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Great point. I do see Isa 17 happening before GM and rapture in between. There needs to be a reason for Gog to turn back against Israel. God is instrumental in this. I do not believe it is just spoils Gog is after. NOTE: Vs 12 mentioned the thorn in Gog and companies side (to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations) We focus on the spoils but they do not seem to be happy about Israel being a nation gathered either. When ISA 17 happens and northern Israel and Jordan are massively affected, it may be the last straw.I keep looking at this and concluding that we are out of here before Ezek 38 starts, possibly before Isaiah 17 starts because of similar statements. Plus the general principle that God is either dealing with the Jews (till the Resurrection of Jesus) OR the Church, not both.
Ezekiel 38:9–12 (NKJV)
9 You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”
10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’—12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.