The War of Gog and Magog

This is the war of Ezekiel 38 and 39. We relate it to the war of the Second Seal in Revelation 6:3-4, a major conflict at the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Some respected scholars apply it to The Battle of Armageddon later in the Book of Revelation.

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Ahmadinejad: 'Future Belongs to Iran'

Sept. 20, 2010 - Visiting the United States to attend the annual General Assembly of the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that "the future belongs to Iran." He challenged the United States to accept that his country has a major role in the world. He claimed that his government does not want an atomic bomb, but would not comment on when Iran might resume talks about its nuclear developments.
Source: Fox
Ahmadinejad in Syria: Mideast states will foil U.S. plan to alter region's politics - Haaretz


IAEA chief to Iran: Stop obstructing nuclear investigation

Sept. 13, 2010 - Iran's rejection of two nuclear inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) elicited criticism from the agency's director.
"I learned with great regret about Iran's decision to object to the designation of two inspectors who recently conducted inspections in Iran," said Yukiya Amano, Director-General of the IAEA.
Source: Haaretz

UN report: Iran has enough uranium for three nuclear devices

Sept. 9, 2010 - A report to the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency states that Iran has accelerated its nuclear program and currently possesses a sufficient supply of enriched uranium to make three nuclear devices, but it would need to speed up enrichment from 20 percent to 90 percent. Iran currently has 22 kilograms of uranium enriched at levels of 20 percent, and a total of 2.8 tons of uranium enriched at 3.5 percent.
Source: Haaretz

Israeli official declares: 'We're preparing for war'

Aug. 24, 2010 - Israeli Knesset Member Danny Danon told reporter Aaron Klein that Israel is showing patience with Iran in hopes that the world will stop the Iranian nuclear threat. He added that Israel is able to defend its civilian population.
But we prefer to wait and see if the international bodies are acting, or [whether] it will be only the burden of Israel, like it was in the early '80s, when ...the great decision [was made] to bomb the nuclear reactor in Iraq.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Largest airborne military exercises since Sov.Union begin in central Russia - RIANovosti
De Borchgrave: Chance of Israeli Attack on Iran 50-50 and Rising - News Max

Iran unveils 'ambassador of death' bomber

Aug.23, 2010 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave conflicting messages as he introduced Iran's first domestically built long-range unmanned bomber aircraft. He called it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies, but said it has "a main message of peace and friendship."
The goal of the aircraft is to "keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases," he said, adding that the jet is for deterrence and defensive purposes.
Source: MSNBC

Military Strike Could Delay, Not Stop, Iran's Nuclear Program, Officials Say

Aug. 20, 2010 - It is too late to stop Iran from having nuclear power, and it may be too late to stop their development of nuclear weapons. Kori Schake, an associate professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a former member of the National Security Council staff during the Bush administration, thinks a strike against other Iranian sites may be necessary.
"I personally think it will take the use of force against at least elements of the Iranian nuclear program to make this Iranian leadership think it's too costly to continue on this path."
Source: Fox

Gulf States Pushing for Attack on Iran

Aug. 19, 2010 - John Bolton, former U.S Ambassador to the United Nations, says that voices from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are representative of the feelings of the entire Persian Gulf. They all agree that a military attack on Iran would be a disaster, but it would be even worse for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.

The activation of Iran's first nuclear reactor will begin in two days with the installation of nuclear fuel. Bolton said that it might be too late to attack Iran because of the radioactivity that would emanate from the bombed reactor.

Source: Israel International News

Bushehr nuclear reactor to be loaded with fuel August 21

Aug. 16, 2010 - Construction on Iran's first nuclear reactor was begun in 1975. According to Sergei Novikov, spokesman for the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom), nuclear fuel will be installed on August 21.
"From then on, it [the reactor] will be qualified as [an operational] nuclear power plant," Novikov said.
Source:RiaNovosti
House Republicans Giving Green Light for Israeli Strike on Iran - GlobalResearch.ca
John Bolton: Russia's Loading of Nuke Fuel Into Iran Plant Means Aug. 21 Deadline for Israeli Attack - NewsMax

Russia: Iran's Nuclear Plant to Start Next Week

Aug. 13, 2010 - Iran's Bushehr plant will be officially considered a nuclear-energy installation on Aug. 21 when Russia will load uranium fuel into the reactor there.
Russia's nuclear agency said Friday that it will load fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant next week, moving ahead with launching the facility despite Iran's stubborn defiance of international demand to halt uranium enrichment.
The US has protested the startup.
Source: NewsMax

