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Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The prophetic import of the arming of Syria by Iran and Russia
In July 2006, the liberal leaning Brookings Institute downplayed the signing of a mutual defense pact between Iran and Syria saying that Iran was unlikely to equip Syria with advanced hardware. But three recent events should be a prophetic warning to the watchmen of the end times. In February, Iranian warships passed through the Suez Canal destined for Syria, where a naval defense agreement was signed. On March 16, Israel seized a cargo ship from Iran and Syria carrying six C-704 radar-guided anti-ship missiles, thousands of mortar shells and almost 67,000 assault rifle bullets for AK-47s to terrorists in Gaza. Turkey now finds weapons and ammo on a cargo plane from Iran to Syria.
In October 2001, BBC News reported that Russia and Iran announced the two countries had signed a $300 million a year arms supply agreement. But that was just a small beginning, since then, Russia has become Iran's major arms supplier, adding another $700 million surface to air missile defense system, MiG-29 fighter jets and scores of battle tanks. According to a 2006 report by the Congressional Research Service, Russia increased arms shipments to Iran, China, and Venezuela, concluding, "Experts say Iran--as well as Syria--may have transferred some of these small arms to groups like Hezbollah and Hamas." In May 2010 the Russian Itar-Tass news agency reported a Russian arms deal with Syria.
In the Middle East, terrorist groups are using what appears to be good intentions of the Islamic people toward freedom to gain power under the oppressive Sharia Law. There is unrest in most of the Arab nations. To a degree, the United States has encouraged this as reported in WikiLeaks released documents. The Muslim Brotherhood has been in Tehran meeting and coordinating with the Iranian leadership. According to the US Institute of Peace, Iran supports empowerment of the Muslim Brotherhood because "The Muslim Brotherhood is the largest Islamist organization in the Arab world that ignores Arab nationalism and Sunni identity to facilitate alliances with Islamist movements outside the Arab world."
The Russia, Iran, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood connection and relationship is important to the end time scenario. We see in Ezekiel 38 that in the latter days Magog, which is Eastern Russia; Persia, today's Iran; Ethiopia, Northeastern Africa; and Libya, Northwestern Africa; will come against Israel in a colossal end times battle. We also know from Isaiah 17:1, "Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." Vassal states like Syria sign defense agreements for protection, but the protectors only honor the agreement until it is expedient to sacrifice the vassal. Prophecy shows the boldness of Israel's enemies as they advance under Islam. The mix is in the bowl; wrath is in the making.
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Word of Life Ministry