Russia, Iran, and Turkey Forming a Biblical Alliance

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Russia, Iran, and Turkey Forming a Biblical Alliance
By Britt Gillette

Vladimir Putin will meet with Iranian and Turkish leaders in Tehran this week. The trip will mark only his second trip outside of Russia since the Ukraine war began. In his previous trip outside of the country, Putin visited Tajikistan (home to Russia’s largest military base outside of its own borders) to discuss Afghanistan’s stability. He then attended a summit in Turkmenistan to discuss energy policy with Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, and Turkmenistan. Given Russia’s ongoing military campaign in Ukraine, these trips highlight the significance of Russia’s relationship with these countries – and with Iran and Turkey in particular.

So why should you care? You should care because more than 2,600 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel warned of a future time when a vast coalition of nations will attack Israel. The leader of this coalition is a man known as Gog, the ruler of Magog (Ezekiel 38:1). This is why the invading force is known as the Gog of Magog coalition. According to Ezekiel this alliance will send an overwhelming force to invade Israel in the last days. And today, for the first time in human history, we see this alliance forming.

The Invading Nations​

Which nations does Ezekiel describe? He identifies the invading nations as “Magog, Rosh, Meschech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah” (Ezekiel 38:1-6). If you look on a 2022 map of the globe, you won’t find any of these nations. So how can I say this alliance is forming?

Because these are the ancient biblical names of these nations, and while their names have changed over the years, we can still locate them on a map today. Below is a list of each nation, followed by its modern day name:

– Rosh = Russia
– Magog = Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan
– Persia = Iran
– Cush = Sudan
– Put = Libya
– Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah = Turkey

Putin’s visit to Tehran will mark the third nation he’s visited since the Ukraine war began, and all three – Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran – are part of the Gog of Magog alliance. Moreover during the course of these three visits, Putin will meet with two additional members of the Gog of Magog alliance – Kazakhstan and Turkey. Is this a coincidence? I don’t think so.

It’s been centuries since Ezekiel first recorded these prophecies. Yet, this alliance has never existed. It certainly hasn’t invaded Israel. But now? Today, we see it coming together.

An Unlikely Alliance​

Putin’s trip to Tehran to meet with Iranian and Turkish leaders should be of particular interest to those who study bible prophecy. Why? Because, until recently, these three nations made an unlikely alliance. First, these three nations have never been aligned in all of human history. Second, Turkey is a member of NATO, and until recently, actively sought EU membership. Third, for most of recorded history, Russia and Iran had a turbulent relationship with little cooperation. In fact, until the death of Ayatollah Khomeini, who deemed Islam incompatible with the atheism of the Soviet Union, the modern nation of Iran had little to do with Russia.

But in recent years, Russia’s ties with both nations have strengthened. Following the death of Ayatollah Khomeini and the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1989, Russia (then a part of the Soviet Union), started selling arms to Iran. In 1995, the Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy signed an agreement with Iran to finish the Bushehr nuclear power plant. The civil war in Syria was another area of cooperation between the two countries. Russia and Iran share a common interest when it comes to keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power. Russia has a vested interest in retaining access to the Syrian naval base in Tartus and stopping the spread of ISIS. As a longtime ally of Assad, Iran also has military forces in Syria. In addition, Iran is the primary sponsor of Hezbollah, a radical terrorist organization. Hezbollah has openly operated in Syria under Assad.

It’s clear Russia and Iran have strengthened their diplomatic, economic, and military ties. But what about Turkey? Of all the members of the Gog of Magog coalition, Turkey is the most interesting. Why? Because it seems even more unlikely ally of Russia in an invasion of Israel.

Following World War I, Turkey established a secular western democracy and became a model democratic republic in the Middle East. In 1949, Turkey became the first Muslim majority nation to recognize Israel. In 1952, it joined NATO. For the latter part of the 20th Century, Turkey was a strong ally of Israel, the U.S., and other western nations. As the 21st Century dawned, Turkey explored membership in the European Union. This would have further solidified the nation’s western ties. Instead, an event took place that reshaped the future of Turkey.

In 2003, Turkey elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan prime minister. A former member of a banned Islamist political party, Erdogan’s administration has been hostile toward Turkey’s secular and democratic institutions. Under Erdogan, Turkey has turned from its traditional western allies and cultivated relationships with nations that oppose western democracy. In July 2016, Erdogan cracked down on his political opponents following what he claimed was a coup attempt. He imprisoned thousands of citizens and consolidated his grip on power. A 2017 referendum further extended that power. Now the president, Erdogan is the undisputed ruler of Turkey. The nation, once hailed as a model of freedom and democracy in the Muslim world, has quickly devolved into a totalitarian regime eager to befriend America’s enemies.

