There’s a Restoration Day Coming to Israel Ezekiel 33-48, cont’d.
Ezekiel 33-39 Israel’s Restoration During the Tribulation, cont’d.
Ezekiel 38-The Future Attack by Gog
Ezekiel 38:1-16-God is going to bring a confederacy of nations against Israel. But they will be defeated.
Ezekiel 38:12-Israel is describe as being at the “center of the world” (literally-“the navel of the earth”). While there may not be any such thing geographically…it is true in terms of importance in world history. The history of the world centers around the nation of Israel.
38:1 Chapters 38-39 describe a future attack on Israel and God's deliverance of His people. The invading armies come from "the remote parts of the north" (38:15) to invade Palestine, but are destroyed by supernatural intervention (39:3). Seven months will be required to bury their corpses (39:11-15), and their weapons will supply fuel for Israel for seven years (39:9-10). The time of the battle is unclear. Israel will be living in security, whether real or imagined (38:11-12), which might indicate that the battle takes place before the middle of the Tribulation while Israel feels secure under a treaty with Antichrist. But the consummation of the battle involves birds and beasts eating the flesh of the warriors, a scene similar to the description of Armageddon at the end of the Tribulation (39:17-20; Rev. 19:17-18). Also at the conclusion of the conflict the nations will understand the judging hand of God, and Israel will know that the LORD (Yahweh) is their God (Ezek. 39:21-22). John envisioned a battle of Gog and Magog at the conclusion of the millennial kingdom (Rev. 20:7-9). Perhaps the first thrust will begin just before the middle of the Tribulation, with successive waves of the invasion continuing throughout the last part of that period and building up to Armageddon. Perhaps, also, this passage in Ezekiel is describing two battles of Gog and Magog, one during the Tribulation and the other at the conclusion of the Millennium. It is not un-usual for biblical prophecies to have more than one fulfillment. Ezekiel 38:2 Gog. The derivation of the word is uncertain. It probably refers to the ruler of the people who live in Magog. Magog was identified by Josephus as the land of the Scythians, the region N. and NE. of the Black Sea and E. of the Aral Sea (now occupied by Russia). the prince of Rosh (better, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal). The area of modern Turkey.
38:5-6 Other allies will include Persia (modern Iran), Ethiopia (northern Sudan), Put (Lybia), Gomer (probably the eastern part of Turkey and the Ukraine), and Beth-togarma (the part of Turkey near the Syrian border).
The Ryrie Study Bible, footnotes on Ezekiel 38:1,2,5-6, pp. 1285,1286
Ezekiel 38:17-39:20-The Retaliatory Attack by God
When these nations attack…God will attack back. He will use the very forces of nature against them…”great earthquake” (:19), ”torrential rain, with hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (:22). God will be victorious (:5) So great will be the destruction…that the people of Israel will use the enemies implements of war as a source of fire for 7 years (:9) and it will take 7 months to bury all of the enemy dead (:12).
Ezekiel 39:17-29-The Resulting Glory of God
God’s victory over His enemies will bring Him glory among the peoples of the nations.
Prayer: Father, one day Israel will be firmly reestablished in the Promised Land. You use that nation to demonstrate Your faithfulness to all men. Thank You, Lord…for the security that You give. As certainly as nothing can destroy Israel or take its land from it…nothing can destroy me or take away Your promises from me. I praise You, Father…for You are wonderful and worthy of all honor and worship.