Slowly Shaping Up :: By Daymond Duck

I have been saying that I think the battle of Gog and Magog (a great battle that will take place when Russia, Iran, Turkey and others attack Israel; Ezek. 38:8, 16) is getting close for about 40 years and it hasn’t happened yet.

It is obvious that I don’t know when this war will break out, but it is my honest opinion, and I am still going to say that I think it is getting close.

The reason for this is the fact that what the Bible says about that world changing battle is taking shape on the ground with each passing day (Ezek. 38-39).

The “land of Magog” (Ezek. 38:1, 15; Gen. 10:2) is clearly Russia.

“Gog” of the land of Magog (Ezek. 38:1) is the “dictator” over the land of Magog (Russia). Russia has a “dictator” (Pres. Vladimir Putin at this time). Russia has troops in Syria right now.

“Persia” (Ezek. 38:5) is definitely modern day Iran. The Iranians have troops in Syria right now.

“Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands; and many people with thee” (Ezek. 38:6) is definitely Turkey and others (perhaps Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan). Turkey has troops in Syria right now.

“Be thou prepared” (for this war; Ezek. 38:7) is clearly a God-given instruction for Russia’s leader to prepare to attack Israel on the mountains of Israel (Ezek. 38:8; 39:2).

“Be thou a guard unto them” (Ezek. 38:7) is clearly a God-given instruction for Russia’s leader to protect her allies (Iran, Turkey, Hezbollah, etc.).

“Thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land” (Ezek. 38:9) appears to be air power.

“Sheba and Dedan (cities in Saudi Arabia), and the merchants of Tarshish (probably Britain), with all of its young lions (probably the U.S. with perhaps Canada and Australia), will question Russia’s motivation for this war (Ezek. 38:13).

I will “cause thee to come up from the north parts” (Ezek. 39:2) can only mean that God will cause Russia and her allies to pass through Lebanon or Syria or both on the way to Israel. Both nations share a border with Israel in the northern parts of Israel.

Concerning God’s instruction to “be thou prepared” Russia has been moving troops and weapons into Syria since the fall of 2015. Iran, Turkey and Hezbollah (headquartered in Lebanon) also have troops and weapons in Syria.

On May 4, 2017, Russia, Iran, Turkey and Hezbollah prepared even more by agreeing to create four de-escalation zones (also called “safe zones” or “no-fly zones”) in Syria. One of these “safe zones” is on Israel’s border in the mountains of Israel. Russia and the others decided to have the “safe zones” monitored by Iranian troops.

Israel and the U.S. refused to accept Iranian troops near Israel’s border on the mountains of Israel (Golan Heights) so Russia and her allies altered their preparations by deciding to place Russian troops instead of Iranian troops on Israel’s border.

Israel and the U.S. also refused to accept a no-fly zone on Israel’s border with Syria because that would prevent Israeli jets from attacking foreign troops that are assembling in the mountains of Israel (Golan Heights).

On May 14, 2017, troops from the U.S. (probably a young lion), Britain (probably the merchants of Tarshish) and Jordan entered Syria and took up positions along the border of Israel.

On May 16, 2017, Hezbollah moved 1,000 troops into position to block the advance of the U.S., British and Jordanian troops.

On May 18, 2017, a twenty-vehicle convoy of troops and weapons (probably Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah) got close to a U.S. base and the U.S. scrambled several jets to fly over the convoy as a warning. Fifteen vehicles stopped, but five continued to advance so the U.S. destroyed them.

On May 20, 2017, Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah advanced again and actually took about 60 square kilometers of territory.

At the time this article was written, it was reported that U.S. jets will probably strike the attackers again.

Concerning Russia “being a guard” to her allies, Russia called the U.S. attack “absolutely unacceptable.”

Concerning “like a cloud to cover the land,” Russia and her allies have planes and helicopters in Syria and they can quickly increase the number that they have.

Concerning Sheba and Dedan (cities in Saudi Arabia) just questioning the motivation of these invaders, the Saudis will question it because they are enemies of Iran, but they won’t help Israel because they would like to see Israel destroyed.

Pray for the tiny nation of Israel because she will suffer damage. But understand that this war will be the doing of the Holy One of Israel and many will acknowledge His existence when He reveals Himself by destroying Russia and her allies on the mountains of Israel.

Having written these things, and finally, this article is about the battle of Gog and Magog (Ezek. 38-39), but it could easily be preceded by the war between Israel and Syria that leads to the destruction of Damascus in one night (Isaiah 17:1).

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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Numbers That Are Getting My Attention :: By Daymond Duck

Last week, my article was titled, “Words That Are Getting My Attention.” This week, I thought that I would write about numbers that are getting my attention.

