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CHAPTER NINE

Events in the Land of Israel before and during the great Tribulation

Israel is God's miracle nation because of the events which will take place in its land before and during the great Tribulation.

While we recognize that the Bible speaks of a spiritual Israel, it supports the reality of a physical Israel which is comprised of the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob.

The Bible foretold several end time events, all to take place in the restored land of Israel.

A prophecy which must take place in the end times is recorded by Asaph in Psalm 83:

Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. (Italics are mine)
For they have consulted together with one consent:
they are confederate against thee:
The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
Which perished at En-dor: they became as dung for the earth.
Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. (Italics are mine).
O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord.
Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
In this ancient prophecy we read about the Islamic nations around Israel. We read about their decision: "Let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance " (verse 4).

We read about their desire: "Who said, let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession" (verse 12). (The A1-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are on the very place where the Temple used to stand).

Finally, we read about their destruction: "O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind" (verse 13).

For the reader to understand fully this prophecy, he or she should read Judges 7:25 and 8:12,21.

Another prophecy uttered by Ezekiel must take place in the land of Israel.

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, "and say, `Thus says the Lord God, "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
"I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
"Persia, Ethiopia [Cush], and Libya are with them, all of them with shields and helmet;
"Gomer and its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops - many people are with you.
"Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.
chap9.gif "After many days you will be visited. In the latter years (italics are mine) you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.
"You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you."
`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:
"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' -
"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.
" Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, `Have you come to take plunder? have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?'
"Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, `Thus says the Lord God; "On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? "Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. "You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes." `Thus says the Lord God: "Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
"And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," says the Lord God, "that My fury will show in My face. "For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
`so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.' "I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains " says the Lord God. "Every man's sword will be against his brother. "And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. "Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord" ' (Ezekiel 38 NKJ).
It is amazing that in his prophecy Ezekiel, who lived almost 2,600 years ago, mentions the Islamic countries which will be allied with Gog to invade Israel.

Ezekiel mentions Persia (Iran), Cush (the black race of Ethiopia, Africa, including Eastern Sudan), Put (Libya), Gomer (Ukraine province, former Western U.S.S.R.) Beth-togarmah (Southwestern U.S.S.R. and Eastern Turkey) and many other nations with them. Ezekiel also mentions that this great battle will take place "after many days, in the latter years"(verse 8). Then he said, "in the latter days" (verse 16).

The armies mentioned in this prophecy will be defeated by God's intervention in the physical land of Israel.

It is not our intention to identify who Gog is in this treatise, but this battle might be identified with Armageddon where the kings of the earth and their armies will join the coming world dictator (the beast coming out of the sea - Revelation 13:1 ) and gather to make war against the coming Messiah and His army. This all takes place on the physical land of Israel (Zechariah 14:1-4, Revelation 16:13- 16 and 19:19, 20).

We have to keep in mind that more than half of the Scriptures are prophecies. If we do not study prophecy, then we are ignorant of more than fifty percent of the Bible.

The final event which will take place in Jerusalem is mentioned in the book of Revelation in the following words:

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, "Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not: for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth
And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified" (Revelation I l:l-8).
We have to remember that during the fulfilment of this prophecy the Jewish temple will be rebuilt and will stand in Jerusalem. No one will destroy it again.

All the above mentioned events will take place, each in its time, in the land of Israel.


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