Ezekiel prophesies against Gog, continued. After the battle. The effects of the battle on Israel.
VERSE 1. “You, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘The Lord GOD says: “Behold, I am against you, Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
VERSE 2. I will turn you around, will lead you on, and will cause you to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring you onto the mountains of Israel.
bring you onto the mountains of Israel. The LORD God will bring them to the mountains of Israel, and then strike them down.
VERSE 3. I will strike your bow out of your left hand, and will cause your arrows to fall out of your right hand.
VERSE 4. You will fall on the mountains of Israel, you, and all your hordes, and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to the ravenous birds of every sort and to the animals of the field to be devoured.
You will fall on the mountains of Israel. The LORD God will strike them down on the mountains of Israel.
VERSE 5. You will fall on the open field, for I have spoken it,” says the Lord GOD.
VERSE 6. “I will send a fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the islands. Then they will know that I am the LORD.
I will send a fire on Magog. The LORD God will punish the homelands of the invaders.
they will know that I am the LORD. The Old Testament foresee Gentiles coming to faith in the One God of Israel and bringing gifts to Jerusalem. Here are the key Bible verses about this »
VERSE 7. “ ‘ “I will make my holy name known among my people Israel. I won’t allow my holy name to be profaned any more. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
the nations will know that I am the LORD. The Old Testament foresee Gentiles coming to faith in the One God of Israel and bringing gifts to Jerusalem. Here are the key Bible verses about this »
VERSE 8. Behold, it comes, and it will be done,” says the Lord GOD. “This is the day about which I have spoken.
VERSE 9. “ ‘ “Those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and will make fires of the weapons and burn them, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the war clubs and the spears, and they will make fires with them for seven years;
make fires with them for seven years. The Israelites will use the fallen soldiers’ weapons for fuel for seven years.
VERSE 10. so that they will take no wood out of the field, and not cut down any out of the forests; for they will make fires with the weapons. They will plunder those who plundered them, and rob those who robbed them,” says the Lord GOD.
VERSE 11. “ ‘ “It will happen in that day, that I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the valley of those who pass through on the east of the sea; and it will stop those who pass through. They will bury Gog and all his multitude there, and they will call it ‘The valley of Hamon Gog’.
it will stop those who pass through. There are so many corpses that travelers are blocked.
VERSE 12. “ ‘ “The house of Israel will be burying them for seven months, that they may cleanse the land.
burying them for seven months. The number of corpses is massive.
VERSE 13. Yes, all the people of the land will bury them; and they will become famous in the day that I will be glorified,” says the Lord GOD.
VERSE 14. “ ‘ “They will set apart men of continual employment who will pass through the land. Those who pass through will go with those who bury those who remain on the surface of the land, to cleanse it. After the end of seven months they will search.
VERSE 15. Those who search through the land will pass through; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, then he will set up a sign by it, until the undertakers have buried it in the valley of Hamon Gog.
Hamonah. This is a form of the word for “hordes.”
VERSE 17. “You, son of man, the Lord GOD says: ‘Speak to the birds of every sort, and to every animal of the field, “Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat meat and drink blood.
Speak to the birds. Sometimes a prophet does things that defy common sense.
to every animal of the field. Sometimes a prophet does things that defy common sense.
VERSE 18. You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
You shall eat the flesh of the mighty. In those days, it was people who slaughtered and ate animals.
But now those roles have been reversed. The men of Gog’s armies will be eaten by animals.
VERSE 19. You shall eat fat until you are full, and drink blood until you are drunk, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
You shall eat fat until you are full. In true carnivore fashion, the fat is prized. It is eaten first.
VERSE 20. You shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men, and with all men of war,” says the Lord GOD.’
VERSE 21. “I will set my glory among the nations. Then all the nations will see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them.
VERSE 22. So the house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God, from that day and forward.
VERSE 23. The nations will know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they trespassed against me, and I hid my face from them; so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword.
VERSE 24. I did to them according to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions. I hid my face from them.
VERSE 25. “Therefore the Lord GOD says: ‘Now I will reverse the captivity of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel. I will be jealous for my holy name.
VERSE 26. They will forget their shame and all their trespasses by which they have trespassed against me, when they dwell securely in their land. No one will make them afraid
VERSE 27. when I have brought them back from the peoples, gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am shown holy among them in the sight of many nations.
VERSE 28. They will know that I am the LORD their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them to their own land. Then I will leave none of them captive any more.
VERSE 29. I won’t hide my face from them any more, for I have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord GOD.”
I won’t hide my face from them any more. The LORD God will no longer hide his face from them.
Has the LORD God ever hidden his face from you?
I have poured out my Spirit on the house of Israel. In the Old Testament, the Spirit is not mentioned often. However, the Spirit was indeed present and interacted with us humans. Read more »
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