Ezekiel 38-39: The War of Gog & Magog (Part 4–Conclusion)

When we see these things beginning (that were spoken of  by the prophets in the Old Testament) to take place, we are not to be troubled, If anything, we should be excited, and in awe of the truth of God’s Word. 

Biblical-prophecy

See one of the mistakes made when trying to study Bible prophecy is instead of following God’s Word, many tend to “speculate,”. How many know that God says what He means and means what He says. I always felt in my heart that after Y2K, there was a massive turning away from Bible prophecy for the most part. 

II Peter 3:1-10—This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: Thermo Nuclear7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

4) A Pre-Imminent Reason:  He will make Himself known among the heathen and He will sanctified before the eyes of the entire world. Also he will make himself know to the nation of Israel

Ezekiel 39:22–So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day and forward. 23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. 25 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; 26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28 Then shall they know that I am the Lord their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. 29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.

Let me conclude with the results of this invasion of Israel. There are four things that happen as a result of this war:

1) Bible Prophecies Will be Fulfilled:

If you read  the books of the prophets Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah,  etc. they all prophesied about Armageddon and the 2nd Coming of the Messiah. Ezekiel also prophesied what now appears to be this prophetic declaration of a war with Russia and its allies against Israel. Once again what God spoke in the Holy Writ will indeed come to pass…

2 Timothy 3:16-17—All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

2) God’s Power is Going to Displayed in a Remarkable Way:

  • Gog and his armies will fall in the mountains of Israel; Several months will be required to clean up the aftermath of this battle.
  • His power will displayed in the fire upon the land from where Gog came and all the islands. (Ezekiel 39:6-10); Also note in the above mentioned Scripture, II Peter 3:10 in Greek alludes to thermo-nuclear terms.
  •  The massive burial (Ezekiel 39:11-16—-7 verses describing the burial of the defeated armies.) It will take Israel 7 months to clean up all the carcasses & debris from this war.
  •  The fowls eating the flesh (Ezekiel 39:17-20) You talk about a gory scene. By the way, over the last decade or so, massive flocks of flesh-eating vultures that normally did not inhabit the Kidron valley area (where the Battle of Armageddon will take place) have begun to populate that valley.

There are many passages in Ezekiel that are mentioned in the Book of Revelation .The consistency of God’s Word gives us all the answers we need.   Bible & Clouds

As I bring this post to a close, it is clearly evident that the stage is being set for this battle to to take place. I also urge you to be a “Berean,” and study this on your own to see if it is so.

Acts 17:11— These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

So, if this “Magog” Invasion is on the horizon, and if Armageddon & the 2nd Coming of our Lord is near, then how much closer are we to the Rapture of the Church? I have not even said one thing about the Rapture of the Church in this teaching. (Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the Rapture of the Church.)

But let me submit this possibility to you: WHAT IF IT PRECEDES THE EVENTS DISCUSSED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL POSTS!!!

Eternity may a a moment away. I urge you to read the suggested prayer of salvation on this website. If you are saved, then………

Luke 21:28– And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

Ezekiel 38-39: The War of Gog and Magog (Part 3)

ezekielLet us now focus on the very reason for this invasion….

Ezekiel 38:7-16—Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them. 8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. 9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. 10 Thus saith the Lord God; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: 11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. 13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? 14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it? 15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army: 16 And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Why is this invasion going to take place? Let me give to you 4 possible reasons:

1) The Prophetic Reason: (Ezekiel 38:1 says, And the Word of the Lord came unto me. It’s a prophetic reason. It’s God’s word being fulfilled. By the way the phrase, “The Word of the Lord came unto me..” is used 92 times in the entire Bible. Out of those 92 references, over half (47) are in the Book of Ezekiel alone! Also, the phrase “Thus saith the Lord…” appears 415 times in the Bible. 127 of them are in the Book of Ezekiel alone!

There is no prophet that who so establishes the fact that this is God’s Word; a direct Word from the Almighty God, a revelation from God. So there is obviously the PROPHETIC reason.

 2) The Personal Reason (verses 10-13): The personal reason for this invasion is to receive a material and financial reward. Notice that the opportunity to invade comes when Israel has a false sense of peace and security. (verse 11 says that they dwell safely.)

