By Nathan Jones
What end times prophetic war will eliminate Russia and Islam from the world?
I was recently interviewed by Vic Batista, senior pastor of the Miami-based Calvary Chapel Aventura on his radio program "The Truth Will Set You Free" via TWave Radio. "Pastor Vic" (as he likes to be called) was born in the Dominican Republic and is as active in planting churches and helping orphans there as he is in southern Florida, reaching out with the Good News of Jesus Christ to both the English and Spanish speaking audiences.
In this "The Truth Will Set You Free" episode, we'll look at the second end times signs of wars found in Matthew 24:6-7.
The Gog & Magog War
Vic: The Gog & Magog War spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39, I'm not sure of the sequence that you have, but can you talk to us a little about this end time war?
Nathan: There is no other end time war in the Bible, not even Armageddon, that's explained in more detail than the Gog & Magog War found in Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is a war where if you look up the nations Ezekiel lists and compare them to today's names, you see what nations are involved. We read how Russia leads a coalition of Islamic countries like Iran, Turkey, Libya and all those 'Stan countries against Israel.
Now, you've got to wonder why all those nations would want to destroy Israel. I mean, we're talking about the entire might of Russia against little Israel. The reason Ezekiel tells us is because Russia wants to plunder Israel for its spoil. Israel will become richer and richer as it grows. After a Psalm 83 War, Israel will have control over some of the oil producers of the world and the fairly newly discovered natural gas finds in the Mediterranean.
Gog is the name of the leader of this coalition. I can only assume it's the name of the demon that rules Russia. God entices him with "hooks" to come down from Russia against Israel.
Since the nations directly surrounding Israel are missing from the Gog & Magog coalition, we then know that Israel must have already defeated them by this point. That's why I place the Psalm 83 War before the Gog & Magog War on the prophetic timeline.
This mighty horde of enemies will come down upon Israel like a storm on the horizon. Israel will be absolutely overwhelmed. They cannot possibly on their own stand up against the might of Russia and all these other Islamic nations, but they need not stand alone. This is where God steps back into human history again. Literally, like the Old Testament, fire and brimstone and earthquakes fall on Gog's armies. They even start turning on each other and start attacking each other. And so, God destroys Gog's armies and Ezekiel says that God sends fire back on their nations.
This prophecy reveals that we're looking at a future where Russia, Iran and Turkey and all those other nations will cease to be a player in world politics after their invasion. God destroys them in the Gog & Magog War. Just think of a world without the threat of Russia or the terror of Islam?
Israel will stand afterwards amazed that God has stepped back into history. Ezekiel says that the Jewish people will give up their humanism and turn back to God. They by that point haven't accepted Jesus yet, for that's for the remnant that survives to see Jesus' return at the very end of the Tribulation.
Also the result of the Gog & Magog War, the remaining Jews across the planet will finally go back to Israel. They'll feel that it's safe in Israel. Possibly this is the moment when the Antichrist will make a peace treaty with Israel guaranteeing seven years of peace. He'll promise that nobody can attack Israel, but we know he fears that God protects Israel.
Pastor Vic, you live in a highly Jewish populated area. Calvary Chapel Aventura is in a predominantly Jewish area of Miami, right?
Vic: Very Jewish, yes. I think I'm the only Dominican in the area.
Nathan: Well, Pastor Vic, you'll be the only person living in Aventura area because after the Gog & Magog War Ezekiel says all the Jews of the world move back to Israel. Right now half of the world's Jews live here in the United States. They will leave the United States because they will feel this need to return to Israel. All the Jews of the world will regather back into Israel after the Gog & Magog War. Imagine that!
Vic: That's truly amazing to think about! This is just incredible information. To think that all this is going to develop according to what the Bible says, and exactly like it says.
In the seventh and last part of this discussion with Pastor Vic on the end times sign of wars, we'll cover the remaining prophetic end time wars.