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Focus On Jerusalem Prophecy Ministry The Mountains of Israel
The Prince of Persia, and The Chief Prince of Meshech An Exposition of Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39 The Mountains of Israel
Genesis 10:1-5 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.
. Ezekiel 38:7-8 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, (Golan) which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. (GOD of Israel) ….............. I am against thee, O Gog.. Israel Sea of Galilee
Princes of This World Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (celestial--heavens) John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. Daniel 10:12-13 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. (Prince of Grecia) (Michael--Prince of Israel) Promised Land
Arche’s, Kuriote’s, Exousia’s Exousia – (powers) superhuman masters Kuriote – (dominions) Masters of air/universe Arche – (Prince or Principalities) (on earth) Prince : A powerful ruler, or the rule of someone in authority. The word (often found in the plural) may refer to human rulers (Titus 3:1), demonic spirits (*Romans 8:38; Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:15), powerful angels and demons in general (Eph. 3:10; Col. 1:16), or (especially when used in the singular) any type of ruler other than God Himself (Eph. 1:21)
Who is GOG ? " The sudden appearance of " Gog " in the Ezekiel text, without any apparent background from other passages, has puzzled commentators for centuries. From the context, it is clearly the title of the leader of the people of the land of Magog. Still, it seems inconsistent with God's established style to have such a key figure emerge in the text without a linkage of some sort. There is, however, a provocative reference that has been widely overlooked in the Book of Amos. The traditional rendering of Amos 7:1 reads as follows: "Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings." Our English Bible takes its translation from the Masoretic text, a 9th century source. However, an earlier translation of the Old Testament into Greek, known as the Septuagint, embodies a different rending of Amos 7:1: "Thus the Lord showed me, and behold a swarm of locusts were coming, and behold, one of the young devastating locusts was Gog, the King." The identification of Gog as the king of the locusts would have profound implications. Proverbs 30:27 reveals that "the locusts have no king," implying that the "locusts" of Amos 7 are not intended to be natural locusts, but an idiom for something else. (demons ?)Proverbs 30:27 We encounter a similar passage in Revelation chapter 9 where locusts there are described as having a king, and so are clearly a demon host. (Abaddon or Apollyon)Revelation chapter 9 The passage in Amos 7:1 suggests that Gog is the king of the demon locusts, and this would put an entirely new light on the Gog of Ezekiel 38 and 39....."
Ezekiel 38:1-9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
The Land of Magog Magog --> the Scythians --> Russians Many ancient sources have clearly identified "Magog" as referring to the "Scythians" which were the ancestors of the Russians. The Moslems refer to Gog and Magog as Vadjudj wa madjudj in the Koran. Philo, a 1st century historian identifies Magog with southern Russia. The Great Wall of China, in an 8th century reference, was called: Sud Yagog et Magog "The Rampart of Gog and Magog." In Ezekiel 38:15, it says: "And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee..." The "north parts" is literally the "extreme, or uttermost" parts of the north.Ezekiel 38:15
Hooks-In-The-Jaws "..... Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Ezekiel 38:3-4
Prophesied Geo-political Factors For The Russian Invasion Russia leads an armament buildup with ME allies Tarshish – Protector of Sheba & Dedan The “mountains of Israel”---”latter years” (Golan) Land brought back from the sword (war-Islam) Wasteland to productive (Deserted to populous) Jewish Aliya (Diaspora reversal) Western Antichrist crafts peace deal—(settles Temple Mount dispute) (Jerusalem resolution) Dwelling safely (secured regional peace deal) Unwalled villages (peace & safety) (security fence)
The Allies of (Rosh) Russia The main ally listed is Persia. The identification of "Persia" includes the descendents of Elam, the 1st son of Shem and is the modern state of Iran, a key component in the jaw-hooks. Cush = Ethiopia - This refers to the land south of Egypt, usually translated as Ethiopia. Originally Cush referred to a piece of territory lying between the 2nd and 3rd cataracts of the Nile. Phut (or Put) = Libya - the 3rd son of Ham. Josephus identifies him as the founder of Libya. In a connotative sense, it is associated with "North Africa" populated by the Berbers and tribes distinct from Cush, and thus, reaches from Libya and Algeria to Tunisia and Morocco.