Interestingly, in all the peace negotiations that is the major issue, at least from the Israeli side. The Israelis have said that over and over again recently that they have never had more security then they have now, yet they are well aware that there are 27 Islamic countries currently that are calling for their destruction! Again the media paints this picture as if the nation of Israel is a war zone and that there is so much turmoil taking place there.

Ezekiel said that there will be prophets and leaders in Israel who will seduce the people into believing that there is peace when there really is no peace. (Ezekiel 13:16). So the opportunity to invade comes when Israel has a false sense of peace and security.

Is there anything in Israel worth taking? ABSOLUTELY!

Currently Israel has become a major player in the foreign markets. There wealth is well-known. There ability is well-known. Israel is on the verge of becoming the next “Silicon Valley” of the world. There is a common –used joke in Israel: “When you put on your clothes, make sure you put on your cell-phone!” There are more cell-phones per person in Israel than anywhere in the world. They of course, have a security reason for that. Even the little children take cell-phones with them to school.

In Ezekiel 38:13, we see something very interesting regarding any opposition to this invasion. We see some nations questioning this invasion. (Sheba and Dedan)

Genesis 10:7—And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

According to Genesis 10:7, Sheba and Dedan are the grandsons of Cush. But they are also the same names used of the grandsons of Abraham by his second wife Keturah. And they are the fathers of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is not necessarily from the lineage of Ishmael. They come from Sheba and Dedan who were the sons of Keturah, the 2nd wife of Abraham.

Genesis 25:1-3—Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 2 And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. 3 And Jokshan begat Sheba, and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, and Letushim, and Leummim.

Haven’t you noticed recently that there seems to have been a sort of drift or separation between Saudi Arabia and the more fundamentalist Islamic countries? There are reports indicating that Saudi Arabia is very concerned about Isis making their way towards Saudi Arabia as well.

Most Muslims are divided into two major camps with many side issues. The two sides are Shiite, who are more fundamentalist and the Sunni, who are not as radical. The Saudi Arabians are Sunni and they control the holy sites of Mecca & Medina. There is another sect which is based in Arabia (Wahabi) which we won’t discuss now.

According to verse 13, they are merely questioning this invasion and not confronting it militarily.

Now we are about to enter some touchy territory:

13   …and the merchants of Tarsish, with all the young lions thereof,…

Actually it’s the the word means to plant. As in planting villages. Let me explain. Hebraically speaking, it means the merchants of Tarsish planted villages somewhere in the world. In your Bible, the merchants of Tarsish are mentioned 24 times. Several of those passages connect them with ships. Thus, they are a seafaring people.

Psalm 72:10—The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

Psalm 72:10, refers to the kings of Tarsish and of the islands.

Ezekiel 27:12-–Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs.

Ezekiel 27:12 refers to a multitude of riches that they have including silver, iron, tin and lead.

Kind of interesting that the name Brittania, from which Great Britain gets its name, means a land of tin, and it is an island beyond Tarsish. Now in the ancient world, Tarsish was thought of being at the tip of Spain. The area we know as Gibraltar.

Recent archaeological finds inspired the book, America, B.C., by Professor Barry Fell of Harvard University. With an estimated date of 700-600 B.C., the findings suggest that voyagers were probably not explorers but rather merchants trading with the New England Celts who, by that dates, were already well established fur trappers and very likely also mining precious metals from those sites where ancient workings have been discovered. If the findings of Professor Fell are accurate, large colonies of Celts had been brought by ship from Tarshish, Spain, to mine for ore and trap for furs and thus to establish trading posts deep within the American continent. They must surely be recognized as belonging to Ezekiel’s “merchants of Tarshish.”

Now the Book of Ezekiel was written around 500 B.C., during Babylonian captivity. 300 years prior to that we have evidence that there were people here in America. All the way in Iowa as well as all over in New England they have found inscriptions. These have now been deciphered. And guess what, there in glowing terms unmistakable, we have the name merchants of Tarsish, who were here in America.

Apparently as a seafaring people , they had planted themselves in “the islands far away from Europe.” And these people, may have been apparently as far away as the British Isles. They had a vast network of economy and shipping that was taking place hundreds of years before Jesus Christ walked the face of the earth. This means that when Ezekiel wrote this, he would have known about them!

This is not a new revelatory “prophecy point.” There is accurate evidence that can prove its authenticity. You can do the research yourself. But we have an even greater accurate and authentic proof and that is the Bible itself.

