In the last blog we confirmed that the war that is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 is the final war against the Antichrist—aka Gog of the land of Magog. We saw how this war begins just before the end of this age, just before Christ comes again. The invasion of Israel begins rapidly and comes to a screeching halt when God turns out the global lights. It is the final sign of this age.
So the next thing we should expect to see is the coming of Christ at the rapture. It happens as the Day of the Lord dawns. That Day begins with the wrath of that Day—God’s vengeance against evil. “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face” Ezekiel 38:18. The next thing we see in verses 19 and 20 is the Lord’s coming.
“For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ ”
Compare this to Rev. 12:15-17. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring [the remnant of Israel who have finally accepted Jesus], who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
We’re looking at the same 3½-year war for Jerusalem as prophesied in the Old and New Testaments. We’re seeing the same beast [Antichrist] who comes against Israel for 1,260 days (Rev. 12:6) or 42 months (Rev. 13:5) or for a time, times, and half a time (Rev. 12:14; Daniel 7:25).
So how does this war go down? It begins with the rapture of the Church (Daniel 7:9-10). The heavenly court is seated—Christ the Head and His Body, His Bride, as joint-heirs. The new song is sung and the heavenly declarations are made. Scripture describes these as the two-edged sword coming out of our mouths.
The next thing that happens is recorded in Rev. 12:7-9. “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” The evil spiritual forces influencing the earth are brought down first.
Then comes Operation Consume and Destroy. The ruling judgments of the court gradually consume the beastly armies via the first six trumpet and bowl judgments. “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone” Ezek. 38:22.
Then suddenly the 7th trumpet sounds. “Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured” (Ezek. 39:3-4).
Rev. 19:17-21 describes this same event as the Supper of the Great God. “Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.” That’s how the war ends. The rest of Ezekiel 39 describes the mop-up operation.
Ignoring these obvious Spirit-inspired connections has left the Church with a confusing mash-up of competing views. We can’t even agree whether or not we go to Father’s House as Jesus promised, go up into the sky for a moment and then come back down to earth, or we never get to go up and see our mansions.
These views rob us of our true destiny. When we follow the scriptural connections, we see that we go back to God’s throne room with our Beloved Jesus and are seated in the position of all power and authority with Him. We execute the wrath of that Day that brings down the Antichrist and restores the kingdom to Israel as the natural head of the earthly nations. It doesn’t get better than that, folks. Why would you settle for an inferior, unbiblical account?