God told us how it would be in the last days...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.
While everyone is trying to figure out why Trump brought down the Syrian jet all one has to do if they are believers in the word of God is look there for the answer. Ezekiel 38 and 39 is about the alignment in the end time of Russia and Iran and other Islamic countries to include Turkey. Yes, Turkey is a major player in this alignment that is fighting the Kurds an ally of the US. Iran referred as the chief prince (meaning leading Islamic nation against Israel) has lost some ground in influencing events in Iraq but still believes it must take over all of the northern part of Iraq to the Syrian border. They fired missiles into Syrian supposedly in retaliation for ISIS attack on Iranian citizens. It is actually a show of force.
The real unannounced objective of these evil countries is to destroy the credibility of the US on the world Stage in an effort to have us lose support from our allies. The prize of Russia and Iran primarily is to invade Israel and take it over killing the Jews and taking over their potential oil fields that will be the largest oil find in the history of the world as per the prophecy Deuteronomy 33:24 And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil.
Geologists are in agreement Israel possesses potentially the largest oil find in the history of the world. Plus, the vast natural gas offshore and add to that the Dead Sea has phosphates and other ingredients necessary for agriculture especially when there is coming a time of famine and drought. Energy is what drives commerce and Russia wants it because their fields are drying up and they are losing their leverage against the Europeans. Their economy is going down fast and Putin knows it.
Unless the US, which is the Lone Superpower in the world and the main supporter of Israel is engaged, Russia and the Islamic nations would take over the Middle East and throw the entire world into a tailspin meaning a Communist dominated world. If one is looking for a national security objective, this is it. And no, I don't like the idea of our sons and daughters being used this way but what choice do we have if we want to remain a free country? Everyone has their own ideas about the engagement itself and I am no different. I am one that resents/detest the way politicians have made the Rules of Engagement nearly impossible for our soldiers to win wars. I will leave it at that and you can imagine from that I am a "kick ass /take names later" type of warrior.
Who are these countries aligned with Russia?
First, the migration began with the northern tribe of Persia, a people called Scythians. They went into Europe then later into what is now called Russia.
A history of the Scythians including their culture, cities, rulers, achievements and contributions to civilization
The Scythians were members of a nomadic people originally OF IRANIAN STOCK WHO MIGRATED FROM CENTRAL ASIA TO SOUTHERN RUSSIA IN THE 8TH AND 7TH CENTURIES BC.
Centered on what is now the Crimea, the Scythians founded a rich, powerful empire that survived for several centuries before succumbing to the Sarmatians during the 4th century BC to the 2nd century AD.
Much of what is known of the history of the Scythians comes from the account of them by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who visited their territory. In modern times this record has been expanded chiefly by the work of Russian anthropologists.
The Scythians were feared and admired for their prowess in war and, in particular, for their horsemanship. They were among the earliest people to master the art of riding, and their mobility astonished their neighbors. The migration of the Scythians from Asia eventually brought them into the territory of the Cimmerians, who had traditionally controlled the Caucasus and the plains north of the Black Sea. In a war that lasted 30 years, the Scythians destroyed the Cimmerians and set themselves up as rulers of an empire stretching from west Persia through Syria and Judaea to the borders of Egypt. The Medes, who ruled Persia, attacked them and drove them out of Anatolia, leaving them finally in control of lands which stretched from the Persian border north through the Kuban and into southern Russia.
The Scythians were remarkable not only for their fighting ability but also for the civilization they produced. They developed a class of wealthy aristocrats who left elaborate graves filled with richly worked articles of gold and other precious materials. This class of chieftains, the Royal Scyths, finally established themselves as rulers of the southern Russian and Crimean territories. It is there that the richest and most numerous relics of Scythian civilization have been found. Their power was sufficient to repel an invasion by the Persian king Darius I in about 513 BC.
The Royal Scyths were headed by a sovereign whose authority was transmitted to his son. Eventually, around the time of Herodotus, the royal family intermarried with Greeks. In 339 the ruler Ateas was killed at the age of 90 while fighting Philip II of Macedonia. The community was eventually destroyed in the 2nd century BC; Palakus being the last sovereign whose name is preserved in history.
The Scythian army was made up of freemen who received no wage other than food and clothing, but who could share in booty on presentation of the head of a slain enemy. Many warriors wore Greek-style bronze helmets and chain-mail jerkins. Their principal weapon was a double-curved bow and trefoil-shaped arrows; their swords were of the Persian type. Every Scythian had at least one personal mount, but the wealthy owned large herds of horses, chiefly Mongolian ponies. Burial customs were elaborate and called for the sacrifice of members of the dead man's
These countries revealed below all have the same objective and are of one mind when it comes to the nation of Israel. Psalm 83:2-5 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee.
After providing extensive evidence of the origin and early history of the Rosh people, and then tracing them through the centuries, Clyde Billington concludes:
Historical, ethnological, and archaeological evidence all favor the conclusion that the Rosh people of Ezekiel 38-39 were the ancestors of the Rus/Ros people of Europe and Asia. . . . The Rosh people who are mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 were well-known to ancient and medieval writers by a variety of names which all derived from the names of Tiras and Rosh. . . . Those Rosh people who lived to the north of the Black Sea in ancient and medieval times were called the Rus/Ros/Rox/Aorsi from very early times. . . . From this mixture with Slavs and with the Varangian Rus in the 9th century, the Rosh people of the area north of the Black Sea formed the people known today as the Russians.
