A Prophet-ed War

There is, in the Tanach (Old Testament) in Yehezkel (Ezekiel) a reference to a great army that comes down and tries to destroy Israel. And, Yehezkel makes a list of everyone in that army: Gog, Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and Togarmah.

(Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all religious on you, or at least not more than I normally do.)

No one really quite knows who Gog is, or Gomer and Togarmah, but EVERYONE knows who Persia is.

So, anyway, there’s this prophet in the bible that predicts that an army that includes Persia will come down and attack Israel, and I’ve always had a problem with working that one out geopolitically. How in the world would Persia (Iran) EVER be able to be a part of such an attack? If Iran went around Iraq and attacked Israel, Saddam Hussein would take the opportunity to destroy Iran while Iran was occupied with trying to destroy Israel.

Then, right before our very eyes, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq fell apart. It will be a decade before Iraq will have the military capacity to worry Iran, if she should decide to attack Israel.

But, I still could not understand why Iran would WANT to attack Israel. True, since the fall of the Shah, Iran has always been a trouble-maker in the Middle East, but invade Israel?

It just didn’t make sense.

That is, until a few months ago when I discovered this Shiite prophecy that requires that Israel be destroyed before the Mahdi (Islamic Messiah) will return.

Um, THAT is a powerful incentive for religious nuts to go to war.

So, I finally started to see the how and the why. Now, I just lack the ‘when’.

Except, I started to see the ‘when’ on Saturday morning, when I turned on my computer and saw the number one story on the Jerusalem Post web site:

Iran to provide Syria with $1b for new weapons

Here is a country that is suffering from terrible economic mismanagement. The people don’t have enough fuel. They don’t have enough jobs. Their economy is shrinking. They are spending vast amounts of money on a nuclear weapons project.

And, they are throwing a BILLION dollars at the Syrians?

Whoa.

Or maybe, that word should have been ‘woe’. 

12 thoughts on “A Prophet-ed War

  1. Now, that explains alot.
    I wondered about that myself…why don’t they (muslims) just go on with life..
    It’s not like Israel is this big huge piece of land.

    as a Christian, I do not feel the need to live in Bethlehem

    At first, I just thought they wanted full control of the Mideast, but America isn’t over there…what’s their plan, then? Mexico? South America? Austrailia? It sounds like they are on a world mission…I pray the communists destroy them before they destroy us.
    Communists don’t seem to be as nutso:)

    Isn’t it somewhere in the Bible about the destruction of Israel?

  2. The Assyrians conquered and destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel in about 722 BC (about 2700 years ago). The Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem in 586 BC (about 2600 years ago). Jerusalem and the Temple were later rebuilt but were destroyed again, this time by the Romans 70 AD. In 135 AD, the Romans again attacked and destroyed Jerusalem.

    Bible prophets, more than 2000 years ago, often spoke of a future restoration of the land of Israel. Many of those prophets lived during times in which their homeland was being conquered and destroyed by a succession of ancient empires. Today, we can see with our own eyes what some of those prophets saw with theirs – the current restoration of Israel – a nation that until 1948 had not been a united and sovereign nation for nearly 2900 years.
    Here are some passages that prophesies the return of a strong Israeli nation.
    Deuteronomy 30:3-5
    Isaiah 27:12-13
    Isaiah 35:1-2
    Isaiah 41:18-20
    Isaiah 43:5-6
    Isaiah 51:3
    Jeremiah 32:44
    Ezekiel 36:8-11
    Ezekiel 36:33-35
    Ezekiel 37:10-19
    Hosea 3:4-5
    Joel 2:22

    There are more references from the Bible. This was simply copy and paste from some sites I use at times.

    I also wonder about the peoples listed in the Bible as Israel’s enemies and the current political states that exist (i.e. Iran/Persia). I don’t think today’s states can completely describe who will be Israel’s enemies and who will not. It certainly seems there are some crazy leaders trying to push the 12th Iman into appearing. The new British PM said today that military action against Iran isn’t off the table. It seems to me that if you give Iran’s current government enough rope, they’ll hang themselves. Let’s hope so.

  3. Arch?……ARCH!!!!!!!!!!

    Where are you when we need you?

    How about some male leadership here

    Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!!

    Unless MR. BIGS wants to step out on a limb…

    John that’s you…

  4. tedders? Why my oh my!!!

    Now ANNA don’t you go just reading the words people write. You should go read it for yourself.

    Otherwise you’ll be acused of having a brass ring in your nose.

  5. Thank you for the Bible references:)

    As for SP…I am not into that
    I heard on the news the other day about 2 brothers getting hurt in the
    “Running with the Bulls” in Spain.
    Idiots.
    Why would someone do that?

  6. Zzzzzzzzzz…

    ….huh?

    Did someone say ‘John’?

    Oh, uh… the… uh, destruction of Israel.

    Yes.

    I mean, NO!

    Invasion, yes. From the North, but destruction NO – definitely not.

    That would be very impolite, and the bible seems to indicate otherwise.

    Definitely.

    Now, let me get back to that…. ….Zzzzzzzz

  7. I think Mr. Bigs is enjoying himself. I can think of a lot of better more interesting and enjoyable things to be doing so early in the day…

    Of course (&* ^$%@ 2 B &^$$&^$ 2 *( %$@# AND TRUST #$ &% @)(^* )(# ! :):):):):):)

    cOMpUtERs i HaTe It WHen ThAt hApPeNs

    Running of the bulls HELLO!!! The same reason someone jumps from a plane or bungi jumps or goes really fast down I-10. Directed rebellion. I am certain there are many reasons. Shear BOREDOM could even be one.

    To blow off steam.

    For the thrill of it.

    It’s an adrenaline rush.

    It beats drugs and alcohol?

    John, have you ever done anything reckless? Oh wait, he’s catching some zzzzzzzzzz’s

    I think he has……

  8. Ahmadinejad is a twitt.

    Look at the picture. Seriously, he has terrible posture.

    Actually he looks rather deflated in the picture.

    Momma says he’s a shrimp. LoL

    Bashar looks constipated.

    And what does Leibermann mean by reorganizing Israels Political and military strategy?

    Aren’t all the war heads pointed in Irans direction already? John, you should tell them to do this if they haven’t already.

    If they think Israel is a dove than they haven’t been watching the survival of the fittest.

    Are you still sleeping sweetie???

    HEY GUYS!!!!
    I vote I go wake him up the sassypants way

    Anna what do you think?

  9. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…great talking to you…i hope your trip was wonderful…great to be back reading your blog…always excellent…stay safe my dear friend

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