"Like someone who grabs a dog by the ears is a passer-by who mixes in a fight not his own." Proverbs 26:17


Death toll in Syrian civil war was 470,000 in 2016

According to Syrian Centre for Policy Research

In five years of civil war, 400,000 Syrians have been killed and another 70,000 have perished due to a lack of basics such as clean water and healthcare. With those injured in the conflict, that amounts to more 11 percent of the population.

The situation in Syria is part of a very complicated mess in the Middle East. Maybe the dominant issue is Sunni - Shia hostility.

A U.S.-led coalition is trying to destroy Islamic State militants in Syria and wants President Bashar al-Assad to go. But Russia and Iran are propping up Assad and oppose the opponents of Assad who are being supported by the West its Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia. Turkey and the Kurds are also involved.

And the implications for Israel

As of November 2017, the situation with Iran establishing a foothold in Syria was causing concern, as aerial reconnaisance showed a permanent Iranian military base being built 30 miles from Israel's border. Russia has provided sophisticated Anti-Aircraft batteries prepared to attack Israeli planes. However, an unwise provcation from Iran ended up with two thirds of these batteries being destroyed after they managed to down an Israeli F16 fighter.

Since then events have been unfolding rapidly and become increasingly complex - especially the Russian involvement. As of February 2018 there have been some apparently small events that suggest large factors in play.

How can we understand what is going on, and what we can expect to happen?

Wildolive is not able to offer real, up to date insight into the implications of all this, but there is a man who is very qualified, both as a reserve Major of the IDF and a believer in Yeshua and in prophecy.

Amir Tsarfati shares his perspective as Behold Israel

His videos on the latest developments are on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa3C7WpFobavsDJdkKUtodw

Keep watch on his Blog site -Or his Facebook live page.

The best thing you can do to understand the signs of the times, is to follow Amir.


ISIS appears to be a spent force, although the surviving fighters may well be regrouped in other organisations.


Over the course of the 29-month Syrian conflict, Russia has provided the regime of Bashar al-Assad with supplies including guns, grenades, tank parts, fighter jets, advanced anti-ship cruise missiles, long range air defense missiles, military officers as advisors, diplomatic cover and lots of cash. So why does the Kremlin back Assad so staunchly?

1) Strategic: Syria's port of Tartus hosts the only remaining international military base outside of the former Soviet Union. (that is not frozen in winter)
2) Financial: As of June 2012, Russia"s economic interests in Syria total approximately $20 billion, about $5 billion of which are weapons sales.

Saudi Arabia (Sheba)

As Saudi Arabia watches Iran's increasing involvement, their alarm is causing them to re-evaluate the best alliances.

Iran (Persia)

Iran is embedding itself in Syria and arming anti-Israel terror groups in preparation for their big attack to destroy Israel. (This appears to be in parallel with the continued pursuit of nuclear weapons to destroy Israel)


Under Donald Trump's presidency the USA has taken much more effective steps against the bad guys in this theatre of conflict.

The (ineffective) Iran nuclear deal may soon be terminated, rendering Iran's interference more difficult.

Russia and Saudi Arabia both feature in the events of Ezekiel 38-39. (not in agreement)

Ezekiel 38:8 After many days have passed, you will be mustered for service; in later years you will invade the land which has been brought back from the sword, gathered out of many peoples, the mountains of Isra"el. They had been lying in ruins for a long time, but now Isra"el has been extracted from the peoples and all of them are living there securely.
You will come up like a storm, you will be like a cloud covering the land - you and all your troops, and many other peoples with you."
"Adonai Elohim says: "When that day comes, thoughts will well up in your mind, and you will devise a sinister scheme.
You will say, "I am going to invade this land of unwalled villages; I will take by surprise these people who are at peace, living securely, all in places without walls, bars or gates.
I will seize the spoil and take the plunder." You will attack the former ruins that are now inhabited and come against the people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and other wealth and are living in the central parts of the land.

Isaiah_17:1 KJV - The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. - Or in the CJB - This is a prophecy about Dammesek: "Dammesek will soon stop being a city; it will become a heap of ruins.

Updated 19/02/18

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