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Gaslighting Gog

Author’s note: This article was written a week earlier, so didn’t include my thinking on the most recent sabotage of the Nord Stream Pipelines that carry gas from Russia to Europe. This action adds further to the things shaping for the Gog-Magog prophecy as presented in this commentary. 

“Gaslighting” is considered a form of psychological abuse whereby a person or group manipulates one or more people into questioning their sanity and perception of reality. People who gaslight may intentionally or unintentionally use this form of abuse to exert power or control over others, with the goal being to manipulate them.

The above is the precise definition I got from the Internet. Certainly “gaslighting” is a term used to paint those who do it in a bad…well…a bad light. We often hear it used in politics when one side accuses the other of gaslighting–through fear or intimidation—in order to gain advantage over an opponent.

Manipulation is itself an unattractive thing in most cases, as it implies twisting in a deceptive way in order to get one’s way. But in the case of this commentary, I believe “gaslighting” and “manipulation” are absolutely righteous things. That is because that is exactly how I see our God is positioning one of Bible prophecy’s most heinous actors yet future in order to achieve the desired goal of that character’s judgment.

Of course, I use the term sort of tongue-in-cheek, because the Gog-Magog assault described in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 involves the force led by the leader possessed by the Gog spirit. And, I and others believe, the spoil Ezekiel says Gog will seek with the invasion into Israel might be well in view at this very moment.

That spoil the invaders will want might well be oil–petroleum. And, of course, natural gas–thus the perhaps the not-so-clever title of this article.

The Lord Himself will manipulate—will gaslight—the leader we believe will be from the land of Rosh (Russia). God will, according to the prophet Ezekiel, make manifest Gog’s evil intention.

“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 put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.” (Ezekiel 38: 3–4) 

God’s Word predicts further:

“Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:10–12)

Amidst all of the phenomenal things we see developing in regard to stage-setting for prophetic fulfillment, God’s gaslighting the Gog-Magog forces gathered above Israel today is most significant in my view. The fact that most all nations of Europe are facing a winter without sufficient fuel to heat homes and even to power electrical necessities is nothing short of profound in figuring all of this, prophetically speaking.

And, while our God hasn’t caused this stage-setting for one of history’s most focal, end-times judgments, His omniscience has certainly controlled mankind’s sinful proclivities to the point it might be called heavenly manipulation.

Russia has all but cut off Europe from critical natural gas supplies, knowing the winters are brutal and European leaders are at his mercy. Or so Mr. Putin must think…

But God’s chosen nation (although they most often act as anything but these days) Israel, is also being used in a supernatural “gaslighting” way, if I might use the term again.

Israel, it appears, is now on the threshold of being able to fulfill all of Europe’s needs in this regard. As of this moment there are still matters to be manipulated and worked out. But one can almost tangibly feel the setting-up of the situation that might–and I believe will—bring about that enraged attack from Israel’s north.

Israel is cutting into Vladimir Putin’s money-making—power-grabbing—business. My question, of course: Will this be primary in acting as the “hooks in the jaw” of whoever will lead that Magog force over the mountains of Israel?

Here are brief excerpts of developments in the matters involving Israel and European fuel needs.

“Israel is not part of Europe, the theme of this issue of in FOCUS. But Israel’s trade, political and social relations to the continent are central to its thinking – and to that of Europe. As European countries – particularly Poland and Ukraine – worry about their reliance on Russian gas during frigid winters, Israel has forged an energy future that may challenge Russian leverage over European policy.

“Amidst the almost unbroken gloom and doom (mostly well-justified) about just about everything in our fracturing world it is a pleasure, for a change, to write about a development that is almost entirely good news. Israel, for the first 50 years of its existence, was almost totally devoid of natural resources, with the exception of some potash exports from the Dead Sea area. This was the basis of the joke that God promised the Israelites that he would lead them to a land of milk and honey, but he neglected to mention that all the oil and gas would go to others.

“Finally, in 1999, Noble Energy of the United States and the Delek Group of Israel began to plan and then carry out exploration and development of natural gas reserves off the coast of Israel.  Ten years later the Tamar commercially-viable gas field was discovered and development began.  Two years later the massive Leviathan field was also discovered and is now in the course of development. (Natural Gas: What it Means for Israel and Europe, Norman A. Bailey, PhD, professor of  economic statecraft at The Institute of World Politics, 2018)

“One of Israel’s major concessions when it signed the Camp David peace agreement with Egypt was giving up the Alma oil field in the Sinai Peninsula. Discovered and developed by Israel, the field seemed to be Israel’s only hope of becoming energy-independent.

“Rather than becoming independent, Israel depended on other countries like Egypt, Russia, and Azerbaijan for oil.

“Since then, Israel was known as one of the only countries in the Middle East with no natural resources. But that all changed in 2009 when a large natural gas reserve of 311 billion cubic meters (BCM) was discovered off the coast of Israel.

“Today, Israel’s gas reserves are so rich that they can supply not only Israel, but Europe as well. And that’s precisely what happened on Wednesday when Israel, and the European Union signed a natural gas agreement. The agreement was forged in Cairo as Egypt as the gas will flow via Egypt’s pipelines. Signing this trilateral agreement is Europe’s solution for replacing the Russian gas imports it has relied on for decades.

