“For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 1 Thess. 5:3
Events are about to unfold and crisis’ of unprecedented proportions are coming. Things will happen suddenly and without warning. It will strike fear into the hearts of American citizens and sadly, many are ignoring the numerous warning signals.
From talk of war with Russia, to water down Christianity, to the rise of the Papal, warning bells are being sounded and going off like fireworks. Not a day goes by that some prophecy alarm isn’t sounded but are things really as bad as they seem? Are we truly living in the “End Days”? Or is it just a lot of talk with no blow. As much as I’d like to believe the latter, I’m afraid it isn’t so….
Are we really witnessing the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38?
“Gog and Magog War” that is the dubbed name given by eschatologists to the prophecy found in the book of Ezekiel 38-39. In this prophecy Magog (Russia) and their counterparts unite and rise against the nation of Israel. We have yet to see the fulfillment of this Biblical prophecy, however today we are witnessing the formation of this alliances.
“The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog [Russia], the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal [Former Soviet States]; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog [Russia’s Leader], chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.” Ezekiel 38:1-3
Russia is Magog and Gog is their leader. Meshech and Tubal are believed by many to be the former Soviet States, which includes Ukraine. It is clear according to these Scriptures that the Russian leader will rule over some of the former Soviet States, which is exactly what we witnessing in Ukraine. Furthermore in 2008, Russia invaded the country of Georgia attempting to take the South Ossetia from them. Could these aggressive acts by Russia clue us into Putin’s desire to rebuilt the Soviet Union and fulfill Biblical prophecy?
“I will turn you around [Russia and its alliances], put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.” Ezekiel 38:4
Putting hooks, or a bit into the jaw of an animal is a way of forcing the animal, such as a horse, to move in the direction the rider desires. This means that Gog–Russia’s Leader— will unwillingly be influenced to lead this war by God Himself. In other words, circumstances will be such that Gog will have no choice but to follow God’s will. It is theorized by some eschatologists that Russia could get pulled into the war in attempt to retaliate for an offence committed by Israel to one of their allies.
“Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.”Ezekiel 38:5-6
Iran is Persia. Cush is Ethiopia and Sudan (Algeria and Tunisia are possible candidates also). Libya is Put. Gomer is Germany and some other European counterparts. Armenia and Turkey are Beth Togarmah. These countries form the rest of the participants in the Gog and Magog War. Ezekiel tells us that this will be a massive army with many people under the leadership of Russians leader, who the Bible dubbed as Gog.
Before this portion of the prophecy takes place, however, Russia must govern a portion of theformer Soviet States (Ezekiel 38:1-3) which is what we are now witnessing. Russia flexing their muscle to invade Georgia in 2008 and recognizing South Ossetia as an independent state, and invading Ukraine in 2014, with Crimea breaking away and aligning with Russia.
One common denominator that we see in this nation alliance, in Ezekiel 38:5-6, is that many are Muslim nations. This is important because at the very core of Islam is the belief that Israel does not have the right to exist. Many believe Allah called them to destroy the Jews and re-take Jerusalem.
Furthermore what is interesting is that Persia is listed as Russia’s alliance. Currently, both Russia and Iran are teaming up. But what makes this alliance more unsettling is the fact that Iran is developing nuclear technology and their Islamic ideology suggests that these weapons could be used to destroy Israel and any nation that stands with them.
It is believed by many that when Israel feels threatened enough they will strike Iran with nuclear power, which would spark the Gog and Magog War and force Russia into battle in retaliation for their alliance with Iran. At that point many Muslim believing nations: Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya, Turkey, Armenia, parts of Europe and the others, will join in battle with Russia against Israel.
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog [Russia’s Leader]: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army. You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.” Ezekiel 38:14-16
Israel will be dwelling in their land safety when Russia decides to attack. This could be due to the fact that a ‘peace treaty’ is signed that ushers in “false peace” in Israel. It is this peace-treaty which ignites the start of the Biblical tribulation and aids in ushering in the Antichrist. Either way, whatever makes Israel feel safe, this is what draws Russia into the battle.
“‘This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign Lord. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.’” Ezekiel 38: 18-23
God will reveal Himself in this war through judgment and he will pour out his wrath on the nation of Russia and its allies. He will cause earthquakes, volcanoes, thunderstorms, and the like to fall on this army. Some eschatologist believe Israel will use nuclear force. Either way, this will be one of the most horrific events in history and it will shake the very foundation of the world.
“Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord. I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.
“‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.” Ezekiel 39:1-8
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