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THE TRIBULATION:

[Part 5: The Gog / Magog War &
the Merchants of Tarshish]

Written By:
S.R. Shearer
December 15, 2009

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

America as a "city on a hill"

To a very large extent, the Gog / Magog War will initiate the great events of the Tribulation Period; it will set in motion the process through which America's claim to be "GOD'S REPRESENTATIVE ON EARTH" will be TESTED; the claim by America's leaders that America has a "MANIFEST DESTINY" to -

"ACT AS THE TRUSTEE OF GOD, TO BRING CIVILIZATION TO THE WORLD AND TO ACT IN ITS REGENERATION ..."

It is also here that the claim of the Apostate Church to be acting on God's behalf in establishing His Kingdom on earth will be TRIED. [Please see our articles, "The Tribulation: Part 1 - Preparing the Church to Give Testimony" and "The Tribulation: Part 2 - Preparing Israel to Give Testimony;" please also see our articles, "Dominionism" and "The Superman Theology of the International Christian Embassy's Feast of Tabernacles."]

NOTE: Again, on a technically basis, the Tribulation will commence with the signing of a formal mutual defense pact between Israel and the United States - a defense pact that the Bible calls "YOUR [i.e., ISRAEL'S] COVENANT WITH DEATH" and "YOUR AGREEMENT WITH HELL." [Please see Part 6 of Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "Israel's Agreement with Hell."]

REMEMBERING WHAT THE TRIBULATION
OR "END OF THE AGE" IS ALL ABOUT

It is in this connection that we pause and review once again what the Tribulation is all about: The word "Tribulation" - as it is used by the Bible in relation with the "end of the age" - means "to TEST" or "PUT ON TRIAL." This is evidenced by Revelation 3:10 where Jesus refers to the Tribulation as "the hour of temptation" or "TESTING."

The English word, "tribulation" is derived from the Latin word, Tribulum. The Roman word, Tribune, is also derived from the Latin word Tribulum. A Tribune in ancient Rome was a magistrate or judge appointed to hear civil and criminal proceedings. It is the word from which our modern English word, "Tribunal," is derived - which means a "SEAT OF JUDGMENT."

This is the exact sense that the translators of the King James Version of the Bible were trying to convey when they translated the Greek word, Thlipsis, as "Tribulation" in Revelation 7:14. As with the Latin word, Tribulum, the Greek word, Thlipsis, means to "put to the test." For a full biblical exposition of Revelation 7:14, please see Part 5 ("An Examination of Pre-Tribulational Proof-Texts"), in Chapter VII ("The Great Escape: Misconceptions Concerning the Rapture"); specifically, the subsection entitled "The Church in Philadelphia").


Please see below for a synopsis of
the key events of the Tribulation Period

Press here to see this chart properly


The Bible indicates that the compulsion behind the Gog / Magog War will be twofold:

1. HATRED of Israel and the Jewish people.

2. The GREED of the American oil elites.

NOTE: Please see Appendix 1 for a detailed differentiation between the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon.

HATRED OF ISRAEL AND
THE JEWISH PEOPLE

As we have indicated in previous articles, one cannot but be overwhelmed by the hatred this world is capable of generating toward Israel and the Jewish people. It's enough to take one's breath away.

Indeed, this is so much the case that well-known psychoanalyst Dr. Ernst Simmel has adjudged the phenomenon of anti-Semitism as a -

"... PATHOLOGICAL MENTAL PROCESS ..."

Being a secularist, that's just about the worst that Simmel could say about the phenomenon; as Christians, however, we can say more: IT'S SATANIC - and it is exactly this Satanic impulse that is driving the Islamic world to destroy Israel. [Please see our article, "What's Really behind the Phenomenon of Anti-Semitism."]

THE GREED OF THE
AMERICAN OIL ELITES

HOWEVER, there is something more; something even more sinister than the urge by the Islamic world to destroy Israel and annihilate the Jewish people - AND THAT IS GREED; specifically, the greed of the American oil elites for the "black gold" (oil) of the Middle East. [Please see our article, "The Coming War in Iraq: What It's Really All About" and "The War in Afghanistan: It's Not What You Think."]

It's not without reason that the Bible says:

"The love of money is the root of ALL evil." (1 Timothy 8:10)

IT IS PRECISELY THESE
TWIN EVILS ...

GOG

It is precisely these twin evils -- (1) the poison of anti-Semitism that has taken hold on the people of the Middle East, and (2) the love of money that grips the American oil elites -- that has made the Gog / Magog War all but inevitable, and so much so that the Bible says:

"Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of 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 Meshech and Tubal:

"And I will turn thee back, and put HOOKS into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords ..." (Ezekiel 38:2-4)

IMPORTANT NOTE:

There are many who suppose that the references in these and similar verses to "Rosh," "Mescheck" and "Tubal" are allusions to modern-day Russia. But this supposition is more the result of a "Christian mindset" against the old Soviet Union than anything else. Mescheck and Tubal are first mentioned in ancient Assyrian inscriptions - and their location is pinpointed as being situated in what is now known as the Transcaucasian Region which was the extreme northern horizon of the Hebrews (Ezek. xxxviii. 15; xxxix. 2). This area encompasses what is now known today as IRAN, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and north-eastern Turkey.

Moreover, it should be noted that the term "ROSH" IS NOT A PSEUDONYM FOR "RUSSIA" as some have alleged; that is conjecture; the facts are these: Rosh is an ancient designation for the tribes north of the Taurus mountains (i.e., in northern Turkey) ..." [Please see the Biblical and Theological Dictionary and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.]

The fact is, none of the ancient manuscripts envisioned these lands as extending northward into what is known today as Russia. RUSSIA IS NOT REFERENCED BY EITHER THE PROPHET EZEKIEL OR DANIEL.

Plainly, the lands being referenced here are those lands that today form the homeland for the Shia branch of radical Islam - THE KIND EMBRACED BY THE MULLAHS OF IRAN.

NOTE: Please see Appendix 2 for a more thorough discussion of Ezekiel 38 and 39]

SECTION 1:
A PERPETUAL HATRED

The "HOOK" the Bible speaks of here insofar as Gog is concerned is HATRED OF THE JEWS.

Sadly, there is today perhaps no other people on earth who have imbibed the poison of anti-Semitism more than those in the Islamic World (and most especially, the people of the Middle East): Indeed, the hatred they evince toward Israel and the Jewish people is what the Bible terms a "PERPETUAL HATRED" (Ezek. 35:5) - a hatred that is poised to finish what Hitler tried to do: Drive the Jews of Israel into the ocean and TOTALLY annihilate them.

