The Ezekiel Tetrad

If you read Ezekiel 36-39 in one sitting, one thing stands out. All four chapters are deeply connected by a single moment in time. Yes, they talk about different aspects of this occurrence. They, certainly seem to be different from each other, especially as you go from 37 to 38. But, Ezekiel 36, 37, 38 and 39 are deeply tied together by a single astonishing event:

The Return of Israel to God

In fact, I believe that these four chapters exist to specifically illuminate this moment and help us understand how close we are to its occurrence.

It’s such a big, earth-shaking event that it takes four chapters to talk about it – four chapters essentially focusing on the where, how, and when of the salvation of Israel. Think of it as a unit in four parts.

Normally, when you have a unit of four parts, you call it something. Readers call a series of four books surrounding a single plot to be a quadrilogy. Publishers more accurately refer to such a four-book unit as a tetralogy. But, these are chapters and not books. Musicians call a group of four performers a quartet, and that has a good sound to it, except for the fact that we aren’t singing anything.

However, mathematicians have an interesting word for a unit with four parts. They call it a tetrad. And, since math is so closely integrated with our way of thinking and speaking, it is not illogical to borrow from that branch of science to label what must be one of the most important unit-of-four-chapters in the bible:

The Ezekiel Tetrad

And, the importance of this tetrad is highlighted by how much time the rest of the Old Testament (Tanakh) spends discussing the event and the events surrounding it. We have talked about one chapter in Isaiah and two in Zechariah, but there are a massive number of chapters talking about this from many other prophets.

To see what these prophets are saying – as well as my interpretation of what they are saying – go to my other website that focuses specifically on the Ezekiel Tetrad:

http://www.ezekiel36-39.com/

For those of us who love the Jewish people, the salvation of the people of Israel is tremendously exciting to think about. The people that we love and care for will finally become our brothers and sisters in Christ, in these four chapters. What an amazing thing to think about – and devote a website to.

Join me as we walk through these four chapters.

note: This is a shortened version of a MUCH longer chapter that you will find in the APPENDIX. I recommend that you go there to find a more in-depth analysis.

Ezekiel Tetrad One And Two – Ezekiel 36 And 37

The Ezekiel Tetrad comes in two parts. The first part, Ezekiel 36 and Ezekiel 37 speak of God’s love for the Land of Israel, and His intention to bring the people of Israel back to the land where they belong – and save them.

Ezekiel 36

Chapter 36 is the beginning of the Ezekiel Tetrad, and it is the most general. It also encompasses the largest amount of time, and it is only when we get to verse 31 that we see Israel saved. This chapter also allows us to see our own position within the time frame of this prophecy, and even how close we are to its fulfillment.

As we tackle this chapter and then chapters 37, 38 and 39, you will see greater and greater detail surrounding the events that lead to Israel’s salvation and Ezekiel’s Fire.

Let’s start.

God Speaks To The Land Of Israel

And thou, son of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of Jehovah.

Ezekiel 36:1

This bit is interesting. God speaks to the Mountains of Israel, expressing an irrevocable relationship between the Land of Israel, the Geography of Israel and God.

I’m going to skip over verses two through seven, except that I will say that BECAUSE the enemies of Israel have claimed that they own the ancient places of the Land of Israel, God says, “Enough! You will no longer consider this place as your own. It belongs to someone else.”

In fact, everyone who is involved with the Land of Israel should be careful to remember who owns the land, and what purpose the Owner has for that land. Trying to claim God’s property for yourself is a very unhealthy activity.

The Land Of Israel Will Flourish

But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they are at hand to come.

Ezekiel 36:8

God says that He will cause the land to prepare itself for the coming of the Jews. Before the Jews, the Land of Israel was a malaria-infested, barren land – a truly horrific place to live. After the Jews came, the land became a paradise – but only in the areas where the Jews settled.

People don’t realize that before the Jews came to the Land of Israel, nine out of ten children died of malaria. Now, no one in the Land of Israel dies of malaria. Before the Jews came, the Land of Israel was one of the most wretched places on Earth. Soldiers stationed there got sick within a month and had to be rotated out. The hills were barren. And, the population was sick, malnourished, uneducated and desperately poor. Now, it is completely the reverse, for both Arab and Jew.

Even more telling, the Arabs sold the Jews the worst of the Land of Israel, and the Jews turned those awful parcels of land into the best of the Land of Israel – to the envy and consternation of the Arabs.

Then God – through Ezekiel – says that the land will be better than it has EVER been in verses nine through fifteen. I’ve lived in Israel, but you don’t need to, to know that Israel is more lush, more green and supports more people than it ever has in the history of the world.

The Sin Of Israel

Now, God begins to illustrate the past and to mention what happened before the Jews came into their land, and the recalling of that is painful to read. It is a litany of terrible sin and terrible suffering. And, that recollection continues until verse 26.

Just remember two things as we read this. First, when Israel returns to the Land of Israel, all of that awfulness is no longer a part of their future – but, it is still present with them. God does not wash their sin from them until AFTER they enter the Land of Israel. I really hope that you understand that point.

I really am surprised at the foolish thinking of many who claim to be Christian. It should be clear to everyone who reads Ezekiel 36 that the people of Israel are saved AFTER they enter the Land of Israel. Yet, there are foolish people who claim that Israel must be righteous and holy before they enter the Land. To put it another way:

God brings the People of Israel while they are still sinful and in rebellion against God.

You will need to reject the Bible, to say otherwise.

The second thing to remember is that the story of Israel’s transgression is also a story of our own transgression. What happened to Israel – because of her sins – will also come upon us, because of OUR sins. And yes, we really have sinned greatly before God.

Our churches throughout the world are following in ancient Israel’s footsteps and committing the same kinds of sins that Israel committed. And, we can expect the same kinds of judgement that Israel also received. When you look at the statistics for abortion, pornography, divorce, infidelity and sex outside of marriage, you will find very few differences between Christians and non-Christians.

