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Iranians Raised the Blood-Red ‘Flags of Revenge, The Trump administration charge that Soleimani had to be killed because he was planning an immediate, large scale operation against America in Iraq strikes no one in Iraq or Iran as very likely. An Iranian professor observed that Soleimani had not sneaked into Iraq but rather took a commercial flight and went through passport control with his diplomatic passport. Not signs of a covert operation…
As is always the way with Western colonialists, Trump administration figures such as secretary of state Mike Pompeo gave it out on Friday that the people of Iran are dying for the United States to invade and occupy them, and are just tickled pink that the US assassinated Gen. Qasem Soleimani. There are always divisions in the society targeted for colonization of which the imperialist seeks to take advantage. The French played Amazigh against Arabs in Algeria. So of course, many Iranians had conceived a dislike of the authoritarian hard liner Soleimani. But in the realm of nationalist feelings, it is one thing to denounce an s.o.b. and quite another thing to be happy that some overbearing, hulking foreign imperialist Power summarily rubbed him out. He was after all their s.o.b.
The Trump administration charge that Soleimani had to be killed because he was planning an immediate, large scale operation against America in Iraq strikes no one in Iraq or Iran as very likely. An Iranian professor observed that Soleimani had not sneaked into Iraq but rather took a commercial flight and went through passport control with his diplomatic passport. Not signs of a covert operation. He alleged that the Iraqi government had invited him. I would add that the US did not increase embassy security in the past week, which allowed the embassy to be invaded. If they thought there was a dire such threat in the offing, wouldn’t they have sent in some Marines? Only after they received a stronger than expected reaction to their assassination campaign did they finally take the security of the embassy seriously.
So hundreds of thousands of Iranians came out into the streets on Friday to mourn a martyr. In early Christianity, it was said that the blood of the martyrs was the seed of the church. No maxim could better sum up pious Shiism. Like Christianity, the spiritual center of Shiism is the passion of a holy figure (in the latter case, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Husain [d. 680]). Husain was called upon by the oppressed Muslims of Iraq, the story goes, to lead them in protest against the oppression of the Umayyad caliphate in Damascus. The caliph Yazid (r. 680-683) sent a military expedition against Husayn’s small band at Karbala in Iraq and massacred them. Husain was beheaded and his head taken to Damascus on a stave, where it was deposited before Yazid. Old men at court wept. One said, “I saw the Prophet’s lips on that cheek.” Or so the hagiographers tell the story every year at Ashura. Popular Shiism has whole rituals of mourning, of flagellation and weeping.
What Trump did was give the pious Shiites of Iran and Iraq a martyr, and folk artists are already depicting Soleimani at Karbala. This would be like painting a slain American general into a crucifixion scene.
Enormous crowds demonstrated throughout Iran, shouting “Death to America!” and mourning Soleimani. This is Tehran:
And here are the crowds in Soleimani’s home town of Kerman:
And there was also a huge procession in Shiraz. And not only in Iran but in Pakistan and India, where there are Shiite communities. (There could be 24-40 million Shiites in Pakistan and 10 million in India. There are probably about 20 million in Iraq. Everywhere they chanted “Death to America, Death to Israel.” There are likely 180 million Shiites in the world, a little less than the combined populations of Germany, Britain, and France.
So however annoyed Iranians might have been with Soleimani, for the moment it seems that opposing American lawlessness and oppression has suddenly become more important for a lot of them.
The Bush administration liars, who are making the rounds on t.v. again now, also promised clueless Americans that Iraqis were just dying to be militarily occupied by the U.S. They were dying, all right, but for the opposite.
As for Iraq, caretaker prime minister Adil Abdulmahdi denounced the assassination of Suleimani and of the Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis as a brazen violation of Iraqi sovereignty, as assassinations, and as injurious to the dignity of the Iraqi nation. Unlike US politicians, Abdulmahdi isn’t in any doubt that this was an assassination.
People who don’t know modern standard Arabic or its history of deployment in modern politics should understand that “violation,” “sovereignty,” “dignity,” and “nation” are among the more emotionally powerful keywords that can be invoked.
Abdullah must have been worried by further airstrikes on Friday in north Baghdad at Taji, which may have targeted Popular Mobilization Forces (Shiite militias) but only managed to destroy some ambulances. The Trump administration is the prime suspect in these further strikes from the point of view of the Iraqi government. Although rumors circulated that more PMF leaders had been killed, this is not true. But the possibility that the Trump administration is attempting to make a military coup in Iraq must weigh on Abdulmahdi’s mind.
The US bombing Izadi (“Yazidi”) Popular Mobilization Forces make no sense politically unless the Americans just are so ignorant they cannot tell the difference between Kurdish Izadis and Arab Shiites.
