The War of Gog and Magog

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:

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 near the beginning of the Tribulation Period. Some respected scholars apply it to The Battle of Armageddon later in the Book of Revelation.

The Aggressors of the War of Gog and Magog - Ezekiel 38:1-4

According to Ezekiel, an alliance of enemies will attack Israel in the end-times. The leader will be Gog of the land of Magog (possibly Russia), who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is assisted by Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia & Sudan), Put (Libya), Gomer, Beth Togarmah and other nations (possibly Turkey and/or other Islamic nations like those once part of the Soviet Union). Most of these names are listed in the genealogies of Genesis 10.

God will bring a quick end to this future war. He may use literal fire and brimstone, as in the days of Sodom, or he might pit nation against nation, the way he often did in the Old Testament, to precipitate a nuclear exchange.

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 38:22 (NIV)

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U.S. Navy won't tolerate 'disruption' through Strait of Hormuz

Dec. 29, ,2011 - Navy 5th Fleet in Bahrain spokeswoman Cmdr. Amy Derrick Frost told reporters Iran's threat to block the Strait of Hormuz is unacceptable.
"Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated."
The strait is a 34-mile-wide channel between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
Source: CNN

Prophetic Significance of the War of Gog and Magog


Iran Warns of Closing Strategic Oil Route

Dec. 28, 2011 - Iran's navy is conducting a 10-day drill in the Persian Gulf involving submarines, missiles, torpedoes and drones. Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told television reporters that Iran can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz through which a sixth of the world's oil flows.
Iran has adopted an aggressive military posture in recent months in response to increasing threats from the U.S. and Israel that they may take military action to stop Iran's nuclear program.
Source: ABC



New Year Prediction: Israel and U.S. Will Attack Iran

Dec. 26, 2011 - Kurt Nimmo quotes David Martin of CBS news. He predicts Israel will attack Iran this year and the U.S. will participate.
“If Iran doesn’t blink Israel will strike… Go after its nuclear facilities, if Iran doesn’t blink… [The U.S. will] have no choice but to support Israel. And depending on what the evidence is at that time they might even want to take part in that raid."
Source: Infowars -from CBS

US Will not Let Iran Make Nuclear Bomb, Says Panetta

Dec. 20,, 2011 -Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS that Iran is a year or less from “N-Day," but the United States will stop it – no matter what.
Asked if the Ahmadinejad regime can produce a nuclear weapon by the end of 2012, Panetta answered, “It would probably be about a year before they can do it. Perhaps a little less.
Source: Israel National News
Top U.S. General: Military option on Iran 'executable if necessary' - Haaretz

Iran Says It Arrests Suspected U.S. Spy

Dec. 17, 2011 - Iran claims to have arrested another spy as soon as he began his work in Iran. The unnamed person was born in Iran, but had been working with the U.S. military in Afghanistan.
The suspect, which it didn't identify by name, sought to infiltrate into Iran's secret services and funnel false information to deceive Iranian intelligence.
Source: Fox

Members of Congress Intrigued with "The Tehran Initiative"

Dec. 16, 2011 - Read Joel Rosenberg's blog about the acceptance of his latest novel, "The Tehran Initiative," by members of Congress.
Source: FlashTrafficBlog
Read Rosenbert's Book Quick! - Ron's Blog

Iran Indicts 15 'American and Zionist' Spies

Dec. 13, 2011 - Iran's official news agency has announced indictments against 15 'American and Zionist' spies.
The report does not say whether the suspects include any of the 12 alleged agents that Tehran said in November had been arrested for ties to the American CIA, Israel's Mossad and regional intelligence agencies.
Source: Fox

Iran may sell secrets to Russia and China

Dec. 11, 2011 - Russian and Chinese military intelligence teams have rushed to Iran to look at the secret U.S. stealth drone captured by the Iranians. Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Ali Jaafari wants them to provide Iran with advanced nuclear and missile technology, especially systems using solid fuel, advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium, and Russia's S-300PMU-1 air defense system.
This super-weapon is effective against stealth warplanes and cruise missiles and therefore capable of seriously impairing any large-scale US or Israeli air or missile attacks on Iran's nuclear sites.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his Russian-speaking Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman have tried to convince Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin not to let Iran have the S-300 batteries, but Putin refused to discuss the matter with them.
Source: DEBKAfile

Iran says US spy drone was flying deep inside its airspace when it was downed

Dec. 7, 2011 - An Iranian report claims that they intercepted a US spy drone over the eastern town of Kashmar, about 140 miles from the border with Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, U.S. officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss classified information, have said the drone had spied on Iran for years from a U.S. air base in Afghanistan.
Source: Washington Post

Explosion Seen as Big Setback to Iran’s Missile Program

Dec. 5, 2011 - The explosion at an Iranian military base near Tehran three weeks ago has set back the country's missile development program. Before and after photos of the base show that it was almost completely leveled in the blast.

