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Tonight: Ezekiel 38,39 Read through both chapters Go back and figure out who is involved Go through the text talking about the translation issues A quick review of current events and players as they are today Try and place the occurrence of this battle in prophesy
Eze 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Eze 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, Eze 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Eze 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Eze 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Eze 38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. Eze 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Eze 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Eze 38:10 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:
Eze 38:11 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, Eze 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Eze 38:13 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? Eze 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? Eze 38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: Eze 38:16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Eze 38:17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
Eze 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. Eze 38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; Eze 38:20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. Eze 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. Eze 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Eze 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Eze 39:1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: Eze 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: Eze 39:3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Eze 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Eze 39:5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. Eze 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Eze 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken. Eze 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:
Eze 39:10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. Eze 39:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. Eze 39:12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. Eze 39:13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. Eze 39:14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. Eze 39:15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. Eze 39:16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. Eze 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood.
Eze 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. Eze 39:19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Eze 39:20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD. Eze 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. Eze 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. Eze 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. Eze 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Eze 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
Eze 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. Eze 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Eze 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Eze 39:29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 36:16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Eze 36:17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Eze 36:18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it: Eze 36:19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them. Eze 36:20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land. Eze 36:21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went. Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel. Eze 36:33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded. Eze 36:34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by. Eze 36:35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. Eze 36:36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it. Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. Isa 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Gog, leader of the land of Magog, and the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal Persia Ethiopia (Cush) Libya (Phut) Gomer, and all his bands the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands Sheba Dedan the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? There are some that are on the sidelines, nervously watching
Who is Gog? By inference, he is the ‘leader’ of the people indicated by the ‘land of Magog’ The King James translates ‘Rosh Nawsee’ as ‘Chief Prince’, but the word ‘Rosh’ is also the name of the people who dwelled in the region North of the Black Sea. It is the basis from which Roshkovi (or Mushkovi) came from, or the old name for Russia. Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings. KJV Pro 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; Amo 7:1 Thus the Lord showed me, and behold a swarm of locusts were coming, and, behold, one of the young devastating locusts was Gog, the King. LXX Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Who is/are Magog? Magog is the second of the seven sons of Japheth mentioned in the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. Hesiod, “the father of Greek didactic poetry,” identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia in the 7th century B.C. (Hesiod was a contemporary of Ezekiel.) Josephus identified the offspring of Magog as the Scythians, a name used in antiquity for peoples north of the Black Sea. The great wall of china is called in 8 th century muslim writings as the ‘Sud Yagog et Magog’ or ‘ramparts of Gog and Magog’ Urartu (9th - 7th century B.C.) Cimmerians Scythians The Huns (4th - 5th century) The Avars (6th - 7th centuries) The Ancient East Slavs (6th - 8th cen.) The Khazars (7th - 8th centuries) The Kievan Rus (9th - 13th centuries) The Pechenegs (10th - 13th cen.) The Mongols & Golden Horde (13th - 14th) The House of Romanov (1472-1918) Russia (1918 to present) In Colossians 3:11, Paul is describing how far the love and forgiveness of God extends, and he states it can reach to barbarians, even to a Scythian! 38:15 – Uttermost parts of the North
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Magog – Modern day Russia Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Who is Meshech? The sixth son of Japheth; identified with the ancient Mushki of the Assyrians and the Muschoi of the classical Greek writers. The Assyrian inscriptions describe them as inhabiting Phrygia in northern Anatolia (modern Turkey). Herodotus identifies the Mushki with the mountains southeast of the Black Sea—the NE part of modern Turkey. Josephus also identifies the descendants of Meshech as dwelling in eastern Turkey. Many also link the names with Mushkovi, the old name for Russia. It is the basis from which Moscow gets it’s name. Who is Tubal? The fifth son of Japheth and a brother of Meshech. 9th century B.C. Assyrian inscriptions refer to it as Tabal, just W of Meshech in eastern Anatolia. Geographical neighbors, they became allies against the Assyrians in 713 B.C. The classical Greek writers called them the Tibareni and the Moschi. Herodotus also places them both along the SE shores of the Black Sea. The Russian city of Tobolsk gets its name from this root.
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Magog – Modern day Russia Meshech, and Tubal – Modern day Turkey Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Who is Persia? Elam, the first son of Shem. Modern day Iran. Who is Ethiopia (Cush)? Cush was the eldest son of Ham, brother of Canaan and the father of Nimrod, and Raamah, mentioned in the "Table of Nations" in the Genesis 10:6. According to Genesis, Cush's other sons were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabtecah, names identified by modern scholars with Arabian tribes. Josephus gives an account of the nation of Cush, son of Ham and grandson of Noah: "For of the four sons of Ham, time has not at all hurt the name of Cush; for the Ethiopians, over whom he reigned, are even at this day, both by themselves and by all men in Asia, called Cushites." (Antiquities of the Jews 1.6) The Ethiopian borders from antiquity are still established today. Located between the 2 nd and 3 rd cataracts of the Nile, and are indicative of Muslim Black Africa.
