AND SO IT BEGINS ...

America's meddling in North Africa, the Middle East
and Central Asia is preparing the ground for the Gog / Magog War

By: SR Shearer
May 16, 2011


"He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

"And in the morning, It will be foul weather today: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:2-3)


PREFACE

In its imperial struggle to hold on to its client-states in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, America is employing a DIVIDE AND CONQUER strategy that aims at pitting the Sunnis against the Shi'as. [Please see our article, "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin" for a discussion regarding the differences between these two sects of Islam."]

This is exactly the strategy that the United States is employing today in Syria where it is desperately attempting to pit the followers of Abdul Halim Khaddam against those of Bashar al-Assad: Khaddam is a Sunni and is allied with the Saudi monarchy, and Assad leads those who are allied with the Shi'as of Iran.

Naturally enough, the American media is attempting to portray the fighting in Syria as a struggle between the forces of enlightened democracy against the autocratic rule of Assad; but it is not that at all — unless one is prepared to consent to the absurd and insist that the Saudi monarchy is a pro-democratic force in the Middle East.

Ali Jawad, a political activist and a member of the AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM), exposes what the US is up to:

"Sectarianism has been pitched as the 'modern' story of the Middle East; it is a story that primarily serves to further the interests of imperialist and colonialist powers in the region ... The 'Balkanization' of the Middle East has for long been an unswerving desire of imperialist powers ... Sectarianism constitutes an important chapter in the 'divide and conquer' strategy [of the United States]."

However, as Jawad says, the Arab -

"... masses are no longer buying such [US] machinations. In the Middle East, we are now witness to a post-sectarian phase; the unity and solidarity that exists between its' peoples — in identifying the key challenges that face this region — is palpable in whichever direction you turn."

And Jawad is right here: the Bible indicates that the Muslims of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia will indeed throw off their sectarianism and unite against the United States (and Israel) — AND THIS DEVELOPMENT IS BY NOW WELL UNDER WAY; MOREOVER, THE RECENT ASSASSINATION OF BIN LADEN WILL ONLY SERVE TO HURRY THIS PROCESS ALONG. [Please see our recent article, "Assassination Nation."]

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INTRODUCTION

At present, America's Client-State System in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa (see map below) includes most of the nations of that area - beginning with Morocco on the western extreme of North Africa and continuing east in a large arc through the nations of Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, all the nations of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait), Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and even Afghanistan and Pakistan.

NOTE: We speak here mainly of those nations colored in dark brown - excluding Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia and the Palestinian territories.

THIS SYSTEM IS NOW UNDER CONSIDERABLE STRAIN AND IS BEING THREATENED BY REVOLT FROM THE MASSES THAT ARE SUFFERING UNDER ITS BRUTAL OPPRESSION.

While it is true that the United States has so far been able to "MANAGE" the revolt, how long it will be able to do so is anyone's guess: the fact is, for example, the American effort to "MANAGE" the disintegration of its puppet-state in Egypt is strikingly similar to its ill-fated effort to support the interim government in Iran of Shapour Bakhtiar that existed for a short time between the fall of the Shah and the seizure of power by the followers of Khomeini in early 1979. [Please see our articles, "What's Happening Now in Egypt" and "Libya: Lies, Lies and More Lies."]

As the ugly reality of what the US has been up to in its puppet-regimes throughout the area reaches "the street" (i.e., the ears of the Muslim people) and as the strength of the radical jihadists inevitably increases, America's position throughout the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa will become increasingly untenable.

Feeding into the instability of America's puppet regimes is the precipitous rise in food prices throughout the area as Chicago and Wall Street commodity speculators have driven grain prices through the roof, leading to more and more hunger and — ipso facto — unrest. Economist Ellen Brown reports on what's happening:

"Underlying the sudden, volatile uprising in Egypt and Tunisia is a growing global crisis sparked by soaring food prices ... Analysts estimate that food price inflation in Egypt is currently at an unsustainable 17 percent yearly. [Please see our recent article, "Capitalists of Chaos: Speculating on Food while the World Starves."]

"Underlying the sudden, volatile uprising in Egypt and Tunisia is a growing global crisis sparked by soaring food prices …"

AMERICA'S INVIOLABLE FALLBACK POSITION

THE GROWING COLLAPSE OF AMERICA'S CLIENT-STATE SYSTEM IN NORTH AFRICA, CENTRAL ASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST IS SIGNIFICANT IN A MOST OMINOUS AND THREATENING WAY BECAUSE ITS DISINTEGRATION INDICATES THAT THIS AREA OF THE WORLD IS BREAKING-UP INTO ITS FINAL THREE-PART CONFIGURATION PRIOR TO THE GOG / MAGOG WAR. [Please see Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War."]

NOTE: It is vitally important that one differentiate between the Gog / Magog War (which will precede the Tribulation Period) and Armageddon (which will end the Tribulation Period — please see APPENDIX 1: Differentiating between the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon."]

What all this seems to indicate is that the world is moving much more rapidly toward the TRIBULATION PERIOD than most evangelicals are prepared to admit, given the slothful and cavalier way they are conducting their lives.

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

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The first of the three divisions into which the nations of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa are breaking-up consists of those nations the United States considers INVIOLABLE to its position as the world's leading economic power: specifically, Iraq and the Persian Gulf Nations - Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. These are the nations where the prophet Daniel indicates the "HIDDEN TREASURES" of the Middle East are located: OIL. (Daniel 11:41-44)

All of these states have significant revenues from oil and gas and, with the exception of Iraq, have small local populations which ultimately make them easy to control. Together they produce almost 35 percent of the world's oil and control possibly as much as one-half of the world's oil deposits (proven and unproven). THESE ARE NATIONS FOR WHICH THE UNITED STATES WOULD RISK NUCLEAR WAR TO RETAIN WITHIN ITS EMPIRE.

