SOWING THE SEEDS OF
THE GOG/MAGOG WAR

April 21, 2004
by: S.R. Shearer

"... Nichts ist schwerer und nichts erfordert mehr Charakter, als sich in offenem

Gegensatz zu seiner Zeit zu befinden und laut zu sagen: Nein!

- Kurt Tucholsky, Germany, 1934

[Nothing is more difficult, and nothing requires more character than to find oneself in open opposition to one's time (and those one loves) and to say loudly: No!]

INTRODUCTION

On the morning of Wednesday, April 7th, U.S. marines broadcast a warning to the citizens of Fallujah, "Leave now or prepare to be killed." The city had been encircled by heavily armed American forces and sealed off on all sides; two hours later the marines stormed into the city - guns blazing. They had come in response to the brutal murder and mutilation of four so-called American "security contractors" [really, CIA-trained intelligence operatives working for private American companies (e.g., Halliburton, Bechtel, etc.) that are "doing business" in the country (i.e., pillaging Iraq's oil resources)].

Adnan Abid, an Iraqi Christian who was unable to get his family out of Fallujah in the small interval of time allotted by the marines for civilians to "clear out" (a mere two hours), made his escape during a lull in the fighting four days later. He drove out of his home town past burning car wrecks stuffed with charred bodies - Iraqi Christians and Muslims alike. Hundreds of his neighbors were also leaving, walking out in forlorn groups along the roadside. He didn't stop to pick any of them up. Later on - in trying to explain why he hadn't stopped - he said that at the time all he could think about was getting out:

"We just wanted to get out of that hellish place as soon as possible."

That kind of panic tends to make one blind to the needs of others.

In the car with Abid were his wife, sister and his three children, their heads pressed down against the front seat so as not to see the grisly carnage of four days of fighting. Overhead, American Apache attack helicopters buzzed menacingly low observing the refugees leave town. Afterwards, in the relative safety of Baghdad, they described how their city had become a hell on earth and accused the U.S. military of "random killing."

CONFIRMING ABID'S STORY

Other refugees reaching Baghdad on Sunday confirmed Abid's story. They described appalling conditions in the besieged city with many of the dead lying putrid and rotting in the streets. One refugee, Mohammed Hadi, 30, reported how one of his neighbors was shot dead as he was on his way to buy tomatoes. Hadi said the killing seemed to be indiscriminate. Abid thought so too; he reported that -

"... on Friday I watched nine people huddled on a nearby rooftop gunned down by an Apache attack helicopter. There have been so many injured I didn't know who to help."

At first American officials vehemently denied that the marines had killed civilians; but after al-Jazeera and other Arab TV networks broadcast actual video of marines gunning down women and children in the city, they grudgingly admitted that "some civilians had been killed." Nonetheless, the senior U.S. civilian spokesman in Iraq, Dan Senor, said it couldn't be helped. He accused the enemy of -

"... wrapping themselves in the population ... It is the type of enemy that will fire from a mosque and then after a wall of the mosque is destroyed they claim it is a war crime."

But after seeing the video not many in the Muslim world - even those who counted themselves America's friends - were "buying" Senor's story.

THE FEROCITY OF THE ATTACK

The city Abid and his fellow refugees left behind was deserted and without clean water or electricity. The injured had no access to hospitals and the dead were buried in back yards. Hassan Monem, 17, claimed that the Iraqis' forced recourse to "home burials" followed a particularly murderous Apache helicopter attack on mourners burying their dead in the city's cemetery, an attack that killed more than twenty-five people and injured many, many more. No one dared go to the cemetery after that. Monem continued,

"When two of my friends were shot as they stood in my backyard, we had to bury them then and there in the garden."

So brutal was the marine attack on the city of Fallujah that even some members of Iraq's so-called "Governing Council" - the "puppet government" the U.S. is attempting to install in that poor, oppressed country - have been shocked.

LONG LIVE THE BRAVE FULLUJANS

Moreover, the fighting has not been confined to Fallujah. South of Baghdad, U.S. forces encircled the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala, and the smaller center of Kufa, which borders Najaf, in preparation for an attack to dislodge forces loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical Shiite cleric who has declared "holy war" on the Americans. The U.S. military has vowed to destroy al-Sadr's outlawed force of black-clad militia, and has warned that the resistance in all three centers will be crushed and the leaders killed. They evidently intend to do to these three cities what they are doing now in Fallujah.

There can be little doubt that the Iraqis have been terrified by the awesome power arrayed against them; nonetheless, what's happening in Fallujah has impelled them all the more to defiantly resist. Indeed, outside hundreds of Mosques throughout the country banners have been hung proclaiming "LONG LIVE THE BRAVE FULLUJANS."

CREATING ENEMIES WHERE THERE WERE NONE

Abid, though a Christian, agrees with that sentiment; he says,

"I used to believe it was a good thing the Americans came to Iraq. Now (after seeing what they are really up to) I have lost all hope ..."

