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The Omega Letter Intelligence Digest
Vol: 121 Issue: 4 - Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Breaking News From 702 B.C.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has reportedly prevented NATO and Turkey from attacking his regime by holding Tel Aviv hostage.  Assad’s threat is backed up by similar threats from Iran and Hezbollah.

According to the Israeli intelligence website, Debkafile;

"According to Western intelligence sources, Syria, Iran and Hizballah have charted a coordinated military operation for flattening metropolitan Tel Aviv, Israel's financial, industrial and cultural center, with thousands of missiles launched simultaneously by all three - plus the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami firing from the Gaza Strip."

"Israeli officials have never publicly admitted that this threat is on record, but Western intelligence sources have reported that Israel reacted with a warning of its own: If a single Syrian missile explodes in Tel Aviv, Damascus will be first to pay the price, and if the missile offensive persists, one Syrian town after another will be destroyed."

It is the Israeli counter-threat that grabbed my attention right off the hop.  This is the exact scenario foretold by the Prophet Isaiah for the last days.

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” (Isaiah 17:1-2)

The burden of Damascus has never been fulfilled in history.  Damascus lays claim to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.  Although several other cities also make that claim, it is certain that 1) Damascus was an existing city in the time of Isaiah; and 2) It has not been destroyed in the centuries since.

And that is what makes Damascus’ longevity relevant to our discussion.  It means that Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the fate of Damascus is yet future.  The cities of Aroer is a reference to one of the towns built by Gad which is today partially in Samaria  (the West Bank)  and partially in Jordan.

“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. 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.“(Isaiah 17:3-4)

The fortress of Ephraim is also reference to Samaria.  The glory of Jacob is, of course, Jerusalem.

Taken together so far, we have the following image.  We have Israel, and in particular, Jerusalem, under threats emanating from Samaria (the West Bank) Jordan, Syria and Lebanon (Manasseh).  Jacob being ‘made thin’ refers to Jerusalem, currently divided and under political siege from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Samaria.

“And it shall be as when the harvestman gathereth the corn, and reapeth the ears with his arm; and it shall be as he that gathereth ears in the valley of Rephaim.”  (Isaiah 17:5)

Rephaim refers to the fertile plant southwest of Jerusalem toward Bethlehem and Gaza, approximately where the Palestinians are demanding a corridor linking the West Bank with the Gaza Strip.

“Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the LORD God of Israel. (Isaiah 17:6)

The gleaning grapes refers to those grapes left in the field for the poor. (Jeremiah 49:9) The reference here is to the fact that the Jews of Israel are a minority of the world’s Jews.  Most of the world’s Jews still live elsewhere – there are more Jews in New York City than there are in Tel Aviv.

“At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.” (Isaiah 17:7-9)

The ‘groves’ is a reference to Israel’s acceptance of false gods like Ashteroth (queen of heaven) and Baal (the sun god) . . .

Because thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength, therefore shalt thou plant pleasant plants, and shalt set it with strange slips:” (Isaiah 17:10)

By 1973, five wars aimed at Israel’s annihilation had left her in possession of virtually all of the land promised to Abraham as his inheritance forever.  

“Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!” (Isaiah 17:12)

All of Israel’s enemies had been soundly defeated.  But the world rushed in to demand that Israel restore the territory it captured from Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

In 1993, after two decades of international pressure and under siege by the Palestinian intifadah, Israel put its faith in the international community instead of in God and entered into the Oslo Accords on the principle of “Land for Peace.”

Oslo granted the international community authority over Israel, which Israel evidently trusted more than it trusted in the God that had granted them victory after victory over their enemies, demonstrating that not much had changed over the millennia. 

“But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.” (Numbers 33:55)

“Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.” (Judges 2:3)

The inhabitants of the land were the Caananites and the Phillistines.  The land of Canaan went from the southernmost tip of the Dead Sea to the Lebanese port of Sidon in the north.   Phillistia corresponded with the Mediterranean Coast from the Gaza Strip to Joppa.

