Since God knows the end from the beginning, he has left plenty of information about what will happen during the last days of the Earth as we know it. With regard to the battle of Armageddon which most people seem to know a little about, whether pagan or not, the Lord gave tidbits to several of his prophets. When those tidbits are brought together, an interesting picture of the battle appears that reveals some interesting alliances that will form among several nations. These alliances will culminate when the nations will gather their evil armies in an attempt to carry out their ultimate evil plan to wipe out the nation of Israel.
In Revelation 13, we are introduced to the beast, or Antichrist. He is depicted as having the body of a leopard, feet of a bear, and mouth of a lion. When we read Daniel 7, we can see that these three animals represent kingdoms that are united to support Antichrist and the beast as a whole represents another kingdom that has power over the other kingdoms. In Revelation 16:14, 16, Antichrist calls on all nations that are in agreement with him to gather at Armageddon to launch their aggression against Israel. The kingdoms that will play a major role in the aggression are named in Ezekiel 38 and I believe they are named so we can know the nations that give the most support to Antichrist. There has been much speculation about what kingdoms are represented by the leopard, bear, or lion. I have my speculations as well, but I can’t say definitively what every animal represents. My suspicion is that by naming the nations in Ezekiel, we may be able to discover who the leopard, bear, and lion are. The named nations are as follows:
◄Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: The descendants of Magog cover several peoples including the Slavics, Russians, Bulgarians, Bohemians, Poles, Slovaks, and Croats, so God narrowed it down by naming Gog as the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. Meshech and Tubal were two tribes closely associated with each other who were the original inhabitants of what is now the nation of Georgia [they were also known as Caucasian Iberians]. The Tubal tribe of these early Georgians migrated to the northeast across the Caucasus Mountains to become the settlers of the modern city of Tobolsk and named the river Tobol after their tribe.
Meshech, also known as the Moschoi, the Mushki, and the Muscovites, inhabited the mountainous region of Georgia (Caucasian Iberia) and migrated across the Caucasus to settle what is known today as Moscow. The Meshech people are also associated with early tribes that inhabited Anatolia, a region that became Asia Minor which we know today as Turkey. However, both Tobolsk and Moscow are in Russia. Russia’s symbol is the bear. So Russia will be a major supporter of Antichrist.
◄Persia: Known today as Iran, it also included Afghanistan and Pakistan. In ancient times, the Persian empire was associated with the bear. In modern times, it has been mainly associated with the lion which graced its flag until the Shah of Iran was overthrown in the late 70’s. With Iran being another major supporter of Antichrist, it is really no surprise that they have such a cozy relationship with Russia.
◄Ethiopia: Although Ethiopia is not even close to being a world power, it has made some economic gains in recent years through agreements with Germany and China. Up until Haile Selassie was dethroned in 1974, it was associated with the lion as its national symbol.
◄Libya: This African nation is mainly Arab, but it had closer ties to African nations than to Arab nations until the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi. It has an economy based on its rich oil and gas reserves. Libya is loosely associated with the leopard because that is what Colonel Gaddafi called himself. (updated 7-2-2016)
◄Gomer, and all his bands: The ancient Greeks called these people Cimmerians. Originally, they settled south of the Black Sea in what is now central northern Turkey. It came to be known as Galatia. They eventually were driven from their lands and were also known as the Gauls, or Celtic tribes, that lived in the British Isles, northern Italy, France, Belgium, western Switzerland, part of the Netherlands, and part of Germany. Basically, the land of Gomer covers most of central Europe and part of western Europe and has various nations who use the lion (such as Great Britain) or the leopard (such as Germany) as symbols.
◄The House of Togarmah: Togarmah refers to the original inhabitants of Anatolia which became Asia Minor, then Turkey, and is associated with Turkey and other Turkic nations such as Armenia, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan. It is also interesting to note that Togarmah descended from Gomer and had ties to the early Georgians.
Daniel 7 points out that another kingdom will overpower all of earthly kingdoms in the last days from which ten kings would arise. The one empire that was divided into ten regions is none other than the Roman Empire. Although the fall of the Roman Empire took place at a specific time in history in its old form, it actually just transformed itself into something different. It renamed itself the Holy Roman Empire and set up its headquarters as the Vatican. The Vatican, run by the Jesuits, has been responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews, Christians, and others throughout its history, often using Inquisitions as their tool. In public, the church leaders pretend to be holy and call themselves Christians, while behind the scenes they use whatever unholy means they can to place world leaders under the thumb of the Vatican’s power by sending their Jesuit agents throughout the world to hold positions of influence. Revelation 17:9, 18 clearly points out that the harlot in scarlet riding the scarlet beast is Rome. No other city at the time Revelation was written reigned over the kings of the earth.
However, once the Vatican aids Antichrist in establishing a peace treaty with Israel that will give them access to the temple that will be built in Jerusalem, the Antichrist will no longer have a need to keep Rome as his partner and he will execute his plan to completely destroy Vatican City and Rome so that he can proclaim himself as god. After Rome is destroyed, plans will be put in place to prepare for Armageddon. (Added 4-27-08)
“…Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? …” Ezekiel 38:13
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–