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Summary: I REVISITED AND REWORKED A MESSAGE THAT I HAD GIVEN YEARS AGO. GOG AND MAGOG IS A BATTLE THAT IS EXTREMELY CLOSE TO US NOW IN TERMS OF TIME. THIS MESSAGE EXAMINES THIS.

THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG

EZEKIEL 38-39

A GREAT DIFFICULTY IN TALKING ABOUT THE END TIMES IS GETTING AN ORDER OF EVENTS IN RELATION TO THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH. SOME CAN HAPPEN JUST BEFORE AND SOME AFTER, AND SOME CAN BE INTRODUCED BEFORE THE RAPTURE AND CONTINUE AFTER IT. THE ANTICHRIST FOR EXAMPLE MIGHT BE ALIVE AND START TO BE INVOLVED IN THE WORLD BEFORE THE RAPTURE, BUT COME TO POWER AND DOMINATION AFTER.

SUCH DIFFICULTY IS INVOLVED WITH THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG. SOME THEOLOGIANS PLACE IT BEFORE THE RAPTURE, OTHERS AFTER. I FEEL QUITE CONFIDENT IN SAYING:

1. WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF ISRAEL AS A NATION, AND THE HOSTILITY THAT HAS ALWAYS SURROUNDED THIS REGION.

2. THE READINESS AND EFFECTIVENESS OF ISRAEL’S MILITARY.

3. THE INCREASING READINESS OF THE COUNTRIES SURROUNDING ISRAEL, AND THE RE-EMERGENCE OF RUSSIA AS A MILITARY POWER.

4. THE RISING INTERNATIONAL FEELING AGAINST ISRAEL

I BELIEVE THAT THIS BATTLE COULD OCCUR IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IT IS DIFFICULT TO BE DOGMATIC ABOUT IT AS SOME OF THESE FACTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IN EXISTANCE, WHILE SOME ARE RELATIVE TO RECENT HISTORY. IT IS ALSO POSSIBLE THAT THIS BATTLE COULD BE DELAYED SIGNIFICANTLY BEFORE IT OCCURS.

THERE ARE THREE MAJOR BATTLES THAT WILL OCCUR AT OR AROUND THE TIME OF THE RAPTURE:

1. THE BATTLE OF GOD AND MAGOG

2. AN UNSUCCESSFUL UPRISING OF THREE OF THE KINGS OF THE TEN REGIONS THAT THE ANTI-CHRIST WILL ESTABLISH.

3. THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON

THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG WILL SHOW TO THE WORLD GOD’S PROMISE TO KEEP ISRAEL AS HIS NATION AND HIS PEOPLE. IT WILL ALSO PROVE TO BE A STEPPING STONE FOR THE ANTI-CHRIST TO ESTABLISH A PEACE IN THE REGION AND IN DOING SO ESTABLISH HIMSELF AS THE MOST POWERFUL LEADER IN THE WORLD, ACCOMPLISHING SOMETHING NO OTHER WORLD LEADER COULD DO. IN ESTABLISHING HIMSELF AS A WORLD LEADER, AND BRINGING PEACE TO THE REGION, IT ALSO SETS UP THE TIME OF THE BUILDING OF THE TEMPLE ON THE DOME OF THE ROCK, WHICH BEGINS THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.

AS A RESULT OF THE RAPTURE OUR END TIMES CLOCK NOW STANDS AT:

THERE ARE JUST A FEW EVENTS THAT WE MUST LOOK AT UNTIL WE REACH THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF THE LORD AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM. ONE OF WHICH IS THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG.

QUESTION 1: WHO WILL BE INVOLVED IN THIS BATTLE BESIDES ISRAEL?

ALL PEOPLES ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH CAN TRACE THEIR ANCESTRY BACK TO NOAH AND HIS THREE SONS, SHEM, HAM, AND JAPHETH. THE PLACES MENTIONED IS VV. 2-6: MAGOG, MESCHECH TUBAL, GOMER AND TOGARMAH ARE ALL OFFSPRING FROM JAPHETH.

GENESIS 10:2-3:

THE SONS OF JAPHETH: GOMER, MAGOG, MADAI, JAVAN, TUBAL, MESHEK AND TIRAS. 3 THE SONS OF GOMER: ASHKENAZ, RIPHATH AND TOGARMAH

HAM: CUSH AND PUT

GENESIS 10:6: THE SONS OF HAM: CUSH, EGYPT, PUT AND CANAAN

THERE IS NO INDICATION THAT ANY OF SHEM’S DESCENDANTS WERE A PART OF THIS.

KNOWING THIS WE CAN SAY THAT THE COUNTRIES INVOLVED BY TODAYS NAMES ARE:

MAGOG = SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE SOVIET UNION

TUBAL = TURKEY

MESCHECH = TURKEY

PERSIA = IRAN

CUSH = SUDAN, ETHIOPIA

PUT = LIBYA

GOMER = CENTRAL TURKEY

TOGARMAH = EASTERN TURKEY

ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES COMPLETELY SURROUND ISRAEL, AND ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES, BEING PREDOMINANTLY ARAB AND MUSLIM, EVEN RUSSIA’S CONNECTION. THIS BATTLE WILL OCCUR SAVAGELY, SUDDENLY, AND WITHOUT WARNING. NO COUNTRY WILL BE ABLE TO COME TO ISRAEL’S AID EVEN IF ONE SHOULD WISH TO DO SO.

THE NEXT QUESTION WE MUST CONSIDER IS WHY THIS ATTACK TAKES PLACE. THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN HATRED AMONGST THE JEWS AND THE ARABS SO IT CAN’T BE THAT IN AND OF ITSELF. SUCH AN ATTACK COULD HAPPEN AT ANY TIME. WHAT COULD BE SO VALUABLE THAT ISRAEL WOULD HAVE, THAT WOULD MAKE HER HE WEALTHIEST COUNTRY IN THAT REGION, THAT WOULD MAKE THE NATIONS AROUND IT CHOOSE THIS TIME TO ATTACK AND ATTEMPT TO ANNHILIATE THE JEWISH PEOPLE.

UNFORTUNATELY, WE CANNOT FORESEE THE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES OF NATIONS INTO THE FUTURE. WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THIS. ISRAEL HAS FAR MORE THAN HER SHARE OF BRILLIANT SCIENTISTS, HAS DEVELOPED A MILITARY THAT IS TECHNOLOGICALLY SUPERIOR TO THE UNITED STATES, SO IT IS CONCEIVABLE THAT THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION IS TECHNOLOGICAL.

TIM LAHAYE AS YOU WITNESSED IN THE VIDEO CLIP USES A NEW SCIENTIFIC FORMULA TO PRODUCE CROPS IN THE DESSERT IN VAST AMOUNTS. THE ONLY THING WE CAN SAY FOR CERTAIN IS THAT SOMETHING IS GOING TO MAKE THE COUNTRIES AROUND ISRAEL CHOOSE THAT PARTICULAR TIME TO ATTACK.

WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THE ATTACK? THE OBVIOUS RESULT IS THAT THE ATTACK IS NOT SUCCESSFUL. CONSIDER HOW GOD INTERVENED ON BEHALF OF HIS PEOPLE, A PEOPLE WHO HAS YET TO RECOGNIZE CHRIST AS LORD.

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