I365: Russia recruits Syrians to fight Ukraine. Is Esau and Ishmael joining forces in Gog-Magog War? SN: Russian TV Host Threatens Nuclear “Destruction” of America

19th Century Depiction of Gog & Magog battle (Wikipedia)


Israel365 News (I365) reported the following:

Russia recruits Syrians to fight Ukraine. Is Esau and Ishmael joining forces in Gog-Magog War?

O mortal, turn your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him Ezekiel 38:2 (The Israel BibleTM)

February 28, 2022

Reports of Russia recruiting Syrians and Chechnyans to their war in Ukraine have Gog and Magog war implications, according to one rabbi who says that Esau embodied by Russia among other nations will unite at the end of days with Ishmael, represented by the Muslim world. …

Syrian media claimed that Russia had recruited between 2,500 and 4,000 pro-Assad Syrian mercenaries to fight in Ukraine, paying them $700 per month. The pay scale will increase to $1200 if they fight in Ukraine. According to the report in Daraa 24, members of the Fourth and Fifth Corps and the “Suhail al-Hassan” forces were taken for retraining at the T-4 military airbase before being sent to a base in Rostov, Russia. Russia utilized Syrian mercenaries in its fighting in Libya. The report conjectured that the Syrian fighters would be especially effective as “they will not show hesitation in the battles they are fighting because they differ from them [Ukrainians] ethnically and religiously.

Though it has not been confirmed that Syrian fighters arrived in Ukraine, Muslim Chechen fighters have played an active role in fighting for Russia. A report in RT claimed 12,000 Chechen special forces fighters, referred to as “Kadyrovites,” deployed to Ukraine. Chechnya,  a mainly Muslim region in southern Russia, is a constituent republic. Chechen troops have fought alongside the Russians in Syria and Georgia.

Russian media outlets have been tapping into the reputation of Chechen fighters for brutality and religiously fueled fanaticism. …

“Esav and Ishmael will unite against Israel,” Rabbi Winston explained. “This will be the culmination of efforts by the Erev Rav (mixed multitude). But, in the end, Esav and Ishmael will turn on each other, and Ishmael will emerge victorious against Esav.”

“Identifying the major players is not so simple,” Rabbi Winston said. “Ishmael is always identified as the Arab world and Islam which grew out of it.” https://www.israel365news.com/266859/russia-recruits-syrians-to-fight-ukraine-is-esau-and-ishmael-joining-forces-in-gog-magog-war/

There are several issues with the above.

As far as the peoples who are involved, let’s look at the first 6 verses of Ezekiel 38:

1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 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. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops — many people are with you.

Pay special attention to verse 5.

Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya.

Persia is Iran, not Syria nor Esau.

The term ‘Ethiopia’ is a wrong translation of the Hebrew word ‘Cus.’

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible states:

Hebrew, Cushites – כשׁים kushı̂ym… The reference here, undoubtedly, is to the African Cush or Ethiopia, which bounded Egypt on the south.

Cushites basically mean dark-skinned people, hence this could include peoples from Sudan, Somalia (sometimes called Eastern Cushites). These are also not Syrians.

And Libya?

Well, there are various references to the word Libya in the Bible.  However, many of the translations are questionable as sometimes a word for an old area of Persia (Phut) is translated as Libya.

Basically Strong’s (from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance) words 3864, 3865, & 3866 means people from the interior of Africa and seems to include the areas west of Egypt. Syria is east of Egypt.

Anyway, Israel365 News has repeatedly been wrong about Ezekiel 38 and the related battle for several years (including when it was formerly called Breaking Israel News).

While Russia will lead the battle of Ezekiel 38, that battle is not for this age.

The battle in Ukraine is NOT the start of “the War of Gog and Magog.”

More on that is in our newest BibleNewsProphecy video:


Gog, Magog, Vladimir Putin, and Ezekiel 38?

On February 24, 2022, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced a ‘special military operation’ into Ukraine. Are Jewish sources correct that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the start of the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38? Are Protestant sources, and people like Trumpet editor Gerald Flurry right that Vladimir Putin is the ‘prince of Rosh/Rush? Does Ezekiel 38 include Russia? What are some of the other nations involved in Ezekiel 38? Does this battle happen BEFORE or well AFTER Jesus returns? Can you know the answer from the actual passages in Ezekiel 38? Dr. Thiel answers these questions and more.

Here is a link to our video: Gog, Magog, Vladimir Putin, and Ezekiel 38?

Summit News reported the following:

Russian TV Host Threatens Nuclear “Destruction” of America

February 28, 2022

A Russian TV host … has threatened the nuclear destruction of America and NATO countries, …

Dmitry Kiselyov made the comments on national television …

“Our submarines can shoot more than 500 nuclear warheads,” said Kiselyov, adding, “This would guarantee destruction of the USA, and all other NATO countries.”

