Are we Near the Fulfillment of Ezekiel's Prophesy?
Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes On US
Prophecy News Watch
September 10, 2014 | Bill Gertz
(Editor's Note: There is no doubt in our mind that we are nearing the great war that Ezekiel devoted chapters thirty-eight and nine of his prophecy. First it cannot be the battle of Armageddon because it involves all nations under the leadership of the Anti-Christ coming to destroy Israel at the end of the Tribulation. This scenario involves what Bible teachers and prophecy preachers for centuries have taught, that Russia and her Arab (Moslem) allies, in the last days, probably during the first half of the Tribulation period, will come down to destroy Israel and will end up being supernaturally destroyed by God himself. In fact, the night I was saved on August 15 of 1946, Dr. Art Wilson preached from this very chapter, and dealt with this issue.
Daily we can see Russia growing stronger and America becoming weaker as Russia and the Arab axis become more binding in their hatred and determination to destroy the nation of Israel. These same Bible teachers have always taught that "Tarshish and the young lions thereof" refer to Great Britain and those nations that have been or were a part of the British Empire, such as Canada, Australia, and the United States, etc. It may be that America will either be neutralized by a financial or military collapse. It may come in the form of a direct attack by Russia as suggested by this article or a terrorist attack within by some kind of nuclear device. But we can see by Ezekiel's prophecy that something is going to happen that will defang the only nations that can help Israel against this attack from the North and all they can do is lodge a protest. "Art thou come to take a spoil", etc. God is going to bring Israel to the place where there is no hope or help but Jehovah. It seems that we move closer to that point every day, especially as we see Russia standing with the terrorist organization ISIS to keep America and the UK pinned down on two fronts.)
Bill Gertz is an American editor, columnist and reporter for The Washington Free Beacon and The Washington Times.
Two Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States during a training mission last week that defense officials say appeared timed to the NATO summit in Wales.
The Russian Tu-95 Bear bombers were tracked flying a route across the northern Atlantic near Iceland, Greenland, and Canada's northeast.
Analysis of the flight indicated the aircraft were conducting practice runs to a pre-determined "launch box"-an optimum point for firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles at U.S. targets, said defense officials familiar with intelligence reports.
Disclosure of the nuclear bombing practice comes as a Russian general last week called for Moscow to change its doctrine to include preemptive nuclear strikes on the United States and NATO.
Gen. Yuri Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official, was quoted by the state-run Interfax news agency as saying that Russia's 2010 military doctrine should be revised to identify the United States and the NATO alliance as enemies, and clearly outline the conditions for a preemptive nuclear strike against them.
Yakubov said among other needed doctrinal changes, "it is necessary to hash out the conditions under which Russia could carry out a preemptive strike with the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces"-Moscow's nuclear forces.
The practice bombing runs are the latest in a series of incidents involving threatening Russian bomber flights near the United States. Analysts say the bomber flights are nuclear saber-rattling by Moscow as a result of heightened tensions over the crisis in Ukraine.
A spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command declined to comment on the bomber flights in the North Atlantic.
No U.S. or Canadian fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the Bear-H bombers since the aircraft stayed outside the North American Air Defense Identification Zone.
Additional details of the incident that took place over the Labrador Sea, the stretch of the Atlantic between Greenland and Canada's Labrador Peninsula, could not be learned.
However, officials said it took place during the NATO summit in Wales that was held Thursday and Friday.
The summit statement criticized "Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine [which] have fundamentally challenged our vision of a Europe whole, free, and at peace."
In response to Russia's actions, the alliance agreed to create a new Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in Eastern Europe that can deploy military forces in days.
"If required, they will also facilitate reinforcement of allies located at NATO's periphery for deterrence and collective defense," the NATO statement said.
U.S. Army troops will lead an international military exercise inside western Ukraine later this month. The exercises, known as "Rapid Trident 2014," will begin Sept. 15 and include troops from several NATO and NATO-partner states, including Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the United States.
Russian nuclear forces will conduct a large-scale exercise in mid-September, state news agencies reported.
The Tu-95 is a nuclear-capable bomber that is outfitted with six AS-15 nuclear-armed cruise missiles. The missiles have a range of over 1,800 miles.
Google Earth analysis reveals that a Tu-95 launch box located in the Labrador Sea and firing AS-15 missiles would be in range of Ottawa, New York, Washington, and Chicago, and could reach as far south as the Norfolk Naval base.
However, air-launched cruise missiles fired from that location and outside the air defense identification zone would be unable to reach Kings Bay, Georgia-the homeport for U.S. ballistic missile submarines and a key strategic nuclear target.
Mark Schneider, a former Pentagon strategic policymaker and currently senior analyst at the National Institute for Public Policy, said Russian leaders frequently issue public nuclear threats because they regard their nuclear arsenal as the main element of their great power status.
"Putin began what he called bomber 'combat patrols' in 2007 and they continue," Schneider said. "They are designed to intimidate as well as practice nuclear bomber attacks."
Schneider said that since the Ukraine crisis triggered by Moscow's military annexation of Crimea, "there have been substantial numbers of all types of standard Russian nuclear threats."
He said the threats have included nuclear exercises, bomber flights, and public statements, including Putin's suggestion that NATO 'not mess with us' because Moscow remains a nuclear power.
Northern Command has confirmed that Russian strategic bomber flights increased sharply over the past six months.
Last month, at least 16 bomber incursions by the Russians took place within the northwestern U.S. and Canadian air defense zones over a period 10 days. It was the largest number of incursions since the end of the Cold War. U.S. fighter jets intercepted the Russian aircraft and followed them until they exited the defense zone.
In June, Russian bombers flew over the arctic prompting intercepts by Canadian fighters on two occasions. The Canadian government called the stepped up bomber flights a "strategic message" from Moscow amid heightened tensions.
And on June 20, the Russian Defense Ministry announced the test launch of six AS-15 missiles from a Bear bomber during military exercises.
That same month, on June 9, two Russian Bear bombers flew within 50 miles of the California coast in the closest strategic bomber flights near a U.S. coast since the Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Admiral Cecil Haney, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, which is in charge of nuclear forces, said last month that he is concerned both by large-scale Russian nuclear exercises and by increased bomber flights near the United States…" Clearly, we at the U.S. Strategic Command do monitor the strategic environment," Haney said noting large-scale nuclear exercises during the Ukraine crisis. I will say that the business of them coming close to the United States of America, we take very seriously."
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