There will be war and suffering before the time of Moshiach.
"And thou (Gog, prince of Magog) shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost parts of the north, thou, and many peoples with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army; and thou shalt come up against My people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the end of days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the nations may know Me, when I shall be sanctified through thee, O Gog, before their eyes." "Prepare and make ready for yourselves, you and all your hordes that are mustered about you, and be a guardian for them." (Ezekiel 38:15-16,7).

Ezekiel Chs. 38-39 foretell the climactic War of Gog and Magog, which will introduce the End of Days and the Messianic Era. The war will end with the destruction of Israel's enemies and the promised Messianic Era of bliss.

"But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they His counsel; for He hath gathered them as the sheaves to the threshing-floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass; and thou shalt beat in pieces many peoples; and thou shalt devote their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth"  (Micah 4:12-13).

"His firstling bullock, majesty is his; and his horns are the horns of the wild-ox; with them he shall gore the peoples all of them, even the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh" (Deut. 33:17). "God who brought them forth out of Egypt is for them like the lofty horns of the wild-ox" (Numbers 23:22).

When the Holy One wreaks vengeance upon the wicked, His Name become glorified and magnified. When God judges Gog, He will be sanctified and known, as it happened at the Red Sea, "Egypt will know that I am HaShem, when I am glorified through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen" (Exodus 14:18). The reference is not to the Egyptians who will die at the Sea. Rather, the entire country would hear of the miracle at the Sea and would be moved to repent and recognize the majesty of God (Sforno).

Psalm 76 is a prayer for the time when people will realize the futility of rebelling against God and will completely accept His majesty. "God is known in Judah; in Israel His name is great. There He broke the arrows of the bow, shield and sword and war forever." The entire Psalm speaks of the defeat of Sennacherib and his host, and of the future downfall of Gog and Magog, when all instruments of war and defense will become obsolete (Isaiah 2:4, Micah 4:3). 

"From Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, chariot and horse were stunned. From heaven, You let judgment be heard; the earth feared and became calm (From it's war against Israel). When God rises for judgment, to save all the humble of the earth forever." God will execute judgment upon His enemies as when He saved Hezekiah and his company. "For man's anger will thank You; it will prevent the residue of wrath." Report of God's intervention will instill fear in the nations and cause them to supress their anger against Israel. " He will cut down the spirit (of haughtiness and lessen the arrogance) of princes; He will be feared by the kings of the earth."

Psalm 9:17-21 "The Lord is known for the judgment that He performed; with the act of His hand, the wicked man stumbles. Let us meditate over this forever. May the wicked return to the grave (sheol, nether-world, Gehinnom, and then after being judged, to the lowest level of Gehinnom), all nations who forget God. For the needy shall not be forgotten forever, neither shall the hope of the poor be lost to eternity." Throughout the Psalms "the poor and the needy refers to Israel. "Arise, O Lord; let man have no power. May the nations be judged for Your anger. O Lord, place mastery over them; let the nations know that they forever are mortal man." Despite their dazzling successes the wicked will fade into oblivion, only the Godly will prevail.

The war of Gog and Magog will occur "at the end of days", when the nations will come "against the land whose inhabitants are brought back from the sword and is gathered out of many peoples..." (Ezekiel 38:8,12,16) "...to a people gathered from nations, acquiring livestock and possessions, dwelling on the navel of the earth." The intention of Gog and his allies is to despoil Israel of their wealth: "To take spoil and to plunder loot, to return your hand upon the resettled ruins" (Ezekiel 38:12-13), and appropriate their land as it is stated in Ezekiel 36:2,5 & Psalm 83).

The Quran [Nisa 4:29] says "O People who Believe! Do not unjustly devour the property of each other (like stealing land and properties by force), except through trade by mutual agreement (free will); and do not kill (your conscience by stealing) one another; indeed Allah is Most Merciful upon you. [Nisa 4:30] And whoever does that through injustice and oppression, We shall soon put him in the fire; and this is easy for Allah.”