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Magog – Modern day Russia Meshech, and Tubal – Modern day Turkey Persia – Iran Ethiopia – Ethiopia (or the Muslim North Africa) Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Who is Libya (Phut)? Phut or Put is the third son of Ham in the Table of Nations (Genesis 10:6). Put (or Phut) is associated with Ancient Libya by many early writers. Josephus writes: "Phut also was the founder of Libya, and called the inhabitants Phutites (Phoutes), from himself… but the name it has now has been by change given it from one of the sons of Mezraim, who was called Lybyos." (AotJ Book 1:6/2). Pliny the Elder, and Ptolemy also mentions a city Putea in Libya (iv.3.39). A fragment of Nebuchadnezzar's annals mentions his campaign in 567 in Egypt, and defeating the soldiers of Putu Yavan, ie. Greek Libya (Cyrene). A multilingual stele from al-Kabrīt, dating to the reign of Darius I refers to the Put as the province of Putiya. Connotatively, this includes the Mahgrev - Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauratania; or West of Egypt, along the top of the African continent.
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Magog – Modern day Russia Meshech, and Tubal – Modern day Turkey Persia – Iran Ethiopia – Ethiopia (or the Muslim North Africa) Lybia – The Mahgrev - Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauratania Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Who is Gomer (and all his bands)? Gomer is the eldest son of Japheth and father of Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah, according to the Table of Nations in Genesis 10. Josephus placed this legendary Gomer and the "Gomerites" in Anatolian Galatia: "For Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians, but were then called Gomerites)." Galatia in fact takes its name from the ancient Gauls (Celts) who settled there. In the Babylonian Talmud, Gomer is rendered as “Germania.” Established in the Rhine and Danube valleys. Ashkenaz (Germany); Riphath, from Josephus (Paplagonians). (“Europe” from a corruption of Riphath.) ‘All his bands’ could refer to all of the surrounding Slavic countries, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Slovenia.
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Magog – Modern day Russia Meshech, and Tubal – Modern day Turkey Persia – Iran Ethiopia – Ethiopia (or the Muslim North Africa) Lybia – The Mahgrev - Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauratania Gomer – The European mid-Slavic countries, including Germany Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Who is the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands? Southern Turkey and Armenian tribes, including Northern Syria. Even to this day, they call themselves in official functions, the house of Togarmah.
Gog – Demonic leader/power behind the nation/people of the land of Magog Magog – Modern day Russia Meshech, and Tubal – Modern day Turkey Persia – Iran Ethiopia – Ethiopia (or the Muslim North Africa) Lybia – The Mahgrev - Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and Mauratania Gomer – The European mid-Slavic countries, including Germany Togarmah – Southern Turkey, Armenia, and Syria Who are the players? Who are involved in the invasion? Sheba – Saudi Arabia Dedan – United Arab Emirates What about ‘the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof’? There are some that are on the sidelines, nervously watching
Who is Tarshish? Tarshish was one of the sons of Javan (Gen 10:4). The name of a remote place across the sea which first comes into notice in the days of Solomon (1 Kings 10:22). Flavius Josephus identifed “Tarshish” as the city of Tarsus in southern Asia Minor. Modern research has shown that the tin the Old Testament associates with Tarshish existed in the Taurus Mountains north of Tarsus. This would place Tarshish in Modern Greece. This is unlikely, however, since Tarshish was considered as far “West” as one could sail. The tin associated with ancient Tarshish have also been found in Southern Spain, and Britain, both locations showing evidence of ancient mining and trade. The name Britannia means ‘A source of Tin’. Tarshish could be Southern Spain, or Britain, or Greece. In any case, all three of these are NOT nations that have been mentioned as being included in the attacking groups.
