By Kit Olsen
With the current situation between Israel and the Hamas terrorists in Gaza, it is important to keep in mind another prophesied war is on the near horizon. Of course, Israel will once again be the target. In the Bible, the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (Gog-Magog war) is given the most detailed description of any prophesied future war.
It is going to happen soon and the entire world will be affected by it. This war will bring about great devastation, but during and at the end of the Tribulation there will be utter destruction. Russia will lead a coalition of mostly Islamic nations against Israel. This war will occur before the Tribulation. It could begin as early as three and one-half years before the Tribulation.
It will take seven years to clean up the damage, and seven-months to bury the dead (Ezekiel 39:9, 12). Halfway through the Tribulation the Jews will have fled Israel and will no longer be able to bury the dead. In order to fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel 39:9, 12) this battle must happen at least three and one half years before the Tribulation begins.
The Lord Himself will supernaturally intervene in this war and the majority of the aggressors will be obliterated. These warriors will turn against each other. God will shake the earth with tremendous power and the invaders will wish they had never even had a bad thought about Israel. Scripture tells us this war will spread:
“And I [God] will send fire on Magog [Russia] and those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the LORD. So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let themprofane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel” (Ezekiel 39:6-7).
No one but God Himself will help rescue Israel when she is attacked. Without God’s intervention, Israel will have no chance to survive this invasion. God willpreserve His chosen nation. He will not be doing this for Israel’s sake, but for His own sake, to make a powerful statement that He is in control, and that He is Almighty God and can no longer be ignored. God will actually bring these nations against Israel, who has rejected Him—for His glory.
It is a major wake-up call to the entire world, and primarily for Israel, that the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob lives forever and is King. Everyone should realize that without Him, they are condemned. Followers of Allah will be left scrambling trying to figure out how they can possibly continue claiming that Allah is God. Allah will be nowhere to be found when these heavily numbered, primarily Muslim forces march against Israel.
Because of the awe-inspiring miracles performed by the Lord during the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39, Israel and the Jews as a whole will experience a huge resurgence in their quest for God—for their Messiah. The entire world will have a chance to see God in action, as the true protector of Israel and many will come to salvation around that time. Scripture indicates the astonishing battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 will take place before the prophesied Tribulation opening-up tremendous opportunities to share the Word of God.
After this battle a large segment of Israel will be saved (converted) and the nation of Israel will turn back to Jehovah God after having rejected Him for over 2,000 years. The Holy Spirit will be poured out on them bringing about a short revival in Israel fulfilling the prophecies of Joel 2:28b-29, double referenced in (Acts 2:17-18), when the Jews will prophesy, dream dreams and see visions. In verse 29 Joel wrote: “And also upon the servants and upon handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit.”
Joel is speaking about the Millennium in verses 21-28a, and then halfway through verse 28 he switches to the time prior to the Rapture and the Tribulation. The Joel 2:28b-29 prophecies are directed to the nation of Israel—to the Jews. It should be noted, earlier in verse 23; Joel’s prophecies are specifically to the nation of Israel, to the “children of Zion.
In verses 28-29 Joel is still making reference to the “children of Zion.” These prophecies are about God pouring out His Spirit upon Jews. In the New Testament Peter takes an application of these passages in Acts 2:17-18. As mentioned earlier, nations throughout the entire world will witness and realize the miraculous intervention by God Himself (Ezekiel 38:23; 39:7, 21).
Furthermore, in Joel 2:30-32, Joel distinctly presents a case for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. He describes when this outpouring of the Spirit upon the Jews will happen: Prior to the Rapture and the Tribulation. All believers, including the new converts will “escape” the Tribulation by way of the Rapture before the Tribulation begins.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and awesome day of the LORD. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of Jehovah shall be delivered for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be those that escape as Jehovah hath said, and among the remnant those whom Jehovah doth call.”
The “coastlands” referred to in the previous Scripture are also destined to experience the wrath of God for participating in the offense against Israel, indicating that the Muslim population will significantly decrease. The coastlands are maritime regions in the Middle East with heavy Muslim populations. These are homelands to those who will assist Russia against Israel with their fleets and troops. The “coastlands” extend to what would actually encompass global Islam, reaching all around the world, including Indonesia.
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