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Jan. 17, 2012
The Battle of Gog and Magog III
(Russia Invades Israel)
("The Battle of Gog and Magog" at the Snyder's Bible Chapel, Grace Brethren Church, Hedgesville, West Virginia, June 1996.).
Come with me now to the book of Ezekiel, chapter 38. We're going to do like a newspaper reporter. We're going to report on the war of Gog and Magog. I'm going to answer the questions: Who? When? Where? Why? What? How? There's a lot of material here. I will talk fast. I'll cover it as quickly as I can, make it as simple as I can. So you will know all the answers to the questions which I have just asked.
God is Against Russia
Turn to chapter 38 the book of Ezekiel, verse 1, "And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,".
Now you already know who's going to lose. If God says He's against somebody you know he's going to lose. But we'll get into more detail in a moment.
Today we call it Russia. People say, well, it was the Soviet Union and now it's broken up so how do you account for it now? Very simple. You watch who is the chief ruler of Moscow. He will be head of Russia. That's the country that's going to lead the group that are coming into Israel soon.
In verse 3 God says, "...I am against thee...".
I must contrast that with something that Ezekiel the prophet wrote in chapter 36, verse 9.
God says, "...behold, I am for you...".
He's talking to Israel. So God says to the Jews and the nation of Israel "...I'm for you...". And to Russia and her leader He says, "...I'm against you...". So you already know who's going to win and who's going to lose. But you don't know how God's going to do it, but you will when we get through this. It's all very simple, very plain. Unbelievable, but true.
Take the Bible Literally
Ezekiel 38: 4 says,
Now let me stop and say I believe in taking the Bible literally always unless common sense and the Bible itself indicate otherwise. When it says, "He comes down out of the blue as the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace, the newly crowned King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.", I take it literally. (See Isa. 9: 6 - 7, Rev. 19: 21.).
"And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He could smite the nations:..." (Rev. 19: 15) (Read also Rev. 19: 21, Zech. 14: 12.).
That has got to be figurative. The King of Kings isn't coming down out of the blue, biting down on a blade of steel. "His word is sharper than any two-edged sword." It's His word that He speaks with His mouth (Heb. 4: 12). That sword is figurative. Now here, He puts hooks in their jaws. Is that figurative or literal? Common sense will tell you. And God gave you all a head and in every head I assume there is a brain and in every brain I assume there is a mind. I don't see anyone here who forgot his head tonight. So I'll assume you got the rest of it.
By the way, if you ever meet somebody who's stupid enough to say, "I don't believe it if you can't see it." You can stop that person in his tracks. Ask him if he has a mind. Nobody has ever seen a mind, but I have never met a person who would admit he didn't have one. Now the brain, you can open the skull and find a brain, but the mind, that's something else. I have never met anyone who would admit he didn't have one. So if you find someone who's just dumb enough to say he doesn't believe it, I've heard of people like that say, "I don't believe in anything you can't see." Well! Just ask him if he has a mind, then you've got him because nobody has ever seen the mind, but like I said, I've never met a person who wouldn't admit he didn't have one.
Hooks in Their Jaws
Well, God says He's going to put hooks in their jaws. Every farmer knows that when you kill hogs you take a hook and put it in their jaw and hang them up, but that's not the way you handle people. If a meat hook were put in the jaw of a individual that would kill him. So common sense, and I'm telling you everybody's got some and God expects you to use it when you read the Bible, common sense tells you that it's got to be figurative. What that simply means is, they haven't got a choice. God is ordering them to do this and they have to do it. God is going to bring these nations into Israel so that He can give them a licking. They have been waiting for it a long time and God is going to give them the beating of their lives because of what they have done to the Jews for all these years. He's going to figuratively put hooks in their jaws and take them in. They haven't got any choice. They've got to go in there. And He is going to really unleash His fury, as we shall see.
(Wooden swords because they will burn the weapons for seven years. There will be more about this later.).
Notice they're coming on horseback. I'll have more to say about that in a moment.
Who is Coming in With Russia?
Now let's go on with, Who is it that's coming? We already know it's the chief prince of Meshech (Moscow), called Gog. The land is Magog. The prince is Gog. We call it the war of Gog and Magog. But here are the names of others who are going to be helping. There are six of them in all. Russia is the first one.
In verse 5, the second one is, "Persia,...".
Today that's Iran.
And the third one is, "...Ethiopia,..." (Ezek. 38: 5).
