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Israel in Prophecy
Ezekiel 38:3-6, 11-12; Isaiah 45:21-25; Zephaniah 3:11-15; Zechariah 12:9-11, 14:1-5, 12-13; Luke 19:35-38; Romans 11:25-27; Revelation 1:7-8, 14:18-20
Israel was recognized as an independent nation on May 14, 1948. The Arabian nations promised to "drench the soil with Jewish blood" if this recognition were to be acknowledged by the world. The day after recognition, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq invaded Israel with all their fury. Against insurmountable odds, a nation less than a week old was able to regroup and defend itself. Not only did they drive these nations out of their territories, but they also gained new territory including Jerusalem. After utterly defeating the invaders, the Israeli army isolated the Syrian army and were in route to the capitol of Syria to overthrow it. Under the pressure of the Soviet Union, the UN declared a cease-fire in order to end the conflict and protect the 5 attacking nations. Under another attack, Syria launched an attack and sent 1000 planes into Israeli airspace. None returned. If history does not persuade us that God has a plan for Israel, the scriptures should. Hatred against the reborn Israel has been prophesied long ago.
Russia's date with destiny
After Israel's gathering in Ezekiel 37, the Bible says that a powerful coalition of nations will assault Israel in the latter days. Look at Ezekiel 38:
3 "and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 "I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 "Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 "Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops -- many people are with you.
Rosh is the region of Russia. It is ...
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