Last week, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman and Iran is thought to be the culprit. This has prompted President Donald Trump to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East and put American military resources in the area on even higher alert. Meanwhile, Iran is using the tanker incident as a propaganda tool to gin up its population against America, by saying it destroyed the tankers and drowned everyone aboard them. In addition, Iran is contemplating pulling out of the nuclear accord that the previous US president gave them billions in cash on pallets for its participation. It hasn’t adhered to the agreement anyway. These events may have serious prophetic implications toward the end times.
In the end of days, Iran will need to be in submission to Gog of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (all in Turkey), for the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38 prophecy of Gog leading a coalition of Persia (Iran), Libya; and Ethiopia (Sudan) against Israel. When we see Iran being brought into such a coalition with Turkey and these prophetic nations aligning against Israel, we know this time is near. One question is how Iran, which competes for supremacy in the region with Saudi Arabia and Turkey, comes into submission to the end time beast figure, Gog, emanating from Turkey. There are several scenarios that could be played out based on the current situation.
Iran is conducting a proxy war in Syria. Major terrorist actors are involved such as Hamas, Hezbollah, what’s left of the Islamic State, and several lessor groups. Major end time players also are involved-Turkey, Iran, Syria-in addition to the United States and Russia. It is a complex cluster of competing interests, ultimately aimed at Iran trying to control the region and positioning to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth (Iran’s stated intentions). Now Iran is not only fighting in Syria, but also thumping the US on the chest in a dangerous multinational chess match over supremacy. We know through prophecy, however, that Iran must come into league with Turkey for the end time battle led by Gog.
We understand a few things about these prophecies. Isaiah 17:1 says, “Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Verse 17:7 says, “At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.” Phrases like “at that day” in the context of end time prophecy usually refers to the Day of the Lord. We see a similar verse in the chapter explaining the Gog of Magog attack on Israel. Ezekiel 38:23 says, “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord.” The rumblings in Iran, especially with so many end time nations impacted, likely accelerates the prophecy clock. Watch and pray.