by Dr. D ~ September 2nd, 2011
For years, Bible teachers and preachers have been looking for Russia to lead a coalition of nations in an attack against Israel as foretold in Ezekiel 38-39.
The only problem was that many of the ancient nations mentioned in the prophecy are now incorporated in modern Turkey and Turkey had close ties with Israel and the USA. As long as Turkey was part of NATO and had a close relationship with Israel I was not worried about the possibility.
Now comes the news today that Turkey has broken off diplomatic relations with Israel and has expelled the Israeli ambassador. The relations between the two countries has been on a downward spiral for over a year but there is a finality to this action that may mark the beginning of a new era in the Middle East.
Another recent announcement that I just noticed today also caused me to be concerned that just maybe we might be seeing the Ezekiel coalition beginning to actually line up.
Iran and Russia have agreed to explore stronger strategic ties. There is even the possibility that Iran may be allowed to join The Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as China. This could take the relationship between Russia, Iran, and the former USSR Muslim ’istan’ republics to a new level and even potentially adds China to the mix.
We have posted on this new alignment possibility before (here, here, here, here, and here) but now it is increasingly becoming a reality and an actual threat that Israel may be facing in the near future.
Now add the uncertainty of Libya to the mix and the possibility that Islamic radicals (even more radical than Gaddafi) may soon be running that country it is time to take another look at how a ‘Gog and Magog’ scenario might be lining up.
Here is a survey of the nations listed in the Ezekiel prophecy and their possible modern location:
Possibly a people inhabiting the Moschian Mountains, between the Black and the Caspian Seas in western Asia. Now north-eastern Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and northern Iran.
Most scholars identify Tubal as coming from the Cappadocian region of eastern Asia Minor in modern Turkey. In ancient writings it is usually paired with Meshech. Called Tabali and Muski in Assyrian references, and Tibarenoi and Moschoi as mentioned in Herodotus as part of the Persian Empire of Darius and Xerxes.
Iran is the modern name and it’s leaders continually threated to destroy Israel. Iran is close to having nuclear weapons and a missile delivery system that could actually get the job done.
The land of Cush is usually identified as Ethiopia, but I believe that ancient Nubia may be a better match with Sudan as the modern equivalent. However, it might also be a reference to some of the descendants of Cush (Nimrod among the most famous) who settled by the Gihon River (Gen.2: 13-14) near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers which is in Mesopotamia or modern Iraq.
Identified as modern Libya in many sources. More than likely it is Libya in the Ezekiel reference. However, some scholars identify Put with modern Somalia and Yemen. All of these countries are anti-Israel. Al Qaeda is a major factor in Yemen and Somalia. Now also part of the radical Islamist rebel group trying to defeat Gaddafi.
Usually identified as an ancient people who settled in the far north around the Black Sea in what is now North-Eastern Turkey and Southern Russia. Some settled even further north while others may have migrated over the Caucasus into Western Asia.
North-eastern Turkey, Armenia, or Azerbaijan.
All of the modern nations possibly associated with this prophecy today except Armenia are now anti-Israel in some form or another. Iran and Turkey are the most certain of the modern nations identified in the prophecy with Turkey being the key since so many of the ancient nations listed were located in Asia minor.
Now that Turkey is turning against their former allies and Russia is said to be negotiating a new security agreement with Iran. It is now possible that we are seeing the different nations of the ‘Gog and Magog’ scenario actually lining up for the first time in history.
Does that mean that Ezekiel 38-39 may soon be fulfilled? Not necessarily.
However, the whole Muslim Middle East and North Africa is in turmoil, Iran says it will soon destroy Israel, the Palestinian’s are preparing for war, and the Israeli’s have indicated that they will not stand by and watch Iran become a nuclear power. Now Turkey is against Israel and Russia is indicating that it will support Iran.
It sure seems like the major players are all in place and beginning to line up. *Top