Today, two decades after Oslo,  all this land is claimed by the Caananites and the Phillistines, with the complete support of the surrounding nations of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, in fulfillment of prophecy.  

 “The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.” (Isaiah 17:12-13)

The entire burden has been laid on Israel’s shoulders, but Isaiah says that the burden will soon shift to those now imposing it on Israel.   According to Isaiah, when that burden shifts, the full weight of it will fall squarely on Damascus.

“And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us.” (Isaiah 17:14)

Isaiah is predicting the total annihilation of Damascus in a single, overnight attack.  This is an event that has never occurred in history.  Moreover, it is an event that never COULD have occurred in any period in history.

Today, it is not only possible, but according to Debkafile, it is an operational military strategy.

Assessment:

Debkafile also says that the standoff between Israel and Syria was what prompted Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s recent visit to Tel Aviv

On the way to his first visits to Israel and Egypt as US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta warned Israel of increasing isolation in the Middle East and said "Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey."

While Israel is still the most powerful state in the region, Panetta said, “Is it enough to maintain a military edge if you’re isolating yourself in the diplomatic arena? Before meeting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and military and intelligence chiefs in Tel Aviv, the Defense Secretary said:

“It’s pretty clear that at this dramatic time in the Middle East, when there have been so many changes, that it is not a good situation for Israel to become increasingly isolated. And that’s what’s happening."

This standoff was the main theme of the talks US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta held with Israeli leaders in Tel Aviv Monday, Oct. 3. The Israeli message to Assad cited the warnings Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other government members addressed in the past year to Hezbollah.  

If Tel Aviv comes under attack from its missiles, not only Beirut but all of Lebanon would go up in flames, as well.

"Syria first threatened Israel with retaliation on Aug. 9 when Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spent six hours with Bashar Assad in an effort on behalf of his own government and NATO to persuade him to stop the carnage his troops were perpetrating against his people."

"Davutoglu warned Assad that if he did not desist from his actions he would share the fate of Muammar Qaddafi at the hands of NATO and Turkish forces."

"The Syrian ruler's response was harsh: From the moment a shot is fired against Syria, "it will take only six hours for Syria to devastate Tel Aviv and ignite the entire Middle East," he said."

Note to Syria:  From the moment a shot is fired against Tel Aviv, it will take less than six minutes for Israel to inflict Isaiah’s Burden on Damascus.

Turkey will not fight to preserve Syria – the Turks are on the verge of striking Damascus themselves.  And Iran’s assurances are not that reassuring.

Ayatollah Jafar Shoujouni, a close associate of the all-powerful Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, visited the region last month, “assuring” Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah:

“If the Israelis come near Tehran, then we will destroy Tel Aviv.”

Israel is unlikely to launch a first strike against Tehran, so Iran is also out of this picture.  So here is what I want you to see this morning.

According to Scripture, Israel has two wars coming in its immediate future.  The first is between Israel and the descendants of Esau.  The descendants of Esau (Edom) are the ethnic Arabs.  The Bible says that war will forever put an end to the Arab threat to Israel.  

One would assume that a mushroom cloud over Damascus would be enough to end the Arab threat, but if not, the destruction of Beirut, Cairo, Amman or Baghdad certainly would.   

It seems certain that the nations would rush in to prevent the conflict from escalating further.

The second conflict is that prophesied by Ezekiel.  This conflict includes Iran and Turkey, but NONE of the ethnic Edomites. It takes place at a time when Israel is living in unprecedented peace and safety as “a land of unwalled villages” the prophet says.

Israel is currently building a wall to keep the Edomites out.  Eliminate the threat, and the wall becomes unnecessary.  According to Ezekiel, this second attack is a sneak attack led by the Russians and Iranians.

So isn’t it interesting that the Turks and Iranians are positioned in such a way as to preclude them from joining the ethnic Edomite War? 

And isn’t it interesting that the Edomites are no threat to Israel at the time of the Gog Magog War?  

There is an old Chinese curse that reads like this:  “May you live in interesting times.”  


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