The alignment with scripture is even tighter than you think when you understand the archeological context of the nations involved and how the Bible uses historical types. Please consider this.
I am a professional archeologist. Many end times aficionados believe that Magog represents Russia and that Russia will soon come to invade Israel. However, the ancient Assyrians had dealings with Magog, which was also called Lydia, and their Court records clearly identify Magog and it is not Russia. For decades Christians have been deceived and have been unwittingly deceiving others about who is to be involved in the prophesied invasion of Israel. Russia has absolutely nothing to do with Magog and being the nation that will lead an invasion of Israel.
The Assyrian Royal Court dealt with each of these nations directly about 100 years before Ezekiel wrote, and their records are reliable, clear and detailed. These are the same records that are referred to in Ezra 4:15 and the same records used to verify the historical events written about in scripture from circa 800 B.C. to 400 B.C. These records represent the primary source on this subject as opposed to secondary sources which are often not based on facts and very often the product of mischief, bias or lack of study.
Any reference to Josephus is of no avail because historians and archeologists know from a multitude of written records, that the Greeks (such as Herodotus) did not call Magog the Scythians. All of our earliest copies of Josephus come from eleventh century Monks and the passage that is often referred to is clearly a forgery for several reasons obvious to historians and archeologists who study the ancient Near East. Please consider taking the time to read my report Debunking the Russia/War of Gog and Magog Myth on this important subject that recently appeared in the Christian Post Blogs on March 15, 2012.The link is http://blogs.christianpost.com/guest-views/debunking-the-russia-war-of-gog-and-magog-myth-8754/#more. This report can also be found on my blog site for 2/9/12: http://www.newscientificevidenceforgod.com/search?updated-max=2012-03-19T18:07:00-07:00
A chart that illustrates how The Battle of Gog and Magog and the Battle of Armageddon is one in the same war that occurs at the end of the tribulation can be found at: http://www.newscientificevidenceforgod.com/2012/03/chartthe-war-of-gog-and-magog-and.html#links
As for comparing Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38/39 to Gog and Magog of Revelation 20:7-10, two different wars are being referred to and the terms Gog and Magog are not being used literally but being used as “historical types.” As referred to in Ezekiel 38-39, the historical Gog who was a “prince” of the nations of Magog, Meshech, and Tubal (which were in the land we now call Turkey) serve as “historical types” of the “antichrist” and the multi-national confederacy over which the antichrist is to rule during the tribulation period. The Bible uses the historical leader Gog as a historical type of the antichrist to come in the exact same ways the Bible uses the historical King David as a type of Jesus’ Second Coming (Ezekiel 34:23 and Ezekiel 37:22-24). Similarly, in Matthew 11:14 (also see Malachi 4:5) and Matthew 17:10-13 (“if you will receive it”) Jesus in effect says that John is a historical type of Elijah. In other words, “Gog and Magog” (remember in Akkadian “Magog” means “the land of Gog”) in their most basic meaning, are taken to be types or references to any “antichrist” and “the land of this antichrist;” just as I John 2:18, 22, 4:3, and II John 7 says “there are many antichrists.” Thus, Revelation 20 tells of a second and separate battle involving another Gog and Magog, that is, a different battle involving another antichrist and the lands of this antichrist that takes place around 1,000 years after the battle of Gog and Magog of Ezekiel 38/39. The Gog or antichrist of Ezekiel 38 is involved with one war that is to occur before Jesus returns, and the Gog or antichrist of Revelation 20 is involved with another war that is to occur after Jesus returns and dwells with mankind for one thousand years.
The bottom line for what is said in Ezekiel 38/39 is that just as a real person called Gog led a confederacy of nations around 660B.C., Ezekiel is using Gog as a historical type of the antichrist, and Magog as a historical type of the nations the antichrist is to lead, for a war that Ezekiel is prophesying to occur during the end times. This could be fulfilled by the appearance of an antichrist and a confederacy of European nations representing a revived Roman Empire. Ecclesiastes 1:9 and 3:15 teach that which is to be hath already been and that there is nothing new under the sun. Has such an invasion of the Holy Land and effort to kill Jews by a confederacy of European nations ever occurred before? Yes, deadly invasions of Israel have taken place a number of times. These invasions are called the Crusades of the Middle Ages. A confederacy of European nations has invaded Israel before and according to scripture it seems that these nations will do so again. While Russia’s anti- Israel actions regularly appear in the news, it is interesting to note the ever growing anti-Israel attitude and actions of the European Community.
There are many free downloads regarding this material on the website for my book “THE COMETS OF GOD-New Scientific Evidence for God: Recent archeological, geological and astronomical discoveries that shine new light on the Bible and its prophecies” by Jeffrey Goodman, Ph.D.
Yes Obama is ignorant and pro Islam and will turn against Israel soon...he is a wolf in sheeps clothing !!
