Many Bible prophecies have multiple fulfillments

Many Bible prophecies have multiple fulfillments

By Craig C. White

Many Bible prophecies have multiple fulfillments. Here are a few examples.

In the verse below, the Prophet Hosea recounts Israel’s exodus out of Egypt. That was a big event but it was also prophetic.

Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.

In Matthew we are told that Hosea’s words also apply to Jesus Christ when he was a young boy. Jesus and his parents fled out of Israel to Egypt when King Herod tried to kill all the young boys in Bethlehem. A few years later Jesus returned to the land of Israel from Egypt.

Mat 2:14-15 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

I think that there is also a future fulfillment of Hosea’s prophecy. At Jesus Christ’s second coming Jesus won’t immediately land on the Mount of Olives like so many teach. But God will once again call his son out of Egypt. I think that Jesus Christ’s path of vengeance will follow the same trail that the people of Israel took as they escaped out of Egypt. Read my commentary titled “Revelation Wrath Path”.

The Prophet Daniel predicted the coming of an evil ruler who would put a stop to the temple sacrifices in Jerusalem. In 167 BC the Grecian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled this prophecy by attacking Jerusalem and stopping the Jewish sacrifices in order to make sacrifices to himself as God. Daniel 12:11 calls this event the “abomination that maketh desolate”. However in Matthew chapter 24 we are told that the “abomination of desolation” is also a future event.

Dan 8:11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Sometime in the near future a new temple will be built in Jerusalem and animal sacrifices will resume. At the beginning of Jerusalem’s great tribulation (Mat 24:21) the Antichrist will attack Jerusalem, kill or capture many of the Jews living there, and then put an end to the temple sacrifices by defiling the temple. Just for your information, a 3D rendering of the new temple can now be seen on Google maps.

Mat 24:15-16 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

The Prophet Isaiah predicted the destruction of Damascus Syria. The Assyrian Empire did conquer Damascus in 734 BC. Some Bible teachers say that that was the complete fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. The Assyrians conquered Damascus and burned several towns nearby but the city of Damascus was not completely destroyed. Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Damascus has never been reduced to rubble so this prophecy evidently still has a future fulfillment.

Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

One hundred years after the Assyrians conquered Damascus the Prophet Jeremiah gave another prediction about the destruction of Damascus. Obviously this prophecy could not apply to the Assyrian conquest of Damascus since it was given much later.

Jer 49:24-25 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. 25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar did conquer Damascus in 605 BC but he did not destroy the city. The prophecies about the destruction of Damascus, Syria do have partial fulfillment in ancient history but they have not been completely fulfilled yet. The utter destruction of Damascus is still future. Today the neighborhoods and towns around Damascus have been reduced to rubble. It seems likely that one day soon the neighborhood called “Old Damascus” will be also become a ruinous heap. Read my commentary titled “Old Damascus neighborhood must be destroyed”.

There are many more examples where Bible prophecy has multiple fulfillments. Here are a couple of other instances that I believe have been overlooked up until now. The Prophet Nahum predicted the flooding and destruction of the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Nineveh was flooded and thoroughly plundered in 612 BC. Today the ruins of ancient Nineveh lay within the city limits of Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS. ISIS is attempting to recreate the Assyrian Empire. The Prophet Nahum said that the Assyrian Empire would not rise a second time. Today the Mosul dam is in danger of bursting. The Prophet Nahum may also predict the flooding of ISIS in Mosul. Read my commentary titled “The End of ISIS is near!

Beginning in 734 BC the Assyrian Empire conquered Damascus Syria and then invaded northern Israel. I think that these ancient battles are models for the future destruction of Damascus and the following Turkish led invasion into Israel that is described in Ezekiel chapter 38. Every nation that Ezekiel 38:5 says will be led into Israel is now fighting in the Golan Heights of Syria. The Turkish Army has already entered Syria. Turkish President Erdogan has confirmed his intentions to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. Also the UN has told Israel that they must give the Golan Heights back to Syria. Jeremiah 49:23-27 describes an invasion into northwestern Syria coming from the Turkish border. Turkey will destroy Damascus and then lead an invasion into the Golan Heights of Israel soon. Read my commentary titled “Magog Made Easy!

