ISRAEL NOW AND THEN
Brothers, read the following five verses of Ezekiel as I show you that this is Israel NOW, and then I will show you Israel in the not so distant future. This was Ezekiel's prophesy given to him by God to make record of what would happen to Israel in that time, and in this present time, and then a future time not far from this present day.
Ezekiel 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
Ezekiel 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
Ezekiel 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
Ezekiel 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
Ezekiel 39:29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
Brothers, Israel was brought out of her captivity from around the world beginning on May 15, 1948 when she became a nation. Verse 26 above tells us that she now dwells safely in her land. This does not mean that the terriorest's, and many nations around her do not wish her to be destroyed, because they certainly do. But, please see here that God tells us through the prophet Ezekiel that dwelling safely is she, and that she has no fear of anyone. None made them afraid. Well brothers who is Israel afraid of in this day. No one. No country on earth scares Israel today. There have been those who have attacked Israel since 1948, but she soundly defeated every one of her enemies, by God intervening on her behalf she has defeated countries like Egypt in the 1967 war which lasted only 7 days. God tell us in verse 29 above that He will not hide His face from them anymore. In other words no one shall prevail against her anymore.
Now brothers look as Ezekiel shows us the very near future for Israel.
Ezekiel 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Magog is modern day Russia, and Gog is whoever is the leader of Russia in that day.
Ezekiel 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Ezekiel 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Ezekiel see's the army of his day here, so you may substitute the army of this day.
Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Here we are told that Russia will not be the only country to come against Israel. Iran (Persia), Ethiopia, Libya and others with them will join forces to come against Israel.
Ezekiel 38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
Ezekiel 38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Here again God tells us that this will happen when Israel is dwelling safely, and that period is present day. Remember that she has no fear of any nation in this day.
Ezekiel 38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
Ezekiel 38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
Ezekiel 38:11 And thou 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 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
Verse 9 tells us that they shall come like a storm cloud all thy bands and nations with thee. Remember Ezekiel new not what war planes would look like. So he is describing them as storm clouds. He is also speaking this to Gog the leader of Magog, the leader of Russia and her allies.
Ezekiel 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
Ezekiel 38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
Ezekiel 38:20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
Ezekiel 38:21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
Ezekiel 38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Brothers, in the Greek a great hailstone weighed 113 pounds. Can you imagine the damage to land radar, airplanes in the air, and troops on the ground when these great hailstones begin falling. Not only hailstones, but fire, and brimstone raining down upon them. All of this as an overflowing rain and earthquakes strong enough to bring mountains down to level ground. WOW, this is not a time in which we want anyone to see.
Ezekiel 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Let me say here brothers that this event will take place either as we the Church are caught away, or immediately after we are caught away. Think about the confusion that the world will be in when all of God's people suddenly disappear into the clouds to meet Jesus in the air. I believe that when this happens Gog and Magog, and all of her bands will move upon Israel when they believe that no one is watching. What a surprise when they discover that God is watching and reacting to their plans.
Ezekiel 39:1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Ezekiel 39:2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
Ezekiel 39:3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
Ezekiel 39:4 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 39:5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
Ezekiel 39:8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
Brothers this will be World War lll, but it will only last one day. God will cause their missiles to rain back down upon their own people. Their planes shall fall from the air because of God's wrath. He will cause them to utterly fail in every way.
Please go about witnessing to the lost of this world while there is still time brothers. I pray that countless millions come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Pray especially for the people of those countries and regions of the world who will side with Russia in this day. The bible tells us here in 39:2 above that only one sixth of the people of these countries who come against Israel will survive. Brothers, that is a lot of people who will die on that day. Lets busy ourselves bringing the people to Christ Jesus, please.
I have only spoken to you what the Holy Spirit has asked me to show you. Please pray for Him to teach you all of the truth of this prophesy in the book of Ezekiel. This has been revealed to God's children so that we might see and know the urgency of bringing the lost into the body of Christ in this hour in which we now live. Please go about doing God's work my brothers.
God Bless you my brothers,
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