Here is the finale grande for this Ezekiel Tetrad, and it’s a doozy. (Tetrad means ‘group of four’)
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:
Ezekiel 36:31 Then shall ye remember your evil ways, and your doings that were not good; and ye shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
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.
Only THEN, can you get to what comes after.
Oh, and before I forget… Those of you who smugly congratulate yourselves in being able to ignore the need to face Ezekiel 36:31?
This is ESPECIALLY for you.
God HATES smugness.
Proverbs 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Jehovah: Though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.
Okay, moving on.
1 And thou, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal:
2 and I will turn thee about, and will lead thee on, and will cause thee to come up from the uttermost parts of the north; and I will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel;
3 and I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
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 can’t know 100%, but… when God gives us a prophecy… He’s not just trying to impress us. He’s giving us something of use. He’s giving us a tool to either help us understand what’s going on (and not freak out) or help us analyze and discover our role in context with the prophecy.
When it comes to prophecy, God doesn’t waste words, and He doesn’t leave words out. If God wanted us to know that the invasion of chapter 39 was a different invasion than the one in chapter 38, He would have indicated it as such. And, He did not.
On the other hand, God may want us to assume that it’s all one until after the first invasion, when we look around and realize, “oops! This isn’t over.”
We’ll worry about that when the time comes.
Now, where were we… ah, yes.
To recap what I said about Gog and Magog… This will be the CSTO (or Russia) if it happens BEFORE 2015. After 2015, it might turn out to be this Eurasian Union, or EuU (pronounced ‘eww’?) that Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin wants to put together.
By the way, do you see a kind of reluctance to do this invasion in verse 2?
Yeah, me too. I don’t think that these guys really want to do this, but they will feel like they have no other choice. Interesting thought, no?
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy hordes, and the peoples that are with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and on them that dwell securely in the isles; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.
This verse scares me to death. Seriously, pay attention here.
When God sends a fire on you, what is He doing? Is He sending down real fire? Is it something like Napalm?
WARNING NOTE: And, from a perspective of biblical interpretation, you are almost always safer to take a more literal approach than to assume that something is merely figurative or allegorical. Seriously, be careful with ‘spiritualizing’ something unless you REALLY know what you’re doing. There is a price to pay for getting it wrong.
Okay, so what is this fire? Is it really FIRE?
Well, let’s look at what fire is. Fire is literally excited molecules bouncing around and splitting apart with excitement – and causing others to do the same. Oh, and generating light and heat at the same time.
That’s pretty much it, in a nutshell.
So, do we know of any NATURAL way that a bunch of excited molecules or atoms could hit the earth and cause trouble for Gog, Magog, and elsewhere on Earth?
Well, we could speculate all day about petrochemical asteroids full of jellied gasoline hitting the Earth and causing fire… and, I’m sure that there might be a frozen methane comet out there with the urge to start a few brush fires… But, until we see one on collision course with Earth, I think that we should turn our attention to the biggest source of excited molecules and atoms in our Solar System.
It’s the biggest ball of excited ANYTHING in the neighborhood, and it sometimes shares that excitement with us with more enthusiasm than we would like. We had an example of that in 1859:
I’ve written about this before, so I don’t want to spend too much time looking at this, except to say that merely a repeat of the 1859 incident would destroy the electric infrastructure of any country facing the Sun. And, if the flare was larger than the one in 1859?
Of longer duration?
Maybe it WOULD be like napalm falling from the sky. Remember that the problem with a Solar Flare isn’t the extra light. The problem is with the stuff that’s ejected by the Sun at the same time. Astronomers call it a Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME. THAT is what does the damage.
This CME gets sent out at the same time you see the flash of light from the Solar Flare, but travels much more slowly – hours more slowly. But, what is this Coronal Mass Ejection?
CMEs are a mass of really, really excited particles. Remember when I said that a fire is all about excited molecules? Well, if a fire was hot enough, it would be about excited ATOMS splitting apart into excited particles like protons and electrons. It’s fire on steroids (and yes, I’m still on mine).
When that hits the earth? At the level of the 1859 Carrington Effect? Your TV is toast. Your electric infrastructure is toast. All the electronics in your car is toast.
But, if this Solar Flare is BIGGER than the one in 1859, it’s all BURNT toast. The only electronics that will survive would be stuff that was sitting in a Faraday Cage.
You have one lying around, maybe? Think about it.
So, THAT is why this verse scares me. When this ‘fire’ rains down on Earth, so many people will die… well, we’ll be talking about the possibility of a billion or more dying over the course of a year – or, basically 90% of everyone requiring electricity to survive in some way. I wrote about this here, here, and here.