Rosh = Chief of Meshech It has been said that the only prophecy in the Bible that invokes a modern Gentile power by name is found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. There, we find Russia, called "Rosh" in the Hebrew of the Old Testament. In the King James translation, its name is somewhat obscured, seen in the word, "chief “ (rahsh) in the following passage: "And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, "And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal" (Ezkiel 38:1-3). The Hebrew text of verse two, which actually reads, "prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal," [kc,u lan atr thab nasieh rosh, meshech v’tubal]. "Rosh" is a place name, rather than a positional title. Today, any standard Hebrew text refers to Russia by using the proper noun, "Rosh." Many authorities add that Meshech and Tubal are the names of Scythian tribes, whose names have been standardized as modern place names. Meshech is Russia’s capital, Moscow. Therefore, Magog is Russia. Its prince and leader is Gog. Russia has dabbled with the extension of its power into the Middle East.
Ezekiel 38 : 9-12 9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, (Air Force?) thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. 10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: (NUCLEAR?) 11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, (peace and safety) and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, (Land or Oil?) and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, (Israel) and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
Ezekiel 38 : 13-16 13 Sheba, and Dedan, (Arabia) and the merchants of Tarshish, (West) with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? 14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? (comprehensive multi-lateral peace) 15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, (Uttermost part of North) thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: 16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; (Air Assault) it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
Tarshish - Western Powers? Tarshish may be the biblical term for the West. Some have positively identified it as the modern city of Tortosa, on the Spanish east coast. Others have placed it as far north as the ancient seaport of Roman Londinium, today’s London, England. However, it describes not a single location, but the Gentile merchant world outside ancient Israel. The merchants of Tarshish began as the ancient Phoenician traders, whose ships circled the Mediterranean and exited it through the Strait of Gibraltar, before sailing northward toward ports in the territory we now call Europe. They also sailed southward around Africa’s west coast, then around its southern cape, heading toward the ports of call in the east. Some sources say that they sailed as far west as the future territories of North and South America. These merchants were the early global traders. Tarshish has become the generic term for their trade in the world at large. Tarshish may represent the Great Merchants of the Earth (Revelation 18 – Commercial Babylon)
Sheba and Dedan Sheba and Dedan have a specific reaction to the offensive from the north. Analyzing it closely reveals that it contains clues to the disposition of world powers. Sheba and Dedan react to the offensive, not with reprisals, but with a question: "… Art thou come to take a spoil?“ In other words, they question Gog’s motives, and that of its allies. Perhaps through diplomatic channels, they inquire as to Russia’s intentions. They wish to know whether or not Gog desires to rob them of their riches. As we shall see, they are very rich.
A Conspicuously Absent Ally Syria, A Major Enemy of Israel Absent from Ezekiel 38 list Notice, Syria, an extremely anti-Semetic country is not listed in this battle. This may be because they have previously - by the time of the Magog Invasion - been dealt a blow. Such is described in: Isaiah chapter 17, Jeremiah 49:23-27... "The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.... And behold at eveningtide trouble; and before the morning he is not. This is the portion of them that spoil us, and the lot of them that rob us." Isaiah 17:1, 14 "Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!" Jeremiah 49:24-25 Damascus, the capital of Syria, is known to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world!... It has never yet been "taken away from being a city"... Presently 24 terrorist organizations have their bases in Damascus. If Syria were fully functional when the Magog Invasion occurs, you can bet they would be in on any invasion of Israel. But God declares that Damascus will become a ruinous heap. This is yet future... and could be imminent as the Iraq-Terror war spills over……….
The Burden of Damascus The Absence of Syria, Iran’s Present Axis of Evil Partner As the most striking point when reading the listing of the Ezekiel 38 Magog invasion coalition strike-force upon Israel, Syria’s absence from the alliance means the Russian invasion is expressly pinpointed towards the mountains of Israel, which probably would include the contested Golan Heights. Syria and Israel have been locked in total disagreement about the possession of this very area ever since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Russia has traditionally supported Syria’s claims to the Golan’s mountainous region. The absence of Syria in this coalition hints of a prior strategic exchange (with Israel ?) Damascus, the capitol city of Syria, is the international headquarters for virtually every Middle East terrorist organization. The absence of Syria from the Magog coalition indicates that the prophesied Burden of Damascus event is a sequence of events that prefigures the Magog invasion. It is highly likely, given the present geo-political world situation and the strategies involved in the American-led war on terror that Damascus will be devastated either by Israel, the US, or become victim to an international nuclear exchange, as the War on Terror proceeds.
