Is the Gog-Magog War of Ezekiel about to happen?
By Dr. Donald Whitchard
This past February I had the pleasure of being the guest preacher at Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Wagoner, Oklahoma. The first Sunday I presented a message on the four types of soil Jesus taught about in Mark 4:1-20. After that, I was at a loss as what to preach for the remaining three weeks. I sought the LORD in prayer as what to present, and I was impressed to speak on the events that are to occur in the future, such as the Rapture of the Church, the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Tribulation, the Second Coming of Christ with the saints, and the millennial reign and eternal state (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation, Chapters 4:1-19:11-21; 20:11-15, Chapters 21 and22). However, my plans changed when the news of the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia occurred, and I felt another impression from the LORD to preach on the Gog-Magog War of Ezekiel, Chapters 38-39 (Sunday February 27th) and how Putin’s action may have started a possible prophetic chain reaction that could signal the final days and the fulfillment of bible prophecy.
I posted the possible series of events on my Facebook page and wrote them out as part of my sermon, which was supposed to be posted on Twin Oaks’ Facebook page, but somehow was “blocked” afterwards. I am convinced that sinister forces are trying to keep this and other Bible-based teachings including the Gospel itself away from the public. I want to share with you the possible list of upcoming events that might have been triggered by the irrational actions of “Czar” Vladmir Putin.
- The Ukraine was the “breadbasket” for both the Russian Empire and the former Soviet Union. Seizing this country means control over the production and distribution of grain products and other natural resources. Stalin had seized farms and crops from Ukraine almost a hundred years ago as punishment for not falling in line with the Communist system and the people starved to death as a result. Putin could do the same and not only deprive Ukraine from food supplies, but their European neighbors as well. You can’t put up resistance when you and your family are starving and under submission.
- The seizure of Ukraine along with the Crimean Peninsula gives the Russian navy the necessary access to a warm water port and the establishment of military bases that would be close to Russia’s ally Turkey. Turkey’s leader, Raccip Erdogan, would be more than willing to allow Putin’s forces to establish additional bases of operation near Istanbul, which has access to the Mediterranean Sea.
- Although Turkey is a member of NATO, they are in turn hostile to the personnel and presence of the American Air Force Base at Incirlik. They cannot be trusted or relied upon to mount any kind of defense or retaliation against Russia. Russia also has bases in Syria, a neighbor of Turkey. Russia, Turkey, Syria, and Iran. These nations all have one thing in common: they hate the Jewish people and the nation of Israel and want it to be destroyed.
- Vladimir Putin openly declared on Russian state television that Israel must give up its claim on the strategically important Golan Heights and that Jerusalem and the “West Bank” are the property of the “Palestinians”, who operate the terrorist group Hamas to the south (Gaza Strip) and are allied with the Iranian terrorist group stationed in northern Lebanon (Hezbollah), both enemies of Israel.
- Russian naval and military bases located in these areas pose a major threat to the American Navy’s Sixth Fleet, which patrols the Mediterranean Sea. Should Russian vessels mount an attack or threat, our armed forces would be at a severe disadvantage due to the numbers of personnel having been discharged from duty due to refusals to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Right now, our defense forces are at an all-time low and at their weakest. We do not have the resources for any kind of successful retaliation should the Russian military engage in any activity. America does not have an adequate means to help Israel, and our present government is indifferent if not hostile toward Israel.
- Russia has a monopoly on the production and distribution of natural gas to both Eastern and Western Europe. Therefore, any threat posed by NATO would be of no use if the energy along with food supplies and trade is blocked by the actions of Putin. The United States has major deposits of natural gas and fuels but have been blocked by regulations imposed upon them by the current administration. Russia will not allow any competition from America or anyone else to break his energy stranglehold on Europe as of now.
- If America cannot intervene, Israel is an alternative source of natural gas that could be shipped to the European nations to thwart Putin’s pipelines and singular distribution of energy. A major natural gas field was discovered in Israel several years ago with a total capacity of 20 billion cubic feet, more than enough to supply both them and any other nation with years of alternative energy sources and would cut into Russia’s supply chain as well.
- With a hatred for the Jews that goes back centuries in Russia, Putin, sees Israel’s potential to ship their natural gas as a threat, and makes it a target for invasion and destruction. Israel will in turn defend themselves against this action. This will be the chance Israel’s Arab neighbors will take to aid Russia and destroy their mutual enemy once and for all.
Ezekiel 38 and 39 tell of the invasion of Israel by nations to the north (Rus) -Russia and the nations of Put (Libya), Persia (Iran) Togarmah (Turkey and the Islamic nations that made up southern Russia), along with Egypt, Cush (possibly Arabia or Sudan), Gomer, (possibly Germany and its rising antisemitism), and Ethiopia (the African Islamic nations). It could very well be that in the coming months or sooner that these events might fall into place that start with Putin’s war on Ukraine. Also note that in Ezekiel 38 and 39, God Himself will destroy these nations with all His wrath. If this is the case, know that our redemption is indeed drawing near (Luke 21:28)! In all things, be ready. Be sure that you truly know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10) today.
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Donald was born and reared in the authentic Cajun country of south Louisiana. He is a 1978 graduate of LaGrange High School in Lake Charles. He is also a graduate of Louisiana College (B.A. in History Education, 1984), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1994) and Andersonville Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry, 2000). He is an ACPE Certified Chaplain with training in Trauma/ER, NICU, and Psychiatric Pastoral Care from the McFarland Institute in New Orleans (2003). He has over thirty years of ministry service, which concluded when he was called to serve as pastor of Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma from 2017-2018. Due to health concerns, he retired from public ministry in 2020 and now devotes his time to internet evangelism through the writing of Bible studies, sermons, and articles on current issues for varied Christian webpages and ministries. He is a regular contributor to sites such as Rapture Ready and Sermon Central as well as Inspirational Christian Blogs. He and his wife Cathy are both active members of Eastern Heights Baptist Church in Muskogee. Don will often serve as a panel member of the Gospel Rescue Mission Pastor’s Round Table Broadcast, shown monthly on the mission’s Facebook page as his health allows. He has a personal evangelistic blog as well and can be contacted at his Email address.