His wife Hakima concurs; she maintains that the great majority of Fullujans were not a part of what happened to the so-called American "security contractors;" that -

"... people no longer believed in fighting the Americans ..."

But now, she says, after what the Americans have done in Fallujah -

"... EVERYONE BELONGS TO THE RESISTANCE."

DRAWING THE MUSLIMS INTO A TRAP

"Now everyone belongs to the resistance?" - that's what Hakima said, and it seems to be growing ever more true with the passage of time. My heavens! - what are the Americans doing? Creating enemies where there were none? Yes! - that's precisely what they are doing!

The fact is, there seems to be a concerted effort on the part of the Bush Administration [and the "neo-cons" that serve the administration (Paul Wolfowitz, Michael Ladeen, Richard Perle, etc.)] to set the whole of the Middle East aflame, GIVING AMERICA THE EXCUSE TO ANNIHILATE THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF THE AREA IN ORDER TO CLEAR THE WAY ONCE AND FOR ALL FOR EXXON-MOBIL, PHILIPS, TEXACO, ETC. TO POUNCE ON THE OIL RICHES OF THE MIDDLE EAST IN THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN NEW WORLD ORDER SYSTEM.

Pretty cold-blooded! - but the Americans have been engaged in this kind of callous, unflinching activity for years now, though - perhaps - never on this scale.

WAR IS A RACKET PRACTICED IN
THE INTERESTS OF THE ELITES

You're surprised! You say that no one could be that unfeeling? that pitiless? that brutal and cruel? Well, if you think so, you are exposing yourself as a simpleton and a naïf. The very real fact of the matter is, as one very knowledgeable person on this subject has said, war in the United States -

"... is a racket. It always has been. A racket is best described as something that IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE. Only a small 'inside' group knows what it is about. It (i.e., war) is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many'."

GANGSTER CAPITALISM

Words of a radical peacenik? According to Mike Ferner - the coordinator of the Program on Corporations, Law and Democracy - that's true only if a Marine Corps Major General - General Smedley Butler - qualifies as such. And it hasn't been just Butler who has felt this way, and admitted as much: for example, President Dwight Eisenhower, Admiral Hyman Rickover and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara also came to this way of thinking in the "twilight years" of their lives.

But Butler - in a kind of "Final Act of Contrition" shortly before his death - actually named names and exposed those for whom "the American way of war" really works. He wrote:

"I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys (i.e., the Rockefeller-Lodge nexus - today known as Citibank) to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers (now a part of Halliburton) in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for American fruit companies (i.e., the United Fruit Company now known as Chiqita Brand) in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested."

Indeed, according to Ferner, Butler acknowledged that he'd spent most of his 33 years in the Marines as nothing more than -

"... a high class muscle man for Big Business, Wall Street, and the Bankers."

In short, according to Butler,

"I was a racketeer and a gangster for capitalism."

THIS REALITY IS LOST IN ALL THE FLAG-WAVING

Sadly, however, this reality is more often than not lost on most Americans in all the hollow patriotism and flag-waving that is usually associated with war-making in the United States. Now they're doing it in Iraq, and - as usual - they are doing it under a surfeit of flag-waving. But patriotism and even the so-called "War on Terrorism" have little to do with what the U.S. is really doing in Iraq; it's the lust for oil (black gold) that undergirds our presence there, but the elites don't want you to know that; as General Butler explained, war -

"... is a racket. It always has been. A racket is best described as something that IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE TO THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ..."

No! - the elites don't want you to know about what's really going on; nor do they want you to know that there probably is a lot of truth behind the malignant appellation the Muslim people have hung around America's neck: the "GREAT SATAN," an appellation that most Americans take as a joke.

However, the elites know it's no joke, but what do they care? - especially when so much money is involved?

PULLING ISRAEL INTO THE MIX

Moreover, it's not just in Iraq that the Americans are exciting Muslim anger and rage. Take what they are doing in the Holy Land: In a major shift in U.S. policy in the Middle East, George Bush recently endorsed Ariel Sharon's plan to retain parts of the West Bank in a future peace settlement with the Palestinians, while at the same time rejecting the decades-old aspiration of Palestinian refugees to "return to their pre-1949 homes." Palestinian leaders claim that Bush's new policy PROVES THAT THE UNITED STATES IS SIDING WITH ISRAEL; most everyone else thinks so too, even former U.S. president Jimmy Carter. Asked about Carter's claim that he favors Israel, Bush dismissively brushed the question aside.

Then, as if to punctuate the growing and very militant "condominium" (i.e., "arrangement") between the United States and Israel, helicopter gunships from the Jewish state gunned down Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi three days after Sharon returned to Israel from Washington, and less than a month after a similar attack killed his predecessor, Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin. Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is also the chairman of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference, said Rantisi's death would only worsen the situation in the Palestinian territories.