Many Bible prophecies have multiple fulfillment’s.

Many Bible prophecies have multiple fulfillment's

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Who’s Who in Ezekiel 38

Who’s Who in Ezekiel 38

Turkey invades Syria then Israel

By Craig C. White

Ezekiel chapter 38 foretells an end time invasion into Israel. This invasion is forming now although it is being widely overlooked. Every nation mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38 is now fighting in Syria. Ezekiel’s battle has been forming before our eyes for the past seven years but we still don’t see it! This invasion is no longer hidden! Turkey has 54,000 troops on the Syrian border. Turkey will soon lead an invasion into Syria and destroy its capital city of Damascus. But even more alarming is that Turkey will then lead the forces that are fighting in Syria into Israel. Turkey will lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya in an invasion into Israel! Ezekiel identifies these players.

Christians have wondered for millennia; who are the nations described in Ezekiel chapter 38? Well today it has become perfectly clear! We can now identify every nation that Ezekiel described and we can see them in action. Why should you care? Because Ezekiel chapter 38 describes the MAJOR pre-Tribulation event. Plus it is already underway! Here is a quick highlight of the national identities and their current roles in Ezekiel’s prophecy. You can get the full story in my book “Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon”.

In Ezekiel chapter 38 we are immediately introduced to the key player in the end time invasion into Israel. That is Gog, the land of Magog. Gog is not Russia! Gog is Turkey! Magog is Turkey’s ruler! Magog is the chief prince among his brothers Meshech and Tubal. Magog, Meshech, and Tubal all settled Asia Minor or what is known as Turkey today! They were the first Princes of Turkey! Each one was set over a province! Today Magog is the primary governor (chief prince) or Prime Minister of Turkey! Turkish President Erdogan has been President since December 2014 but Erdogan was Prime Minister for twelve years before that.

Ezekiel 38:1-2 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal

Next we are introduced to the armed forces that will join Turkey in an invasion into Israel! Turkey will be joined by Iran, Sudan, and Libya! Persia is the ancient name of Iran. The word translated as Ethiopia in the verse below is the Hebrew word “Cush”. Cush was one of Noah’s grandsons. Cush settled the land south of Egypt. Sudan is the major nation that is located just south of Egypt today. Ethiopia is south of Sudan. Cush may have settled in the entire land area of today’s Sudan and Ethiopia, but the major land area belongs to Sudan!

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

All of these nations will invade Israel together! So if we were to see all of these nations amassed along Israel’s border then we would be alerted to the start of this war! Right? Well my friends, all of these armies are in fact amassed just north of Israel today!!! They are the major forces that have been fighting in Syria for the past five years!!! Al-Qaeda rebels from Libya make up the majority of the “Free Syrian Army” fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad and the Syrian Army! Hezbollah trained fighters from Iran and South Sudan are also in Syria fighting against the “Free Syrian Army”! Also some North Sudanese rebels have joined various Al-Qaeda groups fighting against the Syrian Army.

There are a couple of other nations mentioned in Ezekiel chapter 38 that are also fighting in Syria today. Al-Qaeda fighters from Saudi Arabia are fighting against the Assad regime in Syria. Saudi Arabia is easily identified as Sheba and Dedan in Ezekiel 38:13.

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

The merchants of Tarshish are a little harder to identify. But let’s try. In Isaiah 23:6 below there is an invasion coming upon the island seaport of Tyre. Tyre was in today’s Lebanon. As a matter of fact there is still a major city named Tyre (or Sur) on Lebanon’s Mediterranean mainland. In Isaiah 23:6 the residents of the mainland city of Tyre are instructed to pass over into the island fortress of Tarshish. They are fleeing to the safety of the island fortress. It is very possible that Tarshish was the name of the island fortress located just to the west of the ancient seaport city of Tyre. I think that The merchants of Tarshish represent the nation of Lebanon. Lebanon is acting as a support base for Hezbollah in the Syrian war.

Isa 23:6 Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.