Castro: Nuclear War to Start with Iran Attack

Aug. 7, 2010 - In his first official government appearance since emergency surgery four years ago Fidel Castro addressed Cuba's parliament with concern that a US attack on Iran could lead to World War.
"Eight weeks ago, I thought that the imminent danger of war didn't have a possible solution...," Castro told the legislature. "I am sure that it won't be like that and, instead ... one man will make the decision alone, the president of the United States."
Source: Newsmax
Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran - Prison Planet

US has plan to attack Iran if needed

Aug. 2, 2010 - Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admitted that the US has a plan in place to attack Iran if necessary to keep it from making nuclear weapons.
Asked if the military had a plan to strike Iran, Adm Mullen had replied: “We do”, and added: “I hope we don’t get to that, but it’s an important option and it’s one that’s well understood.”
For their part, Iran has threatened repeatedly to target Tel Aviv if the US or Israel takes military action against their country.
Source:Telegraph - UK

Ahmadinejad: US and Israel plot wars within three months

July 2, 2010 - Iran's president Ahmadinejad claims to have "precise information" that the U,S, and Israel plan to start psychological war with Iran soon. "They plan to attack at least two countries in the region within the next three months," he said. Intelligence has also reached Saudi and Gulf governments that the White House will follow up sanctions - if Russia, China and Turkey help Tehran bypass them.
The first would be orders to the US Navy to search Iranian ships suspected of carrying cargoes prohibited by UN, US or European sanctions on routes through the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Persian Gulf or the Arabian Sea.
Iran, in turn says they will retalliate if searches take place.
Source: DEBKAfile
Russia says new EU sanctions on Iran "unacceptable" - Yahoo

Strike on Iran Becoming More Likely, Former CIA Chief Says

July 25, 2010 - Michael Hayden, a CIA chief under President George W. Bush, says it is becoming more likely now that the U.S. will attack Iran because no matter what the U.S. does diplomatically, Tehran keeps pushing ahead with its suspected nuclear program.
Source: Fox

'Israel convinces US with credible military plan on Iran'

July 19, 2010 - Now that stronger sanctions against Iran have been approved, Israel has been brought into the planning process with the US.
Jerusalem has increased diplomatic efforts to convince the White House that for the sanctions to work, a credible military option needs to be on the table to scare Iran to reconsider its pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
In the latest issue of Time magazine, an article by Joe Klein called “An Attack on Iran: Back on the Table,”reveals that the US military has drafted new plans for air strikes if necessary. In the meanwhile, Israel has also demonstrated its military readiness to stop Iran’s nuclear progress.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Poll: Most Americans would back Israel attack on Iran

July 16, 2010 - A poll conducted by TIPP, the polling unit of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence revealed that 56% of Americans would support Israel taking military action against Iran if necessary to stop a nuclear attack.
Meanwhile, the NewsMax website reported on Thursday that a separate Pew Research poll showed similar results, with 66 percent of Americans preferring a strike, while 24 percent objected to it.
Source: Haaretz

Palestinians 'preparing' for Israeli strike on Iran

July 16, 2010 - The Palestinian Authority (PA) is conducting a study of consequences of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. The focus of the study is the effect such an attack by Israel would have on Palestinian refugees in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. It will also recommend plans for dealing with Iranian retaliation against Israel.
Israel has long feared that any strike on Iran would result in counterattacks against the Israeli home front by Iranian proxies, including Hezbollah to the north and Hamas in Gaza toward the south.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Think Tank Says Israel would Strike Iranian Universities - Israel National News

Russia Ready to Deliver Fuel to Iran Despite Sanctions

July 15, 2010 - Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko says Russian companies are ready to supply fuel to Iran in spite of unilateral U.S. and European Union sanctions against such commerce. Iran is the world's fourth-largest oil exporter, but it does not have the refining capacities needed to produce gasoline. The boycott has been imposed to pressure Iran to give up the pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Source: Fox

'US will attack Iran if it must'

July 8, 2010 - Visiting Israel, US Senator Joe Lieberman assured reporters at a press conference that recent Congressional sanctions against Iran were meant to shock them into ending their nuclear program. He said,
But if not, they should know that when Congress says it is unacceptable to get nuclear weapons, we mean it. We hope economic and diplomatic power will work, but if we must use force, that must remain a very active option.
Two other senators, John McCain and Lindsey Graham joined Lieberman in assuring Israel that they have the support of Congress.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Israel trumpets new era in US ties after summit - Yahoo

Top U.A.E. diplomat endorses striking Iran nuclear sites

July 7, 2010 - Yousef Al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States, says that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear sites would be greater than the costs.
There will be consequences, there will be a backlash and there will be problems with people protesting and rioting and very unhappy.
But, he said, "We cannot live with a nuclear Iran."

Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will punish countries that impose tougher sanctions against their country by not holding talks with the West over its nuclear program.

Source: Haaretz

Obama and Netanyahu: Mending Relations?

July 6, 2010 - President Obama is giving Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu a warm reception as they meet today to discuss various issues. During their last meeting in March, the President banned the press from their meeting and Netanyahu was forced to leave from a side entrance.
Some believe there are two reasons for Obama's change of heart -- money and politics...Republicans have used Obama's treatment of Netanyahu as a campaign issue against Democrats.
And campaign contributions from Jewish donors have decreased since the March meeting.

The two leaders will discuss several important issues:

- Stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons
- US sanctions against Iran
- Creation of a Palestinian state
- Freezing Jewish settlements
- Aid to Gaza
Source: CBN

Turkey threatens diplomatic break with Israel over raid

July 5, 2010 - In the wake of the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May, in which nine Turks were killed, Turkey has threatened to break diplomatic ties with Israel.
Turkey - which until recently was Israel's most important Muslim ally - withdrew its ambassador and demanded that the Israelis issue an apology, agree to a United Nations inquiry and compensate the victims' families.
The Israeli government said it did not intend to apologize.
Source: BBC
Interesting older article about the Gog and Magog war: The Coming War of Gog and Magog, an Islamic Invasion? - Contender Ministries

Iran has enough low-enriched uranium for two weapons: CIA chief

Jun. 30, 2010 - The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta told ABC network's "This Week" program that Iran has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons. He said that if they do decide to produce such weapons it would probably take a year to complete and possibly another year to develop a delivery system for them.
The U.S. is stepping up pressure on Iran due to its suspect nuclear program. On June 16, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced that its government will extend sanctions on more Iranian individuals and firms.
Source: Xinhuanet

Third US carrier, 4,000 Marines augment US armada opposite Iran

Jun. 28, 2010 -
Washington has posted a third carrier opposite Iran's shores. It is supported by amphibious assault ships and up to 4,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, bringing the total US strength in these waters to three carriers and 10,000 combat personnel.
The USS Nassau Amphibious Ready Group 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit joins two other naval carriers, the USS Harry S Truman and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, plus several other warships near the Persian Gulf. Meanwhile, rumors of an Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear facilities persist, and Tehran called off its "aid ship for Gaza" fearing that an American military boarding party would intercept and search it.
Source: DEBKAfile
Report: US warships stationed off Iranian coast - Stratfor - Raw Story
G-8 'fully believes' Israel will attack Iran, says Italy PM - Haaretz
US military chief in Israel for top-level talks - Haaretz

Report: Israel, US preparing for war with Iran

Jun. 26, 2010 - A string of events in the Middle East have raised speculation that a strike against Iran's nuclear facilities is imminent.

Saudi Arabia publicly considers Israel an enemy, but it is just as fearful of an Iranian nuclear bomb as Israel is. They have agreed to let Israel pass through its airspace in order to strike Iran. About a week ago a squad of Israeli military aircraft landed at Tabuk in northwest Saudi Arabia, presumably to set up a a central base of operations for their air campaign against Iran.