Well, the children of Israel did the very same thing that we are doing, and they paid an awful price for it. And, I’m afraid that we Christians are creating the same future
for ourselves. And, God lays out all of Israel’s sins in verses sixteen through 23.

God Saves Israel, In The Land Of Israel

Now, this is where I get to speak specifically to those who claim to be Christian, yet deny that God is at work in the Land of Israel and the People of Israel:

For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep mine ordinances, and do them.

Ezekiel 36:24-27

I hope that you were reading carefully because God spoke of a specific order to this prophecy:

  1. Israel would return to the Land of Israel
  2. God would clean them
  3. God would give them spiritual life and His Holy Spirit
  4. Only after those three, will they obey God.

I truly hope that people understand the order to this prophecy, because it is clear that God has been following that order – and, that we are in the early stages of step two.

God will fill Israel with an understanding of their uncleanness – a self-loathing that we all needed to go through when we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We all needed to see ourselves as full of sin and filthiness, so that we could turn to Jesus and ask Him to rescue us from our sinfulness.

Israel will do the same, calling out for redemption. And, Our Lord will respond to their cry, as He responded to ours, and make her His own again.

And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. And I will save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the grain, and will multiply it, and lay no famine upon you. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye may receive no more the reproach of famine among the nations. Then shall ye remember your evil ways, and your doings that were not good; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:28-31

What was begun, will be completed. Israel will wake up to see what they’ve been and the mistakes that they’ve made. Israel will return to the Lord and will be finally, and forever, in a true relationship with God.

And, of course, that is what we call the Salvation of Israel. And, to my Jewish friends who may be reading this, this is the point in which we will finally settle the question of who is right and who is wrong.

The Jews will finally acknowledge that Jesus really is the M’shiach.

God Does Not Save Israel Because They Are Better

Of course, Ezekiel 36 isn’t done yet. God goes on to warn those that He has saved, reminding them that He doesn’t do this because the Jewish people are somehow special. No, He tells Israel that He does this for a different reason altogether.

Nor for your sake do I this, saith the Lord Jehovah, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel.

Ezekiel 36:32

God again repeats that He is NOT doing this because the Jews are somehow better than anyone else. No, God is doing this for His own honor – for His own reputation.

God is also saying that the Jews do not deserve what they will receive. Of course, we Christians say the same thing about ourselves. We very clearly do NOT deserve the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins.

Physical Changes That Will Happen To The Land Of Israel

Then, God goes on to describe what Israel will be like AFTER they are saved:

Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: In the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be builded. And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, whereas it was a desolation in the sight of all that passed by. And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fortified and inhabited.

Ezekiel 36:33-35

Now, some people look at Israel now and see that much of Israel has been cultivated and the cities of Israel are bursting at the seams. And, they say that this part of the prophecy has been fulfilled. And, I am prepared to agree with that idea to a certain point. But, God speaks of physical changes to Israel’s geography in Isaiah 30:

And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Isaiah 30:25

There may be fossil aquifers and underground rivers that we don’t know about, with water that will break to the surface through this incredible earthquake. It also could be that these massive earthquakes might affect mountains in Europe in such a way that more rain is funneled into Israel. And yes, the mountains in Europe DO have a significant impact on how and when Israel gets rain.

The World Will Know That God Did This

Now, the interesting thing is how the rest of the world will be forced to acknowledge God’s hand in all of this:

Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I, Jehovah, have builded the ruined places, and planted that which was desolate: I, Jehovah, have spoken it, and I will do it.

Ezekiel 36:36

Interesting. God says:

the nations that are left

meaning:

those nations that survive all that happens

So, those nations that survive the cataclysmic events described here will acknowledge that God has done all of this. They may not WANT to acknowledge it, but they will be forced to.

The Population Of Israel Explodes

Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: For this, moreover, will I be inquired of by the house of Israel, to do it for them: I will increase them with men like a flock. As the flock for sacrifice, as the flock of Jerusalem in her appointed feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

Ezekiel 36:37-38

Take a moment to think about this statement. God is giving us a word picture to help us understand how crowded with people the Land of Israel will become. Imagine the number of sheep that would be required every time a high holy day arrived. That is an enormous number of sheep. The Lord is saying that He will PACK Israel FULL of His people. And, He will bless them, and will do it for Israel.

Not During – Or Immediately Before – The Tribulation

Now, let me ask you:

Does this sound like something that happens immediately before the Tribulation?

Does this sound like something that happens DURING the Tribulation?

No. Of course not.

And no, it does NOT sound like something that happens during the Millennium. There are plenty of verses that talk about the events during the Millennium, and verses 37 and 38 are NOT apart of them.

Please, for your own safety, do not play games with the words of God.

So, this means that Ezekiel’s Fire will occur several years BEFORE the start of the coming of the Antichrist and the Tribulation. So, everyone that says that the Antichrist is about to come…

…well, you’ve got some waiting to do.

So, we have completed the first of the four parts of the Ezekiel Tetrad. Let’s continue with chapter 37.

Ezekiel 37

The imagery of this chapter is unsettling. In fact, some believe that this passage indicates the coming of yet another holocaust. But, I completely disagree.

The Very Dry Bones – An Allegory

Let’s go through the chapter and see what it says.

The hand of Jehovah was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of Jehovah, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. And he caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?

And I answered, O Lord Jehovah, thou knowest.

Ezekiel 37:1-3

The word picture here is powerful. Dry, sterile death. Hopelessness. Utter and absolute destruction, except for one thing…

There are at least bones, and these bones are not broken. There is a remnant of what once was, and that remnant still continues on. And God is going to use what is there (those dry bones) to build again.

