A War Unlike Any Other War In World History
                But the Bible tells us that in the End Times, there will be another “world war”, and it will be led by Russia, Iran, and a group of other nations that surround the nation of Israel, to plunder her resources and steal her wealth. We find this prophecy in the 38th chapter of the book of Ezekiel –
“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…
                    …And 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.” Ezekiel 38

Max McClean narrates the battle of Gog and Magog found in Ezekiel 38 from the King James Version

God gives us the lists the major nations that will attack Israel, and they are:Magog – this is modern day Russia • Persia – this is modern day Iran • Meshech and Tubal, Togarmah – this region is modern day Turkey • Ethiopia – this is modern Ethiopia • Libya – this is modern day Libya • Gomer – this is modern day Germany
                    While there is slight debate among bible scholars, the above list represents the best consensus of                                           the identity of the nations in Ezekiel 38. Suffice to say that the main players, of which there is no doubt, are Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya and Ethiopia. Now if we were living in the End Times, there                     would have to be a growing union between the biggest players in this group. A quick look at some                     recent headlines tells us this:
• Russia, the biggest End Times player, has already helped Iran build a nuclear reactor • Iran has repeated over and over their desire to wipe Israel off the map • Iran now has nuclear weapons capable of reaching Israel These nations will attack Israel, the bible says, “To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, 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 38:12

The battle of Gog and Magog is on the horizon
                    A Brand New Set Of Allies

                    What’s very interesting to note here is that for the first time in 2,500 years, Russia and Iran are now                     working together, as partners. This event is unique in world history. Prior to this period, the nations                     have been at odds with each other, as follows – “Historical ties between Iran and Russia have often been contentious. For many centuries their competing drives for influence on a volatile frontier and the southward projection of Russian-based dynasties have troubled relations between the two countries. Iran lost significant swaths of territory to imperial Russia in the 19th century and suffered from Russian competition with other foreign powers to carve spheres of influence in Iran in the first half of the last century. During the Cold War, Russian-Iranian relations were influenced by the worldwide alignment of forces in a bipolar geopolitical setting. Iran, allied with the West, faced its Soviet neighbor across the East-West ideological standoff.” source –
source – The Iran Attack Plan
                    And yet, miraculously, in just the  last 10 years or so, Russia and Iran are now buddy-buddy, with all                     the nuclear know-how of Russia being used to created a nuclear Iran. You will also take note that                     when any nation attempts to sanction Iran for all the tricks they pull it is always Russia, and China,                     that side with Iran against everyone else. We are watching bible prophecy come true in our lifetime,                     seeing the results each and everyday in the headlines, and yet we cannot seem to either put all the                     peices together, or believe that the bible foretold all this. About that God says this –
                    “Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;    Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.” Acts 13: 40, 41

The Everlasting Hatred
                You will also note that the vast majority of the nations in Ezekiel’s list have one huge, glaring thing                 in common with each other – they are all Muslim nations.               
The battle of Gog and Magog will be in our lifetime.
Militant Islam has two goals in our day and age. The first is that of spreading Islam to every country                 in the world, so that Islam and it’s Sharia law will become the way by which the world is to be                 governed. Second is the complete and total destruction of the Jewish people. Listen to this hatred                 in their own words, I don’t want to be guilty of misstating their position:
This is not the position of the “radical extreme”, no, it’s the position of hundreds of millions of                     Muslims today, and they are united in their desire to see harm come to Israel, and more important,                     the Jews themselves. Ideally, they would like to “drive the Jews into the sea” so that they might                     claim Jerusalem as their own.
Ahmadinejad warns aggression won’t save “most criminal regime in the world.”
It would seem that the Hitler for our generation has been spouting off again, issuing threats of                 doom and gloom against the nation of Israel. Physically, he is also a lot like Hitler – very slight build, a funny cartoon face, and dubious facial hair. But all kidding aside, this man is the Number One Enemy                 of the Jews today. He has a satanic blood lust to see all Jews everywhere tortured, killed painfully,                 and driven into the sea. This is his over-arching ambition in life, and has been furiously stockpiliing caches of weapons and technology towards this end.

              “The Palestinians and the nations of the Middle East will be rid of a “bad omen” once Israel is annihilated, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech communicated by Press TV. Speaking to supporters in southern Iran, Ahmadinejad charged that Israel, a foreign presence and a “Western prodigy” in the region, had “reached the end of its road.”   The Iranian president further stated that Israel was not as useful for “its masters” – apparently a reference to the United States and Europe – as it was at its inception.
Calling Jews who immigrated to Israel before or after 1948 “the most criminal people in the world,” he stated that it was now clear that there was no regime more hated than Israel. “They think in their underdeveloped minds that if they launch another war against Lebanon or Syria it might help them survive a little longer. I am telling them that you are in a situation now that more aggressions or wars will not save you,” Press TV quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.” source –

World War III
                The battle of Gog and Magog will be World War III, but it will not be the last war where all the                 nations of the world will surround Israel and attempt to defeat her. The battle of Armageddon will                   be the last battle to be fought. But all the players for WWIII, prophesied by God in the Holy Bible,                     are now all taking the stage, assembling their armaments, and are waiting for the moment when                     they will all attack.
                    But the Bible also assures us of the outcome of any nation or nations that would come against God’s                     Holy Land in the End Times –
                    “The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel…Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence [against] the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land…But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.” Joel 3: 16, 19, 20
                    Israel has two major world wars on it’s horizon, and the bible refers to this as the “time of Jacob’s                     trouble”. Israel’s back will be pushed to the wall, and its resolve and endurance to the breaking                     point. But God will save His People out of this time of calamity, and He will fight for them.
                    The battles have yet to be fought, but the outcome has been decided for the past 2,500 years.