Questions are swirling about possible attacks against Iranian nuclear and missile sites. Some Iranian officials have said it might be sabotage in the light of other setbacks in recent years.

Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated on Tehran’s streets, and a highly sophisticated computer worm has attacked its main uranium production facility.
Source: New York Times
Mysterious blasts, slayings suggest covert efforts in Iran - Los Angeles Times
The war against Iran's nuclear program has already begun - Haaretz

Russia 'delivers missiles to Syria'

Dec. 1, 2011 - In spite of strenuous protests from Israel, Russia has delivered Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles to Syria. Israel's concern is that some of the the missiles might be turned over to Hezbollah terrorists in neighboring Lebanon. Their contract was to deliver 72 of the missiles worth at least $300 million.
Russia has since also come under growing pressure from Washington, which wants all military sales to President Bashar al-Assad's regime halted because of his deadly crackdown on Syrian street protests.
Source: YNet News

British Embassy in Iran Attacked

Iran Embassy in Britain Ordered Closed

Nov. 30, 2011 - Some 200 Iranian protesters from a student Basij militia organization with links to the Iranian government attacked the British Embassy in Tehran yesterday. The students were angry about Britain's decision to impose further sanctions on Iran because its nuclear program. The embassy has been closed and the staff has left Iran. Britain's foreign secretary William Hague said:
These events are a grave violation of the Vienna Convention, which states that a host state is required to protect the premises of a diplomatic mission against any intrusion, damage or disturbance. This is a breach of international responsibilities of which any nation should be ashamed.
Hague also ordered the immediate closure of the Iranian embassy in London, with all its staff to leave the UK within 48 hours.
Source: Guardian UK
Britain Orders Immediate Closure of Iranian Embassy in London - Fox
UK to expel all Iranian diplomats over embassy attack - BBC

'There's still time before need for Iran strike'

Nov. 29, 2011 - The former head of Israeli Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin said that it would still take 12 to 18 months for Iran to build a nuclear bomb. The "breakout" stage in their program will be when they begin enriching military-grade uranium. He is hopeful that other countries in the world will be prepared to launch a military strike against Iran. He added that Israel did not need to take action until it reaches that stage.
Source:Jerusalem Post

Report: Explosion rocks Iran city of Isfahan, home to key nuclear facility

Nov. 28, 2011 - Another mysterious explosion in Iran happened today in the city of Isfahan. There are conflicting reports about the exact place and nature of the explosion.
The Revolutionary Guard said the accidental explosion occurred while military personnel were transporting munitions.

It should be noted that Iran operates a uranium conversion plant near Isfahan, one with an important function in the chain of Iran's nuclear program.
Source: Haaretz
Updates on missile site explosion two weeks ago:
Explosions rocking Tehran spark warning of 'big event' - Reza Kahlili - World Net Daily
Blast may have slowed Iran nuclear drive: Israel - Space Daily
Update: Nov. 30 - Report: Blast at Isfahan damaged nuclear facility - The Times quoted Israeli intelligence officials as saying there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident." - Ynet News
Update: Dec. 1 - ‘Bombing squad’ penetrated security at Iran’s Isfahan; explosion wrecked nuke site - World Tribune

Iran's Khamenei presents war scenarios

Nov. 15, 2011 - Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is apparently concerned that his country might be attacked by the U.S. and Israel because of their nuclear program. He has posted an analysis of three possible scenarios that was written by Dr. Amir Mohebian, a senior political commentator.

The first possibility is an all out war that would combine attacks by aerial and ground forces. The paper says that their enemies are not capable of carrying out such a costly war at this time.

