End of Time, The Last Days


 

This could be what “The Beast” of Rev 13 would look like: The irresistible leader of Dan 11!

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HZ1-15Iran'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 YorkERD1-14
 

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 – (Neutral) President Donald 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.
Muslim – Barak Hussein Obama II (Shi’ite) Not a candidate for ‘the beast’/leader, but his biggest supporter!) 
Germany – (Shi’ite) President Angela Merkel –
5/30/17 http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/29/politics/merkel-trump-europe/index.html –  On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel uttered a single sentence that speaks to how fundamentally President Donald Trump has reshaped — and will continue to reshape — the world, and America’s place in it.  “Merkel saying Europe cannot rely on others & needs to take matters into its own hands is a watershed-& what US has sought to avoid since WW2,” Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, tweeted Sunday.
Iran – (Shi’ite) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  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?

*7/17/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26148/Israel-Syrian-truce-plan-license-for-Iran-foothold An official in the party that accompanied him to the Elysée Palace explained to reporters that Israel objected to a truce that could be used as a vehicle for “perpetuating” Iran’s presence in Syria and on its own border. Iran is not just sending advisers to Syria, the official said, but large-scale military forces to establish in Syria an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base for Iran’s navy.
“This already changes the picture in the region from what it has been up to now,” he said.
According to DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources, Israel was finally galvanized into making an unqualified stand against the US-Russian ceasefire plan by discovering how it was being implemented: When last week Russian troops moved into Daraa in southern Syria to police the ceasefire in that embattled town, the Syrian army withdrew – but the Hizballah forces fighting with Assad’s army did not.
A few days later, Hizballah’s elite Kalibat Radwan brigade was seen digging in at Daraa, 1km from the Jordanian border, and preparing to resume the offensive at a moment’s notice for driving Syrian rebels from the town.
This was despite the assurances Washington and Moscow had broadcast that the departure of Iranian and Hizballah forces from the ceasefire zones would be ascertained.
7/17/17 Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warn U.S. against terrorist designation, new sanctions.  (following ‘We Are Lost’ story:) http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-islamicstate-families-idUKKBN1A20DL  BEIRUT (Reuters) – A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guards warned the United States on Monday that if it designated the group a terrorist organisation and applied new sanctions its action could be perilous for U.S. forces in the region.
U.S. officials said earlier this year that President Donald Trump’s administration was considering a proposal that could lead to potentially categorising the powerful Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organisation.
“Counting the Revolutionary Guards the same as terrorist groups and applying similar sanctions to the Revolutionary Guards is a big risk for America and its bases and forces deployed in the region,” said Armed Forces Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Baqeri, according to Sepah News, an official news site of the Guards.
*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
*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.”  *7/18/17 http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-doubles-down-on-accusing-hezbollah-of-hiding-behind-ngo/ Army releases videos showing operatives from the Iran-backed terrorist group watching Israeli activities from the Lebanese border.
According to Israeli assessments, Hezbollah has significantly built up its weapons stockpile since the 2006 war and has upgraded its arsenal to more than 100,000 missiles.
Arabic media has reported that Iran constructed at least two missile factories within Lebanon, capable of producing medium-range rockets and other weaponry. Israel also fears that some advanced surface-to-sea and anti-aircraft weapons systems have reached Hezbollah from Iran.
Last month, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel against attacking Lebanon or Syria, saying “hundreds of thousands” of Arab and Muslim fighters would be ready to strike back.
“The Israeli enemy should know that if it launches an attack on Syria or Lebanon, it’s unknown whether the fighting will stay just between Lebanon and Israel, or Syria and Israel,” he said in a speech to mark Jerusalem (Quds) Day, an annual show of solidarity with the Palestinians marked by marches and speeches that rail against Israel and the West.
*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. 
Iran – (Shi’ite) 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.
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.

