The Beginning of the End … Gog/Magog Alliance

The constant media bombardment from the Middle East covers most of the significant events in that region, but not all of them. Some things fly under the media radar, despite the ominous global implications attached to these occurrences. We’ll get to one of those sparingly reported incidents in a moment.

The one-two, left-right media punch consists of almost daily coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian struggle and the civil war in Syria. The conflict in Syria has captured world attention for over three years now. Media exposure has expanded with chain reaction intensity since Russia entered the fray a few months ago, ostensibly to wage war against ISIS; with their real agenda of gaining a foothold in the Middle East by supporting the shaky Syrian government ruled by Bashar Assad.

The multi-national and ethnically religious line-up of players in Syria is mind-boggling; not so much the numbers as the alliances. Who is fighting whom? Who supports whom, what, and why? A is fighting B who is fighting C who is fighting A … and so on.

For the most part, it’s Sunni versus Shi’ite Islam, but not entirely. Sunnis are also fighting Sunnis. Nearly all Sunnis and some Shi’ites oppose Assad and his Alawite sect of Islam. All Muslim sects loathe and persecute Christians and Jews, covertly in Israel and overtly in surrounding countries. Everyone is against ISIS, mostly because non-ISIS Muslims want to establish their own form of an Islamic Caliphate … not the ISIS’s version of world domination beginning with control of Iraq and Syria.

And lest we negligently omit Egypt from this apocalyptic scenario, recently the deposed Muslim Brotherhood reared its radical head and aggressively trumpeted the call for, “a long uncompromising jihad” to topple Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his militarily controlled government. Apparently, Jihad can be waged against fellow Muslims, not just the infidel Jews and Christians.

As Jerusalem-based well-known scholar and author Rabbi Nachman Kahana recently opined: “One needs a scorecard to keep track of the sides and the initiatives of what is now transpiring in the Arab Gehennom (Hell) of the Middle East.”

The once entrenched Syrian government still ruled by Bashar Assad is making a comeback, thanks to the economic and military support of Russia and Iran, but also Hezbollah of Lebanon. The rebel factions trying to overthrow the Assad regime are backed by the United States and a few coalition allies such as France and England. However, some rebels fight against other rebels.

A group mud-wrestling brawl, a bumper-car melee, or a free-for-all bar fight metaphor comes to mind, but only with regard to the bizarre, almost comical alignment of nations, ethnic groups, and terrorist cells. Otherwise any such analogy doesn’t come close to explaining the devastating death and destruction (over a quarter million killed thus far in Syria); nor the massive displacement of millions of Syrians into refugee status; nor the imminent threat of global war if just one of the more prominent nations like Russia, Iran, Turkey, or the United States gets truly serious about whether Assad should remain in power or not.

It is as the British are prone to say: A bloody mess … literally.

An Astounding Show of Arabian and Turkish Force

Recently, a huge multi-national military force was assembled that some major media outlets apparently kept under the global radar. This event took place in northern Saudi Arabia just south of the Iraq border in early February. The Saudis labeled it, Northern Thunder.

thQYU2AXU6

(Saudi Military Getting Ready for Northern Thunder)

This joint military exercise consisted of some 20 (Arab and/or Moslem) countries, which made it the largest war games undertaking in the history of the Middle East. According to Saudi sources, some 350,000 troops, 20,000 tanks, 2,500 fighter planes, and 450 attack helicopters were deployed in these maneuvers as preparation for a possible (some experts say probable) all-out attack against Syrian government forces and ISIS. The two most prominent nations in this confederacy are Saudi Arabia and Turkey. It’s all too evident that these nations will no longer rely on American coalition air raids against ISIS and against Syrian government military installations to turn the tide, especially after Russia joined the fray; since Russia is mostly dropping bombs on the rebels fighting Assad, not on ISIS.

