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Why is Ezekiel 38 trending on Twitter?

An aerial photo at sunset of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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Twitter exploded after photos emerged of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Iran’s Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

It was Putin’s first international visit since his invasion of Ukraine, and it was unmistakable that Putin was showing the world that he still has allies.

Also in attendance was Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is trying to broker a deal that would end Russia’s blockade of Ukraine’s ports, allowing needed grain shipments to leave.

But it left Turkey looking like a Putin ally as well.

However, the meeting also caught the attention of those studying Biblical end times events because it could be a precursor to fulfilling an infamous end times war, also called Armageddon, where several nations attacking Israel.

This included Gog and Magog, Persia, Cush and Gomer, described in Ezekiel 38.

Persia, of course, fits modern Iran, but there have been a few questions on who Gog and Magog described since it seems to be the major player in this war. Gog is the leader of this nation called Magog.

But many believe it is Russia because of the clues provided by these end-times prophets.

One, found in Ezekiel 38:15, describes Gog and Magog being in the uttermost parts of the north.

15 You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. (Ezekiel 38:15 ESV)

Basically, this verse is describing an area that was the farthest north of Israel that you could get.

Today, that location is currently occupied by Russia.

Verses 2 of this chapter, may also give a second clue as Ezekiel provides this interesting description of Magog:

The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech[a] and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech[b] and Tubal. (Ezekiel 38:1-3 ESV)

The ESV footnote (a) on Meshech reads “Or Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech.” Remembering that Ezekiel was having visions of these end times event, some have wondered if the word “Rosh” is his Hebrew rendering of Russia.

And because many connect Russia with Gog and Magog, CBN reports that Putin’s visit has resulted in Ezekiel 38 trending on Social media:

But Ezekiel was not the only prophet to describe this great last days battle.

In his description, the Prophet Daniel refers to one of the protagonists as a bear, which is a symbol often used of Russia.

Banner depicting the Russian Bear unfurled by Russian football supporters in the lead-up to Euro 2008. The inscription reads “Forward, Russia!”. Credit: Roman Kovrigin/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 3.0

And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’ (Daniel 7:4 NASV)

And when we talk about this end times Gog and Magog battle, the prophets hint that it could include nuclear weapons, which Russia has already threatened to use in its war against Ukraine.

Iran of course is also close to developing nuclear weapons, and Israel also has a nuclear arsenal.

In his vision, the prophet Zechariah said that this battle would result in two thirds of Israel being wiped out (Zechariah 13:7-9).

But he adds an interesting description of this war.

He saw a plague that caused the eyes, tongues, and flesh of people to be stripped off them while they were still standing:

12 Now this will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth. (Zechariah 14:12 NASV)

In other words, it would be instantaneous and would take place before these people’s bodies hit the ground.

There was nothing, in Zechariah’s day, that was capable of doing this. But if Zechariah was seeing events taking place thousands of years in the future, it would fit the description of the fallout from a nuclear blast.

Are Gog and Magog referring to Russia, and is Putin’s visit to Iran, a harbinger of things to come? Only time will tell.

READ: Are the Biblical End Times Upon Us? The Shocking Russia-Iran Moment That Just Caused Ezekiel 38 to Trend on Social Media AND Ukraine war: Putin visits Iran in rare international trip

I did a podcast on whether the Bible end times prophecies speak of nuclear war:

82 | What do the prophets Zechariah and John have to say about nuclear war?

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