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***10/10/17 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/11/latest-syrian-fm-says-us-coalition-sparing-is-in-syria.html The Syrian foreign minister is accusing the U.S.-led coalition of wreaking destruction in Syria while sparing the Islamic State group.
Walid al-Moallem said during a visit to Russia on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition has been “methodically destroying all except the IS.” He claimed that Washington aims to destroy Syria’s economy and drag the war out.
Al-Moallem said the Kurds are now vying for control of oilfields in eastern Syria and warned that Syria will reassert its sovereignty over the area. The Syrian army under Russian air cover has raced for control of oilfields in the eastern Deir el-Zour province.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with al-Moallem in Sochi that he would like to focus on a political settlement in Syria.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group says an estimated 4,000 civilians are still trapped in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists’ de facto capital, and that coalition allies are working out ways to evacuate them.
Col. Ryan Dillon says the Raqqa Civil Council, a local administration of Arab and Kurdish officials, is leading the discussions. It’s not clear with whom the council is speaking inside Raqqa.
Dillon said on Wednesday that the coalition wouldn’t accept a negotiated surrender of up to 400 militants believed holed up in the last part of the city that remains in IS hands.
Dillon says up to 15 militants have surrendered in the past three weeks in Raqqa. The battle for the city is in its final stages.
**9/20/17 Volcanos http://news.sky.com/story/fears-balis-mount-agung-volcano-could-erupt-amid-tremors-11044572
Hurricanes http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/20/hurricane-maria-makes-landfall-in-puerto-rico-as-category-4-storm.html  https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/9/5/16254872/hurricane-irma-2017-caribbean-florida-keys-puerto-rico-wind-speed-record  https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/hurricane-jose-tropical-storm-watch-new-england-mid-atlantic-coast  Earthquakes http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/09/19/new-video-shows-major-earthquake-strikes-outside-mexico-city  Wars and rumors of war http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/19/tillerson-says-iran-nuclear-deal-really-has-to-be-revisited.html
***9/8/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26220/US-set-to-quit-Al-Tanf-Pro-Iranian-force-moves-in  While Israeli jets were bombing  the Syrian CERS chemical facility at Masyaf, 38km west of the central Syrian town of Hama, early Thursday, Sept 7,  control of the Syrian-Iraqi border to the east was quietly changing hands.

Washington was winding up discussions with Moscow on terms for US special forces to evacuate the Al Tanf post they were holding in the Syrian-Iraqi-Jordanian triangle and hand it over to the Syrian army.
Quitting Al Tanf is tantamount to the US withdrawal from southeastern Syria and its handover to Syria and its allies, including Hizballah.
***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.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.

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)

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 said:  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. 8/17/14  (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.

Deu 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.
*6/29/17 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.
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.
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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.
*7/17/17 http://www.debka.com/article/26148/Israel-Syrian-truce-plan-license-for-Iran-foothold Israel waited 10 days from Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s announcement in Hamburg of their ceasefire plan for southwestern Syria along the borders with Jordan and Syria, before proclaiming its “total opposition” to the plan. On Sunday, July 16, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced publicly, after meeting President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, that the plan was unacceptable.
An official in the party that accompanied him to the Elysée Palace explained to reporters that Israel objected to a truce that could be used as a vehicle for “perpetuating” Iran’s presence in Syria and on its own border. Iran is not just sending advisers to Syria, the official said, but large-scale military forces to establish in Syria an airbase for Iranian aircraft and a naval base for Iran’s navy.
“This already changes the picture in the region from what it has been up to now,” he said.
According to DEBKAfile’s military and intelligence sources, Israel was finally galvanized into making an unqualified stand against the US-Russian ceasefire plan by discovering how it was being implemented: When last week Russian troops moved into Daraa in southern Syria to police the ceasefire in that embattled town, the Syrian army withdrew – but the Hizballah forces fighting with Assad’s army did not.
A few days later, Hizballah’s elite Kalibat Radwan brigade was seen digging in at Daraa, 1km from the Jordanian border, and preparing to resume the offensive at a moment’s notice for driving Syrian rebels from the town.
This was despite the assurances Washington and Moscow had broadcast that the departure of Iranian and Hizballah forces from the ceasefire zones would be ascertained.
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.
*6/29/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20944/Ex-crown-prince-of-Saudi-Arabia-under-virtual-house-arrest-reports Former Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was removed last week from the line of succession, has been prevented from leaving his palace and barred from leaving the country, according to reports on Thursday. The restrictions seek to limit any potential opposition to the new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, American officials and Saudis were quoted as saying. Later, a Saudi official denied that the former crown prince is under any restrictions. The 82-year-old King Salman placed his 31-year-old son next in line to the throne on June 21.
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.
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.

