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The Coming War of Gog and Magog, an Islamic Invasion?

 

Jennifer Rast

Contender Ministries


 

Ezekiel 38 through 39 tells of a future invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations that surround it.  As we read the headlines in the newspapers of today, and witness the conflict in the Middle East, it's not hard to imagine that this invasion prophesied over 2600 years ago, could be fulfilled in our lifetime.  Ezekiel 36-37 predicts a gathering of the Jews to the nation of Israel, which will be followed by this massive invasion.  For 19 centuries the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world, and until May 14, 1948 there was no nation of Israel to invade.  With the nation of Israel now a reality, the stage seems set for the war that will usher in the tribulation and the rise of the Antichrist; a war that will end with the destruction of Israel's enemies by God Himself, and lead to the signing of a peace treaty with the Antichrist.

As you read Ezekiel 38 and 39, it isn't just the creation of the nation of Israel that makes this prophecy seem likely to be fulfilled in the near future.  The nations that God tells us will form this coalition against Israel seem more likely now than perhaps ever before to form just such an alliance.  To understand the prophecies of Ezekiel about this future invasion, it's important to understand who the players will be.  

There are many theories as to who will join in this future invasion of Israel.  Before going through a list of the individual nations, I'll list some of the more common theories you'll hear when studying the prophecies from Ezekiel 38. 

Ezekiel 38:1-6  The word of the Lord came to me; Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says:  I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.  I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.  Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops - the many nations with you.'

1.  Hashemite Kingdom Theory:  The Islamic Nations will come against Israel either by an Iraqi-led, Jordanian led, or Turkish led coalition.  The enemy from the north refers to the areas of Syria, Turkey, and Iraq.  These Islamic nations make up the lands occupied by Magog, Gomer, Togarmah, Meshech and Tubal.

2.  Caucus Theory:  Gog and Magog are the Arab nations in an alliance with the Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union.  This theory leaves out most of Russia, and includes only the southern part.

3.  All Europe theory:  Gog and Magog are the sons of Japeth thus the originators of the European races.  Gog and Magog therefore indicates all of Europe.  This is not a widely held theory and I could find little support for it.

4.  Russian Theory:  The Hebrew word 'rosh' in verse 3 is identified with Russia, 'Tubal' with Tiblisi or Tobolsk and 'Meshech' with Moscow, therefore Gog and Magog refers to Russia.  This is one of the most commonly held views and is based on a different interpretation of the Hebrew word Rosh (used as a noun rather than adjective), similarities in the pronunciation of words, and the Greek translation of Rosh referring to a tribe of people found in what is now Russia.

5.  Indo-European Theory:  Gog and Magog include the nations descending from Japheth: Russia, the Caucasus(Turkey), Iraq, and the Islamic republics of Central Asia.  The coalition is an alliance of Arab nations, Muslim republics, Georgia, southern Russia and the Black sea area.

These are some of the theories you will find if you do any research into the prophecies of Ezekiel 38.  You may also find interpretations that are a combination of these, and in fact, I tend to find more evidence for a version of the Indo-European and Caucacus Theory. 

Before looking at the participants of this invasion in more detail, it's important to understand that the war described in Ezekiel 38 is not the same as the war that will come at the end of the tribulation when Jesus returns to defeat the Antichrist and establish his millennial kingdom.  How do we know this?  The war at the end of the tribulation, known as Armageddon, is a world war.  Revelation tells us that this battle will involve all nations.  The war described in Ezekiel includes specific nations that invade Israel.  Also, Armageddon is at the climax of the tribulation, while the war described in Ezekiel comes well before then.

Ezekiel 38:1-7 gives 10 names as participants in the invasion of Israel that will follow the regathering of the Jews to their homeland.  First mentioned, is the land of Magog.  The most common identity for Magog is in Central Asia.  The Jewish historian Josephus said, "Magog founded the Magogians, called Scythians by the Greeks.  Scythians were a nomadic tribe who inhabited the ancient territory from Central Asia across the southern part of ancient Russia."  Today this area is inhabited by the former Soviet Republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and possibly northern parts of Afghanistan.  All of these nations that make up the land of Magog have one thing in common - Islam.  Militant Islam has been on the rise in these countries since the fall of the Soviet Union, when Islam no longer had to be practiced secretly.  Radical Islamic groups such as the Islamic Renaissance Party, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and Hizb ut-Tahrir al-Islam are working to reunite central Asian nations and ultimately the entire Muslim world.  It is from this part of the world that a leader will arise to bring together a great coalition of nations to invade Israel.

Probably the most debated verse is Ezekiel 38:3.  There are two main views on the identity of the Nations God is referring to in this verse.  I'll list both here, and let the reader decide which sounds most reasonable.

