When Will Ezekiel 38 Happen?

Q.  Is it possible for you to give some kind of approximation of when you think the Battle of Ezekiel 38/39 will start?  It seems like all the factors are falling into place.  Haven’t huge amounts of gas and oil been found in Israel and wouldn’t this be motivation for Russia to start this battle?  I’m wondering also about the other battles involving Damascus. Aren’t these supposed to happen before the battle of Ezekiel?  Thanks so much for all the work you put into your website.

A. I’ve never given a direct answer to this question because the Middle East is in such a state of flux, I’d just be guessing.  I think the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39 will happen soon, but at a time when nobody is expecting it. (Nobody other than students of prophecy, that is.)  Israel will have been experiencing the illusion of peace and other nations will be inquiring as to the motives of the attackers when it happens, indicating their surprise (Ezekiel 38:13).  I think groups like Hezbollah, Hamas, and the PLO will have to be neutralized ahead of time since they don’t appear to be involved in Ezekiel 38 as you’d expect.  Psalm 83 speaks of this.  Syria is also absent from this battle, a hint that Isaiah 17 will also have occurred.

All these things could happen very quickly once they begin.  After all they’re called battles, not wars, and battles usually take only hours or days to complete.  For example Israel recently announced it could destroy Lebanon’s entire military capability in four hours. And how long would Syria last if Damascus is destroyed as foretold in Isaiah 17?

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