Even as Lebanon has slipped into the de-facto control of Hezbollah and Iran, Tunisia’s government has fallen, Egypt’s Mubarak has been toppled and mass riots are breaking out in Libya, Yemen and other locations in the Islamic world, the USA is suffering another strategic setback in Pakistan. An American contractor killed two Pakistanis and this has inflamed the Pakistani nation. Indeed, some want the death penalty against this American. That the American seems to have acted in justifiable self-defense is likely to have little impact on the further souring of Pakistani-American relations.
This link from Stratfor, does an excellent job of describing the acts and implications of this latest incident in a long series of events which are leading inexorably to an open American-Pakistani breach. Pakistan and India are implacable enemies and the USA has tried to do the impossible: maintaining positive relations with both nations. The USA is already building a strategic partnership with India so it is evident that the USA will choose India over Pakistan as an ally when push comes to shove. Events indicate that it has already done so. The only thing holding the USA and Pakistan together at all is the American need for a supply route through Pakistan to supply its troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan has tolerated this situation because of the American monetary payments that Pakistan receives for this cooperation. However, with internal tensions reaching the boiling point inside Pakistan, one wonders how long the charade of an American-Pakistani alliance can be maintained.
This relentless process of Pakistan being alienated from America fits perfectly with the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 about which nations which will form the Gog-Magog alliance that is destined to attack the USA, the NATO nations and their global allies at the end of this age. Many of the nations of the prophesied Gog-Magog alliance have already come together as prophesied (i.e. Russia, China, Iran, and the Central Asian nations and North Korea which have always been in the Russian or Chinese orbit). Ezekiel 38:5 prophesies “Cush” will also be a part of the Gog-Magog alliance. The King James Version of the Bible translates “Cush” as “Ethiopia,” but most Cushites now live in Asia. The name of “Cush,” a descendant of Ham (Genesis 10:6) is stamped on the nations of Afghanistan and Pakistan as the “Hindu Kush” mountain region sprawls across both nations. Based on Ezekiel 38:4, I expect that both Afghanistan and Pakistan will eventually be pulled into the Gog-Magog alliance. The latest severe strains on American-Pakistani relations indicate that Pakistan (long an ally of China) is drifting steadily away from the USA and an open breach will eventually occur. When this occurs, it will be another fulfillment of Ezekiel 38’s prophecy and a further confirmation that the Creator God who inspired the Bible is in overall control of human events.
When/if Pakistan decides to end its relationship with the USA and forbids the USA to use its territory to reinforce American troops in Afghanistan, America’s Afghan war will effectively end as well as the USA will have no means of resupplying its troops with fuel and heavy cargoes that cannot be transported by air in sufficient quantities to continue the war.
When will the prophesied Gog-Magog attack against the USA and the West occur? My understanding of biblical prophecy is that the Gog-Magog war will occur at the very end of this age after the beast power has been in existence for 42 months (Revelation 13:4) and the ministry of the Two Witnesses has ended (Revelation 11). Neither the beast nor the Two Witnesses are yet on the world scene. Indeed, Babylon the Great’s global monetary/economic system (based on the US dollar issued by the US Federal Reserve Board) has not yet fallen although it almost did so in September, 2008. The collapse of the current US dollar-based global economic/monetary system will lead to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Revelation 17-18 that Babylon the Great’s collapse will lead to the arrival of the beast system. When the beast system appears, our final end-time “count-down” will begin.
For more information on the fall of Babylon the Great’s global system, please read my articles, What Kind of Captivity? and Is Babylon the Great about to Fall, Ushering in a New Beast System?
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is republished with permission of STRATFOR.