America's inviolable fallback position: Iraq and the Persian Gulf

Oil executives: from left, BP America Chairman Robert Malone; Shell Oil President John Hofmeister; Chevron Vice Chairman Peter Robertson; ConocoPhillips Executive Vice President John Lowe; and ExxonMobile Senior Vice President J. Stephen Simon, are sworn in this week on Capitol Hill.

The assumption that these nations — Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia - represent an INVIOLABLE fallback position for the US is made not only on the basis of REALPOLITIK, but also on the basis of Scripture (Daniel 11:41-44 and Ezekiel 38:13). These are precisely the nations about which the "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH" (i.e., the American oil elites) complain to GOG:

"Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey?" (Ezekiel 38:13) [We URGE you to read our article, "Unmasking the Merchants of Tarshish."]

Very obviously, such a complaint would be meaningless if these nations - Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia — had already been captured by GOG and had succumbed to the fires of radical jihadism.

This notion is supported by the prophecies of both Ezekiel and Daniel where the military forces of both Israel and the United States (which are prophesied as being "in league" with one another) are pictured as being caught IN THE MIDDLE of a giant pincer movement with one pincer emanating out of the north and the other pincer emanating out of the south. [We urge you to see APPENDIX 2 for a short discussion of the alliance that will in the "end of days" bind the Antichrist and Israel together.]

VERY OBVIOUSLY, THIS IS POSSIBLE ONLY IF THE US AND ISRAEL OCCUPY A MILITARY POSTION IN BETWEEN THE TWO FORCES CONTROLLED BY GOG'S LIEUTENANTS, THE "KING OF THE NORTH" AND THE "KING OF THE SOUTH." [Please see Section 2 of Part 6 in our series on the Tribulation, "The Prophecies of Isaiah and the Treaty with Death and Hell;" also we again URGE you to see Part 5 in our series on the Tribulation, "The Gog/ Magog War and the Merchants of Tarshish" and the whole of Part 6 in the same series, "The Gog / Magog War and the Prophecies of Daniel and Isaiah."]

The axis of attack for GOG's lieutenants: the King of the North (red), and the King of the South (blue).

IT IS HERE THAT ONE SHOULD TAKE PARTICULAR NOTE OF THE SPIRITUAL (as it were) CONVERGENCE OF ANCIENT BABYLON WITH THE BABYLON OF TODAY (i.e., the United States) BECAUSE IT IS PRECISELY THE FORCES OF TODAY'S NEW BABYLON THAT OCCUPY THE PRECINTS OF ANCIENT BABYLON (i.e., Iraq). HOW REMARKABLE IS THE PRECISION OF THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES!! [Please see our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say?"]

This view of things is supported also by the fact that the nations of the Arabian Peninsula are not mentioned in the prophecies of either Ezekiel or Daniel, indicating that they will not be participants in these twin attacks against Israel and the US; if this is so - i.e., that these nations are not involved in the Gog/ Magog War - it can only be because they have been "taken over" by the American military.

NOTE: From the standpoint of REALPOLITIK, it is inconceivable that America would allow the nations of the Arabian Peninsula (with their small, easily-controlled populations) to slip out of its grasp given the oil wealth of that region; this fact is substantiated by the way the US has so ruthlessly acted to suppress the revolt in Bahrain. [Please see our article, "US-Trained Death Squads in Bahrain."]

TWO ADDITIONAL REGIONS BEYOND THE NATIONS OF
IRAQ AND THE PERSIAN GULF NOW COME INTO VIEW

Beyond the area of Iraq and the Persian Gulf states —- i.e., those Muslim nations that the US considers inviolable insofar as its world-wide empire is concerned -- the Bible identifies two additional Muslim regions into which the area as a whole is breaking-up: One to the north of Iraq and the Persian Gulf states, and one to the south of that area.

NORTHERN CONFEDERATION

SOUTHERN CONFEDERATION

THE NORTHERN CONFEDERATION: Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan - possibly also Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan (although it is doubtful that the Russians would permit such a turn of events).

THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERATION: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, the Northern Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Yemen as well as parts of Mali, Niger, Chad.

These are those nations that the Prophet Daniel identifies as being under the control of (1) the "King of the North" and (2) the "King of the South," both of whom are acting as GOG's lieutenants.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

That the Bible (specifically, the prophecies of Ezekiel and Daniel) makes IN NO INSTANCE a reference to Russia or the nations of the European Community, as some ignorantly suggest (and we speak here of Pastor John Hagee and his CUFI supporters — please see "Preparing the Ground in America for the Emergence of Antichrist — Part 2), but rather it (i.e., the Bible) is referencing the Islamic nations of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa is made clear by an examination of Ezekiel chapters 38 through 39. 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 38:1-6)

Ezekiel 38:1-6 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 which is located by the ancient Assyrian scripts as being in Turkey.

Interestingly, the word "Rosh" — which many suppose signifies Russia - 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. So much, then, for the belief that Russia is signified as a participant in GOG's invasion.

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 countries of Turkey 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 locations of Gomer, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, etc. according to the ancient Massoretic texts.

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. 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 and is ruled by an Islamic military dictatorship; it 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.

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, Lebanon, 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.

RECAPITULATING THE PROPHECIES
OF DANIEL AND EZEKIEL

As foretold in Ezekiel 38:4, a group of Radical Islamic nations shall descend on the Promised Land in the "latter days" to destroy Israel; it will be a massive invasion. From the north shall come Persia (the land that is today occupied by modern Iran); Turkey and many of the nations of Central Asia will join in the attack. From the south shall come Ethiopia, Egypt and Libya (ancient lands which today bear these same names].

