The question is, when will this battle take place? Already we can see all the named nations preparing flat out for war. Will it take one year, or two years, perhaps three years before they are all ready for war? Is this the same battle Psalm 83 speaks of? Some scholars say “Yes”, other scholars say “No”.
Some scholars believe this battle described in Ezek 38-39 will happen fairly soon, just before the Rapture at the beginning of The Great Tribulation. Other scholars believe this battle is the opening move of the battle of Armageddon, and it will take place after the tribulation period is concluded, at the return of Jesus to earth to rule and reign. Either way we need to be ready, watching and waiting now.
We see in the news, Russia is arming Israel’s enemies with Jet Fighters, rockets and other weapons of war, and training them in the use of these items . Russia is making close allies with Iran, (Persia) and Syria, helping them with nuclear advice, and so is the rogue state North Korea. We know Iran’s main goal in life is to wipe Israel of the map forever, that is Ahmadinejad’s stated aim. Israel, (Little Satan) first, then the Western Nations, (Big Satan) will be next.
Over the next two or three discourses I want to look at some of the differences and some of the similarities between “The Ezekiel War” and the Wars of Zechariah Ch 14 and Revelation Ch 16 which are definitely the “Battle of Armageddon” and Psalm 83.
Let us look at some interesting scriptures we know relate to Armageddon, and compare them with Ezekiel, which may, or may not relate to Armageddon. Zec 14:2 “On that day I will gather all the nations to fight against Jerusalem” is clearly a refernce to Armageddon. Rev 16:16 And they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place called Armageddon in Hebrew. Ezek 38:16 and you will cover the land like a cloud. This will happen in the distant future. I will bring you against my land as everyone watches, and my holiness will be displayed by what happens to you. Then all the nations will know that I am the LORD. More of this tomorrow.
I have just read this headline from Italy “G8 leaders gathering here Wednesday faced deepening crises in Iran and China and a warning that the worst political and social effects of the global economic downturn are still to come”.