God, Hope & Helping Others
Ezekiel 38:1-7 ‘(1) And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, (2) Son of man, set thy face against God, 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’.
Ezekiel 38:8-13 [Paraphrase] ‘(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. (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 and a great spoil?
Ezekiel 38: 14-23 [paraphrase] ‘(16) And thou shalt come up against My people 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. (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 believe there are dual prophetic events here. I will focus on Israel. Gog with many nations will come against those dwelling safely in the land of Israel. It’s war and they will do damage to Israel. They come in part for cattle and goods, to carry away silver and gold and to take great spoil. In the midst of this attack against Israel, the Lord God is watching. When Gog shall come against the land of Israel, the Lord God’s fury shall come upon His face. In His jealousy and in the fire of His wrath; Surely that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel. It will shake the sea, the heaven and will cause the wall and mountains to fall. It will be such a huge earthquake that fear will fill the hearts of the armies coming against Israel, so much so, that every man’s sword shall be against his brother. The Lord God says I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; I will rain upon Gog and his bands, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire and brimstone. He states I will magnify Myself and they shall know that I Am the Lord.
The time in history for this war has been reached. At any moment.