Next Moves – Iran

There’s been another move in the global chess match between the West and the East. As America and the EU fumble about for effective ways to respond to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Russia has leaped forward with another move:


I was a little be surprised by this gambit being played so soon. And, it means that the situation might be accelerating far more quickly than we imagined. Of course, Russia may feel the need to move so quickly, in order to out-maneuver the carefully laid plans of the western elites.

What got me started on this thought, was an article picked up the by the Drudge Report:

Senior Russian Diplomat: Moscow May Change Stance In Iranian Nuke Talks
(A somewhat more in-depth version of the article can be found here.)


So, let’s take a look at this move.


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Next Moves – Iran

Russia isn’t stupid. They’ve seen the US attempt to encircle Russia and neutralize whatever hegemony is left over from the ‘glory days’ of the Soviet Union. So, in response, Russia has quietly reached out and made connections with those nations that also do not like America’s growing imperial aspirations. An early example was China.

Russia reached out to China soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, and made deals over natural gas and military cooperation. This early development gave rise to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or the SCO. It was also something of a surprise, since Russia and China had a long history of enmity. But, this situation with Iran may be even more interesting.

Russo-Iranian Relations

Russia and Iran have never been very friendly. In fact, conflict has been the order of the day for most of their history. Even now, they are competitors in the global market for oil and natural gas, but they have something very powerful that is pushing them together:

The United States of America

Anyone who thinks that Russia and Iran would make perfect allies, is… insane. Russia is atheist, with a resurgent Russian Orthodox Church. Iran is Shiite. Russia sells natural gas and oil to China and Europe. Iran would love to muscle Russia out of the way and do that too. Russia wants quiet and secure borders. Iran generally has a problem with ANYONE’S borders being quiet and secure. Russians drink vodka. Iranians think that people who drink vodka are going to hell. But, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, so they’re going to get along wonderfully.

But, there’s something more than shared interests at work here.

Gog and Magog

Did you know that Iran is the only country that we can clearly identify in the great army of Gog and Magog?

Ezekiel 38 describes the list of who is included in the Gog and Magog alliance, that comes down to attack Israel. Here are the participants:

Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal,… …Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: …and I will bring thee forth… ….all of them handling swords; Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with thee. Ezekiel 38:2-6 (ASV)

Let’s see… we have:

  • Gog
  • Magog
  • Rosh
  • Meshech
  • Tubal
  • Persia
  • Cush
  • Put
  • Gomer
  • Togarmah

There’s something of a question about the identity of each of these, except Persia – which is Iran. Whoever enters into an alliance with Iran in the Last Days is a candidate for inclusion in that list.

Take a look at a few headlines from

And, here are a couple of other recent headlines:

Those headlines should make you sit up and take notice – if you are following our Lord’s commandment to watch and pray (Luke 21:36).

Oh, and there’s this very, very interesting website:

A Russian website about Iran?

Now THAT is very interesting.

The Point

The point is that this move by Russia’s President (Gog?) has drawn us very close to the most pivotal event before the rise of the Antichrist – the completion of the prophecy that began in Ezekiel 36 and ends in Ezekiel 39. When this grand prophecy of Ezekiel 36-39 is complete, our world will never be the same. And then…

 …the Antichrist comes

Are you ready for this?
(That’s a link. Do more than just think about it.)


If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment. Your input is truly welcome.


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37 thoughts on “Next Moves – Iran”

  1. I have believed for years, as you do that Russia is the country aligned with Iran in Ezekiel 38 and that may still be so. I have as of late considered what has been circulating around the websites that Turkey may be that country. I think they fit better. A nuclear exchange between Russia, the USA and Europe over this Crimean event would narrow the participants down and make this (Ezekiel 38 war) a truly local Mideast event. Turkey is directly north, desires the oil and gas located off their shores that Israel has tapped into and is Islamic like all the other participants.

