The Russian Motive In Ezekiel 38

Q. I enjoyed the newest article, thanks.

You mentioned at the end of the article that “Israel has to come up with the treasure sufficient to motivate Russia’s participation”

Even before the first book in the Left Behind series about Chaim’s miracle formula I used to believe that Israel would make a huge discovery that would motivate Russia and the other countries to attack Israel, but I’m not so sure, obviously no one know for sure, but I am curious why you believe this? If you have a scripture that seems to indicate a “treasure” it would help, maybe I missed or forgot something.

A. The Scripture that leads me to believe that Israel has to have something of sufficient value to motivate Russia’s participation in the Moslem coalition is Ezekiel 38:13.

Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?”

Neighboring countries will conclude that plundering Israel is one of Russia’s motives, since there’s no other obvious reason to be there. Most members of the coalition have strong religious motives, but not Russia.

Today Israel has nothing of sufficient value to Russia to justify such an attack, but recent large natural gas discoveries and the growing belief that Israel will soon discover oil could change that. Some experts believe that Russia oil production has peaked and has begun to decline. If so, new sources will be needed to maintain Russia’s revenues.

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