Q. The timing in Ezekiel 38-39 has been a key factor for me over many years. It is hard for me to listen to folks saying it is the same as Armageddon. Israel buries folks for 7 mos. & burns fuel for 7 years. This is not during the Tribulation and certainly not in the Millennium which follows. Neither is it after the Millennium. I feel that this happens prior to the Tribulation and could happen before or after any Rapture of the church. What is your take on this?
A. For me the key that unlocked the timing of Ezekiel’s battle was Ezek 39:22. “From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God.”
Beginning with the Lord’s supernatural victory over their enemies, Israel will be drawn back into their covenant relationship with Him. Only then will they want and even demand a Temple. It’s the treaty that permits Temple construction that kicks off Daniel’s 70th week. Ezekiel’s Battle therefore has to precede Daniel’s 70th week and the Great Tribulation it contains.