Who are all the countries involved in the “Ezekiel” battle (Ezekiel 38-39), if known?

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Who are all the countries involved in the “Ezekiel” battle (Ezekiel 38-39), if known?

Post by Admin on Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:37 am

This is a major military event that occurs during the period of time we frequently call the “end times.” There is some dispute as to when this battle takes place: (1) during the time in between the Rapture (I Thessalonians 4:13-18) and the beginning of the Tribulation (Daniel 9:27), or (2) at the midpoint of the Tribulation (3½ years into the 7-year Tribulation period). In the “Left Behind” movie and book, it takes place before the Rapture. Regardless, it is a battle where a confederation of nations surrounds and attacks Israel. It seems that, for such an attack to take place, the United States—the chief (and sometimes solitary) ally of Israel—will be inconsequential. With the US being the most evangelized nation on earth, it only makes sense that the Rapture would impact the US more than any other nation on earth. If that is correct, the US could virtually overnight be reduced to a second- or even third-class power on the world stage, leaving the door open for such an attack to take place. However, Ezekiel 38:11 seems to suggest that the nation of Israel will be living in peace, which seems to lend itself to the idea that the attack takes place during the time during the Tribulation that Israel is living under the protection of the Antichrist. All that being said, who are these countries? Led by a leader named Gog (probably a title versus an actual name), the Biblical countries/regions mentioned in Ezekiel 38 are Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, Togarmah, Magog, Persia, Ethiopia (Cush) and Libya. In today’s terms, we think these areas are approximately: Rosh (the Hebrew word for “chief prince” used in Ezekiel 38:2-3; combining that with the mention of enemy forces from the “far north” (Ezekiel 38:6, 15) leads scholars to think “Rosh” refers to modern-day Russia. “Magog” is thought to translate to the geographic area of Central Asia, and of the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan (70% Islam), Kyrgyzstan (64%), Uzbekistan (88%), Turkmenistan (93%), Tajikistan (98%), and possibly even northern parts of modern-day Afghanistan (99%). Incidentally, all of these former Soviet entities are today majority Muslim nations. Meshech and Tubal refers to an area south of the Black and Caspian seas, which is modern-day Turkey. Persia refers to the nation that was renamed Iran in 1935 and the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. Ethiopia may include modern-day Sudan. Put is the Biblical name of the area of modern-day Libya, and it may also include areas of modern-day North African nations of Algeria and Tunisia. Gomer also refers to areas of modern-day Turkey, as does Beth-togarmah, which could also include Azerbaijan (95%) and Armenia (Armenian Apostolic Church—Christian). Regardless of the “cast of characters,” the Bible teaches that Israel will be supernaturally delivered by God Himself—leaving all these invaders totally destroyed (Ezekiel 38:19-22)

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