Middle East is in turmoil.
The world is in
“Why are the nations
in an uproar?” (Psalm 2:1)
One reason is because
of the love and lust for oil and gas. We will come to this shortly. But
first, there is another reason for the present uproar in the nations.
It is because today’s
conditions are now as they were in the days of Noah:
“Then YHWH saw how
great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination
of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time ... Now the earth
was corrupt in God's sight; the earth was full of violence. God saw how
corrupt the earth had become; for all humanity on the earth had corrupted
its ways. Then God said to Noah, 'The end of all people has now come before
Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them. Watch! I am about
to destroy them along with the earth'. Make for yourself an ark of gopher
wood …” (Genesis 6:5, 11-14)
And He was not
kidding! It really did happen!
the 600th year of Noah's life, on the 17th day of the 2nd month - on
that day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the
floodgates of the sky were opened; and the rain poured upon the earth
for forty days and forty nights.” (Yes, Noah was 600 years old. Before
the flood people lived to a great age. Noah lived to the ripe old age of
950 years.) … “The waters rose greatly on the earth, more and more, so
that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered.
“The waters covered the mountains and rose fifteen cubits (about 18ft or
7 metres) above them. Every living thing that moved on the earth
perished - fowls and birds, cattle and other livestock, wild beasts and
all the creatures that crawl upon the land, and all mankind; every-
thing on dry land that had the breath of the spirit of life in its
nostrils died. “Thus He wiped out every living thing that was upon the
face of the earth, from man to animals to creeping things and birds of
the sky. They were wiped from the earth, and only Noah was left, and
those that were with Him in the ark.” (Genesis 7:11-12, 19-23)
It really did happen.
And God’s Anointed Messiah, Y’shua, said in no uncertain terms:
“Just as it was in the
days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: people were
eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, and being given in marriage,
until the day Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them
all.” (Luke 17:26-27)
Y’shua did not list
all the evils of Noah’s days – just the main one – the people’s unbelief and
indifference to the warnings of the coming judgment about which Noah’s was
preaching. They simply carried on as though every- thing was normal, and
nothing would happen! And Yahweh, Almighty God, is not kidding when He
commands our present generations –
everywhere, to repent, because He has appointed a day in which He will judge
the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having
furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)
This time the
judgment will not be a worldwide flood; it will be by fire – no doubt
nuclear weapons, solar flares, volcanoes, asteroids, and other upheavals.
“… the world of
that time (Noah’s day) was destroyed being flooded with water. But by
His Word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept
for the Day of Judgment and Destruction of ungodly men.” (2 Peter 3:6-7)
The coming judgment
is for seven years. It is called, THE GREAT TRIBULATION, and also, THE DAY
OF YAHWEH, THE DAY OF THE LORD. We do not need to prepare an ark of gopher
wood as Noah did. The ARK that will save us from this coming fire is
Y’shua. He is the Ark of Deliverance for all who will enter into Him and
receive His provision. As He said:
“I am the door;
whoever enters through Me will be saved.” (John 10:9)
And Y’shua the
Messiah is coming, in the clouds, to snatch His people out of this condemned
we, the living believers who remain, will simultaneously be caught up
together with them (believers who “sleep” in the grave), in the clouds,
to meet the Master in the air. And so we will be with the Master for
ever. Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words.” (1
For all who are
outside of Christ (Y’shua the Messiah) there is a dreadful holocaust – the
Great Tribulation. But the present time is the Day of Salvation, the Day of
Opportunity. And if Y’shua could save a wretch like John Newton (see the end
article in this edition), He can certainly save you my dear reader.
“He, Y’shua, is also
able to save completely and forever those who come to God through Him, since
He al- ways lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
You have read or
heard that …
LOVE OF MONEY IS A ROOT OF ALL EVIL
(1 Timothy 6:10). It
would be also true to say …
The LOVE OF
POWER IS ALSO A ROOT OF EVIL.
The LOVE OF
PLEASURE CAN BE A ROOT OF EVIL.
The LOVE OF
AMBITION CAN BE A ROOT OF EVIL.
And THE LOVE OF
DRUGS AND DRINK, IS A VERY GREAT ROOT OF EVIL.
And we can say that
today, more than any past time ...
THE LUST FOR OIL AND
IS THE ROOT OF MANY
And that’s what we see
throughout the world today - the monstrous Love of POWER, OIL and MONEY. It
is as the apostle Paul prophesied:
“In the last days
perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money,
boastful, arrogant … unloving, unforgiving, irreconcilable … without self-
control, brutal, despisers of good, treacherous, reckless … lovers of
sensual pleasures rather than lovers of God.” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)
VLADIMIR PUTIN’S GOAL
— THE EURASIAN ECONOMIC UNION
The Ukraine crisis
has done nothing to slow Russia’s plan to launch a “Eurasian Union”
beginning with Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
Putin wants Ukraine
to be part of his UNION which is due to be launched on 1 January
2015, regardless of the situation in Ukraine or any other country not
involved at this stage in the integration process … Negotiations on
accession of Armenia are expected to be completed soon, and plans with
Kyrgyzstan are also under way.
This will be the
beginning of something much bigger – something that resembles the erstwhile
Soviet Union. It could include China, Mongolia, and possible other Asian
nations including Pakistan and India. The prophet Daniel infers there will
be an East-North alliance (Eurasia) com- ing against the Prince of Rome in
the end times.
“Reports from the East
and from the North will alarm him, and he will go out in a great rage to
destroy and annihilate many.” (Daniel 11:44)
The prospect of the
King of the North aligning with the Kings of the East to invade the Promised
Land is quite frightening. Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia are already
linked to China in the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation. And here are more
RUSSIA AND CHINA
FORGE CLOSER TIES
- Russia is rolling out two major projects – a gas pipeline and a Crimea
deep water port – with China. It is reported that work on the “Power of
Siberia” pipeline, and the Chinese construction of a deep port in Crimea are
proceeding as normal despite the Ukraine crisis. Described as a
“mega-project,” the pipeline will pump 60 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas
a year from the gas fields in Russia’s far east, with a branch line to
deliver up to 38 bcm a year to China. Russia’s Gazprom and China’s CNPC
have had a “legally binding” agreement from 2013 and that exploitation of
the Tchayandinskoe field should start in 2019.
