Ezekiel 39

Here is the finale grande for the Ezekiel Tetrad. Just remember that the chapter divisions are artificial and were not inspired by God. And, we know that this chapter is directly connected with the previous one, because it starts with ‘and’. It also speaks of Gog without additional identifiers, indicating that this is the same Gog as in the previous chapter. Also, notice that Ezekiel 39 provides important detail of what happens in chapter 38. Ezekiel 39 also connects directly with Ezekiel 36:31, which is God’s objective:

31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

However, we will not connect with that verse, until we get to Ezekiel 39:7. The children of Jacob will then embrace the One True God as their own.

Please remember that this is God’s objective for us – for everyone. WE need to see how we have been evil and committed actions that were not good. WE need to loathe ourselves for our terrible behavior. THIS is for EVERYONE who wishes to be a child of God. If you want God to rescue you from your current situation, you also need to be at Ezekiel 36:31.

We All Must Loathe Ourselves

In fact, when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if you did NOT loathe yourself in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations

…you just aren’t saved.

I hope that you understand this, because it’s important. If you aren’t sorry from the bottom of your wretched heart for how terrible and awful you were, I suggest that you search your heart to see if you are really saved.

But, let me take this a step further.

If you do not loathe yourself RIGHT NOW for the sins, iniquities and abominations that you are committing RIGHT NOW… then I suggest that you are in eternal jeopardy. In this filthy, evil society in which we live, it is easy for any of us to be lured into committing sins that are awful in the eyes of God.

And, let’s not forget that a righteous person mourns and is grieved for the sins of a society that has turned towards evil. It should grieve us that our families, our neighbors and our communities are so wretched and sinful. It should grieve us that our churches and our pastors are so sinful. It should grieve us that our nation claims God on our money, but corrupts the world with awful movies and pornography.

Here’s an example of how every Christian needs to feel:

7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

2 Peter 2:7-8

When Jerusalem was about to go into captivity for her iniquities and abominations, God said this to a very special angel:

4 and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

Ezekiel 9:4

Is your righteous soul vexed by the unlawful deeds of our society?

Do you sigh and cry for all the abominations that are being done by our fellow citizens?

If not, then you might have a problem. A righteous man or woman should be grieved over the evils of this society. Unless you were completely cut off from our evil civilization, the only way that you would NOT be grieved, was because you were immersing yourself in the wickedness of this world.

Please, if you are in the grip of sin, repent and turn to God, before it is too late.

A Solar EMP

Okay, let’s begin Ezekiel 39.

1 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; 2 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. 3 Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.

Ezekiel 39:1-3

Notice also what happens to Gog:

I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

That is a very interesting phrase.

What could these arrows be?

Well Israel has a missile system called:

The Arrow

They use it for shooting down other arro… I mean …other missiles.

But, how could a bow be smitten out of Gog’s left hand, and his arrows fall out of his right hand?

Well, we have a verse from Zechariah 12 that also gives us a clue:

4 In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

Zechariah 12:4

When we get to Zechariah 12, it will be clear that Zechariah is talking about the exact same moment in time. It will also be clear, once you see the evidence, that we will be talking about a solar flare so enormous that it will bring with it an Electromagnetic Pulse – or, EMP – that will destroy the electronics of the missiles and missile launchers in this army. Yes, I know that most solar flares do not normally produce an EMP that would knock out vehicles, but this will not be a normal solar flare.

But, I am getting ahead of myself.

Gog And Magog Reluctant To Invade

Now, let me ask you another question:

Did you see Gog’s reluctance to do this invasion in verse Ezekiel 38:4?

Yeah, me too. Gog wouldn’t need hooks to draw him down, if he was enthusiastic about invading Israel. But, God inexorably draws Gog and Magog to the mountains of Israel, and He repeats this in verse two, when God says that He will turn this army around and draw it down (or, ‘up’) from the far north.

Interesting thought, no?

The Destruction Of Gog And Magog

Next verse.

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. 5 You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:4-5

Ezekiel’s Fire – Why It Is A Solar Flare

That was very similar to what chapter 38 said, but this next verse is where the title of my book, Ezekiel’s Fire, comes from:

6 “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:6

TRANSLATION NOTE: The word, ‘coastlands’ is incorrect. The word is islands!

I could just as easily called Ezekiel’s Fire by a different name, such as Zechariah’s Horses or Isaiah’s Sun, but these four chapters in Ezekiel – the Ezekiel Tetrad – are so powerful that it was more appropriate to talk about fire.

