there is an
initial war that Israel will win - but will be
left in a weakened position. We know this because
Isaiah 17 speaks of Ephraim (symbolic of northern
Israel) is left without a fortress and Jacobs
(Israels) flesh is made thin. Eg no strength.
Israel will be in no fit state to take on Russia
when Russia descends.
  • 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. And in that
    day it shall come to pass, that the glory of
    Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his
    flesh shall wax lean.

(Isaiah 173-4)
Hundreds die in Syria's 'deadliest week'
The territory in red is the Islamic State. It
matches exactly to ancient Assyria when Psalm 83
was written
BBC online, July 23, 2014
As Israeli missiles lay waste to Gaza, Hamas
rockets fly and innocents die in civilian planes
downed in eastern Ukraine, Syria has slipped even
further under the radar. But with international
attention focused elsewhere, Syria has just
recorded it's bloodiest week since the country
descended into violence three years ago. More
than 1,700 people have been killed in just seven
days, with fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq
and the Levant (ISIS) accused of killing hundreds
of government troops in a battle for a gas field,
with hundreds of civilians killed as fighting
intensified across the nation. The
three-year-long civil war in Syria has now killed
over 170,000 and displaced nearly nine million .
In the latest round of fighting, the London-based
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 270
government soldiers and gas field employees were
killed in the clashes on July 19, many of them
shot through the head.
Incredibly the violence in Syria is getting even
worse. More 1700 people killed in one week.
Clashes have occurred around the country
including in the capital Damascus which was hit
by its fiercest fighting in months, after
President Bashar Al-Assad was sworn in for a
third term as president. The new Islamic State
which controls much of northern Iraq now is
attacking Syrian government forces as well as
moderate rebels. But nothing appears to be
happening to stop them. It is amazing how the
territory of ISIS corresponds exactly to ancient
Assyria. Especially the Assyria that existed at
the time Psalm 83 was written in 1000 BC. Psalm
83 explains how a group of 9 tribes rise up
against Israel. They are helped by Assyria we are
told. This new ultra violent breed of Islamic
fanatics could well assist in attacking Israel
when the initial war against Israel begins.
Events in Gaza may lead to Psalm 83 being
  • 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 Assyria also is joined with them

(Psalm 835-84)
Obama signs bill to train, arm Syrian rebels
Associated Press, September 18, 2014
President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill
authorizing the military to arm and train Syrian
rebels fighting the Islamic State group. Obama
signed the bill Friday in the Oval Office. The
Senate gave its final approval Thursday, a day
after the legislation drew strong bipartisan
support in the House. The White House says U.S.
troops will train Syrian rebels at camps in Saudi
Arabia. The Pentagon's top leadership has also
approved an ambitious target list for U.S.
airstrikes against Islamic State militants in
Syria, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said
Thursday, but President Obama has not signed off
on the plan, adding a level of uncertainty to the
military strategy. U.S. military forces carried
out two more airstrikes against ISIS militants in
Iraq on Thursday and Friday, striking a boat and
a small ground unit, United States Central
Command said. The strikes came the same day that
France participated in airstrikes against the
terror group in Iraq for the first time.
Last year we came VERY close to a military attack
by America and Britain against Syria. At the last
moment a deal was done to persuade Assad to give
up his chemical weapons. This deal was brokered
by Russia. Russia was adamant that the US and UK
should not attack Syria and warned of severe
consequences if it did. 12 months later we are
close to the US attacking Syria. Obama has been
given the green light to arm Syrian rebels. Why?
So that the US can attack (using these rebels)
the Islamic State that has appeared in Syria. But
of course these rebels can then also attack the
Assad government! Obama is also on the brink of
authorising airstrikes on Syria to attack Islamic
State. A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said
any such action would be "an act of aggression".
The king of the south (US/UK) is pushing again at
  • 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, with
    chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships
    and he shall enter into the countries, and shall
    overflow and pass over. The push is a military
    provocation by US/UK it could involve Syria the
    ancient king of the north.

(Daniel 1140)
U.N. peacekeepers leave Syrian-controlled Golan
CNN, September 15, 2014
U.N. forces withdrew Monday from the
Syrian-controlled side of the Golan Heights, the
world body confirmed. The U.N. statement cited
the "exceptionally challenging environment" posed
by armed rebel groups advancing on peacekeeping
positions its observer force has held for close
to four decades. The confirmation comes hours
after a journalist working for CNN saw dozens of
peacekeeping vehicles crossing into territory
controlled by Israel. The withdrawal comes a
little more than two weeks after Islamic militant
fighters took some peacekeepers hostage and
besieged others. Al-Nusra Front freed 45 U.N.
peacekeepers from Fiji in good condition last
week, while forces from the Philippines escaped
after exchanging fire with militant fighters,
according to media reports. The incidents
occurred after Syrian rebel fighters took control
of the only border crossing between Israel and
Syria in the Syrian town of Quneitra in late

