Tuesday, December 1 2015
Ezekiel 38: The Origin Of Gog And Magog
"Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal"
Humanity began again after the Flood (see The Flood and
Why Did The Flood Happen?) from the descendants of Noah's three sons and their three wives. The earliest descendants of Ham settled primarily in Africa; those of Shem settled primarily in what is today called the Middle East; those of Japheth settled primarily in central and eastern Asia. Note that "Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras" were the sons of Japheth.
"10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood .
10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras." (Genesis 10:1-2 KJV)
In the time of Ezekiel, the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) declared that His wrath would come upon Gog and Magog for their aggression toward the land of Israel when it is at peace. As we will see in our next chapter study, the prophecy was more than just what happened in the ancient time of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The Book of Revelation also prophesies that yet future event.
"38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
38:6 Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
38:7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
38:8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
38:9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
38:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
38:11 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,
38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
38:13 Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
38:14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
38:15 And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
38:16 And thou shalt come up 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.
38:17 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
38:19 For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
38:20 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 the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
38:21 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.
38:22 And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD." (Ezekiel 38:1-23 KJV)
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This Day In History, December 1
800: Charlemagne presided over the charges laid against Pope Leo III by the Romans. Later known as the "Father of Europe" (Pater Europae) Charlemagne's Germanic "Roman" Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) united most of Western Europe for the first time since fall of the original Roman Empire centuries before (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1135: King Henry I of England died.
1145: Pope Eugene III proclaimed the Second Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy). It was undertaken by King Louis VII of France and Emperor Conrad III from 1147 to 1149 (see also Emperors and Popes).
1553: The Imperial Chamber at Speyer outlawed Albert (Albrecht) II, and he sought asylum in France.
1640: In a nationalist revolution, Spanish garrisons were driven out of Portugal. Two weeks later, the Duke of Braganca was crowned as John IV.
1742: Empress Elizabeth ordered all Jews out of Russia.
1821: The Dominican Republic declared independence from Spain.
1822: Dom Pedro became the first emperor of Brazil.
1906: The Cinema Omnia Pathe, considered to be the world's first cinema, opened in Paris.
1913: Crete, after having achieved independence from Turkey after the First Balkan War, was annexed by Greece.
1918: The Danish Parliament passed an act granting independence to Iceland.
1918: The union of Transylvania and Romania was declared.
1918: Alexander I proclaimed the creation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes.
1925: In Switzerland, the Pact of Locarno was signed by France, Belgium, Germany, Britain and Italy. Although it guaranteed peace and inviolable frontiers in Europe, the signers were involved in World War Two less than 15 years later (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1959: 12 countries signed a treaty to make Antarctica a scientific preserve with no territorial claims.
1973: David Ben-Gurion (born in Poland as David Gruen), present-day Israel's (ses Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) first Prime Minister, died at age 87 (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1989: Mikhail Gorbachev became the first Soviet leader to visit the Vatican and meet the Pope.
1990: Workers digging the English Channel tunnel broke through the last section, opening Britain to the continent for the first time since the Ice Age.