    • Hi Bob Gianamore,

      The point that you raise is a good one, and I understand the possibility of being wrong in prophecy. The challenge of comparing the headlines in our newspaper with the words of the Bible is difficult. And, we DO get them wrong – sometimes with quite a bit of embarrassment. (I have been there.)

      So, if information pops up to indicate that we are off-base concerning Russia… I will be more than happy to go out, buy a hat, and eat it. (with a bit of salt)

      But… right now… the only nation and people that truly fits the role of Magog, seems to be Russia – with Putin (or at least Moscow) as Gog. Turkey doesn’t fit the bill… yet.

      In fact, I’ve spent a lot of time in Turkey, and there’s just no way that Turkey could ever create the kind alliance, and field the kind of army required to fulfill this prophecy. Unless I’m missing something.

      But, if Russia gets nuked back to the stone age, I will reexamine all this (and eat the hat).

      Thank you for that, Bob.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  2. I think the Gog and Magog attack is coming soon. Based on the 4 blood moons coming on Jewish feast days in 2014 and 2015. The last times we had those were in 1948 and 1967. This year will be a big year in Jewish history.

    • Hi Barn Cat,

      (BTW, my favorite people are ‘cat people’!)

      I don’t like pouring cold water on this idea, but… well, it’s just not possible.

      Please remember that the Sun must be darkened at the same time that the moon is turned to blood. That just CANNOT happen. It is physically impossible. There is, however, a better explanation that fulfills all the parameters of this prophecy:

      A great cataclysm that kicks up enough dust into the air that the stars are obscured, the sun is darkened, and the moon turns red. This is not only possible, but the Bible talks about such catastrophes in the Last Days.

      Take a look at this video that does a better job explaining what I’m talking about:–kA2-5z2zI

      Chris White does an excellent job working through the whole idea.

      Thank you for that comment, Barn Cat!

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • This year will be a big year for ALL of the Israel, not just the tribe of Judah. In a video put out yesterday by NASA concerning the blood moon tetrads these lunar eclipses will be visible from North America!! So what could that imply?

      • Hi Mary Esther,

        Well, as Chris White indicates in his video…–kA2-5z2zI

        …they don’t really imply anything.

        Please remember that you cannot separate the moon turning to blood, from the other elements of the prophecy. To do that is to edit the Bible, and God condemns all who do that. For the prophecy to be fulfilled, there must be two things that will happen:

        1 – Sun Dimmed
        2 – Moon turned to blood


        Why is it that no one can see that the previous verse in Joel refers to blood, fire, and pillars of smoke?

        That alone would dim the sun and turn the moon to blood.

        Thank you for that comment, Mary.

        Yours in Christ,

        John Little

  3. Serpent seed…Serpent chameleons (demons in human skin).. mate with humans and make hybrid babies..this wipes out the human race over time and is why the Creator sent the flood, Serpent seed hijacked the whole political structure of America – BUSH serpents, Obama serpent seed antichrist network puppet (Clintons are serial killers.. {they’re all serial killers },but the serpent base is spiritual so they keep coming back and we are now once again in the times of Noah….>>>>>

    ATHEIST – TERM INVENTED BY THE SERPENT SEED TO USE AS A DISGUISE FOR THE PURPOSE OF DECEPTION; anyone brainwashed by the serpent seed to believe there is no Creation/Creator God but to always hate Christ no matter what. I never saw an atheist that didnt hate Christ and i never saw an atheist that disliked the Devil.
    **NOTE…Serpent seed invented carbon dating for purposes of deception to continue the evolution fraud…all carbon daters are serpent seed, no one but serpents can get a job carbon dating/brainwashed personnel really thinking the carbon dating is real…I believe the Earth to be older than the 6000 yrs believed by many because the fall of Lucifer was before the fall of man. The only ones who know how long that time gap is would be the Creator himself, Lucifer, and the fallen..The Grand Canyon was formed by the flood..When the Creator breathed man into life that was the human race, the serpent race was already here cast out (Cain went to the land of Nod and found a wife)…

    GENESIS 3:15
    And I will put enmity between you((LUCIFER, SERPENT, DRAGON)) and the woman,(EVE, HUMAN)) and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
    SCIENCE – Term used for those who try to figure out creation and turn it into the evolution hoax; science was just a farce to use for genocidal purposes against the populations of the world.

