We find several interesting news items today:
"Russia to work on new nuclear missiles". Gog continues the military build-up that has been ongoing since Putin's reign.
"Maverick Iraqi politician claims Iran could go nuclear within weeks". This report stems from comments by Iraqi parliamentarian Mithal al-Alusi, who is predicting that the Iranians "could have a nuclear capability - and may announce that they have it - as soon as next month."
It is hard to know how "real" his information is, but the following quotes describe the situation:
"Alusi said he cannot reveal his sources of this information, because that would place in grave and imminent danger individuals within the Iranian "establishment" who risked their lives to share it with him.
"I am talking about Iranian insider information. Very clear, from inside Iran," he said. "There are people within Iran who want to be normal... They know this is a dangerous regime. You see how they treat their own people... Iran is terrorizing the world already. What will they do once they have the bomb and they are stronger?"
As usual with such rumors, it is hard to determine what the truth is, but it is certainly enough to raise eyebrows.
In another story coming out of Israel, we see new oil discoveries. Last year, Israel discovered enormous gas reservoirs, and it was predicted then that oil findings wouldn't be far off (typically gas and oil are found together), and it looks like this may be the beginning of these oil finds.
"Significant Quantities of Oil Discovered in Center of Israel".
This finding, which will most likely be followed by additional discoveries of oil, potentially leads into the basis of the Gog-MaGog invasion. According to Ezekiel the invasion is at least partly for the purpose of "plunder" and "loot" (Ezekiel 38:12), and to "capture spoil". The question has always been - what does Israel have that is worthy of plundering and looting? Some have stated that it is Russia's desire to control access to the Mediterranean (and this could always be a consideration), or the raw materials present in the dead sea.
But the discovery of gas and oil within Israel's borders could be the lure. According to Joel Rosenberg, writing in the book "Epicenter" - Russia desires to control ALL gas and oil in the region. In fact, when Russia went into Georgia, and continues its movements there to this day - many considered this as a move to control Georgia's pipelines.
Now that Israel is making these discoveries, there is yet another attraction for the invasion of Gog-MaGog. What specifically triggers the invasion could include a vast array of possibilities, and the reason given to the world (by the Gog-Magog alliance) will probably be an internationally accepted "excuse" (such as Israel having bombed Iran's nuke facilities). But underlying all of this, will be Russia's true intent, and somehow that will be linked to Israel's "spoils".
Whatever the case, with every passing day, we move closer and closer to this prophecy being fulfilled.
This is epic in my opinion, because as stated, I do not believe the Church will be present on earth to witness this event. That is most definitely "huge". On the other hand, if we ARE here to witness this epic event, then we will also have witnessed God's direct intervention on earth. That is pretty "huge" as well.
Either way, when this happens, subsequent prophetic events will occur in rapid sequence leading into the Tribulation.