Pre-Dajjal

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For the record, since this is a holiday week, I may not get out as many posts, at least on the current series I am working on.  I will do my best to try and get out one on Mon, Wens., and Friday, but I’m not making any promises.  From here to the first of the year is normally very busy for me.  

I already started on posts about Dajjal or Islamic anti-Christ, but I missed some of the ‘signs’ of Dajjal’s appearance. So here it is.In my last post, I gave many descriptions of Dajjal.  I also told of a 3 year drought, that drought is supposed to happen, BEFORE Dajjal, so it should have been here, not in that other post. Evidently there will be 30 Dajjals before the main Dajjal. Below are the writings concerning the 30. 

These are from Ibn Kathir. 

Jabir ibn Samurah said, “I heard the Prophet say, ‘Just before the Hour there will be many liars.'” Jabir said, “Be on your guard against them.” (Muslim).

Jabir said, “I heard the Prophet say, ‘Just before the Hour there will be many liars; among them is the one in al-Yamamah, the ‘Ansi in San’a’, the one in Himyar, and the Dajjal. This will be the greatest fitnah (trial).”’ (Ahmad.)

Abu Hurayrah said, “The Prophet said, “The Hour will not come … until nearly 30 “dajjals” (liars) appear, each one claiming to be a messenger from Allah.'” (Bukhari Muslim.)

Abu Hurayrah said, “The Prophet said, ‘The Hour will not come until 30 “dajjals” appear, each of them claiming to be a messenger from Allah, wealth increases, tribulations appear and al-Harj increases.'” Someone asked, ‘What is al-Harj?’ He said, ‘Killing, killing.’ (Ahmad.)

Abu Hurayrah said, “The Prophet said, ‘The Hour will not come until 30 “dajjals” appear, all of them lying about Allah and His Messenger.” (Abu Dawud.)

Abu Hurayrah said, “The Prophet said, ‘Just before the Hour, there will be 30 “dajjals”, each of whom will say, I am a Prophet.'” (Ahmad.)

Abu Hurayrah said, “The Prophet said, ‘There will be “dajjals” and liars among my Ummah. They will tell you something new, which neither you nor your forefathers have heard. Be on your guard against them, and do not let them lead you astray.'” (Ahmad.)

Thawban said, “The Prophet said, ‘There will be 30 liars among my Ummah. Each one will claim that he is a prophet; but I am the last of the Prophets (Seal of the Prophets), and there will be no Prophet after me.'” (Ahmad.)

The Prophet said, “Verily before the Day of Resurrection there will appear the Dajjal, and 30 or more liars.” (Ahmad.)

Ibn ‘Umar said, “I heard the Prophet say, ‘Among my Ummah there will be more than 70 callers, each of whom will be calling people to Hell-fire. If I wished, I could tell you their names and tribes.'”Abu Bakrah said, “The people spoke a great deal against Musaylimah before the Prophet said anything about him. Then the Prophet got up to give a speech and said: ‘…as for this man about whom you have spoken so much – he is one of the 30 liars who will appear before the Hour, and there is no town which will not feel the fear of the Antichrist.'” (Ahmad.)

In another version of this report, the Prophet said, “He is one of the 30 liars who will appear before the Dajjal. There is no town which will escape the fear of the Djjal, apart from Madinah. At that time there will be two angels at every entrance of Madinah, warding off the fear of the Antichrist.”

Anas ibn Malik said, “The Prophet said, ‘The time of the Dajjal will be years of confusion. People will believe a liar, and disbelieve one who tells the truth. People will distrust one who is trustworthy, and trust one who is treacherous; and the Ruwaybidah will have a say.’ Someone asked, ‘Who are the Ruwaybidah?’ He said, ‘Those who rebel against Allah and will have a say in general affairs.'” (Ahmad.)

I have some questions for our Muslim readers, in the Muslim Hadith 7040 it says: “Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Hasten in performing these good deeds (before these) six things (happen): (the appearance) of tribe Dijjal, the smoke, the beast of the earth, the rising of the sun from the west, the general turmoil (leadina to large-scale massacre) and death of masses and individuals.”

I assume the “large-scale massacre” will be the Sufyaani which we have already talked about, but then again, it is my understanding that only Shia believe that.  So what do you think the “large-scale massacre” will be?  I am assuming that the “beast of the earth” is Dajjal himself, please tell me if I’m wrong.  I also assume the tribe of Dajjal is speaking of the followers of Dajjal.  I know that not everyone believes the same way and I will be putting up what others say about some of those questions, what is your opinion??

