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Ezekiel 38 may be a preview to Ezekiel 39

Ezekiel 38 & 39

By Craig White

This is my second commentary covering the battle of Gog and Magog. In my first commentary I identify the people and places involved in the battle of Gog and Magog. For more information please first read my commentary titled “Magog Made Easy!”. This commentary titled “Magog Made Easier!” looks at the differences between Ezekiel 38 and 39 and explores the near time possibility of the battle of Gog and Magog.

Gog is the land of modern Turkey. Magog is its leader. The terms are used interchangeably. Ezekiel 38 and 39 describe a Turkish led invasion into Israel. My view is that the events in chapter 38 may happen before the events described in chapter 39.

Eze 38:1-3  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: 

Ezekiel 38 and 39 begin in similar ways. God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the leader of the land of Gog (or today’s Turkey). I think that Ezekiel 38 and 39 have separate applications because God divides them into two proclamations. It may be that the battle of Ezekiel 38 happens before the Great Tribulation and the battle of Ezekiel 39 happens a few years later at the end of the Great Tribulation. I will say more about that in chapter 39.

Eze 38:4  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: 

  God will cause the Turkish army to turn like an animal being led with a bit in its mouth (put hooks into thy jaw). The Turkish army will turn towards Israel. I am speculating here, but I would watch the Turkish army now amassed on the Syrian border. It may be that God will use the Turkish army to destroy Damascus (Isaiah 17:1 and Jeremiah 49:24-27) and afterward turn them towards Israel.

Eze 38:5  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.

I explain the identities of these people in my commentary “Magog Made Easy”. Persia, Ethiopia (Cush), and Libya are todays Iran, Ethiopia/Sudan, and Libya.

Eze 38:6-7  Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.  7  Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

  Magog, Meshech, Tubal, and Gomer were brothers. Togarmah is Gomer’s son. They were among the first families to resettle the world after the devastation of Noah’s flood. They all settled together in today’s Turkey. The north quarters literally describes the northern quadrant of Turkey, not a northern country. So Turkey will lead an invasion into Israel joined by Iran, Ethiopia (and or Sudan), and Libya.

Eze 38:8  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. 

This prophecy will take place a long time after it was given to Ezekiel. It will take place in the latter years meaning last or end. The latter years are the years before Jesus Christ’s return to earth to judge the nations and rule on earth. Turkey will be visited by a person with intentions of mustering troops to invade Israel. This may be referring to Magog himself, the Turkish leader who will instigate the battle. Today it is easy to see that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is eager to start a war with Israel (read my commentary titled “Mr. Magog”).

The land brought back from the sword is the land of Israel again inhabited by the Jewish people. The phrases out of many people and out of the nations are the same Hebrew words meaning “out of every tribe”. So Israel will be inhabiting the land in peace and prosperity before this invasion, just as they are today.

Eze 38:9  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? 

Please notice that the armies are gathered but have not yet invaded the land of Israel. Sheba and Dedan refer to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. My guess is that Tarshish refers to Tarsus a seaport town in the southeastern coastal region of Turkey today, but there are other theories. Ezekiel doesn’t say that Saudi Arabia is joined in the battle, but that they ask the Turkish led army if it is about to invade Israel in order to acquire wealth.

Eze 38:14  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. 

In verse 14 above, the phraseshalt thou not know it?” means that Turkey will be able to see that Israel is dwelling in peace. In verse 15 above, the phrase north parts” again means northern quadrant. It may be that the Turkish led army enters Israel from the north. Today the Turkish army is gathered on the northwestern Syrian border. Turkey wants Syrian President Assad to be removed. If Turkey attacks the Syrian capital of Damascus, then they would be in position to invade Israel from the north. In verse 16 above, the heathen are nations. The nations will recognize and observe God as he deals with the invading armed forces.

Eze 38:17  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? 

  This is a trick question. The answer is yes. This is the army that Jesus defeats in the battle of Armageddon. It is my opinion however that not all prophecy regarding the end time invasion of Israel will be fulfilled at this time. Ezekiel 38 may be a preview to Ezekiel 39. I think that the events in Ezekiel 39 are the events that have been prophesied to happen at the end of the Great Tribulation. These forces will again invade Israel and Jesus Christ himself will trample them like grapes (Isa 63:3, Jer 25:30, Rev 14:20). In Ezekiel 39:8 God tells us that chapter 39 describes the day of the Lord.

Eze 39:8  Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Eze 38:18  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. 

  You get the picture. In verse 21 above, the invading forces battle amongst themselves. In verse 22 below, plead means to Judge. The word “bands” refers to military troops.

Eze 38:22  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.

