Watchman Report - War and Peace in Israel - Issue #2

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Watchman Report - War and Peace in Israel - Issue #2
By Dr. Christian Widener • Issue #2 • View online
October 8th, 2021
Welcome to the second issue of the End Times Berean Watchman Report! Let me help you track the specific trends and events that the Bible tells us to be watching out for.
In this second issue, we will be looking at Israel and the promises of both war and peace that we are warned about.

THE GOG AND MAGOG WAR
Ezekiel 38 describes an invasion into Israel in the last days with a specific group of ancient nations (Gog of Magog, Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah). The modern identities of those ancient names are much debated, but in the past ten years, an alliance of nations has formed which seems to fit the bill.
Turkey & Iran
Whether or not Turkey is being referenced by the first name, Gog of Magog, half of the named countries in Ezekiel 38 can be associated with modern Turkey, which makes it pretty difficult to imagine that they will not be involved. Ever since Turkey first broke diplomatic ties with Israel in September 2011, it has been evident that the new administration, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was intent on a moving in a direction away from constructive ties with Israel. They also began secretly supporting ISIS and coordinating with Iran, which is the modern name for Persia.
Afghanistan
In addition to Iran, another part of ancient Persia just came into play with the US withdrawl from Afghanistan. And we already know that they will be allies with Turkey and Iran.
Afghanistan: Qatar and Turkey become Taliban's lifeline to the outside world - BBC News
Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan
Libya
According to the ancient Jewish historian Josephus, the country of Libya occupies at least part of what was known as Put in ancient times. And therefore, not surprisingly, we see that Turkey is active in Libya.
Turkey to continue supporting Libya’s GNA even if al-Sarraj quits | Middle East News | Al Jazeera
Sudan
The modern country that most closely squares with Cush is Sudan and South Sudan. And what do we find there? That Turkey is also at work there and in the surrounding Horn of Africa.
Turkey and the new scramble for Africa: Ottoman designs or unfounded fears?
What about Russia?
Some would say that Russia must be in view, either from the reference to Rosh, Magog, or Beth-togarmah “from the utter most parts of the north.” If they are, though, I would expect it to be a veiled involvement. Russia is a well known supporter of both Turkey and Iran, however, so their involvement in some fashion should also be expected.
Summary
Until the events of Ezekiel 38 take place, we can only watch these developments with interest. Based on these reports, though, I think we can say that the Gog-Magog alliance is forming before our eyes. The only question that remains is, “When will the prophesied invasion happen?”
THE DANIEL 9 PEACE TREATY
The Abraham Accords were first signed on August 13, 2020 with the United Arab Emirates. So far, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have also signed up; however, the biggest player amongst the Gulf States, Saudi Arabia, is still sitting on the sidelines. Sudan is also a bit of an enigma, since it is friendly with both Israel and Turkey, but the accord is still holding. And it has continued to hold up quite well under the Biden Administration, so there is good reason to hope that the Accords will continue to strengthen and will be joined by more Islamic nations.
The Abraham Accords just turned 1. Here’s how the historic agreements are holding up. - Jewish Telegraphic Agency
Trump’s Abraham Accords Soldier On Despite Biden’s Ineptitude | The American Spectator | USA News and PoliticsThe American Spectator | USA News and Politics
If this continues to progress and other events in Bible prophecy also present themselves, I would say that the Abraham Accords could be the fulfillment of Daniel 9:27.
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem – David’s or Daniel’s? – End Times Berean
Zechariah 14 Battles
There is another prophecy that think has been playing out before our eyes found in Zechariah chapter 14. He describes a time when Jerusalem would be divided in half, but afterwards God would fight for Israel, culminating in the Lord’s feet standing on the Mount of Olives.
Zechariah 14:2-4 (NASB)
For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. 
I certainly don’t believe verse 4 has arrived yet, but I think we are living in the days of verse 3 and watching Israel achieve victory after victory, no matter the odds against them.
The Division of Jerusalem and Zechariah 14 – End Times Berean
Final Thoughts
Next week we’ll talk about signs that are presenting themselves that I think are beginning to meet the biblical descriptions for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…
Until then, keep watching!
Maranatha!
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Dr. Christian Widener

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