Syria - The Lynchpin of Palestinian Terror Hezbollah – 1982 war on US Front for the Liberation of Palestine Hamas Meshaal –Iran’s Palestinian PLO Fatah Yasser Arafat Islamic Jihad Al Aqsa Martyrs Al Qaeda No Israel
The Iranian Revolution It is important to remember that, until 1979, not only was Iran a close ally of the United States, it was also one of the most heavily Westernized nations in the Islamic world. Then with the Islamic revolution, Shah Pahlavi was deposed, and the fanatical Islamic Mullahs came to power, and Iran quickly became America’s worst nightmare. Prophecy scholars should have taken note of this amazing turnabout in Iran, for it was the landmark event that laid the geo- political foundation for Persia's inclusion in Ezekiel’s Gog-Magog scenario. Prior to 1979, it didn't seem to make any sense that a western friendly Iran, could find itself part of a Russian-led invasion on the mountains of Israel? The greatest geo-political and diplomatic mistake of modern American history was the disastrous strategy decisions of the Jimmy Carter administration, (with Zbigniev Brezinski formulating foreign policy) when America stood by and let Ayatollah Khomeini succeed in expelling the American friendly Shah so that the radical Khomeinin could return from exile and take Iran in a headlong fundamentalist charge back to the Quran-glorified 7th-century culture of the Arabian Peninsula. This era of the Islamic Revolution is what started the modern worldwide Muslim fundamentalist revival that threatens the security of the United States today, and gave impetus to the Jihadist terrorist ideology! Virtually all the terrorism in the world today comes from the seeds of the ayatollah's demonic inspiration. The prospect of these fanatical Muslim fundamentalist zealots possessing nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles should frighten the entire Western world. It should drive us into immediate action to prevent it at any costs. This nuclear time bomb is already ticking and the window of opportunity to intercept an Islamic terror-holocaust is quickly closing. In the interim, the US and Israel are squarely the intended targets of Islamic terrorism. It is only a matter of time until this bubble must burst.
Iran and the Axis of Evil Iran is a nation that figures prominently in the news these days. Three years ago (Sept. 2001) after the terrorist attacks upon America, President George Bush mentioned the nation of Iran and depicted it as being one of the notorious members of the now infamous “Axis of Evil” nations. Still, most people in the West know very little about Iran, and the vast majority of American’s are completely unaware of the history of the US relationship with Iran, and the fact that the region of Iran actually has had a long and significant role in world affairs. While Persia has had ties deeply rooted in world history, the direct American-Iranian relationship only commenced in the late 1930’s. Persia joined the allied forces against Germany in 1943, and thus the World War II Mid-east theatre provided the stage that began the rather brief history of the US-Iranian relationship. It is a relationship that has also undergone a complete about face since the 1970’s. Within the scope of this remarkable turn in geo-political affairs in the international relationship between Iran (Persia) and the United States are a host of highly significant factors relative to the prophesied signs of the times, and imminent world events in these Last Days.
The Evil “ Principality ” of Persia Arises “Again” On November 4, 1979, some Iranian militants under the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeni’s direction seized the US Embassy in Tehran, taking 52 American hostages, and threatening them with death. Khomeini refused all appeals, and instigated an environment of hostility and war towards the United States, calling America the Great Satan! Iran, or Persia, has been in the center of an unseen warfare from ancient times. Daniel was highly favored of God and privileged to have God pull back the curtain of history and time and briefly expose Daniel to the wars that continue in Heaven, and that still affect events on the Earth. Daniel prayed for Divine insight into the meaning of some prophecies God gave him about the future of his people Israel. Daniel’s vision reveals the fact that there are mighty fallen angels and demons that influence earthly leaders. And within God's permission, they even control earthly dominions. The "Prince of Persia" was able to hinder God’s archangel Gabriel. It was only with the help of the archangel Michael that Gabriel was able to subdue this hindrance. Michael is the special guardian Prince of the Israeli nation.
