Thursday, October 20, 2011

Libya's Moammar Gadhafi is dead- Updated

Update at bottom.

Gadhafi was a tyrannical and despotic dictator who oppressed his people in Libya for 42 years. After Fidel Castro who resigned in 2008, Qaddafi was the world's longest ruling leader. And now he is dead. Does this have anything to do with bible prophecy? Yes.

Libya is one of the nations mentioned specifically as a major player in end time prophecy. A coalition of nations will attack Israel in the last days. It includes Iran, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Libya along with some in "the isles". This listing of the nations who attack Israel is found in Ezekiel 38:1-6. What happens is, Israel is unsuspecting, living with confidence in a "land of unwalled villages" (Ez 38:11) when they are sudd. The attack is going well for the coalition and very badly for Israel. Israel is on the brink of losing, God saves them, and God says that everyone will know that it was Him who saved them. (Ex 39:6-7).

It is Libya along with the other nations along the northern tier of north Africa that joins with Russia and Iran and Turkey etc to attack Israel. It is believed that this battle takes place at the very end of the last days and at the very beginning of the Tribulation. This is because, as mentioned above, Israel returns to covenant with God through this battle, having seen Him save them. "From that day forward the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God." (Ez 39:22).

"‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel. It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD. This is the day I have spoken of." (Ez 39:7-8). So if Israel is back in covenant with God it means the last 7 years of the Old Testament times that have been suspended all this time will resume. The church will be gone. And it is thought to be at the very beginning of the tribulation because the verse in Ez 39:9 says they will use the fuel from the downed planes and tanks and military things for 7 years. So there has to be 7 years remaining for them to use it.

Any time there is major news about any of the Gog-Magog nations listed in Ezekiel 38-39, and also the Psalm 83 list of nations, I take notice. World events in and among the nations listed as end time or tribulation nations which are the ones that propel prophecy further along are in the news headlines almost daily now. The LORD soon comes. Are you ready? I hope so. Do not put off your repentance, asking Him to forgive your sin. I hope to see you at the Marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven.

--------------UPDATE-------------

Christian writer Joel C. Rosenberg write this about Gaddafi today:

"Reuters is now confirming that Muammar Gaddafi is dead. Libya’s Prime Minister has also confirmed the news. The tyrant of Tripoli — a man whose hands were soaked with blood, a man who called himself the “King of kings” — has been brought to justice. Now, in death, he knows the truth: that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. As an evangelical Christian, I will pray for his family and colleagues, that the Lord would comfort and console them and that they would repent of their sins and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord."

"Now there are new concerns: Will Libyan people — so badly oppressed for so many years — truly be set free, or enslaved by leaders as bad or worse than Gaddafi? Where is Libya headed next? Will the rebels ally themselves with the West, or with the Radical jihadists of Iran, Sudan and al Qaeda? The mullahs in Tehran have been seizing the initiative and moving strategically in recent months to exploit the chaos in Libya and build an alliance with the rebels. They are eager to build an anti-American, anti-Israeli coalition throughout the Middle East and North Africa to lay the groundwork for an Islamic caliphate. What’s more, the mullahs in Tehran believe the fall of leaders in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt are prophetic signs that the Twelfth Imam’s arrival is soon, as explained in the Iranian documentary film, “The Coming Is Upon Us,” released earlier this year."


2 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post Elizabeth, as always it's timely and so relevant. One quick question; Will the church be raptured before the Gog-Magog war?

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  2. HI Lydia,

    In answer to your question about the timing of the Gog-Magog war in relation to the rapture, no one knows because the bible doesn't give any clues. But we do know this if we work from the end and go backwards: Most scholars and interested parties believe that at least by the end of the G-M war the church will be gone as the latest possible date. Here's why:

    Throughout the battle, the LORD says that all the world will know it is the LORD who is doing these things. That the Israelites will know it is the LORD who is protecting them. The return to covenant with God occurs by the end of the war, typically believed to be the trigger for the Old Testament (Covenant) last 7 years to be resumed. If the old covenant is resumed, then the New Covenant (us, the church) will be gone.

    The G-M war is believed to take place at the very outset of the Tribulation. We know that the Antichrist is party to a peace treaty that is set for 7 years. (Dan 9:27). We know that the outcome of the Gog Magog battle is that the Jews burn the fuel from downed planes and tanks for 7 years. (Ez 39:9). So for them to burn fuel for 7 years there must be 7 years left for them to accomplish that. Hence the thought that the Gog Magog timing is at the very end of the church age and/or the very beginning of the Tribulation. So that's the LATEST it will probably occur.

    But we may be taken out prior, at the outset of the Psalm 83 battle. Or before the Isaiah 17:1 prophecy where Damascus is destroyed. Or even before that with a lag in the schedule of battles. So the latest we'll be raptured is likely the end of the Gog-Magog battle, but it certainly could be before - and I hope that it is!

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