By N. Brad Carter / guest columnist
The Meridian Star
The terrorism threat throughout the world will usher in the next world war in the Middle East. One may say in their heart; that cannot be. We have a president and government that are committed to negotiation of peace to the benefit of all men.
We may not always interpret the instruction of the Bible correctly, but through history the predictions of JHWH are never wrong (Isaiah 46:9-10) even to the predicting that a baby named Jesus was to be born in the city of David, Bethlehem, 700 plus years before it happened. In fact, the predicted invasion of Israel is unconditional when God said, “It will be done.” (Ezekiel 39:8)
The next great war in the Middle East is not the Battle of Armageddon. It is the impending threat from terrorism masters who bully civilization with war and have predicted annihilation of the Jewish State of Israel.
The terrorism proponents have a mandate to kill and destroy infidels with a human bomb or with threat to do so. Always after the terrorism event there is the need to follow through with published fulfillment and who is responsible. Interestingly, all the players for this major war in the Middle East are in the mix now and are poised to carry out the threat. Look at Ezekiel 38 and 39 to observe the listed players. What makes them adhere together in this quest?
More than 2000 rockets and mortars have been lobbed from Gaza into Israel by Hezbollah this year. Israel is poised and ready to respond in a ground war. Ezekiel 38 lists the countries of Persia/Iran, Libya and Cush/Ethiopia with northern Africa, Gomer/Turkey and Togarmah, who we know as Armenia, Georgia and Southern Russia.
There is little doubt that in this text that the leader of the invasion will be Gog, the Prince of Rosh and the war time will occur “in the latter days” (AMP) when Israel becomes a nation. Ezekiel 38:10 (NIV) “On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme … And … will invade a land of unwalled villages.” And Sheba (Ethiopia & Northern Africa) and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) and the merchants of Tarshish (Europe) with all their lion like cubs from satellite areas shall say, (Ezekiel 38:13) “Have you come to take spoil … to take prey … to carry away silver and gold?”
Why would Russia seek to associate with the Iranian Muslims and others to invade Israel? Gog has a need for a warm water port, and oil and the Dead Sea chemicals that would be available to Russia. However, the great common cause, the glue, the adhesive, is the Muslim Religion with the religious war called Jihad.
When this begins to happen watch out as you “shall come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land in the latter days.” (Ezekiel 38:16) In that day a great earthquake (19) and the mountains shall be thrown down. (21) Every man’s sword shall be against his brother. Pestilence and bloodshed will be upon the earth and “torrents of rain and great hailstones, fire and brimstone.”(22) I am against you O Gog. “I will turn you about and lead you…against the mountains of Israel.” (Ezekiel 39:1-4) And you Gog or you Russia or you Iran or you Islam shall fall upon the mountains of Israel.
The writer to the Hebrews 10:31 (NIV) said, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” This is so disturbing until we consider the simplicity of Romans 10:9 and 10 that all we must do is, “confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our heart that God has raised Jesus from the dead, and I will be saved.”
N. Brad Carter is a radio bible class teacher on 1390 AM. Visit online at www.wmerworldwide.com or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.