Buckle Your Rapture Seat Belts - Part Two

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Buckle Your Rapture Seat Belts - Part Two

Buckle Your Rapture Seat Belts - Part Two
By Dean Olson

In the first part of this article we examined likely scenarios involved in an Israeli attack on Iran. The blowback will be widespread and especially visceral among the Muslims surrounding Israel. It is likely that the attack will provide the impetus for the pre-Tribulation wars described in Psalm 83 (war of annihilation) and Ezekiel 38 and 39 (first Gog of Magog war). Because of the effectiveness of the Israeli attack, the Iranians will be unable to respond militarily - at least initially. Instead they will launch a proxy war using their terrorist surrogates and allies in Syria, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories. Other Arab nations will join the confederacy in what they hope will be the long sought after annihilation of the Jewish state.

As we near the end of the age the flotsam from the struggle in the spiritual realm between Satan and God is increasingly washing up in our dimension. Typical of this struggle is the most recent US State Department's report on religious freedom that describes a global increase in anti-Semitism. The report cites the "rising tide of anti-Semitism" among the key trends of last year. Satan knows the Bible and as we near the end time his rage against all that is Holy will increase exponentially. That is especially true of his hatred for God's ancient people, the Jews. As god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), he has been successful manipulating the leaders of world governing bodies, including the United Nations (U.N.), in demonizing Israel. The U.N. General Assembly in 2013 adopted a total of 21 resolutions singling out Israel for criticism — and 4 resolutions on the rest of the world combined.

The burgeoning impulse of anti-Semitism will erupt into a tidal wave of anti-Israeli sentiment in the aftermath of an attack on Iran. Instead of viewing the attack as the right of the Jewish state to preemptively destroy an existential threat Satan will work behind the scenes to influence human governments to characterize it as the most recent and most egregious "crime of the Zionists" against the Muslims. Long forgotten, or simply ignored, will be the Iranian hate-fueled invective against Israel that preceded the attack. The Iranians have never been shy talking about wanting to annihilate Israel.

In November 2013, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated, "Zionist officials cannot be called humans, they are like animals..." and "The Israeli regime is doomed to failure and annihilation..." Former President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took part in a protest called "World Without Zionism" that included calls to "...eliminate the Zionist regime." During the conference he stated, "Our dear Imam (referring to Ayatollah Khomeini, originator of the "Death to America" chant and architect of the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979 in which Fifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days) said that the "occupying regime must be wiped off the map and this was a very wise statement. We cannot compromise over the issue of Palestine...Our dear Imam targeted the heart of the world oppressor in his struggle, meaning the occupying regime. I have no doubt that the new wave that has started in Palestine, and we witness it in the Islamic world too, will eliminate this disgraceful stain from the Islamic world."

In addition to the rage over the attack on Iran the Arabs are bolstered in their bloodlust to destroy Israel by the fact that the terror group Hezbollah's most recent armed conflict with Israel during the 2006 Lebanon War resulted in at best a draw. Their belief is that Israel's once overwhelming military prowess has been eroded by Hezbollah's increased capabilities. Israeli intelligence sources believe that Hezbollah has amassed nearly 65,000 rockets and missiles within striking distance of Israel in southern Lebanon. Accurate or not, according to this narrative the shift in the balance of military might has increased the likelihood of an Arab victory at long last. They will also feed on the huge outcry from the rest of the world condemning the attack on Iran.

The retaliatory attack on Israel may be the one described in Psalm 83; Isaiah 17; Zephaniah 2:1-6; Amos 1:2-3, 6-7; Ezekiel 25:13-14; Zechariah 9; Jeremiah 49; and Obadiah 1. It will be a war between Israel and its immediate contiguous, or inner ring of Muslim nations. The Bible describes it as a plot to annihilate the Jewish state where "many nations" (people groups) attack Israel and are defeated so utterly with God's supernatural assistance to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that they are likened to "chaff" or "dust" whirling in a "tempest" or "gale" (Psalm 83:13-17, Isaiah 17:12-14).

A partial fulfillment of this prophecy may be in view in 2 Chronicles 20 when Moab, Ammon, and Edom invaded Judah during King Jehosophat's reign between 872-848 BC. Interestingly, Jahaziel, a Levite who prophesied Judah's victory in that battle, was a descendant of Asaph who wrote Psalm 83. However, the Bible contains no account of such a coordinated effort by all of Israel's neighbors to destroy them during that time so the prophecy is only partially fulfilled.

During the Psalm 83 war Israel will be forced to deal with the modern day terrorists and Palestinians who refuse to make peace with her. Jerusalem becomes an object of contention as prophesied in the Bible, "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah (all of Israel) will be besieged as well as Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:2). The nations described as being a part of this genocidal effort are those with a common border with Israel today. Reading Psalm 83:6-8 reveals language that is straight out of today's headlines:

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.

"Come," they say, "let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more."

With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you- the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Gebal, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to lend strength to the descendants of Lot. (Psalm 83:1-8)

The important detail Psalm 83 offers, which Isaiah 17 lacks, is about a conspiracy among ten peoples or nations to "wipe Israel out as a nation to be remembered no more" (Psalm 83:3-5). They specifically form a confederation to join forces and go to war against Israel. All of the countries named as participants are Israel's current neighbors. Edom and the Ishmaelites were in land occupied by southern Jordan today while the territories of Moab and Ammon make up the rest of that country. And even though the government of Jordan has a peace treaty with Israel, it is important to remember that 70% of its population is Palestinian. The Hagrites were part of Aram, whose capitol was Damascus in modern Syria. Gebal, also called Byblos, and Tyre can still be found in present day Lebanon. The Amalekites lived in Israel's southern desert and Philistia settled in Gaza on Israel's southern border. Assyria would conquer Aram shortly after Psalm 83 was written by Asaph shortly after the end of King Solomon's reign in about 900 BC. The "descendants of Lot" is another way of saying Moab and Ammon who were the sons of an incestuous union between Lot and his two daughters.