Rev 17:12,13″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. 13 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.” The country that is ‘Mystery, Babylon’ is keeping these 10 kings under check for now.

**We make a transition from Daniel, the Lion being Babylon, to Revelation Lion, still Babylon, {Rev 17:16 And the ten horns (countries/kingdoms) which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, 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.

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

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. (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 (“Allah”- “Praise “Allah” – worship – acknowledges his power, bowing down to him), having seven heads and ten horns)

and power was given unto him to continue forty [and] two months. (3 ½ years) (See Dan 9:27. 7 years total)

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 17:1Then 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 (The unsaved and 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.

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. 24His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, And shall prosper and thrive; He shall destroy the mighty, and [also] the holy people. [The Beast of Revelation 13:1, ISIS!] [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.]
25″Through his cunning He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; And he shall exalt [himself] in his heart. He shall destroy many in [their] prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. [The Lord God Almighty will intervene. Revelation 16; Zechariah 12-14;]

https://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/revelation-22/isis-daniel-prophecy-revelation/

1/5/16 http://www.timesofisrael.com/in-the-iran-saudi-arabia-conflict-a-clash-of-civilizations/ The cold war between the two regional powers is likely to heat up, reviving an age-old sectarian war between Sunni and Shiite Islam in which every country and group in the Middle East will have to choose a side.
Consider the list: Lebanon, where for more than a year and a half there has been no president, partly because of the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran; Yemen, where a civil war is being waged with the direct intervention of Saudi forces and Iranian advisers; Syria, of course, where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are fighting militias funded by Riyadh; Iraq (which is in many ways similar to Syria in that regard); and even the West Bank, where the Iranians give financial support to the Islamic Jihad, to the A-Sabireen movement in Gaza and, to a limited extent, to Hamas.
And indeed, nearly all the actors in the Middle Eastern arena now understand that the Iranian declarations are not hollow and that Tehran will try to give them substance in the form of an attack on the Saudi kingdom.
Any revenge attack via Shiite actors will draw a Saudi response. Which means, as the London-based site Al Araby Al Jadeed wrote Monday, the cold war will heat up suddenly into a more much more dangerous confrontation between the two countries.
It has to be said that this crisis, which is likely to lead to a clash of the two civilizations, Shiite and Sunni, does not come as much of a shock.
Hamas is not alone. From now on, the name of the game in our region is that every country or organization will have to choose a side. The Israeli-Arab conflict no longer interests decision-makers in Riyadh or Cairo; rather the battle for the future of the Middle East between Shiites and Sunnis occupies center stage.
Almost 1,400 years have passed since the first battles broke out within the Muslim world between the inheritors of the Prophet Muhammad, which led to the schism between Shiites and Sunnis, and it seems little has changed here: We are returning to the same very old sectarian war, which is likely to lead to severe ongoing bloodshed that will once again shape the face of the region.

If Saudi Arabia is Babylon and this latest news reflects the war coming, is it time Rev 17,18 to be fulfilled? Perhaps it is time to reveal the ‘beast’, the leader of the end times called the anti-Christ. 