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    • Hey pat,

      That really isn’t possible. Magog really is a land, and Gog is its leader. Anyway, Magog was one of the sons of Japeth, so it should be pretty easy to see that these are people – and not demons, fallen angels or giants.

      Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify that point, pat. (And, I hope that I did a good job doing it.)

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  4. Dear John Little:

    I got that too. Ezekiel 36 – 39, is being set up right now thanks to America’s weakness. Things will progress quickly to the battle of Gog and Magog because if Syria is allowed to have its free elections in May 2014 and Assad gets overwhelmingly re-elected, the West’s excuse for war in Syria will look foolish. The West will have to act in Syria/Iran before May 2014. I detect a false flag event soon (MA 370 airliner/Diego Garcia atoll). Keep up the good work John. Thanks, Norbert.

  5. Thanks, John, but please read the following. It appears that God is Rome, not Russia.

    Christian Archeologist Exonerates Russia in the End Times
    TUCSON, Az., Sept. 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian archeologist Dr. Jeffrey Goodman in his book “THE COMETS OF GOD” pokes a big hole in the theory long held by most evangelical Christians that Russia will be one of the bad guys during the end times. Based on misconceptions about Russia’s origins, many evangelicals believe Russia is to be the evil empire of Ezekiel 38-39 that is to attack Israel during the end times. Goodman says this error about Russia has the potential to create an international misunderstanding that could provoke unwarranted political action…

    The erroneous belief that Russia is Magog from Ezekiel 38/39 can be traced back to a small group of 18th and 19th century theologians who based their assertions on historical references that had been purposefully altered. These altered references include statements attributed to the Jewish historian Josephus, and the Roman historian Pliny. Within academia today, no professional archeologists or historians or serious Bible researchers associate Magog with the Scythians or the Scythians with the Russians. The truth is that modern scholars have unequivocally documented that a group of Scandinavian Viking traders called the Rus began the Russian state during the mid AD 800’s, and gave their name to Russia…

    So if Russia is not Magog of end times Bible prophecy, who is? Dr. Goodman says that the historical record shows a clear connection between Magog (an eponym for Lydia) and what the Bible says will be the final expression of Roman Empire, since an Etruscan last sat on the throne of Rome before it became a Republic, and the Etruscan right to rule traces back to Lydia…

    • Hi Ted Spaeth,

      Unfortunately, I must disagree. In fact, the article that you site is actually attacking the veracity of the Bible itself, which is quite disturbing.

      Also, no one besides Russia is in a position to actually fulfill this prophecy. If some other nation rises up and makes an alliance with Iran and has the power to field a large army… well, I would certainly consider it.

      So far, Russia is the only entity that fits right now.

      But, I appreciate your contribution, Ted.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  6. Gog and Magog guard the City of London. I am SICK of people claiming Russia and China are Gog and Magog.

    S T U P I D !!!!!!!!!

    Russia historically has not been aggressive, mostly wants to protect the already massive land it has.

    • Hi Gogislondon,

      I’m sorry that you are so frustrated. The problem with the mythical giants, Gog and Magog, that guard the financial district of London… is that these giants were legends created by a group of pagans.

      Also, the Russians have a long history of aggressiveness – a very, very long history of it.

      Don’t get me wrong. I like Russians. I’ve worked closely with many of them over the course of a decade, but I cannot ignore what the Bible says.

      Now, as I have said elsewhere, if another national entity makes an alliance with Iran – and has the ability to field a huge army – then I will reconsider who Gog and Magog is.

