IS ISRAEL SECURE TODAY per Ezekiel 38:8?
Ezekiel 38:8 says that Israel must be in this position before the Russian-Islamic Invasion of Israel can occur, when it says that Israel, returned to its ancient homeland, will be "living securely." (Ezekiel 38:8) Only then will the stage be set for the "Magog" invasion of Ezekiel 38-39. Is Israel in that position today? When "security" is rightly understood—not as secure from ATTACK, but rather secure from DEFEAT—then Israel has been in that position since 1948. MORE BELOW...SEE ALSO...
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)
The Russian—Islamic Invasion of Israel Could Come at Any Moment
When My People are Living Securely (May 2010 Newsletter)
The Bible says that "On that day when My people Israel are “living securely,” the Russian-Islamic (Magog) forces will invade Israel. (Ezekiel 38:14)
1. The prerequisite to the Magog invasion is that Israel will be “living securely.” (Ezekiel 38:8)
2. TODAY—Israel is “living securely.”
3. Therefore, the Russian—Islamic Invasion of Israel could come at any moment.
RIGHT: Prophecy experts Randall Price & David Reagan, & this Website, Bible Prophecy As Written, comment on the current situation—that TODAY Israel is "living securely" in prophetic preparation for the coming Russian-Islamic Invasion Of Israel—an IMMINENT Event !
Many prophecy teachers say that Israel is not living securely today. Yet many of them lead tours to Israel. Ask any Christian tour leader to Israel what he tells his group about “tour safety in Israel” today. Invariably they say, ”Today the streets of Israel are safer than the streets of Chicago and New York!” And it is the truth.
The same couldn’t be said about a visit to the Jews in the 1945 Nazi death camps, or at any time in preceding 1900 years! Nor could the same be said about a “tour” to Israel during the Tribulation. Every Christian tour leader proclaims that today, Israel is secure, terrorists and the 1948, ‘54, ‘67 and ‘73 wars notwithstanding. Those wars actually enhanced Israel’s security. But ultimately it is a false security.
The evidence that Israel is “living securely” today comes from Bible prophecy in four parts.
Part 1: Deuteronomy 28:64-68, begins with the 70 AD expulsion of the Jews from their land and continues through centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocausts of World War II (“thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night”). During this 1900-year fulfilled prophecy, the Jews were in a radically un-secure state.
Part 2: Jewish history picks up with the return of the Jews to their land in 1948, continuing until our current time. (Ezekiel 38:8) Out of the Holocaust in World War II the Jews returned to their land—a haven of refuge for Jews worldwide. The prophecy says that they will return to their land and be “living securely.” And indeed they are. RIGHT: Secure from Defeat !
Part 3: Prophecy foretells of the ultimate Jewish holocaust yet to come called Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble and known as the Great Tribulation. (Jeremiah 30:5-7; Matthew 24:21-22) This will surpass Part 1 as the greatest time of super-un-security!
Part 4: Finally, the fourth part prophesies that Jewish history will culminate in the restoration of all Jews to their land under their everlasting King, Jesus Christ (Zechariah 14:9-11). Part four is the everlasting kingdom of security.
In part one and part three, the Jews are in a radically unsecure state.
In part two and part four, they are living “securely.” But part four is the everlasting kingdom of security. Therefore, part two, with Israel living “securely” today, is Ezekiel’s reference and must serve as the springboard for the Russian-Islamic invasion of Israel.
In 1948 Israel came out of nineteen centuries of extreme ‘unsecurity’!
During the coming Tribulation they will return for a short time to an even more intense period of ‘unsecurity.’
But today Israel is sandwiched into a brief period— by comparison—of super-security!
Interestingly, when we observe the use of the word used by Ezekiel 38:8 for “safely” [“securely”], the Hebrew “betach,” we find it defined as “properly, a place of refuge, security, safety.” 1 That is exactly what the State of Israel represents for Jews worldwide since its inception in 1948. Today, then, Israel is a secure land of “refuge” from the nightmare of the previous 1900 years of Jewish suffering.
In light of both their previous history (Holocaust) and their future history (Tribulation), Israel today is far and away “secure.” Jews worldwide continue to migrate, right along with the tourist, to their “secure place.” “Having their own country was …a practical answer to the problem of having a secure place to go to.” 2 Max Dimont, the great historian of the Jews, acknowledges that “the State of Israel today is a citadel of Judaism, a haven of refuge.” 3 (NOTES below)
A False Security
This raises the question, why would Magog attack Israel if they are actually secure in their armed forces? The answer we glean from Scripture is that there are three perspectives on what it means to be secure—
1. the perspective of Israel,
2. that of their enemy Gog-Magog (Russia),
3. and that of the Lord.
Obviously, in Ezekiel 38, Israel believes that they are living “securely.” But from Magog’s perspective, that security can be breached, or else they wouldn’t risk an attack. And from the Lord’s perspective, any security apart from trust in Him is a false security. Israel’s confidence in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) apart from the Lord is a false security, and no one, including Israel’s superb defense forces, will receive the glory that is due to God alone, for “my glory will I not give to another.” (Isaiah 42:8)
That Israel trust in its own security is evident in this simple statement by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to the ever-present “peace” negotiations,
“We want peace, but not at the price of security” 4
Netanyahu believes that “peace” and “security” are not one and the same. He is right. The Ezekiel 38 prediction of Israel’s condition at the time of the Russian-Islamic invasion is not one of peace, but one of security. Netanyahu obviously believes that Israel is presently secure by virtue of its military power. The source of that security? Netanyahu continued by making an admiring reference to a statement Israeli patriot Theodore Herzl said a century earlier. On June 11, 1901, Herzl said,
“Do not rely on the help of foreigners nor on that of benefactors …A people that wants to stand upright must put all its trust in itself alone.
