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Good Heavens!!! I’d say that was a heavy read today. WHAT is going on here??? First let me say the book of Ezekiel is considered a book of Eschatology which is the study of what is believed to be the final events in the history of the world….the ultimate destiny of humanity commonly referred to as the end of the world. Eschatology comes from two Greek words –Eschatos meaning “last” and ology meaning “the study of”.
Things eschatology deals with are the Rapture, the Tribulation, the Second Coming, and the Millennium. A study if eschatology will eliminate fears of the end times because we grow in our understanding of the following:
OUR GOD IS SOVEREIGN AND HE KEEPS HIS PROMISES
HE HAS A PLAN AND OUR SALVATION IS A HUGE PART OF HIS PLAN.
ALL WILL UNFOLD IN HIS PERFECT TIMING….GOD’S PERFECT TIMING.
So as we read Ezekiel and other books dealing with eschatology — read them in the LIGHT of these three things…even if you aren’t sure of every detail the readings go into..REMEMBER the above three things so you will be filled with peace and not fear…peace in the encouragement for all in Christ.
A great scripture to focus with all reading dealing with the end times is from the NT and comes from Titus 2:13 — “We wait for the blessed HOPE — the glorious appearing of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Today’s reading is ALL PROPHECY!! This prophecy HAS NOT YET BEEN FULFILLED. However….just for “fun” after read these two chapters turn on the news….doesn’t matter what channel….CNN, FOX, etc…and listen to the nations that are being discussed….Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Libya, etc. Also look at the map below in reference to where places of “action” today. HOLY MOLY!!!
Gog and Magog…..well..Gina…there are NO places with these names today and you are correct..but hang in there with me just a few more minutes. The bottom line is this is about NATIONS coming together against an Israel with no walls. These chapters written 2600 years ago give us one of the most important and dramatic prophecies in all Ezekiel, it is called the Prophecy against Gog and Magog. It is a prophecy about the invasion of Israel in the last days. An invasion led by Russia and Iran. According to scholars, it will happen shortly after Israel will sign a “peace treaty” with leaders in Europe. The “peace treaty” will be fake, especially from Europe, who will join forces with Iran to destroy Israel. Is this happening? I don’t know, BUT what I do know is the leader of Israel went to Russia two years for a “meeting” and no one knows why or what happened. ALSO LOOK at who Russia’s allies are today!!! Each day I listen to our news I am captivated by all that has and is happening around the world and all the countries who hate Israel.
My mentor last year identified the nations in this reading and the nations TODAY and oh what clarity it brought!! I hope this is as eye opening for you as it was for me.
First there is Gog. Gog is not a nation, but a term for a ruler. It means “ruler” or “man on top”.
Next we have Magog which today is made up of parts of the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Afghanistan.)
Now we have Rosh: (this term is used 600 times in the Old Testament) referring to people North of the Black Sea, which we call RUSSIA. When the Soviet Union collapsed this made Bible Scholars scratch their head since this Prophecy lay out there so boldly. But as we have witnessed in the past 20 years, Russia has been reassembling itself and this time will be an extremely strong and hostile power in the world (as we are also getting peaks of in the news today!!)
Meshech and Tubal are usually named together in the Bible. We just read they traded with Tyre (modern Lebanon) so Meshech and Tubal are parts of present day Turkey.
The next name mentioned in Ezekiel is Persia; which since 1935 we have called it IRAN!!! It’s official name today is “The Islamic Republic of Iran” with a population of 74 Million people. Ayatollah Khomeini was crowned the leader for revitalizing the Islamic nation for many years. The leader now is a very familiar face (but just a figurehead for their politics)…. can you say Mahmoud Ahmadinejad??? AMAZING eh???
In October 2005 Ahmadinejad said to a group called The World without Zionism “As the imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map…ANYbody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire if the Islamic nation’s fury.” (The United States is a friend of Israel….so keep your eyes wide open as things occur!!)
The next name in this read is Cush. Cush is Ethiopia. The first time we read about some of these nations was Genesis 10 (SERIOUSLY!!) We call this nation today Sudan. I know you know the name but not sure of who they are. They are the nation that supported Iraq in the Gulf War AND harbored Osama bin Laden.
Then we have Put. Today …. this is Libya. Since 1969 Libya is under the dictatorship of Gaddafi. Libya is an Islamic nation with great hatred for Israel AND has an alliance with….that’s right, you guessed it RUSSIA!
Gomer. Gomer is possibly modern day Germany/Turkey. They have an allegiance to Russia and if you watch the nightly news you will hear them say they have a strong military presence in Northern Iraq.
This list is not complete since Ezekiel says “many others”. On the flip side we read of nations that are NOT to be involved against Israel and that is “Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and the young lions. Scholars believe Sheba and Dedan to be modern-day Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, and the Gulf Countries of Kuwait and the United Arab of Emirates. The “young lions” are believed to be Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the African colonies, and the United States.
Does this not make you go OH MY!!!
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