At the same time, Iran's Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in neighboring Azerbaijan. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.
In addition, the Pentagon confirmed that an unusually large fleet of US warships had indeed passed through Egypt's Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf.
Source: Israel Today
A HREF=http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=6225>New Poll Finds U.S., Arab Support for Military Strike on Iran to Prevent Mullahs from Getting Nuclear Weapons - Joel C. Rosenberg - Worldview Weekend

Iran on war alert over "US and Israeli concentrations" in Azerbaijan

Jun. 24, 2010 - Iran declared a state of war on its border with Azerbaijan.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps men and equipment units are being massed in the Caspian Sea region against what Tehran claims are US and Israeli forces concentrated on army and air bases in Azerbaijan ready to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.
Source: DEBKAfile
Islam Times says Israeli jets unloaded military equipment [in Saudi Arabia] ahead of possible Iran strike -YNet News

Prophecy Unfolding? Turkey's New Role in Mideast

June 22, 2010 - When Israel stopped a Gaza-bound flotilla by force in May it started an "international rush to judgment" against Israel. This charge was led by Turkey's Prime Minister Erdowan, who used the incident to shift his allegiance toward Iran, Syria and their axis of power.
The move represented a major realignment in the Middle East, with Turkey - once a close ally of Israel and the West - now openly courting the likes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ultimately Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

This development increases the threat of war against Israel. Since the flotilla incident, a statement was issued by the Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria saying that the events seemed to "place us at the beginning of the Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption."

Read Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 for details on the War of Gog and Magog

Source: CBN

US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran

June 21, 2010 - London's Al Quds al-Arabi newspaper reports that on Friday an armada of warships with thousands of soldiers passed through the Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf.
Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships...
The action may be a warning that the Iranian Red Crescent ship that plans to reach the Gaza Strip without stopping for Israeli inspection will face military opposition.
Source: Israel National News
Report: US battleships cross Suez Canal - YNetNews
Editor' Note: This could also be in preparation for a strike against Iran's nuclear sites.

Washington Lawmakers Warn Turkey Over Israel

Jun. 17, 2010 - Indiana Republican Congressman Mike Pence is one of several U.S. lawmakers who may vote for A Congressional resolution that recognizes the 1915-1923 massive slaughter of Armenians in eastern Anatolia by the Ottoman Turks. The resolution passed the Foreign Affairs Committee by a lone vote in March, but many lawmakers planned to vote against it when it comes to the House floor. Pence told reporters there would be “a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the State of Israel. It will bear upon my view, and I believe of many members of Congress.”

About 130 other lawmakers have signed a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to encourage the international community not to condemn Israel, but to focus on the crimes of the Iran-backed Hamas leadership against Israel.

Source: IsraelNationalNews
Ex-Spain PM: If Israel goes down, we all go down - YNet News

Moscow 'extremely disappointed' by additional Iran sanctions, says they're 'unacceptable'

Jun. 17, 2010 - Russia warned the West that their additional sanctions against Iran were "unacceptable."
Russia told the United States and European Union Thursday it was extremely disappointed they were imposing additional sanctions on Iran beyond those approved by the UN Security Council with Moscow's backing.
Source: YNet News

Ayatollah calls for nukes

June 15,2010 - In Iran, Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, the hard-line spiritual mentor of Iran's president, wrote a book calling for the production of the "special weapons" that are a monopoly of a few nations. This is apparently a veiled reference to nuclear arms.
The Associated Press on Monday obtained a copy of a book written in which he wrote that Iran should not deprive itself of the right to produce these "special weapons."
Officially, Iran's government, and its clerical hierarchy continues to deny that the country is seeking nuclear weapons.
Source: Denver Post
Iran cleric wants ‘special weapons’ to deter enemy - Las Vegas Sun
The Islamic Revolution, a Surge in Political Changes in History - AP
Yazdi's hardline views, including devotion to the Mahdi, a messiah-like figure to reappear ahead of judgement day, have had a strong impact on Ahmadinejad, who shows him more respect than any other senior cleric.

Iran 'definitely' building nuclear weapon

June 15, 2010 - Diplomats hesitate to say that Iran is building nuclear weapons, but the men and women working undercover to stop Iran's efforts so are willing to say so.
"There is no doubt Iran is definitely building a nuclear weapon," a senior foreign counterproliferation official with a U.S. ally says in an exclusive interview with WTOP.
Some public officials will also admit the threat. National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer says, "The nature and scope of Iran's nuclear program causes the U.S. and the international community to question whether Iran's nuclear intentions are peaceful."
Source: WTOP Federal News Radio

Report: Saudi Arabia gives Israel air corridor to bomb Iran

June 12, 2010 - According to the London Times, Saudi Arabia would allow Israeli warplanes to use a narrow corridor of airspace in the north of their country to strike Iran.
Saudi Arabia has practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow Israeli warplanes passage on their way to attack Iran's nuclear installations, a British newspaper reported on Saturday.
There are tensions between Israel and Saudi Arabia, but they share a mutual hostility to Iran.

