These chapters tell of a coming northern alliance of nations around the Black and Caspian seas, along with Persia and North Africa, who will invade Isra'el. The invaders will be destroyed once they approach Jerusalem. There are seven reasons why this battle should not be confused with the campaign of Armageddon at the end of the Great Tribulation or the return of Satan at the end of the millennium.
First, in Ezekiel there are definite allies mentioned and they are limited in number. In the Campaign of Armageddon all the nations of the world are united together against Jerusalem without exception.
Secondly, the Ezekiel invasion comes from the north, but the Armageddon invasion comes from the whole earth.
Thirdly, the purpose of the Russian (38:2) invasion is to loot the Jews; but the purpose of the Armageddon Campaign is to destroy all the Jews.
Fourthly, in the Ezekiel invasion there is a protest against the invasion; in the Armageddon Campaign there is no protest since all the nations of the world are involved.
Fifthly, the Ezekiel invasion is destroyed through natural and supernatural disasters, while the personal Second Coming of Yeshua Messiah destroys the Armageddon invasion.
Sixthly, the Ezekiel invasion is destroyed in the mountains of Isra'el, while the Armageddon Campaign is destroyed in the area between Petra and Jerusalem.
Finally, the Russian invasion takes place while Isra'el is living securely in the Land, but the Armageddon Campaign takes place while Isra'el is in flight and in hiding.130
It will first be necessary to deal with the details of the invasion before we can determine when the invasion will take place. These verses will be studied by looking into the questions of who, where, why, what, how and when? This invasion of Isra'el will be the first of ten birth pains.
The Teaching Ministry of Jay Mack 2006-2017