Or, for those of us who can’t reconcile the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture with scripture, this war could be the trigger for the rise of the Antichrist, who will make a peace treaty between the Islamic world and Israel.
Isaiah 30:27-33 gives us a clue — the Antichrist is from the former kingdom of Assyria, which includes much of modern-day Turkey.
Turkey’s been in the news a lot lately. Remember that it was the head of the Ottoman Empire, which controlled the region for centuries and was the head of the Islamic world. The Ottoman Empire fell apart, but many want to revive it.
What better way to unite the Islamic world than a stunning attack on Iran and possibly a following regional war?
The earliest known commentary on Revelation, from about 250 AD, identifies “the Assyrian” (Asshur) in the Isaiah passage as the Antichrist.
The countries described in the “Gog-Magog war” are the same ones described in Revelation, and both end with the Messiah coming to pour out his wrath. The wrath is not the tribulation, but is the second coming of Christ.
I believe that the Gog-Magog war and the war in Revelation are not two different wars, but rather the same war.
The Orthodox Jewish blogs are expecting the Gog-Magog war soon. Our Jewish friends believe that that the Messiah will intervene, punish the Assyrian and his people, and restore the world.
By the way, this is nothing to divide on. I came to this conclusion after 20 years of heavy study and have found that many others now believe the same. If I’m raptured before the tribulation, I’m not going to argue theology with Jesus on the way up.
Me neither. I'm just going to sit down next to Him, have a cold beer and watch the show!
Love your last paragraph!
Worthy points you make in your post.
I’m still skeptical that the two wars are the same.
I’m still quite skeptical that the pre-trib Rapture is not true.
Nevertheless, I don’t plan to argue theology with God, either.
He has promised to never leave me nor forsake me and to take me ultimately to be more intimately and thoroughly with Him wherever He is. That will be sufficient. He alone is my high tower, defense, provision, all in all.
I'm HOPING that's the case....