Rosh as Russia

Some versions of the Bible translate the Hebrew word 'rosh' in verse 3 as a noun referring to a place in Russia.  The least credible support for this view is that Rosh sounds like the modern-day name Russia and Meshech sounds like Moscow.  In this translation they treat rosh as a proper name.  The Greek translation translates Rosh as the proper name Ros.  Because the ancient Sarmations were known as the Ras, Rashu, and Rus and inhabited Rasapu which is now Southern Russia, some feel this verse points to Russia as the prince of Rosh.  Another support sited for this view is that verse 6 and 15 say the invasion will come from remote parts of the north, and Russia is more remote.

Rosh as chief

Other versions of the Bible translate 'rosh' as an adjective.  The argument here is that in the Massoretic text the words 'chief prince' carry the accents Tiphha and Zaqeph-gadol.  The Tiphha appears under the resh of the Hebrew word 'rosh'; the Zaqeph-gadol appears on top of the sin of the Hebrew word 'nish'.  The Tiphha to the right, underneath the initial consonant of the world 'rosh', or chief, is prepositive and does not mark the tone syllable.  The world 'nish' or prince has the accent Zaqeph-gadol which is disjunctive and indicates a pause.  So, verse three would read:

"Behold, I am against thee, o Gog, the prince, {pause} chief of Meshech and Tubal"

Rather than:

"Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal."

Here 'rosh' is translated head or chief as it is 423 other times in the Old Testament.

In short, if you believe 'rosh' should be translated as a proper noun you may find the interpretation that Russia will be a part of this coalition more reasonable.  If you believe 'rosh' should be an adjective here, you need only concern yourself with who Meshech and Tubal are.  I tend to have a problem with the "it sounds like Russia" theory, and find the translation of rosh as an adjective more believable, but to each his own.

Meshech and Tubal in verses 2 and 6, were the names of the 6th and 5th sons of Japheth, the son of Noah (Gen. 10:2).  Ezekiel 27:13 also mentions Meshech and Tubal as trading partners with Tyre (Modern Lebanon).  It's likely that Meshech and Tubal refer to the ancient Moshi/Mushki and Tubalu/Tibareni who dwelled in the area around, primarily south of, the Black and Caspian Sea in Ezekiel's day.  Today these nations would be in the modern country of Turkey, parts of Southern Russia and Northern Iran.  All areas with a Muslim majority.

Verse 6 adds Gomer and Beth-Togarmah to the coalition.  "Gomer" was the first son of Japheth.  The Gomerites were the ancient Cimmerians, expelled in 700 B.C. from the southern steppes of Russia into what is today Turkey.  "Togarmah" is the 3rd son of Gomer and beth at the beginning of the name is the Hebrew word for 'house' or 'place of'.  In Ezekiel's time there was a city in Cappodocia (Modern Turkey) known as Tegarma, Tagarma, Til-garimmu, and Takarama. 

The possibility that four of the names mentioned in Ezekiel are now in Turkey makes a pretty strong argument for Turkey being a part of the invasion of Israel.  Current circumstances in that country also lend this view some credibility.  Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Turkey has been gaining inroads into Central Asia (Magog).  It is also linked to Central Asia both ethnically and linguistically, and has a growing number of political parties that support opposition to Israel, establishment of a Turkish Islamic Republic, and the worldwide rule of Islam.

Verse 5 brings three more names into the mix.  God tells us that "Persia, Cush and Put will be with them". 

Persia is a pretty easy one.  In 539 B.C. the Persians conquered the city of Babylon.  You only need look at a map of the ancient Persian Empire to see that it was centered in the nation known today as Iran.  In fact Iran was called Persia until 1935 when it was changed to Iran and then to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution.  It's no secret that Iran is an archenemy of Israel and the West, and a supporter of the Palestinians.  They are actively working to get other Arab countries to change camps in their cooperation with the U.S. and Israel.

The ancient kingdom of Cush in Ezekiels time was the land just south of Egypt on the Nile River.  Today this land is occupied by Sudan.  Sudan is home to the National Islamic Front, is ruled by an Islamic military dictatorship, a strong supporter of Iraq, home to Osama bin Landen from 1991-1996, and harbors countless Islamic terrorist groups.  Sudan would easily fit into the coalition as it is already close allies with Iran, trading military supplies for docking rights on the Red Sea shipping routes.

Ancient Put was the land just west of Egypt, or what is today Libya.  Libya is another sponsor of terrorism, and openly refuses to recognize Israel's right to even exist.  When the coalition against Israel is formed, Libya won't have to be asked twice to join.

Verse 6 adds "and many people with you."  The nations listed specifically are all somewhat distant from Israel.  By adding "and many people with you", God may have been indicating that those nations and peoples in closer proximity to Israel will join the Jihad.  Other nations that might join the alliance are Iraq, Syria, Jordon, and Egypt.  All of them are Islamic nations, and all of them would not hesitate to support the destruction of Israel were the opportunity to join such a vast coalition presented to them.

