Apr 19 2019

The word “Easter”

The word “Easter”

Apply the blood of Christ

By Craig C. White

As you will soon see, the translators of the King James Bible couldn’t tell the difference between Easter or Passover. Still they weren’t too far from the truth. As it turns out that Easter and Passover have the same application. We are saved by the application of blood.

Act 12:4 And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.

The word “Easter” appears in the King James bible only once. Now this word is a little misplaced. Easter is a word that the old English speaking “King James Bible” translators chose. For them Easter was a familiar holy-day. But Easter was not what the original Greek text had in mind. The original Greek word is pascha. It means “The Passover”.

Here is the definition of pascha from the Strong Greek dictionary.

pascha
pas’-khah
Of Chaldee origin; the Passover (the meal, the day, the festival or the special sacrifices connected with it): – Easter, Passover.

Passover celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egypt. God sent a plague of death among the firstborn of the Egyptians. God told Israel to put the blood of a sacrificed lamb on the doorposts of their homes. The applied blood caused the death angel to “pass over” the homes of the Hebrews, sparing the firstborn child of each family.

According to Leviticus 23:5 Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of Nissan (March or April) and lasts seven days (Leviticus 23:6). The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins on Nissan 15.

Here are the instructions for the first Passover along with its dramatic results.

Exodus 12:21-30 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. 22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. 23 For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. 24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever. 25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. 26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? 27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped. 28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Without applying the blood of the lamb the first born among the Egyptians died. Only by applying the blood did death pass-over their homes.

According to 1 Corinthians below, Jesus Christ is our passover (pascha). When we apply his blood, death passes over us. We may die once, but we will one day be raised to everlasting life; and we will be raised in our bodies! Christ defeated the power of sin and death. Just as Jesus could not be held in the grave; death can no longer keep those who are covered by Jesus blood. So in both Easter or Passover you must apply the blood in order to live.

1Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

For all believers Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. Because he rose we can be certain that we will rise likewise (Act 17:31).

Be certain that you have applied the blood of Jesus Christ on this Passover, or Resurrection Day, or as King James would say “Easter”.

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Apr 19 2019

Will this generation repent at the preaching of Jonah?

Will this generation repent at the preaching of Jonah?

The flooding of Mosul – Israel’s sign of coming judgement

By Craig C. White

The book of Nahum is all about the destruction of the ancient city of Nineveh. God destroyed the city with a flood and then it was ransacked for two months.Today the ruins of Nineveh lie within the city limits of Mosul.

Nahum 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Conditions in Mosul are the same as they were in ancient Nineveh. The Mosul dam is in danger of bursting. The same three armies are set against it. Nahum likely also foretells the destruction of Mosul. The destruction of Mosul could be the end time sign to Israel that their time of trouble is at hand. The destruction of Mosul could also be the sign to the unbelieving world that God is about to judge them.

The unbelieving religious rulers in Jerusalem demanded a sign from Jesus. Jesus told them that they would not be given a sign except for the sign of Jonah. Jonah was sent to ancient Nineveh to tell them to repent because God’s judgment was coming on the city.

Matthew 12:38-39 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Perhaps some of the nation of Israel will repent at the preaching of Jonah when Mosul is flooded! If they do repent then they will narrowly escape God’s coming judgement on the city of Jerusalem and on the nation of Israel.

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Apr 14 2019

Ethiopia is Sudan!

Ethiopia is Sudan!

Ezekiel 38:5

By Craig C. White

We are told about an end time Turkish led invasion into Israel in Ezekiel 38. Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya will join Turkey in this invasion. Most folks know that Persia is the ancient name for today’s Iran. Libya is easily identified as today’s Libya. But when it comes to identifying Ethiopia we may falter. It seems obvious at first but the English translation is somewhat misleading. The English translators chose a convenient title for their day but the nation of Ethiopia didn’t exist at the time that Ezekiel wrote his prophecy!

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

The name Ethiopia is only as old as about 400 AD. That name was given long after Ezekiel wrote his prophecy (Ezekiel 38:5)! The name Ethiopia comes from the Greek word “Aethiopia” referring to the people who lived south of Egypt. The original Hebrew word translated as “Ethiopia” in the English bible is the Hebrew word “Cush”. Look it up in your concordance! Cush was one of Noah’s grandsons who settled the land south of Egypt (Genesis 10, 1Chronicles 1). Sudan is the major nation today that is located directly south of Egypt. Ethiopia is southeast of Sudan. When you read “Ethiopia” in the English bible you can be certain that it is referring to the modern day nation of Sudan!