But Bush remains impassive - which only serves to infuriate the Muslims all the more. In Lebanon, Grand Ayatollah Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the spiritual leader of Lebanon's 1.2 million Shiite Muslims, said:

"Bush and his administration are the No. 1 killers of Rantisi ... and the second is Sharon and his government who got the green light during his latest visit to Washington."

TOWARD THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE AND EXPLOSION

In other words, according to most Muslims, the United States is more culpable in Rantisi's death than is Israel.

Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal agrees. He said from Syria that U.S. support for Israel was to blame for Rantisi's death and called on the European and Arab worlds to do more to condemn the assassination. Mashaal said,

"What Bush told Sharon in the White House three days ago is the clearest green light and cover for Sharon's crimes and for what has happened to Dr. Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi."

But, again, Bush doesn't seem to "give a damn" what the Muslims, and, most especially, what the Europeans think. His contempt - even disdain - for the Europeans is palpable. As far as he is concerned - the more the Muslims rage, the better. And rage is what he is getting: The Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, a staunch supporter of Hamas, said in a statement:

"The United States, which provides Israel with political, moral and material support, directly bears the responsibility for this abominable crime."

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud issued a statement saying Israel (and the United States) was pushing the world -

"... TOWARD THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE AND EXPLOSION ..."

But, of course, the President knows that; he can't help but know it. But, again, he doesn't seem to care. Europeans and the rest of the world call this madness! But is it really?

PROVOKING THE MUSLIMS TO WAR

IT'S NOT MADNESS IF BUSH IS ACTUALLY TRYING TO PROVOKE THE MUSLIMS TO WAR IN ORDER TO SECURE THE OIL WEALTH OF THE MIDDLE EAST. Securing the oil wealth of the Middle East for the American New World Order System would render America's hegemony over the rest of the world PERMANENT, and if the whole of the Islamic world must be destroyed in order to guarantee that result, well, so be it! Of course, in all of this, what Bush is doing is sowing the seeds of the Gog / Magog War. [We URGE you - if you have not already - to read, and then re-read Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, The Gog / Magog War."]

And make no mistake about it, Bush and his cronies want ALL OF THE OIL, not some, but ALL: Iraqi oil, Saudi Arabian oil, Libyan oil, Kuwaiti oil, etc. (i.e., the "hidden treasure" of Dan. 11:41-44. U.S. possession of the Middle East's oil would render Europe, China, Russia and all the rest of mankind as nothing more than lowly supplicants at America's doorstep - and that's precisely where the American elites want them: as beggars, hats in hand, bowing and groveling at America's door. That's where America thinks France belongs, and not just France, but also Germany, Belgium, Canada and all the rest of the nations that refused to bow to America's will last year at the United Nations. And now Spain can be added to that list as well.

THE AMERICAN WAY OF WAR: PRETENDING
TO BE THE VICTIM RATHER THAN THE AGGRESSOR

However, it would never do to just go in, "shoot the bastards," and take the oil, Mafioso-style. Naturally, America could if it wanted to: it has more than enough RAW military power to do just that - especially if it chose to wage a WAR OF ANNIHILATION without regard to civilian casualties. That makes everything so much easier - just level the towns and cities rather than fighting house to house. Kill everybody in one full swoop. Nuke them!

But that's not the American way. The American way is to pose as a victim of aggression in order to justify its own aggression. That's the way America makes war - especially TOTAL war. America needs a Pearl Harbor, an Alamo, a Lusitania, another "Twin Towers" - something that would render the peoples and nations of the Middle East DEMONS in the eyes of the American people; something that would turn people like Adnan Abid and his wife Hakima, as well as their three children, and their neighbors Mohammed Hadi and Hassan Monem into devils.

LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER

Then anything is possible, EVEN THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS - and wouldn't that be "nice" since most of the towns and cities of the Middle East are fairly far removed from the area's oil wells. And besides, America has been working very hard on nuclear weapons that can kill people and leave a nation's infrastructure intact - a capitalist's dream.

But somehow or other, America must find a way of provoking the peoples and nations of the Middle East into making the first hostile move; America must make it appear that it is the one that is being attacked - and that's precisely what it is doing insofar as Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, chairman of the Islamic Conference, Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Sheik Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal, Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, Palestinian Authority (PA) cabinet secretary Abed el-Rahman, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, etc. are concerned - provoking them to war. And not just war, but CIVILIZATION WAR; a mad rush at America - IMPRUDENT, RECKLESS and WILD; and in doing so, they will come as LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER - a nuclear slaughter.

GOG / MAGOG - BACKGROUND

What are we talking about here? - very obviously, we're talking about the Gog / Magog War and the BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION PERIOD, and - to put it in the vernacular, we are a "hell of a lot closer to it" than most people realize. The very real fact of the matter is, with U.S. forces positioned in Iraq, all the players are now on stage for the final act of mankind's great drama.

