God Promises Israel Protection

Why I have been interested in the last days, as depicted in Scripture, is because I see things occurring that have been prophesized and are happening.  As I read that Iran and Russia have become allies for the first time in history I have become concerned.  As I studied Ezekiel chapters 36 through 39 it sounds like a war against Israel could breakout anytime.  Should that happen, Scripture says that God will destroy the armies and everyone will know that it was a “God Thing”.

Ezekiel 28:21 – 23 – “I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.  I will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.  And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.”

 

I recently read about the war in 1967 when Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq attacked Israel. They had 2,000 tanks, 700 combat aircraft and had 1500 artillery pieces.  They had approximately 550,000 troops at that time.  Today Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon have 942,000 troops, 10,300 tanks, 1,150 combat planes and 5,600 artillery pieces. This does not include surface to air missile sites.   It does not account for the other Persian Gulf nations who are anti-semantic having weapon buildup.

If you are interested in God’s promises to the Jews to give them the land they now possess and how He plans to protect them it is very clear in the O. T. Book of Ezekiel chapters 36 thru 39.  Therefore, Israel’s war with the surrounding nations and Russia is just a matter of time.  Read these chapters, study the history of the 1967 war, see what is transpiring today and then wonder why anyone would doubt there is a God who foretold all of what would take place.

However, Scripture describes how blind people can be.  We are told of the time when God chose Moses to confront Pharaoh to free the Egyptian slaves.  The people were so hardhearted that no supernatural sign caused them to believe in a God or a need to repent.  When people allow evil to take over their hearts and lives, there is little chance they can understand or be changed. At the Day of Judgment everyone will have been given a chance to accept God and God’s ways but the majority will have refused to do so.  The devil is the great deceiver and most just could never grasp, accept prophecy or see the signs of God.  Satan and his emissaries have blinded the world.

If you follow current events you may be aware that Moscow has aggressively pursued political, economic and military ties to Iran in defiance of U.S. and European protests.  They have authorized the sale of nuclear technology to Iran.  They are in the process of training approximately 1,000 Iranian nuclear scientists and approved a billion-dollar arms deal with the latest high-tech arms and air defense systems.   Until March 21, 1935 Iran was called Persia.  The Russians had always hated the Iranians and the Iranians hated the Russians.  In the past, many believed the Bible was full of errors, as the two would never form an alliance against Israel or anyone else.

 

We read in Ezekiel 39:2 & 4 – “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him…..I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords.”

Russia leads Iran, Turkey, Libya, Ethiopia and parts of Eastern Europe.  Magog is identified as Russia and Meshech is Moscow and Tubal is Tubalsk.  Consider Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia, seems to be in trouble politically and elections are coming up.  In the past, when heads of state are in trouble they start wars to defer the criticism.  Normally, countries do not vote people out with a war going on.  Could Russia and allies attack Israel prior to Israel bombing Iran to prevent that from happening?  Or, if Israel does bomb, maybe it happens afterwards?  This is the kind of world we are living in.  Anything is possible even though it doesn’t seem likely.

 

Also remember that Palestine was never a nation.  They last resided in Lebanon and they were forced out in 1920 and came to Israel’s covenant land.  One claim the Palestinians has is that they got there 28 years before Israel was mandated as a legitimate country.  The Palestine people were descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael and Jacob’s brother Esau.  From Jacob came the twelve tribes of Israel.  To some degree Ishmael and Esau, descendents of Abraham, are fighting against their relatives that came from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.   This makes Jerusalem and the covenant land a vital part of each family’s heritage as both Ishmael and Esau were first born sons entitled to but lost their birthrights and the covenant land.  But other nations having a large population of Muslims want to destroy Israel to prove that Mohammed and the Quran are correct and Jesus and the Judeo/Christian Bible are not.  Muslims believe destroying Israel will allow the twelfth Imam, Mahdi to come back and rule the earth.   Whereas, we believe Jesus will come back to rule the world for a 1000 years.  Then there will be a new heaven and the new earth.  Our present earth will be destroyed by fire according to II Peter 3:7 – “By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

Before the war led by Russia and Iran against Israel begins, there must be a time of calm and the Jews must accumulate significant wealth.  Drilling deep below the seas off Israel’s coast, foreign energy companies are discovering gas estimated at five trillion cubic feet of proven reserves.  They also believe to have found, just recently, upward of a billion barrels of oil.  Is Israel like Iraq sitting on enormous oil reserves?  As we get into the war, Scripture will tell us the world’s armies would meet to fight for the spoils.  Isaiah 45:3 – “I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.”  Some believe the Bible indicates Israel will find one of the world’s largest oil and gas fields before the Messiah returns.

 

Based on information from Ezekiel, Russia’s influence will continue to increase among the Islamic world as the war against Israel nears.  Putin has been co-operating and supporting almost every middle-eastern Islamic nation to the detriment of the United Nations and the U.S.’s resolve to boycott Iran and force the closing of its nuclear facilities.  Despite international efforts to isolate Palestine’s Hamas party Putin is supporting them.  Putin has aggressively and systematically built alliances with the countries specifically cited in Ezekiel 38 & 39.  We need to watch as efforts intensify as to the time when Ezekiel’s vision comes to fulfillment.

Ezekiel’s war is not the end; it is only the beginning.  This will lead to the rise of the Antichrist and a period described in the Book of Revelation and the worst is yet to come.  The Antichrist will want to take over all of the oil-rich countries of the Middle East.  However, the nations of Asia will desire these countries just as much.  Out of all of this there is a one-world government and a one-world religion.  The Antichrist will promise peace to Israel and they will have it—for three and one-half years only.

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