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In this week’s 5 minute update, we focused on:
1) The prospects for war with Syria and Iran
Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russia that he would need only 2 months to defeat the opposition revolt against his government. A conference held in Geneva, Switzerland of foreign ministers of the “action group,” which includes the Western powers and Russia and China supported creation of a “transitional government body with full executive powers” in Syria, proposed by UN and Arab League special envoy Kofi Annan. A statement issued following the meeting in Geneva called for “clear and irreversible” steps toward a political transition in Syria. It did not specify, however, whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be excluded from a transition government, leaving its composition entirely up to the “mutual consent” of the Assad administration and the opposition. The US and Russia had a public disagreement regarding the meaning of the wording of the “mutual consent” aspect of the text. The US said that this meant that Assad must be removed from power. Russia disagreed. The Syrian opposition rejected the terms of the agreement. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the support of Russia and China is no longer tolerable. Clinton repeated the US call for a Security Council resolution under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the council to authorize actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention. A Russian official said: “If the Syrian regime is changed by force or if Russia doesn’t like the outcome, it most likely will respond by selling S-300s (which is a missile defense system) to Iran.”
Meanwhile, Israel continues to prepare for war with Syria and Lebanon. Elections are being held in Libya. The Muslim Brotherhood is expected to win after also being victorious in earlier elections in Egypt and Yemen.
A war with Syria where Damascus is destroyed (Isaiah 17) is a tribulation event.
The link to these articles is as follows:
1) Assad to Kremlin: I can finish the revolt in two months, replaces army chiefs
2) Russia Blasts Interpretations of Geneva Conference on Syria
3) Clinton urges Russia, China pressure over Assad
4) Moscow may hand Iran S-300, breach arms embargo if Assad ousted
5) Senior IDF officer: Israel is preparing for the next Lebanon war
6) Libya elections: Muslim Brotherhood set to lead government
7) Polls open for landmark Libya vote amid fears of unrest
The fourth round of six power nuclear talks between Iran and the P5 + 1 powers (US, Britain, France, Russia and China along with Germany) at the technical level ended in Istanbul, Turkey without any agreement. No date has been set for another round of talks. Iran’s position in the talks is as follows: 1) The removal of all sanctions 2) Explicit guarantees of its ”nuclear rights” to enrich uranium 3) A refusal to close the Fordow nuclear facility. In response to the lack of progress in talks, Iran conducted war games saying that they successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel and US military bases. Meanwhile, the US increased its military presence in the Persian Gulf with emphasis on preventing Iran from blocking shipment of oil from the Strait of Hormuz where much of the world’s daily oil shipments originate.
A US war with Iran is a tribulation event.
The link to these articles is as follows:
1) No new date for continuing nuclear talks with Iran
2) Details emerge on Iran’s priorities in nuclear talks
3) Iran starts war games after being hit with sanctions over its nuclear program
4) Iran: Missile tests a response to our enemies’ threats
5) Iran ‘ready to attack US bases’
6) ‘US quietly bolstering presence in Persian Gulf’
From a Biblical prophetic perspective, the reason why the God of Israel would allow these events to happen is because it will result in the end of the exile of the house of Jacob and the reunification of the 12 tribes of Israel (Ephraim and Judah).
We will to be “watchmen on the walls of Jerusalem” and we will not rest until the God of Israel makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62).
Shalom in Yeshua the Messiah,
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int’l