RUSSIA, IRAN AND AFGHANISTAN
Preached January 1980
Jesse M. Hendley
Two recent events have shocked the world, threatened
world peace, and are of vital interest to every human
being on earth. First: the invasion of the American
Embassy and the imprisonment of American hostages in
IRAN. Second: the RUSSIAN invasion of Afghanistan.
These two events are of special significance to every
Christian and student of Bible Prophecy because these
two nations are undoubtedly mentioned in the
Scriptures and are to play a leading role in the
events of THE TIME OF THE END, that period just
preceding THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST TO EARTH.
First, let us consider Iran in Bible Prophecy and the
part she will play in the future. YAHWEH reminds us
that He is GOD, "declaring the end from the
beginning, the things that are not yet done," Isaiah
46:10. How exciting it is to be living in our days
when we are seeing things happening that God declared
through His prophets long ago!
In Ezekiel 38 we read of a mighty nation to the north
of Palestine ("Thou shalt come from thy place out of
the north parts," verse I5) who will invade the Holy
Land (“against My people Israel," verse 16) in the
future (“in the latter days,” verse 16), whose armies
God Himself will personally destroy (“I will plead
against him with a sword, pestilence, blood, great
hailstones, fire and brimstone,” verse 21, 22), and
the cities of the homeland with fire (I will send fire
on Magog," 39:6 and 38:2), resulting in Israel
knowing the Lord (“so the house of Israel shall know
that I am Yahweh, their God from that day forward,"
39.22). Also, many nations will know Him (I will be
known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall
know that I am Yahweh," 38:23). Undoubtedly this
nation, Magog, is Russia, for she comes "out of the
north parts," Ezekiel 38:15. ("North" is a
geographical identification meaning north of Israel.)
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