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 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 (Russia), who is the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. He is assisted by Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), 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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The Magog Persia Alliance

June 9, 2012 - This update from Jack Kelly shows that the Syrian crisis is bringing the key players of Ezekiel 38 and 39 into a closer alliance. Read how Russia, Iran, and Syria are being forced into a "contact group" by world pressure, including the United Nations, to stop the bloodshed in Syria. All of this has a profound effect on Israel, and could easily lead to the predicted war of Gog and Magog.
Source: Grace Thru Faith

Prophetic Significance of the War of Gog and Magog

Putin sends warning to U.S., NATO in Victory Day speech at Red Square

May 10, 2012 - Remembering Russia's defeat of Nazi Germany, and the end of World War II, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States and NATO about involvement in Syria and Iran even though no specific countries were mentioned.
"President Putin made it quite clear who is nursing aggressive plans in the world today," Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party ... said in an interview after the speech. "It is the United States and NATO without any doubt."
Source: Jewish World Review

Russia warns on missile defence deal with Nato and US

May 3, 2012 - Talks are failing between NATO and Russia about a controversial plans for a missile defence system based in Central Europe. The Russian defense minister Gen Nikolai Makarov said, "A decision to use destructive force pre-emptively will be taken if the situation worsens."
Source: BBC

Moscow deploys advanced SA-21 Growler missiles in rebuff to Obama

April 26, 2012 - Russia has reacted to plans for NATO’s missile defense system by deploying a third battery of anti-missiles at its Baltic Fleet base in Kaliningrad, near Poland and Lithuania. The other two batteries are in Russia’s Far East.
SA-21 Growler is a highly sophisticated, long- to medium-range surface-to-air missile system capable of intercepting and destroying targets within a range of 250 miles and an altitude of more than 18 miles.
Source: World News Tribune

Evidence Grows that Israel is Set for War, But What If Russia Intervenes?
Joel Rosenberg
Best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg recounts evidence that Israel may attack Iran soon, but brings up the question of what would happen if Russia intervenes. He cited a New York Times story over the weekend that Russia's Vladimir Putin needs to drive oil prices higher (an average of $150/barrel) for the next few years in order to keep his lavish campaign promises. It would help his cause to encourage or foment more tensions in the Middle East.
Putin is already moving Russian forces into Syria. He’s also actively preparing to build a new regional political/military/economic alliance he calls the “Eurasian Union.”
Rosenberg asks what would happen if Russia signed a mutual defense treaty with Iran, so that an attack against Iran would also be an attack against Russia? What if Russia went even further and persuaded Iran to dismantle it's nuclear program, then led the U.N. to call for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East. Israel would be under pressure to dismantle its own nuclear program, possibly leading to the fulfillment of the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39 and the “War of Gog and Magog.”
Source: Joel C. Rosenberg's blog

Russia: Attack on Tehran is Attack on Moscow

Jan. 16, 2012 -
“Iran is our neighbor,” Russia's outgoing ambassador to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, told reporters in Brussels. “And if Iran is involved in any military action, it’s a direct threat to our security.”
The writer of the article opines that this threat heightens the prospect of World War III in the event of a military strike on Iran.
Source: Israel National News
See: Former National Security Adviser Hadley: Chance of US-Iran Conflict 'Very High' in Prophecy Central's new Iran section.
Iran, Russia Ink Security Agreement - Fars News Agency

Tehran blast kills nuclear scientist

Jan. 11, 2012 - Another nuclear scientist has been killed by a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist in Iran. The mysterious event took place in the capital city of Tehran. The victim was Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, "an oil professor at Tehran's technical university and nuclear scientist."
A city official blamed Israel for the attack, similar to attacks on nuclear scientists just over a year ago.
Source: YNet News
US denies killing Iran nuclear scientist with magnetic bomb - MSNBC
Killings, blasts, computer worms: The covert war on Iran - YNet News

Ex-adviser: Obama ready to strike to stop Iran

Jan. 10, 2011 - Dennis Ross, who served two years on Obama’s National Security, said,
Obama has “made it very clear” that he regards a nuclear-armed Iran as so great a threat to international security that “the Iranians should never think that there’s a reluctance to use the force” to stop them.
A day earlier Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told CBS News’s “Face the Nation” that a decision by Iran to develop nuclear weapon would cross a red line, precipitating a US strike. In addition, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the same audience that he has is planning and positioning assets to be ready if ordered to take military action.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran plans one-kiloton underground nuclear test in 2012 - DEBKAfile

Iran to Launch Nuclear Work in Bunker in 'Near Future'

Jan. 8, ,2012 - Iran sends a political signal that it will not agree with pressure to stop enriching uranium. Instead, they will move their uranium enrichment facility in the "near future" to a location deep inside a mountain.
Iran has said for months that it is preparing to move its highest-grade uranium refinement work to Fordow, a facility near the Shi'ite Muslim holy city of Qom in central Iran, from its main enrichment plant at Natanz.
Iran still claims that its nuclear program is only for the purpose of generating power and for medical purposes. Western powers believe that Iran also wants to produce nuclear weapons.
Source: NewsMax
Gulf states brace for unwanted US-Iran war - Space Daily

Report: Russian naval force arrives at Syria port in 'show of solidarity'

Jan. 8, ,2012 - While Syria continues to kill protestors and the Arab League meets to discuss censure of the government, Russia has sent a large naval fleet of ships, led by an aircraft carrier, to the port of Tartus as a "show of friendship" between the nations.
Source: Haaretz

Thousands of US troops deploying to Israel

Jan. 5, 2012 - The US is sending troops to Israel to conduct the largest-ever joint missile drill by the two countries, and perhaps to prepare for the possibility of war with Iran. Last year's UN report on Iran's nuclear program developments and threats from Iran to close the Strait of Homuz might cause an all-out war to occur sooner than thought.
Without much media attention, thousands of American troops are being deployed to Israel, and Iranian officials believe that this is the latest and most blatant warning that the US will soon be attacking Tehran.
Source: RT
President Obama Outlines a New Global Military Strategy - White House
'US deploys troops in Israel for Iran war' - PressTV
Former CIA Chief: Iran 'Single Greatest Destabilizing' Force in 2012 - Fox
Saudis, Gulf states on war alert for early US-Iran clash - DEBKAFILE
Report: Israel could take out Iran’s nuclear infrastructure ‘in two days’ - World Tribune
'Attacks on Iran won't be allowed from Turkey' - Jerusalem Post
U.S. to Iran: Warships to remain in Persian Gulf - USA Today

The Islamist Winter: New Report Suggests Extremist Views Winning in Libya

Jan. 5, 2012 - Abd al-Hakim Belhadj, one of the most powerful militia commanders in Libya, has become head of the Tripoli Military Council.
Belhadj is reported to be a former emir of an al Qaeda affiliate known as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group or LIFG. Founded in 1995 to set up an Islamic state or emirate inside Libya, it waged jihad against the regime of former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi.
Source: Fox

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Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy

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. Rosh ("head", "chief") sounds like Russia. Meshech sounds like Moscow or Mushkovi, the old name for Russia. Tubal sounds like Tobolsk.

- 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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