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War in Iraq
Because the war in Iraq is in the Middle East and has
consequences inseparable from the future of that
Biblically-important region, we should be particularly
interested in how this war might contribute to the
prophetic alignment of the nations as delineated in the
great prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
GEOGRAPHICAL ALIGNMENTS IN EZEKIELíS PROPHECY
As we read Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 with care, we see
it outlines the final battle which will mark the
transition into the new world of which Peter spoke.
Israel will be miraculously delivered, and all the
nations of earth will know Who is truly God, and of His
beneficent and total power.
In Ezekielís account we have two blocs of nations, the
invading bloc and the opposing bloc. Israel, of course,
will be the third entity for whom God Himself will
The invaders are named by their ancient name
derivations; but it is not too difficult to trace these
names to find their modern equivalents. They are (New
American Standard) "the prince of Rosh, Meshech and
Tubal" (Ezekiel 38:2). [It is interesting to note the
traditional title of Russian Czars was the prince or
emperor of Russia, Moscow, and Tobolsk. The
correspondency seems not to be co-incidental.] Along
with him we have (verses 5, 6) Persia (now Iran),
Ethiopia, Put (Libya), Gomer and Togarmah (modern
Turkey). Togarmah (Armenia) is the eastern region of
Turkey and the north of Iraqópeopled by the Kurds who
are clearly in the news as a major factor in the
The opposers, those nations who in the prophecy are not
part of the invasion, but who seem only to be vocal, not
active, in the conflict, are (verse 13) Sheba and Dedan
(modern Saudi Arabia) and the "merchants of Tarshish
with all the young lions thereof." (King James Version)
Tarshish represents the western trading nations. Young
lions perhaps represents the more modern (young) trading
nations (like the U.S.) that have sprung from them.
Thus we might summarize the two ideological blocs of
nations involved as
Russia; Iran; Libya; Ethiopia; Turkey.
Saudi Arabia; United States; England; Allied Western
These alignments now are close to reality. BUT, and this
perhaps is part of the reason for the current war,
Turkey is currently allied with the West. Is it possible
that one of the main PROPHETIC reasons for this war is
to shove Turkey (and perhaps the Kurds) away from their
Western alignment? "Watch and Pray."
The Lordís plans and purposes march forward and the
schemes or best-laid plans of men cannot thwart them. If
manís passions will injure the Lordís intentions, He
will restrain them. The rest of manís devices will
eventually result in the praise of God.
"Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: The
remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain."
It is important to note that disciples of Jesus are
required to learn to think in spiritual and Scriptural
waysónot in ways that the general population thinks,
whose ways are determined by politics, emotions, and
even by good human intentions.
Now, most particularly, since we live in prophetic times
when the old world is ready to give place to the new (II
Peter 3:1-14), we must interpret events to the best of
our abilities to see how those events represent
IT IS NOT OUR PLACE TO PROMOTE OR TO CENSURE the actions
of any government. True, we can see moral positives or
negatives in the actions of governments, and we can even
feel good or repulsed by what they are doing. But our
place as Christians is to watch what is happening and to
compare what we see with what is written in prophecy.
(Matthew 26:41; Mark 13:37; I Corinthians 16:13;
Colossians 4:2; I Peter 4:7) Thus, for instance, we
might feel that a governmentís actions are good or evil,
but what is truly important is to see if these actions
are fulfilling what the prophets wrote, and thus are
carrying history forward to its fore-ordained conclusion
and the prophetic wonderful future for mankind. If we
support or condemn the direction of current events, we
just might be standing in the way of the Lord and His
prophetic designs to further the world toward His
promised peaceable kingdom.
How we all must be longing for the fulfillment of Godís
sure promises of peace on earth, good will toward men!
We will soon see no more sickness, pain, or fear for
anyone on earth. We will soon see the death of hunger,
thirst, poverty, hatred, and war. And mankind shall live
"Revealing what SHALL BE counteracts the influence of
what now is."
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