December 14, 2015
By Matt Ward
The strategic balance of power in the Middle East has shifted. The United States of America and their NATO partners have been comprehensively outmaneuvered. Israel has been comprehensively outmaneuvered. Russia has outflanked them all.
Russia has moved at a staggering pace effectively to invade and secure huge swathes of Syrian territory. Their military can now operate relatively unimpaired and without any decisive threats to them. From their base, carved out in and around Latakia, Russia has used huge force-projection by air to push back and diminish ISIS control and influence in Syria.
Russia has done more to degrade and defeat ISIS in a matter of weeks than America, Britain, France and all their other partners have managed in months.
This is a full scale invasion of Syria by Russia and, at this point, short of total war, there is almost nothing anybody can do to stop them. Russia is in Syria for the long term and each day that passes solidifies Putin’s grip on this strategically crucial country.
Putin’s long-term aims in Syria are also becoming increasingly transparent. A doomed Russian economy simply cannot support such a lengthy foreign military adventure, especially on such a vast scale. Putin and Russia are not in Syria to defend Bashir al-Assad or destroy ISIS as many are blandly stating; these issues are but a means to an end.
Russia is there to pacify the country so that they can develop a platform in Syria through which they can then dominate the rest of the Middle East region. Russia has come to Syria in order to pillage the Middle East. No doubt at some point in the future they will attempt to pillage Israel too.
Though the invasion of Syria by Russia has clear and unmistakable prophetic implications it is, surprisingly, not as prophetically significant as another recent development. The introduction on a large scale of the S300 and S400 mobile missile interception platforms by Russia has truly stunning prophetic implications.
This could be one of the most striking prophetic developments of recent times because of its direct consequences for Israel and its potential to fulfill specific Bible prophecy. The introduction of this weapon to the Syrian battlefield has moved the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Burden of Damascus further forward than anything else before it.
The reason for this is because Israel is a country that lacks strategic depth; Israel is too small. Israel is a very narrow, small strip of land which backs up against the sea. At its narrowest point it is only 9 miles, and only 24 miles from its border with Syria to the sea. This has a number of serious consequences for Israel.
Firstly, it means that if Israel faced simultaneous attacks from multiple enemies from multiple directions, as in 1967, they lack the strategic depth to rally their troops effectively and move them in time to meet the oncoming invasions using conventional military forces.
Secondly, it also means that in the next major war, because of developments in rocket technology and the sheer size of the arsenals Israel’s enemies, like Hezbollah, can bring to bear, all of Israel would become the front line. Israel’s defensive solutions like Iron Dome would be utterly swamped by the sheer number of incoming attacks.
Terrible though all these problems are, they are dwarfed by the potential threat of the S300 and S400 Russian surface to air mobile missile batteries. These are some of the most sophisticated and deadly surface to air missiles on earth.
Notwithstanding the possibility that Israel has developed a method of defeating this weapon, otherwise they are in deep trouble. It is common knowledge that Russia has been shipping into Syria substantial numbers of S300’s. What is less well-known is that they have been augmenting these with the upgraded variant, the S400.
Experts describe these as “scary weapons,” for good reason. In the face of these weapons America, Britain, France and Israel’s trillion dollar fighter programs are completely obsolete.
Even America’s brand new $500 million F-35 stealth fighter cannot defeat the S400. With a tracking range of 600 km and the ability to hit targets 400 km away at a blistering speed of 17,000 km an hour – faster than any existing aircraft–the S-400 is a truly scary weapon if you are facing it in combat.
Each S-400 battalion has eight launchers, a control center, radar and 16 missiles available as reloads. The S400 completely nullifies Israel and NATO’s air forces, not at a theoretical level but at the battle-tested operational level of war.
Unlike the US Patriot Missile system, which is a failure, this system actually works in combat. To illustrate just how deadly this missile system is consider this: if an S400 were fired from Damascus, it would be able to blow away an aircraft over central Tel Aviv in about 107 seconds.
This is prophetic for the following, chilling reason: because Israel lacks strategic depth and is too narrow, if the Russians placed these batteries near Israel they would be able immediately and completely to defeat the Israeli Air Force.
The umbrella provided by the S400 would engulf Israel. These S400 batteries have in fact been sighted near the border of Israel. The IAF is nullified if Russia so wishes. Israel can no longer defend itself by conventional means of war against Russian or Iranian aggression from Syria.
This means that the only tactical recourse Israel would have to respond to an attack would be to resort to non-convention forms of combat, to the use of Weapons of Mass Destruction. It means Israel’s only remaining option for defense and/or retaliation is through the use of a tactical nuclear weapon sitting on top of a ballistic missile.
It is the only thing in Israel’s arsenal fast enough and maneuverable enough capable of defeating the S400.
The Burden of Damascus’ fulfillment has just lurched forward. Reverence your God, for the fulfillment of ancient prophecy looks like it may come to pass in our days—and soon.
Truly we are living in days of awe.
“Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap…And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us.” (Isaiah 17:1, 17:14)
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