So then this reference to merchants of Tarsish could not only refer to the British Isles, but it may also allude to The Unites States of America! And if that is true, then all we are doing is the same thing that Saudi Arabia is doing, which is not intervening in this war.

Recently , it seems as if we have been doing a lot of work with Saudi Arabia, who apparently have been very friendly with us.   Nonetheless, it seems as if even the U.S. is just questioning about this invasion and not doing anything about it. This seems to indicate that there will be no deliberate military action engaged by any of these nations in opposition to Russia.

Note that Ezekiel refers not just to Tarshish, but to “the merchants of Tarshish with all its young lions” (KJV). This phrase is a Hebrew idiom meaning nations that have come out of Tarshish. The young lions of Tarshish are a reference to the colonies that emerged from Britain and Europe – including the USA. Out of the Merchants of Tarshish came the colonial Empires. The most successful of these was Great Britain. The symbol of Great Britain is a lion. That symbol exists to this day and no other empire had more young lions than Great Britain. The present young lions are the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the Commonwealth. These young lion nations that came out of the British Empire have generally been pro-Israel.

Therefore, ‘the young lions of Tarshish’ describes the USA in the last days joining in with her European and Saudi allies to lodge a formal protest against the Russian-Islamic aggressors.

My concern is when the U.S., who currently seems to be the only ally of Israel, ever decides to turn its back on Israel and side with the Arabs due to the Arab oil, watch out! It is very possible that the stage is being set for this to happen. Only time will tell. However, I gauge my view based on the Word of God. Jerusalem will a trembling cup to ALL nations. ALL nations will gather to fight against Jerusalem. 

We do know that the personal reason for this attack on Israel will be for material and financial rewards.

Ezekiel 38:17–Ezekiel 39:9  —Thus saith the Lord God; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? 18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord God, that my fury shall come up in my face. 19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; 20 So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. 21 And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. 22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the Lord. 

Chapter 39: Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: 3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. 4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. 6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. 7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

As you read the above passages, this brings me to the next reason for this wars and that is:

3) The Providential Reason: “Providence,” refers to the control of God behind everything. The providential reason is to see that the Lord’s hand is behind it all. God Himself states, “I will turn thee back,” “I will bring thee forth,” etc.

The same thing is said about Armageddon, by all the Hebrew prophets that it is God who will bring the nations against Israel and will unleash His judgments and fulfill His plans

Ezekiel 39:10-21—So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. 12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land. 13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord God. 14 And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. 15 And the passengers that pass through the land, when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamongog. 16 And also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. 17 And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord God; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. 18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. 19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. 20 Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God. 21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

You see, there is a providential reason, that we would see the hand of the Lord behind it all.

Now I know Jesus said that when you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, be not troubled. Again if one is not reading their Bible, or living right, they may panic when hearing this.  (The conclusion to this series will be in the next post….)

 

Ezekiel 38-39: The War of Gog & Magog (Part 2)

Ezekiel 38:5-6—5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

  1. The involvement of other nations involved in this invasion 

Here we find that there are 5 nations listed. First let’s look at Persia. It is interesting that when you confront most Iranians who come to the west and want to assimilate and live their lives here, they all refer to themselves as Persians. They want Americans to know that they are not a part of the Islamic militants, or a part of the Shiite fundamental Islamic Movement. Persia is Iran. Persia is mentioned 29 times in the Bible. Most of these references can be found in Esther, Ezra and Daniel.

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Persia has been a major political power in the past. It is now becoming a major player in these times. If you talk to the Israeli military officials, they are not as concerned about Egypt or Saudi Arabia or Syria, as they are concerned about Iran. The United Nations has now accepted the fact that Iran is pushing to develop nuclear weapons. Although they are prominently Moslems, Iranians are NOT Arabs. They are Persians.

The actual name of Iran is Persia. When did it change to Iran? It changed to Iran in the 1930’s. Iran comes from the word Aryan. Aryans were Indo-Europeans who invaded northern India in the 2nd Millennium B.C., displacing the Dravidians and other aboriginal peoples.

They are not Semitic peoples like Jews and Arabs. They are a Germanic people. Persians are of the same anthropological origin as Germans and Austrians. They settled in the near east and their influence from Northern India by the Indus River to the Fertile Crescent.