Numerous Biblical verses describe Israel's victory. We are told that in the end times Israel will be like "a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples..." (Zechariah 12:6) And once the Jews are re-established in their land, "they will not again be rooted out from their land" (Amos 9:15).

"The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau. The LORD has spoken" (Obadiah 1:18). Israel, represented by the house of Jacob and Joseph reduces Southern Jordan, which is represented by Esau, to rubble. This defeat is thorough leaving no survivors.

The plotters involved in the Psalm 83 war will reap the Lord's wrath for seeking the destruction of Israel. Our Creator God promises to return curse for curse against those that harm His chosen people - the Jews. Genesis 12: 3:

And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.? On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.

Zechariah 12:3 "All that burden themselves with it (Jerusalem) shall be cut in pieces, though all the people (nations) of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zech 12:3).

And in Zechariah 14:12: And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. Obadiah 1:15 issues this scathing reprisal to them: "As you (Palestinians) have done, it shall be done to you".

Other prophecies regarding this war include: Israel establishes an army for defense (Ezekiel 36:6, 7; 38:8); adjacent Muslim nations Confederate (Psalm 83:1-8); the Confederacy is committed to the destruction of Israel (Psalm 83:1-5, 12); war starts between the Confederacy and Israel (Jeremiah 49:2, 8, 19); Israel decisively defeats the Confederacy (Obadiah 1:9, 18; Ezekiel 25:13,14; Jeremiah 49:10,20,21, 23-26; Isa 11:12-14;17:1; 19:16,17): Israel has become "an exceedingly great army" (Ezekiel 37:10; Jeremiah 49:21); Israel takes prisoners of war (Jeremiah 48:46, 47; 49:3, 6,11; Zephaniah 2:10,11); the region is reshaped (Isaiah 17:1; Jeremiah 49:2, 10; Zephaniah 2:4); Israel expands its borders (Obadiah 1:19; Jeremiah 49:2; Isaiah 19:18, 19); Israel "dwells securely" in the Land (Ezekiel 38:10-12). Other verses include: Ezekiel 25:13-14, Jeremiah 49:2-26, Isaiah 11:14, 17:1-14, 19:16-19, Jeremiah 48:46-47, 49:3,6,11,21, and Daniel 11:41-43. Many of these passages include a mixture of fulfilled, unfulfilled, and dual prophecies with partial fulfillment.

And as predicted, three groups of Arab Muslims in particular will suffer severely in this war. In "the Burden of Damascus" Syria will suffer the destruction of Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17:1: "The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." As the Psalm 83 war rages, Isaiah 17 describes what will happen in the north with Syria. The description here is amazing:

A prophecy against Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites," declares the LORD Almighty. 4 "In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away. 5 It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms— as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. 6 Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs," declares the LORD, the God of Israel. 7 In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. 8 They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made. 9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation. (Isaiah 17:1-9)

Isaiah 17:1-9 describes one of two scenarios. Syria uses its huge arsenal of chemical or biological weapons to attack northern Israel leading to Israel invoking the Samson Option. Israel's unofficial military policy to annihilate her enemies using nuclear weapons if they overrun her borders with their armies. The "Samson Option" is named after the Biblical story of Samson whose incredible strength enabled him to push on two pillars in the temple of Dagan collapsing it upon 3,000 Philistines and killing himself in the process (Judges 13-16; Hebrews 11:32). The use of chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction will likely lead the Jews to retaliate with a nuclear attack.

Alternately, Israel is fighting on all fronts and facing a Syrian army sweeping through the north. Facing annihilation, the IDF utilizes a limited version of its Samson Option to avoid being overrun. This nuclear strike is clearly going hit Damascus which is just over the Israeli northern border. It could be that Isaiah 17:4-6 is describing the radiation poisoning experienced in the north due to the fallout. The results from either scenario are clearly spelled out. Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city on earth, will be instantly and completely destroyed and Syria will be crushed by the IDF.

And like the dismal future of Syria, the Syene prophecy doesn't bode well for Egypt. As it stands poised to join its Arab/Muslim brothers bent upon the annihilation of Israel, it will reap God's vengeance as described by Ezekiel 29. Ezekiel states that because of its failure to support Israel, Egypt will be turned into a wasteland:

Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.

No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries" (Ezekiel 29:6-12).

The Nile, which annually flooded with clocklike predictability, has ceased its flooding since the construction of the High Dam at Aswan. The only way it could flood as catastrophically as described would be to destroy the dam. The huge dam is so massive that experts have pronounced it indestructible ... except through the use of a nuclear weapon. This fact alone makes it more than clear that this is a latter-day prophecy. In 2002, Israeli Knesset member Avigdor Lieberman, admittedly a man given to controversial statements, announced that Israel could defeat an invading Egypt by bombing the Aswan High Dam. Kinesset member Yigal Allon had publicly made the same statement during the early 1980s.

If Israel's existence were threatened by an Egyptian invasion, drastic measures would be brought into play. The Aswan Dam holds back the enormous Lake Nasser, 340 miles long and 22 miles wide at its widest. If the dam were breached by a nuclear blast, radioactive waters would cover Egypt from one end to the other. Satellite photos reveal a staggering truth about Egypt. Virtually its entire population lives in close proximity to the Nile River, from Aswan all the way down to Cairo and the Mediterranean Sea. Night photos show the Nile as a narrow river of light that fans out at the Nile Delta as it reaches the Mediterranean. Egypt may be the only country on earth so vulnerable to total destruction.

