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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Putin Visits Iran for Talks on Syria’s Future

Nov. 23, 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaged in talks today with Iranian leaders about Syria's civil war.

Moscow and Tehran have been the key backers of Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout his nation’s civil war, which has killed over 250,000 people and turned millions into refugees.

On Sept. 30 Russia began an air campaign against the Islamic State and other insurgents in Syria.

Source: Time

Prophetic Significance of the War of Gog and Magog


UN asked to take action against Iran for recent missile test

Oct. 22, 2015 -

The United States, France, Britain and Germany asked the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to investigate ... Iran for conducting a ballistic missile test earlier this month, which they say violated U.N. sanctions.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power contends that the missile launched by Iran on Oct. 10 “is inherently capable of delivering a nuclear weapon."

Source: Washington Post



With Russian & Iranian forces now engaged in combat in Syria, people are asking, “What is the War of Gog & Magog?” Here’s the answer, Part One.

Oct. 10, 2015 - Read Joel Rosenberg's balanced explanation of the predicted war of Gog and Magog. This is the first installment of a series.

Today, let’s start by defining “Gog” and “Magog,” when Bible indicates this prophecy will take place, and what countries will be participating in the coalition against Israel.

Source: Joel Rosenberg

Oct. 11, 2015 - Israel makes massive discovery of oil in the Golan Heights. Is this a prelude to the “War of Gog & Magog”? Here’s the answer, Part Two.

Oct. 12, 2015 - Will the Biblical “War of Gog & Magog” bring about the end of Radical Islam as we have known it? Here’s the answer, Part Three.

Oct. 15, 2015 - Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the “War of Gog & Magog.” Part Four in our series on the prophecies of Ezekiel 38-39.

Russian military build-up in Syria ‘unprecedented,’ officials say

Sept. 10, 2015 -U.S. officials are calling a Russian military build-up Syria "unprecedented."

Two U.S. officials who have reviewed the latest intelligence told Fox News that satellite imagery reveals more flights of massive Russian An-124 "condor" military cargo planes landing in Syria. They are offloading ... Russian marines, and armored vehicles.

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Russian military build-up in Syria ‘unprecedented,’ officials say

Sept. 10, 2015 -U.S. officials are calling a Russian military build-up Syria "unprecedented."

Two U.S. officials who have reviewed the latest intelligence told Fox News that satellite imagery reveals more flights of massive Russian An-124 "condor" military cargo planes landing in Syria. They are offloading ... Russian marines, and armored vehicles.

Source:Fox News

Top Iranian Terror Commander Meets with Putin

Aug. 7, 2015 - Iranian Revolutionary Guards leader Qassem Soleimani, ignoring a UN travel ban, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia and Iran are close partners. The two countries have both backed the Syrian regime in the ongoing civil war; Moscow is also preparing to deliver S-300 missile defense systems to Tehran despite a chorus of international criticism.

Source: Israel National News

Russia sees big potential from Iran deal

July 22, 2015 -

When the UN Security Council unanimously approved the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, Russia paid tribute with an enthusiastic invitation to the West to co-operate on other fronts.

Sergei Lavrov, Russia'sforeign minister, said there was now no longer a need for the US to deploy missile defence systems in Europe.

Source: FT

Iran deal: Obama to attempt end run around Congress via the UN

July 19, 2015 - Senate Republicans oppose President Obama's plan to ask the Security Council to approve the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, before Congress even has a chance to consider it. Senator Marco Rubio said,

“It’s a clear sign that he knows if this deal is reviewed closely by the American people, it will be rejected. We cannot allow America's security to be outsourced to the United Nations.”

Source: Rick Moran - American Thinker
UN Set to Adopt Iran Nuke Deal Monday in Obama Blitzkrieg - Israel National News
Iran’s Khamenei hails his people for demanding death to America and Israel - Times of Israel

Russia's Putin calls for lifting all sanctions against Iran

July 11, 2015 - Russia's President Vladimir Putin expects the six major world powers to reach a deal with Iran soon.

"We presume that all sanctions will be lifted against Iran, the question is which sanctions and when. We are calling for comprehensive lifting of them as soon as possible," Putin told a briefing in the Russian city of Ufa.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran blames U.S.-Russia split for stymied nuke talks - CBS
Greece debt crisis: Eurozone ministers to decide on bailout - BBC

Threat of war with major power ‘low, but growing,’ military strategy report warns

July 3, 2015 - According to the National Military Strategy for 2015, the U.S. not only faces the threat of insurgent groups in the Middle East, but must also be aware of the growing possibility of war with major powers like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

The report specifically talks about threats from North Korea, Iran, Russia and China, which has continued aggressive land grabs in the South China Sea that violate international law.

