Symbol of The Free Syrian Army
Who is fighting in Syria?
Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them
By Craig C. White
Ezekiel chapter 38 describes a Middle Eastern invasion into Israel. It is called the battle of Gog and Magog. Most teach that this battle is led by Russia. It is high time to rethink that position. Every nation that is listed in Ezekiel 38 is now fighting in Syria! This battle is led by Turkey! The first phase of the battle of Gog and Magog may begin very soon. Gog is the land of modern Turkey. Magog is its leader.
Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Ezekiel 38:5 above describes the armed forces that will join Turkey in its invasion into Israel. Turkey will be joined by Iran (Persia), Ethiopia/Sudan (The original Hebrew word Cush more accurately describes Sudan), and Libya.
Ezekiel 38:5 also describes an event that is happening now! The Free Syrian Army is fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Syrian Army. We have all been told that the Syrian citizens are rising up against President Assad. Not true! The Free Syrian Army is made up of mostly Libyans and is fighting to install Muslim Brotherhood leadership in Syria.
Reports are mixed, but the rebel army fighting against Assad and the Syrian army may consist of some 300,000 troops. Their General is Mahdi al-Harati, commander of Libya’s Tripoli Brigade. The fighters are not Syrians from Damascus or Aleppo but they are imported jihadists. The Syrian people are working to identify and remove the foreign fighters. In the field the majority of “freedom fighters” are under Turkish command. The fighters are professionals who fought in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, or Iraq. The largest contingency of the Free Syrian Army is made up of Al Qaeda terrorists from Libya.
Hezbollah militia from Iran and Sudan are also fighting in Syria against the Free Syrian Army.
Note: Sudan’s role in Syria is a little unclear. The fighting in Syria began in the spring of 2011. Early on I heard reports that Hezbollah trained rebel groups from southern Sudan had joined Hezbollah from Iran in the fight in Syria. Hezbollah has had training camps in southern Sudan since 1989. Sudan is predominantly a Sunni Muslim nation. So I have also heard reports that many Sudanese have also joined the opposition groups. Sudan has also been caught supplying weapons to the Sunni opposition groups such as the Free Syrian Army. Even though Sudan is a Sunni nation they have strong economic ties with Iran which is a Shia Muslim nation. So Sudan may be fighting on both sides of the Syrian conflict. It is impossible to know how many Sudanese are fighting in Syria or which side they are on. It may be that Sudan’s involvement will become more evident before all of these forces together invade Israel.
In Ezekiel 38:6 below, Gomer and Togarmah are people who settled in today’s Turkey. They are joined by “many people” in their invasion into Israel.
Eze 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
In Ezekiel 38 Turkey leads the bands from Iran, Sudan, and Libya into Israel. The Turkish army is now conveniently amassed on the Syrian border.
It is my contention that Turkey together with the Free Syrian Army will destroy Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17:1 and Jeremiah 49:24-27, and then possibly turn south a few miles into Israel. The stage is now set for the first part of the battle of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel 38.
It seems that Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the US want Syria’s President Bashar Assad gone! This is an effort to unite the Middle East under the extreme Islamist mantle of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Iran and Sudan are represented in Syria by Hezbollah militia. Hezbollah is pro-Assad and is fighting against “The Free Syrian Army”. Lebanon is also pro-Assad and is acting as a base of operations for the Hezbollah militia.
Turkey has the real military power in this fight. Jeremiah 49 predicts the destruction of Damascus, Syria’s capital city. I think that Turkey will eventually invade Syria and destroy Damascus.
All of the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38:5 are now fighting in Syria. Ezekiel 38 tells us about an invasion into Israel led by Turkey. This invasion is referred to as the battle of Gog and Magog. Gog is Turkey. Magog is its ruler. Also Isaiah chapter 10 tells us about a future leader who will invade Syria and then invade Israel just like the ancient Assyrians did in 700 BC. I think that after Turkey destroys Damascus they will lead all of the armies listed in Ezekiel 38:5 (Iran, Libya, and Sudan) in an invasion into Israel.
The Turkish led invasion into Israel described in Ezekiel chapter 38 is the major prophetic event of the pre-Tribulation period. It identifies the Antichrist and sets end time events into hyper-drive!