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EDITOR:
Steve Van Nattan

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EZEKIEL 38-39 THE INVASION OF ISRAEL
BY GOG AND MAGOG

This will be a progressive ongoing study of the converging of interests to fulfill Ezekiel 38

 

THE TEXT FROM THE BIBLE:

Ezekiel 38:1 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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.

I now include a map of the Persian Empire in the day of Ezekiel. This would include all the nations mentions in the passage except Ethiopia, which was in south Arabia which is not Yemen. Also, Gomer and Togarmah had to be mentioned specifically because they were not in the Persian Empire. This is thought to be the Slavic nations, former USSR people south of Russia today, and Germany.

 

 

The Persian Empire is in brown below.

 

 

Editor's Comments

Verse 7 of Ezekiel indicates that the first intentions of Gog and Magog (Russia), Gomer (Germany), Libya, and her confederates is ordered BY GOD to be a guard to Israel. You may not like this, but as I write the US State Department has been blasting Israel with hate and demanding they give up most of their national territory. Israel will soon need a new defender as the US collapses at the hand of God.

Verse 8 indicates that, in the spirit of being a guard to Israel, the Russian guarding coalition will have "many days" "in the latter years" to kill time somewhere. I speculate in July of 2012 that Russia will imprint itself heavily in the Middle East as the USA collapses into a banana republic. The double time phrases in verse 7 imply many year elapse between verse 7 and 8. I now have to wonder if Gog is implanted on the scene clear through the Great Tribulation. This would then be the assignment of Gog, that is, to guard Israel as they are seduced by the Antichrist.

The rest of Ezekiel 38 indicates, especially in verse 10, that Gog attacks Israel when it is in a restored state with no defenses. This is impossible to imagine as things stand between Israel and the surrounding Islamic nations with their death wish for Israel today. More on this later.

Does this guarding role have to be taken seriously?

The following is prophesied of the Antichrist, the prince who shall come, during the Great Tribulation. He has trouble trying to subdue all the nations in the Middle East:

Daniel 11:40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
44 But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.
45 And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

This Antichrist is NOT the king of Rosh, Gog and Magog. Gog would seem to be the power from the north which resists Antichrist who must abandon conquest of the south to stop a northern invasion or guarding exercise. Note in verse 43 please that two of the nations Gog gathers are at the steps of Antichrist, Libya and Ethiopia. Ethiopia in Ezekiel's day, when the prophecy up the page was given, was in south Arabia. Ethiopia did not cross the Red Sea to conquer the Horn of Africa until much later. So, Ethiopia with Egypt are allied under Gog, and they are at his steps, either in submission, or in nagging at Antichrist on behalf of Gog who originally gathered them.

Does this fit with other prophecy? Here is the last appearance of Gog on the scene in the Word of God.

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

This event is at the very end of the thousand year Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Messiah. I believe it fulfills Ezekiel 38, 8 through the end of the chapter, with chapter 39 telling in detail how Gog will be destroyed. I believe, for now at least, that the most obvious interpretation, and the scenario which solves the long standing questions regarding Gog and Ezekiel 38-39, is that Gog is a guard from Ezekiel 38:7 all the way through the Great Tribulation and possibly even the Kingdom rule of Christ up to Revelation 20. The guarding will not be needed in any significant way during the Kingdom, but there will be some sort of entity remaining from before the Tribulation. An example is the guards of the Tower of London, the Beef Eaters. They are mostly window dressing, but they ARE the designated guards.

Israel has a mutual defense pack with Russia (Gog and Magog) and China today. Israel also has close relations with India and other BRICS nation, and unconventional allies. Now, the US has backed away as the ally of Israel, and the Israeli leaders are being forced to look for another guard. I see Putin, or some Russian leader, coming to the rescue.

So, we are watching for the convergence of thought of Israel with Russia and Libya. Ethiopia has long had very friendly relations with Israel. Libya is now, with Egypt, falling into Islamic fanatic control. Something needs to happen to stop their zeal to destroy Israel. Russia could well do this, especially if there was a war in the Middle East in which many Arabs and Jews died (such as Syria). This war could be coming soon if the US State Deportment and Military keep on course to attack Iran and Damascus. There could be a cooling down of arrogance between the half-brothers, Ishmael and Isaac, Israel and the Arabs, as they must stand against the hegemony of the USA and the EU oil and banking crusade in the Middle East. Israel has just discovered oil off their coast, and it is reported that a large pool of oil lies under the Dead Sea.

Also, note that the following are impotent and can only complain:

Ezekiel 38:13 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?

Europe is the lion, especially England, and the "young lions thereof" are former possessions of England. This is literally the ONLY place where the USA gets into Bible prophecy. So, we see the USA is greatly diminished and unable to participate in the Middle East, only able to complain. Friend, get used to it, the USA will soon be reduced by God to a banana republic. It may well become a fascist dictatorship if recent trends continue, or it may Balkanize and become several nations.

Since Libya and Egypt have fallen and the Islamic Brotherhood taken power (or whoever is in control tomorrow morning), I suspect Vladimir Putin will soon court them to give Israel the comfort that they are under Russian control. Syria may fall in line if Russia is invited to participate in the Middle East. I also suspect Putin will do the same thing with Iran if he can beat the USA to it. If the USA were to use nuclear weapons in the Middle East, the world would turn on the USA in rage. This could trigger a flight from the dollar, and the US economy would collapse, troops be chased home, and the US population attacked by its leaders and brought into slavery. This could happen in weeks. Things move fast now.

So, if you are a Bible believer, I suggest you stop waving the flag and chanting patriotic slogans with the Tea Party. Start behaving like an Ambassador, which you are.

2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

You are not called to save America, you are called to invite lost men and women to be reconciled to God. Any other cause is a mongrel cause and a total distraction.

 

2005-- VLADIMIR PUTIN VISITS ISRAEL TO REASSURE THEM

 

ARTICLES IN THIS JOURNAL
RELATING TO EZEKIEL 38

DISCUSSION AND FUTURE WATCH OF GOG AND MAGOG

RUSSIA IN DESPERATION?

REVELATION CHART

STRONG DELUSION AND WORLD WAR III

GOMER RISING UP AND HUGGING GOG
AND MAGOG

GOMER

 

 

UPDATE

2012-- REPORT FROM MY CONTACT IN ISRAEL

2012-- RUSSIA GAVE SECURITY CODES TO IRANIAN NUCLEAR SITES

2012-- PUTIN TO VISIT ISRAEL IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR AND UNVEIL MONUMENT

2012-- WHAT IS BREWING IN EURASIA? It looks like the USA is staging, along with Israel, to take over the oil and natural resources all the way to the Russian border. Could this be what pushes Russia to challenge the USA in all our war in WW III and, as a result, end up with Israel as the prize? I am not crazy about this news source, but it seems useful.

 

 

LINKS:

IS THIS A COURTSHIP OR INTERROGATION?

 

From CALVARY CHAPEL OF KANEOHE, HAWAII
(Sorry about the Bible version used)

 

BLOG DISCUSSION OF GOG AND MEGOG

 

 

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