World War 3, Who are the Players? by Roy A. Reinhold

If you had known beforehand the devastation which would take place in World War 2, how would that have affected you? To know the evil acts of Germany led by Hitler, to know the great loss of life suffered by the armies on both sides, and to know the massive destruction against civilian populations and the attempt to wipe out a whole race of people, the Jews. What would you have done with the knowledge of World War 2 had you known the details beforehand?

Yet as a human race we are facing a devastating future war with weapons of mass destruction far beyond anything even slightly imagined in the past. Armies today have technologically advanced electronics, nuclear weapons, satellite imagery, and the capability to deliver huge amounts of explosives by missile very accurately far from the front lines. Most threatening are the poor man's nuclear weapons, namely, highly advanced biological and chemical weapons. Small amounts of modern biological weapons could be used to wipe out entire populations without destroying the land or infrastructure. World War 3 will occur because of tribalism, national jealousy, and economic competition. Do you have the courage to acquaint yourself with the prophecies which God our Father has been giving us concerning World War 3? This article explains the combatants on both sides in the coming war.

If you didn't already know, World War 3 will begin with a surprise attack on Israel over the Palestinian and Jewish struggle for the land. Egypt will lead a coalition of Arab nations including Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and Libya, which will attack Israel immediately after the abomination of desolation in the rebuilt Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The abomination of desolation takes place in the middle of the end-times 7 year period. Please see the article, Pinpointing the Start of World War 3, on this site for conclusive and overwhelming proof that World War 3 takes place immediately after the abomination of desolation in the Great Tribulation period.

Egypt will lead the war against Israel because they will have an ironclad guarantee by Russia and others, that if they start the war, Russia will come to their aid and rid the world of the perceived Jewish problem once and for all. Meanwhile, Russia and China will conspire to jointly attack the only nation with the resolve and capability to defend Israel, the United States. In the previous article I mentioned that China will side with the western coalition forces against Russia. That is true, but at the beginning of World War 3, China will throw their lot in with Russia against the US. This situation is similar to WW2, when Russia began the war allied with Hitler and because Hitler attacked Russia, they switched sides to the Allied cause. China will do the same thing in World War 3, start as allies with Russia against the West, then switch sides and attack Russia.

Israel will have the US as an ally, and after the near destruction of Israel and devastating nuclear attack on the US, then Western Europe will throw everything they have on the side of Israel and the US. Suddenly Russia will find they are fighting a multi-front war all at once, when even China and Japan attack them from the East. The outcome of World War 3 is that Russia and the Arab nations will be crushed, Israel will be liberated, and Europe will suddenly emerge as the only remaining superpower. The US will have suddenly diminished on the world stage because of the devastating and extensive nuclear destruction on both coasts. God our Father wants us to know the outcome ahead of time and has given us the prophetic scriptures in the Bible and an almost continuous flow of contemporary prophecy since the 1940's about World War 3. Actually, the oldest prophecy in the US about World War 3 is the Vision of General George Washington, that he was given at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War. General Washington's vision is on this site in its entirety. The third great peril the US would face in the vision is about World War 3. How comforting to acknowledge the promise the Angel told General Washington, "Even if all the nations of the world allied themselves against the Union, they will not prevail."

When I say that Russia and the Arab nations will be crushed, I'm only summarizing the prophecy within the accepted canon of scripture of the Bible. Ezekiel 39 tells us of the immense loss of the Russian army and devastation to the land of Russia.

Ezekiel 39:1-7 (King James Version)
Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
and I will turn thee back, and leave but a sixth part of thee , and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of the right hand.
Thou shalt
fall upon the mountains of Israel
, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles : and they shall know that I am the Lord.
So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

The Russian army will fall on the mountains of Israel and from the text you can see that only 1/6 of Russia will survive. The prophecy mentions fire falling on Magog and Isles, but many contemporary prophecies have delineated that fire as nuclear destruction. First, Russia will launch a surprise attack on the US in one 24-hour day, destroying military capabilities and population centers on both coasts of the US. In his book, THROUGH THE FIRE WITHOUT BURNING, Dumitru Duduman, who smuggled Bibles into Romania, Ukraine, and Russia for many years as part of Brother Andrew's network, has stated the specifics from visions given to him by God. He states that the northeast US from New York City to Washington DC and over to Pittsburgh will be a prime target of the nuclear attack. Also, Florida with all its military facilities and Cape Canaveral will be targeted. On the West Coast, San Diego to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle will be targeted along with Las Vegas. All these places will be destroyed in one 24-hour day. From many prophecies we know that the geographic center of the US will hold and finally, all the invading forces will be repelled. Later in this article I will cite a couple of other websites you can visit to read the actual modern prophecies about World War 3.

