“Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— ” Ezekiel 39:25 NKJV
We are going to finish up this book soon and so today’s reading is the beginning of the end of the book. We are introduced to Gog, a nation that doesn’t and hasn’t yet existed – and what is believed to be end of the world prophecy. And of course more mercy and grace and restoration for Israel!!
Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Today’s reading is from the book of Ezekiel, chapters 38-39 (embedded below the image below for your convenience).
Who is Gog? This is a loaded question – with theologians all over the place with answers. We have all heard about Armageddon – the war where Gog and Magog attack Israel! Even people who have never read the Bible have heard about it in pop culture – where the enemy tries to desensitize the world to the judgments of God.
To answer this question for someone else, I would need a great deal more study on the matter. The majority of theologians agree it happens after the rapture – so I do not intend on being here for it. But if so some reason I am here – I know that I know how to hear and obey God and I know that I know He protects and preserves me. I know that I know, that to live is Christ and to die is gain (meaning, while alive, my life belongs to God and it is His and when I die, I receive the reward of eternal life which is our goal).
Part of the intensity of the discussions about Gog is the unknown which is always a door for fear. Yes, even the most seasoned scholars must temper fear when handling end time prophesy. There is a measure of normalcy to it. So, take a deep breath and bear in mind that regardless of your ability to fully understand – Our God, the Good Father, has a plan for each of us and we are safely nestled in His plan. Just as we saw His tender love in all the judgments so far in this book – His great love never fails us. And of course, God is greater than Gog. God lays out a victorious plan – complete victory. But let us look at some wise advice for us:
“Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them” Ezekiel 38:7
Be prepared and be a watchman. Prepare by getting into the word of God and learning it – more. And be a “watch and pray” kind of person, as you learn from the word of God. Like the brides prepared with oil (yesterday’s discussion) – we should be prepared.
“Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years.” Ezekiel 39:9
For 7 years they will burn the weapons – that is a LOT of weapons! This is important to note.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17
We all know, that no weapon formed will prosper – but did you ever stop to think about how many weapons will be formed? You see, if you are doing this right, and have a right relationship with God – it will make people angry! Very angry!
People who are captive in some way to a demonic spirit – they will be frothing at the mouth, mad! People who are generally complacent, will be open to be used as stumbling blocks (they end up used as weapons). People who are in a weak relationship and not putting in the work will be vulnerable to jealousy. So – if you are doing it right, your circle becomes small. And there ends up being so many more weapons formed against you then you can count. And God protects you from each and every one.
If you stop to think about how many – it doesn’t scare you. It doesn’t wear you down. With real, God guided thought on the matter you begin to become desensitize in a good way. There are a billion attacks a day most small and handled long before they get near you and you never know. The enemy uses a broad spectrum approach in hopes that one or two can get through – and some do, but they do not prosper. They pop by and give you opportunity to fear – but don’t. It’s handled, just like the rest, everything from the physical weapon to the tongue. God has this.
“then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.” Ezekiel 39:28-29
Let’s finish this discussion on a Jesus note! Because in His name we have complete victory! Even against things we are unaware of! The closing verse is all about our Jesus! He has set the captives free once and for all and is the final freedom! And Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us – in the book of Acts. We now have the power of that Spirit. We have the anointing that breaks the yoke of bondage. We must stop waiting for someone else to do it and step up in that power and through the boldness of the Holy Spirit, under His anointing, In the Name of Jesus – set the captives free!
Be free from the fear of covid – 19 and everything associated with it in the name of Jesus!
Be free from the sicknesses and illnesses that come against you in the name of Jesus!
Be free from the confusion and lies of this world and fear it causes – IN THE NAME OF JESUS!
Be free from being overwhelmed by information and be free from blind eyes, closed ears and lack of understanding – IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!
Be free from all blockages, to have a real relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ – in the glorious name above all names – Jesus!!
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen
MEMORY WORK: This month we have another great verse to pick up and swing when you need a sword in your hand!
1 John 4:4
NKJV – “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
NAS – “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”
ESV – “Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
AMP – “Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].”
NIV – “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
BIBLE READING: Ezekiel 38-39 NKJV
Gog and Allies Attack Israel
38 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, [a]the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords. 5 Persia, [b]Ethiopia, and [c]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.
7 “Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. 8 After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely. 9 You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you.”
10 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan: 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell [d]safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— 12 to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land. 13 Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?’ ” ’
14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? 15 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. 16 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.” 17 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?
Judgment on Gog
18 “And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face. 19 For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great [e]earthquake in the land of Israel, 20 so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.’ 21 I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains,” says the Lord God. “Every man’s sword will be against his brother. 22 And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 23 Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” ’
Gog’s Armies Destroyed
39 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, [f]the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; 2 and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel. 3 Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. 4 You shall [g]fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5 You shall [h]fall on [i]the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God. 6 “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live [j]in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord. 7 So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.
9 “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the [k]javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. 10 They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; and they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God.
The Burial of Gog
11 “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of [l]Hamon Gog. 12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. 14 “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of [m]a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall [n]set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be [o]Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ’
A Triumphant Festival
17 “And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field:
“Assemble yourselves and come;
Gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal
Which I am sacrificing for you,
A great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel,
That you may eat flesh and drink blood.
18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty,
Drink the blood of the princes of the earth,
Of rams and lambs,
Of goats and bulls,
All of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 You shall eat fat till you are full,
And drink blood till you are drunk,
At My sacrificial meal
Which I am sacrificing for you.
20 You shall be filled at My table
With horses and riders,
With mighty men
And with all the men of war,” says the Lord God.
Israel Restored to the Land
21 “I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward. 23 The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” ’
25 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— 26 after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, 28 then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them [p]captive any longer. 29 And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”
- Ezekiel 38:2 Tg., Vg., Aquila the chief prince of Meshech, also v. 3
- Ezekiel 38:5 Heb. Cush
- Ezekiel 38:5 Heb. Put
- Ezekiel 38:11 securely
- Ezekiel 38:19 Lit. shaking
- Ezekiel 39:1 Tg., Vg., Aquila the chief prince of Meshech
- Ezekiel 39:4 Be slain
- Ezekiel 39:5 Be slain
- Ezekiel 39:5 Lit. the face of the field
- Ezekiel 39:6 securely or confidently
- Ezekiel 39:9 Lit. hand staffs
- Ezekiel 39:11 Lit. The Multitude of Gog
- Ezekiel 39:14 Lit. those who pass through
- Ezekiel 39:15 build
- Ezekiel 39:16 Lit. Multitude
- Ezekiel 39:28 Lit. there