I think that this chapter also offers some important insights. We ignore them at our peril.
1 Woe to thee that destroyest, and thou wast not destroyed; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! When thou hast ceased to destroy, thou shalt be destroyed; and when thou hast made an end of dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
Could this be the United States? The US has destroyed, and never been destroyed. And, America HAS dealt treacherously with those that had not dealt treacherously with them.
And, I truly believe that a time is coming when the world will deal treacherously with America.
2 O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou our arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.
3 At the noise of the tumult the peoples are fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations are scattered.
We need to be careful about seeing ‘Gog and Magog’ everywhere. But, this chapter really does seem to be talking about this time.
Would people flee to get out of the way of the coming of Gog and Magog? I certainly believe so.
When God sends His judgement down on Gog and Magog, won’t the nations also be scattered?
I think so.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered as the caterpillar gathereth: as locusts leap shall men leap upon it.
Now, whose spoil will be gathered?
There is a worrying intimation in some of the prophecies that center on the time of the Ezekiel Tetrad… that a part of Israel will actually be captured. In fact, there is some indication that even a part of Jerusalem is captured – and that should worry ANYONE who loves Israel and Jerusalem.
It worries me, and makes me wonder what I should be doing (if anything) in response.
5 Jehovah is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness.
6 And there shall be stability in thy times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge: the fear of Jehovah is thy treasure.
But, the result will be great peace and great salvation and great knowledge. But, as always, there’s a hard part to get through before we can get there. And, those that heed the warnings of prophecy will probably have a greater chance of surviving than those who choose not to heed these prophecies.
I pray that we all understand when the time comes.
And, I fear that this time is not far off.
7 Behold, their valiant ones cry without; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
Gog and Magog will be a time of terrible fear. Everyone will think that all is lost. The army of Israel will believe that they cannot win. Those that have sought for a global ‘New World Order’ and an end to warfare, will be very, very bitter at the coming of Gog and Magog.
8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth: the enemy hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth not man.
Could it be that there will be a peace agreement made with those in Gog and Magog? Is it possible that this peace agreement seems so sincere that Israel falls for it and makes herself vulnerable?
Is it possible that Gog and Magog abrogate this peace agreement in their attack on Israel.
It certainly sounds like it.
Will Gog and Magog kill, maim and destroy every Jew that they come to – you can bet on it.
9 The land mourneth and languisheth; Lebanon is confounded and withereth away; Sharon is like a desert; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their leaves.
And yes, I cannot think of any greater mourning than when you see such a great army come down to destroy everything that you love as they seek to destroy you.
This will be horrifying to watch, and only those who see and believe in these prophecies will know what is about to happen.
Because THIS is about to happen:
10 Now will I arise, saith Jehovah; now will I lift up myself; now will I be exalted.
11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath is a fire that shall devour you.
12 And the peoples shall be as the burnings of lime, as thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire.
13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might.
God will rise up and defend Israel – and defeat Gog and Magog, utterly.
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling hath seized the godless ones: Who among us can dwell with the devouring fire? who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?
But, everyone will be terrified at the events that unfold. I would imagine that even those of us who know what’s happening will find ourselves being very, very afraid. Only those of us with faith will really stand.
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from taking a bribe, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from looking upon evil:
16 He shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks; his bread shall be given him ; his waters shall be sure.
17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold a land that reacheth afar.
18 Thy heart shall muse on the terror: Where is he that counted, where is he that weighed the tribute? where is he that counted the towers?
Those of us who ponder these things and understand God’s warnings… we will not fear what’s coming.
19 Thou shalt not see the fierce people, a people of a deep speech that thou canst not comprehend, of a strange tongue that thou canst not understand.
When Gog and Magog comes down? We will be safe from these foreigners who speak Russian, Farsi, Turkish, etc. We will be safe.
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But there Jehovah will be with us in majesty, a place of broad rivers and streams, wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
22 For Jehovah is our judge, Jehovah is our lawgiver, Jehovah is our king; he will save us.
23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they could not strengthen the foot of their mast, they could not spread the sail: then was the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame took the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.
And, Israel will truly be saved.