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. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. (Ezekiel 38:1-9)
2500 Years ago the Prophet Ezekiel saw the final conflict that Israel would face; an invasion of the land restored, by a superstate, a confederation of enemies heavily armed, and intent on spoil and slaughter.
The End of the World is revealed in many of its facets by many of the prophets of the Bible, and always it involves an invasion and a siege by a huge confederation of Gentile nations.
Zechariah saw it,
“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of [b]drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. 3 And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.”(Zechariah 12:2-4)
Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.(Zechariah 14:1-2)
So also did Joel and Micah,
For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.( Joel 3:1-2)
Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. ( Micah 4:10-12)
In all of the visions of the Hebrew prophets, the final conflict of Israel, is a siege and invasion of the Holy Land by a confederation of many Gentile nations. Israel is isolated, divided, alienated and demonized, and eventually invaded by Gentile nations intent on destroying her.
There have been countless types of the end of the World in scripture, such as he invasion of the five Gentile Kings in Genesis 14, and the siege of Jerusalem by Sennacharib, and also the one of of Nebuchadnezzar. These happened in history they also but foreshadow the end of the world as well. The siege in 70 AD by the Romans also typified the end of the World, and Jesus description of final events is a dual prediction, in Matthew 24, of the siege of Titus and of the End of the Age.
Jesus also warned of it;
And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. (Luke 21:20-24)
Ezekiel identifies the final invaders by Nation,
Gog is a title for an individual person, a Prince, (Chief Prince of Magog) . Gog stands as the representative head of Heathendom in it’s opposition to God, as Pharaoh, Caesar, Agag were in their day.
Magog, Meshec, Tubal, Gomer, and the “house of Togarmah”, are Sons of Japheth, who settled in the territory, now named Turkey.
Persia, Ethiopia and Libya, are modern Iran, Somalia and Sudan, and Libya.
There will be “Many others with them” as well.
This confederation has one thing in common; Islam. They are all Muslim nations. The eradication of Israel is an intrinsic tenant of Islam. The resurrection and ongoing existence of Israel is an affront to the Muslim world. In more than one Hadith, the “Prophecy of the Rock and the Tree” is cited;
Over the years MEMRI TV has translated many sermons citing this hadith. The hadith, “The Prophecy of the Rock and the Tree,” appears in the Muslim [d. 875 CE], the Al-Tirmidhi [d. 892 CE], and the Ibn Hanbal [d. 855 CE] compilations of hadiths, and a shorter version of the hadith appears in the Bukhari [d. 870 CE] compilation.
The longer version states that on Judgment Day, the Muslims will fight the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind rocks and trees. Then the rocks and the trees will speak, calling upon the Muslims: “Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill them.” The hadith goes on to say that all trees will act this way, except for one tree – the gharqad tree, which is therefore defined as “one of the trees of the Jews.” https://www.memri.org/reports/antisemitic-hadith-prophecy-rock-and-tree-–-memri-clips-and-reports
It is of curious interest tome, that among the final combatants, seeking to wipe out Israel, the Arabs are conspicuously absent. In fact the Prophecy goes on to say, that at the onset of the invasion, “Sheba and Dedan” raise an objection to it, (perhaps in the UN?). Sheba and Dedan are provinces on the Arabian Peninsula.
“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
“The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye traveling companies of Dedanim. “The inhabitants of the land of Tema brought water to him that was thirsty, they prevented with their bread him that fled. “For they fled from the swords, from the drawn sword, and from the bent bow, and from the grievousness of war. “For thus hath the Lord said unto me, Within a year, according to the years of an hireling, and all the glory of Kedar shall fail: “And the residue of the number of archers, the mighty men of the children of Kedar, shall be diminished: for the LORD God of Israel hath spoken it” (Isa. 21:13-17).
Sheba and Dedan are Grandchildren of Abraham, Cedar is descended from Ishmael.
Just this week Israel signed a peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates, the Saudis are sure to follow. Egypt had already made peace with Israel in the days of Sadat Syria and Lebanon are currently being gutted, Iraq has been destroyed, for all practical purposes, thus the near neighbors of Israel , are not part of this invasion, rather is it is the wider Muslim world which participates.
The last thing any of us would have expected over the last forty plus years of bitter enmity, would be that the Arab world would seek peace with Israel. This is a measure of how deeply they fear their Sunni brothers, the Turks, and their Shiite fellow Mohammedans, Iran.
The stage is being set for the fulfillment of prophecy and the long dreaded day of the LORD. I pray you will make your peace with God wale there is time- Jesus died for your sins, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be Saved”.