An an unnamed U.S. defense source in the area said that this arrangement has been done with the agreement of the [U.S.] State Department.

Source: Haaretz
Update June 14, 2010: Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf refutes Times of London report saying Saudi Arabia practiced standing down its anti-aircraft systems to allow an Israeli bomb run. - Haaretz

'Israel may strike Iran next month'

June 10, 2010 - A senior Egyptian security official told WorldNetDaily that the Egyptian government believes July will be a decisive month that may see an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. WND was unable to get verification from other Egyptian sources, but they did hear from Hamas sources that something was brewing.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas chief in Gaza, told WND he believes a Middle East confrontation is likely, possibly in the next few months.

"You don't need to be a fortuneteller to see that Israel is planning something soon."

Egypt and Israel recently conducted coordinated military training exercises.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Turkey is calling for a jihad against Israel

June 10, 2010 - Turkey is using the Israeli attack on the attempted blockade-running mission last week as an opportunity to re-establish the leadership it once had among Islamic countries.
No ruling Arab leader is as popular as the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose discourse amounts to calls for a jihad against Israel.
Erdogan knew the flotilla would provoke violence, but he encouraged it, and now takes advantage of the situation with inflamitory rhetoric. He has said:
"The heart of humanity has taken one of her heaviest wounds in history."
"Bloody massacre" … "spilling the blood of innocent humans"
"Today is a turning point in history … Nothing will ever be the same again."
Source: Guardian - UK

UN votes for new sanctions on Iran over nuclear issue

June 9, 2010 - A fourth UN Security Council resolution has been passed to impose against Iran over its nuclear program. Russia and China voted for it after convincing the council not to impose economic sanctions or an oil embargo. The resolution did call for tighter finance curbs and an expanded arms embargo.
The Security Council resolution was opposed by Turkey and Brazil, which had brokered a deal with Iran on uranium enrichment. Lebanon abstained.
Source: BBC

UN 'to adopt' fourth round of Iran nuclear sanctions

June 8, 2010 - The UN Security Council is expected to adop a resolution to impose a new round of sanctions on Iran this week. The issue is Iran's nuclear program, which they claim is for peaceful purposes, but most nations believe will result in the production of nuclear weapons.
The final version expands a limited arms embargo, and toughens financial restrictions and shipping inspections.
Turkey, Brazil, and a number of other nations may vote against the resolution, but none of them have veto powers.
Source: BBC Ahmadinejad defiant ahead of UN nuclear sanctions vote - BBC

Iran says can destroy Israel in week

May 21, 2010 - Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, chief of staff for Iran's president Amadinejad, threatened that if Israel attacked Iran his country would destroy Israel within a week.
On a visit to Saudi Arabia Mashaei claimed that the annihilation of Israel should be a global goal. He told Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir that "the corrupt and criminal Zionist regime is harming not only the Arab and Islamic world, but all of humanity."
Source: YNet
Obama starts massive US Air-Sea-Marine build-up opposite Iran - DEBKAfile
IDF preparing for mass evacuations in case of Hezbollah missile strike - Haaretz

Iran to Ship Uranium to Turkey in Nuclear Deal

May 17, 2010 - Iran has agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium to Turkey where it will be exchanged for reactor-ready fuel rods. This would supposedly keep Iran from expanding its own enrichment capabilities, leading to the development of a nuclear weapons program. This is the first time that Brazil and Turkey have acted as mediators in the dispute over Iran's nuclear activities.
There was no immediate comment from the United States and the other world powers that have led earlier negotiations as to whether the new deal would satisfy them and stave off a fourth round of U.N. sanctions.
Source: Fox
Brazil, Turkey bolster Iran's nuclear drive, disarm US sanctions threat - DEBKAfile

Medvedev to Assad: In case of war Israel intends to use nuclear weapons

May 15, 2010 -Russian President Medvedev warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that if Israel has to fight a Total war, it intends to use nuclear weapons on Syrian, Lebanese and Iranian cities "without pause and without mercy until they beg a cease-fire."
... currently there is a silent agreement between the major powers, Russia, USA, France, Britain and Germany, and Israel, that in a Total war, Israel will get all the breathing space it will need to Overpower the Arab world.
Source: Before It's News
Moscow to build nuke plant in Turkey, possibly Syria - Jerusalem Post
Report: Russia signs arms deal with Syria - Haaretz
Obama urges funds for Israel shield - Prophecy Central's Mideast War Section

