The Ezekiel 38-39 War – The Aftermath: God is Made Known
As we’ve discussed earlier, at some point in the future a coalition of nations will form with the express intention of completely annihilating the nation of Israel, and taking possessions of her wealth.
1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him 3 and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. 4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. 5 Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; 6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.
According to Ezekiel, the Gog-Magog coalition will be made up of the following countries:
- Magog, Rosh = Russia and the former Soviet republics
- Persia = Iran
- Cush = Sudan, Ethiopia, and Possibly Eritrea
- Put = Libya, Algeria, and Tunisa
- Gomer, Meshech, and Tubal = Turkey (and possibly Germany and Austria)
- Beth-togarmah = Turkey, Armenia, Turkish-speaking people of Asia Minor & Central Asia
In the aftermath of this supernatural victory, it will be obvious to all who are alive that this great victory was accomplished by none other than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The result of this war will be that God will be made known…
Some of you may be old enough to remember what happened after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001. In the days and weeks following the attack, many people turned to God. Sanctuaries were filled with people praying during the workday. Churches could hardly make room in the pews for the influx of people.
Here we have an event unlike anything in human history (at least up till this point) and it will be clearly known by all the world that it was done by hand of the God of Israel!
Ezekiel describes the recognition that God was the author of this event:
16and you will come up against My people Israel like a cloud to cover the land. It shall come about in the last days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me when I am sanctified through you before their eyes, O Gog.”
23″I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the LORD.”‘
21″And I will set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment which I have executed and My hand which I have laid on them. 22 “And the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God from that day onward. 23 “The nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile for their iniquity because they acted treacherously against Me, and I hid My face from them; so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and all of them fell by the sword. 24 “According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I dealt with them, and I hid My face from them.”‘” 25 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Now I will restore the fortunes of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name. 26 “They will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on their own land with no one to make them afraid. 27″When I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified through them in the sight of the many nations. 28 “Then they will know that I am the LORD their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer. 29 “I will not hide My face from them any longer, for I will have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,” declares the Lord GOD.
In other words, this event will be a catalyst for a great awakening, and a great revival in the church.
The Last Great Harvest of Souls
We have to consider what the reaction to these events will be by the millions of Muslims, especially those who surround the nation of Israel. There is no doubt that as the Gog-Magog coalition is preparing to destroy Israel, many Muslims will cheer them on, excited to see the final solution of the extermination of the Jews come to pass.
Yet when they see how God intervenes to defend Israel, supernaturally destroying those who attack Israel, I believe they will strongly reconsider whether to worship the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, or the god of Mohammed. I believe many will see and believe that the prophecies of the Bible, not the Koran, have come true.
Personally I believe this will be a time of great rejoicing in the Muslim world, as the “children of Ishmael,” whom the followers of Allah declare themselves to be, are reunited with the God of their father Abraham. The god of death, Allah, will be cast aside for the God of Love, YAHWEY.
Christian missionaries that are operating in the 10/40 window will see a great harvest of souls as a result of these events (God is positioning these faithful witnesses as we speak!).
I also believe this could well be the fulfillment of Jesus words in Luke 21:24:
They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
The Times of the Gentiles
To understand the “times of the Gentiles” we must refer back to the prophet Daniel. Daniel was given a series of visions that identified the Gentile world powers and their role in God’s plan for the earth. Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay (Daniel 2:31–45) represents successive Gentile kingdoms that will dominate until Christ returns and establishes His reign.
In these passages it was revealed to Daniel that the Gentiles would have dominion over the world, including the Jewish people, for a time, but God will ultimately subdue them all and establish His own kingdom once and for all.
44 “And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, 45 just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”
Thus the “times” of these Gentile rulers would be all the years between the Babylonian Empire of Nebuchadnezzar, and the glorious return of Christ to establish His kingdom. We are now living in “the times of the Gentiles,” that is, in the era of Gentile domination.
A few questions to consider.
Will all be saved?
No. Many who are open to Christ, or perhaps were on the fence, will come to Christ during this time. Yet there will be many who will reject Christ no matter what events may occur, or evidence that God puts before them.
There will be many who are saved during the Tribulation period (after the rapture of the church), and they will be persecuted for their faith. Revelation chapter 13 describes this:
7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8 and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear:
10 If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain.
Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Will all Israel be saved?
The Apostle Paul speaks on this in his letter to the church at Rome,
Romans 11:26–29 (citing Isaiah 59:20–21; 27:9; Jeremiah 31:33–34)
“And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: ‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.’ As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies on your account; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.”
Here, Paul emphasizes the “irrevocable” nature of Israel’s calling as a nation (see also Romans 11:12). Isaiah predicted that a “remnant” of Israel would one day “be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD” (Isaiah 62:12). Regardless of Israel’s current state of unbelief, a future remnant will in fact repent and fulfill their calling to establish righteousness by faith (Romans 10:1–8; 11:5). This conversion will coincide with the fulfillment of Moses’ prediction of Israel’s permanent restoration to the land (Deuteronomy 30:1–10).
The details of this deliverance are filled out in passages such as Zechariah 8—14 and Revelation 7—19, which speak of end-times Israel at Christ’s return. The key verse describing the coming to faith of the future remnant of Israel is Zechariah 12:10,
“I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”
This occurs at the end of the tribulation prophesied in Daniel 9:24–27. The apostle John references this event in Revelation 1:7. The faithful remnant of Israel is epitomized in Revelation 7:1–8. These faithful ones the Lord will save and bring back to Jerusalem “in truth and righteousness” (Zechariah 8:7–8).
Will the Rapture happen before the Gog-Magog war?
The truth is we simply do not know the answer for certain, because Ezekiel does not say. Christian theologians speak of the “doctrine of imminence,” which means that according to the Bible there is no prophetic event that must happen before Jesus snatches his church from the earth. We should be ready for Jesus to come for us at any moment.
The bottom line…
We are seeing prophecy fulfilled in the daily news. While on the one hand, these are exciting times to be alive, on the other hand we should view these events in light of the ultimate fate of mankind: Jesus is coming!
Our mission isn’t to make the world into heaven, but to prepare the world for the arrival of the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Lord Jesus Christ!
We should heed the words of the Apostle Paul:
14 “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Disclaimer: These articles on the End Times, the Psalm 83 War, and the Ezekiel 38-39 war, are my opinion based on my research, the writings of other men on this topic. I do not claim to be authoritative, nor do I claim that the things written are inerrant. Only the Word of God is authoritative and inerrant. I welcome feedback. I would ask that comments be civil, and refrain from personal attacks.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” (Augustine of Hippo)