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                      WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON?


From the book by David Jeremiah

COMMENT:

We now come to the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39 and the 8th
point from David Jeremiah. Most of the fundamental Protestant
prophets have this battle in the WRONG place, at the wrong time.
I have seen a FEW of them "get it right" but the modern guys from
their club have it wrong. This first part from Jeremiah is 95%
correct - Keith Hunt.
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EIGHT

The New Axis of Evil


ON JANUARY 29, 2002, IN HIS STATE Of THE UNION ADDRESS, President
George W Bush used the term Axis of Evil for the first time. He
identified Iran, Iraq, and North Korea as "states ... (who are)
arming to threaten the peace of the world ... These regimes," he
said, "pose a grave threat and growing danger. They could provide
these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their
hatred." President Bush was roundly criticized for calling these
nations evil, but as we will see in this chapter, his description
was more than accurate.
     On May 6, 2002, US ambassador to the United Nations John
Bolton gave a speech titled "Beyond the Axis of Evil," in which
he added three more rogue states to the axis: Libya, Syria, and
Cuba. Today the term Axis of Evil includes all six states.
One nation on this Axis of Evil list is of special interest to us
because we find that it is also on God's list. That nation and
that list are found in the thirty-eighth and thirty-ninth
chapters of Ezekiel. These chapters, written some twenty-six
hundred years ago, give us one of the most important and dramatic
prophecies in all Scripture.

     It is commonly referred to as the prophecy against Gog and
Magog, and it is the most detailed prophecy concerning war in the
entire Bible. The prophecy predicts an invasion of Israel in the
last days - an invasion comprised of enormous masses of troops
from a coalition of nations led by Russia and Iran (not so much
Iran as China and India and the mighty nations of the East -
Keith Hunt).

     It is likely that this invasion will occur shortly after
Israel signs a covenant with the new leader of the European
Union. Because of this agreement, Israel will be at peace with
her Islamic neighbors. The people of Israel will believe that the
European powers will protect them from any outside aggressor or
invader ... especially from Russia, which will have joined forces
with Iran to develop weapons for the purpose of utterly
destroying Israel.

COMMENT:

Way off the mark and out in left field. No "peace treaty" between
Europe and the Jews in the Holy Land will EVER take place. Russia
will never be interested in small tiny nation of Jews; what on
earth have the Jews got in the Holy Land that Russia should want
to invade them in this present order of things, as Jeremiah and
his buddies want to tell you that this invasion will come because
Russia will want to team up with Iran to blow the Jews away. Iran
has the religion that hates the Jews, Russia will never have that
kind of hatred in this age. What on earth does a small land mass
have that Russia would want to blow it away - the Iranians have
some cultic religion that may want to blow the Jews out of the
Holy Land, but Russia does not have that kind of religious
fanaticism. And besides all that there is NO WAY the Jews would
EVER just hand over in TRUST and FAITH through a treaty, to be
protected by a power from Europe. No way would they EVER lay down
their mighty army and weapons of power to put themselves into the
protective arms of ANYONE. They have learned through MUCH SORRY
and PAIN and DEATH, that they MUST ALWAYS be the master of their
OWN DEFENCE against an enemy. It is quite LAUGHABLE to imagine
the Jews of the Holy Land EVER handing over PROTECTIVE power to
anyone but THEMSELVES. They ain't going to take their defences
down, live in unwalled towns, just fold up their army and air-
force and weapons of destruction, and lie back and put their
trust in some power far away to protect them. The idea that will
ever happen is about as likely as the sun freezing over - Keith
Hunt.
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The Identity of the Nations

"Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Son of man, set
your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh,
Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, 'Thus says
the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into
your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and
horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers
and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and
Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer
and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and
all its troops, many people are with you. Prepare yourself and be
ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you;
and be a guard for them.'" (Ezekiel 38:1-7)

     Here we see that Ezekiel's prophecy begins with a list of
proper names. Many of these names identify certain grandchildren
and greatgrandchildren of Noah who were the fathers of nations
that for a time bore their names (Genesis 10). These nations,
which today no longer have those original names, will ultimately
form a coalition that will march against Israel. As we identify
these nations by their present names and locate them on today's
world map, we can see how the stage is being set for this
predicted Russian/Islamic invasion of Israel.

