Vladimir Putin and his new strong man, the butcher in Ukraine, General Sergei Surovikin.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on October 10 his country will deploy a regional group of military forces with Russia in response to Poland allegedly militarizing its border with Belarus.
This Week’s News of Prophetic Interest
10/15/22 by Tim Buck
Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
This has been an earth-shaking week, and it seems we are on the verge of an escalation that may evolve into a third world war with nuclear weapons.
Please remember to pray for the US and Israeli elections in November as both will have a huge bearing on the decisions that are being made in Washington, Jerusalem, and through much of Europe, Ukraine, Moscow and the Middle East. The U.S. President and Congress affect the State of Israel more than any other entity on earth! So the enemy has a vested interest on election outcomes in America and Israel especially as we approach the Tribulation.
The world watched in awe as the Kerch Strait bridge erupted in a fireball on Saturday. The four-year-old, 12-mile bridge was a vital road and rail link to Crimea for Russia’s military. Though still unresolved, the blast was likely a missile that took out the bridge. Some feel that it occurred when a semi-truck full of explosives detonated as it was driving across. Russian authorities announced that they have arrested eight people – five Russians and three Ukrainians and Armenians – for the attack.
Russia was quick to retaliate,
targeting civilians, energy, and water. Hundreds have been killed in many of the major cities, including Kyiv, and the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy announced Tuesday that one third of its electricity production facilities were wiped out in just two days. The EU will partially pay the price for Russia’s energy targeting. Ukraine announced on Monday that it will stop exporting electricity to the EU because they need to keep for themselves everything they produce.
Also, in the post-bridge-bombing fallout, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Sergei Surovikin as the commander of the forces in Ukraine. It was immediately following this appointment that the intentional killing of civilians began across Ukraine. Surovikin has the reputation of being a butcher in his military role. He was greatly condemned for opening fire on pro-democracy demonstrators in Moscow in 1991, and, in his role as commander of Russian forces in Syria, he oversaw the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. This is an ominous turn of events for Ukraine
The threat against Ukraine from Belarus continues to grow. This puppet state of Moscow already serves as a military launching point for Russian missiles. Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who seems to spend much of his time fruitlessly trying to prove that he is just as tough as his buddy Vladimir Putin, is accusing Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine of training radicals in his country to carry out terrorist attacks. As a result, he is making threats against Ukraine and is amassing his troops along the border. Ukraine watches this with great trepidation, fearing another front opening in this war.
The weak government of Israel caved to Hezbollah’s threats this week regarding disputed gas fields with Lebanon. In the US-brokered agreement with the terrorist-controlled Lebanese government, Israel gave up their established maritime border with Lebanon, opening the door for Hezbollah and Iran’s IRGC forces to operate even more dangerously close to Israel’s northern border. The agreement also gave Lebanon veto rights when it comes to further border accords. This is not strength; it is appeasement. As Winston Churchill chastised Neville Chamberlain when the latter appeased Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich after the annexation of the Sudetenland, “You were given the choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor and you will have war.”
The political victory over Israel is one of the few positive recent events for Lebanon. Lebanese banks closed their doors beginning last Thursday due to the extreme number of robberies by customers demanding to take their own money out of the institutions. This is just further evidence of the freefall of the country’s economy. Then, the Lebanese parliament postponed their election of a new president until October 20 after failing to secure a quorum at the session. The underlying cause of the problem is that there is no candidate that is acceptable to Iran and Hezbollah and its allies. The Lebanese people deserve so much better than they are getting.
In a sad move that shocked no one, the Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster have both expressed “profound concern” over the potential move of the British embassy to Jerusalem. This is just part of the weak-willed, anti-Israel ramifications of a Replacement Theology that says that God is done with Israel.
Iran informed the IAEA that it was implementing three new cascades of the high-level IR-2M centrifuges used for enriching uranium. This, along with other centrifuge cascades, are being installed at the Natanz nuclear plant.