This desolation will likely be caused by the destruction of the Aswan High Dam by a nuclear device delivered by Israel. Critics argue that this prophecy has already been fulfilled in the era of Nebuchadnezzar, around 572 B.C. However, Egypt has never been desolate and uninhabited for any 40-year period as described. And there was no tower in Syene at the time of Nebuchadnezzar. The tower mentioned didn't come into existence until completion of the Russian engineered Aswan High Dam.

The Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament, first published in 1866, affirms the connection from the Greek Septuagint: "[......., Syene, in the inscriptions according to Brugsch [was] the most southerly border town of Egypt in the direction of Cush, i.e. Ethiopia, on the eastern bank of the Nile, some ruins of which are still to be seen in the modern Assuan (Aswan) ..." (Vol. 9, Ezekiel 29-48, p. 8). When Keil and Delitzsch wrote their commentary there was no tower at Aswan. Until the huge hydroelectric project was completed by the Russians and Egyptians in 1967 no tower existed. This dam is now the most towering feature of the area and it is doomed to be wiped out at some point between now and the Tribulation. Jeremiah and Isaiah tell us how Egypt will react to the news of what the IDF [Israeli Defense Force] has done to Syria:

In that day the Egyptians will be like women. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the LORD Almighty raises against them. And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the LORD Almighty is planning against them (Isaiah 19:16-17).

The picture that Isaiah aptly portrays is that of a fragile, unarmed female fighting a skilled male warrior wielding a mighty sword. The woman is freighted as the warrior waves his sword in the air.

Against Damascus. "Hamath and Arpad are shamed, for they have heard bad news. They are fainthearted; there is trouble on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Damascus has grown feeble; she turns to flee, and fear has seized her. Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor. Why is the city of praise [Jerusalem] not deserted, the city of My joy? Therefore her young men shall fall in her [Damascus] streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day," says the LORD of hosts (Jeremiah 49:23-26).

The third group to suffer annihilation is Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Gaza prophesied by Zephaniah 2:1-7. On January 25, 2006 the former terrorist organization turned political party known as the Hamas, won a majority victory over the Fatah party in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Soon thereafter Hamastan became the neologism for the emerging mini-state of the Hamas governed territory of Gaza. According to the Bible this land belongs to, and will someday be possessed by the Jews.

In Psalm 83:1-8 Asaph informs us that Philistia, which today represents in large part the Gaza territory, becomes involved with the Palestinians, Hezbollah, Syrians, and several other predominately Arab populations in a confederate effort to destroy the nation of Israel. Although many Bible commentaries suggest that prophecies have concluded regarding Philistia, and / or the Philistine inhabitants, these presumptions are likely refuted by Psalm 83, which clearly enlists Philistia, and does not appear historically to have found its final fulfillment. Ezekiel 25:12-17 declares that the Palestinians of the West Bank, and the Gaza territories will experience the vengeance of God, through the military might of the I.D.F. According to the prophet, the Palestinians have dealt vengefully with a spiteful heart due to the ancient Arab hatred against the Israeli's. Obadiah 1:9 describes the slaughter of the soldiers of Teman, emphasizing the severity of Israel's victory over the Palestinian descendants of Edom. Teman and the mountains of Esau appear to be representative of the entire region of Edom in this passage. "Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau's mountains will be cut down in the slaughter" (Obadiah 1:9).

These verses paint a bleak picture, not only for Syria, Egypt and the Hamas terrorists of Gaza, but also for Israel. In addition to the destruction of the city of Damascus the city of Aroer, located on the northern bank of the Arnon River just east of the Dead Sea, will also be deserted. Many of the fortified cities in northern Israel will also be destroyed. Those few who remain in Aram, 38 miles south southeast of Damascus, will share the fate of these northern Israeli cities:

'In that day the glory of Israel will be very dim, for poverty will stalk the land. Israel will be abandoned like the grain fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest. Only a few of its people will be left, like the stray olives left on the tree after the harvest. Only two or three remain in the highest branches, four or five out on the tips of the limbs. Yes, Israel will be stripped bare of people,' says the Lord, the God of Israel (Isaiah 17:4-6 (NLT).

The breadth and scope of destruction is clearly illustrated as God describes the Israeli landscape as stripped bare of people. Only a small fraction of people either choose to stay in the land or else survive what is a massive holocaust leaving only a few inhabitants who struggle in poverty. As a result of this event, the people of Israel will once again turn to God Almighty. Currently, the nation of Israel is predominantly secular in nature. Other biblical passages infer that this will change as the prophesied rebuilding of the Temple in the last days indicates a spiritual resurgence among the Jews of Israel.

Israel's victory will yield great swaths of territory and will end the contention over the ownership of Gaza, the West bank and the Golan Heights, territories taken by Israel during the 1967 Six Days War. Israel will also become stronger, not weaker as its military reputation is restored and enhanced. The divided land will no longer be divided and Jerusalem will become a unified city. The controversial security fence that was built to stem a rash of suicide bombings during the Palestinian Second Intifada in 2000 will come down since the borders on all three sides will be safe and the threat of terrorist attacks eliminated.

