Q. I still hear people saying that the next fulfillment of prophecy will be the battle of Ezekiel 38. I have heard a lot of talk lately about how the current situation in Iran could mean the battle could start today, but from what I understand of the scriptures and your articles there are still several things that have yet to happen. I am wondering what your current thinking is on the next prophetic event?
A. There are three candidates for the title of next prophetic event that I’ve not been able to prioritize and I believe all of them have to precede the Battle of Ezekiel 38. In no particular order, they are the Rapture of the Church, the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17), and the battle in which Israel will neutralize its next door neighbors (Psalm 83).
Despite all the anxiety over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, I don’t believe the Battle of Ezekiel 38 can take place yet. In the first place, if Israel goes after Iran’s nukes it will be the opposite of Ezekiel 38, because it would require Israel to mount a sneak attack against Iran instead of the other way around. In addition, the US has to be taken out of Israel’s defense equation, Israel has to be persuaded that they and their neighbors are at peace with one another, and God has to be finished with the Church as well. None of these is the case as of today.