In recent years, many have proclaimed the ancient prophecy of Ezekiel 38, which foretells the destruction of Damascus, Syria. Russia has just set up a military base there. See the following news report from YNet News
This development is important, because the Damascus prophecy says an enemy (“Rosh” = Russia) will try to invade Israel from the uttermost parts of the North. Moscow is due North of Israel and clearly in the uttermost parts of the North.
Reference the image to find out which nations the Bible predicts will be in this Damascus-destroying war: The War of Gog and Magog. During said war (WW3), the Anti-Christ will be revealed to the world by the proclamations of the False Prophet and by many powerful signs and deceptive miracles. The False Prophet will proclaim the Anti-Christ as the (Jewish) Messiah, because the Anti-Christ will provide a much-needed peace treaty to Israel (Daniel 9:26-27; 2 Thessalonians 2) amid the warfare. This Man of Sin (Anti-Christ) will also form a solidified one-world, religious government (Revelation 13, 17) which will be vetted by the False Prophet. In order for this to happen, there will be a sudden falling away of the world’s masses (brought about by the powerful signs and deceptive wonders) toward belief in the gods of the ancient myths (Babylonian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Persian, Hindu, Greek and Roman). In fact, Luke 21:26 states people will literally faint due to the fear and foreboding of what is coming UPON (as in ‘down upon from above’) the earth. These things will mark the beginning of the Tribulation period.
But yes, the time is very near for what the Bible calls the Battle of Gog and Magog—the war which brings in the Tribulation period (7 yrs. long). All those who have repented of sin and are trusting Jesus to be their eternal Savior will soon and suddenly be taken up to be with Jesus. They will not go through the Tribulation (see John 14; 2 Thessalonians 2; 1 Thessalonians 4; 1 Corinthians 15). For this reason, be expecting the Lord any moment, and purify your self because you have this hope in you (1 John 3:3). We who trust in, and so, await Jesus will be taken up to be with Him; but the rest of the world will experience Great Tribulation, which some call the Apocalypse.
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Netanyahu: Israel in ‘world war’ with Islamic extremists https://t.co/NHbG1soouG
— The Times of Israel (@TimesofIsrael) December 29, 2015
Hassidic Rabbi: The Prophesied War Of Gog And Magog Has Begun | SkyWatchTV News, Oct. 13, 2015
— Sam Kean (@snkean) October 14, 2015
While I highly respect Joel Rosenberg, and while I agree that the present distresses in the Middle East are but in the beginning stages of serious conflict, I am not sure what else he is looking for before he will call this a definite beginning to the prophecies mentioned in Eze. 38, especially given the fact that the PA has called for international protections (presumably including Russia) because of its breaking pacts with Israel.
What exactly is the War of Gog & Magog and does it have any connection to Russia, Iran & Syria? Here’s my answer…. https://t.co/jQ5oQCzMvz
— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) October 8, 2015
The Latest: Palestinian President Abbas says he’s no longer bound by deals with Israel, asks for global protection: http://t.co/I0cocpswe9
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 30, 2015
Sept. 22, 2015 NPR | Russia in Syria
John Hagee on Iran deal: Final Blood Moon Divine Warning | CBN — Sept. 22, 2015
9/21/15 Israel News | @IsraelNewsNow: Russia ramps up military buildup to 28 combat aircraft http://t.co/gHubV4Syue
9/11/15 — NBC News | DoD: Russian Military Activity in Syria a ‘Military Build-up’ “…officials still maintain that the U.S. does not know what Russia is planning in Syria.”