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, but some respected scholars apply it to The Battle of Armageddon later in the Book of Revelation.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Calls Bush 'Most Hated Person' in the World

Dec. 22, 2006 - After an embarrassing election in Iran, where many of President Ahmadinejad's political opponents won seats, the president appeared unaffected. In one of his speeches, he told the crowds that Iran will not dismantle its nuclear program. He chided President Bush, saying,
"Oh, the respectful gentleman, get out of the glassy palace and know that you are the most hated person in the eyes of the world's nations and you can't harm the Iranian nation."
Source: Fox

Ahmadinejad opponents win local elections

Dec. 21, 2006 - Moderate conservatives won most elections in Iran, causing embarrassment to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The vote was widely seen as a sign of public discontent with Ahmadinejad’s stances, which have fueled fights with the West and led Iran closer to U.N. sanctions.
Source: MSNBC

Jesus, Mahdi both coming, says Iran's Ahmadinejad

Dec. 20, 2006- It is well known that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad expects the return of the Islamic Messiah, the Mahdi. Shiites believe the Muslim Imam Mahdi disappeared as a child in A.D. 941, and will return to reign on earth for seven years before bringing about a final judgment and the end of the world. Ahmadinejad believes his main mission is to "pave the path for the glorious reappearance of Imam Mahdi."

He spoke to Christians, saying that Jesus would return with the Mahdi to wipe away all oppression, pain, and agony.

My one question from the Christians is: What would Jesus do if he were present in the world today? What would he do before some of the oppressive powers of the world who are in fact residing in Christian countries?
Source: WorldNetDaily
Ahmadinejad: Israel, US will vanish- YNet News
Secret police crack down on home-church movement - Iranian pastors summoned by authorities, arrested and detained- WorldNetDaily
Netanyahu to ambassadors: It's 1938 again, stop Iran - YNet News

Russia Defies West and Goes Ahead With Nuclear Fuel Sale to Iran

Dec. 18, 2006 - Russia’s state nuclear fuel exporter plans to send fuel for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station this spring. The announcement comes at a time when western countries are trying to convince the Kremlin to end its nuclear co-operation with Iran.
The concerns were strengthened yesterday when President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was reported to have told a Kuwaiti envoy that Iran was ready to transfer its nuclear technology to neighbouring countries.
Source: Fox

U.S.: Holocaust Denier Meeting an 'Affront'

Dec. 12, 2006 - White House spokeswoman Dana Perino called Iranian President's conference of people who deny that the Holocaust happened "an affront to the entire civilized world." President Ahmadinejad has described the Holocaust as a "myth" and called for Israel to be wiped off the map.
Israel's official Holocaust memorial, Yad Vashem, said the Tehran conference was "an effort to mainstream Holocaust denial" and "paint [an] extremist agenda with a scholarly brush."
Source:News Max
KKK's David Duke Tells Iran Holocaust Conference That Gas Chambers Not Used to Kill Jews - Fox
Incoming UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Iran on Thursday it was unacceptable to deny the Holocaust or call for Israel to be wiped off the map. - YNet News (Story no longer online)

Ahmadinejad: Iran Expands Uranium Enrichment Program

Dec. 9, 2006 - Iran continues to expand its capability to produce nuclear fuel. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that they are installing 3,000 additional centrifuges to create enriched uranium. They ultimately plan to install 60,000 centrifuges.
Iran has been locked in a standoff with the West over its nuclear program. The United States and its European allies have been seeking a U.N. Security Council resolution to impose sanctions on Tehran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.
Source: Fox
World powers meet on Iran nuclear sanctions - Breitbart
Kaplinsky: Iran will have nuclear arms capability 'in near future' - Ha'Aretz

