China Seeks Ties with Israel – The End of Putin's Rule?
TGP Prophecy Letter – June 30, 2023
The great number of signs we are presently seeing in the political heavens never ceases to amaze. Truly, our days are not like those of before! These are indeed unique times!
We wish to discuss two important developments:
- First, the declining US-Israel relationship and the new factor of China
- Second, the Russian Wagner group revolt and its implications for Russia
Israel Warms to China as US Influence Dwindles
US-Israel relations continue to wither. To this day, Netanyahu has yet to receive an invitation to the White House; a customary gesture which should have been extended shortly after Bibi’s election. The US is increasingly critical of Israel, and the divide continues to only grow. Consider the following news items:
US accuses Israel of leaking information to torpedo talks with Iran – World Israel News
Former US ambassador to Israel warns Biden administration of its rocky relationship with Israel – All Israel News
Conference on Palestinian Hatred of Jews Reveals Antisemitic Narrative Adopted by US – Israel365 News
Biden Administration is ‘Embracing BDS’ by Freezing Scientific Collab with Judea and Samaria, says Former US Envoy – United with Israel
At Aspen Ideas Festival, White House panel bypasses mention of Israel – JNS
There are many other examples, but the crux of the issue is this: the relationship is so bad that Israel is now beginning to seek other allies instead of the United States. And not just any allies, but one of America’s greatest rivals: China. The Chinese smell blood in the water, and as they seek to replace the dwindling US presence in the Middle East, they have made friendly gestures to Israel which appear to be warmly received by Netanyahu:
Netanyahu to visit China amid tensions with US – World Israel News
Netanyahu's China visit might signal a new diplomatic focus- opinion – The Jerusalem Post
Netanyahu to Visit China in July – United with Israel
The last article explains Netanyahu’s reasoning:
“‘Netanyahu will not stand around and wait for an invitation to the White House that does not arrive.” Netanyahu has not received the customary White House invitation since taking office in his latest term as prime minister, and Biden has made clear such an invitation won’t be extended “in the near term.’
‘He is working in parallel channels,’ the official added. ‘China is very involved lately in the Middle East story, and the prime minister needs to be there and represent the Israeli interest.’”
Now, while US-Israel relations are far from the point of no return, the move with China is a clear indication that Israel is preparing for a Middle East without the United States. Were Israel completely confident in the world dominance of the US and their unswerving dedication to Israel’s security, then Israel would have no reason to seek out other great allies, particularly those who are considered rivals of the US! Indeed, it’s likely that China would not have even approached Israel if they already had strong American backing. Yet they too can see US presence and influence dwindling and are trying to seize the opportunity to swoop in as a replacement.
China’s role in normalizing the ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia has shown their prowess and desire for overseeing the Middle East affairs. It is their ability to negotiate with the Saudis that perhaps interests Israel the most, for Israel desperately seeks warm ties with them. Why? Once again, it’s because Israel sees their US ally decreasing and wants to position themselves as best as possible.
It is my belief that America’s power in the Middle East must continue to dwindle. I believe history and prophecy tell us why:
We know from prophecy that Israel must stand alone to face their enemies, for the Lord alone will be their salvation in their time of need (Isaiah 63:3). Somehow, America will come to a disposition that will leave Israel on their own.
For 400 years, the Ottoman Empire controlled the holy land, yet believers knew that they had to be driven out so a more Jew-friendly nation could acquire it, allowing Jewish immigration as prophesied. The Ottomans were then driven out in World War I by the British who, initially, oversaw the mass immigration of Jews to the land. But just as the Ottoman’s had to be removed to allow for Jewish immigration, so would the British power need to be removed to allow for the Jewish nation. On May 14, 1948, the British mandate ended, the British pulled out theirs forces, and the state of Israel was declared and recognized, thanks primarily to the United States.
Since then, America has been Israel’s greatest ally. But just like the Ottomans and the British, so too do I believe the United States must recede to fulfill prophecy and allow the nation of Israel to stand alone. While the US does not have as much literal presence as the Ottomans and British had in the land, their power and influence in the region is what gives them sway. Their influence, in my opinion, must then diminish to the point of Israel’s abandonment. This doesn’t mean that they must completely cease from the region, but certainly that they be weakened to the point of ineffectiveness or reluctance to help Israel in their time of need. This diminishing is occurring at the present time.
With America’s decline, could China become Israel’s new confidant? And if it does happen, what might this mean for world events?
Even though they might make gestures to Israel that they can be depended on, like Egypt of old, they might prove to be a “broken reed” that will snap when leaned upon (Isaiah 36:6). China’s ties to Russia and Iran cannot be ignored, and it is likely that Israel will be left out to dry in their future time of need. Then the US, either disliking Israel or feeling snubbed by them, would likely be hesitant to assist, and thus Israel would finally stand alone.