All of which makes the recent “cease-fire” in Syria a farce. In reality it gives both Assad’s forces and even ISIS the chance to regroup and wreak more havoc on the rebel troops. Turkey will apparently honor the cease-fire but not as applied to the Kurds; the Turks will undoubtedly continue their ruthless attacks on their bitter enemy, the Kurds. Just before the ceasefire, Turkish militants crossed the border into northern Syria, supported by artillery fire from the Turkish military as they attacked a Kurdish town. In another incident, a group of some one hundred “fighters” crossed into Syria from Turkey and joined up with other militants to launch an assault on the Kurdish city of Tell Abyad. However, the Kurds successfully repelled the attack.

Thus, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and several of the Arab oil-rich countries are throwing their economic and military hats into this ring of fire; a conflagration that could engulf the entire Middle East. If they enter the Syrian war, they will do more than either the United States (or allies) or Iran or Russia have done, at least up to this point. There will be Saudi and Turkish boots on the ground … a lot of them.

Though menacing in its scope, the civil war blaze in Syria and the brush fire Northern Thunder operation that could add enough fuel to the Middle-East fire to ignite the region into an inferno hot enough to melt any restraint currently exercised by all those who are trying to extinguish the fire; it is NOT a prelude to World War III. That comes later, well over half-way through the Great Tribulation when the ten-nation coalition led by Antichrist will launch an enormous campaign against Israel and, in the process, take on the Oriental Kings of the East.

The Syrian situation is, however, a terrible and traumatic tune-up to the first massive attack against Israel as found in Ezekiel Chapters 38 & 39, called the Gog/Magog invasion. Never before have the nations identified in this well-known prophecy announced over 2,500 years ago been aligned together as they now are, and only in the past few years.

The two most powerful nations referenced in Ezekiel’s predictions are Russia, by clear inference, and Iran, by actual name. Once enemies by virtue of the Iranian’s (Persians) national adherence to Islam, directly opposed to Russia’s atheistic communism, Iran is now an ally of Russia. They have set aside their differences for the common cause of establishing a footing in the region, under the pretense of supporting Bashar Assad and his Syrian government. Russia’s main agenda is to take over the gas fields off the coast of Israel and newly discovered oil reserves in Israel. Iran’s objective is much less subtle. Their hatred of Jews and Israel has been repeatedly voiced by their leaders with genocidal threats to: Wipe Israel from the face of the earth.

*Note: For more details on Russia, Iran, and their anti-Semitic agendas leading to fulfilment of the Gog/Magog prophecy, please see Eye of Prophecy articles entitled: Beware of the Bear (posted 3-22-14); Russia & Iran Versus Israel (10-4-14); Gog, Magog & Leviathan (1-3-15); The Russians Are Coming! (11-14-15).

Although diplomatic relations between Turkey (the third most prominent nation in this Gog/Magog confederation) and Russia are currently strained, that will change dramatically when Russia covertly, then openly declares its intention to invade Israel. In the classic mode of “if your enemy is also my enemy,” Turkey will go all in with Russia and Iran if it means conquering Israel.

There is no doubt that the end of this age is upon us, with the magnificent and imminent Rapture of believers in Messiah Jesus the catalyst for a seven-year series of events that will stun the world with an apocalyptic magnitude never before or ever again experienced by mankind.

The signs are unmistakable. The developments are undeniable. The implications are indisputable.

The Gog/Magog configuration against Israel is taking shape on a daily basis. Although it is just one of twelve major signs of the last days—identified in the Eye of Prophecy article, Look Up Redemption is Near, Part II (published 7-18-15)—it is one that several Eye of Prophecy articles have focused on with varying degrees of emphasis and explanation, including the main four articles listed earlier. The remainder of today’s article will center on the issue of whether the Gog/Magog assault is one and the same as the final battle of this age (Armageddon) before Messiah appears and intervenes. Or, if Gog/Magog is a separate offensive against Israel at a different time (during the Tribulation).

richardson120622_2

Gog/Magog: The Same As or Different Than Armageddon?

Let’s begin by answering that question; then examine passages from the Bible to support this conclusion.

Answer: No, they are not the same.