Olmert: Iran nuclear ambitions are problem of every country

Nov. 13, 2006 - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet with President Bush today. He says he is not looking for war with Iran, but it is necessary to stop them from possessing nuclear weapons.
Tehran's goal is to "ultimately wipe Israel off the map," Olmert said in the interview. "This is not an issue of Israel only. This is a moral issue of the whole world and the whole world has to join forces in order to stop it.
Source: Ha'Aretz
IAEA Finds Traces of Potential Materials for Nuclear Weapons at Iranian Waste Facility - Fox
Ahmadinejad: Israel’s destruction near - ynet
Israel will 'not tolerate' a nuclear Iran: Olmert - Breitbart
Olmert's drums of war - Ha'Aretz

Awaiting the Iranian messiah

Nov. 12, 2006 - Iranian President Ahmadinejad is a firm believer in the soon return of the Mahdi, the Muslim Messiah. When he was Mayor of Tehran, he He created passageways and roadways to make it easier for the Mahdi to return triumphantly.

There is a dangerous link between Iran's nuclear program and their religious beliefs. Professor Raymond Tanter, one of the authors of the forthcoming book 'What Makes Iran Tick,' says the country actually wants to facilitate a cataclysmic event to hasten the return of the Mahdi. He said,

"As a result, no conceivable positive or negative incentives will influence the leadership of the clerics and the revolutionary guards from acquiring nuclear weapons. They need nuclear weapons in order to facilitate the ideological precepts of the return of the Mahdi."
Source: ynet news

Bush 'would understand' attack on Iran

Nov. 3, 2006 - During the recent UN summit, President Bush reportedly told French President Jacques Chirac that Israel could attack Iran to prevent the development of Iran's nuclear weapons program. President Bush reportedly said,
"We cannot rule this out. And if it were to happen, I would understand it."
Source: Jerusalem Post

Iran test fires nuclear-capable missile that could reach Israel

Nov. 2, 2006 - According to Iranian state-run television, the elite Revolutionary Guards have launched dozens of missiles, inclulding their long-range Shihab-3 missile. This missile is thought to be capable of firing nuclear warheads at Israel and U.S. troops in the Middle East.
Source: Ha'Aretz

Russia says believes Iran's nuke program peaceful

Nov. 1, 2006 - Russia still does not favor sanctions against Iran. Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov said that there should be continued discussions rather than sanctions. He said, "We do not have information that would suggest that Iran is carrying out a non-peaceful (nuclear) program."
Source: MyWay (Story no longer online)

Admadinejad: Sanctions will spur us on

Oct. 30, 2006 - Iran's president Ahmadinejad says that U.N. sanctions will only make the youth of the nation more motivated to continue their nuclear development
"We have been under sanctions for the last 27 years and these things will therefore have no impact, but just lead to more motivation of the Iranian youth," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in Varamin, south of Tehran.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Iran 'steps up nuclear program'

Oct. 27, 2006 - Not only has Iran not stopped its its uranium enrichment program, but it has now installed a second set of centrifuges to increase its ability to produce nuclear fuel.
There is no doubt that the use of the second cascade of centrifuges will be seen as an act of defiance by the international community at what is a sensitive time, the BBC's Frances Harrison reports from Tehran.
Source: BBC

Iranian President Says Israel Will Disappear, Threatens Its Allies

Oct. 20, 2006 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel a fake regime, established by the U.S. and its allies. He said that Israel is disappearing. He called on thousands at a pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran to take revenge, and warned Israel's supporters:
"You imposed a group of terrorists ... on the region. It is in your own interest to distance yourself from these criminals... This is an ultimatum. Don't complain tomorrow."
Source: Fox

Ahmadinejad: Palestine is the Front Line

Oct. 13, 2006 - In a recent meeting with Hamas leadership, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, "Palestine is the front line of the Islamic nations in their struggle against the aggressive superpowers."
In a chilling prelude of what a nuclear Iran could bring, Ahamdinejad also told Hamas official Sa'eed Seeyam, "Iran has no problem transferring its successes and experience in any field to the Hamas government."
Source: Israel National News

