Twenty-five hundred years ago, the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel made several amazing predictions. First, he predicted that, in the last days, Israel would be reborn as “one nation upon the mountains of Israel.” (Ezekiel 37:22)
This prophecy is even more amazing when viewed from Ezekiel’s historical perspective. In Ezekiel’s day, Israel had already been conquered by Sargon the Assyrian in the 8th century B.C. The Israelites were taken captive and transferred to other parts of the Assyrian Empire to separate the people from the land in an effort to prevent any rebellion.
Judah had been conquered by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon and Ezekiel was among the captives uprooted from Judah and taken to Babylon. When Ezekiel confidently predicted the re-establishment of Israel, not only was Israel already a historical footnote, but Ezekiel had no reason to believe Judah’s fate would be any better.
Secondly, Ezekiel predicted that, following a period of false peace, Israel would suffer invasion by a confederation of Islamic states, headed by Persia (Iran) , and listing among Iran’s allies parts of modern-day Turkey, Islamic North Africa and “many bands with thee.” (Ezekiel 38:5-6)
Finally, and most amazing of all, is Ezekiel’s prediction that this alliance will be headed by Gog (Russia), whom Ezekiel predicts will be reluctantly drawn into the conflict, as if “it had hooks in its jaws.” (Ezekiel 38:4)
According to Ezekiel’s scenario, when this invasion takes place, the rest of the world will do little more than launch a diplomatic protest. (Ezekiel 38:14)
Ultimately, the invading armies make it as far as the “mountains of Israel,” where they are destroyed by “a great shaking in the land of Israel” resulting in “pestilence and … blood,” and an “overflowing rain” of “great hailstones, fire and brimstone” – the exact description of a nuclear explosion from the perspective of Ground Zero. (Ezekiel 38:22)
That’s the Bible’s scenario, as recorded from just outside Baghdad, sometime around 536 B.C. Here is the media scenario, as published Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006:
According to reports in the Israeli press, the Israeli Defense Forces are training, moving resources and generally preparing for war along its northern borders with Lebanon and Syria that it anticipates will break out some time this summer.
At the same time, Haaretz is reporting of Syrian preparations for war with Israel. It says that Syria has been ramping up production of long-range missiles capable of striking deep within Israel and has ordered the emplacement of anti-tank defenses along its border with Israel near the Golan Heights.
And, the paper reports, Iran is continuously operating in Lebanon reinforcing Hezbollah and helping to strengthen Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank and Gaza.
Brig. Gen. Yossi Baidatz heads the Israeli research division of Israeli military intelligence. In his report to the Knesset, Baidatz warned of “certain signs [that] indicate the rise of international jihad forces in south Lebanon, especially in refugee camps. These forces aim to counter the multinational force in the area.” He also said al-Qaida was actively recruiting jihad warriors from Lebanon’s Palestinian “refugee” camps.
Finally, Baidatz said his assessment of the situation indicates that Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority has hit a brick wall in his efforts to establish a national unity government.
And, in his recent confirmation hearings, Defense Secretary-designate Robert Gates appeared to suggest that, in the event of nuclear attack against Israel, the U.S. will consider its options, rather than automatically coming to Israel’s defense.
In the midst of all this, Moscow announced earlier this week its intention to seek even closer ties to Tehran, declaring the existence of a “nuclear partnership” between Russia and Iran.
The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Golam Reza Agazade, met with his Russian counterpart, Sergi Kiriyenko, to discuss the deepening ties between the two countries over Iran’s nuclear program.
Agazade said afterward: “Our cooperation has broad possibilities, and we are therefore determined to expand peaceful uses of nuclear energy.” Kiriyenko agreed, calling the discussions “successful,” and stressed that “the core element of our work is cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy. So our meeting today is of special importance.”
Kiriyenko is correct. The growing nuclear cooperation between Persia and Gog is of special importance. It provides one more bit of evidence that supports the conclusion that this is the last generation in human history before the return of Jesus Christ for His Church and the onset of the Tribulation judgment period.
If you don’t know Jesus, now is the time to get down on your knees and introduce yourself. While there is yet time to do so.