This is an important reminder about the Russia/Iran is Magog/Persia connection. When studying biblical prophecy it is important not to do eisegesis by reading news stories, and then making the biblical passages fit those stories. One should always start with exegesis of the passage, find out what you think it really says, and then look for news stories that are indicators for that. This will often times mean that what you are positing looks nothing like what is going on in the current world meta-situation.
Magog and Persia from Ezekiel 38/39 is one of the best examples of this, and is also one reason why it is one of the main topic on which this site focuses. For a little over 20 years I’ve believed, through research, that Magog is Russia and Persia is Iran. But there was a fly in the ointment for a long time. That fly is that for all of human history, Persia/Iran and Magog/Russia haven’t had much of any economic, political, military, or cultural ties. They started relations around the 1520’s, but it was either very turbulent or dormant for decades at a time. After the Iran-Iraq war ended in 1988, there was finally an uptick of diplomatic and commercial relations, but the ties between the two countries really took off in the mid 1990’s to mid 2000’s when Russian agreed to work on Iran’s nuclear program.
Now, all of the indicators are very clearly pointing to Ezekiel 38/39 regarding these two countries, but that certainly wasn’t always so and this dichotomy helps to validate God’s word as a text that does indeed write history before it happens.
Exegesis [ < Greek exègeisthai (to interpret) < ex- (out) + hègeisthai (to lead). Related to English ‘seek’.] To interpret a text by way of thorough analysis of its content.
Eisegesis [ < Greek eis- (into) + hègeisthai (to lead). (See ‘exegesis’.)] Eisegesis is what’s being done when someone interprets the Bible according to notions that were born outside of the Bible. It’s when we read stuff into Scripture.
According to the signed agreement, Russian companies will help Iran to create its own remote-sensing system which is used for gathering information about the Earth’s surface, atmosphere and oceans.
Russian company NPK BARL will be responsible for building and adapting the system’s ground infrastructure, while another Russian company, VNIIEM, is tasked with building and launching the satellites. Iran’s Bonyan Danesh Shargh will be the operating company.
“The pre-contractual arrangement covers the development of an earth remote-sensing system based on an upgraded version of the Kanopus-V1 (Canopus-B) observation satellite,” Russia’s VNIIEM Corporation CEO Leonid Makridenko said, as cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.
“The launch on a Russian Soyuz carrier rocket is tentatively scheduled for 2018,” he added.
The agreement was signed in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin and Roscosmos General Director Igor Komarov, according to the Roscosmos statement.
That is not the first example of scientific cooperation between Russia and Iran. For example, Russia’s Ministry for Atomic Energy signed a cooperation agreement with Iran on the construction of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in southern Iran. The Bushehr nuclear power station became the first one in the Middle East.
The Iranian space program is developing rapidly. The first Iranian satellite Sina-1 was launched in 2005 from the Russian spaceport Plesetsk on October 28, 2005. Four years later the Islamic republic launched its second satellite – but this time from an Iranian spaceport. In 2010 Iran claimed to have launched a rocket with creatures such as mice, tortoises and worms. Two years ago the country claimed to have sent two monkeys into space who returned safely.