Reflect And Repent – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Consider the information in the following link, as to the need for our nation to reflect and repent.

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A Press Release from the Office of Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

” . . . if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)



Congressman Doug Lamborn has introduced a resolution (H. Res. 790), expressing support for the designation of July 2, 2016 as the “National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance.”

“While there will be no solemn assemblies or public gatherings, this is a call for all of us to personally reflect before our God, to repent for our national and our personal sins, and to ask God to forgive us and to heal our land. There is substantial historical precedent for national repentance and seeking God’s forgiveness and favor.

Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln all declared days of repentance during their presidencies. As it is written in Chronicles 7:14, ‘if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.'”
– Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)


Expressing support for designation of July 2, 2016 as the “National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance.”
Whereas we hold and celebrate July 4th as our day of Independence, the actual vote to dissolve all ties with Great Britain was on July 2, 1776;

Whereas upon approving of the Declaration of Independence, John Adams believed the Second of July ought to be commemorated as a day of deliverance by solemn act of devotion to God Almighty;

Whereas President John Adams, declared that May 9th, 1798 as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer;
Whereas in 1812, President James Madison declared August 20th, 1812 as a day, to be observed by the people of the United States as a day of public humiliation, and prayer;

Whereas in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War called for a day of humility, fasting, and prayer, and for other purposes;
Whereas, it is the duty of nations, as well as of men to owe their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon, and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is Lord;
Whereas, we know that we have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God;

Whereas, we have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our heart, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own;

Whereas intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us;
Whereas, we have failed to respond, personally and collectively, with sacrifice and uncompromised commitment to the unmet needs of our fellow man, both at home and abroad; as a people, we have become so absorbed with the selfish pursuits of pleasure and profit that we have blinded ourselves to God’s standard of justice and righteousness for this society;

Whereas, it therefore behooves us to humble ourselves before Almighty God, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness: Now, therefore be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives
1) Supports the designation of a “National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance.”

2) Calls upon the people of the nation to humble ourselves as we see fit, before our Creator to acknowledge our final dependence upon Him and to repent of our national sins.

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Capitol Hill Prayer Partners is asking all of our friends to call your own member of Congress, urging them to support H.Res.790: Calling for a Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance.
This bill may yet be offered later this year, or even next year, so your voice of support is urgently needed.

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God’s Plan For The Ages – 6 – The Major Prophetic Passages Of Daniel

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The Four Major Prophetic Passages Of Daniel – Chapters 2, 7, 9, 11

The Scofield Study Bible Provides The Outline For This Post (606 B.C.- 534 B.C.)

Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s Vision

Daniel 2:31-35: King Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

31 “You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. 32 The head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.34 You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Daniel 2:36-45 – The Interpretation

Daniel 2:36-38 – The First World Empire. Babylon Under Nebuchadnezzar (Re: Dan 7:4)

The Interpretation—Babylon the First Kingdom

36 “This was the dream; now we will tell its interpretation before the king. 37 You, O king, are the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, the strength and the glory; 38 and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold.

Daniel 2:39 – Second And Third World Empires: Medo-Persia (Re: 7:5; 8:20) and Greece (Re 7:6; 8:21)

Medo-Persia and Greece

39 After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.

Daniel 2:40-43 New American Standard Bible (NASB)


40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. 41 In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with common clay. 42 As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. 43 And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

Daniel 2:44-45 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Divine Kingdom/Messianic Kingdom

44 In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the great God has made known to the king what will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

Daniel Chapter 7 – Daniel’s Vision Of The Four Beasts

Daniel 7:1-3 – The Dream (Re: 2:31-43)

Vision of the Four Beasts

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel saw a dream and visions in his mind as he lay on his bed; then he wrote the dream down and related the following summary of it.2 Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. 3 And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.

Daniel 7:4 – First World Empire: Babylon (Re:2:37-38)

4 The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.

Daniel 7:5 – Second World Empire: Medo-Persia (Re: 2:39; 8:20)

5 And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat!’

Daniel 7:6 – Third World Empire: Greece (Re:2:39; 8:21-22; 10:20; 11:2-4)

6 After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.

Daniel 7:7 – Fourth World Empire: Rome (Re:2:23-24; 2:40-43; 9:26)

7 After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying and extremely strong; and it had large iron teeth. It devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet; and it was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

Daniel 7:8 – Rome: Final Form Of Fourth World Empire; The Ten Kings And The Little Horn (Re:2:24-27; See Scofield Note on 2:14)

8 While I was contemplating the horns, behold, another horn, a little one, came up among them, and three of the first horns were pulled out by the roots before it; and behold, this horn possessed eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth uttering great boasts.

