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Russia and Iran are on a roll delving into the development of a North-South Corridor between them. Rapid expansion of the North-South Corridor, as well as China’s new Silk Road Initiative should make Bible prophecy watchers sit up and take notice.
Russia and China are now both involved in the Suez Canal and Red Sea. And China is facing off with the United States in Djibouti, the only permanent U.S. military base in Africa.
Today’s report, along with last week’s, spell it all out in full detail. Be sure to listen to both. Download them and share with family and friends.
As I reported last week, Russia and Iran are on a roll delving into the development of a North-South Corridor between them. Rapid expansion of the North-South Corridor, as well as China’s new Silk Road Initiative should make Bible prophecy watchers sit up and take notice. Today’s report, along with last week’s, spell it all out in full detail. Be sure to listen to both. Download them and share with family and friends.
RUSSIA AND IRAN’S $2.5 BILLION DEAL
Russia and Iran signed a $2.5 billion deal on Monday between Iran’s Industrial Development and Renovation Organization (IDRO) and Transmashholding, Russia’s largest rail equipment supplier. The venture will be 80% owned by Russia, but Russia will provide 100% of the funding.
I want a deal like that!
Iran is currently amid an infrastructure building bonanza after emerging from decades of western sanctions that left much of its transportation infrastructure in ruins. The country has embarked upon a near complete rebuild of its current highway and rail networks and will add 15,000 kilometers of new rail lines in the next five years. This 5-year rapid expansion will require close to 50,000 new rail wagons.
Reinvigorating the transport sector is a key part of the Persian nation’s vision to leverage its geographic position in the Middle East to become the hub of trans-Eurasian trade which will plug China into the 3-way transportation wheel through China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Russia’s continued economic activity in the Caucuses Mountains.
Iran is a core partner with Russia and India in the newly emerging North-South Transport Corridor of the Caucuses which will create a multimodal trade route. This new trade route will cut the lead time between cities on the west coast of India and St. Petersburg in half, and India has also worked out its territorial squabbles with Russia over the Caspian Sea.
This agreement to produce rolling stock for Iran’s new railways is the latest in a string of deals that show Tehran and Moscow’s growing partnership. Setting aside a few decades-long squabbles, Iran and Russia have recently been establishing economic and strategic partnerships on many fronts, including energy, infrastructure development, and military aid — along with being on the same side of the Syria crisis. According to the speaker of Iran’s parliament, Iran has also given Russia priority in any industry it wants to invest in.
In other words, the Persian empire is rising again and it is military in nature and by design. Both Russia and Iran, who anciently are the same people, now have mutual grudges against the West, Europe, the U.S. and their allies, because of harsh sanctions imposed by the Obama, and former, White House administrations.
Trade between Russia and Iran doubled over the course of 2016, with the sale of military equipment such as MI-17 helicopters and various rocket systems being some of Iran’s most sought after acquisitions. Russian oil and gas companies are also moving into Iran, with Gazprom recently being given the contract to develop the Farzad B gas field. It is estimated that the bilateral annual trade between the two nations will soon spike to over $10 billion, up from a paltry, sanctions-induced $1.68 billion in 2014. That is almost a 6,000% increase in annual trade over two years.
It appears that something has gotten them into a big hurry! Nothing less than the mutual agenda of war with the West is driving their investment in North-South and Eur-Asia transportation systems. And while this is going on, the West seems to not be preparing for the forthcoming war with this new enemy, the reunited people of Persia – Russia and Iran.
Continuing sanctions in the West prevent U.S. companies from participating in Iran’s new economic boom aside from the import of Persian rugs and commercial airplanes. The U.S. also holds a large amount of influence over the actions of European firms in Iran, with companies like France’s Total, an oil and gas provider, reportedly needing U.S. approval before entering the market.
Who says the United States is not the head of the western New World Order? These are moves which leave everything wide open for Russia.
In this era of mass-cross-border trade and investment, the way that countries gain leverage and influence over each other is via increased economic activity and joint development projects. In this fray, the imposers of sanctions essentially take themselves right out of the game and leave everything on the table for their rivals to accumulate additional wealth and power. China knows this; Russia knows this. Putin probably owes the U.S. congress a huge thank you.
