The Winds Of War

Dear Christian Media
Friends,

The war clouds over the
Middle East continue to gather - even as various diplomatic
initiatives mask the very real fact that we are about to see an all
out conflagration involving Israel and Iran.

While the mainline media has
practically ignored the huge deployment of military assets in the
region, the American military machine is rapidly positioning
nuclear weaponry in close proximity to Iran. For
instance, last week, the US Navy quietly deployed a new class of
SSGN nuclear submarines to a base in the Indian Ocean. This locale,
which is formally British territory, positions US Navy missiles on
vessels that are in direct proximity to the Straits of Hormuz,
the entrance to the Gulf, as well as the foot of the Red Sea.

This capability could be
used to close off all maritime traffic to Iran in the event
of all out war. Meanwhile, Iran has just purchased a Russian made
air defense and anti-tank system, which was designed to shoot down
American made missiles - and these would include the very systems
just now deployed by the US Navy in the waters adjacent to Iranian
territory. The Russian Pantsyr 1 is a radar command-guided
two-stage surface to air missile system, which is believed to have a
70% success rate against all missiles. 

World Net Daily
has reported that a Russian military General, Colonel Yury
Solovyov
, commander of Russia's Air Defense Forces Special
Command, recently told the Novosti news agency that with this new
missile system, "Iran's air defense system is strong enough to repel
a US strike."

Terrorist Funding
And Arming Increased

Meanwhile, the Iranian
financed Hezbollah militia that successfully engaged Israel
last year in Lebanon is rapidly re-arming in open defiance of the UN
cease-fire they agreed to last year.  Hezbollah is funded by
Iran and Syria, and the pace of weapons smuggling across the
Syrian border
has prompted repeated complaints to the UN by
Israel.

Other reports from the
troubled Middle East have indicated that Iran has sharply increased
secretive funding to multiple militarized groups such as Hamas and
even Fatah - groups which are preparing to wage war internally in
the state of Israel.  In fact, it looks as though the Persian state
has been on a virtual spending spree in anticipation of an ultimate
confrontation with the American-Israeli-British axis that is
pressuring the Islamic state into abandoning its nuclear development
program.

For instance, the
Jerusalem Post
has just reported that US military officials are
worried that Iran has already taken delivery of another Russian
package of armaments - and these are missiles capable of being
fitted with nuclear warheads.  These are said to be FFM-22
missiles, which have a design specification indicating they can
reach a speed of Mach 2. The Post noted the FFM-22's were evidently
designed to be "fitted with tactical nuclear warheads."

At the same time, the former
Soviet state of Azerbaijan has agreed to allow the American
led military alliance NATO to use two of its military bases and an
airport for the alliance's purposes. The nation of Azerbaijan,
which is just to the North of Iran, claimed the arrangement was for
"a supply route to Afghanistan," but it's obvious the deal will open
up a Northern front from which troops, tanks, and combat elements
can roll into Iran from the North.

Even as
the Winds of War were fiercely blowing from the Northern
Command of America (see the King of the North passages in
Daniel 11), the Southern Confederate of Iran, Hugo Chavez,
the dictator of the South American state of Venezuela, called
upon the world to stop the US "aggression." Speaking on his
television propaganda program from Caracas, Chavez said "The empire is moving
aircraft carriers and has been moving troops on Iran."

Gog
And Magog

Many Christians have heard
of the infamous end times invasion of Israel found in Ezekiel 38
- the notorious "Gog and Magog" attack -- but the overwhelming
majority have been indoctrinated into a faulty identification of
what is actually about to happen.    

In that amazing prophetic
panorama, we see a confederation of nations moving on Israel
that inaugurates a devastating war. This odd collection of national
names is said to be defeated as the Lord intervenes and crushes the
invaders from the North:

"Behold I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and
Tubal...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 Hamon-gog." (Ezekiel 38:3,18)

Due to an inaccurate
place-name identification, for many decades the church has been
taught that this mysterious "Gog" is Russia. The problem is,
this confederation of nations will be completely obliterated,
whereas the Russian "bear" (see Daniel 7) survives in multiple
prophetic texts to form a key component of the Antichrist government
that will be placed in Jerusalem.