The prophets Ezekiel and Daniel

Daniel and the Latter Days

There will be a protest from the "Merchants of Tarshish" - i.e., America's business elites - that will spur the United States into action against GOG. [Please see our article, "The Tribulation: Part 5 - The prophecies of Ezekiel; The Gog / Magog War; & the Merchants of Tarshish."]

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 how will the war unfold? Are there other "players?" How exactly does the AntiChrist become involved? 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.]

Antiochus Epiphanes

Daniel 11:36-39 begins the prophecy with a description of the Antichrist and compares him with Antiochus Epiphanes [the Greek (by ethnicity) 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 will collide with him ["him" being the Antichrist - please see Daniel and the Latter Days by Robert Culver], and the KING OF THE NORTH will storm against him [again, "him" being the Antichrist] with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships; and he [Antichrist] will enter countries, overflow them, and pass through ...

"HE [i.e., Antichrist] WILL GAIN CONTROL OVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES [ i.e., THE OIL OF THE MDDLE EAST] AND OVER ALL THE PRECIOUS THINGS ... (Daniel 11:40-45a)

As described here, the Gog/Magog War will be initiated by an attack from the KING OF THE SOUTH against the combined forces of Israel and the Antichrist. Shortly thereafter, the KING 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 the United States in a giant pincer movement. [Again, we URGE you to read (or re-read) Chapter XV of the New Antipas Papers, "The Gog / Magog War;" also our articles, "The Tribulation: Part 5 - The prophecies of Ezekiel; The Gog / Magog War; & the Merchants of Tarshish" and "The Tribulation: Part 6 — The Gog / Magog War and the Prophecies of Daniel and Isaiah."]

GOG - a figure like Saladin the Great; painting by Doré

THE NORTHERN CONFEDERATION
Population: @ 360,000,000

THE SOUTHERN CONFEDERATION
Population: @ 250,000,000


NOTE: Again, it is critically important that one differentiate between the Gog / Magog War (which will immediately precede the Tribulation Period) and Armageddon (which will bring to an end the Tribulation Period. [Please see Appendix 1, "Differentiating between the Gog / Magog War and Armageddon."]

SYRIA

We have in many previous articles discussed how what's happening in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt is contributing to coalescing the Southern Confederation that the Bible says will attack Israel and the forces of Antichrist in the Gog / Magog War. [Please see, for example, our article, "What's Happening Now in Egypt."]

Now we turn to how what's happening in Syria is helping to coalesce the Northern Confederation. Jonathan Marcus, the BBC's diplomatic correspondent for the Middle East, reports on what's happening in Syria, and the impact it is having on the reconfiguration of the Middle East (specifically, Syria's position as a lynchpin of Iranian jihadist control):

Bashar al-Assad

"Syria is the key element in an alliance that brings together Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and other more radical Palestinian groups opposed to peace with Israel."

As a result, both Israel and the United States have been working for many years to destabilize Syria and wrench control of Syria away from Iran.

THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEY (Israel and the US) HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS MACHINATION WAS RECENTLY MADE APPARENT BY INFORMATION RELEASED BY WIKILEAKS that indicated that the US has been channeling millions of dollars to a group of Syrian exiles bent on the destruction of the Assad regime. This and other information prompted the country's leader, Bashar al-Assad, to assert — and rightfully so - that his government was facing a conspiracy directed against it by the United States.


LEBANON

THE GAZA STRIP

"Syria is the key element in an alliance that brings together Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Gaza Strip and other more radical Palestinian groups opposed to peace with Israel." It CEMENTS this area to the NORTHERN CONFEDERATION.

America's principle puppet regime in the area — Saudi Arabia — has also been playing a major role in the attempt to destabilize the Syrian regime; Jordan — another reliable US puppet-state - has been involved in the effort as well.

The effort to destabilize Syria centers around the figure of Abdul Halim Khaddam. Commenting on the way the US has been using Khaddam to collapse the government of Bashar al-Assad, journalist (and businessman) Peter Lee reports that -

"... the United States, Jordan and Saudi Arabia have formed a joint operational headquarters in the Saudi Embassy in Belgium to direct the riots in southern Syria (see NOTE below). Khaddam, who held the highest political, executive and information posts in the Syrian government for more than 30 years, is said to have been transferred from Paris to Belgium to direct the unrest."

Khaddam: a Saudi and US toad

NOTE: The center of the unrest in Syria is located in the cities of Daraa and Homs where the Saudis control groups loyal to the House of Saud and the Sunni brand of Islam. Khaddam is from this area and is a Sunni. Indeed, he is a relative of Saudi King Abdullah. His entire family enjoys Saudi citizenship; the value of his family's investments in Saudi Arabia is estimated at more than USD 3 billion. As noted in the Preface to this article, the US is doing everything it can to play on the differences between the Sunnis and the Shi`as in order to divide the Muslims. [Again, for an understanding concerning the differences between the Sunni brand of Islam (as practiced by the Saudis) and the Shi`a brand of Islam as practiced by Iran, we urge you to see our article, "Mene, Mene, Tekel Upharsin."]

In the end, it will undoubtedly prove futile — and that's largely because the machinations of the United States are so onerous that — ultimately — they cannot help but push the two branches of Islam together to make common cause against the US. The US is acting on these two branches of Islam in the same way that Nazi Germany did with regard to the United States and the old Soviet Union: driving two otherwise implacable foes together in order to fight a mutual and very powerful enemy.

Lee continues:

"The reason for this [i.e., moving Khaddam out of France into Belgium] was that based on French law, political asylum seekers cannot work against their countries of origin in France and therefore Khaddam was transferred to Brussels to guide the riots.

"Jordan equipped ... [Khaddam's followers] in the two cities with logistical facilities and personal weapons."

This, very obviously, indicates that the "pro-democratic" forces that have so suddenly "materialized" in Syria did not appear out of nowhere, but have been financed, trained and directed by the US.

