As foretold in Bible prophecy, the nation of Sudan, known in ancient times as “Cush,” will participate in an attack on Israel in the end times. This attack is written about in Ezekiel, Chapter 38. Recent events in Sudan have further molded that nation to perfectly fit the scenario of Ezekiel 38.
After Years of Struggle, South Sudan Becomes a New Nation
By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, Published: July 9, 2011
“Many of those who turned out to celebrate, overcome with emotion, spoke of their fathers, mothers, sons and daughters killed in the long struggle to break free from the Arab-dominated north.”
Last Summer, as this New York Times headline shows, South Sudan declared independence from Sudan. Northern Sudan is largely controlled by Islamist Arabs. Southern Sudan is largely Christian and Animist. Northern Sudan has long brutalized Southern Sudan.
What does this headline have to do with Bible prophecy? The answer lies in the identity of northern Sudan.
In the Bible, Ezekiel Chapter 38 tells of a coalition of nations that will attack Israel after the Jewish people are regathered from the nations and brought back to their homeland. One of the nations in this coalition is “Cush.”
Persia, Cush and Put will be with them… – Ezekiel 38:5
But to which modern nation does the ancient land of “Cush” correspond? For the answer, let’s look at another New York Times article:
Scholars Race to Recover a Lost Kingdom on the Nile
“On the periphery of history in antiquity, there was a land known as Kush… the kingdom of Kush flourished with the political and military prowess to maintain some control over a wide territory in Africa.”
Kush is Cush, with a slightly different spelling. South Sudan’s declaration of independence is an important indicator of where we are on God’s prophetic timeline because the Bible says that “Cush” will join in the invasion of Israel. The Bible often uses the name that a given geography had when a prophecy was written about it. When Ezekiel wrote Chapter 38, the land was called Cush, not Sudan, and it did not include the southern extremity of modern-day Sudan. Indeed, South Sudan is excluded from the Cush of Ezekiel 38 not only geographically, but ideologically as well– South Sudan is not anti-Israel. However, Arab-Muslim dominated northern Sudan is anti-Israel, so it fits the Cush of Ezekiel 38 not only geographically, but idealogically as well.
As the forces align to fulfill Ezekiel 38, The God of Israel will once again show that the Bible is always proven true.
By the way, as a sort of cherry on top of this prophetic Sundae, guess which nation South Sudan quickly established an official friendship with soon after declaring independence…
South Sudan, Israel’s New Ally
“It’s not every day that the leader of a brand-new country makes his maiden foreign voyage to Jerusalem, capital of the most besieged country in the world, but Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, accompanied by his foreign and defense ministers, did just that in late December. Israel’s President Shimon Peres hailed his visit as a “moving and historic moment.” The visit spurred talk of South Sudan locating its embassy in Jerusalem, making it the only government anywherein the world to do so.”
Ezekiel 38 in its entirety:
The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; prophesy against him and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army — your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops — the many nations with you.
“‘Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. 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. You and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up, advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land.
“‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: On that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil scheme. You will say, “I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack a peaceful and unsuspecting people — all of them living without walls and without gates and bars. I will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and goods, living at the center of the land.” Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will say to you, “Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods and to seize much plunder?” ‘
“Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: In that day, when my people Israel are living in safety, will you not take notice of it? 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. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.
“‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Are you not the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel? At that time they prophesied for years that I would bring you against them. This is what will happen in that day: When Gog attacks the land of Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign LORD. In my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts of the field, every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will fall to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Sovereign LORD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. I will execute judgment upon him with plague and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulfur on him and on his troops and on the many nations with him. And so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD.’
– Ezekiel 38