For the last 15 years, we
have pointed out the name Gog has no cognate to the Cyrillic
alphabet used by Russia, whereas the language of the former Soviet
state of Georgia has a direct connection to the name Gog.
Those following our work have long been aware the capital of the
trans-Caucasian state of Georgia during the era of the Soviet Union
was Mtzkheta - the "Meshech" that Ezekiel says is associated
with the aggressor military power seen in the prophecy.

Furthermore, when the Soviet
Union collapsed, Georgia reverted the name of the capital
city to its original Georgian name - which was Tblisi. This
is the "Tubal" that is also seen in Ezekiel.  Those familiar
with the political scene are well aware that Georgia has been
hostile to Russia for many years now, and has welcomed American
military deployments on their soil for many years.

A look at any world map will
show that Georgia is directly North of the land of Israel
- and the prophecy states "thou shalt come from thy place out of the
north parts, thou, and many people with thee...." (Ezekiel
38:15). Few observers have recognized the American-Georgian power
structure has been subtly exposed as developing, equipping, and
sheltering a shadowy Islamic militia based on Georgian soil. 
It's instructive to note how Ezekiel says this mysterious "Gog" is
to assemble a great military force, and is then instructed to

"Be thou prepared, and
prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are
assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them."
(Ezekiel 38:7)

The Triple Cross In Prophecy

Although many have long
studied this Ezekelian prophetic passage, most have failed to notice
there is a key verse that hints at a complicated plan involving a
Double Cross - or in this case a Triple Cross. The
prophet tells us the huge wartime military deployment is already
underway, and then

"It shall come to pass, that
at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and
thou shalt think an evil thought: 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. Sheba, and Dedan, and the
merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say
unto thee, 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?" (Ezekiel 38:10-13)

 

To understand this amazing
prophecy, we need to superimpose the prophetic imagery found in the
book of Esther as an overlay. There we see a secretive plot
hatched by Haman the Agagite, to finance the destruction of
the Jews through the agency of the Gentile king Ahasuerus. As
the descendant of Agag (once again, notice the similarity to
the place-name Gog), Haman is an Amalekite, whose lineage has
been traced through archeological research to Arabia.

In the story of Esther (Hadassah
was the queen's Jewish name), the Gentile king double-crosses
Haman
and spares the Jews, whose military action then eradicates
Haman's entire lineage. This prophetic picture places America
as Ahasuerus, Saudi Arabia as Haman, the paymaster of the
plot to double-cross Israel, and Esther as the Christian
presence that thwarts the hideous plan to move against Israel.

Using the book of Esther as
a blueprint, we see America has a secretive deal with the Arabs
(represented by the wealthy house of Saud) to move into the Middle
East under the cover of defending Israel against Iran. The Saudis
view Iran as a rival in the Islamic world, so the attack on Iran
fits their agenda. The scheme then calls for a double cross of
Israel. However, the prophecy indicates that Gog (read George
Bush) will then change sides and opportunistically seize the great
wealth (read oil reserves) found in the land of Saudi Arabia.

It's worth noting this
sudden shift in Gog's target is consistent with the text, for Israel
has just built a gigantic wall to seal off the Palestinians,
whereas the text tells us the "great spoil" is found in a "land of
unwalled villages." Furthermore, when the Arabians find
themselves abruptly betrayed by their former associate, the prophet
says

"Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish....shall say unto
thee, Art thou come to take a spoil?" (Ezekiel 38:13)

The name Sheba has
been traced to Saba - an ancient land on the
Arabian peninsula, which was a possession of ancient Egypt. In
short, the text even tells us the Arabians will speak
directly to the invader, and recognize that he has betrayed them in
order to seize the great wealth they possess. Seeing that all these
things are about to come to pass (probably this summer), the Bible
asks us

"what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of
God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to
his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth
righteousness" (II Peter 3:11,12).

- James Lloyd

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See Also

Triggering The Tribulation

Armageddon Script

The King Of The North

Hadassah Of Shushan

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