Daniel Prophecy and Revelation


Following The News of The Scarlet Coloured Beast – see below

All Nations gathered together, very near to Megiddo!!!

Isaiah 10:5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger — the staff in their hands is My wrath.
Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.

The ‘scarlet coloured beast’ is both, the coalition of kings/nations/countries and a leader/man.
This is what ‘The Beast’ of Rev 13 could look like!  The irresistible leader of Dan 11!
khomeni-635x357HZ1-15ERD1-14Iran's President Hassan Rouhani smiles while replying to a question during a news conference on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations Headquarters in New York

ISIS – (Sunni) ISIS – (Sunni) *7/21/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707211055769109-baghdadi-death-us-intel/  US National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen said on Friday that has seen not seen any evidence that would indicate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Daesh terrorist group, has been killed.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On June 16, the Russian Defense Ministry said Baghdadi was likely to be eliminated as a result of a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on a militant command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May. It noted that it was in the process of confirming the information through various channels.
***7/17/17 http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-iraq-baghdadi-exclusiv-idUKKBN1A20JB SULAIMANIA, Iraq (Reuters) – A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, despite reports that he had been killed.
“Baghdadi is definitely alive. He is not dead. We have information that he is alive. We believe 99 percent he is alive,” Lahur Talabany told Reuters in an interview.
“Don’t forget his roots go back to al Qaeda days in Iraq. He was hiding from security services. He knows what he is doing.”
The secretive Islamic State leader has frequently been reported killed or wounded since he climbed up to the pulpit of a mosque in Mosul in 2014 and declared a caliphate with himself the leader of all Muslims.
***7/10/17 https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/07/09/Iraqi-PM-declares-victory-over-Islamic-State-in-Mosul/8471499603961/ July 9 (UPI) — After months of fighting, the Iraqi army officially recaptured Mosul, pushing the last pockets of Islamic State resistance from the city.
On Sunday, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the army’s victoryover the militant group — also identified as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL — in the northern Iraq city.
According to multiple earlier reports, an official declaration of victory had been expected. Only a small group of IS fighters remain holed up in small section of Mosul’s Old City.
The prime minister, dressed in military garb, greeted and congratulated Iraqi soldiers on their victory.
Over the weekend, the Iraqi army raised the national flag on the bank of the Tigris River in the Old City.
***6/29/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706291055097431-irgc-confirms-daesh-baghdadi-death/ The elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard verified the death of Daesh mastermind Abu Bakr al-Bagdhadi “through multiple channels,” a representative said Thursday.
“It is highly likely that Daesh leader al-Baghdadi was eliminated as a result of a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on the terrorists’ command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May this year,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov told Sputnik last week.
Counterterrorism sources have noticed increased conflict within the ranks of Daesh over its top leadership spot, which analysts interpret as a signal that al-Baghdadi has been killed, Russian lawmaker Alexei Pushkov told Sputnik on June 29. “If he were alive, then as a demonstration of power and as a means of increasing war morale, a refutation would have already been announced,” Pushkov added.
America – (none) President Donald Trump – Under President Trump  **6/2/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20725/US-leaflets-warn-Syrian-troops-Hizballah-away-from-border-crossing US planes Friday dropped 90,000 leaflets in southern Syria warning Iran-backed Syrian army and Hizballah fighters that any “movement toward the Al Tanf garrison will be seen as hostile intent and we will defend our forces.” One leaflet said: “You are within an established de-confliction zone, leave immediately.”
The Al Tanf crossing that commands the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian border triangle is held by US, British and Jordanian Special Forces and the US-trained rebel Syrian SDF. US leaflets warn Syrian troops, Hizballah away from border crossing.
Former President Obama – (Shi’ite) and possibly the biggest supporter of the ‘beast’?

Iran – (Shi’ite) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
*7/10/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26137/New-Syrian-Hizballah-offensive-defies-ceasefire Less than 24 hours after the US-Russian sponsored ceasefire went into force in southwest Syria, it broke down early Monday, July 10, when large-scale Syrian army and Hizballah forces launched a general offensive on Syrian rebel forces in the Al Suweida province. This region was listed with Quneitra and Daraa as one of three demilitarized locations to be covered by the truce.
DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Syrian’s army’s 5th
 Armored Division led the offensive which the Syrian army’s general command designated “Operation Big Dawn,” to mark it as the opening of a new phase in the war in southern Syria.
Our military sources described the attack as focusing on the northern rural areas of Al Suweida province to provide the Syrians and Hizballah with a pretext for claiming they are not part of the town and therefore not part of the ceasefire agreement reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg last Friday, July 7.
Iran – (Shi’ite)Hezbullah – Nasrallah  *6/25/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-islamic-state-wanes-iran-and-hezbollah-could-turn-on-israel/ As Islamic State wanes, Iran and Hezbollah could turn on Israel
With Russia’s help, the Syrian regime and Shiite axis are vanquishing the opposition – and drawing dangerously close to Israel’s border.
The Shiite axis is on the march, and the Islamic State is no longer in the breach, where it was keeping the Shiites occupied. The unofficial Israeli approach to the Syrian conflict, a prayer for the success of both sides, is becoming increasingly irrelevant as one side — that of the regime — pummels the other.
The consequences of the latest developments in Syria and Iraq are echoing in Lebanon in the form of belligerent declarations by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. On Friday, Nasrallah vowed that his group’s next war with Israel will pave a path for “thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of fighters from all the Arab states and the Islamic world” to fall upon the Jewish state. 
Turkey – (Sunni) Erdogan 6/29/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706291055097692-us-backed-syrians-turkey-squabble/ An official with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the coalition of US-backed militants with the stated goal of creating a secular, democratic, federalized Syria, said that the SDF sees a “big possibility of open, fierce confrontation” with Turkish forces in northwestern Syria. This comes after the two sides exchanged fire on Wednesday.
The senior official, Naser Haj Mansour, told Reuters that the SDF would confront the Turks “if they try to go beyond the known lines.” Turkish forces are there to support anti-government, primarily Islamist Syrian rebels.
An official with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the coalition of US-backed militants with the stated goal of creating a secular, democratic, federalized Syria, said that the SDF sees a “big possibility of open, fierce confrontation” with Turkish forces in northwestern Syria. This comes after the two sides exchanged fire on Wednesday.
The senior official, Naser Haj Mansour, told Reuters that the SDF would confront the Turks “if they try to go beyond the known lines.” Turkish forces are there to support anti-government, primarily Islamist Syrian rebels.
On Wednesday, the Turkish military announced they had shelled YPG positions in response to a YPG attack on a Turkey-backed rebel group. Mansour said that the SDF had returned fire.
“We disagree with the Turkish position that the YPG and the PKK are the same organization. The Coalition recognizes the threat the PKK poses to Turkey, but Turkey cannot pursue that fight at the expense of our common fight against terrorists that threaten us all,” said a US official to ARA News.
Turkey’s deputy prime minister, Numan Kurtulmus, reiterated Ankara’s opposition to the US arming YPG combatants, calling it the “wrong path.” He also vowed that Turkey would retaliate against any additional YPG attacks against the militant groups Ankara backs.
Iran – (Shi’ite) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  *6/26/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706261054966805-qatar-iran-gulf-row/ Qatar Emir Remains Committed to Developing Ties With Iran Despite Gulf Row.
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a phone conversation on Sunday evening with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and expressed commitment to develop the bilateral relations in all fields despite the ongoing diplomatic row in the Persian Gulf.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the Qatari Emir said that Doha “is seeking a complex development of relations and cooperation with Iran in order to solve the problems of the Islamic world, which is currently in a difficult situation.”
“Air, land and sea space will always be open to the brotherly country and neighbor — Qatar,” Rouhani stressed during the conversation.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped all communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Later, the Maldives, Mauritius, and Mauritania also announced the severance of diplomatic relations. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar. Senegal, Niger and Chad announced the withdrawal of ambassadors.

Zephaniah 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination [is] to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, [even] all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy.
The little horn of Daniel 7,8,11 and Revelation 13 ‘we believe’ speaks of ISIS/Iran. Their ‘purpose’? They are the demons who will be used to administer the wrath of God upon an unbelieving mankind!

ALERT
***8/12/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-suicide-blast-kills-23-rebel-fighters-near-jordan-border/ At least 23 rebel fighters were killed Friday and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, a monitoring group said.
Syria’s uprising erupted in Daraa province in March 2011 with widespread protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.
It has since turned into an all-out war that has drawn in international powers and killed more than 330,000 people.
Under a plan hammered out in May between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four “de-escalation zones” were to be established across swathes of Syria to ease fighting between regime and rebel forces.
Parts of southern Syria make up one zone. Another lies in the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, while a third is in the central province of Homs.
The fourth zone, in northwestern Idlib province, has yet to be implemented.

***7/31/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21169/Hundreds-of-Russian-combat-troops-posted-at-Quneitra-opposite-Golan DEBKAfile’s military sources report that several hundred Russian combat troops took up position Monday at Quneitra opposite Israel’s Golan border. Contrary to Russian media reports, they are not military police officers bearing the light weapons of peacekeepers, but fully kitted out and armed Russian special operations troops, the first to be deployed at any Israeli border.
*7/21/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707211055769109-baghdadi-death-us-intel/  US National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen said on Friday that has seen not seen any evidence that would indicate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Daesh terrorist group, has been killed.
**6/13/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230938 ISIS calls for terror attacks around the globe.
ISIS releases new audio message in which it urges its followers to launch attacks around the world during Ramadan.
The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group on Monday urged its followers to launch attacks in the United States, Europe, Russia, Australia, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and the Philippines during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The call was made in an audio message purporting to come from the spokesman of Islamic State, Abi al-Hassan al-Muhajer, according to Reuters.
The authenticity of the recording could not be independently verified, but the voice was the same as a previous audio message purported to be from the spokesman.
“O lions of Mosul, Raqqa, and Tal Afar, God bless those pure arms and bright faces, charge against the rejectionists and the apostates and fight them with the strength of one man,” said the voice in the recording. Rejectionist is a derogatory term used to refer to Shi’ite Muslims.
“To the brethren of faith and belief in Europe, America, Russia, Australia, and others. Your brothers in your land have done well so take them as role models and do as they have done,” he added.
ISIS has claimed several recent attacks around the world, including ones in Melbourne, AustraliaTehranLondon, and Manchester.
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis recently said that the fight against ISIS has “accelerated” and shifted to “annihilation tactics.”
“Our strategy right now is to accelerate the campaign against ISIS. It is a threat to all civilized nations,” Mattis told CBS News, adding, “We have already shifted from attrition tactics where we shove them from one position to another in Iraq and Syria, to annihilation tactics where we surround them.”

Prophecy: [Dan 7:7-8 NKJV] 7 “After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It [was] different from all the beasts that [were] before it, and it had ten horns. 8 “I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, [were] eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

Three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots – Syria, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon – Fulfillment of Prophecy!

Syria – ***8/12/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-suicide-blast-kills-23-rebel-fighters-near-jordan-border/ At least 23 rebel fighters were killed Friday and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, a monitoring group said.
Syria’s uprising erupted in Daraa province in March 2011 with widespread protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.
It has since turned into an all-out war that has drawn in international powers and killed more than 330,000 people.
Under a plan hammered out in May between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four “de-escalation zones” were to be established across swathes of Syria to ease fighting between regime and rebel forces.
Parts of southern Syria make up one zone. Another lies in the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, while a third is in the central province of Homs.
The fourth zone, in northwestern Idlib province, has yet to be implemented.

*7/25/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26155/Russia-posts-troops-8km-from-the-Israeli-Golan Russia has quietly moved troops to a point in southern Syria that is 8km from Israel’s Golan border, in the face of Israeli objections, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. Moscow used the uproar over the Temple Mount standoff and the diplomatic crisis between Israel and Jordan to cover its creeping troop deployment almost up do Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan.
Tuesday, July 15, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott visited Bashan Division headquarters on the Golan for a rundown on the Russian deployment just opposite.

Iraq – 9/9/14 http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/08/world/meast/iraq-government/index.html Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government Monday and tapped former Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as one of the country’s three vice presidents.
Several key Cabinet posts remain vacant.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed to have nominations for the defense and interior minister posts ready to present to Parliament within a week.
Monday’s Parliament vote, just a day before a constitutional deadline, comes as Iraq faces political turmoil and battles a surge of Islamist militants from ISIS.
Along with al-Maliki, former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and former speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi will also serve as vice presidents. Allawi and Al-Maliki are longtime political foes.
The vice presidential post is largely ceremonial, but al-Maliki’s appointment leaves him in a visible position of power.
Critics have accused al-Maliki of consolidating power and persecuting political rivals, blaming him for fueling Iraq’s problems with sectarian policies that alienated Sunni Muslims.
Iraqi politicians have been under intense pressure from the United States to form an inclusive government representing Sunni, Shia and Kurds. U.S. President Barack Obama has said that would be a key condition for more U.S. support, and an important step in fighting militants from ISIS, the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the government’s formation is “unquestionably a major milestone,” adding that it “has the potential to unite all of Iraq’s diverse communities.”
“Now is the time for Iraq’s leaders to govern their nation with the same vision and sense of purpose that helped bring this new government together in the first place,” Kerry said. “In that effort they should know that the United States will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Iraqis as they implement their national plan.”
A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the new government is a “positive step towards political stability and peace” in Iraq.
It’s too soon to say whether Monday’s reshuffling will quell tensions and win over members Iraq’s Sunni minority, who bitterly complained of being marginalizedand cut out of the political process by al-Maliki’s Shiite-dominated government.
A more inclusive government, Obama said last month, would give confidence to Sunnis that ISIS “is not the only game in town.”
Outlining his government program Monday, al-Abadi vowed to rebuild security forces, stamp out corruption and make sure weapons were only in the hands of the state — not militia groups.
Iraq is “under a vicious attack,” he said, and security forces will fight until “victory.”
Whether the new government will be able to settle political differences and bring the country together remains to be seen.
You did hear what they say:  http://www.debka.com/article/24242/Senior-NATO-Members-Rise-up-against-US-Iranian-Detente  “Senior NATO Members Rise up against US-Iranian Detente”
8/17/14: IRAQ –  Dr. Haider Al-Abadi is an Iraqi politician and spokesman for the Islamic Dawa Party. He was nominated for the role of prime minister of Iraq on 11 August by President Fuad Masum. Indeed, the new prime minister is going to need all the help he can get, from God and from the devil before too long. In God’s department Al-Abadi has the support of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric, who earlier today voiced his support for the political transition.  Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Shi’ite Muslim, was forced to step down. (Shiite Arab vice president Adil Abdul-Mahdi.  Shiite militia Jaish Al-Mahdi, the Saudi daily Al Watan reported. Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari)
06/23/14 Kerry canvassed Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish leaders for a consensual candidate to lead a government representing all of Iraq’s sects and communities. He had in mind a Shiite prime minister able to gain the endorsement of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. Who is Sistani? Sistani has a substantial following within Shia communities all over the world and is the current Nayb-i Imam (Preeminent Marja) of the Twelver sect of Shia Muslims. In Iran, as a result of the post-invasion opening of the Iraqi cities of Najaf and Karbala to Iranians, many Iranians are said to return from pilgrimage in Iraq as supporters of Sistani.  Thomas L. Friedman, former Bureau Chief of The New York Times in Beirut and Jerusalem (1982–88), winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, and elected Member of Pulitzer Prize Board, nominated Ayatollah Sistani for theNobel Peace Prize in 2005 and wrote the article titled “Nobel for Sistani” which was published in the New York Times on 20 March, 2005.  Incredible!!!!!!!

Libya – 4/16/16 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-libya-security-france-germany-idUSKCN0XD0JB The West is counting on the unity government to tackle Islamic State militants in Libya and prevent new flows of migrants heading north across the Mediterranean, though the new government’s leaders are still trying to establish themselves in Tripoli. “Nothing will be done unless the government wants it and examines it in a very concrete manner,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Libya slipped into political turmoil after a NATO backed air campaign helped rebels topple autocrat Muammar Gaddafi five years ago. Paris played a leading part in the campaign, but has regretted the lack of support given to the authorities afterwards.
Since 2014 the country has had two competing sets of parliaments and governments in Tripoli and the east, both backed by loose alliances of armed brigades.

Lebanon – 3/15/16  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-10814698  Hezbollah – the Party of God – is a Shia Islamist political, military and social organisation that wields considerable power in Lebanon. After Israel withdrew in 2000, Hezbollah resisted pressure to disarm and continued to strengthen its military wing, the Islamic Resistance. In some ways, its capabilities now exceed those of the Lebanese army, its considerable firepower used against Israel in the 2006 war.
The group also gradually became a key power broker in Lebanon’s political system, and has effectively gained veto power in the cabinet.
Hezbollah has been accused of carrying out a string of bombings and plots against Jewish and Israeli targets and is designated a terrorist organisation by Western states, Israel, Gulf Arab countries and the Arab League.
Some Lebanese consider Hezbollah a threat to the country’s stability, but it is enduringly popular within the Shia community. To end the sectarian clashes that left 81 people dead and brought Lebanon to the brink of a new civil war, the government backed down and a power-sharing agreement gave Hezbollah and its allies the power to veto any cabinet decision. In 2009 elections it won 10 seats in parliament and remained in the unity government. Later that year, Hezbollah’s secretary general Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah issued a new political manifesto that sought to highlight the group’s “political vision”. It dropped the reference to an Islamic republic found in the 1985 manifesto, but maintained a tough line against Israel and the US and said Hezbollah needed to keep its weapons.

