Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (Source: Agência Brasil, Wikipedia)
Syria is again receiving international condemnation:
Reuters - 29 May 2012
By Joseph Logan | BEIRUT (Reuters) – Peace envoy Kofi Annan expressed “grave concern” to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday and Western nations threw out its envoys to protest against a massacre of 108 civilians, many of them children,in the town of Houla.France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain and Australia said they were expelling the Syrian envoys from their capitals in a move that was coordinated with the United States and underlined Assad’s diplomatic isolation.
The killings in Houla drew a chorus of powerful condemnation from around the world, with the United Nations saying entire families had been shot dead in their homes.
BEIRUT — The U.N.’s human rights office said Tuesday that most of the 108 victims of a massacre in Syria last week were shot at close range, some of them women, children and entire families gunned down in their own homes.
DP-News – agencies)
RUSSIA- Analysts indicated that Russia may be warning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that he needs to change course or lose Moscow’s support, which has been a key layer of protection for the Syrian government during the uprising that began in March 2011.
A weekend massacre of more than 100 people emerged as a potential turning point in the Syrian crisis Monday, galvanizing even staunch ally Russia to take an unusually hard line against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Russia has grown increasingly critical of Damascus in recent months, but Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s latest comments were unusually strong.
Syria’s President Assad must realize that international condemnations, the recent US call for his removal (see Assad and Syria’s Latest Massacre), and Russia also condemning his regime suggest that the international community may actually eliminate him from running Syria. And since he does not want that, he will either decide to cooperate or fight. And if he does decide to fight Israel, he would likely do this in conjunction with Iran.
Some, including Hal Lindsey (on his telecast) and Donald Blake (in the Wall Street Journal), have suggested that the stage is being set for Ezekiel 38 being fulfilled with Russia and Iran, and possibly Syria working together to invade Israel. However, for many reasons, including the fact that the tiny nation of Israel is not really a nation of unwalled villages, it is not. Ezekiel 38 is for a future time well after the USA itself is eliminated (some details are in the news article WSJ Suggests that Israel Should Destroy Iran; Ezekiel 38?).
So, what may be happening now?
Although Russia is once again condemning its ally Syria, it still seems to be willing to supply it arms. Similarly, it has provided Iran with nuclear and some military technology, while sometimes criticizing it. It may be that since Russia realizes that Iran and Syria are likely to have to have regime changes, that perhaps it wants them to function essentially as proxies in a war involving Israel and possibly the USA.
A regional war, that somewhat gets out of control and may involve Syria (who is becoming a closer Iranian ally at this time) and others (including many based in Lebanon), beyond Iran and Israel is something I have warned could happen for some time now and really could be a factor that ultimately leads to the fulfillment of Daniel 9:27.
Both Iran and Syria have offensive capabilities that could hurt Israel as well as the USA For example, if a “dirty bomb” (a bomb with radioactive materials), nuclear bomb, and/or EMP bomb were to be detonated in the United States because of Iran, this could cause the USA major problems. And while it is possible that Iran would not survive well what ever retaliation that the USA would likely provide, the USA could be partially crippled by some of its possible actions. Syria is believed to have the capability of utilizing chemical and biological weapons. These could truly damage Israel as well as possibly the USA. And even if the USA suffers relatively little from it and/or related terrorism, the economic cost will effect the USA and strain its military. Russia would tend to like that as it does not like the USA holding the position it currently does in the world (both economically and militarily).
If there is a regional war and Syria is highly involved, then there is a chance its capital will be destroyed as the Bible shows that ultimately Damascus will be (Isaiah 17:1)–and that is one reason that I believe supports the idea that Israel may hurt enough that it hits back hard.
Events are heating up in the Middle East. “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:37). Ezekiel 38 is not about to be fulfilled, but other prophecies are getting closer to being fulfilled.
Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, British, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first?
Will the Anglo-Nations be Divided? Will the lands of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand be divided? What about Jerusalem? What does Bible prophecy teach? Are there non-biblical prophecies that support this idea? Who will divide those lands? Who will end up with the lands and the people?
End of Mayan Calendar 2012–Might 2012 Mean Something? Are there Mayan calendar predictions for change in 2012? Changes were centuries ago predicted by the Hopi Native Americans. Do Mayan/Hindu/Hopi/Buddhist/New Age/Nostradamus prophecies have any value here? Why might Satan have inspired this date? Does the Dresden codex show destruction of the earth by flood? Can the great tribulation start before 2012? How might Barack Obama and Julia Gillard be involved in 2012? Have predictions written by Bob Thiel related to Barack Obama and Julia Gillard began to come to pass?
Russia: Its Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach?
Is There A Future King of the South? Some no longer believe there needs to be. Might Egypt, Islam, Iran, Arabs, or Ethiopia be involved? Might this King be called the Mahdi? What does the Bible say?
The Arab and Islamic World In the Bible, History, and Prophecy The Bible discusses the origins of the Arab world and discusses the Middle East in prophecy. What is ahead for the Middle East and those who follow Islam? What about the Imam Mahdi? What lies ahead for Turkey, Iran, and the other non-Arabic Muslims?