Shortly before my recent trip to Israel, Koinonia House released a briefing pack entitled “The Magog Invasion – An Alternate View” (link below)
In this study, Chuck Missler describes how many of the Middle East “players” are conspicuously missing from the Magog Invasion as described in Ezekiel 38-39. A brief list of these nations that usually wouldn’t miss a chance to attack Israel that are missing from the Invasion are: Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq/Assyria, and Jordan.
Why would they chose not to participate in such a massive attack on Israel? Perhaps it’s because they’re no longer existing.
Several other points Missler mentions is that when the Magog Invasion occurs, Israel is at peace and “living without walls”. This is certainly not Israel today – she is on constant alert from invasion by her Palestinian/terrorist-supporting neighbors and the Separation Wall that divides the land blows a hole in the “living without walls” clause of the prophecy.
Also, the purpose of the Magog Invasion is for plunder, not annihilation as most of Israel’s immediate neighbors desire. Does Israel have such desirable, vast wealth today? Not really – unless they discovered a massive reserve of oil and natural gas (which they recently did off the coast).
So could there be an event that occurs BEFORE the Magog Invasion that brings Israel into a peaceful, secure condition as described in the prophecy?
Dr. Missler believes he has found the event, and it’s in Psalm 83, in which Israel asks God to do to their enemies as He’s done in the past. Those listed in Psalm 83 are motivated by pure hatred, not plunder, and constitute the current peoples that terrorize Israel.
A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.
1 Do not keep silent, O God!
Do not hold Your peace,
And do not be still, O God!
2 For behold, Your enemies make a tumult;
And those who hate You have lifted up their head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against Your people,
And consulted together against Your sheltered ones.
4 They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation,
That the name of Israel may be remembered no more.”
5 For they have consulted together with one consent;
They form a confederacy against You:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites;
Moab and the Hagrites;
7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assyria also has joined with them;
They have helped the children of Lot. Selah
9 Deal with them as with Midian,
As with Sisera,
As with Jabin at the Brook Kishon,
10 Who perished at En Dor,
Who became as refuse on the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and like Zeeb,
Yes, all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 Who said, “Let us take for ourselves
The pastures of God for a possession.”
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like the chaff before the wind!
14 As the fire burns the woods,
And as the flame sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest,
And frighten them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame,
That they may seek Your name, O LORD.
17 Let them be confounded and dismayed forever;
Yes, let them be put to shame and perish,
18 That they may know that You, whose name alone is the LORD,
Are the Most High over all the earth.
Another catchphrase that is often overlooked is in the passage of the Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37. Note that God raises up a GREAT ARMY from the valley, not simply a great nation of people:
9 Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Israel’s army is one of the best in the world, but she is capable of much more than she has been given credit for. If Israel were to mobilize ALL of her forces, reserves, and people at once to make such a strike – they could definitely be called a “great army”.
Israel is meant to give glory to God and be a blessing to the entire world. If they were to strike the deathblow to Islamic terrorism and stabilize the Middle East, that would certainly be a blessing to the world.