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 (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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Iran Says Its New Cruise Missile Can 'Sink Giant Warships'

Sept. 29, 2011 - In a TV interview Iranian defense minister, Gen. Ahmad Vahidi, boasted that their new cruise missile can "sink giant warships." The new missile, called Ghader ("capable" in Farsi), has a range of 124 miles, so it can also strike Israel.

The announcement comes just a day after Iran announced plans to send military vessels into the Atlantic Ocean, "near maritime borders of the United States.”

Source: Fox
See also: An EMP Attack on America? in our "Wars and Rumors of War" section.

Prophetic Significance of the War of Gog and Magog

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Israel hits back at Turkey as tensions soar

Sept. 29, 2011 - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken every opportunity recently to make ridiculous accusations that Israel has killed "hundreds of thousands of Palestinians." There were perhaps 1,400 Palestinian deaths during Israel's incursion into the Gaza Strip three years ago, but he always fails to mention the fact that Palestinians had launched some 10,000 missiles into Israeli territory to cause the military action. Erdogan has taken a strong anti-Israeli stance since the Israeli action against a flotilla more than a year ago, and since Israel discovered a huge natural gas field off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refrained from answering Erdogan's claims until yesterday, when he called the Turkish leader's claims "outrageous."

Israel's outspoken Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, waded into the fray by declaring that Mr Erdogan's administration was "a radical Islamic extremist leadership that supports and develops terror."
Source: The Australian

Iranian Navy Sending Ships Near U.S. Waters

Sept. 28, 2011 - Iranian Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced plans for sending ships to areas near the United States. He said,
“As the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) have a (military) presence near our sea borders, we also plan to have a strong presence near the U.S. sea borders with the help of the soldiers who are loyal to the vali-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent)."
Refueling Iranian ships far from home may be a problem, but it is thought that Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela would allow them to do so in his ports.
Source: Fox

US Supplies Israel With Bunker-Busting Bombs

September 26, 2011 - The United States government has sold "bunker-buster" bombs to Israel. These bombs can penetrate fortified underground targets such as suspected sites in Iran that are believed to be part of their nuclear weapons program.

Some media reports claim that the sale is expected to bolster President Obama's odds of luring more American Jewish voters in 2012.

Of the sale, Defense Department spokesman George Little told the Times, "We're not going to comment on these press reports, but make no mistake about it - the United States is committed to the security of Israel and Israel's ability to maintain its qualitative military edge."
Source: NewsMax

Turkey, Iran in race to dominate

Sept. 22, 2011 -
Analysts confirm Turkey and Iran generally have enjoyed close ties and cooperate in a variety of fields including trade, economic relations, fighting terrorism, drug trafficking and promoting stability in Iraq and Central Asia.
However, since the "Arab Spring" has prompted a contest between Sunni Turkey and the Shiite Islamic republic for influence in the Middle East. Turkey has agreed to the installation of a controversial U.S. radar for an anti-ballistic missile system aimed at deterring Iranian missiles. Meanwhile, Iran has strengthened its strategic relationship with Russia.
Source: WorldNetDaily
Analysts warn U.S. about Turkey's instability -
Longtime ally and NATO member now in confrontation with Israel
- WorldNetDaily

Turkey's Erdogan calls Israel's offshore gas drilling 'madness'

Sept. 21, 2011 -
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described offshore gas drilling by estranged ally Israel and Cyprus as "madness" on Wednesday, raising the stakes in a confrontation over potentially huge deposits in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Relations between Turkey and Israel broke down because of the conflict last year when Israel stopped a Gaza-bound flotilla. Nine Turkish activists died in that raid. This deterioration of relations between the two countries occured at the same time that Turkey voiced objection to the drilling in a massive deepwater gas field that Israel discovered in 2009.
Source: Haaretz
Netanyahu Slams Erdogan's 'Scandalous' Incitement - Israel National News

Nuclear terrorism may rise from Libyan, Syrian fallout

Sept. 21, 2011 - Dr. Shaul Chorev, head of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission, warned that Iran is directly involved in activities related to the design and testing of nuclear weapons. There is also danger of Syria and Libya obtaining these weapons of mass destruction. He was speaking to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna which is expected to take a vote later this week on an Arab resolution titled ‘Israeli Nuclear Capabilities.’ The resolution singles out Israel for condemnation over its nuclear activities.
Source: Jerusalem Post

