Friday, November 1, 2013

The God Solution: War Prophecies

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What prophecies concerning war will we be alive to witness?

On Friday, September 27, 2013, I was interviewed on The God Solution Show with Nate Herbst which airs on KDUR 91.9 and 93.9 in Durango, Colorado. Nate's show is special because he's the only Christian program on a totally secular station. With such a fantastic opportunity to share the Gospel with an unbelieving audience, he focuses on apologetics which defend the Christian faith. I came on to share one of the best defenses for why we can trust the Bible as God's word and place our faith in it — fulfilled Bible prophecy.

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Gog and Magog

Nate Herbst: Nathan, what are some of the future prophecies concerning war to look out for that we may or may not be here to witness during our lifetime? Don't give us just the general wars, but how about some specific prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled.

Nathan Jones: Let's begin with how the whole focus of the world is on Jerusalem. Israel is what we call "God's Prophetic Time Clock." By looking at Israel, we can see all other end times prophecies kind of swirl around it, for a lot of these prophecies have to do with Israel and the signs related to Israel.

The Bible foretells of a certain number of wars that are supposed to happen that Israel is involved in. One of these wars given in fantastic detail is particularly found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This war is what's called the Gog-Magog Battle. Ezekiel describes an alliance between Russia, Iran, Turkey, Libya and all those 'Stan countries. They will come together in their desire to utterly destroy Israel.

Those national alliances are utterly amazing when you think it, for today we are looking at those very national alliances existing today. Those alliances have never existed before in human history. As a matter of fact, Turkey was so broken up for so many centuries since Ezekiel's time, but now all these different ethnic groups in Turkey are combined mostly because of the Ottoman Empire which birthed the united Turkish nation. Now Turkey is making alliances with Iran and Russia, which has a consuming interest in the Middle East.

We can read in two entire chapters about a coming war where Russia and Iran and all these nations come against Israel in an attempt to plunder it. They want to plunder Israel. Now, why do they want to plunder it? Until recently, Israel has some minerals and it has some gold and industry, but it doesn't have anything worth plundering. In the last few years, though, Israel has discovered a tremendous gas find off its coast out in the Mediterranean Sea. It's so large that it's going to place Israel as an economic superpower against Russia and other gas producers.

Ezekiel 38 and 39 points out that this coalition's leader, Gog, from Russia wants Israel's wealth. Gog wants to plunder and so comes down to take over Israel. The army God brings, well the numbers are so many that there's no way Israel could win the fight. Therefore, God steps directly into human history. He defeats Israel's enemies with your typical fire and hail and brimstone, but also the coalition nations turn on each other and their armies start attacking each other. They die according to Joel leaving only a ninth of their armies left to flee back to their countries. But, Ezekiel says that God brings fire down upon their countries as well.

At some point in the future Russia and Iran and these other countries are going to try to destroy Israel, but God steps in and destroys them instead. This prophetic event will totally change the political structure of the world because Russia won't be a big player anymore. Iran won't be the threat that it is now.

Psalm 83 War

When we read about the Gog-Magog alignment of nations, the configuration gives us a hint of another prophetic war which I believe we can find in Psalm 83. All of the nations that currently surround Israel, like Egypt and Lebanon and Syria and Jordan, are not mentioned in the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war. And yet, we read about them in Psalm 83, so there's a hint there that at some point Israel has to deal with the nations that directly border them. Israel cannot continue to have to fight on all those different border fronts.

In the Psalm 83 passages we also learn that Gaza will become a nation once again in the end times, and in 2005 Gaza did become a nation once more. So, there's another prophecy that was fulfilled in our time period.

There you are, Nate, two prophetic wars right there that focus on Israel. Whether we may or may not live through to witness them, we'll just have to wait and see.

In the eleventh and last part of the God Solution interview, Nate and I will look at prophecies related to the coming Tribulation and glorious return of Jesus Christ.


Lujack Skylark said...

Russia is building 100 new army and airforce bases some 70% to be completed by 2020.

