Present Day Stage
In Daniel we learn that 10 kings from an area within the boundaries of the Eastern Leg of the old Roman Empire will form a 'loose confederacy', around an agreement they make with the Jews. Also, in among them, another, lesser king, who comes from within the old Seleucid Kingdom, will come up, and he will be given the honorary leadership to act for the others. However, three of the kings rebel, are warred against, and are uprooted. The lesser ruler will be restored to his ancestral greatness. He wins the approval of the world as he is held up as The Peacemaker, the man with the solution to their problems. His benevolence lasts only as long as it takes to gain control. After that his deceitful true intentions are unleashed against the Jews. Out of this comes a great turmoil, and a final deciding battle, held on the plains of Megiddo.
Who are the ten kings from within the realm of the Eastern old Roman Empire? And who are the three that will go to war over a pact made with the Jews, and why? And who is this individual that has the key to peace, and why will he go to war against his neighbors? These questions, when answered will set the players on the stage, and from then on, you will be in position to watch the drama of history unfolding for yourself. That alone is reason enough to get informed.
The old Roman Empire stretched out over present day Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and around the Mediterranean to include Egypt and Libya.
The Old Roman Empire also stretched out in other directions, but the portion concerning these 'end time' prophecies are contained within the boundaries of the eastern branch, where Constantine ruled Rome from his capitol in Constantinople.
The land in the story of the Bible has never changed. Starting from Babylon, the territory grew under each successive ruler, until it encompassed all of the land of the middle east, from Macedonia all the way to India. Everything that happened to the tribes of the Bible, happened in that territory.
You'd have to stretch your imagination, to think that God isn't going to continue to fulfill his covenant with them in the same place that He has always dealt with them. And the players will all be the same, only the names will have changed. And the places all remain the same, only now with different boundary lines and names. The predicament the world is in today is the direct result of the fulfilled prophecy of Israel's rebirth and present existence.
Ezekiel 38 begins with God saying, "Son of Man set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say, I am against you O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal". It goes on to say that Gog will have a fully equipped army, and will be joined by Persia, Cush, Gomer, and Beth Togarmah in his invasion of Israel.
The land of Magog, by all biblical atlases show that land to be in the northern part of modern day Iraq, just north of Baghdad.
Meshech and Tubal are in the area that today is Turkey, and portions of northern Syria as well as northern Iraq.
These are the nations that now occupy part of the Old Hashemite Kingdom [black outline], and are all in the area encompassed by the Seleucid portion of the Old Grecian Empire [white outline].
The force joining Gog for war, Persia,
[Iran], Cush, [Ethiopia and Sudan], Put,
[Libya], Gomer, [northern Turkey into the area
of Georgia and Azerbaydzhan] Beth Togarmah,
associated with the ancient Sythians, [Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan,
and Kazakhstan] are all former republics of the former U.S.S.R. and are
all currently Moslem nations.