Libya in Prophecy

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What prophetic importance might be attached to the current U.N. Resolution 1973 establishing a no-fly zone in Libya?  For the past week Western nations, including the U.S., Britain, and France have destroyed anti-aircraft targets and command and control systems in Libya to keep its leader, Colonel Muammar Gadhafi from slaughtering the masses there who are protesting against his corrupt regime.

It is well known that Libya and Colonel Gadhafi have been sponsors of terrorism for the past 42 years – starting long before our own “War on Terrorism” began in 2001.

In 1986 President Reagan bombed parts of Libya, including Gadhafi’s residence, in retaliation for the terrorist bombing of a disco in Germany which killed or injured many U.S. servicemen.  Libyan terrorists were also responsible for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland.

Libya is only mentioned 7 times in the Old Testament and once in the New Testament.  The Hebrew word used in the Old Testament is Phut (or Put), who was a grandson of Noah and a son of Ham (Genesis 10:1-7). 

The most interesting prophecy of Libya is in Ezekiel’s account of a great war, known as the War of Gog and Magog.  This war is described in chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel.  This End-times conflict, will take place after the “rebirth” of Israel as a nation, which was predicted in chapters 36-37.  Israel has indeed become a nation again, after more than two thousand years of being scattered all over the Earth.  That great event took place in 1948.

This War of Gog and Magog is to be a great war – perhaps a world war – against Israel. Since we are living in the time after Israel’s rebirth but before a war that fits the description of the Magog scenario, it makes sense to identify the forces that will be rallied against Israel.  When we do so, we see that it looks a lot like our present world scene. 

Some Bible teachers equate this war to the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation Period, but there are many differences. Another description of a great war is given in Revelation 6:3-4, after the opening of the Second Seal, near the beginning of the Tribulation. It seems more likely that this would be the Gog/Magog conflict.

The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you. – Ezekiel 38:1-6

Magog has been identified since before the rise of the Soviet Union as the area of Russia and the countries nearby. Magog and his allies are nations that have developed from some of Noah’s descendants in Genesis 10. They include other lands north of Israel, Gomer and Beth Togarmah, which could include Turkey.  Other allies of this northern coalition will be Persia, which is modern Iran; Cush, the ancient name for Ethiopia; and Put, which is Libya. All of these nations stand against Israel today.

Last year Russia announced that Libya will be the first country in the Middle East to obtain their top-of-the-line S-300 PMU-2 interceptor missile batteries. Some of the Islamic countries near Russia, which used to be part of the Soviet Union, could be allies in this coalition. When U.N. Resolution 1973 to impose a no-fly zone was adopted last week, Russia abstained from the vote. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin compared the air strikes by Western militaries on Libya to a “medieval crusade.”

Turkey, the center of the last Islamic Caliphate, disbanded by World War I, has drifted recently from attempts to become part of the EU, to open enmity with Israel. Following the Israeli capture of a ship carrying aid for Palestinians, Turkey’s very popular Prime Minister Erdogan, called for a jihad against Israel. As the only Muslim country that is a member of NATO, Turkey expressed disagreement with some aspects of the military action against Libya.

Now Libya will enter into a political vacuum that could lead it in either direction, but most likely into a stronger alliance with the Gog and Magog coalition.  It will be most interesting to see what happens next in that part of the world.

More information and documentation in our Gog and Magog section and in our book, Connecting the Dots: A Handbook of Bible Prophecy.

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9 Responses to Libya in Prophecy

  1. omar says:

    Subject: Alerting muslims on Truth and the coming of Christian Saviour King Jesus Christ in this Last Days

    Why the claimt of Truth from quran and Islam, need to be reviewed under historical research and The Holy Bible, The Word of GOD?

    If GOD can lie, God is also Satan. So, who invented lies in quran verses?

    Quran Allah said Jesus Christ was not crucified,…Read the deception of the quran writers = “ they did not slay him, neither crucified him, only a likeness of that was shown to them “ (quran 4:156 ). iF Allah is all knowing, why Allah lied what Jesus knew about His death. Mt.20:17,”As Jesus was going up to Jerualem, He took the 12 disciples aside, and on the way He said to them,20:18”Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and The Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn HIM to death, 19 and will hand him over to the gentiles to mock, to scourge, and to crucify; and the third day He will be raised up.”… Who actually commanded the Holy Communion?.. The Master!

    Why the use of Jews sacred writings to support Arab Muhammad ? God said,” Thou shalt not steal” “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor”. Muslims Arabs, Islam abused the following verse. Deuteronomy 18:15, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren(not Arabs), like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken,” Why Islam lied when Lord Jesus had claimed Deuteronomy18:15 in Luke 24:44, “And He said unto them, these are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.” Moses wrote about Lord Jesus and not Muhammad of Islam. John 5:46,”For if you believed Moses , you would believe me, for he wrote about me.47 But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe my words? “

    People can see Muhammad, can know him. So, how can The Counselor be interpreted as Muhammad of Islam? John 14:15 “ If you love me, keep my commandments. 16 I will pray to the Father, and HE will give you another Counselor, that He may be with you forever, 17 The Spirit of Truth, whom the world can’t receive, for it doesn’t see him, neither knows him. You know Him, for He lives with you, and will be in you.” How is that the gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John agreed with one another and not the Quran of Muhammad?? Can Muhammad be interpreted as The Holy Spirit when deliberate mistakes are read in the quran when placed next to The Bible. John 14:26 “But The Counselor, The Holy Spirit, whom The Father will send in my Name, He will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.”

