Prophecy Letters

"Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." Matt. 13:16-17

The Prophecy Letter is a circular letter that we send out relating to the development of latter-day prophecy.

February 2022

Russia Invades Ukraine! – Possible World War 3?

TGP Prophecy Letter – February 26, 2022

By now, most are aware that Russia has officially invaded Ukraine. At the time of this writing, Russia has just reached the capitol Kiev and the battle ensues for its possession. Though Russia is vastly more powerful, it appears they are struggling to overtake Ukraine. Interestingly, 198 Ukrainians have been killed and 1,115 wounded compared to over 3,500 Russian casualties. The Russian Bear is trying to push west, and if he can manage to conquer Ukraine, it is doubtful he will want to stop there.

Why is this invasion significant? There are many reasons, one being that Ukraine appears to be a part of the territory of the Scythians who Josephus tells us correspond to Gog. Russia acquiring this land would make Russia’s territory more like that of the Scythians, further solidifying that Russia is Gog (also known by the fact that the word “chief” in Ezekiel 38:2 is “Rosh”). We emphasize that it is not necessary for Russia to conquer Ukraine, but it would not be surprising if they did. Regardless, Russia is further maturing in her role as Gog before our very eyes, and that is noteworthy!

The other reasons that this invasion is relevant are so numerous that we can hardly organize our thoughts! In short, it appears that we are beginning to see how exactly the latter-day prophecies will come to fruition. This topic has many facets, and though we ever-so-dearly wish to expound upon them all at this time, we have decided to break our comments up into separate Prophecy Letters for easier reading and absorption. Please bear with us.

To see the prophetical relevance of this invasion, we again refer to Ezekiel 38 in regard to the Lions of Tarshish and their only interaction with Gog as he descends to the land of Israel - “Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13). Please note the fact that there is no mention of these nations fighting against Gog. The text paints a picture of Gog going completely unhindered until the Lord Himself destroys them. This leads us to wonder, What circumstances might exist at that time that will allow Russia to go undeterred? The prophecy has long led us to believe that when Gog comes down, the Lion powers will be weak while the Russian Bear will be strong. Brothers and Sisters, the Russian invasion of Ukraine shows this very thing! These conditions exist at this present time!

What we are seeing in this conflict is a terrible weakness in the Western Powers, most of which comprise the Lions of Tarshish. The United States and Britain are the most powerful of the Lion nations. Consider what has recently happened:

1. Biden and Boris Johnson warned and threatened Russia against a Ukrainian invasion. Sanctions were implemented.

2. Putin completely ignored these and proceeded to invade.

3. Now that Putin has officially invaded Ukraine, what has been the response? More sanctions. And not only this, but Biden has clearly and unequivocally ruled out the possibility of sending US troops. He reasons thus: “That’s a world war when Americans and Russia start shooting at one another” (New York Post). Out of fear of World War, Biden has backed down and refused to send troops.

Can we see how this same sequence might occur in Ezekiel 38?

1. Gog begins his descent to Israel.

2. The Lions of Tarshish voice protest.

3. Gog knows the threats are either empty or weak and pays no mind, continuing on his path completely undeterred.

This could explain why there is no fighting mentioned between the two parties when Gog comes against Israel. Dearest Brothers and Sisters, please consider the importance of this. This could easily transpire with the current world leaders – we have a weak US under Biden and a strong Russia under Putin. The time appears very, very short my Brethren.

There is, however, another, more grave and daunting possibility that would explain the dispositions found in Ezekiel 38. It is possible that Russia and her allies might finally replace the United States as the leading world power through what would come to be called World War 3. How is this possible if Biden refuses to send troops?

If Putin gains Ukraine and decides to continue expanding, the next nation he will encounter will likely be a NATO nation. Like the United States, NATO has also stated that they will NOT send troops to help Ukraine (DEBKAfile). This is because Ukraine is not a part of NATO. If, however, Putin does invade a NATO nation, all the other nations of the pact will be obligated to come to their assistance. This would likely mean World War 3, and Russia and her allies China and Iran could potentially come out on top. This scenario is not as unlikely as some might think at this early stage. Consider some daunting history:

World War 2 began when Poland was invaded by Nazi Germany. At that time, however, this act was not considered the start of a World War. Germany invaded Poland and the world simply let it happen, thinking Hitler would be satisfied afterwards. It was not long, however, before he continued his expansion and became a threat to the entire world. The other nations waited too long to deal with the aggressor.