European forces will strike at Russia, and China will be convinced to switch sides and attack Russia, perhaps with the promise of extensive land in Siberia as a prize. The European forces will be led by the antichrist, that much prophesied about evil man who will gain power over the world for a short time of 1260 days in the last half of the end-times 7 year period. It is the European forces led by the antichrist who will devastate the Arab nations which attacked Israel. After this violent but relatively short war of World War 3 is over, people will acknowledge the antichrist saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?" (Revelation 13:4) The outcome of World War 3 is that Europe will be the pre-eminent international power, the power of Islam will be broken and decimated forever, and the US will be a minor power in the world until Jesus returns at the Second Coming.

I've given you the scenario of World War 3 straight, but I need to prove to you that the nations will align as prophesied. If I didn't prove the players in this coming war, then the scenario laid out here could be viewed by skeptics as a work of fiction, which it is not. Let's start with Russia and her Arab allies.

The prophecies given to Ezekiel in the Tanakh or Old Testament of the Bible hold the key to identifying the modern nations which will participate in World War 3.

Ezekiel 38:2-10
"Son of man, set your face toward
Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal , and prophesy against him, and say, `Thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, 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 splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; Persia , Ethiopia , and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops, many peoples with you."'"
"Be prepared, and prepare yourself, you and all your companies that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. After many days you will be summoned;
in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out of the nations, and they are living securely, all of them. And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you."
"Thus says the Lord God, `It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan,...'"

Gog is the title of the political leader of Magog, the prince of the land of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. Many fine scholars have researched extensively in this area and cite Rosh as the people of Rus or the Russians. Meshech is the ancient capital of the Rus, known today as Moscow, while Tubal is another major city there known today as Tobolsk. [Note: others have shown evidence that the Tubal are the Ukrainians]. When the Soviet Union still existed, prophecy scholars puzzled over the meaning of the biblical terms since they pointed to the White Russians specifically and not to the other nations in the Soviet Union. Now that Russia is a separate nation, and still the exclusive holder of most of the weapons of the old Soviet Union, the prophecy is more apparent. A future leader of Russia is identified as Gog, and he will formulate alliances with a number of nations to jointly attack Israel.

Persia is readily identified as modern day Iran, while the word used in the scriptures for Ethiopia is Cush. Cush may be the nation of Ethiopia, but also may refer to the black nations in that area including southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Put has been translated in some Bibles as Libya, however, that may not be entirely correct. Another word is Cub, which more directly identifies Libya, so the word Put may identify the Arabs of North Africa including lower Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, and Algeria. The common thread among all these nations in Africa is that they are all Muslim countries and therefore have an affinity with the Palestinians and a hatred of Israel. I wouldn't be surprised if they all participated to try to eliminate the Jewish people from the Middle East.

Next on our list of allies with the Russians is Gomer. Orthodox Jews believe that Gomer is the Germanic people, however, I take a different view. I see Gomer as the Eastern Europeans that were previously under Russian control when the Soviet Union still existed. The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Croatia, and Ukraine are all a possibility, as are Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia. I just can't see how the Germans would side with Russia against Israel and the US, given their genuine repentance for the deeds done by the Nazi's in World War 2. Also, the Germans are an integral part of NATO and the linchpin in the movement to construct a close EU (European Union). Maybe the Orthodox Jews are right in citing Germany as Gomer, but I wouldn't bet on the Germans making that mistake again to take on the world militarily.

I believe that Beth-togarmah identifies the Cossack nations formerly under the domination of the Soviet Union, including Georgia and Armenia. From our vantage point in history, the above identified nations have had a close alliance with Russia and most were under communism for a very long time. The many peoples from the north in Ezekiel 38:6 are, I believe, the Muslim nations of the former Soviet Union like Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Chechnya, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, & Kirgizistan, etc.

What's interesting from a prophecy viewpoint is that all the Arab nations which directly surround Israel are not mentioned in the Russian alliance. What about Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia, are they identified in the scriptures?

Ezekiel 30:2-6
"Son of man, prophesy and say, `Thus says the Lord God, Wail, Alas for the day! For the day is near, even the
Day of the Lord is near; it will be a day of clouds, a time of doom for the nations. And a sword will come upon Egypt , and anguish will be in Ethiopia (Cush) when the slain fall in Egypt, they take away her wealth, and her foundations are torn down. Ethiopia, Put , Lud , all Arabia , Libya (Cub), and the people of the land that is in league will fall with them by the sword.'"
Thus says the Lord, "Indeed, those who support Egypt will fall, and the pride of her power will come down; from Migdol to Syene they will fall within her by the sword," declares the Lord God.

The time frame of the prophecy in Ezekiel 30:1-9, is identified as the end-times period by the phrase, 'the Day of the Lord is near.' We know from our extensive study of scriptures that the Day of the Lord is the last part of the end-times 7 year period, after the Great Tribulation period. Since God has given us this clear signal by mentioning that the Day of the Lord is near, we know then that the war is in the Great Tribulation period and is World War 3. By the way, verses 10 and onward then jump to another period of time near when the prophecy was given through Ezekiel, concerning the time when Nebuchadnezzar was king of ancient Babylon.