This is by no means the only scenario, nor is it a near-term scenario, yet the possibility remains for the time ahead. We watch to see.
The Wagner Mutiny Attempt – A Sign of Putin’s End?
Many were shocked to hear of a mutiny attempt against Putin by the private Russian military Wagner (Vog-ner) group. The group even began advancing on Moscow, causing the Russian officials to flee. But as suddenly as it began, it ended. With a sudden reversal, the leader of the mutiny called of the advance and accepted exile terms from Putin. What does all of this mean?
Even though the mutiny failed, things are not as they were before. The Wagner group is supposedly one of Russia’s most advanced and capable forces. It points to more widespread unrest amongst Russian forces. The following headlines show some of the aftermath:
Russia's 'General Armageddon' detained after aiding Wagner mutiny – The Jerusalem Post
Putin under pressure to go nuclear after being left with 'poorly trained' military – Express
Putin’s generals are either incompetent or disloyal. Both will terrify him – Telegraph
The Telegraph explains,
“Putin just about survived Prigozhin’s “march that wasn’t”; his regime is just about intact. That’s the end of his good news. His reputation and legitimacy have been irreversibly damaged, and he will no longer know who he can trust.
“After all, it is almost inconceivable that Prigozhin acted in isolation. His objective appears to have been replacing the Russian military leadership, and he would have needed tacit support from elements within the military in order to put new officers in place. It is overwhelmingly likely that he found this.”
Such an advanced military leader such as Prigozhin knows that a march on Moscow without the support of the majority of Russian forces would be a suicide mission destined for failure, so his decision to proceed strongly suggests that he had received pledges of support from the other forces. For whatever reason, they failed to follow through, but the rebellion nevertheless speaks volumes about the Russian military’s stance on Putin and his Ukraine war. Many political experts are perceiving that this is likely a definitive landmark in the demise of Putin. It suggests that Russia as a whole does not agree with his actions and is nearing the point of action.
Adding to this prospect are the rumors of Putin now using body doubles – men who look like Putin who he has stand in for him on certain occasions:
'No question' that Putin is using a body double after Wagner revolt – The Jerusalem Post
“Putin” recently attended an event, and his actions and demeanor shocked everyone. He was unusually lively and affectionate, yet when the pictures of Putin at that event are compared with recent pictures that we know are of the real Putin, one notices stark differences in his appearance. From examining the pictures, my personal assessment is that Putin is using body doubles.
The use of a double would arise from his security concerns. After the Wagner revolt, he likely fears assassination or attack. Yet a double also can stand in for Putin to give the impression of a physically healthy Putin, for his health has apparently declined significantly. Recent images and videos of him show the ruler acting sluggish and his face showing signs of health issues. A healthy, lively body double can keep up his public image and trust.
This was a tactic adopted by the old Russian dictator Joseph Stalin. To the surprise of many, he was only 5’4” tall. He wore enhanced shoes to add to his height and angled cameras to give him a towering appearance. When appeared on public television, it was often not him, but one of two men: actor Mikheil Gelovani or dancer Felix Dadeav (I encourage you to look them up and compare them to Stalin!). Gelovani bore a remarkable resemblance to Stalin but was much taller and broad shouldered. These men were hired to play the role of Stalin to project the image of himself that he desired. It appears that Putin is employing this same tactic.
The question is, With Russia’s unrest and Putin’s declining health, could Putin be ousted from power? After all, one of the greatest worries about the Wagner revolt was out-right civil war and government overthrow! My thoughts are YES. Putin does not have to be in power for Russia to fulfill their prophesied role against Israel. While Putin has ruled for a long time and has tremendously influenced Russia’s stance in the world, this does not mean that he alone must rule Gog when they descend to Israel.
While Putin is not considered a “good” dictator, many political analysts and US government officials have warned that Putin should not be ousted from power, for there are many men who are far worse than him who could fill the gap. The world would miss Putin compared to a potential newcomer.
The concept of a more extreme and dangerous ruler than Putin might seem odd to us since he is so familiar, but Russian history has seen this very scenario play out. Again, Stalin is an example.
During World War I, Russia underwent the Bolshevik Revolution which resulted in the rule of Vladimir Lenin. The iconic face of the new Russia, it seemed to many that anyone other than Lenin would simply not do. Yet following his death, his close comrade Joseph Stalin quickly filled the void, and Russia was suddenly ruled by one of the most brutal dictators in world history. Throughout his dictatorship, he killed between 20 and 60 million of his own people. He was furthermore central in the nuclear arms race and Cold War that continues in spirit to this day.
The point is, it has happened before, and it can happen again. While Putin himself resembles Stalin in many ways, could there be another Stalin to succeed Putin that would be even worse? We should not rule it out. The Lord knows, and our part is to watch in faith of that wondrous end as we see the Lord performing His work among the nations.
In the One Hope of Israel,