Wiping Israel off the Map If you follow the news you may have seen this picture, of Iran's President Ahmadinejad speaking at the "World Without Zionism" conference where he spoke of wiping "Israel off the map." (But in this photo you can only see a portion of the graphic)picture Israel
America First, Then Israel Is it possible for us to witness a world without America and Zionism? This slogan and this goal are attainable, and surely can be achieved! - IRAN Yes, that is the USA already at the bottom of the hourglass. Notice that the USA is already broken in the bottom of the hourglass prior to the fall of Israel. Iran is the chief sponsor of international terrorism through its multi- networked Terror-ops center based in Damascus, Syria and it is also the Leader of the infamous Axis of Evil groups of Nations that is seeking the destruction of the United States,……… a goal which has a side-appeal to both Russia and China! “ The Mountains of Israel”
The Prince of Persia’s (Iran) Goal Iran’s former President Khatami flatly stated that Iran want nukes to destroy Israel. He insists that since Israel is such a small country that it cannot sustain a nuclear exchange with a much larger country and survive! He concludes that the intense collateral damage that may be suffered by Iran in a nuclear exchange with Israel is a price that Islam is willing to pay to exterminate Israel once and for all. It’s Allah’s will! July 10, 2006---Ahmadinejad: Conditions for Removal of Israel Are at Hand
Russia’s Putin Warns US Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in his address to the nation in Moscow May 10, 2006. Putin issued a veiled warning to the United States not to take any unauthorized (UN) military action against Iran, and its nuke program Putin's Russia is arming Syria & Iran, and obstructing US efforts to get the Mullahs to stop their nuclear ambitions. It is no surprise, since Russia obstructed US efforts in Iraq, and the Russian ambassador to Iraq passed on US war plans to Saddam before the American invasion. Even more disturbing is the fact that Russia was behind the scenes moving the missing Iraqi WMD’s out of Iraq into Syria before the US invaded.
Russian Nuclear Roulette By using the Iranian nuclear wildcard, Putin is hoping to reduce America’s preeminent position in the Middle East, but it is a scheme that Bible Prophecy indicates could backfire on Russia, and end up with Iran and the Islamic world sinking its hooks in Russia’s jaws. Recently, Russia test-launched a missile system that allegedly can maneuver in mid-flight, allowing it to dodge defenses. The missile, said Putin “renders any anti- missile system defenseless.” Since then, Putin has advanced these new anti-defense missiles to arm Islamic terrorists, through the governments of Iran and Syria. He has also enabled Iran to develop nukes and the Shahab-4 missile. Six years ago, President Bush met Putin for the first time, and told the world that he had looked into Putin’s eyes and found a good friend, and a man America could trust. Well, President Bush needs to take another look. Russia is on a fast track to being ”the Evil Empire” again. Russia’s involvement in arming the Axis of Evil is preparatory work to destabilize the region and preparing its allies for a move into the Middle East! Is the evil empire thinking about a Nuclear assault? Judging from Russia’s motivation to reduce America’s fortress position in the Middle East, and its strategy in arming a nuclear Iran, Russia is obviously readying herself for the Ezekiel invasion!
The Genius of Asymmetrical Warfare 'Asymmetrical warfare' is another name for stateless terrorism. (or secretly state-sponsored) In this model, Iran supplies weapons and funding to terrorist groups to conduct operations against enemies of Iran that can't be traced back to Tehran for retaliation. Using asymmetrical warfare and nuclear weapons, Iran could use sub-contracted sleeper cells to strike an enemy, anytime, anywhere, without fear of immediate retribution or retaliation. It is obvious that no non-nuclear state would ever dare to counter-attack a nuclear Iran, and that no nuclear state could diplomatically afford to risk a nuclear exchange without incontrovertible evidence that Iran was responsible. Asymmetrical warfare is also a client stratagem of Super-power wannabees! (Russia & China) (US utilizes military companies)
Russia is HOOKED! Israel Intelligence officials say that the multiplying missile power of Iran, Syria and Hizbullah has reached the level of posing "the gravest threat in modern times to the very existence of the Jewish State." Israel is pleading with the United States for swift military action to "wipe out this triangle of peril." Iran's ballistic missiles, Syria's upgraded Scuds and Hizbullah's bulging arsenal of short-range missiles in south Lebanon have rendered Israel vulnerable to the gravest peril it has ever faced. Joint action by Israel and the US is imperative. Current estimates by the IDF are that Iran will produce a functioning nuclear weapon in two to three years. It is Iran's ideology of hatred that disturbs Israeli intelligence circles. According to diplomatic sources in Jerusalem, the wildcard in Iran's nuclear gambit is Russia.
