Q. I Write to comment on your book (Seven Things You have to know…) concerning the Sequence of Major Events of the Last Days.
You mentioned that the Rapture is the First event, then the Battle of Gog and then the 70th Week of Daniel, but why should not the 70th Week begin before the Battle of Gog and not after it?
A. I base my placement of the Ezekiel 38 battle before the 70th week on the fact that Daniel 9:27 indicates that a Temple will be built and sacrifice and offering will be taking place by the middle of the week. Due to the extreme negative reaction this would cause in the Arab world, I think two things have to happen first.
1) the Jews have to be united in wanting a Temple regardless of the consequences. This is not the case today, but will be at the end of Ezekiel’s battle, since God will use it to re-introduce Himself to Israel and bring them back into a covenant relationship, requiring a Temple (Ezekiel 39:22).
2) Israel’s neighbors have to be in no position to resist, as will only happen after they’ve been soundly defeated in Ezekiel’s battle.
I think once it begins, this battle will be over very quickly. A popular world leader will help to broker a peace treaty that will both propel him into even greater prominence and allow Israel to construct their Temple.