In September 2018, Turkey met the leaders of Russia and Iran in Tehran to discuss the future of Syria. In February 2019, Turkey met the leaders of Russia and Iran in Sochi to coordinate joint military plans in Syria. Now, these nations are meeting once again in Tehran. The relationship between Putin and Erdogan is strong and growing. All that’s left to permanently move Turkey into the Russian ally column is a clear break between Turkey and NATO. What could cause that? We may be witnessing it now. Turkey is experiencing massive inflation. They also counted on Ukraine for a significant portion of their food supply. Inflation and food shortages threaten Erdogan’s grip on power. Where can he get a steady supply of energy and food? Russia. It may be what finally drives Turkey into Russia’s corner. When that happens, the key players in the Gog of Magog alliance will be in place.

When Will All This Happen?​

So when will this invasion take place? The Bible says it will come “in the latter days” (Ezekiel 38:8). The original Hebrew word in this verse is “acharith” which means “after-part, latter part, last, close, or end.” In other words, this alliance will form in the last days just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. Ezekiel uses this same word “acharith” eight verses later, when he says the invasion will come “in the last days” (Ezekiel 38:16).

This is confirmed again when Ezekiel reveals the Russian leader’s thoughts. Gog says to himself, “I will attack the once abandoned cities now populated with the Jews who returned from exile among the nations” (Ezekiel 38:12). This tells us Russia and its allies will attack the land when it’s filled with the exiles who return from among the nations. In other words, the target is modern day Israel. This means the invasion is coming in our day and time.

Ezekiel stresses this fact again and again when He says the invasion will occur “after Israel’s people have been gathered from among many nations” (Ezekiel 38:8) and “when I bring my people home from among the enemy nations” (Ezekiel 39:27). This return home from among many nations has happened only once in all of human history – modern day Israel.

While we wait for that moment, the military forces of the three most powerful members of the Gog of Magog alliance – Russia, Iran, and Turkey – are now cooperating in Syria. This puts their joint military forces right on Israel’s border. And not just any border – Israel’s northern border. This is where Ezekiel said the invading force will come from – north of Israel (Ezekiel 38:15; Ezekiel 39:2). Is this a coincidence? Again, I don’t think so. Never in history have these three nations formed an alliance. Now, they’re all stationed directly to Israel’s north.

The stage is now set for the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38-39 prophecies. Turkey has made a strategic choice to align itself with Russia and Iran. Eventually, Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the other nations in the Gog of Magog alliance will send an overwhelming invasion force against Israel (Ezekiel 38:8-9). When they do, God will destroy them and display His power and glory for all the nations to see (Ezekiel 38:23). It’s one more sign of how close we are to the Second Coming of Jesus.

Jesus is Coming​

The rise of the Gog of Magog alliance is a major sign of the end times and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Remember, Ezekiel said this coalition will attack Israel “in the last days” (Ezekiel 38:16) and “after they’ve been gathered from among many nations” (Ezekiel 38:8). The prophet Jeremiah spoke about this same regathering from among the nations. He said God would “gather the remnant of His flock from the nations where he had driven them and bring them back into the land” (Jeremiah 23:3-4). And then? And then God will “raise up a righteous descendant of King David, a king who will rule the land with wisdom” (Jeremiah 23:5-6). This righteous King is the long-awaited Messiah.

Through the prophet Micah, God promised to “gather His exiles and form them into a strong nation.” Then, He promised to “rule from Jerusalem as their king forever” (Micah 4:6-7). The modern day nation of Israel is the fulfillment of God’s promise to regather His people back in the land of Israel. So it should come as no surprise to see Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the other nations Ezekiel noted in cooperation with one another. According to the Bible, it’s only a matter of time before they attack Israel (Ezekiel 38:8-9). And after that, it’s only a matter of time before Jesus returns to establish His everlasting Kingdom (Revelation 22:20). Take note – Jesus is coming!

Britt Gillette is the founder of End Times Bible Prophecy and the author of Coming To Jesus and Signs Of The Second Coming. Receive his book 7 Signs of the End Times for FREE when you sign up for his monthly newsletter.

