Verses 8-9 refer to a regathering of Israel. For years, certain writers have claimed that Ezekiel 38 is or may be on the verge of being fulfilled. In verse 5, we see Persia or Iran; Cush is Sudan and Ethiopia; Put is Libya. Notice the first 7 verses from Ezekiel 38: 1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 7 It shall come to pass that your choicest valleys Shall be full of chariots,And the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate. Genesis 48; see also Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel) and Samaria (see Spiritual Samaritans: Old and New). Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! From there, I flew to Istanbul to meet with several Arab Christian leaders on a range of matters. This is a future event. (Lindsey H. The Gog-Magog alliance. Even if there is a 'peace deal' (The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27), Israel is not expected to disarm. In this judgment is to be "the book of life," meaning many, perhaps most, shall then find spiritual salvation and eternal life. The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens. Places specifically mentioned chapter 38 in translations of the ancient Hebrew include Gog, Magog, Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, Gog, Do these prophecies involve Russia, Ukraine, or Iran? ... Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ..., the two met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to discuss Syria’s future at a summit in the Turkish capital of Ankara.  According to reports, Russia, Turkey, and Iran are working together to create “de-escalation zones” to end the seven-year civil war in Syria. We have blindly assumed that when Christ comes, there will be no opposition. As far as Ezekiel 38 goes, it cannot be fulfilled for over a thousand years from now. Kir is of interest as it has several possibilities. It is simply too early to draw any conclusions regarding the Biblical significance of Russian and Iranian combat forces operating in an alliance in the Syrian theater, so close to the northern mountains of Israel. And while Ezekiel 38 does mention Russia and Iran, the tiny nation of Israel is not now a “land of unwalled villages” with “a peaceful people who dwell safely” (Ezekiel 38:10-11).  We are not particularly close to the fulfillment of Ezekiel 38. Curiously, Ezekiel 38 describes nine distinct populations by their ancient names including Russia, Iran, Turkey, and Libya...http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/middle-east-world-war-iii-ezekiel-38-mentions-gog-and-magog-its-russia-agree/question-2816651/?link=ibaf&q=&esrc=s viewed 07/19/14. God tells all nations coming with Russia to prepare and be ready. Hengstenberg supports English Version, as "Rosh" is not found in the Bible. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future, https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/with-russian-iranian-forces-now-engaged-in-combat-in-syria-people-are-asking-what-is-the-war-of-gog-magog-heres-the-answer-part-one/, Last Great Day: Salvation to be offered to all who never really had a chance, https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2015/nov/07/according-to-biblical-prophecy-can-america-be-defe/, Messianic Judaism Beliefs Differ from the, Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel, https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/laura-lacey-johnson/why-the-russia-turkey-iran-alliance-could-be-more-disturbing-than-you-think.html, http://www.alphanewsdaily.com/Warning%206%20Russia%20Iran%20Invasion.html, Anglo - America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel, http://www.prophecydepotministries.net/2015/why-ezekiel-38-is-not-a-now-prophecy/, There is a Place of Safety for the Philadelphians. ... Russia, Iran, and Turkey are now collaborating. Therefore, let me recommend this article by author Joel C. Rosenberg as well as the research of author Mark Hitchcock in his book, “101 Answers to the Most Asked Questions About the End Times.”. 10 ‘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: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’ —  12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. This beckons the question; why aren’t these nations, terrorists, or refugees listed among the Ezekiel 38 invaders? The central fact to remember first and foremost is this: The prophecies of Ezekiel 36 & 37 have already largely come true. However, these recent events — and numerous other regional trends — do appear consistent with what would have to happen to set the stage for Ezekiel’s prophecies to come to pass, and the Church needs to consider the possibility that such prophecies could unfold sooner than many people expect. Notice also the following, by Herbert Armstrong, where he notes that Revelation 20:7-9 happens prior to the what is known as the Great White Throne Judgment: But now notice! WND has a history of reporting false prophecies and false interpretations of prophecies from Jewish and Messianic teachers (WND often promote 'Messanic positions--see also Messianic Judaism Beliefs Differ from the Continuing Church of God and Blood Moons, Eclipses, and Prophecy). Notice again that Gog and Magog come “out of the north parts” (verse 15 ) where Russia is today. Notice that the invaders will be punished and this will also involve fire. (Lindsey H. The Hal Lindsey Report, January 10, 2014. http://www.hallindsey.com/the-hal-lindsey-report-1102014/ ). Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. Is this the beginning of the long-awaited Gog and Magog? Now, when does the Bible clearly teach that Gog and Magog will attack? The Old Testament prophet wrote: And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: "Son of man, set your face against Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshek and Tubal, and prophesy against him," and say: "Thus says the Lord God: I am … And rebuke strong nations afar off; They hate him because he will cause a Satan to die in America. Russia is not mentioned in Ezekiel chapters 38 or 39. He shouldn’t have won since all the politicians and many Americans hated him more than any president before in American history. "Meshech" is Moscow, "Tubal" is Tobol'sk. 1. Verses 1-7 talk about a group getting ready to battle. When God begins to rule the world, through Christ - with His chosen people restored to prosperity in the land of Israel, the very center of the land surface of the earth (verse 12, Moffatt translation) - this, great Eurasian union of nations shall finally be tempted to use their mighty air force. This region was anciently known as Persis, the Greek form of Old Persian Parsa. to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezekiel 38:13). 16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. But the populous nations of Eurasia that the Almighty God up to this point has not dealt with shall still have to be brought to submission. The Psalm lists ten entirely separate members not included among the Ezekiel 38:1-6 invaders. Furthermore, there simply is not a plan to take a lot of gold and silver out of Israel right now by the power of the far north, nor does the current nation of Israel have enough of it to likely justify an attack for that purpose (unless perhaps some hidden gold/silver mines or remaining treasure of David).Â, Israel holds no gold reserves at all, according to a Bank of Israel spokesman. He is the author of all the teachings here, and all materials are available free of charge! 38:6,9,15). One is that even today most Jews do not live in the nation of Israel. Verse 7: "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth ... to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea" (verses 7-8). Here is something from Protestant writer Hal Lindsey: For years now, Russia has been the protector of Iran ("Persia" in Ezekiel's prophecy). World News Daily, August 29, 2014. http://www.wnd.com/2008/08/73702/#sDdwaa0oZY5laOJX.99. Ezekiel 37 has NOT been fulfilled. That is because we have been accustomed merely to assume things that are not true. Here is something that Joel Rosenberg posted related to the situation of Russia, Iran, and Syria: Last Friday night, I addressed the topic of Apocalyptic Islam at a conference in Toronto, looking at how Shia and Sunni extremists see the prophetic trend lines in the Middle East. Although Russia did invade Georgia, that was really not a fulfillment directly tied to Ezekiel 38. Notice the next two verses from Ezekiel 38: 8 After many days you will be visited. Historically, the people of Iran have never used the name Persia for their country. But Ezekiel 38 speaks of a different power altogether-“GOG’ in the land of ‘MAGOG’, numerous Allies – all descendants of JAPETH, father of the yellow races…, And now we come to chapter 38!…The TIME of this prophecy is AFTER–not before, but AFTER–the second coming of Christ. In the time of their judgment, Satan will be GONE! Gog is further described as 38:5), the most easily identified. After Russia invaded Georgia in 2008, Hal Lindsey also wrote: According to the prophet Ezekiel, there will rise in “the latter times” an alliance of nations – led by Gog (Russia) and consisting of Magog (the breakaway republics now under discussion), together with an Islamic coalition of nations led by Iran – will eventually launch a sneak invasion of Israel. Russia's power play in the Middle East may have just united Gog and Magog and other principalities described in Ezekiel 38, according to reports. In Ezekiel 38:2, we see Gog and Magog or Russia. 2. The Jewish diaspora is scattered throughout the world. It is at least seven years away (see The 'Peace Deal' of Daniel 9:27 and When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?) Getting back to Ezekiel 38, notice the rest of that chapter: 18 "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. Personally I don’t think we’re seeing the run up to Ezekiel 38 either, although I do believe that the current moves by Russia, China and Iran are very threatening. http://www.alphanewsdaily.com/Warning%206%20Russia%20Iran%20Invasion.html accessed 09/07/18. Every war in Russia’s history has included horses. I always thought that at least Russia was part of it. Thus, it is probable that they are not among the “many peoples with thee” in Ezekiel 38:6, but are “many peoples distinct from thee”, not listed in Ezekiel 38 among the invaders. Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish. Additionally, the goal of the Ezekiel 38 invaders is to destroy Israel and take plunder and great spoil. And no one shall make them afraid; http://www.prophecydepotministries.net/2015/why-ezekiel-38-is-not-a-now-prophecy/. "Every man's sword will be against his brother. Certainly, there is just cause to consider the Ezekiel 38 – 39 prophecy in light of recent events, however, what about Hezbollah, Syria, Hamas, and the Palestinians? The rabbi said the president’s announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is the fulfillment of prophecy regarding Esau.