By Bill Wilson, Daily Jot—
Ezekiel 38 and 39 describes how the Lord defeats Israel’s end time enemies after they attack from the North. Included in the coalition, led by “Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (v38:3)” are Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Magog, Gomer and Togarmah. Ancient history and maps confirm that Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Togarmah are located in modern Turkey. Persia is modern Iran. Libya is Libya and Ethiopia is likely modern Sudan. Today’s political landscape would place Turkey and Iran at odds as Shia Iran is vying for Middle East hegemony over Sunni Turkey. The Islamic State (ISIS) is Turkey’s proxy against Iran’s vassal state, Syria. We may be watching a layer of prophecy unfold.
The Lord says in Zechariah 12:3, “And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” Many find it hard to imagine how, for example, the United States would be gathered prophetically against Israel. But in a strong sense, America is. The IS, while publicly condemned by the US “president,” is allowed by the US to do its dirty work in the Middle East because it stands as a counterbalance to Iran. Turkey, a US ally whose leader is close friends with the US “president,” is supporting IS with “truckloads of arms and ammunition, as well as fighters,” according to news reports.
The Middle East Media Research Institute reports: “Turkish journalists who have documented their government’s support for terrorists and who have published evidence of truckloads of arms and ammunition, as well as fighters, being sent into Syria have been threatened, arrested, and imprisoned by Turkish authorities. Foreign media have also extensively covered Turkey’s sponsorship of ISIS and other terrorist organizations, and documented the ease with which thousands of foreign and Turkish jihadis enter and exit Syria under the eyes of Turkish officials. However, Western governments have refrained from criticizing Turkey’s conduct in this matter, and continue to call Turkey “a partner in the fight against terrorism.””
Meantime, the US “president” has cleared the way for billions of dollars to be pumped into Iran in reward for agreeing to delay its nuclear program at least ten years. Many analysts do not believe Iran will hold to its end of the bargain, but rather accelerate nuclear development. With Iran and Turkey, two main end time players, at violent odds, Iran will need to be in submission to Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, for the Ezekiel prophecy to be fulfilled. When we see Iran being brought into a coalition with these prophetic nations against Israel, we know this time is near. Currently, China and Russia support Iran; the US and much of the NATO and European world support Turkey. Jerusalem is a burdensome stone in the oyster of the world. It becomes a pearl as prophecy advances. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.