Deut 32:30 How could one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Unless their Rock had sold them, And the LORD had surrendered them? ISIS chasing and putting ten thousand to flight?

The beasts of Daniel, same as 1st beast of Revelation 13: A coalition of the same countries of Daniel: (The Scarlot Coloured Beast {countries/kingdoms/nations coalition})

Dan 7:8 I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn (ISIS), before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots (Iraq, Syria, Lebanon): and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things (ISIS leader,the Anti-Christ).
Dan 8:23“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
Rev 13:1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and and ten horns and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.
Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

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The ‘Coalition’ of the Leopard, Bear and Lion of Rev 13:

THE LEOPARD

“the beast which I saw was like a leopard” (Rev 13:2)
Dan 7:6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.  6/19/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20874/Russian-warning-US-planes-in-Syria-will-be-targeted After the US-led coalition downed a Syrian jet Sunday, Russia has warned: “Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates river, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets.” The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian SU-22 after it bombed US-backed rebels in Raqqa province 50 km east of Damascus on Sunday. The Russian defense ministry said it was also halting communication with the US aimed at preventing air incidents.

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The BEAR

“his feet were like the feet of a bear”
Daniel 7:5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and [it had] three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.
6/19/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20874/Russian-warning-US-planes-in-Syria-will-be-targeted After the US-led coalition downed a Syrian jet Sunday, Russia has warned: “Any aircraft, including planes and drones belonging to the international coalition operating west of the Euphrates river, will be tracked by Russian anti-aircraft forces in the sky and on the ground and treated as targets.” The coalition said it had shot down the Syrian SU-22 after it bombed US-backed rebels in Raqqa province 50 km east of Damascus on Sunday. The Russian defense ministry said it was also halting communication with the US aimed at preventing air incidents.
6/7/15 http://uk.investing.com/news/world-news/insight—in-rare-alliance,-shi’ites-join-sunnis-to-defend-iraqi-towns-16686 When Islamic State (ISIS) fighters tried to storm the Tigris River town of Dhuluiya north of Baghdad this week, they were repelled by a rare coalition of Sunni tribal fighters inside the town and Shi’ites in its sister city Balad on the opposite bank. Dhuluiya, which comes from the word “ribs”, is a small town surrounded on three sides by a kink in the Tigris. A north-south highway runs through it, making it potentially one of the final stops for fighters attempting to assault Baghdad from the north.
http://rt.com/op-edge/196900-iraq-isis-spirit-culture-seige/  good article about the usefulness of Dhuluiya
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The LION is BABYLON

“and his mouth like the mouth of a lion”
Dan 7:4 The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
Dan 11:11 “And the king of the South shall be moved with rage, and go out and fight with him, with the king of the North, who shall muster a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into the hand of his enemy.
6/15/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26101/Will-Trump-make-a-peace-breakthrough-in-2018- US President Donald Trump’s goal of generating a rapid improvement of Israel’s ties with the Arab world, including the Palestinians in 2018, is not just up to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, but depends largely on how the Trump administration handles the continuing conflict between Qatar and its powerful Arab opponents, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
Up until the end of this week, Trump had turned down the efforts of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis to resolve the Gulf conflict by diplomacy. Instead of heeding them, the president took the advice of the Saudi defense minister, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, who visited Washington this week. Tillerson and Mattis tried to arrange a conference between Saudi Arabia and Qatar so as to gradually ease the tensions, but Trump torpedoed the initiative by adopting Riyadh’s tough line.
A complex situation has arisen in the last few days regarding the US diplomacy for bringing Israel and the Palestinians aboard a peace process. The signs of movement on this score fluctuate between crises and some progress:
In other words, the year 2018 will see the building of normal relations between Israel and Arab countries to be followed at a later date by the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. President Trump has clearly seized on relations with Riyadh, Cairo and Abu Dhabi as a lever for pushing Israel and the Palestinians into peace talks.
The idea is simple. Israel’s improved ties with the Arab world will resonate positively on Israeli-Palestinian relations. That appears to be Trump’s formula for peace. But there is a catch. It depends heavily on the US President maintaining good relations with the Arab world in the long term.
5/3/17 https://sputniknews.com/politics/201705031053219078-iran-saudi-understanding-impossible/ Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman al Saud says that it is impossible to reach mutual understanding between Saudi Arabia and Iran. “The Iranian regime adheres to the extremist ideology, that is why it is impossible to reach mutual understanding with it … There is no common ground between us and the Iranian regime,” the deputy crown prince said on Tuesday.
From his point of view, the main target for Tehran is Saudi Arabia, not Syria, because Iran wants to control the Muslim holy sites in Mecca.

**We make a transition from Daniel, the Lion being Babylon, to Revelation Lion, still Babylon (mystery, Babylon), {Rev 17:16 And the ten horns (countries/kingdoms) which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore {mystery, Babylon}, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.} {17:17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast}[13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.], until the words of God shall be fulfilled.} and is part of the coalition that is the scarlet coloured beast.

Order of Events –
Christians will be raptured, the ‘first’ resurrection (Rev 20:6). The anti-christ will be revealed. The wrath of God will be poured upon all mankind.(The Scarlot Coloured Beast (Rev 13)The wrath of God will be poured upon all mankind {countries/kingdoms/nations} coalition.) Babylon will be destroyed in one day.(Rev 18)  Israel will be attacked. Israeli remnant will be placed in safety.(Rev 12)(Zech 14)
Rev 16:13-16And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
Armageddon!
Zech 14:4-6 4 And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, [Making] a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south. 5 Then you shall flee [through] My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the LORD my God will come, [And] all the saints with You. 6 It shall come to pass in that day [That] there will be no light; The lights will diminishThen ‘IT IS DONE’! (Rev 16:17; Eze 39:8;) The marriage supper of the Lamb.(Rev 19:9) Thousand year reign of our Lord!(Rev 20:2-7)

Matt 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if [it were] possible, they shall deceive the very elect. KJV

http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/saudi-cleric-isis-soldiers-must-kill-their-commanders/  Saudi Muslim cleric has bad news for members of the Muslim terror gang ISIS, also called Islamic State: They’re going to “hellfire.” The cleric warns that ISIS members are “apostates.”

Day of The Rapture?
Joel 2:1-2 KJV – 1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.(Amos 5:18)

Amos 5:18 KJV – 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. (Joel 2:2)

 

DANIEL

The Book of Daniel, like The Revelation in the N.T., is called an apocalypse, as are also, Isaiah 24-27 (the Isaiah Apocalypse), and the visions in Zechariah. “Apocalypse” means unveiling. When wickedness seemed supreme in the world, and evil-powers were, an apocalypse was given to show the real situation behind that which was apparent, and to indicate the eventual victory of righteousness upon the earth. Apocalyptic writing uses many figures and symbols, God used this literary form to convey His truth to His people.
The author of this book, Daniel, whose name means God is my judge, was taken in his youth to Babylon in the first deportation under Nebuchadnezzar. He soon excelled in wisdom in this land famous for its wise men, and ultimately rose to become first among the three highest officers of the Medo-Persian Empire (5:29; 6:1-3). His life in Babylon extended to at least 530 B.C.
Daniel is a book of kings and kingdoms, of thrones and dominions. While including a number of historical records, it embodies prophecies of the sequence of kingdoms in “the times of the Gentiles” (Lk 21:24; see Rev. 16:19, note) and portrays the end of this period. It voices the only prophecy in the O.T. (9:24-27) that sets the time of Christ’s first advent.
The historical events in Daniel, occurring at the beginning of the times of the Gentiles, illustrate events prophetically set forth in the book as taking place at the end of this period and culminating catastrophically in the termination of Gentile world rule at the return of Christ, the Messiah. Thus, the persecution of the children of God in chs. 3 and 6 foreshadows the more severe and universal persecution of God’s people (rather people left behind from the rapture) to take place at the end of this age (7:25; 8:24; 12:1); likewise, the blasphemous repudiation of the God of Israel, as in 5:1-4; 6:5-12, will appear in a more universal form and even greater intensity at the end of the age (7:25; 9:26; 11:37,38).

This book is referred to or quoted many times in the N.T. (cp. especially our Lord’s reference to Daniel in Mt. 24:15; Mk. 13:14) and is the key to The Revelation. It exercised a great influence upon the early church; its scheme of four successive empires dominated European historiography until the middle of the eighteenth century.

The book may be divided as follows: I. Daniel’s Early Life in the Babylonian Court, 1. II. Nebuchadnezzar’s Vision of the Image, 2. III. The deliverance of the Three Hebrew Youths from the Fiery Furnace, 3. IV. The Vision and Humbling of Nebuchadnezzar, 4. V. Daniel’s Experience under Belshazzar and Darius, 5-6. VI. Daniel’s Vision of the Four Beasts, 7. VII. The Prophecy of the Defeat of the Persians by the Greeks, and the Desecration of the Temple, 8. VII. Daniel’s Prayer and the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, 9. IX. Daniel’s Final Vision, 10-12.  (Page 896)

note 1 (2:4) ch. 2:4 to 7:28 the book is written in Aramaic, the language spoken at the court of Nebuchadnezzar and later used as the official language of the whole western section of the Persian Empire. (page 897)

note 1 (2:31) The vision prophetically portrays the course of world empire and its destruction by Christ, who called this period “the times of the Gentiles” (Lk 21:24; see Rev. 16:19, note). The (Page 898) four metals composing the image are explained as symbolizing four empires (vv. 38-40), not necessarily possessing the earth but divinely authorized to do so (v. 38), and fulfilled in Babylon (1), Medo-Persia (2), Greece (3) (under Alexander) and Rome (4). The latter power is seen divided, first into two (the legs), fulfilled in the Eastern and Western Roman Empires, and then into ten (the toes) (5) (see Dan 7:26, note). As a whole, the image gives the imposing outward greatness and splendor of the Gentile world power.
The Smiting Stone (2:34-35) destroys the Gentile world system (in its final form) by a sudden and irremediable blow, not by the gradual processes of conversion and assimilation; and then and not before, does the Stone become a mountain which fills “the whole earth” (cp, Dan 7:26-27). Such a destruction of the Gentile monarchy system did not occur at the first advent of Christ. On the contrary, He was put to death by the sentence of an officer of the fourth empire, which was then at the zenith of its power. After Christ’s death the western part of the Roman Empire fell in A.D. 476 and the eastern part in 1453, but no other world empire has superseded Rome because only four empires (**See Dan 2:35, 41-44; The ‘ten toes,’ the Ottoman Empire Caliphates) will precede Christ’s return and rule. The interposition of the Church Age between the first and second advents of Christ, as revealed in the N.T., is not a part of this vision. The deadly wound suffered by the fourth empire will not be healed by the restoration of the empire until the Church Age has been completed by the rapture of the Church (Rev 13:3) (**See Dan 2:35, 41-44; The ‘ten toes,’ the Ottoman Empire Caliphates). Thus Gentile world power still continues, and the crushing blow is still suspended. The detail of the end-time is given in Dan 7 and Rev. 13-19, It is important to observe that (1) Gentile world power is to end in a sudden catastrophic judgment (See Armageddon, Rev. 16:13-16; 19:17, note); and (2) it is immediately to be followed by the kingdom of heaven. The God of the heavens will not set up His kingdom until after the destruction of the Gentile world system. It is noteworthy that Gentile world dominion begins and ends with a great image (Dan 2:31; Rev 13:14-15).
This Stone must not be identified with the Church, as some hold, for the task of the Church is never said to be the destruction of the nations of the earth.
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note 1 (2:35) A mountain is one of the Biblical symbols of a kingdom. See Isa 2:2, note. [(Note 4) A mountain in Scripture symbolism, means a kingdom, authority, or rule (Dan 2:35,44-45; Rev. 17:9-11; see Rev. 13:1, note).  [**Isa 13; 25:6; Jer. 51:25-29; Micah 4:1; Rev. 8:8)] (Page 899, 714)
note 2 (2:38) Universal dominion is indicated. It was never fully realized, but diving authority was given for it. See v. 31, note.
note 3 (2:41) From the head of gold (v.38) to the iron of the fourth kingdom (Rome) there is deterioration in fineness, but increase of strength (v. 40). Then comes the deterioration of the fourth kingdom in that very quality—strength. (1) Deterioration by division: the kingdom is divided into two, the legs (eastern and western empires), and these are again divided into kingdoms, the number of which, when the Stone smites the image, will be ten (toes, v. 42; cp. 7:23-24). And (2) deterioration by admixture: the iron mixed with the clay. (Page 899)

**note 1 (2:44) This passage fixes, in relation to other predicted events, the time when the millennial kingdom will be established. It will be “in the days of these kings,” i.e. the days of the ten kings (cp. 7:24-27) symbolized by the toes of the image. [**Scofield acknowledges ‘these kings’ (The 10 toes) will be ‘the time when the millennial kingdom will be established.’ Not realizing it is the Ottoman Empire Caliphates being restored rather than Rome. Today we see Saudi Arabia vs Iran, Sunni vs Shias, Arab nations rich with Oil and all that money can buy, ruling the world. It was stamped out in the 15th century only to arise in these last days. I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, (Who is he? ISIS? The 1st Beast of Rev 13, the Scarlet Coloured Beast of Chap 17] The ten kings did not exist at the advent of Messiah, nor was the federation even possible until the dissolution of the Roman Empire and the rise of the present nationalistic world system. See Kingdom (O.T.) (Gen. 1:26; Zech 12:8, note); Kingdom (N.T.) (Lk. 1:31-33; Rev. 20:4); also notes at Mt. 3:2; 6:33; and 1 Cor 5:24. In vv. 44-45, the method by which the millennial kingdom will be established is repeated from vv. 34-35, i.e. the Smiting Stone will crush the image that represents the world powers that are inimical to God. (See v. 31, note; cp. Ps. 2:5 with 2:6; Zech.14:1-8 with 14:9.)

note 2 (2:49) Compare Gen.19:1, Lot, the compromiser with Daniel, the resolute. To sit in the gate of the king was to be in the place of authority. (Page 900)

Dan 11:45 “And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. [4/30/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228851 Israel asks UN for permission to inspect Armon Hanatziv compound.
State asks for delay in response to petition against illegal construction by UN in Jerusalem, seeks to tour compound with UN permission.
The Jerusalem District Court last week ordered the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Land Authority to respond to the petition filed last week by Regavim against the United Nations over an illegal construction boom at the UN headquarters in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, which belongs to the State of Israel.
The state, for its part, has filed a request for an additional postponement to the Jerusalem District Court, which indicates that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been in contact with various elements of the UN, and has asked the UN to allow a visit by professional bodies on behalf of the State of Israel.
The representatives of the Foreign Ministry also held a preliminary visit to the site, during which UN representatives claimed that the construction work currently under way without building permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and without the consent of the State of Israel belongs to the area, as “arising from the need for essential renovations in the historic building, which was erected in 1929.”
The state explained its request for an additional period, also because of “the need to formulate the State’s position on the legal aspects [of the case], including aspects relating to the immunity of the UN, as well as the need to further clarify the factual basis and the continuation of diplomatic contacts with the UN.”]