Followers of Khaddam attack trains in Daraa; these are not pictures of "peaceful demonstrators." So much for the fiction that those who are involved in the unrest in Syria are nothing more than "peaceful protesters."

Lee goes on to remark on the obvious:

"Hence, it is very apparent that the riots in Syria are being directed by Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the US for their own purposes."

Journalist Ismali Duman confirms what Lee says; he writes:

"The US and Saudi Arabia's objective is to overthrow the Syrian government, cut the Tehran-Damascus-Beirut axis and eliminate the Islamic resistance from Lebanon's military equations."

SHAMELESS MISREPRESENTATIONS OF THE FACTS

The effort by the Americans and their shills in the Western press to portray what is happening in Syria as a "pro-democracy revolt" of the Syrian people is shameless and bears a striking resemblance to the kind of "soft revolutions" the United States has been instigating against its enemies throughout the world — most recently in Egypt. [Please see our article, "What's Happening Now in Egypt;" also our articles, "Creative Destruction for a Greater Middle East" and "Libya: Lies, Lies and More Lies."]

Take, for instance the way that the Western news services reported on a bloody incident that occurred recently near the seaside town of Banyas in Syria: Nine members of a Syrian army patrol were shot to death and twenty-five were wounded.

Scene of the ambush on Syrian soldiers by followers of Abdul Halim Khaddam who are being financed by the Saudis and armed by the Jordanians - all under close US supervision.

Dr. Joshua Landis

It was reported by the American press that the attack resulted when the soldiers refused orders to fire on "pro-democracy" demonstrators; but as Dr. Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma discovered, that simply wasn't true. Dr. Landis' wife is Syrian, and her cousin, Lt. Colonel Yasir Qash`ur, was one of the two Syrian army officers who died in the incident. Landis writes:

"My wife spoke this morning to one witness who denied the story. He is colonel 'Uday Ahmad, brother-in-law of Lt. Col. Yasir Qash`ur, who was shot and killed in Banyas with eight other Syrian soldiers on Sunday April 10, 2011. Uday Ahmad was sitting in the back seat of the truck which Yasir was driving when he was shot dead on the highway outside Banyas. Uday said that shooting was coming from two directions. One was from the roof of a building facing the highway and another from people hiding behind the cement median of the highway. They jumped up and shot into the two trucks carrying Syrian troops, killing nine. Col. Uday survived."

Observers at the scene reported that the killings were carried out by followers of Khaddam. Banyas is Khaddam's hometown and his followers are numerous in the area. Lee comments on the situation:

"If Dr. Landis is correct about the events in Banyas, the democratic stew in Syria has a dangerous element of foreign provocateurs delivering arms and money—and disinformation of a certain intensity and sophistication direct to Western journalists."

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SYRIA IS HAVING
A PROFOUND EFFECT ON TURKEY

The blind STUPIDITY of the Americans to think that they can control the "Arab Revolt" by such machinations fairly boggles the mind; these kinds of machinations may have worked at an earlier date, but no more. The Arab people have caught on to the American game — and the Islamic jihadists are having little difficulty pointing out these facts to the Syrian people, and not only to them, but to other "PLAYERS" in the area.

Indeed, what's happening in Syria — and, again, we speak specifically of the CIA's meddling in Syria — is having a very profound affect on Turkey; the result has been that Turkey is rapidly moving out of the American orbit and taking its place as one of the leading nations in GOG's Northern Confederation. [Please see our article, "The De Facto Alliance between Turkey and Israel Is Breaking Down."]

The emergence of a pro-Islamist party in Turkey under Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives evidence to how this process is being accelerated in Turkey — and so much so that Ismali Duman, a Turkish journalist, writes:

"The Syrian-Turkish bilateral relationship is a remarkable story of a journey from enmity to best friendship."

NOTE: When one speaks about the warming relationship between Turkey and Syria, one is essentially talking about the warming relationship between Turkey and the government of Bashar al-Assad.

Given this reality, Duman goes on to say:

"Turkey is very unwilling about regime change in Syria."

THE RE-EMERGENCE OF ISLAM IN TURKEY

A German youth carried a national flag and an anti-Islamic sign during a march in opposition to the building of a mosque in Cologne, Germany

Finally, there is the reality that Turkey is NOT a Christian nation, but a Muslim nation — and all this despite the effort by Turkey's elites to impose secularism on the nation — a fact that has had a very deleterious affect on Turkey's attempt to become a member of the European Community. The fact is, there is a growing DISDAIN for Muslims on the continent of Europe, a disdain that has impinged on Turkey's effort to join the "European Club." For example, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the former president of France, asserted in an interview with Le Monde that Turkey has no business in the E.U. It's not a "Western" country at all. He continued:

"Turkey's capital is not in Europe, and 95 percent of its population is outside Europe. It has a different culture, a different approach, and a different way of life ... E.U. membership for Turkey would mean the end of Europe."

And Giscard d'Estaing is not alone in his sentiments. His comments have been echoed by West Germany's former chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, who publicly voiced fears that the admission of Turkey -

"... would open the door for similarly plausible full membership of other MUSLIM nations in Africa and the Middle East. That could result in the political union degenerating into nothing more than a free trade community [without a common culture]." [We URGE you to see our article on the growing backlash against Muslims in Europe, a backlash that America's neo-cons and America's Christian community is doing everything it can to foment, "The Invasion of Europe by America's Apostate Church."]

The picture that America's neo-cons and America's evangelical church are painting of the worldwide Islamic community. This is the picture that Christopher Caldwell has painted regarding Islam - a religious movement that, if it is not stopped, will "take over" Europe.

