I have been saying that I think the battle of Gog and Magog (a great battle that will take place when Russia, Iran, Turkey and others attack Israel; Ezek. 38:8, 16) is getting close for about 40 years and it hasn't happened yet.
It is obvious that I don't know when this war will break out, but it is my honest opinion, and I am still going to say that I think it is getting close.
The reason for this is the fact that what the Bible says about that world changing battle is taking shape on the ground with each passing day (Ezek. 38-39).
The "land of Magog" (Ezek. 38:1, 15; Gen. 10:2) is clearly Russia.
"Gog" of the land of Magog (Ezek. 38:1) is the "dictator" over the land of Magog (Russia). Russia has a "dictator" (Pres. Vladimir Putin at this time). Russia has troops in Syria right now.
"Persia" (Ezek. 38:5) is definitely modern day Iran. The Iranians have troops in Syria right now.
"Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands; and many people with thee" (Ezek. 38:6) is definitely Turkey and others (perhaps Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan). Turkey has troops in Syria right now.
"Be thou prepared" (for this war; Ezek. 38:7) is clearly a God-given instruction for Russia's leader to prepare to attack Israel on the mountains of Israel (Ezek. 38:8; 39:2).
"Be thou a guard unto them" (Ezek. 38:7) is clearly a God-given instruction for Russia's leader to protect her allies (Iran, Turkey, Hezbollah, etc.).
"Thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land" (Ezek. 38:9) appears to be air power.
"Sheba and Dedan (cities in Saudi Arabia), and the merchants of Tarshish (probably Britain), with all of its young lions (probably the U.S. with perhaps Canada and Australia), will question Russia's motivation for this war (Ezek. 38:13).
I will "cause thee to come up from the north parts" (Ezek. 39:2) can only mean that God will cause Russia and her allies to pass through Lebanon or Syria or both on the way to Israel. Both nations share a border with Israel in the northern parts of Israel.
Concerning God's instruction to "be thou prepared" Russia has been moving troops and weapons into Syria since the fall of 2015. Iran, Turkey and Hezbollah (headquartered in Lebanon) also have troops and weapons in Syria.
On May 4, 2017, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Hezbollah prepared even more by agreeing to create four de-escalation zones (also called "safe zones" or "no-fly zones") in Syria. One of these "safe zones" is on Israel's border in the mountains of Israel. Russia and the others decided to have the "safe zones" monitored by Iranian troops.
Israel and the U.S. refused to accept Iranian troops near Israel's border on the mountains of Israel (Golan Heights) so Russia and her allies altered their preparations by deciding to place Russian troops instead of Iranian troops on Israel's border.
Israel and the U.S. also refused to accept a no-fly zone on Israel's border with Syria because that would prevent Israeli jets from attacking foreign troops that are assembling in the mountains of Israel (Golan Heights).
On May 14, 2017, troops from the U.S. (probably a young lion), Britain (probably the merchants of Tarshish) and Jordan entered Syria and took up positions along the border of Israel.
On May 16, 2017, Hezbollah moved 1,000 troops into position to block the advance of the U.S., British and Jordanian troops.
On May 18, 2017, a twenty-vehicle convoy of troops and weapons (probably Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah) got close to a U.S. base and the U.S. scrambled several jets to fly over the convoy as a warning. Fifteen vehicles stopped, but five continued to advance so the U.S. destroyed them.
On May 20, 2017, Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah advanced again and actually took about 60 square kilometers of territory.
At the time this article was written, it was reported that U.S. jets will probably strike the attackers again.
Concerning Russia "being a guard" to her allies, Russia called the U.S. attack "absolutely unacceptable."
Concerning "like a cloud to cover the land," Russia and her allies have planes and helicopters in Syria and they can quickly increase the number that they have.
Concerning Sheba and Dedan (cities in Saudi Arabia) just questioning the motivation of these invaders, the Saudis will question it because they are enemies of Iran, but they won't help Israel because they would like to see Israel destroyed.
Pray for the tiny nation of Israel because she will suffer damage. But understand that this war will be the doing of the Holy One of Israel and many will acknowledge His existence when He reveals Himself by destroying Russia and her allies on the mountains of Israel.
Having written these things, and finally, this article is about the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38-39), but it could easily be preceded by the war between Israel and Syria that leads to the destruction of Damascus in one night (Isaiah 17:1).