Furthermore, to believe that this passage indicates a kind of holocaust would require us to throw out so much that is positive about the return of Israel to her land. Yes, it is true that Zechariah 13:8-9 speaks of two thirds of Israel dying, but it is ‘only’ two thirds. A third survive.

In this valley of ‘dry bones’, there are no survivors. There is no life. Therefore, it should be clear that God is communicating to us with allegorical imagery.

Again he said unto me, Prophesy over these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of Jehovah. Thus saith the Lord Jehovah unto these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am Jehovah.

Ezekiel 37:4-6

God is going to take what is almost destroyed – almost eliminated – and make something new. God is going to reanimate what was lifeless and scattered. And, He speaks to the lifeless, even though they cannot hear.

So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and, behold, an earthquake; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I beheld, and, lo, there were sinews upon them, and flesh came up, and skin covered them above; but there was no breath in them.

Ezekiel 37:7-8

Now, after Ezekiel speaks, we see the bones transformed. They are now recognizable as people. They are no longer dry and sterile. If we were looking out through Ezekiel’s eyes, they’d probably seem to be asleep.

The Holy Spirit Enters Them

Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

Ezekiel 37:9

In verses ten through thirteen, God continues with this metaphor of salvation. But, the verse that we are most interested in, is this one:

And I will put my Spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I will place you in your own land: and ye shall know that I, Jehovah, have spoken it and performed it, saith Jehovah.

Ezekiel 37:14

These Are Physical Children Of Jacob

If you can read THAT and believe that all the references to Israel in Ezekiel are to THE CHURCH… well …I can only assume that you either don’t have the Holy Spirit, or aren’t listening to Him.

Can these references to Israel be more plain?

I mean, you would have to believe that all Christians, everywhere have died and gone to a place where ‘our hope is lost’. And, that is patently NOT the case. When a Christian dies, he or she goes to a place of hope and paradise. So, this CANNOT be an allegory for Christians.

Seriously folks, get a grip and start paying attention to the Holy Spirit.

Let’s continue with the rest of the chapter.

One Stick – The Tribes Of Israel Will Call Themselves Jews

Now, this is where God talks about the removal of the tribal identity of the Israelis so that they identify themselves with just one tribe:

Judah (i.e., Yehudah).

Every Levite – those with the last name Cohen or Levi – calls himself a Jew (i.e., from Yehudah). Cohen and Levi are family names that are specifically of the tribe of Levi. Those names cannot be of any other tribe. Yet, every Cohen or Levi will say that they are Jewish, and therefore of the tribe of Judah. Paul in Romans 11:1 and Philippians 3:5 speaks of himself as being of the tribe of Benjamin – yet, throughout his letters, he calls himself a Jew.

Do you find that to be interesting?

I do. What’s more, it is a fulfillment of prophecy.

Here is how God describes this:

The word of Jehovah came again unto me, saying, And thou, son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

and join them for thee one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thy hand.

And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these?

say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them with it, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thy hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, whither they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: and I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all;

Ezekiel 37:15-22

There are few things more upsetting to me than someone who claims to be a brother or sister in Christ – while resolutely demonstrating that they are NOT listening to the Holy Spirit.

Do you understand that the above passage describes the removal of the tribal identifiers from those of the tribe of Reuven, Naftali, Efraim, etc.?

There cannot be anything more clear than this. For those who preach otherwise, I have to put a question mark over your spiritual life. Either you have so much sin in your life that you cannot hear the Holy Spirit, or you are not saved.

It really is that clear.

When the ten tribes where grabbed by the Assyrians, many Israelis lost their tribal identities. Some still held on to them, like Paul’s family – of the tribe of Benjamin. But, most probably had their specific, tribal connections obliterated. After all, it’s hard to hold on to something like that, when you are suffering under terrible conditions. The only thing that they probably kept was the knowledge that they were from Israel.

That is somewhat speculative, and we could go on endlessly about how this might have happened. But, it’s not necessary. We only need to take what God said here as proof.

Then, from verses twenty three until the end of the chapter, God emphasizes Israel’s purity and salvation. Never again will they sin against God. However, the period of time covered by ‘never again’ ends with the return of Jesus.

In the final analysis, I love these chapters in Ezekiel because they are filled with such good news about the future. It shows us that one day, the Jews and the Christians will once again be one family. I look forward to that.

I just do not relish the devastation that comes before it.

Ezekiel Tetrad Three And Four – Ezekiel 38 And 39

This is where we get to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of Israel’s salvation, the details. Ezekiel 36 and 37 gave the overview. Ezekiel 38 and 39 give the how and when – and Ezekiel’s Fire.

Ezekiel 38

Up to now, it has all been peace and roses. Ezekiel 36 and 37 did not dwell on the difficulty surrounding the salvation of Israel – although, we had a hint of something difficult here:

Then shall ye remember your evil ways, and your doings that were not good; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

And, for many of us who come to Christ, it can take some truly agonizing events to bring us to the point where we realize that there’s no way out, except through Jesus. This is what I believe chapters 38 and 39 are describing. God is taking Israel to that point where it is no longer possible to resist acknowledging Jesus as their Messiah, Lord and Savior.

Let’s begin.

Gog And Magog

And the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: and I will turn thee about, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company with buckler and shield, all of them handling swords; Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer, and all his hordes; the house of Togarmah in the uttermost parts of the north, and all his hordes; even many peoples with thee.

Ezekiel 38:1-6

And It’s Not The One In Revelation

Now, let’s pause here to address some rather common questions that pop up when talking about Gog and Magog. The first one is this:

Since we see Gog and Magog mentioned, is this the same situation described in Revelation 20?

Well, let’s read what Revelation 20 says about Gog and Magog:

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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. 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.