Now, the 1859 Solar Flare was only a few minutes in duration. So, it really only affected just the part of the Earth facing the Sun. Does this mean that those on the other side of the Earth are safe?
I certainly hope so, except that the Lord talked about those who dwell carelessly in the Isles. America is sorta like an Island… and, it’s pretty careless… Maybe the duration of this Flare would be longer? Maybe there would be multiple flares?
Could there be a massive, almost supernatural flare activity that just happens to hit Earth over a 24 hour period? Scientists would tell you that the odds are low for just the ONE Solar Flare to hit the Earth, let alone several in succession over a 24 hour period. But, when you’re already discussing miracles, one more really isn’t much of a stretch.
Maybe we all need to be good boys and girls and get ourselves a Faraday Cage for some of our electronics, just in case.
Now you know why that verse scares me. Let’s move on.
7 And my holy name will I make known in the midst of my people Israel; neither will I suffer my holy name to be profaned any more: and the nations shall know that I am Jehovah, the Holy One in Israel.
Yup. After a miraculously on target Solar Flare like THAT, people will know that God is who He says He is, and that He doesn’t take kindly to harassment of Israel.
And, THAT is where we REALLY see Ezekiel 36:31 begin.
8 Behold, it cometh, and it shall be done, saith the Lord Jehovah; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
And, God isn’t going to take no for an answer. This really is going to happen.
9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall make fires of the weapons and burn them, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall make fires of them seven years;
10 so that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall make fires of the weapons; and they shall plunder those that plundered them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord Jehovah.
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 7.6 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, a massive Carrington Effect level solar flare.
That’s right. What takes out the Gog and Magog, appears to also take out the 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.
My prayer is that Israel will be spared enough destruction so that Israelis won’t die because of this. And, who knows? Maybe Israel’s power grid IS protected?
Countries under threat of annihilation tend to pay attention to things like EMP, and they are going to be much better prepared than others.
Just start building those Faraday Cages, okay?
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place for burial in Israel, the valley of them that pass through on the east of the sea; and it shall stop them that pass through: and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude; and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog.
Oh man… the stink… that is going to be bad.
12 And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying them, that they may cleanse the land.
13 Yea, all the people of the land shall bury them; and it shall be to them a renown in the day that I shall be glorified, saith the Lord Jehovah.
14 And they shall set apart men of continual employment, that shall pass through the land, and, with them that pass through, those that bury them that remain upon the face of the land, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search.
15 And they that pass through the land shall pass through; and when any seeth a man’s bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog.
16 And Hamonah shall also be the name of a city. Thus shall they cleanse the land.
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 thou, son of man, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Speak unto the birds of every sort, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh and drink blood.
18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
19 And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
20 And ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord Jehovah.
And, the cleanup effort will get some help.
21 And I will set my glory among the nations; and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.
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!
22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am Jehovah their God, from that day and forward.
Even better, I win my bacon-cheeseburger-bet with my Jewish friends over the identity of the Messiah. All of us and everyone will know EXACTLY what the truth is, at that moment. Of course, history shows that our view of this event will change over time, and some of us will wonder if it wasn’t really Little Green Men (LGMs) trying to put us in our place.
Some people STILL believe that the Earth is flat. Amazing.
23 And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they trespassed against me, and I hid my face from them: so I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they fell all of them by the sword.
24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions did I unto them; and I hid my face from them.
25 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Now will I bring back the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel; and I will be jealous for my holy name.
26 And they shall bear their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they shall dwell securely in their land, and none shall make them afraid;
27 when I have brought them back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations.
28 And they shall know that I am Jehovah their God, in that I caused them to go into captivity among the nations, and have gathered them unto their own land; and I will leave none of them any more there;
29 neither will I hide my face any more from them; for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord Jehovah.
Sounds like a humiliation, right?
“Yeah, those Jews! Yeah! Put in their place! Awright!”
Each and every Christian comes to the Lord in the way verses 23-29 describe – every single one of us, and we spend the rest of our lives remembering that and being grateful that we are no longer caught in it. You cannot BE a Christian and not live that way.
That leads me to speak to those of you who do NOT see yourselves in this light. You are in so much trouble, I would love to have you declared a walking disaster zone, because you have bad times ahead for you – and for those close to you – until you figure it out.
The alternative would be, of course, that you’re only a fake, which would be worse. There’s a special place in Hell for fake Christians.
And yes Virginia, most people who call themselves Christians really are fakes.