The second possibility is an attack on Iran’s control centers. Disrupting the existing power base could lead either to the fall of the Islamic regime, or even to Iran's total surrender at the negotiating table. The paper states that this choice is unlikely, because it could backfire, causing Iran to be more aggressive, setting the Middle East on fire.

The third scenario would be an attack on Iran's "assault capabilities" [presumably including their nuclear development sites]. The analysis of this possibility claims that there is a relatively small likelihood of even this attack happening.

He notes that the scenario's execution would be complicated. It would be impossible to attack all of the country's nuclear facilities due to its size; a limited war could develop into a regional war.

Source: YNet News
Iran's Revolutionary Guards dare Israel to attack - Google
Iran: We'll fire 150,000 missiles at Israel if attacked - YNet News

Iran threatens to 'bung Israel into the trash bin of history' if attacked

Nov. 22, 2011 - The commander of the Iranian revolutionary guards' aerospace division warned that if Israel were to attack Iran's nuclear facilities, "Iran would bung Israel into the trash bin of history."
"It is actually one of our biggest wishes that the Zionists regime [Israel] would make such a move," Amir Ali-Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC aerospace department, told Fars news agency.
It is well known that Iran's Shahab-3 missiles have the capacity to strike any part of Israel.
Source: Haaretz
Israeli Strike on Iran will 'Jam, Blind, Deafen' Defenses - Israel National News
U.S. fears more than a dozen CIA spies executed - WorldNetDaily
What Happens 'The Day After' an Iranian Nuclear Attack? - David Lev - Israel National News

Panetta Warns Israel on Consequences of Iran Military Strike

Nov. 19, 2011 - In a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, said that he still favors sanctions against Iran. He said there would be global economic consequences of an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

Meanwhile, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, said Friday:

"I don't choose to talk about our discussions with our Israeli partners, but I will tell you we are on a dual- track approach, economic and diplomatic, with never taking the military option off the table.

Source: Fox
Israel: time running out to stop a nuclear Iran - Yahoo
Former Soviet bloc scientists played key role in developing Iran nukes - World News Tribune

Iran loses top missile expert in explosions sparked by failed bid to fit nuclear warhead on Shahab-3

Nov. 14, 2011 - In what appears to be a string of attacks by Iranian dissident groups, a huge explosion occured at the Iranian Revolutionary Guard base on Saturday. The base is Amir-al-Mo'menin, located some 25 miles north of Tehran. Several people were killed, including Brig. Hassan Moghadam. He was the head of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) missile development and sections of its nuclear program. DEBKAfile's sources report that the explosion was caused by "a failed effort to mount a possible nuclear warhead on a Shahab-3 intermediate-range missile."

Other "accidents" shortly before the big explosion include a big fire at an ammo base in the town of Malard and a light arms depot at the Bidganeh military camp several miles away.

Some observers think the explosions were caused by an armed dissident group called Oghab. Three members of this group were executed recently. An organization of that name operates in the United States, but its leader denied involvement in the events.

Source: DEBKAfile
Was Israel Behind a Deadly Explosion at an Iranian Missile Base? - TIME
US blog: Mossad behind Iran blast - YNet News - Blogger Tikun Olam writes that an Israeli expert says that the Mossad was responsible for the explosion, in collaboration with a different Iranian militant opposition group, called Mojahedin-e-Khalq.
Israel’s Secret Iran Attack Plan - Yahoo
Update: Nov. 28, 2011 - Satellite images of Iran explosion -CNN
Updates Nov. 29, 2011:
Explosions rocking Tehran spark warning of 'big event' - Reza Kahlili - World Net Daily
Blast may have slowed Iran nuclear drive: Israel - Space Daily

Michele Bachmann: Stage set for worldwide nuclear war against Israel

Nov. 13, 2011 - During a presidential candidates' debate. Michelle Bachmann warned that Iran is developing nuclear weapons and is using countries like Syria and groups like Hamas to threaten Israel's existence. She said,
“The table is being set for worldwide nuclear war against Israel.”
Bachmann is a member of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. She criticized President Obama for not taking a stronger stand on the side of Israel.
Source: Washington Post, Times of Oman, Council on Foreign Relations
Bachmann worries Israel to be target of nuclear war - Oman Times
Campaign 2012 Roundup: Bachmann on Foreign Policy, Perry on Iran, Pundits on Romney - James M. Lindsay - Council on Foreign Relations

