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ISRAEL is SECURE TODAY...

the Russian Invasion NEXT?

See also... Summary-Intro 1-4: Israel Secure Today 

The BIBLE

"After many days you [ "Magog," i.e., Russia & an Islamic coalition of nations including Iran & Turkey ] will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them.
"And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you." (Ezekiel 38:8-9)

The ISSUE

The Headlines show the nearness of The Russian-Islamic invasion of Israel predicted in Ezekiel 38-39. Is Israel "secure" today, as it must be before that invasion occurs?
( I will be speaking on that subject at the CONFERENCE Mid-America Prophecy Conference April 20-22, 2017)

The Israelites are trapped. The Red Sea is before them; the Egyptian army is behind them. Fear mounts. Threats loom large. The Egyptian attack is imminent. (Exodus 14:10-15) Yet Psalm 78:53 says, using the Hebrew word "betach," that Israel is secure because GOD IS THEIR SECURITY.

Ezekiel says the same thing about ISRAEL TODAY regarding the coming "Magog War."


Ezekiel 38-39 says that... (copyright Bible Prophecy As Written 2015)


1. Russia (Magog), Iran (Persia) & many Muslim nations will invade Israel from the far north in the Last Days.


2. They will “cover the land like a cloud.”


3. God will rise up for Israel & miraculously destroy the invaders.


TODAY, as we speak, Russia & Iran (and Turkey, though not yet in tight-alliance with Russia) are in Syria, directly north of Israel. Syria is the logical path for the invasion from the "North."


TWO RELATED CONDITIONS MUST EXIST BEFORE THE INVASION CAN OCCUR.


Israel is said to be...


1) living securely” at the time of the invasion. (Eze.38:8, 11)


2 ) a "land of unwalled villages”


Are these two conditions the case today?


IS ISRAEL “SECURE” TODAY?

    Remember, Israel must be “living securely” when the
Russian-Islamic Invasion occurs. The Hebrew word “BETACH” translates “secure [ly]” in Ezekiel 38:8,11,14 & 39:26. It has a range of meaning elsewhere in the Old Testament—secure, refuge, safety, trust, confidence, unsuspecting, carefree. But, in addition to the grammar, the key to proper understanding is CONTEXT. (NOTE: You will see the Hebrew “betach” (English “security”) used throughout this article.)

“Secure (Betach)” can be understood in 2 basic categories—


1) GOD-BASED SECURITY (infallible), and,


2) HUMAN-BASED SECURITY (fallible).


The Chart below outlines the range of “Betach”, from GOD-BASED Millennial-Age Security (perfect, everlasting & true) to HUMAN-BASED Senseless-Security (carefree, delusional & false). All Human-Based security is ultimately False-Security.


WHAT DOES “SECURE” MEAN IN EZEKIEL 38-39 (Russian-Islamic Invasion of Israel)?

    The contextual evidence of Ezekiel 38-39 shows that Israel is infallibly protected by God-Based Security (from-Defeat)—& has been since 1948. But secular Israel relies on its own Human-Based Self-Security & pins its confidence on its military strength. Russia & its Iran-Islamic allies fall into the Human-Based Self-Deceived-Security category. The Chart below gives several scriptural references for each of these categories.

THE THREE (3) PERSPECTIVES on Israeli Security


THE RUSSIAN VIEW OF ISRAEL’S SECURITY


Extremely noteworthy is the fact that Eze.38:10-11 GIVES THE RUSSIAN PERSPECTIVE on Israel’s security. This is KEY! The passage very clearly says thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan, and you will say, 'I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls, and having no bars or gates,”


    1. ISRAEL’S PERSPECTIVE (as articulated by Russia)—What are these “thoughts” in Russia’s “mind”? Russia sees Israel in a Self-Reliant Security, a nation “at rest, that live securely.” (38:11) Since these are “thoughts” in Russia’s “mind,” that Israel is “at rest, [and] live securely,” then this is not a reference to Israel under God-Based Security because atheistic Russia doesn’t believe in God-Based Security! Rather,

this is how Russia sees Israel’s own perspective of its own security. If Russia really “thought in its mind” that Israel was truly secure, the Russians would not attack them.


