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Friday, September 13, 2013

Russia’s ‘carrier-killer’ Moskva enters Mediterranean

Prophecy Sign:  The Ezekiel alliance - Magog, (Russia), & Persia, (Iran), Ezekiel 38 & 39

Notice the turning of the tide in the Middle-East??  While America is quickly losing much of it's influence in the region, Russia is strengthening ties and alliances with the nations of the Mid-East, (with the exception of Israel).  And with that increased power and influence, the allied nations of Russia, (namely Iran and Syria), have become more-so emboldened.  As the articles below detail, Russia is supplying Iran and Syria with new weapons, (and the possibility of a new nuclear reactor in Iran), and in the case of Russia herself, is building up her naval presence in the region with highly sophisticate warships.  It would appear that God is setting the hook in the jaw of Russia and dragging her back into the epicentre.

I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Ezekiel 38:4 NIV

In the Ezekiel prophecy of the Gog/Magog war, Ezekiel the Prophet records God's words when he says that he would "turn you around" which implies that Russia was heading the other direction but is dragged back into the geo-political world of the Middle-East.  In fact, this is exactly what has happened in recent years. Previous to Russia's present incarnation, the old Soviet Union was a huge power broker in Mid-East affairs. But with the fall of communism and the break-up of the Soviet empire, that power waned for several decades, (Russia turning back towards home).  Fast forward a couple decades and we now see a Russia once again turning her eyes towards the oil rich Middle-East and rebuilding her alliances and power, (the "turn you around" part of God's warning).  Events are happening just as bible prophecy indicated they would.

If you are just a little weary of all the rumours of war talk, why not check out the tongue-n-cheek video below which pokes fun at the Obama administrations handling of affairs in Syria.

Russia’s ‘carrier-killer’ Moskva enters Mediterranean
Russia’s Moskva missile cruiser, dubbed a “carrier-killer” by NATO, has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar and is now heading toward the eastern Mediterranean to assume command of the Russian naval force there. The Russian Navy said in a statement that the Moskva cruiser passed through the Straits of Gibraltar on September 10. Interfax news agency added that the Moskva cruiser, “commanded by Sergey Tronev, Captain 1st Rank of the Guards… has enough room for maneuver now.”  “The Black Sea flagship entered the Russian Navy's area of responsibility in the Mediterranean at 11:00 pm Moscow time yesterday," the agency reported a military source as saying.  The missile-carrying cruiser is expected to join its final destination in eastern Mediterranean on September 15 or 16. 

Russia to expand Mediterranean fleet to 10 warships – Navy chief
The Russian Navy intends to build its presence in the Mediterranean Sea - particularly in the area close to Syrian shores - to up to 10 battleships, announced Admiral of the Fleet Viktor Chirkov. “The task is crystal clear: to avoid a slightest threat to the security of the state. This is a general practice of all fleets around the world, to be there when a tension level increases. They are all going to act on operational command plan of the offshore maritime zone,” Chirkov told journalists on Friday. "Russia will be building up its Mediterranean fleet until it is deemed sufficient to perform the task set."  Russia began military build-up in the Mediterranean in 2012, and starting from December last year the Navy established a constant presence in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea

Russia to sell Iran anti-aircraft system, nuclear reactor’
Kremlin sources have reportedly confirmed that Russia will supply Iran with five state-of-the-art S-300 anti-aircraft missile batteries and a new nuclear reactor in Bushehr. After calling off a transfer of five S-300 missile batteries to Iran three years ago, Russia is now interested in renewing the agreement and in setting up a civilian nuclear reactor for its long-time ally as part of a deal worth $800 million, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported Wednesday.

‘Putin shipping Assad more weapons to crush rebels’
Russia is stepping up weapons supplies to Syria’s President Bashar Assad, to help him prevail in the civil war, as part of the arrangements under which the Assad regime has agreed in principle to have its chemical weapons stockpiles placed under international supervision, Israel television reported on Tuesday night. Negotiations between Russia and Syria on the supervision arrangement, which seem to have drastically reduced the likelihood of US-led military intervention in Syria, have been ongoing for two full weeks, and have also involved Iran, the Israeli Channel 2 report said.

Russia to Arm Warships With Pantsir Air Defense System
A naval variant of the Pantsir short-range air defense system will enter service with the Russian Navy in about two years, one of the system’s developers said Wednesday. “The Defense Ministry showed great interest in the naval variant of the Pantsir. It has been decided that several destroyers and other large warships will be modernized to accommodate the system,” said Dmitry Konoplev, managing director of the KBP Instrument Design Bureau.

Iran threatens widespread retaliation against US and allies
Iran is ramping up its threats to the United States even as the American effort against Iranian client state Syria has ground to a crawl. President Obama made his case to the American people and the world community Tuesday night that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must not be allowed to escape the consequences of using chemical weapons on civilians as the two-year-long Syrian civil war drags on. Iran, a staunch ally of the Assad regime, is warning that any military action against Syria will cause a military and terrorist reaction on U.S. targets and allies. 

Obama-Putin deal didn’t stop at chemical Syria: US eases sanctions on nuclear Iran
Iran, and not just Russia and Syria, is taking advantage of President Barack Obama’s decision to refrain from military force against Syria to collect a shower of diplomatic and political dividends. The new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani announced Tuesday that the coming meeting of the General Assembly opening in New York later this month “may prove the perfect setting to reignite talks about the nation’s nuclear program.“ The US Treasury Department accordingly lifted a string of sanctions restricting humanitarian and athletic exchanges between US and Iranian NGOs and environmental projects, as a counter-gesture of good will. Washington was not put off when that comment proved to be an exercise in image-burnishing for the benefit of the West. That same day, the Iranian president declared his country would not give up “one iota of its nuclear capabilities.”

Assad is off the US military hook and keeps his chemical weapons. Israel is the loser of this round
Yet another weapon of mass destruction is now loose in the Middle East.  Assad can dip into Tehran’s two decades of bamboozling international inspectors and concealing its nuclear weapons program and pick up endless tricks to keep his chemical arsenal far from “international control” – not to mention destruction. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) doesn’t even have a mechanism for monitoring CW. It would need many months or years – if ever - to dig through a mountain of bureaucracy and build one and muster expert personnel for the task. 

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