Gog=Russian leader. Meshech=Moscow area. Rosh=Russia. Tubal=Tobal river region in Siberia. Magog= Ukraine and the former Soviet Moslem Asian Central Republics. All Ezekiel 38:2 nations. Persia= Iran. Ancient Ethiopia=Sudan and Phut=Libya. All Ezekiel 38:5 nations. Gomer=Gomel region Belarus and Togarmah=Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. All Ezekiel 38:6 nations.

Russia technicans are building Turkey their first nuclear power plant beginning in 2015. Turkey has a military allaince with the Sudan. Turkey and Belarus are dialogue members in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization while Iran has observer status as Russia and the Moslem Central Asian Republics are full time members. Turkey has excellent trade relations with Azerbaijan.

Russia is making agreements with Libya and soon will rearm Libya.
Iranian ships frequent the port of Sudan. Russia is expanding its military base in Armenia.

Georgia and the Ukraine are establishing economic relations with Iran.

All Russia's allies in Ezekiel 38:2-6 are interconnected now by either economic or military alliances.

Billy said...

It's comforting to know God will step in and say "I am God" by His actions.

Isme said...

I have read right thru and want to say that this is a timely and valuable piece about God’s prophetic word right thru the Bible. One church believes in a dreadful lying delusion called the 7 Mountains Mandate by a Dominionist-NAR dreamer of dreams and faker of prophecies falsely claiming that the 7 mountains (that are 7 horns, that are 7 kings of Revelation 17:10) are claimed for the church. Johnny Enlow teaches some of the church will have a ‘Joseph anointing’. It is claimed these ‘Josephs’ are going to have dominion over the earth as the church sits on top of each mountain and rules the earth from the mountains of media, government, education, economy, religion, celebration and family.
The Bible explains itself as scripture interprets scripture revealing the 7 mountains are ½ way thru Daniels 70th Week way after the church has been removed by the Rapture. All Biblical prophecies have only one interpretation and are meant to be taken literally. God’s use of literary style includes allegory; but are used to enforce a literal truth, not change it from its literal meaning.

In Johns time, The 7 mountains were five rulers that came up and were defeated in the past history, one exists at the time of John (Rome), and one more is yet to come – the antichrist rule. That is a fascinating study for those who take God’s prophecies literally; far better than those who are twisting God’s word to support a private interpretation (which is forbidden in 2Peter 1:20) these see no problem with the curse that comes upon those who add and take from the prophecy of Revelation in Rev22:18,19 which is exactly what the 7 mountain prophecy is doing. When Jesus returns, these false prophets will tremble and shake at the power and truth of the Sword of the word coming out of the mouth of Yeshua.

Those who follow this false 7 mountain prophecy of man. see no distinction between Israel and the true church, to them they are building the Kingdom themselves here on the earth among fallen and corrupt mankind – no chance! We are told to pray ‘thy Kingdom come’ by Jesus. When Yeshua, the promised Messiah, came on time to the nation of Israel at Pentecost, the religious Jews in Jerusalem had rejected Him so the Holy Spirit began to build the Church thru the Disciples instead with the promise of eternal life.

The promised Messianic Kingdom was put on hold to begin after the removal of the church. God will fulfil all His promises to His chosen people of Israel. Right now, there is no kingdom for all the false prophecies to happen. For a time, God has blinded Israel in part, to give the Gentiles and individual Jews, a chance to believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The false church preaches the gospel of the kingdom, which is the 1000 year, earthly rule of God’s Messiah while claiming all the promises in the Bible for themselves; they are stealing from one who is blinded. Has God forgotten His ancient people that He gave so many promises to? God forbid! Romans 9,10,11.

I wonder how the false prophets of one church will manage to twist and spiritualize Zechariah 14?


Anonymous said...

Ezekiel 39:2 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:

as opposed to 1/9th.

Nathan Jones said...

Thank you for finding the typo about 1/9th, as it's 1/6th as stated in my past article.