We thought a few years ago that couldn't be because Ethiopia had a Christian emperor, Haile Selassie. The Communists came in, destroyed him and his government, and have ruined that country, and it's communist now and will be joining these other groups, these other nations going against Israel. Ethiopia.
"...Libya..." is ruled by Khadafi who hates Israel with a passion. He has collected millions and millions of dollars worth of equipment from Russia just waiting for the chance to get on with trying to destroy Israel. So Libya will be in that group. That's the fourth one.
"...all of them with shield and helmet:" (Ezek. 38: 5)
And then it says, "Gomer,..." (Ezek. 38: 6).
That's a surprise. Gomer is chiefly what is today Germany. Germany butchered and murdered, under Adolf Hitler, 6 million of the seed of Abraham. God said, "Those that bless thee I will bless, and those that curse thee I will curse." (See Gen. 12: 3.). I talked about that in another message. God cursed Germany and brought the sins of Germany to ashes and ruins and Adolf Hitler in those ruins. There are still a lot of Germans. A lot of those fellows call themselves skinheads. We entitled them spreading anti-Semitic propaganda in Germany. Still a lot of Germans hate Israel. They're going to pay a price for it. They're going to be involved here. That's the fifth one.
And then it says, "...and all his bands; the house of Togarmah..." (Ezek. 38: 6).
Togarmah is Turkey, chiefly. There's more territory involved here, but these are chief territories. Now that's the sixth one. That's all.
The United States
Somebody says, " 'Well, what about the United States?' The United States will be destroyed, as I heard one Bible preacher say years ago. You see, the United States will be destroyed because it's not mentioned in the end time prophecy." I must disagree. We have nearly two hundred countries in the world and just a few of them are mentioned in the end time prophecies. And only the ones like these specifically that are going against Israel are mentioned. The others are not mentioned. The United States is not mentioned. Canada is not mentioned. Brazil is not mentioned. There are scores of countries not mentioned. Only the ones that are going against Israel. We are not going to fight against Israel. We're not going to help her very much either, but we're not going to fight against her. So, we're not mentioned.
Let me say also, I do believe that the judgment of God is falling upon the United States. We're in big trouble because we have refuted the God of our ancestors. We have refuted the God of the Bible. We have refuted the Bible, made it illegal to have in schools. Public schools in America were started for the express purpose of teaching children to read the Bible. Columbia, Harvard, Yale, a number of the big universities in the east were all started by fundamental, Bible-believing Christians. If you get copies of their charter, you'll find they were started for the express purpose of teaching young men and women the Bible. But the old Devil has changed things altogether. Now they're completely run by unbelievers, atheists, communists, and everything else that's right in their eyes. So the judgment of God is beginning to fall upon America. But I do not believe, now I'm just expressing my opinion, do not believe that the United States is going to be destroyed, for the express reason that there are still more missionaries going out from America to the ends of the earth to tell the Good News then are going from any place on earth. The United States is still better to the Jews than, I guess, about any nation on the earth. Between those two things God has blessed America in the past and I do believe He will preserve her for the present, even though we're going to have some very very difficult times in the immediate future. Let me repeat, I think the judgment of God has begun to fall upon America because we have refuted the God of our fathers and the God of the Bible and we have thrown the Bible out of our schools.
So getting back to this now. There are six countries that will invade Israel. That's Who.
In the End Time
Then it says,
"After many days thou shalt be visited:..." (Ezek. 38: 8)
Now the question is, When is this going to happen? This was written 25 hundred years ago. And God named Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, chief prince of Meshech. Two and a half millennia in advance, God named the exact countries. They're going to lineup and invade Israel.
"After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years..." (Ezek. 38: 8)
There it is in the end times. That's what Ezekiel said. I've been trying to convince you in every message that we're in the end time now. Everything that I've been saying points to the fact that we're just about ready for takeoff (to go up in the Rapture). We can't set the date, but it's very close, very soon the Lord is coming. Jesus said, "...I will come again..." (John 14: 3). The disciples said, "Tell us, when is it going to happen? What's it going to be like when You come?" (See Mat. 24: 3.) He named a whole list of things. (Read Matt. 24: 4 - 8, Luke 21: 8 - 11, 25 - 26, 28, 32.). I've gone through some of them. Some of the others I haven't gone through. I still have about two or three big ones coming up in some other messages.