Below is a list of the nations that are listed in Ezekiel as Israel's last-days enemies:

ANCIENT NAME

MODERN NATION

EXPLANATION

Rosh

Russia or Chief

Ancient Sarmatians known as Rashu, Rasapu, Ros, and Rus.

OR

Translated as the adjective Chief.

Magog

Central Asia

Ancient Scythians - Islamic southern republics of the former Soviet Union with a population of 60 million Muslims.  This territory could include modern Afghanistan.

Meshech

Turkey

Ancient Muschki and Musku in Cilicia and Cappadocia.

Tubal

Turkey (also southern Russia and Iran)

Ancient Tubalu in Cappadocia.

Persia

Iran

Name changed from Persia to Iran in 1935.

Ethiopia (Cush)

Sudan

Ancient Cush, south of Egypt.

Put

Libya

Ancient Put, west of Egypt.

Gomer

Turkey

Ancient Cimmerians - from the seventh century to first century B.C. in central/western Anatolia.

Beth-togarmah

Turkey

Til-garimmu - between ancient Carchemish and Haran (southern Turkey).

Many peoples with you

Other Islamic nations

Possibly Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt

The reasons God gives us for the enemies' invasion of Israel are further proof that the attack will be an Islamic invasion.

The first reason God gives for the invasion in Ezekiel 38 is a desire by the coalition to cover the Jewish land and wipe them off the face of the earth.  Urged on by a hatred of the Jewish people they will seek to destroy them and the nation of Israel.  This is the stated goal today of almost every Islamic nation in the Middle East.  The only nations not currently in a declared state of war with Israel are Egypt, Turkey, and Jordan, yet they would certainly be glad to see Israel eliminated if presented with a willing leader and an opportunity to rid the Middle East of Islam's archenemy.

God tells us that they also come to "seize plunder…and to capture great spoil".  Many verses in the Quran advocated plundering for the benefit of Islam and there are several instances of this war tactic throughout the history of Muhammad's life.  In fact, it is a common theme in his teachings.

This invasion of Israel and attack on the Jewish people will indeed be a Jihad, but it will also be the final Jihad.

Ezekiel 38:13  "Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish with all its villages will say to you, 'Have you come to capture spoil?  Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?'"

As this invasion develops, a few countries will make a lame protest.  This isn't hard to believe when you look at the indifference most nations display as Israel is repeatedly attacked by terrorists.

The specific nations who question Gog's actions are "Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish".  Sheba and Dedan are not hard to identify.  These were ancient names for what is known today as Saudi Arabia.

Tarshish is most commonly agreed to be ancient Tartessus or the area of present day Spain in Western Europe.  In Ezekiels day, Tarshish was in the farthest west regions of the known world.  By referring to Tarshish and all her merchants, Ezekiel could have been indicating that Western Europe will join with Saudi Arabia in denouncing the invasion.  Interestingly, Saudi Arabia is the only Arab nation to consistently side with the West against radical Islamic elements around the world.  The royals of Saudi Arabia mostly side with the West out of an interest in self preservation, and at times oppose us behind the scenes, but they would most probably put on a show of opposition to radical Islam in order to maintain the support of western governments.

A similar alliance has been seen once before during the Gulf War of the early 1990's.  The U.S., Western Europe, and Saudi Arabia were allied against Iraq, while Russia, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and most other Middle East nations either aligned with Iraq, or against the U.S. either by directly opposing it, or by remaining neutral. 

The good news is that God wins.  God will come against the invaders Himself and destroy them.  Verses 19-20 say that there will be an earthquake so great that people all over the world will tremble.  In the ensuing chaos, nations will begin to turn on each other.  The confusion will lead to the largest case of death by friendly fire ever seen.

Verse 22 of Ezekiel tells us that there will be plagues, torrents of rain, hailstones, and burning sulfur.  Just as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, he will destroy these invading forces.  Once again, God will make it known to all the nations that He is the Lord.  He will give the nations proof that He is the Holy One in Israel.

This war against Israel will pave the way for the Antichrist's military rule over the world and his demand that the world worship him as God.  With Islam defeated and the Christian Church raptured, opposition to worshipping a man as God will be greatly reduced.  Those who are left would have no army with which to mount much of a protest.

So, how should Christians respond to this prophecy?  In Ezekiel 39:6,7, and 28 God says that this end-times battle will happen that "they will know that I am the Lord".  This message that God's purpose is to cause Israel and the other nations to know He is Lord is repeated over 60 times in Ezekiel.  By learning about prophecy and teaching it to others, people will be able to see the glory, majesty, and sovereignty of God in the fulfillment of His divine word.  By knowing our Bible and teaching it to others, they will be able to see that there is a divine creator, and a plan for them.  Through Jesus Christ and the salvation he offers us freely, there is victory and an eternity more glorious than they can imagine.