Russia and China Coddle Iran And North Korea, and Sudan and Palestine At the June, 2006 SCC, Ahmadinejad Called for Asian Unity (Iran's president has told Central Asian, Russian and Chinese leaders they should co- operate to prevent what he called threats from domineering powers, a reference to the US.) Russia and China have become increasingly concerned about the presence of the US in Central Asia.
Caspian Sea – Central Asia Energy Resources for EU, or Russia? The new Caspian Sea oil pipeline, (2005) which crosses Turkey from Baku to Ceyhan on the Mediterranean Coast, is intended to lessen the West from its reliance on Middle Eastern oil. This pipeline may prove to be a factor in the rise of the Russian-Iranian led invasion of Israel, and also to counter the moves of the Antichrist in the region, as described by the prophet Ezekiel. The Caspian Sea oil basins reside in an area formerly occupied by the Soviet Union. The Caspian Sea pipeline is the oil flow that is meant to save the West, and insure that the instability and competition for Arab oil does not obstruct the West from enjoying its superpower status.
Moscow: A Cauldron of Jealousy Located over one thousand miles due north of Jerusalem, Moscow continues to recover from its humiliating loss of superpower status in the early 1989. The man leading the forward charge is Vladimir Putin, who has moved Russia into a geo-political chess match against the West, by manipulating the Middle East situation. pre-trib Unlike some Bible prophecy scholars, I do not expect the Russian-led invasion to be the next major event (pre-trib) on the Lord’s prophetic calendar. I propose the textual evidence in Ezekiel 39 and Revelation 16 strongly suggests that the northern-led invasion, involving Iran and other Mid-east powers listed in Ezekiel 38, will instead occur during the latter reign of the Antichrist (Rev 13-14). This would be prior to the time of the final battle of Armageddon, and possibly spark the final world war, which wages for the final 42 months.
The Next World Order Russia and China demand a multi-polar Global World Order in lieu of a US-led uni-polar Global World Order, and are working jointly to dethrone the US as the world’s lone superpower… through destabilization Bible Prophecy indicates that TEN Kings will emerge to establish the final world order. ( Rev. 17:12-13 ) The Ten Kings will grant world leadership to the Antichrist ( 3 being subdued--abase ) ( Daniel 7:24 )
Osama bin Laden: “there will be no peace for America until there is peace in Palestine! Palestinians in West Bank Celebrated the attack on America Sept 11…. Muslims and Palestinians paraded in the streets throughout the West Bank and the Arab world, celebrating the attack on America! The terror attacks were because of US foreign policy in the Middle East...and US support of Israel!
The War on Terror is a war ultimately about Israel, but initially it is about America’s support for Israel, Jerusalem is the apple of God’s eye
Death to Israel.. Death to the USA….. The two Judeo- Christian nations of the world are especially hated by the demonic forces that are working to empower the Antichrist! Satan’s strategy presently is to cripple the US, then move the nations to encircle Israel
Persia’s Position at the “Point” Geographically, Iran dominates the northern shores of the Persian Gulf, with command of the Straits of Hormuz, the most important oil-chokepoint on the globe. It is within easy striking distance of about 50 percent of the world's oilfields: those in Saudi Arabia, etc. Iran itself has enormous proven energy reserves: 12 percent of the world's oil and 20 percent of the world's natural gas reserves. Oil revenue and its supply are important political and economic weapons. Iran is the land- bridge between the two very important energy zones of Central Asia and the Persian Gulf. Iran is the most important player in Central Asia. It borders 15 countries, (including five Islamic Republics that were formerly occupied by the Soviet Union) Iraq is the West’s vital interest at the “Point”
Oil/Energy Chokepoints of the World Straits of Turkey Suez Canal The Euphrates River Valley in Iraq & Syria Straits of Hormuz China’s Gwadar naval base The Mountains of Israel Russian Naval Base in Latakia Arabia’s protectorate is Tarshish/young lions
Israel is the “Expendable” Item
Ezekiel 38 : 17 - 23 17Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? 18And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother. 22And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
At The Same Time! God has specifically declared that “ at the Same Time ” that Gog moves against the land of Israel, that HIS fury shall come up in his face The direct result of Gog’s invasion is not the Empire of the Antichrist, but rather the judgment of the nations and their submission to Jesus Christ!