Meschech and Tubal
Meshech and Tubal are normally mentioned together in Scripture. In his notes in The Scofield Study Bible at Ezek 38:2, C. I. Scofield identified Meshech and Tubal as the Russian cities of Moscow and Tobolsk. Scofield wrote, "That the primary reference is to the northern (European) powers, headed up by Russia, all agree. . . . The reference to Meshech and Tubal (Moscow and Tobolsk) is a clear mark of identification."
The words "Persia," "Persian," or "Persians" are found 35 times in the Old Testament. The ancient land of Persia became the modern nation of Iran in March 1935, and then the name was changed to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. Iran's present population is 68 million.
The Hebrew word Cush in Ezek 38:5 is often translated "Ethiopia" in modern versions. According to The New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon, ancient Cush was the "land and people of southern Nile-vally, or Upper Egypt, extending from Syene indefinitely to the south." Ancient Cush was called Kusu by the Assyrians and Babylonians, Kos or Kas by the Egyptians, and Nubia by the Greeks. Secular history locates Cush directly south of ancient Egypt extending down past the modern city of Khartoum, which is the capital of modern Sudan. Thus, modern Sudan inhabits the ancient land of Cush. Sudan is a hard-line Islamic nation that supported Iraq in the Gulf War and harbored Osama bin Laden from 1991 to 1996.
It is clear from ancient sources that Put or Phut was a North African nation (Jer 46:9; Ezek 27:10; 30:5; Nah 3:9). From the Babylon Chronicle it appears that Putu was the "distant" land to the west of Egypt, which would be modern day Libya. The Septuagint renders the word Put as Libues. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Lexicon also identifies Put with Libya. Modern Libya, which is an Islamic nation, has been under the rule of Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gadhafi since 1969.
Gomer has often been identified as Germany, or more particularly East Germany before the fall of communism. Gomer is probably a reference to the ancient Cimmerians or Kimmerioi. Ancient history identifies biblical Gomer with the Akkadian Gi-mir-ra-a and the Armenian Gamir. The Cambridge Ancient History states that the Assyrian Gimirai is the Hebrew Gomer. Beginning in the eighth century B.C. the Cimmerians occupied territory in Anatolia, which is modern Turkey. Josephus noted that the Gomerites were identified with the Galatians who inhabited what today is central Turkey.
The Hebrew word "beth" means "house," so Beth-togarmah means the "house of Togarmah." Beth-togarmah is mentioned in Ezek 27:14 as a nation that traded horses and mules with ancient Tyre. Ezek 38:6 states that Beth-togarmah comes from "the remote parts of the north with all its troops."Ancient Togarmah was also known as Til-garamu (Assyrian) or Tegarma (Hittite) and its territory is in modern Turkey, which is north of Israel.
Charting the Nations in Ezek 38-39
With these identifications in mind, all the nations that will participate in the battle of Gog and Magog can be seen in the following chart.
Ancient Name Modern Nation
Rosh (Rashu, Rasapu, Ros, and Rus) Russia
Magog (Scythians) Central Asia and possibly Afghanistan
Meshech (Muschki and Musku) Turkey
Tubal (Tubalu) Turkey
Ethiopia (Cush) Sudan
Libya (Put or Phut) Libya
Gomer (Cimmerians) Turkey
Beth-togarmah (Til-garimmu or Tegarma) Turkey
Based on these identifications, Ezek 38-39 predicts an invasion of the land of Israel in the last days by a vast confederation of nations from north of the Black and Caspian Seas, extending down to modern Iran in the east, as far as modern Libya to the west, and down to Sudan in the south. Therefore, Russia will have at least five key allies: Turkey, Iran, Libya, Sudan, and the nations of Central Asia. Amazingly, all of these nations are Muslim nations and Iran, Libya, and Sudan are three of Israel's most ardent opponents. Iran is one of the "axis of evil" nations that is trying desperately to attain nuclear weapons. Many of these nations are hotbeds of militant Islam and are either forming or strengthening their ties as these words are being written. This list of nations reads like the Who's Who of this week's newspaper. It does not require a very active imagination to envision these nations conspiring together to invade Israel in the near future.
Copy and Paste this for future consideration to use as you please to help educate people about the situation we are involved and why. I think we have a brilliant man in the White House that does put America First and his putting the "Mad Dog" in charge of the Defense Department and not allowing political interference is the right way to go about fighting a war. Nobody knows like the Generals what has to be done to free up our soldiers to get the job done as expeditiously as possible so they can come home instead dragging it out like the politicians have for 15 years.
It helps tremendously if one understands we are in the prophesied end time and events are unraveling at break-neck speed again as prophesied as in "a quick work" or for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
If it is any consolation the bible says all but a sixth part of this confederation of nations aligned with Russia against Israel will be destroyed; however, they will be allowed to do much damage in the process and will lead to World War 3 or the battle of Armageddon and the return of the Lord.
Ezekiel 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel.
Only a foolish person doesn't realize all the pieces are coming together daily for this event. I say foolish because most people do not put much of a premium on prophecy but God does and devoted a large portion of the scripture to it. Why did he do this? He did it so the child of God wouldn't be taken by surprise knowing full-well as Luke told us, Luke 21:34-35 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.