      Thanks Gogislondon.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

    • when you look into the name “rosh”, ras, rhos (there are more) and history and other ancient texts you come across all sorts of other things like rosh is associated with those who dwelt by today’s named volga river, also those near today’s named black sea, rosh stamped on persian coins (historic ties of iran to those north of them?)..and more. Also can check why just as many translate ezek 38:2 as 3 nouns, rosh, meshech, tubal.
      Tiras traced to rosh, you can also wonder on the khrushchev era and russia’s sway they held in the mideast then vs now and ezekiel’s -turn you back- etc. Interesting to look into.

  7. Hi John. I don’t even know how to express my thoughts. I have no fear about where I am going for eternity. But I do have fear/horror for what is going to come upon America and the Christian church. Fellow believers tell me that I should have more faith and that Christians are going to be protected. Yah….most likely in heaven.

    My point is that most Christians do not understand what is coming upon us. I see the American Christian church sitting upon the train tracks singing “Kumbaya” while the train is barreling down upon them. I try to tell them that things might get really bad and they tell me I am faithless. No, not faithless, just reading the bible and what it says…..really says about the end times.

    I don’t understand how Christians could NOT be upset and sickened by what is happening.

    My husband and I have already had the “conversation”…if someone has a gun to my husband’s head, telling ME to renounce Christ or he dies…I will tell him that I love him and I’ll see him in heaven. We have already settled that in our hearts.

    How many Christians have even thought about that? It is HAPPENING right now to Christians in other parts of the world. Killings, torture of children in front of parents, parents beheaded in front of children to renounce Christ. What makes America think it won’t happen here? Good grief Christians….WAKE UP!

    I am beside myself….just watching the coming destruction and the obliviousness of people. If we aren’t upset by what is happening….horrified even….then how are we supposed to repent and pray? You know the part about “if MY people will repent and pray, I will heal their land..”

    Most of the time I feel like ripping my hair out. I don’t know….I’m sickened by what is happening to America. I’m tired of feeling like the crazy person. I know I’m preaching to the choir…but I just needed to vent.

    Thanks for sounding the alarm.


    • Hey PKLauLau,

      All that I can say is that I am very, very grateful to see another sister in Christ with eyes wide open. And, I’m with you on the fear for our other brothers and sisters in Christ. That’s why this site exists.

      I also do not fear for myself, or for my wife. But, my heart is heavy for those who are ignorant and unprepared for what is coming. And, for those who have been caught by the foolishness that has captured so many churches.

      I have to keep reminding myself that God is at work, and He always wins – which means that we do too.

      God bless you, PKLL. Keep up the good work.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  8. RE: Barn cat’s comment.

    In the video link, the commentator says something to effect that the 4 blood moons theory doesn’t make sense…..

    I’m with Barn cat. It makes perfect sense to me; blood moons etc,. being signs in the sky for Israel and the gentiles. The fact that historically this has already happened lends itself to be true again. This will be a big year in Jewish history…world history.

    Whose to say that these are not two separate events? That’s how the scripture reads to me. Blood moons, tetrads 20014-20015 AND/ALSO sun turned dark, moon to blood, sky darkened, stars give no light, etc., later in the tribulation. Two different events, apples and oranges.

    I can’t figure out how the commentator linked the two in the first place.


    • Hi PKLauLau,

      The problem is that there are three references in the Bible to the Moon turning to blood, and they all specifically connect to the sun turning to darkness and the stars not being visible. You cannot separate these without taking away from the words of the Bible.

      Please remember what God said in Revelation 22:19

      And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. – Rev 22:19

      And, the Blood Moon prophecy is in the Book of Revelation.

      Furthermore, Lunar Eclipses (in which the Moon turns red) often happen without any significant events in conjunction. Therefore, they cannot be considered as an indicator of prophecy. Prophetic signs must be specific and unique.

      We should be careful to NOT be sloppy in our thinking. The opening of the Sixth Seal is specific, the dimming of the Sun, the removal of the Stars, and Moon becoming as blood.

      The same goes for the prophecy of Joel. Joel 2 speaks of a single event. The dimmed Sun, the obscured stars and the Moon as blood will all happen together.