While their nuclear enrichment is going well, Iran’s iron-grip control on their people is being tested. Not surprisingly, the only two who believed the coroner’s report that the cause of death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died while in custody of the morality police for not fully covering her hair, was “underlying disease” and not police brutality were the coroner and Ayatollah Khameini – and even they were a bit iffy. As the number of people who are taking to the streets grows, more are losing their lives.
In new development,
Iranian oil workers have begun to protest putting Iran’s largest industry in jeopardy.
Two billion dollar Iranian oil refinery at Gulf port of Bandar-Abbas
Social media footage shows Iranian oil workers out on strike in support of the nationwide protests. Iranian President Raisi is heckled as protests enter fourth week.
Iranian Oil Workers Strike is Most Serious Threat Yet to the Regime
In what could be an ominous development for the regime in Iran, oil and petrochemical workers are reported to have come out on strike in solidarity with the protesters who have mounted fierce street demonstrations across the country for approaching a month.
More than 1,000 workers at the Bushehr and Damavand petrochemical plants carried out a threat to go on strike, blocking streets and chanting “death to the dictator”, according to Radio Farda. Social media indicated the walkouts then spread to the Kangan refinery.
The oil workers have threatened to “destroy everything they’ve built” if the government forces don’t lay down their weapons against the protestors. Because of the nation’s oil economy, this is a powerful block of individuals who had a huge impact in the fall of the shah’s government back in 1979.
Tension continues to build between the US and Saudi Arabia over oil. After President Biden told the Saudis that there “will be consequences” following the OPEC+ decision to cut production, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement saying that their decision has no political motives. “It’s an economic decision. We will not accept dictates.”
A recent launch of missiles by Kim Jong Un’s military was a simulation of a nuclear attack against South Korea, North Korean government officials said. The intention of the exercise was to show both the South Koreans and the US that they are vulnerable to the Hermit Kingdom’s nuclear weapons.
Waking Up The Sleeping Church
Unfortunately, Ministries like Focus On The End Times are few and far between. Bible prophecy is shunned by the majority of Churches and Ministries, at the expense of one-third of the Bible and individual believers who desperately need the Blessed Hope that it provides.
Bible Prophecy is a profound witnessing tool, which is especially significant and unique to our generation. Jesus explained the power of prophecy as a way to open people’s eyes to the validity of the Gospel, saying, “I have told you before it comes to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe” (John 14:29).
The world news of today attests to the validity of Scripture because our world is reflective of what God’s Word describes about the time prior to Jesus’ Return and foreshadows many events the Bible states will take place during the Tribulation (Luke 21:28).
Equipping Christians with this reality not only provides them with a profound witnessing tool, but it also serves as a wake-up call for the sleeping church. Romans 13 states that “knowing the time” in which we live, and the nearness of Jesus coming for His Bride, should prompt the sleeping church to understand that “now it is high time to awake out of sleep” (Romans 13:11).
Since we began, it’s been a priority of FOTET to reach as many as possible in the sleeping church and wake them up to an urgency of the hour, the need to take a stand for truth, and sound doctrine.
We would like to thank all of you for your prayers, letters and support in 2022. Your dedication to speaking up for the Truth, our Blessed Hope, and the Gospel is critical in a time in which deception reins and laborers for His Kingdom are so few.
Please pray for our upcoming event. The title and theme of our upcoming special evening on November 8 is “Normal Isn’t Coming Back. JESUS IS.”
Jesus may come today… Are You Ready?
From Moscow’s perspective, having a nuclear-armed Iran, one that is Russia’s ally, will greatly enhance its ability to challenge the West. Pictured: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting in Tehran, Iran.
Russian-Iranian Alliance Has World On Edge
10/7/22 By Tim Buck
Russian Nuclear Threat
A Russian military train caught on video is reportedly transporting equipment for the nation’s nuclear weapons program to the frontlines of its war with Ukraine, sparking fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be preparing to use nuclear weapons on the battlefield amid his nation’s mounting losses in the war.