The Bible tells us that as a result of this massive military victory given to Israel from God via the IDF the face of the Middle East will be dramatically changed. Israel will significantly increase in size, encompassing a major portion of the Middle East. Most of the nations that form the Arab coalition incorporate land that falls within the scope of land from the Abrahamic covenant. Israel's borders will be restored to nearly the same borders God established for Israel as "an everlasting covenant" (Genesis 17:8). "On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates..." Genesis 15:18. Verses supporting this view include: "The South shall possess the mountains of Esau [Southern Jordan], and the Lowland shall possess Philistia [Gaza Strip]. They shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria [West Bank]. Benjamin shall possess Gilead [West Bank & Golan Heights] (Obadiah 1:19). The Negev will possess Southern Jordan. The lowland of Judah will possess the Gaza Strip and the southern parts of the West Bank. Northern Israel will possess the northern part of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, much of northern Jordan, and southern Syria.

Much of modern-day Jordan was once part of the inheritance of Israel. The tribes of East Manasseh, Benjamin, Gad, and Reuben once possessed land that is presently under Jordanian sovereignty but this land will soon pass back to its rightful owner, "Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will cause to be heard an alarm of war In Rabbah of the Ammonites; It shall be a desolate mound, And her villages shall be burned with fire. Then Israel shall take possession of his inheritance," says the LORD (Jeremiah 49:2).

The army of Israel will cut off its confederate adversaries and then come down upon the Gaza territory. In continuing their conquest, they plunder the people of the East, which according to its scriptural usage in Genesis 29:1, would be Syria. They then lay their hands on all of Jordan causing its capitol to fall under Jewish sovereignty. Ammon represents northern Jordan, the location of the capitol city of Amman. Isaiah says the people of Ammon shall obey them, depicting the surrender of Jordanian sovereignty.

The war also extends into Saudi Arabia, "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan [Saudi Arabia] they will fall by the sword. I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel [Israeli Defense Force IDF], and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign LORD" (Ezekiel 25:13-14). And "Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time I punish him" (Jeremiah 49:8).

This is a warning to the Saudis to disengage from their confederate allegiance with the Palestinians. They are instructed to flee from the slaughter and go back into the depths of Saudi Arabia. The historical location of "Dedan" was in Northwest Saudi Arabia. Ezekiel tells us that the Saudis do not heed Jeremiah's warning. "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan they will fall by the sword" (Ezekiel 25:13). This reference to Dedan, Arabia, offers a connection to the confederacy of Esau/Edom found in Psalm 83:4-8 and Obadiah 1:7. In Psalm 83:6, the Saudis are represented by their ancestor Ishmael and are labeled as the "Ishmaelites." Esau is Edom, according to Genesis 36:1, much like his twin bother Jacob is also called Israel (Genesis 32:28).

The army of Israel advances beyond the southern border of Jordan into northwest Saudi Arabia, represented by Dedan, as far south as the Red Sea, "Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them. At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea" (Jeremiah 49:20-21). This indicates that the confederate members will include Saudi Arabia, Southern Jordan, and Egypt and they will suffer the God's wrath delivered by the sword of the IDF.

Isaiah tells us that the expansion of Israeli sovereignty will even reach into Egypt. Five Hebrew speaking cities will be established in the land of Egypt and there will be an altar erected to God as well as a pillar erected to God on the border, "In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction. In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border" (Isaiah 19:18-19).

The victory of Israel will be so complete that it will take many prisoners of war. They will need to establish numerous detention camps in the regions of Southern Lebanon and the Negev. "Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed! Cry out, O inhabitants of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth and mourn; rush here and there inside the walls, for Molech will go into exile, together with his priests and officials. "Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites," declares the LORD (Jeremiah 49:3,6). "Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity. "Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab (Jeremiah 48:46-47).

Significantly, Obadiah 1:15-16 is a key scripture which reveals that Esau's judgment from the Psalm 83 war will happen before the Tribulation or "the day of the Lord:" "The day of the LORD [Tribulation] is near for all nations [not yet happened]. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. Just as you [Esau] drank [experience judgment] on my holy hill [Israel], so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been" (Obadiah 1:15-16).

In addition, support for the timing of the Psalm 83 War before the Rapture is contained in Scripture. Zephaniah, one of the Minor Prophets, predicts a war that comes before the "Day of the Lord." He appeals to the "meek of the earth," those with faith in Christ Jesus, to understand that this war signals that the seven-year Tribulational Period draws near. "Seek the LORD, all you meek of the Earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD'S anger" (Zephaniah 2:3). Due to the catastrophic circumstances that occur during the day of the Lord - the Tribulation - Zephaniah pleads with believers to do what it takes to be hidden from the events of the day of the LORD by getting themselves in a proper relationship with Jesus. Only by being born again by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior will we be removed via the Rapture before the onset of the horrors of the Tribulation.

Due to their decisive victory over the Arab confederacy Israel will become a regional superpower like never before. Her status as a military, as well as economic power will be ensured. It will appear to the Israelites that 60 years of war have finally ended. She will finally possess the wealth and land, including the oil of her combined adversaries in the Psalm 83 war. Having finally dispatched the terrorists encircling her, the Jewish state will also dwell securely, at least for a short time.

The results of the Psalm 83 victory will provide two prerequisites for the second pre-Tribulation war prophesied in the Bible; the First Gog of Magog war that will pit Russia, Iran, Turkey and other nations against Israel. First, Israel's stunning victory will provide the long sought after peace and security because the contiguous, inner ring of threats from her Arab Muslim neighbors will be eliminated. This provides the perfect opportunity for the enemies of God to bring about a false sense of security and turn Israel into a peaceful and unsuspecting people living in a "land of unwalled villages" as prophesied as a prerequisite of the First Gog of Magog War.

Second, the vast increase in Israel's land mass, and its sovereignty over its immediate neighbors, will greatly enrich the country providing the great wealth or spoil that will be the real reason for Russia's participation in the Gog of Magog war. In addition, recent huge natural gas and shale oil finds off the coast of Israel also provide a tantalizing spoil for the Russians who have always dreamed of controlling the oil and natural gas of the Middle East.