Ezekiel chapter 38 tells us that Turkey will lead Iran, Sudan, and Libya into Israel. The Turkish army is now conveniently amassed on the Syrian border. Iran, Sudan, and Libya are all fighting inside of the nation of Syria. Saudi Arabia and Lebanon are also participating in the Syrian war. The battle of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel chapter 38 has been gathering for the past five years!!!

For your information: Ezekiel chapter 39 describes another Turkish led battle. Ezekiel chapter 39 describes the battle of Armageddon that happens at the end of the coming Great Tribulation period. But Ezekiel chapter 38 is talking about the Turkish led invasion that will happen very soon! Are you aware that this preeminent pre-Tribulation Bible prophecy is forming now? Does your Pastor know? It is High Time to Awake!

Soon Turkish forces will Invade Syria and destroy Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17:1 and Jeremiah 49:24-27. Turkey will be joined by the forces that are now fighting inside of Syria. From Damascus these armies will then turn south a few miles into the land of Israel.

Who is fighting in SyriaCheck out the who is fighting in Syria map!

Ezekiel 38Read all about the gathering Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey Invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

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Rabbi Yehudah Glick and the new temple

Rabbi Yehudah Glick and the new temple

The courtyard will be given to the nations

By Craig C. White

Temple activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick has been appointed to the Israeli parliament known as the Knesset. Rabbi Glick is a leading figure in the establishing of a new Jewish temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Glick wants all religions to worship together on the Temple Mount. Some in Israel say that this is Bible prophecy fulfilled. They may be right but not in the way that they think. The Bible says that there will be a Jewish temple in Jerusalem during the coming Tribulation period. Animal sacrifice will resume for a time but then the Antichrist will invade Jerusalem and end the sacrifices and defile the Temple. This begins a three and one half year period of terrible suffering in Jerusalem and Judea called Jerusalem’s great tribulation in Matthew 24:21.

The Prophet Daniel says that the Antichrist will make a seven year term treaty with Israel regarding temple sacrifice. In the middle of the seven years the Antichrist will stop the sacrifices.

Daniel 9:27  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The construction of a Jewish Temple in Jerusalem is a sign of impending doom for Israel. Rabbi Glick and his associates claim that a new temple will usher in an era of peace and prosperity for Israel. They reference Isaiah chapter 9 to make their claims of coming peace. This is what the verse says in The Israel Bible™.

“That the government may be increased, and of peace there be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it through justice and through righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts doth perform this.” Isaiah 9:6 (The Israel Bible™)

Unfortunately Rabbi Glick and the Jews have rejected the true meaning of this verse. They have edited Isaiah to serve their own desires. Isaiah identifies the birth of a divine Prince who will rule in Jerusalem forever. This ruler is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will return after the seven year Tribulation period in order to save Israel from Rabbi Glick’s folly. Here is Isaiah 9:6-7 from the King James Bible.

Isaiah 9:6-7  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Like I said before the Antichrist will make a seven year agreement with Israel regarding temple sacrifice. So who is the Antichrist? Since 2009 Rabbi Glick has been working with Turkish government officials as well as Turkish religious leaders to gain Islam’s approval for the building of a Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Glick told Turkey’s rulers that Jews and Muslims worship the same god and that the new temple would be open to all religions. Glick along with his Rabbi friends, as well as the Turkish Imams all agreed that a new temple in Jerusalem will usher in lasting peace and prosperity for Israel and an era of peace among all nations. Turkish President Erdogan is the Antichrist. He is the “chief prince” of Turkey mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2-3. Ezekiel chapter 38 describes Erdogan as he leads an invasion into northern Israel. On this occasion the God of Israel will turn back the Turkish led invaders. Lately Erdogan has threatened to take the Golan Heights away from Israel. Also Turkey and Israel have been struggling to finalize a reconciliation agreement since 2010. Perhaps the failed Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights is the event that finally causes Erdogan and Israel to conclude a peace agreement. Rabbi Yehudah Glick has arrived in the Knesset to ensure that a new temple is part of that agreement.

The Bible says that there will be a temple in Jerusalem during the Tribulation. Rabbi Yehudah Glick says that the temple will be open to all religions. The book of Revelation says that the courtyard of the temple will be trampled upon by the nations.

