The invasion of Israel by several Muslim nations and led by Gog (Russia), recorded for us in Ezekiel 38 and 39, will, in its outcome, definitely set the stage for the signing of the peace covenant. To fully understand this invasion and how it leads to the signing of the covenant, we will first consider the details.
It is God that will call them into battle. God, who has a perfect plan for Israel and for the world, knows how He will establish His will. It is He alone who will bring the invaders to the mountains of Israel for battle. He will summon them; indeed, He will drag them into battle. He says, “I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen…” (v. 4). And He will do it with great anger, because He is against them for their hatred of His people. Thus He longs for vengeance—to see justice done and to see Israel saved from their enemies. Thus He says (in Ezekiel 39:1-4),
“And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God,” Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; 2 and I shall turn you around, drive you on, take you up from the remotest parts of the north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel. 3 “And I shall strike your bow from your left hand, and dash down your arrows from your right hand. 4 “You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops, and the peoples who are with you; I shall give you as food to every kind of predatory bird and beast of the field.
Israel will be living securely. This invasion will be at a time when Israel is living securely (Ezek. 38:8, 11-12, 14). Some say that this condition will not exist until the peace covenant is signed—when Israel is living under the protection of the Antichrist. Others, however, say that Israel is now living securely, due to her well-equipped military and her strong economy. It seems that both views have valid points; but I tend to lean toward the second scenario (that Israel is living securely now); and that indeed makes the invasion imminent. I personally think that it could happen even before the rapture—but I am more persuaded that it will happen shortly after the Rapture.
They will cover the land of Israel like a cloud. According to the word of the Lord, given to Ezekiel, the Lord will say to this “great company” (from Ezekiel 38:9-12a),
“And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.”
10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil plan, 11 and you will say,’ I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live securely, all of them living without walls, and having no bars or gates, 12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder…
Thus millions of troops, and I take it that also many who are not in the military (v. 9), will storm into the land of Israel. They will come, I suppose, with tanks and trucks and helicopters and on foot, and maybe on horseback. They will come to kill and capture the people, to take their animals and goods, and to take over the land for themselves.
In the next blog we will look at three more important details.