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Now we move on to chapter 7:

note 1 (7:2) “Sea” in scripture imagery stands for the populace, the unorganized mass of mankind (Isa.60:5; Mt.13:47; Lk.21:25; Rev.13:1).
note 2 (7:3) The monarchy vision of Nebuchadnezzar (ch. 2) covers the same order of fulfillment as Daniel’s beast vision, but with this difference: Nebuchadnezzar saw the imposing outward power and splendor of “the times of the Gentiles” (Lk.21:24; cp. Rev.16:19, note), whereas Daniel saw the true character of Gentile world government as rapacious and warlike, established and maintained by force. It is remarkable that the heraldic insignia of the Gentile Nations are all beasts or birds of prey.
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note 1 (7:5)This is a possiblel reference to the threefold dominion of the second empire, Media, Persia, Babylonia.
note 2 (7:5)That is Lydia, Babylonia, Egypt, etc.
note 3 (7:6) An allusion to the swiftness of Alexander’s conquests.
note 4 (7:6) The vision is of the end of Gentile world dominion. The former Roman Empire (the iron kingdom of 2:33-35, 40-44; 7:7) will have ten horns (i.e. kings, Rev. 17:12), corresponding to the ten toes of the image. As Daniel considers this vision of the ten kings, there rises up among them a “little horn” (king), who subdues three of the ten kings so completely that the separate identity of their kingdoms is destroyed. Seven kings of the ten are left, and the little “little horn,” who is “the prince that shall come” of 9:26, the “abomination” of 12:11 and Mt. 24:15, and the “beast out of the sea” of 2 Th. 2:4-8.
note 5 (7:9) This title, while referring here and in v. 13 to God the Father, has equal application to Christ, e.g. v.22; Rev. 1:8,13-18. Cp. Ps. 45:6; 93:2; Mic. 5:2; Hab. 1:12.
note 6 (7:13) This scene is identical with that of Rev. 5:6-10. There the ascription of praise of the “kings and priests” (see Dan. 7:18, note) ends with the words, “and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 6 opens the “vexing” of Ps. 2:5, introductory to setting the king on Zion (Ps. 2:6; Rev. 20:4). The vision (7:9-14) reverses the order of events as they will be fulfilled. Verse 13, describes the scene in heaven (cp. Rev. 5:6-10) which, in fulfillment, precedes the events which Daniel sees in vision in vv. 9-12. The order of fulfillment will be: (1) rhe investiture of the Son of man with the kingdom (Dan. 7:13,14; Rev. 5:6-10); (2) the “vexing” of Ps. 2:5, fully described in Mt. 24:21-22; Rev. 6-18; (3) the return of the Son of man in glory to deliver the smiting b low of 2:45 (Dan 7:9-11; Rev. 19:11-21); and (4) God’s judgment of individuals among the nations and the setting up of the kingdom (Dan. 7:10,26-27; Mt. 25:31-46; Rev 20:1-6).
note 7 (7:14) Verses 13-14 are identical with Rev. 5:1-7, and precede the fulfillment of Dan. 2:34-35. Verses 13-14 and Rev. 5:1-7 describe the investiture of the Son of man and the Son of David with the kingdom authority, while Dan. 2:34-35 describes the crushing blow (see Armageddon, Rev. 16:13-16; 19:17, note) which destroys Gentile world power, thus clearing the way for the actual setting up of the kingdom of heaven. Verses 34-35 and Rev. 19:19-21 describes the same event.
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note 1 (7:18) See “saints” in vv. 22,25, and 27 also. That the Church saints, i.e. believes of the Church Age, will also share this rule seems evident in that the Church, having part in the first resurrection, will “reign with him [Christ] a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6). Cp. Rom. 8:17; 2 Tim. 2:10-12; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6; 3:21; 5:10.
note 2 (7:25) The terms found in the O.T. and N.T. referring to specific lengths of time in future events require careful consideration, so as to avoid fantastic speculations. The first occurrence of a reference  to a period of three and one-half years in the prophetic future is the expression “time, times and the dividing of time” found here. It is also in Dan. 12:7 and Rev. 12:14. This is the same length of time as one-half of the final seven-year period (9:27), and is likewise the period of time expressed in the term “forty and two months” (Rev. 11:2; 13:5), or “a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (Rev. 12:6).
The three-and=one-half-year period seems to be a reference to the last half of Daniel’s seventieth week, also known as the great tribulation.
note 3 (7:26) The end of Gentile world power. (1) In the beast vision of ch. 7, the fourth beast (v. 7) is declared to be “the fourth kingdom,” i.e. the Roman Empire, the “iron” kingdom of ch. 2. The “ten horns” upon the fourth beast (Roman Empire), v. 7, are declared to be “ten kings that shall arise” (v. 24), answering to the ten toes of the image vision of ch. 2. The ten kingdoms, including the regions formerly ruled by Rome, will constitute, therefore, the form in which the fourth or Roman Empire will exist when the whole fabric of Gentile world domination is smitten by the “stone cut out without hands,” i.e. Christ (2:44-45; 7:9). But (2) Daniel sees a “little horn” rise and subdue three of the ten kings (vv. 24-26). His distinguishing mark is hatred of God and believers. He is not to be confounded with the “little horn” of ch. 8, a prophecy fulfilled in Antiochus Epiphanes (see 8:9, note). In Rev. 13 additional particulars of the “little horn” of Dan. 7 are given (see Rev. 13:1, note). (Page 909)

Dan 11:36-45 is prophecy concerning the ‘willful king’ (“the ‘supreme’ ruler, who will magnify himself above all.”) (Page 915) Rev 13:1-18. (The number of a man; and his number is six hundred three score and six.)

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BABYLON – REVELATION

How it all ties together:
Rev 13:1And I stood upon the sand of the sea
(‘sea’ in scripture imagery stands for the populace, the unorganized mass of mankind (Isa 60:5; Dan 7:2,3; Mt.13:47; Lk 21:25;)),

and saw a beast (17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns)

rise up out of the sea (‘sea’ in scripture imagery stands for the populace, the unorganized mass of mankind (Isa 60:5; Dan 7:2,3; Mt.13:47; Lk 21:25;)),

having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, (17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns) (Rev 12:3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.) (Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years) (These 10 crowns/horns (see Dan 7:24) are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya  corresponding to the ten toes of the image. (Dan 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream [is] certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/history/ottomanempire_1.shtml (These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya: corresponding to the ten toes of the image.) At its peak it included:

  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Macedonia
  • Hungary
  • Palestine
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Parts of Arabia
  • Much of the coastal strip of North Africa

The empire officially ended on the 1st November 1922, when the Ottoman sultanate was abolished and Turkey was declared a republic. The Ottoman caliphate continued as an institution, with greatly reduced authority, until it too was abolished on the 3rd March 1924.]

and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. [“Allah”- “Praise “Allah”] (17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns)

2 And the beast (17:3 a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns) 

which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as [the feet] of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion:  (Daniel 7:3″And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.
4″The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.
5″And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and [had] three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’
6″After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
7″After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It [was] different from all the beasts that [were] before it, and it had ten horns.
8″I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, [were] eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.

17’Those great beasts, which are four, [are] four kings [which] arise out of the earth.
23″Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on earth, Which shall be different from all [other] kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces.
24The ten horns [are] ten kings [Who] shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first [ones], And shall subdue three kings. (ISIS)
25He shall speak [pompous] words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then [the saints] shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time. (3 1/2 years)
26’But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy [it] forever). (Dan 7:17 These great beasts, which are four, [are] four kings, [which] shall arise out of the earth.)
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all [things]: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters’ clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 42 And [as] the toes of the feet [were] part of iron, and part of clay, [so] the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream [is] certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. (note there are 5 counting the toes))

and the dragon (Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand year) 

gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. Isa 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] shall it stand: 25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. 26 This [is] the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this [is] the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul [it]? and his hand [is] stretched out, and who shall turn it back?)

3And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
4And they worshipped the dragon (Rev 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.) (Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years)

which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship – acknowledges his power) (Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. (see Isa 14:24-27))

saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
5And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things (now speaking of the antichrist man, a leader)

and blasphemies; (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship – acknowledges his power) (17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy having seven heads and ten horns) 

and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months. (3 ½ years)
6And he opened his mouth (now speaking of the antichrist man, a leader) 

in blasphemy (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah”)

against God, to blaspheme His name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 
7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. (see Isa 14:24-27))

8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship – acknowledges his power, bowing down) (Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. (see Isa 14:24-27))

whose names are not written in the book of life (the unsaved) of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
9If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. (Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.)

12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship – acknowledges his power, bowing down)

13And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
14And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth (Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. (see Isa 14:24-27))

by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
15And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (bow down, convert to, “Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship – acknowledges his power)

16And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (Rev 14:9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 “And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”)

17And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number [is] Six hundred threescore [and] six. (In the Codex Sinaiticus there are three Greek symbols that have been interpreted to be 666.)

Rev 17:1
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment
(Chap 18)

of the great harlot (17:5 and on her forehead a name [was] written MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH) (18and the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. “Babylon”)

who sits on many waters (15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues)

2 “with whom the kings of the earth (The Scarlet Beast)

committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman (17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH) (18 the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. “Babylon)

sitting on a scarlet beast (15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues)

[which was] full of names of blasphemy (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship (acknowledges his power)),

having seven heads and ten horns. (12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.”)

4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.
5 And on her forehead a name [was] written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 I saw the woman, (17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH) (18the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. “Babylon)

drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.
7 But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman (17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH) (18 the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth. “Babylon) (17:3And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast [which was] full of names of blasphemy (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship (acknowledges his power)), having seven heads and ten horns)

and of the beast (5 the scarlet beast, (15 peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues))

that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. (12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast.”)

8 “The beast that you saw (5 the scarlet beast, (15 peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues))

was, and is not, and will ascend (the Ottoman Empire)(Dan 7:23The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom (These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, corresponding to the ten toes of the image.) [are] ten kings [that] shall arise and another shall rise after them (ISIS); and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/history/ottomanempire_1.shtml At its peak it included:

  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Bulgaria
  • Romania
  • Macedonia
  • Hungary
  • Palestine
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • Parts of Arabia
  • Much of the coastal strip of North Africa

The empire officially ended on the 1st November 1922, when the Ottoman sultanate was abolished and Turkey was declared a republic. The Ottoman caliphate continued as an institution, with greatly reduced authority, until it too was abolished on the 3rd March 1924.)

out of the bottomless pit (Rev 9:1,2; 20:1,2;) and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world (ISIS),

when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. (the Ottoman Empire)

9 “Here [is] the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains (17:2 kings of the earth and inhabitants of the earth) (note: A mountain is one of the Biblical symbols of a kingdom authority, or rule. See: Dan 2:45; Isa 2:2; 13:4; 25:6-7; Jer 51:25-29; Micah 4:1; Rev 13:4;) (see ‘Nuclear Showdown in Iran’ by Bill Salus, page 125, ‘Although the Bible often refers to mountains in a literal, geographical sense, it may allude to the leadership or government of a nation in the typological sense.’)

on which the woman sits. (2 the kings and the inhabitants of the earth) (15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues)

10 “There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, [and] the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time (ISIS Leader?).

11 “The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. (the Ottoman Empire),

12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. (These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, corresponding to the ten toes of the image. Dan 2:41-45)

13 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.
14 “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those [who are] with Him [are] called, chosen, and faithful.”
15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.
16 “And the ten horns which you saw on the beast (These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya  corresponding to the ten toes of the image. Dan 2:41-45),

these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. (Chap 18)

17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose (Rev 17:17 “For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. Isa 14:24 The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, [so] shall it stand: 25 That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. 26 This [is] the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this [is] the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul [it]? and his hand [is] stretched out, and who shall turn it back?),

to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, (These 10 horns are kings/countries that once were the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Qatar, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya corresponding to the ten toes of the image. Dan 2:41-45)

until the words of God are fulfilled.
18 “And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.(17:5 MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH)

*1/13/17  http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/obama-kerry-have-1-last-surprise-waiting-for-jewish-state/  Israel is bracing for more hostile declarations from a bloc of more than 70 nations meeting Sunday in Paris with the goal of embracing a document that calls for a two-state solution with a Palestinian state formed within the 1949 boundaries.
Israel will not even have a representative in Paris, nor will Israel be present when Pope Francis meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the day before, on Saturday. This has led some to describe the pope’s meddling as tantamount to “having a wedding without the groom.”
This weekend’s developments are just the latest in a three-week nightmare for Israel that has coincided with the final month of Barack Obama’s presidency. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution Dec. 23 calling all of east Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria “occupied Palestinian land.” Five days later, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that construction in Judea and Samaria stands as one of the main obstacles to peace and said Israel could either be Jewish or Democratic, not both.
Now, the Paris peace summit document looms, and the fear is that it will be used by the U.N. as the basis for yet another anti-Israel resolution or statement that will be issued when the U.N. Security Council meets on Jan. 17, just three days before Obama leaves office.

Someone once said, ‘The description of Babylon only fits the U. S. at this time.’ Since that was said there are more possibilities:

Have to admit we could very well be wrong!
According to scripture (Rev 17:16,17): And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore (the whore is Babylon – Is it America?), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
The 1st Beast (The Scarlet Coloured Beast): The one who leads the coalition countries of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar who hates Babylon(Is Babylon – America?).  Will it be ISIS or Iran?
When the 1st Beast and the ten horns destroy Babylon (the woman – Is this America?), the beast will then be in control of all the world and, the ‘ALL’, will worship the beast by acknowledging his authority and power. 

Dubai – (Sunni?) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai  Dubai (/dˈb/ doo-BYArabic: دبيّ‎ Dubayy, IPA: [dʊˈbæj]) is a city in the United Arab Emirates, located within the emirate of the same name. The emirate of Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. It has the largest population in the UAE (2,106,177) and the second-largest land territory (4,114 km2) after the capital, Abu Dhabi.[4] Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature.[5] The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline and heads up the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai is often misperceived as a country or city-state and, in some cases, the UAE as a whole has been described as ‘Dubai’

Abu Dhabi – (Sunni) houses important offices of the federal government, and is the seat for the UAE (United Arab Emirates Government) and the home for the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE from this family. Abu Dhabi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed Abu Dhabi to a larger and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country’s center of politicalindustrial activities, and a major cultural, and commercial centre due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi alone generated 56.7% of the GDP of the United Arab Emirates in 2008. 

Saudi Arabia, – (Sunni)an absolute monarchy King Salman Bin Abdulaziz.  4/29/15 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11571482/Saudi-Arabias-quiet-revolution-as-King-Salman-changes-royal-succession.html  But King Salman has grasped the nettle by decreeing that the next king will indeed be a grandson in the form of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the interior minister. On Wednesday, this frail 79-year-old, who only ascended to the throne in January, executed a Saudi version of a palace revolution by suddenly altering the line of succession. Prince Muqrin, the youngest living son of ibn Saud, had been lined up to inherit the throne. Now the king has ruthlessly shoved him aside. For good measure, Prince Saud al-Faisal, the foreign minister, has also been relieved of his duties  http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/7535/    Is this emirate playing the Babylon roll???  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/183979#.U-pJVfldWSo   Saudi Arabia[b] ( i/ˌsdi əˈrbi.ə/ or  i/ˌsɔːd əˈrbi.ə/), officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA),[c] is the largest Arab state in Western Asia by land area (approximately 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula) and the second-largest in the Arab world after Algeria. It is bordered byJordan and Iraq to the north, Kuwait to the northeast, QatarBahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the east, Oman to the southeast, and Yemen in the south. It is the only nation with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast.Before the inception of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, modern-day Saudi Arabia consisted of four distinct regions: HejazNajd and parts of Eastern Arabia (Al-Hasa) andSouthern Arabia (‘Asir).[12] The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was founded in 1932 by Ibn Saud; he united the four regions into a single state through a series of conquests beginning in 1902 with the capture of Riyadh, the ancestral home of his family, the House of Saud. The country has since been an absolute monarchy governed along Islamic lines, namely under the influence of Wahhabism.[13] Saudi Arabia is sometimes called “the Land of the Two Holy Mosques” in reference to Al-Masjid al-Haram (inMecca), and Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (in Medina), the two holiest places in Islam  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabia http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4558024,00.html Saudi Arabia told Israel on Tuesday that it must reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians if it is to survive as a nation, and criticised Muslims for being divided and failing to stop the Jewish state attacking its Arab neighbours.

Bahrain (Sunni)the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa a constitutional monarchy  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bahrain .   Bahrain – Kingdom of the Two Seas. Bahrain is a constitutional monarchy headed by the King, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa; the head of government is the Prime Minister, Shaikh Khalīfa bin Salman al Khalifa, who presides over a cabinet of twenty-five members, where 80% of its members are from the royal family. In a region experiencing an oil boom, Bahrain has the fastest growing economy in the Arab world, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia found in January 2006. Bahrain also has the freest economy in the Middle East according to the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal, and is tenth freest overall in the world.

BASRA – (Mixed)has a major role in H.G. Wells‘s 1934 future history “The Shape of Things to Come” “where the Iraqi city is at the center of a world state emerging after a collapse of civilization and becomes in effect the capital of the world.” Basra is home to all of Iraq’s six ports; Umm Qasr is the main deep-water port with 22 platforms, some of which are dedicated to specific goods (such as sulfur, seeds, lubricant oil, etc.) The other five ports are smaller in scale and more narrowly specialized. Fishing was an important business before the oil boom.

Qatar –  (Sunni)Since 1995, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani has ruled Qatar, seizing control of the country from his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani while the latter vacationed in Switzerland. Under Emir Hamad, Qatar has experienced a notable amount of sociopolitical liberalization, including the endorsement of women’s suffrage or right to vote, drafting a new constitution, and the launch of Al Jazeera, a leading English and Arabic news source which operates a website and satellite television news channel.The International Monetary Fund states that Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world, followed by Luxembourg. The World Factbook ranks Qatar at second, following Luxembourg. Doha is the capital of Qatar.

 An aerial view shows Doha's diplomatic area

DOHA

America (Neutral) is not mentioned in the Bible. It would be reasonable to assume then America has no role in the ‘last days’ playing out. Thus, if America were to prosper and continue affecting the governments, politics and wars it would never play out the way God purposes it to be. Therein the results of American politics has well played into the purpose of God. Americans must take joy in knowing the return of our Lord Jesus Christ is imminent.  Pray for strength, courage and each other to endure whatever plays out till our Lord Jesus Christ returns.
(Have to admit we could very well be wrong!
According to scripture (Rev 17:16,17): And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore (the whore is Babylon – Is it America?), and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
The 1st Beast (The Scarlet Coloured Beast): The one who leads the coalition countries of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Egypt, Qatar who hates Babylon(Is Babylon – America?).  Will it be ISIS or Iran?
When the 1st Beast and the ten horns destroy Babylon (the woman – Is this America?), the beast will then be in control of all the world and, the ‘ALL’, will worship the beast by acknowledging his authority and power.) 

