Iran, Russia, and the Upcoming War with Israel

When your dad was an evangelist and a Bible scholar, you learn a few things about Biblical prophecy growing up. He used to tell me all the time about Russia attacking Israel. This is not something that I would normally share on CyberArms, but it has been on my heart and I figured I would share it.

Israel, Iran and Russia have been in the headlines now for a while. Especially with the Stuxnet virus, and Russia helping Iran build nuclear power plants. Israel is a strong US ally, yet, on a lot of the US internet forums, whenever Israel is mentioned, you get a flood of anti-Israel sentiment. 

This is actually very surprising, and not what one would expect. To that end, I just wanted to take a very quick look at what the Bible says about the end times, and Israel’s upcoming war with Russia.

Some of the most amazing prophecy in the Bible can be found in Daniel. God gives Daniel almost a thousand years of step by step history before it even happens. Well, the prophecies in Ezekiel 38 and 39 are also stunning and talk about an upcoming war between Russia, Iran and Israel.

We get the time frame when the prophecy will take place in Ezekiel 38:8 – The land of Israel was desolate, but the people were gathered back to their land. This happened in the 194o’s, when Israel was declared to be a nation again. The land of Israel was a desolate waste for hundreds of years, but God called Israel to rebuild the land.

After this time, a Nation to the far north (All directions in the Bible use Jerusalem as the center point) gathers several nations against Israel. Each nation is listed and here are the translations to the locations in modern English:

  • Magog – Russia, but specifically the Southern Federation area
  • Iran
  • Turkey
  • Egypt, Somalia and Sudan
  • Libya

What do they have in common? All nations are currently Muslim nations except Russia. But, the interesting part is that the prophecy specifically mentions the Southern Federation of Russia, which is currently Muslim. Anyone ever hear of the Chechen rebels?

At no point in history have these nations mentioned ever been united against Israel. Especially Turkey, who once was a supporter of Israel. Things seem to be changing now though. Turkey in the last year or so has been pulling back support for Israel and coming in line with the other Muslim nations mentioned.

So Russia is the key. What does Russia have to do with any of this? Well, look who is in Iran helping them build the nuclear plant? Also, Russia has been very aggressive in acquiring energy reserves. Recently a huge gas field was discovered in Israel.

Well, according to the Bible, this group is called out by God and comes against Israel, and is miraculously destroyed (end of Ezekiel 38, beginning of 39). The Bible says that the day will surely come, and probably sooner than later at this point:

I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of.” – Ez 39:7,8 (NIV)

I have been asked many times if the United States is in end time prophesy. The answer is… maybe, look at Ezekiel 38:13:

Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?” (NIV)

Though the exact location of Sheba, and Dedan have been debated, it would seem that this relates to Saudia Arabia. And Tarshish, also location unknown, was located far west of Israel. Some bible scholars claim that Tarshish is England and her villages mean all the British colonies. Others say that Tarshish was in Spain.

Either way, unfortunately, Tarshish’s rebuke seems to echo the direction that the US and her Western allies are taking. They issue a mild rebuke against Russia and that is all.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this. Check out Ezekiel 38 and 39 when you get a chance. It is very interesting indeed!

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The Weapon that Disabled Iraq’s Power Grid

In a prior post on EMP, I mentioned that an EMP weapon could have been used to take out Iraq’s power during the Gulf War. It appears that it may have been something much simpler. Meet the “Blackout Bomb”.

According to a 1999 Boston Globe article, “Blackout Led to Weapon that Darkened Serbia”, chaff (strips of metal military planes use to defend against missile attacks) was dropped mistakenly on a power station in Southern California.  The result – the power station was disabled and Orange County’s power supply was disrupted.

This simple technique was turned into a cluster bomb and used first against Serbia on May 2nd 1999. F-117A Stealth Fighters dropped these weapons on Serbia power stations and the lights went out in over 70% of the country. The weapon was used again 5 days later to hinder Serbia’s attempt to restore power.

In the opening days of Desert Storm, modified tomahawk cruise missiles were used against Iraq. The warheads were made up of bomblets that contained spools of carbon fiber wire. The fine wire shorted out power plants and disabled 85% of Iraq’s electrical production capability.

How exactly does this attack work? According to the FAS Military Analysis Network:

The BLU-114/B detonates over its target and disperses huge numbers of fine carbon filaments, each far smaller than the crude wire spools used in the gulf war. The filaments are only a few hundredths of an inch thick and can float in the air like a dense cloud. When the carbon fiber filaments dispensed from the BLU-114/B submunition contact transformers and other high voltage equipment, a short circuit occurs and an arc is often created when the current flows through the fiber, which is vaporized.

The graphite, which is a conductor of electric current, is probably coated with other materials to enhance these effects. At the spot where the electric field is strongest, a discharge is initiated, and electrons rapidly form an ionized channel that conducts electricity. At this stage current can flow and an arc forms. This causes instantaneous local melting of a certain amount of the material at the surface of the two conductors.

If the current involved is strong enough, these arcs can cause injury or start a fire. Fires can also be started by overheated equipment or by conductors that carry too much current. Extremely high-energy arcs can cause an explosion that sends fragmented metal flying in all directions.

Read more about this amazing weapon at FAS.org.