The Enemy is Defeated

Ezekiel 38:18–39:10 (NKJV)

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.” ’

The Lord continues His prophecy through Ezekiel by pronouncing judgment on Gog from Magog in response to his forming an attack against God’s people, Israel.  He speaks of His fury against them and how the mountains will fall on him and pestilence will be among them.  He speaks of sending storms to harm them and that He will be magnified among the nations.

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; 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. You shall 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 fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God. “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. 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. Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.

“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 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.

The Lord speaks very poetically about taking the bow and the arrows from the hand of Gog, and giving their flesh to the birds and beasts of Israel.  He will even send fire on their lands.  This battle seems very eschatological in nature, resembling in some ways the description of the battle of Armageddon when Christ comes back to earth with the saints in tow.  The idea of the nations worshipping God, and the people of God burning the weapons for seven years.  While this is probably referring to a future battle prior to the coming of the Lord, the parallels are interesting.  

The ultimate message, here, though is that Israel (and by extension the people of God in general) need not fear their enemies.  Whether they are defeated or not, God has a plan in place for their safety and restoration.  When God’s people sin, they walk out of the covering of God and fall prey.  However, when they repent, restoration begins.  When the enemy comes, God will fight for you and defeat your foes.  Trust in the Lord!  Walk with Him.  Believe that He is greater than your enemies, for He is!

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