Ezekiel 38: Libya in Bible Prophecy
As foretold in the Bible, Libya will participate in a major attack on Israel in the end times. It’s the attack written about in Ezekiel Chapter 38. The attackers do not fare well, but I will save the specifics of the outcome for another time. For now, let’s concentrate on the players. Here are excerpts from Ezekiel 38:
Persia [Iran], Ethiopia [northern Sudan], and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer [Turkey] and all its troops; the house of Togarmah [Turkey] from the far north and all its troops — many people are with you. ~ Ezekiel 38:5-6 (NKJV)
Those verses were taken from the New King James Version (NKJV) translation of the Bible. Now, let’s look at how the New International Version (NIV) translation tells it:
Persia [Iran], Cush [northern Sudan] and Put [Libya] will be with them, all with shields and helmets, also Gomer [Turkey] with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah [Turkey] from the far north with all its troops — the many nations with you ~ Ezekiel 38:4-6 (NIV)
The NKJV and the NIV use different names for ancient Libya, but both are correct. I point this out because sometimes on ancient maps, Libya is referred to as “Put,” or “Phut,” as well as “Libya.” Similarly, ancient Ethiopia is alternately referred to “Cush,” or “Kush,” as well as “Ethiopia.” All are correct. Now back to the battle.
The battle participants are fascinating because until recently, none of them had political DNA suggesting they would actually take part in an attack on Israel. Today, they all do. Likewise, not long ago, the nation of Israel did not even exist to be attacked. Today, it does.
Nations have a strange way of aligning exactly as the Bible says. No other religious book on earth even attempts prophecy like this, much less gets it right 100% of the time. God says we can know he is God because he foretells the future concerning his ancient people, the Jewish people, Israel.
I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come…I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel. ~ Isaiah ~ Isaiah 46:10-13
If you need proof that the God of Israel is the true God, simply read his plans for Israel in the Bible, and then watch those plans come true every night on the evening news. The world tries desperately to annihilate this tiny nation called Israel, but it never will. The world has always tried desperately to annihilate the Jewish people, but it never will. They are God’s people. He controls their future. Ahmadinejad does not. The U.N. does not. The Quartet does not. The Muslim Brotherhood does not. God’s plans for the Jewish people will succeed. The world’s plans for the Jewish people will fail. In fact, God actually taunts those who think they will alter his plans for Israel. He tells them to step up and even try to predict the future of the Jewish people as he has done:
I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people [Israel, the Jewish people], and what is yet to come — yes, let him foretell what will come. ~ Isaiah 44:7
And what is God’s reaction to the world trying so desperately to alter his plans for the Jewish people?
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD…The One enthroned in heaven laughs… ~ Psalm 2:1-4
To read further in Psalm 2 and the rest of the Bible is to see that laughing is not the only thing God does to those nations who resist his plans for Israel. He also destroys them. Now, let’s get back to Libya.
The amazing facts of the Ezekiel 38 prophecy:
- Prior to 1948: No Israel in existence to even be attacked.
- Prior to 2002: No Islamist Turkey. Turkey an ally of Israel.
- Prior to 2011: No independent Islamist Sudan. In 2011, South Sudan, which is largely Christian, declares independence from Sudan and supports Israel. Now Sudan, an Islamist nation, no longer has a Christian population to stifle its aspirations.
- Prior to 1979, no Islamist Iran. Iran was an ally of Israel, supplying most of Israel’s oil. After Iran’s 1979 Islamist Revolution, the oil was immediately cut off, and Iran is sworn to Israel’s destruction.
- Prior to 2011, no Islamist Libya.
On December 17, 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a fruit vendor in Tunisia who got into a confrontation with with a police officer about the legality of his fruit stand, set himself on fire to protest the incident. Bouazizi would die from his burns, but his death touched off what the useful idiots in the Western media have come to call the “Arab Spring.”
Massive protests spread across North Africa and the Middle East. Many protesters were seeking relief from oppressive government, and desired to change their nations into Western-style republics. But all along, another group was also participating in the protests. Like the first group, this group wanted to topple the autocratic regimes of North Africa and the Middle East. But unlike the first group, who viewed these governments as having too much power. This other group wanted government to have even more power over the lives of its citizens, and they wanted their own members in the seats of this expanded power. This other group is the Muslim Brotherhood. The “Arab Spring” is actually an Islamist Winter. The Muslim Brotherhood has effectively taken over North Africa.
In Tunisia, Bouazizi’s immolation set off almost a month of protests which created a political climate that became unsustainable for President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali. He fled to Saudi Arabia. In late 2011, elections in Tunisia install the Islamist “Ennahda” Party into power. Once again, the useful idiots in the Western media spring into action. This time, they cover for the Islamists by referring to Ennahda as a “moderate” Islamist political party. This is like referring to boiling water as “room temperature” boiling water. Bye bye Tunisia.
Next door to Tunisia, Libya would soon fall to Islamists as well. Elections in post-Gaddafi Libya this month have installed an Islamist, Mohamed al-Megaryef, as president.
He has close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. And yes, you knew it was coming, the useful idiots in the Western media are taking every opportunity to refer to him as “Western educated” and “moderate” in order to keep the wolf hidden under sheep’s clothing.
So, back to the Bible. The Islamist power grab sweeping North Africa has, with breathtaking speed, transformed this region into an Ezekiel 38 player. Even more fascinating is that the historical idea of “Libya” is not as geographically limiting as the modern idea of “Libya.” In ancient times, the word “Libya” (or synonymously, “Put”) referred to the entire region of North Africa west of Egypt. This includes both modern-day Libya, and modern-day Tunisia!
Watch for more Islamist domination of North Africa. Watch as North Africa joins Turkey and Iran in the saber-rattling toward Israel. Watch as the masses in North Africa are manipulated into a seething frenzy of Jew-hatred. And watch as this land known as “Libya” and “Put” joins in the Ezekiel 38 attack on Israel. The Bible is always proven true.