“The project is aimed
primarily at delivery of gas to Russian regions and at developing industry
in the Russian Far East. Moscow and Beijing are also going ahead with plans
for Chinese firms to build a 25-metre deep port in Crimea as part of “a new
transport corridor from Asia to Europe – ‘The Economic Belt of the Great
Silk Route’.” The port investment is worth $3 billion in the “first stage”
THE UKRAINE CRISIS
MIDDLE EAST ALIGNMENTS
ARE A PREPARATION FOR EZEKIEL 38
This item is an
extract from a commentary by Tom Olago as in www.prophecynewswatch.com/
Arabiya.net has recently described the current standoff between the West
and Moscow concerning Ukraine as potentially the gravest instance of tension
in the post-Cold War era.
The tensions between
Russia and the West seem to be causing some significant geopolitical
re-alignments following Russia’s recent political aggressions in relation to
Ukraine and Crimea.
Against the backdrop
of the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear dispute, Al Arabiya.net
commentator, Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, says that should the Russian-West standoff
over the Ukraine crisis continue, Moscow is likely to play the “Iran card”;
that is, to change its stance on Iran’s nuclear talks in a retaliatory
gamble to counter the sanctions by the US and the EU
As China generally
follows the Russian position in the nuclear negotiations, its support would
strengthen the Russian-Iran axis. The Ukraine crisis and the Russia-West
standoff may not prevent a final nuclear deal being reached, but the terms
of the agreement would likely be much less strict on Tehran, and Russia and
the Islamic Republic would then strengthen their ties and feel less
pressured to cooperate with, or make concessions to, the West.
Russia and China can
now focus more on their own terms and agenda, including building nuclear
reactors for Iran. In mid-March, Iran’s state-run Press TV reportedly
announced that Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed that Moscow
would build two additional nuclear power plants for Tehran and construct new
facilities next to Iran’s power plant in the city of Bushehr.
Dr. Rafizadeh pointed
out several factors that contribute to the converging geopolitical security
interests around the emerging Russia/Iran axis:
1. Putin and Khamenei
are resisting Western hegemony (controlling influence) in the Middle East.
2. Russia and Iran are
attempting to establish themselves as key and influential geopolitical and
strategic players in the region.
3. Putin and the
Iranian leaders are attempting to restore their regionally and
internationally wounded prestige and pride. From their perspective, the
international com- munity lacks respect towards Moscow’s and Tehran’s
influence and power. Dr. Rafizadeh gives Syria as an example of where the
two nations are working together by ratcheting up the amount of
political and economic capital they spend to secure Assad’s stay in power.
In addition, for
China, its current interests are to strengthen strategic ties with Moscow
and Tehran for security. The Ukraine crisis has moved Moscow, Tehran,
and Beijing closer to one another to counterbalance the West and to resist
Western hegemony. They want to create the main strategic geopolitical axis
in the region.
frontpage.com, in the South and East China seas, China is aggressively
seeking to expand its maritime borders. It has made significant headway in
both these areas with a muscular military approach designed to intimidate
American regional allies like Japan and the Philippines. America’s feeble
response to Putin’s aggression in Crimea will only serve to embolden a
resurgent and aggressive China, making the likelihood of a regional war in
that neglected theatre a real possibility. China will certainly feel better
by having powerful like-minded partners in Russia and Iran, to counter U.S/NATO
concerns and potential reprisals.
With Russia moving
into Iran’s camp, Israel has the perfect excuse to move ahead with a
military strike on Iran’s nuclear installations, and this would likely have
the support of the entire Western world as well as America’s Mideast allies
like Saudi Arabia. Israel has already signalled its seriousness by setting
aside US $2.89 billion to finance an attack. Such a development could act as
the trigger for Russia to lead an invasion of Israeli, under the pretext of
defending its allies, while actually targeting control of Israel’s enormous
gas and oil reserves. This could be the “hook in Russia’s jaws” spoken of in
Ezekiel 38! “I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws and bring you
out with your whole army .” (See more of this prophecy on page 20.)
UKRAINE BOWS TO MOSCOW
The Ukrainian government which was formed after the ousting of President
Viktor Yanukovych in February, faces enormous problems. Not only has Russia
taken over the southern province of Crimea, but Ukraine has similar
challenges from the pro-Russian populations in the eastern parts of the
Encouraged by 40,000
Russian military men on the Russia-Ukraine borders, pro-Russian forces have
taken control of government offices, and are demanding referendums on
separating from the new Ukraine regime.
In response, the
government has offered sweeping autonomous powers to these restive,
pro-Moscow regions, in an attempt to hold its head above water against
Moscow, without a source of revenue or a viable army.
This offer is the
first backward step, supported by the US and EU, in the confrontation with
Moscow since Crimea’s breakaway.
concentrations on Ukraine’s borders are clearly there to stay, and Moscow
has further turned the screw by its “gas sanction” against Ukraine, which is
being charged a much higher price for gas from Russia, and told sternly to
settle payment for past supplies.
If Moscow makes good
on a threat to cut off Ukraine for non-payment of bills, supplies to the
rest of Europe would be disrupted.
From the early days of
the Ukraine crisis, credible sources reported that the government set up in
Kiev had no chance of survival; nor were its leaders qualified to rule a
country of 46 million – and certainly they can not stand up to Russian
military and economic might. Nevertheless, the Obama administration and NATO
officials continued to issue a stream of threatening denunciations against
More Crimean officials
were added to the US sanctions list - even though it must be obvious to
Washington that the US, Europe and NATO combined, do not have enough
leverage – military, economic or political – to force Moscow to accept the
Ukrainian provisional regime. And the billions of dollars they have laid out
to prop up the regime may have gone to a lost cause.
