Russia Threatens Israel over Syrian Airstrikes

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While #AmericanEvangelicalism skates along largely oblivious – or perhaps in resignation – to the uncontainable collapse of their careless, morally bankrupt, Disneyland culture and the hirelings in American pulpits furtively assuage the frightened sheep and the ambivalent tares in their flocks with notions of “revival” and escape from the repercussions of their careless living, prophetic history moves forward.

Recent weeks and seemingly disparate events brings the Middle East closer to WWIII – and fulfillment (my Preterist friend’s varied insistence this being the war at the end of the thousand year reign aside) of the Ezekiel 38-39 war scenario. The recent Israeli Air Force (IDF) strikes in the area of Palmyra, Syria, have brought the Israelis extremely close to Russian assets deployed in the area to support the Syrian Army and their ally Bashar Assad. The March bombing run and peripheral events was a bit much for Russia.

It is important to note that the Jewish nation is very up front about their security intentions, especially as they seek to maintain the balance of power in preventing “game changer” arms falling into the hands of their enemies, like Hezb’Allah and Hamas in Gaza. Netanyahu reiterated this again in this situation.

“When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah — when we have the intel and the operational capability — we act to prevent it. That’s how we’ve acted and how we will continue to act… and everyone needs to take this into account,” Netanyahu said on Friday.

Yet, the Russians seem to think that their presence in the area and supporting Assad in his civil war exempts them from the inevitable collateral damage when Israel moves on a security threat – even going so far to say that these “games” are over.

Or what? They’ll invade Israel? Under the pretext of upending this lawless “rogue regime” and partnered with a “coalition of the willing?”

Read the Bible Vlad. The casualty counts are going to be apocalyptic when you finally do. It’s really going to take the wind out of your sails, along with your Islamist allies. And it isn’t going to be the Israelis bringing the pain….

Read More… ‘Game is over’ as Moscow summons Israeli ambassador


CHINA – Trump’s Great White Whale

Moby Dick
Moby Dick

Quoting Captain Ahab’s men:
“All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick.” – Ahab’s men struggle to understand his hatred of Moby Dick.

Jon Robb over at Global Guerillas writes another insightful observation about the future of American commerce under Trump in “Will the World be Safer or More Dangerous Under a Trump Presidency?” The “bromance” we addressed earlier between Trump and Vladimir Putin has been a source of angst for many. Trump’s relationship with Putin is fleshed out a bit more by Robb:

…Trump inverts that policy relationship.  In Trump’s post cold war world, US foreign policy will be dominated by trade policy.  Even national security policy will be subservient to trade policy.  If trade policy is dominant, we’ll see China, Mexico and the EU (Germany) become competitors.  Russia, in contrast will become an ally since it doesn’t pose a trade threat.

Which reveals a lot into the public positions and cordial statements Trump has made about the Russians and Putin over the months during the 2016 campaign, and the focus on China in the debates and Trump’s foreign policy priorities. China – an economic behemoth and burgeoning naval power – is the main challenger to an American president scope-locked in on economic revival in our times.

US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China will be the administration’s focus in the years ahead. Russia, less an adversary in Trump’s mind, will be given tacit free rein in the Middle East and the war on ISIS, a wrong signal that will be instrumental in the fulfillment of Ezekial 38-39 that will take the world by complete surprise.

Read More… China takes the spotlight (DAVOS)