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Ezekiel For Today

Chapters 38 to 39

                             EZEKIEL FOR TODAY

                            Chapters 38 and 39


The prophecy concerning Russia and China - 
peoples of the East and even from Africa


CHAPTER 38

     FEW understand these chapters of Ezekiel. There are TWO
basic reasons for not correctly understanding these chapters.

     First, most miss the fact that Ezekiel has a story flow. It
is quite simple. Israel and Judah are to be punished in
destruction, then RESTORED as one people, being brought back to
the Holy Land at the coming of the Kingdom of God on earth. Then
after being restored we have the invasion of the Holy Land by the
kings of the East and their armies.

     Secondly, most people and certainly most "scholars" so-
called, will not take the time to study where the modern nations
have come from. And for sure most will NOT ADMIT that most of the
Western world is the very people of the House of Israel. 
     Are you will to prove all this I've just mentioned,
especially that the nations of North-Western Europe, the British
Commonwealth and the United States of America are INDEED THE VERY
PEOPLE OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL? I hope you are! Because it is a
fact of recorded history. The very BEST Website on the Internet
to prove this truth is: BRITAM.ORG

     Ezekiel is told to set his face against GOG, the land of
MAGOG, the chief prince of Rosh and Tubal. God is AGAINST them!
Most will freely admit that this prophecy is concerning Russia
and China and other nations of the EAST - Persia (Iran) Cush (not
Ethiopia - who are India, Put (not Libya - West and Central
Africa and other countries of the east of the Euphrates river). 

     These nations will AFTER THE START OF THE MILLENNIUM, come
against the restored people of Israel and Judah, now back in the
Holy Land. God will turn them back and He personally will DESTROY
THESE ARMIES! It will be people from the North and the East and
even the South West into parts of upper Africa, that will come to
invade Israel in the Holy Land.

     IF YOU READ CAREFULLY VERSES 7 TO 16 YOU CAN SEE WHEN ALL
THIS IS TO TAKE PLACE.

     It is after many days, IN THE LATTER YEARS; the context will
tell you what the latter years are; in this case it is the
beginning years of the millennium, the latter years of Israel and
Judah BEING UNITED and a land BROUGHT BACK FROM THE SWORD, A LAND
THAT IS GATHERED OUT OF MANY PEOPLE, MANY PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT
LANDS CALLED FROM THOSE LANDS AND GATHERED BACK TO THE HOLY LAND,
THE VERY MOUNTAINS OF THE LAND OF ISRAEL. THOSE PEOPLE WILL DWELL
SAFELY ALL OF THEM! (verse 8).

     Can it be said that the people now living in the Holy Land
are DWELLING SAFELY? You must have a strange imagination if you
can so claim. The people now in the Holy Land are NOT DWELLING
SAFELY!! This prophecy CANNOT be for some invasion of the Holy
Land by the kings of the East in the last years of this age, as
most so-called "prophets" of prophecy would like you to believe. 

     There is more clear proof this prophecy is not for a time
that most would have you believe, BEFORE Jesus returns.
     Notice it all in verse 11. This invading army is going to a
land with UNWALLED VILLAGES, people who are at REST; to a people
that DWELL SAFELY; without ANY WALLS, HAVING NEITHER BARS NOR
GATES.
     This is NOT modern Palestine; this is NOT the Holy Land
today. Why the Jews themselves have BUILT A WALL AROUND
THEMSELVES!! All the people of the Holy Land are NOT at REST,
dwelling SAFELY. They are FIGHTING EACH OTHER! They have BARS AND
GATES AND WALLS AND GUNS AND ROCKETS POINTING AT EACH OTHER!!

     This prophecy is for a day "when my people Israel dwell
SAFELY and you will not know it." 
     This is for a time when MASS TV AND INTERNET AND NEWS
REPORTING AND VIDEO AND CAMERAS HAVE BEEN BLOWN TO BITS, GONE,
DISAPPEARED, AND COMMUNICATION BETWEEN NATIONS IS NOT AS IT IS
TODAY! After all the events of the book of Revelation has come on
this earth, there will be so great a MASS DESTRUCTION on the
earth, with only a mangled world left behind, it will indeed be
like a wild science-fiction world of a blown-up earth with rag-
tag people enduring a survival that will truly be horrendous in
scope. As Jesus said in His Olivet prophecy of Matthew 24, unless
those days were to be shortened NO FLESH WOULD BE SAVED ALIVE!

     Out of it all, Israel and Judah, will be RESTORED to the
Holy Land. Jesus the Messiah will be WITH THEM. David and the 12
apostles will be raised from the dead, and ruling over the 12
tribes of Israel, under Christ. The peoples of Israel will now be
in FULL AND COMPLETE SAFETY, ABSOLUTE PEACE AND PROSPERITY, NO
WALLS, NO BARS, NO GATES, JUST PERFECT PEACE AND MIGHTY BLESSINGS
OF A LAND AS THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

     The nations of the East will have been in a war with the
Beast Power of Europe. Those are the days to be shortened or no
flesh would survive from an all out war between the West and the
East. The East is left desolate in many ways, they will be barely
handing on as we say. It will be a time of DESPERATION! They
will, with time, HEAR about how a people in the Holy Land are
PROSPERING, LIVING AT PEACE, LIVING WITH NO ARMY, NO WEAPONS OF
KILLING, NO WALLS OF ANY KIND FOR PROTECTION, AND THEY WILL BAND
TOGETHER IN AN ARMY OF PEOPLE TO INVADE THIS PROSPEROUS AND
PEACEFUL LAND. THE PEOPLE OF THE EAST WILL COME AS A CLOUD TO
COVER THE LAND. IT WILL BE INDEED THE LATTER DAYS OF ENDING ONE
AGE AND MOVING INTO THE NEXT AGE.
     Peoples from the North African continent will also hear
about the gadren of Eden that the Holy Land has become. When
people are in a desparate state for the basics of survival, such
news of a bountiful land travels quickly, probably through the
land of Egypt (see Zechariah 14).


