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      We concluded Prophecy Update Number 32 expositing on Ezekiel 38:13, which we have done continuously from Ezekiel 37:1 for the past several weeks.  We will continue this exposition, beginning with Ezekiel 38:14, and will close it by aligning it with the fanatical, cowardly act of war inflicted this week by Islamic terrorists on America.

Ezekiel 38:14   [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 question of verse 14 is directed personally by God to Gog .  It is a question to which both know the answer, as attested by “shalt thou not know it?”  Gog will be well aware of it, because he will have made the agreement allowing Israel to dwell in safety.  And this will be one of the reasons the anti-Christ’s blitzkrieg attack will be so successful.  It will catch them by surprise.

Ezekiel 38:15 [15] And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:

Verse 15 reveals some very important new information when it states: “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts.”  When Ezekiel wrote his prophecies, the expression “the north parts,” to those who read it in those days, meant the area we call Syria and Lebanon today.  I am certain that the antiChrist will arise to power as the head of some country which satisfies the requirements of being from “the north parts” as they were identified in Ezekiel’s day. AntiChrist may arise in southern Turkey or northwestern Iraq, but in Ezekiel’s day “the north parts” encompassed the area occupied by Lebanon and Syria today.  His army will be composed of troops from ten Arab nations.  The initial attack will be conducted primarily by Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Iran, but others will participate in various ways.  When the Scripture says: “all of them riding upon horses,” it is picturing to the readers of Ezekiel’s day what would be a “fully equipped” army.  His army will be equipped with all of today’s modern weapons to meet this requirement.

Ezekiel 38:16  [16] And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

We are advised that the character of the attack will be like a lightning blitzkrieg strike.  His armies shall move south across the land like a fast moving thunderstorm cloud races across an area, leaving havoc in its wake.  It is to occur in “the latter days” of this Gentile age.  We are advised that God, not Gog, will determine when the attack occurs.  When the conflict is finished God will be set-apart (sanctified) in the eyes of all nations as being King of kings, Lord of lords, and God of gods.  For 1000 years it will be remembered what God performed before the eyes of all survivors of the conflict.   God is in charge!  He will determine the time of the attack by putting it in the minds of the attackers.  These 10 Arab nations will surrender their power to the antiChrist, but after Israel has suffered in the Negev for some 3 and ½ years, Christ will then return with the saints to end the Battle of Armageddon, and God will the sanctified (set-apart) in Christ as the all powerful King of kings.

Revelation 17:12-14  [12] And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. [13] These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. [14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

It will be highly advisable to watch the efforts of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Lebanon to reconcile their political and military differences during the coming months.  They, along with the terrorist groups, after continuing attacks by the terrorist groups they control, can only come to realize that in order to come up with a plan to meet their common objective, the end of the Jewish State, they must fully cooperate and coordinate with one another.  They want to get Israel out of the land from Dan to Beersheva.  The continuation of terrorist attacks, no matter how numerous or violent they become, will never accomplish their objective.  If they will stop the terrorist attacks, and then settle for whatever they can get in concessions for the Golan Heights and the West Bank, Israel can be led into a false sense of security after a few years of what seems to be a genuine peace.  Then, and only then, can Israel be driven into the Negev by a blitzkrieg attack from “the north parts.”

What we have witnessed this week, as grim and terrible as it is, and as much as it has shaken our nation to a state of coming together against a common enemy, it has also made us acutely aware that we cannot stop ALL attacks by tightening security.  We can stop MOST of it, but we cannot stop ALL of it.  We will avenge the loss of those precious American lives, and we will obtain justice for this cowardly act of war against our citizens.  But after we rightly avenge this ungodly act against us, and have obtained justice against these murderers of humanity, we will still be under the threat of terrorism by the many Islamic groups that populate the Arab world.  Countless billions will be poured into travel security at all sorts of levels in our national transportation net, and perhaps even more into our state of military alertness for such occurrences as we have just experienced. 

 We can ill afford such expenditures with such a delicate economy at this time. But since we must, and should, make them, I am certain it will cause American, as well as all free world politicians, to more actively find ways to bring the Middle East Conflict between Israel and many of the Islamic nations to a closure.  Only then will the terrorist leaders be held in check temporarily by the several Arab countries that sponsor, train, and supply them.

There can never be a true and lasting peace in the Land of the Bible until Jesus returns to reign on this planet.  However, out of this ungodly act of infamy against an America at peace, there will eventually come a brief period of peace, and many will believe it will be genuine and lasting.  But the terrorist groups will only hold off their activities for a short period of time, and they will do this only as a ruse to lead Israel, and the rest of the free world, into a false sense of security.  But this brief period of false peace will be broken by a blitzkrieg attack from the north of Israel.

Lord willing, we will continue our exposition of the 38th Chapter of Ezekiel in Prophecy Update Number 34.  If any significant prophetic events occur between now and next Friday, we will issue a supplementary prophecy update.

This is a Summary of Prophecy Updates, pertinent to the recent terrorist act of war against America, issued since January, 2001.  You may view any of these updates by clicking the arrow found above on Prophecy Archive Reviews, and then clicking on the individual updates as they are shown.  We recommend viewing them in reverse order from the highest to the lowest number.

Early in the year, in Prophecy Update Number 1, we detailed the actions that were being taken by Syria, Iraq, and Iran to work together for the first time in eons.  This eventually led to several meetings of the terrorist groups they sponsor in Iran.

Then, in Prophecy Update Number 3, we outlined why these terrorist groups are the controlling factor to peace in the Middle East.

In Prophecy Update Number 8A we showed how the first regular Arab Summit Meeting in 10 years would soon lead to secret meetings behind closed doors, and that this would mirror future events in the Middle East.

In Prophecy Update Number 12 we outlined why all the terrorist attacks would not suddenly produce a so called World War III, but how they would be the pre-herald to a process that would eventually lead to a blitzkrieg type attack, led by Syria, against Israel.  This attack will lead to the Battle of Armageddon some 3 to 4 years after it is launched with the support of many other Arab nations.

In Prophecy Update Number 13 we outlined how the terrorist groups would first accelerate their activity, and then suddenly stop it to lull Israel into a false sense of security. 

In Prophecy Update Number 14 we detailed the terrorist religious fervor for dying as martyrs in the cause of their God Allah, and why they desire for a Jihad (Holy War) to be issued to all Islamic nations.

In Prophecy Update Number 15 we described what event would produce a call for Jihad, to which all Arab nations would respond favorably.

In Prophecy Update Number 27A, issued in July, we observed that communication and cooperation between all the terrorist groups had increased at least 100% since their first formal meeting in January, which had been followed by two other meetings prior to July.

In Prophecy Update Numbers 32A and 33 we covered the horrific act of war carried out by terrorists against America, and indicated what this would eventually cause concerning a peace settlement in the Middle East.