ANOTHER PIECE OF THE NORTH-SOUTH CORRIDOR: THE ANCIENT SILK ROAD
As China encircles India with its Belt and Road initiative (BRI), India has a continent-crossing plan of its own instigated by one of its newest partners, Russia. The 2013 rebranding of the 2004 project to put China at the heart of a new pan-Eurasian economic order is called the North-South Transport Corridor (North-South Corridor), as I reported last week, and it aims to link India with Iran, Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.
The North-South Corridor is a 7,200-kilometer multimodal trade corridor extending from India to Russia linking the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf to the Caspian Sea. Goods travel by sea from Jawaharlal Nehru and Kandla ports in western India to the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran, then go by road and rail north through Baku to Moscow and St. Petersburg and beyond. A prospective second route goes along the eastern side of the Caspian Sea, hitting up the new Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway and integrating it with the North–South Transnational Corridor.
You can view a map of this trade route in the text of today’s report.
Another view of this transit route looks like this when China’s One Belt One Road project is added:
These two maps show how the North-South Corridor through the Caucuses Mountains will connect with China’s resurrected Silk Road to establish new routes linking Russia, Asia, and Africa.
China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative has two parts — a new “Silk Road Economic Belt” linking China to Europe that cuts through mountainous regions in Central Asia; and the “Maritime Silk Road” that links China’s port facilities with the African coast and then pushes up through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea.
The new corridor will decrease the cost and time needed to ship goods between cities such as Mumbai, Bandar Abbas, Tehran, Baku, Aktau, Moscow, and St. Petersburg which will bolster trade throughout the rapidly growing region.
India views its low $1.6 billion trade volume with Russia as a detriment given the size of the two economies. India sees this discrepancy as a logistical problem, a trade route problem. Importing or exporting products between Russia and India requires a prolonged and convoluted journey by ship through the Arabian Sea, Suez Canal, Mediterranean Sea, North Sea, and Baltic Sea, amounting to a minimum of 45 days. The North-South Corridor is meant to be the remedy for this.
The route has the potential to cut the Mumbai to St. Petersburg journey in half. This new route is 30% cheaper and 40% shorter than the old route. And of course, we can also see the military value of these corridors.
Now, being better linked with China, India has delved into a suite of international development projects of its own. Under the auspices of the Connect Central Asia policy, India has been trying to interweave itself deeper into the infrastructural and economic fabric of Eurasia. In addition to the North-South Corridor, India is a big driver of enhancements to Iran’s Chabahar port, which is expected to see its cargo volume increase fivefold to 12.5 million tons per year.
The nation is also backing a 218-kilometer road connecting the heart of Afghanistan with a border to Iran, the Kaladan multimodal project in Myanmar, the Trans-Asian Railway (TAR), which goes all the way from Dhaka to Istanbul, the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway, and, possibly, developing Trincomalee port in Sri Lanka.
All these connections from Russia in the North, Iran in the Middle East, China and India in the far east, along with all the other nations between and around them may one day comprise the 200 million man army seen in Revelation 9:16. Currently, this newly formed economic and military region only has about 35,000,000 military troops from the surrounding 63 countries and allies. However, adding robotic troops and military forces from additional nations that I did not include in the count, plus the forced conscription of more young people from each nation, I can see how the new region surrounding the North-South and the ancient silk road now being revived, could produce enough troops to fulfill Revelation’s prophecy.
Remember, the King of the North will enter north Africa through Egypt, Libya and Ethiopia according to Daniel 11 starting at verse 40. Consider that all of Africa will come under Russian and Iranian control. Currently, South Africa is with Russia and Iran through BRICS. The rest of Africa will fall when Russia and Iran invade northern Africa through Israel and Jordan. Thus, Russia, Iran and China will control all of the Russian Steppes, Middle East and Asia.
