December 2, 2016
This Coming War...What Do We Know?
With all of the computer super powers we have I'm sure that they have calculated that we are going to war.
It's inevitable...it's going to happen.
We know who it is we are going to war with, and we know the likelihood of where we are going to war, but we don't know when.
Look at this map. This is a very likely flash point.
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Now, do you see that small spit of a place Kaliningrad?
NATO, Latvia and Lithuania are also NATO, Kaliningrad is Russian.
NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is comprised of 28 countries who have agreed to the charters terms and agree to aid one another in time of war. Basically it works like this; attack one of us and we ALL will attack you. This group is expanding and represents a counter to Russia's aggression., whether real or imagined. NATO has had new life breathed into it since the 2014 Russian invasion/annexation of Crimea and Eastern Ukraine.
Back to K'grad, (Im spelling it this way due to laziness in having to type it over and over) was recently in the news. Remember this?
Russia just sent this missile system into K'grad
This is the Iskander. A short range, maybe 300 miles, conventional and nuclear tipped weapon. This puts Berlin Germany, Poland and Sweden in it's sights. Russia has also set up their S400 anti-missile, anti aircraft defense system nearby. Remember the S400? that's the very same system Russia set up in Syria to protect their new airbase and warm water port.
This is the part of the world war that will probably go nuclear.
Now, lets look back at the war, yes I said war, in Syria.
Here is what God wants you to know;
1. Damascus Syria will be utterly destroyed, and overnight.
2. Russia will lead an attack on Israel, and will be backed by Iran, Turkey, Lybia, Sudan and quite possibly some of the European nations.
3. The US and Saudi Arabia will be on the sidelines, doing nothing.
4. Israel will not prevail against Russia.
5. God Himself will show up and destroy Russia's army and airforce.
6. All the world will know there is a God
Lets look at it.
#1 Damascus Syria. One of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The prophet Isaiah prophesied in
Isaiah chapter17 vs 1
“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
And it will be a ruinous heap.
This has never happen in recorded history, we read in verse 12-14
Woe to the multitude of many people
Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us,
And the lot of those who rob us
What we read is that the world will be all astir at this conflict, the battle over Damascus and their million plus inhabitants, then in the course of one night...gone. Did Isaiah foresee nuclear war? How would a prophet 2800 years ago describe something like this?
What would be a cause for Damascus to get nuked? What if chemical weapons were being amassed and prepared for use against Israel?
The Syrian government thinks nothing of using chemicals against its own people. Do you think they wouldn't hesitate to use this against Israel to retake the Golan Heights?
Israel's response would be swift and nuclear. That's stating the obvious. World opinion against Israel would be overwhelmingly bad. Thats also stating the obvious. You can just imagine what the UN would be saying, and the possibility of Barak Obama having a UN leadership role looks probable right now. Obamas disdain for Israel is readily apparent.
Lets look at #2. the Russian led assault
Another of the major prophets Ezekiel was given a vision of the end times and specifically the rebirth of the nation Israel and this war.
In his excellent work Gog-Magog, Nathan Jones presents a thorough and thoughtful analysis of this extremely import section of the Bible. If you get the chance, please take some time and read this. Lets look at the chapter and work through the problems.
Ezekiel Chapter 38
Gog and Allies Attack Israel
38 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh,[a] Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia,[b] and Libya[c] are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.7 “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. 8 After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. 9 You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”
10 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— 12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. 13 Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’”’
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? 15 Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. 16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.” 17 Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
Judgment on Gog18 “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face. 19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”’
Who is Gog?
I am going to paste Lamb and Lion Ministries analysis. Please keep in mind, this analysis draws the very same conclusions that Biblical scholars have drawn for many years. The strange thing is, Russia didn't even exist during Ezekiels day
Ezekiel 38:1-6 gives the ancient names of the territories that comprise the invading nations in the Gog-Magog Battle: Rosh, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Gomer and Beth-togarmah. If only Ezekiel had gone the extra mile and given the names of the invading nations contemporary to the battle, a lot of debate over their modern identities would have been saved. Never-the-less, God prefers students of Bible prophecy to do their historical research, and the following list of equivalent names is the fruit of that research.
1. Magog = Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan (and possibly Afghanistan)
2. Rosh = Russia
3. Meshech + Tubal + Gomer + Beth-togarmah = Turkey (and possibly Azerbaijan, Armenia)
4. Persia = Iran
5. Ethiopia = Sudan
6. Put = Libya (and possibly Algeria, Tunisia)Noticeably absent from this list of Middle Eastern nations are those surrounding modern-day Israel, such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Gaza, the Arab nations and Iraq. Ezekiel 38:13 describes these nations as just observing, for many of them originate as “Sheba and Dedan [Arab nations] and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages.” Why these nations are not also actively involved in the Gog-Magog Battle is open to speculation, but a Psalm 83 scenario where Israel has subjugated their surrounding neighbors previous to the Gog-Magog invasion so that they are finally in the peaceful situation Ezekiel describes (Ezek. 38:11) is the most likely possibility.
One glaring similarity among all the Gog-Magog invaders put in a scenario today is that all but Russia claim their national religion to be Islam. Islamic religious fervor to destroy the Jewish people would unite the fractious Muslim nations into a coalition which has never existed in this form before. The obsessive drive for economic wealth would be the draw for Russia to join in and lead this doomed coalition.
I believe this to be the next installment on Gods plan for Israel and this world. In reading the Bible in its entirety, one gets a feeling for a big picture event.
Remember the old cowboy movies? The sweeping landscapes, the endless vistas, mesas, mountains and cumulous cloud filled skies? Then the story would drill down and unfold and get personal, very personal.
Keeping that analogy on mind, we have been on an almost 2,000 year intermission. Gods story has been getting personal with individuals for a long time.
Its been fairly quiet on the earthly God front. Jesus has been building His church (translated from the Greek word Ekklisea) this literally means Called Out Ones and we have spread the Word across the globe like we were mandated to.
Now, its curtain time...and the show will go on.
Are you ready for it?