With Russia involved in Syria, the prophecy pundits are making predictions again. The four so-called Blood Moons is so yesterday. There’s a new prophecy speculation on the horizon. The folks at The Blaze
have been following the Gog and Magog prophecy for a number of years with some caution:
“With Russia’s recent airstrikes
targeting rebels in Syria, this end times subject matter is once again getting some attention, though it remains controversial, as many counter that the Old Testament simply doesn’t offer up any eschatological proclamations about the modern era.”
Joel Rosenberg is a modern-day advocate that Ezekiel 38 and 39 are prophetic chapters that address today’s geo-political movements:
“The Hebrew prophet Ezekiel wrote 2,500 years ago that in the ‘last days’ of history, Russia and Iran will form a military alliance to attack Israel from the north,’ Rosenberg wrote
. ‘Bible scholars refer to this eschatological conflict, described in Ezekiel 38-39, as the “War of Gog & Magog.”‘”
Not everyone agrees. Keep in mind that there is a long history of prophetic prognosticators who have argued that the events described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 were being fulfilled in their day.
The following is a brief introduction to the topic that interprets Ezekiel 38 and 39 in terms of its historical context.
For a comprehensive treatment of this subject, see my book Why the End of the World is Not in Your Future. It’s a full exposition of Ezekiel 38 and 39 as well as Zechariah 12.
The battle is an ancient one fought with ancient weapons: bows and arrows, clubs, shields, chariots, swords, and chariots. The combatants are on horseback.
Many interpreters will argue that these ancient weapons are only “symbolic.” One prophecy writer claims that bows and arrows are symbols for missile launchers and missiles. This is no way to interpret the Bible. Why confuse the people in Ezekiel’s day and our day?
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