Now, here’s a question:

How do we know that this is a solar flare, and not some other kind of fire?

Well, Isaiah 30:26 makes it clear that God is using our sun, but let’s assume that we haven’t read Isaiah yet and concentrate on figuring this out, by itself.

First of all, we should ask ourselves this question:

Does God use the natural elements of the Universe to perform His miracles?

Yes, He does. He does this throughout the Bible:

  • God used the forces of nature to flood the Earth, in the time of Noah.
  • Moses stretched out his rod over Egypt and a wind brought a plague of locusts (Exodus 10).
  • Exodus speaks of a wind being used to part the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21).
  • God came down and was born as we all were, so that He could die on a cross for our sins.

I believe that it would be irresponsible to assume that this Fire upon Gog and Magog wasn’t in some way natural. Just waving our hands at Ezekiel 39:6 and saying that it will just be a miracle is a fool’s way of handling this. And, none of you are fools.

So, let’s figure out what natural force this ‘fire’ could be. Here are our options:

  • Meteors or Comets
  • Solar Flare
  • Lots and lots of lightening

I can’t think of anything else that falls out of the sky that could seem like fire and would be attributed to God.

A meteor or comet strike might look a lot like fire coming out of the sky. And, if a lot of them hit the Earth, it would be REALLY impressive. And, we’ve had some very close shaves by asteroids. But, if this ‘fire’ was a meteor swarm hitting the earth, it would need to be a pretty massive swarm, and there would need to be lots of these meteors – because they would be hitting a lot more than just the land of Magog. And, if this were going to be more than just a symbolic fire coming down from heaven, they would need to be big enough to hit the earth and enough of them to cause widespread damage.

It would be pretty miraculous to have a swarm of space rocks hit us all at once and do so much damage. And frankly, I would prefer THAT over a solar flare.

Why?

Destroying our electricity and electronics would do more damage to our civilization than a massive swarm of meteors.

But, since this is a miracle, a really big swarm of large meteors would certainly be impressive. If there were enough of them, and if they were big enough, the nations hit by them would feel like they had been judged by God. However, as I said before, we have other parts of the Bible that point us away from this conclusion.

I also mentioned ‘lots and lots of lightening’. Lightening is dangerous, and if it hits you… well …you won’t feel very good. And, if enough lightening hits enough people and vehicles and power lines and power stations, there would be trouble.

But, do you really think that ‘lots and lots of lightening’ is what God is speaking of here?

God isn’t doing a fireworks show. God is angry, and He is going to judge this vast army. He’s also going to judge the nations that sent this army, and the ones who stood by and did nothing. So, it’s doubtful that there’s just ‘lots and lots of lightening’. But, lightening probably would occur with a solar flare of this size. Just remember that there would need to be something that would cause this lightening to occur.

Isaiah’s Sun Is Ezekiel’s Fire – Definitely A Solar Flare

Since, meteor strikes and lots of lightening do not adequately describe this event, we really need to consider the sun as the source of this fire that God strikes the Earth with. And, since Isaiah 30 talks about the same moment in time as Ezekiel 38 and 39, we can look at Isaiah 30:25-26:

25 There will be on every high mountain
And on every high hill
Rivers and streams of waters,
In the day of the great slaughter,
When the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26

Sorry. But, THAT is either a gigantic solar flare called a superflare or even a micronova. There can be no other explanation. And, since the context is the salvation of the children of Jacob, we are stuck with this explanation – even though the implications are terrifying.

I would prefer this to be a strike from space by lots and lots of rocks – or merely lots of lightening. Our civilization could survive such events. But, meteors and lightening would not make the Moon as bright as the Sun. Only a solar flare or micronova could do that.

note: Whether this is a superflare or a micronova is hard to say. We have seen stars do both, but we are more familiar with solar flares, so I will leave off mentioning a micronova for simplicity’s sake.

And, the effects of that superflare will provide Israel with enough breathing room to grow spiritually – unhindered by the corrupting influence of the rest of the world. That corrupting influence will eventually reach Israel, but only years later – after the world has struggled back from the devastation of this massive solar event.

And frankly, I believe that the spiritual corruption within our churches is begging for such a calamity. We have truly sinned against God, and this superflare would be a just consequence for those sins.