Obviously Scripture doesn’t give us exact dates when these two enormous events will take place. But there are enough descriptive details to provide a timeline by contrasting prophetic descriptions of Gog/Magog and Armageddon one with the other; then correlating them with contemporary developments right up to the present day. With, I firmly believe, the Gog/Magog campaign taking place not long after the Rapture (within a year or two), and the final battle of Armageddon occurring in the last months and weeks of the seven-year Tribulation.

Most Jewish Rabbis contend that Ezekiel’s Gog/Magog prophecy is the same as Daniel’s and Zechariah’s prophecies about the end day’s events pertaining to Israel, which include what we commonly refer to as Armageddon. As do some Christian Bible scholars. Non-Messianic Jewish scholars unfortunately do not acknowledge the amazingly detailed Book of Revelation in the New Testament or any other New Testament book including Messiah Jesus’s astounding description of the last days as found in Matthew and Luke. However, there is sufficient evidence just in the Old Testament to differentiate between these two apocalyptic occurrences.

Although there is one similarity between the Biblical descriptions of the Gog/Magog invasion and the climatic battles of the last days before Christ returns, there are far more variances. The similarity can be found in Ezekiel 39:17-20 and Revelation 19:17-18.

For sake of time/space in today’s article, only three of these differences will be scrutinized. In these points of dissimilarity I will abbreviate Gog/Magog with G/M … that is not General Motors!) and Antichrist Armageddon with (A/A … not to be confused with Alcoholics Anonymous!). The slash (/) between the letters will remind you!

First Difference

In response to the Russian led conquest of Israel, Ezekiel Chapter 38 tells us that certain cities/countries will challenge both the validity and success of the G/M campaign against Israel (verse 13); however, their opposition will be passive, without active intervention. The places listed in Ezekiel are representative of contemporary Western nations, including, I believe the United States. The reason that these nations will not interfere with the Russian coalition is because they cannot; particularly the United States, as its population will be decimated by the loss of many Christians in the Rapture. They will not be strong enough to contest the G/M invasion.

Conversely, the A/A armies of the ten nations and other countries who align themselves with these ten kingdoms will launch their war against Israel opposed only by the King of the South (Daniel Chapter 11) who and whose armies will be crushed by Antichrist. Then at the very end of the Tribulation, Antichrist (Nero) and the False Prophet will be confronted militarily by the Kings of the East (Revelation 16). These two colossal coalitions will then unite to fight against Messiah, himself, in the valley of Megiddo.

“And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with Hebrew name Armageddon” (Revelation 16:16).

Whereas, Ezekiel 38 & 39 say absolutely nothing about actual military action by either Israel or other nations against the G/M alliance. Rather, complete victory is achieved by God alone.

Please see Eye of Prophecy article One Ring to Rule Them All (posted 11-21-15) for a likely list of the ten “kingdoms” that will give their allegiance to the Antichrist leading to Armageddon.

Second_Coming_of_Christ_at_Armageddon-1

(Depicts Messiah’s Victory at Armageddon)

Second Difference

Those who consider the G/M and A/A onslaughts against Israel as one and the same have apparently overlooked or dismissed or lessened the (significance of) fact that the leaders of these alliances are individual men who originate from different nations and geographical regions. If these two megalomaniac rulers are not the same man, then neither can the G/M and A/A events be identical, nor are the nations in their coalitions the same.

The leader (a man, as the leader is identified as, “the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal” and also referenced as a man with the personal pronoun, him in Ezekiel 38:2)) of the G/M grouping of nations cannot possibly be the little horn, king, ruler, man of lawlessness, and beast—all names of the man most commonly referred to as Antichrist—of Daniel, II Thessalonians, Revelation, and I John, respectively.

For one thing, the Gog leader of the principle nation in the G/M coalition comes from “the distant north” (Ezekiel 39:2). This combined with the designated areas of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal provide persuasively strong evidence that the man (Gog) from the land of Magog is or will (soon) be a powerful leader from Russia. Does Russian President Vladmir Putin come to mind?

