I. Opening Video.
A. Nuclear Showdown in Iran – Bill Salus and Nathan Jones, October 26, 2020.
B. Prophecy Depot Ministries Bill Salus. Jan 3, 2021.
C. What is Iran’s future according to Bible prophecy? Find out with guest Bill Salus and Nathan Jones of the Lamb and Lion Ministries evangelism team as they provide their Prophetic Perspectives.
II. NOW And NEXT Prophecies Explained.
A. NOW Prophecies deal with the most relative information for this present age. This is because they describe events that will likely find fulfillment during this generation’s existence. All unfilled biblical prophecy is important to understand, but of most value to any given group, past, present or future, is the information that was specifically provided through the ancient Hebrew prophecies for that generation’s benefit. The NOW Prophecies are the unfulfilled ancient biblical predictions that appear to be imminent, which means they could happen NOW. These prophecies have either minor or no remaining preconditions inhibiting them from happening.
B. In this article we will consider the unfulfilled prophecy of the Ezekiel 38-39 war, where a coalition of nations attacks Israel. A background on the historical and political factors that have influenced worldly acceptance of the players are included in this article, and should not be a surprise to anyone.
C. The previous article (Road To Tribulation 9) discussed Ezekiel 38. This article will further the discussion of the events of Ezekiel 39.
III. The Ezekiel 38-39 War (The Invasion Of Israel).
A. Prophecy against Gog.
1. Ezekiel 38:1-39:24. In this section dealing with Israel’s blessing is the description of the deliverance of Israel from the invaders from the north in Ezekiel 38-39 led by Gog. 1.
2. The possibility of Russia attacking Israel is a modern concern of the United States and other nations. With both Russia and Red China constituting a major political bloc, the possibility of a future war between Russia and Israel becomes a possibility. 2
3. The word “Russia” never occurs in Scripture, but the description of this war connects these two important chapters of Ezekiel with the future outcome of Russia as a world power. If Ezekiel 38-39 is studied carefully, it reveals a future invasion of the land of Israel by the armies of Russia and five other nations. Though sometimes confused with the battle of Armageddon, which will be a world conflict before the second coming of Christ, this war will be distinct, both in its objectives, its character, and its outcome. According to Scripture the invaders will be totally destroyed which, undoubtedly, will have an effect on the world power struggle in which Russia is now a major factor. As this prophecy was written 2500 years ago, the question remains whether this has ever been fulfilled in the past. A search of history finds no such battle or outcome. 3
B. The identities of the players of the invasion of Israel.
1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 38:1-6 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.
1 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, 3 and say, ‘This is what the Lord God says: “Behold, I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 So I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them magnificently dressed, a great contingent with shield and buckler, all of them wielding swords; 5 Persia, Cush, and Put with them, all of them with buckler and helmet; 6 Gomer with all its troops; Beth-togarmah from the remote parts of the north with all its troops—many peoples with you.
2. Commentary. Ezekiel 38:1-6.
a. Ezekiel 38:2. “Gog.” The derivation of the word is uncertain. It probably refers to the ruler of the people who live in Magog. “Magog” was identified by Josephus as the land of the Scythians, the region N and NE of the Black Sea and E of the Caspian Sea (now occupied by three members of the Commonwealth of Independent States: Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan). “Rosh.” The area of modern Iran. “Meshech and Tubal.” The area of modern Turkey. 7
b. Ezekiel 38:5-6. Other allies include “Persia” (modern Iran), “Ethiopia” (northern Sudan), “Put” (Libya), “Gomer”(probably the eastern part of Turkey and Ukraine), and “Beth-togarmah” (the part of Turkey near the Syrian border).” 7
c. Notice that none of the countries that will attack Israel in the Ezekiel 38-39 war are countries that physically border Israel. The countries that will attack Israel in the Psalm 83 war will be Israeli’s neighboring nations. The participants of each of the wars can be seen in the following link. Notice that the Psalm 83 confederates are Muslim. The Ezekiel 38-39 countries are not all Muslim countries.