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Lies People Believe About 9/11, Iraq, and Bush
By Arthur Daniels Jr.

Today we live in a world of information and disinformation where the Internet can be used to pass on distortions and lies very quickly.

There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of websites out there seeking to prove that 9/11 was some kind of government "inside job" perpetrated on us by the U.S. government as a "pretext" for war. People who believe this nonsense will invariably mention the "Northwoods" document, which talks about a plan that was never carried out.

They will sometimes take the PNAC (Project for a New American Century) document out of context to "prove" the government pulled off a "New Pearl Harbor." You even have liberal philosophy/theology professors writing books claiming that 9/11 was some kind of new Pearl Harbor. Yet when you investigate the facts, stripped of the speculative rhetoric, you find all kinds of flaws with these theories, both logical and evidential.

We have abundant evidence, some of which was used in the Moussoui trial, to prove that Islamic terrorists were behind 9/11. To deny this evidence is akin to denying the earth's rounded shape.

Despite the fact that a Federal judge appointed by Clinton ruled in 2003 that Iraq and Al-Qaeda were linked in 911 terrorism, we still have people blindly willing to believe and perpetuate the myth that:

"Using 9/11 as a pretext, the U.S. government launched into a unilaterally grounded war in Iraq, even though none of the 9/11 hijackers were Iraqi and the despotic Saddam Hussein had no ties to Al Qaeda." (words of Ralph Gordon taken from CityFlight article "Lessons Still Unlearned" Sept. 2006).

Interesting words. But very deceptive if taken at face value. Three points of fact should be mentioned here.

First, we went to Afganistan FIRST, not Iraq. Second, it doesn't matter if none of the hijackers were from Iraq. What matters is what organization they were working with, not where they were from. They were Al-Qaeda operatives. That is what matters.

Mohammed Atta, who piloted flight 11 into WTC 1, was Egyptian. Should we attack Egypt? Ziad Jarrah, who piloted flight 93, was from Lebanon. Should we attack Lebanon also? Remember the American who was fighting with the Iraqis that was captured? Should we attack ourselves now based on that logic because he was originally from America? Nonsense.

Third, and finally, we have more than enough evidence from http://husseinandterror.com/ and the aforementioned Federal court case to prove enough of a "tie" between Saddam and Al-Qaeda for any rational person to be able to admit existed.

The last myth that needs to be debunked is this idea that Bush lied about WMD to get us into Iraq. The problem is, people forget that it was Saddam's repeated misdeeds with UN inspectors and violating UN resolutions that got him and his country in hot war water. If people want to believe that Bush lied, then perhaps you can tell us why Clinton said this in 1998:

"If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons-of-mass-destruction program."

So if Bush lied, so did Clinton, and so did the intelligence agencies of Britain, China, Germany, Russia, and Israel. That doesn't seem reasonable. What seems more likely is that while Bush was busy waiting on the UN, Saddam was busy moving things prior to our troops getting there.

I remember all too well when Bush Jr. was running for office in his first term. People were spreading the Internet rumor that he was shutting down all the traditionally black colleges in Texas. Yet when I began to contact the schools listed, I found NONE of them were closing in any way. Someone simply lied to keep the man from getting into office.

The word tells us to "test" all things and to hold fast to what is true (1 Thess. 5:21; 1 John 4:1; Proverbs 14:15). Too many people are out there blindly accepting what they are told but not testing and critically thinking about what they are being told. Let us not be so foolish in these affairs.

I am a Christian minister, thinker and writer. I have a B.S. in Business and a Th.B. My website is http://www.GospelAnswers1.com.

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How are the scholars of Israel looking at things now?

While Christians observe the Messianic prophecies differently because Jesus as Messiah has already come the first time, I find it very interesting to take a peek into just how Israeli or Jewish Rabbis are looking at things. Looking at things with respect to life, with respect to the soon coming of the Messsiah as the Lion of Judah, and with respect to the war of Gog and Magog. The video below is a wonderful window into a sampling of this present Jewish mindset. We can observe and look for any interesting jewel deposits of information presented here. Perhaps, we might even find some important and relavent clues .

While these things presented may not neccessarily represent Christian thinking or those at http://www.alloftheanswers.com/, we do think that there may be some worthwhile information presented. We have these links placed here for your persusal, and for your investigation. We leave the final thought and conclusion about the subject entirely up to you.

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Popeye’s Whistle

By James Regan and an unnamed soldier in the United States Armed Forces

 

"These are some children that I encountered while I was in Iraq. They were sifting through the US Military garbage. I was touched by how humble and yet how happy they were."

