IRAN/RUSSIA/CHINA - War Game Message to the World

Arno Froese

Iran, China, and Russia will hold their first-ever joint war drills, which leaders say are meant to send a “message to the world” about increased military cooperation between the rogue countries.

“A joint wargame between several countries, whether on land, at sea, or in the air, indicates a remarkable expansion of cooperation among them,” said the commander of Iran’s navy, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi.

The joint war drills will be aimed at sending a message to the world, particularly Western nations, like the United States, that have sought to constrain Iran’s expanding military ambitions.

“The wargame seeks to deliver this message to the world that any kind of security at sea must include the interests of all concerned countries. We do not condone the kind of security that only caters to the benefits of one specific country at a specific time and which disregards the security of others,” Khanzadi said. “Seas, which are used as a platform for conducting global commerce, cannot be exclusively beneficial to certain powers.”, 27 November 2019

Arno's commentary

Amazingly, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic has achieved the cooperation of communist China and the world’s largest country, Russia. Thus, we recognize that religion is no longer an issue, but weapons of war are.

This development easily leads to the conclusion that Ezekiel 38-39 is in the process of fulfillment. We do know that to the north of Israel lies Russia, which at this time is still a friend of Israel. Actually, Russian President Putin declared Jerusalem to be the capital city of the Jewish state nine months before US President Trump did. Moreover, the bulk of Israel’s founding generation hail mainly from the former Soviet Union.

In Ezekiel 38, we read the names Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya. Persia is Iran, but Libya and Ethiopia do not belong to this alliance, nor do Gomer and Togarmah. We must keep to the literalness of Scripture. What we do know is that a northern confederacy will be destroyed on the mountains of Israel in due time.

In the meantime, however, these three nations in particular—Russia, China and Iran—feel rejected by the Western world and are now rattling their sabers. All nations, whether in the east or the west, the north or the south, know that a military confrontation would totally devastate the bowls of commerce. According to our understanding of the book of Revelation, it will not happen until the world is more united. These war games obviously will contribute toward a more cautious approach, particularly against these three nations.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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