“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (the invaders of Israel), 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?
Are we TODAY witnessing the coming fulfillment of the prophecies regarding the War of Gog and Magog spoken of in Ezekiel 38 & 39? This is the specific war in the latter days predicting 6 named countries invading a then reborn Nation of Israel and being TOTALLY defeated by God Himself. While I have written several articles about this coming war (The War of Gog and Magog, Will Russia, Iran and Turkey SOON invade Israel?, Why would Russia, Turkey and Iran Invade Israel TODAY?), recent events seem to be laying the groundwork for a potential and imminent fulfillment of this prophecy.
“After many days thou shalt be visited: in THE LATTER YEARS (capitals mine) thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have always been waste: but is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.”
While absolutely amazing, but not surprising, the Holy Bible accurately predicted in the “…latter years” the Jews would be brought back into the land that had been taken from them by the “sword”, a direct reference to the Diaspora or dispersion of the Jews after they were defeated by the Romans in 70 A.D. In the latter years they will be “visited” while they are dwelling safely in their the land after they have been “…brought forth out of the nations.” Incredible! Roughly 600 years BEFORE they were dispersed Ezekiel said they would be dispersed and then in the latter years would be brought forth from all the nations to dwell safely in their God Promised land. Then, they will be invaded from the north by Russia, Turkey, Iran and a few of their proxies.
While some have conflated this war with the War of Armageddon, there are very distinct differences! First, this war involves 6 specifically named countries where the War of Armageddon includes ALL the armies of the world, including a 200 million man army from the east not ever mentioned in the War of Gog and Magog. Secondly, the invader’s motives here are questioned by “Sheba, Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions…” Who are they, you might ask? Interestingly, Sheba and Dedan are believed to have been former kingdoms now located in Saudi Arabia. While Tarshish is the ancient name of Spain/Western Europe and since the lion is the symbol of Great Britain, this could very easily allude to Europe as well as the “…young lions”, those countries who arose out of Great Britain (e.g. the United States, Canada, Australia, etc.) Finally, note these countries DO NOT come to help Israel, but rather only ask what the invaders are doing. How does Israel survive this attack?
“Therefore, thou son of man (Ezekiel), prophesy against Gog (the leader of Russia and this group), and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:”
God Himself will defeat the invaders! Not Jesus Christ at His Return at Armageddon with His Saints. God will destroy them! God never lies and this prophecy can be taken to the bank! After this war, Jesus is NOT mentioned as finally reigning on the earth in Jerusalem. Also, as I will talk about later, we know the Jews will be busy cleaning up the aftermath of this war for 7 years but we also know they are told to flee Judea (Israel) when they see the Abomination of Desolation (Matthew 24:15-16) occur and the then resulting 3 1/2 year reign of the anti-christ. I believe this shows the War of Gog and Magog MUST occur at least 10 1/2 years before the Return of Jesus Christ at Armageddon.
Recent events in Baghdad with the U.S. killing of the second most powerful Iranian, General Soleimani, have definitely stoked tensions in the region. Many here in the U.S., especially those on the left, believe this may very well escalate tensions to the point of placing us on the verge of World War III. That won’t happen! Instead, Iran who has vowed the Islamic destruction of the Jewish people and the retaking of Jerusalem, along with their allies Russia and Turkey, may finally do what the Bible said 2,600 years ago they would do. But why would Russia and Turkey join Iran to do this? Remember, for the first time in history Russia, Turkey and Iran signed a joint military agreement just over a year ago and all today are strategically located inside Syria on Israel’s northern border. Just last week Russia and Iran (along with China) conducted joint naval war games in the Straits of Hormuz.
But, even more importantly and unreported in the U.S. News, LAST WEEK the governments of Israel, Greece and Cyrus finally signed an agreement to build an underwater pipeline from Israel to Greece to export newly discovered Israeli oil and gas to Europe (Oil Pipeline Treaty signed). Since Europe today buys a vast amount of their petroleum products from Russia and since this pipeline will go through Cyprus waters which Turkey claims legally belongs to them, I can easily see Turkey and Russia joining with Iran to “take a spoil.” Today, Russia relies on Europe’s purchase of their oil for their own economic stability. If that shifts Europe instead buying Israel gas, it could bankrupt Russia!
All of this could very well be predicated upon the ability of the U.S. to respond in support of Israel. Of course, any Congressional efforts to reduce the President’s power would definitely exacerbate his inability to respond except potentially to questioning the motives of the invaders. While I am not going to go so far as to predict when the War of God and Magog will happen, it is only fair to give you the prophecies given to us in the Bible 2,600 years ago regarding this war. They are specific! When you see this war occur EXACTLY as God said it would, you need to wake up and take notice. The Last Days and Rapture of His Believers are near!
- Five of every 6 of the invaders will die on the mountains of Northern Israel. Not 2 of 3 or 1 of 4 but 5 of 6! “And I (God) will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel.” – Ezekiel 39:2
- There will be a punishment on the land of Magog (Russia) and others “in the isles” (possibly the U.S.??) for their invasion: “And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know I am the Lord.” – Ezekiel 39:6
- It will take 7 years to burn all the remaining weapons of the invaders, the implements of war: “And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years.” – Ezekiel 39:9
- The bodies of the armies of the invaders from Russia, Turkey, Iran, etc. will be buried by the Jews in Israel: It will specifically take them 7 months to bury the dead. “And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.” – Ezekiel 39:12.
While there are even more prophecies regarding the War of Gog and Magog, I bet you get the picture. The Bible is very clear, not only of the battle but the details surrounding it. These details,1.) in the LATTER DAYS, 2.) six NAMED countries invading Israel, 3.) will invade from the NORTH, 4.) FIVE OF EVERY SIX of the invaders will die, 5) FIRE will fall upon Magog (Russia) and those that live carelessly in the isles, 6.) It will take 7 years to BURN THE IMPLEMENTS OF WAR, 7.) it will take SEVEN MONTHS to bury the dead. Statistically, it is beyond comprehension how 2,600 years after a prophecy was made and AFTER THE JEWS WERE BACK IN THEIR LAND (remember, they were IN their land when this prophecy was made), we are given such specific numbers of exactly what will happen and when. But you know the real beauty of this?
“And I (God) will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgement that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward.”
It seems apparent God may use this war to not only bring the Jews back to Him but to also warn the heathen world through His Prophecy with 100% accuracy what will happen during and after this war. It could easily be His ONE LAST WARNING for all to finally accept the Gift of Jesus’s death and resurrection on the cross for our sins or else. It is comforting to know God had Ezekiel tell the world 2,600 years ago what would happen in the LATTER DAYS and do it in such a way you simply cannot dispute the outcome was preordained from God when, not if, it happens. Once again, His prophecies should be used to convince people not only of the inerrant nature of the Bible but the Blessings they will receive if they simply receive His message to all of us. The problems in the Mideast do not frighten me. God telling me what will happen comforts me and I feel led to share with you His message. If you are also comforted by what He has told us, please take the extra effort to send His message out to your friends and family. Don’t be afraid! Be aware! In telling others we will only be doing exactly what Jesus told us to do when he said “…therefore comfort one another with these words.”
May God Bless you!
I thought of this Scripture passage this morning during the news report of all the gas piipeline disruptions among the nations referred to in Ezekiel. We grow very near the end, I believe.