The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 2)
TEXT: Ezekiel 38:10-23
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Is Pope Francis right that World War III started last night in Paris, November 13, 2015?
The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 2)
After the devastating terrorist attacks by ISIS in Paris, last night, November 13, 2015, a “date that will live in infamy”, the Pope, who is not infallible even though the Catholic Church thinks he is, may be off on his announcement that World War III started in Paris. But for sure, ISIS changed the game last night in Paris. For while President Obama, who is the leader of the free world, said on the same day that ISIS was contained, ISIS proved that they’re anything but contained. To say that this was a poor choice of words by President Obama is an understatement. I spoke more about President Obama’s handling of the war against ISIS in my message ‘President Obama, We are Pulling for You to Succeed Against ISIS, but God May Not Be with You.’ If you have not heard that message, you can listen to it on this site. By the way, it is reported that governmental officials and military leaders winced at that ill-advised statement. Sadly and unfortunately, ISIS has already decided to make the world their battlefield, not just a plot of land stretched across Syria and Iraq.
For those who do not know, the Caliphate which ISIS says they have established, is not just over Syria and Iraq, but wherever Muslims are in the world, which is nearly every nation in the world. They have made up their minds to take the war to the streets of Paris, London, Moscow, New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, and other points in between around the world, sending a deafening signal that this is not a game. And if it was a game in the civilized world’s mind, the game has changed. And while President Obama and other world leaders are insisting on not putting boots on the ground, ISIS is putting boots on the ground in all 50 states of America and every major city around the world. Although this may not be World War III yet, the game has changed for the rest of your lifetime in the sense that from this point forward, if our governmental leaders have any wisdom, you will start seeing military personnel, not just the police, walking in the streets with AK-47S and other weapons that can put a human being six feet under. With that said by way of introduction, allow me to continue my series on the The Future Wars of the Nations, Part 2, including the real World War III.
Jesus told us that “wars and rumors of wars” would abound in the end times. As we look at today’s headlines, there is never-ending talk of military tensions — in the Middle East, in Western Europe, and in the Asia-Pacific region. While many people are speculating about the outcome of the conflicts of our day, we can say that one thing is certain: all that is happening now is shaping up to align with the word of God and the predictions that God revealed to His prophets, such as Ezekiel, whose writings we are studying now.
In our last message, we began looking at the great Gog-Magog war of the end times. There has been increasing interest in this war because of the military conflicts and threats of conflict that are raging to the immediate north of Israel. Numerous factions, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, France, and Jordan, are engaged in Syria. Lebanon, also north of Israel, was attacked by ISIS this week; Israel reportedly carried out airstrikes near the Syrian capital of Damascus. And, further north, the nations of the NATO alliance are girding for a possible conflict with Russia.
The Bible predicts that a great confederation of nations will sweep down to attack Israel in the last days, most likely near the beginning of the seven-year Tribulation period after the false messiah, the antichrist, has signed a peace treaty with Israel. Some of the names mentioned by Ezekiel are easy to identify today — Iran, Sudan, and Libya. Others, such as Gog, Magog, Meshech, and Tubal, we believe are likely references to Russia and Turkey. As Dr. David Reagan summarizes, “This war will start when Russia invades Israel with certain specified allies, all of whom are Muslim nations today.”
Why does this confederation attack Israel? Obviously, the Muslim nations have been trying to push Israel out of existence for many years. That is one factor. When they ally themselves with Russia, they will think that they have a real chance at doing that.
The Bible hints at another motive for this war as well. Ezekiel writes, “And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages… to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land… 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?”
Notice the emphasis on taking spoil, prey, cattle, goods, silver, and gold. In other words, these nations will come against Israel, not just to destroy her, but to take what she has. Israel has been extremely blessed of God and will be even more blessed as time goes on. It is likely that these nations will grow jealous of Israel’s natural resources and conspire to take over the land. For Russia, oil may be the key factor. Oil was recently found in Israel’s territorial waters as well as in the Golan Heights, between Israel and Syria. In the next few years, Israel is poised to become energy independent and will be able to sell fuel to other nations. Arab countries, which are the world’s largest suppliers of crude oil, may want to cut off this threat to their monopoly on the oil market. Whatever the case, the goal of this anti-Israel war effort will not only be to destroy Israel, but to take control of Israel’s blessings.
As we touched on last week, God will not allow this effort to succeed. He will rise up and defend His people. In Ezekiel 38 we read, “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. 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… 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. 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.”
Dr. David Reagan said, “The invading armies will be supernaturally destroyed by God ‘on the mountains of Israel.’ The Lord will accomplish this destruction through earthquakes, pestilence, hail storms, fire, brimstone, and battlefield confusion. Even the Jewish people will recognize that the victory belongs to the Lord, and many will open their hearts to the Lord. In fact, this event could mark the occasion when the 144,000 Jews of Revelation 7 accept Jesus as their Messiah and are sealed by the Lord for special service throughout the seven year period of the Tribulation.”
We are used to thinking of the miraculous military deliverance of Israel in Old Testament terms. However, God will make it known in the last days, during the great Gog-Magog war, that He is still looking out for His people. This deliverance will be a miracle on the scale of the Red Sea opening and Pharaoh’s army being destroyed or the angelic slaughter of the 185,000 Assyrian troops who laid siege to Jerusalem. God will show His glory and power to the heathen nations. Even though it will seem like the world is spinning out of control, God will show that He is the one who guides the destinies of every nation.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.