In the sixth and last message the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel received from the Lord, there’s a prediction of an alliance of nations that will descend on Israel from the north (Ezek. 38:14-16) and cover her like a storm cloud (cf. Ezek. 38:6; 39:2; Dan. 11:40-45). A comparison of ancient geographical regions with present day political entities reveals that the vast army which will come against Israel “in the last days” is led by Russia with Iran as the foremost partner (along with Turkey, Libya, and the Sudan). Ezekiel 38:8-9 reads, “After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them. “And you will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.”
The “land restored from the sword” is Israel and refers to its present restoration as a State after the demise of the Ottoman Empire. The “mountains of Israel” refer to those areas recovered for Israel after the Six Day War and the conditions of regathering to the land “from many nations” refers to the past and on-going aliyah (immigration) to Israel from all over the world. The setting then for this future invasion is a time when present conditions exist coupled with an alliance between the Russians and the Iranians and the other countries previously mentioned.
Now while there may not be enough prophetic detail given to determine exactly when this event will occur, current conditions suggest when it could occur; conditions such as a nuclear deal with Iran, the increasingly aggressive behavior of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, and Turkey’s new trend toward Islamic militancy and declared hatred of Israel. These conditions are part of a northern invasion equation and they indicate that we’re rapidly moving closer to the realization of this coalition of military aggression against Israel.
At the end of the day, God is going to do what He has already said He is going to do both for and through Israel despite any and all opposition whether it be geo-political or demonic. And so as individuals we either affirm this as part of our recognition of the inerrant authority of His inscripturated revelation or we don’t. In the final analysis, I’m convinced it’s really that simple; and if we trust in His promises of future messianic victory and kingdom rule it’s also really that wonderful!