US TENSIONS WITH PUTIN
Russia and the West are hitting a new peak. Obama is scrambling to find a
way out of any confrontation with Vladimir Putin, given the need for the
Russian leader’s help on Syria, and Iran's nuclear program. Obama's efforts
to de-escalate tensions with Putin and to resume a working relationship will
be essential in trying to rescue something of his overall foreign policy
& US EXPLORE MORE SANCTIONS
EU countries and the
US are exploring options for more economic sanctions on Russia.
The EU and US have
warned they will blacklist more Russian officials and companies unless
Russia de- escalates by pulling back its troops on the Ukrainian border and
by denouncing separatists in eastern Ukraine.
The EU has also warned
it will impose economic sanctions on Russian energy, minerals, banking, and
high-tech firms if its army invades mainland Ukraine. But the NATO allies
made clear they would not go to war with Russia no matter what it does to
the former Soviet state. “Talk doesn’t replace actions when it comes to
what’s happening on the ground, and we will continue to prepare, as we’ve
said, additional sanctions and other steps, if we can’t get some
de-escalation here,” a US state department spokesman said. “We’ve said that
we’re not considering lethal assistance (weapons) to Ukraine at this time …
and President Obama has said there is no military solution here.” But Canada
is sending CF-18s Hornet fighter aircraft, as NATO mobilizes. They will
operate out of Lask, Poland.
TALKS PRODUCE A DUBIOUS “PEACE DEAL”
After the Ukraine
continued to flare up, talks between US, EU, Russia and Ukraine in Geneva on
April 17, produced a statement saying: “All illegal armed groups must be
disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate
owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in
Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated.”
But it says nothing
about two other Western demands: that Russia must pull back troops from the
Ukrainian border, and stop its gas war on Ukraine.
in eastern Ukraine have declined to honour the peace deal brokered in
Geneva. Denis Pushilin, the leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's
Republic, told the press that his forces will not surrender arms, vacate
government buildings, or put off a referendum on independence on 11 May.
minister Sergei Lavrov did not sign any- thing for us, he signed on behalf
of the Russian Federation … We will persevere until the end,” Pushilin said,
accord- ing to Reuters, in a reference to the Geneva accord.
JEWS THREATENED IN UKRAINE
Since the uprising that led to the ouster of President Yanukovych in
February, members of the Jewish community have been attacked by
anti-Semitic and fascist groups.
Concerns have been
raised after a leaflet, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, have been distributed
in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, ordering Jews to register with
local authorities and pay a fee.
Jews emerging from a
synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to
provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee of $50, or
else their citizenship could be revoked, they could face deportation, and
see their assets confiscated." The leaflet described which documents Jews
should provide: "ID and passport are required to register your Jewish
religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents
establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you,
Donestsk is one of the
main cities where government offices were taken over by pro-Russian forces.
The leaf- lets have since been branded a fake by the pro-Moscow separatists
it claims to represent – but with tens of thousands of Russian troops on
Ukraine’s border, many Jews are increasingly worried about their safety.
demanding that a referendum be held on the regions joining Russia.
The Ukraine government
launched an "anti-terrorist" operation in Donetsk to force out the illegal
occupiers of the government buildings.
Synagogue in Ukraine was firebombed by vandals shortly after the leaflets
were distributed. One fire- bomb was thrown at the door of the synagogue,
which was unoccupied at the time, and another was lobbed at a window. One
thing is clear: someone is targeting the Jewish people of Ukraine. The
threat has many of the 15,000 Jews of Donetsk shocked and hysterical. As
Anti-Semitism increases in Ukraine, growing numbers of Jewish residents
consider leaving, and look for refuge in Israel. Given the long history of
virulent anti-Semitism in the region, there is reason to be concerned for
the safety of the roughly 200,000 Jewish people in Ukraine.
URGED TO FLEE UKRAINE
Mr Picnic 86, a
Holocaust Survivor, who now lives in north London, said he is not surprised
by the anti-Semitic literature in Ukraine. “Jews have no place in Ukraine,
because nothing has changed,” he said. “And as long as Jews remain there,
nothing will change. They (the Jews) had no business staying in that country
after the atrocities of 1939-1945.
regrettably, have such short memories. Or no memories at all. We should ask
ourselves why so many concentration camp guards and auxiliary troops were
Ukrainian and were often more ruthless than their German compatriots. “This
part of the world has been a hot bed of anti- Semitism for centuries, and
anti-Jewish animosity re- mains well entrenched in the populace. Not one Jew
should have taken up residence in the Ukraine after the Second World War.”
RUSSIA’S POSSIBLE NEW
A NATO "restricted"
document singles out Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova as three countries –
all former Soviet republics – that might benefit from increased Western
concerned that a permanent NATO military presence in member states bordering
Russia could lead President Vladimir Putin to counter by bolstering his own
forces near sensitive frontiers.
They are particularly
reluctant to place any NATO troops in Ukraine itself. According to a
diplomat, “It's not the right time to have a visible NATO presence in
Ukraine. It would be a golden pretext for the Russians to reinforce their
RUSSIAN TROOPS POISED
TO INVADE MOLDOVA
US Secretary of
Defence Chuck Hagel instructed US Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s
supreme commander in Europe, to set out at once from Washington to Brussels
for consultations with alliance commanders on a possible Russian invasion of
There are fears in
Washington that 1,000 Russian troops massed on the Ukrainian border are
poised to take Transnistria, a Russian speaking enclave that has declared
independence from Moldova.
About a third of
Transnistria’s half-million people are ethnic Russians, many of whom want to
return to rule from Moscow. Last week, General Breedlove warned that
President Putin had a ready-made pretext to send troops in there as a
“protection” force for ethnic Russians, just as he has done in Crimea. A US
congressman alleges Russian secret forces had infiltrated parts of Ukraine
with large Russian-speaking populations to foment demands for Moscow’s next
incursions, and also that Russia is building up its military forces in the
separatist Georgian region of SOUTH OSSETIA.
He suggested that
President Putin “is consider ing an invasion of both GEORGIA and ARMENIA” to
seize the disputed Nagorno-Karabach pocket, “as part of an effort to create
an overland link between Russia and Iran.”
