INTRO: We are looking at Ezekiel 38-39, which I am calling the war of Ezekiel. Ezekiel 33-39 deals with the restoration of Israel which has been ongoing since 1948. Think of this: for almost 2,000 years chapters 33-37 looked like an impossible dream. Today most of this has been fulfilled. Then in chapters 38-39, we have a prophecy of a war that has not yet happened. So in prophecy we are today between chapters 37 and 38. Then in chapters 40-48 we have the millennium.
Before we go on, let me just say that just recently a meeting was announced that is to be held between Russia, Turkey, and Iran. These are three great nations today that are mentioned in Ezekiel 38:5-6 that will get together and form a coalition to go against Israel. This is causing great interest among prophecy students.
In the first message we looked at the various places prophecy students think this war will take place. I did not mention that some think this prophecy was fulfilled in 1948. With Russia at war in the Ukraine today there is much speculation whether this will become the war of Ezekiel. In March of this year the Jerusalem Post ran an article with this title: "Has the biblical War of Gog and Magog begun?" It was written because of the present battle in the Ukraine. There is much speculation because of present circumstances.