We are living in exciting times. The Signposts point to Jesus soon return.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

US: Russia-Iran Oil Pact Could Trigger Sanctions

Prophecy Sign:  The rise of Gog and Magog, (Russia and her leader), in the last days

Russia President, Vladimir Putin, (Gog of Magog??)
Well Russia and her egocentric leader are certainly busy these days re-establishing old alliances and making brand new ones, (even at the point of a gun).  Russia is wrapping her big paws around Egypt, the Palestinians, Iran, the Caucasus and has eyes on the big prizes of Eastern Europe, (Ukraine among them). Even the Scandinavian nations, (eg Sweden), are getting a little nervous with what there are seeing.

There was a Jewish sage in the 18th century who warned that when you see Russia capture Crimea and begin moving south towards Istanbul, then buckle up for the end is near, (article below).  Bible prophecy says the same thing about a powerful kingdom hailing from the very far northern regions which will march on Israel in the last days.

Reports indicate that Russia is signing a new multi-billion dollar contract with Iran which will see 500,000 barrels of oil head north.  Just what would happen if little Israel came along and put the smack-down on Iran, (nuclear program), and caused all that oil to be cut off?  Think Russia would be just a little annoyed with Israel?  Perhaps enough to want to go to war against the Jewish nation?

Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it?  You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. Ezekiel 38:14-15 NIV

US: Russia-Iran Oil Pact Could Trigger Sanctions
Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are underway in Vienna. But reports of multibillion-dollar oil talks between Tehran and Russia are posing another obstacle to reaching an agreement. A Russian newspaper reports Moscow plans to buy 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, violating an export limit under the deal reached in Geneva last November. The oil deal could provide Tehran with billions of dollars, undermining the impact of years of U.S. and international sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy. The United States is considering potentially deal-breaking sanctions if a contract is completed.

Russia and Iran said to be in talks for major oil deal
Reports of multi-billion dollar oil talks between Iran and Russia are emerging as the latest obstacle to a comprehensive pact eliminating the threat of an Iranian nuclear arsenal. The Obama administration is weighing potentially deal-breaking sanctions if a contract is completed. The Russian business daily Kommersant has reported Russia plans to buy 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, shattering an export limit under the interim nuclear agreement world powers and Iran reached last year. Moscow and Tehran are far from finalizing the contract, the newspaper said, but the US has expressed alarm. 

Moscow and Ramallah: The new alliance
Under these circumstances, it's only natural that the Kremlin is interested in expanding its (very limited) global circle of friends, and that the Palestinians are interested in an alternative patronage, in a strong, reliable friend with deep pockets. The Russian-Palestinian strategic alliance appears, therefore, to be a self-evident political and diplomatic move, which serves both sides very well.  
From a Russian strategic point of view, the Palestinian Authority is perceived as an ideal bridgehead to the Arab world and as a fighter against the radical and fanatic Islam, which Russia sees as an enemy too. Some of the PLO's leaders studied in Soviet universities, understand Russian and share Putin's opinion that the dissolution of the Soviet Union was "the greatest political disaster of the 20th century." From a Palestinian point of view, Russia's credibility as a world power which does not abandon its protégés has been clearly proven in its attitude towards the Assad regime in Syria. 

Palestinian Envoy Calls on Russia and EU to Help Settle Israeli-Palestinian Relations
Palestine’s ambassador to Russia proposed Monday to revise the format of negotiations with Israel by returning focus to the international “quartet” of intermediaries, as part of an effort to boost the involvement of Russia and the EU in the peace process. “The settlement mechanism has proven ineffective and has to be revised. We need to include the ‘quartet’ of intermediaries, which has recently been overlooked, and take notice of Russian and European participation as members of the ‘quartet’,” Fayed Mustafa said at a press conference at RIA Novosti on Monday.

Russian military delegation visits Cairo
A 19-member Russian military delegation arrived at Cairo International Airport on Wednesday morning, making this the third visit of its kind in less than two months. The delegation will meet with Egyptian military officials, according to an airport security source who spoke on condition of anonymity. The visits came after Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's trip to Russia, which was meant to boost bilateral military relations.

Putin Stirs Azeri Fears That Russia Will Seek to Extend Sway
As Vladimir Putin completes Russia's annexation of Crimea, Azerbaijain is feeling pressure to join a Moscow-led customs union, raising concern that his next move will be to shift his attention southward. The Caspian Sea nation, the only westward route for central Asian oil and gas that bypasses Russia, is finding itself hemmed in by Putin's regional ambitions. Russian troops are already stationed in neighboring Georgia and Armenia and just four months ago, Putin said Russia will "never leave" the region.

Russia’s 'preparations for war on Sweden' lead to security service concerns
Swedish security services have expressed serious concerns that Russia is heightening its spying efforts in Scandinavia and “preparing for war”, according to local media reports. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, the chief counter-intelligence analyst for the Säkerhetspolisen (Säpo) agency said that the escalating crisis in eastern Europe was the greatest security threat identified in a recent briefing.

The Coming War Of Gog Magog
According to a report catching fire over the weekend in the haredi press in Israel, the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch told his disciples this week that the times of the Messiah are upon us. And who is the source for his amazing analysis? None other than one of the top Jewish sages of all time, the Vilna Gaon himself, the Gra, ‘the genius of Vilnius,’ the famously harsh critic of Hasidic Judaism.” The report continues, “According to Shternbuch, he is privy to a closely guarded secret handed down from the 18th Century Vilna Gaon through generations of revered rabbis: 
‘When you hear that the Russians have captured the city of Crimea, you should know that the times of the Messiah have started, that his steps are being heard.  And when you hear that the Russians have reached the city of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul), you should put on your Shabbat clothes and don’t take them off, because it means that the Messiah is about to come any minute.’” 

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