It has been observed by U.S. military intelligence officials recently that Russia appears to be building a substantial military base at an airport in the Syrian coastal city of Latakia. Pentagon spokesman and Navy Captain Jeff Davis said recently, “We have seen indication in recent days that Russia has moved people and things into the area around Latakia, and the airbase there.” The Pentagon claims to have spotted hundreds of infantrymen, personnel carriers, about a half dozen tanks, an Antonov An-225 (a massive supply jet), various fighter jets, and numerous anti-aircraft guns in this area. If completed, this would make the second military installation that Russia would hold in the country of Syria. Currently, the Russian navy operates a leased naval base in the port of the city of Tartus, Syria.
It is no secret the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is a close ally of Russia. So, Moscow clearly has a vested interest in helping Assad retain his power in Syria. U.S. officials are concerned that the stepped-up Russian support will serve to fortify the al-Assad’s regime and will complicate international efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian civil war. Disturbingly, the Pentagon spokesman; Capt. Davis, reports that Russian military movements are “progressing on a daily basis.” Even more disturbing is the opinion of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst who noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin “is trying to flex his muscles … by the use of Russian military personnel in the Middle East.” Herbst warned, “Moscow sees things around the world largely in zero-sum terms,” he said. “So their quest to gain influence in the Middle East is meant exclusively to be at the expense of American interests.”
The direct involvement of the Russian military with the Syrian military could be an aspect of a fulfillment of Bible prophecy. The strengthening of a nations traditionally aligned against Israel, and the compounding current refugee crisis, bears a striking similarity in the minds of many Bible teachers to the prophecy of Zechariah 14:1-2, “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.” Similarly, many details of this course of action also illustrate the events described in Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20:7-8. Hopefully, this situation between Russia and Syria will prove to be a legitimate diplomatic move. In the meantime, God’s people can be in prayer over certain details. – PNL
Pray: Pray that the Russian government does not have any intentions of using this recent development in Syria to further their own atheistic political ambitions through the growth of their military. Pray also for the spread of ISIS in Syria to be quelled; that the Lord will work to end this bloody civil war that is causing so much bloodshed and loss of life and would stop ISIS in their tracks!