God, the "Bear Keeper" (Arcturus) used Trump to keep the Bears in place in Syria. Job 38: 32

An unusual Scripture in the Book of Job that refers to a star called Arcturus.

JOB 38:32   or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

The name "Arcturus" comes from the ancient Greek Arktouros, which means something like  “Guardian of the Bear” or the “Watcher of the Bear” because it is a star that is close to "The Great Bear" and "The Lesser Bear" constellations.

In ancient Greek,  'arktos' is bear  and 'ouros' is watcher or guardian.

The main thing that God has to keep His eyes on is the antichrist spirit that wants to destroy His people.

II THESSALONIANS 2:7   For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

“Let” has a double meaning : permit or obstruct.

For an example of where “let” means “obstruct” look at this sentence by a well-known writer.

“Ruled his little world without hindrance or let”.  B. F. Reilly

These two meanings, permit and obstruct, combine to mean that Satan is permitted to operate in a restricted manner as his plans can be obstructed by the Holy Spirit. Thus Satan has a degree of freedom but is also constrained to a certain extent. Just like planets have a certain freedom of movement but are also constrained by the gravitational force of the sun.

Once the Holy Spirit leaves the earth when the bride is caught up to Heaven, then the full unrestricted horror of Satan and his antichrist spirits will be unleashed in the Tribulation.

Today Russia, the king of the north, has a bear as its symbol.

The Afghan war that the Soviets started and then withdrew from, was called the Bear Trap by the press.

As one goes further north, the two constellations of stars called the Big Bear and the Little Bear become more dominant. 'Bear' in Greek was 'Arktos'. Thus the north pole became referred to as the Arctic.

These two constellations were thus prophetic. Telling us years ago that a great Big Bear (Russia) would rise up to dominate the north.

Daniel saw a vision that the Medes and Persians of Nebuchadnezzar’s Gentile image would also be represented as a bear.  The Persian empire was based in Iran but spread out over today’s Arab and Muslim territory as far as Afghanistan. So the Muslims of Asia, especially Iran, can be symbolized as the Little Bear.

DANIEL 7:5   And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

:17   These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth.

The Babylonians were the first powerful beast or Gentile empire.

The second beast, the bear, represented the Medes and the Persians. The higher shoulder was the Persians who had conquered the Medes and then united with them.

Lying on its side, the bear can only strike out in one direction. The mysteries of Babylon are the issue, as these will later enter the church and corrupt the church.

So we consider the Persian bear lashing out to the west to eat or conquer three nations ( ribs). Persia also conquered territory towards the east but Daniel ignores that because Daniel is tracking the path of Satan’s main error, the mysteries of Babylon. The western Persian empire was the territory for Satan’s Old Testament deception.  And at the end time this same territory would be home to the Muslim nations of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt which constitute the threat to the restoration of Israel as a nation.

So the Persians conquered three countries in the west, first Lydia, then Babylon, and finally Egypt. When Babylon fell then the high priest of the Babylonian mysteries fled to Lydia and hid in the city of Pergamos.  Later these Babylonian mysteries, under their high priest or Pontiff,  would move on to Rome, the capital of the Roman Empire.

The main error of the Babylonian mysteries was the unscriptural trinity doctrine. Pergamos was later ruled by Lysimachus, one of the four Greek generals who split up Alexander the Great's empire. There the Babylonian priesthood deepened their trinity beliefs with some brilliant Greek philosophy. "One - god - in - three - persons" and an equally unscriptural "three - persons - in - the - godhead" produced a man-made impossible-to-understand image of God that polished up the trinity belief for export to Rome. Try finding one name for three people and you will realize why most Christians today do not know the name of God. From the Roman Empire the mysteries of Babylon were taken over by the Roman Catholic church around 400 AD. Today the Babylonian high priest or Pontiff resides in his temple in the Vatican.

From there, John the Revelator in Revelation Chapter 17 would describe the Babylonian mysteries entering the Roman Catholic church, which calls itself the mother church. The head of the Catholic church then emerged as the Pontiff or Pope.

REVELATION 17:5   And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

So the mysteries of Babylon have combined with the Bible to turn the Roman Catholic church into Mystery Babylon. She is the mother of harlots. And we Protestants came out of Rome as her daughters. So this is a brutal indictment of all our churches. We should all be very worried.

God has written out part of His plan with humanity into the stars.

PSALM 19:1   The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

:2   Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

It is wrong to tell your own future from the stars. Fortune telling is a demonic spirit. But we can learn about God’s plan with His church from the stars.

JOB 38:32   …or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

Arcturus is the Bear Watcher or Guardian. Who is this?  The Holy Spirit. He makes sure that while the true church is still on earth then Russia and the Muslim states ( the Big Bear and the Little Bear) can only go so far in terms of the damage that they can do.

ROMANS 8:14    For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

The sons of Arcturus are the sons of God, the born again, Spirit-filled Christians.

Who can guide them in today’s complex world?  No person. No pastor. Because events are too chaotic for human predictions.

JOHN 16:13   Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: …….. and he will shew you things to come.

The Holy Spirit must open our minds to understand the mystery of God’s Word so that we can prepare for future events from Scripture, especially the second Coming of the Lord.

We need guidance from Scripture to know what is going on in today's world.

So God has to limit Russia and the Muslims in some way. Let us investigate this issue.

The Bible mentions Orion, the constellation of stars known as the Giant Hunter, who has three bright stars that are almost in a straight line, representing his belt. Shown in the green oval.

 

JOB 9:9   Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

Orion is mentioned with Arcturus. There is a link here.  Pleiades, also called the seven sisters, symbolizes the seven church ages of Revelation Chapters 2 and 3.

The chambers of the south. The “Southern Cross” is used to find direction in the southern hemisphere. This is a  beautiful truth in the stars. If you want to find direction, look at the cross. The brightest star in the Southern Cross is the star that represents the foot of the cross. The brightest people are those who are found in repentance at the foot of the cross. Only there can you find direction for your eternal journey.

Now the three stars of Orion’s belt were copied into the Egyptian desert sands as the three amazing pyramids of Gizeh, a suburb of Cairo. They are almost in a straight line, but not quite.

Let us look at the great pyramid, the biggest pyramid. It has no capstone. Waiting for its capstone is a lovely symbol of the church waiting for the Coming of the Lord Jesus.

The top chamber, shown in red where there is an empty coffin, represents the Gentile church that is built on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. You can even picture the three pyramids as representing the three crosses at Calvary.

The bottom chamber represented in green refers to the 144000 Jews who come to know the Lord Jesus during the Tribulation.

From this bottom chamber there are two thin shafts that point outwards. The stars that come into view when looking up through these narrow shafts are Sirius (the brightest star) and the two Bears. The Brightest star is Jesus, Who these Jews have to meet during the Tribulation. In the opposite direction are their two big enemies, Russia and the Muslims.

The Soviet Union was huge and a big threat to world peace during the Cold War.

How did God as the Bear Guardian or Bear Keeper deal with the Soviets?

God had to keep them on a leash so that they could not do too much damage while His church is still on earth. After the church is caught up, then He will unleash them to do their pre-ordained damage in the Tribulation where Russia acts as king of the north.

The Soviet Union entered the space race to the moon as well as trying to produce an (impossible) anti-missile defence system in competition with the Americans. The cost was enormous and the Soviets simply went bankrupt. The final straw was to invade Afghanistan. They lost and the Soviet empire collapsed. This financial collapse was also largely caused by the drop in oil prices during the 1980s. Oil and gas form 60% of Russian exports.

There have also been numerous reports of chemical weapons being used by Soviet forces in Afghanistan, often indiscriminately against civilians. A declassified CIA (Central Intelligence Agency of America) report from 1982 states that between 1979 and 1982 there were 43 separate chemical weapons attacks which caused more than 3000 deaths.

Chemical warfare was standard practice by the Soviet troops.

When the Soviet Union broke up, Russia became a separate nation on its own. It is the world’s largest nation, owing to the huge size of the icy Siberia,  but is much smaller than what the Soviet Union was.

Even the first president of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, was anything but democratic. His term is widely described as a monarchial presidency; he even had the military bomb and storm the Parliament building during a political dispute. He ruled more like an uncrowned king or dictator.

