The Soviet Union is gone, and so is Syria as a unified nation. But Russia is back, and it’s building up Tartus again as a naval base that can handle Russia’s largest nuclear-powered ships.
Already, Israel says the Tartus base is affecting its naval operations. U.S. and NATO operations could be next. more …
Opinion: I asked my wife (Editor) to look at this headline and to quickly tell me of what this headline reminds her? Keep in mind that prophecy is not her passion, but Bible study is, to further her relationship with Jesus Christ, which is why she is in charge of the Sunday Posts.
Her reaction to the headline was “hooks in the jaw”.
“Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” Ezekiel 38:1-4
For reasons not explained by the prophet, Gog, the Russian prince, will be reluctant to lead a massive assault on Israel.
Vladimir Putin has a problem. Despite having an 80-85% approval rating at home, 70% of the Russian economy is still dependent on oil, and with the drop in prices from $109 in 2013 to today’s price of $48-50 per barrel, the Russian oil giant Gazprom needs to keep all its customers, or risk a depression.
One of Russia’s biggest natural gas customers is Europe, who is in negotiations to import Israeli natural gas expected to be available by 2019.
Exacerbating Russia’s problem is that Israel is possibly sitting on more oil than Saudi Arabia which would leave Putin with no alternative (hook in his jaw) but to take Israel’s vast wealth.
Ezekiel called it plunder (Ez. 38:13).