By Nathan Jones
How miraculous is the earthquake of the coming Gog-Magog War?
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" TWave Radio episode, Pastor Vic Batista and I will look at the third end times signs of earthquakes found in Matthew 24:7.
The First Prophetic Quake
Vic: Nathan, the Bible speaks about prophetic earthquakes, right? We know that the earthquakes we are experiencing today are just the beginning of them because they are going to keep getting worse and worse.
Nathan: Yes, once the Rapture of the Church happens and the Church is out of here, it's not the end of the earthquakes yet. They will hit the earth more frequently and more intensely the closer we get to Jesus' return at the end of the seven-year Tribulation. In fact, the Bible prophesies there are four prophetic earthquakes coming up.
Vic: The Battle of Gog and Magog and some other end time events are also going to create some incredible earthquakes, right?
Nathan: Yes. When I say Gog and Magog, there is a war coming which Ezekiel 38 and 39 calls the Gog-Magog War. Out of all the prophetic wars in the Bible, the Gog-Magog War is described in greater detail, even more than Armageddon. It's the war where Russia leads a coalition of Iran, all the 'Stan nations, Turkey, Libya, and most of North Africa against Israel. It's a tremendous push to destroy Israel once and for all.
Ezekiel says Russia will be led by an entity called Gog. Whether that's a person or a demon, I'm not sure. He wants the spoils of Israel. By then Israel will have defeated its neighbors surrounding them, which we read about in Psalm 83. Israel will have to defeat its hostile neighbors around them, causing the nation to grow bigger and stronger. With its gas and natural resources, Israel will start becoming more of a world power. Russia doesn't want that, and so it forms this coalition of nation. Russia will lead a coalition of nation down to destroy Israel. Little Israel, even with their expanded might, doesn't stand a chance against a united Islamic and Russian front.
What's amazing in Ezekiel's prophecy is that we read that God steps back into human history. He destroys the invading armies by infighting and by fire from the sky. The prophecy says God also sends fire on their nations and destroys them. Picture a world where Russia and Islam are no longer really a world player anymore. That time is coming.
Another of the ways in which God will destroy those armies is with a tremendous earthquake. In Ezekiel 38:19-23 we read of a great earthquake in the land of Israel. Mountains will be overturned. The cliffs will crumble. Every wall will fall to the ground.
The Gog-Magog War could happen at the beginning Tribulation or just before the Tribulation starts. The Bible doesn't tell us, but it's clearly a future event that is related to the Tribulation. The earthquake will be so powerful in the land of Israel that the mountains of Israel will be overturned and the cliffs will crumble. The armies attacking Israel will be swallowed up by this earthquake.
It's fascinating seeing this prophecy given about 90 to 95 AD by God to the Apostle John about something that will happen in the future. Bible prophecy is very exact and descriptive.
Vic: The Bible prophesied that Israel would become a nation again, and it has. It's so awesome to see this prophecy fulfilled in our lifetime.
Nathan: Yes, the regathering of Israel is one of the most prolific prophecies in all the Bible. As a matter of fact, the Bible says the Jews will look upon the regathering of Israel as a nation a second time as an even greater miracle than before when they were rescued from the Egyptians at the Exodus.
Also, as a result of the Gog-Magog earthquake we just talked about earlier, Ezekiel says that all the Jews of the world will want to return to Israel. About half of the world's Jewry is in Israel right now. The other half primarily is in your area, Pastor Vic, in Aventura, and also up in New York City and Philadelphia. But, after the earthquake happens, there will be something inside the Jews that will cause them to want to move to Israel.
There are three main reason why I think the Jews will all want to return to Israel. One, they will see Israel become a great nation. Two, the nation will be protected by the Antichrist who will make a covenant with them of protection, although he will break it 3.5 years later. Three, and this is unfortunate, Antisemitism will rise. The people of the world will hate the Jews so much that they'll have to move to Israel just to find a place of safety.
Vic: That's incredible! I'm sure someone reading this now is probably freaking out and saying, "What is going on?" But listen, we want to encourage you by saying that if you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, we believe the Rapture will take place first and we will be out of here, so we won't even feel the shaking.
Nathan: Amen. In our day there will continue to be earthquakes. Believers in Christ will continue to have to suffer through different trials and tribulations while on we're living on this earth. But, the Tribulation, that's the one major event where God will bring His wrath down upon this world for seven years. That's still future. And, it's not for the Church to experience.
When I say the Church, I'm referring to all those who have accepted Jesus as Savior. We will be the ones raptured up to Heaven.
Vic: That's right. You mentioned to us this incredible earthquake that's going to level mountains and cities, so that means the cities of today like New York and Chicago are going to be completely leveled?
Nathan: Well, there are four prophetic earthquakes, starting with the Gog-Magog earthquake, so any one of those four prophetic earthquakes could affect those cities that you listed.
In the fourth and last part of our discussion on the end times sign of earthquakes, we'll look at the final three of four prophetic quakes.