I asked a Muslim friend (thank you Stefan), what “the smoke” was; And his opinion on, “the sun rising from the West”, his answers are below.  You can find this in the comment section of this post.  The post itself is on Dajjal so you may find it interesting as well.  The links to ‘openburhan.net’, are very informative, basically it gives a list of different translations to each verse in the Quran.  It even breaks down the root of certain words.  You should check it out.  That’s one of the things I like about Stefan, he spells out everything he says and points out why he feels what he feels.  (Again, I encourage you to add ‘Truth Booth’ to your blogroll/links and or bookmarks) (Did I tell you that I admire his thinking?? ) (I know, I’m easily amused

Eagle,

The word (dukhanun) Smoke appears twice in the Quran

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?root=%D8%AF%D8%AE%D9%86%0D 

Once when describing the beginning

Then He settled to the sky, while it was still smoke, and He said to it, and to the Earth: “Come willingly or unwillingly.” They said: “We come willingly.” (41:11)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=41&vid=11

And the other when describing the ending

Therefore, watch for the day when the sky will bring a visible smoke. (44:10)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=44&vid=10

“sun raising in the west”

I can’t find anything in the Quran concerning the above statement, however many Muslims believe that its proven by the Quran.

Rising of the Sun from the West

The rising of the sun from the west is also a major sign of Qiyamah proven by the Quran and Sunnah.
Allah says in the Qur’an,

“The day when some signs of your Lord will come, no good will it do to a person to believe then, if he believed not before, nor earned good (by performing deeds of righteousness) through his faith.” (Surah Al-An’aam) (6:158)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=6&vid=158

The verse is referring to the rising of the sun from the west, as is the opinion of the majority of the commentators. (Tabari/Ibne Kathir)

Imam Tabari, after mentioning the different opinions of the commentators writes, “The most correct opinion in regards to the meaning of this verse is that what is apparent from the reports narrated from the Prophet that he said, “(lmaan will be of no benefit) when the sun rises from the west.” (Tabari)

Abu Huraira reported that the Holy Prophet said, “Hasten to do good deeds before six (things happen) :Rising of the sun from the west.” (Mishkat)

http://www.al-qiyamah.org/_/satanic_signs_of_qiyamah_4.htm

(6:158) has nothing to say concerning the “Rising of the Sun from the West”.

And sometimes the following verses are misinterpreted.

Some Islamic interpreters have even boldly declared that the moon will crash into the sun on this Day of Judgment.

يَسْـئَلُ أَيَّانَ يَوْمُ الْقِيَامَةِ

He asks: “When is the Day of Resurrection?” (75:6)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=75&vid=6

فَإِذَا بَرِقَ الْبَصَرُ

So, when the sight is dazzled. (75:7)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=75&vid=7

وَخَسَفَ الْقَمَرُ

And the moon is eclipsed. (75:8)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=75&vid=8

وَجُمِعَ الشَّمْسُ وَالْقَمَرُ

And the sun and moon are joined together. (75:9)

http://www.openburhan.net/ob.php?sid=75&vid=9

The sight is dazzled when there is a total solar eclipse and it normally lasts a few minutes. Sight may also be dazzled by a lack, not abundance, of light as is the case here. The Quran is clearly referring to a solar eclipse, a natural phenomenon beyond human manipulation.

The Sun and Moon joining together can be due to their appearance on the same straight line of sight, and not as a dramatically apocalyptic sign as I have previously said (here) at your blog

And its not related to “The splitting of the Moon” which is another sign.

Peace D

  

If there are any other Muslim readers who have different answers please add them to the comment area.  I will post them on my other blogs as well, I have many non-Muslim readers scattered about who are interested in your thoughts.  In my research I did see some Muslims commenting on what they thought “the sun rising in the West” means to them, and I will attempt to find that and post it later.   

http://www.islamworld.net/hour/Five.txt

Dajjal – Islamic anti-Christ 1

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Islam has it’s own anti-Christ which they refer to as Dajjal. It covers possibly a person, or a system, or an unseen cultural/social source, or some or all of these. There are discriptions of Dajjal in Islamic text, and there are numerous different ideas on what/who Dajjal is. We will be going over these over the next several posts.