In the final part of this article we will examine the prophecies of the First Gog of Magog war including the supernatural defeat of the attackers on the mountains of Israel. The Rapture could occur during or shortly after the Psalm 83 or the First Gog of Magog wars. The horror of these wars, that will ignite a nuclear conflagration resulting in horrendous loss of life, widespread destruction and worldwide economic convulsions, will so frighten those left behind on Earth after the Rapture that they will gladly accept the emergence of a peace maker who will succeed in brokering a peace treaty with Israel.

It is the signing of this treaty that kicks off the seven year Tribulation period, also known as Daniel's seventieth week (Daniel 9:20-27). Although most of the unbelievers of the world may not immediately recognize the supernaturally charismatic man who will successfully shepherd that treaty through the negotiation process, his identity as the Antichrist will become unmistakable three and one half years later when he is indwelled by Satan and declares himself to be god and defiles the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.

Maranatha!
Dean T. Olson, Omaha
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Neil777

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If this is right around the corner, what will this do to oil prices? The world cannot get away from oil and the Middle East. Especially if Saudi Arabia has a part in the war. Sixty percent of the known oil reserves are in that area. All the airlines and trucking rely on oil. And we have a global demand and all nations need it to keep their economy going. This is why I believe the scriptures concerning the end times say the world will be very concerned about what happens with Israel and Jerusalem. If oil was not so important that area of the world would still be just a lot of sand to many people.
 

RandallB

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If this is right around the corner, what will this do to oil prices? The world cannot get away from oil and the Middle East. Especially if Saudi Arabia has a part in the war. Sixty percent of the known oil reserves are in that area. All the airlines and trucking rely on oil. And we have a global demand and all nations need it to keep their economy going. This is why I believe the scriptures concerning the end times say the world will be very concerned about what happens with Israel and Jerusalem. If oil was not so important that area of the world would still be just a lot of sand to many people.

We won't be here to be affected by the rise in oil prices due to Ps 83/Ezek 38/39.

I am praying that all will come to the Lord while there is still time.
 

Lujack Skylark

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Buckle Your Rapture Seat Belts - Part Two

Buckle Your Rapture Seat Belts - Part Two
By Dean Olson



In addition to the rage over the attack on Iran the Arabs are bolstered in their bloodlust to destroy Israel by the fact that the terror group Hezbollah's most recent armed conflict with Israel during the 2006 Lebanon War resulted in at best a draw. Their belief is that Israel's once overwhelming military prowess has been eroded by Hezbollah's increased capabilities. Israeli intelligence sources believe that Hezbollah has amassed nearly 65,000 rockets and missiles within striking distance of Israel in southern Lebanon. Accurate or not, according to this narrative the shift in the balance of military might has increased the likelihood of an Arab victory at long last. They will also feed on the huge outcry from the rest of the world condemning the attack on Iran.

The retaliatory attack on Israel may be the one described in Psalm 83; Isaiah 17; Zephaniah 2:1-6; Amos 1:2-3, 6-7; Ezekiel 25:13-14; Zechariah 9; Jeremiah 49; and Obadiah 1. It will be a war between Israel and its immediate contiguous, or inner ring of Muslim nations. The Bible describes it as a plot to annihilate the Jewish state where "many nations" (people groups) attack Israel and are defeated so utterly with God's supernatural assistance to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that they are likened to "chaff" or "dust" whirling in a "tempest" or "gale" (Psalm 83:13-17, Isaiah 17:12-14).

During the Psalm 83 war Israel will be forced to deal with the modern day terrorists and Palestinians who refuse to make peace with her. Jerusalem becomes an object of contention as prophesied in the Bible, "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah (all of Israel) will be besieged as well as Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:2). The nations described as being a part of this genocidal effort are those with a common border with Israel today. Reading Psalm 83:6-8 reveals language that is straight out of today's headlines:

Numerous Biblical verses describe Israel's victory. We are told that in the end times Israel will be like "a firepot among pieces of wood and a flaming torch among sheaves, so they will consume on the right hand and on the left all the surrounding peoples..." (Zechariah 12:6) And once the Jews are re-established in their land, "they will not again be rooted out from their land" (Amos 9:15).

"The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame; the house of Esau will be stubble, and they will set it on fire and consume it. There will be no survivors from the house of Esau. The LORD has spoken" (Obadiah 1:18). Israel, represented by the house of Jacob and Joseph reduces Southern Jordan, which is represented by Esau, to rubble. This defeat is thorough leaving no survivors.

Zechariah 12:3 "All that burden themselves with it (Jerusalem) shall be cut in pieces, though all the people (nations) of the earth be gathered together against it." (Zech 12:3).

And in Zechariah 14:12: And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth. Obadiah 1:15 issues this scathing reprisal to them: "As you (Palestinians) have done, it shall be done to you".



