The salvation of Israel is coming, and that event is tightly woven into the prophecies of the Last Days. Since very few dispute that fact, the only question in our mind should be about WHEN these children of Jacob will return to God.
I have discovered that most Christians assume that the Children of Israel return to God at some point after the Rapture and/or around the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Since the Millennium has a geographical focus on Jerusalem, it is easy to see why so many make this assumption. All of us tend to latch on to such similarities and move on to deal with the other challenges of life. But, such assumptions will be fatal, if Ezekiel’s Fire is real.
If I’m right, at some point over the next decade or so, the lights will go out and a billion people will probably die. Some places will fare better than others. But, there’s no way that our current civilization can survive such a catastrophic event. It will be that bad.
Since the description in the Bible is pretty clear, we must accept the fact that it’s coming. There’s no other way to view the events of Isaiah 30, Zechariah 12 and Ezekiel 39. Those three chapters describe the same moment in time. Worse, there is evidence that an event like Ezekiel’s Fire has already happened at least once before.
The issue is timing.
Ezekiel’s Fire happens at the time when the descendants of Jacob turn back to God. That is why the timing of Jacob’s return to God is so important. Everywhere you see a Bible verse that proclaims the future salvation of Israel, you need to also know that Ezekiel’s Fire will happen at the same time.
We will rejoice at the return of a prodigal son.
We will grieve at what happens to our world.
So, the issue of timing is really important. Unfortunately, well meaning commentators in the 1800s muddied our understanding by inserting their own ideas. The idea of a return of the Jews to the Land of Israel seemed utterly impossible to them. They could not even have envisioned the fall of the Ottoman empire, much less the idea of computers, electricity, telephones, the Internet and all the rest. And yes, it is common for people to interpret the Bible according to what they see around them.
The good thing is that we are better able to imagine what they could not. The bad thing is that many of us are still caught up in ideas that were introduced a long time ago. So, we need to look again at our assumptions and ask if they are as true as we thought they were.
Unfortunately, most of our assumptions about the Last Days are based on not just bad ideas but also bad interpretations of the Old Testament. Words and phrases were badly translated. And, those that were translated well, were often twisted in their meaning. The majority of these errors must have been made in good faith. But, far too many appear to be deliberate distortions of what the Bible actually says.
Let me be clear that the Bible itself is without error. The errors only crop up in our translations and interpretation of the Bible. I will talk about some of that later, but you need to know that what you think of as The Bible, is only a translation. The true Bible was written in Hebrew, Greek and a smattering of Aramaic.
Since Greek is a lot easier for North Americans and Europeans to understand, New Testament translations have fewer accidental errors. English, French, Spanish, Italian, etc. all have foundations in Latin and Greek. Not so for the Old Testament. Old Testament translations are full of accidental errors, partly because Hebrew is so different from a European-centric language. Hebrew is a hard language to learn.
I know, because I had to.
After having lived and worked in a Hebrew-language environment in Israel, my ability to understand the Old Testament has improved. And, since most of the prophecies of the Last Days are in the Old Testament, my understanding of those prophecies is clearer than it was 30 years ago. However, learning Hebrew doesn’t solve all of our problems with understanding Old Testament prophecies.
Each of Old Testament prophet presents a somewhat different perspective on what happens. And, these views are sometimes hard to place in their proper order. They will use different symbolism. One prophet will focus on one aspect of the Last Days, while another will focus on a different one. And, since God is the Author of these prophecies, this was intentional.
Isaiah refers to this in chapter 28, where he talks about how the truth of the Bible is found here a little and there a little:
…That they might go and fall backward, and be broken And snared and caught.
– Isaiah 28:13b (NKJV)
God intentionally made the interpretation of the prophecies of the Last Days difficult. He did it on purpose, so that those who rebel against God would not be warned of what is coming. So, those who submit to the words of God and love the truth, will be able to understand, if they search out the meaning that has been scattered about the Bible.
And since God told Isaiah that:
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
Line upon line, line upon line,
Here a little, there a little.”
– Isaiah 28:10 (NKJV)
This means that we can look at the decrees of God and match the events surrounding those decrees with each other. And one of those decrees by God is this one:
The Return of Jacob.
So, every time that we see the Return of Jacob, we should assemble and compile the events that happen at each description of that time. If we are thorough in this attempt, we should get a picture of what will happen when the salvation of Israel occurs.
