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Reader: Questions About Timing Of Psalm 83 War & Gog & Magog War

Question
I have questions concerning the Psalm 83 war and the Battle of Gog & Magog.  

I was thinking that the Gog-Magog war in all likelihood ought to be the war that will bring about the revealing of the Antichrist and hence the 7-year peace covenant. But Iím struggling to reconcile with what Ezekiel also says about the people of Israel being peaceful and dwelling in safety in a land of unwalled villages BEFORE the Gog-Magog war (Ezekiel 38:8, 11). I donít see how such an environment is possible as long as the Iranian nuclear threat in particular and the existence of the hostile surrounding nations remain. One possibility is that the Psalm 83 war, which many believe is prophesied to take place but has yet been fulfilled, would settle the issue of Israelís hostile neighbors and this war will take place before the Gog-Magog war. But even so, I still cannot see how the conclusion of a Psalm 83 war would lead to the situation whereby the people of Israel can be dwelling in safety and also the land being unwalled. It seems a puzzle that has no clear understanding that can be gleaned from Scripture. What are your thoughts on it?

Answer
I see a very clear scenario.  I don't believe a Psalm 83 war scenario or the Battle of Gog & Magog will take place on this side of the rapture of the church.  Once the rapture takes place, I believe the Antichrist will come on the scene (it could be days, months or years after the rapture) and make peace between Israel and many (Daniel 9:27).  It will include Israel's neighbors, the Palestinians, and I believe Iran.  This delusional agreement will put a halt to Iran's nuclear program.  I'm sure many would say that could never happen, and under normal circumstances, I would agree.  But you have to remember, this Antichrist leader will be far greater than any earthly leader the world has ever known...by far.  He will be seen as a savior both in foreign policy and global finance.  He will be supernaturally endowed and very gifted.  I can't tell you how he will bring peace, but he will and God will allow it.  

The seven-year peace accord he will bring I believe will be the timeframe for which Israel and the Palestinians must create a state and ultimately divide Jerusalem.  Dividing Jerusalem will be the crowning jewel for the Islamic world.  In fact, I believe Iran and the Islamic world will agree to this peace accord for the sole purpose of dividing Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:1-3).  Of course, it will only be a false peace.  But for as long as it does last, Israel will truly believe they have finally achieved peace.  The Antichrist, although we can't explain it, will actually fool the world (and Israel) into believing a lasting world peace can and has been achieved.  With Iran abandoning it's nuclear program (at least temporarily), and Israel's neighbors making peace and normalizing relations with Israel, the world will finally believe they have truly achieved real peace.

But shortly after Israel makes peace with the Islamic world, Russia will lead an attack against Israel with the purpose of taking a spoil (likely oil).  The Book of Ezekiel doesn't say what the spoil will be, but the attraction will be so great they will be unable to resist its allure. 

Russia's plan will be a dream come true for the Islamic world and they will gleefully take part in the attack.  They will think, surely with the great power of Russia, the Islamic world will finally be able to destroy Israel once and for all.  They will finally achieve the great victory they have longed for.  But God will have other plans (Ezekiel 38 & 39).  When this attack commences, God will intervene with great and awesome power and the invading armies will be completely destroyed in shocking fashion.  

It is very possible this attack could spark the beginning of the Apocalypse described in Revelation 6:3-8.  This world war will take the lives of one-quarter of the world's population.  It is very likely that a Psalm 83 war scenario could take place at this time. I have to believe, once this great world war begins to unfold, Israel's neighbors will have no choice but to attack or perish.  In the end, whole nations will cease to exist (wiped out) and much of the surrounding land will be uninhabitable. Israel may gain territory but I believe much of it will be contaminated by nuclear fallout.

Now to your second question. I can certainly see why you have a hard time grasping a Psalm 83 war prior to the Ezekiel 38 war.  Even if a Psalm 83 war scenario does take place prior to the Gog & Magog war it still won't satisfy the requirement for Israel to be living in a time of peace and safety just before the Ezekiel 38 war commences.  The problem is, Iran, Israel's most dangerous enemy, will still be lurking in the shadows with the goal of creating a nuclear weapon.  As long as Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, whatever happens to Israel's neighbors will mean nothing.  Israel can destroy all their neighbors, take much of their land, but that solves nothing as far as Iran's nuclear weapons goal is concerned.  As long as Iran stands as a major threat, peace and safety for Israel can never be a reality. 

This is why I believe that peace through the Antichrist will likely come before a Psalm 83 war scenario or the Battle of Gog & Magog.  Many think the nations surrounding Israel need to be named in order for them to take part, but they could easily be accounted for in the passage "and all his bands: and many people with thee (Ezekiel 38:6b)."  

Lastly, you referenced the concept of the land being unwalled.  Actually, the passage states that Israel would be a land of unwalled villages or cities.  That is the case right now.  There are virtually no walled cities in Israel today except for the cities that border Palestinian cities.  Many of these cities have a 25 foot concrete barrier wall protecting them from Palestinian sniper fire and suicide bombers.  All other cities and villages are unwalled.  Frankly, I take this to be a symbol of a time of unguarded peace and safety.

This is what I believe will be the future prophetic direction to come.

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Terry Malone

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