As a result of this kind of contempt, THERE IS A GROWING SENTIMENT IN TURKEY AGAINST BECOMING A "PARIAH" MEMBER OF THE E.U. WHEN IT COULD INSTEAD BECOME A LEADING MEMBER IN A COALITION OF ISLAMIC STATES THAT WOULD STRETCH FROM MOROCCO TO THE PHILIPPINES."

The so-called "Pan-Turkish Empire" towards which Turkey is now aspiring - this in addition to becoming one of the leading Muslim nations of a re-constituted Muslim Caliphate stretching from Morocco to the Philippines.

Joanna Andrusko, a graduate student at the School of International Service at American University opines,

"Historically Turkey is a strong ally of the United States and Europe in the Middle East but its recent interactions with Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, and Iran show a definitive shift away from its traditional solemn allegiance with Western interests. Turkey is at the apex of a definitive moment in international relations when it will emerge as an independent and heavyweight player in the Middle East."

The fact is, TURKEY HAS CHOSEN — and while it may yet take some time for its choice to be "played out," the Islamization of Turkey has begun.

NOTE: It isn't as if all this — and we speak here of the reconfiguration of the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia into three divisions — is new to us in Antipas Ministries. We have — as it were — been prophesying this for more than 15 years. [Please see APPENDIX 3].

HOW DIFFERENT ALL THIS IS ...

How different this is — both the REALPOLITIK and the Scriptures — from what the followers of John Hagee, the ICEJ, CUFI, ad nauseum believe is going to occur, AND IT GIVES SOME INDICATION OF HOW "SCREWED UP" MOST EVANGELICALS ARE INSOFAR AS THE GOG / MAGOG WAR IS CONCERNED. Indeed, the view of things endorsed by most of America's evangelical leadership stands in utter juxtaposition to what the Scriptures have to say, and so much so that they cannot help but push American evangelicals into an alliance with the Antichrist.

It renders evangelicals blind to what's really happening in the Middle East and promotes a belief system that, as Jewel van der Merwe of Discernment Magazine describes it, supports the unscriptural belief by such dimwits as Reuven Doren, Paul Cain, Jack Deere, etc. that " ... (1) the greatest revival the church has ever known [is about to occur]; (2) the greatest baptism of the Spirit the Church has ever experienced [will shortly happen]; (3) the greatest army (JOEL'S ARMY) distinguished by invincibility, immortality and divinity [will be raised up]; (4) the greatest purging ... in the history of the church [will shortly begin]; (5) the greatest ministry - the Prize of all Ages [is about to break forth]; and (6) the greatest miracles, supernatural signs and wonders far exceeding that of the Apostles and Prophets of old [will shortly take place]."

NOTE: Reuven Doren explains the concept of "JOEL'S ARMY" (referenced above):

"The premise of coming revival [in the United States] hinges upon the rising and completion of the ministry of the prophetic 'Son of Man' company [i.e., the 'New Breed', 'Joel's Army', etc.) who is to prophecy the life-giving Word of God. Today the Lord is calling forth a Son of Man Company (i.e., the 'New Breed')."


Paul Cain elaborates on the supernatural power of Joel's Army:

"So my point is this, that there will be a manifestation of the sons and daughters of God. And it won't be this baloney that we've heard of in the past; I mean, there's been a few people tried to walk through a wall like this over here and knocked their brains loose, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a manifested son of God; if anyone walks through this wall over here, they're not going to tell you about it - I mean, they're just going to do it. And sons of God don't tell you they're sons of God, they'll just show you! Amen."


Jack Deere goes on to say:

"When this army (i.e., Joel's Army) comes, it will be large and mighty. It's so mighty that there's never been anything like it before ... 'begin the SLAUGHTER and begin it in the temple (i.e., the church) and begin it with the elders, the leaders of my people'. And they walk through the land and they start and they begin to SLAUGHTER ... He has already started the SLAUGHTER ... and it is coming now among the church. He'll start with the leaders, but he'll move out into the church (and beyond)."


Lou Engle, one of the promoters of this perverted eschatology, said recently to a small, intimate group of his followers in Kansas City whom he calls Yahweh Separatists that in order to cleanse the United States, "Yahweh Separatist gotta kill those guys" (meaning homosexuals) in order to cleanse the US. THIS GIVES ONE SOME IDEA OF JUST HOW MILITANT AND EVEN MURDEROUS THESE PEOPLE ARE.

This belief system promotes the unbiblical belief that -

  1. The Gog / Magog War is really Armageddon; 

  2. Antichrist is headquartered in Europe (which has been subsumed by Islam); 

  3. Antichrist is not in league with Israel, but instead leads an unlikely coalition of the EU nations, Russia and the Muslim nations of the Middle East and North Africa against Israel; 

  4. The United States — which has been rescued by the church and cleansed of its "unrighteousness" - is allied with Israel against the Antichrist confederation;

  5. Together, the United States and Israel prevail and go on to conquer the world "for Christ and the church;"

  6. Israel is converted to Christianity and absorbed by the church; 

  7. The Millennium begins.

HOW IS IT POSSIBLE ... ?

One might ask, naturally enough, How is it possible for people who hold such a twisted, malignant, MURDEROUS eschatology gain the support of enough Americans to seize control of the country? One might have asked the same question about Hitler prior to his seizure of power in Germany.

The answer, of course, is America is in the process of descending into precisely the same kind of nightmare into which Germany descended just prior to Hitler — a nightmare that involved Germany's economic collapse, and one that promoted the idea among the German people that they were surrounded by enemies who wanted to destroy them.

