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)
Changes are coming to Saudi Arabia, as Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salmon, son of the current King Salmon bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman ascends to the throne and power on the Arabian peninsula. The current King is 81 years old and assumed to step down very soon.
There have already been reforms, such as allowing women to drive , and changes in economic and security policy, as the Crown Prince has taken an ever larger role in government.
But most recently Salmon has been conducting serious purges, arresting high level Princes, ministers, Saudi Military leaders,and Businessmen on charges of corruption.
In the same timeframe, a helicopter carrying the influential prince Mansoor bin Muqrin also mysteriously crashed in the country’s southern wilderness, killing all on board. While this latter incident may have simply been a malfunction, its timing has raised eyebrows.
While possibly confronting some sources of corruption inside the kingdom, these arrests have undeniably neutered many potential foils to the designs of Mohammad bin Salman and his penchant for unilateral decision-making.(Princes,Power and Purges)
There is speculation that these moves of the Crown Prince are a ruthless demonstration of the consolidation of power by an incoming King, and the removal of any possible rivals.
But there are other possibilities in these actions.
The Saudis are sensitive to the shifting of political powers around them and of the decreasing stranglehold by which OPEC once held the world’s nations, through control of oil prices.
They are deathly afraid of the rising power of Iran, their aggressive Shiite Rival. Saudi Arabia and the gulf states have been fighting an ongoing proxy war with Iran in Yemen,Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. In spite of US and European assistance, the Iranian hegemony has been increasing over the Arabian interests in these proxy wars, keeping Bashir Assad in power, staving off the Isis Caliphate, and proving Arabs impotent to prevail over Houtti rebels (Shiite) in Yemen.
The Iranian Nuclear deal, in which President Obama opened the way for the Ayatollahs to gain a first world Nuclear program, and 150 Billion US dollars in spite of Iran’s avowal that “the destruction of Israel was non-negotiable” is perhaps the most troubling development for the Saudis.
The Crown Prince Solomon seems to be trying to make the Desert Kingdom more palatable to western investors, liberalizing the strict moral code of the nation,(omen will be able to drive as of june 2018) , reining in the heavy supporters and financiers of Al Queda, ISIS and other Wahhabi inspired terror groups.
There are even talks with Israel in view of the Iranian threat to the region.
In the Ezekiel Passage above we see a coalition, predicted 2500 years ago, which is forming before our very eyes at this time!
Gog is a person, He is the head of Magog, which is an antiGod coalition (Some consider it to be a reference to the peoples of the Caucuses region,Russia). Meshec and Tubal are in what we now call Turkey. So also are Gomer and the House of Togarmeh, these are Turkic regions.
Persia is Iran. Biblical Ethiopia encompassed the Somalia and Sudan region, which is currently Islamic. Libya is in North Africa. All of these nations are currently working together, in the Syrian war defending the Alawite President Basher Assad from the Sunni coalition backed by US and EU power.
But there is no mention of the Arabs involved in the Coalition. Instead, we see a passage in the same chapter which tells us that “Sheba and Dedan”, along with the Merchants of Tarshish ( An ancient reference to westernmost powers) , seemingly raise a weak objection to the invasion of Israel by the Magogic Persian/Turkish led coalition.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, 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?(Ezekiel 38:13)