He was a drunkard who was mired in corruption. He stepped down just before the 2000 election and handed over to Putin.  Russia had entered a period of economic uncertainty that kept most of the population in poverty. The Soviet empire had broken up and people were scared that Yeltsin’s corrupt Russia was breaking up further. God used shortage of money to keep the Soviet Union in check.

Very conveniently, in 1999, four apartment bombings in Russia killed about 300 people. Yeltsin had a 2% approval rating and his successor Putin had no chance of winning the 2000 election. The bombings changed everything. The semi-independent state of Chechnya was blamed without any evidence. Thus a second Chechnya war was started by Putin to “save” Russia. At the end of 1999 Yeltsin resigned over corruption allegations. Putin was acting president. He was able to distract public attention from all the corruption under Yeltsin and created anger against the semi-independent Chechnya.

A fifth bomb discovered in the city of Ryazan was planted by agents of FSB. The federal security secret service. No Chechnyans were involved.

At 8:30 p.m. in the city of Ryazan, a bus driver, returning home by foot, noticed a man carrying big sacks into the basement of his apartment building. He reported this and the white powder hexogen bomb which was attached to a timer was defused.

That same evening a phone operator overheard a conversation between two men, one saying that it was impossible to get out of town without being caught. The voice on the other end of the phone replied, ‘Split up and each of you make your own way out’. The suspicious phone operator reported the call to the police and they traced the call. The telephone number belonged to the FSB office in Moscow ( Federal Security secret Service).

Two of the suspects were tracked down and arrested. Both presented FSB identifications and on orders from Moscow, they were released.

The sacks of hexogen were sent to two different labs in Moscow for testing, one lab belonging to the secret services (FSB) and the second lab belonging to the Ministry of the Interior (MVD).

The attempted bombing was officially hushed up, but now that the FSB had been caught in the act, apartment bombings immediately stopped.

But they had been the excuse for starting the war against Chechnya.

The distraction of the war with Chechnya allowed Yeltsin to slip away and avoid prison and it presented Putin as a strong leader for the 2000 election.

In 2003, Politician Sergei Yushenkov, who said he would investigate the bombings, was shot to death near his house in Moscow. This was one month after a professional investigator was hired to start investigating the bombings.

In 2003, Yuri Shchekochikhin, a politician who was part of the same public commission investigating the apartment bombings as Yushenkov, died after a mysterious two-week illness. His medical documents were never released.

Anna Politkovskaya, an international award-winning Russian journalist, who already survived one attempt on her life in September 2004 was shot to death at point blank range in the elevator of her apartment building in 2006.

Russians admire Putin as they see him becoming a major player in world affairs.

Putin gave himself the power to appoint all governors in Russia. This centralization of authority struck a blow against what few democratic institutions Russia did have. It meant that power was in the hands of an autocrat at both the national and local level.

A second aspect of Putinism other than its centralization is that it grants far too much power to a single individual. Peter the Great answered to his nobles, but Putin appears to answer to no one. Even when Putin is not the acting president, he still holds all of the power. This was proven when he returned as president after a one-term gap when he was Prime Minister.

After a public humiliation by local media outlets, Putin exiled the media owners in Russia and established state control of all of the major media firms. All free contact between government officials and the media is strictly forbidden. The Arab Spring has shown just how powerful the media is in all of its forms with its ability to mobilize the masses. Putin cannot risk that, as corruption and voting fraud has prospered under him.

In 2014 soldiers without any badges basically took over Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula.

Russian president Putin claimed at the time that these were not Russian soldiers. Instead, he said, these were “local self-defense units”. Less than a month later, Russia annexed Crimea. And a year after that Putin admitted that they were Russian soldiers.

This is the Kremlin’s philosophy. Get others to do the dirty work. Then lie, deceive, conceal, and deny.

Russians are experts at making their denials sound plausible.

The practice of carrying out dubious deeds through the hands of proxies or other hard-to-identify agents,  thus makes the Kremlin look clean.

November 2006, as Alexander Litvinenko, a former K.G.B. officer turned foe of the Kremlin, lay dying in a London hospital, from Polonium 210 poisoning, a substance that is very expensive to make. A speck of polonium dust inside the body is lethal. He was given poisoned tea by two Russians Lugovoy and Kovtun.  Kovtun, it was later discovered, had left traces of Polonium in the house and car he had used in Hamburg when on his travels between England and Russia. England wanted Lugovoy extradited to face charges. Russia refused.

