Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Gog-MaGog Alliances Continue to Strengthen

Joel Rosenberg has two articles up, both of which provide his reviews of the events we have been following recently in the Middle East:

As Russia And Iran Bolster Alliance, Turkey And Iran's Ties Grow Closer

Historically, the nations of Turkey and Iran have not been close. Iranians, by and large, are ethnically Persian and religiously Shia Muslims. Turks are neither ethnically Persian nor Arab, and religiously they are generally Sunni Muslims, who see the world dramatically differently than do Shias.

Yet now, despite millennia of deep differences, Iran and Turkey are becoming more than friends. They appear to be becoming strategic allies. And they are becoming allies at the same time that they are forming strategic alliances with Russia, and just as they are growing increasingly hostile and threatening towards Israel, just as Ezekiel 38-39 indicates will happen in the “last days” before the “War of Gog and Magog” begins.

Consider these recent headlines:

Turkey's alliance with Iran is a threat to world piece
Inevitable Iran-Turkey-Syria-Russian Alliance
Iran-Turkey-Syria: An Alliance of Convenience
Salehi seeks Iran-Iraq-Turkey-Syria alliance for regional security

Medvedev Makes Historic Trip to the Epicenter

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev today began an historic Middle East tour. He is meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders in the West Bank. Then he will meet with King Abdullah and other Jordanian leaders in Amman.

While he canceled his scheduled visit to Israel, Medvedev did speak by phone with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday. The two are taking steps to deepen the alliance between their two countries and coordinate their Mideast policies. “Russia is ready for all cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said Medvedev.

Prior to the trip, Israeli officials were reportedly particularly concerned that Russian leaders might unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state, as a series of Latin American countries have recently done.

Their fears were confirmed on Tuesday. “Russia recognized an independent Palestinian state in 1988 and they would continue to do so today, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday”

One [Israeli foreign] ministry official said that Russian recognition of a Palestinian state would be a severe blow to Israel that would cause a domino effect of other states following Russia’s lead, including China.”

Now the article proceeds to lend insight in terms of the PA's effort to declare (unilaterally) a statehood via the UN:

Momentum for the Palestinians to unilaterally declare a state, or for the world to recognize the Palestinian state inside the 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital even without a negotiated treaty with Israel, has been growing for the past year or so...

According to veteran Israeli columnist Aluf Benn, “Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are apparently planning to act in September, before the United States begins its presidential election year.

At that time they will convene the United Nations General Assembly and pass ‘the recognition resolution.’

Enormous pressure is building on Netanyahu to divide the Land and divide Jerusalem. It would be a terrible mistake, but Israel’s enemies are trying to lure Netanyahu and his Cabinet into a honey trap, as it were, while the world isolates and delegitimizes Israel more and more.

What’s particularly noteworthy about all of these trends is the central role Russia is playing, and the close relationship Moscow is developing with Iran and the Palestinians.

Mr Rosenberg then provides a very nice summary of all of these events and how they tie into biblical prophecy (for details look at the entire article. Below are just the highlights; Mr Rosenberg provides summaries under each of these headlines):

Are recent trendlines — including the latest news reports out of Moscow and Tehran — consistent with the Bible prophecies found in Ezekiel 36-39 and the coming “War of Gog and Magog”?

For now, consider the following:

* According to the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel, writing more than 2,500 years ago, Israel will be reborn as a country in “the last days.”

* The prophecy then indicates that Israel will become prosperous in the last days, before the “War of Gog and Magog.”

* The prophecy also indicates that Israelis will be “living securely in the land,” even as new, existential threats rise over the horizon

* Then the prophecy says a dictator (described in the prophecy as “Gog”) will rise in Russia (described in the prophecy as “Magog”) in the “last days” and will form an alliance Iran (“Persia”).

* As the Russian-Iranian-led alliance comes against Israel, the Jewish State will find herself internationally isolated.

* Ezekiel indicates that at the last moment, when it seems all hope is lost, the God of Israel will supernaturally intervene and rescue Israel.

Watching these alliances grow and strengthen by the day is nothing short of amazing. We have seen the Iran-Russian alliance grow over the past decade, to the point where this has become old news. The recruitment of Turkey has been the most interesting.

Only a few brief years ago, Turkey's inclusion into this unholy alliance seemed unlikely for a variety of reasons, but prophecy watchers who take a literal view, based upon Ezekiel 38-39, knew it was only a matter of time. And as usual, a literal view of prophecy came into focus as we watched Turkey's rhetoric against Israel increase, as it's alliance with Iran-Russia grew. Now Turkey is firmly entrenched in the alliance with Russia and Iran.

At the same time, we see the leader of this alliance, Russia (aka the land of MaGog) becoming increasing more involved in Israeli affairs.

Everything that we would expect to see in the Middle East is coming together like clockwork. The alliances are formed and cemented. Exactly as the prophetic scriptures informed us.

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