***EU – (mixed Sunni,Shi’ite) 4/30/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/228851 Israel asks UN for permission to inspect Armon Hanatziv compound.
State asks for delay in response to petition against illegal construction by UN in Jerusalem, seeks to tour compound with UN permission.
The Jerusalem District Court last week ordered the Jerusalem Municipality and the Israel Land Authority to respond to the petition filed last week by Regavim against the United Nations over an illegal construction boom at the UN headquarters in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, which belongs to the State of Israel.
The state, for its part, has filed a request for an additional postponement to the Jerusalem District Court, which indicates that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been in contact with various elements of the UN, and has asked the UN to allow a visit by professional bodies on behalf of the State of Israel.
The representatives of the Foreign Ministry also held a preliminary visit to the site, during which UN representatives claimed that the construction work currently under way without building permits from the Jerusalem Municipality and without the consent of the State of Israel belongs to the area, as “arising from the need for essential renovations in the historic building, which was erected in 1929.”
The state explained its request for an additional period, also because of “the need to formulate the State’s position on the legal aspects [of the case], including aspects relating to the immunity of the UN, as well as the need to further clarify the factual basis and the continuation of diplomatic contacts with the UN.”
The suit filed by the Regavim movement last month noted the flood of serious building violations committed by the UN in recent years, including concrete castings in the historic building, the construction of an illegal multi-story office building, a hangar storage and a pirate gas station that is also an environmental hazard.
After the liberation of Jerusalem, the Israeli government gave UNTSO, a UN agency, the right to use the area, free of charge, to supervise the cease-fire between Israel and its neighbors after the war.
The United Nations agencies UNTSO and UNSCO are currently operating in the compound, alongside the office of UN envoy to the Middle East Nikolai Maldanov, who is conducting blatant and hostile anti-Israel activity and which Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has proposed to boycott.
At the end of last week, it was announced that during the celebration of Israel’s 69th Independence Day in Jerusalem, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is expected to adopt a resolution according to which the State of Israel is not the sovereign in Jerusalem. Last year, the UNESCO Executive Committee adopted the PA proposal which denied the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall, a decision that caused great anger in the Israeli government. [Dan 11:45 “And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.]
*7/9/16 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Obama-tells-France-Germany-Italy-Britain-to-safeguard-EU-after-Brexit-vote-459906 US President Barack Obama told the leaders of Germany, Italy, France and Britain they should “preserve the stability and well-being of the European project” after Britons voted to leave the European Union, a White House official said.
The leaders of the five leading NATO states, known as the Quint, also met with Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko to express their support for Kiev after Russia annexed its Black Sea peninsula of Crimea and then backed rebels in east Ukraine.
“The leaders agreed that Ukraine has made considerable progress on political, economic, and anti-corruption reforms, but that more work must be done to consolidate these gains,” the official said.
**7/5/16 http://www.wnd.com/2016/07/rejected-by-u-k-europeans-to-seek-empire/ Now that the European Union will be losing the United Kingdom as a result of the Brexit vote, concerns are growing that the E.U. is seeking to expand intercontinentally with the aim of establishing an “empire.”
A week after the British vote on June 23, E.U. Vice President Federica Mogherini released a document outlining the union’s plan for expansion, “A Global Strategy for the European Union’s Foreign And Security Policy,” raising some eyebrows in foreign policy circles.
Not only does the document suggest the possible formation of an E.U. army, it explores expanding the multi-state entity into Asia and Africa.
It even envisions a global government.

UN – (Mixed/leans Shi’ite) 5/30/17  http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/230361  The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Monday urged the UN Security Council to take action to protect Jerusalem from Israeli attempts to “Judaize” the city, the Ma’an news agency reported.
The statement came a day after the Israeli Cabinet held its weekly meeting in the Western Wall tunnels instead of in the Knesset in order to honor Jerusalem Day, which was celebrated last week.
During the meeting, the ministers approved several projects important for Israel’s capital, including two projects intended to make the Western Wall more accessible for wheelchairs.
The PA bureau in charge of foreign affairs on Tuesday condemned Israel’s “Judaization campaign” in eastern Jerusalem, including a cable car project approved by the Cabinet at Sunday’s meeting and the planned construction of elevators and passages connecting the Western Wall to Jewish-majority neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
The Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem raised the ire of the Secretary General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Saeb Erekat, who said on Sunday that the “meeting in Occupied East Jerusalem is an attempt by the Israeli government to normalize occupation, oppression and colonization over the land and the people of Palestine.”

GCC – (Mixed) **6/1/17 The enemy of my enemy is my friend, but Iran doesn’t seem to be the enemy of all US allies. Qatari state media sources claimed that Qatar’s emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani cautioned against butting heads with Tehran, and have expressed support for Iran-backed groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
This brings Qatar into conflict with the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates, both of whom consider Iran to be their primary foe. Doha claimed that the report was falsified, but the Saudis didn’t buy it and continuously decried Qatar in their own state-run media. “Doha’s insistence in denying the issue is marginal because in reality, on the ground, Qatar confirms it adopts the policies that it is now trying to deny,” read a Monday editorial in Saudi-owned newspaper Al-Hayat.
Qatar has always been the black sheep of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): while the Kingdom and the UAE consider the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, Qatar has traditionally backed them. When the Brotherhood seized control of Egypt after the 2011 Arab Spring, this caused a ripple effect that has soured Qatar’s relationship with the Saudis and Emiratis.
Some analysts have claimed that Trump’s recent statements have opened the floodgates to renew an old regional rivalry. “When Trump gave fulsome support in Riyadh and said, ‘let’s isolate Iran’ that sent a signal to the UAE and Saudi, which felt emboldened and said: let’s let loose everything we have on Qatar,” said Gerd Nonneman, professor of International Relations and Gulf Studies at Georgetown University in Qatar.
With dissent in the ranks of their rivals, Iran is laughing their way to the bank. Pro-government Iranian newspaper Kayhan wrote that the bickering was evidence of the Saudis inability to “form an alliance.
A US diplomat in Doha worried that, if the row continues, “the GCC could harm it own interests in this fight and is at risk of becoming more vulnerable to Iranian encroachment.” Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will be meeting with Saudi emir counterpart Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in Kuwait to try to ease tensions.
The hesitation wasn’t limited to Qatar. Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Ja’afari said that his country “would never join the anti-Iran coalition” in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC. Instead he pointed to Turkey, which he accused of illegally maintaining a military presence in Iraq since 2015. Iran, the old enemy of Iraq, is a comparatively insignificant challenge according to al-Ja’afari.
Twenty-five hundred miles away in Pakistan, Islamabad has been unreceptive to Saudi and American offers to join an anti-Iran alliance. Pakistan’s government initially was happy to participate in the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT), but they pumped the brakes on that decision when the Saudis suggested IMAT would counter Iran as well.

OIC – Arab League, Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Iyad bin Amin Madani  Secretary General of OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) plans to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC
Leaders of Muslim nations met in Rabat to establish the OIC on 25 September 1966
the OIC adopted the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam to serve as a guidance for the member states in the matters of human rights in as much as they are compatible with the Sharia, or Quranic Law.
An official from the pan-Arab bloc told AFP Arabi had “instructed the Arab League’s UN representative to initiate urgent consultations within the Arab group calling for an emergency security meeting of the Security Council.”
An international organization founded in 1969 consisting of 57 member states. The organisation states that it is “the collective voice of the Muslim world” and works to “safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony”. The OIC has permanent delegations to the United Nations and the European Union. The official languages of the OIC are Arabic, English, and French. –  4/16/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/islamic-summit-raps-iran-over-terror-support/ President Hassan Rouhani ditches final session in protest of OIC’s criticism of Tehran’s ‘interference in the internal affairs’ of Mideast states. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had been at the two-day Istanbul conference along with over 30 other heads of state and government from Islamic countries, did not attend the closing meeting in protest at the criticisms.
“The (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) Conference deplored Iran’s interference in the internal affairs of the States of the region and other Member States including Bahrain, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia, and its continued support for terrorism,” said the summit’s final statement.

UAE(Mixed)The UAE, a federation of seven sheikdoms.  the country is a federation of seven emirates. The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), AjmanDubai,FujairahRas al-KhaimahSharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by an absolute monarch who jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the monarchs is selected as the President of the United Arab Emirates.

P5+1 (Shi’ite)USA, Britain, France, Germany, China (+1 – Russia)

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http://www.wnd.com/2014/09/saudi-cleric-isis-soldiers-must-kill-their-commanders/  Saudi Muslim cleric has bad news for members of the Muslim terror gang ISIS, also called Islamic State: They’re going to “hellfire.” The cleric warns that ISIS members are “apostates.”

8/8/14 “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,”  http://townhall.com/columnists/hughhewitt/2014/08/08/we-dont-understand-real-evil-organized-evil-very-well-this-is-evil-incarnate-n1876441?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl  Ryan Crocker said, who was ambassador to Iraq under Mr. Bush and to Afghanistan under Mr. Obama. “We don’t understand real evil, organized evil, very well. This is evil incarnate. People like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the ISIS leader, “have been in a fight for a decade. They are messianic in their vision, and they are not going to stop.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2552589/The-real-life-DEATH-STAR-US-researchers-developing-laser-powerful-Earths-power-stations-combined.html ELI –  Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Beamlines project is an EU-funded lab being developed with experts from around the world, including  Lawrence Livermore lab in the US, and being built in the Czech Republic.  Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Dan 11:40And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 41He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many [countries] shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, [even] Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

HAS THE DRAGON GIVEN ISIS HIS POWER, HIS THRONE, AND GREAT AUTHORITY?