” Israel’s perspective on living “securely” is the same one they had when they were driven out of the land 2000 years ago,
which is summed up in Ezekiel 33:26:" Ye stand upon your sword…shall ye possess the land?”
Then there is the perspective of the Russian-Islamic arch enemy. They see Israel’s security-”walls” wide open for a breach, for then
“shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought,
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages…” (Ezekiel 38:10-11).
If the Russian-Islamic invaders really believed that the IDF was an impenetrable wall of defense, with unbreachable “gates” of security, then of course they wouldn’t attack in the first place! But the prophecy says that then “shall things come into thy mind” and they will view Israel as “living dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates.” (Ezekiel 38:11) (see below)
The third perspective on Israel’s security is the Lord’s—the only one that matters.
“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
Regarding the belief that Israel has (and many Christians) that Israel is secure behind the Israeli Defense Forces, the Bible declares something else,
“There is no king saved by the multitude of an host [a mighty army]:
a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.” (Psalms 33:16)
“For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.” (Psalms 44:6)
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalms 20:7)
Israel’s trust in itself and its IDF gives rise to a false security that the nation is self-secure behind “walls” and “barred gates.” However, then “shall things come into thy mind,” and as a result the Russian-Islamic coalition will have a different perspective—Israel will be ripe for an invasion because Russia “shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest,
that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls,
and having neither bars nor gates.” (Ezekiel 38:11)
As to why Israel will find itself in this predicament, parallel phrases (note the underlined print below) in the Bible about “safely,” “security,” “walled villages,” and “bars and gates” give us the answer.
1. Israel dwells ALONE among hateful neighbors in the Mid East. The Babylonians attacked a “secure” Arabian people precisely because they were isolated, alone without allies.
"... Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon has formed a plan against you
And devised a scheme against you.
"Arise Arise, get you up unto the wealthy nation (Arabia-dwellers) that dwelleth without care,
saith the LORD, which have neither gates nor bars, which dwell alone.. (Jer. 49:30-31)
2. Israel is “complacent” about its security. Jeremiah’s indictment of the complacent (“careless”) women of Jerusalem came as a warning about false security before Jerusalem’s destruction by Babylon.
Rise up, ye women that are at ease [safe and secure]; hear my voice,
ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. (Isaiah 32:9)
3. Israel is prideful of being self-sufficient. God is not in the equation. Babylon trusted in its self-security in the same way. So did the Assyrian super-city of Nineveh two centuries earlier (Zephaniah 2:15).
Therefore hear now this [Babylon], thou that art given to pleasures,
that dwellest carelessly [securely], that sayest in thine heart,
“I am, and none else beside me [self sufficient];
I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children.” (Isaiah 47:8)
4. Israel is arrogant about its own strength. With that same attitude in the eighth century BC, Israel fell to the Assyrians.
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust [feel secure] in the mountain of Samaria...
The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself …
I abhor the excellency of Jacob [arrogance of Jacob]...
which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? (Amos 6:1, 8, 13)
From our Ezekiel 38 passage on the Russian-Islamic invasion of Israel, we find a remarkable similarity in the phrasing of the “security” conditions in passages above,
i.e., [Israel] shall dwell safely.. [and Russia] shalt say,
I will go up to the land of unwalled villages...
to them that are at rest, that dwell safely,
all of them dwelling without walls,
and having neither bars nor gates…” (Ezekiel 38:8, 11)
The Russian-Islamic invasion of Israel is an imminent possibility.
But God will save Israel. And then
“Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls …
'For I, saith the LORD,
will be unto her a wall of fire round about,
and will be the glory in the midst of her.” (Zechariah 2:4-5)
Against The Mountains Of Israel
Finally, for further confirmation that the Russian-Islamic invasion of Israel is an imminent, any-moment event, we read this,
“…And I will turn thee back… and will cause thee
to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee
upon the mountains of Israel ... 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.” (Ezekiel 39:2-4)
And it is against “the mountains of Israel” that the Russian-Islamic forces will come, and it is upon “the mountains of Israel” that the Russian-Islamic forces will fall. The target of Magog is the “people” and the “land”, and the people are identified as Israelis who live on a land called “the mountains of Israel”.
1. But when Israel returned to the land in 1948, not all of the original homeland came under Jewish control.
2. The “mountains of Israel” was then the territory of Jordan.see RIGHT
3. However, in the 1967 War Israel took East Jerusalem and “the mountains of Israel” from Jordan.
4. It is only since 1967, then, that the geographic criteria for Ezekiel’s Magog invasion has been met.
Israel now occupies “the mountains of Israel.” And since Israel is living “securely” in those mountains, then the Russian-Islamic invasion of Israel could happen at any time.
1. Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary (0983), Eze. 38:8; 39;26, “Securely—– Betach.”
2. G. & L. Klaperman, The Story Of The Jewish People, 1958, p. 241.
3. Jews, God And History, Max I. Dimont, 962, p. 418.
4. www.jpost.com; April 19, 2010.