Moscow plans to send submarines designed to carry 16 long-range nuclear missiles to the southern hemisphere. Russia has also put many of its nuclear bombers back on patrol. In February, two Russian bombers made news by circling the US island of Guam that demonstrated President Vladimir Putin’s growing strategic assertiveness toward America.
Russia has also shown some aggression towards Israel. It sold S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Syria and if that was not enough of a threat to Israel, Russia has backed Syrian forces in the Golan Heights, which is the northern border of Israel & Syria.
In March, President Vladimir Putin made the decision to deploy a naval unit in the Mediterranean Sea on a permanent basis at the Tardus Naval Port in Syria. (The Kremlin leaders acquired the Tardus Naval Port in 1971 without any real purpose for it. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lacked the funds to develop the base.)
- Knowing that Syria is undergoing a civil war, Tardus would seem to be an unwise investment.
- Russia supported Saddam Hussein and lost billions in the wake of the first Gulf War.
- Russia backed Gaddafi’s regime and cost Russia construction contracts, and its investments in Libyan gas and oil to the tune of $10 billion.
- The Russians also lost billions in Cypress when that nation’s banking collapsed.
- So is Putin’s willingness to stand with Bashar Al-Assad another investment gamble or does it have more prophetic meaning?
Since Assad is wildly hated for his brutality against his own people, Moscow has lost prestige with many moderate Arab states. Putin has remained loyal to Assad because the alliance fits in his master plan to control the natural gas market across Europe.
Russia already controls a quarter of the natural gas consumed in the European Union.
In July 2011, Iran, Iraq, and Syria agreed to build a gas pipeline from the South Pars gas field in Iran to Lebanon and across the Mediterranean to Europe. The pipeline would be managed by Russia and would carry 110 million cubic meters of gas.
One of the obstacles of Russia’s influence over Israel has been the nation of Turkey. Russian warships would have to pass through straits in Turkey in order to reach the Mediterranean. Since Moscow supplies sixty percent of Turkey’s natural gas, Turkey may find it hard to ignore this amount of leverage. The fact that Turkey now has an Islamic leaning government makes its neutrality or assistance in a conflict all the more likely.
Natural gas may be the key reason why Russia may eventually attack Israel. In 2010, 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas was discovered just off of Haifa, Israel’s northern coast. The Jewish state is now working to develop those fields. Of course, it would be a devastating blow to Putin’s plans to monopolize natural gas if Israel became a major supplier of gas to Europe, which is Israel’s plan.
Ezekiel 38:10 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme.”
It’s too early in history for the Ezekiel passage to be fulfilled, but could Putin deciding that he wants to control all the natural gas be the beginning of the “evil scheme” of Ezekiel 38:10?
“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”
Isaiah was prophesizing about Cyrus of Babylon. His finding hidden treasure was to show Cyrus that Jehovah was the only true God, HOWEVER it was for the sake of Israel that he was prospered.
In Deuteronomy 33, Moses is near death but before he dies He leaves each tribe with a blessing…
“They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer the sacrifices of the righteous; they will feast on the abundance of the seas,
on the treasures hidden in the sand.”
Russia is taking a harder stance than it has in the last twenty years. The question is why and what is the purpose? Is it the beginning of fulfilling prophecy from 3,000 years ago?
Will Israel’s “hidden treasure” of natural gas cause conflict between Israel and Russia and eventually the Middle East? How far will Russia go?