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Gog Shall Come Against
The Land Of Israel
From the time of Israel's formation as a Nation, at the instigation of The Almighty GOD, almost 4,000 years ago, many Nations have come against her, to denude, destroy, and deface its land and people. But GOD, has intervened time and time again, so that the scheme and plans of each Nation, has been thwarted and even brought to naught. All Praise is due to His Holy Name ! ! !
Even in our days, since the formation of modern day Israel, on May the 14th, 1948, country after country has attempted once again to drive them into the sea of forgetfulness.
Since The Prophets, The Apostles, The Holy Bible, yes, and even our MESSIAH Jesus, 'ALL' came through and from Israel, it is no wonder that the Nations have a deadly hatred of her. Even, The Father of lies, Satan, we are told, stands tooth and nail against GOD's chosen, special and holy people. The first time 'SATAN' is mentioned by name in The WORD OF GOD, we find him standing against the people of Israel (see: I Chronicles 21:1). We know that since GOD chose Israel as His special possession, Satan has tried to destroy them. But GOD, has promised the survival of Israel, even though at times, it seems as if the persecutors of the Jewish people, have the upper hand, but nevertheless, we know from history, as well as the facts before us today, that, The Almighty is watching very closely the events that surround the World, and The Land of Israel.
There have been approximately, eight major attempts on the life and survival of the Jewish people:
(1) ESAU desiring to kill Jacob, who is the Father of the Jewish People.
(2) PHARAOH decreed the death of all male children.
(3) HAMAN'S death-wish upon Queen Esther's People.
(4) ANTIOCHUS desecrating the Temple in Jerusalem, thusly attacking the very heart of religious life.
(5) HEROD demands the death of all Jewish baby boys of two years old and under in the days of Jesus our Lord.
(6) QUEEN ISABELLA directing the death of Jews in Spain, the center of all Jewish People during the 15th century.
(7) THE CZARS OF RUSSIA implemented at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, THE POGROMS causing the death of thousands upon thousands of Jewish people.
(8) HITLER DESTROYING OVER 6,000,000 Jewish lives during the 1940's, known as the Holocaust.
And, of course, since 1948, there have been attempts to annihilate the tiny Nation from off the face of the earth, four different times. Yet, each time The Almighty has stepped in and allowed ISRAEL the victory.
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF PAST TRIALS AND VICTORIES:
During the days of JACOB , GOD blessed him, and loved him.
During the days of the PHARAOH , GOD bestowed upon ISRAEL, The Passover.
During the days of HAMAN , GOD RESTORED the Jewish people, and gave them The Feast of Purim.
During the days of ANTIOCHUS , GOD allowed the Jewish people to re-dedicate the Temple, and The Feast of Chanukkah was born.
During the days of HEROD , Jesus our LORD was protected from the on-slaught of death, and today we celebrate His birth, life, burial, and resurrection as a result!
During the days of QUEEN ISABELLA , the Jewish people were once again dispersed to the four corners of the earth, and thusly their knowledge and skills have been blessing to the world.
During the days of THE CZARS , literally thousands of families migrated from Russia and found a haven in the United States of America, the 'home of the free'.
During the days of HITLER , many Gentiles demonstrated their love towards the Jewish people by hiding them from their would-be assassins. Also, from this 'HOLOCAUST' came forth the formation of modern day Israel!
After 50 years of existence in a very hostile atmosphere, the tiny Nation of Israel is doing well, and is thriving marvelously!
My wife and I were living in Jerusalem, Israel at the time of its 35th Anniversary , and may I say, that the enthusiasm, patriotism, and excitement that permeated the air, was most invigorating; especially, when one considers and understands the tremendous pressure brought to bear upon each Israeli, that is, emotionally, financially, and even Spiritually.
