The Books of Revelation, Ezekiel and Daniel made a good number of prophecies concerning the End Times, which correspond closely to events we’re now witnessing around the world. The intention of this article is to showcase these correlations.
“Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘this is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.’” (Ezekiel 37: 12-13).
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or divided into two kingdoms.” (Ezekiel 37: 21-22).
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—” (Matthew 24:15)
Against all odds and after 1,878 years, on May 14, 1948, the Jewish diaspora returned to Israel from all parts of the world. In June of 1967, the Israelites reclaimed the West Bank, east Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and the Sinai Peninsula. On December 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump declared U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. These events have paved the way for the creation of the Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem where the anti-Christ is prophesied to appear.
“The word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, set your face against God, and the land of Magog (Russia), the chief prince of Meshek (within Turkey) and Tubal (within Turkey); prophecy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army – your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia (Iran), Cush (upper Nile region), and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer (southern Russia) with all its troops and Beth Togarmah (most of modern Turkey) from the far north with all its troops – the many nations with you.’ ‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them.’” (Ezekiel 38: 1-7)
The Muslim countries surrounding Israel and Russia are hostile to Israel and to Israel’s largest advocate: The United States. Israel considers Iran among its biggest security threats for good reason. During his time in office, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has referred to Israel as a “disgraceful blog” that should be “wiped off the face of the earth.” (Guardian, 2005).
Furthermore, Iran has been working with Russia to lessen U.S. influence in the Middle East and to bolster its own defenses. “Iran has become an important partner for Moscow, especially given their shared interest in undermining U.S. influence in the Middle East. Russia-Iran relations are stronger than they have been historically,” wrote Andrea-Kendall Taylor, director of the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, in an email to The Washington Post. “Their repeated interactions through Moscow’s support for Iran in implementing the JCPOA [Iran’s nuclear deal] and operations in close proximity on the battlefield in Syria have overcome historic mistrust and build a foundation for cooperation.” (Tamkin, 2019).
Iran, Russia and Turkey have recently formed an unusual alliance. “That is what is happening with this tripartite group [Russia, Iran and Turkey.] Several threats have brought these three countries together: The war in Syria, extremism, Kurdish separatism (a direct threat to Turkey and Iran, but Russia shares their security concerns) and, most importantly, the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration, which have affected all three countries in various ways. Russia and Iran, both of whom are overtly anti-American, have been trying to weaken the U.S. position and resist the pressure and limitations placed on them by Washington.” (Cengiz, 2019).
In September of 2019, the three leaders of Iran (Hassan Rouhani), Russia (Vladimir Putin) and Turkey (Tayyip Erdogan) met in the fifth trilateral summit of the Ashtana Process in the Turkish capital of Ankara. Their mutual contempt for the United States and its policies was included in the conversations (Cengiz, 2019).
Prophecies to come:
John (in Revelation), Ezekiel and Daniel portended a great war in the End Times, which will center around Israel and which will be started by its surrounding enemies. Daniel further prophesied that the anti-Christ would set himself up as an equal to the Lord’s army in that war and that he would destroy the (third) Temple.
“As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. He gave me this explanation. ‘The fourth beast is a fourth kingdom [out of the Roman Empire] that will appear on the earth. It will be different from all other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth, trampling it down and crushing it. The ten horns are ten kings who will come from this kingdom.”
“After them another king will arise, different from the earlier ones; he will subdue three kings. He [the anti-Christ] will speak against the Most High and oppress his holy people and try to change the set times and the laws. The holy people will be delivered into his hands for a time, times, and half a time. But the court will sit, and his power will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be handed over to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him.” (Daniel 7: 21-27).
“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a fierce-looking king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy those who are mighty, the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.” (Daniel 8: 23-25).
“It set itself up to be as great as the commander of the army of the Lord; it took away the daily sacrifice from the Lord, and his sanctuary was thrown down. Because of rebellion, the Lord’s people and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.”
“I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign Lord. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness; and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 38: 21-23).
Who is this anti-Christ? Consider that numerous Muslim traditions and holy texts have described their Muslim Messiah, the Mahdi, and have indicated that he is the rider of the white horse described in Revelation 6. Stating that he is riding the white horse is one way of saying that he equates himself with Jesus, who appears on a white horse in Revelation 19. The Mahdi is believed to come during a time of turmoil, initially bringing world peace as the head of one world government. He will be granted supernatural powers “from Allah,” which he will use to work miracles and earn alliances. He will invade Israel and will rule from Jerusalem for approximately seven years. Then he will take control of the world, implementing Sharia law and eliminating any Jews and Christians who refuse to convert to Islam. His army will carry black flags with the word “punishment” on them. These descriptions correlate with the anti-Christ in the Book of Revelation, Daniel, and Ezekiel.
Because their Messiah will come during a time of chaos, some Muslim world leaders have deliberately tried to stir chaos to hasten his arrival. They want their 12th Imam, the Mahdi, to come.
“Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are convinced that the End of Days has come. They believe the Shia messiah known as the “Twelfth Imam” or the “Mahdi” will appear soon to establish a global Islamic kingdom known as the caliphate.”
“What’s more, they believe the way to hasten the coming of the Twelfth Imam is to annihilate Israel (which they call the “Little Satan”), and the United States (which they call the “Great Satan”). We should not, therefore, be surprised that Iran is probing for weaknesses in American intelligence and homeland security.”
“Khamenei told Iranians in July 2010 that he personally met with the Twelfth Imam. He also claimed to be the personal representative of the Mahdi on earth, and said all Muslims must “obey him.” Meanwhile, Western intelligence agencies say he continues to work with Ahmadinejad and the Iranian military to develop nuclear warheads and the ballistic missiles to deliver them.”
Much of the media has focused on Iran’s threats to wipe Israel “off the map.” But journalists have generally ignored the fact that the Iranian regime is equally determined to destroy the United States.”
“On October 26, 2005, for example, Ahmadinejad said, “God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism.”
“On June 2, 2008, Ahmadinejad said, “Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come, and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started.” (Rosenberg, 2011)
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tweeted the following statement on April 21, 2019: “Imam Mahdi will come along with Jesus, and will give humanity the gift of freedom and justice. May His birth that is the real spring of the people be a blessing for the human society. #UniversalHuman #ImamMahdi
We have experienced the fulfilled prophecies of the establishing of Israel in its original location, which is populated from Jews who were living all over the world after 1,878 years. We have further experienced what could be fulfilled prophecies on the hostile way Israel’s neighbors feel about it. Some Muslim leaders have indicated they want to destroy Israel and its primary supporter, the United States. Some, such as former Iranian president Ahmadinejad, want to hasten the arrival of their Mahdi (or Muslim Messiah) by stirring chaos in their region by destroying Israel.
Alliances between the leaders of three countries mentioned by Ezekiel have recently been established with the primary purpose of lessening the power of the United States. A powder keg will one day explode. The only question is when. Do we have a year, fifteen years, a hundred or hundreds? No one knows.
Anonymous (2005). Israel should be wiped off the map, says Iran’s president. Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/oct/27/israel.iran
Cengiz, S. (2019). Turkey, Russia, Iran: Unlikely ‘allies’ united by a common threat.
Rosenberg, J.C. (2011). Why Iran’s top leaders believe that the End of Days has come. Fox News. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/why-irans-top-leaders-believe-that-the-end-of-days-has-come
Tamkin, E. (2019). Why Russia is the big winner of the Iran deal fallout. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/05/08/why-russia-is-big-winner-iran-deal-fallout/