Same thing applies here as in posts about the Mahdi. Shia and Sunni have different Hadiths, so they may not believe the same way. The main thing is, Dajjal, the Mahdi, and I think the second coming of Jesus Christ are NOT in the Quran. Which explains why there are different beliefs among different sects in Islam.

Dajjal is described as;

#1 Will have one eye floating like a grape.
#2 Can be heard all over the world at the same time.
#3 Will show you fire but will not burn you.
#4 Will show you water but you will not be able to drink it.
#5 Will talk of the Garden, and make it seem like Fire.
#6 Will talk of the Fire, and make it seem like the Garden. (Heaven and Hell)
Sounds like the media, even C.B.S.#7 Dajjal is also described as having multiple eyes on both sides.
#8 And traveling the world in large hops.
#9 Dajjal is also supposed to have the letters KFR written on his forehead. Which is said to mean Kufar. (unbelievers)

I was shocked to see that at least some say that some of the Jets of the Israeli Air Force have the letters KFR printed on the nose of their planes. Imagine calling Israel Dajjal, or blaming the Jews for anything in regards to Islam. I have never been so shocked…….

More discriptions of Dajjal;

#10 He will be blind in his left eye.
#11 He will have very thick hair on his body.
#12 He will have his own type of Heaven and Hell with him.
#13 Although his Heaven, will appear like Heaven, it is in fact Hell and vice versa.
#14 He will be short and his legs will be crooked.
#15 The hair on his head will be extremely twisted.
#16 He will have one eye (with which he can see, and this is the protruding eye about which other ahadeeth inform us) while his other eye will be totally flat. It will neither be deep (in its socket) nor protruding.
Sounds like a troll.

#17 Abu Saeed said, that Muhammad said, “Dajjal will come but it will be prohibited and impossible for him to enter Madina. He will set up camp in a barren land outside Madina. One person who will be the best of persons will confront him by saying: “I bear witness that you are the very Dajjal about whom Muhammad has informed us.”

#18 Imraan bin Husain said, that Muhammad said, “A person will approach him thinking him to be a Believer, but on seeing his amazing feats he will become his follower.”

#19 Dajjal will say to his followers, “If I kill this person and then revive him, you people will still doubt me?” They will reply “No”. He will then kill this person, (according to another narration he will split this person in two) and thereafter revive him. This person will say, “I am totally convinced more than ever before that you definitely are Dajjal.” (How will that gain him followers?) Dajjal will attempt to kill him again, but will not be able too and, according to one Hadith, will never be able to harm anyone again.

#20 Dajjal will come and finally reach the outskirts of Madina. There will be three tremors. At that time, all the disbelievers and hypocrites will flee (from Madina).

#21 Hadhrat Asma bint Yazeed said, that Muhammad once came to his house and there he spoke about Dajjal. He said that before the emergence of Dajjal there will be three spells of drought.

In one year the skies will withold one third of its rains, causing the earth to withold one third of its produce.

In the second year the skies will withold two thirds of its rains, causing the earth to withold two thirds of its produce.

In the third year, the skies will withold all its water and there will be no crops that year. All animals, be they hooved or toothed, will die as a result.

The greatest evil of Dajjall will be to approach anyone and ask him: “If I bring your camel back to life, will you then believe that I am your Rabb (Sustainer/Allah/God)?” At that the person will say, “Most certainly.” Thereafter Shaytaan (from the many Shayateen who will always accompany Dajjal) (Shaytaan sounds like Satan, but Dajjal is also considered a devil) will appear before this person in the form of his camel with a fat hump and fully laden udders.

Umm, no disrespect intended here, but how will the family milk the camel if it is a Shaytaan and not really a camel??

Likewise Dajjal will appear before another person whose father and brother have long passed away and ask him, “If I bring your father and brother back to life will you believe that I am your Rabb?”This person will reply, “Why not?” Shaytaan will once again take on the appearance of his brother and father…

Hadhrat Mughira ibn Shu’ba said, “No one asked Muhammad more about Dajjah as myself”. (sounds a bit conceded) He went on to say, Muhammad told me, “How can he possibly harm you?”

He said he told Muhammad; “People are saying that he will have with him a mountain of bread (provisions) and a river of water.” Then Muhammad told him; “In the sight of Allah he is much more disgraced than that. (i.e. Allah knows full well that in reality Dajjal has nothing with him, and all that which appears to be with him is but deception). (Bukhari and Muslim).

