Commentary: Ezekiel Chapters 38 and 39
Background Information: Ezekiel was a Jewish priest and prophet who was taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon during his second invasion of Jerusalem in 597 B.C. The Lord commissioned Ezekiel as the prophet to the Jews in exile. He began prophesying to them when he was 30 years old. In Chapters 38 and 39 the Lord tells Ezekiel to speak to the leader of Russia concerning Israel and the Battle of Armageddon set aside for the End Time, referred to as the latter years.
These two chapters are distinctly different from Daniel and Revelation as the Lord is speaking directly to the leader of Russia, and further clarity is provided about earthly happenings going on in Israel once the Battle of Armageddon is over. The Lord also tells us why He will allow the bloodiest, deadliest war in the history of planet earth.
Ezekiel Chapter 38
Synopsis of verses 1-15:
The Lord tells Ezekiel that He will bring Russia (Magog) against His people Israel during the End Time, which is now (verses 1-9, 14-16). In verse five, the Lord pinpoints the nations that will accompany Russia: Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer (Eastern Europe) and Togarmah (Turkey). Please know God is speaking through Ezekiel to Gog (the leader of Russia) and Magog (the nation of Russia).
Please take note of verse 8: “After many days thou (Russia) shalt be visited: in the latter years thou (Russia) shalt come into the land (Israel) that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people . . . and they shall dwell safely all of them.” Russia will come against Israel in the End Time when millions of them will have returned home from living as immigrants from all over the world.
“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.” Russia, the lead country in the Battle of Armageddon, will wage war against Israel while they are at peace with their surrounding countries. A counterfeit peace will temporarily come when the Middle East peace agreement between Israel and Palestine is confirmed and officiated by the Leader of the One World Government, the Anti-Christ. The inauguration of the treaty will mark the beginning of the Tribulation Period (Please see Daniel 9:27).
Synopsis of verses 16-23: God will prove to all nations (especially the Jews because most of them rejected Jesus Christ as their Messiah), that there is no other Lord and Savior when He physically shows up to end the Battle of Armageddon.
Please take note of verse 16: “And thou shalt come against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.” The Lord will use the vain and evil intentions of Russia as a global stage by which He will glorify Himself. The Lord Jesus Christ will be glorified among all nations that have rejected Him as Savior and Lord and persecuted His people, Israel.
Verse 20: “So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down . . . and every wall shall fall to the ground.” The Lord will open up the earth through a powerful earthquake and swallow up thousands of the Russian alliance.
Verse 21: “And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: every man’s sword shall be against his brother.” The Lord will will cause the men of the Russian alliance to turn on each other. Please read Revelation 19:15 – “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”
Verses 22-23: Beside the sword of His mouth, the Lord will call for rain, hailstones, and fire to come down to devour the Russian alliance. In other words, the Lord is going to stone them to death, and everyone will know that He is God, and there is no other!