Revelation 11:1-2  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.  2  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

This is the beginning stage of the tribulation period temple in Jerusalem and the seven year peace treaty among Erdogan and Israel. I think that the Church will be taken away before the Tribulation begins. We may not be here to see this seven year agreement signed. The Resurrection and Rapture, and the Tribulation are very near. It is High Time to Awake!

Rabbi Yehudah Glick

Here is a video of Glick talking to Turkish religious leader Adan Oktar in 2009 saying that the God of Israel and Allah are one and the same

Read this article on the Jewish Press Temple Mount Activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick Talks Peace in Turkey

Read this article on Israel News Does Newest Knesset Member Yehudah Glick Fulfill Jerusalem Prophecy of Zachariah?

Read my Bible commentary titled Peace Peace

Find out what you must know about the end time in my BIG Book of Bible Prophecy

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Magog Made Easier!

Magog Made Easier!

Ezekiel chapter 38 is a prelude to Ezekiel chapter 39

By Craig White

This is my second commentary covering the battle of Gog and Magog. In my first commentary I identify the people and places involved in the battle of Gog and Magog. For more information please first read my commentary titled “Magog Made Easy!”. This commentary titled “Magog Made Easier!” looks at the differences between Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 and explores the near time possibility of the battle of Gog and Magog.

Gog is the land of modern Turkey. Magog is its leader. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 both describe a Turkish led invasion into Israel. My view is that the events of Ezekiel chapter 38 will happen before the events described in Ezekiel chapter 39.

Eze 38:1-3 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 begin in similar ways. God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the land of Gog (or today’s Turkey). However, Magog the ruler of Gog is named at the beginning of Ezekiel chapter 38. Magog is the ruler of Gog. Magog is not mentioned at the beginning of Ezekiel chapter 39. So Ezekiel chapter 39 is directed more towards the nation of Gog than it is towards its ruler personally. I think that Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 have separate applications because God divides them into two separate proclamations. It may be that the battle of Ezekiel chapter 38 happens before Israel’s Great Tribulation and the battle of Ezekiel chapter 39 happens a few years later at the end of the Great Tribulation period. I will say more about that when we get to Ezekiel chapter 39.

Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

In Ezekiel 38:4, when Gog attacks Israel then God will turn the Turkish army around like an animal being led with a bit in its mouth (put hooks into thy jaw). A lot of Bible teachers say that this means that the Turkish Army will be turned towards Israel but it actually means that God will cause the Turkish Army to retreat. The term to “put hooks into thy jaws” is used elsewhere in the Bible. Just like God caused the Assyrian Army to retreat in 734 BC God will also cause the Turkish Army to retreat. Read my commentary titled Hooks into thy jaws.

The Ezekiel chapter 38 invasion into Israel may begin soon. The Turkish army is now amassed on the Syrian border; both in Turkey and now inside of Syria. Turkish President Erdogan has proclaimed that the sole reason that Turkey has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. The Turkish Army may destroy Damascus (Isaiah 17:1 and Jeremiah 49:24-27) and then march a few miles southward into Israel.

Eze 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

I explain the identities of these people in my commentary “Magog Made Easy”. Persia, Ethiopia (Cush), and Libya are today’s Iran, Sudan, and Libya. They are all fighting in Syria today.

Eze 38:6-7 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. 7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer were brothers. Togarmah is Gomer’s son. They were among the first families to resettle the world after the devastation of Noah’s flood. They all settled together in today’s Turkey. The north quarters literally describes the northern quadrant of Turkey, not a northern country. Today the largest population center in Turkey is located around Istanbul in far northwestern Turkey. So Turkey will lead an invasion into Israel joined by Iran, Sudan, and Libya.

Eze 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

This prophecy will take place a long time after it was given to Ezekiel. It will take place in the latter years meaning last or end. The latter years are the years before Jesus Christ’s return to Earth to judge the nations and rule on Earth. Turkey will be visited by a person with intentions of mustering troops to invade Israel. This may be referring to Magog himself, the Turkish leader who will instigate the battle. Today it is easy to see that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is eager to start a war with Israel (read my commentary titled “Mr. Magog”).

