Gog Magog, What is the Gog Magog War?, Ezekiel 38 Gog and Magog
Will Russia, Iran and Certain Arab / North African Nations Attack Israel?
The Ezekiel 38 / 39 Gog Magog War:
Invasion of Israel
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"... Art thou
come to take a spoil? ..." (Ezekiel
38-39 prophesy that several Arab and North African nations will rally together
in the Latter Years and mount a massive military operation against the Nation of
Israel. Despite the fall of the Berlin Wall and the "collapse"
of communism, Ezekiel prophesies that a "hook in the jaw" will be
placed in Russia's mouth and she will be dragged into this war virtually against
her will. It will not be her smartest move. It will be the end of
her armed forces.
As with most
of Bible Prophecy, Ezekiel's prophetic language is symbolic, requiring an
enlightened view of all Scripture. Therefore, we must carefully examine
the prophetical books of the Bible and compare them with other Scripture.
Prophetical books are not meant just for "filler" material ... they
are intended to guide generations by revealing the future *before* it
occurs. All of Bible prophecy will be fulfilled. The only question
prophecy books are arranged in chronological sequence. Occasionally,
prophecy will take quick jumps backwards or forwards to make a point. In
this case, the prophecies in Ezekiel 38-39 are dependent on the prophecies of
Ezekiel 36-37 being already fulfilled. In other words, Russia and the
Arabs cannot attack the Nation of Israel until after the Nation of Israel had
been restored. In the 20th century, the Nation of Israel has been
restored, just as prophesied in Ezekiel
37 and Isaiah
Although the Russian-Arab
invasion of Israel
is foretold in the prophecy of Ezekiel
after Israel is restored as a nation (Ezekiel
this invasion is not the Battle of Armageddon. While the prophetic
language in Ezekiel seems to describe Armageddon in many ways, there are several
reasons to differentiate this invasion from the Battle of Armageddon (Prophecy
Watch, 212-214). Drs. Thomas Ice and
Timothy Demy quote Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum in assessing the Ezekiel invasion as a
pre-tribulational event, though not necessarily pre-rapture:
in Ezekiel there are definite allies mentioned and they are limited
in number while other nations stand in opposition. In
the Campaign of Armageddon all nations are allied together against
Jerusalem without exception.
the Ezekiel invasion comes from the north, but
the Armageddon invasion comes from the whole Earth.
the purpose of the Russian [38:6] invasion is to take spoil; the
purpose of the Armageddon Campaign is to destroy all the Jews.
in the Ezekiel invasion there is a protest against the invasion; in
the Armageddon Campaign there is no protest since all the nations are
the Ezekiel invasion is destroyed through convulsions of nature; the
Armageddon invasion is destroyed by the personal Second Coming of Jesus
the Ezekiel invasion is destroyed on the mountains of Israel; the
Armageddon Campaign is destroyed in the area between Petra and Jerusalem.
the Russian invasion takes place while Israel is living securely in the
land; but the Armageddon Campaign takes place
while Israel is in flight and in hiding. (Ice and Demy,
Prophecy Watch, 1998, p.213, reformatted for emphasis)
Now Israel is
back as a viable nation once again. An internal meltdown in Russia and
trouble occurring in many former Soviet republics like Kosovo and Chechnya are
creating unstable, unpredictable situations. North Africa has no shortage
of issues, from war in Sierra Leone, to the battles between Ethiopia and
Eritrea, to ongoing persecution in Sudan, Algeria, Togo and Burkina Faso.
Libya is busy constructing chemical and perhaps biological weaponry. And
now, due primarily to AIDS, most South African teenagers have an average life
expectancy of just 33 years; down from 70 years a scant 5 years ago.
The winds of
war are blowing once again in the Middle East. Iran is developing and
testing a Medium Range Ballistic Missile with Russian assistance.
Iraq is defiant to weapons inspectors once again. Iran and her prot�g�
Syria have purchased several Soviet fight-bomber aircraft in 1997. Syria
has also purchased 1000 Kornet anti-tank weapons. Israel has not been idly
watching their neighbors arming. Israel is currently accepting delivery of
advanced American F-15I fighter-bombers. An anti-missile missile system is
being deployed. Israel has received 3 new German Dolphin-class submarines
to augment their navy. And Israel is now launching their own spy
satellites. What is the outcome of all this military buildup?
Here is the answer ...
38:1-7 Here God directs
Ezekiel to prophesy against the land of Russia. Several nations are named
such as Persia (mostly Iran but includes parts of Iraq), Ethiopia and Libya:
1 And the
word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech
and Tubal, and
prophesy against him,
say, Thus saith the Lord GOD;
Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
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
Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his
bands: and many people with thee.
thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are
assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
38:8-13 In these passages,
reference is made to Israel being restored from the nations she was scattered to
by the Roman armies under Titus Vespasian in 70 A.D. Russian armies
and their allies are massed for a swift invasion of Israel, being likened to a
storm cloud. A former desolate land, Israel is now blooming again, and the
temptation is too much. The nations of the West apparently offer
diplomatic protest only, as no military action in response to this invasion is
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.
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:
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
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
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
38:14-23 Ezekiel is once again
instructed to prophesy against Russia for her forthcoming attack upon Israel.
God will use this attack to bring glory to His Name by unbelievers. Since no
nation will come to Israel's defense, God will send a fiery earthquake (perhaps
nuclear war?) upon the attacking armies, confusing them, causing them to fight
against one another:
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?
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:
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
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?
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.
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
next prophecy of Ezekiel is delivered against Russia predicting that less than
17% (1/6th) of her armies will survive the vengeance of God. Also, an
unknown "fire" (volcanic earthquake or nuclear war?) shall descend
upon the land of Magog and others. Israel shall worship God for delivering
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:
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
I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall
out of thy right hand.
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.
shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it,
saith the Lord GOD.
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.
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.
it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this
is the day whereof I have spoken.
Russia's devastating defeat, Israel cleanses their land by burning the weapons
that were intended for use against her. The bodies of the attacking
armies will be buried, in the place where they fell, over a seven-month period:
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
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.
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.
seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse
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.
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.
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
also the name of the city shall be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
the bodies are completely buried by Israel, predatory birds and wild animals
enjoy a human buffet as they dine on the fallen warriors of the Gog-Magog war
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.
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
ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of My
sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
ye shall be filled at My table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and
with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD.
final outcome of this event is that God receives glory from Israel and others:
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.
the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day 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.
to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto
them, and hid My face from them.
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;
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
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;
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.
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.
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