Let’s talk about Ezekiel prophecies why this is so important in the end days.
The book of Ezekiel pronounces judgment on both Israel and surrounding nations, but it also provides a vision of the future millennial kingdom that complements and adds to the vision of other Old and New Testament texts. It lays out future events that are to come, from the 3rd temple that will be built to the invaders from the North. We look at when this was written and if you looked at the bible not long back you will see that Ezekiel’s prophecy is at work and alive today.
At the beginning who was Ezekiel
Ezekiel was the son of Buzi and in his prophetic ministry often concerned himself with the temple, priesthood, the glory of God and the sacrificial system.
Ezekiel lived among the Jewish exiles in Babylon at a settlement along the river Chebar called Tel-Abib, less than one hundred miles south of Babylon. The invading Babylonians brought about ten thousand Jews to the village in 597 BC, including Ezekiel and the last king of Judah, Jehoiachin.
His prophecy began when he was about 30 years of age and five years into his time at Tel-Abib. He continued to prophesy among the people for at least twenty-two years he spoke to a people whom God had exiled due to their continued rebellion against him, a majority of Ezekiel’s message communicates judgment for sins committed. However, like all the prophets, he also provided his people, now without a land of their own, some hope for the future.
Why Ezekiel is important in the end days
The Hebrew prophets all proclaimed that in the last days, the exiles of Israel would return to the Promised Land and that the Temple would be rebuilt.
The Prophet Ezekiel witnessed the departure of this Divine Presence from the Temple (Ezekiel 10:18–19).
But he also saw the rebuilding of an eternal and permanent dwelling place of God on the Temple Mount in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house, and the man stood by me. And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places. (Ezekiel 43:4–7)
In the prophetic writings of the Book of Daniel and the Brit Chadashah (New Testament), we find significant details about the role of a rebuilt Temple in the end times.
Both Daniel and Yeshua (Jesus) tell us that the Anti-Messiah will defile the Third Temple before the return of the true Messiah.
The enigmatic figure Gog from the land of Magog makes his flamboyant appearance in Ezekiel 38-39, being accompanied by the other foreign nations such as Persia, Cush, Lud, Meshech and Tubal
It should be noted that it is to take place ‘in the latter years’; that it will be fought in the ‘mountains of Israel’ against those who have been gathered to the land of their ancient inheritance; that the land of Israel shall be relatively unprotected, a ‘land of unwalled villages; that Gog and Magog shall come ‘out of the north parts’ in such numbers as ‘to cover the land’ as a cloud; that the Lord will then come, all men shall shake at his presence; that there will be such an earthquake as has never before been known, which will throw down the mountains; that there will be pestilence, blood, fire, and brimstone descend upon the armies; that the forces of Gog and Magog will be destroyed upon the mountains of Israel; that the Supper of the Great God shall then take place as the beasts and fowls eat the flesh and drink the blood of the fallen ones.
Over the past decades, the biblical figure Gog epitomises the foreign enemies of the USA. Ronald Reagan, who acted as California’s Governor between 1967 and 1975 during the Cold War, is reported to have unambiguously cited Ezekiel’s prophecy to justify his identification of Gog as Russia.
Let’s go back a bit
We will look at the time of Tyre another prophecy from Ezekiel that has been fulfilled. We will then look before Israel 1948 in return give you a clearer idea of what is happening today.
When you investigate this prophecy, you get the first posts from the sceptic shouting the bible is false Tyre is thriving today. The original site is still basically a bare rock, even today. It has been excavated. The rock Tyre stood on lies just off the coast. The causeway which led to the city which Alexander used to destroy it is now gone. There is a city called Tyre, but it is not at the site which was destroyed by Alexander. People can hear the truth but do not necessarily want to listen.
Let’s look at another Ezekiel prophecy argument about Egypt. Here is a sceptic forcing us to believe that this had failed If the Bible is correct then why did the prophecy in Ezekiel 29:17-20 fail? We know that Ezekiel made this prophecy in about 571 BC, and Nebuchadnezzar’s invasion of Egypt in 568 BC failed? Nebuchadnezzar was supposed to conquer Egypt according to those verses.
You look at this and if you did not know your bible you would think oh no it’s wrong. God is never wrong. Even if I do not know the answer it is because of me, not God it’s my knowledge and that has failed. To answer the sceptic question and declaration that it is false
What we know from Babylonian records is that Nebuchadnezzar went on a campaign into Egypt in 568 BC. Presumably, the purpose of the campaign was not to conquer all of Egypt, but to harass the country and to take booty. The prophecy of Ezekiel did not say that he would conquer Egypt, but that he would “despoil” it and take home plunder from the campaign. If that was the purpose (as described in Ezekiel 29:17-20)
The expedition of Nebuchadnezzar did not fail. We do not know a lot about his campaign in Egypt. Below is a quote about information found in Babylonian records:
following the pacification of Tyre, Nebuchadnezzar turned again to Egypt. A clay tablet, now in the British Museum, states: “In the 37th year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of the country of Babylon, he went to Mitzraim (Egypt) to wage war. Amasis, king of Egypt, collected [his army], and marched and spread abroad.” Having completed the subjugation of Phoenicia, and a campaign against Egypt, Nebuchadnezzar set himself to rebuild and adorn the city of Babylon, and constructed canals, aqueducts, temples, and reservoirs.