Revelation 20:7-9

Of course, we can see some superficial similarities between this account in Revelation 20 and Ezekiel 38. For instance, we have the inclusion of these rather unique names, Gog and Magog. And, we have fire coming down upon them, which is a lot like what we see in Ezekiel 39. Of course, the similarities actually aren’t important. It’s the differences that we need to look for.

For instance, the account in Revelation 20 is at the END of the Millennium.

How much time is there between the end of the Millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment?

Zero. Nada. Zilch.

After the coming of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 and 39, we’ll see that there is quite a bit of time described after this army is destroyed. Years of time.

Is the army in Revelation 20 the same as the army in Ezekiel 38?

No they are NOT the same. The army in Revelation 20 is everyone. The army in Ezekiel 38 is drawn from a select number of Muslim nations, in addition to Gog.

It really bothers me that so many have been taken in by the idea that the events in Ezekiel 38 and 39 are the same as Revelation 20 – just because they see the names Gog and Magog in both places. This shows a tremendous lack of discernment, and I do not want you to fall for such foolishness.

Identifying Gog And Magog – Iran Is The Key

Now, the OTHER big question that has arisen is the identity of Gog and Magog.

Who ARE these people with such a strange name?

We actually have two competing theories:

  • Russia
  • Turkey

In both cases, Gog would be either the government or the leader of that government. And Magog would be the land that this government controls.

Until now, we have assumed that Russia would be the prime candidate for Gog and Magog. And, we certainly see that Russia has the ability and motivation to take on this role.

However, Turkey has begun to rear it’s ugly head a bit. It seems to be making a play for leadership of the Muslim world and may be trying to recreate the Ottoman Empire. It’s ability to do so is very much in question, and I find it a little hard to believe that they will be able to fulfill their dreams of empire.

We will have to see.

As of this moment, the prime contender for the role of Gog and Magog is still Russia. And, events are shaping up to keep Russia in that role, so we will assume that Russia continues on course to fulfill this. But, should the situation change, we will certainly see it in time. So, there should be no worry about getting the identity of Gog and Magog wrong.

Just remember that a key identifier of Gog and Magog is Iran. Iran is listed as a part of this army because of this name:

Persia

Yes, there are other names listed, and we will certainly see them when Gog and Magog occurs. But, the easiest one to see will always be Iran.

Furthermore, we know that this huge army will require alliances to be made – alliances with Gog. So, watch Iran. Whoever Iran enters an alliance with, that will ALWAYS be a prime candidate for Gog. And, we will get confirmation when we see a massive army with Iran involved, getting ready to attack Israel.

For now, Persia (aka, Iran) is now in a growing alliance with Russia. And, it appears that this alliance will grow even stronger. So, we need to assume – for the moment – that Gog is the Russian government and the country of Russia is Magog.

Russia And The CSTO

That being the case, there is an interesting organization that I want you to pay attention to:

Collective Security Treaty Organization

Examine the CSTO carefully, and you will notice that Iran is interested in joining the CSTO. And the CSTO is beginning to welcome the idea of Iran joining. In fact, I am sure that recent developments between the US and Russia will make this process move more quickly.

Just pay attention whenever the CSTO is mentioned. They aren’t talked about very often in the mainstream media. So, if they DO start mentioning them, you know that something is happening.

The Rest Of The Army

Who are the rest of the members of this vast army?

Well, we’ve already identified Persia as Iran. So, we are left with figuring out who Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, Cush, Put, Gomer, and the house of Togarmah.

Cush is pretty easy. Cush was the son of Ham, and Ham was one of the three sons of Noah. The children of Cush settled in Sub-Saharan Africa. And, since there seems to be a fairly strong Muslim element to this army, a key player to look for would be Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia and even Ethiopia. But, we could also see Niger and any other African country with an Islamic population in the majority.

I was originally reluctant to include Ethiopia, even though Bible translators almost always translate ‘Cush’ as Ethiopia. However, recent events are indicating that Ethiopia is moving swiftly into the loving arms of Moscow. We will need to see how this plays out.

Put was also a son of Ham, but his children didn’t make it as far as those of Cush. Today, we believe that Put is modern day Libya. Right now, it’s pretty much a failed state, after the US destroyed it. But, it could be put back together with the help of the CSTO. In fact, if I was Russia, I would do that to gain influence in North Africa and act as a counterbalance to NATO and the US.

Rosh – And The Rest

Rosh is another interesting addition. In the King James version, Ezekiel 38:2 is translated THIS way:

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,

Ezekiel 38:2 (KJV)

What’s the difference?

It’s the word chief – or, more specifically, the Hebrew word rosh. And, as a moderate speaker of Hebrew, I can say that the King James Version gets it wrong. The King James claims that the Hebrew word rosh is an adjective, but Hebrew is very specific when it comes to adjectives, unlike English. If rosh was supposed to be an adjective, the Hebrew for chief prince would be:

נשיא ראשי

But, the prophet Ezekiel wrote it like this:

נשיא ראש

Do you see the difference?

Yeah, it’s this character:

י

That’s a yood, and it should appear at the end of rosh (Hebrew is written right-to-left), if it was a modifier of nasi (prince). Also, nasi (pronounced nah-SEE) ALREADY means chief prince. In fact, it’s the word used in Israel to indicate the President. Obama is the nasi of America. Putin is the nasi of Russia.

Hmmmm… Putin, the nasi of Russia…

Could he be Gog?

We’ll find out when the time comes.

(I wasn’t originally going to give you a Hebrew lesson,
but I had forgotten this bit of controversy with the KJV
and felt the need to discuss it.
)

The word rosh is obviously a proper noun – meaning, it’s a name – and, it fits very nicely with the original name for the Ukraine – Rus. (Hebrew is very malleable in terms of pronunciation.)

Wikipedia has an interesting article that talks about the Rus name, and indicates that the earliest written documents refer to the Ukrainians as… Rhos.