There is no bridging this hatred; no way to resolve it. There is no room for common ground between the Islamic world and the Jews.

The fact is, even if the Israelis were to withdraw to their so-called 1967 borders, give up their defensive positions along the Jordan River, withdraw from all their settlements on the West Bank, and give up the Golan Heights that would probably still not be the end of it. Hussein Ibish and Ali Abunimah, both Palestinians, explain:

"... the occupation is only one of two major issues standing in the way of an end to the century-old conflict. The denial of the right of millions of Palestinian refugees, those displaced in the 1948 and 1967 wars and their descendants, to return to their homes and land is also a fundamental obstacle. Unlike the occupation, it is an issue which has never been seriously addressed or properly understood in the U.S. All recent American and Israeli proposals for Israeli-Palestinian peace have been predicated on an unworkable and disastrous concept: that the world's largest group of refugees would renounce or be denied this basic human right."

The "Right of Return"

But if the Israelis grant the Palestinians the "Right of Return," it will mean the end of Israel as a Jewish state. Contra wise, if the Jews refuse to grant the Palestinians this concession, the suicide bombings will no doubt continue endlessly into the future. As Newsweek has suggested,

"Israelis know - as should the rest of the world - that the real division among Palestinians is not between those who want peace in the Western sense - i.e., as a point after which the world lives free of tensions with a consciousness of reconciliation. In reality, the number of Palestinian leaders holding this view is minuscule. THE FUNDAMENTAL SCHISM IS BETWEEN THOSE WHO WANT TO BRING ABOUT THE DESTRUCTION OF ISRAEL BY CONTINUING THE PRESENT STRUGGLE, AND THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT AN AGREEMENT NOW WOULD BE A BETTER STRATEGY TO RALLY FORCES FOR THE ULTIMATE SHOWDOWN LATER ON."

Either way, Israel will eventually have to go if the Islamic world is to be satisfied!

I WILL SAVE THEE

I'm in such despair!
- Amos Elon

All these things - the anti-Semitism, the anti-Zionism, the irreconcilable differences between the Muslims and the Israelis over Israel's presence in the Holy Land - have conspired together to produce a feeling of dreadful PARANOIA in the Jews regarding how the rest of the world feels about them, and a parallel sense THAT WAR WITH THE PALESTINIANS (AND INDEED THE ENTIRE ISLAMIC COMMUNITY) IS INEVITABLE. The very real fact of the matter is, Israel's back is up against the wall, and so much so that Jewish historian Amos Elon writes:

"I'M IN SUCH DESPAIR BECAUSE I FEAR IT IS TOO LATE. AND I HAVE ONLY TOLD YOU HALF OF WHAT I FEAR."

BUT the Bible says:

"And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; SO WILL I SAVE YOU, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

"For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:

"So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: FEAR YE NOT." (Zech. 8:13-15)

SET THY FACE AGAINST MOUNT SEIR

And so God warns Israel's enemies, and MOST ESPECIALLY THOSE MUSLIM NATIONS IN THE MIDDLE EAST WHO HAVE ARRAYED THEMSELVES AGAINST ISRAEL'S PRESENCE IN THE HOLY LAND:

"Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir (i.e., those nations that immediately surround Israel - see below), 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)

Mount Seir was the mountainous region allotted to the descendants of Esau. Mount Seir is specifically noted as the place that Esau made his home (Genesis 36:8; Joshua 24:4). It was named for Seir, the Horite, whose sons inhabited the land (Genesis 36:20).

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. The Bible says:

A PERPETUAL hatred!

"... 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 HATRED (against Israel), and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword ..." (Ezek. 35:5)

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!

Pursued unto blood
(Ezek. 35:6)

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

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," all you dear Muslims who have not yet imbibed the poison of anti-Semitism, get away - and get your friends and families away too. A great calamity is coming. Something HORRIBLE is about to happen: 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 ...

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)

In other words, what the Bible is saying here is that God will hate these people to the degree that they have hated the Jewish people and the state of Israel.

SECTION 2:
WHO ARE YOU TO
SAY WHAT'S FAIR?

God is going to HATE them to the degree that they hated Israel? Wow! - You say that that's not fair? - Well, I tell you something, WHO ARE YOU TO SAY TO GOD WHAT'S NOT FAIR? The Bible says:

"Nay but, O man, WHO ART THOU THAT REPLIEST AGAINST GOD? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Rom. 9:20-21)

"Nay but, O man, WHO ART THOU THAT
REPLIEST AGAINST GOD? (Rom. 9:20)

We must understand something here! HE IS THE POTTER AND WE ARE THE CLAY. There is nothing more to be said - and God help those who would dare to say otherwise and challenge God's UTTER and TOTAL supremacy and sovereignty in this matter! The Bible says:

"Who is this (i.e., man) that darkeneth counsel by words WITHOUT knowledge?

"Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me (if you can).

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

"Where wast thou when I laid the foundations
of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding."

"Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

"Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

"When the morning stars sang together ...?

"Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

"When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it,

"And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

"And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

"Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

"That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

"It is turned as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

"Hast thou entered into
the treasures of the snow?

"And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth?

"Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?

"Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

"Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,

"That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof?

"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?

"Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

The Pleiades and the bands of Orion

"Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

"Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

"Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

"Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

"Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

"DECK THYSELF NOW WITH MAJESTY AND EXCELLENCY; AND ARRAY THYSELF WITH GLORY AND BEAUTY ... if you can." (Job 38-22, 31-33, 40:2, 6-9)

Of course we can't! Again, I say: He is the Potter, and we are the clay

GOD CHOSE ISRAEL ON THE BASIS OF GRACE

"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" (Romans 9:20-21)

BUT one should be perfectly clear here, God did not choose the Jews because they were somehow or other congenitally better than any other people on earth; or because they were a people morally superior to the people who surround them; or that they possess some kind of innate spiritual DNA that predisposes them toward God.

He chose them in order to make an open show of His MERCY - i.e., that His dealings with man are based on UNMERITED FAVOR (i.e., GRACE) and nothing else. That's what the Bible says:

"He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

"For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

"As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

"Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

"For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." (Ps. 103:10-14)

GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS

His mercy toward Israel is an OPEN and PUBLIC demonstration to that effect - a historical display of His KINDNESS and COMPASSION for ALL to see who seek after God - for the Bible says that with regard to this matter (i.e., His mercy), He is - as Peter says:

"... NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS:

"But in EVERY nation he that feareth him, and WORKETH righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34-35)

And the Bible goes on to explain what it means here by the word "WORK (see above):"

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the WORK of God, that ye believe on him [i.e., Jesus] whom he hath sent." (John 6:29).