One historian illustrates numerous correlations between Putin’s actions and those of Hitler in an article entitled, 'Vladimir Putin is doing exactly what Hitler did when he invaded Poland in 1939' - Mirror Online” which we highly recommend as it will help show just how precarious this situation is. The historian writes, “The invasion of Poland in 1939 took place because Hitler believed he would get away with it, and that the West wouldn’t or couldn’t retaliate.” It appears that we might see this happen again. Putin is getting away with invading Ukraine.

At this present time, it is difficult to tell how much the situation will escalate, but Putin is following the same war path as did Hitler in 1939 and the Western Powers have thus far shown no signs of learning from that lesson.

Adding to the likelihood of another World War is what Russia’s allies are doing. China, who is working with Russia to overturn the world order, might also make a move of her own while the world focuses on Russia and Ukraine. China sees Taiwan how Russia sees Ukraine – as belonging to their old empire and needing to be restored. Headlines are appearing showing worry of a Chinese invasion:

Ukraine invasion: Will China invade Taiwan next? - MSN

Chinese fighter jets sortie into Taiwan’s air zone on heels of Ukraine invasion - Stars and Stripes

China-Taiwan tensions: China's leaders may be watching events in Europe closely - MSN

On top of this, we also have Iran to throw into the mix. Though Russia commands the news headlines, we must keep our eyes on Iran. In short, a nuclear Iran is far more dangerous to Israel than a Russian Ukraine, and world leaders are recognizing this. Consider this article from The Jerusalem Post: Russian invasion of Ukraine is bad, nuclear Iran is worse. The Iranian factor of this crisis is so important that we are writing another Prophecy Letter specifically for it. We hope to send out in the next few days.

The point is, the Russia-China-Iran alliance are working together to challenge the world order, and if they all make their own prospective moves at once, the other nations will not be able to stop them all.

Though another World War is possible, we must emphasize again that it is not necessary to bring about the prophecy of Ezekiel 38, which we still firmly believe to be yet into the future after Christ’s return. It could happen with the present world leaders, though not at this present time. What we are seeing with Russia and Ukraine is incredibly significant as it will likely change the stature of the world powers, but Gog is not come about to come against Israel. There are yet too many pieces missing for this to happen. We have listed some of these reasons before, but here are a few more:

1. The Gogian confederacy has not yet fully matured. Turkey, which we identify with Togarmah, is acting against Russia in this conflict. Turkey just barred Russian ships from entering the Black Sea (Tass News). When Gog comes down, all of these other entities are said to be “with him” (Ezekiel 38:6,9).

2. Israel is not Russia’s goal. The only entity Gog comes against is Israel (Ezekiel 38:8,16).

This invasion of Ukraine is helping set up the Gogian invasion, but the time is not yet. We are beginning to see Russia’s disposition toward Israel sour, but it appears this will result in the war between Israel and the Proximal Arab states. THIS is what our next Prophecy Letter will be on, but here are merely a few news items to consider. Brethren, please think deeply upon these and see how the Russian invasion of Ukraine is setting up THIS LOCAL WAR between Israel and the heathen “round about” her, won by Christ and the saints – YOU AND I:

When Russia invades Ukraine, Israel's standing is undermined - The Jerusalem Post

Russia takes issue with Israel's sovereignty Golan Heights Jerusalem - The Jerusalem Post

WATCH: Will Russia Back Syrian Invasion of Golan Heights? - United with Israel

How war in Ukraine increases Iran’s threat to Israel - analysis - The Jerusalem Post

Invasion of Ukraine makes it obvious: IDF will fight its own battles - The Jerusalem Post

Whether the Russian-Ukraine Crisis will escalate to the extremity of another World War is not certain, but it is possible. Yet, there is the possibility that Russia will not be successful in her endeavors. In any case, it is profitable to consider these things in order to be prepared for all situations. Regardless, the angels are busy at work!

One last item, and that on a more positive note! Russia’s invasion is resulting in thousands of Jews fleeing the war and returning back to their ancient homeland. Israel365 News published an article entitled Bennett with urgent call for Jews of Ukraine: Save yourselves! Come home to Israel. Little do they know that it is God that is gathering them back to the land as prophesied in countless places. Here are but two passages:

Isaiah 43:5-6 - “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.”

Amos 9:14-15“And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.”