British Leader Warns Russia “Time Of End” Has Come

Sept. 12, 2011 - The information in this article is not well documented. Normally we don't report on questionable information, but it is an example of the fear and confusion that is rising in these uncertain times. We are doing more research about this matter, and will report anything that is credible.
Source: EU Times Online

Erdogan says flotilla raid was 'cause for war'

Sept. 12, 2011 - Even after a U.N. report agreed that Israel had the right to stop the flotilla last year that was trying to reach Palestinian ports, Turkey's prime minister says Israel's raid "cause for war." Turkey and Israel had been allies, but their relationship is becoming worse day by day. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip told Al-Jazeera television:
"This attack that took place in international waters is not within international laws," Erdogan said. "It is a cause for war, but we decided to act in line with Turkey's grandeur and showed patience."
Source: YNet News
'Turkey sending 3 warships to eastern Mediterranean' - Jerusalem Post
'Turkey and Egypt hand in hand,' Erdogan tells cheering Egyptian crowd - Israel Hayom

Iran inaugurates first nuclear power plant, vows full UN access

Sept. 12, 2011 - A ceremony was held in Iran's southern Gulf port of Bushehr today to inaugurate Iran's first nuclear power plant. Only Iranian and Russian officials were permitted to attend the event.

Fereydoun Abbasi, Iran's vice-president and head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, pointed out the fact that this installation is the first nuclear power plant in the Middle East.

"We are committed to all international nuclear regulations but not beyond that," Abbasi said, referring to IAEA demands that Iran responds to Western intelligence reports accusing Tehran of working on a secret nuclear weapon program.
Source: Haaretz
IAEA Chief 'Concerned' About Iran's Nuclear Ambitions - Voice of America

IDF Home Front Command: Likelihood of all-out Middle East war increasing

Sept. 6, 2011 - Israeli Major General Eyal Eisenberg, head of the IDF Home Front Command, told the Institute for National Security Studies that an all-out regional war in the Middle East is becoming more likely, and that such a war could include the use of weapons of mass destruction. The Israeli population is being instructed to use better bomb shelters in the future.
Eisenberg cautioned that the Arab Spring could turn into the "Radical Islamic Winter".
Source: Haaretz
Israeli General Warns of 'Islamic Winter' - CBN

Report: Turkey navy to escort aid ships to Palestinians in Gaza

Sept. 3, 2011 - Energized by the UN Palmer report on the 2010 Gaza flotilla, which accused Israelis of excessive force, Turkey announced that it will strengthen its presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
"The eastern Mediterranean will no longer be a place where Israeli naval forces can freely exercise their bullying practices against civilian vessels," a Turkish official was quoted as saying.
Source: Haaretz

Turkey expels Israeli ambassador over Gaza flotilla row

Sept. 2, 2011 - Relations between Turkey and Israel have been strained ever since Israeli forces stormed a flotilla bound for Gaza in May 2010, killing nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists. Now a U.N. report says Israel did use excessive force, but Israel will not apologize for the incident, so Turkey has expelled the Israeli ambassador.
A leaked copy of the United Nations report says Israeli forces did use excessive force when they intercepted the Turkish-led flotilla trying to break Israel's blockade of Gaza. But the report also concludes that Israel's naval blockade of Gaza is legal.
Source: BBC

Iran warns against US taking lead in Arab protests

Sept. 1, 2011 - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned countries like Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, and Bahrain that the United States will want to take control of their affairs following the uprisings that have swept the Arab world. He said that if they stand against those who interfere in their internal affairs, these they will experience progress.
"But if the world of oppression and world Zionism -- including the oppressive regime of the United States -- take control (of the movements), the Muslim world will experience major problems for decades."
Source: AP - Google

Ahmadinejad: Iran is determined to eradicate Israel

Aug. 26, 2011 - According to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iran wtill wants to eradicate Israel because is is a "symbol of suppression and discrimination."
The remarks by Ahmadinejad came one day before the annual anti-Israeli rallies named Qods (Jerusalem) Day, which are held nationwide in Iran on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan
Source: Haaretz

