Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meschech and Tubal [Turkey] ... 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 [Iran], Ethiopia [all east Africa south of Egypt], and Libya with them, all of them with shield and helmet. After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have always been waste ... thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
Well, we all know about the Isaiah prophecy concerning the "burden of Damascus" and the Jeremiah prophecy about "kindling a fire in the walls of Damascus." Both prophecies essentially say the city will cease to exist, whether piece by piece or in one blinding, nuclear mushroom shroud.
Syria is NOT mentioned in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Neither is Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Kuwait, or any of the smaller gulf kingdoms.
However, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia do appear in Jeremiah as nations that "Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon" (Iraq) will attack. Northern Israel is also attacked by Babylon. Are Ezekiel and Jeremiah talking about the same war or two different ones? Both have one thing in common: the destruction of Damascus. Who then is the "king of Babylon?" Most likely it will be none other than the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
THAT is the only mystery. Gog appears to be a leader in the Ezekiel prophecy, not a country. Many scholars point to Turkey as being the land he rules, due to the phrases I cite over and over again from Ezekiel 38:2-3:
"Set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal."
"Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal."
The problem is that this could have two meanings.
The one meaning obviously is that Gog is a Turk and, thus, the leader of Turkey.
There is only one other way for someone who is NOT the son of a king to be called a prince of a region or country: if that country has been SEIZED and CONQUERED and turned into a PRINCIPALITY. In other words, a country taken by military force to become a colony or principality of an expanding empire. The leader of such a principality would then quite rightfully be called its "prince" or "chief prince."
Gog, therefore, MUST be a conqueror who conquers Turkey, absorbs it into his expanding empire, and becomes its "chief prince."
Is Gog also a place? Probably not in this context, but the only place scholars have been able to identify as a location for "Gog" is the nations bounding the west coast of the Black Sea. They are: northwestern-most Turkey above the Sea of Marmara, Bulgaria, Romania, and southwestern Ukraine. This makes Gog as a place nearly synonymous with Togarmah.
According to Erna Stieglitz, whose prophecies we will cover more thoroughly below, RUSSIA will invade Turkey twice in the month of JULY (no year given), conquering it on the second invasion in late July and then absorbing it into its SOUTHERN FLANK.
Gog IS therefore the leader of RUSSIA, currently President Vladimir Putin.
During the days of the Sufyaani, the Byzantine ruler will be at war with one Christian faction and will make peace with the other. Thus the warring Christian faction will run over Qustuntuniyyah (Istanbul), and will occupy it. The Byzantine ruler will flee and go to Shaam. The Muslim army with the aid of the friendly Christian party will wage war against the enemy Christian party, and will be victorious.
One might be justifiably concerned about the status of modern-day Togarmah, as it is largely made up of Ukraine. Therefore, a struggle to take control of the entire country would appear to merely be on hold. Either that, or the current government in Kiev will for some reason ally with Russia and the other nations against Israel.
If military conflict is rekindled in Ukraine in a bid by Moscow to wrest control of the country, and this is the time for the war of Gog, expect to see this conflict spread to Moldova, and ultimately the entire Balkans region.
As for Persia, there has been a longtime alliance between Russia and Iran and cooperation between the two concerning Tehran's nuclear program. Moscow has supplied much of the equipment and technology that threatens to turn Iran into a major nuclear power. This support first began being reported as long ago as 1994. Iran is also one of the few Middle East nations now at war with ISIS, but also supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad. It is Russian and Iranian support for Assad that puts the US military in the region at odds with the Moscow-Tehran axis.
Is Libya Headed for Another Qaddafi?
I seem to be ignored on this issue and I don't know why. If this is true, it is a radical departure of all previous speculation and scholarship concerning the prophecies of Nostradamus. It would mean that when we see a name, it is going to be an actual surname. That would mean RAYPOZ is, or rather, will be a real surname. That would mean Alus is a real surname. That would mean Chiren is a real surname (it IS a real surname in fact, although no one in a position of power now has it that we know of).
What I find interesting about the Hifter quatrains is that some of the action is clearly taking place in the Middle East, especially North Africa and around the city of Tobruk. Some believe that is a reference to Hitler's general Rommel who invaded Ethiopia and Libya and was killed by Allied forces while trying to take Egypt (the same country Napoleon tried and failed to take 150 years earlier). One quatrain actually seems to attempt to paint Hifter in a good light, as though he is a hero rather than a villain. General Hifter is anti-Islamic trying to eradicate the extremist terrorist groups threatening to take over in Libya. He could one day gain the support of the West; but then again, if Ezekiel's Gog prophecy is for our time, it will be Russia he allies with.