Military sources say
that if the congressman is correct in his assessments, Putin is not just
preparing to strengthen Russia’s military positions in the Black sea region
but is seeking to spread Russian control across a larger area up to the
As seen from
Washington and Jerusalem, Putin appears to be gearing up to create a Russian
military line to shield Iran against a potential attack on its nuclear
ASKS NATO FOR 10,000
It is not only Ukraine
that feels threatened; other nearby countries — formerly Soviet lands, are
worried by Putin’s activities and what is perceived to be his goals.
Europe is divided over
demands from Poland and the Baltic states, all of which share borders with
Russia, for a permanent deployment of NATO troops to defend them from
Britain has offered to
send RAF Typhoon fighters to join NATO exercises over Poland and air
defence patrols above the Baltic states. But Poland wants NATO forces to be
permanently stationed in its territory. Mr Hague gave a cautious response,
saying: "We certainly need to give additional reassurance and confidence to
our Eastern allies. The measures we must decide upon."
The US is sending 600
troops to take part in NATO exercises in Poland, Estonia, Latvia and
Lithuania. And it is also likely to send a warship to the Black Sea. UK says
it will contribute aircraft to Baltic air policing and there may be other
measures taken. Germany and other NATO members are wary of causing still
more tension with Russia by sending forces to its frontiers.
RUSSIA TESTS MULTI -
Russia’s military has
carried out a flight test of a new multi-warhead inter- continental
ballistic missile amid growing tensions with the US over the crisis in
Ukraine. The SS-27 Mod 2 road-mobile ICBM was launched from Russia’s
Plesetsk launch facility, 500 miles north of Moscow.
The SS-27 Mod 2 is
Russia’s newest ICBM with a range of around 3,500 miles has been touted by
Russian officials as designed specifically to defeat US missile defences.
Mark B. Schneider, a
missile specialist with the National Institute for Public Policy, said there
is evidence indicating the Russians have violated the START arms treaty by
developing the SS-27 Mod 2 with multiple warheads.
“The original missile
that Russia called the Topol M Variant 2 and we call the SS-27, was a single
warhead missile,” Schneider said. “START prohibits increasing the declared
number of warheads.”
Source:: Bill Gertz /
Washington Free Beacon 15 April 2014
MAY USE “S-300” LEVERAGE
If the Iran talks
fail, Moscow has leverage: its S-300 super- sophisticated, bomber-killing
missile system. Russia can equip Iran with the missiles that could defend
its centrifuges and reactors from allied air strikes. The S-300 has long
been Moscow's top-of-the-line air defence system.
The current model is
comparable to the US Patriot missile batteries. The S-300 deploys
sophisticated radars, launch vehicles and missiles to shoot aircraft and
even ballistic missiles out of the sky.
And if the US and EU
continue to breathe out threats to Russia regarding Ukraine, and adds more
financial punishment, Vladimir Putin could become so angry that he would put
the S-300 deal into play." Russia has also threatened to sell the system to
And here is another
offensive Putin mechanism.
AT USHERING IN A NEW
GOLD BACKED ROUBLE
The Russian president
has already announced that he plans to sell oil in Roubles. This would
threaten the US dollar.
APRIL 14. Russia
would have no qualms with using gold as a geopolitical weapon. The
Central Bank of Russia has made a subtle, yet serious threat against
the lynch-pin (the driving force) of the American Economy - the US dollar.
According to Russian
media, Russia’s Bank Rossiya has just released a new logo, which is a gold
rouble. This action comes in response to JPMorgan entering the economic
battlefield and blocking Russian wire transfers. Vladimir Putin has made it
quite clear that any attacks on the Russian economy will be answered with
retaliations of their own. This latest threat has the potential to derail
the American economy. If Russia decides to use its vast gold reserves to
back the Rouble, the consequences for the global economy would be huge.
Already the US Dollar,
which has been the reserve currency of the World for far too long, was
skating on thin ice. It is often said that the first country to release a
gold backed currency would have the most to gain and would likely steal the
mantle of reserve currency of the world.
For years alternative
media have speculated that China would be the first to act. This still may
be true, but now Russia appears ready to throw its hat in that arena.
Symbolism has serious
meaning to President Putin and you can be rest assured that the West is
taking this subtle, yet meaningful move, very seriously. They know that
Russia would have no qualms with using gold as a geo- political weapon - a
weapon that could cause serious problems for the world’s currency markets. -
STOCKS DIVE AS RUSSIA
ABANDONS U.S. $ April 11.
The stock market dive
that brought the Dow Jones Industrial Average to near 16,000 and the Nasdaq
to below 4,000 might reflect an accelerated move by Russia away from the
petrodollar in retaliation for the Obama administration’s threatened
economic sanctions over Russia’s takeover of Crimea. Russia’s politically
motivated attack on the petrodollar could trigger a major US stock market
collapse amid a global loss of confidence in the dollar caused by the
Federal Reserve’s continuing policy of buying billions of dollars monthly in
US Treasury debt. -
“HOOKS IN YOUR JAWS” PROPHECY EZEKIEL 38:3-12
Master, YHWH, says: ‘Listen! I am against you, O Gog, chief prince
of Rosh (RUSSIA), Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put
hooks into your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your
horses and horsemen all fully armed, and a great horde with large
and small shields, all of them brandishing swords. ‘Persia (Iran),
Cush (Sudan - Ethiopia), and Put (Libya) will be with them, all with
shields and helmets; Gomer also with all its troops; and the House
of Togarmah from the far north (Turkey and the Turkic people of
Central Asia) with all its troops - many nations with you. Get
ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and
take command of them. ‘After many days you will be summoned; in the
latter years you will invade the land that has recovered from the
sword, whose people have been gathered from many nations to the
mountains of Israel which had long been desolate. Its people had
been brought out from the nations, and now all of them are living
securely. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will
go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the
Sovereign Master, YHWH, says: ‘On that day thoughts will come
into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan. You will say,
“I will invade the land of unwalled villages; I will attack
those who are at rest and live securely - all of them living
without walls and without gates or bars, to plunder and loot, to
turn your hand against the resettled ruins and the people
gathered from the nations, people who have acquired cattle and
goods, and who live at the centre of the world”’.”
