Recent events in world politics have encouraged me to re-post previous articles on the Ezekiel 38/ 39 prophesy. Moves by radical Islamic forces in the Mid East are setting the stage for events described in the Psalm 83 wars which I believe will trigger the Gog/Magog war against Israel. Ezekiel begins his prophesy with the statement –
“And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth …“- Ezekiel 38:4f
and this suggests Gog is involved in other activities when he is forced to move into the Mid East. Many Bible scholars have identified Gog with Russia, even before Russia ever became a political power. If this is true, and I believe it is, Russia’s current move into Crimea, Yugoslavia, and other Baltic states could signal the setting for Ezekiel’s prophesy beginning. Russia’s threatening Denmark Continue reading
In Gog Rising parts 1-4, I identified most of the nations led by Russia against Israel in the war of Gog and Magog: Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and others. –
“You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.” – Ezekiel 38:9
There may be other nations and people that join with Russia in this attack that are not specifically named, but their purpose will be the same, to destroy Israel. While they may not like or trust each other, their hatred of Israel will join them together for this war. Continue reading
After many years, Gog is told to gather his forces together and take command of them. While many today have forgotten Russia began to do this as early as 1982. In 1982, Israel made a preemptive strike into Lebanon uncovering stockpiles of weapons and documents which proved Russia was ready to attack later that year. This is documented in the book Magog 1982 – Canceled by David Allen Lewis.
Once again, we see Russia building ties with Iran, Syria, Libya and other radical Islamic states. Putin announced that “Russia is determined to enhance cooperation with the Islamic world.” Silly American diplomats have handcuffed themselves by joining with the so-called Quartet (Russia, EU, UN, and U.S.) to try and solve the Mideast problems when Mideast turmoil is to the advantage of at least half of the Quartet!
But, as usual the nations of the world fail to take into account God’s feelings on the issue. God says “I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army.” Two things are clear: 1) God is in charge of the situation, and 2) something will happen to force Russia’s hand. Continue reading
In this third edition of Gog Rising, I want to deal with the issue, Why would Russia attack Israel? Ezekiel gives the answer:
“to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.” – Ezekiel 38:12
I want to address Ezekiel’s list in the opposite order he listed them:
1) Who dwell in the midst of the land. Historically, Israel occupies the ‘land bridge’ between Africa and the Mid East. They also control water access to the Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Suez Canal, the Persian Gulf, and the Red Sea. As far as travel between Asia and Africa, they are truly in the “midst of the land”. Continue reading
In Part 1, a future world leader named Gog was introduced. Many have argued over who he is, where Magog is to be located, and where Meshech and Tubal are located. The two most often selected sites are Turkey and Russia. I believe the Russia connection is the most accurate.
“Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, – Ezekiel 38:2
Magog, Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal have long been thought to be connected with Russia. Even the famous American theologian Jonathon Edwards believed this. Perhaps the best known of those holding this view was Gesenius, who was known as the father of modern Hebrew Lexicography. Gesenius first published a work on Hebrew grammar in 1817 before turning his efforts on lexicography. Continue reading
The Bible records an ancient prophesy given to Ezekiel of a future world leader named Gog, who comes against the tiny nation of Israel. The timing of this event is clearly placed in the end of days. As Ezekiel records –
“After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.” – Ezekiel 38:8