And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.(Ezekiel 38:3-7)
Libya is in the news lately for obvious reasons. The popular uprising against the Gaddafi terrorist regime, the savagery of Gaddafi himself, his brutal and very public execution by militia men were put on display for the world to see.
Also publicized was the feckless quality of leadership displayed by the Obama administration, the bungled attempt at coalition building, and the debate as to the wisdom ,not to mention constitutionality of American intervention in the first place all make for an interesting situation.
God has plans for Libya, that are not as fickle as those of the Kings of the earth. Libya is slated to go down to destruction as part of a coalition of nations armed and headed up by Russia and Turkey, and including Iran, Sudan/Somalia , and Ethiopia in a catastrophic war against Israel, that will demonstrate to the world that the LORD is the only true God.
It is beyond interesting, it is distressing that the USA is lending its strength to make war on behalf of Al Qaeda, which is leading the opposition to Gaddafi, in the eastern province of Cyrenaica, a long known hotbed of Islamist fervor. We have aided Al Qaeda before, when we bombed our former allies the Serbs into ceding Kosovo to the Albanian branch of Al Qaeda, under the Clinton administration. Elections have consequences, but then again, God is Sovereign.
Did you notice that I said the eastern province which is resisting Gaddafi in the name of Al Queda is Cyrenaica? Remember Simon of Cyrene? The man who carried Jesus’ cross was from Libya! At one time in the earliest Christian centuries, North Africa was the Christian center of the world. There were several Cyrenians among the first disciples, and at Pentecost.
But Libya has long since been languishing in an Islamic tomb.
In our Ezekiel passage, God says to Russia, that He is going to put a hook in his mouth and draw him out, down to the mountains of Israel, for his epic last battle. It is interesting that Vladimir Putin, condemned the Obama coalition for its bombing of Gaddafi’s strongholds, as being a “modern crusade”, words calculated to stir Islamic passions around the world against us.
Persia (Iran) will be part of the coalition bent on destroying Israel. Throughout History, Russia and Persia(Iran) have been bitter enemies. But Russia is now a staunch ally of Iran, her nuclear developer and enabler. Russia plays the devil’s advocate for the terrorist state of Iran, resisting any sanctions against her by the world community. Ominously Russia is also Iran’s chief armourer, just as Ezekiel predicted Russia would be,
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.(Ezekiel 38:7)
The expression, “be thou a guard unto them” could as easily be rendered, “Be thou an armorer unto them”.
Gaddafi was and is a brutal terrorist. He was not made to pay on this earth for his many brutal crimes, such as the Lockerbie bombing that he ordered in which a plane load of innocent western travelers was blown out of the sky. But God sees and remembers. It is important to realize that God is in all of these events, orchestrating all for his glory.
The battle ends poorly for the coalition, all but one sixth are destroyed in the mountains of Israel, for the Holy God takes an attack on Israel personally,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;(Ezekiel 38:17-19)
All of the classic elements of Old Testament warfare by God against pagan invaders comes into play. Lightening, thunder, and hail, as well as the spectacle of the anti-Israel coalition armies turning on each other in murderous confusion.
The Divine goal is that all of the earth will know, and perhaps most importantly, Israel will again know that there is a living God, and the LORD is He.
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.(Ezekiel 38:21-23)