And as predicted, three groups of Arab Muslims in particular will suffer severely in this war. In "the Burden of Damascus" Syria will suffer the destruction of Damascus as prophesied in Isaiah 17:1: "The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap." As the Psalm 83 war rages, Isaiah 17 describes what will happen in the north with Syria. The description here is amazing:

A prophecy against Damascus: "See, Damascus will no longer be a city but will become a heap of ruins. 2 The cities of Aroer will be deserted and left to flocks, which will lie down, with no one to make them afraid. 3 The fortified city will disappear from Ephraim, and royal power from Damascus; the remnant of Aram will be like the glory of the Israelites," declares the LORD Almighty. 4 "In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away. 5 It will be as when reapers harvest the standing grain, gathering the grain in their arms— as when someone gleans heads of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. 6 Yet some gleanings will remain, as when an olive tree is beaten, leaving two or three olives on the topmost branches, four or five on the fruitful boughs," declares the LORD, the God of Israel. 7 In that day people will look to their Maker and turn their eyes to the Holy One of Israel. 8 They will not look to the altars, the work of their hands, and they will have no regard for the Asherah poles and the incense altars their fingers have made. 9 In that day their strong cities, which they left because of the Israelites, will be like places abandoned to thickets and undergrowth. And all will be desolation. (Isaiah 17:1-9)

Isaiah 17:1-9 describes one of two scenarios. Syria uses its huge arsenal of chemical or biological weapons to attack northern Israel leading to Israel invoking the Samson Option. Israel's unofficial military policy to annihilate her enemies using nuclear weapons if they overrun her borders with their armies. The "Samson Option" is named after the Biblical story of Samson whose incredible strength enabled him to push on two pillars in the temple of Dagan collapsing it upon 3,000 Philistines and killing himself in the process (Judges 13-16; Hebrews 11:32). The use of chemical or biological weapons of mass destruction will likely lead the Jews to retaliate with a nuclear attack.

Alternately, Israel is fighting on all fronts and facing a Syrian army sweeping through the north. Facing annihilation, the IDF utilizes a limited version of its Samson Option to avoid being overrun. This nuclear strike is clearly going hit Damascus which is just over the Israeli northern border. It could be that Isaiah 17:4-6 is describing the radiation poisoning experienced in the north due to the fallout. The results from either scenario are clearly spelled out. Damascus, the oldest continually inhabited city on earth, will be instantly and completely destroyed and Syria will be crushed by the IDF.

And like the dismal future of Syria, the Syene prophecy doesn't bode well for Egypt. As it stands poised to join its Arab/Muslim brothers bent upon the annihilation of Israel, it will reap God's vengeance as described by Ezekiel 29. Ezekiel states that because of its failure to support Israel, Egypt will be turned into a wasteland:

Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.

No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries" (Ezekiel 29:6-12).

The Nile, which annually flooded with clocklike predictability, has ceased its flooding since the construction of the High Dam at Aswan. The only way it could flood as catastrophically as described would be to destroy the dam. The huge dam is so massive that experts have pronounced it indestructible ... except through the use of a nuclear weapon. This fact alone makes it more than clear that this is a latter-day prophecy. In 2002, Israeli Knesset member Avigdor Lieberman, admittedly a man given to controversial statements, announced that Israel could defeat an invading Egypt by bombing the Aswan High Dam. Kinesset member Yigal Allon had publicly made the same statement during the early 1980s.

If Israel's existence were threatened by an Egyptian invasion, drastic measures would be brought into play. The Aswan Dam holds back the enormous Lake Nasser, 340 miles long and 22 miles wide at its widest. If the dam were breached by a nuclear blast, radioactive waters would cover Egypt from one end to the other. Satellite photos reveal a staggering truth about Egypt. Virtually its entire population lives in close proximity to the Nile River, from Aswan all the way down to Cairo and the Mediterranean Sea. Night photos show the Nile as a narrow river of light that fans out at the Nile Delta as it reaches the Mediterranean. Egypt may be the only country on earth so vulnerable to total destruction.

In that day the Egyptians will be like women. They will shudder with fear at the uplifted hand that the LORD Almighty raises against them. And the land of Judah will bring terror to the Egyptians; everyone to whom Judah is mentioned will be terrified, because of what the LORD Almighty is planning against them (Isaiah 19:16-17).

The picture that Isaiah aptly portrays is that of a fragile, unarmed female fighting a skilled male warrior wielding a mighty sword. The woman is freighted as the warrior waves his sword in the air.

Against Damascus. "Hamath and Arpad are shamed, for they have heard bad news. They are fainthearted; there is trouble on the sea; it cannot be quiet. Damascus has grown feeble; she turns to flee, and fear has seized her. Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor. Why is the city of praise [Jerusalem] not deserted, the city of My joy? Therefore her young men shall fall in her [Damascus] streets, and all the men of war shall be cut off in that day," says the LORD of hosts (Jeremiah 49:23-26).

The third group to suffer annihilation is Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Gaza prophesied by Zephaniah 2:1-7. On January 25, 2006 the former terrorist organization turned political party known as the Hamas, won a majority victory over the Fatah party in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC). Soon thereafter Hamastan became the neologism for the emerging mini-state of the Hamas governed territory of Gaza. According to the Bible this land belongs to, and will someday be possessed by the Jews.

In Psalm 83:1-8 Asaph informs us that Philistia, which today represents in large part the Gaza territory, becomes involved with the Palestinians, Hezbollah, Syrians, and several other predominately Arab populations in a confederate effort to destroy the nation of Israel. Although many Bible commentaries suggest that prophecies have concluded regarding Philistia, and / or the Philistine inhabitants, these presumptions are likely refuted by Psalm 83, which clearly enlists Philistia, and does not appear historically to have found its final fulfillment. Ezekiel 25:12-17 declares that the Palestinians of the West Bank, and the Gaza territories will experience the vengeance of God, through the military might of the I.D.F. According to the prophet, the Palestinians have dealt vengefully with a spiteful heart due to the ancient Arab hatred against the Israeli's. Obadiah 1:9 describes the slaughter of the soldiers of Teman, emphasizing the severity of Israel's victory over the Palestinian descendants of Edom. Teman and the mountains of Esau appear to be representative of the entire region of Edom in this passage. "Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyone in Esau's mountains will be cut down in the slaughter" (Obadiah 1:9).