The youth protesters in downtown Baghdad and other cities initially broke into happy dances when they heard Soleimani had been murdered since he was plotting to repress them. But reports on Friday suggest that they chanted against both Iranian and US presence in Iraq.
Some religious Shiites who had come to resent Iranian influence in this Arab country likewise made an abrupt about-face. In Karbala, where the Iranian consulate was recently torched, an enormous crowd mourned Soleimani as a martyr, and no one mourns martyrdom better than Karbala’is. Trump had them chanting “Death to America” in the shrine-mosque of Imam Husain. You would really go out of your way to avoid that.
The really huge Iraqi crowds are gathering Saturday for Sulaimani’s funeral at Kazimiya in Baghdad, after which his body will be taken back to Iran.
Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi nationalist Shiite cleric who had his differences with Soleimani, nevertheless condemned America’s imperial arrogance and pledged to reactivate his Mahdi Army militia to defend Iraq from the United States. Sadr’s Saturn Party, with 54 seats, is a kingmaker in parliament and will work to pass legislation expelling US troops.
Hadi al-Amiri, the head of the pro-Iran Badr Corps paramilitary, likewise called for the Shiite parties to close ranks and stage a parliamentary vote on expulsion. This can be done with 51% of seats, and between them, al-Sadr and al-Amiri have 102 seats. (The Popular Mobilization Forces or Shiite militias are also a political party, Fath, with 48 seats).
Parliament will hold some consultations today, Saturday, and the anti-American factions will attempt to hold a vote on Sunday to expel US troops. Iraq is a mess these days, and it isn’t clear whether they can get a quorum or a majority for expulsion. The US, with its sophisticated military equipment and signals intelligence, still protects the Iraqi political elite from a resurgence of ISIL, and it isn’t clear that Iran could play the same role. Some Iraqi politicians unhappy about being recolonized by Trump may nevertheless prefer the American bear hug to the genocidal ISIL and to the bossy Khomeinists of Iran.
Prophecy and Politics, Politics and Prophecy
he Bible describes the end times wars in many places. I usually turn to Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, and Revelation but there are other prophecies that are fitting this week which describe the future of the Ephraimite armies in the Middle East. The ancient prophets’ utterances often dovetailed with or built upon each other. I will start with some prophecies then describe the political situation but there will be prophetic explanations throughout so be sure to listen to the end.
Prophecies have a near and far fulfillment. Elements of the prophecies return to YHVH’s people in cycles so we can see how YHVH plans to fulfill His Word and to bring His Kingdom back to the earth that was usurped by ha Satan in the Garden of Eden.
The events of this past week, the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, is a step forward to the final fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy about Ephraim in Damascus which prepares the way for Daniel’s 4 and final King of the North war.
Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
We have been watching Damascus being a burden to the United States ever since President Obama instigated the Arab Spring. Syria remains the only country still at war because of it.
The first fulfillment of Isaiah’s 17:1 prophecy was in 730BC when the Assyrians conquered the confederate Syrians and Ephraimites. This was 8 years before the Assyrians finally captured and exiled the Ephraimites from 722BC to 720BC. Today, the Assyrian and Syrian region’s populations still exist separately but as allies. Iranians are mostly Persians but there is a mixed population of other people groups, as well, even Jews.
The Assyrian presence in Iran goes back 4,000 years and Iran is still home to a population of ancient Assyrians. Current estimates of the Assyrian population in Iran range from 32,000 (as of 2005) to 50,000 (as of 2007). The Iranian capital, Tehran, is home to the majority of Iranian Assyrians; however, approximately 15,000 Assyrians reside in northern Iran, in Urmia and various Assyrian villages in the surrounding area. The ethnic minority of Assyrians has a seat in Iran’s Parliament.
Daniel is not the only prophet to prophesy about the King of the North. Isaiah also prophesies about him while not calling him by that name.
Isaiah 19:23 In that day shall there be a highway out of Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrian shall come into Egypt, and the Egyptian into Assyria and the Egyptians shall serve with the Assyrians.
“The Assyrians” here refers to the area in which they still live – Iran, Tehran. Thus, this prophecy will be fulfilled at the end of days with Iran. This highway on which the Egyptians and “Assyrians” travel can only happen after Daniel’s prophecy about the King of the North has been fulfilled.
Daniel 11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and overall the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
The 4 and final King of the North is a Great Tribulation army that YHVH will use to bring destruction on His people one more time. The 4+1 Coalition (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Hezbollah plus Russia) will control Egypt’s economy after the invasion which will lead to the interchange specified in Isaiah 19:23. In other words, Egypt will serve Iran at the end of days. All of these things happen because of the burden of Damascus coming first.
