When I was in seminary about 10 years ago, we had a casual discussion with a few professors and they all agreed there were basically three main ideas floating around. 1) The U.S. did not exist any more (the 1/3 of the world that was burned up or too much internal strife or civil war) 2) the U.S. is represented by the lamb with the forked tongue before the throne, meaning we decided to sit the war out 3) or we no longer existed as the same nation, with the same values. At the time, I couldn’t imagine any of these happening. Lately... I would be more surprised if our leaders didn’t help our historic enemies.
Ezekiel 38:13, "Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Sheba, Dedan and Tarshish are peoples/nations that, for the most part, either border or are in close proximity to Israel. It is said that they hope to reap the spoils of the war after Gog and Magog have destroyed Israel. Of course any serious Bible student knows that isn't going to happen but that's what some people teach.
However, I once read somewhere that these nations can also be nations that, while are not openly hostile towards Israel, were either once allies of Israel or nations that are issuing political statements condemning the invasion while doing nothing to stop it.
Note the accusatory nature of the statement, "Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? It's almost like they are saying in effect, "Hey, what do you think you're doing? You invading just so you can have the oil and gas fields, or the technology they possess, or the massive gold deposits? Back off."
These could be nations too cowardly to stand up for Israel militarily but want to, at least, save face in the opinion of the world in case the invasion goes awry.
Sound like anyone we know?