Protecting Newly Christian Israel From The Carnal Church

And, let me take this thought a bit further:

Can you imagine what would happen to Israel if every Israeli immediately, right now, accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior?

Israel would be deluged by every corrupt pastor on the planet, looking to get involved in ‘guiding’ this nation of new Christians. The Benny Hinns and Joel Osteens of this world would just jump at the chance to take over and corrupt these new Christians before they had a chance to grow.

The American church has become filthy and obscene. Half of American pastors are addicted to pornography. Christians are murdering their unborn children almost as often as non-Christians. Christians engage in sex before marriage, and their marriages are ending in divorce almost as frequently as those who are not Christian.

And, when you think of the Catholics, the Greek Orthodox and all the others…

…well, it would be a chaos of the cults.

Then, think of the New World Order wanting to come in and snuff out this new Christian movement. Every multimedia empire would love to grab a hold of this tiny country and twist it to their own ends. Multinational companies and organizations would want to grab the profit opportunities. Oh, and think of the World Bank and other NGOs that would want to ‘help’ with the cleanup effort, while enslaving Israel under mountains of debt.

No, I believe that this fire that comes out of heaven will knock back the New World Order and protect Israel from the corrupt Christians who would want to poison what God is doing in Israel. Yes, billions might die, but Israel would be saved.

TRANSLATION NOTE: ‘Islands’

Now, I noted that ‘coastlands’ in verse six is yet another translation corruption. The Hebrew word is האיים (pronounced ha-ee-yeem), and it means THE ISLANDS!! It does NOT mean ‘the coastlands’. ‘Coastlands’ – or coastal areas – is שטחי החוף (pronounced sh-tach-ay ha-chofe, ch as in Bach). This is such a basic and simple word that any translator should know it, which means that there was a deliberate choice in this corruption.

However, now that I’ve vented my outrage, there’s an interesting reason why God might have told Ezekiel to use the word for ‘islands’. Look at a map of the Earth sometime. A lot of the continents on that map look really similar to extremely large islands. Africa, the Americas and Australia all look like really big islands. And, in between, there are lots and lots of small islands, too. I cannot be dogmatic about this, but it is one explanation.

But, let’s move on.

The Salvation Of Jacob

Here is where we see verse 31 of Ezekiel 36:

7 So I will make My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord, the Holy One in Israel.

Ezekiel 39:7

Yup. After a miraculously on-target superflare like THAT, people will know that God is who He says He is. And, when God says:

And my holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel

What does that mean?

Well, let me ask you this:

What happened to you, when God made Himself known to you?

That’s right. You accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. To put it another way:

You got saved.

Ezekiel 39:7 is giving us another perspective of this salvation verse:

31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

Again, if that wasn’t your experience when you were saved, then I would have to ask if your salvation was real. If you have not recognized your sins and confessed them before God and were not sorry for them… then I am worried that your conversion was sincere.

We were vile and evil sinners, destined for Hell, before we were saved. And, there is no salvation without an acknowledgement of that vitally important fact. We were dead in our sins, and then God gave us life through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. We needed a sacrifice to pay for our sins, and we needed the blood of that sacrifice to cleanse us of those sins. And, because He loved us, Jesus became that sacrifice.

My true hope is that you have acknowledged your sins, repented and accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for you.

God Confirms That This Is Coming

And, for those who doubt that any of this will come, God has something to say about such doubts in this next verse in Ezekiel 39:

8 Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.

Ezekiel 39:8

God isn’t going to take no for an answer. This really is going to happen.

The Aftermath Of Gog And Magog

Now, the next two verses pose some interesting questions for us:

9 “Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. 10 They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; and they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:9-10

It is going to take SEVEN YEARS for Israel to recover from this. Think about that for a second.

Israel’s population currently numbers more than 8 million people.

With all the modern construction equipment and industrial capacity in Israel, how long would it take for Israel to clean up from this invasion?

Certainly not seven years. Unless, there was something that had damaged that capacity. Like… oh …the biggest solar flare in the history of the world that knocks out the tractors and other equipment that you would normally use in such a cleanup.

That’s right. What takes out the Gog and Magog, appears to also take out the electrical and petrochemical infrastructure of Israel. Like everyone else, Israel will need to rebuild right along with the rest of the world – or, at least that part of the world that was affected.

The other thing that will happen is that Israel will use the massive amount of metal and fuel that this army brought with them, for their own use. Tanks, armored personnel carriers, mobile artillery, and rocket launchers will have brought with them lots and lots of fuel. So, all those fuel trucks will be taken by Israel for their own use – to help them recover from this great cataclysm.

