The Attack on Israel | What Is the Prophetic Significance and Is It the Ezekiel 38 War?

On October 7, 2023, Hamas terrorists launched a surprise attack on Israel at night. This was Israel’s Sabbath and the conclusion of the Feast of Tabernacles. It was a day when the nation was resting, rejoicing, and at peace. 

People have asked, “Is there a prophetic significance to this event?” Everything we see happening points to “Yes!” So then, what does this mean? 

The Prophetic Significance of the Attack on Israel

The events unfolding in the Middle East set the table for the showdown of the ages prophesied in Ezekiel 38. 

  • “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal… Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops—many people are with you.”—Ezekiel 38:3, 5-6
  • “… ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.” Thus says the Lord God: “Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?”—Ezekiel 38:14-17

The war prophesied by Ezekiel describes a Russian-Arab coalition that seeks to destroy Israel. Currently, Hamas is calling for a regional war and other nations to join them. Could this be the war prophesied in Ezekiel 38-39?  

Are We Witnessing the Ezekiel 38 War Now?

No, but something like this will one day be the trigger for the Ezekiel 38 War. It is a sign of what is to come

Here’s what we are witnessing: Everything happening in our world is setting the stage for the coming battle. The props and players are in place for the greatest event in history, the second coming of Jesus Christ. Christians must look at these events and understand we are living in prophetic and exciting times. There is good news in the middle of the bad news, and God is in control. 

God’s promise: The sovereign Lord will “swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth” (Isaiah 25:8-9).

Who Do We Pray For, and How Should We Pray?

Women gathered holding hands with Bibles open praying about the attacks on Israel.

Pray for Israelis: Psalm 122:6 says, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: ‘May they prosper who love you.’” We should pray for Israel and the peace of their nation. These are God’s chosen people, and Genesis 12:3 reminds us that God blesses those who bless Israel but curses those who curse her. We know that anyone who comes against Israel will be destroyed in the end. So let us pray and stand on the side of God and the nation of Israel.  

Let us pray for those who are victims of anti-Semitism. What we are witnessing against the Jewish people worldwide is satanic. These demonic spirits hate the Jewish people because Satan hates Jesus, the King of Kings, because He is Jewish.    



  • “’The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,’ says the Lord.”—Isaiah 59:20

Palestinians: We also must pray for the Palestinians, most of whom are kind, hospitable people, and some of whom are even Christians. So, we must pray for our brothers and sisters in these areas impacted by the attack on Israel. There are victims throughout the Middle East.  

Ephesians 6 reminds us we do not war against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities. This war is more than physical; it is spiritual. 


  • “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”—Ephesians 6:12

There Will Be More to Come

More will be revealed in the coming days, but we must be watchful. Jesus said, “And what I say to you, I will say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:37). 

Although we don’t know the date when the Ezekiel 38 War will occur, we do know this…

  • The God of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:4). 
  • We have nothing to fear (John 16:33).
  • God is faithful to His promises (2 Thessalonians 3:3). 

Remember, we know how it ends. In the middle of the bad news, there is good news. And if you are in Jesus, take heart, do not fear. He has already won the war!

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”—John 16:33

Do you want to know more about current events and how they align with biblical prophecies? Check out this free resource that walks you through the book of Daniel and helps you make sense of the confusion in our world today.