THIS IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF NIGHTMARE INTO WHICH THE US IS NOW DESCENDING:  an economic nightmare that is leaving countless numbers of average Americans in extremely dire economic conditions where poverty and joblessness have become their constant companions; and, like Germany before it, the United States is facing external challenges that most Americans have come to believe threaten not only the survival of their country, but their cultural (and religious) heritage as well. It's a challenge that has united itself to RELIGION (Islam) and, as a result, encompasses a FANATICISM against which it is very difficult to fight, let alone "reason with;" one that believes that God is on its side, and one that, as a result, will not admit to defeat no matter how many setbacks it sustains.

Under this kind of pressure, anything is possible, even the acceptance by "normal" Americans of the MURDEROUS ideas being purveyed by Reuven Doren, Paul Cain and Jack Deere — AND IT ISN'T AS IF WE HAVE BEEN LEFT WITH NO MEANS OF MEASURING HOW CLOSE WE ARE TO A CONDITION OF THINGS WHERE SUCH IDEAS WOULD BECOME ACCEPTABLE.

If one has the eyes to see, and the ears to hear what the Prophetic Scriptures are saying, one should be able to measure how close to the end we are.

The Prophetic Scriptures: a measure as to how close we are to the end

"Jesus answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

"And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:2-3)

THE FACT IS, CONDITIONS CAPABLE OF GENERATING THE ACCEPTANCE OF SUCH IDEAS ARE BY NOW WELL UNDER WAY.

The alarms that should be ringing in YOUR ears as one state after another in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia succumb to the fires of radical jihadism (making even America's position in Afghanistan untenable and, what's even worse, threatening to consume Pakistan, a nation which possesses nuclear weapons) should by now be causing you considerable discomfort — that is, provided YOU have the ears to hear, and the eyes to see what's occurring. (Matthew 13:15)

AS YOU SIT NOW IN THE
COMFORT OF YOUR HOME ...

When prophecy is only a dream

Brothers and sisters, listen to me: As you sit in the comfort of your home and watch these countries succumb one-by-one to the fires of radical jihadism, you should consider seriously that time may be running out for you. As a result, you should be taking steps to deafen yourself to the voices of scoffers, not only of friends and neighbors, but voices that you harbor in your own heart - voices that say:

"Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (2 Peter 3:4)

These are voices that attempt to reduce the Prophetic Scriptures to merely a dream; a mental image, a kind of fantasy or "furtive meditation;" a game that you can play in the safety and comfort of your own living room with good friends, good food, a warm cup of chocolate, and a crackling fire in the fireplace - the kind of GAME that Tim LaHaye's "Left Behind" series of books casually and vacuously promotes; a game where no real sacrifices are demanded of us; no relationships are threatened; no jobs are put at risk.

But whether you or anyone else likes it or not, I tell you the truth when I warn you that prophecy is now in the process of transmuting itself into reality, and you are an absolute IDIOT if you do not take seriously what is occurring. 

As we have said on so many other occasions, prophecy is like a road sign; it tells us things BEFORE they happen so that we can take action BEFORE events catch up with us. If we wait until they finally overtake us, it will be too late to do anything - we will crash! Watch, therefore, for the "signs of the times," and don't wait to take action. YOU MAY WAIT TOO LONG!

God bless you all!

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.

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APPENDIX 2:

ISRAEL'S TREATY WITH DEATH AND HELL

The Bible indicates that in the "Latter Days" Israel will be seduced into making an alliance with God's enemy, Babylon the Great; and Christians - especially American Christians - will bear a heavy responsibility in enticing Israel into this alliance; specifically, it says:

"And he [i.e., the "King of Babylon" - again, please see our article, "In Search of Babylon; What do the Scriptures Say?"] shall confirm the covenant with many [Israel] for one week [seven years]: and in the midst of the week [after three and a half years] he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Dan. 9:27a) [Please see Chapter IX in the New Antipas Papers, "The Course and Character of the Last Days."]

The living Bible translates this passage thus:

"This king ["Anti-Christ, King of Babylon"] will make a seven year TREATY with the people [Israel], but after half that time, he will break his pledge and stop the Jews from all their sacrifices and their offerings; then as a climax to all his terrible deeds, the enemy [Antichrist] shall utterly defile the sanctuary of God [which is to say, he shall commit the Abomination of Desolation]." (Daniel 9:27a LB)

J. Dwight Pentecost writes:

"According to Daniel 9:26-27 the prince of the Roman empire (i.e., the West, called Babylon) will make a covenant with Israel for a seven year period. This covenant evidently ... guarantees Israel's integrity [is a defense pact] ... [and] also is a Satanic imitation of the fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant which ... [guaranteed] Israel title deed to the land. This action is pictured by John [in the Apocalypse] (Rev. 16:2) as a rider going forth to conquer [as the first horseman in the Apocalypse] ... This condition exists for three and one-half years, after which the covenant is broken by the ... [Antichrist]."

The treaty will be in the form of a defense pact between Israel and Prophetic Babylon (i.e., the United States) and will be directed against Israel's enemies - again, no doubt a coalition of Islamic fundamentalist states in the Middle East. One of the most eminent scholars on "Last Things," Sir Robert Anderson, says that the signing of this treaty will signify the beginning of the Seventieth Week - i.e., the "Tribulation Period!" Anderson writes:

"... the Seventieth Week [the seven year period of the Tribulation] will be a definite period of time, of which the beginning, the middle, and the end are definitely marked [by certain well defined events]. [Just as the beginning of the first sixty-nine weeks were signified] ... not by the return of the Jews from Babylon, nor yet by the rebuilding of their Temple, but by the SIGNING OF THE PERSIAN DECREE [TREATY] which restored ... [them], so also the beginning of the Seventieth Week will date not from their restoration to Judea [May 14, 1948], nor yet from the future rebuilding of their shrine, but from the SIGNING OF THE [DEFENSE] TREATY BY THE COMING PRINCE [ANTICHRIST]."

