In the Bible book of Ezekiel (chapters 38 and 39), the prophet describes an upcoming one-day war. Iran, Turkey and Russia team up with some lesser nations to attack Israel. God intervenes in this war, fully protecting Israel and bringing total destruction upon the powerful attacking forces. The speed, nature and extent of Israel’s victory brings the parties to urgently pursue peace. This seven-year peace treaty facilitates the rise of the Antichrist.
The modern nation of Israel has a great win-loss record in the several wars since it was established in 1948 (it is undefeated). It is believed to have dozens of nuclear weapons and has a capable air force and air defense system. Israel also has close ties with the U.S.
Considering all this, why would these countries launch such an attack upon Israel, especially since the Bible tells how badly it will turn out for them? Perhaps the current energy crisis in Europe, Russia’s expansionist moves, and the natural gas off the coast of Israel have something to do with this. Certainly, the evil in men’s hearts is a major factor.
The Bible also tells of the upcoming event (the Rapture) where all believers in Jesus Christ are instantly taken up to Heaven by Him, protecting them from the horrors of the seven-year Tribulation. The Bible does not provide an explicit timeline for the sequencing of the Ezekiel 38 war and the Rapture.
My novels, Twilight of the Church Age and The Great New Deal, depict the Rapture as being before the Ezekiel 38 War, but some best-selling authors have put the Ezekiel 38 War before the Rapture in their books. In Twilight of the Church Age, a fictional study group called EZE38 explores the topic.
Why might this timing be important to you? Though the Rapture and Ezekiel 38 War each take just one day (or less), they will have world-wide impact. They will come suddenly; current world conditions and trends suggest that will be soon. Many people will die during these events; if they have not accepted Jesus as savior by then, they won’t get a second chance. Others will be left behind to face the terrors of the Tribulation, where they have a limited-time opportunity to turn to Jesus as savior.
To read a short essay that explores the timing of these upcoming End Times events, follow this link. God has already set this timing, and He will carry out His plan perfectly.