Scripturally speaking, we must be cognizant of the fact that there are 3 things that can push back principalities over nations:

  • The Holy Spirit convincting men of sin; He restrains. (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
  • Human government. The Bible tells us to pray for those in authority. (I Timothy 2:2). If leaders of nations are not influenced by our prayers, then they can be influenced by something else.
  • The preaching of the Gospel.

Thus, Iran will somehow become a threat to the very existence of Israel prior to the return of the LORD. The stage is being set for this. Even France who for the most part seemed to drag their feet in international affairs is now more     prominently involved. (Interesting to note the recent shootings that took place in France.)

This is and always has been a spiritual battle. Satan is trying to destroy Israel and prevent the return of Jesus Christ and Satan is now using Iran to destroy. Now if you look at what is taking place in the Ukraine and notice this involves Russia, the stage is being set for the prophetic fulfillment of Ezekiel 38-39!

Russia:Ukraine crisis

Iran may very possibly be the head of the Pan-Islamic empire that is forming. Russia is a co-signer to that as well as nine of the 15 former Soviet republics and most of their populations are Islamic. It is interesting that as this Islamic alliance is forming, Persia is mentioned first in this verse.

Secondly, we have Ethiopia which appears 20 times in the Bible. It first appears in Genesis 2:13, where the river Gihon (the Nile River) goes over the land of Ethopia. In Hebrew it is the word “Cush.” Cush was the son of Ham.

Table of nations Gen. 10

 

Genesis 10:8-11–And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. 10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Cush had a son named Nimrod whose kingdom began as Babel or Babylon in the land of Shinar. And out of that land went forth Assher (Assyria) and built Nineveh and many other cities. Ezekiel 38 puts Ethiopia with Libya, Lydia & Egypt, Ethiopia being the main player.

Most Bible scholars and experts in geography hasten to add that the ancient Ethiopian Empire covers a lot of land which is south of Egypt today. As a matter of fact, its primary territory is not the little country of Ethiopia that we see on our maps today. The primary territory is actually the country we know today as Sudan, that has slaughtered over 2 million Christians over the past few years.

The third country is Libya, which is mentioned 3 times in the Bible. Some translations refer to it as “Put.” It is the modern country of Libya where which was part of the “Arab Spring,” which occurred last year. Notice the very nations that are mentioned here have recently experienced all kinds of economic/governmental upheaval in the last two years alone!

It is also  interesting to note that these three countries opposed all peace negotiations as it relates to the current Middle East Peace Process.

We have 2 more nations. One is Gomer. Some people because they see the “G” immediately think its Germany. However in the Babylonian Talmud, Gomer refers to the Cimmerians and is rendered “Germania.” It is mentioned 6 times. He too is the son of Japheth according to Genesis 10:2.

Genesis 10:2–The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

We do not know much about him although Israelis refer to him is being north, quite possibly from Europe.

Then we have Togarmah, who is the son of Gomer. Togarmah is used four times

Ezekiel 27:14–They of the house of Togarmah traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules.

This refers to them as those who traded in thy fairs with horses and horsemen and mules. Many Bible scholars relate them to both Turkey and portions of Georgia, the areas between the Black Sea, the Caspian Sea.

One obvious conclusion that can be made when one studies this from both a Jewish perspective and from Gentile Christian preachers is that:

It is coming from the North & it apparently represents what today we know as countries that are aligned together by Islam. Israel considers radical Islam, which calls for the utter destruction of Israel as the greatest of all of its enemies. Currently Islam is the 2nd fastest growing religion in the world and 1 out of every 5 people in the world is muslim. I want to emphasize it is the radical or fundamental doctrine of Islam which is against Israel. I say this with sincere respect for many people I have known and love dearly who are muslim and do not follow that brand of Islam. In the next post we will examine the reasons why this invasion will take place……..(To be continued)

 

 

Ezekiel 38-39: The War of Gog & Magog (Part 1)

 

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Israel is the apple of God’s eye; the center of God’s prophetic program; they have been brought back as a nation beginning in 1948. This is a miracle in itself in terms of natural history. No nation has ever experienced this. Especially since 1967, when Jerusalem was recognized as a city in Israel a plethora of miraculous fulfillments of Bible prophecy regarding the nation of Israel have come to pass and are continuing to come to fruition even as I am writing this post! What is also noteworthy is how this small nation seems to be in the forefront of the global media as events in the Middle East are now being showcased before the entire world. This was also written in the book of Zechariah (which is a complimentary book also referred to as “The Little Apocalypse”)as compared to the Book of Revelation:

Zechariah 12:1-3— 1 The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Gog Magog WarAccording to Ezekiel 38 & 39, we see that Gog and Magog are going to invade Israel.

