The Privilege of Witnessing Bible Prophecy Being Fulfilled
As we watch Israel's struggles, it's a good time to review the ancient prophecies which are looming over that nation. There are two ancient prophecies of "the last days" wars against Israel: Psalm 83: The Arab confederation being stopped by God Ezekiel 38: Russia-Iran-Turkey coming to judgment by God himself What stands out about the God of the Bible is the many prophecies he has given. No other "holy" book gives prophecy except in very general terms, because God is the only one who knows the future. The prophecies in the Bible are 100% accurate, a claim no other can make. The prophecy in Ezekiel chapter 38 is one of the most studied prophecies in the Bible. More than 2,600 years ago, Ezekiel foretold the great “last-days” war against Israel led by Russia, Iran, and Turkey. Ezekiel 38 verse 8 determines the time as "in the last years." He names the countries involved, and history has been able to locate the areas named. For example, the land of Meshech (Moscow) and Tubal (Tobolsk) is the area known today as Russia. Persia is today called Iran. Ezekiel says they will come from the far north. If you take a ruler and go directly north from Jerusalem, it will cross Moscow. Some have said that it would also go through Turkey, but the Scripture actually pinpoints "the FAR north," and Russia is farther north than Turkey. Regardless, Turkey IS also included in the same Ezekiel 38 passage. Turkey is what was then called "Togarmah." Isn't it amazing that 2,600 years later Russia, Iran and Turkey are the leading nations involved in the "last days" assaults against Israel! They are in our news daily. Other places named in this coalition will include countries from north Africa, like Ethiopia and Libya. As the last days advance, God sheds more light on what's happening... For centuries, when teachers of the Bible spoke on the great Ezekiel 38 invasion of Israel "in the last days," they didn't notice that not one of the countries that were named in Ezekiel 38 borders on Israel. Among the countries bordering Israel, the so-called "Palestinian" countries, the ones who so have such barbaric hatred of Israel - not one of them is named in the war of Ezekiel 38, so this one is clearly a different war, and in fact it looks like this one takes place first. The prophecy given in Psalm 83, lists those exact "Palestinian" places showing that God will judge them for their hatred of Israel prior to the war of Ezekiel 38. Not only that, but Israel will be given a great part of their lands, and that will bring to pass one of the conditions necessary before Ezekiel 38 can come to pass: it specifically says Israel will be at peace when Russia and Iran come against it in that great war. Israel is certainly not at peace right now, but the solution to that - the Psalm 83 war, will take place first and in fact is forming right now - the Psalm 83 coalition is in the making right before our eyes. It will be a confederation of Arab nations, and all the things happening right now in the Middle East are bringing this loosely-knit coalition to form into a single confederation which will unite in their hatred of Israel and launch the Psalm 83 war against her. "For they have consulted together with one consent; they form a confederacy against you..." Psalm 83:5 There is one other element in the story, differentiating the two wars - and that is the purpose of each invasion. The Russian-Persian-Turkish war of Ezekiel 38 shows them coming down in war against Israel "to take plunder and to take booty." Israel has become one of the most prosperous and "modern" nations in the world. They have discovered a huge reservoir of oil and gas off the coast of Haifa, and there's so much oil and gas in this new find that it will keep them prosperous for a very long time. So ...Russia and Iran will come against them to plunder them. The aim of the Psalm 83 "Palestinian" war on the other hand, shows the immediate neighbors of Israel coming against her not to plunder her, but to destroy her, to "wipe her off the face of the earth." "They have said, 'Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.'” Psalm 83:4 Is that not what we're witnessing this very day? Are those not the very words the Muslims so publicly proclaim against Israel? In the map of the Middle East, Israel is so small that it's hardly visible. Why on earth would anyone care about this tiny place? You have to know your Bible to be able to answer that question, because it's all explained there for anyone who wants to know. When you watch the news on tv, be mindful of the fact that you are watching the fulfillment of prophecies given thousands of years ago, prophecies pointing to the time called "the last days." The last days are upon us.