What's that mean? - it means that our relationship with God - whoever we are - is based on His mercy toward us and not on any innate righteousness on our part; that if we try to approach God on the basis of anything we can do, we will surely fail. The Bible says:

"... we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Is. 64:6)

And again, the Bible says:

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." (Rom. 3:10, 12)

WHOSOEVER WILL

For God so
loved the world.

And so it is that we must trust in God's mercy to clothe us with His righteousness. But what assurance do we have that He will do so? What we have, of course, is the assurance of the Written Word:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER [that surely includes everyone, no matter who they are or what they've done] believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

And the Bible goes on to say:

"For by GRACE [i.e., unmerited favor] ARE YE SAVED through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

"NOT OF WORKS [i.e., the keeping of the law], lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8-9)

And in connection with this assurance (see above), we have the testimony of Israel: Israel is God's OPEN and very PUBLIC demonstration in the HISTORICAL RECORD and IN THE EVENTS OF TODAY, that God saves man on the basis of His mercy alone, and not on the basis of any righteousness we think we possess. After all, if God can remain faithful to Israel despite all that Israel has done, and all that she has failed to do, He can remain faithful to ALL those who call upon His name - and that He will fulfill ALL the promises He has made to us and bring us safely through to the end. [Please see Chapter VI of the New Antipas Papers, "The Distinction Between Israel and the Church;" particularly Part 2, "The Unconditional Covenants of God with Israel."]

GOD'S MERCY TO ISRAEL AND
THE JEWISH PEOPLE WILL NOT FAIL

Contra wise, if God's promises to Israel fail on the basis of Israel's unfaithfulness, than we also stand in jeopardy of our future - for surely the church has been as unfaithful to God as Israel has been - OR HAVE YOU BEEN READING OUR MATERIAL FOR NAUGHT? The very real truth of the matter is, the church's historical record is every bit as tawdry and cheap as is Israel's, and to think otherwise is to reveal your self as an IDIOT.

The Jewish people possess no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians; no greater virtue; no higher sense of decency and purity - But THAT'S NOT THE POINT! The point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE. That's the point - and if God can save Israel on that basis, He can also save anyone on that basis as well - whether Jews or Arabs, Iranians or Turks, Russians or Chinese - whoever you are! [And one should remember here, China is probably the home of more real Christians than anywhere else on earth - despite the persecution directed against them by their government.

It's for this reason that those who condemn Israel because she supposedly is no different from any other nation are so wrong. While THEY ARE RIGHT that she possesses no higher innate morality than do the Palestinians, no greater virtue, no higher sense of decency and purity, they are still very wrong because THAT'S NOT THE POINT!

Again, the point is UNMERITED FAVOR - i.e., GRACE. That's the point - and that if God can save Israel on that basis, He can also save you on that basis as well. All this to say that God will surely save NATIONAL Israel, for the Scriptures say that on THAT day,

"... THEY [i.e., Israel] SHALL LOOK UPON ME WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED [very obviously the Lord], and they shall mourn for him [i.e., Jesus], as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness [i.e., great sorrow] for him [i.e., Christ, whom they rejected], as one that is in bitterness [i.e., great sorrow] for his firstborn." (Zech. 12:8) [Please see our sidebar on the subject of "Jewish National Salvation."]

SECTION 3:
A CONTRIVED HATRED

INTRODUCTION

Yes! - God has set His face against Mt. Seir because of the Islamic world's PERPETUAL hatred against Israel and the Jewish people.

This hatred, however, was not always so. Indeed, the so-called "Islamic Revolution" - which now has become the main instrumentality through which the Arab people hope to destroy Israel - is nothing more than another American invention that the U.S. helped to create and nurture as a movement to counter what it considered fifty years ago to be the main threat against U.S. interests in the Middle East: RADICAL SOCIALISM. That's what Nasser in Egypt, Quadafi in Libya, and the Baathist parties in Iraq and Syria were all about.

Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, Mohammed Ahmen Ben Bella of Algeria and Ahmed Hassan Bakr of Iraq: These were the revolutionary leaders that freed their respective nations from colonialism - AND ALL WERE RADICAL SOCIALISTS (secularists), not Islamists.

Radical Islam is the
creation of the CIA

To the U.S., Islam was seen as a religious "counter-weight" to the influence of socialism (which, ipso facto, translated into atheism) and the Soviet Union. The fact is, all of today's radical Islamic groups that are presently "bombing the hell" out of Israel are creations of the United States, from the Islamic Brotherhood in Egypt, to the Mujahideen in Afghanistan and Iran, to Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon and Palestine. Every single one of these groups were originally funded with U.S. money and CIA backing. It is precisely this kind of maneuvering that has made war between Israel and her Arab neighbors all but inevitable - and so much so that the Bible says that it has - sadly - become a "PERPETUAL HATRED." (Ezekiel 35:5) [Please see our article, "Radical Islam."]

SEEN FROM THIS PERSPECTIVE ...

Seen from this perspective, the relationship that exists today between Israel and the United States is much like the relationship that would exist between a person (the United States) who surreptitiously "bonged" (hit) someone (Israel) over the head, blamed it on one of his friends (the Arabs), and then offers to hold his friend's (Israel's) coat when the fight breaks out - which pretty much describes the relationship that the Bible says will exist between "prophetic Babylon" and Israel at the "end of the age; it also pretty much describes

Israel and the Arab world maneuvered into a fight by the U.S.

the CONTRIVED nature of the coming Gog / Magog War. The sad fact of the matter is, Israel and her opponents are allowing themselves to be maneuvered into it - and its the U.S. that has done the maneuvering.

WHAT'S THE U.S. UP TO ...?

One might fairly ask, what's driving all this maneuvering? GREED! Naked AVARICE! frenzied AVARICIOUSNESS! Bloodsucking RAPACITY!

Commenting on the kind of maneuvering that America is up to in the world at large, Michael Parenti - one of the most astute observers of today's "world condition" - writes in the magazine Covert Action Quarterly:

"The goal of conservative rulers around the world, LED BY THOSE WHO OCCUPY THE SEATS OF POWER IN WASHINGTON, is the systematic rollback of democratic gains, public services, and common living standards [for the purpose of personal enrichment] ..."

Parenti calls those who are a part of this "ruling class" (i.e., the "conservative rulers" in Washington D.C. - and their lapdogs in the Christian Right) a -

"... RABIDLY ... (anti-leftist) PLUTOCRACY."