Other Hadiths about Dajjal some of which is already listed

#1 He will emerge between Shaam (Syria) and Iraq, and his emergence will become known when he is in Isfahan at a place called Yahudea (Judea) (is there even a place in Isfahan called Judea??).
#2 The Yahudis (Jews) of Isfahan will be his main followers. (again with the Jews)
#3 Apart from having mainly Yahudi (Jewish) followers, he will have a great number of women followers as well. (well of course, Islam makes it pretty clear that women are stupid and act based on hormones)
#4 He will have with him fire and water, but in reality the fire will be cold water while that what appears to be cold water will in reality be a blazing fire.
#5 Those who obey him will enter “his Jannat” while those who disobey him will enter “his Jahannam.” (Heaven/Hell)
#6 There will be a thick fingernail-like object in his left eye.
#7 The letters “Kaa” “Faa” “Raa” will appear on his forehead and will be deciphered by all Mu’mineen regardless of them being literate or not.
#8 He will have a wheatish complexion. (I read somewhere else, it would be redish, so which is it??)
#9 He will travel at great speeds and his means of conveyance will be a gigantic mule.
#10 It is said that he will play beautiful music which will attract the music lovers.
#11 Dajjal will lay claim to prophethood.
#12 He will then lay claim to Divinity.
#13 He will perform unusual feats.
#14 He will travel the entire world. He will send down rains upon those who believe in him, which in turn will cause good crops to grow, trees to bear fruit and cattle to grow fat. (Umm, doesn’t this contradic #21 above?)
#15 He will cause drought to those who disbelieve in him, resulting in starvation and hardship for them.
#16 During those trying times the Mu’mineen will satiate their hunger through the recitation of Subanallah and La’ilaha Ilallahu.
#17 The hidden treasures will spill forth at his command. He will stay on this Earth for a period of forty days; the length of the first day will be one year, the second day will be equal to one month, the third day will be equal to a week and the remaining days will be normal. (OK, why not just say he will be here 14 months and 7 days?? anyone??)
#18 He will be unable to enter Mecca because the Malaikah (Angels) will be guarding the Holy City and nor will he be able to enter Madina because there will be Malaikah guarding each of the seven entrances to Madina; From Madina he will proceed towards Shaam (Syria) where Imam Mahdi will be stationed.
#19 Finally Isa (Jesus) will descend from the heavens and pursue him and eventually kill him at present day Lydda (Baad Lud).

from: “Signs of Qiyamah”
by Mohammed Ali Ibn Zubair Ali

I don’t know if many of my Muslim readers know about the Christian anti-Christ, (of which I will be getting to); I want to add some words of caution here, we will get into it in more detail later but… In Christian texts, Satan is described as beautiful, actually he was the most beautiful of the Angels. When we look at the description of Dajjal in Islamic text, he is far from inviting, and sure to be recognized. When we talk of the Christian anti-Christ you will see exactly what I am talking about.

BUT… You should always remember that Satan, is cunning, he isn’t going to jump out and say, “Hi, I’m Satan”. In addition to that, your text talks about being one thing and seeing another (ie; his heaven is hell, his hell is heaven; his water is fire and vice versa). Don’t you thing that Dajjal may in fact be that way too???

Seriously, do read all of the posts in this series, even the Christian signs. We should all know what each text says and how they intertwine. Again, I would also ask that people not jump the gun before I get to those parts. I haven’t forgotten anything yet. Again, there are differences between Shia and Sunni text. We will be getting deeper into Dajjal and different theories of who and what is Dajjal.

http://sibacisse.com/religion/islam/dajjal/

http://www.shiachat.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t80185.html

10,000 Deadly Terror Attacks Since 9/11

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I just noticed we are merely 88 terror attacks short of 10,000 since 9/11/2001. At the rate they are going they will reach 10,000 within the next 6 weeks.  Does anyone want to wager that the media, who touts and broadcasts any milestone in American solder deaths, will NOT cover this???

10,000 deadly terror attacks since 9/11, 10,000 in 6 years people. But I bet that those who carry on everytime our brave soldiers deaths reach 100; will say NOTHING!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love our brave young men and women, they are true hero’s and I can never say thank you enough. But they KNOW who and what we are fighting. It’s too bad our politicians and our ‘fair’ news channels don’t.