Daniel 7:9-12: The Coming Of The Son Of Man (Re:2:9-14; Mt 24:27-30; Mt 25:31-34; Rev 19:11-21)

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9 “I kept looking
Until thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His vesture was like white snow
And the hair of His head like pure wool.
His throne was ablaze with flames,
Its wheels were a burning fire.
10 “A river of fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;
Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The court sat,
And the books were opened.
11 Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.
Daniel 7:13-14: Scene In Heaven Before Coming Of Son Of Man (Re:Rev 5:1-14)

The Son of Man Presented

13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:15-22: The Interpretation Of Beast Vision

The Vision Interpreted

15 “As for me, Daniel, my spirit was distressed within me, and the visions in my mind kept alarming me. 16 I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things: 17 ‘These great beasts, which are four in number, are four kings who will arise from the earth. 18 But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’
19 “Then I desired to know the exact meaning of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its claws of bronze, and which devoured, crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet, 20 and the meaning of the ten horns that were on its head and the other horn which came up, and before which three of them fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth uttering great boasts and which was larger in appearance than its associates. 21 I kept looking, and that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them 22 until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom.

Daniel 7:23-28: Satan’s Blasphemous Leader

23 “Thus he said: ‘The fourth beast will be a fourth kingdom on the earth, which will be different from all the other kingdoms and will devour the whole earth and tread it down and crush it. 24 As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. 25 He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time,times, and half a time. 26 But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. 27 Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.’

28 “At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”

Daniel 9: Daniel’s Prayer, And The Prophecy Of The Seventy Weeks

Daniel 9:1-2: The Vision Of The Seventy Weeks (Re: 9:1-27)

Daniel’s Prayer for His People

1 in the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of Median descent, who was made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans— 2 in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, observed in the books the number of the years which was revealed as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

Daniel 9:3-19: Daniel’s Confession And Prayer

3 So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, “Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and loving kindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, 5 we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from Your commandments and ordinances. 6 Moreover, we have not listened to Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings, our princes, our fathers and all the people of the land.
7 “Righteousness belongs to You, O Lord, but to us open shame, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those who are nearby and those who are far away in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of their unfaithful deeds which they have committed against You. 8 Open shame belongs to us, O Lord, to our kings, our princes and our fathers, because we have sinned against You. 9 To the Lord our God belong compassion and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him; 10 nor have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in His teachings which He set before us through His servants the prophets. 11 Indeed all Israel has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice; so the curse has been poured out on us, along with the oath which is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, for we have sinned against Him. 12 Thus He has confirmed His words which He had spoken against us and against our rulers who ruled us, to bring on us great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what was done to Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the Lord our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth. 14 Therefore the Lord has kept the calamity in store and brought it on us; for the Lord our God is righteous with respect to all His deeds which He has done, but we have not obeyed His voice.
15 “And now, O Lord our God, who have brought Your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand and have made a name for Yourself, as it is this day—we have sinned, we have been wicked. 16 O Lord, in accordance with all Your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; for because of our sins and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people have become a reproach to all those around us. 17 So now, our God, listen to the prayer of Your servant and to his supplications, and for Your sake, O Lord, let Your face shine on Your desolate sanctuary. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear! Open Your eyes and see our desolations and the city which is called by Your name; for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”

Daniel 9:20-27: The Seventy Weeks Of Years

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 Now while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.

Seventy Weeks and the Messiah

24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Daniel 11: From Darius To The Man Of Lawlessness (Re 11:1-12:13)

Daniel 11:1-20

Conflicts to Come

1 “In the first year of Darius the Mede, I arose to be an encouragement and a protection for him. 2 And now I will tell you the truth. Behold, three more kings are going to arise in Persia. Then a fourth will gain far more riches than all of them; as soon as he becomes strong through his riches, he will arouse the whole empire against the realm of Greece. 3 And a mighty king will arise, and he will rule with great authority and do as he pleases. 4 But as soon as he has arisen, his kingdom will be broken up and parceled out toward the four points of the compass, though not to his own descendants, nor according to his authority which he wielded, for his sovereignty will be uprooted and given to others besides them.
5 “Then the king of the South will grow strong, along with one of his princes who will gain ascendancy over him and obtain dominion; his domain will be a great dominion indeed. 6 After some years they will form an alliance, and the daughter of the king of the South will come to the king of the North to carry out a peaceful arrangement. But she will not retain her position of power, nor will he remain with his power, but she will be given up, along with those who brought her in and the one who sired her as well as he who supported her in those times.7 But one of the descendants of her line will arise in his place, and he will come against their army and enter the fortress of the king of the North, and he will deal with them and display great strength. 8 Also their gods with their metal images and their precious vessels of silver and gold he will take into captivity to Egypt, and he on his part will refrain from attacking the king of the North for some years. 9 Then the latter will enter the realm of the king of the South, but will return to his own land.
10 “His sons will mobilize and assemble a multitude of great forces; and one of them will keep on coming and overflow and pass through, that he may again wage war up to his very fortress. 11 The king of the South will be enraged and go forth and fight with the king of the North. Then the latter will raise a great multitude, but that multitude will be given into the hand of the former. 12 When the multitude is carried away, his heart will be lifted up, and he will cause tens of thousands to fall; yet he will not prevail. 13 For the king of the North will again raise a greater multitude than the former, and after an interval of some years he will press on with a great army and much equipment.
14 “Now in those times many will rise up against the king of the South; the violent ones among your people will also lift themselves up in order to fulfill the vision, but they will fall down.15 Then the king of the North will come, cast up a siege ramp and capture a well-fortified city; and the forces of the South will not stand their ground, not even their choicest troops, for there will be no strength to make a stand. 16 But he who comes against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to withstand him; he will also stay for a time in the Beautiful Land, with destruction in his hand. 17 He will set his face to come with the power of his whole kingdom, bringing with him a proposal of peace which he will put into effect; he will also give him the daughter of women to ruin it. But she will not take a stand for him or be on his side.18 Then he will turn his face to the coastlands and capture many. But a commander will put a stop to his scorn against him; moreover, he will repay him for his scorn. 19 So he will turn his face toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be found no more.
20 “Then in his place one will arise who will send an oppressor through the Jewel of his kingdom; yet within a few days he will be shattered, though not in anger nor in battle.

