Verse 1 – “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold I am against you, O Gog, the chief prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal;
The story of the battle continues. This chapter describes the defeat of evil and the triumph of God and His people.
Verse 2 – “and I will turn you around ad lead you on, bringing you up from far north and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
Verse 3 – “Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand.
Verse 4 – “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 (Revelation 19:17, 18).
Verse 5 – “You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God.
Verse 6 – “And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coast-lands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.
Verse 7 – “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.
Verse 8 – “Surely it is coming, and it shall be done,” says the Lord God. “This is the day of which I have spoken.
Verse 9 – “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.
This clearly states that He is the defender of Israel. The carnage left in the aftermath of the defeat of Gog will be so massive that the Israelites will fuel their fires for seven years. This gives us some idea of how enormous this army is that comes to fight God and His people.
Verse 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.
Verse 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 Hammon Gog.
This burial will be so massive that it will block travel through the land. The only major valley that ran in an east-west direction in Israel was the Jezreel Valley, a vital link on the route from Egypt to Damascus in biblical times. This valley will be the location of the great battle of the tribulation period known as Armageddon. Revelation 16:16 – And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, “Armageddon.”
Verse 12 – “For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land.
Verse 13 – “Indeed all the people of the land will be burying them, and they will gain renown for it on the day that I am glorified.” says the Lord God.
Verse 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.
Verse 15 – “The search party will pass through the land; and whenever anyone sees a man’s bone, he shall set up a marker by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hammon Gog.
Verse 16 – “The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.” ‘
Verse 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.
Here is what I find amazing about this verse: The Lord told Ezekiel to speak, then; to call them in his day and time, but yet this battle had not taken place as of yet. All those centuries ago, God’s Word went forth, and when the battle is over, the birds and the beasts will know where to go and what to do! Wow!
Verse 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.
Verse 19 – You shall eat fat until you are full, and drink blood until you are drunk, at My sacrificial meal which I am sacrificing for you.
Verse 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.
Notice another thing: The men of war are riding horses, not driving tanks. I think this battle takes place after the millennial reign and all the military tanks, planes, and ships, were destroyed before it began, so all that is left are horses.
Verse 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.
Verse 22 – “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward.
Verse 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.
Verse 24 – “According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face form them.” ‘
Verse 25 – “Therefore thus say 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 –
Verse 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.
It will be brought to remembrance the shame of their transgressions.
Verse 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,
Verse 28 – ‘then they shall know that I am the Lord God, who sent them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their own land, and left none of them captive any longer.
Verse 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.”
Both, in this prophesy and in Joel 2:28, 29, God promises to pour out His Spirit on mankind. This began to be fulfilled at Pentecost, when God’s Holy Spirit came to live in all who believe!