Prof. Khaleel Mohammed: "The Qur'an refers to the exiles, but leaves it open for return... saying to the Jews that if they keep their promise to God, then God will keep the divine promise to them. WE may argue that the present state of Israel was not created in the most peaceful means, and that many were displaced--for me, this is not the issue. The issue is that when the Muslims entered that land in the seventh century, they were well aware of its rightful owners, and when they failed to act according to divine mandate (at least as perceived by followers of all Abrahamic faiths), they aided and abetted in a crime.  And the present situation shows the fruits of that action--wherein innocent Palestinians and Israelis are being killed on a daily basis."  (The Koran and the Jews By: Jamie Glazov FrontPageMagazine.com)


Yet today the UN, EU, Russia & America, Iran, Turkey, and the Arab nation are coming against Jerusalem! “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:2-3,9, 14:1-3). ”And the Lord shall go forth and wage war with those nations, like the day he waged war on the day of the battle" (Zec. 14:3). Like the day He waged war on the Red Sea, (Ex. 14:24-31).

 

‘Holy Jihad’ is the only way to deal with Israel, says Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood chief: Egypt’s foremost Muslim Brotherhood official called on the Arab world Thursday to replace negotiations with Israel with “holy Jihad,” claiming that if Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount they will destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and supplant it with the third temple.

 

Mohammed Badie, Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, declared in a public message published by Egyptian daily Al-Ahram that “the Zionists only understand force,” and that Arabs cannot hope to achieve justice from the Jews “through the corridors of the United Nations or through negotiations.”

“The time has come for the Islamic nation to unite around one man for the sake of Jerusalem and Palestine,” Badie said. “The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places, including their own.”

“Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress,” Badie continued. “This will only happen through holy Jihad, high sacrifices and all forms of resistance. The day they realize we will march this path and raise the banner of Jihad for the sake of God, is the day they will relent and stop their tyranny” (The Times of Israel, October 11, 2012).

"The day they realize we will march this path and raise the banner of Jihad..." "There shall be a day when they shall come to you from Ashur" (Michah 7:12). The prophet says that this day - the day of the Redemption, is in fact guarded and treasured by God as the day on which their enemies will come to destroy them (Rashi).

ASHUR: "R. Huna said in the name of R. Acha: All the empires (MALCHUYOS) are called by the name of ASHUR (Assyria) on account of the fact that they have become wealthy (misASHRos) at the expense of Israel . R. Yose bar Chaninah said: All the empires are called by the name of NINIVEH on account of the fact that they took their beauty (misNA'Os) from Israel. R. Yose bar Chalaphta said: All the empires are called by the name of MITZRAIM (' Egypt ') because they oppress (METZIROS) Israel " (Bereishis Rabbah 17:4). Biblical Egypt , Niniveh, Ashur and Tzur etc. were the archetypal embodiment of certain characteristics that in later history became embodied in other nations (garbs). (Azamra.org). 

Saudi King Demands UN Resolution Condemning Religious Insults: Saudi King Abdullah demanded a U.N. resolution Saturday condemning insults on religions. “I demand a U.N. resolution that condemns any country or group that insults religions and prophets,” he said during a meeting at his palace with religious figures and heads of hajj delegations, referring to the pilgrimage to Mecca, during which Muslims affirm their submission to the tenets of Islam. “It is our duty and that of every Muslim to protect Islam and defend the prophets.” (INN, 10/28/2012).

Zech. 6:1-8 is a vision of four chariots representing the four major powers that have oppressed and exiled Israel throughout history until today: Babylon, Medea-Persia, Greece and Edom/Rome-Ishmael (The 4th divided kingdom; represented by Christianity and Islam, see Daniel 2: 31-35,40-44, Ch. 7)---which will be crushed by a certain stone; "knowledge of God"- by the kingdom of David (1 Sam. 17:49, Isaiah 11:9, Hab. 2:11-14).

Morsi mouths ‘Amen’ as Egyptian preacher urges ‘Allah, destroy the Jews’: Egyptian TV shows president in fervent prayer as cleric delivers anti-Semitic address (Times of Israel, October 21, 2012).

Exodus 14:24-25 "It came about in the morning watch that the Lord looked down over the Egyptian camp through a pillar of fire and cloud, and He threw the Egyptian camp into confusion." The Hebrew word used here is an expression of confusion, He confused them, He took away their intelligence.

 

"And He took off their chariot wheels, and made them to drive heavily, so that the Egyptians said: ''Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.'' Wherever it says (confusion), it means a tumultuous noise. As in 1 Sam. 7:10 “and the Lord thundered with a loud noise, etc., on the Philistines and threw them into confusion." (See also Exodus 23:27, Deut. 7:23, 1 Samuel 19:14-21).