So, you see, the regions of the earth from Russia southward and eastward through the Middle East may encompass more than half of the earth’s nations and population. It is significant that this new ‘north and east’ geographical region is also the same as the ‘north and east’ newly formed New World Order that began with the 5 nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, AKA BRICS.
This eastern New World Order became a reality under Barack Obama whose job I believe was to prepare the way for the coming Antichrist much like Elijah prepares the way for our Messiah, Yeshua.
The Russians, Iranians and Chinese wrongly claim that when the economy in the region improves with this new Silk Road initiative, the root cause of terrorism will be lessened and terrorism in the Middle East and China will be reduced. The region’s leaders have called on the U.S. to be more positive about the initiative as a stabilizing force for good in the region.
The U.S., however, needs to understand the incredible military power that will be formed by the nations forming this new geographical reality. From Russia in the north to the Middle East under Iran’s control all the way to South Africa, a new military alliance will be formed. This is not merely an economic formation.
The unanswered question for many experts is how China will establish security for these new routes since many of them snake through potentially dangerous areas such as Africa’s coast and through the “wild west” of Central Asia which is prone to Islamic extremism. The answer is that a united military comprised of all the nations in the various alliances, treaties and associations will be formed. This new military will be similar to NATO that serves all the nations of Europe and the United States plus a few others outside the European region.
For the military, this means long-range, fixed-wing cargo aircraft, littoral combat ships capable of operating in the narrow and shallow areas of the Strait of Malacca and Suez Canal, hospital ships, and an enhanced capability to conduct Military Operations Other Than War (MOOTW).
This new ‘north and east’ New World Order axis will face off with the old ‘west and south’ New World Order.
Besides a military component that allows for a rapid response to a crisis, the routes will require logistics hubs, communication networks, airports, railway lines, modern highways, and ports.
To show how nonchalant the U.S. is regarding China’s aggressive push to implement the “Belt and Road” concept, we need to turn to James Holmes, a China naval specialist at the US Naval War College. He claims there is no direct military implications, per se, but he says, “it could help China ease America out of Asia over the long haul while weaning our allies away from us”.
James Holmes believes China may have difficulty “delivering the goods”, as he said in this statement: “If China wants to create a parallel system in Eurasia, and convince others that its system beats America’s, it has to deliver the goods. Ultimately, once they’re hooked, [China] could demand more from its partners, by asking them to restrict or refuse US access to their seaports”.
James Holmes’s implication is that the other nations won’t want to be rid of the United States meddling in their affairs through the economic agreements made with the U.S. He will be proven wrong, and stupid.
This push by Russia, Iran and China is more than economic. To say anything else is to deceive Americans and Europeans and lull their citizens into complacency.
Holmes does not believe this is a latter-day Berlin-Baghdad Railway, which was built in the early 1900s to link Europe with the Ottoman Empire’s access to the Persian Arabian Gulf. Unlike that project, this is an “economic project with indirect diplomatic, security and military implications,” he says.
He is wrong about this also. Everything that the Persians – Russia and Iran – and the Chinese are doing is coming together to fulfill the Bible’s prophecies about the end of days that lead to the utter destruction of the westernized Babylonian system which is headed by the United States and Europe.
Patrick Cronin, senior adviser and senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, said it is “certainly possible to find sinister opportunities behind China’s one belt/one road initiative, but at present it is still more of a slogan than an operational reality”. And this, he suggests, is part of China’s soft power efforts to offset the costs of its reputation incurred by maritime coercion in the South and East China Seas.
Despite their blindness. the one belt/one road initiative has made great progress. China has offered Pakistan, Cypress, and even Japan, a stake in the new Silk Road initiative. What a coup it would be for China to finally win Japan away from the West. Sri Lanka and even Hungary are being sucked into this project.
The magnitude of this undertaking by the new north and east New World Order should not be underestimated! Brushing off or ignoring it will have dire consequences for the West.
Photos of the progress of China’s Silk Road Initiative
THE CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS
At present, the maritime portion of the plan only needs to be enhanced since it is already in use. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has conducted numerous excursions using the new maritime route in recent years, including anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden. The Chinese Navy even participated in a rescue mission for citizens trapped in war-torn Yemen. This follows a similar mission in 2011 to rescue citizens from Libya during its civil war.