Curiouser and curiouser.

So, why isn’t the Ukraine called Rus?

Well, until the 19th century, they WERE called Rus. But, they lost their ideological battle with their stronger neighbor to the north… and, well… I strongly suspect that being called the Ukraine is preferable to being tortured to death. (But, that’s just me.)

Here’s an interesting article on the subject from Ukrainian Week:

Where Did “Ukraine” Come From?
http://ukrainianweek.com/History/51842

For more history on Kievan-Rus, Wikipedia has an interesting article:

Kievan Rus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

And, if that’s not enough history for you, here’s this:

The Rus People
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus%27_people

To lighten up the discussion a little and give you more historical background, here’s John Green and Crash Course:

Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols: Crash Course World History #20

Shortlink: http://youtu.be/etmRI2_9Q_A

There are quite a few theories surrounding the identity of Meshech and Tubal, and you can see them in Wikipedia:

Tubal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubal

Meshech
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meshech

The attempt to identify Gomer and Togarmah are also interesting. The sound of those two names is remarkably similar to the sound of the word, Germany. Of course, that is not what the Germans call themselves. So, I’m not sure that we can place too much significance to sound of the word Germany, which is better referred to as:

Deutschland

It’s hard to see how Deutschland would join Gog and Magog, right now. But, our present time is so crazy, that an even crazier future is well within the realm of possibility.

Anyway, here are the Wikipedia entries for Gomer and Togarmah, if you want to do your own research on the issue:

Gomer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gomer

Togarmah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Togarmah

note: By the way, my links to Wikipedia are not an endorsement of that website. But, it does seem to be relatively accurate and a good starting place for a more detailed research. I do not rely on Wikipedia entries, and you shouldn’t either.

Okay, all of that has brought us to the end of verse six. Let’s continue with verse seven:

Be thou prepared, yea, prepare thyself, thou, and all thy companies that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

Ezekiel 38:7

Hmmm… Gog is a ‘guard’.

Maybe they’re able to block the UN Security Council?

Or, maybe the Russians use the threat of their nuclear weapons to keep other nations from attacking this army.

Russia certainly can, and it is logical to assume that they would make such threats in defense of the CSTO and/or the Eurasian Economic Union.

Matching Ezekiel 38 With Ezekiel 36

After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, that is gathered out of many peoples, upon the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste; but it is brought forth out of the peoples, and they shall dwell securely, all of them.

Ezekiel 38:8

Notice the language here. Let’s compare portions of that verse with what we see in Ezekiel 36.

Ezekiel 38 says:

…gathered out of many peoples

Ezekiel 36 says:

For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Ezekiel 36:34

That’s a match, so let’s keep going.

Ezekiel 38 says:

…upon the mountains of Israel, which have been a continual waste

Ezekiel 36 says:

therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord Jehovah: Thus saith the Lord Jehovah to the mountains and to the hills, to the watercourses and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes and to the cities that are forsaken, which are become a prey and derision to the residue of the nations that are round about;

Ezekiel 36:4

That is ALSO a match. So, let’s look at a third possible match.

Ezekiel 38 says:

…they shall dwell securely

Ezekiel 36 says:

And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Ezekiel 36:28

Any group of people that God refers to as ‘my people’ and that He will be their God… well …you will live VERY securely. In fact, all of Ezekiel 36 speaks of a prosperity that can only come from security.

So, I call this a match, too – but, not quite as strong as the others.

Israel Lives Securely

Okay, I think that you see the picture. The question in my mind is whether Israel dwells securely, right now. I guess that it depends on how you define securely.

If ‘securely’ means confidently without worry about threats to their existence, then I think that the answer is yes. They certainly DO live confidently, right now. The only threat to their existence – right now – is Iran. And that threat is somewhat theoretical, at the moment. And, they believe that they can deal with that threat, when the time comes.

This does not mean that Israel is happy with Iran’s nuclear program. However, Iran has had a surprisingly difficult time getting it operational. There have been numerous (cough!) accidents. Yes… (cough!) …accidents. It’s funny how those (cough!) accidents seem to happen to the Iranian nuclear program. How (cough!) unfortunate.

If ‘securely’ means without the need to maintain a standing army and without threat of terrorism, then the answer is no. If things continue the way that they are, right now, Israel will need her army for quite some time, and there is always a threat of terrorism.

As long as there are any Muslims running around in the world, there will ALWAYS be a threat of terrorism against Israel. And, that leads me to believe that maybe the threat of terrorism shouldn’t be a part of our consideration.

After all, terrorism isn’t a threat so national security. It’s a threat to the peace and quiet of of a country. For instance, traffic accidents kill more people in Israel (and anywhere else) than terrorism ever will.

Frankly, Islam will be a threat to EVERYONE until the Lord returns. Just look at the makeup of Gog and Magog. That army is FULL of Muslims.

So, I personally believe that we can say that Israel lives securely, even though there is a threat of terrorism. At the very least, I think that we should consider that Israel may have enough security right now, to fulfill the ‘requirement’ of verse eight. We’ll see what happens.

Gog And Magog Will Be A Surprise Attack

And thou shalt ascend, thou shalt come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy hordes, and many peoples with thee.

Ezekiel 38:9

This will be a quick and sharp, surprise attack. This makes me wonder if there will be any warning.

That bothers me, because it will be the gathering together of this army that will be your final warning. Once this army begins its attack, you may only have a few hours before effects of the solar flare hit us.

Watch Iran. When you see the Iranian army training with the Russian army – or the Turkish army – then, you know that the time is getting close.

However, recent events in Syria indicate that Iran is ALREADY training with Russia – on the battlefield. This isn’t quite the same as the training that you would need to coordinate the kind of army described in Ezekiel 38. But, it leads me to wonder if my former thoughts of having advance warning aren’t a little off.