Of course, any search requires a starting point. You could start anywhere, with almost any of the prophets. But, I think that the biggest, most comprehensive prophecy is the best place to start, and you cannot get bigger and more comprehensive on this subject than Ezekiel. And Ezekiel presents these two facts, straight from God:
The children of Jacob must be in the Land of Israel BEFORE they are saved.
A gigantic military alliance formed by Gog and Magog will descend upon the Land of Israel.
Both of those conditions set by God in Ezekiel are required before the salvation of Israel will occur. Jacob must be in the Land. Israel must be attacked by a gigantic army. The only problem is that there is more than one event in the Old Testament where a big army comes down to attack Israel and Jerusalem. Just because you see a big army doesn’t mean that you are seeing the Return of Jacob.
Are there enough differences in the description of these invasions to help us determine which is which?
I certainly believe so, and I hope to point those out as we work our way through the prophecies that deal with Jacob’s salvation. And, I have done this as much for myself, as for you. I really want to make sure that I get this right and am not passing on false teaching. God has said that there is a stricter judgment for those who teach error (Jude 3:1).
Why This Is So Important
Now, why is Jacob’s Return so important?
I talk about this in my book, Ezekiel’s Fire, which deals with the largest solar flare (or micronova) in recorded human history. And, three prophets – Ezekiel, Isaiah and Zechariah – describe this cosmic catastrophe that will damage and destroy much of our civilization and will probably leave a billion people dead. And, this event will happen during the coming of Gog and Magog and the redemption of the Children of Jacob. So, THAT is a GIGANTIC reason to pay attention to this.
Furthermore, Ezekiel, Isaiah and Zechariah each provide a different viewpoint to this cosmic cataclysm. Ezekiel mentions Gog, Magog and a fire that descends upon the Earth. Isaiah talks about the sun being seven times brighter and the moon being as bright as the sun. Zechariah refers to horses (ie., cars and trucks) that stop working. And, all three describe these events as happening when the children of Israel are redeemed and return to God.
Unfortunately, when I wrote that book, I had assumed that the timing of the return of Jacob was pretty clear. I did not know that so many assumed that the salvation of the Jews would happen after the Rapture. And, I was surprised when many wrote to me with serious questions about the timing of this event. And, I was hearing some very thoughtful brothers in Christ say that the Rapture must come before Israel is saved.
I was more than a little surprised at this, but I didn’t think about addressing this question until I saw events in the Middle East accelerate towards a war that would fulfill prophecy. So, I quickly realized that I needed to clear up the question of the timing of Israel’s salvation. So, I stopped writing Omega Shock articles, and devoted my time to solving this question, once and for all. First, for myself. Then, for you. And, this book is a result of that effort.
The Iran Threat
Again, I would not have invested so much time and effort into this, if the situation wasn’t so dire and immediate. We are on the doorstep of cataclysmic war in the Middle East. Gog seems to be gathering his alliance, just as the natural opposition to that alliance – Europe and the US – are weakening. And, this is occurring right at the time when Iran is attempting to project power throughout the Middle East.
The reason for this lies with the Iranian leadership and their peculiar belief that it is their duty to bring back the 12th Imam, the Imam Mahdi, that they claim to be living in secret – in occultation. They are fanatic Twelver Shiites that will do anything to fulfill their dream of a world ruled by the Mahdi, after the Earth has been drowned in blood. And no, they do not care if their country is burned to the ground as a result of their efforts.
Yes, I know that Iran’s motivations sound bizarre. They’re certainly bizarre to me, but you and I are not followers of Shia Islam. Therefore, we are stuck with having to deal with what the Iranian leadership actually believes, as opposed to what we would like them to believe. And, Twelver Shiism is far from anything that one would call ‘reasonable’.
Furthermore, the destruction of Saddam Hussein’s Sunni army and government in 1991 opened up a Shiite highway to the Mediterranean and to Israel. America was foolish to hand Iraq over to the Shiites, and that foolishness will leave the Middle East and the world scarred by war. More importantly, it has brought that war to the doorstep of prophecy. It’s as if the mullahs in Tehran were reading Ezekiel 38 and 39 and thinking that it was all a fabulous idea.
So, ANY discussion of the return of the Children of Jacob MUST include Iran – also known as Persia. We might not be completely certain about who the other players in this alliance are, but we know who Iran is. And, Iran desperately wants to destroy Israel. It has become their reason for existing.