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The following letter is ultimately fictitious. While the names and places have been changed, the facts contained within the letter are mostly true, as they have been recounted by a real soldier who has served in Iraq. The intent of the letter, and the wish that is on this soldier’s heart is to give people a live peak at what the situation can be like for a soldier who is now serving our country in Iraq. This is not an attempt to speak against the war in Iraq or to cause fear or dismay, but rather to get us to appreciate what these men are really doing for us, for our country, and how much they are putting their lives at risk for our welfare. As we gather around the Christmas colors of green and gold, and red, please remember to pray for our valiant ones, who are there for us, in our stead.

(Written as soldier giving an account to his wife back home)

Dear Tammy:

It’s been a couple of months now since I came over here and left you and the family behind. I have sent a few letters to you, but have yet to receive a letter, as the mail has had some problems lately. There is going to be a big mail call coming up toward the end of the week and I am hoping to receive a letter or two from you then. How are Billy and Lisa doing? What about Susan? I know how much you all did not want me to go.

It made me cry to see them dragging on my leg begging me not to go on another tour. It really hurt me inside as I had to close the door to the garage as they pounded and pounded saying,"Daddy don’t go", Daddy please don’t go". It was better that I finally pulled away, for I probably would have missed the plane had I stayed much longer. I remember your smile, with the tears running down from you eyes as I closed the door.

Even though the adrenaline had started to kick in me again, I had a sense of peace about myself, inwardly. There was an integrity within about what I was doing, and why. Somebody has to stand up to these kind of people, or else we will be fighting this war on our own doorsteps here in Springfield. I remember seeing all of the other soldiers unloading and getting themselves ready to board the plane. There was a sense of urgency.

Upon landing and un-boarding the plane the forgotten but familiar sights, sounds, and smells filled the air. There was an intense blast of heat as we left the plane with temperatures in the 120’s. I could hear the sounds of planes and Blackhawk helicopters bellowing across the sky.

I heard several bomb explosions near and in the distance which brought that familiar tightness and sickness in my stomach again. I thought I had gotten rid of it.

Suddenly, more mortar shells flew in as we heard the alarm sound, and the signal, "incoming" being called out by the tarmac loudspeaker. There was a quick scattering and scavenging for shelter, somewhere, anywhere. I found myself scurrying over by one of the plane’s front wheels and hid myself along with a fellow soldier. We both crouched. He was facing on the outside of the plane while I was facing in. This turned out to be of not much value as another blast occurred. It was very, very loud, so that the ground literally shook. This mortar blast was much closer as it had hit one of the nearby jeeps which exploded out in flames. Hot metal spewed toward us. I tried to protect my ears, yet felt a hot searing feeling in my hand and on my side. It was due to the shrapnel from the bomb’s blast. The soldier that was with me was no longer crouching but was now lying still on the ground in a growing pool of blood. A fairly large piece of shrapnel had hit his head. Some men began to move around quickly and check on the overall damage. The shrapnel that had hit me had lodged in my hand like a barb of an arrow. My side had a much smaller piece in it, but it hurt terribly. While I was still trying to collect myself we were soon taken to a tent like mash unit that was several miles southwest of the city.

The surrounding air was filled with all sorts of smells. From burnt oil, gasoline, burnt flesh, to raw sewage. These were not the worst of the smells. Inside there was a decay like smell and smell of raw meat and old blood, like the smell that you might smell in those animal slaughterhouses. It was hard enough not to sometimes just dry heave to these smells which were everywhere.

Inside the tent it was bustling with activity. I was rushed onto a cot where a triage nurse promptly started to examine me, and before I was able to speak, he classified me and had me moved to an area in the tent which was for lower intensity wounds. We would be seen but not before the serious cases that were coming in, in groups of 6-10, at a time which had been flown in by the last round of helicopter drops. Sometimes they could come in 30-40 at time, and in all conditions.

These drop offs were occurring every few hours on a regular basis. Some were of our own soldiers and some were of the enemy. The medical crew took care of the enemy wounded as well as our wounded. The movement inside was quick, the atmosphere was tense and loud.

I could here Dr’s asking for hemostats, others asking about where there x-rays were, and still others were calling for units of blood. One male nurse scrambled and knocked over a table as he tried to get to an enemy wounded and to stabilize him. The enemy’s arms were gone and all that were left were stumps, and he screamed in anger, bit his own flesh on his arm, and spit it at the nurse. Why there is so much hatred for us I just don’t know, but it is really there.

Doctors would move from one patient to the next, cutting, suturing, cleaning, and wrapping. There was one group of soldiers of ours that had been brought in that was just plain hideous.

They had been hit by a bomb and their vehicle was in flames where the doors had stuck shut.

