Gog Magog Revisit?

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Prophecy Update: Gog Magog revisited.                   5/18/2022

Current events require “Watchmen on the Wall” to pay attention to Ezekiel 38-39. The prophecy called Gog Magog confuses many people because God uses the ancient names of the people. The outline of these nations is given to us in Genesis 10. We learn an important fact in the study of these words. Magog traces to a people called the Scythians who live in the territory called Russia and it includes the territory of Ukraine. It is a fascinating prophecy! Ezekiel 38-39 is so specific about a coming war involving nations who align for war in the end times. Who are the players?

“In total, the invading armies include Russia and Turkey from the north, Sudan/Libya (possibly including Algeria and Tunisia) from the south and west, and Iran from the east. Consequently, sometime in the future, an enormous military force surrounds Israel, which is far beyond their capacity to defeat. God alone can deliver them from annihilation, which Ezekiel reveals He does (38:17–23; 39:1–6). foi.org 

I am fascinated by the prophecy because for most of my Christian life, since 1979, I have been following closely the developments of this coming war. I have never considered the war to include only these 9 nations. The reason is given in Ez.38:6…

“Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.”

Ezekiel 38:6

Who are the many peoples? The Muslim nations have always fought wars with proxies. Proxies are Muslims that come from other nations. Therefore, the Biblical teaching is alerting us to the fact that many people are coming after Israel in the end times. The Muslim nations are bound and determined to destroy Israel. In the Russian sphere of influence are many Muslim nations (Chechnya, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, Kazakhstan, Syria, Sudan, Libya)  who will participate in this war. Since the war is fought on the northern border of Israel, in the territory of Syria, the war will include Syria and all of the jihadist groups who bind themselves to this endeavor.  

“Magog occurs in the Old Testament on four occasions (Genesis 10:2; 1 Chronicles 1:5; Ezekiel 38:2; 39:6). It identifies a descendant of Japheth in the table of nations, which scholars trace to the ancient Scythians. These tribes lived in the region north of the Black Sea and some consider their territory stretched from Ukraine to Siberia.” foi.org 

The current war between Russia and Ukraine will result in Ukraine joining Russia in the invasion. That does not seem possible at this time because Russia is fighting 40 other nations in Ukraine. How will it happen that Ukraine will join Russia in this war with Israel? We do not know, but that is the fun of being “Watchman on the Wall”, God’s Word will be fulfilled.

“Gomer identified a wild tribe living in the fog-bound region north of the Black Sea, perhaps as far west as the Crimean Peninsula.” blueletterbible.org 

“The Crimean Peninsula houses the naval base called Sevastopol. Ukraine crisis: why Russia sees Crimea as its naval stronghold: Fri 7 Mar 2014, On Thursday, Crimean ministers held a vote in their regional parliament to join the Russian Federation and secede from Ukraine, and to organize a referendum on the issue for 16 March.”  theguardian.com

It is important to understand the reason Russia will never give up the Crimea. Russia is in the far north and does not have one way to get to warm water except for Crimea. Being the only warm water port on Russian territory, they will never give this up. So why all the fuss?

“After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a 1997 treaty with Ukraine allowed Russia to keep its Black Sea Fleet pretty much intact (with 15,000 personnel currently stationed) and lease the base at Sevastopol (extended to expire in 2042). Russia annexed it in 1783, under Catherine the Great, who thought the region symbolized Russia’s links to antiquity. Peter the Great saw Russia’s limited access to the ocean as one of its greatest weaknesses. Peter fought wars against the Tatars (who else) to gain access to the Black Sea, and built Russia’s first naval base in Taganrog (port city in Rostov Oblast, Russia, on the north shore of the Taganrog Bay in the Sea of Azov) in 1698.” theguardian.com 

The Crimea Peninsula is very important to the future war with Israel. This is how Russia along with Ukraine will send troops into the Mediterranean Sea for this war. At least for the last four hundred years, Russia saw Sevastopol as their most important naval base. The Russians call this the final drive south. NATO wants to control the Black Sea. This puts Russia and NATO on a collision course as Ukraine is the unfortunate geography of a broader war. Here is an example:

“US Set To Block Russian Debt Payments, Pushing Moscow Closer To Historic Default: The latest attempt at inflicting maximum punishment and pressure on Russia amid its grinding war in Ukraine has many scratching their heads, as the US is now set to block Moscow’s ability to pay its sovereign debt – though ironically which Russia appears ready and willing to pay, if it weren’t for the far reaching US-led sanctions imposed on its central financial institutions in the first place.” zerohedge.com 

The Russia Ukraine war has caused conflict between Israel and Russia. Ukraine is upset at Israel for not supporting the war against Russia and Russia is mad at Israel for making some statements that support Ukraine. Israel is in a no win position. Add to that, Russia has made statements that threaten Israel, this has not happened before. Then this happened…

“O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him.”

Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel Bible)

“AFTER RUSSIA OPENS FIRE ON ISRAEL IN SYRIA, RABBIS CONSIDER POSSIBLE “GOG-MAGOG SCENARIO” Media reports claim that a Russian S-300 anti-air battery opened fire on Friday night against IDF warplanes operating over northwestern Syria, marking the first time Russia has actively interfered with an Israeli air attack in Syria.” israel365news.com    

Russia is aligned with the nations listed in Ezekiel 38. In 1979 Iran was part of the west and allied with America. When the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew Iran, it made the prophecy of Ez.38 a possibility. It took until the 2000’s before Russia and Iran united.  Ukraine will also be part of the coalition to attack Israel and I want to give a historical timeline to prove this:

988 A.D. Kiev-Rus Christianizes under the Orthodox Church. At that time, it was part of what we would call Russia. Kiev and Ukraine endured invasions from Poland, Lithuania, and Turkey and Russia always fought with the Ukrainian people. Many Russians live in Ukraine today and that complicates the ongoing war since 2015. Russia has invaded several other states since 1991, the fall of Communism and the Soviet Union.

1992: Invaded Transnistria. A territory that sits between Ukraine and Moldova.

1999-2009: Putin invaded and fought a war with Chechnya, a Muslim territory. President Bush and Tony Blair from Britain praised Putin for his war with Chechnya after 9/11.

2008: Georgia was invaded by Putin and preserved the territories called South Ossetia and Abkhazia which the Georgian army tried to bring back under control and away from Russia.

2014: Russia marched in to preserve Crimea and not let it be taken over by Ukraine.

2015: Russia marched into Syria and built military bases to protect Bashir Assad, fight those trying to overthrow Assad, (President Obama announced that he would kick Assad out of Syria) and stand against the United States. This set up the Gog Magog battle.

2020: Armenia war. Russian troops marched into Armenia and that are still there.

2022: Kazakhstan and Ukraine. A revolution was tried in Kazakhastan and it failed when Russia sent troops to support the government. Russia sent troops to Ukraine to support the independent territories of Donetsk and Luhansk. Ukraine had an ongoing war with these two territories since 2015 and the Russians supported the independence of these regions because they are aligned with Russia.

The current war in Ukraine is called a special operation by Russia. The goal is to dominate the southern border of Ukraine linking Crimea to the two independent territories in the west, and Transnistria in the East. That means the next city to fall will be Odessa. When that happens, Russia will be done with the special operation. It is anyone’s guess where it goes from there. We know that out of this conflict, Russia will be summoned by the Lord Himself to attack Israel.

The current war in Ukraine with all of NATO is not the biggest problem that Russia is facing. Here is the biggest problem:

‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.”

Ezekiel 38:3

“and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog.”

Ezekiel 38:16

 “I will call for a sword against him on all My mountains,” declares the Lord GOD. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother.”   

Ezekiel 38:21

As you can see from these verses, Russia is in a lot of trouble with the LORD. All of the nations that come and attack Israel with Russia will suffer the wrath of God. Why is America not in the mix? Because America will have already been judged, taken down, and diminished. Think about it, if we can get 40 nations against Russia today, how come we can’t get any nations against Russia when they attack Israel? God will fight for Israel. Today, Israel is practicing for this war because Iran says it is five days away from having enough fissile material to make a nuke.

“IDF opens largest training drill in Israeli history: “Chariots of Fire” is taking place one year after it was postponed and is set to last the entire month. The four-week drill will simulate a multifront and multidimensional war against Israel’s enemies in the air, at sea, on land and on the cyber front. The drill will also see the implementation of the IDF’s victory concept.” jpost.com

Elijah was taken up to heaven in chariots of fire, maybe this is a harbinger of us going up in the rapture.  With all of the other stuff happening simultaneously, it sure looks like the rapture is around the corner. Blessings to all of you.

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We live in the last days and the Bible commands us to watch for the Lord’s coming. I have a keen interest in history, prophecy and current events. I read widely about political and military developments and write a weekly blog from the things I follow. My special interest is in Middle Eastern affairs.

Since I was in college, I have also studied how God judges nations. It all started in Buck Hatches’ class at Columbia Bible College in 1979.

I fell in love with God’s word and especially the prophets. The results of this interest led me to writing The ‘I’ Judgements: Four Sins that Bring about the Fall of Nations. It serves as a warning to the United States, showing biblically of what we need to repent.

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