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8/15/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21269/Saudi-Arabia-and-Iraqto-re-open-border-crossing-after-27-years  Saudi Arabia and Iraq agree to re-open their Arar border crossing for trade for the fist time since 1990 when ties were cut following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Saudi and Iraqi officials toured the site Monday. The governor of Anbar province said troops had been deployed to safeguard the desert route leading to Arar. On Monday, the Saudi cabinet decided to establish a joint trade commission with Iraq.
DEBKAfile: Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE have welcomed visits to their capitals by the influential Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadar in recent weeks as part of their effort to curtail Iran’s influence in Baghdad and the region.
8/14/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26185/%E2%80%9CISIS-out-Iran-in%E2%80%9D-doesn%E2%80%99t-apply-to-Syria Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Mossad Director Yossie Cohen asserted separately on Sunday, Aug. 13, that wherever the Islamic State is thrown out, Iran moves in.
This assessment was borrowed from American evaluations of the situation in Afghanistan and Yemen. It does not work as a guiding principle for Israeli security in its immediate neighborhood – certainly not for Syria.
Cohen was correct in stating in his briefing that Iran presents Israel with its greatest peril, and that the Islamic Republic has used its 2015 nuclear accord with the six world powers as an accelerant for developing nuclear weapons.
But that does not make the situation in Syria analogous to Afghanistan, as an examination of the facts show.
Iran’s Lebanese surrogate has come out of the Syrian conflict as a hardened terrorist legion.
Paradoxically, the Russian air force and special operations units are helping Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah forces to vanquish Syrian rebel and ISIS groups, while latterly US special forces began helping Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian and Hizballah forces cleanse the Syrian Lebanese border of the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front presence.
Netanyahu certainly meant what he said Sunday that “Our policy is clear. We strongly object to the military entrenchment of Iran and its surrogates, led by Hizballah, in Syria, and we shall do what is necessary to guard Israel’s security. That is what we are doing.”
But what exactly can he do against the jeopardy to Israeli security resulting from the process underway in Syria, which is supported not just by Russia, but by Israel’s most stalwart strategic ally, the United States, and supportive Saudi Arabia?
8/13/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21246/UNSC-Report-Mosul-battle-still-not-over  Security Council this weekend determined that the Islamic State, even after grave punishment, is still dangerous. Its command center and fighting capacity are still in place and effective. Its fighters continue to resist the Iraqi army from parts of Mosul still under their control and their workshops continue to turn out weapons.
***8/13/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233870 Netanyahu: ISIS out, Iran in? We won’t allow it
Netanyahu stresses Israel will not allow Iran and its proxies to take over areas vacated by ISIS.
“Our policy is clear,” said the Prime Minister. “We strongly oppose the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, first and foremost Hezbollah in Syria, and we will do everything necessary to maintain Israel’s security. That’s how we act.”
“We are guarding the state and its borders. We are strengthening the IDF, strengthening the security forces all the time, in order to ensure security, because we know first and foremost that in order to build the land, we have to protect the land,” he stressed.
Cohen told the cabinet in his briefing on Sunday that Iran has not abandoned its aspirations to become a nuclear power, and that the nuclear agreement signed between the world powers and Iran only strengthens Iranian aggression in the region.
Netanyahu had been a major opponent of the Iran deal, lobbying members of the U.S. Congress to vote against the plan, and warning that the accords would pave the way for Iran to become a nuclear power.
8/12/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26183/Trump-Putin-deal-imperils-Israeli-Jordan-borders The transformation of a small, strategic wedge of land between the Syrian, Israeli, Jordanian and Iraqi borders is going forward apace without arousing much interest – even in Israel, where it should cause the most concern, DEBKAfile reports.
On Wednesday, Aug. 8, two Russian army companies of Ingushet troops from the northern Caucasus set up a command post in the Syrian village of Tal al-Shahm, 13km from Israel’s Golan border. Its commander, Col. Alexei Kozin, has thus taken charge of Syria’s border with Israel. As DEBKAfile reported last month, his task is to set up 10 control checkpoints along that border.
According to understandings reached between Washington, Moscow and Jerusalem, the UN separation force (UNDOF) will return to its Fawar base opposite Quneitra as a buffer between IDF and Russian forces. Its past history in this role between IDF and Syrian forces was never exactly impressive.
DEBKAfile’s military sources add that the Syrian-Hizballah offensive violated the ceasefire deal. Local US-backed Syrian rebel groups disbanded without a shot, went over to the Syrian government side and handed in their US-supplied weapons to Syrian army and Hizballah fighters.
The Sweida episode demonstrated how the Syrian-Iranian-Hizballah alliance sees its way to using the Trump-Putin ceasefire zones accord as an open door for seizing control of southern Syria and grabbing the Jordanian and Israeli borders.
The Syrian rebel movement is disintegrating at an alarming rate following the “Jubeir earthquake,” as it has become known – another momentous event which Western and Israeli front pages have chosen to ignore.
The fate of the rebel movement after six years of cruel warfare against the dictator Bashar Assad should be an object lesson to other recipients of American and Russian promises. Therefore, Lavrov’s pledge to take Israel’s interests in Jerusalem into account should be taken with a pinch of salt. He was most likely shooting a line to allay Israeli skepticism about the prospect of Russian troops keeping Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah troops at bay from its northern border – even through this pledge was underwritten by Washington.
Instead of taking the two powers at their word, Israel need only watch what is going on in the last few hours just across the border at Sweida, to appreciate the value of such promises.
Sooner or later, the Sweida model will be replicated in Quneitra. Neither the Russian troops nor UN peacekeepers will fight to stop it happening. By then, the Syrian rebel groups, in whose support Israel invested for years as a buffer against hostile Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah forces, are already falling apart. Disowned by their Saudi backers, they are being crushed by the US-Russian “de-escalation” steamroller. Israel like Jordan will soon find three hostile forces sitting pretty just across its border, far too close for safety.
8/12/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21240/Tillerson-asks-Barzani-to-postpone-Iraqi-Kurdish-referendum President Masoud Barzani of the semiautonomous Iraqi Kurdish Republic was asked Friday by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to postpone the Kurdish independent referendum set for Sept. 25, because it would distract from such urgent priorities as the war on the Islamic State. The referendum also faces opposition from Iran, Turkey and the Iraqi government, Barazani told Tillerson that the KRG had decided to take its fate in its own hands after its efforts to coexist with Iraq had failed and no alternatives or guarantees for determining the fate of the Kurdish people remains.
***8/12/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/syria-suicide-blast-kills-23-rebel-fighters-near-jordan-border/ At least 23 rebel fighters were killed Friday and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan, a monitoring group said.
Syria’s uprising erupted in Daraa province in March 2011 with widespread protests calling for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.
It has since turned into an all-out war that has drawn in international powers and killed more than 330,000 people.
Under a plan hammered out in May between Russia, Turkey and Iran at peace talks in Kazakhstan, four “de-escalation zones” were to be established across swathes of Syria to ease fighting between regime and
rebel forces.
Parts of southern Syria make up one zone. Another lies in the rebel bastion of Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, while a third is in the central province of Homs.
The fourth zone, in northwestern Idlib province, has yet to be implemented.
8/11/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/395157 U.S. investigators uncovered a global financial network run by a senior Islamic State (ISIS) official that funneled money to an alleged ISIS operative in the U.S. through fake eBay transactions, the Wall Street Journal revealed, citing a recently unsealed FBI affidavit.
The alleged recipient of the funds was an American citizen in his early 30s, Mohamed Elshinawy, who pledged allegiance to ISIS and pretended to sell computer printers on eBay as a cover to channel payments for ISIS through PayPal, potentially to fund terror attacks. Elshinawy was arrested more than a year ago in Maryland.
8/11/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/un-islamic-state-is-funding-attacks-al-qaeda-is-resilient/ UN: Islamic State is funding attacks, al-Qaeda is resilient.
Security Council report says IS adapting to military pressure in Iraq, Syria by delegating responsibility to local commanders.
UNNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Islamic State extremist group is still capable of sending funds to supporters and motivating attacks in Europe and elsewhere despite military pressure and falling revenue — and al-Qaeda remains resilient especially in West Africa, East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, UN experts said in a report circulated Thursday.
The experts monitoring sanctions against the extremist groups said competition between the Islamic State and al-Qaeda continues, but “shifting alliances” among fighters “and cooperation on the tactical level in several regions also allow them to move between various groups.”
The report said the extremist threat continues to rise in Southeast Asia, where IS wants to establish a foothold. It said recent events in the southern Philippines, where the city of Marawi has been under siege by IS-linked fighters for more than two months, is evidence of this.
The experts said in the report to the UN Security Council that “the core” of the Islamic State extremist group is adapting to military pressure in Iraq and Syria by delegating decision-making responsibility to local commanders and switching to encrypted communications.
Several member states highlighted “the increasingly creative use of drones” by IS, primarily in Iraq and Syria. They said the group is developing the capability to design and construct larger drones which will increasingly enable it “to weaponize the drones, thereby increasing its ability to strike at a distance,” according to the report.
8/1017 http://www.timesofisrael.com/revealing-details-of-gaza-tunnel-thwarting-barrier-idf-says-it-could-spark-war/ In addition to disclosing additional information about the border barrier, the military on Wednesday also revealed that it had found two alleged Hamas tunnel sites buried beneath an apartment building and a family’s home in the northern Gaza Strip.
The work on the 37-mile (60-kilometer) barrier began in earnest earlier this summer, and Zamir said it would be completed within two years. It will feature an advanced underground protection system that extends dozens of meters below the ground — the army would not specify the depth — in order to detect and destroy tunnels that attempt to penetrate into Israeli territory, as well as an above-ground metal fence adorned with sensors.
The Defense Ministry will also bulk up the defense along the Gaza coast, putting up breakwaters and other protective measures in order to prevent infiltration into Israel from the sea, as occurred during the 2014 Gaza war.
8/9/17 http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20170717/my-take-upholding-our-constitutional-duty  For the last 56 years, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has been the primary way in which Congress executes its Article I constitutional obligation to “provide for the common defense.”
Just this week, we joined our colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in advancing this year’s NDAA, H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018, by a bipartisan 344 to 81 vote. This is a critical step forward towards strengthening our military, keeping our country safe, standing up for our men and women in uniform, and their families, all while protecting taxpayer dollars.
National Defense Authorization Act  NDAA
three important objectives: improving readiness, supporting our troops, and reforming the Pentagon.
For the last six years? http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20170717/my-take-upholding-our-constitutional-duty 24 years!!!
8/9/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233644 North Korea threatens Guam after Trump speech.
North Korea threatens U.S. Pacific territory with missiles after Trump vows to respond to its threats.
North Korea threatened the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam on Tuesday night, Reuters reported.
The U.S.-drafted resolution imposes a ban on exports aimed at depriving Pyongyang of $1 billion in annual revenue. It also imposes a full ban on exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood by North Korea.
North Korea vowed in response to bolster its nuclear arsenal and gain revenge of a “thousand-fold” against the United States.
8/9/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-jets-hit-hamas-targets-in-gaza-after-rocket-strike/ Israeli jets hit Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket strike.
IDF says two of the terror group’s ‘posts’ struck in Palestinian enclave, hours after projectile lands in southern Israel.
Israeli jets struck two Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Tuesday, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave hit an open area in southern Israel.
8/8/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-fire-rocket-from-gaza-into-southern-israel/ Palestinians fire rocket from Gaza into southern Israel
IDF says soldiers search for projectile after confirming a hit in Hof Ashkelon area; no injuries reported.
Waarnings sirens blared in southern Israel Tuesday after a rocket from the Gaza Strip was fired into the country, the Israel Defense Forces said. The army said the projectile struck an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council.
No injures were immediately reported, and soldiers were searching the area, the IDF said.
8/7/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iran-signs-its-biggest-ever-car-deal-with-frances-renault/ Iran signs its biggest-ever car deal with France’s Renault.
Despite US sanctions, French automaker joins list of European and Asian companies investing in Iranian economy
8/7/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/white-house-says-bill-cutting-pa-funding-must-not-harm-peace-efforts/  “Senate foreign affairs” panel on a 17-4 vote.
8/7/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21210/The-slogan-%E2%80%9CJerusalem-Is-Triumphant%E2%80%9D-greets-Abdullah-in-Ramallah Jordanian King Abdullah and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas held one-on-one talks at PA headquarters in Ramallah Monday, after which they refrained from talking to reporters by common consent.  The monarch was greeted on arrival with a large placard showing the two leaders under the slogan: “Jerusalem is Triumphant.”
Ahead of his visit to Ramallah Monday, Jordan’s King Abdullah said that a breakthrough in the peace process was conditional on a US commitment to support a solution for the Palestinian issue. “Our success requires us to stand with our Palestinian brothers,” he told lawmakers in Amman Sunday.
In the Old City of Jerusalem, three Palestinians were detained when Israeli police and Border Guards broke up a riot under a hail of rocks. One police officer was injured.
8/7/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21213/Seven-ISIS-rockets-hit-Lebanese-army-posts-in-Baalbek ISIS fired seven rockets at a Lebanese army posts in northern Beqaa Valley of Lebanon Monday night. They exploded outside the Lebanese-Syrian border town of Qaa near Ras Baalbek. The Lebanese hit back with a massive barrage of rocket launchers. Lebanese sources report that US air freighters have been landing Monday at army bases in the same region and unloading ammunition for the ongoing battle now in its second day against the Syrian rebel Nusra Front and ISIS forces. See the DEBKAfile special report on this offensive and the concerns it is arousing in Israel.
8/7/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233578 Germany: Referendum on ‘legality of Israel’.
Authorities in Bremen ban pro-Iranian organization from conducting public referendum on whether Israel is illegal state.
Authorities in the northern city of Bremen banned a pro-Iranian organization on Saturday from holding a public referendum on whether Israel was an illegal state.
The group, called “The Feather,” published on its website that unlike other municipalities, the municipality in Bremen “did not allow us to show or vote on the slogan ‘Israel is illegal.'”
Last year, the group conducted public surveys on Israel’s right to exist in the cities of Dalmenhurst and Hanover, in Lower Saxony.
The group was founded in 2007. On its website is a picture of Iranian leader Ali Khamenei, describing its members as “supporters of the Islamic revolution.”
The German-Israeli Friendship Association, known as DIG, held a protest against eight activists from “The Feather”. DIG praised the authorities in Bremen for their decision to prevent the referendum and to “learn that the continuation of the organization’s activities … under the guise of freedom of expression, calls for the destruction of Israel.”
The Wasser-Korir newspaper reported that 50 people from DIG, in cooperation with local politicians, demonstrated with Israeli flags against “Feather”. Vido Wittkdent, the DIG representative, said the “Feather” incident was “nothing more than sedition and violence.”
8/7/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26173/US-troops-fight-with-Syria-Hizballah-Lebanon On Thursday, Aug. 3, the Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon announced: “Our special forces are providing training and support to the Lebanese Armed Forces.” To clarify what he meant by “support,” he added: “That not only concentrates on operation type missions, but also tactical and strategic type missions. We also have a presence with Lebanese Special Forces in all aspects of training and special operations.”
It may be argued that the US military is working directly only with the Lebanese government army. However, the operational plans must have been drawn up together with the Syrian high command in Damascus and Hizballah’s chiefs in Beirut – and, given the latter’s role as Tehran’s proxy, Iranian officers were no doubt part of this round-able planning conference.
Unfolding on the Syrian-Lebanese border region, therefore, is much more than a cleansing operation against an Al Qaeda affiliate; It is the start of a new military alignment, which is ready fight in the third part of the operation, which will focus on the Syrian-Jordanian and Syrian-Israeli borders.
This combination is the outcome of the US-Russian deal to cooperated in Syria, which DEBKAfile uncovered from the first. Both powers are determined to impose their agreed ceasefire zones right up to the Golan border, whatever it takes – whether Israel likes it or not.
8/6/17 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Saudi-Arabia-still-sees-no-role-for-Assad-in-Syrian-transition-501762 Dubai-Saudi Arabia, a main backer of Syrian rebels, said on Sunday it still supported an international agreement on the future of Syria and President Bashar Assad should have no role in any transition to bring the war there to an end.
The Saudi Foreign Ministry denied media reports that Saudi Arabia was considering a political transition with a first phase in which Assad will stay in power.
Several media, including the state-owned Russia Today, said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir had informed the Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) about the decision.
A ministry statement, carried by the Saudi state news agency SPA, called the reports attributed to al-Jubeir “inaccurate.”
“The position of the kingdom on the Syrian crisis is firm, and it is based on the Geneva 1 communique and on U.N. Security Council resolution 2254 that stipulated the formation of a transitional body that will run the country,” it said.
The agreement also called for drafting a new constitution and holding a new election with no role for Assad in the whole transitional process.
8/5/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/233465 European Union supports Rouhani
Following successful election, Rouhani asks EU to watch for Trump ‘undermining’ nuclear deal.
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini participated in the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
This will be 68-year-old Rouhani’s second term as president.
According to Bloomberg, Mogherini’s presence expressed the EU’s clear and public support for Rouhani’s leadership.
In his speech to Iran’s parliament, Rouhani said his country will not be the first to violate the nuclear deal, but will also not stand by the deal if other countries violate it.
Iranian officials said the US’ new sanctions on the Iranian Republic, and US President Donald Trump’s desire to limit international trade with Iran, are in violation of the deal, which was signed in 2015 by representatives of 6 countries.
In a pre-ceremony meeting with Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari said the EU must remain alert to Trump’s efforts to “undermine the deal and blame Iran.” In her response, Mogherini promised that the EU would “determinedly” keep the Iran deal, Iran’s state-run news agency reported.
The 2015 deal was signed by Iran, Britain, China France, Germany, Russia, and the United States. It attempts to limit Iran’s nuclear development, and lifted sanctions on the rogue nuclear power-to-be.
8/3/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/the-temple-mount-crisis-ended-trumps-palestinian-honeymoon-kushner-made-things-worse/ Palestinians demanded Israel remove all security measures installed at the Temple Mount following the July 14 shooting. Greenblatt and Trump’s senior adviser (and son-in-law) Kushner made behind-the-scenes efforts to defuse the crisis. The Palestinians argue that the administration backed the Israeli government’s position while dismissing the Palestinian point of view. “Greenblatt picked a side and represented Netanyahu throughout the crisis,” an unnamed senior Palestinian source told the Al-Monitor website this week.
A senior US official told The Times of Israel last week that throughout the crisis, Netanyahu “acted with a clear sense of responsibility not just for Israel’s security, but also for regional stability.” No such praise, it might be noted, was forthcoming regarding Palestinian leaders.
leaked conversation Kushner had this week with Congressional interns appeared to confirm where his sympathies lay during the Temple Mount tensions.
He defended Israel’s decision to erect metal detectors following the terror attack as “not an irrational thing to do,” noting that two Israelis had been killed with guns brought into the site.
8/2/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26165/Russia-flies-2-000-mercenary-troops-into-Syria Their mercenaries first arrived in Syria in October 2015, right after Moscow stepped up its intervention in the civil war. In March 2016, several hundred of them fought in the big battle that wrested Palmyra from ISIS.
Ironically, the Wagner Group does not officially exist and is not listed anywhere in Russia. However, a company bearing that name operates out of Argentina, even though its recruits receive training in Russia. They are trained, our sources reveal, at a base of the 10th special forces brigade of GRU military intelligence, located near the village of Molkino in the Krasnodar area of southern Russia, about 150km northeast of the Black Sea. The identity of Wagner’s boss is held secret, but Western intelligence sources name him as Dmitry Utkin, who until 2013 was a lieutenant colonel in the 2nd Spetznaz brigade.
The placement of Russian Muslim forces or hired mercenaries on Israel’s northern border – in the guise of ceasefire monitors – poses a serious problem for Jerusalem. Russia’s record for keeping its promises and commitments on its military moves in Syria is far from good. The US has confirmed that Russia gave Israel a commitment that Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, including Hizballah, would not be allowed to approach the Syrian-Israeli border. But Israel can’t be certain how the Ingushets or the mercenaries will react if confronted with such troops. Will they resort to arms to evict them or let them stay?
The coming DEBKA Weekly out on Friday, Aug. 4, expands on the Russian buildup in Syria and its repercussions.
8/2/17 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/middleeast/qatar-buys-italian-warships-as-persian-gulf-crisis-deepens.html?ribbon-ad-idx=7&rref=world/middleeast&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Middle%20East&pgtype=article Qatar brought its fight with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to international aviation and trade forums, and was even seen to have advanced a breathtakingly pricey soccer transfer as a means of flexing its muscles.
On Tuesday, the State Dept named Gen. Anthony C. Zinni, a four-star Marine general who retired in 2000, as a special representative to the Persian Gulf. He is expected to arrive in the region next week.
A sprawling American air base near Doha with 9,000 American service members, from which American war planes attack the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has complicated the Trump administration’s approach to the crisis.
In Washington, both sides have spent millions of dollars in recent weeks on lobbying contracts in a bid to influence the Trump administration, whose policy is divided, with President Trump criticizing Qatar and Mr. Tillerson defending it.
8/1/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21177/NKorea-prepares-submarine-missile-launch-in-international-waters US and South Korean analysts suspect that the 1,800-ton diesel vessel, travelling more than 100km into international waters, may have prepared to carry out a series of successful “ejection tests” of submarine-launched ballistic missiles. They say that these tests are a “critical step forward” for Pyo0ngyang’s missile capabilities. Until now such ejection tests were carried out in North Korean waters. According to these analysts, North Korea is “most likely preparing for a test in the near future of an updated Pukguksong-1 submarine-launched ballistic missile or a potentially newer system” after two successful ICBM missile tests.
8/1/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/394306  “cheap populism” ?
“This is a sad day for Israeli industry. There are solutions which would allow the continued existence of the factory and the employment of its thousands of workers. It is unthinkable that in a proper country there should not be a consistent supply of ammonia which is such a vital raw material for so many different industries.
