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The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Recent events bring Gog/Magog prophecy into play
In Ezekiel 38, the LORD speaks of a war where Gog leads Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya to "come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; 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 (38:16)." The conventional wisdom is that Gog is Russia, Persia is Iran, Ethiopia and Libya are Northern Africa. And this war is a major event marking the end time prophecies. In recent weeks, announcements in the news media point toward that development as Russia is reestablishing itself as a supplier of weapons and weapons technology.
Consider that Russia, when it was the Soviet Union, once held strong ties to the terrorist Middle East especially with support and weapons sales to the Palestinian Liberation Organization, now the Palestinian Authority, and to Iran, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya and more. When President Reagan's policies bankrupted the Soviet military machine and dispersed the Soviet empire, those relationships in the Middle East were put on hold. But since Russia has recovered economically and its military industry is once again thriving, it is making new headway with the dark side of the Middle East--Islam. Russia, however, is taking a more aggressive, deceptive and ultimately dangerous approach.
For nearly a decade, Russia has been playing a cat and mouse diplomatic game to block sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. All the while, Russia and China were supplying Iran with nuclear materials, nuclear technology and missile technology. Now Russia has flipped the switch on its so-called nuclear energy plant in Iran. Meanwhile, Iran is under useless sanctions from the United Nations and the United States for its nuclear weapons program. Indeed, Russia's diabolical plan is about to advance as Iran has vowed to share its nuclear technology with other Islamic nations. Meanwhile, Russia is arming the enemies of Israel.
Interfax news agency reports that Russia will be selling some 72 cruise missiles to Syria. In May, Russia also agreed to supply Syria with its MiG-29 fighter jets, Pantsir short-range air defense systems and armored vehicles. AFP reports that senior Israeli government officials are calling the Russian move irresponsible and a threat to the strategic balance in the region. Of particular concern for Israel is Syria's relationship with Iran and terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, both of which have vowed to destroy Israel. For those who watch the prophecy clock, keep your eyes on Israel, Russia and Syria. For Isaiah 17:1 prophesies Damascus will someday be a "ruinous heap."
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Word of Life Ministry