Daniel 11:21-35: Antiochus Epiphanes, The Syrian King Who Will Hurt Israel

21 In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 The overflowing forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 24 In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time. 25 He will stir up his strength and courage against the king of the South with a large army; so the king of the South will mobilize an extremely large and mighty army for war; but he will not stand, for schemes will be devised against him.26 Those who eat his choice food will destroy him, and his army will overflow, but many will fall down slain. 27 As for both kings, their hearts will be intent on evil, and they will speak lies to each other at the same table; but it will not succeed, for the end is still to come at the appointed time. 28 Then he will return to his land with much plunder; but his heart will be set against the holy covenant, and he will take action and then return to his own land.
29 “At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but this last time it will not turn out the way it did before. 30 For ships of Kittim will come against him; therefore he will be disheartened and will return and become enraged at the holy covenant and take action; so he will come back and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 Forces from him will arise, desecrate the sanctuary fortress, and do away with the regular sacrifice. And they will set up the abomination of desolation. 32 By smooth words he will turn to godlessness those who act wickedly toward the covenant, but the people who know their God will display strength and take action. 33 Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many; yet they will fall by sword and by flame, by captivity and by plunder for many days. 34 Now when they fall they will be granted a little help, and many will join with them in hypocrisy. 35 Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.

Daniel 11:36-45: Prophecy Concerning His Willful King

36 “Then the king will do as he pleases, and he will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will speak monstrous things against the God of gods; and he will prosper until the indignation is finished, for that which is decreed will be done. 37 He will show no regard for the gods of his fathers or for the desire of women, nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. 38 But instead he will honor a god of fortresses, a god whom his fathers did not know; he will honor him with gold, silver, costly stones and treasures. 39 He will take action against the strongest of fortresses with the help of a foreign god; he will give great honor to those who acknowledge him and will cause them to rule over the many, and will parcel out land for a price.
40 “At the end time the king of the South will collide with him, and the king of the North will storm against him with chariots, with horsemen and with many ships; and he will enter countries, overflow them and pass through. 41 He will also enter the Beautiful Land, and many countries will fall; but these will be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon. 42 Then he will stretch out his hand against other countries, and the land of Egypt will not escape. 43 But he will gain control over the hidden treasures of gold and silver and over all the precious things of Egypt; and Libyans and Ethiopians will follow at his heels.44 But rumors from the East and from the North will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many. 45 He will pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful Holy Mountain; yet he will come to his end, and no one will help him.

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God’s Plan For The Ages – 5 – Israel’s Destiny – Daniel Chapters 6-12

God’s prophetic plan for the end times laid out in the book of Daniel chapters 6-12

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Background Of Daniel (Scofield Study Bible)

The book of Daniel, like Revelation in the New Testament, is called an apocalypse, as are Isaiah 24-27 (the Isaiah Apocalypse) and the visions of Zechariah. “Apocalypse” means “unveiling.” Apocalyptic writing may use many forms and symbols.

The author of this book, Daniel, whose name means “God is my judge, was taken in his youth to Babylon in the first deportation under Nebuchadnezzar. His life extended to at least 530 B.C.

Daniel is a book of kings and kingdoms, of thrones and dominions. While including a number of historical records, it embodies prophecies of the sequence of kingdoms in “the times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24; see Revelation 16:19, note), and portrays the end of this period. It voices the only prophecy in the Old Testament (9:24-27) that sets the time of the Messiah’s first advent.

The book of Daniel shows the timeline of The Gentiles. The book of Ezekiel shows the timeline Of The Jews.

Scofield Outline Of Daniel – Chapters 6-12

Timeline 538 – 534 B.C.

