There is only one way to know the answer. The God who made the world who makes and unmakes nations He it is who reveals the future before it happens so we can know and take warning!
Many who claim to be authorities on prophecy have been busy assuring people a war involving Russia and America and England is prophesied in Ezekiel chapter 38.
The United States and Great Britain and the democracies of northwestern Europe are actually modern Israel descended of the so-called lost Ten Tribes. Therefore, they conclude, the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 foretells a military invasion on the North American continent from Russia.
But this is not what the prophecy says. What Ezekiel 38 does foretell is truly astounding. Let’s understand it.
Ezekiel’s message is for our day, a prophetic warning for America and Britain, now! To understand the time, the place, and all the facts of the prophecy of Ezekiel 38, we need to begin at the first chapter of Ezekiel’s prophecy and read the book clear through. When we do this, we find a time-sequence flowing through the Book.
Let us skim thru it very briefly. Notice, in the very first verse, Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives who had been taken in the captivity of Judah to the River Chebar. It was in the 5th year of King Jehoiachin’s’ captivity that this prophecy began coming to Ezekiel thru visions.
It is a prophecy in which Ezekiel was being shown things far into the future. Notice, the prophecy was inspired and written after Judah’s captivity more than 130 years after the House of Israel had been taken captive to Assyria. The advance-guard of the House of Israel already had begun to arrive in the British Isles before Ezekiel’s vision and warning.
Yet, Ezekiel is a prophet to the House of Israel. His prophecy applies to the far future, not the captivity of Israel which had occurred more than 130 years before he wrote. Remember that! *******STOP*****
Notice, Ezekiel 2:3, and 3:1, 4-7, Ezekiel’s message, a prophecy for the future, is for the House of Israel, not the House of Judah. In chapter 3, beginning verse 17, Ezekiel is set a watchman to warn the House of Israel.
Notice! Beginning chapter 3: after the prophet “eats the roll” that is, receives the prophetic warning message he is go “go speaks unto the House of Israel” not to the Jews among whom he dwelt. Remember, he is already among the captives of Judah. But the Eternal says to him: “Go, get thee unto the House of Israel” (v. 4).
Surely, we do not need to pause here to explain to you readers that the twelve tribes of Israel had long before this divided into two nations the ten Tribes being the House of Israel, while Judah and Benjamin composed the House of Judah, who, only, were nicknamed “Jews.” For the benefit of those readers who do not understand this vital distinction, a veritable “key” without which the prophecies cannot be opened to understanding you need to read our article America and Britain in prophecy.
The Jewish people of today are descended from the House of Judah. But the white, English-speaking people of the United States and Great Britain are the leading “birthright” tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. Heads of the ten-tribed House of Israel.
Ezekiel’s message is for our day and it is, therefore, a message for America and Britain, now!
Notice chapter 4. The prophet is to place before him a tile, and trace upon it the city of Jerusalem, and lay siege against it. The sins pictured are those of Jerusalem, capital of Judah. But “this” (v. 3) “shall be a sign to the House of Israel.” Then follows the well-known key to the “day for a year” method of reckoning prophecy.
Continue chapter 5.”For,” comes the warning messages from the Eternal, “therefore shall a fire come forth into all the House of Israel” (v. 4). Notice, this is to portray vividly a warning of some future destruction upon the House of Israel! Not upon Judah, already conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and in the midst of his sieges against Jerusalem. But upon Israel the ten-tribed nation who had gone into its first and original captivity one hundred thirty long years before! The warning is not of the captivity already so far back in history. It says “thereof shall a fire come” upon Israel! It is a prophecy relating to a future destruction and captivity.
No such destruction and captivity has ever yet come to the House of Israel since this was written! Therefore it is still in the future in our time! It is a warning to Britain and American NOW!!!
Notice more of this grim warning! “A third part of thee (America-Britain) shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round abut thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds” (in captivity being removed from our own land and scattered over the world) (verse 12).
Coming to chapter 6, the local scene of the vision shifts to the mountainous land of Palestine but the message is for America and Britain today! Will we heed it? God help us to wake up!
Listen! “Behold, I, even I, “says the Eternal God (v. 3), “will bring a sword (invasion) upon you, and I will destroy your high places and I will lay the dead carcasses of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter yo7ur bones round about your altars. In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste (could this be talking about nuclear bombs) and ye shall know that I am the Eternal” (vs. 5-7).