Conversely, the little horn/king described in Daniel Chapter 7 originates from, “…the fourth world power that will rule the earth … It will devour the whole world, trampling and crushing everything in its path” (Daniel 7:23). Much has been written about these four kingdoms, including a lengthy examination in my book, Out of the Abyss … can the number of the beast be solved, 666? Also several references in some previous Eye of Prophecy articles.

Nearly all Bible scholars and teachers agree that the fourth kingdom was the Roman Empire (future in Daniel’s time and, of course, past tense in our time). Daniel Chapter 7 goes on to predict that in addition to the ten kings that will arise (during the Tribulation) another king will arise from that 4th kingdom, as further described in Revelation 13 and 17.

But then Daniel Chapter 9 gives an even more stunning disclosure about this man who will come from the 4th world power, Rome. This passage is one of several that I quote and analyze in Out of the Abyss and several Eye of Prophecy articles to support my Biblical premise that the Antichrist is none other than the ancient Roman Emperor, Nero, who will reappear from the Abyss (Revelation 17:8).

hqdefault

(Depiction of the 8th horn of Daniel 7, which is the 8th king of Revelation 17 … Antichrist)

Revelation 17:9-11 provides more conclusive evidence that this ruler/king-beast comes directly from the Roman Empire (of the 1st century). Because today’s article focuses primarily on differentiating between the G/M and A/A attacks of Israel, I will focus on Daniel Chapter 9.

“After a period of sixty-two sets of seven, the Anointed One will be killed, appearing to have accomplished nothing, and a ruler will arise whose armies will destroy the city and the Temple…” (Daniel 9:26). I will simply summarize this verse by stating that it was the Roman Legions who destroyed the 2nd Temple at the direct orders of Nero … which was to crush the Jewish revolt that had begun in 66 AD. Thus, this passage in Daniel (and others) provide what I maintain is convincing evidence that this ruler (who is the same ruler/king of Daniel 7, Daniel 11, Zechariah 11, II Thessalonians 2, Revelation 13, 16, 17, 19, & 20 … the Antichrist) comes directly from the ancient Roman Empire (not a Revived Roman Empire). Therefore, he cannot be the same “prince” or ruler from the distant north (Russia) who is called Gog, who leads the G/M invasion.

Third Difference:

Another major difference between the G/M and A/A incursion against Israel is the means in which these two huge coalitions are defeated. Concerning the G/M grouping, Ezekiel is clear that God and God alone will destroy the massive armies aligned against Israel.

Conversely, Scripture indicates that the Jews will fight alongside the Lord (Zechariah 12) with Messiah inevitably vanquishing Antichrist and his ten-kingdom alliance.

In the final victorious battle, “The armies of heaven (believers, both Jew and Gentile), dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations … He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. On his robe at his thigh was written this tile: King of all kings and Lord of all lords” (Revelation 19:14-16).

Also, “…his title was the Word of God” (Verse 13).

Let’s defer to the Eye of Prophecy article, Russia & Iran Versus Israel, to reinforce two significant contrasts between the epic G/M and A/A battles of the fast approaching end days. First: to establish the clear evidence in Ezekiel that Israel simply observes while God supernaturally defeats the G/M confederacy. Second: although the exact time is unknown, to emphasize that the G/M attack occurs during the first half of the Tribulation, as two of Revelation’s seal judgements are unleashed during the G/M campaign against Israel.

Here are the excerpts from Russia & Iran Versus Israel in italics, with non-italicized words actually in italics in the Eye of Prophecy article quoted:

Which is why God, through Ezekiel, announces in no uncertain terms exactly what God’s response will be to this multi-national attempt to destroy Israel: “…When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over! In my jealousy and blazing anger, I promise a mighty shaking in the land of Israel on that day … all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth … I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 38:18-23, italics for emphasis).

My purpose for emphasizing the italicized words is to point out that all people on earth will recoil in terror; further, that mountains, cliffs, and walls will crumble not just in Israel, but the world over. Though God’s power displayed against the hordes of Gog will indeed be impressive, people living far from the heat of the battle in Israel would have no reason to quake in terror unless they themselves were directly exposed to mountains, cliffs, and walls falling around and on them. Moreover, they will quake in terror at God’s very presence … meaning his presence in causing catastrophic natural disasters all over the earth. Does that sound a lot like what happens in Revelation? If you answer yes, you are correct, as we shall soon see.

