Bows and Arrows and the Northern Invasion of Ezekiel 38-39

October 28, 2010 at 7:24 PM 7 comments

I remember chatting via e-mail with Gary DeMar, one of the more well known and outspoken preterists.  DeMar not only believes that God is finished with Israel and the blessings have been transferred to the church, but also believes that the Tribulation/Great Tribulation took place years ago.  Moreover, he, along with many others, also believe Jesus already returned in A.D. 70 when the city of Jerusalem was sacked and destroyed by the Romans along with the Temple.

I recall in one particular e-mail, he ridiculed my literal understanding of Northern Invasion’s use of horses, chariots, bows, and arrows.  How ludicrous he implied.  The problem he felt is that to him, the apostle John in Revelation (as well as Ezekiel in the book with his name) could not have meant these things to be taken literally, given the fact that our armies, navies, and militaries are way beyond using bows and arrows.

I can picture our dear friend, Gary DeMar, with his head back, holding his belly while he took the time to guffaw at my naivette.  Let’s look at the text in Ezekiel, shall we?

1And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 2Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

 3And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

 4And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

 5Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:”

First of all, it is clear that this particular battle is a real battle.  It is also clear that God is fully in charge of making it happen.  Notice verses four and five, which reference shield, helmet, buckler, etc.  Now, it could be that Ezekiel was using verbiage that was familiar to him to describe what he saw but was not familiar with, as some believe.

Ezekiel refers to “swords” numerous times and in Ezekiel 39, he becomes even more specific regarding weaponry.  He states, “9And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:” (Ezekiel 39:9).

Notice he used the words, “shields, bucklers, bows, arrows, handstaves, and spears.”  It seems as though he is very specific and it is hard to believe Ezekiel would confuse an arrow for a bazooka or rocket launcher.  You would think he would have said like an arrow, or like a shield, etc., but he didn’t do that.  He specifically stated arrows, shields, bucklers, etc.  Why?

I think it’s because that’s what Ezekiel saw that the armies were using for this great future attempted invasion.  “Oh come on,” I can hear you say.  “Be real.  If Ezekiel saw a huge attempted invasion into Israel way in the future, surely the armies would not be using old-fashioned bows and arrows!”  No?  Think again.

I have heard the following information from a variety of sources and so have you.  In fact, just today I received an e-mailed blog from Bible Prophecy Blog and a specific blog written by Dave Vergano from USA Today.  He talked about a subject that has been brought to our attention numerous times, and in numerous ways over the past six or so months:  an EMP Burst (Electromagnetic Burst).

Vergano spoke of our 20,000 miles of transmission lines that course throughout the United States and how susceptible they would be to an EMP Burst.  There is a great possibility that the lines would be fried, or at least damaged.  The world has experienced a number of these situations in the recent past, which have knocked out power for millions of people and generally created havoc.

It is also very possible – as Vergano points out – that a bomb could have the same effect.  The disasters that would follow would be hard to pinpoint, but would nonetheless, exist.

So, if an EMP Burst could knock out power, could it also affect vehicles, computers, and other things that use electricity to work?  It is certainly probable.

The interesting thing about the Bible is that it simply speaks of many events that will take place toward the end of the age, and during the Tribulation/Great Tribulation.  On a number of occasions, the Bible refers to global blackouts (cf. Joel 2:31; Matthew 24, etc.).  These blackouts seem to be just that – complete blackouts.  The Bible does not explain how they will happen, just that they happen.  This is at least part of the reason why there is so much debate about things.

Think of it.  Did anyone discuss the possibility of an EMP burst in the 1800s?  If they did, they did not call it an EMP burst and they probably didn’t even know what it was or what caused it.  Beyond that, since electricity was discovered in the late 1700s, but not really put to wide general usage until much later, no one would necessarily have made the connection between an electrical outage and an EMP burst.

Think of our society today.  What does NOT run without electricity?  Can you think of anything?  Certainly, there are a few things, but for the most part, it is difficult to think of things that actually work and do not need electricity.  I’m not talking about the shelf that you use to place your books on.

