Iran

PROPHETIC SIGNIFICANCE:

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has been the champion of the Shi'ite branch of Islam. Now their leadership harbors a deep hatred for the United States, whom they call "The Great Satan," and Israel, "The Little Satan."

Even though they have immense supplies of oil, they have claimed to need nuclear power as well. It is now admitted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation's nuclear watchdog, that their goal is the development of nuclear weapons. At the beginning of 2012 experts believe that it will take only a year or less for them to become a deadly threat to Israel, the Middle East, and United States.

Iran figures prominently in Bible prophecy because they are the direct descendants of the Persians, who are mentioned in Ezekiel 38 as key allies of Magog, a powerful nation in the North that many prophecy scholars have tentatively identified as Russia. Together with other nations, these allies will engage Israel in a future war against Israel. See The War of Gog and Magog.

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Poll: 47 percent of Israelis back Iran strike following nuke deal

July 18, 2015 - A poll published by the Maariv newspaper revealed that a high percentage of Israelis believe the nuclear deal with Iran accelerates their development of a nuclear weapon.

Asked “Do you support independent military action by Israel against Iran if such action is needed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon?” 47 percent said yes, 35% said no and 18% expressed no opinion.

Source: Times of Israel

Prophetic Significance of Iran


Iran Deal Worries Mideast Neighbors

July 15, 2015 - Sunni countries like Saudi Arabia fear that the nuclear agreement given to Iran will further destabilize the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the agreement an “historic mistake.” He warned that it will give Iran “hundreds of billions of dollars” to boost support for Iran's allies in the Middle East that are also Israel’s enemies.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Catastrophic Blunder - Hal Lindsey
Rouhani Gloats: We Achieved All Our Goals in Nuclear Deal - Israel National News
Watch: Iranians party in streets of Tehran - Jerusalem Post
Iran nuclear agreement ‘akin to declaring war on Israel’ - The Hill
Israeli ambassador: The four major problems with the Iran deal - Washington Post
A deal that will live in infamy - Israel Hayom
ACLJ: Obama ignored jailed Americans for Iran deal - OneNewsNow
Netanyahu tells Steve Forbes the prospect for “worst kind of war” with Iran is growing because of nuclear deal. Polls show 47% of Israelis now support a unilateral strike. - Joel Rosenberg
House GOP moves to thwart Iran deal - WND



Israel and Saudi Arabia present united front over Iran deal

July 15, 2015 - Israel and the Sunni Arab world are more concerned about the threat of a nuclear Iran than they are about each other.

Saudi Arabia regards Shia Iran as a competitor for leadership in the Muslim world, and sees its hand behind many of the region’s conflicts. The two are supporting opposite sides in wars in Syria and Yemen

Source: Telegraph- UK

Six world powers adopt nuclear deal with Iran

July 14, 2015 - A final comprehensive nuclear development deal has been made between Iran and six world powers.

Formally known as the the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 100-page document amounts to the most significant multilateral agreement reached in several decades. Its final form is roundly opposed in Israel— by the government, by its opposition, and by the public at large.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Iran nuclear deal 'a bad mistake' - Israel's Netanyahu - BBC
Netanyahu Warns: Deal or No Deal, We Won't Let Iran Go Nuclear - Israel National News

Done deal? Iran nuclear agreement to be announced Monday, report says

July 13, 2015 - Some agreement about Iran's nuclear future will probably be announced today.

Two diplomats involved in ongoing talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna told the Associated Press Sunday that final details of the pact were still being worked out.

Source:Fox

Iran declares 'good news' as nuclear deal appears imminent

July 12, 2015 - Negotiations with Iran over their nuclear future are nearly over. Even though the U.S. says there are still problems, Ali Akbar Salehi, Tehran's nuclear chief, told the press that there would be "good news."

Drafting of the deal's text is said to be complete, according to the EU's foreign policy chief. Going into consequential talks on Saturday night, all that was left, it appeared, was a small set of political decisions to be settled by all sides.

Source: Jerusalem Post
Senate majority leader: Iran deal will be ‘hard sell’ in Congress - Times of Israel
Iran newspaper: If US attacks us, White House would be destroyed in 10 minutes - Times of Israel
Netanyahu: While world powers forge Iran deal, Tehran shouts 'Death to America and Israel' - Jerusalem Post

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 <

Iran nuclear: Talks trigger US Congress sanctions delay

July 10, 2015 - Because the negotiations about Iran's nuclear plans have not yet reached an agreement, the US Congress has delayed the lifting of sanctions against Iran.