I'll be talking about the sign of Knowledge. That's an exciting one. Daniel said there would be such an increase of knowledge that will make possible an unbelievable increase of speed. We're going to talk about that, from the speed of a horse in the Garden of Eden to the speed of a rocket in my lifetime. Almost all of it happened in my lifetime. And that's the sign of the end of the Age. We're going to take a trip into space and talk about all that's happening in space and speed with which man's been able to travel in my lifetime. That's a fantastic one. Then I talk about the sign of Jerusalem ("The Miracle of Jerusalem"). A very exciting thing happened just a few years ago in relation to Jerusalem to prove we're at the end of the age. Then the last one is the sign of Gentile History. I'm going to be in the book of Daniel, and go through several sections of Daniel to show you that 25 hundred years ago the prophet Daniel named countries in advance, hundreds of years sometimes in advance, before the things existed and he said which the next one would be. He outlined the whole thing and brought us right through and now we can look back and check up on Daniel and find out he was exactly right. Everything to the letter, right. I'll show you where we are right now. And because everything has been fulfilled exactly right up till now, we can be sure the rest is going to be fulfilled too. That means we've got to leave. That's where we are (ready to go up in the Rapture). When you hear this message you'll hear me say again and again, nobody but God can write a book like that. That's true. Nobody but God can tell you the future history of the world, naming empires before they come into existence and tell you all about how it's coming out.
Well, here we're talking about the battle of Gog and Magog. Who? When? Where? Why? What? How? And right now we're telling you, when. It will be in the latter years, that's in the end time, that's where we are now. I'll have more to say about that in a moment.
A Nation That Was Brought Back by the Sword
Ezekiel 38: 8,
Mr. Ben Gurion said, "Here we are in the land, having come from more than a hundred different countries." And there it said, 25 hundred years ago, they will be gathered out of many people. (See verse 8.).
And where is this battle going to take place?
The next line says, "...against the mountains of Israel,..." (Ezek. 38: 8).
That's where the battle is going to take place.
"...which have been always waste: but it [has been] brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them." (Ezek. 38: 8)
There is Coming a Day When Israel Will Dwell Safely Alone
That is a puzzle to some people. They can't understand why it is said, that Israel shall dwell safely. Well, it is altogether different than what it was. When the Jews were in Germany they had no means of fighting, they had no means of protecting themselves. The Germans treated them like cattle and butchered, murdered, tortured, killed them, burned them, poisoned them. But now they have got perhaps the third strongest military force in the world. People don't push them around. (Read Deut. 33: 27 - 28.).
The fanatical Muslims in Lebanon start throwing (setting off) rockets into Israel and Israel goes there with a plane and blows it up. Israel had the instrumentation to tell exactly where it was coming from and they went and bombed where it was coming from and then the world screamed, "Oh you wicked Jews, you're bombing the United Nations." What the newspapers didn't tell you was that those fanatical Muslims were shooting right out of the United Nations headquarters in Lebanon. They thought the Jews wouldn't bomb the United Nations headquarters. The United Nations have been on the side of the Arabs all the time. It's really disgusting. Some terrorists hitchhiked in a United Nations vehicle out of Lebanon down into Israel and when they got into Israel they got out and went to a local school and started to shoot the Jewish children. The United Nations has never apologized to Israel for what they have done. This last thing the world should have known why Israel bombed the United Nations area in Lebanon, but it was because the terrorists have gone in there and shot their rockets out of there and the United Nations officials must have given them permission or they couldn't have done that. Anyway, God says, "Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them." (Ezek. 38: 7).
"After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land (Israel) that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel,..." (Ezek. 38: 8)
That's where it's going to happen and that's who it's going to be against.
"...which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them."
Safely in the sense that they are able to protect themselves now and nobody can dictate what has to be done.
"Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, [at that] ...time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:"
Rebuilding the Cities With Unwalled Villages
Israel has rebuilt, like the prophet said they would, a lot of cities that were totally laid waste, totally destroyed over the centuries, dozens of them, but they didn't build any walls. In Bible times we read about how the children of Israel were allowed to come back from the captivity in Babylon and the first thing they did when they got back was to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem for protection. Israel has come back from more then a hundred countries of the world. Rebuilding the cities, reclaiming the wastelands, but they have not built any walls. Unwalled cities, that's why. Prophet Ezekiel said 2500 years ago, these enemies of Israel will be coming into the land of unwalled villages. (Read Ezekiel 36: 6 - 12. God is speaking to the land. The land is responding to God's Word, and the Jews are doing what it says the prophet said they would do when they're in the land. They are in the land and the Scriptures are being fulfilled.).
Then it says,
"To take a spoil..." (Ezek. 38: 12)
(The word spoil means to loot, to take silver, gold, oil and so forth.).
These Nations Are Coming in to Take a Spoil
Now, the question, what are they coming for? There's the answer, to take a spoil.