COMMENT:

No such invasion will happen in this age. It will happen in the
"last days" but the last days in the CONTEXT of this prophecy in
the book of Ezekiel is the very beginning of the age to come -
Keith Hunt.
......


     Gog is an exception on Ezekiel's list. Gog is not one of the
descendants of Noah listed in Genesis 10. This name, however, is
found twelve times in Ezekiel 38-39. It is not the name of a
nation, but rather the title of a ruler. In fact, the word means
"ruler," or "the man on top." It is clear that Gog is an
individual rather than a nation because God addresses him as such
in this prophecy (Ezekiel 38:14; 39:1). Furthermore, Gog is
explicitly called "the prince" in Ezekiel 38:2 and 39:1.

COMMENT:

No, many things are "personified" in the Bible i.e. "wisdom" in
the book of Proverbs is a WOMAN walking the streets - Gog is here
personified as a man - Keith Hunt.
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     The next name in Ezekiel's prophecy is Magog. In his book,
"The Nations in Prophecy," John F. Walvoord wrote, "Magog is best
identified with the Scythians ... The ancient historian Josephus
makes that identification and we have no reason to question it.
The Scythians apparently lived immediately to the north of ...
Israel, then some of them emigrated north, going all the way to
the Asiatic Circle." Interestingly, Herodotus records that these
Scythians were of Indo-Aryan heritage and spoke an Iranian
language related to Persian? Using these clues, we can identify
Magog today as being made up of nations that were formerly parts
of the Soviet Union: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan,
Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and possibly
Afghanistan.

COMMENT:

Don't put your faith in Protestant prophet books like "The
Nations in Prophecy" - most of them are out-of-touch with real
history and the migration of the nations. Craig White and his
books on the "Origin of the Nations" are much more reliable.
White's books can be obtained from Amazon.com - Keith Hunt.
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     The next name on Ezekiel's list is Rosh, which is found in
the Old Testament more than six hundred times. During Ezekiel's
time, the word Rosh identified a nation that included people
living north of the Black Sea. In the prophecies of Ezekiel, we
are told three times (38:6, 15; 39:2) that part of the force that
invades Israel will come from the "distant north," or "the
remotest parts of the north." The land that is most distantly
north and remote to Israel is Russia.

John F. Walvoord wrote:

     If one takes any map of the world and draws a line north of
     the land of Israel he will inevitably come to the nation of
     Russia. As soon as the line is drawn to the far north beyond
     Asia Minor and the Black Sea it is in Russia and continues
     to be Russia for many hundreds of miles all the way to the
     Arctic Circle ... On the basis of geography alone, it seems
     quite clear that the only nation which could possibly be
     referred to as coming from the far north would the nation of
     Russia.

     When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, many thought
that Russia's days of prominence and power were over. But fewer
than two decades later we find a resurgent Russia seeking to
reclaim the strategic ground she lost. Someone has said that
since the days of the collapse of the Soviet Union, the great
Russian bear has been like a mother bear robbed of her cubs. If
Magog includes the countries of the collapsed Soviet Union, Rosh
specifically identifies the nation of Russia, which is presently
trying to reassemble its lost empire.

     Edward Lucas, a journalist who has covered Eastern Europe
for the Economist for more than twenty years, has recently
written a frightening book titled The New Cold War. He warns that
Russia is rising again as a hostile power. It is reasserting its
military muscle, intensely pursuing global energy markets,
coercing neighboring nations back into the old Soviet orbit,
silencing journalists and dissidents, and laying the groundwork
with modernized weaponry for reestablishing its former power and
influence. The West, wrote Lucas, is asleep to the growing danger
and is losing the New Cold War. I would have to agree.
His Web site gives some very insightful examples:

     Russia's vengeful, xenophobic, and ruthless rulers have
     turned the sick man of Europe into a menacing bully. The
     rise to power of Vladimir Putin and his ex-KGB colleagues
     coincided with a tenfold rise in world oil prices. Though
     its incompetent authoritarian rule is a tragic missed
     opportunity for the Russian people, Kremlin, Inc. has paid
     off the state's crippling debts and is restoring its clout
     at home and abroad. Inside Russia it has crushed every
     constraint, muzzling the media, brushing aside political
     opposition, castrating the courts and closing down critical
     pressure groups.