Where Gog And Magog Fits
Unfortunately, as the advancement of the printing press made books cheaper and cheaper, men wrote books proclaiming that Gog was the Antichrist, and people bought them. I say ‘unfortunately’, because that’s not possible.
In a previous edition of this book, I was less firm in this conviction and wondered if this was possible. After having done a thorough review of the events of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and the two armies led by the Antichrist, it has become clear that Gog cannot be the Antichrist. It’s just not possible. But, you haven’t seen the evidence yet, so you might not be so sure.
Is the great army described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 the army of the Antichrist?
– or –
Or, is it an army that attacks Israel BEFORE the Antichrist comes?
After comparing Gog and Magog to the two battles launched by the Antichrist – and yes, there are two of them – it has become absolutely clear that the Battle of Gog and Magog described in Ezekiel, must occur before the Antichrist takes power. I’m not ready to say how MUCH longer before the Antichrist, but there is no question that it must happen before. But, you might not have seen the evidence yet and might not be so sure.
That’s okay. Just pray that God will help you understand as I lay out the evidence. If I’m right, you need to prepare yourself for Ezekiel’s Fire. If I’m wrong, you don’t. And no, you do NOT want to be caught unprepared for Ezekiel’s Fire.
Wait, What Are These Armies?
Now, let me add one more thing that most prophecy teachers do not talk about:
The Antichrist leads two military invasions of Israel.
I know. Mind-boggling. But, it’s true. Two invasions. Possibly two different armies. And, we will be talking about these two invasions later, but you might remember that Jesus called the residents of Judaea to flee when the Antichrist declares himself to be god (Matthew 24, Mark 13). Daniel, Zechariah and even Revelation also talk about these armies, and the Antichrist’s conquest and occupation of Jerusalem.
I will talk about both invasions of the Land of Israel by the Antichrist as coming from two different armies of the Antichrist – even though there will probably be some overlap between the first army and the second one. But, one thing should be clear:
The Kings of the East is definitely the second army of the Antichrist.
And yes, the Antichrist leads that army.
The coming of the Kings of the East (aka Armageddon) is directly mentioned in Revelation 16 and 19, and it seems to also be mentioned in Zechariah 14. It is part of the last great battle before the Millennium, and it happens immediately after the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior. The identity of these kings are something of a mystery. The only thing that we know, is that at least some of these countries are to the east of Iraq – hence, The Kings of the East.
So, what we will do is carefully examine the the two invasions of Israel by by the Antichrist, and then compare those two invasions to the invasion of Gog and Magog. This gives us three main options for which point in time that Gog and Magog occurs:
1 – The beginning of the reign of the Antichrist
2 – Armageddon – The end of the reign of the Antichrist
3 – A Time Before Both
When we are done, it will be clear that the correct answer is Option Three, but we need to go through the evidence to see if I’m right. You might disagree, so keep reading.
Why I Say ‘The Children Of Jacob’
Now, why do I keep referring to Israel and the Jews as the Children of Jacob?
The simplest reason is that this is my response to those who teach Replacement Theology. They claim that every reference to Israel in the Bible is now pointed right at them – at Christians. That is a patently illogical position, but many Christians still hold this idea. So, it helps a bit in clarifying my point, when I refer to the physical descendants of Israel as the children of Jacob – as the Bible also does, many times. However, there is a far deeper reason for referring to them as The Children of Jacob.
When Jacob left his father and mother and went into exile, he was not a follower of God. That might surprise you, so I hope that you were sitting down when I said that. But, it’s true. To put it in Christian terms…
…Jacob was an unsaved man, when he left his parents and the land of Canaan.
God still promised to bless him, and in the dream of ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ (Genesis 28), God promised to give Jacob the land upon which he slept and to make his descendants so numerous that they could not be counted. God went on to say that He would be with Jacob, everywhere that he went and would bring Jacob back to the land that he was leaving.
Unfortunately, Jacob wasn’t completely convinced:
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God.
That IF-THEN statement is not something that any man with faith in God would say. Those who have faith in God would never say IF. Those who have their faith in God KNOW that God will be with them. To make this more clear, Abraham would never have said ‘IF’. Never.
