By Jack Kelley
Q. My question is in regards to Israel and Iran’s upcoming conflict that everyone is speculating on. If and when Israel strikes Iran, there are going to be numerous friends asking me where this fits into bible prophecy and what will happen next. I see the attack as inevitable unless God shuffles the deck of cards and changes everything and propels things into a new direction. The only thing I can think of is this will put a hook into Russia’s jaw and bring about Ezekiel 38 and 39. Do you have any other thoughts on this? I want to prepare myself with possible answers.
A. The Bible speaks of three events in the Middle East that are likely on the horizon. One of them is prophesied in Psalm 83, one in Isaiah 17, and the third is in Ezekiel 38-39. I believe Psalm 83 will happen first with Isaiah 17 right on its heels. As you read this Iran is pressuring Syria and Lebanon to force the Psalm 83/Isaiah 17 scenario in an effort to pre-empt Israel’s attack. Then there’ll be a space of time before Ezekiel 38 takes place, because Israel needs to believe they’re at peace when they’re attacked. Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17 will help facilitate this belief by knocking out all of Israel’s next door neighbors.
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