How Close Is Ezekiel 38?

Q. Hi, love your site, keep up the great work. I have a question concerning the Battle of Magog. Do you think that an Israel strike on Iran could “possibly” spark Magog? Since Iran is so close with Russia, a strike on Iran would most likely be killing Russians in addition to Iranians. This being said, with Netanyahu now in office, and a strike really could happen at anytime since Iran has nuclear capability, could we be closer to this than anyone thinks? Thanks for you input on this.

A. A necessary precondition for the Ezekiel 38 battle is that Israel has to feel confident in the belief that they’re at peace. Ezekiel 38:11 has the Moslem coalition saying, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people–all of them living without walls and without gates and bars.”

In my opinion this condition will not be met until all of Israel’s next door neighbors have been defeated. Hamas, Hizbollah, the “Palestinians”, Syria, and Lebanon all have to be eliminated as potential threats. Interestingly, none of these forces is named among the group that will attack in the Ezekiel 38 war, and yet if they had the capability they would surely be in the forefront. I think a battle foretold in Psalm 83 will precede Ezekiel 38 and bring the kind of peace that will allow Israel to be caught off guard.

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