15 jets were flying low over the waters of the Red Sea in order to avoid radar detection.
They flew southward until entering international air space over the Gulf of Aden, here they turned west into the Arabian Sea and climbed to 30,000 ft. for an in-flight refueling operation. After taking on a load of fuel, the heavily laden F-15s shot up to a peak altitude of 50,000 ft. and turned northward skirting the western tip of Oman as they entered the Persian Gulf.
By now Iranian air defenses were well aware of the intruding Israeli jets and frantically begin to scramble their own fighters, the Qaher-313 or “Dominant” as they are called in English. At the same time the new Russian made S-400 Growler anti-aircraft missiles were being readied for launch. These high tech missiles are regarded by the west as one of the most potent anti-aircraft missile systems to date, with a radar guidance ability of tracking 100 targets at the same time in any weather.
But the old saying of too little too late favored the F-15s as they locked their radar systems onto the primary target—the Bushehr nuclear weapons plant along the Persian Gulf coast in Iran.
The F-15s radar system, in turn, programmed the two JADAM’s (joint direct attack munition) carried under the aircraft’s wings. The “smart bombs” with “Stand-Off” tail kits allow the bombs to fly to their programmed target like a short range missile. Since the JADAM’s were nuclear tipped bunker busters, the Stand-OFF technology will allow the pilots to turn away as soon as the bomb is released, thus saving both plane and pilot from being victims of their own exploding ordinance. The “Magog War” has begun.
This is my scenario as to how the coming Magog war could commence since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Israel will not allow Iran to possess nuclear weapons.
In August 2011, the head of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Secretary-General Saaed (Said) Jalili, and the head of the National Security Council of the Russian Federation, Secretary Nikolai Platonovich met in Tehran where they (the Russian Federation) pledged to defend Iran if they were ever attacked by NATO or Israeli forces. Russia and Iran has since brought China into the pact, and today this three-way alliance is known as the Eurasian Triple Alliance; an extremely powerful bloc of nations to have to contend with at any level. And now, this powerful bloc of countries are about to execute a counter strike on the tiny Jewish state of Israel—a country that God has promised to protect!
God sums up the coming invasion like this: “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon will grow dark, and the stars will diminish their brightness.” (Joel 3:14, 15), and then, a warning: “But the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” V.16
Woe unto the weak who say: “I am strong” for you are no more than a drop in the bucket before the God of Israel. The fact is O Magog, you and your allies, like a puppet on a string will be used to bring about His glory and honor—and you will have no choice! For thus says the God of Jacob: “I will turn you around, and put hooks into your jaws and lead you out with all your army….” Ezekiel 38:4. Putting that into modern day vernacular, God will drag Russia and her Muslim allies kicking and screaming into Israel and upon the mountains of Israel Magog and all his allies will die.
The alliance that Russia has signed, as mentioned earlier, is a pledge to Iran for protection from the western powers of NATO, even this pledge of protection is mentioned in the prophecy, while speaking of Magog and his allies, Ezekiel writes: Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your allies that are gathered with you; and be a guard for them.” Ezekiel 38:7
The Muslim states that are united with Russia in this invasion will be: Persia (Iran), Ethiopia (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco), Lebanon, Gomer (centeral Asia), Togarmah (Turkey), Ezekiel 38:5, 6. Since Turkey is a present day member of NATO and thus an ally, we can expect Turkey to bail out of its alliance with NATO and partner with its Muslim brothers.
China does not avail itself to this invasion except at a token level. I believe China wants these countries to beat up on one another and then move in afterword where it will be “winner-take-all.” A similar situation as this occurred during the outset of the Second World War. Russia had originally allied itself with the Axis (Germany, Italy and Japan), in fact, Russia helped Germany attack Poland and Finland, but realized they could never win the war, particularly if America got involved. So they switched sides. This action infuriated Hitler and in June 1941 German troops invaded Russia.
But how do we know that “Gog, land of Magog, the Prince of Rosh”
( Ezekiel 38:1) is Russia? According to Genesis 10:2 “Magog” was a son of Japheth. Magog eventually settled in an area today, commonly known as Russia. The early Greeks referred to these people as “Scythians.” Early Russian historians claim that “Ros” is the Bibical derivative of “Rosh” and means Russia. Another clue comes in Ezekiel 38:3 where the name of Meshech is used. It has widely been accepted that Meshech is Moscow. Moscow was founded by King Mosokh who was also a son of Japheth; hence the modern day translation of Moscow.
