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1-24-2000
What about Ezekiel 38?

There are several conflicing teachings about when the events in Ez. 38 will occur. Many have been taught that Gog's invasion of "the land of unwalled villages" (v. 11) can only happen at the beginning of the Millennium, after Jesus has returned to fight against the nations and establish God's peaceful kingdom on this earth. Others believe that these events are a more detailed description of the post-millennial attack on the people of God at the time Satan is "let loose for a season," described in Rev. 20:7 - 8.

Neither of these explanations has been very satisfying, for reasons that I will not detail here. For me, a more plausible explanation of Ezekiel 38 is that it pertains to us now, at the end of this age -- the American people who sit at the precipice of the Great Tribulation, the "time of Jacob's trouble."

We are a land of unwalled villages. We have thrown down our weapons, cast aside our defenses and have gone out to play -- to enjoy the good life -- without a thought that the world is full of predators. We are a people gathered from the nations, "who have acquired livestock and goods " We are rich beyond belief, and our enemies want to possess the material blessings God has given us.

The scene is "the latter days." This is a time of earth-shattering earthquakes such as those mentioned in Revelation 6:12, 8:5, 11:13, 11:19, and 16:18.

This is also a time when Israel is still profaning the name of its God (Ez. 39:7), which rules out the possibility that these events occur at the end of the Millennium. Also, Gog appears to possess powerful weapons with which to overwhelm God's people, which will not be the case after the battle of Armageddon.

It is because I believe that the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and 39 applies to the people of the United States in our day that I offer the following:

There are many modern-day prophecies about the United States, and in time, I will present those which to me are the most thought-provoking and which conform to Ezekiel's prophecy. With this in mind, I invite you to read

1. George Washington's "Vision of America"
and
2. I Saw the Russians Attack the United States by Henry Gruver

Although I do not agree with Henry Gruver's interpretation of the identities of the nations, I believe his vision is in line with Ezekiel's.

EZEKIEL 38:

1* ¶ Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2* "Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
3* "and say, `Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal.
4* "I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.
5* "Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya are with them, all of them with shield and helmet;
6* "Gomer and all its troops; the house of Togarmah from the far north and all its troops--many people are with you.
7* "Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them.
8* "After many days you will be visited. In the latter years you will come into the land of those brought back from the sword and gathered from many people on the mountains of Israel, which had long been desolate; they were brought out of the nations, and now all of them dwell safely.
9* "You will ascend, coming like a storm, covering the land like a cloud, you and all your troops and many peoples with you."
10* `Thus says the Lord GOD: "On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan:
11* "You will say, `I will go up against a land of unwalled villages; I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates' --
12* "to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land.
13* "Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions will say to you, `Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to take great plunder?'"'
14* ¶ "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, `Thus says the Lord GOD: "On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it?
15* "Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army.
16* "You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes."
17* `Thus says the Lord GOD: "Are you he of whom I have spoken in former days by My servants the prophets of Israel, who prophesied for years in those days that I would bring you against them?
18* "And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "that My fury will show in My face.
19* "For in My jealousy and in the fire of My wrath I have spoken: `Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel,
20* `so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creeping things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at My presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.'
21* "I will call for a sword against Gog throughout all My mountains," says the Lord GOD. "Every man's sword will be against his brother.
22* "And I will bring him to judgment with pestilence and bloodshed; I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
23* "Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the LORD."'

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.
4* "You shall fall upon the mountain s 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.
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.
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.


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