Thanks to the Dems and others on the gravy train to bankruptcy, and the USA with a anti- American president, this type of stuff is acceptable. Why isn't SoS Clinton on her way there to smooth things out? - oh because there is no intention to. Obama doesn't care- he has a 747 jet for another 4 years, (oh and a mansion recently appraises at $250 million-and thats without them knowing all the hidden goodies that are in that place). Good luck folks. We are in bad times. (in 2015 will Obama still be blaming Bush? - which means anyone older than 10 in 2008 will be able to vote in 2016. All the 14, 15, etc. year olds will be in there 20's). And if they live through 8 years of recession, they may vote differently. Sad, sad, sad.
Will the tribes remain cohesive? Or will they murder and chop each other up. Erdogan is best buddies with O and I wonder what they see in each other - dictatorship?
Mass killing of Muslims? Am I late to that party too r is it still in the works.
Go Israel. Kick muslim ass!
Interesting how the Muslims never bother to mention WHY Israel is attacking Gaza. I'm just waiting for Egypt and Iran to get into the act. If they do, this could be bad. But until Iran gets its own nuclear bomb, I don't think they are going to stick their necks out too much. After all, the Iranians don't want to give the Israelis any excuse to attack their nuclear program.
The casualty rate in Gaza from Israeli strikes is astoundingly low
A number of Gazan civilians may have been killed by their own rockets
Hamas lies that a child killed by its own rocket was killed by Israel
Hamas admits to using human shields
Hamas is now using journalists as human shields
Hamas is now threatening human bomb attacks
Israel is feeding the hand that bites it
I like the story about when the Jihadist get heaven to meet their 72 virgins, Allah says..... The guys are right over there, have fun
I made up that story last week. Here it is:
Ahmed, meet Allah. Allah, Ahmed.
Allah: "How do you do?"
Ahmed: "Not so good. Where are the virgins?"
Allah: "Right over there...great bunch of fellas huh?"
Courtesy of the blue and white. Yay!
Eternity is a long time. After virgin number 65 or so, suddenly 72 doesn't seem like such a big number.
-- accordion to K-Bob
Like I've been saying all along, there's a 'typo' in the Koran. It's not '72 Virgins', it's 72 Virginians. ;-) ;-)
Meanwhile, the IDF has today sent four leading Hamas jihadist to meet their 72 raisins, ahem, to h*ll:
See elections have consequences... Even outside the US borders. Since NObama "won" reelection, all the Muzzies feel empowered. They know they are in no danger or any retaliation. They know Israel is being left to swing in the wind! NOShame NObama!
Obama’s Gaza War
"Obama’s Cairo speech and his denunciation of Mubarak ended not only the Camp David Accords but the relative atmosphere of peace that allowed Israel to explore a two-state solution. Obama’s policy of elevating political Islamists has made it impossible for Israel to take risks for peace, as its neighbors have been transformed into fanatical enemies. And that has made negotiations useless and war inevitable.
The rockets rising out of Gaza are only the first flight of a larger assault against Israel by the Muslim Brotherhood monster that Obama unleashed in Cairo."
I don't think any particular current country is the Antichrist. That's not part of my religious teachings. There's a better case, in fact, that the Papal Church fits the role.
At any rate, Magog is Satan's army. It's no worldly event.
Rick Perry has been vindicated. Remember when he took so much heat for calling them a terrorist state?
RS, did I read somewhere Gog is not a country but a leader? This would align with what you just said.
As far as Turkey calling Israel a terrorist state; they sound like the Dems in this country. They always call the opposition what they are. A bunch of hooey!
Don't act like a terrorist and you won't die like one! When your terrorist buddies in Gaza launch rockets into Israel, they deserve to die. Anyone else caught in the crossfire will die as well.
Think about that before you scream allah akbar!
Remember Fox reported that a ship filled with arms that were originally Kadafi's, possibly some 20,000 SAM missiles included, left Benghazi in early September and arrived shortly after in Turkey? The arms were to go to the rebels fighting in Syria via the Muslim Brotherhood. It took days for the ship to get from Libya to Turkey. Imagine that the trip from Turkey to Gaza is even shorter, an the Turks had the weapons for over two months now.
Those who hate Israel also hate America and our president is on their side.
Frightening beyond comprehension!
Mr Erdogan, a staunch muslim, is of course Israel-blind.
More people were killed by the state of Iran (death penalty) during Operation Pillar of Defense than were killed by the IDF - and those killed were in the majority Hamas bad men, who hide behind their wives and children.
The IDF had over 1.000 sorties since the beginning of Pillar of Defense. The vanishing small number of resulting deaths and casualties are amazing, and a credit to the IDF.
Meanwhile, Hamas keeps on shelling Israel with their missiles - one of which hit a school in Ashkelon today. Good thing the Israeli government has kept all children in Southern israel out of school these last days - or not, if you're a Hamas fan.
I am so sick of the socialists' cries for 'proportionality' - as if Israel is only allowed to hit back after Israelis die!