So, even though Jacob called the place where he received that dream, Bethel, he still wasn’t sure that God would do everything that He said. But, Jacob was willing to ‘play along’. If God fulfilled His promise, then Jacob would accept Yehovah as lord. But, even when Jacob was returning to the land that was promised to him, he still wasn’t convinced that Yehovah was the One True God. Even after Jacob wrestled with God, and was promised that his name would be changed, Jacob still didn’t submit with all of his heart.
It was only when God appeared to Jacob in Shechem, telling him to go back to Bethel and build an altar to God, that Jacob finally submitted. And, we know that because of what is said here:
Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:
There is no way that a man of faith in God would have allowed ‘strange gods’ among his people. Abraham didn’t. Isaac didn’t. So, Jacob should not have. But, like I said… Jacob was not a saved man until he finally submitted to God at Shechem.
Then, after this moment of spiritual conversion, God appears to Jacob again, and says that his name will be changed. From that point on, he was Israel, even though Genesis will still sometimes refers to him as Jacob.
The important symbol and metaphor lies in the name. The changing of Jacob’s name marked the point of spiritual transformation. While he was Jacob, his spiritual condition was rebellion. He allowed idolatry within his family. He was not truly yielding to God. But, after he got rid of the idols and obeyed the voice of God, he was given the name of Israel. And, this dichotomy is reflected in the many times that God refers to rebellious Israelis as the Children of Jacob.
In those passages where God calls them Jacob, He seems to be making the point that they are in rebellion against Him. The House of Jacob is the place of sin and rebellion. It’s also a demonstration of God’s sovereignty, in that God gave Jacob a promise, even though he was not in obedience.
We, ourselves, were Children of Adam when God chose us and sent His Son to die for us. But, when we accepted the truth of Christ and submitted to Him in obedience, we were transformed into the Children of God. Yes, we still have the physical remnants of our previous father, but our new life in Christ has given us a new name, a new identity and an eternal future. We are no longer slaves to sin, destined for Hell. We are now sons and daughters of the Most High. We are led by the Holy Spirit. And, one day soon, the sons and daughters of Jacob will also be released from their bondage and will also become the sons and daughters of God.
This story of Jacob’s salvation is woven throughout the Bible, in both the Old and New Testaments. So, we accept this future transformation as fact, as preordained by God. But, some seem to be uncertain about how Israel will be saved.
How will this transformation take place?
How will the children of Jacob be saved?
Well, let me ask you an important question:
What was the final sacrifice?
If your answer was Jesus’ payment for our sins upon the Cross and our cleansing by His blood, you are entirely correct. Jesus was, is and always will be the last true sacrifice. And, there will never be any other way to obtain salvation. Only Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life.
So, what does this mean for Israel?
They will become followers of Christ, just like you and me. They will be Christians. They will accept the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. They will turn from their false faith and accept the precious gift of salvation. They will become our brothers and sisters. It’s that simple, but so very few actually talk about this. But, let’s get back to our examination of the evidence, more particularly distorted evidence.
Translation Errors – The Intentional And Unintentional
As I said before, part of the reason why we are having trouble understanding the Last Days is bad translation. However well meaning the Bible translators were, they were sorely lacking in their understanding of Hebrew. And, these translators made a lot of mistakes, and I’m afraid that it makes me hopping mad. And, I think that it should make you mad, too.
And, I get mad at these mistakes because I have an absolute passion for the words of God. Not just The Word, but the words. All of them. Every. Single. One. And, those words were given to us in Hebrew and Greek, with a sprinkle of Aramaic. They were NOT given to us in English. And, translation mistakes in the Old Testament prove that very few of the men who did our Bible translations were very proficient in Hebrew or Greek. And worse, I know that some of those men were thoroughly corrupt.
One of my ‘favorite’ examples comes from the New Testament, in Greek. It’s about the word ‘baptism’. The original Greek word is βαπτίζω or baptizo. It means immersion. It means to dip under the water. But, the translators of the King James Bible were Anglican. Anglicans sprinkled. So, instead of translating ‘baptizo’ into ‘immersion’, they just anglicized the Greek word by replacing the ‘zo’ at the end of the word with a ‘sm’ – attempting to hide its true interpretation.
That is horrifyingly corrupt.
How dare these translators deliberately obscure the meaning of the words of God!
Many Christians have been tricked into believing that they were baptized, because evil men corrupted the Bible. I believe that God will forgive those who misunderstood the meaning of baptism, but He will not forgive those men who deliberately defiled the Bible with their corruptions. And, let me throw in a few more from the New Testament.