7/31/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21169/Hundreds-of-Russian-combat-troops-posted-at-Quneitra-opposite-Golan DEBKAfile’s military sources report that several hundred Russian combat troops took up position Monday at Quneitra opposite Israel’s Golan border. Contrary to Russian media reports, they are not military police officers bearing the light weapons of peacekeepers, but fully kitted out and armed Russian special operations troops, the first to be deployed at any Israeli border.
7/31/17 http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/US-Ambassdor-Friedman-briefs-Trump-on-Temple-Mount-crisis-501255  America’s ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt all got together to try to diffuse situation. Reported to President, and then Screwed Israel!!! Netanyahu can’t complain without antagonizing Prez Trump?? Is it because of Kushner? Or Greenblatt? Or Both!!
7/30/17 http://www.reuters.com/article/us-gulf-qatar-haj-idUSKBN1AF0L3 Saudi Arabia says that calls for internationalization of holy sites ‘a declaration of war’.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain previously issued a list of 13 demands for Qatar, which included curtailing its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera channel, closing a Turkish military base and downgrading its relations with Gulf enemy Iran.
7/30/17 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Policeman-killed-six-wounded-in-eastern-Saudi-Arabia-attack-501194 A Saudi police officer was killed and six others wounded when a patrol came under attack in the town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia on Sunday morning, the interior ministry said.
7/30/17 http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Iraqi-Shiite-leader-Sadr-makes-rare-visit-to-Saudi-Arabia-501195 DUBAI – Iraq’s influential Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr made a rare visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, where he met the Saudi crown prince and other officials, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
Iraq lies on the fault line between the Shi’ite Muslim power Iran and the Sunni-ruled countries that are its regional arch-rivals, chief among them Saudi Arabia.
Iraq and Saudi Arabia announced last month they were setting up a coordination council to upgrade strategic ties as part of an attempt to heal troubled relations between the Arab neighbors.
Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad in 2015 following a 25-year break, and in February Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made a rare visit to Baghdad. Sadr, an anti-American Shi’ite leader, commands a large following among the urban poor of Baghdad and the southern cities, including Saraya al-Islam, or Peace Brigades militia.
He met with the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah and discussed issues of common interest, SPA reported.
7/28/17  http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21149/Saudis-intercept-a-%E2%80%9Cballistic-missile%E2%80%9D-fired-against-Mecca  The Saudi Press Agency reported Friday that the Arab Coalition command late Thursday intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi insurgents against the holy city of Mecca. It was shot down over the Al-Waslya area of Taif province some 69km away from Mecca, causing no damage or casualties. The statement described the attack as “a desperate attempt to disrupt the Haj season.”
7/27/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26157/Israel-capitulates-to-Palestinian-escalation The Netanyahu government has caved in to combined Palestinian and Israeli Arab pressure on its positions regarding Temple Mount and its responses to acts of terror. By Thursday morning, July 27, all the security measures, metal detectors, cameras and fences, had been removed from Temple Mount, and the bodies of the three Israeli Arabs who murdered to Israeli police officers handed over to their families in their home town of Umm al Fahm in the Israeli Arab Triangle.
As DEBKAfile noted Wednesday, the Israeli government, by surrendering to Palestinian and Israeli Arab nationalist and religious extremists, has set its feet on a dangerously slippery slope. The insatiable demands for more capitulation will not stop at this point.
Very few Israelis are aware of the origins of the 180,000 Arabs living in Jerusalem today. Most of them originate in Hebron and migrated to Jerusalem over the years since 1967. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan which ruled eastern Jerusalem and its shrines for 19 years up until the Six Day War, very carefully kept Hebron natives out of the city. Their extremist conduct over Temple Mount explains why.
If Israel fails to draw a strong red line at this point in the standoff, a new crisis or terrorist outrage will be staged every few days to force the ministers to fall back step by step on measures pivotal to national security. Popular opnion at home, incensed over the Halamish terrorist outrage, was against the first concession and will oppose any more.
7/27/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21136/Fatah-proclaims-anti-israel-showdown-Friday-Jordan%E2%80%99s-king-talks-to-Abbas- Israel’s security forces, dedicated to victory for “Blessed Al Aqsa.” Fatah leaders confirmed this decision.
DEBKAfile: Tanzim, the Fatah movement’s militia, has tens of thousands of members, some of whom bear arms. It has a history of leading Palestinian uprisings against Israel, alongside the fundamentalist Islamic Hamas. Its belligerent declaration Wednesday coincided with Jordan’s King Abdullah’s telephone conversation with Abbas. The king tried to de-escalate the Temple Mount crisis, after Israel made the gesture of dismantling the metal detectors and cameras installed there. The king and Palestinian leader also agreed to work together to restore what they called Al Aqsa’s “historic and legal status quo.”
7/26/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21137/Hizballah%E2%80%99s-Nasrallah-praises-%E2%80%9Cnew-resistance-tactic%E2%80%9D-in-Jerusalem Hassan Nasrallah, Hizballah’s leader, said in a televised speech Wednesday night that he “salutes” the “dwellers of East Jerusalem and all Palestinians who come to defend Al Aqsa.” He said “a new kind of resistance” had achieved success. Most of his speech was devoted to boasting about the battles his movement was fighting with the Syrian and Lebanese armies against Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front rebels in the Qalamoun Mountains, which he claimed had ended in “a great military victory.”
7/26/17 http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=500740 The Prime Minister’s Office said that Erdogan is “the last person” who can preach to Israel. “It is interesting what Erdogan will say to the Kurds and residents of northern Cyprus,” a PMO statement read.
Erdogan’s tirade was interpreted by some as part of an intra-Muslim battle for influence in Jerusalem and on the Temple Mount. His reaction was in stark contrast to signals from Amman that removing the metal detectors would go far toward calming down the atmosphere. Jordan – through the Wakf Islamic religious trust – has administrative jurisdiction at the site.
7/26/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232967 Netanyahu, Liberman, and Eizenkot tour Golan Heights. Three briefed by Division Commander Major General Yoel Strik, and Company Commander Brigadier General Yaniv Asor.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived today (Tuesday) together with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot at the Bashan formation in the Golan Heights.
The three heard briefings by Northern Command head Maj. Gen. Yoel Strik and Brigadier General Yaniv Asor.
7/26/17  https://sputniknews.com/europe/201707261055880616-spanish-court-consider-russian-extradition/  The court in Madrid will consider on Wednesday the extradition of a Russian citizen Petr Levashov, whom the US authorities call one of the world’s most dangerous hackers, from Spain to the US, but the decision will be delivered later, the Spanish National Court told Sputnik.
7/26/17 https://sputniknews.com/us/201707261055880179-tillerson-remain-state-department/ US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that Rex Tillerson will remain in office contrary to reports that he was going to resign. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing.
7/26/17 https://sputniknews.com/europe/201707261055880348-usa-weapons-ukraine-expand-conflict/ Once the United States ships weapons to Ukraine it will be impossible to prevent them from being used for offensive purposes as well, former CIA officer Phil Giraldi told Sputnik.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US government is pushing ahead with plans to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine despite concerns in the Department of State that they could be used to escalate violence and increase the risk of conflict with Russia.
“On the ground, tank destroying
“On the ground, tank destroying missile systems would by their very nature be quite usable in an offensive, mobile fashion to neutralize any disadvantage in armor,” Giraldi said.
Giraldi observed that the tactical impact of such an arms package had been seriously discussed in US military and government s circles.
“There is also considerable debate over what constitutes a lethal but defensive weapon, hence the discussion of tank vs anti-tank,” he said. “To keep the weapons from falling into the wrong hands there will be provisions in the arms sale agreement that will establish a monitoring system to confirm that the arms are still in the hands of the authorized users.”
However, there was good cause to doubt whether such safeguard would actually work in practice, Giraldi acknowledged.
“In the past, however, those provisions have proven nearly impossible to enforce and the situation in Ukraine with militias on the ground does not suggest that one should be optimistic,” he cautioned.
Giraldi warned that the weapons sales would certainly be viewed unfavorably by the Russian government.
Technically approving such an arms package for Kiev would not break the Minsk Accords although it would certainly escalate tensions, Giraldi said.
“Minsk does not define what is meant by the defensive weapon as far as I know so one could plausibly argue that the sale of anti-tank and other battlefield refinements would not necessarily be a violation,” he said.
Many of these dangers associated with sending lethal arms to Ukraine have already been pointed out by US officials in internal government policy discussions, Giraldi said.
“The US government has taken so long to review the arms sale to Ukraine because there is some, though admittedly not much, opposition to it at the State Department and elsewhere due to concerns that it will cause the existing crisis to escalate,” he said.
In September 2016, the US House of Representatives approved legislation to allow the supply of lethal “defensive” weapons to Ukraine, but the law still needs to be approved by the US Senate and signed by the US president.
Russian officials have repeatedly warned against arms deliveries to Ukraine, stressing that it would only escalate the situation in the eastern part of the country.
The Ukrainian government has been conducting a military operation in the country’s eastern regions since April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new government in Kiev. In February 2015, Kiev and the Donbass militias signed a ceasefire deal. Despite the agreement, both sides have been reporting violations of the ceasefire
Philip Giraldi is executive director of the Council for the National Interest, a group that advocates more even-handed US government policies in the Middle East.
7/25/17 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/23/thune-trump-will-sign-russia-sanctions-measure-senate-to-vote-this-week-on-obamacare.html
7/25/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21125/US-Navy-ship-fires-warning-shots-at-Iranian-patrol-boat A US Navy ship fired warning shots at an Iranian Revolutionary Guards boat at the northern end of the Persian Gulf when it came to within 150 meters and failed to respond to warnings, including radio calls, flares and short whistle blasts. The warning shots prevented a collision but the Iranian boat after withdrawing stayed in the area for some hours. The incident occurred Tuesday. DEBKAfile: The Rev Guards operate fast boats in Gulf waters armed with torpedoes and some packed with explosives. Their crews are training for confrontation with American warships.
7/25/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26155/Russia-posts-troops-8km-from-the-Israeli-Golan Russia has quietly moved troops to a point in southern Syria that is 8km from Israel’s Golan border, in the face of Israeli objections, DEBKAfile reports exclusively. Moscow used the uproar over the Temple Mount standoff and the diplomatic crisis between Israel and Jordan to cover its creeping troop deployment almost up do Syria’s borders with Israel and Jordan.
Tuesday, July 15, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Avidor Lieberman and Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott visited Bashan Division headquarters on the Golan for a rundown on the Russian deployment just opposite.
7/25/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/21126/Netanyahu-speaks-of-new-threats-after-touring-Hermon-and-Golan “The situation here is changing rapidly, ISIS is retreating and Iran is trying to fill the void,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after touring the Hermon and Golan Tuesday. “Iran and Hezbollah have formed a northern deployment armed with precise weaponry. We are dealing with new threats. We are aware of the entire gamut of threats against Israel,” Netanyahu said. He complimented “the sharpness and alertness of the officers, the forces [of the Bashan Division] and the important work they are doing.”
7/24/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707241055841193-qatar-doha-blockade-advantages/ Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Attiyah claims that the Arab states’ blockade of Qatar has benefits as Doha will now be able to rely on its own capabilities.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Arab states’ blockade of Qatar has benefits as Doha will now be able to rely on its own capabilities, Qatar’s Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Attiyah said in an interview to Russian RT broadcaster on Monday.
“The current crisis has a lot of negative as well as positive sides. Now Qatar will be able to mainly rely on its own capabilities and turn to the development of bilateral relations with its partners,” Attiyah said.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic relations with Qatar and imposed a blockade on the Gulf country, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their domestic affairs. The Maldives, Mauritius, and Mauritania followed suite, while Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar.
On June 23, Kuwait, acting as a mediator in the crisis, handed over to Doha the ultimatum of the four Arab states with 13 demands to be fulfilled by Qatar in order to restore the relations with its neighbors, which Doha refused to comply with.
7/22/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/us-warns-iran-of-new-and-serious-consequences-if-americans-not-returned/ US warns Iran of ‘new and serious consequences’ if Americans not returned.
Trump threatens prisoner-related sanctions unless ‘unjustly’ imprisoned citizens, including CIA contractor Robert Levinson, are released.
*7/21/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707211055769109-baghdadi-death-us-intel/  US National Counterterrorism Center Director Nick Rasmussen said on Friday that has seen not seen any evidence that would indicate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of Daesh terrorist group, has been killed.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On June 16, the Russian Defense Ministry said Baghdadi was likely to be eliminated as a result of a Russian Aerospace Forces strike on a militant command post in the southern suburb of the city of Raqqa in late May. It noted that it was in the process of confirming the information through various channels.
**7/11/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232311 The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights claims to have “confirmed information” that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed. The Observatory claims that its sources are high-level ISIS commanders. The sources did not specify when or how al-Baghdadi had been killed.
“(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zor,” the director of the British-based war monitoring group Rami Abdulrahman told Reuters.
So far there has been no independent confirmation of this information, but Russia’s Defence Ministry claimed in June that it might have killed Baghdadi when one of its air strikes hit a gathering of Islamic State commanders on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Raqqa. However Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials have been skeptical.
7/10/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26137/New-Syrian-Hizballah-offensive-defies-ceasefire Less than 24 hours after the US-Russian sponsored ceasefire went into force in southwest Syria, it broke down early Monday, July 10, when large-scale Syrian army and Hizballah forces launched a general offensive on Syrian rebel forces in the Al Suweida province. This region was listed with Quneitra and Daraa as one of three demilitarized locations to be covered by the truce. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the Syrian’s army’s 5th Armored Division led the offensive which the Syrian army’s general command designated “Operation Big Dawn,” to mark it as the opening of a new phase in the war in southern Syria.
Our military sources described the attack as focusing on the northern rural areas of Al Suweida province to provide the Syrians and Hizballah with a pretext for claiming they are not part of the town and therefore not part of the ceasefire agreement reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Hamburg last Friday, July 7.
***7/10/17 https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/07/09/Iraqi-PM-declares-victory-over-Islamic-State-in-Mosul/8471499603961/ July 9 (UPI) — After months of fighting, the Iraqi army officially recaptured Mosul, pushing the last pockets of Islamic State resistance from the city.
On Sunday, Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the army’s victoryover the militant group — also identified as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL — in the northern Iraq city.
According to multiple earlier reports, an official declaration of victory had been expected. Only a small group of IS fighters remain holed up in small section of Mosul’s Old City.
The prime minister, dressed in military garb, greeted and congratulated Iraqi soldiers on their victory.
Over the weekend, the Iraqi army raised the national flag on the bank of the Tigris River in the Old City.
IS first seized Mosul in 2014, but Iraqi forces have been chipping away at jihadist control of the city since October of last year. The siege has been backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, but warplanes have dropped fewer bombs in recent days as Iraqi forces inched closer to retaking the city.
In October, when fighting began, there were roughly 6,000 militants in Mosul. An estimated 300 remain.
Since IS took over the city in 2014, nearly a million civilians have fled the city. And the fighting over the last several months has left the city severely damaged.
Many of the residents who have remained in the city are being found in desperate conditions.
Iraqi forces still have more IS strongholds to take on. The Islamic State remains in control of several towns in Iraq.
7/10/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232243 According to the agreement, the PA will provide guarantors to ensure payment, while the IEC provides a new secondary power station which will add to the electricity currently available in the PA. In the first stage, PA residents will enjoy an additional 60 megawatts for their towns in northern Samaria.
“This is an innovative agreement, which includes for the first time guarantors who will ensure the PA pays Israel for its electricity,” Steinitz said. “The agreement emphasizes a willingness to coordinate civilian activities with the Palestinian Authority, and an understanding that this is in Israel’s best interests.”
The agreement was drawn up by a team which included representatives of the IEC, COGAT, and the Energy Ministry, as well as the PA’s energy team.
“This is an innovative agreement, which includes for the first time guarantors who will ensure the PA pays Israel for its electricity,” Steinitz said. “The agreement emphasizes a willingness to coordinate civilian activities with the Palestinian Authority, and an understanding that this is in Israel’s best interests.”
“This agreement is a significant milestone towards our goal of reaching an agreement in which we sell IEC energy to the PA,” Ron-Tal explained. “We have another three secondary power stations to connect, and together they will significantly improve the quality of life and availability of electricity within the PA.”
“At the same time, we must guarantee that the PA will pay its electric bill and pay off its accrued debt. The IEC has been involved in this historical process, from its inception until the moment when the power station was hooked up and we made a commercial agreement. I thank all those who have helped us reach this impressive milestone.”
7/10/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707101055401401-syrian-army-daesh/ Syrian government army, supported by the allied forces, have dislodged Daesh terrorists (outlawed in numerous countries) from 15 settlements in the eastern part of the As-Suwayda province in southern Syria, a Syrian military source told Sputnik on Monday.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) — On Friday, following the meeting between US and Russian presidents, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the United States, Russia and Jordan agreed on the ceasefire in southwestern Syria covering the Daraa, Quneitra and As-Suwayda governorates. The ceasefire started at noon Damascus time (09:00 GMT) on Sunday. The United States and Russia have committed themselves to ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire.
“Syrian army and allied forces liberated from the IS [Daesh] 15 villages in the eastern part of the As-Suwayda governorate. The terrorists sustained losses and retreated,” the source said.
In 2014, Daesh captured vast territories in Iraq and Syria, declaring the establishment of a caliphate in the seized areas. Mosul has served as the terrorists’ headquarters in Iraq since then. The operation to liberate the city began in October 2016.
Last week, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi declared the recapture of Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul and an end to the so-called Islamic caliphate.
7/8/17 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/08/g-20-summit-trump-blocked-out-on-paris-climate-accord-as-19-members-reaffirm.html The G-20 typically denounces protectionism, or the use of unfair means to keep out foreign competitors and protect domestic workers and companies.
That stance has been kept, but it has been expanded to include references to the use of “legitimate trade defense instruments” when a country is faced with subsidized or otherwise unfair competition from a trade partner.
Defensive measures are sometimes allowed under the current global trade rules supervised by the World Trade Organization.
7/8/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232168 Conference of Presidents condemns UNESCO
Leaders of Conference of Presidents blast UNESCO for showing their disdain for Jewish heritage.
Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Friday condemned UNESCO for passing a resolution declaring Hevron an “endangered Palestinian heritage site”.
In a statement, Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents, urged the leaders of the UN and UNESCO to speak out against the resolution.
“We strongly condemn the adoption by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee of two more resolutions in the relentless Palestinian campaign to erase the more than 3,800-year Jewish and 2,000-year Christian connection to the holy sites in Jerusalem, Hebron and elsewhere in Israel,” they said in a statement.
“The two resolutions passed this week again reveal the Committee’s politically driven disregard of historical facts, disdain for Jewish heritage and disrespect for its mission to preserve the world’s cultural and religious heritage. These outrageous assaults on history, tradition, and religious beliefs must be reversed,” added Greenberg and Hoenlein, in a reference to a UNESCO resolution passed earlier this week which denies Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and condemns.
**7/7/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/unesco-set-to-vote-on-motion-to-declare-hebron-an-endangered-site/ UNESCO set to vote on motion to declare Hebron an endangered site.
UN body likely to anger Israel for second time in three days after passing resolution denouncing Israeli activity in Jerusalem Old City
7/6/17 https://sputniknews.com/asia/201707061055299458-china-india-border-troops/ China has again warned India to pull back its troops from the Doklam area near the Sikkim sector, saying it will affect the dialogue process between the two countries.
New Delhi (Sputnik) — Despite blaming India for undermining its territorial sovereignty, Beijing softened its stance on the issue around the Kailash mountain and has agreed to open an alternate route. Earlier, it canceled the yatra through the Nathu La route in view of the ongoing stand-off between the two countries.
“China consistently respects the Indian people’s religious sentiments and attaches importance to Indian yatra (pilgrimage) to Kailash and Mansarovar in Xizang. Up to now, the official yatra through Lipuleku Pass and non-official yatra through Lhasa Purang are still on the rails. We are willing to discuss the possibility of alternative arrangements through other routes for Indian official yatris who had planned to visit Kailash and Mansarovar via Nathula Pass,” Chinese Embassy Counsellor Xie Lian said.
**7/5/17 http://www.wnd.com/2017/07/iranians-confirm-goal-is-to-rule-worldwide/ According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, the commanders believe the Islamic revolution in Iran is only the first stage on a path to spreading the rule of Shiite Islam in the Middle East and worldwide.
The “mission of advancing the Islamic Revolution to these heights falls to the IRGC commanders,” MEMRI said.
“The commanders reiterated the argument that the U.S., the leader of the ‘world of arrogance,’ opposes Islam, and thus also Iran, which is, they say, the standard-bearer of the Revolution and its global vision,” MEMRI reported.
The commanders said the U.S. is acting to sabotage the plan to institute Islam worldwide by, in MEMRI words, “infiltrating the circles of decision-makers in Iran in order to impregnate them with Western cultural values and spark internal disputes among the Muslims.”
MEMRI quoted IRGC commander Ali Ja’Fari, who said: “The history of Iran is replete with agreement on the rule of the jurisprudent [velayat ] which has [already] crossed Iran’s borders, and the united Islamic nation is being formed. … We are on the path that leads to the rule of Islam worldwide.”
“The Islamic Revolution is now in its third stage – that is, [the stage] of assembling the Islamic government, and with God’s help it will pass this stage successfully despite the ups and downs that constantly occur.”
Ja’Fari said that as an IRGC commander “and as one of the commanders during the era of the Sacred Defense [i.e. the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war], I believe that today the young people’s yearning to unconditionally defend the Revolution has expanded greatly relative to the era of the Sacred Defense.”
“Their repeated requests to play a role alongside the defenders of the holy places indicate this.”
7/5/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26128/Astana-Peace-Talks-Fail-over-Syrian-Safe-Zones The fifth round of Russian-initiated Syrian peace talks taking place Tuesday, July 4, in the Kazakh capital of Astana was designed to prepare the ground for the Trump-Putin summit Friday on the sidelines of the Hamburg G20 summit, by laying out proposals for deconfliction zones in Syria.