If an agreement is eventually signed, US legislators will now take 60 days to decide whether to accept or reject it, keeping sanctions in place until then.

Source: BBC

Fears Grow That End of Iran Sanctions Means Billions for Terror Acts

July 9, 2015 -

The nuclear deal with Iran will release a huge influx of cash for the country, and concerns are mounting even within the Obama administration that the new funds could be used to finance terrorism.

Source: NewsMax

Charles Krauthammer: Iran deal worst in U.S. diplomatic history

July 7, 2015 - Columnist Charles Krauthammer warns that a bad deal with Iran is about to happen. He wrote,

"The devil is not in the details. It’s in the entire conception of the Iran deal, animated by President Obama’s fantastical belief that he, uniquely, could achieve detente with a fanatical Islamist regime."

He predicts that the president will get his “legacy” and Iran will get the bomb.

Source: The Elkhart Truth

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

prepares for 'staggeringly consequential' Iran deal

June 30, 2015 - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon warns that the outcome of the nuclear talks with Iran will be a bad deal. He said that ...

... world powers and Iran are headed to a nuclear agreement, even if Tuesday’s deadline is not met, and that despite some last minute delays, the negotiations are not on the verge of collapse.

Source:Jerusalem Post

US intel chief calls Iran the leading terror sponsor, as nuke talks enter final phase

Jun. 26, 2015 - As the Obama administration officials enter the final phase of nuclear negotiation with Iran about their nuclear future, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence warned:

"Iran remains the foremost state sponsor of terrorism and is increasing its ability to influence regional crises and conduct terrorism. This has been the consistent view of the IC [intelligence community] for more than three decades."

Source: Fox

US, West ready to offer nuclear equipment to Iran if it limits possible atomic weapons programs

June 24, 2015 - The Associated Press has obtained a confidential paper being used in the talks between Iran and Western world leaders including the United States. It reveals that there are still several issues where agreement has not been reached.

The draft, entitled "Civil Nuclear Cooperation," promises to supply Iran with light-water nuclear reactors instead of its nearly completed heavy-water facility at Arak, which would produce enough plutonium for several bombs a year if completed as planned.

Members of Congress will probably be displeased with this provision because they feel that the U.S. has already offered too many concessions.
Source: Fox

Britain says no nuke deal if Iran doesn’t show flexibility

June 22, 2015 - Talks with Iran concerning their nuclear ambitions are set to end at the end of June. Britain warns that they are not convinced that Iran will cooperate.

There will need to be some more flexibility shown by our Iranian partners if we are going to reach a deal,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said.

Source: Times of Israel

'Iran nukes will be Israel's gas chambers'

June 22, 2015 - At an awards ceremony hosted by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), many startling predictions were made about the ongoing Iran nuclear talks. Here are two of them:

•Iran’s nuclear weapons will be the new gas chambers for Israel.
•We’re on the brink of disaster: The only chance the U.S. has of surviving is to be the best friend to Israel we can.

Source: WND



The West Is Turning a Blind Eye to Iran’s Sanctions Busting

June 12, 2015 - A United Nations report claims that Iran continues to violate sanctions imposed against them, and the countries that should be reporting their offenses are failing to do so.

The report also suggests that violations of the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions by the Iranian regime are going unreported because it would reflect poorly on Tehran as they negotiate a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers.

Source: Newsweek

U.S. and Iran accelerate nuclear talks

May 30, 2015 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are trying to keep talks about Iran's nuclear program from stalling.

The U.S. says such access must be guaranteed or there will be no final deal. However... [a senior Iranian negotiator] was quoted Saturday by AFP as saying that questioning Iranian scientists and military site inspections were "out of the question."

Source: Haaretz

Senate Votes 98-1 to Give Congress a Say on the Iran Nuke Deal

May 7, 2015 - By a 98 to 1 vote, the Senate agreed that Congress should be able to review any agreement made with Iran concerning their nuclear programs.

Under the bill, Congress will be able to pass a resolution of disapproval if it decides the final Iran deal is no good. That resolution might well be able to pass both the House and the Senate.

At that point, the President could veto the Congressional action. A veto could be overridden by a 2/3 majority of both houses of Congress, but it is less likely that the vote in the House of Representatives would reach that level.
Source: The Blaze

Iranian Military Official: 'We Welcome War with the US'

May 7, 2015 -

"We welcome war with the U.S. as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power," Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in an interview on state-run Iranian television on Wednesday.

