Re: Is the Coming Mideast War the Wrath of Man or God? by Bill Salus
This is a very interesting article and I liked it a lot. I do wonder, though, if there is going to be several years in between a regional war and the greater conflict of Gog/Magog? I hope Sean and some others will weigh in on this but let me spell out my thoughts.
Israel is going to be living in safety as soon as they finish off their nearby neighbors in the Psalms 83/Isaiah 17 War. Think about it, more than half the Muslim terror organizations will be obliterated, and many of the Muslim countries that despise Israel will be wiped out or weakened into nothing. Israel will have a sense of peace but it will come at a heavy price. They will have been struck hard in their cities and they will have used most of their weapons in this war. They will have enlarged their land but I question whether they will become wealthy as a result of this war. There is no oil in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan or Egypt and I'm not sure they will get control of the Saudi oil because Sheba and Dedan are mentioned as Ezek 38/39 participants.
If Israel is weak, why would a Russian confederation wait to go after her? Iran and Turkey will be screaming for revenge. The rest of the world is going to be furious about Israel's nuke strike(s). The US will stay out of it and let Russia take the lead. If the US has not stopped providing financial and military support to Israel, then it will stop immediately after Israel launches nukes. I just don't see a long period between these wars, only a few months at best.
Where Israel will gain wealth and tremendous strength would be after Gog/Magog. No one will mess with her in light of what our God will do to protect her. Israel would control almost all the world's supply of oil. With a 7 year period of using the products of war, I can see a 3 year period or so of Israeli prosperity before the covenant with the AC. That would put the end of the weapons burning right in the middle of the trib. Then the AOD and the Great Trib period starts.
Someone please tell me where I might be wrong and why Salus thinks Israel will gain prosperity between Psalms 83 and Gog/Magog. I just don't see it.
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