An Evil Plan

Ezekiel 38:10-39:16

“Thus says the Lord God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: You will say, “I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates” – ‘to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.’” Ezekiel 38:10-12.

Writing some 2500 years ago, the prophet Ezekiel reveals to us that after many days, in the latter years the leader of Russia, a man entitled Gog will have evil thoughts arise in his mind and he will devise an evil plan to plunder Israel. A place he calls, “…a land of unwalled villages…a peaceful people, who dwell safely.”

The land of unwalled villages may a reference to the kibbutzim, which fit the unwalled village description well enough. As of 2010 there were 270 kibbutzim with about 100,000 inhabitants. The kibbutzim, which means “gathering, clustering”, are collective communities that are not just farms as you might think, but some are also manufacturing centers, all of which make up nine percent  of Israel’s industrial, and forty percent of their agricultural output. A kibbutz has no walls.

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Flash: Russia Invades Israel!

Ezekiel 38:1-9

“Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.’”’” Ezekiel 38:1-3.

The last study in Ezekiel 37:1-14, examined the prophecy that the Jews would return to Israel; which they did after being dispersed throughout the earth for 1800 years. The setting aside of a homeland for the Jews in Palestine came about through the efforts of a man named Chaim Weizmann, an ingenious scientist who helped change the course of World War I.

Because of his work the British agreed to make a place for the Jews in Palestine, this agreement, the Balfour Decision was signed on November 2, 1917.

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Rebirth of a Nation

Ezekiel 37: 1-14

“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O Lord God, You know.’” Ezekiel 37:1-3.

This prophecy contained in the first fourteen verses of Ezekiel 37 concern the resurrection of the nation of Israel. A nation which up to recently had gone for 2500 years without self-government and 1800 years without a national home.

The miracle of this is for the most part the identity of the Jew; nations have come and gone the Hittites, Assyrians, the Babylonians, have all appeared then vanished, but the Jew remains distinct and set apart in spite of being dispersed throughout the world for some 1800 years.

This is the hand of God, and it is God who will keep His promises, as He has to this day.

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