The Bible has just one author, God. This means that we could start with any chapter that describes Jacob’s Return, and work from there. However, wisdom encourages us to start with the best detail and the most thorough description. That’s why this section is called the ‘Core Chapters’. These chapters will describe the return of Jacob to God, and the key events and details that are a part of that description.
A vast army will be described and destroyed.
That army will be headed by someone named Gog, of the land of Magog.
Names will be referred to that are found in the Genesis 10 Table of Nations.
A fire will descend upon the world.
The Moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter.
Planes, trains, trucks and tanks will cease to operate.
Everyone will know that Yehovah is God.
The Nations will be sifted.
The Holy Spirit will descend upon the people of Israel.
All of that, and more, will be found in these core chapters. However, before launching into all of that, let’s look at the description of two other armies, first.
Two Armies We Know
What we are trying to do with this book is place the Return of Jacob in its proper position in the events of the Last Days. And, there are two other armies described in the Last Days, that also invade Israel.
The Army of the Antichrist
The Army of the Nations at Armageddon
Both of those armies have some similarities to the army of Gog and Magog, that is described in Ezekiel, Zechariah and Isaiah. And, since our goal is to compare Gog and Magog with these two armies, we should start off our ‘Core Chapters’ with the evidence that we have on each of those armies.
If the evidence that we have on Gog and Magog disagrees with our evidence for these two armies, then we must conclude that Gog and Magog is not a part of the Antichrist or Armageddon and is therefore a third event.
Once we have established the details of these two armies we go to our first source for the prophecy of the coming of Gog and Magog.
The Ezekiel Tetrad – Ezekiel 36-39
If you read Ezekiel 36-39 in one sitting, one thing should stand out. All four chapters are deeply connected by a single event. Yes, they talk about different aspects and details of this occurrence. They certainly seem to have a different viewpoint from each other. But, when you look carefully, there is a cord that weaves through Ezekiel 36, 37, 38 and 39 that deeply ties them together, and that astonishing ‘cord’ is:
The return of Jacob to God
In fact, I believe that these four chapters exist to specifically illuminate this moment and help us understand how close we are to its occurrence. It is a landmark that points us in the right direction for the Last Days that we live in, right now. And, It’s such a big, earth-shaking event that it takes four chapters to talk about it – four chapters essentially focusing on the where, the how, and the when of the salvation of Israel. Think of it as a unit in four parts.
Normally, when you have a unit of four parts, you call it something. Readers call a series of four books surrounding a single plot to be a quadrilogy. (Publishers more accurately refer to that as a tetralogy) But, these are chapters and not books. Musicians call a group of four performers a quartet, and that has a good sound to it, except for the fact that we aren’t singing anything.
However, mathematicians have an interesting word for a unit with four parts. They call it a tetrad. And, since math is so closely integrated with our way of thinking and speaking, it is not illogical to borrow from that branch of science to label what must be one of the most important unit-of-four chapters in the bible:
The Ezekiel Tetrad
And, the importance of this tetrad is highlighted by how much time the rest of the Old Testament (Tanakh) spends discussing the Jacob’s Return and the events surrounding it. And, this return is all about a salvation that you and I already have.
This Is About Salvation
Remember that we are looking for more than just a battle. We are looking for the moment in which all of the children of Jacob wake up and realize that Jesus was and is the Messiah. They will need to see that they are sinners, destined for judgment, unless they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The ONLY way that the Israelis can be saved is through faith in Jesus. He is the final sacrifice. There is literally no other way to reach heaven, except through faith in Him. None. If there was any other way, He would have told us. Jesus certainly would not have suffered and died for our sins, if there was another way to save us.
So, as we look at these accounts of apocalyptic conflict, we need to make sure that we are seeing spiritual transformation at the same time. And, Paul says a bit about what that means in 2 Corinthians:
15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.
– 2 Corinthians 16:15-16
So, when the children of Jacob are saved, the veil that lies on their heart, the veil that keeps them from seeing Jesus as the Messiah, that veil will be taken away. And that sounds awfully familiar to those of us who are also following Christ.
Paul – or, someone very much like Paul – writes this in the Book of Hebrews:
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
– Hebrews 8:10-12
That sounds like the same salvation through faith that you and I have experienced. Through His Holy Spirit, God has put His laws in our mind and has written them on our hearts. And, as Paul says in Ephesians, it is His grace by which we have been saved (Ephesians 2). But, I ended that too soon.
How did God save us?
How will God save the Children of Jacob?
What is faith?
Well, Hebrews gives the best definition that I know of:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
– Hebrews 11:1
It will the miracle of faith, given to them by the grace of God, that will save all Israel. That is how it will happen, and we see this reflected in the prophecies in the Old Testament. And, the best place to start looking for this evidence of saving faith and the battle that is connected to it…
…is the Ezekiel Tetrad.
Zechariah adds detail that is NOT provided by Ezekiel. Yes, it is clear that Zechariah describes the same events as Ezekiel, but adds important facts that we don’t see in Ezekiel – or at least, just hinted at. We also see something that would only be significant in our technologically advanced civilization.
Ezekiel mentions a fire, but Zechariah tells us what the effects of that fire will be.
Then, chapter 14 turns a corner and describes something different.
Or, does it?
In chapter 14 we see the Antichrist, Armageddon and the rescue of Jerusalem by Jesus – followed by the coming of the Millennium. The question in our minds will be…
…is chapter 14 a separate vision from chapters 12 and 13…
…or, are chapters 12-14 a single prophecy?
Then, Isaiah brings important detail in chapter 30, that confirms some of what we’ve already talked about and adds some important revelations. We will see confirmation that Ezekiel’s Fire is either a superflare (a many times massive solar flare) or a micronova. God will describe a devouring fire and the sifting of the nations. We’ll see the indwelling of the Holy Spirit upon the people of Israel.
There will also be an earthquake so huge that big buildings, everywhere, will collapse.
So, let’s move on to our first entry in this Core Chapters section:
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