How many people have died in those 10,000 terror attacks?? Maybe that is what should be counted instead of the number of attacks, put up the total number of victims by these animals. And while doing that, put up the number of Muslims in those victims. Because I can guarantee you will find they are the main victim. Osama must be so proud.  By the way, remember back when Ahmadnutjob said there were no ‘gays’ in his country, and I said if that was true it was because he killed them all…  The above picture is of two gay teens.  Isn’t that nice.   

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/index.html#Attacks

Gog and Magog and The Differing Views Amongst Muslims

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Before we get to far into Islam’s Gog and Magog, I wanted to put this up. The following posts are from 2 Muslim websites, the links are below. To my Muslim readers, there will be some posts where I will ask you to comment on whether the information is widely accepted and how much is or is not. In addition, some of what I am putting up, may seem offensive to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it is not meant to be. I am merely putting up what each text/site/person believes, so take it for that.

I found this post to be interesting and refreshing, as I hear so much against the Jews in particular.

Don’t Blame The Jews

Another disturbing trend that is heavily propagated by extremists and accepted by many naive Arabs and Muslims is the blaming of all Muslim problems on the Jews. There are numerous examples for this but most recently news broadcasts out of Iraq quoted Iraqi victims of violence who blamed the bombings on Jews or a Jewish conspiracy.Many Arabs and Muslims still blame the 9-11 attacks on a Jewish conspiracy that was allegedly perpetrated to demonize Arabs and Muslims in the eyes of the world.

One of the most recent and tragic examples of unjustified hate towards Jews was the brutal murder of Daniel Pearl. Daniel Pearl was a journalist murdered by Islamic extremists in Pakistan who had never met a Jew, and the only knowledge they had about Jews was the tireless propaganda from Muslim extremists throughout the world blaming Jews for all of the world’s problems. The extremists targeted and murdered Daniel Pearl because he was a Jew.

Our research indicates that one of the modern origins of this trend is the mutual demonization by Israelis and Arabs of each other to gain global support for each other’s causes. This pattern includes the Arab media’s ceaseless reference to the falsified document, the Protocols of Zion. The Coalition strongly urges Muslims and Arabs to refrain from demonizing Jews and stop blaming Jews for all of the world’s problems. The Coalition also urges Israelis to stop demonizing Arabs and Muslims who peacefully advocate for the rights of Palestinians. http://pressthat.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/dont-blame-the-jews/

.((this is my comment on the above, in case it isn’t ‘outdented’)) I showed in my post ‘Israel, Prophecy, and The End Times’, that some Muslims have no problem with Israel. I wanted to show this post before putting up the next one, to remind you that not every Muslim is against Israel or the Jews, and the same can be said about Christians. Not every Christian is for Israel or Jews, (in this I believe Christians are wrong and not following the Word).

Here is some interesting stuff but it is considered unorthodox and infamous amongst Muslim scholars for its number 19 theory. Still, it shows the differing views of different Muslims. And I can’t say that everything he has to say is wrong in the main Islamic belief, because I have seen some of his views on other websites, which we will be getting too.

Who Are Gog And Magog

The Quran refers to Gog & Magog twice in Quran, in 18:94 & 21:96. It is a great blessing upon us that we have some additional information about Gog & Magog through Dr. Rashad Khalifa, God’s Messenger of the Covenant. Below are the relevant verses for this topic taken from Dr. Khalifa’s English translation of Quran.


[18:93] When he reached the valley between two palisades, he found people whose language was barely understandable.
[18:94] They said, “O Zul-Qarnain, Gog and Magog are corruptors of the earth. Can we pay you to create a barrier between us and them?”
[18:95] He said, “My Lord has given me great bounties. If you cooperate with me, I will build a dam between you and them.
[18:96] “Bring to me masses of iron.” Once he filled the gap between the two palisades, he said, “Blow.” Once it was red hot, he said, “Help me pour tar on top of it.”
[18:97] Thus, they could not climb it, nor could they bore holes in it.
[18:98] He said, “This is mercy from my Lord. When the prophecy of my Lord comes to pass, He will cause the dam to crumble. The prophecy of my Lord is truth.”
[18:99] At that time, we will let them invade with one another, then the horn will be blown, and we will summon them all together.


Footnote for 18:94-98: One of my duties as God’s Messenger of the Covenant is to state that Gog and Magog, the final sign before the end of the world, will reappear in 2270 AD (1700 AH), just 10 years before the end. Note that Gog and Magog occur in Suras 18 and 21, precisely 17 verses before the end of each sura, representing 17 lunar centuries (see 72:27 and Appendix 25).