NOTE: A plutocracy is an oligarchy that measures its worth by the money it possesses (and isn't this what today's corporate culture is all about? - the corporate culture of Bernie Ebbers, Ken Lay, etc.).

Dr. Michael Parenti, PhD, Yale University

Parenti goes on to say that the only thing this plutocracy wants is "EVERYTHING:"

"All the choice lands, forests, game, herds, harvests, mineral deposits and precious metals of the earth; all the wealth, riches, and profitable returns; all the productive facilities, gainful inventiveness, and technologies; all the surplus value produced by human labor; all the control positions of the state and other major institutions; all public supports and subsides, privileges and immunities; all the protections of the law with none of the constraints; all the services, comforts, luxuries, and advantages of civil society with none of the taxes and costs. Every 'ruling class' has wanted only this: all the rewards and none of the burdens."

SECURING THE OIL WEALTH OF IRAQ
FOR THE AMERICAN OIL ELITES

It is PRECISELY this kind of rapacity - the kind that Parenti describes above - that motivated the Bush Administration to make war on Iraq. What this "elite of greed and avarice" wants is to secure the oil wealth of Iraq for itself. That's what this elite is really after; that's what the war in Afghanistan is really all about - i.e., grabbing the oil wealth of Central Asia for the American oil companies; and that's what the coming Gog / Magog War will be all about as well - grabbing the oil riches of the Middle East. [Please see our articles on this subject, "The Coming War in Iraq: What It's Really All About" and "The War in Afghanistan: It's Not What You Think."]

The truth of the matter is, as everyone knows now, Iraq posed no real threat to the United States per se. Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction. All the talk about nerve gas, anthrax, nuclear weapons, Iraq's supposed connection to al-Qaeda, etc. was just that - TALK. It was a smoke-screen to hide what was really driving the Bush Administration - capturing the oil wealth of Iraq, and eventually the oil wealth of all the Middle East. And make no mistake about it, the stakes in Iraq are enormous from a monetary standpoint. There are more than SEVENTY known oilfields in Iraq, only fifteen of which have been developed.

Obviously, what AMERICA IS MANEUVERING FOR THERE IS AN "END GAME," and they are being driven by the MAGNITUDE of the prize that Gulf and Central Asian energy reserves represent. This has resulted in a BOTTOMLESS DEPTH OF DETERMINATION INSOFAR AS THE AMERICAN OIL ELITES ARE CONCERNED: TO GAIN CONTROL OVER THEM (i.e., the oil fields) REGARDLESS OF THE COST.

A WAR AIMED AT DE-POPULATING
THE MIDDLE EAST

All this to say that, in a very real sense, the real target of U.S. hostility in the Middle East is the populations that inhabit that area. Stephanie Reich reports -

"THAT THE U.S. [ELITES] WOULD PREFER TO REDUCE IRAQ [AND THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST] TO A SPARSELY POPULATED, POLITICALLY COMPLIANT, OIL-PUMPING ... [AREA]."

"Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and LEAVE BUT THE SIXTH PART OF THEE (16.6%) " (Ezekiel 39:1-2) NOW THAT IS DEPOPULATION ON A MASSIVE SCALE!!

If that's the case, all the talk by opponents of the war that widening the war in Iraq could destabilize the Middle East and lead to the further radicalization (and, ipso facto, the Islamization) of the populations there, falls on deaf ears. Why? - because that's what the U.S. elites are aiming at: It would give them an excuse to permanently DEPOPULATE the area, especially if American policies in the Middle East radicalize the people there to such an extent that they are "revved up" to the point that they brashly attack Israel or create another 9/11 event in the United States.

In either case, such an attack would undoubtedly lead to a MASSIVE retaliatory response. In the case of Israel, it could very well be a nuclear response - which would serve "nicely" to depopulate the area, exactly what the U.S. elites want.

"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth (after the war), and shall set on fire and burn the weapons THEY SHALL BURN THEM WITH FIRE SEVEN YEARS "

KILLING OFF 83.4 % OF THE POPULATION

And isn't that PRECISELY the kind of outcome the Bible says will occur as a result of the Gog/Magog War? Of course it is! Read the Scriptures for yourself. The Bible says:

"Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and LEAVE BUT THE SIXTH PART OF THEE (16.6%) ..." (Ezekiel 39:1-2)

Now, that is DEPOPULATION on a massive scale!! The Scriptures continue:

"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth [after the war], and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand staves, 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.]

" 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 "

The Scriptures go on:

"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)

THE BREATHTAKING CRIMINALITY
OF AMERICA'S GAME HERE

BUT one should understand here that all this carnage and destruction isn't just "happen-chance" and necessarily the result of "irresistible historic forces" between the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Isaac ...

Hagar and Ishmael

Sarah and Isaac

One should remember the words of God to Hagar, the mother of Ishmael: "And also of the son of [Hagar] will I make a nation, because he is thy seed I will make him a GREAT nation." Genesis 21:13 and 18) God help, then, those who disturb the "brotherhood of Isaac and Ishmael" for gain (filthy lucre) - both of whom were present BEFORE THE LORD when Abraham their father was buried in Mamre. (Genesis 15:9)

RATHER, it is the result of the evil machinations and maneuvering of a small cabal of greedy, self-centered, avaricious American oil elites that is BREATHTAKING in its CRIMINALITY!

You say no? No one could be that cold-blooded! Surely this is not what the United States wants - i.e., the depopulation of the Middle East; this is not what America's oil elites want!

Oil CEOs testifying before Congress

Oh, really? MIT professor Noam Chomsky believes so. In his view, that's exactly what America's oil elites want - and they hide behind the fact that this undertaking is so CRIMINAL that most sane people cannot help but reject it as simply too iniquitous an undertaking for anyone to take seriously. [Please see our article, "Israel and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land."]

These are the people about whom the late Professor C. Wright Mills of Columbia University has written,

"The pursuit of the moneyed-life is ... [the elite's] commanding value, in relation to which the influence of other values has declined, so ... [that they have] easily become morally ruthless in its pursuit ... [They have] narrowed the meaning of 'success' to big money and in these terms condemn [financial] failure as the chief vice, raising money to the plane of absolute value."

SECTION 4:
CRIMINALS IN ARMANI SUITS:
THE MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH

ART THOU COME TO TAKE A SPOIL?

America's sons and daughters: Being sacrificed on the altar of Greed erected by America's oil elites.