It is not generally understood by the western populace that the Chinese regard safeguarding national economic development as a Chinese military duty. The development of manmade islands in the South China Sea is only the beginning of performing what a 2012 Chinese defense white paper said about the safeguarding of strategic sea lines of the “far seas”. China views the military buildup in the South China Sea as a protection for its economy. In other words, everything economic is also military, in China. The two are not separate items as they are in the West.
One requirement of the First Island Chain is to deploy larger combatant units to show a military presence for limited periods of time at strategic choke points.
This massive manmade island chain is almost finished. A look at how China planned, then proceeded to build an infrastructure that the U.S. scoffed at should be enough of a warning to men like James Holmes and the leadership of the United States that China can pretty much accomplish what it wants. And it will do so either by treaty or by war, just like Russia and Iran.
RUSSIA AND ITS RECENT ACQUISITION OF THE SUEZ CANAL ACCESS
A Russian industrial zone off the New Suez Canal, in Egypt, will become the first platform to open up the markets of African countries to Russian goods. The industrial zone is a platform for Russian companies to tap fast-growing African markets, according to Russia’s Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Georgy Kalamanov.
Under a memorandum signed by Egypt and Russia, the industrial zone will offer favorable treatment and preferences for Russian resident companies and establish an industrial zone near the Suez Canal for Russian products oriented toward the local and regional markets. The agreement was signed in early February 2016.
The zone is expected to focus on the production of trucks, agricultural tractors, chemicals, as well as reinforced-concrete products to be further sold to African and Middle Eastern countries. Russian car makers, petrochemical enterprises, energy and medical companies are expected to build production facilities within the zone, which is planned to start operations in late 2018.
The industrial zone will cover an area of 2 million square meters in the east of Suez Canal city of Port Said, according to the memorandum.
It is expected to become the first step to build infrastructure to bring Russian products to the African markets, while African markets will be more actively cooperating with Russian firms following the formation of an industrial zone.
According to the deputy minister, “Africa is currently in the spotlight, it is a serious market worth fighting for.”
That is certainly interesting wording given the fact that the King of the North will enter North Africa through Egypt after attacking and conquering Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The problem with this kind of reporting that implies there is nothing more than economics at play is that it is designed to keep peoples’ heads in the proverbial hole.
Chinese, U.S and European peers of Russian companies already have strong positions in African countries. The U.S. and its European counterparts will lose their strategic economic positions when the King of the North attacks north Africa.
Consider this: Camp Lemonnier is the only permanent US military base in Africa. All of Africa. The other 17 military bases are considered temporary, thus they have less personnel and hardware than will be required to repel Russia’s and Iran’s attack through Israel when it comes.
The new Egypt-Russia agreement on the Suez Canal is due to launch in 2018 and will be fully functional by 2035 with investments worth $4.6 billion.
The Russian industrial zone will cover an area of 77 square miles.
Almost 60 Russian companies are taking part in the project, mostly private companies including GAZ, Gazprom Neft, Kamaz, UAZ, Transmashholding, Tatneft, InterRAO among others.
The project is considered a kick start for further Russian expansion in Africa and the Middle East regions, further strengthening the bond between Egypt and Russia.
Dan 11:43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
The Russian zone will be the first of several to be established around the Suez Canal, with others to follow.
What others? China. Plans are already underway for Chinese and Italian industrial parks within the Suez Canal region.
China’s TEDA Corporation, one of the oldest industrial developers in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, has been developing an area of almost 3 square miles in Ain Sokhna district of the Suez Canal Corridor east of Cairo.
Roads, rail and water transits built for economic reasons often become routes for military incursion. It appears that Egypt has opened itself to easy occupation by the King of the North.
RED SEA INCURSION: A STRATEGIC MILITARY PLACEMENT FOR THE UPCOMING WAR
This new game is not only being fought in the Suez, but also in the Red Sea.
