August 11, 2008
By S.R. Shearer

"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

"Son of man, set thy face against GOG, the land of Magog (i.e., the CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS), the chief prince of (Rosh), Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

"And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O GOG, the chief prince of (Rosh), Meshech and Tubal:

"I will ... put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army ...

"Persia (Iran) ... and ... the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

"Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

"... in the latter years thou shalt come ...

"... like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

Ezek. 38: 1-9

In December of 1999 (app. one week prior to the end of the last Millennium) I wrote:

"There are strange things happening in the Caucasus Mountains, that area of the world that 2,500 years ago filled the extreme northern horizon of the Hebrews (Ezek xxxviii. 15, xxxix. 2) and where some say Eden was located - where the Tigris and Euphrates rivers originate, in Armenia somewhere, perhaps on the shores of the Araxes [the river that certain people say is the biblical river Gihon (Genesis ii. 13)]). It's an area dominated by craggy mountains and deep gorges - a wild and untamed place that has about it a disturbing feeling of "long-ago" - as if it had suddenly appeared straight out of the Old Testament. Ancient Assyrian inscriptions refer to the territory as Mushku and Tabal [Gk. - Moschoi and Tibarenoi (the Bible: "Mescheck" and "Tubal"). The Bible says that the Caucasus is the dwelling place of "Gog" - that great and foreboding angelic prince the Scriptures say will initiate the momentous events of the "End of Days." [Please see Ezekiel 38; we also refer you to chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War;" also, please see Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come, and Robert Duncan Culver, Daniel and the Latter Days.]

"It is here, in this remote, wild and half-forgotten part of the earth that a new and extremely dangerous struggle has begun that is pitting the West [essentially, the United States and her NATO allies (particularly Turkey)] against the Russian Federation and Iran, a struggle that very few Americans are aware of, and one which - except insofar as what's happening in Chechnya - has been carefully hidden from them by the corporate media. What's America up to there? What business does the United States and her NATO allies have in insinuating themselves into this area, thereby precipitating the clash? And what are they doing sponsoring a new military alliance in the region involving five former republics of the now defunct Soviet Union? Americans may have stumbled into more than they had bargained for here, for there are spiritual forces at work in this part of the world beyond the imagining of most mortals and against which flesh and blood cannot prevail. [Please see Part 5 of Chapter 9 of the New Antipas Papers, 'The Seven Trumpets - The Second Half of the Seventieth Week'.]"

In the eight intervening years (1999 - 2007) the fighting that I described (above) subsided somewhat - largely because Russia was successful in preventing the U.S. and Chevron Oil from gaining control of Chechnya. [Please see our article, "The Elite's Explanation of What's Happening in Chechnya."]

But things are astir again: Renewed violence has broken out between Russia and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia - now a fawning U.S. puppet-state controlled largely by U.S. oil interests. [Please see our article, "The Caucasus Mountains, Gog, Magog, And Chevron Oil."]

Naturally enough, John McCain, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party and a "toady" for U.S. oil interests, has blamed the violence on Russia. Campaigning in Iowa, he told reporters that the U.S. should convene an emergency session of the U.N. Security Council to resolve the crisis. McCain went on to say that the U.S. should work with the European Union to put diplomatic pressure on Russia and help establish an independent peacekeeping force in South Ossetia [the break-away Georgian province where most of the fighting is taking place].

Matt Robinson, a more "neutral" observer than McCain insofar as the violence in Georgia is concerned, reports in Reuters:

"TIRDZNISI, Georgia (Reuters) - Russia accused Georgia on Saturday of seeking bloody adventures by trying to retake its breakaway region of South Ossetia and defended its own military campaign to stop it. Pro-western Georgia earlier called for a ceasefire after Moscow's bombers widened an offensive to force Tbilisi's [i.e., Georgia's] troops back out of the region in the Caucasus Mountains. [Interestingly enough, it was Georgia that initiated hostilities in South Ossetia by launching a devastating rocket barrage against Russian-backed] rebel forces there. There is some evidence that the U.S. backed the attack - believing that Russia would not take the chance of coming to the rebels defense while the Olympics were going on.]

"'Russia's actions in South Ossetia are totally legitimate', Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, visiting an adjacent region of Russia to which thousands of refugees have fled.

"U.S. President George W. Bush urged Moscow to stop bombing immediately, saying it marked a dangerous escalation.

"Russian officials said the death toll in fighting that began on Thursday stood at 2,000. Georgian officials said that on their side, 129 people had been killed and 748 injured. Russia said it had seized the rebel capital [of South Ossetia] Tskhinvali but Georgia denied this ...

"Current European Union president France urged Russia to accept Georgia's truce offer. It (the EU presidency) demands an immediate ceasefire. It welcomes the offer of the ceasefire from Georgia and expects from Russia that it will immediately accept such a ceasefire'. A senior U.S. official echoed that call, saying Russia had used disproportionate force in the conflict.