Just a small remnant shall escape and be spared (v. 8). These are described in Luke 21:36. Continue: “Thus saith the Eternal God” Alas for all the evil abominations of (not Judah, but) the House of Israel! For they shall” (not did, in the captivity 130 years before Ezekiel wrote, but shall) “fall by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence” (v. 11).
This is not a popular message. You probably have never heard it before. The preachers and teachers of prophecy almost unanimously will rise to deny this warning Message to apply it to the different time or people. But the warning is from the Eternal God, and it is sure! The reader will do well to heed.
“All hands shall be feeble, and all knees shall be as weak as water” (Ezk. 7:17). “Howl ye; for the day of the Lord is at hand; therefore shall all hand be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: and they shall be afraid” (Isa. 13:6-7). Plainly, the time is the “Day of the Lord” yet in the immediate future!
Continue: “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord” (Ezk. 7:19). Now compare that with Zeph. 1:14-18: ‘The great day of the Lord is near. That day is a day of wrath. And I (the Eternal) will bring distress upon men. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath.” Both are speaking of the same time, a time shortly ahead of us now, in this present generation!
Wherefore,” continues (Ezk. 7:24). “I will bring the worse of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: and I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease. Destruction comes: and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none. Disaster shall come upon disaster, and rumor shall be upon rumor; then shall they seek a vision (a prophetic revelation) of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients (elders).
Yes, when this comes, our people finally will cry out for a true prophet or minister of the Eternal God, but it will be too late! For then shall have come the time spoken by the prophet Amos, when there shall a famine of hearing the words of the Eternal (Amos 8:11) an end of the true Gospel preaching! Already the people and their paid minister have turned their eyes and ears from God’s law!
Notice chapter 11 of Ezekiel’s prophecy. It is a message addressed to the House of Israel verse 5.”I will bring the sword upon you, saith the Eternal God. And I will bring you out of the midst thereof and deliver you into the hand of strangers, and will execute judgments among you. Ye shall fall by the sword” (vs. 8-10). When? It is future from the time Ezekiel wrote, and it has not yet happened since them! God says it will happen! He means it. Chapter 12, verse 11: “They shall remove, and go into captivity.” It is yet future and it is the House of Israel1 Not Judah.
When? “And they shall know I am the Eternal, when I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries” (v. 15). The expression “they shall know that I am the Eternal” is used repeatedly thru the Book of Ezekiel always referring to the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and Israel’s final restoration back to the land of Palestine. Many prophecies show Israel is to be scattered in this latter-day captivity when Christ comes to restore them back to Palestine.
Always the true prophets and minister4s of God have stood almost alone, and opposed by the overwhelming majority of Israel. That is Israel’s history of old. It is true today.
The 13th chapter shows the declarations of the popular ministry of this day in Israel, in America and Great Britain.
“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel. Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing! O Israel thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the House of Israel and stand in the battle in the Day of the Lord” (vs. 2-5) It is speaking of the soon-coming “Day of the Lord” not some ancient event! “They have seduced my people, saying Peace, and there was no peace” (*v. 10).
Certainly the popular ministry of today is saying to the people that we shall never be defeated in war, because, say those who understand our national identity, we are the chosen people of Israel! But we were not chosen for special favors. We were chosen for a service and righteous life we have failed to perform! Evert time Israel of old disobeyed God, departed from His laws and ways, and went into the pagan customs (as we have done today, actually deceiving ourselves by calling those customs
“Christian”) they were invaded and conquered. Has God changed?
Ezekiel catalogs our sin our customs and ways which seen right in our eyes but which are contrary to God’s laws and an abomination in His sight. Some of them he mentions in the 8th chapter.
In chapter 22: “Thou hast despised mine holy things, and profaned by Sabbaths,” says the Eternal (v. 8). “Thou hast taken usury and increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbors by extortion, and hast forgotten me, saith the Eternal. And I will (not did, but will) scatter thee among the heathen, and disperse thee in the countries, and will consume thy filthiness out of thee” (vs. 12, 15).
“Her priests” (prophetically speaking of modern Israel) “have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shown difference between the unclean and the clean (Lev. 11), and have hid their yes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them” (v. 26). Our people today can’t see where these things make any difference! But Ezekiel says the preachers have deceived the people, and led them astray. They have condoned all these things, until the people have lost God’s pure truth!