The Valley Of Hamon Gog

This next verse speaks of a place that will be given a new and unique name:

11 “It will come to pass in that day that I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel, the valley of those who pass by east of the sea; and it will obstruct travelers, because there they will bury Gog and all his multitude. Therefore they will call it the Valley of Hamon Gog.

Ezekiel 39:11

The word ‘hamon’ means multitude and is singular. Also the Valley of Hamon Gog is described as ‘east of the sea’.

Which sea is God referring to?

The Mediterranean Sea?

No, the Sea of Galilee.

Everything in Israel is east of the Mediterranean, so saying that it’s east of the sea, like saying that moon is far away. No, God is making a specific reference here. God reinforces that by referring to ‘the valley of those who pass by’ that is ‘east of the sea’. I suspect that is the valley that the Yarmouk River runs through. It could also be a new valley formed after the vast volcanic eruptions on the Golan have ended.

This cannot be a valley that is east of the Dead Sea. Moving all those dead bodies, that far south, would be virtually impossible under the conditions that we are talking about. But, that hasn’t stopped some people from trying to claim that Hamon Gog is near the Dead Sea. These would be desperate times and the Negev – or the Sinai – would be easier to get to and more accessible than the sheer and rocky terrain of that part of Jordan.

Gog Is Not The Antichrist

Ezekiel 39:11 is more proof that Gog cannot be the Antichrist.

Why?

Well, because of what happens to the Antichrist in Revelation 19:

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

 – Revelation 19:19-21

When Revelation says ‘cast alive’, the original Greek literally says that they were still living when they were cast into the Lake of Fire. They were literally picked up and directly transported to the Lake of Fire. They left no body behind that could be buried.

This means that Gog cannot be the Antichrist.

The Cleanup Effort

Now, just imagine the stink of the rotting bodies. What a horrible situation, and the next verses emphasize that:

12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. 14 “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ’

Ezekiel 39:12-16

And, this will be a very serious health situation. EVERYONE will need to pitch in to get these bodies buried before diseases break out and become epidemic. And, it will take everyone, because all of those labor-saving devices that we have grown used to, won’t work – except for those of you who’ve been busy turning your sheds and garages into Faraday Cages.

However, God sends help in verses 17 through 20:

17 “And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every sort of bird and to every beast of the field:

“Assemble yourselves and come;
Gather together from all sides to My sacrificial meal
Which I am sacrificing for you,
A great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel,
That you may eat flesh and drink blood.
18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty,
Drink the blood of the princes of the earth,
Of rams and lambs,
Of goats and bulls,
All of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 You shall eat fat till you are full,
And drink blood till you are drunk,
At My sacrificial meal
Which I am sacrificing for you.
20 You shall be filled at My table
With horses and riders,
With mighty men
And with all the men of war,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:17-20

Close to half a billion birds migrate from the north, through Israel in the fall. And, the best time to get a look at these birds is in November. And, one of the best places to see these birds is in northern Israel, where God will destroy this massive army.

Will Gog and Magog come in the fall?

God’s Wrath Upon The Nations

Then, God explains WHY Ezekiel’s Fire was necessary, in verse 21:

21 “I will set My glory among the nations; all the nations shall see My judgment which I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them.

Ezekiel 39:21

Now, the last few words in that verse are interesting.

and My hand which I have laid on them.

His hand upon… THEM.

Which them?

Israel?

Well, the subject of that statement is NOT Israel. It’s the nations – or as the King James Version puts it – the Gentiles. That, my friends, is us – you and me. And yes, we really deserve this superflare that is coming – this hand of the Lord that will be laid upon us.

And WE – all of us – will see it. God will be glorified and it will be AWESOME – at least for those of us who were smart enough to build Faraday Cages!

Jeremiah 30 which also speaks of Jacob’s Return, describes this moment in time as a judgment upon those who harmed the Jewish people:

16 ‘Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
Those who plunder you shall become plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will make a prey.
17 For I will restore health to you
And heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord,
‘Because they called you an outcast saying:
“This is Zion;
No one seeks her.” ’

Jeremiah 30:16-17

This is why God sends Ezekiel’s Fire at the time of the coming of Gog and Magog. This is more than just a defense of Israel. This is the judgment of those who tormented the Jews. This is even a judgment upon those who claimed to be Christian, but reject God’s promise towards the Jews.

