The Aftermath

Ezekiel 39:11–29 (NKJV)

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 Hamon Gog. 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 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 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 Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ’

The Lord finishes the story of the conquest of Gog by describing the follow-up to this war.  They will bury the bodies of Gog’s army for seven years, even hiring men to find the bones and bury them.  The massacre will be massive and unprecedented.

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.

He agains refers to the fact that beasts and birds will eat the flesh of those defeated in battle.  He goes into much detail about the “feast” that wildlife will enjoy for many days.  This speaks to the utter domination God exerts over this army who dared to form in battle against His people in His land.  God is the only dominant force with which to be reckoned. 

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

God is forever established, and in the minds of those who forgot, reestablished as the Lord of all.  The nations will trembled when they hear the name Yahweh.  Israel will worship Him fully because of His might.  Everyone will know Him as King of kings and Lord of lords.

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 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.”

This is all done to establish the Lord’s place in the life of His people.  Israel will know Him.  Israel will serve Him.  His people will follow Him and worship Him.  When major events of tragedy or triumph occur in your life, take the time to see the hand of the Lord in those events.  Do not live in despar, live in worship.  Do not fall prey, but pray.  Believe in the God Who heals you, Who saved you, Who delivers you.  Remember what He did to your enemy and know that He will do it again!  He is Lord!

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