“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 say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled
villages. I will go against those who are at rest, that live
securely, all of them living without walls and having no bars or
gates, therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog, ‘Thus says
the Lord GOD: On that day when
My people Israel are living
securely, will you not know it?’” (Ezekiel 38: 8, 11, 14
What does “living securely”
mean in reference to Israel and the battle of Ezekiel 38 and 39 (the
Gog-Magog war)? We see in the previous passages that the Lord says
Israel will be living “securely” when attacked.
In verse 14, He states even
more specifically, “My people Israel are living securely.”
The word for secure or safe when translated into Hebrew is “batach.”
Old Testament Hebrew Lexicon -
New American Standard
the word batach is
not defined as peace. The word
batach is defined in this way: “to trust in,” “be secure,” “be
careless.” The word for safe (as some translations have it) or
secure, as used in the three verses above (NASB) is not the Hebrew
word “shalom” (peace).
Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum (and
many others) agree that Israel is
dwelling securely right now, as you will read next:
They dwell securely (38:11, 14). This has often been misconstrued as
meaning a state of
peace, but this is not the meaning of the Hebrew root batach.
The nominal form of this root means “security.” This is not
the security due to a
state of peace, but a security due to confidence in their, own
strength. This, too, is a good description of
The Israeli army has fought
four major wars since its founding and won them swiftly each time.
Today Israel is secure, confident that her army can repel any invasion from the Arab states. Hence, Israel is dwelling
securely. Israel is dwelling in unwalled villages (38:11). This is
very descriptive of the present-day kibbutzim in Israel.
(Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Footprints of the Messiah,
Notice that Dr. Fruchtenbaum does
not say that the nation of Israel will be more secure
or safer because she will conquer the enemy nations that
surround her. He makes an excellent point that Israel is
already dwelling securely
because of the confidence in her ability to protect herself.
As soon as Russia and the Islamic
hordes march against Israel fulfilling the Ezekiel 38 and 39
prophecies, those who are waiting for Israel to be “safer” or more
at peace as a prerequisite for the Gog-Magog war will realize they
have not understood the meaning
of the Hebrew word
The Israelis will not be living
peacefully when they are attacked by the Russian-led coalition
prophesied by Ezekiel. But they will be living under a sense
of “security” or
“securely” with generally secure borders as would be implied by
already having a
number of security agreements, going as far back as to the Camp
In 1978 at Camp David a treaty
between Israel and Egypt was negotiated (known as the Camp David
Accords), setting the groundwork for a final agreement between Egypt
and Israel. On September 17, 1978 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat of
Egypt and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin signed the pact at the
White House in Washington D.C, and again on March 26, 1979 they
signed the final official, document reflective of the Camp David
Accords, formally ending the state of war between Egypt and Israel.
Unfortunately, it also included a
provision for Israel to withdraw from the Sinai-Peninsula, which she
did in stages in exchange for the promise of more “secure” borders.
The news cameras broadcasted and witnessed these historic events to
the entire world. And there have been other treaties since.
Although the treaties with Israel
often contain the word “peace,” all the so-called peacemakers seem
to really want is for Israel to give up more land for the hollow promise of more peace. Peace is
not really part of the equation. Land grabbing is, however. Israel
is a tiny nation about the size of New Jersey surrounded by enemies
who have large parcels of land.
Israel could fit
into the state of Florida 8
We read in Ezekiel 38:14: “On
that day when My people Israel are living securely, will you not
know it?” In essence this prophetic verse has been fulfilled.
Security agreements have been signed and we “know it.” The Camp
David Accords were not peace (shalom) treaties, but rather
security agreements. Secure borders were established.
Even the security fences that
have been constructed throughout parts of Israel over
the years denote
a feeling of security, despite the endless and
frequent missile attacks launched by the Palestinians. Having
protective fences as Israel has now in some areas does not create an
isolated existence, as would be the case when an entire nation or
“village” is living behind “bars or gates.”
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)
also provide a sense of confident security. Certainly the Jews in
Israel are more secure today than they have been in the past,
considering prior to their re-gathering in 1948 they were dispersed
throughout the world seeking a safe-haven. Nowhere were the Jews in
more danger than in Europe when they were hunted down, brutally
tortured and murdered by Hitler and his bloodthirsty, satanically
Since that time, the Iranian
hierarchy and its proxy nations and allies have been the most vocal
enemies in their intention to totally destroy Israel and murder
Jews. On July 27, 2012 the U.S. president signed a politically
motivated bill to strengthen SECURITY cooperation with Israel: H.R.