2. RUSSIA’S PERSPECTIVE But in Russia’s “THOUGHTS” they believe Israel is effectively unfortified (“UNWALLED”) against the Russian-Iranian-Islamic forces. In Russia’s “MIND” they perceive Israel’s defense system as defenseless (“NO BARS, NO GATES”) against Russia’s military machine. In Russia’s “PLAN” they are certain that Israel’s Iron-Dome Missile Defense “Wall” is actually breachable (WITHOUT WALLS). Russia is treating Israel as though they were “UNWALLED.”

The proof that this is Russia’s perspective is that the “thoughts in [Russia’s] mind” lead to a “plan,” which then leads to action— the Russian-Islamic Invasion of Israel. Russia does not believe that Israel is secure. They would not mount an attack if they believed Israel was—in fact—Self-Secure. But they DO mount an attack, which proves that an “unwalled” Israel is Russia’s ACTUAL Perspective. Still, in Ezekiel 38-39, Russia is blind to the reality of the situation—they are blind to God-Based Security.


GOD'S VIEW OF ISRAEL’S SECURITY


3. GOD’S PERSPECTIVE (The only one that counts) Ezekiel 38 & 39 is grounded on God-Based Security. Not Millennial-Age Security (except for 39:26) but Current-Age God-Based Security. And Israel has been blessed with God-Based Security from Defeat since 1948. This God-Based (as opposed to Human-Based) Security is referred to in Eze.38:8 & 14.


BELOW, AFTER THE CHARTS is the evidence.


THE EVIDENCE OF THE 38.8 LIST

    Ezekiel 38:8 gives a list of important events effecting Israel in the last days. God is not only the prophetic-Guarantor, but the actual DOER of each of the 5 events on the list. One by one God accomplishes all 5 events listed in verse 8 by His own Hand. We read that

1) God will summon Magog to invade Israel in the latter years. He will.
2) God would “restore Israel from the sword” (after 1900 years of captivity). He did, in 1948.
3) God would bring Jews to the “mountains of Israel” where “old” Jerusalem is located. He did, in 1967. 4) God would bring Jews out of many nations to Israel. He did, and continues.
5) Israel would AT THAN TIME be “living securely.”

Would God return Israel to their land—after 1900 years—& then say “You’re on your own now”? The MIRACULOUS RECORD of Israel’s survival testifies to God-Based Security—AT THAN TIME, 1948—until Today!


If the first 4 events on the list are God-Activated events, why would event #5, Israel’s security, be HUMAN-BASED fallible, false security? It would not. Ezekiel 38:8 lists 5 (not 4) miraculous God-Activated events. Event #5 has Israel under God-Activated, GOD-BASED SECURITY, just like the other 4 events are God-Activated Miracle events. That Israel has been under God-Based Security is a fact of fulfilled prophecy since 1948! (The context implies that the security Israel experiences is contemporaneous with her return to the land; Hebrew =literally, “live in safety”).


THE EVIDENCE OF 67 YEARS


Israel is not in Millennial-Age Security (perfect peace). Israel is in Current-Age, but still--God-Based--Security.

Many trip over this verse because of the past 67 years of wars, threats, attacks & terrorists against Israel.

But in the current age, God-Based Security means God makes Israel secure from DEFEAT, not from wars, threats, attacks & terrorists. In every war since 1948 multi-national armies have threatened Israel, but Israel was Secure from Defeat. They have amassed against Israel, but Israel was Secure from Defeat. They have attacked Israel, but Israel was Secure from Defeat.. Every Bible prophecy teacher extols God’s Direct Hand in giving Israel Victory in the 4 Miracle-Wars of 1948, ‘54, ‘67 & 73.


Listen to DR. DAVID REAGAN on Israel's Miracle Wars...


On May 14, 1948, the Jewish state was proclaimed, and the Arabs launched an all-out war to destroy it. And war it has been ever since...

The Arab goal will never be achieved. The Bible says that once the Jews are re-established in the land, they will never be rooted up again (Amos 9:15).

... God promises that He will intervene and make the Arab lands a desolation (Ezekiel 35:15).