There is, however, a political difference from ancient times to today. In Isaiah 17:1 anciently, the Syrians and Ephraimites were allies against the House of Judah. The modern head of the Ephraimites, the United States, was in alliance with Syria until the Arab Spring and was also allied with the UN-created modern State of Israel. Now, all that is left of the Syria-US alliance is the Al-Tanf military base in the southern Syria desert. Both the Russian and Syrian governments consider the U.S. presence in al-Tanf illegal.
For YHVH’s purposes, the politics are not as relevant as the existence of the same people groups within the region. Those that occupy the region today are simply the descendants of ancient peoples. That these nations still exist, but not in the same form as in ancient times, is why the Book of Revelation describes the 8 and final Beast as being off the previous 7 Beasts. By the end times, elements of all of those empires will exist in mixed form in the Middle East.
Revelation 17:10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen (1-Egypt, 2-Assyria, 3-the 2 Babylon, 4-Persia, 5-Greece) and one is (Rome), and the other (Islam) is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space [oligos, meaning “a season”]. Revelation 17:11 And the beast that was [the one that existed for a season], and is not [have not yet arisen], even he is the eighth [Islam], and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.
The 8 Beast is a composite Beast with characteristics of the previous seven Beasts. We will say the 8 Beast is Islamic, but Islam is only one of its elements. Contained within this Beast will not only be Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome but also Islam and we will name this Beast “Islam” without understanding it contains elements of all the former empires.
The near fulfillment in ancient times of the fall of Damascus did not completely destroy that city at that time as the prophecy says will be at some time in the future. Otherwise, the same Damascus would not exist today. Damascus will totally cease by the end of the Battle of Armageddon when all of Israel’s enemies will be utterly destroyed. So the complete fulfillment of the prophecy about Damascus “ceasing to be a city” still has to occur.
Isaiah prophesied about the King of the North’s invasion of Jordan.
Isaiah 17:2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.
According to the IVPBBC commentary, “The Assyrian campaign through Transjordan would have naturally included the capture of the strategic fortress site of Aroer on the Arnon (’Ara’ir, three miles southeast of Dibon and two and a half miles east of the King’s Highway). It guarded the passage through the valley of the Arnon and controlled the border between Moab and Ammon.”
There was an earlier invasion of the territories of Moab and Ammon by the Assyrians at the time of the captivity of Syria and the House of Israel. The far fulfillment that will complete Isaiah’s prophecy will come when the composite Persian-Assyrian-Syrian army, that is known today as the 4+1 Coalition and in the Book of Daniel as the King of the North, invades Jordan again (Daniel 11:41).
Isaiah 17:3 The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
The fortress, mibtsar in Hebrew, at the end of days is the Al-Tanf US military base which is the last bastion of Ephraim’s, America’s, control. Ephraim is being run out of Damascus – Ephraim’s fortress is in the process of “ceasing” along with Damascus.
The nation of Syria will cease to exist. Damascus will no longer and never again will be a capital city. Syria’s new capital will be Jerusalem when Tehran sets up its “tent” from Jerusalem to the Mediterranean Sea (Daniel 11:45).
I want to go down a short Rabbi trail here to explain why the KOTN’s tent is from Jerusalem to the Mediterranean Sea; it does not include the West Bank. Why? Because the KOTN will invade Israel when the US and Israel are at war with the Palestinians. The KOTN will then divide the land of YHVH between the Palestinians and itself. You see, everybody gets involved in dividing YHVH’s land thus everybody will suffer because of it. You don’t steal YHVH’s land!
Isaiah 17:4 And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.
Who is Jacob? Both Houses – Judah and Israel. America’s economy will fail after the Gog-Magog war and Mystery Babylon will be putting all of its resources into the building of the Jewish temple and war. Their coffers will dwindle to little or nothing. I suspect their national debts will rise as they borrow money from other nations to continue putting on the face of wealth.
The reason I have given this brief overview of the prophecies regarding Damascus and Ephraim is to help you understand current events in light of the prophecies. President Donald Trump, the current head of the Westernized Ephraimite (House of Israel) nations achieved a major step toward the fulfillment of prophecy when he ordered the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani, the second-highest official in Tehran. His death is now considered martyrdom for Shia Islam and the coming Shi’ite Caliphate.
Now, let’s get to the political elements.
The US airstrike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani also killed another key figure in Iran’s role in the Middle East: Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who had traveled to Baghdad International Airport to meet Soleimani. Deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Units, a mostly Shi’ite group of pro-Iranian paramilitaries in Iraq, Muhandis was an important key to Iran’s penetration of Iraq, a figure similar to what Hassan Nasrallah is to Lebanon.