But this strategy of using people to do the Kremlin's dirty work isn’t always a success.

In 2016, in a big embarrassment for Moscow, two Russian intelligence agents were caught out by Montenegro for plotting a coup that was supposed to take place under the cover of spontaneous anti-NATO protests.

More tragic was the huge blunder of Russia’s proxies when they shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014. Moscow claims to this day that it had nothing to do with it, but it was nonetheless unable to escape reprimand from the international community. They cannot explain that only Russian military experts, not the Ukraine rebels, can possess and operate the highly sophisticated missile that shot down the plane. They then cleared the missile debris away before allowing anyone to investigate the area.

But time may be running out on this Russian tactic of plausible denials.

Russia has embarked on a policy of poisoning traitors in England.

But this tactic is producing increasing resistance in the West.

In Southwest England in 2018, the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, and his daughter Yulia by a deadly nerve agent Novichok, which is only made in Russia, aroused huge condemnation in the West. America expelled 60 Russian ambassadors (who are actually spies). Canada, England, and a number of countries from Europe did the same. This seriously reduces Russia’s ability to gather intelligence. The Russian bear had its claws clipped a little.

Retired Russian scientist Vladimir Uglev who had helped create the Novichok nerve poison, which is identified in Russia by the code A-234, confirmed that the analysis done in England had correctly identified the gas as Novichok.

Too often in the past, Moscow has denied its involvement in cases that later end up being traced to the Kremlin or its proxies. The result is that its denials lack credibility. So now the West tends to find Russia guilty until proven innocent. The West does not trust Russia anymore.

The American air raid on Syria in April 2018 just assumed Russian guilt. This is the logical consequence of Russia’s past history of lies. Now Russia is warned that the West will retaliate, even if they cannot prove the Russian involvement. This is a big blow to Russia that they cannot just hide behind a tissue of lies.

Another complication for Russia is the new American shale oil in North Dakota and  Canada’s Alberta oil sands. This new supply of oil caused the  2014 oil price drop.

Thus when Putin sent his military might to the Muslim Syria that is backed by Muslim Iran or Persia (the Big Bear and the Little Bear getting together) he suddenly found that he was on a shoestring war budget. But Putin was the effective deal maker in Syria because Obama and America were basically a vacuum in terms of leadership in Syria.

Obama also interfered with the Israeli election to try to stop getting Netanyahu re-elected as President. What you sow, you reap. Russia then interfered with Obama’s successor Hillary Clinton, in her presidential election campaign, and helped to stop her getting re-elected.

So Russia helped to get the man elected who would limit Putin’s and Assad's poison gas warfare  in Syria.

On 7 February 2018  the Russians met their match.

Syrian pro-regime forces backed by Russian mercenaries attacked the rebel Syrian Democratic Forces headquarters near Deir Ezzor. These rebels are backed by the Americans. American fighter planes, helicopter gunships, and artillery repulsed the attack, leaving about 300 dead Russians.  The Russian media were not allowed to attend all the Russian funerals in order not to announce the number of dead soldiers.

The leader of the mercenaries summed it up: “The Yanks have made their point. They tore us apart….put us through hell”.

Please remember, the most feared soldier on the battlefield is the man with the radio who calls in the artillery and air strikes. Americans do this very well. They have a reputation for fighting silently and efficiently. They do not yell out battle cries. They just get on and finish the job, as the Russians discovered to their cost. Having lost this first encounter with America, Russia has kept quiet about the whole battle.

They retreated back over the Euphrates River to lick their wounds.

Maxim Borodin, a Russian investigative journalist who wrote about the deaths of these Russian “Wagner Group” mercenaries (a private Russian military company) in Syria on 7 February 2018 died when he mysteriously fell from his fifth floor flat in April 2018. A Russian strike force had been blunted and repulsed. Russia does not want this news spread around. The Russian Bear does not want to admit that God, the Bear Keeper, makes it wear a leash.

Under Obama’s watch the Russians moved into Syria and basically took over. Under Trump they have learned their limits. Russia does not seek a fight with the United States in Syria. The American military is simply too strong. General Mattis who is in charge is simply too shrewd a tactician. President Trump is getting NATO (the army that defends Europe) strengthened.

