Looking at the headlines today about the unrest in the Middle East makes one wonder, what’s next? It all started with Tunisia when one man set himself on fire. That set off a wave of protest throughout the Arab world what the media calls the Arab spring. Sudan became two countries, the North and the South with a border along the Nuba mountains. There are reports that came out just recently that a Bible college and 4 churches that are set up by Samaritan Purse have been bombed by radicals Islamist in South Sudan. Sudan is an ongoing battle to this day.
Next came Egypt and the removal of Mubarak after long and heavy fighting of the people against the regime. No one is really certain what the new government will finally look like. Egypt has been a long-standing ally of the US and had a peaceful existence with Israel, which seems to fade fast.
And who can forget Libya and Qaddafi’s regime? He and his son vowed a long and bloody battle. Many people died until Qaddafi was captured and killed by his own people. Now the Syrian regime is in the news and has killed at least 5000 protesters since the unrest by the people started. Just recently the UN failed to come to a resolution to oust Assad, even though the people of Syria are crying out to the world for help. Russia and China are the two countries that are opposed to the ousting of Assad.
The UN has been ineffective many time and is in my opinion irrelevant. They are headquartered in New York City. It might be a good idea to vacate the building and set up shop somewhere in the Middle East. At least it would be much easier traveling for Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez who hate the US anyways. And now Iran again is threatening with the annihilation of the state of Israel. Just recently the supreme leader came out with a statement why it is religiously justifiable to wipe out Israel. http://www.wnd.com/2012/02/ayatollah-kill-all-jews-annihilate-israel/
Israel is under tremendous pressure and it seems that the world has abandoned Israel. A nuclear Iran with a rogue regime like Ahmadinejad would be world-changing. Israel cannot allow for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon that would be aimed at them. Just today the Israeli Ambassador to the US declared that Israel will act unilateral if necessary. There are many speculations floating around if and when Israel will attack Iran. Many believe that it could come as early as this spring. Although sanctions have been imposed by the UN and the US, they have not deterred the Iranian regime from developing a nuclear weapon.
The Bible has prophesied many of these things and I believe we are at the verge of an all out war of biblical proportions. Could this be the Gog and Magog war spoken off in Ezekiel 38 and 39? I don’t know, I don’t want to make any predictions, but we are seeing some events unfolding as we have never seen them before. I have a strong sense that by this summer, we will see some events happen that could possibly cause an all out war in the Middle East. The escalation of Iran vs Israel could be the trigger for biblical prophecy to unfold right in front of our eyes. Iran wants to create chaos, in the Shiite religious belief, chaos will usher in the 12th imam or the Mahdi. It is Islams version of the Messiah, which is the Antichrist in Christianity.
What exactly will happen in the near future is uncertain, but I believe we have never been closer to the escalation of Gog and Magog. Many Bible scholars believe that Magog is Russia and as many of you know the former Soviet Union has changed dramatically over the last years. Many of the southern states are Islamic and are at the north of Israel with other Islamic countries virtually surrounding Israel. I have spoken to some Jewish scholars and some believe that China is part of Magog as well. That of course is a possibility, China sides with Russia on many decisions made at the UN. One thing is for sure, Israel has many enemies that surround her.
Coming back to Syria for a moment, there is a prophecy about Syria in the book of Isaiah that declares Damascus will be a heap of ashes. “The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1. That has not happened yet, Damascus is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Seeing what’s happening in Syria, maybe that prophecy is not too far off? Whatever happens in the near future, we need to look at the Middle East, especially Israel. Israel is the center of the world, Jerusalem is the center of Israel and the temple mount i.e Mount Moriah is the Epicenter.
It is also time for us Christians to stand with Israel, our current administration has thrown Israel under the bus and Israel will once again face the threats virtually alone. But on thing is for sure, Israel is the apple of God’s eye and God will not allow anybody to wipe them off the map. His promises to Abraham, Issac and Jacob will be fulfilled and the predictions about Gog and Magog will be fulfilled. God is in control and He will preserve and protect His chosen people. Let us all pray for the people of Israel that face a constant threat of annihilation from her enemies. If this escalation will result in the war of Gog and Magog or maybe a precursor, who knows. The stage is set. We are in the final act.