BABYLON: Someone once said America is the new Babylon. Since that was said there are more choices:

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’

 UAE_Map
 
UAE
 

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.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stand together as Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet agrees to implement a broad reform plan known as Vision 2030 in Riyadh, April 25, 2016.
*6/29/17 http://www.debka.com/newsupdatepopup/20944/Ex-crown-prince-of-Saudi-Arabia-under-virtual-house-arrest-reports Former Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was removed last week from the line of succession, has been prevented from leaving his palace and barred from leaving the country, according to reports on Thursday. The restrictions seek to limit any potential opposition to the new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, American officials and Saudis were quoted as saying. Later, a Saudi official denied that the former crown prince is under any restrictions. The 82-year-old King Salman placed his 31-year-old son next in line to the throne on June 21.
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://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/saudiarabia/11571482/Saudi-Arabias-quiet-revolution-as-King-Salman-changes-royal-succession.html  

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 (Sunni, Shi’ite)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. The city also has an international airport, with service into Baghdad with Iraqi Airways—the national airline.

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 city 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.
**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.

**EU – (mixed Sunni, Shi’ite) *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.
5/29/17  http://www.jewishpress.com/news/global/un/state-admits-un-construction-at-armon-hanatziv-is-illegal-but-what-can-we-do/2017/05/29/  Armon Hanatziv is the property of the State of Israel, which permits the UN to use it as the headquarters of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), whose mission is to supervise the ceasefire between Israel and Jordan – both countries having signed a peace treaty back in 1994.
The state has admitted for the first time that the extensive construction activity at the compound, including works to preserve the historic buildings there, as well as the construction of illegal structures inside the compound, have been carried out without permits, stating, “The planning and building laws of the State of Israel apply to the compound and to the works that are the subject of the petition; and the UN is expected to act in accordance with the principles of the relevant planning and building laws.”
Regavim also accused the UN contingency of illegally invading a large swath of state-owned land beyond the compound’s boundaries.
*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.”
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.

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 196
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 Sunni, Shi’ite) – 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), Ajman, Dubai,Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, 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.

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

See:  https://revelationlastday.com/revelation-of-jesus-christ/emmanuel-revelation/isis-daniel-revelation/rapture-the-time-of-the-rapture-end-of-time/   

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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 or IRAN HIS POWER, HIS THRONE, AND GREAT AUTHORITY?Following the News of the Scarlet Coloured Beast:

10/11/17 https://www.timesofisrael.com/tv-report-islamic-state-chiefs-gather-near-israel-border-set-up-training-camp/ TV report: Islamic State chiefs gather near Israel border, set up training camp.
Having fled Iraq and northern Syria, several top commanders of terror group now in Golan Heights enclave, recruiting and running propaganda effort, says Israel’s Channel 2.
Several senior commanders from Islamic State who recently fled from Iraq and northern Syria are now based in southern Syria, just across the Golan Heights border with Israel, and are training hundreds of new recruits there, an Israeli television report said.
Israel’s Channel said the commanders have made their way to an Islamic State-controlled enclave “close to the border” with Israel. They have set up a training camp to which they have recruited 300 local youths, said the report, which showed footage apparently of the camp and training sessions.
Among the commanders is one of Islamic State’s most notorious recruiters, Abu Hamam Jazrawi, the TV report said.
The commanders are also now running Islamic State internet propaganda campaigns from their new base, in place of the former campaign headquarters in Raqqa, the extremists’ former de facto capital in northwest Syria where the fight to oust them has entered what appear to be its final stages.
The Israeli government has vowed to prevent IS from setting up operations close to the Israeli border. Israel “won’t allow Islamic State figures or other enemy actors, under the cover of the war in Syria, to set up next to our borders,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last November, soon after what was believed to be the first notable clash between IS gunmen and Israeli troops.
The incident involved a short exchange of gunfire between an Islamic State-affiliated terrorist group and Israeli soldiers, and ended with an IDF airstrike that killed four militants.
Both the IS-affiliated Khalid ibn al-Walid Army and the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly the al-Nusra Front, which is linked to al-Qaeda, have been set up on Israel’s borders for years.
Despite a relatively long-lasting “live and let live” relationship with these groups, the IDF has warned of a potential — some say inevitable — conflict with them and has been preparing to respond to cross-border attacks.
10/11/17 https://www.timesofisrael.com/rejecting-israeli-charges-lebanese-army-asserts-its-independent-from-hezbollah/ Rejecting Israeli charges, Lebanese Army asserts it’s independent from Hezbollah.
Defense Minister Liberman alleges state military takes its orders from Iran-backed terror group; Lebanese Army source asks if he knows something the US and UK, which fund it, don’t.
A Lebanese military source on Tuesday rebuffed claims by Israel’s defense minister that the Lebanese Army is controlled by the Hezbollah terror group, saying such a statement “cannot be taken seriously.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday said the next war in Israel will see the Israel Defense Forces fighting against a coordinated Syrian-Lebanese front as well as on the southern front with Hamas-controlled Gaza. He added that the Lebanese army has been fully integrated with Hezbollah and follows Hezbollah’s orders. “The Lebanese army has become an integral part of the Hezbollah apparatus under its command,” Liberman said.
Speaking to the Lebanese daily Al Joumhouria, the Lebanese military source said Liberman’s statements were “totally contrary to reality” and “hold contradictions up to a degree that they cannot be taken seriously.”
The source asserted that “the Lebanese army has total independence and is subject to the decisions of the political authority, and its leadership is the sole arbiter of its military policy.”
10/11/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236613 Rouhani: Blacklisting Revolutionary Guards a ‘mistake’.
Iranian President warns United States against blacklisting the Revolutionary Guards, says it would be a “mistake beyond mistakes”.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday warned the United States against blacklisting the Revolutionary Guards, Reuters 
reported.
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to decertify Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers this week and add its Revolutionary Guards military force to Washington’s black list of terrorist groups.
During a cabinet meeting shown on state television on Wednesday, Rouhani said U.S. action against the Guards would be a “mistake beyond mistakes”.
“They think that the Guards are a military entity. The Revolutionary Guards are not a military entity. They’re in the heart of the people. The Revolutionary Guards, in all the days of danger, have defended our national interests,” he said, according to Reuters.
“We’re one society. We’re Iran. There are no differences between different factions in confronting the plots of our enemies,” stressed the Iranian president.
Rouhani’s warning marks the third time in recent days that Iranian officials have warned Trump against blacklisting the powerful Revolutionary Guards.
On Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, the top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stressed that “all options are on the table” if the U.S. goes ahead with the move.
A day earlier, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry promised a “crushing” response if Trump decertifies the deal and blacklists the Revolutionary Guards.
“We are hopeful that the United States does not make this strategic mistake,” the spokesman Bahram Qasemi said.