Salami is lieutenant commander of the Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. He was apparently reacting to a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli officials to discuss the Iranian threat, and the statement that the Obama administration will not take military action off the table if Iran does not commit to an acceptable nuclear agreement this summer.

Source: NewsMax

Amid Islam's growth is a turning to Christ

Apr. 24, 2015 - Author Jan Markell cites a Pew Forum survey that shows Islam is growing faster than Christianity because of their higher birth rate. She says that the good news is that great numbers of them are converting to Christianity even though they will be persecuted for their decision.

There is a literal revival going on in Iran," she reiterates. "Muslims are coming to faith through supernatural experiences; Jesus is appearing to them – and they're getting saved on the spot."

Source: OneNewsNow
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050 - Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest and the Unaffiliated Are Shrinking as a Share of the World’s Population - Pew Forum
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Older article: 7/25/14 Revival in Iran: 'I Want to Be a Christian' - CBN

Obama: US could ‘penetrate’ Iran S-300 defense system

Apr. 22, 2015 - Even though the U.S. is opposed to Russia's sale of advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran, U.S. President Obama said that, if a military option should be needed, America could penetrate the new defense system.

The US president urged to keep things “in perspective,” noting that the US defense budget was “somewhere just a little under $600 billion. Theirs is a little over $17 billion.”

Source: Times of Israel
Declassified: Iran 'At Most' 2-3 Months from Bomb - CBN
Air force chief can ‘get job done’ if order comes to hit Iran - Times of Israel

US Warship Sent to Block Iran Weapons off Yemen

Apr. 21, 2015

The Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off Yemen to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi.

This movement is a response to news that about eight Iranian ships are heading toward Yemen, possibly supplying arms for the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Source: ABC News
Officials giving mixed messages on why US aircraft carrier shadowing Iranian convoy - State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf insisted Tuesday that the U.S. ships were "only" there to "ensure the shipping lanes remain open and safe" -- and "not to do anything in terms of those Iranian ships." - Fox

Iran unveils self-developed knockoff of S-300 missiles

Apr. 18, 2015 - This week, following Russia's announcement that they will now deliver S-300 defensive missiles to Iran, the Iranian army revealed their own self-developed version of the weapon during a military parade south of Tehran.

The Russians had postponed delivery of the anti-aircraft missile systems five years ago

Source: Times of Israel
Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials - The Hill

Egypt TV to Israel: 'Trust in God and bomb' Iran

April 16, 2015 - After a news clip of Israeli Prime Minister explaining that Iran cannot be trusted, Egyptian TV personality, Tawfik Okasha, called Netanyahu “our dear friend” and then suggested that Israel should take out Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.

“Put your trust in God and bomb it,” Okasha said, CBN reported. “We are with you and if you need fuel for the jets, we will give it to you.”

Source: WND

Senate panel unanimously backs Iran bill

Apr. 15, 2015 - A unanimous vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sends legislation to the Senate that would allow Congress to review and potentially reject President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. White House press secretary Josh Earnest indicated that the President would not veto the bill in its present form.

The administration’s about-face came after it was clear that a veto-proof majority, including many Democrats, will support the legislation unless hard-line amendments are added by Republicans on the Senate floor.

Source: Politico
Obama Would Sign Compromise Iran Bill As It Stands, White House Says - NPR

Senate panel votes Tuesday on Iran bill that gives Congress say on nuclear deal

Apr. 14, 2015 - A bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject a nuclear deal with Iran goes up for a vote today in the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Republicans and many Democrats back the legislation.

The White House has pushed back, threatening a presidential veto while warning that the bill could scuttle the delicate talks involving the United States, Iran and five world powers.

Source: Fox
A veto-proof Corker bill today? - Hot Air

Tom Cotton: Obama's Iran Deal May Lead to Nuclear War

Apr. 13, 2015 - Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for the Atlantic, says that Tom Cotton is the most interesting Senate freshman because he was already able to convince 46 of his Republican colleagues to sign an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei warning that Congress might overturn the nuclear agreement if it is inadequate.

Cotton told Goldberg that a military strike of short duration against Iran could prevent a larger war in the future. He said,

"If we agreed to the kind of proposal the Obama administration has made, then military confrontation may be further off, but it might also be nuclear."

Source: Times of Israel

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
Iran says Russian missiles could arrive this year - Times of Israel

Israel could send Iran ‘back to the stone age’ with electromagnetic bomb

Apr. 12, 2015 - An American expert was quoted by London's Sunday Times saying that Israel could use an EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) bomb if they need to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

An electromagnetic bomb of this sort would be detonated above the ground, creating an electromagnetic pulse that would “disrupt all the technological devices working on the ground.”

