Statement given at Various Conferences 2014-16
Today, Russia and Iran have created a power hegemony encompassing Iran, Iraq, Syria, Hezbollah-Lebanon, centered in Syria, directly to the North of Israel. None of the prerequisites for the Magog invasion of Ezekiel 38:1-8 are missing. When the real event stacks up to the North of Israel, it will look very much like it does Today.
(Statement on the Events North of Israel given at the Lake Charles Prophecy Conference in Sep. 2014 and the Pre-Trib Prophecy Study Group in Dec. 2014, and the Mid-America Prophecy Conference in Tulsa, April 14-16, 2016)
"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 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?
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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...
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...
Are these two conditions the case today?
1. Condition # 1--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.
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 EVIDENCES OF ISRAEL'S SECURITY TODAY
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 He continues.
5) God causes Israel AT THAT TIME to be “living securely.” He did, and He continues.
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 THAT 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
Secure from Defeat
International terror arises (38:13), but
Secure from Defeat
The multi-national attack comes like a “cloud covering the land (38:9),” but
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)
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.