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Roots of Bitterness: Middle Eastern Conflict Links to Reset of Civilization

In the previous post, I promised to go beyond contemporary theories concerning current Middle Eastern conflicts, including but not limited to Sykes-Picot, the Balfour Declaration, and the establishment of the State of Israel.

It’s important to establish the proper framing, so we don’t settle for a false narrative.  Certain historic and current events may influence what is happening today in the Middle East, but they are not the cause.  Everything we witness today is symptomatic of deeper issues.

Instead of settling for a diagnosis of mere symptoms, I promise to dig down to the root cause of the present conflicts, even going beyond the common starting point of many, which they trace to Abraham.

The journey begins with an exploration of the apocalyptic battle described in Ezekiel 38 and 39.

It’s important to start here, since all three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) agree on a future apocalyptic battle.  It’s also important to identify the participants in that battle.

Although translations may differ regarding the exact interpretation, specifically as it pertains to Rosh, interpreted as either a person/region or “chief”, the overarching message is clear.  God is instructing Ezekiel to turn his attention to Gog, from the region of Magog.  Gog is described as a prince — or chief prince — of Meshech and Tubal, and possibly Rosh.

Then, God tells Ezekiel what he should tell Gog.

“Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you'” (Ezekiel 38:3-6 ESV).

This passage paints a picture of a vast alliance containing a series of names.  Who are they and why are they significant to the current turmoil we see in the Middle East?

First on the list is Magog (vs. 1-2), followed by Meshech, Tubal, and possibly Rosh.  These are followed by Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer, and Beth-togarmah – literally House of Togarmah.

These names represent both individuals and regions, since cities and regions were typically named after their founding patriarch.

This is where it starts to get interesting, because these names force us to trace the roots of the anticipated end-times battle all the way back to the reset of civilization after the great flood.

Magog, Meshech, and Tubal are all sons of Japheth, Noah’s youngest son.  Gomer is also one of Japheth’s sons, while Togarmah is Gomer’s son.  That identifies 5 of the 9.

“These are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Sons were born to them after the flood. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.” (Genesis 10:1-3 ESV).

Cush and Put are sons of Ham, Noah’s second son: “The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan” (Genesis 10:6 ESV).

Notice the name of Ham’s fourth son, Canaan.  Soon, I will show you how he is the primary source of all Middle Eastern conflict.

I discovered the significance of Canaan’s role as I researched the regions these names represented, so I could compare them to current countries.  Read more here

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