His death has gone less noticed because it was overshadowed by Soleimani’s, but it is no less important. Muhandis was important because for years he helped build up not only his own armed militia, Kataib Hezbollah (KH), but also transformed the PMU into an official force that can project power throughout Iraq and into Syria. His troops number over 100,000, according to this report.
What Trump did was give the pious, and now united Shiites of Iran and Iraq, a martyr, and folk artists are already depicting Soleimani at Karbala. This would be like painting a slain American general into a crucifixion scene.
The PMU’s headquarters is in Iraq whose government is Shi’ite ruled. Both Iran and Iraq lost a major official which is why the Iraqis feel the loss. Hell has no fury like a Shi’ite scorned – or assassinated.
The Middle East’s Muslims are in a major uproar. Sunnis in the south are expressing concern about a Shi’ite invasion and some are using their mosque pulpits for anti-Shi’ite stump speeches and to calm fears. Saudis, Jordanians, and Egyptians have known for a long time this showdown between the Shias and Sunnis is coming.
Iraq’s Shi’ite-controlled Parliament made threats to its members. Sarkawt Shams, a Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament, received a text on his phone …[with] an unmistakable and personal threat: Vote to oust the Americans or else. “They were saying either you are going to side with the people or you will be considered traitors and your houses will be burned,” Shams said.
Soleimani’s killing has unquestionably united Iraq’s southern political elite and reignited the nationalist language that frames those who are anti-Iran as pro-American. Shams said that ahead of the parliamentary session, pro-Iranian members of parliament warned him that a vote against the U.S. withdrawal would be considered close to treason. “Our WhatsApp groups were saying we will publish all the names, whoever didn’t attend the session will be considered a traitor or someone working for foreign powers,” Shams said.
Shams ultimately stayed away, along with at least 150 other legislators who boycotted the vote. But inside the parliament, the atmosphere resembled a political rally, with lawmakers chanting, “Yes, yes Soleimani. No, no America.” The irony is that until U.S. President Donald Trump violated Iraqi sovereignty by killing Soleimani and Muhandis. …Iran faced a serious threat to its influence inside Iraq in the form of thousands of Iraqis protesting against the corrupt politicians propped up by Tehran, often through Soleimani’s machinations. The Iraqi protests had posed the greatest challenge to Iran’s influence over Iraq in years. Mass outrage was mounting against leading politicians whom demonstrators accused of serving Iran before they served Iraq.
Prophetically, Iraq must be totally united with Iran. Thus, this was YHVH’s orchestration. He used Donald Trump to fulfill His will as He does with all kings that He puts on thrones.
And so Soleimani may now be closer to achieving in death what he was unable to produce in life: a countermovement to the demonstrations, one that pivots Iraq back toward Iran and solidifies its political establishment. Soleimani’s assassination …has provided a much-needed shot of legitimacy to Iraq’s unpopular—and Shiite-dominated—leadership, who have not only close links to Iran but also a vested interest in suppressing the domestic popular movement against them.
So strongly is Soleimani’s martyrdom felt that it is being said he is a martyr of Jerusalem. Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian group Hamas said: “I declare that the martyred commander Soleimani is a martyr of Jerusalem.”
What that means, my friends is that the Shi’ites relate themselves to Jerusalem which they want to be the Shi’ite Caliphate capital.
WHERE DO THE NATIONS STAND?
No one stood with the United States on this one. Not even Israel. The first statement coming from Israeli Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi was “We are observing from the side. I assume the coming few weeks will be very interesting.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to distance himself from the [situation], saying “The killing of Soleimani is a U.S. event, not an Israeli event, and we should stay out of it”.
The European nations are backing away from President Trump and the Middle East nations are bracing for religious war. The US and Israel are caught in this war and will become casualties of it. This is all part of YHVH’s plan and President Trump played his role.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan are preparing for drone missile strikes based on intelligence reports. Two US military bases in Iraq have already been hit as you already know.
On Monday, Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Djibouti, Sudan, Somalia, Egypt, and Yemen met in the Saudi capital Riyadh to form a new Sunni-based grouping of nations [for] mutual support co-operation and economic integration in the region to protect themselves from the 4+1 Coalition’s Shi’ites. They discussed opportunities to work together and strategies for securing the two waterways from piracy, smuggling, and regional threats.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said ballistic missile attacks targeting U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq were [only] “a slap in the face” to the United States.
What is important is ending the corrupting presence of America in the region,” Khamenei said.
Iran has managed to shut up America’s allies keeping them quiet right now because Iran warned countries that sided with the U.S. in the assassination of Soleimani could face far-reaching consequences. What kind of consequences? EU-Iran trade. Shi’ite uprisings in European countries. The killing of European and American citizens visiting the Middle East.
