Who is Ezekiel and why bring him up now?
Ezekiel was a prophet who lived during the Babylonian captivity. Ezekiel, whose name means “strengthened by God,” grew up in Jerusalem, where he trained to be a priest in the temple. He was among the second group of captives taken to Babylon along with King Jehoiachin.
One of his visions is given in Ezekiel 38 – 39. It is a highly symbolic account of the final conflict in Israel prior to the establishment of God’s Kingdom on the earth. A ruler, Gog, and several allies will attack Israel and would destroy them if God does not intervene.
Who are Gog, Magog, Tubal, Meshech, Gomer? Some make a case that it would be Russia, but Turkey and Iran (Persia) are also mentioned.
Whoever they turn out to be, they will massively attack Israel but God intervenes:
“I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed. I will pour out torrents of rain, hailstones, fire, and sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.“
Is Putin the antichrist, he is in the news a lot lately as is Iran?
This interview with author Jeff Kinley covers the common end times understanding well.