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. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. (Ezekiel 38:1-7)
Before the final restoration of Israel, which will be as the resurrection from the dead for the whole world, Israel must face her final conflict and experience her final and complete deliverance.Ezekiel saw a coalition, led by a man with the title of “Gog” of the land of Magog.
There is admittedly much controversy over where Magog is, but the table of nations in Genesis 10 is invaluable.
The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.(Gen 10:2-3)
Magog was the second son of Japheth, and the agreed upon land of Magog, is the central Asian,Turkic speaking area .Josephus said, “Magog founded the Magogians, called Scythians by the Greeks. Scythians were a nomadic tribe who inhabited the ancient territory from Central Asia across the southern part of ancient Russia.”
Today these which were former Soviet republics south of the black Sea, in the Caucusus range. These are the so-called “Stans”, all of which are Muslim, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan.
Gog, the individual who is the “chief Prince” of the Coalition, hails from the “Uttermost Parts of the North”, (see Ezekiel 39:2). Due North of Israel, at the uttermost parts, is Russia.
Meshek and Tubal are in Turkey, as is Gomer, and the house of Togarmah. All of these are sons of Japheth, and are currently overwhelmingly Muslim. Turkey had suppressed Islamism for decades under the post World War 1 Attaturk model of separation of Mosque from State, but has been increasingly revealed as being severely Islamized, since the election pot Rycep Erdogan.
The other members of the coalition are Persia, ( Iran), Ethiopia, (Cush)(not the same as modern Ethiopia) , South of Egypt, (Sudan), (parts of Somalia).and Put, ( Libya and parts of North Africa),and “Many others who will be with you”.
It is fascinating to see this coalition beginning to form in our day. Russia is currently fighting in Syria alongside of Iran, and Hezbullah, the Shiite militia. The Russians have sought to shore up a Shiite crescent, from Syria, through Iran, arming both nations with advanced anti-aircraft batteries, and the latest in tank, aircraft and missile technology.
God addresses Gog and says unto Him,
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.(vs 7)
I have heard that the best rendering of the Hebrew could just as well be”Be thou an Armorer unto them”. Russia has taken the role of the armorer and protector of the Shiite World, in the face of the Wests primary sponsorship of the Sunni Saudis and gulf states.
God himself will “turn” Gog around and “put a hook ” in his jaw to pull him into this battle.
We have recently seen the spectacle of the voluntary surrender of the US?Western Hegemony in the Arab world, as Vladimir Putin told the US to “get out of the way” and allow Russian power and might (Supposedly to deal with ISIS), and to protect Bashir Assad from the Sunni militia’s equipped and trained by the west.
A huge Russian equipped military federation is being formed, the Turkic peoples of the Caucusus Mountains, will be joined with Turkey itself, (which is Sunni, but is an aspirant to head the Caliphate as opposed to ISIS or the Saudis),Iran,Libya,possibly Tunis and Alegeria, Sudan, parts of Somalia,and a host of other fellow travelers.
They resent the West, the Saudis and The United States in particular, but they sense also that any loyalty the West once had towards Israel, (the only democracy in the Middle East, and a place where even Arab Muslims are accorded full rights) ,has evaporated completely. There is plunder to be taken in Israel, (vast newly discovered fields of natural gas and oil), and the times seem ripe to come and seize it.