A Bible-prophesied conflict immediately prior to the return of Jesus Christ
This article is a summary of a workshop given in the teenage session at the April 2017 Rathmines Bible School.
- What is this prophecy about?
- When will it be fulfilled?
- Who is involved?
Player one: THE INVADING FORCE
- “in the far north” (NIV)
- “in the distant north” (NLT)
- “out of the uttermost parts of the north” (ESV, ASV, ERV, WEB)
- “out of the remote parts of the north” (NASB)
- “the remotest parts of the north” (HCSB and ISV)
- “the remote part of the north” (NET)
Player two: THE INVADED PLACES
Player three: THE OPPOSING GROUP
- A nation built on the spirit of the merchant city of Tyre (Isaiah 23v6, Ezekiel 38v13)
- Of Japhetic (European) origin (Genesis 10v4)
- Rich in silver, iron, tin and lead (Ezekiel 27v12)
- A major maritime power (Isaiah 2v16)
- Actively trading in global markets (Ezekiel 27v25; 38v13)
- From maritime lands (“isles”) far away (Isaiah 66v19)
- To the far west of Israel (Jonah 1v3)
What, when, who?
- Ezekiel 38 is about a great battle. A conflict centred in the Middle East, specifically in the lands of Israel and Egypt. A hugely powerful northern army, with a widespread confederacy, comes down into the land of Israel to take a spoil.
- It will happen in ‘the latter years’ and ‘after many days’ – when Israel have been regathered in their land after millennia of exile.
- This power from the ‘remote/far/uttermost’ north will swoop down into Israel and Egypt, but will meet opposition: nations who are already present themselves, interested in the spoil these lands have to offer – nations that in all likelihood relate to the modern lands of Saudi Arabia and the British Commonwealth nations, known both in 580 BC and modern times as ‘young lions’.
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