“If they do, Iran’s reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences,” he added.
Qasemi’s warning came a day after IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari warned that U.S. regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed on the IRGC.
“If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State all around the world,” he threatened.
Rouhani’s warning appears to mark a change of heart for him. The president, touted by the West as a “moderate”, won re-election in a landslide five months ago and, as part of his campaign, he repeatedly spoke out in public against the political influence of the Guards.
In recent days, however, it appears the threat of new action from Washington has prompted a public display of unity from the rival factions among Iran’s rulers.
“Today, the president of America has created conditions where Iran is more united than ever. Today, those who oppose the nuclear deal and those who support it are side by side. We all have one voice,” Rouhani said, according to Reuters
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10/11/17 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/236614 North Korea’s Foreign Minister says Trump has “lit the wick of war” with his country. With his bellicose and insane statement at the United Nations, Trump, you can say, has lit the wick of a war against us,” the minister, Ri Yong Ho, said, according to Reuters.
“We need to settle the final score, only with a hail of fire, not words,” he added.
Ri’s comments came hours after the U.S. military flew two Air Force B-1B Lancer bombersover the Korean peninsula.
The two bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military and Japanese fighters joined the drill as well.
The drill took place as Trump met with his national security team to discuss “a range of options” on North Korea in response to its increasing nuclear ambitions.
This is not the first time that Ri has verbally attacked Trump. Following Trump’s recent speech at the UN, the North Korean foreign minister said Trump made an “irreversible mistake” and threatened the “entire U.S. mainland” with missiles.
Trump later fired back at the minister, tweeting, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
Ri also said Trump’s speech to the UN last week and his subsequent tweets were a “declaration of war.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later dismissed the claims that the U.S. was declaring war on North Korea.
***10/10/17 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/11/latest-syrian-fm-says-us-coalition-sparing-is-in-syria.html The Syrian foreign minister is accusing the U.S.-led coalition of wreaking destruction in Syria while sparing the Islamic State group.
Walid al-Moallem said during a visit to Russia on Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition has been “methodically destroying all except the IS.” He claimed that Washington aims to destroy Syria’s economy and drag the war out.
Al-Moallem said the Kurds are now vying for control of oilfields in eastern Syria and warned that Syria will reassert its sovereignty over the area. The Syrian army under Russian air cover has raced for control of oilfields in the eastern Deir el-Zour province.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the start of his talks with al-Moallem in Sochi that he would like to focus on a political settlement in Syria.
A spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State group says an estimated 4,000 civilians are still trapped in the Syrian city of Raqqa, once the extremists’ de facto capital, and that coalition allies are working out ways to evacuate them.
Col. Ryan Dillon says the Raqqa Civil Council, a local administration of Arab and Kurdish officials, is leading the discussions. It’s not clear with whom the council is speaking inside Raqqa.
Dillon said on Wednesday that the coalition wouldn’t accept a negotiated surrender of up to 400 militants believed holed up in the last part of the city that remains in IS hands.
Dillon says up to 15 militants have surrendered in the past three weeks in Raqqa. The battle for the city is in its final stages.
10/11/17 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/11/yemen-arrests-point-to-widening-rift-in-saudi-led-coalition.html SANAA, Yemen –  Yemeni Islamists say forces backed by the United Arab Emirates have arrested 10 members of a local Muslim Brotherhood affiliate in the southern city of Aden.
The Islah Party said in a statement Wednesday that those arrested include prominent party member Mohammed Abdel-Malak, whose house was raided. It called for the release of all those detained.
The arrests point to heightened tensions within the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who control Yemen’s capital and much of the north.
Islah is allied with Yemen’s internationally recognized President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, but the UAE, a key member of the coalition, views it as a threat because of its links to the pan-Arab Muslim Brotherhood.
The coalition has been at war with the Houthis since early 2015.
10/10/17 https://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-delegation-said-to-land-in-cairo-ahead-of-fatah-hamas-talks/ Israeli delegation said to land in Cairo ahead of Fatah-Hamas talks.
Palestinian rivals launch Egyptian-backed reconciliation negotiations, which have been stronglydenounced by Netanyahu.
Although there was no word on the content of the discussions, the reports came on the same day unity talks were launched in Egypt between Hamas and Fatah, as the Palestinian Authority seeks to regain sovereignty over the Gaza Strip after a decade of Hamas rule.
Last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the reconciliation efforts, saying any future Palestinian government must disband the Hamas terror group’s armed wing and sever its ties with Iran.
The talks follow a key breakthrough last week, when Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah visited Hamas-run Gaza for the first time since 2015 and his ministers officially took control of government departments there.
10/09/17 https://www.algemeiner.com/2017/10/09/qatari-antisemite-among-leading-candidates-in-election-contest-for-new-unesco-chief/ A Qatari antisemite is among the leading candidates standing for election this week for the post of the next director-general of UNESCO — the UN’s Paris-based educational, scientific and cultural organization.
