Sunday, December 28, 2014

An Evil Plan

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.  I will turn you 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. “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.  After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.  You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.” ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:  You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—  to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.  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 38:1-13  NKJV

The events we find here in Ezekiel 38-39 revealing the Gog/Magog conflict with Israel is possibly one of the most anticipated prophetic events on most peoples’ eschatological calendar as it is the conflict many believe immediately precedes the rapture of the Church.  It has been the subject of teaching, books, movies, and discussion since the rebirth of Israel as a nation in 1948, and the fever only seems to increase as we watch the evolution of events in the Middle East today.  The financial upheaval in Russia the past few weeks has many believing we are seeing the seeds sown which will usher in the reasons for this attempted invasion to occur.

If you read or have read this passage, I’m sure you have noticed that it specifically states that the reason for the aggression is the desire to take what is called in the New King James version “plunder and booty”.  It goes on to also mention “silver, gold, livestock, and goods” as to what exactly they are attempting to take away.  For the longest time I have personally wondered how a situation could evolve in Russia which would cause them to be so financially desperate that they consider an invasion of Israel as their only viable option.  Yet here we are today with many voicing the opinion that those times are upon Russia right now, and desperation is the emotion of the day in the Kremlin.

What the coming weeks will produce I certainly cannot say for certain, but I do know where all this will lead.  Not a day goes by now where there isn’t something occurring somewhere in the world which we can easily seem to recognize as a piece to be placed in the prophetic puzzle we are told to watch for.  Read the following articles and decide for yourself if we are indeed seeing these things “come to pass”.

Western Bankers Have Committed Two Acts of War Against Russia
Is Ruble Collapse Act of War?
Official: Russia plotting to start war on Israel
A Hook in the Jaw…
As recession looms, Russia acts to support ruble
Russia forecasts economic slump as bailed-out bank gets more funds
Expats eyeing the exits after Russian ruble plunges

“And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal;  and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel.  Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.  You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.  You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.  “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.  Ezekiel 39:1-6  NKJV

The word used here translated “coastlands” is the Hebrew word “iy”, which is translated to mean,coast, island, shore, region.  What follows is an excerpt from an article by Chuck Missler where he discusses what this passage might be inferring.  

“The ultimate invasion of the Middle East by "Gog and Magog" is well known to most Biblically informed observers.1   The invading forces of Magog - recognized as referring to Russia by most authorities - are wiped out by "hailstones of fire" from the heavens, which also cause an earthquake felt around the world.2   A disturbing aspect of this encounter is that similar "hailstones of fire" also appear to fall on those "who dwell securely in the isles" or coastlands.3   Some suspect that this could be a hint of an intercontinental nuclear exchange as part of the confrontation with Magog and its allies.4

If the possibility of the United States being on the receiving end of a nuclear attack seems farfetched to you, I would suggest you consider the lengths to which Vladimir Putin might go if he believes the very survival of Russia is at stake.  Many might have, in the past, believed the possibility of this sort of scenario to be farfetched to say the least.  I for one think it might easily answer the question many have asked as to why the United States seems to be absent in the events revealed for the end times in scripture.  Is it possible we are busy trying to recover from a nuclear exchange with Russia?  

Keep watching.

US-Russia Nuclear Showdown Looms as Putin Greets Fresh Obama Sanctions with 80+ New ICBMs by 2015 – Reports

Russia tests 10-warhead ballistic missile