The world today is like a bomb with a lighted fuse!
Conditions everywhere indicate that it is only a matter of time before the bomb is ignited. Once lit, 7-years later, the Day of the Lord will end with the traumatic events of the Battle of Armageddon on the mountains of Israel.
But when does the Battle of Gog and Magog take place? Is it different than Armageddon? If so, should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
For the last five decades, the Battle of Gog and Magog has caused a lot of confusion in the church regarding who, what, when and why the battle takes place. It is almost universally accepted that Ezekiel’s invasion of Israel will be led by Russia and could take place any day now.
So should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
I don’t think so!
In a few weeks we are going to study this controversial end-time war from Ezekiel 38 and 39. For decades, popular prophecy teachers have told us this is a preliminary invasion of Israel led by Russia that has nothing to do with the Battle of Armageddon. We’re going to explain why the Russian theory is misplaced and simply not correct.
The Prophet Ezekiel describes this end-time invasion of Israel from the north. He refers to Gog as the prince or leader of a coalition of Muslim nations who I believe is Antichrist. Ezekiel tells us that the ruler Gog is from the land of Magog which is a reference to Turkey.
So in a nutshell, I see this as Antichrist leading the Caliphate armies into Israel for the final Battle of Armageddon. In-other-words, like most prophecies in the Book of Revelation, Ezekiel’s prophecy is simply telling the Old Testament version (Amos 3:7) of the same story of the New Testament Battle of Armageddon that John tells in Revelation 14, 16, 19 and 20.
Read Ezekiel 38 and 39
So to help prepare for the May 18 class, please take the time to read and study Ezekiel 38 and 39. I recommend the MacArthur Study Bible (large print). You can also get the App.
Four Study Questions
Here are Four Study Questions to ponder about the Ezekiel War:
1. Is Ezekiel 39:11-16 describing the clean up of modern nuclear weapons? Are nuclear weapons described elsewhere specifically during the Battle of Armageddon? See Zech. 14:12-15
2. Is Ezekiel 38 and 39 a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel that’s not mentioned anywhere else in Bible prophecy? Asked another way, is Russia prophesied anywhere else in the Bible to fulfill the requirement of Ezek. 39:8?
3. If the battle takes place before the Battle of Armageddon, either before the Tribulation begins or during the first half of the Tribulation, how is it possible that God pronounces the result of the battle is the salvation of Israel? See Ezek. 39:29.
4. Is Gog, Antichrist, or is he some unknown preliminary invader (Putin?) disconnected from all other Bible prophecy? If Russia isn’t found somewhere else in Old Testament Bible prophecies than how can it fulfill Ezek. 38:17?
So the House of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.
When The Beast Arrives
The most common term for the Empire of Antichrist in the book of Revelation is “beast” where it appears some 36 times. Revelation picks up the term from Daniel 7 where the prophet Daniel uses it to portray the Gentile empires that would follow Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian Empire.
Thus far in our studies of the Empire of Antichrist we have determined that the precise identity of the beast is the revived Ottoman Caliphate that fulfills Revelation 17:9-11 as Satan’s 8th and final empire.
What will the beast be like?
When the Caliphate returns after being dormant for 100 years, it may best be described as “ISIS on Steroids” except this time around, when the Jihad conquering begins in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Islamic State will be led by the unholy trinity of Satan, Antichrist and the False Prophet not Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed leader of the ISIS Caliphate.
The UNHOLY TRINITY is described as follows,
13 And I saw coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs; 14 for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.
According to Daniel and Revelation the beast is unstoppable! Antichrist and his forces who will be powered by the enemy become so overwhelming they never experience defeat until crushed by Jesus at His Second Coming.
During the unstoppable wars in the Tribulation, the Ottoman Caliphate’s methodology will not have changed since its barbaric 500 year rule from 1453 to 1922.
The Ottoman rule began with genocide against the Romans in 1453 when they slaughtered 10’s of 1,000’s in it’s conquest of Constantinople and the Ottoman rule ended with genocide of the 1-million Armenian’s in the waning days of WWI. The Islamic Caliphate was purely satanic then and will be 7 times worse in the Tribulation!
The horrors the world will soon face is beyond comprehension as Antichrist assaults one nation after another beginning in the Middle East using hatred, enmity, rape, servitude, ethnic cleansing, jihad and genocide.
Islam is NOT the “religion of peace” as Obama/Biden and George Bush would falsely have us believe. That’s a sad attempt to cover the bloodshed commanded by the Quran.
Revelation 17 coins the religious system of Islam as the “MOTHER OF HARLOTS” which is released under the sovereignty of God to set up mankind’s judgment and fulfill Jesus’ prophecy in Mt. 24:21 of the worst period in history.
As a reminder of it’s evil nature, we see all these features prominently displayed in the genocide taking place in Africa today.
While much of the church thinks Antichrist is a man of peace who will rise from Europe, the spirit of Antichrist is already here on full display in the theatres like the Middle East and North Africa. And it’s not pretty.
On March 24, scores of people were massacred or forced to flee during an Islamic terror attack in the city of Palma, Mozambique, near a major gas plant in the Cabo Delgado province. Pictured: Internally displaced people from Palma gather in the Sports Center in the city of Pemba to receive humanitarian aid on April 2, 2021. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images)
Imagine the nightmare when millions of similar events detailed below, break out daily, during the reckless reign of the Beast.