"Britain said an EU-U.S. delegation would head to Georgia to try to broker a truce. The fighting threatens oil and gas pipelines seen as crucial in the West in a volatile region where instability could well spread. Georgia said Russian planes had targeted a vital pipeline that carries oil to the West from Asia via neighboring Turkey but had missed.

"Russia's military action dramatically intensified its long-running stand-off with Georgia that has sparked alarm in the West and led to angry exchanges reminiscent of the Cold War. Putin said Georgia's bid to join the Western alliance NATO -- anathema to Moscow -- was part of the problem. 'Georgia's aspiration to join NATO ... is driven by its attempt to drag other nations and peoples into its bloody adventures', he said, demanding Tbilisi halt its 'aggression'.

"Russian troops poured into South Ossetia on Friday, hours after Georgia launched a major offensive aimed at restoring control over the province. Russia is the main backer of South Ossetian separatists and the majority of the population, ethnically distinct from Georgians, have been given Russian passports.

"'I call for an immediate ceasefire', Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said earlier in Tbilisi. 'Russia has launched a full-scale military invasion of Georgia'. He accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilians.

"Putin said more than 30,000 refugees from South Ossetia had fled over the border in the past 36 hours. Russian officials said two of Moscow's warplanes had been shot down, 13 soldiers killed and 70 wounded.

"Abkhazia, another pro-Russian enclave on Georgia's Black Sea coast which, like South Ossetia, has rejected Tbilisi's rule for many years, said its forces had begun an operation to drive out Georgian forces, possibly opening a second front. U.N. officials said Abkhazia had asked the world body to withdraw military observers from a disputed gorge where the Georgians are. [It is precisely in the area of this gorge where U.S. "advisors" have been clandestinely training Georgians for combat in Chechnya with the view of wresting control of this province from the Russian Federation and by doing so gaining total control of Caspian Sea oil.]

"Russian jets carried out up to five raids on mostly military targets around the Georgian town of Gori, close to the conflict zone in South Ossetia, a Reuters reporter at the scene said. At least one bomb hit an apartment block, killing five people. A woman knelt in the street and screamed over the body of a dead man as the bombed apartment block burned nearby. Another old woman covered in blood stared into the distance and a man knelt by the road, his head in his hands. 'The attacks are occurring in regions of Georgia far from the zone of conflict in South Ossetia. They mark a dangerous escalation in the crisis', Bush said at the Olympics in Beijing. 

"Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told Bush by phone the only solution was for Georgian troops to quit the conflict zone. 'We have not received through any channels any appeal from the Georgian leadership to the president of Russia', a Kremlin official said.

"Georgia's parliament approved a state of war across the country for the next 15 days, while Russia accused the West of contributing to the violence by supplying Georgia with arms. [Again, please see our articles, "The Caucasus Mountains, Gog, Magog, And Chevron Oil" and "The Elite's Explanation of What's Happening in the Chechnya."]

"Russia accused Ukraine -- like Georgia a former Soviet republic now seeking NATO and EU membership -- of encouraging Tbilisi to carry out 'ethnic cleansing' in South Ossetia. [And, as a matter of fact, this is exactly what Georgia has been doing in both South Ossetia and Abkhazia - forcing ethnic Russians out of these regions, and repopulating them with ethnic Georgians.]

Russia, which sent in tanks to back the South Ossetians, said its forces had 'liberated' the enclave's capital, but Georgia said Tskhinvali was under its complete control. The city could be seen shrouded in valley mist from the higher-up village of Tirdznisi, in the Georgian-controlled part of South Ossetia around 10 km (six miles) away ...

"In Tbilisi [the capital city of Georgia], people were nervous but defiant. Most supported Saakashvili's [attack against the Russian-backed rebels in South Ossetia] but had been shocked by the Russian reaction. 'To fight Russia is crazy', said music studio owner Giga Kvenetadze, 30. 'But I do support Saakashvili ... And what Russia is doing is wrong. They must stop'.

"Georgia was planning to bring its Iraq contingent of 2,000 soldiers home as soon as possible. [The United States is helping Georgia in this endeavor by using its heavy-lift air transports to ferry the troops out of Iraq and back to Georgia. It is also reinforcing its "advisors" in the area.]

"The U.N. Security Council met on Saturday to discuss the conflict for the third time in three days but, with Russia a veto-wielding member, was again too split to issue a unanimous call for a ceasefire, diplomats said. European countries once in the Soviet sphere condemned Russia in language that also harked back to the Cold War.

'The European Union and NATO must take up the initiative and oppose the spread of imperialist and revisionist policy in the east of Europe," the presidents of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia said in a joint statement'."

We URGE you to read the articles listed below to acquaint yourself with what's really going on in the Caucasus. The "dwelling place of Gog." It's not at all what the elites are telling you.

    1. The Caucasus Mountains, Gog, Magog, And Chevron Oil
    2. The Elite's Explanation of What's Happening in Chechnya
    3. Sewing the Seeds of the Gog / Magog War

God bless you,

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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