Ezekiel 39

Here is the finale grande for this Ezekiel Tetrad, and it’s a doozy.

In Ezekiel 39 we get even MORE detail of what happens in chapter 38, as well as what leads up to Ezekiel 36:31. Remember, this is God’s objective:

31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will [a]loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

Of course we also need to remember that this is God’s objective for us – for everyone. WE need to see how we have been evil and committed actions that were not good. WE need to loathe ourselves for our terrible behavior. THIS is for EVERYONE who wishes to be a child of God. If you want God to rescue you from your current situation, you need to be at Ezekiel 36:31.

We All Must Loathe Ourselves

In fact, when you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, if you did NOT loathe yourself in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations

…you aren’t saved.

I hope that you understand this, because it’s important. If you aren’t sorry from the bottom of your wretched heart for how absolutely terrible and awful you were, I suggest that you search your heart to see if you are really saved.

But, let me take this a step further.

If you do not loathe yourself RIGHT NOW for the sins, iniquities and abominations that you are committing RIGHT NOW… then I suggest that you also aren’t saved. Unfortunately, in this filthy, evil society in which we live, it is easy for any of us to be lured into committing some sort of sin that would make us loathe ourselves.

And, let’s not forget that a righteous person mourns and is grieved for the sins of a society. It should grieve us that our families, our neighbors and our communities are so wretched and sinful. It should grieve us that our churches and our pastors are so sinful. It should grieve us that our nation claims God on our dollars, but corrupts the world with awful movies and pornography.

Here’s an example:

and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

2 Peter 2:7-8

When Jerusalem was about to go into captivity for her iniquities and abominations:

and the Lord said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.”

Ezekiel 9:4

Is your righteous soul vexed by the unlawful deeds of our current society?

Do you sigh and cry for all the abominations that are being done by our society?

If not, then I also suggest that you need to examine your life. A righteous man or woman should be grieved over the evils of this society. In fact, the only way that you would NOT be grieved, was because such a man or woman was immersing himself or herself in the things of this world.

If that is you, repent and turn to God, before it is too late.

Okay, moving on.

A Solar EMP

1 “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, [a]the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; 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. Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.

Ezekiel 39:1-3

I know that I said that chapter 39 is a closer look at what goes on in chapter 38, but let me go over some of this again.

Are the invading armies in chapters 38 and 39 two separate invasions on separate occasions?

Or, is this another description of the same invasion?

How can I know?

Well, we DO have some important clues that tell us that this is a part of the same prophecy. Notice this reference is the same as in Ezekiel 38:

Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal

Notice also what happens to Gog:

I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.

That is a very interesting phrase.

What could these arrows be?

Well Israel has a missile system called:

The Arrow

They use it for shooting down other arro… I mean …other missiles.

But, how could a bow be smitten out of Gog’s left hand, and his arrows fall out of his right hand?

Well, we have a verse from Zechariah 12 that also gives us a clue:

In that day,” says the Lord, “I will strike every horse with confusion, and its rider with madness; I will open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

Zechariah 12:4

And, since we know that Zechariah 12 is talking about the same time that Ezekiel 36, 37 and 38 are talking about…

That’s right. This is a solar flare. The electronics of the missiles will be destroyed by Electromagnetic Pulse – or, EMP – induced by this massive solar flare. Yes, I know that most solar flares would not normally produce an EMP that would knock out vehicles, but this is no normal solar flare.

But, I am getting ahead of myself.

Gog And Magog Reluctant To Invade

Now, let me ask you another question:

Do you see a kind of reluctance to do this invasion in verse Ezekiel 38:2?

Yeah, me too. I don’t think that these guys would not normally want to do this, but they inexorably drawn as if they have no other choice.

Interesting thought, no?

The Destruction Of Gog And Magog

Next verse.

You shall [a]fall upon the mountains 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. You shall [b]fall on [c]the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:4-5

And, this is EXACTLY like it is described in Ezekiel 38:

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.

Ezekiel 38:21

The only difference is the word mountain and field, and in Israel they are very close together. In fact, there are fields on top of the mountains. Just go to the Golan.

So, unless you can find somewhere in this chapter that this is a SECOND attack upon Israel, this is definitely the same attack as in chapter 38. It would be very foolish to think otherwise.

Ezekiel’s Fire – Why It Is A Solar Flare

Now, here is where we get to Ezekiel’s Fire:

“And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live [a]in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.

Ezekiel 39:6

Now, here’s a question:

How do we know that this is a solar flare, and not some other kind of fire?

Well, we would have to ignore Isaiah 30:26 to do that, but let’s assume that we haven ‘t read Isaiah yet and concentrate on figuring this out, by itself.

First of all, we should ask ourselves this question:

Does God use the natural elements of the Universe to perform His miracles?

Yes, He does.

  • God used the forces of nature to flood the Earth, in the time of Noah.
  • Moses stretched out his rod over Egypt and a wind brought a plague of locusts (Exodus 10).
  • Exodus speaks of a wind being used to part the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21).
  • God came down and was born as we all were, so that He could die on a cross for our sins.