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soundingthealarm

Fleethewrath2come
The end times tachometer about to blow, I've never even dreamed of this type of ramp up ...This trio forming, economic systems crashing, China bank runs, talk of catastrophic GLOBAL food shortages, the assault on genders, the assault on colors, the assault on TRUTH, the lust for the removal of Israel,...it goes on and on and on and its ramping up almost daily sometimes it feels like hourly ....LOOKING UP \o/
 

GotGrace

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The end times tachometer about to blow, I've never even dreamed of this type of ramp up ...This trio forming, economic systems crashing, China bank runs, talk of catastrophic GLOBAL food shortages, the assault on genders, the assault on colors, the assault on TRUTH, the lust for the removal of Israel,...it goes on and on and on and its ramping up almost daily sometimes it feels like hourly ....LOOKING UP \o/
Once again I will say I’m so impatient cause I’m ready right now to take my flight. To be with God forever would be more wonderful than I can think or say.
Just call us up there Lord.

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Amethyst

Angie ... †
It’s really true. Is this part of the falling away? I always wonder why people are so vested in the minutiae of their every day lives to the exclusion of things of eternal importance.
Most Christians I know like this don’t have many problems in life. And aren’t really wanting to grow in Christlikeness so there’s no suffering from love of the world. Why long for heaven when they have it made.
 

GHoe

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Most Christians I know like this don’t have many problems in life. And aren’t really wanting to grow in Christlikeness so there’s no suffering from love of the world. Why long for heaven when they have it made.
Well said.

I'm not sadistic and being in the fire isn't much fun, but I am thankful for my trials that I've experienced since late 2018. Because of them I've never been closer to God, more thankful for Christ dying for a sinner like me and more in tune with the Holy Spirit guiding me.

If I wasn't going through my trials, I'm positive I would not be walking with God. I'd be living in my sin, satisfying my flesh and making no attempts to purify my heart and become more Christ like.

God must have known I needed the trials to grow closer and so I will accept that and be thankful for it. (Something I can't say and expect people to understand outside this forum)
 

Footsteps

Well-Known Member
Well said.

I'm not sadistic and being in the fire isn't much fun, but I am thankful for my trials that I've experienced since late 2018. Because of them I've never been closer to God, more thankful for Christ dying for a sinner like me and more in tune with the Holy Spirit guiding me.

If I wasn't going through my trials, I'm positive I would not be walking with God. I'd be living in my sin, satisfying my flesh and making no attempts to purify my heart and become more Christ like.

God must have known I needed the trials to grow closer and so I will accept that and be thankful for it. (Something I can't say and expect people to understand outside this forum)
No pain, no gain. God will put people into problems they cannot escape without His help.
 

Bethlehem57

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Some believers are not even interested. They are more interested in their lives here.
I agree. What I don’t understand is what future? Our country is tanking because of the bumbler and his handlers. The coming recession will make it very difficult to own a home, if you can find one for sale that isn’t already priced out of reach and because there’s not many for sale, they actually start bidding on the property without even seeing it! Rent has gone through the roof, if you can find a place open. Prices for food, fuel, power, water, and the basics are out of control. I know I sound like “Debbie Downer” but this is what this generation is facing. Frankly, I would not trade places with them for any amount of money!

In NC, the housing market has hit the housing market that I grew up with in Northern CA. And then getting married isn’t in style anymore, so move in together and then children, all wrong, but accepted like homosexual, LGBTQ’s, homosexual pastors, marriage, ad nauseam…. I am so glad that I don’t have an young children that are school age and one of my granddaughters goes to a legitimate Christian school where her dad works as a teacher! The other, …..a long story and not a good one. I can’t imagine sending them off to public school that’s become a sewer. And faith? If you can find a Bible teaching church you have found a treasure! When we first moved out here in the early 80’s, this was the part of the Bible Belt! Churches were Bible teaching houses of worship that weren’t afraid of offending members by telling them the truth about fire and brimstone and the hell that awaits those who refuse to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior!

I remember going to the grocery store and on Sunday, the meat was all covered up until after 1:00 PM, if then. Stores didn’t sell any alcohol on Sundays and the ABC store wasn’t open. Liquor sales where I grew up, were sold in any grocery or convenience store - still are. This area was so alien, but in a good way! Now, this same area has turned into living just like the place where I grew up. There’s not a lot of difference, although we are still not the way they are now, thank You Lord!

I hear more and more young adults say that they are Christians and believe in the Rapture, but they want to live their lives first, then let Jesus return for them!
 
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