These verses paint a bleak picture, not only for Syria, Egypt and the Hamas terrorists of Gaza, but also for Israel. In addition to the destruction of the city of Damascus the city of Aroer, located on the northern bank of the Arnon River just east of the Dead Sea, will also be deserted. Many of the fortified cities in northern Israel will also be destroyed. Those few who remain in Aram, 38 miles south southeast of Damascus, will share the fate of these northern Israeli cities:

'In that day the glory of Israel will be very dim, for poverty will stalk the land. Israel will be abandoned like the grain fields in the valley of Rephaim after the harvest. Only a few of its people will be left, like the stray olives left on the tree after the harvest. Only two or three remain in the highest branches, four or five out on the tips of the limbs. Yes, Israel will be stripped bare of people,' says the Lord, the God of Israel (Isaiah 17:4-6 (NLT).

The breadth and scope of destruction is clearly illustrated as God describes the Israeli landscape as stripped bare of people. Only a small fraction of people either choose to stay in the land or else survive what is a massive holocaust leaving only a few inhabitants who struggle in poverty. As a result of this event, the people of Israel will once again turn to God Almighty. Currently, the nation of Israel is predominantly secular in nature. Other biblical passages infer that this will change as the prophesied rebuilding of the Temple in the last days indicates a spiritual resurgence among the Jews of Israel.

Israel's victory will yield great swaths of territory and will end the contention over the ownership of Gaza, the West bank and the Golan Heights, territories taken by Israel during the 1967 Six Days War. Israel will also become stronger, not weaker as its military reputation is restored and enhanced. The divided land will no longer be divided and Jerusalem will become a unified city. The controversial security fence that was built to stem a rash of suicide bombings during the Palestinian Second Intifada in 2000 will come down since the borders on all three sides will be safe and the threat of terrorist attacks eliminated.

The Bible tells us that as a result of this massive military victory given to Israel from God via the IDF the face of the Middle East will be dramatically changed. Israel will significantly increase in size, encompassing a major portion of the Middle East. Most of the nations that form the Arab coalition incorporate land that falls within the scope of land from the Abrahamic covenant. Israel's borders will be restored to nearly the same borders God established for Israel as "an everlasting covenant" (Genesis 17:8). "On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates..." Genesis 15:18. Verses supporting this view include: "The South shall possess the mountains of Esau [Southern Jordan], and the Lowland shall possess Philistia [Gaza Strip]. They shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria [West Bank]. Benjamin shall possess Gilead [West Bank & Golan Heights] (Obadiah 1:19). The Negev will possess Southern Jordan. The lowland of Judah will possess the Gaza Strip and the southern parts of the West Bank. Northern Israel will possess the northern part of the West Bank, the Golan Heights, much of northern Jordan, and southern Syria.

Much of modern-day Jordan was once part of the inheritance of Israel. The tribes of East Manasseh, Benjamin, Gad, and Reuben once possessed land that is presently under Jordanian sovereignty but this land will soon pass back to its rightful owner, "Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "That I will cause to be heard an alarm of war In Rabbah of the Ammonites; It shall be a desolate mound, And her villages shall be burned with fire. Then Israel shall take possession of his inheritance," says the LORD (Jeremiah 49:2).

The army of Israel will cut off its confederate adversaries and then come down upon the Gaza territory. In continuing their conquest, they plunder the people of the East, which according to its scriptural usage in Genesis 29:1, would be Syria. They then lay their hands on all of Jordan causing its capitol to fall under Jewish sovereignty. Ammon represents northern Jordan, the location of the capitol city of Amman. Isaiah says the people of Ammon shall obey them, depicting the surrender of Jordanian sovereignty.

The war also extends into Saudi Arabia, "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan [Saudi Arabia] they will fall by the sword. I will take vengeance on Edom by the hand of my people Israel [Israeli Defense Force IDF], and they will deal with Edom in accordance with my anger and my wrath; they will know my vengeance, declares the Sovereign LORD" (Ezekiel 25:13-14). And "Turn and flee, hide in deep caves, you who live in Dedan, for I will bring disaster on Esau at the time I punish him" (Jeremiah 49:8).

This is a warning to the Saudis to disengage from their confederate allegiance with the Palestinians. They are instructed to flee from the slaughter and go back into the depths of Saudi Arabia. The historical location of "Dedan" was in Northwest Saudi Arabia. Ezekiel tells us that the Saudis do not heed Jeremiah's warning. "Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will stretch out my hand against Edom and kill its men and their animals. I will lay it waste, and from Teman to Dedan they will fall by the sword" (Ezekiel 25:13). This reference to Dedan, Arabia, offers a connection to the confederacy of Esau/Edom found in Psalm 83:4-8 and Obadiah 1:7. In Psalm 83:6, the Saudis are represented by their ancestor Ishmael and are labeled as the "Ishmaelites." Esau is Edom, according to Genesis 36:1, much like his twin bother Jacob is also called Israel (Genesis 32:28).

The army of Israel advances beyond the southern border of Jordan into northwest Saudi Arabia, represented by Dedan, as far south as the Red Sea, "Therefore, hear what the LORD has planned against Edom, what he has purposed against those who live in Teman: The young of the flock will be dragged away; he will completely destroy their pasture because of them. At the sound of their fall the earth will tremble; their cry will resound to the Red Sea" (Jeremiah 49:20-21). This indicates that the confederate members will include Saudi Arabia, Southern Jordan, and Egypt and they will suffer the God's wrath delivered by the sword of the IDF.

Isaiah tells us that the expansion of Israeli sovereignty will even reach into Egypt. Five Hebrew speaking cities will be established in the land of Egypt and there will be an altar erected to God as well as a pillar erected to God on the border, "In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear by the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction. In that day there will be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar to the LORD at its border" (Isaiah 19:18-19).

