In 701 BC the Assyrian King Sennacherib successfully invaded most of the region around Jerusalem but God promised that he would not allow the Assyrians to enter Jerusalem.
The Assyrian Army had Jerusalem completely surrounded and the leaders were camped on the hill named “Nob” which is the hill just to the north of the Mount of Olives (Isa 10:32).
The Assyrians were ready to attack Jerusalem in the morning but God supernaturally intervened and the angel of the Lord (Christophany) took out 185,000 soldiers that night! When Israel woke up they couldn’t believe there eyes. The dead bodies of the enemy forces laid scattered all around Jerusalem.
Sennacherib the king of Assyria retreated back to the Assyrian capital city of Nineveh. Shortly thereafter he was killed by his sons. Nineveh is called Mosul today and is in northern Iraq.
For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this. Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD. For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake. And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
2 Kings 19:31-35
I believe this story in 2 Kings 19:31-35 has an important end-time application when this same scenario is repeated and Israel finds itself held up in Jerusalem and surrounded. This time it will be the Magog invaders that have Israel’s remnant surrounded and held up in Jerusalem in the battle of Armageddon.
Israel is in serious trouble just like they were that night in 701 BC, with nowhere to turn when Jesus Christ returns to Jerusalem and stands on the Mount of Olives at the end of the Tribulation period.
As Jesus’ feet touch down, the Mount of Olives will split in two; half to the north and half to the south allowing the Jewish remnant that are hunkered down on Mount Zion to escape through the newly formed valley and flee into the mountains east of Jerusalem.
4 On that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming a great valley, with half of the mountain moving north and half moving south. 5 You will flee by my mountain valley.
Just when all seems lost for the Jewish remnant in Jerusalem their Messiah comes to rescue them. Has that ever happened to you?
As the armies begin chasing Israel through the newly created valley, they experience a repeat of what happened to Pharaoh and his army in the Red Sea. The wrath of Jesus is launched in a series of war ending catastrophes putting the lights out on Antichrist and his invading armies.
That’s three times! Once at the Red Sea. Then again in 701 BC against the Assyrian army. Then against Antichrist and his armies. Jesus shows up to rescue the ones he loves!
So how many times has God showed up and rescued you? I’ve lost count!
If God is willing to split the mountain to save Israel, let’s remember that He also promised to be just as faithful to us! He’ll do the same for you because His faithfulness to the church has no end!. When it all looks grim, just look to Him!
The world today is like a bomb with a lighted fuse!
Conditions everywhere indicate that it is only a matter of time before the bomb is ignited. Once lit, 7-years later, the Day of the Lord will end with the traumatic events of the Battle of Armageddon on the mountains of Israel.
But when does the Battle of Gog and Magog take place? Is it different than Armageddon? If so, should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
For the last five decades, the Battle of Gog and Magog has caused a lot of confusion in the church regarding who, what, when and why the battle takes place. It is almost universally accepted that Ezekiel’s invasion of Israel will be led by Russia and could take place any day now.
So should we be looking for Russia to invade Israel soon?
I don’t think so!
In a few weeks we are going to study this controversial end-time war from Ezekiel 38 and 39. For decades, popular prophecy teachers have told us this is a preliminary invasion of Israel led by Russia that has nothing to do with the Battle of Armageddon. We’re going to explain why the Russian theory is misplaced and simply not correct.
The Prophet Ezekiel describes this end-time invasion of Israel from the north. He refers to Gog as the prince or leader of a coalition of Muslim nations who I believe is Antichrist. Ezekiel tells us that the ruler Gog is from the land of Magog which is a reference to Turkey.
So in a nutshell, I see this as Antichrist leading the Caliphate armies into Israel for the final Battle of Armageddon. In-other-words, like most prophecies in the Book of Revelation, Ezekiel’s prophecy is simply telling the Old Testament version (Amos 3:7) of the same story of the New Testament Battle of Armageddon that John tells in Revelation 14, 16, 19 and 20.
Read Ezekiel 38 and 39
So to help prepare for the May 18 class, please take the time to read and study Ezekiel 38 and 39. I recommend the MacArthur Study Bible (large print). You can also get the App.
Four Study Questions
Here are Four Study Questions to ponder about the Ezekiel War:
1. Is Ezekiel 39:11-16 describing the clean up of modern nuclear weapons? Are nuclear weapons described elsewhere specifically during the Battle of Armageddon? See Zech. 14:12-15
2. Is Ezekiel 38 and 39 a pre-Armageddon invasion of Israel that’s not mentioned anywhere else in Bible prophecy? Asked another way, is Russia prophesied anywhere else in the Bible to fulfill the requirement of Ezek. 39:8?
3. If the battle takes place before the Battle of Armageddon, either before the Tribulation begins or during the first half of the Tribulation, how is it possible that God pronounces the result of the battle is the salvation of Israel? See Ezek. 39:29.
4. Is Gog, Antichrist, or is he some unknown preliminary invader (Putin?) disconnected from all other Bible prophecy? If Russia isn’t found somewhere else in Old Testament Bible prophecies than how can it fulfill Ezek. 38:17?
So the House of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward.
President Trump And The United States Stand Alone With Israel On The Golan Heights
The fallout from the ongoing war in Syria, the continuing hostility of the Syrian government toward Israel, and the military advances Iran is making in Syria toward Israel’s northern border have made the Golan Heights indispensable to Israel’s future security and prosperity.
In light of this reality, President Donald Trump recently stunned the world by issuing an Executive Order that stipulates the United States officially recognizes Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Until President Trump’s brave declaration, no nation on earth stood with Israel on her Golan Heights annexation.
Golan Heights: “Spoil” for Armageddon
In Ezekiel’s prophecy outlining the battle of Gog and Magog (The Old Testament version of the Battle of Armageddon) it appears that the mountainous region of the Golan Heights is part of the “spoil” (Ezekiel 38:12-14) that the invading Muslim armies want to take back from Israel in the Battle of Armageddon!
In 1967, during the remarkable Six Day War, Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria. In 1981 Israel’s Knesset voted to annex it making it part of the land of Israel.