Egypt is mentioned as the leader, and a number of allies of Egypt are cited. I've reinserted the original words back into the above text so that you can see them rather than the translator's guesses. Cush is mentioned, which we've discussed already as the black African Muslim nations which could include part of Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia. Remember in the Ezekiel 38 text where the translators substituted Libya for Put, well these same translators used Cub for Libya here in chapter 30. This time both Put and Cub are mentioned. Cub is the correct term for Libya, but that means Put identifies other North African Arab nations. That's why I said earlier that Put likely meant Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and lower Sudan.

Arabia is mentioned among the allies of Egypt, which brings to mind Saudi Arabia. Others in the Arabian Peninsula include Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Yemen. Saudi Arabia is pro-western now, but we all know that they have clandestinely supported the Palestinians and other groups with massive amounts of financial support, in all practicality playing both sides. In an all-out attack on Israel, the Saudis may throw their financial support against Israel and the West. Remember, they are keepers of the Muslim holy sites at Mecca and Medina, so they have many constituencies to satisfy. The Bible says that all Arabia will be in league with Egypt, so we know that the Saudis will choose the Arab/Muslim cause. Lud is mentioned and like so many others, I have no idea what modern nation Lud might be. Oh by the way, the term 'Migdol to Syene' means the area from what is now the Aswan Dam to the Nile delta. Migdol to Syene includes most of the population of modern Egypt.

Egypt is called the king of the South in Daniel 11:40-43, and they are the catalyst for the attack against Israel which causes World War 3.

Daniel 11:40-42
At the end time the king of the South will collide with him (antichrist), and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen, and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them, and pass through. He will also enter the Beautiful Land (Israel), and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab, and the foremost sons of Ammon. Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape.

The king of the South is Egypt, while the king of the North is the same as identified in Ezekiel 38, Russia. In the above text, the attack by Egypt precedes the attack by the northern army headed by Russia. Egypt will lead the Arab nations in a surprise attack on Israel, which is almost immediately followed by the Russian-led forces pouring into the Middle East.

The antichrist, who will be the leader of the European forces, defeats all these invading armies and continues on into Egypt and all the countries that attacked Israel. However, one nation is not decimated by the antichrist's armies. Jordan is the modern nation which encompasses the ancient people of Edom, Moab, and Ammon. Their non-participation in the attack on Israel probably elicits a passing by of the European forces as they go on to decimate Iraq, Syria, and Iran. Are there other texts which corroborate this scenario? Yes, take a look at Ezekiel 32.

Ezekiel 32:2-8
Son of man, take up a lamentation over Pharaoh king of Egypt, and say to him, "You compared yourself to a young lion of the nations, yet you are like the monster in the seas; and you burst forth in your rivers, and muddied the waters with your feet, and fouled their rivers." Thus says the Lord God, "Now I will spread My net over you with a company of many peoples, and they shall lift you up in My net. And I will leave you on the land; I will cast you on the open field. And I will cause all the birds of the heavens to dwell on you, and I will satisfy the beasts of the whole earth with you. And I will lay your flesh on the mountains, and fill the valleys with your refuse. I will also make the land drink the discharge of your blood, as far as the mountains; and the ravines will be full of you."
"And when I extinguish you, I will cover the heavens, and darken their stars; I will cover the sun with a cloud, and the moon shall not give its light. All the shining lights in the heavens I will darken over you and will set darkness on your land," declares the Lord God.

This chapter in Ezekiel is very important in specifying details concerning World War 3. The subject of the chapter is Egypt, called the king of the South in Daniel 11:40. The future destruction of Egypt is delineated and the time of this prophecy is clearly identified. The timing is near the 6th Seal signs in Revelation 6, when the sun is made black like sackcloth and the moon like blood. God will cause the signs in the sun and moon to occur by high altitude clouds which obscure them. Probable cause of the high clouds obscuring the sun and moon are the use of nuclear weapons and perhaps extensive volcanic action. The 6th Seal signs in the sun and moon occur at the end of the Great Tribulation period and before the Day of the Lord begins in the end-times 7 year period. Thus God our Father has given us clues here in Ezekiel 32, about the timing of Egypt's destruction.

However, what nation or nations cause this destruction in Egypt. Many like Hal Lindsey have said that the Russian-led armies will decimate Egypt, but they are all wrong. The text in Daniel 11:40-43 is not too clear, which has misled a few well-known prophecy scholars, but the answer is clearly spelled out here in Ezekiel 32.

Ezekiel 32:11
For thus says the Lord God, "The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon you."