 David Reagan, God’s Plan For The Ages, Lamb & Lion Ministries ,2005 p.317


IF THIS IS NOT GOD’S SECURITY (God-Based Security) WHAT IS IT?



THE EVIDENCE OF THE OUTCOME OF THE MAGOG ATTACK

    The text says Israel is “living securely” BEFORE the Russian-Islamic Invasion. They are ALREADY in security. What kind of security is it? Russia gathers multi-national forces as a threatening “cloud” to the north, but we know in advance (38:3) that Israel is Secure from Defeat. International terror arises (38:13), but Israel is Secure from Defeat. The multi-national attack comes like a “cloud covering the land (38:9),” but Israel is Secure from Defeat. The Point—the “BETACH-SECURITY” of 38:8 exists BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER the invasion, and is defined by the passage itself as Current-Age GOD-BASED SECURITY. The fact that Israel today is under constant strife & threat, terror & attack, reminds us of when the Egyptians entrapped the Israelites at the Red Sea—then and today they are Secure from Defeat because their security is God-Based!


THE EVIDENCE OF GOD’S ’RHETORICAL’ QUESTION


God poses a purely rhetorical question ( a question that is asked in order to make a point rather than to elicit an answer). He asks Russia, "On that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not know it?” (38:14) If Russia’s answer was “Yes,” they would not attack Israel. Instead, they do not believe Israel is secure. Russia believes Israel is “unwalled”—that they are defenseless against Russia’s “plan.” (38:10-11)

But that is God’s point. The question is, “will you not KNOW” Israel is secure. Russia will not KNOW it because it is God-Based Security, and Russia is blind to it. Russia knows nothing of God’s WALL—”’For I,’ declares the Lord, ‘will be a WALL OF FIRE around [Israel]’...” (Zec. 2:5)


SUMMARY STATEMENT

    YES—Israel is living in GOD-BASED SECURITY TODAY—
& HAS BEEN FOR 67 YEARS. Therefore, the RUSSIAN ISLAMIC INVASION OF ISRAEL awaits no further signs except for the invading nations to take their place on the prophetic stage. Today the Russian-Iranian (and Turkish, though not yet in a tight alliance with Russia) military presence in Syria is a huge step in that direction.

We can't say that today's scene is THE scene for the fulfillment of Ezekiel's prophecy of the Gog-Magog invasion of Israel, but when those events do occur, they will look just like the events of today.
 

Now, concerning the Second condition--
"a land of unwalled villages”

“...and they are living securely ...and you will say, 'I will go up against the land of unwalled villages... without walls, and having no bars or gates” (Eze.38:8-11)

The "thoughts" in Russia's mind are that Israel is--for all practical purposes-- a "land of unwalled villages." Why? Because Russia believes it can easily BREACH Israel's missile defensive walls.

NO “WALLS, NO GATES, NO BARS”
In ancient times (even in the Middle Ages) cities were often built surrounded by a massive wall with gates that were barred shut. This was their security system. Ezekiel 38:11 says that when Magog invades Israel it will be a “land of unwalled villages...without walls, and having no bars or gates.” Are these Literal stone walls? Is Israel Unarmed?.......

ARE THE WALLS LITERAL OR SYMBOLIC?

In ancient times, as the primary security system, walls were very literal. But then we also see “swords,” “shields,” and an “army of horses & horsemen,” etc., in Ezekiel 38-39. (Eze.38:4)


SWORDS, HORSES & CHARIOTS— ANCIENT TERMS DEPICTING MODERN WARFARE

Note the Chart below. In Ezekiel’s day a literal “walled-city” described a literal walled city. The walls were a fortification for military DEFENSE. Likewise, a literal “sword” spoke of a literal attack weapon—military OFFENSE.

Ezekiel 38-39 uses a variety of ancient military terms in describing today’s modern military. (38:4, 11, 15, 20, 21; 39:3, 20, 23) We know this because these terms are set in the context of an “army” (38:4) and “troops” (39:4) with “weapons” (39:9) which attack Israel “in the latter years...in the last days.”(38:8,16)

Therefore, just as a “sword” was a weapon of OFFENSE, today a missile or mortar would be its modern counterpart. Likewise, just as a “wall” was a fortification of DEFENSE, today its equivalent would be a missile defense system.