Isles / Coastlands Judged Also in The Magog Scenario ( Ezekiel: 39:6 ) Jeremiah 25 31A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. (controversy over Zion – Isaiah 34:8) 32Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the Coasts of the earth. Isles & Coastlands (Jer. 25:22 – these be beyond the Seas) (Jer. 31:10) 75% of Americans live within 100 miles of East or West Coast (220,000,000) The Mountains of Israel
The Sword of Jeremiah 25? The Sword of Allah 26And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them. 27Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the SWORD which I will send among you. 28And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. 29For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
McArthur’s Warning! As I look back upon the long, tortuous trail from those grim days of Bataan and Corregidor, when an entire world lived in fear, when democracy was on the defensive everywhere, when modern civilization trembled in the balance, I thank a merciful God that he has given us the faith, the courage and the power from which to mold victory. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we won in war. A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war. Men since the beginning of time have sought peace.... Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. We have had our last chance. If we do not now devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence, and demands a resolution of the spirit if we are to save the flesh. Democratic Socialism vs. Totalitarian Dictatorships (Daniel 2:44)
Armageddon Looms on Horizon
Revelation 16:12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates ; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the Kings of the East might be prepared. Daniel 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the King of the South push at him: and the King of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, Daniel 8:9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. (Antichrist / Little Horn / master of peace-processes)
The Winepress of God’s Wrath Ezek 39:17-20 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. 18Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 20Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
More Gog & Magog Revelation 20:7-8 And when the thousand years are expired, (Millennium) Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. * Since scripture relative to the expression “Gog and Magog” signifies all the armies of the earth, it is reasonable to understand Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 in the same way. Ezekiel 38 will not merely be an invasion of Israel by a Russian-Arab coalition alone, as is usually expressed, but by all of the world’s armies under the “principal” leadership of the Antichrist. God declares that He will draw them there to destroy them for their evil treatment of His people, Israel, and thereby demonstrate to the whole world that He is God Rev 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.
Reasons for Pre-Trib Magog Invasion Theory Ezek 39:9-10 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years : So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. (Deut. 31 – year of release—first Millennial Sabbath year) Ezek 39:12-16 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. 13Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. 14And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. 15And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. 16And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. * All nations ……….vs.…….Magog mentions only certain allies ( Zechariah 12 )
Israel’s Shame Will be No More! Ezekiel 39:21-29 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. 23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. 25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; 26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28 Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. 29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. Acts 2:16-20 Joel 2:27-32
The Cup of Trembling Revelation 19:17-19 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; Ezekiel 39:17-19 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, Zechariah12:2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against JERUSALEM
The Nations are Preparing for War ( not disarmament ) Joel 3:9-14 9Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD. 12Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. 13Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. 14Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.
Olmert Hopes For "Eternal Covenant" With Arabs * July 17….(FOJ) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Monday that he hoped an "eternal covenant" could soon be signed between Israel and its neighbors. Prime Minister Olmert’s vision of an “eternal covenant” must be convenient news for the MASTER Peace Crafter the Bible calls the Antichrist. The prophet Daniel spoke of such an opportunity opening the doorway for the rise of the Antichrist. Just last week, the Arab League announced that the “Middle East Peace Process” was dead, and required an overhaul, one that necessitated new on-the ground situations in Lebanon and, perhaps in Syria. The current Middle East Crisis is lending itself to the high-probability scenario that the “false peace covenant” of the Antichrist, made with Many, can be realized! (Daniel 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: (7 years) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.) As the world’s G-8 leaders meet in the plush palace of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg, Russia, its attention has been diverted from its scheduled itinerary. The G-8 leaders had gathered to discuss the trade and organization structure of the Global powers. The Bible reveals that ten kings of the Last Days will tread down the whole earth, and agree with one mind to grant their power structure to the Antichrist. The G-8 is slated to become the G-10 on the near future, with the additions of India and China. The prophecies of Daniel portray these ten kings as ten toes on the great image of the Gentile world system of Global power. Daniel reveals that the Ten Kings, although uniting briefly to form a Global Authority, will not “cleave together.” The geo-political intangibles of this prophecy appear to be forming before our very eyes today. Russia and China are not cleaving with the US-UK positions on Korea or Iran, but the leaders are still pushing ahead to form their vision of a Global Trade and Security Union.
Israel Will Mourn For Him ( Zechariah 12 ) Ezekiel 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. Ezekiel 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Ezekiel 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
The Prince of Peace Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:1-3 1But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 2And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 3And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS IS COMING!