There is much talk on the possibility of the Eze 38/39 war happening very soon because of what is happening in the ME and between Israel and Iran. I want to point you to some Scripture to show you that it is impossible for the war to start soon. Just to clarify, I am not sure were the war fits into the timeline, but I know it can not be before the Abomination of Desolation (AoD).
We are getting close to the time known as the tribulation and the time of Jacobs trouble. We know that Israel did return to their land as prophesied ages ago, but we also know that they did not return to the Lord as a nation. So we do have the physical restoration, but we are still awaiting the spiritual restoration of Israel. Now lets look at a more complete part of Scripture that I have posted yesterday:
Zec 12:7-11 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.
Here it can be seen that there will only be a national spiritual restoration when the Lord defends Israel by destroying the nations that seek to destroy Israel and when they see Him whom they have pierced return in Glory. There will be 144000 Israelis sealed during the tribulation, but I do not think that counts as national restoration.
But now lets look what happens during and after the battle of Gog/Magog:
Eze 38:23 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.
Eze 39:-76 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. 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.
Eze 39:22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
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;
Eze 39:29 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.
Now this sounds final to me and it sounds like Zec 12:7-11 posted above. After the battle Israel will be restored to the Lord their God and the whole world will know it. Now lets look at what Jesus is telling the Israel:
Mat 24:15-21 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) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Now my friends, I believe we all agree that Jesus is referring to the AoD and the start of the 3.5 years great tribulation A.K.A the time of Jacobs trouble. I want to ask you some serious questions to consider.
1) In light of the Scripture quoted out of Ezekiel, will Israel be restored to their God after the battle, with God promising to NEVER hide His face from them again?
2) God said that Israel will know Him from that day forward in Ezekiel? If so, why will they need to flee and go through persecution when they see the AoD?
3) Will God have mercy on Israel, and then send them through tribulation?
This leads to the conclusion that the Eze 38/39 battle and restoration to God can not be before the AoD. I can not find any reason why God will allow Israel to be persecuted just after they are spiritually awakened by Him.
Now I know some of you think that I am thinking Gog and Armageddon is the same or that Gog is at the end of the millennium. Nope, you are wrong. I am on to something else, but more about that later.
But before I go, lets look quickly at the following. There is a statement that Israel will live in peace before the Gog battle. Some has said that this points to the “peace treaty” the antichrist will make with them. A 7 year peace treaty is not Scriptural, so I am not going discuss that option. Lets look at the original word for “peace” in Stongs.
H983: From H182 properly a place of refuge; abstractly safety, both the fact (security) and the feeling (trust); often (adverbially with or without preposition) safely: – assurance, boldly, (without) care (-less), confidence, hope, safe (-ly, -ty), secure, surely.
H982: A primitive root; properly to hie for refuge (but not so precipitately as H2620); figuratively to trust, be confident or sure: – be bold (confident, secure, sure), careless (one, woman), put confidence, (make to) hope, (put, make to) trust
Is this the Israel of today? I will say it is. They are safe in their own country. For 2000 years they had no rest, no place of their own, they had to flee, they were persecuted. Now they are safe, in peace and in their own country. The only time they will have more peace is when the Prince of Peace rules in Jerusalem.
If you think I am in error, please comment. Lets learn together. This is an open discussion.