So Ezekiel makes it
clear that Russia and its allies will come down (and up) against Israel, to
take a spoilt. And even if it should become reluctant to do so, God will put
hooks into their jaws and draw them down – for His purpose is to bring them
into judgment, along with the nations that come up against God’s land. (Joel
3:2 & 12. Zechariah 14:2-3. and Ezekiel 38.)
Here is an interesting
development that could be a factor in Russia’s pursuit of power and his
TURKEY- ISRAEL GAS
From a commentary by
In March a proposal
for a major energy pipeline project that may help to heal the strained
relation- ship between Turkey and Israel, was announced. The undersea
pipeline would export natural gas from Israel's offshore Leviathan field
to southern Turkey.
This proposal came
ahead of a meeting between the Israeli PM’s personal envoy for energy and
the chief of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization. Both parties
agreed to work toward re-opening embassies and normalizing strained
Israel and Turkey both
seem to be isolated in the region, giving both countries a reason to begin
working together again. The proposed Israeli Leviathan pipeline could be
used to help normalize Israeli-Turkish relations. As a consequence of its
lack of relations with both Israel and Cyprus, Turkey found itself sidelined
from their joint exploitation of enormous offshore natural gas discoveries
in the Eastern Mediterranean.
pipeline system has been hailed as Turkey's entrance into the energy game.
subsea pipeline would be the Middle East's most ambitious native pipeline,
stretching from Israel's offshore Leviathan field, 130 kilometres west of
Haifa, to the Turkish port of Ceyhan. With a capacity of 16 billion cubic
meters, the initiative has been lauded as a way to enable Turkish (and
eventually European) energy diversification away from Moscow. Since Russia's
Gazprom, controls almost a fifth of the world's gas reserves, and supplies
more than 50% of Ukraine's gas, and about 30% of Europe's gas annually, just
one month before the Crimea/Ukraine crisis, Ukraine signed a $10 billion
shale gas deal with US Chevron "that Ukraine hoped could end its energy
dependence on Russia by 2020."
Since Russia earns as
much as 80% of its state budget revenue through gas and oil commodity sales,
and given what has just happened in Crimea, how long do you think Gog/Putin
will let an Israeli-Turkey gas pipeline deal stand unchallenged — one that
reduces Turkish and Europe's reliance on Moscow to supply its energy needs?
Russia takes no
prisoners when it comes to its thirst for gas/oil. Recently it was announced
that Iran and Russia have made progress towards an oil-for-goods deal that
would be worth up to $20 billion, which would enable Tehran to boost vital
energy exports in defiance of Western sanctions. Turkey is named as being
part of the Russian lead Gog Magog alliance against Israel . (Ezekiel
Regarding Syria, at
present, Turkey is anti-Assad; Putin is pro-Assad! Turkey is a staunch
opponent of the Damascus regime, and hosts about 800,000 refugees from the
three-year-old Syrian conflict, many of them in camps along the border.
On March 23, a Turkish
F-16 aircraft shot down a Syrian fighter jet for a breach of Turkish
airspace. In April, Turkey returned artillery fire into Syria.
Mediterranean base is at the Syrian port of Tartus. The Syrian army is
equipped with Russian weapons. So for Russia, Syria is both a market and an
operational observation post.
A Turkish strike on
Syria and/or a major gas deal with Israel (which would threaten Russia)
would be viewed by Moscow as a declaration of War.
Turkey and Russia have
a long history of war between the two countries so don't be surprised if it
were to happen again, positioning Gog to rule over Meshech and Tubal.
pipeline does not need to be up and operating - just the threat of an
agreement is enough for Russia's action — the threat of the Israeli-Turkish
gas alliance has just been put into play! The Gog Magog War “Hook in the
Jaw” set-up (via the threat of a major Israel-Turkey Gas Pipeline) has now
been set into motion. If this is indeed a major part of the motivation for a
Russian led coalition against Israel, as prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39; and as
this battle is scheduled for early in the Tribulation, then how close are we
to our redemption - the Rapture of the Church?
"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads,
because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:28)
Could Turkey be one of
the next targets of Russia, as was Crimea? Or will Turkey reposition itself
and adjust to Russia and the new realities?
“IRAN ENTITLED TO
ENRICH URANIUM TO 90% GRADE”
Head of the Atomic
Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi underlined that the
country is entitled to enrich uranium to the level of 90%, and said Tehran
plans to build four new nuclear plants with the Russians' help.
believe that we are entitled to any right that any NPT (Non-Proliferation
Treaty) and (International Atomic Energy) Agency member has, which means
that enrichment (of uranium) from 1% to 90% is our right," Salehi said in a
televised interview in April.
He said that Iran has
accepted to limit its enrichment program to the level of 5% only in a
voluntary move based on the Geneva deal inked between Tehran and the Group
5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) sealed in
announced Iran's plans to build four other nuclear power plants in the
coming years, and said the construction work for the establishment of Iran's
second power plant would start this (Iranian) year and the same trend would
continue for the construction of three more plans every other year. He then
said that Iran seeks to build its next nuclear power plants through joint
cooperation between the country's experts and their Russian counterparts.
Iran is under four
rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to
give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically
tainted and illogical.
Iran has so far ruled
out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other
incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage
the world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead
to a change in the West's hard-line stance on Tehran. Iran has insisted that
it would continue enriching uranium because it needs to provide fuel to a
300-megawatt light- water reactor it is building in the South-western town
of Darkhoveyn as well as its first nuclear power plant in the Southern port
city of Bushehr. - english.farsnews.com/
ISRAEL SHOCKED BY
IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAM
Israel has expressed
alarm over the prospect of US nuclear concessions to Iran.