The Bible refers to Israel's defense pact with Babylon the Great as -

"... your [meaning Israel's) COVENANT WITH DEATH ... and your AGREEMENT WITH HELL ..." (Isaiah 28:18)

And it goes on to warn the Jewish people that they will live to rue the day that they ever entered into such an agreement:

"... 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) [Please see our article, "In Search of Babylon: What Do the Scriptures Say;" please also see, Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "The Beast of Revelation 17."]

Now stop for a moment and consider the appalling and even damning insinuations behind the titles God gives to this treaty:

  • Your COVENANT WITH DEATH !

And -

  • Your AGREEMENT WITH HELL !

This is, to put it in the vernacular, "HEAVY STUFF."

It's in the light of this that one should ask himself, What's that say about those whom God catches pushing this treaty on Israel? It's not without reason that Jesus said,

"Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; BUT WOE TO THAT MAN BY WHOM THE OFFENCE COMETH!" (Matthew 18:7)

In other words, Woe unto Israel because of this treaty, BUT WOE UNTO THOSE WHO ARE FOUND SEDUCING ISRAEL INTO MAKING IT.

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APPENDIX 3:

THE PROPHECIES OF EZEKIEL AND
DANIEL CONCERNING THE GOG/MAGOG WAR

[As stated in the New Antipas Papers fifteen years ago; consider carefully the arrangement of nations we made note of towards the end of this appendix — "Restating the Facts on the Ground"]

The Prophet Ezekiel

We have now gleaned about as much as we can concerning the Gog/Magog War from the prophet Ezekiel. This much has been made clear:

  • A group of Radical Islamic nations shall descend on Israel in the "latter days" to destroy Israel and "take a spoil."

  • As foretold in Ezekiel 38:4, it will be a massive invasion. Persia [the land that is today occupied by modern Iran] and TURKEY 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.

  • There will be a protest from Sheba and Dedan and the "Merchants of Tarshish" - i.e., America's business elites - that will spur the United States into action against Gog.

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 how will the war unfold? Are there other "players?" How exactly does the AntiChrist become involved? 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.

The Prophet Daniel

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 [i.e., the Antichrist - please see Daniel and the Latter Days by Robert Culver], and the king of the North [Gog] will storm against him [again, the Antichrist] with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships; and he [Antichrist] 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.

"HE [i.e., Antichrist] WILL GAIN CONTROL OVER THE HIDDEN TREASURES [ i.e., THE OIL OF THE MDDLE EAST] AND OVER ALL THE PRECIOUS THINGS ...

"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 ..." (Daniel 11:40-45a)

As described here, the Gog/Magog War will be initiated by a "push" from the king of the south (i.e., the leader of the southern confederation, probably the leader of EGYPT) against the Antichrist, whose forces are at least partially located in the "glorious land" [Israel] - probably as a result of a defense pact between Israel and Babylon, the nation which he leads. Shortly thereafter, the king of the north [Gog] - leading the combined forces of TURKEY, Iran, etc - 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 Gog in this attack; now a third nation is added - EGYPT (Daniel 11:42).

Recapitulating and Combining the
Prophecies of Ezekiel and Daniel

As a result of the information contained in the above verses and those in Ezekiel, we have now -

  • An outline of how the war will unfold.
  • An idea of where U.S. forces will be situated just prior to the beginning of the war, specifically in the environs of ancient Babylon and close to Israel.
  • A final list of the MAIN "players" in the war: Israel, the United States, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt.
  • The consequences of the war: The occupation of the land of Israel by American forces, and the annihilation of most of the people of the Middle East.

Matters Pertaining to Turkey and Egypt

This, at last, brings us to the matter of Turkey and Egypt; specifically their decline into the fires of Islamic Radicalism. The submergence of both countries in these fires will take place in an atmosphere of increasing turmoil and confusion in the Middle East as the forces of Islamic Radicalism (on the one hand) and America and her client-state, Israel (on the other hand) maneuver for advantage in the upcoming struggle for control of the vast oil riches of the area. In this struggle, both sides will be radicalized because - in the end - only the radicalized elements of each camp are prepared to endure the horrors of the clash that lie ahead; only they possess the esprit de corps (as it were) and the kind of intellectual (really, religious) rigor necessary for such a contest.

Egypt

As the struggle continues, both sides will be progressively driven back to the ancient springs from which their cultures first drew breath; in the case of America, Christianity; and in the case of the Muslim people of the Middle East, Islam. There is no room on this battlefield for the "faint of heart," which in this case means the religious "moderates" on both sides. All this bodes ill for the "secular" governments of Turkey and Egypt. Indeed, what's happening in both countries is that their "moderate" underpinnings are rotting away under the impress of Islamic Radicalism. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood - a radical Islamic group that has been banned for years - is making an astounding comeback, capturing over 37 percent of the Egyptian vote in recent elections, which by all accounts were rigged in favor of the current government.

The fact is, it's not too much to say that without the police-state apparatus of the Egyptian state, the present secular government of Hosni Mubarik would have fallen a long time ago to the forces of Islamic Fundamentalism. Indeed, the pathology of rot that has taken hold on the Mubarik government resembles nothing so much as the rot that took hold on the Shah's government in Iran shortly before its fall in 1978.

Turkey

In Turkey, the same rot is extant as in Egypt. All that's needed to push the "moderates" out in Turkey is the rejection of their bid for E.U. membership - a bid that looks increasingly shaky. For example, Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France recently asserted in an interview with Le Monde that Turkey has no business in the E.U. It's not a "Western" country at all. He continued:

"Turkey's capital is not in Europe, and 95 percent of its population is outside Europe. It has a different culture, a different approach, and a different way of life ... E.U. membership for Turkey would mean the end of Europe."