By the way all of these nations are represented in the forces fighting in Syria today! It seems likely that after the destruction of Damascus, Syria that these armies will turn south into Israel led by Turkey! It is High Time to Awake!

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Read about the gathering Turkish led invasion into Israel in my book Turkey invades Israel – Halfway to Armageddon

You will be alerted to the major pre-Tribulation bible prophecy of our time! Afterward you should definitely tell your pastor!

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Apr 13 2019

The sign of Jesus’ coming

The sign of Jesus’ coming

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Fluffy white clouds?

2 Samuel 22

By Craig C. White

When Jesus returns he will overthrow all of Israel’s enemies. Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like when he returns to earth? Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like while fighting against Israel’s enemies? Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like while dispensing his wrath? Have you ever wondered what Jesus will look like when he returns to save Israel? Have you ever wondered what the sign of Jesus Christ’s second coming is? The sign of the son of God is a cloud. However Jesus won’t float down from heaven on a fluffy white cloud. If you have ever wondered then read this song of deliverance by King David.

2Sa 22:7-16  In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.  8  Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wroth.

When Jesus comes back to earth he is going to be mad. When Jesus returns, the earth will quake and tremble in fear. The clouds will crack and the stars will be moved!

Here is what Jesus will look like when he returns.

2Samuel 22:9  There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

While dispensing his rage Jesus will breathe so furiously that he will blow smoke and dust from his nostrils in anger. A two edged sword of flaming fire will proceed out of his mouth consuming all of Israel’s enemies and their land. Even the burning embers will be consumed!

2Samuel 22:10  He bowed the heavens also, and came down; and darkness was under his feet.

Jesus will literally bend the sky and the cosmos in order to descend from Heaven to the Earth. Thick, dark, gloomy clouds will be pushed down at his feet. A black and terrible storm will descend upon the earth ahead of him.

2Samuel 22:11  And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.

This sounds nice. Jesus will ride a chubby little angel child. No, this paints a much different picture. A cherub is a fierce winged heavenly created being. Cherubim guarded the Garden of Eden along with a flaming sword (Gen 3:24). The sound of cherubim’s wings is as loud as the voice of God.

Eze 10:5  And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the Almighty God when he speaketh.

Cherubim may be in part like a man, and a lion, and an eagle. Ezekiel describes his encounter with cherubim below. The word wheel should probably better be translated as a turning “whirlwind”. Jesus is coming back to earth riding on a cherub. The wind will propel him like a jet engine!

Eze 10:8-22  And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings.  9  And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.  10  And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.  11  When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.  12  And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.  13  As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel.  14  And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.  15  And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.  16  And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them.  17  When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.  18  Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.  19  And the cherubims lifted up their wings, and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.  20  This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.  21  Every one had four faces apiece, and every one four wings; and the likeness of the hands of a man was under their wings.  22  And the likeness of their faces was the same faces which I saw by the river of Chebar, their appearances and themselves: they went every one straight forward.

2Samuel 22:12  And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.  13  Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled. 

In verse 12 above Jesus fashions darkness as a fortress all around himself. That darkness is composed of the darkest storm clouds. Through the dark storm clouds the brightest light will shine. The light will be so bright that everything in front of him will burn. This is the sign of the Lord Jesus.

2Samuel 22:14  The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

Jesus will descend with a shout!

2Samuel 22:15  And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.

(Above) Jesus Christ will return to earth to destroy the enemies of Israel. (Below) He will be so fierce that the sea will be open to its depths, and the ground will be laid bare to the bedrock.

2Samuel 22:16  And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.

Don’t put yourself on the wrong side of God.

Rom 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Very interesting to read and hard to stop. – Alexandria

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Apr 13 2019

Magog Made Easier!

Magog Made Easier!

Ezekiel chapter 38 is a prelude to Ezekiel chapter 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 chapters 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. Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 both describe a Turkish led invasion into Israel. My view is that the events of Ezekiel chapter 38 will happen before the events described in Ezekiel 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 chapters 38 and 39 begin in similar ways. God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the land of Gog (or today’s Turkey). However, Magog the ruler of Gog is named at the beginning of Ezekiel chapter 38. Magog is the ruler of Gog. Magog is not mentioned at the beginning of Ezekiel chapter 39. So Ezekiel chapter 39 is directed more towards the nation of Gog than it is towards its ruler personally. I think that Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 have separate applications because God divides them into two separate proclamations. It may be that the battle of Ezekiel chapter 38 happens before Israel’s Great Tribulation and the battle of Ezekiel chapter 39 happens a few years later at the end of the Great Tribulation period. I will say more about that when we get to Ezekiel 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:

In Ezekiel 38:4, when Gog attacks Israel then God will turn the Turkish army around like an animal being led with a bit in its mouth (put hooks into thy jaw). A lot of Bible teachers say that this means that the Turkish Army will be turned towards Israel but it actually means that God will cause the Turkish Army to retreat. The term to “put hooks into thy jaws” is used elsewhere in the Bible. Just like God caused the Assyrian Army to retreat in 734 BC God will also cause the Turkish Army to retreat. Read my commentary titled Hooks into thy jaws.

The Ezekiel chapter 38 invasion into Israel may begin soon. The Turkish army is now amassed on the Syrian border; both in Turkey and now inside of Syria. Turkish President Erdogan has proclaimed that the sole reason that Turkey has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. The Turkish Army may destroy Damascus (Isaiah 17:1 and Jeremiah 49:24-27) and then march a few miles southward into 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 today’s Iran, Sudan, and Libya. They are all fighting in Syria today.

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. Today the largest population center in Turkey is located around Istanbul in far northwestern Turkey. So Turkey will lead an invasion into Israel joined by Iran, 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 President 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. Tarshish refers to Lebanon. Tarshish was the name of the rock island fortress that once sat off of the coast of Tyre in southern Lebanon. 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. I think that this is again referring to northern Turkey. Today the Turkish Army is gathered on the northwestern Syrian border. Turkish President Erdogan wants Syrian President Assad to be removed from power. 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 will defeat in the battle of Armageddon. But this is not yet the battle of Armageddon. The battle of Armageddon is most certainly described in Ezekiel chapter 39. Not all prophecy regarding the end time invasion into Israel will be fulfilled during the Ezekiel chapter 38 battle. Ezekiel chapter 38 is a preview and a prelude to Ezekiel chapter 39. I think that the events that are described in Ezekiel chapter 39 are the events that have been prophesied to happen at the end of the Tribulation period when Jesus returns to defeat the invading armies. The Ezekiel chapter 38 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 Ezekiel 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 among themselves. In verse 22 below, the word 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 but they will recognize his handiwork.

Now let’s look at Ezekiel chapter 39. This is the second proclamation against the nation 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 chapter 39 begins much the same as chapter 38. God proclaims for the second time that he is against the nation of Gog (or Turkey). However, the other nations of Iran, Ethiopia (Sudan), or Libya are not mentioned. In Ezekiel chapter 38 the nations observe God’s hand at work while defending Israel. In Ezekiel chapter 39 Israel finally trusts in their God. We will discover that the battle described in Ezekiel chapter 39 is conclusive. God will no longer allow the nations to invade Israel. So the events described in Ezekiel chapter 39 must take place at the end of the Tribulation period when Jesus Christ returns to defeat Israel’s enemies and to rule in Jerusalem. Only then will Israel be forever at peace. Only then will all Jewish people be 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:

Again God will cause the Armies led by the nation of Gog to retreat. It seems that God will wipe out all but one sixth of the soldiers but the phrase “leave but the sixth part of thee” may actually mean to annihilate. God will bring the Armies of Gog upon the mountains of Israel. At the end of the Tribulation period Israel will be attacked from several fronts (read my commentary titled “Revelation Wrath Path”). We know that God will gather some of the armies of Israel’s enemies at the valley of Megiddo in the northern mountainous part of 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 Tribulation period, culminating with Jesus’ second coming at the end of the Great Tribulation. This same day is described in Revelation chapter 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, to send a fire means that God will send an army to 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. After Jesus judges Israel’s enemies then 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 chapter 38 are a preview of the main battle of Gog and Magog. The events of Ezekiel chapter 39 fulfill the major prophecies about the day of the Lord. I wonder if a false interpretation of the soon coming Turkish led invasion into Israel will entice Israel to make a peace treaty with Turkish President Erdogan.

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”. Remember that Gog identifies the nation and Magog identifies its ruler. Turkey’s ruler isn’t being buried here but the Turkish Army is.

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, the people of Israel will at last 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.

I think that Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 are describing two separate battles. Their events have similarities but they happen at slightly different times. It is 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, 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.

Today the world is poised for a Turkish led invasion into the Golan Heights of Israel. We should all be aware of Ezekiel’s prophecy and be watchful. It is High Time to Awake!
Magog Made Easier

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