New air refueling system gives Israel capacity for strike on Iran

May 13, 2010 - Since the U.S. has refused to supply Israel with the systems that would allow them long-distance military flights, they have developed their own advanced air refueling systems that could facilitate a strike on Iran.
"There is no doubt that the technological capabilities, which improved in recent years, have improved range and aerial refueling capabilities, and have brought about a massive improvement in the accuracy of ordnance and intelligence," Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon said.
Source: World Tribune

'Russia moving closer to Hezbollah too'
Experts analyze Moscow's connection to radical Islam, say it is all part of much bigger plan

May 13, 2010 - Meeting with Hamas politburo Khaled Mashaal in Syria, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Hamas should be included in the Middle East peace process.
Is Russia taking a pro-Islamic side in one of the most explosive regions in the world? A former Israeli ambassador to Russia explains that Moscow is seeking to increase its involvement, and hold, in the region. Terror organizations? It's doesn't really matter to them.
Source: YNet News

Netanyahu: Iran trying to provoke war between Israel and Syria

May 12, 2010 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that "Israel seeks peace and has no intention to attack its neighbors." But he complained that Iran is trying to provoke war between Israel and Syria.
"Israel has no intention for war, and this is an effort to spread lies in order to create regional tension," Netanyahu said.
Source: Haaretz

Israeli aerospace official: Iran cruise missile poses 'extremely serious' threat

May 8, 2010 - Yair Shamir, Israel Aerospace Industries chairman, said that Iran's missile capabilities pose "an extremely serious danger." Iran has received at least twelve K-55 long-distance missiles from Ukraine, which is able to fly under the radar of most regional states
"The pace of missile development is much faster than those of solutions," Shamir said. "The new element is that Iran is already in space."
Source: World Tribune

EMP could leave '9 out of 10 Americans dead'

May 4, 2010 - Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin sounds a renewed alarm about the possibility of an EMP attack (electromagnetic pulse) on the United States because of Iran's work on a multi-stage Space Launch Vehicle. Iran recently conducted a successful launch of their multi-stage SLV, the Simorgh. This rocket could be equipped with a nuclear warhead and detonated at high altitude over the U.S. The resulting radiation could destroy computers all over the nation, leading to a loss of electrical power and other necessary utilities.
"Within a year of that attack, nine out of 10 Americans would be dead, because we can't support a population of the present size in urban centers and the like without electricity," said Frank Gaffney, president of the Center for Security Policy.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Israeli Officials Weigh Option of Attacking Iran Without U.S. Consent

Apr. 22, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal reports that some senior Israeli officials told them that The Israeli security establishment is divided over whether it needs Washington's blessing if Israel decides to attack Iran. They say that Israel supports the U.S.-led push for new economic sanctions against Iran, but the pace is too slow.

Ephraim Sneh, who was deputy minister of defense under former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, contends that Israel does not need permission from the U.S. to strike Iran's nuclear facilities.

But Maj. Gen. Giora Eiland, a former national security adviser, says Israel wouldn't jeopardize its relationship with the U.S. by launching a military strike against Iran without an American nod.
Source: Fox
Netanyahu: Less Time to Act on Iran with Each Passing Day - Israel National News

Obama U-Turn on UN penalties for Iran, defensible borders for Israel

Apr. 20, 2010 - President Obama has evidently departed from two key elements of US-Israeli strategic relations: The promise of stiff UN Security Council sanctions on Iran�s nuclear developments, and assurance of recognized and defensible borders for Israel.
In the administration's message of congratulations to Israel on its 62nd Day of Independence, US Secretary of state Hillary Clinton mentions "recognized borders" while omitting the traditional "defensible."
And President Obama is apparently accommodating China by leaning toward a quick UN General Assembly resolution about Iran, which would be non-binding.
Source: DEBKAfile

Gates Says U.S. Lacks a Policy to Thwart Iran

Apr. 19, 2010 - Defense department employees, speaking on the condition of anonomity have revealed some aspects of a new memo to the White House.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran�s steady progress toward nuclear capability.
Gates warned that Iran could assemble all the major parts of a nuclear weapon but stop short of final construction, and still remain a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. It would deceive the world while becoming a virtual nuclear weapons state.
Source: N.Y. Times
Gates: US has a plan for Iran - Denies writing "wake-up call" memo to Obama administration - Jerusalem Post

Gaffney: Iran Could Have Nuke 'Any Day' Now

Apr. 16, 2010 - Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, who was Ronald Reagan's assistant secretary of defense for International Security Policy, says that Iran could be armed with nuclear weapons "any day" now, and warns that the regime is likely to use them to bring about their sought-after "apocalypse."