Travel warnings have been issued by the US and some European nations and some flights have been canceled. The Federal Aviation Administration banned all U.S. non-military flights operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. These were issued as a result of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 commercial airliner that crashed without survivors near Tehran the same day that Tehran smashed missiles into US military bases in Iraq.
Ukraine’s embassy in Tehran initially issued a statement confirming the Iranian version that there had been an engine fire but later deleted it. Over the course of the day, Ukrainian officials began saying it was too early to rule anything out.
Ukraine’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk cautioned against speculation and asked people to wait for the results of the official investigation.
But people are people and people usually seek the most devastating answer so the news outlets are speculating about an accidental missile strike or even a bomb on board the plane.
Now, back to the initial reactions of US allies in the wake of Soleimani’s assassination. Here is a link to the initial responses from some nations after they got over the shock of the attack. Their comments range from “deeply concerned” to a call for “maximum restraint”. Israel said the US has the right to defend itself.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Mahdi immediately got on Iran’s side saying the US attack on Iran’s General was an attack on the State of Iraq. He didn’t merely denounce it as an attack IN Iraq. No. The US perpetrated an attack ON Iraq.
Iraq is now fully united with Iran. The Iraqi parliament approved a draft bill Sunday requiring the government to ask Washington to withdraw American troops from the country. The move is largely symbolic, as it sets no timetable for withdrawal and is subject to Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s approval. But it reflects mounting volatility facing U.S. forces in the region and the uncertainty of U.S. strategic interests there.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani told state television the Iraqi parliament’s vote means the U.S. military presence in Iraq is [now] considered an occupation.
Trump said the US will leave when Iraq pays for the US base that helped them in their wars. In my opinion, he should also ask them to hand over the billions of dollars they have made with Iraqi oil that President Bush said he would get from the Iraqis in exchange for overthrowing Saddam Hussein and again in 2003 to hunt for those weapons of mass destruction that were never found.
Trump also threatened to impose deep sanctions on Iraq if it moves to expel U.S. troops.
The US has deployed over 5700 more troops to the Middle East.
Britain’s Telegraph newspaper said Tuesday the US had deployed six B-52 strategic bombers to the British overseas territory of Diego Garcia, a tiny island in the central Indian Ocean some 3,900 kilometers (2,400 miles) from southern Iran — “within flying range for the strategic American bombers but beyond the reach of most Iranian missiles,” the paper reported.
I received an unconfirmed report from a person living in Israel that the US has already sent B-52 bombers there. Oddly enough, an online search for this brought up this article: What Trump Could Do To Scare Iran: Give Israel’s Air Force B-52 Bombers. The article does not say the US has sent B-52s to Israel but speaks of a proposal to do so from 2014.
WHAT WILL IRAN DO NOW?
Aside from Iran’s initial reaction hitting those two bases in Iraq, what are Iran’s options and what is Iran most likely to do?
To hear Nikki Haley tell it, the US has Iran shaking in its boots. Not so much! Angry, even furious – yes! Frightened? No. This kind of Trump-bluster will only further enrage and embolden the modern-day Persians. Historically, they are not known for backing down from a fight. As the end times equivalent of Persian King Cyrus, people would do well to remember that he was a warmonger never having any peace in his Kingdom from the time he took the throne. Yep, Trump is proving to be just like Cyrus but there is one difference. As the Cyrus-like character, Trump is no match for the ancient Medo Persians, today’s Russians, and Iranians. Together, they will bring America to its knees before killing her off completely but only when they are ready.
The Iraq missile strike on the two US bases is only the beginning. Iran will now continue to vent its fury until it is ready for its major strike on the US and Israel. Iran has proxy militias throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Expect Iran to coordinate these militias to attack in an attempt to weaken the US military and avenge Soleimani’s assassination. These are the same militias that appear to have triggered [Soleimani’s] death by attacking then storming the U.S. embassy in Baghdad two weeks ago. Now they’re still under his command in his death.
According to Ariane Tabatabai, a scholar at the Rand Corporation who has studied Iran’s military doctrine, the Iranians “don’t lash out. “I suspect whatever will happen—and there’s no doubt in my mind that there will be a response”—won’t be some knee-jerk action to appease a domestic audience but will instead reflect a “more strategic, more careful, planned approach,” she said. “That’s going to keep us on our toes for the foreseeable future.”
The American Conservative put it this way: Iran will most likely play the long game, putting into action the old maxim that revenge is a dish best served cold.