I want to say that you’ll have plenty of warning before this attack – at least a year. But, with Iran working so closely with Russia in Syria, a lot of training and experience towards working together is already happening, right now.

Of course, the rest of the alliance will need to be put together, so maybe we shouldn’t worry too much.

Why Gog And Magog Comes

Now, the next four verses talk about WHY this alliance of Gog and Magog comes down to try and destroy Israel – Ezekiel 38:10-13. Greed for plunder will be their motivation.

But, what would it be that they would hope to capture?

The only thing that I can think of is:

Oil and natural gas.

You have undoubtedly noticed what’s happening in Syria. All of that is due to a natural gas pipeline that Russia wanted to build from Iran, through Iraq and Syria, and to the Mediterranean Sea. America and the Persian Gulf Arabs did NOT want to see that pipeline built and wanted a different pipeline built.

You will also have noted by now, that Israel has discovered massive undersea natural gas reserves. When Israel starts selling that natural gas to Europe, this could damage Russia quite severely and act as another reason for Russia to attack Israel.

Add to this the growing realization that production of conventional oil is falling, worldwide. Somewhere between 2005 and 2007, conventional oil production peaked, and it’s been downhill ever since. Those who wanted shale oil – and other unconventional sources of oil – will have a nasty surprise waiting for them, when the massive amount of debt fueling this ‘revolution’ collapses. Once the financial system collapses, people will start killing each other for access to what’s left of the oil.

Also, Israel is the linchpin of the Middle East. It is one of the most strategic points for anyone who wants to dominate Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. If Russia wants to take control of Middle East oil production, they will need to capture or destroy Israel.

And, what do the nations of the world do when this great army comes down?

Hang back and whine in shock and dismay – but, do nothing.

The US Dramatically Weakened Or Destroyed

Now, I find it interesting that the rest of the world does nothing about this. At the very least, this tells me that the United States has been destroyed or weakened so much that they CAN do nothing.

We can certainly see how the United States could be weakened. For instance, if the American economy was completely devastated, they would no longer be able to spend money on their military. Most of the US Army would be disbanded. The US Air Force would probably be grounded, and the US Navy would probably be pulled back to US territorial waters.

But, what about America’s nuclear weapons?

If we use the fall of the Soviet Union as an example, Russia never lost her nuclear deterrent. She never lost the ability to launch nuclear missiles at the US, or anyone else.

This means that the United States will need to fall even harder than the Soviet Union did, for Gog and Magog to successfully attack Israel. And, I do NOT know how the US could survive that. What happened in Russia during the fall of the Soviet Union was horrific. For America to fall in a way that she loses control of her nuclear weapons is… well …unimaginable.

That’s why I suspect that America will be attacked and destroyed.

How that attack succeeds will depend on whether America becomes an occupied country – or not. But, whatever the case, America will not be able – or willing – to threaten this vast army with nuclear weapons.

What About Israel’s Nuclear Weapons?

Of course, this brings up the issue of Israel’s purported stockpile of nuclear weapons. There has always been something of a question mark over that stockpile.

Do they actually HAVE any?

We don’t really know for sure. The evidence that we have of Israel’s nuclear program may be a very clever ruse to make us think that they DO have nuclear weapons.

Remember that the THREAT of nuclear weapons is as useful as HAVING nuclear weapons. To put it another way, a threat is much cheaper than the weapon, itself – especially if your ethics would never allow you to use such weapons.

‘To save a life’ is a core principle of Israel and Judaism, and even though the government of Israel is very secular – they are still influenced by this ethic. The western media never reports on the soul-searching that goes on when Israelis are forced to kill Arabs in self-defense. The biggest critics of Israel are Israelis themselves.

But, let’s assume that Israel actually has nuclear warheads for their Jericho III missiles.

How would Israel lose its nuclear weapons capability?

By using it.

If Israel used a nuclear weapon against… say …Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the rest of the world would demand that Israel give up her nuclear weapons. Of course, Israel would NOT give up her nuclear weapons without security guarantees.

America might offer those guarantees in the form of a large military presence in the Middle East – in Israel, Jordan and even Lebanon and Syria. Or, Russia might actually offer those guarantees – and eventually break them.

If America is the one to extend the necessary security guarantees, then we could envision the US going through a massive economic catastrophe, that would make her no longer able to maintain the military bases required for those security guarantees. And, this would leave Israel defenseless.

On the other hand, Moscow’s growing influence might impose a Pax Russiae upon the Middle East. Russia might keep Iran from attacking Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf Arabs might be so terrified of Russia that they stop funding terrorism in Israel and abroad.

As I always say in such situations:

We’ll see.

Gog Attacks Because Israel Is Vulnerable

Let’s continue with verse fourteen:

Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: In that day when my people Israel dwelleth securely, shalt thou not know it?

Ezekiel 38:14

Yup. They’ll see a confident and defenseless Israel, and won’t be able to hold themselves back from attacking.

By the way, the other possibility is that the Russians discover where Israel’s nuclear weapons are located and successfully destroys them. And, that might even include the destruction of Israel’s command and control system via EMP, nuclear strike, or both.

God Demonstrates His Power

Then, they attack:

And thou shalt come from thy place out of the uttermost parts of the north, thou, and many peoples with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company and a mighty army; and thou shalt come up against my people Israel, as a cloud to cover the land: it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring thee against my land, that the nations may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.

Ezekiel 38:15-16

God is going to lure this vast army down, so that God can demonstrate His power.

In fact, if you sit down and consider the situation that we are in… if you consider how close we are to the coming of the Antichrist – and the world’s acceptance of his Satanic reign… If you consider all that… Ask yourself about God.

Doesn’t God always give a warning?

Doesn’t He give people a chance to see Him – and to repent – before judgment comes?

