- INTERVIEW: On Wednesday, I will be interviewed on the Janet Parshall program on the Moody radio network at 5:30pm eastern. Topics: the Saudi’s “arrest” of an Israeli vulture for being a “spy,” the Stuxnet computer virus, Israel’s record year for tourism in 2010, and why the leader of Russia has canceled his upcoming trip to Israel. To listen, please click here
- STEP INTO THE STORY: The Russian President has canceled his trip to Israel, but you can tour Israel with The Joshua Fund and attend the 2011 Epicenter Conference this May — for details, please go to www.joshuafund.net or www.epicenterconference.com.
Keep your eye on Russia in 2011. Here’s why:
- For the past several years, leaders in the Kremlin have been angling to play a much bigger geopolitical and economic role in the Middle East.
- Specifically, Moscow has been building alliances with Iran, Turkey, Syria, Libya and Sudan, among other key epicenter countries, selling advanced weapons systems to these countries, selling nuclear technology, forging deeper commercial ties, and expanding Russian influence in the Middle East in other ways, as well.
- According to Bible prophecy (specifically Ezekiel 38 and 39), Russia will eventually build an anti-Israel coalition and seek to take-over the Jewish State and seize her financial resources.
- In the summer of 2010, a group of Orthodox rabbis began publicly speculating that perhaps the “War of Gog and Magog” was going to happen sooner than most people thought.
- Of course, it is too early to say definitively whether events are truly lining up for the “War of Gog and Magog” to happen in our lifetime, much less soon. But it is fair to say that trend lines in the Middle East in recent years appear to be strangely consistent with the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39.
- Now comes this headline in a leading Israeli newspaper: “Medvedev to visit Palestinian territories, despite canceling Israel leg.” That’s right. Russian President Dmitri Medvedev has abruptly canceled his first state visit to Israel scheduled for January 17. “The agenda for Medvedev’s visit,” reported Haaretz, was “expected to include the nuclearization of Iran, Russia’s supply of advanced weapons to Syria and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.” All of that is now off. But Medvedev does plan to go forward visiting with Palestinian leaders anyway.
- All this raises new questions about what the Kremlin’s objectives in the Middle East are, and what moves Moscow will make in 2011. Given recent trends and Bible prophecy, it’s worth keeping an eye on.
- One other note: Vladimir Putin will run for President of Russia again in 2012, he has made clear. (Currently he is serving as Prime Minister.)
HEADLINES TO TRACK:
- Israeli President Discusses Iran With Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano
- 2009 cable: Israel preparing for ‘large scale war,’ says army chief — Iranian Shihab missiles could reach Israel in 10-12 minutes
- WikiLeaks document dump: Iran President Ahmadinejad slapped by head of Revolutionary Guard
- Iran: Scientist Tortured After Return, Web Site Says
- UN refuses Lebanon request to intervene in Israel gas drilling
- Saudi Arabia ‘nabbed Israeli-tagged vulture for being Mossad spy’
- Netanyahu makes official request to Obama: Free Pollard