Daniel’s Vision of “The Four Beasts.” (Daniel 7)

The dream (Daniel 7:1-3)

First world empire: Babylon (Daniel 7:4)

Second world empire: Medo-Persia (Daniel 7:5)

Third world empire: Greece (Daniel 7:6)

Fourth world empire: Rome (Daniel 7:7)

Rome: final form of fourth world empire: the ten kings and the little horn (Daniel 7:8)

The vision of the coming of the Son of Man in glory: (Daniel 7:9-12; Matthew 24:27-30; 25:31-34; Revelation 19:11-21)

Scene in Heaven before the coming of the Son of Man (Daniel 7:13-14; Revelation 5:1-4)

The interpretation of the beast vision (Daniel 7:-22)

Satan’s blasphemous leader (Daniel 7:23-28)

The Prophecy of the Defeat of the Persians by the Greeks, and the Desecration of the Temple. (Daniel 8)

The vision of the ram and the goat (Daniel 8:1-8)

The little horn (Daniel 8:9-14)

The interpretation of the vision (Daniel 8:15-19)

The identify of the ram (Daniel 8:20)

The goat and his successors (Daniel 8:21-22)

The king of bold face (Daniel 8:23-27)

Daniel’s Prayer and the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks (Daniel 9)

The vision of the seventy weeks (Daniel 9:1-2)

Daniel’s confession and prayer (Daniel 9:3-19)

The seventy weeks of years (Daniel 9:20-27)

Daniel’s Final Vision (Daniel 10-12)

The vision of the Glory of God (Daniel 10:1-9)

Conflict: holy and unholy angels (Daniel 10:10-21)

From Darius to the man of lawlessness (Daniel 11:1-20)

Antiochus Epiphanes, the Syrian king who will hurt Israel (Daniel 11:21-35)

Prophecy concerning the willful king (Daniel 11:35-45)

The great tribulation (Daniel 12:1)

The resurrections (Daniel 12:2-3)

God’s last message to Daniel (Daniel 12:4-13)

God’s Plan For The Ages – 4 – Four World Empires – Messianic Kingdom – Daniel Chapters 1-5

God’s Prophetic Plan For The End Times Laid Out In The Book Of Daniel Chapters 1-5

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Themes Of Daniel (Scofield Study Bible)

Daniel, like Ezekiel, was a Jewish captive in Babylon. He was of royal or priestly descent (1:3). His long life extended from Nebuchadnezzar to Cyrus. He was a contemporary of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Ezra and Zerubbabel.

Consider the themes of Daniel, which are: the four beasts, the Ancient of Days, The Son of man, the desecration of the temple, the prophecy of the seventy weeks, the manifestation of the man of sin, the great tribulation, the two witnesses, the return of the Messiah, the resurrections and the judgments.

Daniel is distinctively the prophet of the “times of the Gentiles” (Luke 21:24), (See Scofield “Luke 21:24”). His vision sweeps the whole course of Gentile world-rule to its end in catastrophe, and to the setting up of the Messianic Kingdom.

Introduction to Daniel (MacArthur Study Bible)

According to Hebrew custom, the title is drawn from the prophet who, throughout the book, received revelations from God. Daniel bridges the entire 70 years of the Babylonian captivity (ca. 605–536 B.C.; cf. 1:1 and 9:1–3). Nine of the twelve chapters relate revelation through dreams/visions. Daniel was God’s mouthpiece to the Gentile and Jewish world, declaring God’s current and future plans. What Revelation is to the NT prophetically and apocalyptically, Daniel is to the OT.

The following outline comes from the Scofield Study Bible. This study of Daniel is not a verse by verse examination of scriptures. Instead, the emphasis is placed on key areas that relate to the, “God’s Plan For The Ages,” study.

Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of the statue: Daniel 2:1-13.

Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s dream/vision: “four world empires” (Daniel 2:31-35)

First world empire: Babylon (Daniel 2:36-38; 7:4)

Second world empire: Medo-Persia (Daniel 2:39; 7:5; 8:20)

Third world empire: Greece (Daniel 2:39; 7:6; 8:21)

Fourth world empire: Rome (Daniel 2:40-43; 7:6; 9:21)

Messianic Kingdom to be established on Earth (Daniel 2:44-45; Matthew 3:2 (Scofield note)

Nebuchadnezzar recognizes the deliverance to be of God (Daniel 3:26-28)

The Vision and Humbling of Nebuchadnezzar – The King’s proclamation to all nations (Daniel 4:1-3)

Nebuchadnezzar’s vision of a great tree (Daniel 4:4-18)

Daniel interprets the dream (Daniel 4:10-27)

The dream fulfilled; the king’s restoration (Daniel 4:37)

Daniel’s Experiences under Belshazzar; Belshazzar defiles the temple vessels (Daniel 5:1-4)

The handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5:5-9)

Daniel interprets the writing (Daniel 5:10-30)

The Biblical Order Of The Monarchs Of Daniel’s Time (Scofield Note, Daniel 5:18)

Nebuchadnezzar (604-562 B.C.)

