In Ezekiel chapter 38-39 God speaks through the prophet Ezekiel of a war that will erupt in the Middle East in the last days. This will be after the (partial) restoration of the Jewish people to the land that is described in chapters 36-37, and at a time that they are safe, peaceful and “rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land”. The armies of several nations will attack Israel to plunder it. The Lord will intervene to destroy the attacking armies. He says to Gog, their leader: “On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.”
It is widely believed that the nations referred to in Ezekiel 38 (Magog, Rosh, Mesach, Tubal, Persia, Put, Gomer etc) correspond with today’s Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya and other nations in the Middle East.
Interestingly, as Amir Tsarfati has explained so well in his recent teachings, these are not Israel’s immediate neighbors that have attacked Israel over the last decades – Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq. Rather, the “Gog and Magog” coalition is comprised of nations located some distance from Israel.
We are witnessing some very interesting developments at the moment, unparalleled in history, and which potentially align with the scenario described by Ezekiel:
All in all – over the last 10 years the region has been turned upside down. With the decline of the US as a superpower, the increasing irrelevance of the EU, the rise of China (economically strong but energy-poor) , and shifting allegiances within the Muslim world, it would hardly be surprising if war were to break out at some point. Oil reserves may be the trigger. All it takes is the proverbial match to light the tender straws holding this complex environment together.
Israel is increasingly seen as the only stable factor – not the cause of the problems, but the motor to development. Jesus prophesied about the restoration of Israel (the fig tree), wars, and unrest as signs of the times of His coming (Matthew 24; Luke 21).
Are we seeing these signs of His coming? Let us look up, and place our trust and confidence in Him – the Bridegroom who will come to take His bride, the shepherd of Israel who “neither slumbers nor sleeps”.
The Editorial team
Israel & Christians Today