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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Russia says will boost cooperation with Turkey, Iran on Syria: Interfax

Dec. 27, 2016 -

Russian Foreign Minster Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Russia would work more closely with Turkey and Iran on the situation in Syria and said the three countries' cooperation had saved lives by helping to evacuate eastern Aleppo.

Source: Reuters
Putin Orders Expansion Of Russia’s Naval Base In Tartus, Syria - Countercurrents

Prophetic Significance of the War of Gog and Magog

Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated! Tension is rising!

Dec. 19, 2016 - VIDEO: Amir Tsarfati explains how current events involving Russia, Turkey, Syria and Israel could lead to the fulfillment of the prophecies in Ezekiel 38 & 39 about Gog and Magog.
Source: You Tube
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US and Russia could 'start Third World War over Syria conflict', says Turkey

Oct. 20, 2016 - Tensions are rising between the U.S. and Russia over Moscow's bombing of Aleppo in Syria.

Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said: "If this proxy war continues, after this, let me be clear, America and Russia will come to a point of war." ... He suggested the Syrian conflict could be the beginning of World War Three.

Source: Independent - UK

Russia and the West: Where did it all go wrong?

Oct. 16, 2016 - Vladimir Putin said that the collapse of the Soviet Union was "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century. He has gradually exercised dominance in the Syrian conflict, while US officials describe Russian actions in Aleppo as "barbarism."

For a time Russia retreated from the world stage, but now it is back with a vengeance, eager to ... restore something of its former global role and to make up for perceived slights perpetrated by the West.

Russia may well take advantage of the US preoccupation with the presidential elections, and use this period of time to gain advantages in various conflict zones.

Source: BBC
7 Ways Russia Is Telling People to Prepare for War - ABC
Putin Urges Russians to Locate Nuclear Shelters - NewsMax
Putin Sends Russian Warships to English Channel - Putin's action is seen as a bold display of strength amid rising tensions between Russia and the West. - NewsMax
Putin could be readying for war, calls Russians back to Motherland - NY Post

War Games: Russia and China Join Forces Against Global US Missile Shield

Oct. 12, 2016 - Russia and China are expressing agreement that the American missile defence projects in Europe and Asia are a threats to both countries.

In September, Russian and Chinese navies conducted joint exercises in the disputed South China Sea and Putin announced last year that Russia plans on developing a counter-system capable of piercing NATO's missile shield..

Source: International Business Times

World War 3 News: Russia Sends Out Nuclear-Capable Missiles to Destroy NATO

Oct. 11, 2016 -

Nato and its allies are now on alert as Russia just deployed nuclear-capable ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad on Baltic Sea... sparking concerns all over. Is the new world war just around the corner?

Source: Morning News USA
Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles in Kaliningrad - BBC
Gorbachev warns of 'dangerous point' as US-Russia ties sour - Yahoo
Russia vetoes UN resolution to halt Aleppo bombing - Fox
War Talk Returns to Russian TV as US Ties Hit Deep Freeze - NewsMax
Russia plans permanent navy base in Syria - WND
Warming Relations in Person, Putin and Erdogan Revive Pipeline Deal - NY Times
Have the End Times Begun? - Sputnik

Beware the unholy alliance: Russia is working with radical Islam to undermine the West

Sept. 20, 2016 - Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), warns that:

What we are now seeing is the formation of a truly unholy alliance. Enemies of the West – including Russia, Syria, Iran, the Islamic State, and others – are working together... to destabilize the world and seize power for themselves.

Sekulow's latest book, “Unholy Alliance: The Agenda Iran, Russia, and Jihadists Share for Conquering the World,” explores this topic in depth.

Source: Fox

Israel’s let-down: Putin-Erdogan hook-up with Iran

Israel finds itself suddenly up against a Russian-Turkish partnership aimed at strengthening Iranian domination of Syria – the exact reverse of the Netanyahu government’s objective in resolving its dispute with Ankara and forging deals with Moscow.


Turkey, Russia Hold Talks, Ease Tensions Over Syria

Aug. 13, 2016 - At a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin:

Putin announced that Russia would begin easing sanctions designed to punish Turkey. The move would include restarting work on energy projects, such as work on Turkey’s first nuclear power center and a pipeline from southern Russia to the Black Sea.

Source: Voice of America
What the Restored Turkey-Russia Relationship Means for the Middle East - Iran, too, is trying to get in on the action. - Stratfor
Iran welcomes thaw between Turkey, Russia - "Iran has always had a positive dialogue with Turkey on Syria and has very good ties with Russia." - Hurriyet Daily News
Russian warplanes take off from Iran to target Islamic State in Syria - Fox

Erdogan Says Talks with Putin to Open Up New Alliance

Aug. 8, 2016 - Turkey and Russia have experienced high tension since last November when Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border. However, this week Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is going to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg.
"This will be a historic visit, a new beginning. At the talks with my friend Vladimir (Putin), I believe, a new page in bilateral relations will be opened. Our countries have a lot to do together," TASS quoted Erdogan as saying.

The Syrian problem will be the most important issue they will discuss. Russia has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but Turkey wants to oust him.

Source: NewsMax

Iranian military official: We have 100,000 missiles in Lebanon ready to hit Israel

July 3, 2016 - The threat of a new war is looming between Israel and Lebanon, which is supported by Iran. Iran's deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Brig.-Gen. Hossein Salami, declared,

“Today, the grounds for the annihilation and collapse of the Zionist regime are [present] more than ever... “Tens of thousands of destructive long-range missiles” from Islamic territories aiming at all of “occupied” Israel.

An implied additional threat was made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. He claimed that last year’s nuclear deal with world powers “was the cheapest way to achieve Iran’s goals and interests.”

According to another Iranian official, recent wars with Israel have revealed vulnerabilities in Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system.

Source: Jerusalem Post
US Lifting of Sanctions Helps Hezbollah Recieve Iranian Money - Breaking Israel News
Nasrallah: Hezbollah has more intel on Israel than any Arab entity - Times of Israel
Thanks in no small part to Russia, Hezbollah is now a full-fledged army - Times of Israel

Russia's Putin, Iran's Rouhani agree to cooperate closely on Syria

Mar. 29, 2016 -

The presidents of Russia and Iran agreed on Monday to step up bilateral contacts, including over the Syrian conflict, in which both countries are allies of President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, U.N.-mediated peace talks are being held between the Syrian government and opposition groups there that are backed by Western powers.

Source: Yahoo

Analysis: Moscow’s alliance with Iran and Hezbollah threatens strategic Israeli interests

Feb. 13, 2014 -

Russia’s interest in Syria ... is driven by a burning desire to reinstate its Middle Eastern presence and influence, after an absence of three decades, and the great power status it lost with the crumbling of the Soviet empire.

Source: Ely Karmon - Jerusalem Post
Mounting Evidence Putin Will Ignite WWIII - Observer

US, Russia and UN say Syria fighting 'cessation' to take effect next week

Feb. 12, 2016 - In an effort to end to Syria's bloody civil war, world powers said they would try to begin a temporary "cessation of hostilities" next week.

Russia's prime minister warned that the use of foreign ground troops in the conflict could result in world war... However, the ISIS and al Nusra Front terror groups will not be involved in the truce.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that the agreements were so far only "commitments on paper," And Russia said they will coninue their bombing campaign.

Source: Fox
Russia Warns of "New World War" - NewsMax
Syria: The Story of the Conflict - BBC

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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.

- 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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