BUT we don't have to rely merely on the testimonies of secularists such as Chomsky, Mills and Parenti to understand WHO REALLY IS BEHIND WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE EAST - i.e., THE CEOs OF AMERICA'S MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANIES, CEOs who are more than willing to sacrifice America's sons and daughters for the sake of their "bottom lines." [Please see our article, "The Coming War in Iraq; What It's Really All About."]

And how exactly do we know that this is so? The Bible leaves us a plethora of clues which anyone who has "eyes to see" and "ears to hear" (Mark 8:18) can pick up on. We can begin by examining Ezekiel 38:13 which follows hard on the heels of the verses we have just examined (Ezekiel 38:10-12):

"Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (i.e., Gog), ART THOU COME TO TAKE A SPOIL? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?" (Ezek. 38:13)

Sheba, Dedan and the Merchants of Tarshish

The question that fairly begs to be asked in connection with this verse is Who exactly are "Sheba" and "Dedan," and the "Merchants of Tarshish" who raise a protest against what Gog is doing? Evidently, they're not particularly interested in Israel per se; what they're interested in is the SPOIL that will accrue to Gog if his attack proves successful.

SHEBA, DEDAN AND THE
MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH

Sheba, Dedan, and the "Merchants of Tarshish" are all mentioned in Ezekiel chapter twenty-seven as merchants of great wealth who made the ancient kingdom of Tyre "roll and go." Speaking to the king of Tyre, the prophet says:

"TARSHISH WAS THY MERCHANT by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.

"DEDAN WAS THY MERCHANT in precious clothes for chariots.

"THE MERCHANTS OF SHEBA ... they were thy merchants: they occupied in thy fairs with chief of all spices, and with all precious stones, and gold.

"The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market: and thou wast replenished, and made very glorious in the midst of the seas. (Ezekiel 27:12, 20, 22, 25)

The ruins of the ancient
city of Tyre in Lebanon

IN OTHER WORDS, THESE MEN WERE, SO TO SPEAK, THE CEOs OF THE GREAT "MERCHANT HOUSES" OF THEIR TIME; men of "high finance" - the "Robber Barons" who made the Kingdom of Tyre (again,, the kingdom referenced in Ezekiel twenty-seven) the wealthiest nation of its day. THE "KINGDOM OF TYRE" AND THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" ARE INEXTRICABLY LINKED TOGETHER IN HOLY WRIT.

THE KINGDOM OF TYRE AND
THE MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH

That, of course, brings us to the matter of Tyre's empyreal ("spiritual") identity; what Tyre was really all about in the ancient world. Concerning Tyre, the great Bible expositor, J.N. Darby writes :

"TYRE ... REPRESENTS THE WORLD AND ITS RICHES, in contrast with Israel as the people of God; and rejoices [over the destruction of Israel] not like the other nations of the world from personal hatred, but because, having opposite interests, the destruction of that which restrained its career gave free course to its natural selfishness."

What Darby is saying here is that unlike most other peoples of the ancient world who hated Israel with an open and very PERSONAL hatred, Tyre had a hidden distaste for Israel; but not out of any PERSONAL animosity, but simply because Israel hindered Tyre from its quest for worldly wealth. [Please see our article, "The Real Enemy of Israel; It's Not What You Think;" please also see our article, "The Republican Party and the Jews."]

NOTE: It's interesting to note in this connection that for a time Israel proved itself useful to Tyre's selfish ends; but eventually Tyre came to view Israel as an impediment to its continued aggrandizement - the parallel to what's happening today with Israel in connection to the United States. What happened centuries ago between Israel and Tyre should be plain enough for anyone to see. AND THAT'S PRECISELY WHY THIS CONNECTION IS MADE IN THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES.

Tyre was driven by GREED, and when it eventually turned on Israel, there was nothing particularly ideological or theological in its "breach of faith" insofar as Israel was concerned. Israel had become an obstacle to the riches that Tyre wanted to take unfettered possession of. For that reason Israel had to be expunged, much as a robber would brush aside a yelping puppy that stood in his way of burgling a house; OR better yet, much as a criminal would turn on his former comrades when it came to dividing up the spoil of their mutual plunder - which is precisely what America will do to Israel shortly after the Gog/Magog War.

In the Scripture, TYRE IS TO AMERICA AS THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" ARE TO THE CEOs OF AMERICA'S GIANT MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS. BOTH VIEW ISRAEL AS NOTHING MORE THAN A USEFUL TOOL THAT CAN BE THROWN AWAY AFTER ITS USEFULNESS HAS PASSED. Hence God's warning to Israel concerning its alliance with America:

"... 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." (Isaiah 28:18)

THE KING OF TYRE:
I SIT IN THE SEAT OF GOD

And now - in case anyone has missed the point - the Bible very clearly draws the parallel forward to today and links the King of Tyre to the AntiChrist, and it does so in a most marvelous way. The prophet begins by first addressing the kingdom of Tyre as a whole:

"The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

"Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;

"And say unto Tyrus, O thou that art situate in the ... [midst] of the sea, which art a merchant of the people for many isles, Thus saith the Lord GOD; O Tyrus, thou hast said, I AM OF PERFECT BEAUTY.

"Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, THY BUILDERS HAVE PERFECTED THY BEAUTY. (Ezekiel 27:1-4)

NOTE: This is a nation, then, that glories in its beauty and what it sees as its perfection. It dwells in the midst of the seas. It is bounded by the seas. What nation could that possibly be? Come on now - be honest. [Please see our articles, "The American Empire: In Search of Babylon; What Do the scriptures Say?" and "The Image of the Beast."]

THINE HEART IS LIFTED UP BECAUSE OF THY RICHES

And then the prophet turns his attention to the king of Tyre:

"The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

"Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I AM A GOD, I SIT IN THE SEAT OF GOD, IN THE MIDST OF THE SEAS; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

"Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

"With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

"By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and THINE HEART IS LIFTED UP BECAUSE OF THY RICHES:

"... thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God ..." (Ezekiel 28:1-6)

Up to this point, it could be said that the Bible is describing a man - a very impressive and remarkable (though extremely egocentric) man - but still a man.

THE KING OF TYRE AS A
PICTURE OF THE ANTICHRIST

Then, however, the Bible goes beyond what could be the description of a mere mortal - way beyond:

"Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; THOU SEALEST UP THE SUM, FULL OF WISDOM, AND PERFECT IN BEAUTY.

