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Complications of Assymetrical Warfare and the Megiddo Intersect

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Submitted by M. Tovey (United States), Feb 2, 2015 at 16:25

As compelling as these arguments are about the composition of the antagonists of Israel are, there are a couple of details in Ezekiel's scenario that are not so easily supportable in view of the build-up to be seen and how the correctly observed 'proxies' are developing in the wings, waiting for the call to arms as Israel is forced into the final showdown at the hands of her enemies.

The first intrigue is whether Turkey will be the 'leader' of the pack. Turkey was a default world power after the collapse of the original caliphate(s) of history, quite easily toppled after Allenby's rage through the Middle East, subsequently replacing the Ottoman's with a series of tribal kingdoms that are some of the principle antagonists we see today, allied with the proxies of the local 'Ishmaelites' desire for al-Quds.

But we must consider that the principle antagonist is the Gog/Magog leader to whom this prophesy is addressed and from where he is to be drawn [You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. Ezekiel 38:15]. While Turkey is northerly of the contested zone(s), it is not the uttermost parts.

In this observation, the only national entity with which the Eternal Sovereign has an unanswered grievance is the land of Meshech (ascribed by some as Moskva) and Tubal (Tobolsk as noted by others). Do these specifically make that much sense over other versions-not necessarily-but by some attributions, they more sense than others. Now, add the replacement mindset of the crusader fix on Jerusalem.

Now how does one reconcile an alliance between these potentially hostile antagonists? Ezekiel provides clues in these inquiries to Gog: [Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, 'Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?' Ezekiel 38:13].

The coming warfare in the Middle East is, indeed, about Israel standing in the sights of international interests that are forming unseen alliances to intercede on behalf of the 'Palestinians,' a proxy alliance unto itself that is courting disaster for themselves and any who would attempt to advance their cause at the cost of Israel's security. But remember this; once the Gog alliance is devastated, it's not over yet.


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