This month, Chinese naval vessels departed the port of Zhanjiang for the East African country of Djibouti, the site of China’s first overseas military base, which is set to begin operations later this year.
An editorial in the state-run Global Times trumpeted the deployment, confirming that China will base troops there, which is a stunning development—it’s the first time that a major Asian power outside of the U.S. (or Russia) has extended its military and logistics reach into the developing world.
Beijing’s opening of its Djibouti base shows that there is a Great Game underway in the crucial Red Sea corridor, which links the markets of the West to the oil exports of the Persian Gulf—and which will be symbolized now by the bursting container ships of a resurgent China, the newest power on the Middle East chessboard.
China’s move has not gone unnoticed: from Suez to the Bab al Mandeb, nations great and small are claiming space to protect their new interests and to assert old prerogatives, with the Red Sea as a focal point for the expanding economic and security interests in a region critical to the fortunes of Washington and its friends.
Until recently, the Red Sea was an American lake, having claimed that status since Russia withdrew from its naval base in Yemen in the early 1990s. From the Suez Canal to the Bab al Mandeb Straits, which guard the entrance to the oil-rich Persian Gulf, U.S. naval power reigned supreme. That power was underpinned by the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, assuring an uninterrupted flow of oil to the U.S. and, increasingly, its allies. The Red Sea symbolized the security of the route—with its $700 billion of annual maritime trade.
But those days are now gone. While Washington is hardly retreating from the region, and while U.S. military assets around the Red Sea remain robust, the increasing intention and ability of others—China, but also Iran, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Japan and France—to assert and protect lucrative commercial and newfound security interests is now a fact of life. Djibouti is the unlikely beneficiary of this attention.
While Djibouti, a country of less than one million, is little more than an impoverished sandbox guarding the maritime route from Asia to the Mediterranean, it has suddenly become a vital part of the calculations of the world’s great, and emerging, powers, i.e. the older and established western New World Order and the new eastern New World Order.
The reason is not simply because Djibouti is a geographic nexus, but because it has offered itself as an equal opportunity logistics depot that can be purchased by one and all (with the exception of Iran) for the right price. That Djibouti is open for business is not a secret. By last count, four countries have established, or are about to establish, military bases in a country which is about the size of Wales.
France was once Djibouti’s largest military tenant. The United States, which operates Camp Lemonnier, boasts a cohort of some 5,000 servicemen and women and civilians, many who operate drones for surveillance and counterterrorism operations. The camp also hosts special-operations forces and intelligence-monitoring units that assess threats from Somalia and Yemen to the Horn of Africa.
Djibouti also hosts a small military contingent from Japan. But it is China that presents the biggest threat to the United States’ Camp Lemonnier. China is now putting money into new infrastructure and raising its presence in Djibouti.
In addition to the U.S., France, and China, Saudi Arabia is a new entree in the broad expansion of naval operations in the Red Sea. In 2016, Riyadh signed a security pact with Djibouti, followed by recently negotiated base rights in Djibouti itself. Strong-armed by Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian parliament recently ratified Egypt’s agreement for Riyadh to reassume its sovereign control over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir at the southern approaches to the Gulf of Aqaba and the Israeli port of Eilat—a confirmation that the Saudis view the Red Sea as a part of their own vital security interests.
Saudi Arabia, long content to subcontract its maritime defense to Washington, is now conducting independent naval operations off the Yemeni coast as part of broad military operations directly against the Houthis in Yemen—and indirectly against Tehran. Dislodging Houthi-led forces from the Yemini port of al-Hudayah is widely seen as one of the key maritime objectives of the Saudi-Emirati military coalition that has been at war in Yemen for two years.
The Saudi presence is more than just a notion. In April, Saudi forces destroyed an explosives-packed skiff targeting an Aramco oil distribution terminal in the Red Sea on the Saudi coast just north of Yemen. The Saudi statement that followed the operation stopped short of blaming Iran for launching the arms-laden skiff, but pointedly warned against those “standing behind Houthi militias working to threaten the security of waterways and sea facilities.”