'30,000 suicide bombers to infiltrate Israel'

Nov. 12, 2011 - As reports of a a possible Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear facilities grow, Iran warns that a massive counter attack would overwhelm Israel.
Some 30,000 Syrian and Palestinian men have spent the past three months training to infiltrate Israel in order to carry out suicide missions, the Iranian Fars news agency reported Friday.
Source: YNet News
Report: Israel’s secret long-range nuke missile could reach any Mideast target - World News Tribune

UK expects Israeli attack on Iran next month with US logistical support

Nov. 11, 2011 - British Ministry of Defense sources have warned that the recent IAEA report about Iran's nuclear ambitions may lead to a pre-emptive Israeli strike against Iran's nuclear sites, and that this event could take place "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year." They believe that the US will provide "logistical support," similar to the American involvement in the recent Libyan strikes.

The Daily Mail reports that the British Ministry of Defense has drawn up contingency plans for their own involvement if an Israeli strike does occur.

World observers are not only concerned about the relations between Israel and Iran, but also about the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the rest of the Middle East if Iran actually acquires nuclear weapons. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have said they would feel the need to protect their countries against Iran.

Debkafile's military sources add that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has told Obama more than once this year, "If Iran gets nuclear arms, Turkey will get nuclear arms."
Source: DEBKAfile
Allen West: U.S. Must 'Absolutely' Support Israel in Iran Attack - Newsmax

Iran's Ahmadinejad Vows Not to Retreat on Nuclear Drive

Nov. 9, 2011 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report that Iran is about to develop an atomic weapon. He claimed that their nuclear development is only for peaceful purposes and accused the agency for siding with America. According to him, Iran will not retreat "one iota" from its nuclear program.
The 13-page annex to the IAEA's report released Tuesday included claims that while some of Iran's activities have civilian as well as military applications, others are "specific to nuclear weapons."
Source: Fox
Calls for tougher sanctions against Iran following IAEA report - Guardian - UK
Iran's nuclear programme: the IAEA report (pdf) - Guardian - UK

Report: Israel may have armed U.S. cruise missiles with nuclear warheads

Nov. 7, 2011 - According to a report from The British American Security Information Council, it is believed that Israel has prepared cruise missiles with nuclear warheads.
Author Ian Kearns said Israel was also believed to have installed nuclear warheads on its Dolphin-class electric-diesel submarines acquired from Germany over the last decade.
Source: World News Tribune

Why Iran's Top Leaders Believe That the End of Days Has Come

Nov. 7, 2011 - It sounds like fiction, but it's all too true! According to Joel Rosenberg, who writes both fiction and documentary books about the Middle East,
Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are convinced that the End of Days has come. They believe the Shia messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate.
Khamenei said that he has personally met with the Twelfth Imam, that he is to be the personal representative of the Mahdi on earth. Their first goal is the annihilation of Israel and the United States.

There is much more about this subject in this revealing article!

Source: Joel C. Rosenberg - Fox

US believes Israel may soon attack Iran

Nov. 7, 2011 - The International Atomic Energy Agency is about to publish a report about Iran's nuclear program. It is expected to show that Iran may already building nuclear weapons.
Many believe that report will mark the dreaded "point of no return" obligating Israel to use military intervention against the Iranian nuclear program, as did it against Iraq in 1981 and Syria in 2007.
Source: Israel Today Magazine
Israel's Peres warns attack on Iran getting 'closer' - Yahoo
Israel, U.S. to embark on largest joint exercise in allies' history - Haaretz
IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability - Washington Post
Russian FM warns against any military strike on Iran - Jerusalem Post
Condi Rice: 'I Have No Doubt Israel Will Defend Itself Against Iran' - Newsmax

U.S. concerned Israel could strike Iran

Nov. 6, 2011 - A senior U.S. military official told CNN that the United States is concerned that Israel may be preparing to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear sites.
The concerns over a possible Israeli strike come as the International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report next week detailing Iran's progress on its nuclear weapons development program.
In the past, American officials felt that Israel would notify them ahead of initiating an attack, but they are not so sure now that they will get advanced notice. They do say that the U.S. has no current plans to attack Iran.
Source: Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr - CNN
President Peres: Iran ‘greatest danger’ for Israel - Haaretz
IAEA report on Iran set to raise Middle East tension - Reuters
'Israeli attack will unleash Iran's wrath' - YNet
Iran bigger threat than al-Qaeda: U.S. official - National Post