The events of the Gog/Magog War are described in Ezekiel 38 and 39; Daniel 11:40-45; Matthew 24:4-21; and Revelation 12. A clear understanding of this great struggle can only emerge after all these pieces [the above cited verses] are fitted properly together. The examination of only Ezekiel 38 and 39 will yield but an incomplete picture of the great events of this period. This much, however, can be gleaned from Ezekiel: the northern nations of the alliance arrayed against Israel (i.e., "Magog," "Mesheck," "Tubal," "Rosh") shall descend on Israel in the "latter days" to "take a spoil." [Again, please see Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, The Gog / Magog War."]

THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE "NORTHERN POWERS"

In the past, most Bible expositors have identified Gog and Magog as Russia and her socialist allies of eastern Europe - a popular view of things until the communist world was swept away between 1989 and 1991. Pentecost, Walvoord and others certainly were of that view. But while there remains some small hints to suggest that Russia may indeed ally herself with Libya, Ethiopia and Egypt, a southern group of nations that will join the northern group in the assault against Israel - a group of nations which, unlike Russia, are specifically mentioned in the prophecy - IT MAY ALSO BE TRUE THAT SUCH AN INTERPRETATION WAS MORE THE RESULT OF AN EVANGELICAL POLITICAL PREDISPOSITION AGAINST RUSSIA THAN OF ANY REAL BIBLICAL INSIGHT.

Still, the truth is, "Rosh" [please see Ezekiel 38:2-3 (Revised version)] does bear an uncanny and bizarre similarity to Russia; "Mesheck" [Ezekiel 38:2-3] sounds a lot like Moscow; and "Tubal" [Ezekiel 38:2-3] sounds very strangely like Tobolsk. The tendency to conclude that these designations signified a link with Russia seemed quite naturally to present itself; it seemed irresistible - even compelling. [Please see Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, "The Gog/Magog War"]

Pentecost thought so. He writes,

"The prince of Rosh is called Gog in Ezekiel 38:3. It is to be understood (no other real explanation given) that Gog is the name given to the leader of this confederacy and his land is called Magog, which is composed of three parts: Rosh, Mesheck and Tubal (i.e., Russia, Moscow, and Tobolsk)."

Pentecost then cites Gaebelein, Bauman and Kelly to substantiate his conclusion, and then confidently sums up -

"The identification of Rosh as modern Russia would (therefore) seem to be well authenticated."

NORTHERN POWERS LOCATED NEAR THE
SOUTHERN RIM OF THE BLACK AND CASPIAN SEAS

The textual problem, however, in identifying Russia with Gog and Magog was that those who did so were forced to extend the range of those nomads identified in the ancient texts as "Rosh," "Mesheck," and "Tubal" far beyond (and to the north) of those areas where the ancients had originally located them (i.e., around that area which is today called Iran and the regions which encompass Turkey and the Black and Caspian Seas). The truth is, however, the ancients never believed that these tribes (i.e., nations) extended north of the Black and Caspian Seas - NEVER! Indeed, Bauman admits as much when he writes,

"‘Rosh’ was a designation for the tribes then located slightly north of the Taurus Mountains (i.e., in the Caucuses area) ..."

The Biblical and Theological Dictionary confirms Bauman. It reads,

"Magog ... signifies ... the general name of the northern nations around the Caucasus ... (pg. 417)"

And finally, in the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, we read:

"A stricter geographical location would place Magog’s dwelling between Armenia and Media, perhaps on the shores of the Araxes ... filling there the extreme northern horizon of the Hebrews (Ezek xxxviii. 15, xxxix. 2). This is the way Mesheck and Tubal, are often mentioned in the Assyrian inscriptions (Mushku and Tabal, Gk. Moschoi and Tibarenoi)." [Please see our article, "The Caucasus Mountains, God, Magog, and Chevron Oil."]

Thus, while some expositors are still disposed to extend the boundaries of the tribal regions referred to in Ezekiel 38 and 39 to areas far beyond the Caucasus (i.e., to the Volga and northward), it’s also true that there is no necessity in doing so. And there’s something more: the term "Rosh" (which many took to be an ancient rendition of "Russia") may not have even been a geographic or ethnic designation at all; as Kelly suggests, it had another more common meaning in the ancient texts; it was -

"... a common (Biblical) appellative (which meant) ‘head’ or ‘chief’ ..."