When “unwalled...gates...bars” are used in the same context as “swords...bow & arrows...horses & chariots,” then the walls/gates/bars refer to MILITARY DEFENSE SYSTEMS. As such, the terms “unwalled...gates…bars” refer to ISRAEL’S MILITARY DEFENSE SYSTEM, just as “swords” etc., refer to RUSSIA’S MILITARY OFFENSE SYSTEM.

"And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you." (Ezekiel 38:9)

Questions About Israel “Living Securely

[“BETACH”]” in Ezekiel 38-39 (the “Magog” passage)

 

QUESTION: How can it be that Israel is under God-Based Security, & is said to be “at rest” (38:11), when in reality they are surrounded by Muslim nations who seek to destroy Israel & “drive them into the sea”?

ANSWER: At the time of the Exodus the Egyptians also tried to “drive Israel into the sea.” Psalm 78:53 says of the Exodus that God “led [Israel] safely [“BETACH”], so that they did not fear.” Yet Exodus

14:10-15 says that during this terrorizing event the Israelites “became very frightened…[saying] to Moses, ‘Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?’“. Here, in both the Exodus-event & the Magog-event, we see that “rest” & “fear” among the people can vacillate to varying degrees. What Psalm 78:13 shows in the statement “they did not fear” is that “rest” prevails in GOD-BASED SECURITY.


QUESTION: What are some other similarities between the Exodus-event & the Magog-event that relate to Security (“BETACH”)?

ANSWER: Psalm 78:53, referred to above, goes on to say “But the sea engulfed their enemies.” The Egyptian army was divinely-destroyed as it attacked Israel. The same thing happens when Magog (Russia) invades Israel—the Russian-Iranian-Islamic army is also divinely-destroyed as it attacks Israel. Additionally, during the Exodus a pillar of fire and cloud (Exo.14:24) served as a “wall of fire” between Israel & her Egyptian enemies. In the same way, God promises to be a “wall of fire  ” around Israel in the latter days. (Zec.2:5) This miraculous “wall of fire” has proven itself in 4 Arab wars against Israel since 1948, and the outcome of the Magog invasion proves that Israel’s security is GOD-BASED. No HUMAN-BASED security arrangement has kept—or still keeps, or will keep—Israel secure. Was Israel secure when entrapped by a monstrous Egyptian army at the edge of the Red Sea? Of Course!

QUESTION: Ezekiel 38:11 says that Israel will be “unwalled” when the Russian-Islamic invasion occurs. But what about the massive 400-mile long security wall to protect against jihadist-Muslims entering Israel today? Isn’t that a military defense system, & thus Israel is “walled”?

ANSWER: We’ve already shown that the “unwalled villages” (38:11) in the context of the passage refers to modern military defenses (a missile “wall,”page1), not to a literal brick & mortar wall. One might ask, “Did you bring your horse & buggy?” Another answers, “Yes, my car is outside.” In 1880 “horse & buggy” was a literal term for literal transportation. Today “horse & buggy” is symbolic, but still refers to literal transportation. In the same way, “walled city” today has become a symbol for a literal military defense system. Furthermore, the passage makes no sense with a literal “wall.” Today’s mega-mile wall, though offering some protection against roving terrorists, offers no protection whatsoever against a massive military assault like that described in Eze. 38-39—"you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops." (Eze.38:9) Even a lay-person can figure out that a modern-equipped military force would simply blow a hole in the wall with one shot from a tank, or bomb it to smithereens with two or three well placed aircraft-missile explosives. When the Russian think-tank says “ 'I will go up against the land of unwalled villages” (38:10-11) they are not concerned about a 20-foot high concrete wall. Rather, Israel’s modern MISSILE DEFENSE “WALL” the Russians see as breechable (“unwalled”). But God’s invisible “wall of fire” is the wall they don’t see. (Zec. 2:5; Exo.14:24)

Today
God-Based Security for Israel is evident daily…and proof that our God is a Promise Keeper! As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the promise from the same God that He is also our security, & will “deliver us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10)