[21:95] It is forbidden for any community we had annihilated to return.
[21:96] Not until Gog and Magog reappear, will they then return – they will come from every direction.
[21:97] That is when the inevitable prophecy will come to pass, and the disbelievers will stare in horror: “Woe to us; we have been oblivious. Indeed, we have been wicked.”


Footnote for 21:96: By the year 2270 AD, thanks to God’s mathematical miracle in the Quran (Appendix 1), America will be the heart of Islam, and billions around the globe will have believed in the Quran (9:33, 41:53, 48:28, 61:9). Gog and Magog (allegorical names of villainous communities), will be the only bastions of heathenism, and they will attack the submitters. That is when the world will end (15:87, 18:94, Appendix 25). Gog and Magog are mentioned in 18:94 & 21:96, 17 verses before the end of each sura; this may indicate the time of their appearance.

One of the things I have noticed is that this person believes that anyone using the Hadiths and Sunnah’s are wrong and that the Quran spoke against it. He uses scripture that I thought was suppose to refer to non-Muslims. At least that is the way it was told to me, but it was told to me by Islamists so who knows. Some of his explanations on why he only uses the Quran seem to make sense. I also know that there are many different sects in Islam, and many different views as you will see. Suffice to say, he is not alone in his interpretations, there are others who use only the Quran. We will get into his number theory in the future.

This guy sees that all religion should be allowed to be freely worshiped, others obviously do not. And one in particular feels that everyone who isn’t Muslim is possibly Gog and Magog, we will be getting to his stuff.

The person who wrote this also said; “USA as a society and as a nation practices God’s laws as laid out in the Quran, more so, than any other nation in the world. He follows that comment with those great words from the pledge, One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty And Justice For All. So you see, as I have said over and over, not all Muslims think alike. Anyway, moving on to the next concept of Gog Magog. Too bad more don’t think like these 2.

One more thing, I want to set the record straight on a couple of things. #1 Christians are NOT polytheist which is the standard theme in Islam. #2 I really want Muslims to understand one simple fact, just because the west is considered Christian, does not mean that all Westerners are Christian. In Muslim nations the majority of people are Muslim, their nation revolves around the religion for the most part. Most people attend mosque, most people pray 5 times a day, most people follow the pillars. So, because of that, most Muslims who live in Muslim nations seem to think that Christian nations do the same thing in regards to Christianity…THEY DON’T. There are a number of Christians for sure, but not all are devout or follow the same beliefs as the other. Please keep this in mind before you lump all Westerners in the same basket!! And the same goes for Westerners.

http://www.submission.org/suras/app25.html
http://www.submission.org/miracle/
http://www.submission.org/islam/usa.html

Gog and Magog In Christianity 1

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This post is long, but please take the time to read it all. Some of it you may know, some you may not, but considering the signs of the times, we can all use a reminder.

Both Islam and Christianity have a “Gog and Magog” in this post, I will explain what the Christian faith says about it. I will put up Islam’s Gog and Magog in the next post. There may be things that you think I have left out, trust me, I won’t leave anything out, just give me time to get everything in.

As we discussed yesterday, Ezekiel 36-37 predicts a gathering of the Jews to the nation of Israel, which will be followed by this massive invasion. For 19 centuries the Jewish people were scattered throughout the world, and until May 14, 1948 there was no nation of Israel to invade. With the nation of Israel now a reality, the stage seems set for the war that will usher in the tribulation and the rise of the Antichrist; a war that will end with the destruction of Israel’s enemies by God Himself, and lead to the signing of a peace treaty with the Antichrist.
* The rebirth of the State of Israel in the end times (both chapters)
* The return of the Jews to the Holy Land after centuries in exile (36:10-11, 36:24, 36:37-38, 37:12, 37:21)
* The rebuilding of the ancient ruins in Israel (36:36)
* The re-blossoming of desolate, desert lands to produce abundant food, fruit and foliage (36:8-9 and 36:30-35)
* The creation of an “exceedingly great army” (37:11)
Such prophecies began to be fulfilled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, accelerated in 1948 and 1967, and continue to come to pass to this day.

This, of course, raises an intriguing question: If Ezekiel 36 and 37 have largely come true in our lifetime, isn’t it possible that Ezekiel 38 and 39 will soon come true as well??