“You (Magog) will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you. Thus says the Lord God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will form an evil plan: You will say ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages….to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations.” Ezekiel 38:9 – 12
There are four clues given in Ezekiel 38 that point to this battle as being futuristic. Back in 1996 I was in Israel on an archeology dig with my brother. (#1). One of the things that impressed me about ancient Israel is that every town or village they built had walls around them for protection. Today, of course, modern-day Israeli cities do not have walls around them.
(#2). About 70 years after Jesus was crucified, Jerusalem was totally destroyed by the Roman Empire thus fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus in Matthew 23: 37 – 39. After the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus, the Jews were scattered all over Europe. Through the ensuing centuries the country of Israel lie desolate, inhabited only by the Philistines (Palestinians), hence the name “Palestine.” Shortly after the Second World War, Jews began to migrate back to Palestine, where, under strong objection by the Arab world the United Nations on May 15, 1948 declared Israel to be a legal country.
(#3). The Ezekiel prophecy itself declares this to be an end-times event. Ezekiel 38:8.
(#4). “Then you (Russia) will come from your place out of the far north, you and many people with you….a great company and a mighty army….” Ezekiel 38:15. Should one look on a map of the Middle East and Europe, he would see that there is only one country with “a mighty army” that is located to the “far north” of Israel, and that country is Russia.
“….and you will form an evil plan….” Who are the people involved in forming this evil plan? I cannot help but wonder about the promise that Barack Obama made to President Vladimir Putin through Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev (hand picked by Putin to be his successor) just prior to the last Presidential election, where he (Obama) was overheard telling Medvedev that after he won the election, he could be more flexible—flexible in what way? When Russia comes charging into Israel will America stand down? The answer to that question is found in the prophecy and that answer is yes, America will stand down. Israel will be on her own, well kind of, if one counts out Jehovahjireh: “YHWH will provide.”
America used to stand with Israel, and she prospered because of it. However today America has become like the ancient people in Nineveh. Nineveh was a city of 120,000 people who according to God, couldn’t tell the difference between their right hand or their left. That is to say, they didn’t know the difference between right and wrong. Americans are now in the same moral dilemma as Nineveh was and are unable to discern the difference between right and wrong. Abortion, same sex marriage, fornication, pornography and legalized drugs are but a few of the things Americans readily accept as the “norm.” We have rejected God’s word as our moral guide and we are in the process of rejecting our long standing alliance with Israel; I predict 9-11 was but a harbinger of things to come for America. God’s key to upright living is His word, His key to understanding prophecy is Israel and they go together like hand in glove.
“And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, says the Lord, ‘that My fury will show in My face….And I will call for a sward against Gog throughout all My mountains, says the Lord, every man’s sword will be against his brother.” Ezekiel 38:18 & 21.
God has used this over and over throughout the Old Testament to save Israel in a time when they were so overwhelmed by an enemy force. Even in today’s world, the enemies of Israel, as we speak, have begun fighting against one another. During the so-called “Arab Spring:” al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, the PLO, and the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party are becoming more and more divided against themselves as each organization wants its own power regime established. This contention became more apparent during the present day civil war in Syria where half of the militant groups have sided with Assad of Syria, and the other half have sided with the rebels. And now, al Qaeda has openly proclaimed jihad against Hamas and those who have sided with Syria.
However, in order for them to again become united, Israel must first attack Iran. When this happens, all the Muslim states mentioned at the onset of this article will come together against Israel, where, for some reason or other, they will again begin fighting each other on their way to Israel.
Meanwhile the Russian military has its own problems with Muslim solders. The latest uprising of Muslim conscripts happened recently in the Siberian city of Perm, where Muslim soldiers rioted and attacked their ethnic Russian officers and fellow soldiers. In the end, the local commander, Colonel Dmitry Kuznetsov, had to turn to the Imam of Kama to help restore order.
So to Magog and all her bands I say:”Mene Tekek Pres,” the hand writing is on the wall.
“You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
“And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live securely on the coastlands.” Then they shall know that I am the lord.” Ezekiel 39”4 – 6.
This part of the prophecy seems to indicate that not only will Russia and her allies die on the mountains of Israel, but the mother-land itself (Magog) will also be destroyed.
God’s prophet Zechariah declares how the enemies of Israel will die: “Their flesh shall dissolve while they stand on their feet, their eyes shall dissolve in their sockets, and their tongues shall dissolve in their mouths.” Zach. 14:12
Isaiah writes: “And they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth; they will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames.” Isaiah 13:8
*** Don Koppp *** is an author, theologian and State Representative in the South Dakota Legislature