Russia's Putin due to meet Khamenei, Rouhani in Iran
Rapture Forum Staff: Chris
In the news the other day there was a particular article that caught my eye and it concerned Putin's planned meeting in Iran with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. While it is true that gas exports will be a focus of the visit, it is also likely true that talks about the Syrian conflict and Israel will also be on the agenda. The Jerusalem Post reports:
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet with Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during his visit to Tehran on Monday, the Kremlin announced on Friday. The president is due in Iran to attend a summit of gas exporting countries, his aide, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters, in a sign of warming ties between Moscow and Tehran. The visit will be Putin's first to Iran since 2007 and he is also expected to hold talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Ushakov told reporters.
Anytime Russia and Iran get together, I can't help but raise an eyebrow in relation to the coming Ezekiel 38-39 scenario. While I am not saying this conflict is imminent, as only the Lord knows for sure when it will happen before the Tribulation, it is something that should concern Bible prophecy watchers as we know that Russia and Iran are listed as the two major players of this coming prophecy.
As we all know Russia and Iran have been involved heavily in the fighting in Syria to try to prop up the Assad regime. And Russia's involvement gets heavier with each passing day. Iran also continues to provide support to the Assad regime, especially near the border with Israel.
The Jerusalem Post article also went on to note that Russia and Iran are continuing to work together in the military arms department:
Tehran has recently strengthened ties with Moscow, which is considering providing two loans worth a total of $7 billion to Iran. Russia has insisted on Tehran's inclusion in international talks over Syria where the two countries are coordinating their efforts to help President Bashar Assad defeat Islamist militants. The Kommersant newspaper has also reported that Russia is to press ahead with a plan to supply Iran with S-300 air defense missiles, despite concerns from the United States and Israel.
The S-300 air defense missile systems are Iran's chief defense against an Israeli attack on their nuclear facilities. For right now, it appears there is a still an open window for the Israelis to strike should Israeli PM Netanyahu give the order. But whether that will ever happen remains to be seen due to the fact that the "eunuch-in-chief" in the White House seems to pull all the stops to keep Israel from doing what is needed as it concerns the Iranian nuclear facilities. The meeting between Russia and Iran takes place tomorrow. It should be interesting to see what results from this meeting between the leaders of Russia and Iran.
Another article that appeared on my radar screen was the report that Iran carried out "practice" military exercises to seize the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I think this sort of articles shows that while the Iranians are far from being able to do this by themselves that it does indeed show their motives. I believe this is why the Bible talks about the coming surprise attack on Israel led by the Russia and Iran coalition. The YNetNews website reports:
Thousands of paramilitary forces from Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from Israeli control, state media reported on Saturday. The forces stormed and "liberated" a replica of al-Aqsa mosque in the exercise. They say that 120 brigades from the Basij, the paramilitary unit of the Guard, participated in Friday's exercise outside the holy city of Qom in central Iran.
The symbolic operations were backed up by Guard helicopters, drones and Tucano planes that bombed hypothetical enemy positions before ground troops captured the replica of the mosque set up at the top of the Temple Mount. In a common mistake, the Guard set up a replica of the gold-topped Dome of the Rock instead of the nearby mosque. Official photos showed one of the troops going to the top of the dome and waving an Iranian flag and a red-colored flag, a symbol of martyrdom.
Thousands of years ago the prophet Ezekiel wrote about the coming Russian led moslem invasion of Israel. While the motive of the invasion was to "take a spoil" the invaders did not count on the supernatural intervention of God as detailed in Ezekiel 38-39. The "whipping" handed out by the God of Israel is so bad that even the homeland of Russia takes fire and brimstone for their involvement in the attack on the "Apple of God's Eyes."
With these things taking place in the Middle East, we need to continue watching as "watchmen on the wall" and continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ while there is still time. As always, as we see Bible prophecy coming into focus, keep looking up for our redemption draws nigh!!