“Such videos are never released by chance. I’m 100% sure that there was a purpose behind posting or releasing such a video,” Konrad Muzyka, an aerospace and defense consultant focused on Russia and Belarus, told CBS News.
The video surfaced amid reports by CBS News that the U.S.-led NATO military alliance had warned its member nations that Russia could be preparing to test its nuclear-capable Poseidon torpedo.
“Going forward, we are going to see more reports about Russian activities that relate to nuclear weapons, that relate to drills of units which can potentially be carrying nuclear warheads,” Muzyka said.
“Russia will try to increase the pressure on the West, and it will try to indicate to the world that, from its point of view, the nuclear option is being considered.”
Adding salt to Russia’s wounds is the mysterious explosion of Nord Stream 1 & 2, Russian’s gas lines to Europe. Following the explosion, the Swedish Minister of Energy suggested that the explosion was likely the result of an attack from another country. Russian foreign intelligence is claiming that a western country was involved in the execution of the incident.
Russia continues to target the civilian population in Ukraine. Last week, the Russians hit a convoy of Ukrainian refugees trying flee the contested region of Zaporizhzhia. At least 23 people were killed in the attack.
However, the most notable moment related to Russia surfaced when Vladimir Putin announced that four Ukrainian provinces have been officially annexed to Russia. As of this week, Russia considers any attack against these annexed areas an attack against Russia itself. The Biden Administration responded with widened sanctions on Russian officials following the announcement of the annexation.
Not only is Russia hinting at the future use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, but the Chechen Republic is also encouraging the Russians to proceed in this manner following the Russian retreat from Liman in Eastern Ukraine. Just days ago, NATO warned its member states of Russia’s deployment of the K-329 Belgorod Nuclear Submarine equipped with the Poseidon Nuclear Missile. This week, Russia began nuclear tests on its border with Ukraine.
Russia even has its hand in what’s taking place regarding oil output of OPEC’s announced dramatic decrease. The current oil cut is the largest since the onset of COVID-19 in 2020. Russia is influencing this lack of output in an attempt to increase oil prices around the world.
Iran’s Mass Protests
Iran continues to struggle internally with a host of riots taking place in opposition to the corrupt regime. Recently, at least 19 people were killed and several others were injured in the Sistan and Baluchistan provinces alone.
A statue of the late Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was set on fire at one of the protests. He’s considered a national hero in the eyes of the ayatollahs. But Iran has other problems, as its currency, the rial, hit an all-time low of 330,000 rials to one dollar.
A young lady named Nika Shakarami was kidnapped by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces throughout the protests last week. After an extensive search for her body, her family was asked to come identify that which was found. She had been beaten extensively before being killed.
When it comes to Iran and Russia, Iran is being humiliated by its own people and is imploding economically. Russia is being embarrassed on a global scale due to its lack of success in Ukraine and is dealing with a crumbling economy.
While these two despotic regimes seem determined to forge an alliance, however, their objectives are completely at odds with the demands of their citizens, whose primary concern is securing their freedom, not supporting the military aspirations of the ruling elites.
In Russia, the hostility among ordinary Russians to Putin’s regime has manifested itself in nationwide protests against the Russian leader’s attempts to mobilise 300,000 reservists to help support his disastrous military campaign in Ukraine.
Nationwide disgust at Putin’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine has seen hundreds of thousands of young Russians fleeing to the borders in a desperate attempt to avoid the horrors of conscription and being made to fight in a war none of them supports.
In Iran, meanwhile, the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini as she was detained in custody by Iran’s morality police, allegedly for refusing to wear a hijab, has resulted in Iranians of all ages taking to the streets across the country in mass protests and shouting “death to the dictator”, a reference to the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran’s security forces have reacted to the anti-government protests with their customary brutality; figures at the time of writing estimate at least 76 people killed in the government’s crackdown. Even so, the anti-regime protests have continued to spread, with more than 80 cities and towns affected by the violence since Amini’s funeral on September 17.