The land brought back from the sword is the land of Israel again inhabited by the Jewish people. The phrases out of many people and out of the nations are the same Hebrew words meaning “out of every tribe”. So Israel will be inhabiting the land in peace and prosperity before this invasion, just as they are today.

Eze 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. 10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: 11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. 13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

Please notice that the armies are gathered but have not yet invaded the land of Israel. Sheba and Dedan refer to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Tarshish refers to Lebanon. Tarshish was the name of the rock island fortress that once sat off of the coast of Tyre in southern Lebanon. Ezekiel doesn’t say that Saudi Arabia is joined in the battle, but that they ask the Turkish led army if it is about to invade Israel in order to acquire wealth.

Eze 38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? 15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: 16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

In verse 14 above, the phraseshalt thou not know it?” means that Turkey will be able to see that Israel is dwelling in peace. In verse 15 above, the phrase north parts” again means northern quadrant. I think that this is again referring to northern Turkey. Today the Turkish Army is gathered on the northwestern Syrian border. Turkish President Erdogan wants Syrian President Assad to be removed from power. If Turkey attacks the Syrian capital of Damascus, then they would be in position to invade Israel from the north. In verse 16 above, the heathen are nations. The nations will recognize and observe God as he deals with the invading armed forces.

Eze 38:17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

This is a trick question. The answer is yes. This is the army that Jesus will defeat in the battle of Armageddon. But this is not yet the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon is most certainly described in Ezekiel chapter 39. Not all prophecy regarding the end time invasion into Israel will be fulfilled during the Ezekiel chapter 38 battle. Ezekiel chapter 38 is a preview and a prelude to Ezekiel chapter 39. I think that the events that are described in Ezekiel chapter 39 are the events that have been prophesied to happen at the end of the Tribulation period when Jesus returns to defeat the invading armies. The Ezekiel chapter 38 forces will again invade Israel and Jesus Christ himself will trample them like grapes (Isa 63:3, Jer 25:30, Rev 14:20). In Ezekiel 39:8 God tells us that Ezekiel chapter 39 describes the day of the Lord.

Eze 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Eze 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

You get the picture. In verse 21 above, the invading forces battle among themselves. In verse 22 below, the word plead means to Judge. The word “bands” refers to military troops.

Eze 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

It is important to note that God uses the forces of nature against the invading armies. God sends an enormous earthquake, pestilence (destruction) and blood (bloodshed), and overflowing rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Again, the nations will recognize and observe God as he deals with the invading armed forces. This doesn’t mean that the nations will reverence God but they will recognize his handiwork.

Now let’s look at Ezekiel chapter 39. This is the second proclamation against the nation of Gog, or today’s nation of Turkey.

Eze 39:1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Ezekiel chapter 39 begins much the same as chapter 38. God proclaims for the second time that he is against the nation of Gog (or Turkey). However, the other nations of Iran, Ethiopia (Sudan), or Libya are not mentioned. In Ezekiel chapter 38 the nations observe God’s hand at work while defending Israel. In Ezekiel chapter 39 Israel finally trusts in their God. We will discover that the battle described in Ezekiel chapter 39 is conclusive. God will no longer allow the nations to invade Israel. So the events described in Ezekiel chapter 39 must take place at the end of the Tribulation period when Jesus Christ returns to defeat Israel’s enemies and to rule in Jerusalem. Only then will Israel be forever at peace. Only then will all Jewish people be faithful towards their God.

Eze 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:

Again God will cause the Armies led by the nation of Gog to retreat. It seems that God will wipe out all but one sixth of the soldiers but the phrase “leave but the sixth part of thee” may actually mean to annihilate. God will bring the Armies of Gog upon the mountains of Israel. At the end of the Tribulation period Israel will be attacked from several fronts (read my commentary titled “Revelation Wrath Path”). We know that God will gather some of the armies of Israel’s enemies at the valley of Megiddo in the northern mountainous part of Israel. It seems that Ezekiel 39 is describing the battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Eze 39:3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

In verse 3 above, God disarms the invading armies.

Eze 39:4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Verse 4 above, describes the day of the Lord, which is the time of Jesus Christ’s vengeance on all of Israel’s enemies. The day of God’s vengeance lasts through the seven year Tribulation period, culminating with Jesus’ second coming at the end of the Great Tribulation. This same day is described in Revelation chapter 19 below.

