The prophet Ezekiel was in Babylonian exile (597 BC), 11 years before the destruction of Jerusalem (Eze 1:3; 2Ki 24:14-16; Jer 29:1). He was confronted by a divine vision of God's glory, which he vividly described as a great cloud coming out of the north. He saw a wheel platform engulfed in a raging fire, carried by four living creatures, on which was enthroned the Lord's fiery majesty (1:1-28).
The Jewish people believed that the temple of God was insurance for their survival and their "sacrifices an antidote to the spiritual poison afflicting them." The temple and its service were a reflection of the people-if the nation was empty, then the temple was a mere shell; if their deeds were evil, then their sacrifices were an abomination to God. The Jewish people were now defenseless against Nebuchadnezzar's invasion and subsequent deportation to Babylon (2Ki 24).
The Lord commissioned Ezekiel to be the prophet to the exiles. His message was that one day, God would gather the Jewish people from the four corners of the earth and restore them to the land of Israel (Eze 28:25). Once reunited with their covenant promise, they would never be removed again (Joel 3:16-21). His vision encompassed the heavens, and his words revealed the rebirth of the Jewish nation. And it was Ezekiel whom God chose to give His revelation of the final battles that would usher in earth's last empire.
Ezekiel 38 says that in the last days state that there is a king whose name is Gog, who will rule over the nations of Magog. Gog will gather these nations and cause them to rise up and overtake Israel. God Himself, who reigns supreme within His Eternal Kingdom, will exercise His retribution and miraculously defend Israel against the armies that come against the Jewish people (Eze 38-39; Reve 20:8). Ezekiel pronounced a prophecy to Gog where he described three events: Gog's plan to thrust his mighty military armies against Israel (Eze 38:10). Jehovah's wrath overcomes Gog and Magog within His Covenant Land (Eze 38:18-22; Joel 2:20; Zech 14). Israel's seven-month cleansing of the devastating aftermath (Eze 39:12). Gog and Magog are a series of wars in the "middle of the week," or three and a half years after the Antichrist negotiates a peace treaty with Israel (Dan 9:27). The battle of Armageddon happens seven years after the peace treaty. Once again, the hand of God will come against the invading armies who attack Israel.
Who is involved in this war?
It is widely believed that Rosh is Russia. Meshach and Tubal as the Russian cities of Moscow and Tobolsk. Magog, Tubal, and Meshach can be traced back to Gen 10:1-2: "Now this is the genealogy of the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshach, and Tiras." The names listed in Ezekiel 38 are the sons of Japheth. "The word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, set they face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshach and Tubal, and prophesy against him. And says, Thus said the Lord God: 'Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshach and Tubal.'" (vv.2-3).
This is where the prophet Ezekiel is commanded by God to deliver a message against a man (Gog) and his kingdom (Magog). Certain anthropologists believe that Noah, Japheth, and their families migrated "to the north beyond the Caspian and Black Seas after the great flood, instead of going south, as did Shem, (the Shemites) and Ham, (the Hamites). Noah and Japheth then settled in the area of Rosh, which is modern-day Russia.
The prophet Ezekiel stated that the following nations will join Russia, King of the North, in a massive military invasion of Israel: "Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet" (Eze 38:5). Persia is modern-day Iran. The Persians have been on the stage of world history since the sixth century BC. They originated under King Cyrus were the fourth empire in the Mediterranean, succeeding Egypt, Assyria and Babylon. The Persian Empire was described in Daniel's vision (7:5) as one of the four global empires, which ruled over Israel and will come against them in the Gog and Magog Wars. However, they will be buried on the hills of Israel and join the other nations in the boneyard of hunan history that have come against God's Chosen.
