By Joel Richardson – “The prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39, often referred to as the Battle of Gog and Magog, is hands-down one of the most important and influential end-time prophecies in all of Scripture. But it is also one of the most controversial and widely misunderstood prophecies. Throughout the Church today, a vast number of Christians believe that Ezekiel 38 and 39 predicts a Russian-led invasion of Israel in the last days. Ever since the release of the Scofield Reference Bible, this view has been echoed in dozens upon dozens of prophecy books, in thousands of end-time sermons, and today in countless online end-time discussion forums and articles. I cannot understate how well-established and influential the Russian-Gog view is. Consider for example, the comments made by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1971, to a room full of state legislators:
‘Ezekiel tells us that Gog, the nation that will lead all of the other powers against Israel, will come out of the north. Biblical scholars have been saying for generations that Gog must be Russia. What other powerful nation is to the north of Israel? None.’
But how do so many many Christians arrive at this idea? What is the primary basis for such a belief? This view is rooted in the fact that ‘Gog,’ the leader of the Ezekiel’s prophesied invasion, is from the land of ‘Magog,’ which is most-often claimed as a reference to Russia.
If one Googles the terms ‘Gog and Magog’ and ‘map,’ numerous maps created by various prophecy ministries or teachers will pop up. I’ve included several below. Take note of where Magog is always located…” Read more.
Related: What is the War of Gog-Magog? – “One common misconception, in my view, is that the war described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 — often referred to as the War of Gog-Magog — is a war that happens either just before or immediately after the start of ‘Daniel’s 70th week’. If we take the time to closely examine the text, however, I believe that we can ascertain that Gog-Magog is a battle that, without a doubt, can only culminate at Armageddon.” Read more.
If true, this will be yet another seismic event, and one that will this time be the catalyst to ferment the chaos of Cairo. If the seeds of yet another revolution begin to sprout it’ll be interesting to see how Egypt’s military responds, not to mention what America’s pro-Islamist Obama Administration and Islamic states such as Turkey and Iran have to say …
Isaiah 19:2-3a, “‘I will stir up Egyptian against Egyptian–brother will fight against brother, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, kingdom against kingdom. The Egyptians will lose heart, and I will bring their plans to nothing …’”
According to a report on the website of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, Western diplomats in Cairo also said they have heard similar predictions from Cabinet members over the last three days.
A source in the current government told the newspaper that Shafiq will be declared the winner with 50.7 percent of the vote.
Sources at the Presidential Electoral Commission would not confirm to the claims of a Shafiq win.
Shafiq, who was deposed President Hosni Mubarak’s last prime minister, repeated on Thursday his claim of victory in weekend runoff elections.
He accused the Muslim Brotherhood, whose candidate ran against him, of ‘playing games’ to put pressure on election authorities before announcement of the official results. He also accused the group of striking ‘backdoor deals’ with outside powers to sway the results and urged world capitals not to interfere.
The Brotherhood also declared soon after the election that its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, had won.” Read more.
Egypt’s Ruling Military Warns Muslim Brotherhood – “The stand-off between Egypt’s military and the Muslim Brotherhood escalated on Friday as the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces accused the country’s largest political party of raising tensions by claiming victory in last week’s presidential election ahead of the official result, which is still pending. In a televised statement issued as tens of thousands of Brotherhood protesters poured into Tahrir Square in central Cairo, SCAF warned that the military and police would respond ‘firmly’ to attempts to ‘harm public and private interests’. The Muslim Brotherhood is convinced that its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, won but fear that the military intends to hand victory to his rival, Ahmed Shafiq …” Read more.
Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood Issues Warning To Generals, ‘We Won’t Accept This Any More’ – “The Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to face down Egypt’s ruling generals in a ‘life or death’ struggle over the country’s political future, after declaring that its candidate had won the presidential election and would refuse to accept the junta’s last-ditch attempts to engineer a constitutional coup… the Brotherhood deployed its harshest language yet against the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf), promising to bring millions of Egyptians back on to the streets if attempts to rebuild the old regime continued. ‘Over the past 18 months we were very keen to avoid any clashes or confrontations with other components of Egypt’s political system because we felt that it would have negative consequences for the democratic system and for society as a whole,’ said Fatema AbouZeid …” Read more.