Brothers and Sisters, the world is in chaos everywhere we look. Costs of all sorts are only rising, and they will likely continue to do so. According to DEBKAfile, oil just reached its highest price in seven years. All this trouble was foretold!

Luke 21:25-26 - “there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of (the political) heaven shall be shaken.”

It can be frightful to see such troubles in the world, yet we must remember that these things are of the Lord. Our Lord, the God of mercy, is moving the nations as chess pieces in order to bring about His prophecies, setting the stage for the return of our Master. “He cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth” (Psalm 96:13).

The world will be completely changed by the reforms of the coming King. Though the Messiah’s wrath will be poured out upon this rebellious world, “unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation(Hebrews 9:28). Let us not fear the troubles we see! Take comfort! “The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy” (Psalm 145:20). Though the seas toss and roar mightily, let us rest confidently and quietly in our Lord’s promise: lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). Let us rejoice they show our Lord’s hand and the nearness of his return!

Brethren, the signs abound and abound. We simply cannot keep up with them all. To be honest, we wanted to invest more time into these comments, but events are occurring so rapidly that the work would never be completed, so please forgive us if these comments seemed haphazard. Yet, what a wondrous thing to be overwhelmed with! What cause for rejoicing! Yet also, what cause for self-examination and diligent preparation. Now is the time to trim our lamps. Now is the time to prepare ourselves meet our loving, merciful, and righteous Lord and Master face to face, for he comes, and he comes swiftly (Revelation 22:20).

Will Russia Invade Ukraine?, Iran and the Ukraine Crisis, More Trouble with “The Heathen Round About”

TGP Prophecy Letter – February 16, 2022

Will Russia Invade Ukraine?

A Russian invasion of Ukraine appears imminent! Or does it? Russia’s forces currently surround Ukraine on her northern, southern, and eastern borders. While news organizations and governments admit the possibility that Russia has an ulterior motive, an invasion seems to be set in Putin’s mind. We may even know when. DEBKAfile recently published an article: CIA intercepts Russian message to generals to invade Ukraine on Wednesday. According to this message, an invasion was planned for February 16th, 2022 – today, though nothing has happened so far. Russia, however, protests that they have no intention to invade, but that they are merely conducting a drill. Russia claims it is currently withdrawing forces, but NATO and other powers state they have yet to see any proof of this. Also of note is the fact that Russia has moved some of her war ships to the Black Sea: Ominous Russian movements in Black Sea raise alarm.

Will Putin invade or will he not? We believe this could go either way. Putin’s aim is to re-establish the old Soviet Union which Ukraine was part of. It is also interesting to consider that the eastern half of Ukraine appears to be included in the old Scythian territory, a people who the Jewish historian Josephus tells us correlate to those of Gog. If this is true, we expect Putin to order the invasion and be successful in it. This would allow Russia to more completely assume her role of Gog. A successful invasion would also have many ramifications for the Middle East. The Jerusalem Post recently published an article examining the effects of a Russian invasion: Could Ukraine crisis lead to new world order that impacts Israel? One paragraph reads,

“The outcome of the Ukraine crisis could signal to Iran that it can encourage more proxy attacks in the region. A sense of global impunity to invasions and attacks, and a perception the US-led world order has fractured, could help enemies of Israel.”

A successful invasion would seem to speak to the weakened, perhaps even “push over” state of the Tarshish Lions in Ezekiel 38:13. If the US and Britain will not stop Russia from this invasion, Russia may feel like they can do as they please and will therefore pay no mind to the weak Lion-roar of protest when he decides to come against Israel – “Art thou come to take a spoil?”

A Russian invasion of Ukraine would also become another means of the Lord gathering His people back to their homeland. According to World Israel News, there is a Secret plan to rescue up to 200,000 from Ukraine in place, Israel says. The Lord has been bringing back the captivity of Israel since the late 1800’s, and this would certainly be a large stride and in perfect harmony with many prophecies. Ukraine would qualify as one of “the north countries” from which the Lord would regather His people. It is difficult to imagine the small country of Israel housing another 200,000 people, but many more are yet to be gathered! Though all of these events appear completely natural to the naked eye, there will come a day when the entire earth will recognize that it is the Lord that is gathering His people:

Jeremiah 23:7-8“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.”

Although we believe it is a somewhat unlikely scenario, we can see how this Ukraine crisis could fizzle down. Russia is concerned about her security as the NATO countries continue to encroach closer and closer to their border. Ukraine is one of the few that has yet to “choose a side.” If Ukraine agrees not to join NATO, this is one avenue that could lead to de-escalation.