Expect the Red Sea to become central to Russia and Iran in the King of the North’s attack.
Riyadh is not the only local player claiming space along the Red Sea perimeter. In February, the UAE won parliamentary approval to establish a military base at the port of Berbera, in Somaliland. Under a 2015 agreement with Eritrea, the UAE established an air and naval base at the port of Assab from where it runs military operations in Yemen, only 37 km away.
Not surprisingly, Israel has been watching all of this very closely, and is reported to have patrol boats based on Eritrean islands just north of the Strait, in the Dahlak Archipelago, deployed to interdict Iranian networks smuggling weapons to Hamas and Hezbollah.
But all of these regional efforts, while important, pale in comparison to the massive and unprecedented commercial and security initiative now being undertaken by China. The region, which is a tangle of unrest, instability, and misery, is a key arena to watch China’s transformation into a global maritime military and economic power, a real life laboratory where China’s “win-win” brand of economic cooperation and mercantile commercial and trade interests are center stage.
While U.S. strategic assets are being consumed by never-ending wars, China’s security and commercial interests in the region are expanding. Russia’s and Iran’s assets are growing with the addition of each new nation to sign treaties and economic agreements.
The horses are aligning.
RUSSIA’S AND CHINA’S MUSCLE FLEXING A WARNING TO THE WEST
There was a frightening new guest at the party that marked Russia’s Navy Day celebrations recently that perhaps was the greatest single global challenge for President Donald Trump.
Chinese warships joined the parade of Russian naval vessels in the sea off the Port of Kronstadt in St. Petersburg as President Vladimir Putin looked on proudly. All were fresh from the first stage of Joint Sea 2017, a Russian-Chinese naval exercise that Chinese media boasted included live-firing of big guns in the Baltic Sea, which borders five of America’s NATO allies, and was designed at least in part to showcase the cream of both nations’ seaborne military might.
At the same time, China was staging its own military parade in Beijing as President Xi Jinping watched while dressed in the green camouflage uniform of the People’s Liberation Army. Some 12,000 officers and men, accompanied by tanks, long-range missile launchers, jet fighters and other new, modern weaponry, moved past.
All this display of military muscle was just the latest and most visible — though perhaps least appreciated — headache for Trump in world trouble spots, from Syria to North Korea.
China pivoting to Russia at this moment in time cannot be a good thing on any number of levels. The sudden alliance of these nations in the face of pressure from Trump suggests that those headaches are not going get any easier to solve anytime soon.
These joint efforts — coinciding with the United States, Japan and South Korea staging their own maneuvers close to both China and North Korea — suggest that both China and Russia had arrived at a newfound independence in the face of American challenges.
Moreover, their allies in Syria and North Korea will now realize they have two potent counterweights to their efforts to chart their own potentially deadly courses.
North Korea has relied for decades on the assistance of China, particularly on an economic level, to prop up its failing and utterly despotic regime while counting as well on the neutrality of Russia, with which it shares a sliver of its northern frontier.
Indeed, North Korean territory is barely 100 miles from the main Siberian port of Vladivostok, where Russia happened to stage the eastern tranche of its Naval Day exercises last weekend.
At the same time, additional Naval Day exercises were taking place at the huge Russian air and naval base at Tartus in Syria on the eastern Mediterranean, which Russian media reported included six warships.
This will have only given comfort to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose regime is being propped up by Russian air and naval power, much of it based in Tartus.
One of Putin’s principal reasons for backing Assad’s alleged attacks on the rebellion that has challenged him is to maintain this single toehold in the Mediterranean — central to the strategic position of NATO and America in Europe and the Middle East.
China and Russia for years have propped up diplomatically and economically both North Korea and Syria — often exercising their vetoes in the UN Security Council to beat back Western challenges to their allies’ more outrageous actions.
That the two powers are joining forces can only give comfort to North Korea and Syria, knowing that it will now be even harder for the United States to influence their actions.
