Q. I’ve been reading someone’s articles on another website. He’s a great writer and I’ve learned a lot from him, so I wrote recently to ask his opinion regarding the issue of “un-walled villages”, Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39. He believes that because of the construction that has gone on outside the Old City that the “un-walled villages” requirement has already been met, making the attacks of Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38-39 imminent. (Personally I think it’ll be Psalm 83–the Rapture–Ezekiel 38, but I’m only a layman–laywoman?) Do you have an opinion or clarification regarding this particular issue? Thank you so much for your continued faithfulness and guidance.
A. I disagree with the opinion that Ezekiel’s requirement for un-walled villages in Israel has been met. In Biblical times people only lived outside the city walls in times of peace. As soon as the threat of attack came, they all retreated into the walled city where it was safer. This remained true even in our country’s early history when pioneers retreated inside the walls of the nearest fort whenever there was a threat of attack.
To meet the unwalled villages requirement, Israel will have to be living in such a perceived state of peace that they won’t believe there’s any danger of an attack by their enemies.
The fact that people live outside the walls of the Old City today is totally irrelevant to the degree of peace and security they feel.