Iran boosts anti-U.S. rhetoric ahead of release of IAEA report on nuclear program

Nov. 4, 2011 - On the anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, thousands of students burned American flags, an effigy of Uncle Sam and pictures of President Barack Obama. They chanted, "Death to America." The two countries have been enemies ever since the 1979 event.
Tension between Iran and the West is particularly high ahead of the publication next week of a report by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, expected to suggest Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.
Source: Haaretz

Iran says united and 'ready for war' with Israel

Nov. 3, 2011 - After recent reports that Israel is preparing for a pre-emptive attact against Iran, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said his country is "ready for war" with Israel. In the meanwhile, Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran's chief of staff, warned that Israel would be severely punished for any attack on Iranian soil.
"In case of an attack by the Zionist regime, the United States would also be hit," he added, without elaborating.
Britain is also on the alert over these developments. The Guardian newspaper reported that the country is preparing to deploy Royal Navy ships to assist a possible American strike on Iran.
Source: Haaretz
Israel Considers Pre-Emptive Attack On Iran - Sky News

Israel warns West: Window of opportunity to thwart Iran nuclear program is closing

nov. 1, 2011 - The Israeli government has instructed its ambassadors to Western countries that it will soon be too late to use diplomacy and economic action to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. The message is that strong sanctions must be imposed immediately.
The sanctions campaign comes ahead of the planned November 8 release of an IAEA report, which is expected to reveal new details about the scope of Iran's nuclear program. The IAEA is reportedly preparing to bring proof that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear bomb.
Source: Haaretz
US fears uncoordinated Israeli strike on Iran - YNet News

More signs Israel preparing to launch attack

Oct. 31, 2011 - According to a U.S. intelligence source, Israel may be preparing for a multi-front strike that would target Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and even Syria. It is thought that Syria would welcome such an attack to divert attention from its own protests against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
He said that U.S. analysts were concerned that an attack could be "imminent." The intelligence source said there was a "green light" for the Israelis "to do a strike."
Source: WorldNetDaily

'Iran is our central threat, must be prioritized as such'

Oct. 29, 2011 - Israeli Senior Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad told students at the Ashkelon Academic College that Iran is Israel's central threat. He said that Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons but they are determined to develop them. He said that Israel must deal with security from many fronts, but Iran should be their highest priority.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Israeli prisoner swap may be prelude to attack on Iran - The Washington Times
Clinton: Iran morphing into military dictatorship - Jerusalem Post

Clinton: Iran morphing into military dictatorship

Oct. 28, 2011 - US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton talked to a BBC interviewer that the case of Manssor Arbabsiar, the Iranian American who recently confessed to the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US. She said that this situation illustrates that, "...we’re not quite sure who makes decisions anymore inside of Iran." Overseas money wires in the case were traced to the Quds Force in Iran.
The Quds Force is a shadowy subset of the powerful Revolutionary Guard in Iran charged with "exporting" the Islamic revolution beyond Iran's borders.
Hezbollah is also supported by the Quds Force.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Gaffney: Rise of Sharia Law Will Bring War to the Middle East

Oct. 25, 2011 - Frank Gaffney, director of the nonprofit Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., warns that war is on its way in the Middle East. Tunisia's Islamist party Ennahdahas just won the elections in that country a day after the new leaders in Libya announced that their country will be run on Islamic principles and under Sharia law. Gaffney said,
“I’m afraid there’s a war coming, a very serious, perhaps cataclysmic regional war,” he said. “It will be presumably over, at least in part, the future existence of the state of Israel. It may involve all of its neighbors."
He also expressed concern that it might involve the use of nuclear weapons, and will most likely spread beyond the Middle East.