A medic had gotten in to save them but he himself died in their rescue. All of these men were very blackened. They were burned very badly. Their fingers looked like your little finger and they were completely charred black and looked like coal. They were having a hard time lifting and moving them as their skin was not the same as before. It was horrific, but also heroic. These Doctor’s and medical personnel are real heroes, and deserve our honor and respect.

But the one that got me the most when I was there in the tent, was when they brought in those children. They were under the age of 8 and all four of them were screaming uncontrollably. They were in shock and utter horror. The young soldier that brought them in reported to the triage nurse. I could see tears in his eyes, as he said, "I had to do it", "I had to light the car up", "They were way to close to our vehicles, and they kept coming closer. We did not know what was their true intent. We opened fire with are 50 caliber guns and fired warning shots in front of the car. But they kept coming. They kept coming." With tears in his eyes he said "We had to light them up"..

The kids were in such a rage of fear, and uncontrolled screaming, that they were soon medicated to calm them down. They were in a unknown situation, they could not speak English, and as far as they knew were with the enemy and did not know where their mother or father was. They were completely uprooted. It was the mother and father who were in the front seat. They were killed but the children had survived even though the front of the car exploded in flames.

The Doctor said had I not put my hands to my head to protect my ears, I most surely would have been dead as the triangular shrapnel was sharp enough to have pierced my skull. The piece in my side was easily accessible and removed. They moved me then to a place where I could convalesce for a while.

Since then they have put me back on duty, in a trailer, and while it is light duty for now, it will suffice. There are nights when I go out, and sit, and think, and look at the stars, and think of you all back home. On some nights, it is so quiet, that you can here the electrical wires hum. Some nights are quiet like this and others, we here that incoming alarm and wait for another set of blasts.

Some of the men can’t sleep at all and take a lot of sleeping medication. But you really have to stay alert here. You can’t get complacent or numb to it. You have to keep your senses about you and each of us have drawn a lot closer to each other as comrades. We know that we depend on each other and we could be the reason why the other one lives. How I wish we had that kind of comradeship at home. We are so hurried and caught up in the hustle and bustle. Getting ready for Christmas and Thanksgiving but not really knowing why we are thankful for what we have.

We really have a treasure that most countries do not have. We have our freedom. It is a priceless gift, and it come at a tremendous cost. Oh, how I value my freedom, and my time that I spend with you. I love you all greatly. Many hugs and kisses. I so much want to be home with you during the holidays. I know the thing that really helped me get through this all so far is the song that I heard in the car as I drove into the airport back home before I left to come here. It was on the radio. I did not know the name then, but I do now. It’s called "Home" and the lyrics said what I was feeling inside "I want to go home" and I long so much to see you all.

Tammy, I love you so much. Please watch over our kids and wait for me. I’ll be home soon.

Love,

Gary.

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This letter kind of echoes the spiritual battlefield as well. Soon we will all go home.

Let’s use this opportunity to reflect on our fellow soldiers, and to not forget to value our freedoms that we have, and to value our families, as we go into these holidays that celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Love never fails.

P.S. The reason for the article title as Popeye’s Whistle is like a wake up call for us in the middle east and what is happening in Iraq. Popeye is a Vietnam vet in Florida that I met with a friend of his. They were very much still there in Vietnam in their minds. This is dedicated to them and all our fellow vets who deserve our honor. Honor that they did not receive. Popeye and his buddy told me about how they were spit upon after they had just been through serving their country just like anyone else did. Popeye is a nickname for a wrestler kind of character who lives in Florida. He has a red-beard and is barrel breasted. "Give honor to whom honor is due, give credit to whom credit is due,I want to come home."

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The middle game of Chess in the Middle East.

Copyright © James Regan - June 26, 2007

Most people in America think of chess when they think of the famous chess champion Bobby Fisher, but Persia, or modern day Iraq, is where the original game of chess was born. This alone, should be enough to convince us, and convince our Senators and Congressmen, to take the threats being made by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against Israel and the rest of the world much more serious. Chess can be a very deep and subtle game. Victory does not have to be immediate, but you can take your time, you can organize and marshall your pieces together as a team and a unit to coordinate victory. The best games of chess (video) aesthetically are found when the pieces of the overall army are coordinated with great harmony and skill so that when the focus of the attack comes to a head, it can be used to muster great power against the enemy.

I remember when I used to play professional chess, (video) I was matched against a woman who had been the champion woman chess player of the United States. I knew she outranked me greatly as she was a master and I was not. She yawned as we started the game so I determined that I was going to give her the best game out of me that I could. It was a great game. Yet, by her superior skill she marshalled almost every single piece and focused on one or two points. The pressure was incredible. This pressure kept mounting (video) for many moves and then the explosion of exchanges occurred and we were already in an endgame. She had foreseen just a little further than me and my position quickly crumbled after that. It was a great game.