Officials said the
government was dismayed by indications that Washington would enable Iran to
continue its nuclear program, including those elements that could be used
for weapons. The officials cited testimony to Congress by Secretary of State
John Kerry that the United States could support an agreement to allow Iran
to assemble an atomic bomb within months. “The things Kerry said in the
Congress are worrying, they are surprising and they are unacceptable,”
Israeli Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
In an interview with
Israel Radio, Steinitz expressed government concern over P5+1 nuclear
negotiations with Teheran. The minister, deemed close to Netanyahu, said
Israel feared that Iran would emerge stronger from any accord that would
also remove sanctions. “We are watching the negotiations with concern,”
Steinitz said. “We are not opposed to a diplomatic solution but we are
against a solution which is entirely a surrender to Iran and which leaves it
as a threshold nuclear state.” In an appearance to the Senate Foreign
Relations Commit- tee on April 8, Kerry acknowledged that Iran required two
months to complete the assembly of its first nuclear weapon. But Kerry said
Iran might race toward a nuclear weapon without a warhead of delivery
system. “It’s just having one bomb’s worth, conceivably, of material,
without any necessary capacity to put this in, to deliver,” Kerry said. For
his part, Steinitz said Israel could not accept an Iran with imminent
breakout capability. Earlier, Iran insisted on its right to enrich uranium
to a weapons-grade level of 90%. “We will not be able to adopt and accept
any agreement which leaves Iran months or a year from a nuclear weapon,”
Steinitz said. - Reported by WorldTribune.com
IRAN - RUSSIAN
In response to the
sanctions imposed on Iran, and now on Russia, Tehran and Moscow recently
announced a $20 billion trade deal. The oil deal may alleviate the economic
pressure on Iran that the White House has said helped bring the Islamic
Republic to the bargaining table. But it may sink the talks that President
Obama is still hoping will persuade Iran to defang its nuclear program.
But more, the $20
billion deal has sparked concerns that Moscow is seeking to open up a direct
line into Tehran for the transfer of nuclear equipment and military
hardware, shipments that would flatly violate the terms of the recent- ly
inked interim nuclear deal. An Iranian official in fact told a news service
that the barter deal would include Russian weapons. The oil deal thus poses
a new obstacle in the PS+1 negotiations on Iran's nuclear issue.
The Russian business
daily Kommersant has reported Russia plans to buy 500,000 barrels of Iranian
oil a day, shattering an export limit defined by an interim nuclear
agreement world powers and Iran reached last year. The oil-for-goods
exchange is still far from finalized, the news- paper said, but its
potential challenges Western efforts to secure a comprehensive agreement.
The six-month interim
agreement, which went into effect in January and expires in July, allows
Iran to continue exporting a total of 1 million barrels a day of oil to six
countries: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. But the
agreement didn't apply to Russia, which wasn't an existing customer of
Iran's petroleum industry. Concrete progress on the oil-for-goods proposal
would put President Obama in a bind.
If he publicly
threatens too forceful a response, he risks opening up a new rift with
Russia at a time when the two countries are trying to maintain cooperation
on nuclear and other matters even as they go through one of the worst crises
in decades related to Russia's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. And
re-imposing US sanctions against Iran would likely prompt its negotiators to
abandon the nuclear talks.
But if the president
and his administration fail to dissuade Russia and Iran from moving forward,
the interim agreement that forms the basis of America's ongoing diplomacy
with Iran would be undermined.
The US could impose
economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported
oil-for-goods contract, Secretary of State John Kerry said while dis-
cussing with a Senate panel, an emerging threat to the talks that are
designed to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran.
It would be difficult
for Russia to gain immediate access to the petroleum since most Iranian
oilfields are far from the Caspian Sea through which the oil could be
shipped, and lack the infrastructure to ensure deliveries.
suggests that Russia does not need to physically import the oil from Iran -
they will pay Iran for it, and then leave the oil in Iran to be sold for
roubles or a non-dollar currency, to a third party.
The latest round of
negotiations over Iran's nuclear pro- gram in Vienna ended last month
without any discernable progress.
During the 9 months
talks, nothing concrete has been achieved. Abbas and Netanyahu did not even
once talk face to face.
With the US-sponsored
peace talks crumbling, the Palestinians called for more involvement
from diplomats from both Russia and the European Union. Palestinian
Ambassador to Russia, Fayed Mustafa, expressed the desire of the PA to seek
deeper involvement from the 28-nation bloc and Russia.
And when it had become
clear that the Palestinians would never recognise Israel as a Jewish state;
and was not willing to live alongside Israel in a 2-state solution, but on
the contrary, was making new and impossible demands of Israel as the price
for extending the peace talks beyond April 29, Israel responded by refusing
to release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners which had been promised
earlier as a measure to induce the Palestinians to sit and talk.
Abbas’ response was to
apply for membership in a number of international organisations – breaking
its commitment not to do so while the talks were going on.
A BLOW FOR MID-EAST
UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-moon
speedily signed the applications of President Abbas in an effort to advance
the case for Palestinian statehood outside negotiations with the
Israelis. “The State of Palestine” will be formally admitted in May to
10 international conventions overseen by the UN, a move that could spell the
end of the faltering US-backed peace process.
CUTS MOST TIES WITH RAMALLAH
response was to issue instructions to government ministries forbidding
meetings with Palestinian officials, and halting all civilian an d econ om
ic co- operation with the PA. This is "in response to the Palestinian
violation of their commitments under peace talks.’
Israel, which collects
about $118 million in taxes on behalf of the PA (two-thirds of its
revenues), has decided to freeze the transfer of that money. Israel
suspended its participation with the Palestinians in developing a gas field
off the Gaza Strip, and put a cap on Palestinian deposits in its banks.
Israel also froze plans for a Palestinian mobile phone company to enter
Gaza, and delayed plans to advance housing and agricultural projects for the
Palestinians in the 60 per cent of the West Bank under full Israeli control.
