The Bible has just one author, God. This means that we could start with any chapter that describes Jacob’s Return, and work from there. However, wisdom encourages us to start with the best detail and the most thorough description. That’s why this section is called the ‘Core Chapters’. These chapters will describe the return of Jacob to God, and the key events and details that are a part of that description.
A vast army will be destroyed.
That army will be headed by someone named Gog, of the land of Magog.
Names will be referred to that are found in the Genesis 10 Table of Nations.
A fire will descend upon the world.
The Moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter.
Planes, trains, trucks and tanks will cease to operate.
Everyone will know that Yehovah is God.
The Nations will be sifted.
The Holy Spirit will descend upon the people of Israel.
All of that, and more, will be found in these core chapters. However, before launching into all of that, let’s look at the description of two other armies, first.
The Two Armies Of The Antichrist
What we are trying to do with this book is place the Return of Jacob in its proper position in the events of the Last Days. Since the two first big events have already happened – the return of Israelis to the Land of Israel and the recapture of Jerusalem – we must focus on the next big event that has not happened, the Battle of Gog and Magog.
The confusion comes because the Land of Israel is also invaded by the Antichrist, twice:
When the Antichrist proclaims himself to be God
The Battle of Armageddon
How many of you knew that the Antichrist invades Israel TWICE?
I’d never thought that one through, but when you compile all the evidence, it’s pretty clear. And, an invasion is… well …an invasion. And, we will look at both of them and examine the passages that describe them.
Then, as we go through Ezekiel, Zechariah and Isaiah, we will refer back to the passages that we know about the Antichrist. If the evidence that we have on Gog and Magog disagrees with what we know about the two invasions by the Antichrist, then we must conclude that the coming of Gog and Magog has no connection to the Antichrist.
This Is About Salvation
Please remember that these battles aren’t the point. This is about the moment in which the children of Jacob wake up and realize that Jesus was and is the Messiah. It’s the moment in which they see that they are sinners in need of a savior. They will understand that they are destined for judgment, unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and the one who died for them, two thousand years ago.
The ONLY way that the Israelis can be saved is through faith in Jesus. He is the final sacrifice. There is literally no other way to reach heaven, except through faith in Him. None. If there was any other way, He would have told us. Jesus certainly would not have suffered and died for our sins, if there was another way for us to escape eternal judgment.
So, as we look at these accounts of apocalyptic conflict, we need to make sure that we are seeing spiritual transformation at the same time. And, Paul says a bit about what that means in 2 Corinthians:
15 But until this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds, 16 but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
– 2 Corinthians 3:15-16 (NET)
So, when the children of Jacob turn to Christ, the veil that lies on their heart, the veil that keeps them from seeing Jesus as the Messiah, that veil will be taken away. And that sounds awfully familiar to those of us who are also following Christ.
Paul – or, someone very much like Paul – writes this in the Book of Hebrews:
10 “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be my people. 11 “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.”
– Hebrews 8:10-12 (NET)
That sounds like the same salvation through faith that you and I have experienced. Through His Holy Spirit, God has put His laws in our mind and has written them on our hearts. And, as Paul says in Ephesians, it is His grace by which we have been saved (Ephesians 2). But, I ended that too soon.
How did God save us?
How will God save the Children of Jacob?
What is faith?
Well, Hebrews gives the best definition that I know of:
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.
– Hebrews 11:1 (NET)
It will the miracle of faith, given to them by the grace of God, that will save all Israel. That is how it will happen, and we see this reflected in the prophecies in the Old Testament. And, the best place to start looking for this evidence of saving faith and the battle that is connected to it.
Ezekiel 36 To 39
You will see that faith and salvation in Ezekiel 36 and 37. It is the most poignant prophecy of redemption in the Bible. And, I have placed the discussion of those two chapters in the Appendix.
I would love to talk about it here, but our focus is on the single largest sign that the time of redemption has come for Jacob:
Gog and Magog
We have already seen the return of the children of Jacob to the Land of Israel. But, the return to the Land was only prologue. The Return was the sign that redemption was near.
Unfortunately, the sign that proclaims the day of salvation will be an invasion by the grand alliance assembled by Gog of the Land of Magog. This army will invade and be destroyed in the Jezreel Valley and on the Golan. And, a fire will fall upon Magog and upon all who either supported this invasion, or sat idly by while it happened.
I call that fire, Ezekiel’s Fire. It will either be the largest solar flare in recorded history, or a micronova. And yes, we have discovered that stars like our own sun do produce micronovas every few thousand years. And, you do not want to be caught unprepared for its coming. But, that’s a story for another book.
The point is that the coming of Gog and Magog, the great sign of Israel’s salvation, is described in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Other chapters in the Bible also describe this great invasion, but Ezekiel gives so much detail about it, that it really should be our first stop – after we have examined the passages about the armies of the Antichrist.
After Ezekiel, our next stop will be Zechariah 12 and 13, which adds detail that is not provided by Ezekiel. Yes, it is clear that Zechariah describes the same events as Ezekiel, but chapters 12 and 13 add important facts that we don’t see in Ezekiel 38 and 39. We also see evidence that spells trouble for our technologically advanced civilization.
Horses will be smitten with astonishment and blindness.
Unless our civilization collapses beforehand to such a low level that we have turned back to horses, this is a euphemism for cars, trucks and military vehicles being immobilized. And, we already know that an emp – an electromagnetic pulse – can do that. Well, this one will come from the sun.
Then, chapter 14 turns a corner and describes something different.
Or, does it?
In chapter 14 we see the Antichrist, Armageddon and the rescue of Jerusalem by Jesus – followed by the coming of the Millennium. The question in our minds will be…
…is chapter 14 a separate vision from chapters 12 and 13…
…or, are chapters 12-14 a single prophecy?
I will lay out the evidence, and you will get a chance to decide for yourself. Not too many people like to talk about Zechariah 14.
Then, Isaiah brings even more important detail in chapter 30, confirming some of what Ezekiel and Zechariah talk about and adding some important revelations. We will see confirmation that Ezekiel’s Fire is either a superflare (a many times massive solar flare) or a micronova. God will describe a devouring fire and the sifting of the nations. We’ll see the indwelling of the Holy Spirit upon the people of Israel.
There will also be an earthquake so huge that big buildings, everywhere, will collapse.
Just thinking about all that devastation, makes me shudder. I don’t like pondering something like this, but our safety lies in the acknowledgment and acceptance of the truth. Hiding from it will not make it go away. Worse, it will be a disobedience the the command of Jesus for us to watch.
So, let’s begin our journey with a detailed look at the two armies of the Antichrist.
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