“Western Europe is trying to distance itself from Russia including economic boycotts. This phenomenon provided Israel with a rare opportunity to provide natural gas once provided by the Kremlin.

“Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission said in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Jerusalem on Tuesday: “With the beginning of this war and the attempt of Russia to blackmail us through energy, by deliberately cutting off the energy supplies, we decided to cut off and to get rid of the dependency on Russian fossil fuels, and to move away from Russia and diversify to trustworthy suppliers,” adding that “It is an outstanding step bringing our energy cooperation to the next level.” (“Israel to supply natural gas to Europe and its connection to a blessing from Deuteronomy,” David Sidman, June 16, 2022,  Biblical News)

There seems no other prophecy we can see developing in clearer fashion than the Gog-Magog attack. There are differing views of when it will occur. Some believe it will take place before the Rapture of the Church, some after, and some simultaneously with that great home-going. But to the truly attuned Bible prophecy observer, preparations for that assault are shaping dramatically day by day, even hour by hour, proving, to my way of belief, that this world is on the brink of the Tribulation.

Before that most terrible time of history, Jesus will step onto the clouds of glory and call His bride, the Church, to Himself so His judgment and wrath can fall on the rebels of planet earth.

If you want to be part of that glorious leap from the planet when Christ calls, to be taken out of harm’s way, here is how.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9–10)


  1. Eddie Bowers says:

    David Wilkerson, Henry Gruver and Dimitri Duduman all saw America being attacked by Russian submarines. Do you think this will happen before Russia attacks Israel?

    • Mary L. Latona says:

      Even today, I saw a headline that claimed there are Russian and Chinese military ships 85 Miles off the coast of Alaska.

  2. Ed Wood says:

    This is part of what Moses said to the tribes of Israel shortly before he died:

    Deuteronomy {33:18} And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents. {33:19} They shall call the people unto the mountain; there they shall offer sacrifices of righteousness: for they shall suck [of] the abundance of the seas, and [of] treasures hid in the sand.

    From Wikipedia:
    “The territory Zebulun was allocated was at the southern end of the Galilee, with its eastern border being the Sea of Galilee, the western border being the Mediterranean Sea, the south being bordered by the Tribe of Issachar, and the north by Asher on the western side and Naphtali on the eastern.”

    It just so happens that the huge natural gas field that may very well be a part of what is soon coming is off the western coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. It would not at all surprise me if more gas and even oil was found under ground in the land that Zebulon and Issachar originally occupied.

    There is no way that any of this is merely a “coincidence,” as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Amen. This I believe.

  4. Dave Michaelson says:

    I felt compelled to reply after reading an article published in the Washington Post re: Putin’s latest intimidation tactics by him along with his henchmen in the Kremlin. Very few at least that I’ve read- or follow-meaning evangelical pastors have said very much about the Ukraine invasion as it relates to the Ezekiel war foretold about “end times”. I thought why isn’t this being brought up more or talked about unless they don’t really believe this is it! Maybe Putin isn’t the “Chief Prince” of the Gog-Magog alliance.and maybe it will be another yet future leader who is it years down the road. I’ve always had an uncomfortable feeling deep down more than 20 yrs ago when he first came across the world stage. The more he did to grab power, altered their Russsian constitution to make him essentially a czar, then make close allies of people of extreme wealth to enrich himself-maybe the richest person in the world by some estimates! Anyway, the latest rant by Putin is this only more of the threats, rumors of wars that have been on-going for decades, or is it something more! Because Jesus says, the end is still not yet, meaning with the threats of war. The Bible says people’s eye sockets will melt within their orbits-this is only from a nuclear blast. I know the Restrainer is holding anything from happening prior to the Rapture, and we know God promised to keep us from that ‘Hour’ that will come upon the world! The spoils, booty Israel has now does appear to be tempting especially if things go decidedly South, as it were, for Russia’s economic well-being! I liked your analogy Terry of the latest concerning Israel, Russia, et al.

    • Ed Wood says:

      I, too, had uncomfortable feelings about Putin from the start, Dave. I have mentioned before that I had the same reaction to Obama – something unnerving about the eyes, but it is different for each.

      With Obama, I have the impression of something “else” looking out of them, with a sort of other-than-human intensity. With Putin, it is the opposite – a cold, soulless emptiness. Words really fail to convey my complete impressions of either of these individuals, but, to sum it up “It ain’t good!”

      I don’t know if Putin is Gog. It may well be that his failure to subdue Ukraine may cause his downfall, only to be replaced by a successor who might be. I do believe Israel’s energy resources will be the lure that pulls Russia into making a move, if not just to steal them for itself, but to stop them from being used to wean Europe off of dependency on Russian energy supplies.

      We are seeing the birth pangs on every level now and the situation over in Europe is just one of them. I don’t know just how far along all these things will proceed while we are still here, but my sense is that, literally, all hell will break lose once we are gone because the Holy Spirit’s restraining influence will no longer be here to inhibit it.

    • Ed Wood says:

      Thanks for posting the link to that article, Dave. I hadn’t seen it before. I hadn’t considered that the pipeline sabotage might be yet another component to fulfilling events regarding a Russian attack on Israel.

      Once more, I am learning new things!

  5. Cindy Appel says:

    Excellent article as usual. I’m reading this after the pipeline explosions so the end seems a bit closer even now.
    Have a blessed Lord’s day!

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