Ezekiel 38 Frequently Asked Questions – by Joel Rosenberg
Will the War of Gog and Magog happen before or after the Rapture?  

The bible clearly teaches in Revelation 20, that the battle of Gog and Magog will occur after the 1,000 reign of the Lord Jesus Christ on this earth:

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And 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.” Revelation 20:7,8

In Matthew 24:14, Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. ”  We also know from Ezekiel that God will use the War of Gog   and Magog to display his glory to all nations and to pour out his Holy Spirit,   particularly on the nation of Israel.

Christian theologians speak of the “doctrine of imminence.” This   means that according to the Bible there is no prophetic event that has to happen   before Jesus snatches his church from the earth.                 That is, the Bible teaches us   that we should be ready for Jesus to come for us at any moment. I fully believe   that. But it should be noted with regard to this doctrine that while no major   prophetic event has to happen before the Rapture, that doesn’t mean no such   event will happen first. Perhaps the clearest evidence of this truth is the   rebirth of Israel. This major prophetic event was foretold in Ezekiel 36–37, yet   its fulfillment happened before the Rapture.

Doesn’t the Bible tell us that the War of Gog and Magog will happen at the very end of time–after the Rapture, after the Tribulation, after the Battle of Armageddon, and after the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth–not before all these things as you have described?

Revelation 20:7-10 does speak of another War of Gog and Magog that   occurs at the end of time, after all these other events. But this is a second   war, not the war referred to by Ezekiel 38–39. We know this for several   reasons.

First, Ezekiel’s war is described as occurring relatively soon   after the rebirth of the State of Israel and the ingathering of the Jewish   people from around the world (Ezekiel 36–37). The war in Revelation, by   contrast, occurs after Jesus has reigned on earth for a thousand years.

Second, Ezekiel’s war involves a fearsome but limited coalition of   countries that surround Israel, as we learned in earlier chapters. The war in   Revelation involves all the nations from “every corner of the earth” coming to   attack Israel (Revelation 20:8).

Third, after Ezekiel’s war, life continues. Bodies are gathered   and buried for seven months, weaponry is gathered and burned for seven years,   and Ezekiel 40–48 describes the Temple that will be built. By contrast, the war   in Revelation is followed immediately and literally by the end of the world.   Satan and his followers are judged and thrown into the “lake of fire”   (Revelation 20:10). The heavens and earth are destroyed. A completely new heaven   and a new earth are created, and followers of Christ will live on this new earth   for the rest of eternity.

  Joel Rosenberg discusses End Times events with Glenn Beck
Are you really certain that the West, particularly the U.S., will not come to Israel’s defense during the War of Gog and Magog? Given the historically strong and strategic relationship between our two countries, that just doesn’t seem possible.

Unfortunately, Ezekiel’s account is clear–no one comes to Israel’s   defense. By definition, that includes the United States. I agree that is   difficult to imagine, especially when one considers how consistent American   public opinion has been in favor of the Jewish state over the past four decades.   During the Six Days’ War in June 1967, for example, 56 percent of Americans told   the Gallup poll that their sympathies lay with Israel, while only 3 percent   sided with the Arab states. In February 2006, 59 percent of Americans told   Gallup they sided with Israel, compared with 15 percent who said they   sympathized more with Palestinian Arabs.1

What’s more, the number of Americans who view Israel as a reliable   ally has climbed from only 33 percent in 1982 (when Israel bombed Iraq’s nuclear   reactor and invaded Lebanon to stop terrorism and a massive buildup of Soviet   armaments) to 41 percent in 2005, though it has fluctuated along the way.2

American support for Israel stands in marked contrast to Europe,   however, where anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiments are rising rapidly.   Synagogues and Jewish schools and cemeteries throughout Europe are being burned,   vandalized, or otherwise desecrated in ever-increasing numbers. Jews are being   verbally and physically assaulted throughout Europe. Rockwell Schnabel, the U.S.   ambassador to the European Union, said at a dinner of the American Jewish   Committee in Brussels in 2004 that anti-Semitism in Europe “is as bad as it was   in the 1930s.”3 European polls increasingly show antagonism toward Israel and   Israeli policies. In November 2003, a majority of Europeans actually named   Israel as the greatest threat to world peace, ahead of Iran and North   Korea.4

It seems like a safe bet, therefore, that Europe would not raise a   hand to help protect Israel against attack. But would the U.S.? Even given   historical trends and current indications of American support for Israel, we   should expect that the closer we get to the War of Gog and Magog, the fewer   Americans we will see strongly supporting the Jewish state. I’m already   beginning to pick this up anecdotally on radio interviews in which a surprising   number of callers say things like, “Why should we spend a dime to save Israel?”   and “Let the Jews fight their own battles” and “The only reason we as Americans   are getting attacked by Muslims is because we support Israel–the sooner we stop,   the sooner there will be peace.”