C. Prophecy against Gog: The destruction of Israel’s invaders.
1. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:5-8 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible
5 You will fall on the open field; for it is I who have spoken,” declares the Lord God. 6 “And I will send fire upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they will know that I am the Lord.
7 “And I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not allow My holy name to be profaned anymore. But the nations will know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel. 8 Behold, it is coming and it shall be done,” declares the Lord God. “That is the day of which I have spoken.
2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:5-8.
a. In repeating aspects of the prophecy of their destruction, God noted again that the invasion of the land was caused by God bringing them into the conflict, “I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel (vs 2). The geographic origination of the invasion was again said to be “the far north.” (vs 2). God further declared, “Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand” (vs 3). 4
b. Because of the various judgments of God mentioned earlier, God declared that the invading army will fall on the mountains of Israel (vs 4). God stated, “I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD.” (vs 4-5). From these Scriptures it is clear that the entire invading army will be wiped out. In addition to wiping out the army that will be invading Israel, a judgment of fire will also be inflicted on Magog and “those who live in safety in the coastlands” (vs 6), indicating that a special judgment will be visited also on the land from which the Russian army troops come. 5
3. Key Verses. Ezekiel 39:9-24 (587 B.C.) – New American Standard Bible
4. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:9-24.
a. At the end of the great battle, those who inhabit the cities of Israel will gather up the weapons and burn them, for a period of seven years (39:9). Seven months will be spent burying the dead (39:12). 6
b. The thousands of soldiers killed in the war will be buried in order to cleanse the land (vs 11-13). After the seven months there still will be other bodies located, and according to the prophecy some will be permanently employed to search out the dead and bury them (vs 11-14). 8
c. All the dead will be buried to cleanse the land. An unburied corpse was considered unclean (Deu 21:23), and burial was done as soon as possible after death. Though everyone participated in the burial of Gog’s army (vs 13), a full-time burial corps was employed (vs 14). Anyone who found a bone, skeleton, or any human remains placed a marker on it for the burial corps to find and bury in the valley of Hamon-Gog. 13
d. The gruesome task of the seven month burial (vs 11-13) would appear to have a very sobering influence spiritually. No doubt, it will prove to be one of the means of leading Israel, as well as the Gentiles, to repentance and faith in the Lord. 14
e. See last line of D. 2. b., below, for thought on the timing of the Ezekiel 38-39 invasion of Israel.
f. Immediately after the battle, before the burial takes place, God invites birds and wild animals to feast on the dead bodies. God pointed out how the dead will include riders, some of whom were important people, and also their horses (vs 17-20). 9
g. The judgment on the invaders was designed to display the power of God (vs 21). God had previously judged the people of Israel because of their unfaithfulness, and many of them died (vs 23-24). 10
D. The Restoration Of Israel.
1. Key Verses: Ezekiel 39:25-29 (587 B.C.) New American Standard Bible.
2. Commentary. Ezekiel 39:25-29.
a. God here announced the restoration of Israel, as had been predicted in many passages in the Old Testament. This prediction of restoration was just as literal as the prediction of the battle, and both will take place. vs 25-26 below. 11
25 Therefore this is what the Lord God says: “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on all the house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid.