Either way, we would like to emphasize an important point. There is a great deal of action in the region that has been cause for excitement in the Household, and rightly so. Many, however, think that the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 is about to be fulfilled. While we believe these things are significant to prophecy, we simply cannot see how Ezekiel 38 is about to be fulfilled. There are a few factors present that appear to resemble some in the chapter, but there are yet countless that are missing. We view this affair as similar to that of Israel’s War of Independence in 1948, the Six Day War in 1967, and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Amidst all the excitement of the moment, many confidently proclaimed that this is it! Jesus is returning any second now! All of the pieces are there! And yet, the conflict ended, time went on, and many wondered why it didn’t occur. Looking back, however, we can see that all of the pieces were NOT, in fact, in place, but the excitement of the moment blinded us to them.

With Bible in hand, we conclude that the current Ukraine-Russia Crisis is one of those moments. We earnestly want to say that all of the pieces are there. We have tried to see how this could be the beginning of Ezekiel 38, but our careful studies of the chapter along with the other latter-day prophecies clearly demonstrate to us that there are yet many things to be accomplished first. If parts of the prophecy are missing, then the prophecy is yet to be fulfilled, for all of the Lord’s words will come to pass. In times like these, it is important to “keep our heads” so to speak and be careful not to over or under-embellish events as this could lead to a weakened faith – one that was elated at the signs and earnestly expecting the return of Christ, but was let down.

Strictly because of the Scriptural testimony, we confidently believe that the war of Ezekiel 38 is still some way into the future. We feel we have spoken frequently on this subject, so for the sake of conciseness we will leave out some of the previously made arguments to showcase others:

1. Israel is safe in Ezekiel 38, something that Israel has never been since they became a state (see vss. 8,11,14). Numerous other prophecies show that Israel’s safety is to be the result of a specific war. This is apparent from the following brief testimonies:

Jeremiah 23:6“In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Ezekiel 28:26“And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.”

The Lord’s execution of judgment on those “round about” Israel results in the safety described in Ezekiel 38. Therefore, in order for Israel to be safe when Gog comes down, there must first be the prophesied war between Israel and her Arab neighbors “round about.”

2. Habakkuk 3 is one of the few chapters that shows the early stages of the march of the saints from the scene of judgment to Jerusalem. Though we will quote only a small portion, we encourage the reading of the entire chapter. It portrays Christ and the saints coming to Jerusalem from Teman and Mount Paran, two places currently in the southern extremity of Jordan which correlate directly to Edom. These passages detail the beginning of the end for these heathen “round about” Israel. Consider

Habakkuk 3:12-13“Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah.” Christ and the saints are said to be going “for the salvation of thy people”, i.e., the Jews. This means that Israel must need saving from something, and the aggressor that is destroyed is in the land of Edom.

There is also the testimony of Isaiah 63. This passage shows Christ in the same area going forth for the same reason mentioned in Habakkuk. It shows the aftermath of that prophecy from the perspective of one in Jerusalem:

Isaiah 63:1-4“Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.”

EDOM, therefore, appears to be the first enemy to be destroyed. If Gog is to come down now, why is it that Edom is mentioned and not Gog or any of his confederates?

3. Consider verses 11 and 12 of Ezekiel 38 – “And thou (Gog) shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land” (Ezekiel 38:11-12).

Compare this time with that spoken of in Zechariah 2:4-5“Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.”

How wonderfully these speak to the same thing! Israel is to be without walls or defenses and greatly increased with cattle and goods. Bars or gates will no longer be found within Israel’s borders, not only because of the magnitude of her goes, but also because the Lord Jesus Christ himself will act as “a wall of fire round about.” Christ, therefore, must be in the land when Gog comes down. This, as we all know, has yet to occur, but we hope and pray happens soon! There are yet others beautiful intricacies of prophecy we wish to expand upon, but these will have to wait for future writings.

Iran and the Ukraine Crisis

US Senator Lindsey Graham has raised alarm over the current crisis, but not how most others are. This article appeared on The Jerusalem Post on February 14, 2022: Russia-Ukraine is important, but Iran is greater danger. We recommend reading it and have copied a portion of the article below for your perusal:

Stopping a nuclear Iran is the world’s most pressing issue today, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said Monday in Jerusalem.