Iran has vowed revenge on the US, though, and later than sooner revenge is what Iran will get. Soleimani’s daughter Zeinab Soleimani, who is a US citizen, reportedly made a comment during a televised address she delivered at funeral services for her father in Tehran saying, “The families of the American soldiers will spend their days waiting for the death of their children.” Clearly, she wants to see Americans die a slow death by paper cuts if I may mix the metaphors a little.
It is likely that Iran will refrain from a major confrontation with the US opting instead for missile lobbing and militia mustering to deliver the equivalent of lots of bee stings rather than one or two big bee stings until such time as Iran has the military infrastructure and alliances in place to finish off the US and Israel simultaneously. Indeed, this is the very definition of the KOTN attack which will destroy Israel and the US and the southern Middle East Sunni nations that are in alliance with Israel and the US. Until Iran is in position to exact the desired revenge – total destruction to the Zionists – we will see many attacks on the US by Iran. But these will be just to keep the US busy while Iran prepares for the “big one”.
This situation will put US troops on a constant war footing. Every aircraft flying in and out of those US military bases in Iraq are now a target of surface-to-air missiles launched from inside Iraq. All troops transported in ground vehicles will be targets by shooters and bombs.
This is how the Iranian enemy could wear out the US army. It could be like Vietnam – expensive and with a heavy loss of life – but far worse. Weakening the US on its bases in Iraq and Syria will be strategically necessary before Iran’s 4+1 Coalition can make a clear shot into Israel and Jordan without intervention by the United States.
This is what I thought from the start and I am not alone.
Ali Akbar Velayati—a senior aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—warned that American forces are risking a drawn-out, bloody and unsuccessful stay in the Middle East. “Americans took a foolish move by assassinating [Soleimani] and they must leave the region. If they do not leave the region, they will face another Vietnam.”
Another Vietnam could result in severe weakening of US forces especially if Iran’s global allies are willing to coordinate global military offensives against US military bases worldwide.
Sunday’s Al-Shabaab attack on the US base in Kenya was not related to Soleimani’s assassination since Al-Shabaab are Sunnis.
“No, this attack was no way related to that incident” in the Middle East, an al-Shabab spokesman told the AP on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
One analyst, Rashid Abdi, in Twitter posts discussing the attack, agreed but added that Kenyan security services have long been worried that Iran was trying to cultivate ties with al-Shabab.
“Avowedly, Wahhabist Al-Shabaab is not a natural ally of Shia Iran, hostile, even. But if the Kenyan claims are true, the Al-Shabaab attack may have been well-timed to signal to Iran it is open for tactical alliances,” he wrote.
Such alliances could be viewed as a way for some nations to oust US troops from their soil even if their religions are different. These alliances could weaken the US military because of how spread out the US military is across the planet. This Politico article from the summer of 2015 revealed that the US has some 800 military bases across the world. Coordinated attacks with Iran, even by those who are not natural allies of Iran, could prove useful in the coming destruction of the United States.
And now, what was Russia’s response? Russia is being reserved, not saying much except to criticize the Trump administration for killing Soleimani, [BUT] so far it has been remarkably silent in saying what Russia will do about it.
HEZBOLLAH – #4 IN THE 4+1 COALITION
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization, said on Sunday that the United States’ killing of Soleimani marked the start of a “new war” on the US in the Middle East and claimed that Israel had requested that the US kill Soleimani.
Nasrallah promised that if Shiite militias attack US military assets in the Middle East, the Americans will eventually leave the region in humiliation — and will take Israel with them.
“We won’t allow our region, its holy places, and its natural resources to be handed over to the Zionists,” the Hezbollah chief said.
IRAN’S NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES AND THE CALL TO FINAL WAR
Some other activities took place in Iran in the aftermath of the assassination. Iran said on Sunday it will “it will forego the “limit on the number of centrifuges” in operation meaning it is now in full nuclear progress again.
The other thing that made some people gasp was Iran flying a red flag over the Holy Dome Jamkaran Mosque, warning the United States that it intends to engage in a “severe battle,” in the hopes of intimidating President Donald Trump.
But the Islamic red flag is not just a call to war. It is a call to religious war. And not just ‘jihad’, holy war, but an all-out Caliphate war and the final one being to deliver the Shi’ite Mahdi.
President Trump set the stage for the final battles before the coming of Yeshua the Messiah. At some point, when the United States and Israel are fighting the Gog-Magog war in the West Bank will come to an attack from the KOTN. Earlier I quoted that Iran will take revenge as a dish best served cold. Well, attacking the two Houses of Israel as they engage in their own internal and final battle of their 2900-year-old civil war is really cold.
