Middle East Update: Interesting Summer? July 12, 2008Posted by Watchman in Bible Prophecy, Day of the Lord, Fulfilling Prophecy, Gog/Magog, Isaiah 17, Islam, Israel.
In case you’ve just joined the Watchman Newsletter or have not yet seen some of the stories linked from it, my current theory in light of what I’ve studied from the Bible and seen in current events reported here is as follows. (I’m just watching and reading in prayer, so in all things hold to Acts 17:11.)
The attack of Ezekiel 38 & 39 where Iran, Russia, Turkey, Libya and friends attempt to destroy Israel and God destroys them with fire and brimstone from heaven, will come before the abomination of desolation and indeed be the event that both quiets the opposition and cause a spiritual shift in the nation of Israel that will lead to the rebuilding of the temple for the third time in several millennia.
Ezekiel 38:2-6; 16-23
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: 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.
And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? 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. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
From these passages, I believe that the Magog armies will be pulled into a confrontation with Israel. (hooks in their jaws) God’s destruction will be expressed in natural form with fire and brimstone from heaven. Even though things happening in the nature are usually discouraged from association with God’s design, the timing of the natural event with the attack will be a clear trumpeting of Bible prophecy as being real and present in a concrete manner for most. Some may remain in denial, but anyone who knows anything about Bible prophecy will be awake and aware.
Israel has God’s Word intertwined with them and even though they can’t see the fulfillments of the shadows in Yeshua, this is clear and from the Tahakh, Old Testament. So while Israel has not accepted the Meshiach Nagid as presented in prophecy at the triumphal entry, their faith will be strengthened and it is my belief that the Nation of Israel will return to the ways of their fathers and require the rebuilding of a temple to begin the sacrifices again setting up the way for the abomination of desolation and the beginning of the time of Jacob’s trouble. More on the Temple Mount here.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: [abomination of desolation] and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
You can read more about the beast and 10 horns here. Now the question is, what triggers this series of events that could very well lead to the fulfillment of the above prophecies? The recent show of force in Lebanon has lead to embassies opening up between Syria and Lebanon for the first time since 1943. Lebanon is to the North of Israel. Syria has also been giving weapons to Hezbollah, who is stocking up on rockets. At the same time Ahmadinejad says Israel will soon disappear. Clearly there is a desire from many for the elimination of Israel as a nation as anti-Israel messages are preached all over the Middle East and the world. In the beginning of June, Iran and Syria signed a missile pact as well. Hezbollah was behind the Lebanon problems and is a proxy of Iran, whose leader believes the 12th Mahdi will come from his occult in a well in midst of chaos to bring order. I posit that this could be the false prophet who will bring the two horns of Islam (Sunni & Shiite) together following the destruction of the Magog invasion.
And this is where I currently see the hair-trigger locked and loaded, Hezbollah. Israel threatened to target Syria if Hezbollah attacks and there’s a Bible prophecy there too.
Isaiah 17:1-3; 7-9
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. The fortress also shall cease from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus, and the remnant of Syria: they shall be as the glory of the children of Israel, saith the LORD of hosts.
At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel. And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images. In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation.
Hezbollah’s actions, an arm of Iran, has been set as a reason for Israel’s attack of Damascus! It is the leadership of Iran who points to Israel’s soon destruction, but is waiting for the coming of the 12th Mahdi out of chaos. Could Israel catch wind of an attack or be attacked by Hezbollah to trigger the joining of state forces into the attack on Israel? There has certainly been enough collusion going on between Russia, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah to get the arms into the region and now with the North border of Israel with Lebanon showing signs of weakness, it could prove to be the crack in the dam through which the armies will burst through if Israel does make such a decision. And Turkey’s leadership has been pushing for membership in Europe, but Turkey’s past is ruining hopes of a liberal future. Could this lead to Turkey joining the attack because of Israel’s preemptive strike?
It seems a group who is willing and able to start a war could be the terrorist tool to draw Israel to keep their promised attack against Damascus and give the Muslim nations a political reason to show the rest of the world that they are justified in such an attempt to destroy a nation and a people. Once God shows His Word to be true and glorifies His name in the earth by stopping the attack, I’m sure there will be enough political shock and resurgence in faith within Israel that the temple could be rebuilt soon after. And if the stories of pre-fabrication as with Solomon’s temple are true, it could go up very quickly indeed with the drive and today’s modern equipment. And something else possibly related to Ezekiel 38:19… On June 30, 2008, Israel authorities warn hospitals to prepare for earthquake. The seismologists are uneasy regarding the apparent possibility for an earthquake in the region now.
I don’t know for sure if this attack will happen this summer, but I know I’m not the only one talking about the possibility of a large scale war in the Middle East this summer. However, I think that many are missing the Bible prophecy aspect from their perspective in today’s world. These events are building directly in line with the sequence and timing from my study of the Bible and its prophecies. Furthermore, from the various researchers noted in the HIStory, Our Future Bible studies, the timeline of events of God’s dealing with Israel as a nation are colliding with current events possibly matching the sequence of events spread throughout the Bible as spoken by the Holy Spirit through the prophets. I think whether one sees what is coming in the natural only or also in the spiritual will have a lot to do with whether they have read the Word of God or not. The thing about God is He always gives us a choice, and while the events will be His proclamation of the Truth of His Word, those who don’t know His Word or aren’t told about it will have their own logical reason to rationalize it. Knowing what I do of God’s Word, I give Him the glory. The timing is certainly interesting for everything that I’m seeing and the fact that it fits in with the other events relating to other aspects of Bible prophecy being fulfilled today, I believe we are certainly in the end times as prophesied and indeed much closer than anyone realizes or wants to believe.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Keep watching! For more on the connection to the 70th week of Daniel and the beast from the sea, I touch on that here.