Bible Prophecy Update: Timing of Ezekiel’s War :: By Gary W. Ritter


Update: 6-8-22

Confusion seems to reign regarding the timing of Ezekiel’s War, which we know well as the War of Gog of Magog, as the prophet described in Ezekiel 38-39. There are three primary periods in which Bible teachers slot this critical conflict. They are:

  1. Prior to the Tribulation
  2. Within the 7-year Tribulation period
  3. At the conclusion of the Millennium

I am very much wedded to the first timing, i.e., prior to the Tribulation. My reasons are exceedingly Scriptural and, I believe, are based on simple logic. The other two suggestions for this war cannot work per the Biblical text. What we must do is apply good hermeneutics to the issue, i.e., good Biblical interpretation. More than that, we need to allow the text to reveal itself and not interject our biases. This is called exegesis. When someone determines beforehand what he believes about a Bible passage and reads that prejudice into the account, this process is called eisegesis and is ripe with error.

Given the continuing chaos that conflicts the Middle East with the various ongoing pressures that face Israel – from the unending push to implement a two-state solution, to the terrorist factions at Israel’s doorstep with their only desire being to annihilate her, to the triumvirate of state actors sitting at Israel’s northern border across the Golan Heights in Syria, it won’t be long before God withdraws His restraining hand and allows this war to begin.

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