And Giscard d'Estaing is not alone in his sentiments. His comments have been echoed by West Germany's former chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, who publicly voiced fears that the admission of Turkey -

"... would open the door for similarly plausible full membership of other MUSLIM nations in Africa and the Middle East. That could result in the political union degenerating into nothing more than a free trade community [without a common culture]."

While the secular elites in Europe continue to press for Turkey's membership in the E.U., most of the differing populations of the E.U. member states are opposed to Turkey's membership for cultural and, yes, even religious reasons. The current population of Turkey is about 70 million; by contrast, Germany is the largest E.U. state with about 83 million residents, but it is shrinking by about 82,000 a year while Turkey's population is exploding. That means that in a few years, Turkey would be the largest state - both in terms of geography and sheer numbers - in the E.U. What that could mean is that Europe could be flooded with Muslim immigrants who would be accorded unrestricted immigration rights under the E.U. Charter. That's something that sends shivers down the spines of most Europeans.

Should Turkey's bid for membership in the E.U. continue to stall, however, Turkey could irrevocably turn away from "moderation" and embrace Islamic Radicalism. Indeed, the current government of Turkey is made up in part from previously banned Islamic parties. The leader of this coalition, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has warned that if things continue as they are, the Turks will look at the E.U. as "nothing more than a Christian Club" which is closed to Islamic participation. AND THE FACT IS, THERE IS ALREADY A GROWING SENTIMENT IN TURKEY AGAINST BECOMING A "PARIAH" MEMBER OF THE E.U. WHEN IT COULD INSTEAD BECOME THE LEADING MEMBER IN A COALITION OF ISLAMIC STATES THAT WOULD STRETCH FROM MOROCCO TO THE PHILIPPINES.

How Close Is the Collapse of the
Egyptian and Turkish Governments?

The question , now, that fairly begs to be asked is, How close are we to the collapse of the present secular governments of Turkey and Egypt? The short answer is, very close! Indeed, as we just indicated, both Turkey and Egypt stand in just about the same situation as the government of Iran did just prior to the fall of the Shah.

When the collapse of the Shah finally came in 1978 - which led to the Middle East's first Islamic government - it looked at the time to have come out of nowhere. But the social rot that led to the collapse of the Shah's government had been eating away at Iran's foundations for years. While the façade remained, the substance was gone; as a result, when the collapse came, it came suddenly. THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN VERY SOON NOW IN BOTH EGYPT AND TURKEY - AND NOTHING WILL BE ABLE TO STAVE OFF THIS COLLAPSE.

Moreover, this kind of rot is extant in almost all the secular governments of the Middle East and North Africa - from Morocco and Algeria in the west, through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, and Syria in the center - and even eastward through Pakistan, the states of Central Asia, and on into Malaysia. The fact is, all of these secular governments are rotten to their very foundations, AND THIS ROT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ALL AMERICAN CLIENT-STATES with very little popular support at the grass-roots level.

Ultimately, the secular governments of each of these states owe their existence to the support of the U.S. military; and all of them are in league with the Americans in the rape of their respective countries by America's huge "multi-national" corporations - corporations such as Exxon-Mobil, Haliburton, Shell (which, despite its British and Dutch façade, is really an American-owned corporation), Conoco-Phillips, Dow, Union Carbide, etc.

But Egypt and Turkey are crucial in the fact that they - together with Iran - possess among themselves more than 80 percent of the population of the Middle East. That makes what happens to them crucial to what happens to the Middle East as a whole.

RESTATING THE FACTS ON THE GROUND

When Egypt and Turkey go, all of the Middle East will go with them! - AND, AGAIN, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME NOW. When that finally happens, ALL THE "PLAYERS" THAT ARE DIRECTLY MENTIONED IN THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES WILL HAVE GATHERED THEMSELVES TO WAR:

  • TURKEY: Turkey is still a U.S. client-state, but is very close to collapsing into the frenzy of Islamic Radicalism. It should be noted here that when we speak of Turkey in the ancient scripts, we are speaking of Magog, Mescheck, Tubal, and Gomer. It should also be noted in this connection that none of these ancient lands extended northward into what is known today as Russia. RUSSIA IS NOT REFERENCED BY EITHER THE PROPHET EZEKIEL OF DANIEL; the names "Mescheck" and "Tubal" are NOT references to "Moscow" and "Tobolsk" as some have naively suggested. That's conjecture; the facts are these: Mescheck and Tubal are mentioned in ancient Assyrian inscriptions as being located in what is now known as the Transcaucasian Region - the extreme northern horizon of the Hebrews (Ezek. xxxviii. 15; xxxix. 2). This area encompasses what is now known as Azerbaijan, Dagestan, and Turkey. In addition, "ROSH" IS NOT A PSEUDONYM FOR "RUSSIA" as some have alleged; that, again, is conjecture; the facts are these: Rosh is an ancient designation for the tribes north of the Taurus mountains (i.e., in the Caucuses area) ..." [Please see the Biblical and Theological Dictionary and the New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.]
  • IRAN: Already a designated Islamic Republic; in the process of building a nuclear bomb.
  • ETHIOPIA (including the Sudan): Already designated Islamic Republics.
  • LIBYA: An enemy of the United States; though not yet a declared Islamic Republic, it is already a de facto one.
  • EGYPT: Still a U.S. client-state, but - like Turkey - very close to collapsing into the frenzy of Islamic Radicalism.
  • ISRAEL: A U.S. client state and America's CAT'S PAW in the Middle East.
  • THE UNITED STATES: Already ensconced in the land of ancient Babylon (i.e., Iraq), and is in the process of building fourteen SUPER-BASES out in the Iraqi desert away from Iraq's population centers and the prying eyes of the world press. In addition - and more ominously for Israel - the U.S. is also building a SUPER-BASE in Israel itself that is so huge that it is reputed to be half the size of the city of Tel Aviv.


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