4133, the United States Enhanced Security Cooperation
Act of 2012. Once again the
word “security” is the dominating word.
whom I have often quoted as far back as
2009, is an Israeli born Jewish believer who resides in
Jerusalem. He is a former deputy governor of Jericho and captain in
the Israeli army. While Amir was deputy governor, the Israeli
government entrusted him with what are now known as the famous Oslo
Amir is highly aware of what is
going on in Israel and her surrounding nations, and has many times declared publicly
at his speaking engagements at various churches that nothing has to
happen before the Gog-Magog invasion takes place. Even when Hamas is
firing missiles into Israel, she is
secure in her ability to
retaliate and protect her citizens.
Many Israeli citizens are armed
and can protect themselves if necessary. Internal violence in
Israel, particularly in Jerusalem brought on by Muslim aggressors is
escalating but that does not negate the fact that Israel has
secure borders and are
More walls within Israel may be built to
protect Israelis from Arab assaults but that will give them more
security. We are primarily talking about the borders around Israel
which are secure. But that
does not mean internal violence from Muslim terrorists who reside in
Israel will not increase. We can expect that it will.
Unwalled Villages Defined
Before modern Israel was
reestablished nearly everyone in ancient Israel lived in walled
villages. Jerusalem was surrounded by walls until 1860 when Sir
Moses Montefiore built the first dwellings outside its walls.
Throughout Israel today, most all of the population lives in
unwalled towns and cities. In Ezekiel’s time villages were
surrounded by walls built from heavy rocks for protection to fend
off her enemies.
More recently when the Jews began
to return to Israel they established new Jewish settlements. In
order to protect against Arab attacks, watchtowers and stockade
fences were built, especially used at night. These settlements were
essentially small villages based on agriculture but were primarily
established for defense, and were surrounded by
a wall or fence.
The first kibbutzim (plural of
“kibbutz”) were founded some forty years before the
of the modern
State of Israel
(1948). Degania (from the Hebrew “dagan,” meaning grain), located
was established in 1909 by a group of pioneers on land acquired by
the Jewish National Fund.
modern Israel is a nation consisting of unwalled settlements
(villages) and cities. This is true despite the security checkpoints
that control entry into some of the settlements, and also true
regardless of the wall(s) that Israel has between certain Jewish and
Palestinian-controlled areas. Walls, bars and gates still exist,
but they do not
play the same first line of defense position that they
did in ancient times or in the recent history of Israel when the
Jews began to return to their land.
to a great extent modern weapons have made the protection
provided by walls, bars and
gates of little effect. They do not provide protection from rockets,
mortars or missiles.
So when Ezekiel wrote that Israel would be living in “unwalled
villages” when attacked it is correct to say they once did
live in “walled villages” but do no longer.
live in “unwalled villages,” secure borders as Ezekiel described
when he said that at the time of the Gog-Magog invasion the nation
of Israel would be living “securely” and in “unwalled villages” and
“without bars and gates.”
Peace Is Not the Same as Living Securely
Some commentators say that the Gog-Magog war cannot take
place until Israel is living in peace. But they are not reading
Scripture as it is written. Ezekiel 38:11 states:
“You will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a
peaceful people, who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without
walls, and having neither bars nor gates—”
The Scripture states a “peaceful people,” not that Israel is living
At some point in the not too
distant future, God’s wrath will pour down upon the Gog-Magog
alliance, which will significantly and overwhelmingly change the
world as we know it, accelerating last days events.
Considering the anti-Israel,
pro-Iran nuclear deal made by the Obama White House in 2015,
the Gog-Magog war may not be
too far off, especially since the ongoing threatened extinction of
Israel by the Iranian demonically-infested thugs has now become a more imminent
possibility. (Iran is part of the Russian-led coalition prophesied
In an article written by Daymond
Duck some time ago titled “Gog’s Evil Thought,” he brilliantly
stated (emphasis added):
Some say “dwelling safely” means after the Antichrist confirms the
seven-year covenant with many for peace in the Middle East (Daniel
9:27). But it doesn’t
have to mean that because
Israel is dwelling safely now under the protection of God who will not allow her
to be defeated
When Does This Invasion Take
“Therefore prophesy, son of man, and say to Gog,
‘Thus says the Lord
‘On that day when My people Israel are
living securely, will you not know it?
You will come from your place out of the remote parts of the north,
you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great
assembly and a mighty army;
and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover
the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you
against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am
sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog’” (Ezekiel 83:14-16
This invasion takes place when Israel is back in the land,
re-gathered as a nation as she is today. This war is supernatural in
nature and will take place when God Himself says it is time—when God
in His sovereignty brings down the invaders. We need not look for
any particular circumstances for God to decide to act. Israel does
not need to be richer or bigger. She has plenty right now that her
enemies would want to plunder.
will put hooks in your jaws and bring you down” (Ezekiel 38:4a).