The prophet Ezekiel saw an attack against Israel coming in the last days from the land of Magog. It’s often called the Ezekiel 38 war, and some believe it will be fulfilled in World War 3.
Bible scholars have sought to identify which modern day nation is Magog and many have concluded it must be Russia because Ezekiel 38:15 says they will come from the remote parts of the north. Russia is due north of Israel, but so is Turkey. Pastor Steve Cioccolanti, founder of Discover Ministries, believes Magog is more likely Turkey. He points out historical patterns often reveal future events as history repeats itself (Ecclesiastes 1:9). In this case, history shows past attacks against modern Israel have always come from Muslim nations, and never once from Russia. 82% of Turkey’s population is Muslim and only 2% Christian. (Source: Wikipedia)
In the 9-minute video shown below, Pastor Steve supports his case with eight additional points.
Modern rabbis are telling Jews that the only prophecy left to fulfill before the Messiah is Ezekiel 38-39, the Gog-Magog War, or what we would call World War III. Who will be the players?
The popular view that Russia is the “bad guy” will be challenged. Russia is not the focus of Ezekiel 38-39. Those who believe the American-centric view that Russia is the enemy will have to re-examine their understanding of Ezekiel 38-39.
Locating the land of Magog is just part of the challenge with interpreting this prophecy. Timing is another challenge. Ezekiel saw it happening “in the last days” (Ezekiel 38:16), which could refer to the generation living when the Lord returns, but after He returns, He rules from Jerusalem for one thousand years, so I think those years are also part of the last days.
During the thousand year Day of the Lord, God’s people will be living on earth in glorified immortal bodies, ruling over the nations with a rod of iron, exercising authority given to us by the Lord (Revelation 2:26-28). Although Satan will be bound during most of that time and sin will not be tolerated, he will be released from his prison at the end of the thousand years and will come out to deceive the nations, specifically Gog and Magog. By that time, God’s people will have already been living in their glorified, immortal bodies for one thousand years, so Satan will not be able to deceive us, which means unsaved mortals must still be living on earth during the thousand years. They will fall for his deception and he will gather them together for war, surrounding the city of Jerusalem. Then God will send fire from heaven to destroy them. (Revelation 20:7-9)
Since Revelation 20:7-9 clearly show the fulfillment of Ezekiel’s Gog and Magog prophecy happens after the thousand year reign of the Lord, the only way it could be fulfilled in our generation is if it happens twice, but so far I have not found any scriptures supporting that idea. If it only happens once, then all the teachings connecting it to people and nations today are in error and causing confusion.
Author: James Bailey
James Bailey is a blogger, business owner, husband and father of two grown children. In 1982, he surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus Christ. In 2012, he founded Z3news.com to broadcast the message of salvation by reporting end time news before it happens.
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