Belshazzar (553-539 B.C.)

Darius the Mede (539-531 B.C.)

Cyrus (539-530 B.C.)

God’s Plan For The Ages – 3 – The Nations That Will Attack Israel – Ezekiel Chapter 39

How will the alignment of nations attempt to destroy Israel?

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Consider the world events of today, as they relate to the mistreatment of Israel by the nations of the world, even by the USA. The lack of respect for “God’s chosen people” has never been greater by America than it has been during the time of the current White House Administration in the USA. Consider the description of the attacking forces of Israel in Ezekiel Chapter 39, as they are identified in the video. Consider the words of God, as they relate to His love for Israel. Dates for this post come from the Scofield Study Bible.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New Living Translation (NLT) 1451 B.C.

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

Jeremiah 31:3 New Living Translation (NLT) 606 B.C.

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Zechariah 2:8 New Living Translation (NLT) 519 B.C.

8 After a period of glory, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.

Zechariah 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 487 B.C.

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes.

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.

Zechariah 14:2. “All the nations” gather against Jerusalem to battle.

Consider your nation. Consider the other nations of the world. “All nations” will be gathered together to attack and try to destroy Israel. The military forces will be composed of those who were not caught up to heaven with Christ at the time of the rapture (John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:50-53). Included in the “nations of the world,” will be the forces of the United States Of America.

Zechariah 14:3. Consider the words that God gave to the prophet Zechariah as he describes His defense of Israel.

Ezekiel 39 587 B.C. Looking Ahead. New Living Translation (NLT)

The prophecies of Ezekiel cover a period of time from B.C. 595-574. Ezekiel prophesied to all of the displaced tribes of Israel. The attackers of Israel have long had a hatred for Israel, which is only about the size of the US state of New Jersey. The size of those which will attack Israel is far greater than Israel. But they and many other nations, to include many in the USA, consider “God’s chosen people” to be the cause of the hatred that exists in the world of the middle east. In future posts, we will consider the scriptural authority for Israel to possess its land. No US President has the authority to negotiate away that which God has given to “His chosen people.” We will also discuss the term, “God’s chosen people.” It is important for God’s people to be aware of the things in the world that are taking place which affect freedom and God’s people. The liberal news programs will not provide the truth in reporting that will be found in Fox News. Do the things that are written in the prophecies of Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah appear to be part of today’s world events? Continue to study the books of prophecy. Reliable study Bibles include: MacArthur, Ryrie, Jeremiah and Scofield. Continue to watch news broadcasts that are not biased against Israel or God’s scriptural truth. The reality of the writings of Ezekiel 38-39 is exactly that, “real,” and is as real as a heart attack. It is important for God’s people to place in offices of leadership those who will pay more than just lip service to the support of Israel and to the truth of God’s Word. Each person’s vote is important, and should be used in accordance with God’s will. It is time for God’s people to get serious about their relationship with God. “Please read this very carefully.” If you belong to a Church that is a part of the National Council of Churches, or of the World Council of Churches, there is a good chance that you have not been taught the importance of supporting Israel. There is also a good chance that you have not been taught that same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and men going into the restrooms of women, “are wrong and are perversions of God’s Holy Word.” If you see nothing wrong with abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, or men going into the restrooms of women, there is a good chance that you have not been born again, and do not have the Spirit of God dwelling within your spirit, influencing your decisions and actions. Consider the truth of the following two verses.

The Wisdom Of God

1 Corinthians 1:18 New Living Translation (NLT)

18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14 New Living Translation (NLT)

14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.

Pray for God to reveal the truth of His Word to you.

Ezekiel Chapter 39 Text

The Slaughter of Gog’s Hordes (vs 2. Consider the actions of God when He forces the un-Godly opposition forces into the battle against Israel.)

1 “Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am your enemy, O Gog, ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. 2 I will turn you around and drive you toward the mountains of Israel, bringing you from the distant north. 3 I will knock the bow from your left hand and the arrows from your right hand, and I will leave you helpless. 4 You and your army and your allies will all die on the mountains. I will feed you to the vultures and wild animals. 5 You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign Lord. 6 And I will rain down fire on Magog and on all your allies who live safely on the coasts. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

7 “In this way, I will make known my holy name among my people of Israel. I will not let anyone bring shame on it. And the nations, too, will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One of Israel. 8 That day of judgment will come, says the Sovereign Lord. Everything will happen just as I have declared it.

9 “Then the people in the towns of Israel will go out and pick up your small and large shields, bows and arrows, javelins and spears, and they will use them for fuel. There will be enough to last them seven years! 10 They won’t need to cut wood from the fields or forests, for these weapons will give them all the fuel they need. They will plunder those who planned to plunder them, and they will rob those who planned to rob them, says the Sovereign Lord.