I have never had a desire to study the significance of Bible numbers, but I have long believed that everything in the Bible is significant.

I have always been leery of going too far in the study of numbers, but I have recently seen some amazing things that other prophecy teachers (Bob Mitchell, Dan Goodwin, etc.) have pointed out.

I don’t agree with everything they say, but I will try to take some of the amazing things these prophecy teachers say that seems right to me and pass it on in my own words.

Notice these six (the number of man) historical facts:
1897—A Zionist conference was held to find a homeland for the Jews.
1917—War: England capture Palestine (Israel, Jerusalem and more).
1947—A UN conference was held to find a homeland for the Jews.
1967—War: Israel captured West Bank (including East Jerusalem).
1997—An Arab conference was held to take the homeland of the Jews.
2017—War: threats from Iran, Hezbollah, ISIS, some Arabs, etc.

Notice that these six historical facts run 20 + 30 + 20 + 30 + 20:
1897 + 20 = 1917
1917 + 30 = 1947
1947 + 20 = 1967
1967 + 30 = 1997
1997 + 20 = 2017

Notice that the conferences run in 50-year cycles:
1897—1st conference; find a homeland for the Jews.
1947—2nd conference; establish a homeland for the Jews (1897 + 50 = 1947).
1997—3rd conference; take the homeland from the Jews (1947 + 50 = 1997).

Notice that these 50-year cycles were held by three different groups.
1897—The 1st conference was a Jewish conference.
1947—The 2nd conference was a Gentile (UN) conference (1897 + 50 = 1947).
1997—The 3rd conference was an Arab conference (1947 + 50 = 1997).

Notice that three of these 50-year cycles are about war.
1897—War: England captured Palestine (Israel, Jerusalem and more).
1967—War: Israel captured West Bank (East Jerusalem and more).
2017—War: Remains to be seen, but very possible.

Notice that three of these 50-year cycles involve Jerusalem (the end of the age cup of trembling and burdensome stone for the whole world; Joel 3:2).
1917—War: Gentiles took Jerusalem.
1967—War: Jews took Jerusalem.
2017—War: Remains to be seen, but Arabs and or Muslims (the Iranians are not Arabs) may try to take Jerusalem.

But let’s go a little deeper and I honestly don’t know what to make of this.

We are looking at six events between 1897 and 2017, a period of 120 years. In the days of Noah (a sign of the Second Coming) God said, “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Gen. 6:3).

Based on God’s six days of creation and one day of rest (a total of seven days) plus the Scriptures that teach that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years (Psalm 90:4; II Pet. 3:8; Heb. 4:4) some church fathers (Barnabas, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr and Lactantius), scholars (Dr. J. R. Church) and prophecy writers (Dr. Noah Hutchings and others), have taught that mankind will go through six God days of 1,000 years each (a total of 6,000 years) plus a Millennium of 1,000 years rest (now a total of 7,000 years).

6,000 years is 120 of 50-years each or 6,000 years (120 X 50 = 6,000).

Let’s go one final time and quit.

It is common knowledge among most students of the Bible that Jesus told His disciples “There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom” (Matt. 16:28).

Then, six days later, Jesus took Peter (the same Peter that said six days is with the Lord as a thousand years) plus James, and John up on the Mount of Transfiguration and revealed His Second Coming to them (Matt. 17:1-9).

The question is “Why did Jesus wait six days instead of three or five or ten days or whatever?” Why six days?

I recently heard Dan Goodwin say those six days represent 6,000 years. I knew that six days of God’s time are like 6,000 years of Man’s time, but I don’t think I have ever heard that one day of man’s time ((Peter, James and John’s time) can be like 1,000 years to God. It just didn’t seem right to me.

Then, I read what Moses said, “A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday” (Psalm 90:4). To God, 1,000 years seems like yesterday or one day.

I went back to II Pet. 3:8: “But, beloved, don’t be ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

I went to my King James Bible Commentary and read that “God does not count time in the same way that we do. To Him a thousand years may count as one day” (II Pet. 3:8).

This is the point: God is an eternal being. Time does not exist for Him. There is no difference between 1,000 years and one day to God and no difference between one day and 1,000 years to God.

So, each person should decide for his or her own self if Jesus waiting six days to reveal His Second Coming to Peter, James and John means His Second Coming will be after 6,000 years of human history.

In summary, I don’t know what to think of some of this, but in light of the talk of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, the talk of a peace treaty this 2017, it being 50 years since 1967, it being 70 years since 1947, the upcoming total eclipse of the sun, the Revelation 12 sign on Rosh Hashanah, etc. These amazing numbers are getting my attention.

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Daymond & Rachel Duck
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