God pulls no punch…or withholds the hook.
Ezekiel 38:4 says “And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army…”
Ouch… did you notice the plurality? Not a hook….but HOOKS”
Hey, when you’re out fishing for that monster catfish, you don’t use a flimsy little hook to turn him around once he bites. No. You use a treble hook…a three pronged device that sets itself tight and will not be loosed by anything the fish does.
So it will be with the Magog coalition. Once God sets these “hooks” in his mouth, nothing will stop his plan to exact judgment, save Israel, and let the whole world know he is GOD.
Many of us who study prophecy have watched, speculated, and conjectured what those hooks might be. My formulation goes something like this:
Hook ONE: The world turns against a reborn Israel simply because God’s covenant people have always been despised. Why? They are a target of Satan by the fact God chose them.
Hook TWO: The rise of a violent, unmanageable Ishmael… The ancient brother of Isaac, the same who sold his birthright and lost the blessing wants it back. He is arousing violence, and bringing as many with him to the fight as possible.
Hook THREE: Psalm 83, Isaiah 17, Ezekiel 25, Zephaniah 2, and Zechariah 9 describe an “Inner Ring War,” an attack by the nations immediately surrounding Israel. Ezekiel 25 says that God will deal with these nations once and for all, “by the hand of my people Israel.” Once that war is fought, and it will happen rather quickly, Israel will have regained the ancient boundaries. They will be feared by the world because of the demonstration of power they will have used. The “Outer Ring” nations, fed by hatred and fear will be stirred. Their coalition, now in existence, will be strengthened and ready to descend.
Hook FOUR? Greed? Hatred–Fear–Greed, a volatile combination. Israel National News is reporting that a potential 4 billion barrels of oil lies in the Leviathan energy field off the coast of Haifa. What does the I.N.N. report forecast for Israel if the numbers hold up and Israel is indeed sitting on another large find of “black gold”? “The ramifications of the discovery are immense. If the estimates materialize, Israel will become self-sufficient in energy, enjoy a boon of employment for engineers and laborers, and will become an exporter of gas and oil. The shekel, barring a conflict with Hizbullah or Iran, may become rock-solid, dropping the representative rate; Israel’s shekel is now worth about 26.3 cents (3.8 shekels) to the dollar.” A boon of employment, the exporting of gas and oil, and a rock-solid shekel? Simply put, the forecast is great wealth for Israel and this, once again, points toward us drawing closer to the prophesied battle of Gog-Magog. Ezekiel 38:13 foresees nations asking Magog coalition why it has or is attacking Israel in the prophetic future: “Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?”
With this new oil find, all the barbs on the hook seem to be in place. Only God knows the timing of the two-stage war that is coming. I submit, we are very close!