One of the oldest prophecies of the Bible has yet to be fulfilled. In Genesis 15 God promises Abraham and his descendants a very specific set of borders that Israel has yet to have sovereignty over. Upon examination of those borders, we see that what is currently Lebanon, Syria, major portions of Iraq, all of Jordan, and the northern portions of Saudi Arabia and Egypt are included.
When we plot out the biblically mandated borders of Israel we see there is a striking resemblance to what the White House refers to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). What is so striking about this is the realization that wherever there is an authentic promise of God, the enemy will find a way to introduce a counterfeit for the purpose of confusion. Such is the case with the reference to ISIL.
In the natural we have difficulty envisioning what event would precipitate Israel having sovereignty over their Arab Muslim neighbors. After the Six-Day War Israel defeated Syria, Jordan, and Egypt and expanded its borders to include Gaza, The West Bank (Judea & Samaria), and the Golan Heights. This only partially fulfilled the prophecy of Genesis 15. Is there any scenario that would cause the neighboring Arab Muslim nations to just give Israel their land?
As we anticipate the attack from the Northern Alliance described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 we must carefully read God’s prerequisites for this future battle. 1) Israel must be reestablished as a sovereign Jewish Nation. 2) Living securely “without walls”
3) Be living at peace in the Middle East, and 4) One of, if not the richest nations on earth.
Here are the prerequisites for the invasion of the Northern Alliance that includes Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Germany and others. Ezekiel 38:8 After many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now all of them live in safety.
Clearly this passage states Israel will be a nation recovering from war indicating there will be a war before this war. What could transpire that would cause Israel to be without walls and living at peace with its neighbors? In past years we could not imagine all the governments of Israel’s neighbors working in concert to attack Israel. Even within their own countries they are divided between Shia and Sunni doctrines. There is, however, a new player amassing on the borders of Israel; ISIS!
ISIS now has a physical presence on all the borders of Israel and has made recent threats to attack Israel. Is this the coalition found in Psalm 83? If so, God has already foretold of Israel’s victory and through this victory could place Israel squarely within the biblically mandated borders of Genesis 15. Keep your eyes glued on Israel. It is God’s timepiece!