ABBAS THREATENS TO
DISBAND THE PA
APRIL 20. President
Abbas has reportedly threatened to dissolve the PA and to disband
Palestinian security forces operating in the West Bank if peace negotiations
with Israel fail, a move which would create huge security and diplomatic
problems for Israel. According to Palestinian sources cited by Yedioth
Ahronoth, Abbas and top PA officials are considering the drastic move, which
would involve cancelling the 1993 Oslo Accords and announcing that the
Palestinian Authority is a “government under occupation” without full
sovereign- ty, which would technically move full responsibility for the
Palestinians, in the West Bank at least, to Israel.
The threat would also
disband and abolish PA security forces operating in the West Bank,
theoretically opening the way for expanded Palestinian unrest against
Israeli forces. The move could also prompt a surge in inter- national legal
and diplomatic action against Israel.
The proposal is
apparently gaining steam on the PA side. But the Central Command of the PLO
would have to approve the proposal. An Israeli MK has dismissed the threat
as another PA ploy. "Threats to dismantle the PA threaten, first and
foremost, the rulership of Mahmoud Abbas. In one blow he will change from a
man of status, power, and prestige to a has-been who will have to pay the
price for his actions thus far. It will be much easier and cheaper for
Israel to be concerned with the humanitarian needs of Israeli Arabs in Judea
and Samaria once it can dock the budgetary costs of the PA police forces
(who do not deal with terrorism anyway.)" With the peace talks scheduled to
end on April 29, Palestinian affairs (antics) went from desperate to
ridiculous. The current Middle East peace process is absolutely muddled,
with illogical steps pursued by Abbas, who seems to be firing frenziedly in
AND FATAH AGREE TO
UNITY GOVERNMENT IN
APRIL 23. An Abbas
envoy from the West Bank met with the Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh, and signed yet
another pact to unite Fatah and Hamas in a unity government -- “within five
weeks.” Presidential and parliamentary elections will then be held in
six months. (Maybe!)
conditions, stipulations and decisions pouring out of Mhd. Abbas’ office in
the last month or so have persuaded everyone concerned that the Palestinian
leader’s mind is in a total muddle.
No-one in Jerusalem or Washington can figure out what he wants. And even
his closest aides believe Abbas doesn’t know his own mind and are afraid of
what he may dream up next.
Apart from its adverse
impact on the peace process with Israel, the uniting means that Abbas has
publicly allied himself and his party with the fundamentalist Hamas, whose
Gaza domain is under Egyptian army siege for abetting and hiding fugitive
Muslim Brotherhood activists.
Gaza’s Hamas rulers
have granted the Brotherhood a base for running terrorist networks in Cairo
and other Egyptian cities.
As an integral part of
the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is also condemned as an enemy by Saudi Arabia
and also the United Arab Emirates.
How to explain the
logic of Mahmoud Abbas’s resort to such dangerous lengths to avoid peace
talks with Israel, by placing the entire Palestinian movement in opposition
to the leading Arab governments, is simply not possible!
The current situation
in the Palestinian territories as well as in Ukraine, Syria, Iran, Turkey,
Russia, China, and America is very volatile (changing all the time). The
same could be said of every nation, for these are the days of great trial
and preparation for the climatic war of the end- times. So keep your mind
attuned to the latest news on these fast developing international crises.
But at the same time look up!
The Saviour is coming soon!
AMAZING GRACE . . . that
saved a wretch like me!
THE STORY JOHN NEWTON
By JOE MUSSER
cursing, rebellion, obscene stories and vile living characterized
the life of John Newton. His character was despicable and his total
personality filthy and rotten, until God met him in grace. He became
a mighty man of God and wrote the words of the famous and undying
hymn, “Amazing Grace.”
ALTHOUGH he was born
more than two hundred years ago, John Newton wrote a song which has not only
remained a favourite among church groups, but has recent- ly gained new
popularity among young people. And it is no surprise to hear it on any
secular radio station you happen to tune into.
What was there about
this man’s life that enabled him to write a song that still communicates
If John Newton’s early
life could be described in contemporary terms, we’d probably say he was
under-privileged. His mother died when he was seven. His father taught him,
but later remarried and brought home a stepmother to help raise John. When
John was eleven, he went to sea with his father who was captain of his own
ship. Behind the captain’s back, the reckless and sin-loving sailors taught
John everything they knew about their kind of life. By the time he became a
teenager, John was already well down the road and could down a tankard of
liquor and curse as violently as his shipmates. In fact, his intelligence
and creativity inspired some of the most blasphemous and obscene outbursts
ever uttered. It is likely John felt he had to “prove” his manhood by
matching every evil thought or action of those who sailed with him. Yet he
inwardly knew how wrong he was. In the quaint archaic Old English words of
his auto- biography (Out of the Depths, Moody Press), he berated himself for
the inconsistency in his life.
He was taught by his
mother to read and practice the Scriptures, but lacked the will power or
courage to reform. He wrote: “I was presently religious in my own eyes
(praying and reading the Scriptures) but alas! this seeming goodness had no
solid foundation. Instead of prayer, I learned to curse and blaspheme, and
was exceedingly wicked when not under my parents’ view.” He continued to
waver between wanting to do right and falling back into the old patterns.
During his early teenage years he experimented with every sinful practice of
the day. He could not only keep up with his older companions, he says, but,
“I often exceeded their vile wickedness.” In fact, John drew great pleasure
from luring some other, unsuspecting teen, into committing the same sins.
Through these years
God was trying to reach John for Himself. He allowed John to have several
close brushes with death. His escapes were totally miraculous, and John was
forced to acknowledge that it was only of God’s grace that he had been
spared. The first episode happened in his first year at sea. While on leave,
John was thrown from a horse and landed with- in scant inches of a deadly
row of stakes, which would have impaled him. He writes, “Had I fallen upon
the stakes, I would inevitably have been killed. My con- science suggested
to me the dreadful consequences if ... if I had been summoned to appear
So John made feeble
reform attempts. Yet it wasn’t long before he’d slip back into his old
pattern - with worse habits than ever before.
UNWILLING TO FORSAKE
There were other close
calls. Once he was delayed in get- ting back to his ship, and it sailed
without him - only for him to find it had capsized. He would have been
drowned if he had been on it.
