With all that is prophesied to occur in the last 7 years prophecy students know that it has to happen pretty fast for it to all be completed within the 7 year period of the Tribulation (AKA 'Time of Jacob's Trouble'). There are numerous wars, plagues, natural disasters, rise and fall of empires, rise and fall of a global economy, rise and fall of a global dictator, assembly of and decimation of armies numbering in the hundreds of millions, and more.
The kick-off battles, or gateway battles, seem to be the Isaiah 17:1 prophecy of the destruction of Damascus, the Psalm 83 battle where a number of nations and organizations abutting Israel collectively attack Israel but are wiped out instead, the decimation of Egypt (Isaiah 19), and the Gog Magog battle where another collection of nations attack Israel and Israel would have been wiped out but God intervenes and wipes them out instead. For even those three battles to occur it seems like they would have to happen fast. I'm thinking not a protracted Iraq War but a type of Israeli Six Day War.
We know that Isaiah 17:1 will happen overnight, the verse later in the chapter says "In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone!" (v. 14).
The Psalm 83 battle and Gog Magog battles involve Russia. The Ezekiel 38-39 Gog Magog battle directly involves Russia. Though Russia is not mentioned as a participant in the Psalm 83 battle, because Russia is directing so many things behind the scenes in the Middle East we know that their influence, their pre-sold war materiel, and their soldiers and technicians will be on scene and involved. It is pretty obvious that Last Days battles will be short, pointed, and devastating. That said, I find it interesting that the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the same this week.
He said, “The production of weaponry must reflect the fact that modern wars will be brief and unpredictable in nature, they will not rage on for years,” Rogozin said on Wednesday at a meeting with defense industry officials. “We need a very compact, mobile, armed to the teeth army and fleet that instill fear in our enemies, and strategic nuclear forces that would ensure our [national] security,” he said."
The Deputy Prime Minister also said, "[The] Russian Army Must ‘Instill Fear in Enemies."
I think of the armies that will instill fear in enemies at the last days. I think of the verses in Ezekiel 38 describing the Russian alliance coming against Israel, "whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you. ... You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land." (Ez 38:4b-6, 9).
Bible.org says of the Kings of the East, "One of the significant developments of the twentieth century is the political and military awakening of the Orient. The great nations of Asia east of the Euphrates River, slumbering for centuries, are now beginning to stir and to become a major factor in the international situation. The geographic immensity and the millions of humanity involved make it inevitable that any future development embracing the entire world must take the Orient into consideration."
Further, "In Daniel’s prophecy of “the time of the end” beginning in Daniel 11:35, a king is pictured in the Mediterranean area who engages in a military conflict with the king of the south, the king of the north, and a military force from the east. Although identification of this king is difficult, the most plausible explanation is that he is the head of the revived Roman Empire who at this point has assumed the role of a world dictator. In the period just prior to the second coming of Christ in the latter part of the great tribulation, major portions of the world will rebel against him. This explains the military conflict with armies pushing against him from the south, the north, and from the east."
In the prophecy it is stated in Daniel 11:44, “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.”
Furious and fast destruction...that is the forecast, according to the bible. Bible.org again, "Two important passages in Revelation, namely, 9:13-21 and 16:12-16 contribute to the conclusion that one of the large armies employed in the final world conflict will be a military force of great power which comes from the Orient." And that is what Russia and China are doing.
Can you imagine armies that stomp through your town, tanks rolling, big rigs carting missiles, men wearing gear, clanking, hundreds of millions of them? All with intent to instill fear, utterly destroy?
This badly translated article from a Turkish paper lays it out plainly, and look how consistent it is with the bible:
"Russia, China, Syria, Iran (New Axis) vs USA, Israel, England, France (Allies forever)
"Iran has warned that in case of an attack by either the US or Israel, it will target 32 American bases in the Middle East and close the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which is strategically and logistically a key point as an estimated 40 % of the world’s oil supply passes through the important waterway."
Yup, it's the new axis, just as the old bible said it would be. And war along those very lines is coming soon to a town near you.
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