Ezekiel 38: The
great victory over Gog & the nations
Comments: This and the next chapter, together form one
prophecy that starts here in verse 1 but note the seven times
there is that dividing declaration or emphasis, “This is what
the sovereign Lord says”. The prophecy flows on and is difficult
to divide up and so the divisions we have used tend to be somewhat
arbitrary, simply to enable us to observe shorter passages. The
two chapters reveal a plan of the Lord to stir up a godless people
to come into the Promised Land, against the people of Israel,
but they will come to receive God's judgement on their obvious
hostility to God's people and the Lord Himself.]
A word against another ruler
word of the Lord
came to me:
of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief
prince of Meshek and Tubal; prophesy against him
have never reached agreement as to who this refers to. Rather
than join in or even summarise the possibilities, we will simply
suggest that this passage refers to a godless leader who God will
stir up to come to judgment.]
The Lord will draw him and a number of other godless nations into
say: “This is what the Sovereign Lord
I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.
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
Cush and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets,
Gomer with all its troops, and Beth Togarmah from the far north
with all its troops – the many nations with you.
is very specific [v.4] that God will draw this leader, his army,
and other friendly armies, to come to the place of His choosing.]
There is coming a time when they will rise against Israel
ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you,
and take command of them.
many days you will be called to arms. In future years you will
invade a land that has recovered from war, whose people were gathered
from many nations to the mountains of Israel, which had long been
desolate. They had been brought out from the nations, and now
all of them live in safety.
and all your troops and the many nations with you will go up,
advancing like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the
will rise up at some future time to come against Israel.]
Thoughts of invasion will inspire him to act
is what the Sovereign Lord
on that day thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise
an evil scheme.
will say, ‘I will invade a land of unwalled villages; I will attack
a peaceful and unsuspecting people – all of them living without
walls and without gates and bars.
will plunder and loot and turn my hand against the resettled ruins
and the people gathered from the nations, rich in livestock and
goods, living at the centre of the land.'
and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all her villages will
say to you, ‘Have you come to plunder? Have you gathered your
hordes to loot, to carry off silver and gold, to take away livestock
and goods and to seize much plunder?'”
will find ideas rising in their minds that this is a land just
waiting to be plundered.]
They will come upon Israel, who are living at peace, and attack
son of man, prophesy and say to Gog: “This is what the Sovereign
says: in that day, when my people Israel are living in safety,
will you not take notice of it?
will come from your place in the far north, you and many nations
with you, all of them riding on horses, a great horde, a mighty
will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers
the land. In days to come, Gog, I will bring you against my land,
so that the nations may know me when I am proved holy through
you before their eyes.
being at peace, will not therefore be the cause of these hordes
to come, beyond the fact that they are the people of God.]
This has been spoken of prophetically before
is what the Sovereign Lord
you are the one I spoke of in former days by my servants the prophets
of Israel. At that time they prophesied for years that I would
bring you against them.
is what will happen in that day: when Gog attacks the land of
Israel, my hot anger will be aroused, declares the Sovereign
words had spoken of invaders from the north and although we usually
tend to associate them with the Babylonians, the Lord says that
word goes beyond them.]
When you are in the land and earthquake will occur and you will
my zeal and fiery wrath I declare that at that time there shall
be a great earthquake in the land of Israel.
fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the beasts of the field,
every creature that moves along the ground, and all the people
on the face of the earth will tremble at my presence. The mountains
will be overturned, the cliffs will crumble and every wall will
fall to the ground.
will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares
the Sovereign Lord.
Every man's sword will be against his brother.
will execute judgment on him with plague and bloodshed; I will
pour down torrents of rain, hailstones and burning sulphur on
him and on his troops and on the many nations with him.
so I will show my greatness and my holiness, and I will make myself
known in the sight of many nations. Then they will know that I
am the Lord.”
invasion of Israel will be accompanied by an earthquake that throws
their armies into chaos and they will turn on one another. There
will also be other accompanying judgments to bring them down.]
to Chapter 39