The first thing we need to know is that Gog and Magog are mentioned in the Book of Revelation:

Revelation 20.7-8—And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Some say that this coming war prophesied in Ezekiel will occur after the thousand year reign of Christ according to these verses. That is not true. This will be a minor rebellion in the eyes of God and it will be dealt with rather quickly. Not with the magnitude of what was described in Ezekiel 38-39.

There are four major views regarding this war. Now in reference to what is currently taking place in the Middle East, what we will examine in the next few posts is of extreme interest.

View # 1: The war will happen after the Millennium (unsupportive view)

View # 2: It will occur in the Middle of the Tribulation period. This would be 3-1/2 years into the final 7 years on this earth prior to the return of Jesus Christ to set up His Millenial kingdom.  

View # 3: The war will occur before the rapture of the church, preceding the seven year tribulation period. One of the reasons for believing this is found in Ezekiel 39:4-12:

4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God. 6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the Lord. 7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord God; this is the day whereof I have spoken. 9 And 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: 10 So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord God. 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea: and it shall stop the noses of the passengers: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it The valley of Hamongog. 12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.

Many Bible scholars find it difficult to see the fact that weapons being burned for seven years occurs during the Millennium. They also notice in this passage that it takes seven months to bury the dead. Again they don’t see this happening during the Millenium. They also believe that Gog & Magog refers to Russia and its allies consist of a Pan-Islamic Empire that will be defeated before the tribulation begins. (e.g. during this seven years the weapons are being burned.)

Thus, this is different then the Battle of Armageddon.

View # 4: This war takes place during the Battle of Armageddon. This is the view that is believed by most Jewish rabbis :

Zechariah 14:1-3– Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. 2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3 Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. ( I suggest you read this chapter in its entirety.)

There is no difference between this and what the other Hebrew prophets spoke about. This is the great Final Battle which occurs at the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ at the end of seven year tribulation period.

THESE ARE THE FOUR COMMON VIEWS HELD BY BIBLE SCHOLARS. LET US NOW EXAMINE THE SCRIPTURES…….

Ezekiel 38:1-6— 1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 4 And 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: 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: 6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.

In the opening six verses of Chapter 38 we have a recognition of those who will invade Israel. I want to break this down into 2 categories:

  • the identity of Gog (verses 2-3)
  • the involvement of other nations involved in this invasion ( verses 5-6)

So in order to see who invades Israel let’start with the identity of Gog:

  1. The identity of Gog.

The land of Magog means simply “from Gog.” So Magog is the land where Gog has his Empire or throne perhaps. The reason this became of great interest is due to the research of a Hebrew scholar named Gasinius. In examining the Hebrew words used in this text, Gasinius identified the words “chief prince,” which in Hebrew means “rosh” or “the head leader.” He identified the word “rosh,” and its phonetic equivalent with the modern country of Russia. He then proceeded to use the same method of phonetic equivalent of the Hebrew terms compared to their Russian meanings. Therefore, “Meshach” becomes “Moscow” and “Tubal” becomes “Tobolsk.”

Many scholars in the past have identified Gog and Magog with the ancient Scythians. The Scyths were early mounted Nomads; unequalled in their archery skills. Aiming backward, riding at a gallop, they could kill birds in flight—right or left handed! The Scythians are mentioned in Colossians 3:11 in the N.T. Many believe that they were the ancestors of many of today’s Russian people. Or at least those of the former Soviet Republic. They dominated the vast steppes of Russia from Ukraine to the Great Wall of China.

An eight century reference refeered to the great Wall of China as “ Sud Yagog et Magog.” Or the rampart of Gog and Magog. A rampart is a high, elevated protection or defense. The Quran makes reference to it as Vadjudj wa madjudj. They were known to be very Barbaric, and even cannibalistic. They were known to eat the remains of their deceased relatives (according to Tertulian, one of the early church fathers.) Also, they were also identified as being “north” of Israel.