     So successful is Russia's return to the world stage that
Time magazine chose Russian president Vladimir Putin as its 2007
Person of the Year for "taking Russia from chaos to a position of
importance in the world today." Although the Russian leader
appears to have quelled chaos within his own country by use of
autocratic power, he seems intent on fomenting chaos on the world
stage by advancing a new cold war. He "accused the West of
encroaching on Russia's borders and starting a new arms race,"
and "the United States of trying to impose its will on the world
by military force."
     Attempting to justify his hostility toward the West, Putin
said, "We [Russians] are striving to create a fairer world based
on the principles of equality ... Time has shown our views find
support in Arab and other Muslim states." In fact, "Russia is
determined to further enhance its relations with Muslim countries
... We are all allies of the kingdom in working to meet the
world's need for energy.

     In October 2007, during Putin's first ever visit to Iran, an
Iranian newspaper reported that he "reassured Iran that the
Bushehr nuclear reactor, a billion-dollar energy project being
built by Russia and dogged by delays, would be completed." The
report went on to suggest, "Maybe the most important result of
Putin's trip is to show the independence of Russia toward America
and the West." Putin made other first-time-ever visits of a
Russian leader to the Muslim nations of Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and most currently,
Libya. By all reports, his visits were successful financially,
resulting in lucrative agreements and contracts for further joint
efforts in the production of oil and the exploration of natural
gas reserves.

     Apparently the Russian president was successful politically
as well. In Libya, President Gadhafi and Putin agreed that the
United Nations "needs to be reformed in order to face an
'imbalance of forces' internationally," and especially "the
Security Council with which we can work together to resolve
problems."

     Europe is not blind to what is going on in Russia. European
leaders have taken note of Russia's resurgence with growing alarm
and dismay. According to a former German foreign minister,
"Today, it is the Kremlin that sets the agenda for EU-Russia
relations, and it does so in a manner that increasingly defies
the rules of the game." According to one source, "Russia appears
to be winning the energy dominance game, signing individual deals
with EU member states and moving forward with ... pipelines."
Among these EU member states are several of Russia's former cubs.
As the mother bear regains her strength, she is actively seeking
to draw her brood back into her den.


COMMENT:

Well of course Russia, with a huge area of land, the largest in
the world, a huge population, a huge modern space age country
that can send rocket-ships into space, that has an important part
in the International Space Station flying in orbit around the
earth; sure this country is going to MOVE with the times; sure it
is going to desire to feed and energize its country; sure it is
going to play whatever cards on the world political, economical,
and military scene, that it must in order to be ONE of the BIG
PLAYERS in the world that must compete with nations like China
and Europe and the USA. So nothing said above should surprise us
- Keith Hunt.
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     Meshech and Tubal, the next names on Ezekiel's list, are
usually mentioned together when they appear in the Bible. In the
past, it has been widely assumed that these were ancient names
for the modern cities of Moscow and Tobolsk. But very few
scholars today identify Meshech and Tubal as Russian
cities...(maybe not for some of the modern fellows, but that does
not change the fact that the names in Russia are from the names
mentioned. Jeremiah goes on to say it is more likely Turkey is
being mean. Again nothing could be further from the truth. Turkey
has an altogether other role in last days of Bible prophecy,
which I have explained to you under the prophecy about Edom -
Keith Hunt.
......