Gaffney's solution to this threat is that the United States must stand “absolutely, unmistakably” as one with Israel and doing everything to prevent Iran getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

Source: Newsmax
U.N. report seen worsening fear over Iran nuclear plans - Scientific American

Sharia Enshrined in Libyan Draft Constitution

Oct. 24, 2011 - The Libyan Transitional National Council (TNC) has already released a proposed constitution that specifies Sharia Law as the basis of the government.
The relevant declaration is made in Part 1, Article 1 of the constitution authored by the TNC:
Libya is an independent democratic state wherein the people are the source of authorities. The city of Tripoli shall be the capital of the state. Islam is the religion of the state and the principal source of legislation is Islamic jurisprudence (sharia).
The draft constitution does specify the "freedom of practicing religious rights and shall guarantee respect for their systems of personal status." However, all such statements about rights will be subject to the overriding principles of Sharia Law. The author of this news piece explains:
That is to say, every clause of this constitution must be read in the light of Sharia and its precepts and not simply as plain principles of freedom as understood according to Western tradition.
Source: The New American
Transitional Leader Calls for Sharia Law as Country Celebrates Liberation - FOX

Libya's Col Muammar Gaddafi killed, say NTC officials

Oct. 20, 2011 - The Transitional government in Libya claims that Col Muammar Gaddafi was killed during an assault on his home town of Sirte.
The claims have not yet been independently verified, and other reports said he was captured alive.
Gaddafi was deposed in August after 42 years in power.
Source: BBC
Live update - CNN
De Borchgrave: Former al-Qaida Leader Emerging as Strongman in Libya - Newsmax

U.S. intelligence on alert for Israeli strike on Iran

Oct. 17, 2011 - The Pentagon is monitoring Israeli defense activities to determine if Israel might conduct its long-anticipated strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. The plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. could serve as reason for Israel to make their move.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Iran Committed an Act of War - Will Obama Respond in Kind?

Oct. 12, 2011 - Yesterday a plot was thwarted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador on US soil and bomb a restaurant. The plot was planned by Iran and was to use a Mexican drug cartel to execute the actual attack. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the United States is committed to holding Iran accountable for its actions” and would take “further action” against Iran. The question now is what will the President do in response.
However, the administration mentions using allies and partners and this appears to rule out a unilateral American action against Iran in favor of multilateralism.
Source: Israel National News
Kessler: Bomb Iran Now for Washington Terror Plot - Newsmax

Iran tells Turkey: Change tack or face trouble

Oct. 9, 2011 - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s military adviser reacted to the invitation by Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan for Arab countries to adopt Turkey's form of democracy. He said that,
Turkey must radically rethink its policies on Syria, the NATO missile shield, and promoting Muslim secularism in the Arab world – or face trouble from its own people and neighbors.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Ahmadinejad: 'Israel is the West's creation
for Mideast dominance'

Oct. 3, 2011 - At the "Intifada Conference" hosted in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claimed that the establishment of Israel was the "most heinous historical crime." According to him, Israel was created by the West in order to exert control over the Middle East.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also spoke at the conference. He was opposed to the Palestinian's request to be recognized as a separate state.

“The two-state scheme, which has been clad in the self-righteousness of the acceptance of the Palestinian government and membership at the United Nations, is nothing but ... the recognition of the Zionist regime on Palestinian land,” he declared.
Source: Jerusalem Post

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Pages 141-142
- The Aggressors of the War of Gog and Magog - Ezekiel 38:1-4

According to Ezekiel, an alliance of enemies will attack Israel in the End Times. The leader will be Gog of the land of Magog, who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is assisted by Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, Beth T ogarmah, and other nations. Most of these names are listed in the genealogies of Genesis 10. Gog is not listed in Genesis 10, but he is evidently the head of the land of Magog, who is mentioned as a son of Japheth, one of Noah's sons. It is known that Japheth traveled north from Mt. Ararat after the flood. 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.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 38:2-12

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, the 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 - Ezekiel 38:5-6

Persia is now known as Iran, and there is an amazingly close relationship now between Russia and Iran. Cush is Ethiopia, Put is Libya, Gomer and Beth Togarmah may well be Turkey and/or other Islamic nations like those once part of the Soviet Union.

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 - Ezekiel 38:13

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

The quick end of this future war will be with God's judgment. It could be God's personal power, raining literal fire and brimstone, as in the days of Sodom, or it could be God using nation against nation, as he often did in the Old Testament, to precipitate a nuclear exchange.

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 38:22 (NIV)

The next chapter of Ezekiel continues to give details of this great conflict. Again, it is a scene of utter destruction.

"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." - Ezekiel 39:3-6 (NIV)

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