Russia seemingly being on the cusp of invading Ukraine and China’s behavior toward Taiwan are “important, consequential moments in history,” he said in a press briefing. “But the one we’re not talking about enough is even more consequential: that the Iranians break out and acquire nuclear capability... Russia and Ukraine are important, but this is the game-changer of all game-changers.

“Russia and China are rational actors, even though their behavior is thuggish,” he added. “Iran is a theocracy motivated by religion that compels them to purify their faith and have the world submit. The Nazis wanted a master race, and the Iranians want a master religion. People like that cannot be ignored.”

Iran reaching nuclear breakout would lead to a chain of events, including Sunni Arab states developing their own nuclear weapons, Graham said.

“That’s not a conjecture; that’s a fact,” he said. “All you need to do is ask the Sunni Arabs, and they’ll tell you.”

Graham said he had “no doubt that Israel will do what she has to, and that would be to launch an attack to stop the Iranian theocracy from attaining a nuclear capability.”’

Though Russia’s movements are concerning, it is Iran, he argues, that is the most dangerous player in the region and must be dealt with. He believes Israel will strike Iran if no one prevents their nuclear progress. On top of this, Yahoo! News just reported, Russia sends hypersonic-armed fighter jets to Syria for naval drills. The greater the Russian presence in Syria, the more difficult it is for Israel to strike there.

On this note, consider another news item from The Jerusalem Post: Iran unveils new missile named for Jewish oasis overrun by Muslims. Iran boasts that this missile is capable of striking anywhere in Israel.

Given all of these events, we perceive an Israeli strike on the Iranian home front is increasingly one of Israel’s only options left. As of now, we view this is as the potential catalyst for Israel’s war with “the heathen round about” referred to so often in Scripture. As Israel has shown their complete lack of confidence in any nuclear deal, a strike could occur any day. Perhaps the Russia-Ukraine Crisis has caused Israel to table their plans until the outcome of this crisis is more certain, but Israel knows that they cannot delay.

More Trouble with “The Heathen Round About”

Amidst all of this trouble in distant lands, Israel sees an immediate threat within and all around her! The IDF just underwent a brutal week-long military drill in bitter weather conditions to prepare for a war with Hezbollah on the northern front. While trouble brews in the north, Israel is equally worried about her southern border. The following is a short excerpt from another Jerusalem Post article, IDF drills for war with Hezbollah while keeping an eye on Hamas:

“Troops from the IDF’s 890th Paratroopers Battalion held a week-long drill simulating war on the northern front against Hezbollah while keeping a watchful eye on the country’s explosive southern border as tensions rise in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Take special note of this! “...in 16 years since the last war between the two, Hezbollah has morphed into a battle-hardened terrorist army that is waiting for the order to attack.”

They are waiting for an order, and we believe it will likely come from Iran itself.

Hamas, creating an “explosive southern border”, is likewise threatening war with Israel: MK Moves Official Headquarters to the Site of Arab Terror Attacks; Hamas Threatens War.

Not only is this a problem for Israel’s southern border, but it causes problems within Israel. Arabs and Jews are clashing in Jerusalem, adding to the never-ending unrest of the country: WATCH: Jerusalem Arabs march in support of Hamas, clash with Jews | World Israel News.

The Arabs cry, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” The meaning of this is shown by an Islamic Movement official: 'All of the Jews will be evicted from Palestine'. Little do they know that their wishes will be turned upon their own heads. When Christ establishes his Kingdom, these enemies will be thoroughly cleansed from the land. He will soon return and save Israel, “and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 14:21).

So many wonderful developments, yet these are not even all of them! We made no mention of the recent unusual earthquake activity in Israel - two earthquakes in ten hours and four in one month - building up to the terrible one to ensue when Christ sets his foot on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). Nor have we been able to mention the moral decline of the earth, plummeting deeper and deeper into darkness as prophesied (Isaiah 60:1-3).

Brothers and Sisters, the signs abound. Let us absorb these signs and ruminate on their meaning: Jesus Christ is returning soon! Though time could go on, we whole-heartedly believe that the saints could be gathered at any moment. Let us make ready and prepare ourselves according “while it is called to day” (Hebrews 3:13).

Assur Enters the Picture, Israel Drills for "Massive Air Strike", The US and Israel, and more!

