Players jockeying for post-war positions in Syria: US & Israel vs. Russia & Iran

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Debkafile: Trump took a big move in this game on Jan. 12 when he stipulated that Europe agree to overhaul the Iran nuclear accord on enrichment and ballistic missiles. more …

The Trump administration opted for this policy departure as the new year unfolded in the light of four game-changing developments:

  1. Russia is not pulling its army out of Syria after all
  2. Moves on the ground attest to deepening Russian-Iranian cooperation in Syria.
  3. Iran is reported by intelligence agencies to be preparing a large-scale supplementary military deployment to Syria
  4. Tehran has boosted its consignments of advanced weaponry to Syria, including ballistic missiles. The Israeli air strike on Jan. 9 targeted one of those shipments when it was delivered to a Syrian ground-to-ground missile base at al-Qutaifa west of Damascus.

Image result for map of Syria showing missile base at al-Qutaifa

Opinion: There are many reasons why Syria could be the flash point that begins a series of three wars that will lead to the end of the age. Russia and Iran/Hezbollah’s presence in Syria along with missile factories in and around Damascus are markers that need to be watched:

Daniel 11:40: “At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through.”

This prophecy deals with the final war (Armageddon) that takes place in the tribulation period. The King of the North, earlier in Daniel was Syria alone, but with this verse this king will expand to include many armies north of Israel. The King of the South, earlier in Daniel was Egypt alone, but as of this verse will include all the armies south of Israel.

The first of two wars that will lead to Armageddon will also include Syria (Assyria and norther Iraq), in league with all of Israel’s immediate neighbors found in Psalm 83:1-8.

Interestingly, the middle war called Gog and Magog (Ezekiel 38-39), includes none of Israel’s neighbors, indicating their inability to fight.

What we don’t know for sure is the catalyst that will begin Psalm 83. Look again at the second map above at the three flash points around Damascus.

Isaiah 17:1,14 prophesies the complete and total destruction of Damascus, the world’s oldest inhabited city, in one night. That prophecy only became possible with the invention of the atomic bomb in the 20th century.

Imagine the explosion of anger in the Arab world when 1.7 million people are killed, and look at how perfectly Psalm 83:4 would fit:

“Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”