Every nation that participated in the persecution of the Jews, throughout history, will be judged. That means all the developed world except for East Asia, Southeast Asia, India and South America. North America might be spared, but it is certain that Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia will be judged by God.

Again, the purpose of this will not be the judgment of the nations like we see at the end of the Millennium. This is a far more limited and focused judgment than what we see at the White Throne in Revelation 20.

Israel Is Saved

Then, we see a connection to the salvation of Jacob in Ezekiel 36:

22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.

Ezekiel 39:22

All of us and everyone will know EXACTLY what the truth is, at that moment. All the world will realize – at least for a moment in time – that Yehovah is God, and that the Bible is true. But, God says that Israel will know it for more than just a short time. No, Israel will know it from that day – and forever. And, that day will the the same day that Isaiah 30:26 talks about:

26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:26

We would naturally want to concentrate on the superflare that this verse talks about. But, God’s focus is on healing the spiritual wounds of His people.

Of course, history shows that our view of this event will change over time. Just as there are those who doubt that the Holocaust really happened, given enough time some will start to claim aliens did this. Or, they’ll say that it was just a freak solar event. Satan will promote and feed these thoughts and claims until the Antichrist is ready to take the stage.

Then, the last six verses of Ezekiel 39 emphasize the core reason for why all of this will happen:

23 The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” ’

25 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— 26 after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, 28 then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. 29 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 39:23-29

Again, notice the connection with Ezekiel 36 and 37:

I will not hide My face from them anymore

That is salvation, the same kind of salvation described in Ezekiel 36. The same kind of salvation in Isaiah 30 and Zechariah 12 and 13. They are all connected.

A Setback For Satan – A Victory For God

Furthermore, this will be an incredible moment in time. Great joy will be mixed with terrible sorrow. The world will be devastated, but God will be glorified. It will also knock back the New World Order, and the Antichrist system that is rising. It will be a MASSIVE setback for Satan and a gigantic victory for God and His people.

Another interesting part to all this is that only those who believe this prophecy, and get it right… or just happen to be in the right place …only THOSE people will have made the right preparations to survive what is coming.

I hope and pray that you will be one of them.

Comparing The Armies

Okay, now that we’ve been through Ezekiel 39, let’s see how this chapter adds to the comparison and contrast with the army of the Antichrist and the army at Armageddon.

Do we see a connection with either of those two armies?

Not The Army Of The Antichrist

Well, this cannot be the army led by the Antichrist, because God’s judgment upon the nations and why He judges them. Unless you want to claim that the coming of Gog and Magog is three and a half years long, we are forced to say that this has nothing to do with the Antichrist. After all, Gog and Magog are destroyed in Ezekiel 39.

If the army of the Antichrist was destroyed so quickly, how would he be able to rule the world for three and a half years?

Then, we see the superflare that hits the Earth. There’s no way that the Antichrist could govern until AFTER some kind of communications infrastructure was rebuilt – which would take years.

Also, the Bible records what happens at the time of the destruction of Gog and Magog:

The spiritual salvation of Israel.

That is NOT what happens after the Antichrist invades Israel.

Not Armageddon

Nor does this appear to be about Armageddon.

First, we have the amount of time that it would take to clean up after Gog and Magog. It will take nine months to clean all of this up, and that will run straight into the Millennium. Now, I admit that this is a weak argument, but it is something to think about.

A much stronger argument lies with the reason why God judges the nations in this chapter:

Those that devoured the Jews will be devoured.

Gog and Magog is not about the wickedness of the nations reaching a level where God must pour out His wrath upon the world. However, I’m cheating a bit by grabbing that from Jeremiah 30.

Gog Is Not The Antichrist

Another strong argument is that Gog cannot be the Antichrist – and therefore this cannot be Armageddon – because Gog actually dies, and his body is buried with the rest of his army. In Revelation 19, we see that the Antichrist is NOT buried, and that he is taken directly to the Lake of Fire.

That’s a significant and tangible proof that Gog is NOT the Antichrist.

Remember also that the burden of proof is on those who wish to identify the coming of Gog and Magog with the armies of the Antichrist. All that we really need to do is see that the prophecies of the Return of Jacob do not fit with the coming of the Antichrist.

But, we aren’t even close to being finished with the evidence that we have. There is a lot more to look at, and our next stop will be Zechariah.

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