By Benjamin H. Liles
After various small nations and tribes mentioned within Ezekiel 38 being within a central mass of land I'm sitting here and wondering to myself, "Is it possible Gog is a title of a leader, a ruler over 'Magog--Rosh, Meshech, Tubal, Gomer and Togarmah?'" Considering I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His Father is the God of the known universe I'm leaning towards the fact of the way He phrased it to Ezekiel: "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog" (Ezekiel 38:2, New King James).
Knowing all of that sets this chapter we're looking at now sets the stage of God destroying those who are set against Him. In fact, as of now there are even nations being blessed the way they are blessing Israel. Iran is being split, physically, and yet the current leader of Iran has pretty much spit in the face of Netanyahu for offering water to them and the people of Iran (see Netanyahu offers Israeli water tech to Iran). I may not know the full story, but we're told within the confines of Biblical scripture, "I will bless those who bless you,
and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:3).
I know what God said to Abraham is to him alone, but in my mind it explains why those who curse Israel get the treatment they do; it's not karma, it's reaping what is sown. you sow a seed of hate you will get hatred in return. When the God of Israel says something He means it! When it comes to this prophecy within Ezekiel 39 that God gives we see Magog, her cohorts and allies receiving penalty for their actions and sins towards Israel. God says this: "You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken. 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. 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 39:5-7).
I always contend God acts the way He does as He doesn't enjoy looking on sin. This idea of not desiring sin in His creation stems from what happened in Heaven, "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit" (Isaiah 14:12-15).
God despises sin so much it cannot reside in the presence of God, not even upon the earth. So God, being who He is acts within His set laws He places on everything. God has the right to bring judgment and justice. And this is how He will act towards those who willfully and knowingly treat Him and His laws. Furthermore, God will also do this to Gog of Magog: "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).
Even after all of this God restores Israel to the land: "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...You shall be filled at My table with horses and riders, with mighty men and with all the men of war" (Ezekiel 39:17-20). He even goes on to say, "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. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward...And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel" (Ezekiel 39:21-29).
Considering Christ Jesus instituted His Church to be His light to this world two thousand years ago and that this world has been unable to destroy His word or even the Church at large, that even those within Israel have the promise of God's Holy Spirit being and resting on them. It started when Jesus called twelve men to His side. Some were fishermen who became fishers of men's souls, another was a tax collector, and still another had once been a Pharisee "of Pharisees" (Philippians 3:5-6). And yet these men contended for the faith of those early Jewish believers who followed Christ. In other words, the very first Christ-followers were Jewish!
Still God's prophecies are meant not just for the fact of Jesus fulfilling scripture, but that Israel is the object of God's love and affection. Ever since Christ commanded His disciples to do as He did and to live lives within His power and resurrection those men have done so and then some. It is why since then men have come to the power of Christ testifying of His power, His grace, His glory and transforming power. We ought to see Christ's Church in a modern way instead of calling it "lame, ancient, archaic, and obsolete." His Church is as relevant now as it was since those first days. We simply need men and women who are willing to lay hold of Jesus Christ and witness His transforming power within those lives. It is only then that it would be possible "when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth" (Luke 18:8, Berean Study).
The prophecies within the pages of the Bible are meant not to bring discouragement, faithlessness, powerlessness, or even for sin to remain, but for those things to become obsolete. We have Jesus Christ at our disposal even through His Holy Spirit, for "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). This is the real purpose of Jesus Christ and His Spirit. I think of any church that is in existence the ones that are dying and without His power are because they aren't relevant or emerging, as they so call claim. The real Church of Jesus Christ is the one that claims and proclaims Him from the utmost of their being. It is why I do what I do as much as I can when possible. I love my Lord and Savior greatly. If He suddenly appeared in front of me I believe I would bow before Him and cry, anointing His feet with my tears and then drying His feet with an actual towel because that night two months ago should have been my last due to my own sin.
However, I did come to Jesus. I saw what my "future" life would be like without Him. I would have been residing in Hell for all eternity, crying out with no one hearing my cries. I'd be separated from a loving God who desires me to be with Him rather than in Hell. What is Hell reserved for? Sinners, Angels who rebelled against God's authority; those reckless enough to live in rebellion against God and His authority. Think on that and do so soberly. I don't say these things to put anyone off, but for you to rationally and to think this through. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, that this blesses and encourages you. That these words of mine speak to you through His Spirit, and that you see a difference between doubt and actual authentic faith. So, on that note I end this. In His name in love and the perfection of Christ's glory I give this to you. Amen.