b. God, having previously predicted His judgments on Israel, here made a point of how they will be gathered completely from the various lands from which they had been scattered. Now, God makes a specific and sweeping prediction, “When I have brought them back from the nations of their enemies, I will show Myself Holy through them in the sight of many nations. They they will know that I am the LORD their God, for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather them to their own land, not leaving any behind. I will no longer hide My face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit ON the House of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD” (39:27-29). Not only will God restore Israel to the land, but He promised to gather all of them from their scattered position and bring them back to the land. This will occur in the opening period of the millennial kingdom. It will not be an option to the Children of Israel, but she will be commanded to come to her Promised Land. This is a sweeping dramatic prediction, and supports the doctrine of a glorious future for Israel in the Millennium. Early in Ezekiel 20:33-38, God had declared His purpose to regather Israel, but will purge out the rebels, or the unsaved, so that only righteous Israel will be allowed to possess her ancient land. An important point in biblical interpretation is to treat these prophecies in the literal sense, as are the other prophecies which have been fulfilled. If so, it requires a coming of Christ before the thousand-year reign of Christ, or the pre-millennial return of the Lord. vs 27-29 below. 12
27 When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall show Myself holy through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then I gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. 29 I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord God.
c. The timing of this Ezekiel 38-39 war will be discussed in a later article in detail.
A. The apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to the land of Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered Russia. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/
B. The key to understanding the attack of Russia on Israel is found in Ezekiel 38-39. Dr. C.I. Scofield provided great understanding on the Russia-Israel conflict through his studies.
1. Dr. Scofield went to Europe in the early years of the 20th century. From Scofield’s studies in Europe, the Scofield Study Bible of 1909 was published. Dr. David Reagan tells the story of some of the findings of Scofield’s studies. At the time of Scofield’s trip to Europe, Russia was an orthodox Christian nation, and there was no such state of Israel. Scofield made the following comment: “I don’t understand it! Russia is an Orthodox Christian nation, and there is no Israel. But, Scripture says that Russia will invade Israel; and, I believe it!” As the following link shows, many anti-Semites disagreed with Scofield’s findings, and were very vocal in their opposition to Israel possessing the land that God had given to them. Such opposition still comes from those without, and within, the church. https://proliberty.com/observer/20090507.htm
2. Biblical and historic truth shows that the apostles Andrew and Philip took the message of Christ to present-day Russia. Other apostles took the Gospel to countries that bordered present-day Russia. Dr. C.I. Scofield was correct in his discovery of the Russia-Israel connection. http://12tribehistory.com/where-did-the-disciples-go/ Others who came to the same understanding as C.I. Scofield, and have gone on to be with the Lord, include John Nelson Darby, Lewis Sperry Chafer, John Walvoord, Charles Ryrie, and J. Dwight Pentecost, and others. The study bibles that I most often consult are the Scofield and Ryrie Study Bibles, both of which explain the truth of God’s abiding love for Jews, and His promises for “Israel in the end times.”
3. Credential information for the individuals that are mentioned in the above paragraph (2.) can be found on this website’s Page of Theologians.
C. God’s Love For The Jews.
1. Genesis 15:18-21 (1913 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Promise Of Land To Israel
18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the Brook of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates River: 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hethites, Perizzites, Rephaim, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites, and Jebusites.”
2. Deuteronomy 14:2 (1451 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God’s Special Relationship With Israel
2 for you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord has chosen you to be his own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.
3. Ezekiel 37:21-22 (587 B.C.) Christian Standard Bible – God Will Return Israel To Their Land
21 tell them, ‘This is what the Lord God says: I am going to take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one king will rule over all of them. They will no longer be two nations and will no longer be divided into two kingdoms.
V. Israel In The News.
VI. Article References. The individuals who are sources of information, that are mentioned in my articles, are listed by education and accomplishment on my Page of theologians. The source documents that are noted are worthy of being in anyone’s reference library, and should be considered for purchase.
1. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of the Bible, pg 188
2. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 189
3. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 190
4. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 195
5. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196
6. The Moody Bible Commentary, pg 1262
7. Ryrie Study Bible
8. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 196 (Ez 39:11-16)
9. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:17-20)
10. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:21-24)
11. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 197 (Ez 39:25-29)
12. John F. Walvoord, Every Prophecy Of The Bible, pg 198 (Ez 39:25-29)
13. New American Commentary, Ezekiel, pg 343
14. Liberty Bible Commentary
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