At this point Ezekiel digresses thru eight chapters, 25 thru 32, to prophesy against a number of foreign Gentile nations who have come in direct contact with Israel. In chapter 33, the prophet return to pleading with the House of Israel. “Turn ye, turn ye,” God pleads, “from your evil ways, for why will ye die, O House of Israel?” Here, too, Ezekiel is again set a watchman to warn Israel America and Britain today! at the time when this prophesied foreign sword is coming! Ezekiel wrote the message but it remains for us to whom God has revealed it today actually to shout and proclaim it to the people. God help us to be faithful in this solemn and grave commission!
In the 34th chapter, God tells him to prophesy against the minister of our land. They have fed themselves, and not the flocks. They have preached what people wanted to hear (II Tim. 4:3-4) in order to get their salaries.
And now the Eternal inspires the prophet to come to the solution! “Thus saith the Eternal God: Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock. Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep and seek them out and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day (the Day of the Lord yet future).And I will gather them from the countries, and bring them to their own land (Palestine), and feed them (spiritual food upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country” (vs. 10-14).
Christ Himself for He is the Eternal shall come and rescue our people, not only from the coming captivity and dispersion, but from the false Babylonish teachings which have been palmed off to our people cloaked as “Christianity.” He will then set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people Israel (Isa. 11:11). The spiritual blindness shall then be removed, and all Israel shall be saved (Romans 11:25-26)! The Kingdom of God shall be established. Men shall be tired of their own ways, and seek God’s ways and His law shall go forth of Zion (Micah 4:2-3). And the nations shall find peace!
The 35th chapter reveals the end of the Turkish nation, to occur at this time, because of their treachery against Great Britain all yet to be fulfilled. This ties up with the prophecy of Obadiah.
In the 36th chapter, the Eternal addresses Palestine: “Prophesy unto the mountains of Israel. Thus saith the Eternal God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and to the cities that are forsaken. But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at hand to come. And I will multiply men upon you, all the House of Israel, even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes shall be builded: and I will multiply upon you man and beast” (vs. 1, 4, 8, 10-11).
Yes, the House of Israel is pictured returning to Palestine, not from a condition of wealth and prosperity from Britain and America not in the position of a people victorious in a great world war, but as a slave and captive people, scattered thru the nations of the world! All prophecies picturing this rescue and re-gathering of Israel at Christ’s coming give us the same prophetic picture. Why be blinded to the truth?
In chapter 37, the first part pictures the “valley of dry bones.” This represents (v. 11) the whole House of Israel including Judah. It has a dual significance. It pictures the re-birth and resurrection of Israel as a nation, from captivity, dispersion and slavery. It pictures, too, the literal bodily resurrection of the individual who has long since died, after which the knowledge of the Truth spiritual knowledge shall be revealed, and he shall be converted, and God’s Spirit shall enter within, and he shall be saved.
Beginning the 15th verse, the illustration of the two sticks shows the two Houses, or nations, Israel and Judah, being once more united, under Christ at His second coming, in the land of Palestine.
“Thus saith the Eternal God: Behold I will take the children of Israel from” (from the British Isles, and America from a position of wealth and affluence recent victors in the world war? No, but) “from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one King shall be King over them all: they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: neither shall the defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt - they, and their children, and their children’s children forever. Moreover, I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant” (The New Covenant). (vs. 21-26).
Notice, now, the story flow - the time sequence! The prophet has carried us thru the sins of Israel, the coming invasion and captivity and dispersion, the Coming of Jesus Christ as Deliverer to restore the fortunes of Israel. We have come to the time when both Israel and Judah shall be re-united into one nation, rescued from captivity and dispersion, and re-gathered again in Palestine, once again made prosperous, having learned our lesson, now living God’s way, under His laws, enjoying His richest blessings, both material and spiritual!
And now we come to chapter 38! And this chapter finds Israel restored in Palestine ‘the land that is brought back from the sword,” (v. 8). We find Israel now at rest, dwelling safely, yet totally unprepared for war, having “neither bars nor gates” (v. 11); in the desolate places of Palestine, now inhabited, (v. 12) yes, inhabited (same verse) by the people that are once again restored to great material prosperity “which have gotten cattle, and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.”
Notice it! This prophecy does not picture the British Isles and America! It pictures the land of Palestine. It pictures our people having been taken there from a dispersion and captivity and slavery, gathered out of the nations where we had been scattered, now once again rich and increased with goods!
Notice it! The time of this prophecy is after, not before, but after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, after the Great Deliverer has come and rescued our people and restored us to Palestine after Israel and Judah are re-united! Certainly the “latter years” (v. 8).
The place of this battle is not Britain or America, it is Palestine!”Thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste (once a perpetual waste Moffatt translation)” (Verse 8). The “mountains of Israel” is an expression used all thru the Book of Ezekiel, and always refers to the literal mountainous land of Palestine.