As for Mr Erdogan: why do you shout for help from NATO when a few missiles land in Turkey thanks to the Syrian uprisings? Turkey isn't bombarded to the tune of nearly 100 missiles a day, is it? Man up!
Right, and Israel has had 8,000 missiles hit their country since 2009...that's twice as many as Germany hit London with in WWII.
This is 2012, going on 2013 (not 1948) and Iran is trying to usher in the 12th Imam (The Mahdi) with help from Hamas, their hand puppet and the rest of the Islamic world, including "progressives" right here, as well as Turkey, which ravaged Christendom in Constantinople in 1453. Their bloodlust has not been quenched. That much is plain.
Israel has also been Israel for 3800 years. They have been killed and enslaved since becoming an organized people by Egypt, Persia, Babylon, Rome, Islam, and Germany. Now Islam wants another crack at them.
How about leave the Jewish people alone for crying out loud! Swallow your satan-swilling hatred you barbarian cannibals! They deserve some peace, and they deserve to LIVE in the land God gave them thousands of years ago.
THE LAND GOD GAVE THEM.
Allah gave Islam Mecca. Jerusalem is not Mecca.
Today they are surrounded on all sides by countries set on their extinction, thanks to this administration's apparent desire to help reconstitute the previously defunct Ottoman Empire, and you rabid-leftist-new-nazis in the press support those who want Israel's extinction...their complete decimation. Just one more time for Hitler and Mohammed, right? What, nothing for the Gipper?
You people are like seething, virulent, gangrenous, green, pus, and so is your lying, cheating, stealing, President Goose-egg. To hell with he and you, and long live Israel, in their God-given land...theirs from antiquity.
Persia was actually really nice to the Jews. The Bible has Xerxes, who was really Cyrus, freeing the Jews from Babylonian rule and that's it.
Darius threw Daniel in the lion's den. After Daniel escaped unharmed, Darius threw Daniel's accusers in there instead.
Good point. I meant to put Assyria there instead of Persia. I confuse those two from time to time. The Persians of today however are very different and desire the complete annihilation of the Jewish people.
"Why do I put myself in jeopardy and take my life in my hands? Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face. Indeed, this will turn out for my deliverance, for no godless man would dare come before him! "
(Job 13:14-16 NIV)
I have long wondered what role the US would play in the "end times"...People are now clamoring to say Obama in the Anti-Christ...I wouldn't go that far (they said the same about Reagan, Bush, Clinton, etc etc) but I think the most dangerous role the US can play in the Middle East (and the world in general) is NO ROLE...
I think under this President we will shrug our shoulders at China/Taiwan and especially all things concerning Israel...
‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ ...Edmund Burke...
Cenalott, read this article by Walid Shoebat on America's role in the end times.
but I think the most dangerous role the US can play in the Middle East (and the world in general) is NO ROLE...
Hussein has already done worse than that, and now he has more flexibility.
"Those who associate Islam with terrorism close their eyes in the face of mass killing of Muslims, turn their heads from the massacre of children in Gaza..."
Those who infer that Israel is a terrorist state close their eyes to the fact that Israel is a tiny nation, the only Jewish nation which is surrounded by millions of square miles of people who hate them and wish to remove them from the face of the earth. They ignore the fact that Arabs are welcome in Israel, yet Jews are not welcome in any of the surrounding millions of square miles. They ignore the fact that Israel gave up Gaza for "peace" and have met with nothing but hate and rockets, that the "palestinian" terrorist groups surround themselves with women and children as they know the world would pity them if and when Israel ever retaliated, and they ignore the fact that Israel drops pampletes over the areas which warn the civilians of coming actions.
Yes, we're watching the Bible in action. It might or might not be the times yet, but we can see the nations aligning themselves and getting ready. G*d bless Israel.
Come Soon Lord Jesus.
Meanwhile, more aid for the enemy.
How many Repubicans will oppose this?
No reason to pay now:
European Union agrees to €5 billion aid package for Egypt
There should be some very heavy conditions attached to that 'gift' to Morsi.
Not that the GOP Reps have shown a lot of backbone when it comes to money matters ...
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I think it was Glenn Beck who said Erdogan is one of Obama's best friends. Now, they have the Big Boy (the US) on their side........or so they think. Who they don't have that Israel does is God. The Lord is all any of us need for victory!
Apparently he was the very first foreign leader Zero called after taking office. I think there is a video clip of him stating that in his own words.
Think Drudge was bad? Check this out: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/19/pic-twitter-users-creeped-out-by-obama-mural-in-burma/
ughh indeed! He's just what I didn't need to see but at least he wasn't talking. I'm so sick of seeing his face, hearing his voice, hearing idiots sing his praises. I need a break as I've reached maximum saturation for awhile.
Have you seen Drudge today? Look at the pics of Obama; ugh! Didn't bother reading past the headline because the pics were enough. He's just hell bent on aligning us with the wrong people. Still hasn't visited Israel though. Can't say anymore without having to repent so I'll stop here.