While reading the incredible events of the last few days I began to wonder if God is revealing signs of things to come. More specifically, is God warning the world that the awesome battle of Gog and Magog is on the horizon?
The Old and New Testaments contain about a dozen blood moon prophecies. One prophecy says, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come” (Joel 2:31). There was a partial solar eclipse (Sept. 13, 2015), a total lunar eclipse (Sept. 28, 2015) and a super blood moon (Sept. 28, 2015) in September.
I haven’t read the Jewish Talmud, but I have read that it says blood moons are a bad omen for Israel and some Jews believe that they are a sign of war. Since the fourth blood moon of the current tetrad occurred in September, each person must decide for themselves if the blood moons are a sign of war.
In late Aug. 2015, just a few days before the partial solar eclipse (partial darkness of the sun and about one month before the super blood moon), it was reported that Russian fighter jets, vehicles and military equipment would be soon be arriving in Syria. It was also reported that these weapons and equipment would be followed by thousands of military personnel who would wage a war with the Islamic State and others.
God said Russia would get into a war in the latter days and latter years that some call the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38:8, 16). In his commentary on the book of Ezekiel, Dr. J. Vernon McGee wrote, “I can’t think of a better name for a dictator than Gog” (Ezek. 38:1).
It is obvious that Russia’s Pres. Putin is a dictator because he sent weapons and troops to Syria before Russia’s Parliament met to approve it. When Russia’s Parliament finally did meet it rubber stamped what Mr. Putin was doing. A Russian Defense Ministry confirmed Russia’s involvement on Sept. 30, 2015, two days after the super blood moon.
Not everyone agrees on the identity of the armies that will join Russia in the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38:6), but there is almost unanimous agreement that one of them is Iran (Persia) and that the religion of most of them is predominantly Islamic. Some even call this war the “Russian/Islamic invasion of Israel because so many Muslims will be involved.
In the last week of September, hundreds of Hezbollah and Iranian troops joined Russia in Syria and more are expected to arrive in the near future. The fact that only Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Syria are involved at this time indicates that this war is not quite ready. More nations will have to join in.
This writer believes the battle of Gog and Magog will be preceded by a war between Israel and those nations that share a border with Israel (some call it the Psa. 83 war). This is another reason to believe that the battle of Gog and Magog is not quite ready. Israel still has to deal with her neighbors.
But this could be looming. There is widespread Islamic violence in Israel and especially on the Temple Mount and it has gone on for several weeks. Israel is tired of it. Israel is even threatening to use her military to stop it. And her neighbors are threatening to intervene.
God told Russia’s leader to prepare for himself and all his allies (Ezek. 38:7). Mr. Putin has more weapons on the way; a second base under construction; a radar and missile defense system under construction; helicopter pads, air traffic control towers, storage buildings and mobile housing units under construction, and more.
God told Russia’s leader to guard his allies (Ezek. 38:7). On the day before Russia started its first bombing raid, Mr. Putin met Pres. Obama at the UN and said Russia will not tolerate Israeli strikes inside Syria. The next day, a Russian General showed up at the American Embassy in Baghdad and said, “We launch Syria air strikes in one hour. Stay out of the way.” Russia is trying to guard her allies against Israeli and U.S. interference.
When Gog and his armies attack Israel God said some nations will just stand around and ask questions (Ezek. 38:13). Pres. Obama held a press conference and said the U.S. is not going to get into a proxy war with Russia. He appears to be standing around and doing nothing.
God said Russia will come up against Israel like a cloud to cover the land (Ezek. 38:16). I believe Russia will attack Israel with lots of aircraft. Russia is building runways and helicopter pads in Syria for more aircraft.
God said five-sixths of the troops from Russia and her allies will die upon the mountains of Israel (Ezek. 38:21-22; 39:1-6). An Israeli official said Israel doesn’t want Russian troops on the Golan Heights (mountains of Israel) and Israel definitely doesn’t want Iranian forces near Israel. Russia and her Iranian allies now have troops just a short distance from where they will die on the mountains of Israel.
God said it will take Israel seven months to bury her enemies’ dead (Ezek. 39:12). Russia will need a little more time to get that many troops to Syria (and others need to come from other nations), but Mr. Putin has just ordered the Russian military to draft 150,000 more men.
God said Israel will survive this attack. And three days after the super blood moon, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stood before the United Nations and said, “Here is my message to the rulers of Iran: Your plan to destroy Israel will fail.”
God said, “I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord” (Ezek. 38:23). This writer is not planning on watching the destruction of the armies of Russia and her allies on the mountains of Israel on TV tonight, but the events that are taking place herald a soon coming destruction that multitudes of those who are alive today may see.
God is so clearly fulfilling every jot and title of this prophecy that many will know that Israel’s God is God. And many will know that Russia and her Islamic allies have fallen under His mighty hand of judgment.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck