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Bro Stef's "Watchman" Commentary
Nov. 5, 2010 Special
Report: The Ezekiel Factor...
Below is a study on the war that the Prophet Ezekiel outlined in
chapters 38-39. Dr. Van Impe does a great job taking the Bible
and breaking it down in a systematic manner making it easy to
follow. I thought you would have fun reading through his study
and following along with your Bible as well.
I have been following Jack since the middle 80's and have found
his ministry to be helpful and encouraging. Jack calls the study
The Unfolding Mystery, personally, I like
The Ezekiel Factor...
The purpose of this war has long caused
questions for commentators. Ezekiel explains the purpose to be
twofold: to take a spoil and to take a prey. The poverty of
Palestine has made this difficult to understand, but now the
mystery is unfolding.
The Jews have been the prey of
persecutors for thousands of years. Today, if it were militarily
possible, they would be the prey of their Arab neighbors. In the
coming war with Russia, nearly all the Arab nations will be
allies of Russia, and their primary purpose will be to take a
prey -- Israel. The Russians, however, will be marching to the
Middle East to take a spoil. They will be pleased to cooperate
in the conquest of Israel, knowing that when their military
forces overrun the Middle East they will control all the wealth
there, including the Arab oil.
Recent history has
demonstrated that those who become the allies of Russia are soon
totally controlled by her; witness Eastern Europe. So while the
Arabs will join the attack against Israel to take a prey, Russia
will be invading to take a spoil.
And the spoil is
In addition, the mineral wealth of the Dead Sea,
valued at two trillion dollars, must be considered, as well as
the wealth being generated in Israel through industry and
The protest of Israel's allies makes this clear:
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchant s of Tarshish, with all the
young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take
a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry
away silver and gold, and take away cattle and goods, to take a
great spoil? (Ezek. 38:13)
and Dedan represent a small number of Arabs who will not
participate in the attack on Israel. The merchants of Tarshish
are Western powers who by this time will be under the control of
the Antichrist, soon to be revealed for who he is and to become
the final world dictator.
this war take place?
There are four time factors that
allow us to arrive at the approximate time of the war between
Russia and Israel.
The war takes place in the "latter years"
(38:8), or the "latter days" (38:16).
The war can only take place when the Jews are in
their land. This prophecy could not have been
fulfilled before 1948. Any invasion of the
Middle East by Russia previous to statehood for
Israel would have been meaningless in regard to
this prophecy. The enactment of this scene in
the last days also guarantees the survival of
Israel until the war with Russia. Were the Arabs
to succeed in destroying the Jews, it would be
impossible to fulfill Ezekiel's prophecy.
At the time of the invasion of Israel, Russia
must be a major military power, a fact that
guarantees the survival of Russia until the war
with Israel. The increase of Russian military
might is well known, but that immense and
fearsome buildup would have no prophetic
significance if the Jews were not in their
homeland. Conversely, the gigantic Russian arms
effort in view of the present Middle East
situation must be seen as preliminary to an
attack on Israel as prophesied by Ezekiel.
This war between Russia
and Israel must take place when the Jews are
dwelling securely in their land. The threat of
Arab invasion will therefore have been removed
to the point that the Jews feel safe: "And
thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of
unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at
rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling
without walls, and having neither bars nor gates"
It seems likely that this Jewish security will come from
enacting a treaty with the head of the Western alliance or the
revived Roman Empire. It will be an agreement intended to last
for seven years: "...And he
shall confirm the covenant with many for one week...
" (Dan. 9:27).
Since by the time of the Russian
attack, the treaty of peace will have been in force long enough
for the Jews to feel safe, it appears that the Russian invasion
will come at about the middle of the Tribulation period or
approximately three and one-half years after its signing. There
is also a hint that the Antichrist will come to world power at
that point in time. The extension of his dominion over all the
earth seems to follow the defeat of Russia and the armies of the
East (Rev. 9:16).
Russia's attack on Israel will be
her greatest military blunder. Though brief, the conflict will
be one of the most destructive in history. Ezekiel's description
of the battle is as follows:...
in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of
Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the
heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things
that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the
face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains
shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every
wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword
against him through all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every
man's sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead
against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon
him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with
him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and
brimstone (Ezek. 38:19-22).
prophet's vision carries with it many of the characteristics of
nuclear war. There are earth-splitting explosions. Mountains are
toppled. Rain, hail, and fire become part of the picture as
nature erupts in rebellion against the forces marching to bring
destruction to the Jews.
While details of military
action in this war are few, something about the defeat of the
northern invaders will make it clear to the Jews that God has
protected them: "Thus will I
magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the
eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD
The casualties of the Russian invaders
are so great that only one-sixth of the fighting force is left
after the battle: "And I will
turn thee back, and l eave but the sixth part of thee, and will
cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee
upon the mountains of Israel"
Two important developments will follow
the defeat of the invaders of Israel. First, the attack by
Russia will give the Antichrist an excuse for full occupation of
Israel under the pretense of protection and will, along with his
defeat of the huge Eastern force (Rev. 9:16), extend his power
over the entire world. Second, the divine protection of Israel
as prophesied by Ezekiel and proclaimed to the world by
evangelists and writers throughout the closing time will turn
many Jews to their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
remaining forty-two months of the Tribulation will show man at
The final world dictator will become the
most evil of all earth's political and religious leaders. His
blasphemy, oppression, and self-exaltation will surpass that of
all tyrants before him.
Persecution of believers in
Christ will reach an all-time high. Millions will be martyred.
will become the passion of those in power.
world will continue its age-old march to the most fierce and
foolish war of all -- the Battle of Armageddon.
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of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His
ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go
forth, And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. - Mic 4:2
forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do
not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I
prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy." Psalm 137:5,6
(Peace and love in Yeshua
the watchman sees the sword
coming and does not blow the trumpet and the
people are not warned, and a sword comes and
takes a person from them, he is taken away in his
iniquity; but his blood I will require from the
watchman's hand.' Ezekiel 33:6
Then those who feared the Lord spoke to
one another, And the Lord listened and heard
them; So a book of remembrance was written
before Him For those who fear the Lord And
who meditate on His name. AMEN! Malachi 3:16