Did you know that the name James was deliberately inserted into the KJV, in place of the name ‘Jacob’?
James, the brother of Jesus, and James, the brother of John, were not called ‘James’. They were called Jacob, or more accurately, Ya’acov. The original Greek of the New Testament reflects this by spelling their names like this:
When you look up the etymology of the name, you’ll find that many claim a tortuous series of linguistic steps from Jacob to James. And, there might be some truth to that. But, that’s not the reason why the translators of the KJV called Jacob, James.
Who was the one paying their salary?
Right, King James.
But, you’ll notice that Jacob in the Old Testament wasn’t called ‘James’ by the guys translating the Bible from the Hebrew. They knew that they couldn’t get away with THAT much corruption, so they didn’t try. So, only the Greek got the ‘kingly corruption’. And, let me add yet another example that speaks directly to our topic:
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
– Luke 21:36 (KJV)
Unfortunately, the original Greek doesn’t say ‘accounted worthy’ in that verse. It’s not even close to that meaning. I’m not an expert in Greek, but it’s clear that there is nothing about being ‘counted worthy’ in the original Greek word, κατισχύσητε. It has been a long time since I studied Greek, but it’s clear that power or strength (ἰσχύω) is at the core of this word, not worthiness. And, I think that a different translation gets this verse right:
But stay alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that must[b] happen, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
– Luke 21:36 (NET)
I’m sure that many people got that verse wrong because they thought that they needed to be ‘worthy’ to escape, as opposed to being strong enough. I know that I did. And, I am struggling to find reasons to believe that this was just an honest mistake on the part of the translators. This really is an appalling corruption of the Bible.
At least some of the translators of the Bible had to be either cretins, criminals or both. For anyone to claim to love God, and then do this to His precious words… I am left speechless. I just cannot believe that someone who is truly saved, could actually do something like this on purpose. And, if the translators were just ignorant of the true meaning of the Greek and Hebrew texts, then I have to wonder at those who hired them.
Why would you hire translators who didn’t understand the language that they were working with?
Either way, I’m shocked at what I have seen so far, which leads me to believe that there is a lot more to this than I have seen. That’s why, when I detect a translation error in the passage that I quote, I talk about it, in depth. You need to know the true meaning of the words that the translators have corrupted.
Thankfully, my Hebrew is a thousand times better than my Greek, having lived and worked in a Hebrew environment. And, that experience and education has given me the ability to see what most cannot. My Hebrew might be so-so by Israeli standards, but it’s good enough for the purposes of this book.
How dare these men translate the Bible in such an awful way!
The Rome Strikes Again
Now, after having said all that, there is an additional twist to the translation of the KJV that has left me even more disgusted. When I mentioned how awful the KJV was in its translation of Luke 21:36, he pulled out his electronic version of the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible, and showed me an additional reason why the Anglicans corrupted the KJV.
What is that reason, you may ask?
Luke 21:36 in the King James Version of the Bible, is identical to how it was translated in the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate. So, it appears that the KJV Bible that you own, might actually be based upon a corrupt translation by the Roman Catholic Church. Not only does Rome appear to be the Old Whore (although some disagree), but she has also corrupted almost every Bible that we have.
Could it be that the KJV is actually a Roman Catholic Bible in disguise?
That question horrifies me, but it wouldn’t be all that surprising. After all, the only thing that the Anglicans disagreed with the Catholics over, was the Pope. The irony is that we’ve always known this.
So, why do we have so many people who are KJV-only?
Back To Our Topic
Now, let’s get on to proving whether Gog and Magog is either one of the armies of the Antichrist, or one of the events that occur before the Antichrist. And we will start off by looking at the evidence that we have of the two armies of the Antichrist. Then, we will look at the core chapters of the Bible that describe the coming of Gog and Magog itself – along with the salvation of the Children of Jacob. But, first, a note on how this book is organized.
How This Book Is Organized
There are three main sections:
The Core Chapters are those that directly describe the events that we want to examine. They provide the most detail and give us the most context. They lay the foundation that other chapters will build upon.
The Supporting Passages give us additional detail that help us verify what we see in the Core Chapters. These passages show us different viewpoints and add detail that the Core Chapters do not include.
The Appendix provides supporting material that does not belong in the main discussion. If the premise of this book is proven to be true, then the Appendix will give you more tools to move forward.
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