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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel

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FRAMEWORKS: Ezekiel 39: Continuation of the prophecy against ‘Gog'

 

[Preliminary 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.]

 

    

v.1-7 The Lord reiterates He will bring ‘Gog' against Israel and then bring him down

  

v.1   ‘Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Gog, chief prince of Meshek and Tubal.

v.2  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.

v.3  Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand.

v.4  On 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.

v.5  You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.

v.6  I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in safety in the coastlands, and they will know that I am the Lord.

v.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.

 

[Notes: The 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.]

    

  

v.8-10 This will be a total destruction that leaves Israel able to plunder them

  

v.8  It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign Lord. This is the day I have spoken of.

v.9  ‘“Then 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.

v.10  They 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.

 

[Notes: The 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.]

 

 

v.11-16 The soldiers of Gog will all be buried in Israel

  

v.11  ‘“On 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.

v.12  ‘“For seven months the Israelites will be burying them in order to cleanse the land.

v.13  All 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 Lord.

v.14  People 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.

‘“After the seven months they will carry out a more detailed search.

v.15  As 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,

v.16  near a town called Hamonah. And so they will cleanse the land.”

 

[ Notes: So great will be the destruction of these godless invaders that it will take Israel seven months to bury them all.]

 

  

v.17-20 Their bodies will end up as carrion for birds and wild animals

 

v.17  ‘Son of man, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: 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.

v.18  You 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.

v.19  At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk.

v.20  At my table you will eat your fill of horses and riders, mighty men and soldiers of every kind,”declares the Sovereign Lord.

 

[Notes: The bodies of these invaders will be first picked clean by birds and wild animals.]

 

  

v.21-24 Israel and the world will see and know this is the Lord

    

v.21  ‘I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them.

v.22  From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God.

v.23  And 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.

v.24  I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their offences, and I hid my face from them.

 

[Notes: It will become blatantly obvious that this destruction is the judgment of God and He will be glorified in the earth.]

 

 

v.25-29 The Lord reiterates He will restore His people to their land and bless them

 

v.25  ‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: 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 name.

v.26  They 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.

v.27  When 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.

v.28  Then 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.

v.29  I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.'

 

[Notes: The 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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