THE MEANING OF "ROSH"

If this meaning is taken into account, it does havoc to Pentecost's, Bauman's, Gaebelein's, etc. interpretation concerning Russia's involvement in Gog / Magog. Moreover, the interpretation which would remain would make "Magog," "Rosh," "Tubal" and "Mesheck," conform more easily to the boundaries of the ancient texts and would, ipso facto, place these tribes (i.e., Gomer, Beth-Togarmah, etc.) and peoples in an area which nowadays encompasses NOT Russia, but Iran and Turkey. Indeed, Gomer and Beth-Togarmah (which are specifically named in Ezekiel 38:6) are the ancient names of the people now living in Turkey, Kurdistan, and the Islamic states of the Caucuses - all this in addition to the southern nations mentioned also in the same texts: Libya, Egypt, and the rest of the Arabic states which surround Israel (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan) and then which swing westward along the northern rim of Africa (Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, etc.

As we have already indicated, such an interpretation would conform easily to the Biblical text, and the ancient boundaries of these tribes and peoples would not have to be so unnaturally stretched northward to make them conform to the older interpretation. One thing's certain - all the nations referred to in the ancient texts are today Islamic nations - and that’s true whether we are talking about Libya and Egypt in the south or Azerbaijani, Checnia, etc. in the Caucuses. The point to be made in all this is a simple one: while Pentecost, Kelley, Bauman, etc. may indeed be right about a future alliance between the Islamic world and Russia which is directed against Israel (though I doubt very much that such is the case), another very real possibility presents itself, and one which is more in tune with the political realities of today’s world; specifically, THAT THE BIBLE IS POINTING TO A COMING CONFLICT BETWEEN A RESURGENT AND VERY MILITANT ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM ON THE ONE HAND (one which has captured for itself Egypt, Libya, Iran, and most of the other Islamic states), AND ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES ON THE OTHER HAND.

A MASSIVE INVASION

That the attack against Israel will be a massive invasion is clearly foretold by Ezekiel 38:4. Persia [the land that is today occupied by modern Iran] will join in the attack. Ethiopia and Libya (ancient lands which today bear these same names] and others will evidently coordinate with the northern confederation in an attack from the south. But, having said this, little else can be gleaned from Ezekiel concerning the Gog/Magog War except that Gog will be almost totally annihilated, but evidently not by God acting alone, but - as J. Dwight Pentecost has suggested - with the help of others:

"And I will call for a sword against him (i.e., Gog) throughout all my mountains (the Gentile nations) ..." (Ezek 38:21)

TAKING UP THE STORY FROM THE BOOK OF DANIEL

But what nations? What about Israel? What about the Antichrist? What about Babylon? How will the war unfold? These and other questions are left unanswered by Ezekiel. Instead, Ezekiel passes over these questions, bypassing the rest of the Tribulation period, and moves directly into a picture of a restored Israel during the Millennium.

We must take up the rest of the Gog/Magog story (where Ezekiel left off) in Daniel chapter eleven. [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days (Moody Press) by Robert Duncan Culver for an excellent treatment of these and other passages.] Daniel 11:36-39 begins the prophecy with a description of the Antichrist and compares him with Antiochus Epiphanes [the Greek (by ethnicity) not Syrian ruler of the ancient Selussian Empire] who desecrated the Temple in Jerusalem in the Second Century B.C. (Daniel 11:21-35). Among other things, he (Antichrist) is described as a man who shall corrupt with flatteries (Daniel 11:32), and a man infatuated with military power and glory. Daniel goes on to say:

"And at the end time [same as "in the latter years" - cf. Daniel 11:40 and Ezekiel 38:8] the king of the South [the leader of the southern confederation, i.e., Egypt, Libya, etc.] will collide with him ["him" meaning the Antichrist - please see Daniel and the Latter Days by Robert Culver], and the king of the North [the leader of the northern confederation, i.e., Magog, Iran, etc.] will storm against him [again, "him" meaning the Antichrist]; (and Antichrist) with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships ... will enter countries, overflow them, and pass through.

"He [i.e., the Antichrist] will also enter the Beautiful Land [i.e., Israel], and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon [i.e., that portion of land east of the river Jordan which sweeps in a large arc (with the Dead Sea as the fulcrum) from about 30 miles northeast of the Dead Sea southward to about 50 miles due south, southeast of the same sea - a barren and desolate wilderness devoid of any significant vegetation. Mt. Nebo is located in this area where it is reputed that Jeremiah hid the "Arc of the Covenant" in order to prevent its capture by the Babylonians - and there are some scholars today (mainly Orthodox Jews) who believe that it is still there (Numbers 35)].

"Then he [i.e., Antichrist] will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.

"But he [i.e., Antichrist] will gain control over the hidden treasures ... and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels.

"But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him [i.e., Antichrist], and he [Antichrist] will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.