Foreign Minister: Russia Still Opposes Iran Sanctions

Oct. 5, 2006 - E.U. negotiators claim that they have made little progress in "endless hours" of talks with Iran about its nuclear program. They believe that the matter could wind up at the United Nations soon. The U.S and Britain favor immediate punitive measures, but Russia and China are not ready to impose sanctions against Iran. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "I think that until all diplomatic possibilities have been exhausted, sanctions would be extreme."
Source: Fox

Solana: Nuclear Talks with Iran Made Progress, No Deal

Sept. 28, 2006 - European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who met with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, reported some progress, but no definite agreement about Iran's nuclear program.
In Tehran, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has continued to insist that his country will not give up the right to enrich uranium.
Source: Voice of America

Iran leader's U.N. finale reveals apocalyptic view

Sept. 21, 2006 - Iran's President Ahmadinejad's closing remarks at the U.N. were actually a prayer that Allah would send "The perfect human being promised to all by you." While this prayer was lost on nearly all reporters, those who understand his belief that he is preparing the way for the Islamic messiah, the Madhi, realize that he is actually calling for the apocalypse.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Bush to Promote Democracy in U.N. Speech

Sept. 19, 2006 - President Bush and Iranian President Ahmadinejad will both address the United Nations General Assembly today. President Bush will call for freedom and democracy in the Middle East, and cite Iran as one of the worst examples of Islamic extremism. In contrast to Iran's nuclear development, the President commends Malaysia and that country's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, as living proof that Islamic nations can be moderate and democratic.

Iran's Leader Declares Intent To Speak at U.N.

Sept. 7, 2006 - Iranian President Ahmadinejad, who has been saying that he would like to debate his country's nuclear program with President Bush, announced yesterday that he wanted to address the U.N. General Assembly on September 19. It is not clear whether or not he will actually attend, and if so, whether he will actually speak. President Bush is scheduled to speak that same day.
Source: New York Sun

Iran snubs Annan on enrichment, Holocaust

Sept. 4, 2006 - U.N. chief Kofi Annan met with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but was disappointed with the results. Ahmadinejad said Iran was open to talks about their uranium enrichment program but did not accept suspension before negotiations. He also ignored Annan's warnings not to incite hatred by questioning the Holocaust.
“I think the tragedy of the Holocaust is an undeniable historical fact and we should really accept that fact and teach people what happened in World War II and ensure it is never repeated,” Annan told reporters.
While Annan was in Iran an exhibit was shown of cartoons ridiculing the Holocaust, and plans were announced to host a conference to examine whether or not it was even a valid historical event.
Source: MSNBC

Israel plans for war with Iran and Syria

Sept. 3, 2006 - An Israeli insider says that the conflict with Hezbollah has caused Israel to realize that their greatest threat is not the Palestinian problem but the two biggest state sponsors of terrorism in the region, Iran and Syria.
The Israeli defence establishment believes that Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear programme means war is likely to become unavoidable.
Source: Times OnLine
Olmert to Knesset defense panel: We'd use more force in war with Syria - Ha'Aretz

Iran Defies U.N. Security Council Deadline on Uranium Enrichment

Sept. 1, 2006 - Ignoring the U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed never to give up its nuclear program. It is now likely that economic sanctions will be imposed on Iran, but some time will be given for discussions between European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana and Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, next week.
Source: Fox
Highly enriched uranium found in Iran - UPI

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Gog is not mentioned in the genealogies of Genesis 10, but he is evidently the head of the land of Magog, who is mentioned as a son of Japheth.

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. (Chuck Missler, "The Magog Invasion" Briefing Package, 1995, pp. 1-2)

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 38:8-12

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, they 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

Most of the names in this passage can also be found in Genesis 10. That chapter contains the story of the migration of the descendants of Noah after the flood.

Persia is modern Iran. Cush is the ancient name for Ethiopia. Put is Lybia, Gomer corresponds to the area of modern Germany, and Togarmah most likely represents Armenia and Turkish tribes

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

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

"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 39:3-6

3 "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.

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