Dec 01 2018

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High Alert, Tell Rifaat in the news

High Alert, Tell Rifaat in the news

Tell Rifaat in the news

By Craig C. White

Every Christian should be alerted when they hear about Tell Rifaat in the news. Tell Rifaat is called “Arpad” in Jeremiah 49:23 concerning the destruction of Damascus. This week the Turkish and Russian defense secretaries are discussing immediate military actions regarding the northwestern Syria cities of Idlib and Tell Rifaat. The Turkish Army is allied with multiple Al-Qaeda factions in Idlib. Al-Qaeda in the Idlib province are fighting against the Syrian Army in the Hamah and Aleppo provinces. Tell Rifaat is located in the far northwestern corner of the Aleppo Province.

Tell Rifaat is a predominately Kurdish city but the Kurds have allowed some Syrian government troops inside of Tell Rifaat in order to protect the city from Turkish aggression. The Turkish Army has been shelling Tell Rifaat from the Turkish border for the past several years. Now that the Turkish Army has entered Syria they are amassed to the north and to the west of Tell Rifaat. The Turkish Army has continued to strengthen their military positions in northwestern Syria.

The Prophet Jeremiah says that when Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear evil reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. In Jeremiah 49:23 the northwestern Syria city of Arpad is called Tell Rifaat today.

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

This week the Syrian Army 5th Legion mobilized from southern Syria towards the Idlib Province. Turkish President Erdogan called on Russian President Putin for an emergency meeting about Idlib. The talk has been about deescalation in Idlib but the military presence of the Syrian and the Turkish Armies are only growing. Erdogan may seek permission from Russia to launch a Turkish offensive against Hamah and Tell Rifaat. That would certainly qualify as “evil reports”. In the meantime Turkey is taking over northwestern Syria.

Turkey supports the multiple Al-Qadea factions in Idlib. Al-Qaeda has continually been attacking the Syrian Army across the demilitarized zones between Hamah and Idlib. The Syrian Army has decisively beaten back Al-Qaeda at every turn. I am certain that Turkey will not stand for that. Turkish President Erdogan said that the sole reason why the Turkish Army has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus.

According to Jeremiah the Turkish Army will attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat and will then march southward to destroy Damascus. Afterwards Turkey will lead the forces that are now fighting in Syria into northern Israel. Damascus is located only thirty miles away from the Golan Heights.

Tell Rifaat in the news

Read my commentary titled The nations are disquieted over Syria

Read my book The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible prophecy

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  1. Jennifer

    Hi Craig,
    How close do you think the destruction of Damascus is? Also, I still am seeing articles written about how Russia is Magog. When will these Christians get it right?
    I am so thankful for all the information that you provide. It is definitely right with prophecy. It also helps me understand much better. I would be even more lost on what is happening and what will happen in my understanding without your articles and books.

    1. hightimetoawake

      Hi Jennifer. Jeremiah 49:23-27 says that when Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear evil reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. The Turkish Army and Al-Qaeda are targeting these cities now. I imagine that Turkey will launch a major offensive against Hamah and Tell Rifaat and even announce their intentions to overthrow Assad in Damascus. How long will that take? Every army is in place now. I think that Turkey will attack Hamah and Tell Rifaat in the next couple of months. Then it will take time for the residents of Damascus to flee, and for the Turkish Army to besige Damascus. In my limited experience, these events usually take longer than I expect them to but I expect Damascus to be under seige in 2019.

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