The report indicated that this nonlethal weapon could send Iran “back to the stone age,”

Source: Times of Israel

Kissinger Slams Obama for Conceding to Iranian 'Nuclear Arsenal'

Apr. 10, 2015 - Two legendary former US Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz, agreed in a Wall Street Journal article, that after 12 years of striving to prevent the development of an Iranian nuclear weapon, the proposed agreement that has emerged will allow the dreaded completion of this threat. They wrote:

"[By] mixing shrewd diplomacy with open defiance of U.N. resolutions, Iran has gradually turned the negotiation on its head. Iran’s centrifuges have multiplied from about 100 at the beginning of the negotiation to almost 20,000 today."

Meanwhile, Iranian Revolutionary Guards Commander, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, proclaimed that the framework was a "diplomatic jihad" victory that will force the US to give up its military option.

Source: Israel National News
We Have Surrendered to Iran - Charles Krauthammer - NewsMax
Iran supreme leader: Nuclear framework no guarantee of deal - Breaking silence, Ali Khamenei blasts White House for ‘lying’ on fact sheet, says sanctions must be lifted on ‘day of the deal’ - Times of Israel
After Khamenei comments, France says long road ahead to nuke deal - Times of Israel
The Persian Bomb - Hal Lindsey

Michele Bachmann: Iran nuke deal heralds WWIII

Apr. 9, 2015 - Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann called the expected nuclear deal with Iran a harbinger of World War III.

“This puts Iran in a position where they would have the firepower to be able to take out not only Israel, but they would have the firepower to use intercontinental ballistic missiles against the United States with nuclear-tipped warheads.”

Source: WND

Iran sends two warships to the Gulf of Aden

Apr. 8, 2015 -
Iran has sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen where Saudi Arabia is leading a bombing campaign to oust the Iran-allied Houthi movement.
Source: The National

Iran news report: Tehran will start using fastest centrifuges on day deal takes effect

Apr. 8, 2014 - The FARS news agency reported that Iran's foreign minister and nuclear chief told members of parliament that as soon as the nuclear deal goes into effect the country will start using their most-advanced IR-8 centrifuges.

If accurate, the report makes a mockery of the world powers’ much-hailed framework agreement with Iran, since such a move clearly breaches the US-published terms of the deal, and would dramatically accelerate Iran’s potential progress to the bomb.

Source: Times of Israel

Ted Cruz: Iran Nuke Deal Will Be Decided by Senate, not UN

Apr. 6, 2016 - Appearing on the New York radio show, "The Cats Roundtable," Ted Cruz said that he agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's opinion that the proposed deal with Iran about their nuclear developments is a "historic mistake."

He said that the Obama administration plans to do an end-run around Congress and try to get approval from the United Nations instead. But he predicted that effort would fail because our Constitution provides that such laws are made in this country, not by international law.

Source: NewsMax

Israel: Deal a capitulation, will give Iran ‘a military nuclear program’

Apr. 2, 2015 -

Obama calls Netanyahu; Jerusalem protests ‘historic mistake’ that will make world ‘more dangerous'; says Iran keeps all its facilities, escapes sanctions.

Source: Times of Israel
Fact sheet on framework of Iran nuclear deal - Fox
Watchman Warning: The Plan All Along - Hal Lindsey
Netanyahu to Obama: Iran deal threatens Israel’s survival - Times of Israel
US reportedly backed down on initial goals in Iran talks - Fox
Iranians Celebrate Nuclear Deal, Zarif Hailed as Hero - NewsMax
'All evidence suggests Iran already has nuclear warheads' - WND

No breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks after all-night negotiations

Apr. 2, 2015 - It is now two days past the "deadline" for an agreement between Iran and the six world powers – United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. The talks are still in a deadlock.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif and the European Union diplomat Helga Schmidt held deliberations for nine hours overnight Thursday with a short half-hour recess at around 2 A.M. U.S.

The negotiations are set to resume again today.

Source: Haaretz

Iran's Zarif says progress made on key issues, hopes to draft nuclear deal on Wednesday

Apr. 1, 2015 - Before taking a break from talks about a nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that most of the issues have been resolved. He said,

"I hope that we can finalize the work on Wednesday and hopefully start the process of drafting [a framework agreement]."

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also said that the talks had been able to agree on the principal issues.

Source: Haaretz
Netanyahu Says Nuclear Negotiations Are Giving Iran a ‘Clear Path to the Bomb’ - The Blaze

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- 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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