therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn you back, and leave but the sixth part of you, and will cause you to come up from the north parts, and will bring you upon the mountains of Israel (Ezek. 39:1–2).
Chapters 38 and 39 of Ezekiel give an account of the coming Battle of Armageddon. This will be the doom of the Antichrist, also of Satan and all of his cohorts of darkness. It will be the time of the Second Coming, when Israel will finally be brought to Christ.
At this present moment, the Church is awaiting the Rapture (I Thess. 4:13–18). At some point after the Rapture (also can be referred to as the Resurrection), the Great Tribulation will commence. It will be a time of trouble such as the world, especially Israel, has never seen before. Jesus said so (Mat. 24:21).
During this time, the Antichrist will make his debut, attempting to take over the entirety of the world; however, he will have it in his spirit to completely annihilate Israel. In fact, the present problems between the Palestinians and Israel are leading up to this conflict. At the beginning, the Antichrist will seem to solve this problem. However, he will soon show his true colors, revealing himself for what he actually is—a hater of God, and especially the Jews.
At the midpoint of his seven-year pact with Israel, he will break that covenant and attack this tiny nation. Israel will suffer her first defeat since becoming a nation again in 1948. Then will begin the last effort at the “final solution.” The Antichrist will attempt to do what Haman, Herod, and Hitler failed to do. He will come close!
But during the Battle of Armageddon, Israel will cry to the Lord for help as never before. If He doesn’t help them, they will be totally annihilated. The Second Coming will be the answer of the Lord to the plea of His ancient People. At that time, Israel will be snatched from the jaws of defeat.
All of this, the fulfillment of all the futuristic events recorded in the Word of God, is made possible by the Cross (Heb. 13:20).
The Whole Bible
Read Jeremiah 40:1 through 42:22; 2 Timothy 3:1–17
From infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).
The apostle Paul wrote these words to a young minister that he mentored and loved as a son. Timothy’s mother was a Jew, and apparently she made sure her son was given a firm foundation through exposure to the Law and the Prophets, our Old Testament.
The New Testament we have today was not yet recognized as Scripture or even complete when Paul wrote to Timothy. The Scriptures that could make one “wise for salvation” that Paul was referring to was the Old Testament.
Sometimes Christians bypass Old Testament books as though they have little importance for today. However, these books point to Christ and His salvation. Having a solid Old Testament foundation paves the way for a better understanding of the New.
How is your knowledge of the Old Testament? Do you know what it has to say about Christ? Have you searched the prophets in order to apply their wisdom and truths to your walk with God?
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me to study all of Your Word in a balanced way.
--Quicklook: 2 Timothy 3:10–16 --
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