reply to post by SimonPeter
I don't believe that you have actually read the bible . I think you have only read commentaries slanted to Preterist theology .
have only recently gotten serious about buying commentaries. The main one I have been using is Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old
Testament, by G. Beale, which in no way could be construed as being Preterist. I am not aware of their being any Preterist commentaries. There are a
couple Preterist type books I bought but don't find them especially useful. I stick mainly to mainstream Christian theology which may seem Preterist
to you if you have been mainly feeding yourself on cultish propaganda.
Ezekiel 37 tells of Israel being brought back from dried bones to a
fruitful thriving nation .
Which was supposed to happen with the return from the Babylonian exile of the Jews.
Ezekiel 38 warns Israel
about Gog the land of Magog in the later days .
"Later days" means sometime off in the future. What this looks like to me is a prophecy saying
things will be good again in the future to where you will look like a nice target to plunder. Where at the moment no one would even bother with them,
being desperately poor. Next time (imagining this mythical golden age of the past that they had fallen from) The Lord will not let happen what
happened last time, then you will actually like Him rather than directing your curses at Him like you are now.
Just propaganda for the troops. It really has nothing to do with our future and is all about what to us is a bygone past.
edit on 15-10-2012 by
jmdewey60 because: add Bible quote: "For the creation eagerly waits for the revelation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19