The Jews as a nation have a glorious future in God, as Scripture both Old and New Testament attest. No nation has ever had such a visible manifestation of the Presence of God as has the Jewish nation. The list of Divine miracles and appearances to these people are stunning. The "Red Sea driven back"; led by a þPillar of Cloud and Fire'; the "walls of Jericho" falling (Joshua 6:1-27); the Angel of the Lord encamping with them, and the slaying of 185,000 of the enemy soldiers of Assyria to secure their deliverance, and so on. The great men of the Jewish nation have been impressive beyond any nation. Abraham, a man of faith; Moses the mighty leader and the receiver of the OT Law; King David a writer of Psalms; wise Solomon; Daniel living for God in evil Babylon. The writers of Scripture who were Hebrew Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Daniel. And through the nation of the Jew was born the man of all men, the God man, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Today the Jews still lead the world in many ways, despite the great dispersion which lasted almost two thousand years. Back in their land again, they have been preserved by God for a magnificent future, when they turn to accept Christ Jesus as their Messiah. The Bible predicts that this time will come. (Zechariah 12:10 - 13:1) The restoration of Israel and the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom are connected with the Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the future. Read about it, Deut. 30:3-5; Psalm 2:1-9; Zechariah 14:4.
Before that glorious time, the Jewish nation as a whole will go through a time of judgement from the Hand of the Almighty, of chastening and wrath - the time of Jacob's Trouble, the Tribulation. (Jer. 30:7) The Bible also predicts a great battle which is NOT the battle of Armageddon, this is shown in Ezekiel 38. The exact timing of this attack against Israel is not clear. Some scholars see it as occurring before the Tribulation, just before, others believe it will happen in the first half of the Tribulation itself. þThe Christian World Reportþ, January, 1995, Vol.X. No.1, has startling news of Russia and the nations on page 6. The aligning of nations happening today is so close to the Biblical prophecy that it is clear to see that Ezekiel's prophetic word, Ezek. 38:2,5 & 6 is very near to fulfilment, in our day. This is also an indication that the Rapture, which must happen close to or before the Ezekiel battle, is also closer than ever.
Russia does not act by herself in the invasion foretold in Ezekiel against Israel. Ezek.38 shows that other nations will join together to create a northern army: "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief Prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet. Gomer and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee."
It would be obviously advantageous for us to know what those nations are today? No modern map contains all these names. But, Christian World Report has an up-dated list which has been compiled from Hammonds Atlas of the Bible Lands, from the map, The Nations According to Genesis 10. The placement of early settlements of the tribes were compared with a modern map of nations, as follows:
Yet Betty Lyn wrote in Pathways to Armageddon ...and Beyond. that with the changing face of the globe this may not be so: "Many fine expositors interpret Gomer to be modern Germany. This is in keeping with Jewish tradition. Until the late 1980s it was very easy to stand by this interpretation. East Germany was the largest Russian satellite in Eastern Europe....Perhaps Germany is not the tribe of Gomer mentioned in Ezekiel. On our cross-reference table, you can see that at least some maps indicate that Gomer originally settled in what is today the Ukraine, Southern Russia and Turkey before migrating westward. Therefore Gomer may not be Germany at all, but the Ukraine and her immediate neighbours."
What can we discover then from the above?
The modern day nations of Ezekiel 38, who will band together to attack Israel, do appear to be RUSSIA, KAZAKHSTAN, GEORGIA, TURKEY, IRAN, ETHIOPIA, SUDAN, LIBYA and UKRAINE.
Christian World Report has made a chilling discovery. The Intelligence Digest has a special report titled, Iran's master plan for the destruction of Israel. (The Stoneyhill Centre, Brimpsfield, Gloucester, GL48LF, UK.):
"It is widely assumed that Iran is irrevocably opposed to the Arabs negotiating peace treaties with Israel, but this is a misunderstanding of its position. Iran is happy to see Israel forced into territorial retreat, particularly if this means returning the Golan Heights to Tehran's ally Syria. The terrorist campaign is not aimed at stopping the peace process, it is aimed at putting maximum pressure on Israel to compromise with Syria.
Whilst this is going on, Iran is pursuing a parallel policy of surrounding Israel with implacable enemies. A pro-Iranian Islamist regime is already in power in Sudan, Libya is firmly in the anti-Israel camp, and Egypt and Algeria are under severe threat from Islamist rebellions.
To the north and east of Israel, the position is not much better, Syria and its Lebanon protectorate are close allies of Iran...even ostensibly pro-Western Turkey is moving closer to Iran in order to facilitate its economic activities in Central Asia (for which Iran provides the link) and to help in the fight against Kurdish separation.
The final part of the Iranian-constructed anti-Israel coalition is Russia. Little has been heard of Russian activity in the Middle East since the end of the Cold War, but Iran has been very careful to nurture relations with Moscow."
The prophecy of Ezekiel is very close to fulfilment now. Just as the Almighty God has protected Israel down through the centuries, He will protect her now, in a miraculous way. God will be known in many nations, þand they shall know that I am the Lordþ says Ezek. 38: 23. This means for the Church of God that the Rapture is also very, very near!
The miraculous defeat of Russia and the Moslem allies (Ezekiel 38) will amaze the nations of the world, and will astonish Israel as well. There will be a tremendous complex of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, diseases, hailstorms and fighting amongst the invading armies themselves, until the armies of Gog will have five men out of six killed (38:19-22; 39:2-4) Whatever happens to Russia herself? Simultaneously with the events in the Middle East, great fires will roar through the land of Russia, all along the coastlands of its confederates (39;6), until Russia is completely wiped out as a global power, and so will be its satellite nations demolished!
All other nations will see this and will know that God is real, and
that He did this to Israel's enemies. The effect on Israel will be that
the nation throws away its false beliefs, and its atheism, and will
know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. (39:22).
However, Israel as a nation will continue to reject the Saviour, Christ
Jesus, and will return only to the religion of their fathers. Later on,
Israel will accept Christ as their Messiah (Zechariah 12:10). When will
this be? Not, it seems, until the glorious Return of Christ when the entire
nation will MOURN for the One they pierced. (Zechariah 13:1; Romans 11:26).
Thus redeemed Israel will inherit the kingdom and enter the millennium,
ready to enjoy the wonderful promises made to their fathers.
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