Russian military involvement in Syria is on a shoestring budget because of the lower oil prices. Russia depends on oil and gas sales.

The Kremlin knows that Russia does not have the economic or military capabilities to take on the US and NATO in Syria.

Thus president Assad of Syria is Russia’s ally but he is also a liability.

President Assad of Syria and Putin used poison gas to attack a Syrian rebel town. President Trump said that he would destroy the production and storage sites of this poison gas. The Russians threatened to shoot down the American missiles and the ships and planes that launched them when America targeted three chemical weapons production and storage facilities in Syria in April 2018.

“Moscow will shoot down any U.S. missiles fired at Syria and retaliate against American launch sites”, the Russian ambassador to Lebanon had warned.

This language had always scared Obama. That is why God ended Obama’s legacy. God, the Bear Keeper, wanted someone who could keep the Big Bear within his limits.

But Russia did not dare to fire any anti-missiles against the American missiles.

Russian policy against the US in Syria is thus based on threats that they cannot fulfill and lies to pretend that Syria was not hurt. This is the typical behavior of a bully. But a bully is kept in check when he bumps into someone who is not scared of him. One thing is for sure, President Trump is not scared of Russian missile threats. So the Russians stayed in their bases because the Americans were not threatening them in any way. And the Russians left the Syrians to take a hammering.

The Syrians fired over 40 anti-missiles, most of them after all the incoming American missiles had already hit their targets. This was a time wasting exercise on the part of the Syrians.

This was a complete fiasco because Russia, as a so-called true friend, had sold them old-technology anti-missiles that cannot shoot down a cruise missile that flies low over the ground. The Syrian anti-missiles were expecting the attack from the American ships in the Mediterranean Sea in the West and were completely fooled by the 37 US missiles that came from the Red Sea in the South and 23 missiles from the Persian Gulf in the East.

British and French planes then fired in much smarter missiles that outfoxed the Syrian air defences.

Russia and Syria both lied about the 13 to 73 American missiles that they claimed were shot down. Different announcers had different stories.  Can about 40 Syrian anti-missiles that were mainly fired after the 105 American, British, and French missiles had exploded really shoot down 73 missiles? The smooth trajectories of the Syrian anti-missile rocket exhaust flames, that were photographed that night, showed that they were not seeking targets.

The clouds in the background were made by the smoke from the missile explosions that was lighted up by the fires caused by the explosions. Evidence that the Syrian anti-missiles were fired too late.

When an anti-missile locks onto an incoming missile then it twists and turns and keeps changing direction as it chases the cruise missile that is also changing direction.

This is what the anti-missile track would look like if the anti-missile was locked onto a cruise missile that was trying to evade the missile defense system.

What Russia and Syria, with all their fake propaganda, could not explain was the totally devastated three targets associated with chemical weapons. The Americans took out the three targets that they said they would. The lesson that Assad and Putin are learning is, "Do not mess with America by using poison gas". The American military under Trump and General Mattis are no-nonsense and deadly.

The Americans were disappointed that the Russians never tried to shoot down their missiles. The Russians had more advanced anti-missiles than what the Syrians had, and the Americans wanted to see how effective they were. The Russians, having much better equipment than the Syrians, saw the American missiles coming in but were obviously very unsure if they could knock out 105 missiles all coming in together. The disadvantage of a shoestring war budget is that they had to calculate how many anti-missiles they could afford to waste? If they did not knock down all 105 missiles, they would look foolish. So they wisely stayed out of the fight, despite all their threats.

God tightened the leash on the Big Bear.  True Christians, by grace, have been spared the damage that will be one day be done by the two Bears (Russia and the Arab/ Persian Muslims) when they are unleashed after God removes America’s power.

The Syrians did a gas attack on 7 April on Dhouma, killing at least 75 people. That instigated the American attack.

But president Assad of Syria had used the deadly gas sarin to attack the city of Ghouta on 21 August 2013 using surface-to-surface rockets.

1500 people died in this attack and many thousands were injured. At least 400 of the dead were children.

Since that attack there have been a proliferation of chemical weapon attacks in Syria.

The United Nations then removed Assad's declared chemical weapons. But there is also an undeclared stock of poison gases. Assad has launched more than a hundred documented chemical attacks since 21 August 2013. These continued after Russia entered Syria in 2015.