When Iran does have nuclear weapons Gaffney thinks they could not be restrained by fear of nuclear retaliation. He says that the Iranian regime is driven by their theology.

...bringing back the twelfth Imam, the Mahdi, the messiah figure, is their highest purpose, and in order to do that, according to their religious beliefs, something very much like the apocalypse needs to take place.
Source: NewsMax
The Center For Security Policy

Medvedev: Israel Strike on Iran Could Mean Nuclear War, Refugees

Apr. 15, 2010 - In an ABC interview Russian President Dmitri Medvedev said that the nuclear situation with Iran is 'tragic.' When asked about the possibility that Israel would strike Iran, Medvedev called it "the worst possible scenario."
And if conflict of that kind happens, and a strike is performed, then you can expect anything, including use of nuclear weapons. And nuclear strikes in the Middle East, this means a global catastrophe. Many deaths.
Source: Israel National News
U.S. Congress urges Obama to impose 'crippling sanctions' on Iran - Haaretz

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Gog and Magog Links

The Magog Invasion - Chuck Missler
Magog Revisited - Missler
Ezekiel 38 - Bill Konig
The Center For Security Policy

Excerpts from The Prophecy Puzzle

Gog is not mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 10, but he is evidently the head of the land of Magog, who is mentioned as a son of Japheth.

Hesoid, a Greek writer of the 7th century BC, and contemporary of Ezekiel, identified Magog with the Scythians and southern Russia. Flavius Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian said that Magogians were called "Scythians" by the Greeks. Philo, a 1st century Greek identified Magog with southern Russia. (Chuck Missler, "The Magog Invasion" Briefing Package, 1995, pp. 1-2)

Commentators from the turn of this century and before have generally identified Gog and Magog with Russia even though, at the time, they could not explain why Russia would turn against God's people. They conjectured that perhaps the time would come when there would be animosity between Russia and Israel.

The Target: Israel

Ezekiel 38:8-12

This is the only time in history that this could be said of Israel, that they were brought back from many nations. It is true that they were brought back from Babylon and Persia in the Old Testament, but it is only since the Zionist movement, which began in the late 1800's, that Jewish people have returned from nations all over the world. They had been scattered abroad even in New Testament times. On the Day of Pentecost, for example, they various languages spoken by the Apostles, when the Holy Spirit came upon them, represented the many lands where they had settled. But they had not returned to stay. This really never happened until the amazing events that led to the rebirth of Israel in 1948. What thoughts would come into Russia's mind to make them want to attack Israel? A consideration of Russia's instability and the plans of some of their leaders for expansion throughout the Mediterranean area is given below. Israel has always been a key land bridge between Russia's allies and is presently an enemy of some of those allies. Any number of scenarios in the always-volatile Middle East politics could lead to a Russian attack in the future.

Russia's Allies

Most of the names in this passage can also be found in Genesis 10. That chapter contains the story of the migration of the descendants of Noah after the flood.

Persia is modern Iran. Cush is the ancient name for Ethiopia. Put is Lybia, Gomer corresponds to the area of modern Germany, and Togarmah most likely represents Armenia and Turkish tribes

It is interesting that Mizraim, the forefather of Egypt is apparently missing from this lineup. This, of course, fits the current world scene, with Egypt being the first Arab nation to make peace with Israel.

Israel's Allies

Israel's allies appear to be few and feeble. Some of Saudi Arabia was populated by Sheba and Dedan. The merchants of Tarshish could be England and English colonies. In that case, The United States could even be included since we were once an English colony. These allies ask why Russia and its allies are coming, but do not appear to deter them.

The Outcome

Ezekiel 38:22

"And with pestilence and with blood I shall enter into judgment with him; and I shall rain on him, and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Ezekiel 39:3-6

3 "And I shall strike your bow from your left hand, and dash down your arrows from your right hand. 4 "You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field. 5 "You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken," declares the Lord GOD. 6 "And I shall send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the LORD.

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