Israel Warns World War 111 May be Biblical War of Gog and Magog Israel Warns World War III May be Biblical War of Gog and Magog US President George W. Bush said a nuclear Iran would mean World War III. Israeli newscasts featured Gog and Magog maps of the likely alignment of nations in that potential conflict. Channel 2 and Channel 10 TV showed the world map, sketching the basic alignment of the two opposing axes in a coming world war, in a manner evoking associations of the Gog and Magog prophecy for many viewers. The prophecy of Gog and Magog refers to a great world war centered on the Holy Land and Jerusalem, and first appears in the book of Yechezkel (Ezekiel). On one side were Israel, the United States, Britain, France, and Germany. On the other were Iran, Russia, China, Syria, and North Korea. US President Bush said Wednesday [October 17] during a press conference that Iran attaining nuclear weapons raises the risk of â€œWorld War III.â€ â€œIf Iran had a nuclear weapon, itâ€™d be a dangerous threat to world peace,â€ Bush said. â€œSo I told people that if youâ€™re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested [in preventing a nuclear Iran]â€¦I take the threat of Iran with a nuclear weapon very seriously.â€ Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Iran Tuesday and slammed the United Statesâ€™ refusal to rule out the use of force against Iranâ€™s nuclear project. â€œNot only should we reject the use of force, but also the mention of force as a possibility,â€ he said. Russia has blocked tougher sanctions in the UN Security Council, where it has veto power. Putin asserts that there is no evidence Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons rather than a peaceful nuclear power program. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni called for a new UN Security Council resolution against Iran at a press conference following her meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday. â€œI do believe there is a need for another Security Council resolution,â€ she told reporters. â€œIn the past, the need to get everybody on boardâ€”including Russia and Chinaâ€”led to some compromises on the nature of the sanctions. I hope this will not be the case this time.â€ (Excerpts of an article by Ezra HaLevi, IsraelNationalNews.com, October 18, 2007) Prayer Focus Praise God that the Jewish people are reading the Hebrew Scriptures. Pray that they will take heart from the Word of God with regards to the destiny of Israel and also be moved to humility and repentance before the God of Israel. Scripture â€œThus says the Lord GOD: â€˜Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?â€¦And I will bring him to judgmentâ€¦I will rain down on himâ€¦and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORDâ€™â€¦So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from tha day forwardâ€ (Ezekiel 38:17, 22â€“23, 39:22).