What is it that truly keeps the Jewish people going, year after year? Israel as a people have seen the greatest and mightiest of Nations rise and fall, one after another; and yet, Israel still stands tall! What is her secret? In Malachi 3:6, we read, "...For I AM THE LORD I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob (Israel) are not consumed." There is your answer, plain and simple. It is The LORD that has, is and will sustain the children of Jacob (Israel), through all adversity and heartaches! Approximately 1,400 years after the days of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; The Prophet Jeremiah was told by The LORD, "...Thus saith The LORD: if ye can break my covenant of the day , and my covenant of the night , and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then , may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; And with the Levites the Priests, my ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: So will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto Me ...Thus saith The LORD: If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob (ISRAEL), and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham , Isaac , and Jacob : For I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them." (Jeremiah 33:21-26).
The Almighty GOD's SELECTION of the people of Israel and their PRESERVATION , is due to HIS LOVE and HIS FAITHFULNESS !!!
We read in Deuteronomy 7:6-9, "...For thou (Israel) art a Holy people unto The LORD thy GOD: The LORD thy GOD HATH CHOSEN thee to be a SPECIAL people unto HIMSELF, above ALL people that are upon the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people, for ye were the FEWEST of all people: But because THE LORD LOVED YOU , and because He would keep the OATH which He had sworn unto your fathers, hath The LORD brought you out with a MIGHTY HAND , and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh of Egypt. KNOW therefore that The LORD thy GOD, HE IS GOD, THE FAITHFUL GOD, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them (ISRAEL ) that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations . . ."
The Almighty GOD has committed HIMSELF - to 'A THOUSAND GENERATIONS' , and by the smallest number that a generation can be accounted for, that is, 20 years; when multiplying 1,000 times 20, you arrive at 20,000 years: ISRAEL as a People today , are NOT more than 4,000 years of age; therefore, according to my calculations, our LORD is bound by His FAITHFUL WORD for at least 16,000 more years! By the way, a generation in THE WORD OF GOD can be: 20 years; 35 years; 40 years; and even 100 years! Possibly now, you are beginning to better understand, WHO it is, that is behind and in front of ISRAEL, the people and the land !
The LORD refers to HIMSELF, as ISRAEL'S - REWARD and RE-REWARD, that is, He WHO goes before and behind ; very much as He did in the days of MOSES, when The Almighty led ISRAEL through the wilderness journey, while at the same time, he protected her ! ! !
In spite of all the glorious history that Israel has catalogued, that is, her protection and provision given her by THE ALMIGHTY GOD: nevertheless, Nations and individuals seem to disregard history, and most especially THE WORD OF GOD .
Every individual; and every Nation, that has maliciously confronted ISRAEL, has had to pay the price set forth in THE WORD OF GOD.
"...I (GOD-HIMSELF) WILL curse him that curseth thee (ISRAEL)."
Here are a few of these NATIONS:
(1) EGYPT (2) CANAAN (3) ASSYRIA
(4) BABYLON (5) GREECE (6) ROME
(7) SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN EUROPE
(8) ENGLAND (9) AND MANY OTHER COUNTRIES!
However, there is in these last days, a major power that will indeed try desperately to destroy the land and the people of Israel.
In Ezekiel 38:14-23, we read, "...Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto GOG , Thus saith The LORD GOD: In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth SAFELY , Shalt thou not know it? And thou shalt come from thy place out of the NORTH PARTS, THOU, and MANY people with thee, ALL of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a MIGHTY ARMY : And thou shalt come up against MY PEOPLE ISRAEL , as a cloud to cover The Land; it shall be in the latter days , and I will bring thee against MY LAND , that the heathen (Gentiles) may know me, when I shall be sanctified in THEE, O GOG , before their eyes. Thus saith The LORD GOD: Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the Prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And it shall come to pass at the same time when, GOG SHALL COME AGAINST THE LAND OF ISRAEL saith The LORD GOD, that My fury shall come up in My face. For in MY JEALOUSY and in the fire of my WRATH have I spoken, surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in The Land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heavens, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, SHALL SHAKE AT MY PRESENCE , and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all My Mountains , saith The LORD GOD: EVERY MAN'S SWORD SHALL BE AGAINST HIS BROTHER . And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him , and upon his bands , and upon the MANY PEOPLE that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify MYSELF, AND SANCTIFY MYSELF: and I will be known in the eyes of many Nations (Gentiles), and they shall know that I AM THE LORD ."