Everyone should read Ezekiel chapters 38-39 in the Christian Bible, for a indept look at the Christian prophecy of Gog and Magog. Ezekiel 38 through 39 tells of a future invasion of Israel by a vast coalition of nations that surround it. I will post some of it here, but it would be too long to copy both chapters here. For those of you who are unfamiler with the Christian Bible, Ezekiel was a major prophet in the Old Testiment.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts [of armour, even] a great company [with] bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: [and] many people with thee. Ezekiel 38:1-6

The NIV translation, of the same verse’s: The word of the Lord came to me; Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army – 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.’

What do those names mean/what country’s are they?? There are many theory’s, and I will be going over some of them here. I will also go over the main theory, or thought on who they are. Later (in future post), I will go over why it is important and what is going on in the world that points to it now.

Most of you know that Persia, is Iran, and what is the retoric going on by its President today (don’t jump the gun, I promise I will get to that). If you want me to go into more detail about why these names are the names below, just say the word and I will. But it may come later in the series as I want to get the main stuff out first.

* Gog is described as being “of the land of Magog” and as the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. Most Bible scholars believe Gog is not a name but a title, like Pharoah or Czar. He is a dictator who will hatch an “evil plan” (38:10).

* Magog = Leading Bible scholars say this is Russia and republics of the former Soviet Union. The first century Roman historian Josephus said the “Magogites” were the peoples whom the Greeks called “Scythians.” Scythians were a fierce, blood-thirsty civilization that settled north of the Baltic Sea in what is now Russia and the European republics of the former USSR.

* Rosh = Russia* Meshech = Some Bible scholars say this is Moscow, others believe it refers to Turkey

* Tubal = Some Bible scholars say this refers to the city/region of Tobolsk in Russia along the Tobol River;

others say it refers to a section of modern-day Turkey. (Interestingly, in 1964, massive reserves of oil and gas were discovered in the Tobolsk region of Siberia and people now refer to the region as the “energy center of Russia.”)

* Persia = This was the official name of Iran until 1935

* Cush = Sudan and Ethiopia

* Put = Libya, and possibly Algeria and Tunisia

* Gomer = Turkey, but also possibly Germany and Austria

* Beth-togarmah = Armenia and the Turkic-speaking peoples of Central Asia

* “Many peoples with you” who will attack along “the mountains of Israel” =

Other countries will be involved in the coalition as well, notably countries that border the mountains of Israel. This includes Lebanon, Syria and possibly Jordan.

Before puting these names off countries up, I researched it out and found that this was the overwhelming view, though there are some who disagree on one or more of the countries involved. I may get into that, given time, but right now I want to stick to the basic’s.

WHAT

Gogs Plan

38:7 Gog will build a military coalition and be prepared” to strike
38:8 Gog will deploy the coalition against Israel
39:9 Gog will use overwhelming force against Israel; he and his coalition will come like a storm….like a cloud covering the land

Gods Plan

38:2 The Lord God will bring judgment upon the enemies of Israel, beginning with Gog, the dictator of Russia
38:20 The Lord will trigger a massive earthquake in which all the men who are on the face of the earth will shake at My presence
38:21 The Lord will turn Gogs forces against one another
38:22 The Lord will subject Gogs coalition forces to:
* pestilence
* blood
* torrential rains
* hailstones
* fire from heaven
39:6 The Lord will send fire upon Magog itself and others
39:9 Israel will capture her enemies weapons and burn them for 7 years
39:12 It will taken 7 full months to bury all the bodies of Israel’s slain enemies
39:17-20 Birds and beast will feast on the bodies of Israel’s slain enemies

WHEN

38:8 Israel will be a country again and Jews will be regathered to the Holy Land
38:11, 14 My people Israel are living securely before the “War of Gog and Magog”
38:12-13 Israel will have economic prosperity
38:16 It will come about in the last days (before the return of Christ)

WHY

39:21 I shall set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment
39:22 the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God
39:29 I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel

These events will not only be a judgment of Israel’s enemies in keeping with Genesis 12:1-3, in which God says those who bless Israel

He will bless, and those who curse Israel He will curse. The events will also be the beginning of a great spiritual awakening. God will literally and metaphorically shake people out of spiritual apathy and lethargy to realize there is a God in heaven. He will also shake people who are following false religions and turn them to Himself. Moreover, He will shake those who are followers of Christ but not serious about their faith. It should be noted that ours is the first generation in human history in which all the nations on earth will be able to watch the “War of Gog and Magog” unfold because of the emergence of television and satellite technology.
** Note: All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Verse 8 proclaims that these nations will “invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate.” The land that is invaded can only appear to be Israel, a nation whose people have been gathering from all over the world for 50 years.

