Ezekiel 38

Against Gog and Magog
Text Comments
The first of a two-chapter prophecy against Gog
.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.
 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.
  1 - Word of the Lord The primary application of the prophecy is about the local situation of the time. As with all prophecies which involve a human response, it was conditional. See je1807. Sadly, the people released from captivity were generally not faithful. As with most OT prophecies, this one has a general end-time fulfillment. We need to remember that with the rejection of Christ, the vineyard (God's people and possession) was given to others mt2140 as seen in the general turn of attention of the Gospel going to the Gentiles ac2828. The fulfillment will be for the final "Israel" of faithful Christians ga0328.
  2 - Gog See re2007.
  2 - Gog ... Meshech and Tubal Origin of the armies. Meshech and Tubal are thought to have come from the northern area of what is now Turkey. Tubal is mentioned as trading with Tyre ez2713.
  2 - "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, (NKJV)
 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.
  8 - After many days ... years Thus well after the time of Ezekiel.
 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 [or "confidently"], 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?
  11 - At rest Also seen in v14.
  12 - To take a spoil and ... Literally, "To spoil the spoil, and to prey the prey."
.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.
 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?
  14 - Dwelleth safely This reveals the same picture of the end-time professed people of God as seen when the wicked king of Daniel 8 made his attack da0825. The king in Daniel 8 is destroyed when he attacks just as we see beginning at v18.
  15 - North parts We see the "king of the North." da1105.
 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;
  18 - My fury The Lord God sends them, or permits them to come, and is displeased with what they do. Compare re1409c
 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. {steep...: or, towers, or, stairs}
.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.
  This describes the time of trouble when the Holy Spirit is finally withdrawn from those who persist in evil. It is a time of world chaos da1201; ge0603.
  23 - Sanctify myself Reveal His pure character. When Satan or Gog is no longer constrained, all will see that God's way of love is best.
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