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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Iran

Ezekiel 38 - 39 . . .



The Bible warns Iran (Persia), with Russia ('Magog'), and a coalition of allies (including Turkey and Sudan) will attack and will invade Israel. In Ezekiel 38-39 the Bible warns this coming war between Iran (Persia) and Israel will take place sometime after Israel has been re-gathered into Her land as a nation (which was fulfilled on May 14, 1948) ... this prophetic war has never yet taken place ... the only time in history Persia (Iran) has ever gone to war against Israel was to help Israel throw off the yoke of the Byzantine Empire around 614 AD. The Bible warns the US will NOT defend Israel. According to the Bible, Israel must stand alone ... with God. For when this coming war does finally start, the United States (for reasons yet unknown) will be unable or unwilling to help Israel defend herself. Although the Bible warns the invading armies will be ultimately destroyed by God, it will be a devastating war for both Israel and the whole world. Bible scholars are divided as to whether this coming war is part of the prophetic battle of Armageddon or will just precede the battle of Armageddon in order to prepare the path for the coming Antichrist (a coming 'world leader' who will enforce a 'peace plan' upon Israel). All people of the world should be sitting on the edge of their seats with white knuckles watching this terrible prophecy slowly start to unfold ... while believing Christians (followers ... both Jew and Gentile ... of Jesus (Yeshua), the promised Messiah) are told to "examine" themselves in the Word and in faith to insure they are not just 'almost' Christians (Matthew 7:21-23) who are "lukewarm" in their faith in God's Word (Revelation 3:14-16) ... for Jesus (Yeshua) the Messiah warns all to, "Watch, therefore, and pray always (not just sometimes), that you will be counted worthy (through His worthiness) to escape all these things (the terrible events of the coming 'Apocalypse') that will come to pass" ... (Luke 21:36) ... for He also warns that never in the history of Mankind has there been (or will there be) anything as terrible as the coming "Apocalypse" (also called the "Great Tribulation"... Matthew 24:21 ... and "the time of Jacob's (Israel's) trouble"... Jeremiah 30:7) and only a small remnant of the world will survive ... yet, the Bible promises believing Christians (faithful and sincere believers in Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha'Mashiach in Hebrew) who are alive at that time and have endured in their faith in God's Word are not "appointed" to this coming time of "God's wrath" that will be "poured out" upon the "whole world"... (1 Thessalonians 1:10 ... 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11)



Ezekiel 38:1-10 . . .



"Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

‘Son of man, set your face against Gog (a powerful leader),

of the land of Magog (translated 'Scythia' in Greek ... the area of modern day Russia),

the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, (Meshech and Tubal are in and around Turkey)

and prophesy against him, and say,

Thus says the Lord GOD:

‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog (a powerful human or dark-angelic leader),

the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. (Turkey)

I will turn you around,

put hooks into your jaws (perhaps from greed, a mutual defense treaty, or a UN resolution)

and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed,

a great company with bucklers and shields,

all of them handling swords (weapons). (The Russian army will march again)

Persia (Iran), (Iran is listed first, meaning it will be the 'lead' ally)

Ethiopia (Sudan ,,,,"Cush"), and Libya (northern African nation(s) are with them,

all of them with shield and helmet.

Gomer and all its troops; (Germany-France, eastern Europe, or "Galatia"- Turkey)

the house of Togarmah (Armenia) from the far north and all its troops -

many people are with you. (NATO member Turkey will join this coalition)

Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you;

and be a guard for them. (Russia will act as a "guard" ... and supplier of weapons)

After many days you will be visited. (Meaning, this would happen in the far future)

In the latter years you (Russia-Iran)

will come into the land of those brought back from the sword (Israel!)

and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel,

which had long been desolate (this war will take place after Israel became a nation in 1948)

they (Jews in Israel) were brought out of the nations,

and now all of them dwell safely.

You will ascend, coming like a storm, (they may attack from the south, or from the air, or both)

covering the land (of Israel) like a cloud,

you and all your troops and many peoples with you."

(Ezekiel 38:1-10)





Ezekiel 38:11-17 . . .



‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

“On that day it shall come to pass

that thoughts will arise in your mind,

and you will make an evil plan:

You (the one who leads Russia) will say,

‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; (the cities in Israel are no longer 'walled')

I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely,

all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’

to take plunder and to take booty,

to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, (look at Israel today)

and against a people gathered from the nations, (this will take place after 1948!)

who have acquired livestock and goods,

who dwell in the midst of the land.

Sheba (Saudi Arabia), Dedan (Kuwait), (Saudi Arabia and Kuwait will not join this invasion)

the merchants of Tarshish (may be England),

and all their young lions will say to you, (may be former colonies like Canada, Australia, and the US)

‘Have you come to take plunder?

Have you gathered your army to take booty,

to carry away silver and gold,

to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’”’
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog,

‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

“On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it?

Then you will come from your place out of the far north, (Russia is 'far north' of Israel)

you and many peoples with you,

all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.

You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land.

It will be in the latter days

that I will bring you against My land, (we are now living in 'the latter days')

so that the nations may know Me,

when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”

Thus says the Lord GOD:

“Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days (prophesy fulfilled)

by My servants the prophets of Israel,

who prophesied for years in those days

that I would bring you against them?

(Ezekiel 38:11-17)




Ezekiel 38:18-23 . . .

“And it will come to pass at the same time,
when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord GOD,
“that My fury will show in My face.
For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken:
‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,
so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field,
all creeping things that creep on the earth,
and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence.
The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall,
and every wall shall fall to the ground.’
I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord GOD.
“Every man’s sword will be against his brother.
And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed;
I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him,
flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself,
and I will be known in the eyes of many nations.
Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”’ (The invading coalition of armies will be destroyed ...)

(Ezekiel 38:18-23)

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