I believe that it would be irresponsible to assume that this Fire upon Gog and Magog wasn’t in some way natural. Just waving our hands at Ezekiel 39:6 and saying that it will just be a miracle is a fool’s way of handling this.

So, let’s figure out what natural force this ‘fire’ could be. Here are our options:

  • Meteors or Comets
  • Solar Flare
  • Lots and lots of lightening

I can’t think of anything else that falls out of the sky that could seem like fire and would be attributed to God.

A meteor or comet strike WOULD look a lot like fire coming out of the sky. And, if a lot of them hit the Earth, it would be REALLY impressive. And, we’ve had some very close shaves by asteroids.

But, if it was going to be an asteroid, it would have to be pretty big, and there would need to be lots of them – because it is going to hit a lot more than just the land of Magog.

And, if this were going to be more than just a symbolic fire coming down from heaven, you would need even MORE big rocks in space – lots more.

It would be miraculous to have a swarm of space rocks hit us all at once and do so much damage. And frankly, I would prefer THAT over a solar flare.

Yes, getting rocked from space would be bad, but not as bad as a solar flare. A solar flare as big as the one described in Isaiah 30:26 would do FAR more destruction.

I also mentioned ‘lots and lots of lightening’. Lightening is dangerous, and if it hits you… well …you won’t feel very good. And, if enough lightening hits enough people and vehicles, there would be trouble.

But, do you really think that ‘lots and lots of lightening’ is what God is speaking of here?

God isn’t doing a fireworks show here. God is angry, and He is going to judge this vast army. So, there’s no way that this is just ‘lots and lots of lightening’. But, lightening probably would occur with a solar flare of this size.

Protecting Newly Christian Israel From Carnal Christians

I’ve already talked in detail about this solar flare in chapter one, but there is a thought for you to consider here:

Can you imagine what would happen to Israel if every Israeli immediately, right now, accepted Jesus as there Lord and Savior?

Israel would be deluged by every corrupt pastor on the planet, looking to get involved in ‘guiding’ this nation of new Christians. The Benny Hinns, Rick Warrens and Joel Osteens of this world would just jump at the chance to take over and corrupt these new Christians before they had a chance to grow.

The American church has become filthy and obscene. Half of American pastors are addicted to pornography. Christians are having sex before marriage, and their marriages are ending in divorce almost as frequently as those who are not Christian.

And, when you think of the Catholics, the Greek Orthodox and all the others…

…well, it would be a chaos of the cults.

Then, think of the New World Order wanting to come in and snuff out this new Christian movement.

No, I believe that this fire that comes out of heaven will knock back the New World Order and protect Israel from the corrupt Christians who would want to poison what God is doing in Israel.

Isaiah’s Sun Is Ezekiel’s Fire – Definitely A Solar Flare

But, let’s bring us back to Isaiah 30:25-26:

25 There will be on every high mountain
And on every high hill
Rivers and streams of waters,
In the day of the great slaughter,
When the towers fall.
26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:25-26

Sorry. THAT is a solar flare.

There really is no other explanation. I would love to think that this is a strike from space by lots and lots of rocks – or merely lots of lightening. But, that would not make the Moon as bright as the Sun. Only a solar flare would do that.

And, that solar flare will provide Israel with enough breathing room to grow spiritually – unhindered by the corrupting influence of the rest of the world. That corrupting influence will return, but only years later – after the world has struggled back from the devastation of this massive solar flare.

And frankly, I believe that the spiritual corruption within our churches is begging for such a calamity. We have truly sinned against God, and this solar flare would be a truly just consequence for those sins.

Now you know why that verse scares me. It’s inevitable, and we deserve it. Billions will die. But, let’s move on.

The Salvation Of Israel

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 39:7

Yup. After a miraculously on-target Solar Flare like THAT, people will know that God is who He says He is. And, when God says:

And my holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel

What does that mean?

Well, let me ask you this:

What happened to you, when God made Himself known to you?

That’s right. You accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. To put it another way:

You got saved.

So basically, Ezekiel 39:7 is just a retelling of this verse:

31 Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you will [a]loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.

Ezekiel 36:31

Again, if that wasn’t your experience when you were saved, then I would have to ask if your salvation was real. If you have not recognized your sins and confessed them before God and were not sorry for them… then I have to believe that your conversion was not sincere.

You were a vile and evil sinner, destined for Hell, before you were saved. And, there is no salvation without an acknowledgement of that vitally important fact. You were dead in your sins, and then God gave you life through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. You needed a sacrifice to pay for your sins, and you needed the blood of that sacrifice to cleanse you of those sins. And, because He loved you, Jesus became that sacrifice.

My true hope is that you have acknowledged your sins, repented and accepted the sacrifice of Jesus for you.

Now, let’s move on with the next verse in Ezekiel 39:

Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.

Ezekiel 39:8

God isn’t going to take no for an answer. This really is going to happen.

The Aftermath Of Gog And Magog

Now, the next two verses pose some interesting questions for us:

“Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and bucklers, the bows and arrows, the [a]javelins and spears; and they will make fires with them for seven years. 10 They will not take wood from the field nor cut down any from the forests, because they will make fires with the weapons; and they will plunder those who plundered them, and pillage those who pillaged them,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:9-10

It is going to take SEVEN YEARS for Israel to recover from this. Think about that for a second.

