Israel is SECURE and AT REST TODAY

(Summary-Introduction...follow the links to this 4-Part  Series)

The Magog-stage is set...

Many say the ONLY thing holding back Ezekiel 38s’

End-Time Magog Invasion of Israel is this—

”Israel must first be ‘Secure’ & ‘at Rest’ .

THEY MUST—AND

THEY ARE!

Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies that In the latter years Israel will be Supernaturally Rescued from the massive Invasion of the Magog Coalition in an Event that will Magnify God’s Name across the World.


The Timing of the invasion is keyed to two (2) statements...

1. Eze. 38:8—"After many days you will be summoned [to Israel when] …they are living securely, all of them.”
2. Eze. 38:11—"and you will say…I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely..."


In the Ezekiel passage, the Hebrew word for "secure" is “betach”, and for "rest" it is “shaqat”. As demonstrated below, the use of these same words elsewhere in the Bible, in conditions which parallel modern Israel,, show that TODAY Israel can be said to be "secure" and "at rest."

Four (4) eras of Israel’s history illuminate the meaning of Israel’s state of “Security” (Eze. 38:8) and “at Rest” (Eze. 38:11) which trigger the future Magog War. In four graphic-sets below  1 we show Old Testament events that affirm the terms "Secure" and "At Rest" in Ezekiel 38 actually match the condition of Israel TODAY.

 

GRAPH 1--DURING THE EXODUS: Israel was “Secure” while engaged in Multiple Wars.
TODAY Israel is in the same condition.

GRAPH 2--DURING THE JUDGES: Israel experienced periods of “Rest” while enduring Threats and Oppression.
TODAY Israel is in the same condition.

GRAPH 3--DURING THE REIGN OF ASA: Israel was “at Rest” while maintaining an “Armed Camp” state of readiness.
TODAY Israel is in the same condition.

GRAPH 4--DURING THE REIGN OF SOLOMON: Israel was “Secure” while enduring intense Border Conflict.
TODAY Israel is in the same condition.


The false assumption of a Millennial-level Security 2 imposed upon Ezekiel 38:8 & 11 is the basis for rejecting Israel’s state of Security and Rest in that “Magog” passage.


This is the underlying error of the Psalm 83 Theory. This false application of a Millennial-level Security leads to a logical—but erroneous—conclusion that Israel is NOT Secure today. But Israel is not in the Millennial age today. Nor is it so in Ezekiel 38. In the Millennial age all war will cease as “swords are turned into plowshares.” (Isa. 2:4)


If Millennial-age Security were the criteria for a Secure-Israel in the four examples below, then Israel would NOT have been Secure during the Exodus, or during any of those events, and the Bible would be self-contradictory. But in the 4-Graphs below we see that Israel IS in God-given, but CURRENT-AGE, 2 Security during those events. Current-age Security means security from defeat, destruction or conquest. It is not Millennial-age, “no more war”, perfect peace-level security.


Current-age Security and Rest is the subject of Ezekiel 38 and the coming Russian-Islamic Invasion Of Israel—the “Magog” event. As virtually all “literal-prophecy” experts agree, since 1948 Israel has experienced multiple “Miracle-Wars.” 12  Why would we insist on the truth of Israel’s miraculous survival, and then on the other hand bemoan Israel’s UN-security? If Israel was Secure in the Exodus, they are Secure TODAY! Four (4) Proofs follow.

GRAPH 1--DURING THE EXODUS
How can Israel be “Secure” in the shadow of
Multiple Wars?
The answer is found in THE EXODUS 3


EZEKIEL 38:8’s “betach” Security    IN LIGHT OF   THE EXODUS’s “betach” Security

 



And He led them safely (“betach”/Securely) But the sea engulfed their enemies. Psa. 78:53-54 (refers to the entire Exodus event)

 

1. Since the Israelites enjoyed a God-given "(betach) secure” condition while enduring the Red Sea entrapment and attack of the Egyptians, and a 40-year Exodus journey marked by six (6) subsequent wars with the Amalekites, Canaanites, Amorites, and Midianites,
           (Psalm 78:51-54; Deuteronomy 14:8; Numbers 14; 21; 31)

2. Then the same could be true of the "(betach) secure” condition of Israel in Ezekiel 38:8.

Was Israel Secure DURING the Exodus Wars?

The EXODUS says, Yes!
TODAY Israel is in the same condition (below).

GRAPH 2--DURING THE JUDGES
How can Israel be “at Rest” while enduring War after War?

The answer is found in the time of THE JUDGES 4

EZEKIEL 38:11’s “shaqat” Rest     in light of   THE JUDGES’s “shaqat” Rest

 

So Moab was subdued...under the hand of Israel. And the land was undisturbed (“shaqat”/Rest) for eighty years. (Judges 3:30)

 

1. Since the “(shaqat) rest” periods of the Judges experienced an overlap of periods of oppression, resulting in Rest periods marked by the shadow of war,

(All major chronologies of Judges concede this overlap of rest and oppression periods), 5


2. Then the same could be true of the “(shaqat) rest” condition of Israel in Ezekiel 38:11.

Was Israel “at Rest” between—but DURING the shadow of—Wars?

The JUDGES says, Yes!

TODAY Israel is in the same condition (below).

How can Israel be “at Rest” while under a state of War? 9

Can Israel be “an armed camp” and “at Rest” at the same time? 10

 The answers are found in the time of KING ASA

EZEKIEL 38:11’s “shaqat” Rest      in light of     JUDEAN KING ASA’s “shaqat” Rest

 

The land was undisturbed (“shaqat”/Rest) for ten years during [Asa’s] days… and there was no one at war with him…

Now there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days;

1 Kings 15:16 & 32)

…and he built fortified cities...since the land was undisturbed (“shaqat”/Rest) ...gates and bars…[a huge] army...2 Chr. 14:1-8

 

1. Since the “(shaqat) rest” period of Asa was marked by some degree of external enemy border-war or cold-war (i.e., “war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days; i.e., threats, harassment, political, economic or military opposition), and since there was a massive ‘armed-camp’ buildup by Asa during that “(shaqat) rest” (1 Kings 15:16, 32; 2 Chronicles 14:1-8)'

2. Then the same could be true of the “(shaqat) rest” experience of Israel in Ezekiel 38:11.
Was Israel an "ARMED CAMP" under the threat of War while "at Rest"?
The Bible says, Yes--in the days of King ASA!
TODAY Israel is in the same condition (below).

How can Israel be “Secure” with enemies pressing at its  BORDERS?

The answer is found in the reign of SOLOMON

EZEKIEL 38:8’s “betach” Security   IN LIGHT OF    SOLOMON’s “betach” Security

 

So Judah and Israel lived in [Security] and [REST; 1 Chr. 22:9 ], …all the days of Solomon.

1 Kgs 4:25

Damascus...was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon along with the evil that [Edom] did... (1 Kings 11:23-25) 11



1. Since the "(betach) secure” period which was EXISTING “all the days of Solomon” experienced military opposition from enemy states DURING “all the days of Solomon” 11 ,
(1 Kings 4:25 & 11:25)

2. Then the same could be true of the "(betach) secure” status of Israel in Ezekiel 38:8.

Can Israel be Secure DURING a time with Enemies Pressing at its Borders?

The Bible says, Yes--during the Reign of SOLOMON!

TODAY Israel is in the same condition (below).

“SECURE” & “AT REST” TODAY, Israel awaits its date with Glory

in the MAGOG INVASION of Ezekiel 38-39

The Four (4) Biblical examples above provide a solid rationale that TODAY…...

1. Israel has been under (betach) SECURITY since 1948, protected through multiple “miracle-wars” (EXODUS example) from the brink of annihilation amid the on-going shadow of enemy terrorists states (SOLOMON example).

2. Israel has experienced a series of (shaqat) RESTS between these wars at a level which has permitted Israel to fortify as an “armed camp” (ASA example) and become a world-class socio-economic super-state while under the ever-present shadow (JUDGES example) of another war. The SECURITY of Israel TODAY is a sign of the imminent fulfillment of Ezekiel 38.


FOOTNOTESsmall superscript numbers are found with extensive explanations and graphic helps at the bottom of part 4 SOLOMON page )

The EXODUS is 1 of 4 Old Testament eras that witness to Israel's Security TODAY.
The other 3 in this study are; links to them below give the full scope of the study.

1.
The EXODUS
2. The JUDGES
3. The Reign of ASA
4. The Reign of SOLOMON

Footnotes to all of the above are included at the end of the "SOLOMON"
article.