The report predicted that cyber-attacks from these sources will be “unpredictable, costly and difficult to control.”
Source: Washington Times
USA's new defense strategy names Russia, China, Iran and North Korea prime enemies - Pravda
Putin Biding His Time? Build-up of Tanks and Generals in Ukraine - Fox
Russia Says Iran Nuclear Deal Will Be Reached - Israel National News

Nato chief says Russian nuclear threats are 'deeply troubling and dangerous'

May 27, 2015 - Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg warned that flights of Russia's nuclear bombers are upsetting to Europe.

Russia’s plans to deploy nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad – near Poland’s border – and its threat to move nuclear forces in Crimea would “fundamentally change the balance of security in Europe,” Stoltenberg warned, in a speech during a visit to Washington.

Source: The Guardian - UK

Leading Islamic voice calls for reconquering Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on his countrymen to refocus on the Ottoman goal of re-conquering Jerusalem for Islam and uniting Shia and Sunni tribes for that same mission.

Source: WND

Russia Lifts Its Ban on Delivery of S-300 Missiles to Iran

Apr. 12, 2015 - In 2007 Russia agreed to sell advanced S-300 missiles to Iran, but in 2010 then-President Dmitry Medvedev prohibited the sale because of a UN embargo against sale of military equipment to Iran. The change of policy was apparently because of the possible deal with Iran to limit its nuclear development.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Israel alarmed at news Russia to supply Iran advanced air defense system - Times of Israel
Russia and Iran begin massive oil-for-goods deal - Business Insider
Iran says Russian missiles could arrive this year - Times of Israel

Putin’s Ukraine War Is About Founding a New Russian Empire

Apr. 7, 2015 - Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he “always saw the Russians and Ukrainians as a single people." It is apparent that his goal is to bring Ukraine back under the control of Russia. His actions against Chechnia in 1994, Georgia in 2008, and Crimea (part of Ukraine) last year, make it clear that he will not be satisfied until he reclaims Ukraine.

If no Ukrainian state has the right to exist, the entire settlement of 1989 to 1991 in Eastern Europe, and especially in the former Soviet Union, is illegitimate and a standing threat to the Russian state.

Source: NewsWeek

Iranian and Russian officials meet in Tehran to sign Defense pact against foreign meddling

Jan. 20, 2015 - Russian Defense Minister General Sergei Shoigu flew to Tehran yesterday to sign a mutual defense pact with Brigadier General Hosein Dehqan, the Islamic Republic's Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Minister said that the agreement would be a foundation of comprehensive military cooperation between the two countries in various spheres."
The Russian official was on an official state visit to Iran in order to highlight the two country's mutual commitment to insulate themselves from what they believe to be foreign meddling led by the US.
Source: Jerusalem Post
Sophisticated Russian S-400 missiles for Iran under new military pact, S-300s for Egypt, Syria, Hizballah - DEBKAFile

Gorbachev: NATO expansion into Ukraine risks nuclear war NATO Expansion Into Ukraine Could Ignite Nuclear War, Gorbachev Says; World ‘Will Not Survive The Next Few Years’

Jan. 18, 2015 - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev told Der Spiegle magazine that Russia and NATO may be on a nuclear collision course over Russia's expansion into Ukraine because old agreements are not in force and neither side trusts the other. He said:
"We won't survive the coming years if someone loses their nerve in this overheated situation," Gorbachev said. "This is not something I'm saying thoughtlessly. I am extremely concerned."
Source: International Business Times

US and Russia in danger of returning to era of nuclear rivalry

Jan. 5, 2014 - The US has launched an experimental “blimp” over Washington to detect incoming cruise missiles, presumably from Russian nuclear-capable submarines, that have lately been making the trip across the Atlantic.
In the light of aggressive rhetoric from Moscow and the expiry of treaty-based restrictions, there is uncertainty over whether those missiles are now carrying nuclear warheads.
Source: Guardian - UK

Times of London: Obama Outreach to Iran Could Be 'Single Most Reckless Act of 2015'

Jan. 1, 2015 - A Times of London editorial about the year 2015 warned:
President Barack Obama's hope to turn Iran's President Hassan Rouhani "into a friendly ally in the fight against Islamic State" could lead him to undertake "the single most reckless act of 2015" and cut a bad nuclear weapons deal with Teheran.
Source: NewsMax
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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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