The following blog post was originally posted here: The Euphrates and Ezekiel 38…Euphrates
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)
Ezekiel 38 describes one of the final demonstrations to all of the Nations of the World, that the God of the Bible is the only true God, and that all of the gods of the nations are but idols (nothings).
God foretold through his prophets of a coming coalition invasion of Israel, which will be overwhelmingly superior in numbers, arms, and the element of surprise, but which will be utterly confounded and destroyed by the direct intervention of God himself.
We are currently seeing the formation and joint efforts of this coalition, fighting in Syria to defend the regime of Bashir Assad, as well as to defend the Sunni world against the ambitions of the Shiite Hegemony in Iran. Many of the members of this coalition are the very nations we posited as being currently under the limitations set by God for a certain coming Year, month,Day and Hour, i.e. the bound Angels of the Euphrates.
And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(Revelation 9:13-15)
As we have observed, since the post World War 1 partition of the Middle East by the victorious allies, France and Britain, there are four nations which the Euphrates runs through; Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
The disastrous Syrian War, which has cost a half million lives, dispossessed ten million people, and wound or maimed untold hundreds of thousands, has become the occasion for the formation of this coalition.
The war is complex, it features many partisans representing diverse interests. There is a proxy war going on between Russia and the US, Russia equipping and advising Iran, the US equipping and advising various Sunni militias (including war became ISIS). The war also features the rivaling ambitions of the Sunni and Shiite factions of Islam, (the Saudis representing Sunni, Iran,Shiite interests).
But Turkey is Sunni, and in the midst of a resurgence of traditional Islamism, casting off the reforms of Attaturk. But Turkey has been in league with Iran, which is virtually unprecedented. Turkey wants to replace Saudi Arabia as the head of the Sunni world, and has cast her lot in with Iran, as has Qatar.
As far as Ezekiel 38 is concerned, Syria is the bloody battleground which unites these unlikely allies, Turkey and Iran(Persia).
The names ‘Meshec and Tubal’, ‘Gomer and the house of Togarmeh’, are all Ancient references to places on Turkey itself.
Persia is of course a reference to Iran, which is currently claiming the US abandoned Iraq from ISIS.
Obama virtually ceded US influence in the Middle East to the Russians, in his desire to get us out of Iraq. He also guaranteed a modern Nuclear program to Persia(Iran) the world’s current leading sponsor of Terror. When negotiations began on Iran’s nuclear deal, the Iranians announced from the start that “the annihilation of Israel is non-negotiable”. This didn’t stop Obama from giving Iran everything they wanted including 150 billion US dollars and 5 billion on a pallet in cash!
Truly the stage is being set for Ezekiel 38.
The other players in this tragedy?
Ethiopia is not the Ethiopia of today. Biblical Ethiopia would be today’s Sudan and Somalia region.
Libya? We all know what happened to Libya after the Kings of the Earth and their rulers decided to dissect the once richest African nation, and perhaps one of the most benevolent to its own citizens. Every Libyan citizen received free health care, a house upon marriage, a share in the oil revenues, etc.
Gaddafi warned Obama that he would be sent to hell for his part in the NATO bombing of Libya,in a speech directed at Obama,
‘Originally, you’re from Africa and originally Arab as well. You sold out to America. Where will you go?’ he said.
‘On Judgement Day, you will be in hell. Our dead will be in heaven, and your dead will be in hell. You ought to feel ashamed.’
Now Libya sits desolate and ravaged, like Somalia, a nation without government, ravaged by competing Muslim militias, unable to deter (as she once did) hordes of immigrants from black Africa swarming up into Europe, as Gaddafi once warned…
The Libyan ruler, Colonel Gaddafi, has used a summit in Tripoli to warn that Europe risks “turning black” unless Libya is given £4bn a year by the EU to keep out illegal immigrants from Africa. “We should stop this illegal immigration. If we don’t, Europe will become black, it will be overcome by people with different religions, it will change,” he said.
He made the threat before in the summer, during a three-day visit to Italy. “We don’t know what will happen, what will be the reaction of the white and Christian Europeans faced with this influx of starving and ignorant Africans,” he said. “We don’t know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasions.”
Now thousands of Libyans are involved in the fighting in Syria, on both sides. They will be a part of the great coalition also, as Ezekiel saw 2,500 years ago. The fighting and carnage are pretty much in Syria’s borders, but every once in a while a shell is lobbed over the golan heights into Israel, as a portent of things soon to come. Maranatha!