The real test, of course, will come when Russia and Iran and their   allies begin to move forces toward Israel. How many Americans would be willing   to risk nuclear war with Russia and Iran to protect even a loyal ally like   Israel–especially if Moscow and Tehran argue that they have no desire for a   confrontation with the U.S. if we will just stay out of the way? Sadly, I   suspect the number today is much lower than most supporters of Israel are   willing to admit.

Those who already want American forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan   are not likely to support a new war. Nor will undecided voters or those who   believe we should finish the job in Iraq but then be done with the Middle East.   Under such circumstances, it will be extremely difficult for any American   president to commit forces to defend Israel.

Ezekiel says the War of Gog and Magog will happen in the last days. Doesn’t that by definition mean it will happen during the seven years of the Tribulation?  
Ezekiel 38:16 does say these events will happen in the “last days” (NASB), but   this term is not necessarily limited to the period of the Tribulation. The   apostle Peter, for example, used the term in Acts 2 to refer to the period he   was living in, and that was nearly two thousand years ago. Likewise, consider   the words of another apostle in 1 John 2:18: “Dear children, the last hour is   here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such   antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come.”   Again, John was writing nearly two thousand years ago. It’s important to note   that the Hebrew term translated as “the last days” can also be translated as “in   the distant future” (NLT) or “in days to come” (NIV). Thus, it is reasonable to   conclude that the term the last days refers to an indeterminate period of time   leading up to the second coming of Jesus Christ. This period includes–but is not   limited to–the seven years of the Tribulation.  
• To read the full FAQ on Ezekiel 38 by Joel Rosenberg, click here  

Art thou come to take a spoil?
                Ezekiel 38 says that these nations come against Israel for financial reasons. ” 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?” Now, what could there possibly be in Israel that would                 entice all those nations to invade Israel?
Does Genesis predict an End Times oil and gas discovery in Israel?
                Yes, it surely looks that way, check it out:
                “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you [that] which shall befall you in the last days…[Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb” Genesis 49: 2,25
                In the last days, the Bible says that Israel will receive a “blessing of the deep” in the land that lies                 under Israel. What lies under Israel? Trillions of metric tons on natural gas, and quite possibly oil as well.                 Listen to Hal as he breaks it down, will amaze you, guaranteed –

Israel set to become gas exporter, oil reserves thought to be there as well
                So, if the Bible says that Russia will lead the charge into Israel to “take a spoil”, don’t you think that                 there would be signs in Russia right now that they are paying close attention to the situation? Yes,                 there is. Read this article from the Russian website Neftegaz:
                “A US energy industry expert estimates that international companies may soon join exploration efforts for oil and gas in Israel. The expert, Fred Zeidman, told Globes website that it is very likely that international firms will join the exploration efforts on Israeli territory, a year after the Tamar and Dalit discoveries in the Mediterranean Sea.
One international firm is already involved: Noble Energy, which was the partner of Delek and Isramco in the discoveries. Two of Israel’s largest financial groups — Nochi Dankner’s IDB group and Ofer Nimrodi’s Israel Land Development — have also entered the sector. “It happens all the time,” Zeidman said. “We see in the US that the moment a company discovers oil or gas that can be transported, there’s a crazy rush to the region by other companies, and that’s a function of the size                 of the reserves found.
They have found 15,000,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas in Israel, watch for oil to be discovered next
                Around the world, as soon as Noble goes to a place, many other companies follow in its wake. The prospects here are amazing, and I have no doubt that we’ll see an economic boom, and a rush of more companies to Israel from overseas following Noble.”   The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 122 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, recoverable natural gas are in the Levant Basin Province in the eastern Mediterranean region, according to a new report. The area includes the coastal areas near Israel, Lebanon and Syria. source – Neftegaz.RU
                Now you see proof that Russia is eagerly watching the developments in Israel with baited breath,                 and just waiting for their moment to, with Iran and others, invade Israel.

Iran to Russia: Let’s establish a nuclear consortium. Iran has asked Russia to join forces in establishing a nuclear consortium to supply fuel for the newly operational Bushehr plant, as well as other plants due to begin functioning in the future. According to reports on Thursday, Iranian Vice President and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told state news agency IRNA that the proposal to Russia was made “for the creation of a consortium, licensed by that country, to do part of the work in Russia and part of it in Iran.” source –
This is EXACTLY what Ezekiel saw in his vision of the end times – Russia and Iran together as partners in military matters which will ultimately lead to the attempted invasion of Israel. This is the battle of Gog and Magog.
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