"THOU HAST BEEN IN THE EDEN OF GOD; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

"THOU ART THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERETH; and I have set thee so: THOU WAST UPON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF GOD; THOU HAST WALKED UP AND DOWN IN THE MIDST OF THE STONES OF FIRE."

THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERETH

These are words that could not possibly be said of a mere man:

  • "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty."
  • "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God."
  • "Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth."
  • "Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God."
  • "Thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire."

WE'RE NO LONGER TALKING ABOUT A MERE MAN

Obviously, we're no longer talking about a mere man. The great Bible expositor, C.I. Scofield, writes:

"Here, as in Isa. 14:12, THE LANGUAGE GOES BEYOND THE KING OF TYRE TO SATAN, the inspirer and unseen ruler of all such pomp and pride as that of Tyre. Instances of thus indirectly addressing Satan are: Gen. 3:14, 15; Matt. 16:23. The unfallen state of Satan is here described ... The vision is not of Satan in his own person, but of Satan fulfilling himself in and through an earthly king who arrogates to himself divine honours, so that THE PRINCE OF TYRUS FORESHADOWS THE BEAST (i.e., the AntiChrist - Dan. 7:8; Rev. 19:20)."

John Nelson Darby and C.I. Scofield

Darby writes:

"In chapter xxviii, it is the prince and the king of Tyre that are judged for their pride. Verses 1-10 set Tyre before us the prince of this world's glory as a man, exalting himself and seeking to present himself as a god, having acquired riches and glory by his wisdom. Verses 11-19, while continuing to speak of Tyre, go ... much farther, and disclose, though darkly, the ... ways of Satan, become through our sin the prince and god of this world. The prince of Tyre represents Tyre and the spirit of Tyre. The verses which follow (11-19) are much more personal. I do not doubt that, historically, Tyre itself is referred to; verses 16-19 prove that. But ... the mind of the Spirit goes much farther [toward Satan]."

NOTE: In this connection, it should be noted that Hiram, the king of Tyre, promoted himself as the friend of Israel. Indeed, Hiram had allied himself with Solomon and had even helped Solomon build the Temple. Darby writes: "The special relation of Tyre with Israel added something to the position of the merchant city, and gave room also for the use made here of the history of its king as a type or figure of the prince of this world" - who will, in the 'end of days' attempt to pass himself off - like Hiram before him - as Israel's friend."

CORRUPTED BY THE SEARCH FOR WEALTH

The Bible continues concerning the king of Tyre or "THE ANOINTED CHERUB THAT COVERETH:"

"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

"BY THE MULTITUDE OF THY MERCHANDISE THEY (i.e., SHEBA, DEDAN, AND THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH") HAVE FILLED THE MIDST OF THEE WITH VIOLENCE, AND THOU HAST SINNED: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

"THOU HAST DEFILED THY SANCTUARIES BY THE MULTITUDE OF THINE INIQUITIES, BY THE INIQUITY OF THY TRAFFICK; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

"All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. (Ezekiel 28:12-19) [Please see our article, "The Elite, Money and the End of Days;" please also see our articles, "Greed, Avarice and the Coming Dictatorship" and "The Measure of a Man's Worth."]

THE SEARCH FOR WEALTH INVARIABLY
LEADS TO THE USE OF VIOLENCE

Tyre and the prince of Tyre have defiled themselves, and one should take careful note of the manner in which they have done so:

  • "By the multitude of thy merchandise they (i.e., Sheba, Dedan, and the "Merchants of Tarshish") have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned."
  • "Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick."

They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION.

What's the Bible saying here? - it's saying that Tyre and the Prince of Tyre have been corrupted by the GREED and COVETOUSNESS of their business leaders. When the Bible speaks here of "traffick," it's speaking of "economic activity." Believe me when I tell you that the Bible wasn't blowing smoke when it said:

"They that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, WHICH DROWN MEN IN DESTRUCTION AND PERDITION.

"FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL ..." (I Tim. 6:9-10a) [Again, not some evil, but ALL evil.]

Moreover, the Bible sets up a kind of formula here, a social equation, as it were: The search for wealth - i.e., "the ceaseless quest for money to make still more money," as Michael Parenti puts it - leads INVARIABLY to VIOLENCE. That's what the Bible is saying when it says, "They [i.e., Sheba, Dedan, and the "Merchants of Tarshish] have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned."

Guernica by Pablo Picasso: The painting
depicts the horror of war.

THE PARALLEL BETWEEN THE MERCHANTS OF
TARSHISH AND THE AMERICAN BUSINESS ELITES

Come on now! - Is it that hard to see the parallel between Tyre and the "Merchants of Tarshish (on the one hand) and America and her business elites (on the other hand)? The fact is, in today's world the American business elites stand in exactly the same place to America as the "Merchants of Tarshish" stood in relation to the kingdom of Tyre - AND IT IS, THEREFORE, NOT WITHOUT PURPOSE THAT THE BIBLE DRAWS THIS PARALLEL FORWARD TO TODAY'S WORLD IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN: Those who have "eyes to see" and "ears to hear" (Mark 8:18) will easily make the connection.

And make no mistake about the centrality of the American business elites to the way America (and, ipso facto, the world) is run today. The late Professor C. Wright Mills of Columbia University has written:

"... in this particular epoch a conjunction of historical circumstances has led to the rise of an elite of power ... the men of the circles composing this elite, severally and collectively, now make such key decisions as are made; and that, given the enlargement and the centralization of the means of power now available, the decisions that they make and fail to make carry more consequences for more people than has ever been the case in the world history of mankind." [Please see our article, "Greed, Avarice and the Coming Dictatorship."]

Mills Continues:

"The pursuit of the moneyed-life is ... (the elite's) commanding value, in relation to which the influence of other values has declined, so ... (THAT THEY HAVE) EASILY BECOME MORALLY RUTHLESS IN ITS PURSUIT...

"(They have) narrowed the meaning of 'success' to big money and in these terms condemn (financial) failure as the chief vice, raising money to the plane of absolute value.

"Whenever the standards of the moneyed-life prevail, the man with money, NO MATTER HOW HE GOT IT, will eventually be respected. (In America), it is not only that men want money; it is that their very standards are pecuniary. In a society (i.e., the American society) in which the money-maker has ... no serious rival for repute and honor, the word 'practical' comes to mean 'useful for private gain' and 'common sense', 'the sense to get ahead financially'."