God has intended this invasion however. In vs. 16 he declares, “In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy though you before their eyes.” Verses 17-23 describe the exact catastrophes that will befall the invading nations. They are supernaturally destroyed and no harm is done to Israel. God will not let his people be harmed. The miraculous Six Day War of 1967 should have taught everyone that, but the world has turned a blind eye.

Ezekiel 39:9 begins the description of the aftermath. It is gruesome but also amazing in its detail when looked at in comparison to today. “Then those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the weapons for fuel and burn them up – the small and large shields, the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years they will use them for fuel. This statement is remarkable for two reasons.

First is the nature of the weapons. In the time that Ezekiel wrote this, burning weapons made perfect sense because they were made of wood. What of today’s weapons however? How do you burn warplanes and other metals? Amazingly, Russia has been using Lignostone in the production of its weapons. Lignostone “is a special kind of wood used for ‘coke breakers.’ It is stronger than steel, is very elastic… and it burns better than coal.” (90 LaHaye Are We Living in the End Times?) You can read more about Lignostone on its website at http://www.lignostone.com.

The second important part of this passage is the fact that it will take seven years to burn all the weapons. The tribulation will be seven years, so this gives us some sort of timeline with which to place this event. This event would either have to come at the very beginning of the tribulation or before to allow seven full years.

However, this event cannot happen at the beginning of the tribulation because the tribulation begins with the antichrist signing a peace treaty with Israel. This treaty is not going to immediately be broken with this battle. It won’t be until 3 ½ years that the treaty is broken.

This means that this battle occurs before the tribulation. While it is purely speculation on my part, I believe that this is the final straw that leaves everyone crying out for peace and the perfect setting for the antichrist to step in and give it to the nations.

Chapter 39 continues with the clean up of these armies that are supernaturally destroyed. Verse 12 says that for seven months people will work nonstop to cleanse the land. This isn’t hard to imagine after seeing the devastation caused by the destruction of the World Trade Center. The cleanup took longer than half a year with crews working around the clock and the best equipment available. Imagine such destruction spread over forty miles, or an area the size of New Jersey .

Even after the seven month period, there will be people employed full time in cleaning up the land. Every bone will be marked and carried to the Valley of Hamon Gog, a mass grave for all the invaders. The name simply means hordes of Gog.

The reason for all of this destruction is for God to be glorified. In verses 21-22 he says, “I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay upon them. From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.”

After these events, the Israelites return to their native land in force. Verse 25, “The Sovereign Lord says: I will now bring Jacob back from captivity and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name.”

Even in such destruction, God has a purpose. The nations will fear Him and Israel will return to Him and their homeland. All of this could happen soon. The world situation is one where any number of Middle Eastern nations could easily lead a coalition against Israel . Israel has nothing to fear from their enemies though, because they are protected by the Lord of Hosts.

So the main thing we see here is that several nations will come against Israel and when they do, God will defend Israel. Pretty powerful stuff when you think about it. We have covered the who, what and where, but we will cover much, much, more in coming posts.

There is another mention of Gog and Magog in Revelations, which is the battle of Armageddon. I don’t believe it is ‘that’ battle, many scholars feel the same way. I totally agree with the above statement, I think that the war of Gog and Magog will cause people to be fed up, I think it will be at this time that we will see the 7 year treaty with Israel. I will get into this in more detail later. By understanding the pre-tribulation stuff, you will be able to identify what is playing out around you. We will also go over the ‘Rapture’, I know that not all Christians believe in the Rapture, but I will go over it anyway. That way, should it occur, everyone will know what it is/was.

There is more on this subject that I will be getting to, as I have already said. We will also go over the Gog and Magog in Islam, or, Yajuj wa Ma’juj. There is so much information, and how to write it, and keep it is some kind of order is difficult. I want to encourage you to let me know if there are things you want me to go over in more detail, but also keep in mind that I have left some stuff out on purpose and will address later.

P.S.(I should have put that picture up when talking about the signs. Did you get the joke??)

http://joelrosenberg.blogspot.com/2005/05/war-of-gog-and-magog-understanding.html
http://www.spreadinglight.com/prophecy/gog.html