“Son of man, set your face toward Gog, [toward] the land of Magog, the prince, the head of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy concerning him.” (Ezekiel 38:2)
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has called the recent permanent Iran nuclear deal as “a bad mistake of historic proportions,” slamming western powers for capitulating to Iran. Is this agreement with the Islamic Republic the beginning of the War of Gog and Magog?
The Bible mentions Gog, the leader of a nation called Magog, in Ezekiel, chapter 38. But who is Gog and what modern country is Magog?
Just before his passing in 1995, Rav Levi Sa’adia Nachmani, a mystical rabbi from Israel who accurately predicted the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, clearly stated in this video, that Korea is Magog.
End of Days blogger Menachem Robinson consistently states in his blog The Absolute Truth that Gog is Former US President George Bush whom he calls “the evil Gog Bush” and Magog is the United States.
A few months ago, Lisa Haven, writing for the Before It’s News website, stated that “Russia is Magog and Gog is their leader.”
As the End of Days advances, whichever scenario proves true, the recent nuclear agreement with Iran has Israel lovers worried about the fate of the Holy Land in the War of Gog and Magog.
Speaking earlier this year from Lakewood, NJ, Rabbi Mendel Kessin predicted that, after Obama leaves office, America will elect a strongly pro-Israel president and that America and Israel will join together in the War of Gog and Magog to fight ISIS and Iran.
Will ISIS and Iran, fighting the War of Gog and Magog, ultimately destroy the Land of Israel? Not according to Jewish sources. In fact, there are plenty of Jewish sources that suggest that Israel will be the safest place in the world during the War of Gog and Magog.
Rabbi Nir Ben Artzi, a mystical rabbi living in Southern Israel, writes a weekly column about a spiritual perspective on world events. His Hebrew newsletter is distributed in synagogues throughout Israel.
An English translation of his message from a few weeks ago notes, “Iran doesn’t care about anything else but being a respected country in the world, a nuclear power. It is deathly afraid of Israel and does not mess with Israel directly, only indirectly.”
Earlier last month, another blogger, Hezbos In YOUR Backyard, quoted Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the powerful and universally respected leader of the worldwide Chabad Lubavitch movement who passed away in 1994, as saying “This world war of Gog and Magog cannot impinge on Jewish life.”
In this video, Rabbi Schneerson, speaking in Yiddish, also “says that what happens regarding Jerusalem and Israel is indeed only happening ‘around’ Jerusalem (but not ‘in’ Jerusalem).” The implication is that Jerusalem will be spared the pangs of war.
From a Jewish perspective, the Bible does not give us enough information to determine the true identity of Gog and Magog. We also don’t know for certain whether the War of Gog and Magog will be a physical war as we understand the term or whether it will be a spiritual battle. However, according to Jewish sources, we can look forward to the ultimate defeat of Gog.
Rabbi Yechiel Weitzman, in his book “The Ishmaelite Exile”, predicts a positive conclusion to the War of Gog and Magog that Bible believers can cling to. “If we contemplate our sages’ words, we will realize that the feature characteristic of Gog is his war against belief in God. This being the case, his downfall will come about through supernatural plagues that will force everyone to recognize God, and all will proclaim, ‘God is One, and His name is One.’”