I believe that God is going to use this opportunity to proclaim Himself to the world, so that they will be without excuse, when they reject God and turn towards the Antichrist. And, all who chose to follow foolish theories such as the Pre-Tribulation Rapture Lie, will know that they were wrong, and hopefully repent. Hopefully.

Let’s continue with the next verse:

Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Art thou he of whom I spake in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, that prophesied in those days for many years that I would bring thee against them?

Ezekiel 38:17

Interesting. This verse actually appears to be prophesying about people reading this verse! Of course, Ezekiel isn’t the only prophet to speak of this moment in time. Although, none of them have gone as far as to mention the names ‘Gog’ and ‘Magog’.

God Knocks Everything Down

And it shall come to pass in that day, when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah, that my wrath shall come up into my nostrils.

Ezekiel 38:18

Gog will come down, and then…

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; so that the fishes of the sea, and the birds of the heavens, 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.

Ezekiel 38:19-20

There will be a titanic earthquake and EVERYTHING will fall down. EVERYTHING.

If you are in Israel, or the surrounding area, when you see a huge army come down that looks like what we’re talking about… when you see them start to get close…

GET OUT OF THE HOUSE and STAY out of the house! Go camping!

EVERYTHING standing is going to fall down. EVERYTHING.

(at least everything in the vicinity of this army)

And, this is where we bring in Isaiah 30:

And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26

Both Ezekiel 38:19-20 and Isaiah 30:25-26 speak about the exact same moment in time, and EVERYTHING will be knocked down.

The Soldiers Of Gog And Magog Kill Each Other

And then, Ezekiel’s Fire will come, and we will look at that in Ezekiel 39. But, let’s finish Ezekiel 38, first:

And I will call for a sword against him unto all my mountains, saith the Lord Jehovah: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.

Ezekiel 38:21

There is a reason why this army will start to turn on each other. And, I believe that the reason lies with the next verse:

And with pestilence and with blood will I enter into judgment with him; and I will rain upon him, and upon his hordes, and upon the many peoples that are with him, an overflowing shower, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.

Ezekiel 38:22

This will terrify this massive army, and they will try to run away. Of course, when a massive group like that starts running away, the better word to use would be stampede. And, stampedes are mindless and full of fear.

Think about the individual soldiers involved. They will be terrified and pushing their vehicles to their maximum, driving to fast, having flat tires, traffic accidents, etc. Very quickly, vehicles will break down.

What happens when a vehicle breaks down, during a rush like this?

Everything stops.

Unfortunately, just because traffic has stopped, the feelings of terror haven’t. If you thought road rage during rush hour was bad, this will be a million times worse.

What happens to people when they are terrified and desperately running away, and then run smack-dab into a blockage that keeps them from escaping what they consider to be certain death?

They get really, REALLY upset.

What happens when someone THAT upset has a gun?

They try to use the gun to unblock the way out.

What happens if the people you are shooting at also have guns and are really upset?

They shoot back.

And… onand on.

They will literally kill each other, and the survivors will die of disease. It will be truly awful.

Let me also add one more twist to this story.

What do you think would happen when the Solar Flare, Ezekiel’s Fire lights up the sky?

They might know (or have been told) that their vehicles would stop working within a VERY short amount of time – since the most dangerous part of a solar flare is the CME, or Coronal Mass Ejection, which would arrive minutes or hours AFTER the solar flare begins. Anyone who understands the danger would immediately turn around and try to get home as fast as possible – and shoot ANYONE who gets in the way.

Volcanoes – Big Ones

One other point to mention is that a large part of this army looks like it will be destroyed in or around the Golan Heights. In fact, I would venture to say that they are STUCK on the Golan Heights.

The Golan is chock full of dormant volcanoes. If you walk around the Golan and places nearby, you’ll see lots of dark, volcanic rock, and many of the older buildings have been made with it. The Jerusalem hills have no such volcanic rock.

This means that the Golan is going to blow up, and take a huge part of this massive army with it.

God Will Be Glorified

And I will magnify myself, and sanctify myself, and I will make myself known in the eyes of many nations; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

Ezekiel 38:23

In the process of all this… because it will happen in the exact way that the Lord describes here …God will be glorified.

My hope is that you will have prepared for all this and survive Ezekiel’s Fire and the incredible destruction that follows in its wake.

Ezekiel 39

Here is the finale grande for this Ezekiel Tetrad, and it’s a doozy.

In Ezekiel 39 we get even MORE detail of what happens in chapter 38, as well as what leads up to Ezekiel 36:31. Remember, this is God’s objective:

Then shall ye remember your evil ways, and your doings that were not good; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

Okay, moving on.

A Solar EMP

And thou, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal: and I will turn thee about, and will lead thee on, and will cause thee to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel; and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

Ezekiel 39:1-3

I know that I said that chapter 39 is a closer look at what goes on in chapter 38, but let me go over some of this again.

Are the invading armies in chapters 38 and 39 two separate invasions on separate occasions?

Or, is this another description of the same invasion?

How can I know?

Well, we DO have some important clues that tell us that this is a part of the same prophecy. Notice this reference is the same as in Ezekiel 38:

Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal

Notice also what happens to Gog:

I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

That is a very interesting phrase.

But, how could a bow be smitten out of Gog’s left hand, and his arrows fall out of his right hand?

Well, we have a verse from Zechariah 12 that also gives us a clue:

In that day, saith Jehovah, I will smite every horse with terror, and his rider with madness; and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the peoples with blindness.

Zechariah 12:4

And, since we know that Zechariah 12 is talking about the same time that Ezekiel 36, 37 and 38 are talking about…

That’s right. This is a solar flare. The electronics of the missiles will be destroyed by Electromagnetic Pulse – or, EMP – induced by this massive solar flare. Yes, I know that most solar flares would not normally produce an EMP that would knock out vehicles, but this is no normal solar flare.

