By Patrick Hawthorne
For a clear understanding of this post, please read part 1 first. You can click here The Coming War? to take you back there.
The roar of the prophetic winds leading to the return of our Lord Jesus is growing louder and louder each day. The signs, what used to be fragmented and somewhat obscure, are now speeding past at such a rate that they are becoming more of a blur. If I had but one message, it would be, “Get ready. Jesus is coming back soon.”
As I wrote in The Coming War? the key players in battle of Gog of Magog of Ezekiel 38 and 39, who will come against Israel, will be Turkey (Meschech, Tubal, Gomer, Bethtogarmah), Iran (Persia), Sudan (Cush), and Lybia (Put). Again, the controversy is whether the word Rosh in Ezekiel 38 is a noun referring to Russia or is an adjective meaning Chief – As in Chief Prince over Meschech and Tubal.
If you look at the map above, notice that none of these nations are direct neighbors with Israel. The question I left you with in part 1 was, “Why not? Is something going to happen to those surrounding neighbors that will take the wind from their sails causing them to not join in the fight? Currently Israel is in disputes with Lebanon and Syria. Furthermore the peace that Israel had with Jordan is now very strained. Why would these neighboring nations suddenly decide to bow out of the battle instigated by the King of the North?
A relatively new discovery in Bible prophecy has emerged. It is the discovery of the prophetic message of Asaph in Psalm 83. In this Psalm, Asaph prays for the deliverance of Israel from Edom (Esau), the Ishmaelites (east of Egypt), Moab (Jordan), Hagerenes (Saudi Arabia), Gebal (Lebanon), Ammon (Jordan), Amalek (Gaza), Philistia (Golan Heights) Tyre (Lebanon), and Assyria. (These nations are in red while the nations of Ezekiel 38 and 39 are in green)
Remember in Ezekiel 38 and 39 that the nations who come against Israel will have a hook, a thought, placed in their minds by God to war with Israel. They will seek to destroy Israel for its spoils. As a direct result, it will be God who destroys them with earthquakes, hail, fire, and brimstone. In Psalm 83, we see a total difference in the reasoning for the attack. The Psalm 83 nations are joined together in a Confederacy to take back the land for a possession (Psalm 83:12).
What I believe, and this is purely conjecture based on limited information, is that the inner nations of Psalm 83 will launch an attack on Israel that will be so devastating that Israel will have no choice but to unleash weapons of mass destruction to prevent total annihilation. How can I make such a claim? It is because of Isaiah 17 and Ezekiel 35.
In Isaiah 17, Damascus of Syria will be turned into a ruinous heap in one night. Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city on record and is not small by any stretch of the imagination. What could cause such a destruction in such a short amount of time if not a nuclear weapon? In Ezekiel 35, we are told the cities of Mount Seir (Jordan) will also be laid waste. Whether this is through conventional weaponry or not is unknown. However, they too will be destroyed.
My thoughts on this, and again this is only conjecture, is that Israel, upon being attacked, will leash such total destruction of these neighboring nations that one portion of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 will be fulfilled. That is, the King of the North shall come up against the little nation of Israel that is dwelling safely without walls and bars, and having neither bars not gates.
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 [d]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.
When will the Psalm 83 battle take place? Looking at the current climate of the Middle East, it could be any time. But I believe the Psalm 83 battle will be the precursor for the Ezekiel 38 and 39 battle. Get ready because time is certainly short. Be blessed.