11 “And I will make a vast graveyard for Gog and his hordes in the Valley of the Travelers, east of the Dead Sea. It will block the way of those who travel there, and they will change the name of the place to the Valley of Gog’s Hordes. 12 It will take seven months for the people of Israel to bury the bodies and cleanse the land. 13 Everyone in Israel will help, for it will be a glorious victory for Israel when I demonstrate my glory on that day, says the Sovereign Lord.

14 “After seven months, teams of men will be appointed to search the land for skeletons to bury, so the land will be made clean again. 15 Whenever bones are found, a marker will be set up so the burial crews will take them to be buried in the Valley of Gog’s Hordes. 16 (There will be a town there named Hamonah, which means ‘horde.’) And so the land will finally be cleansed.

17 “And now, son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Call all the birds and wild animals. Say to them: Gather together for my great sacrificial feast. Come from far and near to the mountains of Israel, and there eat flesh and drink blood! 18 Eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of princes as though they were rams, lambs, goats, and bulls—all fattened animals from Bashan! 19 Gorge yourselves with flesh until you are glutted; drink blood until you are drunk. This is the sacrificial feast I have prepared for you. 20 Feast at my banquet table—feast on horses and charioteers, on mighty men and all kinds of valiant warriors, says the Sovereign Lord.

21 “In this way, I will demonstrate my glory to the nations. Everyone will see the punishment I have inflicted on them and the power of my fist when I strike. 22 And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God. 23 The nations will then know why Israel was sent away to exile—it was punishment for sin, for they were unfaithful to their God. Therefore, I turned away from them and let their enemies destroy them. 24 I turned my face away and punished them because of their defilement and their sins.

Restoration for God’s People

25 “So now, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation! 26 They will accept responsibility for their past shame and unfaithfulness after they come home to live in peace in their own land, with no one to bother them. 27 When I bring them home from the lands of their enemies, I will display my holiness among them for all the nations to see. 28 Then my people will know that I am the Lord their God, because I sent them away to exile and brought them home again. I will leave none of my people behind. 29 And I will never again turn my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon the people of Israel. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”

Commentary: MacArthur Study Bible (Everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible)

39:1–10 I am against you. This scene of the army’s ruin adds detail to 38:18–23 such as: 1) the disarming of soldiers (v. 3); 2) their fall in death (vv. 4, 5); 3) the gorging of birds and beasts on the corpses (v. 4); 4) fire sent also on others besides the army (v. 6); and 5) burning of weapons by Israelites (vv. 9, 10).

39:9, 10 burn the weapons. There is enough equipment to provide fuel for 7 years.

39:9 seven years. A vast army (cf. “many,” 38:15) would have much weaponry, requiring 7 years to burn. Since this is likely at the end of the time of tribulation, synonymous with the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16; 19:19–21), the burials would extend into the millennial kingdom.

39:11–16 give Gog a burial place. Israelites moving E from the Mediterranean, with the sea to their backs and the Jezreel Valley before them, bury bodies. Further, people in the whole land help in the interment, which consumes 7 months. The description fits the time after Christ’s Second Advent extending into the millennial era as those who go into His kingdom do the work (cf.Rev. 20:1–10).

39:11, 16 Hamon Gog. Lit. “the multitude of Gog.” In v. 16, a city in the area will be named Hamonah, “multitude” (cf. a similar idea in Joel 3:14).

39:17–20 Speak to…bird and…beast. God’s word summons carrion birds and carnivorous animals to consume the fallen flesh as described in Rev. 19:21.

39:17, 18 My sacrificial meal. Since God describes the feast by the imagery of a sacrificial meal, the warriors who fell (v. 19) are described figuratively in words such as rams and other animals used in sacrifice.

39:21–29 I will set My glory. God vanquishes Israel’s foes to show His glory so that His enemies and Israel will all know that He is the Lord (vv. 6, 22). This is Israel’s salvation spoken of in Zech. 12:10—13:9 and Rom. 11:25–27.

39:29 poured out My Spirit. God’s provision of His Spirit at the Second Advent complements the regathering (cf. 36:27; 37:14;Joel 2:28). The Gog and Magog assault in Rev. 20:7–9 at the end of the Millennium is another assault on Jerusalem patterned after certain images of the invasion here (chaps. 38, 39), but it is a distinct event one thousand years after the millennial kingdom begins. See note on Rev. 20:8, 9.

God’s Plan For The Ages – 2 – War Against Israel – Ezekiel 38 – How Close Are We To That War?

Click onto any blue letter, number or symbol to see the video and text in the blog.

Consider the world events of today, as they relate to the mistreatment of Israel by the nations of the world, even by the USA. Consider the description of the Ezekiel 38 War of the video. Consider the words of God, as they relate to His love for Israel.

Deuteronomy 7:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

6 For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.

Jeremiah 31:3 New Living Translation (NLT)

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Zechariah 2:8 New Living Translation (NLT)

8 After a period of glory, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies sent me against the nations who plundered you. For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.

Zechariah 14:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God Will Battle Jerusalem’s Foes

1 Behold, a day is coming for the Lord when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. 2 For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.

Consider the words that God gave to the prophet Ezekiel as he describes an upcoming war on Israel.

Ezekiel 38 New Living Translation (NLT)

Prophecy Of The Future Invasion Of Israel

1 This is another message that came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, turn and face Gog of the land of Magog, the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him. 3 Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: Gog, I am your enemy! 4 I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws to lead you out with your whole army—your horses and charioteers in full armor and a great horde armed with shields and swords. 5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya will join you, too, with all their weapons. 6 Gomer and all its armies will also join you, along with the armies of Beth-togarmah from the distant north, and many others.

7 “Get ready; be prepared! Keep all the armies around you mobilized, and take command of them. 8 A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. 9 You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud.

10 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: At that time evil thoughts will come to your mind, and you will devise a wicked scheme. 11 You will say, ‘Israel is an unprotected land filled with unwalled villages! I will march against her and destroy these people who live in such confidence! 12 I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile in many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now. They think the whole world revolves around them!’ 13 But Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish will ask, ‘Do you really think the armies you have gathered can rob them of silver and gold? Do you think you can drive away their livestock and seize their goods and carry off plunder?’

14 “Therefore, son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: When my people are living in peace in their land, then you will rouse yourself. 15 You will come from your homeland in the distant north with your vast cavalry and your mighty army,16 and you will attack my people Israel, covering their land like a cloud. At that time in the distant future, I will bring you against my land as everyone watches, and my holiness will be displayed by what happens to you, Gog. Then all the nations will know that I am the Lord.

17 “This is what the Sovereign Lord asks: Are you the one I was talking about long ago, when I announced through Israel’s prophets that in the future I would bring you against my people?18 But this is what the Sovereign Lord says: When Gog invades the land of Israel, my fury will boil over! 19 In my jealousy and blazing anger, I promise a mighty shaking in the land of Israel on that day. 20 All living things—the fish in the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the people on earth—will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth. 21 I will summon the sword against you on all the hills of Israel, says the Sovereign Lord. Your men will turn their swords against each other. 22 I will punish you and your armies with disease and bloodshed; I will send torrential rain, hailstones, fire, and burning sulfur!23 In this way, I will show my greatness and holiness, and I will make myself known to all the nations of the world. Then they will know that I am the Lord.

Notes from MacArthur Study Bible. Everyone should own a MacArthur Study Bible.

38:1—39:29 These chaps. tell of a coming northern confederacy of nations who will invade the Promised Land.

38:2 against Gog. This name is found in 1 Chr. 5:4. The LXX used “Gog” to render names such as Agag (Num. 24:7) and Og (Deut. 3:1), possibly showing that though it was a proper name, it came to be used as a general title for an enemy of God’s people. “Gog” most likely carries the idea “high” or “supreme one,” based on the comparison in Num. 24:7. It refers to a person, described as a “prince” from the land of Magog, who is the final Antichrist.See note on Rev. 20:8, where Gog and Magog are referred to again. These titles are used there symbolically of the final world uprising against Jerusalem, its people and Messiah King. This attack comes not just from the N but the 4 corners of the world, as a world of sinners at the end of the 1,000 year kingdom come to fight the saints in the “beloved city” of Jerusalem. On that occasion, there is only one weapon used—divine fire. This is the climax to the last battle with Satan and his armies, whose eternal destiny is set. It is followed by the final judgment of all the ungodly before the Lord (Rev. 20:11–15) and the creation of the eternal, sinless state (Rev. 21:1). See notes on chap. 39. Magog.Some see this people as derived from Japheth (Gen. 10:2), later called the Scythians. Others propose a people in SE Anatolia, later known as Asiatic people such as the Mongols and Huns. Others see Magog as an overall term for barbarians, N of Palestine, around the Caspian and Black Seas. the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. Should be translated “chief prince of Meshech and Tubal…” because: 1) Rosh (more than 600 times) in the Heb. OT is an adjective, “chief,” often in references to the “chief priest” (2 Kin. 25:18); 2) most ancient versions took it to mean “chief “ or “head”; and 3) in all places other than chaps. 38 and 39 where both Meshech and Tubal are mentioned, Rosh is not listed as a third people (27:13; 32:26; Gen. 10:2; 1 Chr. 1:5). This is also descriptive of the Antichrist, who rises to world dominance in the coming time of tribulation (cf. Dan. 9:24–27;11:36–45; Rev. 13:1–17; 19:20). Meshech, and Tubal. Two peoples were recognized in ancient Assyrian monuments: one called Mushki (Mushku) and the other Tubali (Tabal). Both were in Asia Minor, the area of Magog, modern-day Turkey. Summing up, a chief prince, who is the enemy of God’s people, will lead a coalition of nations against Jerusalem. The details of this enemy force and its destruction are given by Ezekiel in the rest of chaps. 38, 39.

