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Looking at Israel Today
The Gog and Magog invasion of Israel is a future event that has sparked some debate today about its timing due to what happened in Israel on October 7th. If you remember, on that day, Hamas terrorists and depraved citizens from Gaza attacked Israel and killed over a thousand people in a most horrific way and dragged several hundred back to Gaza as political prisoners. And the response of the IDF has been swift and intense, rendering Northern Gaza into a barren wasteland before the watching eyes of the world.
But the fallout from this bloodthirsty attack and the continuing aftermath of Israel has polarized nations and political leaders in choosing which side of this war they will take. Do they support Gaza, with their demand for the total eradication of Israel, protesting and chanting “from the river to the sea?” Or do they support Israel, the victims of this attack, and their God-given right to protect themselves from this kind of barbaric butchery?
Amazingly (or maybe not so amazing), the nations that have aligned themselves with Hamas and against Israel line up perfectly with those involved in the Gog from Magog invasion of Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39. In fact, the precise fulfillment of this prophecy could happen right before our eyes, in breathtaking color.
We are going to seek to answer three questions about this prophecy and what is happening today in Israel. First, who are the nations involved in the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion? Next, what actually happens during the Gog invasion? And, most important, when does it take place?
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The prophecy in Ezekiel begins by listing a group of people (or nations) that no longer exist today but inhabit geographic areas we can clearly identify. And this invasion is designed by God, who seems to be directing the players and the outcome for His own personal reasons (Ezek. 38:23, see also Romans 9:17-18).
Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal'” – Ezekiel 38:1-3.
Note the participants: Gog from the land of Magog, Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. But there are more.
“I will (God’s actions) turn you (Gog) around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops— many people are with you” – Ezekiel 38:4-6.
Now we see even more participants: Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, and the house of Togarmah. These are the ones who will come against Israel during this invasion. Yet, other nations are mentioned who are critical of Gog’s actions yet do not directly involve themselves.
“Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” – Ezekiel 38:13.
So who are these people, and what countries do they represent today?
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When we look at the table of nations in Genesis 10 and elsewhere, we can determine the nations involved in the invasion, or those critical of it:
• Gog – Leader (Demonic)
• Land of Magog (Scythians) – Central Asia, the countries that made up the former Soviet Union (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan)
• The Prince of Rosh – Russia
• Meshech and Tubal – Modern Turkey
• Persia – Iran
• Ethiopia (Cush) – Modern Sudan, those nations south of Egypt
• Libya (Put or Phut) – Modern Libya, possibly as far as Algeria and Tunisia, those nations west of Egypt
• Gomer (Cimmerians) – Central Turkey
• House of Togarmah – Modern Turkey, North of Israel
• Sheba (Sabean Kingdom) – Modern Yemen
• Dedan – Modern Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar
• The merchants of Tarshish – Great Britain, Spain
• all their young lions – the colonies or trading partners of Tarshish, possibly the United States
Can you see things beginning to shape up for something like this? I sure can. But let’s look at the current situation Israel finds itself among its Muslim neighbors. After all, one picture is worth a thousand words, and this is no exception.
There is so much more to discover about the amazing prophetic times we are living in right now. I hope you will have one eye on your Bible and the other on Israel as we eagerly await the return of our Lord.
It should be a wild ride!