End time prophecy has always been a niche market' with Napoleon, Hitler, and others being called "the antichrist." There are 300 references to the return of Jesus Christ in the Bible, so no one who claims to be Christian can think this is a minor event. He is after all, coming back as the judge of all the earth. But it one matter to believe this and to be converted to Jesus Christ and to live a holy life, and another matter entirely to be anxious about what Israel or this or any country does. Christians who see Israel as the aromatherapy of all important world events need to consider that there are only 150,000 Christians in that country (many are Arabs), while there are over 11 million Christians in the Arab world(Pew Research Center). Also to say Gog and Magog refers to Russia when Revelation 20 says their population is basically without number, is problematic since Russia has lost population and is now down to 140,000,000.
When I hear of people with all kinds of fanciful speculation of when and how Jesus will return, I remember the verse that says no one knows that information. So a bit of humility seems in order about how and when the end of world will proceed. When I hear of someone trying to scare others about " the great tribulation," ( and will Christians miss it or not), I think of the Nazi concentration camps and doubt it will be worse. I also think of how my Godly mother suffered from cancer about like the Nazi prisoners, and how the suffering of one will be the same if it is only one who faces death by torture, or does that alongside millions of others.
John Wesley was once asked what he planned to do the next day, and he replied with a list of activities. He was then questioned as to what he would do if he knew that would be his last day. He answered that he would do the same, for he had prayed about it. He is a good example for us all!
I also noticed that Wesley wrote and preached much about the importance of salvation and then holiness, as did John Calvin, Spurgeon, and other Godly Christian leaders. But none of them spent time speculating how and when Jesus would return. I see that interest has fascinated those who are much less Godly and much less intelligent. I am thinking in particular of one so called "end time prophet," who sold millions of books on prophecy. He entertained the gullible and the naive with fluff, while dumping 3 wives and is now on his forth. I suggest we pay more attention to Wesley and Calvin and others who encourage salvation and holiness, or even better, the Bible, which teaches us to be saved and to then live holy lives. That may not seem as exciting as imagining locusts with stinging tails mentioned in the book of Revelation to be helicopters, or other creative none sense. But it is practical for ourselves, our families, and our nation, to walk humbly with God.