Not sure if you have noticed this but it is very
interesting how many times the word rebels is
used in news reports. In the report above we have
rebel groups in Golan. We have on the previous
slide Obama signing a bill to arm the rebels in
Syria. The pro Russian forces in Ukraine are
called rebels. It seems like we have rebels in
all the key flashpoints. So why is this
significant? Well perhaps because the Bible talks
about rebels at the time of the endIn Daniel 8
we read of a little horn that comes out of the
Greek empire. It is Antiochus Ephanese. But then
we read In the latter part of their reign, when
rebels have become completely wicked, a
fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will
arise. So rebels become completely wicked and
then Gog finally arises
  • In the latter part of their reign, when rebels
    have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking
    king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will
    become very strong, but not by his own power. He
    will cause astounding devastation and will
    succeed in whatever he does.
    The Ukrainian rebels
    are accused of shooting down passenger jet MH17

(Daniel 823-24 NLT)
US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq
Associated Press, September 23, 2014
Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State
military strongholds in Syria and Iraq, and a
simultaneous U.S. strike targeted an al-Qaida
cell said to be plotting direct assaults on
American and other Western interests, the U.S.
military said Tuesday. President Barack Obama
declared that Arab support for the airstrikes
"makes it clear to the world this is not
America's fight alone. We're going to do what's
necessary to take the fight to this terrorist
group, for the security of the country and the
regime and for the entire world. Army Gen.
Martin Dempsey, the top American military
official, said the U.S. and its Arab allies
achieved their aim of showing the extremists that
their attacks will not go unanswered. Obama said
the U.S. was "proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder"
with Arab partners, and he called the roll
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan,
Bahrain and Qatar.

Despite his best endeavours Obama has been
dragged back into a war in Iraq (and Syria). The
Islamic State or ISIS has shocked the world. Six
months ago no one had heard of ISIS - now there
is a war against them. The shocking brutality of
ISIS has galvanised America into action. But what
an amazing situation has occurred. As we read the
roll call of nations who have attacked Syria
this week we see the EXACT nations mentioned in
Ezekiel 38. These nations correspond to Sheba,
Dedan (ancient names for the Arab nations listed)
and the young lions (America). These nations are
also referred to as the king of the south in
Daniel 1140. What we have here is the modern
king of the south attacking the ancient king of
the north (Syria). This is a prelude to the
modern king of the north (Russia) invading the
middle east.
  • Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish,
    with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto
    thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou
    gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry
    away silver and gold, to take away cattle and
    goods, to take a great spoil?
    Sheba and Dedan are the same Arab nations in
    Obamas roll call. America is a young lion.

(Ezekiel 3813)
Israel downs Syrian fighter jet over Golan
BBC News, September 23, 2014
A Syrian fighter jet which apparently strayed
into Israeli-controlled airspace over the
occupied Golan Heights has been shot down by
Israel. The plane, identified by Israeli sources
as a Russian-built Sukhoi, plunged to the ground
in flames but the pilot reportedly managed to
eject. Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said Israel
would respond to threats whether or not "they
stemmed from a mistake. A Syrian activist group
said the jet had been bombing an area inside
Syria. It is the first time since the 1980s that
the Israeli military is known to have shot down a
Syrian plane although Syria's civil war has
threatened to spill over the border, and Israel
has carried out air strikes inside Syria in
response to cross-border attacks. Syria said the
downing of the plane was an act of aggression,
Reuters news agency reported.
This incident reflects how the Golan captured
by Israel in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war is
increasingly being drawn into the tensions in
war-torn Syria amid the growing reach of Islamist
militants who now control more than 90 percent of
the Syria-Israel frontier. Ram Shmueli, a
brigadier general in the Israeli reserves and a
former head of Israels air force intelligence,
said Israel is facing threats all along its
northern borders. We are very much on alert to
all types of drones, jets and airplanes, even
civilian airliners like those used during 9/11,
said Shmueli, a fighter pilot for more than 35
years. Although we are not part of this war, we
have to keep the borders safe. There is conflict
coming between Syria and Israel. Isaiah 17 says
that when Damascus is destroyed Israel is greatly
weakened. That war is coming

  • 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. And in that
    day it shall come to pass, that the glory of
    Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his
    flesh shall wax lean. Ephraim northern Israel