     The movement from one age to the Kingdom age will not all
happen in a short month or so, and will not happen without some
troubles for some people (Zechariah 14). What will be left of the
peoples of the East at the beginning of the millennium will be as
nothing in comparison to what they shall hear is the prosperity
of the people dwelling safely in the Holy Land. The eye of some
people will be on the war-path to invade.
     Some looking at this will say it sounds like a people on the
march to invade that have no modern weapons to fight with, so it
cannot be a prophecy for our day. Not so! Such people forget the
context of the world at the end time. Such destruction will have
come, that yes, literally modern weapons of war will have been
blown to bits, most of the cities of the West and East will have
been blown to bits. People will be as nomads, seeking food, and
just barely surviving all the wars and plagues and utter
destruction that has come on the earth in the last 42 months of
this age. It will be for them a survival of the fittest, a bare
knuckle fight to live.
     When you understand the CONTEXT of the world and end time
prophecy, then what you read here in Ezekiel 38 and 39 will
indeed be a back to basics of fighting to invade another nation.
There will be no nation on earth after the coming of Christ that
will be left with "modern space war machines" to invade another
nation. People who throw out Ezekiel 38 and 39 based upon the
crude way it describes this invasion, just forget to understand
the book of Revelation and the desolation of the earth and the
nations upon it by the time the 1,000 years of the new age
begins.

     When the people of the North and the East come against the
Holy Land, God will be mighty jealous over His Israel people.
There will indeed be a great shaking in the land. What is
described in verse 20 can hardly be said to have happened. The
shaking of the earth and the mountains being thrown down in the
Holy Land has not been recorded as here mentioned. People
fighting each other, being destroyed by pestilence and with
blood, and with an overflowing rain, with great hailstones, fire,
and brimstone, cannot be said to have taken place in the recorded
history of the Holy Land (verses 18-23).


CHAPTER 39

     God will step in, only ONE SIXTH of this army of people from
the North and the East will remain alive. This army of people
will fall on the mountains of Israel; the fallen will be food for
the birds of the heaven, and the beasts of the field to be
devoured. It would seem that either God has not yet at this time
CHANGED the nature of animals like the lion to eat straw like the
ox, or for this battle their old nature is restored to them; 
or again as a co-worker of mine said, maybe the birds will continue
to be as they are, for animals will die as they do today, and birds
do clean away the body (verses 1-6).
     Israel will surely know the name of God in no uncertain way
and the heathen also shall know that the Lord is the Holy One IN
Israel (verse 7).

     Those that dwell in the cities of Israel at this time shall
go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons that people
will now be using (yes crude old basic weapons to kill) to
destroy each other, FOR SEVEN YEARS! (verse 9).
     There is no space-age weapons left in the nations of the
earth by the time the 1,000 years begins. We are back to the old
crude weapons that peoples have used to kill each other for
centuries. Is there ANY RECORDED HISTORY of Israel EVER taking
SEVEN YEARS TO BURN WEAPONS of killing from the lands of their
enemies that would destroy them? NO THERE IS NOT!! IT HAS NEVER
HAPPENED!! IT IS YET TO TAKE PLACE!!

     IT WILL TAKE 7 MONTHS FOR ISRAEL TO BURY THE DEAD OF THE
NATIONS THAT COME AGAINST THEM IN THAT DAY (verse 12). MEN CHOSEN
JUST TO MOVE THROUGH THE LAND TO BURY THE DEAD WILL BE FOUND.
BONES WILL BE MARKED AND THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL VALLEY CALLED
HAMONGOG FOR ALL TO BE BURIED IN IT (verses 7-16).

     The message of a food feast is to go out to all the
feathered fowl and to every beast of the field. They are to feast
ON THE DEAD (verses 17-20).

     The GLORY of God will be set and felt among the HEATHEN,
THEY WILL SEE HIS JUDGMENT (verse 21).

     If there is any doubt in Israel (human nature is still human
even with Israel having God's Spirit) that the Lord is God, this
massive destruction of those invading Israel will make that doubt
disappear. Israel will know from that day forward that the Lord
is their God (verse 22).

     The heathen will also know that the House of Israel went
into captivity for their iniquities; so God for a time did hide
His face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies
to be punished. But now they will know that the God of heaven has
healed them and is WITH them, as He did bring them from their
captivity from the lands of the enemies, and is now SANCTIFIED in
them in the sight of many nations. 

"Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused
them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have
gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any
more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I
have POURED OUT MY SPIRIT UPON THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, SAYS THE LORD
GOD" (verses 28-29).

     The House of Israel has NEVER HAD GOD'S SPIRIT POURED OUT ON
THEM AS A WHOLE PEOPLE! BUT AS WE HAVE SEEN IN ISAIAH AND
JEREMIAH THIS OUT-POURING OF GOD'S SPIRIT ON ALL ISRAEL WILL ONE
DAY TAKE PLACE.

     THIS PROPHECY IS YET FOR THE FUTURE!

                         ........................


To be continued


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