For many Iranians, the death of Amini, who reportedly died after being struck several times on the head, is the last straw, and the demonstrations represent the biggest anti-government uprising since the 2009 Green Revolution.
The deepening unrest in both Russia and Iran should certainly give the Biden administration pause for thought as it weighs up its next move on the nuclear negotiations.
There is growing concern in Washington that Biden is preparing to sign a new deal with Tehran once the midterm elections have been concluded, and that his officials are prepared to sign a far weaker version of the deal than that originally agreed to in 2015.
At a time when both the Russian and Iranian governments are battling nationwide dissent, this would be a grave miscalculation on the part of the Biden administration.
This should be the moment when the US and its allies are intensifying the pressure on both Iran and Moscow, not capitulating to their interests with a weak nuclear deal which will only encourage them to indulge in further acts of aggression against the West and its allies.
Israeli strike destroyed over 1,000 Iranian-made missiles in Syria!
A targeted warehouse and underground secret facilities, located in Syria, reportedly destroyed thousands of missiles stored for Hezbollah and assembled under the supervision of Iranian Republican Guard Forces.
Satellite images taken by Planet Labs show heavily damaged structures at the Scientific Studies and Research Center of a Syrian weapons base near the northwestern city of Masyaf in an Israeli airstrike.
Israel attacked the large, central, underground complex and military arsenal built by Iran that allows the Syrian Agency for Scientific Research to accumulate in a protected manner, thousands of components to assemble precision missiles and from there to gradually smuggle them to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
The attack demonstrated Israel’s watchful eye and uncanny ability to destroy underground Iranian factories.
Israel Strikes Again!
News of Prophetic Interest
Around the World
August 30 by Tim Buck
Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
An airstrike Thursday on the Syrian city of Masyaf attributed to Israel hit a missile warehouse containing more than 1,000 Iranian-made missiles, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Saturday.
The warehouse, in the city’s Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) complex, stored thousands of medium-range, surface-to-surface missiles assembled under the supervision of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps “expert officers,” the report said.
Syrian air-defense systems were activated in northwestern Syria on Thursday, with Syria’s state news agency SANA reporting that local forces were “confronting hostile targets” above Masyaf. Later, the agency said the airstrike was an Israeli attack.
The observatory added that 14 Syrian civilians sustained injuries with varying levels of severity during the Masyaf airstrike, in addition to casualties reported among Iranian-backed militias guarding the research center– which was heavily damaged during the attack.
Moreover, several fires broke out in areas surrounding the city ignited by the shrapnel from the explosions of the warehouse, with nearby civilian houses and property suffering material damage, the report said. Secondary explosions continued for hours after the strikes, along with the blazes caused by them. Local residents were reportedly instructed to remain in shelters until the fires were brought under control.
In addition to the strikes attributed to Israel, the United States also engaged in a string of tit-for-tat attacks last week against Iranian militias in northern Syria who had targeted US forces with rockets and drones.
Iran-backed militias have established a large foothold in Syria while fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s civil war.
Iran And Russia Create
Global Natural Gas Cartel
The $40 billion memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed last month between Gazprom and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) is a stepping stone to enabling Russia and Iran to implement their long-held plan to be the core participants in a global cartel for gas suppliers in the same mold as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for oil suppliers.
With a foundation in the current Gulf Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), this ‘Gas OPEC’ would allow for the coordination of an extraordinary proportion of the world’s gas reserves and control over gas prices in the coming years. Occupying the number one and number two positions in the world’s largest gas reserves table, respectively – Russia with just under 48 trillion cubic meters (tcm) and Iran with nearly 34 tcm – the two countries are in an ideal position to do this.
The Russia-Iran alliance, as evidenced in the most recent multi-faceted MoU between Gazprom and the NIOC, wants to control as much of the two key elements in the global supply matrix – gas supplied over land via pipelines and gas supplied via ships in liquefied natural gas (LNG) – as possible.