(Isaiah 173-4)
Moscow caught watching Israel from Syrian border
The Times, October 11, 2014
A secret base overrun by Syrian rebel forces this
week yielded more than a grandstand view of the
Israeli border. After seizing the 3,280ft peak at
Tal al-Hara, the rebels found a military
eavesdropping base bristling with
equipment. Intriguingly, though, the walls were
also covered in maps of Israel annotated in
Russian to show the layout of Israeli forces and
signal stations. There were lists of Russian
soldiers who had apparently served with Syrians
at the base, less than 10 miles from the
sensitive Golan Heights region of Israel.
Wall-mounted displays showed Syrian army emblems
alongside insignia of the Osnaz GRU, the Russian
special forces electronic intelligence unit.
Video footage shot by the rebels showed a
wall-mounted list of six past commanders of the
base, all Russian with the rank of colonel. One
rebel, a former soldier in the Syrian army, said
that the site was the most important in a network
of Russian operated listening posts in Syria.
Incredible - but with Bible in hand not
surprising. Russia is watching Israel from Syria.
The American senator John McCain commenting on
this said that the base reflected enduring
Russian support for President Assads
government. He described it as a shocking
revelation. Russias true intentions are
revealed clearly in Gods Word. We are told that
Gog (the Russian ruler) will plan in advance to
invade Israel. The reason that Gog wants to
invade is because he sees a spoil. Wealth to be
taken. Israel has this wealth right now. It has
not only the largest economy in the Middle East,
it also has the strategically valuable east coast
of the Mediterranean. And if that wasnt enough
it has, in the past few years, found huge gas
fields worth billions. Russia is watching Israel
it will invade

  • 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,

(Ezekiel 3810-11)
Russian Arms Sales to Syria, Iran Add to Middle
East Instability
Washington FreeBeacon, October 30, 2014
Putins Russia has revived its once flagging
global arms sales business and is using those
sales to revive its defence industrial base.
Second to only the United States with about a 26
percent share of the global arms marketthe
United States has a 30 percent shareRussian arms
sales in 2013 generated some 13 billion dollars
for government coffers according to the
pro-government Russia Today. Other sources, such
as the Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute (SIPRI), claim that the annual value of
Russian arms sales, which the Russian government
cloaks in secrecy, often exceeds that of the
United States. The obvious financial benefits
tell but a small part of the value Russia derives
from its arms sales abroad. Unlike the United
States where large private corporations compete
for arms contracts, since 2007 Russia has relied
on the state-controlled consortium
Rosoboronexport to monopolize Russian arms sales
and to advance Russian foreign policy objectives.
The countries into which Russia pours its arms
and military equipment says it all. Russia stands
four square with Syria and Iran. Two nations
America says are part of the axis of evil!
Russian sales to Syria of T-72 battle tanks,
interceptor aircraft such as the very fast
Mig-31, training aircraft and attack helicopters
are playing a pivotal role in inflicting heavy
casualties on insurgent forces. Over 200,000
civilians have died in this war. Since at least
the 1990s Russia has been providing technical
assistance to Irans development of a long-range
missile program. These missiles are aimed in one
direction Israel. The Bible says that Russia
would act as a guard (protector) of Iran. We see
in the headline above Ezekiel 38 before our eyes

  • I have put hooks in thy jaws, And have brought
    thee out, and all thy force, Horses and horsemen,
    , A numerous assembly, with buckler and shield,
    Handling swords . Persia, Cush, and Phut, with
    them, All of them with shield and helmet. Be
    prepared, yea, prepare for thee, Thou and all
    thine assemblies who are assembled unto thee, And
    thou hast been to them for a guard.

(Ezekiel 384-8 YLT)
Israeli jets 'strike near Damascus' - Syrian army
BBC, December 7, 2014
The Syrian military has accused Israel of
carrying out two air strikes on Syria, near the
capital Damascus. Israeli planes bombed the area
near Damascus international airport and the town
of Dimas, the Syrian army said in a statement
carried on state television. No casualties were
reported. There has been no confirmation of the
air strikes from Israel. Israel has conducted
several air strikes on Syria since 2011. "This
afternoon, the Israeli enemy targeted two safe
areas in Damascus province, namely the Dimas area
and the Damascus International Airport," the
military statement said. It described the air
strikes as "direct aggression" carried out to
help the Syrian government's opponents. Some
installations had been damaged, it added, without
elaborating on what had been hit.
Israel has attacked Syria once again. But why
now? Well some reports say that Israels air
strikes near Damascus wiped out newly-arrived
Russian hardware including missiles that were
dispatched post haste to help Syria and Hezbollah
frustrate a US plan for a no-fly zone over
northern Syria. The advanced weapons were sent
over after Russian President Vladimir Putin
learned that the Obama administration and the
Turkish government were close to a final draft on
a joint effort to activate a no-fly zone that
would bar Syrian air force traffic over northern
Syria. The Syrian regime in the past has not
commented on Israeli airstrikes but this time
spokesmen in Damascus warned that their
governments response would be clandestine and
cause Israel "unimaginable harm. We know from
Isaiah 17 that there is conflict between Israel
and Damascus at the time of the end. The Bible
says that when Damascus is finally destroyed
Ephraim (Northern Israel) will be greatly
weakened. Events this week move us closer to this
  • Look, the city of Damascus will disappear! It
    will become a heap of ruins. The towns of Aroer
    will be deserted. Flocks will graze in the
    streets and lie down undisturbed, with no one to
    chase them away. The fortified towns of Ephraim
    will also be destroyed, and the royal power of
    Damascus will end. All that remains of Syria will
    share the fate of Israels departed glory,

(Isaiah 171-3 NLT)