The victory of Israel will be so complete that it will take many prisoners of war. They will need to establish numerous detention camps in the regions of Southern Lebanon and the Negev. "Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed! Cry out, O inhabitants of Rabbah! Put on sackcloth and mourn; rush here and there inside the walls, for Molech will go into exile, together with his priests and officials. "Yet afterward, I will restore the fortunes of the Ammonites," declares the LORD (Jeremiah 49:3,6). "Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh are destroyed; your sons are taken into exile and your daughters into captivity. "Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come," declares the LORD. Here ends the judgment on Moab (Jeremiah 48:46-47).

Significantly, Obadiah 1:15-16 is a key scripture which reveals that Esau's judgment from the Psalm 83 war will happen before the Tribulation or "the day of the Lord:" "The day of the LORD [Tribulation] is near for all nations [not yet happened]. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head. Just as you [Esau] drank [experience judgment] on my holy hill [Israel], so all the nations will drink continually; they will drink and drink and be as if they had never been" (Obadiah 1:15-16).

In addition, support for the timing of the Psalm 83 War before the Rapture is contained in Scripture. Zephaniah, one of the Minor Prophets, predicts a war that comes before the "Day of the Lord." He appeals to the "meek of the earth," those with faith in Christ Jesus, to understand that this war signals that the seven-year Tribulational Period draws near. "Seek the LORD, all you meek of the Earth, Who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden In the day of the LORD'S anger" (Zephaniah 2:3). Due to the catastrophic circumstances that occur during the day of the Lord - the Tribulation - Zephaniah pleads with believers to do what it takes to be hidden from the events of the day of the LORD by getting themselves in a proper relationship with Jesus. Only by being born again by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior will we be removed via the Rapture before the onset of the horrors of the Tribulation.

Due to their decisive victory over the Arab confederacy Israel will become a regional superpower like never before. Her status as a military, as well as economic power will be ensured. It will appear to the Israelites that 60 years of war have finally ended. She will finally possess the wealth and land, including the oil of her combined adversaries in the Psalm 83 war. Having finally dispatched the terrorists encircling her, the Jewish state will also dwell securely, at least for a short time.

The results of the Psalm 83 victory will provide two prerequisites for the second pre-Tribulation war prophesied in the Bible; the First Gog of Magog war that will pit Russia, Iran, Turkey and other nations against Israel. First, Israel's stunning victory will provide the long sought after peace and security because the contiguous, inner ring of threats from her Arab Muslim neighbors will be eliminated. This provides the perfect opportunity for the enemies of God to bring about a false sense of security and turn Israel into a peaceful and unsuspecting people living in a "land of unwalled villages" as prophesied as a prerequisite of the First Gog of Magog War.

Second, the vast increase in Israel's land mass, and its sovereignty over its immediate neighbors, will greatly enrich the country providing the great wealth or spoil that will be the real reason for Russia's participation in the Gog of Magog war. In addition, recent huge natural gas and shale oil finds off the coast of Israel also provide a tantalizing spoil for the Russians who have always dreamed of controlling the oil and natural gas of the Middle East.

In the final part of this article we will examine the prophecies of the First Gog of Magog war including the supernatural defeat of the attackers on the mountains of Israel. The Rapture could occur during or shortly after the Psalm 83 or the First Gog of Magog wars. The horror of these wars, that will ignite a nuclear conflagration resulting in horrendous loss of life, widespread destruction and worldwide economic convulsions, will so frighten those left behind on Earth after the Rapture that they will gladly accept the emergence of a peace maker who will succeed in brokering a peace treaty with Israel.

It is the signing of this treaty that kicks off the seven year Tribulation period, also known as Daniel's seventieth week (Daniel 9:20-27). Although most of the unbelievers of the world may not immediately recognize the supernaturally charismatic man who will successfully shepherd that treaty through the negotiation process, his identity as the Antichrist will become unmistakable three and one half years later when he is indwelled by Satan and declares himself to be god and defiles the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem.

Maranatha!
Dean T. Olson, Omaha
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I find the article very interesting. These two points I see differently.

(1)The rapture cannot occur after the Gog/Magog war for God has not appointed us to wrath. (1 Thessalonians 5:9) God has wrath in (Ezekiel 38:18-19) Therefore the rapture could occur at anytime before the Russian (Gog) attack upon Israel. The rapture could occur even before the Psalms 83 war happens. The rapture could come quite soon.

The desolation striking Egypt in Ezekiel 29:6-12 is from the borders of Syene Egypt's Aswan Dam region to the borders of Ethiopia sounds like an Egyptian and Ethiopian major war but perhaps this war is in progress when Israel is fighting in the Psalms 83 war and Egypt turns its weapons on Israel THEN its possible Israel hits the Aswan Dam with a nuclear weapon and thus Egypt becomes desolate.

The author Dean Olson maybe completely right about number (2) for Egypt, Syria and Russia now have a strategic alliance. http://nsnbc.me/2014/02/14/russia-egypt-syria-emergence-new-strategic-alliance/ Perhaps the Egyptian Aswan Dam and Damascus, Syria both face nuclear destruction by Israel and this strategic alliance between Egypt and Syria shows us how close we are to this prophecy fulfillment. (This means Ethiopia does not destroy the Aswan dam) Russia is likely processing all the former Soviet Republics into the new Russian empire when the Aswan Dam and Damascus are destroyed so Russia responds a little later in the Ezekiel Gog/Magog war. Check how the Russians are coming along in building up towards a Middle-East conflict. http://www.raptureforums.com/forum/...rmation-television-evangelist-wont-touch.html
 
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