Ezekiel 38:4 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.
God is talking to Gog of Magog who is in charge of Meshech and Tubal. Gog is the leader of what many scholars and historians believe to be modern day Russia. See the link below for detailed analysis.
Meshech and Tubal are generally believed to be modern day Turkey. See the link below for details regarding Meshech and Tubal.
The focus of the verse is the size of the army arrayed by Gog.
…and all your army…The Hebrew word for “all” is kol. Simply put, it means the whole or all of the army.
It is stated a second time, all of them clothed in full armor…Again it is the term kol in the Hebrew. This group is well dressed and has provision to fight. Their gear is “splendid” or miklol. This word could be translated as perfection or gorgeous. The army looks impressive.
A third time, the army is described as a great host. They are rab in the Hebrew which can be stated as much, many, or great.
And finally a fourth time, all of them. Yes, it is the word kol. This is emphasized four times. This is a massive army that is well armed and prepared to attack and defend. Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.
Russian armed forces first came into northern Syria in late 2015. Since then, the Russians have reached the Golan Heights on the border with Israel.
Russia now has a naval base in Latakia, Syria on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Russian Air Force bases are located throughout Syria. Turkey is looking to purchase and build the Russian S400 Missile Defense System. Russia has deployed the S400 and S300 Missile Defense Systems in Syria. Armed ground forces are actively engaged throughout the country of Syria.
July 7, 2017: Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the United States’ Donald Trump agreed to a cease fire in southwest Syria. The ceasefire in the southwest Syria “safe zone” started on July 9, 2017.
July 19, 2017: Russian troops are essentially on the Israeli and Syrian border at Quneitra, Syria. Russian troops are delivering humanitarian aid of food, basic goods, and medical care and supplies.
July 24, 2017: Russian military police were introduced to “safe zones” in southwest Syria in the Golan Heights near Quneitra, Syria.
August 1, 2017: Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren made the following statement to Sputnik News out of Russia.
“According to our legislation, the Golan Heights are an independent part within Israel. If anyone keeps thinking that this question has yet to be discussed, it is naive of them.” -Israeli Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren
August 2, 2017: Russia is reported to be building a military base in southern Syria. The base is believed to be located somewhere between Quneitra and Dara’a. Russian military troops are reported to be replacing Syrian troops. 400 troops were dispatched to the area.
If now is the time Ezekiel is discussing, the military buildup is just getting started. It will be massive and overwhelming.
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