 

As it is said: "Surely there shall be a great noise (RA'ASH shaking) on that day in the land of Israel." A literal earthquake, as prophesied in Zechariah 14:4-5). "And it will come to pass on that day that there will be great consternation, sent by the Lord upon them" I.e., to confuse their wisdom, to bring them about to madness. "each one shall seize the hand of the other, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of the other" (Zech. 14:13).

 

Gog is the name of the king or leader of an unholy alliance of nations, while Magog is the name of his people, whose founder was Japheth's second son (Gen:10:2 ). See Azamra's commentary on the principal members of the alliance: http://www.azamra.org/NaCh.shtml

"Thus saith the Lord GOD: Art thou he of whom I spoke in old time by My servants the prophets of Israel, that prophesied in those days for many years, that I would bring thee against them?"

For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking (RA'ASH) in the land of Israel; so that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the ground, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at My presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD; every man's sword shall be against his brother." The downfall of the nations will come about when tumult breaks out among the forces of Gog and Magog, who will fight "each against his brother."

And I will plead (judge) against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will cause to rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many peoples that are with him, an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.*

*Hast thou entered the treasuries of the snow, or hast thou seen the treasuries of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?” (Job 38:22-23). This is in the war of Gog and Magog. ”At the brightness before Him, there passed through His thick clouds hailstones and coals of fire. The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High gave forth His voice; hailstones and coals of fire" (Psalm 18: 13-14, Ch. 29 ).


Thus will I magnify Myself, and sanctify Myself, and I will make Myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am the LORD" (Ezekiel 38:17-23).

Ezekiel 39:21-29 "And I will set My glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see My judgment that I have executed, and My hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God, from that day and forward..."
God's overthrow of the armies of Gog and Magog and His restoration of Israel to dwell at peace in their land will be the vindication of His glory in the eyes of both Israel and all the nations, who will thereby know that HaShem rules!

Isaiah 28:17 "And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plummet; and the hail (His voice) shall sweep away the refuge of lies (of Christianity and Islam), and the waters (Torah) shall overflow the hiding-place" (the mind, Job 38:36, Psalm 51:8).

Psalm 83:3-5 "For behold, Your enemies stir, and those who hate You raise their heads. Against Your people they plot cunningly, and they take counsel against Your protected ones. They said, "Come, let us destroy them from [being] a nation, and the name of Israel will no longer be remembered."
 
Ahmadinejad: Uproot corrupt microbe Israel: "The Zionist regime is on its way to collapse," Ahmadinejad said. "This is the will of the regional nations that after 60 odd years, the root of this corrupt microbe and the main reason for insecurity in the region be pulled out." (YnetNews, 04.18.10).

Jordan's King warns of summer war: Jordan's King Abdullah II has warned of a new regional war should an upcoming Arab summit on the Middle East peace process prove futile. (PressTV, Sun, 18 Apr 2010).

 

Peres: Syria Arming Hizbullah with Scuds While Talking Peace: The Kuwaiti al-Rai newspaper reported that Syria is providing Hizbullah terrorists in Lebanon with the Scud missiles that traumatized Israel in the 1991 Gulf War, and a "Scud Crisis" is threatening to ignite an all-out war between Israel and Hizbullah.

Paraphrasing Psalms 120:7, he said: "Syria claims it wants peace while at the same time it delivers Scuds to Hizbullah whose only goal is to threaten the state of Israel. “I am for peace; When I speak, they are for war” ((04/13/10, Israel National News.com).


Gaddafi: Obama from Arab Descent, a 'Blessing' to Muslim World: The Libyan leader has been campaigning for a one-state solution – to be called “Isratine” – in which the so-called “Right of Return” would be implemented for millions of foreign-born Arabs, descendants of those who fled the area during the 1948 War for Independence. The bi-national state that would be created in Gaddafi's vision would be a democratic, nuclear-free country populated equally by Arabs and Jews, and would not be a Jewish nation. Israel, in its current form, would cease to exist (Israel National News.com, 04/18/10).


Psalm 83:7-9 "For they have taken counsel with one accord; against You they form a pact. The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites. Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre. Also Assyria joined them; they were the arm of the children of Lot forever."