The TV host suggested that there was no point to life continuing on earth if Russia ceased to exist, asserting, “In accordance with the principle, why do we need the world, if Russia isn’t there?”

Kiselyov went on to hype the strength of Moscow’s nuclear arsenal, bragging, “Russia’s nuclear arms are delivered by the world’s fastest strategic bombers.”

“That’s without even mentioning Russian Strategic Missile Forces. The Russian nuclear potential is the strongest in the world.” https://summit.news/2022/02/28/russian-tv-host-threatens-nuclear-destruction-of-america/

Russia does have a formidable nuclear arsenal.

Various ones, including its President Vladimir Putin, have pointed to it in recent days (e.g. ‘Putin puts Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert as fighting in Ukraine continues’).

While it is possible that some Russian nuclear weapons will be used against the USA at the start of the Great Tribulation, Russia is not about to launch a massive nuclear attack against the USA.

The destruction of the USA is possible in 2025, but even that year is probably too early.

What is happening now is NOT the start of the Great Tribulation or Ezekiel 38.

Yet, what is happening is consistent with taking peace from the earth and wars and rumors of war.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Ezekiel 38: For Russia & Iran in Our Day? Is Ezekiel 38 about to be fulfilled? Are we close to the battle with Gog and Magog? Four related videos are available: Ezekiel 38 Gog and Magog War: Is it Soon?, Ezekiel 38: For Russia, Ukraine, & Iran Now?, ,Gog, Magog, Vladimir Putin, and Ezekiel 38? and Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible (Code).
Why Be Concerned About False and Heretical Leaders? There have been many false leaders–here is some of why you should be concerned about them. Here is a related article in the Spanish language ¿Por qué estar preocupado acerca de falsos y heréticos líderes?
World War III: Steps in Progress Are there surprising actions going on now that are leading to WWIII? Might a nuclear attack be expected? Does the Bible promise protection to all or only some Christians? How can you be part of those that will be protected? A related video would be Is World War III About to Begin? Can You Escape? Does the CCOG have the confirmed signs of Acts 2:17-18? Does any church have the confirmed dream and prophetic signs of Acts 2:17-18? Should one? Here is a link in the Spanish language: ¿Tiene la CCOG confirmadas las señales de Hechos 2: 17-18?
The Eurasian Union, the Kings of the East, and Bible Prophecy Is there a Eurasian union that will be formed? Are any leaders working on that in the 21st century? Does the Bible teach that there will be a Eurasian union? What about the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)? A related video would be Is The Eurasian Union Rising?
Russia and Ukraine: Their Origins and Prophesied Future Russia in prophecy. Where do the Russians come from? What about those in the Ukraine? What is prophesied for Russia and its allies? What will they do to the Europeans that supported the Beast in the end? There is also a video sermon available: Russia in the Bible and in Prophecy and a video sermonette available: Ukraine in Prophecy?
Is Russia the King of the North? Some claim it is. But what does the Bible teach? Here is a link to a video, also titled Is Russia the King of the North?
Might the U.S.A. Be Gone by 2028? Could the USA be gone by the end of 2028 or earlier? There is a tradition attributed to the Hebrew prophet Elijah that humanity had 6,000 years to live before being replaced by God’s Kingdom. There are scriptures, writings in the Talmud, early Christian teachings that support this. Also, even certain Hindu writings support it. Here is a link to a related video: Is the USA prophesied to be destroyed by 2028? In Spanish: Seran los Estados Unidos Destruidos en el 2028?
The Great Tribulation: What Happens First? What events have happened? What are some events that are now happening? And what events need to happen for the Great Tribulation to start? Here is a link to a related sermon video: Counting Down to the Great Tribulation. Here is a video in the Spanish language: Contando los eventos y el inicio de la Gran Tribulación.
When Will the Great Tribulation Begin? 2022, 2023, or 2024? Can the Great Tribulation begin today? What happens before the Great Tribulation in the “beginning of sorrows”? What happens in the Great Tribulation and the Day of the Lord? Is this the time of the Gentiles? When is the earliest that the Great Tribulation can begin? What is the Day of the Lord? Who are the 144,000? Here is a version of the article in the Spanish language: ¿Puede la Gran Tribulación comenzar en el 2020 o 2021? ¿Es el Tiempo de los Gentiles? A related video is: Great Tribulation: 2026 or 2027? A shorter video is: Can the Great Tribulation start in 2022 or 2023? Here is a video in the Spanish language: Es El 2021 el año  de La Gran Tribulación o el Grande Reseteo Financiero.


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