By Walid Shoebat
A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced – but the question is: Who goes in it?
No one really knows if this indeed is the gate to hell. However, who it is that goes into hell when Jesus comes to judge is pretty clear in the Bible. Now, I know that unbelievers from all over the globe will end up in hell, but I am not addressing this here. What I am addressing is the judgment of the nations after the Battle of Armageddon. Remember, while many of these nations include Christians, who, I believe, will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air, what’s left are these nations that persecuted Christians and Israel.
The reference in the Bible to hell is “the pit.” Anyone can research the Bible for “the pit” and see which nations go in it. Here they are:
Egypt (see Ezekiel 29:9, 30:3-4) – far from being a judgment against Egypt alone, this portion of the prophecy is also leveled against Sudan, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia Morocco, Turkey and Arabia: “Cush and Put, Lydia and all Arabia, Libya and the people of the covenant land will fall by the sword along with Egypt” (Ezekiel 30:5). Put, or Phut, is a reference to North Africa and includes the regions west of Egypt. Lydia was a central western region of Turkey. They will all be destroyed along with the Antichrist. These nations are in “league” or in “covenant” and allied with the Antichrist.
Then we have these verses: “Assyria is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave; all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living” (Ezekiel 32:22–23). Assyria and “all her company” could include several Middle Eastern nations – Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey as well as Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. They will all be cast into the pit.
Then there’s Iran: “There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit” (Ezekiel 32:24). Elam encompasses the region of modern-day Iran and perhaps regions of Afghanistan. Again, we see that they also will “go down to the pit” along with the Antichrist.
Next are the Turkic nations, which includes countries such as Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan: “There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living. And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living” (Ezekiel 32:26-27).
Then we have Jordan and Saudi Arabia: “There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit” (Ezekiel 32:29). In the strict sense, Edom is comprised of the southern parts of Jordan, but here the text states “her kings” (plural). This encompasses Arabia. In many passages, Edom has come to represent the greater portion of the enemies of Israel that live to her south and east.
What about the Hezbollah headquarters, Lebanon? “There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Sidonians, which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit” (Ezekiel 32:30). All the “princes of the North” refers to Turkey and her allies.
And Sidon once again refers to Lebanon. They are both cast “down to the pit.”
Now that we understand the context of Ezekiel 27-32 – namely the judgment of the Antichrist and the Muslim nations that follow him – we can better understand certain portions of the book of Revelation. Most Western interpreters would never consider Ezekiel 27-32 as the interpretive basis for understanding Revelation 19. Yet the passages we just reviewed serve as one of the premiere Old Testament foundations for the following passage, which concludes the biblical revelation concerning the judgment of Antichrist and the Muslim nations that follow him: “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh” (Revelation 19:20, 21).
While many will object to my analysis here, no one can deny the remarkable biblical text that identifies the very nations that are causing much of the trouble in the world today.
Walid Shoebat is the author of “God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible” and “For God or for Tyranny: When Nations Deny God’s Natural Law.”