At another instance,
John’s captain pulled him - with no apparent reason - from a crew appointed
to explore an island cove. Most of the crew, including the substitute sent
in John’s place, were killed by savages from the island. Again and again
John’s life was spared - and he thought briefly of God’s providence. Yet the
tug of sin was strong. John says of these escapes: “I was exceedingly
affected but I loved sin and was unwilling to forsake it.”
helped shape John’s character. He had ability, but too often his problems
got in the way. At the age of seventeen, he was offered the captaincy of a
ship! But after a visit to a tavern and exercise of drunken temper, he lost
the position. As a result, his father made plans for John to take a job in
Jamaica - work that would involve a stay of five years overseas. John
decided to go and say good-bye to the girl he loved, and stayed with her
three weeks. The ship to Jamaica sailed without him, making his father
furious. To help straighten out his son,” Captain Newton signed his son into
the navy on a man-of- war.
On leave following a
“shakedown” voyage, and while the ship was being prepared for a five-year
sea voyage, John decided to visit Mary again. This time he was AWOL for
three weeks. In another instance, the thought of leaving Mary for five years
was too much for him, and he simply fled. However, soldiers came for him,
marched him to the city jail and locked him up until the ship’s captain came
As punishment for his
absence without leave, John was kept in irons, stripped and flogged, and the
crew was forbidden to talk or have anything to do with him. John’s
bitterness and hatred grew. He plotted how he would kill the captain. The
five years at sea under such intolerable conditions made him desperate. He
considered how he would somehow get to the captain, kill him - probably with
a knife - and then jump to his own death in the sea.
Before John could
carry out his plan, he learned of another ship in the same port where his
own had stopped. He was indentured to the present ship, which meant that he
(or his father for him) had sold himself into servitude for five years. In
desperation he asked the Captain to transfer him to the other ship. The
captain, who was sick of John’s troublesome ways, decided it was a good
idea. So did the captain of the other ship. And John was elated.
ABOARD SLAVE SHIPS
The captain and crew
of this new ship welcomed John. It was at this time John learned the ship
was a trading vessel which plied its trade between the Ivory Coast of Africa
and North America. Its cargo — slaves!
It was the kind of
environment which made John very much at home. There was plenty to drink,
loud and obscene stories to tell and hear, and a diversion of a sort
unavailable on any other cargo ship. Female slaves were dragged from the
hold and abused by the most degenerate sailors while the others watched and
But after six months,
the captain of the ship died. Fearing that he might be transferred or
indentured on another man-of-war, John was allowed to transfer to a job with
a European slave trader on the African coast. This man’s black wife hated
John for some reason.
The trader left John
in charge of his business while he went on a trip to buy slaves. During his
absence, John came down with a violent tropical disease. The man’s wife
showed no interest in helping John, and, in fact, went out of her way to
take out the revenge of her own oppressed people on him. He was nearly dead
of hunger and thirst, but somehow clung to life.
His spirit was finally
broken. Forced to crawl on his hands and knees, he would claw the ground for
edible roots or stagger along the beach looking for a dead fish washed
ashore that he would eat raw.
Sickness and sin had
taken their toll on both his mind and body. For almost a year; he was forced
to exist in this way. Finally his health improved, and he was given to a new
employer who treated him well. Before long, John’s hand in the business led
the new employer to share it with John, who was now finally happy.
One day, a ship came
into harbour with the news that John was asked to come back to England - not
only was “all forgiven,” but according to the captain, “A relative of yours
has died and left you a fortune!”
John decided to go
back. As soon as the ship sailed, the captain admitted the inheritance
information was a lie - that he was ordered by John’s father to bring the
young man back to England, and that was the way he thought would work best.
On the slow journey
back to England, John’s boredom was relieved as he recalled his old ways of
diversion. Be- fore long, he had sunk as low in sin on this ship as ever
before, leading the crew in new ways of wickedness.
John Newton, though
still a young man, had several life- times of sinful experience behind him.
His character was despicable and his total personality filthy and rotten.
People felt degraded just being with him.
During this voyage,
the ship encountered a series of severe storms. Many of the crew were washed
overboard. Food and water dwindled or were destroyed. The holds flooded as
quickly as the men could bail. Pumps were handled around the clock, but they
couldn’t keep up.
John along with the
others, prepared for the worst. It was utterly hopeless. Once again, John
faced the threat of death and judgment before God.
Suddenly a cry was
heard - “We’re making headway! The storm’s dying down and the water is
receding from the hold!” A gleam of hope. However, the storm continued to
buffet the ship with tornado winds and waves sweeping and crashing like
liquid avalanches. John began to pray - not the prayer of a man who is on
speaking terms with the Lord, but rather - as he expressed it - “My prayer
was like the cry of ravens” - screaming out to God in desperation. The storm
subsided. An answer to prayer?
John spent the next
few days reflecting - for the first time seriously questioning whether God
would ever give him another chance to repent. “I now began to think of that
Jesus whom I had so often derided.” John writes: “I could not say from my
heart that I believed ... yet I would for the present, take it for granted.”
The four weeks it took
the crippled ship to reach port were agonizing to all aboard. For John
Newton, it was doubly so - for his soul was experiencing a crisis if
anything more serious than the physical hardship all the men faced. But they
made it! And when the ship was safely anchored, a new Christian stepped
John Newton responded
to God and the gift of salvation which was offered by his Son, the Lord
Jesus Christ. From this turning point he began to grow in faith and
Soon he was the
captain of his own ship (on which he led his men in worship services instead
of revelry) and acquired a wife - Mary, the girl he had loved since teenage
Looking back, John
Newton - self-confessed “wretch” - was able to write several hymns relating
to his life and experience and his sensitivity to God’s grace and mercy, the
most famous of which is …
IT IS GOD’S GRACE
God’s kindness and unmerited favour towards you. It’s
God’s gift — God’s provision for YOUR salvation, based of the atoning work
of Christ on the cross.
“Believe in Y’shua
(Jesus) the Messiah and you will be saved.”
“WHOEVER WILL CALL
UPON THE NAME OF Y'SHUA the LORD WILL BE SAVED.” (Romans 10:13)