Stieglitz elaborates further on Russian intentions in the Middle East. Sometimes one line of prophecy can speak volumes.
"The Russians must strengthen their flanks, before they against Western Europe attack... The southern flank is comprised by Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, and Yugoslavia."
The nations making up the "northern flank" follows, but it is this "southern flank" that must now attract our attention, as it appears first.
Two of the four Middle East countries listed are also in the Gog, land of Magog "alliance": Iran and Turkey.
This suggests that both countries may actually be invaded by Russia in an effort to take control of both. Stieglitz continues:
"In summer, probably in the month of July if the OIL REGIONS are already in rather firm Russian hands, will occur the invasion by Russia upon (parts of) the south and north flanks: against Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Scandinavia ... Returning to the start of this discourse: after the quick occupation of all military bases in Scandinavia, a second attack against Turkey follows. There and in Iran a great tank battle takes place. The Russian then strives to advance as quickly as possible through the Balkan Peninsula to the Adriatic Sea ..."
So the second attack on Turkey will likely occur before the end of July, unless it coincides with the attacks on Western Europe, in which case the second Russian attack on Turkey and the battle in Iran will occur in early August.
Mention of the "tank battle" in Iran is rather ambiguous. It is hard to tell whether Russia and Iran are together engaged in conflict with Turkey on Iranian soil or if Russia is at war with Iran. If the latter is the case, then Persia is forced to join the ranks of nations allied with Gog.
In addition Stieglitz includes Afghanistan as being in Russia's southern flank, and some scholars include Afghanistan and some of the five Central Asia republics as being a part of MAGOG.
Although Ezekiel does not directly reference Iraq (Babylon) as an ally of Gog, Stieglitz includes the country as being in the southern flank. There is no question that the war on ISIS is being conducted in both Syria and IRAQ. Thus, we might surmise that Russia will eventually be launching airstrikes in Iraq as well as in Syria.
"Russian elite units attack Alaska in middle August. In Europe, it comes to the Abwurf of a radioactively radiating yellow wall. Prague becomes a nuclear wasteland. Approximately around the same time the Russian tank units of the northern wedge in Westfalen become almost entirely destroyed."
By mid-August, nuclear war is being conducted in parts of eastern and central Europe. Before Stieglitz moves on to September, the following occurs:
"The Russians are pressed in Western Europe into a defense. Out of revenge, a nuclear retaliation against all cities of the USA results. Simultaneously the USA strikes back with nuclear weapons. Far parts of the (former) Soviet Union and the last Russian rocket silos are destroyed. As a consequence of this event, it comes in the former Soviet Union a Mega-Revolution, that overthrows the previous system."
And in September, nuclear war comes to Western Europe:
"In September, there is a last despairing attempt of Russian submarine-units to devastate Europe by nuclear means. In this attack, many French and German cities are changed into a fiery sea."
Will we ever make it to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election? That depends on which candidate is holding the trump card (pun is intended). If Donald Trump is "destined" to win, we may never even make it to November. If, however, Hillary Clinton, or any other female candidate, is destined to win, the worst of the war may not come about until 2017, 2018 or even 2019. We could conceivably be nervously watching events unfold for another four years from this summer that has just passed us by (or less).
Alois Irlmaier was constantly worried about "two eights and a nine." I thought it might apply to the years 2008 and 2009, especially when Russia invaded Georgia on August 9, 2008 (8/9/08). As it turns out, it may instead apply to 2018 and 2019 ... somehow.
Is there ANY hope?
There is always hope. As long as Russian objectives are focused only in Syria and remain that way, and do not overlap into countries listed by Ezekiel or Stieglitz, the world is safe. As long as Israel stays out of the conflict, as long as Assad does not pull Israel into a war by launching an attack on its northern cities or giving Hezbollah a green light to do so, the world is safe.
But the longer the war in Syria and neighboring Iraq goes on, and the longer Russia, the U.S., France, Turkey, and other NATO nations are involved in it (the UK votes in November on the issue of launching airstrikes in Syria), the greater the risk becomes that an Ezekiel/Stieglitz scenario will play out.