PART 2: A CONTRIVED HATRED
Yes! - God has set His face against Mt. Seir because of the Islamic
world's PERPETUAL hatred against Israel and the Jewish people.
But this hatred 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.
To the U.S., Islam was seen as a religious "counter-weight"
to the influence of socialism 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 Mujahadeen in Afghanistan and Iran,
to Hamas and Herzbollah 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
PROVOKING HATRED BETWEEN
ISRAEL AND THE ARABS
Seen from this perspective, the relationship that exists today between
Israel and the United States is kind of like the relationship that would
exist between a person (the United States) who surreptitiously "bonged"
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. Specifically, the Bible 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.
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
A DEFENSE PACT
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 UNITED STATES IS NOT ISRAEL'S FRIEND
BUT THE UNITED STATES IS NOT ISRAEL'S FRIEND! The fact is, the
Bible calls the country with whom Israel has covenanted with here (i.e.,
the United States) an "OVERFLOWING SCOURGE." Pretty
heavy! - and it warns Israel that this "overflowing scourge"
will eventually BETRAY it:
"... your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your
agreement with hell shall not stand; when the OVERFLOWING SCOURGE
shall pass through, THEN YE SHALL BE TRODDEN DOWN BY IT."
(Is. 28:18) ["Overflowing scourge?" - this is certainly
a pretty good description of the United States: just ask the peoples
and nations of the world that the U.S. had reduced to "client-state"
status - for example, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Guatemala,
the Congo - the list is endless.]
PART 3: A CONTRIVED HATRED
PRODUCES A CONTRIVED WAR
We have said that the relationship between Israel and the United States
is similar to the kind of relationship that would exist between a person
(again, the United States) who sneakily hit someone (again, Israel)
over the head, blamed it on one of his friends (again, the Arabs), and
then offers to hold his friend's (again, Israel's) coat when the fight
breaks out. Just as this analogy pretty much described the contrived
nature of the hatred between Israel and her Middle Eastern neighbors,
it also pretty much describes 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.
One might fairly ask, what's driving all this maneuvering? GREED!
Naked AVARICE! frenzied AVARICIOUSNESS! Bloodsucking RAPACITY!
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
Parenti calls those who are a part of this "ruling class"
(i.e., the "conservative rulers" in Washington D.C. - and
most specifically, the Bush Administration and their lapdogs in the
Christian Right) a "RABIDLY ... (anti-leftist) PLUTOCRACY."
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
Parenti goes on to say that the only thing this plutocracy wants is
"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
article on this subject, "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. AMERICA IS MANEUVERING FOR AN "END GAME"
THERE, and they are being driven by the MAGNITUDE of the
prize that Gulf and Central Asian energy reserves and markets represent.
This has resulted in a BOTTOMLESS DEPTH OF DETERMINATION INSOFAR
AS THE AMERICAN 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 -
"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]."
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 Izlamization) 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.
DEPOPULATING THE MIDDLE EAST
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:
"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 handstaves,
and the spears, and THEY SHALL BURN THEM WITH FIRE SEVEN YEARS:
[Now think about that, SEVEN YEARS: it gives you an idea of
the extent of the victory - i.e., that it will take seven years to
clean up the mess, which, interestingly, is the length of the Tribulation.]
The Scriptures continue:
"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
"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 that all of this (i.e., all this carnage and destruction) isn't
just "happen-chance" and the result of "irresistible
historic forces" between the sons of Ishmael and the sons of Isaac,
but rather the result of the evil machinations and maneuvering of a
small cabal of greedy, self-centered, avaricious American oil elites
is BREATHTAKING in its CRIMINALITY!
You say no? No one could be that cold-blooded! Well, you had better
think again! Think! - if the U.S. attacks Iraq, and topples the government
there, it will INFLAME the area. The populations of the Middle
East will go ballistic! - and governments will begin to topple like
so many pins in a bowling alley. The fact of the matter is, Egypt, Jordan,
Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Pakistan, and even Turkey are teetering
on the brink of Islamic revolution. Iran is already there. And it wouldn't
take much for Syria and Libya to join in the general tumult.
But surely, you say, this is not what the United States wants. Oh,
really? MIT professor Noam Chomsky believes so. In his view, what the
United States really wants in the Middle East is so CRIMINAL
that most people could not 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."]
PART 4: 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
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.
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.
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
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,
"... 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
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).
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
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.
PART 5: GATHERING ALL THE "PLAYERS"
TOGETHER FOR THE GOG/MAGOG WAR
HATE AND GREED DRAW THE "PLAYERS" TOGETHER
Greed is the Fuel that Drives the Engines of War
Now one must understand something about the Gog/Magog War: It's a war
of GREED - and while the leaders of today's American Church
will try to tell you differently as the storm clouds gather - i.e.,
that it's a war that aims to "bring democracy to the peoples of
the Middle East;" a war that aims to "break the power of Islam
so that Christianity can once again bloom in its ancient heartland"
- it's, nonetheless, purely and simply, a war about GREED,
as are ALL wars. To say otherwise is to fly in the face
of the clear teachings of the New Testament. Jesus said:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and
a tooth for a tooth:
"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever
shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy
coat, let him have thy cloke also.
