Friday, December 5, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Ezekiel- Chapter 38

Ezekiel 38


-The prophecy against Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh (Russia), Meshech (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan areas) and Tubal (Modern Central Turkey), is a fascinating and complex word that will occur in the last days. There will be a confederacy of nations that will attack the regathered portion of Israel who dwell securely in their land. Among this confederacy will be Persia (Modern Iran), Ethiopia, Put (Western Northern Africa), Gomer (North and possibly parts of Europe), and Beth-togarmah (Modern Armenians) (Ezekiel 38:1-6, 8). God tells His people to be prepared and to prepare themselves so as to be on guard for them (Ezekiel 38:7). Like a storm this confederacy will cover the area like a cloud with peoples all around coming to seize, plunder, spoil, and destroy. Shebah and Dedan (Saudi Arabia) and the merchants of Tarshish (Western area more than likely, possibly Spain) will question their intent and desires to capture and steal away the produce and value of the land (Ezekiel 38:9-13). As this vast array of an army comes out of the remotest parts of the north at their evil impulse and desire (Ezekiel 38:10), the LORD brings them against His land so that He can make Himself KNOWN among the nations when He is sanctified (set apart) through this event (Ezekiel 38:14-16). These events have been prophesied and it will go according to His plan (Ezekiel 38:17). “It will come about on that day, when Gog comes against the land of Israel, that My (The LORD’s) fury will mount up in My anger (Ezekiel 38:18).” In His zeal and blazing wrath there will be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish, the birds, the beasts, all the creeping things, and all the men that “are on the face of the earth will shake at His presence; the mountains will be thrown down, the steep pathways will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground (Ezekiel 38:19-20).” God will cause a raising up against the forces of Gog on all His mountains and “every man’s sword will be against his brother (Ezekiel 38:21).” With pestilence and blood the LORD will enter into judgment with Gog and his forces; He will rain on him and his troops a torrential rain of hailstones, fire, and brimstone (Ezekiel 38:22). God will magnify Himself, sanctify Himself, and make Himself KNOWN in the sight of many nations, “and they will KNOW that I am the LORD (Ezekiel 38:23).”

-*Application* The day of the LORD will come with fire. Prepare yourself for His glory to be revealed. Don’t succumb to temptation and go with the enemy. Stand fast in the ways of the Father and see His vindication come with power and glory. God is the victory!


Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 38:18

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