Our people shall have regained so much wealth that Gog and allies - Russia and numerous Gentiles allies shall come to “take a spoil” (v. 13), “to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil.”
But this very fact that this invasion will not come until after the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will seem preposterous to many, at first thought. That is because we have been accustomed merely to assume things that are not true. We have blindly assumed that when Christ comes, there will no opposition. Every person and power on earth, we have thought, will simply submit meekly and instantly to Him and His power. But that is not true.
But the Gentile nations who have schemed to conquer and rule the world they shall not submit until forced to. The European fascists shall be subdued and conquered as “Armageddon.” But Russia, and the populous Oriental nations who know not God or Christ, shall still haves to be brought to submission!
It is conclusively proved as all students of prophecy know, that “Gog” in the land of “Magog” is Russia. “Mesheck” is Moscow, “Tubal” is Toboisk. The margin says “Prince of Rosh” which is Russia.
Notice the allies who come with Russia in this future battle. You will find “Gomer,” “Togarmah,” “Magog,” “Mesheck,” “Tubal,” identified in Genesis 10 as the sons of Japheth, father of the yellow races. Ethiopia and Libya (or Phut) are descended from Ham. Any Bible map will show that the descendants of Japheth migrated north and northeast into the territories occupied today by Russia, and the Oriental races.
Therefore, this prophecy of Ezekiel 38 shows that it is Russia, not Japan, who shall finally succeed in marshalling all the yellow races into a gigantic invasion upon our people.
Russia is a Communist nation. Communism is atheism it fights God! When God rules the world, thru Christ with His chosen people restored to great wealth in Palestine, the very center of the land surface of the earth (v. 13, Moffatt translation), Russia shall finally rise up with the most overwhelming armies ever assembled by man. “Thou shalt ascend,” the Eternal says of Russia, “and come like a storm (in the air), thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land” (v. 9).There shall be so many that they will hide the sun off the ground below, like a huge dark shadow!
This will be the final effort of rebellious, God-resisting man to conquer the world in the lust for power and material wealth.
Israel, in that day, shall not be armed or prepared. “When my people Israel dwells safely, shalt thou not know it? As the Eternal. “And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts (Russia is due north of Palestine), thou , and many people (allies) with thee a mighty army: and thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me (note the purpose), when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes” (vs. 14-16).
But our people shall not haves to fight in that battle. We shall have learned by then that God fights our battles for us! “And it shall come to pass at that time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel (Palestine), saith the Eternal God, that My fury shall come up in my face” (v. 18). “So that all the men that are upon the face of the earth shall shake at My presence’ (v. 20). It is after Christ’s coming! Note it!
“I will summon an utter panic against him (Gog), says the Lord the Eternal, till every man in his host shall draw the sword against his fellow: I will punish him with pestilence and bloodshed, I will rain on him and his hordes and all the nations in his train an overpowering flood, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone. I will let all the nations see My might and dread Divinity to teach them that I am the Eternal” (vs. 21-23)!
Notice, these heathen nations do not see and recognize the dread Divinity, the Might and Power of the Eternal Jesus Christ, even after He has returned. He has to teach them that He is the Eternal!
The 39th chapter shows in more detail the result of this great battle, in which Christ, with supernatural power, causes five-sixths of the these heathen armies to be slain in this battle.
Notice, again, the time: “Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob and have mercy upon the whole House of Israel (Israel and Judah), and will be jealous for my holy name; when I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of there enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations, then shall they know that I am the Eternal” (Ch. 39:25-28).
Notice again! At Christ’s Second Coming, He shall gather Israel our British and American people out of our enemies’ ands, not out of our own land of wealth and power, North America and British Isles!
But then we shall be thoroughly chastened. We shall have learned our lesson. We shall live by God’s rules, and obey His law. “For I have poured out My Spirit upon the House of Israel, saith the Eternal God” (v. 29).
And then, beginning chapter 40, the remainder of the Book of Ezekiel reveals the ideal theocracy God’s new order of divine government upon the earth the permanent forms and institutions which shall express the ideal relation between God and man!
In the meantime, the Church of God New World Ministries is to warn America and Britain of what lies ahead! To shout the warning to come out of Babylon (Rev. 18:4) that those who heed may find God now, may come under His divine protection (Psalm 91), and by a true Spirit-filled life obedient to God’s ways and laws, be prepared to become a ruler or a teacher in Christ’s soon-coming glorious Kingdom!