But Trump's missile attack in 2018 seems to put a stop to these poison gas attacks of Assad.

 

So, in terms of the American missile strike the summary is: Facing a stark choice between engaging the United States, Britain and France in combat or passively watching them strike his ally, President Vladimir Putin has opted for the peaceful route. That cautious response may dent the Russian leader's tough-man image but it won't undermine his gains in Syria or erode his authority at home.

The Kremlin's tight control over the Russian media will help Putin avoid any significant damage to his carefully nurtured image of a strong leader.

But the emerging strike intelligence from the U.S., England and France suggest this round goes to them and a significant blow was dealt to the Russian-backed Assad.

Boris Nemtsov, once viewed as a successor to Yeltsin,  was working on a report presenting evidence that Russia had direct involvement with the separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine, something Moscow denies. His shocking murder right next to the Kremlin in 2015 was another assault on those who dare to oppose the Putin regime.

The King of the North is cruel and ruthless. Unless God keeps him in check, he can cause much damage.

Trump’s achievement to hammer Syria despite the presence of Russian missiles is so stunning that it made North Korea suddenly decide to suspend its nuclear testing campaign in April 2018. This is staggering news. Just a few months ago North Korea was threatening America with its hydrogen bombs and missiles. Suddenly they have seen that Russia could not protect Syria from an American attack and thus Russia will not be able to protect them either.

North Korea seems to have sensed that America under Trump is the leash that is holding the Russian bear in its place.

Peace and American help to build up its economy suddenly look like a good option to North Korea. Russia has helped to bomb Syrian cities into rubble but has put no money into rebuilding Syrian cities. The Russian economy is stretched tight.

China has helped North Korea to evade American sanctions in the past. But suddenly China, most surprisingly is applying the sanctions and North Korea has lost one-third of its exports. That has hit their struggling economy hard.

China does not need a trade war with America which Trump is starting. China has got so many nations into her debt that her atheistic influence and power is really spreading. Something needs to be done to limit her power. Trump is the first president to actually challenge China.

Peace with North Korea will be an amazing achievement that has defeated all past American presidents since the Korean war started in 1950 and ended in a stalemate in 1953.

North Korea needs American financial help now, even if it is just the ending of sanctions.

 

I CORINTHIANS 15:52   In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

The next event that the Christian church is looking for is the resurrection of the dead. This event is linked to a trumpet.

God could have said, "at the last trumpet" but He chose to say, "at the last trump". It means the same thing. A trump is a trumpet.

But is this God giving us a gentle hint, a sign of the times.

Trump fulfilled prophecy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And suddenly in April 2018 he is a stunningly effective Trump on the world scene. He has pushed Russia back into her box in Syria as they did not use their anti missiles, despite threatening to do so in defense of poison gases, and he got North Korea to open its door to negotiations.

This is nothing short of phenomenal.

It may mean that the resurrection is at hand.

In terms of the "Little Bear" Iran, Trump has outraged and defied popular opinion. Yet his policies have hurt Iran and by the end of 2018 had no tangible blowback to the US. Obama, obsessed with nightmare scenarios, was too scared to do these moves but so far none of his gloomy predictions have come true. The world has overwhelmingly chosen America rather than Iran over the sanctions and some of Iran's longtime clients like India are abandoning it. So Iran does not have many remaining economic lifelines.

In Syria the Iranian-linked Syrian forces have repeatedly and stiffly been beaten back by the American military which is small in numbers but deadly and potent when attacked. Obama fearfully avoided Iran in Syria. Trump punches back very effectively when Iran challenges him there. The Strait of Hormuz is a strategic waterway outside Iran. Under the fearful Obama the Iranian ships would frequently harass and threaten American Navy ships.

But now the leash is tightening up on their behaviour. Under Trump's rule, Iran has stopped these provocations.

International businesses are overwhelmingly choosing not to anger Trump by buying Iranian oil.

Israel is also an effective leash on Iran's expansion aims in Syria.  Repeatedly and fiercely targeted airstrikes against Iranian military infrastructure in Syria have blunted the Iranian military efforts in Syria as the Iranians have only made limited responses.

We can all be grateful for every move God makes to limit evil.