When all their sins of obscene living and rebellious ways are punished through exile and captivity by their enemies, God’s people will return home. The memory of their sins will fade to be remembered no more. After the cleanup of the battle with Gog, life will be lived for God, directed and protected by God. His people will know He is the only God and can now look at God face to face. Holy, holy, holy is His name alone. Yes, He is God, the One and Only God, to worship in humbled praise. And when it is over, His people will realize the battle was with an enemy who despises God and fought to capture and torture those who worship God.
“Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they are doing.” –Jesus, on the cross paying for our sins. What a profound prayer that reveals the compassion of God! Are we ready to see Him face to face? Who is our battle really with and are we winning?
Ezekiel 39, The Message
Call the Wild Animals!
1-5 “Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Say, ‘A Message of God, the Master: I’m against you, Gog, head of Meshech and Tubal. I’m going to turn you around and drag you out, drag you out of the far north and down on the mountains of Israel. Then I’ll knock your bow out of your left hand and your arrows from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you’ll be slaughtered, you and all your troops and the people with you. I’ll serve you up as a meal to carrion birds and scavenging animals. You’ll be killed in the open field. I’ve given my word. Decree of God, the Master.’
6 “I’ll set fire to Magog and the far-off islands, where people are so seemingly secure. And they’ll realize that I am God.
7 “I’ll reveal my holy name among my people Israel. Never again will I let my holy name be dragged in the mud. Then the nations will realize that I, God, am The Holy in Israel.
8 “It’s coming! Yes, it will happen! This is the day I’ve been telling you about.
9-10 “People will come out of the cities of Israel and make a huge bonfire of the weapons of war, piling on shields large and small, bows and arrows, clubs and spears, a fire they’ll keep going for seven years. They won’t need to go into the woods to get fuel for the fire. There’ll be plenty of weapons to keep it going. They’ll strip those who stripped them. They’ll rob those who robbed them. Decree of God, the Master.
11 “At that time I’ll set aside a burial ground for Gog in Israel at Traveler’s Rest, just east of the sea. It will obstruct the route of travelers, blocking their way, the mass grave of Gog and his mob of an army. They’ll call the place Gog’s Mob.
12-16 “Israel will bury the corpses in order to clean up the land. It will take them seven months. All the people will turn out to help with the burials. It will be a big day for the people when it’s all done and I’m given my due. Men will be hired full-time for the cleanup burial operation and will go through the country looking for defiling, decomposing corpses. At the end of seven months, there’ll be an all-out final search. Anyone who sees a bone will mark the place with a stick so the buriers can get it and bury it in the mass burial site, Gog’s Mob. (A town nearby is called Mobville, or Hamonah.) That’s how they’ll clean up the land.
17-20 “Son of man, God, the Master, says: Call the birds! Call the wild animals! Call out, ‘Gather and come, gather around my sacrificial meal that I’m preparing for you on the mountains of Israel. You’ll eat meat and drink blood. You’ll eat off the bodies of great heroes and drink the blood of famous princes as if they were so many rams and lambs, goats and bulls, the choicest grain-fed animals of Bashan. At the sacrificial meal I’m fixing for you, you’ll eat fat till you’re stuffed and drink blood till you’re drunk. At the table I set for you, you’ll stuff yourselves with horses and riders, heroes and fighters of every kind.’ Decree of God, the Master.
21-24 “I’ll put my glory on display among the nations and they’ll all see the judgment I execute, see me at work handing out judgment. From that day on, Israel will realize that I am their God. And the nations will get the message that it was because of their sins that Israel went into exile. They were disloyal to me and I turned away from them. I turned them over to their enemies and they were all killed. I treated them as their polluted and sin-sated lives deserved. I turned away from them, refused to look at them.
25-29 “But now I will return Jacob back from exile, I’ll be compassionate with all the people of Israel, and I’ll be zealous for my holy name. Eventually the memory will fade, the memory of their shame over their betrayals of me when they lived securely in their own land, safe and unafraid. Once I’ve brought them back from foreign parts, gathered them in from enemy territories, I’ll use them to demonstrate my holiness with all the nations watching. Then they’ll realize for sure that I am their God, for even though I sent them off into exile, I will gather them back to their own land, leaving not one soul behind. After I’ve poured my Spirit on Israel, filled them with my life, I’ll no longer turn away. I’ll look them full in the face. Decree of God, the Master.”
WHAT DO WE LEARN—HOW DO WE RESPOND?
God gives four reasons in His Word for bringing Gog and his armies to Israel and then defeating them so dramatically.
- First, this victory will reveal the greatness of the Lord as He displays His power before the nations. The Lord intervened and used weapons that no general on earth could use—rain, hailstones, and burning sulfur from heaven!
- Second, this victory will also reveal God’s holiness as He judges the sins of the leader from Magog and deals with its enmity against the Jews.
- Third, the victory will make Jehovah known to the Gentile nations, and the world will see that the God of Israel is the only true and living God.
- Perhaps the most important reason is given in 39:7, that Israel will recognize the holiness of God and be convicted of her own sins. During their time of exile in the other nations, the Jews had profaned the name of the Lord (36:19–23). Here God gathers them back into their own land, but they are still not a converted people; otherwise they would confess God’s holiness and greatness. Their time of renewal is still coming.
The dead provide a feast for God’s creation of wild life…Call all the animals! Then the bones will be buried. This Call to Feast is used often in scripture as well as in the “last days”. God’s invitation to a feast is a frequent biblical image for the judgment of God and His victory over His enemies.
“A day will come when this rebellious nation will be cleansed and forgiven, and the Lord will pour out His Spirit on His people. That will happen when they see the Messiah, repent of their sins, and trust Him for their salvation.” –Warren Wiersbe, Bible Study Bible
The victory over Gog will display the glory and power of God to Israel and to all the Gentile nations that surround them.
Are we ready? Believe and be saved forever.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace…”
Our daily skirmishes are won one prayer at time declaring your power and glory at work within us. May we always be in step with you until we see you face to face.
In Jesus Name, For Your Glory, Amen