CRIMINALS IN ARMANI SUITS

Just as the moneyed elites of Tyre filled Tyre and Tyre's tribute states with bloodshed and violence, so also America's moneyed elites have filled America and her "client-states" with violence and bloodshed, except it's not called that when America's business elites "traffic" in it. When they rob the poor, dispossess them of their land and houses, pollute the environment, ship their jobs overseas to "slave-labor factories," instead of calling it what it is - i.e., "criminality" - they call what they are doing "sound business practices." [Please see our article, "The American Empire and the New Global Elite;" please also see "The American Empire and the U.S. System of Client-States."]

And its just not that they openly practice such things; they then buy up legislators, take control of the judiciary, co-opt the administrative organs of the government, and buy up the electoral process in order to insure that they are immune from the consequences of their felonious acts. Commenting on the kind of "democracy" they have created for themselves in America, Michael Parenti writes that as things stand now, the American people -

"... might better think of [their system of government] ... as a dual political system. First, there is the symbolic political system centered around electoral and representative activities including party conflicts, voter turnout, political personalities, public pronouncements, official role-playing and certain ambiguous presentations of some of the public issues which bestir presidents, governors, mayors and their respective legislatures. Then there is the substantive political system, involving multi-billion dollar contracts, tax write-offs, protections, rebates, grants, loss compensations, subsidies, leases, giveaways and the whole vast process of budgeting, legislating, advising, regulating, protecting and servicing major producer interests - now bending or ignoring the law on behalf of the powerful, now applying it with full punitive vigor against heretics and 'troublemakers'. The symbolic system is highly visible, taught in schools, discussed by academicians, gossiped about by newsmen. The substantive system is seldom heard of or accounted for."

The fact is, THE RICH IN AMERICA ARE NOTHING MORE THAN CRIMINALS IN ARMANI SUITS. But unlike the Mafioso (who have, in relative terms, only a few "hit men" at their disposal to enforce their will), the CEOs of General Electric, Ford Motor Company, Haliburton, Exxon-Mobil, etc. have the entire U.S. military at their disposal to enforce their will.

Robber Barons - then (1909) and now (2009); not much difference. Money was their god then, and money is their god now - and to hell with the poor; as David Ricardo said, "Someone who lacks independent wealth has no claim to even the smallest portion of food."

AND SO WE NOW UNDERSTAND THE CRYPTIC REFERENCE TO "SHEBA, DEDAN AND THE MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" IN EZEK. 38:13:

"Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (i.e., Gog), ART THOU COME TO TAKE A SPOIL? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?" (Ezek. 38:13)

It is a protest that reveals whose ox is really being goaded by the forces of Islamic Radicalism (i.e., the CEOs of America's multinational oil companies), and who really is behind what's going on in the Middle East (i.e., these very same rapacious oil companies who - again - are more than willing to sacrifice America's sons and daughters for the sake of their "bottom lines").

More next time from the Book of Daniel.

God bless all of you!

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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APPENDIX 1: DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN THE
GOG/MAGOG WAR AND ARMAGEDDON

That there exists a clear distinction between the Gog/Magog War and Armageddon there can be no doubt! As J. Dwight Pentecost has pointed out, there are a number of considerations which make it very plain that we are dealing with two great wars rather than one during the Tribulation.

  • In the Gog/Magog War, definite allies of Gog are mentioned as opposing Israel - "Magog," "Mescheck," "Tubal," "Gomer" (TURKEY), Ethiopia, Libya, (see Ezekiel 38) and EGYPT (see Daniel 11:42], while at Armageddon all nations are engaged against Jerusalem (Joel 3:2; Zeph. 3:8; Zech. 12:3; and 14:2).
  • Gog comes from the North (Ezek. 38:6, 15), while at Armageddon, the armies come from out of the whole earth.
  • Gog is the head of the armies at his invasion (Ezek. 38:15), but at Armageddon, the Beast is at the head of the invasion (Rev. 19:19).
  • There is a protest against Gog's invasion (Ezek. 38:13), but at Armageddon there is no such protest because all the nations of the earth have joined themselves with the Beast in his attack against Jerusalem.
  • Gog is overthrown by divine intervention through the convolutions of nature (Ezek. 38:22), but the armies at Armageddon are destroyed by the sword which goes out of Christ's mouth (Rev. 19:15).
  • Gog's armies array themselves in the open fields (Ezek. 39:5), while at Armageddon they are seen in the city of Jerusalem.
  • Gog's armies are destroyed outside of Jerusalem on the mountains and in the valleys (Ezek. 39:2-4), while the Beast and his armies are destroyed in the city of Jerusalem itself (Zech. 12:2; 14:2).
  • The Lord calls for assistance in executing judgment on Gog (Ezek. 38:21), while at Armageddon He is viewed as treading the winepress alone (Rev. 19:15; Isaiah 63:3-6).
  • The invasion by Gog will be sudden and will come with relatively little warning (Ezek. 38:11), while Armageddon will be no sudden and unexpected event.

Thus, as Dwight Pentecost has suggested,

"Two diverse movements (wars) must be acknowledged."

SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE
BEGINNING OF THE TRIBULATION

Moreover, to suggest, as some NINCOMPOOPS do, that the Scriptures that reference the Gog/Magog War refer to some sort of event that occurred in antiquity is pure nonsense. The truth is, NO prior invasion of the land of Israel is sufficient to be the fulfillment of this prophecy. There have been invasions in the past which have wrought hardship on the land and the people of Israel, but NONE answer to the details given here. The destruction of the Temple in AD 70, for example, was accomplished by the Romans who came from the west. But the invasion described here comes from the direction of TURKEY and Persia to the north, and EGYPT, Ethiopia and Libya from the south.

This fact is attested to by almost all Orthodox Jewish scholars (who themselves consider these prophesies to be as yet unfulfilled). These passages, then, can only refer to some as yet future event in Israel's history - and this is clearly indicated by the phrase, "... in the latter years" (Ezek. 38:8). Dwight Pentecost, Robert Duncan Culver, and David L. Cooper agree with the Orthodox Jews. For example, Cooper writes,

"... it is utterly impossible to locate the fulfillment of this prediction (i.e., the Gog/Magog War) after the Millennial Age. It cannot be placed at the beginning of the Millennium, nor at the end of the Tribulation. It must, therefore, be located (at the beginning) of the Tribulation, because there is no other logical place for it to occur since the three other dates are impossible ... There will (thus) be a time between now and the beginning of the Tribulation when [this war will occur which will initiate the seven years of the Tribulation Period]."