Libyan Rebels Reportedly Enter Qaddafi Compound

Aug. 23, 2011 - Libyan rebels have apparently entered Muammar Qaddafi's main military compound in Tripoli, but the location of Qaddafi is still unknown. Surprisingly, his son and heir-apparent, Seif al-Islam, is not in captivity as reported earlier.
It was not clear whether Qaddafi's son, who turned up at the Rixos hotel, where about 30 foreign journalists have been staying under the close watch of regime minders, had escaped from rebel custody or never been captured in the first place.
Source: Fox

'Turkey may cut economic ties over 'Marmara' apology'

Aug. 22, 2011 - Israel refuses to apologize for the deaths of nine Turkish nationals on board the Mavi Marmara last year. According to the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News, Turkey is considering cutting off its political and economic ties with Israel.
Another step being considered by Turkey ... is a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Gaza Strip, according to the Hurriyet. The Turkish newspaper suggested that such a visit would "complicate breaking Israel's blockade on the enclave."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Libya Rebels in Tripoli as Qaddafi's Defenses Collapse

Aug. 21, 2011 - After six months of resisting rebel forces in Libya, unconfirmed reports from the BBC claim that Muammar Qaddafi has fled to Algeria, ending his 42-year rule . Rebels rushed into Tripoli to overwhelm what was left of the Libyan defense. They celebrated with residents of the capital in Green Square, the symbolic heart of the regime.
Sky News reported that Qaddafi's son, Saif al Islam Qaddafi, was captured by rebel forces. He was reportedly the head of the Libyan defense.
Source: Fox
What's Next with Libya? - Ron's Blog

Ezekiel 38 and 39: On the Horizon?

Aug. 19, 2011 - Popular author Joel Rosenberg points to last year's flotilla episode as a turning point in Middle East politics because Turkey, which had been considered a moderate country and a friend of Israel and the West for six decades, changed its allegiance to Iran, Syria and their axis of power.

According to the Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria the incident seemed to:

" us at the beginning of the Gog and Magog process, where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption."
Source: CBN

Stuxnet returns to bedevil Iran's nuclear systems

July 20, 2011 - At a press conference on July 19th an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman announced that Iran was replacing all of their 5,000 to 6,000 centrifuges with improved and faster models in a completely different location. This information is seen as proof that the Stuxnet virus that targeted Iran's nuclear facilities in June of 2010 caused irreparable damage to their nuclear program, and that their claims that they had succeeded in cleansing their system was not true.
It took Iranian and Russian computer and cyber-terrorism experts a year to cleanse the system. This gave security agencies their first indicator of the time it takes to overcome a large-scale, sophisticated cyber attack.
Source: DEBKAfile

Iran may deploy warships in Atlantic

July 20, 2011 - Iran's Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari said that the Iranian navy plans on deploying warships to the Atlantic Ocean. They will be equipped with surface-to-surface Noor missiles, which have a range of 125 miles.
"The presence (of ships and submarines) in the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal and the Indian Ocean and international waters is still on the agenda of the navy," Sayari said.
Source: Yahoo

Pakistan, Iran become 'natural allies'

July 19, 2011 - Two times recently Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has participated in conferences in Tehran, meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Saudis tried to disuade Zardari from making these contacts because they symbolize Pakistan's displeasure towards the United States since the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Saudi Arabia made a diplomatic demarche with Pakistan to dissuade Zardari from attending the Tehran conference in June. For the second time, again, Riyadh made a bid on Friday to convey its apprehensions over the Pakistan-Iran intimacy.
Source: Asia Times Online

Report: Israel to get 6th submarine from Germany

July 18, 2011 - After years of asking Germany for a sixth Dolphin submarine, they have decided to sell them one more for 135 million euros. The Dolphin is said to have the longest cruising range of any submarine, and is able to carry and launch nuclear weapons.
Germany has been providing Israel with these types of submarines since the end of the 1990s. The first two were given as a token of appreciation for Jerusalem's restraint during the First Gulf War and in an effort to boost Israel's strategic abilities.
Israel's submarine force is thought to be a deterrent to war since destruction of their land-based facilities would not keep them from launching a nuclear retaliation.
Source: YNet
CIA veteran opinion: Israel to attack Iran in fall - Al Jazeera
Israeli military strike on Iran predicted - WorldNetDaily

