Ezekiel 38 and 39 reveal that in the time of the end, God uses Israel's enemy nations to draw them into attacking Israel. Thus He reveals Himself to the world as He saves Israel from this surprise attack. The event causes Israel to renew the covenant with Him and the last 7 years thus begins.
Nations He will draw into this evil coalition include Iran and Russia, Libya, Sudan, Turkey, Armenia, and others. We know from constant rhetoric from Iran's Muslim Clerics and its President, Ahmadinejad, that they want to attack Israel on religious grounds. Russia could care less about Israel's religion, but they do care very much about oil. Russia has an interest in the world's oil reserves, namely, owning them. The following scripture from Ezekiel describes the motivation for this attack:
“I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people—all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” (Ezekiel 38:11-12)
Other nations, standing by, ask, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?” (Ezekiel 38:13) confirming the motivation for the attack as plunder. By the time of the end, Israel has treasure that Russia and Iran want and will set about to plunder it.
Last January, Israel discovered massive natural gas reserves under the Mediterranean Sea near Haifa. The find was of "historic proportions" the gas company said. At this time, the prophesied coalition of nations took notice and start talking among each other. Diplomatic unions were reaffirmed or affirmed for the first time, materiel was pledged to be sold among the alliance, and trade increased. In other words, the Gog-Magog nations solidified their relationship.
The bible states that the motivation for this surprise attack comes because the nations want to plunder Israel's riches. Israel is at the forefront of agricultural technology and has made the desert bloom, however, it is not so conceivable that Russia would attack Israel over figs. Israel has become a forerunner in scientific and military technology, but Russia could just spy and steal that without using materiel in a battle. What could make Russia rouse her bearish nose and sniff over to the desert? Oil.
Today this news comes: Israeli company finds oil beneath Rosh Ha'ayin
"An Israeli oil exploration company on Thursday announced that it had found a huge amount of oil and gas during drilling below the city of Rosh Ha'ayin this week. Givot Olam Oil Exploration Limited Partnership said that more than 60 percent gas was measured in the drill, indicating the first such find in Israel. The company said it was too soon to determine what significance the find would bring to Israel, but added that it would become clear over the next few months of drilling whether it could be used for commercial purposes. Givat Olam began drilling at the Megged 5 well beneath Rosh Ha'ayin last June. Its shares rose 123 percent upon news of the find."
Remember this promise of blessing from Deuteronomy 33:19 -"They will summon peoples to the mountain and there offer sacrifices of righteousness; they will feast on the abundance of the seas, on the treasures hidden in the sand." God gave Israel treasures, among them, riches under the sea and under the sand. Matthew Henry Commentary says that this prayer is a prophecy, that they would keep His favor and that the tribes shall always receive the earthly blessings that the Lord had bestowed on them: including what was under the sea and under the sand.
This year, Israel discovered historic gas deposits under the sea and huge gas reserves under the sand. The recent oil discovery was in the city of Rosh HaAyin, which is in the Center District of Israel. "living at the center of the land" Ezekiel 38:12 says.
A few conditions must be met before the Gog-Magog attack occurs. Israel must possess treasures worth plundering. It must be living in a state of peace, unsuspecting in 'unwalled' villages. Israel is not in a state of peace, but could be soon. Netanyahu has agreed to U.S. terms for a Palestinian state
"Israel and the United States have unofficially reached agreement on the terms of negotiations for a Palestinian state in the entire West Bank, a report said. The report by the Middle East Forum asserted that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. envoy George Mitchell have reached agreement on the terms of reference for final status negotiations with the Palestinian Authority."
Other conditions that must be in place when the Gog-Magog war occurs are in place or nearly so; Israel is in the land, she is in possession of Jerusalem, Turkey has switched sides as she must do before the attack, because she aligns with Russia and Iran in the war. Israel has no friends in the world, she is in possession of riches worth plundering, the ancient Roman Empire has revived with the signing of the Lisbon Treaty.
It seems the stage is set for the Gog-Magog war to occur. This war is the precipitating event that draws Israel back into covenant with God, and the resumption of the covenant starts Daniel's clock ticking on that 70th week, the last 7 years of the old earth. Prior to the Gog-Magog war, the rapture occurs.
The pieces are falling into place. It is of massive prophetic proportions that huge oil reserves were discovered at the center of Israel. The LORD'S timing is His own, so I have no idea when this attack will occur, other than prior to the Tribulation. But it is such a pleasure to see His works in today's preparatory stage! Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and look up, for our Redemption draweth nigh!