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Why the Battle of Ezekiel 38-39 cannot be the same as Armageddon

I believe the endtime events occur in the following order. If you compare the events surrounding Ezekiel 38-39 with what happens during Armageddon I'm sure you'll see they could not have occurred at the same time because too many details are different.

Since Israel became a nation in 1948 comparing prophetic scripture about the endtimes with what we see going on in the world today helps us to see the possible scenario of endtime events. Scripture says we will not know the day or hour of the Rapture but we will know when the time is near and it's getting very close.

Ezekiel 38-39 Russia and Muslim nations attack Israel
Rapture of the Church
The Great Tribulation begins
Mid Trib events begin
End of Trib - Armageddon - all nations try to destroy Israel
Christ Returns to Earth with the Church
Satan Bound
Satan Destroyed

Ezekiel 38-39 Russia and Muslim nations Attack Israel


Rapture of the Church

The Church is removed before the Antichrist calls himself God and sits in the temple of God (2 Thes.:2)
The Temple of God isn't built until after the war of Ez. 38-39.
(If the rapture occurred after Ez. 38-39 then the Jews would be Raptured also and there would be no believing Jews to be persecuted by the Antichrist during the Tribulation).


The Great Tribulation Begins

Great Tribulation lasts 7 years (Dan. 9:27)
Everyone is crying for peace due to the war of Eze 38-39
The AntiChrist appears
The AC signs a peace treaty with Israel (Dan. 9:27).
3 years of false peace
Israel rebuilds the temple

Mid Trib

Satan is let loose on the earth (Revelation 12:12-13)
Satan Empowers the AntiChrist
Antichrist supposedly Assinated and Resurrected (mimics the resurrection of Christ)
    (Zech.11:17; Rev. 11:7, 13:3, 12, 14, 17:8)
AntiChrist controls the worlds economy, religion and military
AntiChrist claims to be God - Abomination of Desolation in the rebuilt Temple (Matt. 24:15-18)
    (Dan. 9:27, Rev. 13:6, 2nd Thess. 2:4, Matt. 24:15)
Believing Jews flee to the wilderness in Petra where they are protected by God, from the AntiChrist for 3.5 years
The two witnesses are killed in the middle of the Trib (Rev. 11:8-11)
A great Earthquake in middle of the tribulation (Rev. 11:13)
The rest of the Jews and Tribulation Saints are persecuted by AntiChrist for 3.5 years (Rev. 12:17)
God's Wrath on the World begins

End of Tribulation - Armageddon


Christ Returns

Christ returns to Earth (Matt. 24:30, Rev. 19:11-13)
Christ returns with the Church

Satan Bound

Christ throws the Antichrist and his False prophet into Hell

Millennial Kingdom

1000 year reign of Christ from Jerusalem.

Satan Destroyed

Satan and his cohorts destroyed in lake of fire


Christ's Eternal reign.


[1]  Lignostone (Russian weapons being made of wood).

[2] no longer available. Gog and Magog - A Battle Looms

Is Ezekiel 38-39 Armageddon

Lori Eldridge
© Copyright 8-9-09 - updated 3-12-13
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