Rev 19:17-18 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Eze 39:5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. 6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

In verse 5 above, to send a fire means that God will send an army to destroy the land of Israel’s enemies. This same expression is used in Hos 8:14, and several times in Amos 1 & 2, it is also used in Jdg 20:48, 2Ki 8:12, Psa 74:7, and Lam 1:13.

Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

In verse 7 above, the heathen or nations will no longer profane the God of Israel. This war can only take place at the end of the Great Tribulation. After Jesus judges Israel’s enemies then he will set his throne in Jerusalem to rule on Earth forever.

In verse 8 below, God tells us clearly that this is the day of the Lords vengeance that the prophets have foretold. In the previous chapter of Ezekiel, God asks the question “is the Turkish leader (Magog) the invader whom the prophets foretold?” He was that person. But I think that the events of Ezekiel chapter 38 are a preview of the main battle of Gog and Magog. The events of Ezekiel chapter 39 fulfill the major prophecies about the day of the Lord. I wonder if a false interpretation of the soon coming Turkish led invasion into Israel will entice Israel to make a peace treaty with Turkish President Erdogan.

Eze 38:17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?

Eze 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

The verses below describe the 7 month burial period for the armies of Gog. Hamongog means the “multitude of Gog”. Hamonah means simply “multitude”. Remember that Gog identifies the nation and Magog identifies its ruler. Turkey’s ruler isn’t being buried here but the Turkish Army is.

Eze 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: 10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. 12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. 13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord GOD. 14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. 15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. 16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.

The verses below, describe the supper of the great God. Israel’s enemies will die on the battle ground and be eaten by birds and beasts. No thanks, I have reservations to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

The supper of the great God is not to be confused with the marriage supper of the lamb. The marriage supper of the lamb is a very nice banquet where all Church age believers are presented to all faithful Old Testament Jews. All of whom have been resurrected from the dead, and will be very hungry. The marriage supper of the lamb happens on earth after the Great Tribulation. This is where I will eat steak with Ezekiel.

Rev 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Eze 39:17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. 18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.

The nations of Israel’s enemies will see that God has judged against them. Jesus will set his throne in Jerusalem. The nations will see God’s faithfulness towards Israel.

Eze 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. 23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

After Israel’s Great Tribulation, the people of Israel will at last believe in their God. In verse 25 below, God will gather the Jewish people from every nation. God will raise every believing Jew from the dead and return them to the land of Israel from the nations where they were held captive (read my commentary titled “Aliyah Israel Arise Return”).

Eze 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; 26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28 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. 29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

Israel will never again be in unbelief toward their God.

I think that Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 are describing two separate battles. Their events have similarities but they happen at slightly different times. It is certain that both chapters describe events that happen near the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ. We can easily watch for a Turkish led Invasion into Israel. We can easily identify the participating nations of Iran, Sudan, and Libya. We can recognize that these nations today are likely to join forces against Israel. We can easily identify the Turkish leader that has the propensity to make war with Israel. We can recognize God’s works in the last days before Christ’s return.

Today the world is poised for a Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights of Israel. We should all be aware of Ezekiel’s prophecy and be watchful. It is High Time to Awake!
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By Craig C. White

Guess what. Turkey is about to attack Damascus and then invade Israel. Turkish President Erdogan is the chief prince of Turkey (Ezekiel 38:1-3) and he is also the Antichrist. Soon he will create an Islamic Union that is represented by a leopard in Daniel chapter 7. This Islamic Union will become part of the next World Empire. Jesus will destroy the Antichrist along with his empire at his second coming. Christians have very little time to wait before the resurrection and Rapture of Church age believers.

When it comes to Bible prophecy you can be smarter than your pastor in just one day! No kidding; and it’s easy too! There is a battle brewing in Syria that will soon spill over into Israel. Turkey will invade Syria, decimate its capital city of Damascus, and then lead the troops that are fighting in Syria into northern Israel. It is all explained in the Bible! Every Christian should be alert to this possibility!

Read my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon and become smarter than your pastor. I am certain that he will be so impressed that he will let you park in his space next Sunday!

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