Excerpts from “Epicenter” by Joel Rosenberg – what is happening in the Middle East and how it relates to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
This series consists of summaries and excerpts from the following books and websites: “Charting The End Times, A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy” — Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice, http://www.truthnet.org/dan70.html, “Epicenter,” — Joel Rosenberg, “The Final Act” — Chuck Smith, “Unmasking the Antichrist, dispelling the Myths, Discovering the Truth” — Ron Rhodes, “The MacArthur Study Bible” — John MacArthur.
Hopefully, you will be encouraged to read and study the Bible and maybe one or more of these books. The 7-year period called the Tribulation period is not a time that anyone should want to be alive in. God provides an escape and my prayer is that as you read, study and learn more about this period, you will accept the salvation, grace and escape God is offering you. Or if you have already accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, that your will grow closer in your walk with Him.
I know there are people who feel God’s call on their heart but keep telling themselves they will answer God’s call tomorrow or some day. There are also people who say when and if the rapture happens and they are left behind then they’ll believe in Jesus. As my pastor has said many times, “If you can’t or won’t respond to Jesus now what makes you think you will respond when doing so will cost you and your wife and children (if you have them) your lives?”
“Epicenter” by Joel Rosenberg deals with what is happening in the Middle East and how it relates to Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
Gog is probably not actually a personal name, but more likely a title. Gog is a political leader from a country due north of Israel.
Magog is a geographic territory in the remote parts of the north.
Rosh, Meshech, Tubal — A study of ancient Hebrew, ancient history and modern-day geography points us to Russia, Moscow and Tobolsk (in Siberia). Most Bible scholars are convinced that Rosh is Russia.
Based on the textual, linguistic, and historical evidence, we can, therefore, conclude with a high degree of confidence that Ezekiel is speaking of Russia and the former Soviet Union in chapters 38 and 39. we can also be confident that the figure known as Gog will be a powerful political leader.
A careful study of Ezekiel 38 (verses 8, 10, 12, 14, 18) and Ezekiel 39:2 makes it clear that a Russian leader will one day mount an attack against Israel — but not alone. Ezekiel gives a detailed list of countries that will join Russia’s ant-Israel coalition in the last days. Nearly all of these are nations that are either predominantly Islamic or have a high percentage of Muslim citizens.
Persia — now called Iran
Cush — Ethopia
Put — Libya
Gomer — Turkey or Germany
Beth-togarmah — Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajiikistan
Sheba and Dedan — refers to the people of the Arabian peninsula including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates
The merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions — southern Spain, also used in ancient times to describe the westernmost part of human civilization (market-based economies of western Europe and perhaps the United States).
The mountains of Israel known as the Golan Heights will eventually become ground zero in the war of Gog and Magog.
Ezekiel 38:8- 17 — the “you” is Russia
Ezekiel 38:18 through Ezekiel 39:6 — Ezekiel warns that certain leaders of certain nations will face an unprecedented and cataclysmic judgment in the last days. That is what the war of Gog and Magog is all about.
Nowhere does Ezekiel indicate that any nation will come to Israel’s side to defend her against such a massive slaughter.
Ezekiel’s war is not the end of global trauma. The Bible states that it is only the beginning. But the devastation will be so immense that Ezekiel 39:12 tells us it will take seven full months for Israel to bury all the bodies.
Several verses in the biblical text indicate that a great, global spiritual awakening will result from this unprecedented day of judgment.
Iraq is described by the Hebrew prophets Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah and Daniel, as well as by the apostle John in the book of Revelation, as a center of unprecedented wealth and power in the last days before the return of Christ. We also learn from the book of Revelation that Iraq will eventually become a center of great evil as well and will one day face a judgment similar to the war of Gog and Magog. But the Scriptures are clear, before that, Iraq will be rich and powerful.
The Scriptures are clear that Iraq will one day be the headquarters for the Antichrist.
“for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!” (Matthew 23:39 NKJV) — In other words, until Jewish people turn to Him in dramatic numbers, and get excited about His second coming, Jesus said He would delay His return. ????? is this what it means
The history of mankind began in the Middle East, and it will end there too. The Garden of Eden was located in the land we now know as Iraq. The last two cities mentioned in the Bible before the second coming of Christ are Jerusalem and Babylon. And the prophets tell us that before Christ returns the earth will suffer through the war of Gog and Magog.