The Coming Day of the Lord
3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)
Right now, Russia and Iran have military in Syria, fighting to support the Assad government. Peter wrote that there would be mocking of prophecy in the last days…..but this situation is very prophetic.
38 And the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. 4 I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them splendidly attired, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet;(Ezekiel 38:1-5)
This passage identifies the nations that God will move against Israel in the last days. Rosh is identified as modern Russia while Persia is modern Iran. Currently in Syria, assisting the Assad government against Syrian rebels, are the military of Russia and Iran.
Another foreign power now inside Syria is China. Many believe the 200,000,000 member army of Revelation 9:16 to be China. There are those who believe that this army is actually made up of demons. But, the fact remains that China is now in Syria. However, this is too early in the sequence of events as this force isn’t released until the sixth trumpet and the Euphrates dries. (Revelation 9:14)
But do you notice someone is missing? The United States is kind of in Syria, bombing ISIS every now and then. But the nation appears nowhere in Bible prophecy. Of course, America could be part of “ And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it..” In context:
3 It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it. (Zechariah 12:3)
All nations will rise up against Israel, including the United States. I know that fact doesn’t sit well with a lot of American Christians who believe that just because the US is the most powerful nation on earth at the present time, then it has to be in the Bible! Except for this possibility: maybe the US is not in prophecy because the nation at the time the Rapture occurs and the Tribulation begins is just a shell of its former self for whatever reason. The US would just not be as important at that time. But that’s for another post.
What we are now seeing is the stage being set, the alignment of the nations coming together. That Russia and Iran have now positioned themselves at the northeast border of Israel. Something will happen soon despite the mockers of 2 Peter 3:3.
Yes, we pray for Israel, for the world. But the deal is in stone. We cannot shift God’s timetable. He has His schedule. Only He know when these things will happen (Matthew 24:36) We can only be ready by believing the Gospel, that Christ died a horrible death on the cross, shedding His blood to wash away all sins and rising from the dead on the third day, that those who believe shall be saved and spend eternity with the Lord.