- After a mosque leaders’ wife embraced Christianity, and as a form of “retribution,” the imam ordered the rape of three Christian girls related to a local pastor…. — Morning Star News, March 11, 2021, Uganda.
- “Intercourse with a girl below the age of 16 is statutory rape in Pakistan, but in most cases a falsified conversion certificate and Islamic marriage certificate influence police to pardon kidnappers.” — Morning Star News, March 12, 2012, Pakistan.
- On March 20, a court “changed a sentence of life imprisonment to the death penalty for a Christian convicted of sending a blasphemous text message in 2011″…. Such petitions are “seen often as a service to Islam and as jihad or holy war against blasphemers.” according to the report. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “Muslims demand to make capital punishment the only penalty for blasphemy”…. The courts increasingly seem to be complying. — Union of Catholic Asian News, March 29, 2021, Pakistan.
- “That night, our village was attacked…. I was at home with my four children. We tried to escape to the woods, but they took my eldest son and beheaded him. We couldn’t do anything because we would be killed too.” — Save the Children, March 16, 2021, Mozambique.
- “In one of the worst attacks last year, the jihadists turned a village soccer field into an execution ground where they beheaded more than 50 people in three days of savage violence.” — Barnabas Fund, March 30, 2021, Mozambique.
So Why Study the Empire of Antichrist? What Difference Does it Make? 3 Reasons Why!
Why it is Beneficial to study the meanings behind the 7 “beast images” and the Empire of Antichrist and the various heads and 10 horns found throughout Scripture?
We offer at least three reasons why it is beneficial to study the meanings and discover the proper interpretations of the main players in the end times and their geo-political trends for today.
First, these images give Bible-studying Christians an ability to accurately determine the “season” of the age in which we are living in right now.
For example, were Jews to study Daniel and accept the book of Revelation also as inspired Scripture, they would not be so blind to the coming holocaust of the Tribulation spoken about so vividly in Daniel.
The Jewish people are living on the verge of imminent disaster but an understanding of what the Word says of the last days may be all it takes for some to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
And an understanding of these topics better prepares the Christian to identify the “prophetic season.”
Second, a proper understanding of the beasts provides a bulwark against deception.
God’s clash with Antichrist and the beast is the major theme in the Book of Revelation and the beast’s blasphemous religious system led by the Quran and the enforcement of Sharia is its driving force.
Believers around the world need to wake up to the fact that Islam is also the most dangerous threat to the church today. One only needs to travel to the Middle East and North Africa to see for themselves. Where are all the Christians? Where are Christianity’s historic cultural sights? The slaughter is increasing!
The Last Days are characterized as deceptive and as a trap, and expressly so the last-day ruler and the Dragon (Satan). This time is truly treacherous. Our enemy is the father of lies and deception (John 8:44).
“The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie.”
2 Thessalonians 2:9
We are convinced that those deception times are already upon us today. Is Christendom ready? Are you?
And Third, not only is Turkey and the 10 kings relevant to our time today, but also Satan’s 7 Empires.
The visions of the world’s 7 empires apply to us today. How so?
All 7 of them, along with the 10 kings, will be in existence and on the world scene during the Last Days when Christ returns. That means they are here now and already rising to their destiny to become part of the beast. The prophet Daniel says that it will be,
“In the time of those kings, that the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed”
This gives us all the more reason to sit up and be “on watch” of the movements surrounding Turkey, Syria. Iraq, Iran and Israel and the rapidly developing events of the Middle East before it becomes the “missile-east” in the Tribulation!
These are the days when our generation should be plugged in and watching as never before. Knowing and understanding the aspects of the Beast Empire gives believers stability in the last days.
God knew the relevance of Turkey, and how the accompanying geo-political events surrounding it’s rise would become front and center before the Rapture.
And the Lord knew the church would need discernment for interpreting the developing events to avoid confusion. So the Lord graciously gave us His prophetic Word to point us in the right direction.
Those who aren’t paying attention miss this connection and walk blindly through the end times and therefore will find themselves more vulnerable to deception.
Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mysteries
What is the Image of the Beast Described in Revelation 13:15?
Few prophecies generate more wild speculation than the image of the beast that speaks!
The interpretation of the image that speaks and how it speaks is one of the topics we will decode this Tuesday related to the Empire of Antichrist.
Prior verses note that the False Prophet will be able to perform false miracles to deceive people (Revelation 13:13–14). Then the False Prophet oversees the construction of something that speaks and is identified as the Image of the Beast.
Is it possible to know what this image is? Not only does the image speak but it commands people to bow down and worship it. If people refuse to bow down and worship the Image they will be killed.
Telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
The mandatory death sentence to those who refuse to bow and worship the image is a clear parallel to Nebuchadnezzar’s ruling in Daniel 3 that whoever refused to bow down and worship his image must be killed.
At that time, Daniel’s three friends refused to worship the image and were thrown into a white-hot furnace, but God delivered them (Daniel 3). Similarly, a remnant of faithful believers will refuse to bow down and worship the Image of the Beast in the Tribulation will be killed.
Nebuchadnezzar’s Image and the enforcement of mandatory worship in Daniel 3 is a picture that foreshadows the False Prophet’s image in Revelation 13:15.
They go together. Daniel 3 lays the foundation for helping us interpret and better understand Revelation 13:15.