     The next country Ezekiel names is Persia, a name that
appears thirty-five times in the Old Testament. Persia is easy
for us to identify because it retained the name it had held since
ancient times until March 1935, when it became the nation of
Iran. Nearly four and a half decades later, Iran officially
changed its name to the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today, with its
population of 70 million people, Iran has become the hotbed of
militant Islam and anti-Semitic hatred.
     Iran's government is officially a theocratic republic whose
ultimate political authority resides in the supreme leader,
currently Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This fact surprises many people
who assume that the persistently vocal and visible president
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the top man in Iran. But despite his
virulent verbalizing, threats, and saber rattling, Ahmadinejad is
only a figurehead under Khamenei. Iran's geographical location on
the Persian Gulf and the vital Strait of Hormuz gives her great
power. According to CIA reports in 2007, vast oil reserves and
the upwardly spiraling price of crude oil gave Iran sixty billion
dollars in foreign exchange reserves. Yet her people continue to
live with high unemployment and inflation. Iran is identified as
a prime player in the human trafficking trade. It is also a "key
transshipment point" for heroin into Europe and has the "highest
percentage of the populations in the world using opiates."
Additionally, the United States has identified Iran as a state
sponsor of terrorism.
     In a cat-and-mouse game that's been going on since August
2002, world governments have been in a continual on-again,
off-again confrontation with Iran over its uranium enrichment
capabilities. But world opinion seems to have no more effect on
Iran than water on the back of a duck. As a US State Department
spokesman recently commented, "the Iranian regime is continuing
on a path of defiance of the international community."" Despite
two rounds of sanctions and the possibility of a third, in
February 2008 a defiant Ahmadinejad thumbed his nose at the UN
Security Council's demand that Iran suspend uranium enrichment.
He said, "With the help of Allah, the Iranian nation with its
unity, faith, and determination stood and defeated the world
powers and brought them to their knees."
     In a surprising reversal, the United States announced in
early December 2007 that while Iran did have a secret nuclear
weapons program at one time, the program had been abandoned, and
Iran was no longer pursuing nuclear capabilities. Perhaps
emboldened by the US announcement, in January 2008, five armed
Iranian boats menaced three US Navy vessels in the Strait of
Hormuz. The tense confrontation prompted a White House warning:
"We urge the Iranians to refrain from such provocative actions
that could lead to a dangerous incident in the future."
     The Iranian regime is well known for its hatred of Israel
and its desire to eliminate her. In October 2005, the newly
elected president Ahmadinejad declared to the World Without
Zionism audience, "As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the
map ... Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of
the Islamic nation's fury." He went on to say that any Islamic
leader "who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is
acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world."
     Iran's militant influence extends beyond her own borders. In
March 2008, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah railed, "The
presence of Israel is but temporary and cannot go on in the
region. We will see you killed in the fields, we will kill you in
the cities, we will fight you like you have never seen before."
     Hezbollah leaders do not have the authority to make such
threats on their own. Hezbollah is an Islamic fundamentalist
group, and though its base of operations is Lebanon, its
authority comes from a source higher in the Islamic hierarchy. As
Hezbollah's deputy chief, Sheikh Naim Qassem has said, "Even when
it comes to firing rockets on Israeli civilians, that decision
requires an in-principle permission from [the ruling
jurisprudent]." In this case the ruling jurisprudent would be the
supreme leader of IranAyatollah Ali Khamenei. "We ask, receive
answers, and then apply. This is even true for acts of suicide
for the sake of Allah - no one may kill himself without a
jurisprudence permission [from Khamenei]." Thus we can see that
the aggressive and threatening influence of Iran infects and
controls other Islamic terrorist organizations.
     In reply to the Iranian-Hezbollah verbal bullying, UN
secretary general Ban Ki-Moon stated, "I am concerned by the
threats of open war against Israel by the secretary general of
Hezbollah." Such deadly threats and utter disdain for world
opinion is pretty convincing evidence that our national leaders
are right on target in including Iran as a member of the Axis of
Evil.

COMMENT:

No question about it, Iran is a cultic religious nation, with
some pretty wild ideas and thumbs its nose at anyone trying to
influence its pathway in the modern world. But we are seeing a
"moderate" uprising among the younger generation. They desire to
have the things that the rest of the industrialized world has -
its fun toys, its music (so-called), its entertainment, its place
in the tech. world of instant communications etc. and etc. Iran
is not prophesied to attack the Holy Land, or have much of a part
in anything to do with the very last years of this age. It is one
of the nations here, but this prophecy is for AFTER Jesus returns
to this earth, NOT for any time before - Keith Hunt.
......


     The next nation Ezekiel lists is Ethiopia. Some Bible
translations render this nation as Cush, who is identified as a
grandson of Noah, the first of Ham's four sons. "The sons of Ham
were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan" (Genesis 10:6). In the
verses that follow, we learn that the descendants of Cush settled
in Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria. The Cushites themselves,
however, were established in Africa where they occupied a
territory much larger than the modern Ethiopia, for the Ethiopia
of ancient times included the present-day Sudan. This fact is
significant to us, as Sudan is hardly a friend to the West. Sudan
supported Iraq in the Gulf War and also harbored Osama bin Laden.

