United Nations vs Israel
and the End of the World

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Bible Prophecies Don't Endorse Israel's Behavior
As Foretold, the Nations Are Already United and Prepared to Act
But the Bible Contradicts Itself - Doesn't It?
Many of the Prophecies Have Already Come True
Jerusalem a Problem for the Whole World
Ezekiel's Prophecy: a Coalition Attack on a Restored Israel
Will You Have Seven More Years to Decide?
God Doesn't Send Natural Disasters - Or Does He?
Anti-Semitism Foretold in Scripture
The Holocaust Foretold in Scripture?
Jerusalem, Canaan, Sodom and Today's World
"Chosen People" - Chosen for What?
Promised Seed
"Promised Land" - Promised to Whom?
"Holy City"
Promised Messiah
An Islamic Antichrist
Daniel's Beasts and the Beasts of Revelation
What Jesus Said about Jerusalem and the End of the World
How to Survive
Many "Christians" Won't Survive
What Happens Next?
America's Role
Nations United and Resolved
Why Do Churches Fail to Preach about the End?
Are You Ready?
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United Nations vs Israel, and the End of the World
online edition of the book by David A. Reed
"Jerusalem will be...burdening the world...all the nations of the earth unite in an attempt..." - Zech. 12:3 LB
"Jerusalem shall be...administered by the United Nations." - UN General Assembly Resolution 181


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Ezekiel’s Prophecy: a Coalition Attack on a Restored Israel

 

 

 

Around 2500 years ago the prophet Ezekiel spoke of a time in the distant future when the Jews would return to the land of Israel, the nation would be restored, and then a broad coalition of many nations would attack:

“The LORD spoke his word to me, saying, ‘Human, look toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him and say, “The LORD God says this: I am against you, Gog, chief ruler of Meshech and Tubal.  I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws. And I will bring you out with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all of whom will be dressed in beautiful uniforms. They will be a large army . . . Persia, Cush, and Put will be with them . . .  There will also be Gomer with all its troops and the nation of Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—many nations . . .  

“‘“After a long time you will be called for service. After those years you will come into a land that has been rebuilt from war. The people in the land will have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which were empty for a long time. These people were brought out from the nations . . .  

“‘“You, all your troops, and the many nations with you . . .  Now that my people Israel are living in safety, you will know about it. You will come with many people from your place in the far north. You will have a large group with you, a mighty army . . .”'”

—Ezekiel 38:1-15 NCV

Some commentators in the past have viewed this passage as foretelling events surrounding Antiochus IV Epiphanes who ruled the Seleucid Empire from 175 BC until his death in 164 BC., and who occupied the land of Israel and tried to force the Jews to give up their laws and customs.  Many modern commentators interpret the passage as foretelling a future attack against Israel by Russia and a broad coalition of nations under Russia’s leadership seven years before the coming battle of Armageddon. 

Throughout the years of the Cold War it was the Soviet Union (primarily Russia) that took the lead in attacking Israel in the United Nations, along with the Arab states.  Huge majorities passed countless General Assembly resolutions condemning the Jewish state.  Why didn’t the U.N. take military action against Israel on the scale of the Korean conflict?  America’s veto in the Security Council precluded such an attack.

However, the nations surrounding the restored modern state of Israel—its immediate neighbors—did attack more than once over the years.  In 1948, after Israel declared its independence, it was invaded by the combined armies of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan (later Jordan), Lebanon, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Local Palestinian Arab forces also fought the Jews.  In 1967 the forces of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq massed on Israel’s borders in obvious preparation for a massive attack, but Israel struck first preemptively in what came to be called the Six Day War.  In the War of Attrition (1969-70) Israel’s neighbors precipitated frequent clashes along the borders and the 1967 cease-fire lines, with additional guerilla action inside Israel itself.  In the Yom Kippur War (or Ramadan War from the Arab perspective) of 1973, the forces of Egypt, Syria and Iraq again attacked the Jewish state.