Israel’s population numbers more than 8 million people.

With all the modern construction equipment and industrial capacity in Israel, how long would it take for Israel to clean up from this invasion?

Certainly not seven years. Unless, there was something that had damaged that capacity. Like… oh …the biggest solar flare in the history of the world that knocks out the tractors and other equipment that you would normally use in such a cleanup.

That’s right. What takes out the Gog and Magog, appears to also take out the electrical and petrochemical infrastructure of Israel. Like everyone else, Israel will need to rebuild right along with the rest of the world – or, at least that part of the world that was affected.

The other thing that will happen is that Israel will use the massive amount of materials that this army brought with them, for their own use. Tanks, armored personnel carriers, mobile artillery, and rocket launchers will all need lots of fuel to get to Israel. And, all those fuel trucks will be taken by Israel for their own use.

And, as Israel recovers from the effects of this solar flare, all the steel from these vehicles will be used for scrap – as well as everything else that would have been used to support this army.

Just start building those Faraday Cages.

11 “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 [a]Hamon Gog.

Ezekiel 39:11

Oh man. Imagine the stink of the rotting bodies. That is going to be bad.

12 For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 13 Indeed all the people of the land will be burying, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified,” says the Lord God. 14 “They will set apart men regularly employed, with the help of [a]a search party, to pass through the land and bury those bodies remaining on the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months they will make a search. 15 The search party will pass through the land; and when anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall [b]set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon Gog. 16 The name of the city will also be [c]Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ’

Ezekiel 39:12-16

And, this will be a very serious health situation. EVERYONE will need to pitch in to get these bodies buried before diseases break out and become epidemic.

And, it will take everyone, because all of those labor-saving devices that we have grown used to won’t work – except for those of you who’ve been busy turning your sheds and garages into Faraday Cages.

17 “And as for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘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
Which I am sacrificing for you,
A great sacrificial meal on the mountains of Israel,
That you may eat flesh and drink blood.
18 You shall eat the flesh of the mighty,
Drink the blood of the princes of the earth,
Of rams and lambs,
Of goats and bulls,
All of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 You shall eat fat till you are full,
And drink blood till you are drunk,
At My sacrificial meal
Which I am sacrificing for you.
20 You shall be filled at My table
With horses and riders,
With mighty men
And with all the men of war,” says the Lord God.

Ezekiel 39:17-20

So, the cleanup effort will get some help from nature.

God’s Wrath Upon The Nations

21 “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.

Ezekiel 39:21

Now, the last few words in that verse are interesting.

and My hand which I have laid on them.

His hand upon… THEM.

Which them?

Israel?

Well, the subject of that statement is NOT Israel. It’s the nations – or as the King James Version puts it – the Gentiles. That, my friends, is us – you and me. And yes, we really deserve this solar flare that is coming – this hand of the Lord that will be laid upon us.

And WE, all of us will see it. God will be glorified and it will be AWESOME – at least for those of us who were smart enough to build Faraday Cages!

Israel Is Saved

22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.

Ezekiel 39:22

All of us and everyone will know EXACTLY what the truth is, at that moment. All the world will realize – at least for a moment in time – that Jehovah is God, and that the Bible is true. But, God says that Israel will know it for more than just a short time. No, Israel will know it from that day – and forever. And, that day will the the same day that Isaiah 30:26 talks about:

26 Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun,
And the light of the sun will be sevenfold,
As the light of seven days,
In the day that the Lord binds up the bruise of His people
And heals the stroke of their wound.

Isaiah 30:26

We are concentrating on the solar flare that this verse talks about. But, God’s focus is on healing the spiritual wounds of His people.

Of course, history shows that our view of this event will change over time. Just as there are those who doubt that the Holocaust really happened, some of us will wonder if it wasn’t really Little Green Men (LGMs). Satan will feed those doubts until the Antichrist is ready to take the stage.

But, at least for a moment…

23 The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword. 24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” ’

25 “Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for My holy name— 26 after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, when they dwelt safely in their own land and no one made them afraid. 27 When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, 28 then they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them [a]captive any longer. 29 And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,’ says the Lord God.”

Ezekiel 39:23-29

Again, notice the connection with Ezekiel 36 and 37:

I will not hide My face from them anymore

That is salvation, the same kind of salvation described in Ezekiel 36. The same kind of salvation in Isaiah 30 and Zechariah 12 and 13. They are all connected.

A Setback For Satan – A Victory For God

Furthermore, this will be an incredible moment in time. Great joy will be mixed with terrible sorrow. The world will be devastated, but God will be glorified. It will also knock back the New World Order, and the Antichrist system that is rising. It will be a MASSIVE setback for Satan and a gigantic victory for God and His people.

Another interesting part to all this is that only those who believe this prophecy, and get it right… or just happen to be in the right place …only THOSE people will have made the right preparations to survive what is coming.

I hope and pray that you will be one of them.

[NEXT: The Blessing]

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