Gog Visits Israel
Vol: 43 Issue: 29 Friday, April 29, 2005
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Russian intentions to train and equip the Palestinan Authority during his visit to Israel this week.
During a joint news conference with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Putin said “If we are waiting for President Abbas to fight terrorism, he cannot do it with the resources he has now. We will give the Palestinian Authority technical help by sending equipment, training people. We will give the Palestinian Authority helicopters and also communication equipment. We will bring Palestinian police for training.”
Russia is one of the four co-sponsors of the failed ‘roadmap for peace’, together with the United States, United Nations and European Union.
(Interesting alliance, in terms of Bible prophecy. Take a second and think about it. Based on the 1948 United Nations’ Declaration of Human Rights, the co-sponsors are Russia and America (Cold War, 1948-1990) the European Union (Benelux Treaty, 1948) and the bone of contention is the existence of Israel, (May 14, 1948).
The occasion is the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the Gaza Strip as part of Ariel Sharon’s ‘Disengagement Plan’.
Putin’s visit is historic; he is the first Russian leader to personally visit Israel.
Putin has made it known that Russia intends to become more involved in the peace process. The best way to help, decided the Russian leader, was to sell fifty armored personnel carriers and two helicopters to the Palestinian Authority.
Israel destroyed the Palestinian Authority’s helicopters in order to restrict the movement of Yasser Arafat after evidence of his role in terrorism could no longer be denied.
One of the first stops on Putin’s visit was to Arafat’s grave, where he laid a wreath inscribed with “From the president of the Russian Federation”.
I found this particularly interesting. At Arafat’s tomb, noted the Jerusalem Post, Putin stopped, and stood silently at attention, as if saying a prayer, then bowed, and walked away.
The move was clearly calculated to offend. Israel, (together with every thinking person on the planet) consider Arafat the father of modern terrorism. Putin afforded Arafat’s tomb honors no Russian president has ever offered, together with some semblance of ‘prayer’ and not one, but two separate bows.
While in Israel, Putin gave a press conference in which he proposed the convening of a Middle East peace conference in Moscow. Although it was immediately endorsed by the Palestinians, it met with little enthusiasm from the US or Israelis, which should have come as no surprise to the Russian leader.
During the press conference, Putin also announced Russia’s intentions to continue its nuclear cooperation with Iran. Adding insult to injury, Putin, (speaking from Israel, remember) said a nuclear Iran ‘did not threaten Israel’s security’.
“We intend to continue in all our programs with Iran because we believe such programs have peaceful ends,” he said.
According to Bible prophecy, Russia’s role in the Gog Magog War outlined by the prophet Ezekiel is as leader of a wider alliance of nations, all of which are predominantly Muslim.
“Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.” (Ezekiel 38:6)
According to Ezekiel, who was writing of a nation that, in his day, had not existed for 166 years and would not exist again for another 2,500 years;
“After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.” (38:9)
The principle antagonist in Ezekiel’s scenario is “Gog, the chief prince of Meschech and Tubal.” Much has already been written on the details that identify Gog as modern Russia. Ezekiel’s ‘Ethiopia and Libya’ both exist to this day, although in Ezekiel’s time, they encompassed pretty much all of north Africa west of Egypt.
‘Gomer and Togarmah’ correspond to Turkey, Armenia and the various ‘stans’ of the southern Russian republic.
Putin made a point of visiting the security fence, described by the Palestinian Authority as Israel’s ‘apartheid wall’. The ‘wall’ is becoming a symbol of the intractable differences that make peace between Israel and the Palestinians impossible. As such, it will come down amid much fanfare, as did the Berlin Wall, when the antichrist confirms a covenant of seven year’s duration between Israel and ‘the many’. (Daniel 9:27)
This gives us an important clue regarding the time frame of Ezekiel’s scenario.
“And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; 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, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:12)
In Ezekiel’s time, nations and city-states were defended by building walls around them to protect them from invaders. In modern times, such defenses are pointless. But in THIS generation, and, of all the nations on earth, in Israel, the symbol of the Arab-Israel conflict has become Israel’s ‘Wall’.
This is all coming together far too neatly to be dismissed as coincidence. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Israel’s wall will have to come down. Its existence has become a symbol of intractable hatred. Any peace deal, to be credible, will have to include the wall’s destruction as a symbol of peace.
Russia is putting its chips on the table. The Europeans already have. All eyes are on Israel, and, by extension, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
“And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
The King is coming!