TGP Prophecy Letter – February 3, 2022

Assur Enters the Picture

We recently reported that Russia is now allowing Iran to bring in weapons through the air, but we failed to mention another significant development that occurred about the same time. With DEBKAfile’s usual conciseness, they reported on January 29, "Iran is building a new Euphrates bridge from Syria". This carries multiple significant implications in regard to the prophecy of Psalm 83 that are well worth our consideration. The short article reads:

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guards construction section has begun building a new bridge spanning the Euphrates from the east Syrian town of al-Hawiqa in the Deir Ez-Zor border region. The bridge will make possible the rapid transfer from Iraq of reinforcements, rockets and ammo to the pro-Iranian Iraqi militia forces based in Syria. By using the bridge, their movements will also go around the Russian military forces manning East Syrian crossroads.”

Not only is this yet another way for Iran to cram more weapons into the region, but it also brings into view an entity mentioned in Psalm 83 that we do not often hear about. The new bridge will allow reinforcements, rockets, and ammo to come from where? IRAQ. This development makes it clear that Iraq will not only be involved in the next full-scale war, but they will play an important role in supplying, aiding, and reinforcing the Proximal Arab states. Psalm 83 prophesies this specific thing! Please take careful note of this. After listing the other nations involved, the Psalm says,

Psalm 83:8 – Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.”

Assur was the capitol of the old Assyrian Empire, now located precisely in IRAQ. We learn from Scripture, therefore, that Assur (Iraq) will not only join the other Arab forces in the war, but will specifically “help” the children of Lot. Who are the children of Lot? We learn from Genesis 19:

Genesis 19:36-38“Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”

To no surprise, both Moab and Ammon are mentioned in Psalm 83 in verses 6 and 7. With incredible accuracy, these correlate to upper and mid Jordan. Knowing the current possessors of these ancient lands, we have therefore expected Iraq to become involved and to play an important role in helping the Arab confederacy. Now, at this present time, it appears we might be seeing the fulfillment of this prophecy! What a wonder to behold that hand of the Lord at work!

While you and I wait to see the development of these things,

Israel Drills for a “Massive Air Strike” on Iran

Multiple sources reported on this, but once again DEBKAfile has the most straightforward story, and so we quote them:

"Israel drills “massive air strike” on Iranian nuclear sites. First US presence" - The Israeli air force practiced a “massive attack” on Iran’s nuclear facilities two weeks ago, attended for the first time by US observers. Tens of aircraft drilled long-range strikes and midair refueling tactics while also countering simulated Iranian air defense missiles (Feb. 2, 2022).

As many know, we believe an Israeli strike on Iran is increasingly becoming Israel’s only option left to deal with Iran. Not only are they drilling for an Iranian attack, but they are also practicing for a counter-strike from Iran – an inevitable outcome unless Israel can completely neutralize them in one swift move. We doubt this is possible as Iran is aware of Israel’s intentions and is certainly preparing.

Personally, we expect a counterstrike and for Israel to incur damage. Consider that in order for Israel to come away unscathed, they have to not only neutralize Iran, but also all of the military bases Iran has established in Syria and other nearby areas. This is, however, assuming that the other Proximal Arab states do not also join in (which we believe they will). Consider

Isaiah 17:1-7 - “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. 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. 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. 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. At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.”

Damascus is still present, so we conclude this to be a largely unfulfilled prophecy, particularly noting the last phrase where Israel will “look to their Maker.” Our present thoughts are that Israel will strike Iran AND her bases and weapons-holdings in Syria, many of which Iran has placed in and around Damascus. We can hardly remember a time when it was not seen in the news, “Israel strikes near Damascus.” This is why. Knowing the security concerns in Damascus, Israel may strike there at the same time that they strike Iran or soon after. Damascus, therefore, will be “taken away from being a city,” BUT Syria is not the only one to incur damage.

The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim…The glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean” (vss. 3-4). What fortress, and what is Ephraim. The allotment of Ephraim correlates to Northern Israel today, and it is there that Israel possesses its greatest strategic and defensive location: the Golan Heights. Many have pestered Israel over the years to give this “back” to the Syrians, but Israel knows that they are far too valuable as the Golan Heights literally overlook the land of Israel from up high.

THIS strategic position in Northern Israel will, we believe, be lost in beginning stages of the battle. Israel will be weakened, hurt, and demoralized, but not destroyed. It is at this precise time that we believe the prophecy of Psalm 83 might begin, as the Proximal Arabs mentioned therein will obey the Iranian call to destroy Israel, seize the opportunity of a weakened Israel, and unite with one accord, “let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance” (Psalm 83:4). Yet we know their aims will be turned upon their own heads.

