I. Russia's Defeat, Ezekiel, Chapter 39
At this point in our study of prophecy, the armies of Russia, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Ethiopia and Libya are totally destroyed. One must remember that these armies are destroyed, NOT the people that are left in these countries. With their armies completely annihilated, they will be completely devastated and in total disarray. Remember, the Christians that were in these countries are all gone. They were taken in the Rapture. Now, let us examine Ezekiel 39:2
“And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:” (Ezekiel 39:2)
The words “leave but a sixth part” is not the proper translation. In the Hebrew, the words “leave” and “sixth” are from the same Hebrew word, “shawshaw,” a prime root meaning (to annihilate). There is another Hebrew word meaning “a sixth.” That word is “shashah,” which is spelled similarly to the other “shawshaw,” and both pronounced the same.
The words BUT, THE and PART in the sentence in Verse 2 do not appear in the Majority Text. When you look these words up in your Strong’s Concordance, you will not find any numbers that refer you to the Hebrew. In the preface of Strong’s Concordance, it tells you why.
“If no number appears, the word may have been supplied by the translators to clarify the meaning, even though no specific Hebrew or Greek word was used to express it.”
Therefore, the proper translation of the Hebrew word “shawshaw” is annihilation. My dictionary defines annihilation as such” to reduce to nothing – cause to cease to exist – to destroy completely and to exterminate.”
Now, in understanding the correct Hebrew, a literal translation would read as follows:
“I will turn thee back and annihilate (shawshaw) and completely exterminate (shawshaw) thee....”
There will not be one left out of the Russian army or her allies. In Verse 4 we are told,
“Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.” (Ezekiel 39:4)
Verse 6 is very interesting, as God does not overlook those villages and towns that are sympathetic with those that are going to attack Israel. He will destroy them with fire.
“And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 39:6)
The word “carelessly” is the Hebrew “betach” and means (a place of refuge and safety). In other words, they are carefree and dwelling safely without a worry in the world. These are maritime villages and towns bordering on, or situated near the sea in respect to navigation. So why would God mention these?
Remember, Germany is one of the armies allied with Russia’s invasion of Israel. Check your map and see how far Northwest of Jerusalem that Germany is located. To come overland with their army on horseback would be almost impossible. Their army of thousands would have to ride through Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, then Turkey and Syria, to reach Israel. Their other option that would be much easier is, they could bring their horsemen and horses on a large fleet of ships sailing from the Northeast corner of Italy, which borders the Adriatic Sea. This runs into the Mediterranean Sea, from which they could sail right into the sea port of Joppa, or any other port along the western shore of Israel. Joppa is the modern city of Haifa. It has been, for centuries, the seaport for Jerusalem. This by far would be the easiest and the most logical way to invade Israel. Whoever of these maritime towns and cities that would aid the German army, they would be destroyed by fire, as stated in Verse 6.
Now we come to the burning of the weapons of the army for seven years, Ezekiel 39:9,10.
“And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:” (Ezekiel 39:9)
“So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 39:9-10).
Notice that God knows the difference between arrows and armored tanks. Again He emphasizes that the weapons of these 6 armies are made of wood. You can make a sword out of oak, or any hardwood, sharpened on the edges, that would kill a person just as easily as a metal one. Seven years they will be burning them. There will be more than enough wood for heating in the winter, and also for cooking, if need be. The cities have electricity; but not so with many who live miles away in the hills, mountains and back country of Israel. No more sawing down trees or cutting firewood for heat or cooking.
Note on taking Scripture literally. Before television, computers and web cams, people could not understand how all nations could see the dead bodies of the two witnesses lie in the streets of Jerusalem. (Revelation 11:9). In the days of radio, the people thought that the Bible must have meant radio (they would hear, not see) or pictures in the newspaper. Now we know that it will be instant news, flashed across television and computer screens worldwide concerning Russia and her allies.
Notice in the last sentence of Verse 10, the words “spoil” and “spoiled” are from the same Hebrew words “shalal” and means “to strip, to take prey.” the words “rob” and “robbed” are from a single Hebrew word “bazaz” meaning “to gather and utterly take away.” In other words, putting it in simple language it would be such:
“God has killed your enemy, which is now your prey; so take anything of value or of any good use that you want.”
Before we continue in Chapter 39, I want to pause and expose a so-called contradiction set forth by some who attempt to mock at God’s Word out of ignorance. The following is their reasoning concerning their so-called contradiction.
“The Antichrist makes a peace covenant with the nations of Israel (Daniel 9:27); but, after 3 ½ years, breaks that covenant and seeks to destroy every Jew he can. So the Jews will only be able to burn the weapons of Russia and her allies for 3 ½ years; not 7 years, as they will be on the run for their lives the last 3 ½ years, as described in Matthew 24:15-21. How contradictory the Bible is, say the atheists.”
Will you notice on your map of Israel (above), that after Solomon’s death, the kingdom was divided. The Northern half was known as Israel and the Southern half was known as Judah. The dividing line of the two kingdoms is very important. The dividing line ran from about 10 miles North of the Dead Sea of the West side of the Jordan River. The division then went almost straight West to the Mediterranean Sea. Jerusalem, where the temple was, is located almost straight West from the North end of the Dead Sea. Jerusalem is very important to the Antichrist, as the Jewish Temple is where he enters and declares to the world that he is God in human flesh. This takes place 3 ½ years after the Rapture. Notice in 2 Thessalonians 2:4,
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Now almost all the Jews living in Judah (Judaea) will be attacked and destroyed, if apprehended, unless they take the mark of the Beast. (Revelation 13:15-18). Matthew 24:15-21 confirms this.
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) (15) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: (16) Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: (17) Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. (18) And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! (19)
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: (20)
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (21).
Notice, and underline this in your Bible, the word "JUDAEA."
“Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” (Matthew 24:16).
Let us go back to Ezekiel 39:9, and see the distinction that God makes between Judaea and Israel.
“And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons,...” (Ezekiel 39:9).
One may ask, Why would the Antichrist not attack and destroy the Northern Kingdom of Israel?” Why would this world leader want to destroy Northern Israel at this time when he can use them to do his dirty work? That is, burying millions of dead horses and corpses, before they decompose and spread disease throughout the country.
Those in the North (Israel) no doubt have heard of the onslaught against their brethren in Judaea. Fear spreads north into Israel as the Antichrist claims to be God in human flesh (2 Thessalonians 2:4), in other words, Jesus Christ. Out of fear and deception, they will accept the false Messiah and receive his mark, 666. They now belong to the Antichrist, who as the “peace maker” will allow them to dwell in peace while cleaning the land.
“And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (10) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (“a lie” should be “THE LIE,” as there is no Greek for the article “a.”) (11) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).
Referring back to the so-called contradiction by atheists and others, we find that there is o contradiction in God’s Word. The contradiction is in the person who, through ignorance, thinks they are wiser than God.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Now, what are we to do until the Rapture?
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (11) Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; (12) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; (13) Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)
Article excerpted from the book "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" by Dr. Max D. Younce