Q. There are some out there who claim that the Ezekiel 38-39 battle is the same as the final Armageddon battle, as a new student of the Bible I am a bit confused, could they be the same?
A. The main problems with the Ezekiel 38 / Armageddon view are that Ezekiel 38:13 mentions several countries standing on the sidelines asking what is going on, while Zechariah 14:2 says that all the nations of the world will line up against Israel for Armageddon. Plus Israel has to believe they’re at peace in the run up to Ezekiel 38, which won’t be the case during the Great Tribulation.
As you may know, I also take the view that Ezekiel 38-39 has to preceed Daniel’s 70th week because it serves as Israel’s wake-up call from God. His world wide call to Jews in Ezekiel 39:28 is what triggers the final migration to Israel and creates the demand for a Temple. That Temple will be built early in Daniel’s 70th week.