The Coming Invasion

Today much of the world despises Israel. All it takes to substantiate this truth is a look at the UN’s overwhelming number of anti-Israel resolutions, the countries that have waged war against Israel in hopes of annihilating it, and the news media’s endless caricature of...
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  1. Dear Mr Stallard,
    I just wanted to tell you that I love Israel in truth,because God loves you.
    Yours faithfully from Mr Eric John Parker.

  2. Gog and Magog:

    You did not mention the differences between the Rev. 20:8 and the Ezekiel account.

    I am convinced this battle is at the end of the Millennial Kingdom.

    1. Israel will dwell in safety, not by trusting in the anti-Christ, but because Jesus has established an earth of peace;
    2. Israel is dwelling in un-walled villages. This indicates that Israel has no need for defensive positions, war material’, or organized military defence.
    3. Nothing is recorded that Israel will do away with armed forces, but that they have entered into peaceful negotiations with the Beast, which likely means that they have agreed not to attack their antagonistic nations;
    4. The most absurd statement that the coalition of Russia and others will come against Israel at or near the beginning of the time of Jacob’s Trouble and God will total wipe them out as described in Ezekiel does not fit the end-time scenario. If that happens, who will the anti-Christ need to fight against, who will push at him, who will cause him to go forth into great battles?
    5. The description of the method of fighting in Ezekiel, does not need to be representative of the mode of transportation, armament, (swords, spears, horses, et.), but can biblically be presumed to be literal;
    6. Reason: war implements will not be needed for one thousand years, and probably will be illegal;
    7 After Satan is loosed, he instigates secret forming of swords, spears, bows and arrows, and shields, mostly made of wood–thus the need to burn them. This is the only reasonable explanation of burning the war material, since it will not fit the idea of burning tanks, rockets, rifles, planes, bombs, grenades, and the like. This final assault needs a massive amount of horses and pack animals;
    7. Gog and Magog has nothing to do with Israel until the end of the millennial kingdom.

    We rely heavily on the OT for understanding the end-time events, so why not depend on Ezekiel’s prophecy to provide understanding of John’s Rev. 20:8?

    Respectfully Submitted by:
    Paul L. Williams, D. Min.
    Guthrie, Ok

    1. Paul, thank you for your thoughtful response and for reading my IMG article on Ezekiel 38-39. I was limited space-wise in the article so I could not review every view in detail. I simply mentioned there were too many differences. Generally, I think all the views have good reasons that believers have advanced that are worth considering. And as I say in the article, this is the hardest time element to figure out in prophecy in my judgment. So, we will have to wait to see what God does to be absolutely sure. Let me make some comments on your points:

      # 1. Both views can account for the feeling of safety. My view has the peace treaty at the beginning of the tribulation as a possible indicator. Your view has the 1000 years of peace.

      # 2 and # 3. My view would allow that Israel feels no need for defense. The terminology can be interpreted that way and still be true to grammatical-historical interpretation.

      # 4. I am not sure I understand your statement about absurdity. The nations mentioned in Ezekiel 38 & 39 are not the only nations in the world. If they are destroyed early in the trib, there are still the kings of the east on the other side of the Euphrates as well as much of Europe and Africa (and who knows about the Western Hemisphere) where people can come to be part of the attack on Antichrist which turns into an eventual attack against Christ at His coming.

      # 5 & 6 & 7. I understand the argument about the war implements and I think it has value. However, a change to literal horses and other pre-modern weapons can happen much sooner due to the massive destruction going on in the world during the trib where nations have to resort to old methods. Electronic grids will probably go down in the trib most likely and access to gasoline may be limited. I could see this argument go either way.

      My main reason for not seeing Eze. 38 & 39 the same as Rev. 20 is that the Rev. 20 time frame does not fit the flow of the book of Ezekiel. I believe Eze. 38-39 must make sense within the argument of Ezekiel and not just be based on comparisons with other passages like Daniel 11 and Revelation 20. In Ezekiel 36, we have the reminder from God that Israel is going to have a spiritual renewal (new covenant) in the land in the end-time days. In Ezekiel 37, God reminds us that Israel must be brought back to the land nationally in order for the spiritual renewal to take place. I think the initial return to the land is in unbelief (Eze. 20 & 22, Zeph. 2:1). Then in Eze. 38 & 39, there are those who don’t like Israel being back in the land. Then in Eze. 40-48, we see what corresponds to a description of the millennium.

      All in all, although a case can be made for the Rev 20 view, I think an earlier time frame better fits the message of Ezekiel itself.

      Thanks so much for your diligent study of the Word of God. It is an exciting thing to be waiting together for how God is going to unfold his prophetic fulfillment. On some things he has only given us glimpses.

      Till He comes,

      Mike S

  3. The only major translation left that records Gog is the “prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal” is the NKJV. The new NASB has dropped Rosh, and record “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.” Many believe that Rosh means Russia. KJV, NIV, NASB, NET all record the same thing. So it would appear that Russia will not lead the Gog/Magog invasion.

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