According to a statement last week from Hamid Hosseini, chairman of Iran’s Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Products Exporters’ Union, in Tehran, after the Gazprom-NIOC MoU had been signed: “Now the Russians have come to the conclusion that the consumption of gas in the world will increase and the tendency towards consumption of LNG has increased and they alone are not able to meet the world’s demand, so there is no room left for gas competition [between Russia and Iran].”
He added: “The winner of the Russia-Ukraine war is the United States, and it will capture the European market, so if Iran and Russia can reduce the influence of the United States in the oil, gas and product markets by working together, it will benefit both countries.”
The Russian energy giant Gazprom recently informed the French gas company who relies on Russian gas: “Due to problems in the contract” not all the gas will be supplied.
No doubt – Russia continues to punish Europe!
Iran’s hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi spewing lies and threats against the U.S. & Israel in recent press conference:
In June, the IAEA Board of Governors passed an anti-Iran resolution proposed by the United States, Britain, France and Germany following the agency’s reports that Tehran had not provided “technically credible explanations” for the uranium particles found at three undeclared sites.
Today the Iranian president said that without the closing of this investigation a deal can not be achieved.
What the Iranians basically say is:
“We fooled you , you know that, we know that, but if you want a deal you must pretend it never happened”.
Israeli Mossad Estimates There Will Be A New Nuclear Agreement
In the coming weeks, Israel will need to step up its activities against Iran
A new nuclear agreement between Iran and the powers seems closer than ever, after the significant progress in the list of demands sent between the parties. The Mossad presented Prime Minister Lapid with an assessment according to which the agreement will be signed in the near future, within a few days to several weeks.
At the same time, the Mossad and the IDF will be prepared for a line of action on, among other things, the increase of Israeli activity throughout the Middle East against Iran. This will include thwarting Iranian terrorism, thwarting the smuggling of Iranian weapons to all countries and organizations in the region – and not just activity on Iranian soil.
It can be assumed that the Mossad and the IDF have built extensive and significant infrastructures in a number of countries throughout the Middle East. These infrastructures will allow them to do what we have seen, including intelligence and operational penetration into the Revolutionary Guards in Iran and a much wider maneuverability in a long list of countries.
More of Raisi’s Lies and Threats
“The presence of the US in the region threatens the security and stability of the region. Israel’s threats express its fear and we advise it not to start any aggression because it may not exist. All Israel’s threats and measures will not help them stop our path, and they are aware that they are unable to confront us. Israel never wanted Iran to get the technology, but Iran got it anyway. Our peaceful nuclear capability is Iran’s right, and no one can prevent it from this right.”
Have you ever heard such a string of lies? Of course, neither God or Israel is unaware of the lying tongue of the evil Prince of Persia (Dan. 10:14, 20) who stands against Israel in the latter days.
Israel recently revealed that in the midst of the nuclear talks: Iran has begun enriching uranium in one of the 3 advanced centrifuges clusters recently installed in the underground facility in Natanz.
God is not fooled and reminds us, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap?”
Satan, the great liar and hater of God’s chosen people “is a thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy. But Jesus came that we might have life and enjoy life more abundantly.”
20 killed in fresh clashes as U.S. officials leave Bagdad Embassy via rooftop evacuation and emergency airlifted off the U.S. Embassy out of the Green Zone, Baghdad Iraq.
A new wave of anti-government protests rocked war-torn Iraq as at least five people were killed during violent clashes in Baghdad; meanwhile in the south protesters set fire to government buildings
Chaos Across Iraq as Violence Soars
Civil War Incitement by Iran
Baghdad is plunging into more instability with rioters now inside the presidential palace in Baghdad.
The Iraqi military declared a curfew in Baghdad. UN and foreign embassies personell vehicles are leaving the green zone. The government suspends all its meetings. Iran closed its land borders with Iraq until further notice and Kuwait is urging its citizens to leave Iraq immediately.
After the important Shiite leader Muktada a-Sidr whose party won the majority in parliamentary elections decided to withdraw from politics and shut down the offices of his political party, his followers stormed into the presidential palace in Baghdad. They suspect that Iran made the threats and is behind this move to destabilize and gain more control.
