The Word of God in Ezekiel, Chapters 38,39, and Daniel, Chapter 9, lets us know when Russia will invade Israel. Ezekiel 38:8 reveals that Israel will be a nation in their land of Palestine and dwelling in safety. They were recognized by the United Nations May 14, 1948, as a sovereign nation. Since that time they have never dwelt in peace and safety. She fought wars in 1955 and 1956. In 1967, Israel had a tremendous victory in what was called the 6-Day War. 1973 was a different story! Israel lost as much as she had gained in the 1967 war. In the 1973 Yom Kippur War, during the first few hours, Israel lost about 5,000 men, over 600 tanks, and almost all of her air force was knocked out of the sky. Had it not been for the United States, Israel would have "gone down the drain" right then! We came to her aid in replenishing everything she had lost. The 1974, August issue, of Reader’s Digest called it the greatest airlift in History when President Nixon and the United States backed Israel.
The heads of Israel, Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan will be meeting in the White House. However, Israel will not have any peace, no matter how many peace agreements are signed; until she makes a covenant with the Antichrist, who promises her perpetual peace, according to Daniel 9:27a.
"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: "
This will not take place until right after the Rapture. Israel will erect her Temple and offer the sacrifices under the old Levitical system. A school in Tel Aviv has been training hundreds of "cohens" (priests) for just such service. Of course, there will be no true peace for Israel until the Kingdom Reign of our Lord Jesus Christ
Ezekiel 38:8,11,14 shows us that Israel will not have an army, soldier or weapon to defend herself with; as her full confidence will be in her covenant with the Antichrist, whom she believes to be the long-promised Messiah. Israel will believe she is "dwelling safely." Ezekiel 38:15 tells us Russia will invade with an army on horseback, not with atomic or nuclear weapons. Why? That is all she will need as Israel will be defenseless.
As we continue our study about Gog and Magog in Ezekiel, Chapters 38,39, we know that Russia and her allies will attack Israel on horseback. We would like to again emphasize the use of horses.
The following is from the late Dr. M.R. DeHaan, a great scholar of Bible Prophecy. In his writing concerning Ezekiel 38 and horses used by Russia to invade Israel, which was written in 1951, he states:
“And now, right while we are reading in Ezekiel 38 about Russia’s horses, my daily newspaper comes out with the information that one of our military leaders has been under severe criticism in Korea for allowing 5,000 mounted Communist horsemen to cross the Yalu River against our forces, without even being detected by our observers and reconnaissance planes. Very interesting indeed (even though it is tragic) in the light of God’s Word.”
Horses...imagine! Ezekiel 38:4,15; 39:20 – Let’s go back to God's Word.
“...thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses,...” (Ezekiel 38:15)
- The Soviet government has been—for many, many, years—buying horses all over the world. In 1934 it was reported that Russia owned 70% of the horseflesh in the world. – At the close of a public meeting a man stated the following.
“I know that your statement about Russia’s horses is correct. I am a buyer of horses. At every important horse sale in this country the representatives of the Soviet government are present. They buy light and fast horses, which, they declare, are to pull the plows of Russia; but they are buying the wrong kind of horse for agricultural purposes.”
- In 1968, a Jewish Christian evangelist was speaking on prophecy concerning Russia and its horses as stated in Ezekiel 38:4,14,15 & 39:20. He was interrupted by a man who wished to make a comment. Here was his comment:
“I was a missionary in South America. While studying at a hotel in Uruguay, I made the acquaintance of fellow guest who was a Russian. When I asked what he was doing in South America, he replied that he was buying horses for the Soviet government. I asked, ‘What kind of horses are you buying—heavy horses for agricultural work?’ ‘No,’ was the frank reply, ‘I am buying light and fast horses for military purposes."