We’d like to draw your careful attention to a prophecy that seems to bear out this entire scenario:

Isaiah 10:16-17 - “Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;”

Who is this Holy One? Allow two references to suffice:

Isaiah 41:14“Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”

Ezekiel 39:7“So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.”

The ties to other prophecies are almost endless, but as there are yet more news items to consider we will defer for now. Let it be known, dear Brethren, that the situation in the Middle East should be cause for us to look honestly and deeply within ourselves and ask, “Are we ready for our Master?” He approaches!

The US: For or Against Israel?

The US has told Israel that they should not expect any help with Iran, either direct or indirect, yet it appears that they are giving mixed signals. During Israel’s drilling against Iran, the US was present to witness the simulation. Are they for or against Israel? In regard to Iran, they seem to be hesitantly for, but for one reason only: Iran not only chants for the death of Israel, but also for the United States. Iran is far from a strike on the US, so the US has not been too worried in the past. BUT, as Iran improves their capabilities, their reach expands and therefore increases the risk for Iranian action against the US.

It is critical to understand that the United States knows that Iran is an existential threat to Israel. Israel is in far more immediate danger than the US, and all know it. With or without help, Israel must act against Iran. Knowing this, the United States can sit back and let Israel take care of the “dirty work” of neutralizing Iran while the US is free from any world-backlash. We believe the United States wants Israel to neutralize Iran, but they do not want to have any part in it. It is therefore merely out of self-concern that the US observes these things, but we stress what the Scriptures show in so many places: Israel must stand alone in order to call upon their Messiah. The United States will not be of any help in Israel’s greatest time of need.

The US, however, is taking steps against Israel at the same time. World Israel News reported on February 1, "US opposes settlements, will reopen Palestinian consulate, Blinken tells Abbas"

A Palestinian Consulate in Jerusalem may not seem like a large issue, but the message it sends to Israel and the world is bold. If you have time, HERE is an article that explains the meaning of it all. It is lengthy, but incredibly helpful in understanding current Israel-US talks and rhetoric. In essence, a Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem would mean that the US does not believe Jerusalem belongs to the Jews, but also to the Palestinians.

In yet another slap to Israel, the US is supporting the Palestinians instead of Israelis. This article appeared on Israel365: "US Sec of State Blinken calls PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, not Israel, to express support". As frustrating as these things might be, we expect them because of the word of prophecy!

Israel’s Incoming Laser Defense System

Israel sees all of the threats facing them and has developed a new kind of defense. The Jerusalem Post reported on February 1, "Laser defense system will be ready to intercept missiles in a year". As effective as it might be, it will not be ready for another year, and we have seen just how much can happen in a year! Regardless of its effectiveness, it will cease when THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS reigns and Israel dwells safely (Jeremiah 23:5-6).

Zechariah 2:4-5 - “And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.” As in the days of the Exodus, the children of Israel will know of a surety that THE LORD and THE LORD ALONE is their protector (see Exodus 14:15-20 for one example). Israel “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” (Isaiah 17:8).

We have one last item, we promise!

Sheba and Dedan are Taking Their Places

Sheba and Dedan are mentioned in Ezekiel 38 with the Lions of Tarshish who question Gog’s intent in coming against Israel. The two names refer to regions which are believed to be in the Saudi Arabian peninsula. Their extent of their lands is debated, but Saudi Arabia itself might well be included. All countries on this peninsula are Arabs, and in times past they have allied with the other Israel-hating Arabs surrounding Israel.

Knowing, however, that the Proximal Arabs are destroyed before Gog comes down, we expect that Saudi Arabia will not be allied with these Proximal states. If they were, we would imagine that they would join forces and therefore meet the same fate. Yet the only picture we have of Sheba and Dedan is of them taking a neutral, but worried, stance when Gog comes down. They must therefore neither A) side with the Proximal Arabs nor B) side with Gog.

NOW, we see the Saudis distancing themselves from the Proximal Arab and Gogian allies. This short article entitled "Saudis No Longer Support Palestinian Cause" explains why: “the Saudis have lost their sympathy for the Palestinian cause because the Palestinians insult Saudi Arabia by supporting Iran and the Houthis.”

The Saudis are distancing themselves from the Proximal confederacy because they support Iran, part of the Gogian confederacy! It can be difficult to keep track of all of these things much can be intertwined, but we believe this is significant. In isolating themselves from both of these confederacies, Saudi Arabia appears to be taking their place as a neutral, inactive player.

