Ezekiel chapters 38,39 - A group of large armies from Russia, Iran, Iraq, Germany or France, Ethiopia, and Libya will unite to attack Israel. God will turn these armies against each other, and it will rain fire on them, and they will fall on the mountains of Israel. [Note: Since Israel is a nuclear power, having many hydrogen bombs, this rain of fire from heaven could involve Israel's nuclear missiles.] The situation in the middle East is going to get worse until this prophecy comes true. But that is not Armageddon: Details of the next prophecy to be fulfilled Ezek. chapters 38, 39 These are the names given in the prophecy: Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, Ezekiel 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: Ezekiel 38:4 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 company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Ezekiel 38:7 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 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land [that is] brought back from the sword, [and is] gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. Ezekiel 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Gog is russian leader magog is Russia. Meshech is a root word for Moscow. It will be the Russsian leader in the position that Vladmir Putin is now in. The biblical persia is Iran and Iraq together. Gomer represents Germany or France. Togarmah is east Germany. It says this is to happen in the latter years, which is the time close to the end. Now can be considered the latter years, because Israel is a nation again. Ezekiel 38:13 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? Sheba and Dedan, which are Jordan and Saudi Arabia, are going to question this army when they come toward Israel. Those names are names of people mentioned in the geneology in the bible. The lands where they lived are named after them, that is how bible scholars know what lands are being referred to . The old persian kingdom was on the land of Iran and Iraq together. Verse 38:7, shows that Russia is going to be like a guard to the armies of all of those smaller nations. Reasons why this is the next prophecy. It has not happened yet. The prophecy speaks of Israel coming back into their land from many different nations. The only time that this happened in history, is after World War 2, with Israel becoming a nation again in 1948. In the past, Israel came back into their land from only one nation, babylon. It is a future prophecy. It says in the prophecy that this would happen in the latter years or days, which is now and leading on into the future, before Jesus comes back. It is not the same as the prophecy about the Antichrist. The prophecy about the antichrist, in the book of revelation and the book of Daniel, show that Antichrist will take over the Holy Land and set up his throne in Jerusalem for the last 3 and a half years of the tribulation period, before Jesus returns. In the Ezekiel prophecy, the armies invading Israel will not take it over, but will die on the mountains of Israel before they reach Jerusalem. There is only one invasion of Israel during the tribulation period, of the book of Revelation, and it is the invasion by the Antichrist. So the Ezekiel prophecy cannot happen during the tribulation period which is the last 7 years before Jesus comes back. In the Ezekiel prophecy nations attack Israel when Israel is in control of the land and Israel dwells safely. At Armageddon, the Antichrist is in control of the land and the Jews have fled from it. The Ezekiel prophecy is not Armageddon. The Ezekiel prophecy cannot happen after the tribulation period. After the tribulation period is the Millenial reign of Christ on the Earth, ruling with the saints in glorified bodies, for a thousand years, and there is no war like the Ezekiel prophecy during that thousand years when Satan is bound and cannot deceive anyone. The Ezekiel prophecy does not happen after the thousand year reign. In Revelation, Gog and magog are mentioned, after the thousand year reign but this is just a reference to the land in which Gog and Magog lived and it is not referring to the same man Gog, in Ezekiel. [Gog and Magog are two people that lived a long time ago. The land that they lived in is called by their names.] In the Ezekiel prophecy, it shows that Israel had recently been gathered into their land and live in unwalled villages. After the millenial reign, in Revelation, people from the lands of Gog and Magog are going to attack the camp of the saints. So this cannot be the same as the Ezekiel prophecy. The saints will live in one camp, and they lived there for a thousand years already. This is different from what it says in the Ezikiel prophecy. So, the only time for the Ezekiel prophecy to happen is in the future and before the 7 year tribulation period starts. Iran is now starting to gain influence over the Shiites in Iraq. The old persian empire is Iran and Iraq together being ruled from Iran. As Iran gains more control over Iraq, it begins to look more like the old persian empire. Persia is one of the nations mentioned in the prophecy. Also Russia is allied with Iran now, and I saw on Tv that Russia has offered to enrich their uranium for them. A summary of why the Ezekiel prophecy must happen before the 7 year tribulation period begins: Ezekiel 39:9. The Jews are going to be burning the weapons for 7 years. That prevents the Ezekiel prophecy from happening during the 7 year tribulation period. At 3.5 years into the tribulation period antichrist is going to conquier Israel and rule from Jerusalem. He will persecute the Jews and the Jews will flee out of the land. If they flee out of the land, then they cannot burn weapons for 7 years. The Ezekiel prophecy is supposed to happen after Israel is brought back from other nations (that happened after world war2) and during the latter years, Ezekiel 38:8, when Israel is dwelling safely in the land. That means the prophecy will happen before the antichrist and the 7 year tribulation begins. The Ezekiel prophecy is not armageddon. Armageddon happens when the anticrhist is ruling and the Jews are not dwelling safely but are persecuted and they are not in the land; they fled out of it. It don't happen after the millenial reign either as some say. That is not latter years and the saints did not just come from other countries; they lived in a camp for a very long time, maybe a thousand years. The Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 prophecy is the next prophecy to happen and it must happen and be over for at least 7 years before the endtime sequence can begin.