The Jamkaran mosque was chosen by the Iranians for flying the flag because that mosque is dedicated to the final Imam AKA the Mahdi. Shiite Muslims believe the Mahdi, the messianic figure that will appear alongside Isaiah, the Muslim Jesus, [will kill] all the infidels in order to prepare the world for the ultimate arrival of the Messiah. Red flags in Shiite tradition symbolize the blood spilled unjustly and serve as a call to avenge a person who was slain.
The Jews believe their Messiah will kill non-Jews who reject Judaism or Noahidism. And they believe he will die in a battle and be succeeded on his throne by his son. It seems everyone is into killing non-believers of all kinds.
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, emphasized that the symbol could not be overestimated. “The red flag means they are going to sink their enemies in a sea of blood,” Dr. Kedar explained explaining how this relates to ‘Husayn.’
Husayn Ibn Ali was the son of the fourth caliph and the grandson of Muhammad. Ali was regarded as the rightful immediate successor to Muhammad as an Imam by Shia Muslims. Hussein was massacred with his family and followers in the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE. Husayn’s death is commemorated every year on the Muslim holiday of Ashura, which for Shia Muslims is a day of mourning but Sunni Muslims recognize it as a festive day commemorating a victory. Shiites recognize this day with acts of self-flagellation using a chain with blades or swords.
“This is a call for vengeance focusing on the Sunni and Umayyads who killed Huseyn and decapitated him, humiliating the Shia …and… a message to all the enemies of the Shiites.
“This red flag is a call for the deaths of anyone who opposes Shiite Islam, equating anyone today with the killers of Husayn in 680 CE. This is a global call to all of Shia for what they see as an eternal and never-ending conflict.”
Here is where there must be more prophetic understanding along with the political and historical. Three times the Shi’ites tried to attain the governance of all Islam through the Caliphate and 3 times the Caliphate was immediately taken from them by Sunnis.
Daniel describes four Beasts. The last one is a composite and fearsome Beast that relates to the composite beast of Revelation 17. One notable feature of Daniel’s Beast is its horns.
Daniel 7:7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadful and exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.
Before I read verse 8, those iron teeth relate to the teeth of the bear symbolizing Daniel’s 2 Beast, the Medo-Persians but now that bear’s teeth are much stronger. They are made of iron suggesting a relationship to the Mahdi Messiah who rules with iron like Yeshua who comes ruling with a rod of iron.
Daniel 7:8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking great things.
This “horn man” is the Mahdi or one with much power. Those 3 plucked up horns were Shi’ite Caliphates that never grew to govern. There have been 10 major Caliphates in Islamic history. Another one is coming – an 11. Three of the same kind were plucked up before which is why this one goes forth with such rage!
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR JERUSALEM
All wars lead to Jerusalem. President Trump is YHVH’s anointed to bring America and Israel to the brink of destruction so their punishment can be finished.
Daniel 9:24 Seventy weeks are decreed as to your people and as to your holy city, to finish the transgression [pesha – rebellion, also ‘national revolt’] and to make an end of sins [chata’ah – offenses, sometimes ‘habitual sins/crimes], and to make atonement for iniquity [avon – perversity], and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.
Kaphar, atonement, is also used as ‘reconciliation’. The reason the House of Jacob split was because of rebellions, continual and habitual crimes against YHVH’s Kingdom, perversions that led to hatred and there must be reconciliation, atonement, for the tribes’ treatment of each other so the righteousness, the reunification, can come. These must happen because of and before the anointing of the Most Holy – the Messiah – as King.
Leading up to this, though, Jerusalem will rise to power as Mystery Babylon at the same time as the KOTN, Iran, is rising to power among the Shi’ites. Mystery Babylon’s wickedness must become so great and so evil that her demise will be seen by all Israelites and all nations as YHVH’s divine wrath followed by His mercy when He pours out His Spirit on the reunited House of Jacob. (See Zechariah chapter 12 and Ezekiel 39:29).
The events of the past week, perpetrated by Donald Trump who is YHVH’s anointed for this purpose, secured the rise of Mystery Babylon. There is no longer any chance that the US can leave the Middle East. The head of the Ephraimite Westernized nations must be cut off when Mystery Babylon is destroyed.
Isaiah 7:8 For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin, and within sixty-five years Ephraim shall be broken so that it shall not be a people.
Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.
Again, there was a partial near fulfillment of this but there is coming an end times full fulfillment. The House of Israel must be cut off from its Samarian roots and that starts with the fall of Ephraim in Damascus followed by the Gog-Magog war on Ephraim’s ancient territory in which Gog, the United States, will fight his own brothers and not even know it!
Ezekiel 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him on all My mountains, says the Lord Jehovah. Each man’s sword shall be against his brother.