TV, radio, computers, ovens, stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, heaters, automobiles, elevators, etc., etc., etc. all the way down to military vehicles and weaponry – they all depend upon some type of electricity to start them and to keep them going.

Your car most likely not only creates and uses electricity, but it likely needs and uses a computer to keep everything (not just the engine) working properly.  Years ago of course, engine compartments were often big enough, with enough space between the engine itself and the wall to stand in.  Today, that is not the case.  Everything is so tightly compacted because there needs to be so many components for the engine alone to work properly. 

In BMWs for instance, there are up to five different computers that regulate the engine and other areas of the car.  Imagine what might or could happen with a large EMP burst.  Could it short out the entire car?  It’s certainly possible and if the Bible speaks of global black outs, you can bet it means global and that means that everything that depends upon electricity to work will go dark.

If there is a global blackout and nothing works, at least for a time, while technicians and linemen work overtime to get things back up and running, would weapons systems work?  Doubtful.  So when conventional modern weapons are not working and you are itching to attack some neighboring country, what do you do?  You go with old school techniques, which would include horses, knives, rocks, swords, armor, shields, bucklers, bows and arrows, and maybe even slingshots!

Several years ago we were living in a city south of us.  One morning, as I opened the newspaper, I read an article about two individuals who were arrested for smashing storefront windows.  How did they do it?  With “high-powered” sling shots, which can be purchased at just about any sporting goods store.  Those things can be lethal!

So, you are a commander of several armies and you have your eye on Israel.  You decide that it would be a good idea to invade and overtake them.  It’s a perfect time because of the global blackout that’s just taken place!  Israel would not be prepared to fend off an attack by some large coalition of forces from a number of countries!  You smile to yourself thinking that the world is your oyster.  You will march right into Israel, right under their noses and destroy them with weapons of yesteryear!  Even if they could get their radar up and working, chances are excellent that you would not be detected because you are not using weapons or vehicles that depend on electricity or computers!  It’s a flawless plan.

You see, what’s fascinating about the Bible is that even though it tends to present scenarios to us that are a bit difficult to believe, the thing that makes them difficult to believe is that we do not have all the facts at our disposal.  If we knew for istance, that there was a blackout prior to the Northern Invasion and that blackout was caused by a huge EMP burst, the idea of armies using horses and antiquated weaponry is a no-brainer.  However, living in 2010 with all of our computerized gadgetry and weaponry, the idea of armies using bows and arrows to invade the Mountains of Israel is ridiculous.  No.  What is ridiculous is believing that God has to explain everything to us in order for us to set aside our disbelief.

For instance, the concept of fallen angels is a big topic today as it relates to Genesis 6.  Were the “sons of God” angels, or merely a line of Seth, or something else?  If they were angels, did they actually cohabitate with human women, with the women giving birth to mighty men of old (Nephilim)?  Many cannot accept that because it sounds too preposterous.  The idea of angelic beings sinning by having sexual intercourse with human women is astoundingly impossible some argue.

Yet, we know that in Scripture, there are examples of angels eating, walking on solid ground, having a solid shape, being able to touch other solid objects, and more.  We also know that every time an angel takes on human form, the angel is seen as masculine.  Because Jesus says that angels are neither married or given in marriage, we assume He is also saying that angels do not have genitalia.  That could very well be, but that has nothing to do with His point about not being married or given in marriage.  Jesus was telling us what WE (authentic Christians) will be like in the hereafter and like the angels, we will neither be married or given in marriage.  Why?  Because we will be married to Jesus for all eternity.

I only use this as an example.  There are many things that God does not include in the biblical narrative and I think the possibility of a huge EMP burst causing a total global blackout is reason enough to believe that outdated weaponry will come back in vogue, at least for a time.  Let’s face it, neither a bow nor arrow needs electricity to work and it works under all conditions.  A gun does not.  A horse will (until killed), but a tank will not. 

Once we begin to look past the very things that keep us bound to 2010, it becomes more than obvious that the possibilities exist for those opposed to Israel to look to weapons of yesteryear.  I would not at all put it past the Lord to cause this situation to occur.  It would make it that much more obvious when He stands up to take on Israel’s enemies Himself.  He will be using fire and brimstone, rocks, hail, and confusion to route the enemies.  It’s poetic justice.

