The alliance of Ezekiel 38/39 seems to be on the move. Turkey has carved out a 10 kilometer buffer zone, and there are reports more military hardware is being moved, and the Turkish parliament, in a very important move, voted to escalate the military threat if need be. Iranian and Russian generals are in Syria operating a command post monitoring the situation. This is major because it tells us Syria is not in control any more, per se. There is not a sovereign state of Syria because it is being controlled by Russia, Iran, and to a lesser extent Turkey. In Ezekiel 38/39 Syria is absent from the invasion. In Isaiah 17, Damascus is destroyed. However all of this plays out we can say for certainty that Syria is being controlled by Gog. I believe Gog to be not only a possible human ruler, but really a demon that has resided in Russia all the way to times past. I believe God will allow the Demon Gog to come down to do what he has wanted to do for thousands of years, which is to try to wipe out the nation of Israel. Just as God will unchain the angels at the Euphrates and release Apollyon from the Abyss in the last days, He will allow Gog to march to the borders of Israel in a futile attempt because God will save His people and open their eyes. Gog is not there yet, be he seems to be getting closer.
I believe the Gog/Magog Ezekiel war could very well happen at the beginning of the 70th week of Daniel. It does not start Daniel's week, but it could bring in events that will. I am not dogmatic on this, and will tell you I would not be surprised if I am wrong on the timing. In any case, we see the West shying away from the Middle East. The United States is pulling important personnel out of the Middle East, the Europeans are concerned too much keeping the EU Project together, so the Scripture in Ezekiel will come to pass as Tarshish (EU) and its young lions or villages (US/Canada, etc.) will not come to Israel's defense. My belief is the reason they will not is because the Western economies are too fragile to fight in a costly war that will drive up oil. The huge amount of money printing by Europe and America keeps this alliance from coming to the defense of Israel because what may cause inflation to turn into hyperinflation is a Middle East war, and the Western leaders know this.
I believe the Ezekiel War will cause hyperinflation, the EU falls apart, the Antichrist comes to power to heal the wound, and the 70th week commences while we are on this earth for much of the last 7 years. The true church is raptured after the Great Tribulation, which starts at the revealing of Antichrist in the midpoint as he marches in Jerusalem performing the abomination of desolation, and prior to the Day of the Lord which will encompass the last part of the 70th week of Daniel. The Day of the Lord will have the trumpets, thunders, and bowl judgments. We, the true church, will experience the seal judgments, and Christ will come for us at the sixth seal.
With the Iranian protests heating up, the Turkish army mobilizing, and the United States absent from defending Israel, it will not take much of a spark to get a war going. I do not want war, but in His infinite wisdom God prophetically told us this would happen, not because He chooses this war that will take lives, but man, with God overlooking, chooses it.
"Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) and the merchants of Tarshish (EU) with all its [a]villages (or young lions?US, etc) will say to you, ?Have you come to capture spoil? Have you assembled your company to seize plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to capture great spoil?"
Retaliatory Turkish artillery strikes deep into Syria have showed the speed with which the bloody civil war can entangle its neighbours and destabilize an already volatile region.
Beyond the cross-border flare-up, the 18-month battle to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad has already deepened sectarian rifts in Lebanon and Iraq, raised tensions along the long quiet frontier with Israel and emboldened Kurdish separatists in Turkey.
"There is not a single country bordering Syria that we can honestly say they are not facing a realistic threat to internal stability and national security," said Aram Nerguizian of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
From the start, Syria's conflict burst over its borders. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians sought refuge across the country's borders with Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Stray bullets and mortar rounds, sometimes with deadly result, have struck Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights.
But in a dramatic escalation on Thursday, Turkey fired back for the first time after an errant Syrian mortar shell killed five people in a Turkish border town Wednesday. Turkey shelled Syrian military targets, and Turkey's parliament approved future retaliation under such circumstances.
Turkey said it did not amount to a declaration of war, and Syria offered a rare apology ? a sign that both want to defuse tensions.
Assad's foes, including Turkey, have been unwilling to intervene directly in Syria, and the Damascus regime has tried to make sure it stays that way, avoiding major provocations that could inadvertently trigger foreign intervention.
With Thursday's parliament decision, Turkish leaders expanded their options for dealing with Syria but avoided a full-scale military confrontation, said Ayham Kamel, a Middle East analyst at the Eurasia Group in London.