Over the years the Bible teachers have had a lot of argument about what the spoil is. What are these nations going into take? And the best they could come up with was, to get the fertilizer in the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea Minerals
The Dead Sea is very rich in all kinds of minerals, phosphates, and so forth. And Israel spent four years trying to establish a system whereby they could get those minerals out of the sea on a profitable basis. So the first four years they were in the red. Since then, and it's been quite a long time, they are in the black. They're making money. Tremendous wealth is in the Dead Sea, tremendous wealth. Somebody speculated that there's more wealth in the Dead Sea than the total combined wealth of the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Italy put together. I don't know if that's true or not, but I can tell you this, it's (the minerals are) hard to get out. I never was quite well satisfied with the idea that Russia was going in to take that fertilizer. Those of you who heard my message, "The Sign of Asher I", know now there's a whole lot more to the story. Those of you who never heard it, just let me summarize again.
Israel Has a Lot of Oil
Andy SoRelle, using a verse in the Bible, "Asher will dip his foot in oil," drilled for oil and went down and found a tremendous reservoir of oil. He thinks that the Jews have as much oil as the Arabs, very high-grade oil. He already drilled the well, but the casing jammed. They lost 20,000 dollars a day for many days trying to straighten it. They had to abandon the oil well and Andy returned to the U.S. He wanted to go back to Israel and drill for oil again. (He said, "I'm not wildcatting anymore. I know where the oil is."). In three weeks they could have the oil and it would be flowing in the pipelines. Now the interesting thing is, there are two refiners that are in need of oil. A new one at Ashdod with a beautiful ultramodern harbor. The other one in Haifa built in the days of British, but it's still there. A pipeline connecting both, and Andy's well is right by that pipeline in the Plain of Sharon. He said, "Within 24 hours after they hit the oil, it will be in the pipeline on the way to the refinery." Now there's a beautiful harbor waiting for a ship to come in and get a shipload of very high-grade oil at Ashdod. Here's another good harbor at Haifa waiting for a ship to come in and take the oil there. Russia's oil industry is in a bad state or condition. They have now spent the money to replace their pipe and their machinery and all of that, so it's not that they don't have any oil in the ground. They don't have the facilities for getting it out. So it just makes sense to me, especially since they haven't stopped building those submarines so they can protect their shipping as it goes in. God says it's going to happen, Russia is going to invade Israel to take a spoil (to loot). I'm telling you, I think now they're going in to take that tremendous reservoir of oil. Just bring your ships in both harbors and take the oil from them, they think! It's not going to happen. But they think it will. Now that's not all the story. Let me tell you the rest of it. That's the oil. See Deuteronomy, chapter 33, verses 1, 13, 16, 19, 24 - 27, and the first line of verse 28.
"To take a spoil,..." (Ezek. 38: 12)
What's the spoil? Well, let me read on.
Chicken, Fish, and Other Cattle
There was a time when Israel didn't have many cattle. They always fed us a lot of chicken and fish because they could raise chickens commercially like I did when I was in the broiler business. They could raise any number they wanted that way. They had hundreds and hundreds of fish ponds. They can raise a lot of fish. So they would always feed us chicken and fish. But then when they got the Golan Heights, that's the ancient land of Bashan, the land of fat cattle, the Bible says. They started raising great herds. There are a lot of cattle now in Israel, up in the Golan Heights. Peres wanted to give it back. I think God engineered the election and he was not reelected. A new Prime Minister says he's not going to give back the Golan Heights, but we'll have to wait and see what happens there. But the point is, Israel now has a lot of cattle. They're in the Golan Heights, the ancient land of Bashan, which according to the Bible, belongs to Israel. But here it says they're going in to take cattle and goods.
Other Nations That Are Mentioned
Ezekiel 38: 13, "Sheba, and Dedan,..."
They're ancient tribes in the area of Saudi Arabia.
"...and the merchants of Tarshish,..."
I think those are the European Nations along the Mediterranean.
"...with all the young lions thereof..." (Ezek. 38: 13)
People say, "Well, is the United States anywhere in the Bible?" If it is, it's in that phrase, "...the young lions thereof...". The colonies of the nations of Europe would include the United States. That's the only way I can find the United States in the Bible. I disagree totally 100% with people who try to make the United States to be the promised land, and the United States to be Israel and all of that stuff. They come up with a whole lot of nonsense. There are people that do that, and teach that. They are totally wrong. If you want to find the United States in the Bible I think you have got to use, "...[and] the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee,..." (Ezek. 38: 13)
These nations are going to say to the nations that we mentioned before that are coming in to take a spoil: "...Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?"