According to the Quran (Surat Al Kahf  18:94... and Al Anbiya 21:96 among others) and Hadiths, the forces of Gog and Magog will come to attack the Muslim nations, but that Jesus and Imam Mahdi will destroy them, and then peace will prevail on this earth. It is also taught that they will appear close to the ressurection, the end of the world and at the time of the second coming of Jesus, son of virgin Mary (Surat Al-'Anbya' 21:91). See "Radical Islam."

The stakes are high for Christendom & Islam, because if the Hebrew word alma does not mean virgin, Matthew is misquoting the prophet Isaiah, and both a key tenet of Christianity & Islam and the credibility of the first Gospel and Islam collapses. Does the Hebrew Word Alma Really Mean "Virgin"?


Matthew 27:62-64 "On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate,saying, "Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, "After three days I will rise. 'Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, "He has risen from the dead.' So the last deception will be worse than the first."
Did Jesus Rise From the Dead? What is the Evidence?

"For if the dead are not raised, then the Messiah has not been raised either; and if the Messiah has not been raised, your trust is useless, and you are still in your sins. Also, if this is the case, those who died in union with the Messiah are lost.  If it is only for this life that we have put our hope in the Messiah, we are more pitiable than anyone"  (1 Corinthians 15:16-19 CJB). Christian bibles: http://www.studylight.org/

In a lengthy hadith by Hadhrat Nawwas ibn Sam'aan (R.A.) Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said among others: "The Muslims will then burn the bows and arrows of the Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj for a period of seven years." However, Ezekiel 39:912-13 states: "And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall make fires of the weapons and use them as fuel, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the hand-staves, and the spears, and they shall make fires of them seven years;.. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying them (Gog and all his multitude), that they may cleanse the land. Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them, and it shall be to them a renown; in the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD."

 

Gog and Magog are identified by Islam as the nations opposed to Islam that will ultimately be destroyed by the 'fire' of their own making... (Surah A-Lahab Commentary). The NT identifies Gog and Magog as the deceived nations ”which are in the four corners of the earth,” ”the number of them is like the sand of the seashore” (Revelation 20:7-10).

"They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints (the Jews) and the beloved city (Jerusalem). And fire (Torah) came down from God out of heaven and devoured them" (Revelation 20:9).


They are identified as the Children of Abraham, The Lost Tribes of Israel, mainly Christians and Muslims (See Gen. 15:5, 22:17, 24:60, Ezek. 37:9, Chs.  38-39, Zech. 2:10, Isaiah 10:22, 11:12 ).



Zechariah 14:3 "Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight and fight against those nations, as when He fighteth in the day of battle." At the Red Sea. (Ex. 14) He "discomfited the host of the Egyptians... and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians (Iran's 15th Fleet?) dead upon the sea-shore."

Report: Israel sends 2 warships to Egyptian border: Military sources say Israeli Navy sent warships to maritime border with Egypt following intelligence indicating viable terror threat. Meanwhile, Iran set to send 15th fleet to Red Sea as well to 'convey message of peace and friendship to all countries.' The Islamic Republic's 15th fleet is comprised of a submarine and a several warships (Ynet News, 08.30.11).


Moreover, Psalms 78:9-10 says, "The sons of Ephraim, armed archers, retreated on the day of battle. They did not keep the covenant of God, and they refused to follow His Torah."

"The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Rev. 20:10).

Revelation 19:20 ”And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.” See "Radical Islam."


Isaiah 66:16-17 "For by fire will the LORD contend, and by His sword with all flesh; and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves and purify themselves to go unto the gardens, behind one in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the detestable thing, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD." See also Isaiah 1:27-31 and 65:1-5 . 'Together', i.e. the Notzrim (Christians) and the Ishmaelites, will perish in the war of Gog and Magog, because these two empires hold sway in this world, and this is the fourth kingdom in the visions of Daniel Chs. 2 and 7.

Psalm 83:13-19 "Who said, "Let us inherit for ourselves the dwellings of God." ( These nations mentioned above: Edom, Ishmael, and all their allies). My God, make them like thistles, like stubble before the wind. As a fire that burns in a forest and as a flame that burns mountains. So will You pursue them with Your tempest, and with Your whirlwind You will terrify them.

Fill their faces with shame, and they will seek Your countenance, O Lord. Let them be ashamed and terrified forever; let them be disgraced and perish. Let them know that You-Your name alone is the Lord, Most High over all the earth." See also Ezek. 36:1-7.