Intellihub: “Chemical weapons are calculated, while biological weapons are living organisms and do not distinguish national boundaries. Monitoring Assad’s chemical-weapons stockpiles is far more transparent than locating biological programs, which are run out of both military and civilian facilities, in Syria’s veterinary labs, its pharmaceutical industry, agroindustries and public-health institutes.
Smallpox is by far the most concerning program Syria likely possesses. Syria has long been suspected of retaining strains of smallpox from its last natural outbreak in 1972, as well as possibly receiving genetically modified versions from North Korea in 2006. Unlike chemical weapons, many biological-warfare agents are highly infective, transmissible, have lengthy incubation periods and are genetically modified to circumvent current medical countermeasures. [...]
In light of this, it is indeed Assad’s biological weapon complex that poses a far greater threat than his chemical-weapons complex. By ignoring this and letting itself become fixated on just the use of chemical weapons, the West is allowing Syria to retain a dangerous capability.
Of course, the jury is still out regarding whether or not Syria even has biological weapons.”
Opinion: The article by Brandon Turbevile is a must read for Bible prophecy students. Although the writer makes no connection to prophesied events, the glaring connections to Psalm 8:1-8, Isaiah 17:1,14 and Revelation 6:7-8 are fascinating.
There are prophecy scholars who make no mention of the Psalm 83 alliance as an actual last days war. The same teachers speak of Ezekiel 38 as next up on the Bible’s timeline, saying that 2 Chronicles 2:20 satisfied Psalm 83. But the 2 Chronicles war does not account for the complete list of the Psalm 83 nations.
To further support the theory that there is a prophetic war prior to Gog and Magog, click on Ezekiel 38:8 NIV, Ezekiel 38:11 NIV and Ezekiel 38:14 NIV.
Psalm 83 lists the vast ancient Assyrian Empire, which included southern Lebanon, Jordan, Northern Kurdish Iraq and Syria which are four of the attackers in the Psalm 83 alliance.
Let’s suppose that Bashar al Assad does possess biological weapons and let’s further assume that he is destroying some of his vast chemical weapons arsenal in partial compliance with the Russian proposal, in an effort to fool the West.
Biological weapons such as smallpox are far more lethal than chemical weapons and have global scope. If utilized by Assad, Israel would have little choice but to obliterate Syria’s capital city Damascus, thereby fulfilling Isaiah 17:1, 14.
Let’s go further and assume that the final Seal Judgments, as one of our readers pointed out on Saturday, take place after the midway point of the tribulation. The rider on the Pale Horse (Revelation 6:7-8) may well be the result of desperate nations unleashing devastating biological weapons.
A startling fact, revealed in Revelation 6:8, that a fourth of the earth or 1.75 billion people will perish by these means supports the conclusion that the Great Tribulation that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24:21-22 will have begun.
Those who have accepted the pardon that Jesus Christ purchased for us, with the atoning sacrifice of His blood on the cross, will be kept ‘from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world’ (Revelation 3:10). Selah.