Israel @ War: Prophecy Fulfilled? Gog & Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 Part 03

Israel @ War: Prophecy Fulfilled? Gog & Magog – Ezekiel 38-39 Part 03

It is one of the most fascinating, detailed, and colourful prophecies of the entire Bible. These are times that Jesus tells His followers to ‘watch and pray’ (Matthew 26:41). In our third and final instalment on Gog and Magog, we will see how the massive invasion force is divinely destroyed and what follows afterwards.

The fire and fury of the war in the Middle East and unprecedented global attention provoked many to wonder: Is this the prelude to Ezekiel 38-39? Apart from Armageddon (Zechariah 14; Revelation 16:16), the Ezekiel prophecy is the best-known of the major end-time events. 

Gog & Magog

Summary: The Gog and Magog campaign is a massive, spontaneous, latter-day invasion of Israel by a coalition of nations led by a great power from the north. Israel will be at peace, unsuspecting, and unprepared. This unexpected invasion is so overwhelming that, humanly speaking, the Jewish state cannot survive. Yet, at the eleventh hour, God Himself intervenes, annihilates Gog and its allies, and Israel is saved.

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We continue to build upon what we learned in the first two parts

  • This confrontation with Gog will be on the mountains of Israel:  ‘And I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel’ (39:2 NKJV). What does this phrase mean? Which mountains? Maybe the Central Hill Country, also known as the ‘West Bank’ and/or ‘Judea and Samaria.’ There are also the mountains of Galilee, Golan, the Carmel Range, and/or the Transjordanian Highlands of Gilead Ammon, Moab, or Edom, And the big prize is Jerusalem. 
  • Nations beyond the Middle East are involved:  And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD’ (39:6 KJV). ‘Isles’ could mean those of the Aegean Islands of Greece and areas west of Israel, like Europe. International links to Israel/Palestine are nothing new, but today this region dominates world attention like no other. Many a US secretary of state or Western foreign minister has been kept awake at night worrying about what to do about the status and ownership of Jerusalem. Zechariah 12:3 says Jerusalem will be the unmovable rock for ‘all nations’ and all those who try to move it will injure themselves. The international chaos following a Gog-like invasion is completely plausible.
  • This force will be divinely destroyed: 38:18 ‘And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel,” says the Lord God, “that My fury will show in My face.19 “For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: ‘Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, 22 “And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. 39:3 “Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. 39:4 “You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured’ — Ezekiel 38:18, 19, 22; 39:3, 4 (NKJV). God directly intervenes to defeat the invasion force. So overwhelming is this divine counterattack that it takes Israel seven months to bury the dead (39:12) and seven years worth of fuel will be provided from Gog’s arsenal (39:10). Why seven months? Could it be an earthquake, like what the rabbis and some Christians teach? The problem is that plagues could break out. Bodies cannot be touched but a marker will be set up and then another squad will bury the dead in one of the valleys, perhaps near Amman. Once complete, the valley will be forever sealed and a new city named Hamonah will be set up as a memorial. Some have suggested nuclear, but a group of nuclear scientists have suggested chemical and bacteriological destruction instead.
  • After this invasion there will be a final re-gathering of the Jews to Israel: ‘When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; 28Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there’Ezekiel 39:27-28 (KJV). Anti-semitism is rising again in Europe, and after the Gog scenario there will be an influx of Jews to Israel greater than anything that has ever been seen before.
  • The Holy Spirit will be poured out on the Jewish people: And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God  Ezekiel 39:29 (NKJV); also see 37:14 and Joel 2:28-29. Psalm 118:5 says that when you call upon God in your distress, He will answer and set you in a broad place. This seems to be what happens to Israel, spiritually speaking: re-gathered and Spirit-filled. It is the fulfilment of what the prophets spake. Like travail before the joy of birth and tribulation before a Millennium, Gog and Magog usher in some of Israel’s major prophetic fulfillments.
  • Possible hindrance to immediate fulfilment: ‘And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’ Ezekiel 38:11 (KJV). Some say that Israel is not living in peace and hence is a fortress, with barbed-wire fences and minefields along the border. A look at its northernmost city of Metullah will reinforce this idea. If this is the correct interpretation, then the invasion cannot happen at this time while there is the threat of military attack. Perhaps a short and savage war with Israel’s immediate neighbours, like the one described in Psalm 83, may result in the neutralising of Israel’s enemies and thus allow it to relax its military preparedness: dismantling the fortified war borders and erecting peaceful ones. Of interest is that not one of Israel’s immediate Arab neighbours is mentioned as a participant in the Gog invasion. With the first circle of enemies out of the picture (Psalm 83), the second bigger and stronger circle, namely Gog and Magog, come to the stage. Then the warning of I Thessalonians 5:3 regarding the announcement of ‘peace and safety’ preceding sudden destruction will be fulfilled, like Gog and Magog. 
  • Arnold Fruchtenbaum takes a different view when he says that ‘unwalled villages’ is a good description of modern Israeli kibbutzim (agricultural communities) and adds:

Nowhere in the entire text does it speak of Israel as living in peace. Rather, Israel is merely living in security which means ‘confidence,’ regardless of whether it is during a state of war or peace. 

When you understand the grand sweep of this prophecy and see that its details have only been fulfilled in our day – and miraculously so – then this should make even the most casual observer sit up and take notice. 

We have a more sure word of prophecy! (2 Peter 1:19).

This article is from the book, At the Door, Melbourne: Teach All Nations Inc., 2015.