About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Will Warn Russia?
say that the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel was born in 627 B.C. and
began his ministry 30 years later. While
this particular vision God warns Gog of Magog by saying, "are you
not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants, the prophets of
? At that time they
prophesied for years that I would bring you against them.
This is what will happen in that day; when Gog attacks the land
of Israel, my anger will be aroused …"
For good reason, most conservative Bible teachers believe Gog of
Magog is a political leader of Russia.
passage presents a problem that some find hard to solve.
I pass along what some Bible teachers suggest is the meaning to
this passage, and that which solves the problem.
is the problem. Ezekiel
wrote this warning roughly 2500 plus years ago.
In this passage, the Lord speaks to Gog of Magog, or Russia. He tells Gog that His
prophets predicted many times in days past that Gog would attack Israel
which would make Him very angry. The
problem here is that there is no Biblical evidence that states any
prophet prior to Ezekiel actually predicted this attack by Gog.
Does the Biblical record leave out something this important?
problem can be easily solved. The
warning to Gog in this passage was not spoken directly to Gog 2500 plus
years ago by Ezekiel. This
warning to Gog, or Russia, is in fact prophetic of a time future to Ezekiel's day.
This warning is either now being spoken to Gog, or soon will be.
A prophet, or prophets, are, or will, proclaim to a Russian
leader that he and his nation will attack Israel, which will make God burn with anger.
This prophet, or prophets, will tell
leads me to another passage found in Amos 3:7. It reads, "surely
the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His
servants the prophets." This
statement spoken by God is not hard to understand.
Simply put, before God initiates a plan such as Ezekiel 38 and
39, He will give advance notice to His prophets, who in turn will
pass the information on to those who need to hear it.
our standpoint today, the warning of Ezekiel 38:17 and 18 was prophesied
"in days past" by Ezekiel.
As a matter of fact, God has revealed His plans to wrap up this
age through many of the Biblical prophets.
Advance warning has been given.
It's now time to proclaim these prophetic warnings to those who
need to hear them. I think
the day has come, or will soon come, when this particular prophetic
warning will be fulfilled. A
modern day prophet, or prophets, will speak these exact words of warning
directly to the Russian political leader of the day, as Ezekiel
predicted. Thus the meaning
to this passage will be fulfilled as predicted.
The problem of interpreting this verse is thus solved.
the Russian leader receive this warning?
No. Very few people
in history have ever taken the prophets of God seriously, and Russia
is no exception. Still, the
warning must be proclaimed to the appropriate person at the appropriate
time, and it will be proclaimed. You
can count on that.
don't know if the warning of Ezekiel 38:17 and 18 is to be proclaimed by
one or more designated prophets, or by countless servants of the Lord
like you and I. I do know
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