A- Sidr is a loud opponent of Iran’s intervention in Iraqi affairs and the rumors are that killing squads were sent to assassinate him.
As government forces open fire on protesters, locals decided to respond with the same coin. Full out up rising on the way paving the way for more bloodshed and suffering.
So far the clashes are between the supporters of the prominent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and the security forces.
Once the clashes will start between them and the pro-Iranian militias it can rapidly escalate into a full blown civil war.
The protests are similar to those that have engulfed Lebanon in recent days. Incitement and chaos is easily encouraged by Iran in that they are economically-driven, largely leaderless and spontaneous against a sectarian-based system and a corrupt political class that has ruled for decades and driven the two countries to the brink of economic disaster.
Satan Creating Chaos
Last Days Sign
So what do we have so far?
Iran creates chaos in Lebanon
Iran creates chaos in Iraq
Iran creates chaos in Yemen
Iran creates chaos in Syria
Iran creates chaos in Gaza
Iran creates chaos in the West Bank
Iran is doing business with Russia
Russia brought chaos to Ukraine
Russia also brought chaos to Europe with insane gas prices
Russia and Iran are friends with China
China is threatening Taiwan
In America – 5 MILLION illegal aliens have crossed the U.S. Border in the 18 months since Biden took office
In addition, the Enemy is doing everything in his power to stop key candidates from running for leadership offices in America and Israel.
Iran – Russia Summit
EU’s Shameful Appeasement of Iran
8/1/22 by Tim Buck
The lame-duck Biden administration has left a vacuum urging bad actors to rise in the world. They smell blood against America and her allies and are beginning to rise.
As soon as President Biden returned from the Middle East, Vladimir Putin made a visit to Iran. A rare trip! As a result, a deal was struck with the Iranian regime giving its backing and full support to Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine.
This is an alarming expansion in Iran’s military ambitions beyond the Middle East and into Europe.
The most alarming comment during the visit was the Ayatollah’s call for Iran and Russia to increase what he termed “reciprocal cooperation” between the two countries to counter the threat of Western sanctions: a veiled admittance to the emerging military cooperation between Russia and Iran.
Biden’s confused position on Iran has recently been exposed by the head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence agency, who told this month’s Aspen Security Forum that, in his view, Iran had shown little interest in negotiating a new nuclear deal. Imagine that! Biden’s policy on Iran has become completely untenable.
Iran is partnering with Russia. Now what will Europe do? Appeasement isn’t working!
In the last month Iran has delivered numerous loads of military equipment, armaments, and drones to Moscow to assist the Russian military in the defeat of Ukraine. Iran’s deepening involvement in supporting the Russian war effort against Ukraine should serve as a wakeup call to Western and U.S. leaders.
While European leaders continue to beg and bribe Iran for some kind of renewed nuclear deal, Russia is cutting off Europe’s energy and Iran is stabbing the Europeans in the back by rebuilding Russia’s war chest.
While in Tehran, Putin met with key figures including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the country’s hardline president, Ebrahim Raisi.
The summit ended with Khamenei praising Putin for launching his invasion of Ukraine, and claiming that Russia would have been the victim of NATO aggression if he had not made the first move.
Since the summit, there has been a marked escalation in Tehran’s involvement in the Russian-Ukraine war.
Russia and Iran signed a $40 billion energy memorandum of understanding between the Russian energy giant Gazprom and the National Iranian Oil Company.
Russia and Iran have already been cooperating on energy issues, with Tehran offering to help Russia avoid Western sanctions imposed following the Ukraine invasion by making available its global oil-smuggling network.
US officials have reported that a team of Russian military experts have twice visited an airbase in central Iran to make a detailed assessment of Iranian-made drones.
This follows a report by the US National Security Council that Iran has provided hundreds of drones to aid Russia’s war effort.
