This story was reported a few days ago. It seems Russia is building a couple air bases in Syria and expanding its naval ports on the Syrian coast. So what does this mean?
Some prophecy sites clinging to the old popular teaching might point to it and say there is the start of staging for the supposed Russian invasion of the Middle East. This is false. There will likely never be a Middle East invasion by Russia.
Rather, there will be an invasion of the Middle East by Iran, otherwise known as the Second Signpost. God’s word says so in Daniel 7 and 8. Daniel 8:4 says,
“I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great.” (NIV)
Iranian forces will charge to the west of Susa, otherwise known as southwestern Iran, called Khuzestan province. Iranian leadership will get to do all it wants to do, such as invade countries it wants, conquer targets it wants, and spread its revolution like it wants.
Iranian forces will go towards and through Islamic State. Syrian president Assad and the Russian military backing him up, if anything, will help assure that Iran can indeed do all it wants towards the west. Assad and the Russians will assure Iran that it will not be attacked from the direction of western Syria. Another case in point is Yemen. In another direction called out in Daniel 8:4 (i.e., south), the Houthis in Yemen, if allowed by God, will occupy much of Yemen and provide assurance that Iran will not be attacked from the south, when Iran runs south.
When the Third Signpost begins, and Turkey and Syria and two other Sunni nations all join together, than presumably Assad will be finished, and the Russian backup will be gone. The Third Signpost’s main force is the goat in Daniel 8:5-7, but the confederacy ruling the Middle East after the confederacy’s conquest will be the four-headed leopard of Daniel 7:6. If you are confused you can read Daniel Revisited – it’s all explained.
So the final answer on Russia’s activities is given the way the answer is given for anything going on in the Middle East – read Daniel 7 and 8 for the big answer and see how real world events relate. The answer is that Russia will provide backup for Assad to help assure Iran’s success during the Second Signpost. This story even reports, “President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday defended Russia’s military support for Syria, saying it was necessary to defeat the Islamic State and ‘terrorist aggression’.” How right he is – Iran will destroy IS during the Second Signpost. But Russian forces and Assad will likely be gone when the Third Signpost is in full swing.