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Ezekiel 38-39

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Ezekiel’s Vision of Gog’s Attack and Judgment

Ezekiel 38-39

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Lesson Number 37

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Gog will invade the land of Israel.
  2. Gog will be defeated by the God of Israel.

Practical Application


Questions

  1. Can we be sure that the attack by Gog of Magog and his allies against Israel will take place as prophesied here in chapter 38?
  2. List the geological and meteorological influences that God will use against Gog in his defeat.
  3. According to the prophetic message of these 2 chapters, what will be the outcome of the attack against Israel for Gog?
  4. What will be the outcome of Gog’s attack against Israel for God and the people of Israel?

Answers

  1. Yes, we can be sure that Gog of Magog will attack Israel, that he will attack from the north, and that he will be defeated by God. The prophecy here, however, does not make clear who Gog is, or exactly when the attack will take place. We can be certain it will occur during the last days.
  2. Verses 19-23 of chapter 38 describe earthquakes, the collapse of mountains, pestilence, torrential rains, hailstones, fire and brimstone that God will use in His defeat of Gog.
  3. The outcome of Gog’s attack will be utter defeat and destruction for Gog and his allies. As described in chapter 39, their weapons will be destroyed (vs 3, 10), the warriors will be slain and devoured by the beasts of the field (v 4), and Gog and his invaders will be buried in Israel (v 11).
  4. The outcome of the attack for God and His people, also described in chapter 39, will be that God’s people will not profane God’s name again (v 7), that God will set His glory among the nations (v 21), and that all nations will know that God has brought His people back to their land and to Himself forever (vs 28-29).

Discuss/Consider

  1. In regard to the timing of the attack of Gog against Israel, consider verse 8 of chapter 38. Discuss how the description of the people of Israel being back in the land and dwelling safely in the land influences the possibilities of the timing of the attack. Consider also the prophecy of Daniel chapter 9, regarding the signing of a 7-year peace covenant which will signify the beginning of the end-time Tribulation period.

Challenge

  1. In Mark chapter 13, Jesus admonishes each believer to be alert and watch for the signs of the end times, particularly of His second coming. While we are not to know the exact time, we do know that the rapture of the church will occur prior to Jesus’ second coming to this earth to establish His Millennial Kingdom. His warnings include the threat of Satanic deception, and the appearance of false messiahs and false prophets appearing. As a believer, will Jesus find you trusting in Him, the true Messiah and Savior? Will He find you living a godly and obedient life in the service of His kingdom? Through earnest prayer, daily time in God’s Word, and fellowship with faithful believers, prepare now for the Christ’s coming and the preceding rapture of the church. “Be on guard! Be alert! Be prepared!

Key Verses

  • “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.” Ezekiel 39:21-22

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