Eze 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Soos = to skip, quickly leap (leaper), or quick flight, as in a sparrow Pawrawsh = a driver, as in a chariot driver Eze 39:3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Arrows = ‘khayts’ = Sharp piercing missile Bow = ‘Kehsheth’ = Missile launcher Eze 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. iy = Remote Pleasant coastlands
Eze 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: Eze 39:14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. Tawmeed = Constant, indefinite or continual i.e. professionals
The picture is that they hire professionals to come in and properly dispose of whatever is found in the valley of ‘Hamongog’ (East of the Dead Sea, or downwind). If they miss a bone and a traveler finds it, you don’t touch it, you call in the professionals to deal with it. The details listed here in Ezekiel are a summary of: FM 3-5, MCWP 3-37.3 NBC Decontamination Procedures Headquarters, Department of the Army Commandant, US Marine Corps Washington, DC Section 5-10, subsection 5-53, starting on page 99 Last updated July 28, 2000 TM 9905-12-124-5955 Operator’s Manual for Marking set, contamination: Nuclear, Biological, Chemical (NBC) Headquarters, Department of the Army
Let’s talk about current events: In 1984, soviet defector Anatoliy Golitsyn wrote a book called ‘New Lies for Old’ detailing out a plan (which he says he helped to create) by the ruling elite in the then Soviet Union and the KGB. Golitsyn drew on his personal knowledge from within the KGB to predict that the KGB would orchestrate the “death” of Communism, starting no later than 1989. The Berlin Wall would be torn down, Solidarity would be allowed to achieve power in Polish elections, the Soviet Union would break up, and a crisis would be manufactured in Yugoslavia. Point for point, Golitsyn predicted the events of Europe since 1989 with chilling accuracy, and warned that the Soviets would be using the deception to prepare for a takeover of Western Europe. Is Anatoliy Golitsyn right? Moreover, is Perestroika little more than a false front for the "dead" Soviet Union. This top-ranking KGB GRU defector reveals the long-term gameplan and disinformation campaign for the now "dead" Soviet Union. Analysts have pointed out that Golitsyn had an incredibly high degree of accuracy in his predictions in New Lies for Old. What distinguishes the bloodless 1991 coup in Moscow from all the other coups? Basically, the same people are running the show. Perestroika was little more than an image- cleaning act for the Evil Empire, which was designed to give an outward appearance of democratic reforms. The new veneer of the CIS and the Russian Federation erased the evil empire perception of the Western masses. Coincidentally, it set the stage for Trilaterialist and internationalists in the west to send billions in foreign aid and Western military cuts. The KGB set the stage for the coup-d'etat in 1991. Since then the KGB repositioned itself above the Communist Party and has only tightened its grip and hold over the Soviet sphere.
Let’s talk about current events: Mikhail Gorbachev in speech to the Politboro in 1987: "Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about glasnost and perestroika and democracy in the coming years. These are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal change within the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and the West, and let them fall asleep." The former Soviet Union was comprised of 15 republics, 9 of which were/are openly Muslim. To the East they have traditional enemies in China and Japan, both starting to get together with trade agreements. To the West they have Europe, the European Union, and NATO. The only avenue they have is to move South, into the Middle East. To that end, Russia has recently re-established their base in Syria, and have dredged the harbors in Tartous, for access with their submarines. In August 21, 2008, Russia signed a new arms deal with Syria. March 17 of this year, the new Russian president Dmitri Medvedev, in a speech before the Russian parliament announced a conventional and nuclear rearmament plan for the country, including more first strike nuclear submarines. Essentially, he threw out the nuclear arms limitation and nuclear arms proliferation treaties, both of which we are still holding to.
Let’s talk about current events: In a move to the South and establishing ties with their Muslim brotheren in the Middle East, Russia, already the worlds largest oil exporter, would have influential control over 78% of the entire world’s supply of oil. Ohio Class Trident Submarine 560 ft long (42 ft beam) 18,700 tons 20+ kts single shaft, 60,000 shp 24 tubes: Trident II D-5 (4-6000 mile range) 4 torpedo tubes 8 countermeasure launchers 18 (9 in Pacific; 9 in Atlantic) $1+ Billion each Russian Counterpart: (TYPHOON) 561 ft. long (78 ft. beam) 25,500 tons (larger than British WWII cruiser, HMS Belfast) 25 kts Double titanium hulls 2 shafts: 2 power plants; 75,000 shp retractable hydroplanes; 20 tubes: SS-20 SLBM; 10 MIRV’s; 4300 nm (5000mi) 200 cities hostage, each $2+ Billion each
ASW UpdateUSAUSSR Attack subs 86131 Ballistic Missile Subs3463 other 0136------ 120342 USSR build program: 19888 (4 nuclear) 19899 (4 nuclear) 199012 (6 nuclear) ------------ 29 (14 nuclear) Let’s talk about current events: In 1992, Russia submitted a report detailing their inventory of nuclear warheads: They had 28,120 nuclear warheads, but over 19,000 additional warheads could not be located that paperwork showed had been constructed. That’s a total of 47,120 nuclear warheads! The US had 9,100 warheads at that time, and has been decommissioning them without replacement for 17 years.