Guard Chief: Iran Can Build Longer-Range Missiles

Jun. 28, 2011 - During war games in Iran, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of his country's Aerospace Force, said that they could manufacture even longer-range missiles than those they currently have, but that Iran does not need them because Israel and U.S. bases in the Gulf are already within its reach.
Hajizadeh said the Guard's arsenal already includes missiles with a range of about 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) -- putting Israel, U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf and parts of southeastern and eastern Europe within Iran's reach.
Source: Fox

Iran 'not afraid' to make nuclear weapons

Jun. 23, 2011 - Iran TV reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Iran is not planning to produce nuclear weapons, but he added, "If we do want to make a bomb, we are not afraid of anybody."
The West believes Iran's claims are dubious at best. The UN Security Council has passed four sets of sanctions against Iran for refusing to freeze its nuclear activities, which it believes could be used in a weapons program.
Source: YNet News
Five Russian scientists who helped Iran with nuclear secrets were among 45 killed in plane crash - DailyMail Online

Iran launches homemade satellite into orbit

Jun. 15, 2011 - Iran claims to have launched a satellite into orbit by a Safir missile. It is the second satellite they have launched themselves. The satellite is called Rasad (observation).
Iran's decade-long space program has raised alarms in the West, because the same technology that allows missiles to launch satellites can be used to fire warheads. Israel, the U.S. and others charge that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
Source: Yahoo

UN nuclear watchdog refers Syria to Security Council

Jun. 11, 2011 - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) voted to rebuke Syria on claims of an undeclared nuclear reactor.
The structure, which Syria has maintained was a non-nuclear military site, was destroyed by Israel in 2007.
The UN Security Council is also being asked to censure Syria over its lethal crackdown on protests.
Source: BBC

Is an attack on Iran in the works?

Jun. 8, 2011 - After a lengthy article considering the pros and cons of an attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, the author concludes with a reminder that Iran and its enemies (including Israel, the U.S., Saudia Arabia, and others) are building up their military presence and military science in the area.
In brief, while there are many good reasons why a war with Iran is unlikely at the moment, dark clouds are quietly gathering, and in the Middle East, appearances could be misleading.
Victor Kotsev - Asia Times
Iranian navy sends submarines to Red Sea - Yahoo
Iran says no offer can stop it enriching uranium - Yahoo

Researcher: Iran can produce nuke within 2 months
Airstrikes can no longer stop nuclear program, US can do nothing short of military occupation, says report

Jun. 7, 2011 - RAND Corporation researcher Gregory S. Jones warns that Iran's current rate of uranium enrichment could produce a nuclear bomb within eight weeks.
Jones stresses that stopping Iran will require deploying forces on the ground, because airstrikes are no longer sufficient. The reality is that the US and Israel have failed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear warhead whenever it wants, Jones says.
Source: YNet News

Iran has secretly stocked enriched uranium for four nuclear bombs

June 3, 2011 - According to The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, American's scientific watchdog on world nuclear weapons production, Iran has accumulated enough U-235 to fuel four nuclear bombs. They can produce more weapons-grade uranium in a short period of time.
Iran, says the Wisconsin Project, is consolidating its status as a "virtual" nuclear weapon state – meaning it can set about building a bomb whenever its rulers so decide.
Source: DEBKAfile
Iran Tests Nuclear Missile Warhead Design - NewsMax

Obama's new security staff may approve attack on Iran

June 1, 2011 - President Obama has chosen General Martin Dempsey to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon. He is known to be a friend to Israel, but because of the various other changes the President is making in the Defense structure, analysts believe that a strike on Iran by the US or Israel would be more likely between the end of June and the end of September than it would be after that date.
... the danger that Netanyahu and Barak will aim at a surprise in Iran is especially great, especially since this would divert attention from the Palestinian issue.
Source: Haaretz
Israel Minister: Strike on Iran Could Be Necessary - 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.

- 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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