I’m starting to feel like the family dog that’s been persecuted too long by the cat.
You know how cats are… they hide in shadows and ambush you when your guard is down. Then, when you’re trying to take a snooze, they’ll sidle up to you, squeeze into any space you’ve left open, and play with your tail. And, that’s before the little beast decides to use your nose as a scratching post.
Pretty soon you’re jumping out of your skin at every shadow and sent outside because you bark too much. (And, the cat just grins at you as she cleans her whiskers.)
So yeah, I feel like that. The dog.
Because I keep getting ambushed by bits of information that shouldn’t surprise me, but do anyway. Like Iran cozying up to Russia. That shouldn’t shock me when I see it. (After all, it’s what I said would happen.) But, it was supposed to remain a THEORY. I didn’t actually want any of it to happen.
What got me started this time was an email from Joel Rosenberg about Iran’s involvement with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
The Shanghai what?
I looked it up. It’s China and Russia together with some Central Asian states.
The SCO must be a frustrating place to be, since getting China and Russia to agree on anything must be like herding cats. (And, you know how the family dog feels about cats.)
But, that got me to thinking about the organization that took over from the Warsaw Pact, also known as the Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance (don’t you just love Russian?). What was that organization that took over from them?
Ah yes, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). It’s basically Russia, Armenia, Belarus and the Stans (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan). The CSTO has tried to be the counter-balance to NATO, but they just can’t make it happen, which is why we have the aforementioned SCO.
What got me to start digging was that, while having elements of Gog and Magog as described in Ezekial 38-39, the SCO could not be Gog and Magog ‘cuz China’s in there. I don’t see China anywhere in Gog and Magog. But, the CSTO is a different kettle of fish.
So, how is the relationship between Iran and the CSTO?
I did some digging a couple nights ago, and what I found had me yapping and chasing my tail.
Iran and Russia really have been trying to find ways to cozy up to each other. Really.
I was dumbfounded. Worse, I was yipping and yapping and dumbfounded. Completely spooked, I was.
It’s almost as if the Russians had read the book of Ezekiel and said to themselves, “You know, comrades, this could really be a good idea!”
The only thing that really seems to be keeping it from happening is this ever-so-slight Western tilt that the Russians currently seem to have. They don’t want to alienate the West too much, so they’ve kept the Iranians on as observers, rather than full members of the CSTO.
But, if that ‘Western tilt’ should disappear, Iran would quickly become the newest member of the organization. All that it would take for this ‘Western tilt’ to go away would be either a collapse of NATO as a military threat, the collapse of the West as an economic partner, or a power shift away from the Putin-Medvedev axis to something more classically Russian – or, all three.
The point is that Iran is chillingly close to Russia, and Russia is always just chilling, period.
Here’s that Joel Rosenberg article: Russian and Iranian Leaders Meet for Summit in Central Asia: Echoes of Ezekiel 38-39 coalition
While you’re at it, read also the four chapters of Ezekiel 36-39. As you read from 36 to 39, think of how the description progresses from the general to the specific. The first two chapters tell us that it all works out, but 38 and 39? A really rough ride for everyone, ESPECIALLY those who live outside of Israel:
Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.