The primary Nation and people mentioned in this passage of Scripture is GOG , or today's RUSSIA ! It will be RUSSIA and its SOVIET bloc that, The LORD says in verse 16, "...I will bring thee against my land ." Notice if you will, that it is The LORD, HIMSELF, WHO WILL bring RUSSIA (Gog) against His Land, and against His People! What is the purpose of all this? Namely to judge the Gentiles, and to vindicate His HOLY NAME .
In verse 23, we read that The LORD will MAGNIFY and SANCTIFY HIMSELF , that is, He will JUDGE and VINDICATE HIS HOLY NAME !!! As with all aggressors of Israel, and blasphemers of GOD: the Russians (Gog), and her 'many people' will deceive themselves to think that the tiny NATION OF ISRAEL, and her GOD, will be an easy pushover . Russia will not want to accept the historical evidence of what happens to those who curse ISRAEL: Therefore, she and her many people will attempt to finally destroy Israel. Nevertheless, what will thwart every attempt at annihilating ISRAEL, will be THE PRESENCE OF THE ALMIGHTY (see: verse 20). AT HIS PRESENCE: the fish and the fowls , the beasts , the creeping things , and ALL MEN ... SHALL SHAKE !!!
This SHAKING , or TREMBLING , by ALL of creation on the face of the earth, is in direct relationship to the very 'APPEARANCE' of GOD the Son, MESSIAH and KING OF ISRAEL. We read in Zechariah 14:1-4, "...BEHOLD, the day of The LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. For I WILL gather ALL Nations (Gentiles ) against JERUSALEM TO BATTLE: and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall NOT be cut off from the city. Then shall The LORD go forth, and fight against those Nations as when He fought in the day of battle. And HIS FEET shall stand in that day upon the MOUNT OF OLIVES, which is before JERUSALEM." Let me give you a brief sketch of the events that are to transpire in relationship to our subject:
(1) The gathering of believers , Jewish and Gentile unto our MESSIAH Jesus, in the clouds.
(2) A period of seven (7) years will follow the harvest of saints; the first 3 1/2 years will be a time of SAFETY, thereafter followed by a time of devastation and destruction. This period of 3 1/2 years will be headed by GOG, the ARCH ENEMY OF MESSIAH JESUS.
(3) The last portion of this great tribulation period, ALSO known as, the time of Jacob's trouble will culminate in Jacob's (ISRAEL'S) TRIUMPH .
(4) The Appearance of our LORD Jesus Christ WITH the believers, that seven (7) years previous to this event He had taken to be with HIM!
(5) The Judgement and Vindication of His Holy Name is brought to pass, as He, defeats the hoards of the great army, that have come against ISRAEL!
(6) After the total defeat and annihilation of the enemies of GOD, and the enemies of His people ISRAEL: THE ALMIGHTY establishes HIS KINGDOM, in THE PERSON OF MESSIAH JESUS.
(7) After a 1,000 year reign by our LORD: Satan tries once again to prove himself against The Almighty, but he and his cohorts are defeated and sent to the LAKE OF FIRE.
Finally , Eternity is ushered in for all believers in The GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, through The Grace and Mercy of our BELOVED MESSIAH JESUS OF NAZARETH.
In Zechariah 14:9, we read, "...AND THE LORD shall be KING OVER ALL THE EARTH: in THAT DAY shall there be ONE LORD and HIS NAME ONE !
To HIM be all glory and honour, from this time even for evermore, Amen and Amen!!!
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