- We look in retrospect to the German/Russian-Polish campaign in September of 1939 when German Panzer and Russian tanks bogged down on the mud flats of Poland, while the Polish Cavalry trotted over the mud to victory. They charged the tanks, freeing trapped Polish forces, forcing a German unit off a hill, and broke through when Russians surrounded a town. In all, they fought 16 battles. One can easily see the superiority of horses over Army tanks in light of Ezekiel 38:22. (Of course, this was the beginning of World War II and the rest, as they say, is History.)
The Value of Horses and Mules In Modern Warfare
Northern Alliance charges tanks in Afghanistan. (Left) Special Forces in Afghanistan. (Right)
Picture (above) is from the article on "Horse Cavalry" in Afghanistan from AUSA's Army magazine: November 2002. “The first few months of the Afghanistan campaign, U.S. Army Special Forces Soldiers thundered across the plains on horseback. U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier use horses and mules in Afghanistan today and have a Field manual on the subject, FM 31-27, Pack Animals In Support of Army Special Ops. Forces, 15 FEB 2000.”
"As events in Afghanistan have recently shown, there is a place in modern warfare for animal transport, for goods and personnel. Even years earlier, when we were providing the then new Stinger MANPADS to the Afghanis in their struggle with the Russians, we also provided Missouri Mules, complete with pack-saddles. The experiment was a success and the mules got the stingers to places where they were needed.
Horses, mules, and donkeys have played a much larger role in Guerrilla warfare than has been appreciated in the literature on the subject. More than one “A” team in Vietnam used Montagnard ponies for transport. The Rhodesians reactivated the Selous Scouts in their war, before being done in by politics and the Portuguese had uniform success with their anti-guerrilla light dragoons. The concept is not to play cavalry and charge, it is to use four hooves to outrun two feet."
Of all the nations in the world, one may wonder why God has chosen Russia to be the leader of five other nations, in an attempt to destroy God’s chosen people, the nation of Israel. Notice in Ezekiel 38:10.
“Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:”
Evil thoughts come from the Evil One; Satan and his demons. Russia in the past, and has continued to the present; and will continue to deny, defile, and make a mockery out of the God of Creation. Little does she know of the grace of God that has allowed her to continue in her rebellion. Mocking God is, in essence, mocking yourself. Just as a boomerang returns to the thrower; so does the sower reap what he sows. Galatians 6:7 confirms this.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Where did it all begin? With the men in power, the leaders of Russia, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, Turkey and Germany, haters of God, following the influence of Satan and his demons. In Acts 5:1-5, Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, followed the influence of Satan and lied to God, which cost them their lives.
"But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, (V.1)
And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles' feet. (V.2)
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? (V.3)
Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. (V.4)
And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things.” (Acts 5:1-5)
In Verses 9,10, Sapphira was struck dead for lying to God, the same as her husband.
These 6 nations have blasphemed God and followed the leading of Satan, the hater of God; their end being physical death and eternal death in the Lake of Fire. Russia’s goal has almost always been to abolish all religion from her nation.
Robert F. Kennedy, Counsel for Senate Investigations Committee, reported, following his visit to Russia in 1955, (U.S. News & World Report for October 21, 1955).
“In Leningrad they have a museum which is devoted completely to ridiculing God and people’s religious beliefs. For instance, as you enter, they have God sitting on top of the Cross, wearing a top hat, smoking a cigar and portrayed as a capitalist; while a working man is bent over carrying the Cross and Him.”
The leadership minds of the Russians are so diabolical and sick (mentally) with the fever of anti-God-ism that it even has implications beyond the scientific and military space achievements.
Time magazine quotes from a Russian magazine, KROKODIL, the last verse of a poem which indicates that creation, from the Communistic point of view is under new management.
“And here we have our Sputnik
No secrets; the newborn planet
Is modest about its size,
But this symbol of intellect and light
Is made by us, and not by the God
Of the Old Testament.”
Note: If you are a young person reading this, you might wonder, “What is a Sputnik?” The surprise launch of Sputnik 1, coupled with the spectacular failure of the United States of America's first two Project Vanguard launch attempts, shocked the United States, which responded with a number of early satellite launches. (Wikipedia). This is probably the first, and last, time the Russians beat us into space.