In order to identify Gog from a biblical perspective, we will look at three categories 1.

1.  A Historical Connection:                                                                                                   

Genesis 10:2–The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

 Here it lists Gomer, Magog, Tubal and Meshach as the sons of Japheth. (Remember that after the flood of Noah, it was his three sons that re-populated the earth: Shem, Ham and Japheth.) By the way the name Togarmah, which is mentioned in Ezekiel 38 was the son of Gomer, or rather the grandson of Japheth.

Now the term Gog can be found 11 times in the Bible. However, 9 of the 11 times it is mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39. I Chronicles 5:4 ( in the genealogical tables) list Gog as a descendant of Reuben of the tribes of Israel. So there is a historic connection to this name:

I Chronicles 5:4–The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,

It comes from the Japhetic nations. Japheth was promised that he would be dominating the world scene. Thus, world empires were sprung from Japheth. According to the Jewish rabbis, the Japhetic nations would always be involved in Armageddon. They saw the “Semitic” peoples of Israel being attacked by the Japhetic peoples who would primarily be dominating the world in the days of the coming of the Messiah King.

2. A Geographical Connection: In verse 6 of chapter 38 we read north quarters.”

magog-map   In verse 2 of chapter 39, we read “north parts.” Now Magog is mentioned in the Bible 5 times. In I Chronicles 1:5, we see Magog as the son of Japheth. All we know is that it is north of Israel. When you look at a map, and you go the furthest direction upward, it appears that that nation is Russia. Some say it could mean Turkey. In what is referred to as the “Fertile Crescent,” all countries are north of Israel. This is regarded so by the Bible and it is still regarded so today. For example, although Iran appears east of Israel, (see map) one must still travel north. You can’t cut across the Saudi Arabian desert, you must go north. Now first you go through Syria and then Iraq which is always north. Isn’t it interesting that Syria and Iraq are being targeted by ISIS as they attempt to re-establish an Islamic Caliphate in the Fertile Crescent! As I am studying the current crisis with ISIS and the Levant, it is clear that these events are a pre-cursor to a possible war (perhaps Psalm 83) that will ultimately lead to the War of Gog and Magog and the appearance of Anti-Christ.

Psalm 83–1 Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. 2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: 6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; 7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; 8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. 9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: 10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. 11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: 12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession. 13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind. 14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; 15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. 16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord. 17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: 18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

The ancient Assyrians were always referred to as a Northern power. Even ancient Babylon was always referred to as a Northern power. So even as we read our maps, we are not necessarily viewing them from a Hebraic background. So it is probable that Gog and Magog, although they are referred to as a Northern power, can stretch out as far as Iran, when you study this from a Hebraic perspective. We do know that Iran in fact is mentioned here.

3. A Political Connection: In 38:2 Gog is referred to as the chief prince, or leader of Meshach and Tubal. It does not say that he is the chief prince of Magog, although he is from the land of Magog.

So what does the Bible have to say about Meshach and Tubal?

Meshach appears 8 times in the Bible. He is listed as a son of Japheth in I Chronicles 1:5. Interestingly, the name Meshach is also referred to as the son of Shem. So Meshach also descends from the Semitic nations.

I Chronicles 1:17–The sons of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram, and Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Meshech.

 He is also called the brother of Elam and Asher, which today is Iran and Iraq by the way. Both Meshach and Tubal are listed together as merchants. They apparently are very active in trading with other countries.

Tubal is listed 8 times in the Bible. Tubal and Meshach are listed in the Bible as among the nations whose graves are seen as the result of God’s judgment. The other nations are Asher (ancient Assyria/modern Iraq), Elam, (modern Iran), Egypt, and Edom (which is Jordan.)

Ezekiel 32:17-29– It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit. 19 Whom dost thou pass in beauty? go down, and be thou laid with the uncircumcised. 20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes. 21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword. 22 Asshur is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword: 23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living. 24 There is Elam and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit. 25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain. 26 There is Meshech, Tubal, and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living. 27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living. 28 Yea, thou shalt be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shalt lie with them that are slain with the sword. 29 There is Edom, her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.

God says those are the graves which will result from God’s great judgment in Armageddon. It is very interesting that Tubal and Meshech are among these nations. ( To be continued….)