Ezekiel 39: Continuation of the prophecy against ‘Gog'
Comments: This chapter simply continues on the prophecy
from the previous chapter. The Lord will draw this godless people
to invade Israel where the Lord will then destroy them in judgment
and bring peace and security to His people. The details of the
awfulness of the destruction are so stark and clear there can
be do doubt the awfulness of this warning.]
The Lord reiterates He will bring ‘Gog' against Israel and then
bring him down
‘Son of man,
prophesy against Gog and say: “This is what the Sovereign Lord
I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.
will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from
the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel.
I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows
drop from your right hand.
the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops
and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds
of carrion birds and to the wild animals.
will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the
will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the
coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.
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.
warnings of the previous chapter are reiterated – the Lord will
draw this people to Israel where He will then strike them down
in judgment on them.]
This will be a total destruction that leaves Israel able to plunder
is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign
This is the day I have spoken of.
those who live in the towns of Israel will go out and use the
weapons for fuel and burn them up – the small and large shields,
the bows and arrows, the war clubs and spears. For seven years
they will use them for fuel.
will not need to gather wood from the fields or cut it from the
forests, because they will use the weapons for fuel. And they
will plunder those who plundered them and loot those who looted
them, declares the Sovereign Lord.
Lord has a day in mind when He will do this and so great will
be their fall that Israel will be able to go round afterwards
and benefit from their plunder.]
The soldiers of Gog will all be buried in Israel
that day I will give Gog a burial place in Israel, in the valley
of those who travel east of the Sea. It will block the way of
travellers, because Gog and all his hordes will be buried there.
So it will be called the Valley of Hamon Gog.
seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse
the people of the land will bury them, and the day I display my
glory will be a memorable day for them, declares the Sovereign
will be continually employed in cleansing the land. They will
spread out across the land and, along with others, they will bury
any bodies that are lying on the ground.
the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search.
they go through the land, anyone who sees a human bone will leave
a marker beside it until the gravediggers bury it in the Valley
of Hamon Gog,
a town called Hamonah. And so they will cleanse the land.”
great will be the destruction of these godless invaders that it
will take Israel seven months to bury them all.]
Their bodies will end up as carrion for birds and wild animals
of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord
call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: “Assemble
and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing
for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There
you will eat flesh and drink blood.
will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes
of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls –
all of them fattened animals from Bashan.
the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you
are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk.
my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men
and soldiers of every kind,”declares the Sovereign Lord.
bodies of these invaders will be first picked clean by birds and
Israel and the world will see and know this is the Lord
will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will
see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them.
that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the
the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile
for their sin, because they were unfaithful to me. So I hid my
face from them and handed them over to their enemies, and they
all fell by the sword.
dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offences,
and I hid my face from them.
will become blatantly obvious that this destruction is the judgment
of God and He will be glorified in the earth.]
The Lord reiterates He will restore His people to their land and
this is what the Sovereign Lord
I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion
on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy
will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed
towards me when they lived in safety in their land with no one
to make them afraid.
I have brought them back from the nations and have gathered them
from the countries of their enemies, I will be proved holy through
them in the sight of many nations.
they will know that I am the Lord
for though I sent them into exile among the nations, I will gather
them to their own land, not leaving any behind.
will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my
Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.'
people of God can thus rest reassured that as they go into captivity
now the Lord will eventually restore them to their own land where
they will be utterly secure and even used by the Lord to act as
a lure to other godless nations who will come against them but
be destroyed by the Lord. Israel will thus be restored and secure.
This concludes the two chapters warning of this terrible destruction
and is the end of Part 6, the post-fall prophecies.]
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