The Syrian civil war over the past two years has brought to light certain expositor’s beliefs that Syria in today’s news is prophesied in Isaiah 17.
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap.”
Is this true? Good hermeneutic exposition of this chapter connects Isaiah’s events, as many eschatological prophecies of the Old Testament prophets, with the Last Days or Great Tribulation, and God’s ultimate establishment of His physical kingdom on earth. You need to read the prophets with good hermeneutics to figure that out. We are all staying tuned.
More important, in light of the current Russia-Syria-Iran alliance we could be witnessing the reunification of ancient Persia prophesied by Ezekiel as a major last-days ally of Gog’s infamous battle foreseen in Ezekiel 38. The reality of Al Qaeda’s fractured Russia-friendly army that is fighting against Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime and against U.S. Sunni allies in Iraq ties an interesting modern knot with Ezekiel’s prophesied Gog.
And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. 4 “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops — many peoples with you.
(See The Battle of Gog also posted on our Eschatology Today home page)
Limited air strikes the U.S. is launching hasn’t stopped the forward march of the army of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). And just recently, the group that has its roots as Al Qaeda in Iraq conquered the nation of Yemen, ousting a long-standing U.S. friendly regime. The interesting pro-Iranian posture of the current American Administration increases the fascination of Ezekiel’s Chapter 38 and 39 prophecy. In the midst of its current plans to remove all Iranian sanctions, giving them free reign to continue development of their nuclear weapons, Iran’s Army Chief of Staff (Quds Force Commander) recently visited Russia in noncompliance with current sanctions, which Obama intends to remove. (See Quds Force commander Soleimani visited Moscow, met Russian leaders in defiance of sanctions.) Because of the current American Administration’s softening toward Iran, the Saudi Air Force recently bombed Yemen, which has been taken over by Iranian sponsored terrorists. Adding to its commercial alliance with Iran, Russia’s recent military alliance with the terrorist state further pushed the ball forward in Gog’s last-days alliance with Persia. Also, the current the U.S. Executive Administration’s wishful pro-Iran policies that have enabled their systematic production of a nuclear device provoked the Republican congressional majority last February to independently invite Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address the U.S. House. Secular news pundants are currently announcing the rift the current situation has produced among Americans and in congress. Nation is rising against nation in the middle east, and in America like never before (See Russia & Iran forge military compact as Iran & Hezbollah vow massive attacks on Israel’s northern tier; The Iranian Dream of A Reborn Persian Empire; Russian Missile Sales to Iran Cross “Another” White House “Red Line”; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Visits U.S. Congress;(See: Iran Commander: We’re Getting Prepared to Overthrow Israel – Israel wary of Russian military build-up in Syria.)
What we know today as the Middle East was once the unified Persian Empire. The army of ISIS says it seeks to erase the region’s post-WWI borders drawn by the British and French, to make the entire region one Islamic state. Syria, Iran, and Iraq were once part of the empire, which, according to Ezekiel will be drawn down upon Israel to be decimated by God.
“With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgment with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. 23 “I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.”‘
The Iraq/Iran War of 1980-1988 killed a million combined soldiers and civilians, and left the secular and Islamic states wary of reconciliation. Iran infiltrated Iraq years ago to partner with Al Queda when U.S. forces were still present. They have been supplying fighters to Assad’s Syrian regime, and Russia is Iran and Syria’s staunchest supporter. Putin’s 2014 triumph over the Syria “gas situation,” his sale of a complete nuclear reactor and S-300 anti-aircraft system to Iran, and now the apparent reintegration of Iraq into the Ezekiel 38’s Persian Gog ally draws us to Ezekiel’s prophecy again. When all is said and done, Iran could dominate Iraq, with Syrian in tow, joining again as the modern region of Persia. ISIS and Al Qaida have parted organizational ways, and anything could happen.
The key event and word connections in Revelation 16 and Ezekiel 38 show the Battle of Ezekiel 38 and the Battle of Armageddon are probably the same event. Is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s arming of the Battle of Gog’s prophesied allies leading to that end? His September 2013 op-ed in the New York Times touted the alleged “supreme authority” of the United Nations Security Council over all world affairs. Will Vladimir or one of his successors’ alliance and influence with the enemies of Israel carry the kind of influence to broker the week (7 years) of peace between Ishmael and Isaac Daniel 9:27 predicts? Will he be the one who initiates and breaks it 3.5 years into Daniel’s 70th week? Read Ezekiel 38 and 39, Revelation 16 and 19.
This article was written in early 2014. This New York Post article was published February 1 2015
The Iranian Dream of a Re-born Persian Empire.
Let’s stay on the watch.
Eschatology Today Publisher, Mark Norris MA
38 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. 4 “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops — many peoples with you.