The nations around Israel, including, I think, the young lions thereof, which includes the United States, are going to say to these six countries, "What do you think you're doing by going into Israel? Why are you going in there? You're going in to take a spoil, including silver and gold and cattle and goods. A great spoil!"
The end of verse 13 says, "...to take a great spoil?".
(The King James Version says, "...a great spoil..." and "...a spoil...". It means to loot. They're going in to take a lot of things like silver, gold, oil, cattle and so forth.).
They're Coming on Horseback
Now Ezekiel 38: 14,
"...thou shalt come from thy place in the north parts,..." (Ezek. 38: 15)
Out of the north. That's Russia and some of those other countries that I named.
"...thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses..." (Ezek. 38: 15) (That's how.)
Now that creates a problem. Some people say, "Well, of course, Ezekiel didn't know better. If he had known what we know now he would have said that they're coming in tanks and airplanes." Well, there's several reasons, several things here that I have to mention. First of all, the birds are going to eat the flesh of these horses and if they were tanks they would have trouble eating the tanks.
Russia's Buying a Lot of Horses
A few years ago I was preaching in Hanover, PA. and there are three big horse farms in that area. They were telling me that these big horse farms raise a lot of horses and every year they take their young horses and have an auction. They will have a big horse sale. The three farms go together. They said for many years the biggest buyer year after year has been Russia. So when I got to Russia on one of my trips, I tried to buy a book on agriculture. I wanted to find out how many riding horses they had because those farms don't produce plow horses. I know Russia's got some plow horses, but that's not what we're talking about. We're talking about cavalry and that's not plow horses. The farms they were buying all those horses from raise riding horses. So I tried to find out how many horses they had. You know what? The book told all about the cows and the sheep and the goats, and everything else, but not a word about horses. Then I was preaching in one church and a man heard me say what I just told you and he came up to me afterward and he said, "You know, I went to a church that after the war was very interested in helping those people replace their cows because we knew the cows were destroyed in the war and the children didn't have milk. So we were sending a lot of heifers over there so that they could replace their herds and the milk-producing cows." And he said, "I volunteered to go along and to help to feed the cows in the boat being taken over the ocean." He said, "I got put on a ship full of horses. I was feeding horses all the way over, and when we docked, we were at a Russian harbor." Then he said, "The whole harbor was full of ships and every ship was full of horses." I don't know anymore. I can't tell you. People think this can't be. They won't be going in on horses. Well, God says you're going on horses. And do you know what? I have found in all the years I've been studying the prophecies God always knows what He's talking about. He says what He means. Some times He uses figures, but there are no figures here because when the birds come to eat the flesh there will be horses. You know they're not eating tanks. Now I do not doubt that they will have tanks and airplanes, but I am also sure they're going to go in with a Russian cavalry. That's what God says. And I have never yet found God wrong. Now let me go on.
A Vast Cavalry
"...riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:"
Now that could refer to a lot of planes that are coming in or it could refer to so many horses that when you stand on a mountain and look down there the whole countryside is black with horses. Take it as you want.
"...thou shalt come up against My people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days,..." (Ezek. 38: 16)
There's the time element again.
"...and I will bring thee against My land, that the [gentiles] may know Me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes."
God Demonstrates His Power
When these nations come into Israel God is going to be very angry. He says He brought them in to punish them and that's exactly what He's going to do with unbelievable fury. We have it all documented. Here it is.
"For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall [come]..." (Ezek. 38: 19)
Now, there are seven ways that God is going to use, seven methods, to absolutely devastate these invading armies. Absolutely devastate them. Number one: an earthquake. And it will be a powerful earthquake!
"...Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land..."
That's the first one. These armies come in and suddenly all the ground under them, horses, tanks, planes, whatever, is going like this. Terrible earthquake.
Israel Will Know That God Has Done This
Now, let me stop and say, "So far, five times the Arabs have come against Israel. Five times Israel has won when from a military standpoint they should have lost every time. They won every time, but they haven't yet given God the glory. Ben Gurion did; but most of the Israelis consider themselves non-religious. Which is another word for atheistic. So they've taken credit for themselves for being so smart. 'Look what we did. We outsmarted the Arabs, we outfought them.' And they think they're so great." God is now going to destroy these armies in such a way that when He gets through, every Jew in Israel will know they had nothing to do with it. They will know who their God is. Stick with me and I'll prove it to you.
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