Then will come the KOTN attack which will be to kill 2 birds with one stone just as this past week’s assassination killed 2 birds – Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. YHVH uses irony a lot! The 2 birds the KOTN will kill are the United States as ruling power and Jerusalem ruling over Israel and many people of the world as religious Mystery Babylon.
While war is up ticking in the Middle East, America’s internal war is still up ticking. One component of America’s destruction comes from within. Many have been working to crumble the US from within starting with Russia during WW2. That’s Balaam’s tactic of getting YHVH’s people to bring curses on themselves. I won’t recount the hideousness of Ephraim’s sins here. However, the Jews – the House of Judah – are now exerting major pressure on America’s fall. This week, Capitalism became the Semites’ enemy.
Jewish author, Aaron Freedman, writes, To Defeat Antisemitism, We Must Defeat Capitalism. Antisemitism endures because capitalist oppression needs a scapegoat. Only by democratizing the economy can the ancient hate finally be extinguished.
He writes, The violent decades of capitalist expansion saw some of history’s most infamous pogroms, from the Dreyfus Affair in France to the Kishinev Pogrom in Russia. Racial pseudoscience offered a new way to ostracize the Jew — and the era’s oppressive industrialists stoked mass fury against Jews to guard against the social revolution.
Right-wing elites in Russia eagerly promoted the Protocols of the Elders of Zion to ensure that, as the writer, Aurora Levins Morales writes, “peasants who go on pogrom against their Jewish neighbors won’t make it to the nobleman’s palace to burn him out and seize the fields.”
Socialists of the day understood the danger of working-class antisemitism: it was the German Social Democrats who circulated the saying that “antisemitism is the socialism of fools.” Yet Jew-hatred would prove a durable weapon for the capitalist class, deployed as predictably as the state police during times of trouble.
Yep, there goes the American way of life.
And now, the Talmud’s answer to the world’s growing anti-Semitism. Here is the title to this Breaking Israel News article: Massive Jewish Celebration Around the World is the Ultimate Response to Growing Antisemitism.
Every 7.5 years Jews around the world get together to celebrate finishing learning the daily cycle of the Babylonian Talmud. The largest gathering takes place in MetLife Stadium in New York where 90,000+ Jews gathered there to celebrate Torah learning.
You see, the Jews equate the Talmud and the Torah. The Elect must not do this. The Talmud is Jewish mysticism from Babylon which leads away from YHVH, not to Him, and it upholds Pharisee-ism, Rabbinics, which comes straight out of Greece under the ancient Hasmoneans that Israel is now reviving.
The article continues, This is the ultimate Jewish answer to growing antisemitism, celebrating the pinnacle of our existence, the Torah. Our message to our enemies is simple, no antisemitism will ever intimidate us, we are the eternal people connected to the Torah, and no hatred or violence against us will ever break us.
And they are right. It will take YHVH’s own hand to destroy them, religious Mystery Babylon. People will never be able to do it. This is the reason YHVH is raising Iran’s 4+1 Coalition AKA the KOTN.
Revelation 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from Heaven, having great authority. And the earth was lighted up from his glory.
Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great has fallen, has fallen! And it has become the dwelling-place of demons, and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a cage of every unclean bird which has been hated,
Revelation 18:3 because of the wine of the anger of her fornication which all the nations have drunk. And the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her. And the merchants of the earth became rich from the power of her luxury.
Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that you may not be partakers of her sins, and that you may not receive of her plagues.
Revelation 18:5 For her sins joined together, even up to Heaven, and God has remembered her unjust deeds.
Revelation 18:6 Reward her as she has rewarded you, and double to her double, according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix double to her.
Everyone, under YHVH’s hand, is now working toward this goal, this destruction to usher in our King of Kings and LORD of Lords, Yeshua our Savior, Redeemer, Deliverer, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace and on Whom will rest the governance of His righteous Kingdom. Source: beastwatchnews.com HNewsWire.com
The Birth Pains Are Growing Stronger….
One of the signs of ruling class collapse is when they can no longer enforce the rules that maintain them as a ruling class. When the Romans started making exceptions to republican governance, it was a matter of time before someone simply decided the rules no longer applied to them. Perhaps the robot historians will consider Obama our Marius or Sulla. Maybe that person is in the near future. Either way, the rule of law is over and what comes next is the rule of men.
“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” as in Nancy Pelosi (D-San Fran-feces)
Our government has been overthrown. As evidenced by Trump’s capitulation on the border, his recent servitude to the GMO industry and his acquiescence to the warmongers, our President has been compromised. Our liberties are being eliminated one by one. Gun confiscation is next. The Constitution is gasping its last breaths. Our borders are destroyed and our culture has been turned upside down by every perversion known to man.
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