Israel in the “End of Days”

A Prophetic Perspective of Present Day Global Events

Ezekiel 36 – 39

The Book was written while Ezekiel was exiled in Babylon (Iraq) approximately 600 years before Christ

His ministry extended over twenty-three years  595-573 B.C. 

He was contemporary with Daniel and Jeremiah, and probably also with Obadiah.

His prophesies deal with:

                The captivity of Israel and the destruction of Jerusalem

                Judgment on other nations for their part in Israel’s sin and rebellion

1. In the Last Days Israel will be Re-Born

37:11  Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

37:12  Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

37:13  And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

37:14  And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

36:24  For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

2. In the Last Days Israel will be Restored

36:33  Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.

36:34  And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.

36:35  And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.

36:36  Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.  (and He has!)

3. In the Last Days Israel will be Re-United

37:15 ¶  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

37:16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

37:17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

The Divided Kingdom (Judah and Israel) becomes One Kingdom in the End Time…

4. In the Last Days Israel will be Re-Gathered

37:21  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

37:22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

5. In the Last Days Israel will be Invaded by Armies from the North

1 ¶  Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

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:

AND… “in the last days…”

Restored Israel will be Invaded by Gog and his army… (Eze 38)

38:14 ¶  Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

38:15  And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

38:16  And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

“Gog” is a person.  The “Chief Prince” of a group of nations.

“Magog” is an assembly of nations that will be led by Gog in the invasion of Israel in the last                                          days.

Magog, Meshech and Tubal were sons of Japheth (remember the sons of Noah and the “table of nations” in Gen 10?)  They are the ancestors of the people of northern Eurpope…  (the Russians, Muscovites, Cappadocians, etc)

Gog, in the land of Magog, the chief prince of (Rosh), Meshech, and Tubal, will invade the restored land of Israel from the North, with a powerful army of many nations. (38:1-9)

Their intention will be to plunder Israel, which will be dwelling in security. (38:10-16)

But when Gog and his army (from the north) invade Israel, they will be destroyed by the wrath and judgment of the Lord.

On the mountains of Israel Gog with all his hosts and nations will be destroyed by the wrath of God.

The inhabitants of the cities of Israel will spend seven years in burning the weapons of the fallen foe, and seven months in burying the corpses in a valley.

In the meantime all the birds and wild beasts will fill themselves with the flesh and blood of the fallen

What is the meaning of this?

 This is a global conflict that will end this age.

This is a war that will be like no other war in all recorded history.

This will be a group of nations led by a “mad man” with the intent of destroying Israel and Israel’s God.

This battle will be the “mother of all battles” and will be won in an instant.

God will intervene and destroy Gog, Magog and all the nations set in array against Israel

This could well be the Biblical “Battle of Armageddon”… the Apocalypse

Gog and Magog may well be the antichrist and his gathered forces that will attempt to overthrow Israel and destroy Israel’s God

NOW… where are we in all of this??

At this moment in history, all eyes are on Israel and Iran.  They are in the vortex of an impending conflict.

BUT… The USA and Russia are also key players in this end-time scenario.

Iran is hell-bent on destroying Israel… and has publically declared that it will “wipe Israel off the map…”

Iran is driven by an Islamic Mad Man who believes it is his mission in life to create a world-destroying war in order to bring back the Islamic “messiah.”

In light of this… Israel is poised for an immediate pre-emptive strike to defend itself… and rightly so.

Ahmadinejad has vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the map.

He has asked Muslims to envision a world without the United States.

He believes that Israel is the Little Satan and the U.S. is the Great Satan.

He believes the end of the world is just a few years away and that it is his mission to bring it about.

Iran is developing its nuclear capability and could literally be weeks away from deploying missiles with atomic warheads.

Today, for the first time in two thousand years, we are seeing all these signs come true, and the rebirth of Israel is the most dramatic sign of them all. We can, therefore, have confidence that Jesus’ return is closer than ever. What’s more, we can be confident that our generation will not pass away before we see this remarkable event occur.  (Mat 24:24)

No other generation in history has been able to say that, but we now can. It is true that Jesus cautions us not to speculate on the exact day and hour of his return. But we are encouraged to watch current events closely and know when the clock is running out.

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