Oh, how many pages could be written on the constant working of the Elohim! We apologize for the length, but simply see no way to express the relevance and importance of these developments in shorter terms. They are too important to pass by without comment. The angels are diligently working in the kingdoms of men, and so should we be diligent in our attention to our calling, for how great a calling it is! “The days are quickly flying, and Christ will come again!”

Russia Further Empowers Iran - Is Turkey Against Russia?

TGP Prophecy Letter – February 1, 2022

Russia Further Empowers Iran

Make ready! In yet another INCREDIBLY SIGNIFICANT development, Russia is now allowing Iran to transport weapons into Syria through air transport. The news article from DEBKAfile is short and concise, and so we will copy it below and offer our comments after it. The headline reads “Russia lets Iranian arms planes land at its Syrian air base”.

“In a major concession to Iran – and the third setback in a week for Israel – Moscow is for the first time allowing Iranian weapons-laden flights land at the big Russian Hmeimim air base in western Syria. This follows the announcement of joint Russia-Syria air patrols over the Golan and the deployment of Russian military police units at the Syrian port of Latakia, after it was bombed by Israel as a primary portal for the intake of Iranian weapons shipments for its surrogate forces. Hmeimim is the main hub of Russia’s military operations in Syria. Our sources report that a joint Russia-Syria air defense exercise was conducted this week, another inhibitor of the continuation of Israeli air strikes…” (January 29, 2022)

Iran has long been transporting weapons into the region to prepare for an assault on Israel. The weapons are being distributed to Iran’s proxies – the terrorist groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, and others which aim to encircle and destroy Israel. Iran transports these weapons through the Port of Latakia in Syria, forcing Israel to strike the Port and destroy the weapons intended to be used against them.

Russia, however, has placed patrols around the Port, largely preventing Israeli strikes. AND NOW, on top of that, Russia is allowing “Iranian weapons-laden” planes into the region, allowing these weapons to arrive in greater volume and speed.

This leaves Israel with even fewer options as to how to stop Iran from an imminent attack on Israel. This, we believe, could result in Israel feeling that they have no other option than to strike the Iranian home-front, neutralizing Iran and causing them to call upon her terrorist proxies to unite against Israel, and therefore become the spark that ignites the war of Psalm 83.

The result of this war is the destruction of the Arab entities listed in the 83rd Psalm, otherwise known as the “heathen round about” (Zechariah 12:2,6, 14:14). They will meet their end by the hand of Christ and the saints (with the permitted assistance of the IDF we believe), and the prophecy of Zechariah 14:21 will finally and forever be fulfilled, “there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.” See also Zechariah 12:5-6, 14:5,14.

An Israeli strike on Iran would account for why Persia is not mentioned in this first war, but is mentioned with Russia later on as she would be able to recover from Israeli damage. Given current events, this scenario is appearing to be more and more likely.

Is Turkey Against Russia?

“Turkey Appears To Be Backing Ukraine In Potential War With Russia.” This headline appeared on Israel365 and, we believe, shows that the war of Ezekiel 38 is still further into the future than many might hope. Turkey (Togarmah) must be allied with Russia (Gog) when he comes against the land of Israel. This division of Turkey and Russia adds to the chorus of signs that indicate that there is still much needed before Gog can come against Israel.

The Gogian host is still in development, and we propose that we will not see the full maturity of the alliance (as mortals at least) as Scripture indicates that it is only when Israel dwells safely (Ezekiel 38:8,11,14) and “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” reigns (Jeremiah 23:5-6) that Gog comes down.

This requires that Christ must first return, raise the covenanted dead, judge his people, and (in our understanding) celebrate the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. From thence they will ascend from the place of judgment, which we believe to be Mount Sinai in Arabia, and destroy the Proximal Arabs as the immortalized multitudinous Christ makes its way for Jerusalem (Isaiah 63:1-6, Habakkuk 3:3-16). After these are destroyed, their wealth is gathered and the Kingdom Proper is established. It is then and only then that Scripture indicates Gog will come against Israel. As always, we wait to see how events will play out, but fervently expect to be gathered at any moment! Let us hope and pray it may be so. "Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

Note: Our title picture for TGP Prophecy Letter reflects our purpose with it. It depicts a watchman on top of the city walls blowing the shofar to warn and announce to the people the great signs of the Lord. The wall bears the Hebrew inscription "Prophecy Letter."