Q. Re: the Sequence of End Times Events. You have said that the Rapture comes first, then the Battle of Gog and Magog, then the 70th Week of Daniel, but why wouldn’t the 70th Week begin before the Battle of Gog and Magog and not after it? Couldn’t Gog and Magog come with the red horse in Rev. 6 after the anti-Christ has brought a false peace to Earth?
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 has been built and sacrifice and offering are taking place in the first half of the 70th week. Due to the extreme negative reaction this would cause in the Arab world, I believe 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 uses it to re-introduce Himself to Israel and bring them back into a covenant relationship with Him (Ezekiel 39:27-28) which requires a Temple for worship.
2) the Muslims have to be in no position to resist the construction of a Temple, which will only happen after being soundly defeated in Ezekiel’s battle.
In spite of what some people currently teach, there’s no basis for tying the red horse of Revelation 6 to Ezekiel 38. The idea that the anti-Christ brings will bring a false peace is sound, and comes from Daniel 8:25. However, logic says that no peace treaty would be necessary unless there had just been a war. I believe this prior war comes after the Rapture and before the anti Christ comes to prominence and is the battle of Gog and Magog, described in Ezekiel 38-39.