Although initially backing Israel during the 1948 war and the truce that followed, the early 1950s saw the Soviet Union switch to supporting the Arab states. Russia played a major role in the later multi-national attacks against Israel. 

The Russians reportedly supplied much of the sophisticated military equipment used by the Arab side in the 1967 Six Day War.  In the 1969-1970 War of Attrition, the Soviet Union participated actively in Egypt’s air defense by providing military hardware and thousands of “advisors.” According to information supplied by the Israel Defense Forces and published in the Jewish Virtual Library, Russians actually piloted Mig fighter planes, operated the sophisticated radar installations, and launched surface-to-air missiles against Israeli planes.  The IAF reported shooting down five Russian pilots.  (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/69iaf.html)

But the popular identification of Magog and Meshech with Russia and Moscow is the subject of much speculation and debate.  Actually, Persia is the only nation in Ezekiel’s list that we can identify with certainty; it is the age-old name of the country we call Iran today.  Genesis, chapter 10, lists Cush and Put as grandsons of Noah through his son Ham, and Magog, Gomer, Meshech and Tubal as grandsons of Noah through his son Japheth—plus Togarmah as a great-grandson—noting concerning their descendants that “All the families grew and became different nations, each nation with its own land and its own language.”  (Genesis 10:5 NCV)  Commentaries locate these nations across portions of Europe, Asia and Africa.

Ezekiel said these nations would unite to attack a restored state of Israel in the distant future, a land “whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate.” (38:8 NIV)  This description could certainly fit the modern state of Israel, populated by Jews who returned to the Promised Land from Europe and the Americas, as well as from Russia.

The attackers would include Iran (Persia) and “many” other nations.  The Apostle John’s Apocalypse uses similar language to refer to all the nations—“the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog.” (Revelation 20:8)  So, Ezekiel’s list of nations could likewise represent the entire world community of nations.

There is also a similarity of language between Ezekiel 39 and Revelation 19, which may imply that Ezekiel was writing concerning the same final war discussed in the nineteenth chapter of Revelation.  In both passages all the birds are invited to eat the flesh of the world’s rulers and their armies, after the nations are defeated by God’s forces.

“‘. . . Speak to every kind of bird and wild animal: “Come together, come! Come together from all around to my sacrifice, a great sacrifice which I will prepare for you on the mountains of Israel. Eat flesh and drink blood! You are to eat the flesh of the mighty and drink the blood of the rulers of the earth . . . At my table you are to eat until you are full of horses and riders, mighty men and all kinds of soldiers,”’ says the LORD God.  ‘“I will show my glory among the nations. All the nations will see my power when I punish them.’”

—Ezekiel 39:17-21 NCV

“Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he called with a loud voice to all the birds flying in the sky: ‘Come and gather together for the great feast of God so that you can eat the bodies of kings, generals, mighty people, horses and their riders, and the bodies of all people—free, slave, small, and great.’  Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth. Their armies were gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.”

—Revelation 19:17-19 NCV

The Apostle John, who wrote the Revelation under divine inspiration, was familiar with Ezekiel’s earlier writings, so his use of similar language would not be a mere accident.  Did he mean to imply that he was writing of the same conflict that Ezekiel foretold?

Was Gog’s attack in Ezekiel a portrayal of Russia waging war against Israel by proxy through all of its Arab neighbors?  Could it be that Ezekiel’s prophecy was fulfilled in Russia’s mobilizing the United Nations—all the nations of the world—to condemn Israel?  Russia and its Arab allies were behind countless General Assembly resolutions and Security Council resolutions condemning the actions of the Jewish state.  Or did the prophet write of a future full-scale military attack on Israel by Russia and a limited group of allies?  Or was Ezekiel speaking of a move against Israel by all the nations of the world, a final attack that triggers God’s wrath at Armageddon? 

Time will tell.  Bible readers will be in a better position to identify the correct interpretation as the fulfillment of end times prophecy continues to play out.


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