“Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee (Gog), 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?”
Chapters 38 and 39 in the Book of Ezekiel talk about a massive invasion of Israel in the Last Days “…to take a spoil”, meaning to plunder, rob or steal. Even though it was written in approximately 593-571 B.C., it clearly describes events which have yet to happen 2,600 years later, events never yet having occurred to this very day. As I laid out in one of my very first articles (The War of Gog and Magog) we know this because 1.) the Jews had to be BACK in their land from their dispersion throughout the four corners of the world and 2.) they would be invaded by aligned armies from countries such as Russia, Iran, Turkey, etc. These countries have NEVER been aligned, much less have they collectively invaded Israel. In just the past few years, however, these three countries are NOW aligned just north of Israel in Syria and all are adamantly opposed to the Jews being in Israel. Let me repeat myself. Never before in the history of the world have Russia, Iran and Turkey been mutually, militarily aligned. They are today!!! So, even with that agreement between themselves, why would they invade Israel?
“And thou (Gog, the leader of Magog aka Russia) shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages: I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, TO TAKE A SPOIL (capitals mine), and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people (Jews) that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”
How also do we know the Jews would finally be brought back to their Land? Because God told us He would scatter them because of their sin but would eventually also bring them back to the Land He Promised to Abraham and to his descendants.
“Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for the idols wherewith they had polluted it: And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.”
But God’s Judgmental dispersion would not last forever:
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all the countries, and WILL BRING YOU INTO YOUR OWN LAND (capitals mine).”
“And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and BRING THEM INTO THEIR OWN LAND (capitals mine). And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:”
What I find so fascinating is the Bible prophesied the day would come when not only will the Jews be back in their God given land of Israel, but that they would be living safely and in peace with no walls. It also tells us a group of nations led by a leader called Gog will lead those aligned nations against Israel “…to take a spoil”. Not only does Gog say he will invade Israel to take things from them but many of the leaders of the world will then question him as to why he is doing it. They will ask him “Have you come “…to take a spoil”? What does Israel have that they would want? Obviously, the Jews live and dwell today in the land of Israel, aka “Palestine” to the Arabs. The eradication of the Jews from their homeland has been on the Arab’s minds since the founding of modern Israel on May 14, 1948. But more than that, Israel today has incredible technology unmatched in most of the world. They are a leader in the discovery of a Covid-19 vaccine. They have discovered an enormous amount of natural gas capable of supplying 100% of the requirements of Europe who today buys the vast majority of their natural gas from Russia. They have signed an agreement with Greece to put in an underwater pipeline that will take that gas to Greece through the Turkey disputed waters of the Mediterranean. By the way, this pipeline is scheduled to be completed by 2024! Israel today also supplies most of Europe with its fruits and vegetables.
In the opening Scripture above, various ancient nations will sit on the sidelines as Israel is invaded by Russia, Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya and Ethiopia. They will see what is going on but will only ask them “What are you doing?” They will not come to the aid or rescue of Israel. They will sit back and watch the invasion. Who are these supposed allies of Israel who do not invade but neither come to Israel’s support?
- Sheba – Southern Saudi Arabia, includes UAE, Yemen, Qatar, Oman
- Dedan – NW Arabia (including Iraq)
- Tarshish – unclear but assumed by most Biblical scholars to be Great Britain
- “Young Lions” – A lion is the national symbol of Great Britain, so young lions would be countries like the US who came out of Great Britain
When you look at the recent UAE – Israel Peace Accord negotiated by the U.S., along with previous peace treaties between Israel and the countries of Egypt and Jordan you can see a distinct pattern. Rumors are now swirling that many other Arab countries also want to form an alliance with Israel because of the terrorist/nuclear threat of Iran in the region. With the strength of Israel’s military and their overwhelming prosperity, many Arab countries are now yearning to be aligned with Israel, not Iran. Couple that with Turkey’s desire to recreate the Ottoman Empire with total Muslim control over Jerusalem, what you are left with are countries that will willingly invade Israel and those Arab countries and others who will seek peace with Israel.
What is amazing is today U.S. President Donald J. Trump as been the most pro – Israel President in the entire history of our country. He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel which previous Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama refused to do. He moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. He recognized the sovereignty of Israel over the Golan Heights, including the West Bank. He increased the financial support given to Israel for their defense. He pulled the U.S. out of the JCPOA, aka the Iran nuclear deal, which gave Iran the rights to work on developing nuclear weapons which you know would have been used against Israel. He wiped out Iranian inspired and supported terrorist organizations like ISIS and sanctioned Iranians who supported terrorists organizations like Hezbollah, Hamas, et. al. AND he brokered the peace deal between the UAE and Israel, the first peace treaty signed in almost 25 years. For that it appears he will be nominated to receive the Nobel PEACE Prize!
With all that said, can you imagine Donald Trump sitting back and watching as Russia, Iran and Turkey invade Israel? Would he simply ask them what they were doing? No!! He would react in support of Israel and do what is necessary to defeat the invaders. Therefore, I will step out on a limb here and say the Gog and Magog War of Ezekiel 38 and 39 WILL NOT occur until Donald Trump is no longer President of the United States. That might be January 2021, January 2025 or sometime later. I am not saying it will be President Biden, President Harris either. I am simply saying the “…young lions” of Tarshish (America) will assuredly be complicit in the non-action of the invasion of Israel. But, do you know who will not just sit back and watch?
“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face.”
God Himself will defeat the armies of Gog and Magog. He doesn’t need any other nation or groups of nations to help him. Not even Israel will defeat them. He alone will destroy them, “Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.” – Ezekiel 39:5. There is a lesson for each and every one of us. No matter what trials and turmoil we may go through, always take comfort in knowing God has your back! If you believe in Jesus Christ, that He died for your sins and rose again, and repent of your sins asking him to make you into the person He wants you to be, I guarantee NOTHING can stand in your way. If this is comforting to you, I ask you to please share this message with others. Jesus instructed us to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” These are His words, not mine.
May God Bless you as we await the soon Return of Jesus Christ for His Believers at the Rapture!