It is amazing to watch the developments in the Middle East. It is also sad to see the lack of leadership by the United States. Our President evidently cannot accept the fact that Islam can be violent, nor can he bring himself to admit that violent Jihadists purposely kill Christians and Jews. No one is old enough today, so historians tell us, how similar this is to the 1930s when no one thought that a man named Hitler and his Nazi party was a real threat to the rest of the world. Satan’s purpose to eliminate the Jewish people, and to destroy as much of Christianity as possible, is the real driving force behind all such hatred.

The battle of Gog and Magog is coming. It is an invasion from the northern enemies of Israel to flood into the holy land and exterminate the Jews and take the spoil of the land (see Ezekiel 38-39). These northern enemies include Turkey, Iran, Libya, and other allies. It also includes parts of Russia to the “far north” (Ezek. 38:1-5). Could this invasion be just around the corner? No human knows for sure. We only know it will happen some day. I believe this happens towards the middle of the seven-year tribulation period and therefore would be a short three and a half years after the rapture. At that time God will destroy the northern enemies by miraculous means (Ezek. 38:17-23). Unfortunately, this is only the first battle in a war called Armageddon, a conflict which Jesus Himself will conclude by His glorious return.

Christians should support every effort to destroy the enemy of Israel and all other peace-loving countries, even if that means righteous warfare. Our best but least used weapon is prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, for Israel, the church, and for lost souls in the whole world. But whatever happens in the near future, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever. For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:20-21).