The Bloodshed of ISIS Brings Prophetic Wars Back Into Consideration

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   7/17/2015

Among Christians there are different ideas about how the End Times will unfold.

Some have a difficult time explaining the prophetic wars that have yet to happen because the details include out-dated weapons.

Prophetic wars are particularly challenging to the a-millennial and post-millennial views because modern military technology has advanced beyond the weapons given in the scriptures.  They propose the Bible must have been symbolic in meaning, or these events no longer need to happen because the Jews rejected Christ, or perhaps they already happened and we just didn’t realize it because they were not recorded in history.   

For example, Rev 14:20 talks about a time when the nations will be gathered into a massive war and their blood will be spread out for two hundred miles.

“... the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.”

Modern military warfare makes this seem unlikely that soldiers would gather together using hand-to-hand combat with swords.

Then came ISIS.  ISIS is killing people by the thousands with old-fashioned weapons that were thought to be out of use, like knives and swords.   Also, they are executing people by beheadings and crucifixions, the likes of which are listed in end time passages as well.  

In an article on the Christians Post, we read:

“ISIS executed over 700 Iraqi soldiers in Tikrit in June of 2014 and the blood-soaked ground was visible with satellite imagery.

The amazing photos were published by the Daily Mail on Thursday and show mass execution sites which tripled the initial death toll estimated by experts. The photos helped build a case to prosecute two dozen ISIS militants implicated in the massacre, while hundreds are still at large.”

War against Israel

One of the most impressive prophetic wars to come is the war against Israel described in Ezekiel 38.  This war describes a great army that rides on horses.

“your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords” – Ezekiel 38:4

The army will come from the north, which many scholars believe to be Russia.

“You will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty army.  You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land.” – Ezekiel 38:15-16

Nobody uses horses anymore, so this passage must mean something else.  But then again ... a few years ago the Russian army ordered horses because the mountain terrain is too difficult for modern vehicles.

“According to the head of the training center, it is very difficult to use heavy equipment when carrying out military activities in mountainous or forested areas. Thus, the use of horses is necessary for speed and mobility. “

““The speed of a man carrying weapons and munitions is limited to 5-6 kilometers an hour [3 miles per hour]. On a horse, it is possible to increase his speed to 30 kilometers per hour [18 miles per hour],” said Kontsevoi.”

This gathering army to the north of Israel, training with the weapons listed in Ezekiel 38 bring the details back into focus.  Maybe the prophetic wars are not symbolic after all.

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