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Ezekiel 38 and 39: Middle East Meltdown, Session 4

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The coming Islamic Invasion of Israel

Middle East Meltdown_Session 4 Family Sunday School Hour Ezekiel 38 and 39 The Middle East Meltdown The Coming Islamic Invasion of Israel Session 4 — What? and How? Passage Ezekiel 38:19-22 We have been studying the prophetic passage of Ezekiel 38 and 39 from the vantage of the book The Middle East Meltdown. So far, in the first three sessions we have discovered who? will be involved in this invasion of Israel, when? will it happen, and why? will happen. Today we look at the last two questions, what? and how? Ezekiel 38:19-22 answers the what? question for us. First, let’s review the nations involved. WHAT? The verses in our passage today answers several questions and it describes several consequences of this coming invasion. • • • The nations will be supernaturally annihilated by God. There will be an earthquake. There will be infighting amongst the invaders, throwing everything into as state of confusion. This reminds us of the Midianites in Judges 7:21-22 • Notice also in the passage that disease will break out, and flooding rain and hailstones, along with fire, and brimstone. Hope Now Bible Church Page 1 of 5 Middle East Meltdown_Session 4 Family Sunday School Hour When battles end there is the aftermath to deal with. • Ravenous birds of every sort, and beasts of the field will feast upon the dead (Ezekiel 39:4-5; 17-20). • It will take seven months to bury the dead (Ezekiel 39:11-12, 14-16). • The final outcome will be Israel’s restoration…from that time onward, “The house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.” (Ezekiel 39:22; 39:29). This will be the worst war that will ever occur in Israel’s history. Yet, through it all, God will prove Himself faithful as He protects His elect nation at her darkest hour. Why will God do this? Israel has something that no other nation in the history of the world has ever had. Israel has a Divine covenant from God (Genesis 15:18). The prophet Jeremiah says (Jeremiah 31:35-37) “Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.” In other words, if the enemies of God want to wipe out Israel they should stop aiming their rockets and missiles at Israel and aim them at the sun, moon, and stars. Because God has made a Divine, unconditional, unilateral covenant with Israel, as long as the sun, moon, and stars or the fixed order exists, Israel will always exist before Him. HOW? How is this all going to take place? There are three trends happening right now; trends presently at work in our world that are aggressively setting the stage for this coming invasion. We are living in prophecy now! 1. Israel’s Regathering in Unbelief. First, for an invasion to happen you have to have a nation of Israel that exists. The nation of Israel has to be regathered to its land. This very regathering has begun and is continuing to happen in our very own lifetimes. Today, the nation is not a believing nation—they are living in unbelief. The seven year tribulation will change that. The modern nation of Israel is the work of the hand of God. The modern nation of Israel is one of the greatest miracles of God; • • Where are the Jebusites or the Amalekites mentioned in the Bible? • When a nation is removed from its homeland, within a few generations it simply assimilates into the host culture. It loses its language, culture, religion and identity. But Israel still exists. Israel was forced from its homeland in A.D. 70 until 1948 and yet the distinct entity known as the Jews never ceased from existing. Hope Now Bible Church Page 2 of 5 Middle East Meltdown_Session 4 • • • • Family Sunday School Hour Israel returned to the same land they were removed from 2,000 years ago. They returned with their language (Hebrew). Their culture stayed intact. They kept their ethnicity and religion intact. This sociological phenomenon pertaining to the Jews has never happened before. If you think God does not perform miracles today, just look to Israel. Their regathering in the end times (the latter days in which we live) is a key strategic trend that is currently setting the stage for the looming Gog and Magog invasion. 2. A Hostile Coalition of Nations Second, there is a large hostile group of nations with extreme hatred toward Israel. • • • • Their motive is provided by Islam. Isalm will never be satisfied until Israel is removed completely as a nation from the land that is now hers. Israel is the only democracy in the region and is surrounded by hostile Islamic dictatorships. In the Quran, the word “Jerusalem” is not even found a single time. On the other hand, in the Bible, the word “Jerusalem” or “Zion” is used around 1,000 times. And yet, Islam still sees Jerusalem as a holy site. Let’s look again at a few of the nations that are part of the invading coalition of nations: Persia or Iran • • • In Ezekiel’s day Persia was actually a friend rather than a foe of Israel. This all changed in 1979 under the Jimmy Carter administration, and Iran became Islamized. Today Iran is a repressive Shiite Muslim dictatorship and regime and is perhaps the world’s most aggressive sponsor of world terrorism (aided by the billions of dollars in cash given to them by the Obama administration). Here are Iran’s naked and true intentions: Hope Now Bible Church Page 3 of 5 Middle East Meltdown_Session 4 Family Sunday School Hour Cush or Sudan • • • Sudan is the area that actually harbored Osama Bin Laden from 1991 to 1996. Sudan is the place of one of the worst genocides on the globe called the Darfur genocide. Sudan is dominated by a brutal Arab Islamic fundamentalist government that murders, rapes, and enslaves Christians and animists and is slaughtering the black Muslims in Darfur in an attempt to establish a pure Islamic state. Put or Libya • Libya showed up on the radar screens of most Americans on September 11, 2012. This was the Benghazi attack on our embassy there. Our ambassador was killed and four Americans lost their lives. The Obama administration lied about the cause of the attack and blamed it on an amateur video critical of Islam. What the Obama administration covered up was their own unwillingness to appropriately respond to intelligence reports pointing to growing danger in the area. Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, Togarmah or Turkey • • • • • Today Turkey is going the way of Iran. Its secular government is being replaced by an Islamic Republic. Turkey used to be in alliance with the West, but has shifted away from the West and is forming greater alliances with the identical nations anticipated in Ezekiel’s prophesied coalition. Turkey at one time had an alliance with Israel. Turkey’s alliance are shifting at light speed! Rosh or Russia • • Russian seems least likely of all the nations to invade Israel. Yet, there is a vast Muslim population that is growing rapidly in Russia and it is becoming increasing lslamicized. Sheba, Dedan and Tarshish? (Ezekiel 38:13) Who are these minor players in this invasion? • • They appear to be merely “protesting” the invasion. Who are these nations? Sheba and Dedan are probably Saudi Arabia. Tarshish most likely represents Spain as well as a conglomeration of western powers including Europe. America? • We would like to think that America would come to the aid of Israel but the prophet predicts that Israel will be invaded by this hostile coalition of nations with no nation coming to her aid, including the United States. Is this because of the Rapture that may occur before this invasion? Hope Now Bible Church Page 4 of 5 Middle East Meltdown_Session 4 Family Sunday School Hour 3. Israel’s Miraculous Survival from Overwhelming Attack. The third strategic trend that is in place is Israel’s ability to miraculously survive occasions of attack in modern times. The 1948 war of Independence, the 1967 Six-Day War, and the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Nobody bet on the Jew’s survival during any of these wars. Even in the Gulf War of 1990 we saw a similar pattern of attacks on Israel, yet no success by her enemies. It is almost as if God is saying, “Get ready!” You have seen the dress rehearsal. The main act is now ready to take place. This scenario by Ezekiel is no longer a far-fetched fantasy. It is now familiar and credible. We are living in the general time period when history has finally caught up with Ezekiel’s vision received 2,600 years ago! We’ve done it. We have answered and solved the Who?, When?, Why?, What?, and How? Next week we will conclude this study with seven points of application for our lives. Hope Now Bible Church Page 5 of 5
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