On June 7, Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu, during a summit in Kazakhstan of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a 20-year-old military and political grouping of China, Russia and other former Soviet Asian republics. Shoigu proposed signing a comprehensive military cooperation agreement between Russia and China. And sure enough, three weeks later, Xi stopped by Moscow en route to the G20 summit in Germany, where he confirmed that such an agreement had been signed, along with $10 billion worth of other agreements, as both leaders grinned and shook hands.
The Bible’s end time prophecies often appear to be situations that we believe will come about slowly. This new alliance between Russia and China should dispel the notion that anything happening in the end of days will happen slowly, over a period of time, so that the people of the earth will have somewhat of a warning. The destruction of the daughter of Babylon – the good ‘ol USA – is one of them.
So, with Russia now firmly in its corner, and the 2,615-mile frontier the two nations share thoroughly secure, how much further will China go in defying Trump? This must be taken into consideration before Trump or Congress considers how the United States tightens the screws on China — or Russia, for that matter.
TRUMP CONTINUES THE THUMBSCREWS AGAINST RUSSIA
President Trump signed the Senate’s sanctions bill against Russia and Iran this past week, further tightening the screws on Russia’s thumbs. But Russia no longer needs its thumbs. Not with its new China alliance. Besides, thumb screws that are about to collapse are no thumb screws at all.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the sanctions tantamount to a “full-scale trade war,” adding in a Facebook post that they showed the Trump administration had demonstrated “utter powerlessness.”
Donald Trump is proving to not be the deal maker he brags about. He is also not a military strategist or has economic sense beyond how money affects his personal pocket. His interests lie not with the American people, but with protecting his own fortune and those of his New World Order buddies.
The United States is losing its footing all around the world. It cannot afford the upcoming losses in the Middle East and Africa that it refuses to prepare for.
The suddenness of treaties, agreements and alliances, and the quick acquisition of militarily vital regions, shows us just how quickly the Great Tribulation’s destructions will come. We see these things coming, but we in the West are failing to prepare for them because most people believe the lies of men like Holmes and Cronin who see no danger in the new formation of the alliances between Russia and Iran with China and India.
Truly, the world is in the throes of undergoing great political and diplomatic change that has already formed the eastern New World Order headed by Russia which will lead to global war between the two New World Orders.
LOOKING AT OTHER WAR ELEMENTS
Russia continues its military buildup in Syria. The country just sent 2,000 mercenaries into Syria this week, boosting Russian troops to a total of 5,000.
These troops are mercenaries for hire and it is being a mercenary for hire that Isaac predicted Esau’s descendants would be. A report on Debka.com says the mercenaries are a contingent of Muslim troops from the north Caucuses Region. Although clad in Russian military police uniforms, they are actually commandoes trained in anti-terror warfare. They have been posted as “ceasefire monitors” at the three de-escalation zones established by Russia and the United States along the Syrian borders with Israel, Jordan and Iraq.
Moscow is a veteran client of a company called the Wagner Group contractors, which largely resemble the US Blackwater security contractor now calling itself Academi. It was hired to provide military personnel during 2014 and 2015 for Moscow’s battle to conquer Crimea and in support of the pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Ironically, the Wagner Group does not officially exist and is not listed anywhere in Russia, according to Debka. However, a company bearing that name operates out of Argentina, even though its recruits receive training in Russia. They are trained at a base located near the village of Molkino in the Krasnodar area of southern Russia about 150km northeast of the Black Sea.
The identity of Wagner’s boss is held secret, but Western intelligence sources name him as Dmitry Utkin, who until 2013, was a lieutenant colonel in the 2nd Spetznaz brigade.
The placement of Russian Muslim forces, or hired mercenaries on Israel’s northern border in the guise of ceasefire monitors, poses a serious problem for Jerusalem. Russia’s record for keeping its promises and commitments on its military moves in Syria is far from good. The US has confirmed that Russia gave Israel a commitment that Iranian and pro-Iranian forces, including Hizballah, would not be allowed to approach the Syrian-Israeli border. That same promise was given to Jordan and then broken. So Israel can’t be certain how the mercenaries will react if confronted with Iranian and pro-Iranian troops. Will they resort to arms to evict them or let them stay?
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