'Planting The Seeds' For The Gog-Magog Invasion Of Israel
The word of the Lord came to me:2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog,of the land of Magog, the chief prince of[a] Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and Tubal.4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.5 Persia, Cush[c] and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets,6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.7 “‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.9 You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.
President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin recently announced a ceasefire in parts of southern Syria. A cease fire on the surface sounds like a great idea, but some Israeli leaders feel it presents a clear and present danger to the Jewish state.
President Trump discussed the ceasefire in an exclusive interview with CBN founder Pat Robertson.
"Now I don't know what's going to happen, maybe as we're speaking they start shooting again, but this has held unlike all of the other ceasefires that didn't mean anything. So that was a great thing that came out of that meeting," the president said.
CBN News recently visited the area on Israel's northern border covered by the ceasefire agreement. According to a number of reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't share President Trump's optimism about the ceasefire agreement for one main reason: Iran.
One senior Israeli official told the Israeli daily Ha'aretz "it creates a disturbing reality in southern Syria. The agreement doesn't include a single explicit word about Iran, Hezbollah or the Shiite militias in Syria."
The Syrian regime, Hezbollah and the others come perilously close to the border at Kuneitra next to the Israeli border.
CBN News talked with Middle East expert Jonathan Spyer about the potential danger that could result from the agreement.
"Israel is concerned that the ceasefire, coming along with new apparent revelations of the withdrawal of U.S. support – at least part of the support given to the rebels – could be paving the way for the regime and Russian and therefore Iranian and Hezbollah achievements in that area and that's a matter of deep concern," he explained.
Spyer says Iran is building a land bridge across the Middle East.
"The Iranian ambition is to have a contiguous corridor or de facto Iranian control stretching all the way across Iraq here and then across southern Syria and then of course at this point you hit Israel and also via Lebanon you get to the Mediterranean Sea," he said. "These are two big Iranian ambitions."
It's those ambitions that put Israel in grave danger.
"And the prospect is in another war – if Israel goes to war let's say with Hezbollah again here or in southern Lebanon in the future – you would sort of clear contiguous logistical line stretching all the way across Syria, Iraq and back to Iran," Spyer continued. "Now Iran can run supplies across that line. It could run thousands of volunteers, for example, across that line … it would massively increase the dimensions of a potentially future war between Israel and Iran-supported Hezbollah and that's something of very deep concern to Israel."
That's why some are warning the next phase of the Syrian Civil War might be the most dangerous of all.