For those of you who want to know more about the End Times and the Gog/Magog war prophesied by Ezekiel and where Iran fits into to all of this, this is one of the most comprehensive studies I've found yet! Darrell Young ( Focus On Jerusalem )has given me permission to post excerpts from this article...Please read it in its entirety. It starts with a complete history of Iran and shows how it has just recently come in line with Daniel's and Ezekiel's prophesies. Darrell's website is a veritable feast of End Time Biblical Studies... I highly recommend them!
Here's what he has to say:
"It is fascinating to watch Russia being slowly, inexorably drawn into the Middle East conflict, almost against its better judgment, and forced by its economic need and its competitive drive to outflank the US and the West for global dominance, into what could easily become a showdown of the nations in the Middle East. Russia has its own problems in the Caucasus region with Islamic terrorists, some of whom even have ties to Iran and Al Qaeda. Still Russia envisions a more sinister threat from the European theatre for control of the Mid-east oil reserves than it does from any other sphere. The current situation mirrors the precise imagery that Ezekiel conveyed with the 'hooks in the jaws' analogy, and the even more fascinating is the statement emanating from God himself. "I will bring thee forth". The key to Russia’s thrust into the Middle East quagmire rests with its major client partner and western agitator in the region, Iran. Ezekiel's roster of nations for the Gog-Magog war continues to align perfectly for the first time in history. "Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee." The other nations on Ezekiel's Roster are all either Russian client states or old Soviet client states, with the exception of Turkey, which is rapidly being pushed back into the Islamic world by the European Union."
"Ezekiel foretells that the Russian invasion against Israel will come in the latter days, and intimates that it will be timed to be a post-event to the peace-and-safety covenant that the Antichrist makes with Israel and her Arab neighbors. 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 been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them."
"In any event, God forecasts that the “prince” of Magog will become ensnarled in the Last Days troublesome conflict of the Middle East concerning Israel’s burdensome reemergence as a nation. The “hooks-in-the-jaws” depiction conveys the idea that Russia, being the strongest military bloc available to counter the strategic moves of the Western Antichrist into the Middle East, will be coerced by out of its position in the north by some mysterious element of association that it has with its allies. That element is likely to be the radical component of Islam and its terrorist infrastructure that is presently being shaped and fomented by the fundamentalist Mullahs of Iran".
"The greatest geo-politial and diplomatic mistake of modern American history was the disastrous strategy decisions of the Jimmy Carter administration, (with Zbigniev Brezinski formulating foreign policy) when America stood by and let Ayatollah Khomeini succeed in expelling the American friendly Shah so that the radical Khomeinin could return from exile and take Iran in a headlong fundamentalist charge back to the Quran-glorified 7th-century culture of the Arabian Peninsula. This era of the Islamic Revolution is what started the modern worldwide Muslim fundamentalist revival that threatens the security of the United States today, and gave impetus to the Jihadist terrorist ideology! Virtually all the terrorism in the world today comes from the seeds of the ayatollah's demonic inspiration. The prospect of these fanatical Muslim fundamentalist zealots possessing nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles should frighten the entire Western world. It should drive us into immediate action to prevent it at any costs. This nuclear time bomb is already ticking and the window of opportunity to intercept an Islamic terror-holocaust is quickly closing. In the interim, the US and Israel are squarely the intended targets of Islamic terrorism. It is only a matter of time until this bubble must burst."Baruch atem b'Shem, Yeshua