      I believe that part of the reason why we are in this mess, is that people have engaged in fuzzy thinking when they approach the Bible. This is NOT how the Lord calls us to interpret scripture. There is too much of this going on, and we see the damage in churches everywhere.

      I truly believe that it is vital to stick as closely as possible to what the Bible literally says.

      Thank you for that comment, PKLauLau.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  9. In the case of Ezekiel 38 the ASV translates “Rosh” incorrectly. Rosh here is not a noun but an adjective.
    Look what it means in Hosea 1:11.(click back to page)
    Think back to those days when Britain and Hanover (Germany) shared their king.
    Rosh is the Hebrew letter “R” which means “head”
    It is also the name of a son of Benjamin.
    He was the eponymous origin for the “Russians” But the original Kievan Rus’ were Scandinavians who came in the 9th century.
    see Wikipedia “Rus’ People”; also “Varangians” The northernmost province of Norway is called Varanger and the border with Russia is “Jakobselva,” Jacob’s-border-river.
    Czar Alexander II was a grandson of Queen Louise of Prussia (the most loved queen in German history), who was a grandaughter of Maria Albertine Leininger (n). He was the uncle and “god father” of Queen Victoria of UK, thus her name Alexandrina Victoria.
    It was from Alexander II – a gracious and humble man- that we bought Alaska.
    It should not be imagined that Norway and Sweden-the original Rus’ / Rosh will be be aligned with Persia…but I guess you NEVER know.

    • Hi Mark Leininger,

      Since I am a speaker of Hebrew, I must disagree with you. The word Rosh is actually a noun. Hebrew grammar is quite specific. If it was an adjective, the word form would have a yod on the end of it, but it doesn’t.

      Furthermore, the Hebrew word, Nasi, already means ‘chief prince’. To say ‘chief prince head’ would be superfluous.

      By the way, I would like to take this moment to mention that the antisemitic story about the Jews of Israel being Khazars is a despicable lie, and I will not tolerate comments of that nature. I truly stand in doubt of the salvation of anyone who would have such ill will towards Israel.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

      • I was not there. I, like you, can only go by the testament of the word and history.
        Anyone can become a Jew. If you think not just google “choosing to be chosen.”
        My intention is not malicious. ALL have sinned.
        “Ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte and when he is made ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.” Matt 23:15

        “And many of the people of the land (India to Ethiopia) became Jews, for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.” Est. 8:17

        They became Jews (Yahadut), but this certainly did not make them the lineal descendants of Israelites.

        • Hi Mark Leininger,

          I really feel sorry for you. I really do. You are in resistance to God, and this is a very dangerous thing.

          You indicate that the Jews are not Jews because they accepted the conversion of Gentiles, yet the Bible itself accepted the conversion of Gentiles. Jesus Himself had a gentile in His lineage via Ruth.

          You even go on to twist the words of Jesus, in Matthew 23:15. Amazing.

          And you say that those who became Jews during the time of Esther were not real Jews? Really?

          Furthermore, you are in resistance to God’s work in Israel, and you are blind to Ezekiel 36 and 37.

          What do you think will happen to you if you continue to resist the plans of God?

          Seriously, I question whether you are truly saved. You are certainly not led by the Holy Spirit. Please remember that it doesn’t matter whether you know Jesus.

          What matters is if Jesus knows YOU.

          I will pray that God shows you the truth before it is too late. I truly would not want to be in your shoes when the Lord comes in judgment.

          Yours in Christ,

          John Little

          • But what is truth? Who is a Jew? Romans 2: 28-29

            How can those who reject Jesus be blessed of God?
            John 8: 12 – 47.
            John 10: 22 – 39
            John 5: 17 – 47
            Romans 4: 13 – 14
            1st John 2: 21 – 23
            1st John 4: 1 – 6
            1st John 4: 13 – 15
            1st John 5: 9 – 12
            1st John 5: 20 – 21

            How are they blessed who reject God and His Christ? Men struggle to conform the Word to fit their misconceptions, wresting the scriptures to their own destruction. But the truth will stand. God is no respecter of persons.