"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him
"Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow
of thee turn not thou away.
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
"But I say unto you, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, BLESS THEM THAT
CURSE YOU, DO GOOD TO THEM THAT HATE YOU, AND PRAY FOR THEM WHICH
DESPITEFULLY USE YOU, AND PERSECUTE YOU;
"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth
rain on the just and on the unjust.
"For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do
not even the publicans the same?" (Matt. 5:38-46)
There is no such Thing as a "Just War"
in the Teachings of the New Testament
There is no such a thing as a "Just War" in this world and
in this life; that the church is authorized to participate in a such
a war is a concoction of the Medieval Church which used that concept
to justify its murderous participation in the crusades and its bloody
conquest and subjugation of the "New World." The Bible instructs
us that wars result from COVETOUSNESS:
"From whence come wars ... ? come they not hence,
even of your lusts ... ? (James 4:1)
What the Bible is saying here is that, ultimately, wars are not about
ideology or God, or any other such things. These are just the masks
behind which those who indulge themselves in the rapacity of war hide
themselves. In the end, it's all about GREED and AVARICE:
"Ye lust, and have not: [so] ye kill, and desire to have [more],
and cannot obtain:[so] ye fight and war [all the more] ..." (James
In the case of the Gog/Magog War - the war that we are examining now
- its about the oil elites' effort to hold on to their ill-gotten gain
in the Middle East: the fabulous oil riches of that area. It's about
preventing the people of the Middle East - the rightful owners of this
wealth - from taking back those riches and expelling America from the
Unfortunately for the people of the Middle East, mixed up in
their effort to regain control of their fabulous wealth is a
HATRED of Israel, whom the people of the Middle
East and Central Asia see as America's "CAT'S PAW"
in the region. And it's not without reason that they think so
- because that's exactly what Israel has become: AMERICA'S
"TOADY." In doing so, Israel - a people who are
called by God's great Name - have brought shame upon themselves
and upon Him by whom they are called. [Please see our article,
"Israel and the End of
The Twin Purposes of Radical
Islam (Gog) in the Middle East
There can be, of course, no question as to the gathering storm in the
Middle East; it's plain enough for anyone to see who wants to see (Mark
8:18); one doesn't even need the Bible to see what's going on: Specifically,
that the forces of Islamic Radicalism are gathering themselves together
Drive America out of the Middle East.
Clearly, what the leaders of Islamic Radicalism are seeking to do is
reestablish a single Islamic Caliphate over the entire area - one that
stretches from Morocco in the west (including possibly even the Iberian
Peninsula) to Pakistan in the east (and possibly farther east to Malaysia
and the Philippines). [Please see our article on the origins of Radical
Islam, "Radical Islam;"
please also see our articles, "The
Coming War in the Middle East" and "Israel
and the Renewed Struggle for the Holy Land."]
HATE DRAWS GOG DOWN ON ISRAEL
Insofar as the Scriptures are concerned, we can plainly see Gog's
primary purpose regarding Israel (#1 above) in Ezekiel 38:10-12:
"Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that
at the same time shall things come into thy mind [i.e., Gog's
mind], and THOU SHALL THINK AN EVIL THOUGHT:
"And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of UNWALLED
VILLAGES [i.e., Israel]; I will go to them that are at rest, that
dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither
bars nor gates,
"To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon
the desolate places that are now inhabited, and UPON THE
PEOPLE THAT ARE GATHERED OUT OF THE NATIONS [again, Israel], which
have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land."
"Thou shall think an evil thought?" Ezek. 38:10) -
clearly, Gog's primary purpose here is to destroy Israel,
"The people that are gathered out of the nations."
(Ezek. 38:12) If there is some spoil to be had in the process, that's
all well and good - but what really is driving Gog is
HATE: HATE FOR ISRAEL!
GREED DRAWS IN THE "MERCHANTS OF TARSHISH"
Art Thou Come to Take a Spoil?
Then the Bible says something very interesting that reveals Gog's
secondary purpose (#2 above) - the elimination of America's presence
in the Middle East (which will bring the wrath of America down on Gog).
IT ALSO REVEALS WHOSE OX IS REALLY BEING GOADED BY THE FORCES OF
ISLAMIC RADICALISM AND WHO REALLY IS BEHIND WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE MIDDLE
EAST - i.e., THE CEOs OF AMERICA'S MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANIES,
companies 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)
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)
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."]
It's interesting to note in this connection that for a time
Israel had proved itself useful to Tyre's own 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 and 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
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 WHICH 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."
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
"Thy borders are in the midst of the seas, THY BUILDERS
HAVE PERFECTED THY BEAUTY. (Ezekiel 27:1-4)
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 ..."
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."
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
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)."
[Please see "George Bush, the
Promise Keepers, and the Principles of Messianic Leadership."]
"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]."
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:
"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
"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."
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