We are now going a little closer and talk about the main players in the end days and we are going to start with Israel. After World War 2 Israel was given back to its people on the 14th of May 1948.
Israel and Turkey relations were formalized in March 1949, when Turkey was the first Muslim majority country to recognize the State of Israel. Both countries gave high priority to military, strategic, and diplomatic cooperation while sharing concerns with respect to the regional instabilities in the Middle East. However, relations between the two countries have increasingly deteriorated in the recent decades.
Iran and Israel relations can be divided into four major phases: the ambivalent period from 1947 to 1953, the friendly period during the era of the Pahlavi dynasty from 1953 to 1979, the worsening period following the Iranian Revolution from 1979 to 1990, and the ongoing period of open hostility since the end of the Gulf War in 1991. In 1947, Iran was among 13 countries that voted against the United Nations Partition Plan for the British Mandate of Palestine. Two years later, Iran also voted against Israel’s admission to the United Nations.
Nevertheless, Iran was the second Muslim-majority country to recognize Israel as a sovereign state after Turkey. After the 1953 coup d’état, which reinstalled the pro-Western leader Mohammad Reza Pahlavi as the Shah of Iran, relations between the two countries significantly improved.
Israel–Russia relations refer to the bilateral ties between the State of Israel and the Russian Federation. With the German invasion of Russia in 1941, Joseph Stalin reversed his long-standing opposition to Zionism and tried to mobilize worldwide Jewish support for the Soviet war effort. The Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee was set up in Moscow. Many thousands of Jewish refugees fled the Nazis and entered the Soviet Union during the war, where they reinvigorated Jewish religious activities and opened new synagogues. From late 1944, Stalin adopted an openly pro-Zionist foreign policy apparently in the belief that the new country would be socialist and would speed the decline of British influence in the Middle East.
In May 1947, Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko told the United Nations that the Soviets supported the partition of Palestine into a Jewish and an Arab state. The Soviet Union and its satellite states voted in November 1947 for the UN Partition Plan for Palestine. On 17 May 1948, three days after Israel declared its independence, the Soviets officially recognized Israel.
The Israeli ambassador to the Soviet Union, Golda Meir, is surrounded by a crowd of 50,000 Jews near Moscow Choral Synagogue on the first day of Rosh Hashanah in 1948.
Golda Meir was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the Soviet Union, with her term beginning on 2 September 1948 and ending in March 1949. She attended Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at the Moscow Choral Synagogue. However, once Israel had been established, Stalin reversed positions, favoured the Arabs, arrested the leaders of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee, and launched attacks on Soviet Jews.
Relations were severed by the Soviet government in June 1967 in protest of Israeli policy during the Six-Day War and immediately afterward. The Soviet Union supported Israel’s Arab enemies with arms and training, and Soviet forces were deployed to Egypt during the War of Attrition in which they repeatedly engaged Israeli forces.
After the Soviets cut off diplomatic relations with Israel due to the Six-Day War, the Dutch embassy in Moscow established an Israel interests section, which represented Israel in the Soviet Union until diplomatic relations were re-established in October 1991.
Let’s look at today
These phenomenal end-time events are unfolding before our very eyes!
These are exciting times! We are witnesses to bible prophecy being fulfilled right now! God keeps His promises! Especially those He made to the nation of Israel. Therefore, it is important that we as born-again Christians read and understand end-times prophecies so we can warn the lost that there is no time to waste!
The amazing prophecies in Ezekiel 37, 38 & 39, written 2,600 years ago, have received a lot of attention recently because of current events in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, & Russia. Ezekiel has over 800 predictive verses. His prophecy predicts that great power to the far north of Israel & a coalition of nations–a massive horde of people, will attack Israel & be destroyed supernaturally by God on the mountains of Israel. God promises this day is coming. Perhaps it’s coming soon. The historically miraculous rebirth of the Jewish state in 1948, after 2,000 years of nonexistence, & the conquering of East Jerusalem during the Six-Day War in 1967 & other factors seem to have set the stage for a time clock of sorts relative to the upcoming “last days” of Israel & the fulfilment of many remaining prophecies relevant to that period. &, indeed, today Russia, a great power to Israel’s far north & the Muslim nations, particularly Iran, are growing increasingly intertwined & hostile toward Israel.
We can not say that the events in Ukraine with Russia it is not Ezekiel 38. I always say that we are seeing the shadow of tribulation being casted and more now than ever. Who would say that the 3 main countries concerning Ezekiel 38 are doing war exercises with each other? If I mention this 20 years ago you would call me crazy. Russia, Iran and Turkey are the main players in Ezekiel 38 war, and we know this is not happening in Ukraine.
If we only look at Israel being a nation back in 1946, Jews being called back to their promised land. Her enemies at the border that is mentioned in the bible.
God’s perfect plan is at play, and we can see this today. There has to be chaos in order for the one who comes in his own name. Look up everyone, the trumpet is going to sound.