You will advance against against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In the 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.” Ezek. 38:18-23 “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 plaque and bloodshed; I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulphur 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.” God will strike the enemy and they will be left for the beasts of the earth–birds and wild animals to feast on, read the rest of Ezek.ch39.
God doesn’t exactly tell us how many will be dead but he tells us how many will be left: only a “sixth part” (39:2 kjv). That means that the casualty rate for this battle will be 84 percent, unheard of in modern ware fare. An almost total be wipe out! The dead bodies of the invaders will be strewn in the fields and mountains of Israel and the burial will take 7 months and will involve all the people of Israel. (read the rest of Ezekiel for the long burial details) On that day God will have testified to his beloved Jewish people who have turned from him. He will have proved to them that he alone is their God by coming to their aid once again. Note here very carefully that the Jewish people at this point have yet to accept Jesus as their Messiah.
The Bible is very clear that this will happen at the end of the Tribulation, when christ will come to fight at the Battle of Armageddon. That is when the Jewish people who will remain living look upon Him and cry! Jesus speaks ” ‘they will look on Me whom they pierced.’ Yes, they will mourn for Him as one grieves for a firstborn” Zech. 12:10. That will be the day when “all Israel will be saved” Rom. 11:26. Now, because of this cataclysmic battle that their God has delivered them from, the nation of Israel will abandon it’s disastrous relationship with the AntiChrist. They will begin turning toward the Most High God. The AntiChrist after the war immediately begins to show his face. The forces of the North and South had been shattered by God but he is safe and comes out of hiding. He had failed to come to Israel’s aid and therefore avoided exposing his military to danger. Now not only are these invading forces weakened but with casualty rates of 84% , their capacity to wage war or even defend themselves simply doesn’t exist for the moment. It is now time to set up his kingdom.
Not only is the AntiChrist cunning in his ability to form alliances and tricking nations by breaking alliances but his power is also due in no small measure to the patronage he enjoys from this Babylon System described for us in Rev. 17&18. This system is a planet-wide interlocking system of religion and commerce. It will be the dominant force in the world throughout the first half of the Tribulation. She ( the country) will have ruled all the nations of the world as well as over the AntiChrist and his European federation, which is signified in the book of Revelation by Babylon sitting on top of the nations and then specifically the AntiChrist and his federation (read rev.17:1-3). Her influence over the world stems from her complete dominance of two major areas: religion and commerce. The way is already being paved for this kind of world-wide religious system by central beliefs like: >Every practice must be permitted, for we must not judge anyone! >Every belief must be respected, for we must not be bigoted towards anyone! >Every form of expression must be allowed, for we must not censor anyone! Everyone of this expressions have a important exceptions behind them..”anyone except Christians.” It will be perfectly acceptable to judge Christians, to be prejudiced towards Christians, and to censor Christians.