“Son of man, set your face toward Gog, [toward] the land of Magog, the prince, the head of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy concerning him.” (Ezekiel 38:2)
By de Andréa, Opinion Editorialist
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Published July 19, 2015
Will The Treaty With Iran Lead To The Biblical War Of Gog And Magog?
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called the recent permanent Iran nuclear deal as “a bad mistake of historic proportions,” slamming western powers for capitulating to Iran. Is this agreement with the Islamic Republic the beginning of the War of Gog and Magog?
The Bible mentions Gog, the leader of a nation called Magog, in Ezekiel, chapter 38. But who is Gog and what modern country is Magog?
Just before his passing in 1995, Rav Levi Sa’adia Nachmani, a mystical rabbi from Israel who accurately predicted the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, clearly stated in this video, that Korea is Magog.
End of Days blogger Menachem Robinson consistently states in his blog The Absolute Truth that Gog is Former US President George Bush whom he calls “the evil Gog Bush” and Magog is the United States.
A few months ago, Lisa Haven, writing for the Before It’s News website, stated that “Russia is Magog and Gog is their leader.” Russia as Magog is the consensus of many Christian theologians as the bible says it is the great country of the north. Moscow is nearly do north of Jerusalem.
As the End of Days advances, whichever scenario proves true, the recent nuclear agreement with Iran has Israel supporters worried about the fate of the Holy Land in the War of Gog and Magog.
Speaking earlier this year from Lakewood, NJ, Rabbi Mendel Kessin predicted that, after Obama leaves office, America will elect a strongly pro-Israel president and that America and Israel will join together in the War of Gog and Magog to fight ISIS and Iran.
Will ISIS and Iran, fighting the War of Gog and Magog, ultimately destroy the Land of Israel? Not according to Biblical prophecies and Jewish sources. In fact, there is plenty of documentation that suggest that Israel will be the safest place in the world during the War of Gog and Magog.
Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a mystical rabbi living in Southern Israel, writes a weekly column about a spiritual perspective on world events. His Hebrew newsletter is distributed in synagogues throughout Israel.
An English translation of his message from a few weeks ago notes, “Iran doesn’t care about anything else but being a respected country in the world, a nuclear power. It is deathly afraid of Israel and does not mess with Israel directly, only indirectly.”
Earlier last month, another blogger, Hezbos In YOUR Backyard, quoted Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the powerful and universally respected leader of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement who passed away in 1994, as saying “This world war of Gog and Magog cannot impinge on Jewish life.”
In this video, Rabbi Schneerson, speaking in Yiddish, also “says that what happens regarding Jerusalem and Israel is indeed only happening ‘around’ Jerusalem (but not ‘in’ Jerusalem).” The implication is that Jerusalem will be spared the pangs of war.
From a Jewish perspective, the Bible does not give us enough information to determine the true identity of Gog and Magog. We also don’t know for certain whether the War of Gog and Magog will be a physical war as we understand the term or whether it will be a spiritual battle. However, according to Jewish sources, we can look forward to the ultimate defeat of Gog.
Rabbi Yechiel Weitzman, in his book “The Ishmaelite Exile”, predicts a positive conclusion to the War of Gog and Magog that Bible believers can cling to. “If we contemplate our sages’ words, we will realize that the feature characteristic of Gog is his war against belief in God. This being the case, his downfall will come about through supernatural plagues that will force everyone to recognize God, and all will proclaim, ‘God is One, and His name is One.’”
THE BOTTOM LINE: Whatever definitive flavor of Biblical truth one believes -- it will likely be at least a little different from all of them. I personally don’t believe that God is now controlling all the details leading up to the time he will ultimately take control.
The reason that Gods prophecy is so perfectly coming to fruition is that He has already seen the movie, He has foreknowledge of everything that will take place. Just as God did not control what was taking place before the time of the great flood he lets us make our own stupid mistakes an fall into moral decay. But finally He took control and destroyed the world.
This is why one must not run wild with the truth that God is in control to the point of apathy and do nothing whatsoever to influence what is going on around us. God is not in the details He is in the big picture the final outcome will be Gods will. We are responsible for the details.
God has given us our own will, our own mind. Moreover He lets us use it to bring about our own desires,, which usually leads to disaster, or’ we can choose the road that will lead us to alignment with the will of God.
So between now and when God takes control we can choose the road we take, if we apathetically choose to do nothing then the road will be chosen for us by the enemy.
Whether we are subjected to the whims of the enemy, or the protection of God, is up to us.
I believe that because America has turned away from the will of God and we are doing nothing to change our course we are left to the mercy of the enemy, and trust me the enemy has no mercy.
"The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he breaks, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt." - John P. Curran
Then if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. - II Chronicles 7:14. Emphasis mine
Thanks for listening – de Andréa
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