38:4 I will…lead you out. Just as God used Assyria (Is. 8) and Babylon (21:19) as human invaders for His judgments, He aims to use this army. In this case, He brings the invader to Palestine so that He may visit judgment (v. 8) on the invader itself (38:18–23; 39:1–10). He thus uses the language of hooks in the jaws, as in judging Egypt (29:4). From the aggressors’ perspective, they think that it is their plan only to seize the spoil which draws them to Palestine (vv. 11, 12).

38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya. The invasion involves a coalition of powers from the E and S of Palestine. Persia is modern Iran, Libya is in N Africa, W of Egypt; and Ethiopia is S of Egypt.

38:6 Gomer. Today the area is Armenia, which also was known as Cappodocia, having a people called Gomer in Assyrian inscriptions. Togarmah. Today’s eastern Turkey (see note on 27:14).

38:7, 8 This is the great time of Israel’s cleansing, salvation, and spiritual life (cf. 39:22, 27, 28; Zech. 12:10—13:9), getting them ready for Messiah’s return and kingdom (Zech. 14).

38:8 In the latter years. In the context of Israel’s restoration (Ezek. 34–39), the invader will make its final bid for the Land.those brought back from the sword. This refers to Israelites who have been returned to their land, after the sword had killed or scattered many of their people. The Heb. word for “brought back” means “to return” or “restore” (Gen. 40:13; 41:13).gathered. This word also frequently refers to God’s final regathering of Israel (37:21; Is. 11:12; 43:5; Jer. 32:37). It has begun historically and will continue until the latter days. In the final millennial kingdom, there will occur the full and spiritual regathering, when all Israel is saved to enter their promised kingdom (cf. Zech. 12–14; Rom. 11:25–27). dwell safely. This term occurs in several contexts devoted to the Israelites’ blessed estate after God has brought them back to their land (28:26;34:25, 28; 39:26; Jer. 32:37; Zech. 14:11).

38:9 You will ascend. The time of the invasion is best understood as the end of the future tribulation period of 7 years. Israel will have been under a false peace in treaty with the Antichrist (Dan. 9:27; 11:22, 24), before he turns on them in the “abomination of desolation” (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15). The false peace will end in hostility lasting to the completion of the 7 years (Zech. 14:1–3). When this final war occurs (cf. Rev. 16:12–16), Christ will ultimately conquer the beast, the false prophet, and all the ungodly forces (Rev. 19:11–21) in order to establish His millennial kingdom (Rev. 20:1–10).

38:10–13 This describes the peace in Israel during the period of Antichrist’s short-lived treaty with them (Dan. 9:27) in the first half of Daniel’s 70th week. References to “unwalled villages,” refer to that period of 3½ years when Israel is secure under the protection of the world-ruling “prince that shall come,” called Antichrist (cf. Dan. 9:27). After Antichrist turns on Israel, there is an escalation of hostility until the end of the 7 year time when this great force comes to plunder Jerusalem and the Promised Land (v. 12).

38:12 to take plunder…booty. Antichrist takes over the world for his own power and possession. The wealth of his empire is described in Rev. 18.

38:13 Dedan, Tarshish. See note on Jon. 1:3.

38:15 riding on horses. These could be actual horses used in war, if tribulation judgments (seals, trumpets, vials) in Rev. 6–16 have dealt drastic blows to industries producing war vehicles and weaponry. Or, some see horses and weapons here (39:3, 9) being used symbolically to represent meaning which would be easy to grasp in Ezekiel’s day, but which would be fulfilled in the future time with different war forms suitable to that time.

38:16 that the nations may know Me. The phrase, frequent in Ezekiel, is part of the theme to glorify God and show His sovereign power (cf. Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes). God is the victor, who will be “hallowed” by fire (cf. v. 19).

38:17 Are you he…? See notes on 38:2. This refers to the general references to this time and the participants (cf. Joel 3:9–17; Amos 5:11, 12; Zeph. 3:8). Even Daniel (Dan. 2:41–44) referred to this time at least 3 decades prior to Ezek. 38. The nature of the question presupposes that the previous generalities are now being particularized in the person of Gog.

38:18–23 My fury will show. God’s patience will be exhausted with the repeated attempts to annihilate Israel since the “abomination” by Antichrist (Dan. 9:27; Matt. 24:15), and He will employ a great earthquake in Israel; panic will seize the invading soldiers (v. 21) who will turn and use their weapons against one another (cf. 2 Chr. 20:22, 23). He will further decimate the ranks by pestilence, a deluge of rain, large hailstones, plus fire and brimstone. The descriptions here are identical to that of the last half of the 7 year tribulation in Rev. 6:12–17; 11:19; 16:17–21;19:11–21.