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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 114D

April 9, 2003

The Hebrew Question that Demands an Answer

The Hebrews were notorious for first drawing a conclusion, and then asking a question concerning the conclusion that demanded an answer on the hearers or readers part. This type of question in the culture of today is one “that begs an answer.” Before one is able to answer the query that satisfies the writer, he must consider what has been written prior to the conclusion being drawn prior to it. Ezekiel begins 38:14 with the word “therefore,” which is the classic word, routinely used throughout the Bible, when the writer has just stated the material from which he made his conclusion.

Ezekiel 38:14 – Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

Now, Let’s look at the material presented prior to the question that led to the conclusion of “therefore.” First, Ezekiel tells us the antichrist will make his attack when all of Israel is dwelling safely.

Ezekiel 38:8 – After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

“Thou shalt be visited” means a collective call to arms will be issued. The “land bought back from the sword” is the land of Israel. And all of Israel is dwelling safely. Israel has not dwelt safely in the land since it became a nation in 1948. They have had three wars, with interim times of terrorist activity, but a time MUST come when all Israel will finally believe they are dwelling safely. It is at this time that the antichrist will launch a vicious, lightning, Pearl Harbor type of Jihad with his collectively called Islamic nations. Ezekiel describes this attack in the next verse.

Ezekiel 38:9 – Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

The armies of antichrist will catch Israel completely by surprise, and will travel from Dan to Beersheba like a fast moving severe thunderstorm moves across an area, leaving havoc in its wake. The Islamic nations are well aware that they cannot possibly do this unless Israel is convinced they actually have a genuine peace. Finally, after trying for years to get Israel to the peace table by terrorist activities, they are going to realize it simply does not work. They are going to have to call off their terrorist groups in Israel, and let Israel have what appears to be a genuine peace for a brief period of time – Then it will be possible to launch a successful military campaign from Dan to Beersheba. It will require an evil plan, devised by a thought process of a cunning man, who can unite the Arab nations to implement it. Ezekiel discusses this in verse 10.

Ezekiel 38:10 – Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:

The consequences of this evil thought, which leads Israel into a false sense of security, are outlined in verses 11 and 12.

Ezekiel 38:11,12 – 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, [12] To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

By the time the false peace comes in, Israel will have completely walled in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with the security fence it began last year. This will be one of the reasons Israel will be lulled into a false sense of security. She will have faith in the fence’s ability to keep the terrorists walled in. The Palestinians will be walled in their new state, but Israeli cities will have no walls around them. When Ezekiel wrote, “cattle and goods” were the things that represented the prosperity of a people at peace. Since the population of Israel has been “gathered out of the nations,” it has turned the desolate zones of Israel into inhabited areas of lush botanical growth. In verse 13 Ezekiel lists some Arab, and possibly European and western nations, that will be as surprised as Israel when the surprise attack occurs.

Ezekiel 38:13 – Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants 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, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?

There will be three Islamic nations, bordering on Israel, which will be taken completely by surprise by this attack. They are Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. For a complete dissertation of why I believe this to be the case, please consult Prophecy Updates 32, 70, 71, and 72. You will also find much information on the Israel wall by consulting our menu listing on Prophecy Update 85C. Therefore, having considered verses 8 through 13, we return to Ezekiel’s question of verse 14 to answer it.

Ezekiel 38:14 – Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?

The answer is a resounding YES! Why? Because Gog is the one who had the evil thought that devised the cunning ruse that led Israel into a false sense of security in order to gain victory over them.

There is one thing, first and foremost, that I am trying to surmise – WHEN WILL THE TERRORISTS BE CALLED OFF BY SYRIA AND IRAN? THERE CAN BE NO FINAL PEACE SETTLEMENT UNTIL THEY DO, AND I EMPHASIZE THE WORD “FINAL.” THERE WILL BE NO ATTACK BY THE ANTICHRIST UNTIL HE IS ABLE TO BE CERTAIN IT WILL CATCH ISRAEL BY SURPRISE. AND SO, UNTIL THAT HAPPENS, I WILL JUST KEEP GUESSING. I HAD HOPED THEY WOULD CALL THEM OFF LATE LAST YEAR.

NOW I AM HOPING THEY WILL CALL THEM OFF THIS YEAR! ISRAEL CANNOT “SAY” THEY HAVE “PEACE AND SAFETY” UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT – AND THEY WILL NOT BELIEVE IT UNLESS THE TERRORIST ACTIVITY CEASES!

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when THEY shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon THEM, as travail upon a woman with child; and THEY shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.