The Bible gives a very clear and descriptive picture of what we shall see when the end of the age is to occur. Scripture tells us in the end times there will be scoffers and unbelievers. No matter what the signs tell us and what the conditions might be, most will not be able to believe that the end is nearing. Old Testament history tells us that the people of Israel were often warned and would not believe that God would do as He said He would do. False prophets were continually telling the people that things were only going to get better. But they didn’t!!! How many Americans or the world believe that we are getting near the end? Or, do they think things are getting better?

Luke 21:25– “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.” We have just witnessed the fourth time in 500 years that we have seen four blood moons fall on a Jewish religious holiday, the last on September 28, 2015. It could mean many things as I have previously expressed.

Throughout history God has forewarned His believers in advance of future events, He deems it of utmost importance. Any student of the Bible could give hundreds of illustrations where God has foretold the future. We read in Luke 12:54-56- “He said to the crowd: ‘when you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?'”

It is exciting to read Biblical prophecy and see it happening, as predicted, as we listen to the nightly news and read our newspaper. If you follow current events you may be aware that Moscow has aggressively pursued political, economic and military ties to Iran in defiance of U.S. and European protests. They have authorized the sale of nuclear technology to Iran. They are in the process of training approximately 1,000 Iranian nuclear scientists and approved a billion-dollar arms deal with the latest high-tech arms and air defense systems. Until March 21, 1935 Iran was called Persia. The Russians had always hated the Iranians and the Iranians hated the Russians. Many believed the Bible was full of errors, as the two would never form an alliance against Israel or anyone else as described in Ezekiel chapters 36–39.

According to Fox News, just recently since the blood moons, oil was discovered on the Golan Heights that is sufficient to last Israel for centuries and enough to be exported, competing with Russia and the Muslin oil producing nations. Fox News just reported that a coalition of Persian Gulf states is negotiating with Israel to build them the Iron Dome anti-missile systems to defend them against the possibility of foreign missiles. This could be worth perhaps hundreds of billions of dollars. This could be Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and others. Years ago this could never have happened. These nations would not have negotiated with Israel for anything. However, there is a real fear of war in the Middle-East.

Previously drilling deep below the seas off Israel’s coast, foreign energy companies are discovering gas estimated at five trillion cubic feet of proven reserves. They also believe to have found upward of a billion barrels of oil. Is Israel, like other Muslim oil producing nations, sitting on enormous oil reserves? Imagine the value of Israel as predicted in Isaiah 45:3– “I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”

Just recently Bashar Assad, Syrian dictator went to Russia to talk with Vladimir Putin. We suppose it is to help recapture the Golan Heights, taken from Syria in the 1967 war, and have Russia take it back from Israel to obtain all of the oil and natural gas. It is oil and natural gas that provides income for both Russia and Iran. If Israel were to compete against them, Israel could put those two and many other Muslim nations into a state of economic depression. This would stop the flow of economic support to the terrorists.

Our president believes that Russia is doomed to fail in the Syrian quagmire. This verifies that he has no one that he listens to that understands what the Bible says Russia will do. Putin is not out to revive the old USSR. He and the Muslim’s goal are to control the Middle-East’s oil and natural gas production and destroy Israel. We determine this by Ezekiel 38:4–9– “I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you. “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.”

Based on information from Ezekiel, Russia’s influence will continue to increase among the Islamic world as the war against Israel nears. Putin has been co-operating and supporting almost every middle-eastern Islamic nation to the detriment of the United Nations and the U.S.’s resolve to boycott Iran and force the closing of its nuclear facilities. Despite international efforts to isolate Palestine’s Hamas party, Putin is supporting them. Putin has aggressively and systematic built alliances with the countries specifically cited in Ezekiel 38 & 39. We need to watch as efforts intensify as to the time of Ezekiel’s vision comes to fulfillment.

This is not the first time Russia has tried to strike Israel. They were on the brink of war in 1973 when the U.S. mobilized forces to counteract any attack the Russians planned on Israel. It was well known that the Soviet Union had supplied all of the ammunition; intelligence and military training to help the Arab and Islamic coalition destroy Israel. It happened once before in the 1967 war. Under President Lyndon Johnson, we kept Russia from launching forces against Israel.

American intelligent sources state that Putin has ordered a 40% increase in Russia’s defense budget, including new fighter aircraft, new rockets and two new army divisions. Iranian’s past President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had stated that he believed the end of the world is only a few years away. He also said that he believes the way to hasten the arrival of the Islamic messiah is to unleash an apocalyptic holy war against Christians and Jews. Thus, he has vowed to annihilate the U.S. and Israel and was preparing their military to accomplish just that.

This month, according to the New York Times, “An imam in Gaza has been recorded on the pulpit brandishing a six-inch knife, urging his brothers to go out in the streets, find a Jew and stab!” President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine stated: “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem.” It has not been an idle threat when IS in its latest video, says: “We assure you that soon there will not be a single Jew left on Jerusalem and throughout the country.”

Ezekiel 39:7–8– “I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of.”

These blogs are written to make anyone reading them, understand they must be prepared for whatever happens and when it happens. The Bible tells us what to expect, but does not tell us exactly the time it will occur.

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