We have found that it was often by bringing us into severe trials, ordeals, putting us under crucial tests, that the Lord develops more and more our faith, our love, our trust, our hope in Him. He would have us learn well our lesson, that without Him we can do nothing, but that with His blessing and favor all things are ours, because we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. Let us, then, in all the important junctures of life, be sure that we are seeking chiefly the divine will, as expressed in the divine promise, the Oath-Bound Covenant: let us seek it patiently, earnestly, persistently—let us wrestle with the Lord that thereby we may be made the stronger, that when the proper and advantageous experiences have been enjoyed the blessing will come—at the proper moment to do us the most good and in the manner that would be most helpful.
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At the end of the age, the nations will be gathered against Israel and in Israel. In addition to the enemy horde, United Nations and American forces will be there as peacekeepers. The enemy horde from the north will consist of a conglomerate of people: Gomer and all his bands, Togarmah, etc., but under the leadership symbol of “Gog” (Ezek. 38:2–6).
An important point to note is that a time interval will occur between the victory of Judah first and Jerusalem later, between the Arab defeat and Jacob’s Trouble. This little period will be the time of peace and prosperity when Israel dwells with “unwalled villages” and gets “cattle and goods” (Ezek. 38:11, 12). In the Revised Standard Version, Ezekiel 38:10–12 says of the multitude of Gog: “Thus says the LORD GOD: On that day thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages; I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates’; to seize spoil and carry off plunder; to assail the waste places which are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have gotten cattle and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth.” While Israel is dwelling safely and in prosperity, the enemy will come down from the north.