The Core Chapters have given us almost everything that we need to know, to decide that Gog is not the Antichrist, and that he and his army come down before the Antichrist arrives. But, there’s more to this than just an invasion of Israel.
The Destruction OF Damascus
Isaiah 17 speaks about Damascus being destroyed, but also never being rebuilt. The water that made the capital of Syria the perfect location for a strategic city, will be taken away – and the reason will be the great earthquake that knocks everything down. The same earthquake that kills most of the people in the land of Israel.
The Drying Of The Nile And The Fall Of Egypt
As I write this, the prophecy about Egypt’s fall is being fulfilled, right now. Isaiah 19 says that the rivers that feed the Nile will be ‘turned away’, and that is happening right now. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam sits on the Blue Nile and is being filled far too quickly. The suffering of the average Egyptian will turn into civil war, and the already shaky government will fall – but not before they kill many Egyptians.
The result will be good, but the process will be terrible. God will call Egypt ‘my people’, but getting through to that moment will be hard. As a result, we will see a political entity rise that will encompass Egypt, Israel and something both old and new – Assyria.
This confederation will be the one that the Antichrist seeks to destroy. The ‘King of the South’ referred to in Daniel 11, sounds a lot like the result of Isaiah 19.
For two hundred years, Bible commentaries have proclaimed that Jacob’s Trouble – Jeremiah 30 – is the coming of the Antichrist. Their reasons for saying that are completely understandable, but wrong.
The Return Of Jacob To God
Micah 5 proclaims the coming of our Messiah, while also saying that He would wait to save His people. We now understand what Micah had written, but it had to have been perplexing to those living before Jesus came.
Micah goes on to describe events that are exactly like what we saw with the coming of Gog and Magog. Chapter five talks about the destruction of Israel’s military power and the fall of ‘strongholds’ – just like Isaiah’s reference to the fall of towers. And then, God exacts vengeance upon the world.
All of that conforms exactly to Ezekiel’s Fire. A billion will die, and I hope that you are not one of them.