Ezekiel – An Unfinished Prophecy
By Dennis Huebshman
In order to talk about Ezekiel 38 and 39, one must first go through 37. It’s a story about a valley of dry bones getting put back together and through a series of events they become alive once again. This is a prophecy which has been fulfilled when Israel returned as a nation on May 14, 1948. This was the first time they were an independent country in almost 2700 years (Amos 9:14-15) which is something that hasn’t happened in history before. The Israelites were taken from the nations where they had been disbursed and bringing them back after being ruled by various conquering nations.
Since that day, Israel has been attacked several times, but they have been able to overcome their attackers each time. In fact, in the 6-day war of June 1967, they re-took Jerusalem. Ezekiel 37 ends with “Then when My sanctuary is among them forever (speaking of Jesus), the nations will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel” (V. 28 emphasis mine) This will happen at the end of the tribulation. During the time of the 6-day war, I was in the Navy and we followed the progress of Israel’s army and were totally impressed as to how fast and far they went in such a short period of time. Considering all the nations that were attacking, I remember thinking that God Himself had to be directing them.
Ezekiel 38:2 gives us the coalition that will go against Israel. The main characters are Iran, Russia, Turkey along with Sudan, Lybia and several of the “-istan” countries. This is pretty much in place for the first time in history, and all have set their eyes against Israel for a variety of reasons.
One excuse for this is Jerusalem. Zechariah said Jerusalem would be made a “heavy burden” for all the nations and all the peoples of the earth will be assembled against it. (12:3) President Trump helped to accelerate this prophecy by declaring Jerusalem to be the true capital of Israel, and that the U.S. would relocate our embassy there. One can almost feel the tension increase daily as the coalition draws even closer together. We don’t know the actual timing of this war but following world events today lets us know we are very close to that time. Whether it’s before the Rapture or just afterwards is totally in the hands of the Father.
Eventually, the coalition will strike. Not if, but when is the key here. For whatever reason, Israel will stand alone against the invaders, however the Bible says the battle belongs to the Lord. God will actually direct all the invaders toward the land (Ezekiel 38:16) so that He can show Israel who their protector really is. He says there will be a great earthquake (v. 19) and He will cause great confusion to be among the attackers. In fact, they will end up attacking each other, and God will rain down hailstones, fire and brimstone on them (v. 22).
God does all this to keep His promise that Israel will be in their land forever once they have returned. Not for their sakes though, but for the sake of His Holy Name. All Israel and the world will know God is the victor of this battle.
After the battle is over, it will take 7 years to burn all the weapons and 7 months to cleanse the land of all the bodies. (Ezekiel 39: 9 and 12)
Israelites will be in exile no longer as they will all gather back to their land promised to them by the Lord God Jehovah. God allowed them to be disbursed in the first place because they failed to worship Him as the one true God. They will now know He is their God and He keeps his covenants, however through the 7-year tribulation they will go through terrible times and 2/3 will be killed. He makes sure there is a remnant left to go into the Millennium. (Zechariah 13: 8-9)
All who believe in the Father, and that He sent His Son Jesus to save us will not have to go through the terrible wrath. It’s sad that so many choose this world over the Truth. They would rather be deceived by satan than accept Jesus. Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:32) The leaders at that time scoffed at Him and told Him they were already “free”. Jesus went on to say, “If the Son therefore sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (v. 36) They still did not understand just as many today don’t understand that Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father (John 14:6; 1 John 5: 10-12). It’s estimated that only about 1% of the Jewish world population is Messianic (accepts Jesus as the Messiah). This group will not be in the wrath. World-wide it’s estimated 10% of the total population are believers. That leaves a whole bunch of people to face the 7-year tribulation. And it’s so unnecessary.
Be one of the ones that has accepted the Free gift offered by Jesus through His sacrifice for us on the cross. He took every one of our sins to Calvary and His blood washed us clean. The one stipulation God has made is we ACCEPT that gift by ACCEPTING His Son, or we will have to answer ourselves for all our sins. Yes, we will still sin until the day we leave this earth either by death or by Rapture. However, per 1 John 1: 8-10 we are forgiven of our sins just by confessing them and asking the Father for it. Anyone who has accepted Jesus will not go through the Great White Throne Judgment. Each believer will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ and be given rewards for what we have accomplished while here. Some will receive great rewards, and some not so many. But all will be with the Savior forever.
The time we spend on this earth is but an eye-blink compared to eternity. Even if a person lives beyond 100, it’s still not significant compared to forever. Once we have taken our last breath here, our forever is set. It can be totally wonderful, or it can be totally devastating. The choice is entirely up to you. God will not force you to accept Him or His Son. Call on the name of the Lord today and set your reservation within the Covenant God has made with us.