The Persians underwent a successful coup d'etat in 1921 that removed the ruling Qajar dynasty from power. Persian's name changed to Iran in 1935 at the prompting of Nazi associates of the Persian ambassador to Germany. Later, in 1979, Iran's name became the Islamic Republic of Iran after the revolution put the radical Muslim Shiite supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, in power. Iran's republic continues to be an extremist, death-worshipping, religious dictatorship that threatens to use nuclear force against America and Israel at every opportunity. Moses fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian slave master (Ex 2:15). He did not go south into African Ethiopia but into the Ethiopia of the Arabian Peninsula (Midian), and there he took a Semite Ethiopian woman as his wife. Therefore, when Ezekiel spoke of Ethiopia and Libya (a region west of the Nile), he was speaking of the Arab states around Israel.
In Eze 38:6 says "Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops." Some identify Gomer noted that the Gomerites were identified with the Galatians, who inhabited what today is central Turkey. Ashkenaz, Gomer's eldest son, founded the Ashkenazians (Germany), who were identified by the Greeks as Rheginians.
"House of Togarmah" is in modern Turkey, located north of Israel. Germany and Turkey will also join the nations that will follow Russia in the massive land invasion of Israel in the Gog and Magog Wars.
What will ignite the Gog and Magog Wars?
Israel will make a seven-year peace treaty with the Antichrist, who forms a ten-nation pack following the collapse of the European Union. At this time, the EU will be in a state of chaos, both economically and socially, following the Rapture of the church. Israel will be confident that these ten nations, comprising the revised Roman Empires in Europe, will give them complete protection from Russia and Iran. They will be sadly mistaken and deceived. In three and a half years, this treaty will be broken by the Antichrist, who is known to the Jewish people as Amalek, the first recorded anti-Semite (Ex 17:8). Israel will be attacked with a massive land invasion led by Russia and followed by Iran, Libya, Turkey and Arab Islamic nations. Ezekiel prophesied concerning the leadership of Russia in 38:6, saying, "Many people are with you.“
In recent years, Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, and Hamas have repeatedly attacked Israel. Europe's leadership is in disarray-the United Kingdom has left the European Union, and Germany is swamped with Islamic immigrants who are bringing utter chaos to the already fractured region. Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany and leader of the European Union, said , "The world is coming apart at the seams.“ France is also unstable. Vicious radical Islamic terrorists are spilling French blood, using speeding trucks to kill and maim men, women, and children as they celebrate Bastille Day, stabbing and killing two young innocent women at the Marseille Saint-Charles Train Station, and gunning down concert-goers and cafe patrons, taking 130 lives and injuring 352 more. The Jews of France are fleeing to Israel, America, and other nations of the world due to growing anti-Semitism in Europe, spurred by assaults such as the deadly Jewish market attack in Paris.
When will Gog's and Magog's invasion occur?
Eze 38:15 says, "Then Russia will come from their place out of the far north." On Sept 15, 2015, Russia moved its military forces "out of the far north" into the Middle East, specifically Syria. And Iran and Syria have had a strategic alliance ever since the start of the Iran-Iraq War in 1980. Russia and Iran are currently plotting the genesis of the Gag and Magog Wars that Ezekiel clearly stated shall be "In the latter years" (38:8). On Nov 2, 1917, when foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour wrote an urgent letter to Britain's most distinguished Jewish citizen, Baron Rothschild, expressing the British government's support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The letter became known as the Balfour Declaration.
The Jewish nation has been liberated from their Gentile graves. They are home; they do not occupy the land-the own the land of Israel. They are prospering and thriving in every dimension of life. Israel lives. "For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land" (Eze 36:24). "Thus says the Lord God to these bones; 'Surely I will cause breath to come into you, and you shall live'" (Exe 37:5).
After almost 2000 years of wandering, the exiles have come home "in the latter years," as prophesied by Ezekiel. The miracle of miracles happened May 14, 1948, the Jewish state was reborn as a nation. President Harry Truman recognized the Jewish state 11 minutes after it was read by then premier Ben-Gurion. On December 6, 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of the state of Israel by announcing the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City.