To support this move, Moscow twisted the Syrian ruler Bashar Assad’s arm to declare a unilateral ceasefire in southern Syria.
However, the ploy was soon aborted. The Astana conference quickly broke down when Iran and Turkey, two of the three sponsors along with Russia, rejected the formula for deconfliction zones on Syria’s borders with Iraq, Jordan and Israel, DEBKAfile’s sources report.
Present at Astana along with the three sponsors were leading Syrian opposition and rebel groups, as well as UN envoy for Syrian affairs Staffan de Minstura, US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones, and Jordanian Foreign Ministry adviser Nawaf Uasfi Tal.

The Iranina and Turkish delegates had no objections to the two demilitarized zones proposed for the Damascus and Homs areas, but withheld their consent for the zones in eastern and southern Syria, and refused to accept the formula for forces policing the latter deconfliction zones, their identity, powers as truce monitors and the types of arms they were allowed to carry.
Iran and Turkey demanded the deployment of their own troops along with Russians in the two safe zones, which border on Israel, Jordan and Iraq, and wanted them armed for “self-defense.” The representatives of the US and Jordan refused, proposing instead that an international force be established to supervise the zones. Turkey and Iran rejected this out of hand.
DEBKAfile’s sources report that the Russians suggested that the discussion be held over for the next session. They then took the Americans by surprise by relocating the sixth session of the Astana conference to Tehran. This too was a measure of the conference’s breakdown as a peace forum. US, Jordanian and Syrian rebel opposition groups will never travel to the Iranian capital to negotiate an end to the Syrian war.
By knuckling under to Tehran on this venue, the Russians have shown their hand as supporters of Iran’s military objectives in Syria, which they have hitherto tried to disguise.
The failure of the Astana peace track calls into question the ceasefire declared on Sunday by Damascus on all the warfronts of southeastern Syria, including the battle for Daraa, 1 km from the Jordanian border, and the fighting for the Quneitra region, just 3 km from Israel’s Golan.  That front was the source of the mortar shells that strayed across the border into the Golan last week.
The ceasefire was supposed to be in effect until midnight on Thursday, June 6, but there is now a possibility that the fighting will resume earlier, perhaps even in the coming hours.
7/5/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/232052 On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the European Parliament’s “European Delegation for Relations with Palestine” (D-PAL) will host members of the terror-linked organization Addameer. According to Palestinian Arab sources, Addameer is an official “affiliate” of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist group banned by the EU, US, Canada, and Israel. The organization is a leader of campaigns in support of Palestinian Arab prisoners convicted of security offenses, referring to them as “political prisoners” and altogether omitting the context of violence and terror.
Addameer counts several PFLP members and affiliates within its ranks. Addameer’s vice chair, Khalida Jarrar, was arrested earlier this week, on July 2, on charges of incitement to terrorism. Jarrar was arrested and served a six-month prison term on similar charges in 2015-2016.
Thursday’s speakers include Addameer staffer Sumoud Sa’adat, daughter of the Secretary General of the PFLP Ahmed Sa’adat, and Dr. Fadwa Barghouti, wife of prominent Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti. Sa’adat was convicted of membership and holding a position as the head of a terrorist organization, while Marwan Barghouti was convicted of murder.
Also scheduled to speak at the EU Parliament event is Addameer’s director Sahar Francis, who has made statements supportive of BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns against Israel. Likewise, under her leadership, the organization is involved in numerous BDS activities.
The D-PAL meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 6, 2017 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
7/4/17 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/04/north-korea-claims-to-have-test-launched-its-first-icbm.html The ballistic missile launched by North Korea on Tuesday flew longer than any missile test conducted by the rogue regime to date, U.S. Pacific Command said — meaning Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship may now possess the ability to strike Alaska.
North Korea launched a missile on Mother’s Day that flew for 30 minutes and reached an altitude 1,000 miles higher than the international space station. But Tuesday’s missile flew for 37 minutes and reached a height of 1,500 miles, leading missile experts to conclude it could have reached a target 4,000 miles away, putting Alaska in its cross-hairs.
North Korea claimed its launch marked the “final step” in creating a “powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.” State media said it was ordered and supervised by dictator Kim Jong Un, according to Reuters.
**7/4/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-fumes-over-sad-pathetic-unesco-decision-on-jerusalem/ Israel fumes over ‘sad, pathetic’ UNESCO decision on Jerusalem.
Officials say Israel won’t stop excavating or other activity in Old City, decrying measure as ‘disgraceful’ and based on ‘fake’ claims
7/3/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707031055189820-us-chemical-weapons-syria/ Washington’s claims of a new chemical attack being prepared by Damascus in Syria are a pretext for military intervention, a Syrian lawmaker told Sputnik.
7/3/17 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/07/03/Foreign-investors-leave-North-Korea-citing-corruption-lack-of-common-sense/1171499101985/ July 3 (UPI) — Foreign investors who were once lured by promises of high returns in a North Korean city are leaving after suffering heavy losses, according to a South Korean press report.
Daily NK reported Monday that Chinese and Russian investors are withdrawing their financial support for projects in Rason, the northeastern North Korean city designated a special economic zone under Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong Un.
Outside investors were discouraged by relentless corruption, according to North Korean sources in North Hamgyong province who spoke to Daily NK on the condition of anonymity.
7/3/17 http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/07/03/Greek-coast-guard-fired-at-Turkish-cargo-ship-captain-says/3331499100033/ July 3 (UPI) — The captain of a Turkish cargo ship said it received warning shots from the Greek coast guard Monday in the Aegean Sea off the coast of Rhodes island.
The M/V ACT was about 3 miles off the coast of Rhodes and carrying steel from the southern port of İskenderun to İzmit in the northwest, Turkey-based Deniz Haber Ajansı reported.
The captain, Haluk Sami Kalkavan, said they use this route regularly and it’s in international waters.
The Greek coast guard warned the ship to divert its course to Rhodes. Kalkavan responded he would not follow the directive and informed Turkish officials.
“The Greek coast guard immediately demanded the ship to anchor off the Port of Rhodes while we were passing around the island,” he said in an interview with CNN Turk. “They said they would check the ship but we did not accept that. They then said they would shoot if we didn’t stop and they did what they said. We have escaped a great danger.”
The captain said 16 bullet holes hit the ship but the vessel was not in danger of sinking.
The freighter went into Turkish waters bound for Marmaris.
The Turkish armed forces said it dispatched one assault boat and two coast guard boats to the scene.
The Greek Coast Guard said the ship was in Greek waters and had reports that it was carrying narcotics.
The two countries have disputed a portion of territorial waters in the Aegean Sea, exclusive economic zones and territories. In February, Turkish coast guard vessels entered Greek territorial waters near the disputed Imia islets in the southeast Aegean but no shots were fired.
6/26/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20918/Syrian-fire-reaches-the-Golan-for-third-day-in-a-row Early Monday, Syrian shells again, for the third day, spilled over into the Israeli Golan from battles on the Syrian side of the border. The explosions were heard widely from the northern part of the territory.
6/26/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706261054966805-qatar-iran-gulf-row/ Qatar Emir Remains Committed to Developing Ties With Iran Despite Gulf Row.
Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani held a phone conversation on Sunday evening with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and expressed commitment to develop the bilateral relations in all fields despite the ongoing diplomatic row in the Persian Gulf.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Al Mayadeen broadcaster, the Qatari Emir said that Doha “is seeking a complex development of relations and cooperation with Iran in order to solve the problems of the Islamic world, which is currently in a difficult situation.”
“Air, land and sea space will always be open to the brotherly country and neighbor — Qatar,” Rouhani stressed during the conversation.
On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped all communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Later, the Maldives, Mauritius, and Mauritania also announced the severance of diplomatic relations. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar. Senegal, Niger and Chad announced the withdrawal of ambassadors.
6/26/17 https://sputniknews.com/europe/201706261054965037-moscow-minsk-eu-eaeu/  Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Russia and Belarus are cooperating to establish of relations between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the joint statement by authorities issued on Sunday reads.
MINSK (Sputnik) — Russia and Belarus seek to contribute to establishment of relations between the European Union and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), the states’ joint statement, devoted to the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Moscow and Minsk, said Sunday.
As regards the situation in Ukraine, Moscow and Minsk considered there was no military solution and the issue should be resolved by political and diplomatic means on the basis of the Minsk agreements.
The EAEU, comprising Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, is an international organization that encourages regional economic integration through the free movement of goods, services, and people within the union.
6/25/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26115/Golan-battles-bring-Hizballah-near-Israeli-border Golan battles bring Hizballah near Israeli border. In the last 48 hours, Israel has conducted air strikes on and aimed tank fire at Syrian army positions near Quneitra’s northern suburb of Baath city, 3km from IDF Golan border defenses. (See map). Those positions were the source of the mortar shells that exploded on the Israeli Golan – 10 on Saturday, June 24 and three the next day. They came from a battle in which Syrian and Hizballah units were fighting off a Syrian rebel offensive around Quneitra.
The rebel militias set up a coalition to coordinate their offensive. It is dominated by the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which Damascus claims is an arm of Al Qaeda-Syria. In fact, it is an alignment of dozens of Islamist groups, some of which belonged and still do to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham – the former Nusra Front.
Fighting on the side of the Assad regime are the remnants of the Syrian army’s 90thBrigade, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards South Syrian command center, and the pro-Iranian Afghan Shiite militia.
They are joined by members of Hizballah’s Southern Shield Brigade.
This brigade is made up of Palestinians, Druzes, Circassians and local Syrians, whom Hizballah recruited and has posted in Hermon villages ready to launch terrorist attacks inside Israel.
Assad’s army, combined with large-scale Hizballah units and pro-Iranian forces, are therefore in full flight to seize control of Syria’s borders with Jordan and Israel. Amman and Jerusalem therefore face a twin peril on the Daraa and Al-Baath fronts.   Both are anxious to keep Hizballah as far as possible from their territory.
But for now,  both these warfronts hang in the balance and are undecided. Also undecided on how and when to react are Israel and Jordan. Hizballah is already 3km from the Golan border, although Israel’s government and military leaders have pledged repeatedly that they would be allowed to come in so close.
6/25/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706251054964212-syria-israel-attack-golan-heights/ Israel conducted another attack on the positions of the Syrian Armed Forces in Golan Heights, the Syrian army said Sunday in a statement.
BEIRUT (Sputnik) — Earlier on Sunday, the IDF said that several projectiles launched from the Syrian territory fell in the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights, causing no injuries.
The Syrian army stated that it was attacked by Israeli forces after repelling an assault from Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the Quneitra Governorate.
“After our armed forces successfully repelled a large-scale attack of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists [Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, banned in Russia] near the town of al-Baath in the vicinity of Quneitra… hostile Israel resumed its aggression and attacked one of our positions in order to support the terrorists and raise their fighting spirit,” the statement read.
On Saturday, the Israeli Air Force attacked the Syrian government forces’ tanks and artillery positions after 10 projectiles fell on the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights. A source told RIA Novosti that the Syrian government forces were repelling a massive Nusra-Front terrorists’ attack in the Golan Heights when they were struck by the Israeli Air Force in the area. According to Al Mayadeen channel citing a source, at least two Syrian soldiers were killed in the airstrike.
The Golan Heights, internationally recognized as Syrian territory, was seized by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967. In 1981, the Israeli parliament voted to annex two-thirds of the region. The United Nations has repeatedly stated that Israel’s occupation of the Golan Heights is illegal, calling for it to be returned to Syria.
6/25/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/231546 IDF hits Syrian army following mortar fire.
For second time this weekend, IDF responds to stray mortar fire hitting Israel with targeted strikes on Syrian army targets.
IDF forces struck Syrian army targets Sunday afternoon, after a number of mortar shells from Syria exploded in the Israeli Golan Heights.
According to an IDF spokesperson, the Israeli military attacked two Syrian artillery pieces and an ammunition truck on the Syrian side of the northern Golan Heights.
The IDF spokesperson emphasized that Israel is not “a party to or involved in the Syrian civil war,” but added that the IDF “takes seriously any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel or the security of its citizens, and views the Syrian army as being responsible for occurs in [Syria’s] territory”.
The mortar fire from Syria which prompted the Israeli response was likely stray fire, the IDF said Sunday, and not part of a deliberate attack on Israel.
No injuries or damage have been reported.
Over the weekend, a number of mortar shells from Syria landed in the Golan Heights, prompting Israeli retaliations against Syrian government targets.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would continue to respond to any attacks by the Syrian government.
“The IDF attacked Syrian army targets last night,” Netanyahu said at a cabinet meeting Sunday morning. “It was a military response to the mortar fire [which] exploded in our territory.”
6/25/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706251054962393-why-israel-struck-syrian-army-golan-heights/ The Israeli Air Forces on Saturday attacked the Syrian government forces’ tanks and artillery positions after 10 projectiles fell on the Israeli-controlled part of the Golan Heights from Syria.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that projectiles fired from Syrian territory hit an open area in the northern Golan Heights with no injuries as a result of the incident.
Syrian channel al-Mayadeen reported that at least two Syrian soldiers were killed as a result of the Israeli airstrikes.
|”In response to over 10 projectiles launched from Syria, IAF aircraft targeted origin of launches & 2 Syrian tanks,” the IDF stated.
Following the attack the Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said that Israel would not tolerate encroachments on its sovereignty and security, even in the form of stray shelling.
6/25/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/as-islamic-state-wanes-iran-and-hezbollah-could-turn-on-israel/ As Islamic State wanes, Iran and Hezbollah could turn on Israel
With Russia’s help, the Syrian regime and Shiite axis are vanquishing the opposition – and drawing dangerously close to Israel’s border.
The Shiite axis is on the march, and the Islamic State is no longer in the breach, where it was keeping the Shiites occupied. The unofficial Israeli approach to the Syrian conflict, a prayer for the success of both sides, is becoming increasingly irrelevant as one side — that of the regime — pummels the other.
The consequences of the latest developments in Syria and Iraq are echoing in Lebanon in the form of belligerent declarations by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. On Friday, Nasrallah vowed that his group’s next war with Israel will pave a path for “thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of fighters from all the Arab states and the Islamic world” to fall upon the Jewish state.
6/24/17 https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201706241054949752-no-state-north-syria-erdogan/ Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a state in northern Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Saturday.
6/24/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20910/Israel-air-force-strikes-Syrian-positions-at-Quneitra In reprisal for the errant mortar fire on the Golan Saturday, the Israeli air force struck Syrian positions near Quneitra, destroying at least one and knocking out two tanks.
6/24/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20909/%E2%80%8BTwo-Syrian-mortar-rounds-land-on-Golan Police cleared weekend trippers from the popular Golan sites in northern Israel after two mortar shells from battles across the Syrian border landed on open ground in the enclave. There were no casualties or damage.
**6/23/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-chief-thousands-of-fighters-will-respond-if-israel-attacks/ Hassan Nasrallah said.
“I’m not saying countries would intervene directly — but it would open the door for hundreds of thousands of fighters from all around the Arab and Islamic world to participate in this fight — from Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan,” he said.
Tensions were rising this week along the frontier, with Israel accusing Hezbollah of expanding observation posts to conduct reconnaissance missions across the border under cover of a purported environmental NGO.
In a letter to the UN Security Council, Israel’s envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, pointed to an incident in April, in which a patrol of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was denied access to an observation post flying the flag of the NGO “Green Without Borders,” by a group of locals.
Hezbollah’s purported use of such facilities under cover of the NGO is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, passed at the end of the Second Lebanon War in August 2006.
Danon denounced the “dangerous provocation” and called on the council to demand the Lebanese government dismantle the Hezbollah outposts, as required by the resolution.
Earlier this week, the head of Israel’s air force said it would have “unimaginable” military power at hand in any future conflict with Hezbollah.
“What the air force was able to do quantitatively in the… Lebanon war over the course of 34 days we can do today in 48-60 hours,” Major General Amir Eshel said on Wednesday.
“This is potential power unimaginable in its scope, much different to what we have seen in the past and far greater than people estimate.”
6/23/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20906/A-Turkish-base-in-Qatar-was-revealed-by-Arab-states%E2%80%99-13-demands One of the 13 demands four Arab states sent to Qatar this week was the removal of Turkish troops, as well as shutting down the Al Jazeera TV station and cutting ties with Tehran. DEBKAfile reports that Turkey, the only regional Muslim state backing the emirate, recently flew five armored troop carriers plus crews to Doha. They were described by the Turkish high command as the vanguard of a larger force. The list of demands slapped down by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain was presented this week by Kuwait. It included deporting Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders who live in Doha and severing ties with those organizations, ISIS, al Qaeda, Nusra Front and all other terrorist organizations. These demands were first put before Doha last month, but were sent again this week when they were ignored by Qatari leaders, prompting an aviation, travel and diplomatic boycott of the tiny emirate and the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the Arab Gulf in years.
*6/23/17 http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/23/trump-considering-camp-david-style-summit-to-unite-arab-leaders-to-fight-terrorism.html “The four major allies within the alliance, Egypt, Saudi, UAE and Bahrain, as well as other moderates, are the ones who have been complaining to Washington for years over the protection and funding the Muslim Brotherhood has been obtaining from Qatar,” said Walid Phares, a Fox News national
security and foreign affairs expert.
“The core allies were certainly encouraged by the clear narrative by President Trump in Riyadh, and thus decided to address the Qatar-Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] problem,” he said. “The speech changed the narrative.”