In the years following World War I, Kemal Ataturk aggressively transformed Turkey from a theocratic autocracy into a Western-oriented democracy. In 1922, he abolished the Sultanate. In 1924, he abolished the Caliphate and the religious courts. In 1925, he made it illegal to wear the fez (which he regarded as a symbol of backwardness). Having rid Turkey of the trappings of Islamic backwardness, Ataturk proceeded to adopt Western ways. In 1925, Turkey adopted the Western calendar; in 1926, it adopted the Swiss civil code (and later the Italian penal code); in 1928, the country switched to the Latin alphabet; in 1931, the metric system; in 1934, all Turks were obliged to take a surname (Mustafa Kemal became Kemal Ataturk), and women were given the vote. Following World War II, Turkey joined all the main Western institutions: The UN in 1945; the IMF in 1947; the OECD in 1948; the Council of Europe in 1949; and NATO in 1951. And, after four years of application, Turkey received associate membership in the European Community in 1963. The crisis began to loom as Turkey applied for full membership of the European Community on April 14, 1987. Although Turkey’s associate membership agreement of 1963 specifically held out full membership as an eventual goal, and their application in 1987 was ahead of Austria, Finland, Sweden, and Norway (whose applications have been accepted and expedited), it is now becoming clear that they have been rejected by the new European Union. Their rejection has, understandably, changed their course and their strategy. Turkey is still viewed as a Middle Eastern nation with no business in the New Europe. This is a deep affront to a people who have, for 70 years, so categorically rejected their own past in favor of becoming Western. However, a new opportunity has been created by the Soviet break-up. But it is now in the direction of Islam. Let’s talk about current events:
Turkey has always been pro-Israel, but that is changing. Turkey-Israel relations were formalized in March 1949 when Turkey became the first Muslim country to recognize the State of Israel. Since then, Israel has been a major supplier of arms to Turkey. Military, strategic, and diplomatic cooperation between Turkey and Israel is accorded high priority by the governments of both countries, which share concerns with respect to the regional instabilities in the Middle East. On January 1, 2000, Turkey and Israel signed the "Turkish Israeli free trade agreement" making it the first Muslim country to sign such an agreement with the Jewish state. Turkey and Israel also signed an agreement to construct a pipeline to bring oil, natural gas, water, and electricity to Israel from Turkey. The strong relationship between Turkey and Israel has angered the Arabs. Nevertheless, diplomatic dialogue between the two nations has become strained, owing to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s verbal and political action during the Offensive in Gaza at the beginning of 2009. March 3, 2009, Turkey’s Islamist AK Muslim Party won all the primary elections Court judgment for Turkey's ruling party could stop EU membership From The Times, June 30, 2008
Let’s talk about current events: Let’s talk about Iran. During the Persian Gulf war with Iraq, 500 fighters from Iraq flew East across the border into Iran. Two years later, Iran purchased another 200 planes with spare parts for all 700 from Russia to the tune of over $5 billion. For the last two years, Iran has been installing missile control sites for the Shehab-2, and Shehab-3 long range ballistic missiles. The Chinese government supplied the technicians to install and train the Iranians on the maintenance and use of these missiles, and missile launch sites. Since then, Iran has installed some of its missiles in Syria. In all, Iran has spent $4.5 billion on arms from China alone, per year. In February of 2005, Iran and Russia signed a nuclear assistance pact, obligating Russia to 1) respond with nuclear force on behalf of Iran if Iran is threatened or attacked, and 2) provide nuclear technology and equipment for Iran’s own nuclear program. As part of the new defense pact, Russia delivered, setup, and made operational a TOR-M1 anti-aircraft missile system, for which Russia was compensated to the tune of $1 billion.
Russian-Iranian-Syrian Axis June 15, 2006 the Nuclear Pact was publically confirmed. Iranian Shehab-3 missiles have been installed in central Syrian mountains Russian air defense systems are now installed in Syria Russian Black Sea Fleet has now relocated to the port of Tartus on the Syrian Coast
Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Russia has started dredging the Syrian port of Tartus where it maintains a logistical supply point to turn in into a full-fledged naval base Russia has also launched a modernization project at the port of Latakia, 90km to the north of Tartus Russia has moved it’s entire Black Sea Fleet to the new port of Tartus, led by it’s missile flag ship cruiser The squadron has been reassigned to the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis
Let’s talk about the timing: Some people place this at the time of the AntiChrist’s invasion of Israel Some people place this at the time of Revelation 20, after Satan is released It shows up right after the “dry bones” chapters of the re-gathering of Israel from the nations into her own land once again, and right before the return of our Lord to setup His kingdom. Looking at world events, it could happen at any moment. WARNING – WARNING – WARNING My opinion (Act 17:11) is that this event is the event that ushers in the control of the AntiChrist. It says in the scripture that he arises to power through peace. If that’s the case, then according to 2 Thessalonians 2, we are not here. “That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
Prior to the 70 th Week 1) The Magog invasion forces come from the north, Armageddon, from the whole earth 2) Magog and its allies come to take spoil, Armageddon, to destroy the Jews 3) The seven-month cleanup would seem Inconsistent with Israel’s flight to Bozrah, etc. 4) The seven years’ energy requirements seems inconsistent with the establishment of the Millennium 5) There is no mention of other key end-time elements; the Coming World Leader (“AntiChrist”) or Babylon, etc.