I say this with a great deal of certainty, based on what comes next in Ezekiel Chapter 39. Let’s read it: “You and your army and your allies will all die on the mountains … You will fall in the open fields…” (Ezekiel 39:4). Previously in Chapter 38, Ezekiel declared that God will, “…punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed: I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur!” (Verse 22). Obviously, this is referring to the mountains and fields of Israel, as that is where Gog (Russia) and its armies have arrived to annihilate Israel. But what comes next is often overlooked by scholars, including me at one time.

Immediately after telling Gog that his armies and allies will perish within Israel itself, the Lord declares: “And I will rain down fire on Magog and on all your allies who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 39:6). This is an extraordinary disclosure, one that plainly and emphatically refers not to just the destruction of Gog’s armies in Israel, but also the very motherland of Russia and citizens of other nations who were otherwise living and watching safely on the coasts.

Matching Ezekiel’s Gog/Magog Destruction with Seal Judgments in Revelation

“I watched as the Lamb broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became as dark as black cloth, and the moon became as red as blood … The sky was rolled up like a scroll, and all of the mountains and islands were moved from their places. Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the mountains and the rocks. ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to survive?’” (Revelation 6: 12-17).

In order, this is the sixth seal, but the first of twenty-one judgments (seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls) in which the entire earth fully realizes that the increasing apocalyptic events on earth are now directly from God and Messiah Jesus. Which is exactly what God is telling us when Ezekiel writes: “I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

That and the other correlations already discussed have convinced me that God’s mighty judgment of Gog, Magog, AND many other peoples/nations who directly or indirectly conspired against Israel is an integral part of the sixth and or seventh seal judgments. When Christ breaks the seventh seal, here’s what will happen: “Then the angel filled the incense burner with fire from the altar and threw it down upon the earth; and thunder crashed, lighting flashed, and there was a terrible earthquake” (Revelation 8:5, italics for emphasis).

Once again, this descriptive language closely matches what Ezekiel says, with the extremely strong connection that the 6th and/or 7th seal judgments are the world-wide catastrophes taking place at the same time that the Lord crushes the Gog invasion of Israel. “Fire will rain down on Magog and on all your allies who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 39:6, italics for emphasis).

The apocalyptic imagery used in Ezekiel regarding the means of God’s divine vengeance against Russia, Iran, and the other nations that actively participate in the assault against Israel, and those countries that passively, apathetically, and indifferently look on, is remarkably similar to what we find in Revelation.

Firestorms

(Representation of Gog’s Destruction On The Mountains and In The Valleys of Israel … Ezekiel 39:4-5)

Back to today’s article.

Zechariah’s Description of Armageddon in Contrast to Ezekiel’s Prophecy of the Gog/Magog Assault on Israel

In Zechariah, we read that the Jews will fight alongside of Messiah, which means that this attack on Israel cannot be the Gog/Magog invasion. Rather, Zechariah is describing the end of the Tribulation that will be dominated by Antichrist (Nero). This is a narrative of the very last days, as follows:

“…This message is from the Lord, who stretched out the heavens, laid the foundation of the earth, and formed the human spirit. I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves” (Zechariah 12:1-3).

The armies sent to besiege Israel, that “try to move” the immovable rock of Israel is the final epic battle of Armageddon waged by Antichrist Nero.

Then, the Lord declares: “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a flame that sets a woodpile ablaze or like a burning torch among sheaves of grain. They will burn up all the neighboring nations right and left, while the people living in Jerusalem remain secure. The Lord will give victory to the rest of Judah first, before Jerusalem.… On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be as mighty as King David!…” (Zechariah 12:6-8, italics for emphasis).

Once again in this same passage/context: “Judah, too, will be fighting at Jerusalem…” (Zechariah 14:14).