There is another game of chess going on right before our eyes. We see it, we know it, but the moves that are being made our unclear. We feel the tension, as we wait, and hope nothing will happen. Yet, what we are actually witnessing are the precursor movements being marshaled in the Middle East by Iran, Russia, and other Muslim countries such as Libya, Sudan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. These countries and more have been strengthening their ties together in various ways in the last two years to present. Even China has participated in the game, but I believe it is in the game for its own purposes.

A world Champion named Kasparov (great video) from Russia, if I am not mistaken, once quoted in one of his basic chess books something along these lines;

"You cannot understand the underlying picture of a chess position unless you first understand the position's individual elements and characteristics that make up that position."

Unless you understand a chess position's overall dynamics which take into account the interactions and movements between the friendly and enemies movements you will not understand the underlying strategy and therefore will not be able to combat them properly. The middle game of chess is where much of the strategy, tactics, and quiet marshalling of movements occur. The aim of this is to create a subtle superior build up. Once the superior build up is achieved, a specific plan is then constructed to find an effective way into the enemy's territory.

While the "World Trade Center Strategy" was just a beginning tactic into this war, they were well aware that they would have to weather the storm of counter-attack from the United States and other countries with them. In the game of chess there is usually a series of moves that lead up to and build up the strategy
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Usually the most vicious part a chess game occurs when one side wins a vital piece and is most certainly ahead. The wounded side will mount a horrific counter-offensive and if the winning side isn't careful can easily lose because they are not watching the game as sharply as the wounded opponent.

A good chess player knows to just bide his time after accomplishing the win of the piece and wait his enemy out. Little by little he will wear his enemy down as his pride and resources bleed. Perhaps in time the enemy will give up his will to fight and then game will soon be won. That's all one would have to do is wait isn't it. Isn't that what we are seeing in the Middle Eastern nations, waiting for America to lose it fight. Are we not seeing our country waver in its thinking as a whole, and thinking that it is time to pull out. We see it, but we really don't see as we should just how long-ranged and deep this battle goes. Yet the skilled chess player uses every available resource; pawns, bishops, castles, etc., until they are ready to move in for the kill, with Check, and finally Check-Mate. What is the ultimate goal? Don't underestimate what this has to do with biblical prophecy. It is all about Israel. If you remember what the anti Israel sign showed about a mushroom cloud in the first video, now, let's take a look at the real roots of Al Quaeda.. The biggest pawns in this game have been the Palestenians. They were used like token players on a chess board by several Arab countries to slowly and methodically tear at and weaken the opponent, the State of Israel. Still unclear lets recap with these simple annimations:

Animation #1

Animation #2

Animation #3

Animation #4

In the bible we are seeing the precursors of the war of Gog and Magog unfolding in front of our eyes. The war of Gog and Magog are described in the book of Ezekiel. Yet, rather than reinventing the wheel I am going to link you to a site that has already done a great analysis on this so that you can see the pieces and players of this chess game which has already been laid out and seen by God, long ago. God has the ability to see through time and He saw the events that we brought ourselves to as a world, and then He communicated those things through the prophets before they occurred so we can see that He really is who He says He is.

Here is the link. The Gog and Magog War.

Now upon looking at this prophecy of Gog and Magog, we see that the players in this pre-Armaggedon attack against Israel are Russia, Libya, Sudan, Turkey, Iran, and Asian countries like Indonesia, and Malaysia. There are other countries that may be involved such as Egypt, India, and Pakistan but lest stay with the major ones.

What I am going to do is to allow us to take a snapshot of this chess game's position and to see what kinds of countries and interactions are happening so we can see this alliance with our own eyes clearly forming and solidifying. This alone should be enough to convince most that it is time to confront the issue inside themselves that perhaps Jesus is who he says He is and that He is coming back just like He said He would, and that He will deliver Israel from their foes, just like He said He would. But, if you don't, that is ok. True bible prophecy will demonstrate out in the world plainly for all to see, but only if you want to see.

Let's look at each of the players and pieces of this chess game and see how they are interacting with each other and see if the world event geography is bearing witness to the gog and Magog prophecy. Here we go. First, these links are taken from the last two years of events, but many are very recent news articles. The first link is an interesting one in that it shows a little how China, Russian, and Iran are interacting. Even though China I do not believe will come into the war game until the battle of Armageddon it is still participating to some degree the actual formation of this Gog, Magog, alliance, by buying up tanks and other military items from Russian to bolster its army. I find it interesting that the finances are partly from China's buildup in world business, but also, from our choosing to outsource our companies to obtain better prices for labor to build the things we want. So lets look at the links

Most Recent Chess Moves - Russian and Venezuelan Manuevering

Recent 1 Russia considering restoring its Cuban interest

Recent 2 Russia transference of 2 long range bombers to Venuzuela

Al Jazeera's take on this 9-11 in 2008


Russia offers nuclear help to Venuzuela

 