“For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; And those who hate You have lifted up their head. They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, And consulted together against Your sheltered ones. They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”Psalm 83:2-4.
- Ezekiel 35, the Arab-Israeli War before Ezekiel 38 (antwrites.com)
- Insights of a Former Cia Director: Is an Israeli-iranian War Imminent? (flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com)
8 thoughts on “The coming war of Gog and Magog?”
Thanks for your question. The table of nations can be found in Genesis chapter 10.
The tenth chapter of Genesis . . . stands absolutely alone in ancient literature, without a remote parallel, even among the Greeks, where we find the closest approach to a distribution of peoples in genealogical framework . . . The Table of Nations remains an astonishing accurate document. (William F. Albright, cited in Boice)
I am leaving out the descandants of the other 2 sons of Naoah, Ham and Shem and only go with the line of Japheth.
The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.
Japheth: He was the father of the Indo-European peoples, those stretching from India to the shores of Western Europe. They are each linked by linguistic similarities that often seem invisible to the layman but are much more obvious to the linguist.
Gomer: From this son of Japheth came the Germanic peoples, from whom came most of the original peoples of Western Europe. These include the original French, Spanish, and Celtic settlers.
Magog . . . Tubal, Meshech: These settled in the far north of Europe and became the Russian peoples.
Madai: From this son of Japheth came the ancient Medes and they populated what are now Iran and Iraq. The peoples of India also came from this branch of Japheth’s family.
Javan: From this son of Japheth came the ancient Greeks, whose sea-faring ways are described in Genesis 10:5.
Gomer: The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.
Ashkenaz: From this son of Gomer came the peoples who settled north of Judea into what we call the Fertile Crescent.
From this son of Gomer came the Armenians.
The sons of Javan (the ancient Greeks).
The sons of Javan were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. From these the coastland peoples of the Gentiles were separated into their lands, everyone according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.
The sons of Javan were: Geographic names that spring from these names in this chapter abound. Linguists have no trouble seeing the connection between Kittim and Cyprus, Rodanim and Rhodes, Gomer and Germany, Meschech and Moscow, Tubal and Tobolsk.
There are many different views on Gog and Magog. Russia of course has changed over the last 20 years and after the Soviet Union much of the southern region is Islamic. It is interesting that Israel today is surrounded by those nations, that Ezekiel 38 and 39 speak about. Ezekiel of course used the ancient names of his times around 700BC.
I believe that Russia and China (asia) are part of magog and we see today that Russia and China are not enemies they way they were. One thing is fo sure, the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 will come against Israel. In my opinion that time is at hand.
I hope that this will help somewhat. There are some really great studies on the table of nations from Genesis 10.
On what basis do the scolars believe, that Magog is Russia?
I know that the Shiite Muslims believe in the 12th Imam i.e the Mahdi Ahmadinejad believes that he can usher in the Mahdi by creating chaos. Joel Rosenberg wrote a book about it: the 12th Imam. Their Mahdi or 12th Imam would be either the Antichrist or the false prophet from a Christian perspective.
I read or saw somewhere that Ahmadinejad thinks he is the Imam or Mahdi. Have you heard this? Also I agree the UN may as well move. It is apparent their position is for the middle east and to forget about Israel. We must support Israel 100%. Nations who haven’t have fallen. It is God’s number 1 reason for a nation to thrive.
Amen Anne, I know many messianic Jews and yes, they are on fire for Him. Once they come to know Jesus their blindfolds are off and they see things so clearly. The Torah and scriptures are opening a complete and new perspective and truth to them once they have become believers in their Messiah Yeshua.
Hi Freedy thank you for your message there is much to ponder on . God tells us in Scripture that the Jews as a Nation would turn away from Him and worship other God’s which they did, money being one, they also rejected Jesus as the Messiah which was also prophesied but like us all they will be saved if they come to heart repentance and as Romans tells us there will be a remnant that does and God will graft them in again. I have known a few Jews personally that have accepted Salvation through Christ Jesus and Wow they are just so committed and on fire for Him .
Romans 9 :4-8 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Romans 9:26-27 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the Children of the living God. Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:
John 14:5-7Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Christian Love Anne
Thank you Rick, hope to see you at church soon.
Thank you for your enlightening work and prophetic truths. I love the insightfulness that the Lord gives you. Be blessed and come quickly Lord Jesus……