The title, king of Babylon, is another title for the antichrist, and it is the antichrist's armies which will decimate Egypt. We have two witnesses that talk about the antichrist decimating Egypt, Ezekiel 32 & Daniel 11. What is of further interest are the many nations identified in Ezekiel 32 as being destroyed when Egypt is destroyed. They are as follows:

Ezekiel 32:22 Assyria is there.... (modern Syria)
Ezekiel 32:24 Elam is there.... (modern Iraq & Iran)
Ezekiel 32:26 Meshech and Tubal and all its multitude.... (Russia & her allies)
Ezekiel 32:29 There also is Edom.... (leaders of modern Jordan)
Ezekiel 32:30 There also are the chiefs of the north (Muslim nations of former Soviet Union and possibly Turkey)
Ezekiel 32:30 ...and all the Sidonians.... (modern Lebanon)

I started out on this article by summarizing what will take place in World War 3, and have identified the nations which will oppose Israel and the western coalition forces. You might like to know that the whole book of Joel is about the events of the Great Tribulation period, when the northern army invades the Middle East.

Joel 1:6 For a nation has invaded My land....
Joel 1:9 The
grain offering and the libation are cut off from the house of the Lord....
Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! For the
Day of the Lord is near, and it will come as destruction from the Almighty.
Joel 2:20 But I will remove the
northern army far from you, and I will drive it into a parched and desolate land, and its vanguard into the eastern sea, and its rear guard into the western sea. And its stench will arise and its foul smell will come up, for it has done great things.

That's the short version of the book of Joel, but it delineates that the northern army invades after the sacrifices and grain offerings are stopped, which occurs in the middle of the end-times 7 year period at the time of the abomination of desolation. The timing of this invasion into the land of Israel is further explained as occurring before the Day of the Lord begins, when it is near. This is the explanation for the time of the Great Tribulation period. Instead of making up fantastic fictional scenarios like many prophecy writers, we have walked through the real scenario delineated in the scriptures with multiple corroborating texts.

What we haven't done is identify the combatants on the other side, on the side of Israel. Nowhere in scripture is the United States mentioned directly, but there are oblique references. In Ezekiel 38 & 39, we are told of what appears to be a nuclear exchange between Russia and something called the Isles carelessly at rest. It is multiple modern prophecies which fill in the details concerning the United States' participation in World War 3. From the scriptures we know that the European Union (EU) led by the antichrist fights against the Russian-led forces in the Middle East and the Arab armies. Where do I get all the specifics about the US involvement, Chinese involvement, Japanese involvement, and others?

I've already mentioned Dumitru Duduman's book, THROUGH THE FIRE WITHOUT BURNING, but there are also many modern prophecies which you can read on the internet. Starting out, you can read the Vision of General George Washington on this site. Then, hop over to Thomas Gibson's website, The Prophetic Word (the link is at the end of this page). On Thomas Gibson's website you can read Reg King's vision from the 1940's, a number of recent visions and prophecies by Dumitru Duduman, the Vision of the Wrath of God by Gerald Derstine in 1961, and Judgment of America by R.G. Hardy.

Another excellent site for modern prophecies about World War 3 is: End Time Prophetic Vision website by Bill Somers. On Bill's site you should read the vision by A.A. Allen from the 1950's, about the attack on the US, Dave Wilkerson's Prophecy on nuclear war, A Vision of Revelation 18 by Gene Anderson, and the Vision of Zelma Kirkpatrick in 1954.

Another source for books and videos on the subject of World War 3 is The Prophecy Club website. At the Prophecy Club website you can order online Dumitru Duduman's book, THROUGH THE FIRE WITHOUT BURNING, under the Books section. Under the Videos section, you could alternatively order online the 2-hour videotape of Dumitru Duduman going through the prophecies and visions God has given him, or a 2-hour audiotape. Another video available at the Prophecy Club is the 2-hour videotape of the Evangelist, Henry Gruver, who explains the visions that God has given him, titled, THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF AMERICA. Henry Gruver's videotape is outstanding and contains many details of World War 3.

I have other modern prophecies concerning World War 3, but they are not available anywhere online at this time. The interesting thing concerning these modern prophecies mentioned, is that they do not contradict scripture and do not contradict each other. The details in all of them add together to create a highly detailed picture of World War 3. A last thought: God our Father has given us these prophecies to show us what is coming, to try and turn the US from a course of self-destruction, and to warn the American people to prepare. He hasn't ever told anyone to run away, accept fatalism, or not accept responsibility. We have a duty to God our Father, our immediate family, our community and nation to stay positive, spiritually prepare ourselves, and to physically prepare ourselves in a limited way. We in the US are all in this together, and God our Father has promised us that the US will not be totally destroyed!

The Prophetic Word, Thomas Gibson's website
End Time Prophetic Vision, Bill Somer's website
The Prophecy Club website

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