From "Thy Kingdom Come" - June 2014 - a publication of the Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.
A Christian Israelite View
A RELUCTANT ACCOMPLICE
by Bob Vermaat
"And I will turn thee back, and put hooks in thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth" (Eze.38:4)
(I've told you how the British Israel groups teach that Russia and company will attack and destroy the nations of the West, that are predominantly Israelite nations. Mr. Vermaat continues with this teaching, but he does bring out a few points concerning the recent Ukraine and Russia situation - Keith Hunt)
In the last couple of months a great deal of attention has been paid to the turmoil in the Ukraine and the possible repercussions that might come forth out of all this unrest. A good number of Bible students are pointing at the Gog and Magog prophecy of Ezekiel 38, and most of them are pointing the finger at the terrible Russian Bear as being the proverbial boogie man causing all the unrest. But, let's look at this situation a little closer to see if this analysis is correct. First, we have to understand that since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Ukraine has been a buffer zone between the West and Russia. A few years ago, a number of Ukraine's government officials were ousted and imprisoned on corruption charges, and a new government leader was elected by a democratic process. Now, during the last several months new unrest has erupted and a tug of war seems to be taking place. Some of its citizens have been persuaded through outside pressure to join the Western block, principally NATO, whereas others have sought closer ties to Russia, these others mostly being ethnic Russians. So, when the people of the Crimean Peninsula voted overwhelmingly to be annexed with Russia, and Russia sent in some military personnel for protection, the indignant Western World called it an act of military aggression and interference. Whether it was or not, what happened to that point happened and we could only hope that further hostilities would be avoided.
As an aside, there is a touch of irony to Russia gobbling up Crimea, as she did. The irony being that we western nations have done exactly the same, as in the past we have intervened in other sovereign nations in the name of freedom and democracy. Think of the war against Serbia to help the people of Kosovo gain their independence. We thought we had to intervene, and probably we did, because the Kosovo people felt threatened and were seeking a new direction. Still, but by the same token, was there any difference in the Crimea people seeking a new direction through their overwhelming vote to join Russia?
The danger shaping up are the escalating events in Eastern Ukraine and if the West and Russia cannot find a solution to the continuing turmoil.....
Now I agree with Pastor Alan Campbell's description of Vladimer Putin as a bully. Perhaps I would go a step further and call him a risk-taking bully. Still, in the same way as we look upon the good and bad traits of our western leaders, we must admit that Mr. Putin has many fine attributes, as well as flaws. You know, in his tenure as the Russian Premier he has led Russia back to its Orthodox roots, something that was basically destroyed by the Bolsheviks. And interestingly, under his leadership some twenty-three hundred Russian Orthodox churches have been restored to religious service, with the emphasis on Christian worship and the unity of the family. He hosted a magnificent Winter Olympics, although he had to withstand the fierce attack from mostly western nations on his gay rights legislation. We Christians have to be encouraged that our fellow Christians in Russia are once again free to worship Almighty God. Sadly, it is such an obvious change from the pressure our faith is under here in the once Christian west.
At this point let's look again at the prophecy of Ezekiel 38. "Son of man, set thy face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, thus saith the Lord God: behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army," (Ezekiel 38:2-4). We see here in verse four that Gog [Russia] is not perpetrating the act of aggression of his own volition, but that the Lord Himself will bring him forth, in other words Gog will have to be coerced into action. She will have to be provoked in order to come forth with all her military might. And if we consider the NATO allies' military along Russia's western borders, we can easily see that these actions could provoke the Russian Bear.....
(NOT SO AS THIS PROPHECY OF EZEKIEL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS AGE BEFORE JESUS RETURNS; IT HAS AS I'VE SHOWN, EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE FIRST YEARS AFTER CHRIST HAS RETURNED TO JERUSALEM, AND ALL THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL ARE AT PEACE AND SAFETY, WITH NO WALLS, BARS, OR GATES; NO DEFENSE NEEDED AS CHRIST AND THE SAINTS WILL BE THE SURE DEFENSE OF ISRAEL. THE CONTEXT OF EZEKIEL HERE IS FOR AFTER THE RETURN OF CHRIST TO THIS EARTH - Keith Hunt)
Interestingly, the fact that the Lord God Himself will bring Russia forth is to me an indication that just like the Lord brought the Assyrians against the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Babylonians against the Southern Kingdom of Judah, he will bring Gog, Magog and confederates against True Israel.
(BRITISH ISRAEL TEACHING THAT RUSSIA WILL ATTACK THE WESTERN NATIONS AND DESTROY THEM. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH - Keith Hunt)
Why! Because of our collective sins and idolatry. In addition to Ezekiel, the prophet Joel records God's warning that the day of the Lord is close at hand and he describes the invasion thusly, "a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like ..."
(THE DAY OF THE LORD IS LATER IN THE LAST 3 AND 1/2 YEARS OF THE END OF THIS AGE, AND NOT BEFORE. THE AUTHOR DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WHEN THE DAY OF THE LORD IS TO COME. ALL EXPLAINED FULLY AND IN DETAIL ON MY WEBSITE UNDER "PROPHECY" - Keith Hunt)
So we can be certain it is the Lord Himself who will bring the adversary upon the Israelite nations, because of their sins and apostasy. They may not want to advance but the "hooks will be in their jaw.".....
(SO HE IS SAYING GOD WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN.....THE ISRAEL NATIONS OF THE WEST WILL BE ATTACKED AND DESTROYED BY RUSSIA AND COMPANY, BECAUSE OF OUR SINS - Keith Hunt)
The Western nations do seem to be stirring the cauldron of discontent and in places where we have no business meddling and for that the Lord will hold us accountable. Unfortunately, our leaders are making decisions that will lead to war. Russia, on the other hand, must act prudently or else their actions will lead to war. So far, they are not. But God is the decision maker and His Plan will not be altered. If He says that he will put hooks in the mouth of Gog and Magog, He will do so. The beginning is clearly outlined in Ezekiel 38:4, the ending in Ezekiel 39:4. The turning point is recorded in Hosea 6:1-2 when Israelites will go to their knees and pray, "Come, and let us return unto the Lord..." ....................
LET IT BE KNOWN, SOUND THE BELL! I STATE AGAIN, THE BRITISH ISRAEL GROUPS DO NOT UNDERSTAND END TIME BIBLE PROPHECY. THEY ARE LIKE THE FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANT PROPHETS, THEY HAVE IT ALL WRONG. THIS EZEKIEL 38 AND 39 IS FOR AFTER JESUS HAS RETURNED.
THERE WILL BE NO WAR BETWEEN THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND THE USA AND SOME NATIONS OF NORTH-WESTERN EUROPE.
THOSE NATIONS WILL BE DESTROYED BY THE RISING BEAST OF EUROPE - THE LAST RESURRECTION OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE - THE BEAST BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGION OF EUROPE, THAT WILL INDEED ONE DAY RULE THE WESTERN WORLD.
ALL PROPHECY IS EXPOUNDED IN DETAIL ON MY WEBSITE.