So I posted background on it last night. Most of what I wrote I will repeat here.
Gog is a king, chief, or leader of a nation (often seen as a god)- That’s RIGHT, they will act as ONE nation. Scary.
- Meshek and Tubal- Asia Minor area (parts of Iran, Turkey, and parts of Russia or the Soviet Union)
- Persia- parts of Iran and Iraq
- Cush-Sudan and northern Ethiopia
- Gomer- parts of Russia
- Sheba and Dedan- Saudi Arabia
- Tarshish-parts of Spain
So as you read this substitute the names in.
38 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him 3 and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of[b] Meshek and Tubal. 4 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. 5 Persia, Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets, 6 also Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north with all its troops—the many nations with you.
As you read today you will see there will be a “plan” when the nations will gather to descend on Israel for a battle. The setting will be The Battle of Armageddon and at Mount of Olives (the very place God will let us peek at His Holiness at the transfiguration and the final place of prayer before He is crucified). We know this because God tells us in Zechariah:
14 “Look! A day is coming for the Lord, when your plunder will be divided among you. 2 I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem, to lay siege against it. The city will be captured, the houses will be ransacked, the women raped, and half of the city will go into exile, but the remaining people will not be cut off from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out to battle against those nations, waging war as in a day of battle. 4 His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, east of Jerusalem. Then the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, forming[a] a very large valley, with half of the mountain moving toward the north and half toward the south.
As we speak, we are one day closer to End Times 😉. It may not be in the news but nations are working together to fulfill this prophecy. For example, Russia is arming Iran as we speak. Alliances with Egypt are occurring…. Our job is to trust that in the End it will be the Lord’s victory for His Glory.
Chapter 39 says:7 “‘I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the Lord am the Holy One in Israel. 8 It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.
This is a message of Hope. The audience is the captives in exile. Chapter 39 continues with reassurance that the Lord will regather His people. There will be a regathering in 70 years for the captives as they take Jerusalem back. However, God is still regathering Jerusalem today. Just like in the Old Testament, He used other nations as instruments for His plan, God is still the same. He uses events like the Holocaust to bring refugees to Palestine, or the Cold War to release Jews out of Russia. We don’t have to understand all that, God is a mystery. But what we do have to understand is that we can trust the Word of God that He will return, there will be 7 years of Tribulation where MANY will be saved and He has a plan for the Jewish nation. Jesus will come back for 1000 years called the Millenial and we will live in Peace while Satan is handcuffed, and finally, with a WORD he will win the Battle and bring us back to an Eden-like state called Heaven.
The only thing I wonder is when He speaks the final word do you think it is a Loud authoritative voice or just a whisper when it happens. If you only knew the weird thoughts that keep me up at night.
Enjoy the read…it is amazing!! (feel free to read the extra post from yesterday)