  It is important to note that God uses the forces of nature against the invading armies. God sends an enormous earthquake, pestilence (destruction) and blood (bloodshed), and overflowing rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Again, the nations will recognize and observe God as he deals with the invading armed forces. This doesn’t mean that the nations will reverence God.

Now let’s look at Ezekiel chapter 39. This is the second proclamation against the leader of Gog, or today’s nation of Turkey.

Eze 39:1  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: 

Ezekiel 39 begins much the same as chapter 38. God proclaims for the second time that he is against the leader of Turkey. However, the other nations of Iran, Ethiopia, or Libya are not mentioned. In chapter 38 the nations observe God’s hand in defending Israel. In chapter 39 Israel finally trusts in their God. We will discover that the battle described in chapter 39 is conclusive; God will no longer allow the nations to invade Israel. So the events described in Ezekiel 39 must take place at the end of the Great Tribulation when Jesus Christ returns to defeat Israel’s enemies and rule in Jerusalem. Only then is Israel forever at peace. Only then are all Jewish people faithful towards their God.

Eze 39:2  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:

In verse 2 above, the phase “leave but the sixth part of thee” is a mistranslation. The Hebrew word used here means to annihilate. God will again turn the Turkish army to invade Israel from the north. At the end of the Great Tribulation Israel is attacked from several fronts (read my commentary titled “Revelation Wrath Path”). We know that God gathers some of the armies of Israel’s enemies at Megiddo in northern Israel. It seems that Ezekiel 39 is describing the battle of Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Eze 39:3  And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. 

In verse 3 above, God disarms the invading armies.

Eze 39:4  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. 

Verse 4 above, describes the day of the Lord, which is the time of Jesus Christ’s vengeance on all of Israel’s enemies. The day of God’s vengeance lasts through the seven year Great Tribulation, culminating with Jesus’ second coming at the end of the Great Tribulation. This same day is described in Revelation 19 below.

Rev 19:17-18  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;  18  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Eze 39:5  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. 

In verse 5 above,send a fire means that God will send an armyto destroy the land of Israel’s enemies. This same expression is used in Hos 8:14, and several times in Amos 1 & 2, it is also used in Jdg 20:48, 2Ki 8:12, Psa 74:7, and Lam 1:13.

Eze 39:7  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.

In verse 7 above, the heathen or nations will no longer profane the God of Israel. This war can only take place at the end of the Great Tribulation period. After Jesus judges Israel’s enemies he will set his throne in Jerusalem to rule on earth forever.

In verse 8 below, God tells us clearly that this is the day of the Lords vengeance that the prophets have foretold. In the previous chapter of Ezekiel, God asks the question “is the Turkish leader (Magog) the invader whom the prophets foretold?” He was that person. But I think that the events of Ezekiel 38 may be a preview of the main battle of Gog and Magog. The events of Ezekiel 39 fulfill the major prophecies about the day of the Lord.

Eze 38:17  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?

 Eze 39:8  Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

  The verses below describe the 7 month burial period for the armies of Gog. Hamongog means the “multitude of Gog”. Hamonah means simply “multitude”.

Eze 39:9  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.  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. 

  The verses below, describe the supper of the great God. Israel’s enemies will die on the battle ground and be eaten by birds and beasts. No thanks, I have reservations to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Rev 19:17  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

  The supper of the great God is not to be confused with the marriage supper of the lamb. The marriage supper of the lamb is a very nice banquet where all Church age believers are presented to all faithful old testament Jews. All of whom have been resurrected from the dead, and will be very hungry. The marriage supper of the lamb happens on earth after the Great Tribulation. This is where I will eat steak with Ezekiel.

Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Eze 39:17  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. 

  The nations of Israel’s enemies will see that God has judged against them. Jesus will set his throne in Jerusalem. The nations will see God’s faithfulness towards Israel.

Eze 39:21  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.  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. 

After Israel’s great Tribulation, at last the people of Israel believe in their God.In verse 25 below, God will gather the Jewish people from every nation. God will raise every believing Jew from the dead and return them to the land of Israel from the nations where they were held captive (read my commentary titled “Aliyah Israel Arise Return”).

Eze 39:25  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.

  Israel will never again be in unbelief toward their God.

Ezekiel chapter 38 and 39 may be describing the same battle, or their events may have similarities but happen at slightly different times. It is for certain that both chapters describe events that happen near the time of the second coming of Jesus Christ. We can easily watch for a Turkish led Invasion into Israel. We can easily identify the participating nations of Iran, Ethiopia and or Sudan, and Libya. We can recognize that these nations today are likely to join forces against Israel. We can easily identify the Turkish leader that has the propensity to make war with Israel. We can recognize God’s works in the last days before Christ’s return.

The world is poised for this conflict today, so we should all be aware of Ezekiel’s prophecy and be watchful. It is High Time to Awake!
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