6/23/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/iranians-parade-missiles-shout-death-to-israel-in-annual-rally/ Unveiling clock showing 8,411 days left for Israel, Iranians rage against Jewish state
Parliament speaker calls Israel ‘mother of terrorism’ as Islamic Republic parades missiles, rallies in support of Palestinians and against raft of enemies
Iran held major anti-Israel rallies across the country Friday, with protesters chanting “Death to Israel” and condemning the occupation of Palestinian land.
Marchers in Tehran headed from various points of the city toward the Friday prayer ceremony at Tehran University. Similar demonstrations were held in other cities and towns in Iran, according to state media.
Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard used the demonstration in the capital’s Valiasr Square to showcase three surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, including the Zolfaghar — the type that Iran used this week to target the Islamic State group in Syria. The Guard said it fired six such missiles on Sunday at IS targets in the city of Deir el-Zour, more than 600 kilometers (370 miles) away. The Guard said the airstrike was in retaliation for an IS attack earlier in June on Iran’s parliament and a shrine in Tehran that killed 18 people and wounded more than 50.
6/23/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26114/First-Russian-base-for-SE-Syria—near-US-garrison The Russian engineering corps has started building a new base in southeastern Syria at a small village called Khirbet Ras Al-Wa’r in the Bir al-Qasab district. Until now, Moscow adhered to a policy of restricting its military presence to the western part of the country along the Mediterranean coast; no Russian troops were based further east than Palmyra.
The new facility is the first to be established since Moscow’s initial military intervention in the Syrian war in September, 2015. DEBKAfile’s military sources say it will provide Russia with a lever of control over the volatile Syrian southeast and its borders, where US-backed and Iranian-backed forces are fighting for dominance. . Russian forces will also stand closer than ever before to the Israeli border – 85 kilometers from central Golan and 110 kilometers from southern Golan, not far from IDF military positions.
The new Russian foothold will be located strategically 96 kilometers from northern Jordan and 185 kilometers from the American and Jordanian special forces garrison at the al-Tanf crossing inside the Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi border triangle.
Placing the new base just 50 kilometers from Damascus serves another primary function, that of securing  the strategic crossroads leading from eastern and southern Syria to the capital – in other words, propping up the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Our intelligence sources note that construction on the new Russian base began concurrently with the resumption his week of secret US-Russian talks in the Jordanian capital, Amman. They are led by Michael Ratney, the special US envoy for Syrian affairs and Aleksandr Lavrentiev, for Moscow.
Washington has so far turned Moscow down on this plan for two reasons: First, the Syrian army’s conquest of Abu Kamal would strengthen Iran’s grip on the Syria-Iraq border area, the prevention of which is a primary US objective. And second, the Americans want Iranian and Hizballah forces out of the region before any other steps are taken – instead of later, as per the Russian guarantee. This, the Russian negotiators were not prepared to concede.
6/22/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-says-hezbollah-posing-as-environmentalists-to-operate-on-border/  Posing as environmentalists, Hezbollah digging in at border, Israel tells UN
UN envoy Danon, IDF intelligence chief demand action against Lebanese terror group’s violations along border.
srael told the United Nations Security Council on Thursday that Hezbollah is establishing observation posts along the Israeli-Lebanese border under cover of a purported environmental NGO.
In a letter, Israel’s envoy to the UN, Danny Danon, pointed to an incident in April, in which a patrol of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was denied access to an observation post flying the flag of the NGO “Green Without Borders,” by a group of locals.
Hezbollah’s purported use of such facilities under cover of the NGO is a violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, passed at the end of the Second Lebanon War in August 2006.
In the letter, Danon called on the council to demand the Lebanese government dismantle the Hezbollah outposts, as required by the resolution.
The 15,000-strong UN force is also charged with ensuring “the immediate cessation” of attacks by Hezbollah, and of ensuring “the immediate cessation by Israel of all offensive military operations.”
Hezbollah has significantly built up its weapons stockpile since the 2006 war and has upgraded its arsenal to about 150,000 missiles, Israeli officials say. Israel also fears that some advanced surface-to-sea and anti-aircraft weapons systems have reached Hezbollah from Iran.
6/21/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26108/Naming-Bin-Salman-Saudi-heir-impacts-US-Israel The Saudi king’s decision to elevate his son Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 31, to crown prince and heir to the throne, in place of his cousin Mohammed bin Nayef – as part of a broad reshuffle, is not merely the internal affair of the royal hierarchy, but a game-changing international event.
DEBKAfile’s analysts see it as the outcome of a global and regional process initiated by Donald Trump soon after he settled in the White House in January. With his appointment as de facto ruler of the oil kingdom, the Saudi king’s son is ready to step into his allotted place in a new US-Arab-Israeli alliance that will seek to dominate Middle East affairs. Israel will be accepted in a regional lineup for the first time alongside the strongest Sunni Arab nations who all share similar objectives, especially the aim to stop Iran.
Trump’s trip to Riyadh and Jerusalem in early May laid the cornerstone for the new US-Sunni Arab bloc versus Iran’s Shiite grouping and also cemented Israel’s co-option.
This bloc is in its infancy and has yet to display staying power and prove the wisdom of its policies. But its contours have taken shape. US President Trump is taking the lead role along with Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, another crown prince, Egypt’s President Abdul-Fatteh El-Sisi, and Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Three of those leaders already maintain strong direct – albeit discreet – ties with Israel’s prime minister, its security establishment, military and various intelligence agencies.
The first steps towards this goal are in the making. They will include exposing parts of their hidden interaction to the light of day, as well as such important symbolic actions, as opening Arab skies to the passage of Israeli commercial flights, or direct telephone links.
None of this is expected to transpire overnight but rather over years, especially since there is opposition to the process still to overcome in the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia, and also in the United States. Critics lay into Mohammed bin Salman, who has made his mark as a visionary social and economic reformer at home, as too young, brash and impatient to rule the kingdom. His decision to entangle Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, which many believe it cannot win, is held up as evidence of his reckless nature.
But the process switched on by Trump in Riyadh took a large stride forward on June 21, with the formalization by King Salman of his young son’s role as the top mover and shaker in the Saudi kingdom. King Salman obtained the support of 31 out of 34 members of Saudi Arabia’s Allegiance Council for confirming Prince Muhammad Bin Salman as crown prince as well as deputy prime minister and minister of defense.
6/20/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20887/US-jet-downs-Iranian-drone-near-Al-Tanf-crossing-in-S-Syria A US F-16 jet shot down Monday an Iranian-made Shahed 129 drone flying in southern Syria near the Al-Tanf Syrian-Iraqi crossing which is held by US special forces and Syrian allies, a US official confirmed. The drone was armed and posed a threat to the US forces stationed at the crossing. This was the second time the US had shot down an Iranian drone in less than a month. On June 8, an American fighter jet downed a drone flown Iranian-supported Hizballah forces for an attack on US-backed troops.  Monday’s incident also marked the fifth time since late May that the US military has bombed pro-Syrian forces in southern Syria. Sunday, US fighter-bombers shot down a Syrian warplane.
6/20/17 http://syria-personally.beforeitsnews.com/israel/2017/06/fierce-battles-in-daraa-after-48-hour-ceasefire-ends-2475107.html DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. June 20, 2017, 4:52 PM (IDT)
Large-scale Syrian army and Hizballah forces resumed their onslaught in the southern Syrian town of Daraa Tuesday as a 48-hour ceasefire drew to a close. They are fighting to dislodge the rebel forces that are backed by the US and Jordan. The battles are taking place just one kilometer from the Jordanian border.
Our unique angle on these subjects – and strong intelligence dimension – has earned DEBKAfile a global reputation and a steady readership – which skyrockets in times of crisis.
6/20/17 https://www.wsj.com/articles/skirmishing-over-syria-1497914427  A bipartisan conceit has been that the U.S. can defeat Islamic State by ducking the larger conflict in Syria, and now we’re finding out that may not be possible. A U.S. F-18 jet shot down a Syrian bomber on Sunday to protect U.S. allies fighting Islamic State, and on Monday Russia and Iran threatened to target U.S. planes in response.
A U.S. fighter shot down the Syrian SU-22 plane after Syrian aircraft made their second bombing run against Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) allied with the U.S. near Taqba. The regime was clearly testing whether the U.S. would assist its allies on the ground. The U.S. needed to send a deterrent message or Syrian President Bashar Assad will continue to press his offensive across SDF-held territory.
The risk of escalation is real, but this isn’t a skirmish the U.S. can easily avoid. Mr. Assad and his allies in Moscow and Tehran know that ISIS’s days controlling Raqqa in Syria are numbered. They want to assert control over as much territory as possible in the interim, and that means crushing the SDF.
The Russian threat on Monday to target with anti-aircraft missiles any U.S. aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria is part of the same intimidation strategy. Russia also suspended a hotline between the two armed forces designed to reduce the risk of a military mistake. Iran, which arms and assists Mr. Assad on the ground, vowed further Syrian regime attacks against SDF, all but daring U.S. planes to respond amid the Russian threat.

THE RAPTURE

[2Th 2:1-4, 6-12 NKJV] 1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for [that Day will not come] unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. … 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The word ‘Rapture’ is not in the English translation of the King James Bible. The Greek word ‘harpazo’ is translated to English as the words “caught up” and “we shall be changed”, which also means ‘Raptured’.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Cor 15:50-58
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality.
But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory.
“O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

Strong’s G726 – harpazō
3) to snatch out or away
Latin – ‘rapio’

All prophecies have been fulfilled for the Rapture to occur! We are patiently anticipating his coming for us! Share the good news of Jesus Christ with your family and friends. With your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel! Amen!

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The Gospel
‘You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.  And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.’  Acts 10:38-43  N.A.S.

By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of the first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more that five hundred (500) of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also’ 1 Cor 15: 1-8

One [thing] I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple.
[I would have lost heart], unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! Psalms 27:4,13,14

Matt 24:3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what [will be] the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. 6 “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 “All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. 9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10 “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 “Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13 “But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), … 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 “But as the days of Noah [were], so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 “and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 “Then two [men] will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. … 42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. … 44 “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. – Matthew 24:3-15, 36-40, 42, 44 NKJV

1 Thess 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. – 1 Thessalonians 5:4,8-11 NASB

Chapter 6, the opening of the 1st seal of God’s wrath. The devil is cast down to earth, knowing ‘that he has a short time’.  Verse 9 is ‘the rapture’

Rev 6:1 NOW I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”

1st Seal

1st Church Age (Rev 2:1)

Rev 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Zech 1:8,18-21; 6:1-3;

White horse (war)

Zech 1:8; I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that [were] in the bottom; and behind him [were there] red horses, speckled, and white. 18Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. 19And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What [be] these? And he answered me, These [are] the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters. 21Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These [are] the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up [their] horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.

Zech 6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains [were] mountains of brass. 2In the first chariot [were] red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 3And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

Rev 6:3 When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”

2nd Seal

2nd Church Age (Rev 2:8)

Rev 6:4 Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Rev 6:8)

Fiery red horse

Sword – people killed – Another War

Rev 6:5 When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. (Note: Africa has been in famine for 40 years. Now the U.S., Israel, Syria, Turkey)

3rd Seal

3rd Church Age (Rev 2:12)

Black horse (famine) History tells of the terrible times after the wars.

Rev 6:6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

See http://www.raptureready.com/abc/antichrist The Anti-Christ – “Perilous times” also includes “economic disaster.” While the antichrist is boasting about having solutions to the world’s problems, God will release a third horse and rider. John said, “I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (Revelation 6:5, 6). The third rider will bring economic collapse to the world. God will allow him to do this. Food will be so valuable it will have to be weighed on scales before it is sold. Money will be so worthless that what a man earns in one day will purchase barely enough for one person to survive on. It definitely seems that America, and perhaps the entire world, has forgotten that a good economy is a blessing of God and not a benefit of having the right kind of politician in office. This moral confusion will be disastrous in the days to come. “Perilous times” also includes starvation and sickness, and two more signs of the last days Jesus talked about are “famine” and “pestilence” (Matthew 24:7). God will release a fourth horse and rider that will fulfill this. John said, “I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8). God will allow this horse and rider. One-fourth of the world’s population will die as war and economic disaster spreads like wildfire triggering hunger and disease on earth.

Rev 6:7 When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come and see.”

4th Seal
4th Church Age (Rev 2:18)

Rev 6:8 So I looked, and behold, a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth. Rev 1:18; 6:8; 20:13,14; Matt 24:6,7; Lk 21:9; 1 Chr 15:26; (6:8; 8:6; 13:18;? Great trib?) (The 4th seal now, waiting for the rapture.  The 5th church age, and the 6th church age.) There shall be ‘war and rumors of war.’

Pale horse – Death and Hades followed. Power to kill
Those poor people in Africa and the Middle East must believe they are in the throes of God’s wrath now! The ‘Great’ Tribulation!

Rev 6:9 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. Rev 4:1; Isa 26:20; 27:1; 40:8; Rev 1:2,9; 6:9; 18:4; 20:4;

Under The Altar
The 5th seal, Rev 6:9-11.
5th Church Age (Rev 3: )
Rev 4:1 – 6:11

This Is The Time of the Rapture. There are souls under the altar, slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. We join them. (Read about the rapture here: http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/many-people-have-asked-me-this-year-what-is-the-rapture-heres-what-i-tell-them/ )
Amen! 
http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/05/hollywood-tackles-the-end-times-with-left-behind-film-but-is-the-rapture-a-biblical-concept-or-a-fictional-plot-device/ Excellent article on the rapture. Also See Chapter 4 – Rapture

 Isa 40:8; The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Isa 26:20; 27:1; 40:8;

Isa 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. 21For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. 27:1In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword.
Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that [is] in the sea.
Isa 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Rev 6:11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. Rev 3:5; 3:18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9,13,14; 15:6; 19:8,14; Ex 28:2; Lev 16:4; Isa 26:20; 27:1; 40:8; 61:10; Dan 7:9; 1Thess 4:16-17;

White Robes given

The raptured souls are told, ‘rest a little while longer,’

Ex 28:2; And thou shalt make holy garments for Aaron thy brother for glory and for beauty.

Lev 16:4; He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these [are] holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and [so] put them on.

Isa 26:20; Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Isa 61:10; I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh [himself] with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth [herself] with her jewels.

Dan 7:9; I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment [was] white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne [was like] the fiery flame, [and] his wheels [as] burning fire.

1 Thess 4:16-17; For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Chapter 6 verses 12 through 17 are descriptions of events that are final for the earth and the heavens. Catastrophic events which happen in the final wrath of God.

Other Rapture supporting texts.
Isa 25:8,9 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken [it]. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
Isa 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.
John 14:2-3; In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
1 Cor 1:7-8; So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, [that ye may be] blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:50-58; Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Cor. 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha(Translates to ‘Accursed, Our Lord Cometh”)
Phil 3:20-21; 4:5; For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
Phil 4:5; Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord [is] at hand.
1 Thess 1:10; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Thess 2:19; For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
1 Thess 4:13-18; But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thess 5:9; For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thess 2:1; Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him,
1 Tim 6:14; That thou keep [this] commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 Tim 4:8; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Titus 2:13; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Heb 9:28; So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
Jam 5:7-9; Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
1 Pet 1:7,13; That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1 Pet 5:4; And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
1 John 2:28-29; And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
1 John 3:1-2; Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Jude 1:21; Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Rev 2:25; But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come.
Rev 3:10-11; Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door [was] opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard [was] as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
|Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 22:20 He who testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Gen 6:8; 7:1,7 Noah and his family were saved by God – taken away from the wrath of God, an example of being caught up by our Creator.

SALVATION – HOW TO BE SAVED  https://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/  

Acts 10:38-43  N.A.S. ‘You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.  And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.
1 Cor 15: 1-8 ‘By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of the first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred (500) of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also.

‘I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.’ Psalms 27:4,13,14

(1)Babylon (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13″. “Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)”. <http://www.studylight.org/com/srn/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=013&gt;. 1917.) The city, Babylon is not in view here, as the immediate context shows. It is important to note the significance of the name when used symbolically. “Babylon” is the Greek form: invariably in the O.T. Hebrew the word is simply Babel, the meaning of which is confusion, and in this sense the word is used symbolically. (1) In the prophets, when the actual city is not meant, the reference is to the “confusion” into which the whole social order of the world has fallen under Gentile world-domination. (See “Times of the Gentiles,” Luke 21:24Revelation 16:14Isaiah 13:4 gives the divine view of the welter of warring Gentile powers. The divine order is given in Isa. 11. Israel in her own land, the centre of the divine government of the world and channel of the divine blessing; and the Gentiles blessed in association with Israel. Anything else is, politically, mere “babel.” (2) In Revelation 14:8-1116:19 the Gentile world-system is in view in connection with Armageddon; Revelation 16:1419:21 while in Rev 17, the reference is to apostate Christianity, destroyed by the nations Revelation 17:16 headed up under the Beast ; Daniel 7:8Revelation 19:20 and false prophet. In Isaiah the political Babylon is in view, literally as to the then existing city, and symbolically as to the times of the Gentiles. In the Revelation both the symbolical- political and symbolical-religious Babylon are in view, for there both are alike under the tyranny of the Beast. Religious Babylon is destroyed by political Babylon Revelation 17:16 political Babylon by the appearing of the Lord Revelation 19:19-21. That Babylon the city is not to be rebuilt is clear from ; Isaiah 13:19-22Jeremiah 51:24-26,62-64. By political Babylon is meant the Gentile world-system. (See “World,” ; John 7:7Revelation 13:8) It may be added that, in Scripture symbolism, Egypt stands for the world as such; Babylon for the world of corrupt power and corrupted religion; Nineveh for the pride, the haughty glory of the world. (Scofield, C. I. “Scofield Reference Notes on Isaiah 13.″)
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