          • Hi Fidelis,

            Very clever attempt to couch your antisemitism in pious words.

            You seem to forget that God ALWAYS fulfills His promises. ALWAYS.

            Furthermore, God said that He would bring the Jews back to the LAND of Israel, and afterwards save them.

            You must repent, Fidelis/Mark/Whoeveryouare. You are not right with God.

            Yours in Christ,

            John Little

  10. Hi John: Thanks for the reply. I will revisit the passages you mentioned and do some further study. I still think there is something to these blood moons. Something big. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

    God bless,

    • Hi PKLauLau,

      I DO believe that big things are coming but they are NOT connected to the Blood Moons, as described.

      Here’s the video again, that explains the situation best:–kA2-5z2zI

      It’s only a few minutes long, and it does an excellent job illustrating the point.

      I know that it sounds like I’m on a ridiculous tirade about what may only be a ‘tempest in a teacup’, but there is a larger point here. We must be careful to receive the word of God as it is written.

      I have seen countless ‘theologians’ parade across my desk offering one ‘new idea’ after another in an attempt to sell yet another book. If we are going to survive what is coming, we must love the truth. It must be a passion.

      This brouhaha about ‘The Blood Moons’ will pass, as all the other ‘new ideas’ have. But, what will not pass so easily is the damage that these books do to ‘the truth’. I am continually astonished at the inability of so many brothers and sisters to just take the Bible at its word. I can only surmise that part of the problem lies in some of these foolish notions.


      Okay, I’ll try to stop ranting.

      Keep up the good work, PKLL.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  11. John,

    Good article and answers, especially to the Jew haters. I don’t know how you do it, my patience would be zapped……….

    May the Triune God of the Bible bless and guide all the true children of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

    Thru His Grace alone,

    • Thank you EJ,

      I deeply appreciate that comment.

      We’re all foolish in one way or another. I certainly have been.

      And, I believe that some of these Jew haters are merely misguided – but only some. I delete most of the hate before it gets to the comments section. I will NOT allow that filth on this site.

      Again, thank you for that comment, EJ.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little

  12. There are multiple signs in the heavens that are coming. There are the tetrad lunar eclipses – which I would never dismiss so quickly, these are very significant.

    There is also another celestial sign happening in September 2017 that matches Revelations 12 description of the woman clothed with the sun and 12 stars on her head. It just so happens that Mercury, Venus and Mars will be grouped with the constellation Leo to appear as 12 stars over the constellation Virgo (the Virgin) in Sep 2017. Also the planet Jupiter (the King planet) will be going into retrograde motion (looping) within Virgo’s body region for exactly 9 months (gestation period) and be birth (leave virgo) in September 2017 just as Rev 12 describes. Even consider that John so obviously states in Rev 12 that its a “Great and Wonderous sign in the heavens”. An excellent presentation to watch is “The Star of Bethlehem”,, DVD can be watched on Youtube. It covers the past signs in the heavens that are similar concerning the birth and crucifixion of Christ. Did you know that the exact hour Jesus gave up his last breath on the cross a lunar eclipse (blood moon) started simultaneously in the heavens? Also that Jerusalem was covered with darkness on the same day – this is what Joel was referring to, probably the billows of smoke caused the darkness on that day. Watch the video it covers so much important and insightful clues to understanding the signs in the heavens.

    We are indeed getting right into the Last Day events. I think Russian is indeed about to fulfill prophecy, although I am also not certain exactly how this will play out.

    God Bless

    • Hi Brett,

      Just remember that all of this is supposition and speculation. It doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. But, neither is it in the Bible.

      Our job as interpreters of the Bible – and we are ALL interpreters – is to approach the words that God has given us with great humility. And, I see far too many ‘theologians’ who manipulate the words that God has given us and twist them to their own satisfaction. And, in their pride, they have prepared many for a great fall.

      This is a very, very serious thing, and I do not believe that God is pleased with this.

      Please be careful. The Bible is not a toy.

      Yours in Christ,

      John Little


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