And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.-Ezekiel 38:18 (KJV).
Amid ongoing Palestinian Arab attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces, Hamas has called on Russia to intervene and stop Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians.
According to a statement released to the terror group’s website, Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal spoke with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Saturday evening.
****However, there are no reports coming from Russian sources.*****
The Russian deputy foreign minister promised to take action against Israeli conduct, according to a statement released by the group.
Mashaal blamed the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis on the Jewish state’s “policies of oppression” toward Palestinians as well as its attempts to “damage the Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
He then urged Russia to use its influence as a global power to demand that Israel stop its “aggression” against “our people and our holy sites,” primarily in Judea-Samaria and Jerusalem.
According to the Hamas statement, Bogdanov expressed “discontent” over Israeli actions and promised that Moscow would implement measures against the Jewish state.
The alleged conversation comes at a time of increasingly warm relations between Israel and Russia, particularly over Moscow’s military presence in Syria.
Russia’s defense ministry just announced on Thursday that its forces in Syria had set up a “hotline” with Israel’s military to avoid clashes in the sky over the war-torn country.
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army – Ezekiel 38:15 (KJV).
Surely Putin has read the headlines and has a very keen idea of what is REALLY GOING on in Israel. The Palestinians over the course of the last few months have in fact initiated all the terror attacks against Israel.
Not to mention Abbas and Hamas both calling for wars and Days of Rage. Both parties have held meetings inciting terrror against Israel. Calling on Muslims to “protect Temple Mount at any cost.” The headlines are flooded daily with the horror stories of what the “Tents of Edom” are doing to incite a conflict and war in Israel.
It is probable that Russia will defend a two-state solution, as recorded a few months back, Putin supported a “Palestinian state.” It is my guess that something is amiss with this report. At the time of this writing, there have been no Russian news sources that have mentioned a conversation between Russia and Hamas.
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Scripture states that a northern army will invade Israel in the last days, and since this prophecy has never been fulfilled, we know that this is a future event. Bible scholars have traced the tribes and have determined that this northern army is led by tribes that have settled in Russia. I exercise caution when it comes to genealogy, and would rather take the literal compass approach given to us in the bible, “a northern army.” Russia does geographically fit that description, but we never know!
The prophecy of this invasion is detailed in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39. Russia will be the leader of a regional coalition against Israel, and the allies that march with northern invader are named by tribe (nation). Today, we can see that these nations are Islamic and all enemies surrounding Israel (another prophecy in Psalm 83 and Luke 21:20). Ezekiel even details the countries that question the logic for this invasion. These nations come from the old British Empire and oil rich nations aligned with the West. Ezekiel mentions these nations as Tarshish, all her young lions (English-speaking nations), Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait – Ezekiel 38:13). Consequently, the alignment of nations prophesied by Ezekiel is exactly the alignment that we see right now. God said He will destroy this northern army that comes against Israel and in the process will magnify Himself as God to all the nations (see also Isaiah 66:9,Jeremiah 25:22).
It says in Ezekiel 39:6 that at the time of this invasion God will send fire on (Russia) and to those that dwelling securely in the coastal islands. On that day, all the nations shall know that the God of Israel exists (See also Revelation 20:8-9, Psalm 72:10).
The prophecy of Ezekiel 38:4 further tells us that “God will put a hook in the jaw of Russia and bring her down against the land of Israel in the latter years. The hook could very well be the defense and economic agreements that Russia has established with Syria, Iran, and other Islamic nations. As we can see now, Russia is aiding Iran with materials for nuclear weapons. We can expect that Russia will continue its opposition against America, and defiance against the sanctions by building strong relationships with Europe. We are also seeing signs of Putin establishing his superpower reign by returning Russia back to the days of the USSR.
- Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: – Ezekiel 38:2-3 (KJV).
- And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great companywith bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords – Ezekiel 38:4 (KJV).
- And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:– Ezekiel 38:15 (KJV).
In 1 Chronicles 5:4, Gog is identified as a descendant of the prophet Joel, “The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son.” In Ezekiel 38–39, he is the chief prince of the tribes of Meshech and Tubal in the land of Magog, who is called upon by God to conquer the land of Israel. With a great coalition of forces from throughout the world, Gog and his entire army will invade Israel “like a cloud covering the earth” (38:16) and will plunder and loot the cities. God, however, will send terrible natural disasters that will destroy Gog and his forces. The defeat of Gog will demonstrate the greatness and holiness of God and restore good relations between God and his people.
In the Revelation to John Chapter 20 verses 7–10) the names Gog and Magog are applied to the evil forces that will join with Satan in the great struggle at the end of time.
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. -Revelation 20:7-10 (KJV).
After Satan has been bound and chained for 1,000 years, he will be released and will rise up against God; he will go forth and deceive the nations of the world—Gog and Magog—gathering them together in great numbers to attack the saints and Jerusalem, the city God loves. God will send fire from heaven to destroy them and will then preside over the Last Judgment.