Saturday, September 25, 2010

End Game: Gog/Magog Invasion Is Upon Us

  The time has come for the greatest battle ever witnessed in history, the stage is set, the players in this End Time drama are prepared, the curtain is soon to rise.  The current situation on the international scene is the exact scenario portrayed by the Prophet Ezekiel recorded in Chapter 38 and 39, prophesied over 2,600 years ago.  While most scholars considered to be experts in Bible Prophecy will disagree with my analysis, it appears they do so out of ignorance.  Not only have they misinterpreted the conditions regarding the fulfillment of this prophecy, they have also misinterpeted the players involved.  I have fought to reveal to them the truth concerning this prophecy, yet in their zeal to not be proven wrong and face a loss of confidence by those who trust their every word, they dismiss the clear meaning of the context of this prophecy.

  The greatest of these declared experts intepret the prophecy of the battle of Gog/Magog as having a series of requirements regarding the position of Israel in order for this prophecy to be actualized.  These scholars believe that Israel must be at peace, dwelling securely or confidently, having no security fortifications or physical barriers such as protective walls, fences, bars, or gates.  The scholars in question also present the belief that prior to this battle Israel's enemy neighbors surrounding the Jewish State, must be soundly defeated by the IDF or Israeli Defense Forces in a supposed modern adaption of Psalm 83.  In addition they aso prescribe the belief that Isaiah 17, the destruction of Damascus must also take place before the Gog/Magog invasion force moves against Israel.

  While I have addressed these misinterpretations on previous blog entries, I would like to mainly focus at this time on their incorrect analysis of the condition of Israel and the diplomatic representations prior to this invasion taking place.  The Prophet Ezekiel identifies clearly that at the time of this invasion, Israel will be slumbering, unprepared for what is coming, dwelling carelessly or having an air of false confidence.  The Lord God makes this clear when addressing the Russian leader (Gog) of this vast confederation: Therefore son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?-Ezekiel 38:14.  While in many interpretations or translations the term dwelling safely is identified with confidence, the proper context of the Hebrew word "betach" here is also identified in Ezekiel 39:6 as dwelling carelessly.

  The fact remains that the Jewish State of Israel today exists as a primarily secular nation, willing to divide the inheritance of Jacob and give it to their enemies in exchange for a false peace, in a sense, they have profaned the name of the Lord God among the nations.  The Lord God made a specific promise to bring the people again into the Land of their Fathers that they never be removed again, yet because of fear, political pressure, and defiance against the Word of God, they continue in this process of Land for Peace initiatives.  This battle to come in but a few days from now, will be a direct result of this rebellion and the Lord God will both judge the Gentile nations and again confirm this promise.  The enemies of Israel both military and political, will be faced with unprecedented judgement for this deceptive plan of destroying the heritage of God and his people Israel.

  The Prophet Ezekiel identifies clearly that at the time of this battle, Russia will have armed and prepared this confederation that will go with them against Israel, and will be a strategic and political guard against the enemies of this coalition.  Russia presently is the largest arms supplier to the many enemies of Israel, recently closing a 6 billion dollar arms deal with Syria.  This prophecy also identifies those that will oppose this invasion, howbeit, only offering a diplomatic protest questioning the motive of this great confederation as they assemble together and prepare for War.  They will have identified the target of the aggression as being Israel and will ask this vast confederation led by Russia if they have come to destroy and plunder the Jewish State.  The nations that are involved in this protest are identified as the Western Powers including the United States and the European Union (Tarshish, and the young lions thereof), Sheba (Egypt) and Dedan (Jordan).

  Some scholars today have identified Sheba and Dedan as Saudi Arabia, yet this interpretation is incorrect, with very little research the true identification is revealed.  Yeshua our Lord makes reference to the Queen of the South, as being the Queen of Sheba that visited Solomon in the days of his kingdom (Matthew 12:42).  Daniel the Prophet goes further to identify with a King of the South in Chapter 11 verses 5 thru 9, which clearly indicates this King coming from Egypt.  The Roman historian Josephus designates the territory of the Queen of Sheba, being that of Egypt and Ethiopia or the anctient Kingdom of Cush.  Dedan and their descendants crossed over the River Jordan.  The Dedanittes were traders in fine apparel, traveling along the Kings Highway similar to that of gypsy caravans.  Their territory in which they were found to settle, included that of Ammon, Edom, and Moab which today is the modern State of Jordan.

  The question must be posed, why has the Prophet Ezekiel identified not only the invaders and the target of their aggression, yet also lumps together those that will offer only a diplomatic protest to the ensuing invasion?  As we read the current headlines and see the current strategic allignments between Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Russia, established and growing, we can also see Israel being threatened on all sides with certain annihilation, specifically, with the threat of a nuclear armed Tehran.  Most startling of all, Israel has not moved preemptively as in the past, to extinguish these threats, seeking only to place their confidence in  the current peace process.  At the same time we have the European Union, United States, and Egypt and Jordan heavily involved in this latest last ditch effort for peace in the Middle East.  The reason for the Prophet to identify these parties together is obvious, they are markers indicating the timing of this event being fulfilled. 

  The main obstacle to this peace being recognized by the international community, is not the desire of the enemies of Israel to seek the destruction of the Jewish State, it is in their opinion, the willingness of Israel to build Jewish settlements on their own Jewish land.  Settlements have become the main obstacle to peace between Israel and her determined enemies.  It is therefore interesting, that Ezekiel, identifies the main target of the Gog/Magog invasion as these same settlements, also known as "unwalled villages", as recorded in Ezekiel 38:11.  As we examine this prophecy closely and determine the proper interpretation of this prophetic event, we can see clearly without a doubt that the fulfillment of this prophecy, is even at the door.  Prepare, for the judgement of the Lord God will soon be poured out on many nations.  May you choose to receive Yeshua in faith as Lord of your life, repent of your sins, confess them with all your heart, accept the sacrifice of Yeshua upon the Cross as the blood atonement of your sins, and walk in newness of life having crucified the old man and be born again in Spirit not after the desires of the flesh.  Seek the Lord while he may be found, for time is drawing short.