Iran’s very public displays of support for Russia certainly undermine the false assumption of the Biden administration and European policymakers that the Iranian threat, allowing Iran unlimited nuclear weapons, relates only to the Middle East — and specifically against Israel.
This belief is one of the reasons that Britain, France and Germany, the three European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, have given their backing to the Biden administration’s efforts to revive the agreement.
Iran’s active support for Russia in its war against Ukraine, which is receiving military backing from NATO, completely refutes that argument.
The expanding military partnership between Russia and Iran is bad news for the world. It’s also bad news for the Biden administration, which has invested all his political capital in reviving the nuclear talks, but now finds itself trying to negotiate with a country that is actively supporting its adversary in the Ukraine conflict.
Just as Europe disregarded Trump’s warnings that relying on gas from Russia would leave them open to Russian blackmail, they are again ignoring warnings that a nuclear Iran will leave them open to Iranian blackmail.
Tim’s friend, Dr. Sam Slobodian, will be leaving August 2 for his third trip to Ukraine focusing on war relief efforts with the BIEM Mission Team. Once again Sam will be helping the distressed, delivering supplies and holding prayer meetings. Please remember Sam in your prayers and pray for his safety and that he would be a blessing to those in need.
From Dr. Sam Slobodian
Pray for the preaching during
July 31, 2022 by Tim Buck
Dear friends and family,
1. Please pray for our people in Ukraine’s Chernihiv region. Early today our media reported that Russians launched a large-scale attack on this area. Kalibr cruise missiles were fired from the Black Sea, and X-22 missiles from Tu-22m3 long-range bombers were fired from a Russian airfield roughly 160 miles from Ukraine’s border. In addition, short-range Iskandar ballistic missiles were fired from the Gomel region in Belarus. Twenty-five missiles hit the city of Chernihiv. Goncharovsk was also hit. Our media are reporting loss of life, though the numbers are not clear.
BIEM has churches in both Chernihiv and Goncharovsk, which is a military city. I was able to speak with some of our men there just moments ago. Thankfully, none of our people have been injured, and our church buildings in these areas have not been hit. However, as you can imagine people there are frightened and anxious. (Note: US media reports use various spellings for Goncharovsk.)
2. In our update of July 15, we requested prayer for Vitaly Yurchenko, who was trying to get permission to leave Ukraine to visit the United States through a new Ukrainian program. That program allows pastors to leave Ukraine for up to one month for religious conferences. Yesterday he was told he would be approved but needed to buy tickets to demonstrate serious intent to travel.
This is unusual, because normally consulates warn people not to buy tickets until their travel documents are approved. However, things are certainly not normal in Ukraine these days. Therefore, we are in the process of buying tickets for Vitaly and his wife Alona, with hopes they will soon be able to come. They will be a great blessing to whichever churches we can schedule them in. Please pray that their case will be approved.
3. Yesterday, BIEM personnel drove another 5 tons of food from Poland into Ukraine, this time for the Kharkiv region. We praise God for thoughtful donors and for those driving and distributing.
4. Despite the war, we are receiving reports of young people coming to Christ in BIEM-sponsored camps in Estonia, Ukraine, and Russia. The nearly 30 camps in Ukraine this year are all operated on church properties. The children stay most of the day and receive two meals. They return to their homes in the evening. This is proving to be a very effective way of doing camp during war.
5. Despite the war in Ukraine, one of our seminary graduates is deeply burdened for a particular district in a large city in Western Ukraine that has been flooded with refugees. Many of them plan to stay. This brother has recruited others to help start a new church, and they are praying and fasting every Friday for God’s direction and provision for that goal. Please join them in praying.
Baptist International Evangelistic Ministries
Thank you for your concern and for praying for Ukraine and the Ukrainian people
Recent Video Update
Volunteers unloading a container filled with lifesaving supplies shipped to Ukraine from BIEM headquarters in Indiana.
Vehicle delivering aid and supplies to the churches and families.
Please continue to pray for the missionary families who are split up and find themselves trusting the Lord for every detail in their upside-down life!