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Discover the Book - June 1

  • 2012 Jun 01
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One Huge Event in Prophecy

In the second to the last Old Testament book called Zechariah; God gives us the key to understanding His plan for the last days of earth. Everything in God's mind centers upon one place, one city, one word-Jerusalem.

When Jesus told His disciples, and us, about the future, He built every word of it around one spot on earth. Jesus said to keep your eyes on Jerusalem. All that He says about His second coming is tied to that city. He ascended from the Mount of Olives (the past and present center of Jerusalem), and the final events of world history will culminate with the glorious return of Jesus Christ to the Mount of Olives.

Mentioned over eight hundred times in God's Word, Jerusalem is the most mentioned city in the Bible. It was there that God promised Christ's coming as the Lamb of God to Abraham. It was there that David was promised a future son that would have an endless kingdom. It was and is there that God has worked:

One Huge Event Is on the Prophetic Horizon

The Old Testament prophet Zechariah calls Jerusalem the heavy or burdensome stone. "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against i.t" (Zechariah 12:3 KJV).

Remember, Israel is the barometer that indicates when storms lie ahead for this world. Israel is God's timepiece for telling prophetic time, and the current events should capture our spiritual attention. When Iran attacks Israel and then Jerusalem, that is huge on the radar screen of God's plans for the future.

Israel has not controlled Jerusalem until recently. Babylon took Jerusalem 2,600 years ago, then Persia took it 2,500 years ago, then Greece 2,200 years ago, then Rome 2,100 years ago, then the Moslems 1,300 years ago, then the Ottoman Turks 500 years ago, then the British 90 years ago; and then just over 40 short years ago God allowed Israel to once again have Jerusalem as the capitol of their nation.

The Battle of Gog and Magog

Over the years various Bible teachers have studied the events of Ezekiel 38-39. The Battle of Gog and Magog as this event is called must be carefully distinguished from other prophetic battles described in the Bible.

First, Ezekiel 38-39 is not to be confused with the Battle of Armageddon described by John in Revelation 19:11-21, because Armageddon clearly follows the end of the seven-year Tribulation period that is precipitated after the rapture of the church.

Secondly, Ezekiel 38-39 is not describing the Final Battle with similar names recounted in Revelation 20:7-9, because this battle clearly follows the release of Satan at the close of the millennial reign of Christ.

So when exactly does this battle, described in such detail in Ezekiel 38-39, take place? We are not sure, but we do have an abundance of clues:

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