Jerusalem Post: “Russia decided to partially withdrawal its troop from Syria due to Moscow’s disappointment over failures by pro-regime Iranian and Hezbollah forces to achieve victories against opposition forces fighting to topple the Assad government, the Saudi news-site Elaph reported Monday night.
According to the report, Russia had been concerned about air support and bombed regions where Iranian and Hezbollah troops were located to face off Syrian opposition elements and Islamic State militants.
However, Russia reportedly did not receive mutual coverage on the ground.”
Opinion: In our post last month, I opined that the constant headlines of the Russians and Iranians being in Syria did not mean that the world was on the verge of World War III, yet:
“If you have been coming to this site or have looked at Bible Prophecy 101 (home page ) for any length of time, you will know that the order of end time events does not point to World War III at this time. However, two regional wars are prophesied take place prior to the tribulation, the second of which, will be so extensive that it may be called a world war by military experts and the press.”
The Bible is clear that a large regional war involving Russia, Iran, Turkey and 4 Islamic North African allies will invade Israel in the last days before the tribulation, as prophesied in great detail in Ezekiel 38-39.
And even that war, Gog and Magog, is premature today because of Ezekiel 38:8:
“After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.”
Do you see that? Ezekiel is prophesying to Gog, a prince from the far north, in the latter years (just prior to the tribulation), to the land (Israel) brought back from the sword (Hebrew/synonymous for war).
So, Israel, which had been scattered to the nations in 70 AD, and was desolate for 1878 years, was miraculously brought back to the land on May 14, 1948 in one day, precisely as Isaiah 66:7-8 foretold, will be so victorious in a war – that she will be living without bars and gates (Ezekiel 38:11).
Let’s keep going.
So, what war is Ezekiel referring to that will be so monumental that Israel will let down her guard?
Only a war that would completely eliminate Israel’s Edomite neighbors (Obadiah 1:18), and be a big enough victory to fulfill Ezekiel 38:11, is found in Psalm 83:1-8.
“They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83:4
1. Edom (modern day Palestinians, West Bank and southern Jordan)
2. Moab (Palestinians, central Jordan)
3. Ammon and Lot (Palestinians, northern Jordan)
4. Amalek (Arabs of the Sinai, al Qaeda or Islamic Jihad)
5. Ishmaelites (Saudi Arabia)
6. Hagrites (Egypt)
7. Philistia (Gaza, Hamas)
8. The inhabitants of Tyre (southern Lebanon, Hezbollah)
9. Gebal (northern Lebanon, Hezbollah)
10. Assyria (Syria and Kurdish northern Iraq)
(See Bible prophecy 101, chapter 6 for more details on Gog and Magog invasion and the Psalm 83 alliance)