But, I am getting ahead of myself.

Gog And Magog Reluctant To Invade

Now, let me ask you another question:

Do you see a kind of reluctance to do this invasion in verse 2?

Yeah, me too. I don’t think that these guys really want to do this, but they will feel like they have no other choice.

Interesting thought, no?

Then, in verses four and five, this whole army is destroyed.

Ezekiel’s Fire – Why It Is A Solar Flare

Now, here is where we get to Ezekiel’s Fire:

And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell securely in the isles; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

Ezekiel 39:6

Remember the connection between that verse and this:

And there shall be upon every lofty mountain, and upon every high hill, brooks and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26

Sorry. THAT is a solar flare.

There really is no other explanation. I would love to think that this is a strike from space by lots and lots of rocks – or merely lots of lightening. But, that would not make the Moon as bright as the Sun. Only a solar flare would do that.

And, that solar flare will provide Israel with enough breathing room to grow spiritually – unhindered by the corrupting influence of the rest of the world. That corrupting influence will return, but only years later – after the world has struggled back from the devastation of this massive solar flare.

And frankly, I believe that the spiritual corruption within our churches is begging for such a calamity. We have truly sinned against God, and this solar flare would be a truly just consequence for those sins.

Now you know why that verse scares me. It’s inevitable, and we deserve it. A billion – or more – will die. But, let’s move on.

The Salvation Of Israel

And my holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel; neither will I suffer my holy name to be profaned any more: and the nations shall know that I am Jehovah, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezekiel 39:7

Yup. After a miraculously on-target Solar Flare like THAT, people will know that God is who He says He is, especially when it comes to Israel:

And my holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel

So basically, Ezekiel 39:7 is just a retelling of this verse:

Then shall ye remember your evil ways, and your doings that were not good; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

Again, if that wasn’t your experience when you were saved, then I would have to ask if your salvation was real. If you have not recognized your sins and confessed them before God and were not sorry for them… then I have to believe that your conversion was not sincere.

My true hope is that you have acknowledged your sins, repented and accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for you.

Now, let’s move on with the next verse in Ezekiel 39:

Behold, it cometh, and it shall be done, saith the Lord Jehovah; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

Ezekiel 39:8

God isn’t going to take no for an answer. This really is going to happen.

The Aftermath Of Gog And Magog

Now, the next two verses pose some interesting questions for us:

And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall make fires of the weapons and burn them, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall make fires of them seven years; so that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall make fires of the weapons; and they shall plunder those that plundered them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord Jehovah.

Ezekiel 39:9-10

It is going to take SEVEN YEARS for Israel to recover from this. Think about that for a second.

Israel’s population numbers more than 8 million people.

With all the modern construction equipment and industrial capacity in Israel, how long would it take for Israel to clean up from this invasion?

Certainly not seven years. Unless, there was something that had damaged that capacity. Like… oh …the biggest solar flare in the history of the world that knocks out the tractors and other equipment that you would normally use in such a cleanup.

That’s right. What takes out the Gog and Magog, appears to also take out the electrical and petrochemical infrastructure of Israel. Like everyone else, Israel will need to rebuild right along with the rest of the world – or, at least that part of the world that was affected.

The other thing that will happen is that Israel will use the massive amount of materials that this army brought with them, for their own use. Tanks, armored personnel carriers, mobile artillery, and rocket launchers will all need lots of fuel to get to Israel. And, all those fuel trucks will be taken by Israel for their own use.

And, as Israel recovers from the effects of this solar flare, all the steel from these vehicles will be used for scrap – as well as everything else that would have been used to support this army.

Verses eleven through twenty go into more detail about the cleanup effort. It will be big, and the description of this effort demonstrates the difference between Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20. In Revelation 20, no cleanup is needed, because God takes it ALL away and creates a new heaven and a new Earth.

God’s Wrath Upon The Nations

And I will set my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

Ezekiel 39:21

Now, the last few words in that verse are interesting.

…and my hand that I have laid upon them

His hand upon… THEM.

Which them?

Israel?

Well, the subject of that statement is NOT Israel. It’s the nations – or as the King James Version puts it – the Gentiles. That, my friends, is us – you and me. And yes, we really deserve this solar flare that is coming – this hand of the Lord that will be laid upon us.

And WE – all of us – will see it. God will be glorified and it will be AWESOME – at least for those of us who were smart enough to get to a safer location and build Faraday Cages!

Israel Is Saved

So the house of Israel shall know that I am Jehovah their God, from that day and forward.

Ezekiel 39:22

All of us and everyone will know EXACTLY what the truth is, at that moment. All the world will realize – at least for a moment in time – that Yehovah is God, and that the Bible is true. But, God says that Israel will know it for more than just a short time. No, Israel will know it from that day – and forever. And, that day will the the same day that Isaiah 30:26 talks about:

Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that Jehovah bindeth up the hurt of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:26

We are concentrating on the solar flare that this verse talks about. But, God’s focus is on healing the spiritual wounds of His people. And, God finishes the rest of Ezekiel 39 with a description of the recognition by everyone that God has saved the children of Israel from their sin and rebellion, and that He will never again hide His face from them.

That is salvation, the same kind of salvation described in Ezekiel 36. The same kind of salvation in Isaiah 30 and Zechariah 12 and 13. They are all connected.

A Setback For Satan – A Victory For God

Furthermore, this will be an incredible moment in time. Great joy will be mixed with terrible sorrow. The world will be devastated, but God will be glorified. It will also knock back the New World Order, and the Antichrist system that is rising. It will be a MASSIVE setback for Satan and a gigantic victory for God and His people.

Another interesting part to all this is that only those who believe this prophecy, and get it right… or just happen to be in the right place …only THOSE people will have made the right preparations to survive what is coming.

I hope and pray that you will be one of them.

 

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