    True God of Moses fight for the Jews against Pharoah! Quran Allah requires Muslims to fight for Him thru jihad doctrine. How can They be the same true God? Why Muslims bow to a Mecca stone? Kaabah is surely pagan in ancient Arabic history? This type of worshipping broke God’s 1st and 2nd 10 commandments given to Moses in Mount Sinai. Moreover, Lord Jesus never teach jihad or violence but love for God and

    Quran Allah has NO SON! So, can He be the true God when He is not The Father to Lord Jesus as THE SON! Here it speaks about 2 persons, being from God. Even in the old testament, God hinted He has THE SON. Proverbs 30:4, “ Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?”…Lord Jesus is prophesied in Isaiah 9:6 “ For unto us a SON is given and the government shall be upon His shoulder and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” See genesis “Let us create” Read John 1 In the beginning was The Word…

    If you love Truth from the True God whom He has send His SON, Lord Jesus to a fallen world to redeem and to fight the father of LIES, a chief fallen angel, Lucifer, devil or Satan, you can help to print and circulate this paper for all Muslims to read and to know… even for the world, before King Jesus Christ returns and take His judgment throne to planet earth. Amen.

  2. Kathryn Dare says:

    Are you all nuts? Gog and Magog is Russia! Read phrophecy again and get into the Word of Revelation. Again, Gog and Magog is Russia, not Libya!

  3. admin says:

    Here’s what Ezekiel says about the forces that will come against Israel.
    1 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.-Ezekiel 38:1-6
    Libya is in the list. The Hebrew word translated “Libya” here is “Phut.” The Biblical forefather of Libya was Phut, the grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:6).

  4. Gabriel Sakal says:

    @ Karen,
    Hi, God bless you and I admire your zeal in God. I would highly recommend that you go to youtube and watch Walid Shoebat’s explanation in regards to Gog and Magog. A lot of theologians in recent times have changed their opinion in regards to these nations upon talks with Brother Walid. I have also in humility accepted that I was wrong. But I encourage different schools of thoughts. If you love Biblical eschatology as I do, I highly recommend that you take a look at it, its about one hour long but you will crave more when it is finished.

  5. sean says:


    muhammed is mention in the bible. in jeramiah 23-10 the passage warns against the “prophet that sleeps for i did not send him” read the passage. muhammad said he fell asleep and received the word of god. this passage describes muhammad to a tee!!

  6. Mr Cjarisma says:

    Have you heard there is a ‘THIRD INTIFADA’ (Arab Uprising) prophesized on May 15th as a March against Israel. This day is marked as the rebirth of the nation of Isreal. Google ‘THIRD INTIFADA’.

    God Help Us Pray For PEACE.

  7. Barry says:

    Hi Ron, I used to believe that the Gog and Magog war was somtime at the beginning or before Daniels 70th week started, but after reading Ezekiel 38 & 39 over and over again I seem to have changed my view on this due to some facts mentioned in these passages that would put this battle at the end. I’m jumping down to verse 14 because it is a repeat of 8 and 11 about Israel dwelling safely. There is only one time Israel will be dwelling safely and that will be during the first half of Daniels 70th week under the false pre-tense of the Antichrist. According to John 5:43 the Jews will receive the Antichrist. Look at verse 16 “that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, o Gog, before their eyes.” And then at verse 20 “and all the men that are on the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and all the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.” Christ is not going to appear at the beginning of the Tribulation, and this sounds a lot like Revelation 16:18-21. Compare Ezekiel 38:19-22 with Revelation 16:18-21. Now to Ezekiel chapter 39. Verse 7 doesn’t make sense or even fit at the beginning, it is the Great Tribulation leading up to Armageddon that will fulfill verse 7, so it can’t be at the first of the week. How will Israel have time to burn weapons for seven years if they are fleeing Jerusalem mid-way through the week to escape the Antichrist. Compare Ezek.39:17-20 with Rev. 19:17-18. Also the house of Israel will not know that he is the Lord their God from that day forward like verse 22 says from the beginning of the week. They will not know until the end of the Great Tribulation, and “that day” could be no other then the battle of Armageddon. Look at verse 25, having mercy upon the whole house of Israel and then putting them through the Tribulation Period doesn’t make sense. Also look at verse 27-28, this sounds like Matthew 24:31. Again why would God pour out His Spirit upon the house of Israel before they go through Daniels 70th week. God Bless

  8. John Conover says:

    Gog is China per Ezekiel and Revelation in the Aramaic Translation, the earliest translation of the 66 books into another language (that which our LORD spoke on earth: The Peshitta of the isolated Assyrian brethren).
    Coming soon is the further lead-up to Zechariah 12 and Ezekiel 39 after which comes the Millennium. A military disaster for China, Russia, Islam, and allies looms when these set up the siege of Jerusalem/Judah. These events will be a type of The Great Tribulation/Armageddon after the1000 years. Question, challenges, request for details are welcome here.

    [email protected]

  9. John Conover says:

    Ezekiel 38 finds Israel at peace. Today Israel may be the most military nation on earth per capita. It will take the Millennium to change Israel to a peaceful place. Now Israel is ready for Ezekiel 39. These two chapters have many of the same terms. The events of Ezekiel 39 seem to be on our near horizon. Ezekiel 39 events now, before the Millennium, will be
    typical of the Ezekiel 38/Revelation events of the little season which is to be after the Millennium. Challenges, etc., are welcome here.

    John Conover, MS/BJU, [email protected]

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