"And he [Antichrist] will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he [Antichrist] will come to his end, and no one will help him." (Daniel 11:40-45)

As described here, the Gog/Magog War will be initiated by a "push" by the king of the south (i.e., the leader of the southern confederation, probably the leader of Egypt) against the Antichrist, whose forces are evidently located somewhere in the Middle East. Shortly thereafter, the king of the north [Gog] - leading the combined forces of the north - will launch his attack, and between them, the king of the north and the king of the south will attempt to trap the combined forces of Israel and Babylon in a giant pincer movement. The attack of the king of the north [Gog] has been referred to in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Now new detail is given. Ezekiel 38 and 39 had mentioned the fact that Ethiopia and Libya would join Magog and Iran in this attack; now a third nation is added - Egypt (Daniel 11:42).

PUTTING THE SITUATION IN PLAIN ENGLISH

Now I want you to stop and think about what's happening here. Both Ezekiel and Daniel are describing the same great battle: Gog / Magog; but they are describing the battle from two different perspectives, two different angles. Ezekiel is telling the story from Israel's vantage, while Daniel is telling the same story from Antichrist's (Babylon's) perspective. Ezekiel has in mind the fate of Israel; Daniel has in mind the fate of the Antichrist whom Isaiah calls the "King of Babylon" (Isaiah 14:4-9).

Now I ask you, Who is the "King of Babylon" today? Who is Babylon's ruler - whether we are talking figuratively about "Prophetic Babylon" or whether we are talking about LITERAL Babylon, which today is Iraq (Mesopotamia - the "Land Between the Rivers," i.e., the Tigris and the Euphrates)? Who calls the shots there? Whose armies are ensconced there? France's? Russia's? Germany's? China's? Europe's armies collectively? - as tiny and as "no account" as they are. Come on now! - BE HONEST! Is it not America's armies that are installed there, and is it not the President of the United States who calls the shots there? Of course it is!

Then who is the ruler of Babylon today? Come on now! - it's not that hard to figure out! The Bible isn't talking in riddles here. It's plain enough for anyone to see who wants to see. If you don't see it, it's because you have PURPOSEFULLY chosen NOT to see it, so that it can be said of you, "Having ears to hear, you hear not, and eyes to see, you see not." (cf. Matt. 13:15) [We URGE you - if you have not already - to read our article "In Search of Babylon; What Does the Bible Say?" Also, please read Chapter VIII of the Antipas Papers, "Antichrist: King of Babylon."]

So what we have today are two exceedingly powerful armies ensconced in the Middle East: the American Army which has installed itself in Iraq (ancient Babylon), and the Israeli Army (the IDF) which, of course, is installed in Israel. The two armies are in league with one another - if not yet formally, then informally.

Arrayed against them both are the growing forces of MILITANT ISLAM, which the Americans bear the primary responsibility for creating. [Please see our articles, "Radical Islam" and "The Coming War in the Middle East."]

And with each passing week and month, these forces - i.e., the forces of Islam - grow ever more powerful and ever more militant. Already they control Iran, the Sudan and - for all practical purposes, Lebanon; and they are threatening Algeria (whose secular government is hanging on by its teeth), Egypt, Ethiopia and Pakistan; in addition, they are making rapid gains in Turkey, Syria, and even Jordan. As for the government of Saudi Arabia, they are - for all practical purposes - already controlled by the Wahhabis. Moreover, the longer the Americans stay in Iraq, the more power these radical Islamic forces accrue to themselves, until at last, as Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has said, there is a -

"... COLLAPSE AND AN EXPLOSION ..."

And then the Gog / Magog war will be on - BUT THIS ALLIANCE, THIS "CONDOMINIUM" BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE UNITED STATES, IS NOT SOMETHING THAT GOD HAS APPROVED - NOT HARDLY!

YOUR COVENANT WITH DEATH, AND
YOUR AGREEMENT WITH HELL

The Bible calls this "condominium" - this "arrangement," i.e., Israel's "deal" to be America's "cat's paw" in the Middle East - HER (i.e., Israel's) "COVENANT WITH DEATH;" AND HER "AGREEMENT WITH HELL!" [Again, please see Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, "The Gog/Magog War"]

Pretty heavy! But then THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ISRAEL'S FRIEND! The fact is, the Bible calls the country with whom Israel has covenanted with here (i.e., the United States) an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE." Pretty heavy! - and it warns Israel that this "overflowing scourge" will eventually BETRAY it:

"... your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE shall pass through, THEN YE SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN BY IT." (Is. 28:18) ["Overflowing scourge?" - this is certainly a pretty good description of the United States: just ask the peoples and nations of the world that the U.S. had reduced to "client-state" status - for example, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Venezuela, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Zaire - the list is endless.]

SO, ISRAEL IS WARNED: "You have covenanted with death, and you have made an agreement with hell, and you will be betrayed by those with whom you have covenanted."