Seven candidates are in the running for the post, with voting continuing through this week until one of the contenders wins a majority. Qatar’s candidate for the post is its former culture minister, Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari.
Dr. Shimon Samuels — director of international relations for the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) — told The Algemeiner on Monday that the Jewish human rights organization had been tracking Al-Kawari’s antisemitic statements and activities for several years. Despite protests from the SWC and other Jewish organizations, Al-Kawari permitted the prominent display of violently antisemitic literature at the Doha Annual Book Fairs in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Antisemitic texts have also been display on Qatar’s stand at the world-famous book fair in Frankfurt.
Most glaringly, a 2013 book published by Qatar’s Ministry of Culture — titled Jerusalem in the Eyes of the Poets — contains an antisemitic preface written by Al-Kawari himself.
10/08/17 http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/count-down-days-to-death-in-israel/ In one of the fieriest speeches directed at Israel by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, he called for the ethnic cleansing of all Jews in Israel, the destruction of the Jewish state and told Israelis to begin a “count down to death.”
The speech echoed recent rhetoric recently by the Iranian regime and its military officials, who said Tel Aviv would be “destroyed” if Israel made “a mistake,” and that Israel would not survive for more than 25 years.
“Israel should remain silent and count down the days to its death, because any minor mistake would lead to its demise as fast as lightning,” said Iranian army commander Maj.-Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism said the threats contain two messages.
“The first message is a reaffirmation of the Shi’ite axis’s jihadist, ideological, long-term commitment to Israel’s destruction,” the report said. “The second message is more immediate; it is an attempt to deter Israeli decision makers from trying to stop Iran and its proxies from taking over Syria.”
Nasrallah has good reason to remain fearful of Israel, for it is the only state that has both the capability and determination to challenge their takeover of Syria. There have been a series of reported Israeli precision strikes on weapons production centers and arms smuggling attempts in Syria. One strike reportedly targeted the Assad regime’s Scientific Studies and Research Center weapons facility, where chemical, biological, and advanced ballistic missiles are developed and manufactured. The targeted facility may have been where Iran tried to hand over powerful weapons to Hezbollah.
Israel issued its own warning on what is taking place in the region.
“The next conflict, if it erupts, will have a completely different character,” said Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. “Our enemies will try first to strike our population centers and civilian infrastructure. And if our red lines will be breached, the other side must know in advance that it is going to pay very heavy prices.”
10/7/17 https://www.timesofisrael.com/tens-of-thousands-attend-funeral-of-iraqs-kurdish-ex-president/ Tens of thousands attend funeral of Iraq’s Kurdish ex-president.
Death of popular Kurdish figure Jalal Talabani comes week after Iraqi Kurdistan voted overwhelmingly for independence. Honor guards salute next to the coffin of former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani during a ceremony at the airport in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah on Oct 6,2017.
SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq — Tens of thousands of people gathered Friday for the funeral of former Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, in an emotional send-off for the veteran of the struggle for Kurdish self-rule.
Talabani died in Germany on Tuesday aged 83, barely a week after an Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence which has deepened divisions between Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region and Baghdad.
Central government figures and Iraqi Kurdish leaders including longtime Kurdish rival Massoud Barzani attended a funeral ceremony at the airport of Sulaimaniyah, Talabani’s longtime fiefdom in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region.
After the ceremony, a vast crowd carrying portaits of the leader and the green flags of his Patriotic Union of Kurdistan blocked the funeral procession as it headed from the airport to the great mosque of Sulaimaniyah.
Many wept and some tried to kiss the car carrying his coffin, which took three hours to reach the mosque.
Talabani was later buried near his office and his home.
It is the first time since the fall of royalty in 1958 that the burial of a president in Iraq has aroused such fervor, as many of Talabani’s predecessors were executed or forced into exile.
During a decades-long political career, Talabani was a key figure in Iraqi Kurdish politics.
He later became Iraq’s first federal president of Kurdish origin, serving from 2005 to 2014.
Barzani, president of the autonomous Kurdish region, and his prime minister Nechirvan Barzani waited at the airport as Talabani’s coffin arrived on a flight from Germany despite a Baghdad-imposed ban on international flights into the Kurdish region.
A red carpet and a honor good stood on the tarmac as his widow Hero and two sons got off the plane.
Iraqi President Fuad Massum, also a Kurd, Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji, a Shiite, and parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni Arab, represented the Baghdad government.
They were joined by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Kurdish representatives from Iran, Syria and Turkey.
Barzani and Massum each placed a large wreath of white flowers near Talabani’s coffin, which was draped in the red, white, green and yellow colours of the Kurdish flag.

 

BABYLON – 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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