If the new nation, Palestine, provokes an international incident with Israel, the Israelis will deal with them promptly. There is no doubt that those who hate them will retaliate on the Palestinians’ behalf making for a rapid escalation. Later, as things get close to the very end, Israel’s efforts to hold off the invading forces will eventually fail due to the sheer number of invaders coming against her. Israel would have to respond with a limited tactical nuclear strike. Since the topic of a military power from the north usually comes up in this discussion I will add a bit myself. Russia has been repeatedly pointed out by many as that northern power in the following passage. Russian forces may truly join in with nearby neighboring Muslim nations. *Ezekiel 38:2-6- Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armor, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee *Ezekiel 38:15-And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: *Ezekiel 39:2-6- And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, says the Lord GOD. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. What could it mean to have hooks put into one’s jaw to bring you forth? We may need to look no further than the fact that much of Russia’s army are Muslims. In fact they are on track to become the majority of the military in 2015. I have also read by author Grant Jeffrey, that if one were to sweep up as many fighting age men from the so called “stan” countries as could be mustered, along with the rest of the Islamic countries from around the Middle East, THIS would be able to fulfill the 200 million number stated in Revelation that will mobilize for the final battle. *Revelation 9:16- I heard the size of their army, which was 200 million mounted troops. Apparently the Muslim dream of a vast caliphate comprising virtually all of the Middle Eastern countries is on the horizon. As it picks up momentum it could force a temporary deal with Israel as a means of setting the stage for the final push. We may be seeing its beginning stages already. It would NOT require an exporting of the entire Chinese military structure from half way around the world as has been popularly told for decades. (“Stan” countries are those whose names ends with “stan”). It must be remembered that among the tenets of Islamic eschatology there is the stated belief that the end times will unfold in worldwide chaos leading to a battle where they defeat the Jews and after that they will be victorious in battle over the Christians as well. This may require an amalgamation of historically opposing branches of Islam. This is exactly what the leader of Turkey has called for, seeing as he views himself as the eventual head of a restored caliphate and has called for a march to Jerusalem. *Ezekiel 38 lists nations what will fight against Israel including Turkey called by its ancient name. It also lists a few whose name have not changed or only recently changed. For example Ethiopia, Libya, and Persia, or Iran. Think such a unification can’t happen? Anyone following events in the Middle East can confirm how these groups change allegiances as freely as the wind changes. Yes they have been fighting for over 1,400 years but with a chance to rid the world of their the one common enemy and fulfill a bond of mutually shared hatred combined with the deception of Satan unleashed as never before, they can all maintain their practice of using one another in an effort to achieve their goal. The Muslims in the Russian army as well as much of the Middle-East may become radicalized and feel compelled to join others who attack Israel and the military leadership of Russia may not be able to stop them and thereby feign a more noble cause as peacekeepers or observers. Thus, Russia could be pulled into this battle. It would seem apparent to the Muslims that this all about to be fulfilled. It isn’t unlikely either, that the growing Jihad movement would spread and the Islamists thereby try to take over oil fields as they have tried in the past. This has the potential to cripple the world by sending the price of oil skyrocketing. These invading forces will be in place for the final battle at the END of what is called the tribulation period.
Some have taught that before these things there will be the “Ezekiel War” and that this is what is pictured in chapters 38 & 39 of Ezekiel’s book showing a war that happens BEFORE the battle of Armageddon. Keep in mind that the battle is really for Jerusalem and Armageddon is the staging area where multitudes gather. I say this Ezekiel war idea (and others like it) is also wrong, as can be derived from the scenario above, but a clearer picture emerges as one looks more closely into the passages themselves. *Ezekiel 38:20- The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, every creature that crawls on the ground, and every human being on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be thrown down, the cliffs will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground. The phrase “at my presence” here is almost exclusively translated elsewhere as “face”! As in face to face. This will be shown below. The prophecy continues in the next chapter. *Ezekiel 39:6- And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. This compares well with *Revelation 6:14 – 17- And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains. And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: *Revelation 16:18-20- And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. The “isles” referred to above by Ezekiel is a biblical way of not only including “islands” but is also meant to be all the countries around the world, that is, wherever there is a coastal shoreline and the land contained therein. Of course the similarities have more often been shown between *Ezekiel 39:17 & 18- And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth…And also *Revelation 19:17 & 18- And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. The similarities aren’t there by accident nor are they irrelevant. We would have to assert that all of the other similarities between Revelation and Old Testament scriptures are valid EXCEPT in this case…nonsense! In conjunction with these things, looking to the previous chapter, there is the declaration of “great hailstones” that will be sent by God at that time. *Ezekiel 38:22- And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. It fits exactly with what we saw in *Revelation *16:21- Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds fell from the sky on people… So, this “Ezekiel war” teaching, as well as other teachings like it, has had the effect of making people maintain a wait and see attitude regarding the approaching fulfillments. Even so, this will produce a fulfillment of the words of Jesus in *Luke 21:35- For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.