Do you see the difference between Zechariah’s description and that of Ezekiel? It’s clear that the Jews (Israel) will heroically participate in this final confrontation between God’s people and the forces of Antichrist and the Kings of the East, also depicted in Daniel 11:40-45 and Revelation 16 and 19.

Not so with the G/M invasion recorded in Ezekiel. All through Chapters 38 & 39, God speaks in the first person as to what he (alone) will do to this arrogant, ungodly conglomeration that would dare invade God’s “special possession,” Israel. The only contribution by Israel in this epic battle will be: “It will take seven months for the people of Israel to bury the bodies and cleanse the land. Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign Lord” (Ezekiel 39:12-13).

Indeed, that is the very purpose for God’s sovereign intervention against the G/M armies: “In this way, I will demonstrate my glory to the nations. Everyone will see the punishment I have inflicted on them and the power of my fist when I strike. And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God” (Ezekiel 39:21-22).

In just these two sentences, God uses the first person, “I” four times, plus many other times throughout Ezekiel 38 & 39; to prove beyond any doubt that he alone can and will destroy the Gog/Magog group of nations—led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Israel merely watches. When it’s over, and the smoke literally clears, Israel and many nations of the earth will recognize the beginning of the end of godless nations and evil. They will acknowledge the awesome holiness and power of Almighty God, and the sure fulfillment of all the prophecies, both Old and New Testament that will reach their glorious fulfilment in the remaining years of the Tribulation and the Millennium, both part of the Day of the Lord.

Meanwhile, more trumpet and bowl judgements and a second campaign against Israel will be necessary before all Jews acknowledge and accept Jesus of Nazareth as their one and only Messiah. When they see him coming to earth with power and great glory, they will first mourn for him (Zechariah 12); then they will embrace him as Lord and Savior. They will say what Jesus said they would say at his coming:

Baruch haba beshem Adonai. “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (Matthew 23:39).

Things to Ponder

One of the most amazing but overlooked verses in Scripture is found in Amos 3:7:

“Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.”

All of the (major) events of the past, present, and future applicable to God’s plan for the human race are in one way or another contained in the pages of Scripture; having first been given to God’s prophets (and apostles).

Our privilege as believers, but also responsibility, is to accurately ascertain these prophecies. To, as Scripture exhorts—especially challenging those with the gift of teaching as Timothy had: “…Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).

The Scriptures tell us of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, of all living things; that he made men and women in his image … forming our very bodies and spirit. But the originator of all evil, Satan, persuaded the first man and woman to rebel against the Lord by denying what God said was true. The grave penalty of that disobedience and rebellion was physical death and spiritual separation from God.

We need to recognize that God providentially devised a plan of salvation to reconcile (restore) men and women back to himself. Jesus, God’s own Son who was Virgin-born (fully God and fully man), said that salvation comes through the Jews. He fulfilled all of the Old Testament Messianic prophecies, culminating in his sacrificial death, burial, and miraculous resurrection. He was and is, in fact, the Messiah.

God created us. The Creator has full divine right to tell and show us what is right and what way is right. With great love for each of us, that’s exactly what the Lord has done. He has given us Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). In that regard, it is God’s way or the highway. But in light of the glorious promise of forgiveness of sin and eternal life with God in heaven, his way is far better than our low or even our high ways.

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25, New King James Version).

We all must make a decision to choose Messiah Jesus (believe and receive him as Lord and Savior) or go our own way; thereby, choosing eternal separation from God.

The proof that the God of the Bible is the only true and living God and that all other deities are man-made gods within false religions is crystal clear in Scripture. Not just many mighty miracles that only God could perform, but also hundreds of prophecies that have come to pass and many more still awaiting fulfillment. No other religion or so-called sacred texts can claim such prophecies with anything close to 100% accuracy, or anything resembling the spectacular supernatural miracles found in Scripture … still going on today, such as Israel’s miraculous rebirth as a nation.

Moreover, the very heart of all Biblical prophecy is summed up in Revelation 19:10, which I’ve chosen as a byline to the Eye of Prophecy website.

“For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.”