This thesis is substantiated in a somewhat backhanded way by Ezekiel 39 when the prophet reveals that a full SEVEN years will be needed to clear away the wreckage of the Gog/Magog War:

"And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons ... and they shall burn them with fire SEVEN years ..." (Ezek. 39:9)

The seven years referred to here by Ezekiel could be none other than the seven years of the Tribulation Period - since no such seven years will follow Armageddon; after Armageddon, the beasts of the field and the fouls of the air will clear away the wreckage - and that by divine direction and in a short period of time. Then the Millennium will begin - there is no seven year interval here. Thus, the Gog/Magog War will immediately precede the events of the Tribulation period. There is, as Cooper suggests, simply no other place to put it which will conform to the pertinent Scriptures; and it (i.e., the Gog/Magog War) will initiate the great happenings of that era (i.e., the Tribulation Period).

NOTE: It should be noted in reference to the Gog/Magog War described above that this great conflict has nothing to do with the conflict described in Revelation 20:8; the war that is described there takes place AFTER the Millennium (Rev. 20:7), while the conflict which is described in the passages above and later in Daniel clearly takes place BEFORE the Millennium. "Gog" is obviously a reference to an evil, angelic prince who possesses Satanic dominion over those nations which have arrayed themselves against Israel - much in the same way that the "Prince of Persia" and the "Prince of Grecia" (Greece) [described in Daniel (i.e., Daniel 10:13-20) with whom Michael, the archangel of God, fought] possess. Evidently, Gog will be loosed with the devil one final time after the Millennium (please see Revelation 20:7-8).

The Gog/Magog War, then, will precede the Tribulation and will act as a catalyst for the great events of that period, while Armageddon will bring to a conclusion the events of the Tribulation Period. A FAIR READING OF THE PASSAGES IN SCRIPTURE THAT DEAL WITH THESE GREAT WARS WILL YIELD NO OTHER RESULT.


APPENDIX 2: THE NATIONS OF EZEKIEL 38 AND 39

Ezekiel 38 through 39 tells of a future invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations that surround it. Ezekiel 36-37 predicts a gathering of the Jews to the nation of Israel, which will be followed by this massive invasion. Ezekiel 38:1-6 reads:

"The word of the Lord came to me; Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: 'This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army - your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops - the many nations with you."

Ezekiel 38:1-7 gives 10 names as participants in the invasion of Israel that will follow the regathering of the Jews to their homeland. First mentioned, is the land of Magog. The most common identity for Magog is in Central Asia - the lands which today constitute the lands of Central Asia - specifically, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and possibly the northern parts of Afghanistan.

The Scythians were a nomadic tribe who inhabited the ancient territory of Central Asia ALL OF THE NATIONS THAT MAKE UP THE LAND OF MAGOG HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON: ISLAM. They all speak languages that linguistically are linked to a Persian or Iranian root.

NOTE: The word "Rosh" does not appear in the list given in Ezekiel 38:1-6; it does appear, however, in Ezekiel 38:2, 3 and 39:1 and it appears in the Massoretic texts not as a noun, but as an adjective where the word carries the accents Tiphha and Zaqeph-gadol. The Tiphha appears under the resh of the Hebrew word 'rosh'; the Zaqeph-gadol appears on top of the sin of the Hebrew word 'nish'. The Tiphha to the right, underneath the initial consonant of the world 'rosh', or chief, is prepositive and does not mark the tone syllable. The world 'nish' or prince has the accent Zaqeph-gadol which is disjunctive and indicates a pause. So, verse three would read: "Behold, I am against thee, o Gog, the prince, {pause} chief of Meshech and Tubal" rather than: "Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal."

"Rosh" is translated head or chief 423 other times in the Old Testament.

Meshech and Tubal in verses 2 and 6, were the names of the 6th and 5th sons of Japheth, the son of Noah (Gen. 10:2). Ezekiel 27:13 also mentions Meshech and Tubal as trading partners with Tyre (Modern Lebanon). It's likely that Meshech and Tubal refer to the ancient Moshi/Mushki and Tubalu/Tibareni who dwelled in the area around, primarily south of, the Black and Caspian Sea in Ezekiel's day. Today these nations would be in the modern country of Turkey, Kazakhstan and Northern Iran. All areas with a Muslim majority.

Verse 6 adds Gomer and Beth-Togarmah to the coalition. "Gomer" was the first son of Japheth. The Gomerites were the ancient Cimmerians, expelled in 700 B.C. from the southern steppes of Russia into what is today Turkey. "Togarmah" is the 3rd son of Gomer and beth at the beginning of the name is the Hebrew word for 'house' or 'place of'. In Ezekiel's time there was a city in Cappodocia (Modern Turkey) known as Tegarma, Tagarma, Til-garimmu, and Takarama.

The possibility that four of the names mentioned in Ezekiel are now in Turkey makes a pretty strong argument for Turkey being a part of the invasion of Israel. Current circumstances in that country also lend this view some credibility. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, Turkey has been gaining inroads into Central Asia (Magog). It is also linked to Central Asia both ethnically and linguistically, and has a growing number of political parties that support opposition to Israel, establishment of a Turkish Islamic Republic, and the worldwide rule of Islam.

Verse 5 brings three more names into the mix. God tells us that "Persia, Cush and Put will be with them."

Persia is a pretty easy one. In 539 B.C. the Persians conquered the city of Babylon. You only need look at a map of the ancient Persian Empire to see that it was centered in the nation known today as Iran. In fact Iran was called Persia until 1935 when it was changed to Iran and then to the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 during the Iranian Revolution. It's no secret that Iran is an archenemy of Israel and the West, and a supporter of the Palestinians. They are actively working to get other Arab countries to change camps in their cooperation with the U.S. and Israel.

The ancient kingdom of Cush in Ezekiels time was the land just south of Egypt on the Nile River. Today this land is occupied by Sudan. Sudan is home to the National Islamic Front, is ruled by an Islamic military dictatorship and was the home to Osama bin Layden from 1991-1996, and harbors countless Islamic terrorist groups. Sudan is already a close ally with Iran, trading military supplies for docking rights on the Red Sea shipping routes.

Ancient Put was the land just west of Egypt, or what is today Libya. Libya is another sponsor of terrorism, and openly refuses to recognize Israel's right to even exist. When the coalition against Israel is formed, Libya won't have to be asked twice to join.

Verse 6 adds "and many people with you." The nations listed specifically are all somewhat distant from Israel. By adding "and many people with you", God may have been indicating that those nations and peoples in closer proximity to Israel will join the Jihad: Syria, Jordon, etc. All of them are Islamic nations, and all of them would not hesitate to support the destruction of Israel were the opportunity to join such a vast coalition presented to them.

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