Ezekiel 39 – Prophecy against Gog’s Armies

The book of Ezekiel is one of the major prophets in the Old Testament. It was authored by Ezekiel who was set as a watchman to the house of Israel.

Ezek 3:17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me:

The thirty-ninth chapter of Ezekiel is about the prophecy of Gog’s allies defeated.

A pile of 2,426 assorted illicit small firearms and light weapons are set ablaze at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, Kenya – (Illustration for how Gog’s weapons could be burnt as fuel) – (Ref: telegraph.co.uk)

God against Turkey’s armies

Ezek 39:1-10 “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. 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.

God is saying to Turkey regarding what will happen to it’s troops. God Himself with bring the troops against Israel not to give them victory but to defeat them and give them food for the birds of prey and to the beasts of the field.

Rev 20:7-8 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea.

Based on the timeline in Revelation, the invasion of Turkey mentioned in Ezekiel will be after the 1000 year reign.

Ezek 39:11-16 “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. For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. 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. 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. 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. The name of the city will also be Hamonah. Thus they shall cleanse the land.”

The valley of Hamon Gog will be the burial place of Gog. It literally means, the valley of the multitudes of Gog.

Hamon Gog had been identified as in the location above.

Ezek 39:17-20 “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. 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. 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. 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.

Compare the above passage with the reference in Revelation 19:17-19. The language is identical where God is feeding the flesh of mighty men who come against Israel to the birds of the air and beasts of the field. Here, God is referring to the slaughter of the armies of God as a sacrifice meal to the birds.

Ezek 39:21-24 “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. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day forward. 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.
  • According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.”

Here, God is giving the reason why the Israelites were sent out of their land. It is because of their unfaithfulness, uncleanness and transgressions God executed His judgement on Israel by hiding His face and giving them into the hands of their enemies so that they fell by the sword.

Ezek 39:25-29 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–

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.

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, 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. 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.”

God will bring back the captives of Jacob and will have mercy on the whole house of Israel. It is interesting to note that only the house of Judah (along with Levi and Benjamin) was left. If this is the case, where does the whole house of Israel come from?

Jas 1:1 JAMES, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings.

It is wrong to suggest that the twelve tribes were lost in history. James, for instance, writes his letter to the twelve tribes of Israel. Hence, it is possible that the twelve tribes came back to Israel since 1948 under the banner of Jews or Judah.

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