We have been on this series for a long time. We have talked about the meaning of the word Armageddon, armageddon as an event, the Reason for God's judgement on the nations, the connection between the Great day of the Lord and Armageddon, and the State of the World prior to Armageddon. Under this segment we will look at the nations that will be involved in the battle of Armageddon, what will lead to the battle and the stages of the battle and how it will end.
1.The Nations Involved
The bible gives us information about the nations that will fight at Armageddon. The nations are divided into two. Those that would fight against Isreal and the Antichrist and those that will fight in support of Isreal and the Antichrist.
Let's look at Daniel 11:40,44
And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
According to Dan. chap.11 and other scriptures, towards the end of the age there will be four principal power blocks! The King of the West ( the revived Roman Empire associated to the Middle east and in agreement with the U.S.A). Next is the king of the North; Russia and the former communist satellite nations including eastern Europe. The king of the South; Egypt and other African nations,iincluding Nigeria. The king of the East - China and the orient nations. We are told in the above scriptures(verse 40) that the king of the South and the North pushes at the antichrist while in verse 44 we are told tidings out of the east troubles him so he goes forth to destroy(battle) but the only side that does not trouble him is the West because he is all of the West. The Kings of the North, South and East shall make war against the Antichrist, Isreal, the U.S and western Europe.
Ezekiel chap. 38 also gives information about the nations that fight at Armageddon. In verses 2-3, the prophet is told to prophesy again Gog( chief prince of Meshech and Tubal), the land of Magog. 'Gog' refers to the title of a leader rather the name of an individual nor a city. Magog in modern day territory would be Russia. The leader then was a figure of the type of President the nation of Russia will have towards the end. Gog then seemed to be a descendant of one of the sons of Noah; Japheth in Gen 10:2. He typed a tyrannical leader that will possess an evil thought, an evil agenda.
Verse 5 mentions Persia(Iran), Ethiopia(not necessarily modern day Ethiopia but could actually be present day Sudan) and Libya as part of the nations that come along with Russia against the Antichrist and Isreal. Verse 6 speaks of Gomer and all his bands, the house of togarmah of the north quarters and all his bands . Gomer is Eastern Turkey; Beth Togarmah is central Asia: Islamic southern Republics of the former Soviet Union - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tadzhikistan, & Kazakhstan. Ezekiel 38:13 tells us the nations that fight against Russia and its allies; Sheba and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish which are Western Europe with all the young lions - U.S.A, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. It also takes in the former kingdoms of England.
2. The Reason for the Battle
Ezekiel Chapter 38:2,3 tells why God is against Gog 'a figure of the last Russian leader' and the reason is in verse 10; because so many things shall come to his mind and he shall think an 'evil thought'. We see what the evil thought is in verses 11-12.
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
The book of Ezekiel helps us to understand that Russia spearheads the rebellion against the Antichrist and thus the invasion of Isreal. What are the reasons for this?
Let me put some information about Russia from an article online;
"Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian government has continued to collapse into chaos. Russian business is largely run by Russian organized crime. At the present, those who have the money dictate politics. It's the present world system's golden rule: He who has the gold makes the rules."
"The Russian mob is just as interested in conquering the Middle East to obtain a cheap source of oil as any preceding legitimate government of Russia ever was.
A number of old politicians and military officers cannot bear Russia's present humiliation. They passionately want to restore Russia as a super power. Economically, Russia is a disaster. But from the standpoint of the invention and creation of military weapons, the Russians are world class. And the legacy of the Soviet Union years is the most formidable arsenal of weapons in history. More than once Russian leaders have reminded Western leaders of this point when they felt ignored in world decisions."
"Russia has, in keeping with the above purpose, opted to go to the Third World, where it can exercise great authority and lead it. Now the dominant power bloc in the third world is the oil rich Muslim nations. So it fits into Russian overall strategy to help the Muslims in order to establish leadership over them, and to form a power base from which they can build toward super power status."
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I really believe there is an element of truth in the above information posted about Russia. Russia does have interest in the Middle east and seeks to help this third world countries acquire enough weapons to defend themselves against Western Countries.
To be continued.
Bro JOEL for CHRIST!!!!
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