God alone will be glorified in the coming Northern Invasion.  The lights will go out.  The stage will be set and the curtain will rise.  The characters will have their walk-ons, God will meet their assault with His own weapons of mass destruction and the curtain will go down.  When the smoke clears, God will be seen standing between Israel and the armies that launched an attack to destroy her.

Amen!  The Lord God reigns!

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  • 1. Rick  |  December 31, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    It is interesting that it could be literal horses, which are not subject to an EMP attack. There is a set of youtube videos saying that the voice of God could be the cause of a worldwide EMP blast.

    This would occur because of the rapture. So no electricity for a while during the tribulation. The Earth would be in the dark for a while. Of course there would be a rebuilding of the electrical grid because otherwise the beast money system needs electricity to run it. Also at the end of the tribulation, the two witnesses will be streamed live throughout the world, so you need electricity for this too. But at the beginning of the trib, sure it could be lights out on the earth.


    • 2. modres  |  December 31, 2010 at 12:14 PM

      Yes, and what is interesting is that there are five blackouts before and during the Tribulation period. While these blackouts could be caused by nuclear attacks or solar flares, they could also be caused by God direct supernatural intervention, no doubt about that.

      Regarding the two witnesses, I agree and I think it is fascinating that only a few years ago, this technology was not available to be able to see the two witnesses throughout the globe at the same time. Now, we take that technology for granted.

      I recall before the personal computer – yep that seems a while ago, but it was really only back to the 70s – some of these prophetic details remained a mystery. Now that technology has progressed to what it is now, so many prophecies in Scripture would have no difficulty happening at all. However, God is also free to do these things completely outside of man’s technology.


  • 3. barolam  |  October 30, 2010 at 6:40 PM

    hi again, that book sounds interesting, hopefully you’ll write an article about it! yeh, concerning what John and the others saw prophetically, and how they described it as best they could, that makes enough sense to me. even tho i’m not convinced one way or another concerning eschatology, lately i find myself leaning toward some form of pre-millennialism. i used to be a full preterist, and boy did that error take a long time to heal from..


    • 4. modres  |  October 30, 2010 at 7:53 PM

      I may do just that because the book sounds very interesting.

      Preterism – yeah, that’s a strange brew if ever there was one 🙂


    • 5. modres  |  October 30, 2010 at 7:55 PM

      By the way, if you’re interested, I’d be happy to send you one or two of my books on Eschatology gratis. Just e-mail me your address to Seriously, no strings attached, but it’s up to you. 🙂


  • 6. barolam  |  October 30, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    hi there, first i’d like to say i’ve enjoyed your articles and tend to agree with a number of things you say, at least to the point that i concede their possibilities. i’m just wondering though about your reasoning concerning the effects of an EMP on guns in particular. i’m no gun expert, but the handful i have shot in no way were dependent upon electricity. so, cars, tanks, planes being voided from warfare, yes. but if an EMP were to set off that great war, i still see armies on horseback with rifles and handguns. sure some of the higher end weaponry may involve some electricity, but even those might not be affected or made useless. so just tossing that out to you as a friendly suggestion.


    • 7. modres  |  October 30, 2010 at 5:51 PM

      Hi Barolam,

      You could be absolutely correct. In fact, you are correct about the average gun – shotguns, rifles, pistols and revolvers do not require any type of electricity to work at all. Any gun that relies on any type of computer technology to work would be effected, but not your average, normal gun. Your suggestion is very possible. It is also possible that John described things he saw from his vantage point using the best verbiage he had at the time to describe things that he was not familiar with. A person from the first century who sees a vision of a rider on a horse shooting something may assume it’s some type of arrow, shot from some type of bow. It is really difficult to tell.

      Regarding the EMP burst and the consequences, my friend Ray Gano at told me about a book that I have ordered called “One Second After.” I’m very interested in checking this entire subject out more and appreciate your comments.


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