     The next nation identified by Ezekiel is Libya. Some Bible
translations render this nation as Put, which we find in Genesis
10 to be the name of another grandson of Noah. There is no
ambiguity about the present identity of this nation, for ancient
maps show that the territory occupied in Ezekiel's time by the
nation of Put is now the modern nation of Libya. Since 1969,
Libya has been under the dictatorial control of Colonel Mu'ammar
al Gadhafi. It is an Islamic nation seething with a great hatred
for Israel and, ominously, has recently formed a new alliance
with Russia.

COMMENT:

These nations will have no real significance in the last 42
months of this age. They only come into play AFTER Jesus has
returned and the Kingdom of God is set up in the Holy Land, and
this prophecy of Ezekiel comes into fulfilment - Keith Hunt.
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     Gomer is next on Ezekiel's list. Gomer is mentioned in
Genesis 10 as one of Japheth's sons. Genesis 10:3 helps us
identify Gomer further by telling us that one of Gomer's
relatives is Ashkenaz. Today, Israelis describe Jews from
Germany, Austria, and Poland as Ashkenazim. This gives us a clue
to Gomer's present-day identity, as this term associated with
Gomer has likely been passed down through generations, retaining
the identify of the people even as the name of the country has
changed. Gibbon, in The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,
said, "Gomer is modern Germany." The modern nation identified as
the ancient land of Gomer is usually thought to be either Germany
or Turkey.
Ezekiel 38:6 refers to Gomer with "all its troops" (NKJV), or
"all his bands" (KJV), or "all its hordes" (ASV), indicating that
this nation will provide a powerful army in the assault on
Israel. If ancient Gomer is part of the modern Turkey, as I
believe it to be, it is a country with a growing allegiance to
Russia. If we listen to the nightly news, we know that this
nation has a strong military presence on the northern border of
Iraq - quite possibly the "hordes" that Ezekiel refers to - and
is already involved in the conflict over the control of the
Middle East.

COMMENT:

Gomer is NOT Germany! Craig White has a large book explaining who
GERMANY is, and what part that nation will play in the end times
within a united Europe Beast/Babylon power. His book can be
obtained from amazon.com
Turkey will have a part to play at the end of this age, the last
42 months. Until then it is relatively insignificant in the play-
out of world events. I've explained to you Turkey's role under
Edom, and in the book of Obediah on this Website - Keith Hunt.
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     At the end of his list, Ezekiel added the house of Togarmah
or, as it is rendered in some translations, Beth Togarmah (which
is the same thing since the word Beth is the Hebrew word for
house). Secular historians usually place Beth Togarmah in the
geographic location of Phrygia, a western kingdom in Asia Minor.
Like Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer, Beth Togarmah was a part of the
geographical area we currently call Turkey.

COMMENT:

Not so today, they migrated east of Turkey, and so will though be
a part of the North/East/South of Jerusalem nations that come
against the Holy Land AFTER the Messiah has returned to earth -
Keith Hunt.
......

     Thus Ezekiel completed his list of specifically identified
nations that will come against Israel in the last days. And what
a formidable list it is! Yet as if those nations were not enough,
Ezekiel added that many more nations will also join the coalition
to crush Israel: "many people are with you," he wrote. This is a
reference to many smaller countries that have become allied with
the more significant nations that Ezekiel specifically
identifies. Nearly all of these nations are either Islamic or
pro-Islamic. When this formidable mass of armies comes against
Israel, there will be no possible human defense for the
Israelis....

COMMENT:

These nations are indeed from the NORTH and EAST and SOUTH of
Jerusalem. they will include all the major Eastern nations that
are becoming more powerful each and every month as we proceed to
the end of this age. Jeremiah and his Protestant prophets think
this invasion of the Holy Land will happen BEFORE Jesus returns.
It is all tied up in their scenario of the "secret rapture" the
"rebuilt temple" in Jerusalem, the "animal sacrifices" by the
Jews, the "seven year peace treaty" between Europe and the Jews
in the Holy Land, and the breaking of that treaty by the
antichrist. 
IT IS ALL GOOBIDDY-GOO - MICKIDDY DOO - FALSE TEACHING FROM GUYS
WHO HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT CORRECT BIBLE READING LET ALONE THE
PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE. 

I HAVE EXPLAINED FOR YOU THE PROPHECY OF EZEKIEL 38 AND 39 AS I
WENT THROUGH THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL ON THIS WEBSITE.

Keith Hunt

To be continued


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