GOD WILL FIGHT FOR ISRAEL

Nonetheless, the Bible says that God will fight for Israel despite Israel's unfaithfulness. The Scriptures tell us:

"... LET GOD BE TRUE, though every man (be found out to be) a liar ..." (Rom. 3:4)

GOD WARNS THOSE IN THE MIDDLE
EAST TO GET OUT OF THE WAY

And so God warns those in the Muslim world who have been stirred up to HATE Israel:

"Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir (i.e., those nations that immediately surround Israel), and prophesy against it,

"And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount Seir, I AM AGAINST THEE, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate.

"I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:1-4)

I AM AGAINST THEE, O MOUNT SEIR

Listen brothers and sisters: it is a fearful thing for someone to hear those words from God, "I AM AGAINST THEE." There can be no more frightening thing in all the world, because we are dealing with God here. It's not without reason that the Bible says:

"... fear NOT them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him (i.e., God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matt. 10:28)

And why is it, EXACTLY, that God is against Mt. Seir? The Lord explains:

"BECAUSE THOU HAS HAD A PERPETUAL (undying) HATRED (against Israel), and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword ..." (Ezek. 35:5) [And, again, the great shame in all this is that it was the United States that bears much of the responsibility for stirring up this hate; we URGE you, if you have not already, to read our article, "Radical Islam."]

Now I ask you, Who is it today that has A PERPETUAL HATRED against Israel? Is it not CLEARLY those who are carrying out the suicide bombings in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv, in Natanya, etc.? SUICIDE BOMBING! - now that's hatred!

The Bible says that God is AGAINST THEM (i.e., all those who hate Israel in this way) and He will PURSUE THEM UNTO BLOOD!

Specifically, the Bible says:

"Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith (since) thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.

"Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth.

"And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword.

"I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezek. 35:6-9)

SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN

Listen to me: you do not want to be found on the "RECEIVING" end of these verses for any reason! God is warning you! Get away, and get away fast! He is warning all those that are "round about" Israel - all those who will hear Him out on this matter - get away as quickly as possible. SOMETHING DREADFUL IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, and you do not want to be around when it occurs.

All you believing Arabs who dwell in the vicinity of Mt. Seir, all you who believe and are "called according to His purpose," get away - and get your friends and families away too. A great calamity is coming. Something horrible is about to occur: all those who today say that Israel has no right to be where she is; all those who think that the Jewish people are trespassing on Palestinian land, you SHALL BE DESTROYED:

"I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee." (Ezek. 35:6)

What's that say, then, about those who believe that Israel has no right to the so-called "West Bank?" Who say that they are going to drive Israel into the sea? Who say that Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians? Who say that Israel should give up East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount? Who hate Israel with a PERPETUAL HATRED? - it says that God -

"... will even do according to thine anger (i.e., HATRED), and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy HATRED against them; and I will make myself known among them, when I have judged thee." (Ezek. 35:11)

GOD IS ANGRY WITH ISRAEL

But God is also angry with Israel! - very angry! Why? - because Israel has allowed herself to be maneuvered into an alliance with His enemy, Babylon the Great (i.e., the United States), and has - ipso facto - partnered with the American president's hidden war aims - the murderous destruction of the people of the Middle East - all for the sake of oil.

One should carefully bear in mind here, that God will not hold those guiltless who raise their hand against the Arab people, the sons of Hagar, the Egyptian; they too are Abraham's seed, and God help those who stir up the anger of brother against brother (the sons of Ishmael against the sons of Isaac):

"Wherefore she (Sarah) said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son (Ishmael): for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.

"And THE THING WAS VERY GRIEVOUS IN ABRAHAM'S SIGHT because of his son (Ishmael).

"And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.

"AND ALSO OF THE SON OF THE BONDWOMAN I WILL MAKE A (GREAT) NATION, because he is thy seed.

"And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.

"And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs.

"And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, Let me not see the death of the child. And she sat over against him, and lift up her voice, and wept.

"AND GOD HEARD THE VOICE OF THE LAD; AND THE ANGEL OF GOD CALLED TO HAGAR OUT OF HEAVEN, AND SAID UNTO HER, WHAT AILETH THEE, HAGAR? FEAR NOT; FOR GOD HATH HEARD THE VOICE OF THE LAD WHERE HE IS.

"Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; FOR I WILL MAKE HIM A GREAT NATION." (Gen. 21:10-18)

God loves Ishmael, and He is angry with Israel for forcing Him to defend Israel against Ishmael (brother against brother). So God will fight for Israel, but not for Israel's sake, BUT FOR HIS OWN NAME'S SAKE. His Word is at stake here.

"... Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do NOT this (i.e., fight for you) for YOUR sakes, O house of Israel, but for MINE holy name's sake, WHICH YE HAVE PROFANED among the heathen, whither ye went." (Ezek. 36:22)

In other words, God has a purpose in this matter (i.e., insofar as this great war is concerned) that both encompasses and at the same time transcends Israel: and that purpose is to prove His faithfulness. If God can be faithful to faithless Israel, He can surely be faithful to all of us, regardless of who we are or what we have done. GOD IS FAITHFUL; once again, the Bible says:

"... LET GOD BE TRUE, though every man (be found out to be) a liar ... (Rom. 3:4)

And so, again, God warns all those who oppose Israel - those who dwell in the lands "round about" her (i.e., in the regions of Mount Seir), who honor God, but who dwell in the midst of Israel's enemies; the warning to you is: GET OUT - AND DO SO QUICKLY; there is very little time left! The Lord is about ready to SANCTIFY His great name, and you are advised to get out of the way while there is still time. The Bible says:

"... I will sanctify my great name ... and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD ... when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes." (Ezek. 36:23)

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, if you have any connection to the peoples of the Middle East, any friends or relatives there - warn them, and tell them to warn others: Get out! Get away as fast as you can! Believe me when I tell you, one is making a great mistake in treating this warning lightly! - Christian or non-Christian; believer or non-believer. The warning is: Get away, and get away as soon as you can!

THE MAGNITUDE OF GOG'S DEFEAT

Finally, the Bible leaves nothing to the imagination as to what is going to happen to Gog:

"... I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee ...

"Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

"Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

"So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

"Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

And then, as if to erase any and all doubt as to the extent of the victory God will give to Israel over her enemies - i.e., the forces of militant Islam - the Bible says:

"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and THEY SHALL BURN THEM WITH FIRE SEVEN YEARS: [Now think about that, SEVEN YEARS: it gives you an idea of the extent of the victory - i.e., that it will take seven years to clean up the mess, which, interestingly, is the length of the Tribulation period - please see Chapter V of the Antipas Papers, "Understanding the Book of Revelation;" please also see Chapter VI of the Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog.

"And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.

"Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD.

"And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search." (Ezek. 39:2, 3-5, 7-9, 11-14)

Now think about all that is being described here! - it's not a pleasant picture! The Bible says that after the war, travelers (i.e., "passengers") traveling through the Middle East will be continually finding the unburied bodies of Gog's soldiers left over from Gog's enormous defeat - and their smell will be so great and so nauseous that it will cause people to gag from the stench. So great a problem will all this be, that workers will have to be employed to "pass through the land" searching for the bodies and burying them. It is a MASSIVE victory for Israel - and, ipso facto, for the United States with whom Israel has partnered.

PAYING THE PIPER

BUT NOW ISRAEL WILL HAVE TO "PAY THE PIPER" FOR HER ILL-ADVISED ALLIANCE WITH THE UNITED STATES. Anti-Christ is now ensconced in the Holy Land. In effect, Israel has traded one problem for another - and one far worse than the original; she has jumped from the frying pan into the fire. The Bible says:

"He [i.e., the Antichrist] will also enter the Beautiful Land [i.e., Israel] ..." (Daniel 11:41)

Why is he there? - obviously to "honor" the treaty he made with Israel. [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days (Moody Press) by Robert Duncan Culver for an excellent treatment of these and other passages]. Specifically, the Bible says that -

"... at the time of the end (he - i.e., anti-Christ) shall come ... LIKE A WHIRLWIND, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall OVERFLOW and PASS OVER." (Dan. 11:40)

The Bible continues:

"... and many countries will fall; [i.e., many nations in the Middle East shall fall prey to him]

"Then he [i.e., Antichrist] will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt [which was formerly anti-Christ's ally] will not escape.

"And he [i.e., Antichrist] will GAIN CONTROL OVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES ... [no doubt, the oil reserves of the region]

"But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him [i.e., Antichrist], and he [Antichrist] will go forth WITH GREAT WRATH to DESTROY and ANNIHILATE many. [i.e., shall go north in the direction of Europe, and east in the direction of Pakistan, Indonesia, etc.] (Dan. 11:41-44)

What's happened here? The Gog/Magog war is done, and Anti-Christ, claiming that the victory is his, has entered the Holy Land, and from there he has "OVERFLOWED" (Dan. 11:40) into the Middle East in general with an ENORMOUSLY POWERFUL army.

And, again, why has he come (the defense pact notwithstanding)? - to "GAIN CONTROL OVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES" of the area: the OIL. But as he seizes the oil, a protest against what he is doing is raised from a group of nations to the "north" and "east" of the Middle East, and he sends forth his army in great wrath to "DESTROY" and "ANNIHILATE" those who oppose him. [One can only imagine what countries they are: France? Germany? Belgium? The EC in general?]

Then the Bible says that -

"... he [Antichrist] will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain ..." (Daniel 11:45)

The whole dark and sinister tenor of these verses indicates that something astonishing has happened to the anti-Christ here. The victory that he supposes to be his as a result of the Gog/Magog War has very obviously produced within him an extraordinary "MESSIAH-COMPLEX," so that now he seems to be saying with Lucifer, "Son of the Morning:"

"... I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Is. 14:13-41)

More next time!

Until then, God bless you,

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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