Recent 3 Russia considering "technically only" moving long range bombers to Cuba

In chess, the art of manuevering in the middle game is done as quietly and as noticeless as possible. The trick is to set up strategic attacking points in a way that only appears to be a slight change. When enough slight changes has occurred a more direct and obvious attack with pressure can then occur. Many chess games have move after move after move of quiet manuevering until a superior position has been accomplished. The Russian Grandmaster Petrosian was a genius in playing out the quiet waiting game. He played defensively while accumulating small advantages. He was the only Russian player to beat Fisher in the Candidates matches. Botvinnik the Russian world champion was also very skilled at building up a superior position slowly and methodically. It was only until Bobby Fisher came along did Russia have a crack in its mental metal. The Russians know how to play chess very well and they play to win. Are they playing to win now? Are they manuevering and building up small advntages?

 

 

General and global Manueverings

Link group 1 China, Iran, and Russia .

Link group 2 Links showing ties with Iran

Iran with Russia

Iran with Russia2

Iran and Libya and Ortega

Iran and Sudan

Iran and Sudan 2

Iran and Egypt

Iran and Malaysia

Iran and Malaysia 2

Iran and Indonesia

Iran and Indonesia 2

Iran and Pakistan

Iran and Pakistan 2

Iran with Syria

Iran with Turkey

Link Group #3 Russia ties with other Countries

Russia and Turkey

Russia with Turkey 2

Russia with Sudan

Russia with Egypt

Russia with Malaysia

Russia and Indonesia

Russia with Indonesia 2

Russia with India

Russia with Pakistan

Russia with Syria

In Conclusion:

So what do we see here when we look at all of these countries and their interactions between each other? What are the important things going on? We see these countries strengthening ties between each other via, financial, business, agricultural, military, and communicative means. You could say well these are just coincidences or they are normal and regular ties and should be expected for Arabian people are tied to Arabian people, like Spanish people are tied to Spanish people. Yet, there is more going on here than just cultural ties.

There seems to be a definite leaning upon, relying upon, and the helping of each other like they were in a family or all together like a familial coalition. Culture does play a part here, and present Middle East circumstances also play a part here. Yet, there are too many correlations and ties almost exact fittings to the Gog, and Magog scenario stated in the prophecies laid out in Ezekiel.

Like in the movie Paycheck where a Computer Engineer was unbeknown to himself used by a company to make a time machine. He realized that the events would lead to nuclear war and he decided that he was going to undo what he did. He left time clues for himself so he could navigate through the situation aiding himself, dismantling the machine, and preventing the nuclear war. These time clues were well thought out by himself in order to give himself what he needed to successfully make it through. God in the same way has left us clues.

He spoke of those clues to Old Testament prophets long before they happened. Why did he leave these clues there? So we could be forewarned and realize that He was telling the truth all along. He knows that real enemy is not each other, but rather, rebel angels who are bent on creating confusion, hate, and greed amongst ourselves. The underlying agenda is simple, destroy mankind, and take as many people to hell with him that he can. He cannot change the future for himself, but God left time clues for us so we could take notice, and therefore run to Him for His help.

He is a good God and more than willing to give of His help. The positive thing that we can do is draw near to that help, as an individual, and realize, that He really did send His Son out of His love for us just as He has proclaimed in His word all along. The devil did not want a ruler over him, he wanted to be in charge. Isn't something to see how many people avoid allowing Jesus to be their friend, their Savior, and their King. Why not allow him to be king? He is going to win anyway. Its has all been written in the book ahead of time.

Want to know what will happen after this war of Gog and Magog begins? Mark my words.Or should I say, mark His words. What is going to happen and it is not that far off is once the attack from the north occurs which is considered to be led by a Russian coalition with fanatical Muslims it will look as if Israel is set up for certain doom. Yet, it will not happen. God will step in and stop it. He has spoken it and has had it written down and it will happen. You will know that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has intervened when a huge army is inexplicably and undeniably stopped. God will show to Israel that He has not forsaken them, and has not forgotten His covenant with them. Yet, this is but a preview, of what is to come. There are many that say that the rapture of the church will happen just before this war begins. If that is the case, than how close are we to the end of the age. Many say we are in the last of the last days.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

End time information links:

The Anti-Christ Revealed?

10 Signs of The Times Audio

Where we are...

Tragic Brainwashed Arab Children

Articles on what is going on in Islam?

Kindergarten Graduation in Palestine

Iraq Daily

Mohammed-vs-Yeshua

America's Truth Forum (Anti-terrorism)

For these links and more visit the "Profound Prophecy" website below:

The Antichrist, The False Prophet, Islam and Israel

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