Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Conspiracy Theory"

Although most prophecy teachers put the Ezekiel 38 conflict as the next war in Israel's future, some have a differing view. Psalm 83, involving all of Israel's immediate neighbors, describes a conspiracy to "wipe out Israel as a nation." With God's help, Israel manages to survive. Could this war precede Ez.38? This seems to be the most likely scenario because of four often overlooked details in Ezekiel's prophecy.

In Ez.38:8, addressing the attacking armies, it says, "In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be lying in peace after her recovery from war and after the return of her people from many lands."

Ez.38:11 says: "...Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages." And the prophecy specifically names Iran, Ethiopia, and Libya along with a "mighty army from the North." How come Syria is missing? And what about Lebanon? These nations are staunch enemies of Israel. Surely they'd jump at the chance to help annihilate the Jews...unless Israel had already taken them out.

So, according to Ez.38, we have:
  1. Israel living in peace
  2. after her recovery from war
  3. unprotected and without walls
  4. attacked by "a mighty hoard" that doesn't include her unfriendly neighbors
Israel hasn't been at peace since her return to the land. They always have their guard up in spite of the pseudo-peace agreement signed by Yasser Arafat in the 1990's. (By the way, Yasser Arafat, one of the world's worst terrorist, won the Nobel Peace Prize for this sham). And at this very moment, Israel is protected by a 430 mile long, 25 foot high wall.

These facts seem to indicate Psalm 83 is first and probably sets the stage for the fulfillment of Ez.38

A wise man once said: "The only certain barrier to truth is the presumption you already have it."

Homework: study Psalm 83 and Ezekiel 38 & 39 with an open mind and pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6).

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! Sometimes we can overlook the details that God has provided in His Word.
    Thanks for the 'homework', I'm going to study these. Can't wait for the next post.


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